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Summary

  1. Multi-million pound deal secures future of Headingley Stadium
  2. Doncaster Park death: Man died of heart attack
  3. Burberry 'thinking through' Leeds £50m manufacturing plant plans
  4. Miliband and Clegg to stand for re-election in South Yorkshire
  5. Building destroyed in blaze at former golf club near York
  6. Violence at Doncaster prison 'not being reported'
  7. Barnsley 'heroin deaths' not linked to West Yorkshire fatalities
  8. Leeds woman missing for two weeks 'has York links'
  9. Updates on Wednesday 19 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 across Yorkshire on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Want to find out what's happening on Thursday 20 April? Just click here.

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. Multi-million pound deal secures future of Headingley Stadium
  2. Hexthorpe Park death: Man died of heart attack
  3. Burberry 'thinking through' Leeds £50m manufacturing plant plans
  4. Former party leaders to stand for re-election in South Yorkshire
  5. It could be you.. No it really could, check your ticket...

See you tomorrow.

Warning over scam emails claiming to be from the police

People are being warned over a recent series of scam emails claiming to be from West Yorkshire Police.

Email scammer
BBC

They are a series of what are known as phishing emails which try to make you believe that the force is contacting you with a speeding ticket or an invoice.

The email asks you to click on a link for more information or to pay a fine, which in reality downloads a trojan virus onto your hard drive.  

West Yorkshire Police say they "would never correspond via email" for personal information. 

The advice is not to click on any of the links. 

How does Harry get to work? The bus apparently.....

Now, you might think the BBC Look North presenter, Harry Gration, has a limo and outriders to get him to the studio in Leeds.

Not so, he gets the bus!

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Musical starring 80s pop singer cancelled in Bradford

A musical starring the 80s pop singer Sonia, which was due to be staged at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford has been cancelled.

Shout promo
Shout! the musical

The industry magazine The Stage claims that the show "failed to raise the funds" to let the show continue having sold tickets to only "45 paying patrons" on its second night and promises on investment not materialising. 

The Alhambra Theatre has confirmed the musical, planned to hit the stage in July, won't be going ahead and that sales had been "low". 

But they did add that they didn't have a real chance to promote the production. 

An official statement from the production company says:  

The 2017 UK Tour of the production Shout! The Musical has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond the Producer's control”.

Peter FrosdickDirector

Search for man after series of attempted muggings

A man in York who attempted steal items from women in the city centre is being sought by police.

Exhibition Square
Google

Officers say that he tried to steal property from "a number of women" around the Exhibition Square and Clarence Street area of the city. 

It happened after 22:00 yesterday and the man is described as in his early 20’s, with hair that had a shaved line down the side. 

Police say they want the public's help in catching him.

Blades to get their own brew

Sheffield United's now the first major English league club to have its own artisan lager.  

Kop lager
Sentinel Brewhouse

The brew, Kop, officially launches at Sentinel Brewing Co. just around the corner from the Blades' ground.

The first brew was mashed-in earlier this month by Sheffield United legend Tony Currie. It was the first time he'd been in a brew house. 

Cheers!

Work begins on Yorkshire Sculpture Park visitor centre

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is getting a new £3.8m visitor centre, work began today. 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The new building means the attraction will be able to accommodate more people each year - at the moment about 500,000 people visit annually. 

The sculpture park is now in its 40th year and the new building will house a gallery space, restaurant and public foyer.

The new visitor centre is a reflection of our ambition to increase long-term resilience and sustainability by building audiences."

Guy LaurieYorkshire Sculpture Park

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J29 for M1 and J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident.

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

Next station stop: A sit down

You might not be able to get a seat on the train every morning, but at least now you can rest your weary feet before you hop on board.

Brand new seating has been installed for customers on the platforms at six railways stations across the north, including Dewsbury and Malton.

New benches at stations, courtesy of TransPennine Express
TransPennine

TransPennine Express, who manage the stations, have spent more than £75,000 on 45 benches replacing the old seating at Dewsbury and Malton, as well as Brough in East Yorkshire, Scunthorpe, Stalybridge and Thornaby.

