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  1. Sheffield bus driver jailed for careless driving death
  2. Fire crews tackle house blaze in Huddersfield
  3. Virgin Trains East Coast and Arriva Rail North workers to strike at end of April
  4. Woman airlifted to hospital after Huddersfield crash
  5. Sheffield rail trespass incidents hits five-year high
  6. '£2.6 million Sheffield economy boost' from snooker championships
  7. North Yorkshire Police's mobile speed camera fleet to be doubled
  8. Millions flock to Facebook to watch antics of Fidget the York weasel
  9. Updates on Thursday 13 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kevin Larkin 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 from 06:30 on Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

Have a great Easter weekend. Let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Sheffield bus driver jailed for careless driving death
  2. Fire guts Grade II listed building in Huddersfield
  3. Arriva and Virgin Train East Coast workers to strike
  4. Caught on camera - New technology targets North Yorkshire speeders
  5. You must be yoking! Two Easter eggs uneaten for ninety years

See you next Tuesday!

Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J2 for A643.

M621 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M621 westbound in Leeds at J2, A643 (Elland Road), because of an accident.

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

Watch: Fire guts Grade II listed building in Huddersfield

Fire has ripped through a Grade II listed building in Huddersfield this afternoon.

No one was injured in the fire, but the blaze has badly damaged the house, which was built around 1550.

The house boasted a range of features that date back hundreds of years, including a staircase from the 1600s and plaster work from the same period.

Here are west Yorkshire Fire and Rescue damping down the building: 

Watch: Family 'eternally grateful' for life saving actions

A family from York have said they are eternally grateful to the ambulance crew who saved their toddler's life after she unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. 

Sixteen-month-old Poppy Palmer was lifeless by the time the first response car arrived, but they were able to resuscitate her. 

Today the family were there to see everyone involved as they were recognised for their efforts.

Parents left in limbo after owners locked out of play centre

Dozens of children's birthday parties at a football themed play centre near Pontefract are having to be cancelled.

A1 Football Factory

The owners of the A1 Football Factory have been locked out of their building - in a row over rent. 

The site has indoor football pitches and a soft play area. But this afternoon the company's posted a message on its Facebook page saying it'll be shut for the "foreseeable future". 

The A1 Football Factory say they can't honour a commitment to pay rent three months in advance. 

My daughter's birthday party is here next Saturday? I hope I will be receiving a refund."

Facebook comment

New Tour de Yorkshire sculpture unveiled in Penistone

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Penistone sculptress has designed and made a steel sculpture for the Tour de Yorkshire

Suze Crawshaw created the structure on the Penistone One building ahead of the cycle race coming through the town.


South Yorkshire Police chief launches review of neighbourhood policing

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A review into neighbourhood policing in South Yorkshire is being launched by the force's new Chief Constable.

Stephen Watson will attend a community meeting in Mexborough tonight to gather views .

Stephen Watson
South Yorkshire Police

It comes after local neighbourhood policing teams were abolished in Doncaster in 2015.

As well as the meeting at Mexborough Library tonight another will be held in Hexthorpe next week.

Meet Stan the Knife!

Sheffield's cutlery industry is celebrated worldwide.

Here's one man keeping the tradition alive.

Meet Stan, who's still plying his trade at 90 years old:

Asian Network comedy is coming to Leeds

The BBC Asian Network is putting on a comedy night in Leeds next month.

Asian Network comedy

It's at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and features the hottest new names in stand-up.

The line up includes: 

Sindhu Vee Ahir ShahFunmbi OmotayoAli Shahalom (Ali Official)Isma Almas  

If you fancy it, you can find out more here.

We need you to MOO-ve!

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

North Yorkshire firefighters have been trying to rescue a stranded cow.

The helpless heifer got stuck on the banks of the River Ouse near Rawcliffe.

A vet has been working with Malton firefighters to sedate the cow and get it to safety.

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Watch: Knitting Ninjas target Bedale again - an implausible yarn?

Bedale has once again been the target of a group of masked ninja yarn bombers - the practice of reclaiming urban space with a pair of knitting needles.   

Residents woke  to discover their market town covered in woolly Easter bonnets.   

The work of this secret group doesn't seem to have unsettled residents.

In fact it's hoped the woollen decorations will attract visitors to the town and not just those with an eye for interlocked fibre textiles, skillfully crafted into warming headgear.

Fire service 'passing by' accident scene

Talk about a fast response, this fire crew happened to be driving past just after this car crash in Crossland Moor in Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Police

It happened on Park Road just after 14:00.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue officers managed to clear the road after "conveniently driving past" according to PC Charlotte Saville.

