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Summary

  1. All Creatures Great and Small star Robert hardy dies aged 91
  2. Bradford firms fined for nuisance marketing calls
  3. Teenage motorbike passenger killed in South Yorkshire crash
  4. New redundancy payment for former Kellingley miners
  5. Safety leaflet targets pedestrians crossing A64
  6. Screen Yorkshire backs Leeds for Channel 4 HQ bid
  7. Push for high speed rail route for north of England
  8. Warning after handbag snatches from Rotherham drivers
  9. Updates on Thursday 3 August 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kevin Larkin and Nick Wilmshurst

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Severe disruption: A638 West Yorkshire westbound

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A638 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between Wesley Street and High Street.

A638 West Yorkshire - A638 Bradford Road in Cleckheaton closed westbound between the Wesley Street junction and the High Street junction, because of a burst water main.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of a lorry fire.

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 J34 for A631 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down lorry. 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. All Creatures Great and Small star Robert Hardy dies aged 91
  2. Bradford companies fined for nuisance marketing calls
  3. Teenager dies following motorbike crash in South Yorkshire
  4. Screen Yorkshire backs Leeds for Channel 4 HQ bid
  5. And Wakefield roots for Missy the moggy

See you tomorrow.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Peer into the past of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds

If you live in North Leeds you might pass Kirkstall Abbey every day and not really give it a second thought.

Kirkstall Abbey
Leeds City Council

But the 865-year-old former monastery holds so many stories and some of them have been pulled together for a new display at the Abbey's visitor centre.

You'll be able to see the medieval tiles Cistercian monks would have walked on centuries ago, and a tiny tuning peg from a musical instrument which could have belonged to a medieval minstrel.

These, along with other items, were dug up on the site over the years and are being put on display for the first time in a free exhibition there.

Kirkstall Abbey
Leeds City Council

Monks began building Kirkstall Abbey in 1152 on land gifted to them by wealthy nobleman Henry de Lacy.

Today, it's one of the best preserved monasteries in the country.

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Two charged over gunshots in Huddersfield

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 18, have been charged with attempted murder after guns were fired in Kirklees last week.

The 17-year-old male, from Dalton, has been charged in relation to three firearms discharges in Holays, New House Road and Dalton Fold.

The 18-year-old male, from Deighton, has been charged in relation to two firearms discharges in Holays and New House Road.

They're both due to appear before Kirklees Magistrates' Court on Friday morning.

E-fit appeal over Doncaster assault

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An e-fit image has been issued by police after a man was assaulted in the Armthorpe area of Doncaster.

E-fit
South Yorkshire Police

The victim was walking his dog at the pit top when he saw three quad bikers.

As he was leaving, the 53-year-old was pushed by a teenage boy pushing a bike and then hit by a biker in his early 20s.

The victim was left with a broken jaw and two breaks in his arm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Final approval sought for Dewsbury hospital services move

Health officials are being asked to give their final approval to plans to move some hospital services from Dewsbury to Wakefield.

Dewsbury hospital
Google

The NHS wants to relocate services for very ill patients to Pinderfields, as part of a bigger re-organisation of health services in the area.

If approved, the changes will happen at the start of next month.

Robbers go through man's pockets after pushing him to floor

A man who was pushed to the floor on a Scarborough street had his belongings taken from his pockets as he lay on the pavement.

Scarborough TK Maxx
Google

It happened on Tuesday afternoon outside TK Maxx.

The 57-year-old man was approached by two men who started to talk to him and then pushed him over before going into his pockets to take his property.

The men then ran off towards Westborough.

Anyone with information about the robbery is being asked to contact police.

Leeds Rhinos: Teenagers Jack Walker and Alex Sutcliffe sign new deals

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Leeds Rhinos youngsters Jack Walker and Alex Sutcliffe have signed new deals.

Jack Walker
SWPIX.COM

Full-back Walker, 17, had looked set to leave after the club announced he had turned down a deal last month.

Centre Sutcliffe, 18, made his Rhinos debut in the Super League defeat by Wigan Warriors in July.

I'm really happy things have been finalised and becoming a full-time player with my home town club is a dream come true for me."

Jack WalkerLeeds Rhinos

Heritage campaigners back restoration of Firbeck Hall

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The Save Britain's Heritage organisation has backed plans to restore South Yorkshire's Firbeck Hall.

Firbeck Hall
Save Britain's Heritage

The country house was originally built in the late 16th century on land near Rotherham.

The building underwent a major restoration in the 1930s with lots of Art Deco features added.

