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  1. Vicar accused of raping Bradford boy found dead
  2. Yorkshire Wildlife Park announces '£50m expansion with 300 new jobs'
  3. North Yorkshire former head teacher struck off
  4. Homeless hotline launched in Sheffield
  5. 'Misleading' advert for organic milk banned
  6. Sheffield man arrested over firearms offences
  7. Thousands more register to vote in West Yorkshire
  8. North Yorkshire police remember fallen colleague
  9. Live updates on Wednesday 7 June 2017

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By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Our top five stories from today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Well that's all from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 when the good news is we won't be able to talk about the election. At all. It's the rules.

But we will have all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire - but don't get too engrossed and forget to vote.

Let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Vicar accused of raping a Bradford boy is found dead
  2. Yorkshire Wildlife Park announces '£50m expansion with 300 new jobs'
  3. Homeless hotline launched in Sheffield
  4. Third time to the polls in three years in Batley and Spen and Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
  5. Sinkhole opens up near Huddersfield

See you tomorrow.

Watch: Dating your voters - candidates spend five minutes trying to woo the electorate

If you're undecided which way you're going to vote, what about speed dating your candidates?

Four general election candidates have spent a few minutes hearing from voters in the Selby and Ainsty constituency.

One undecided voter they each tried to sway was Sue:

Man left with broken leg after Filey assault

A Filey man has been left with a broken thigh bone and a facial injury after he was assaulted at a social club in the town.


It happened in the early hours of the 28 May at Filey Sports and Social Club. The 50-year-old was taken to Scarborough Hospital.

A 25-year-old man, also from Filey, was arrested in connection with the incident. He has been released while the police inquiries continue.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J1 for A631.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M18 southbound at J1, A631 (Bramley), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Workers find themselves at glass ceiling

If you ever wondered how they clean all of that glass in the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds...

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Travel update: M62 eastbound reopen

BBC News Travel

Yet more good news on the roads, when will this uplifting travel day stop?

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Travel update: Bridgewater place reopened

BBC News Travel

Another bit of rare good news on the travel front, Bridgewater Place has been reopened to traffic.

Happy Days. Again.

Bridgewater Place

Travel update: All clear on M621

BBC News Travel

The police have just said that the accident on the M621 J3 sliproad has now been cleared.

Happy days.

Arrests made during Doncaster burglary crackdown

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police in Doncaster have arrested three people as part of a new operation to tackle burglary.

The campaign launched this week and aims to focus on hotspot areas identified through intelligence work and recent inquiries in the local community.

We have developed a specialist operation focused on tackling the offenders who prey on the vulnerable and cause misery to our residents."

James AxeDet Insp

Travel update: Problems on the M62 eastbound

BBC News Travel

A vehicle fire on the M62 has been causing problems this afternoon:

West Yorkshire Police

This is eastbound just before the little house on the prairie, and there's still one lane shut as emergency services clean up a diesel spill.

Not great news as we head into the evening rush hour.

Traffic update: Problems on M62 into Leeds

BBC News Travel

We've got some very slow traffic heading into Leeds on the M621.

It's closed off J3, the main route off the motorways and into the city centre, it's all down to this accident on the slip road.

Expect a delay:

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J3 for A653.

M621 West Yorkshire - M621 exit slip road closed and very slow traffic westbound at J3, A653 (City Centre), because of an accident involving van.

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

Sheffield gun scare sparks armed response

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Armed police were called to Sheffield City Centre this afternoon, following a report of a man carrying a gun.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident - one of them was found with a BB gun.

We will always take reports of this nature extremely seriously and deploy officers, both armed and unarmed as soon as possible, to ensure that the public are kept safe."

South Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire Wildlife Park expansion plans 'game changer'

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Chief Executive of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, John Minion, has called plans for a major expansion of the site a "game changer for Doncaster and the surrounding area."

Yorkshire Wildlife Park expansion plan
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The attraction has secured 150 acres of land next to its current location, which they say will create over 300 new jobs and generate around £50m of investment.

Public consultation events on the plans will take place in the park's conference suite next Friday and Saturday.

Monkey at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This expansion will allow us to take our conservation work to another level"

John MinionChief Executive, Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Mechanic driving from Balby to Benidorm in memory of mum

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A Doncaster truck mechanic is attempting to drive to Spain in just four days, to raise cash for the Sheffield Hospitals charity.

Trevor Hill, 51, from Balby has revamped his old banger to resemble a horse and cart, and will travel the 1400 mile trip to Benidorm dressed as Robin Hood.

Trevor Hill and Stuart Johnson
Sheffield Hospitals Charity

Terry - who is being joined by his stepfather Stuart Johnson - hopes to raise thousands of pounds as a thank you to staff at the Palliative Care Unit.

They looked after his mum, Dian, before she died from cancer last March.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of a car fire.

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

Listen: 'We feel sympathy with others': Dad of murdered special constable

Twenty-five-years to the day since his death a memorial service is taking place today for a North Yorkshire Police officer murdered by a member of the IRA.

Glenn Goodman, a 37-year-old special constable was shot dead after stopping a car for a routine check on the A64 near Tadcaster.

Paul Magee, a member of the IRA, was jailed for life in March 1993 for Mr Goodman's murder.

Glenn's dad, Brian, says the recent terror attacks brought memories flooding back:

The private service in Tadcaster will be attended by serving police officers and former colleagues.

Teenager wanted by police in York

Have you seen this man in York? He is wanted by the police.

Lewis Berkley
North Yorkshire Police

Lewis Berkley, 18, didn't show up for sentencing at York Magistrates Court last week for breaching his licence, after he was released from prison in April.

He is also wanted on suspicion of breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order and on suspicion of criminal damage, theft and stolen vehicle offences.

It is believed Berkley is in the Clifton area of York.

Lewis, if you see or hear this appeal, we strongly advise you to hand yourself in. You are only making things worse for yourself."

North Yorkshire Police statement

Chatsworth show: Visitors warned over heavy traffic

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Visitors heading to Chatsworth for the Royal Horticultural Society's show should allow plenty of extra travel time.

The entrance to the flower show's site is currently gridlocked.

Heavy traffic

General election 2017: Last minute canvassing in Wakefield

Two of Labour's most prominent Yorkshire candidates , Mary Creagh and Yvette Cooper have been out canvassing in Wakefield this lunchtime.


Today, of course, is the last day of campaigning before the general election tomorrow.

Earlier, their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was in Glasgow where he was emphasising Labour's plan to invest billions on public services.

He said that it would be paid for by higher taxes on business and the better-off. He added the NHS could not afford "five more years of underfunding, understaffing and privatisation".

Voters go to polls for third year in a row in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough

People in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough will head to the polls for the third time in as many years for this year's general election.

Gill Furniss

Last year Labour's Gill Furniss became an MP in a by-election after her husband, Harry Harpham - who was the MP before her - died of cancer.

She received 14,087 votes, a majority of 9,590 and a 6% increase in Labour's share of the vote.

This year's candidates are:

  • Simon Clement-Jones - Liberal Democrat
  • Mike Driver - Workers Revolutionary Party
  • Gill Furniss - Labour
  • Christine Gilligan Kubo - Green Party
  • Shane Harper - UKIP
  • Michael Naughton - Conservative
  • Muzafar Rahman - Social Democratic Party

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, around J31 for A655.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic eastbound around J31, A655 (Castleford).

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

Listen: Howsham Mill from above - 'children love standing on top of the water wheel'

Do you remember Howsham Mill on the River Derwent in Ryedale?


The Grade II-listed 18th Century mill was a finalist on the 2006 BBC Two series Restoration Village.

Work to rescue the mill, overseen by the Renewable Heritage Trust, began in 2004.

It now supplies energy to the National Grid and children can go there to learn about it.

I've been to meet the team that runs it and bumped into Trustee, Valerie Hood, who says the mill, on an island in the middle of the Derwent, is "a magical place for children to visit"

Third time Batley and Spen voters go to the polls in three years

For the third year in a row Batley and Spen's electorate will be asked to vote for a new MP.

Batley and Spen
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Jo Cox took the seat for Labour in the 2015 general election, with a majority of more than 6,000 votes. But after her murder last year a by-election was held.

