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Summary

  1. Huddersfield child sex offences inquiry police charge 29
  2. Investigation after child goes missing from Doncaster school
  3. Leeds' red, white and blue tribute to terror attack victims
  4. York Minster security stepped up after Westminster attack
  5. Flags fly at half-mast across Yorkshire in tribute to terror victims
  6. NatWest to close 10 branches in West and North Yorkshire
  7. Big name firms head for £6m Doncaster leisure park
  8. Updates on Thursday 23 March 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kevin Larkin and Oli Woodcock

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That's all from Thursday....

Those are all the updates from Thursday 23 March.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J33 for A162 and J32A for A1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services) and J32a A1(M), 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 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 here throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

1. Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall will be lit up red, white and blue tonight as a mark of respect to those affected by the Westminster terror attack

2. Security at York Minster has been increased following the London attack

3.  Ten NatWest bank branches  across West and North Yorkshire are expected to close by the end of this year  

4. Sir Patrick Stewart's made the trip from Hollywood to Huddersfield for a special showing of his latest film 

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

Finally, thanks to  BBC Weather Watcher  Pug for sending in this beautiful springtime picture taken in Cross Gates, Leeds, this afternoon:

Cross Gates
BBC Weather Watchers

North Yorkshire flood warnings latest

A reminder that three flood warnings remain in place for parts of North Yorkshire. 

The Environment Agency says the River Ouse is expected to flood at Naburn Lock, in central York and St Georges Field and Queen's Staith. 

There are also six less serious flood alerts in place for the county, including on the River Nidd and the River Ure.

Circus with a difference comes to Sheffield

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A circus with a difference is coming to Sheffield.

Rather than the traditional big top, performers at Cirque Berserk! are due to perform at the city's Lyceum Theatre instead.

We've had a look at how they're coping with the different environment:

Police appeal for witnesses after Huddersfield attack

Police are investigating after a man was attacked near Huddersfield. 

The attack happened on New Hey Road in Scammonden between 13:30 and 14:00 on Wednesday 1 March.

The victim was driving his car when another vehicle pulled up alongside and he was assaulted, leaving the victim with serious injuries to his wrists.

The incident happened near the Nont Sarah's public house, and police say they want to speak to two individuals described as Asian in connection with the incident.

York after-school club 'locked girl in church crypt'

Ofsted is investigating after a mother claimed her five-year-old daughter was accidentally locked for two hours in a church crypt while attending an after-school club in York.

St Paul's Church
Google

The incident happened last month at the St Paul's Out of School Club, which is held at St Paul's Church.

Speaking to the York Press , the unnamed woman said her daughter had been left traumatised by the episode.

The club said it was working with Ofsted in its investigation.

Listen: Opposition to plans to scrap 'honour killing' term

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire charity says plans to scrap to the term "honour-based violence" could put victims at greater risk.  

Karma Nirvana is campaigning against a parliamentary motion which claims the word "honour" gives justification to the perpetrator .

The charity argues that's not the case and is hosting a conference on the issue today in Leeds.

Matthew Mahmood-Ogston, whose partner committed suicide because his family couldn't accept he was gay, is one of the speakers: 

Leeds woman denies plotting against Rwanda's Kagame

A pregnant woman from Leeds has appeared in court in Rwanda on charges of spreading state secrets to undermine President Paul Kagame.

Violette Uwamahoro
BBC

Violette Uwamahoro (pictured right), a Rwandan-British youth worker, pleaded not guilty. Her husband who is an opposition activist says she is being made a scapegoat.

Prosecutors also allege Mr Uwamahoro was trying to form an armed group.

Her family has asked the UK government to intervene, saying they fear the trial is fixed and cannot be fair.

Huddersfield child sex offences inquiry police charge 29

Twenty-nine people have been charged with historical child sex offences.

The 27 men and two women are accused of numerous offences including rape, sexual activity with a child and child abduction, said West Yorkshire Police.

All 29 have been bailed and are due before Huddersfield Magistrates' Court on 12 April, said the force.

They are accused of offences between 2004 and 2011, relating to 18 girls in Huddersfield when they were aged between 11 and 17.

Twenty-seven of the defendants are from Huddersfield, one man is from Dudley and another man from Bradford.

The charges also include trafficking with intent to engage in sexual exploitation, child neglect, supply of Class A drugs and possession and making of indecent images of children.

E-fit released after Rotherham burglary

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An e-fit image has been released of a man police want to speak to after a burglary in Rotherham.

E-fit
South Yorkshire Police

Two mobiles and a laptop were taken from the house in the Clifton area at about 08:45 on 24 February.

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

NatWest to close 10 branches in Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Ten NatWest bank branches across West and North Yorkshire are due to close by the end of this year.

NatWest sign
PA

Branches of NatWest in Adel in Leeds, Bingley, Bradford, Settle, Haxby in York, Otley, Selby, Knaresborough, Thirsk and Tadcaster are due to shut by the end of October 2017.

The company said it had considered branch usage and the alternative ways customers can bank.

It added: "We have seen a dramatic shift in the way our customers are choosing to bank, with more using mobile and online over traditional branch counters."

Jo Cox family 'deeply saddened and shaken' by Westminster attack

The family of murdered Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox say they are "deeply saddened and shaken" by Wednesday's Westminster terror attack .

Floral tributes near attack scene
AFP/Getty Images

Four people died and 40 people were injured in the attack near the Houses of Parliament.

In a family statement, Mrs Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater says: "We'd like to send our heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, including PC Keith Palmer.

"We would also like to extend our love and support to the surviving victims, their families and anybody who witnessed or who has been affected by this horrendous attack."

Ms Leadbeater adds that she hopes people will "reach out and support" those involved in the attack to let them know "they are not alone".

She concludes: "We must remember the goodness of humanity will prevail and we must come together and counteract hatred, in whatever form, with love and support for our fellow human beings."

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J3 for A6182 and J2 for A1 affecting J4 for A630.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M18 southbound between J3, A6182 (St Catherines) and J2 A1(M), because of an accident. Travel time is 25 minutes. Congestion to J4, A630 (West Moor).

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

York City sign Notts County goalkeeper on loan

York City have signed Notts County goalkeeper Scott Loach on loan until the end of the season.

Scott Loach
Rex Features

The 28-year-old former England Under-21 international has made seven appearances for the Magpies this season.

Loach started his career at Watford and has also had spells with Ipswich and Rotherham.

He could make his debut for the National League strugglers against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Big name firms head for £6m Doncaster leisure park

The identities of three big name firms expected to open outlets at a £6m leisure development in Doncaster have been revealed.

Herten Triangle
Google

Dunkin' Donuts, Taco Bell and Burger King all have units under offer at the planned Herten Triangle development (pictured) in the Lakeside area.  

About 200 jobs could be created by the development as a whole, Doncaster Council estimates.

The authority is helping to fund the project and is hoping to make a return on its investment by 2019.

Missing Leeds woman found 'safe and well'

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A missing 81-year-old woman who we reported a little earlier had gone missing in Leeds today has been found "safe and well". 

Concern had been growing for Lorna Dickinson after she disappeared from her home in Morley this morning.

A police spokesman says: "We're very grateful to everyone who assisted in sharing the appeal."

City's red, white and blue tribute to terror attack victims

Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall will be lit up red, white and blue tonight as a mark of respect to those affected by the Westminster terror attack .

Scene of attack
AFP/Getty Images

The Union flag has already been flying at half-mast at the Civic Hall and Town Hall since yesterday, with other civic buildings across the city joining in today.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, says: "On behalf of Leeds City Council and the city of Leeds I want to express our heartfelt support for and solidarity with the people of London in the wake of this despicable attack. 

"London is an incredible city where people of all creeds and cultures co-exist successfully in cohesive communities - values we share here in Leeds."

Blast from the past: Steam train passes through Lincoln

Melvyn Prior

Presenter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

A British Railways Standard Class 4MT came through Lincoln today while on a journey from the National Railway Museum in York.

The 60-year-old locomotive is heading to the North Norfolk Railway at Sheringham and the glorious weather has made for some fantastic photos.

Thanks to Graham Lightfoot for sending them in.

British Railways Standard Class 4MT
Graham Lightfoot
British Railways Standard Class 4MT
Graham Lightfoot

A1 in North Yorkshire reopens after lorry crash

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The A1 in North Yorkshire has reopened after a collision between two lorries.

One man was injured in the crash on the A1 between Catterick and Scotch Corner.

There were big traffic jams on the northbound carriageway due to the collision:

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Fears grow over missing Leeds woman

Concerns are growing for a "vulnerable" elderly woman who's been missing from her home in Leeds since this morning.  

Lorna Dickinson
West Yorkshire Police

Lorna Dickinson, 81, was last seen leaving her home in Morley shortly after 09:00 and hasn't been seen since. It's thought she may have been intending to travel into Leeds city centre.

She's described as white, slim, 5ft 4ins tall, with straggly, short blonde hair. She was wearing a three-quarter-length camel coat and a paisley scarf with a black handbag and boots. 

Det Insp Amanda Wimbles says: "Lorna may be confused and we are very concerned for her welfare and urgently need to trace her. 

"We would like to hear from anyone who has seen her or who has any information that could assist in locating her." 

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: A1 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between A6136 Gatherley Road and A66.

A1 North Yorkshire - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on A1 northbound in Catterick between Catterick North and Scotch Corner, because of a vehicle fire, an accident involving two lorries and recovery work.

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

Fire on A1 in North Yorkshire after lorry crash

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The collision between two lorries on the A1 has led to a vehicle fire.

One man has been injured in the crash.

It is also causing traffic jams on the A1 in the area.

View more on twitter

Increased police patrols in South Yorkshire after Westminster attack

There will be an increased number of police patrols in South Yorkshire after the Westminster terror attack .

South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police

Ch Con Stephen Watson says there is "no specific information" about a threat to South Yorkshire and says he wants to encourage people to "be alert, but not to be alarmed".

Flags at South Yorkshire Police buildings are flying at half-mast in honour of those who lost their lives.

The Chief Constable also paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the attack:

We are particularly saddened at the news of the passing of PC Keith Palmer, who died in the brave execution of his duty."

Ch Con Stephen WatsonSouth Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire flood risk update

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Three flood warnings remain in place for North Yorkshire.

Foss Barrier
Environment Agency

The warnings for the River Ouse at Naburn Lock, for riverside properties in York and for St George's Field and Queen's Staith all remain in force.  

Earlier the Foss Barrier was deployed in York.

A flood warning for Boroughbridge has now been removed.

One man injured in crash between HGVs in North Yorkshire

One man has been injured after a collision between two HGVs in North Yorkshire.

The crash has caused traffic to come to a standstill on the A1 northbound near Scotch Corner.

More on this as we get it:

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

BreakingHGV crash causing traffic jams on A1 in North Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There are currently jams on the A1 northbound between Catterick and Scotch Corner.

This is due to a collision involving an HGV.

North Yorkshire Police have just tweeted this information:

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Do you recognise these items?

They may not be to everybody's taste, but if you've seen them their owner would like them back.

Sounds like they may have taken a trip across the border from County Durham to North Yorkshire:

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York Minster security stepped up after terror attack

Security at York Minster has been increased following yesterday's  terrorist attack in Westminster .

Police car
bbc

Mark Sutcliffe, the Minster's head of security, says: "After the tragic events in London, we've stepped up our high visibility Minster Police patrols to provide reassurance to visitors in our public areas.  

"Visitors to the Minster carrying bags and other items may be asked to allow them to be searched before entry." 

We want to reassure visitors to the Minster that their safety is our priority and that it remains a very safe place to visit.”

Mark Sutcliffe Head of Security, York Minster

Watch: Fridge carrying fundraiser 'chilled' about 150-mile trek

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier I told you about a Harrogate teacher on a 150-mile trip with a difference to raise money for Comic Relief.

Ian Dimmick's attempting to take a fridge from the source of the River Nidd, all the way to the North Sea and plans to get there by sunset tomorrow. 

Here he is in optimistic form before setting off:

Yorkshire weather this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright afternoon, with sunny spells developing through the day. A rather chilly northeasterly wind will continue, strongest across hills and coasts. Temperature highs of about 11C (52F).

Weather still
BBC

Remaining dry overnight with some clear spells and therefore becoming quite chilly with a frost developing, especially in rural areas. Northeasterly breeze easing. Temperature lows of about 2C (36F).  

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

New gallery for Science and Media Museum

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A new £2m gallery has opened it's doors at Bradford's Science and Media Museum. 

Wonderlab
Science and Media Museum

"Wonderlab" has 21 interactive exhibits on show including what's described as the world's first 3D printed zoetrope, slow motion screen and mirror maze. 

It's the first time in ten years the visitor attraction has seen such an investment.

Left-wing group denies trying to oust Barnsley Labour officials

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The political group Momentum has denied trying to "depose the chair & secretary of Barnsley East".

The claims were made by Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher on Twitter:

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In a statement, Barnsley Momentum says it has backed competition for party roles, adding that it will support anyone who decides to stand.

The organisation added that it wants to see more unity in the Labour Party.