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Yorkshire seal move for Pujara after Khan leaves

Yorkshire have signed India international Cheteshwar Pujara until the end of May after cancelling the contract of Younus Khan.

Younus Khan wants to play for Pakistan Credit: Press Association

Younus was set to be Yorkshire's overseas signing for 2015, but the batsman is now looking to be part of Pakistan's potential touring party to Bangladesh, effectively ruling him out of any playing time in the LV= County Championship.

Pujara will instead link up with the Division One champions - subject to receiving a work permit - having spent time at the back end of last season with Derbyshire, scoring 219 championship runs for them.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon announced in a statement that Younus made his international intentions clear on Sunday, and added: "We have moved quickly to bring in Pujara and he is a superb player.

"He is an outstanding young Test cricketer, who is hungry to perform in the English game. In the brief conversations I have had with him, he is very much looking forward to be joining Yorkshire and being part of our plans."

Cheteshwar Pujara boasts nearly 9,000 first-class runs Credit: Press Association

Pujara, 27, made his international Test debut in 2010, and with six centuries in the five-day game is a highly rated part of India's squad with many seeing him as the natural successor to Rahul Dravid.

Pujara, who boasts nearly 9,000 first-class runs, will turn out for Yorkshire until Australian Aaron Finch is free of Indian Premier League commitments with Mumbai Indians.

"I was looking to return to the UK after my previous experience of county cricket, which I greatly enjoyed, and when Yorkshire made the offer I didn't think twice," Pujara said.

"To wear the same white rose Sachin Tendulkar did is going to be a great feeling for me. I hope I can contribute to further success."

Ann Maguire fund donates more than £10,000 to local projects

A fund set up in memory of Ann Maguire has donated more than £10,000 to projects in West Yorkshire.

The Arts Education Fund was set up in April last year after the 61-year-old teacher was murdered by pupil Will Cornick while she taught Spanish at Corpus Chrtisti Catholic College.

Arts and dance groups and theatres as well as individuals are benefitting from the grants, which aim to develop youngsters' creative aspirations.

The Fund will re-open for applications later this year.

North Yorkshire police believe convicted killer in London area

A convicted murderer, who is wanted for emergency recall to prison is believed to be in the London area.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

William Kerr, 53, who speaks with a Scottish accent, needs to be arrested and returned to prison as a matter of urgency.

If they see him, people are asked not to approach him but instead to call the police immediately on 999.

Kerr was jailed for life for murder at Leeds Crown Court on 26 June 1998, and released on licence on 23 January 2015.


Police appeal for witnesses after Beeston collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision in Beeston earlier today.

At 8.35am, a silver Nissan Almera travelling along Beeston Road in the direction of Old Lane has been in collision with a 29-year-old female pedestrian.

The injured woman was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she is being treated for a serious head injury.

Anyone who saw the collision has been asked to contact police.

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