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Summary

  1. Murder investigation after Leeds body find
  2. Family's tribute to man found dead in York flat
  3. Calls for fresh talks ahead of Northern rail strike
  4. Murder charge over fatal stabbing in Doncaster
  5. 'He was the right person' - Sentamu on Bishop of Sheffield nominee
  6. Undercover officers on 'Trojan Bus' in West Yorkshire
  7. Big public meeting to be held over future of York's historic Clifford's Tower
  8. Updates on Friday 10 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Oli Constable and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from us for today, we'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

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

  1. Murder investigation after Leeds body find
  2. Sheffield man banned from football for six years
  3. Best place to live in the UK? Take your pick, Yorkshire has seven !
  4. Undercover officers on 'Trojan bus' in Huddersfield
  5. 'Don't forget to smile' reminder for passengers at bus stop window

See you next week.

Body found in Woodhouse Mill area

Officers searching the Woodhouse Mill area of Sheffield have found the body of an elderly man at around 13:00 GMT.

Formal identification has not yet taken place but South Yorkshire Police say it is believed to be missing man Barry Jones, 77, from Aston.

Mr Jones’ family have been informed.

Officers say there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

'Protest' over access to toilets in Bedale school

The BBC understands more than a dozen schoolchildren were sent home from a North Yorkshire school today after the police were called to a protest that began in a toilet.

Bedale School
Google

The pupils were protesting at Bedale High School saying they're being denied permission to use the toilet outside of designated break times. 

On behalf of the school, North Yorkshire County Council says that students who need the toilet during lessons, or need access for medical reasons, will always be given access on request. 

However, a number of parents have told BBC Look North that isn't the case, and some girls have been punished for going to the toilet during class time.

MP to raise issue of cost of sanitary towels for schoolgirls

A West Yorkshire MP is pledging to raise the issue of girls skipping school in because they can't afford sanitary towels in Parliament. 

School girl
BBC

Colne Valley Conservative, Jason McCartney, wants to enlist other MPs to help start a campaign for free sanitary products for needy young girls.

The issue is something we told you about yesterday, and is happening at a school in Leeds

The school has now called in a charity which normally helps women in Africa to make sure teenage girls don't feel the need to skip lessons.   

Watch: Barnsley poet in Civic renovation plea

Barnsley poet Ian McMillan has penned a poem asking people to help with a campaign to renovate the Civic in the town.

Biker dies after collision with car in Otley

A motorcyclist has died after he collided with a car in Otley yesterday evening.

Otley
Google

The accident happened on West Chevin Road at about 17:40 when the man's motorbike which was travelling towards Menston collided with a white BMW X5.

Police are speaking to the driver of the BMW.

Early kick-off announced for South Yorkshire derby

This is pretty important if you're planning on heading to Oakwell for the game against Sheffield Wednesday on 1 April.

It had been scheduled as a 15:00pm kick-off, but it's now been brought forward to 12:30pm.

View more on twitter

Rotherham police seize £270,000 worth of cannabis plants

Yesterday we told you about the four people in Rotherham that were arrested after a cannabis plants were found at houses on Fitzwilliam Road.

It turns out the police netted around £270,000 worth of plants, arresting four men in the process.

Cannabis plants
BBC

Police recovered 322 plants in the growth stage and a quantity of cropped drug, worth a further £20,000.

Four men, aged 27, 29, 34 and 37-years-old were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and immigration offences.

Two of the men have been bailed as inquiries continue the other two people are being dealt with by the UK Border Agency.

Doncaster action to highlight plight of rough sleepers

A group of people in Doncaster will be braving the cold this evening and sleeping in a makeshift cardboard home.

They're taking part in the YMCA's annual sleep easy event.

The charity hopes tonight will raise awareness of rough sleeping and raise funds for their work with vulnerable young people.

Opponents of Clifford's tower plan gather in York

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

About 50 people opposing changes to an historic York tower have attended a public meeting in the city centre. 

Clifford's Tower
BBC

English Heritage was granted permission to build a £2m visitor centre at the foot of the 13th Century Clifford's Tower last October. 

Some have criticised the design saying it resembles a toilet block, and a judicial review will now look at the council's approval of the plans. 

