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Summary

  1. Murder charges over fatal shooting in Sheffield
  2. Man arrested after 'electric shock weapon' used in Whitby
  3. Man jailed for woman's 'brutal and horrific' rape in Sheffield
  4. Five Sheffield tree campaigners agree to stop action
  5. Leeds boy praised for 'vital role' in finding toddler
  6. Riders set off on 260-mile Jo Cox cycle challenge
  7. Updates on Wednesday 26 July 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J3 for A653 and J5 for .

M621 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed on M621 eastbound between J3, A653 (City Centre) and J5, Tunstal Road, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident.

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A youngster in the crowd takes a brilliant catch from James Weighell's huge six off the final ball, as Yorkshire beat Durham by 24 runs in their T20 Blast match at Headingley.

Our top five stories today

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from the team today, but we'll be back on Thursday 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. Two men are charged with the murder of a Sheffield man earlier this year

2. A man is arrested after an electric shock weapon disguised as a mobile phone is used in Whitby

3. Five men are sentenced for their part in a drugs operation following a covert police investigation in South Yorkshire

4. A five-year-old boy from Leeds who took a missing toddler to safety after spotting him alone in the street is praised by police for his quick-thinking actions

5. And a couple attempting to visit every railway station in Britain pass through North Yorkshire as part of their odyssey

Police officer and Diego Grabowski
WYP

Your weather forecast for Yorkshire

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Breezy and feeling cool this evening, but with plenty of clear spells.

Dry for most, but some showers will cross from the west to mainly affect western hills, these mostly early in the night.

The minimum temperature will be about 10C (50F).

Weather graph
BBC

Hush: Sound of silence celebrated at York Minster

A special afterhours event takes place at York Minster tonight exploring the calming power of silence.

York Minster
BBC

People will be encouraged to sit and experience the special stillness of the Minster, or they can wander quietly through the building.

Organisers say it's a response to our rushed, busy lives, where many people report they're "totally exhausted by the noise and constant demands of everyday life".

E-fit image released after Doncaster burglary

Police investigating a burglary in Doncaster have released this e-fit image of a man they want to speak to.

E-fit
South Yorkshire Police

The man is said to have gone into a house in Warmsworth Road at about 14:25 last Friday while the occupant was in the back garden - but left after being disturbed.

He is thought to have left the area in a silver car, heading towards the A1 and Conisbrough.

Listen: Couple's three-month rail odyssey reaches North Yorkshire

A couple attempting to visit every railway station in Britain have passed through North Yorkshire today.

Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe need to endure a total of 2,563 stops as part of a documentary which they hope will inspire others to explore the country by rail.

All their footage will later be donated to the London Transport Museum, where Vicki works as an education professional.

The pair were in Knaresborough this morning on their way to Scarborough, and Vicki says so far things have gone smoothly:

Assel Al-Essaie shooting: Two men charged

Two men have been charged with the murder of a Sheffield man earlier this year.

Assel Al-Essaie
South Yorkshire Police

Assel Al-Essaie, 23, died in hospital after being shot in the chest in Daniel Hill in the Upperthorpe area of the city on 18 February.

The two men, both from Sheffield, have been remanded in custody and are due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Two other people have previously been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the death of Mr Al-Essaie.

Attacks on Bradford fire crews have 'crossed the line' - union

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

The Fire Brigades Union has demanded a "zero tolerance approach" to tackle thugs attacking firefighters, after another crew in Bradford had missiles thrown at them.

David Williams, FBU
Telegraph and Argus

Woman airlifted to hospital after horse 'spooked' by car

A woman was airlifted to hospital after being thrown from a horse after the animal was "spooked" by a car overtaking a tractor in North Yorkshire.

Air ambulance
BBC

It happened yesterday afternoon in the Ripon area.

The injured rider, who's in her 30s, was taken by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where she was treated for her injuries before being discharged.

Sheffield swimmer breaks British record

Max Litchfield, 22, from Sheffield has broken the 200m individual medley british record in a time of 1:56.64 at the World Swimming Championships in Hungary.

Max Litchfield
BBC

The record, which stood at 1:57.12 from James Goddard, was a super-suited one that was set at the World Championships in 2009.

