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Summary

  1. Charges dropped against two Sheffield tree protesters
  2. Boeing to build first European factory between Sheffield and Rotherham
  3. Temporary workers claim they're losing hundreds due to 'umbrella companies'
  4. Mass tree planting flood protection measures for the Calder Valley
  5. Three arrested after police pursuit through West and North Yorkshire
  6. Legendary rapper Eminem to headline Leeds Festival
  7. Updates on Friday 24 February 2017

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By Jim Addyman, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Our five top stories today

That's all from us for today and, indeed, this week.

We'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across Yorkshire. 

But before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Charges dropped against two Sheffield tree protesters
  2. Sheffield to play crucial role in "new industrial revolution"
  3. Taxi driver attacked by stone-throwing gang in Halifax
  4. Arrests after police pursuit  through West and North Yorkshire
  5. Eminem returning to headline Leeds Festival

See you next week.

Recycle more in Bradford from next week

Good news if you live in Bradford and want to recycle more: from next Tuesday you can.

Recycling
Science Photo Library

Up to now residents have only been able to put paper, card, glass and plastic bottles into their recycling bins, but now they can also add plastic food trays, yoghurt pots, margarine and butter tubs, drink cartons and tetrapacks.

Hooray! Now you can drink all the orange juice you like AND save the planet. All the recycling can now go into one bin (the grey one) while general waste will still go into the green bin. 

And now you won't need to spend ages separating paper anymore. It can go in with all the rest of the recycling.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J28 for A650.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic westbound at J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down coach.

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

Search for anti-social bikers in Sheffield

Do you know these bikers? Police want to speak to them about some anti-social behaviour in the Wybourne area of Sheffield on Wednesday.

Bikers
North Yorkshire Police

The pair were photographed near Manor Oaks Road at about 12:40.    

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

Boeing to open first European factory in South Yorkshire

More on today's news that US firm Boeing has announced plans to open its first European commercial factory in South Yorkshire , creating at least 30 jobs.

Artist's impression of factory
Boeing

President of Boeing Europe, Sir Michael Arthur, said they chose Catcliffe in Rotherham for the £20m factory because of a skilled workforce in the area and the firm's links with Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

He said: "The area has very high skills, particular in advanced manufacturing technology, which we think is world class."

"We, as a company, want to start making these very sophisticated components - actuation systems, the gearing systems on wings, and Sheffield is a good place to come," he added.

The factory, which will produce actuators for 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft, will be next to the AMRC centre.

Severe disruption: M606 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M606 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at M62 J26.

M606 West Yorkshire - M606 exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at M62 J26, Chain Bar, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J46 for B6164.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound at J46, B6164 (Wetherby), because of an accident.

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

Travel update: Friday rush hour well under way

BBC Travel

It's all starting to get a bit busier on the roads as people move around on Friday home time.

This latest picture is from just before J28 westbound on the M62.

If you spot anything on the roads,  get in touch .

Traffic
Highways England

Police appeal over Doncaster attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was slashed with a knife on White Lea Road in Doncaster on Wednesday.

Wath road
Google

The 24-year-old man was approaching the junction of Wath Road in the Mexborough area at about 23:30 when he was attacked by four men.

He needed hospital treatment, but his injury isn't thought to be life-threatening.

Memories of York floods to be kept high and dry

Just over a year on from the York floods , a project launched today aims to document memories of the deluge.

Flood rescue workers in York floodwaters
Getty Images

Staff at the Jorvik Viking Centre, which was itself badly affected by flooding, want residents to bring along the treasured possessions they saved from rising flood waters. 

The items will be photographed for the Waterproof Memories project, and people will be invited the story of that object as part of an audio recording which may form part of a community exhibition.

We've had one gentleman suggest a bacon sandwich, because he has a very strong memory of filling sandbags and eating bacon sandwiches. So it's something that captures a memory."

Jane JacksonJorvik Viking Centre

Leeds' star role in film history to be celebrated

A documentary celebrating Leeds' starring role in the history of film is due to get an exclusive screening in the city this weekend.

Louis Le Prince
Le Prince

The First Film was put together by Leeds-born and educated filmmaker David Nicholas Wilkinson, who spent 33 years trying to bring the documentary to the cinema .

