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Summary

  1. Twenty-one-year-old man dies after stabbing in Sheffield
  2. 'Claudia's Law' passes next hurdle in Commons
  3. Bradford washing machine drugs police inspector jailed
  4. 'Burglar' found dead in Queensbury chemist roof space
  5. West Yorkshire MP admits: 'My 16,000 Twitter followers hate me'
  6. Major Tim congratulates Sheffield schoolboy who spotted space oddity
  7. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017

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By Andrew Barton and Kevin Larkin

All times stated are UK

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Our top five stories

That's all for today and, indeed, for this week.

We'll be back on Monday 27 March at 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Yorkshire.

In the meantime, take a look back at five of our top stories from today:

  1. A long-serving  West Yorkshire Police inspector is sentenced  to 26 years in prison after being found guilty of stealing drugs from an evidence store and selling them
  2. A murder investigation's launched in Sheffield after a 21-year-old man is fatally stabbed in the city
  3. A new law named after missing York chef Claudia Lawrence which could help families of missing people to deal with their financial affairs  gets through its final Commons stage
  4. A West Yorkshire Conservative MP says going on Twitter was "probably one of the worst things I ever did" as all his followers hate him
  5. Events have been taking place across Yorkshire for Red Nose Day - and it's been sending some people literally up the wall

Get ready for summertime

Just another sign that spring might finally have sprung:

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A 'nose' for the truth on the streets of South Yorkshire

A life-size Lara Croft is the reward for members of South Yorkshire Police officers for completing training at Meadowhall.

They've been out on patrol on Red Nose Day, but I wonder if the Comic Relief noses stayed on?:

South Yorks Police
South Yorkshire Police

Huddersfield chairman 'too superstitious' to contemplate promotion

Katherine Hannah

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle (pictured) says he's too superstitious to think about the possibility of Premier League football.

Dean Hoyle
PA

Town are currently third in the Championship with nine games to go, and just six points off automatic promotion. 

But Hoyle says he's leaving any planning for the top flight to CEO Julian Winter.

He says: "I let Julian deal with all that. I'll have a nosy around, but because it means so much to me, I'm quite superstitious.

"The only plan I have is the Championship. You can't think about it. Julian's role is to think about the bigger picture. My role's to keep everybody's feet firmly on the ground."

Lights-out at landmark Leeds buildings for Earth Hour

Two Leeds landmark buildings will be plunged into darkness for an hour this Saturday as the city shows its support for Earth Hour.

Leeds Town Hall in evening
Thinkstock

Both Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Civic Hall will switch off their lights from 20:30 to 21:30 as part of a worldwide campaign.

Earth Hour is an hour every year where people are encouraged to turn off their lights in order to raise awareness of environmental issues.  

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for the environment and sustainability, says: "We're delighted once again as a city to support Earth Hour, which will offer a timely reminder across the world for one designated hour this Saturday, how the smallest of steps can make a positive environmental impact."

£265k cash boost for York council home renovations

A total of 340 council-owned homes in York are going to get a re-vamp, it's been announced.

The Groves
Google

The properties, in The Groves area of the city, which include a mix of Victorian and 1960s buildings, will see new roofs built and many flats and houses will be remodelled.

There could also be more studio flats and accommodation for older people.

'Everyone is so helpful': Dementia-friendly screenings prove popular in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Film is a powerful way of triggering and connecting with memories. Yet for people with dementia, going to the cinema can be a bewildering, frightening experience. 

But in Bradford, monthly film screenings are making cinema-going more inclusive and accessible .

Imax screen
Telegraph and Argus

South Yorkshire Police Band's tribute to terror attack victims

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The South Yorkshire Police Band has played a moving tribute to the victims of the Westminster terror attack.

On Facebook, the group paid a particular tribute to their fallen colleague PC Keith Palmer .

Here's their tribute:

Boy, 11, 'distressed' after stranger approach in Sheffield

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An 11-year-old boy has been left "distressed" after being approached by a stranger in Sheffield.

E-fit
South Yorkshire Police

The boy was walking home from school at about 16:40 on Friday 10 March when the man asked the boy to follow him.  

The boy ran off but he and his family have been left upset by the incident.

Anyone who was on Drakehouse Lane in Beighton at about that time is asked to contact police.

West Yorkshire MP: My 16,000 Twitter followers hate me

The Conservative MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire, says going on Twitter was "probably one of the worst things I ever did" as all his followers hate him.

Philip Davies, known for his criticism of "militant feminism", told fellow MPs those who were not on Facebook or Twitter were "the sensible ones".

Of his Twitter critics, he said: "It's all very interesting, what they have to say, I'm sure, but it seems to me rather pointless to be perfectly honest."

'The feeling we've got now is great' - York City boss Mills

BBC Sport

York City are in a confident mood ahead of tomorrow's game at Dagenham and Redbridge.

York City ground
Google

Manager Gary Mills has told BBC Radio York Sport they're travelling with the belief they can beat one of the National League play-off hopefuls. 

He says: "We're capable of going to win the game. I don't have to state the obvious that four or five months ago we'd be thinking we'd do well to even get a draw. That's not a nice feeling.

"The feeling we've got now is great and we know we can go out and win football matches whoever it is."

Game, set and nose! New sport created for Red Nose Day

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's not often you see a brand new sport enter the arena.

But the first ever (to our knowledge!) Red Nose Day table tennis matches are being played in Sheffield.

Surely a contender to be a new Olympic sport?:

'Major disruption' on South Yorkshire-West Yorkshire rail services

Here's the latest on the problems on the East Coast Main Line between South and West Yorkshire:

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Investigation after patient injured at Rotherham Hospital

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An investigation has been launched after a patient was seriously injured at Rotherham Hospital.

Rotherham Hospital
Google

The man has been transferred to the Northern General Hospital for treatment after the incident yesterday evening.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust says it's carrying out an investigation.

Polce were called, but they say the incident wasn't suspicious.

Huddersfield 'work-related' death sparks police inquiry

More on the news that a man has died from serious injuries he suffered at a textile mill in West Yorkshire , sparking a police investigation.

Victoria Mills in Bradford
Geograph/Humphry Bolton

Emergency services, including fire and ambulance, were called to Victoria Mills on Victoria Lane in Golcar, near Huddersfield, at about 02:10 this morning.

The 51-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say they're investigating the "work-related death" and the Health and Safety Executive and coroner have been notified.

Rail replacement coaches in place between Wakefield and Doncaster

The signalling problems between Doncaster and Leeds appear to be causing an issue.

Coaches have now been brought in to transport passengers between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster:

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Lawyer stole £4m from firm to fund lavish lifestyle and love of clothes

Huddersfield Examiner

A lawyer forced a 200-year-old firm of Yorkshire solicitors into extinction by plundering its accounts of almost £4m to fund her luxury lifestyle.

Linda Box
Huddersfield Examiner

'Claudia's Law' passes next hurdle in Commons

A new law which could help  relatives of missing people to deal with their financial affairs has got through its final stage in the House of Commons.

Claudia Lawrence
North Yorkshire Police

Claudia's Law is named after missing York chef Claudia Lawrence who disappeared eight years ago. 

Her family and Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake have been fighting to help missing people's families. 

The bill will now move to the House of Lords where peers will decide if it should become law.

Listen: 'Cost-cutting' threatens public safety - West Yorks Police Federation

The chair of West Yorkshire Police Federation, the organisation representing rank-and-file police officers, says cost-cutting of frontline services must stop if the public is to be protected properly.  

Nick Smart's comments follow two further "significant" arrests in the West Midlands the North West as part of their investigation into Wednesday's terror attack on Westminster. 

The police say they've foiled 13 planned attacks since murder of Lee Rigby in 2013 , but Ch Insp Smart says cuts are putting the public at risk:

New signalling issue in Doncaster area

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Just as one signalling issue is fixed...a new problem emerges.

This issue is affecting the East Coast Main Line between Doncaster and Leeds.

Virgin Trains East Coast are warning of delays:

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E-fit appeal over Harrogate burglary

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to about a burglary in Harrogate.

E-fit
North Yorkshire Police

A house was burgled on East Parade between about 19:25 and 19:45 on Monday.

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

Rail signalling issues in Doncaster fixed

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Problems with rail signalling in Doncaster have now been fixed.

National Rail Enquiries have just tweeted this update:

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BreakingStrike by Doncaster postal workers ends

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A wildcat strike by post workers in Doncaster has come to an end.

Post strike
BBC

Members of the Communications Workers Union walked out after allegations of management bullying.

After talks, the Royal Mail says employees are now back at work and normal deliveries will resume tomorrow.

'Urgent' appeal over missing man

Police are "urgently" appealing for help in finding a man who's gone missing from Wakefield.

Tariq Rashid
West Yorkshire Police

Tariq Rashid, 22, was last seen in the city on Wednesday at about 16:30 and police say he may appear "confused or agitated".

He's described as Asian, of slim build, about 6ft 2ins tall, with black messy medium length hair.

He was last seen wearing a black Armani jumper with a large beige logo, black jogging bottoms with a white Nike logo and black trainers.   

He has links to the Huddersfield area. 

Anyone seeing Mr Rashid is being warned not to approach him, but are instead asked to contact police. 

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound at J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of debris on the road.

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

Twenty-one-year-old dies after stabbing in Sheffield

A 21-year-old man has died after a stabbing at a property in Sheffield

Emergency services were called to a house in Southey Avenue, Longley at about 21:45 last night, following reports a man had been injured.  

Police say he was "taken to hospital but sadly died later that evening."

A murder investigation has begun and a police cordon remains in place at the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about what happened to contact them.

Mill death in Huddersfield

A man's died after being seriously injured working in a textile mill near Huddersfield.

It happened at Victoria Mills in Golcar in the early hours of this morning. 

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are now investigating how the fifty-one-year-old man died.   

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J5 for M180.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M18 southbound at J5, M180 (Stainforth), because of an accident.

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

North Yorkshire goes 'loco' for Red Nose Day

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is going full steam ahead getting into the spirit of Red Nose Day.

You could say they've gone 'loco' for it.

Loco
BBC

Thanks very much to David Rice for the pic.

More are always welcome, send yours in by simply clicking here .  

BreakingPoliceman gets 26 years for selling drugs he stole

A long-serving West Yorkshire Police Inspector has been sentenced to 26 years in prison, after being found guilty of stealing drugs from an evidence store and selling them on. 

The judge described 55-year-old Keith Boots of Norman Lane, Eccleshill, Bradford as "a disgrace to to the uniform he once wore".

He was found guilty following a three-month trial at Leeds Crown Court. 

West Yorkshire council polls had most fraud reports

West Yorkshire Police received the most electoral fraud reports last year , UK police data has revealed.

Vote count
PA

The figures show English council elections attracted nearly twice as many fraud reports as the EU referendum.

Of the 260 complaints made to UK police forces in 2016, 121 were about local government elections and 66 about the referendum.

The number of voter fraud reports rose - particularly allegations of people voting under someone else's name. 

West Yorkshire Police received the most electoral fraud reports - 49 - while the Metropolitan Police received 30.

The Electoral Commission report identified only two local authority areas with more than seven allegations of fraud - Bradford and Kirklees, both in West Yorkshire. 

Union: Doncaster post workers 'at boiling point'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Doncaster postal workers are "at boiling point" according to their union.

Staff are on a wildcat strike with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) alleging bullying tactics from Royal Mail managers.

Branch Secretary of the Doncaster CWU, Steve West, described the mood at the sorting office:

Royal Mail says the customer enquiry office at their centre in Balby is open.

However, the firm is warning that deliveries will be disrupted today.

Emergency training exercise in Scarborough

A "large number" of emergency service vehicles are due to descend on Scarborough's Marine Drive on Saturday morning, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning .

But fear not - it's only a training exercise to simulate a water rescue incident.

It's designed to test the working arrangements between the various emergency services involved and is expected to last for about two hours:

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Fourteen charged over Leeds Halloween 'ride out'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A total of 14 people have been charged over a motorbike "ride out" in Leeds last year.

Leeds Ride Out
@peopleofleeds

About 50 bikers brought a major route into Leeds to a standstill and rode through the city centre on 31 October.

The 13 men and one woman have been charged with causing a public nuisance.

One man is also charged with driving while disqualified and without insurance, while another is also charged with perverting the course of justice.   

They're due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Thursday 4 May.

A relief when you stop?: Harnessing the power of the Red Nose

BBC Radio Leeds reporter Corrinne Wheatley appears to be doing her bit for Comic Relief .

She's been scaling walls with Ilkley rock climbers on a 24-hour challenge.

She doesn't seem overly enthralled by the prospect though!

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Listen: Angry reaction to bank closures in Yorkshire

A campaign is being set up in one Yorkshire town by people who are angry about another bank closing. 

It was announced yesterday that more than 150 Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest branches are closing, including six in North Yorkshire. 

The Natwest branches in Haxby in York, Selby, Knaresborough, Tadcaster, Settle and Thirsk will close.

The company says it's because of changes in the way people use their services. 

David Bewley runs a shop in Tadcaster and says when banks there closed, due to flooding , the town died:

Travel: Trains moving but delayed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live