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  1. Jail for 'deviant' Bradford Facebook paedophile
  2. Two in court charged with murder of Leeds man
  3. Yorkshire and Humber hospitals 'at bursting point'
  4. Man admits sending Rotherham social worker abusive messages
  5. Total of 230 jobs set to go at North Yorkshire potash mine
  6. Description of York sex attacker released by police
  7. Rotherham and Wakefield top Yorkshire growth league - Report
  8. Row as supermodel made patron of Bronte Society
  9. Updates on Thursday 4 January 2018

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By Elly Fiorentini, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M180 South Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at M18 J5.

M180 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M180 westbound at M18 J5, Stainforth, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Lily Cole

Ian Youngs

Arts reporter

There have been complaints over the actress's role in Emily Bronte anniversary celebrations.

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Severe disruption: A62 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A62 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Child Lane and B6119 Far Common Road.

A62 West Yorkshire - A62 Leeds Road in Roberttown closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Child Lane junction and the B6119 Far Common Road junction, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at A58.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A58(M) eastbound at A58, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Our top five stories today

That's all from us for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

Live updates on breaking news will continue right here throughout the night. Meanwhile, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Jail for "deviant" Bradford Facebook paedophile
  2. Seacroft death: Two in court charged with murder in Leeds
  3. Man admits sending Rotherham social worker abusive messages
  4. Description of York sex attacker released
  5. Bradford binman changes career to become model

See you tomorrow.

Historic Leeds bridge to get spruce-up

The historic Leeds Bridge is set to get a lick of paint and undergo strengthening from next week, but as a result of the work, traffic heading towards the city centre will be restricted.

Leeds bridge
Leeds City Council

Work will include replacing the old concrete above the original ironwork deck with new stronger steel-reinforced concrete.

The work is expected to take 16 months to complete and only the park-and-ride bus service will be able to use the bridge heading into the city centre, according to Leeds City Council.

Leeds Bridge was finished in 1873 and was the setting for the first ever recorded moving film footage, shot by Louis Le Prince in 1888.

Man left with hand injuries after Leeds carjacking

Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to after a man was left with slashed hands in a Leeds carjacking.

West Yorkshire Police

The attack happened at about 07:00 on New Year's Day as a man in his 60s sat in his red Nissan Qashqai in Elsworth Terrace, Armley.

A man came up to the car, opened the door and pulled him out and the victim was left with wounds on his hands which needed hospital treatment.

The man drove off in the car which was later found burned-out behind Ley Lane.

Appeal over missing Bradford teenager

Police are appealing for help in finding a Bradford teenager who's been missing since Tuesday.

Demi-Leigh Turner
West Yorkshire Police

Demi-Leigh Turner, 17, was last seen on Tuesday evening in the Killinghall Road area of the city.

West Yorkshire Police say they think she's still in Bradford and anyone with information about her whereabouts is being asked to contact the force.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J28 for A650 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Jayne Senior

The woman who first revealed the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham was sent 28 abusive messages.

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Bradford extend Gilliead loan spell

BBC Sport

League One side Bradford City have extended Newcastle United winger Alex Gilliead's loan deal until the end of the season.

Alex Gilliead
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Gilliead has scored once in 24 League One appearances for Bradford since joining the club in July.

The 21-year-old, who had been linked with moves toseveral Championship clubs,has also featured five times in cup competitions.

Bradford are fifth in League One, six points outside the top two places.

Yorkshire and Humber hospitals 'at bursting point'

NHS Trusts across Yorkshire and the Humber region "are at bursting point", according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Science Photo Library

Tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures across England may now be deferred until 31 January due to winter pressures, a move which prompted Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologise to patients.

Non-urgent treatments had already been cancelled until mid-January, but NHS England said on Tuesday that would now be extended to the end of the month.

In a statement, the RCN says: "Over 90% of beds [are] being used by many hospitals - well above the 85% safe limit recommended by experts.

"Nursing staff are struggling to hold the NHS together and the situation continues to get worse with increasing demand from an ageing population and a severe nursing recruitment and retention problem."

Woman punched and robbed in Doncaster attack

A woman has been repeatedly punched and robbed in an attack in Doncaster.

Zeatland Road

The 43-year-old woman was walking along Zetland Road in Intake at about 13:20 on New Year's Day when a man and a woman came up to her.

The man grabbed her and then punched her several times and then the couple took the woman’s earrings and her mobile phone and left.

Police say they're looking for a white man in his mid-20s, about 5ft 9ins tall, wearing a dark cap and a camouflage jacket.

Officers say they don't currently have a description of the woman.

Missing Dewsbury man found safe and well

Some good news this afternoon: West Yorkshire Police say they've found Raymond Schofield from Dewsbury.

He had been missing since yesterday evening, but police say they've found him safe and well.

Officers have thanked members of the public for their help.

Description of York sex attacker released

Police have issued a description of a man they're trying to find after a woman in her 60s was seriously sexually assaulted and robbed in York.


The man befriended his victim and lured her to the place where he carried out the attack on Tuesday evening.

They were first seen on Lendal Bridge and walked out of town before eventually reaching the back of St Peter's School. Once there, the man attacked the woman and stole money from her.

Officers say they're looking for a man around 5ft 9ins tall, thin, with dark hair and a dark, olive complexion.

He possibly had a well-groomed beard and was wearing a dark baseball cap, with dark clothing and jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

A gritter's eye view of last week's snow in Kirklees

If you're on the lookout for strangely hypnotic videos of everyday things, bingo - you've found it.

Here's a collection showing gritters out on the roads of Kirklees when we had that dumping of snow last week.

The council's tweeted it as a kind of heads-up for the forecast colder weather this weekend:

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Jail for 'deviant' Bradford Facebook paedophile

A man has been jailed for more than two years after he was trapped by a Leeds-based group that targets online paedophiles.

Richard Myers
West Yorkshire Police

Richard Myers, 44, of Manningham Lane, Bradford, spent months sexually grooming what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

He was confronted by members of Predator Exposure in October.

Bradford Crown Court heard a fake social media profile that included the girl's age had been set up by a member of the group.

Myers was jailed for 32 months, has to register with the police as a sex offender and will also be banned from contacting girls under 16.

Rotherham and Wakefield top Yorks growth league - Report

Rotherham and Wakefield are the fastest growing economies in Yorkshire, according to a new report.


The UK Powerhouse study estimates the Growth Value Added (GVA) increase and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the government’s official figures.

The report, by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, reveals Rotherham's GVA was 1.8% in the third quarter of 2017, making it the UK's eighth fastest growing city economy.

It was joined in the top 10 with Wakefield, which saw a GVA of 1.7% across the same period, the report finds.

Travel update: A64 now clear

BBC News Travel

All clear on the A64, sound the all-clear horn:

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Urgent appeal to find missing York man

Have you seen 65-year-old Daniel Coggan? He's been missing from his home in York since yesterday afternoon and police are concerned for his welfare.

Daniel Coggan
North Yorkshire Police

Mr Coggan, who police say has complex medical needs, was last seen at about 13:00 on Wednesday at Cherry Tree House on Fifth Avenue in Heworth.

He was wearing brown shoes, black jeans and a black and white checked shirt.

He was also wearing a blue puffa-style jacket and possibly a grey bobble hat and black gloves.

Travel update: Accident closes lane on A64

BBC News Travel

There are currently long queues on the A64 in both directions because of an accident and fuel spill north of York.

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Avoid if you can. The black and red lines below show you where the traffic is stationary:


Fire exercise in part of Leeds today

Just so you know, if you live in Armley...

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Man admits sending social worker abusive messages

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A man has admitted sending a series of offensive and menacing messages to the social worker who first revealed the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham.

Jayne Senior

Faisal Khan, 23, sent Jayne Senior (pictured) messages filled with racist and abusive terms, including one in which he told her to "jump off a bridge".

Mrs Senior helped reveal the systematic grooming and sexual exploitation of more than 1,400 children in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. In 2016 she was made an MBE for her services to child protection.

Sheffield Magistrates' Court heard Khan, of Main Street, Bramley, in Rotherham, sent 28 messages to Mrs Senior between 3 and 25 June last year.

He is due to be sentenced on 26 January.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Scaffolding boards stolen from Doncaster building site

Police in Doncaster are appealing for information after 65 scaffolding boards were stolen from a building site.

A total of 65 13ft-long scaffolding boards have been taken from the site on Kilner Court.

The theft was reported at about 16:30 on Wednesday afternoon, but police think the boards were stolen between Wednesday 27 December 2017 and Wednesday 3 January.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Seacroft death: Two in court charged with murder in Leeds

Two men have appeared in court in Leeds charged with the murder of a man who was allegedly trying to break into a house armed with a gun on New Year's Day.

Police cordon

Mark Casey, 50, was found with head injuries at an address on Rosgill Drive in Seacroft, Leeds, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Ian Ward, 27, and Daniel Ward, 19, both of Rosgill Drive, were remanded in custody at Leeds Magistrates' Court.

