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Summary

  1. Yorkshire drug users warned over heroin cut with powerful anaesthetic
  2. Sheffield mum's tribute to 'beautiful son' killed in motorbike crash
  3. Unveiling of Jo Cox Parliament memorial delayed
  4. General election: Ed Balls will not stand in Morley
  5. Green light for multi-million pound transport deal for Leeds?
  6. Cat's 999 call sparks North Yorkshire Police warning
  7. Plans for £4m York Racecourse makeover go on show
  8. Updates on Thursday 20 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 Thursday...

Those are all the updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 20 April 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Friday 21 April? Just click here.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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. Yorkshire drug users warned over heroin cut with powerful anaesthetic
  2. Mum's tribute to 'beautiful son' killed in motorbike crash
  3. Ed Balls will not stand in Morley
  4. In pictures: High heels and floral gowns at Harrogate
  5. Warning as snakes bite dogs in Wakefield

See you tomorrow.

Golf meets snooker. Don't be putt off!

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Remember this?

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It's the handy work of Shane O'Hara and it took the internet by storm earlier this year.

He's been talking to Rob Rouse at the World Snooker Championship on BBC Radio Sheffield about how long it took to achieve:

Fine for tenant who left belongings on the street

The tenant of this house in Leeds has been slapped with a fine for leaving this mess on the street. 

fly tipper
Leeds City Council

The person who was living in the house was moving out, but rather than shell out for a removal van, they just put all of their stuff in the street.

Now they've been issued with a £300 fine for leaving this mess in Harehills.  

Have you paid and displayed?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

You know that feeling when you're trying to find a space in a busy car park?

You think you see one, but then it turns out it's got a very small car or motorbike in it?

Well, in York it's like that...but with geese.

AND it didn't buy a ticket. What a "fowl" attitude...

Goose in car park
BBC

Ennis-Hill's tribute to Germaine Mason

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sheffield's Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has paid her tribute to fellow athlete Germaine Mason who's died.

The former high jumper, aged 34, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica.

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Mason won a silver medal in his sport at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Dog rescued from drain pipe in Barnsley

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

Good news from Barnsley as South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have safely rescued Jet the dog who was trapped in a drain pipe in the town.

Dog 1
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

They were aided by the RPSCA, Yorkshire Water and a construction company and used a remote camera to find Jet.

Dog 2
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

And after a bit of digging and coaxing Jet will live to chew on a bone for another day!

Listen: 'It's about talking to the public about what they want'

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police will be in Hexthorpe in Doncaster later outlining his plans for changes to community policing.

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He first announced the idea during a debate last October jointly hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield and The Star newspaper.

So what does it all mean?

Brilliant birds need nimble knitters

Nimble knitters are being invited to knock their needles together in York to populate trees with woollen birds.

It's hoped their efforts will result in a spectacular display in Rowntree Park and raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice. 

Woolen birds
St Leonard's Hospice

A giant ‘Brilliant Birds’ Yarnstorm installation is planned for the park in the summer, for the Rowntree Park Birthday Party. 

If you want to be involved and need a little guidance you can attend craft workshops for people of all abilities next month. 

Here's the where and when:

Man assaulted and robbed of tools in Sheffield

A workman has been assaulted and robbed in Sheffield.

Hudson Road
Google

It happened on Tuesday morning in the Woodhouse Mill area of Sheffield.

A group of men were trying to break into the 27-year-old man's van, which was parked on Hudson Road.

The men then assaulted him and took his keys before leaving with his tools in a getaway car. 

Missing teen in Halifax found

Earlier we told you about missing teenager Ester Taruvinga from Halifax, who'd not been seen in a week. 

Some good news this afternoon, she's been found safe and well.

Severe accident: A659 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A659 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A61 Harrogate Road and Moor Lane.

A659 West Yorkshire - A659 The Avenue in Harewood closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Harewood Bridge and the Moor Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Just a few decorations to put up before the Tour

There's still more than a week to go until the Tour de Yorkshire, but some people are getting into the spirit nice and early. 

House
Selby District Council

This is a house in Tadcaster, which Selby District Council has tweeted about.

They're asking people to get involved in their Best Dressed competition.

If you fancy getting the bunting out and having a go, you can click here to enter.

Ed Balls will not stand in Morley

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The former Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls has confirmed that he will not be standing for his old seat in the general election.

Ed Balls
Getty Images

The politician-turned-reality TV star was ousted from his seat by the Conservative Andrea Jenkyns by a small majority in the 2015 election.

It's interesting that he has ruled out Morley and Outwood, could he be standing elsewhere?

We'll let you know.

Wakefield crash leaves elderly man with injuries

A quick update on the earlier crash in Wakefield.

An elderly man has been rescued after a crash in Midgley and the road is still closed.

Crash
Google

It happened at about 14:00 on Bar Lane and the elderly man has been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Two cars and a van were involved in the crash at the junction of the A637 Bar Lane and Stocksmoor road.

Watch: 'We've just been going over the tables with spirit levels'

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The tables at the World Snooker Championship always look impressive, but how much work is there in maintaining the high standards?

Pete Gidson from World Snooker Services explains:

Police vehicles damaged in Thirsk

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police want your help after two police vehicles were damaged whilst attending an incident in Thirsk.

One car had its rear window smashed, with both vehicles scratched and subject to eggs being broken upon them.

The damage occurred yesterday lunchtime whilst they were parked on Topcliffe Road in the town. 

Police car with rear window smashed.
North Yorkshire Police

Any information you can be passed onto the force by calling 101.

Don't forget to register to vote

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It may have been a surprise on Tuesday, but there's no excuse for not being registered to vote in the general election on 8 June.

Ballot Box
BBC

Which ever way you're planning to vote, you'll need to make sure you're registered, and there's only about a month to do it.

It's pretty simple, just go to this site and put your details in.

Remember, if you don't vote, you've got no right to moan afterwards!

E-fit in Sheffield attack

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Can you help South Yorkshire Police identify this man?

E-fit of reported assault in Burgreave, Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police

They want to speak to him in relation to an incident which occurred just before midnight on Saturday 11 March.

An attacker threatened a 30-year-old man with a knife before assaulting him on Rutland Road in the Burgreave area of Sheffield.

In pictures: High heels and floral gowns at Harrogate

It's the first day of this year's Spring Flower Show in Harrogate.

More than 1,000 exhibitors are taking part in the event with a "Hort Couture" theme - combining flowers and fashion.

A floral display in the shape of a giant high heel shoe is just one of the things you'll see if you head on down to the Great Yorkshire Showground:

High heel flower shoe
AFP/Getty Images

Meanwhile, these models have been spotted wearing flower gowns - an iris and poppy -designed by New Zealand artist Jenny Gillies:

Flower dresses
Getty images

They're just two of the many dresses being displayed as the show opens its doors to the thousands of people expected to enjoy the floral displays over the next four days.

Severe accident: A637 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A637 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at New Hall Lane.

A637 West Yorkshire - A637 Bar Lane in Flockton blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the New Hall Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

'Claudia's Law' could be in jeopardy

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York

A new bill named after missing York chef Claudia Lawrence may not make it into law because of the snap general election. 

The Guardianship Bill, known as "Claudia's Law" had its final reading in the House of Commons last month. 

It would provide relatives of missing people with certain controls over their financial affairs.

Missing York chef, Claudia Lawrence
North Yorkshire Police

However, if it doesn't get through the House of Lords next week, supporters will have to start over again in the next parliament.  

Man seriously injured in Rawmarsh accident

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man's been seriously injured after his car hit a wall in Rawmarsh near Rotherham earlier today.

The 28-year-old has been taken to hospital after the incident at around 07:30 which took place on Haugh Road near the junction with Knapton Avenue.

Haugh Road in Rawmarsh.
Google

Search continues in Leeds for missing woman

Police are continuing their search in Leeds for a woman who's now been missing for two-and-a-half weeks.

Svetlana
BBC

Svitlana - also known as Lana - Krasnoselska was last seen at her home in Micklefield at about 05:00 on 3 April.

Officers are searching that area today.

Lana, Krasnoselska
West Yorkshire Police

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.   

Mystery surrounds the disappearance of the 40-year-old and police say they need the public's help to find her.

Warning as snakes bite dogs in Wakefield

Dog owners are being warned to watch out for adders after at least two pets were bitten at a country park near Wakefield.

Adder
Newsline PR

One vet's practice in the area says it's helped "several" dogs which which were bitten at Newmillerdam Country Park.

Adder venom can cause lameness, vomiting, and changes to the heartbeat, blood pressure and breathing rate. 

This is the time of year when adders come out of hibernation and, it seems, they can be a bit grumpy - so if they're disturbed by a dog they tend to lash out.

It's worth remembering that the adder, the UK's only poisonous snake, is protected. So if you see one in your garden it's best to leave it alone.

They only tend to bite in self-defence, for instance when they are stepped on accidentally or disturbed by an inquisitive dog."

Natalie McQuireCalder Vets

Sheffield man jailed for burglary

A Sheffield man has been jailed for four years and two months after being found guilty of burglary offences.