Luckily no one was injured.

Rotherham police search for man wanted over 'immigration offences'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police in Rotherham are looking for a man wanted in connection with what officers are describing as "Immigration offences".

42 year old Robert Flaczynski may have been in Rotherham at the end of March but the force now believe he could be anywhere in South Yorkshire.

Police say not to approach him but to inform them by calling 101.

Robert Flaczynski
South Yorkshire Police

Police appeal after cars damaged in York

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information after a number of cars were damaged.

It's thought the vehicles were deliberately damaged on Middlethorpe Grove in York overnight.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Middlethorpe Grove
North Yorkshire Police

Boy injured after falling from mill roof

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital after falling off the roof of a mill in Holmfirth. 

Bottoms Mill

Emergency services were called to Bottoms Mill just before 15:00 today after the boy fell from the roof of the building.

He received chest injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening, and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance.

Too posh to park?

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A driver is being criticised on social media for parking a sports car in a Sheffield disabled bay.

The BMW was spotted in the city's Carver Lane car park last night.

Disabled parking 1
Jean Proctor

The driver left a note explaining that the car's scissor doors wouldn't open in a normal bay:

Disabled Parking 2
Jean Proctor

However, that did not satisfy Jean Proctor who took the photos.

She told the BBC she had been left "extremely angry" by the driver's actions:

If someone wants to drive a car like this they shouldn't believe that they are entitled to park in a disabled space... if that's the case, don't get a stupid status-symbol car that can't be parked in a normal space..."

Jean Proctor

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

Huddersfield house fire: All occupants out safely

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Here are the latest pictures from the house fire in Sheepridge in Huddersfield this afternoon:

House fire

As you can see the fire is out and firefighters are now damping down: 

House fire

We understand that the building is a Grade II listed New House Hall, built in the Elizabethan era. 

The fire service say that all the people inside got out okay.

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 and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down car.

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

From the Bronx to Bradford - The Friars living in the inner city

BBC World Service

A more traditional, simple life can sound like an attractive yet impossible goal, but a group of men in Bradford are proving it may well be in reach.

The Community of Franciscan Friars originated in New York and follows the example set by Saint Francis from the 13th century.

Ahead of Easter Father Gabriel talked to Dan Damon about his and his brothers' work.  

Huddersfield fire: Latest pictures

Fire crews are tackling a fire in the Sheepridge area of Huddersfield this afternoon. 

View more on twitter

Have you seen this missing teenager?

Have you seen missing 16-year-old Brandon Parker?

Brandon Parker
West Yorkshire Police

The teenager has been missing for almost three weeks and was last seen in Leeds city centre.

Police say that he has connections with the city and in Halifax.

'There is no joy anymore' Mum reacts to Sheffield death sentence

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The mum of a teenage girl killed by a careless bus driver has given her reaction to the verdict.

51 year old Paul Brown of Cannon Hall Road in Sheffield has been jailed for 10 months after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Corrina Seymour, whose 15 year old daughter Summer lost her life in the 2015 collision, gave her reaction outside Sheffield Crown Court:

BreakingHuddersfield fire

More now on reports six fire engines are tackling a house fire in Huddersfield. 

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BreakingHouse fire in Huddersfield

Checking reports of a house fire in the Sheepridge area of Huddersfield.

Six fire engines are believed to be tackling the blaze on New House Road.

You must be yoking! Two Easter eggs uneaten for ninety years

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

If you've got any Easter eggs left over from last year (as if, but bear with me here) you'd probably think twice about eating them. 

But how about an egg from 90 years ago?

Easter egg

At York Castle Museum, staff have revealed two of the oldest known uneaten Easter eggs. Both left untouched since the 1920s. They're lucky if they last 90 seconds in my house.

One is a Terry's egg and the other a Rowntrees one, which was bought by a 14-year-old boy for his mother in 1926 who kept it as a keepsake.

They are also in incredible condition, with the chocolate amazingly left untouched for decades."

Katie BrownYork Castle Museum

Sheffield bus driver jailed for careless driving death

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A bus driver who knocked down and killed a 15-year-old girl and seriously injured a 17-year-old boy has been jailed for 10 months.

Paul Brown, 51, ran down girlfriend and boyfriend Summer Seymour and Jake Ford as they crossed Haymarket, in Sheffield, on 11 December 2015.

