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Summary

  1. Sheffield United set to re-sign Ched Evans
  2. Women's Equality Party leader to fight West Yorkshire seat in general election
  3. Second phase of £70m transformation of Barnsley gets underway
  4. Plans for legal challenge to demolition of Scarborough theatre
  5. Main thoroughfare in York closed for a fortnight
  6. Three North Yorkshire women given British Empire Medals
  7. Leeds United film premieres in city tonight
  8. Stolen lamb reunited with mother
  9. Heartbeat books author has died, family say
  10. Live updates on Monday 24 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J32 for M18 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J32, M18 (Thurcroft) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a police incident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 exit slip road closed southbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a police incident.

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

Visually-impaired woman sexually assaulted

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a visually-impaired woman in Harrogate.

Jennyfield Drive
Google

It happened on a Saturday morning two weeks ago on Jennyfield Drive in Harrogate when a man grabbed a visually-impaired woman’s breast.

Police say that they believe the suspect had a Welsh accent and was walking a boxer dog.

If you have any information you can call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:

The deadline to register is 22 May

Our five top stories from 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. Sheffield United set to re-sign Ched Evans
  2. General Election 2017: Women's Equality Party leader to stand for Shipley seat
  3. Legal challenge to demolition of Scarborough Futurist Theatre
  4. Lucky by name, lucky by nature: Stolen Sheffield lamb back with mum
  5. Inside the long closed doors of the Bradford Odeon

See you tomorrow.

Escaped prisoner found in Northumbria

A violent prisoner who absconded from a North Yorkshire prison while serving a five-year sentence for grievous bodily harm has been found.

Donna Willis
North Yorkshire Police

Donna Willis had been on the run from HMP Askham Grange, near York, since last Wednesday, but today Northumbria Police say they have arrested her.

Last Friday North Yorkshire Police issued an appeal to try and find her, they urged the public "not to approach" her.

5,500 complaints aimed at Sheffield council contractor in past year

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The company behind the Streets Ahead project to resurface roads and pavements in Sheffield has revealed it's received five and a half thousand complaints in the last 12 months.

500 of them were about concerns over the removal and maintenance of trees

Tree felling in Sheffield
PA

The firm, Amey, say they take all complaints seriously and work hard to resolve them.   

Virgin Trains East Coast strike now suspended

A 48-hour strike on Virgin Trains East Coast on Friday and Saturday has been suspended following progress in talks, the RMT union said.

Drugs raid in Morley prompts primary school lockdown

Seven Hills Primary School
BBC

More now on the story we brought you earlier about a school in Leeds being put into lockdown.

This afternoon the National Crime Agency gave an explanation for the order.

Seven Hills Primary School in Morley was told to go into lockdown at 15:06 and remained in that state for 20 minutes. 

The school day finished at 15:15 and parents coming to pick up their children were caught up in the lockdown.

Details were initially sketchy but this is what we've now been told:

West Yorkshire police, acting on behalf of the National Crime Agency, arrested three men in connection with drugs offences in a raid at an address in Morley, Leeds, earlier today. West Yorkshire officers are working to make the site safe.”

National Crime AgencySpokesman
Police in Morley
BBC

HS2 money 'will not fund Brexit fallout'

Money earmarked for the HS2 rail project will not be diverted to help pay for any negative effects of Brexit, a government minister has said.

HS2
HS2

Reports over the weekend had suggested the project may even be scrapped to pay for any kind of fallout from Brexit. 

There had been rumours of a rebellion among Conservative MPs over the £55.7bn high-speed railway line, with a pause in the project said to be under consideration for the Tory manifesto. 

However, communities minister Andrew Percy told MPs there was currently no change in the government's position.

'Lovely cats' found abandoned in upside-down pet carrier in field

Two cats who were seemingly thrown away in Castleford by their owners and found in an upside-down pet carrier in a field are now waiting to be re-homed.

Cats
RSPCA

The pair are thought to be a mother and daughter and were found unhurt by someone who was out walking.

The RSPCA came and rescued the animals, but they say there's no CCTV coverage so it's impossible to find out who left the cats.  

They are now being cared for at RSPCA's Leeds, Wakefield and District Branch and are looking for new owners.

It is very sad to see them abandoned in this way. Hopefully a home can now be found as they are lovely cats.”

Insp Dave HolgateRSPCA

Alistair Brownlee: Olympian wins on long-distance debut

Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee from Leeds marked his debut in long-distance triathlons with victory in the Challenge Gran Canaria.  

Alistair Brownlee
Maj Photography

The 29-year-old won in 4:03:09, more than eight minutes faster than Belgium's Pieter Heemeryck, with fellow Briton Mark Buckingham third.

In the women's race, Britain's Emma Pallant claimed victory from compatriot Lucy Charles, finishing in 4:35:15.

Switzerland's Daniela Ryf was third.

Revealed: Traffic cops don't join the force to 'avoid running'

Well done to Sgt Paul Cording who raised £4,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by running the London Marathon at the weekend.

Witty praise from retired Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police too:

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Sgt Paul Cording
Sgt Paul Cording

Batley man Ghulam Hussain admits terror offences

A 30-year-old man from Batley who tried to travel to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State has pleaded guilty to terror offences at Leeds Crown Court today. 

Leeds Crown Court
BBC

Ghulam Hussain, of Track Road, also gave an undercover officer money to help him join the group.

Hussain pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for committing an act of terrorism and engaging in conduct with the intention of assisting another person to commit an act of terrorism. 

Hussain was arrested as part of a pre-planned "intelligence-led investigation" by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 12 May.   

Leeds school was put in lockdown following 'incident'

A West Yorkshire school was placed in "lockdown" this afternoon after police warned of an "incident taking place in the local area"

Seven Hills Primary School
Google

Seven Hills Primary School in Morley was told to go into lockdown at 15:06 this afternoon, and remained in that state for 20 minutes. 