Labour's Tracy Brabin was elected with an increased majority. Other major parties opted not to stand, a number of smaller parties - including the National Front and BNP - did but lost their deposits.

This year's candidates are

Tracy Brabin - Labour

Alan Freeman - Green

Mohammed Hanif - Independent

John Lawson - Lib Dem

Aleks Lukic - Independent

Ann Myatt - Conservative

Travel update: Problems on the M621

BBC News Travel

Nice use of the word log here, but take care if you're heading to the M621:

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Watch: Former soldier urges people to vote

This is Simon Brown, he was shot in the head and lost his sight in 2006, during a rescue mission in Basra.

He says that his injuries and his experiences in war-torn countries "where people don't have a voice", makes it even more important to vote tomorrow.

If you're undecided whether you're going to go to a polling both tomorrow, watch this.

Leeds World Triathlon - Road closures

Don't forget that this weekend the Leeds Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon is taking place, which not only means supreme sporting prowess...

It also means road closures.

Getty Images

It's going to affect places all over the city, but especially around Roundhay Park on Saturday.

Most of Leeds city centre will be closed on Sunday with other areas around Leeds being closed too.

You can see the full list here.

Vicar accused of rape found dead

A 70-year-old former vicar accused of raping a boy in the 1980s in Bradford has been found dead.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Trevor Devamanikkam after he failed to appear at Bradford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He was accused of six sexual offences allegedly committed while he was a vicar in Bradford.

His body was found by police just after 16:00 on Tuesday, at a house in Priory Mill Lane in Witney in Oxfordshire.

David Butterfield death: Gomersal woman admits murder

A woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of a man who she stabbed at a house in West Yorkshire.

David Butterfield
West Yorkshire police

David Butterfield, 43, was found with a stab wound to the chest at the property in Gomersal, near Cleckheaton, on 13 January.

Michelle Spencer, 48, of Shirley Terrace, Gomersal, pleaded guilty to murder on the first day of her trial at Leeds Crown Court.

She has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

BreakingRape-accused vicar found dead

A 70-year-old former vicar accused of raping a boy in Bradford the 1980s has been found dead.

More to follow.

Watch: Sinkhole opens up near Huddersfield

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A huge sinkhole has opened up in the middle of a road in a Huddersfield village.

Workmen from Yorkshire Water discovered what some are calling the "Meltham Sinkhole" as they tried to repair a leaking main.

Wessenden Head Road is now closed while Kirklees Council fills in the hole so Yorkshire Water can complete the repair.

Thousands of new homes for Scarborough over next 15 years?

Nearly 10,000 new homes could be built in and around Scarborough in the next 15 years, according to plans expected to be approved by councillors in the town later today.


This is the Local Plan which is a blueprint for development in the borough.

Every area in England has a local plan which sets out what can be built where.

Scarborough Borough Council is updating their plan for the next 15 years.

Councillors are being asked to approve the planning blueprint.

Travel update: Humber Bridge closed

BBC News Travel

Just in case you're trucking over to the cultural capital of Europe today....

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Top cat from Wakefield up for top award

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A cat from Wakefield is in the running for a top national award.


Missy from Horbury is up for Most Caring Cat at this year's Cats Protection League's National Cat Awards. There were a lot of cats in that sentence.

Missy's owners, Craig and Rosie Jones, were involved in a motorway car crash - they were lucky to survive, but were left with physical and mental scars.

The couple nominated their pet for the award after they say that Missy has been there to provide comfort, reassurance, and loving support.

When we got home from hospital, it was Missy who was there for us."

Craig Jones

Severe accident: A638 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A638 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, near A631 Gainsborough Road.

A638 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic on A638 South Parade in both directions in Bawtry near the A631 Gainsborough Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

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

Listen: Choosing who to vote for by speed dating - a candi-'date'

If you're undecided which way you're going to vote, what about trying some speed dating?

BBC Radio York arranged for the four candidates in the Selby and Ainsty constituency to do just that, giving them a chance to meet the people whose vote they hope to get tomorrow.

Amanda Hooton got to spend five minutes with each of them.

Here's her assessment of how the candi-'dates' went: