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Bradford sports pitches closed this weekend

All games off on council owned pitches Credit: PA

All sporting fixtures and training sessions on council owned pitches in Bradford this weekend are cancelled. This will also include games on school pitches and at Rawdon Meadows.

A spokesman said that staff had been unable to carry out any maintenance or line marking due to the recent snowfall. And with many of the pitches covered in snow, a thaw would leave them very wet and open to substantial damage if sporting events were played on them.

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£24 million boost for Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire

A multi-million pounds boost has been announced for the local economy in Lincolnshire and East yorkshire.

A total of just over twenty four million pounds has been awarded to projects and businesses there, including money for the regeneration of Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe Town centres.

Cleethorpes pier: setting for today's announcement

Three and a half thousand new homes are also planned as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development. The funding has come from the Goverment's growth deal programme.

MP Martin Vickers, left, and Lord Richard Newby announce the good news

Sheffield Wednesday announce Thai takeover

Milan Mandaric and Dejphon Chansiri Credit: Sheffield Wednesday FC

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club has announced that Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri has acquired 100% of the shareholding in the football club.

Mr Chansiri's family control the Thai Union Frozen Group, the world’s largest producer of tuna as well as one of the biggest worldwide general seafood producers. He said:

“I am very excited at the prospect of taking over control from Milan. I believe this club has huge potential and I can assure all our supporters that I will be working extremely hard to bring the success that I already sense from my short time in your city our supporters so desperately crave.”

He added: “My son Att, who was a mascot at the recent Blackpool game, is passionate about football and I know will be my inspiration in this project. I have made the same promise to him as I do our supporters, he will not let me forget this until we are back in the Premier League.”

Sealed with a handshake Credit: Sheffield Wednesday FC

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “From the first time I met Dejphon I felt he was the right person for this fantastic club, his business expertise and passion made him stand out from the other interested parties that I have spoken to since I announced that Mr Mammadov could no longer fulfil his obligation to purchase the club.”

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Absconded prisoner arrested

Back in prison David Razzaque

A prisoner who absconded from HMP North Sea Camp at Boston in Lincolnshire has been arrested after three days on the run.

David Razzaque was serving a life sentence for serious offences, including rape, and was arrested in Derby today.

Appeal for Thailand murder suspects' defence costs

An appeal has been launched to raise £46,000 to pay for the defence costs of two migrant workers accused of murdering Leeds University student David Miller and fellow British packpacker Hannah Witheridge in Thailand last September.

Murdered in Thailand

Their bodies were found on a beach on the holiday island of Koh Tao. Two Burmese bar workers have been charged with their murder but their trial has been delayed until July. The Migrant Workers Rights Network say they have launched the appeal to raise sufficient funds to ensure a fair trial for the pair.

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