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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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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J36 for A61 Birdwell and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J36, A61 (Birdwell) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Mounie set for Town return ahead of Manchester United visit

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Good news if you're a Huddersfield Town fan, striker Steve Mounie will be in the squad for tomorrow's home tie against Manchester United.

Steve Mounie
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Head Coach David Wagner confirmed that the 23-year-old forward could feature at some point following a four week absence through injury.

Mounie played an integral role in Town's excellent start to life in the top division, scoring twice on his debut for the club on the opening day.

Since picking up a heel injury at the start of September, the Terriers have struggled to replicate their early form - picking up just two points from a possible 12 and being knocked out of the league cup.

Motorcyclist killed in crash named

A 20-year-old motorcyclist who died in a collision last Friday near Skipton Castle junction has been named as Edward Brier from Lancashire.

Edward
North Yorkshire Police

The crash happened at around 19:24 on Friday 13 October 2017 and involved a blue Suzuki motorcycle that was heading along the A65 from Harrogate towards Skipton, and a blue Jeep Cherokee that was turning right onto the A65 towards Harrogate from the A6131 junction.

North Yorkshire Police continue their appeal for witnesses.

Edward Brier's family said they will continue to remember him for his love of the great outdoors, the pleasure he took in riding his motorbike and for his caring personality.

Teen singer Carys Crow back on track after Manchester Arena bombing
Carys Crow said she felt unable to sing after the attack at Ariana Grande's concert in May.

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

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M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

North Yorkshire friends swim Channel for children's charity

A group of four friends from North Yorkshire have swum the English Channel in aid of charity.

It took them 18-and-a-half hours of swimming, mostly in the dark and through rough seas.

The swim was organised to raise money for the Martin House Children's Hospice, near Wetherby, and raised £5,500 for the charity.

Campbell Watt and Joanna Holmes, from Selby, took part in the swim.

Joanna says she couldn't see because of the dark which made her feel sea-sick.

She says they ended up swimming 10 miles more than they needed to:

Looking back on the venture Campbell Watt says the next time he goes across the channel he'll "take the ferry"!

Cameron McGeechan

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Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

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M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of an accident involving one car. Traffic is coping well.

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Yann Kermorgant

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Listen: Victoria Gate shopping centre - one year on

As the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds celebrates its first birthday, the firm behind the £165m development, Hammerson, says footfall across the centre and the Victoria Quarter is up by 20%.

However, some nearby independent businesses say the centre's opening has had a negative impact on their trade.

James Brunskill, who runs music store Big Deal on Eastgate, says he's being forced to shut up shop as a result:

Update: Masked men target HSBC bank in Darnall

Police have just confirmed more details of an incident at a bank in Sheffield this morning.

Two men with their faces covered broke into the HSBC bank on Staniforth Road in Darnall.

Our reporter Oli Constable is at the scene now:

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Police say the two men are thought to have left the scene in a red vehicle.

At this time, it's not yet known if anything was taken from the bank.

A police cordon is now in place at the scene and officers are asking for any witnesses to get in touch.

Emergency response training continues in Calderdale

We told you earlier that emergency response training exercises were being carried out today in Calderdale as part of a major operation.

Local emergency services, including West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are taking part to learn and get better at dealing with incidents like flooding.

So don't be alarmed if you seem the various teams carrying out drills when out and about today:

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Listen: North Yorkshire PCC aims to lead fire service

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says she is pushing ahead with plans to take over running the fire service as well following a public consultation.

Julia Mulligan says the results "demonstrate clear support" for the idea.

The plan is for North Yorkshire's Fire Authority, made up of local councillors, to be abolished with its work taken over by what would become a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Ms Mulligan claims her proposed move would be easy to implement, would save an estimated £6.6m over 10 years and would mean public safety was "likely to improve significantly".

But Steve Howley, Fire Brigades Union representative for North Yorkshire, says decisions should be made by a group of people rather than one individual:

Three charged over car and bank cards theft in Rotherham

Three people have been charged with several offences following a house break-in in Rotherham.

