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  1. Yorkshire health services hit by major cyber attack
  2. Greens will not stand in two West Yorkshire constituencies
  3. Updates on Friday 12 May 2017

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By David Ward, Mick Lunney and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Tuesday...

Those are all our updates from Yorkshire on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Wednesday 10 May? Just click here.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 eastbound at J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A629 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A629 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A6131 Keighley Road and Ings Lane.

A629 North Yorkshire - A629 in Low Bradley blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the A6131 Keighley Road junction and the Ings Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Our five top stories today

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. 

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Man arrested in Sheffield over firearms offences
  2. Theresa May in York and Leeds on general election campaign trail
  3. Woman robbed in hammer attack
  4. Rotherham recycling fire: Fire crews stay at site for another day
  5. Sheffield's pollution-absorbing poster to be sold for charity

See you tomorrow.

Refurbishment of St. George's Hall will 'start soon'

We're being told long-awaited refurbishment work at St George's Hall in Bradford will start soon. 

St George's Hall

Sources say it should be completed by the end of next year after the hiring of a contractor to do the work. 

Concerns were raised last month by opposition councillors on Bradford Council about how long the work is taking.

Rotherham striker commits to relegated club with one-year deal

Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has agreed a new one-year deal with Rotherham United.

Jonson Clarke-Harris
Getty Images

The 22-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in a friendly last July but returned to play a part in the Millers' final seven Championship games.

He is the first out-of-contract player to commit to Rotherham, who will play in League One next season.

"A fit Clarke-Harris is a handful against anyone," boss Paul Warne told the club's website.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J29 for M1 and J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident.

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

Help wanted to hit crime targets

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

A job advert is being shared on social media to find someone who can help Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan to hit crime targets and make sure the public is happy with the force's performance. 

So while it's not a job for a would-be Batman, it seems to carry a lot of responsibility.

The ad is here; no cape required.

Julia Mulligan
North Yorkshire PCC

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 - Lane blocked and slow traffic 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

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of an accident.

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

Man arrested in Sheffield over firearms offences

More on that police incident in the Sharrow area of Sheffield this afternoon, officers say they have arrested a man.

South View Road

Armed police were seen on South View Road and residents were told to stay inside their homes.

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed they have arrested a man on suspicion of firearms offences in connection to a West Yorkshire Police incident last week.

Officers also say that there is no cause for concern now the man is in custody.  

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J31 for A655 and J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - Heavier than usual traffic on M62 westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of people slowing to look at an accident. On the hard shoulder.

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

Travel update: Problems in Leeds at rush hour

BBC News Travel

An accident in Leeds this evening may cause a few problems: 

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CCTV appeal over takeaway attack

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Police think the people in these CCTV images are linked to an assault which left a man with a broken jaw and broken nose.

Officers think the people in the images are from the Sheffield area because of their accents.

The assault happened outside Pizza Royal on Corporation Street in Chesterfield in March.

There's an appeal for help in identifying the man and woman.

CCTV image
Derbyshire Police
CCTV image
Derbyshire Police

Big yellow bird alert in Scarborough

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

Scarborough will welcome back a familiar face at the Spa Theatre this summer.

Entertainer and comedy legend Bernie Clifton is doing his first traditional-style 'summer season' for more than 20 years. 

The 81-year-old  will perform for six weeks in a return to his roots...pretty much doing what he did when he started out. 

Oh and don't worry - the ostrich is coming out of retirement too. 

Some people will remember this piece of archive footage from the BBC's Seaside Special featuring Bernie back in 1977..before I was born of course....ahem..

Fourteen years for Huddersfield pervert who attacked officers

A man from Huddersfield is starting a 14 year prison sentence this afternoon after he was found in possession of indecent images and assaulted two police officers.

Christopher Hartley
West Yorkshire Police

Christopher Hartley, 44 and from Fartown, was arrested last year in Cheshire on suspicion of possession of indecent images. 

While he was handcuffed and in custody in the police vehicle he attacked the police officers. Both officers are still receiving medical treatment and one has been left with permanent damage. 

Both officers have since returned to work. Hartley was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today.

Both officers genuinely feared for their lives, and they are still recovering from what happened, both physically and emotionally."

Ass Ch Con Nick BaileyCheshire Police

Methodist minister John Price 'hypnotised boys before sex attacks'

A Methodist minister used hypnosis on four boys before indecently assaulting them, a court has heard.

