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Summary

  1. Transgender inmate who died in Armley jail 'let down' by NHS, prison and family
  2. Trains return to normal after disruption between Sheffield and London
  3. Three charged over Leeds woodland death
  4. York City prepare to take on Macclesfield for FA Trophy at Wembley
  5. Bradford City to take on Millwall at Wembley to win promotion to Championship
  6. Homeless in Leeds urged to register to vote
  7. Rotherham sex abuse victim praises BBC drama Three Girls
  8. College wildlife park opens near York
  9. Live updates on Friday 19 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton and Adam Pinder-Smith

All times stated are UK

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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 on Monday 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. Transgender inmate who died in Armley jail 'let down' by NHS, prison and family
  2. Two jailed for nine years over quad bike deaths
  3. Mass brawl at Leeds United venue prompts boxing ban
  4. College wildlife park opens near York
  5. Decorative 'bomb' falls off bike - roads closed for two hours

See you on Monday

Community bid to buy historic Leeds pub fails

A bid by a community group in Leeds to buy a historic pub in the city has failed.

Cardigan Arms
Luke Butler/Flytopics

The Cardigan Arms on Kirkstall Road is one of only 260 pubs in the country that has been "identified as having heritage of significant importance", but has fallen on hard times recently.

The previous owners have sold it to Kirkstall Brewery who say "I look forward to bringing the same sense of pride in restoring and operating the Cardigan as we have to our current pub, the Kirkstall Bridge.".

The group had managed to raise £130,000 in pledges and say that all cheques will be returned.

It does remain an asset of local community value, we'll have to wait and see what the new owner does with it."

Jim BrettellCommunity Co-op

Travel update: Problems on M62 eastbound

BBC News Travel

Bad news for the Friday getaway, we've got one lane closed on the M62 eastbound between J29 and J30.

There's been a multi-vehicle crash and emergency services are on scene.

Highways England say that they expect the road to remain blocked for at least the next two hours.

Crash
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Leeds nightclub shooting: Do you recognise this man?

Police investigating a shooting at a Leeds nightclub last year have released more CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

A 42-year-old man was shot and seriously injured outside Nitetrax nightclub on Chapeltown Road, in the early hours of 29 August last year.

Two men appeared in court last week charged with attempted murder in relation to the incident and were remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court in June.

This was a very serious incident where the victim was left badly injured as a result of the criminal use of firearms."

Det Ch Insp Jim GriffithsWest Yorkshire Police

Wheatbag causes house fire in Leeds

An elderly man had a lucky escape from a house after after a wheatbag caught fire in his microwave.

Microwave fire
West Yorkshire fire and Rescue

Crews were called to Rawdon at about 10:45 this morning where they found this microwave on fire.

Wheatbags are those things that you heat up in the microwave and then they keep you warm, some use them as pain relief.

The man was treated for smoke inhalation, here's a safety guide from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Police hunt escaped York prisoner

Police are hunting a man in York who is wanted on recall to prison and "considered to be dangerous".

York Hospital
Google

Mark Anthony Ainsley, 27, was arrested on Wednesday night, but managed to escape from custody during a visit to York Hospital.

The police helicopter was out in the Clifton area of the city yesterday, as part of the search to find him.

Officers are urging anyone who knows where he may be to get in touch.

Going Back, Giving Back returns with a Yorkshire episode

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

On Monday morning a second series of Going Back, Giving Back is on BBC One.

It's hosted by Aled Jones and the first programme follows Angela Knowles, who was one of the original Calendar Girls from the Yorkshire Dales:

Aled Jones on a new series of Going Back, Giving Back on BBC One.

The first episode is on BBC One on Monday at 09:15.

Bradford actor Arif Javid on the movie being billed as the UK's first Asian rom-com

Bradford actor Arif Javid on the movie being billed as the UK's first Asian rom-com
Arif plays dad, Tawheed, in the story of a young Muslim man who's worried that being divorced will affect his chances of finding a new wife.

Suspected drink-driver arrested after minor crash

We seem to say this a lot on this blog, but this is why you don't drink and drive:

Crash
West Yorkshire Police

This minor crash happened at Halifax Railway Station, the driver was three times over the drinking and driving limit police said.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic eastbound at J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of an accident.

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

Police close house after drugs offences reported

Ronan Sully

BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police have taken action to enforce a residential closure notice at a property on Princess Crescent in the Edlington area of Doncaster.

Officers issued the notice at the address preventing anyone from visiting or entering the premises, after a number of reports relating to drugs offences and other illegal activity were received.

Property prevention notice
South Yorkshire Police

I hope our proactive approach and action taken demonstrates our commitment to work with partners and local authorities to bring offenders to justice and create a safer Doncaster for everyone"

South Yorkshire Police

Crop a load of this: Police need name for new recruit

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

If you joined us yesterday you'll have been treated to such punning as the "long farm of the law" and slow-speed police chase with new "crop car."