They say the new benches form part of their plan to "further enhance the customer experience whether waiting for train or travelling on one". 

Sounds good to us.

So much so in fact, here's another look at them from another angle:

New benches at stations, courtesy of TransPennine Express
TransPennine

Search for 'unknown' woman in Rotherham

Police in Rotherham have released CCTV footage of a woman they'd like to speak to amid growing concern for her welfare.  

CCTV
South Yorkshire Police

Officers say they don't know who she is, but were called to the Tesco on Biscay Way in Wath on Monday lunchtime. 

They had calls from staff about her after she left the shop. 

South Yorkshire Police want to hear from anyone who recognises her .

All Saints announced for York races

Nineties girl-band All Saints are the latest act to be announced to perform at York Racecourse this summer, as part of 'Music Showcase Saturday', on 29 July.

All Saints
Getty Images

Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie and Nicole Appleton had major chart success during the 1990s,winning two Brit awards and achieving record sales in excess of 12 million worldwide.

The band made a successful comeback last year with a new album, “Red Flag”.

Headingley Stadium investment confirmed

The future of Headingley Stadium in Leeds as an international venue has been secured after a multi-million pound deal to revamp the site was approved. 

Headingley Stadium
Malcolm slee

Leeds City Council will now broker a £35m third-party investment to redevelop the stadium. 

Yorkshire County Cricket Club had warned - without the redevelopment, it would lose the chance to host international matches.

It led to this comment from a councillor in which he said he didn't want Leeds to end up like another West Yorkshire city:

"I was told a city has a number of golden nuggets. If it lets them go, it ends up like Wakefield."

Cllr Richard LewisLeeds City Council

Warnings to Blades fans ahead of penultimate fixture

Sheffield United fans are being warned they face being kicked out of the ground if they buy tickets aimed at MK Dons fans.

Stadium MK
Getty Images

This weekend's match is the Blades' final away fixture of their title-winning League One campaign, and the club has confirmed that there are no plans to to increase their allocation of 7,521 tickets - which have completely sold out.  

United also say they are making progress identifying the fan (pictured below) holding a flare among away supporters at Port Vale on Friday.    

Fan holding flare in crowd at Port Vale
SUFC

They club say once he has been identified, the fan will be banned from Bramall Lane and information will be passed to the authorities.

The club say there is a strict zero tolerance policy towards fireworks, flares, smoke bombs and anti-social behaviour at all EFL grounds, and fans risk prosecution and banning orders.

Spate of arson attacks revealed

North Yorkshire's fire service say they've been called out to 50 arson incidents in just over two weeks. 

Fire engine
North Yorkshire Fire Service

Watch Manager, Adele Kendall, says "five in York and one in Catterick had to be extinguished last night alone."

Crews think the rise may be due to young people being bored during the school holidays and asks them to consider how they'd feel if a family member of theirs needed assistance, but a crew dealing with a deliberately set fire wasn't available.

We encourage parents to talk to their children about the dangers of playing with fire."

Adele KendallWatch Manager

I'm still standing - but not for election

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Yesterday's snap election call caught many by off guard, so it's no surprise that a few things will have to get sorted quickly. 

In Leeds the votes have previously been counted at the city's arena, but someone has got it booked already:

Elton John
Getty Images

Elton John is on tour and 8 June, the day of the election, he's in Leeds at the arena on his Wonderful Crazy Tour.

That's a bit awkward, do you ask him to move? 

Perhaps Leeds City Council could offer him a spot on Briggate to busk the gig? 

Well they've done the bigger thing and decided to move the count to the Civic Hall and the Town Hall. 

Crisis averted.

It could be you.. No it really could, check your ticket...

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A lottery player in South Yorkshire has just one week to avoid missing out on almost £200,000.

The ticket, which was bought in Doncaster for the EuroMillions draw on 28 October last year, matched five numbers and a star.

