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  1. Police inquiry over 'gun incident' at Barnsley school
  2. Misogyny to be treated as hate crime in North Yorkshire
  3. Leeds schoolgirls miss lessons as sanitary towels too expensive
  4. Rail strike: Northern publishes revised timetable
  5. Protest in Sheffield against new Bishop's views on women's ordination
  6. Air Ambulance lands in York street to treat injured woman
  7. North Yorkshire fracking protesters set out on 120-mile trans-Pennine walk
  8. Updates on Wednesday 8 March 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kevin Larkin and Nick Wilmshurst

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That's all from Wednesday...

Those are all our updates from Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Want all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 9 March? Just click here .

Model receiving unwanted attention on the street

North Yorkshire Police say calling verbal abuse against women 'locker room banter' trivialises it.

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Walsall stun League One leaders Sheffield United as they end the Blades' six-game winning run.

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Derbyshire CCC

Derbyshire make a profit of £2,653 in 2016, the sixth straight year the club has recorded a surplus.

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Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A614 and J7 for M62.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M18 northbound between J6, A614 (Thorne) and J7, M62 (Langham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

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

See you tomorrow.

Peppermill Court, York

Former patients at Bootham Park Hospital in York had been granted permission at the High Court for a judicial review to challenge its closure.

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Hebden Bridge

Clare Balding joins a family from Hebden Bridge for whom walking is a vital experience.
Clare Balding continues her series of talking to, or about, those who have a real passion for walking. As a teacher, heavily involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, Lynn had always known how beneficial it was for young people to get out into the countryside but when she and her partner Jacqueline, adopted three siblings, who had all experienced emotional difficulties, walking took on a new significance. While the three children, all under ten, find it difficult to be in a confined space together, when out walking they become more co-operative, calmer and can begin to enjoy all it means to be a family. They take Clare on one of their favourite walks from their home in Hebden Bridge.
Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Bradford man jailed for rape of schoolgirl

A man from Bradford has started a 13-year jail sentence for the rape of a schoolgirl.

Tariq Syed
West Yorkshire Police

Tariq Syed, 64, of Pemberton Drive was jailed at Bradford Crown Court  on Tuesday after raping the girl in September 2014.  

The victim's family returned to Romania unexpectedly before the trail started, officers from West Yorkshire Police flew out there to persuade them to return.   

The trial began in February and yesterday Syed was convicted and sentenced for the rape and perverting the course of justice.  

This case shows the determination and the desire of our detectives to get justice for the victim and her family."

Det Ch Insp Andy Howard West Yorkshire Police

Cyclist, 25, badly hurt in collision with lorry

A 25-year-old cyclist from York has suffered serious injuries after she collided with a lorry.

York accident site

The accident happened this morning at about 08:00 at the junction of James Street and Hazel Court in York.

The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where she remains in a serious condition.

Severe accident: A1079 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1079 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Field Lane and Tang Hall Lane.

A1079 North Yorkshire - A1079 Hull Road in York closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Field Lane junction and the Tang Hall Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

University and charity work to combat Parkinson's disease

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The University of Sheffield is working with the charity Parkinson's UK to create a new "biotech company" that will develop drugs to treat the disease. 

It's hoped the new company will pick up on early stage scientific breakthroughs that may not be promoted by commercial companies

University of Sheffield

Can Hull help Leeds become Capital of Culture?

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Leading business people are meeting in Leeds today to see how they can help in getting the city the title of Capital of Culture - the European version of our City of Culture in Hull.

The title will be awarded to a UK city in 2023.

We Are Hull

Burton Albion 'having to work so hard'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Burton Albion held Sheffield Wednesday to a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough to extend their unbeaten run to five matches. 

Here's what Nigel Clough had to say...

Jackson Irvine's first-half volley was enough to keep Burton three points clear of the relegation zone.  

Do you know this man?

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police have released an e-fit of a man police want to speak to after money was stolen from an elderly woman in Doncaster.

A man knocked on the woman's door in Church Balk Gardens on 21 February claiming he had chased away some young people who had damaged the property.

