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Summary

  1. Witness appeal over fatal hit-and-run in Doncaster
  2. Police chief vetoes Sheffield tree protest arrests under 'trade union laws'
  3. Fundraising page in memory of Yorkshire kickboxer tops £4,000
  4. Yorkshire unemployment figures hold steady
  5. Burnt-out Leeds landmark to become offices
  6. Over £900,000 paid out in York to help cope with future flooding
  7. Yorkshire Dales named National Park of the Year
  8. Updates on Wednesday 15 March 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Nick Wilmshurst and Claire Renwick

All times stated are UK

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That's all for Wednesday

That's all for our coverage on Wednesday 15 March.

If you want to keep up with all the news, sport, weather and travel on Thursday, 16 March, click here

Kenneth Ward

Kenneth Ward, from Chop Gate, North Yorkshire, was jailed for five years in 2011 and was banned from returning home.

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Our five top stories from today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

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

Live updates on breaking news and travel will continue overnight, but before we go let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Teenage boy is arrested over fatal hit-and-run in Doncaster
  2. Fundraising page in memory of Yorkshire kickboxer reaches £4,000
  3. Rise in identity theft in Yorkshire
  4. Doctor who cracked cholera honoured in York
  5. Leeds is named top cultural place to live in UK

See you tomorrow.

Yorkshire Dales named National Park of the Year

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales have been named the National Park of the Year. 

Yorkshire Dales
Getty Images

Of course, we've always known they were something special, but now it's official after they were voted for by readers of the BBC's Countryfile magazine.

Editors say voters showed great affection for the Yorkshire Dales' wild and craggy landscape with waterfalls, hay meadows and villages made of stone.

Crackdown on anti-social bikers in Doncaster

Police have joined up with Doncaster Council to try to stop anti-social behaviour in the town after a spate of problems with quad bikes and off-road motorbikes.

Nine police orders and nine noise abatement notices have been served at Cadeby Quarry, and six at Mill Hill Road in Hatfield.

Insp Lynne Lancaster says: "Anti-social behaviour caused by the use of off-road and quad bikes is extremely dangerous not only to the community but the riders themselves.   

"The successful results achieved from the notices served aims to prevent these motorcycles or riders being active again."

Burnt-out Leeds landmark to become offices

The landmark Majestic building near Leeds Railway Station, which was badly damaged by fire in 2014, is set to be turned into offices.

Majestic
Rushbond PLC

Leeds-based property company Rushbond has unveiled its plans which will see an additional three storeys added to the top of the building.

The venue opened as a cinema in the 1920s and eventually became the Majestyk nightclub, which closed its doors for the last time in 2006.

The Majestic will offer all the amenities and qualities demanded by modern-day business, right in the heart of the City, within a truly unique iconic building."

Mark FinchRushbond

TV documentary investigates mystery of body on Saddleworth Moor

A documentary on the fate of a man whose body was found on Saddleworth Moor  is due to be shown on Channel 4 tonight.

David Lytton
PA

The Mystery of the Man on the Moor follows the police investigation after the discovery in December 2015. 

David Lytton was found poisoned and had seemingly travelled from Pakistan before his death.

The documentary follows Greater Manchester police as they painstakingly spend a year hunting for leads.

Yorkshire in pictures: A beautiful day across the region

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

I don't know about you, but I'm loving this mini-heatwave thing we've got going on at the minute.

It's got the added advantage of making everywhere look great which, of course, isn't hard when you live in Yorkshire.

Here's a little selection of pictures sent in by our  BBC Weather Watchers :

Appletreewick
Coloured Images

This is Trollers Gill near Appletreewick. By the way, it's pronounced Apptrick, if you're not from 'round 'ere. But however you say it, it looks great in the sun.

Bradfield
Sandie's Valley

From North Yorkshire to South and here's Bradfield on the edges of the Peak District.

Kirkstall Abbey
Gary Gimmick

And finally this is the sun shining through the ruins at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

Pass me the factor 50!

