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Summary

  1. Police officer 'unaware' of helicopter sex filming
  2. Three trials expected over Hillsborough deaths
  3. Sheffield Council 'unaware' of Amey corporate manslaughter conviction
  4. Violence and drug use 'unacceptably high' at Leeds jail
  5. Radio station loses licence over 'terror talks'
  6. Repairs begin on vandalised 'Downton Abbey' railway carriages
  7. Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: A1 North Yorkshire northbound

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A1 North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between A1 and A6136 Leeming Lane.

A1 North Yorkshire - A1 closed northbound between the A1(M) J51 junction in Leeming Bar and Catterick South in Catterick.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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

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

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

Special Olympics torch relay begins in Much Wenlock
Former England manager Sam Allardyce lent his support to the event ahead of the games in Sheffield.

Our top five stories today

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from the team today, but we'll be back on Friday 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. A police officer who was in a South Yorkshire Police helicopter when a couple were caught on camera having sex in their garden tells a jury he didn't know his colleague was filming

2. Three trials are anticipated for the six men facing charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service says

3. Acts of violence and drug use in Leeds Prison are unacceptably high, according to a new report

4. Sheffield community radio station Iman FM is told by media watchdog Ofcom that it will not be going back on air

5. Volunteers work to clear-up and repair valuable carriages vandalised on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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. Traffic is coping well.

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

Yorkshire in pictures: Making tracks in North Yorkshire

Thanks to Dale Heppinstall for sending us this great shot of the landmark Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire:

Viaduct
BBC

The viaduct carries the Settle-Carlisle Railway, in the valley of the River Ribble.

It's made up of 24 (count 'em!) arches and is 400m long.

Your weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Bright spells this evening with heavy showers tending to ease.

Clear spells to start the night, becoming rather cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain.

The minimum temperature will be about 11C (52F).

Weather graph
BBC

Heart-lung patient meets transplant surgeon who saved her life 30 years ago

A woman from York, who had a heart and lung transplant operation at Papworth Hospital, has celebrated the 30th anniversary of her surgery by being reunited with the doctor who transformed her life.

Carol Town with  Professor John Wallwork
PA

Carol Town, 63, who was born in Upminster in Essex (now east London) in 1954, was five years old when she was diagnosed with a rare condition that leads to irreversible lung damage.

At the time she was diagnosed, most patients with the condition died before they reached 30.

Once referred to Papworth Hospital, she waited for 18 months for organs to become available.

Mrs Town was on the way home from work when she got a message from the hospital to say suitable organs had been identified for her transplant in July 1987.

At the time of the operation she thought it would only give her four extra years of life, which she says "felt like a long time".

Her surgery was a success and she was discharged in time for her fourth wedding anniversary in August 1987.

She says the treatment gave her a new lease of life and she quickly learned to run, swim, cycle and ride horses for the first time.

After recovering for the surgery Ms Town eventually climbed her first peak, Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales, then took part in the Transplant Games.

Mrs Town met the surgeon who gave her the live-saving operation, Professor John Wallwork, who is now chairman of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, at a special ceremony at Pembroke College in Cambridge.

She said: "The transplant gave me so much.

"It completely transformed my life and allowed me to do things I never thought possible, like see my son grow up and have a rewarding career.

"I'll probably never know who it was who donated their heart and lungs to me, but I am so grateful to them for giving me a second chance at life."

Driver's 'miracle escape' on M1

The pictures in this tweet from South Yorkshire Police say it all, really.

Astonishingly, cuts and bruises were the only result:

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Watch: Eleven-year old's 161-mile trek to Malton

An 11-year-old boy is in the middle of a 161-mile walk which will finish in North Yorkshire to raise funds for injured jockeys.

Jack Lander's taken on the nine-day challenge and is due to arrive in Malton on Monday.

His target is Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation facility for those injured while racing horses:

Man arrested over spate of arson attacks in Barnsley

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A 28-year-old man's been arrested in Barnsley in connection with a series of arson attacks.

Officers were called to Charles Street, Worsbrough, in the early hours of Monday where three cars had been set alight.

They were also called to further incidents later in the day in Oakwell and Kendray.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

He's since been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Watch: Vandal-hit North Yorkshire Moors carriages get some TLC

The clean-up of historic carriages vandalised on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is well under way.

Seven teak cars, used in the filming of ITV drama Downton Abbey, were damaged on Sunday.

Damage to the carriages, which date from 1930 to 1950, was extensive, with windows smashed and furniture and fittings damaged.

Now a major clean-up operation is under way in Pickering:

Challenge Cup: 'Bruising game' ahead for Leeds Rhinos - Lilley

Leeds Rhinos have named their 19-man squad for Saturday's sold-out Challenge Cup semi-final against Hull, which includes the return of captain Danny McGuire.

