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Summary

  1. South Yorkshire teens arrested after level crossing crash
  2. Three-year sentence for 17-year-old York rapist
  3. Investigation into historic building blaze in Leeds
  4. Appeal launched to keep brain surgery robot at Sheffield hospital
  5. 'Urgent' appeal over missing Leeds teenager
  6. Care home closure protesters outside Sheffield Town Hall
  7. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

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By Andrew Barton and Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Fryston Warriors player Steve Scott is banned until 30 June by the Rugby Football League after the brawl in the Challenge Cup tie against Keighley.

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Today's top stories in Yorkshire

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

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

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

Yorkshire's weather forecast

Cloud and rain persisting through the evening with heavy bursts in places, and some brisk winds.

Rain becoming more intermittent and showery overnight, with winds easing and a minimum temperature of about 5C (41F). 

Tomorrow will see further outbreaks of mainly light rain at first, but these should gradually clear northwards, with a chance of some drier and brighter intervals developing.

Weather graphic
BBC

Guns and machete among weapons surrended during amnesty

Two handguns, an air rifle, and an assortment of knives and axes have been handed in to West Yorkshire Police as part of a weapons amnesty.

Weapons
West Yorkshire Police

People have until tomorrow to surrender their weapons at  West Yorkshire police stations without facing prosecution for possessing them .

By yesterday afternoon about 180 weapons had been handed in.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

Cost of Sheffield tree protests revealed

Protests over the removal of trees in Sheffield have resulted in delays and cost thousands of pounds, according to the city council.

Tree with sign attached
BBC

Answering a question at a full council meeting today, Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment, said the felling programme had been put back on about 300 streets in the city.

He also claimed it would cost millions of pounds to bring the programme up to speed and to cover the cost of legal fees.  

Protesters say Sheffield City Council contractor Amey is felling healthy trees which don't need to be felled.

Listen: 'Social care needs to be a priority'

Ahead of next week's budget, the Prime Minister is being invited to Scarborough to see for herself what's being described as a social care crisis in the town.

North Yorkshire-based chair of the Independent Care Group, Mike Padgham, says the government must increase spending so the most vulnerable can be properly cared for.

He says he hopes Theresa May will read his letter and make social care a priority:

Charity walkers leave Yorkshire

About 40 Barnsley fans have left Yorkshire as they walk their way to Derby today.

Wet walkers
WestStandBogs

Their aim is to get to Derby by 14:00 tomorrow afternoon and watch their team play Derby County in the Championship.  

I hope they packed their raincoats, because it's been pouring down...

The group's raising money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably in memory of Ashley Salkeld, a Barnsley fan who committed suicide aged 25.

Manics to headline at Bingley Music Live

If you're a fan of the Manic Street Preachers, you might want to get to Bingley on 1 September:

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Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J37 for A635 Barnsley Road and J38 for A638.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J37, A635 (Marr) and J38, A638 (Red House), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Watch: Sheffield's robot scanner ROSA in action

An appeal is being launched to try to keep a robot that does pioneering brain surgery in Sheffield.    

The robot, known as ROSA, allows surgeons to plan operations accurately, without having to be too intrusive for the patient:

Listen: Huddersfield A&E campaigners welcome NHS beds plans

Campaigners trying to save Huddersfield's A&E department have welcomed calls not to make big cuts in the number of hospital beds across the country. 

The head of NHS England says beds should not be done away with as part of cost-cutting measures, unless it's proved they're not needed. 

Christina George, from the group trying to stop A&E services moving from Huddersfield to Halifax, says she hopes today's announcement will help:

British Basketball League live: Cheshire Phoenix v Leeds Force

British Basketball returns to BBC Sport this evening for the BBL league fixture between Cheshire Phoenix and Leeds Force.

Cheshire Phoenix v Leeds Rhinos
BBC Sport

Both sides languish in the bottom four with only two points separating them. 

Coverage is live from 19:30 across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. 

To watch online  click here , and to learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL  click here .

York City complete Martina signing

BBC Sport

York City have finally completed the signing of right-back Derwin Martina .

Derwin Martina
Rex Features

They've been waiting for international clearance to be given for the 22-year-old. 

He could make his debut tomorrow against Eastleigh.

