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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to bus stop crash victim Katelyn Dawson
  2. Three arrests over 1985 disappearance of woman
  3. North Yorkshire A&E bosses sign letter to PM
  4. Virgin Trains facing £165m fine over franchise failure
  5. Baby born premature on family holiday
  6. Fly-tipping vehicles seized in South Yorkshire
  7. International students generate millions for Yorkshire
  8. Man, 74, pushed to floor in Mexborough robbery
  9. Updates on Thursday 11 January 2018.

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By Elly Fiorentini

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

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M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J2 for A1.

M18 South Yorkshire - M18 exit slip road closed southbound at J2 A1(M), because of an accident.

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

Sean Scannell in action for Burton Albion

Winger Sean Scannell returns to Premier League side Huddersfield early from his Burton loan spell because of injury.

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Our five top 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.

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Tributes paid to 15-year-old after bus stop crash
  2. Three arrests over 1985 disappearance of woman
  3. North Yorkshire A&E bosses sign letter to PM
  4. Search for family of rough sleeper who died on Leeds' streets
  5. Tim Peake's spacecraft landing at York Museum

See you tomorrow.

Additional officers on shift for steel city derby

Tomorrow night sees Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday meet in the 129th Steel City derby.

South Yorkshire Police officers with football fans from Sheffield
South Yorkshire Police

To ensure the safety of the thousands of fans from both sides of the city attending the game, South Yorkshire Police have announced that there'll be more officers out on patrol to help keep the city centre safe.

The force are also encouraging the public to interact with the police men and women on shift for the match, even going as far to request that you "say hi" to them as you head to and from Bramall Lane.

Police station re-opens on Manor Top

The re-opening of Elm Tree Police Station at Manor Top in Sheffield has been welcomed by residents, councillors and South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner.

Jack Scott, Julie Dore and Ben Miskell
South Yorkshire Police/Sheffield City Council

The station on City Road was shut for approximately three years and will be home to five full time officers who'll serve the districts of Park, Arbourthorne, Manor Castle and Darnall.

There will also be an additional five Police and Community Support Officers based at the site.

I know from the many conversations I have had with local residents and businesses that people feel safer because of the increased police presence."

Cllr Jack ScottPark and Arbourthorne ward

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

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M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J36 for A61 Birdwell and J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - Heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J36, A61 (Birdwell) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

LISTEN: How one Yorkshire woman has stopped using plastic

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.

The commitment is part of the government's 25-year plan to improve the natural environment.

Kate Javady from Huddersfield started boycotting plastic 10 years ago.

Sheffield to get 500 extra council homes

There will be another 500 extra council homes built in Sheffield by 2023.

Building
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Sheffield City Council has already committed to building 1,000 council houses over the next two years.

The council is currently working on plans for new housing schemes for older people, families and people with learning disabilities.

The council’s plan also includes continued investment in existing homes with improvements planned to roofs, kitchens, bathrooms, windows and electrics.

It’s a massive challenge as we lose around 350 properties each year through Right to Buy sales and face increasing need for social housing."

Cllr Jayne DunnSheffield City Council

Meningitis C baby Kia Gott to return home by April

The parents of a one-year-old girl who had all of her limbs amputated after contracting meningitis C have been told she will be allowed home by April.

Kia Gott, from Bradford, has been in hospital since September and has endured multiple skin grafts.

Kia Gott
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Her father Paul said he "felt like we won the lottery" when he was told the news by a hospital consultant.

Medics have described Kia's condition as "one of the worst cases of meningitis" ever seen.

Kia Gott
BBC

It was something we thought we'd never hear. I nearly burst out crying it was that emotional. [The last few months] have been absolute torture. We weren't sure if she was ever going to make it... We're going to have a massive homecoming party.

Vikki MitchellKia's mother

Student Joana Burn's legacy 'to get girls into maths'

The mother of a Sheffield student who died after taking MDMA has said she hopes her daughter will be remembered as more than a victim of illegal drug use.

Joana Burns
Family photo

Joana Burns died after a night out in 2017 to celebrate completing her maths degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Mosca Burns said her daughter, 22, had hoped to go on to teach the subject.

At a workshop aimed at encouraging girls to study maths, Mrs Burns said she hoped Joana's legacy would be in "inspiring girls, not a drugs death".

Tributes to best selling author from York

York author Tricia Walker has died after a short illness.

Tricia Walker
The Walker Family

She was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of stomach cancer and passed away at York's St Leonard's Hospice last Monday surrounded by her family.

Her best selling book Benedict's Brother is being made into a film - Her family say they'll continue to make sure that Tricia's dream will become a reality.

Her father, Peter Walker wrote more than 130 books and his constable series was adapted into TV's Heartbeat. He died last April.

Charity claims Yorkshire has bowel cancer hotspots

New research from Yorkshire Cancer Research claims people living in parts of Yorkshire are more likely to get bowel cancer, and are less likely to survive it, than people living in other parts of the country.

Bowel cancer cell
Science Photo Library

The number of people getting the disease and the number of those who die from it in parts of Scarborough and Ryedale, the Vale of York, Airedale and Wharfedale, Craven and Calderdale, is higher than the national average.

The charity is investing more than £100,000 in a new study to find out why.

In Scarborough and Ryedale a higher number of patients are diagnosed at a later stage.

Search for family of rough sleeper who died on Leeds' streets

Police say they're trying to find the family of a rough-sleeper whose body was found on the streets of Leeds on Monday.

Fiona Watson
West Yorkshire Police

Officers aren't treating the death of 56-year-old Fiona Watson as suspicious - she was found under the Dark Arches in Neville Street at about 09:00.

West Yorkshire Police say that she also went by the name of Swan and lived on Prosper Street in Hunslet and she may have a sister in London.

They are also still trying to find three people who were with her at the time she died.

We always endeavour to make direct contact with relatives ourselves but we have been left with no other option than to make a public appeal to find them."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police
Queen Ethelburga's College

Brian Martin is accused of offences at the North Yorkshire private school between 2005 and 2010.

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New breast cancer project launched

Sport scientists at Sheffield Hallam University are working on a new project that looks at helping breast cancer patients reduce the risk of the disease returning.

Dr Helen Crank
Sheffield Hallam University

Yorkshire Cancer Research has invested £238,000 into the project which is being led by Northumbria University and supported by Dr Helen Crank (pictured), a reader at Hallam's Centre for Sport and Exercise Science.

The research will focus on helping breast cancer patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight following treatment and Dr Crank will help to lead and coordinate this research in Sheffield and Newcastle.

Patients from Yorkshire and the North East who have undergone treatment for a type of breast cancer that uses oestrogen to grow will be recruited to take part in the initiative as part of a clinical trial.

Understanding patient's needs is vital in this project so we can develop a programme that will support women to achieve a healthy weight after their initial breast cancer treatment."

Dr Helen CrankSheffield Hallam University

Attempted burglary at Whitby jewellers

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after an attempted burglary at a jewellers in Whitby.

Image of a suspect in attempted burglary
Youngs jewellers/North Yorkshire Police

It happened at Youngs Jewellers in the early hours of last Thursday.

Police say it's believed that the suspect tried to jemmy open the front door, while another suspect acted as lookout.

Officers are asking anyone who recognises the man in the image to get in touch.

Tim Peake's spacecraft landing at York Museum

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one not be missed. Who can forget Tim Peake's extraordinary Principia mission to the International Space Station, where he spent six months orbiting Earth, in December 2015? There wasn't much he didn't do on that mission.

He was the first British Astronaut to do a spacewalk, the first person to be named in the Queen's Birthday Honours while in space, he carried out experiments and he even managed to run the London Marathon (on a treadmill) in Space while others were doing it on earth.

Tim Peake runs a marathon in space
NASA/ESA

On the 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module. You've got the chance to see it at York's National Railway Museum from 17 January until 8 March 2018. There's also a chance for a space-age virtual reality experience narrated by the astronaut himself.

Tim Peake's spacecraft
National Science and Media Museum/Jody Hartley

Severe disruption: A64 North Yorkshire both ways

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A64 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, near Collinsons Lane.

A64 North Yorkshire - A64 Westgate in Rillington closed and queuing traffic in both directions near the Collinsons Lane junction, because of a building fire.

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

Listen: 'I think the standard's unbelievably good'

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New Doncaster Rovers Belles manager, Neil Redfearn says women's football isn't a 'stepping stone' to bigger things, but an equal.

Redfearn, who took over just after Christmas, is the first ex-league manager to take up a position in the Women's Super League, having previously managed Championship sides Leeds United and Rotherham United:

Road closed as police deal with reports of gun at property

A main road into Bradford was closed briefly this lunchtime as police carried out an armed raid at a property.

Gun raid
BBC

Officers closed Leeds Road after they had reports there could be a gun being kept inside the premises.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and is in police custody.

Investigations are continuing at the scene.

Plans to close Ampleforth College's prep school

There are plans to close the prep school for Ampleforth College.

St Martin's Ampleforth is an Catholic independent school for children aged three to 13-years-old.

The St Laurence Education Trust has announced plans for a phased closure starting in September this year, describing it as "the end of an era".

St Martin's School, Ampleforth
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Ben Whiteman

Doncaster Rovers sign Sheffield United midfielder Ben Whiteman for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

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Accident closes major road near Barnsley

A major route through the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire is closed this lunchtime due to an accident while the emergency services attend the scene.

The A6195 (Engine Lane) is shut in both directions between Brierley in Shafton and Park Spring Road in Grimethorpe.

Map of Dearne Valley
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Some local bus services are also affected with Stagecoach's 28,29 and 30 routes suffering delays and diversions.

Armed police close road in Bradford

Armed police are involved in an operation in Bradford this lunchtime.

We'll tell you more as we get it:

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PM's environmental plan welcomed in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has welcomed the government’s launch of a 25-year plan for the environment - but hopes the scheme will be backed by strong legislation and funding.

They're delighted that Theresa May has responded to the concerns of conservation organisations across Yorkshire and the UK about wildlife.

Theresa May
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The trust says it feels that this is becoming a "national scandal" and has ever-increasing negative consequences, from the flooding of Yorkshire’s towns and cities, to air pollution and the deluge of plastic litter in the oceans.

We have worked for many years to influence the public and organisations to reduce the amount of plastic and other litter going into the North Sea. These projects have raised awareness of the impacts on wildlife and the environment of plastic litter in our seas"

Rob StonemanChief executive of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Steelers arrive in Belarus

Peter Spencer

Ice hockey reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team have arrived in Minsk to take part in the Continental Cup's finals weekend.

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They'll play three games in the tournament with their first match against Nomad Astana from Kazakhstan which begins at 16:00 GMT tomorrow.

Commentary of all the side's games will be broadcast on BBC Radio Sheffield's Facebook page.

Traffic and Travel: Accident between A61 and A658

If you're out and about this might slow you down.

A61 Swindon Lane in both directions blocked due to accident between Dunkeswick Lane and A658 (Buttersyke Bar). Affecting traffic between Harewood and Pannal.

There's also delays on:

A64 Westbound at Stockton-on-the-Forest traffic is heavier than normal at Towthorpe/Moor Lane junction.

A1079 Hull Road at Wilberfoss. There are long delays in the roadworks area. Long Lane is closed due to water works.

Three arrests over 1985 disappearance of woman

Two people have been arrested and released as police investigate the possible murder of a 19-year-old woman who lived in Leeds and disappeared 32-years ago.

Harbans Kaur Lally
West Yorkshire Police

Harbans Kaur Lally was last seen in the UK in 1985 and on Monday officers from West Yorkshire Police arrested a 75-year-old man on suspicion of her murder.

They also arrested a 74-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder - both in Gravesend in Kent.

A 53-year-old man was also arrested on on suspicion of perjury on Monday from the Hay Mills area of Birmingham.

He has been released under investigation and the older man and woman have been released on police bail.

We are currently trying to build up a picture of her life at the time she disappeared and we are very keen to hear from anyone with any information that could assist us"

Det Ch Insp Nicola BryarWest Yorkshire Police

Detectives have revealed that they have recently received information about Harbans’ disappearance and suspected murder.

She was also known as Susan and had the maiden name Ranu and worked at the head office of the Burton Group in Harehills until April 1985, having moved to Leeds from Rugby the year before.

She had a daughter in July 1985 and was living in Meanwood area.

Later that year she went back to Rugby and disappeared, possibly after travelling to India.

