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Excitement builds for the Grand National

Thousands of racing fans will watch and bet on the Grand National today, as an estimated 500 to 600 million people watch the race in over 140 countries, according to Aintree.


@channel4racing I have one very excited little lady who will be calling these two home tomorrow ! #GrandNational


Bingley stable hoping for repeat Grand National success

Saturday is the biggest day in the horse racing calendar - Grand National day. And for one stable in West Yorkshire it's a very special first anniversary.

Trainer Sue Smith, from Bingley, celebrated her first ever winner at the Grand National last year, and this time around she is aiming to ensure lightning can strike twice as she enters two horses into this year's showpiece event at Aintree.

Chris Dawkes went to see their preparations:


Masked men captured on video robbing jewellery store

The moments when masked men robbed a jewellery store in West Yorkshire have been caught on camera.

Video courtesy of Dale Eddison

Four masked men dressed in blue overalls drove onto the pavement and smashed the window at Lister Horsfall, Brook Street in Ilkley at about 1.40pm on Thursday, making off with several watches.

The robbers sped off in a silver Honda Civic car, down Brook Street and Railway Road, narrowly missing pedestrians.

The getaway car was abandoned and set alight on Hampshire Close, Ilkley.

Man admits dangerous dog charges

A man has admitted owning a dangerous dog that attacked a pregnant woman in her own home in Leeds, resulting in her death.

Lee Horner, 33, pleaded guilty to owning the animal, called Dollar, that attacked his 27-year-old girlfriend Emma Bennett.

Ms Bennett was pregnant with her fifth child at the time of the attack in December.

A second dog, named Bella, was involved in the incident but Leeds Magistrates' Court heard it was disputed whether this was also classed as a dangerous dog.

Deputy District Judge David Scanlon adjourned proceedings until June 16 when he said a trial would take place regarding the second dog and he would then pass sentence.

He told Horner that he would obtain a certain amount of credit for his guilty plea.

At the time police said that early indications were that the two dogs seized from the address were American pit bull terriers and tests were continuing to establish their exact make-up

Calderdale A&E concerns to be heard by Shadow Health Secretary

Doctors and patients in Halifax will get their chance to air their concerns about the possible closure of the town's A&E department to the Shadow Health Secretary later.

A care commissioning group has put forward the plans to save £50 million, but campaigners say it could put lives at risk.

The proposals include options to downgrade either Halifax or Huddersfield’s casualty service - but downgrading Calderdale Royal Hospital's service is the preferred option.


Kirkgate Market decision expected

The final design and cost proposals for the controversial redevelopment of Kirkgate Market in Leeds are expected to be approved this afternoon.

Twelve million pounds is being spent on modernising the shopping area. But some traders fear increased rents will price them out of the market - claims denied by the city council. Work is due to start next year.

Traders' organisation Friends of Kirkgate Market are worried that a new market with higher rents could force traders out, but the City Council say the project will attract more shoppers to the city.

Kirkgate Market debate continues

Traders remain at odds with Leeds City Council over the £12million development of Kirkgate Market.

The Council will today discuss plans to develop the market's current location in the centre of the City and hope the changes will attract more shoppers.

Friends of Kirkgate Market say increased rents in a new building could force traders out.

It's likely that rents will increase and if the rents increase, the cost of the produce will increase and that could mean overtime that people who we see using the market are finding it less easy to use it.

– Julie Badon, Friends of Kirkgate Market

It will still offer the good value to people and will bring more people back in.

– Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

Police investigate second armed robbery at Horsforth travel agent

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a travel agents in Horsforth yesterday.

It is the second such incident at the shop in the space of three weeks.

At about 4.30pm on April 1, a man armed with a knife went into Thomson travel agents, in Town Street, and threatened two female members of staff and demanded they open the safe.

The safe was on a time delay and could not be opened immediately so he took a substantial amount of cash from a till. This included US Dollars, Euros and Pounds Sterling.

He left the shop and ran off towards Broadgate Lane.

He was described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, stocky and aged in his mid thirties to early forties. He was wearing a black fleece jacket, grey or sandy cargo pants and white trainers.

He also wore a black woolly hat, black fleece gloves and had a black fleece scarf covering the lower part of this face.

Detectives are looking at whether the incident is linked to a similar robbery at the premises on March 11.

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