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Family of 12-year-old boy electrocuted on railway cable pay tribute after inquest finds his death was an accident

The family of a 12-year-old boy who was electrocuted on a railway power line in West Yorkshire have paid tribute to their "fantastic lad".
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Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box

Wakefield Council leave vulnerable children at risk, damning Ofsted report says

The social care Wakefield Council provides for children has been deemed 'inadequate' in all areas by Ofsted.
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Tributes left to Spencer Walker shortly after his death.

Boy, 12, electrocuted after climbing on rail bridge, inquest told

A boy was electrocuted after touching an overhead railway cable whilst climbing on the side of a footbridge, an inquest has been told.

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Principal Ray Henshaw

School bids for £250k to launch careers programme across Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire school is bidding for £250,000 of funding to introduce a new programme of careers education across the Yorkshire region, its principal has said.
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Wakefield Town Hall, where the meeting was held.

New committee has first meeting as Wakefield Council takes steps to improve its children's services

Concern has been raised over figures showing that a rising number of children in care in Wakefield are being moved placements three or more times in one year.

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Minsthorpe principal Ray Henshaw

School to hold fundraising day for family of young West Yorkshire man who died in Ibiza

The former school of a West Yorkshire teenager who has died abroad will hold a non-uniform day to support his family.

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Fundraising campaign launched to support family of West Yorkshire teen who died abroad

A fundraising campaign has been set up to support the family of a 19-year-old who has died abroad.
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West Yorkshire school pays tribute to 'talented' former pupil who died in Ibiza swimming pool tragedy

A 19-year-old who has died in Ibiza was a talented rugby player who had a zest for life and always made people smile, his former school has said in a touching tribute.
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More people in Yorkshire and the Humber are donating their organs.

New figures show more people in Yorkshire are donating their organs

Soaring numbers of people in Yorkshire and the Humber are saving lives by donating their organs.

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Children at Outwood Primary Academy Park Hill.

Refurbishment plan for six Yorkshire schools taken over by collapsed WCAT academy chain

An academy chain which has taken over six primary and secondary schools after the collapse of a Yorkshire trust has revealed plans for refurbishment projects to improve facilities for students.

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Edith Mackie, pictures supplied by The Forgotten Women of Wakefield project.

Research group share story of Wakefield's 'silent saviour' and pioneer for social reform Edith Mackie

Her influence on the city lasted several decades, but the name Edith Mackie is little known on the streets of Wakefield today.

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The launch of the Baroness Bacon Beer in the House of Commons' Strangers Bar.

Raising a glass to Baroness Bacon: Beer goes on tap in Parliament to celebrate Yorkshire's first female MP

Glasses have been raised in parliament in honour of Yorkshire’s first female MP.
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Leeds artist brings woodland creatures to life with new textile exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

From hedgehogs playing brass bells to dapperley-dressed moles, fairytale creatures are being brought to life in a new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Lesley McLean, Mark Burns-Williamson and Baroness Helen Newlove.

Baroness Newlove speaks up for child victims as new services launch in West Yorkshire

The national champion for victims and witnesses of crime has spoken about the impact of offences on children at the official launch of a new service in Yorkshire to help youngsters.

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Beate Wagner

Fears Ofsted inspection of Wakefield Council's children's services has come too soon for improvements to show

The head of children’s services in Wakefield, where Ofsted found vulnerable children were being left at risk of harm, fears the council has not had enough time to put improvements in place before being visited again by the watchdog.
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Lisa Grant at St Catherine's Food Bank

Plea for donations to raise £6,000 to support 'lifeline' food bank in Wakefield

Donations are desperately needed to support a lifeline food bank that hands out more than 100 meal parcels to those in need every week.

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An artist impression of what the new Pontefract leisure centre pool could look like.

Pontefract's planned new leisure centre to cost £6m more than first thought

Plans for a new leisure centre in the Wakefield district could cost £6m more than initially thought, it has been revealed.
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A vulnerable child. Stock image.

Wakefield Council's children's services to be inspected by Ofsted after earlier visit revealed "significant weaknesses"

The country's watchdog for children's services will carry out a full inspection at Wakefield Council, four months after a focused Oftsed visit revealed that vulnerable children were being put at risk due to failings.
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Little Ivy-Louise Gawthorpe

Hopes fun day will raise £10k for fund to send brave tot Ivy-Louise to USA for cancer treatment

It has been five months since little Ivy-Louise Wilkinson was diagnosed with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

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Farmer Copleys. Picture courtesy of Google.

'Massive' fire at Pontefract's Farmer Copleys after quad bike 'bursts into flames'

Staff at a popular farm have praised firefighters for their quick actions after a blaze broke out in a barn and workshop.

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