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Chesterfield turn down Leeds bid for Cooper

Chesterfield have confirmed they have turned down a bid from Leeds United for defender Liam Cooper.

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Official confirmation that the Spireites have turned down a bid for Liam Cooper http://t.co/2soC7XKfv8

Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner has confirmed that an undisclosed six-figure offer for Cooper failed to meet the club's asking price.

The former Hull player was a key player at the heart of the Spireites' title-winning defence last season.

We have turned down an initial bid which was below our valuation of Liam and we now await a response from Leeds. I'm not surprised that there has been interest in Liam because he is a quality player. Paul Cook has assembled a squad of players who are capable of playing in League 1 and above and it would be a surprise if none of them attracted interest from other clubs.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

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Signalling problems disrupt rail services

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NEW: Due to signalling problems between #Leeds and #Shipley all lines are blocked. Services may be cancelled or delayed.

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CANCELLED: Due to signalling problems 15:32 #Leeds to #Ilkley due 15:59 is cancelled.

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CANCELLED: Due to signalling problems 16:12 #Ilkley to #Leeds due 16:46 is cancelled.

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Hillsborough Inquests hears match commander was like 'a fish out of water'

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Hillsborough stadium Credit: PA

A former police constable has told the Hillsborough inquest the match commander 'didn't offer true leadership at any stage' as the disaster unfolded.

Former PC Trevor Bichard said Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was 'a fish out of water'.

He had replaced a more experienced senior officer in charge of the police operation only days before the FA Cup semi-final at the Sheffield ground.

The former constable was with Mr Duckenfield in the control box as the crush started at the Leppings Lane terrace.

PC Bichard monitoring CCTV around the ground.

He told the new inquests in Warrington 'David Duckenfield was a manager not a leader'.

The jury in Birchwood also heard that complaints were made about problems with police radio transmissions more than an hour before kick-off.

'Without communication there is no control' said Mr Bichard.

He said there were no messages coming from radios around the perimeter fence where fans had started trying escape the crush that killed 96 Liverpool fans.

Boundary enquiry sparks 'land-grab' row in East Yorkshire

Hull City council's decision to look at changing its boundaries has been called a "land grab" by the leader of a neighbouring authority. Earlier this year, Hull council leaders commissioned an enquiry to look at the case for a Greater Hull area.

Councillors in the East Riding say it is a crude attempt to takeover green spaces separating the two areas, without any discussion. There will be a referendum on the issue in September.

Stephen Parnaby, the leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, told ITV Calendar the focus should be on cooperation between councils rather than division:

Hull City Council said today it is considering boundary changes to take advantage of economic opportunities and to create more jobs.

It insists communities in the East Riding and the wider area would reap the benefits

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Man found guilty of police officer shooting

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James Leslie found guilty of attempted murder of PC Suzanne Hudson in Leeds

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James Leslie also convicted of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life. He'll be sentenced probably in October #Leeds

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PC Suzanne Hudson was shot at point blank range by James Leslie in #Leeds & suffered terrible injuries to her neck and hand.

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We can also report for the first time that in custody James Leslie set fire to his jail cell and attacked a warder.

James Leslie found guilty of attempted murder of police officer

James Leslie has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer in Leeds.

PC Suzanne Hudson was shot in December last year
PC Suzanne Hudson was shot in December last year Credit: West Yorkshire Police

He shot PC Suzanne Hudson in the face, neck and hand with a sawn-off shotgun. It happened after she and a colleague went to Leslie's flat one night last December.

Man pleads guilty to causing £300,000 damage at recycling centre

A man has pleaded guilty to wrecking a council recycling centre near Todmorden causing damage put at £300,000.

Magistrates in Halifax heard how 59-year -old Trevor Lewis who worked at the tip at Eastwood had become depressed after suffering a knee injury.

Lewis ran amok with a digger and set fire to a portable building on the site which will be closed until November.

Lewis of Mayroyd Moorings, Station Road in Hebden Bridge was remanded on bail to appear at Bradford Crown Court on August the 27th.

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