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  1. Burberry shake-up to see hundreds of jobs coming to Leeds
  2. Police renew appeal over Leeds pensioner's 2002 stab death
  3. Scarborough man jailed over ambulance crew knife threats
  4. Strikes planned over South Yorkshire warehouse closure plan
  5. Warning over 'large white lumps' found on Scarborough beach
  6. Bradford-based Morrisons sales jump as recovery continues
  7. Updates on Thursday 4 May 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

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This page contains news from Thursday 4 May.

If you're after news from Friday 5 May, including local elections, hop over to that day's page here.

Our top five stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Well, that's all from us for today.

We'll be back on Friday morning 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. Burberry shake-up to see hundreds of jobs coming to Leeds
  2. Leonard Farrar murder: New plea over 2002 stabbing in Leeds
  3. "Large white lumps" found on North Yorkshire beaches
  4. DHL workers to strike over planned site closure in South Yorkshire
  5. Picture of Leeds girl with "6ft-long arm" goes viral

See you tomorrow.

Combat helicopters fly into Leeds-Bradford Airport

If you were near Leeds-Bradford Airport a little while ago, you might have seen these unusual guests: 

Apache helicopters
Andrew Easby

Two Apache helicopters flew up to the airport to refuel - not something you see over the skies of Leeds every day is it?

Apache helicopters
Andrew Easby

Severe disruption: A639 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A639 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, near M62 J32.

A639 West Yorkshire - A639 in Castleford blocked and slow traffic southbound near Pontefract, because of a building fire.

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

Man forced to cashpoint at knife-point in Leeds robbery

A man was marched to a Leeds cashpoint at knife-point and made to withdraw money from his account by muggers.

West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police have released CCTV images of several people they want to speak to about the robbery after the incident on Monday night.

The three suspects threatened a 20-year-old man with a knife in Bowman Lane and then made him go to a cashpoint at the nearby Sainsbury's and draw out cash. They also took his wallet.

It's thought they also struck earlier when they threatened to stab a 20-year-old man and his 15-year-old brother outside the Dry Dock pub.

They then tried to lead them into a nearby underpass but they managed to run off.

Talks to be held over DHL strike

Talks are to be held between delivery firm DHL and the Unite union, in a bid to stop strike action over the closure of a warehouse in South Yorkshire.


Members of Unite in Tickhill voted to strike for 24 hours on 15 May, and have also backed walkouts for three days on 25 May, and for 11 days from 1 June.

The dispute's also been prompted by a 1.25% pay offer.  

Burberry move to Leeds is 'fantastic' - Council leader

The news that Burberry is to create 300 jobs in Leeds after moving them from its London HQ, has been described as "fantastic" and a "real vote of confidence".

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Judith Blake, the leader of Leeds City Council, says: "It's hugely exciting that we are the clear choice for Burberry to locate their newly-created shared service centre."

She adds that the city has "a long and valued relationship with Burberry" and that the council will  "assess their plans for a manufacturing and weaving facility here".

Those plans remain on hold for the time being.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A614 and J7 for M62.

M18 South Yorkshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M18 northbound between J6, A614 (Thorne) and J7, M62 (Langham), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Fourteen in court over Leeds Halloween bikers' 'ride-out'

Fourteen people have appeared in court after a bikers' Halloween "ride out" caused traffic chaos in Leeds.

Kirkstall Road

About 50 bikers rode dangerously through the streets on 31 October, bringing a major route through the city to a standstill. 

The police investigation came after motorbikes and quad bikes congregated in Kirkstall Road before they were ridden together through Leeds, including through pedestrian areas and shopping arcades.

Thirteen men and one woman, from Leeds, appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with causing a public nuisance. 

All the defendants were bailed to appear before Leeds Crown Court on 1 June. 

Pensioner seriously injured in crash after returning from church

An 89-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after a car crash near Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire.

Barracks Bank

It happened at about 15.40 on Wednesday on the A6108 at Barracks Bank. 

The man was driving his silver Polo when it was in collision with a Transit van.

