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Tour de Yorkshire timings announced

The start and finish times for the Tour de Yorkshire have been announced today, along with the precise location details of the race starts and finishes.

The major international cycling race will be held on the 1st – 3rd May with the routes for the three days taking the event through some of the county’s most spectacular scenery.

Tour de Yorkshire Credit: Welcome To Yorkshire

The routes were announced in Bridlington earlier this year and now the race organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation based in France, have announced the timings and details of the location starts and finishes.

Stage one from Bridlington to Scarborough will have a ceremonial start at 11.45am on South Marine Drive outside the Bridlington Spa. Riders will have a 5km neutralised section before the official race start at Sewerby at 12 noon.

Depending on rider’s speed the race will finish between 4pm and 4.30pm on Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough.

Key timings for stage one include Dalby Forest King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.15pm, a sprint through Pickering at approximately 1.40pm, Rosedale Abbey King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.08pm, Grosmont King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.52pm, the Whitby Sprint at around 3.09pm and the finish in Scarborough between 4pm and 4.30pm depending on the speed of the riders.

Stage two, from Selby to York, will have a ceremonial start at 11.20am outside Selby Abbey.

Riders will have an 8km neutralised section before the official race start just outside Selby on the A163 at 11.45am. Depending on riders’ speed, the race will finish between 3.30pm and 4pm on Knavesmire Road in York.

Key points in stage two include the race reaching North Newbald King of the Mountain climb at approximately 12.30pm, the Wetwang Sprint at approximately 1.23pm, Fimber King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.29pm with the York Sprint and first crossing of the finish line, ahead of two laps of the City at approximately 2.40pm

Stage three, from Wakefield to Leeds, will start at 12.15pm outside Wakefield Cathedral.

Riders will have a 4km neutralised section before the official race start at Agbrigg Road on the A61 at 12.30pm. Depending on riders’ speed the race will finish 4.30pm and 5pm at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Key points in stage three include the race reaching the Holmfirth King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.28pm, Scapegoat King of the Mountain climb at approximately 1.51pm Hebden Bridge King of the Mountain climb at approximately 2.48pm, Goose Eye King of the Mountain climb at approximately 3.11pm, the Ilkley Sprint at approximately 3.59pm, the Cow & Calf King of the Mountain climb at approximately 3.42pm, Chevin King of the Mountain climb at approximately 3.59pm, and the final Arthington Sprint before the finish in Leeds at approximately 4.12pm.

There will be over 500km throughout Yorkshire where people can choose to see the race over the three days.

Details of the Tour de Yorkshire route and timings can be viewed at letouryorkshire.com/timings

“Today’s confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event.

"This is going to be an extremely exciting three days for Yorkshire”.

– Gary Verity, Welcome To Yorkshire

“Our technical team had a good final visit to Yorkshire and we are very happy with the route the riders will take.

"With 515km in total there are some excellent opportunities throughout the three days for spectators to see riders take Sprint and King of the Mountain climb points, ahead of finish lines designed to generate the kind of welcome that Yorkshire spectators gave the peloton in the Tour de France”.

– Thierry Gouvenou, Tour de France Sports Director

The race, which will be one of the most exciting cycling events held in Europe in 2015 and will be broadcast in the UK, and on Eurosport, to 70 countries around the world.

Maps of the Tour de Yorkshire race starts and finishes, timings and information for spectators can be found at, letouryorkshire.com/routemaps

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Yorks fighter killed in Syria " originally went to give medical aid"

An ex-Royal Marine from Yorkshire killed while fighting against Islamic State militants alongside Kurdish forces originally headed to Syria to provide medical aid, an MP has said.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield Credit: Facebook/ Jason Matson

In an interview with Sky News, Dan Jarvis, who represents the Barnsley Central constituency, said he believed Konstandinos Erik Scurfield had travelled to the troubled region for "honourable reasons".

"My understanding is that he had very significant ideological concerns about what is happening, about the actions Islamic State were taking in the region, and he wanted to make a contribution.

"My understanding is that he went there to make a humanitarian contribution, he didn't go there to fight, he provided medical assistance.

"In terms of precisely what's happened, we don't know yet but my understanding was that he went there for honourable reasons.

– Dan Jarvis MP. Barnsley Central

Mr Jarvis urged anyone else with "legitimate concerns" about Islamic State not to travel to the Middle East, and instead support charities working in the region.

Teen banned from driving in crackdown on off-road bikers

A teenager has been disqualified from driving as a result of a crackdown in Sheffield on off-road bikers.

South Yorkshire Police are cracking down on off-road biking Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and possession of a knife.

At Sheffield Magistrates Court, the teenager admitted to a lesser charge of driving without due care and was disqualified for six months.

The nuisance biker was chased down by two officers who spotted him while they were responding to a complaint from a resident about off-road bikers in Waterthorpe.

The teenager was travelling at excessive speed and nearly hit a pedestrian, before he was stopped in his own back garden, searched and arrested at the scene.

“We are working hard to tackle the antisocial behaviour caused by off-road bikers around the Westfield and Waterthorpe areas and I hope this court case will send a warning to those causing the problem.

“Our officers tackled this incident head on after receiving reports from members of the community.

“No-one should have to suffer at the hands of illegal motorcyclists, who put lives at risk with their irresponsible and dangerous behaviour.

“South Yorkshire Police take all complaints of off-road bikers extremely seriously and we urge members of the public to get in touch with any information they have.

“We will continue to use our powers to take offenders to court as we work in partnership with the public to reduce all types of antisocial behaviour which blight the lives of hard-working, law-abiding people.”

– Insp Jason Booth, Sheffield South East Safer Neighbourhood Area

Distinctive dresses stolen in Bradford raid

Police have released pictures of some distinctive Asian dresses which were stolen in a burglary in Bradford.

The dresses were among a significant amount of clothing and accessories taken when thieves broke into commercial premises in Tickhill Street overnight on Wednesday, 25 February.

One of the dresses stolen in a burglary in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Police
One of the dresses stolen in a burglary in Bradford Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A quantity of cash and computer equipment was also stolen in the burglary, which is believed to have occurred between 8pm last Wednesday, February 25 and 11am on Thursday February 26.

"We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Tickhill Street area between the times above.

"It is likely that the thieves will have used a vehicle to transport this clothing, which is distinctive and quite rare.

"We would also like to hear from anyone who is offered similar clothing or accessories for sale, possibly at a reduced price."

– Insp George Bardell, Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team
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Poyet sent to the stand during Sunderland's 1-1 draw

Hull drew 1-1 with visiting Sunderland in another relegation tussle which saw Black Cats manager Gus Poyet sent to the stand following a first-half altercation with Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet is sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

The two men had to be separated on the touchline after Sunderland's JackRodwell fell in the box after 35 minutes and was booked for simulation by referee Mike Dean.

Poyet complained it was a penalty and after being sent off he walked across to Bruce and tried to shake his counterpart's hand.

Bruce appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by a linesman and members of his coaching staff.

Hull City's Andy Robertson and Sunderland's Danny Graham (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

Dame N'Doye's third goal in five games since his January move from Lokomotiv Moscow gave Hull a 15th-minute lead, the Senegal striker cleverly back-heeling Tom Huddlestone's cross into the net.

But Rodwell earned Sunderland a precious point when he nudged home Patrick van Aanholt's cross on the line with 13 minutes remaining.

The Black Cats host Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

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Tribute to former Yorkshire Marine killed fighting IS

A former US soldier who said he fought next to an ex-Royal Marine reported to be killed while fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants has paid tribute to his former comrade.

Former US soldier Jordan Matson posted a picture he says is ex-Royal Marine Konstandions Erik Sculfield Credit: Facebook/Jordan Matson

Posting on Facebook, Jordan Matson said he was "honoured" to have fought next to Konstandions Erik Scurfield, praising his discipline and dedication.

We were together from his first day here and you couldn't ask for a more disciplined warrior.

"Kosta as we call him was from the United Kingdom and was born a Greek citizen. He served both in the Greek army and as a British Royal Marine commando up until he came here. He served with me in Jezza and Shengal.

"Kosta volunteered for every attack and guard duty opportunity. He wanted nothing more than to bring the fight to the enemy.

"I'm going to carry on your legacy brother, I will never forget you. I love you man.

"Save me a place up there big guy."

– Jordan Matson

100 Westerners believed to be fighting Islamic State

Around 100 people from Western countries - including a number of Britons - are believed to have gone to Syria to join Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants.

The figures come as it emerged ex-Royal Marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, from Barnsley, has become the first Brit to be killed in the fight against the violent terror group.

Last month, a 19-year-old soldier from the UK, based in Cyprus, was returned to his unit after joining the Kurdish peshmerga, telling family "these guys need our help".

And in December, it was reported that two former British soldiers had also joined the operation against Islamic State, saying they had been "compelled" to help after the murder of aid worker Alan Henning.

Tribute to Konstandinos from Kurdish news organisation

The organisation Kurdish Question, which provides pro-Kurdish news and political analysis, has released a statement.

"Kurdish Question has tonight learnt of the loss of the first YPG volunteer from the UK, Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, nom de guerre Kemal.

"Kurdish Question can confirm that the family of Konstandinos has been informed of the loss of their son and we would like to pay our deepest respects and honour the memory of this brave young man who travelled to Rojava to fight ISIS with the Kurdish forces of the YPG.

"We can confirm that Konstandinos Erik Scurfield died in battle, probably in NE Syria/Rojava although the full details are yet to be announced by YPG.

"The YPG do have the body of Konstandinos. When we messaged Jordan Matson today if he can confirm the martyrdom of a UK volunteer, he simply replied,

"Yes, I am here with his body!"

"Konstandinos fell in combat with ISIS yesterday, that much we think we know. But more details will be forthcoming from YPG soon.

"To all of the family, friends and comrades in arms of Konstandinos we pay our deepest respect and will honour his memory as a brave fighter for justice."

– Kurdish Question
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