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Summary

  1. Rotherham abuse brothers' appeal refused
  2. Man in court charged with murder over Huddersfield death
  3. Number of people smoking in Yorkshire goes down
  4. HS2 offer described as a bribe
  5. Employee jailed for stealing from jewellers
  6. Bullied Leeds boy supported by Twitter celebs
  7. Cash machines targeted by ram-raiders
  8. New name for Headingley Stadium
  9. Live updates on Friday 30 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Adam Pinder-Smith, Elly Fiorentini and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Our top five 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. Man charged with murder over Huddersfield house death
  2. Stormzy and other celebrities tweet bullied school boy
  3. Number of smokers down in Yorkshire
  4. HS2 offer is 'just a bribe'
  5. Man jailed for stealing from Halifax jewellers

See you next week.

Kellingley Colliery: What the site looks like now

BBC cameras have been allowed inside the former Kellingley Colliery site for the first time since it shut in 2015.

Kellingley
BBC

Up to 3,000 new jobs could be created if plans for the redevelopment of the former pit are approved.

The 151-acre site will provide almost 1.5m sq ft of manufacturing and distribution space.

Developers Harworth bought the site in March 2016 and said that they wanted to replace the jobs lost when mining ended.

The firm say they've spent the last 12 months making the site safe.

Eight-year-old cyclist suffers serious injuries in accident

An eight-year-old boy who was cycling in Tingley has been left with serious injuries after he was knocked off his bike yesterday.

Capitol Business Park
Google

It happened just before 19:00 on the A650 Bradford Road in Tingley just outside the Capitol Business Park. 

A car was travelling towards Morley and the boy was crossing on the pedestrian crossing when the accident happened.

The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Fundraiser for family of bombing victims

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There's a very special fundraising day happening in York this Sunday which has been organised by local mum Annuola Wilby.

Marcin and Angelika Klis died as they waited to collect their daughters from the Ariana Grande concert.

The money raised on Sunday will be given to their family.

Details of Sunday's fundraising event
Ainsty pub

Travel update: Lights out on Kirkstall Road

BBC News Travel

There's been a power failure in Kirkstall this afternoon, most homes are now back on, but the traffic lights are still out.

This is the scene at the busy junction near to Morrisons and the leisure centre as we head into the Friday rush hour:

A65
Stuart Long

Northern Power Grid say that the lights could be out of action until 17:45.

Phil Collins to play Sheffield Arena

I can feel it calling in the air tonight... That's right kids, it's just been announced that Phil Collins will be playing in Sheffield in November.

Phil Collins
Getty Images

The multi-million album selling solo artist will play there in November as part of his Not Dead Yet Tour.

Tickets start at £72.80. That's not a misprint, you can spend £134.40 if you like for the best seats.

Watch: CCTV of armed robbery in Sheffield

Police investigating an armed robbery have released CCTV footage of the crime as it happened in a bid to track down the suspect.

Do you know the man in this video, officers want to speak to him.

The robbery was back in December last year at the Post Office at Tinsley shopping centre.

South Yorkshire Police said: "For legal reasons, we have been unable to release the footage until now but we’re hoping that someone will recognise this man and pass on information.”

Felix Wiedwald

Leeds United sign Werder Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

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No fresh inquest for Northallerton Red Cap killed in Iraq 14 years ago

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A request by the families of military policemen who were killed in Iraq for a fresh inquest into their deaths has been rejected.

Lance Corporal Ben Hyde from Northallerton, along with five other red caps, were killed by a 400 strong Iraqi mob when they descended on police station in Majar Al-Kabir.

Lance Corporal Ben Hyde who was killed in Iraq in 2003
BBC

In 2014 four of the families, including Ben Hyde's parents, wrote to Attorney General Jeremy Wright seeking leave to apply to the High Court for a new inquest on the grounds that fresh evidence had come to light .

Mr Wright said he had concluded that none of the grounds of challenge set out had a reasonable "prospect of success" and he could not therefore authorise a referral to the High Court.

