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  1. Man denies setting fatal Wakefield house fire
  2. Three children injured in school car park crash
  3. South Yorkshire mayor election to cost more than £2m
  4. Arrest over Leeds shooting
  5. Bradford Army Cadet Force among lifesavers honoured for South Africa rescue
  6. Leeds outdoor market may be reduced to make way for cars
  7. Scarborough's Futurist Theatre's days could be numbered
  8. A hundred years of steel for Sheffield's Betty
  9. Sheffield professor gets funding for breast cancer research
  10. Parking by phone comes to Bradford
  11. Updates on Friday 13 October 2017

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Phil Parkinson's Bolton Wanderers claim their first league win of the season with victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

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Midfielder Cameron McGeehan scores on his home debut for Barnsley as they draw with Middlesbrough at Oakwell.

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Our top five stories today

That's all from us for today, we'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

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

  1. Three children hurt in schoo car park crash
  2. Arrest over Leeds shooting
  3. Leeds outdoor market may be reduced to make way for cars
  4. Bradford Army Cadet Force among lifesavers honoured for South Africa rescue
  5. Disabled swimmers left without a pool

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New £500k West Yorkshire fleet to tackle major flooding

A new £500,000 fleet of power boats and other response vehicles has been brought in by a fire service to help tackle major flooding.


West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the vessels would provide a "national asset" should a repeat of the 2015 Boxing Day floods occur.

The investment includes motor boats, VW Transporter vans, trailers, dinghies and other equipment.

The vehicles will be based at fire stations across West Yorkshire.

'Largest mechanical puppet' to visit Barnsley

The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will be manoeuvring its way through Barnsley next year as part of its resurrection tour.

The Man Engine, which is the size of three double decker buses, will rise up in the historical village of Elsecar on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2018.

The Man Engine
Barnsley Council Media

Barnsley is the only stop where the phenomenal structure will appear in Yorkshire.

To celebrate its first visit to the North, Elsecar village will host a day and night of family entertainment as it welcomes the arrival of the structure.

Dewsbury family claim armed police targeted wrong house

A family from Dewsbury has told the BBC they were terrified when their home was raided by armed police last night in what they claim was a case of mistaken identity.

Zaffar Iqbal

It happened at 22:00 when the officers shouted through the window and demanded the family open the door. They went inside but soon left the house - staying outside and not letting the family leave according to Zaffar Iqbal.

Zaffar and Nasreen Iqbal say ordeal went on for four hours, after which they claim the armed officers admitted they'd got the wrong house.

They started shouting through the window "open the door, open the door, it's armed police, don't make any sudden movements, you'll be shot."

Zaffar Iqbal

There has been police activity across the road from the Iqbal's house today, four men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs and firearms offences.

West Yorkshire Police says it was acting on intelligence that there was reasonable suspicion firearms were present at Mr Iqbal's home. The force says it was quickly established there were no firearms and further enquiries were conducted nearby.

Mr Iqbal says he's made a complaint to the force.

Man accused of killing father and daughter 'panicked' in police interview

A man accused of killing a Wakefield father and his eight-year-old daughter in a house fire has said he lied to police because he "panicked" when he was interviewed.

Andrew and Kiera Broadhead
West Yorkshire Police

In a trial at Leeds Crown Court Daniel Jones, 29, is accused of starting the blaze on Ash Cresent in which Andrew and Keira Broadhead died in an attempt to destroy CCTV of a burglary at a house across the road.

Mr Jones denies lighting the fire at the home and carrying out a raid on the other house.

It's alleged that he poured petrol through the front door letterbox and set it alight in the early hours of 19 October last year to destroy evidence of him stealing a safe from a friend's house.

He initially told police he had been asleep at his father's house in Knottingley but when asked about his police interviews in court, he agreed he had been lying.

The trial continues.

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

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M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J43 for M621 and J42 for M62.

M1 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J43, M621 (Belle Isle) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse), 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

Council boss 'horrified' over synagogue Swastika

Leeds' council boss has written a letter of support to a synagogue in the city that was attacked with Nazi graffiti earlier this week.


Graffiti was painted or sprayed on to the sign outside the Etz Chaim synagogue on Harrogate Road on Wednesday.

Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Judith Blake said in her letter : "I was horrified to see the anti-Semitic graffiti that appeared at Etz Chaim earlier this week.

She added "Anti-Semitism has no place in our society or in our city and I wanted to offer you our full support as we stand together to reject hatred and discrimination in all its forms."

