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  1. Sheffield Children's Hospital building fails fire safety tests
  2. Former Lord Mayor of Leeds jailed for child sex offences
  3. Police watchdog probes claims ex-South Yorkshire PCC lied on oath
  4. 'Hand grenade' sparks evacuation at Leeds police station
  5. North Yorkshire mum's 'stolen' baby case goes to European court
  6. Sheffield tram-train scheme costs spiral to £75m
  7. Updates on Tuesday 4 July 2017

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That's all from Tuesday

Those are all the updates from Tuesday 4 July.

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Tom Ince

Huddersfield sign Derby winger Tom Ince for an undisclosed fee and Reading midfielder Danny Williams on a free transfer.

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Imran Tahir

Spinner Imran Tahir takes 5-98 on his Derbyshire debut to put the hosts in a good position against Durham.

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Craig Overton

Craig Overton completes his second five-wicket haul of the season as Somerset end day two on top against Yorkshire.

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Our top Yorkshire stories today

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's all from us for today, but remember that news, sport and travel updates from across Yorkshire will continue right here throughout this evening and tonight.

We'll be back with all the latest live updates from where you live at 06:30 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, here's a look at some of our top stories in Yorkshire today:

  1. A police station is evacuated in Leeds after what's believed to be a hand grenade is brought in by a member of the public
  2. A woman who believes her baby was abducted at birth in Spain will have her case looked at by the European Court of Human Rights
  3. A former Lord Mayor of Leeds is jailed for 32 months after making and distributing indecent photographs of children
  4. Whitby's world famous Magpie Cafe is expected to re-open soon after a fire earlier this year
  5. And there's a graphic warning from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service about why petrol and sheds just don't go together...

Search for missing rapist moves north

The search for a convicted double rapist has moved to Leeds after a possible sighting in the city.

Sean Perry, 46, who also uses the surnames Cawthray and Goldthorpe, was last seen at his probation-approved address in Leicester on 19 June.

A man fitting Sean's description was spotted talking to a young woman with a child outside The Duncan pub in Duncan Street, Leeds, on Sunday afternoon.

Police have warned members of the public not to approach him.

Sean Perry
Leicestershire Police

Bringing it all back home: US morris dancers visit Yorkshire

Steve White

BBC Radio Sheffield

It's well known that many Americans love everything British, but did you know they're partial to a bit of morris dancing?

Indeed, it seems they're a fan of all things morris-related - the bells, sticks and handkerchiefs, the works - on the other side of the Atlantic.

To prove this, the Minnesota Traditional Morris Men are currently in the UK on tour, including performances in Sheffield and York.

Ed Stern and Hassan Safouri are from the group and told me how they got into the pastime:

Police appeal over fail-to-stop crash in Bradford

Police in Bradford are appealing for witnesses after two people ran off from a car which had crashed into a shop in the city at the weekend.

Officers saw the car, a white Volkswagen Golf GTi, being driven erratically on Killinghall Road at about 03:50 on Sunday morning.

They requested that the driver stop the car, but it continued along Leeds Old Road and then back towards Killinghall Road where it left the road and hit a shop.

The two occupants of the car - both believed to be Asian men in their 20s, one of whom is thought to have been wearing a grey hooded top - ran away from the scene.

Sgt Andrew Gudgeon says: "We believe people will have seen this vehicle driving erratically around the area before it left the road and collided with the shop.

"We'd also like to hear from anyone who may have seen two males of similar description running from the Killinghall Road area at that time."

Roads re-open after Leeds 'grenade' incident

We've just been told that the roads around Weetwood Police Station in Leeds have been re-opened following an earlier incident there.

A cordon was set up and the police station was evacuated after a man brought in what's thought to have been a hand grenade which he'd found while clearing out a relative's house.

Army bomb disposal squad experts were called in and the device was "made safe", say police.

During the incident, the A660 Otley Road was closed causing major traffic delays in the area.

It looks like things should now be getting back to normal:

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Exploding West Yorkshire shed prompts fuel safety advice
A garden shed was destroyed by fire after petrol vapour was ignited by a faulty light fitting.

Fancy building your own home in York?