Yorkshire venues confirmed for Heaton and Abbott tour

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, who spent his childhood in Sheffield and is a life-long Blade have announced they're coming to Yorkshire as part of their tour at the end of the year.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
BBC

They'll perform at The Spa in Bridlington on Friday 8 December, before rounding off their tour at Sheffield Arena the following night on Saturday 9 December.

Tickets go on sale next Friday morning at 09:30.

Yorkshire film God's Own Country wins festival award

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A film set in Yorkshire has won a top award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

God's Own Country has received the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film.

Two men with their heads together
Other

The film, which is about the relationship between a Romanian worker and a Yorkshire sheep farmer, is filmmaker Francis Lee's directorial debut.

Selecting the winner, the jury said the film showed "a singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision".

I am thrilled with this honour for God's Own Country, especially when you consider the British films that have won before."

Francis LeeDirector, God's Own Country

Leeds nurses protest at public pay cap

Nurses from Yorkshire are handing a ceremonial invoice to the Department of Health in Leeds.

Nurses
BBC

It's for £91m and the Royal College of Nursing says it's for lost earnings that nurses have missed out on because of a public sector pay cap.

Yesterday Downing Street signalled the limit on public sector salary rises could be reviewed, as a Labour attempt to scrap the 1% cap was defeated in Parliament.

The campaign started this week and the amount of public support has been staggering."

Glenn TurpRoyal College of Nursing

CCTV appeal in search for Mirfield Fire station arsonist

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An arson attack on Mirfield Fire Station has caused £30,000 worth of damage.

The incident happened on Saturday 24 June at 06.35BST.

Detectives in Kirklees have just released this CCTV which shows a man they want to speak to.

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Police say extensive damage was caused by the fire, including tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the structure of the building itself, as well as life-saving equipment.

Detective Inspector Seth Robinson, of Kirklees CID, said: "This was an abhorrent act by an individual which had the potential to significantly compromise public safety as fire crews from fire crews from two separate stations had to attend to deal with the fire."

This was an abhorrent act by an individual"

Seth RobinsonDet Insp Kirklees CID

Drivers taken to hospital after North Yorkshire crash

This is all that remains of two vehicles after they crashed in North Yorkshire earlier today:

Crash
North Yorkshire Police

Amazingly and thankfully no-one was seriously hurt in the crash.

It happened earlier this morning in Grantley near Ripon, the driver of the Discovery (pictured left) had to be cut out by fire crews.

Both drivers were taken to hospital, but their injuries are not life-threatening.

Major rail disruption if you're travelling north

A signalling fault is causing major disruption for rail passengers travelling north today.

The problem is at Dunbar which means there are no services between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

It's affecting CrossCountry, ScotRail and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Passengers are being advised to travel tomorrow.

Check with your operator that your tickets are transferable.

Two vehicle accident at junction of York's Malton Road

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

If you're heading out this might slow you down.

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Potential new jobs at former Kellingley mine site

Nick Morris

BBC Radio York

Up to 3,000 new jobs could be created if plans for the redevelopment of a former North Yorkshire colliery site go ahead.

Pit workers at Kellingley
BBC

The site near Selby closed eighteen months ago, with 450 miners losing their jobs.

It's hoped the 150 acre site will converted for use by manufacturing and distribution firms.

Great Yorkshire Show: The ultimate guide

Yorkshire Post

The Great Yorkshire Show begins on Tuesday July 11 at Harrogate's Showground. If you're planning on visiting, here's all you need to know...

Heifer
Yorkshire Post

Man charged with murder over Huddersfield house death

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 79-year-old found dead at a property in Huddersfield.

Royds Avenue
Google

The body of John Utley was discovered at an address in Royds Avenue, in the Paddock area, at about 06:30 on Wednesday.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of serious head injuries.

Wayne Thornton, 55, of Royds Avenue, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates' Court earlier and was remanded to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 4 July.

Man jailed for stealing from Halifax jewellers

A man is starting a 30 month prison sentence today after he stole £38,000 as well as watches and jewellery from a jewellers in Halifax.

Graham Frost
West Yorkshire Police

Graham Frost, 33 of Penn Lane in Derby, started working at Lister Horsfall in early 2015, and began to smuggle watches and jewellery out of the store and sell them on almost immediately.

