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  1. Blood found on items in search for Ben Needham
  2. Car ploughs into foyer of Leeds hotel
  3. York teenager jailed for city murder
  4. Police in south Yorkshire to use 'spit guards' on volatile prisoners
  5. York MP unhappy with minister over rail electrification
  6. Pet owners warned after theft of 13 pugs in South Yorkshire
  7. Leeds care home says chickens 'combat depression'
  8. Sheffield lifeboat comes home
  9. Updates on Monday 24 July

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J24 for A629 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A631 Nottinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A631 Nottinghamshire both ways severe accident, between High Street and Tethering Lane.

A631 Nottinghamshire - A631 Bawtry Road in Everton blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the High Street junction and the Tethering Lane junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

Our top five stories today

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from the team today, we'll be back on Tuesday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

Before we go, let's look back at a selection of our top stories from today:

1. Signs of blood have been found on items recovered by police searching for missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham

2. A teenager has been jailed for 24 years for the murder of 53-year-old man.

3. The railway route between Liverpool and Newcastle may not be fully electrified despite a promise by the previous government

4. Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to heritage railway carriages used in the filming of TV drama Downton Abbey

5. Leeds Contemporary Singers have won the final of Pitch Battle


Teen murdered 53-year-old man with hammer and knife in York flat

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A teenager who battered a 53-year-old man with a hammer and a knife in an "unprovoked attack" has been sentenced to life for his murder.

Daniel Thomas Reed "smashed his way" into Shaun Skelton's flat on Holgate Road, in York, before attacking him on 5 March, North Yorkshire Police said.

Shaun Skelton
North Yorkshire Police/Google

He was later seen wandering the city's streets with blood on his hands after the killing.

The 19-year-old, of no fixed address, initially denied murder but admitted the charge at Leeds Crown Court earlier. He was told he must serve a minimum of 24 years.

Daniel Thomas Reed
North Yorkshire Police

While no sentence can compensate for the loss of a loved one, I hope today's outcome brings a small measure of comfort to them, knowing that justice has been served and Reed is now facing the consequences of his terrible, unprovoked attack.

Det Ch Insp Mark PearsonNorth Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire weather

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry and fine in the west with some late sunny spells before dusk, then staying fine overnight. Cloud and rain in the far east will eventually clear, becoming dry with winds easing. Minimum temperature 11C (52F). Light Northwest wind.

Weather graph

A much brighter day on Tuesday, all parts dry with spells of sunshine developing, although coastal areas will continue to be affected by low cloud at first. Maximum temperature 20C (68F). Light and variable wind.

Ben Needham's mum devastated at blood discovery

Ben Needham's mother Kerry has been giving her reaction to news that signs of blood have been found on part of a sandal and on soil inside a toy car recovered by police searching for the missing Sheffield toddler.

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Barnsley FC fans spruce up burial place of club's founder

Barnsley fans have been in East Finchley, London today cleaning up the grave site of of the club's founder Tiverton Preedy.

Preedy was a clergyman with a particular interest in using sport to improve moral values.

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Motorbike involved in Huddersfield collision

A 23-year-old man's recovering from serious injuries in hospital - after he came off his motorbike in Huddersfield.

Taylor Hill
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The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning at about 00:55 on Woodhead Road, near Taylor Hill as a silver bike was travelling towards Huddersfield.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area and seen the motorcycle travelling before the incident.

Concern over plans to by South Yorkshire police to use spit hoods

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The civil rights group Liberty has questioned plans by South Yorkshire Police to use spit hoods when transporting offenders or people under arrest.

The Police Federation says the hoods are the simplest way to stop officers from being spat on, which it says happens on average eight or nine times a week. Other options it claims would require further restraint.

Spit Hood

But Corey Stoughton from Liberty says using spit hoods can cost lives:

A number of people have died because of spit hoods. One of the reasons for that is the situation they are most likely to be used is ne someone who's in a crisis, a mental health crisis or a drug-induced crisis, so you're already at a higher risk of asphyxiation."

Leeds Contemporary Singers win BBC Pitch Battle final

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Leeds Contemporary Singers have won the final of Pitch Battle.


The nine-piece from Leeds saw off some strong competition from the other groups. LCS have been battling it out over six weeks and showed they had what it takes to go the distance.

LCS wont come back to Leeds with just a trophy, they've also won £50,000 to put towards their passion for singing.

M1 lorry fire picture reveals extent of blaze

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This dramatic picture has emerged of the lorry fire which closed the M1 north between Chesterfield and Sheffield earlier today.

Lorry fire

Highways England has now reopened two of the four lanes but there are still lengthy tailbacks.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the police were called at about 10:10 to a 40 tonne lorry which caught fire.

Top bombing! Organisers needed for Sheffield fundraiser

The Macmillan cancer charity is hoping to find new volunteers to take on the organisation of the World Water Bombing Championships in Sheffield .

The fundraiser, which last took place in 2015, involves teams of four putting on fancy dress and launching themselves from the 3m diving platform. They are then graded based on their style, splash and presentation by a judging panel which includes Macmillan nurses.

Here's what happened at the last competition:

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Watch: Cigar box blues at Deer Shed Festival

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Thousands of people pulled on their wellies at the weekend for the Deer Shed Festival near Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

It's known as a family festival, filled with poetry, comedy, science and music.

I was one of the people who endured the 12-hours of rain Friday night and eight hours Saturday night.

But my spirits weren't dampened - especially when I found a guitar made from an old cigar box!

Just call me Blues Boy Barton from now on!

Line-up unveiled for Saltaire Festival

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A top stand-up comedian is one of the star attractions at this year’s action-packed Saltaire Festival.

Justin Moorehouse

Justin Moorhouse, who appeared in TV sitcom Phoenix Nights, will perform at a comedy night held at the Caroline Social Club, on Wednesday13 September.

The ten-day event will take place across the village between Friday 8 September 8 and Sunday 17 September.

Children's Food Trust charity to close after funding stops

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A national charity, which is based in Sheffield and aims to improve children's health and nutrition, is to close at the end of September.

The Children's Food Trust (CFT) has been providing cookery courses and nutritional advice in schools and nurseries in England, Wales and Scotland for more than 10 years.

Woman showing four children how to chop peppers
Mike Poloway

A lack of funding has forced it to shut with the loss of 47 jobs, 31 of those in Sheffield, the charity says.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson said it was "very sad news".

Sheffield lifeboat comes home

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield welcomed its newest exhibit today, the City of Sheffield Lifeboat.

Weighing in at 26 tons, the lifeboat saved 650 lives in a fifteen year career that started in 1989.

She started out at Whitby Lifeboat Station, serving at Ramsgate, Hartlepool and Sennen Cove before finding her permanent home at Poole in 2001.

Still in complete working order visitors will be able to board the awe-inspiring vessel and get an an appreciation of its incredible career.

Glazing to cover York Minster's medieval windows

More details have been released about an £11m campaign to save Minster's stained glass windows.

The cathedral holds the largest collection of medieval stained glass in the country.

Duncan Lomax

The irreplaceable glass has withstood hundreds of years of wind and rain, but condensation means it's deteriorating faster than anyone had predicted.

Now the majority of the Minster's glass is going to be weather-proofed with UV resistant glazing, because condensation and corrosion is causing the medieval paint to flake away.

The project will take 20 years and will be paid for with a fundraising campaign and lottery funding.

Currently 74 out of 128 stained glass windows are exposed to the elements and subject to corrosion and decay.

A grant of up to £1m from the HLF will match every pound raised by the public and YMF.

Christopher Schindler

Huddersfield Town defender Christopher Schindler signs a new three-year deal, with the option of a further year.

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Sixty more lamb thefts in North Yorkshire

About 60 lambs have been stolen near Harrogate.


Police say the theft happened some time between last Thursday and Friday in the Lofthouse area.

It comes after another 10 lambs were taken that same week, also in the Harrogate area, this time near Beckwithshaw.

Lincolnshire treasure hunt

Katie O'Halloran

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Archaeologists from across the world are digging for Anglo-Saxon treasure near Louth.

Little Carlton Dig

The team is headed up by the University of Sheffield and is entering a fourth week at the trench in Little Carlton.

The team is trying to answer some of the remaining big questions about how people lived in the era.

For us as archaeologists a scrap of pottery or an animal bone is just the same sort of treasure, the same sort of wow factor as a gold brooch. We haven't had any of those yet this year but we have had some Anglo-Saxon coins"

Adam DaubneyCounty Council Finds Liason Officer

Aftermath of M1 lorry fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

This is the aftermath of the lorry fire that's caused major delays on the M1 northbound between junctions 29a for Chesterfield and 30 for Sheffield.

Lorry fire
Derbys Roads Police

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is still dealing with pockets of the fire within the load area of the lorry.

Highways England has said the motorway is expected to clear by 17:30 this evening.

Woman sexually assaulted in Dewsbury

A woman, pushing a baby in a pram, has been sexually assaulted in Dewsbury. Police say it happened in Crow Nest Park 8 days ago.

Police man

The 31-year-old managed to escape after her attacked made inappropriate remarks and indecently touched her.

The suspect is described as Asian, aged between 30 and 35 and wearing all black clothing.

Warning to pet owners after thieves steal 13 pugs

Pet owners have been warned to be alert after a spate of animal thefts were reported across South Yorkshire.


Police in Doncaster are urging pet owners to check their home security measures after a series of reported animal thefts across the town.

In one burglary, 13 pug dogs were stolen.

In a separate attempted burglary that was reported to police thieves targeted a property where there were a number of pug puppies inside the property.

We understand that this type of theft causes a considerable amount of alarm among pet owners living in Doncaster."

Eamonn LarkinCrime Reduction Officer

Listen: West Yorkshire Fire Service spends £100,000 rescuing animals

A BBC Investigation has found that animal rescues have cost the fire service in West Yorkshire more than £100,000 in the past three years.

The service receives a call out to rescue an animal every four days.

Nick Smith from the fire service says without their help, people often attempt dangerous rescues themselves:

York teenager jailed for city murder

A teenager has been jailed for 24 years for the murder of 53-year-old man.

Shaun Skelton

The body of Shaun Skelton (pictured above) was discovered at a flat in Chancery House, on Holgate Road, York, in March, with "significant injuries".

Daniel Thomas Reed, 19, of no fixed abode, had initially denied murder, but admitted the charge at Leeds Crown Court.

He was jailed for life and told he must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison.

Severe accident: A1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between B6474 Wentbridge South and B6474 Wentbridge North affecting J37 A635 Barnsley Road.

A1 West Yorkshire - Delays and queuing traffic on A1 northbound in Wentbridge between Wentbridge South and Wentbridge North, because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion on A1(M) to J37, A635 (Marr).

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

Stones from collapsed North Yorkshire bridge to be used at other sites

The final reminders of one of the most devastating days in Tadcaster's history are being taken away this week.

Collapsed bridge
Giles Rochall

Stones left over from the collapse of the town's bridge during flooding in 2015 re being removed from the riverbed.

It will allow the River Wharfe to flow more smoothly and the stones will be used elsewhere.

M1 remains closed after lorry fire

Maryam Qaiser

BBC Local Live

The M1 remains shut after a 40 tonne lorry caught fire on the northbound carriageway earlier.

Highways England said the motorway between junctions 29a for Chesterfield and 30 for south Sheffield is expected to be closed until about 14:15 today.

Traffic is also slow heading south because of the fire.

Van on fire
Derbys Roads Police

Fire crews from Clowne and Staveley fire stations are at the scene with Derbyshire Police.

They were called at about 10:10 to reports of the lorry fire on the motorway hardshoulder.

Van on fire
Derbys Roads Police

Barnsley Youth Choir hit high note in Europe

Barnsley Youth Choir has triumphed on the international stage, winning both of two categories the team of 62 entered at the European Choir Games in Latvia.

Barnsley Youth Choir
Barnsley Youth Choir

It makes them European champions in the Gospel, Spiritual, Music of Spirit and Faith category, as well as the Jazz, Pop, Show category. They were also asked to compete in the Grand Prix of Nations contests and won both of those too.

Watch: Don't call me Billy! Names sought for baby Pygmy goats

Names are being sought for the great-great-great grand'kids' of Daisy the pygmy goat at Easingwold’s Maize Maze in North Yorkshire.

The twins are just a few days old.

Their great-great-grandmother, a super nanny, was famous for being the second oldest pygmy goat, when she died aged 19, earlier this year.

Farmer and maze owner, Paul Caygill, said they've not decided what to call the youngsters yet:

You can send your suggestions by simply clicking here.

Police investigating train carriage vandalism arrest two boys

North Yorkshire police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with the vandalism of heritage railway carriages used in the filming of TV drama Downton Abbey.

The 17-year-olds have been arrested and released while under investigation.

Police say they expect to make further arrests as enquiries continue.

Animal rescues cost West Yorkshire Fire Service over £100,000

A BBC Investigation has found that animal rescues cost our fire service in West Yorkshire more than £100,000 in the past three years.

Cat up a tree

The service says it receives one of these call outs every four days.

The most common animals that were rescued were cats, dogs, birds and horses, but other animals involved included snakes, seals, bats, chinchillas, iguanas, and a raccoon.

Crowds enjoy Tramlines festival despite the rain

Tramlines is over for another year but the Sheffield music festival turned the city centre into a big live party for the weekend.

Crowds on Division Street

The Coral closed the festival on the Devonshire Green stage:

The Coral

Local artist Lucy Spraggan got a home welcome on the Devonshire Green stage:

Lucy Spraggan

The stage in the Folk Forest at Endcliffe Park was a hit throughout the weekend:

Folk Forest stage

Street performers added to the festival atmosphere in Sheffield city centre:

Street performers in the Peace Gardens

The Libertines perform on the main stage at Ponderosa Park in front of thousands:

The Libertines at Ponderosa Park

Two teenagers seriously injured in crash near Keighley

Two teenagers are in hospital with serious injuries after a crash on the A629 at Steeton, Keighley.


The crash happened in the early hours of Sunday morning morning. The car left the road and hit a lampost.

The 18-year-old male driver of the car suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to hospital, where he remains today, along with a 16-year-old female, who suffered serious head and pelvic injuries.

Train vandalism appeal raises £19,000 in 24 hours

An online appeal set up to help pay for repairs needed following thousands of pounds worth of damage to heritage railway carriages used in the filming of TV drama Downton Abbey.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Eight teak carriages on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering had windows smashed, with furniture and fixings also ruined at the weekend.

Fire extinguishers were also set off throughout the carriages, soaking the furniture and wall fittings.

The railway said the full extent of the damage was not yet known, but repair costs would run "into the thousands if not more".

An appeal set up following the incident has raised just over £19,000 in under 24 hours.

Almost 500 people have donated cash so far, some of them hundreds of pounds.

Police close M1 northbound at Sheffield due to lorry fire

The police have closed the M1 at Sheffied after a lorry fire.

Highways England says that traffic is being held northbound J29A and J30 after the lorry fire.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue are currently on the scene to tackle the fire.

Lorry fire
Highways England

Ryanair says profits up 55%, but warns of costs of Brexit uncertainty

The low cost airline Ryanair, which operates flights from Leeds Bradford Airport, says its seen a 55% increase in profits in the three months to June.

Leeds Bradford Airport

It says the figures cover the timing of the Easter holiday.

The company said it expects annual profits to be in the region of €1.4bn, but this is contingent on Brexit developments and the absence of further terror attacks, as well as more standard variables such as the number of people booking summer holidays.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Drugs den' in Rotherham closed by police

A council property in the Ferham area of Rotherham has been closed for three months after concerns it was being used to deal drugs.

Officers and other agencies were granted the order by the courts to close the house, on Dovercourt Road, following concerns raised by residents.

Police stick closure notice on door of house

The house is the first in Rotherham to be closed for suspected drug issues under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Severe disruption: M62 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J35 for M18 and J34 for A19 Selby.

M62 East Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J35, M18 (Langham) and J34, A19 (Selby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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