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  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

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By Andrew Barton and Claire Renwick

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David Brooks

Sheffield United's highly-rated midfielder David Brooks signs a new four-year contract at Bramall Lane.

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Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J46 for A6120 Selby Road.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 entry slip road blocked and slow traffic northbound at J46, A6120 (Leeds Colton), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J46 for A6120 Selby Road.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 entry slip road blocked and slow traffic northbound at J46, A6120 (Leeds Colton), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Yorkshire actress on Weinstein's 'advances'

Game Of Thrones star LenaHeadey has claimed Harvey Weinstein was "furious" after she rejected his advances.

The Huddersfield-raised actress, 44, shared an account on social media of an interaction with the movie mogul, who is facing dozens of allegations of sexual assault by stars across the film world.

Lena Headey

Headey said she was left in tears and feeling "completely powerless" after Weinstein attempted to invite her into his hotel room following a breakfast in Los Angeles.

She also spoke of an earlier incident at the Venice Film Festival when Weinstein made a "suggestive comment" to her which she laughed off.

She wrote on Twitter: "I was genuinely shocked, I remember thinking, it's got to be a joke, I said something like.. Oh come on mate?!?? It'd be like kissing my dad !!"

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women in the film industry and an increasing number of Hollywood stars have condemned his alleged actions.

Through his spokeswoman, Weinstein has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex after three actresses said he had raped them in an article in The New Yorker.

Winner announced for Downing Street Christmas tree

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

We know you've been on the edge of your seats to find out who has won the right to provide Downing Street with a Christmas tree this year.


Well we're about to tell you, so if you were planning on watching the highlights later on*, look away now.

Christmas tree

Members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association from around the country brought a manner of festive offerings to Beacon Hill Farm, in Woolley Edge near Wakefield.

Rob Morgan, from Swansea, was crowned 'Grower of the Year' - and will provide a tree for Downing Street.

Welford Christmas Trees, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, won 'Best Festive Wreath' and will provide the adornment for the front door of Number 10.

*We're pretty sure they don't televise this.

Judge agrees to move Samia Shahid trial

A judge in Pakistan has agreed to transfer the case of Bradford beautician Samia Shahid to a court away from the town where she died.

Samia Shahid
Family handout

The 28-year-old died in 2016 and is thought to be the victim of a so called "honour killing".

Her second husband had argued there could not be a fair trial if the case was not moved.

No one has been charged in connection with her death but her first husband is still in custody - It's not yet known where or when the trial will be heard.

Severe disruption: A67 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A67 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between B1265 Worsall Road and Aislaby Road.

A67 County Durham - A67 High Street in Yarm closed and stationary traffic in both directions between the B1265 Worsall Road junction and the Aislaby Road junction, because of Fair moving in.

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

Pizza shop sex couple spared jail

Craig Smith and Daniella Hirst

A couple who had sex against the counter of a pizza delivery shop have been given community orders.

Daniella Hirst, 29, and Craig Smith, 31, were captured on CCTV in a Domino's shop in Scarborough in February.

Hirst, of Bridlington, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency and Smith, also of Bridlington, was found guilty in his absence in September.

Magistrates in Scarborough said the couple had come "very close to going to prison".

Craig Smith and Daniella Hirst

Daniella Hirst and Craig Smith were captured on CCTV having sex in a Domino's takeaway in Scarborough.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Arrest over anti-Semitic graffiti at Leeds synagogue

A man's been arrested after a synagogue in Leeds was daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti.


The abuse was painted or sprayed on to the sign outside the Etz Chaim synagogue on Harrogate Road last Wednesday.

Officers say a man was arrested in connection with the graffiti and also in connection with anti-Semitic remarks made to a member of security staff at the Synagogue a day after the attack.

The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity working against anti-Semitism and racism, said:

"As you might expect, such vile graffiti in a prominent location in the heart of the Jewish community has caused widespread upset and concern."

Police search for Skipton woman is 'matter of urgency'

Police have issued an urgent appeal to try to find a woman from Skipton:

Abigail Fox
North Yorkshire Police

Abigail Fox, 31, was last seen in Skipton town centre on Saturday afternoon and she hasn't been in contact with her family of friends since.

She hasn't withdrawn any money from her bank account or used any of her social media accounts since her disappearance.

Police say that they need people to come forward with any information "as a matter of urgency" - she was wearing a grey jumper with a black bomber jacket, dark leggings with a white pattern, and black loafer shoes with gold buckles.

Competition to supply Christmas tree to Downing Street

It may only be the middle of October, but Christmas preparations are already underway in West Yorkshire.

Its because today is a big day for Christmas tree growers.

Christmas trees

They're competing in Wakefield, at Beacon Hill Farm, to decide who will get the honour of having their tree outside 10 Downing Street over the festive season.

For Christmas tree growers it's the most important honour of the year, to have your tree standing outside the door of number 10 over the festive season.

Trees will have been nurtured for more than 10 years to reach competition height of between 1.4m and 2.2m from base to tip.

They'll be judged on their foliage, colour, shape and what is described as marketability.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J31 for A655 and J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell).

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

Leeds United players and staff donate pay to boy's cancer care

Players and staff at Leeds United Football Club are to donate a day's salary to help fund a four-year-old fan's cancer treatment.

Toby Nye
Nye family

Toby Nye has high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, which spreads rapidly across the body.

The treatment needed is not routinely available on the NHS but One Day for Toby - to be held on 27 October - aims to raise the £200,000 needed to pay for it.

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani (below) said he had been "deeply moved" by Toby's story.

Andrea Radrizzani
JMS Comms

At Leeds United we do things as a family, Toby is part of our family and he needs our help, together we can get him the treatment he needs to get better."

Andrea RadrizzaniLeeds United Chairman

Toby, who lives in Osmondthorpe, Leeds, became ill at Christmas and on his fourth birthday in January his family was told he had a stage four neuroblastoma tumour.

Doctors said he would need intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as an operation to remove the main tumour on his kidney.

His current treatment has been unsuccessful and the family is hoping to raise enough money to fund private care.

In August this year a special surprise was organised for Toby when a company arranged for Transformers robot Bumblebee, War Machine and Wonder Woman to turn up at his house:

What is neuroblastoma?

  • It is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children
  • It develops from specialised nerve cells (neuroblasts) left behind from a baby's development in the womb
  • It affects about 100 children each year in the UK
  • The cause is unknown
  • In very rare cases children in the same family can be affected, but generally neuroblastoma does not run in families

Source: NHS Choices

Many happy returns to Leeds Bradford Airport

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Happy 86th birthday to Leeds Bradford Airport (or Yeadon Aerodrome as we all used to know it):

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Final of Scarborough

Referee Bill Pashby suffered a shoulder injury and was briefly knocked out, York Crown Court hears.

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Four kittens abandoned at motorway services

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Four three to four week old kittens have been rescued after they were abandoned in a shoe box near Woolley Edge services on the M1.

Bradford Cat rescue

Costa, Starbucks, Nero and Java (see the theme there) were found at 02:45 this morning by police who called Bradford Cat Rescue.

The charity said in a post on Facebook "The kittens are not in good condition, their eyes are sore, they are still hypothermic and are taking very little milk."

They have now had their eyes bathed, been treated for fleas, had emergency treatment overnight and are being cared for around the clock.


Live coverage of Tuesday's League One game between AFC Wimbledon and Rotherham United.

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Live coverage of Tuesday's League One game between Bradford City and Oldham Athletic.

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Live coverage of Tuesday's League One game between Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth.

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Biker dies after hitting skip in Bradford

A motorcyclist has died after his bike hit a skip in Bradford last night.

Moorside Road

The rider, a 22-year-old man, was on Moorside Road heading towards Harrogate Road when his 125cc Aprilla hit the skip at about 23:45.

Paramedics arrived on the scene, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police are appealing for witnesses and ask anyone who saw what happened to call 101.

Rothwell ex-Coal Board estate 'may be demolished'

Residents living on a former Coal Board housing estate near Leeds have said they are in limbo as they wait to find out if their homes will be demolished.


Investment company Pemberstone is looking to build 72 new homes on Sugar Hill Lane and Wordsworth Drive in Oulton, Rothwell.

A total of 70 homes homes were initially only to be used as short-term housing, but have now stood for more than half a century.

Tenants are worried they will be priced out of the area if the plan goes ahead.

York historians examine motivations behind gunpowder, treason and plot

University of York researchers have helped film makers to decide on the motivations of the men behind the infamous Gunpowder Plot which is now marked every year on 5 November.


Dr Hannah Greig and Dr John Cooper, from the university, are the historical advisors behind the BBC’s new retelling of the infamous plot to blow up the House of Lords.

Gunpowder, starring Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington (pictured above) and Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler, tells the story of the chain of events which led up to the attempted assassination of King James I.


Dr Greig says: "We are very familiar in modern-day culture with the name Guy Fawkes, particularly here in York where he was born, but perhaps less familiar with the lives and motivations of his fellow plotters."

The first part of the series, which was filmed in several locations around Yorkshire, including in Leeds and Bradford, will be screened on BBC One at 21:10 on Saturday 21 October.

We were able to suggest potential answers to the motivations of these men at a time in our history where risk, threat, and fear were part of daily life."

Dr John Cooper,History department, University of York

Leeds 'demob' suit goes on display in New York

A "demob" suit which was made for a Leeds soldier after World War Two has become an exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Demob suit
Leeds City Council

Demob suits were civilian clothes given to a man on his demobilisation from the British armed forces at the end of the Second World War.

The suit now on display in New York was made by famous Leeds tailors Burtons in 1945 and has been sent 5,000 miles across the pond from its usual home at the Leeds Industrial Museum in Armley.

Other fashion exhibits on display in New York include a pair of Levi jeans from 1947, a Vivienne Westwood kilt and a wonderbra from the 1990s.

A return to grandeur: End in sight for York's Mansion House restoration

Moving trucks have arrived, large mahogany tables and priceless silver are being steadily hoisted in and dusted off - all signs that York's Mansion House is finally about to come back to life.


