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Summary

  1. Fire crews deal with tyre blaze as thick black smoke pours from site
  2. Unsolved cases 'reviewed' for links to Yorkshire Ripper
  3. New laws to tackle paedophiles who groom children online
  4. Three taken to hospital after serious crash outside a York army barracks
  5. Sheffield shops open early for autism shopping event
  6. Former mayor of Doncaster rules himself out of next month's election
  7. Nature reserve on former open cast mine officially opens
  8. Bodies at medieval North Yorkshire village mutilated to 'stop dead rising'
  9. Live updates on Monday 3 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton and Claire Renwick

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A61 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A61 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Green Lane and Station Lane.

A61 North Yorkshire - A61 Ripon Road in South Stainley closed in both directions between the Green Lane junction and the Station Lane junction, because of a serious accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A660 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A660 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Leeds Road and A658 Pool Bank New Road.

A660 West Yorkshire - A660 Leeds Road in Otley closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Leeds Road junction and the A658 Pool Bank New Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Police search for missing offender

Police are searching for Wakefield Man Carl Hartley.

Carl Hartley
West Yorkshire Police

Police have released an image of him after he breached his court bail conditions. He was charged with a number of sexual offences. 

He is 25-years-old with a tattoo of the words "LILY" on the left hand side of his neck. 

Hartley has links to both the Castleford and Wakefield areas of West Yorkshire 

Severe accident: A641 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A641 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Highfield Avenue and Wyke Old Lane.

A641 West Yorkshire - A641 Bradford Road in Bailiff Bridge closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Highfield Avenue junction and the Wyke Old Lane junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - Northbound via Wyke Old Lane, Southbound via Lower Wyke Green which both lead to Lower Wyke lane and A58.

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

WATCH: Aftermath of Sheffield street violence

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Here's what part of Spital Hill looks like today after a large fight between members of the Somalian and Kurdish communities yesterday afternoon.

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That's put the lid on it - bargain coffin sold at charity shop

Some more news on the coffin that was for sale at a Leeds charity shop. As the previous sentence may suggest, it's been sold!

Coffin
Lisa Marie McCarthy

We understand that someone paid near the asking price of £1`40 for the bargain coffin.

Jonathan Wingfield is the Assistant Manager there, he says that it was owned by a couple who were into amateur dramatics.

Officers give tips on how to stay safe around police horses

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Now, I don't know about you, but I can't resit patting a police horse when I see one.

South Yorkshire Police  horses
SYP

But even the most well-trained can be unpredictable, which is why South Yorkshire Police has issued tips on how to stay safe around them.

The advice includes approaching police horses slowly and quietly, asking their rider if it's alright to stroke or feed them and never walk behind them.

Wigan Warriors

Team news as Huddersfield host Wigan in Friday's Super League fixture at the John Smith's Stadium (20:00 BST).

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Keggie Carew and Richard Hawley

Artist and biographer Keggie Carew meets producer and singer-songwriter Richard Hawley.
Artist and biographer Keggie Carew travels to Sheffield to meet the producer and Mercury Prize nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Hawley. 

They meet at Yellow Arch Studios, where he has recorded all his albums, and talk about the way in which the city of Sheffield has inspired his work. Keggie and Richard also muse on the subject of time; how his songs often seem to stretch it, why he decided to go slow, and the importance of sharing time with their fathers towards the end of their lives.

Producer Clare Walker.
Bill Tupou

Team news as Hull host Wakefield in Friday's Super League fixture at the KCOM Stadium (20:00 BST).

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan

Team news as Leeds face Castleford in Friday's Super League fixture at Headingley Carnegie (20:00 BST).

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'This is shocking': A rubbish tweet about bulky waste!

First there was this from an angry council:

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Swiftly followed by this:

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Oops!

Is that what you call a rubbish tweet?

Football: Port Vale sign Sheffield United defender on one-year contract

BBC Sport

Port Vale have made their sixth summer signing - and their fifth in three days - by bringing in defender Graham Kelly from Sheffield United.

