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  1. People from York, Sheffield and Leeds confirmed victims of Manchester attack
  2. West Yorkshire force seeks option of military support after attack
  3. 'High visibility patrols' introduced at York Minster following attack
  4. Book of condolence opened in Sheffield for Manchester attack victims
  5. RMT rail strike suspended after Manchester attack
  6. Silence held at England v South Africa match at Headingley
  7. Updates on Wednesday 24 May 2017

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J23 for A640 and J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an oil spillage.

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Stephen Darby

Beaten League One play-off finalists Bradford City have released defender Stephen Darby after five years.

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What we know now: Four Yorkshire victims of the Manchester Arena attack

Yorkshire victims
Family photos

That's all from us today, on the day we found out that four people from Yorkshire are so far known to have died in the Manchester Arena attack on Monday.

Fourteen-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski (pictured left), who lived in Leeds and went to Allerton High School, died in the attack.

Sorrell's mother and grandmother both remain in hospital following the attack.

York couple Angelika and Marcin Klis (pictured centre), who were at the arena to pick up their daughters after the show, also died.

And Kelly Brewster (pictured right), 32, from Sheffield, was also killed in the suicide attack at the concert.

Kelly's sister and niece, who were also at the concert, are both being treated in hospital for shrapnel injuries, according to Kelly's family.

Updates on this story and other breaking news will continue right here through the night.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 with all the latest news from across Yorkshire.

Rotherham United defender signs new two-year contract

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Defender Joe Mattock has signed a new two-year deal with Rotherham following their relegation to League One.

Joe Mattock

Mattock, 27, made 37 appearances for the Millers this season as they finished bottom of the Championship.

The left-back joined in June 2015 from Sheffield Wednesday, having also played for West Brom and Leicester.

He follows Jonson Clarke-Harris in committing to the club, but Richard Wood and Richie Smallwood are yet to decide, having been offered new deals.

And the cat came back the very next...year

A cat who went missing in 2014 has returned to his home in West Yorkshire almost two-and-a-half-years after his departure.

Little Bit
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Little Bit, a 12-year-old tabby, has trotted back to his home in Denby Dale, leaving his owner, Steph Mellor-Smith, stunned when she saw him sitting on the window ledge.

She took him to the vet and he was treated him for ulcer-like wounds.

Little Bit has had a bit of an interesting life...

He had a hip operation after he was kicked by someone in the street, and he was "cat-napped" from his previous home before being returned three months later.

He's my best friend, really. I notified all the authorities at the time to see if he'd been taken in, but there was nothing."

Steph Mellor-Smith

Leeds United midfielder signs contract extension

BBC Sport

More on the news that Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has signed a four-year contract extension with the club.

Ronaldo Vieira
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The 18-year-old came through the club's academy and made 38 appearances in all competitions this season.

He has been called up to the England Under-20 squad for the first time and could make his debut later this month in the Toulon Tournament.

Vieira is the first player to sign a new contract with the club since it was taken over by Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani on Tuesday.

Man dies after car crashes into ditch

A man has died after the car he was driving left the road and crashed into a ditch near Steeton, West Yorkshire.


The crash happened at about 09:30 this morning as the man was driving his grey Peugeot Partner along the A629 towards Silsden.

Emergency services attended but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The road has remained closed to traffic towards Steeton this afternoon as investigations continue.

Listen: Manchester attack victim 'would help anybody'

Tributes have been paid to a woman from Sheffield who was killed in the terror attack in Manchester on Monday night.

Kelly Brewster, 32, was at the concert with her sister and niece.

The family say Claire and Holly Booth are both being treated in hospital for shrapnel injuries.

Kelly's neighbour, Irene Mociohagga, described her as a good and kind woman:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

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M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J42 for M62 and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Leeds teenager victim of Manchester attack

A 14-year-old girl from Leeds has been named as a victim of the Manchester Arena bomb attack on Monday.

Sorrell Leczkowski
Family photo

Sorrell Leczkowski lived in Adel and went to Allerton High School.

Her mother, who works in the local post office, and her grandmother, who is critically injured, are both in hospital following the suicide attack on Monday night.

Sorrell's sister, who was at the concert, was not injured.

'New investment needed at Elland Road' - new Leeds United owner

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United's new owner says there has to be new investment in the club to take it forward.

Andrea Radrizzani

Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani's takeover puts an end to the sometimes controversial era under Massimo Cellino.

Cellino leaves after three years having promised to put Leeds into the Premier League.

He hasn't done that and Leeds are still in the Championship. So it's now up to Mr Radrizzani to take that forward.

He's a successful businessman, we know that from his media and sports rights companies around the world.

Now, he has to take the club forward and he says it needs innovation and investment for it to progress into the modern era.

Man arrested over Leeds city centre rape

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman in Leeds earlier this month.

The Chandlers

The attack happened in the early hours of Saturday 13 May, near The Chandlers in the city centre.

The man, from the city, was arrested this morning and remains in custody.

York city centre road closed for restoration work

As part of a £1.5m restoration scheme to preserve and protect York's medieval city walls, road closures will be in place on Micklegate next month to allow the work to be carried out safely.


City of York council say Micklegate Bar’s roof and guttering will be stripped back and replaced.

The first phase of the work will start on 12 June and is expected to last for three weeks.

The next phase will be the main works and these will be carried out between 24 July and 29 September, with the road only open to inbound traffic.

The final phase is expected to be between 2 October and 22 October with a full road closure in place.

Severe disruption: M62 North Yorkshire westbound

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M62 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J34 for A19 Selby and J33 for A162.

M62 North Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J34, A19 (Selby) and J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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West Yorkshire force seeks option of military support in attack aftermath

West Yorkshire Police has officially asked for military support should it be required in the aftermath of Monday's suicide attack in Manchester which killed 22 people.

Armed police officer and soldier
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In a statement on the force's website, Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams says while there is "no specific information" about a threat in West Yorkshire, the request has been made along with similar ones from other forces.

People should not, however, expect to see soldiers patrolling their communities at the moment, she adds.

"The raising of the threat means that we can, if required, call on military assistance to help us keep the communities of West Yorkshire safe," she says.

This comes as the UK terror threat level is now up to its highest level of "critical", meaning more attacks may be imminent.

Manchester attack vigil to be held in Rotherham

A vigil's due to be held in Rotherham later to remember those affected by Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

The event starts at 18:30 by the Heart of Steel, with organisers saying they stand together, and to not "match hate with hate".

Meanwhile, this was the scene as people from Sheffield came together at another vigil yesterday:

A one-minute silence was held and people were invited to lay flowers in Sheffield's Peace Gardens in tribute to the 22 people killed and 59 injured at the Manchester Arena.

Players hold minute's silence at Headingley

This was the scene at Headingley a little earlier as England and South Africa players stood shoulder to shoulder for a minute's silence.

They honoured the victims of the Manchester terror attack on Monday which killed 22 people and injured a further 59:

England players hold silence
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South Africa and England players hold silence
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GB and England hockey captain Middleton steps down

Doncaster's Barry Middleton has stepped down as the Great Britain and England hockey captain.

Barry Middleton
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The four-time Olympian had worn the armband for almost a decade.

He also won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Watch: Book of condolence opened in Sheffield for Manchester attack victims

Rob Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield

A book of condolence has been opened by Sheffield Council at the Town Hall for people to write messages to those affected by the terror attack in Manchester.

The book will be closed on Friday and sent to Manchester:

Sex attack in centre of Leeds

A woman was sexually assaulted as she walked near the Dark Arches in Leeds at the weekend.

Dark Arches

The attack happened at about 00:05 on Saturday as a 31-year-old woman was walking close to the Shabab Express restaurant

She was approached by a man who sexually assaulted her but she managed to get away and sought help from staff at a nearby hotel.

The woman suffered bruising to her legs and shoulders.

The offender was wearing a dark jacket with a light blue triangle design on the side and was about 6ft tall.

Any detail, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you, could prove vital to this investigation."

Det Con Jason RidgwayBritish Tramsport Police

Extra security at Headingley for England v South Africa

England take on South Africa at Headingley shortly in their opening one-day international amid heightened security.

Mounted police

There's due to be a minute's silence before play and players will wear black armbands.

South Africa have won the toss at Headingley and will be fielding first.

Manchester attack: 'High visibility patrols' introduced at York Minster

York Minster says it's increased security measures at the cathedral following the Manchester terror attack.


The news comes at the same time as North Yorkshire Police announced armed police will be seen on the county's streets.

Staff at the cathedral say they are responding to the raising of the national threat assessment level by "increasing high visibility patrols" by Cathedral Constables and Introducing "with immediate effect, random bag searches" at visitor entrances.

The measures will remain in place until further notice.

Severe accident: M606 West Yorkshire southbound

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M606 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at M62 J26.

M606 West Yorkshire - M606 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at M62 J26, Chain Bar, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

York Minster police given power of arrest

A cathedral police force has been given back the power of arrest for the first time in nearly 80 years.

York Minster Police has been given the same powers as regular police officers within the Minster's precinct.

Minster Police
York Minster/Anthony Chappel-Ross

Eight constables and the cathedral's head of security were sworn in at a special ceremony on Tuesday.

The force, established in the 13th Century, lost its powers in the 1930s when officers ceased to be attested.

York Minster is one of only a handful of cathedrals to maintain its own police force.

Those that do have a police force include Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, St Peter's Basilica in Rome and Washington's National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Police presence at Headingley increased

This afternoon a one day International cricket match between England and South Africa is taking place at Headingley.

The game is due to start at 14:00 amid extra security after the Manchester attack on Monday night.

So far though, the extra police presence isn't too noticeable:

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Fines issued for blue badge misuse in Sheffield

Seventeen people in Sheffield have been ordered to pay almost £9,000 combined, after wrongfully making use of blue badges issued to their disabled relatives.

Blue Badge
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The cases at Sheffield Magistrates Court included badges issued for a 90-year-old pensioner and a five-year-old school pupil were used by motorists, including a university lecturer and retired doctor so they could park without paying.

In 2015, there were 2.39m blue badge holders in England official figures show.

Councils in England took legal action against 896 people for abuse of blue badges in the year to the end of March 2016, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

Almost all of the cases involved drivers using another person's blue badge.

Listen: 'United with Manchester City' - Tadcaster woman to raise £10,000 for terror victims

Adam Tomlinson

BBC Radio York

A woman from Tadcaster is planning to raise £10,000 to help families affected by the Manchester bombing.

Gillian Hainsworth is a music teacher at Tadcaster Grammar School.

Over the last couple of years she's raised thousands of pounds for flood victims in the town and now she's turning her attention to the Manchester Terrorist Attack.

Gillan knows children who were at the concert at Manchester Arena.

She told me nothing will bring back loved ones, but raising the funds seems "a logical thing to do":

Four men held after 10-mile police pursuit around Scarborough

Police in Scarborough have arrested an 18-year-old man from Hull on suspicion of driving while on drugs, driving dangerously and failing to stop.

It comes after a 10-mile police chase from Foreshore Road in the town to Ravenscar in the early hours of this morning, which ended with a car crashing in to a building.

Three other men - also from the Hull area - were arrested on suspicion of the theft of a motor vehicle.

All four remain in custody while inquiries continue.

Police want this man after cash stolen

Police have released an efit image of a man they want to speak to after a bag full of money was stolen from the back of a car in Baildon near Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police

The theft happened on 10 April at about 11:00 when a man a cash bag containing a significant amount snatched from him in Ashfield Drive.

We believe he was followed from Cleckheaton after withdrawing the money from a bank in the centre of town."

Det Con Simon TurtonWest Yorkshire Police

Manchester attack: York couple named as suicide bomb victims

More now on the news that a Polish couple from York were among those who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack on Monday.

Flowers in tribute to victims

Angelika and Marcin Klis were at the arena to collect their daughters - one of whom is Alex, 20, a student at York College.

In a statement, York College Principal Dr Alison Birkinshaw says everyone there is "shocked and deeply saddened" to learn of the death of Alex's parents.

"This is devastating news for Alex and her family, the whole college and the wider community," says Dr Birkinshaw.

"We are in touch with Alex and will do whatever we can to support her and her family."

BreakingYork couple confirmed victims of Manchester terror attack

A Polish couple from York died in the Manchester Arena terror attack on Monday, it's been confirmed.

Angelika and Marcin Klis took the selfie pictured below in Manchester city centre, shortly before going to the concert to pick their daughters up:

Polish couple
Alex Klis

The picture was shared on Facebook by their daughter, Alex, 20, a student at York College, who appealed for information on their whereabouts.

Alex wrote: "Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they've been missing ever since the attack."

The Polish Foreign Minister, Witold Waszczykowski, says: "The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead."

Marcin worked at York Cars Taxi Service, a cab company in York.

Manchester attack: Armed police on North Yorkshire streets

Armed police will be seen on North Yorkshire's streets as a result of the terror attack at Manchester Arena which killed 22 people, the county's Assistant Chief Constable has confirmed.

Armed officer

Phil Cain says: "We have increased our uniformed patrols so you will see more officers at key locations. Some of these officers will be armed, but please don’t be alarmed, this is precautionary and not in relation to any specific information."

Mr Cain also raised the possibility of soldiers making patrols.

He said: "The raising of the terror threat to critical means we can now call upon the assistance of the military.

"This does not mean that you will immediately see soldiers patrolling the streets of North Yorkshire. It is an option that we will keep under consideration and constantly review."

Mr Cain is urging members of the public to be alert "but not alarmed" and to remain vigilant.

Curtain goes up at Scarborough RNLI

Scarborough's new RNLI station is to become a theatre for a night.


Artists and musicians are to perform In at the Deep End this evening, a play about a fictional RNLI station and its crew on the Yorkshire coast.

They're from the Mikron theatre company, which is known for staging performances in unusual places.

The play explores the difficulties of finding new recruits and the relationship between the lifeboat station and the local community.

Listen: 'Drawn by hope' - Yorkshire vigils remember Manchester attack victims

Vigils were held across Yorkshire last night for the victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack which killed 22 people.

People gathered in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield and St Helen's Square in York.

There were also vigils in Bradford Cathedral and Leeds Minster, where the Right Revd Nick Baines spoke: