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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

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Listen: 'She was one in a million'

A friend of Manchester bomb attack victim Kerry Brewster from Sheffield has spoken for the first time.

Alix Bingham paid tribute to the 32-year-old, who died in what the BBC understands to have been while shielding family members from the bomb when it exploded:

Alix spoke of what the last 48 hours have been like:

Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Homes and businesses hit by power cut in Sheffield

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A power cut in Sheffield city centre has left hundreds of homes and businesses without electricity this morning.

People took to social media to describe the situation:

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Northern Powergrid, the firm responsible for power in the area, has managed to restore electricity to some of their affected customers.

It says it's continuing to work to restore a supply to the remaining customers by about 13:30 this lunchtime:

The power cut affecting your property has been caused by a problem with one of our underground cables that supplies your area."

Northern Powergrid

Minute's silence at Leeds station

People paused at Leeds Train Station to reflect on the Manchester Arena attacks.
People paused at Leeds Train Station at 11:00 BST on 25 May to reflect on the Manchester Arena attacks.

Watch: Reporter inspects cricket pitch ahead of Derbyshire v Leicestershire

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

I've been looking at the pitch at The 3aaa County Ground ahead of Derbyshire v Leicestershire.

RNLI warning as Yorkshire coast drowning figures rise

The number of people drowning off the Yorkshire coast has increased.

Figures released this morning by lifeboat charity the RNLI show 160 people died off the UK coast last year, 11 of them in Yorkshire.

That's an increase of seven from the previous year.

The RNLI is reminding people to take extra care this Bank Holiday weekend.

Ben Mitchell from the charity has this advice for anyone who does find themselves in difficulty:

Listen: Leeds taxi firm to take donations to Manchester hospitals

A Leeds taxi firm is appealing for donation of toys, snacks and sweets that will be taken to the children recovering in Manchester's hospitals after the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Zak Majid runs the Morley Cars company and says they will deliver the supplies tomorrow:

A minute's silence will be held across the UK at 11:00 BST this morning, to remember the 22 people who died in the attack, the dozens injured and all those who were affected.

Tributes to Leeds mum killed in Manchester Arena attack

Wendy Fawell, a 50-year-old mother from Otley, is the latest person to be named as a victim of the Manchester Arena attack on Monday.

Wendy Fawell
Wendy Fawell/Facebook

Wendy had travelled to the venue with her friend Caroline and their children. Caroline was seriously injured by the bomb.

Wendy's son Adam gave this statement:

"We're all devastated. Mum was a wonderful woman. She’ll be sadly missed. We'd like to thank everyone for all the effort that went into trying to find her.”

Family friend Jean Osborne added: "She was the kindest person you’d ever wish to meet. She'd do anything for you. She was an awesome person. She'll be missed by many."

England victory in opening ODI at Headingley

BBC Sport

England's preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy got off to the perfect start after an 72-run victory over South Africa at Headingley.

Prior to the match, both sides and fans at the Yorkshire ground observed a minute's silence in memory of the victims of Monday's Manchester attacks.

Minute's silence at Headingley for the Manchester attacks.
Reuters

England captain, Eoin Morgan top-scored for the hosts with 107 and thought his side performed well:

The second of the three match series takes place in Southampton on Saturday, before the series concludes at Lords on Bank Holiday Monday.

BreakingLeeds mum Wendy Fawell confirmed as Manchester attack victim

A 50-year-old mother from West Yorkshire has been confirmed as one of the victims killed in the Manchester terror attack on Monday.

Wendy Fawell
BBC

Wendy Fawell, from Otley, was was last seen in the foyer of Manchester Arena shortly before the blast.

Her family issued an appeal on social media after she was reported missing asking for sightings of her.

Last night, her friend Debbie Mcdowel paid tribute to her "best friend" on Facebook.

She wrote: "I am heartbroken beyond belief. I have lost my best friend and confident."

Listen: Minute's silence - 'All welcome' at York church

A minute's silence will be held across the UK at 11:00 this morning to remember the 22 people who died in the Manchester terror attack, the dozens injured and all those who were affected.

A Polish couple who lived in York are now known to have been among those who died in the blast.

Marcin and Angelika Klis were at the arena to pick up their two daughters following the concert.

St Barnabas Church, Jubilee Terrace, Leeman, Road, near where the Klis family lived, will be open from 10:30 this morning so people can pay their own tributes.

Jackie Stokes is the verger:

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Kell Brook's uncle previews big Bramall Lane fight

Paul Walker

BBC Radio Sheffield

It's a massive weekend for Sheffield boxer Kell Brook.

He'll be defending his World Welterweight title at Bramall Lane against the American Errol Spence Junior.

It's been an ambition of the life-long Blade to fight at the home of Sheffield United, after he was introduced to the stadium by his Uncle Johnny who is very close to his nephew:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J48 for A1 and J47 for A642.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J48 A1(M) Hook Moor and J47, A642 (Garforth), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

North Yorkshire designers' hopes for architecture awards

Buildings across North Yorkshire are being recognised in the finals of the The Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) awards scheme.

Four buildings in York, from a historic theatre to a redeveloped public toilet site, have been shortlisted.

York theatre royal
BBC

York's redeveloped Theatre Royal (pictured above) is joined by other North Yorkshire entrants, including Rievaulx Abbey's new visitor centre and museum near Helmsley and a new private home (pictured below) called Cunelands House near Malton.

Cunelands
RIBA

Chairman of the Yorkshire judging panel, Vijay Taheem, said: "Our region received many excellent entries, and all very worthy of consideration in many aspects."

Listen: Yorkshire CSE victims encouraged to share experiences

The professor who led the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rotherham is holding a meeting today to raise awareness of the Truth project.

The project gives victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the chance to share their experiences and offer suggestions on how to keep safe.

So far over 700 people have come forward across England and Wales and a report is due to be published in October.

Today's event with Professor Alexis Jay (pictured) is taking place in York. She says she understands it's not a subject people can easily talk about:

Listen: 'Amazing people, lovely neighbours': Tribute to York victims of Manchester bomb

A Polish couple who lived in York are now known to have been among the 22 who died in the blast.

Martin and Angelika Klis were at the arena to pick up their two daughters following the concert.

Jola Wrjton knew the couple very well.

She told BBC Radio York how she felt when she heard the news:

A minute's silence will be held across the UK at 11:00 to remember those who died in the attack, the dozens injured and all those affected.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage across Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Yorkshire on Thursday 25 May 2017.

We'll be with you throughout the day with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

I know we started yesterday's page with an unusual cloud, but I spotted this picture of a Lenticular cloud over Menston and Guiseley, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Wharfesteve, and couldn't resist sharing it.

Lenticular cloud
BBC

Lenticular clouds have been regularly confused for UFOs throughout history, due to the their oval shape and because they form at such high altitudes.

You can see why!

If you snap anything interesting, which you'd like to show off to the rest of Yorkshire, you can send it in by simply clicking here.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J23 for A640 and J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an oil spillage.

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

Listen: Manchester attack victim 'would help anybody'

Tributes have been paid to a woman from Sheffield who was killed in the terror attack in Manchester on Monday night.

Kelly Brewster, 32, was at the concert with her sister and niece.

The family say Claire and Holly Booth are both being treated in hospital for shrapnel injuries.

Kelly's neighbour, Irene Mociohagga, described her as a good and kind woman:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

York city centre road closed for restoration work

As part of a £1.5m restoration scheme to preserve and protect York's medieval city walls, road closures will be in place on Micklegate next month to allow the work to be carried out safely.

Micklegate
Google

City of York council say Micklegate Bar’s roof and guttering will be stripped back and replaced.

The first phase of the work will start on 12 June and is expected to last for three weeks.

The next phase will be the main works and these will be carried out between 24 July and 29 September, with the road only open to inbound traffic.

The final phase is expected to be between 2 October and 22 October with a full road closure in place.

Severe disruption: M62 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J34 for A19 Selby and J33 for A162.

M62 North Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J34, A19 (Selby) and J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Manchester attack vigil to be held in Rotherham

A vigil's due to be held in Rotherham later to remember those affected by Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

The event starts at 18:30 by the Heart of Steel, with organisers saying they stand together, and to not "match hate with hate".

Meanwhile, this was the scene as people from Sheffield came together at another vigil yesterday:

A one-minute silence was held and people were invited to lay flowers in Sheffield's Peace Gardens in tribute to the 22 people killed and 59 injured at the Manchester Arena.

GB and England hockey captain Middleton steps down

Doncaster's Barry Middleton has stepped down as the Great Britain and England hockey captain.

Barry Middleton
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The four-time Olympian had worn the armband for almost a decade.

He also won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Watch: Book of condolence opened in Sheffield for Manchester attack victims

Rob Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield

A book of condolence has been opened by Sheffield Council at the Town Hall for people to write messages to those affected by the terror attack in Manchester.

The book will be closed on Friday and sent to Manchester:

Sex attack in centre of Leeds

A woman was sexually assaulted as she walked near the Dark Arches in Leeds at the weekend.

Dark Arches
Google

The attack happened at about 00:05 on Saturday as a 31-year-old woman was walking close to the Shabab Express restaurant

She was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her but she managed to get away and sought help from staff at a nearby hotel.

The woman suffered bruising to her legs and shoulders.

The offender was wearing a dark jacket with a light blue triangle design on the side and was about 6ft tall.

Any detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, could prove vital to this investigation."

Det Con Jason RidgwayBritish Tramsport Police

Extra security at Headingley for England v South Africa

England take on South Africa at Headingley shortly in their opening one-day international amid heightened security.

Mounted police
PA

There's due to be a minute's silence before play and players will wear black armbands.

South Africa have won the toss at Headingley and will be fielding first.