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  1. Ecstasy suspected in Sheffield woman's death
  2. Three hurt as coach carrying Sheffield school pupils crashes
  3. Yorkshire terror suspects to be held for further week
  4. Gomersal cuddle killer jailed for 13 years
  5. York landlord to pay more than £10,000 after flats fire
  6. Updates on Thursday 8 June 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

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Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Well, that's all from us for now.

We'll be back from 22:00 tonight with full election coverage and results for Yorkshire.

Get the kettle on and join us for through-the-night news and reaction.

But before we go, let's look back at some of today's top stories from across Yorkshire:

  1. Ecstasy suspected in Sheffield woman's death
  2. Sheffield school coach crashes injuring three
  3. Gomersal cuddle killer jailed for 13 years
  4. Yorkshire schools review trip plans in wake of terror
  5. What you can - and can't - do in a polling booth

See you in a bit. Bring biscuits...

Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, after A58 Clay Pit Lane.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - A58(M) Inner Ring Road lane blocked on entry slip road and slow traffic westbound after A58 Clay Pit Lane, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

In pictures: Yorkshire's patient polling station pooches

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Voting in the general election is well under way and the polls are open until 22:00 tonight for you to put your "X" in a box.

There seems to be as much excitement outside the polling stations, though, with people taking to social media to share photos of dogs waiting for their owner to vote!

Here are a few that have come in from across Yorkshire today, starting with Lennie, the dachshund from Sheffield:

Lennie the dog at a polling station in Sheffield

Next up is Tees who accompanied her owner Michelle to vote in York this morning:

Tees the dog outside a polling station in York
Michelle Bull

And finally to Haworth, where Rupert's been with his owner for a trip to the ballot box:

Rupert the dog from Haworth

E-fit appeal over Rotherham park sex assault

South Yorkshire Police have shared an e-fit image of a man they want to identify in relation to a reported sexual assault in a Rotherham park.

South Yorkshire Police

A 17-year-old girl was approached at about 09:30 on Saturday morning in Greenlands Park on Quarry Lane in North Anston.

The man is described as in his late 20s to early 30s and about 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Severe accident: A19 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between A61 and A684 affecting A170 Sutton Road.

A19 North Yorkshire - Lane closed on A19 northbound between the A61 junction in North Kilvington and the A684 junction in Ellerbeck, because of an accident. Congestion to the A170 Sutton Road junction.

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

'Funny Girl' Natasha steals show at Alhambra after Sheridan Smith forced to pull out

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

With a packed audience looking forward to seeing Sheridan Smith in hit show Funny Girl at the Alhambra last night, the news that she would not be appearing because of illness sent ripples of disappointment around the auditorium.

Funny Girl
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Sowerby Bridge woman at home during burglary

The house of a woman in her 70s in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, was burgled while the victim was in another part of her home.

Maude Crescent

Police have just released details of the burglary which happened on Maude Crescent between 19:00 and 22:15 on Monday 29 May.

The suspects came in through a bedroom window while the homeowner was in another room.

The thieves took a deeds box and items of jewellery.

Anyone with information about the burglary is being asked to contact police.

Listen: Katie Rough family 'overwhelmed' at response to fundraising event

The family of seven-year-old Katie Rough, who died after being found with severe injuries in the Woodthorpe area of York in January, have thanked local people for their support of a fundraising event being held in Katie's honour on Friday at York Acorn Rugby Club.

They say they've been inundated with offers of help, and Katie's grandmother is surprised with the response they've received:

Tailgating driver stopped by police on M62

This driver has been "dealt with" by police after the vehicle was seen tailgating just 6ft behind another car.

West Yorkshire Police

New rules came in almost four years ago which mean officers can issue £100 fines and three points rather than taking drivers to court.

It happened eastbound on the M62 earlier today. The driver was going at 70mph just feet away from the car in front.

Brownlee to compete in fourth Olympics?

Ahead of this weekend's Leeds Triathlon event, Leeds' double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee says he could be tempted to compete in his fourth Games.

Alistair Brownlee
Getty Images

The triathlete says the prospect of winning two more gold medals at Tokyo 2020 could convince him to commit to his fourth consecutive Olympics.

The 29-year-old has shifted his focus towards longer "ironman" events since retaining his Olympic title in Rio, and has remained non-committal over going to Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Brownlee says that, although a shorter distance, the thought of racing in Leeds this coming weekend was too good an opportunity to miss:

I'm concentrating on the longer distances at the moment, but it was just impossible to resist competing again in my home city."

Alistair Brownlee

Yorkshire terror suspects to be held for further week

Counter-terrorism officers have been granted a further seven days to question two suspects arrested in Yorkshire.

Scene in Huddersfield

The men, aged 24 and 29, were detained in Huddersfield and Sheffield on 1 June.

The North East Counter-Terrorism Unit said "an additional warrant of further detention has been granted".

Police said the arrests were not linked to last month's Manchester Arena attack.

Officers raided properties in Kelham Island, Sheffield, and Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, and both arrests are understood to be Islamist-related.

The men are being held on suspicion of offences under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

Chapel Allerton Hospital evacuated

Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds has been evacuated after reports of a suspicious package, according to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Chapel Allerton

What you can - and can't - do in a polling booth

The general election is finally here and millions of Yorkshire folk are heading to polling stations to cast their votes.

Polling booth

But what are you actually allowed to do in a polling booth?

You can:

  • Take a selfie (but the Electoral Commission very strongly discourages it)
  • Take a child in with you
  • Bring your pet along
  • Cover your face
  • Vote drunk - as long as you are not disruptive
  • Play music (as long as it doesn't disturb anyone)
  • Use your own pen

You can't:

  • Tweet about your vote (but you can once outside)
  • Wear political clothing
  • Wear a massive rosette
  • Talk about the candidates
  • Get a child to put your cross in for you

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J23 for A640 and J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Six-year-old York boy's future vision wins writing award

A six-year-old boy from York has been named a regional winner in the National Young Writers' Awards.


Alexander Dowle came up with a story called Futuristic Football, which is set in the year 3017.

If successful in the overall competition, Alexander will win £500 worth of books for his school, Lakeside Primary in Clifton Moor, and a trip to Disneyland Paris.

The competition theme was The Future and children were asked to write a story set in 3017.

Unsurprisingly, robots were overwhelmingly the most popular characters and appeared in almost a third of the entries, while teleports, rockets and jets were the common modes of transport in the future setting:

If I didn’t know this was a competition for young writers, I’d believe I was reading the scribblings of Isaac Asimov or Philip K Dick."

Steve BackshallCompetition judge

Police search for on-the-run sex offender

Police are appealing for help in locating a Dewsbury man who was found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and who's been on the run since last year.

Asif Butt
West Yorkshire Police

Asif Ghafoor Butt was sentenced in his absence to 11 years in jail for sex offences and was due to appear at Leeds Crown Court in October last year.

But he broke his magistrates court bail conditions by failing to attend, and police have not been able to track him down since.

The 35-year-old committed the offences in 2015 in the Wakefield district.

Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate him and ensure he returns to face justice."

Det Insp Steve GreenbankWest Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire footballers celebrate as England U20s reach World Cup final

BBC Sport

Congratulations to Sheffield's Dominic Calvert-Lewin and York's Lewis Cook who, with their England team mates, have beaten Italy and reached the U20 World Cup final for the first time.

The score was 2-1 and England will now play Venezuela in the final on Sunday:

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'No roller coasters in the wallaby walkabout' - Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Over the last 48 hours we've been keeping you updated about expansion plans for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster.

A public consultation event runs at the park on 16 and 17 June.

Local residents and other interested parties have been having their say, and the park has now tweeted this statement to clarify the proposals:

View more on twitter

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound at J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down lorry. On the roundabout.

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

York landlord to pay more than £10,000 after flats fire

A landlord has been fined over £10,000 after a fire at flats in York.

North Yorkshire Fire Service

Charles Thornton, 60, of Knedlington Walk, Howden, hadn't carried out a fire risk assessment at the property on Fulford Road, ahead of the blaze in September.

Mr Thornton pleaded guilty to three contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

During the incident, which was caused by an electrical fault near the fuse board, fire officers found that the fire alarm and detection system provided for the two flats and communal hallway was not working.

Mr Thornton was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £2,933.33 in costs, with a surcharge of £170. That's a total cost of £10,103.33.

In pictures: Coach crashes carrying Sheffield pupils to Filey

Julia Bryson

Journalist, BBC Local Live

We've just received this picture of the coach which crashed this morning as it was carrying pupils from a primary school in Sheffield to Filey in East Yorkshire.

Coach crash

A man and two children were hurt in the crash between the coach and a lorry on the A614 close to Kirkburn, near Driffield, at about 10:00.

The children were travelling from Dore Primary School in Sheffield.

BreakingGomersal cuddle killer jailed for 13 years

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A mother of two who stabbed her partner to death in "a flash of temper" as they kissed and cuddled has been jailed for at least 13 years.

Michelle Spencer
West Yorkshire Police

Michelle Spencer (pictured above), 48, drove a 4in (11cm) kitchen knife into David Butterfield (below) at their home in Shirley Terrace, Gomersal, West Yorkshire, in January.

David Butterfield
West Yorkshire Police

She initially claimed she did not know who had attacked her partner but later accepted responsibility.

Spencer, who admitted murder, was sentenced to life at Leeds Crown Court with a minimum term of 13 years.

BreakingEcstasy suspected in Sheffield woman's death

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

A 22-year-old woman has died in hospital in Sheffield after taking what's believed to be ecstasy.

Glossop Road in Sheffield

The woman's family has been informed, although formal identification has yet to take place.

A second woman, who's 20, was also taken to hospital yesterday after suspected consumption of drugs and she remains seriously ill.

The women are believed to have been on separate nights out in the city when they became ill in the Glossop Road area.

Two people arrested in connection with the investigation, a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, have been released while enquiries continue.

School coach crashes injuring three

A coach carrying pupils from a primary school in Sheffield has collided with a lorry in East Yorkshire.

A man and two children were hurt in the crash on the A614 close to Kirkburn at about 10:00 this morning.

The children were travelling from Dore Primary School in Sheffield to Filey in North Yorkshire.

Their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Two sentenced for being drunk on a plane

Rebecca Kerry

BBC Radio Sheffield

Two men have been sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after they were found to be drunk and verbally abusive towards passengers on a flight bound for Doncaster/Sheffield Airport.

27-year-old Andris Vagals, of Barmby Road in Pocklington, York and Juris Terentjevs (pictured below), aged 30 of Fifth Avenue in Goole were on a flight from Riga in Latvia in January.

Juris Terentjevs
South Yorkshire Police

Terentjevs was jailed for 12 months for endangering a person on an aircraft and being drunk on an aircraft, while Vagals was handed a four month sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 120 hours of unpaid work for being drunk on an aircraft.

Their behaviour was totally unacceptable and both passengers and crew felt threatened and intimated by their actions. I’m pleased they owned up to their irresponsible conduct on that day.

PC John VenablesSouth Yorkshire Police

Schools review trip plans in wake of terror

Julia Bryson

Journalist, BBC Local Live

Schools across Yorkshire have cancelled trips to the capital after terror attacks in London and Manchester.

Museum visit
Getty Images

Headteachers have said concerns from parents over disruption to public transport and an increased police presence contributed to their decision.

In West Yorkshire, Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton cancelled a trip to London but Prince Henry's in Menston continued with their trips as planned.

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Our advice to schools concerned about planned trips to London is to review and amend risk assessments as necessary and to talk to parents to gauge their views."

Fire crews training in Sheffield

What do a whole load of South Yorkshire fire engines look like?

Well, this:

Fire engines
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Look at them all!

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has been doing a training exercise in Sheffield this morning, so don't worry if you see them.

Anyone got a collective noun for fire engines?

Dreams come true for Harrogate hotel housekeeper

Reaching the final stages of a top national award is a "dream come true" for a housekeeper at a Harrogate hotel.

Jill Conte of the West Park Hotel has made it to the final three in the AA Housekeeper of the Year competitition.

Jill Conte
West Park Hotel

Jill said: “I have waited for years for this. This is the highest housekeeping award it is possible to win and I am very excited.”

She puts her success down to passion and pride in her job. “I love my job and I am proud that I have never had a complaint since we opened the hotel."

Hotel Manager, Nathan George, said: “It is fantastic that Jill has reached the final three. Now we are all awaiting the final outcome with bated breath!”

Final preparations taking place for music event

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

What's the longest gig that you've ever been to?

Well in Sheffield tomorrow a 24-hour event entitled Sheffield Makes Music takes place in venues across the city.

The Cuckoo Clocks are one of the bands taking part and Sophie Townsend is from the band:

Overturned car causes delays on A64

If you were stuck in queues this morning on the A64, this is why:

North Yorkshire Police

The road is now open, but was closed for about an hour this morning at Whitwell On The Hill.

Three people have been taken to hospital as a precaution.

Tool thieves target garages and manufacturers in Wakefield ram raids

Garages, workshops and manufacturers have been targeted by ram-raiders in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford with high value tools being stolen.

Tanshelf industrial estate

Stolen cars were driven into the businesses and then loaded up with tools, driven off and abandoned.

Police are warning people to be wary of being offered vehicle tools in suspicious circumstances.

Yesterday thieves targeted a unit on the Tanshelf Industrial Estate, but they were unable to break in and drove off. Officers found the cars they used and are examining them.

I would encourage business owners who sell or use high value tools to ensure that it is secured and not visible to those passing by."

Det Insp Dan TillettWest Yorkshire Police

Sheffield - the festival city?

Paul Walker

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield is home to a variety of festivals on a variety of themes.

The food festival took place over the Bank Holiday weekend, Tramlines is later this summer and this week alone the steel city hosts a flamenco event, BBC Music Day and Doc Fest which begins tomorrow.

Luke Moody is the Director Of Film Programming and shared what's in store for 2017:

University of Leeds drops out of top 100 universities

The University of Leeds has slipped out of the world's top 100.

It's now sitting at number 101 in the QS World University Rankings down from number 93 last year.

University of Leeds
David Martin

It's based on the uni's reputations as employers, how many academic papers they've published and the number of international staff and students they have.

The University of Sheffield is up two places to 82 and the University of York sits in 135.

Police attending polling stations

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The polls are open in the general election and police forces across Yorkshire are keen for the public to feel safe when you go to cast your vote:

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Severe disruption: A629 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A629 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A6034 Keighley Road and A650 Hard Ings Road.

A629 West Yorkshire - A629 in Silsden closed in both directions between the A6034 Keighley Road junction and the A650 Hard Ings Road junction.

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

Train delays between Sheffield and Manchester

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There are delays and cancellations on East Midlands Trains and Transpennine Express services between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly currently due to a fallen tree near Stockport and a person being hit by a train near Levenshulme.

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Tickets are being accepted on Cross Country services and Network Rail are working to reopen the line.