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  1. Call for Parliamentary debate over cost of sanitary products for schoolgirls
  2. Sixteen in court over football clashes in Bradford
  3. Decision postponed on controversial M1 service station plans
  4. Cost of fly tipping in North Yorkshire up by a third since 2012
  5. South Yorkshire Police praised for improving way they deal with women under arrest
  6. Porsche owned by Beatle sells for £37k
  7. Funeral of Yorkshire cricketer
  8. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Rotherham move a step closer to relegation from the Championship as QPR inflict a thrashing on the league's bottom side.

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Latest news from Yorkshire

This service for Friday 17 March has now finished.

But you can get all today's breaking news for Yorkshire here

Porsche owned by Beatle sells for £37k

A man from Leeds, who bought a battered old Porsche, without realising it belonged to one of the Beatles - has sold at auction for more than £37,000.  

Raj Sedha and Porsche

Raj Sedha had paid just £2,000 for the 928 model - 13 years ago - and planned to dismantle it for spare parts. But when his wife spotted George Harrison's name in the log book, he decided to restore the car and sold it on for more than eighteen times the price he paid for it.  

George Osborne's work experience?

And Yorkshire tweet of the day goes to.... 

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The former Chancellor has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard. The paper says he'll take up the position in mid-May and continue in his role as MP for Tatton.  

Leeds shopping centre wins top award

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Victoria Gate in Leeds has won an international award for best shopping centre.

Victoria Gate

It fought off competition from developments in China, Japan and Hong Kong to take prize at the prestigious MIPIM awards in France last night. 

The people behind the Victoria Gate project have said they're delighted.  

CCTV released following charity thefts

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police investigating two reported burglaries from charity organisations in Sheffield have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.  

CCTV images
South Yorkshire Police

25 laptops were stolen from the city centre building at around 07:45 on Thursday 23 Februruay.

Doors and windows were also damaged.

Carjacking in Dewsbury

A man who was returning to his parked car was pulled from it by two me who then drove off in it. 


It happened on Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury at about 18:30 when the victim was approached by two men who hit the windscreen with a large stone.

The two suspects then pulled the victim out of the car and drove it off. The man wasn't injured during the incident.

The first suspect is described as an Asian male in his 50s and the second a black male in his 30s.

This was a frightening experience from the victim, who was thankfully unhurt."

Sgt Dale SawdonWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Barnsley archer aims high after Hunger Games inspiration

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A sixth-form student from Barnsley has a rather large target in her sights, after being inspired to take up archery by the Hunger Games books.

Megan Tinker is hoping to be selected for Team GB and represent her country at the World Youth Archery Championships in Argentina later this year.

Here she is in action:

Carvalhal calls for support of fans ahead of Reading game

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sheffield Wednesday boss, Carlos Carvalhal, has asked supporters to help his team claim all three points when they host play-off rivals Reading tonight.

Carlos Carvalhal

It will be the Owls biggest game of the season so far, with Fulham hot on the heels of 6th placed Wednesday.

BBC Radio Sheffield will have live commentary on Football Heaven from 18:00. 

Elderly woman 'deeply distressed' after burglary in Skipton

North Yorkshire Police say they want to speak to this man after a woman in her 80s was burgled in Skipton.

North Yorkshire Police

It happened in January, but officers have only just released this CCTV image.

The thief entered her home on Chapel Hill and stole valuables after searching several rooms.

Police say the woman has been left "deeply distressed" by the incident.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Transgender artwork on display at South Yorkshire Police HQ

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

An art exhibition to celebrate and raise awareness of the transgender community has gone on display at South Yorkshire Police’s headquarters in Sheffield. 

Gender Matters display
South Yorkshire Police

Gender Matters by Doncaster Pride uses graphics and multimedia images and will be on show for the next few weeks.  

Travel update: Friday rush hour Yorkshire snapshot

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's almost the weekend people, which is good news. Just one last hurdle to clear, the scramble home.

Here's how we're looking:

West Yorkshire:

Congestion building in Bradford and Halifax with some bus services running 20 minutes late and in Leeds some as much as 30 minutes. And to prove it:

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South Yorkshire:

We've got some delays on the M1 northbound at J33, nothing out of the ordinary there, and some great news on the rails:

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North Yorkshire:

Bits of normal congestion on the A1 but apart from that, enjoy your ride home!

Sixteen in court over football clashes in Bradford

Twelve men and four teenage boys have appeared in court in connection with clashes before a  football match between Bradford City and Sheffield United .

Bradford City

Nine of the men are charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a man in Market Street, Bradford, ahead of a Championship game on 22 October 2016.

Eight of them are also charged with affray at the same location.

Four men and four teenagers are also charged with affray in Manningham Lane in the city on the same day.

Gunshot holes discovered on Leeds car

Officers are investigating after a gun was apparently fired at a car in Farnley, Leeds, overnight. 

Tong Way

No one was inside the car at the time, which was parked in Tong Way.

I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to get in touch, as they may have information valuable to the investigation."

Det Ch Insp Jaz KhanWest Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire firefighters test biohazard response

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Crews in South Yorkshire have been taking part in special training this week.

They've been testing their response to a potential incident involving biohazards.

South Yorkshire firefighters wearing protective suits
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Practice canisters containing hazardous material
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel update: Problems in Leeds

BBC News Travel

If you're wondering why traffic in Leeds city centre is so busy, this'll be why: 

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It's in the bag! Litter pickers spring clean Hambleton

Litter pickers in the Hambleton area of North Yorkshire filled 124 big bags full of rubbish in just one weekend.

Community litter picks took place in Northallerton, Leeming Bar, Alne and Stokesley.

Litter pickers
Hambleton District Council

Hambleton District Council says it's delighted volunteers turned out to clean up areas across the district in support of the national Great British Spring Clean campaign. 

The campaign resulted in the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.

We were delighted so many volunteers played their part in making Hambleton a cleaner place to live."

Councillor Stephen Watson

Funeral of Yorkshire cricketer

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The funeral of the Yorkshire Cricket player and president John Hampshire has been held.

John Hampshire
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He was part of the White Rose side that won three successive County Championships between 1966 and 1968 and skippered the team in 1979 and 1980.    

John Hampshire was also an international umpire and scored 21,979 runs for the Headingley-based club.

He died at the beginning of the month aged 76, following a long illness.

Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J38 for A638 affecting J35 for M18.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound at J38, A638 (Red House), because of an accident. Congestion to J35 M18.

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

A council for the North? Thinktank says region needs 'own voice'

Yorkshire needs to be part of a council for the North - rather than a Northern Powerhouse - according to a report out today. 

North sighn

It says the wider region needs a single voice, especially after Britain leaves the EU.

The report by the Institute for Public Policy Research North says the north now needs a voice to match that of London and Scotland.

IPPR North also claims the North's infrastructure is bad, and its productivity also suffers because it lacks any strategic government and that needs to be changed as Brexit nears.

Ed Miliband reacts to George Osborne's new job

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Here's how Doncaster North MP, Ed Milliand, responded to news that former Chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper.

Funny, I wouldn't have put Mr Miliband down as a Heat reader...

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Travel update: Lorry fire on the M62

BBC News Travel

We've just got word from the police that there's a lorry on the M62 westbound around J22 that appears to be on fire.

Highways and fire crews are heading to the scene, but be ready for some delays. 

Winds cause closure of roads for high-siders around Bridgewater Place tonight

BBC News Travel

It looks like high winds are expected tonight, so no high-sided vehicles are allowed near Bridgewater Place from 18:45:

Bridgewater Place
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Plans for South Yorkshire service station postponed

Peter McNerney

BBC Radio Sheffield

A decision on controversial plans for a new motorway service station off the M1 motorway between Thorpe Hesley and Chapeltown has been postponed.

Councillors had been due to meet on the 28 March to discuss the scheme at Smithy Wood, which has now been put back until the middle of April.

Last week another proposal was put forward to create a new service station on land off the M1 at Junction 33.

Listen: Tour de Yorkshire preparations 'ahead of schedule'

The driving force behind the Tour de Yorkshire says organisers are ahead of schedule in their preparations for this year's race that starts six weeks today. 

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, says planning is weeks ahead of where they were last year at this time:

The 2017 race starts in Bridlington and will finish two days later in Sheffield on Sunday, 30 April.

The race begins with a 173km stage loop to Scarborough on Friday, 28 April.

Stage two see riders start in Tadcaster and travel 122.5km before arriving in Harrogate.

Then there's a 194.5km stage from Bradford to Fox Valley, Sheffield.

South Yorkshire traffic and travel update

BBC News Travel

We're getting reports of queueing traffic on the A1(M) Northbound between J36 and J37 - that's the section which passes Doncaster.


Leeds teenager suffers serious injuries after being hit by car

A 16-year-old boy has suffered serious injuries after he was hit by a car in Leeds yesterday evening.

Millshaw Road

The accident happened in Beeston at about 18:15 on Millshaw Road, when a blue Volkswagen Scirocco was travelling towards Tingley hit the boy, the driver stopped at the scene. 

