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York Minster advertises for £7,000-a-year head of bell tower

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The authorities at York Minster are advertising for a new so-called head of bell tower – four months after they sacked the entire team of volunteer bellringers.

The successful applicant, who will be paid around £7,000 a year for a 10-hour week, will help the Minster recruit a new band of bellringers.

The old team were sacked in October over what the Minster said were 'safeguarding concerns'. It came after one one member was accused of indecent assault, but never charged.


Armed police help 'persecuted' Christian family flee their Bradford home.

A family have been forced to flee their home under armed police guard amid fears for their safety after suffering what they say is eight years of persecution for converting from Islam to Christianity.

Calendar first told of father-of-six Nissar Hussain's story over a year ago when he was beaten up in an attack outside his Bradford home which left him with two broken bones.

Today police proved an armed escort as the family collected their belongings from the house. The Hussain's say police have told them there was a credible threat to their lives. Jon Hill reports.

Sacked bellringers stage defiant protest

Volunteer bellringers who have been sacked from York Minster have staged a defiant protest by ringing the bells at another church in the city.

By contrast, the bells at the Minster stayed silent - and may remain so until after Christmas. Chris Kiddey reports.

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