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Summary

  1. Lindsay Rimer murder: Police still seek 'golden' clue
  2. Woman admits 'role' in death of partner
  3. Sheffield man jailed for 24 years for rape
  4. Court deals with 29 accused of historical child sex abuse
  5. Six-foot boa constrictor found in Scarborough
  6. Unemployment up slightly in Yorkshire in last quarter
  7. Fears over Sheffield school plan for old landfill site
  8. North Yorkshire Police use HGV to catch drivers using phones
  9. Steam loco hits a ton on East Coast Main Line for first time since 1960s
  10. Updates on Wednesday 12 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Wednesday...

Those are all the updates from Yorkshire on Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Want to find out what's happening on Thursday 13 April? Just click here.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road partially blocked northbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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. Court deals with 29 people over historical child sexual abuse
  2. Three injured by police horse during anti-crime excercise in York
  3. 'It's like they're not alive' - Focus on 'Spice' use in Leeds
  4. Sheffield club's sexual entertainment licence renewed
  5. Six-foot boa constrictor found in Scarborough - RSPCA appeal for information

See you tomorrow.

Small badge big history - Leeds Museum object of the week

We are lucky enough to live in a country where women's struggle for a right to vote is long in the past, but this item from Leeds City Museum is a reminder of a time when that wasn't the case. 

Pinbadge
Leeds City Council

It's their object of the week and is part of a new display exploring the history of protests.

The display tells the story of a Leeds suffregette Leonora Cohen who smashed the windows of the Labour Exchange building during a visit from the then Prime Minister, H.H. Asquith. 

She also ended up in prison for damaging the cases holding the crown jewels at the Tower of London in 1913. 

Listen: School will 'absolutely be a safe environment'

Sheffield city council have addressed claims that plans to build a new secondary school on an old landfill site an

The decision goes before the planning committee next week - with a recommendation that permission for the new build on Carterknowle Road is granted.

Joel Hardwick, School Organisation Manager at Sheffield City Council, insists they're working hard to ally any concerns:

Let their be light (and sound): Artists transform Yorkshire abbey

An ancient Yorkshire abbey is to be brought back to life tonight by being bathed in light and sound.

Brocken Spectre
PA

Rievaulx Abbey, on the North York Moors, which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, is to be transformed by artist Charles Monkhouse in a four-day event called Brocken Spectre.  

In one part of the ruins, people will appear to see a halo effect around their head's shadow, when it's projected onto mist. Other parts of the abbey will also be illuminated.

Brocken Spectre
PA

The Illumaphonium, a 3.5m tall interactive music installation - pictured below with its creator, Michael Davis - will also be in action.

Once struck, the aluminium chime bars create the patterns of light and sound.  

Brocken Spectre
PA

Strange clouds spotted above Leeds

Did you spot these clouds over Leeds last night? 

Clouds
Faith EM Jones

These were taken over Horsforth, and as you can see it seemed like the slightly higher winds caused the clouds to sort of plump up a bit.

Have a look at this great panoramic shot:

Clouds two
Emily Gaspar-Philpott

Weird! If you have any pictures of them you can email them to us.

Teenagers robbed at knifepoint in Brighouse

Three teenage boys were robbed of money and clothing at knifepoint in Rastrick, Brighouse, last night.

Carr Green Park
Google

Police say they were approached by two other boys who threatened them with a flick knife and told them to hand over cash and some of their clothes.

The two suspects demanded that the victims hand over one of their jackets, gloves and hat.

It happened at about 19:30 near Carr Green park. 

This was an extremely frightening incident for those involved and our enquiries remain ongoing."

Det Sgt Nick SpeedWest Yorkshire Police

Airport rail link plans 'half-baked'

Plans to build a railway station at Leeds Bradford Airport are being criticised by a West Yorkshire MP. 

Leeds Bradford Airport
David Bebbennick

Greg Mulholland says Leeds City Council's proposals are in "disarray" and he has branded them "half-baked".

He claims that the authority failed to carry out basic checks, including a study on how much parking will be needed, managing traffic flow and where the money will come from. 

He suggests they're trying to cover up flaws in the plans, but the council say that they have done the necessary work to raise the funds from ther government and are waiting to hear back from the Department for Transport. 

This is the same old nonsense from Mr Mulholland. He’s taken the cake out of the oven, thrown the contents around and then claimed it was half baked!"

Cllr Richard LewisLeeds City Council

Man jailed for 24 years for drugging and raping woman

A Sheffield man has been jailed for 24 years for raping a vulnerable woman. 

Ferdos Rabani
South Yorkshire Police

Ferdos Rabani, 48, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today. 

In April last year Rabani - of HMP Marshgate but formerly of Sheffield - offered a lift to his 34-year-old victim in Sheffield city centre.

He then offered her cigarettes, believed to have been drugged, to make her drowsy, before driving her  to a remote area outside of the city where he raped her.

Rabani could clearly see that the victim was vulnerable. He preyed on her and took advantage of her, leaving her incredibly traumatised by what happened."

PC Jess HawleySouth Yorkshire Police

New contracts for Steelers' coaching duo

Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson and his assistant Jerry Andersson have both signed new two-year contracts with the club. 

Thompson (pictured) delivered a League title in his first year in charge and led them to a play off final win over Cardiff last weekend. 

Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson
Sheffield Steelers

It's been coming for a while - I knew when I took Paul Thompson on that I'd found the right guy to take the Steelers to the next level. I'm please that we've got two important appointments tied up as early as this."

Tony SmithSheffield Steelers owner

Listen: York-trained Ebola nurse hopes for 'closure' in Sierra Leone return

A York-trained nurse who survived Ebola says she's going back to Sierra Leone for the first time since she caught the virus there in 2014. 

Pauline Cafferkey was trained at Strensall Barracks before working as a volunteer in the West African country where an epidemic killed almost 4,000 people in 2014.

She'll return next month and take part in a run to raise funds for a charity which helps children affected by Ebola. 

She says she hopes the trip will bring some closure to her ordeal:

Watch: Room for two more at Yorkshire Wildlife Park?

Warning!: The following video contains scenes some viewers may find incredibly cute...

Thirteen ring-tailed lemurs were welcomed to a new reserve at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster last month.

Now, keen visitors to the park over recent weeks have spotted that number has increased by two.

Meet Humbug, who's recently given birth to twins:

Court deals with 29 people over historical child sexual abuse

Twenty-nine people have appeared at court in Huddersfield charged with dozens of historical sexual offences against 18 women. 

CSE case
BBC

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2011 and include rape and trafficking of women who were under 18-years-old.

Two women were also charged with child neglect. On arrival at court verbal abuse was shouted at some of the defendants by angry protesters.

Twenty seven male defendents will have their cases heard at Leeds Crown Court next month.

Three injured by police horse during anti-crime excercise in York

Three people - including a baby in a pushchair - were injured in York yesterday afternoon, as a result of what is being describes an incident involving a police horse.

North Yorkshire Police say that something may have distracted the horse and as a result a baby girl was taken to York District Hospital as a precaution and discharged following treatment. 

An 11-year-old girl and a woman in her 60s also suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment. 

Extra officers, including mounted police and dog units were deployed in the city centre for the launch of a new scheme to tackle crime and terrorist activity in crowded areas, branded 'Project Servator'.

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We apologise to those affected by the incident in York on Tuesday afternoon. Incidents such as this are extremely rare. Our officers are supporting the people involved while we carry out a review of the incident to establish the full circumstances.”

Assistant Chief Constable Amanda OliverNorth Yorkshire Police

Three sought over Barnsley burglary

Police have released CCTV images of 3 people they would like to speak to in relation to a reported burglary in Barnsley.

A house on Ravenna Close, Kendray was reportedly broken into on Friday 24 February, at around midday, with items including electrical equipment, jewellery and cash stolen.

Anyone with information or who knows the men pictured, should call 101 quoting incident number 435.

CCTV images of 3 men
South Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: A638 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A638 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A628 Barnsley Road and New Road.

A638 West Yorkshire - A638 Doncaster Road in Ackworth Moor Top closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Ackworth Moor Top Roundabout and the New Road junction, because of a vehicle striking a bridge.

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

Harrogate's mad hatters raise £125,000 at Magical Spring Ball

The "huge generosity" of people from Harrogate has been praised by the town's Mayor, Councillor Nick Brown, after a ball held to mark the close of his year in office raised £125,000 for five local charities.

The Mayor’s Magical Spring Ball, at the Old Swan Hotel, was attended by more than 340 people, with what's been described as "fierce bidding" for auction items.

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Harrogate with the Ball committee.
Harrogate Borough Council

The Ball had an Alice in Wonderland theme, with characters from the story popping up and tables named after events in the story.

The auction was conducted by Charles Hanson, from the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and the Master of Ceremonies was Harry Gration of BBC Look North

Proceeds from the event will go to the Harrogate Homeless Project, Saint Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate Choral Society, the Cathedral Concert Society and the Ripon and the Northern Aldborough Festival.

Leeds Rwanda 'plot' woman back in UK

A pregnant British woman from Leeds who was arrested in Rwanda on suspicion of plotting to undermine President Paul Kagame is back in the UK.

Mrs Uwamahoro
Uwamahoro

Violette Uwamahoro was granted bail last month by a court which ruled that her detention over charges of spreading state secrets was not warranted.

Her arrest while in Rwanda for a family funeral caused an uproar, with rights groups calling for her release.

Her family wanted the UK to intervene, saying she faced an "unfair" trial.

Listen: 'This will continue' - Rotherham Union action over foreign workers pay

Today's protest outside the Templeborough Biomass Plant in Rotherham could be followed by further action, according to unions. 

The demo by Unite and the GMB is over the alleged use of underpaid foreign workers at the site and others across the UK. 

About 100 union members demonstrated this morning. 

Chris Weldon from UNITE says action won't stop until agreement is reached:

Horses run loose in Bradford

About 12 horses were seen running loose on a main road in Bradford on Tuesday morning.

Listen: 'It's like they're not alive' - Focus on 'Spice' use in Leeds

A drug which can turn people violent or make them comatose is being used by homeless people in Leeds.

That's according to a West Yorkshire charity, which says the former legal high known as Spice is cheap and easy to get hold of in the city.

The Simon On The Streets charity says Spice is cheaper than cannabis, costing anything between £10 and £20 a bag. 

Ryan Felton, who works at a Leeds city centre hair salon, says he frequently sees Spice users collapsed in his doorway: 

Listen: 'New lifeboat, new name, a fantastic day to celebrate'

The Duke of Kent has officially named Scarborough's new lifeboat in what was the first naming ceremony for 25 years. 

The lifeboat has been named after Frederick William Plaxton, the father of the person who left enough money in his will to pay for it.

It cost £2m and began service in December. 

Mark Byford, a trustee of the RNLI, says it's a continuation and celebration of 200 years of history:

Travel update: M62 problems over soon

BBC News Travel

Some great news from the M62 finally: it looks like the broken down tanker which has been causing terrible delays has been moved.

However, those 10-miles queues won't disappear instantly:

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Travel update: Problems on M62 - 10 miles of queues

BBC News Travel

There are now 10 miles of queues on the M62 westbound - from before J24 all the way to J22 because of a broken down tanker taking out two lanes and causing three-hour delays.

Highways England says the tanker has "brake issues" which might suggest they're having a tough time getting it moving.

Here's a depressing image of the queue...in the rain:

Travel
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Watch: Behind the scenes with Anthony Joshua

How do you train for the fight of your life? Now you can find out...

We've had behind-the-scenes access to World Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, as he prepares to defend his titles at the end of this month.

Joshua, who trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, has allowed a BBC film crew to follow his preparations for his upcoming fight against Wladimir Klitschko:

Anthony Joshua: The Road to Klitschkowill be shown on BBC One on Tuesday 25 April at 22:45.

Sinkhole opens up in Leeds: We're looking into it

You may have seen reports this morning of a sinkhole in Leeds:

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I've called the police to clarify what the situation is. It turns out that there is a sinkhole, but it's in Hawksworth, not Horsforth as stated in the above tweet.

Officers say the hole is four to five feet deep and a skip lorry got its rear wheel stuck in it last night, but there's no indication the road is shut.

We'll let you know if the story (and indeed the hole) gets bigger...

Travel update: Problems on M62 westbound - eight miles of queues

BBC News Travel

Here's the situation on the M62 towards Manchester between J24 and J22.

Highways England says it's all being caused by a broken down vehicle.

The are eight-and-a-half mile queues to the incident, one to avoid if you can

Traffic
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Travel update: Problems on the M62

BBC News Travel

We are now seeing delays of more than an hour on the M62 westbound:

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Thieves target sitting ducks

Fourteen rare ducks and their eggs have been stolen from a farm at Escrick in North Yorkshire.

They're easily distinguishable from your average mallard.

Police are asking for help finding the birds and their valuable eggs.

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Twenty-nine to appear in court over historical child sexual abuse

There's a large police presence outside Kirklees Magistrates' Court this morning as 29 people are due in court charged with historical child sex offences.

Kirklees Magistrates
BBC

The offences are said to have occurred over a seven-year period and relate to 18 women, who were between 11 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences which it's claimed took place in Huddersfield.

Six-foot boa constrictor found in Scarborough - RSPCA appeal for information

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier I told you the surprising news that a 6ft snake had been found in Scarborough.

I've since been in touch with the RSPCA, who rescued the boa constrictor from woodlands near the town, and they say they want anyone who knows anything about it to contact them.

Boa Constrict
RSPCA

Officers from the organisation say they don't know whether it was dumped or is an escaped pet from a home nearby.

A spokesperson for the animal charity says the snake would have died in the woodlands if it hadn't been found.

It's now being looked after by specialists, whilst the RSPCA investigate what happened.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J23 for A640 and J22 for A672 affecting J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a broken down tanker. Travel time is one hour and 30 minutes. Congestion to J24, A629 (Ainley Top).

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