Both men are next due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

'Very vulnerable' man missing in Dewsbury

Police are searching areas of Dewsbury for a missing man who they describe as "very vulnerable".

Raymond Schofield
West Yorkshire Police

Raymond Schofield, 80, was last seen at his home at about 19:00 yesterday evening.

West Yorkshire Police say he may be wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and black shoes.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J30 for A642 and J31 for A655.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J31, A655 (Castleford), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Ten-year ban for couple guilty of dog cruelty

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

A couple who pleaded guilty to being cruel to their dog have been banned from owning any animals for ten years.

Rudi Dear,39, and Leanna Dear, 37, from St Aelred's Mews in York pleaded guilty to failing to look after their pet dog and causing it unnecessary suffering when they appeared before York Magistrates.

The injured dog
City of York Council

Their Lhasa Apso was spotted last year by a City of York Council officer with dirty matted hair, looking very thin and covered in flees and lice.

The authority says it was looked at by a vet who found the eyes of the dog were covered in ulcers and it had infected eyelids.

The dog after treatment and care
City of York Council

Rudi Dear was also given 200 hours community work. He and his wife were ordered to pay costs of £1,235.

The dog has now fully recovered and is living with new owners.

Watch: Hedgehogs brought back to health

Abigail Davies

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Underweight hedgehogs are being brought back to health at a North Yorkshire hedgehog sanctuary.

Volunteers at York Hedgehog Hospital are helping to fatten-up sick animals like Harry.

Fraudsters trick Whitby cashier

Two men are being sought by police after they used a technique intended to confuse a shopkeeper into handing over £75 in Whitby.

Police have issued a CCTV image of two men they want to speak to.

North Yorkshire Police

It happened at the Boyes store in the seaside town in November.

Two men went into the shop and distracted the cashier using a tactic known among thieves as “ringing the changes”.

it involves the fraudsters exchanging notes with the cashier, intentionally confusing them to hand over extra cash.

If you can help, call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Bully for you! New calf arrives at Leeds attraction

If you're struggling to think of something to do with the kids this weekend - let's face it, post Christmas we're all out of ideas now - then why not take them to Temple Newsam near Leeds for a look at a new calf?

Leeds City Council

His mum, a traditional Hereford cow called Lettuce gave birth at Home Farm on the morning of New Year’s Day.

Hereford cows are listed as a minority rare breed by the Rare Breed Survival Trust watch list, with numbers currently at less than 1,500 in the UK.

He doesn't have a name yet - may we be the first to suggest Bully McBullface?

Row as Lily Cole made patron of Bronte Society

A literary expert has resigned from the Bronte Society over what he calls a "rank farce" decision to appoint a supermodel and actress as its patron for 2018.

Lily Cole

Lily Cole was chosen by the society as a creative partner at the Bronte Parsonage Museum for the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte's birth.

Nick Holland, author of books on the Bronte sisters, said such an important role should have gone to a writer.

The Bronte Society said it looked forward to working with Cole.

The central question should be, what would Emily Bronte think if she found that the role of chief 'artist' and organiser in her celebratory year was a supermodel?"

Nick Holland

London police search for man in West Yorkshire

Have you seen this man?

Police in London want to speak to him after series of aggravated burglaries in the capital - but it's thought he could be in West Yorkshire.

Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors, 28, is wanted after the burglaries in Waltham Forrest and Haringey.

Officers say he has connections in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

If you can help get in touch with Crimestoppers.

Sheffield choir on the lookout for new members

A Sheffield choir is on the hunt for new members.

The BeVox choir call themselves a contemporary community choir and have over 100 members but are on the look out for more.

If you fancy joining, the details are here:

BeVox Choir
BeVox Choir

Watch: DNA spray used to catch illegal riders

West Yorkshire Police are using unique DNA technology to get illegal riders off the roads.

They're using a DNA spray, which is impossible to wash off, to help link people to nuisance quad and motorbike riding.

One man has already been jailed after the spray was used as evidence.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Kirby Misperton: Three charged over tanker climb

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

Three people have been charged after a tanker was stopped by people climbing on to it in North Yorkshire.

The incident happened on Wednesday 3 January in Kirkby Misperton where preparatory work for fracking is taking place.

A 28-year-old man was charged with hindering lawful work, by climbing on to a tanker that was in motion.

A 56-year-old man has been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, by getting on to a tanker while it was on a road.

The two men have been released on bail with a condition to not go near Third Energy's fracking site in Kirby Misperton or in the area around the village.

A 27-year-old woman has also been charged with wilfully obstructing Main Street, Kirby Misperton, during the same incident.

She has been released on unconditional bail.