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Summary

  1. Teenagers arrested after man, 65, found dead in Doncaster park
  2. Theresa May seeks snap election: Reaction from Yorkshire
  3. Man left with life-threatening injuries after Sheffield assault
  4. Police warning after six drug-linked deaths in South and West Yorkshire
  5. Man sought in connection with missing Huddersfield teenager
  6. Lifeboat rescue after woman found face-down in sea off Filey
  7. Anti-knife crime workshops set up in Leeds
  8. Double hand transplant man realises dream at Rhinos match
  9. Live updates on Tuesday 18 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Tuesday...

That's all from across Yorkshire on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Wednesday 19 April? Just click here.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J45 for A63 Pontefract Lane.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green).

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. Teenagers arrested after man, 65, found dead in Doncaster park
  2. Snap election: Yorkshire's MPs react
  3. Man sought in connection with missing Huddersfield teenager
  4. Police warning to Yorkshire drug users after six drug-linked deaths
  5. A Kind of Magic planned for Sheffield and Leeds

See you tomorrow.

Dream achieved for Doncaster man

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

Chris King from Rossington in Doncaster, who became the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant has realised his dream.     

He spoke on many occasions of wanting to clap his beloved Leeds Rhinos rugby league team which he managed at the weekend.

Chris King clapping Leeds Rhinos
PA

The surgery took place at Leeds General Infirmary after he lost his hands during an accident at work.  

Fire at listed house in Huddersfield caused by wood burning stove

Last week we bought you the news of a house fire which devastated a Grade II listed house in Huddersfield. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have released more details about the cause.

Fire
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

It happened in Sheepridge at New House Hall which was built in the Elizabethan era. No one was hurt in the blaze.

Fire officers say that they believe that it started accidentally after a bin was set on fire by a wood burning stove. 

Beauty pageants, a thing of the past?

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Well not in Yorkshire it seems as the search for the county's choice for the Miss England contest is underway.

The current Miss Hope Valley is Stephanie Hill.

Alison Peddis from Doncaster helps co-organise the Yorkshire Beauty Awards which leads to the winner being crowned Miss Yorkshire:

On yer bike for free: Bike library opens at Halifax fire station

A new bike library, launched as a legacy of the Tour de France and Tour De Yorkshire, officially opens at Halifax Fire Station today. 

bike
bbc

The first loan was presented by the Mayor of Calderdale to a student from Ling Bob School. 

The project which sees unwanted bikes fixed up and loaned out has been organised by the Yorkshire Bank.  

Since the first library opened last year, more than 36,000 children have been given the chance to ride a bike and nearly 5,000 bikes have been donated.

Thousands back campaign to re-open Dinnington police station in wake of Leonne Weeks' murder

Sheffield Star

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Dinnington police station to be re-opened, after a teenage girl was stabbed to death on a footpath there earlier this year. 

The murder of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks on January 16 this year shocked the Dinnington community, and came just a month after Steven Fretwell was murdered at his home in nearby Laughton on December 18, 2016.

Image of Leonne Weeks from Dinnington.
The Star

Watch: Tour de Yorkshire - Busy with bunting for best dressed bikes

With less than two weeks to go to the the start of the Tour de Yorkshire one town on the route has been busy with bunting. 

The race begins with a 173km stage from Bridlington to Scarborough on Friday, 28 April, followed by a 122.5km race from Tadcaster to Harrogate on Saturday.

Children in Tadcaster have already been busy with bunting for best dressed bikes:

Artwork on show in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

Have you been inside Sheffield's Graves Art Gallery recently?

If not, you're missing this by Grayson Perry.

Take a look:

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Victim service launched in Doncaster

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A service for victims jointly commissioned by South Yorkshire and Humberside's police and crime commissioners was launched today in Doncaster. 

It will provide support services to all victims of crime across Humberside and South Yorkshire both immediately after the event and during longer term recovery.

Victims service scheme launch in Doncaster.
South Yorkshire Police

It is important that each victim has access to a single point of contact, which will offer services to meet their specific needs."

Dr Alan BillingsSouth Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner.

Listen: Snap election - 'This had to be brought to a head'

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Andy Price, head of politics at Sheffield Hallam University, has been giving BBC Radio Sheffield his reaction to the news that Theresa May will seek an election on Thursday 8 June:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Snap election: What to expect in West Yorkshire

Analysis

Richard Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Expect big battles to be fought in West Yorkshire between now and 8 June. That's because, in these unpredictable political times, no party activist dares to take a vote for granted. 

Ed Balls and Andrea Jenkyns
Reuters

Our county is home to some of the most marginal constituencies in the country. Morley and Outwood is the eleventh tightest in the nation. 

Andrea Jenkyns (pictured) took it from shadow chancellor turned ballroom dancer Ed Balls in 2010 - she's now defending a majority of 422. Across in Halifax, Holly Lynch will try to win again for Labour on a cushion of just 428 votes. 

Expect a political streetfight in Leeds North West, where Greg Mulholland was one of the few Lib Dems to emerge from the wreckage of the 2015 result. 

A big test of his 2907 majority will be his party's calls for a second EU referendum.      

Search for pair after £500 toothbrush theft

Police want to speak to these two people after toothbrushes worth more than £500 were stolen from a shop in York.

Toothbrush theft
North Yorkshire Police

Yes, you read that right, two toothbrushes were taken from Boots in Monks Cross retail park, which are worth £270 each.

That's a lot of toothbrush.

If you can help the police, you can pass any information you may have by calling 101.

Specialist gym sessions in Sheffield

Jenny Eells

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

After all that Easter chocolate you might be thinking about a trip to the gym to burn off those calories.

Easy enough you might think. Well, not for people with additional needs like autism, who can find these sort of trips terrifying.

Wisewood Sports Centre in Sheffield is doing its bit to combat this by offering specialist sessions for people with learning difficulties and I've been for a look at what they offer:

Thousands of pounds stolen from OAP

Thousands of pounds has been stolen from the house of an elderly lady in Huddersfield.

Keldergate
Google

Detectives say it happened between 4 and 8 April at her home on Keldregate, in Bradley.

The burglars took £5,000 of her money and the police say they're appealing for any information about the theft.

Listen: General election call is "absolutely right"

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The Conservative Spokesperson for South Yorkshire, Spencer Pitfield has told BBC Radio Sheffield that although the news that Theresa May has called a general election was a "surprise" to him, he thinks it's "absolutely right":

Travel update: Lane reopens on M62

BBC News Travel

Some slightly better news if you're westbound on the M62 around J35 and J34 this afternoon:

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And look at the difference already, just after 14:00 the road looked like this:

Traffic
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Now it looks like this, happy days.

Traffic
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Anti-fracking protest funds

Kate Gibson

BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner says she's been reassured there is the money to police anti-fracking protests.

It's after police in Lancashire revealed their fracking operation will cost an extra £450,000 a month.   

Julie Mullian, North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
BBC

Protestors against fracking are currently camped at Kirby Misperton near Pickering in North Yorkshire.

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J3 for A6182.

M18 South Yorkshire - M18 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Big crowds for annual Easter duck race

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Endcliffe Park in Sheffield saw big crowds yesterday for the annual rubber duck race through the park's river.

Annual duck race in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield.
Will Roberts

The family event is ran by the Friends of the Porter Valley and here's the moment all those ducks hit the water!

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Leeds woman missing for more than two weeks

A woman from Leeds has now been missing for more than two weeks and police have issued a fresh appeal to try and find her. 

Svitlana Krasnoselska
West Yorkshire Police

Officers say Svitlana Krasnoselska was last seen at her home in Micklefield at about 05:00 on 3 April. 

Despite "extensive enquiries" police have been unable to find her. She was believed to be wearing a black coat with a fur hood and carrying a black handbag when she went missing. 

We remain very concerned for her welfare and urgently need to find out where she is."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

BreakingTeenagers arrested on suspicion of murder

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a 65-year-old man was found in a Doncaster park.

South Yorkshire Police were called to Hexthorpe Park at around 04:40 this morning, where they found a man collapsed with injuries. 

He was taken to hospital by died a short time after.

A 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old woman have been arrested and are currently in custody.

A Kind of Magic planned for Sheffield and Leeds

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Rock band Queen have today announced they will play in Yorkshire this December.

They'll be in Leeds on Wednesday 6 December and Sheffield on Friday 8 December.

The band will have singer Adam Lambert on vocals for the concerts.

Adam Lambert and Brian May
Neal Preston

We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time".

Roger TaylorQueen drummer

Tickets for both dates go on general sale at 10:00 on Friday.

Travel update: Long M62 tailbacks

BBC News Travel

Here's our obligatory picture of traffic which is going nowhere fast on the M62:

M62 traffic
Highways England/Crown Copyright

It's after a vehicle has overturned between J35 and J34 westbound.

There are delays so far of around 40 minutes and around eight miles of tailbacks. 

Highways England say that things should get back to normal in around an hour, two lanes are currently closed. 

Travel update: Overturned vehicle on M62 westbound

BBC News Travel

Looks like there's a few problems on the M62 westbound this lunchtime.

Highways England says there are delays of about 40 minutes in the area:

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General election: 'Time for uncertainty to end' - Harrogate MP

News that the Prime Minister is to put a vote to the House of Commons calling for an election on 8 June has been welcomed by Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative MP Andrew Jones.

Andrew Jones Mp
BBC

The vote before the Commons tomorrow requires a two-thirds majority of MPs to support it for Parliament to be dissolved.  

Mr Jones says: "The past year has been a time of great uncertainty. It is time for that uncertainty to end.

"The best way to do that is to secure a Parliamentary majority in an election where all parties can put their case to the electorate and the electorate can decide the future direction of our country," he adds.

Woman dragged to the ground and assaulted in York

A woman was assaulted and dragged to the ground on a York city centre street in the early hours of yesterday morning, police say.

King Street, York
Google

Officers say the incident on King Street in the early hours of Monday morning involved a group of women. One of them, aged in her 20s needed hospital treatment. 

A 23-year-old woman from Scarborough was arrested on suspicion of affray. She's been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Police want anyone who saw the incident to contact them.     

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down car and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man left with life-threatening injuries after Sheffield assault

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A 28-year-old man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after an attack in a Sheffield city centre venue over the Easter weekend.

Police closure notice
BBC

Officers were called to the Walkabout bar on Carver Street in the early hours of Sunday morning following reports a man had been seriously assaulted.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released under investigation. The pub was then closed while an investigation took place.

It has since re-opened after the force imposed "strict measures" and "a set of agreed conditions", including close monitoring, regular reviews, better CCTV and changes to door security and management.

The closure followed an unusual incident which took place on Saturday evening and we are confident that all possible steps have been taken, working closely with the police and other authorities, to ensure it cannot happen again."

Walkabout spokesperson

General election: Voters to give PM 'mandate in Europe' - West Yorks MP

MPs are due to vote tomorrow on whether a snap general election will go ahead on 8 June, following Theresa May's surprise announcement this morning.  

Parliament
Reuters

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg says election campaigns "can be deeply unpredictable", but opinion polls "suggest a Tory majority would make that problem disappear".

She goes on to say: "If the last few years have shown anything, it's the politics of this era is extremely hard to predict." 

But opinion polls are something one West Yorkshire MP says aren't important this time around:

Opinion polls are irrelevant in this. What is relevant is Theresa May getting a mandate in Europe."

Alec ShelbrookeConservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell

Watch: Special Olympics GB Summer Games in Sheffield 'will raise expectations'

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

In case you didn't already know, the 2017 Special Olympics GB National Summer Games are due to take place in Sheffield this summer.

The five-day event will see athletes with intellectual disabilities taking part from across the UK.

The man pulling together the opening ceremony at Bramall Lane is Sheffield's very own Nathan Geering.

He says this year's event will "raise people's expectations":

Cash investment for part of Halifax

An area of Halifax is getting £300,000 to help improve housing and facilities.

Beech Hill
Google

Local organisations and community leaders say Beech Hill will benefit from the government's Estate Regeneration Fund. 

Over 100 areas across the country are receiving a share of the £32m, but Calderdale is the only West Yorkshire council to receive this funding.

Yorkshire's afternoon forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry with sunny spells.

There'll be light northeasterly winds and a top temperature of about 11C (52F), but cooler along the east coast.

Weather forecast
BBC

Your Yorkshire headlines this lunchtime

The top stories from across Yorkshire this lunchtime include: