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Rhinos hoping three is their magic number ahead of Grand Final clash

They say things come in threes and the Leeds Rhinos will be hoping that is the case this weekend as they go in search of a third major trophy in a matter of weeks.

The Rhinos will become only the third side in Super League history to win the treble if they beat Wigan in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Click below to watch Chris Dawkes' report on their strange relationship with the number three ahead of Saturday's showpiece final:

Witnesses sought after Doncaster dog attack

Police are asking for anyone who saw a woman being attacked by a dog in Doncaster to come forward.

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The 51-year-old suffered 'potentially life-changing' injuries in the attack which took place around 7:30pm on Wednesday night. She had been out walking in Ramsden Road in Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man and seized the dog involved, but are asking anyone with more information to come forward.


Search continues for Polish woman missing from Doncaster missing for a week

Magdelana Charciarek was last seen a week ago Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police in Doncaster are continuing to appeal to trace missing Polish woman Magdelana Charciarek, one week after she was last seen.

27-year-old Magdelana was last seen around 1pm on Wednesday 30th September leaving her family’s home in Cookson Street, Doncaster, where she said she was going to the town centre.

She has not been seen since and police, along with her family, are growing increasingly concerned for her safety.

“Since Magdelana was reported missing last week we have been working with her family and have carried out a number of searches in the local area as well as issuing a media appeal.

At this stage we have not been able to trace any further confirmed sightings of Magdelana and as you can imagine our fears for her safety are growing with each passing hour.

We don’t believe that Magdelana has access to a bank account or mobile phone and at the time she was last seen is thought to have had around £10 in her possession.

Magdelana speaks some English and has travelled previously but her disappearance is out of character and it’s vital we trace her whereabouts as her family are extremely concerned."

– Superintendent Natalie Shaw, Doncaster District Police

Magdelana is described as white around 5ft 6ins tall, slim build, with blue eyes and long light brown hair. She was last seen wearing a grey coat with blue skinny jeans, a blue t-shirt, a long red scarf and carrying a black coloured leather handbag. Magdelana also wears glasses.

Imams declare ISIS is 'failing' in new edition of digital magazine

Imams from across the country have today claimed that ISIS is failing in its mission, by not supporting Muslims.

Leeds-based Imam Qari Asim is among the senior editors of the digital magazine Haqiqah, which was developed as an attempt to "reclaim the digital space from ISIS." The latest issue argues that "the terrorist group, which has no religious legitimacy, is also failing socially and economically."

“The reality is that Daesh continues to put out a huge amount of propaganda and lies, despite its promises being exposed as falsehoods, which is why a continued effort to reclaim the digital space from terrorists is so important.

In its desperation at its own failings, it has told Syrians that they are committing a ‘major sin’ in Islam if they seek protection in the West. According to Daesh, this makes thousands refugees apostates. This is a wicked and inhumane lie.”

– Dr Qari Asim MBE, Imam at Makkah Mosque

Foster and Allen celebrate 40 years in the business

Musical duo Foster and Allen have sold nearly 20 million albums and are celebrating 40 years together in the business. But not ones to take a break, they're now and are about to set off on a thank-you tour.

The pair say the years since 1975 have passed in a "blink of an eye", and claim they have "never had an argument" during their time together.

They will be performing on November 4th at the Theatre Royal in Wakefield, but in the meantime, here is a clip from their celebration video:

Leeds development to create 1000 jobs

Councillor Judith Blake, alongisde Robin Dobson, from Hammerson, and Andy Street of John Lewis Credit: Leeds City Council

The £165 million Victoria Gate development in Leeds is set to bring more than 1000 new jobs.

Leeds City Council, John Lewis and Hammerson have signed an Employment and Skills Charter, marking their commitment to support Leeds residents to access the opportunities created by the project.

The Charter sets out how the organisations will work collaboratively to ensure Leeds and its surrounding residents, including young people, have access to skills training, retail and hospitality jobs as well as additional construction employment opportunities being created by the development in the city centre.

The Victoria Gate scheme, which is on schedule to open in late 2016, will be anchored by a regional flagship John Lewis shop and will additionally feature a two-street covered arcade with more than 30 aspirational retailers and restaurants.

“It is one of our top priorities as a council to ensure that everyone in the city shares the opportunities provided by economic development as we forge forward for the future. We work closely with developers and companies setting up in the city to ensure that employment for local people is high on their agenda and I am delighted that John Lewis and Hammerson are taking their responsibilities seriously.”

– Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council

“We are committed to the local communities in which we operate, and by signing this Charter, it affirms our focus to provide local jobs for local people. We want to ensure that job opportunities created by our Victoria Gate shop are accessible to all Leeds residents and we look forward to welcoming new Partners into our business.”

– Andy Street, Managing Director, John Lewis


Police appeal for help after attempted rape in Scunthorpe

Officers are appealing for help in identifying a man who attempted to rape a woman as she walked her dog in Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

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Police were called at 7pm on Tuesday, October 6, following reports a woman had been attacked on Messingham Fields, off Holme Lane. She fought back and was able to get away.

The man was described wearing dark coloured clothing and a black hooded jacket.

“Incidents of this nature are rare, but are extremely distressing for the victim and the community as a whole. We are working with the victim and we also wish to reassure the public that a thorough investigation is taking place. Regular patrols are being made in the area and, while there is no suggestion the victim was at fault, we would also encourage people to consider their personal safety and be aware of their surroundings.Try not to walk alone, especially at night, but if you have to, ensure you keep to well-lit areas, busy streets, main roads and footpaths. Avoid badly lit areas, parks, alleyways and underpasses.”

– DS John Shepherd, Humberside Police

A 33-year-old Scunthorpe man initially arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail after helping police with enquiries.

Leeds Imam congratulates Bake Off winner

Imam Qari Asim at Leeds Makkah Mosque Credit: Press Association

Imam Qari Asim of Leeds Makkah Mosque has praised Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain as a “great reminder of who British Muslims are”.

Writing on the website Imams Online, Imam Asim praised positive role model for young people, in particular British Muslims.

“Despite being a Muslim, child of migrant parents, she isn’t accused of cooking up any kind of shariah flavoured sponge cakes or jihadi cookies... There has been a huge sense of relief amongst British Muslims that one of their own has not talked about without negative connotations.

British Bake Off has been a great advert of Britain’s multi-cultural melting pot. Whether we like it or not, Britain is a multi-cultural society with people of diverse backgrounds, views and abilities.

Nadiya has proven that Islam and Muslims have not subjugated their women or treat them as ‘second class’ citizens. She has defied every stereotype apportioned to Muslims. Further, she has proven that wearing a scarf or being a mother does not mean it’s the end of achieving one’s dreams."

– Imam Qari Asim, writing on Imams Online
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