The charges follow the theft of a BMW and bank cards from a property in the Flanderwell area yesterday morning.

The bank cards were reportedly used at various petrol stations and shops later on Thursday and attempts were also made to remove registration plates from a bus in Doncaster.

Two men, aged 38 and 46, and a woman, 37, all from Rotherham, are charged with burglary, two counts of fraud, theft of a motor vehicle and attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

They're due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates' Court later.

Family 'very concerned' over Leeds man's disappearance

The family of a man who's been missing from his home in Leeds since the early hours of this morning are "very concerned" for his welfare.

Danny Love
West Yorkshire Police

Police say they're urgently trying to trace Danny Love, 34, from Morley, who was reported missing at about 02:30 when concerns were raised for his welfare.

Mr Love is described as white, 6ft 1in tall, stocky, with short black hair which is shaved at the sides. He only has one hand.

Det Insp Fiona Gaffney says: "Danny’s family are very concerned for his welfare and we urgently need to trace him and check he is okay.

"We would like to reassure him that we are only interested in speaking to him with regards to his welfare and he is not wanted."

Anyone with information about Mr Love's whereabouts is being asked to get in touch.

Korey Smith

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Carlos Carvalhal

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Leeds dialect research project reveals past recordings

An example of old recordings released online to aid dialect research in Leeds.
The University of Leeds has released old recordings online as part of its new research project into regional dialects and how they've changed over generations. This is one example.

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 lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Huddersfield's Laurent Depoitre

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Migrant football club tackles anti-social behaviour in Hexthorpe

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Here's a good news story from Hexthorpe in Doncaster.

The small community in Doncaster has seen an influx of East European migrants over the last five years.

Hexthorpe United
BBC

At first it caused tensions and right-wing marches, but now one inspirational man with a passion for sport is doing something about it with the power of football.

Martin Nistor, a Czech migrant, has formed a club called Hexthorpe United and he takes 30 to 40 children of all ages off the streets for training sessions.

It's helped reduce anti-social behaviour and has the support of Doncaster Council.

Everywhere people complain about young people and the activities they get up to but this is a really good activity and takes these children off the street."

Glyn JonesDeputy Mayor of Doncaster

'Check your sheds' for missing North Yorkshire man - Police

Police searching for a man who's been missing from his home in North Yorkshire since last week say there've been several sightings of him.

Missin
North Yorkshire Police

Richard Taylor, 30, from South Milford, went missing last Thursday.

A person matching his description was seen near the canal close by the A19 on Saturday and again on the A63 between the A19 and A1041 roundabouts on Tuesday.

The man was described as looking unwell and dishevelled.

Officers say on both occasions the man appeared to be wearing a long white-sleeved top and jeans - the same clothing Mr Taylor was wearing when he was last sighted before being reported missing.

These sightings have led the police to believe Mr Taylor may be living rough in this area, and they are asking the public to check their outhouses and sheds in case he has taken shelter.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J46 for B6164 and J45 for A659.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J46, B6164 (Wetherby) and J45, A659 (Boston Spa), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Scarborough Futurist Theatre faces final curtain

The fate of the former Futurist Theatre in Scarborough is expected to be decided this afternoon.

theatre
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In January, councillors voted 22 to 21 in favour of spending £4m to knock down the former venue which was opened in 1921.

In its heyday, the Futurist's stage played hosts to artists including The Beatles and Shirley Bassey, but has been closed since 2014.

Officers are recommending that the borough council's planning committee approves an application to demolish it, at a cost of £4m.

Campaigners had hoped to run the theatre as a charitable trust and believe the venue could host large-scale musical productions.

They say they haven't yet given up trying to save the theatre, even if planners vote later for it to be demolished.

Funeral takes place of a Sheffield 'woman of steel'

The funeral of one of Sheffield's "Women of Steel", who were recently immortalised by a city centre statue, is to be held today.