His aim was to prove once and for all that the world's first film was shot in Leeds by Louis Le Prince.

Mr Nicholas says: "It took me 33 years to get this film to the big screen, and for years literally hundreds of people did not believe the story.

"But Leeds, as I show in the film, was possibly the world's most innovative city in many areas in the 1800s.

"I have now proven the truth: the world’s very first film was made on 14 October 1888 by a Frenchman in Leeds."

West Yorkshire's latest flood defence? 200,000 trees

Cathy Booth

Journalist, BBC Look North

This is the area of moorland near Todmoden where Yorkshire Water is planning to plant 200,000 trees in the hope of preventing future flooding.

Moorland near Todmorden
BBC

The idea is to slow the flow of water and protect Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - which were all badly affected by flooding in 2015.

Severe accident: A65 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A65 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, near Highgate Farm.

A65 North Yorkshire - A65 in Thorlby blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the Highgate Farm junction, because of an accident.

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

Name of new North Yorkshire potash mine uneveiled

The name of a planned new £2bn potash mine near Whitby has been officially revealed.

Potash mine site
BBC

The mine will called the Woodsmith Mine, and is named after geologists Peter Woods and Dr Frederick Smith. 

Unveiling the mine's name, Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy said it was a real vote of confidence in the economic potential of the region.

The plans include building a minehead at Dove's Nest Farm, Sneaton, with shafts 4,921ft deep.

The minerals will then be transported 23 miles underground to Wilton International  near Redcar.

Work on building the mine is expected to start in the summer.

Taxi driver attacked by stone-throwing gang in Halifax

A taxi driver has been left with a facial injury after he was assaulted by a gang of youths in Halifax.

Ovenden Way
Google

The gang had been throwing stones at his car on Ovenden Way, and when the driver got out to confront them they began to punch and kick him.

He suffered a large gash above his eye in the attack, which took place on Wednesday. His car was left with a cracked windscreen. 

Police have appealed to drivers and other taxi owners to check their dash-cams for any footage of the attack.

We are in the process of identifying the suspects. We have also spoken to other taxi drivers who have suffered similar attacks."

Sgt Darren BedfordWest Yorkshire Police

Have you seen these stolen items?

Have you seen these items? They were stolen in a burglary in Doncaster yesterday. 

Stolen items
South Yorkshire Police

The brown leather document holder and rose gold pocket watch were taken from a house in Broughton Road, Bessacarr, sometime last night.

The owner of the house woke up to find someone had broken in the back doors.

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

Flood warning for River Ouse

A flood warning's currently in place for the River Ouse .

It's at Naburn Lock, and is because of rising river levels caused by rainfall over the last few days. 

A flood warning means flooding is expected - and immediate action is required.

Cyclist killed by drug dealer 'left his stamp on all who met him'

A man has been jailed for 10 years after he ran into and killed a "a respected and dedicated academic" who was cycling in Bingley.

Andrew Platten
West Yorkshire Police

Andrew Platten (pictured), 55, from Bingley, died at the scene in Cottingley Cliffe Road in the town last July. 

West Yorkshire Police said officers had tried to stop the car after seeing the driver "acting suspiciously".

Officers said the car then "sped off and collided" with Dr Platten a short distance away.

Akash Rashid, 22, of Brantwood Grove, Heaton, admitted a number of offences at Bradford Crown Court in January.  

He will be deeply missed but he has left his stamp on all who met him. He will always be cherished and never forgotten - living on in all our hearts."

Family statement

Tesco to remove signs in Rotherham parking row

Signs outlining controversial new parking charges at Tesco's store on Drummond Street in Rotherham are to be removed, the company says.

Signs showing new Tesco parking charges
BBC

The supermarket giant hoped to implement new rules next week requiring customers to spend £5 in stores in order to qualify for three hours parking.

But the council says it hasn't given its store permission to make the change .    

Rotherham council says any decision to grant a change to the store's planning permission will have to wait until after a period of consultation at the end of this month.

The signs will be taken down as the planning process will take longer than anticipated and we would not wish to presume the outcome before it has happened."