Tommee Tippee probes 'mould' in Perfect Prep machine

Parents in Yorkshire are being warned to check a product which prepares baby milk, after a build-up of apparent "mould" inside it.

Baby with a bottle
Getty Images

Tommee Tippee has launched an investigation after parents complained of finding "mould" in the internal pipes of its formula feed machines.

The baby product company said it was concerned by reports of a "build-up" in the tubes of its Perfect Prep machines.

Parents have taken to social media to complain of feeling "angry" and "let down".

Perfect Prep machine
Tommee Tipee

The Perfect Prep machine is used to make a formula feed by controlling the quality, volume and temperature of the water being used.

The company  posted a statement  on its Facebook page saying it had received comments from parents complaining the internal pipes of the machines were not clean.

It urged families who had found a similar build-up to contact the company to have the machine returned to them for examination.

Leeds is named top cultural place to live in UK

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Leeds is top of a list of the 20  best cultural places to live in the UK . Sorry about that Hull... 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Getty Images/Bethany Clarke

The Times has compiled the list and the paper highlights that the city is the "home to Opera North and Northern Ballet, and, aptly enough for the birthplace of Alan Bennett, a handful of innovative theatres."

It also picks out attractions like the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield, and the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds as assets to the city.

And not a blue painted naked bloke in sight .

Elderly man dies after being hit by car in Wakefield

A 92-year-old man has died after being hit by a car in Wakefield yesterday morning.

Horbury Road
Google

It happened at about 11:50 on Horbury Road near the junction with Cumbrian Way when a silver Ford Fiesta hit the man while he was crossing the road. 

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries but died yesterday evening.

We would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision, or the car and pedestrian, in the moments before it took place."

Det Sgt Ann DruryWest Yorkshire Police

Stalker vows not to return home

A man who was convicted of harassing his neighbour in a small village in the North York Moors has agreed not to return to his home there.

Kenneth Ward
PA

Kenneth Ward subjected the woman to a campaign of harassment including posing naked outside her house in Chop Gate was convicted in 2011. 

After a five-year prison sentence, he was given a court order banning him from returning home or going within a five-mile radius

The 70-year-old was due to appeal against the order today, but after a last-minute change of heart, has vowed not to return.

Scott Moore remains with Bulls after being re-bailed

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport Online

Scott Moore in action for Wakefield
Swpix.com

Scott Moore has agreed a week-by-week deal to stay with Bradford Bulls after he was re-bailed for a second time following his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and theft. 

The 29-year-old former Wakefield Trinity hooker was arrested in October following a "significant struggle" in Leigh, Greater Manchester, which left an officer involved with a broken wrist.

He left Super League side Trinity by mutual consent in January and joined reformed Championship side Bradford on an initial four-game trial in February. 

He's been re-bailed until 10 April.

Watch: Tweeting and twitching as exotic bird escapes in Doncaster

There's a spot of "twitching" needed in South Yorkshire  just now...

Can you help find this ostrich-like bird which seems to be on the loose in Doncaster?

Who's faster: policeman or fireman?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There's nothing like a bit of friendly rivalry between our emergency services.

Just take a look at these tweets sent by the fire Service in North Yorkshire, who were taking part in a Q&A with pupils at Wensleydale School.

One of the children posed this question:  

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The tweet was followed up by North Yorkshire Police who tweeted:

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But nevermind the votes, let's get this set up! Anyone got a spare running track?

Have you seen this man?

Have you seen this man? Police would like to speak to him after threats were allegedly made against a woman in Bradford.

Rameez Raja
West Yorkshire police

Rameez Raja is described as having a large build and is approximately 5ft 6ins tall. 

If you have any information about his whereabouts, West Yorkshire Police would like to hear from you.

Witness appeal over fatal hit-and-run in Doncaster

Officers investigating a hit-and-run in Stainforth at the weekend in which a woman died are asking more witnesses to get in touch. 

Scene of fatal hit-and-run in Stainforth
BBC

Susan Gravel, 62, died after being hit by a grey or silver BMW in Station Road at about 13:00 on Saturday.

Police believe the vehicle swerved behind a maroon-coloured small hatchback just before the crash and would like to speak to the driver.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested  in connection with the incident.

It is crucial that anyone with any information, even if they believe it may be irrelevant, contacts us as this could be key to the investigation and finding out what happened to Susan."

Insp Mark HughesSouth Yorkshire Police

Campaigners ask for more money for brain tumour research

Yorkshire campaigners calling for more money to be invested in brain tumour research are taking their fight to Westminster today. 

Brain Tumour
Science Photo Library

They're angry that just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease, yet they say brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. 

Every year,16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour, but campaigners say not enough money is being spent on research to find a cure.   

Dog owners urged to 'stick and flick' pet's poo

Yorkshire Evening Post

Dog walkers are being urged to use a stick and flick their pet's poo into the undergrowth, rather than bagging it up .  

Woman and dog
Yorkshire Evening Post

Watch: Sneak preview of latest Tour de Yorkshire video

Okay, so this is just a preview of something that's coming tomorrow for the Tour de Yorkshire in April, but it looks pretty good:

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Minute's silence for teenage kickboxer

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A minute's silence will be held before the next Hallam FC under-15 match as a tribute to Sheffield's Scott Marsden who died after collapsing at a kickboxing contest at the weekend.

Scott Marsden
BBC

The 14-year-old was taken to hospital after needing urgent medical attention during an English title fight on Saturday night at the Leeds Martial Arts College in Morley, Leeds. 

The teenager had played for Hallam FC for a number of years and the club says he was a massively popular member of the team.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Thieves target library garden in Wakefield

Corinne Wheatley

BBC Leeds Journalist

Why would anyone want to do this? 

Thieves have stolen bulbs and knocked down fences at the dementia-friendly garden at Sandal Library.

But volunteers say they'll continue with their work on the garden despite the thefts.

Ostrich on the loose in Doncaster

If you're out walking in the Sprotbrough area of Doncaster, then keep you eyes peeled for a rather unusual bird!

Ostrich
BBC

It's after a member of the public reported seeing an ostrich-type bird in woodland at about 15:00 yesterday.  

Police say it could be aggressive and are warning people not to approach it.

Missing man in Sheffield: Have you seen Ali Rajabpoor?

Have you seen Ali Rajabpoor?

Ali Rajabpoor
South Yorkshire Police

The 24-year-old last was seen at the Forest Lodge hospital unite on Thursday 2 March and the photo above was taken on the day of his disappearance.

South Yorkshire Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. 

Lifebelts stolen from popular Leeds park

Thieves have stolen the lifebelts that are kept around the edge of Waterloo Lake at Roundhay Park.

Waterloo lake
Clive Perrin

Leeds City Council say over the past month about 15 of the belts have been stolen, at a cost of about £600 to replace them. 

The council say that the theft of the life-saving equipment has got worse in the last couple of weeks and that someone could drown in the lake.

The life-saving equipment is essential and should not be removed for any purpose other than assisting persons in difficulty in the water."

Leeds City Council

Dragon's Den-style process for Sheffield mental heath services

This Friday people using mental health services in South Yorkshire will get to  decide what projects will get council funding  with a Dragon's Den-style pitch by groups.

Dragon's Den
BBC

Sheffield City Council say that people will see five voluntary and community groups pitching for a share of a £40,000 pot, in a Dragon's Den-style process.

It's part of the authority's "new approach" to funding mental health projects to help with conditions such as anxiety and depression.

This is really exciting and absolutely the way we want to go as we commission new services."

Coun Cate McDonaldSheffield City Council

Rail update: Trains between Selby and Hull returning to normal

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Train services between Selby and Hull are back to normal this lunchtime. 

