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  1. Victim named in Rotherham murder inquiry
  2. Two charged over 'rough sleeper' death appear in court
  3. Three men arrested over Bank Holiday stabbing in Leeds
  4. York councillors asked to 'stand aside' during investigation
  5. Man charged with attempted murder over Leeds shooting
  6. £14m plan to shore-up Scarborough cliffs set to get go-ahead
  7. Barnsley FC chairman Watkins to leave role
  8. Search is on for 6ft-long 'crocodile' stolen from Leeds home
  9. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

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That's all from Thursday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 31 August 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Friday 1 September? Just click here.

Severe accident: A19 North Yorkshire southbound

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A19 North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between A684 and A61.

A19 North Yorkshire - A19 blocked southbound between the A684 junction in Osmotherley and the A61 junction in South Kilvington, because of an accident.

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

Gary Gardner

Barnsley sign Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner and Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie on loan until the end of the season.

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John Brayford

Burton sign Sheffield United defender John Brayford, Tottenham striker Will Miller and Rochdale midfielder Jamie Allen.

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Sam Winnall

Derby County sign Sam Winnall and Maikel Kieftenbeld, while Jacob Butterfield moves to Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

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Manny Onariase

Rotherham sign Brentford defender Manny Onariase on a two-year deal, plus Brighton midfielder Richie Towell on loan.

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Clayton Donaldson

Sheffield United sign Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson and Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan for undisclosed fees.

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Tom Anderson

Port Vale sign Burnley defender Tom Anderson on a season-long loan and Doncaster midfielder Harry Middleton on a one-year deal.

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Alex Mowatt

Oxford United sign Barnsley's Alex Mowatt on a season-long loan and Burton defender John Mousinho on a two-year deal.

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Lukas Raeder

League One side Bradford City sign goalkeeper Lukas Raeder on a short-term deal until January.

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident, recovery work and an oil spillage. Congestion to J28, A650 (Tingley) and on M621 to J1, A6110 (Beeston).

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), 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. Victim named in Rotherham murder inquiry
  2. Men charged with manslaughter appear in court
  3. York councillors asked to 'stand aside' during investigation
  4. 'It was the bleakest day' - Ex-MP Mulholland on losing Leeds seat in General Election
  5. Can you help find Leeds' missing crocodile?

See you tomorrow.

What's it like to land a Boeing 737 aircraft?

Former pilot Jim Paris talks through the landing procedures of a Boeing 737 aircraft.

The footage was shot inside a simulator at Real Simulation, Harrogate.

Train strikes set for Yorkshire

Don't forget that train services operated by Northern Rail are due to be disrupted tomorrow as the RMT Union stages strike action.


The union says members working for Arriva Rail North will walk out tomorrow and on Monday, in a row over driver-only operated trains.

The company says it's prepared to guarantee jobs and pay for all conductors until the end of its franchise.

Severe accident: A170 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A170 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, around Seamer Moor Lane.

A170 North Yorkshire - Heavy traffic on A170 Racecourse Road in both directions in Scarborough around the Seamer Moor Lane junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

CCTV released after sexual assault in Leeds

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after a woman was sexually assaulted in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police

The attack on the 19-year-old woman happened on Kirkgate in the early hours of Monday 7 August.

If you can help, call police on 101 with any information you may have.

Linton Bridge to reopen at the weekend

The Linton Bridge will be officially reopened this weekend, 20 months after the devastating floods over Christmas 2015.

Linton Bridge
Leeds City Council

The grade II-listed bridge over the River Wharfe between Linton and Collingham will be officially reopened at 12:00 on Saturday.

The bridge suffered significant damage to its foundations after flooding caused damage to parts of West Yorkshire.

But engineers working on the bridge have made it safe again by creating a "bridge within a bridge" to repair and strengthen it.

The damaged bridge was highly unstable and could have collapsed completely, with the loss of its heritage value."

Cllr Richard LewisLeeds City Council

Watch: Shot Leeds war hero meets five-year-old fundraiser

An Iraq War veteran from Leeds has met a five-year-old fundraiser who has completed a triathlon to raise money for the Help the Heros charity.

Simon was shot in the head in 2006 after going to repair an army vehicle that was under fire.

He lost one eye completely and 90% of the vision in the other.

Tempy Pattinson, of Darlington, told Simon Brown why she did a triathlon, despite being scared of riding her bike:

Men charged with manslaughter appear in court

Two men have appeared before Leeds Magistrates court charged with the manslaughter of a homeless man in the city.

Paul Buckley

Daniel Goodall, 42, of Poplar Mount, Bramley, Leeds, and Jamie Loftus, 28, of Hope Farm in Derby have been remanded in custody until they are due to appear before Leeds Crown Court on 28 September.

The charges are in connection to the death of 39-year-old Terry Bailey who was assaulted outside Leeds railway station on Tuesday morning and died in hospital.

'Av you lost your teef in Gum-ersal?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

This poster has appeared in a shop in Gomersal:

Teeth poster
Gavin Shorters

Woodlands Food and Wine say they've been looking after them since yesterday and they found them just in front the fridge.

Tracy, who runs the shop, said "no one's been in to claim them yet .....We've got them stood in steradent'

Brace yourselves, here's a pic of the teeth in question:

False teeth
Gavin Shorters

Watch: Stuart Andrew on being a gay MP

Victoria Derbyshire

Leeds Conservative MP Stuart Andrew has been speaking about how difficult he found it to come out as gay, after former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said she had been forced into coming out.

The Pudsey MP says that he was beaten for being gay and that he felt it was something he had to do.

He came out in 1997 after he was attacked and was standing for his seat for the first time.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki

Leeds sign Malmo forward Pawel Cibicki on a four-year deal and add Pierre Michel Lasogga on a season's loan from Hamburg.

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BreakingLeeds sign new striker on loan

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of striker of Pierre-Michel Lassoga on a season-long loan from German Division One side Hamburg.

The 25-year-old German striker will wear the number nine shirt left vacant by Chris Wood, who joined Premier League side Burnley earlier this month.

The striker will have to wait until after the international break to make his Leeds debut.

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Police still hunting suspected criminal

South Yorkshire Police have renewed their appeal to find Ian Hawkins.

The 23-year-old is wanted in connection with a number of offences committed in Doncaster and has evaded police for over a month.

Ian Hawkins

Det Con Natalie Ogiliev, leading the search for Hawkins, said: “We do think he is still in Doncaster, most likely in the Bentley area and because of this, I believe people have got information as to his whereabouts and are deliberately choosing not to contact police."

Four arrested after gunshots in Shipley

Four men have been arrested in Shipley after a gunshots were fired and a car was abandoned last night.


It happened at 22:40 on West Royd Drive where police say they found an abandoned Mitsubishi Shogun damaged with bullet holes.

After that a 29-year-old man from Shipley with serious head and leg injuries arrived at the scene - he was later arrested on suspicion of firearms offences.

Officers say that following enquiries three local men aged 28, 31 and 32 were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Our enquiries are at an early stage, but we believe this was a targeted attack and there is not thought to be a wider risk to the public."

Det Spt Pat TwiggsWest Yorkshire Police
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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Jordan Houghton

Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton and Norwich defender Harry Toffolo both join Doncaster Rovers on loan until January.

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'And Vinyly....' - Recording the dead in Scarborough

A Scarborough man has come up with a novel way of keeping a record (quite literally) of loved ones who've died.

And Vinyly

Jason Leach, 46, is the founder of And Vinyly. He began pondering the possibilities of pressing ashes into records about 10-years-ago, when he found himself reflecting on mortality.

The process is the same as making a standard vinyl disc, with ashes (human or pet) added at a specific stage in production.

"It's a balance between adding enough ashes so as to be seen, but not so much as to affect the grooves' smooth playing," says Mr Leach.

He currently presses about two discs a month that have human ashes added to them, but is in the process of arranging more funding to meet rising demand.

"Of course, there are those who find it strange, even creepy," he says, "but most people actually come round to the idea."

Police car rammed in Wakefield - Two arrested

Two men have been arrested in the Wakefield area after a police car was rammed and badly damaged last night.

Damaged car
West Yorkshire Police

Two people were taken into custody after they were chased by officers on foot.

Police say the officers were "a bit shaken but seem fine otherwise".

Which can't be said for their patrol car:

Damaged car
West Yorkshire Police

Watch: 'Return my crocodile' - Hunt for not-so-deadly creature in Leeds

More on the news that a 6ft-long ornamental crocodile has been stolen from a house in Leeds.

It was taken from a private garden on the banks of the River Aire, in Horsforth, at the end of the the Bank Holiday weekend.

For over a decade it's been a focal point for passers-by on the Newlay Bridge.

John Brinn, the croc's owner, says if the thieves have a conscious they'll "return it and keep everyone happy":

Listen: North Yorkshire Fire Authority denies brigade is at 'breaking point'

North Yorkshire's Fire and Rescue Authority has defended itself against claims that it's putting the county's fire service at risk.

The Fire Brigades Union says the authority is forcing the service to "breaking point", with front-line staff being being cut and smaller crewed vehicles being introduced in some parts of the county.

But the chair of North Yorkshire's Fire Authority, Andrew Backhouse, says the cuts have been as a result of new ways of working:

Three arrested over Chapeltown stabbing

Three men have been arrested following a stabbing in Chapeltown during the West Indian Carnival on Monday.

Chapeltown Road

A 19-year-old man was left with with serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A woman was left with a head injury in the aftermath of the attack.

The men, a 16-year-old and two 18-year-olds, have been released pending further enquiries, say police.

Victim named in Rotherham murder inquiry

A man who's body was discovered at a flat in Rotherham earlier this week sparking a murder inquiry has been named by police as 43-year-old Michael "Mick" Hancock.

Michael Hancock
South Yorkshire Police

Mr Hancock's body was found at the property in Badsley Moor Lane at about 00:05 on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination has proved "inconclusive" and further tests are now under way to determine the cause of his death, police say.

Two men, aged 19 and 23, and a 30-year-old woman who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Anyone with information about Mr Hancock's death is being asked to contact police.

Police appeal after sexual assault in Sheffield

Police are appealing for help after a woman was sexually assaulted while walking to work in Sheffield last week.


The assault happened at about 15:00 on Wednesday 23 August while the woman was walking along Chippingham Street, in Attercliffe, towards the tram stop.

She was approached by a man as she crossed onto a nearby bridge. He touched her inappropriately over her clothing and tried to kiss her.The man is described as Asian, about 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build, between 18 and 20-years-old, with short black hair and wearing rectangular thin-framed glasses.

He was wearing electric blue clothing described by police as "traditional Asian-style".