The Mousetrap returns to Leeds Grand

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has a historic connection with Leeds Grand - and the curtain went up on the production last night.

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Relegated Bulls turn to youth signings

Relegated Bradford have announced the re-signing of promising teenagers Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates and Adam Brook ahead of their Championship campaign in 2015.

The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season
The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season Credit: Press Association

Back-row forward Mellor and hooker Conroy, both 19, have signed new 12-month deals, while 18-year-old prop Bates and 19-year-old half-back Brook have secured two-year contracts.

Mellor has made nine substitute Super League appearances over the last two years and is tipped by Bulls coach James Lowes for a bright future.

Alex is an exceptional young player who has risen through the club's academy ranks in recent years. He has all of the attributes and potential to become a key player here.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Lopini Paea swaps France for Wakefield

Wakefield coach James Webster has returned to Perpignan to make his latest signing for 2015.

James Webster signs his fourth player for 2015
James Webster signs his fourth player for 2015 Credit: Press Association

Tonga prop Lopini Paea, 30, is to follow his Catalan Dragons team-mate Mickael Simon in swapping the south of France for West Yorkshire after signing a 12-month contract with the Wildcats.

Paea, whose brother Mickey plays for Hull, has made 76 Super League appearances since joining the French club from Sydney Roosters in 2011.

"He's an experienced player and been a pivotal part of what is a very big and aggressive pack at Catalans," said Webster. "We're extremely happy to have him with us for next year."

The 16st 3lb Paea, who captained Tonga in the 2008 World Cup, is Wakefield's fourth addition to their squad for 2015 following the acquisition of Simon, Craig Hall and Matty Ashurst as Webster prepares for his first full season in charge.

It's a new challenge for me, a new lifestyle and I feel like a big kid starting all over again.

I'm really looking forward to coming to Wakefield and recapturing some of my best form again. I've been really impressed with the way the team have been playing for each other since James Webster has taken over and as a player that's something you want to be part of.

I've spoken to him a couple of times and I was really impressed with what he had to say.

– Lopini Paea


Daughter left distraught after funeral halted

A woman in Knottingley was left distraught after a council official halted her father's funeral because his coffin was made of metal.

Minutes before Colin Birdsall was due to be buried, his family were told they would either have to change the casket immediately or postpone the funeral.

The council has apologised and says it will pay for Colin to be exhumed and reburied in the original coffin.

Yorkshire ambulance staff to strike

Ambulance staff in Yorkshire will strike later today in a long-running dispute over working conditions and safety issues.

Ambulance staff to strike
Ambulance staff to strike Credit: PA

Members of Unite will walk out for six hours from 3pm - the union has accused the local NHS Trust of refusing to hold talks at the conciliation service Acas. The trust says the strike's without any concessions for the most seriously ill and injured patients.


Yorkshire teen has pioneering diabetes treatment

A teenager from West Yorkshire is playing her part in making medical history. Laura Dunion has type 1 diabetes - an auto-immune condition.

It means that extreme highs and lows of blood glucose levels are a constant threat to sufferers - particularly when they're asleep.

Laura, who lives near Leeds, is testing what's been described as an artificial pancreas.

In the first of two reports, Tina Gelder looks at how the illness is affecting Laura's life.

Leeds United's Hockaday experiment comes to abrupt end

Leeds' experiment with David Hockaday ended after just six games on Thursday as owner Massimo Cellino sacked his head coach.

Hockaday has been sacked by Leeds President Massimo Cellino
Hockaday has been sacked by Leeds President Massimo Cellino Credit: Press Association

Fifty-six-year-old Hockaday was a shock appointment by the Italian on June 19 and now, 10 weeks later, he has lost his job.

Hockaday, who listed Forest Green as his only managerial experience prior to taking the Leeds job, has lost four of his six games in charge.

His end comes the day after an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup and four days after Cellino backed out of a decision to sack him in the wake of a 4-1 humbling at Watford.

Cellino said at the time that he had chosen to blame himself and not Hockaday, but the man known in Italy as the 'manager eater' has now pulled the trigger for a third time since arriving in Yorkshire in January.

Hockaday's assistant, Junior Lewis, has also lost his job and Neil Redfearn will lead the team against Bolton on Saturday.

Neil Redfearn to take temporary charge of Leeds United


BREAKING: Neil Redfearn will take charge of the first team until a permanent replacement is appointed #lufc


BREAKING: David Hockaday’s assistant Junior Lewis, who arrived with Hockaday on June 19, will also leave his position at the club. #lufc

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