Summer Seymour
Family photo

Sheffield Crown Court heard the driver "should and would have seen the children had he been concentrating on his driving".

Brown, of Cannon Hall Road in the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

New cinema and leisure complex to open in Sheffield

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A new cinema and leisure complex is opening in Sheffield tomorrow.

The Light cinema and restaurants is part of a new development on the Moor in the city.

We've been for a sneak peek:

Thousands of jobs created at former North Yorkshire deep coal mine

It's estimated just under 3,000 new jobs could be created, as planning consent has been granted for a major redevelopment at the site of the former Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire. 

Selby District Council has approved the scheme, which could bring an estimated £200m into the local economy.


Following Kellingley Colliery’s closure in December 2015, new owners, Harworth Group Plc, took over with the aim of "returning it back to beneficial use to replace the jobs lost when mining ended."

The company says it's spent the last twelve months "undertaking site safety, including demolishing redundant industrial structures, alongside masterplanning Kellingley for future employment uses."

Manufacturing and distribution space is planned for the 151 acre site.  

E-fit issued after woman fights off attacker as she visited grave

Police have released an e-fit picture of a man they'd like to speak to after the attempted robbery of a woman who was visiting a graveyard near Dewsbury.

E-fit picture
West Yorkshire Police

It happened in Staincliffe last Monday on Hall Road.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was approached by a man who tried to grab her bag from her arm but she resisted and the suspect ran off empty-handed.    

Jerseys revealed for Tour de Yorkshire

There's now just a little over two weeks to go until the Tour de Yorkshire 2017, and the team behind the event has just revealed the jerseys for the race.

Tour de Yorkshire
Getty Images

The jerseys for the men’s race, which runs 28-30 April, will honour the General, King of the Mountains, Sprint Classifications and the Most Aggressive Rider on each stage.  

Welcome to Yorkshire

The designs of this year’s jerseys look fantastic."

Sir Gary VerityWelcome to Yorkshire

Severe accident: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for M18.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound at J35 M18, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hebden Bridge market makes a move

It's all changed at the market in Hebden Bridge, which has finally moved to its new home after being closed for 10 weeks.

Hebden Bridge market
Elizabeth Watkins

It's gone from one side of the River Calder to the other. 

It's a popular move for locals as both residents and businesses wanted the site to be moved.

It means there'll be more markets at the new site, including a new arts and crafts market every Saturday. 

Bretton Hall brings the (former student) house down

A piece of West Yorkshire's dramatic history is being demolished today.  

Bretton Hall

The old accommodation block at Bretton Hall near Wakefield is in the process of being torn down. 

Bretton Hall

In its heyday, Bretton brought us the likes of Kay Mellor, Richard O'Brien and the future stars of The League of Gentlemen.

The former performing arts college, in the middle of the Yorkshire Scupture Park, is currently being transformed into a 120-bedroom luxury hotel.  

Crucifix stolen from Rotherham church

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A crucifix has been stolen from a church in Rotherham.

stolen crucifix
South Yorkshire Police

It was taken, along with several other items, between 1 April and 7 April from St Hilda's church in Thurnscoe.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

I am disgusted and astonished that anyone would steal such items from a place of worship."

PC Michael HerringSouth Yorkshire Police

Arriva Rail North workers to hold 24-hour strike

More on the news that workers at Arriva Rail North are to strike at the end of April.

The RMT union says its members will strike from midnight to midnight on Friday 28 April.

The dispute is part of an ongoing dispute over staffing and the role of conductors.

RMT members are opposed to plans to introduce driver-only-operated trains, which they say would be unsafe and lead to widespread job losses.  

The action will be held at the same time as a 48-hour strike by members of the same union who work for Virgin Trains East Coast.

Severe accident: M18 East Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 East Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J7 for M62 and J6 for A614.

M18 East Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M18 southbound between J7, M62 (Langham) and J6, A614 (Thorne), because of an accident.

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

BreakingArriva Rail North strike announced

Workers at Arriva Rail North are to stage a 24-hour strike on 28 April in a row about new driver-only trains, the RMT union announced.

The announcement comes just hours after the same union said workers on Virgin Trains East Coast would hold a 48-hour strike between 28 April and 29 April.

Watch: York's homeless youngsters keep the elderly safe and sound

These young people have experienced homelessness, now they're helping older people in sheltered accommodation in York with gardening and decorating.

York-based charity Safe and Sound Homes, which aims to prevent youth homelessness, is helping volunteers to spruce up things for the tenants at City Mills, on the banks of the Ouse.

Looks like they're doing a good job too: