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  1. Fatal Leeds crash victim's dad 'had just returned from month-long trip abroad'
  2. Judge reserves decision on Clifford's Tower visitor centre
  3. Fresh appeal to find mother after baby bones discovery in Wakefield
  4. Rotherham to host new 'centre of excellence' for glass industry
  5. Pateley Bridge church flagstones reduced to 'crazy paving' by vandals
  6. Lucky escape for trapped sheep in Todmorden
  7. Updates on Wednesday 3 May 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

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Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

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. 

Before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:  

  1. Fatal Leeds crash victim's dad "had just returned from month-long trip abroad"
  2. Judge reserves decision on Clifford's Tower visitor centre in York
  3. Fresh appeal to find mother after baby bones discovered in Wakefield last year
  4. A new £20m "global centre of excellence" for glass industry is coming to Rotherham
  5. There was a lucky escape for a trapped sheep in Todmorden

See you tomorrow.

Fancy some tea? No thanks, I'm stuffed...

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Hilarity aside, this is a Tasmanian Wolf and it's Leeds City Council's object of the week. Intrigued? Read on...

Tasmanian Wolf
Leeds City Council

These are now thought to be extinct (perhaps because people hunted them and had them stuffed) but you can still see one at the Leeds Discovery Centre in Hunslet. 

This one dates from 1869 and is one of only 80 in the world, but there still might be some left in the wild after it was thought they were wiped out in 1936.

There have been plenty of unconfirmed sightings of the Tasmanian Wolf, but still no hard evidence they're still kicking about somewhere in Australia. 

Two seriously hurt in York city centre assault

Two men were left with serious injuries after they were attacked by a group of men and women in York.


It happened on Bank Holiday Monday in the Castlegate area after an argument.

Both men were found unconscious with serious injuries, with one of them having to spend two nights in hospital.

People who saw what happened are being urged to call the police on 101.

Joe McCafferty death: Twenty years on from arson attack

Seven-year-old Joe McCafferty was sleeping soundly at his aunt's home in Huddersfield on 3 May 1997 when someone poured petrol through the letterbox and torched the house. 

Joe McCafferty
West Yorkshire Police

Exactly 20 years on, his family still live with the terrors of that night but remain determined to find his killer.  

Joe was staying with his cousins at the house in Haywood Avenue in Marsh when the arsonist struck on 3 May 1997.

All five members of the family escaped or were rescued, but Joe never pulled through.

And although arrests have been made, no-one has ever been charged over the attack, which has left all of those affected struggling to make sense of it.

Wakefield Trinity winger out for season with serious knee injury

Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Johnstone will miss the rest of the season after scans confirmed he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's 30-10 win against Catalans Dragons.

Tom Johnstone

Johnstone, 21, has been ruled out for up to eight months, a lay-off that has also ended any hopes of him making the England squad for the World Cup.

He will undergo surgery once the knee has settled from the initial damage.

"I'm trying to be positive about it," Johnstone has told the club website.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic westbound at J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Judge reserves decision on Clifford's Tower visitor centre

A judge has reserved a decision on whether a new visitor centre at York's landmark Clifford's Tower can go ahead.

Clifford's Tower
English Heritage

Campaigners are fighting against Historic England's plans to build the centre and a cafe at the site which dates back to the 13th century.

They say it resembles a "toilet block" and would "spoil the site".

English Heritage was granted permission to build the £2m visitor centre last October. 

They said the project would enhance access to the site and work was due to begin in November.

A judgement is expected in the next couple of weeks.  

Relatives sought after Halifax man's death

An appeal is being made for relatives of a man from Halifax who died yesterday to come forward.

Russell Thompson, of Elm View, died on Tuesday from natural causes, aged 61. 

It is believed Mr Thompson may have a brother and father also living in the area. 

Coroners are appealing for information to help trace them.  