Details are still sketchy at the minute, we don't know why police issued that advice.

We'll let you know as soon as we find out more.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall). Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingWest Yorkshire school locked down

A school in West Yorkshire was locked down this afternoon. 

It's not yet clear why, but according to the headteacher of Seven Hills Primary School in Morley, the police told the school to do it because "there was an incident taking place in the local area."

Missing Leeds walker found

Some good news this afternoon, an 80-year-old man who went missing after going for a walk at the weekend has been found and is safe and well.

BreakingSheffield United set to re-sign Ched Evans

League One champions Sheffield United are set to re-sign striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield.

BBC Radio Sheffield reports the Blades have agreed a fee of £500k with the Spireites, who have been relegated to League Two.

Evans, 28, joined Chesterfield last summer and scored seven goals in 29 appearances this season.

Ched Evans
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He scored 42 goals in 103 league appearances in his first spell at Bramall Lane.

In October 2016 Evans was found not guilty, following a retrial, of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.

He was initially convicted in 2012 and served two-and-a-half years of a five-year prison sentence, but that conviction was quashed in April 2016.

Final attempt to save Scarborough theatre from bulldozers

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A last ditch attempt is being made to try to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre from the bulldozers.

Futurist Theatre
BBC

Campaigners say they need raise £10,000 to pay for a judicial review, into how the decision was made to knock the building down.

The demolition is expected to cost up to £4m.

But people living in the area above the building fear their homes could be at risk by destabilising the cliff.

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

Man sets world record for running London marathon in wellies

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Now, if running the London Marathon wasn't hard enough, meet the man who ran it in Wellington boots!

Damian Thacker
Sheffield Children's Hospital

And Damian Thacker finished in three hours and 21 minutes - a Guinness World Record for - running in wellies!

All the money raised will go to the Sheffield Children's Hospital, where Damian's son was cared for after an accident.

Heartbeat books author has died, family say

The Yorkshire author whose books inspired the Heartbeat TV series has died, his family has said.

Peter Walker, who wrote under the name Nicholas Rhea, died at his home in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.

His books were the basis for the ITV series that featured the work and lives of a North York Moors village, police officers and local characters.

Mr Walker's funeral will be held on Friday in Ampleforth.

Three quizzed over cannabis plants in roof space of house

Police in Scarborough have arrested three men on suspicion of the supply and production of a class B drug, after serving a warrant at a property on Beaconsfield Street in Scarborough. 

Officers conducted a search of the property and found " a large growth of cannabis" in the roof space of the house. 

A 56-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing a class B drug and possession with intent to supply a class B drug. 

A 25-year-old man from Scarborough and a 27-year-old man from Scalby were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production and supply of a class B drug.

Police inquiries are continuing.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill launches new family fitness event at Chatsworth

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill launches new family fitness event at Chatsworth

Jeremy Corbyn promises Orgreave inquiry if he becomes PM

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, says there will be an inquiry in to the "Battle of Orgreave" if he becomes Prime Minister.

Jeremy Corbyn
PA

Campaigners have been demanding an inquiry in to clashes between police and striking miners which took place at the Orgreave coke plant near Rotherham in 1984. 

Last year, a former policeman who was there claimed officers had been ordered to use "as much force as possible".

Pair carjacked at knifepoint in Dewsbury

A man and a woman who stopped to help someone they thought was in trouble have been threatened with a knife and had their car stolen.

Knowles Hill Road
Google

It happened in the early hours of yesterday morning on Knowles Hill Road when the pair came across a car parked in the middle of the road.

The victims assumed the man in the car needed help, but when they stopped he leaned through his window and got out a knife and told the driver, a 21-year-old woman to get out of the car.

Another two suspects then came up to the car and forced an 18-year-old man out too. All three men then got into the car and drove off.

As well as the car being taken in the robbery, the victims had their laptop, an iPhone and iPod which were inside the car, also taken."

Det Insp John CharltonWest Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Problems on eastbound M62

BBC News Travel

Here's some more detail on the accident on the M62 eastbound between J24 and J25.

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Yorkshire speeding widow welcomes tough new fines

A North Yorkshire woman, who's husband was killed by driver in the Yorkshire Dales, has welcomed tougher penalties for some speeding offences in England and Wales. 

Drivers can now be fined one and a half times their weekly wage for the worst offences, that means driving at over 50mph in a 30mph zone or over 100mph on a motorway.

The husband of Lorraine Allaway, from the Yorkshire Dales, was killed when he was hit by a car near Settle. She says she welcomes the news: 

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J24 for A629 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident.

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

Marathon proposal for Bradford couple

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A man from Bradford who was taking part in the London marathon ended the race in a nail biting finish yesterday. But it it had nothing to do with his time, he popped the question to his girlfriend!

Proposal
Stuart Goodall

James Goodall ran the distance with an engagement ring tied to him, and when he saw his girlfriend at the finish line, he got down on one knee and asked the big question.

James ran the race in a time of 3hrs 48mins 29secs, but I bet the time in between him asking and Beckey Oakes answering seemed longer!

Oh, and she said yes, by the way..

Watch: Ceremony to begin second phase of Barnsley revamp

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A ceremony's been held in Barnsley to mark the start of the second phase of the town centre redevelopment. 

The £70m Glass Works scheme will include shops, restaurants and a library.

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Selby man arrested after 'large amount of drugs' found in car

A 36-year-old man from Selby's been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, after officers stopped his vehicle on the A645 near Hensall.

Police conducted a search of the BMW car and seized what they are describing as "a large amount of cash and drugs from within the vehicle."

The man's been released under investigation while enquiries continue. The arrest took place at 14:45 on Friday.  

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.