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  1. Diesel car drivers could face charge to drive in Leeds
  2. 'Let Sheffield Breathe' plan for city
  3. Fines of £1,000 to tackle anti-social behaviour in Scarborough
  4. Marmite might be brain food according to University of York study
  5. Man to celebrate 105th birthday with rollercoaster ride at North Yorkshire theme park
  6. Updates on Wednesday 5 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton

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That's all from Wednesday

Those are all the updates from Wednesday 5 April 2017.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J49 for A168 and J48 for A168.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed on A1(M) northbound between J49, A168 (Dishforth) and J48, A168 (Boroughbridge), because of a vehicle fire.

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

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 a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Meet Archie, 90, who has been teaching children to read for 18 years.
Meet Archie Gracie, 90, who has been teaching children to read in Bradford for 18 years.

The 90-year-old teaching kids to read

Meet Archie, 90, who has been teaching children to read for 18 years.
Meet Archie Gracie, 90, who has been teaching children to read in Bradford for 18 years.

Our five top 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. Diesel car drivers could face charge to drive in Leeds
  2. Assel Al-Essaie: Man arrested and bailed in Sheffield
  3. Half of people who challenge North Yorkshire parking fines successful 
  4. Drivers told to ignore fake speeding email
  5. Is Yorkshire's whisky as good as that produced in Scotland?

See you tomorow.

Doncaster woman sells home to complete bucket list

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sue O'Grady from Sprotbrough near Doncaster has sold her house to travel the world on her motorbike.

She'll be 70 this year and she's certainly enjoying ticking things off her bucket list:

Cats die in 'antifreeze' poisoning in Leeds

Pet owners in a part of Leeds have been warned to be vigilant after two cats died from licking antifreeze.

Queenshill Estate

Officers from the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team were called to the Queenshill Estate in Moortown when the pets became very ill and had to be taken to the vets who put them to sleep.

The two separate reports from different cat owners happened on the same day, but it isn't known how the pets came to consume the antifreeze. 

Police say that a wider concern is that a child could also pick it up.  

Halifax head banned after tampering with exams and blowing school funds on travel

Halifax Courier

A former Calderdale head teacher who tampered with exam papers, used public money for first class travel and spent money on ‘boozy’ weekends has been banned from teaching for life.  

Moorside Primary School, Ovenden.
Halifax Courier

Ken Livingstone: Behaviour 'unacceptable' and 'deeply damaging' says Leeds MP

A West Yorkshire MP has called Ken Livingstone's comments about Hitler and Zionism "unacceptable" and "deeply damaging".

Ken Livingstone

Hilary Benn who is the MP for Leeds Central commented after the Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the former London mayor faces a new investigation into what he said. 

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Mr Livingstone has been suspended from the party since April 2016 when he claimed Hitler had supported Zionism in the 1930s.

Some Labour MPs and Jewish groups have criticised the decision not to expel Mr Livingstone, who was defending Bradford MP Naz Shah over claims she had made anti-Semitic social media posts.

Man dies after crash near Pool-in-Wharfedale

A man in his 70s has died after a crash that involved five cars close to Pool-in-Wharfedale this morning. 

Crash scene
West Yorkshire Police

The accident happened at about 08:30 BST on the B6161 a woman also suffered chest and back injuries in the collision.

Several road closures were in place at the time and North Yorkshire Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to come forward. 

Listen: 'Mental side of football is dangerous': Mills on York City defeat

BBC Sport

York City manager Gary Mills admitted pressure may have got to his players last night, in their 2-0 defeat by Bromley.

It meant they missed the chance to get out of the National League relegation zone.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Concern grows for missing Sheffield woman

Rebecca Kerry

BBC Radio Sheffield

The family of missing 51-year-old Halema Smedley are concerned for her welfare as she's not been seen for nearly 24 hours.

She was last seen at around 23:30 BST on Tuesday on Kilvington Road in Sheffield and is thought to be wearing black leggings, white trainers and black bomber jacket.

Missing Sheffield person, Halema Smedley.
South Yorkshire Police

She's not been seen or contactable since her disappearance and South Yorkshire Police are appealing for help in finding her.