Tesco spokesmanTesco supermarkets

Government criticised for putting business rates ahead of social care

The leader of Barnsley Council says any plans to reduce business rates would see people in poorer communities hit the hardest.

Earlier this week it emerged the Chancellor Phillip Hammond had got a £12bn tax windfall.

Council leaders across the country have been calling for additional funding for older people's care. 

But Sir Steve Houghton says the business lobby is louder:

Could Wagner leave Huddersfield for Leicester?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The departure of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester City has left a vacancy at the premiership side that needs to be filled, one of the contenders is David Wagner according to the Press Association. 

David Wagner
Getty Images

The news agency say that he "has earned many plaudits for the work he has done at the Terriers" and that he could be the "short-term fix" Leicester need to keep them in the top-flight.

But BBC Radio Leeds' sports team don't think he's going anywhere:

He was linked with moves to Aston Villa and Wolfsburg, but those were proved to be 100% speculation as is this."

Gareth JonesBBC Radio Leeds sports editor

Legendary Huddersfield runner dies aged 84

The Huddersfield middle-distance runner and former mile world record holder, Derek Ibbotson, has died aged 84.

Chris Chataway and Derek Ibbotson
Allsport Hulton/Archive/Getty Images

He's pictured above left approaching the finish line of a very muddy three mile race in 1956.

Known as "Ibbo" he set a time of 3.57:2 to break the world record in 1957. 

He won a bronze medal in the 5,000 metres at the Melbourne Olympics the year before and also went on to run a mile in four minutes flat.

John Lewis to cut 387 roles at stores

John Lewis has announced that 387 roles will be cut from its department stores  as part of a shift towards online shopping. 

John Lewis store, Westfield
BBC

The company, which has branches in Leeds, Sheffield and York, says the changes will affect administration staff in its carpet, curtain and blinds fittings service. 

Almost 800 staff could be affected by redundancy, but would be able to apply for new posts - though these would total less than 400. 

John Lewis has not identified which of its 48 stores will be affected.  

Driver jailed after killing respected academic

A car driver has been jailed for 10 years after he killed a cyclist in Bingley last July.

Akash Rashid
West Yorkshire Police

Akash Rashid, 22, of Bradford (pictured), was jailed for dangerous driving and drugs offences at Bradford Crown Court today.  

Andrew Platten who was 55, and described by his family "as a respected and dedicated academic", was cycling along Cottingley Cliffe Road when he was struck by Rashid's Vauxhall Vectra. He died at the scene. 

West Yorkshire Police said officers had tried to stop Rashid's car after seeing the driver acting suspiciously. 

Officers said the car had "sped off and collided" with Dr Platten a short distance away.

New hotel for Scarborough moves a step closer

Plans for a new hotel in Scarborough's North Bay have taken a step forward, after the borough council agreed in principle to see one built near the water park.

Scarborough North Bay
BBC

Last July saw the town's new £14m water park open the doors and since then a pub and a restaurant have also sprung up nearby. 

Developers Benchmark say an operator is interested in opening a hotel in the same area, but needed a quick agreement from the council who own the land

They now have that, but planning permission will still be needed for the project to come to fruition. 

Missing teenager found

Some good news this lunchtime, 14-year-old Katie Hutchinson from Leeds has been found safe and well.

'Thank you, Masham!'...

Kay Crewdson

BBC Radio York

The BBC is currently asking for nominations of local music heroes and venues for a historic blue plaque that will be put in place on BBC Music Day on Friday 9 June.

With that in mind I sent BBC Radio York breakfast reporter, Jericho Keys along to Masham today to find out what sort of names had played at Masham Town Hall.

What I wasn't expecting, was this:

South Yorkshire Housing Association rises in top 100 list

The South Yorkshire Housing Association has been named as one of the top 100 best not-for-profit companies to work for by The Sunday Times, for the second year running.


          South Yorkshire Housing Association staff celebrating top 100 ranking
SYHA

The housing association, which has 6,000 properties across South Yorkshire and employs over 550 people, is listed at number 40 - a rise of 22 places from last year's rankings.

They were recognised for allowing staff to shape their own training and development.

I am delighted that we continue to do so well on staff engagement. We all know that a happy workforce, who believe in where the organisation is going, is essential to provide the best possible services for customers and to grow our business."

