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Leeds sack Darko Milanic after 32 days in charge

Championship side Leeds United has confirmed the sacking of coach Darko Milanic after just 32 days in charge of the club.

The club said Neil Redfearn will take charge of first team training on Monday morning and president Massimo Cellino apologised to the fans for the team's recent poor results.

Milanic was appointed on 23 September but did not win any of his six games in charge.

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Leeds owner sees tax evasion trial delayed

Cellino's trial was due to take place on Thursday. Credit: PA

Leeds president Massimo Cellino's court trial in Sardinia for tax evasion has been delayed.

The trial was due to take place on Thursday, but the judge has had to step down due to a conflict of interest.

Judge Dr Sandra Lepore convicted Cellino for failing to pay tax on his yacht Nelie in March and cannot hear the second case involving another yacht, Lucky 23.

Cellino was fined around £400,000 for the earlier conviction.

The appeal judge who overturned that decision ruled that if Judge Lepore confirmed in her written report that the tax evasion in the Nelie case had been a deliberate act of dishonesty then Cellino would fail the League's 'owners and directors' test.

Judge Lepore has since stated there was "elusive intent" and "Machiavellian simulation" by Cellino and the League is under mounting pressure to force him to sell the club.


Northern England cities inspired by Scotland campaign

The passion stirred up by the Yes campaign in Scotland has inspired similar feelings among some in northern England's larger cities.

In Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, there is a growing sense that they too, should be given more powers to self-govern.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports:

Man found guilty of shooting police officer

A man has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer in Leeds.

PC Suzanne Hudson was shot in December last year Credit: West Yorkshire Police

PC Suzanne Hudson was shot at point blank range by James Leslie with a sawn-off shot gun.

She suffered serious injuries to her face, neck and hand. The incident took place after PC Hudson and a colleague went to Leslie's flat in Leeds one night last December.

Leslie is due to be sentenced in October.

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Leeds call off friendly after opposition fails to turn up

A pre-season friendly between Leeds United and Viitorul Constanta was called off after the Romanian side failed to turn up for the game.

The West Yorkshire club tweeted:

Leeds, who play in the second tier of English football, said they would still play a friendly against themselves to ease the disappointment of fans who had travelled to watch the match.

The game against Viitoral, owned by Romanian football legend Gheorghe Hagi, was due to take place in northern Italy.


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Police search for missing 9-year-old boy

Police are searching for a 9-year-old boy who has gone missing in Leeds.

Simon Kubalik was last seen yesterday evening (Friday July 4, 2014) around 9pm close to Hovingham Primary School, where he was attending a youth club.

Simon Kubalik - 9-year-old boy missing from Leeds Credit: West Yorkshire Police

He is described as small with brown skin and black hair. He was wearing a blue body warmer, black jacket, jeans and Nike shoes.

"We have been carrying out extensive enquiries since Simon was reported missing in the early hours of this morning (Saturday July 5, 2014) and are working closely with his family and friends in checking areas and addresses he is know to frequent.

Given his age it is obviously extremely concerning that he has been missing overnight and we would urge anyone who has seen him or has information about his current whereabouts to call us immediately on 101"

Detective Inspector Mark Swift, Leeds CID

Toddler killed after being hit by car 'her dad was driving'

A 15-month-old girl has died in a "tragic accident" after being hit by a car apparently driven by her father.

Police and Paramedics were called to an address in Leeds on Saturday evening after reports that a black Toyota Avensis had struck the toddler.

The child was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but was pronounced dead a short time later, West Yorkshire Police said. The driver of the vehicle - understood to be the girl's father - has been spoken to by officers, a police spokesman said.

Sergeant Carl Quinn, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: "We are conducting a full investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding this child's death, although early indications are that this appears to have been a tragic accident."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101.

Tributes paid to stabbed teacher as school re-opens

Tributes have been paid to the teacher stabbed to death at a school in Leeds yesterday.

Ann Maguire was "an inspiration" to both pupils and staff, and was due to retire from Corpus Christi Catholic College in September.

The school re-opened today, and a fifteen-year-old boy remains in custody, as ITV News' Martin Geissler reports:

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