After almost two years, the restoration of the historic building in the centre of York is coming to an end, with its facade and freshly gilded crest now teasingly revealed as each piece of scaffolding is removed.

The Mansion House is the official home of the city's Lord Mayor and was built in 1732.


The work included the restoration of the building's original kitchens and improved access to the city's collection of gold and silverware.

It was made possible through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, funding from City of York Council and a variety of grants and donations totalling £2.6m.

The building was expected to re-open to the public at the start of the year, but it will now finally open in the first week of December.

Teen arrested after allegedly spitting in officer's face

A 14-year-old girl is due in court after it's alleged she spat in the face of a police officer.

Scarborough Train Station

Police say they were called to Scarborough railway station at about 17:00 yesterday because of reports of anti-social behaviour.

The girl was arrested and later charged with assaulting a police constable and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour to cause harassment.

She is due to appear at Scarborough Youth Magistrates’ Court on 7 November.

Concern grows for missing Sheffield man

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to find a 32-year-old man who's been missing since yesterday morning.

Paul Sargant
South Yorkshire Police

Paul Sargant was last seen in the Melrose Road area of Burngreave at about 08.30 on Monday.

He has not been seen or heard from since and police and his family are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Mr Sargant is about 6ft tall, of slim build with short, light brown hair and facial stubble or a short beard.

Police believe he could be wearing a white or grey hooded jacket and grey and silver Adidas LA trainers.

Ward philosophical after World Cup blow

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos back-rower Stevie Ward has told BBC Look North the team's Grand Final win against Castleford will help him cope with the disappointment of not being involved in the World Cup with England because of injury.

The 23-year-old missed the 2015 Grand Final triumph against Wigan with a serious knee injury but he played through the pain barrier to pick up a coveted winner's ring.

Unfortunately, the need for rehabilitation meant Ward would not be able to take his place in England's squad for the World Cup, which starts on 27 October.

Stevie Ward philosophical despite injury rules out England Rugby League World Cup dream
Leeds back-rower Stevie Ward says Grand Final glory will help him cope after injury ruled him out of the World Cup.

Cash approved for demolition of Futurist Theatre

A budget of almost £4m has been agreed so work can begin on demolishing the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough.


Leading borough councillors met this morning to approve the cash.

The next big step comes on Friday when planners will meet to consider the application to knock down the venue.

It follows a big campaign to try and save the building which closed in 2014 after being classed as unsustainable as a theatre.

Acts to have appeared at the 2,000-seat venue over the years included The Beatles, Shirley Bassey and Ken Dodd.

20 mph speed limit for Sheffield city centre

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A 20 mph speed limit is set to be introduced in Sheffield city centre following a public consultation.

Speed limit sign

The limit is expected to be rolled out before the end of the year on more than 300 roads in the middle of the city.

It will encompass nearly every street apart from a few major thoroughfares such as Arundel Gate, Derek Dooley Way and Sheaf Street.

Sheffield City Council says it hopes that reducing the speed of traffic will cut the number of accidents and encourage people to take up more sustainable modes of travel such as cycling.

Man killed in Huddersfield village crash

A man has died after his car hit a lamppost in a village near Huddersfield yesterday teatime.

Fatal crash

The 55-year-old was driving in a black VW CC on Huddersfield Road in Shelley towards Skelmanthorpe when he crashed at about 18:40 at the junction of Westerley Way.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say that they don't think any other cars were involved in the crash and that they are appealing for any witnesses who saw the VW before the crash to come forward.

Scarborough artist's red sun premonition

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Scarborough man's creative endeavours a few weeks ago appear to have pre-empted yesterday's ghostly red sun.


John Bromley, 81, says he had a kind of epiphany two weeks ago, brought on by a feeling of the "need for more structure and stability in an unsettled world."

Encouraged by his daughter, John decided to try to capture his feeling on canvas.

When his daughter phoned him yesterday to say the sky had gone red, John says he had to "sit down and have a glass of wine."

According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust.

This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky.

Travel update: Lines at Ludendenfoot reopen

BBC News Travel

Some good news, we've just heard that on the Calderdale line trains can now run past Ludendenfoot again after this tree fell on the line:

Network Rail

Meanwhile in Hipperholme, there's still one line closed, causing disruption.

Network Rail said "Shortly after 11pm on Monday, a train driver reported that they had struck a tree on the line between Halifax and Bradford."

They added: "Both railway lines were initially blocked. Network Rail workers are currently on site and are working to remove the tree. One line has now re-opened to trains."

Adoptive parents sought for four sisters in South Yorkshire

Social services in South Yorkshire are looking for adoptive parents who can give a home to four young sisters.


The girls, all under 10, must remain together, a judge has ruled.

They're currently in foster care, but their current carers have said they're too old to care for them permanently.

Foster carer Anne said: "They are very close and they do need to be together, I think it would devastate them if they were split up."

There are 12 groups of siblings of four or more in the country who need to be placed together.

Last month it was revealed the number of looked-after children adopted in England has fallen for the second year in a row, despite a rise in the number in care.