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  1. Three charged over Steven Fretwell death in Rotherham
  2. Roman skeletons unearthed on site of new housing estate in Pontefract
  3. Workers at Arriva Trains North announce new strike date
  4. Harrogate lorry driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving
  5. Over 1,000 join online search for epileptic dog missing in Harrogate
  6. Record number of teams in Tour de Yorkshire race
  7. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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By Oli Woodcock, Kevin Larkin and Andrew Barton

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Latest news from Yorkshire

This service for Tuesday 21 March is now finished.

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

Our five top stories today

Oli Woodcock

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. 

Meanwhile, updates on breaking news, sport and travel stories will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

1. A lorry driver from Harrogate  who killed a 21-year-old woman while selecting music on his mobile phone is jailed  

2. Rotherham Council's been given back more powers in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal

3.  Leeds legends the Kaiser Chiefs  give their support to their home city's bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023  

4. More than 30 Roman skeletons unearthed on the site of a new housing estate in Pontefract are said to be "unique" to the area  

5. A record 36 men's and women's teams will compete in next month's Tour de Yorkshire - that's three more teams than in 2016

Finally, thanks to  BBC Weather Watcher  June Gothika for sending in this beautiful springtime picture taken in York:

BBC Weather Watchers

Yorkshire in pictures: Emley Moor casts a long shadow

We always love to feature pictures you've sent in from across Yorkshire - and this one is truly spectactular.

It's taken by Andy Kaye and shows the view from the very top of the Emley Moor broadcast tower in West Yorkshire.

Why not email us your Yorkshire photographs?

Emley Moor shadow
Andy Kaye

Leeds school shut for 'deep clean' after sickness bug outbreak

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A free school in Leeds will be closed for a second day tomorrow because of an outbreak of sickness.

Staff at Lighthouse School in Cookridge say a deep clean is taking place and there'll be a full health and safety review. 

The school says parents will be kept informed about the likely re-opening date.

Boy airlifted to hospital after lorry collision in Barnsley

A 10-year-old boy had to be airlifted to hospital after a collision in the Great Houghton area of Barnsley.

Rotherham Road

The boy was involved in a collision with a lorry while riding his bike along Rotherham Road near the junction with John Street (pictured) at about 08:25 this morning.  

He's currently in hospital with suspected serious injuries.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact police.

Pontefract Roman skeletons find 'unique' to area

More than 30 Roman skeletons have been unearthed on the site of a new housing estate in West Yorkshire.


The skeletons were found alongside pottery, jewellery and building remains during an archaeological dig at the site in Pontefract.

Most of the graves have now been excavated and the remains will be tested in a laboratory.

David Hunter, from West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, said they were from about 200-300 AD.

"We are pretty confident they are from the Roman era in Yorkshire, so about 1,700 years ago," he said.

Academy trust criticised by education watchdog

An education trust which runs schools across the north of England is failing to improve standards, the education watchdog has said.

Northern Education Trust

The Northern Education Trust took on "too many poorly performing schools" and had "unrealistic and unachievable" plans for improvement, Ofsted found.

The trust runs academies in Yorkshire, Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside, Northumberland and Greater Manchester.

The report does not reflect changes made since the inspections, it said.

More powers handed back to Rotherham Council

Rotherham Council's been given back more powers in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal .

Girl in window

The authority can now make decisions on adult social care, economic growth, and the maintenance of local parks as well as town centre management. 

The deadline for handing back all services to the council is March 2019.  

Children's social care and community safety will remain in the hands of government-appointed commissioners.

MP's tearful tribute to Jo Cox

A Labour MP was moved to tears as she paid tribute to murdered Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox (pictured) and urged MPs to unite and end discrimination.

Jo Cox

A visibly emotional Dawn Butler said MPs "must unite together in one voice and build bridges, not walls" as she paid tribute to Mrs Cox who was killed in her constituency last June.

Ms Butler was leading a Westminster Hall debate calling on the government to mark UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Listen: Sons appeal to PM over mum's Rwanda imprisonment

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The sons of a woman from Leeds who's been jailed in Rwanda have written to the Prime Minister to ask for help securing her release.

Violette Uwamahoro, who's five months pregnant, was arrested after returning to the East African state for a funeral.

She's been charged with sharing state secrets and her husband, Faustin, says he thinks it's all because of his political views:

The Foreign Office is now helping her family.

Staff to strike at Topshop distribution centre in Leeds

Staff at a Topshop distribution centre in Leeds are to hold a fresh strike in a row over pay and working conditions.

Topshop sign

Members of the GMB union at the site will walk out for 24 hours from 06:00 on Wednesday morning following the breakdown of talks.

