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  1. New Bishop of Sheffield announced
  2. Tramlines £1.2m takeover bid launched
  3. Man jailed for murder of former partner in Goldthorpe
  4. Accident claims in Bradford schools increase by two thirds
  5. York art gallery needs £3.6m to buy painting
  6. Racecourse unveils £4m makeover plans
  7. 'Yarnbombers' cover North Yorkshire town with knitted Easter bonnets
  8. Updates on Friday 7 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

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Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Well that's all from us for today, we'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

But before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. New Bishop of Sheffield announced
  2. Long delays after M62 lanes closed
  3. Crowd-funding bid to buy Tramlines is launched
  4. York racecourse £4m makeover
  5. Just purr-fect for cat lovers - cat cafe to open in Leeds

See you next week.

Rhinos beat the M62 congestion

If your sitting in the traffic wondering if you'll make the Rhinos match tonight, at least the team has got there:

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Search for men after car crash and brawl in Castleford

A group of men in two cars that collided allegedly ended up brawling in Castleford on Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police

Police say they would like to speak to anyone with any information after the cars crashed and a number of men are then thought to have got out of the cars and had a fight in the road.

They then dispersed after a few minutes and ran off into the estate. 

A 25-year-old Castleford man was arrested and later released.

Fidget the weasel was abandoned in York last year at just four-weeks-old.
Artist Robert Fuller set up a home for four-week old Fidget after finding him abandoned in York.

Travel update: Friday rush hour - but problems on M62

BBC News Travel

If you're in South or North Yorkshire things aren't looking too bad for your commute home tonight, but in West Yorkshire following the earlier incident on the M62 things are a little slower.

Huddersfield is particularly difficult, the red lines mean slow or stopped traffic:

Huddersfield traffic

Routes between Halifax and the M62 aren't looking that great either:

Halifax traffic

And in Leeds it's slow-going too

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The Full Monty - 20 years on

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Time to make you feel old. The Full Monty film is 20 years old this year!

Well, two decades on, the love for the film, which was set in Sheffield, is as high as ever and there's also a touring stage show of the piece which is currently on at the city's Lyceum Theatre .

Anthony Lewis is in the cast and dropped in for a chat:

Watch the Sharks on the BBC

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Fans of the Sheffield Sharks can watch their side play tonight live on the BBC Sport website.

The Sharks play top of the table Leicester Riders.

Coverage starts at 19:30 here and it's also being streamed on the BBC Sport app and selected Connected TVs.

Riders v Sharks basket ball promotional flyer

In pictures: The story of the Yorkshire sun

BBC Weather Watchers

The author Terry Pratchett said "the sun coming up every day is a story."

This morning BBC Weather Watchers have been out capturing the different sunny stories around the county.


BBC Weather Watcher Mitch caught a sky of gold in Askern (top), Wharfesteve saw sparkling mist in Otley (left) and Isle explorersaw the dark sky lighten at Owston Ferry.  

We always welcome your photographs, you can send them in by  simply clicking here

Body found in search for North Yorkshire woman

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A body has been found in the search for missing woman Pamela Morris, 61, who was last seen on Tuesday in Skipton.

Pamela Morris
North Yorkshire Police

The body was found in the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey this morning.

Police say that they don't believe her death is suspicious.

Dad will run half marathon to say 'thank you'

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A dad is running the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield on Sunday to thank Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Bob Horgan from Crosspool in Sheffield has never done anything like this before but decided to take part after the trust helped treat his baby son's meningitis.

If you can't be on the race route this weekend to cheer him on, then BBC Radio Sheffield will bring you a special programme of highlights with Steve White from midday on Sunday.

It's not all bad being diverted off the M62...

There have been long delays on the M62 this afternoon, many have been diverted away from the main motorway.

But it's not all bad news:

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Travel update: Huddersfield gridlock after M62 closure

BBC News Travel

Here's a snap shot of Huddersfield at the minute, basically the dark lines mean slow traffic so as you can see there's a lot of slow moving traffic at the minute.


And if we zoom out a bit, you'll notice that a lot of roads around the M62 aren't looking too clever either:

traffic map

Travel update: Local areas facing slow down after M62 closure

BBC News Travel

This afternoon's closure of the M62 will inevitably concern you if you're trying to get home in certain areas during the rush hour.

Here are some of the areas that are facing a slow down at the minute:

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It's the same story in Halifax, but rest assured that there isn't a new motorway called the M63, they mean the M62

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Travel news: M62 reopens after long closure

As we head towards the Friday rush hour, Highways England now say that the M62 is reopen, but those queues are back almost as far as J22 so are going to take a long time to clear.

Highways England/Crown Copyright
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Campaign launched to save a West Yorkshire job centre

A campaign's been launched to try to save Batley job centre.