Christopher Syphas
South Yorkshire Police

Christopher Syphas, 21, formerly of Birley Spar Lane in Sheffield, was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of five counts of burglary and five counts of handling stolen goods.  

Syphas committed the offences in the Birley and Jordanthorpe areas in 2016 and 2017.

I'm extremely pleased Syphas has now been caught and punished for his selfish actions."

Sgt Raymond BellSouth Yorkshire Police

Warning over heroin cut with powerful anaesthetic

A safety warning has been issued in Yorkshire after several deaths which may have been caused by illegal street drugs mixed with a super-powerful anaesthetic.

Drug deaths
BBC

Police say the deaths have been largely linked to heroin use, which may have been cut with a powerful drug called Fentanyl.

Officers say they've tested some samples of drugs seized in our region and found traces of the substance which is used to stop pain after operations and which is "significantly more powerful" than morphine.

West Yorkshire Police says it's too early to link the drug to the recent deaths of people in the Humber region, Cleveland and West and South Yorkshire.

We are urging people who use Class A drugs to be extremely cautious in relation to what they are taking."

Det Spt Nick WallenWest Yorkshire Police

CCTV released following attempted mugging of girl in Leeds

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after the attempted robbery of a 16-year-old girl in Leeds.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

It happened last Friday after the girl got off a Leeds-bound Yorkshire Coastliner bus in Swarcliffe and a man who'd been on the bus asked for directions.

He then grabbed her and demanded her phone. She refused and ran off and the man chased her, but gave up when he spotted her mother who was waiting nearby to meet her.

Officers say he got on the bus in York. 

The images of the suspect are very clear and we hope someone will be able to tell us who it is."

PC Alana ScottWest Yorkshire Police

'Feline' the need to call the police?

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

I'm sure the police get all sorts of calls from all sorts of people...

But last night they were left with "paws" for thought after getting an emergency call which left them, er, "feline" a little confused when a furry friend from the York area contacted them:

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After the call, North Yorkshire Police posted this message on their Facebook page:

"It would be purrrrrfect if cat owners across North Yorkshire could remind their kitties that 999 should only be used in emergencies."

Boxer Brook named as Special Olympics ambassador

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook has been named as an ambassador for this year's Special Olympics.

The event will take place across Sheffield this August and will feature over 2,500 athletics competing from across the UK:

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Unveiling of Jo Cox Parliament memorial delayed

The unveiling of a memorial in Parliament to murdered Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox is to be rescheduled, the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has announced.

Jo Cox
PA

The plaque was originally to be unveiled on 20 May as part of a "family day" in Parliament, when MPs and staff were to be invited to bring their children into the Commons chamber.

However, that date is now in the middle of the general election campaign, so the Speaker has said the unveiling will now take place "very soon" after the election.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J38 for A638 and J37 for A635 Barnsley Road affecting B6474 Wentbridge North.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound between J38, A638 (Red House) and J37, A635 (Marr), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Travel time is 35 minutes. Congestion on A1 to Wentbridge North.

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

Appeal over missing teenager in Halifax

Have you seen missing teenager Ester Taruvinga who's from the Halifax area?

Ester Taruvinga
West Yorkshire Police

The 15-year-old has now been missing for a week and also goes by the name Amazing Grace.

She has links to the Wortley and Beeston areas of Leeds and police say they think she may be in one of those areas.

Our concerns are growing for Ester and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen her to get in touch."

Acting Det Insp Toby FaceyWest Yorkshire Police

Celebration for Sheffield United confirmed

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Attention Blades fans. Clear your diaries for Tuesday 2 May as there's to be a celebration in Sheffield city centre to mark the club's promotion to the Championship.

Sheffield United celebrating promotion.
Sheffield City Council

From around 14:00 that day big screens will show highlights of their season, plus they'll be events in the Peace Gardens.

Then at around 18:00 the players will leave Bramall Lane on an open-top bus to head to the Town Hall.

We want this to be an event to recognise the success of the team but also for the fans to enjoy and to share in the success and celebrate”.

Julie DoreSheffield City Council leader

M&S to consult over closing York store

Marks & Spencer have announced that they are thinking about closing their Simply Food store at the Monks Cross retail park near York.

M&S
PA

The store is one of six which the retailer is consulting staff over closing, who M&S say will be given a "guaranteed redeployment at a nearby store". 

The company also has another store 500m away at the Vanguard shopping centre. 

They say they hope to relocate staff there or York city centre. 

The business says it's in the process of a "five-year programme to improve its UK stores". 

We will open new stores, some will reduce in size, some will move, some will close and others will convert to food-only."

Steve RoweChief Executive of Marks & Spencer