Police appeal over assault on man, 19

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a reported assault outside a pub in Chapeltown just before Christmas.

The force received reports that a 19-year-old man was assaulted outside the Waggon and Horses pub in the centre of the town at around 23:30 on Friday 22 December.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

Waggon and Horses pub in Chapeltown
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From initial inquiries officers believe there was also an incident inside the premises.

If you were in the area at the time and have any information then it can be passed on via 101.

Severe accident: A61 North Yorkshire both ways

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A61 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Dunkeswick Lane and A658.

A61 North Yorkshire - A61 Swindon Lane in Pannal blocked in both directions between the Dunkeswick Lane junction and Buttersyke Bar, because of an accident.

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

Tributes paid to 15-year-old after bus stop crash

The school of a 15-year-old school girl who died in a crash in Huddersfield have described her as a "passionate, popular student".

Katelyn Dawson
Katelyn Dawson/Facebook

Katelyn Dawson was one of three pedestrians seriously injured after being hit by the car at a bus stop on Wakefield Road yesterday at 08:15.

In a statement, Mr McNally of Shelley College in Huddersfield said the whole school was "devastated" by Katelyn's death

He added "She loved to dance and was starting to plan her options for when she left school this year. Her loss, at a time when she had everything to look forward to in life, is sad beyond words."

Crash
BBC

Police are appealing for more information about the crash and want any witnesses to come forward.

A 47-year-old woman is still in hospital with serious injuries and is in a stable condition, a 17-year-old girl is also still in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the BMW which hit the bus stop, a 51-year-old man, was discharged from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary after being treated.

North Yorkshire A&E bosses sign letter to PM

The heads of York and Harrogate's A&E departments have written to Theresa May to say that the NHS is "severely and chronically underfunded".

Hospital
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They're among 68 bosses of A&E departments in England and Wales to sign a letter which comes as waiting times have been revealed to be at their worst since targets were introduced in 2004.

The letter says the "current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff."

But ministers say plans are in place to help the health service cope, despite mounting evidence of growing pressures.

Second teacher jailed for child sex abuse at former Cathedral school

A 59-year-old man has become the second former teacher at a North Yorkshire choir school to be jailed for historical sex abuse of young boys. Ian David Charles Atkinson, who now lives in Somerset, was a history teacher and boarding master at the former Ripon Cathedral Choir School.

Ian David Charles Atkinson
North Yorkshire Police

A jury at Bradford Crown Court found him guilty of indecent assaults and indecency with a child while he worked at the school in the early 2000's.

The court also heard how a police inquiry revealed he'd committed similar offences at another boarding school in Hampshire.

Atkinson was jailed for 12 years and put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

BreakingAccident on M1 closes two lanes

The northbound side of the M1 motorway currently has two lanes closed northbound on the South Yorkshire/Derbyshire border due to an accident involving two lorries and a van.

The inside two lanes of the four have been closed by the Highways Agency between junction 30 and junction 31 to the south of Sheffield.

Northbound M1 delays
Highways Agency/Crown Copyright

The accident itself is just after the Woodall Services with delays back towards junction 29a for Markham Vale in Derbyshire.

BreakingWoman dies after being held at Bradford police station

An investigation's been launched into how a woman died after being found unconscious in a police cell in Bradford.

Trafalgar House
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Claire Harper was detained by West Yorkshire Police in the early hours of Sunday morning and was being held at Trafalgar House police station.

At about 12:30 she was found unconscious in her cell, she was taken to hospital but the 44-year-old couldn't be revived.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said "This is a very serious incident and we will be investigating the contact West Yorkshire Police had with Claire prior to her death.”

South Yorkshire sees region's biggest house price increase

Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley have seen the highest increase in house prices in Yorkshire over the last month, with Leeds close behind them.

Sheffield
Dave Bevis

The UK's largest mortgage lender, the Halifax, has released the figures which show the three South Yorkshire places have seen increases of 4.2%.

Leeds saw an increase of 4.1% but Wakefield only increased by 0.9% and Hambleton in North Yorkshire saw a decrease in prices at -1.9%.

Prices in London rose by just 1% - the slowest increase for six years - with the highest areas being the East Midlands and parts of Wales which saw 8% increases.