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Summary

  1. Leeds Alzheimer's man Sky bill 'unnecessary'
  2. Football fan's lifetime ban for 'dead son' tweet to Sheffield United player
  3. Man appears in court charged with murder of Halifax woman
  4. Major Leeds motorway upgrade plan to beat congestion
  5. City Council's 'regret' over schooling shortcomings for children with special needs
  6. 'Pop-up' Shakespearean theatre for York will be of 'enormous benefit' to city
  7. Morale 'plummeting' among South Yorkshire Police officers - Survey
  8. Number of 'ugly' shops in Bradford reaches 'pandemic' level
  9. North Yorkshire to benefit from mobile chemotherapy unit
  10. Updates on Wednesday 30 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Nahki Wells

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

Burnley sign striker Nahki Wells from Huddersfield Town for £5m on a three-year deal.

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That's all from Wednesday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Wednesday 30 August 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Thursday 31 August? Just click here.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J24 for A629 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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. Anger over Alzheimer's man's 'unnecessary' Sky bill
  2. Football fan handed lifetime ban for 'dead son' tweet to Sheffield United's Billy Sharp
  3. Man appears in court charged with murder of Halifax woman
  4. Number of 'ugly' shops in Bradford reaches 'pandemic' level
  5. Leeds? It's t'best in t'world. Well, Europe anyway...

See you tomorrow.

Fines for anti-social behaviour in Rotherham

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is hoping to bring in new rules which would mean they'd be able to fine people who use foul language, who are littering or consuming alcohol.

A recent public consultation about the proposals have been supported by 94% of people consulted.

If approved, the Public Spaces Protection Order will apply for three years in the parts of town shown on the map below:

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Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Sparkle Sheffield's Stop the Abuse campaign

Campaigners said children with autism suffer from a lack of classroom support.

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Man hit on the head in Bradford car theft

A delivery driver who was taking phone cards to a shop in Bradford has been attacked with a piece of wood and had his car stolen.

Portsmouth ave
Google

It happened at about 15:00 yesterday when the man, who is in his 40s, was going back to his silver BMW in Portsmouth Avenue, Undercliffe after dropping off the cards.

He was then approached by two Asian males in dark clothing who demanded the keys to his car, he was then struck with what police think was a piece of wood.

They took his keys and drove off in his car and a silver 4x4 - the man was taken to hospital with a slight head injury.

Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A64 North Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between A19 and A166.

A64 North Yorkshire - A64 York Bypass in York blocked and stationary traffic eastbound between Fulford Interchange and Grimston Bar Interchange, because of an accident.

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

Slimmer Richard Whitehead scores national recognition after losing 14 stone

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A Bradford slimmer has scored national recognition after losing 14 stone.

Richard Whitehead, 47, was one of just 38 men to win a place at the semi-finals of Slimming World's Man of the Year 2017 competition after his weight loss, where he met former England defender Wayne Bridge.

Slimmer
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Major Leeds motorway upgrade plan to beat congestion

Larry Budd

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Plans for a major upgrade for one of West Yorkshire's most congested roads have been unveiled.

Elland Road roundabout
Google

They include proposals to use part of the hard shoulder on the M621, one of the main routes into Leeds city centre, as an extra lane.

Highways England says the motorway is already very congested at peak times - and that's only going to get worse.

Ideas to help improve traffic flow include adding an extra lane to the roundabout at Elland Road stadium (pictured), and converting parts of the hard shoulder into an extra lane.

New technology could also be introduced to advise people how fast to drive, depending on how busy the road is.

It could start in 2020 - but the works could take two years.

Leeds United winger signs new three-year deal

BBC Sport

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has signed a new three-year deal.

Stuart Dallas
Rex Features

The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international would have been out of contract at the end of the season.

He has scored eight goals in 80 league appearances for the Elland Road side since joining from Brentford in August 2015.

"I'm happy here and it's where I want to be. I feel as if I'm going to be part of something special this season," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

Doncaster Airport named best small airport in the country

Doncaster Airport has been voted best small airport in the country by Which? magazine readers.

The airport scored 87% overall, beating all airports in the North and Midlands by as much as 20%.

Airport
PA

The airport was the highest placed in the UK, for small airport, in the rankings of 18 other airports.

Steve Gill, chief executive of DSA said: “We are simply thrilled to have topped this annual survey. Feedback like this is fantastic for the airport.

Police issue CCTV after serious sexual assault

Do you know this man? Police in Leeds want to speak to him after a serious sexual assault in the city.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

The attack on a 37-year-old woman happened on Moor View in Holbeck, at about 19:00 on bank holiday Monday.

Officers say the man they want to trace was driving an old-shaped silver Ford Fiesta.

If you can help, call police on 101.

Joost van Aken

Championship side Sheffield Wednesday sign Heerenveen defender Joost van Aken for an undisclosed fee.

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Sheffield shop hit by ram raid

A shop in Sheffield has been hit by ram-raid thieves.

Two cars were used to damage the front of the Eton clothing store on Division Street in the early hours of today.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Google

Man appears in court charged with murder of Halifax woman

A 27-year-old man from Leeds has appeared in court charged with the murder of 23-year-old Jessica King whose body was found at a house in Siddal on Sunday.

Front door of house
BBC

Jordan Thackray from East Grange View, Belle Isle, was remanded back into custody and is due to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Friday 1 September.

There was no application for bail.

North Yorkshire to benefit from mobile chemotherapy unit

A mobile chemotherapy unit to serve North Yorkshire is about to hit the road.

The £700,000 facility has been bought by the charity York Against Cancer and will start operating next week.

It means cancer patients from areas like Selby and Malton wont have to travel to York or Scarborough for treatment.

Mobile Chemo Unit
YAK

Leeds? It's t'best in t'world. Well, Europe anyway...

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Earlier on, I was telling you about the fact Europe's biggest "three manual" organ - one which has three rows of keys - can be found in Leeds.

But it turns out Leeds has actually got quite a few of "Europe's biggest" things...

So relax, get your thumb ready and take a trip with us through some of the other "Europe's biggest" the city has on offer:

Kirkgate Market

Kirkgate Market
BBC

Kirkgate Market in the city centre is big. It's very big. In fact - you guessed it - it's so big that it's the biggest indoor market in Europe.

It has been selling food and goods to the people of the city for more than 150 years.

Eat that Milan...

Westgate Tunnel

Westgate tunnel
Google

You might drive through it every day and you might not think much about it - but you're going through one of the city's most impressive assets.

Fact fans can now boast that the Westgate tunnel on the A58(M) - Leeds Inner Ring Road to you and me - is the longest unventilated road tunnel in Europe.

Bosh, 'ave that Paris...

Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam
Leeds City Council

If the excitement of having Europe's longest unventilated tunnel in town wasn't enough, then how about the city being home to the world's (So not just Europe, eh? What about that...) most expensive wallpaper.

Take a look at the wallpaper in the Chinese Drawing Room at Temple Newsam. It was literally taken from a book and stuck up on the walls in the 1820s.

A copy of that book recently sold for £7.3m. Surprisingly you can't buy it from your local DIY shop.

Have the most expensive wallpaper in the world do you, Berlin? No, didn't think so...

Police seek learner driver after pylon knocked over in Rotherham

Officers are trying to trace the driver of a car with learner plates after an accident left two people with minor injuries and an electrical pylon in the road.

It happened at around 20:30 on Friday 25 August.

A car, thought to be a grey Ford Focus, crashed with a black VW Scirocco on Doncaster Road, Hooton Roberts, Rotherham which led to an electrical pylon falling into the road.

The driver of the grey car then fled the scene.

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Google

Anyone with information can contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Anger over Alzheimer's man's 'unnecessary' Sky bill

A man from Leeds with Alzheimer's has been paying hundreds of a pounds a month for "unnecessary" utilities and services, his niece has claimed.

Hands
BBC

Rachel Holdsworth says her uncle, 72, pays bills, including £110 for a Sky TV and phone package, £120 for gas and electric and £35 for boiler servicing.

She said she realised he was making the "unnecessarily large payments" while helping with his finances.

Sky has apologised and said it hoped to find the best deal for her uncle.

London to Leeds in less than 30 minutes? That's space age talk!

Yorkshire Evening Post

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie... But a major think-tank has today urged the government to scrap HS2 in favour of superfast pods that it says could really narrow the North-South divide - and slash the Leeds to London journey time to just 30 minutes.

Hyperloop
Hyperloop/Yorkshire Evening Post
Adam Thompson

Bradford City sign defender Adam Thompson on a season-long loan from League One rivals Bury.

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Barnsley martial arts world champions need funds to compete

A martial arts club which has produced two young World Champions needs to raise £3,000 so the pair can defend their titles.

Martial arts
Supplied

Modern Martial Arts in Athersley says it's £3,000 short of its £6,000 target to send seven competitors to the World Karate and Kickboxing Council (WKC) World Championships in Portugal this October.

Caitlan Williamson and Lilian Baxter, both now aged 11, became World Champions in the novice sections for Traditional Kata at the 2016 WKC World Championships.

New survey reveals low morale among North Yorkshire police officers

About half of North Yorkshire Police officers are currently experiencing low morale and nearly two-thirds wouldn't recommend the job to others, the findings of a new survey suggest.

Cops
BBC

The statistics come from members of the North Yorkshire force who responded to a national survey by the Police Federation, the organisation which represents rank-and-file police officers in England and Wales.

More than 80% of officers in the North Yorkshire force say they're not paid fairly for the work they do, according to the survey.

The poll shows the treatment of the service as a whole, pay and work-life balance, are having the biggest impact on morale. It also shows that nationally almost three quarters (72%) of officers are happy with their pay, the highest level since the survey began.

In response, North Yorkshire's temporary assistant chief constable, Phil Cain, says the force has "made significant investment over recent years in an extensive well-being programme, to support and assist officers".

"North Yorkshire Police is grateful for the insight the Police Federation survey provides and is always open and listening to the concerns of our highly-valued workforce," he adds.

Police appeal over Wakefield women wanted for prison recall

Have you seen these women? They're both wanted for recall to prison and police in Wakefield are asking for information about their whereabouts.

Briggs and Kerins
West Yorkshire Police

Amanda Briggs (left) and Coleen Kerins (right), both aged 38, are known to frequent the city centre area of Wakefield.

They are also both known to have links to most towns within the district, according to police.

Both women have previously been convicted for theft offences.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, before J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - Broken down van on M1 northbound before J35, A629 (Rotherham). Traffic is coping well.

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

Got your motor running? On-the-spot fine plan for 'idling' drivers in Sheffield

There are just two days left for people to have their say on whether fines should be introduced in Sheffield for drivers leaving their car engines idling outside schools and other buildings.

Car exhaust
PA

Sheffield City Council says it's had at least 1,000 responses to its consultation so far.

The council's asking whether a scheme aimed at imposing on-the-spot fines should be introduced.

Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport at Sheffield City Council, says: "There’s no reason for drivers to leave engines idling at any time, but especially near schools, care homes and hospitals."

Headstones in a graveyard

David Rhodes

BBC News

Council cuts are one cause, say funeral directors reacting to figures obtained by the BBC.

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Football fan handed lifetime ban for 'dead son' tweet to Sheffield United's Billy Sharp

Derby County FC has handed a lifetime ban to a fan who posted "abusive" tweets about the death of Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp's son.

The boy, Luey Jacob, was born with his intestines outside his body - known as gastroschisis - and died just two days after his birth in 2011.

Billy Sharp and Jade Fair
Shutterstock

The fan, called Jordan Byrne on Twitter, retweeted a message from the official Derby County Twitter feed about Sharp scoring a goal, but added the words "Dead son".

He has since deleted the tweets and posted a message saying: "Sorry to everyone for any harm caused."

Derby County FC say they condem all forms of abuse:

While he apologised for his actions, Derby County stand firm that behaviour of this nature is entirely unacceptable and requires strong action."

Derby County FC

Hundreds enjoy Rotherham's own floating obstacle course

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Rother Valley Country Park has had its own floating obstacle course this summer.

And it's proved a big hit with children off school for the summer.

If you like to see people fall into water, this is the video for you:

Listen: 'It makes no sense': Funding free childcare to get more difficult

It's the last full day for working parents to apply for 30 hours of free childcare for their three and four-year-olds for the autumn term.

The government already funds 15 hours of free nursery care for three and four-year-olds.

This is due to rise to 30 hours for working parents from September.

York is one of a number of areas over the past 12 months to have been piloting the idea.

The scheme has been hit by administrative problems and criticism about a lack of spaces.

Tina Morley is the manager of a pre-school in Harrogate. She says the extra hours will be more difficult to fund:

City's record-breaking instrument ready to burst into life

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Did you know that the organ in Leeds Town Hall is a record-breaker?

Large organ
Leeds City Council

It is, in fact, Europe’s largest "three-manual" organ - which, to me and you, means it has three rows of keys.

The reason I mention it is that Leeds City Council's just announced a series of lunchtime organ recitals next month - all of them, of course, featuring this record-breaking instrument.

If you fancy seeing - and hearing - this record-breaking instrument in action, the series of recitals starts on Monday 18 September.

Death registration delays on rise in South Yorkshire

The time between someone dying and the official registration of their death is getting longer in South Yorkshire, new figures show.

Car
Getty Images

By law, all deaths, except those which need investigating by a coroner, must be registered with a local authority within five days.

But Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster are all failing to meet that target, according to a new report by the General Register Council.

In the year 2015-16, 1,592 deaths weren't registered within the five-day target in Sheffield while 730 missed the target in Barnsley.

Rotherham registered 65% of deaths within target, whereas Doncaster only managed 61.9%.

Number of 'ugly' shops in Bradford reaches 'pandemic' level

The number of "ugly" shopfronts in Bradford city centre has reached "pandemic" levels, Bradford Civic Society is warning.

Bradford
BBC

Si Cunningham, head of the society, says the city has many examples of buildings with impressive features which are let down by "poorly thought-out street level shopfronts".

He says city centre conservation areas are being spoiled and more needs to be done to combat the problem.

"There have been some unsympathetic designs in recent years. Most of the buildings are fantastic, but some of the stuff at street level is horrible," according to Mr Cunningham.

I'd encourage people to raise their eyes and see just how amazing these buildings are beyond the poor shopfronts."

Si CunninghamBradford Civic Society

Listen: York landmark 'a perfect backdrop' for Shakespearean theatre

Plans for a full-scale "pop-up" Shakespearean theatre next summer in York would be of "enormous benefit" to the area, according to the city council.

If approved, the replica theatre will run between May and September next year.

However, it would mean the loss of about 135 city centre car parking spaces because it would be built on part of York Castle car park.

City of York Council estimates it could bring in about £7m to the city and says it would be reimbursed for the loss of parking revenue by nearly £200,000.

The bid to transport audiences back to the 16th century all hangs on a decision tomorrow by City of York Council's executive board.

Councillor Nigel Ayre says the proposed site, next to Clifford's Tower, is perfect for the theatre:

Council's 'regret' over schooling shortcomings for children with special needs

Sheffield City Council's admitted it "doesn't always get it right" when it comes to finding the right education provision for children with special needs.

Sheffield Town Hall
Google

The admission follows the launch of a petition accusing the authority of failing disabled children as a result of trying to save money.

Campaigners from Sparkle Sheffield, a support group for children with autism, say the Special Educational Needs department is denying their children the right to an education.

They claim the authority's lack of help is causing children as young as six to suffer from anxiety and depression.

In a statement, the council says: "We are continuing to work hard to bring about improvements in finding the right provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities across the city.

"We recognise that we have not got this right in the past, and despite improvements we still do not always get it right currently. We truly regret this."