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  1. Pontefract man among 11 convicted after modern slavery trials
  2. Man charged over Huddersfield house fire in which two boys died
  3. Pair caught on camera disturbing rare birds' nest in North Yorkshire
  4. Talks held in bid to avert Doncaster bin strike
  5. Europe egg scandal: Asda and Morrisons pull products from shelves
  6. Man arrested after cannabis raid in Rotherham
  7. New calls for bypass around village on A64 after several deaths
  8. York University researchers identify new species of bat
  9. Live updates on Friday 11 August 2017

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Rudy Gestede's header gives Middlesbrough victory over Sheffield United and earns Boro's first league points of the season.

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Leeds v Preston

Ten-man Preston frustrate Leeds United as the two sides play out a goalless draw at Elland Road in the Championship.

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Sam Winnall

Sam Winnall's equaliser gives Sheffield Wednesday their first point of the season with a draw against QPR.

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Our top five stories today

Here is a look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Pontefract man among 11 convicted after slavery trials
  2. Man charged over Huddersfield house fire in which two boys died
  3. Hunt on for pair caught on camera disturbing rare birds' nest
  4. Rotherham raid reveals cannabis crop worth half a million pounds
  5. Top tips on how to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Yorkshire

Huddersfield Town: Team news ahead of first Premier League game

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Huddersfield start their Premier League campaign tomorrow, away at Crystal Palace.

David Wagner
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Huddersfield's record signing Steve Mounie and winger Tom Ince are among nine summer recruits hoping to play.

Newly-appointed captain Tommy Smith should be fit after a foot injury but Jonathan Hogg and Nahki Wells are both out with ankle problems.

Huddersfield Town
  • Huddersfield's last top-flight match back in 1972 was also away at Crystal Palace - it ended 0-0.
  • Palace have won just one of their last 12 matches against Huddersfield Town (D7, L4).

Ahead of their first match in the top-flight, Terriers manager David Wagner said:"We said this last season very often, over a long, long time, it's unrealistic for Huddersfield Town to be in the Premier League.

He added "I think we've shown that even the impossible is possible in football.

Weekend weather for Yorkshire

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some sunshine on the cards this weekend after a cloudy end to Friday.

There's the the risk of a little light rain or drizzle for a time this evening althoug it is tending to improve with some clear spells later on. A minimum temperature of 13 C.


Tomorrow we're looking at sunny spells along with a few showers and a maximum temperature of 20C.

Sunday will be mostly dry with some decent sunny spells.

Firefighter frees swan in Wakefield

A swan in Wakefield had to be rescued this morning after it got stuck in a weir.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The RSPCA called in West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) after the swan became trapped at Newmillerdam in Sandle at 10:00 this morning.

The bird was stuck on a flat ledge two feet down from the from the dam and was very tired.

As a crowd of people looked on, a firefighter in water rescue gear and attached to a line went out and lifted to the swan to freedom .

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighter Tony Campbell managed to coax the swan back into clear water and according to WYFRS "The swan swam away happily and the crowd cheered!"

He said "It was an unusual rescue, I have never rescued a swan before but I’m happy it ended well and the swan was uninjured.”

The swan was running away from me but eventually I managed get a grip of it and return it to the dam."

Tony CampbellWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Have you seen missing 16 year old from Bradford?

A teenager from Bradford has gone missing, police say that he is "known to walk around sucking on his thumb".

Philip Docherty
West Yorkshire Police

Sixteen-year-old Philip Docherty was last seen in Bridge Street in the city centre at about 19:00 yesterday.

He was last seen wearing a navy quilted coat, dark grey tracksuit bottoms, a light grey t-shirt and blue and black trainers.

If you think you may have seen him, call the police in Bradford on 101.

Watch: Do you overtake cyclists safely?

How much room do you allow when overtaking a cyclist? It should be no less than 1.5 metres or you could be in trouble with South Yorkshire Police.

That's because officers wearing cameras on bicycles are riding around Sheffield and Doncaster under a new scheme called "Safe Pass".

If they capture footage of any dangerous overtaking it will be used to trace the driver and potentially issue them with a fine.

Several cycling organisations across the county had been explaining to the force the dangers they’ve faced out on the roads.

Pontefract man among 11 convicted after slavery trials

Eleven people have been convicted after a major police investigation into modern slavery including cases in Lincolnshire.