Riders set off on 260-mile Jo Cox cycle challenge

A 260-mile bike ride to raise money for murdered West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox's charities has started from Cleckheaton.

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

It's hoped cyclists from across the country will come together and take part in the five-day journey to Westminster.

The event's organiser, Sarfraz Mian, says he hopes local residents will join the riders on each of the five days.

Over 40 years behind bars for Barnsley drug gang

Five men have been sentenced for their part in a drugs operation following a covert police investigation in South Yorkshire.

Five sentenced men
South Yorkshire Police

During a 31-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court, a jury heard that the men had sold over a kilo of heroin and crack cocaine to people in Barnsley in just five months.

The gang - Andrew Evans (pictured centre), 47, of Park View, Royston, and Richard Hatfield (top right), 41, of Midland Road, Royston, Patrick Sweeney (top left), 53, of Wood Lane, Carlton, Jamie Goose (bottom right), 27, of Acre Road, Cudworth and Paul Mountain, 38, (bottom left) of Moorlands Crescent, Staincross - were put under surveillance for several months and were caught dealing class A drugs across Barnsley.

The men have been jailed for a total of 43 years and six months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Public inquiry call over Knaresborough sugar beet plant plans

Residents opposed to a new sugar beet processing plant in North Yorkshire are calling for any proposal to be taken to a public inquiry.

Harvesting beet
BBC

The scheme could be built on 120 acres of farmland close to Knaresborough, helping to create up to 300 jobs.

But people living in nearby villages say the proposed factory should be built on an existing industrial site.

Missing Bradford 18-year-old found 'safe and well'

A little earlier we mentioned a police appeal for help in finding 18-year-old Jasmine Akhtar.

She'd gone missing from Bradford and officers said her disappearance was "out of character".

Happily, it seems there's some good news from police in the city:

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Sheffield tree protesters blame influence of corporate sector on council

Sheffield's three accused tree protesters say the city council has been influenced by "corporate and business responsibilities" in felling thousands of healthy trees despite widespread concerns from local residents.

Tree with protest banner
BBC

The claims were made on the first day of a High Court hearing in which the local authority is seeking injunctions against three people.

The legal action comes after failed criminal prosecutions of tree protesters over felling as part of the council's £2bn Streets Ahead contract with Amey.

Missing in Bradford: Have you seen Jasmine Akhtar?

Police in Bradford are asking for help in finding 18-year-old Jasmine Akhtar, who's been reported missing from home.

Jasmine Akhtar
West Yorkshire Police

She was last seen at about 17:00 yesterday after meeting friends in Bradford city centre.

Police say they're concerned for her welfare as her disappearance is "out of character".

She's described as being about 5ft 5ins tall and of slim build.

She's believed to be wearing black leather leggings, black pumps and a grey jacket which says "Love Fitness".

She's also thought to be wearing a multi-coloured top in a camouflage-style.

Drug consumption rooms ruling 'outrageous'

The government's decision not to introduce drug consumption rooms has been described as "outrageous" by an expert from York.

Needles
Spencer Platt

The UK government has dismissed a call from its own advisory body to consider introducing the rooms.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) had said the rooms, dubbed "shooting galleries", had the potential to reduce drug deaths.

The rooms offer a space for users to take class A drugs under the supervision of medical professionals.

The government said it has no plans to back consumption rooms but policies could be developed by local bodies.

Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in mental health and drug addiction at the University of York, has called the government's position "outrageous".

He said: "The government has simply ignored all the evidence that has been presented to them which shows that drug consumption rooms can prevent deaths."

Super 8s: Super League leaders Castleford Tigers start at home to St Helens

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Super League leaders Castleford Tigers will host St Helens in the first match of the Super 8s on Thursday 3 August.

Zak Hardaker and Greg Eden
BBC

The Tigers are 10 points clear of Leeds Rhinos and need five points from their final seven games to win the League Leaders' Shield for the first time.

The other first-round games see Wakefield travel to Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC host Salford Red Devils and Leeds host Wigan Warriors.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J32 for M18 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - Stationary traffic on M1 northbound between J32, M18 (Thurcroft) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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

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

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

Five Sheffield tree campaigners agree to stop action

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

The number of "named defendants" in a court case to try and stop people taking direct action against Sheffield Council's tree-felling programme has dropped to three: Alison Teal, Calvin Payne and Dave Dilner.

