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Summary

  1. Two men from West Yorkshire killed in crane collapse
  2. Warning over 'massive challenge' facing West Yorkshire Police
  3. Leeds pupils kept in class as police search for missing prisoner
  4. Eight arrested in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation
  5. Funeral held for York victims of Manchester Arena terror attack
  6. New sculpture honours Ted Hughes' South Yorkshire roots
  7. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Our top five stories from 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. Crewe crane collapse: Two men from West Yorkshire killed
  2. Warning over 'massive challenge' facing West Yorkshire force
  3. Eight arrested in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation
  4. Funerals for York victims of Manchester Arena terror attack
  5. New arrival at Harewood House

See you on Monday.

First glimpse of statue to honour Yorkshire poet

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Here's what the new sculpture of Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes looks like...

Statue of Ted Hughes
BBC

It will be officially unveiled in Mexborough this evening and marks the start of a festival dedicated to the late poet laureate.

Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire but spent part of his childhood in Mexborough.

Police search for man after boy, nine, grabbed in street

A nine-year-old boy has been grabbed by a man in an area of Leeds and police are appealing for information about a "bald man".

Harehills
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Luckily the boy managed to struggle free and run off.

The assault happened at about 16:45 yesterday on Harehills Road near to the Bayswaters. 

The boy was walking to the shops when the man grabbed him by the arm as he was crossing the road.

The man is described as a white male with a bald head who was wearing dark clothing. Police have stepped up patrols in the area.

This happened in a densely-populated area at a busy time of day and I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident."

Acting Det Insp Susan MaclachlanWest Yorkshire police

Crewe crane collapse: Family release pictures of teenager

The family of Rhys Barker, the 18-year-old from Castleford killed by a collapsing crane in Crewe, have released pictures of him.

Rhys Barker
Family handout

Rhys died alongside 36-year-old David Newall from Bradford died when a crane on a building site collapsed on top of them.

Post-mortem tests found the two men died from crush injuries. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

Mr Barker's former school Airedale Academy paid tribute to him, saying he was a "lovely young man with his whole life ahead of him".

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Bradford City sign forward Paul Taylor on a one-year deal following his release by Peterborough United.

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CCTV appeal after Rotherham sex assault

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police investigating a sexual assault in Rotherham last month, have released CCTV images of man they want to talk to.

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

It's after 20-year-old woman was allegedly attacked as she walked towards St Ann's Road at around 20:35 on Sunday 21 May.

CCTV images
South Yorkshire Police

Officers say it was an isolated incident and have since increased patrols in the area.

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J5 for M180 and J4 for A630.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M18 southbound between J5, M180 (Stainforth) and J4, A630 (West Moor), because of an accident.

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

Woman's car stolen at knifepoint in Bradford

A woman has been robbed at knifepoint while she was loading her shopping into her car at a supermarket in Bradford.

Asda
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The robbery happened yesterday evening at Asda on Cemetery Road while the 26-year-old was putting her bags into the boot of her white VW Polo.

A man came up to her with a knife and said he wanted her car keys. He snatched the keys and another man jumped into the passenger seat and they drove off.

She was unhurt and the car was later found in Randall Place in Manningham. 

[This was a] nasty robbery on a vulnerable lone woman. There were other people in the car park at the time and I would ask them to contact us."

Det Insp Ryan BraggWest Yorkshire Police

Dragon boats star in Leeds Waterfront Festival

Final preparations are being made ahead of the annual celebration at Leeds waterfront.

Boat
Leeds Waterfront Festival

This weekend is the 10th anniversary of the Leeds Waterfront Festival which features, among other things, boat trips, races, food and music.

A crane is hoisting dragon boats into position at Leeds Dock today, ahead of their race tomorrow.

Festival organisers say the aim is "to showcase all that is wonderful about life along the canal and river running through the city centre".

Dean Hoyle

Huddersfield fans will be able to watch Premier League home games for little more than £5 thanks to a pledge made by the club's chairman in 2010.

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Three seriously hurt in collision near Ingleton

Three people had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Ingleton, North Yorkshire.

A65 near scene of crash
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The two-vehicle crash happened on the A65 near the Moorgarth Farm Campsite at about 15:30 on Wednesday.

It involved a light blue Vauxhall Agila and a dark blue Skoda Superb.

The Vauxhall was being driven south towards Settle by a woman from Bradford and her friend, also from the Bradford area.

