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Summary

  1. Conservatives retain control of North Yorkshire County Council
  2. Labour retains control of Doncaster Council
  3. Labour's Ros Jones wins Doncaster's mayoral election
  4. Man arrested on plane at Leeds-Bradford Airport after police ground jet
  5. Man in his 50s dies in early morning Halifax house fire
  6. Thieves steal 24,000 bees, including irreplaceable queens, in South Yorkshire
  7. Scarborough beaches paraffin wax clean-up begins
  8. Updates on Friday 5 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Our five top stories from today

That's all from us for today.

We'll be back from 06:30 on Monday 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. The Conservatives retain control of North Yorkshire County Council
  2. Labour retains control of Doncaster Council, while Labour's Ros Jones wins the Doncaster mayoral election
  3. A man in his 50s dies in a Halifax house fire
  4. Thieves steal 24,000 bees in South Yorkshire
  5. "Darth Vader" is spotted on a Sinclair C5 near Harrogate

Have a good weekend!

Watch: York rowers set for Olympic glory?

The next generation of Olympic rowers could come from the University of York, with its rowing club now officially recognised as a so-called Start Centre.    

It's one of 10 world-class "Start Programme" facilities, which are designated by British Rowing.

Regular visitors to York already see rowers on the River Ouse, but those numbers are now expected to grow:

Blue plaque unveiled for Leeds sculptor

A blue plaque's been unveiled in Leeds to commemorate city sculptor Kenneth Armitage. 

Both hands
Steve Partridge

Known as one of the most important sculptors of his time, he was born in Roundhay just over a century ago, and attended Leeds College of Art. 

The plaque is alongside his Both Arms piece, which was inaugurated in its present location when Nelson Mandela visited Leeds in 2001, a year before Mr Armitage's death. 

The honour has been awarded by Leeds Civic Trust.  

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

Latest from the Doncaster local elections count:

UKIP has lost its only seat on Doncaster Council.

Two Labour candidates and an Independent have been elected to the Rossington and Bawtry ward - that's a Labour gain.

Man arrested on plane at Leeds-Bradford after police ground jet

A flight to Ibiza was stopped on the runway of Leeds-Bradford Airport so police could arrest a suspected robber, it's been revealed.

LBA
Google

Officers boarded the flight yesterday to arrest a 24-year-old man from Leeds, after they found out he was about to leave the country.

The man had been wanted for questioning over a robbery at a shop in Kirkstall and a burglary in Boston Spa. 

He has since been released while the police make further enquiries.

Every day our officers are out looking for wanted suspects, but it's not often that we arrest someone as they are just about to fly off on their holidays."

Ch Insp Ian CroftWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Harrogate football girls out for revenge

A Harrogate girls' team is through to the finals of the schools equivalent of the FA Cup.

Rossett School will play the Cambridge team which beat them last year.

They say revenge is a dish best eaten cold and the girls have waited a year. Come on Rossett!:

BreakingLabour retains control of Doncaster Council

With seven wards left to declare, Labour has already done enough to keep control of Doncaster Council.

The party had won 30 of the 55 available council seats, meaning they are now too far in front for the other parties to catch.

Teenager seriously injured after being hit by car

A 13-year-old boy is being treated in hospital for serious injuries after being hit by a car in Barnsley.

The boy, who was crossing Sheffield Road, was hit by a blue Renault Megane at about 20:30 on Thursday evening.

The 21-year-old driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

Latest from the Doncaster local elections count:

Another three Labour holds in Wheatley Hills and Intake.

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

Latest from the Doncaster local elections count:  

Labour has held another three seats in Conisborough.

Doncaster seems to be defying the national picture.

Boy charged after police officer spat at in Bradford

A 12-year-old boy has been charged after a police officer was spat at and racially abused near Bradford city centre.

Drake Street
Google

The officer had saliva in his eye and mouth after the incident on Drake Street yesterday.

The boy has been charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence and assaulting a police officer. 

He's due to appear before a youth court on 12 June.   

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

Count
BBC

Latest from the Doncaster local elections count:

The Conservatives hold all three seats in the Finningley Ward, as expected.

We're over halfway through the results now. 

Scarborough beaches paraffin wax clean-up begins

The clean-up of white lumps reported at various points along the North Yorkshire coast, from Sandsend to Cayton Bay, is under way.

Parafin wax
Scarborough Borough Council

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

It's still not known how the wax got there, but it looks like it won't be there much longer.

Concentrated amounts of the paraffin wax lumps have been located at Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Robin Hoods Bay and Boggle Hole.

Smaller amounts of the substance have been reported as far south as Scarborough's North Bay.

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

election
BBC

Here's the very latest from Doncaster as the local election results are counted:

  • In Town Ward, Labour holds all three seats, but Chris Whitwood of the Yorkshire Party gets a high share of the vote too, beating both the Conservatives and the Green Party

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

The latest from Doncaster's local elections:

  • More Labour holds in Armthorpe, Adwick & Carcroft and Balby South 
  • The Conservatives lose one seat to Independent Nigel Cannings in Tickhill & Wadworth. They hold the other seat. 

CCTV released after watches stolen in burglary

Do you recognise these two men? Police want to speak to them following a burglary near Huddersfield.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

It happened on Station Road in Fenay Bridge at lunchtime on Saturday 25 March. 

A man entered the a house and stole a gold Summit watch and a gold pocket watch before the owner of the house caught him in the act.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

Results
BBC

Here's the latest from the Doncaster local elections as the counts continue:

  • Both seats in the Roman Ridge ward have been held by Labour
  • A close shave for Labour in Stainforth and Barnby Dun - They hold both seats, but the Conservatives were only 18 votes behind

Archives at Dusk: Yorkshire lives in the spotlight

The histories of Yorkshire people are being brought to life at the North Yorkshire County Record Office this month as part of the national Museums at Night festival.

Called Archives at Dusk, many different Yorkshire lives will be on show, including life in Alum works along the Yorkshire coast:

Alumn mine
North Yorkshire County Record Office

Conscripts, like Buffalo, a 25-year-old hawker accused of stealing three fleeces of wool and sentenced to one month's hard labour in 1871, are also pictured:

Buffalo
North Yorkshire County Record Office

And you can also see heroes of the sea, like Scarborough coxswain John Owston:

Coxswain
North Yorkshire County Record Office

The story of Samuel Butler, the founder of theatres throughout the north, will also be told and there'll be a recreation of the Scarborough Pageant of 1912. 

Archives at Dusk will be on show at the County Record Office in Northallerton on Thursday 18 May.

Local elections 2017: Latest update from Doncaster

Doncaster election count
BBC

Latest updates from the Doncaster local election count:

Edlington and Warmsworth both stay as Labour seats.

And in Hexthorpe and Balby North, Labour holds both of its seats.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic southbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a police incident.

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

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe affecting B6533 Europa Link.

M1 South Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of an accident. Congestion on A630 Sheffield Parkway to the B6533 Europa Link junction.

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

Retailers announced for regenerated Halifax Piece Hall

Earlier we told you how the man in charge of the Piece Hall restoration in Halifax has said the future of the building is "the future of the town".

Piece Hall
Iain Denby

More details of which shops are going to be taking up residence in the Grade I-listed former cloth trading hall have now been released. It reopens in August.

Nine companies have been announced, including a branch of Halifax's very own Harvey's department stores.

The people behind Friends of Ham in Leeds also plan to open a new restaurant and a record shop/cafe there, too.

So, not a Next or M&S in sight:

It’s always been our plan to fill the spaces with a diverse and interesting mix of independent businesses."

Nicky Chance-ThompsonHalifax Piece Hall

Local elections 2017: First Doncaster results

The first results are coming in for Doncaster following Thursday's local elections.

Labour has held both its seats in the Edenthorpe ward.

This was a UKIP target ward.

More results to follow as they come in...

Local elections 2017: Final results for North Yorkshire County Council

That's all the wards now declared for North Yorkshire County Council.

One Selby Barlby seat has been gained by Karl Arthur for the Conservative Party, while Labour's Steph Duckett has retained his seat.

Meanwhile, Esrick, Mid Craven, and North Craven are all Conservative holds, with South Craven remaining Independent.

Local election: Turnout up across North Yorkshire

Sarah Urwin

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

The number of people voting across all North Yorkshire districts in this year's local elections seems to be up compared to 2013.

Here are the figures from a some of the wards which have so far declared:

  • Hambleton: 36.02 % (31.6 % 2013)
  • Harrogate: 36.35 % (33.15 % 2013)
  • Richmondshire: 33.4 % (33.15 % 2013)
  • Ryedale: 37.96 % (31.46% 2013)
  • Selby: 32.63 % (27.33 % 2013)
  • Scarborough: 32.12 % (30.16 % 2013)  

Recognition for woman who stopped 'vicious attack'

A woman from Barnsley who risked her life in order to help someone who was being attacked by a man with a pickaxe handle has been recognised for her bravery.

Certificate
South Yorkshire Police

Nadine Boids, from Elsecar, was woken up by a fight outside her house in November last year. She ran outside where 29-year-old Neil Bailey was attacking a 25-year-old man with a large pickaxe handle.  

She shouted at Bailey and pushed him away from the man - which police say diffused the situation and led to Bailey running off. The victim was left with a broken leg.

Bailey, of Gray Street, Elsecar, Barnsley, was sent to jail for three years at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday. 

I feel incredibly proud that Nadine is a member of our community and feel honoured to have been able to present her with a commendation."

Ch Supt Scott GreenSouth Yorkshire police

Huddersfield fire caused by discarded cigarette

A fire at a house in Huddersfield is believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette being put into a wheelie bin, it's been revealed.

Huddersfield fire damage
West Yorkshire Fire Service

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service's investigation team has advised people against storing their bins near the windows and doors of their homes.

Local elections: Last few North Yorkshire results coming in

More from the North Yorkshire County Council election count:

In Craven, the Conservatives have held all four of their seats, and three Independent seats have also been held.

Meanwhile, the Cawood & Saxton result is in, with Conservative Andrew Lee holding his seat.

Traffic and travel: Long delays on A1(M) southbound in South Yorkshire

BBC News Travel

Looks like the A1(M) in South Yorkshire is to be avoided at the moment after what's being described as a "police-led" incident:

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North Yorkshire election results latest

Following Thursday's local elections, the Conservative Party has retained control of North Yorkshire County Council and has increased its majority. 

The party took 45 seats at the last election, and already stands at 50 seats today with eight results still to come in.

Five of the seven North Yorkshire counts are now complete.

Here are the latest results:

  • Chris Pearson has held Selby for the Conservatives
  • David Jeffels has held Derwent Valley for the Conservatives

With under 10 seats left to be announced, this is the current state-of-play on North Yorkshire Council:

  • 50 Conservative
  • 3 Liberal Democrat
  • 8 Independent
  • 3 Labour

Severe congestion: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe congestion, between J37 for A635 Barnsley Road and J36 for A630 Warmsworth Road affecting J38 for A638.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and long delays on A1(M) southbound between J37, A635 (Marr) in Marr and J36 A630 Warmsworth Road in South Yorkshire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J38, A638 (Red House).

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Slow traffic and two lanes blocked on A1(M) southbound at J50, A61 (Baldersby), because of an accident.

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