Live updates


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.

Yorks footballer faces match-fix trial

A former Premier League footballer from Huddersfield has appeared in court after being charged over an alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

Delroy Facey Credit: Press Association

Delroy Facey was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery earlier this month following a National Crime Agency inquiry. Facey was at Birmingham Crown Court for the brief hearing, wearing a blue shirt, and appeared composed as he sat in the dock, listening to proceedings.

He is set to re-appear at the crown court for a plea hearing on October 27.

Appearing alongside Facey was Moses Swaibu, 25, formerly of non league Brighton-based Whitehawk FC who is accused of one count of the same charge.

Swaibu is facing re-trial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in June.

Both men are set to be tried over the allegations in April, next year.

Facey, 34, of Huddersfield, played 10 times for Bolton in the top tier of English football from 2002 to 2004, and was originally arrested in November 2013.

During his career Facey also played for West Brom, Hull, Notts County, Lincoln and Tranmere.

Both men appeared on unconditional bail.

Speed limit increased on Grimsby route

North East Lincolnshire Council has approved plans to raise the speed limit on the Grimsby stretch of Peaks Parkway from 30mph to 40mph.

Councillors unanimously supported a recommendation made by a Cabinet working group set up to look into the issue earlier this year following a petition signed by almost 2,000 people calling for an increase to the limit.

The change will be to the 30mph zone from the traffic lights at B&Q to the 50mph zone past the Weelsby Road junction and should be in place by the end of October.

In addition, members also agreed to keep the average speed cameras in place in the area, along with a scrutiny panel looking into the consistency of the use of speed cameras across the borough.

We believe the decision to increase the speed limit in this way not only addresses the needs of the local community, but also the needs of business and visitors to Grimsby and other parts of North East Lincolnshire.

“We are doing the right thing to change this policy, but I would also stress that while we have increased the speed limit to 40mph, members of the public need to drive accordingly.

"You have got what you wanted, but if you speed above the limit you will rightly get a ticket.”

– Cllr Chris Shaw, North East Lincs Council leader


A 'Weekend of Two Halves'

It's goodbye to all that mist and low cloud from Sunday. Credit: KEITH HAZELWOOD
Saturday Credit: ITV Weather/Met Office

Saturday will again be quite cloudy over the Calendar region with a few showery outbreaks of rain, especially in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and eastern Yorkshire. Brighter weather will reach the Dales and North Yorkshire later. Highs: 18ºC in light winds.

Sunday Credit: ITV Weather/Met Office

At last we will be rid of the low cloud and mist! Sunday will be a dry and bright day with sunny spells. There will be some high cloud floating around, especially in the afternoon, but it will be well broken. Additionally, visibility will be much improved with good horizons so it'll be an ideal day for taking a walk in the hills. Highs: A fresher 18ºC in light northerly winds.

Witness appeal after North Lincs double fatal

Police investigating a fatal collision between a Suzuki motorcycle and a John Deere tractor in Ulceby in North Lincolnshire on Wednesday 10 September are seeking further witnesses.

The incident, which happened at 7.20pm on the B1211 resulted in the death of the motorcyclist Richard Markham of Ulceby, and the pillion passenger Dale James, of Barrow Haven.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the motorcycle being ridden prior to the collision and would particularly like to trace the occupants of a dark coloured possibly blue Jaguar motor car which came across the collision scene shortly after it occurred.

Jono Lancaster backs genetics charity

The patron of a genetics charity is calling for people to wear denim to work to raise awareness for those living with genetic disorders.

Jono Lancaster, from Normanton, suffers from Treacher Collins, a rare genetic condition which is believed to affect around 1 in 10,000 babies.

Jeans for Genes Day invites people to leave their suits and uniforms at home and wear jeans to school or work in return for a donation which will help change the lives of children with genetic disorders across the UK. The charity’s aim this year is to raise £2 million to provide vital care and support for the children and families who are affected by these conditions:

Load more updates