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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."

Woman suffers head injury in Wakefield bar assault

A woman has suffered a head injury in an assault at a bar in Wakefield which may leave her permanently scarred.

The victim, a 20-year-old woman, was near the DJ booth in the Stereo bar early on Sunday, when she became involved in an altercation with two other women.

A 20-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning griveous bodily harm and released on bail. Another woman, also aged 20, has been interviewed under caution.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Terrifying ordeal for Wakefield man during burglary

A man in Wakefield was threatened with a knife when six men burgled his house as his pregnant partner and young child slept upstairs.

At around 11:15pm the group came down the garden path before entering the front door. One man was carrying a large knife and three or four were wearing balaclavas.

They demanded money from the victim and threatened him with the knife, slightly cutting his arm.

Members of the group then searched the property and threw a microwave at the man, although it missed. They then took his wallet and lighter before making off in a dark coloured car towards Balne Lane.

Police in Wakefield are appealing for any witnesses of the burglary, which took place on Silcoates Street, on Monday 16 June.

The men are described as white and spoke with local accents.

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