Tony Stacey Chief Executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association

Ex-deputy chief constable still hopes Claudia case can be solved

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire's former deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick was a fixture in the force for nearly 30 years after joining in 1988 at the age of 30.

He rose through the ranks, starting as a beat bobby and finally retiring earlier this month as the force's second-in-command.

This morning he came into the BBC Radio York studio to talk to me about his career. 

He's on record as saying his biggest regret is the failure to find out what happened to missing York chef Claudia Lawrence , so I asked him if he was hopeful those responsible will be found: 

Listen: 'A lack of respect' from an ex-Owl to the Blades skipper

Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine has been accused of showing a lack of respect after a video emerged of him using insulting language towards Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.

Madine now plays for Bolton, third in League One, who take on United, who are in first place, at Bramall Lane tomorrow. 

It's not clear when the video was made, but the fact that it's been posted on social media this week has irritated Blades boss Chris Wilder:

You can listen to commentary of Sheffield United v Bolton on BBC Radio Sheffield (FM frequencies) tomorrow from 15:00.

Arrests after police pursuit through West and North Yorkshire

Both West and North Yorkshire Police were involved in pursuing a car for more than 40 minutes earlier today.

Arrest
West Yorkshire Police

Officers began to chase a car in the early hours of this morning through Wakefield and the pursuit didn't come to an end until they boxed the car in on York's outer ring road.

Both forces say they worked together to bring the chase to an end and three men in their 20s were arrested for possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J27 for M621 affecting J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - Severe delays and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound at J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J24, A629 (Ainley Top).

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

Have you seen this missing teenager?

Have you seen this missing 14-year-old from Leeds?

Katie Hutchinson
West Yorkshire Police

Katie Hutchinson was last seen at about 16:30 yesterday. 

She has been missing before and is known to frequent the city centre.

She was last seen wearing dark jeans and a dark jacket with a fur collar.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Yorkshire scientists in common cold breakthrough

Yorkshire Post

Scientists in Yorkshire believe they have come a step closer to unlocking the "enigma code" that causes the common cold .

Woman blowing nose
Science Photo Library

Researchers at the Universities of York and Leeds have published the workings of a "hidden code" within the gene family that includes the cold, polio, and foot-and-mouth disease.

Listen: It'll only take a minute...

If you're one of the five million people watching Let It Shine on a Saturday night you may now recognize the name Jonnie Halliwell.

The Rotherham singer is into the final of the BBC One talent show which is looking for men to be in a new stage show based on the music of Take That.

Jonnie and his new groupDrive now need to impress Gary Barlow, Martin Kemp, Danni Minogue and special guest judge Robbie Williams for one final time.

He says the people of South Yorkshire have been behind him all the way:

You can watch Jonnie in the final of Let It Shine on Saturday at 18:55 on BBC 1.

It's enough to give you the hump

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live

Traffic calming measures on Main Street in East Ardsley, between Leeds and Wakefield, have left local residents anything but calm.

speed humps
BBC

A couple of years ago, Leeds City Council spent over £20,000 on making the area a 20mph zone and putting in speed humps along part of the street. 

Now, they've taken out some of the speed humps at an additional cost to the taxpayer.

Locals say that cars often speed down the thoroughfare and sometimes mount pavements in a bid to avoid slowing for the existing traffic calming measures.

Many locals say they have speed humps where they don't want them and none in the areas that need them.

Concerns were raised locally that some drivers were attempting to avoid the speed humps by driving onto the nearby pavement. After discussions with local ward members, a small number of humps have been removed in specific areas to ensure safety for all users."

Leeds City Council

Club signs a real Asa: York City add loan signing

BBC Sport

York City have signed Cheltenham Town midfielder Asa Hall on an initial 28-day loan deal .

Asa Hall
Getty Images

The 30-year-old began his career as a trainee at Wolverhampton Wanderers but never played for the West Midlands club before leaving for Birmingham City.

Despite spending four years at St Andrews, Hall also failed to make an appearance for the Blues. 

Most of his league appearances have been for Luton Town, Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and Cheltenham, where he signed in 2014.

Hall could make his debut for the Minstermen in Saturday's FA Trophy quarter-final with Brackley Town.