Those convicted were tried in a series of linked trials at Nottingham Crown Court.

Living conditions
Lincolnshire Police

'Operation Pottery' was one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK, Lincolnshire Police said.

Eleven people have now been convicted of offences including; conspiracy to forced or compulsory labour; conspiracy to defraud; fraud by false representation; theft and converting criminal property.

The UK Human Trafficking Centre said that 18 men were illegally trafficked.

Police say they were often forced to live in "shocking" conditions (pictured above).

Most of those convicted were members of the same family.

They will be sentenced in early September.

Their living quarters were truly shocking and at times the men resided in site stables next to the dog kennels."

Ch Supt Nikki MayoLincolnshire Police

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J27 for M621 and J28 for A650.

M62 West Yorkshire - Hard shoulder closed, one lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Egg contamination scare: Asda withdraws products from shelves

Leeds-based supermarket Asda has announced it is withdrawing several products from sale after the contaminated egg scare.

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Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says.

Asda released a statement saying: "Following precautionary advice from the Food Standards Agency, we have withdrawn three fresh salad lines from sale."

They added "Customers should be reassured by the FSA’s explanation that this decision is not due to food safety concerns and there is unlikely to be any risk to public health"


The affected products are:

  • Asda Baby potato and free range egg salad –Use by 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Aug
  • Asda Spinach and free range egg snack pot - Use by 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Aug
  • Food to Go Ham and Cheddar ploughman’s salad bowl - Use by 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Aug

Folk singer explores Robin Hood's Bay

BBC Radio 4

Eliza Carthy is one of England's finest folk performers.

In this episode of the Radio 4 programme Open Country Eliza explores her hometown of Robin Hood's Bay.

Famed for shipwrecks, smugglers and fossils Eliza uncovers the true history of the place she calls home through those who know it's history and secrets best.

Fancy your name on the Vulcan aircraft plaque?

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Would you like to have your name engraved on the side of an iconic British aircraft?

You may be in luck, because the Vulcan to the Sky Trust are offering you the chance to be part of a new plaque commemorating 10 years since the Avro Vulcan XH558 took flight again (pictured below) after a restoration project.

vulcan taking off
Charles Toop

The Vulcan had air crew from Lincolnshire and was based at RAF Waddington during the Cold War.

The donation in exchange for your name will be used to help build a new hangar for the aircraft at the Robin Hood Airport.

Rotherham raid reveals cannabis crop worth half a million pounds

A man has been arrested after officers uncovered £500,000 of cannabis during a pre-planned police operation.

Cannabis plants

At around 20:30 yesterday evening officers visited two properties on Henley Grove Road in Masbrough where around 500 cannabis plants were found.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and is currently being questioned by police.

Union's call for 'Real Living Wage'

The GMB union is calling on Sheffield Council to ask its waste operator, Veolia, to pay staff a Real Living Wage or it will ballot for industrial action.

Sheffield street with bins out

The Real Living Wage, calculated by the Living Wage foundation, currently stands at £8.45 an hour - higher than the government's National Living Wage of £7.50 an hour.

All the firm's staff in Sheffield are paid above the National Living Wage, according to Veolia.

Four-year-old Harrogate boy to star with Russian State Opera

A four-year-old boy from North Yorkshire's been picked to star in Madame Butterfly.

The Russian State Opera is performing in Harrogate at the end of the month and wanted to cast a local child for the role of Madame Buttefly's son.

Here's Maxim's Dad Mike and the star himself:

Watch: Top tips on how to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Yorkshire

This weekend we're promised an amazing view of the Perseid meteor shower, which is due to be at its height tomorrow night.

The weather's actually looking clear (for once) around Yorkshire, which means that between 23:00 on Saturday night and 04:00 on Sunday morning we could be treated to a spectacular display.

You can learn much more about the shower here, but if you feel like you know enough, you can still see some top tips on getting the best view:

Sheffield plaque for Sgt Arnold Loosemore VC

A plaque honouring a World War One soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and devotion to duty has been unveiled in Sheffield.

Sgt Arnold Loosemore
Loosemore Family

Sgt Arnold Loosemore of the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment won the medal on 11 August 1917 when he single-handedly engaged the enemy.

He was one of seven Loosemore brothers from the city to serve in the war.

The plaque at the Cenotaph is part of a national scheme to remember all World War One recipients of the medal.

Hunt on for pair caught on camera disturbing rare birds' nest

Police are hunting for two armed men who they believe have tried to kill rare birds of prey in North Yorkshire.

David Mower

What's thought to be the first pair of marsh harriers to begin breeding in the county for many years built a nest on Denton Moor.

But two men with guns have been filmed (pictured) visiting the nest several times and are thought to have tried to shoot one of the birds before removing all the eggs.


PC Bill Hickson, who is investigating the incident, said: "The video evidence provided by the RSPB shows illegal activity around a marsh harrier nest, and the activity shown speaks for itself."

You can watch the video by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

VR headsets educating young people about car accidents

A hard-hitting virtual reality film is being used in South Yorkshire to encourage safer driving.

Young woman watches via VR headset
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

The point-of-view simulation, at Thorne Fire Station in Doncaster, shows young viewers what it is like to be in a car accident, and then be cut out of the wreckage by a fire crew.

Watch: 'A boyhood dream' - One man and his Spitfire

Deep in a secret Yorkshire location, a boyhood dream has become a reality.

Matt Russell has built his own Spitfire from scratch.

It's now up for sale, and Matt says after four years of graft the starting price is about £160,000:

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J44 for A64 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of earlier debris. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Glorious views at Damflask reservoir

BBC Weather Watcher Sandie Nicholson took this stunning shot of Damflask reservoir, just west of Sheffield.

Feeling reflective?

Damflask reservoir
Sandie Nicholson

In pictures: M1 tanker crash

A tanker which crashed through the central reservation on the M1 at J47 near Leeds yesterday afternoon caused hours of delays for drivers.

These pictures released by Highways England show the extent of the crash and just how lucky the driver was to escape with a suspected fractured leg:

Tanker crash
Highways England
Tanker crash
Highways England
Tanker crash
Highways England
Tanker crash
Highways England

Police hunt man after fire at Sheffield flats

Police want to speak to this man about a fire at a block of flats in Willey Street, just off the Wicker, in Sheffield in June.

CCTV image of man
CCTV image of man from back

At around 06:35 on Tuesday 27 June, emergency services were called to the North Bank flats on Willey Street following reports of a fire.

The sixth floor of the flats was evacuated and two residents were rescued by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue crews. No one was hurt during the incident but extensive damage was caused to the building.

Officers believe the man pictured has vital information and they are appealing for anyone who may know him, or who witnessed the incident, to contact them.

Travel update: Problems on A58(M) in Leeds

BBC News Travel

And a quick one for fans of CCTV images of traffic jams, here's the queue towards the gyratory.

To be fair traffic around city Square is fine, so it looks like the delays are confined to the A58(M).

Leeds City Council

Travel Update: Central Leeds 'gridlocked' by accident

BBC News Travel

Looks like the problems in central Leeds are being caused at the Armley Gyratory.

You know it's bad when the word "gridlock" is being banded about:

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Travel update: Crash in Leeds causing 'extensive' delays

BBC News Travel

One to watch out for if you're in Leeds city centre this morning:

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Severe accident: A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at A58 Wellington Road.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on A58(M) Inner Ring Road westbound in Leeds at A58 Wellington Road, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A64(M) Inner Ring Road to Lovell Park Road.

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

Listen: Countdown to North Yorkshire asphalt plant decision

Planners are recommending that a proposed new asphalt plant near York should be given the go-ahead.

Hundreds of people have objected to plans for the site at Hessay near the A59, worried about pollution, increased traffic and the impact they say it would have on greenbelt land.

The company behind it says it's worked with the council to address these issues.

City of York councillors will have the final say at a meeting next week.

Niki Doeg, who lives in Hessay and is campaigning against the plant, says she hopes councillors listen properly to those against the plans:

Have a gander at this: Police confront unruly goose gang in Sowerby Bridge

Looks like the police had their work cut out for them in Sowerby Bridge in the early hours of this morning:

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IKEA announces opening date for new Sheffield store

The doors of home furnishing retailer IKEA's new Sheffield store will officially open for business on Thursday 28 September, it's been confirmed.

Architect's designs for IKEA

The firm has confirmed that all 380 jobs at the new store at Tinsley have now been filled, including posts in customer relations, sales, interior design and in the IKEA restaurant.

An additional 100 jobs have also been created at a new call centre, the company says.