Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. York-born Sir Vince Cable to run for Lib Dem leadership
  2. Anger over Bradford dementia care home closure plan
  3. 'Machete' pair chase two men outside Doncaster school
  4. Blue plaque for former York home of Oscar-winning composer
  5. Go-ahead expected for thousands of new homes in Bradford
  6. Doncaster Sheffield Airport 'fastest growing' in country
  7. Updates on Tuesday 20 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all from Tuesday...

Those are all our news, weather, sport, and travel updates from across Yorkshire on Tuesday.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Wednesday 21 June 2017? Just click here.

Sheffield City Council announce sprinkler plan

Sheffield City Council has announced it will be fitting sprinklers in all 24 of its tower blocks.

This evening the council said it would be announcing a series of meetings from Wednesday to speak to residents.

The news comes after the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington claimed the lives of at least 79 people.

A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said they had always intended to review their policy on sprinklers as part of ongoing renovation and improvement works but was bringing the commitment forward to provide extra reassurance to residents.

Councillor Jayne Dunn said: “We have done a huge amount of work in recent years to make sure our tower blocks are safe.

"The cladding systems are fireproof and comply with building and planning regulations.

“We had always intended to review our position on sprinklers later this year. But as an extra reassurance to residents, I am today announcing this has been brought forward and we will be fitting sprinklers in all 24 blocks.”

The council will start consulting on a block by block basis later this year with tenants and leaseholders.

There is already one tower block with sprinklers – Callow Mount – which was retro-fitted in 2011, as part of work with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Twenty one of the council’s 24 tower blocks have metal cladding.

A spokesman said the cladding is fireproof as the insulation is mineral and rock wool, with fire breaks at the floor and party walls.

They added: "This creates a fire-proof box around each flat to the external structure to prevent the spread of fire to other flats.

"The other three are brickwork-clad and designed to operate in the same way as the other 21 but in these cases have a separate metal fire barrier installed."

Our five top stories today

Well that's all from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Anger over Bradford dementia care home closure plan
  2. York-born Sir Vince Cable to run for Lib Dem leadership
  3. Halifax bingo addict jailed for stealing employer's cash
  4. Police watchdog reopens inquiry over murder investigation
  5. Show falcon flees as red kites turn on bird

See you tomorrow.

Denny Solomona

Sale boss Steve Diamond says they were justified in signing Denny Solomona but Castleford believe the legal saga could happen again.

Read more

Do you recognise this man? Three cases of 'inappropriate touching'

Police in Leeds want to speak to this man after three cases of "inappropriate touching" in an area of Leeds.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

All three instances happened on Cardigan road between 5 June and 12 June.

Each time a man has walked up to his female victims and touched them inappropriately in broad daylight before running off.

The victims say that he spoke with a Yorkshire accent. 

Picture released after Sheffield pub attack

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Detectives investigating an assault at a pub in Sheffield have released CCTV images of a man want to speak to.

CCTV images of Sheffield pub assault
SYP

A 38-year-old man suffered facial injuries after being punched at The Harley Hotel in Glossop Road in Broomhill .

It happened at around 02:00 on Thursday 30 March.

Woman, 91, injured in shop cigarette robbery

A 91-year-old woman was injured in a robbery in Dewsbury yesterday morning.

Police
PA

It happened at about 08:35 at Bennett Stores on Leeds Road when a man went into the shop and asked for a pack of cigarettes.

Police say he went around her side of the counter, pushed her to the floor, stole the cigarettes and then took money from the till.

He left the woman with minor injuries and she had to go to hospital.

This was an extremely callous incident involving an elderly woman and fortunately she wasn't more seriously injured."

Det Insp Mark AtkinsonWest Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: A631 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A631 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, around B6066 Whitehill Lane.

A631 South Yorkshire - A631 Bawtry Road in Brinsworth blocked and very slow traffic in both directions around the B6066 Whitehill Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Show falcon flees as red kites turn on bird

A falcon used in display shows has gone missing after it was chased by red kites over Harewood House.

Falcon
Jonathan Marshall Shows

The bird, named Icarus, was at the stately home training for a country show this weekend with his owner Jonathan Marshall.

But the kites weren't too happy at the site of the falcon flying around their territory and chased him off in the direction of Wetherby.

He hasn't been seen since and his owner says he's "desperate" to see the bird again as it's trained to fly through the legs of dancing stallions and is one-of-a-kind.

Invented in the North: Jet-propelled mobility scooter tested

If you think that some people who ride mobility scooters go a bit too quick on pavements, don't tell them about this jet-powered one.

It has reached an eye-watering speed of more than 70mph on a North Yorkshire airfield.

Tom Bagnall, an amateur engineer, built the vehicle out of two old turbo units and is featured in a new programme about aviation innovations in the north of England.

Bradford specialist dementia care home to close

A care home in Bradford that specialises in looking after people who suffer from dementia will close.

Care home
Google

Holme View care home in Tong has 22 residents with dementia, but Bradford Council has decided it should close.

It could shut as early as this autumn as the council say it's no longer fit for purpose.

There were tears from the relatives of some residents after the decision was made.

The decisison means residents will be moved to other private care homes.

Richie Smallwood

Blackburn Rovers sign Rotherham midfielder Richie Smallwood after he turned down a new contract with the Millers.

Read more

Three men jailed over botched Doncaster robbery

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Three men from Rossington who tried to carry out an armed robbery at a Doncaster shop have been jailed.

Ian Cherry, Lee Littledyke, Timothy Butler,
SYP

Ian Cherry, aged 34, from West End Lane, along with 39-year-old Timothy Butler of Firth Crescent, and 38-year-old Lee Littledyke from Deacon Crescent, targeted Woodhouse Newsagents in Hatfield Woodhouse last December.

They threatened workers with an imitation firearm and demanded cash, but left empty-handed after staff challenged them.

Ian Cherry was handed the longest sentence of the trio - ten years behind bars.

Butler was jailed for eight years and Littledyke for six years.

I'd like to praise the members of the public who acted quickly, calling police and giving us details of the car involved."

Karen GraveDetective Constable

Police want this man after commuter attacked in train station

Police want to speak to this man after a commuter was punched in Leeds railway station because he "was walking too slowly".

CCTV
British Transport Police

It happened during rush hour on 28 April as the victim was walking down the escalater in Leeds train station.

He heard someone behind him swearing and telling him to walk faster.

He carried on towards the exit, before a man came from behind him and punched him in the face.

He fell to the floor and the attacker stepped over him and left the station.

BreakingSpecialist Bradford care home to close

The Holme Wood specialist care home in Bradford will close, meaning 22 residents with dementia will have to be re-homed.

More to follow...

New Doncaster Wool Market design unveiled

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Here's how Doncaster's historic Wool Market is set to look, after the new design was unveiled.

Doncaster Wool Market
Doncaster Council

More than £3m of Sheffield City Region funding will be spent on transforming the market area.

Doncaster Wool Market
Doncaster Council

The makeover will also enable the market to host more events, encouraging more people into the area.

Doncaster Wool Market
Doncaster Council

Thieves targeting vehicles in Selby area

Police are urging vigilance after six people were arrested in connection with thefts from vehicles in the Selby area.

selby
Google

Since the start of May there have been 43 reports of thefts from vehicles in the town of Selby and surrounding villages, including Hemingbrough, Cliffe, North Duffield and Barlby have also seen an increase in incidents.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police

Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been conducting extra patrols in the targeted areas."

Sgt Jackie Booth

Police watchdog reopens inquiry over murder investigation

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has reopened its investigation following the murder of a man in Rotherham last summer.

It's looking at how South Yorkshire Police handled apparent threats against Craig Preston before his death in August 2016.

Craig Preston
SYP

The watchdog has said that based on the evidence so far, there's an indication of misconduct by a detective.

Mr Preston - who was 34 and from Wath-Upon-Dearne - was found dead at the Woodhead Tunnels by dogwalkers.

A man, woman and three teenage boys were found guilty of killing him last month.

Although our investigation is in its early stages, the conduct of an officer at South Yorkshire Police is under investigation, and we are continuing to gather all relevant evidence in this case.”

IPCC
Liam Lindsay

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Partick Thistle accept a bid from Barnsley for centre-back Liam Lindsay, who last week decided not to join Oxford United.

Read more

Halifax bingo addict jailed for stealing employer's cash

A woman from Halifax who had become addicted to playing bingo has been jailed for five years after she stole £245,000 from a Calderdale business to feed her habit.

Nikki Conway
West Yorkshire Police

Nikki Conway, 37, was employed as the office manager at Uncle Ted's Organics and had a bingo gambling addiction of £1,000 a week.

Conway, of Willowfield Crescent was responsible for the financial management of the company and used a secure key for internet banking.

Conway stole the money by transferring cash from various accounts into her own bank accounts.

She was like family to me and I trusted her completely with my finances. I never thought a human being in this world could have done this."

William DickinOwner, Uncle Ted's Organics

Future of York care home in doubt

Another care home in York could close by the end of the year.

It's part of the city council's plans to replace what it calls outdated older people's homes with more modern ones.

Elderly care
Science Photo Library

Woolnough House is a small care home with 15 permanent residents.

They, their families and staff are now being consulted on plans to close it by the end of this year.

