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Harrogate footballers crowned world champions

A squad of ex-professionals and veteran amateurs from Harrogate Veterans FC have been crowned football World Champions for the 4th time.

Harrogate Veterans FC have been crowned football Seniors World Champions for the 4th time Credit: Paul Bell

The Harrogate Veterans have represented England at the annual Seniors World Cup in Thailand for the past 10 years - the players are in their 40s and 50s.

They won the World Cup in 2016 and this year proved victorious again, defeating Iran 2-0 in the final in the torrid tropical temperatures of Northern Thailand.

The tournament was first played in 2006 following the devastating tsunami that hit the country.

Authorities hoped the competition, featuring teams from around the world, would help rebuild tourism after the disaster - and provide additional football coaching for underprivileged children.


Brit, 31, falls to death from hotel balcony in Thailand

Christopher Laidler was on holiday in the resort of Pattaya. Credit: Family handout

A 31-year-old British man has fallen to his death from a hotel balcony in Thailand.

Christopher Laidler, from Pontefract, was on holiday in the resort of Pattaya at the time.

He fell into the street below in the early hours of Friday and is understood to have died on his way to hospital.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed a man had died and they were providing assistance to his family.

Friend who sparked global blood donation campaign 'overwhelmed' by response

A friend of a Leeds student at the centre of a global appeal for blood donation has thanked people for their response.

Lucy Hill was just one week into her gap year after when her moped was hit by a car on Saturday morning.

Her friend Lauren Hall was there when the accident happened and set up the Facebook appeal to find donors with the rare A-negative blood type..

Post from the Facebook page of Lauren Hall Credit: Facebook / Lauren Hall

Lucy remains in a Thai hospital, but is said to be 'out of danger'.

Student said to be 'out of danger' in Thai hospital

A student from Leeds seriously injured in a road accident in Thailand is said to be out of danger - thanks to a remarkable appeal for blood donors on social media.

University student Lucy Hill was on a gap year when she was knocked off a moped in the Northern city of Chiang Mai. It was feared the 21-year-old could die if enough donors didn't come forward.

But an urgent appeal online for donors of Lucy's rare blood type - A Negative - was shared more than 100,000 times - leading to queues outside the hospital two hours before it opened.

More than £1500 raised so far to help British crash victim in Thailand

More £1500 has so far been raised to help a Leeds student with a rare blood type who is fighting for life in hospital after being involved in a serious moped crash in Thailand.

Lucy Hill is in intensive care in Thailand after a serious moped crash

Lucy Hill, 21, was just one week into her gap year after graduating from Leeds Beckett University when her moped was hit by a car on Saturday morning at around 7.30am local time. She is now in intensive care and has had emergency surgery but needs blood transfusions.

Lucy has 'A Negative' blood type which is rare among people of Asian origin, and an international appeal has been issued to find donors in the country.

Her friend Lauren Hall, said they are 'relying on anyone of european descent' to help.


Leeds' man's Thailand holiday death fall

A man from West Yorkshire has died after falling from a balcony while on holiday in Thailand.

Naami Keyghobad, 28, from Leeds, is believed to have fallen from the fourth floor of a guest house where he had been staying in the popular holiday resort of Pattaya.

His family have now confirmed that Naami had traveled to Thailand on December 4 and was due to spend Christmas abroad, before returning to the UK just before New Year.

It has been reported that four transgender women have been arrested by Thai police in connection with his death, which happened at around 7.30pm on Tuesday.

He was reportedly found in an alleyway and taken to a local hospital where he later died.

"Naami, who was 28 years old, travelled to Thailand on holiday on December 4 and was due to return on December 30.

"We are obviously very distressed by the news of his death and are concerned that there will be unhelpful speculation about the circumstances in which he died.

"We are asking the media to consider carefully the impact that reporting such speculation can have on us at what is a very difficult time.

"We are requesting that the media allow us complete privacy to deal with our grief and should recognise that any contact from them will be unwelcome."

– Family statement

"We are providing support to the family of a British national who died in Thailand on 15 December, and are also in contact with local authorities regarding the death."

– Foreign Office spokesperson

Barnsley man stuck in Thailand without travel insurance

A Barnsley man trapped in Thailand after being virtually paralysed by a rare condition has told Calendar he didn't realise he wasn't covered by travel insurance.

Speaking from intensive care at a hospital in Bangkok, Craig Lindley, seen here with his brother Karl, says he applied for insurance online, but has since discovered the transaction failed.

Family and friends have rallied round to pay for his treatment and flight home next week, with costs now spiralling to more than £80,000.

David Hirst reports:

You can keep up with Craig's progress on his Facebook and Twitter feeds

Coma teacher's family to appeal acquittal

The family of Keighley teacher Adam Pickles who left in a coma following a brutal assault in Thailand have appealed against the decision to acquit his alleged attacker.

Adam Pickles

Pickles was attacked in Thailand almost three years ago while teaching in the country.

He's now recovering and his family say he's making slow but hopeful progress.

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