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Primary school league tables 2017: Yorkshire is worst performing region

Primary school league tables 2017: Yorkshire is worst performing region

Yorkshire is the worst performing region in the country for pupils failing to meet the expected standard by the end of primary school, according to new league tables. In some parts of the county, including Doncaster and Leeds, only just over half of...

5 min. ago in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Man seen walking down motorway with a suitcase

Man seen walking down motorway with a suitcase

A man was spotted walking along the M62 motorway pulling a suitcase. Police said they received several calls from drivers this morning in relation to the incident. It occurred on the M62 Eastbound at Junction 31, for Normanton and Castleford, at about...

50 min. ago in Yorkshire & Humber
 
M62 'carriageway defect' near Wakefield causes lane closure

M62 'carriageway defect' near Wakefield causes lane closure

A lane of the M62 has been closed near Wakefield while repairs are made to the carriageway. Highways England has warned driver that one lane of the westbound carriageway at junction 30 is closed due to a 'carriageway defect'. There is no time estimate...

today, 13:23 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Wakefield Christmas hamper appeal is a success

After weeks of hard work, we are delighted to announce that the Christmas Hamper Appeal 2017 has been a success once again. Thanks to the Express readers, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry, Ackworth School, Camel Concrete and the...

today, 13:06 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Wakefield coroners seek information on family of Castleford man

Wakefield coroners seek information on family of Castleford man

Coroners in Wakefield are appealing for information to trace relatives of a Castleford man who died earlier this month. Clive Bragen, 68, passed away on December 5 at his home on Sheldrake Road. Efforts to find his next of kin have proved unsuccessful...

today, 13:06 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Mary Creagh: Brexit deal has more fudge than a Christmas stocking

Mary Creagh: Brexit deal has more fudge than a Christmas stocking

Last week the UK government finally reached an agreement with the EU to move onto the next phase of Brexit negotiations. So 18 months after the referendum result, and after a week of serious embarrassment and frantic late night phone calls, the Prime...

today, 11:19 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Joanna’s Apprentice dream crsuhed after “savage” interview round

Joanna’s Apprentice dream crsuhed after “savage” interview round

Joanna Jarjue’s dreams of being named The Apprentice came to an end last night when she was finally given the boot from the BBC show by Lord Alan Sugar. The 23-year-old hopeful made it to the final five candidates and the dreaded interview stage of...

today, 10:08 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
10 books to give this Christmas

10 books to give this Christmas

Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Or are a book worm yourself? Well either way we have ten book recommendations for the festive season.

today, 07:01 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Shocking reasons people give up their dogs to Dogs Trust revealed

Shocking reasons people give up their dogs to Dogs Trust revealed

Pet charity Dogs Trust have revealed the shocking real reasons people give up dogs as they prepare for the post-Christmas influx of unwanted dogs. The organisation, who in 2016 cared for over 15,000 dogs in its 21 UK centres, are urging the British...

yesterday, 17:36 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Can you get sued for clearing snow and ice from your driveway? And what you should NEVER use

Can you get sued for clearing snow and ice from your driveway? And what you should NEVER use

With the first snows of winter arriving in many parts of the country, the cold snap has meant there’s plenty of the white stuff on the streets, and on people's driveways. But despite there being more forecast and a white Christmas looking a distinct...

yesterday, 17:17 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
How to get a refund on your Peter Kay tickets

How to get a refund on your Peter Kay tickets

Funnyman Peter Kay has been forced to cancel his long-awaited upcoming UK tour - leaving fans heartbroken and wondering how to get refunds. The stand-up star has cancelled his 2018 and 2019 UK tour including Leeds Arena. He was set to play more than...

yesterday, 15:27 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Plan to get names of war dead listed on Ossett's memorial

Plan to get names of war dead listed on Ossett's memorial

It is a milestone that will be commemorated by thousands up and down the country - November 11, 2018. The date will mark the moment 100 years ago when the armistice was signed, ending the First World War. And in Ossett, it is a day that could hold a...

yesterday, 14:07 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Pupils delighted with advent treats

Pupils delighted with advent treats

Youngsters at Three Lane Ends Academy in Castleford were delighted when they were presented with an advent calendar, thanks to the PeelsAppeal campaign. More than 400 calendars were handed over to the school by Louise Peel who set up the initiative to...

yesterday, 11:04 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Exclusive: Archbishop’s intervention could finally end Yorkshire devolution stalemate

Exclusive: Archbishop’s intervention could finally end Yorkshire devolution stalemate

A possible solution to Yorkshire’s long-running devolution stalemate that could see a region-wide mayor elected by May 2020 has emerged after an intervention by the Archbishop of York, The Yorkshire Post can reveal. A letter by Dr John Sentamu to...

Tuesday, 19:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
Tips to avoid being scammed this Christmas

Tips to avoid being scammed this Christmas

It’s an unfortunate fact that, for most of us, a Merry Christmas will involve a bit of expense. All that festive cheer and those family gatherings won’t pay for themselves, which is why so many people in the UK turn to their flexible friend. Of...

Tuesday, 17:23 in Yorkshire & Humber
 
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