The final arguments in the Daniel Kennell murder trial will be heard today. Barristers for the prosecution and defence will set out their cases for the last time to the jury. They will then be given a summary of the evidence by the judge, followed by legal directions, before being asked to retire to consider their verdict. Over the past two weeks of the trial the jury has heard how Daniel, 27, and Ryan Preston, also 27 and both from Wyken, clashed twice on the morning of July 8 last year. Following the second altercation on St Austell Road, yards from his home, Daniel suffered a single stab wound to the chest. He died from his injuries a short time later. Ryan Preston, 27, of Hermitage Road, is in the dock at Warwick Crown Court with his mum Tracey Preston, 53, of the same address. He denies the charge of murder. She faces a charge of assisting an offender and is accused of driving her son away from the scene of the fatal fight. On Friday Tracey Preston gave evidence in her defence … [Read more...] about LIVE Daniel Kennell murder trial: Closing arguments
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HOMELESS dogs are hoping to find somewhere to put their paws up this Christmas. After the success of the Observer and Dogs Trust’s 12 Dogs of Christmas appeal last year – which saw three pups rehomed – we are again appealing to readers to find a place in their hearts and homes for a four-legged friend. But the charity is urging people to remember its famous slogan – a dog is for life, not just for Christmas – and think about the responsibility taking on a four-legged friend entails. Manager Emma Healey said: “Our 12 dogs of Christmas each have differing looks, personalities and needs but each one will make a wonderful addition to a loving new home so we are appealing for anyone who would like to rehome one of these deserving dogs to please get in touch. “Our slogan, ‘A Dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ is as relevant today as it was when it was first coined 40 years ago. We continue to see many dogs coming through our doors … [Read more...] about It may be Christmas but these dogs are still waiting in kennels for a loving home – can you help?
A dog that was found starving and wandering the streets has found her forever home with a family from East Keswick and has proved every dog has its day. Three-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross, Bonnie, was found emaciated and in pain on the streets of Bradford in February this year. After being picked up by the dog warden she was taken to Dogs Trust Leeds, near Bramham, where she received emergency veterinary treatment to help her get back on the road to recovery.Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust Leeds Rehoming Centre Manager, said: “She was in a dreadful state. She needed fluids as she was dehydrated and terribly underweight and her skin was covered in sores as she had chronic mange, a skin infection. “Luckily she started to recover once she was getting the treatment and TLC she needed and just a few weeks later she met the Traynor family, which was a dream come true.”Kevin Traynor, his wife Laura and daughters Kate and Hannah from had visited the York Road rehoming … [Read more...] about Starved dog picks her own new owners
Animals play a major part in people’s lives. They become adopted family members when brought into our homes, and the plight of those animals who are abused or neglected will tug at the strings of even the most hardened of hearts. Thankfully, we have the RSPCA Hull and East Riding Branch giving sanctuary to the most vulnerable of animals - but that might not always be the case unless vital funds are raised. On a tour of the centre in Clough Road, which was built in 1938, the dilapidation is clear to see. Emaciated dogs with protruding ribs and matted fur are brought into the centre by loving inspectors and staff, who do all they can to rehabilitate and nurture the animals, yet they are limited by the shocking state of the resources they are left to work with. Other animals such as cats, rabbits and ferrets are also subjected to the problems of the failing structures. The Hull branch of the RSPCA receives no funding whatsoever from the government or the national RSPCA office, … [Read more...] about Inside Hull’s rotting RSPCA where desperate animals need your help
Thousands of dogs are set to descend on Parliament as pet owners become the latest group to demand a second Brexit referendum. Pooch-loving activists fear a pet passport scheme which allows them to take their animals to the EU will be suspended if there is a no-deal withdrawal. The scheme enables more than 250,000 animals a year to travel with their owners to the continent. Best for Britain spokesman Paul Butters: “No matter how you voted in the referendum, you did not vote to leave your beloved family pet languishing in kennels for weeks. “All this Brexit bad news must give us paws for thought. “The Government are barking up the wrong tree.” Animals rights campaigners will lead their dogs as they march on Westminster next month, amid claims quitting the bloc without a pact will trigger a shortage of vets. Organiser Dominic Dyer said: “We know Brexit will be disastrous for the people of Britain but it could also be equally bad for our pets, “From … [Read more...] about Thousands of dogs (and their owners) will march to demand second Brexit vote