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Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson

Bradford have turned down an approach from Sheffield United to speak to manager Phil Parkinson.

Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson Credit: Press Association

The Blades are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Nigel Clough and his entire backroom team on Monday.

But Bradford are desperate to keep hold of Parkinson, 47, who has a year left to run on his current contract at Valley Parade.

Bradford's joint-chairman Mark Lawn told Press Association Sport: "It's true we've been contacted by Sheffield United.

"They want to speak to Phil, but we've turned their request down. We've made it perfectly clear that we want Phil to stay."

When asked if Bradford's board will open talks with Parkinson over a new deal, Lawn added: "That's up to Phil.

"We'd be happy to do that. He has another year left on his contract and he knows we always look to negotiate new contracts at the end of their terms."

Lawn refused to comment on whether Parkinson had a get-out clause in his deal that the Blades had failed to activate.

"I'm not willing to discuss the finer points of Phil's deal," he added.

Parkinson penned a three-year deal at the end of the 2012/13 season after leading Bradford to the League Cup final and to promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

He guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in League One this season, missing out on the play-offs by four points.

Clough paid the price for the Blades' failure to win promotion via the play-offs as they recently lost out to Swindon in the semi-finals.

The South Yorkshire club, searching for their eighth manager since being relegated from the Premier League in 2007, will embark on a fifth campaign in the third tier next term.

Burglar locked up for five years

A burglar who pleaded guilty to four crimes has been jailed for five years.

Cohen Roberts, 23, from Sheffield admitted responsibility for four burglaries Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Cohen Roberts, 23, from Sheffield admitted responsibility for three burglaries in January 2015 in Sheffield and Rotherham, and entered an additional guilty plea to a burglary in Sheffield in June 2014.

In two of the incidents he broke in to houses but left empty handed, in two others he stole cash and £4,000 worth of electrical goods and jewellery.

Burglary is an incredibly intrusive and distressing crime and Cohen gave no thought or consideration to his victims when he forced entry to their homes. He will have plenty of time to think about his inconsiderate and selfish actions now he is behind bars, and I hope it sends a clear message out.

– Detective Constable Patrick Allerton

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New sculpture in Barnsley inspired by linen industry

A new four metre tall sculpture installed in Barnsley has been inspired by the linen industry.

Credit: Barnsley Council

The loom sculpture celebrates the town’s history of linen making and, in particular, the hand loom weavers who were based in the area.

Barnsley Council in association with public art charity Beam, commissioned artist Tim Ward to work with local people to create the stunning piece, as a showcase for the town centre.

The artist worked on the design with pupils from Doncaster Road Primary School, Barnsley College, residents from the Union Street TARA, Barnsley archives and local historian Gerald Alliott.

Linen weaving was an important part of Barnsley’s industrial heritage. It started in small loom shops where skilful weavers worked the machinery with family members helping. Steam-powered mills and factories employed hundreds of weavers. Others worked in the bleach works, dye works, calendaring works, and linen warehouses.

There were six mills in the town centre and seven hundred hand weavers’ cottages employing over 3,000 people in the trade producing all types of linen.

Campaign to raise awareness about child sex abuse

Police officers will train bus drivers in Sheffield to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation under a new partnership being launched today.

Campaign to raise awareness about child sex abuse

Posters will also be displayed on buses to raise awareness and encourage reporting of child sexual abuse.

The initiative is being pushed by South Yorkshire Police in partnership with First Bus.

Gabrielle Shaw from National Association for People Abused in Childhood says it is a step towards having better protection for children.

She said South Yorkshire Police were to be commended for taking on recommendations from the Alexis Jay report and new initiatives could be effective.

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Tourists get a taste of Red Arrows thrill

Tourists can now get a taste of life as a red arrows pilot.

A new ride based on the famous Lincolnshire display team has just opened letting riders experience at least a third of the G-forces that Red One and his team mates face during displays.

The new £2 million white-knuckle attraction is 72 feet high and will take thrill seekers on a 360 degree tour of the skies.

Paul Crone's been along for the ride:

Anti-austerity protesters gather in Leeds

People are gathering in Leeds city centre to protest against austerity.

Anti-austerity protestors gather in Leeds

It comes on the day the Queen's delivered the first Conservative Government speech in over two decades.

The protest in Leeds has been organised by Leeds Youth Fight for Jobs and will take place at the same time as similar protests in Bradford, Huddersfield, Grimsby and other cities.

Two more come forward in historic abuse investigation

Two more people have come forward to say they were abused, after a vicar from West Yorkshire was unmasked as a paedophile, 13 years after he died.

Two more people have come forward to say they were abused, after a vicar from West Yorkshire was unmasked as a paedophile, 13 years after he died.

Earlier this month, ITV Calendar revealed that one man had won a six figure payout from the church of England after suffering a horrifying catalogue of sexual abuse at the hands of the reverend Terence King.

The vicar worked at St Mary the Virgin Church at Woodkirk near Morley for 22 years, but killed himself in 2002, the day he was going to be questioned about the abuse.

Dino Nocivelli, a senior solicitor from Bolt Burdon Kemp spoke to ITV Calendar about what happened after our report was broadcast:

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