Job centre

It's one of 72 facing closure across the country under plans drawn up by the Department of Work and Pensions. 

The Batley and Spen MP, Tracy Brabin, says the closure would hit the poorest the hardest.

Plan to get South Yorkshire station reopened remains on track

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A campaign to reopen Askern Railway Station is gathering steam after a meeting with Doncaster council, representatives from the Sheffield City Region and rail companies.

Here's an artists impression of what the site will look like:

Artist impression of Askern Railway Station
Friends of Askern Railway Station

We believe there is a strong business case to reopen the station and we’ll be working hard over the coming months to pull it together"

Graham Moss Friends of Askern Railway Station Chair

The original station was built in 1848 but closed in 1948, although parts of the platform have remained in place.

Desperate Dan in Augusta

BBC Sport

Hope Sheffield golfer Dannny Willett packed his spade for Augusta.

The defending Masters champion has been in the sand on the way to carding a quadruple bogey on the first hole today.

Danny Willett in the bunker at Augusta

He's managed to steady the ship somewhat from there though, to stay five over through the third hole.  

Pupils help their head train for marathon

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A headteacher at a Sheffield primary school is doing something a little different to help her train for the London Marathon.

Rebecca Rickersley, from Mansel Primary School, asked all her pupils to dress up in red and run a mile around the playground with her.

I headed up there to speak to a couple of children taking part:

York Harmony takes place tonight

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's the final of the "York Harmony" later.

The community project has seen people take part in free workshops in libraries across the city, with around 80 people getting involved.

It all takes place at  The National Centre for Early Music  and will be broadcast on  BBC Radio York  from 6pm tonight.  

Award for Rotherham-born artist

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Congratulations to Rotherham-born artist Jason Davies, who's work won first prize in the painting category at the London Biennale in Chelsea.

Here's the pieces he submitted to judges:

The Roof by Jason Davies
Jason Davies
Harbouring Thoughts by Jason Davies
Jason Davies

Mr Davies, who started painting in 2002, said that painting "saved his life".

Police firearms team take part in training session

People in a York are being told not to be alarmed by the sound of gunfire today.

Gun cop

North Yorkshire Police Firearms Unit are conducting a training session in Rawcliffe. 

Cigarette smuggler tracked down in pub

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A lorry driver who was jailed in his absence for trying to smuggle nearly six million cigarettes through Dover is behind bars.

Richard Curtis, who's 57 and from Bawtry in South Yorkshire, was sentenced to three years and nine months at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, but failed to appear.

He was found in a pub in Jacksdale near Nottingham, when a member of the public spotted him following a media appeal.

The illicit cigarettes, which were found hidden in a load of frozen food, would have cost the exchequer £1.3m in lost duty.

Richard David Curtis
UK Border Force
Frozen chips cover load
UK Border Force
Smuggled cigarettes
UK Border Force

Northern rail strike - what you need to know

It's worth remembering that there will be another strike tomorrow on Northern rail services.


The RMT union is disputing plans to bring in more driver-only-operated (DOO) trains, but the management say they want a negotiated solution and deny jobs will be lost. 

Northern say that they expect to run 822 trains, about 32% of their normal services. They also say that train tickets will be accepted on Arriva buses.

A full set of timetables for tomorrow can be found here

Problems on M62 eastbound after bridge incident

BBC News Travel

The M62 eastbound is closed after J25. 

Police have confirmed that it's shut after a woman fell from a bridge. Officers say she has serious injuries.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Motorists are facing more than five miles of queues and at least an hour-and-a-half's worth of delays as traffic backs up to around J23.

Travel update: Problems on M62 eastbound

Back to the incident on the M62 which has closed the motorway eastbound after J25.

It looks as though traffic is being diverted through Brighouse:

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Traffic is now backed up to J23 with one-and-a-half-hour delays.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

It's not clear what has caused the road closure, Highways England say that it's down to a "police incident".

We'll bring you the latest as we get it.

Travel update: Problems on M62 eastbound

BBC News Travel

More on that accident on the M62 eastbound which has closed the motorway after J25 .

Currently there are queues back to J24, with Highways England saying that there are delays of 40mins, but you can expect that to increase.

The latest information we have is that the road should be reopening soon.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

BreakingDeadline extended for Sheffield Ski Village redevelopment

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

Sheffield City Council has announced it's extended a deadline for bids to regenerate Sheffield Ski Village by a further two weeks until Friday 21 April,.

The council says it's because it has received a "strong demand" from investors expressing interest in developing the site at Parkwood Springs.

Sheffield Ski Village

Once the deadline passes the council will then carry out more in-depth work with shortlisted parties, before announcing what will be on the new site.

Are you feline furr-sty for the purr-fect cuppa? - Cat cafe to open in Leeds

Standby cat-lovers of Leeds, it's been confirmed that a cat cafe is coming to the city this summer! 

Polo the cat
Kitty Cafe

The exact location is a closely guarded secret, but the people behind it say the cafe will become a purr-minent fixture around August this year in the city centre.

Kitty Cafe already have a successful site in Nottingham where, they say, they are booked up months in advance. 

The idea is that you order some food and then get to play with the cats as you eat.

The cats themselves are all rescued and if you really fall in love with them there's also the possibility of adopting them

We were looking for somewhere to go next and Leeds has such a beautiful high street and it seemed a great environment for us to be in."

Kate Charles-RichardsKitty Cafe

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of earlier police incident. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Photogenic Fidget - 'weasily' recognised

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier we enjoyed the cute antics of Fidget the weasel , frolicking in his new home in Thixendale.

The wildlife artist, Robert E Fuller, gave Fidget a home, after he was abandoned in York last year at just four-weeks-old.

Here are a few snaps - he's very photogenic and 'weasily' recognised!

Robert E Fuller

Sock it to 'em Fidget and don't be given the brush off.

Robert E Fuller
Robert E Fuller

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust babies in test error

Hundreds of babies have had hearing tests that "may not have been carried out correctly", according to an NHS trust .

Newborn baby
Getty Images

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust said 680 babies born between February 2016 and 17 January this year in West Yorkshire would be invited to repeat the test.

The error was discovered "during a routine audit", said the trust.

Anne-Marie Henshaw, head of midwifery, said: "There is a low risk that any hearing loss may have gone undetected."

Man on the run from prison found in Nottingham pub

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

A lorry driver who was missing from court when jailed in January has been found in a Nottinghamshire pub.

Richard David Curtis from Bawtry in South Yorkshire was given a three-year and nine-month sentence for his involvement in a £1.3m illicit tobacco plot.

Richard David Curtis
HM Revenue & Customs

The 57-year-old smuggled 5.7 million cigarettes into the Port of Dover. They had been hidden under boxes of frozen chips inside his HGV.

Seized products
HM Revenue & Customs

Curtis had said he was unaware of the illicit cigarettes but was found guilty by a jury. He is now behind bars. 

York racecourse £4m makeover

York Racecourse has unveiled plans for a £4m revamp of the area opposite the main grandstands. 

The large open space attracts 60,000 racegoers each year. 

York Racecourse
York Racecourse

The area the racecourse wants to develop is popular with families. 

Plans include improving access for pushchairs and wheelchairs, increasing the number of toilets and doing more to make the Listed Clock tower a centrepiece.

It's hoped the improvements will help to protect some of the buildings against flood damage.

York Racecourse
York Racecourse

If the plans are approved the new facilities will be ready for the 2018 racing season.  

Crowd-funding bid to buy Tramlines is launched

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

A £1.2 million crowd-funding bid to buy Sheffield's annual Tramlines festival has been launched today.

Music City Foundation is behind the proposed buy-out, saying they want to "buy back the festival for the people".

The group has until mid-June to raise the money and submit a proposal to the Tramlines board.

Festival director Sarah Nulty says the board has "agreed in principle to the offer" subject to shareholder approval.

Leeds nursing homes branded 'inadequate'

Health officials in Leeds have been told half of the city's nursing homes require improvement or are inadequate.

Elderly care

The comes from the head of a council committee that oversees adult social care in the city. 

A meeting is taking place today aimed at trying to work-out how best to care for older people in the future.

York Art Gallery hopes to buy £3.6m Albert Moore picture

An art gallery has launched a campaign to raise more than £3m to buy a picture by a Victorian artist .  

A Revery
Agnews Gallery

York Art Gallery is currently showing more than 30 works by Albert Moore, who was born in York, in the first solo exhibition of his work since his death in 1893.

It includes A Revery, which the gallery wants to purchase for £3.6m.

The gallery said it was a "rare opportunity" for a public collection to acquire such a significant painting.

BreakingWoman charged with attempted robbery

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A 22-year-old woman has been charged with attempted robbery after a teenage girl was targeted in Barnsley.

Joanne Lofts, also known as Joanne Hansbury, of Gerald Road in Kendray has been charged after an incident on Tuesday 28 March where where a 15-year-old girl was targeted on West Road, Pogmoor. 

Joanne Lofts (Hansbury) will appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court later. 

Search contunies for missing Leeds woman

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A family is appealing for help in finding a missing woman who has not been seen since leaving her home in Micklefield on Monday.

Svitlana Krasnoselska
West Yorkshire Police

Svitlana Krasnoselska was last seen at her home at about 05:00 on Monday. 

She is known to her friends as "Lana" and her family are becoming increasingly concerned. 

West Yorkshire Police say they have "a significant amount of inquiries" ongoing and are appealing for any information from the public. 

Lana's family are growing very concerned about her unexpected disappearance as are the police."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police