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Millers sign Tractor Boy's Taylor

Rotherham United have completed the signing of Paul Taylor from Ipswich Town on a standard loan deal, subject to Football League ratification

Millers boss Steve Evans says he was pleased to have fought off competition for the 26-year-old forward's signature.

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Breaking: Howard Webb to retire

Howard Webb (right)
Referee Howard Webb (right) before kick off in a Group C game at Brasil 2014 Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

England's top referee Howard Webb has announced his retirement to become technical director of the body that oversees professional officials.

Webb, 43, from Rotherham who refereeed the 2010 World Cup final and at the recent World Cup in Brazil, hangs up his whistle after 25 years.

He has been appointed technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the Premier League announced.

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John Heald arrested by police in Rotherham

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John Heald was arrested at around 2.15pm in the Parkgate area. He's currently in custody. We'd like to thank the public for their support

South Yorkshire Police say a man has been arrested by officers investigating the murder of Bei Carter in Bridlington last week.

John Heald, 53, was arrested by officers from South Yorkshire Police at around 2.15pm today in the Parkgate area of Rotherham.

Rotherham man jailed for decades of abuse

A 44-year-old Rotherham man has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of sexual assaults on young girls dating back 20 years.

Lee Wayne Crutchley
Lee Wayne Crutchley Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Lee Wayne Crutchley, of Victoria Street in Dinnington, was convicted of 12 offences at Sheffield Crown Court following a trial.

Crutchley was found guilty of two counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault, two counts of assault by penetration, one count of buggery.

He was found not guilty of two offences of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 and two indecent assaults.

He had pleaded not guilty to all offences.

For more than 20 years Crutchley preyed on schoolgirls, taking advantage of their young age and innocence for his own gratification. In the case of some of these victims, the abuse went on for several years and I am glad that, now, they can see that justice has been served. The fact that Crutchley pleaded not guilty to these charges and made his victims endure the further trauma of a trial has undeniably forced these women to relive horrendous events which, in some cases, occurred as long as 24 years ago.

– Detective Constable Dave Wilson

Police were told that in 1990, when Crutchley was 21, he abused a 12-year-old girl, having sex with her in his car. He went on to abuse her for the next four years, during which time she became pregnant with his child but miscarried.

During the same time period, he also abused one of this victim’s school friends.

In 1996, he was working as a bouncer in Dinnington when he began abusing a 14-year-old girl.

He had sex with her at his flat and in woodland and fields around the local area.

On one occasion, she said, Crutchley asked her to lie to medical professionals and pretend that she was in a relationship with somebody the same age as herself.

Crutchley’s most recent abuse happened in 2012, in Dinnington.

Union says some cities left behind recovery

Hull, Bradford and Rotherham have missed out on the recovery seen in some cities through recent unemployment figures, according to the GMB union.

GMB say wages are lower than 2007
GMB say wages are lower than 2007 Credit: Press Association

They claim that gross domestic product (GDP) levels are 5.7 percent below those of 2007 and that average earnings are down 13.8 percent in the same period.

Read: Unemployment figures for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The GMB says Hull's employment rate is 11.6 per cent below the national average, while Bradford's is 7.4 per cent lower and Rotherham's is 6.6 per cent lower.

Maltby Colliery winding tower demolished

Local people-including some ex-miners-have gathered on the spoil heap overlooking the former Maltby Colliery site, near Rotherham, as they wait for the demolition of the pit's main winding tower.

The pit was closed in April last year and work's been going on since to make the 200 acre site safe.

The NUM say it is another sad day for the diminished mining industry

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