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How Operation Owl is hunting the killers of North Yorkshire’s birds of prey

North Yorkshire Police hopes to end the widespread killing of birds of prey - and shed the county’s reputation as being the worst part of the country for such crimes. Chris Burn reports.

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Theresa May was in Leeds yesterday to speak to The Yorkshire Post. Pic: Simon Hulme

Theresa May refuses calls to give transport bosses in North same powers as London counterparts

Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to back calls for transport bosses in the North to be given the same powers as their London counterparts, in a bid to deliver £70bn of road and rail improvements and close the yawning divide between Yorkshire’s transport infrastructure and the capital.

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Theresa May visited the offices of The Yorkshire Post on Monday.

Theresa May defends role in trebling tuition fees as she launches review of 'one of world's most expensive systems'

Prime Minister Theresa May has defended the Coalition Government’s decision to treble university tuition fees in 2010 – despite launching a review of the higher education sector after warning that British students now pay some of the highest fees in the world.
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Former soldier Danny Webb has fought alcoholism and now helps other veterans combat their problems. Pic: Scott Merrylees

Danny's toughest battle: How former sergeant major fought alcoholism that almost killed him

A former sergeant major who almost lost his life to alcoholism after leaving the military is now helping other former soldiers to face their addiction problems. Chris Burn reports.

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Sheffield Council has the second largest overspend in the country for children's services.

Yorkshire councils facing child services funding crisis with £34m overspend forecast

Financially-stretched councils across Yorkshire are collectively set to overspend by more than £34m on services for vulnerable and at-risk children this year, new analysis has revealed.
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The closure of the Forensic Science Service in 2012 led to an increased reliance on private sector providers competing to offer services to police forces at the lowest cost.

Firm's collapse into receivership sees forensic scandal retests delayed

Work to reassess evidence in more than 10,000 criminal cases connected with a national forensics scandal is being delayed by the collapse of one of the companies asked to conduct the retests.
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Thousands of criminal convictions have been called into question by the growing scandal.

Exclusive: Secret guidance casts fresh doubt on safety of thousands of criminal convictions linked to forensics scandal

Previously-secret guidance uncovered by The Yorkshire Post has cast fresh doubt on the safety of thousands of criminal convictions linked to a national forensics scandal - with a leading lawyer today suggesting “multiple miscarriages of justice could have been avoided” if it had been made public earlier.
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More than 70,000 people watched the Grand Final between Leeds and Castleford at Old Trafford last year. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Why the first family of darts, boxing and snooker are turning their attention to rugby league

It remains one of Yorkshire’s most popular sports but is rugby league about to be reinvented by the father-and-son who have transformed snooker, boxing and darts? Chris Burn reports.
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Plans to conduct shale gas exploration work in Marsh Lane will be examined at a public inquiry - but have been opposed by local councillors.

Campaigners hail rejection of fracking exploration plan outside Sheffield as victory for local democracy

Anti-fracking campaigners have hailed a council’s decision to reject shale gas exploration plans for a village on the outskirts of Sheffield as a victory for local democracy.

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Many new mums suffer with mental health issues and require support from the NHS.

Leeds NHS team leading the way in helping new mums tackle mental health illnesses

A NHS unit in Leeds is leading the way in helping pregnant women and new mums dealing with mental health issues linked to the pressures of motherhood. Chris Burn reports.

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Protest groups against fracking have been set up across Yorkshire and in North-East Derbyshire.

Fracking safety fears for former coal-mining areas of Yorkshire taken to Government regulator

Concerns about the safety of conducting fracking in former coal-mining areas of Yorkshire have been taken to the Government’s regulator in charge of overseeing the development of the shale gas industry.
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Protests against tree-felling in Sheffield have been taking place for more than two years.

Calls for judge to assess if Sheffield tree contract can be ended for free

Opposition councillors in Sheffield are calling for a retired judge to conduct an independent inquiry into whether the local authority’s controversial highways contract involving the felling of thousands of street trees can be ended for free.

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Thousands of people have objected to the plans for Marsh Lane

Over 3,000 objections to fracking exploration plans at Marsh Lane

Residents living close to a planned shale gas exploration site on the South Yorkshire border will be given the chance to air their views at a council meeting next week after thousands of objections were submitted.

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Many local residents are opposed to the fracking plans

Landmark fracking inquiries for Rotherham and outskirts of Sheffield to begin preliminary hearings within weeks

Lawyers for petrochemical firm Ineos are preparing for two landmark public inquiries as the company looks to kick-start shale gas exploration work in the south of the region as soon as possible. Chris Burn reports.
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Sheffield schools rejected the opportunity to use body scanners which are deployed at some schools in London.

Sheffield schools reject body scanner offer from police to search pupils for knives

Several schools in Sheffield have rejected a police offer to install security arches in a bid to tackle knife crime, it has been revealed.

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It is intended the statue would be based on the character of Billy Casper and his kestrel Kes

Campaign to build 'Kes' statue in memory of Barry Hines takes flight in Barnsley

Fundraising has begun in an attempt to build a statue in memory of one of Yorkshire’s most famous authors in his home town of Barnsley. Chris Burn reports.

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The anti-fracking campaigners willing to risk a criminal record to stop the industry

Anti-fracking activists are so determined to stop the shale gas industry taking root in Yorkshire they are willing to risk criminal records. Chris Burn meets some of those now facing court.

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Demonstrators have been attempting to prevent the removal of trees on Meersbrook Park Road. Pic: Luis Arroyo

Sheffield tree-felling work to resume after 'pause' following assault allegations

Controversial tree-felling work on a Sheffield street will restart next week after being ‘paused’ following clashes between security staff and protesters.
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Demonstrators surrounded a threatened tree on Meersbrook Park Road. Pic: Luis Arroyo

Sheffield tree-felling work 'paused' after assault allegations involving demonstrators and Amey staff

Controversial tree-felling work in Sheffield has been temporarily paused after clashes during protests.

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There have been repeated protests at tree-felling work in Sheffield.

Sheffield tree campaigners believe new evidence shows controversial PFI contract could be ended for free

Tree campaigners in Sheffield believe the city council may be able to terminate a controversial PFI contract linked to the felling of thousands of street trees free of charge.
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