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Gary Barlow announces first of musical's cast

Gary Barlow has revealed that two local actors are among the cast for his musical "The Girls". In a tweet he says he is proud to announce Ben Hunter, from Hull, as Danny and Josh Benson, from York, as Tommo.

Ben replied saying he was 'buzzing".

"The Girls" is based on the story of the Rylstone WI members in North Yorkshire who bared all in a calendar for charity. The musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, will have its premiere at Leeds Grand on November 14th.


Iconic poppy sculpture relocated to Yorkshire

The iconic poppy sculpture which wowed millions at the Tower of London has been relocated to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of a UK tour.

Wave, which is one part of the stunning war tribute, remembers soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.

Its new home means thousands more people in our region will be able to see the amazing art work.

Sarah Clark reports:

Warrington banking on home support against Brunker

By Sam Duffy

Unbeaten boxer Josh Warrington faces Australian Joel Brunker on Saturday evening for the WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight title.

Warrington will fight in front of a partisan home crowd at First Direct Arena in Leeds in his 22nd professional fight. His opponent Brunker has only lost once in 29 fights.

Leeds-born Warrington has won on all three of his previous visits to the venue, in an atmosphere described by promoter Eddie Hearn as ‘one of the best in world boxing’.

If victorious, Warrington is targeting a domestic featherweight showdown with Lee Selby, with the possible venue being Leeds United’s Elland Road.

Bradford woman undergoes surgery to increase height

A woman from Bradford says her life has been transformed by undergoing radical surgery to increase her height.

Sanika Hussain had her legs broken in two places - and they were then lengthened by three and a half inches.

Sanika, who says she was bullied as a child for being small, spent a year unable to walk at all.

She is still less than five feet tall but says the treatment has given her a new found confidence.

Chris Kiddey reports:


Partially sighted man attacked on train

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following an attack on a partially sighted passenger on a train.

Credit: British Transport Police

The incident happened on the Northern Rail service from Sheffield to Leeds on Saturday, 4 July, when a group of men targeted a 49-year-old man from Loughborough.

The group of five to six men boarded the service at Barnsley station at around 2pm. The victim was called names by the group before being hit on the back of the head by one of them.

Police believe the man in the image could have important information about what happened.

This incident, which would have been frightening for anyone, was made even more so given that the victim is partially sighted. It has affected his confidence and has proved extremely traumatic for him, resulting in him being afraid to travel on public transport.

– PC Fiona Poyner

E-fit issued after robbery in Bradford

Police have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to following a robbery in Bradford.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

At about 3.45am on Monday morning, a 29-year-old man was walking along New John Street, when he was approached by a male who grabbed his wallet from his hands.

The suspect then kicked the victim in the stomach before running off with the wallet, which contained bank cards and a quantity of cash.

Police say the suspect is described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build. He is believed to be in his mid to late 30s and had short black scruffy hair.

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