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Summary

  1. Woman dies after collision on A19 near Easingwold
  2. Bradford pair jailed over £10,000 train set theft
  3. Fears grow over missing Sheffield man Barry Jones
  4. Richard Whiteley spy claims dismissed as 'laughable'
  5. Doncaster council tax to rise by 4%
  6. South Yorkshire Police 'requires improvement'
  7. Leeds boxing champ Nicola Adams gets OBE at Buckingham Palace ceremony
  8. Live updates on Thursday 2 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Oli Constable and Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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ROSA in action

An appeal has been launched to keep the robotic aid at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

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Severe disruption: West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Silver Royd Hill and Fawcett Lane.

West Yorkshire - Blue Hill Lane in Leeds closed in both directions between the Silver Royd Hill junction and the Fawcett Lane junction, because of a building fire.

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

Jason Gillespie

Former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is in talks over becoming interim assistant coach of Division Two side Kent.

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Today's top stories from across Yorkshire

That's all from us today, but news, sport and travel updates will continue right here throughout the evening and tonight.

We'll be back again with all the latest live updates from across Yorkshire from 06:30 on Friday morning.

In the meantime, let's take a look back at some of the top stories we've been covering today:

Yorkshire's weather forecast

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry, with clear spells, although some low cloud is possible later, and a minimum temperature of about 1C (34F) with a widespread ground frost. 

Tomorrow, it'll be mostly dry but rather cloudy in the morning. 

Becoming wet through the afternoon and evening as rain spreads from the south with a top temperature of about 7C (45F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Watch: South Yorkshire village is test ground for solar power storage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A village in Barnsley is taking part in a groundbreaking trial which could lead to thousands more homes being powered by solar energy. 

New batteries will store power when it is sunny for use on grey days: 

Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal does not think people who criticise them on Twitter are fans of the team.

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Woman dies after collision on A19 near Easingwold

A woman from Northallerton has died after a collision between her car and a lorry near Easingwold earlier today.

It happened at about 09:20 this morning on the A19 near the Husthwaite junction and involved a grey Toyota Avensis and a white Scania truck.

The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the lorry, a 66-year-old man from Northallerton, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Anyone who saw the collision is being asked to contact police.

Craig Preston death: Love rival 'killed in senseless attack'

A man was beaten to death in a "brutal and senseless" killing by a love rival, his ex-partner and three teenage boys, a court has heard.

Craig Preston
South Yorkshire Police

Craig Preston (pictured), 34, was allegedly attacked by Shiraz Bashir, 43, Leonie Mason, 23, and the teenagers in a lay-by near Rotherham before being dumped close to the Woodhead Tunnel in August.

The prosecution say Mr Preston was tied up and then kicked, punched and stamped on during the attack.

All five defendants deny murder.

The trial of Mr Bashir and Ms Mason, both of Holme Park Court, Huddersfield, and the three teenagers, two aged 15 and one aged 16, continues.  

Sheffield photographer 'one of world's best'

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

We've all no doubt taken decent photos in our lives: I took a great shot of some pancakes this week. But this one takes the biscuit: 

Photo award winner
Harry Botley

Harry Botley has been announced as one of the top 10 photographers in the world with this beauty entitled Verdigris II.

It has been entered in the Sony World Photography event in the Open Enhanced category.

There were 227,000 entries from 183 countries in the world.

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams 'so proud' over OBE

It's been a big day for Leeds Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, who's been at Buckingham Palace to receive her OBE .

This is the moment she was given the honour by the Duke of Cambridge:

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Arthur Brumhill trial: Jury sent home

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The jury at the trial of Stuart Jenkins, who is accused of murdering Arthur Brumhill in Northampton in 1993, has been sent home.

They will continue their deliberations at 10:00 tomorrow.

Mr Jenkins, 41, of Ossett, West Yorkshire,  denies killing the 76-year-old pet shop worker , who body was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop on Wellingborough Road.

arthur brumhill
BBC

Fears grow over missing Sheffield man Barry Jones

Police in Sheffield say they're becoming "increasingly anxious" for the safety and wellbeing of a 77-year-old man who's been missing for over 48 hours. 

Barry Jones
South Yorkshire Police

Barry Jones was reported missing on Tuesday and the latest information police have is that he got on the X5 bus in Aston, heading towards Sheffield, at about 11:05.

He's then thought to have boarded the number 120 bus to Fulwood at about 12:12, with CCTV footage at Sheffield city centre bus station showing him getting on the X5 bus towards Dinnington at about 13:10. 

Mr Jones is then believed to have got off the bus at the Woodhouse Mill stop at about 13:20 on Tuesday, and this is the last known sighting.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a thermal vest and a green coat with a leather collar. He is about 5ft 8ins tall, of a slim build and has a shaved head.

North Yorkshire Police 'requires improvement' on tackling serious crime

North Yorkshire Police has been rated as good by the the organisation overseeing policing standards, but the force "requires improvement" in how it tackles serious and organised crime.  

