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  1. Pair jailed for life for Sheffield man's 'savage and brutal' murder
  2. Murder charges after woman's body found in Leeds woods
  3. Bid to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre rejected
  4. Events held to mark first anniversary of murder of Jo Cox MP
  5. £25m Leeds Bradford Airport rail plans approved 'in principle'
  6. York teenager jailed after defying 'hoodie' court order
  7. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

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Our five top stories today

Well, that's all from us for today.

We'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

Before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Events are held to mark first anniversary of murder of Jo Cox MP
  2. Murder charges after woman's body found in woods
  3. Bid to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre rejected
  4. Craig Preston death: Pair jailed for life
  5. "Tallest mural" in UK takes shape in Leeds

See you next week.

Yorkshire's regional programmes come together for Jo Cox

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Don't forget that BBC Look North and ITV Calendar are joining forces tonight for the Jo Cox Great Get Together.

Harry and Christine

Harry Gration and Christine Talbot have been getting ready for the programme tonight which you can see on ITV1 at 18:00 and BBC One at 18:30.

It's the first time in their 49-year histories that the two programmes have joined up and they'll be broadcasting live from Birstall.

Christine and Harry are pictured above getting ready for their shows... I wonder which one bought the biscuits?

Watch: On your bike - Octogenarian's remarkable cycle trip

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

An 84-year-old man from Doncaster who suffers from a spinal condition which means he struggles to walk very far is planning to cycle 19 miles this weekend.

Jack Handley will be raising money for a scanner at the Doncaster Royal Infimary and to thank the surgeons at the Royal Hallamshire who got him back on his bike.

Jack says it's a real contrast between walking and cycling for him:

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Futurist Theatre campaigner's 'no regrets' after High Court verdict

Campaigners who've been fighting to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre say they've "no regrets" over their failed attempt to win a judicial review over a decision to demolish the venue.

Futurist Theatre, Scarborough
Christopher Hall

A High Court judge ruled today that there will be no legal review into Scarborough Borough Council's decision to knock down the landmark building which dates back to the 1920s.

The council's cabinet had judged the Futurist, which closed in 2014, to be unsustainable as a theatrical venue.

Diana Tasker, from the Save the Futurist Campaign, says the fight was worth it: "We don't regret the application for a judicial review. If the Futurist goes, it will be seen that we fought right until the bitter end to keep it and I'm sorry for everybody that we've lost."

Rievaulx Abbey rediscovers Victorian 'virtual reality'

A Victorian version of virtual reality has been brought to life by historical photographs of a ruined North Yorkshire abbey.

Two images of Rievaulx Abbey
Dr Brian May/PA

Rievaulx Abbey is exhibiting the collection of late 19th and early 20th century slides, which create a 3D effect when viewed.

Dr Brian May, legendary guitarist from the band Queen, co-owns a company which has made a modern stereoscope viewer, a binocular-like apparatus, to look at the slides.

It allows people to see them as Victorians would have seen them.

Dr May says: "3D was photography that gave you a feeling of reality, rather than just a flat rendition on a piece of paper."

Two hurt in 'targeted' burglary in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

Barnsley reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A man and woman have been taken to hospital after four men broke into their home on Moorend Lane in Silkstone Common near Barnsley while they slept.

Moorend Lane in Silkstone Common

It's believed the occupants, who suffered minor injuries and have now been discharged from hospital, were assaulted by the four men who left the property empty-handed.

South Yorkshire Police believe the attack was "targeted" and have urged witnesses to come forward.

Watch: Can cricket and Ramadan mix?

Jenny Eells

BBC Radio Sheffield

With just over a week to go until the end of Ramadan, I've been hearing how people in South Yorkshire are marking the religious festival.

Over the month it takes place, many Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset without food or drink, so what do you do if you're playing sport?

I've put on my whites and headed to Nether Edge Cricket Club to meet players who're fasting while taking wickets:

British Airways strike: Cabin crews to stage two-week strike

Flights to London from Leeds Bradford Airport could be affected by a British Airways cabin crew strike next month.

British Airways

Staff are to stage a two-week strike from 1 July in a row over pay and conditions.

The Unite union said it was also pursuing legal action against the airline on behalf of hundreds of cabin crew who say they were "sanctioned" for taking previous strike action.

Listen: Ten-year-old Scarborough girl organises concert for terror victims

A 10-year-old North Yorkshire girl has organised a concert in the town to raise money for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Holly, from Scarborough, says she saw the One Love Concert in Manchester to raise money for the victims and decided she "wanted to do something too".

In less than a fortnight, she's organised a concert at Hackness Village Hall to raise money to help:

Man dies following Rotherham collision

A cyclist has died following a collision with a car in Rotherham.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, suffered fatal injuries in the collision yesterday on Centenary Way at the junction with Main Street.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been released under investigation as enquiries continue and South Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

Leeds Bradford Airport rail link on track

A railway station serving Leeds Bradford Airport is one step closer to becoming a reality.


West Yorkshire Combined Authority's investment committee approved in principle the £25m scheme at a meeting earlier today.

The plans include building a station on the Harrogate line, about one mile away from the terminal, with shuttle bus services expected to take passengers between the two

Don't go buying a ticket just yet, though. Final approval for the scheme isn't expected until 2019.

Craig Preston death: Pair jailed for life

A man and a woman have been jailed for life for the murder of man who was "savagely" attacked before his body was dumped on moorland in South Yorkshire.

Shiraz Bashir and Leonie Mason
South Yorkshire Police

Craig Preston was attacked in a lay-by in Rotherham before being taken to Woodhead Tunnels.

Shiraz Bashir, 42, and Leonie Mason, 24, were told they would serve a minimum of 22 and 19 years respectively.

Mason had been in a relationship with both Mr Preston and Bashir at the time of the attack on 21 August 2016.

Jo Cox's sister speaks of the importance of community

Events have been taking place across the country to remember former Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox on the first anniversary of her death.

Kim Leadbeater

She was murdered on her way to a constituency surgery in Birstall, which is where the most poignant celebrations of her life are taking place.

The Great Get Together events have been organised to remember the positive message about community cohesion that Mrs Cox promoted as an MP.

Thousands of people have joined in the events, with tea parties, acts of kindness and impromptu get togethers.

Without the community we would've gone under."

Kim LeadbeaterSister of Jo Cox

Bid to save Scarborough's Futurist Theatre rejected

An attempt to save the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough from demolition has been rejected by a High Court judge.

Futurist Theatre

Sitting at the High Court in Leeds, the judge turned down a bid by campaigners for a full judicial review into decisions taken by Scarborough Borough Council.

In January, councillors voted 22 to 21 in favour of spending £4m to knock down the venue which was opened in 1921.

The Conservative-run council's cabinet had previously judged the Futurist, which closed in 2014, to be unsustainable as a theatrical venue.

Campaigners had hoped to run the theatre as a charitable trust and believed the venue could host large-scale musical productions.

Severe congestion: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe congestion, at J2 for A1 affecting M1 J32.

M18 South Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on M18 northbound at J2 A1(M). Congestion to M1 J32, Thurcroft.

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

Hundreds of children gathered in Heckmondwike to sing in memory of Jo Cox
A year on from her murder, people are getting together to remember the late MP Jo Cox.

Listen: Road safety fears over Yorkshire Wildlife Park expansion plans

There are concerns expansion plans for Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster could increase the risk of road accidents.

Auckley Parish Council is bringing in an outside expert to try and convince park bosses to alter the proposals.

The council points out that Hurst Lane, where a new entrance would be, already has a school nearby and a new sixth form college is due to open in September.

Parish councillor Ian Swainston says the expansion will cause too much extra traffic:

Travel update: Delays after accident on M1

BBC News Travel

This is the scene on the M1 northbound this afternoon after an accident between J34 and J35 which has closed the carriageway:

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Highways England says it expects the road will remain closed until at least 17:30.

On Twitter, they have said that people who are stuck in the traffic are being "turned around and released".

Taxi marshal pilot programme launched in York

A pilot project's being launched in York tonight which will see taxi marshals at ranks for the first time with the aim of tackling anti-social behaviour and controlling noise levels.

Taxi light
Getty Images

Similar schemes are already used in other cities which have successfully reduced such incidents.

The taxi marshals will operate from the Duncombe Place taxi rank from 23:00 until 04:00.

It'll also run from 23:00 on Saturday nights over the next 25 weeks.

The York Hackney Carriage Association, along with the York Business Improvement District, came up with the project after hearing concerns from both residents and businesses.

Murder charges after woman's body found in woods

Two people have appeared in court accused of the murder of a woman found dead in woodland near Leeds.

Sinead Wooding
West Yorkshire Police

The body of Sinead Wooding, 26, was discovered by joggers near Alwoodley Crags car park in Stairfoot Lane on 14 May.

Akshar Ali, 26, of Kings Road, Leeds, and Yasmin Ahmed, 27, of Reginald Mount, Leeds, both denied the charge during a hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

They were remanded in custody and will stand trial on 13 November.

At the same court hearing, Asim Ali, 20, of Kings Road, Leeds and Vicky Briggs, 25, of Throstle Road, Leeds, both denied a charge of assisting an offender. They were released on bail.

Traffic and travel: M1 closed at Meadowhall

BBC News Travel

The M1 is currently closed northbound in South Yorkshire at junction 34 for Meadowhall.

It's due to an accident involving a van and a lorry.

Traffic's already back to junction 33 for Rotherham and the Sheffield Parkway.

A signed diversion is in place and you also can't join the northbound side of the M1 at that junction currently.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down truck.

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

Grenfell Tower fire: Safety is 'paramount' in Leeds

Residents of high-rise tower blocks in Leeds are being told that their "safety and well-being is paramount" by the city's leaders after the devastating Grenfell Tower block fire in London.

Leeds high rises
Chemical Engineer

Leeds City Council says it's carrying out an immediate review of all fire safety and prevention measures at its tower blocks to make sure that they "continue to be robust and fit for purpose".

High-rise blocks in Leeds have undergone a £12m refurbishment programme over the last three years, which has included improvements in fire safety.

Some of that work included re-cladding and the council says that the type used is "fire retardant and is different to the cladding used on the Grenfell flats".

Here in Leeds we take the safety of our tenants extremely seriously. However, we are not complacent. We will be undertaking a review of all fire prevention measures."

Councillor Debra CouparLeeds City Council

Blindfolded walk around Barnsley

Mick Lunney

Barnsley reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A councillor from Barnsley has walked blindfolded around the town centre to help understand how "street clutter" can affect the visually impaired.

Councillor Roy Miller wearing special glasses to see what it's like for the blind in Barnsley.
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Roy Miller, the cabinet's spokesperson for places, took part in the task as part of a scheme to ensure Barnsley town centre is accessible for all.

He wore special glasses and said walking around streets like this "really put the issues blind and partially sighted people face in perspective".

He really listened to our concerns and we're looking forward to continuing to improve the re-development of Barnsley's town centre together."

Steve WallerRNIB campaigner from Barnsley

Birstall comes together to remember Jo Cox

One year on from the murder of Jo Cox MP, people have come together in Birstall to celebrate her life.


The MP died after being attacked in the town last year.

Today, people all over the country are joining in the Great Get Together to celebrate her vision of community cohesion.

The current MP Tracy Brabin (pictured above) is in the town and has been joined by pupils from Field Lane Primary school:

Great Get Together
BBC Sport

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M1 northbound at J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident involving a lorry and van.

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

BBC One Show really likes Emmerdale

BBC Look North and ITV Calendar are joining forces tonight for the Great Get Together in memory of murdered Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

It looks like other bits of the TV schedule are up to it too!:

View more on twitter

US Open: Mixed days for Sheffield golfers

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent at Erin Hills

Sheffield's two professional golfers had mixed rounds on the opening day of the US Open.

Matthew Fitzpatrick finished two under par but Danny Willett had a bit of a stinker ending nine over par:

View more on twitter

The second round gets under way at 22:00 BST tonight and you can listen to coverage here.

Handcuffed prisoner goes on run in Leeds

A handcuffed prisoner has escaped from police after a hospital visit in Leeds.

Daniel Brown
West Yorkshire Police

Daniel Brown, 22, ran off from officers on Wednesday morning after being led out of St James's Hospital, where he was being treated.

He ran off towards the Shakespeare Tower blocks pursued by officers but he managed to give them the slip.

Police say they conducted an "extensive search of the area" but they couldn't find him

Officers say that he doesn't pose a risk to the public but that they "need to find him and take him back into custody."

He will have needed somewhere to hide and was wearing handcuffs which are likely to have required cutting equipment to remove."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire in the League Cup first round

BBC Sport

The draw for the first round of the 2017/18 League Cup has just taken place in Thailand.

There's some local derbies to look forward to as well with Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday playing Chesterfield.

The Carabao Cup

The other local ties see Barnsley at home to Morecombe, Sheffield United v Walsall, Rotherham United against Lincoln City and Leeds United welcome Port Vale to Elland Road.

Ties will be played midweek during August.

Cracking the flags?

I know the weather for the weekend is forecast to be good, but it looks like someone's hoping for sun hot enough to melt the heart of stone:

View more on twitter

Morrisons fined over marketing emails

Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons has been fined £10,500 for ignoring the wishes of customers over marketing emails, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said.


The supermarket chain sent 130,671 emails to people who had already opted out of marketing related to their More card.

“These customers had explicitly told Morrisons they didn’t want marketing emails about their More card.

Morrisons ignored their decision and for that we’ve taken action,” said ICO deputy commissioner Simon Entwisle.

Watch: Children come together to sing for Jo Cox

Hundreds of schoolchildren have gathered to sing remember Jo Cox on the anniversary of her murder last year.

About 500 children came together on Heckmondwike Green to sing songs and celebrate the late MP's life and beliefs.

Events called the Great Get Together are going on around the country all day, you can see what everyone's upto by following #GreatGetTogether

'Tallest mural' in UK takes shape in Leeds

You may have noticed this huge mural being painted on the side of a re-vamped office block in Leeds in recent days - it's set to be the tallest painting of its kind in the country.


The team behind the painting have been given four weeks to complete the picture, but at just over a week in, they are at the halfway stage.

It's not been an easy task for the artists, they've had to go through specialist training to enable them to work at a knee trembling 137ft.

They have been using a special metre-wide cradle to paint the huge mural and have been using a special grid system to make sure they're painting on the right part of the wall.

The only issue with it is that the cradle we use moves around a lot - it makes you feel seasick!"

Joy GilleardArtist
Sinead Wooding

Two people deny murdering Sinead Wooding whose body was found in woodland near Leeds.

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Decade-long sentence for Sheffield serial thief

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A 34-year-old man has been jailed for over a decade after being convicted of multiple robbery offences in Sheffield.

Byron Dearnley
South Yorkshire Police

Byron Dearnley, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court for three counts of robbery, three counts of possession of a bladed article and one count of grievous bodily harm.

He'd earlier pleaded guilty to the charges and was jailed for a total of 10 years and eight months.

The severity of his crimes is reflected in the lengthy sentence he has been given and I hope the local community is reassured by the action taken to get this dangerous individual off the streets and behind bars."

PC Glen ArrowsmithSouth Yorkshire Police