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  1. Fundraising appeals set up for Yorkshire terror victims
  2. High security measures for gig at Leeds Arena this weekend
  3. Sir Cliff Richard settle legal case with South Yorkshire Police
  4. Leeds rapist Raymond Manners jailed for 1991 cold case
  5. Man in critical condition after Sheffield stabbing
  6. York public toilet among architecture award winners
  7. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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By Andrew Barton and Adam Pinder-Smith

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Today's top stories from across Yorkshire

That's all from us today and, indeed, for this week.

We'll be back at 06:30 on Tuesday morning with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Yorkshire.

In the meantime, let's take a look back at some of today's top stories from Yorkshire:

  1. Online fundraising appeals are set up to raise money for the families of the Yorkshire victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester
  2. Live music venues to fall silent at 21:59 tonight followed by a minute of noise at 22:00 in tribute to those killed and injured in the Manchester suicide attack
  3. Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police settle legal fight which started when the singer sued the force and the BBC following reports naming him as a suspected sex offender
  4. A serial rapist from Leeds is jailed for a further 12 years for a sex attack dating back almost three decades
  5. Leeds United footballer Eunan O'Kane and his fiance Laura Lacole take case to the High Court in Northern Ireland looking for legal recognition for a humanist wedding

Sheffield food bank choir to perform this weekend

Mick Lunney

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

A choir formed by volunteers and users of a food bank in Sheffield is set to perform at the city's annual food festival this Bank Holiday weekend.

The group, who are all involved with the food bank Walkley, are due to perform at about 13:10 in the Winter Garden tomorrow.

I've been to one of their final rehearsals to see how things are going:

Sheffield balloon tribute to Manchester attack victim

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Friends and family of a Sheffield woman who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing earlier this week have released thousands of balloons in tribute.

Balloon release

The balloons were released in Richmond Park to commemorate the life of Kelly Brewster who was 32-years-old.

Kelly was one of 22 people killed at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night.

She was with her sister and niece who are both still being treated in hospital.

Severe accident: B6079 South Yorkshire both ways

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B6079 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at A6101 Bradfield Road.

B6079 South Yorkshire - B6079 Langsett Road in Sheffield partially blocked and very slow traffic in both directions at the A6101 Bradfield Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Naming rights for new Scarborough stadium available

Nick Morris

BBC Radio York

Organisations are being invited to bid for the naming rights to Scarborough's new community stadium.

New Scarborough Community Stadium
Scarborough Borough Council

The 2,000-capacity venue will be the home of Scarborough Athletic Football Club and Scarborough Ladies Football Club, as well as a new £14m sports village.

The deadline for applications is 12 June.

Leeds' new Lord Mayor 'immensely proud' to take office

Leeds gets its 124th Lord Mayor today, with councillor Jane Dowson taking office after unanimous support from members of all parties at the council's AGM this week.

Councillor Dowson and husband Alan
Leeds City Council

Born and bred in the city, councillor Dowson says she feels "immensely proud" to take on the job.

She says: "To have the chance to be Lord Mayor is a huge honour.

"My husband Alan and I can't wait to start our new roles and meet some of the wonderful people who live in the city through our engagements."

Leeds music venues to fall silent in tribute to Manchester attack victims

Tributes will be paid to the victims of the Manchester terror attack at live music venues tonight, including in West Yorkshire.

Floral tributes in Manchester
AFP/Getty Images

Venues are being encouraged to hold a minute's silence at 21:59, followed by a minute of noise at 22:00.

Tre Sutherland, events manager at The Wardrobe in Leeds, says The Blockheads are gigging there tonight and they will fall silent as a mark of respect.

Tre, who was on one of the trains involved in the 7/7 bombings in 2005, says the suicide blast taking place so close has really "brought it home to people" in West Yorkshire:

"It has affected people a lot, more than an attack further away would have done," she says.

"It's important to get the message out there that these acts of violence are not dividing us. We need to strive to look after each other, and not just in the aftermath of tragedy," Tre adds.

'Real treat' promised as Maxine Peake confirmed for Sheffield Doc/Fest

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Maxine Peake will be appearing at Sheffield's Doc/Fest next month, it's been announced.

Maxine Peake
Felicity McCabe

The star of BBC programmes including Silk, Dinnerladies and the recent hard-hitting drama Three Girls will be in conversation at the Crucible theatre on Monday 12 June.

I am thrilled to welcome Maxine Peake to Doc/Fest. I know Sheffield audiences are in for a real treat."

Liz McIntyreSheffield Doc/Fest CEO and festival director

Listen: Terriers chairman Hoyle gets on his bike to Wembley

It's going to be a tense weekend for Huddersfield Town fans, with the Terriers just one game away from the Premier League

They play Reading at Wembley on Monday in the Championship play-off final.

To celebrate, Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle, his wife Janet and Kim Leadbeater, sister of the late MP Jo Cox, are cycling to the stadium in London before the final.

