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Barnsley ballerina Tala Lee-Turton returns to her roots

Tala Lee-Turton has given a ballet masterclass to 20 students in her hometown of Barnsley.

The ballerina returned to Fearons Middleton School of Dance, in Cudworth, to train the students aged 8-11.

Lee-Turton is the third female from Britain to graduate from the Bolshoi ballet academy in Russia - and the first from Yorkshire.

She recently finished third in the world ballet competition in Orlando.

Man jailed for 'vicious' attack in Boston

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A man has been jailed for six years for a violent attack in Boston on Boxing Day 2014.

Karol Korycki, 20, from Boston, was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to a charge of assault with intent to rob.

Korycki repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped on his victim during the attack near the town’s bus station.

"You subjected your victim to a vicious, sustained attack in which you repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on him. Much of the violence occurred when he was on the ground.

"You could quite easily have killed him or caused serious injury to his brain. It is remarkable that the injuries were not much more serious."

– Judge Michael Heath


Dr Kate Granger's friend in emotional tribute to campaigner

The best friend of Dr Kate Granger has made a moving and emotional tribute to her.

Dr Kate died on Saturday of a rare form of cancer at the age of 34.

Her closest friend Kay Birmingham, who spent many hours at her side in her final months, spoke of the loss of her friend and her legacy.

Police appeal after man is attacked in Scunthorpe

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked at the car park of a pub in Scunthorpe.

Police say the 32-year-old victim was involved in a fight with a number of people before he suffered a serious head injury at Queensway pub on Ashby Road.

The incident happened at 12.30am on Sunday 24 July.

The victim was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where he remains in a stable condition.

Officers are keen to locate anyone who witnessed the incident and have released CCTV stills of three people who were walking by at the time of the altercation.

CCTV pictures show three people who were walking by at the time of the altercation. Credit: Humberside Police

MP demands full investigation into death of Bradford woman in Pakistan

Samia Shahid, 28, died last week in northern Punjab.

Bradford West MP Naz Shah has called for a full investigation into the death of a former Yorkshire woman in Pakistan.

She wants the body of Samia Shahid, 28, a beauty therapist, to be exhumed.

Mrs Shahid died last week in northern Punjab.

West Yorkshire Police say they are aware of her death.

I've been in touch with various officials, through the Foreign Office and the High Commission - both in Pakistan and Britain. I've also written to the prime minister in Pakistan to give his personal intervention to ascertain the cause of death of Samia Shahid.

– Naz Shah MP, Bradford West


Red Arrows set for major Asian tour

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Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows are set for a major tour of Asia with performances in China, India, Malaysia and Singapore, it has been announced.

The tour, to support Britain's prosperity, is part of performances in up to 20 locations from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific.

It will see the Red Arrows, who are based at RAF Scampton, perform their world-famous aerobatics in China for the first time ever.

Planning is under way to finalise details of deployment, which follows an invitation for the aerobatic team of Hawk T1 aircraft to perform at the Zhuhai Airshow as part of the UK’s GREAT campaign.

Our RAF Red Arrows and Typhoons represent the best of British. The Red Arrows will fly the flag for Britain in key export markets while our RAF Typhoons will exercise with our allies.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

Yorkshire Jets to be wound up after loss of franchise

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Yorkshire Jets say they are going out of business after they were removed from the Netball Superleague.

England Netball added three teams for the 2017 season but the Yorkshire outfit were left out.

Mariana Pexton, Chair of Yorkshire Jets, said that the club had been 'overwhelmed' by the public's support in light of the decision but would cease operations in September.

Discussions are currently taking place about a final Jets event and legacy options.

"There is no doubt that losing our experience and expertise, on and off court, and those brilliant female role models, means that this is a sad day for netball and for women’s sport in Yorkshire."

– Mariana Pexton, Chair of Yorkshire Jets

"Yorkshire Netball supported the bid by Yorkshire Jets to represent the region in the Superleague and we continue to be extremely disappointed neither Jets nor Yorkshire will have a franchise in the UK’s leading domestic competition. It is a sad day for the sport in the region.

"We have been asked by England Netball to continue to run the performance pathway, to ensure Yorkshire’s talented young netballers have the best opportunities to succeed at the highest level, and we will do all we can to fulfil that important role."

– Pam Hoyle, Chair of Yorkshire Netball
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