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Summary

  1. £300k cannabis haul discovered in Rotherham raid
  2. Three people injured in 'targeted' Bradford shooting
  3. Commuters stuck on train for three hours outside Leeds Station
  4. About 100 sheep stolen from moorland in North Yorkshire
  5. Escaped prisoner re-arrested in North Yorkshire
  6. Public lack confidence in South Yorkshire Police, survey suggests
  7. Radio station's Ian Brady music quiz 'unacceptable'
  8. Updates on Monday 22 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Adam Pinder-Smith, Andrew Barton and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Blast witness: 'Everybody was just screaming'

Police in Manchester say 22 people, including children, are now known to have been killed in an explosion at a pop concert last night.

The police are treating the blast as a terrorist incident, which happened at the Manchester Arena after American singer, Ariana Grande, finished her show.

Karen Ford from Sheffield was in the audience with her daughter and described what happened when the blast went off:

Manchester attack: Lord Mayor of Leeds offers condolence

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Gerry Harper has posted a message of condolence after the Manchester attack:

Lord Mayor of Leeds Facebook post
Gerry Harper

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J28 for A650 affecting J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M62 eastbound at J28, A650 (Tingley), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles including a trailer. Congestion to J26, M606 (Chain Bar).

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

York taxi drivers protest over 'wild west' regulation called off

York's taxi drivers have called off their joining in of a national protest today over what they call "wild west" regulation.

Members of the GMB union say they're trying to protect the taxi and private hire industries.

taxi
BBC

The union claims cities like York are being flooded at weekends with private hire vehicles which aren't licensed to work in the area.

They've also raised issues about safeguarding and want local taxis to have better protection.

Last January hackney and private hire drivers held a mass rally to express their concern about UBER drivers coming into the city to work.

A spokesperson from the GMB Union says the York drivers are not taking part as a sign of respect for those affected by the Manchester Arena explosion.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J27 for M621 and J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident.

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

Election campaigning suspended

Amy Woodfield

BBC Local Live

The main political parties have all suspended general election campaigning following the fatal bombing in Manchester.

Some candidates in the East Midlands have been posting their messages of condolence on Twitter...

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Blast witness: 'People were crushed on the floor'

Police in Manchester say 22 people have been killed and 59 others wounded in an explosion at a pop concert attended by thousands of teenagers.

One man, acting alone, is thought to have carried out a suicide attack.

Manchester
Peter Byrne

Rachel from Barnsley told BBC Radio Manchester she was in Block 213 of Manchester Arena.

She was with her 14-year-old daughter. To avoid the usual delays exiting the arena at the end of a show they decided to make their way out just before the end.

"As we were going out we heard an almighty bang. At first I thought we'd missed something in the concert.

"As we turned around the corner there was an horrific stampede of people coming down the steps, people falling on floor.

"I grabbed my daughter and we just ran."

There were people being crushed on the floor."

Eyewitness Rachel

Trains running to airport and Piccadilly

Trains are running from Leeds to Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly:

Leeds Railway Station
BBC

Headlines across Yorkshire today

The latest news headlines across Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Yorkshire parliamentary candidates have expressed their sympathies with those affected by a suspected terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, which has killed 22 people and injured 50 others
  • Rail services in Yorkshire are affected by the explosion. Manchester Victoria station is closed, trains will be diverted in to Manchester Piccadilly

In other news:

  • New figures obtained by the BBC show that the typical worker in Yorkshire and Humber is the lowest paid in England
  • Friends and family of a young woman from Barnsley have launched a fundraising appeal after she was seriously injured in an accident in Thailand
  • York's taxi drivers have called off joining a national protest today over 'wild west' regulation in a mark of respect for victims of the Manchester Arena explosion
  • An online video's being launched in Kirklees trying to keep children who have a mobile phones safe

Listen: Bradford peace studies expert offers insight

Twenty-two people, including children, are now known to have been killed in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. Another 59 were injured.

The blast happened around 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.

Greater Manchester Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated.

Professor Paul Rodgers is a peace studies expert at Bradford University.

He says people need to help each other through the experience:

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J30 for A642 affecting J32 for A639.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound at J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of a broken down van. Congestion to J32, A639 (Pontefract).

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Manchester explosion: Yorkshire election candidates react

Yorkshire parliamentary candidates are reacting to the news of an explosion at a concert in Manchester.

