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  1. Investigation into Bradford supermarket fire
  2. Fire crews deal with Selby rubbish fire
  3. Cautions after Ched Evans accuser named on social media
  4. West Yorkshire villagers topple maypole
  5. Lunch hour? more like 15 minutes in Yorkshire
  6. Updates on Wednesday 26 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton

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That's all from Wednesday....

Those are all the updates from Wednesday 26 April.

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J41 for A650 and J42 for M62.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire will start on the now fixed Tadcaster bridge

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

How Tadcaster, a town famous for breweries and a broken bridge, is trying to redefine itself through the Tour de Yorkshire.

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West Heslerton

The sale of the village is due to complete on Friday, the agency handling the sale says.

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North Yorkshire village sold

A Ryedale village which went on sale last year for £20m has been sold. 


Norfolk-based farming and property investment company Albanwise is due to complete the deal to buy West Heslerton, near Malton, on Friday. 

It went on sale after the death of the estate's owner - it had been in the same family for more than 150 years. 

The company has already held a meeting with villagers.

Our five top stories from today

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. Teenage girl raped in Doncaster
  2. Police renew appeal over missing Sheffield woman and daughter
  3. Ex-Lib Dem MP David Ward sacked as candidate
  4. Man jailed after indecent images investigation
  5. Tour de Yorkshire: Where to watch

See you tomorrow.

Canal attack site

A man is charged over an assault on a woman who was out jogging on a canal towpath.

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Barwick in Elmet's maypole has been taken down for a spruce up.
It required dozens of volunteers in the village to take the maypole down safely.

Arriva Trains North urge RMT to 'get back around table'

A 24-hour rail strike on Northern services will go ahead after talks failed to resolve a dispute over the role of guards.

Northern Trains

A row between the RMT union and Arriva Rail North over plans for driver-only-operated trains has already led to one strike, at one stage this week the strike looked like being lifted. 

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The responsibility for the inevitable disruption lies wholly with the company" and that Arriva Trains North were trying to "bulldoze through" plans. 

But Richard Allan from Arriva Rail North said “It is hugely disappointing that RMT is making demands rather than working with us. We urge them to get back around the table.”

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J27 for M621 and J28 for A650.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a vehicle fire and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Craig Nelson known as Craig Preston

Prosecutors say Craig Preston was beaten to death by a love rival, his partner and three teenagers.

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Employment agency goes into administration

An employment agency based in West Yorkshire says it's going into administration.

Sports Direct

Transline, which is based in Brighouse had supplied temporary workers to Sports Direct's warehouse in Derbyshire.

It also recently lost a contract with Amazon. The company announced it is in administration in Leeds today.

Teenage girl raped in Doncaster

A teenage girl has been attacked and raped in Doncaster last night.

Regent street

The attack happened in the Balby area of the town at about 19:40.

The 16-year-old was walking along Regent Street when she was approached by a man. He attacked her and then he ran off from the area. 

Detectives say that they don't have a description, but that "officers are working with the girl to obtain one".

The girl and her family are being supported by our specially-trained officers and we have a number of resources investigating this incident."

Supt Neil ThomasSouth Yorkshire police

Dolly's library scheme turns page in Castleford

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library scheme is coming to the Airedale Library in Castleford near Wakefield.

Imagination Library
Imagination Library

People who register will be sent one age-appropriate book each month by post, right up until their child’s fifth birthday. 

Babies born after the 1 September 2016 can be signed up for the scheme and those that attend the library on 3 May will get a free Peter Rabbit book.

The scheme originally launched in Parton's home county of Sevier, Tennessee in 1996. 

It now runs in the US, Canada, Australia as well as the UK.

Search for relatives of Ryedale 'love poem' prayer book couple

A charity shop worker who found a prayer book containing a personalised wartime love poem is appealing for help to reunite it with the family.


The book belonged to a couple in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, and turned up nearly 300 miles away at a charity shop in West Sussex.

Shop worker Julie Angell‎ said she wanted to reunite it with the couple's living relatives.

The book was given to Nancy Harrison by her husband Jim while he was serving in North Africa in 1943.

A hand-written message reads: "With love to Nancy, in remembrance of our wedding day, 14th September 1938."

Police renew appeal over missing Sheffield woman and daughter

A fresh appeal has begun in to the disappearance of 22-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter.

Besfortha Bharaj  and her daughter Elia
South Yorkshire Police

Besfortha Bharaj and her daughter Elia were last seen on Thursday 20 April in the Shirecliffe area of Sheffield at noon.

This new photograph has been published by South Yorkshire Police anyone with information is being asked to call 101 and incident number 1193. 

Off-duty officer nabs suspect after stolen car crashes in Leeds

An 18-year-old burglary suspect who was involved in a crash in West Yorkshire was arrested after the stolen car he was driving was involved in an accident.

West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened last night when the police were called to a crash at Leeds' Outer Ring Road at West Park.