Police found Frost had recently deposited £45,000 in various bank accounts. 

Frost pleaded guilty to stealing items worth £150,000, he was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday and was told by the judge the theft was "blatant, brazen and mean".

Frost abused the trust of the family firm who's business has been built over generations and stole items out of pure greed."

Det Insp Toby FaceyWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: CCTV released of 'terrifying' mugging in Huddersfield

Detectives who are trying to find two muggers in Huddersfield have taken the unusual step of releasing CCTV of two men they want to speak to.

Do you know them?

It happened back in November last year, but officers have only today released the footage.

Two men were followed by three suspects who threatened them with a large knife and demanded they hand over money and their phones.

After the terrified victims gave up their belongings the suspects ran off.

This was a terrifying ordeal, we are releasing this footage (hoping) a member of the public will recognise both of these males."

PC Jane BaragwanathWest Yorkshire Police
Celebrities mark bullied boy's birthday
When a dad posted online about his bullied son something amazing happened.

999 is eighty! - All you need to know

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Did you know that the emergency 999 number is 80-years-old today? No me neither, until I saw some interesting stats on the service.

Standby number fans:

  • In West Yorkshire, officers get 1,100 999 calls a day
  • That can go as high as 1,700
  • On average it takes just five seconds for an operator to take your call
  • Around 15% of 999 calls are not emergencies
  • In May call handlers in West Yorkshire took a total of 35,655 emergency calls

There, I hope that's quenched your thirst for 999 facts, how about a bit of history:

Advice
BBC
  • The service, as maths geniuses will have worked out, started on 30 June 1937
  • It was originally only available in London
  • Just a week after it was launched the first arrest after a 999 call was announced
  • Prank calls aren't new, in it's first week of the 1,336 calls made, 91 were prank calls.
  • It wasn't until after WWII that other parts of the country got a 999 service

Only dial 999... if the matter is urgent; if, for instance, the man in the flat next to yours is murdering his wife or you have seen a heavily masked cat burglar peering round the stack pipe of the local bank building."

Advice from 1937 Evening News on 999 use

Burngreave policing update

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield has been reporting all week on crime and gang issues in the Burngreave area of Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police now have new stop and search powers and a dedicated team of five more officers have been posted in the area.

We spoke to local resident Anne:

The force's chief constable, Stephen Watson was in the Hot Seat with me this morning and says officers on the street, aren't the only officers tackling the problem:

Headingley Stadium to change its name

Headingley Stadium, home of Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club is going to be renamed, but don't worry it's not changing too much.

From November it'll be known as... The Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Headingley stadium
Google

It's just been announced that the naming rights have been bought by Bingley-based publishing group Emerald.

The agreement comes into effect on 1 November this year and it's happening at a time when there's much physical change about to happen at the famous stadium.

On Wednesday this week Leeds Rhinos confirmed the South Stand, first opened in 1931, is to be demolished at the end of August to make way for a new stand.

Barnsley to host major snooker event

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

It's been announced that South Yorkshire will host another major snooker event later this year.

The English Open will take place at Barnsley's Metrodrome, with 128 of the world's best players set to take part this October.

The event is one of the four home nations events, with others being staged in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Barnsley Metrodome
BBC

We know what fantastic support there is for snooker in the Yorkshire region, the county is very much a global centre for our sport as it also hosts the World Championship in Sheffield and the UK Championship in York. So we expect to see fans come out in their droves to support the English Open in Barnsley and make sure it stays in their town.

Barry HearnChairman of World Snooker

Bank in Harehills area of Leeds hit by ram-raiders

A bank in Leeds has been hit by ram-raiders as staff loaded money into cash machines.

Yorkshire Bank raid
Becky Husain

The robbers drove through a side window of the Yorkshire Bank on Harehills Lane just after 09:00 this morning, while the branch was closed to the public.

A black 4x4 with three men inside reversed through the glass and two of them, who were masked got out and stole boxes containing cash.

The staff managed to escape to safety and no-one was injured. The car was later found on fire on Brander Road in Gipton.

We believe people may have filmed the incident on their phones and we would like anyone with footage to contact us."

