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Summary

  1. Tour de Yorkshire to be extended to four days in 2018
  2. Former vicar jailed over historical sex abuse offences
  3. Sheffield man accused of terror offences to face trial
  4. Anti-fracking protester injured during demonstration
  5. Man charged over attack on policeman in Doncaster
  6. Boss of North Yorkshire-based power producer Drax to step down
  7. Family calls for better safety measures after student's Sheffield canal death
  8. E-fit appeal over knifepoint robbery in Leeds
  9. Updates on Thursday 21 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Mick Lunney and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Jake Connor ran in a hat-trick and Jamie Shaul scored twice as Hull rattle up nine tries at Castleford

Jake Connor's hat-trick helps Hull beat weakened Castleford to book a Super League play-off semi-final at Leeds.

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Kallum Watkins

Leeds Rhinos finish their Super 8s campaign with six tries in a comfortable victory at Huddersfield Giants.

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That's all from Thursday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 21 September 2017.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J32 for A639.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at J32, A639 (Pontefract), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane blocked on entry slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident.

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

Sam Sodje

Sam Sodje had been accused of helping launder cash in an £80,000 international fraud operation.

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Our five top stories from 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. Sheffield man accused of terror offences to face trial
  2. Ryedale anti-fracking protester injured
  3. 'Bigger names, greater prestige' for extended Tour de Yorkshire
  4. Sex worker victim of attempted sexual assault
  5. He's back - Arnie spotted in Leeds

See you tomorrow.

Watch: What skeletons tell us about Yorkshire life in the Iron age

Skeletons from all around Yorkshire - some of which were 2,000 years old are going on display at Leeds City Museum.

The collection of Iron Age remains is being exhibited as part of the Our Buried Bones tour which is going all over the country.

They'll be on display until January next year.

The overturned caravan

A woman was travelling with her five animals as she was returning to live in Italy.

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Wakefield man jailed for seven years after gunpoint robbery at bookmakers

A man who held up a bookmakers at gunpoint in Horbury has been jailed for seven years.

Christopher Mosby
West Yorkshire Police

Christopher Mosby, 28 of Lindsay Avenue in Lupset near Wakefield, threatened staff with a gun at Betfred on Horbury Road on 14 March.

He jumped over the counter and demanded money, pointing the gun directly at a female cashier - he left with £175 and was arrested by police the next day.

He pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today to five-and-a-half years for robbery plus a further one-and-a-half years for pleading guilty to an affray and other offences.

Mosby put the staff at the bookmakers through a frightening ordeal. (He) now has seven years in total in prison to consider his actions.”

Acting Det Sgt Steve WrightWest Yorkshire Police

'They really did save us' - Whitby mum's thanks to rescuers who pulled baby from blazing car

Yorkshire Post

A Whitby mother has said she will be forever grateful to courageous motorists who pulled her and her four-month-old baby from her burning car, moments before it burst into flames.

Savannah Hall
Yorkshire Post

Prisoner gets increased sentence for chasing inmate with weapon

Peter McNerney

BBC Radio Sheffield

After chasing another inmate with an improvised weapon, Neil Friar has been given almost two years extra on his sentence.

Neil Friar
Police

The 35 year-old admitted to Sheffield Crown Court that he had the weapon in HMP Lindholme.

Friar is from North Yorkshire and is currently serving a drugs sentence.

Thankfully prison officers were able to intervene and stop Friar before anyone was injured but his possession of an improvised weapon was clearly intended to cause someone harm."

Alex DorlinActing Det Sgnt

Emergency calls almost double in North Yorkshire

Allan Watkiss

BBC Radio York, News

Police logo
North Yorkshire Police

More staff are being taken on to work in North Yorkshire Police's control room after emergency calls almost doubled in the last nine months.

They're also changing the way some calls are handled.

The force says they realise they haven't been answering calls quick enough and improvements are being made.

Former vicar jailed over historical sex abuse offences

A former vicar from Leeds has been jailed for six years for historical sex offences in Lincolnshire.

John Bailey
Lincolnshire Police

John Bailey, 76, from Kippax, admitted 25 charges of indecent assault on girls under the age of 14. The three victims were abused between 1955 and 1982.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that Bailey had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and vascular dementia.

He was first arrested as part of Lincolnshire Police's Operation Redstone, which is investigating alleged abuse within the Diocese of Lincoln.

He was clearly in a position of trust and he abused that trust"

Det Supt Rick HattonLincolnshire Police

Walk-in sculpture arrives in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's big, it's inflatable and it's certainly eye-catching.

Architects of Air
Architects of Air

The Luminarium, now in place at the Market Gate car park in Barnsley town centre, is said to offer 'A dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument.'

Inside view
Architects of Air

Man jailed over Barnsley crash

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

David Green
South Yorkshire Police

A man whose dangerous driving led to three teenage boys being injured has been sentenced to two and half years in prison.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that 21-year-old David Green from Havercroft in Wakefield was under the influence of cannabis when his car failed to negotiate a bend on Sandybridge Lane at Shafton in Barnsley last January. It then went down an embankment.

He left the scene leaving behind the injured passengers.

The court was also told he had no licence or insurance.

Rather than remaining at the scene and helping his friends, he decided to show off to his friends on a freezing night rather than driving in a sensible manner appropriate to the conditions. One of the teens, a 17-year-old boy, suffered life-threatening injuries."

Andy BrownPolice Constable

Major road revamp - have your say

Allan Watkiss

BBC Radio York, News

Kex Gill map
North Yorkshire County Council

It's one of North Yorkshire's busiest roads and over the next three days people are being given the opportunity to have their say over its re-routing.

There are four options on the table for realigning the road at Kex Gill west of Harrogate - a stretch often affected by landslips.