Three other homes have already been closed in the last 18 months.

A senior adult social care director says what they're doing will ensure that existing residents and future generations will have the best quality of life.

Man, 74, charged with 1978 kidnap and indecent assault

A 74-year-old Bradford man, has been charged with the kidnap and indecent assault of a four-year-old girl in Keighley in 1978.

George Frankland of Falcon Street is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Armed officers called to city street fight

Armed police were sent to a street brawl in Sheffield last night after reports that a boy had been stabbed and some people had weapons in the fracas.

South Yorkshire Police said two people were arrested suspicion of affray and some weapons were recovered.

A 17-year-old boy was later found at a city hospital where he was being treated for stab wounds to his legs and back.

Officers were altered by calls reporting two groups of people fighting in Spital Lane in Sheffield.

Spital Lane
Google

Severe accident: A19 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between A168 and A170 Sutton Road.

A19 North Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A19 York Road northbound between the A168 junction and the A170 Sutton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

South Yorkshire PC in court over dangerous driving

A South Yorkshire Police officer has appeared in court in connection with a crash that left a motorist with serious spinal injuries.

Gareth Lee
BBC

PC Gareth Lee, 26, was charged with causing injury by dangerous driving after the patrol car he was in collided with another vehicle in Sheffield.

The collision happened on 23 October at the junction of Bellhouse Road and Ecclesfield Road.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry has been launched.

Mr Lee was bailed at Sheffield Magistrates' Court earlier and is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 18 July.

Watch: From Yorkshire with love - Blue plaque for Oscar-winning York composer

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

York-born composer and conductor John Barry, who died in 2011, is recognised in his home city today as a prestigious blue plaque is unveiled in his memory.

I've been to his childhood home to meet David Fraser, from the York Civic Trust, the organisation behind the honour, to find out more about the man and his music:

Rotherham United sign Barnsley midfielder on two-year deal

BBC Sport

More on the news that Rotherham United have signed Barnsley midfielder Ryan Williams on a two-year deal.

Ryan Williams
Empics

The 23-year-old Australian made 17 appearances for the Reds last season, scoring once.

"I think this will be a good career move for him, he has lived in the area, and he is a really good character," boss Paul Warne told the club website.

"All the people that I've spoken to speak highly of him, so I am really pleased to have him on board."

York-born Sir Vince Cable to run for Lib Dem leadership

Sir Vince Cable, who's originally from York, says he is a candidate to become Liberal Democrat leader.

Vince Cable
BBC

The former business secretary, who has served as deputy leader and acting leader in the past, is throwing his hat into the ring after Tim Farron said he would stand down this summer.

Sir Vince, 74, has been a senior figure in the party for more than 20 years and won his Twickenham seat back at the general election.

He was born into a working class family in York where his father, Len, was a craftsman at Rowntrees Chocolate factory and his mother, Edith, packed chocolates for rival firm,Terry's.

He attended Nunthorpe Grammar School in the city.

Grenfell Tower fire: Public inquiry best option says John Healey

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London would find out the truth behind it better than coroners' inquests, the Shadow Housing Minister and Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, John Healey, has said.

Grenfell Tower interior
Getty Images

Seventy-nine people are believed to have died after a huge blaze at the west London tower block, which began at about 01:00 last Wednesday morning.

Mr Healey says a public inquiry would be broader and judge-led than inquests:

They can set the inquiry up in a way that makes sure the residents' voices are properly heard."

John HealeyShadow Housing Secretary

Watch: My City of Sanctuary - 'I love Sheffield'

Dan Green

BBC Radio Sheffield

All this week we're looking at Sheffield's role as the UK's first City Of Sanctuary, 10 years on.

According to the City of Sanctuary Sheffield website, the aim is to "build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK".

Meet Kweku Sackey, who's originally from Ghana, but he now calls Sheffield his home:

Severe accident: A61 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A61 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Wike Lane and Manor House Lane.

A61 West Yorkshire - A61 Harrogate Road in Harewood closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Wike Lane junction and the Manor House Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Travel update: A61 closed near Leeds Grammar School

BBC News Travel

The A61 is currently closed in Harewood because of an accident

One to avoid, according to the police.

Also causing delays to buses:

View more on twitter

Yorkshire 'has fastest growing film industry'

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There are, of course, lots of things that Yorkshire is the best at. I'm not going to list them all, we'd be here all day...

But it turns out that Yorkshire's film industry is the fastest growing in the UK.

Brontes
BBC

New figures show the film and TV industry in Yorkshire is doing better than any other area of the UK, including the South East.

Screen Yorkshire says the European Regional Development Fund has helped secure £157m worth of new business to the region.

It says the work in the region is having an impact on the wider economy, including tourism.