Statue
BBC

Ruby Gascoigne (pictured right) died at the age of 95 earlier this month.

She was one of four women from Sheffield who fought to get official recognition for the thousands of women who kept the city's steelworks producing munitions during World War Two.

A statue dedicated to the women was finally unveiled in Sheffield last year after a fundraising campaign raised more than £160,000 to pay for the bronze sculpture by artist Martin Jennings.

Listen: Halifax MP sparks debate on 999 staff attack crackdown

A change in the law that would mean tougher sentences for people who attack emergency workers is due to be discussed by MPs today.

Halifax Labour MP Holly Lynch has been campaigning for attacks against firefighters, ambulance staff, police officers and healthcare professionals to be taken more seriously.

Her private members bill has its second reading in the House of Commons later and she says it's needed to protect our emergency services:

Leeds researchers to open up online English dialect archive

Researchers in Leeds working on the most comprehensive study of dialects in England are to make its archives available online.

Woman looking at computer
BBC

The four-year Leeds University Dialect and Heritage project records the rich variety of words used in different areas for the same object.

The research began in the 1940s, with hundreds of recordings being made across England.

Now, Leeds University's been given funding to look at revisiting the same families to see how big a change there has been down the generations - and to chart how many regional words survive.

The contents of the archive will be made publicly available online and researchers will work with museums across England to display parts of the archives which are relevant to their region for the first time.

Charity rescue bid for condemned 150-year-old Sheffield tree

A 150-year-old oak tree in Sheffield could be saved from being felled, with a charity stepping in to help.

oAK
BBC

The Vernon Oak in Dore was due to be chopped down this week, which led to a protester climbing into its branches on Monday in a bid to protect it.

Now, the Trees for Cities charity has offered to pay for engineering works to keep the oak.

Sheffield City Council says it's currently in discussions with the charity and will give more information at a later date.

oAK
BBC

As part of Streets Ahead, an ongoing £2bn project to improve roads and footpaths in Sheffield, about 5,500 trees have been cut down in the city since 2012.

The authority insists those earmarked for felling were either "dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory," but campaigners say some healthy trees have also been lost.

However, campaigners claim many of the trees classed as "damaging" or "discriminatory" are healthy specimens which should not be cut down."

Urgent appeal for missing 13-year-old York girl

Police have made an "urgent" appeal for help after the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl from York who may now be in the North West.

Elsie
North Yorkshire Police

Elise Donoghue was reported missing last night after leaving her drama class at York Theatre Royal.

She's not thought to be carrying any money or to have access to a mobile phone.

Police are urgently appealing for information to help find her.

Officers say there's a possibility Elise was heading to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the North West, where she has friends in the Cheshire area.

Severe disruption: A1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, near Green Lane affecting J36 A630 Warmsworth Road.

A1 South Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and a lane closed on A1 northbound in Skellow near the Green Lane junction, because of a shed load. Congestion on A1(M) to J36 A630 Warmsworth Road.

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

Hit-and-run victim's dad wants tougher sentences for killer drivers

James Gilbey
Family photo
James Gilbey died at the scene from multiple injuries when Malik's car struck him in July 2016

A man whose son was killed in a "madcap" hit-and-run car crash says new rules to allow life sentences to be given to drivers who kill do not go far enough.

James Gilbey, 25, died after he washit by a car, which failed to stop, while he was crossing a road in Leeds last year.

His father Richard Gilbey, from Upavon in Wiltshire, says stricter guidelines still need to be imposed so the appropriate sentence is issued.

Two men who were racing in cars on the road were later jailed for eight years each.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650 affecting J38 for A637 Darton.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J38, A637 (Darton).

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J39 for A636 Wakefield and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J39, A636 (Wakefield) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J1 for A631 and J2 for A1.

M18 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M18 northbound between J1, A631 (Bramley) and J2 A1(M), because of an accident.

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