The modern look encouraged the BBC to use Firbeck Hall to host its Late Night Dance Music show:

Firbeck Hall 1930s
Save Britain's Heritage

However, the hall was closed in the late 1980s and has been in a state of decline ever since.

New proposals would see the country house converted into 24 apartments with eight new houses added to land on the estate.

New bypass for Pontefract, Featherstone and Ackworth?

More than £250,000 is going to be spent looking into whether a bypass should be built around Pontefract, Featherstone and Ackworth in West Yorkshire.

Pontefract
Google

It's claimed a new road will reduce congestion and open up new land for house building.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has also agreed to investigate turning the York outer ring road into a dual carriageway.

Watch: New help for South Yorkshire stammerers

A new course has been launched in South Yorkshire to help people who stammer.

Glenn Bills, from Doncaster, is bringing a new technique, called the McGuire programme, to the county for the first time.

Dean Ridge, from the Sheffield and Doncaster Stammering Association, welcomes the idea:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J39 for A636 Wakefield and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J39, A636 (Wakefield) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingAll Creatures Great and Small star Robert Hardy dies aged 91

The actor Robert Hardy, who played Siegfried Farnon in the North Yorkshire-based BBC series All Creatures Great and Small has died aged 91.

Robert Hardy
BBC

His family released a statement: "Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work."

He played the character Siegfried in 90 episodes of All Creatures Great and small in the 1970s and 80s and starred in the Harry Potter films as Cornelius Fudge.

Irfan Wahid stabbing: Death followed fight over teenage girl

A fight over a girl between two teenaged boys ended with one of them being stabbed to death, a court has heard.

Irfan Wahid
West Yorkshire Police

Irfan Wahid, 16, died in hospital after being attacked in Harehills Lane, Leeds, during the afternoon of 10 February.

Leeds Crown Court heard Irfan Wahid was alighting from a bus when he spotted the defendant chatting to the 16-year-old girl on Harehills Lane.

Irfan allegedly then hit the defendant until he fell to the ground. The defendant got up, took a kitchen knife from his bag and stabbed Mr Wahid in the chest, the prosecution said.

A 16-year-old, who cannot be publicly named because of his age, has denied murder and manslaughter charges.

The trial continues.

CCTV issued over sexual assault in Leeds

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him after a sexual assault in Leeds.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

It happened late on 30 June at Hyde Park Corner as a woman in her 30s was walking towards Headingley when a man sexually assaulted her.

A taxi driver saw what was happening and stopped to help the woman and the man ran off as the driver pulled up.

This was an extremely distressing incident for the victim and I would ask anyone with information to get in touch with police."

Det Con Philip JoyceWest Yorkshire Police

Sheffield clinics to trial HIV 'game-changer' drug

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sexual health clinics in Sheffield will be allowed to provide a pill on the NHS which dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV.

PrEP tablets
Getty Images

Prep (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that disables HIV before it gets a stranglehold in the body.

Trials suggest it can cut the risk of being infected by up to 86%.

NHS England has made the decision as part of a £10m trial.

It comes a year after the NHS lost a legal battle to argue the drug should be provided by councils rather than the health service.

New redundancy payment for former Kellingley miners

Miners made redundant through the closure of Kellingley Colliery on the West Yorkshire-North Yorkshire border are to receive an additional payment.

Kellingley Colliery
BBC

They had claimed they'd been shortchanged when the pit shut at the end of 2015 because they got smaller payouts than workers from Thoresby in Nottinghamshire.

The National Union of Mineworkers says it's won its court case against UK Coal, and over 500 miners will now get the maximum of eight weeks pay.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down van.

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

Screen Yorkshire backs Leeds for Channel 4 bid

Channel 4 should relocate to the Leeds City Region, despite similar bids from Sheffield and Hull, according to the boss of creative industries champion Screen Yorkshire.

Channel 4
BBC

A government consultation is considering whether the broadcaster should move out of central London.

Liverpool and Birmingham have also stated their interest in being home to the channel.

In an article on Prolific North, Screen Yorkshire chief executive Sally Joynson says: "In a country as diverse as the UK, a national public service broadcaster needs to have a greater plurality of voices."

The Leeds City Region is home to three million people and includes Leeds, Bradford, York, Harrogate, Calderdale, Kirklees, Barnsley Craven and Wakefield.

For anyone concerned that we may not be high-brow enough for media luvvies, need you be reminded that Leeds City Region has a rich cultural heritage."

Sally JoynsonScreen Yorkshire

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for M18 and J34 for A614 Bawtry Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A1(M) southbound between J35 M18 and J34 A614 Bawtry Road, because of vehicle tyre change.

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

Power station contract firm in talks with union

A contract firm working at Eggborough power station, near Selby, says it is in talks with a union after scaffolders decided to take industrial action in a pay dispute.

Eggborough
BBC

The Unite union claims that the contractor, Cape Industrial Services, is not paying its workers the agreed national hourly pay rate.

The first of two 48-hour strikes is due to take place on 17 August.

Now Cape Industrial Services says it is in talks with the Unite union and is committed to finding a solution.

We would prefer to avoid industrial action as we continue to provide a safe service for our customers. It would be inappropriate to further comment while the discussions are underway.”

Cape Industrial ServicesContractor

Two young people stranded after swimming across river

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Fire crews are trying to rescue two stranded young people in Richmond.

It appears the pair swam across the River Swale, near Richmond Station, before getting stuck on the bank:

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Fines for nuisance marketing calls - The complaints

Earlier, we told you about the two Bradford companies fined for the sales calls they had made to people who had signed up to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Phone
PA

Safestyle UK and Virgo Home Improvements had both called people after they'd been asked not to.

It emerged that neither firm had checked to see if people had opted out of receiving marketing calls under the TPS.

Here's what some of the people who had complained about the companies said:

Angry. This is the third call in two months. I have previously requested they delete our number, we are with TPS."

This harassment has been going on for over five years now. I want it to stop."

He kept saying persistently that he was sending a rep around the next day. Makes me anxious as I kept saying no."

Travelodge plans for Yorkshire expansion

Travelodge has announced plans for a dozen new hotels in Yorkshire.

Travelodge
Tolent Construction

The news comes as the company opens its latest hotel at Layerthorpe in York, creating 47 new jobs - their fifth in the city.

The chain already runs 34 hotels in Yorkshire and is now looking for sites for a further 12 in places including Knaresborough, Whitby, Thirsk and Northallerton.

It says the new hotels would create up to 420 jobs.

Samurai swords handed in as part of knife amnesty

Knives
North Yorkshire Police

Police say almost 130 knives were handed in to police stations across North Yorkshire as part of a nationwide clampdown on knife crime last month.

Knife collection bins were placed in Selby, Scarborough, York, Northallerton, Harrogate and Skipton police stations.

Knives
North Yorkshire Police

Dave France, of North Yorkshire Police said: “Through our collection bins we have had over 130 weapons, in varying forms, handed in from standard kitchen knives, to hunting knives and Samurai swords.

“We have also identified a number of retailers who think it’s okay to sell knives to under 18s and will be taking further action against these."

Police car egged and has tyres slashed while on call out

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A police car has had its tyres slashed and been egged while on a call out in Castleford.

It happened while officers were carrying out a warrant in the town.

These images were tweeted out by an officer today:

Egged police car
North Yorkshire Police
Slashed car tyre
North Yorkshire Police

Everybody needs good neighbours

Yorkshire has come second in a list of places where most people know and are friendly with those next door.

Our county was beaten only by the West Midlands, which came top of the list.

Neighbours
BBC

Here are a few of the key findings: ·

  • Of the people surveyed, 60% said they do not know their neighbours well or at all.
  • Sixty-two per cent said they would not feel confident about leaving a spare key with a neighbour.
  • Seventy-five per cent would not feel confident about letting a neighbour feed a pet when on holiday.
Neighbours
Getty imag

Max Chambers, a former community cohesion adviser at Downing Street, say the UK "risks heading towards the slow death of the neighbourhood," as the Love Thy Neighbour report, published the figures.

In response to the findings, Social cohesion charity, The Challenge, is calling on people to promise to share a cuppa with one neighbour during the month of August.

Bradford companies fined for nuisance marketing calls

Two West Yorkshire businesses have been fined after bombarding people who had signed up to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) with marketing calls.

Phone
BBC

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued fines totalling £150,000 to two firms in Bradford which, between them, sparked hundreds of complaints.

HPAS Ltd who trade as Safestyle UK were fined £70,000 after the ICO and TPS received 264 complaints over 20 months.

Laura Anderson Ltd who trade as Virgo Home Improvements were fined £80,000 following 440 complaints in 19 months.

Both companies had contacted people after being explicitly told not to call again which is against the law. They had also not checked to see if people had signed up to the TPS.

Companies have no excuse. If people are registered with the Telephone Preference Service they are off-limits."

Steve EckersleyInformation Commissioner’s Office