Damage to signalling cables caused major disruption to passengers. 

British Transport Police are investigating if "thieves or vandals" are to blame for the damaged cables at Hessle East junction near Hull. 

You can keep up to date with rail services here .

Willett welcomes move to allow women at Muirfield

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield's Masters champion Danny Willett is among those who've welcomed the decision by "the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers" to allow women members at Muirfield for the first time.

Danny Willett
Getty Images

The links course has now been restored to The Open Championship rota as a result of the rule change.

Stalwart councillor resigns due to ill health

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

After 17 years of serving the Aire Valley and Lothersdale, Councillor Patricia Fairbank has announced she's stepping down due to ill health.

She's been a member of Craven District Council since being elected in 2000.

She says it's been a privilege to serve the area but "due to continuing ill health I'm finding it difficult to carry out my duties. It is best for the ward if I step down".

Councillor Fairbank resigning due to ill health
Craven District Council

Due to continuing ill health I'm finding it difficult to carry out my duties"

Patricia Fairbank Councillor for Aire Valley with Rothersdale

Councillor Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, said: “We are very sorry to see Pat leave the council but I understand her reasons for doing so'.

There'll be a by-election in the Aire Valley with Lothersdale ward on 4 May to coincide with the North Yorkshire County Council elections. 

Dog rescued from River Wharfe at Wetherby

Fire crews in Wetherby have been called out to rescue a dog from the River Wharfe.

Lodge Lane
Google

It happened this morning at about 10:46, when the dog fell into the water near Lodge Lane in the town.

A fire crew from Wetherby went along to help and we're happy to report that the dog is now safe and well. 

Rise in identity theft in Yorkshire

There were more than 11,000 victims of identity fraud in our region last year.

Cards
BBC

The fraud prevention service CIFAS has announced there's been an 8% increase in crimes recorded in Yorkshire and Humber . 

In 2015 the organisation named Leeds as having a real problem with identity fraud up, recording it nearly 60% up on the year before. 

I came home and found a rejected application for a £12,000 loan and there was a second one a week later. I just cried, I didn't know what to do."

SarahYorkshire victim of identity fraud

Fashionable Yorkshire exhibit celebrates 500 years of female dress

More than 500 years of female fashion will go on display in a new exhibition . Fashionable Yorkshire at Lotherton Hall near Leeds showcases the outfits and the stories of the women behind them.

Exhibition
V&A Museum

Highlights include the embroidered jacket made in the 1600s for Margaret Layton who married a wealthy Yorkshire landowner.

The show includes modern items, such as contemporary woollen flat caps made in Yorkshire by designer Rhian Kempadoo Millar.

The exhibition runs until the end of the year.  

Yorkshire's unemployment figures hold steady

The latest unemployment figures have been released, and our region is holding steady with the rate standing at 5.3%. 

Unemployment
PA

It means that in Yorkshire and the Humber, there are currently 144,000 people out of work.

But the UK's unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since the summer of 1975 at 4.7%. 

However official figures for the three months to the end of January show the number of people on zero hours contracts increased to 905,000. 

West Yorkshire MP pays tribute to kickboxer

Tributes are being paid to a 14-year-old kickboxer from Sheffield who died after collapsing during a national title bout in Leeds.

Scott Marsden was taken to hospital after needing urgent medical attention during the fight on Saturday, but later died.

The MP for Morley and Outwood, Andrea Jenkyns paid this tribute on Twitter:

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Doctor who cracked cholera to be honoured in York

A memorial's being unveiled today in honour of a pioneering Yorkshire Doctor.

Dr John Snow
Rsabbatini

In the mid-1800s it was assumed that cholera was airborne, but Dr John Snow identified the disease as waterborne. 

Snow was able to prove his theory in August 1854 when a cholera outbreak occurred in Soho. He was able to identify a water pump as the source of the disease. 

The handle of the pump was removed and cases of cholera immediately began to diminish.   

His descendants will gather in York for the unveiling today