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Former Rhinos captain Mick Clark dies aged 78

Leeds Rhinos have announced the death of their former captain and Great Britain forward Mick Clark, who lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease on Friday at the age of 78.

Leeds captain Mick Clark is chaired by his teammates as his holds aloft the Challenge Cup in 1968. Credit: Press Association

Clark made just over 200 appearances for Leeds from 1963 to 1969 and was a member of their Challenge Cup-winning team in the famous "Watersplash" final at Wembley in 1968.

He also played for Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Salford and ended his career with a spell as player-coach at Keighley.

A Leeds spokesman said: "On behalf of everyone connected with the club we would like to send our deepest sympathies to his son and two daughters and his grandchildren at this sad time."

Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood said: "It is with sadness that we have heard of Mick Clark's passing and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

"Few players get the opportunity to represent their country, fewer still to play for the national team in a World Cup but Mick Clark did that in 1968, which says much about the prodigious talent he was."

The Rhinos team will wear black armbands for their next match against Warrington next Friday.

Keighley's Peter 'Chewbacca' Mayhew tweets support to Harrison Ford

The actor who famously played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies has tweeted his support for co-star Harrison Ford after his plane crash.

Ford is being treated in hospital after a World War Two plane he was piloting crashed during an emergency landing on a California golf course.

Mayhew, who is from Keighley, tweeted that he hoped his college emerged from the crash with "just another scar to match his crooked smile".

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Emergency services urge caution near house fire

Emergency services in North Yorkshire are urging drivers to be extra careful as smoke from a house fire billows across the nearby A64.

Former academy principal charged with fraud

The founder and principal of a flagship free school in Bradford has been charged with fraud and other offences.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Sajid Hussain Raza has been charged with offences which relate to his involvement with the Kings Science Academy.

Raza was arrested last year following an investigation into the school, which was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012.

The CPS said it had authorised West Yorkshire Police to charge him with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation.

Julian Briggs, reviewing lawyer at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside's complex casework unit, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with this case.

"Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Sajid Hussain Raza (principal) with a range of offences relating to his involvement with the Kings Science Academy, Bradford, and that it is in the public interest to do so.

"Accordingly, I have authorised West Yorkshire Police to charge Sajid Hussain Raza with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation. He will first appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court shortly.

"This defendant has now been charged with serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

The academy was one of the first free schools to open in September 2011. It was set up by Mr Raza and praised by Mr Cameron on his visit in March 2012.

West Yorkshire Police said Raza, 42, of Spring Gardens Road, Bradford, has been released on bail and will appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on a date yet to be fixed.

The force said the charges relate to financial matters at the school between April and August 2011.

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