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Summary

  1. Rotherham MP resigns from front bench role over media comments
  2. Family of hanged Bradford schoolboy walk out of pre-inquest hearing
  3. Early commuters faced delays on trains in Huddersfield after incident at station
  4. Scarborough pub is tribute base for Elvis Presley
  5. Police search for car after drive-by gunshot in Mexborough
  6. North Yorkshire fire bosses reject police chief's takeover plan
  7. Sheffield tree campaigners to contact government minister
  8. West Yorkshire Police to sell off three stations
  9. Whitby lifeboat crew to feature on TV show
  10. Train to blame for 'strange mist' over Sheffield
  11. Updates on Tuesday 16 August 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Oli Constable and Ronan Sully

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Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A630.

M18 South Yorkshire - M18 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J4, A630 (West Moor), because of vehicle tyre change.

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

Frederico Venancio

Defender Frederico Venancio joins Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal.

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Five things we learned on Wednesday

Thanks for keeping us company throughout today - updates on the news, sport, weather and travel throughout the rest of the evening and overnight.

All the morning's headlines will be brought to you by Andrew Barton from 06:30 tomorrow.

If you have missed anything today, though, here are five things we learned:

  1. Rotherham MP Sarah Champion resigns from the shadow cabinet over Sun newspaper article
  2. Family of a Bradford schoolboy - found hanged in his bedroom - threaten to boycott his inquest
  3. Unemployment in Yorkshire falls again - but not in Sheffield
  4. Two men in hospital after 'targeted' shooting in Bradford
  5. The King of pubs: welcome to Scarborough's official Elvis fan club, on the 40th anniversary of the singer's death

Severe accident: A171 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A171 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A169 and Moor Lane.

A171 North Yorkshire - A171 Guisborough Road in Newholm closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A169 junction and the Moor Lane junction, because of an accident involving van.

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

Police in Keighley caught yellow handed over graffiti

Sometimes you have to commit a crime to prevent a crime. Sort of.

Pavement police stencil
West Yorkshire Police

Officers from the Community Alcohol Partnership in Keighley have been out spraying their messages onto pavements and walls today, to remind people about the laws around the sale of booze.

Police with pavement stencils in Keighley
West Yorkshire Police

Don't worry though, they haven't been tagging down your street!

The special stencils have been used on pavements and in the car parks of local supermarkets.

Watch: A house dedicated to gaming

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

How's this for a house share?

Everyone in this Sheffield house is a professional Rocket League player, a computer game with competitions netting winners thousands of pounds in prize money.

I fancy a career change...

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A1.

M18 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M18 southbound at J2 A1(M), because of earlier police incident.

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

Selby Civic Centre

An inquest hears dangerous levels of oxygen were found at a sewage plant months before a worker was killed.

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Update: Sarah Champion MP resigns from shadow cabinet

More on the news that the Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has resigned from her position as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities.

Sarah Champion MP
BBC

It follows criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs.

The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

Ms Champion released the following statement this afternoon:

I apologise for the offence caused by the extremely poor choice of words in The Sun article on Friday. I am concerned that my continued position in the shadow cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career. It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities."

Sarah ChampionLabour MP for Rotherham

In response, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I have accepted Sarah Champion's resignation and thank her for her work in the shadow cabinet. I look forward to working together in future."

Body found in River Calder in Brighouse

A man's body's been found in the river in Brighouse.

View of River Street, Brighouse
Google

Police were called around 20:45 yesterday evening to River Street in Brighouse where they recovered the body of an elderly male from the water.

The man has not yet been identified, but the family of Barry Nicholson - who was last seen on Sunday evening - has been informed.

BreakingRotherham MP resigns from shadow position

Shadow Equalities Minister Sarah Champion has resigned her position from her role as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Labour has confirmed.

Severe accident: M62 North Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 North Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, after J34 for A19 Selby.

M62 North Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M62 eastbound after J34, A19 (Selby), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Watch: Fancy returning to your student digs? Now you can

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A new budget hotel has recently opened in Sheffield on the University of Sheffield campus.

Former halls of residence have been converted into the Jonas Hotel in Broomhill - the idea is that students and visitors can share the same space.

They also have a fleet of push along scooters on site to be loaned to guests so they can scoot around Sheffield!

Today I was given a tour of the £2 million project:

Teenager released without charge after police car rammed

A 17-year-old who was arrested on Tuesday after a police car was rammed in Bradford has been released without charge.

Police car smashed
WYP_RPU

The police car, a BMW X5, was severely damaged when it was rammed by a reported stolen car from Birmingham.

Cars caught speeding through motorway roadworks

West Yorkshire police are taking to twitter to urge drivers to slow down through roadworks on the M1.

The force says several drivers near junction 45 east of Leeds seem to have been trying their luck, driving through the stretch faster than the 50mph speed limit.

And officers have been catching speeding drivers in the process.

Speed gun
West Yorkshire Police RPU

Armed with their speed gun, they've been clocking drivers going over the speed limit, posting their results on Twitter.

The force says one driver even questioned the recalibration date of the device. Turns out, it's not until next March. The driver was reported for the offence.

Wanted Maltby man arrested

Wanted man Jack Holland, who failed to attend court yesterday, had been arrested.

The 20-year-old, of Park View, Maltby, was due in court charged with robbery, but failed to turn up.

Family of hanged schoolboy walk out of pre-inquest hearing

Relatives of a Bradford schoolboy - who was found hanged in his bedroom - say they'll boycott his inquest.

Asad Khan
BBC

Eleven-year-old Asad Khan was found in his bedroom at his family home in September last year.

His family walked out of a pre-inquest hearing today in protest at the coroner's decisions not to hear what they say is crucial evidence.

Last month, Asad's father Asif Mehmood said he had "absolutely no faith" in coroner Martin Fleming's actions and called for Mr. Fleming to stand down.

Queuing traffic after M1 crash

BBC News Travel

If you're looking at using the M1 this afternoon, there's been a crash at junction 31-30 southbound.

South Yorkshire Police are dealing with it, but there's already queuing traffic.

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Less than purr-fect crime stats

West Yorkshire is one of the worst areas in the country - for the theft of cats.

cat
bbc

A new study has found that there were 24 cases in the county last year - the third highest in the UK

In order to avoid such cat-astrophes: owners are being urged to keep their pet's details on a microchip database and to spread the word quickly if they suspect their cat has been taken.

Claim Sheffield unemployment rate higher than national average

The The Trades Union Congress (TUC) says the latest unemployment figures mask a higher rate in Sheffield.

Builders
Getty Images

Earlier we reported that the number of people out of work in Yorkshire fell again in the three months to June.

However the TUC says the unemployment rate in the city is 5.6% compared to 4.4% nationally.

It adds that for those in work the average weekly and hourly earnings in the Sheffield city region are below the national and regional average.

Warning over number of abandoned cars in Selby district

Rising numbers of abandoned cars in the Selby area have prompted the district council to issue a warning.

Car
Selby District Council

Selby District Council says it investigated 94 vehicles that had been left in the 12 months up to March - compared with 23 for the year before.

It's already dealt with 33 more this year.

The registered owner of a dumped car faces a fine of up to £2,500 and the council says abandoned vehicles act as a magnet for crime, anti-social behaviour, and arson.

An abandoned vehicle is one that appears not to be in regular use and has been in the same place for a period of time, usually three weeks or more.

As well as the fine, car owners can face three months imprisonment.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of an accident involving lorry and car. Travel time is 20 minutes.

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

Listen: League Leaders' Shield 'most valuable' prize for Tigers

Castleford Tigers are on the verge of clinching a top-of-the-table finish in Rugby League's Super League for the first time in their 91-year history

Cas will be awarded the League Leaders' Shield tomorrow should they secure a point against West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield.

As well as writing their names in the history books, the Tigers would also earn valuable home advantage in the play-off semi finals.

But for coach Daryl Powell, the Grand Final trophy is not the prize he's most keen to land:

You can hear full commentary of Castleford against Wakefield tomorrow night from 20:00 on BBC Radio Leeds 774 MW, DAB and online here.

Manchester bombing 'hero' denies stealing from victims

A man has denied stealing from victims in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Manchester Arena attack victim Sorrell Leczkowski
Family Photo

Leeds schoolgirl Sorrell Leczkowski (pictured), 14, was among 22 people who died in the attack at the end of the Ariana Grande concert.

Chris Parker, 33, of no fixed address was charged with stealing a purse and contents from Sorrell's grandmother, Pauline Healey and a mobile phone from a 14-year-old girl.

Mr Parker was remanded in custody by Manchester and Salford Magistrates and will next appear at Manchester Crown Court on 13 September.

Listen: Police and Crime Commissioner refutes claims of 'too much power'

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has refuted claims she'd have too much power if she also oversaw the fire service.

A consultation's going on over whether Julia Mulligan is to be given the responsibility, which would mean she'd replace the existing fire authority, consisting of 16 local councillors.

North Yorkshire County Council's executive recommended yesterday that she be given a role on the fire service authority, but it won't support a complete take-over.

The commissioner says she's disappointed this has become a political argument:

Art exhibition cancelled after equipment set on fire

Scarborough Art Society's annual exhibition has had to be cancelled after a lockup was targeted by thieves.

A storage unit was stolen and other equipment was set on fire.

The society is now searching for somewhere new to store its equipment.

New Keighley police station 'will be better for town'

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police says the force's station in Keighley is being relocated to make it easier for members of the public to get to.

Map of Keighley
Google

The current site in the town (pictured) is one of three West Yorkshire police stations being put up for sale to help save £30m over the next four years.

The others stations are in Bingley - where the building hasn't been used since 2015 - and in Killingbeck in Leeds, where officers will be moving in with the fire brigade in a new building next door. Chief Constable Dee Collins explained why a new location will be found for the Keighley police station:

Where it is at the moment is on the outskirts. It's part of a large industrial estate and it isn't exactly terribly easy for people to get to. The idea is to look for a different location, closer to the town centre to make it more accessible for people."

Dee CollinsChief Constable, West Yorkshire Police

King of the North? Lord Prescott fighting for Yorkshire

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott is expected to come out fighting today and demand the government finally gives cities across Yorkshire a fair deal.

Lord Prescott
Getty Images

The ex-Hull MP is due to speak at the Edinburgh Festival later.

He wants to see council leaders across big northern cities put aside their differences and form a so-called "Council of the North".

The Labour peer believes it could rival Scotland and Wales.

Train's exhaust smoke to blame for 'mist' over city centre

You might have seen the white cloud low over Sheffield this morning.

White cloud over Sheffield
BBC

It was a bit of a mystery, with the cloud smelling quite smoky, but South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said they hadn't attended a fire in the city.

Some Twitter users have even said it had a strange smell.

Danny Jacobs on Twitter though seems to have solved it. A diesel train leaving Sheffield station this morning around 06:00.

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Mystery solved!

Special Olympics brought £1.4m to Sheffield

The Special Olympics in Sheffield brought £1.4m to the city, according to Sheffield City Council.

Torch holders
Sheffield City Council

The games saw 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities compete in different sports across four days last week.

The estimated boost to Sheffield from the games is made up of spend on accommodation, local travel and venue hire.

Event organisers think the figure will be higher once spending in restaurants and shops are added.

Watch: Bus driver goes the extra mile

What a lovely story this is. Well done to everyone involved giving Joshua a great memory (and a few mementos too!)

Unemployment down again in Yorkshire

The number of people out of work in Yorkshire fell again in the three months to June.

Job centre sign
Getty Images

Latest figures show there was a drop of 5,000 in our region between April and June, to 179,000.

Nationally, the number of people out of work is down by 57,000, which sees the the jobless rate down to its lowest since 1975.

Mist-ery in Sheffield

There's been a strange mist over Sheffield this morning.

Mist over Sheffield
BBC

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say they've not attended a fire in the city, so they don't think it's smoke.

Some Twitter users have even said it had a strange smell!

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Anyone got any ideas?

Severe disruption: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for and J6 for .

M621 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M621 eastbound between J5, Tunstal Road and J6, Belle Isle Road, because of a broken down car.

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

Watch: A hot meal from a chilled community

Sometimes all it takes is a hot meal to show you care.

This York cafe only asks people to pay what they can afford, by putting cash into an envelope.

Chill in the Community has been a lifeline for Katy and her family: