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Tour de France winner wishes Gary Verity and Tour de Yorkshire good luck

The 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome has wished Gary Verity and the rest of the Tour de Yorkshire team good luck.

Rotherham United to dedicate Saturday's match to steelworkers

Rotherham United say they will dedicate Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers in support of the workers at Tata Steel.

Credit: Press Association

The company recently confirmed that it was selling all of its assets, casting a shadow over thousands of steelworkers’ jobs across the UK, including those locally in Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

Despite receiving positive news that the government are willing to take 25% of the company, a buyer is still required to secure the long term future of the industry.

Rotherham United have invited workers from Rotherham to the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend to help maintain awareness of the situation.

At the game with Blackburn Rovers, we ask our fans to show support as workers from Tata Steel show a banner pre-match to highlight the current situation.

“We are extremely grateful for Rotherham United for inviting us to the AESSEAL New York Stadium for the game with Blackburn.”

“The steel industry employs thousands of people in Rotherham and the surrounding areas, and is absolutely crucial to the local economy.

“It is a really tough time for many families, not just in South Yorkshire, but across the UK, but the support we have received from the public has provided a much needed boost.

“Today is another example of people coming together to help others in a time of need. Many of Rotherham United’s supporters will come from a family or know a family connected to this crisis in the steel industry, so the support today is not only welcome but crucial in our fight to save jobs.”

– Chris Williamson, Branch Secretary of Community Union

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Ambulance worker set for ballot over 'unfulfilled promises'

Ambulance staff are being balloted from today on potential industrial action against what they call 'unfulfilled promises' from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff is demanding better pay and working condition for ambulance workers. The union also wants a safe and sensible retirement age, proper training and improved development and career progression for ambulance drivers.

The ballot runs until 25 May.

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 set to begin

One of the biggest sporting events in the region's calendar gets underway this morning.

Sir Bradley Wiggins is one of the star names taking part Credit: Press Association

Millions turned out to watch the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race last year - which showcased well-known spots including Whitby Abbey and Ilkely Moor.

Today at midday, stage one of three begins in Beverley. Riders will also go through Tadcaster and Knaresborough, before the finish in Settle.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and last year's winner Lars Petter Nordhaug are among those taking part.

Click here for more information about the race, routes and riders.

Acting South Yorkshire Police chief offers to step aside after 'negative publicity'

Dawn Copley has been South Yorkshire's deputy since September last year Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley, who was appointed acting chief constable of South Yorkshire Police after the suspension of David Crompton following the Hillsborough inquest findings, has "offered to step back to her substantive role" while another temporary chief constable is sought, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said.

It comes after news of Ms Copley being investigated over her conduct with Greater Manchester Police came to light. She was one of several officers accused of "corrupt practice" by another officer who was later sacked.

Kent Police investigated the claim but the findings are yet to be made public.

“Yesterday, I asked Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley to temporarily act as Chief Constable following the suspension of David Crompton.

“There has been media comment today about Mrs Copley. I would like to make clear that Mrs Copley fully declared the details of allegations into her conduct when she applied for the post of Deputy Chief Constable here at South Yorkshire Police.

“As this matter has not yet been concluded I am unable to comment publicly on the allegations and the outcome but as soon as I am able, I will do so. In the meantime Mrs Copley has my full support. However, Mrs Copley has made clear to me that she does not want any further negative publicity or criticism to be levelled at the Force. In the interests of the Force and the workforce she has therefore offered to step back to her substantive role to allow me to seek support from the College of Policing in identifying another Chief Officer from outside the Force to act as Temporary Chief Constable until a recruitment process can take place.

“Mrs Copley will need to stay in post for a very short period of time, to deal with pressing matters, but, at her request, this will be for the shortest possible period. “Events have moved very quickly over the last few days. I am sorry that I cannot say anything more definite at this time but we have been working closely with national bodies about these issues and hope to make a further announcement in the coming days.”

– Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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