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Former Bradford Council leader Eric Pickles to be knighted

Eric Pickles, who is originally from Keighley, is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.

Former Bradford Council leader Eric Pickles to be knighted Credit: Press Association

The Conservative former Communities Secretary will be made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government including two years as Bradford Council leader, No 10 said.

Mr Pickles, who was first elected to Parliament in 1992, lost his front bench role following the general election.

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Man charged over owl possession

A man from Sheffield has been charged with offences relating to the capture of wild owls.

Joel Martin, 20, of Clayton Crescent in Waterthorpe has been charged with taking and possessing two wild Tawny owls and of having a trap capable of being used to take wild birds.

He was arrested on 19 May by Wildlife Crime Officers from South Yorkshire Police and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

He is due to appear in court on 16 June.

John Mann: Of course I could do the top job

Outspoken Labour MP John Mann claims he could have been the Labour Party's next leader, but does not have enough support inside the party.

In the past two days the Bassetlaw MP has derided his party for its "monochrome" performance in the general election and released his own "manifesto for a brilliant Britain".

He told ITV Calendar it contains values many traditional Labour supporters would support, but he does not have enough support from party colleagues to challenge as leader:

Asked if he thought he could do the top job in the party, Mr Mann said, "Of course I could do the top job."

"Get me a group of Labour MPs signing a nomination and perhaps I'll be there. But I'm not holding my breath."

Controversial fracking proposals to be submitted

An energy company is to submit controversial plans for fracking in North Yorkshire to the county's council today.

Parts of the North Yorkshire Moors could be subject to fracking Credit: Press Association

Third energy say they want permission "to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations, at the existing Well KM8 at Kirby Misperton".

Samples were taken from the site in 2013 which suggested it was not suitable for drilling, however, samples from deeper sections of the rock produced better results.

The Frack Free Rydale group are planning to protest the move saying that approval could lead to more than 900 wells in the area.

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James Milner returns to Leeds to inspire next generation of sporting stars

England international, and former Leeds United midfielder, James Milner, will be back in Leeds today as he is appointed Chancellor of Leeds Children's University.

James Milner will be appointed as Chancellor of Leeds Children's University Credit: Press Association

Leeds Children's University , based at Leeds Trinity University, aims to promote social mobility by providing learning experiences outside normal school hours to children aged seven to 14, and forms part of a wider, nationwide, initiative.

Milner, who currently plays for Manchester City, will hold a footballing masterclass and give advice to pupils on forging a career as an elite athlete.

Danny Jones: Funeral to be held for late Rugby League star

The funeral will take place today of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Almost £150,000 has been raised in Danny Jones' memory

The 29-year-old died of a rare heart condition after collapsing while playing for the Cougars in London in early May.

Almost £150,000 has been raised by the Rugby League Benevolent Fund for a trust fund for his baby twins since his death.

The Wales international's will be held at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax, which his widow, Lizzie, hopes will be a celebration of his life:

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones

International Bell-ringing meeting comes to East Yorkshire

Almost 200 bell ringers will descend on East Yorkshire this weekend for the 118th annual Council of Church Bell Ringers meeting.

Beverley Minster will be high on the 'Ringer's' list

Representatives from as far as Australia, New Zealand and North America will meet to ring every church bell in the county.

'Ringers' will arrive in the city on Friday evening after stopping off along the A63 corridor to ring bells at several churches on the way. Between committee meetings and social events across the city, delegates will embark on a ringing tour of the area, taking the opportunity to cross off - or "tower grab" - as many East Yorkshire churches as possible from their list of Church Bells of Britain.

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