Could building your own home be more affordable than buying one? It's an idea being proposed by City of York Council on a site in Acomb.

builder laying bricks
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The area will include new housing, homes for the over 55s and plots reserved for those interested in building their own homes.

The council's now inviting people to find out more at an event on 11 July which includes advice from council officers and community-led housing groups.

The authority says it's a way of offering residents creative options to secure affordable homes for themselves in the city.

This is a great deal for people looking to get on to the property ladder or to build a home with the space their household needs."

Sam LisleCity of York Council

Leeds Carnival founders to be honoured

The 50th anniversary of Leeds' world-famous West Indian Carnival will be marked by a special city council meeting.

People celebrating Leeds carnival

All 99 members of Leeds City Council are expected to be in the chamber for the meeting, which will welcome Carnival founders Arthur France and Ian Charles.

The council says it wants to recognise Carnival's lasting legacy and the way it has helped put Leeds onto the world stage.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J36 for A61 Birdwell and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J36, A61 (Birdwell) and J35, A629 (Rotherham).

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

Sheffield Children's Hospital cladding to be removed 'as soon as possible'

Rebecca Kerry

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust has released a statement following the news that a building on its site has failed government fire safety checks.

Sheffield Children's Hospital sign
Sheffield Children's Hospital

Cladding from the Stephenson Wing of Sheffield Children's Hospital has been identified as needing to be removed and the trust says this will be carried out "as soon as possible".

The cladding is on the top two floors of the five-tier hospital building on Western Bank.

The trust has confirmed that patients are not housed there during hospital stays and staff who work in that area are receiving additional fire safety training:

We can assure families that the hospital remains a safe place to visit."

SpokespersonSheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
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Leeds United full-back Lewie Coyle joins Fleetwood on a season-long loan deal after signing a new three-year contract at Elland Road.

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World's oldest football club begins new season tonight

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

The oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC, begins its 160th season tonight with a pre-season friendly against Chesterfield.

The two sides first met in 1872 and if you're going tonight, the match kicks off at 19:30.

The match takes place at Sheffield's Coach and Horses ground, which looks all set for the fixture:

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Leeds mill to be redeveloped after 40 years of laying derelict

Yorkshire Evening Post

The derelict former Hunslet and Victoria flax spinning mills in Leeds is to be transformed into a 3.1 acre residential site which will include more than 300 apartments.

Victoria Riverside Apartments Scheme
Yorkshire Evening Post

Views sought over Rotherham ward boundaries

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The independent Local Government Commission for England is asking residents in Rotherham to have their say on draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.


The nine-week public consultation will look at the idea that the town should have 59 councillors in future - four fewer than present.

This work will also outline how those councillors should represent nine three-councillor wards and 16 two-councillor wards across the borough.

The consultation runs from today until 4 September.

We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Rotherham and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people."

Professor Colin MellorsChair of the Commission

Bid to raise £1,000 for burgled York cafe

You might remember that yesterday we mentioned a community cafe in York had been burgled, with a safe raided and cash stolen from the till.

A crowdfunding campaign has now been launched to raise £1,000 the pay-as-you-feel Chill Cafe in Acomb.

Organisers behind the crowdfunding bid say the burglary's caused "devastation" for the team working there who work "tirelessly" in the local community.

A woman in her 20s, from York, has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, possessing drugs, and assaulting a police officer.

Traffic and travel: M62 returns to normal after earlier problems

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Some good news ahead of the evening rush hour...

The M62 has completely reopened eastbound between J21 and J22 after a lorry jack-knifed on that carriageway just after 07:00 this morning.

Three of the four lanes were closed and delays of 90 minutes were reported in that stretch,.

But Highways England confirms that traffic is now moving freely as you move from Lancashire into Yorkshire:

Junction 22 of the M62
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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cordon remains after 'grenade' handed in at Leeds police station

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

Here's the scene near Weetwood Police Station in Leeds at the moment:

Police cordon at Weetwood

A cordon's been set up there after what's believed to be a hand grenade was brought in to police by a member of the public who'd been clearing out the house of a dead relative.

The A660 Otley Road is currently closed near the scene, which is just opposite Lawnswood School.