The Skoda was heading in the opposite direction, driven by a man with one female passenger, also from the Bradford area.

Three people were taken by air ambulance to Preston Hospital and the fourth, who was slightly hurt, was taken by road ambulance to Airedale Hospital.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is being asked to contact police.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J33 for A162.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 exit slip road closed and very slow traffic eastbound at J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J32A for A1 and J33 for A162.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M62 eastbound between J32a A1(M) and J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Meer-vellous: Cuteness overload at Barnsley visitor attraction

How sweet is this baby meerkat at Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley?

VERY sweet, I think you'll agree!:

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Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J44 for A64 and J45 for A659 affecting J42 for A63.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) and J45, A659 (Boston Spa), because of an overturned vehicle. Travel time is 55 minutes. Congestion to J42, A63 (Selby fork) and on M1 to J47, A642 (Garforth).

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

Thugs attack Heckmondwike man and scrawl racist graffiti

Burglars who knocked out a man while he worked on his home in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, also daubed racist graffiti on his walls while he was unconscious, police say.

Westfield Street
Google

It happened at his house on Westfield Street on Wednesday as the man was doing DIY while wearing headphones.

He was struck on his head from behind and he lost consciousness and police say that when he came to he found "racially aggravated graffiti" written on the walls. 

The man was treated in hospital for a minor injury and the burglars left empty-handed.

I would like to reassure the local community that offences of this nature are extremely rare."

Det Insp John CharltonWest Yorkshire Police

Fire checks for cladding on Sheffield tower block

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Cladding samples from a block of flats in Sheffield have been sent off for fire checks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze in which at least 79 people are believed to have died.

Harold Lambert Court
Google

Samples from Harold Lambert Court in Park Hill have been sent by management firm Together Housing for analysis.

It comes as the Metropolitan Police reveal the Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge freezer, and outside cladding from the London flats has failed safety tests.

Insulation on the fire-hit building also failed tests and manslaughter, health and safety and fire safety charges are now being considered by police.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Listen: MP's concerns for safety at York Mosque

Police in York have been asked to make sure there's enough security in place at the city's mosque (pictured) this weekend.

Hundreds are expected to gather there to celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan.

It follows events earlier this week where worshippers appeared to be targeted by a man driving a van near Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

City Labour MP Rachael Maskell says people need to feel safe and the right security needs to be in place:

Stretched West Yorkshire Police force 'exhausted'

Many police officers in West Yorkshire are "exhausted" as they work long hours to make up for cuts to their workforce, the force's chief constable has said.

Police
BBC

Dee Collins is the latest senior police officer to raise concerns about a lack of government money going to forces across the country.

The number of West Yorkshire Police officers has fallen by 1,063 over the past 10 years.

Home secretary Amber Rudd has admitted police resources are "very tight" and need the "right response".

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J37 for A628 Barnsley affecting J38 for A637 Darton.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound at J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of an overturned vehicle and a fuel spillage. Travel time is 25 minutes. Congestion to J38, A637 (Darton).

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

Watch: Sheffield floods remembered 10 years on

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

It's a decade since heavy rain caused devastating floods across Sheffield.

Today, a plaque has been unveiled at Riverside Park to mark that anniversary.

The park was itself created as part of a flood protection scheme to prevent similar flooding from happening again.

I went along to watch:

Chocks away: Never mind the Wright Brothers - TRUE first flight celebrated in Yorkshire

The story of how human heavier-than-air flight was invented right here in Yorkshire will be told on TV tonight.

Glider
BBC

Sir George Cayley, from Scarborough (pictured), successfully developed a glider which flew from Brompton Dale, near his home town, in 1853.

George Cayley
BBC

When his glider took its first flight, Cayley was aged 79, so his coachman John Appleby is believed to have become the world's first pilot as the craft flew for 153m before crash landing.

Cayley's story's being told in Invented in The North on BBC One at 19:00.

The story is brought up to date with the Rotherham firm inventing unmanned aircraft to do everything from monitoring polluting ships to finding people lost at sea.

Danny Ward

Cardiff City sign striker Danny Ward from Rotherham United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

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Leeds pupils kept in class as police search for missing prisoner

A school in Leeds is keeping its pupils inside as police search the area for an escaped prisoner nearby:

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

He had been arrested after being recalled to prison for an 18-month sentence for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in June last year.

Daniel Brown
West Yorkshire Police

Lower Wortley Primary School says it's "following agreed procedures and advice from police".