York Methodist Church

The Reverend John Price allegedly told his victims the hypnosis was to help them relax, before he carried out the abuse, Teesside Crown Court was told.

The defendant is accused of carrying out the attacks on two youths in the 1970s and 80s.

Mr Price, 82, of Ash Tree Close, Bedale, North Yorkshire, who is now retired, denies 14 counts of indecent assault on boys aged between 11 and 17.

The trial continues.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Police incident in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

There's a police incident in Sheffield with unconfirmed reports on social media that armed officers are involved.

People have been posting that officers are at South View Road in Sharrow, and there are claims that residents have been told to stay indoors for their own safety.

South Yorkshire Police say they can't give any information at the moment.

South View Road, Sharrow
Churches around the UK are opening their doors to campers for the night
It is feared visitors may damage or disrespect the building.

Fire crews still at recycling blaze in Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Crews are still dealing with a fire at a recycling centre in Rotherham. 

Around 500 tonnes of plastics at Universal Recycling on Wharf road in Kilnhurst caught light yesterday morning. 

Firefighters are now using heavy machinery to pick through the waste and put out the remnants of the fire.

Around twenty firefighters are at the scene and they're expected to stay there for the rest of the day.

Fire scene earlier
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Countdown continues to Scarborough Athletic homecoming

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

Earlier we brought you the news that Scarborough's new state-of-the-art leisure village is to open on 5 June.

One of the main beneficiaries will be Scarborough Athletic Football Club who, after 10 years of playing in Bridlington, will be able to play home games in their home town.

Their first match there will be a friendly against Sheffield United on Saturday 15 July, and as you can see from this tweet, they're counting down the days:

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Former hotel owner jailed over fire safety in Sheffield

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A fire alarm that wasn't working has led to the former owner of a hotel in Sheffield being jailed.

Amandeep Sandhu, 42, of Turlands Close, Coventry, must serve eight months in jail for a string of safety breaches.

Sheffield Crown Court saw him plead guilty to five charges following safety inspections at The Cutlers Hotel in George Street in 2014.

Cutlers Hotel, Sheffield

Had a fire broken out in these premises then there can be little doubt that lives would have been lost. The sentence handed down by the judge should serve as a warning to any business of how seriously breaches of fire safety law are taken.”

Steve HelpsHead of Prevention & Protection SYFR

General Election 2017: Theresa May moves on to Leeds

After an earlier visit to York, the Prime Minister has now moved on to a factory in Leeds, where workers are asking her questions. 

Theresa May

She made a short speech to workers saying the vote on 8 June would be a crucial one and outlining the opportunities that Brexit could bring.

She also said that she will prioritise the issue of citizenship for migrants currently working in the UK in the early stages of the Brexit negotiations.

York City loanees released by Cheltenham

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

Three of York City's loan players have been released by their parent club.

York City

Asa Hall, Daniel Parslow and Amari Morgan-Smith have all been let go by Cheltenham. 

All three were brought to York by Gary Mills last season, and are eligible to play in the FA Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday 21 May. 

Barnsley are National College football champions

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

When it comes to female college football, Barnsley has the best team in the country - it's official! 

Barnsley College team
Barnsley College

Barnsley College Sports Academy recently beat Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 6-2 to lift the Association of Colleges National Cup Final trophy.

The team's also won the Association of Colleges Yorkshire and Humber League and the Komm Mit International Copa Maresme Football Tournament.

The attitude and professionalism of the team this year has been impressive. They have worked extremely hard throughout the season to progress and get better as individuals and as a squad."

Rikki PaylorSports Academy female team coach

Police release CCTV images after Ripon thefts

Kate Gibson

BBC Radio York

North Yorkshire Police have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in relation to the theft of a number of items from Superdrug and Boots in Ripon.

North Yorkshire Police

The two men were seen entering Superdrug and then Boots in the Market Place at around 10:40 on Wednesday 3 May 2017. 

A number of items totalling £400 in value were taken, including several packets of slimming tablets.  

Watch: Prison staff made ill by prison drug use in Doncaster

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Prison Officers have needed hospital treatment after breathing in smoke from drugs used by prisoners.

One officer has told BBC Radio Sheffield that she's been off ill twice because of the problem.

The Prison Officers Association says it has huge concern over the issue and is worried about the long-term effects on its members.

Doncaster's jails aren't the only ones seeing the problem; this footage is by an undercover reporter for the BBC's Panorama programme who captured such an incident at HMP Northumberland.

The POA wants prisons to become smoke-free zones as soon as possible.