North Yorkshire Police badge
North Yorkshire Police

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says across the country  a third of forces needed improvement , while a small number were putting the public at unacceptable risk by rationing what they provided.

However, statistics show that North Yorkshire still remains the safest place to live in England.  

I will work with my deputy to ensure we keep a close eye on progress in dealing with serious and organised crime."

Julia Mulligan Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire

Pontus Jansson staying at Elland Road - Leeds United boss Monk

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United head coach Garry Monk says defender Pontus Jansson is here to stay at Elland Road.

Pontus Jansson
Allsport/Getty Images

Monk dismissed speculation linking the Sweden international with a move to Southampton in the summer, when he's expected to complete a permanent deal at United.

"He's fully focused on what he's doing here along with all of us and ready for the games coming.

"Pontus is a Leeds United player, he's here, he's ready to fight, he's ready to be a Leeds United player for the future."

Leeds Civic Trust welcomes Corn Exchange purchase

The purchase of Leeds' landmark Corn Exchange by property company Rushbond has been welcomed by Leeds Civic Trust.

Corn Exchange, Leeds
Google

The Victorian building, which was designed by famous architect Cuthbert Brodrick and completed in 1864, is Grade I listed.

The sale of the Corn Exchange to Rushbond comes after the same firm bought Leeds' Grade II listed First White Cloth Hall, which dates back to 1711.

Martin Hamilton, director of Leeds Civic Trust, says: "We hope this critical mass of buildings enables them to act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Kirkgate area of Leeds."

Dominic Ball

Rotherham confirm Dominic Ball has returned from his loan at Peterborough because of a "disagreement over selection policy".

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'We're just focusing on us' - York City Knights coach ahead of promotion battle

BBC Sport

York City Knights start their battle for promotion this weekend. 

Knights players in training
BBC

They've got a tough trip to Barrow on Saturday night for their first game this year in League 1.

Assistant player coach Johnny Presley says the quality of the division keeps improving: "I think the competition's getting stronger and tougher each year.

"It's a difficult league to get out of, but we're just focusing on us and our performance, and if we get better at the things we want to improve the results will take care of themselves."

Bradford pair jailed over £10,000 train set theft

Two people have been jailed after stealing a model railway collection worth £10,000 in West Yorkshire.

Catherine Petty and Shazad Manzoor
West Yorkshire Police

Bradford Crown Court heard Catherine Petty, 38, took the collection from the attic of a man who had let her stay at his house in Baildon.

She and her accomplice Shazad Manzoor, 33, sold the train collection to a specialist dealer in Cheshire for £3,700.

Manzoor was jailed for three years and Petty for two years.

Arrests after group seen with 'sword' in Leeds park

Three people have been arrested after a group were seen waving a "sword" in a park in Armley, Leeds.

When police arrived, they searched an address and found a machete and drugs which were both seized.

Watch: Where can you buy dragon blood...?

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Today is World Book Day, and it's massive in schools with children dressing up as their favourite storybook characters

And there's a rather magical place in Rotherham which absolutely revels in the magic of storytelling and the power of our imaginations.

It bills itself as a place supplying "unnatural products and much sought-after services to magical beings"...

North Yorkshire fracking company has 'open door policy'

An energy company planning to carry out fracking for shale gas in North Yorkshire has said its "door is open" to anyone with genuine concerns about its operations

John Dewar
PA

Third Energy secured permission in 2016 to use an existing gas well for test drilling near the village of Kirby Misperton.

It said: "We respect [their] right to protest, but [demonstrators] should respect our right to operate." 

The company plans to start fracking at its KM8 well later this year.

Director of operations at Third Energy, John Dewar (pictured), insisted the well would be drilled without disruption and that operations would have minimal impact.

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 - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

How White Rose devolution 'could unleash Yorkshire's potential'

Yorkshire Post

Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy has been challenged to enter fresh talks to deliver "White Rose devolution" which could unleash Yorkshire’s potential .

Andrew Percy
Yorkshire Post

Doncaster council tax to rise

Charlotte Rose

Political reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Councillors in Doncaster have voted in favour of the authority's proposed 2017-18 revenue budget, meaning a rise in council tax.

Doncaster council
BBC

It will increase by 4% - the lowest rise across South Yorkshire.

Leeds boxing champ Adams knocked out by OBE award

Leeds Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams says receiving her OBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace today "means absolutely everything to me".

Nicola Adams with OBE
PA

The double Olympic gold medallist, who will contest her debut professional fight next month, has also won titles at the World, European and Commonwealth championships. 

Adams, 34, was awarded the OBE in the 2017 new year honours for her achievements in boxing.

Speaking after today's ceremony, she said: "When I received the letter in the post saying I'd been honoured with an OBE I was like: 'Wow, this is an amazing achievement'."

"You spend so many hours in the gym training, competing, winning medals and it's nice to think the country appreciates your efforts."

Listen: York City 'can win final 12 games' - Manager Gary Mills

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

For most football supporters, the sight of your team at the bottom of the league with the prospect of relegation fills them with doom and gloom.

