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Sheffield United co-chairman angry over Evans decision

Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps is "angry and upset" after the club had to withdraw their offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans train with the club.

Evans had been invited to use the South Yorkshire club's facilities and get fit after being released from prison, but now won't be permitted to do so.

The Blades were put under pressure to not allow Evans to re-join the club, including Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill saying she were want her name removed from the stand named after if they were to re-employ the striker.

Sheffield United won't have Ched Evans playing for them. Credit: PA

"I'm angry that we are not able to get a chance to do for this footballer what should be done," he said.

"I'm upset that we are not able to do what we wanted to do, but I acknowledge that my view is not the only view.

"My principles and the board's principles are not the only thing that matter."


At least 12 dead in New York State snowstorms

Up to 7ft of snow has fallen in the Buffalo area. Credit: Reuters

At least 12 people have died during snowstorms which have hit New York State.

Most of the deaths were from heart attacks or exposure to the extreme conditions after a year's worth of snow fell in just three days.

Two elderly residents of a nursing home died after a roof collapsed as they were being evacuated.

Many residents were snowed in after three days of heavy snow. Credit: Reuters

More than 30 major roof collapses, mostly involving farm and flat-roof buildings, were reported overnight, officials said.

Some farm animals were reportedly injured in damaged barns.

Residents are now preparing for potential flooding as the snow thaws and there are fears the sheer weight of it could cause more roofs to cave in.

US lead 30 air strikes on Islamic State forces in three days

A US-led allied campaign has carried out 30 air strikes on Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq in the past three days, US Central Command said.

The 23 strikes in Iraq included six near Baiji that hit Islamic State buildings, vehicles and tactical units.

Six additional strikes in Syria destroyed staging areas, buildings and two tactical units near Kobani, while another near Ar Raqqah damaged an Islamic State barrack.


Israel arrests four over alleged Hamas plot

Israel has arrested four Palestinians on suspicion of planning to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Credit: Reuters

The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the war in Gaza that left more than 2,100Gazans and 73 Israelis dead and 100,000 people homeless.

Israeli authorities said the Palestinians, who live near the Nokdim settlement where Liberman has a home, had carried out surveillance on his convoy and tried to obtain a rocket-propelled grenade with which to attack it.

Vincent Tan calls Wigan owner and manager 'racist'

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has hit out at Wigan owner Dave Whelan and manager Malky Mackay calling them both 'racists'.

The Malaysian businessman was speaking after Whelan gave an interview to the Guardian where he said 'Jews chase money more than anybody else' and said it was acceptable to refer to Chinese person as a 'chink'.

Tan sacked Mackay, who was appointed Wigan manager on Wednesday, as Cardiff boss last year.

It was later revealed that Mackay had exchanged offensive text messages with a former colleague.

Mackay has apologised for his involvement in the texts and denied he had prejudices, saying: "I'm no racist. I'm no sexist. I'm no homophobe. I'm no anti-Semite."

Vincent Tan employed Malky Mackay at Cardiff. Credit: PA

"I think he insulted the dignity of all Jewish people. I think he insulted the dignity of Chinese," Tan told the BBC.

"I'm so disappointed the chairman of Wigan, a big club, is also a racist. This is a racist chairman hiring a racist manager.

"I hope that stops at two racists in Wigan, not snowballing to 2,000 or 20,000 racists in Wigan."

Whelan has since apologised for the comments, saying he did not mean to cause offence.

The Wigan said earlier: "I apologise on my behalf and on behalf of the club. We do not ever want to insult any nation or any person in the world."

Ukip duo Carswell and Reckless celebrate in Parliament

Mark Reckless' first day as a Ukip MP in Parliament has been documented by fellow Tory defector Douglas Carswell, including a "selfie" of the celebratory pair.

Mr Reckless was this morning sworn into Parliament after following Clacton MP Mr Carswell in successfully regaining the seat he relinquished upon switching from the Conservatives to Ukip.

Police issue crash picture after driver's lucky escape

The driver is in hospital with suspected broken ribs. Credit: PSNI Lisburn

Police in Northern Ireland have released this picture of a recent car crash in a bid to encourage drivers to take more care on the roads.

The picture shows a piece of wooden fence which has gone through a window a straight through the drivers head rest.

The driver is currently in hospital after suffering suspected broken ribs in the incident in Lisburn, Country Antrim.

An investigation in underway into the cause of the incident.

PSNI Lisburn Commander, Chief Inspector John Wilson said: “Look carefully at this photograph. Understand the reality of this situation.

"Drive safely, and do all you can to avoid being in the same situation. This driver was incredibly lucky not to sustain much more serious injuries.”

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