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  1. Woman, 23, denies kidnapping of toddler in Leeds
  2. Flying Scotsman marks Carlisle-to-Settle line reopening
  3. Sheffield shops to open early for autism awareness
  4. Independent pubs in York could be forced to close because of a huge increase in business rates
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Glamorgan need 212 on the final day to beat Derbyshire after bowling the visitors out for 160 on a dramatic night's cricket.

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Bradford City sign forward Dominic Poleon from League One rivals AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee.

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Our top five stories today

Well 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.

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

  1. Leeds United parent company buys back Elland Road
  2. Six face charges over Hillsborough disaster
  3. Arrest after body found in Huddersfield
  4. Princess Royal visits new Bradford hospital wing
  5. A64 dualling welcomed by campaigners
  6. One Direction star follows his hometown council on Twitter

See you tomorrow.

BreakingLeeds United parent company buys back Elland Road

Leeds United 's parent company has revealed it now owns the Elland Road stadium.

The club said it has completed the purchase of the ground from the landlord Teak Commercial Limited.

In a statement Leeds United said the move achieved what owner Andrea Radrizzani had set out as a top priority in allowing the Championship club to buy back its stadium following the completion of the takeover from Massimo Cellino

Elland Road

Today is an important day in our history and a proud day for me and my team."

Andrea RadrizzaniOwner of Leeds United

Leeds sold Elland Road on a sale and lease back deal after a takeover led by Sebastian Sainsbury collapsed in November 2004.

Conman roofer tricks victim, 88, out of money

A Doncaster conman is being sought by police after he tricked an elderly man out of money.

South Yorkshire Police

Police released this e-fit of a man they want to talk to.

It happened last Monday when a man called at the house of the 88-year-old on St Nicholas Road in Thorne, and told the resident he needed work doing to his roof.

After a few days of pretending to carry out the work, the man asked for money which the 88-year-old handed over. He called the police when it became apparent no work had been done.

Rosie Winterton elected as deputy speaker

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton has been elected as one of three Deputy Speakers in the House of Commons.

The job involves chairing debates in Parliament when the main Speaker John Bercow is on other business.

The position became vacant because one of the former deputy speakers, Natascha Engle from North East Derbyshire, lost her seat at the general election.

Rosie Winterton MP
Labour Party

As part of their role, deputy speakers can't take part in votes and have to remain impartial.

Ripon City Council advertises ancient hornblower job
Ripon city council is looking to recruit a new hornblower to help maintain a centuries-old ceremony.

Controlled explosions in Wakefield

Army Bomb Disposal officers in Wakefield have been carrying out controlled explosions this afternoon after police were called to a house in Westgate End on Sunday night.

Controlled explosions

A 41-year-old man from Leeds has been remanded in custody after being charged with two offences under the Explosives Act.

Vladimir Madle of Westgate End will appear before Leeds magistrates again on 7 July.

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Ripon advertises hornblower job

Ripon City Council advertises ancient hornblower job

Plymouth Argyle: Pilgrims re-sign Gregg Wylde and Doncaster's Aaron Taylor-Sinclair

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Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Gregg Wylde
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Plymouth Argyle have re-signed former Rangers winger Gregg Wylde (pictured right), while left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (pictured left) has also joined the League One side.

Wylde, 26, left the Pilgrims for Millwall last summer but had his Lions contract cancelled in May.

Fellow Scot Taylor-Sinclair, also 26, had spent the past two seasons with Doncaster but was released after their promotion to the third tier.

Left-back Gary Sawyer has also signed a new deal to remain at Home Park.

The 31-year-old has made 72 appearances since rejoining the Pilgrims for a second spell in 2015.

He helped them win promotion to League One last term, but was restricted to playing 22 games because of injuries.

Man fined £90 for false crime claims

A Sheffield man has been fined after he made up claims about being assaulted and robbed.

Dyche Road

The 54-year-old called police on 13 June to tell them that he had been robbed on Dyche Road, Jordanthorpe and knocked out.

Later that evening, he told police his house had also been broken into and bank cards stolen.

After officers looked at CCTV footage and invested "considerable resources" into the alleged crimes it became clear they had not happened. He was fined £90.

Where a report has been made up, this takes valuable resources away from other people who may need them."

Det Con Neil FoxSouth Yorkshire Police

The third day of the County Championship match between Yorkshire and Surrey at Headingley suffers a complete washout.

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Hillsborough charges: Sheffield City Council reaction

Following the Crown Prosecution Service's annoucement on the Hillsborough disaster earlier today, John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, has released the following statement:

“I very much hope that this announcement will start to give the families of the 96 victims some of the accountability that they have been looking for for so long."

Sheffield City Council building

He said 15 April 1989 marked "a dark day in the history of both Sheffield and Liverpool and we are truly sorry for the losses the families have endured. As always our thoughts and sympathies are with them above all.”