However, that's not how York City manager Gary Mills sees his side's current struggles in the National League.

The Minstermen are currently eight points from safety, having won just five matches all season.

All this on top of relegation from the Football League just 10 months ago.

But ahead of Saturday's game at home to Eastleigh, Mills is doing his best to find some positives in his side's perilous position:

People will be saying Mills is talking rubbish. Of course we can win the next 12. Go and do the lottery. You've no chance of winning if you don't enter it."

Gary MillsYork City manager

Severe accident: A629 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A629 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A6068 Skipton Road and A6034 Keighley Road.

A629 North Yorkshire - A629 in Kildwick closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A6068 Skipton Road junction and the A6034 Keighley Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

£1.5m cash boost for Sheffield's parks

A total of £1.5m is to be spent on parks and green spaces in Sheffield. 

Norfolk Heritage Park
Google

The cash will be released over the next three years and will be used to provide new and improved facilities, such as new play equipment at Norfolk Heritage Park.

It will also pay for new apprentices at the council's parks department. 

Mary Lea, cabinet menber for culture sport and leisure, says: "Parks contribute a significant amount to people's health and wellbeing so we need to make sure our parks are attractive, safe and have something in them which people want to do."

Arthur Brumhill trial: Jury retired to consider verdict

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The jury at the trial of Stuart Jenkins, who is accused of murdering Arthur Brumhill in Northampton in 1993, has retired to consider its verdict.

Mr Jenkins, 41, of Ossett, West Yorkshire, denies killing the 76-year-old pet shop worker , who body was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop on Wellingborough Road.

pet shop
BBC

Mr Jenkins was arrested at the time, but was later released.

The former Army sergeant worked at the pet shop for about a month in 1992, aged 17, on a youth training scheme.

He denies murder.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M1 southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down van.

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

Traffic and travel: A19 to remain closed for 'some time'

BBC Travel

Lets get an update on the serious accident on the A19 north of Easingwold in North Yorkshire now.  

Thormanby
Google

Earlier we told you that the road would remain closed until the start of the afternoon after the air ambulance was called to the scene of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

We're now hearing that it remains closed in both directions close to Thormanby and will stay shut for some time.

If this changes, we'll let you know.

Man dies after Doncaster crash

A man's died after an accident in Doncaster early this morning.

It happened on York Road at about 06:00 and involved a white Audi RS4 and a black Ford Mondeo. 

Another man's been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

New motorway services planned for A1(M) at Doncaster

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There could soon be a new motorway service area in Doncaster after plans were submitted to the council.

Moto side view
Moto Hospitality

It will be at junction 37 of the A1(M) near Brodsworth.

Moto Hospitality have applied for planning permission for a WH Smith, M&S, Greggs, Burger King and a Costa Coffee drive-thru.

There will also be other food and retail outlets and seating.

Moto ariel view
Moto Hospitality

World Book Day: Your pictures

You've been sending us LOADS of your little ones (and big ones) dressing up as their favourite character from a book for World Book Day today.

Here's a little selection of them below:

Gruffalo and hungry caterpillar
BBC
Ellie
BBC
Dylan
BBC
Evie
BBC

Cutlery that used to belong to Russian royal family sells for £20,000

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A cutlery set with links to North Yorkshire has sold for twice as much as was expected at auction this lunchtime. 

Cutlery
Bulstrodes

The ornate knives and forks were given to the landlady of a hotel in Harrogate as a gift by the last Empress of Russia back in 1894.

They were expected to fetch around £10,000 but were bought by for £20,000 by an unnamed bidder.

Yorkshire's afternoon weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be mainly dry and breezy across Yorkshire, with some sunny spells.

It'll feel chilly at times in the wind, though, with highs of about 8C (46F). 

The evening will be dry with winds easing, followed by a dry night with some clear spells.

Weather graphic
BBC

Late Yorkshire broadcaster 'not MI5 spy'

Ricky Tomlinson has claimed late Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley was involved in an MI5 plot to have him jailed.  

Richard Whiteley
Getty Images

The actor and trade union activist says a documentary fronted by the broadcaster was government propaganda that swayed a jury that convicted him for offences linked to the 1972 builders' strike.

However a campaigner who has spent a decade investigating the prosecutions said they had found no evidence to suggest Whiteley was connected to the security services "in any way".

His partner, Kathryn Apanowicz, said the claim was laughable, saying he could not have been a spy as he "couldn't keep a secret to save his life".

The broadcaster Gyles Brandreth is also dismissing the claims.

I knew him pretty well and my guess is this is pretty good baloney."

Gyles BrandrethBroadcaster

Leeds 'jewel in the crown' snapped up by developer

Yorkshire Evening Post

A landmark Leeds building which dates back to the 19th century has been bought by a developer as part of plans to rejuvenate a key city centre area, with the Grade I listed Corn Exchange bought for an undisclosed sum .

Leeds Corn Exchange
Roger Templeman/Geograph