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Baby's death 'completely avoidable'

A couple whose baby was delivered still born have described their "horrendous ordeal" after a hospital admitted they were responsible for the series of blunders that led to her death.

Deborah and Richard Horner's daughter Abbie was delivered stillborn on August 17, 2011 following an emergency caesarean section.

An investigation found that her death was caused by a catalogue of errors and poor communication by midwives which led to her brain being starved of oxygen, their lawyer said.

The family received an undisclosed settlement after the NHS trust which runs St James's Hospital in Leeds.

Landmark prosecution sees bong seller convicted

The prosecution is the first of its kind in the UK. Credit: SWNS

A shop owner has been convicted of selling items he knew would be used for drug taking in a landmark prosecution.

Hassan Abbas, 33, ran the Fantasia shop in Leeds which sold bongs, plastic bags and grinders all decorated with cannabis leaf designs.

While the items themselves are not illegal, a prosecutor argued that staff knew the products would be used for taking marijuana.

Abbas was found guilty of supplying articles used to administer or prepare controlled drugs. He was fined £800.


Family tribute to 'lively' mother of 4 killed in dog attack

Emma Bennett was a "lively person who had a great sense of fun ." Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The family of Emma Bennett, who died after being attacked by two dogs in a house in Leeds, have paid tribute to the mother of four.

Her family said: “We are all very deeply upset at Emma’s death, not just because she has been taken from us so suddenly but because of the horrific circumstances and the fact she was on her own at the time she was injured.

“Emma was a mother of four and although she had had some issues in her life she loved her children. She was a lively person who had a great sense of fun but she was also strong-headed and had her own opinions.

“She was the eldest of four children and had two brothers and a sister. They were at her bedside in hospital along with her mother and grandparents when she passed away."

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Man arrested after dog attack

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act following the death of a woman in Leeds.

It follows the death of Emma Bennett who was taken to hospital critically ill after receiving serious dog bite injuries in an incident at her home in Dawlish Avenue.

"Early indications are that the two dogs seized from the address are American pit bull terriers although tests are still ongoing to establish their exact make up. Dogs of this type are subject to restrictions under the Dangerous Dogs Act and our enquiries are focused on this aspect.

"We are continuing to appeal for anyone with information about the incident or the dogs involved in it to contact the investigation team."

– Det Supt Simon Beldon West Yorkshire Police

Two dogs seized after fatal dog attack in Leeds

After a 27-year-old woman was attacked by dogs at a house in Leeds, she was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment but later died as a result of her injuries.

Police officers Officers responded to reports that a woman was "in distress" at the address in Dawlish Avenue.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "One dog which got loose from the property was contained by officers in Back Dawlish Road and recovered. Another was safely removed from the address a short time later."


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27-year-old woman dies after attack by dogs

A 27-year-old woman has died after she was attacked by dogs, police said.

Emma Bennett died after suffering serious dog bite injuries in an incident at a house in Dawlish Avenue, Osmondthorpe on Monday.

Two dogs were seized following the incident and police enquiries remain on-going.

Officers would like to speak to anybody who has information about the incident and the dogs involved. Anyone who has information should contact Protective Services at West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Police question man over unarmed officer shooting

A man accused of shooting an unarmed officer during a routine neighbourhood call is being questioned by police.

Officers at the scene of a shooting in Leeds where a policewoman was injured. Credit: PA Wire

The 33-year-old officer is believed to have been blasted with a shotgun as she and a male colleague called at a house in the Hyde Park area of Leeds shortly after 4am yesterday.

She received serious injuries to her head, neck and right hand and is in a stable condition in a Leeds hospital.

Following a six-hour manhunt suspect James Leslie, 37, was arrested near a primary school about a mile from the scene of the shooting.

Main road in Leeds to be closed due to 75mph winds

A major traffic route into Leeds city centre will be closed tomorrow following warnings of high winds.

The Council has taken the decision to shut the road past the Bridgewater Place tower - the tallest building in Yorkshire - after predictions that wind speeds in the area could reach 75mph tomorrow morning.

A corner has said the junction near Bridgewater place should close in high winds. Credit: ITV News Calendar

The move follows a recommendation made yesterday by a coroner at the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney who was hit by a lorry that flew through the air in windy conditions in March 2011.

Read more on the ITV News Calendar website.

Neighbour heard multiple gunshots in early hours

The man who called the police to a disturbance in Leeds in the early hours of this morning, has told ITV News that he heard multiple gunshots which "sounded like fireworks".

Kieran Williams said he heard a glass bottle come through the bathroom window before hearing gunshots around an hour later.

A female officer was shot and is said to be in a "poorly but stable" condition in hospital.

A 37-year-old man believed to be James Leslie has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

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