We are now hearing 22 people have been killed and the candidates have expressed their sympathies with those affected by the suspected terrorist attack.

Manchester
BBC

York's Labour candidate, Rachel Maskell, said: "Simply horrific. I pray for all those impacted by this terrible attack."

Leeds Central's Hilary Benn said: "All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured by the terrible explosion at the Manchester Arena."

Leeds West candidate Rachel Reeves tweeted:

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And Sheffield candidate Gill Furnis has said; "My deepest thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones and those injured in Manchester. It is a horrifying situation."

All the main parties have agreed to suspend election campaigning.

Manchester explosion: Rail travel latest across Yorkshire

BBC News Travel

Rail services in our region are affected by the explosion at Manchester Arena last night.

Manchester Victoria station is closed, trains will be diverted into Manchester Piccadilly.

Virgin Trains East Coast say: "We are currently accepting @TPExpressTrains tickets on all services between Newcastle and York.

Northern Trains say they are providing as many trains as possible today, though there may be amendments and delays.

CrossCountry trains say they are running services to Manchester Piccadilly, but expect to be busier than usual.

Manchester explosion: Rail travel across Yorkshire

BBC News Travel

Several rail routes from Yorkshire to Lancashire will be affected today as emergency services deal with last night's events at Manchester Arena.

As Manchester Victoria is located near the arena, the station will remain closed and no trains will operate.

If you were due to head across the Pennines it's worth checking before you travel.

Routes affected include Northern between Huddersfield, Leeds and York.

Click on the links below to keep up-to-date with the live departure boards for:

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage across Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Yorkshire on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

We'll be with you throughout the day with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates, including any information relevant to Yorkshire following the explosion at Manchester Arena.

A telephone number has been set up for anyone who's concerned about friends or relatives. It's 0161 856 9400.

Our five top stories today

That's all from us for today. We'll be back on Tuesday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

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

  1. Three people are injured in "targeted" Bradford shooting
  2. Public lack confidence in South Yorkshire Police, survey suggests
  3. Passengers' three-hour wait on stranded train near Leeds
  4. Yorkshire Dales sheep theft appeal after 100 animals stolen
  5. David Attenborough mural replaced with wildlife in Sheffield

See you tomorrow.

Rob Page

Wales Under-21 boss Robert Page says the door is still open for David Brooks despite the teenage midfielder joining up with England.

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Fake notes used in Ripon supermarket

Police have released CCTV pictures of people they want to speak to after fake bank notes were used in Ripon.

CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

The counterfeit £20s were used on Wednesday 19 April at Sainsbury's on the Market Place.

If you recognise the people in the pictures, you're being asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Enda Stevens

Sheffield United sign Portsmouth left-back Enda Stevens on a three-year deal before their return to the Championship.

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Fake traders try to rob woman in Bradford

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him after two men called at a house in Bradford posing as tradespeople and then tried to rob a woman.

Efit
West Yorkshire Police

It happened at a house in Brae Avenue at about 10:30 on Saturday 25 March when a man knocked on the door of a 35-year-old woman and asked if she would like her drive paving.

She said no and he left, but a short time later he returned. When she told him again she didn't want the work doing a second man appeared.

The second man pushed her over into her hallway and tried to take her gold necklace. Both men then ran off. The woman suffered minor injuries to her neck and face.

It is possible that this man may have called at other houses in the area and I would ask anyone who may recognise him to contact us."

Det Con Cressida JewelWest Yorkshire Police

Steel City derby raises money for Sheffield hospital team

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

With Sheffield Wednesday missing out on promotion to the Premier League, it means we're guaranteed at least two Steel City derbies next season.

But, we've actually been having one every year for the last decade with fans playing instead.

The 2017 fixture is tonight at Bramall Lane as Blades and Owls fans will be playing an 11-a-side, fully FA-sanctioned game to raise money for the stroke team at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Steve and Iain Atkins are the derby's organisers and they say over the past 10 years it's raised thousands of pounds:

Commuters rescued from broken train after three-hour wait
Passengers were left stranded for nearly three hours when their train broke down near Leeds station.

Escaped prisoner re-arrested in North Yorkshire

An escaped prisoner who was described as "dangerous" has been re-arrested by the police this afternoon.

Mark Ainsley was arrested last Wednesday, but then disappeared on a visit to the city's hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Peter Handscomb

Peter Handscomb's 76-ball century for Yorkshire is the highlight on day four as their Roses match with Lancashire is drawn.

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£300k cannabis haul discovered in Rotherham raid

More than 300 cannabis plants were found during a police raid in Rotherham last night.

Cannabis farm
South Yorkshire Police

The plants, which were seized at what police call a "sophisticated drug farm" on Clough Road in Eastwood, are worth about £300,000.

The team behind the raid say they were acting on intelligence from the community when they swooped on the property.

This set-up was not being tended, so we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious."

Sgt Dave BainesSouth Yorkshire Police
Callum Evans

League Two-bound Forest Green Rovers sign defender Callum Evans on a free transfer from Championship club Barnsley.

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Man charged with York Station police officer assault

A man has been charged with assaulting a police officer following an incident at York Railway Station.

York
BBC

Police say the assault took place at about 22:45 on Saturday and happened after two men who were acting drunk and disorderly were asked to leave the station .

The 33-year-old Blackpool man has been bailed to appear at York Magistrates' Court next month.

Yorkshire Dales sheep theft appeal

About 100 sheep have been stolen from moorland near Ingleton in North Yorkshire.

Sheep
BBC

Police say the sheep have two red markings mid-back, and also feature "JN" and "C" markings on their horns.

The sheep are believed to have disappeared between 16 April and 20 May.

Insp Jon Grainge says: "The difficulty with this crime is it's not necessarily immediately obvious to farmers, who may only be able to identify their shortfall at the time of bringing sheep in to scan or to worm."

Police say if people notice anything unusual, such as "a different person attending a flock, or offers of sheep or goats for sale either for meat or as stores", they should get in touch.

Watch: Armed police surround a house in Heaton

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Armed police are surrounding a house in Heaton, Bradford.

The major police operation got under way just after 15:00, according to eye-witnesses who have reported a massive presence of armed officers and police dogs.

Armed officers
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Listen: Campaign against child sex exploitation launched in Sheffield

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A year-long campaign to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation has been launched in Sheffield.

It's a joint venture between the NSPCC and the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board.

The campaign's called It's Not OK and is designed to educate children, parents and the wider public about abuse and exploitation.

Helen Westerman, from the project, says the aim is to make sure people are more aware of the issue:

Birmingham v Huddersfield

The English Football League will take no action against Huddersfield regarding their starting line-up against Birmingham City.

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Passengers' three-hour wait on stranded train

Commuters on an Ilkley to Leeds train service this morning spent about three hours stranded just yards away from Leeds station.

The train came to a standstill because of an issue with power lines which rail operator Northern said it suspected could be down to vandalism.

After a long and hot wait, another train was bought up alongside the stricken vehicle and passengers had to use ladders to get out.

These were the scenes on board, including the evacuation of the passengers:

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York charity boxing night raises thousands for Special Care Baby Unit

A charity boxing night in York at the weekend has raised about £16,000 for York Hospital's Special Care Baby Unit.

Mark Todd
BBC

The night saw people with no experience of boxing take up the challenge of learning the basics and training for eight weeks to take part in the event.

One of the organisers, Dave Phillips (pictured left), who runs York's Legions Gym with Al Chambers (pictured right), said after the birth of his twins, who were cared for in the unit, he wanted to do something to say thank you to the staff.

SCBU
Dave Phillips

Dave said: "Some of the guys and girls taking part raised some massive amounts on their sponsor and raised £16,412 in total, which takes us to £87,073 overall since we started the charity boxing shows."

Another night similar to the weekend spectacular is planned for December.

Four Yorkshire players in World Cup cricket squad

BBC Sport

Congratulations to Yorkshire Cricket players Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston and Lauren Winfield.

They've all been selected to represent England at the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup, with the first game of the tournament due to be played against India at Derby on 24 June:

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Watch: 'Malus' aforethought? - The origins of North Yorkshire's newest tree

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier, I told you about what's believed to be a new type of tree found in North Yorkshire which is expected to be a star attraction at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

The Cascading Crimson Malus is thought to be the first of its kind.

Here's BBC Radio York's gardening expert, Nigel Harrison, and Doctor Alan Warwick, who grew the plant, explaining how it came to be: