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West Yorkshire's Anti-Human Trafficking Network (WYATN) Holds Its Inaugural Meeting
A ground-breaking project aimed at helping victims of human trafficking holds its first meeting today (TUE) with its potential new members. Representatives from organisations including the Home…
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Album Review: Alison Moyet - Minutes And Seconds Live (Cooking Vinyl…
Young Carers Have Rights Too
Leeds Business Takes Confusion Out Of Way-Finding For People With…
Almost 500 Men Have Potentially Lifesaving Surgery Through Screening
Thousands Of School Children To Benefit From Life-Saving Devices
The Big Cheese Rolls Into Silverdale
TTIP Threatens To Lock In US Power And Influence Over NHS
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Young Carers Have Rights Too


Friday 28 November is Carers Rights Day, the national awareness-raising day which is organised by Carers UK to promote the rights of carers all over the UK.

This year Sheffield Young Carers…

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Wed 26th Nov, 2014 | 5:00pm

Transport Minister Visits Boulby Mine To See Salt Stocks As Winter Planning Continues


Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited one of England's largest suppliers of gritting salt yesterday (24 November 2014) as work continues to ensure the transport system is ready for any severe…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 12:24pm

X Factor Star Switched On Christmas Lights At Airedale Shopping Centre


X-FACTOR star Sam Callahan helped to spread the festive cheer by marking the start of the Christmas countdown in Keighley.

More than 1,500 Callafans flocked to Airedale Shopping Centre to see the…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 9:36pm

Foreign Secretary Remarks Following Iran Talks

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"We have made some good progress in these last few days and have explored together ways of dealing with some of the significant gaps that remain.

"These…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 7:46pm

Choirs Prepare For Busiest Festive Season Yet


More than 400 singers from across West and North Yorkshire are gearing up for their busiest ever season of performances.

Members of Rock Up and Sing! will be taking part in numerous concerts,…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 4:13pm

FCO Minister Condemns Terrorist Attack In Kenya


Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said:

"I strongly condemn the attack that took place in Mandera county, Kenya, today, killing 28 people. I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 8:00pm

Good Causes Win Competition To Exhibit At SheffEX

Representatives from The Children's Hospital Charity at SheffEX in June
Representatives from The Children's Hospital Charity at SheffEX in June
Six good causes have won a competition to exhibit at one of the Sheffield City Region's biggest business events.

Disability Sheffield, Roundabout, St. Luke's Hospice, the Sick Children's Trust,…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 7:18pm

Foreign Secretary Arrives In Vienna For Iran Nuclear Talks

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am here with my French and American colleagues to further discuss the Iranian talks. We will meet with Foreign Minister Zarif later on today. We are…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 5:41pm

A Woolly Good Idea - Tour De France Bunting Turned Into Charity Blankets

L-R: Volunteer knitter and stitcher Pam Oswin, Harrogate Borough Council's Parks Development Officer Kate Dawson, Volunteer knitter and stitcher John Freer and Horticultural Officer Sue Wood
L-R: Volunteer knitter and stitcher Pam Oswin, Harrogate Borough Council's Parks Development Officer Kate Dawson, Volunteer knitter and stitcher John Freer and Horticultural Officer Sue Wood
Thousands of hand knitted miniature jerseys which were hung around the Harrogate district to celebrate the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France are to be given a new lease of life by…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 7:49pm

UK Welcomes UN Action To Sanction Libyan Terrorist Groups

Libyan peace logo - photo Faith Goble
Libyan peace logo - photo Faith Goble
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I welcome the action taken by the UN Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee to list Ansar Al Sharia Benghazi (AAS-B) and Ansar Al Sharia Derna (AAS-D). Both groups…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 2:02pm

Slithery Snakes To Join RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

Robin - photo Genevieve Leaper rspb-images.com
Robin - photo Genevieve Leaper rspb-images.com
More than half a million people are expected to watch and count their garden birds for this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch in January, with some surprising new creatures on the list among our…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 9:23pm

Avian Flu (bird flu) Outbreak In Duck Breeding Farm In Yorkshire

photo by tracy ducasse
photo by tracy ducasse
On 16 November Defra confirmed a case of avian flu (bird flu) in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire. The strain has now been confirmed as H5N8, which is a very low risk to human health and no risk…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 2:00pm

Left Over Holiday Coins Help Find A Cure For Alzheimer's


After a 2 month campaign, local Euro MP Linda McAvan has handed over a heavy bucket of foreign coins to the Alzheimer's Society to help fund their essential research.

Generous local people have…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 10:41am

Transport Secretary In Steeton And Silsden To Hear The Case For Pedestrian Bridge

L-R:Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP, Catherine Coates and Kris Hopkins MP at the busy A629 adjacent to Steeton and Silsden railway station
L-R:Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP, Catherine Coates and Kris Hopkins MP at the busy A629 adjacent to Steeton and Silsden railway station
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin joined Kris Hopkins at Steeton and Silsden railway station today to discuss the Keighley and Ilkley MP's proposal for the construction of a…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 7:42pm

Avian Flu Outbreak In Duck Breeding Farm In Yorkshire

photo by Y.Hino
photo by Y.Hino
Defra has confirmed a case of avian flu outbreak in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire with very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain.

Immediate action has been taken to control…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 2:28pm

New Research Funding To Strengthen Ebola Response

Supplies arriving - photo James Fulker/DFID
Supplies arriving - photo James Fulker/DFID
The UK government and Wellcome Trust will provide over £1 million for new Ebola research projects

A portable device which can test bodily fluids for Ebola and anthropological training for…

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Sun 16th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

Leeds Christmas Lights Switch-On Hits The Heights

The crowd were once again treated to another fantastic fireworks display
The crowd were once again treated to another fantastic fireworks display
It was another night to remember in Victoria Gardens last night, as the city's Christmas lights were switched-on in front of an estimated 15,000 strong crowd.

On hand to join the celebrations…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 9:39pm

Leeds German Christmas Market Set To Wow Visitors Again

The fantastic Leeds Christkindelmarkt
The fantastic Leeds Christkindelmarkt
One of Leeds most popular events, the Christkindelmarkt, is once again set to open its doors on Millennium Square this Friday.

Beginning on Friday 14 November, as one of the centrepieces to the…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 3:44pm

Foreign Secretary And Dutch Foreign Minister Discuss Ukraine

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Dutch Foreign Minister Albert Koenders
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Dutch Foreign Minister Albert Koenders
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Dutch Foreign Minister Albert Koenders discuss latest situation in eastern Ukraine and access to MH17 crash site.

Following their meeting yesterday, Mr…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 11:26am

The Greatest Heist Of All Time Pulls Into Thirsk


Full steam ahead as The Great Train Robbery exhibition arrives in Thirsk this weekend.

At around 3 am on the 8th of August, 1963, £2.6 million was stolen from a Travelling Post Office en…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 11:40am

Foreign Secretary Call To Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin


The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond spoke yesterday to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. The Foreign Secretary restated the UK's strong support for Ukraine's government and people and for…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:35pm

UK Expresses Concern Over Political Instability In Somalia


UK deeply concerned about political instability in Somalia. Urges all parties to resolve differences through political process.

Following plans to table a parliamentary motion calling for a vote…

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Tue 11th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

A Former Police Bike Truly Has A New 'Lease Of Life'


The bike, a BMW RT1200RTP formerly used by West Yorkshire Police's Road Policing Unit, has been donated to the Whiteknights EVS charity and will now be used to deliver blood, samples and…

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Tue 11th Nov, 2014 | 3:27pm

A Grand Day Out In London


A Grand Piano pulled along by 18 cycling men and women took centre stage at the Lord Mayor's Show in London, as Welcome to Yorkshire celebrated a triumphant year of cycling for the county.

The…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 4:33pm

York Minster's Bell Ringers To Mark Remembrance Sunday With Peal Of 1914 Changes

York Minster - photo Glen Bowman
York Minster - photo Glen Bowman
York Minster's bells will be rung in a special act of Remembrance on the afternoon of Sunday 9th November 2014.