South Yorkshire Police

After being let in he is said to have stolen money from her before running away when she became suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

7,000 illegal cigarettes and alcohol seized in raid on Doncaster shop

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police have seized 7,000 illegal cigarettes and a quantity of alcohol in a raid on a shop in Doncaster.

South Yorkshire Police carried out the raid in the Balby area earlier today.

The store is not being identified becuase of the ongoing investigation.

Missing teenager has been found

Some good news this afternoon, 15-year-old Saba Hussain who was missing from Cleveland and was suspected of being in Bradford has been found safe and well.

York stadium building work delayed until the autumn

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Work won't now start on York's new Community Stadium until the autumn at the earliest

A new report is being discussed by the city council that follows a number of setbacks for the stadium, including a failed judicial review over the planning process.

A building contractor for the stadium still has to be found though.

York Stadium
City of York Council

Got any questions about the budget? Ask the expert

BBC Look North

The Chancellor's budgets can often leave you with the feeling that you don't really know what any of it actually means for you and your bank account.

Paul Lewis

As always, we're here to help.

If you have a question you'd like answering about the budget, we've roped in Paul Lewis from BBC Radio 4's Money Box programme (pictured).

To ask a question on tonight's Look North just use #LookNorthAskThis and we'll be live on Facebook from 19:00 .  

Barnsley councillors welcome major investment

Councillors in Barnsley have welcomed the major levels of investment in the town.

Barnsley Town Hall

At a meeting of the authority's Cabinet, it was revealed Barnsley has recently benefited from £4m of private sector investment.

The authority says 353 new jobs have been created and 216 new homes built since September.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

How I overcame fat-shaming

Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

The idea of stepping into a gym used to make Jenniefer Gadsby, from Leeds, petrified.  

New research out this week  shows people who feel discriminated against because of their weight are far less likely to exercise.  

Jenniefer Gadsby

Jenniefer, aged 32, says she faced criticism about her weight.

It knocked her confidence so much that it put her off going to the gym.

But now she has become a qualified personal trainer and now helps other people get over their gym fears.   Read her full story.

Sport: Barnsley now focusing on next season

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom says his players are now playing to impress for next season. 

Last night the Reds lost 2-1 to QPR at Loftus Road.

Heckingbottom concedes the play offs are now beyond them but insists his team still need to perform for the remainder of the season.

Prime Minister urged to help West Yorkshire family affected by Swine Flu vaccine

Prime Minister Theresa May is being urged to intervene to help a West Yorkshire boy who suffers from the sleep disorder narcolepsy after he was vaccinated against swine flu. 


The government used to recommend that children in high-risk groups receive the drug Pandemrix, but four years ago a link between the vaccine and sleeping disorders was discovered .

It's claimed many children have suffered as a result, with some families who are seeking compensation even being "hounded" out of court. 

In these rare and devastating cases the link between narcolepsy and Pandemrix is proven and yet families face long legal battles with the government."

Tracy BrabinLabour MP for Batley and Spen

The Prime Minister responded by saying that a "one-off tax free lump sum was available to families" who are affected and that that she should write to the minister for Disabled People, Health and Work.

CCTV appeal after woman threatened on bus

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was threatened on a bus in Sheffield.

The 19-year-old woman was traveling on the 1A between Sheffield Crown Court and Spital Hill when the incident happened on 28 February.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

Classic car sets off on 3,000-mile-adventure

A man from West Yorkshire has set off today on a 3,000-mile drive in this classic car:  

Austin 16

Guy Loverage, from Emley, aims to drive this Austin 16 across Europe, recreating a journey made 70 years ago.

Originally, three of these cars were driven from the Midlands, where they were made, through seven European capitals in seven days on their way to the Geneva Motor Show. 


Good luck Guy. 

Watch: 'I don't know where this is going to take me' - Sophie Raworth

South Yorkshire takes a starring role on the BBC TV show Who do You Think You Are tonight.

BBC News Presenter Sophie Raworth, whose dad is from Dore, near Sheffield, is tracing her family history on the programme.