Several police officers investigated but not charged over Hillsborough

The Crown Prosecution Service investigated six other South Yorkshire Police officers of various ranks over their planning for the match and/or conduct on the day.

The CPS concluded that while there was evidence of failure to meet the standards of leadership rightly expected of their respective ranks, there were no acts or omissions capable of amounting to gross negligence manslaughter or an abuse of the public's trust to the required criminal standard for an offence of misconduct in public office.

It also noted that before 1998, no police force or individual officer was subject to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Prosecutors also considered whether some of these officers should be charged with administration of justice offences, for example perverting the course of justice, but there was not sufficient evidence.

'Insufficient evidence' against the FA for any Hillsborough charges

The conduct of the FA and one of its officers was investigated in relation to the Safety of Sports Grounds Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The Crown Prosecution Service found there was insufficient evidence to establish that any breach of the safety certificate could be placed within the responsibility of the organisation, and nor did the FA contribute to a material risk to safety.

It also followed that there was insufficient evidence against any FA employee under either Act.

No charges against Sheffield Wednesday over Hillsborough disaster

The Crown Prosecution Service found that Sheffield Wednesday Football Club as it exists today is a different company to the one at the time of the disaster, when it was Sheffield Wednesday PLC.

As it is not a successor organisation, the CPS said it was not criminally liable for any offences that might have been committed.

It found there were no longer any directors or other individuals who formed the original company and therefore no-one who could represent it in the dock, give instructions to answer any criminal charge, or enter a plea.

Even if the company were to be found guilty in those circumstances, there could be no penalty as it would not have any assets with which to pay a fine and no-one else liable to pay it.

Therefore, while prosecutors did find sufficient evidence for a health and safety offence, it concluded it is not in the public interest to prosecute at this time.

Your photos: At least someone's enjoying the rain...

The birds aren't bothered about the bad weather we're having this week!

This blue tit and blackbird were snapped in Acklam and Blyth in the rain.

Daz Mendoza
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South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service's role in the Hillsborough disaster

The Crown Prosecution Service said South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (SYMAS) was a service supplied by Trent Regional Health Authority (TRHA) at the time of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, rather than a legal entity itself.

SYMAS and TRHA no longer exist. As criminal liability was not transferred to successor organisations, nobody - corporate or incorporate - can be prosecuted, even if liability could be proven.

Three SYMAS employees were investigated by the CPS, which found there was insufficient evidence to charge the two more senior officers under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974.

While there was sufficient evidence of a health and safety breach against one junior ambulance employee, the CPS concluded that it was not in the public interest to prosecute.

Waterproofs and unused pants needed for homeless

The Archer Project hand out clothing and help people living on the streets of Sheffield.

The wet weather is obviously making life for the homless even more difficult.

Note the plea for unused pants:

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Leeds teenager goes missing in Germany

A teenager from Leeds has gone missing during a trip to Germany.

Joshua Tummons
West Yorkshire Police

Police say that Joshua Tummons, aged 19, was reported missing on 23 June and was last seen in Leeds on 15 June as he left for London.

He was due home a week ago but his family have heard nothing since 20 June.

Police in Leeds are working with the authorities in Germany and think he may have been in eother Dusseldorf or Berlin.

Severe accident: A682 Lancashire northbound

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A682 Lancashire northbound severe accident, between A59 Main Street and A65.

A682 Lancashire - A682 closed northbound between the A59 Main Street junction in Gisburn and the A65 junction in Long Preston, because of an accident involving a lorry and car. Traffic is coping well.

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

One Direction star follows his hometown council on Twitter!

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Doncaster's One Direction star Louis Tomlinson got this great response from Doncaster Council when he started following them on social media this week:

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I'm sure he'll enjoy those gritting updates from wherever in the world he's currently jet-setting!

Who were the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster?

Who were the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster?

Here BBC News profiles all of the men, women and children who were fatally injured on the Hillsborough terraces on 15 April 1989.

Hillsborough's 96 victims
Hillsborough Inquests
The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Severe disruption: A635 Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

A635 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between Bank Lane and Harden Moss Road.

A635 Greater Manchester - A635 Holmfirth Road closed and slow traffic eastbound between the Bank Lane junction in Greenfield and the Harden Moss Road junction in Flush House, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

St Helens

Team news as Leeds Rhinos take on St Helens in Thursday's Super League fixture at Headingley (20:00 BST).

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Hillsborough: the six men who face charges

Who are the six men who face charges over the Hillsborough disaster?

They include four police officers, a solicitor, and a former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary.

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Jewellery stolen in Huddersfield burglary

Jewellery valued at thousand pounds has been stolen from a house in Huddersfield.

Centuria Walk

Officers say the burglary happened sometime between 9 and 15 June at Centuria Walk in Salendine Nook.

