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Summary

  1. Dylan Groenewegen wins first stage of Tour de Yorkshire
  2. Major crash as pack of riders push for finish line in Scarborough
  3. Sir Gary Verity given award by France for bringing Grand Depart to Yorkshire
  4. Sheffield brothers jailed for child prostitution
  5. Prime Minister on the campaign trail in Leeds
  6. Police operation to tackle bike theft in York
  7. Brownlee brothers cut ribbon at new Leeds triathlon centre
  8. Delayed opening date set for Halifax Piece Hall
  9. Updates on Friday 28 April 2017

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Our five top stories 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. Work starts to remove cladding from Sheffield tower block
  2. Owners of Bradford tower blocks urged to get cladding tested
  3. Twelve years for Huddersfield sex offender who sent 250,000 messages to boys
  4. M62 reopens after caravan overturned
  5. She ain't heavy, she's the pur-fect companion!

See you tomorrow

Sheffield tennis courts revamped ahead of Wimbledon

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Wimbledon begins on Monday, with full coverage across the BBC.

Ahead of this 22 tennis courts across Sheffield have undergone a refurbishment to encourage people to take-up or rekindle their love of the game, they'll also be additional coaching made available.

The courts in Hillsborough Park have been revamped as part of the scheme.

Cabinet minister for Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, Mary Lee explains how it's been funded:

CCTV released of suspect after burglary in Otley

Do you think you might recognise this man?

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

Police want to speak to him after a burglary in Otley.

Police say a thief broke into a house on West Busk lane last month, stole keys to a brown VW van parked outside and drove off.

Prince Harry to visit West Yorkshire

It's been announced Prince Harry's coming to West Yorkshire.

He'll spend two days here next week meeting people from local charities, companies and organisations.

Prince Harry
Getty Images

While he's in Leeds, His Royal Highness will go to an event discussing the mental health of young people in the area.

He'll also go to Headingley Stadium where children from seven local primary schools will be taking part in seven-a-side touch rugby league games.

He'll also visit Leeds Children's Hospital.

Prince Harry's trip will finish with a visit to the Haribo factory in Castleford.

Yorkshire floods: Memories a decade on

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

In June 2007 Yorkshire was hit by flooding which resulted in loss of life and saw hundreds of people being forced from their homes.

A decade on I've been hearing from Paul Eaton who rescued a 14-year-old boy from the flood water in Tickhill near Doncaster:

Mr Eaton's action was marked by him being given an award for bravery, and here he is moments after receiving the honour August 2008:

Members of the public look on as contractors cut down a tree in Rustlings Road

Green Party councillor Alison Teal was served with a legal notice for her involvement in protests against Sheffield City Council's tree felling programme.

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Morrisons do 'not mind' Morrisinghs

A shopkeeper who claimed he was threatened with legal action after calling his shop Singhsbury's has changed its name to Morrisinghs.

Morrisinghs
Jel Singh Nagra

Jel Singh Nagra's shop did not have a name for five years after he said Sainsbury's complained.

He has now put up a new sign outside his store, naming it Morrisinghs, in a bid to put his village, West Allotment, North Tyneside, "on the map".

A spokesman for Bradford-based Morrisons said the supermarket "did not mind".

Biker still in critical condition after crash on Friday

A motorcyclist is still in a critical condition after he crashed on a road in central Leeds last week.

Boar Lane
Google

Police say that there were no other vehicles involved in the crash on Boar Lane last Friday.

It happened at about 05:00 when the 24-year-old came off his silver motorbike.

He suffered serious injuries and is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Missing Sheffield man located by police

Good news from Sheffield this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that Mark Britton, who was reported missing earlier has been found.

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Severe accident: A58 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A58 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at Arlington Road.

A58 West Yorkshire - A58 Easterly Road in Leeds blocked and very slow traffic into town at the Arlington Road junction, because of an accident.

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

New MP praises creativity of Colne Valley

House of Commons

Parliament

Thelma Walker
HoC

And now a maiden speech from a Labour MP, Thelma Walker, who was elected to Colne Valley.

She turns to the discussion of "what is a good school" and says that a culture of targets and tests does not result in a happy child.

She adds that the UK's media and creative arts are the envy of the world and she says Colne Valley is "vibrant with creativity" and wants to see a Colne Valley powerhouse.

But she says cuts have an impact on children and says she wants to campaign for more funding for schools, hospitals and services in the area.

Stolen sports car recovered in Stocksbridge

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Do you remember this car from yesterday?

Missing car appeal from South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police

It had been reported stolen and South Yorkshire Police were appealing to the public to help find it.

Missing car appeal from South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police

Well, some good news. Following an anonymous tip off, the force have recovered the vehicle in Stocksbridge and they are keen to thank everyone who helped.

Centenary flypast to touch down in North Yorkshire

A North Yorkshire RAF squadron is celebrating its centenary today with a nationwide flypast of RAF bases.

Tucano
MOD

The Tucanos T Mark1 aircraft of 72 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, were members of 'The Few' who defended the country from invasion during the Battle of Britain.

Four of the Squadron's aircraft will fly across the South Coast, over RAF Stations which were operational during World War Two, landing at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire at 15.45.

Man due in court over Spital Hill shooting

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

A Sheffield man's due in court today, over a shooting in the Spital Hill area of the city last week.

Mustaffa Abdullah, aged 22, from the Pitsmoor area, is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Spital Hill in Sheffield
BBC

A 33-year-old man was shot following a dispute between members of the Somalian and Kurdish communities on Wednesday afternoon.

He's since been released from hospital.

Yorkshire Floods: Memories a decade on

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

June 2007 will live long in the memory of Yorkshire residents as the time when region was hit with major flooding.

One of the areas hit was Toll Bar near Doncaster and a decade on I've been to meet Doreen Leith who's house was struck by the water:

Ofsted places Chesterfield school in special measures

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Derbyshire secondary school has been placed in special measures.

Tupton Hall School, in Chesterfield, was rated as inadequate by regulators Ofsted.

The school, which has 1,552 students, was said to offer poor teaching, meaning students made slow progress.

In the report, the quality of teaching was said to require improvement after it has been "weak for too long".

Their sixth form was rated good, with inspectors saying it is a strength of the school.

Tupton Hall Chesterfield Ofsted
Google

Concern growing for missing Sheffield man

Police in South Yorkshire are growing increasingly concerned about Mark Britton who has been missing from Sheffield since the early hours of this morning.

The 46-year-old was last seen in the Nether Edge area of the city at about 05:30 and is described as being of medium build, with a shaved head and tattoos on his arms.

Mark Britton
South Yorkshire Police

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the police via 101.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hanover tower block cladding removal begins

Ian White

BBC Look North

I'm in the Broomhall area of Sheffield where work has begun to remove the cladding that's failed a government test at Hanover tower block.

Cladding being removed from a Sheffield tower block
BBC

Sheffield City Council's decision to carry out this work comes after they discovered the cladding used is not what they thought it should be.

Work to remove cladding continues
BBC

It's currently unclear how long the process will take but residents have not been evacuated from their homes.

BreakingSheffield councillor served with legal notice

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Alison Teal, Nether Edge councillor for the Green Party, has been served with a legal notice by Sheffield City Council for her involvement in protests against the council's tree felling programme.

The councillor was previously arrested for protesting against tree felling, however these charges were dropped against her and 13 other campaigners.

Alison Teal, Green Party Councillor for Nether Edge
Sheffield City Council

The latest action is a letter from the council's Assistant Director of Legal Services, which warns Ms Teal the council is seeking an injunction to stop her taking part in future protests, as well as damages.

The letter says that the council will start proceedings against her and others on 12 July, unless they promise not to take part in further direct action.