Th consultation events are taking place in Skipton today, Harrogate tomorrow and Washburn on Saturday.

Views can also be given online here.

Last-ditch bid to stop North Yorkshire fracking over fears for bats

Yorkshire Post

Friends of the Earth has made a last-ditch attempt to prevent test-fracking beginning in North Yorkshire after asking police to investigate whether starting the controversial shale gas procedure could put protected species of bats at risk.

Bat
Thinkstock

Vulnerable 72-year-old missing from Halifax for thirteen days

A CCTV image of a vulnerable 72-year-old missing Halifax woman has been released, in a bid to try to find her.

Cathryn Holdsworth
West Yorkshire Police

Cathryn Holdsworth was last seen at Calderdale Royal Hospital on Friday 8 September, she was then picked up by CCTV the next day at Tesco in Halifax town centre.

She wasn't reported missing until 19 September, when her neighbours raised concerns with the police who say they are now growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Officers say she may have some family in Cornwall and links to Blackpool.

Cathryn lives with a number of health issues which make her more vulnerable. She has not be seen for around 10 days, which is very out of character."

Insp Toby FaceyWest Yorkshire Police

Listen: Help avoid more drowning tragedies - family plea in Sheffield

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The family of a teenager who drowned in the canal at Victoria Quays in Sheffield is calling for improved safety measures in the area.

19 year-old Alex Wilson went missing after a work night out in the city centre at the end of July.

His body was found by police divers two days later.

Alex's sister Samantha Darby says improved ways for people to get out of the water are needed:

Ryedale anti-fracking protester injured

Mike Kemp

Reporter, BBC Radio York

An anti-fracking demonstrator has been injured during protests in Ryedale today.

The incident happened near to Kirby Misperton village, close to the site where Third Energy plans to frack for shale gas.

North Yorkshire Police say the woman complained of shoulder and neck pain while being moved by officers. She has been taken to Scarborough Hospital for treatment.

Big increase in use of food banks in North Yorkshire

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

There's been a big increase in the number of people using food banks across North Yorkshire according to research by BBC Radio York.

Foodbank
Selby and District Foodbank

The number of people using the one in Selby has more than doubled in the last year - they say it could be down to changes in the benefit system.

Meanwhile, Northallerton food bank has reported one of its busiest months on record.

Drivers cursing police over tanker fire

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

Police in Sheffield have hit back on social media after they closed a motorway this afternoon because of a dangerous petrol tanker.

It was a safety measure, but some drivers have been abusive to officers after the road was reopened.

It prompted this response from the police.

Social media post
South Yorkshire Police

Sex worker victim of attempted sexual assault

A prostitute working in Leeds' "legal red light zone" has been the victim of an attempted serious sexual assault.

Bridge Road
Google

It happened last Friday night at about 22:45 at the junction of Bridge Road and Czar Street in Holbeck.

The 28-year-old woman was approached by a man who dragged her to a patch of grass.

The woman managed to break free and ran to a passing vehicle for help.

The man was described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, aged 20 to 25, of skinny build with ginger stubble on his face and was wearing a black jumper with ‘Duffer’ written on the chest.

This was clearly a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the suspect."

Det Insp Paul HobsonWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: A wrap 'batter' than the rest?

There's a saying along the lines of "the first bite is taken with the eye".

If that's true, would your eyes say yes or no to a Yorkshire pudding wrap?

Would that be a "batter" way of eating our county's most famous dish?

One shop in York says people are travelling from far and wide to eat them:

Funding protest over Doncaster domestic violence charity

A Doncaster charity which helps thousands of women at risk of domestic violence find a safe refuge says it badly needs more cash to help keep going.

Woemn's Aid services image
Doncaster Women's Aid

Staff and supporters of Doncaster Women's Aid are expected to hold a protest in the town later claiming it faces the prospect of no more funding from the council.

Doncaster Council has previously given the service £30,000 to help it get back up and running after it had to close for a period, but the authority says that award was a one-off.

Campaigners claim the council has sufficient money to help out as it has about £97m in reserves.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - Delays, two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down tanker. Travel time is 25 minutes. Congestion to J36, A61 (Birdwell).

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

Sheffield man accused of terror offences to face trial

A dental student from Sheffield has appeared in court charged with seven terrorism offences.

Abdurahman Kaabar, 23, of Martin Street, Upperthorpe, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Belmarsh for a preliminary hearing.

He's charged with three offences of possessing a record of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, and four offences of disseminating terrorist publications.

He's been remanded in custody ahead of the next court date on 8 January 2018 and is due to stand trial at Leeds Crown Court on 5 February.

Car crashes into bus stop in Leeds

Here's the scene of an accident on Selby road in Leeds this lunchtime.

It seems a car crashed into a bus stop:

Crash
Laura Jane Jones

No passengers appear to have been waiting at the stop at the time, police say.

A 26-year-old woman who was in one of two cars involved has been injured after the crash which happened at about 12:15.

The road is currently closed eastbound near Irwin Approach.

Here's the information you'll need if you were hoping to catch a bus from the stop:

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Travel update: Selby Road closed after crash

BBC News Travel

This is worth bearing in mind if you're heading into Leeds this lunchtime:

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Final chance to have your say on Barnsley landlord scheme

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Tackling anti-social behaviour and improving property standards are the aims of a planned new scheme in Barnsley.

Welland Crescent, Elsecar
Google

It's known as "selective licensing" and under the proposed plan landlords would have to have licences in order to rent out a home.

Consultation on the idea closes this week and, if it goes ahead, the first areas to have it will be on specific roads in Elsecar, Wombwell, Goldthorpe and Measborough Dyke.

Your views are important as we continue to focus on reducing anti-social behaviour and improving housing standards within the borough."

Councillor Jenny PlattsCabinet spokesperson for communities, Barnsley Council