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Summary

  1. Yorkshire MPs in lockdown at Westminster after security incident at Parliament
  2. Five convicted of child sex abuse in South Yorkshire
  3. Plans for new prison at Full Sutton near York
  4. Bradford and York 'could be stifled by Brexit' - Think-tank
  5. Barnsley MP in row with left-wing group Momentum
  6. Number of IVF patients in West Yorkshire set to double
  7. Plans for 'smart motorway' in South Yorkshire could be scrapped
  8. Prince of Wales on visit to North and West Yorkshire
  9. Yorkshire Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright scoops TV awards
  10. Updates on Wednesday 22 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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University of Sheffield Students' Union ranked best in UK

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The University of Sheffield Students' Union has been rated the best in the UK.

It's the ninth year the organisation has topped the "Good Students' Union" category of the  Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey .

It achieved a 98% approval rating from students.

University of Sheffield Students' Union
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£100k bill for new South Yorkshire devolution consultation

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Taxpayers face a £100,000 bill for a new consultation about devolution in South Yorkshire.

It comes after a previous survey was ruled unlawful  following a legal challenge by Derbyshire County Council regarding how the consultation was carried out in Chesterfield.

Sheffield City Region
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The ruling last year meant that plans for a directly elected mayor for the Sheffield City Region have been delayed until 2018.

However, Doncaster and Barnsley Councils are exploring an alternative proposals for a Yorkshire-wide mayor.

Sheffield flood defence scheme to be finished this year

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A flood defence scheme along the River Don in Sheffield is set to be completed this year.

The Lower Don Valley scheme is the first of six projects being worked on since 2014.

It is hoped that they will reduce the chances of a repeat of the damage caused by the 2007 floods.

Sheffield flood defences
Sheffield City Council

Search for witnesses after Maltby hit and run crash

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Maltby on Monday.

At 16:50 a red Chevrolet and a black Peugeot crashed on the A631 Tickhill Road near the colliery.

A631 Tickhill Road
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The Chevrolet ended up in a ditch, leaving the driver with minor injuries, while the black Peugeot drove off.

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

Sheffield schoolboy to help Nasa fix error he spotted

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Sheffield schoolboy who spotted an error in data from Nasa could now help to fix the problem.

A-level student Miles Soloman discovered that some energy readings from the International Space Station were negative, something which is impossible.

James O'Neill and Miles Soloman
BBC

Miles and his teacher James O'Neill reported the error to the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) who alerted the US space department.

The 17-year-old could now help scientists at Nasa fix the problem.

Watch: Barnsley students revisit the miners' strike in new play

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A new play about the 1984/85 miner' strike opens at Barnsley's Electric Theatre tonight.

"Two Tribes" has been researched and produced by students at University Campus Barnsley, some of whom didn't have any knowledge of the strike before they started the project.

Here's a preview of tonight's performance:

Listen: MP says 'I barricaded myself and others in my office'

BBC Radio Humberside

Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy spoke to Andy Comfort yesterday evening about the Westminster attack:

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - Heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Crews called out to Sheffield house fire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Firefighters have been dealing with a house fire in the Highfield area of Sheffield this morning. 

We are told the occupants of the house are safe.

Three fire engines were sent to a property at Holland Place at 05:10.

Holland Place
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Yorkshire flags to fly at half mast after Westminster attack

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

We're seeing a show of solidarity from authorities in Yorkshire after yesterday's attack in Westminster .

Many councils here will fly their flags at half mast to honour those who lost their lives:

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That's all from Wednesday.....

Those are the updates from Wednesday 22 March 2027.

If you want to get all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Thursday 23 March, click here .

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Our five top stories today

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from the Yorkshire Live team 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. Some of our Yorkshire MPs have been on 'lockdown' at Westminster following this afternoon's incident which has left at least one woman dead. You can follow the latest on the Westminster attack here .

2. Five people have been found guilty in relation to the rape and prostitution of five young girls in South Yorkshire

3. An economic think-tank says it's concerned Brexit will be bad for Bradford and York

4. A film telling the story of the role of the community living close to Valley Parade at the time of the Bradford City fire had its premiere today

5.  Emmerdale has won the  best Soap & Continuing Drama at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2017

Finally, thanks to  BBC Weather Watcher  Sandie's Valley for sending in this fantastic picture taken in Holmfirth of the ultimate Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Ducks in Holmfirth
BBC Weather Watchers

Darwen student hurt in Westminster attack

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry has tweeted about Edge Hill University student Travis Frain, who was hurt in the Westminster attack

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Westminster security incident: Message of condolence from Huddersfield MP

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The BBC understands that a police officer who was stabbed in Parliament earlier on Wednesday has died.

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Watch: Labour MP for Wakfield on what happened in Westminster

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

More now on the news that a major security incident has been  declared in Westminster .

The Labour MP for Wakefield Mary Creagh was on her way to vote in the Commons and she describes what happened.

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Westminster security incident: Former PM Cameron tweets condolences

The former Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted following this afternoon's security incident at Westminster.

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Leeds MP Hilary Benn on security attack at Westminster

Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn gives his thoughts on the security alert in Westminster

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Parliament security incident: Huddersfield MP shares pictures from Commons lockdown

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Some MPs have now been moved from the parliament building, but some remain in the chamber. 

They are not normally allowed to take photographs there but they have been posting pictures on Twitter, including one from the MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman.

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'There was more panic outside than inside' - Kevin Hollinrake MP on Parliament incident

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

More now on the news that a major security incident has been declared in Westminster .

Ambulances at Parliament
BBC

A police officer has been stabbed in the grounds of Parliament prompting a lockdown. 

The MP for Thirsk and Malton - Kevin Hollinrake - spoke to  BBC Radio York  shortly after shots were heard:

There was definitely a clear noise, like a gunshot, but it was clear that it was something like that noise. Then people in the streets suddenly moved in a direction away from the gun shots. There was more panic, certainly, outside than inside."

Kevin HollinrakeMP for Thirsk and Malton

Parliament incident: Sheffield students in London 'safe and well'

Journalism students from the University of Sheffield are among those who have been in London during in this afternoon's major security incident at Westminster .

They had been visiting the Houses of Parliament and are seen here at a talk by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

They have confirmed they are safe and well .

University of Sheffield students at Westminster
Marie Kinsey

We're all fine at the moment. The staff at the Palace of Westminster are doing their best to keep everyone safe but obviously there is concern over what has happened and being caught up in something like this."

Marie Kinsey Professor of Journalism Education, University of Sheffield

Parliament incident: MP saw 'crowd of people running towards her'

The Labour MP for Wakefield Mary Creagh was on her way to vote in the Commons when she saw a crowd of people running towards her. 

Westminster incident
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She decided to take refuge in Westminster tube station and alerted staff there to what had happened: 

"I then realised that we had tonnes of tourists pouring out of the tube so I went straight to the control room at the tube, I told the person in charge there there'd been - that we thought there was a rampaging terror incident happening on the Palace estate." 

"And I said you need to get the Westminster tube shut as soon as possible because we've got a big incident."

Mary CreaghWakefield MP in Westminster

Parliament incident: Huddersfield MP tweets from inside the chamber

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

By now, you will have heard the  breaking news from London  about a security incident near Parliament.

The Labour MP for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman, is currently in "lockdown" inside the chamber.

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Parliament incident: Yorkshire MPs react from inside Westminster

Scotland Yard say they are treating  this afternoon's security incident as "a terrorist incident until we know otherwise." 

More of our Yorkshire MPs have been tweeting from the Houses of Parliament:

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J33 for A162.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound at J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of flooding. Traffic is coping well.

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

Sheffield students safe after Westminster security incident

A group of journalism students from the University of Sheffield who were visiting the Houses of Parliament this afternoon are known to be safe and well after a major security incident .

A police officer has been stabbed and the alleged assailant was shot by armed police officers. 

Reports say a car also struck and injured a number of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The Parliament buildings have been sealed off.

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Parliament incident: MPs in 'lockdown'

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Some of our Yorkshire MPs have been tweeting about a  security incident this afternoon  at Westminster.

The Commons Leader said a police officer has been stabbed at the Houses of Parliament.

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Bradford libraries service gets £74,692 for project

A West Yorkshire library service has been awarded almost £75,000 to engage people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Library
BBC

Bradford Council’s Libraries Service's received £74,692 from the Arts Council England, to develop "immersive" approaches to literature.