The 89-year-old was returning from a church service in Keld in Swaledale to his home near Darlington.

He was airlifted to hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries.

The driver of the van is also being treated in hospital.

Listen: 'It's a shame we weren't in the Championship this year'

You just can't please some people, can you?

Sheffield United legend Tony Currie has backed the Blades to challenge for promotion in the Championship next season. 

United are preparing for life in the second tier after winning the League One title with 100 points. 

The 67-year-old thinks they could've qualified for the play-offs if they were in the Championship this year:

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 blocked on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Burberry's Leeds move 'reinforces commitment to Yorkshire'

More on the news that fashion chain Burberry is to move 300 jobs from its London HQ to Leeds.

Woman sat outside Burberry shop

Christopher Bailey, the company's chief creative and chief executive officer, describes it as "an important move" for the retailer.

"In addition to the benefits it will bring to the business, opening an office in Leeds reinforces our commitment to the UK and to Yorkshire, home of our iconic trench coat," says Mr Bailey.

The Leeds office is due to open in October and the firm says it will bring together teams from finance, HR and procurement, as well as some customer service and IT roles. 

However, Burberry's plans for a flagship manufacturing and weaving facility in Leeds remain on hold. 

BreakingHundreds of Burberry jobs to come to Leeds in shake-up

Fashion chain Burberry is to relocate 300 jobs from its London offices to West Yorkshire.

Burberry shop

The cost-saving measures could see redundancies as it "reduces its office space requirements in London" and opens its new business services centre in Leeds, the firm says.

Burberry says it's consulting with staff at its London HQ, where they will be offered the chance to move to Leeds or face the prospect of redundancy. 

The retailer says it aims to deliver at least £100m savings by 2019.

Watch: Best seat in the house (or at least the garden)

What do you do if you need the loo in, as the song puts it, an English country garden?

In 1864, George Ball was paid £3 and five shillings to build a privy in the gardens of Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire.

Sadly, over the years, attempts at keeping it in working order hit the skids - perhaps they were, er, just going through the motions?

But now, English Heritage has spent a penny or two restoring the restroom to its former glory:

Bradford family's lucky escape from tumble dryer fire

Members of a family in Bradford perhaps owe their lives to the fact they keep their doors shut after a fire broke out in their home as they slept.

The fire, caused by a tumble dryer, happened in the early hours at the family's home in Bierley. 

The dryer was in a utility room and the internal door was closed, stopping the spread of smoke and flames.  

West Yorkshire Fire Service

Above are pictures from the scene of the blaze. 

On the left you can see the state of the utility room door which took the brunt of the fire. 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Two adults and two children were asleep and were unaware of the blaze happening downstairs.

The fire thankfully burned itself out and the damage was only discovered when they woke up.

Closing internal doors before you go to bed at night can actually be a life-saver. The occupants here have been very lucky indeed."

Lee Miller, Fire Investigation OfficerWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M180 South Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J1 for A18 and J2 for A161 Gainsborough.

M180 South Yorkshire - Lane blocked on M180 eastbound between J1, A18 (Thorne) and J2, A161 (Gainsborough), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Spate of violent attacks in York

A man was left needing hospital treatment for serious head injuries following an assault in the city centre of York.

The Micklegate

It happened on Saturday evening between 21:00 and 21:30 in toilets in The Micklegate pub. 

Officers want to hear from anyone who was there at the time     

In a second incident, police are appealing for witnesses after a group of men fighting was seen fighting in the Castlegate area of the city a few hours later, in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Police say two men were attacked in the same area and were left unconscious by a group of men and women in the early hours of Monday morning.

It's a dog's life: Ronnie the French Bulldog is back...

Yesterday, we told you a sad story about Ronnie, the pregnant French Bulldog who'd been stolen from her home in Doncaster earlier this week.

Well, we've got good news: she's been found and returned safely to her owners.

And, look, she's very pleased to be home (we think!):

Ronnie the dog
South Yorkshire Police

Picture of Leeds girl with '6ft arm' goes viral

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Ahh, look - some nice young people enjoying a night out...

Err, what the heck is up with her arm?! 

De Helling Nightclub

This photo has gone viral after being taken in a nightclub in Utrecht and it features 23-year-old Tabitha Bailey from Leeds.

Oh, and what seems to be her 6ft long arm...

Who would have thought the ironic wearing of a Whitney Houston T-shirt would cause such a stir?

Watch: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 line-up unveiled

Now in its 24th year, Sheffield's Doc/Fest is a film festival made up of "real stories" from both here in Yorkshire and around the world.

The line-up for this year's festival has been announced today and it features a special closing night screening of Toby Paton's Jo Cox: Death of an MP film, as well as talks from guests including Louis Theroux, Ian Hislop and Sir Lenny Henry during its run between 9 and 14 June.

Details of what you can see during across the six days can be found here, but we've also got a look at what sort of things are going to be on offer:

Leonard Farrar murder: New plea over 2002 stabbing

Today marks 15 years since the murder of Leeds pensioner Leonard Farrar - but the killer has never been found.

Leonard Farrar

Today detectives are refreshing their appeal for information on his killing. 

The 71-year-old retired Merchant Navy officer (pictured) was found stabbed to death at his home in Cardinal Road, Beeston, on 4 May 2002.

At the time, officers described Mr Farrar's murder as a "sustained attack" and his body was found a day after his Fiat Panda was discovered burned out near his home.   

Initially there were a number of arrests over his murder, but all those arrested were later released, and now West Yorkshire Police's cold case team is looking for a breakthrough.

We have repeatedly shown that, even after many years have passed, we can still progress investigations to a successful conclusion."

Det Ch Insp Jim DunkerleyWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: A635 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A635 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between B6096 Nanny Marr Road and A6195 Rotherham Road.

A635 South Yorkshire - A635 Doncaster Road in Darfield closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B6096 Nanny Marr Road junction and Cathill Roundabout, because of an incident.

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

Lawyer petitions for 'Hugill's Law'

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

A celebrity lawyer wants a new law to help people recover their legal fees after being cleared of a crime.

It comes after an East Yorkshire farmer was found not guilty last month of grievous bodily harm after he shot an intruder at his farm at Wilberfoss, near York.

Kenneth & Sheila Hugill

Kenneth Hugill, 83, was acquitted earlier this year, but was left with a legal bill of over £20,000.

Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman set up a fundraising drive to cover the costs, and has now paid the bill. 

He's told me that he's now starting a petition, called "Hugill's Law" for the government to revert the law back to 2012, when legal costs could be recovered after an acquittal. 

Across Yorkshire on a sunny day

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a glorious couple of days across Yorkshire and according to our weather centre people we've got another day of nice sunshine.

Enjoy it while it lasts though, the weekend's looking a bit grim.

But to illustrate our point, here are some great shots sent in to BBC Weather Watchers today:


The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, visiting Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Prince Philip is stepping down from his public duties at the end of the summer, he has certainly been no stranger to the Bradford district over the years, as our gallery of archive pictures shows

Prince Philip
Telegraph and Argus

Thieves attack pensioners in their own homes

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Three people in their 80s have been robbed in their own homes in Batley, in each case the thieves pushed their victim to the floor.

Bradford Road

The incidents were around the Bradford Road area and West Yorkshire Police say that burglars may have visited the victims' houses before they robbed them - posing as tradesmen.

  • 10:40 on 1 May in Carlinghow. An 89-year-old woman, was in her home when three men broke in and pushed the victim to the floor. They stole cash and several items of jewellery. A 44-year-old man was arrested and released

  • 12:30 on 3 May in the Hyrstlands Park area. Four men broke in through the back door and knocked an 84-year-old woman to the floor. They stole cash

  • 21:40 on 3 May in Soothill.  Three men broke in through a back window. An 80-year-old man was pushed to the floor and the robbers made off with a large quantity of cash

At the minute, we are treating the burglaries as three separate incidents, but haven’t ruled out the possibility they may be linked."

