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  1. Prince Harry focuses on mental health during West Yorkshire visit
  2. Security tightened at Sheffield club after student's death
  3. Flat caps lead to capture of North Yorkshire burglars
  4. Petrol sprayed in raid on Doncaster bookies
  5. Fatal North Yorkshire crash victim named
  6. Wakefield's Hepworth Gallery wins Museum of the Year
  7. Updates on Thursday 6 July 2017

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Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J49 for A168 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J49, A168 (Dishforth) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J46 for A63 Leeds Colton.

M1 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J46, A63 (Leeds Colton), because of an accident.

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

Vurnon Anita

Championship side Leeds United sign midfielder Vurnon Anita on a three-year deal following his release by Newcastle.

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Severe accident: M62 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J34 for A19 Selby and J33 for A162.

M62 North Yorkshire - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J34, A19 (Selby) in Eggborough and J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services) in West Yorkshire, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Today's top five Yorkshire stories

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's all from the team for today, but remember breaking news, sport and travel from across Yorkshire will continue right here throughout this evening and overnight.

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

Meanwhile, let's take a look at some of the top news stories from around Yorkshire today:

  1. Prince Harry's two-day visit to West Yorkshire starts with a focus on mental health
  2. Security is tightened at a Sheffield club after the death of a student
  3. Here's how flat caps lead to the capture of North Yorkshire burglars
  4. A new app is launched to register animal roadkill in Yorkshire
  5. And Joe Root completes his first job as England captain

In pictures: Injured veterans and soldiers compete in Phoenix games

Here are some pictures we hope might inspire you:

Boules, seated basketball and gym training
Phoenix House Recovery Centre

Today is the final day of a competition being held in North Yorkshire for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans at the Phoenix Summer Games.

It's an annual event and this is the fourth year they've taken place.

The teams are from the four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres in Catterick in North Yorkshire, Plymouth, Colchester and Tidworth.

The games are being held at Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick.

In pictures: First day of Prince Harry's West Yorkshire visit

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you missed catching Prince Harry around Leeds today, here's a look back at his visit so far.

The Prince spoke in the centre of Leeds about mental health awareness, a subject close to his heart:

Prince Harry speaks about mental health

And then it was fun in the sun playing rugby league with children in Headingley:

Prince Harry speaking to children
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And the best bit? Meeting club mascot Ronnie the Rhino, of course:

Prince Harry meets Ronnie the Rhino

Remember your times tables? They've just got a rock 'n' roll makeover...

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Schoolchildren from around the north of England converged on East Leeds Academy today to take part in a new way of learning times tables.

It's called The Times Tables Rock Star Competition and it combines maths with being a rock god.

Reciting your three times table is suddenly getting exciting, and teachers say it boosts children's confidence.

This is what's been going on:

Listen: Father of Sheffield soldier killed in Iraq reacts to Chilcot interview

BBC News England

The chairman of the inquiry into the Iraq war, Sir John Chilcot, has told the BBC that Tony Blair was "not straight" with the nation about his decisions in the run-up to the invasion.

Sir John says although the evidence the former Prime Minister gave the inquiry was "emotionally truthful", he relied on belief rather than facts.

The father of Alex Green, from Sheffield, a soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2007 at the age of 21, has given his reaction to Sir John's comments.

Bill Stewardson says he rejects the suggestion that Alex died in a war that should never have happened:

Watch: How to make Yorkshire's gardens more wildlife friendly

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

According to the RSPB, animals like moles, hedgehogs and newts are visiting Yorkshire's gardens less and less.

The animal charity wants us to make our gardens more "wildlife friendly" and to get closer to nature.

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Kat Cowan has been to a garden in Sheffield where they've done just that:

'Prince Harry's here!' - Children's excitement at royal visit to Leeds

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Children playing rugby at Headingley Stadium in Leeds have met Prince Harry who's enjoying day one of a two-day visit to West Yorkshire.

The children are taking part in a special rugby league festival which is part of a drive to get 700,000 children playing rugby league.

The Prince watched eight and nine-year-olds from city primary schools play in seven-a-side touch rugby league games.

I've been following the royal visit:

Watch: New gallery celebrates a West Yorkshire great

Cathy Killick

Journalist, BBC Look North

West Yorkshire's preparing to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of its most famous sons.

David Hockney is to be honoured with a new gallery at Cartwright Hall in his home city of Bradford.

It'll be a permanent exhibition of family photographs, work from his student days at Bradford School of Art and rarely-seen early sketchbooks.

I've been discovering more about the Bradford Grammar School boy who went on to become one of the world's most famous artists:

Fatal North Yorkshire crash victim named

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police have named a woman killed in a car crash near Scarborough almost two weeks ago.

Sue Meakin
North Yorkshire Police

Susan (Sue) Meakin, who lived at Flixton died following the crash on Seamer's main street.

In a statement, her family say she was a loving, caring person, who had time for everyone.

All of her family and friends are devastated at the loss, they add.

An inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned.

Police have renewed their appeal for information about the collision, which also involved a Citroen C5 and which resulted in another driver being taken to hospital.

Listen: Animal roadkill app launched in Yorkshire

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

What do you do when you see roadkill by the side of the road?

I imagine you'd try to avoid it, or at best move it away from the road.

But how about details of it to an app on your phone?

The people behind the Mammals on Roads survey want you get in touch with details of animals on Yorkshire's roads, dead or alive.

David Wembridge, from Mammals on Roads, explained to BBC Radio Leeds' Liz Green what the idea is behind the survey:

E-fit appeal after Sheffield burglary

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to identify in connection with a burglary at a house in Sheffield.

E-fit image
South Yorkshire Police

It happened at about 15:30 on Sunday 18 June in Watkinson Gardens, Waterthorpe.

A man claiming to have lost his dog went to the house to ask the occupant if she could check her garden for the dog.

As the woman went outside, the man is said to have entered the property through an insecure door and stolen her purse and handbag.

He's described as of stocky build, about 6ft tall and between 40-50-years-old. He is thought to have been wearing red.

In pictures: Prince Harry at Headingley

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Prince Harry is continuing his tour of Leeds and surrounding areas and is currently at Headingley Stadium.

The Prince is conducting his first official engagement as Patron of the Rugby Football League.

He's been watching the Sky Try Rugby League Festival, which is part of a seven-year programme designed to get more than 700,000 children from primary and secondary schools across the country playing Rugby League.

And he got to meet Ronnie the Rhino...

These are some of the latest scenes:

Prince Harry with kids at Headingley
European Photopress Agency
Prince Harry receives an England shirt from England Rugby League captain Sean O"Loughlin
European Photopress Agency
Prince Harry meets Ronnie the Rhino
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Airedale Hospital parking revenue dubbed 'scandalous' by Keighley councillor

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A staggering £2.4 million has been raised from parking charges at Airedale Hospital in the past three years, it has been revealed.

Airedale Hospital car park
Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Listen: Terrorvision singer to help write Otley theme song

Liz Green

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

A group of talented musicians and arts folk are coming together to write an anthem for Otley in West Yorkshire.

They're writing the song dedicated to their home town and are looking for local residents to help out writing the lyrics.

One of them is Terrorvision member Tony Wright, who told me why Otley needs an anthem:

Flat caps lead to capture of North Yorkshire burglars

Two flat caps containing DNA evidence and shards of glass led to the arrest of two burglars.

Shane Richards and Carl Riddiough,
North Yorkshire Police

Shane Richards and Carl Riddiough, both 30, were caught as part of an investigation into distraction burglaries in North Yorkshire in 2016.

Police were able to link the men's DNA to the caps found in a car.

Richards and Riddiough, from Doncaster, admitted burglary at Teesside Crown Court and were each jailed for four and a half years.

Listen: Sheffield MP opposes city job centre closure plan

BBC News England

Plans to shut a number of job centres across the country - including one in Sheffield - have been defended by the government.

About 70 offices are set to be merged or closed as part of the plans, which the government says will make the service more efficient.

But speaking in the Commons, the Labour MP for Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield, has said he opposes plans to close the centre on Eastern Avenue:

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J31 for A655 and J32 for A639.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J32, A639 (Pontefract), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Craig Overton

Somerset bowl out Yorkshire for 157 on the final day at Scarborough to register their first Championship win of 2017.

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Royal progress: Prince Harry hits Headingley on West Yorkshire trip

Here are scenes from Headingley Stadium where Prince Harry has been visiting as part of his two-day trip to West Yorkshire.

He's been at the stadium to watch a children's rugby league festival which is taking place there today.

It's part of a drive to get 700,000 children playing rugby league, with the Prince watching eight and nine-year-olds from city primary schools play in seven-a-side touch rugby league games.

Prince Harry
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Prince Harry
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Prince Harry

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after crash near Pickering

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital following an accident just outside Flamingoland at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.

Emergency services were called at about 11:00 after reports a motorcycle had crashed into a car on the A169 between Malton and Pickering.

The teenage male was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough suffering from head and chest injuries.

Burnley sign Charlie Taylor from Leeds United

BBC Sport

Burnley have signed Charlie Taylor from Leeds United, joining the Clarets on a four-year contract.

Charlie Taylor
Getty Images

The full-back turned down an offer to stay at Leeds, where he was out of contract, but Burnley will still have to pay a fee as he is under 24.

Burnley have so far been unable to agree a fee with Leeds for Taylor, and the matter is likely to be settled by a tribunal.

I've been there since I was nine and I knew it was the right time. There were so many things that attracted me to Burnley. It ticks every box and it was a no-brainer really."

Charlie Taylor

A royal does the rounds: Prince Harry at Headingley

Prince Harry's visits around Leeds are continuing this afternoon.

The Prince is on day one of a two-day visit to West Yorkshire.

He's just been met by Leeds Rhinos' Kevin Sinfield at Headingley Stadium:

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Security tightened at Sheffield club after student's death

The University of Sheffield's been ordered to tighten up some of its security procedures to stop people bringing drugs into one of its club venues.

Joana Burns

It comes after the death of 22-year-old Joana Burns, a student from Sheffield Hallam University, who died after taking MDMA for a "final fling" to mark the end of university.

Ms Burns had completed her Sheffield Hallam University degree when she went on a night out at The Foundry, at the University of Sheffield's Students' Union building, on 6 June.

Prince Harry: 'We need to better equip our young people' over mental health issues

John Cundy

BBC Look North

Prince Harry has been speaking about mental health in Leeds as he starts his two-day visit to West Yorkshire.

He said: "The many voices that we've heard from across the country have helped to normalise the discussion about mental health."

The Prince recently spoke openly about the mental health problems he suffered following the death of his mother.

Two-year jail sentence for Bradford man who breached restraining order

A Bradford man has been jailed for two years after breaching a restraining order against his ex-partner.

Benjamin Jarvis
West Yorkshire Police

Benjamin Jarvis, 31, of Bradford Road, made threatening telephone calls which was a direct breach of the restraining order he'd been put under.

He was given two years in jail after being imprisoned for another similar offence in January.

The further sentence imposed on Jarvis demonstrates how seriously police take reports of this nature and that we will do everything within our power to take action to keep our communities safe."

Det Ch Insp Chris GibsonWest Yorkshire Police
Richard Stearman

Sheffield United sign Fulham defender Richard Stearman for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

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'Let's not kid ourselves the job is done' - Prince speaks out on mental health

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Prince Harry has said the "the dial seems to have shifted" in terms of people feeling they can open up about their mental health struggles.

Prince Harry speaking in Leeds

The Prince reiterated his commitment to encouraging people to speak out and seek help for their mental health problems.

He suggested that young people constantly checking their mobile phones was an example of how everyone would benefit from taking "a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next".

Harry was speaking at the start of a panel discussion at the Encouraging Happy Young Minds event, which brought together a range of groups focused on the mental well-being of young people in the city.

We need to better equip our young people with the tools they need to cope with this increasingly complex and fast-moving world we live in. I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day. I'm sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next.

Prince Harry

Train services halted between Doncaster and Wakefield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Train services are at a standstill between Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate.

It's due to a person being hit by a train this lunchtime.


Lucky escape for motorist as car hits stag

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The motorist was lucky, sadly the stag wasn't.

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Royal visit to Leeds: Prince Harry on mental health issues

Prince Harry has been talking about a subject close to his heart. He's given a speech on mental health saying how important it is that young people needing support get the right help.

Prince Harry in Leeds

The Prince recently spoke openly about the mental health problems he suffered following the death of his mother.

Prince Harry in Leeds

While he's here, Prince Harry will also carry out his first official engagement as new patron of the Rugby Football League, visiting Headingley Stadium for a festival for local children.

Prince Harry
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Fewer trains for Marsden and Slaithwaite commuters - and it could affect Real Ale Trail

Huddersfield Examiner

Fewer trains will stop at Marsden and Slaithwaite stations next May under proposed timetable changes.

Slaithwaite railway station
Huddersfield Examiner