The 19-year-old left-back has signed a one-year contract, with the option of a second year.

Graham Kelly
Port Vale FC

Kelly made his debut for the Blades against Coventry City at the end of the 2015-16 season - and also played last term in the EFL Trophy.

Kelly's arrival follows the return to Vale Park of striker Tom Pope and this week's signings, winger Cristian Montano, goalkeepers Rob Lainton and Sam Hornby and defender Joe Davis.

'Violence will not be tolerated in our city' say Sheffield police

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police in Sheffield have reassured people living in the Spital Hill area that violence will "absolutely not be tolerated in our city".

Spital Hill, Shefifeld
BBC

It follows a large fight yesterday afternoon between members of the Somailian and Kurdish community.

Ch Supt Shaun Morley said extra officers - some armed - will continue to patrol the area, and a legal Dispersal Order will allow them to move potential troublemakers away from Spital Hill.

On Monday, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed during a fight on Spital Lane, while a 33-year-old man was shot during the latest confrontation.

I want residents and communities to be reassured that South Yorkshire Police is committed and dedicated to apprehend and bring to justice, those responsible for bringing this level of aggression and violent actions to our streets."

Shaun MorleyChief Superintendent

Sheffield man's Steel City tattoos

David Izzard from Sheffield loves the city so much, he's covered his arms with tattoos of the place!

Tattoo of Sheffield
David Izzard

His designs include Brammall Lane, the bronze Steel Workers statue at Meadowhall and the old Henderson's Relish factory!

Henderson's Relish tattoo
David Izzard

That's dedication for you!

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Blue plaque unveiled to first female Lord Mayor of York

Earlier this week a blue plaque was unveiled in York to honour composer John Barry.

Today a second plaque will be unveiled to one of York's unsung heroes.

The location is 30 Clifton, the former home of Edna Annie Crichton, the city's first woman Lord Mayor from 1941 to 1942.

I've been along to Edna's former home to find out from York's Civic Trust on why Edna Annie Crichton was such an important figure:

Her year in office was to be the most dramatic in the modern history of York. In the early hours of 29 April 1942 bombs rained down and York burned.

About 90 people were killed, more than 200 badly injured, and up to a third of York's homes were destroyed or badly damaged.

Edna Annie Crichton went from home to home offering assistance.

Keighley woman to compete in Warrior Games

A woman from Keighley in West Yorkshire who was seriously injured while in the army is preparing to travel to Chicago to take part in a major athletics competition.

Maria Miles
BBC

Maria Miles had to give up her dream career in 1997, when she suffered a broken spine and leg injuries on deployment.

She was told she would never walk properly again.

She now uses a wheelchair, but advances in medical technology mean she competes in a wide range of sports.

Maria's now about to take part in the Warrior Games which are for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans.

I had a lot of specialists saying 'you can't do this you can't do that'. I said what can I do and I'm here now, I'm living proof of it."

Maria Miles

Scarborough social care campaigner worried about future

A Scarborough care home owner and campaigner says he is worried that social care may slip to the bottom of the government's agenda.

Elderly lady
Keith Brofsky

The government promised in the Queen's Speech to consult on the future of social care, after the ditching of the controversial "dementia tax" in the Conservative election manifesto.

Some campaigners welcomed the chance to re-think the policy after heavy criticism of it during the election campaign.

A Green Paper is now likely to be published at the end of the year on changes to the social care system but some warn that more concrete promises are needed.

I'm worried. There's so many people asking for help, I think we're going to be at the bottom of the list again."

Mike PadghamIndependent Care Group in Scarborough

Lessons for Leeds children around dogs

Children in Leeds are being given lessons on how to stay safe around dogs.

Kid and dog
Getty Images

The Dogs Trust says in the last five years 8,000 children had to go to hospital after being bitten by a dog.

The charity's going into schools around the country - including to Ashfield Primary School in Leeds - to give demonstrations and safety tips to pupils.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

For sale - coffin - only used once

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

This coffin has been spotted for sale in a Leeds charity shop - it says "used once" on the ticket.

Coffin
Lisa Marie McCarthy

It's up for sale for £140 at the Revive shop on Kirkstall Road in the city, but the big question is, who buys a coffin and then doesn't need it?

Jonathan Wingfield is the Assistant Manager there, he says that it was owned by a couple who were into amateur dramatics. See where this is going?

He said: "They had it in their garage for years after the production and were moving, so they decided to give it to us."

A diner explains how a homeless man let him borrow his shoes to celebrate wife's birthday
A diner turned away for wearing sandals was saved by a homeless man who lent his shoes.

Freddie Flintoff to star as leading man in Leeds musical

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

In bizarre Yorkshire showbiz news, former England cricket captain Freddie Flintoff is to appear on the stage in Leeds in a musical version of Fat Friends.

Freddie Flintoff
Jacamo

He's going to play leading man Kevin Chadwick in Kay Mellor's latest production, which opens at Leeds Grand Theatre in November.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner - and former camp-mate on Australia's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! - said he was thrilled to be working with Ms Mellor.

She says that casting Flintoff was a "no-brainer" when she discovered he had talents beyond the cricket ground.

I loved the TV series and think Fat Friends: The Musical is going to give people a great night out. I'm really looking forward to it."

Freddie Flintoff

Woman hurt in armed robbery at Barnsley garage

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man allegedly carrying a knife threatened a staff member during a robbery at a garage in Goldthorpe, Barnsley.

Dearneside Motors, Goldthorpe
Google

Cash was also stolen during the raid at Dearnside Motors, on Barnsley Road, at about 04:50 yesterday morning.

A female worker suffered minor injuries.

The man is described as slim and is said to have been wearing a yellow fluorescent cagoule-style top, a facemask and gloves.

Grenfell Tower: Warning over 'postcode lottery' on tower block safety

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire MP has warned against a "safety postcode lottery" of councils struggling to afford to make tower blocks safe in the wake of the Grenfell fire in London.

Grenfell
AFP

Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton, says a government fund should be set up to make all council-owned homes safe.

In a Commons statement, the prime minister said cladding tests on high rise flats have shown some of the material to be "combustible".

It's not yet clear if any of these tests show that any high rise flats in Yorkshire are at risk. Theresa May said all local authorities responsible for the tested flats had been informed.

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Rotherham sign Fleetwood striker on two-year deal

BBC Sport

Rotherham United have signed Fleetwood Town striker David Ball on a two-year deal after he turned down a new deal with the Cod Army.

David Ball
Getty Images

Ball, 27, scored 41 goals in 179 league appearances for the Highbury side.

He is the second player to join the Millers this week after midfielder Ryan Williams joined on Tuesday.

Boss Paul Warne told the club website: "I think we have lacked a little bit of creativity up top and I think he'll give us that."

Watch: Ed Miliband tries his hand at death metal

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband will probably be sticking to his day job after his attempt at singing death metal failed to hit the right note.

The former Labour leader is currently sitting in for BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine.

Full marks for effort though!

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Listen: Elland residents call for 700th anniversary boost

People living in Elland, near Halifax, are due to find out today what's being done to help it celebrate its 700th birthday.

It's now seven centuries since Edward II granted a charter to the town so it could stage a market, and a programme of celebrations to mark the anniversary will start on 29 July.

David Jackson, a trader in the town, says something special needs to happen, while local resident Andrea Ashworth says Calderdale Council has an opportunity to show it cares:

Blades boss close to agreeing new contract

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield understands that Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is close to agreeing a new and improved contract.

The 49-year-old is only one year into his existing three-year deal, but is being rewarded after guiding the Blades to Championship promotion.

Meanwhile, Rotherham United have completed the signing of former Fleetwood Town forward David Ball.

He's agreed a two-year contract with the club.