The burglars got in through a window and took a number of "distinctive pieces of jewellery" including a pearl and coral necklace, aquamarine earrings and items of filigree jewellery. 

This incident has been devastating for the victim. They are not only of significant financial value, but highly sentimental."

PC James AthertonWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work over Dalton fly-tipping

A Rotherham man has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community after being found guilty of fly-tipping.

Ian Hague, then of Doncaster Road, Dalton, was given a community order for dumping approximately 20 bags of household waste.

The fly tipped rubbish at Dalton Lane
Rotherham Borough Council

In addition to the community order, he was ordered to pay £100 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

Campaigner says Hillsborough charges mark the 'start of the end'

Margaret Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 disaster, said of the CPS's decision to press charges: "This is definitely the start of the end."

Margaret Aspinall

"I think everybody needs that, I think we all need peace from Hillsborough but we can never have peace until we've got truth, justice, accountability.

"I think that's the time we'll all have peace.

"What has been achieved today will change things for the good of this nation. I think that is the legacy of our 96."

'Nobody is above the law', says Hillsborough victims' father Trevor Hicks

Trevor Hicks, whose daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, were among the 96 killed at Hillsborough, said: "We're in difficult position because we're now sub-judice in terms of people who have been charged.

"We move another step forward. There will be six people facing criminal charges who might not have done if we hadn't been resilient and all stuck together and fought this long fight.

Trevor Hicks

"...There are no winners in this. It doesn't bring anybody back from the disaster. But what it does do it sends a message about accountability, as we keep saying, that nobody but nobody is above the law. Be it the police or anybody else.

"So any organisation, and we all know Grenfell towers and all these other things: Watch out because families will come after you if you don't do your job properly."

Ripon City Council advertises ancient role

A city council is looking to recruit a new hornblower to help maintain a centuries-old ceremony.


A horn has been sounded four times in Ripon's Market Place every night at 21:00 since AD886 to "set the watch".

Ripon City Council is advertising for a new member of the Hornblowing Team to work up to three nights a week.

The job description states the main responsibilities are "to sound the horn at 9pm... provide a brief history of the horn blowing ceremony for the public in attendance... and sound the horn three times outside the mayor's house".

In exchange for their services the hornblower is paid £8.72 an hour and £21.12 for attendance at civic events.

It is a very old tradition and one everybody in the city loves and is very proud of."

Paula BensonClerk

IPCC 'will work closely' with CPS over Hillsborough investigation

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which continues to investigate the conduct of officers in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, has reacted to the Crown Prosecution Service's announcement that six people face criminal charges.

Deputy chairman Rachel Cerfontyne said: "The CPS has announced charging decisions on six of the eight suspects formally referred by the IPCC in January this year. We have also referred a further two individuals.

"We will be working closely with the CPS on the prosecution case and will provide any further assistance necessary while decisions on the remaining IPCC files are under consideration.

"Following criminal proceedings, we will consider whether any former police officers, including all of those referred to the CPS for a charging decision, would have had cases to answer for misconduct if they were still serving.

"The evidence supporting these findings will be set out in the final investigation report."

Football Association 'notes' CPS decision to press charges over Hillsborough

A Football Association spokesperson said it "notes the decision taken by the CPS" and that it "co-operated fully with the investigation, as we did with the inquests heard by Lord Justice Goldring".

The inquests concluded in April 2016 that 96 football fans had been unlawfully killed as a result of a fatal crush at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The venue of FA Cup semi-finals is chosen by the Football Association.

Wembley Stadium in North London
The Football Association is now based at Wembley Stadium

"The FA recognises the enormous commitment that the families have made in their pursuit of justice. Their suffering over the years can only have been matched by their courage.

"It would not be appropriate for The FA to comment further." given that legal proceedings are now under way.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of surface water. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hillsborough charges: What we know so far

  • Match commander, former Ch Supt David Duckenfield of South Yorkshire Police, faces 95 charges of manslaughter
  • 96 football fans were fatally injured in a terrace crush at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium on 15 April 1989
  • The final victim, Tony Bland, died four years after the disaster. Because of this, Mr Duckenfield cannot face a manslaughter charge in relation to his death
  • Sir Norman Bettison, who went on to become Merseyside's chief constable, and was a chief inspector at Hillsborough, faces four charges of misconduct in a public office relating to alleged lies he told in the aftermath
  • Former Ch Supt Donald Denton and former Det Ch Insp Alan Foster both charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the alleged alteration of police statements
  • Solicitor Peter Metcalf, who represented SYP at the original Taylor Inquiry, to be charged with perverting the course of justice
  • Sheffield Wednesday's former club secretary and safety officer Graham Mackrell faces charges of breaching Health and Safety at Sports Ground legislation
  • Prime Minister Theresa May says it would be a day of "mixed emotions" for the Hillsborough families
  • Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn pays tribute to Hillsborough campaigners