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  1. Kevin Sinfield in his first match as Leeds Rhinos director of rugby

    Kevin Sinfield suffers a heavy defeat against Castleford in his first game in charge of struggling Super League champions Leeds.

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  2. Today's top stories

    The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

    Updates on breaking news will continue across the weekend.

  3. Speed restrictions on M621 near Leeds to be lifted

    After months of frustration drivers will be relieved to learn that a 30mph speed limit on the M621 near Leeds is being lifted.

    Workmen help building a concrete barrier on the M621 near Leeds.

    From Saturday, motorists using one of the main routes in and out of the city will be able to cruise along at the original 50mph limit.

    Yellow overhead average speed cameras appeared last November, as work to install a concrete barrier on the central reservation began.

    In total 3,401 metres of barrier have been installed and more than 7,700 metres of resurfacing has taken place.

    The M621 will remain closed overnight in either direction between junctions 1 and 7 until mid-July with diversions in place.

    Quote Message: We would like to thank drivers for their patience with our scheme while we carried out these vital safety improvements on this busy commuter route.” from Esref Ula Highways England project manager
    Esref UlaHighways England project manager
  4. Sweet-toothed toffs were country's first 'chocoholics'

    A historic document, which was found at a Leeds stately home, has shed light on the sweet-tooth tastes of the estate's well heeled owners in the 18th century.

    A bill of sale for chocolate powder dating from 1774.

    A bill of sale from a London chocolatier, dating from 1774, was found in the archives of council-owned Temple Newsam House.

    It shows how fashionable nobles became part of an 18th century chocolate revolution, satisfying their cocoa cravings with special deliveries from the capital.

    Drafted in copperplate handwriting, the bill from Nicholas Sanders Chocolate Makers in Greek Street, Soho, shows how Lord Ingram of Temple Newsam paid one pound and thirteen shillings for a taste of cocoa pioneer Hans Sloane’s famous drinking chocolate.

    Temple Newsam House in Leeds.

    Leila Prescott, curator at Temple Newsam, said: “Hot chocolate in particular became hugely popular among British nobility in the 18th Century.

    "Having orders specially sent up from exclusive London emporiums was very much a status symbol and a statement about the life of luxury those who lived here enjoyed."

  5. 'Beavering away' to open new show in Leeds museum

    A new exhibition which celebrates the ingenuity of animals opens today at Leeds City Museum.

    Rebecca Machin, Leeds Museums and Galleries’ curator of natural sciences.

    Beavers to Weavers: The Wonderful World of Animal Makers runs until Jan 6 next year.

    It features bird and wasp nests and the tools and traps used by various creatures to catch food and hide from predators.

    A huge wasps' nest.

    Rebecca Machin, Leeds Museums and Galleries’ curator of natural sciences, said the animal Kingdom revealed some "truly extraordinary feats of invention and creativity".

    She said the exhibition would give people a "greater awareness" of animals intelligence and resourcefulness.

    "It will also allow us to bridge the gap between our species and see more clearly just how precious these wonderful animals are and how much they enrich our world," she added.

    Curator Rebecca Machin holds pearl Buddha figures made inside an oyster shell.
  6. Multi-million investment in Yorkshire Ambulance Service

    The ambulance service in Yorkshire is to get more than 60 new ambulances as part of the NHS 70th birthday funding.


    The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is being given £7.5m from the Department of Health and Social Care to buy 62 ambulances.

    The funding will also go towards ambulance vehicle preparation services at sites in Leeds and Huddersfield.

    The Department of Health and Social Care say: "This will enable staff to quickly re-stock, refuel and clean ambulances, getting them back on the road faster."

    Quote Message: The introduction of more resources through this announcement will give extra support as we prepare for the cold season.” from Stephen Barclay Health Minister
    Stephen BarclayHealth Minister
  7. Police appeal over baseball bat attack suspect

    Police investigating a baseball bat attack on a man in Bradford have released a picture of a man they want to find.

    A suspect wielding a baseball bat that police want to trace.

    The 28-year-old victim was set upon by three males between 14:15 and 14:25 on Thursday 17 May as he left a convenience store in Gain Lane, Fagley.

    He suffered a hand injury after one of the attackers struck him with a baseball bat.

    They also smashed four windows in his car, before leaving in a black vehicle and driving off towards Leeds Road.

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

  8. Talks to be held over Huddersfield hospital's future

    A letter from the Health Secretary about the future of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) is expected to be discussed by decision-makers later.

    Hands Off HRI protestors.

    Politicians from Calderdale and Kirklees councils are set to officially receive the letter from Jeremy Hunt which was sent in May and which told NHS bosses to look again at the plans.

    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust wants to close the HRI, replace it with a smaller 64-bed unit and move A&E care to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

    But Christina George, from the Hands Off HRI campaign, said "things have moved on" since the trust first created its plans.

    "We know there is going to be an extra £20bn put into the NHS and we know the limit on doctors and nurses and other staff coming into the UK from other countries has been lifted," she said.

    "So, some of the things that were outlined originally could really have an impact."