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FA to investigate 'clash' during Leeds vs Norwich game

A Leeds United player is at the centre of an alleged racism row tonight after squaring up to a Norwich striker during their Championship match last night.

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations surrounding the clash between United defender Giuseppe Bellusci and Cameron Jerome. The match referee has sent a full report to the FA as David Hirst reports.

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Police investigate 19 car pile-up

Police are appealing for information after a multi-car collision during a rally in Dalby Forest.

During the TrackRod Rally Yorkshire on 26 September 2014, a pile of woodchips which was being used as a braking marker ahead of a corner was covered up with tree branches.

With the braking marker hidden from view the drivers had no indication of the upcoming corner and 19 cars came off the track.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.

Officers believe that the braking marker may have been deliberately covered up to cause a collision which people could film and are trying to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed.

The police are urging witnesses to come forward and anyone who saw the collision may have information that can help the investigation.

Calendar's Christine Talbot opens cancer wing

A new £9 million centre for cancer and haematology patients has been officially opened at Harrogate Hospital today by Calendar's Christine Talbot.

Christine performed the honours at the opening of the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. Credit: ITV Calendar

Christine performed the honours at the opening of the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.

It's been built to replace an outpatient haematology and chemotherapy unit at the hospital, which wasn't large enough to meet a growing need.

The centre also means many patients in Harrogate no longer have to travel to Leeds or York for treatment.

Lorry driver a changed man after M62 crash

A jury has heard today how Kevin Ollerhead, the lorry driver involved in the M62 hen party coach crash, is a changed man since the accident.

Final speeches have now begun at the trial at Leeds Crown Court. Ollerhead denies causing the death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones by dangerous driving.

She died and twenty of her friends and family were injured when Ollerhead's lorry crashed into the back of their minibus.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Yorkshire soldiers given military funeral a century after their deaths

Fifteen soldiers have finally been laid to rest today a hundred years after they died. Six of them were from Yorkshire and all served with the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

They died trying to stop the Germans capturing a small hamlet just outside Lille in Northern France. Their bodies were discovered there by chance by builders five years ago.

The ceremony took place at a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in northern France.

David Wood was at today's ceremony and has sent us this report:

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David Cameron: send British police to Thailand

The Prime Minister has defended the decision to send British detectives to Thailand to help police there investigate the murders of a Leeds student and another traveller on the island of Koh Tao.

The bodies of David Miller a 24 year old Leeds University graduate and 23 year old Hannah Witheridge were discovered on a beach last month.

Two Burmese men accused of the killings have now retracted their confessions and there's been widespread criticism of the Thai police investigation.

Cellino: If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender. Credit: Press Association

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian midway through the first half of their 1-1 draw with Leeds on Tuesday following a confrontation between the two players.

The FA confirmed it is looking into the incident, but the summer signing from Catania has received the full backing of his countryman Cellino.

Bellusci is no racist, I spoke with him and he said 'you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him (Jerome).'

He is surprised by this. He is shocked.

I don't allow racists at this club and I won't allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist, I'll kick his a**e and kick him out before the FA has a chance.

Bellusci says he spoke (to Jerome) in Italian. I don't know if he (Jerome) speaks Italian too but Bellusci swears to me he said nothing racist.

He was p****d off, sure, because he got hit in the neck and the face but he denies anything racist. I believe him and and I'll support him. I'll write to them to clarify my position on Bellusci and racism. If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out. That's my philosophy and my promise.

– Massimo Cellino

Jerome said on Twitter he would not publicly reveal what was said to him but that the FA would deal with it.

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