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Florence + The Machine to play Leeds First Direct Arena in UK tour

Florence + The Machine are hitting the road in the UK later this year - and Leeds will be one of their stops.

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Nicola Jayne Lawrence

Life of prisoner at New Hall, Wakefield 'could have been saved', jury inquest finds

Prison staff 'missed opportunities' that could have saved the life of an inmate at a women's jail, an inquest jury has found.
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Trevor Wainwright

Castleford poet's work will raise cash to support ME sufferers

The work of Castleford poet Trevor Wainwright will feature on a fundraising CD in support of a chronic fatigue condition.
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Pharmacies open on bank holiday Monday in Wakefield district

Pharmacies open on bank holiday Monday in Wakefield district

NHS Wakefield is urging people to make use of pharmacies, GPs and the NHS 111 service over the bank holiday weekend.
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VIDEO: Ackworth gives Tour de Yorkshire riders a warm welcome to Wakefield district

Villagers in Ackworth showed off the pride they have in their community when the women's race of the Tour de Yorkshire whizzed through.

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Thornes Park stadium and leisure centre. Picture courtesy of Google.

Wakefield Council to close creche in move to save cash

A childcare facility used by parents whilst they exercise will be closed down in a cost-cutting move.

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Pontefract Castle

£3.5m Pontefract Castle restoration project grinds to a halt for a second time after scrapping of contractor

A £3.5m project to restore Pontefract Castle is hanging in the balance after the works contractor was scrapped.

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Coun Maureen Cummings

Time to Care: Appeal for donations to district's food banks

Wakefield's Food Aid Network is appealing for help as rising numbers of people turn to food banks and holiday hunger schemes to feed their families.

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VIDEO: Watch as majestic war horse is crane lifted into new home in Featherstone

At four-tonnes in weight, nearly 20ft tall and nine metres long, Featherstone's war horse is not easy to manoeuvre.

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Police want to identify this man after a biker was seen doing wheelies in front of other cars.

DNA spray to be used 24 hours a day in battle against illegal off-road bikers

DNA spray used to catch out rogue off-road bikers will be rolled out 24 hours a day across the district.
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The police cordon at Westgate. Picture by James Duncan.

Teen taken to hospital after serious assault in Wakefield

A teenager suffered a serious head injury after an assault in Wakefield city centre.

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Ram raiders with digger steal cash machine

Ram raiders used a digger to hack at the wall of a business before stealing a cash machine.

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Airedale Methodist Church. Picture by Google.

Cat and kittens rescued from church

A family of cats has been rescued from a church in Castleford.

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Motorcyclist badly hurt after crash with bus

A motorcyclist was seriously injured when the bike he was on was involved in a crash with a bus.

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Church Road, Altofts. Picture courtesy of Google.

Road to close for four weeks for sewer work

A road will be shut for four weeks whilst work to the sewer network is carried out.

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Woman attacked whilst walking in woodland in Wakefield

Woman attacked whilst walking in woodland in Wakefield

A woman was grabbed and assaulted as she walked in woodland near Lupset.

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Bretton Hall

Next phase of £5m Bretton Hall redevelopment approved

The next stage of the multi-million pound Bretton Hall redevelopment has been given approval.

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Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett

'People are terrified to leave their homes' - calls for action over anti-social behaviour

Calls are being made for urgent action to tackle anti-social behaviour blighting a community.
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Pugneys Country Park

Plans revealed for air rifle shooting range next to Pugneys

A sports company has revealed plans to open an air rifle shooting range next to Pugneys Country Park.

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Playing fields at Orchard Head. Picture courtesy of Google.

Travellers set up camp on playing fields

A group of travellers have set up camp on playing fields.

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