Council fined 12,000 for ignoring warnings about a rotten flagpole which crushed a toddler

Council fined 12,000 for ignoring warnings about a rotten flagpole which crushed a toddler River Webster, 3, had cracked skull and ankle fractures after pole fell on herMother said River's pupils became 'tiny pinpricks' when pole hit her headGardener had told the council it was rotten 18 months beforehand By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 17:50 GMT, 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:41 GMT, 15 April 2013 Crushed: River Webster suffered a cracked skull and bleeding on the brain when the flagpole fell on her last year A council ignored repeated warnings about a rotten flagpole before it collapsed and crushed a toddler, a court heard. River Webster, who was two years old at the time, suffered a cracked skull, bleeding on the brain and a double ankle fracture when the 18ft pole fell on her on March 31 last year.

Musician Andy Banks drowned after he became trapped in a drain as he tried to retrieve his car keys on New Years Day

Musician, 49, drowned after he became trapped in a drain as he tried to retrieve his car keys on New Years Day Andy Banks, 49, became trapped in a drain while attempting to fetch his keys Fire fighters spent 40 minutes trying to rescue Mr Banks before he was pronounced deadMr Banks had spent the hours drinking with friends in a nearby bar By Conor Sheils PUBLISHED: 15:30 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 11 April 2013 An inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death after Andy Banks died when he became trapped in a drain on New Years Day A musician drowned after he became trapped in a drain while trying to retrieve his car keys, an inquest has heard.

I was conned by TV bosses, says teenage star of Barely Legal Drivers reality show

I was conned by TV bosses, says teenage star of Barely Legal Drivers reality showAmy Smith, 18, claims BBC 'set her up' with promises of TOWIE-style showInstead they followed her driving around exposing her as a bad driverBBC hit back saying she signed a release form and parents knew all along By Eleanor Harding PUBLISHED: 23:15 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:29 GMT, 2 April 2013 A teenager claims she was set up by a BBC programme after unwittingly taking part in a documentary about bad driving. Amy Smith, 18, said she thought she was taking part in a lifestyle show after responding to an advert asking for ‘fun and confident groups of friends’. The beauty student said she imagined it would be a reality TV series similar to ITV2’s The Only Way Is Essex.

Who needs to tweet when you"ve got the Roy-owl Mail?

Who needs to tweet when you've got the Roy-owl MailAnimal sanctuary trained owls to deliver internal mail after budget cutsKirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire had a backlog of mailBirds trained to recognise primary colours and pick up post from trays By Nesta Vowles PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 1 April 2013 It is a wizard idea straight out of Harry Potter and ensures the post always wings its way out on time. Experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds of prey do at the fictional Hogwarts School. Kirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire introduced the feathered posties after budget cuts forced it to reduce staff numbers, leaving a backlog of mail

Salon sunbeds set four times above safety limit: Watchdogs found 70 per cent broke the rules to offer a quicker tan

Salon sunbeds set four times above safety limit: Watchdogs found 70 per cent broke the rules to offer a quicker tan Tanning salons are setting sunbeds dangerously high for instant resultsIn Newcastle, only 16 per cent of sunbeds complied with safety regulations'We are talking about skin cancer – not a bit of sunburn' an investigator said By Eleanor Harding PUBLISHED: 02:18 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:18 GMT, 30 March 2013 Tanning salons are routinely flouting regulations designed to protect customers against skin cancer, an investigation reveals.

Dominic Elliott: David Hockney"s assistant dies after being taken from renowned artist"s home

David Hockney's close friend and assistant, 23, dies in hospital after falling ill at artist's houseHis assistant Dominic Elliott was taken to Scarborough Hospital yesterdayMr Elliott helped the renowned artist to set up equipment for his projects Hockney, of Bridlington, East Yorks, is one of Britain's best-known painters By Suzannah Hills and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 08:42 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:59 GMT, 18 March 2013 David Hockney's personal assistant has died after being taken ill at the renowned British artist's seaside home. Dominic Elliott, 23, was a close friend of the artist and helped him set up his equipment when he was working on his projects and exhibitions. Mr Hockney, 75, even painted a portrait of Mr Elliott in 2008

NHS pays out 2million after surgeon botches operations – and there are still 94 OUTSTANDING claims

NHS pays out 2million after surgeon botches operations – and there are still 94 OUTSTANDING claims 2million of compensation has been paid out to Manjit Bhamra's patients at Rotherham HospitalThere are another 94 outstanding claims against himDespite this, he is STILL working as a surgeon By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 19:04 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 1 March 2013 Surgeon Manjit Bhamra is still practising, despite the NHS forking out close to 2million for botched operations The NHS has paid out more than 2m in compensation to victims of a surgeon who is still allowed to work. Rotherham Hospital has agreed damages settlements for four former patients of orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra, totalling just over 1m since last summer. Previously 13 other patients had received a total of 1,058,784.

Bride-to-be and friends are seriously injured when hotel balcony they are stood on collapses "as they were being shown round honeymoon…

Bride-to-be and friends are seriously injured when hotel balcony they are stood on collapses 'as they were being shown round honeymoon suite' Group were visiting Casa Del Lago Hotel in Brighouse, West YorkshireStood with owner on 12ft high decking when it gave wayAll taken to hospital with injuries which are 'serious but not life-threatening' By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 15:50 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:41 GMT, 15 February 2013 A bride-to-be and four friends have been seriously injured after a hotel balcony collapsed as they were being shown round the honeymoon suite. The group were visiting the newly-refurbished bridal suite on the first floor of the Casa Del Lago Hotel, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, with the owner when the horrific accident happened. All five were standing on the 12ft high decking balcony with glass surround this afternoon when it gave way beneath them

Inside the seafront sweetshop where filthy saucepans were left on cooker caked with food and rubbish piled high

Inside the seafront sweetshop where filthy saucepans were left on cooker caked with food and rubbish piled highPictures show filthy conditions in the kitchen of sweet shop Love to Fudge Owner Lucy Gillian Kappes pleaded to three hygiene offencesShe was fined 1,050 at Scarborough Magistrates CourtThe seafront shop remains open for business By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 14:03 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:56 GMT, 7 February 2013 A seaside sweetshop owner has been fined after her premises were found covered in old food that had cemented itself onto cookers and work surfaces – but the shop remains open for business. Health inspectors found that the food preparation area in the Love to Fudge shop in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, breached several food hygiene laws. Pictures taken when the shop was visited show saucepans on top of a cooker that has food burned onto it and what is believed to be fudge or caramel pouring over the side of work surfaces.

20 stone thug Michael Eldin crushed victim"s ribs by SITTING on him during row at East Yorkshire pub

Twenty stone thug crushed his victim’s ribs by SITTING on him during drunken row in pub gardenMichael Eldin was captured on CCTV assaulting 12 stone Daniel WatsonThe pair had been drinking at The Plough Inn, East YorkshireMr Watson also suffered a broken collarbone in the attackEldin was handed a four month suspended sentence at Hull Crown Court By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 11:32 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:38 GMT, 6 February 2013 Sentenced: Michael Eldin pictured arriving at Hull Crown Court where he was handed a suspended sentence for breaking Daniel Watson's ribs and colllarbone in an argument A 20 stone man who crushed a drinker's ribs and broke his collarbone by sitting on him during a row in a pub garden has been spared jail.