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Man jailed for raping women in Barnsley and Sheffield

Ethan Ray Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years for raping two women from Barnsley and Sheffield.

Ethan Ray from Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 21 July to receive his sentence after a week-long trial.

He was charged with four counts of rape against his two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard how both women, who were known to him, were subjected to abuse and violence at Ray’s hands.

A jury took less than an hour to unanimously find Ray guilty of all four counts of rape.

"Because Ray refused to accept responsibility for his crimes, his victims were forced to relive their abusive and terrifying experiences before the court."

"They are still plagued by the memories of this defendant’s behaviour towards them, describing it as being ‘tortured daily’, and I truly hope this positive conviction and lengthy sentence goes some way to reassuring them that he can cause them no further harm."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable McClure

Barnsley ballerina Tala Lee-Turton returns to her roots

Tala Lee-Turton has given a ballet masterclass to 20 students in her hometown of Barnsley.

The ballerina returned to Fearons Middleton School of Dance, in Cudworth, to train the students aged 8-11.

Lee-Turton is the third female from Britain to graduate from the Bolshoi ballet academy in Russia - and the first from Yorkshire.

She recently finished third in the world ballet competition in Orlando.


Dr Kate Granger's friend in emotional tribute to campaigner

The best friend of Dr Kate Granger has made a moving and emotional tribute to her.

Dr Kate died on Saturday of a rare form of cancer at the age of 34.

Her closest friend Kay Birmingham, who spent many hours at her side in her final months, spoke of the loss of her friend and her legacy.

Yorkshire Jets to be wound up after loss of franchise

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Yorkshire Jets say they are going out of business after they were removed from the Netball Superleague.

England Netball added three teams for the 2017 season but the Yorkshire outfit were left out.

Mariana Pexton, Chair of Yorkshire Jets, said that the club had been 'overwhelmed' by the public's support in light of the decision but would cease operations in September.

Discussions are currently taking place about a final Jets event and legacy options.

"There is no doubt that losing our experience and expertise, on and off court, and those brilliant female role models, means that this is a sad day for netball and for women’s sport in Yorkshire."

– Mariana Pexton, Chair of Yorkshire Jets

"Yorkshire Netball supported the bid by Yorkshire Jets to represent the region in the Superleague and we continue to be extremely disappointed neither Jets nor Yorkshire will have a franchise in the UK’s leading domestic competition. It is a sad day for the sport in the region.

"We have been asked by England Netball to continue to run the performance pathway, to ensure Yorkshire’s talented young netballers have the best opportunities to succeed at the highest level, and we will do all we can to fulfil that important role."

– Pam Hoyle, Chair of Yorkshire Netball


Man wanted over Sheffield assault

Richard Hunt Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police in Sheffield are appealing for information to help locate a man wanted in connection with an alleged assault.

Richard Hunt, 41, is wanted in connection with the attack that is reported to have taken place in the Upperthorpe area of Sheffield in May 2016.

A 27-year-old woman suffered facial injuries as a result of the incident.

Despite numerous enquiries by police to locate the suspect, he has not been found.

Police are advising members of the public not to approach him but to call 101 quoting incident number 1247 of 27 May 2016.

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