Det Insp Mark ColmanWest Yorkshire Police

'Large white lumps' found on Yorkshire beaches

Lumps of a white waxy substance have been turning up on beaches in the Scarborough area.

White lumps
Scarborough borough Council

The white lumps have been reported at various points along the coast, from Sandsend in the north to Cayton Bay in the south.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has identified the substance as "paraffin wax," which is low risk to humans, animals and the environment. 

However, Scarborough Borough Council is advising sensible precautions for anyone coming across the white lumps when visiting the coastline. 

They also say it's understandable that people along the coast may like to help with the clean-up operation, but say they're not currently seeking assistance from volunteers.

We ask people to use common sense, to not handle the substance and also keep dogs and children away from it.”

Nick EdwardsScarborough Borough Council

Calls for the Tour de Yorkshire stage to return to Stocksbridge

After successfully hosting the final leg of this year's Tour de Yorkshire cycling race at the weekend, some of those involved want to see the excitement recreated next year.

But they're focusing less on this:

Tour de Yorkshire winners podium
Tour de Yorkshire

And more on this:

Stocksbridge community musicians
Pro Voice studios

The organisers of the town's community music stage want the mini festival to become an annual event.

A nine hour music event was held outside the town’s library, with funding from Stocksbridge Town Council, and they're hopeful of being able to entertain the crowds again next year:

The entire day was brilliant and the feedback is off the scale. Whilst we might not be able to persuade the Tour de Yorkshire race to come through Stocksbridge again for a few more years, we certainly can recreate the community spirit we saw on Sunday."

Graham LindleyLocal musician and organiser

Biker killed in crash near Huddersfield

A motorcyclist died after a crash near Huddersfield yesterday evening.

Ponker Lane

It happened in Skelmanthorpe at about 17:15 on Ponker Lane, where the rider's yellow Suzuki GSXR crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a tree.

The rider, a man in his 20s, was treated by paramedics at the scene, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

We would like to speak to the driver of a small green hatchback, possibly a Micra, that was in the area at the time."

Sgt Ann DruryWest Yorkshire Police

Undercover police using the force

Some things cannot be unseen:

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Dry conditions lead to fire warning on North York Moors

If you were planning on going up to the North York Moors and having a bar-be-cue or a camp fire, the advice is, don't!

Fire risk
North York Moors National Park

The national park has warned that the recent dry spell means that the area is at an "increased risk of moorland and forest fires".

The people who look after the huge area have put up signs warning of the dangers, which even include people smoking.

They say that even if we do get rain, it might not be enough to make a difference to the conditions.

Do come and enjoy the North York Moors, the majority of moorland fires can be prevented, please take extra care."

Bernie McLindenNorth York Moors National Park

Less dirty Harry more dirty laundry

Obviously just on their way to get their laundry done.

Bang to rights (sort of).

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Prayers answered for children looking for a new vicar

A junior choir from West Yorkshire who put out a recruitment advert on social media to attract a new vicar have had their prayers answered.

Facebook ad
Saint Paul's church

Youngsters from Saint Paul's church in Shipley put their own musical advert on Facebook saying they wanted their new vicar to be "fun and interested in Harry Potter". 

Now Reverend Henriette Howarth is to join the church - she says she hopes she can fulfil their expectations.

Morrisons sales jump as recovery continues

Bradford-based Morrisons, the UK's fourth-biggest supermarket chain, has reported better-than-expected sales for the past quarter, boosted by price cuts.

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Like-for-like sales, which exclude new store openings, rose 3.4% in the 13 weeks to 30 April, surpassing the second quarter's 2.9% rise.

The firm said imported food costs had risen due to the pound's fall, but that it had kept prices competitive.

The pound fell sharply following the Brexit vote last summer.

Watch: Yorkshire volunteer blood bikers struggling

Volunteer motorcyclists who help the NHS by delivering urgently needed blood in Yorkshire say they're struggling to keep up with the demand.

Volunteers from Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes carry out-of-hours deliveries and say they often carry samples which are vital: