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Former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell dies

Former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell died last night.

He interviewed more than 600 people over 40 years for the Dales magazine, and was honoured with an MBE for his work.

Slovakian man to be sentenced for GBH with intent and rape

21-year-old Zdenko Turtak Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A Slovakian man who raped and violently attacked a woman in Leeds will be sentenced for his crimes on October 19th.

Zdenko Turtak had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and rape, but denied attempted murder.

His pleas were accepted by the prosecution at Leeds Crown Court today.

The 21-year-old was extradited from Slovakia to Britain by West Yorkshire Police. He fled the country after raping and violently assaulting an 18-year-old woman at a bus stop in Beeston in March.

It later emerged that he had been caught on CCTV stalking three other other women in the city on the night of the attack.

Before tracking Turtak down police had been taking DNA swabs from men in the Beeston area in their search the rapist.

The judge will be obliged to give him credit for his early guilty pleas but his sentence will also take into consideration a video of Turtak stalking lone women at night before deciding how long he'll spend behind bars.


Massey agrees Tigers extension

Nathan Massey has agreed a new four-year extension with the club Credit: Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Nathan Massey has agreed a new four-year extension with the club.

The new deal will keep the forward at the Tigers until the end of the 2019 season.

Massey joined the Tigers’ at the young age of 15 and has risen through the Tigers youth ranks before making his first team debut in 2007. He cemented his place in the Tigers first team after appearing in every game of the 2013 season. Injuries in 2014 derailed his development but he bounced back with a solid 2015 where he appeared in 22 games scoring two tries. The 26 year old loose forward has played over 100 times for the Tigers in Super League and is delighted to be staying with his only professional club for the foreseeable future:

"I’m over the moon to finally have this deal sorted and in the bag! There have been lots of rumours about me leaving the club but that has never crossed my mind. Despite having interest from here and overseas Cas is the place I want to be at. I’m extremely proud to play for this club and I’m sure in the next few years silverware will be coming our way. I’m excited at the prospect of the coming season and can’t wait to get stuck into pre season."

– Nathan Massey

Virgin Trains East Coast workers balloted for industrial action

Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast to be balloted over industrial action Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Almost 1,400 workers on Virgin East Coast are to be balloted for industrial action over the sacking of a colleague.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to take action.

The union claimed the disciplinary process over the dismissal of a worker based at Edinburgh was "flawed".


GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain "a much stronger, confident person"

Nadiya Hussain was crowned champion of the Bake Off last night Credit: GBBO / BBC

Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has said she walked out of the tent "a much stronger, confident person" after being crowned winner of series six, beating Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray in an emotional final which had judge Mary Berry in tears.

The 30-year-old from Leeds, who became loved for her facial expressions, joked that she had "no idea my face could do that" and hopes her baking will be the lasting impression on viewers - and not her eyebrows.

She said she had her husband to thank for pushing her to apply for the show, when she believed she had no chance of making it on to television.

"My husband (Abdul) tried to get me to apply two years ago and I said, 'look, I don't have the confidence to do something like this', and this year he pretty much forced me and said, 'you're really good, you're really clever, you should just do it, what's the worst that will happen?"

– Nadiya Hussain, speaking to BBC Breakfast

The mother-of-three described how she "comes from a culture where there is no such concept of dessert after dinner" and she caught the bug for baking during home economics.

Born to a Bangladeshi family, Nadiya said she was worried that audiences would "look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake". She has been praised as a role model for young British Muslims.

"Her participating in The Great British Bake Off has demonstrated the connection that young British Muslims have with British society. The hijab that she wears has not deterred her from participating and winning the show. This demonstrates how Muslims have made great efforts in integrating into society; and how they are achieving that in many various aspects."

– Muslim Association of Britain

Stunning photos of Northern Lights over Yorkshire

The Northern Lights were visible over Yorkshire last night. Aurora Borealis lit up the skies across the region. Here are some of your photos.

Work to start next year on Hull's A63 footbridge

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After years of delays, work is due to start early next year on the Castle Street footbridge in Hull. The £11.5 million project will link the city centre to the waterfront, currently cut off by the busy A63. It is due to be finished by Easter 2017.

Archaeological work will begin on the site later this year to prepare for the construction work. The bridge has been designed to allow further development around the waterfront as Hull City Council continues to regenerate the area around the marina. It is being delivered as an early phase of a major project by Highways England to upgrade the A63.

It’s great news that Highways England will be able to construct the Princes Quay bridge in advance of the main Castle Street scheme and in time for Hull’s term as the European City of Culture. The Government is investing a record £1.3 billion in roads across Yorkshire and the Humber over the next five years as part of its long-term economic plan. Schemes like these will help build the Northern Powerhouse and create more jobs and opportunities for hardworking people across the region.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughli
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