The excuse for such poor humour was the news that the latest vehicle to take up space in North Yorkshire's police garage is a tractor.

Tractor
North Yorkshire Police

It’s not an operational police vehicle, instead it's making guest appearances at country shows as part of police efforts to engage with rural communities. But the one thing it doesn't have is a name - yet anyway!

North Yorkshire Police are running a competition to find one.

Today, taking a softly softly approach (a TV reference for the older reader) police have revealed the view from the front:

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Yorkshire Olympian collects his MBE

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Congratulations to Yorkshire diver Jack Laugher who has been to Buckingham Palace today to collect his MBE from Prince Charles.

Jack (below right) received his medal alongside his diving partner Chris Mears, with whom he won gold in the synchronised three metre springboard at the Rio Olympics last summer.

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Jack says receiving the honour is something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Police supporting Harrogate Pride event

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A week of events in Harrogate to celebrate diversity comes to a peak tomorrow with a Pride in Diversity Parade down Montpellier Hill followed by a picnic party in the Valley Gardens with live bands.

North Yorkshire Police are supporting the event and have even had special epaulettes made for the occasion:

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More details of what's in store can be found here.

Watch: Bradford fans ahead of Wembley visit

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City are 90 minutes away from the Championship after making the play-off final against Millwall at Wembley.

Let's get you in the mood by meeting some excited fans:

BBC Radio Leeds has full commentary tomorrow from 1100 with match commentary from 1500 on their FM 92.4 and Freeview channel 719.

Watch: York's Lemur love triangle at new wildlife park

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York News

Today is the official opening of the Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park.

The park's at Askham Bryan College, near York, where students can study to be animal keepers or education officers in zoos.

Armadillos, chinchillas, skunks, meerkats and lemurs are just some of the animals being studied and they're also on display to the public.

I was there earlier and encountered something I never expected too - a Lemur love triangle!:

Animal Park

The new park is part of a £6.8m development project which has seen the construction of an animal management centre at the college, which has a wetland area and farm animals.

'Ello 'ello 'ello to the new bobbies

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

South Yorkshire's assistant chief constable David Hartley has welcomed 18 new officers to the force.

The student officers are a mix of external and internal candidates who will be taking up various positions from PCSO's, the special constabulary and communications.

New South Yorkshire Police recruits
South Yorkshire Police

The student officers are now taking a week’s leave prior to joining their Local Policing Teams.

The students all worked hard but we had some fun as well. The training staff would like to wish them the very best for the next phase of their careers"

PC Mark SuttonSouth Yorkshire Police

Two jailed for nine years over quad bike deaths

Two men have been jailed for nine years each for killing four people who were riding on a quad bike in West Yorkshire.

Raynor and Todd
West Yorkshire Police

Daniel Raynor (pictured left), 24, from Barnsley was sentenced to nine years in prison as was Matthew Todd, 23 also from Barnsley.

They both admitted four charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ryan Beal, 20, Brandon Brown, 20, Alexandra Binns, 18, and Terrie Kirby, 16, were killed when the vehicle was hit by a Nissan 350Z moving at 140mph.

Ryan Beal, 20, Brandon Brown, 20, Alexandra Binns, 18, and Terrie Kirby, 16,
BBC

During the trial, prosecutor Kama Melly QC said the Nissan was one of a number of vehicles taking part in a high-speed race when the crash happened on 27 September.

A jury was told how the four who died were out celebrating Miss Kirby's birthday when the quad bike was hit by the Nissan travelling in the same direction.

Lancashire v Yorkshire: Latest from the Roses match

BBC Sport

The afternoon session is under way in the Roses cricket match where Yorkshire are batting against Lancashire.

Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance
BBC

The White Rose have lost three wickets so far in the match, with Peter Handscomb the latest man to fall LBW to McLaren.

The big news, though, from Old Trafford is that England bowler James Anderson has left the field with an injury.

View more on twitter

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the game via this link.

Mother of transgender inmate claims prison 'responsible' for daughter's death

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

The mother of transgender woman inmate Vikki Thompson has claimed HMP Leeds was responsible for her death.

An inquest jury concluded Miss Thompson, who was found dead in her cell at the jail on 13 November, was let down by the NHS, Prison Service and her family.

But they ruled it was right she was held in a male jail and that she did not intend to take her own life.

Vikki Thompson pictured with her partner
BBC

The jury heard Miss Thompson (pictured above, right) was placed on an hourly suicide watch when she arrived at HMP Leeds.

Her mother Lisa Harrison said: "I do not feel that the prison fully appreciated Vikki's vulnerabilities and I believe their lack of insight has resulted in her death."

Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of an accident.

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

Deadline nears for White rose Awards nominations

Fancy being recognised in one of the UK's biggest tourism awards?

Get cracking because time is running out for businesses to enter this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards.

Winners
Welcome to Yorkshire

Next Friday is the deadline and organisers say last year's winners "reported a boom in business" following their success.

If you'd like to enter, click here.

As always, we will be recognising the very best of Yorkshire’s talent and celebrating the county’s thriving economy."

Sir Gary VerityWelcome to Yorkshire

Listen: General election - Chancellor in York

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been in York today.

He visited Netsells, a web design company in the city, where he said employment is his "main priority" when it comes to Yorkshire:

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J47 for A168.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road blocked and queuing traffic northbound at J47, A168 (Allerton Park), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A66 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between New Lane and Waitlands Lane affecting Hargill.

A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Ravensworth closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the New Lane junction and the Waitlands Lane junction, because of a serious accident involving three vehicles and debris on the road. Congestion to the Hargill junction and to the Lanehead Lane junction.

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

Sheffield/London train route update

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The good news ahead of the Friday rush hour is that all train services between Sheffield and London have returned to normal.

A signalling fault near Luton this morning triggered delays and cancellations along the line but the operator East Midlands trains has just posted this update:

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So, trains heading south from Sheffield to all stations into London St Pancras International are running to timetable. There is still one cancellation on the northbound line:

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The 1326 and 1329 departures towards Yorkshire are scheduled to depart on time.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of an accident.

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

Big Ben's final strike

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

All week I've been out across South Yorkshire armed with a giant cardboard cut-out of Big Ben.

Why? To hear from you about what issues are important ahead of the general election.

Last stop, Sheffield:

A sight for sore eyes?: Wembley welcomes York

What a sight for York City fans as they head to London to see their team challenge for the FA Trophy:

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Decorative 'bomb' falls off bike - roads closed for two hours

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A biker in Leeds caused a road to be closed this morning after this "decorative ornament" fell off his motorcycle:

Bomb find
Ashley Jade

Spen Lane in West Park was shut for over two hours after someone came across the object lying on a grass verge.

Bomb squad officers were called in just after 09:00 this morning, but soon after a man called police to say that the deadly looking item "had fallen off his bike".

The roads around the area have now been reopened.

Transgender prisoner 'let down by prison, NHS and family'

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A transgender woman inmate who died in a men's prison while on remand was let down by the NHS, Prison Service and her family, an inquest jury has concluded.

Vikki Thompson, 21, from Keighley, was found dead in her cell at HMP Leeds on 13 November 2015 with a ligature around her neck.

Vikki Thompson
BBC

But the jury at the two-week inquest in Wakefield concluded it was right she was held in a male jail and that she did not intend to take her own life.

More attention should have been paid to Vikki as a transgender woman with a history from a previous stay in the prison. Throughout her chaotic life, Vikki has been let down by various departments including the NHS, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the Prison Service and also by her family."

Inquest foremanWakefield Coroners Court

Watch: Around Roundhay in 20 seconds

If you've ever wanted to do the full tour of Roundhay Park in Leeds, but not had the motivation, energy or the time, you're in for a speedy treat.

Seven hundred acres in 20 seconds - press play and hang on tight!:

Motorist held after 'erratic' driving

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

A car being driven erratically in Sheffield was brought to a stop by police officers last night.

The incident came to an end just before 22:00 BST, when a grey car was stopped on a pavement near St Mary's roundabout in the city centre.

Car on pavement in Sheffield city centre
BBC

South Yorkshire Police have told us that they were made aware of erratic driving on the M18 and that the driver in question failed to stop for police vehicles.

A pursuit then took place and the car was tactically halted by officers.

Police detaining a driver in Sheffield.
BBC

Nobody was injured and the driver was then detained.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Listen: Sheffield man tells lifelong search for father

Paulette Edwards

BBC Radio Sheffield

When did you first meet your father? Well, for Denton Wilson from Sheffield he had to wait 42 years.

He was told his dad had died, but he wasn't convinced, so he went to Jamaica to investigate.

They finally met, but when he returned to the UK he received a phone call that changed his life:

Wakefield man charged with historical rape offence

A man from Wakefield has been charged with a rape which happened almost 20 years ago.

Anthony Mottram, aged 48, of Weeland Road in Sharlston Common is due to appear before Leeds Magistrates Court later today charged with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Bradford in June 1997.

He has also been charged with four counts of indecent assault and one count of possessing an offensive weapon.

Mass brawl at Leeds United venue prompts boxing ban

Boxing matches at a Leeds venue will not be allowed to carry on after a mass brawl in February.

mass brawl
BBC

The fight, involving about 40 people, broke out at the Centenary Pavilion, at Leeds United's stadium at Elland Road.

People threw chairs at a "white collar" boxing event and three people suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

Leeds City Council has now changed the venue's licence so that boxing events can't take place there after police spoke to a council committee.

The result will protect the public, and in particular children who were present at the latest problem event."

Sgt Dave ShawWest Yorkshire Police