Watch: Ewe won't believe how lucky this sheep was

A sheep from Todmorden has a lot to be thankful for after being pulled to safety when she got stuck in between some rocks on moorland yesterday.

Dolly, who weighs in at 50kg, was spotted by some walkers who raised the alarm last night. 

Ten firefighters came out to her rescue.

The officers used specialist rope gear to winch themselves down and pull her out.

You can watch the rescue below:

Fatal crash victim's dad 'had just returned from month-long trip abroad'

The father of a child who died after being hit by a car in Leeds at the weekend had only just returned from a month-long trip abroad the day before, his family has revealed.

Yusuf Jatta
West Yorkshire Police

Four-year-old Yusuf Jatta died after being hit by a Vauxhall Corsa at the junction of Chapeltown Road and Reginald Terrace on Saturday afternoon. 

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting the police investigation.    

In a statement, Yusuf's family say his dad "had just returned from a month in Gambia and spent a day with him before this tragic accident".

Yusuf attended nursery at Hillcrest Academy and "was loved by his teachers", they add.

We are doing everything we can to support the family following their loss in such sudden and tragic circumstances."

Temporary Det Sgt Mathew TunneyWest Yorkshire Police

Top of the glass: Rotherham to host new centre of excellence

A new £20m "global centre of excellence" for the glass industry is coming to Rotherham.

Mgna Science Centre

The Glass Futures project will be based at Rotherham's Magna Science Adventure Centre and is backed by two major manufacturers as well as Siemens and Leeds University.

It aims to bring together experts from across the world to carry out research into energy and emissions reduction, glass formulation and new high-tech products. 

The furnace for the new project will be housed in a large, previously unused area at Magna known as the Dark Space, with the intention of integrating it into the existing visitor attraction.   

Work is expected to start later this year and will employ about 100 people. 

The glass industry has amazing potential for growth and, by bringing academics, manufacturers and technology companies together, we can grasp that potential and bring real benefits to the UK economy."

Dave DaltonChief executive, British Glass

Questions about the election? Just ask Look North

If you've got a question you'd like to ask about the general election campaign, then Look North wants to help. 

Get in touch on Facebook, by email or tweet #asklooknorth and they'll try their best to get an answer to your question. 

They might even use your idea as part of the election coverage. 

Find out what other people have been asking tonight at 20:00 on Facebook Live

Investigations continue into York Uni fire

Investigations into a fire at the University of York on Tuesday are continuing today.

Wentworth College, York University

Five fire engines were called to Wentworth College at lunchtime yesterday.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and it's believed it was started deliberately.

Mike Bore

Former left-arm medium-pacer Mike Bore, who had a long career at Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, dies aged 69.

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Your old paper fivers' days are numbered

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Did you know you only have until Friday to spend your old paper fivers before they go out of circulation, replaced by those ultra-modern new polymer ones?


So what do you do if you've got one and you've no plans to spend it between now and then? 

Here are your options:

  • All notes keep their face value for all time, but you just can't use them in shops when they stop being legal tender
  • Get along to a bank, building society or post office and get them to give you a plastic one
  • If they won't change it, you'll have to send it off to the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street in London - or you could always take it along there yourself...

I actually quite like the idea of that last option. I wonder if they take you into the back of the bank to a massive skip of them and just chuck it in?

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J24 for A629 and J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

An ambitious programme of events is organised to mark the 50th year of Leeds Carnival.
An ambitious programme of events is being organised to mark the 50th year of Leeds Carnival.

Thankfully, curiosity didn't claim another victim today....

No day is ordinary for firefighters in South Yorkshire, it seems.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue team in Rotherham spent part of the morning freeing this little kitten who'd snuck into the front of a parked car.

Fortunately, no harm was done - though it might be a case of eight lives remaining...

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Man seriously injured after car overturns

A 47-year-old man suffered serious injuries after the car he was travelling in overturned between Doncaster and Rotherham.

Map of Hooton Roberts

The crash happened at about 19:00 on Bank Holiday Monday on the A630 Doncaster Road in Hooton Roberts, about half-a-mile before the junction with Holmes Lane.

The blue Vauxhall Corsa, in which the man was travelling as a passenger, left the road, turning over and coming to rest on its roof. 

The 39-year-old driver escaped with minor injuries.

Wakefield makes loss on buying back 'right-to-buy' houses

Wakefield Council has spent more than £2.5m buying back 35 homes it sold for about £981,000 under right-to-buy laws introduced to meet housing shortages, it's emerged.


The right-to-buy policy was introduced by the Conservatives in the 1980s, allowing council house tenants to buy their homes at a discount.

BBC News looked at local authority areas where waiting lists rose for four consecutive years since 2011 and chose 10 at random.

Housing charities blame a lack of investment in social housing.  

Yorkshire in pictures: Fur and fun at Thorp Perrow

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

I've been to the Thorp Perrow Victorian Arboretum at Bedale today, visiting their new furry arrivals. 

I thought I'd share these cute pics with you:


They have baby meerkats...


And even baby wallabies which are still in their mum's pouches...


And every so often, you see a head or leg pop out!

Watch: Take a walk on the Wilder side

He's Sheffield's home-town hero... 

Blades boss Chris Wilder was born in nearby Stocksbridge, made over 100 appearances for Sheffield United as a player, and he's now a League One champion as manager.

Wilder has never forgotten his roots, though, and during the club's promotion party last night he gave this ode to his city - it's worth having another listen to!:

Listen live: Yorkshire v Durham

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are taking on Durham at Headingley in the One Day Cup. 

Durham are currently batting.

Yorkshire Cricket

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary by clicking this link here.

Lucky escape for driver in North Yorkshire

The driver of this vehicle who crashed near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire escaped with no injuries at all:

Car on its roof
North Yorkshire Police

The Corsa landed on its roof after coming off the road near Greenhow this morning 

The driver managed to get out with only minor injuries.

Maybe today's the day he goes and buys a lottery ticket...

Leeds United: Radrizzani holds talks to buy 100% of club

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

It's understood that Andrea Radrizzani has held talks with fellow Leeds co-owner Massimo Cellino over a deal to take full control at Elland Road. 

Andrea Radrizzani

Radrizzani (pictured) bought a 50% stake in the club in January, at the time it was reported that he would  have the option of taking full control at the end of the season if Leeds weren't promoted. 

It seems that the Whites' bid to become a Premiership side is set to fail with a spot in play-offs now out of reach. 

Meanwhile BBC Radio Leeds understands that Leeds United will hold talks with head coach Garry Monk about his future by next week. 

Watch: Exhibition showing Sheffield people 'then and now'

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

A new photography exhibition has opened at Sheffield Hallam University featuring a fascinating insight into the lives of LGBT people.

It's called called Outcome, and captures people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as they are now - as out adults - with each person holding their own childhood photograph whilst also containing a reference to their current daily lives:

Church flagstones reduced to 'crazy paving' by vandals

Vandals have used a large rock to smash flagstones in a church in Nidderdale, leaving it "looking like crazy-paving." 

It's the second time the remains of the 13th Century church have been attacked this year.

Ols St Mary's
Geograph/Chris Heaton

North Yorkshire Police say after attacking Old St Mary's church in Pateley Bridge earlier this year, "over the May Day bank holiday weekend, criminals returned and caused more destruction."

It's thought a large rock was used to smash the surface of one of the large flagstones in the knave, causing it to smash into little pieces. 

Police say the vandals "appear to have attempted to replace the broken pieces, leaving the smashed stone looking like a piece of crazy paving."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Fire crews check Magpie Cafe for 'hot spots'

Fire crews have returned to the Magpie Cafe in Whitby today, following two fires at the weekend. 

Magpie Fire
Marshall Hamilton

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say they had a call from contractors who are working at the site. 

