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More than 60 new acts announced for Leeds Festival

More than 60 new acts have been added to to the line-up of this year's Leeds Festival, the organisers have announced.

alt-J performing in London in 2013 Credit: Press Association

The event, on August Bank Holiday Weekend, is being headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines. Indie rock band alt-J will also be performing on the main stage this year.

We're really over the moon to be returning to Leeds. It'll be our third time playing, and we always have the best time.

– Gus Unger-Hamilton (alt-J)

Palma Violets will be joining alt-J on the main stage on Saturday at Leeds, treating revelers to cuts from their upcoming album ‘Danger In The Club’.

Fusing dub step and rock to create a sound that is entirely their own, London’s Modestep step up to the plate on Sunday at Leeds, joined on the bill by raucous LA skate punks FIDLAR and Japanese metal idol stars Babymetal, who will be opening the stage.

Friday at Leeds will see the return of The Gaslight Anthem, after performances from Against Me! and Feed The Rhino.

Leeds band Hawk Eyes have also been named as one of the 60 new acts to take to the stage this year

The Leeds Festival will take place on the Bank Holiday Weekend of 28th to 30th August.

Man wanted in connection with serious assault

Police in York have issued an appeal to find 24-year-old Kyle Illingworth following a serious assault in the city.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday 18 April 2015 in the Acomb area of York, during which, a woman sustained serious head injuries.

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace Illingworth as he could have important information that could assist their investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, and quote reference 12150063301.


Floral mosaic in honour of Operation Manna revealed at Lincoln Cathedral

A floral mosaic in honour of Bomber Command is being unveiled in a ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral today.

The mosaic was donated to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) by the Dutch Government, in commemoration of Operation Manna.

It was planted on the East Lawn of Lincoln Cathedral on September 25, 2014 and features a carefully selected mixture of speciality tulips and grape hyacinths.

The ceremony will be attended by 20 veterans of Bomber Command, in what is the largest gathering of Operation Manna veterans for some 20 years.

A painting, commissioned by the Government of the Royal Netherlands, will be signed by all the veterans, recipients and international guests.

Woman jailed for stealing from 'vulnerable' victims

A woman who stole a vacuum cleaner and mobile phone from known victims has been jailed for 34 weeks and fined £680.

Jodie Johnson, 25, admitted two counts of theft from a dwelling at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

The court heard that on Friday 10 April, Johnson visited the home of a friend’s mother – a 79-year-old woman. Johnson, along with another man, knocked on the door and entered the home of the victim who was in bed at the time.

While the victim’s son was upstairs, Johnson and the man were seen leaving the property with a £300 vacuum cleaner. On Wednesday 15 April, Johnson visited a friend to ask for help unblocking her phone.

He agreed and Johnson stayed at the address for a couple of hours chatting to him as he attempted to fix her phone. When the man said that he could not help, Johnson picked up her friend’s £100 phone and ran out of the property.

Officers arrested Johnson on Manor Road in Maltby the following day. She pleaded guilty at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17 April and was sentenced to 34 weeks in prison.

We believe that Johnson was desperate for cash to fund her drug addiction and she chose her victims because of their vulnerability.

– Investigating officer Sgt Pete Longthorne

Featherstone prop Lockwood handed two-year doping ban

Featherstone prop James Lockwood has been given a two-year ban for breaching the Rugby Football League's anti-doping regulations in the first finding of its kind in the UK.

The 29-year-old former Dewsbury forward was handed the suspension by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after a sample taken in an out-of-competition test last November returned a positive test for growth hormone releasing factors.

In a statement, UKAD said: "The Drug Control Centre at King's College, London, identified the presence of Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (pralmorelin) and its metabolite in Mr Lockwood's A sample.

"These are classified under section S2 of the WADA 2014 Prohibited List. This is the first finding of its kind in the UK.

"The athlete is banned from all competition from 3 March 2015 to 2 March 2017."

Lockwood has spent the last three seasons with Featherstone after joining them from Dewsbury in 2012 and was in their team that lost 36-12 to Leigh in last October's Championship Grand Final at Headingley.

21-gun salute in York to mark the Queen's 89th birthday

The Army will wheel out the big guns in York to mark the 89th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen later today.

The 21-gun salute in York in 2013. Credit: Press Association

The 21-gun salute will be preceded by a musical procession by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps, who will march from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, to the Museum Gardens.

On the stroke of noon, three 105mm Light Guns will be fired by soldiers of 3/29 (Corunna) Battery of the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery based in Topcliffe, near Thirsk.

The salute consists of 21 rounds being fired at 10-second intervals.

York is one of 12 saluting stations in Britain, which include London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and is the only one in the north of England.


Owls Vice Chairman to leave club

Sheffield Wednesday has announced that the club's Vice Chairman, Paul Aldridge, will leave Hillsborough at the end of next season.

The news follows the appointments of Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder as advisors to new chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

Two people dead following M18 crash

Two people have died after a collision on the M18 northbound last night.

Police say a white Audi was stationary in lane two of the M18, close to the Junction 3 exit, when it was involved in a collision with a white articulated lorry. The Audi driver and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed. A 20-year-old female passenger is critically ill in hospital.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and bailed pending further enquiries.

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information. Call 101 quoting incident number 1138 of 20 April 2015.

Canwick Road work is 'on track'

Improving traffic flow Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincolnshire County Council say five months worth of construction work to improve traffic flow on Canwick Road in Lincoln is well on track ahead of its planned completion date of the end of May.

It comes as a new stage of overnight closures are introduced on Canwick Road and Canwick Hill from today. Lincolnshire County Council say they are trying to minimise disruption to drivers by carrying out certain work overnight. The council also says construction work is taking place on site 24/7. A number of drivers have suffered daily delays as a result of the project. Here is project manager Sam Edwards.

Hull joins cultural forces with Danish city

Hull, the UK City of Culture for 2017, has joined forces with Aarhus in Denmark, the European Capital of City of Culture for 2017, to deliver a 'year to remember'.

It is a collaboration that will see the two cultural capitals working together to create artistic programmes and events of international significance and appeal.

Our ambition for Hull's year as UK City of Culture is international in scale and this collaboration with the European Capital of Culture is the perfect place to begin that work. Whilst Hull and Aarhus have their own distinct visions for 2017, both believe in the power of culture to transform people and place and are committed to delivering an artistically significant, world-class programme that will make 2017 a year to remember. We hope it will also create a legacy of cultural links and exchanges that will continue well beyond 2017, building on Hull's historic links with its European neighbours.

– Hull 2017 Chief Executive, Martin Green
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