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Cosmo named Westminster Dog of the Year

Simon Reevell MP's dog Cosmo has been named Westminster Dog of the Year.

The annual competition aims to highlight dog welfare issues and is organised by the Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. The Dewsbury MP's wire-haired fox terrier puppy Cosmo was the only Yorkshire contender for the coveted title.


Reward for missing Crufts champion dog upped to £1000

An award-winning dog has been missing from his home for a week.

The family originally offered a reward of £500 which was increased today to £1000 Credit: Elaine Clarke

Rafa, the miniature Bull Terrier has been missing since 16 October from the garden of his home in Bradford.

The family originally offered a reward of £500 which was increased today to £1000.

Rafa beat 85 other dogs to win the title of 'Best in Breed' at Crufts in March this year.

We are absolutely devastated. Of course he is a successful miniature show dog but for us, he's our beloved family pet.

– Elaine Clark, Rafa's owner
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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust dies

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager has said.

Stardust was set to release a new album, entitled 'Alvin, at the beginning of next month.

Writing on his official website he had said of the record:

I am extremely delighted to announce that my new album is now finished and will be released at the beginning of November by Conehead Records. "Alvin" is a new and exciting departure for me and I'm immensly proud of the finished product

– Alvin Stardust


House fire being treated as 'suspicious'

South Yorkshire Police have named the father and son who died in a house fire in Penistone. 44-year-old Darren Sykes and his 9-year-old son Paul David Sykes were rescued from the house in Tennyson Close, but died in hospital. An 11-year-old boy is still in a critical condition. Police say they are treating the fire as "suspicious" but are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.

Doncaster Rovers sign Andy Butler on loan

Doncaster-born Andy Butler has signed a loan deal with Doncaster Rovers. The defender is joining the club from Sheffield United. Butler will go straight into the Doncaster squad for this weekend’s clash with MK Dons, as Paul Dickov’s side look to record a first win in three matches.

Bradford police seek help for murder investigation

Police have launched a murder investigation following the discoveryof a man's body at a house in Bradford.

Officers found a man, believed to be in his 20s, with serious injuries who was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: ITV Calendar

Officers were called to an address in Great Horton Road at about 3.23am today following reports of a disturbance.

Officers found a man, believed to be in his 20s, with serious injuries who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe there was a social gathering at the address Credit: ITV Calendar

We believe there was a social gathering taking place at the address, and during that time a disagreement has occurred between two men. This has resulted in one of the men receiving injuries, which sadly proved fatal.

There were a number of people in the house at the time, particularly a man, a woman and a small child, and I would appeal to them to contact police as soon as possible with any information they may have.

We would also like to trace a man who was seen leaving the address around that time, in the direction of Bradford city centre.

He is described as a white man, possibly of Eastern European origin, with a pale complexion.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus, Senior Investigating Officer

Police believe the man is about 6ft tall and was wearing dark clothing with a dark baseball cap.

Area Neighbourhood Team officers are conducting reassurance patrols and enquiries are ongoing by detectives to both identify the victim and further clarify the circumstances of the incident.

Road closures are in place on Great Horton Road between Cross Lane and Lime Street and are likely to remain in place for most of the day.

Anyone with information can contact police.

Cellino tax evasion trial delayed

Leeds president Massimo Cellino's court trial in Sardinia for tax evasion has been delayed.

Cellino's trial for allegedly failing to pay import duty on a yacht was due to take place on Thursday Credit: Press Association

The trial was due to take place on Thursday, but the judge has had to step down due to a conflict of interest.

Judge Dr Sandra Lepore convicted Cellino for failing to pay tax on his yacht Nelie in March and cannot hear the second case involving another yacht, Lucky 23.

Cellino was fined around £400,000 for the earlier conviction.

The appeal judge who overturned that decision ruled that if Judge Lepore confirmed in her written report that the tax evasion in the Nelie case had been a deliberate act of dishonesty then Cellino would fail the League's 'owners and directors' test.

Judge Lepore has since stated there was "elusive intent" and "Machiavellian simulation" by Cellino and the League is under mounting pressure to force him to sell the club.

The League has yet to receive a copy of Dr Lepore's report and, it is understood, has no right to request a copy.

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