Challenge Cup
Allsport/Getty Images

He's one of nine changes from last week's Super League clash at Wigan with Brett Ferres and Liam Sutcliffe both back in contention after injury.

Half-back Jordan Lilley is hoping to feature in his first ever Challenge Cup semi-final and says he knows exactly what to expect from Hull:

"They're going to come out all guns blazing. We got one over on them - a tight affair at 10-7 - so they'll come with a game plan and they'll try to execute it. But we've got a game plan and it's going to be a bruising game," he says.

Dame Jenni champions Barnsley's Civic

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Barnsley Civic has welcomed one of the town's most famous voices to be its new champion - with Dame Jenni Murray joining journalist Sir Michael Parkinson and ballerina Tala Lee-Turton.

Barnsley Civil visualisation
Four23

Built in the 1870s as a public hall and now an arts centre and "culture hub", a £5m fundraising campaign aims to open up the whole of the Grade II-listed building, adding a new theatre, cafe, and extended gallery.

Dame Jenni says access to the arts is "incredibly important" from a very early age:

I had that range of culture, right down to going to Locke Park in Barnsley where they hosted an open air musical every summer, so you saw Oklahoma or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers performed. That formed the basis of my life, really."

Dame Jenni Murray

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound in Robin Hood at J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

North Yorkshire council's 'record' crackdown on environmental crime

A North Yorkshire council says it's issued a record number of fines in the past three months in a crackdown on environmental crime.

Craven District Council workers
Craven District Council

Craven District Council says it's been operating a zero tolerance approach to things like littering, fly-tipping, and dog fouling.

A total of 19 enforcement actions, including fixed penalty notices, were issued between 1 April and 30 June, the council says.

It says it bought a number of surveillance cameras earlier this year to aid Operation Cleaner Craven.

Sheffield Council 'unaware' of Amey corporate manslaughter conviction

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Sheffield City Council wasn't aware that the company carrying out its highways maintenance programme had a conviction for corporate manslaughter when it signed a 25-year deal with them, a court's heard.

Save me sign on tree
PA

Today is the second day of a hearing, with the city council trying to get a court order to stop protests over tree-felling as part of the council's £2bn Streets Ahead contract with Amey.

Paul Billington, the council officer in charge of the Streets Ahead work, has been giving evidence at the High Court in Leeds.

Mr Billington said neither he personally, nor the city council, knew of the conviction before the £2.2bn contract was signed with Amey

The firm was convicted in December 2011 of a health and safety breach which led to the death of a worker. This was not declared when Amey was bidding for work.

Watch: Doncaster's 'lost' Sand House re-emerges

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The secrets of Doncaster's "lost" Sand House are being revealed at a new display at the town's Frenchgate shopping centre.

The Sand House was carved entirely out of sandstone and had a range of carvings in tunnels underneath the house.

The tunnels were sealed up in 1984, but students at Doncaster College have re-created them in a virtual way for the exhibition:

Also in the exhibition is a modern day sculpture made of sand rather than sandstone.

Meet Henry, who's named after Henry Senior, the creator of the original Sand House:

Henry sand sculpture
BBC

Watch: Coastal concern in Filey over fishing rule change

Salmon fishermen who work off the North Yorkshire coast are warning that proposed licensing changes could kill off the industry where they live.

New regulations being considered could mean fishermen are prevented from passing their licences to the next generation when they retire, to protect fish stocks.

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake has met with workers in Filey to listen to their concerns:

Listen: 'There's still discrimination' - Gay rights campaigner says more work still to do

A leading North Yorkshire gay rights campaigner says more work still needs to be done to tackle homophobic bullying.

It's now half a century since a major law was changed which allowed gay relationships.

The Sexual Discrimination Act 1967 decriminalisted homosexual acts between two men over 21 in private.

One of the chairs of York LGBT Forum, Kevin Sell, says although huge steps have been taken since then, it's still not enough:

Communities to benefit from cash recovered by West Yorkshire Police

Almost £15,000 in cash recovered during fraud and firearms investigations in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts, police have revealed.

£10 notes
BBC

Last week, magistrates ruled that £14,460 recovered by Bradford's Proceeds of Crime Team was probably intended for criminal purposes and ordered that the cash be forfeited.

Almost £10,000 was seized by police during an investigation into violent disorder in Great Horton in October last year, with the cash thought to be linked to the supply of drugs.

The remainder of the cash was recovered by officers investigating a fraud in Shipley in November 2015, for which three people were arrested and later released without charge.

After a decision was made to take no further action regarding the cash seized, it was re-seized by the Bradford District Proceeds of Crime Team.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says: "A good amount of this money will now be put into my Safer Communities Fund which provides grants to community projects across West Yorkshire working to keep people safe and feeling safe."

Sheffield steelworkers on strike over pay

Eighteen workers at a steel firm in Sheffield are out on strike for a fortnight.

Picket line at Rom Sheffield
Garry Dickenson

Workers at Rom on Brightside Lane opposite Forgemasters say they haven't had a pay rise for seven years.

They are members of the Community trade union.

The company says it's "regrettable" that some members of its workforce have decided to take strike action and that "production at the Sheffield site will continue".

Challenge Cup 2017: Wembley beckons for two of the final four
Holders Hull FC, Salford, Leeds and Wigan are all in the hunt for Wembley places in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Police officer 'unaware' of helicopter sex filming

A police officer who was in a South Yorkshire Police helicopter when a couple were caught on camera having sex in their garden has told a jury he didn't know his colleague was filming.

Police helicopter
BBC

Matthew Lucas, 43, admitted he was in the front passenger seat but said he had little recognition of seeing the couple.

He said his colleague Adrian Pogmore must have taken the footage.

Mr Pogmore, 51, from Rotherham, has previously admitted four counts of misconduct in public office.

Mr Lucas is one of four men on trial. All deny misconduct in a public office.

Decision due over North Yorkshire fracking site lorry route

Planning officers are due to decide shortly if they're happy with the route which it's proposed lorries will use to go to and from a fracking site in North Yorkshire.

Fracking site at Kirby Misperton
Third Energy

County council officers are considering a traffic plan from Third Energy, the company which is preparing to begin fracking at its site at Kirby Misperton, near Pickering.

Local resident and anti-fracking campaigner Jackie Cray says she and others have concerns:

"We're talking about routing very heavy goods vehicles, huge vehicles, along roads which aren't built for them, aren't suitable for them and which will rapidly disintegrate," says Ms Cray.

But Third Energy says it's the same route it used when it drilled the well four years ago - which it says worked without complaint.

Alan Bennett to open Ilkley Literature Festival

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Leeds-born playwright Alan Bennett is set to open the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival.

Alan Bennett
BB

The playwright, screenwriter and actor will appear at a special afternoon event at the festival on Friday 29 September.

Bennett is expected to talk about his most recent collection of diaries and essays, Keeping on Keeping On.

The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday 17 August, with tickets going on general sale at the end of the month.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J38 for A637 Darton and J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J38, A637 (Darton) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J41 for A650 and J40 for A638 Ossett affecting J43 for M621.

M1 West Yorkshire - Delays, two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down car. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J43, M621 (Belle Isle).

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

Sheffield's Iman FM radio station loses licence

Sheffield community radio station Iman FM has been told by media watchdog Ofcom that it will not be going back on air.

Al Queda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki
PA

The station had its licence suspended earlier this month after broadcasting material by an alleged Al Queda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki (pictured), who was killed in a US drone strike in 2011.

The regulator has now announced it will be revoking Iman FM's licence completely, stating that it is in the public interest to do so.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We take robust action when broadcasters break the rules."

Iman FM previously told Ofcom it was not aware of Awlaki's background.

Nurses in Sheffield campaign for better pay

There's a campaign today to highlight the levels of NHS nursing pay.

The event is taking place at Weston Park in Sheffield.

Campaigning nurses
RCN

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) say that pay freezes are leaving nurses out of pocket and leading to many quitting the NHS altogether.

A survey from the RCN in May showed that 9 in 10 would support industrial action if the pay cap was not scrapped.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J32, A639 (Pontefract) and J31, A655 (Castleford), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Leeds riverside cycle route restored after floods of 2015

A popular Leeds riverside cycle route that was damaged by the Boxing Day floods in 2015 has been given a new lease of life.

Leeds Dock
Canal and River Trust

The path, between the Royal Armouries and Liberty Dock student accommodation, has been improved with a wider surface by the charity Sustrans.

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, after J5 for M180.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M18 southbound after J5, M180 (Stainforth), because of an accident.

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 J38 for A637 Darton and J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M1 southbound between J38, A637 (Darton) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Photographer returns to focus on Salts Mill

Peg Alexander

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The man who took the official photographs of Salts Mill before it went through a dramatic transformation is returning to capture today's view of the site.

Salts Mill
BBC

Old and new photographs by Ian Beesley will then form an exhibition in September.

The photographs that Beesley took of the mill in the 1980s and this year will be accompanied by new poems from the so-called Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan.

Three Hillsborough trials expected to take place

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Three trials are anticipated for the six men facing charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Retired Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, who was the match commander on the day, is accused of the gross negligent manslaughter of all but one of the 96 victims at Hillsborough.

David Duckenfield
BBC

Sir Norman Bettison, a Chief Inspector in South Yorkshire at the time, is accused of telling lies about his role in the aftermath of the disaster.

Former Sheffield Wednesday safety officer Graham Mackrell, retired South Yorkshire Police officers Donald Denton, Alan Foster and former force solicitor Peter Metcalf will also face a trial.

All six accused could now appear at Preston Crown Court in September.