The ride is to raise awareness of the More in Common charity and to raise money for it.

Mr Hoyle says the road to Wembley is an emotional time:

Police chiefs issue advice after Manchester attack

The National Police Chiefs' Council has released the following advice following Monday night's attack in Manchester which killed 22 people:

Attack advice poster
The National Police Chiefs' Council

York homeless man's funeral donations fund cashless Big Issue scheme

More Big Issue vendors will be able to use card readers for payment after money left over from a fundraising campaign for the funeral of a Big Issue seller in York was donated to the charity.


When Pete Toulson (pictured) died, his friends Julie and John McGall set up an online donation page to raise money for the funeral costs.

They raised over £5,000 and are splitting the remainder three ways - between Big Issue North, the homelessness charity Crisis and Pete's partner.

The £600 presented to Big Issue North will be used for vendors in York and Leeds to purchase card readers so they can accept non-cash payments.

The card reader scheme was originally begun in March by a York Big Issue vendor called Sinbad after he realised fewer people were carrying cash.

Accident in Hillsborough

Ronan Sully

BBC Radio Sheffield

Emergency crews are currently dealing with a road accident in the Hillsborough area of Sheffield.

It's understood that the incident is at Hillsborough Corner, where Langsett Road, Middlewood Road, Holme Lane and Bradfield Road all meet, with traffic looking slow in that area as a result.

The Sheffield Supertram was also suspended for a while, but Stagecoach has confirmed the route through Hillsborough has re-opened:

Hillsborough Corner in Sheffield
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Your questions on the general election in Yorkshire

On 8 June voters across Yorkshire will go to the polls to choose MPs to represent their constituencies.

Ballot box

We want to hear what questions you have about the general election in your area.

These could range from local issues and boundary changes to why we vote on Thursdays.

Send us your questions using the form right here.

Watch: The Brook v Spence weigh-in

Shamir Masri

Journalist, BBC Look North

Thousands packed into Barkers Pool in Sheffield city centre this lunchtime for Kell Brook and Errol Spence's weigh-in ahead of their bout at Bramall Lane tomorrow night.

Both fighters came in under the welterweight limit of 10st 7lbs.

On the scales, Brook came in at 10st 6lb and 7oz and Spence measured 10st 6lbs 5oz:

Listen: Ramadan 2017 - 'It means a lot'

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan starts this weekend and throughout the festival BBC Radio Sheffield will be following some local people from South Yorkshire who'll be fasting.

They'll be sharing how it works practically and how it fits around work and school, plus also a look at their beliefs.

Sahir Ali, who's an orthoptist at Sheffield Children's Hospital, is one of the people we'll be speaking to over the next few weeks and she explains more:

Listen: North Yorkshire school head sets off on long fundraising walk

Louise Fewster

BBC Radio York

The headmaster of a North Yorkshire school is going above and beyond the call of duty.

Stephen Mulryne, from Terrington Hall, is walking from Norfolk back to York to raise funds for a new school hockey pitch.

He's told BBC Radio York why he decided to undertake the challenge:

Terriers fan from down under hopes for Perth-fect day

A Huddersfield Town fan who lives in Australia is flying to the UK to watch her team at Wembley.

Natalie Richards
Natalie Richards

Town are just one win away from a place in the Premier League - all they need to do is beat Reading on Monday in the Championship final.

Natalie Richards, from Perth, is one half of Two Pommie Sheilas, two British women who host regular chats on their Facebook page and write columns about life in Australia.

She says a long-haul flight for a couple of hours in a stadium is a "small price to pay for a hometown club that feels so much closer".

Once it strikes knock-off time today she's packing her Huddersfield Town shirt and flying across the world to be part of the Wembley crowd.

Listen: Special Olympics anthem unveiled

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Special Olympics takes place in Sheffield this August, with about 2,600 athletes from across the country expected to take part in sporting competitions in venues across the Steel City.

Today, the official anthem entitled We'll Stop at Nothing has been released, which is co-written and performed by South Yorkshire's former super-bike World Champion James Toseland:

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The opening ceremony takes place on Friday 8 August at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground and James told me how he got involved in the project:

Knaresborough mugger jailed

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Ripon man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for a violent attempted robbery outside a bank on Knaresborough High Street.

Ryan Hunt
North Yorkshire Police

Ryan Hunt, 25, of Wellington Mews, Ripon, hit the 57-year-old victim over the head with a knuckleduster as he was withdrawing £30 from an ATM at about 18:10 on 29 April 2016.

Hunt failed to grab the £30 and damaged a police car as he made his escape.

He was also banned from driving for six years and three months.

Have you seen this man?

Hope Bolger

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A prisoner has absconded from a prison near Boston.

Nicky Ward
Lincolnshire Police

Nicky Ward, 36, has been absent from HMP North Sea Camp since Wednesday night.

Police say he has links to Skegness but is from South Yorkshire. He's described as 6'2" tall with black hair and green eyes.

