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  1. 'Do not approach' warning over escaped York prisoner
  2. Green light for Leeds transport cash, government confirms
  3. Former Sheffield United and Leeds player Ehiogu dies
  4. Bradford man jailed over terror social media posts
  5. Funeral held for shot Leeds teenager Raheem Wilks
  6. Three held in Leeds after jury tampering inquiry
  7. Updates on Friday 21 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

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That's all from Friday...

Those are all the updates from Friday 21 April.

Want to get all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Monday 21 April? Click here.

Five things we learned today

That's all from us for this week, we'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

Before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. 'Do not approach' warning over escaped York prisoner
  2. Green light for Leeds transport cash
  3. Former Sheffield United and Leeds player Ugo Ehiogu dies
  4. Bradford man jailed over terror social media posts
  5. Raheem Wilks funeral: Hundreds remember shot teen

See you next week.

South Yorkshire getting ready to welcome the lycra

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

The 2017 Tour de Yorkshire takes places next weekend and it seems parts of South Yorkshire are getting a bit excited.

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Special shows are planned across the event on BBC Radio LeedsBBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio York.  

BBL continues on the BBC tonight

Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks (19:30 BST)

British Basketball returns to the BBC this evening with two teams just off the top. 

Worcester Wolves and Sheffield Sharks go into their final two games in third and fourth respectively, both on 38 points, along with second-placed Glasgow Rocks.  

Wolves are on an 11-game winning streak in the League and Sharks won the last meeting between these two sides by just two points.  

Coverage is live from 19:30 BST across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. You can learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL here.

Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks
BBC Sport

Anyone lost their 4X4?

This 4X4 pickup has been abandoned on some wasteland near Darlington, and North Yorkshire Police are helping to find out why:


Police say that it's beached "up to the axles" on mud and appears to have just been left there.

North Yorkshire Police are trying to find the owners of the pickup and see why they decided to leave it there.

A tree a day keeps the doctor away

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

We've all got our daily rituals such as a morning walk or singing in the shower but Jane Horton from Sheffield's is a little different.

She's drawn a tree every day for a whole year!

You can see more of her collection here.

When a triangle is actually a square!

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

When you think of a snooker table before play, you think of the balls sat on the baize all uniform. 

This also makes the tables fair for each set of players.

The triangle is used to keep the reds together before the break and at the World Snooker Championships it's actually square!

Paul Beck from Sheffield designed the item and explains more:

Rotherham on Most Haunted tonight

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Rotherham's Wentworth Woodhouse is on TV tonight as Yvette Fielding takes a tour of its stable block looking for ghosts.

And as BBC Radio Sheffield's resident Ghostbuster I've also been down.

Tour guide Andy from the site explains whether it's really haunted or not!

Rotherham train station racist rant investigation

Police in Rotherham have released a picture of a woman they believe may have information about an incident in which a ticket inspector at the train station was racially abused.

British Transport Police

Officers say that a woman refused to show her ticket at the barrier and then launched a sustained verbal attack at the inspector, which lasted for more than 10 minutes.  

British Transport Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Everyone has the right to work and travel in a safe environment."

PC Ewan BrechinBritish Transport Police

Woman dies after being hit by lorry near Harewood House

A woman has died after she was hit by a lorry near Harewood House yesterday.

Sleights Lane

It happened at about 16:00 on the A659 when the lorry, which was travelling towards Harewood House hit the woman near Sleights Lane.

The 57-year-old woman, who was on foot, died at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the woman who had "distinctive red hair which was dyed". 

Morrisons recalls green beans after metal find

Bradford-based Morrisons is recalling its own-brand trimmed green beans after metal was found inside them

Green beans
Mercury press and media LTD

Two customers found the metal in packets of the vegetables in Manchester and Glasgow stores.

The Food Standards Agency issued a warning for the affected products, which are the supermarket's 170g bags of the beans with display until dates of 22 April, 23 April and 24 April.