The Minster's bells will be rung half-muffled in a solemn act of Remembrance to…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 11:05am

A Big Weekend For Leeds Dock


Leeds Dock are gearing up for a big weekend at the beginning of December with festive food, Frozen fans and boatloads of Elves.

The waterside will be bustling with Leeds Dock Market running 10am…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 1:10pm

Outlet Centre Search For Local People In Need Of Christmas Cheer


Castleford shopping outlet, Junction 32, is on the hunt for worthy shoppers who need the help of a Christmas elf this festive season.

The centre management team will be hiring two Christmas…

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Tue 25th Nov, 2014 | 8:45am

Survey Shows Many Drivers Won't Be Ready When Winter Bites

photo by Alan Levine
photo by Alan Levine
The 2013-2014 Annual Road User Satisfaction Survey (ARUSS) also found almost half of drivers (45%) don't do any winter checks at all on their vehicle.

The Agency spends 12 months preparing for…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 7:59pm

Bradford Bulls To Host Carol Concert


The Provident Stadium will again host a 'Silent Night Carols' event during the festive period.

Tickets can be bought from the stadium.

The evening has been designed to mark the centenary of World…

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Mon 24th Nov, 2014 | 6:29pm

Christmas Rescued For Veterans In-Need

L-R: MoD Area Manager of The Beacon Trevor Morris, Colonel Stephen Padgett OBE, Commander Catterick Garrison, Chair of the SSAFA In-Service Committee Amanda Padgett
L-R: MoD Area Manager of The Beacon Trevor Morris, Colonel Stephen Padgett OBE, Commander Catterick Garrison, Chair of the SSAFA In-Service Committee Amanda Padgett
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has ensured 31 ex-Servicemen and women will enjoy a Christmas Day lunch after a plea was launched for donations for a turkey, vegetables and all the trimmings.

The…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 8:17pm

NHS Volunteers Deployed To Fight Ebola In Sierra Leone

Military trainers show NHS staff how to put on the safety suits they will wear in Sierre Leone. Picture: Simon Davis/DFID
Military trainers show NHS staff how to put on the safety suits they will wear in Sierre Leone. Picture: Simon Davis/DFID
More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone today (22 November 2014) to join Britain's fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 7:47pm

Yorkshire Suit Goes International

David Ward launching the Yorkshire suit in Houses of Parliament
David Ward launching the Yorkshire suit in Houses of Parliament
A pioneering new fabric designed and manufactured in Yorkshire is taking the world by storm because of its functional yet luxury appeal to international customers.

Now the chair of the Yorkshire…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 11:03am

Guidance For Poultry Keepers To Protect Birds From Avian Flu

photo by Martin Abegglen
photo by Martin Abegglen
As part of the government's response to the recent outbreak of avian flu in East Yorkshire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has asked that anyone keeping poultry take…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 8:15pm

Core Cities Meet With William Hague And Boris Johnson

William Hague, Leader of the House and Chair of the Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers with the leaders of the core cities
William Hague, Leader of the House and Chair of the Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers with the leaders of the core cities
This afternoon, the ten leaders and mayors of Core Cities UK, the 'Core Cities Cabinet', met with William Hague MP, chair of The Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers, to discuss a plan to drive…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 5:23pm

Sheffield MP Backs National Road Safety Week

Meg Munn MP
Meg Munn MP
Meg Munn, MP for Sheffield Heeley is backing a national campaign by road safety charity Brake which calls on road users to look out for each other to stop the five deaths and 61 serious injuries…

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Thu 20th Nov, 2014 | 11:50am

Turn Stamps Into Cash For Charity


Blood cancer support charity, Leukaemia CARE, is urging businesses, schools and individuals to save their used and unwanted postage stamps which can be exchanged for cash to help them provide…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 5:01pm

Foreign Secretary Meets US Secretary Of State For Talks


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond this morning welcomed US Secretary of State John Kerry for talks in London. Speaking after the meeting, the Foreign Secretary said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 11:34am

UK To Send Ten Armoured Vehicles To OSCE Ukraine Mission

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that the UK will send ten armoured vehicles with associated communications equipment worth £1.2m to the Organisation for Security and…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 10:21am

Super North Yorkshire Fundraisers Honoured By Air Ambulance

Michael Wood receives his award from John Samuel Yorkshire Air Ambulance Trustee and Finance Director of sponsor Renew
Michael Wood receives his award from John Samuel Yorkshire Air Ambulance Trustee and Finance Director of sponsor Renew
Amazing fundraisers from North Yorkshire have been honoured by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at a special awards evening.

In June last year Michael Wood suffered severe multiple injuries when he was…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 4:24pm

Britain's Love Of Football To Help Boost Ebola Response

photo Martin Lopatka
photo Martin Lopatka
The government will match up to £5 million of public donations to UNICEF's Ebola appeal

The British government will support a major fundraising appeal to help children who have been made…

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Mon 17th Nov, 2014 | 8:00am

Grand Depart Festival Kickstarts New Festival For Yorkshire

The Grand Departs - photo Tim Smith
The Grand Departs - photo Tim Smith
Ambitious plans for a biennial Yorkshire Festival of art and culture starting in 2016 have been announced this week.

The ten year plan, which will see major headlining commissions in a programme…

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Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 12:03pm

UK Welcomes UN Report On ISIL Atrocities In Syria

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, welcomes UN report detailing ISIL's brutality in Syria and underlines the need for those responsible to be held to account.

Speaking after the publication…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 7:00pm

Beefy Cheque Boosts Hospice As Entries Open For 10th Mascot Gold Cup

Lamby and Beefy presented Sue Ryder with a cheque for £2,600
Lamby and Beefy presented Sue Ryder with a cheque for £2,600
Entries were officially opened for the 2015 Mascot Gold Cup this week as Lamby and Beefy presented Sue Ryder with a cheque for £2,600. This amount was the sponsorship raised to run in the…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 2:03pm

Highways Agency Ready For Winter In Yorkshire and Humber

Salt gritter
Salt gritter
The winter may have been mild so far but the Highways Agency in Yorkshire and Humber is ready and prepared for when winter bites and this year has a new salt barn at Broughton, near Scunthorpe.

The…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 5:14pm

Foreign Secretary Visits Sierra Leone To Visit Next Phase Of UK Ebola Response

Ebola supplies arriving - photo James Fulker/DFID
Ebola supplies arriving - photo James Fulker/DFID
Philip Hammond sees early signs of impact of UK support to #EndEbola in #SierraLeone, but says battle has just begun.

Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

West African Farmers Given Chance To Boost Incomes Through UK Investment

Photo: Pete Lewis/Department for International Development
Photo: Pete Lewis/Department for International Development
Farmers in Western Africa will have the opportunity to grow and sell more crops on the open market following a new investment from the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

A…

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Wed 12th Nov, 2014 | 2:29pm

Foreign Secretary & Minister For Armed Forces Visit Sierra Leone

photo by Jullen Harnels
photo by Jullen Harnels
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and Minister for Armed Forces Mark Francois, will visit Sierra Leone on the 12 November to demonstrate the UK's continued support and commitment to defeating…

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Tue 11th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

Foreign Secretary Condemns Suicide Bomb Attack On School In Nigeria

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Following reports of a suicide attack this morning on a school in North East Nigeria, the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, condemned the attack and expressed his support for Nigeria.

"I am…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

Centrepiece Of London Poppy Display Installation To Tour UK For Four Years

photo by Martin Pettitt
photo by Martin Pettitt
Prime Minister David Cameron today announced that a key element of the poppy installation by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper at the Tower of London, commemorating the British and Commonwealth soldiers…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 11:45am

Seven Of Britain's Leading High Streets Crowned Winners In National Competition


Retailers and local traders across Britain were today celebrating as their high streets were crowned top of the shops (8 November 2014).

Yorkshire was represented by Bishopthorpe Road, York which…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 10:07am

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