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Summary

  1. Driver's lucky escape after 50ft ravine crash in West Yorkshire
  2. York air pollution levels 'still too high' - Report
  3. Big fall in child arrest rates across Yorkshire
  4. World War One Victoria Cross hero honoured in Leeds
  5. Rare pine marten returns to North Yorkshire after 24 years
  6. Pioneering underground house in West Yorkshire gets listed status
  7. Doncaster's 'balloon syndrome' hedgehog released back to the wild
  8. Thousands head to Sheffield as Special Olympics get under way
  9. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Monday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Monday 7 August 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Tuesday 8 August? Just click here.

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. Driver's lucky escape after 50ft ravine crash
  2. York air pollution levels 'too high' - Report
  3. Rare pine marten returns to Yorkshire after 24 years
  4. West Yorkshire's pioneering 'Hobbit House' gets listed status
  5. Record attempt in Wakefield for princesses

See you tomorrow.

Man knocks 78-year-old woman's head on kerb as he tries to rob her

A man knocked 78-year-old woman's head on a kerb as she lay on the ground while he attempted to rob her in Bradford.

Henderson Place
Google

It happened on Saturday lunchtime in Wibsey as the woman was going home on Henderson Place.

She was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground as her attacker tried to grab her bag. He then knocked her head against the kerb to try to make her let go of her belongings.

He was disturbed by passer-by and ran off empty handed. Police say he is a white man, 5ft 10”, of medium build, with short brown hair.

He was wearing a grey hooded tracksuit with black stripes down the leg.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J30 for A642 and J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 westbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

This 'blank canvas' cottage in the middle of nowhere is up for sale

Huddersfield Examiner

Your nearest neighbours would be sheep and cattle. And it has stunning views – but you’ll need plenty of imagination to transform a former gamekeeper’s cottage which has just been listed for auction with a guide price of £160,000.

Cottage
Huddersfield Examiner

Police in Sheffield hunt wanted man

Detectives in Sheffield are asking for your help to find wanted man Aaron Divers.

The 22-year-old is wanted in connection with a number of serious offences and anyone who knows where he is, or may have seen him, is asked to contact police.

Aaron Divers
South Yorkshire Police

Overseas recruits needed for North Yorkshire hospital

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It is hoped an overseas recruitment drive will help solve a staffing crisis at one North Yorkshire hospital.

Health bosses at Northallerton's Friarage have admitted that unfilled doctors posts are making it hard to keep some services safe.

They are now looking overseas to try to fill vacant anaesthetist and crictical care doctor posts

Friarage Hospital
Google

A Yorkshire sky full of hot air

Balloons
AFP

More details have been revealed about Yorkshire's first ever hot air balloon festival.

A total of 50 hot air balloons, from all across the UK, will fly across York, while a festival-style weekend takes place below.

The inflated display will lift of from York racecourse in the final weekend of September.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Relief at finding missing grandmother

Police had a huge response after Connie Wilkinson who has Alzheimers went missing on Friday.

Connie was found yesterday afternoon at the bottom of an embankment at the side of the motorway in Bessacar.

She was sunburnt on one side and dehydrated - but otherwise in good health, uninjured and extremely happy to be found.

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She's now recovering in Doncaster Royal Infirmary with her family at her bedside.

Have you seen Bethany?

Have you seen missing teenager Bethany Stoakes?

Beathany Stoakes
West Yorkshire Police

The 16-year-old was last seen in Bradford on yesterday.

She was wearing black leggings, a black corset top, camouflage jacket and pink and black Nike trainers.

It is thought she might be with an Asian female of similar age and she has connections to the Halifax area.

Watch: Rescued Yorkshire weasel stars in BBC documentary

A pet weasel belonging to a Yorkshire wildlife artist is to represent Britain in a documentary about the super powers of the world’s smallest animals.

Wildlife artist Robert Fuller discovered four-week old Fidget in York in 2016.

He set up a series of runs and mazes for him at his studio in Thixendale on the Yorkshire Wolds.

Now Fidget's appearing in the BBC's Super Small Animals.

Here's a film made a short while after Fidget was rescued:

Gunfire and car hijack in Leeds

Police in Leeds are asking for witnesses to come forward after a gun was fired and a car hijacked at the weekend.

Spencer Place
Google

It happened on Saturday afternoon on Spencer Place in Chapeltown, after an argument between a group of men. One of them is believed to have been carrying a small handgun.

The gun went off and damaged a nearby ground floor flat window.

The group then ran off to the rear of Harehills Avenue where they threatened a man and drove off in his black Honda Civic.

The car was later found abandoned on Oakwell Crescent, from where it's thought the suspects left in another car.

Officers have been conducting extensive enquiries since Saturday, including house-to-house and CCTV enquiries to establish the circumstances."

