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Appeal for witnesses after Leeds assault

Scene of assault Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left in a critical condition after being assaulted outside the Club Mission nightclub in Leeds early today.

He was attacked by two men just after 3.30am and taken to Leeds General Infimary with head injuries. The 23-year-old from Wakefield remains in a critical condition.

After the incident, two men officers want to speak to in connection with the assault are thought to have walked down Heaton's Court towards Lower Briggate. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow said:

"This happened at a busy time of the night when there were lots of people around enjoying a night out. I would appeal directly to anyone who witnessed this to call police on 101."

North Ferriby off to Wembley!

Fans invade the pitch after North Ferriby's dramatic penalty shoot out victory. Credit: ITV News

North Ferriby United are going to Wembley, but only after putting their fans through the mill in the most dramatic of cup ties.

The Conference North side had to come from behind in a thrilling FA Trophy semi-final second leg against Bath City. The match finished 1-1, leaving the aggregate scores tied at 3-3.

But goalkeeper Adam Nicklin was North Ferriby's hero, as he saved twice in a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win.

They'll now face Conference side Wrexham, who booked their place in the Wembley final by beating Torquay United 3-0 yesterday, 5-1 on aggregate. Wrexham will go into the game on Sunday March 29 as firm favourites.

It'll be North Ferriby's second appearance at Wembley. In 1997 the Villagers lost to Whitby Town in the final of the FA Vase.

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Hair-raising fund-raiser for Isla-Grace

Isla-Grace

A fund-raiser is being held today for a toddler from Leeds, to help her get treatment in America for a rare form of cancer.

18-month-old Isla-Grace, whose family live in Yeadon, has gone through numerous doses of chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with Ewig's sarcoma. The cancer impacts less than 30 people in the UK every year.

The fund-raising event, at LA Fitness in Haworth Lane at Yeadon, starts at 1.30 and is offering face painting, a bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, and even the shaving of Great Auntie Kirsty's head!

East Coast rail line becomes privately run

East Coast: now privately run Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

The East Coast rail line becomes privately run from today after more than five years in the public sector.

The route which links London with Edinburgh and runs through Lincolnshire, South and North Yorkshire, had been operated by the Department for Transport. since 2009. But it has now been jointly taken over by Virgin and Stagecoach.

Protests were held yesterday, including one in Doncaster, by the RMT union, which has described the handover as an "act of gross national betrayal of the British people".

A Department for Transport spokesman said they were confident that the new East Coast franchise gave the best deal for passengers - providing more seats, more services, new trains and over £140 million of investment along the route.

The skills and experience that the private sector provides drives forward innovation and investment, and has helped to transform our rail network into a real success story.

– Department of Transport spokesman

Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher said the ending of the state-run East Coast company was "a hammer blow for passengers, taxpayers and employees alike".

David Cameron's ideological sell-off has ended a public sector service which has delivered over £1 billion to the Treasury, kept fares down, had record passenger satisfaction and engaged the workforce with unparalleled success. It is clear that when it comes to transport, people have a straight choice - the status quo or Labour's better plan. Labour will start the process of legislating in the first 100 days of a new parliament to allow a public sector operator to be able to take on lines and challenge the private sector on a genuinely level playing field.

– Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher

Driver, aged 82, dies in drainage dyke accident

An 82 year-old Boston man has died after his car left the road and went into a dyke in Lincolnshire.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Willows Lane in Sibsey yesterday afternoon and found the Jaguar car in the Stonebridge Drain.

The 82 year-old driver, the only occupant, was taken to Boston Pilgrim but was sadly pronounced dead soon after arrival. The road was closed for several hours.

Sunday - A blustery start to March

Some sunny spells today, especially in the east. Welcome to March and the Met Office Spring! Credit: JOHN EARNSHAW

A chilly morning with gales and scattered showers in the west, whilst brighter and drier in the east.

Winds easing slightly late afternoon with cloud perhaps thickening a little.

Colder air moves in along the strong westerly winds, highs 5-7 °C by afternoon.

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Stewards attacked at Rotherham v Millwall game

South Yorkshire Police are to conduct an investigation following disorder at the Rotherham United v Millwall FC game at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.

After Rotherham United scored in the 85th minute, a number of supporters attempted to gain access to supporters in other parts of the ground. Several stewards were attacked, leaving two with minor injuries, and additional police officers were deployed to restore order. As fans left the ground, further disorder occurred.

A number of police officers also received minor injuries.No arrests were made. But Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin said

“Again we see a minority of individuals spoil the event for many others. They aren't a true representation of genuine football supporters and have no place in football. Such action can not be tolerated. I thank the bravery and courage of stewards and police officers in tackling such criminal acts and we will now review evidence to identify and bring to justice those that are responsible for such criminal acts.”

"We're off to Wembley!": Historic win for North Ferriby United

North Ferriby United are off to Wembley for the FA Trophy final after an historic win today over Bath City.

They won 4-2 on penalties this afternoon.

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