Fire crews checked for "hot spots" using thermal imaging cameras, but could not find any. They say that they are still damping down and they will continue to check the site.

No-one was hurt in the fires and the restaurant is expected to be closed for several weeks.  

Welbeck Lane at the nature reserve

Police have a DNA profile for the mother of the girl whose bones were found at a Wakefield nature reserve.

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Volunteers needed to help Harrogate charity

Harrogate Informer

A charity that helps to support young people who are facing homelessness has put out an urgent call for volunteers in the Harrogate area.  

The charity SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) has been helping vulnerable young people to avoid homelessness for more than 20 years.

Harrogate Informer

Listen: Wreath laid in France for 'an exceptional man'

A soldier who died in Northern France is being honoured with a wreath later. 

Ian Judson is travelling to Oppy Wood to remember Jack Harrison.

It's the 100th anniversary of the battle of Oppy Wood, in which  Mr Harrison died.

During the battle Jack, a rugby league player for Hull FC, won his posthumous VC for gallantry.

Ian says he was an exceptional man:

Pregnant bulldog stolen in 'targeted' theft in Doncaster

A white French Bulldog, called Ronnie, has been stolen from a house in Doncaster.

Ronnie the dog
South Yorkshire Police

The burglary took place in the Woodlands area on Tuesday afternoon, between 13:15 and 13:30.

South Yorkshire Police say it appears the theft was targeted, as nothing else was taken from the property on Fair View Avenue.

Her owners are appealing for helping in finding Ronnie, who is pregnant.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the police on 101.

Major blow as £1.3m Northgate shopping centre plan is scrapped

Halifax Courier

The £1.3m plan to redevelop Northgate House and Halifax Central library site into a shopping centre has been shelved after Calderdale Council cancelled its agreement with the developers.

Shopping centre
Halifax Courier

Warning over cold calls from fake police officers

There's a warning to be wary of cold-callers in West Yorkshire after three people were contacted by someone pretending to be a police officer asking for their bank account details.

Phone scam

West Yorkshire Police say the scam works by someone calling up pretending to ask about "fraudulent transactions" on the victim's bank accounts. 

The caller then asks for bank details claiming this will stop future problems with their account.

In one case, a Bradford woman was duped into handing over gold jewellery after she told the fraudster she was afraid of keeping it in the house.

If you receive one of these calls hang up and contact your bank separately. They should be able to confirm suspected fraud with your account."

PC Toni HinnellsWest Yorkshire Police

Fire crews return to famous Whitby cafe

Look like Whitby's famous Magpie Cafe is at the very least smouldering again after two fires at the weekend.

We'll bring you more details as we get them:

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Large blaze at York landfill site

Firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a landfill site in York, estimated to cover more than 60m of ground and to be 20m deep.

North Yorkshire Fire Service

Fire crews were called out to Knapton in the early hours of this morning. 

They're using breathing apparatus and other equipment to try and bring it under control.

Crews from Sherburn, Malton and Pickering are helping to tackle the fire, and a water bowser at Tadcaster has been sent for.

Firefighters are expected to be on site for the rest of the day, according to North Yorkshire Fire Service.

Turner Prize nomination for former Sheffield student

A former student at Sheffield Hallam University is one of four artists to be shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize.

Electrical Gaza
Rosalind Nashashibi

Rosalind Nashashibi has been nominated for an exhibition in California which included the film Electrical Gaza, which used live footage and animation to investigate everyday life in Gaza.

She studied at Hallam from 1992 to 1995.

She's also nominated for her contribution to the Documenta 14 exhibition in Athens, in which she revisited Paul Gauguin's famous images of women in Tahiti.

The jury said they were impressed by the "depth and maturity" of her work, which "often examines sites of human occupation and the coded relationships which occur within those spaces".

The prize itself will be hosted at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull this year as part of the City of Culture 2017 celebrations.