Det Ch Insp Jaz KhanWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A61.

M621 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M621 westbound at J7, A61 (Stourton), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Seventy-year-old Rotherham woman robbed in own car

Do you know this man? Police in Rotherham want to speak to him after a 70-year-old woman was robbed in her own car as she waited at traffic lights:

Efit
South Yorkshire Police

Last Tuesday lunchtime the woman had stopped at lights on Centenary Way, when a man knocked on her window and opened the passenger door.

He reached in and grabbed her handbag before running off.

The 70-year-old was not hurt during the incident but was left distressed.

New signs aimed at stopping 'seagull muggings'

New signs are being put up on the North Yorkshire coast warning people not to feed seagulls.

Over the last few years Scarborough Borough Council has tried various methods to try to stop herring gulls attacking people while they're eating.

Seagull swooping with chip in beak
Hannah Coleman

The new signs which say ‘stop attacks - never feed the gulls’ and ‘stop scavenging - never drop litter’ are going up in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey.

Leeds city centre department store evacuated

Shoppers were evacuated from a Leeds city centre department store this afternoon:

Fire engine
BBC

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue sent two fire engines to the Debenhams store on Briggate at about 15:00.

No fire was discovered however.

Record attempt in Wakefield for princesses

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

A world record breaking gathering of princesses took place in Wakefield yesterday:

Princesses
Anthony Longstaff

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice was behind the record attempt at the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre.

The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as a princess stood at 419, but 433 people came along to beat the previous record.

Princesses
Andrew Bellis

All the official information will now be submitted to Guinness World Records for them to verify it and decide if it is a new record.

As you can see, all types of people got involved. And I mean all types.

Princesses
Andrew Bellis

Calf shot dead by intruder at Doncaster farm

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A calf has died after it was shot at a Doncaster farm yesterday while the family were out harvesting.

The four-month-old heifer was in a barn in the middle of the yard at Parks Farm, Conisbrough, when an intruder shot it with a gun once in the front and again in the back.

A vet was called but the calf could not be saved and it died overnight.

Farmer Billy Collins said he was devastated at the cruel shooting.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J49 for A168 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J49, A168 (Dishforth) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Watch: Scientists test car emissions in York

Scientists at the University of York are testing emissions from cars to see if they match the levels claimed by manufacturers.

It's partly in response to the Volkswagon emissions scandal in 2015:

CCTV released after sexual assault on Leeds bus

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a woman in her 60s was sexually assaulted on a bus in Leeds.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened on 19 July on the number 36 bus from Leeds City Centre bus station towards Ripon, when a man sat in the seat next to her and sexually assaulted her.

The victim got off the bus and the suspect is thought to have stayed on for a short distance later, before getting off in Harrogate.

I would also ask for the man pictured or anyone who recognises him to get in contact with officers, as he may have information to help with the investigation.”

Det Insp Susan MacLachlanWest Yorkshire Police

Occupants escape overturned car with just minor injuries

The people in this car managed to escape with minor injuries after a crash in Bradford this morning:

Car crash
West Yorkshire Police

It happened this morning on Old Allen Road and no other cars were involved.

Looking at the state of the car, propped up against a stone wall on it's roof, it's remarkable that police say the occupants escaped with scratches.

Officers issued a short warning to motorists on twitter "Take care out there".

In pictures: Leeds Pride 2017

About 40,000 people came to Leeds yesterday to the city's Pride even.

Organisers say it was "the biggest and best yet".

Here's a flavour of the atmosphere. If you were there, can you spot yourself?

Leeds Pride
BBC
Leeds Pride
BBC
Leeds Pride
BBC
Leeds Pride
BBC

If you have any pictures you'd like to share with us, send them in.

Watch: 100 years of Barnsley

A brand new film spanning over 100 years of Barnsley's history is being premiered at Parkway Cinema Barnsley in September.

As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project called The Joy of Sound & Vision, Yorkshire Film Archive and the North East Film Archive have put together a new film of previously unseen footage.

The screening is at 10:30 on Tuesday 5 September and tickets are limited:

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Watch: Pine marten caught on camera in Yorkshire

We mentioned earlier that the first ever images of a pine marten living in Yorkshire have been captured.

The male was captured on a camera trap on the North York Moors.

It's the first confirmed record of a pine marten in the area for 24 years, and the first living record for about 35 years:

Search for Leeds bus driver who made Joshua's day

A Leeds mother is searching social media to try and find the bus driver who made her bus crazy son's day after he gave him his tie.

Joshua Craven
Kate Craven

Kate Craven and her son, Joshua, who is obsessed with buses, were about to get on the 13A in Leeds city centre yesterday afternoon.

