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Halloween 'monster' prank shocks shoppers

Shoppers were given a fright when they spotted a fanged monster on the blood drenched roof of Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Halloween prankster on glass dome of mall Credit: Ross Parry

The mystery intruder was spotted after recent reports suggested you are most likely to spot a werewolf in the North.

The elaborate Halloween prank got shoppers' attention and many were impressed with the scale of the stunt.

The 'monster' on a blood-splattered roof Credit: Ross Parry

The security guard spotted the Halloween prankster after he saw the shadow on the roof.

Students create 'Spooky Walks' for Halloween

Josie Doughty, Connor Dickens and Amanda Cook creating props for the Halloween ‘Spooky Walks’ in the gardens at Doddington Hall

A group of production arts students have designed a 'Spooky Walk' at Doddington Hall using the skills they're learning at Lincoln College. They're using props, lighting and sound to create six spooky zones within the grounds of the gardens for the public to walk through, including Scary Slime Street and the Petrifying Pumpkin Patch. The first walk is being held this evening.

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Huge pumpkin wins top prize at Halloween festival

An enormous pumpkin representing the North of England has won first prize at an annual giant pumpkin competition in an event to celebrate the opening of the York Maze Halloween festival.

Mal Carter and his pumpkin

The fruit weighed over 1,000lb or the same as five baby elephants. It was grown by Mal Carter from Middlesbrough and needed to be lifted by a crane.

Collecting the award of £500 and the highly sought after Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth plaque, he said: "I’m thrilled to have won. I’ve been growing giant pumpkins for years but this is by far the biggest pumpkin I’ve ever grown. All those years of pumpkin growing have finally paid off.”

Mal’s monster creation is now being turned into the UK’s biggest pumpkin carving by professional 3D artist Christian Russell. Along with other entries, it will be on display at York Maze until Saturday 1st November.

Clocks go back at 2am

Don't forget to change your clocks tonight! Credit: PA

At 2am on Sunday, the clocks will go back an hour to Greenwich Mean Time. This means there will be shorter days and longer nights, but on the plus side, the change means an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning. The Sleep Council has declared it National Sleep In Day and is urging people to use it as an opportunity to catch up on lost sleep.

A lie-in balances out sleep debt accumulated during the working week and helps with brain recovery and memory processing. In that extra hour, the implication is that one's mental apparatus (the brain) continues to work at repairing itself. Workaholics may be interested to know that, when sleeping, problem solving goes on - so let the brain work the problem out while you are asleep! Physiologically, muscles are given an added boost - but actually sleeping for an extra hour is the real benefit. Whether for sleep, relaxation or meditation, people should make time for a lie-in in their schedule.

– Professor Chris Idzikowski, sleep expert

Giant Pumpkin Festival in York

10,000 pumpkins will be carved at the festival Credit: PA

York Maze is playing host to the UK's biggest pumpkin competition today. The North of England stage of the International Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth challenge is being held. They're hoping to set a new UK record for the biggest pumpkin, with a £2000 prize on offer. They also have 10,000 pumpkins ready to carve as part of the Giant Pumpkin Festival.

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Cosmo named Westminster Dog of the Year

Simon Reevell MP's dog Cosmo has been named Westminster Dog of the Year.

The annual competition aims to highlight dog welfare issues and is organised by the Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. The Dewsbury MP's wire-haired fox terrier puppy Cosmo was the only Yorkshire contender for the coveted title.

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