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Botanist comes out of coma after contracting deadly virus from mosquito bite

A leading botanist from Malton in North Yorkshire who was struck down by a deadly virus while working in China has come out of a coma.

Dr Sophie Williams

31-year-old Dr Sophie Williams, remains on life support but is showing signs of recognising her family and friends. She contracted Japanese encephalitis while carrying out research last month and has been flown to Liverpool for treatment. Her family say they'll be meeting doctors later this week to get an update on Sophie's condition.


Remembering VJ Day

Tomorrow will mark 70 years since the Second World War came to an end and Japan surrendered to the allies. Tens of thousands of British troops were serving abroad and could finally come home while countless others were released from prisoner of war camps. David Wood has been to meet a woman who moved to Yorkshire after the war, when she'd worked as an interceptor.

Mirfield motorcyclist hits wall

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle collision in Mirfield.

At about 8pm on Monday, 10 August, a 25-year-old man from Mirfield was riding a black Honda MTX bike along Calder Road towards the junction with Chadwick Fold Lane/Calder View when he left the road and collided with a wall.

He was taken to hospital with serious head and chest injuries.

He remains there today in a critical, but stable condition.

Anyone who saw the collision or the circumstances leading up to it, is asked to contact PC 576 Taylor at the Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support team on 101, quoting *1427 of 10/8.


Yorkshire " pirate hunters" in Indian court today

Three men from East Yorkshire being held in India for alleged weapons offences are due to appear in court today.

The men on their release from prison in June 2014

Ray Tindall from Hull, Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham and Paul Towers from Pocklington, were arrested along with three other former British soldiers on suspicion of smuggling weapons as they worked onboard a ship providing protection from pirates in October 2013.

The charges were eventually dropped last year .

However they were informed on July 1st that a police appeal against them had been successful and that they would face a full trial in southern India.

The six British men were originally taken into custody after what they thought was a routine paperwork check aboard their security vessel Seaman Guard Ohio. Police seized 35 automatic weapons and nearly 5,700 rounds of ammunition from the ship.

The men had been working for AdvanFort, a private security company providing protection to ships in the area.

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