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  1. South Yorkshire crash driver 'reported missing with children from Hampshire'
  2. Music fans told 'don't be alarmed' over armed police presence at Leeds Festival
  3. Four hit by 'unattended' car in Sheffield multi-storey
  4. Doncaster woman 'vindicated' over Ian Watkins child abuse
  5. Immigrants in Yorkshire living parallel lives to rest of community - Report
  6. North Yorkshire shops fail underage cigarettes 'sting'
  7. Management change at troubled Bradford-based lender
  8. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Our top five stories today

That's all from us for today, we'll be back on Monday with special coverage of the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

But before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. South Yorkshire crash driver 'reported missing with children from Hampshire'
  2. Armed police presence at Leeds Festival
  3. Unattended car breaks pelvis of four-year-old girl
  4. Seal with frisbee around its neck rescued near Scarborough
  5. Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017: What you need to know

See you on Monday.

No ticket? No problem! How to listen to and watch Leeds Festival

BBC Music

If you haven't been able to get to the Leeds Festival don't worry, the BBC be streaming live sets from the Main Stage and BBC Radio 1/NME Stage on all three days.

Just click here to get a view from the best seat in the house.

Liam Gallagher


'I'll either wake up with some new lungs, or I won't'
Nine years of working in coal mines destroyed Will Goddard's lungs, but with the help of a specialist clinic in Rotherham he was able to get a double lung transplant.

Fugitive Scarborough drugs gang leader jailed

The head of a drugs gang who spent months on the run after skipping bail has been jailed for nine years and eight months.

Sonny Elms
North Yorkshire Police

Sonny Elms, 25, and his associates flooded Scarborough with heroin and cocaine between 2013 and 2014.

Elms, of Mansfield Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs in April 2016 but failed to turn up to be sentenced in February.

He was arrested in July and sentenced at at York Crown Court earlier.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire - Team's 'bangers and clash' kit

Remember Lady Gaga and her dress made of meat?

Well how about Bedale AFC's strip, made of sausages:

Football shirts
Bedale FC

Let's be clear here, they're not real ones, just printed, but still. Really? They've paired the tops with bright pink shorts.

The "bangers and clash" strip has gained notoriety on internet football sites.

It's even been tipped to win "worst kit of the season" award.

Listen: Wheelchair user carried over bridge to 'avoid sleeping' at Selby railway station

Campaigners say improvements to disabled access at Selby railway station "must become a priority" and the current situation is "stripping disabled people of their independence."

Wheelchair users arriving from Hull after 20:00 in the evening, can only get out of the station by staying on the train to Leeds and then coming back again, so they're on a platform with suitable access.

Transpennine Express, which runs the station says "increased accessibility at the station is a key priority", but the installation of lifts "will be "dependent on funding becoming available."

Pauline from Brayton says her husband, who uses a wheelchair, would've had to sleep on the station if friends hadn't carried him over the bridge:

Watch: Seven things you need to know about Leeds

Coming to Leeds for the festival? Not from around here?

Lucky for you we've put together a handy guide to prepare you for your visit to the greatest city on the face of the planet.

Have a great time!

Woman caught on CCTV could help police

Do you know this woman - Police say she may be a witness to an incident and they need her help.

West Yorkshire Police

Officers are appealing for the woman to come forward to help with their investigation into an incident in Brighouse on Thursday 3 August.

She is not wanted in connection with the offence. We are keen to speak to her to assist us with our enquiries, and would urge her to get in contact with us.”

Detective Sergeant Paul SteadWest Yorkshire Police

Majority of teenagers wrongly think Game of Thrones scenes are accurate

Almost all teenagers who watch drama series Games of Thrones believe that the sexual violence in the story lines are accurate, according to research from Leeds Trinity University.

Game of Thrones

In the study of 16 to 18-year-olds at three Leeds schools, 90% of them said the scenes are an accurate representation of medieval history.

But Dr Kate Lister, a researcher in historical attitudes to sexuality and sex at the university says that the programme is effectively rewriting attitudes to sex in the medieval period.

She said "It was more barbaric and more unfair then, but rape was punishable by death".

Almost every named female character in Game of Thrones is either a victim of, or threatened with, sexual violence - Dr Lister added “The sexual violence portrayed throughout the series is actually very inaccurate"

The students were very clear that zombies and dragons are fictitious, they felt that the levels of violence and sexual violence were historically authentic."

Dr Kate ListerLeeds Trinity University

Full Monty Tour

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Next week is the 20th anniversary of the film The Full Monty.

We've been back to some of the key locations in the comedy about the group of unemployed steelworkers who turn into a stripping troupe to raise some cash.

A couple of scenes were shot in Page Hall:

Page Hall venue then and now
Page Hall street scene then and now

The Sheffield and Tinsley Canal, where Gaz, played by Robert Carlyle, and and Dave, played by Mark Addy, get stranded on top of a sinking car.

Sheffield and Tinsley Canal then and now

A view of Blake Street in 1997 and today:

Walking in Blake Street then and now

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J4 for A630.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M18 northbound at J4, A630 (West Moor), because of an accident.

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

Toumani Diagouraga

Championship side Leeds United release French midfielder Toumani Diagouraga after terminating his contract.

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Seal with frisbee around its neck rescued near Scarborough

A seal spotted with a frisbee stuck around its neck has been rescued off the coast of North Yorkshire.

Seal with frisbee around its neck
Sea Life Sanctuary

The RSPCA was alerted to the harbour seal on rocks at the bottom of a 200ft-high cliff at Ravenscar on Tuesday.

The team, helped by staff from Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, managed to pin the bull seal down and cut the ring-shaped frisbee off his neck.

Lyndsey Crawford-Darwell, curator of the sanctuary, said it was "almost cheese grated into his neck".

Ms Crawford-Darwell added: "When the guys got there it was about a 120kg seal which is pretty big. It took all three of them to pin him down."

Sea Life Sanctuary

She said the two to three-year-old bull must have got the bright yellow ring over its head when it was younger and it had wedged into its neck as it had grown.

"The area was cleaned up and made sure it wasn't infected and we thought it would heal nicely on its own, so we let him go and he moved off straight away," she added.

Campaign for lasting archive on Working Men's Clubs

There's a fundraising campaign to create a lasting legacy about Working Men's Clubs.

The author Neil Anderson from Sheffield has written a book about the clubs and wants to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for cash to create an archive of stories and an exhibition.

Crookes WMC
Neil Anderson

Protest over village building plans

People from a village near Harrogate have handed a petition in to the council in protest at what they say are plans to double the size of their village.

The Hands Off Hampsthwaite Village Action Group claim the proposed development of over 350 houses would destroy the heritage of the rural community.

Hands Off Hampsthwaite Village

A consultation over Harrogate's Local Plan which includes proposals for Hampsthwaite comes to an end today.

Lost ferret claimed

Remember the ferret found yesterday by South Yorkshire Police?

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Well he's now been claimed.

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Sheffield's Caribbean Carnival comeback

Jenny Eells

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The countdown to Sheffield's Caribbean Carnival is well and truly under way.

It's back after 20 years and will take place alongside Sheffield Fayre this Bank Holiday Monday:

Life in the fast lane as Yorkshire couple deliver baby while driving at 70mph on the M1

Yorkshire Evening Post

A young couple have described the moment they had to deliver their own baby - while travelling at 70mph on the M1 motorway.

car birth couple
Yorkshire Evening Post

Woman who set fire to Huddersfield house blamed ex-husband

A woman who threatened to "kill anyone" who evicted her from her council house set fire to it and blamed her ex-husband.

Cheryl McEwan, 34, poured lighter fluid over clothes and rubbish at the home in Glenfields Avenue in Deighton, Huddersfield, on 27 June 2016.

She blamed the fire on her ex-husband when police later found her in a bar.

Cheryl McEwan
West Yorkshire Police

McEwan was jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting arson with intent to endanger life and other offences.

Leeds Crown Court heard two days before the fire McEwan telephoned mental health staff and said she would "attack and kill anyone" who came to evict her from the Kirklees Council property she was living in.

Watch: Rainbow-pooping 'turtle-oise' ready for York's Soapbox Challenge

What's brown and green, has four wheels and poops rainbows?

A rainbow-pooping "turtle-oise" soapbox - obviously...

It's one of the competitors in the York Micklegate Soapbox Challenge on Bank Holiday Monday.

It's a go-cart challenge in which teams race down the very steep and winding cobbled hill.

It's estimated that about 16,000 people watched last year's inaugural Soapbox Challenge event:

Sunshine on a rainy day: Weather watchers defy the weather

BBC Weather Watchers

Despite recent wind and rain our BBC Weather Watchers have been quick to capture some glorious Yorkshire scenes in the last 24-hours:


If you want to become a BBC Weather Watcher just click on the link above. And you can always send in your pics by simply clicking here.

Man charged with South Yorkshire rape four decades ago

A man has been charged with rape and false imprisonment more than four decades after the alleged attack in South Yorkshire.

Peter Pickering, 79 from Berkshire, is accused of abducting and raping a then 18 year old woman in the Deepcar area, near Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire, in 1972.

A review of other unsolved cold cases, by West Yorkshire police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, uncovered evidence of the alleged "prolonged" attack which has now led to today's charges.

Mr Pickering will appear via video link before Leeds Magistrates Court on 19 September.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J27 for M621 affecting J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Congestion to J25, A644 (Brighouse).

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Championship side Sheffield United sign Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on a season-long loan deal.

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Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017: What you need to know

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

The 50th Leeds West Indian Carnival will take place on Monday, full of amazing costumes, Caribbean music, stalls, fun fair rides and tasty food.

Leeds Carnival
Betty Lawless

We'll be here on Monday to give you a full flavour of the event, but here's all the stuff you need to know if you're planning on going:

The basics

  • The parade starts at 13:00
  • It's based at Potternewton Park with the parade going around the street surrounding it
  • 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Leeds Carnival which makes it the oldest in Europe
  • Up to 150,000 people are expected to turn out on the streets of Chapeltown
  • Organiser Arthur France initiated it after getting homesick for his native St Kitts and Nevis
  • He's been behind every one since - including this year's

When you come to Carnival it is electric: so many things going on, beautiful costumes, beautiful colours, beautiful music."

Arthur FranceLeeds West Indian Carnival organiser
Leeds Carnival

Road information

If you're out and about on Bank Holiday Monday, and not planning on going to Carnival, it's probably best to avoid it all together because a lot of the roads nearby will be closed:

  • The council will close some roads from 17:00 on Sunday and reopen them at 05:30 on Tuesday
  • Roads affected will include Chapeltown Road, Harehills Lane, Harehills Avenue, Avenue Hill, Saville Drive and Mexborough Drive

You can see the full list of road closures here.

It's not just rock: Why Reading + Leeds is about more than moshpits

BBC Music

Leeds Festival remains THE place to be for rock fans, hosting huge names each year. But, in 2017 it's clear the festival isn't just about massive mosh pits.


Over the years, it's branched out from simply hosting rock heavyweights and now welcomes big electronic names on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage as well as a Who's Who of hip-hop on the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage.

Not only that, in the last couple of years, pop, rap, grime and dance's finest have started to take over the festival's Main Stage and NME/Radio 1 Stage.

Click here to see more of the big names who are playing this year's Leeds Festival.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J36 for A61 Birdwell and J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound in Barnsley between J36, A61 (Birdwell) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of an accident.

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

Listen: Bid deadline passes for North Yorkshire bus routes

The deadline for companies wanting to bid for bus routes in North Yorkshire which were formerly operated by bus company Utopia has passed.

Utopia Coaches, based at Sherburn in Elmet in North Yorkshire, provided services to rural communities between Selby, Drax, Tadcaster and York.

But in a tweet on Wednesday evening the company announced it was going into liquidation about an hour after drivers said they received the text messages.