A spokeswoman for Morrisons said an investigation was under way.

Watch: 'Some of them take three months to make'

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is underway in North Yorkshire.

The entries in the floristry competition are blooming marvelous (see what we did there!) 

So who's won? 

Heartbroken mum begs for your help after cancer-stricken son said 'I don't want to live anymore'

Huddersfield Examiner

Ewa Sitkowska needs to raise £200,000 for treatment not funded by the NHS to save son Cristiano, who has been battling a rare aggressive cancer called Embryonal Rhabdomysosarcoma since January 2016.

Cristiano Sitkowska
Huddersfield Examiner

Gun salute marks Queen's birthday

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Her Majesty the Queen is 91 today and the date has been marked across the UK.

She's thought to spending the day celebrating privately, but that didn't stop a 21-gun salute taking place in York Museum Gardens this lunchtime.

Yorkshire Queen dates go on sale

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Attention Queen fans of Yorkshire. Have you got your tickets to see them in Leeds or Sheffield just before Christmas?

They went on general sale at 10:00 this morning and will have singer Adam Lambert on vocals for the concerts.

Queen and Adam Lambert
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

Four east coast trains set to make history

Four trains from four different eras will make history on Sunday on the East Coast mainline north of York.

Welcome to Yorkshire

Flying Scotsman will travel alongside two trains from Virgin Trains’ revitalised fleet - an HST Class 43 and an InterCity225 Class 91 - and the rail operator’s brand new train, the Virgin Azuma Class 800.

The trains will travel side by side, in the same direction, at around 20-25mph to celebrate the past, present and future of the East Coast Main Line.

A large screen at York Railway Station will broadcast footage of the trains live.

This is a major event for Yorkshire and something people will remember for decades."

Sir Gary VerityWelcome to Yorkshire

No serious injuries after crash near Wakefield

This is the aftermath of a crash near Wakefield yesterday:

Bar Lane crash
West Yorkshire Police

It happened on Bar Lane in Midgley just before 14:00 and the road was closed for two hours.

An elderly man had to be cut free from his car, and two others were injured. But amazingly no one was seriously hurt in the crash.

Police say the crash involved two cars and a van.

Winter set to return to Yorkshire due to icy blast

Yorkshire Post

Temperatures will plunge to single figures next week as winter makes an unwelcome return to Yorkshire.

The coolest days will see daytime lows of just six degrees - temperatures more typical of February than late April.

Yorkshire Post
Danum Academy

The relationship involved sexual activity with a female pupil and two other individuals.

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***INSERT HEADLINE HERE*** (Only joking...)

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It looks like someone in the Morrisons "writing stuff about products" department was having an off day:


At least they got the name of the item in there and they managed to keep the "short description", well, short.

We've contacted the Bradford-based supermarket, who've confirmed the label is a genuine mistake. 

You'd never catch us making a mistake like that...(See the headline above!)

'Don't approach escaped prisoner', police warn

Police are urging people not to approach a woman who's absconded from a North Yorkshire prison while serving a five-year sentence for grievous bodily harm.

Donna Willis
North Yorkshire Police

Donna Willis, 36, escaped from HMP Askham Grange, near York, on Wednesday, police have revealed.

Officers believe Willis may have travelled north, and say enquiries are largely focused around the Northumbria area. 

She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, with a slim build and blonde and brown hair.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police.

In pictures: South Yorkshire Police's warning over 'unsociable' driving

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

This seizure by South Yorkshire Police ended up being somewhat expensive for one young driver and his friends who'd hired out these cars:

South Yorkshire Police pull over cars
South Yorkshire Police

Under the Police Reform Act, officers can seize your vehicle and impound it if you're seen driving in an "unsociable" manner.

South Yorkshire Police tow cars
South Yorkshire Police

On South Yorkshire Police's Facebook page, the force says it's unlikely the McLaren, Lamborghini or Ferrari pictured above will be crushed.

However, officers say they want to highlight the fact that "unsociable driving" won't be tolerated and that drivers will be dealt with accordingly.

South Yorkshire Police tow cars
South Yorkshire Police

Watch: 'People take reading and writing for granted'

Jenny Eells

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Settling down with a good book is something many of us might take for granted, but not for someone like Dale.

Due to his dyslexia, he struggled to read or write until he was almost 40-years-old, but his life was transformed while he was serving time as an inmate at Doncaster Prison.

It was there that he received help from a charity called The Cascade Foundation - and he's been telling me more:

Green light for Leeds transport cash, government confirms

Leeds is to get a £173m cash boost for new and improved transport infrastructure, the government's confirmed.


Leeds City Council had previously been worried that the money may not materialise after the general election was called earlier this week.

But the council now says the money is coming and that the Department for Transport investment will mean new park and ride services, bus priority lanes and modern facilities.

The leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake, says the money will make public transport "quicker and easier for everyone to be able to move around the city".

Ceremony marks Scarborough Market Hall reopening

A ceremony takes place today to mark the reopening of Scarborough's newly renovated Market Hall

Almost £3m has been spent improving the 19th century building, including installing new units and a whole new floor.

Ian Hutchinson, a butcher who trades at the site, says he wants to see as many people as possible visiting the market now it's taken on a new lease of life:

Bradford man jailed over terror social media posts

A Bradford man has been jailed for a year after admitting terrorism offences relating to posts he made on social media.  

Leeds Crown Court
Stanley Walker/Geograph

Atzaz Khan, 40, pleaded guilty to six counts of disseminating terrorist publications under the Terrorism Act at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday.

Khan, of Otley Road, Bradford, used several accounts to post terrorism material online, police said.

When they were shut down, he activated others and posted links to publications praising the Paris terrorist attacks.

Watch: Louis Tomlinson's mum remembered at London Marathon

Kevin Larkin

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

This Sunday is the 2017 London Marathon.

Sally Deakin, from Doncaster, is running the 26 miles this weekend and she just happens to be the aunt of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.

She's doing the challenge to remember her sister-in-law Johannah, Louis' mother, who died of leukaemia in December.

I went out to meet her during her training: 

Two arrested after car stopped in York

More now on a story we mentioned earlier about a car found in York containing, drugs, balaclavas and knives.

North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police say they stopped the car in the Hull Road area of the city at about 02:50 this morning.  

In the car, officers also found what is believed to be cannabis and heroin.

A man and a woman, both in their 30s and from the York area, have been arrested and are currently in police custody.

Watch: An artist's impression - York's creative community opens its doors

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Members of York's artistic community are opening their doors this weekend as part of an annual festival.

York Open Studios first started in 2009 and sees artists open up their studios - usually their own homes - and invite people in to see their work and have a look at the place it's created.

One of the artists opening up her home is Sarah Raphael Balme.

I've been to her studio to take a look at what she's been up to and here's a sneak preview of her latest work:

Raheem Wilks funeral: Hundreds remember shot teen

Mourners have gathered this morning for the funeral of Raheem Wilks, who was shot and killed in Leeds in January.

Raheem wilks funeral

Hundreds have attended the service at St Aiden's Church, his coffin arrived in a horse drawn hearse. 

Raheem Wilks, the 19-year-old brother of Leeds United's Mallik Wilks, was shot near Too Sharps on Gathorne Terrace, Harehills, on 26 January.

Two men have been charged with his murder and will face a trial on 16 October. 

Concern grows for missing Barnsley woman

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police are increasingly concerned for missing Barnsley woman Samantha Roebuck.

Samantha Roebuck
South Yorkshire Police

The 32-year-old was last seen yesterday afternoon, when she left her home in the Worsbrough area of the town.

She's described as being around 5ft 3in tall, of medium build and with short brown hair.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a multi-coloured stranded cardigan and possibly carrying a white rucksack  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force on 101.

Car crashes through wall near Huddersfield

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Someone in Huddersfield has had a bad start to the day:

Car in wall

This BMW crashed through a wall on Lindley Moor Road at about midnight. 

Car in wall

Luckily the driver wasn't injured and the police say that they're treating it as an accident.

McLaren factory given go-ahead

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Car manufacturer McLaren have received approval from Rotherham Council to build their technology centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near the M1.

The 75,000 square foot development at Catcliffe will cost £50 million and will bring 200 new jobs to South Yorkshire.

The site will responsible for the company's research and development of their future carbon fibre chassis and for the manufacturing of the chassis itself.


The application was passed unanimously by the council's planning board and Cllr Alan Atkin urged the developers to "get it built".

England stars included as Yorkshire face Hampshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are in County Championship action today against Hampshire in Southampton with these two back in the side:

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Play is under way and Yorkshire will bowl after the Tykes decided not to take part in a toss.

You can listen to live BBC commentary, follow live ball-by-ball text commentary and keep up-to-date on the BBC iPlayer app.

Gearing up for the Tour de West Tanfield

Villagers in West Tanfield are gearing up for a visit by some of the world's top cyclists next weekend as the Tour de Yorkshire passes through North Yorkshire.

West Tanfield

It's the second time the village has played host to an international cycling race, having been a major player in the Tour de France in 2014, when members of the royal family dropped in.  

For the 2017 event, both the men’s and the women's race are due to come through on Saturday 29 April.

There'll be a host of events taking place including a "village gathering" with market and food stalls, children's games and a big screen playing the day's races.  

A hot air balloon will also be tethered over the village and a special land art beacon lit, as participants in the men's race cross the bridge on their way to the Harrogate finish.

As if there wasn't enough fast spinning-wheeled action, local residents will also take part in the village's annual Soap Box Challenge race.

Watch: New lifeline for River Aire rescuers in Leeds

More now on the new scheme in Leeds to reduce the number of people who have to be rescued from the River Aire in the city centre.

Fire crews are on the banks of the river today, making people aware of a new safety system and highlighting the dangers of being drunk near water. 

Since 2012, there've been 80 rescues from the water in Leeds city centre. 

Now, 14 "throwline" boxes have been installed to help people who've got into difficulty:

Vinyl revival celebrated as BBC 6 Music comes live from Huddersfield

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, but in Huddersfield they're celebrating today, with BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne broadcasting from the shop until 13:00 this afternoon.

Vinyl Tap Records
Vinyl Tap Records

The programme will include a host of exclusive Record Store Day releases, live music, interviews and a special Prince-inspired all-vinyl Desert Island Disco.  

You can listen to the show here.

Lauren Laverne

This is the 10th Record Store Day which celebrates the format which a few years ago seemed like it was a thing of the past.

But now vinyl is enjoying a big renaissance, with sales now reaching a 25-year high.

I’m so pleased to be marking the occasion in Huddersfield at one of the most iconic record stores with some of the most talented people in the industry."

Lauren LaverneBBC 6 Music

Listen: Dugher's departure - Council leader won't stand for Barnsley seat

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Michael Dugher confirmed last night he's not standing for re-election as Barnsley East Labour MP at the general election on 8 June:

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As yet, there is no confirmation as to who might stand in his place.

However, I have had it confirmed that it won't be the leader of Barnsley Council Sir Steve Houghton.

Betty Laird death: Three held after jury tampering inquiry

Three people have been arrested after an investigation into jury tampering during a "cash for crash" trial.

Betty Laird
West Yorkshire Police

Four men were jailed for offences including manslaughter and conspiracy to commit fraud after the death of 88-year-old Betty Laird (pictured) in Leeds in 2014.

A car she was travelling in was hit on Old Lane, Beeston, and she later died in hospital.

Two men, aged 27 and 28, and a 15-year-old girl were arrested on Thursday at two addresses in Beeston and Harehills.

The three, who are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to intimidate jurors and perverting the course of justice, remain in police custody.