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Blades fan was "very unassuming"

Sheffield United have paid tribute to one of their best-known fans, who has died.

David Spencer was widely known at Bramall Lane and considered one of the Blades' biggest fans Credit: Sheffield United

David 'Shred' Spencer had supported the Blades through thick and thin and organised coaches to away matches for many years until his death yesterday at the age of 61.

Hundreds have now backed a campaign to get a stand at Bramall Lane named after him and players at today's match away at Crawley wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

David was a very, very unassuming man, who didn't want any fuss. We tried to honour him last year and he didn't want it. We will be talking to his family about what they want.

– Kevin Cookson, Senior Communications Officer, Sheffield United.


East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

Watch: Flytipper leaves unwanted Christmas gift

A woman from Castleford has been prosecuted for dumping the packaging from Christmas gifts she'd just bought in a street in Greater Manchester.

Flytipper Donna McCluskey had a shop assistant help her empty the unwanted boxes from her car onto a quiet side-street in Salford in October.

Unknown to her, she was being filmed on council CCTV.

25 year old McCluskey, of Ruskin Drive in Castleford admitted illegal flytipping and was fined £300 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

Ms McCluskey told council officials that she had bought children’s dolls and other Christmas presents and, as she was pregnant at the time, the shop assistant packed them in two large boxes and carried them to the car.

She told the assistant the boxes were too big to have in the car and she needed to sort them out. She couldn’t drive home with them as she couldn’t see out of the back window. The assistant directed her to Cottenham Lane to unload the boxes.

Despite attempts, the shop assistant is yet to be found.

Ms McCluskey told officers she would “go mad” if someone dumped rubbish like that outside her own home and apologised for the offence.

We welcome visitors to Salford but don’t expect them leave behind unwelcome Christmas presents for our ratepayers to clean up. This thoughtless act of dumping rubbish that could have been disposed of properly is a sheer waste of council money that could be better spent on essential services.

– Cllr Gena Merrett, Salford City Council


Arrest over Doncaster Prison murder

A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a man at Doncaster Prison.

The victim was assaulted last night inside Doncaster Prison and died in hospital. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It's alleged the victim was assaulted at the jail at around 6 o'clock last night.

He was taken to hospital, where he later died.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in police custody.

A post-mortem is to be carried out today, but the victim is yet to be identified.

Tigers to be cheering on East Yorkshire neighbours

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has given East Yorkshire neighbours North Ferriby a good luck message ahead of their FA Trophy semi-final today.

The Villagers are level 2-2 with Bath and are just 90 minutes away from setting a date for the final in Wembley.

Bruce led his team to the FA Cup final last season and explained how much of a boost playing at the national ground could be:

Sheffield United's tribute to well-known "superfan"

Sheffield United will wear black armbands at their game against Crawley Town in memory of one of their best-known fans. David Spencer, or "Shred" as he is affectionatley known, died yesterday.

Hundreds of fans have now signed a petition to have one of the stands at Bramall Lane named after him.

Women's Rugby World Cup in Halifax

The Women's Rugby World Cup has gone on show in Halifax today.

With the Women's Rugby World Cup are Sarah Clough, Director of Rugby at Halifax RUFC and first team player James Myers. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

England, under the captaincy of Katy McLean, won the tournament in France this year, courtesy of a 21-9 victory over Canada in the final.

Now the cup's been brought to Ovenden Park, as Halifax Ladies play Derby Vipers.

This is a fantastic honour for the club. With our game against Derby now taking place on the same day we are hoping that the appearance of the cup will act as an inspiration to the ladies and show what hard work and determination can achieve.

– Ladies head coach Matt Bradley
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