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Doncaster man jailed for sexual offences against teenager

A 41-year-old man from Doncaster has been convicted and jailed for multiple sexual offences against a teenage girl.

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Darren John Stevenson, 41, of Mayfield Crescent, Rossington, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 1 July) to be sentenced, after pleading guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.

He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Between December 2012 and May 2013, Stevenson forced a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him on a number of occasions, threatening her not to tell anyone what had happened.

The victim disclosed her ordeal in June 2013 and police began their investigation.

Stevenson has accepted responsibility for his vile actions, which are completely inexcusable.

He threatened a vulnerable teenage girl, forcing himself on her for his own sexual gratification.

She has shown exceptional strength by disclosing her abuse to police and I commend her for this bravery.

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Lee Szedzielarz


Hull clubs in controversial move to merge academies

Hull FC and Hull KR are to risk the wrath of their fans by casting aside their fierce rivalry to merge their youth development systems.

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In a controversial move, the Super League clubs are to combine their academies from 2016 at a new set-up based at Bishop Burton College, the home of Hull City's academy.

The clubs have yet to come up with a name for the under-16 and under-19s teams but have agreed they will play in the neutral colours of yellow and blue while progress to the first teams will be determined by a draft system.

The move has been welcomed by the Rugby Football League.

It is in no way, shape or form a pre-cursor to a full merger between the clubs. We have always been outspoken about the pride, passion, history and rivalry that exists between the two sides and that will never change.

– Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell

We often shout about Hull as a hotbed of rugby league talent, a founding home for the sport, but the harsh reality is that the talent pool is smaller than it once was. The base cost of running successful academies of this nature is growing and the opportunity to spend quality and focused development time with our young athletes faces numerous challenges.

– Hull FC owner Adam Pearson


Police conclude investigation into Barnsley rape allegation

Police in South Yorkshire have concluded their investigation into an allegation of rape in the underpass by the Alhambra in Barnsley.

The allegation was reported on 7 June, and detectives now say that after having spent more than 100 hours viewing CCTV footage and conducting more than 20 witness interviews - no offence occurred in the timeframe or circumstances detailed to them.

Whilst we are confident this incident didn’t occur we will work with our partner agencies to ensure that the complainant receives all of the support she needs as at the heart of this is a child who requires support.

– Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton

'The sky was bright red. I've never seen anything like it'

Calendar viewer Leanne Henry from Otley has sent in these pictures and video of last night's silent lightning storm.

The eye of the storm went directly over our house. The sky was bright red! I've never seen anything like it.

– Leanne Henry
Credit: Leanne Henry
Credit: Leanne Henry
Credit: Leanne Henry
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