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Dog walker assaulted in Rotherham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog walker was assaulted in the Thurcroft area of Rotherham yesterday.

The 52-year-old woman was walking her dog along the Mineral Line pathway near to the former pit site in Thurcroft at 11am, when an unknown man approached her from behind.

The man is alleged to have assaulted the woman, who felt two blows to her back. The woman managed to kick out at the suspect, pulling him to the ground.

The man is then believed to have run away in the direction of the bridge that crosses over Steadfolds Lane.

The woman was taken to hospital to receive treatment for her injuries, which were discovered to be stab wounds that are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police say the man is described as being around 5ft 11ins tall, in his late 20s to early 30s, of skinny build with a scruffy appearance. He is described as being olive-skinned with short dark brown hair and stubble.

He is reported to have been wearing a light blue football shirt with a white band or motif across the chest, with grey scruffy jogging pants, white socks and black trainers.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

More than 60 new acts announced for Leeds Festival

More than 60 new acts have been added to to the line-up of this year's Leeds Festival, the organisers have announced.

alt-J performing in London in 2013 Credit: Press Association

The event, on August Bank Holiday Weekend, is being headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines. Indie rock band alt-J will also be performing on the main stage this year.

We're really over the moon to be returning to Leeds. It'll be our third time playing, and we always have the best time.

– Gus Unger-Hamilton (alt-J)

Palma Violets will be joining alt-J on the main stage on Saturday at Leeds, treating revelers to cuts from their upcoming album ‘Danger In The Club’.

Fusing dub step and rock to create a sound that is entirely their own, London’s Modestep step up to the plate on Sunday at Leeds, joined on the bill by raucous LA skate punks FIDLAR and Japanese metal idol stars Babymetal, who will be opening the stage.

Friday at Leeds will see the return of The Gaslight Anthem, after performances from Against Me! and Feed The Rhino.

Leeds band Hawk Eyes have also been named as one of the 60 new acts to take to the stage this year

The Leeds Festival will take place on the Bank Holiday Weekend of 28th to 30th August.

Woman jailed for stealing from 'vulnerable' victims

A woman who stole a vacuum cleaner and mobile phone from known victims has been jailed for 34 weeks and fined £680.

Jodie Johnson, 25, admitted two counts of theft from a dwelling at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

The court heard that on Friday 10 April, Johnson visited the home of a friend’s mother – a 79-year-old woman. Johnson, along with another man, knocked on the door and entered the home of the victim who was in bed at the time.

While the victim’s son was upstairs, Johnson and the man were seen leaving the property with a £300 vacuum cleaner. On Wednesday 15 April, Johnson visited a friend to ask for help unblocking her phone.

He agreed and Johnson stayed at the address for a couple of hours chatting to him as he attempted to fix her phone. When the man said that he could not help, Johnson picked up her friend’s £100 phone and ran out of the property.

Officers arrested Johnson on Manor Road in Maltby the following day. She pleaded guilty at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court on Friday 17 April and was sentenced to 34 weeks in prison.

We believe that Johnson was desperate for cash to fund her drug addiction and she chose her victims because of their vulnerability.

– Investigating officer Sgt Pete Longthorne


21-gun salute in York to mark the Queen's 89th birthday

The Army will wheel out the big guns in York to mark the 89th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen later today.

The 21-gun salute in York in 2013. Credit: Press Association

The 21-gun salute will be preceded by a musical procession by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps, who will march from Duncombe Place, near York Minster, to the Museum Gardens.

On the stroke of noon, three 105mm Light Guns will be fired by soldiers of 3/29 (Corunna) Battery of the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery based in Topcliffe, near Thirsk.

The salute consists of 21 rounds being fired at 10-second intervals.

York is one of 12 saluting stations in Britain, which include London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and is the only one in the north of England.

Owls Vice Chairman to leave club

Sheffield Wednesday has announced that the club's Vice Chairman, Paul Aldridge, will leave Hillsborough at the end of next season.

The news follows the appointments of Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder as advisors to new chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

Two people dead following M18 crash

Two people have died after a collision on the M18 northbound last night.

Police say a white Audi was stationary in lane two of the M18, close to the Junction 3 exit, when it was involved in a collision with a white articulated lorry. The Audi driver and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed. A 20-year-old female passenger is critically ill in hospital.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and bailed pending further enquiries.

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information. Call 101 quoting incident number 1138 of 20 April 2015.

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