The teenager was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The message is simple, don't drink and cook

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sound advice from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

I once nearly burned my house down by falling asleep with a tray of parsnips in the oven.

True story.

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Bristol City v Huddersfield Town tonight

BBC Sport

Huddersfield are away at Bristol tonight in the Championship , kick off is at 19:45.

Town's boss David Wagner has no new injury or suspension concerns.

The Terriers will close the gap on second-placed Brighton to three points if they win at Ashton Gate.

Huddersfield v Bristol
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Match facts

  • Bristol City have scored in each of their last 10 home league games against Huddersfield, a run stretching back to 1989.
  • Elias Kachunga and Nahki Wells were on target for the Terriers as they came out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture in December.
  • Huddersfield have allowed their opponents just 341 shots in total in the Championship this season; fewer than any other team.
  • Huddersfield Town have scored just five goals in their last five league games (one in each match) and all five goals have come from different players.
  • After winning six of their first 11 Championship games this season, Bristol City have since collected just four wins in their last 26 games in the competition.
  • The Robins have won just six points from their last nine Championship home matches (W1 D3 L5).

WATCH: Chinese musicians performing in Sheffield

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

The Good News Friday celebrations continue!

Watch these wonderful Chinese musicians preparing for a classical music festival in Sheffield this weekend...

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Weekend weather: Don't get too excitied

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's never a good thing when a weather presenter uses a "stern emoji" to describe the weekend's weather

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George Osborne's appointment as editor 'taking the mickey'

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

One West Yorkshire MP has made her feelings very clear at the news of George Osborne becoming the new editor of the London Evening Standard :

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The Conservative MP will succeed Sarah Sands, who is leaving to become editor of the BBC's Today programme.  

But Mary Creagh, the MP for Wakefield described the move as "just taking the mickey".

The Standard's proprietor, Evgeny Lebedev, said Mr Osborne was "London through and through" and he was confident that the MP was "the right person to build on the fantastic legacy of Sarah Sands".  

But not wanting the former chancellor to hog all of the limelight, Doncaster MP Ed Milliband has some shock news of his own:

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Listen: North Sea haddock taken off sustainable 'fish to eat' list

Fears have been raised over the sustainability of fishing for haddock in the North sea.

The fish has been taken off the Marine Conservation Society's recommended "green" list of fish to eat.

Haddock has been downgraded because stock numbers in 2016 were below the recommended level and action was needed to increase the number of fish at breeding age.

Samuel Stone from the Marine Conservation Society says the level of fishing for haddock in the North Sea needs to be lower, in order for it to remain sustainable:

Look a bit closer... Is that Nick Clegg?

It appears that Las Vegas airport has inadvertently used an image of Sheffield MP Nick Clegg on some of its posters:

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The poster was spotted by Garth Jennings at the airport on hoardings hiding some upgrades that are being worked on. 

At least if his career in politics doesn't work out, he's got a future as a model.

Barnsley man jailed for people smuggling

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man from Barnsley's been jailed for leading an operation to smuggle people into the UK.

41-year-old Ferdinand Gjolla of Redhill Avenue, Kendray - who's originally from an Albania - will spend eight years behind bars.

He and two associates were arrested after Border Force officers at the North Shields ferry terminal found 20 people hidden in a lorry at the Port of Tyne in September 2015.

Woman rescued from banks of River Aire in Leeds

A woman had a lucky escape in Leeds in the early hours of this morning after she had to be pulled from the River Aire by firefighters. 

River Aire

She was spotted on CCTV by emergency services behind the New Penny pub on The Calls.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say she was knee-deep at the side of the river, and firefighters had to use a ladder down the banking to bring her to safety.

Four fire engines went to the scene along with specialist officers.

Help needed to restore 200-year-old canal bridge

The Canal and River Trust is looking for people keen to get hands-on and help to restore at Grade II listed bridge on the Pocklington Canal, near York. 

The charity says Church Bridge is "regarded as one of UK’s finest examples of a Georgian canal bridge."

Church Bridge on the Pocklington Canal
The Canal & River Trust,

They say it's been "deteriorating through age and the occasional shunt from crossing vehicles."

Lizzie Dealey from the Canal & River Trust is overseeing work on the bridge and says volunteers will get free training from brickwork and stonework specialists while they work.

She added, “we're looking for volunteers who can commit to 1-2 days per week for the duration of the six-week restoration programme in April.

If you're interested you can find out more about how to get involved  by clicking here.