Any information can be passed on to them by calling 101.

University of Huddersfield in top 200 in the world

If you're reading this at the University of Huddersfield, congratulations, you're in one of the top 200 universities in the world.

University of Huddersfield

It's among 27 UK universities which have made it into a league table of 200 universities under 50-years-old - compiled by the The Times Higher Education supplement. 

The best overall is in Switzerland - and the top university in Britain is Dundee at number 16.  

Watch: Easter at St Marie's Catholic Cathedral

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Easter weekend is later this month and I've joined a guided tour of St Marie's Catholic Cathedral in Sheffield to discover how they're gearing up for the event this year.

If you've never been inside the cathedral here's a little video I made taking you behind the scenes:  

Government rules out HS2 inquiry

Oral questions

House of Lords



Lib Dem Baroness Randerson says engineering firm CH2M's withdrawal from the HS2 project is a "depressing indictment" of the way it is being carried out, but Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon rules out an inquiry.

CH2M's £170m contract was to develop Phase 2b, stretching from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds.

But the contract signing was delayed as officials were reportedly investigating concerns from rival bidder Mace over alleged conflicts of interest.

CH2M blamed the exit on "protracted delays and ongoing speculation".

Cheers all round as restored Sheffield pub wins award

Kate Linderholm

BBC Radio Sheffield

An Edwardian street corner pub in Sheffield has won praise from the Campaign for Real Ale for the restoration work that has seen it restored to the former glory. 

The Ship Inn in Shalesmoor had been shut for many years after the interior fell into disrepair but the pub has now been restored to the former Edwardian glory. 

The Ship Inn in Sheffield
Sheffield Camra

Care home inquest told of family's concerns

Phil Connell

Look North

The inquest into the deaths of three men at a care home in North Yorkshire has heard that one those who died was emaciated and severely dehydrated. 

Albert Pooley died last year at Sowerby House in Thirsk which has been at the centre of the recent headlines. 

Phil Connell has been at the inquest:

The inquest is expected to conclude tomorrow.

Community theatre project begins in York

Kate Gibson

BBC Radio York

The first rehearsal has taken place for a new community theatre project in York.

It's called ' Everything is Possible ' and is set around the city's Suffragettes.

Sophie Butlee is in the cast:

It will be performed at the York Theatre Royal in June. 

Tickets are on sale now and you can also donate to the project here .

Blades fans make score predictions

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sheffield United could be promoted tonight if results go their way.

If the Blades win and Fleetwood lose then they're back in the Championship.

With big queues at Bramall Lane for tickets for the game and for season ticket renewals, BBC Radio Sheffield sent Hannah Mullane down to the ground for a few score predictions from fans:

Drivers told to ignore fake speeding email

Motorists in West Yorkshire are being urged to ignore a spam email which claims the recipient has been caught speeding.

Scam email
West Yorkshire Police

Police say that it claims to be from the "West Yorkshire Police Camera Unit" asking for details of the recipient's vehicle. 

Officers say that if you receive something like this you should delete it straight away and that you shouldn't click on any of the links. 

But don't think that you can get away with any real speeding fines, they work in a very different way and won't come to you on email.

Police concerned about missing Glusburn woman

North Yorkshire Police say they are growing increasing concerned for the welfare of a woman missing from Glusburn.

Pamela Morris, 61, was last seen by a bus stop on Main Street, Crosshills at around 08:30 yesterday.

Pamela Morris
North Yorkshire Police

She's described as being a white woman, of slim build and around 5’7” tall with collar length brown hair.

She has connections to Bolton Abbey and it is believed she may have travelled to this area.

Anyone who has seen her or who knows her whereabouts is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Paul Warne

Relegated Championship side Rotherham United appoint interim boss Paul Warne as their manager on a one-year rolling contract.

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Mirror causes curtains to catch fire

As the sun starts to make an appearance again after the winter, we're being warned not to leave mirrors in places where they can cause this to happen: 

Mirror fire
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

This is the result of a house fire on Saturday and has been released by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

The owner left the mirror on their windowsill, it then focused the light onto the curtains and set fire to them.

Officers say that we need to particularly careful with south-facing windows.

The cost of reading: Yorkshire libraries 'deserve to thrive'

Community-run libraries in parts of Yorkshire have been given a share of a £25,000 grant.


Each community library in Thirsk, Stokesley, Bedale, Great Ayton and Easingwold will be awarded £5,000 from a scheme called ‘Making a Difference.’  

Libraries in the Hambleton area have been passed into the hands of locally based groups to run and have already enlisted teams of volunteers.  

Mark Ronson, the leader of Hambleton District Council, says he decided the libraries deserved a "cash boost" because they are valuable assets he "wants to see thrive.” 

BreakingListen: Warne confirmed as Rotherham manager

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

More now on relegated Rotherham United confirming they've appointed interim boss Paul Warne as their manager on a one year rolling contract.

He was the bookies favourite and we last spoke to him after the Millers defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the South Yorkshire derby last night:

CONFIRMED - Paul Warne is permanent #RUFC boss on a one year rolling contract. #Millers fans we want your reaction on @footballheaven 6-7pm

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J31 for A655 and J30 for A642 affecting J32 for A639.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J32, A639 (Pontefract).

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

Marmite: A 'potted' history as York scientists 'toast' its benefits

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier I told you about researchers in York claiming Marmite could be good for you.

Scientists at the University of York say the high concentration of vitamin B12 could increase levels of chemicals that protect against neurological disorders. 


But what's the story behind this most British of brands?

It was discovered by chance by a German scientist called Justus Liebig.

In the late 19th Century Liebig stumbled across the delicious realisation that brewer's yeast could be concentrated then eaten. 

Then, in 1902, the Marmite Food Company was founded in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire - a place where the raw ingredients were readily available from the town's many breweries.

The controversial condiment was named after a French cooking pot, because British Marmite was originally supplied in earthenware vessels of a similar shape.

PM hints at help for diesel car owners over 'toxin tax'

Earlier we were telling you about how motorists in Leeds could face charges if they drive diesel cars  under new plans to cut pollution. 

Theresa May has now suggested that car owners could get some help from the government if the charges are bought in. 


In London an ultra low emission zone will come into force in April 2019, which comes with a £24-a-day fee.

In Leeds the suggestion is that a "toxin tax" of up to £20-a-day can be expected.

Mrs May has now hinted there will be schemes to help drivers who were told that diesel vehicles were the right purchase.

The government was forced to act after getting a "final warning" on air quality from the European Commission.  

I'm very conscious that past governments have encouraged people to buy diesel cars and we need to take that into account."

Theresa May

Golf: Willett hosts Masters Dinner

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The 2016 Master golf champion, Danny Willett from Sheffield, took to social media to thanks all who attended the Master dinner last night. 

          📸 @TheMasters Champions Dinner, a night I'll never forget!🏆

📸 @TheMasters Champions Dinner, a night I'll never forget!🏆

The annual dinner sees the current champion welcome past champions and honorary members, complete with their green jackets to the event at Augusta National.  

The menu is traditionally chosen by the host and as you can see it had a bit of a Yorkshire theme!  

Champions dinner by Yorkshire 🥂🍴

Champions dinner by Yorkshire 🥂🍴

Watch: Neat idea - A 'rye' look at Yorkshire whisky

It's claimed Yorkshire can make whisky that's as good as the ones you can find in Scotland. 

That's the message from the founders of the county's first ever whisky distillery near Driffield. 

They say so much barley from the Yorkshire Wolds is sent to Scotland to make scotch, it seemed a shame no-one had been making a local single malt:

Take a 'rye' look at a 'neat' idea:

Travel update: Problems in Leeds

BBC News Travel

And the accident on the Armley Gyratory in Leeds is causing a few problems with buses:

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Travel update: Problems at Armley in Leeds

BBC News Travel

Just be aware of this crash at the Armley Gyratory in Leeds.

Many thanks to Leeds City Council for the image:

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Leeds traffic
Leeds City Council

Severe accident: A58 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A58 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between A647 Canal Street and A58.

A58 West Yorkshire - A58 Wellington Road in Leeds closed and queuing traffic eastbound between Armley Gyratory and the A58(M) Inner Ring Road junction, because of an accident.

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