The rally was organised by independent councillor for Micklegate, Johnny Hayes.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J50 for A61 and J49 for A168.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J50, A61 (Baldersby) and J49, A168 (Dishforth).

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

Travel update: Problems on the A1M

BBC News Travel

Here's a picture of those building queues on the A1M around J50 southbound.

It's after a crash between a lorry and a car. Highways England say it won't be cleared until around 18:00 this evening. 

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Highways England/Crown Copyright

Police raid Wakefield cannabis farm

Dozens of cannabis plants have been seized by police today and a 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of production of the plants.

Cannabis
West Yorkshire Police

Police say that about 71 plants were seized from the house on Snydale Road in Normanton.

Officers said that they acted after a tip-off.

It’s great to see such a sizeable amount of cannabis being removed from the streets of our community."

Sgt Katy WoodmasonWest Yorkshire Police

Barnsley Civic renovation campaign under way

Sir Michael Parkinson has backed a major £5m fundraising campaign to renovate The Civic, Barnsley to become a world-class destination for the arts by 2023. 

Barnsley Civic
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The Grade II listed building has been part of the town since 1877.

A third of the historic building is unoccupied with its traditional front entrance and foyer on Eldon Street disconnected from the rest of the building.

Barnsley can be proud of the contribution it has made to the world of literature, theatre, radio, television, music and sport. That is why this campaign is important and why I am proud to be a patron of The Civic."

Sir Michael Parkinson

Listen: 'Still time to talk' MP says ahead of Northern rail strike

The Transport Minister and Harrogate MP, Andrew Jones, says RMT union members are wrong to go ahead with a walk out on Monday , when only 40% of services are expected to run.   

The union's called the strike over plans to introduce more trains where drivers, not guards, are responsible for opening and closing the doors. 

Mr Jones says Northern Rail's plans aren't finalised yet, and the two sides should "sit down and talk":

Indian 'treasures' on display in Bradford

Take a look at these royal treasures from India that are going on display in Bradford:

Treasures
BBC

Called 'Splendours of the Subcontinent,' the objects on show at Cartwright Hall were given to the British royal family by Maharajas and other rulers at the end of the 19th Century. 

Bradford is the only city in the north chosen to host the exhibition, which features dozens of priceless gifts  

You will be able to go along and see them until 18 June.

Yorkshire dominates 'Best Places to Live' chart

The majority of the towns named "Best Place to Live" in Britain are in Yorkshire.

Saltburn in May
BBC

Eight towns were given the accolade that considers factors such as jobs, exam results, broadband speed and community spirit.

In North Yorkshire, Helmsley, Malton, Pateley Bridge, Richmond, Saltburn all made the list, with Hull, Horsforth in Leeds and Fulwood in Sheffield also topping the charts.

The Sunday Times list also celebrates Harrogate, Skipton and York for appearing in almost every list over the past five years.

Northern train strike: What you need to know

Don't forget that on Monday we're expecting industrial action on Northern trains, as the RMT union is disputing plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains. 

If you usually travel on a one of the services the advice is to avoid unnecessary journeys and to plan ahead.

According to the WYMetro website , although not part of the strike, other operators like TransPennine Express, CrossCountry and Grand Central Virgin Trains may also be busier than normal.

These are the  revised timetables on the Northern website.  And there will be around 300 extra rail replacement buses as well. 

We will keep you up-to-date with any more developments about the strike, so watch this space. 

Listen: 'I would not underestimate this crisis' - Bishop of Sheffield row

Reverend Peter Ould, a priest based in Canterbury, says he wouldn't underestimate what kind of a crisis this is for the Church of England.

The Diocese of Sheffield needs a new Bishop after the Right Reverend Philip North, who was due to take up the role in June, withdrew his nomination.

This all follows protests over his views on the ordination of women clergy.

Family's tribute to York flat death man

The family of a 53-year-old man who was found dead in York last week have paid tribute to him.

Murder police
BBC

The body of Shaun Skelton, 53, of Chancery House in Holgate Road, was found at a flat in Holgate on Sunday.    

