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Man arrested after stolen bus driven through Wakefield

A man has been arrested after a bus was stolen, and driven through the city centre, in Wakefield yesterday.

The single-decker DAF Holland bus was reported missing from the Arriva Yorkshire bus depot on Barnsley Road at 9:45pm. It was spotted by traffic officers who followed it from a safe distance.

The bus hit some cars as it was driven through Wakefield but nobody was hurt
The bus hit some cars as it was driven through Wakefield but nobody was hurt

Officers used specialist equipment to bring it to a safe stop on Ledger Lane at 10:18pm. The bus had collided with a number of parked vehicles on the road, and caused minor damage to a police car.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene. The bus was removed from and taken back to the depot.

"Our officers spotted the bus very quickly after it was first reported stolen. It was driven at slow speed around Wakefield city centre for a short amount of time until it was successfully brought to a standstill.

"It was driven into a couple of stationary vehicles on the street, but thankfully no-one was hurt. We are appealing to anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact us on 101."

– Insp Ian Williams, West Yorkshire Police

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West Yorkshire independent TV station goes for world record broadcast

A new television channel based in West Yorkshire is proving a big hit around the country despite taking less than a month to put their studio together.

British Muslim TV has just begun broadcasting from Wakefield offering a popular mix of programmes and is currently providing a platform for an ambitious world record attempt at staging the longest ever telethon.

Lisa Adlam went to meet the organisers:

Yorkshire bishop to be enthroned

Nick Baines is the first Bishop of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

There will be a brass band procession in three cities today as the Bishop of the newly-formed diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales is enthroned.

The Right Reverend Nick Baines will have three ceremonies at Wakefield, Bradford and Ripon.

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Riflemen excercise their Freedom of Wakefield

Members of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles in Wakefield Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hundreds of riflemen exercised their Freedom of Wakefield today when they marched through the city to Wakefield Cathedral with rifles at the trail, bugles sounding and bands playing.

Members of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles in Wakefield Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Wakefield is a heartland town for 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES), a light role infantry battalion which is normally based in Edinburgh. with many of the soldiers from the Battalion and their families hailing from the town and other parts of Yorkshire.

Members of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles in Wakefield Credit: ITV Yorkshire

They were joined by Territorial Army soldiers from D (Rifles) company, 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers based in Scarborough Barracks in Balby, Doncaster, Army cadets from the Humberside and South Yorkshire Cadet Force and veterans from The Rifles Regimental Association

Civic dignitaries awaiting the arrival of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles in Wakefield Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Riflemen parade through Wakefield

The Yorkshire Regiment 3rd Battalion The Rifles
The Yorkshire Regiment 3rd Battalion The Rifles Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Troops will parade through Wakefield city centre today.

The regiment's 3rd Battalion The Rifles - granted the Freedom of the City of Wakefield in 2010 - will be exercising their right to do so.

The parade of 200 troops will leave the Elizabethan Gallery on Brook Street Wakefield, leaving at 10.55am and march through the city.

It will arrive at Wakefield Cathedral at 11am where a short service will be held.

The Yorkshire Regiment 3rd Battalion The Rifles
The Yorkshire Regiment 3rd Battalion The Rifles Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: "It is a great honour to welcome The Rifles to Wakefield where they have the honour of the Freedom of the City.

"The parade is our opportunity to honour and celebrate our British servicemen and women who are serving all over the world on behalf of their country."This occasion is also a time to remember those who have died or have been injured in the line of duty."

Sculpture Park is named Museum of Year

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is filled with work by artists including Henry Moore and Tracey Emin ,has been named Museum of the Year.

The 500-acre open-air gallery , near Wakefield, was hailed by judges as a "truly outstanding museum with a bold artistic vision".

The park, which opened more than 30 years ago with an exhibition of 31 sculptures, welcomes 300,000 visitors a year to its galleries in the grounds of an 18th century country house.

It beat venues including Tate Britain and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth to the win the £100,000 prize, formally known as The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, at a ceremony at the National Gallery in central London.

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes announced this year's winner and praised the "dedication, love, and unbelievable creativity" of the shortlisted museums which also included London's Hayward Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Stephen Deuchar, who chaired the judges, said: "A perfect fusion of art and landscape, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has gone from modest beginning to one of the finest outdoor museums one might ever imagine."

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