We have introduced mandatory drug testing as well as training over 300 drug detection dogs to detect psychoactive substances. Any prison will only become smoke-free once it is safe to do so".

SpokespersonMinistry of Justice

'Brassed Off' band to play live at Royal Albert Hall

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Grimethorpe Colliery Band is in London taking part in Brassed Off Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Royal Albert Hall
Grimethorpe Colliery Band/Royal Albert Hall

In an unusual twist, the band will provide live accompaniment to the South Yorkshire-based movie as it's shown on a big screen.

The film, released in 1996, tells the tale of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band winning the National Brass Band Championships in the same week its members hear their mine is closing.  

Cast members from the film will also be at the event for a live Q&A session.

New appeal for foster parents in York

Only 1% of people who show an interest in fostering actually go on to do it, according to a survey commissioned by the You Can Foster campaign.

Child and woman holding hands

So now, City of York Council is urging more people to consider helping children through fostering.

The council says it'll give every possible support to help people if they believe it's for them:  

We are committed to placing our children and young people in York in high quality foster care and matching them with carers who will help them settle and thrive."

Eoin RushAssistant director of children’s services, City of York Council

Handbag set to light up your night out

It may sound like something from The Jetsons, but a new handbag which uses light-emitting thread and LEDs is set to take the fashion world by storm - and it's been designed in Leeds.


It'll hopefully mean no more rustling around for your keys and phone with the handbag lighting up on the inside when it's opened.  

Kate Pearson, from Leeds company Fabrikk, came up with the ingenious design:

Developing and launching a new brand always has its challenges but we hope to move into the development of our second bag very soon."

Kate PearsonFabrikk

Major outdoors festival returns to Sheffield city centre

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Lovers of the great outdoors will be celebrating with the news that the Cliffhanger Festival is coming back to Sheffield city centre this year.

Climbers competing in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council

The festival includes the British Bouldering Championships, which involves the country's strongest climbers competing on a large wall in Devonshire Green.  

It's not all about climbing, though: the festival, which is due to run between 7 and 9 June, will also include mountain biking, running, skateboarding and orienteering.

For the first time last year, we decided to hold the ever-popular Cliffhanger Festival in the city centre rather than in a park, and this was an undoubted success."

Gary CliftonMajor events manager

CCTV appeal over Sheffield pub attack

Police want to speak to the man in these photos following an alleged serious assault in Sheffield last month.

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

A 24-year-old man was left needing an operation after the attack at Players Bar on West Street at about 21:55 on Sunday 16 April.

The victim has since been released from hospital.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

General Election 2017: Theresa May in York

The Prime Minister Theresa May is giving a speech in York just now.

Theresa May in York

Labour hold a 6,000-plus majority in the city but it's being targeted by the Conservatives. 

Mrs May arrived in the city earlier to address a specially invited audience.

She's talking about the party's priorities for the election campaign and says they are the "team" of people she needs behind her to get her message out to voters.  

Two-times Olympic champ Adams on home turf for Salazar bout

BBC Sport

Leeds' double olympic champion Nicola Adams is due to face Mexico's Maryan Salazar in the city on Saturday night.

Nicola Adams

It will be 34-year-old Adams' second professional fight and the first in her home city in 20 years.

Salazar, 18, has lost once in six professional contests.

The fight will mark the first time Adams has fought over four three-minute rounds, rather than the conventional two-minute rounds in women's bouts.

Sheffield's pollution-absorbing poster to be sold for charity

Andy Kershaw

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

As posters go it was certainly large, covering an entire side of the Sheffield Hallam University Owen Building:


Now dismantled, the poster's special material, bearing a poem by West Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage, captured pollution in the city centre:

Bits of poster

In its time, it's believed to have absorbed about two tonnes of pollution.

An auction of pieces of the poster is due to be held tonight, with the British Lung Foundation benefiting from the proceeds:

Part of poster

When making your breakfast goes wrong...

We can only hope it wasn't their last slice:

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Rotherham recycling site fire update

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A big fire in Kilnhurst which broke out yesterday is now under control, according to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire at its height
Richard Burkinshaw

The number of fire engines at the scene has now been reduced to three and the fire service says that through the day, people may notice the smoke start to thicken again.

This is because crews will be digging through the recycling to make sure the flames are fully extinguished. 

The advice remains the same: please avoid the area if possible, and if you live nearby keep doors and windows closed. 

There is still a large amount of smoke in the area and a number of residents close by are advised to find alternative accommodation, the fire service says.