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Yorkshire businessman in Oz seaplane crash

Tributes have been paid to a British family - including a high-profile businessman and an 11-year-old girl - after they were killed in a seaplane crash in Sydney on New Year's Eve.

Leeds-born Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old chief executive of FTSE 100 company Compass Group, died alongside his sons Will and Edward, aged 25 and 23, his fiancee Emma Bowden, 48, and her young daughter Heather while they were on holiday in Australia.

The group were were on a return flight to Sydney's Rose Bay, close to Sydney Harbour, when the small aircraft apparently nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River off Jerusalem Bay, 25 miles north of Sydney city centre, at about 3.10pm on Sunday.

A sixth person on board, Sydney Seaplanes pilot Gareth Morgan, 44, also died.

Friends and colleagues described Mr Cousins, who was a graduate of the University of Sheffield, as "well known and respected" after he helped transform Compass' fortunes upon becoming the ailing catering firm's boss in 2006. He had been due to step down from the role in March this year.

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Yorkshire sign Aussie star Handscomb for 2017

Australian Test star Peter Handscomb has signed for Yorkshire County Cricket Club for the forthcoming season.

Peter Handscomb

Handscomb made his Test debut for Australia at the end of November and has impressed as a top order batsman, scoring 105 in only his second match for the baggy green.

The 25-year-old has played 64 First-Class matches and has a batting average of 41.37. The Victoria and Melbourne Stars batsman will be available to play in all three formats for Yorkshire over the summer.

Peter Handscomb

Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket said: “We are delighted to secure Peter’s signature for the 2017 season. Peter is a player that we have been aware of for a couple of years now and he has made an excellent start to his Test career.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Headingley and hope that he enjoys playing his cricket for Yorkshire next year.”

– Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket

“Peter is someone that we have had our eye on for a while. We looked at him as an option for last season, but the schedules didn’t quite work out. Since then he has gone from strength-to-strength, breaking into the Australian team and scoring his first Test hundred last week.

“We are getting a guy who is on the up. He is young and wants to prove himself on the biggest stage. That will be good for us in county cricket.

“Number three is where he might slot into in county cricket, but that is yet to be decided. He gives us another option with the gloves as well as he keeps wicket in the shorter forms for Victoria.

“The good thing is that he is a good player in all formats which suits us well given that he will be available for most of the season.”

– Andrew Gale, First Team Coach

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The moment mother and son are reunited after 53 years

Watch the moment a mother and son are reunited after 53 years apart. Ann Lowery was forced to give her son Gary Collins up for adoption. But Gary tracked down his mother - who lives in Ripon - after a decade-long search - and flew in from Australia at the weekend.

Rescued man's family praise emergency services

A family in Lincolnshire has paid tribute to the emergency services in Australia for saving the life of their son after he went missing in the wilderness for two days.

Robert Fairchild, whose parents live in Hemingby near Horncastle, is still recovering in hospital after his ordeal. But rescuers say if it had taken any longer to find him, the outcome would have been much worse.

Lisa Adlam reports:

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