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IN PICTURES: Remember your school prom from 2010?

GALLERY: Remember your 2010 prom? Months of preparation comes down to one big day for teenagers - the end of year prom. And teens in Wakefield go all out from fine looking suits and princess gowns to banners, balloons and, of course, arriving in style...

18 min. ago in Yorkshire & Humber

Appeal after man chased and assaulted in Wakefield

A man suffered head injuries after being chased and attacked in Eastmoor, Wakefield. The Wakefield Central NPT said a group of four men chased the victim, assaulted him and knocked him to the floor in Shepley Street on Wednesday, March 7. The incident...

today, 12:23 in Yorkshire & Humber

Yorkshire schools among those targeted in bomb threat hoax

A number of schools in Yorkshire have received hoax bomb threats this morning, police have confirmed. More than 400 schools and colleges across the country are reported to have received emails claiming a device has been planted and demanding cash....

today, 11:53 in Yorkshire & Humber

‘I felt trapped in a woman’s body. Now I am free to be me’

“I was in the supermarket, and a little boy ran past and his mum said ‘be careful of the man’ - and it was such a nice feeling.” For Lee Carter, 49, that seemingly innocuous moment in the supermarket was one of those ‘winning at life’ moments to be...

today, 11:32 in Yorkshire & Humber

Odin is best in breed at Crufts

Every dog has its day - and Featherstone pooch Odin had his when he won a top award at Crufts 2018. The three-year-old Eurasier was named Best of Breed at Birmingham’s NEC earlier this month. Odin - accompanied by owner Tracy Hopkinson, 50 - was one...

today, 11:21 in Yorkshire & Humber

Appeal to trace relatives of Wakefield man after his death

Coroners officers are searching for relatives of a man from Wakefield who has died. David Lister, 79, died at his home in Lindsay Avenue, Wakefield, on March 3. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. But they have...

today, 11:03 in Yorkshire & Humber

Prison officer exchanged love letters and sex messages with inmate at Wakefield jail

A prison officer exchanged sexual messages, love letters and poems with an inmate at Wakefield Prison, a court heard. Ann Scott lost her job of 14 years over the romance with category A prisoner Dennis Brewin while working at the maximum security...

today, 10:13 in Yorkshire & Humber

Renewed focus on policing in West Yorkshire

Street briefings are to be held in coming days as police reveal a renewed focus on neighbourhood policing - with hundreds of additional officers to be deployed in West Yorkshire. Funding has been secured for 100 extra PCs and more than 600 PCSOs, West...

today, 09:53 in Yorkshire & Humber

Look North sofa challenge back on today - and presenters will be in Wakefield

The BBC Look North sofa will make its way from Pontefract to Pugneys today despite the wintry weather. Presenters Amy Garcia, Harry Gration and Paul Hudson are celebrating the show's 50th anniversary with a Big 50 Sofa Challenge, pushing their...

today, 09:53 in Yorkshire & Humber

Book Review- Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

A wonderful Young Adult novel focusing on body positivity and societies perception of weight. Bluebell or BB for short has to keep a food journal, she's been told she's over weight. Not that she cares, she know's she's already beautiful no matter what...

yesterday, 12:01 in Yorkshire & Humber

Former deputy head shortlisted for award for Malawi volunteering

A retired deputy head teacher is in the running for a volunteer award after dedicating more than 30 years to helping some of the poorest people in Africa. Barry Brindley, 66, of Sandal, has been nominated in the Volunteer of the Year category of the...

Saturday, 09:43 in Yorkshire & Humber

Flower society has to call time after 140 years

A flower society that dates back 140 years has disbanded after holding its final meeting. Wakefield Paxton Society was formed in 1877 by head gardeners of the district’s wealthy estates and hosted popular flower shows throughout the years. But Jeff...

Saturday, 09:43 in Yorkshire & Humber

Pub is cleared in ‘coffin’ probe

A pub has been allowed to keep its licence after a bizarre investigation into reports of children being locked up in a ‘coffin-shaped room’ on the premises. The Crofton Arms was the subject of a licensing committee review this week following reports...

Saturday, 09:43 in Yorkshire & Humber

The Yorkshire Witches: Mary Bateman, Mary Pannal and Mother Shipton

There are many stories which circulate the UK about historic witches who could perform magic, cast spells and create potions. Yorkshire has a rich past of tales about a few certain witches who forever carved their names in the history books. Two of...

Friday, 16:47 in Yorkshire & Humber

Special 70-mile walking route takes in beauty of our district

A walking route covering 70 miles will showcase the countryside and history of the district. The Wakefield Way runs from Bretton to Pontefract and South Elmsall to Kirkhamgate across fields, woodland and former pit sites. Wakefield and District...

Friday, 16:09 in Yorkshire & Humber

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