Campaigners next to Sheffield tree
BBC

It's after five campaigners signed legal undertakings to say they would stop their protests.

Sheffield Council is seeking injunctions against protesters who impede the cutting down of the trees.

Leeds boy praised for 'vital role' in finding toddler

A five-year-old boy from Leeds who took a missing toddler to safety after spotting him alone in the street has been praised by police for his quick thinking actions.

Police officer and Diego Grabowski
WYP

Diego Grabowski was playing on his scooter near to his home in Cottingley when he noticed the two-year-old boy wandering about on his own.

The toddler's mum had already called the police after he'd squeezed through a gap in the back garden.

Diego took the little boy to the nearest adult before the parents found him.

It's truly heartwarming that someone as young as Diego was able to recognise the risks to the missing boy and take him to safety. It showed great presence of mind and he is a credit to his family and fully deserves to be praised for his actions."

Superintendent Derek HughesWest Yorkshire Police

Hebden Bridge commuters urged to let the train take the strain

People living close to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire are being encouraged to take the train to work instead of travelling by car.

Hebden Bridge station
BBC

The car park at the Calderdale town's railway station is to be extended to create another 46 spaces.

The plans have now been approved and the council is working with Network Rail to get the work finished by the spring.

Severe disruption: A631 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A631 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Bawtry Road and B6463 Blyth Road.

A631 South Yorkshire - A631 Bawtry Road in Tickhill closed in both directions between the Bawtry Road junction and the B6463 Blyth Road junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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H&M plans move to Sheffield Moor

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Retailer H&M is the latest high street name moving to The Moor in Sheffield.

The company has applied for planning permission in the old McDonald's building near Furnival Gate.

It's not yet clear what this may mean for the Fargate store.

Architects plans
H&M

Man arrested after 'electric shock weapon' used in resort

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A man has been arrested after an electric shock weapon disguised as a mobile phone was used in Whitby.

Police were called to a disturbance outside the Raw nightclub on Wellington Road in the early hours of Sunday morning after reports of the Taser-like weapon being fired.

Nobody was hurt.

Outside Raw nightclub
Google

A 20-year-old man from Warrington was detained by a doorman before police arrived at the scene.

He was taken into custody by police on suspicion of possessing a firearm and using threatening words and behaviour.

He has since been released and inquiries continue.

“I would like to reassure members of the public and the residents of Whitby that incidents like this are rare."

Det Con David AdamsNorth Yorkshire Police

Easingwold goat kids named 'Pixie and Dixie'

Names suggested by Geoffrey Lidster in Leeds have been chosen for two pygmy goats born last week at the Easingwold maize maze in North Yorkshire.

The goats, a boy and a girl, were born last Thursday.

Goats
BBC

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, couldn't make a decision on their names so we asked you for suggestions, which you've been very happy to provide.

The name search is now over. In the end Paul went with Geoffrey's suggestion of Pixie and Dixie.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

Health staff and fire crews join forces to help infirm

A health trust in West Yorkshire is working with the county's fire service to support vulnerable people across the district who are at an increased risk of falling.

Nurses and firefighters
WYFS

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has started an 18-month project to train all firefighters across Bradford and Airedale to identify people aged over 65 who are at risk of falling as part of their routine Safe and Well Checks - checks that may increase fire safety in the area.

By working together with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service we are now able to identify vulnerable people which we might not be aware of and offer help and support to prevent falls which could result in a serious injury or a hospital stay."

Rachel Morris, Falls Prevention NurseBradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Man jailed for woman's 'brutal and horrific' rape in Sheffield

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for the "brutal and horrific" rape of a woman in Sheffield city centre in December 2014.

Sadaam Ilyas
South Yorkshire Police

Sadaam Ilyas, of Albert Road, Meersbrook, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Monday after earlier being found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of rape and theft.

The court heard how Ilyas followed his victim, a 20-year-old student who can't be named for legal reasons, while she was walking through the city centre after a night out with friends celebrating her birthday.

After raping the woman, Ilyas stole from her and ran away.

Ilyas was jailed for eight years, plus an extended sentence of four years to be served on licence.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J35 for M18 affecting J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic southbound at J35 M18, because of a broken down van. Congestion to J37, A635 (Marr).

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