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Leeds prison report: Most overcrowded and one of the worst performers in England

LEEDS Prison is identified today as the most overcrowded in England, in a report which says jails that are bursting at the seams are twice as likely to under-perform.

Crime
Det Supt Nick Wallen: Police chief who was part of review panel made apology.

Police failed to help schoolgirl grooming victim ‘because they were told to hunt car crooks’

WEST YORKSHIRE Police missed a number of opportunities to stop a gang of Asian men systematically sexually abusing a young girl at a time when senior officers were being held to account by the Home Office for burglary figures and car crime “over and above the exploitation of the vulnerable”.

Crime
The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords  - are there too many peers?

Philip Norton: A smaller Lords is vital for public trust

THE House of Lords adds value and, contrary to what some have said, is justifiable in democratic terms.

Opinion
Network Rail could be broken up to reduce delays.

YP Comment: Rail network’s new direction? Minister’s admission of failure

TWO DECADES after John Major privatised the railways, a policy too controversial for his more radical predecessor Margaret Thatcher, long-suffering passengers continue to pay the price.

Opinion
Twelve men have been sentenced to a total of 130 years for sexually exploiting a young schoolgirl in Keighley

How social workers failed Yorkshire schoolgirl abused by gang of 12

A CATALOGUE of mistakes and missed opportunities by police and social workers was blamed today for failing to protect a vulnerable schoolgirl from West Yorkshire who was systematically abused by a gang of Asian males whom, a court heard, saw her as “utterly worthless”.

Crime
The new Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire will be published today.

Yorkshire’s largest police force to focus on those who go missing

West Yorkshire’s policing tsar will today unveil measures to reduce the number of vulnerable people who go missing across the county.

News 1
Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, is among those to have warned about the rise of secularism.

Andrew Vine: If you don’t like the C-word, tough. Show a little more faith in people over Christmas

FIRST, a warning. I’m about to use the C-word.

Opinion 2
Leeds schoolgirl, 14, died after ‘tragic road traffic collision’

Leeds schoolgirl, 14, died after ‘tragic road traffic collision’

AN “incredibly bright” 14-year-old Leeds schoolgirl suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a car after a day out at Temple Newsam with friends, an inquest heard.

News
Public transport in Leeds has had many false starts.

YP Letters: Leeds public transport and a chronicle of failure

From: Tony Young, Cross Bank, Skipton.

Opinion
An RSPCA picture of the animal

‘Disgraceful’: Body of neglected pony is dumped in farmland near Brigg

THE RSPCA has launched an inquiry after the body of a young pony, with a tow strap tied around its neck, was dumped on farmland south of the Humber.

Crime 1
The M1 in South Yorkshire

Roadworks speed limits scrapped in trial to beat Yorkshire M-way gridlock

Faster speed limits beside motorway roadworks are being trialled on a stretch of the M1 in South Yorkshire to beat delays while routes are improved and repaired.

Transport 1
Nick Freeman, also known as Mr Loophole, has criticised the reliance on speed cameras to police the roads.

“Startling” statistics prompt speed camera criticism from traffic lawyer Mr Loophole

NEW FIGURES have highlighted the increasing gulf between motorists caught speeding by cameras and those caught by uniformed traffic officers.

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Karen Strong and her daughter Rebecca, sister of Jamie, who was killed by a drink driver aged 16.

‘Small measure of justice’ as some killer drivers face life

A West Yorkshire mother, whose son was killed by a drink driver, hopes the introduction of tougher punishments for dangerous motorists will help bereaved families get “some small measure of justice”.

Crime 1
Walkers make their way past the purple heather on the North York Moors

North York Moors ‘faces biggest threat in four decades’

The North York Moors “is more threatened now than at any time in the last four decades” says campaigner Tom Chadwick, who today joins calls for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to protecting England’s National Parks.

Environment 2
health Secretary Jeremy Hunt must recognise the pressures facing junior doctors on hospital wards.

Jayne Dowle: Look after health of those who are saving our lives

HOW would you feel if the person with the power to save your life was too tired to do their job? I am asking because a new poll of trainee doctors finds that punishing working hours are leaving them too exhausted to work. More than half worked beyond their agreed weekly hours, and up to a quarter said weekly working patterns left them short of sleep.

Opinion 2
Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams is a role model for gay athletes.

Stuart Andrew: Those sports stars who have come out throw the spotlight on our footballers

WE have made great progress when it comes to addressing homophobia in sport. There are great examples of some of our leading athletes who have felt able to come out.

Opinion
A new railway station serving Leeds Bradford Airport is among the proposals outlined today by Leeds city council. Pic: Tony Johnson

New stations at airport and White Rose in Leeds’ £270m transport shake-up

Landmark plans to build a new station serving Leeds Bradford Airport have been revealed as part of a £270m transport investment by city leaders.

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TRYING TO KEEP WARM: A rough sleeper in Leeds.

Leeds council to open emergency shelters for city’s homeless

With a recent drop in temperatures and forecasts of freezing weather, Leeds City Council is preparing to help protect rough sleepers by opening its emergency shelters.

News 4
Rail ministers have defended the decision not to electrfity the line from Selby to Hull.

Paul Maynard: Why I will not electify Hull to Selby railway route

THIS is an edited version of a letter sent by Rail Minister Paul Maynard to David Davis, Haltemprice and Howden MP, following a constituent’s complaint about the Government dropping plans to electrify the Selby to Hull route.

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