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Body of Pamela Jackson found in West Yorkshire

Police have now confirmed that a body found in West Yorkshire in the search for a missing woman from County Durham is that of Pamela Jackson from Chester-le-Street.

Pamela Jackson was reported missing on 7 March Credit: Durham Constabulary

The 55-year-old was last seen at her home in The Crescent, Chester-le-Street on Saturday 2nd March and was officially reported missing the following Thursday, 7 March.

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Minister rejects heart unit claim

The Government played no part in the decision to suspend children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, peers were told today.

Health minister Earl Howe said the decision was taken by the local health trust in agreement with the Care Quality Commission and NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

The Government strongly believes that it was the right thing to do.

It is absolutely right that the NHS should act quickly and decisively if there is any evidence that patient safety maybe at risk.

– Lord Howe

But Liberal Democrat Lord Shutt of Greetland warned there had been "murky internal health politicking" going on over the issue of children's heart surgery in Yorkshire.

Why is the Government determined to deny the people of Yorkshire a children's heart unit when Yorkshire has a population of 5.3 million - similar to Scotland, Denmark and Finland.

Yorkshire is double the size of the north east of England, where the Government is happy to see that region locally served.

– Lord Shutt of Greetland

Lord Howe said the premise of Lord Shutt's question was "incorrect", adding:

The Government has not taken a role in this matter. This is a matter which

the NHS has led. There's no agenda by the Government at all apart from our

desire to see the best possible children's cardiac services provided in this

country.

– Lord Howe
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Police search moors for missing grandmother

Missing Grandmother Pamela Jackson Credit: Durham police

Police investigating the disappearance of a grandmother, alleged to have been murdered by her partner, are searching moorland above Ripponden. Mrs Jackson, who was 55, went missing seven weeks ago from her home in County Durham.

West Yorkshire police are helping Durham police in the search for Mrs Jackson and are concentrating their efforts around the moors and resevoir at Blackstone Edge.

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Asda customers urged not to eat affected product

These are the facts that are known about the traces of 'bute' found in an Asda product:

  • The product was withdrawn from shelves on March 8th after testing positive for horse DNA over 1%. It was then tested for 'bute' in line with FSA guidelines.
  • Asda has withdrawn all corned beef products from its Smart Price range.

Full Report: Two sentenced for fraud

Two men have been jailed after swindling two pensioners with advanced dementia out of almost £80,000.

Steven Wood and Ryan Lowe, members of the travelling community, told vulnerable elderly people in North Yorkshire that vital repairs were needed on their homes and gardens.

Trading standards officers found that the work was unnecessary - and that it had not actually been carried out.

Rachel Bullock was at today's sentencing.

Watch her full report below.

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