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Pardew under pressure ahead of Hull clash

Organisers from a campaign group called 'Sack Pardew' have staged a large-scale protest in and around St James's Park ahead of their match with Hull City.

Under pressure: Alan Pardew could be replaced by Hull Manager Steve Bruce if he is sacked by Newcastle. Credit: Press Association

The group say they will be distributing 30,000 leaflets and 100 banners from 10 pubs in Newcastle city centre. Tigers Manager Steve Bruce is one of the favourites to replace Pardew if he is sacked. It is the first time the two side's have met since Pardew head-butted Hull City's David Meyler last season.

Man and woman killed in Leeds crash

A man and a woman have died and another man suffered serious injuries after a crash in Leeds.

Flowers at the scene of a crash in Middleton Grove in Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It happened around 5.20am in Middleton Grove in the city when a car and heavy goods vehicle were in collision.

The driver and one passenger died in hospital. The other passenger of the car is seriously injured in hospital. The driver of the HGV was uninjured.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to contact police.

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Prince talks down claims of Gale racism

Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince has revealed he did not consider there to be a racist element to the verbal abuse delivered to him by Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Gale was banned for two matches after being reported by umpires for his part in an unseemly bust-up at the end of the third day's play in the Roses match earlier this month. That punishment was then extended by the England and Wales Cricket Board to prevent Gale playing an active part in lifting the LV= County Championship trophy following Yorkshire's victory at Trent Bridge last week.

Subsequent reports indicated that Gale had referred to South African Prince as a "f***ing Kolpak" and that the racial connotations of the term were key to the charge.

The phrase Kolpak refers to a Maros Kolpak, a handball player who set in motion a legal precedent that now allows some foreign-born cricketers to play in England under the laws of the European Union.

Yorkshire are backing their man staunchly and will surely have taken note of a revealing interview given by Prince to South African station Ballz Radio.

In it he admitted time-wasting, explained he was unhappy with the aggressive nature of the abuse Gale responded with but appeared unmoved by suggestions of racism.

"I took offence to the way he spoke to me, that's the bottom line," Prince told the broadcaster.

"The way the guy approached me and spoke to me, that's what I took offence to. I didn't stand there and think, 'That may be a racial slur'.

"What happened was the guy walked towards me and had a go at me and I defended myself. If the ECB feels there's racial connotations to it, that's up to them to do whatever they want to do.

"It's gone all out of control at the moment.

"People are calling me a cry baby, but at the end of the day I want to clear it up, I didn't report this guy to the ECB, the umpires did."

Gale is expected to be at Headingley throughout his side's final championship game of the season against Somerset next week, with a disciplinary hearing initially slated for Tuesday pushed back to allow for all the relevant parties to be involved.

Clampdown on illegal car parks

Illegal car parks in Leeds are being clamped down on as Leeds City Council takes action on firms who have failed to make the sites they use safe and secure.

Following a decision in March 2012, which saw the council approve 12 temporary long stay commuter car parks on cleared private land, firms running a number of car parks were given planning permission on the basis that a variety of improvements would be made such as landscaping, surfacing, clearly marked spaces, security lighting and signage.

Despite repeated written reminders from the council, West Register - who ran various car parks on Globe Road - failed to implement environmental improvements.

Although given over 18 months to complete the environmental improvements, including the Planning Inspector giving six months’ notice following an enforcement appeal, they still failed to do so.

It’s very disappointing that due to the failure of the organisations running these car parks to make sure they met reasonable obligation, they have to close.

"They’ve had plenty of time and reminders of what they need to do, yet still the work hasn’t been done.

"They’ve been continuing to operate as a profitable business, so they have no excuse for not making sure that the car parks are safe and pleasant for motorists to use and don’t blight the area.

"These were key factors when the planning decision was taken. Unfortunately, we have reached the point where prosecution is the only remaining option.”

– Cllr Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel

It is important to remember that these car parks were only put in place as a temporary measure due to delays in developments at these sites as a result of the economic downturn.

“Although inconvenient for users, action had to be taken against these car parks otherwise it would be unfair on other car parking organisations that have complied with the rules and actually invested in their sites.

"It is also important that cark parks don’t just look like bomb sites if we’re serious about making our city attractive.

“There are plenty of alternative car parks for drivers including the city’s park & ride at Elland Road which has seen a steady increase in users since its opening which is expected to continue.”

– Cllr Richard Lewis, executive board member responsible for transport and the economy
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