There are still some surprises in store, despite Sophie first starting to look at her ancestry years ago: 

York city centre returning to normal after incident

Following the earlier incident in York which saw a woman needing to be taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance after suffering serious injuries when she was hit by a lorry, it seems things are getting back to normal:

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In pictures: Bird's eye view of North Yorkshire's blue skies

BBC Weather

Yorkshire's BBC Weather Watchers have been out snapping today's blue skies in York and Whitby.

Wx watchers

Cruikie sent in an unusual shot of York Minster, taken from the telephone communications tower on top of Stonebow exchange.

Meanwhile, the white sails of York's Holgate Windmill and Whitby's whale bones are courtesy of June Gothika and Garry Hornet.

'Misogyny must not be trivialised' - North Yorkshire deputy chief constable

Misogyny must not be "dismissed or trivialised", according to North Yorkshire Police's deputy chief constable, who has announced that it's to be treated as a hate crime in the county .

In her blog, Lisa Winward says: "Yes, the police already have the relevant laws in place to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of harassment or assault.

"But by including misogyny as a characteristic of hate crime – it gives a message out to women that this type of behaviour is not to be dismissed or trivialised."

On the hunt for hen harriers in Yorkshire

The RSPB is calling on wildlife fans to keep a look out on Yorkshire's moorlands for hen harriers.

Hen Harriers

They're one of England's rarest birds of prey and the charity has relaunched its Harrier Hotline in the hope of finding out where they might be breeding.     

It's thought there's enough habitat in England to provide a home to about 300 pairs of hen harriers, but last year there were only three successful nests in the whole country.  

At this time of year, the male hen harrier (pictured left) performs his courtship display involving a series of swoops and somersaults. 

Male hen harriers are an ash-grey colour with black wing tips and a wingspan of just less than 1m. 

Female hen harriers (pictured right) are slightly larger and have a mottled brown plumage. They have horizontal stripes on their tails and a patch of white just above.

If we can find out where these birds are breeding, we can protect the nests, giving them the best chance of success."

Amanda MillerConservation Manager, RSPB

Unemployment 'falling fastest in Yorkshire'

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The chancellor, Phillip Hammond, is currently on his feet in Parliament delivering his Spring Budget.

Phillip Hammond

He has just said that unemployment has fallen fastest in Yorkshire and the Humber  

You can watch reaction to the Budget as it happens right here .

Rotherham Council debates budget this afternoon

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Councillors in Rotherham are due to debate their budget this afternoon, with the authority looking set to increase council tax bills by nearly 5%.

Rotherham Council

The council says the rise will mean an extra £2.5m for older people's care.

It also needs to find £24m of budget savings for next year, mainly in public health services and libraries.

Huddersfield 'wrong way' driver dies at wheel of car

An elderly man has died at the wheel of his car in Huddersfield after driving the wrong way down one of the town's main roads.

Southgate in Huddersfield

It happened on Southgate at about 21:40 last night when the blue Toyota Yaris the man was driving travelled the wrong direction along the carriageway and came to rest against the central reservation. 

The man, who was in his 80s, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Misogyny to be hate crime in North Yorkshire

Prejudice against women is to be treated as a hate crime by North Yorkshire Police.

Lisa Winward
North Yorkshire Police

Deputy chief constable Lisa Winward (pictured) has said  in a blog  that the force will bring in new measures to tackle fear and intimidation in the next few months.

Last year, Nottinghamshire Police was the first force to treat prejudice against women as a hate crime.

This move ensures that a clear message is given to those women who feel fear or intimidation, whatever the reason, that they can come forward and report with confidence – they will be listened to and taken seriously."

Lisa Winward Deputy chief constable, North Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Slow progress in central Leeds

BBC News Travel

As well as the problems on the M1 in Leeds, it seems there are other issues for drivers in the city too:

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J44 for A639.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J44, A639 (Leeds South), because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

One day left to give views on HS2 route through South Yorkshire

It's the last full day to give your views on changes to the route of the HS2 rail line in South Yorkshire.


Last year, plans were revealed to move the route from a station at Meadowhall to one going through parts of Rotherham and Doncaster, with a spur into Sheffield Midland.  

You can give your views on the changes to the rail line on the consultation website .

A  final decision will be made by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling at the end of the year.