That's worth £197,954 - but if not claimed by the end of Wednesday 26 April, the money will go to National Lottery funded projects rather than the person who bought the ticket.

That ticket holder isn't the only one who could do with coming forward.

There's a £1m prize also up for grabs - again in South Yorkshire.

Lottery
BBC

If you bought a EuroMillions ticket in Barnsley for the draw on 31 January this year then you may want to check your pockets.

There's a winning ticket worth a cool £1m still out there.

The details for both draws are here - and hopefully you'll be celebrating like in the shot below.

Champagne
Getty Images

Katie Rough death: Trial date set

The case of a teenager accused of murdering seven-year-old York girl Katie Rough has been heard in court. 

Katie Rough
North Yorkshire Police

The defendant, a 15-year-old girl, was not present in person or via videolink for the 40-minute hearing at Leeds Crown Court.   

She was arrested and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon after Katie was found fatally injured on a playing field in York on 9 January

The teenager, who cannot be named due, denies the charges.

She's due to appear in court again on 28 June, with her trial due to start on 3 July.

Hexthorpe Park death: Man died of heart attack

A post-mortem examination into the death of a man who was found in a Doncaster park on Tuesday has concluded he died as a result of a heart attack. 

Hexthorpe Park entrance
Google

The 65-year-old man was found collapsed in Hexthorpe Park after emergency services were called at about 04:40. He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Further tests and enquiries are continuing into the full circumstances of the incident, according to South Yorkshire Police.

A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman who were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder have been released from custody as enquiries continue.   

Police are asking for anyone with information, especially anyone who was in the park or in the immediate vicinity between 02:00 and 04:30 on Tuesday, to get in touch.

Burberry 'thinking through' Leeds £50m manufacturing plant plans

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Burberry says it's "taking a moment to think through" its plans for a new manufacturing facility in Leeds after its shares fell by 6% despite a rise in sales.

Buberry store
PA

But the British luxury fashion brand says it's still committed to Yorkshire.

The company has reported an "exceptional" performance in the UK, but says it suffered a fall in US sales.

Burberry announced plans in November 2015 to open a new £50m weaving plant in the South Bank area of Leeds and relocate staff from its existing Castleford and Keighley sites.

It later revealed it was pausing its proposals for the site last July in the wake of Brexit uncertainty.

Watch: Fire destroys barn at former golf club site

More details now on this morning's fire at the former Allerthorpe Golf Club site, near York.

Fire crews from Pocklington and Market Weighton attended the blaze at about 08:00.

It's thought the fire broke out in one of the outbuildings, destroying a barn and causing a roof to collapse. 

Take a look at the damage:

The fire affected an area about 5m by 20m, and thick black smoke was pictured drifting over Melbourne Road and nearby land. 

The barn destroyed in the blaze contained agricultural machinery and lawn mowers, according to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

It's not thought anyone was injured in the fire.

Yorkshire in pictures: Blackbirds leave their Easter eggs

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The highlight of any day on BBC Local Live in Yorkshire often comes from a picture sent in to us - and today is no exception:

Blackbird chicks
BBC

John Hodgson sent us this sure sign of spring in his garden in Bradford. 

He says all four blackbird chicks, pictured here at five-days-old, fledged over the Easter weekend.

If you've snapped anything interesting you'd like to share with the rest of Yorkshire, you can send it in by simply clicking here.    

Get on your bike: High hopes for pedal power in Bradford

Plans examining how to make cycling in Bradford part of "daily life for everyone" are being unveiled in the city today.

Cycling
Getty

The new proposals replace ones originally made in 2012, with Bradford Council claiming much has changed since then, including the Tour de France Grand Depart, the Tour de Yorkshire, the Cyclo-Cross National Championships and the CityConnect programme.  

The strategy covers a range of ways people can get involved in cycling from sports and clubs and cycling as a leisure activity, to cycling as a way of getting to work and school.

Claire Wright, chair of the Bradford Cycle Forum, says: "The strategy articulates a vision where all of us have the training and facilities to regain freedom and fitness, leading to better health for everyone."  