We hope that by pursuing civil legal remedies, those involved in unlawfully disrupting tree works will recognise the implications of their actions and allow these vital highway operations to be implemented."

Councillor Bryan LodgeCabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene at Sheffield City Council
Richie Myler

Leeds Rhinos sign Catalans Dragons half-back Richie Myler on a three-year deal, starting next season.

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Youngster shows talent at races

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield youngster Seth Charles aged nine has already completed three half marathons!

His quickest solo time is one hour and 57 minutes and he has completed the distance with his dad, David, in one hour, 49 minutes.

The two of them joined me in the studio and Seth told me why he decided to start running:

Brunt and Hazel play for England in World Cup match

BBC Sport

England's women cricketers are playing their second World Cup group game today against Pakistan in Leicester with two Yorkshire players making the team.

Barnsley's Katherine Brunt will be leading the bowling attack, with Danielle Hazell also in the side.

Here's the moment the squad arrived at Grace Road earlier:

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England lost the toss and have been put into bat.

It's an important game for the hosts following defeat to India in the first group match.

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the match via the BBC Sport app and here.

Watch: She ain't heavy, she's the pur-fect companion!

Sixteen-year-old Kakapo the cat prefers to hitch a ride rather than stay at home.

And she never walks when a shoulder-carry around Leeds is on offer:

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, before J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound before J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident involving a lorry and a caravan earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Update: Sheffield flat fire

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have updated us about a fire they were attending at the Wicker in Sheffield.

They confirm they were called to the scene at about 06:30 this morning to attend a small fire on the sixth floor which has now been extinguished.

They also rescued two people from the flats.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue at the Wicker
South Yorkshire Fire and Resue

They add that six crews were called to the site, with fire fighters from the Central, Parkway, Rivelin, Elm Lane and Birley Moor stations attending the incident.

It is believed that the fire was started deliberately.

Fears grow over health of missing woman

Concerns are growing for the safety and health of a woman from Hornsea who's been missing from her home since last week and may now be in West Yorkshire.

Sarah Broderick
Humberside Police

Sarah Broderick was last seen in Rolston at about 08:30 on Saturday morning and it's thought she may have travelled to Leeds.

Police say they're particularly worried because she is in need of medication which is now well overdue.

Sarah's described as 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build with light brown hair, and she was last seen wearing all black clothing and carrying a pink handbag.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is being asked to contact police as soon as possible.

Hanover Tower Block: Council response

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

It's been announced that one element used in the refurbishment of Hanover Tower Block in Sheffield has failed a government test.

The block, located in Broomhall, has different cladding fitted to what is in the council records and Jayne Dunn, the cabinet member for housing on Sheffield City Council, joined me to explain what's happened:

Jayne Dunn also discussed what will happen now, following the discovery that the cladding material used at Hanover is not what it should have been:

Listen: 'People are angry' and feel 'betrayed' over tower block

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has announced that one element used in the refurbishment of a block of flats in Sheffield failed a government fire safety test.

The block is question is the Hanover Tower in the Broomhall area of the city and comes a week after the council told BBC Radio Sheffield that all cladding was "fire proof".

It's since been confirmed that the council's records were wrong and that someone had put a different material onto the building.

Residents in the flats are worried:

John Cawthorne is part of the tenants association at Hanover and thinks that residents are currently furious:

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J41 for A650 and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of an accident.

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

Sheffield tower block fails cladding test

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

Earlier we brought you the news that work begins today to remove cladding from a tower block in Sheffield which has failed a new fire test.

The cladding, at Hanover Tower in Broomhall, is not the same as that used on Grenfell tower in London and Sheffield City Council say the block is safe, as extensive fire prevention work has already been carried out.

Janet Sharpe is the Director of Housing at Sheffield City Council:

Wayne Madsen

Derbyshire's tail steer them to a respectable 288 after Glamorgan's seamers dominate the twilight session, with the home side 5-0.

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