It's not known if the device is "live" and Army bomb disposal experts have been contacted.

Man arrested following Wicker stabbing

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A 29-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Sheffield at the weekend.

The Wicker

Emergency services were called to the Wicker in the city centre at about 03:15 on Sunday morning, following reports that two men aged 24 and 27 had suffered stab wounds.

Both men remain in hospital in a serious but stable condition, police say.

The arrested man remains in custody.

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent has been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

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

Leeds police station 'grenade' find sparks road delays

Here's the latest from West Yorkshire Police after what's believed to be a hand grenade was taken in to Weetwood Police Station in Leeds.

Sounds like it's best to avoid the area for the moment:

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Concerns grow for missing Sheffield man

Have you seen Cain Holmes? Police are wanting help in tracing the 20-year-old who's gone missing from his home in Sheffield.

Cain Holmes
South Yorkshire Police

He was last seen at about 17:30 on Monday in Shirecliffe Road, after the moped he was riding was involved in a collision with two other vehicles.

It's understood that Mr Holmes was hurt in the collision, but left the scene before the emergency services arrived.

Officers say they're keen to find him as he may need medical treatment and there are growing concerns for his welfare.

It’s believed he was wearing a maroon tracksuit top and black bottoms.

Watch: 'Stolen baby' mother will have her case investigated

BBC Look North

A woman who believes her baby was abducted at birth by staff at a Spanish hospital is to have her case heard by the European Court of Human Rights.

Ruth Appleby, from North Yorkshire, was told her daughter had died hours after being born apparently healthy in 1992.

She later learned that thousands of Spanish babies were taken and given up for adoption.

Mrs Appleby has pursued her case through the Spanish legal system without success:

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BreakingSheffield Children's Hospital building fails fire safety tests

A building at Sheffield Children's Hospital has failed government fire safety tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London.

Sheffield Children's Hospital

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust is one of three NHS trusts in England to have failed the safety tests.

NHS Impovement says the Children's Hospital building is not used for inpatient accommodation and "measures are being put in place "to ensure the safety of the building while the cladding is removed.

Patient safety is paramount. There will be no disruptions to patient services or continuity of care."

NHS Improvements spokeswoman

'Hand grenade' sparks police station alert

More on the news that a police cordon's in place at Weetwood Police station in Leeds after a man arrived with what's believed to be a hand grenade.

Weetwood Police Station

Police say he'd been clearing out the home of a relative who'd recently died when he found what appeared to be a grenade.

The item is currently being "assessed" and the army's bomb disposal squad has been contacted, police say.

Meanwhile, Otley Road is currently closed on both carriageways.

Breaking'Hand grenade' alert at Leeds police station

A cordon's in place at Weetwood Police Station in Leeds after a man brought what appeared to be a hand grenade onto the premises.

More details to follow...

Huddersfield Giants' Mamo out for rest of season

There's been a huge blow for Huddersfield Giants today with the news that full-back Jake Mamo has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Mamo suffered a foot ligament injury last month, though further scans have shown it to be worse than first thought.

Coach Rick Stone has given his reaction to BBC Radio Leeds:

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Severe disruption: A660 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A660 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A6120 Ring Road Weetwood and Otley Old Road.

A660 West Yorkshire - A660 Otley Road in Leeds closed in both directions between Weetwood Roundabout and the Otley Old Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A6182.

M18 South Yorkshire - M18 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Yorkshire v Somerset: Play under way again

BBC Sport

Play has just resumed at Scarborough between Yorkshire and Somerset in the first division of the County Championship.

The White Rose reached 110-6 in reply to the visitors' first innings total of 268 all out.

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the game here.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Listen: Two new woods in North Yorkshire shortlisted for top award

Two newly-created woods in North Yorkshire are in the running to be named the best in the UK.

One, at Nether Poppleton, near York, has 1,000 trees.

The other is a nature reserve being made on the banks of the River Nidd, near Kirk Hammerton.

The winner will be announced by The Woodland Trust later this month.

Christopher Neave, one of the people helping to create the Kirk Hammerton site, says work is continuing to create a true woodland treat: