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Rotherham cyclist leads the way for Tour de Yorkshire

Bradley Wiggins might be the main attraction this coming weekend for the Tour de Yorkshire with his new team, but leading the way for his former team Sky will be Rotherham's own Ben Swift.

Today Ben was testing out stage 1 from Bridlington to Scarborough and ITV Sports correspondent Chris Dawkes caught up with him before he set off and started by asking how excited he was with the start of the race just 4 days away.


Families desperate for return of loved ones from Nepal

Several people from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire remain stranded in Nepal following an earthquake in the country over the weekend.

Rescuers from Lincolnshire have also flown out to contribute to the aid effort, as the death toll rises to almost 4,000.

One climber from Sheffield is stranded at base camp on Mount Everest, while the family of a pregnant woman from Hull say they are desperate for her to come home as soon as possible.

Kate Hemingway reports:

Massive cannabis farm found in Wakefield city centre

West Yorkshire police have found a major cannabis farm in a disused building just off Kirkgate in Wakefield city centre.

Cannabis plants Credit: West Yorkshire Police

It followed a call from a member of the public about suspicious activity behind disused premises. Officers attended and found an estimated 2,000 plants in the building as well equipment relating to its cultivation.

The plants were found in rooms behind the former Blockbuster premises and rooms in the adjoining disused building.

Nearby premises were initially evacuated due to a smell of gas.

The people responsible have obviously spent a considerable amount of time in these premises because of the amount of equipment we have found, the wiring work which has taken place and the fact that there are several crops of cannabis at various stages of growth from seedlings right through to empty rooms where the crop has been dried and been removed.

While both premises are in prominent positions on Kirkgate, we believe access to both was being gained by a single door to the side of the former cinema in the car park. This allowed vans to be backed up to the door covering their activity. It is going to take us the best part of two days to remove what's in there."

– Inspector Ian Williams, Wakefield Police

Police investigate 'unexplained' death in Spalding

Lincolnshire police are investigating the unexplained death of a woman in Spalding.

Officers were called to an address in Elizabeth Crescent at 4.28pm on Sunday April 16, where paramedics were treating a 47-year-old woman for head injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tests are being carried out to find out how she died.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.


Leeds teacher jailed for sex offences against pupils

A teacher has been jailed for sex offences against seven pupils when he was a master at Leeds Grammar School.

Christopher Slater jailed for sex offences against pupils

Christopher Slater committed the offences during a 16 year period between 1976 and 1992

Slater taught at the school for 29 years but was suspended in 1999 after allegations by another boy.

The 68-year-old, who lives in Lancashire, admitted indecent assault charges at Leeds Crown Court and was was jailed for four years and four months.

Teenager assaulted outside Wakefield school

Police are appealing for information after a 13-year-old was assaulted outside a school in Wakefield.

It happened near Kettlethorpe school, after the victim, was approached and allegedly attacked by another student.

The teenager was taken to hospital for treatment for serious facial injuries and has now been discharged.

Police are keen to speak to the female driver of a green car who stopped at the scene to assist the victim.

Keighley woman's death 'tragic accident', say police

Police investigating the death of a woman in Keighley have confirmed they are not treating it as suspicious.

Her body was found in bushes at the rear of a house at Vernon Court in the town on Sunday at around 3.55pm.

A post mortem has been completed and has confirmed this death was not suspicious.

"This appears to have been a tragic accident and a file will now be passed to the Coroner for further investigation."

– Det Chief Inspector Steve Snow, West Yorkshire Police
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