The workers went on strike last month, saying the action disrupted deliveries to stores in Sir Philip Green's company.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound at J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Three charged over Steven Fretwell death

Three men have been charged with the murder of a 47-year-old man in Rotherham just before Christmas last year.

The body of Steven Fretwell was discovered at an address on Kingswood Avenue in Dinnington on Sunday 18 December 2016.

A post-mortem examination concluded Mr Fretwell died as a result of multiple injuries.      

The three men, aged 21, 28 and 35, have been remanded into custody and are due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J41 for A650 and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man injured in York argument

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A 24-year-old man has been left with facial injuries after a fight in York.

Barfield Road

Three men were involved in the row which took place on Barfield Road at about 19:10 last Friday.

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

'Perfect time' for new Yorkshire contract - Ballance

BBC Sport

Gary Ballance says signing a new contract with Yorkshire which will keep him at Headingley until the end of the 2019 season has come "at the perfect time".

Gary Ballance

The 27-year-old England batsman was  named Yorkshire captain  in December.

He will captain Yorkshire in all three formats in 2017 having replaced Andrew Gale, who  retired to become Yorkshire head coach  in November.  

Ballance says: "I can now purely focus on the captaincy, batting and scoring runs."    

Hillsborough incident over

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The collision in Hillsborough which was disrupting public transport has now been cleared.

Services are beginning to get back to normal.

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BreakingNew rail strike announced

Workers at Arriva Trains North are to strike on 8 April in disputes over staffing and the role of conductors, the RMT railworkers union has announced.

They'll join workers on Southern and Merseyrail services who are all involved in a row with rail operators over plans to remove the responsibility of opening and closing train doors from guards.

Watch: More pictures from Knottingley blaze

Here are more pictures from near the scene of a blaze at a Knottingley coach firm.

Eight fire crews are tackling the blaze on Kirkhaw Lane.

No-one has been injured in the fire, and no other premises have been evacuated.

M1 re-opens in Barnsley

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The M1 has re-opened to traffic in both directions.

There had been some disruption between junctions 37-38 due to a police incident:

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A61 Birdwell.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 entry slip road closed and slow traffic northbound at J36, A61 (Birdwell), because of a police incident.

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

Man seriously injured in York hit-and-run

A man has been seriously injured in a collision in York at lunchtime.

Blossom Street

Police are now searching for a black Nissan after the collision at the junction of Blossom Street and Nunnery Lane at  about midday.  

The man has been taken to hospital for treatment, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

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

Watch: Knottingley coach firm fire

These are the latest pictures from the scene in Knottingley where fire crews are currently tackling a blaze which has broken out at a coach firm's premises.

About 40 firefighters are dealing with the blaze in which no-one has been hurt, according to West Yorkshire Fire Service.

All roads surrounding the area of the fire are now closed to the public, including Kirkhaw Lane from the junction with Stranglands Lane.  

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and very slow traffic on M1 northbound at J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of a police incident. Diversion in operation - Via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

New £200,000 home for Vulcan XH558 on the horizon

The team behind the restored Vulcan Bomber XH558 say they're delighted they can press ahead with plans for a new visitor centre. 


The aircraft, which was based at RAF Waddington, near Lincoln, during its operational service, was the focus of a major overhaul in the 2000s.  

Recently the aircraft was taken off public display at Robin Hood Airport, near Doncaster, after the lease on its hangar ran out.

But Michael Trotter from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which looks after the aircraft, says £200,000 has now been raised for a new visitor centre at the airport. 

Knottingley fire: 'No evacuations, no injuries'

More on the fire in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, which we reported a short time ago.

The blaze is at a coach company's premises in Kirkhaw Lane, near Ferrybridge power station.

Eight fire crews are currently using large water jets to protect the surrounding area from the fire due to the fact acetylene cylinders are involved.

A five-pump water relay is in place to provide water, according to West Yorkshire Fire Service.

All roads surrounding the fire are now closed to the public, including Kirkhaw Lane from the junction with Stranglands Lane.

There have been "no evacuations and no injuries", the fire service says.

Severe disruption: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J2A for Cemetery Road.

M621 West Yorkshire - M621 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J2a, Cemetery (Holbeck), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

BreakingFire crews tackle blaze at Knottingley coach firm

Eight fire crews are currently tackling a large fire near Ferrybridge power station, Knottingley.

About 40 firefighters are dealing with the blaze at a coach company on Kirkhaw Lane.

More news on this as we get it.


Ripon child sex abuser with low IQ has sentence reduced

A man from Ripon, who was jailed for child sex abuse, has had his sentence reduced due to having extreme learning difficulties.

Andrew Duncan - who has no fixed address - was originally jailed for 10-and-a-half years, after pleading guilty at York Crown Court, to sexually assaulting a girl four times. 

Today, a judge heard the 48-year-old has an IQ in the lowest 1% in the country.

The judge agreed this impacts on his ability to understand the consequences of his actions  and reduced the sentence to nine years and four months.

Free fitness classes for men with the Leeds Rhinos

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Leeds Rhinos are offering free fitness classes for men who want to feel healthy and lose weight.

The Try Again club
Leeds Rhinos Foundation

It's supported by Leeds City Council - and the plan is split between the classroom and the pitch.

"Try Club", which has been running at Headingley Carnegie Stadium for over a year offers healthy eating, diet and exercise advice to men with a BMI over 25 looking to make long term changes to their lifestyle.

Record number of teams in Tour de Yorkshire 2017

With just over a month to go until the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, organisers have revealed that for the first time the number of women’s and men’s teams taking part will be the same.

A record 36 men’s and women’s teams will compete in the race, that's three more teams than in 2016. 


Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity made the announcement at Y17 - the UK’s largest tourism conference in York - and confirmed ten new teams will be taking part for the first time.

The men’s race – which takes place between 28-30 April – will include nine Tour de France teams, five Pro Continental outfits and six British-based squads. 

Teams want to compete as they know they'll be guaranteed massive crowds and an electric atmosphere."

Sir Gary VerityWelcome to Yorkshire

Bradford pushing hard to be on high speed train route

Officials and businesses have joined forces to call for Bradford to be a stop on a future  new high speed railway line. 


The HS3 line would connect the north west to Yorkshire. 

Bradford Council has said it will be "pushing very hard" to be included in the proposed HS3 high speed rail scheme between Leeds and Manchester.

Deputy council leader Val Slater spoke after the previous chancellor, George Osborne, approved the project in his  budget  last year.

A TfN spokeswoman said: "We are still at a very early stage in our development process and a number of options remain under consideration."

Watch: Pedals, Passion and Glory - Official painting for Tour de Yorkshire unveiled today

The official painting for this year's  Tour de Yorkshire  is being unveiled this afternoon.

Richmond artist,  Lucy Pittaway , has been chosen for the second time to work with the Tour de Yorkshire.

Last year she designed the official image of the tour and painted seven pictures showing the excitement of the race passing Yorkshire landmarks.  

Take a look at them here:

This year's official painting, called Pedals, Passion and Glory, is being unveiled later.

As soon as it is, we'll have a picture of it here for you.

Trapped hedgehog saved by Barlby orphanage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It was the start of the spring equinox yesterday which means our dormice, bats, ladybirds and butterflies are starting to wake up from their big sleep and are trying to find food.

But yesterday the Wildlife Orphanage in Barlby got in touch to say they've had a flurry of little poorly hedgehogs being admitted to their hospital.

Here's one of them. Bobby had been caught in a rat trap and was injured trying to escape - he's also got pneumonia. 


Annette Pyrah, from the orphanage, believes being caught in the trap may actually have saved Bobby's life.

She says if he'd been left in the wild he would've died.

Sheffield addicts encouraged to have health checks

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Sheffield charity is encouraging female drug and alcohol addicts to get health check ups.

Workshops will take place at Addaction  rehabilitation centre on Sidney Street on 30 March between 14:00-16:30.

It's hoped they will encourage more women to attend appointments for breast and cervical check ups.

Addaction Sheffield

A 'bright' idea for Calderdale Council

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Calderdale Council says it will save up to £600,000 a year by switching to LED street lighting.

Street lights
Calderdale Council

Initially, about 450 street lights are being replaced with energy efficient technology as part of a pilot in Elland, Brighouse and Illingworth, which is due to be complete by the end of March.

LED lights consume less electricity and are made with epoxy lenses, not glass. 

Severe accident: A1036 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1036 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Micklegate and St Benidict Road.

A1036 North Yorkshire - A1036 Nunnery Lane in York closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Micklegate junction and the St Benidict Road junction, because of an accident.

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

BreakingCrash closes Nunnery Lane in York

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

We're just hearing about a collision which has closed Nunnery Lane in York.

City of York Council has tweeted that emergency vehicles are at the scene,

The authority adds that the road is currently closed.

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Off the wagon! £4k of peach schnapps stolen in North Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police are looking for information after £4,000 of peach schnapps was stolen.

The alcohol was taken from a lorry on Sunday night at the Whitley Bridge truck stop in Goole.

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