Fearless firefighters save stuck South Yorkshire sofa-surfing puppy

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

I'm sure they've been called to some strange rescues in the past but...

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Leeds school placed in special measures

A Leeds primary school has been rated inadequate by inspectors and placed in special measures.

Richmond Hill Primary School
Google

Education watchdog Ofsted says the quality of teaching and standard of behaviour at Richond Hill Primary, in Cross Green, aren't good enough.

Footage shows level crossing crash chase

A motorist has captured the moments shortly before a suspected stolen car crashed into a railway level crossing, badly injuring the driver.

The footage, recorded on a dashcam by Glenn Jones, shows a Vauxhall Corsa being followed by a police car.

Just after the recording was made, the Vauxhall smashed into barriers in Langworth, Lincolnshire, on Thursday after failing to stop for police. 

Three people from South Yorkshire have been arrested in connection with the incident , while two boys, aged 15 and 16, remain in hospital. 

Video by: Glenn Jones

Scooter rider seriously hurt in hit-and-run

A scooter rider has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley this week.

Police say they think the car could be a red or burgundy Rover 25 with significant damage to the front bumper. 

The hit-and-run happened at about 18:25 on Wednesday on Highstone Lane.

The scooter rider was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Police are asking for help in tracing the driver who drove off the scene of the crash.

Watch: These boots were made for walking - Huddersfield fans' 40-mile football trek

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Huddersfield Town fans have set off on a two-day charity walk taking in West Yorkshire's major football grounds.

They're going from The Shay to Valley Parade, Elland Road and back to The John Smith Stadium. 

The West Yorkshire Terrier Trail is raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance: 

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Thousands of homes reconnected after Harrogate water main burst

About 6,000 homes were affected after a water main burst in Harrogate this morning, Yorkshire Water has confirmed.

Water
PA

It happened at the Stray end of Wetherby Road near the hospital.

Most customers have now had their supplies reconnected, but water pressure remains low in the area and may be discoloured.

The company has apologised to customers and says an investigation's under way into what happened.

Three-year sentence for 17-year-old York rapist

A 17-year-old boy who raped a girl when they were both 15-years-old has been sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked the girl in York in the summer of 2015.

He pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty of one count of rape following a trial at York Crown Court in January.

He was given a restraining order to stay away from the victim and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life

This case is particularly harrowing not only due to the young age of the victim, but also the age of the offender."

Det Sgt Matthew Wilkinson North Yorkshire Police

Pulp ticket for £6.50? Sheffield Leadmill's blast from the past

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Legendary Sheffield venue The Leadmill has just posted this - a flyer and listings from 1994 (it's older than me...): 

Leadmill listings
The Leadmill

You could have seen Pulp for the same price as a Wetherspoons burger*, and Jeff Buckley would cost you less than your car parking.

And then, of course, there's the chance to see a little band from Manchester called Oasis for £3.50. Whatever happened to them, I wonder?

(*Other units of measurement are available)

'Urgent' appeal over missing Leeds teenager

Police are urgently appealing for information after the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl in Leeds.

Katie Hutchinson
West Yorkshire Police

Katie Hutchinson was last seen at about 09:00 on Wednesday in Tingley.

She's described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, with long dark hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black long-sleeved sweatshirt. 

Care home closure protesters outside town hall

Charlotte Rose

Political reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

People opposed to the closure of a home for people with dementia in Sheffield have been protesting outside the Town Hall. 

Hurlfield View protesters
BBC

Last month, they presented a 10,000-signature petition to the city council.

Sheffield City Council says it's "100% confident" it will have sufficient pre-bookable respite and day care activities in place for April 2017.  

Severe accident: A639 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A639 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at B6134 Park Lane.

A639 West Yorkshire - A639 Park Road in Pontefract blocked and queuing traffic northbound at the B6134 Park Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Archbishop to rededicate monument to 19th century York boating tragedy

A once-neglected monument  commemorating a boating accident in 1830 on the River Ouse in York in which six children from the same family died  is to be rededicated by the Archbishop of York after a two-year restoration.     

Rigg monument
York Civic Trust

The deaths of four sons and two daughters of John and Ann Rigg, aged between six and 19-years-old, became a national tragedy and a monument to the six children who died was built at St Lawrence’s Church, with the cost being raised totally by public subscription.  

While the monument was once seen as a visitor attraction on a par with York Minster, it later became overgrown and dilapidated until York Civic Trust began a £25,000 crowd-funded restoration in April 2015.

The rededication service led by Dr John Sentamu will be held at St Lawrence Parish Church on Saturday 11 March at 15:00.

BT announces Yorkshire recruitment

BT says it's to create about 70 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs in Yorkshire, working in customer service, vehicle maintenance and cyber security.

BT call operator
BT

The roles will be based in Leeds, Northallerton, Doncaster, Sheffield, York, and Scarborough. 

Arrests after level crossing crash

Three South Yorkshire teenagers have been arrested after a suspected stolen car crashed into a railway level crossing.

Langworth level crossing crash
BBC

The vehicle smashed into barriers in Langworth in Lincolnshire yesterday, after failing to stop for police.

The driver was airlifted to hospital, with serious injuries.

An 18-year-old man, and two female passengers, aged 18 and 19, have been arrested.

Texting driver given £200 on-the-spot fine

A driver fined for texting at 40mph while right next to an unmarked police car says he wasn't breaking the law.

It seems South Yorkshire Police begs to differ: 

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Laugher takes silver in Diving World Series

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Ripon's Olympic champion Jack Laugher, and his partner Chris Mears - who train together in Leeds - have taken silver in the 3-metre synchro at the opening leg of the Diving World Series in Beijing. 

Diving
BBC

Severe accident: A1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at A639 affecting J36 A630 Warmsworth Road.

A1 West Yorkshire - A1 in Skelbrooke partially blocked, delays and queuing traffic northbound at Barnsdale Bar, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion on A1(M) to J36 A630 Warmsworth Road.

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

Tour de Yorkshire timings announced

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The race takes place between Friday 28 April and Sunday 30 April. 

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Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at A660.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - A58(M) in Leeds exit slip road blocked and heavy traffic westbound at A660, because of a broken down lorry and a rolling road-block.

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

Yorkshire bowler signs new Headingley deal

Dave Callaghan

Yorkshire cricket reporter

One of Yorkshire's most consistent County Championship bowlers has today extended his contract.

Congratulations to Steve Patterson on his new deal!

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Appeal over 'suspicious' fire in Batley

A fire in Batley last weekend is now being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

Details of the blaze, on Hanover Street on Sunday evening, have just been released.

It destroyed an outbuilding and caused damage to a small block of flats nearby.

Nine people had to be evacuated as a result of the fire, and some of them were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and anyone with information about what happened is being asked to contact police. 

Sheffield Council to discuss budget

Charlotte Rose

Political reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A new day, a new debate about council budgets. 

Sheffield Town Hall
Getty Images

Sheffield City Council is due to debate its annual budget this afternoon.

Councillors are likely to agree a council tax rise of 4.99%.

The authority's got to make £40m worth of savings and could see 225 jobs cut.

Listen: Record-breaking Yorkshire rowers' Atlantic odyssey

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Four North Yorkshire mums who made international headlines by rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic have been telling me about the book which tells their story. 

Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Frances Davies and Nikki Doeg became Guinness World Record holders as the oldest all-female crew to row across any ocean last year.

I was at the launch of Four Mums in a Boat in York last night and spoke to Frances Davies who came up with the idea of putting their adventure down on paper:

Halifax man spends three days buried alive - and not for first time

A Halifax man is  currently spending three days buried in a coffin in the grounds of a church in Northern Ireland  - and broadcasting live on social media to encourage people in despair. 

John Edwards
Pacemaker

John Edwards, who's originally from Dublin and is a recovered drug and alcohol addict, is taking texts, calls and emails from people who are seeking help.

He says wants to "speak to people from the grave before they get there, and show them hope".

Mr Edwards is currently several feet below ground at Willowfield Parish Church in East Belfast. 

It's not the first time he has volunteered to be buried alive -  he did something similar last year in Halifax .

'Hate mail' could be linked to other incidents

A letter sent to a mosque in Rotherham may be linked to incidents in Barnsley and Sheffield, according to South Yorkshire Police.

Jamia Mosque on  College Road received the "hate letter" last month, which was signed by someone calling themselves "The Muslim Slayer".

It caused upset among the community at the time, but the force says there's no specific threat toward any mosques resulting from the letter.