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How much has recorded crime risen in West Yorkshire?

THE NUMBER of recorded crimes in West Yorkshire rose by more than a fifth in a year, according to the latest statistics. Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 220,379 crimes recorded by the county’s police for

today, 18:37 in Yorkshire & Humber

Leeds hotel launches alcohol-free bar menu

A country hotel is targeting Dry January abstainers by offering a 'dry' drinks list in its bars. Oulton Hall, near Rothwell, devised the menu in response to sober customers' complaints that they did not know what to order without alcohol. The choices, wh

today, 14:46 in Yorkshire & Humber

Man turns his life around with help from second-hand furniture shop

A man who was both unemployed and homeless was given a helping hand to turn his life around from a second-hand furniture shop. After a period of illness, which led him to become jobless and temporarily without a home, Martyn Haytack, 60, was provided wit

today, 13:26 in Yorkshire & Humber

COLUMN: Behind the scenes...with The Hepworth Wakefield

Introducing our new monthly glimpse inside the world of the city’s acclaimed gallery. Happy New Year! I’m delighted to welcome you to the very first of our monthly columns. We’ll be sharing stories and bringing you news from behind the scenes at The Hepw

today, 12:06 in Yorkshire & Humber

College plans to take on former deeds building

The former Registry of Deeds building could be bought by Wakefield College and transformed into facilities for its catering, performing arts and special needs students. The college is preparing a planning application requesting permission to refurbish th

today, 10:49 in Yorkshire & Humber

Hospitals issue safety alerts

Urgent measures are being taken to tackle overcrowding in hospitals after safety warnings were issued. The district’s hospitals were on the second highest alert level after struggling to treat all the patients turning up at A&E. Latest figures...

today, 10:49 in Yorkshire & Humber

Plenty to see and hear on Wakefield’s Artwalk on January 25

The first Artwalk of 2017 will showcase local and national artists with an evening of music, art and entertainment. On Wednesday January 25 expect everything from Roma folk music at Wakefield Cathedral to Faceless Arts’ pop-up exhibition on Wood Street.

today, 10:49 in Yorkshire & Humber

Controlled explosions carried out on chemicals at Yorkshire schools

Over 40 schools in North and West Yorkshire have been visited by army bomb disposal experts after it was discovered they were storing a potentially hazardous chemical on their premises. Controlled explosions had to be carried out at the schools - among t

today, 10:49 in Yorkshire & Humber

The Yorkshire GP who says we can think ourselves slim

Yorkshire GP Dr Julie Coffey has written two books to help us lead healthier lifestyles. Catherine Scott reports. Yorkshire GP Dr Julie Coffey believes we really can think ourselves slim. The Sheffield doctor has just written her second book, Think Yours

yesterday, 15:50 in Yorkshire & Humber

DVLA VED car tax: Find out how much you will pay!

New tax rules will end up costing South Yorkshire motorists hundreds of pounds when they come into force in April. DVLA’s VED is set for an overhaul that means cars that previously dodged a bill will now be liable with environmental vehicle excise duty i

yesterday, 15:39 in Yorkshire & Humber

Arriva’s Karen is top female bus driver in UK

Arriva driver Karen Wilson, from the Castleford depot, has been named the UK’s top female driver at this year’s bus awards. She also claimed third place for the Top National Driver award, which rewards drivers who go that extra mile. She said; “I am hono

yesterday, 14:06 in Yorkshire & Humber

Man banned from city centre for persistent anti-social behaviour

A man could be sent to prison for entering Wakefield city centre after being issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order. James McMaster, 56, is also banned from drinking alcohol in public and threatening others, under the order which was served at Leeds Magi

yesterday, 13:56 in Yorkshire & Humber

Reverse the cycle sets up shop in new home

A bike charity that provides training and support for young people has found a new home. Reverse the Cycle takes children from across the district and teaches them how to strip, repair and rebuild bikes. Now based at the Kinsley and Fitzwilliam Community

yesterday, 13:41 in Yorkshire & Humber

‘Bus changes will leave our village isolated’

Distressed villagers fear they will be cut off from shops and amenities after it was revealed a bus route, connecting them to neighbouring towns, will no longer stop in the area. The number 30 service, operated by Stagecoach, currently stops in Thorpe Au

yesterday, 13:32 in Yorkshire & Humber

1,000-day challenge to improve the life chances of babies

Last year’s annual public health report set out a challenge to improve the health of babies in their first 1,000 days of life. It said health problems like heart disease, lung disease and cancer all have their beginnings in early life, including the 270

yesterday, 13:32 in Yorkshire & Humber

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