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  1. 'Bogus' council worker steals from Hull woman's home

    A suspected thief posed as a council worker to get into a 94-year-old woman's home in Hull and steal her purse and walking stick.

    A sign on Hardy Street

    The woman invited the bogus caller into her home after he claimed to be from the council but, when he left 20 minutes later, she realised her purse, which contained a small amount of money, was gone, police say.

    Officers are trying to track down a suspect, described as white, about 5ft 8ins, slim, clean shaven and wearing a brown rain coat, following the incident on Hardy Street at about 12:00 yesterday.

    Humberside Police are reminding members of the public to "be vigilant if they are suspicious about anyone who comes to their door" and always ask for identification.

  2. Man jailed for death threats to 'anti-Brexit' MPs

    A man who made death threats in calls to the offices of MPs he saw as "anti-Brexit" has been jailed for 18 weeks.

    Robert Vidler

    Robert Vidler, 64, from Harrow, north-west London, threatened six MPs, including Nicky Morgan who was told her "days were numbered", prosecutors said.

    Vidler had denied making the expletive-laden calls and voicemails, claiming he let friends use his phone when drunk.

    He was found guilty of five charges of harassment without violence and three counts of sending menacing messages.

    City of London Magistrates heard the father-of-three called the offices of independent MP Nick Boles, Tory MPs Ms Morgan and Dominic Grieve, and Labour MPs Sir Keir Starmer, Barry Gardiner and Jenny Chapman.

    All of the calls, made in January, were intercepted by staff working for the MPs.

  3. CCTV appeal after Sheffield alleyway robbery

    CCTV images have been released of two people police want to speak to in connection with a robbery on a busy Sheffield road last month.

    Two men

    The victim was led down an alleyway by two men after withdrawing £100 on West Street at about 04:30 on 11 July.

    The 19-year-old was then assaulted before the suspects left the scene with his wallet and bank card.

    The card was used a short time later at a petrol station.

  4. Arrest over 'petrol bomb' thrown at a house in Hull

    A man has been arrested after a petrol bomb was allegedly thrown at a house in Hull.

    Mersey Street, Hull

    Humberside Police said a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage in connection with the incident on Mersey Street on 28 July.

    He’s been bailed to appear at a police station later this month with police appealing continuing to carry out investigations.

    The force believe three other men may have been involved and want to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information.

  5. Sheffield Spearmint Rhino decision expected next month

    A decision on whether to renew the licence of a controversial Sheffield strip club is due to be made next month.

    A woman in heels

    Sheffield City Council’s sub-licensing committee will meet on 16 September to make a decision to either grant or deny a licence to Spearmint Rhino, in Brown Street.

    In April Zero Option Sheffield said private investigators witnessed dancers performing sex acts at the venue during two undercover visits and called for it to be shut down.

    However, staff have staged protests outside the Town Hall to keep it open.

  6. 'People should report anti-social behaviour not Tweet it'

    Boston Councillors are asking people to report antisocial behaviour to the police rather than posting pictures of it online.


    It follows a number of social media posts this week, including a photograph of a man urinating on the town's war memorial.

    Councillor Paul Skinner from Boston Borough Council says the posts paint an unduly negative picture of the town.

    Quote Message: I can't understand why people would want to be negative. Channel that negativity into actually doing something positive. Dial 101......if it's happening the people in authority need to know." from Paul Skinner Councillor on Boston Borough Council
    Paul SkinnerCouncillor on Boston Borough Council
  7. Motorway re-opens after lorry crash

    The M606 near Bradford has re-opened following a lorry crash earlier today.

    Lorry crash

    The road was shut in both directions between Junction 1 at Chain Bar and Junction 3 at Staygate for more than three hours.

    Thanking motorists for their patience, Highways England warned there may be some delays while the traffic clears.

  8. Sheffield-born Harry Maguire to be most expensive defender

    Footballer Harry Maguire is set to become the world's most expensive defender after Manchester United agreed an £80m deal with Leicester.

    Harry Maguire

    The 26-year-old centre-back was born in Sheffield and came through the youth system before joining Hull City.

    He made his England debut in August 2017 and was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

  9. Drax workers accept new pay offer after strike threat

    Workers at Drax power station have accepted a new pay offer after threatening to go on strike.


    Almost 400 workers had been set to stage six, 48-hour walkouts between July and December over a pay dispute.

    But the strike was suspended just days before the first walk was due to take place out after a new pay offer was made.

    The Unite union say workers voted by "large majority" to accept the offer "which was hammered out after a tough set of negotiations".

    Regional officer Kelvin Mawer said: “Unite looks forward to a continuing constructive relationship with the management on pay and employment issues going forward."

    A Drax spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce that a pay dispute at Drax Power Station has been resolved with members of the Unite, GMB and Prospect unions voting in favour of accepting an improved two year pay deal offered by Drax.”

  10. Man attacked with 'mallet' in burglary

    A man suffered a broken jaw after being attacked with what police believe was a mallet during a burglary in Waddington, near Lincoln.


    The man, in his 20s, was assaulted by two men at property in Adelaide Close between 14:30 and 15:00 on Sunday.

    Lincolnshire Police said the assailants stole a quantity of cash.

    The suspects are described as white, with English accents, aged around 35 - 40.

    One was over six-foot tall, of broad build and wearing all black while the other was around 5'6" with black hair and a black goatee beard, and wearing a grey tracksuit.

  11. Police discover cannabis farm during crackdown in Leeds

    Drugs worth an estimated £400,000 have been seized and more than 30 people arrested as part of a crackdown on organised crime in Leeds.

    Cannabis farm

    Cannabis plants worth about £320,000 were found growing at a property off Roseville Road in Harehills as police searched 12 addresses across the city

    Thursday's raids, which were part of Operation Momentum, saw 14 people arrested and £60,000 worth of class A drugs seized.

    Cannabis farm

    In May, West Yorkshire Police arrested 21 people as part of the same operation and recovered weapons including an axe, knives and a Taser.

  12. Leeds United youngster accepts FA betting breach charge

    Leeds United have given their backing to Jordan Stevens after the teenager was charged by the Football Association with a breach of betting regulations.

    Jordan Stevens

    In a statement issued on the club's site, Leeds said they were "committed to standing by and supporting" Stevens.

    The midfielder, 19, who was signed from Forest Green in February 2018, is alleged to have placed 59 bets last season and has accepted the FA charge.

    He has made one first-team appearance since arriving at Elland Road.

  13. Woman airlifted for treatment after Driby Top collision

    A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a three-car crash in Lincolnshire.


    Emergency services were called to the A16 at Driby Top near Alford just before 11:00 this morning.

    The road remains closed and police are appealing for witnesses.

  14. New exhibition celebrates Windrush-era Caribbeans

    A new exhibition celebrating the lives of Jamaicans who settled in Leeds after World War Two has opened.

    Posters from the exhibition

    Called "Eulogy", it will run until 1 September at Leeds Central Library.

    It documents the lives of West Indians who travelled to the UK to fill labour shortages in the NHS and many other industries.

    It aims to reflect the contribution immigrants made to the economy and culture of of the city.

    The event, organised by Jamaica Society Leeds, is supported by an £82,000 National Lottery Heritage Fund grant.

  15. In pictures: M606 closed near Bradford after lorry crash

    This was the scene a short time ago after a crash involving a lorry closed the M606 near Bradford.

    Lorry crash

    The road is currently closed southbound from junction three to junction one, with disruption on the northbound carriageway as well.

    Traffic on the road

    Highways England shared pictures on Twitter of the collision and said police and traffic officers are on the scene.

  16. High tide attracts extra feathery visitors to RSPB reserve

    High tides this morning have brought a number of our feathered friends to an RSPB reserve near Boston.

    Roughly 2,700 black-tailed godwits were spotted.

    More high tides are expected this weekend:

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  17. Flood-hit bike festival hosts 'overwhelmed' by support

    The hosts of a mountain bike festival which was cancelled after this week's flash flooding in North Yorkshire say they've been "completely overwhelmed" with messages of support.

    The clean up operation

    The Ard Rock event was due to take place this weekend near Reeth in Swaledale, but the site was "submerged" when a month's rain fell in four hours.

    Over the past few days, a clean-up operation has been under way at the Dales Bike Centre, which was set to host the event, with people turning up to help with "shovels and brushes" to help.

    Dales Bike Centre

    A post on the centre's Facebook page said: "Just looking across our social media outlets we’re completely overwhelmed with messages of support and offers of help.

    "It’s truly heartening and has certainly kept spirits high."

    The rescued fish

    The centre was said to have "come off very lightly" from the flooding and is already back up and running and open for business.

    Meanwhile, a goldfish rescued from a puddle in the road by the owner of the centre is said to be "enjoying its new home".

  18. Lincolnshire firefighters continue to help with dam effort

    Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service crews who've been helping to pump water from a reservoir in Derbyshire after part of its wall collapsed, are expected to be there for several days.


    About 1,500 people in Whaley Bridge moved out of their homes yesterday after the partial collapse on Thursday.

    An RAF helicopter has been dumping bags of sand, gravel and stone onto the wall of the reservoir to stop it from bursting and flooding the town below.

  19. Police in CCTV appeal after £700 stolen from Hull venue

    Police have released CCTV images of three people they want to speak to after £700 in cash was stolen from a venue in Hull.

    Three people Humberside Police want to identify

    Officers want to speak to two men and a woman after a bag of money was taken from an office at Union Mash Up on Princes Avenue.

    The trio entered the venue together at about 23:00 on Monday 8 July, with a man suspected of taking the money.

    Union Mash Up

    Officers want to hear from anyone who recognises the people in the photographs or who has any information about the burglary.

  20. Crash closes motorway near Bradford

    A crash involving a lorry has closed the M606 near Bradford.

    The M62 will be affected and the M606 northbound and southbound will be severely disrupted, West Yorkshire Police warn.

    The southbound carriageway will be fully closed for some time, according to West Yorkshire Police:

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