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Summary

  1. Bradford imam arrested on suspicion of Pakistan murder
  2. Service marks Bradford City fire disaster anniversary
  3. Investigation into damage to Whitby Swing Bridge
  4. Former Respect party leader to contest Bradford West seat
  5. Plans approved for £12m university campus in Doncaster
  6. Missing Castleford boy found 'safe and well'
  7. Nuisance bikers tackled in West Yorkshire
  8. North Yorkshire's Atlantic-beating mums up for 'role model' award
  9. Catweazle actor Bayldon dies aged 93
  10. Updates on Thursday 11 May 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J47 for A642 and J48 for A1.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J47, A642 (Garforth) and J48 A1(M) Hook Moor, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man arrested after 'suspicious' chemicals found in Wakefield

A man has been arrested after "suspicious" chemicals were found during a police raid in West Yorkshire.

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David Sykes

Bomb disposal experts were called to Westgate End in Wakefield city centre on Sunday evening forcing road closures and nearby homes to be evacuated.

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) said it was an isolated case. It is still examining the "potentially suspicious material". A 41-year-old man, from Leeds, is in custody on suspicion of drugs offences.

The road closures have been lifted but a cordon remains in place while searches continue.

More than 70 businesses in Wakefield support breastfeeding

More than 70 cafes, restaurants and community venues have signed up to Wakefield’s Breastfeeding Friendly scheme which has now been running for a year.

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It was set up to make sure there are places that are actively supportive of women who breastfeed to put them at ease.

GP surgeries, leisure centres and other businesses have also backed the scheme according to Wakefield Council.

In the district only six out of ten mothers breastfeed their newborns and just three out of ten are still breastfeeding their babies six to eight weeks later.

Cricket: Update on 'historic' pink ball Championship matches

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

It feels a bit strange writing this at gone 16:00, but all of the County Championship games involving our sides are currently at lunch.

James Pattinson
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This is because they are all involved in a day/night four-day matches that are scheduled to end at 21:00.

  • At Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire's James Pattinson (pictured) has taken three wickets to reduce promotion rivals Kent to 101-5.
  • Leicestershire are on the back foot at Northampton where the hosts' Ben Duckett has smashed an 89-ball hundred in their total of 141-2.
  • In Cardiff, an unbeaten 61 from Wayne Madsen has steered Derbyshire to 86-1 against Glamorgan.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J35 for M18.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J35 M18, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Watch: Over £1,000 raised thanks to unseasonal Christmas dinner

We recently had the hottest June day more than 40 years, so the perfect time then for turkey with all the trimmings?

Well, Clare Freeland did just that - inviting 61 people over to her house in Coal Aston, near Batemoor, for Christmas dinner at the weekend.

It was in aid of The Silverline charity, and Claire's hard work raised £1,105.

Here's how she managed it:

Two men robbed at knifepoint in Huddersfield

Two men were forced to hand over personal items and cash after being threatened with a knife in Huddersfield.

Trinity Street
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The attack happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning on Trinity Street.

The men were approached by two people who pulled out a knife and demanded money and the victims' mobile phones.

They handed them over and the robbers ran off.

They are both white, both around 5ft 10ins and are aged between 16-20-years-old.

Bradford killer committed 'monstrous' murder

A Bradford man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his pregnant partner over Christmas last year.

James Hutchinson
West Yorkshire Police

James Hutchinson, 43, was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years at Bradford Crown Court today for murdering 39-year-old Nicola Woodman.

It happened after they had both been to visit relatives over Christmas, they came home to their house on Bankholme Court, where Hutchinson accused her of cheating on him.

Nicola Woodman
West Yorkshire Police

He then tied her arms behind her back, stabbed her and beat her. In a statement to police, he then said he walked out to buy drugs, leaving her with 102 injuries.

Hutchinson was often drunk and a user of heroin and cocaine.

It wasn't until Boxing Day that he called for an ambulance, more than 12 hours after the attack. Miss Woodman had been six-weeks pregnant.

Hutchinson’s actions can only be described as monstrous. Nicola's family are understandably overwhelmed and devastated by grief."

Det Ch Insp Stuart SpencerWest Yorkshire Police

Football game in memory of Manchester attack victim

A "caring, loving and beautiful" woman killed in the Manchester terror attack has been remembered at a charity football match.

Kelly Brewster
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Kelly Brewster, 32, from Sheffield, was among 22 people who died in the suicide bomb attack at a pop concert at Manchester Arena in May.

Hundreds of people attended the fundraising event at the Sheffield Works Department Sports and Social Club.

Money raised is to go to the We Love Manchester fund.

Charity football match
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Sheffield owner loses legal fight to save dog

A woman from Sheffield has lost a legal fight to save her dog from being put down.

Emily Grant's dog 'Blitz' was rounded up by wardens in February 2015 and found to be a pitbull-type dog, a breed banned in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Miss Grant challenged the order at the High Court in London, with her lawyers claiming Blitz was "generally a nice dog" and "not aggressive".

But the court found Miss Grant was not a "fit and proper person" to be in control of a banned dog because of her childcare responsibilites and ordered the dog to be put down.

Miss Grant's legal team say she intends to launch a further appeal against the judge's decision and Blitz's destruction will be delayed pending any outcome.

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of an accident.

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

One minute's silence in tribute to London mosque attack victims

A minute's silence will be held across the country at midday in remembrance of those affected by the terrorist attack at Finsbury Park in London last week.

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People were leaving prayers when a van was driven into worshippers near the mosque in the early hours of last Monday, killing one and leaving nine others in hospital.

Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, was arrested after the incident and has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Women's World Cup 'could secure new generation of fans'

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

The chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club has said hosting Women's World Cup games could help secure a new generation of supporters for cricket locally.

England and India
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A crowd of 3,000 turned up to the County Ground on Saturday to watch India beat England in the opening match of the tournament.

"If you look around, a lot of the people you see are not the normal people [who would attend cricket] and I think that is really important," Ian Morgan told BBC Radio Derby.

"The game is losing interest amongst the traditional supporters. We have to attract a new audience in and it is events like this doing that."

Watch: The team sprucing up Sheffield's streets

There's a new, early-morning team working in Sheffield, cleaning up after late night revellers.

The team go by the name of Street Rangers and they are tasked with cleaning doorways and alleyways in the city:

Cycling: Deignan wins women's national road race title

BBC Sport

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan won her fourth women's British national road race and time trial titles yesterday.

Lizzie Deignan
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The Boels-Dolmans rider, who won the women's race at the Tour de Yorkshire in April, caught long-time leader Elinor Barker in the final stages of the 103.7km course.

"It's one of the hardest national championships I've ever won," said 28-year-old Deignan.

"I'm very proud of the fact that we have so many women now who are capable of competing internationally as well as domestically."

Clean up at cemetery to mark anniversary

A Victorian cemetery in Sheffield marked its 160th "anniversary" over the weekend.

A special event was held to mark the date at Wardsend Cemetery, which has undergone a clean up to keep it as a haven for wildlife.

The site is the burial place of soldiers and people who worked in the city's heavy industries:

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Balloon syndrome hedgehog to be released in weeks

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A hedgehog that had "blown up like a beach ball" could be released back into the wild in the next two or three weeks.

The male hedgehog, which had inflated to twice its normal size, was found wandering around in circles in Doncaster earlier this month by a member of the public.

'Balloon' hedgehog recovering after operation to remove air

The unnamed animal was diagnosed with the rare "balloon syndrome", caused by gas collecting under the skin.

He was taken to the RSPCA's Stapeley Grange centre near Nantwich where a needle was inserted to vent the trapped air - effectively, "popping" him, a vet said.

Now the charity says the animal, nicknamed Monty after the Montgolfier brothers who invented the hot air balloon, could be released in weeks as he's doing well and putting on weight.

Cricket 'tickled pink' on historic night

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

History will be made later as an entire round of County Championship cricket is played as a day/night match with a pink ball.

Pink ball
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Nottinghamshire, who will be without the injured Stuart Broad, will be looking to consolidate their lead at the top of Division Two when they host third-placed Kent.

Meanwhile, Derbyshire and Leicestershire will be hoping the change of conditions will bring a change of fortunes, as they head to Glamorgan and Northamptonshire respectively in search of a first win.

This round of matches is being viewed as preparation for England's first day/night test match against West Indies in August.

Severe disruption: A642 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A642 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Alverthorpe Road and A642 Westgate.

A642 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on A642 Westgate End in both directions in Wakefield between the Alverthorpe Road junction and the A642 Westgate junction, because of earlier police incident.

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

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J32 for M18 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - Four lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J32, M18 (Thurcroft) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

Super League: Zak Hardaker's scores stunning solo try for Castleford
Zak Hardaker scores a stunning solo try for Castleford against his parent club Leeds as they move seven points clear at the top of the Super League.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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 M1 J32 and J1 for A631.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M18 northbound between M1 J32, Thurcroft and J1, A631 (Bramley), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A6135 South Yorkshire both ways

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A6135 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, near Thornbridge Drive.

A6135 South Yorkshire - A6135 Birley Moor Road in Sheffield closed and queuing traffic in both directions near the Thornbridge Drive junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall). Traffic is coping well.

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 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 vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A1079 North Yorkshire both ways

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A1079 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, at Tang Hall Lane.

A1079 North Yorkshire - A1079 Hull Road in York closed and very slow traffic in both directions at the Tang Hall Lane junction, because of a burst water main.

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

Severe disruption: A61 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A61 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Harmer Lane and Leadmill Road.

A61 South Yorkshire - A61 Sheaf Street in Sheffield closed in both directions between the Harmer Lane junction and the Leadmill Road junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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