While they were waiting at the stop, an off-duty driver was waiting there too and handed him his own company tie and his work sheet.

The delighted eight-year-old, who has special needs, was "made up" by the gesture, but the bus driver left before the family could thank him.

They're now trying to track him down so they can show how grateful they are.

His employer, FirstBus, is also looking into it.

It was so busy. We didn't catch his name unfortunately! He's always wanted a dress-up outfit of a bus driver. So he's made up."

Kate Craven

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at Hartshead Moor Services.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound at Hartshead Moor Services, because of a broken down van.

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

Bradford woman, 89, pushed to ground as robber steals her bag

An 89-year-old woman was pushed to the ground as a robber attacked her to steal her handbag in Bradford.

Brentwood Gardens
Google

It happened last Thursday afternoon at Brentwood Gardens when she was going home and was about to walk down a ginnel.

A man grabbed her arm and then grabbed her handbag, as he did so he pushed the woman and she fell over and he ran off with her handbag.

Police say the suspect is described as aged 18-19 and wearing a light or cream top.

This was a frightening ordeal for the victim, but thankfully she was not seriously injured during the incident."

Det Insp Ryan BraggWest Yorkshire Police

Iconic Leadmill sign to appear in computer game

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

An indie computer game designed in Sheffield will let you fight zombies in a post-apocalyptic world under the iconic neon sign of one of the city's best-known music venues, The Leadmill.

Neon sign in game
Nathan Seedhouse

Nathan Seedhouse, who is from Hillsborough, built the survival horror game Welcome to Hanwell, and says he wanted to put in a nod to his home city.

The game is released in October, and a designer from The Leadmill helped create the virtual sign.

Rare pine marten returns to Yorkshire after 24 years

What are believed to be the first ever images of a pine marten living in Yorkshire have been caught on camera:

Pine Marten
NatureSpy

A single male pine marten was captured by a wildlife camera trap on Forestry Commission land on the North York Moors.

This is the first confirmed record of a pine marten in the area for 24 years, and the first living record for about 35 years.

The Yorkshire Pine Marten Project, run by non-profit social enterprise NatureSpy, in partnership with the Forestry Commission, began over four years ago.

The last confirmed pine marten previously recorded in Yorkshire was in 1993 when a skull was recovered.

The pine marten is the second rarest carnivorous mammal in the UK, the rarest being the Scottish wildcat.

The next stage of the project is to collect DNA samples and estimate the numbers of pine martens, so the habitat can be looked after.

Driver's lucky escape after 50ft ravine crash

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

A woman had a miraculous escape after her car left the road in West Yorkshire and ended up down a 50ft deep ravine.

Car rescue
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team

It happened yesterday afternoon near J22 of the M62 near Rishworth.

Amazingly, she managed to get out of the car by herself and only had minor injuries.

But because of the steepness of the banks surrounding the car, a Calder Valley Search and Rescue team was called in to help get her to safety.

She was hauled up on a stretcher by the mountain rescue team and handed to ambulance crews.

Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M180 South Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J1 for A18 and J2 for A161 Gainsborough.

M180 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M180 eastbound between J1, A18 (Thorne) and J2, A161 (Gainsborough), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Leeds Victoria Cross hero to be honoured

A tribute is being unveiled later to a World War One soldier from Hunslet, Leeds, who was awarded a Victoria Cross (VC) for his outstanding bravery.

VC
Leeds City Council

As part of a special service, family members of Pte William Boynton Butler will see a paving stone bearing his name unveiled at Hunslet war memorial, just 10m away from his grave in Hunslet Cemetery.

Pte Butler received his VC for "conspicuous bravery" in France, while serving in the 17th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment.

He was in charge of a Stokes Mortar gun, like the one pictured below, when it misfired a shell into the emplacement.

Stokes Mortar
British Ordanance Collectors Network

Pte Butler picked the shell up and jumped to the entrance of the emplacement where a party of infantry was passing.

He shouted to them to hurry past, turned around and placed himself between the party of men and the live shell and held it till they were out of danger.

He then threw it to safety and took cover in the bottom of the trench.

Pte Butler survived World War One and died in Leeds in 1972.

Rider seriously injured as bike hits Dales wall

A motorcyclist was left with serious injuries after the bike he was riding hit a wall near Hawes, North Yorkshire, at the weekend.

B6255 near Widdale Foot
Google

The accident happened at about 11:40 on Saturday morning on the B6255 at Widdale Foot between Hawes and Newby Head.

The rider, a man in his 30s who was on a black and red motorcycle, was taken for treatment to the Royal Preston Hospital.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J29 for M1 and J28 for A650 affecting J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J28, A650 (Tingley), because of an accident involving lorry and a fuel spillage. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Congestion to J30, A642 (Rothwell).

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