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  1. York fatal house explosion 'accidental', inquest finds
  2. South Yorkshire teacher banned for measuring boys' genitals
  3. Inquest opens into death of 14-year-old kickboxer in Leeds
  4. Large police presence in York for 'Project Servator'
  5. Almost 100 care workers quit jobs every day in Yorkshire
  6. Gangnam Style Balls in bid for Bafta
  7. Swan that was holding up traffic in Rotherham this morning dies after being taken to vet
  8. Updates on Tuesday 11 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

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Huddersfield v Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons twice come from behind to beat Huddersfield Giants and record back-to-back Super League away wins.

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That's all from Tuesday...

Those are all the updates from Yorkshire on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

Want to find out what's happening on Wednesday 12 April? Just click here for the very latest.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between J28 for A650 and J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 in both directions between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a rolling road-block and pig on the road.

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

Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

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. York fatal house explosion 'accidental', inquest finds
  2. South Yorkshire teacher banned for measuring boys' genitals
  3. Inquest opened into death of 14-year-old kickboxer
  4. Bradford experiment focuses on 'mumbling' actors
  5. Retiring officer hands collar number to son

See you tomorrow.

Family gets mesothelioma payout

The family of a man from Sheffield has been awarded compensation after he died at the age of 77 of mesothelioma.

Derek Naylor was a construction labourer in the 1960s - so he worked alongside joiners who were sawing asbestos boards and plasterers who were mixing powdered coatings containing the substance.  

The painted parrot on a peanut from the 50s

Who's have thought we'd all have lived to see the day that Wakefield Museums told the world about a peanut painted as a parrot?

Well it's happened and here it is:

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Obviously people had more time on their hands in the 50s.

Appeal over recovered items from burglaries

Do you recognise any of this stuff? If you've had anything nicked recently, it could be yours.

South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police say they think the items could have been stolen between 22 March and yesterday.

If you think any of them could be yours, give the police a call on 101.

Happy ending for dog after owner's car stolen

A  dog has been reunited with her owner after being driven away in a stolen car. 

Dotty the dog
South Yorkshire Police

Dotty the dog was in the back of her owner's Mitsubishi which was stolen in Hellaby today.

Luckily officers from South Yorkshire Police managed to trace the car and Dotty was found safe and sound. 

Did you know? Leeds East MP is 'metal head'

He may spend most of his time talking about the NHS or the minimum wage, but did you know that Labour MP for Leeds East, Richard Burgon, is a massive fan of metal?

Here's the proof:

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Retiring officer hands collar number to son

A student police officer in West Yorkshire has been out on patrol with his dad, who is retiring from the force after 30 years.

Father and son officers
West Yorkshire Police

Inspector Ged Sharp has been with West Yorkshire Police since 1987 and retires at the end of May, yesterday he and his son, Ryan, spent a final shift together.

We don't know if they managed to catch any criminals, but I bet a few tips and tricks were shared as they patrolled the beat!

Ged has had a varied career with the force from general police to firearms support. The nice thing is that Ryan will be taking his dad's collar number.

I am looking forward to my retirement and following my son’s career as he takes on my old collar number - 3220.”

Inspector Ged SharpWest Yorkshire Police

Safe and sound makeover for York's older residents

A sheltered accommodation scheme for older people in York is being given a makeover today by young volunteers who've experienced being homeless. 

City Mills

City Mills is on the banks of the Ouse near Skeldergate Bridge.

York-based charity Safe and Sound Homes, which aims to prevent youth homelessness, is helping young people complete tasks such as decorating and gardening for the tenants there.

E-fit released after attempted distraction burglary on man in his eighties

Police have released an e-fit of a man they'd like to talk to following the attempted distraction burglary of a man in his 80s.

South Yorkshire Police

It happened last Friday morning in Mexborough when the suspect called at the man's home. 

He claimed that he needed work doing to his roof but left when challeneged.

If you think you can help, call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Girl treated for shock after Huddersfield house fire

A girl has been treated for shock following a house fire in Huddersfield this lunchtime. 

St James Road

It happened on St. James Road in Marsh in a bedroom, which fire officers say was "100% involved in fire" and was very badly damaged. 

The girl suffered shock and was given oxygen therapy by fire service, but didn't need hospital treatment.

Two fire engines attended from Huddersfield and Rastrick.

The long leash of the law

North Yorkshire Police have been out in large numbers across the city of York today, as part of the newly-launched 'Project Servator'.

You might have missed one or two of the officers patrolling the streets though - anyone spot PD Meg? 

They don't all wear helmets and hi-vis jackets!

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Watch: South Yorkshire's litter louts targeted

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

This week the government's outlined plans to give councils more power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £150 for anyone caught dropping rubbish.

Fly-tippers could also be forced to do community service.

The examples in the short film below were spotted in Rotherham this morning, but do local residents think fines will do any good?:

Sheffield United v MK Dons is hottest ticket in town

Sheffield United fans clearly want to make sure they can say "I was there"...

The club's completely sold out its allocation of over 7,000 tickets for their penultimate game of the League 1 season against MK Dons on 22 April.  

The Blades only need four more points in order to win the title, and it's obvious a fair few think that may happen at Stadium MK:

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Listen: Commons leader rejects Yorkshire move for Parliament

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

The Leader of the House of Commons has dismissed suggestions that MPs could be based in Yorkshire while the Palace of Westminster is repaired. 

Last year the Public Accounts Committee said it would be the most economic and efficient option for MPs to move out so restoration work can be carried out. 

The world heritage site has asbestos, leaks, old electrics and is said to be at high risk of "catastrophic failure". 

But David Lidington (pictured) doesn't think relocating to another part of the country would be helpful:   

'Project Servator' launched in York

We told you earlier about a larger than normal police presence in York today - and now we know why.

A new scheme which aims to tackle criminal and terrorist activity in crowded places, and at major events like the Tour de Yorkshire, has been launched by North Yorkshire Police.


It's called 'Project Servator', and involves the use of both visible and covert officers, as well as dogs, firearms teams , ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and CCTV cameras in busy town centres and at large events.

NYP have revealed there were deployments at a number locations around York city centre today, as well as at the Designer Outlet, over a period of 3 hours.

The aim of Project Servator is to combine effective police deployments with increased levels of vigilance within our communities, to deter, detect and ultimately disrupt a broad spectrum of criminality, everything from pick-pocketing to terrorism. These tactics are not in response to a specific threat or the recent tragic events in Westminster, but have been in the planning stages since September 2016."

Chief Inspector Fiona Willey Tactical Lead for Project Servator

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J37 for A628 Barnsley and J36 for A61 Birdwell.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J37, A628 (Barnsley) and J36, A61 (Birdwell), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Balls in bid for Bafta

Yorkshire looks like it's going to do pretty well at the Baftas this year, not only is Happy Valley nominated for three, former Morley and Outwood MP, Ed Balls has been nominated too.

Ed Balls
BBC / Guy Levy

His Gangnam Style performance on Strictly Come Dancing is up for the "Must See Moment" award. 

Who can argue with that?

Sad swansong

Some very sad news to bring you.

Earlier we told you about a swan which was slowing down rush hour traffic in Rotherham this morning.

We've just learned that the swan has died.


A spokesperson from South Yorkshire Pet Ambulance, who arrived 15 minutes after receiving news of a bird in distress, says the swan died shortly after being taken to a vet.

The cause of death remains unknown, but there was no visible sign of injury.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and 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

Tour de Yorkshire: Warning to drivers in Scarborough and Whitby

With just over two weeks to go until the Tour de Yorkshire , drivers in Scarborough and Whitby are being warned to prepare in advance and to allow extra time for their journeys.

TDY Robin Hood's Bay
Getty Images

Scarborough will play host to the finish of Stage One of the 2017 competition on Friday, 28 April.

Before reaching Scarborough the race, starting in Bridlington, will pass through Norton, Malton, Pickering, Goathland, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.

The vast majority of the race route will be closed under rolling road closures typically lasting for up to an hour per race. 

Dunnington fire making driving 'difficult'

Emergency crews are dealing with a large amount of rubbish on fire on the outskirts of York.

The blaze is just off the A1079 at Dunnington.

Driving conditions are being currently described by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as "difficult" due to heavy smoke:

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A Happy Valley full of awards

The Yorkshire-based police drama Happy Valley has been nominated for three Bafta awards , including best leading actress for Sarah Lancashire (pictured), supporting actress for Siobhan Finneran and best drama series.

Sarah Lancashire

The gritty BBC One crime drama, set in the Calder Valley, won the Best Drama Award at the 2017 Royal Television Society Awards last month.

Its writer, Sally Wainwright, also won Best Drama Writer and the Judges Award.

Sally is, of course, a true Yorkshire lass, born in Huddersfield, brought up in Sowerby Bridge and studying at the University of York.

South Yorkshire teacher banned for measuring boys' genitals

A teacher from Rotherham who asked pupils to undress in order to measure their genitals has been indefinitely banned from teaching .

Greasbrough Primary School

A disciplinary panel heard that 72-year-old Denis Hays was teaching at Greasbrough Primary School when he invited pupils to his home between 1975 and 1977. 

Three pupils, aged between 11 and 14, took part in what he claimed was a "child development study". 

The panel did not accept Denis Mr Hays' claim the study was not sexually motivated.

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, at J2 for A1.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M18 at J2 A1(M), because of a lorry fire. On the roundabout.

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

Watch: Long waiting list for scouting wannabes

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Despite there being more adult volunteers in Yorkshire than ever before, the waiting list for wannabe scouts is also at an all-time high

As you can see from these scouts in Sheffield at Shiregreen, there's plenty for young people to get excited about when they do manage to get a place.

Tony Richardson is a Scout leader for the 20th Sheffield Scout Group and he told me what sort of help they're looking for:

York fatal gas explosion inquest finds man's death was accidental

A coroner's inquest has concluded that the death of a man in a gas explosion in Haxby, near York, last year was accidental.


Paul Wilmott, 63, died in the explosion at his home on Springwood on 19 February 2016, which is  thought to have been caused by a corroded copper pipe  dating back to the 1970s. 

Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic Andrew Hewitson had earlier told the jury he thought the explosion had been a "possible plane crash", so bad was the damage at the scene.

Paul Willmott
North Yorkshire Police

Mr Wilmott's body was found underneath rubble at the back of the house. 

He died of multiple fractures of the skull and injuries to the brain, consistent with having been sustained in a domestic explosion, the jury heard.

The inquest jury heard a statement from Mr Wilmott's partner, Olivia Costello, who said the pair had noticed a "very extreme and pungent" smell in the house before the blast.

Listen up: Bradford experiment focuses on 'mumbling' actors

As you'll know, mumbling on some TV shows has led to complaints from viewers - with several dramas coming under fire, including SS-GB and West Yorkshire-based Happy Valley (pictured).

Happy Valley
BBC/Red Productions/Ben Blackall

It's even been debated in the Lords , and now a group of people in Bradford have been involved in an experiment about it.  

You'd assume the problem might be either down to your own ears or just poor sound quality, but the experiment's participants say it might actually be the fault of the actors themselves.

The experiment took place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and some of those taking part concluded that poor diction is the main problem:

I would say there's too much mumbling, I come across it an awful lot."

Simon ClarkSound recordist

Wilder promises Blades won't break the bank

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder insists the club won't be reckless in their bid to re-establish themselves in the Championship next season.

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder
Getty Images

The Blades  confirmed their promotion  back to the second tier of English football after a six-year absence at the weekend.

United will be crowned League 1 champions if they take four points from their remaining four fixtures.

We want to compete. How quick that happens, we don't know. We'll make additions, but I won't mismanage the funds. I don't think we're going to 'go for it', it has to be done in a structured way."

Chris WilderManager, Sheffield United

Skipton's 'singing detective': On the beat?

A singing Special Constable from Skipton has donated her vocal talents to a police charity single.

Special Sergeant Debbie Wood joined police colleagues around the country to record a charity police single in aid of Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

Here she is in her police role (left) and belting it out in the studio on the right:

Debbie Woods
North Yorkshire Police

The single, called The Thin Blue Line, has lyrics penned by the sons of a Northumbria police officer. 

Last year PC Peter Baker's boys, aged 11 and 13, wrote the song about what police do and how officers across the country work together. 

Their aim was to have a member of every police force in England, Wales and Scotland represented on the song, which is being uploaded to iTunes today. 

The proceeds of the all sales of the track will go to COPS.

I haven't sung for several years, I wanted to give it a go and support PC Baker and his son's worthwhile cause."

Special Sgt Debbie Wood

New tenants winging-in to Sheffield city centre

These new houses may seem a bit on the small side, but they're ideal for the type of resident the council is hoping to attract. 

Bat boxes

The boxes were made and donated by talented Streets Ahead staff members.

16 bird and bat boxes have been installed at Kelham Island by Sheffield city council's Streets Ahead team, in the hope of encouraging more of the creatures to inhabit the area.

I've heard of batty neighbours, but not on this scale...

Watch: Yorkshire care staff crisis - thousands leave every year

Ninety-two social care workers quit their jobs every day in Yorkshire alone. 

Providers say staff shortages will mean lower standards of care.  

Here's a look inside St.Cecilia's Care Home in Scarborough:

Inquest opened into death of 14-year-old kickboxer

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a 14-year-old kick boxer from Sheffield. 

The cause of Scott Marsden's death has not yet been ascertained. 

He collapsed during a fight in a national competition in Leeds  a month ago   

During the three-minute long hearing in Wakefield, coroner Jonathan Leach said preliminary medical inquiries has reported his death to be "unexplained pending further investigation".

Scott Marsden

Revealed: Yorkshire council pays outgoing boss £400,000

Yorkshire Post

One of Yorkshire's smallest councils paid its outgoing chief executive almost £400,000 last year, according to a new report. 

Hambleton Council, in North Yorkshire, said the payment to Phil Morton was part of a redundancy settlement that will save the authority money in the long term.

Yorkshire Post

Tourism boss Sir Gary launches search for Yorkshire's best boozer

Pubs across Yorkshire are hoping to pull in the votes as well as the pints as the search begins to find the county's most popular local. 

Bull Inn

Nominations have opened for this year's Yorkshire's Favourite Pub competition, run by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, says: "Here in Yorkshire, pubs are not only places to relax, they're also a vital part of our communities and heritage. 

"So, whether it's cosy surroundings, real ale or a fantastic countryside view, we want to know what makes your local your favourite."

Organisers say 18,000 people voted in last year’s competition which saw The Bull Inn (pictured), in West Tanfield, North Yorkshire, crowned the county’s favourite.   

Got toothache?: Call a dentist, not 999...

Seriously, what is up with some people?

Here's West Yorkshire Police's latest warning about the use - and misuse - of the 999 service:

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