West Yorkshire Police say: "There is no risk to the community and members of public are advised to continue with daily life".

New sculpture honours Ted Hughes' South Yorkshire roots

Ted Hughes
BBC

With the news that late Yorkshire poetry legend Ted Hughes is to be honoured with a sculpture in Mexborough, did you know?:

  • Edward James Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, in 1930
  • He left Mytholmroyd for Mexborough in South Yorkshire and from there went on to Cambridge
  • His first book of poems, Hawk in the Rain, won critical acclaim upon its release in 1957
  • Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984 and remained in the post until his death from cancer in 1998 at the age of 68
  • He was honoured with a permanent memorial in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey in December 2011, placing him alongside figures such as Wordsworth and Betjeman
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says he has agreed a contract extension "in principle".

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Travel update: A1 multi-vehicle crash

BBC News Travel

Looks like there's been a crash on the A1 northbound this lunchtime:

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Second phase of £56m link road begins

Work starts today on phase two of the Great Yorkshire Way.

That's the link road connecting the M18 to Robin Hood Airport.

The first section of a £56m dual carriageway linking the M18 with Robin Hood Airport officially opened last year.

On Tuesday the airport was named "the fastest growing airport in the country" with more than one million passengers.

Map
BBC

Sheffield road 'safe' after chemicals found

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Fire crews say the A57 near Todwick has now been declared safe after chemicals were found at the side of the road this morning.

Chemicals found at side of A57 in Sheffield
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Specialist crews were called to the scene just after 08:00 and the road was closed as a precaution.

Firefighter testing chemicals at side of A57 in Sheffield
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The substances were tested before officers declared the area safe.

Crane collapse victims: School pays tribute to 'lovely young man'

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who was one of two men killed in a crane collapse at a building site in Crewe on Wednesday.

Crane collapse
BBC

Cheshire Police have said that 18-year-old Rhys Barker, from Castleford, died in the incident, along with 36-year-old David Newall from Bradford.

In a statement from Airedale Academy in Castleford, Mr Barker's former school, the 18-year-old is described as "a lovely young man with his whole life ahead of him":

He was well liked and will be greatly missed by his many friends and staff here at the Academy."

Airedale Academy
Flowers
BBC

Meanwhile, in a statement, Seddon Homes boss Jonathan Seddon said his company was working with the emergency services and the Heath and Safety Executive.

"On behalf of everyone at Seddon I'd like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of those who so tragically lost their lives."

"At this time I cannot speculate as to the cause of this incident, but needless to say there will be a full investigation."

West Yorkshire men victims of fatal crane collapse in Crewe

More on the news that two men who died after a crane collapsed in Crewe on Wednesday were both from West Yorkshire.

Crane
BBC

Cheshire Police have named the pair as David Newall, 36 from Bradford, and Rhys Barker, 18 from Castleford, who were both killed on a building site.

A man who lives nearby, who only gave his name as Jason, told the BBC the crane had been lifting tools before it fell at about 16:30 on Wednesday.

He said: "They finished the work, the crane positioned itself facing Bombardier [a haulage firm]. The guys finished their work and they were still up there when all of a sudden, it slowly just started to tilt, tilt tilt."

"Guys started shouting and it completely fell on the floor," he added.

Crewe crane collapse: Two men from West Yorkshire killed

Two men who died after a crane collapsed on a building site in Crewe on Wednesday were from West Yorkshire, police have said.

Crane
PA

David Newall, 36, from Bradford and Rhys Barker, 18, from Castleford were killed as they were working at the building site on Dunwoody Way.

An eyewitness said the crane "slowly started tilting" before it fell, crushing them.

The construction site belonged to Seddon Homes. Its chief executive said he could not speculate as to the cause of the incident.

BreakingWest Yorkshire men killed in crane collapse

Two men who died when a crane collapsed in Crewe were both from West Yorkshire.

More details to follow.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J32 for M18 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J32, M18 (Thurcroft) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: "Look at the size of it!" - Plus-sized truck versus pint-sized bike

Talk about David versus Goliath...Except in this case, Goliath definitely wins.

Residents of a Leeds street couldn't believe the size of the truck used to recover an unregistered mini-quad bike which had been illegally ridden around the area.

West Yorkshire Police came across it in Harehills where the rider made off, knocking one officer from his bicycle and leaving him with minor injuries.

Other officers were called to the scene and a 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. He was later released pending further enquiries:

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