In a statement, his family says: "Shaun was a father, son, brother, uncle and grandad who has been taken from us too soon.  

"He was a quiet man who kept himself to himself with a love of pet birds and was an avid Leeds United supporter. He will be sadly missed by us all."

Daniel Thomas Reed, 19, of no fixed abode, has been charged with Mr Skelton's murder.

Farmer, 83, cleared over shooting

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An 83-year-old farmer from near York, who shot a man on his farm , has been cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm. 

Kenneth Hugill
Richard Dean

Kenneth Hugill, of Mill House Farm, Wilberfoss, shot Richard Stables in the foot on 13 November 2015 believing he was planning to steal diesel. 

Mr Stables, 44, said he had stumbled on to the farm accidentally and denied plans to steal diesel.

Best place to live in the UK? Take your pick, Yorkshire has seven!

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Yorkshire has seven of the best places to live in the UK, according to the Sunday Times' annual list.

Horsforth
BBC

The locations for the Sunday Times Best Places to Live were selected for offering the best quality of life, and combining features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.

Horsforth, in Leeds (pictured), North Yorkshire's Helmsley, Malton, Pateley Bridge, Richmond, Saltburn and Fulwood in Sheffield all  make the list.

So if you live in one of those places, you can feel pretty smug!

South Yorkshire youngster on letter-writing mission

Eight-year-old Toby Little, from Bolsterstone, South Yorkshire, has made it his mission to write a letter to all 193 countries in the world to find out how different people live. 

Toby Little
Toby Little

Incredibly he's now only waiting for replies from 29 countries after getting replies from people from as far afield as Antarctica and Hawaii.

But he still needs names and addresses so he can get in touch with people from the following countries. Can you help?:

Angola, Armenia, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, ‪Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tonga, Tunisia and Tuvalu. 

'Don't forget to smile' reminder for passengers at bus stop window

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Bus passengers on routes that travel down a road in Leeds are being reminded to smile after a resident put a sign up in their window.

Sign in window
BBC

The sign reads:

Hi people in the bus, yes you, don't forget to smile and have a good day!"

It's been put up in the window of a house beside a bus stop on Kirkstall Road, and is exactly the same height as the passengers on the top deck of double deckers.

It also has advice for each day of the week, for example:

  • Monday "Well, nothing to say, don't fall asleep on your desk. We hope you had a good weekend."

And:

  • Friday "Yeeaaah, weekend! If you do some shopping, bring me some beers, ta."

Hats off to them, I say. It's better than scowling at bus passengers as you're having your breakfast I suppose...

Charity calls for paid leave for all employees to volunteer

BBC Radio York

The country's largest network of local charities and community groups is calling for more government support for people who volunteer across North Yorkshire.

The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action says some services run by volunteers across North Yorkshire may not be sustainable in future. 

Currently more than 6,000 people in the county give up their time to help out with council-run projects like libraries and museums. 

But the organisation says it would like to see all employees given paid leave to volunteer for a couple of days a year. 

Amy Mook, a student in York, who spends most of her spare time volunteering says she decided to do it after growing up in care:

Calls for fresh talks ahead of Northern rail strike

Richard Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Transport minister and Yorkshire MP Andrew Jones has called for fresh talks  before Monday's Northern Rail strike

North rail
BBC

The RMT union has called the strike over plans to introduce more trains where drivers, not guards, are responsible for opening and closing the doors. 

Mr Jones, the MP for Harrogate, says Northern's plans aren't finalised yet, and the two sides should get back round the table:

City worker jailed for killing Leeds man with punch over shoe prank

A worker in the City of London who fatally punched a friend from Leeds after he threw his shoe out of a car window following a drunken row has been jailed for three years .

Tom Hulme
City of London Police

Alexander Thomson, 33, from Clapham in south London, leaned forward and hit Tom Hulme, 23, after he threw the shoe.

Initially, he got out the car and appeared fine, but then he collapsed on the pavement. He died in hospital the next day from a brain haemorrhage.

The judge said the incident arose "out of trivial, friendly horseplay".

Mr Hulme (pictured) had worked as a recruitment consultant.  

Better support needed for 10,000 'problem gamblers' in Leeds

Leeds is at risk of developing a serious issue with gambling - that's according to researchers at Leeds Beckett University.

Gambling
BBC

The research concluded there could be over 10,000 people in Leeds who could be identified as "problem gamblers" and a further 30,000 people who may be "at risk of harm" from it.

As part of the research, the team interviewed a range of gamblers in Leeds, and gambling operators in the city including casinos, bingo halls and betting shops.

Dr Alexandra Kenyon, from Leeds Beckett said: "Our findings showed many people enjoy gambling as a fun and sociable activity, but for some that is not the case. 

"Some gamblers told me they hid their gambling habits, lied about their whereabouts, borrowed money and sometimes gamble away their wages to 'chase the big win'.”

The city's hosting a conference on the dangers of betting, with ideas of how to tackle it, and Leeds City Council says it will now do more to improve support.

BreakingTeenager accused of murder remanded in custody

An 18-year-old woman has been remanded in custody after appearing at Doncaster Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

Megan Sambrook, of Wadworth Street in Denaby Main, was charged over the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Denaby Main on Wednesday.

Watch: Sheffield's Bobby Knutt on return of back-to-back housing

Sheffield once had thousands of back-to-back houses. 

Local "Benidorm" actor Bobby Knutt grew up in one.

All were demolished post World War Two - but now they're making a return:

Treasure find will be on show at Jorvik Viking Centre

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

One of York's historic treasures is returning to the place it was originally found.

Helmet
Jorvik Viking Centre

In April the York Helmet – an Anglian helmet buried during the Viking occupation of York – returns to Coppergate's Jorvik Viking Centre.   

The helmet is usually on display in the Yorkshire Museum, but York Museums Trust has loaned it to the Jorvik Centre to feature in its newly redesigned gallery.  

Sarah Maltby, from York Archaeological Trust, says the helmet is not strictly Viking, but was probably "appropriated and used by one of the Viking settlers around the late ninth century."

Listen: Spice drug 'easier to buy than a pint of milk' in Sheffield

Ex-users of the former legal high known as "Spice" say it's easier to buy in Sheffield than a pint of milk.

While simulating the effects of cannabis, the chemical make-up of Spice is different and the side-effects are, as yet, little studied.

Some experts say it can be up to  100 times as potent  as the drug it mimics.  

Spencer and Ciaran, who attend the Archer Project in Sheffield, say they've both witnessed the effects of Spice at first hand:

Undercover officers on 'Trojan bus' in Huddersfield

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Undercover police officers are being deployed on special buses to tackle anti social behaviour in parts of West Yorkshire.

Bus
BBC

It's after some buses in Huddersfield, Bradford and Todmorden had stones thrown at them and drivers spat at. 

A team of Special Constables and Community Support Officers have been disguised as passengers on a so-called Trojan Bus ready to intervene when trouble occurs.

Yorkshire in pictures: A feast of beauty from the moors to the shores

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The BBC Weather Watchers inbox is positively bulging with beauty today.

Here are just a few of the many cracking pics we've received exemplifying the glory of Yorkshire:

Weather pictures
BBC

Top row left to right: Geno captured Thistle Hill in Knaresborough, illuminated in red. Meanwhile, Aberford's tall trees were captured by Gerrywatch and the lads on Green Watch at Robin Hood airport sent the orange clouds above Finningley.

Bottom row left to right: Sandra Barber experienced the first rays of sun on the sands at Filey this morning, a fence post in Kirby Malzeard provided the perfect perch for a resting barn owl and Yorkshire Images found sunlight reflected in Swillington.

Sheffield man banned from football for six years

A Sheffield man has been given a six-year football banning order and imprisoned for his role in trouble after Sheffield United played Grimsby Town in July.

Derem Smith
Humberside Police

Derem Smith, 28, of Bridby Street, Sheffield, was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer following the match on Saturday 23 July and handed a 56-day prison sentence..

Smith appeared at Grimsby Magistrates' Court for sentencing on Monday after previously being found guilty at court last month. He was also made to pay £100 compensation.

It is completely unacceptable that our officer was assaulted in this incident while on duty protecting and serving the community."

Supt Dave Hall