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Summary

  1. Electrification of Midland Mainline scrapped
  2. Child abuse inquiry sees further arrests
  3. York sex assaults arrest
  4. 'Super prison' near York likely to go ahead
  5. Rise in knife crime in South Yorkshire
  6. Bradford MP calls for extra police powers to tackle 'honour killings'
  7. Burst water main closes Sheffield school
  8. Crackdown on nuisance bikers in Huddersfield
  9. Elkie Brooks reschedules York gig because of illness
  10. Live updates on Thursday 20 July 2017

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By Abigail Davies, Kevin Larkin and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Those are all the updates from Thursday 20 July.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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 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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at 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

Our five top stories today

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. Electrification of Midland Mainline scrapped
  2. Child abuse inquiry sees further arrests
  3. York sex assaults arrest
  4. Water streams along the dry bed of the River Twiss
  5. Pupils to be placed in isolation for 'youth culture' haircuts

See you tomorrow.

Ledger gives new insight into Barnsley mining disaster

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A ledger containing details about a mining disaster in Barnsley has been donated to the town's archives.

An explosion at the Oaks colliery in 1847 was later overshadowed by England's worst mining disaster, which followed in 1866.

The newly donated ledger will go on public display today:

Oaks ledger 1
Barnsley Council
Oaks ledger 2
Barnsley Council

Large block of concrete thrown at train in Doncaster

A large block of concrete has been thrown at a train that was approaching a Doncaster station.

Train
British Transport Police

It happened last Tuesday evening as the Northern train was approaching Hatfield and Stainforth station and was passing under the Cuckoo Lane road bridge.

As it went under the bridge police say "a very large piece of concrete" was thrown from the bridge and struck the driver’s cab.

Detectives are now trying to find those responsible.

Train
British Transport Police

Officers say that luckily it hit the other side to where the driver was sitting, but could have caused the driver serious or potentially even fatal injuries.

DC Lee Parsons, said: “It is astonishing that someone thought it was a clever idea to throw this very large rock over into the path of this train."

He added “Trains travel at very high speeds, and a large rock like this can easily break through the glass. What might seem like a bit of fun, can have extremely serious consequences.

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Sheffield MP blasts rail electrification plan as 'betrayal'

The government's been accused of breaking promises over the decision not to electrify the Midland Mainline between South Yorkshire and London.

Instead plans have been announced for so called "bi-mode" intercity trains from 2022 which can run either on electric lines or using diesel power

Paul Blomfield Labour MP
Labour Party

The Labour MP for Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield, says the move is a double betrayal:

At a time when there has never been a greater focus on the impact of diesel fuel on the environment their decision to scrap electrification is incredibly irresponsible. It’s an utter disgrace that this announcement is on the last day of Parliament when the decision can’t be properly challenged.”

Spitting ban proposal in Rotherham

Rotherham Council is considering making it an offence to drink, spit or litter in public spaces in the town centre and Clifton Park.

The Public Space Protection Order is being drafted in response to concerns about behaviour raised by residents and businesses.

Map outlining area affected by proposed changes
Ordnance Survey and Rotherham Council

Offences would include:

  • Drinking alcohol other than in a licensed premises or event
  • Spitting
  • Face-to-face fundraising and marketing carried out by organisations without permission of the Council
  • Failing to keep a dog on a leash and under control
  • Using or carrying illegal drugs
  • Littering
  • Using a vehicle to cause a nuisance
  • Urinating or defecating in a public place

Burglars steal jewellery from pawnbrokers

Do you recognise these men?

Police want to speak to them after a burglary of a large amount of jewellery in Brighouse.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

Police have released the images after thieves stole from the Cashbrokers store on Commercial Street on 21 April.

They got into the brokers though a shop next door and took the jewellery and left on foot towards Market Street.

York taxi driver fined for unfair trading

A York taxi driver has been fined £748 for unfair trading and plying for trade.

Taxi
Thinkstock

Fifty-four-year-old Ian Limbert of Elmpark View, York, drove three passengers from York to Thirsk without pre-booking their fare.

He was driving a City of York Council licensed private hire car, which only allows the driver to pick up pre-booked fares.

City of York Council say that one of the people travelling in the taxi realised that he was acting illegally and demanded her fare back before leaving the car.

They added that Limbert tried to pull the customer out of the car after making a U-turn with the passenger rear door open and one passenger half out the car.

York Magistrates Court
BBC

City of York Council have said that it's important people have confidence in their taxi service:

Harassing a passenger in this way as well as flouting the law governing private hire is unacceptable.

Cllr Sam LisleCity of York Council

Helicopter sex film officer 'kept swinging secret'

Sheffield Crown Court's heard how a former police officer who admitted using the police helicopter to film people sunbathing naked and having sex kept his "swinging and voyeurism" secret.

PC Tim Smales who worked with Adrian Pogmore told the court he didn't know of Pogmore's habits, and would have reported them if he did.

Adrian Pogmore
PA

Pogmore, of Guilthwaite Crescent in Whiston, has admitted misconduct in public office. Four others deny the charge and claim Pogmore was responsible for the recordings.

Men in Sheffield suspected drugs incident 'to make a full recovery'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Two men involved in a suspected drugs incident at a Sheffield nightclub are expected to make a full recovery.

Police said the pair were in a "critical and life-threatening condition" after falling ill outside Tank nightclub on Saturday.

Tank nightclub
Google

One man has been discharged from hospital while the other is still under observation but expected to make a full recovery.

Tank nightclub said in an earlier statement it has "zero tolerance to illegal drugs".

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Leeds club night Back to Basics returns with classical twist
Back to Basics is to return to Leeds - with a special classical open-air night featuring the Opera North orchestra.

Kate Rusby's music festival prepared for rain

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

This weekend sees the annual Underneath The Stars festival take place at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley.

The event is organised every year by Barnsley folk singer Kate Rusby and her family.

Underneath the Stars poster
Underneath the Stars

The weather forecast looks a little unsettled for Saturday and Sunday but Kate says they've taken that into account.

We've made sure that people have got lots of cover. The main concert tent is massive with seats in it. We've planned it so that if it does rain, it doesn't matter."

Kate Rusby

Warning over pupil's haircuts: School's statement

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier we were telling you about the West Yorkshire school that is threatening to put pupils into isolation during school days if their haircut doesn't meet up to their regulations.

It's left one West Yorkshire teenager very upset after he was identified as not having an "acceptable" hairstyle by Boston Spa School.

Boy
BBC

His mum described her son's hair cut as "normal" and that he's not even expressing himself with his hairstyle.

The School also say in a letter that hairstyles should not reflect "youth culture", but Joshua's mum, Sarah, says that if he was working "he wouldn't be told to have a specific haircut."

Letter
BBC

In a statement the Boston Spa School says: "As part of our partnership with the Gorse Academies Trust from September, we will be adopting the same hairstyle policy which is already, successfully, in place in nine other schools in the trust.

They add "This is one of several policies we are adopting to bring our school in line with all others in the partnership.”

It's the end of the world as we know it - and business is booming

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A store in Leeds which sells Army surplus says that it's enjoying an upturn in business thanks to people who think the end of the world is coming.

Mushroom cloud
Getty Images

A growing army of so-called 'preppers' are turning to Johnsons of Leeds to help them get ready for the collapse of civilisation.

The supplier in Stourton sells survivalist gear which these people are buying in case of a nuclear war, terrorist attack or break-down in law-and-order.

Apparently "bug-out" kits are very popular and contain some crucial items such as nuclear, biological protection, water purification tablets, gas masks and a clean pair of socks and pants.

Only one pair mind. I think of the end of the world came you might need more than one pair of pants.

Free food in Sheffield fridge

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sheffield is getting a community fridge to cut food waste.

The idea is to pass on fresh food to anyone who wants it that would otherwise be thrown away.

A pilot scheme at Swadlincote in Derbyshire last year saw more than 9,000 items of food redistributed in just seven months.

Community fridge running in Brixton, London
BBC

Traffic light upgrade will lead to month-long disruption at busy junction

YorkMix

The next stage of York’s overhaul of its traffic lights is about to start – and motorists and bus users should expect delays from Monday.

The work will include a full overhaul of the traffic signal equipment, including changes to the pedestrian crossings.

Traffic Lights
YorkMix

Sheffield HS2 line will be electrified

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The Sheffield spur line which will be used for HS2 trains will be electrified.

There had been some confusion after the government announced the whole Midland mainline would not be electrified.

However, the government has confirmed to the BBC that the parts used for HS2 will be electrified paid for by the high speed rail firm.

Sheffield Station
Google

Wilder: We'll re-invest Walker's sell-on fee

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has said the club will re-invest Kyle Walker's sell-on fee.

The player signed a £45 million fee to move from Tottenham to Manchester City.

Wilder says the fees will be re-invested in the squad.

Chris Wilder
Getty Images

Water streams along the dry bed of the River Twiss

If you were caught in a heavy downpour this morning then you'll know there's been plenty of rain around.

Water was seen streaming along the dry bed of Long Gill near the River Twiss, in Kingsdale between Hawes and Ingleton.

Council worker Thomas Beresford captured this incredible footage:

Knife surrender in South Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A knife surrender has begun in South Yorkshire after a 46% rise in knife crime.

Knives can be dropped into four police stations in the county:

  • Barnsley - Churchfield
  • Doncaster - College Road
  • Rotherham - Main Street
  • Sheffield - Snig Hill

Knife crime poster
South Yorkshire Police

However, it is not a knife amnesty as police will still prosecute over knives found to be used in crimes.

Those found guilty of knife crime could face up to 4 years in prison.

Huddersfield station is looking 'purrfect'

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Either Huddersfield Town got their measurements for their new kit very wrong or the town's train station is very proud to be home to a premier league club.

Even the station cat is excited.

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Update: York sex assaults arrest

North Yorkshire Police say they've arrested a man in connection with two sexual assaults in York.

The 32-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning and is being held in custody.

North Street
Google

The first attack happened in the early hours of Thursday morning between North Street and the Park Inn Hotel (pictured above).

A second woman was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Saturday morning on the riverside path between the hotel and Bridge Street.

The police are continuing to look at CCTV footage and are carrying out enquiries in the area.

Detective Inspector Mark Pearson said: "At the times these incidents happened there's a good chance bar and door staff were clocking off or having a break, or revellers were making their way home after a night out.

"I'd appeal to these people in particular to carefully jog their memories of the dates in question - the early hours of July 13 and 15."

Four day crackdown on child sexual exploitation in Dewsbury

Police are planning a four day crackdown on child sexual exploitation in Dewsbury.

Dewsbury Town centre
Google

The operation will also tackle anti-social behaviour and road traffic offences, in what police say is a bid to "make the town centre a better place for the community."

They will work with Social Services, charities and mental health nurses to improve safety in the community.

The operation will be launched next Tuesday and will run until Friday 28 July.

We hope that the increased police presence over the coming weeks will be welcomed by the community."

PC Chris BirkenshawWest Yorkshire Police

BreakingYork sex assaults arrest

A man has been arrested in connection with two sexual assaults in York.

More to follow.

Clampdown on nuisance bikes in Huddersfield

Police in Huddersfield are asking people to help crackdown on nuisance and off-road bikes during the summer.

Motorbikes
BBC

They have asked the public to come forward with information about anti-social behaviour they see on the roads.

In particular, the police want to know about the type and colour of bikes, and registration plate numbers.

They also want to know about the people riding the bikes and where they lock them up.

West Yorkshire Police say they have the power to seize a vehicle that is being used in an anti-social manner.

'Car-boot blunder': Stolen digger buckets returned to rightful owner

A man has received a suspended jail sentence after trying to sell on stolen digger buckets at a car-boot sale.

Stolen Digger Buckets
North Yorkshire Police

Forty-three-year-old Christopher Clymo, from the Harlepool area, was spotted by the rightful owner of the digger buckets in Stockley, North Yorkshire.

The items, worth more than £780, originally went missing from a building site in County Durham at the beginning of August 2015. They had been loaned out Stockley-based hire company along with other machinery.

The co-owner of the hire company recognized the buckets and contacted the police.

On Friday 14 July 2017, Clymo pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods at Northallerton Magistrates Court.

He has received a 12-week suspended sentence, must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, and pay £145 in prosecution costs.

Look: Oughtibridge water main burst

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

We've been able to get hold of an image of the water main burst which has been causing problems in Sheffield.

The leak at the junction of Church Street and Langsett Road North has disrupted bus services and closed a nearby primary school.

This is what Sheffield Council officials found when they arrived:

Oughtibridge burst water main
Sheffield City Council

Pupils to be placed in isolation for 'youth culture' haircuts

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A mum in West Yorkshire says her son is very upset after she says he was sent home with a letter telling her his haircut "won't be acceptable" in September.

Letter
BBC

It's claimed Boston Spa School has sent out the letters ahead of the new school year.

The letter states her son, Joshua, has been "identified" as not having an "acceptable" hairstyle.

They also say that hairstyles at the school should not reflect "youth culture", but Joshua's mum, Sarah, says that if he was working "he wouldn't be told to have a specific haircut."

The letter says if a student comes to school with a "hairstyle that is unacceptable" they will be placed in isolation until it meets their standards.

Sarah describes her son's hair cut as "normal" and that he's not even expressing himself with his hairstyle:

Boy
BBC

Sarah goes onto say that the new rules "teach him nothing about the real world."

In a statement the Boston Spa School says they "As part of our partnership with the Gorse Academies Trust we will be adopting the same hairstyle policy which is already in place.

You can read the full statement here.