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Summary

  1. Helicopter sex film officer jailed for misconduct
  2. Care concerns for injured soldier Ben Parkinson
  3. Phone firm fined after York flood halts 999 calls in Hull
  4. Body find: Doncaster man's death 'unexplained'
  5. North Yorkshire A64 fatal crash victim's family 'devastated'
  6. Fines warning as east coast gulls attack pets and heads
  7. 'Little or no progress' in Dales mobile phone coverage - report
  8. Ripponden woman in 50ft car fall thanks 'amazing' rescuers
  9. Updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Tuesday...

Those are all the updates from across Yorkshire on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Wednesday 9 August? Just click here.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J27 for M621 and J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes blocked on M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between Leys Lane and A1.

A1 South Yorkshire - A1 closed southbound between Hampole Turn Off and the A1(M) J38 junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at 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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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. 'Sex-obsessed' helicopter film PC jailed
  2. Care concerns for injured soldier Ben Parkinson
  3. Woman in 50ft car fall thanks 'amazing' rescuers
  4. Phone firm fined after York flood halts 999 calls in Hull
  5. Full steam ahead for North Yorkshire Moors Railway after £4.6m windfall

See you tomorrow.

Film shows life along the Yorkshire coast over the last 100 years

A film that charts life along the Yorkshire coast over the last 100 years is to be shown across the region.

The Yorkshire Film Archive collection of coastal films shows seaside activities from almost every decade of the last century.

It will be shown in Scarborough later this week, then Bridlington next month.

Lovelorn nightjar fails to find mate

Marcel, a nightjar from the Humberhead Peatlands near Doncaster is still looking for love after a tour around the UK failed to find him a mate.

Marcel being measured
University of York

The University of York researchers tracking the behaviour of the threatened birds were amazed to see how Bird 16840 went on an odyssey around the UK after failing to find a partner locally.

Route of nightjar
University of York/Google

They had no idea that he had been on such an adventure until we downloaded the GPS tag data.

The bird first flew south to Cambridgeshire, then over to Norfolk before heading to Milton Keynes, the Severn Valley and Birmingham.

He then headed home but has still not found his mate with only a few weeks of the breeding season still to go.

He's been named Marcel after a Love Island contestant.

Listen: Crumbs of comfort as Yorkshire cricket loses £25,000

Organisers of this year's Scarborough Cricket Festival say they've lost up to £25,000.

The tournament came to an abrupt end yesterday, when Yorkshire were beaten after only two days play, in their County Championship game against Essex at North Marine Road.

The Festival was due to last four days.

Chairman of Scarborough Cricket Club Bill Mustoe says the festival is a huge team effort and everyone is disappointed. He also mentions there's a few uneaten buns left over:

Leeds festival organiser launches scheme to boost number of female recording artists

Festival Republic, which is behind the Leeds Festival, has launched a new project to help boost the number of female recording artists in the UK.

Ellie Goulding
BBC

As part of the new initiative bands with a mainly female line-up, or female solo artists, will get the chance to have a week's studio time.

It's after controversy about the lack of female performers and headline acts at some of Britain's biggest festivals.

The three-year project called ReBalance will be based in Leeds.

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One hundred years of Yorkshire's coast on film

A film which charts life along the Yorkshire coast over the last 100 years will be shown at various venues over the next few weeks.

Scarborough
Getty Images

The Yorkshire Film Archive will reveal the collection of coastal films that span almost every decade of the last century.

It will be shown at the Scarborough Art gallery on 10 August and move to other venues.

Watch: Bare cheeks - West Yorkshire exhibition of nudes

Here's a bit more on a story we told you about earlier: West Yorkshire naturists taking part in The Great British Skinny Dip by holding an open day at the Ashedene Naturist Club in Brighouse.

If you're of a sensitive nature look away now, however if you're intrigued......click play!

Special Olympics opens tonight in Sheffield

Helen Bailey

BBC Radio Sheffield

The athletes are ready. They have been preparing for the Special Olympics in Sheffield for nearly four years.

British athletes
Special Olympics GB

The city's Lord Mayor Anne Murphy is ready. She will be meeting the torch relay at Meadowhall later and will be part of the opening ceremony in front of 20,000 people at Bramall Lane.

Lord Mayor Anne Murphy
BBC

The Flame of Hope is being carried through Sheffield to the stadium.

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 and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Police search for hit and run driver in Rotherham

A 27-year-old man is being treated in hospital after he was hit by a car on Claypit Lane at Rawmarsh in Rotherham on Sunday at around 18:00.

The driver then made off. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Claypit Lane
Google

Fire brigade exercise in Bradford

Sometimes we let you know about exercises that the fire brigade are doing around Yorkshire so you don't panic and think that something real is going on.

Today they're doing one at Jacob's Well in Bradford until 17:00, this is what it looks like from the inside:

Fire excersise
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Looks like a set for The Tube circa 1984 (one for the kids there).

So if you see smoke from around the back of the National Science and Media museum, don't panic.

We shall fight them on the beaches

Dramatic signs are going up in Scarborough, Filey and Whitby to deter visitors from feeding seagulls.

Scarborough Councillor Bill Chatt posed on the beach with the sign and mascot Steven the Seagull.

Steven the Seagull mascot with Cllr Bill Chatt
Scarborough Borough Council

Herring Gulls have gained a notorious reputation in recent years for their opportunistic attacks for food, especially when raising their chicks.

This behaviour has been exacerbated by people feeding the gulls and leaving litter and food waste on beaches, instead of making use of nearby bins.

It's international cat day - Leeds city council shows off the big ones

It's international cat day - did you know that?

The internet is at bursting point with pictures of cats, and things that resemble them:

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Care concerns for injured soldier Ben Parkinson

Lawyers working on behalf of paratrooper Ben Parkinson - who was seriously injured during a tour of duty in Afghanistan more than a decade ago - say they are investigating concerns that organisations including the Ministry of Defence are not doing enough to meet his care needs.

Ben Parkinson
BBC

Legal firm Irwin Mitchell has written to the MoD, NHS England and the Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group to ask them to explain what the firm says are gaps in his care and request that more is done to help.

Meadowhall hosts Special Olympics torch run

The Special Olympics Torch wound is its way through the Meadowhall malls in Sheffield today en route to Bramall Lane.

The guardian of the flame was PC Leo Hawker from South Yorkshire Police flanked by Special Olympics GB gymnasts Mary Nolan and Jessica Ward.

Special Olympic flame carried through Meadowhall
Meadowhall

Onlookers paused their shopping to watch and cheer.

The opening ceremony featuring former Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley begins this afternoon.

Waving flags at Meadowhall
Meadowhall

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 on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man found badly injured in Leeds car park

A man who is thought to be in his 20s was found badly injured in a Leeds car park this morning.

Police have no idea who he is and are appealing for help.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

He was discovered just before 06:00 this morning at the Merrion Street car park in the city centre with head injuries - he had no mobile phone or ID on him.

He was taken to the LGI for urgent treatment, he's still there in a critical but stable condition.

Officers have released CCTV footage of him before he was found in a bid to try to find out what happened to him - if you can help, call West Yorkshire Police on 101.

We are releasing these CCTV pictures in the hope of identifying him and tracing his movements."

Det Ins Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Chance to find out more about military history

If you have any military memorabilia in your family - then there's a chance to find out a bit more about it this weekend.

York Army Museum
Google

The York Army Museum's holding an event on Saturday - where people can find out more about family heirlooms including medals and photos.

You can also find out the best way to look after them and preserve them.

You'll be able to take anything from mementos to medals and even make some family history queries.

Amateur photographer from Sheffield wins competition

Stephen Hollin from Burncross in Sheffield is a winner in the Jessops' photographic competition.

Stephen says he loves anything to do with the seaside:

My idea was to create a snake of beach huts with a diminishing perspective from left to right capturing the colour, community and grandeur of the huts.”

Beach huts
Stephen Hollin

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 car.

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

Stage is set for Leeds Festival 2017

My word, is it that time already? Nick Lane Fox, who owns Bramham Park, the estate where the festival is held, has tweeted this picture:

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Stay tuned because later today we'll tell you why the man behind the Leeds Festival is encouraging more women to get involved in the music industry.

'It's not medals, it's involvement': Actor's praise for Special Olympics athletes

Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter says the Special Olympics which are now under way in Sheffield are all about taking part.

Tha Harrogate-born actor is one of the hosts of the opening ceremony later today.

He says competitors will benefit just by being there:

Full steam ahead for North Yorkshire Moors Railway after £4.6m windfall

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been awarded £4.6m by the National Lottery.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The funding will go towards NYMR's Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey, which is a £9.2m sustainability project aimed at securing the future of the railway.

John Glen, Minister for Heritage and Tourism, said the railway "is part of this country's rich railway heritage and this £4.6m investment will help preserve it for generations to come."

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The 180-year old railway has 18 miles of lines and more than 30 bridges.

It employs more than 100 people, depends on more than 1,000 volunteers and says it currently invests about £1m annually maintaining its vehicles which are between 50 and 100-years-old.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Sir Peter Luff, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "The North Yorkshire Moors Railway travels through some of the country’s most impressive and beautiful landscape.

"This will preserve the heritage of the line, allow people to enjoy the wonderful journey it provides and engage new groups in its management and conservation."

'Good Samaritans' assault lost man in Leeds

Do you know this couple? Police in Leeds want to talk to them after a man and a woman offered to help a man in the city centre only to assault and rob him.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

The 37-year-old was sitting on a wall when the pair came up to him. They talked and he told them he was lost and they offered to show him the way to the bus station.

But when they reached Trevelyan Square he was assaulted by the man and knocked to the floor. Both of them then rifled through his pockets before leaving in a taxi.

Enquiries are ongoing into this offence and we would like to speak to anyone who can help us identify the man and woman pictured."

Det Con Rob KennerleyWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Wetherspoon's floored by works of art

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Look beneath your feet at any Wetherspoon's pub and you will spot a uniquely crafted carpet.

They may be there to soak up the beer, but each is actually a bespoke design for the high street chain.

And once BBC Radio Sheffield discovered a hairdresser from Barnsley called Billy was photographing them, they sent out a reporter to look at what had sparked a minor obsession:

Phone firm fined after York flood halts 999 calls in Hull

A phone company's been fined nearly £1m after customers were left unable to make emergency calls because of a flooded exchange in York.

Flooded telephone exchange in York
BBC

Telcoms watchdog Ofcom found KCOM broke an important rule which aims to ensure everyone can contact emergency services at all times.

In December 2015, KCOM - which operates the main phone and broadband system in Hull - notified Ofcom that its emergency call service had failed for about four hours.

Over 100 attempts to contact emergency services had failed to connect and the company blamed flooding at a BT telephone exchange on York's Stonebow in the wake of Storm Eva.

While KCOM had a back-up system, it also relied on the flooded exchange, it's emerged.

The firm's been fined £900,000 for failing to ensure uninterrupted access to emergency services.

Woman in 50ft car fall thanks 'amazing' rescuers

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

A woman who had to be rescued after her car rolled down a 50ft ravine near the M62 in West Yorkshire at the weekend says she wants to thank "the amazing people" who rescued her.

Crash
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team

Rochelle Garner, from Ripponden, West Yorkshire, lost control of her car on Sunday on the A672 near to Junction 22 of the M62 as she was following her partner in the car in front.

She said: "It veered off the road and I didn't hit anything for a little while and then it rolled three times. It was surreal, I couldn't put it into words.

"I just wanted to get out of the vehicle as quickly as possible and I was still strapped in. I managed to push the door open and climb out."

Rochelle Garner
Rochelle Garner

Rochelle says her head has been left swollen by the accident, but otherwise she has minor injuries.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called out to help her: "I remember them pulling me up the hill, I was on a stretcher and I was being pulled to the top."

Rochelle was released the same night and says she's still sore, has cuts and bruises, hurt her left leg and suffered dizziness and she's now resting up at home.

She says she particularly wants to thank Stephan Gray and Jonathan Stigwood who were first on the scene:

I just want to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. I'm not sure if there are any words I could say really. They're all amazing people."

Rochelle Garner

Forever young: Northerners die earlier than Southerners

Some not-so-good news now on the mortality of us Northerners: it seems we die earlier than Southerners...

Grave
BBC

That's the finding of a study co-authored by the University of York whose researchers say they've found a growing health divide across the country.

North south
BBC

They're calling it A Tale of Two Englands and say research shows if you're a Northerner, you're 20% more like to die under the age of 75.

Professor Tim Doran, from the University of York, said: "These important findings were made possible by examining public health data, held by the NHS and other agencies, dating back decades."

Threatened Yorkshire bird's 600 mile love odyssey

York scientists who are following the antics of a lovelorn nightjar say the bird has travelled more than 600 miles across the UK in a quest to find a mate.

The University of York researchers, tracking the behaviour of the threatened birds on the Humberhead Peatlands near Doncaster, were amazed to see how Bird 16840 flew around the UK after failing to find a partner locally.

Nightjar
John and Eileen Smith

Dr Kathryn Arnold, said her team decided to call him Marcel - the name of a contestant on a reality TV dating show - after his GPS showed he first flew south to Cambridgeshire, then over to Norfolk before heading to Milton Keynes, the Severn Valley and Birmingham.

He then returned home, but has still not found his mate with only a few weeks of the breeding season still to go.

Dr Arnold said: "We checked and double-checked that there was no malfunction with the tag or error with the satellites, but the data is correct."

Nightjar
BBC

The other 20 birds the team followed all stayed within a few miles of the peatlands during the breeding season.

The team are continuing their tracking in the hope that Marcel will find his match.

Nightjars, which breed in the UK on heathlands and feed on moths and flying beetles, have been in decline for many years and they are species of conservation concern.