Utopia Driver Richard Green says he feels sorry for passengers:

Utopia has not responded to the BBC's request for a comment.

Live: Keep up-to-date with the Second Test at Headingley

BBC Sport

England are hosting the West Indies at Headingley today in the Second Test:

Getty Images

Full coverage can be found here and, rest assured, if you need to be discreet there's a full live text service and radio coverage from Test Match Special.

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A631 and J2 for A1.

M18 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M18 northbound between J1, A631 (Bramley) and J2 A1(M), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

South Yorkshire crash driver 'reported missing with children from Hampshire'

A man arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of four children when the car he was driving crashed into a pub wall in Barnsley earlier this week was reported missing from Hampshire with the youngsters before the collision.

Travellers Inn
Bob Martin/Geograph

The children, two girls aged seven and eight, and two boys aged nine months and 21 months, were seriously injured in the crash at Oxspring, near Penistone, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 29-year-old driver, who was also injured, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

The man and children had been reported missing from Hythe in Hampshire the day before the crash, according to South Yorkshire Police.

Unattended car breaks pelvis of four-year-old girl

A four-year-old girl suffered a broken pelvis after being hit by an unattended car at a car park in Sheffield and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Emergency vehicles outside car park

The car rolled forward from its parking bay at the Q-Park car park on Durham Road and down a ramp hitting four members of a family at about 16:40 yesterday, police say.

A 65-year-old Sheffield woman and 37-year-old Sheffield woman also suffered a broken pelvis and remain in hospital in a stable condition.

A four-year-old boy, who suffered minor injuries, has been released from hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses in the area at the time who may have seen what happened to come forward.

Leeds Festival: The calm before the storm

It's all quiet and calm down at Bramham Park this morning, it won't be that way for much longer:

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Ian Watkins child abuse case: Witness 'wasn't take seriously' by police

The QC who represented the woman from Doncaster whose evidence to police about child abuser Ian Watkins was ignored says South Wales Police were prejudiced against Joanne Mjadzelics' reports because of her "unconventional" background".

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Both South Wales Police and South Yorkshire police have issued apologies for their shortcomings in handling the case against the Lost Prophets frontman.

Leeds Festival: Royal Republic pull out of main stage appearance

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Swedish band Royal Republic have announced they won't be playing on the main stage on Sunday at Leeds Festival:

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Royal Republic

The band's management said in a Facebook post that all the members in the group are in "good health" but "circumstances beyond their control" mean the band can't play.

Festival organisers say that The XCerts will take their place on the main stage on Sunday night.

Help on offer for those addicted to drink or drugs in Sheffield

People addicted to drink and drugs in Sheffield are being encouraged to find help to get clean during National Recovery Month in September.

Adam Holmes
Sheffield City Council

Adam Holmes (pictured), 44, from Crookes is one success story.

He started drinking and taking drugs at 14. He had a difficult childhood and left home at 16.

Adam got in with the wrong crowd as a teenager and started getting into trouble with the police.

But he says things changed after a relationship break-up and he thought to himself: "What am I doing? I was ready to take my own life at that moment".

My doctor sent me to a support group and I detoxed over Christmas. I’d been in and out of detox four or five times before but this time was different. I got more support. The main thing I’d tell other people is to get support. I couldn’t have done it on my own. I tried to and it didn’t work."

Adam Holmes

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J32 for A639 and J32A for A1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J32, A639 (Pontefract) and J32a A1(M), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Picture exclusive: Armed police make arrest on Leeds street

Two men were arrested yesterday afternoon by armed officers in Leeds:

Armed arrest
Malik Walton

The arrest happened at about 14:35 at the junction of Roundhay Road and Roseville Road when armed police stopped a car.

The officers arrested two men on suspicion of a firearms offence.

The arrests were related to an investigation into an incident in Roseville Road on 22 August where a man was threatened with a gun.

The two men, aged 30 and 39, are still in custody and police say enquiries are ongoing.

Leeds Festival: The doors are open...

Today is the first day proper of the Leeds Festival.

Here are the hoards as they head towards the arena for the first time:

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