Det Insp Charlotte HailsWest Yorkshire Police

Listen: Former showjumping Olympian hands over reins to son

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Graham Fletcher has many great memories of taking part in events at the Great Yorkshire Show.

He's been to check out the new showjumping course where his son Oliver hopes to make an impression.

There's just over a week to go until the three-day agricultural event gets underway.

Graham and Oliver have been talking about their passion for showjumping:

Huddersfield Town: Club close to signing Derby County winger

Derby County's former England Under-21 winger Tom Ince (son of Paul) is set to sign for Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town, reports BBC Derby Sport.

Tom Ince
Rex Features

The Rams have rejected a bid of about £7m for the 25-year-old.

But last season's Championship play-off winners are understood to be prepared to go closer to Derby's £10m valuation.

Ince joined the Rams for £4.75m in July 2015 after a loan spell, and has played in the top flight with Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Hull City.

Live cricket to return to the BBC

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves, has spoken of the "opportunity to give cricket a very bright future" after a new deal to show some of the sport live on BBC TV for the first time since 1998 was announced.

The former chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club has released his statement following an announcement that the BBC will show the following live each summer between 2020 and 2024:

  • Two England men's international T20 matches
  • One England women's T20 international
  • 10 men's matches from the ECB's New T20 competition

The BBC will also show highlights of all home test matches, one day internationals and T20, with extensive clips and highlights of county cricket during that period available via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus continued radio commentary on the BBC's Test Match Special.

Joe Root
Getty Images

They'll also be extensive live coverage of the England Women's team on BBC TV, radio and online.

We are extremely excited about what we have to offer by taking cricket to the widest possible audience and inspiring the next generation to pick up bat and ball."

Barbara SlaterDirector of BBC Sport

Cash machine stolen in ram-raid

Police say a large farm vehicle known as a telehandler was used to remove a cash machine from the wall of the Co-op on Bridlington Street in Hunmanby near Filey.

They say it was then loaded onto another vehicle which was driven out of the village.

Vehicle used to steal cash machine
Daniel Kerr

North Yorkshire Police say they say they received a number of calls from the public after 01:30 this morning.

They want to hear from anyone who might have seen or heard anything unusual in the area at the time to get in touch with them.

Malton Road and Bridlington Road both remain closed while investigations continue.

Watch: Stormzy and other celebrities tweet bullied school boy

A host of celebrities, including British grime and hip hop artist Stormzy, have sent birthday greetings to a young boy who is being bullied.

Chris Hope-Smith, from Leeds, posted on Twitter asking if people could send positive messages to his son, Ollie.

Take a look at some of the amazing responses he's had:

Listen: York City Knights fan flying to Canada for match

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

York City Knights face their longest away journey ever in the history of the Rugby Club club as they travel to Toronto.

It's their latest League One match which is being played at midnight UK time on Saturday.

I spoke to John who's been a fan for 50 years about the journey which he's making to support his favourite team:

Funeral to be held for teenage Manchester bombing victim

The funeral of a Leeds schoolgirl who was killed in the Manchester Arena attack will take place on Monday.

Sorrell Leczkowski
Family photo

Fourteen-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski from Adel, was among 22 people who died when a suicide bomber attacked concertgoers on 22 May.

Sorrell was a year nine student at Allerton High School, the headteacher described her as a "a delightful member of the school community."

The private service on Monday will be just for for family and friends. Her family say they are "grateful for all the thoughts and wishes they have received since Sorrell’s death".

Yorkshire Dales school will close after campaigners lose their final fight

Yorkshire Post

A tiny school which has been at the heart of a Yorkshire Dales community for the last 300 years will close its doors for good next month after an appeal to overturn the decision was thrown out.

Horton in Ribblesdale
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Wagner extends Huddersfield stay

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town head coach, David Wagner has signed a new contract at the club which will keep him at the John Smith's Stadium until the summer of 2019.

His assistant, Christoph Buehler, has also extended his stay for the same period which is good news for Terriers fans ahead of their first season in the Premier League, having beaten Reading the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May.

David Wagner
PA

Wagner and Buehler joined the West Yorkshire team from Borussia Dortmund II in November 2015.