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Northern Powergrid staff to stage strike in pay dispute

Hundreds of office staff at the electrical distribution firm Northern Powergrid have announced they plan to stage a two-day strike starting on Tuesday.

Administrative staff who are members of the union UNISON will walk out after what they claim is months of talks failed to settle their pay claim. Union leaders say customers could face delays contacting the firm during the strike.

Northern Powergrid is responsible for running the power network that delivers electricity to almost 4 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. The company says it has 'robust arrangements' in place to limit the impact of the strike.

Strike action is due to commence just after midnight on the 1st September and end at midnight on the 2nd September 2015.

542 life-threatening incidents - a day-in-the-life Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have embarked on a 24-hour 'tweetathon' to let people know how they go about their work. Here are a few of today's highlights:

IPCC investigates police actions before fatal collision at Stamford

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is appealing for witnesses following a fatal car collision in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

A 62-year-old man died after the blue Nissan Micra he was driving hit a low wall in Wharf Road, about 100 yards from the town bridge, just before 3am on Saturday, 22 August.

Shortly before the collision police officers had approached the car at a junction in Stamford. The IPCC’s independent investigation is looking at the interaction between police and the man to establish if that had any bearing on the events that followed.

IPCC investigators are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or noticed the Nissan Micra or its driver beforehand. They also want to talk to anyone who saw police contact with the driver between 2am and 3am near the taxi rank in Broad Street or at the junction of St Paul’s Street and Brazenose Lane.

Leeds Rhinos: Giants of the game

Leeds Rhinos stalwarts Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock are both retiring from the game at the end of the season.

They've both won just about every honour in the game. Sinfield has been with Leeds for 18 years, Peacock had a sensational career with the Bradford Bulls before switching to his home-town club nine years ago. Both have captained their country, both have been rewarded with MBEs.

Sinfield will cross codes to play Rugby Union for Yorkshire Carnegie once this season's over; Peacock will move into management - ironically with Hull Kingston Rovers.

Two giants of the game - and I've been talking to both men.

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Hull KR: Looking back at 1980

It's thirty-five years since Hull Kingston Rovers won their first and only Challenge Cup final in 1980 and it was a memorable day for the whole city. All Hull was let loose that day when Rovers took on the Airlie Birds - the Robins edging it by 10 points to 5.

We've been talking to some of those who were there that day, including the player who scored 9 of the 10 points for Hull KR and a woman who was 7 months pregnant - and her son, who's now all grown up.

Hull fans get ready for big match

This Saturday will be the first time in nearly thirty years that the Robins have stepped onto Wembley's hallowed turf and supporters are certainly getting behind the club's call for them to show their true colours.

As James Webster reports, fans are wearing those colours with pride. Even a few Hull FC fans are putting their cross city rivalry to one side.

Service for rugby league's fallen

The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in remembrance of those involved in rugby league who have died while serving their country.

The ceremony was restored to Challenge Cup Final weekend tradition by HM Armed Forces in 2014, and takes place the day before the final. This year’s ceremony drew larger crowds from the rugby league family showing their support to the Armed Services, and was bolstered by hundreds of visitors to the capital.

“...to my mind, this ceremony represents the best of rugby league. Above all else, rugby league is a family and we look after one another. Like any family, we remember those we have lost and this both a poignant ceremony and fitting tribute to those in the game who have done so much for the country and for us.”

– The Group’s Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland

“I am proud to be a part of this ceremony, as part of Leeds Rhinos, as a rugby league player and as a person. Those we honour today were not just players and fans of our great game, they were and are true heroes and in this small gesture, we recognise and reflect on their profound courage and are grateful for all they have done for those they left behind.”

– Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Leeds Rhinos

“This is a hugely important part of the Challenge Cup Final weekend. It sets the foundation for what is a celebration of the sport the following day, and gives us pause to reflect and give thanks to all those who have given so much so that we might run out at Wembley and enjoy a great day. It touches you and it was an honour to be involved in such an occasion.”

– Hull KR Captain, Terry Campese

Conducted by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and lead by Vice Chief of Defence Staff and President of Great Britain Armed Forces Rugby League, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the ceremony began as Big Ben struck 11 o’clock. Joining GBARFL and Parliamentary Group Chairman Greg Mulholland MP were RFL Chairman Brian Barwick and Denise Edwards of the Royal British Legion. Challenge Cup Finalists Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers were represented by their Chief Executives Gary Hetherington and Mike Smith, and players Jamie Jones Buchanan and Liam Sutcliffe for Leeds and Hull KR’s captain Terry Campese.

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