If you think you have seen him, or have any information concerning his whereabouts, Lincolnshire Police ask you to call 101.

Nuclear police on the streets with West Yorkshire force

Here's another sign of an increased police presence in West Yorkshire following the Manchester terror attack on Monday which killed 22 people.

Officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, whose usual job is protecting civil nuclear sites such as Sellafield and Sizewell, are on patrol today with West Yorkshire Police:

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Angus Kinnear

Leeds United appoint West Ham's Angus Kinnear as their new managing director, replacing the outgoing Ben Mansford.

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Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police settle legal fight

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police have settled a legal fight which started when the singer sued the force and the BBC following reports naming him as a suspected sex offender.

Lawyers told Mr Justice Mann at a hearing in London on Friday that Sir Cliff and force bosses had come to terms.

Sir Cliff Richard

The singer had taken legal action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over coverage of a raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014.

He also said his right to respect for private life had been infringed and he wanted "very substantial" damages.

Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC remain in dispute.

BBC editors have said they would "defend ourselves vigorously".

BreakingSir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police

Sir Cliff Richard and South Yorkshire Police have settled their legal fight over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender.

More to follow.

Major roadworks set for south Sheffield

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Roadworks are set to begin early next week on a major road on the south side of Sheffield.

The Bochum Parkway near the Meadowhead roundabout is having an additional lane added to allow access to and from a new retail park which is being built on the old site of Norton College:

Map of roadworks on Bochum Parkway in Sheffield
Howard Civil Engineering

The project which won't be completed until spring 2018 will also see a new traffic light controlled entrance off the A6102 and an extra lane added on the Meadowhead roundabout itself.

Pavements, cycle paths and bus stops in the area will also be affected at times and drivers can expect to experience delays whilst the work is carried out.

We will endeavour to ensure that during the hours of peak traffic/rush hour, the roads will be returned to full running capacity"

Lucie JonesHoward Civil Engineering

Leeds rapist Raymond Manners jailed for 1991 cold case

A serial rapist has been jailed for a further 12 years for a sex attack dating back almost three decades.

Raymond Manners
West Yorkshire Police

Raymond Manners, 56, from Leeds, admitted raping a woman in the Chapeltown area of the city on 23 February 1991.

The cold case was solved thanks to advances in DNA profiling.

Manners, who is already serving 10 years for two 1979 rapes, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

West Yorkshire Police said other criminals should be "dreading that knock on the door" due to forensic advances.

Arrest for suspicion of 'administering poison' on York street

A man's been arrested on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life after an incident on a York street.


Police were called to Micklegate in the city at about 04:20 yesterday morning to reports of a man who'd been found collapsed.

The 44-year-old was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

A 22-year-old man from York, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife in a public place and supplying heroin.

He's been released under investigation as inquiries continue.

Severe accident: A628 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A628 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at Station Road.

A628 South Yorkshire - A628 Pontefract Road in Cudworth closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Station Road junction, because of an accident.

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

New managing director at Leeds United announced

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United have announced who their new managing director will be.

Angus Kinnear
West Ham United

He's former West Ham MD Angus Kinnear, and he'll take up his new position on 8 June.

The news comes at the end of a fairly turbulent week at Elland Road.

It's seen Andrea Radrizzani complete his takeover of the club, and Garry Monk resign as head coach.

Armed police encourage public to say 'Hi'

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

If you're out across South Yorkshire this weekend and see armed officers on patrol following Monday's attack in Manchester, then you're being actively encouraged by the force to approach them and say "hello".

These officers were photographed on patrol at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield earlier today:

Armed police at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield
South Yorkshire Police

The force is keen to stress that there is "no cause for concern" and they are present for "reassurance" only.

However, you are likely to see them in the centre of Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, plus at South Yorkshire's railway stations and at Doncaster/Sheffield Airport.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound 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 disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J22 for A672 and J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Final preparations for Kell Brook fight

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm at the home of Sheffield United today to preview what's been dubbed the "biggest fight of 2017" between Sheffield's Kell Brook and Errol Spence.

They'll be 26,000 fans packed inside here tomorrow night and as you can see things are very near set:

Frank Smith is Head of Boxing for the promoter Match Room and spoke of his excitement of bringing this event to South Yorkshire:

Police warn as thieves target open doors in hot weather

Looks like some people are taking advantage of the hot weather in a way you'd rather they didn't!

Here's a reminder from West Yorkshire Police:

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York loo scoops up architecture award

A new public toilet block and cafe in York (pictured below) is among the winners of the regional architecture awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Judges praised the way in which the creation of the new facilities on St Leonard's Place, "engaged with the historic city walls to minimize the impact and distraction towards the original monument."


North Yorkshire's other five winners (below) include from top left clockwise, the M&S foodhall in Northallerton, York's newly refurbished Theatre Royal, Cunelands House in Malton (a private dwelling) and Rievaulx Abbey's visitor centre.


Judges say the awards reflect the contribution each building has made to Yorkshire's heritage.