This will help us make real progress, creating places where anyone can pick up a bike and ride."

Dave RobisonChair of Bradford Cycle Campaign

Violence at Doncaster prison 'not being reported'

A report by a European watchdog into our prisons says much violence at Doncaster Prison is not reported.

HMP Doncaster
BBC

A report published today by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture raises the concerns.

Members of the committee, which is part of the Council of Europe, visited HMP Doncaster and HMP Pentonville as part of their inquiry last spring. 

At both establishments the delegation "gained the impression that the actual number of violent incidents appreciably exceeded the number recorded".  

It added: "This issue appeared to be particularly acute at Doncaster Prison, where the delegation established some violent incidents had either not been recorded or recorded as being less serious than they were in practice...failing to portray an accurate picture of the severity of the problems."

The report also claims that at both Doncaster and Pentonville Prisons, operational safety had been compromised in part due to low staffing levels or inadequate deployment of staff.

Wakefield retailer Bonmarche sees fall in sales

Wakefield-based women fashion chain Bonmarche says it's seen a slump in its annual sales following a difficult start to the new year. 

Bonmarche
Google

The firm's chief executive is warning of further hurdles in the year ahead, but says she remains "confident Bonmarche remains unique in its ability to serve the needs of its target market".   

The retailer, which has 327 stores across the UK, is set to publish its full-year results on 19 June. 

Quad bike escape for thieves

Thieves who stole a safe from a Rotherham shop escaped on quad bikes.

CCTV images of robbery at vape store in Rotherham
South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police have released CCTV images of the incident at the VAPE store on Harris Hawk Way, Rotherham, which was reported at around 00:55 on Thursday 30 March.

Extensive damage was caused to the store doors and windows, with the safe among items taken.

Listen: 'No need for an election' says York politics professor

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

MPs are expected to back the Prime Minister's call for an early general election on June 8 when they vote this afternoon.

Theresa May, who'd previously ruled out going to the country early, told the BBC the decision wasn't about opportunism prompted by a 20 point lead in the opinion polls. 

But David Howell, a former politics lecturer at the University of York, just told me he believes an election is completely unnecessary:

World famous York street wins prize for being a Shambles

York's medieval Shambles has been named the "prettiest street in Britain" in a new survey.

York Shambles
BBC

Dating from the 14th century, and famous for its overhanging timber buildings, it was once a thriving meat market and is now one of the UK's most visited destinations.

The Shambles is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it's thought to be York's oldest street and Europe's best-preserved medieval thoroughfare.

Thieves target unlocked cars in Bradford

Thieves in Bradford targeted more than 20 unlocked cars over the bank holiday weekend according to West Yorkshire Police.

theft
Science Photo Library

Officers say sat navs, laptops and shopping bags were amongst their favoured items.  

Most of the thefts were reported in the Keighley and Shipley areas, although vehicles in the Manningham area were also targeted.    

The force has compiled this page which is full of handy tips to keep the stuff in your car safe.

Watch: Need a BREAK from the general election?

In the past week, we've been hearing about the £2.6m benefit the World Snooker Championship provides Sheffield.

One of the beneficiaries is Chesworth Cues on Abbeydale Road.

They've made snooker cues in Sheffield for some of the world's top players and have celebrity customers like Michael Vaughan and Billy Sharp. 

Martin Chesworth who owns the store says it's great news the tournament is staying in the city for at least the next 10 years:

Biker left with 'serious injuries' after crash near Wakefield

A motorcyclist is recovering from serious injuries after a crash near Wakefield yesterday morning. 

Southmoor Road
Google

It happened at about 11:35 on Southmoor Road, a few miles outside South Kirkby, when his black Honda bike collided with an orange Ford Ka.  

The rider was left with serious injuries and he is still in hospital in a stable condition. The female driver of the car received minor injuries.

Sgt James Farrar says: "We are working alongside South Yorkshire Police officers, and our enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances of the collision."