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Summary

  1. Two arrested for being members of right wing group in West Yorkshrie
  2. Report into fatal Sheffield tram accident recommends driver training
  3. Women warned after sex attacks in York
  4. Van driver dies after A1(M) crash
  5. Post Office robbery in Leeds
  6. Dramatic rise in number of vehicle thefts in West Yorkshire
  7. Fracking protesters accused of 'bullying tactics' by scaffolding firm
  8. Call for routine heart screening for teens
  9. Father of hanged schoolboy urging parents to talk to children
  10. Grotesques return to York Minster
  11. Warning after spate of attacks in York
  12. Updates on Wednesday 27 September 2017

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By Andrew Barton and Gemma Ashcroft

All times stated are UK

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Castleford Tigers beat St Helens in golden-point extra time to reach the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on 7 October.

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That's all from Wednesday

Those are all the updates from Wednesday 27 September.

Want to get all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Thursday 28 September 2017?

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What is National Action?
Eleven men have been arrested on suspicion of membership of the banned group neo-Nazi National Action. But what does the group stand for - and why did it get banned?
Sheep racing at Masham

A petition calls Masham Sheep Fair race "exploitative", but the organiser says sheep run naturally.

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Collection of new grotesques returned to York Minster
The stone carvings, based on the Judgement of Solomon, replace four weathered originals from the 1700s.

Our top five 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. Two arrested for being members of right wing group in West Yorkshire
  2. Arrest over sex attacks in York
  3. Stolen taxi caused A64 crash - man arrested
  4. Bridgewater Place wind baffles to be put in place next month
  5. Unicyclist wants to put spoke in thieves' plans

See you tomorrow.

What can you do on a unicycle?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Earlier on we told you about the Leeds man who had his unicycle stolen form outside The Tetley in the city.

He used it for his daily commute and even won a race on it, but it got us thinking - What else can you do on a unicycle?

Quite a lot apparently, just take a look at Flaviu Cernescu, he rode his on top of a 250m high chimney in Romania.

Flaviu Cernescu
Flaviu Cernescu

Ok, that's just a bit too much isn't it, I mean - Why?

But how about skateboarder style tricks on one? Unicyclist Hugo Duguay, even matched a world record for the long jump on a unicycle

Unicyclist
BBC

But if all of that seems a bit too urban, how about heading out into the countryside?

Edd Hawkes from Dunstable is a mountain unicyclist who made it into the elite downhill category in the Mountain Unicycling World Championships.

Yep, that exists.

Accident causing delays near Harewood

Police are at the scene of a crash on Harrogate Road in Harewood.

Harewood crash
West Yorkshire Police

The road is partly blocked with very slow traffic around the crash.

The accident happened around Wike Lane and officers say that they are trying to clear the scene and return normal service.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for M18 and J34 for A614 Bawtry Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J35 M18 and J34 A614 Bawtry Road, because of a broken down abnormal load.

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

Essex celebrate

County champions Essex thrash Yorkshire by 376 runs at Chelmsford to end the Division One season unbeaten.

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York CCTV image of Bootham/Marygate sex attack suspect

Police in York investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

The woman was attacked at around 22:00 BST on Sunday in the Bootham and Marygate area - Two men who were earlier arrested in connection with the incident have been released.

Officers want witnesses to come forward who may have seen anything suspicious around Marygate Tower on the night or who can identify the man in the CCTV image.

Earlier a 28-year-old local man was arrested in connection with two other sexual assaults in the city.

Have you seen Clifford Crane? He didn't turn up for a court hearing

Police in Scarborough want to find Clifford Crane - He's wanted after failing to appear in court.

Clifford Crane
North Yorkshire Police

Crane, who lives on Maple Drive in Scarborough, was charged with assault, criminal damage, resisting a police constable, and drugs offences.

He was due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 11 September but never showed up.

Officers want anybody who knows where he is to contact them on 101.

Stolen taxi caused A64 crash - man arrested

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Police say that an accident which happened on the A64 earlier this afternoon was caused by a stolen taxi which crashed at Bowbridge Farm.

A man has been arrested.

Bowbridge Farm
Google

The taxi had been stolen from outside York Railway Station just after 15:00 and then collided with another vehicle on the A64.

Police say they weren't pursuing the taxi at the time of the crash.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the incident but has been taken to hospital after feeling unwell; no-one else was hurt in the crash.

BreakingCrash on A64 caused by stolen taxi

A crash which gridlocked the A64 outside York earlier today was caused by a stolen taxi.

More to follow

Bridgewater Place wind baffles to be put in place next month

It's been months in the making, but finally wind baffles around Bridgewater Place are to be put in place next month it has been announced.

Bridgewater Place
BBC

High winds around Bridgewater Place in Leeds were blamed for the death of Dr Edward Slaney, who was killed when a lorry blew over in March 2011.

The people behind the scheme say that between 13 and 22 October three of the wind deflection devices will be put up over Water Lane, which will mean the road has to be closed.

The large screens and baffle boards will be up to 50ft (17m) high and 66ft (20m) long and will look something like this:

Baffles
CPPI

These impressive, wing-like structures are perforated in order to deflect and reduce the speed of wind as it passes through and over them."

Graeme AtkinsonProject Manager

Doncaster bin collectors to be balloted on action

Doncaster refuse workers are to be balloted over taking strike action in a dispute over job cuts, which could affect collections in the run-up to Christmas.

Members of Unite employed by contractor Suez in Doncaster will vote in the coming weeks on whether to begin industrial action.

bin
PA

In a statement Suez say: ''We are disappointed that Unite is balloting members for strike action while talks are ongoing and cannot understand why they would take this course of action prior to the end of the consultation, as no decisions have been made."

Travel update: Leeds-bound A64 blocked near York

BBC News Travel

There is almost four miles of standing traffic outside York on the A64 this afternoon.

A64
Google

A multi-vehicle accident means that the Leeds-bound side of the carriageway is blocked.

The crash has happened between Bilbrough Top and the Slice Lane junction.

Travel: Heavy traffic on M1 northbound after accident near Rotherham

BBC News Travel

Vehicles involved now moved on to the hard shoulder of the exit slip on M1 northbound at J35 A629 (Rotherham / Chapeltown).

Lane one (of four) was closed but has now re-opened.

Bradford school bans sausage rolls from packed lunches

A West Yorkshire school's ban on sausage rolls and other "unhealthy" foods in pupils' lunchboxes has divided opinion.

Shirley Manor Primary Academy
Google

The new policy at Shirley Manor Primary Academy in Bradford states parents will be contacted if banned foods are found in packed lunches.

It was Steve Fryer's son who had his sausage roll confiscated - but Mr Fryer said the school should "stick to teaching kids".

Others have praised the school for healthy eating rules, according to comments in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

Head teacher Heather Lacey said the vast majority of parents supported the ban and there had been a big increase in the number of children bringing in healthy lunches.

Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A64 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, before Slice Lane.

A64 North Yorkshire - A64 in Catterton blocked and queuing traffic westbound before the Slice Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Copmanthorpe.

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

It's beginning to feel a lot more like autumn

The leaves are turning colour in Sheffield so it is with our thanks to John that we bring you this picture:

Any more BBC Weather Watchers out there?

Trees in their autumn leaves
BBC

Your comments: Massive spiders in the house

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

Yesterday we told you why we may be seeing so many spiders in our homes at this time of year.

You've been getting in contact with us to tell us some of your spider horror stories over the last few weeks on BBC Look North's Facebook page.

NB: Don't read on if you don't like spiders.

Spider
Science Photo Library

Jools wrote: This morning I was laying in the dark thinking about getting up. Felt a tickle on my leg. Put the light on - there it was in its entire glory - larger than the palm of my hand, trying to run off down the side of the bed.

Lisa said: I have evicted three of these big spiders over the last few days if they ain’t paying rent they ain’t moving in simple.

Rachel wrote: The kids called me into their bedroom saying there were lots of spiders. I expected two but found a spider had hatched around 30 spiders! Good job kids are not overly bothered!

And Dave added: Spiders don't bother me :) this one sat on my hand while i was editing, think it enjoyed the ride on my mouse hand ;)

Spider on the hand
Dave Sparky

Man arrested in two sex attacks in York

Police in York say they have arrested a 28-year-old local man after two women were sexually assaulted in York.

Navigation Road
Google

The attacks have led to North Yorkshire Police warning women not to walk alone in the evening.

One woman was walking along a track from Tang Hall towards James Street at 20:50 BST on Sunday when a man approached her and groped her.

An 18-year-old woman was grabbed on her bottom as she walked along Navigation Road at about 00:30 BST on Tuesday

BreakingMan arrested over York sex attacks

A man has been arrested in connection with two of the three sex attacks in York.

More to follow

Police want these men after Sheffield burglary

Officers investigating a burglary in Mosborough in Sheffield have these CCTV pictures of two men they want to trace.

CCTV images of two men
SYP

A handbag containing a mobile phone and two purses were reported stolen from a property on Bridle Stile following a burglary which happened sometime between Saturday 26 and Monday 28 August.

Bankcards were later used to purchase items in and around the Crystal Peaks and Jordanthorpe areas of the city.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to South Yorkshire Police via 101 quoting incident number 495 of 26 August. Anonymous information can also be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Unicyclist wants to put spoke in thieves' plans

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

A man who has had his unicycle stolen in Leeds says he really wants to see the people who did it bought to justice.

Unicycle
Robin Whitfield

Robin Whitfield, 24, says his unicycle, which he uses every day to get around the city, was stolen from outside The Tetley on Saturday.

He's had the bike for five years and even won the UK National Unicycle Road Race in Horwich on it this year, he said "it does mean quite a bit to me".

Robin said "I think it will be almost impossible for the thief to sell on. I really want to see them caught as they've probably done this a lot before and they're going to mess a lot of people's lives up.

You don't think someone's going to nick a unicycle, I've always considered it quite low risk"

Robin Whitfield

Supertram death: Safety regime is 'strengthened' after investigation report

Stagecoach, which operates Sheffield's Supertram, has said it's made changes to its safety regime after the death of an 81-year-old man, who was hit by a tram at Woodbourn Road in December 2016.

The Rail Accident Investigation Bureau (RAIB) has today recommended the operator should review its procedures for assessing the risk of collision with pedestrians.

Woodbourn Road tram stop
Google

A spokesperson for Stagecoach Supertram said:

"Our first thoughts remain with the loved ones of the pedestrian who died in the accident. Safety will always be our absolute priority and we have worked closely with the authorities to understand the full circumstances involved.

"Since the incident, we have implemented a number of changes to strengthen our safety regime, as acknowledged in the RAIB report.

"We are also committed to working with the wider industry to enhance safety at Supertram and other tram networks."

Post Office robbery in Leeds this morning

A post office in Leeds was held up by armed robbers who made off with the till this morning.

Post office
Google

It happened at about 09:40 at Bramstan Post Office, Bramley when three masked men armed with metal bars walked in and threatened staff and customers.

They stole the till from the counter and boxes of cigarettes before leaving the scene in a black Peugeot 207, which was later set on fire at the Abbey Inn on Pollard Lane.

The men then ran off along the canal and dumped the till near Newlay Locks. Police are asking anyone who thinks they saw them to come forward.

On your marks, get set, knit!: Woollen donuts required for Christmas

Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal is on the look out for people handy with needles and wool to knock them up a batch of donuts.

donut knitters
Richmond Theatre

The North Yorkshire theatre wants the woollen confections to use during 54 performances of The Wizard of Oz.

It's not the first time hundreds of knitted objects have been incorporated into the show, often as ‘missiles’ to be hurled by the audience.

The crafty tradition first started in 2011 when over 1,000 bananas were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad; the following year nearly 3,000 white snowball pompoms were amassed for Babes in the Wood.

Around 2,500 leaves were knitted to construct a huge decorative beanstalk for Jack and the Beanstalk and last year over 2,000 apples made their way onto the set of Snow White.

How the doughnuts will actually be used in this year's show is top secret.

Apparently finished doughnuts can be handed in at the Box Office.

Some knitters even make a social occasion of it and get together at each other’s houses for knitting parties"

Clare AllenTheatre Chief Executive

Rise in vehicle thefts in West Yorkshire - How you can prevent it

This morning it's been revealed there's been a dramatic rise in the number of vehicles being stolen in West Yorkshire.

So how do you go about making sure your motor stays out of the hands of a light-fingered tea leaf?

Car theft
PA

West Yorkshire Police have a raft of tips on their website, here are just a few:

  • Got a garage? Use it!
  • If you park your car on your driveway make sure the area is well lit.
  • Make sure the car is locked by checking the door handle
  • When you get home don’t leave your keys on the side or within reach of the letterbox
  • In winter don’t leave the car running while you defrost it

If you've got your own tips on keeping your car safe, send us a message.

Back to school - 60s style

To celebrate their school's 50th birthday, staff and pupils at Worsborough Common Primary in Sheffield are dressing up in 60's fashions for an all day fancy dress party.

Teachers dressed in 60s fashion
BBC

As well as dressing up, pupils will also be experiencing lessons 60's style - learning how many pennies in a shilling and how many pints in a gallon - like the children in this photo from 1967.

Pupils at Worsborough Common Primary in 1967
Worsborough Common Primary

They'll also get to experience a 60's school dinner - including jam roly poly for pudding - yum!

Police release picture of York sex attack suspect

Police have released a picture of a York sex attack suspect as investigations continue into two other sexual assault incidents.

efit
North Yorkshire police

The incident happened on Sunday when a woman in her 20s was grabbed by a man in the Melrosegate area of the city, but she managed to fight him off.

The victim tried to get her attacker off her by pulling his hair. She bit him on the hand, shouted at him and hit him in the face.

Police say the suspect is aged 19 to 20, 6ft 2in to 6ft 3in, slim build, with mousy brown, ear-length messy hair with a sweeping fringe, with a defined jaw line and a thin face.

He was wearing black baggy bottoms and a black Superdry anorak with the hood up and Velcro fastenings under the chin.

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the man or have any information that could assist the investigation,

Ashes 2017: Yorkshire Cricketer Gary Ballance has made England Squad

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Cricketer Gary Ballance has been named in the England squad for the upcoming Ashes tour.

Ballance suffered a broken finger in the second Test defeat by South Africa in July and his recall had been in doubt.

Gary Ballance
Getty Images

England, who were whitewashed 5-0 on their last tour of Australia, are looking to defend the Ashes which they regained on home soil in 2015.

The series begins in Brisbane on 23 November.

Leeds Rhinos sign New Zealand-born prop on three-year deal

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos have signed prop Nathaniel Peteru from Australian National Rugby League side Gold Coast Titans on a three-year contract.

Nathaniel Peteru
Getty Images

New Zealand-born Peteru, 25, has also played for New Zealand Warriors in the NRL and joins the Rhinos ahead for the 2018 season.

"I know they have a winning culture and that is something I want to be part of," Peteru told the club website.

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington says Peteru is an "outstanding signing" who he expects to make a significant impact at the club.

Report into fatal Sheffield tram accident recommends driver training

A investigation report into the death of an 81-year-old man at a tram stop in Sheffield has recommended drivers receive more training on safety procedures at request stops.

Woodbourn Road tram stop
Google

The Rail Accident Investigation Bureau (RAIB) was called in after the accident at Woodbourn Road on 22 December 2016.

The man had just got off a tram travelling into the city centre and was using the tram stop crossing when he was hit by an outbound service.

The RAIB said the pedestrian didn't see or hear the tram coming and the driver did not see the man approaching the crossing.

Aerial view of Woodbourn Road tram stop in Sheffield
RAIB

The RAIB found inconsistencies in Supertram's procedures for how drivers should treat request stops, where the tram is not automatically required to come to a halt.

It's also recommended setting up an industry working group to monitor the development and application of new pedestrian detection technology to alert drivers to potential collisions with pedestrians.

Two arrested for being members of right wing group in West Yorkshire

Two men have been arrested in West Yorkshire for being members of a right wing group.

In total counter terrorism officers have arrested 11 people across the country after an investigation into the banned group National Action.

National Action
BBC

A 23-year-old man from Sowerby Bridge and a 26-year-old man from Leeds have both been arrested on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation.

Their homes are being searched in connection with their arrests, earlier this month four serving members of the Army were arrested for allegedly being part of the same group.

National Action became the first British neo-Nazi group to be banned last December after Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was promoting violence and acts of terrorism.

Those who promote extreme right wing views are looking to divide our communities and spread hatred. This will not be tolerated."

Det Ch Supt Martin SnowdenNorth East Counter Terrorism Unit

Protesters locked in to metal tubing on Kirby Misperton road

Protesters are back at the Kirby Misperton fracking site today where they've locked themselves into metal tubing concrete barrels in front of the site.

These picture were posted on a facebook page called the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp at about 07:00 this morning.

Lock
Eddie Thornton

Protesters locked themselves in to barrels on Monday and had to be cut out by police using angle grinders.

Barrel
James Mason

Police say officers with specialist training and equipment are currently at the scene to ensure the four people involved are safe and well.

Supt Alisdair Dey, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “The actions of these people will cause significant disruption to local businesses."

Third Energy was granted planning permission to frack in May 2016, but has not received final consent from the government to begin work.

Van driver dies after A1(M) crash

Police have confirmed a 44-year-old man was killed in a crash on the A1M in North Yorkshire last week.

A1(M)
Highways England/Crown Copyright

Andrew Keir, from Middlesbrough, died when his van hit a lorry in the early hours of Friday morning on the northbound carriageway, between J48 at Boroughbridge and J49 for Dishforth.

Listen: A Peake into space

European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, has spoken to a sell-out crowd at the University of York.

Tim was the star guest at a question and answer event hosted by BBC Radio York's Jonathan Cowap.

The event follows crowds turning out to see his spacecraft go on display at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

Tim told Jonathan what it feels like to step out into space and see the earth:

Missing man found

And as soon as we tell you about it, he's been found!

West Yorkshire Police have said they've located Anthony Knopwood this morning.