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Rotherham suspend new signing after assault conviction

Rotherham have suspended new signing Simon Lenighan after his conviction for assault.

Simon Lenighan has been suspended by Rotherham Credit: @OfficialRUFC

The 21-year-old former Leeds midfielder, who only joined the Millers last week, on Thursday pleaded guilty to assaulting three women while on a night out in February.

Lenighan escaped jail but was sentenced to a community order for 12 months, including 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay damages.

The club can announce that following recent reported events in the press and having spoken with the player concerned, it has decided to suspend Simon Lenighan pending an investigation into the matter.

The club will make a further statement as and when appropriate but will not do so whilst the matter is under investigation.

The club hopes to finalise its investigation in a speedy manner and will make further comment as and when appropriate to do so.

– Rotherham United

Teething problems with new Humber Bridge toll system

There have been a few teething problems for motorists crossing the Humber Bridge today as they get used to a new electronic toll system.

Drivers need a special tag fitted to their windscreens which allows the barrier to automatically lift up. But problems have already been identified with the system causing tailbacks throughout the morning. Here's Bridgemaster Peter Hill.


Region's soldiers take part in multi-national training exercise

Almost 1,000 British soldiers, many from our region, have been taking part in a huge military training exercise in Eastern Europe. The troops have been training alongside those from Poland, Germany and Canada. Matt Price went with them.

Campaigners gear up for second windfarm fight

Campaigners say they will fight proposals for a windfarm on a site near Grantham that's located just under two miles away from land on which another farm was recently rejected. It is just under six months since the development known as 'Temple Hill' was rejected - but now a different company has put forward even bigger plans for nearby Fulbeck Airfield. The firm argues the turbines will benefit the community financially, campaigners though say will fight again. Kate Hemingway reports:


DNA technology to weed out tomato cheats

The judges at the Harrogate flower show are so determined that no-one cheats in their contest to find the biggest tomatoes that they're bringing in DNA technology as Mark Witty reports.

Leeds residents to benefit from £40 million broadband boost

A deal worth £40 million has been secured to make ultra-fast broadband available in Leeds.

Forty million pounds has been secured to make ultra-fast broadband available in Leeds.

Up to 80,000 homes are set to benefit from speeds of 152Mb. The upgrade will begin in MIddleton, then roll out to other areas of the city after being agreed between internet providers and the city council.

I am delighted that we have secured this investment for the residents of Leeds. Access to high speed broadband is the cornerstone of a thriving local economy helping residents connect and businesses to grow.

– Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council
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