The car had been stolen from the Keighley area and an off-duty police officer was first on the scene and managed to catch the man who was behind the wheel.

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The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and burglary. He has been released as investigations continue.

Ex-Lib Dem MP David Ward sacked as candidate

Former Bradford East MP David Ward has been sacked as a Lib Dem general election candidate, party leader Tim Farron says.  

David Ward

Mr Ward, who planned to stand in his former constituency, caused controversy in 2013 when he accused "the Jews" of atrocities against Palestinians.

His party membership has been suspended and an independent panel will carry out an investigation after the election.

Mr Ward expressed "sadness" over his sacking and denied being anti-Semitic.

I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united."

Tim FarronLiberal Democrats

Green Party launch manifesto in Sheffield

Charlotte Rose

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Green Party is in Sheffield making a manifesto commitment to scrap tuition fees, reinstate educational maintenance grants and guarantee funding for universities after Brexit. 

The party's former leader, Natalie Bennett, will contest the seat in the Sheffield Central constituency.

Speaking outside the University of Sheffield, deputy leader Amelia Womack outlined the party pledges and said corporations and businesses should stump up the money for the policies.

The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrats and UK Independence Party are also set to launch their manifestos soon.

Pateley Bridge dressed to thrill for Tour de Yorkshire

Towns across North Yorkshire are putting together the final preparations for the Tour de Yorkshire, with little more than 48-hours to go until it begins. 

Pateley Bridge is one of them - the flags are flying and the bunting is up as the town gets ready. 


Residents and businesses along the High Street are preparing to welcome both the women's and men's races.

Ex-Leeds Beckett student in chain gang for Tour de Yorkshire

Former Leeds Beckett University student Scott Thwaites will be competing in his first Tour de Yorkshire race this weekend. 

Scott is part of Team Dimension Data and will take part in the three-day event which starts on Friday.

Scott Thwaites
Scott Thwaites

Scott, who grew up at Burley in Wharfedale, graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science from Leeds Beckett in 2011. 

At the time he was on the British Cycling Team. He is now with top level Team Dimension Data.  

BreakingEx-Bradford MP sacked as Lib Dem election candidate

Ex-MP David Ward has been sacked as a Lib Dem general election candidate, party leader Tim Farron says.

Mr Ward, who planned to stand in Bradford East - the seat he lost in the last election - caused controversy in 2013 when he accused "the Jews" of atrocities against Palestinians.

His party membership is suspended and an independent panel will investigate him fully after the election.

Wildlife takes shortcut through cemetery

You might have to watch where you walk at the Sheffield General Cemetery this afternoon if the picture below is anything to go by.

The local wildlife are taking advantage of some spring shadows to sneak a shortcut:

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Tour de Yorkshire: Where to watch

Paul Ogden

BBC Sport

There's just hours to go before this year's Tour de Yorkshire which could be one of the toughest yet.

Here's my guide to the best places to watch the action:

Tour de Yorkshire
Getty Images

All my recommendations are on stage three of the event, which will revisit roads used in the 2014 Tour de France. 

Shibden Wall: This is a rare chance to see even some of the world's elite cyclists struggle as they tackle this cobbled piece of Yorkshire territory. 

Shibden Wall

Bradford City Park: You really have to see the start of a stage, and my pick is Bradford. 

Before they set off you see so much, like all of their kit and you might even get to speak to some of the riders.

Bradley Wiggins
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Finish circuit at Fox Valley: Having said that though, the finish to Stage Three will be spectacular! 

Expect drama and plenty of thrills and spills the finish will be a fitting denouement to Yorkshire's own professional cycling race. 

Japanese princess Kako of Akishono to attend University of Leeds



The University of Leeds will be welcoming royalty on to its campus this September when Japanese princess Kako arrives to study.

Princess Kako
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Man jailed after indecent images investigation

A man's been jailed for possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children after an investigation by North Yorkshire Police.

Jamie Lock, 21, from Harbour Walk, Hartlepool - but living in Tockwith, near York at the time of his arrest - was jailed for a total of 18 months following a trial at York Crown Court.

Lock admitted making and possessing hundreds of indecent photographs of children, including 58 still images and 61 moving images of category A, the most serious classification. 

He denied distributing indecent photographs of children, but was found guilty after a four-day trial. 

The court heard he'd been selling the images online.

He will be put on the sex offenders register for 10-years, and be subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

PM urged to provide 'special deal' for York Nestle workers

Theresa May is being urged to come up with a "special deal" for Nestle, after the firm announced plans to cut more than 150 jobs in York. 


The confectionary giant is moving production of its Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to a factory in Poland, with a loss of almost 300 jobs in the UK. 

Rachael Maskell, the Labour MP for York Central, pleaded for help at the final Prime Minister's Questions before the general election.

The Prime Minister didn't say anything about a "special deal," but did say the business secretary is meeting Nestle executives today.

Watch: It looks wheely delicious...

Warning - the following video may cause a strong urge to eat cake!Every town wants to be known for something when it comes to the Tour de Yorkshire.

Here's Penistone's effort, courtesy of Karen Tyas from Café Creme. It's going to be donated to the local church tomorrow:

Performing pooches fill 'lead' role in York

A week ago we told you about the need for a very special actor wanted to take a "lead" role at York's Theatre Royal. 

The Theatre needed a dog to play the role of Sancho, a farm dog, in a new adaptation of Anne Bronte's Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but any possible candidates were shy in coming forward - taking "paws" for thought perhaps .. (sorry).  

Pip and Lucy
York Theatre Royal

The good news is that following our highlighting of the dilemma not one but two pooches have been found.

Lucy and Pip are brother and sister, four and eight-years-old and live on a sheep farm in the Northern Pennines.  

Both come from a family of film and TV dogs with credits including TV drama's Victoria, and Beowulf.

Apparentely Pip (right)  is the elder brother always wanting to please and Lucy is the naughty little sister who gets away with loads!

The doggy-duo took to the stage for the first time today when rehearsals began and will take turns performing in the play.  

Huddersfield Town boss 'proud' of play-off achievement

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner praised the club's "unbelievable achievement" in reaching the Championship play-offs.  

David Wagner
Rex Features

The Terriers beat Wolves 1-0 on Tuesday to confirm their place in the top six with two games to go.

Town have not played in the top flight of English football since 1972.

"The fans were desperate for something special and something extraordinary. I'm absolutely proud and delighted," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

Tour de Yorkshire: Your guide to the routes

It's just two days until the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 kicks off on the region's roads, with some of the biggest names in cycling taking part.

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In the previous two years, apart from a small televisual glitch last year, it's been a great showcase to the world of how beautiful our part of the world is.

Millions of people have flocked to our region to take in the atmosphere, but if the race doesn't pass your front door, where's the best place to watch?

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Useful links:

Stage 1:

  • Newquay Road, Bridge Street, Church Street (Whitby)
  • St Thomas Street and St Nicholas Street (Scarborough)
  • Foreshore Road, South Bay – Finish (Scarborough)

Stage 2:

  • Trapping Hill (Cote de Lofthouse) will be one-way (Northbound)
  • Ripon Market Square

Stage 3:

  • Holden Lane, Silsden (Cote de Silsden) one way
  • Main Street, Haworth (Cote de Haworth)
  • Lee Lane, Halifax (Cote de Shibden Wall)
  • Briggate and Bethel Street, Brighouse
  • Musgrave Street, Low Lane, Market Street and Smithies Lane, Birstall
  • Manchester Road, Stocksbridge

Listen: He cheated death, and came back stronger

Paul Walker

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

One of my guests this morning has had quite a year. 

Last Summer, Alan Ford from Barnsley was taking part in the Northumberland Coastal Race when he had a heart attack. 

He effectively died for 10 minutes. 

But now some great news: Not only did Alan make a full recovery, but this weekend he completed the London Marathon.

Before revealing his time (spoiler alert: it's quick), Alan told us what he remembered about the incident last year:

Police incident: Roads reopened around York station

Traffic around York Station has returned to normal following road closures there this morning. 

Air amb

Police cordoned off Queens Street and Station Road after it's understood a man fell from the clock outside the station.

The air ambulance landed at a nearby hotel car park and the man was taken to hospital. 

Officers are not treating the incident as suspicious and they don't think anybody else was involved.

Derelict pub on fire in Leeds

If you're in Leeds you may have seen this big plume of smoke this morning: 

Pub fire
Sam Hotchkiss

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say a derelict pub was "well alight" on Ellerby Road in Cross Green.

Four fire engines were there to put out the blaze, which was at the Cavalier Inn.

Man arrested after woman hit by car in York car park

A man's been arrested this morning after a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at an out-of-town shopping centre near York. 


Officers were called to Jockey Lane following the incident in the car park of the Asda supermarket.

It happened at about 09:25.

Ambulance crews also attended the scene and treated the pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, for injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or the events surrounding it is asked to contact police.

Two wanted over robbery attempt at Huddersfield phone shop

Two men are being hunted after they tried to rob a phone shop in Huddersfield.


The thieves left empty-handed after they went into the shop, threatened staff and demanded they hand over phones on Monday afternoon. 

Police say they want to speak to witnesses as the attack happened on Bradford Road in Fartown at a busy time.

The incident took place on a busy road at a peak time, I am certain that someone will have seen the suspects."

Det Con Simon ThomasWest Yorkshire Police

Police concerned over missing Dronfield woman

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police are growing concerned over the whereabouts of a 20-year-old woman from Dronfield.

Jenessa White was last seen on Friday, 21 April. She has links to Derby and Sheffield.

Jenessa White
Derbyshire Police