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One Direction star to turn out for Rovers veteran's legends match

Louis Tomlinson is set to don his beloved Doncaster Rovers today when he turns out to honour one of the clubs longest serving players, James Coppinger.

Louis Tomlinson will turn out in support of veteran James Coppinger Credit: Press Association

Attacking midfielder Coppinger is now in his 11th season at the club. Born in Guisborough on the edge of the North York Moors Coppinger moved to South Yorkshire in 2005, and has racked up over 500 career appearances, scoring 64 goals.

Coppinger has spent 11 seasons at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The club's matched my ambition throughout the whole time I've been here. As I've progressed the club have progressed. I've had fantastic support over the 11 years.

My wife worked in Doncaster, my kids went to school in Doncaster and two of them were born in Doncaster. I know how much it means to Doncaster people and how much football means to them.

His (Louis') enthusiasm and love for the club is massive. That's exactly the same as me and to have him on board, it's an honour for me to have him here because of how well he's done.

– James Coppinger

Strengthening work due to begin on Tinsley Canal Bridge

Work is set to begin on Tinsley Canal Bridge near Meadowhall.

The 20-week works are due to begin on Monday

The bridge, which connects the M1 motorway to the Meadowhall area, will remain open during the 20-week strengthening project which the council say will help to future-proof the city.

However they say that some disruption is inevitable, so commuters may want to make plans to avoid the area.

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Man with life-threatening injuries after crash in Barnsley

Police are appealing for witnesses following a life-threatening collision in Barnsley this afternoon.

At around 3.10pm, it is reported that a white Honda XR125 motorcycle and a silver Ford Focus were in collision in Hanover Street, Thurnscoe, near to the junction with Hanover Square and Grange Street.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 27-year-old man, has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Doncaster man jailed for sexual offences against teenage girl

A man from Doncaster has been jailed after admitting child abduction and a number of sexual offences against a teenage girl.

Leslie Thornton Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Leslie Thornton, 21, was sentenced to three years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court today after pleading guilty to 10 counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of child abduction at a hearing in January.

Thornton began a relationship with the then 14-year-old girl in October 2013 and admitted knowing her age when he started a sexual relationship with her.

The victim’s mother contacted police in August 2014 to raise concerns about her daughter’s relationship after she found out the age of Thornton and that their relationship was sexual.

Thornton was arrested and forensic evidence was recovered. He was served with an abduction notice as the investigation continued and he breached that by seeing the victim on several occasions.

He was charged with a number of sexual offences and two counts of child abduction.

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