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Gavin hoping to emulate twin Jamie's european glory

Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell takes on the unbeaten Ukrainian Alexander Egorov for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield this Saturday.

It was exactly five years ago when his identical twin brother Jamie won his european title that Gavin decided he too could become a champion.

John Shires has been talking to him, and we must warn you that his report contains flash photography:

Alps plane co-pilot 'crashed plane deliberately' says prosecutor

Chilling details of the final moments leading up to the air disaster in the Alps have emerged today.

Paul Bramley from Hull was among the 150 people on board who died.

Investigators now believe the crash was caused deliberately by the co-pilot, who appears to have locked the pilot out of the cockpit.

Grace Meldoy-Gardener reports:


Government reject bid to save Kellingley and Thoresby pits

It looks like it is the end of the road for Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire and Thorseby Colliery in North Nottinghamshire, after a plea for a financial lifeline from the Government was rejected.

The pit owners, UK Coal, had wanted to extend the working life of the pits for a further three years and had asked for £338m of state aid.

Today though, that appeal was turned down by the business minister who said it was not affordable and didn't represent good value for money.

Martin Fisher reports:

Barbara Taylor Bradford launches competition to get young girls writing

The world renowned novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford has launched her own competition to get young girls writing their own stories.

The Leeds-born writer will offer one-to-one tuition to those who make the grade.

Figures show fewer than half of students enjoy putting pen to paper outside the classroom.

Bradford tells Matt Price her contest is about improving the standards of literacy and encouraging more girls to write creatively:

More than 100 complaints against 42 officers after Rotherham report, says police watchdog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has expanded its investigation into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of reported child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The police watchdog has received more than 100 allegations against 42 named police officers, both retired and serving, as well as a number of allegations against officers whose identities are currently unknown.

It says work is underway to establish the identity of the unknown officers and to identify any links between the different complaints and incidents is ongoing.

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