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Leeds Afro-Caribbean community remember their arrival in Britain

This month black communities across the country have been celebrating their rich culture and fascinating history.

For many years they have played a key part in making Yorkshire unique.

Never more so than the afro-caribbean community in Leeds.

Gaynor Barnes caught up with several of the black elders as they remembered the day they arrived in this country:


One of Hull's most famous sons marks Black History month

One of Hull's most famous sons is taking centre stage in the way the city is marking Black History month. William Wilberforce was pivotal in the fight to outlaw slavery.

As campaigners call for black history to be added to the national curriculum we've been to see how one school is already ensuring its students understand what role the city has played in the development of Africa. James Webster reports.

Campaign for Black History on National Curriculum

When it comes to black history the chances are many people might know quite a bit about Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King. But is it getting across to children in our classrooms.

One mother from Leeds fears that far too little is known - even in black communities - about the achievements of black people through history.

Marvina Babs-Apata - is campaigning for black history to be included on the national curriculum. Michael Billington reports.

Trisha Lad was Leeds biochemistry student

The University of Leeds confirmed Trisha was in the second year of a biochemistry degree.

A spokesman said: "This is dreadful and shocking news and our thoughts are with Trisha's friends and loved ones.

"Staff are working with the University's counselling and chaplaincy services to help students who are affected by this tragedy and we will do all we can to support them."

Melissa Taylor, president of the Faculty of Biological Sciences Society at the university, said on Twitter: "Heartbreaking to hear about the death of Trisha Lad, such a lovely, well-liked person. Rest in Peace."

Steph Mapplebeck said: "Trisha Lad was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have met whilst studying at Leeds. What a heartbreaking loss. Rest in peace."

Tributes to Fire Death Brothers

A boy who has died almost a week after being rescued from a fire which killed his father and younger brother was a "talented musician", his headteacher has said.

Jack Sykes, 12, was left critically ill following the blaze last Wednesday at his home in Tennyson Close, Penistone, South Yorkshire but died last night in hospital.

His nine-year-old brother Paul and 44-year-old father Darren were also rescued from the burning house shortly after 6.30pm on October 22 but died later the same evening.

Detectives confirmed the fatal fire was started deliberately but said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Jo Higgins, principal of Penistone Grammar School where Jack attended, paid tribute to the schoolboy.

"This is an extremely sad time," she said. "Jack was greatly thought of, a talented musician and a highly valued member of our school community.

"Our thoughts are with Jack's family and friends at this very difficult time."

She said the students and staff will gather on Monday following the half-term break to remember Jack.

Last week Paul, a pupil at Springvale Primary School, was remembered by headteacher Andy Platt as an "outgoing, popular boy who was blossoming into a fine runner and cornet player".

The three family members were found by firefighters on the first floor of their semi-detached house.

South Yorkshire Police said: "A 12-year-old boy left critically ill following a house fire in Penistone has died as a result of his injuries.

"Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 October.

"A man and his two sons were rescued from the property by firefighters. "His older son, Jack Sykes, was taken to hospital in a critical condition but lost his fight for life last night.

"Detectives investigating the fire have confirmed it was started deliberately and that an accelerant was used. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

"The investigation continues on behalf of the coroner."


Barn owl killed in York

A barn owl Credit: Press Association

Police in York are appealing for information after a barn owl was killed in the city.

The incident occurred during the evening of Wednesday 22 October 2014, at a house on Langholme Drive.

Someone broke into a cage at the property, where the owl was kept by its owner, before they killed the bird. They also released two other birds of prey from their cages.

"This is a shocking act of cruelty against a defenceless bird."

"If you have any information about the person responsible for this act of cruelty, I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away."

– PC Chris Storey, of York Safer Neighbourhood Team

Anyone with information which could help this investigation should contact York police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Chris Storey. Alternatively, information can be emailed to

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12140182732.

Woman dies in Driffield car crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision which occurred at about 1630hrs on Monday 27 October on the B1249 close to the Octon roundabout, on the Driffield side in East Yorkshire.

The collision involved two vehicles, a dark coloured Kia Sorento and a grey Peugeot 308, which were travelling in opposite directions.

The two people in the Peugeot, a 75-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both fromScarborough, and the male driver, who was the only occupant of the Kia, were all taken to hospital.

The woman from the Peugeot, who was travelling in the front passenger seat, subsequently died due to injuries received.

The Peugeot driver suffered non life threatening injuries and the Kia driver sustained a number of fractures.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle prior to the collision.

Anyone with information should contact Humberside Police on telephone 101 referring to log 475 of 27 October 2014.

Dead husband and wife both worked for Bradford Council

The husband and wife both worked for Bradford council.

Councillor David Green, leader of the local authority, said: "Local people are shocked and saddened by the news of this terrible event and our sympathy goes out to the wider family, friends and neighbours of this family.

"The husband and wife of the family... both worked for Bradford Council and councillors and employees are very upset after hearing the dreadful news of their deaths.

"Obviously, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage as the investigation into how it happened is continuing, but we would urge anyone who may have any information about this tragedy to contact the police immediately."

Police concern for woman last seen in Rotherham

Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of 50-year-old Gloris Smith of Nuthall, Nottingham.

Gloris was last seen at 2pm on 22 October, after leaving home. She is thought to have used her bank card at the Lloyds branch in Rotherham town centre, around 12.15pm on 23 October.

She is described as black, about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with black hair. Anyone who has seen Gloris or knows her whereabouts is asked to call 101.

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