The funds will be used to develop kits with "sensory adaptations of well-known pieces of literature."

Councillor Sarah Ferriby said, “we're delighted we've been awarded this funding - it’s fantastic news."

Yorkshire quartet on Scotland duty

Four Yorkshire-based players could feature for Scotland tonight in their international friendly against Canada in Edinburgh.


          Clockwise: Barry Bannan, Steven Fletcher, Liam Cooper, Jordan Rhodes
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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan is joined in Gordan Strachan's squad by club mate Steven Fletcher. 

Jordan Rhodes - who's currently on loan at Wednesday from Middlesbrough - is also in the squad having not featured for the national side in almost two years. 

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper meanwhile is a doubt for the match - the 25-year-old had been hoping to receive his first Scotland cap, following three withdrawals earlier this week. 

The match at Easter Road is a 19:45 kick off, with live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

Dame Fanny Waterman celebrates her 97th birthday

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Legendary piano teacher and co-founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition Dame Fanny Waterman is celebrating her 97th birthday today.

Dame Fanny was born in Leeds on March 22 1920.

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High flyer discovers flaw in Nasa research

A 17-year-old Sheffield schoolboy has discovered that a piece of NASA's space research is flawed.

Miles Soloman - from Tapton School in Sheffield - found that equipment used by the international space station was recording false data. 

NASA has thanked him and invited him to help fix the problem. 

He described what he found:

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams finds love with ring rival

Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds's Olympic boxing hero Nicola Adams has revealed that she has found love ahead of her first professional bout - with a rival fighter.

Nicola Adams and Marlen Esparza
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Man killed in Dalton accident is named

A man who died after being hit by a car in the Dalton area of Rotherham on Saturday, has been named as Robert John Kolt.

Robert John Kolt
South Yorkshire Police

The 64-year-old was hit by a blue Honda Civic at around 20:20 on Saturday as he was crossing the road outside of Silverwood Miners Welfare Club, in Doncaster Road.  

Mr Kolt, who was from Bramley, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and bailed as inquiries continue.

'Could've been a lot worse!': Drivers in lucky escape

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Looks like a very near miss and a lucky escape for these drivers on the A168, between Northallerton and Wetherby, earlier today.

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Yorkshire weather this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain, although eastern areas towards the coast staying dry. A maximum temperature of about 9C (48F).

This evening and overnight it will remain cloudy with further outbreaks of persistent rain, easing later. Minimum temperature overnight of about 4C (39F).

Owain weather still
BBC

CCTV images released in hunt for car vandals

Police investigating a spate of car vandalism have issued these three pictures.

North Yorkshire Police say they would like to talk to the man and two women caught on CCTV after a number of vehicles were deliberately damaged in Copmanthorpe, near York.

CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

Several vehicles on Barons Crescent were scratched with a sharp implement at about 03:30 on Sunday March 19.

Officers are conducting enquiries and want help to "determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident."

CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

Police say in particular, they would like to "speak to the people in the CCTV stills, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation."  

900,000 illicit cigarettes seized in Bradford raid

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

More than 900,000 illicit cigarettes and 150 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit, have been seized in Bradford.


          illicit cigarettes were found at a storage facility in Bradford
HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) arrested one man after suspected illegal tobacco worth £260,790 in unpaid duty was found at a shop and a self-storage facility in the city.

HMRC officers, accompanied by a sniffer dog, discovered 928,820 cigarettes and 153 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco at the storage facility, in Great Horton, on 17 March 2017. 

An estimated 2,000 cigarettes were seized at a shop in Lidget Green earlier the same day. 

Five convicted over child sexual abuse

Five people have been found guilty in relation to the rape and prostitution of five young girls.

Amanda Spencer, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, Taleb Bapir of Verdon Street, Sheffield and brothers Christopher, Shane and Matthew Whiteley, all of Weakland Crescent, Hackenthorpe were convicted after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Spencer plied one girl with alcohol and threatened violence in order to force her to have sex while the Whiteley brothers prostituted a 15-year-old girl on the streets of Sheffield.

They will be sentenced on 28 April.

It sends a clear message to anyone involved in the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young people - you will be identified, pursued and prosecuted."

Jayne LudlamSheffield City Council