Backpacker's mother gives DNA sample

The mother of a backpacker from Yorkshire who went missing in Malaysia has reportedly provided DNA to help identify a body on the island.

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Shock for Hull man told he is free to leave Iraq

A man from Hull is finally able to return to his family after a court hearing in Iraq.

Kristian Nicholson said he was able to hear car bombs going off in the beseiged city of Erbil - but he could not go home because his passport had been confiscated after he had a car accident.

The family of the other man involved had asked for £70,000 - which was raised by Mr Nicholson's family, and the company he was working for.

He told Calendar about his roller coaster of emotions after he was given a six month sentence today in court - but soon found out through his translator that this was suspended and he was free to go:

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Witness appeal after Knaresborough crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious car crash in North Yorkshire.

The one-vehicle crash happened at around 3:10am on Harrogate Road at High Bridge, in Knaresborough. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Harrogate, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Any witnesses are being urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.


Latest Indian hearing for Yorks trio

A hearing takes place in India today over whether to return the passports of three former soldiers from Yorkshire who were held in prison on suspected weapons charges.

Ray Tindall, Nicholas Simpson and Paul Towers had all charges dropped but the authorites have still not released their passports.

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Ray Tindall is hoping the Indian authorities will release his passport Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire Muslims raise £6 million for charity during Ramadan

Civic leaders are meeting in Bradford tonight to recognise the efforts of people in Yorkshire who raised around £6 million for charity during Ramadan.

The Bradford Council of Mosques, estimates that more than £200,000 was raised every day throughout the holy month.

Guests invited to the event include senior Yorkshire Imams, scholars and community leaders as well as the Charity Commission and the Department for International Development, which has already pledged £600 million in aid towards the Syrian crisis.

The event is co-hosted by the Bradford Council of Mosques and Faith Associates; a non-theological organisation which works with ethnic minority faith-based communities across the UK.

We have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented response of local communities across the UK. Bradford is the second in a series of special events celebrating local community fundraising efforts and is also a platform to discuss what more can be done to help the humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in conflict zones.

– Shaukat Warraich, Faith Associates


North Yorks gran helping fight deadly Ebola in Africa

A grandmother from North Yorkshire puts herself on the front-line of the fight against the Ebola outbreak that is engulfing Western Africa.

Cokie van de Velde, from Whixley, is an aid worker who has already been to both Liberia and Guinea supporting doctors as part of a team who are bravely battling to contain the deadly disease.

And despite the risk to her own safety, she is returning to Africa to try and save more lives as Gaynor Barnes reports.

Illegal cosmetics seized by trading standards

A huge haul of potentially lethal cosmetics and electrical equipment has been seized, during an operation by the National Trading Standards eCrime Unit.

Officers based in North Yorkshire intercepted two large shipments of illegal goods bound for the UK.

The items, which came from China and the Far East, are often sold on Internet auction sites and contain unknown ingredients that can cause devastating consequences. Julie Harrison reports.

Lancaster bombers take to the skies together

The world's two remaining Lancaster bombers that can fly have taken to the skies together over Lincolnshire for the first time this lunchtime.

A Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and another known as Vera, which is usually based in Canada, took off at RAF Coningsby. They are preparing to take part in a number of airshows together in the next six weeks.

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