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  1. Amputee Ben Lovell to lead charity climb up Ben Nevis

    A West Yorkshire man who set up a fitness retreat for amputees after losing his leg is to lead a group of people up Ben Nevis.

    Ben Lovell

    Ben Lovell, 42, from Bradford, had his leg amputated above the knee after a blood clot in 2017.

    He started running week-long camps in Tenerife for amputees to build their fitness and confidence and will soon offer free places for child amputees.

    Mr Lovell has so far raised over £13,000, enabling him to run his first "Amp Camp" for children next February.

    So far in his fundraising Mr Lovell has walked up Helvellyn and Scafell Pike in the Lake District, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks, walked 10 laps of Ogden Water in Halifax and jumped out of a plane in Devon.

    He has also walked Pen Y Fan, Cribin and Corn Du in the Brecon Beacons.

    The Ben Nevis climb will see up to 50 people, several of whom are amputees, take part to raise money for the children's Amp Camp.

    Mr Lovell said: "Part of these walks is about raising money, but I have realised there are a lot of amputees with mental health problems, so they can get out and meet new people."

  2. Family's tribute to teenager following fatal A15 lorry crash

    The family of a teenager who died after the car he was driving was involved in a crash say he was "a lovely person".

    Billy Sadler,

    Billy Sadler's Ford Fiesta and a lorry collided on the A15 near RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln, at about 04:45 on Monday 9 August, according to Lincolnshire Police.

    Mr Sadler, 18, died at the scene. Two passengers were hurt, one seriously, and were taken to hospital.

    The lorry driver was not injured.

    In a tribute released today Mr Sadler's family described him as "a lovely person who just wanted to be involved and be friends with everyone."

    The family said: "He was the middle of our three children, Libby (19), Billy (18) and Jack (16) and while they were close in age, they were an even closer unit.

    “We have taken comfort from all the messages of love and support from immediate family and friends and it is apparent from those messages that Billy was much loved and will be greatly missed by many.

    "As a family, we are devastated, and life will never be the same again without Billy."

    Anyone who saw what happened, or who has dashcam footage of the incident, has been asked to contact Lincolnshire Police.

  3. Appeal after 'unexplained' death of man in Rotherham

    Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Maltby area of Rotherham earlier in the week is being asked to contact police after a man was found dead at his home.

    Stone Park Close

    The 47-year-old, whose death police have described as "unexplained", was found in his home in Stone Park Close, at about 23:00.

    A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "We're working to establish the exact circumstances surrounding his death.

    "We’re asking for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening to come forward.

    "No arrests have been made at this stage and we are currently awaiting the full results of a post-mortem examination."

  4. Painted phone exchange boxes highlight loan shark dangers

    Telephone exchange boxes in Gainsborough have been given a makeover to raise awareness of the perils of debt and loan sharks.

    Painted telephone exchange boxes

    Ten boxes have been designed and painted by young people as part of a project with LEAP, a social housing charity.

    Heidi De Wolf, from the charity said: "We wanted some of the designs to encourage conversations about taboo things such as financial difficulties.

    "The message is there, there’s a loan shark eating lots of money and there’s a person screaming for help".

    Painted telephone exchange box

    The charity says it hopes the boxes will not only raise a smile but help people in the community speak out when they need help.

    Councillor Judy Rainsforth, from West Lindsey District Council, said: "If they stop just one person going to a loan shark, then they’ve done their job."