Selby bypass to reopen after three years

Great news if you were lamenting the fact that part Selby's bypass is closed; the work will to repair it will finish on Sunday!


If you don't live around Selby, at least have a little thought for them as the work has taken North Yorkshire County Council three years to complete.

The council says they had to install a stress-absorbing membrane so that the ground could support the road surface, which is why repairs have taken so long.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie said "We are very grateful for the patience of local people during this work and hope they will now be able to reap the benefits.’’

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J51 for A6055 Leeming Lane and J50 for A61.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J51, A6055 (Leeming Bar) and J50, A61 (Baldersby), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

South Yorkshire mayor election to cost more than £2m

The BBC has learned that the cost of electing a South Yorkshire Mayor next year is expected to cost tax payers more than £2m.

Earlier this week Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry confirmed that the mayor election will go ahead.

The cost has doubled from the initial estimate of £1m because each voter will have to be sent a leaflet explaining what the new South Yorkshire Mayor can do.

BBC Radio Sheffield's political reporter Kevin Larkin explains more:

Travel update: Early Friday getaway begins

BBC News Travel

All hail the start of Friday's earlier rush hour:

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Boy, 15, charged with Barnsley burglaries

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with two burglaries in Mapplewell.

Two houses were broken into and a quantity of electronics were taken on Brattice Way between 12 and 13 of August.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded into custody and was due to appear before Barnsley Youth Court today.

Leicester Lions and Sheffield Tigers owner denies match-fixing claim

The co-owner of Leicester Lions and Sheffield Tigers speedway teams has said match-fixing claims have left him "feeling low about the sport".

Damien Bates

The two teams met in the first leg of their promotion/relegation race-off on Monday, with Premiership side Leicester winning 58-32 in Sheffield.

The big-scoring win led to some fans suggesting the outcome had been fixed.

"I'm disappointed by how people have reacted. All we do is try our best," Damien Bates told BBC Look North.

Parking by phone comes to Bradford

You can now pay for parking with your smartphone in Bradford.

phone and pay

The city's council has introduced ‘Phone and Pay’ which means users can set up an account linked to a payment card.

From now on, motorists can pay for parking using their phone, text, an app or online and you'll be able to top up your parking while you shop, eat or whatever you're up to while you're away from the car.

To set up an account call 01274 751314 or search for the phone and pay parking app.

Why is Friday 13th considered bad luck?

It's Friday 13th, the most cursed day in the calendar - allegedly - where everything is fated to go wrong. But where did we get the idea that it's a date when bad things happen?

Friday and the number 13 were unlucky in their own right, says Steve Roud, author of The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland.

"Because Friday was the day of the crucifixion, Fridays were always regarded as a day of penance and abstinence," he says.

Around the 1690s, an urban legend began circulating that it was unlucky to have 13 people around a table or in a group, he says.

Folklorist Anne Marie Lagram says theories behind "unlucky 13" include the number of people present at the Last Supper or the number of witches to make a coven.

"The Victorians who were intrigued by folklore put Friday and 13 together and created a doubly unlucky day"

Funding for breast cancer research awarded to Sheffield professor

A professor at the University of Sheffield has been awarded a grant of more than £140,000 to conduct research in to stopping an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Professor Claire Lewis and her colleagues will use the funding to undertake a two-year project in targeting triple negative breast cancer.

Professor Claire Lewis
University of Sheffield

The team hopes the research will lead to new treatment combinations which could prevent a type of breast cancer returning and also halt the growth of secondary tumours in patients whose cancers have spread.

The money has been award by the UK's largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.

Severe accident: M62 North Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 North Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J34 for A19 Selby.

M62 North Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic eastbound at J34, A19 (Selby), because of an accident.

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

Update: Statement from school after children hurt in crash

Three children were injured earlier this morning after being hit by a car in the car park of Long Toft Primary School in Stainforth.

A five-year-old boy and two-year-old girl are said to have suffered minor injuries.

Geograph/Dave Bevis

The extent of injuries to a nine-year-old girl are unknown.

The school has released a statement:

We will be working with the council and the police to ensure that the other students in the school are well supported and offered counselling following this distressing incident."

Alison BuxtonHead Teacher, Long Toft Primary School

Revealed: Who was behind the 'worst boss ever' graffiti car in Leeds

Yorkshire Post

A white Mercedes daubed with abusive messages directed at its owner's boss has been revealed as a publicity stunt.

Yorkshire Post

Don't panic, it's just a test

Don't panic if you see gritters tomorrow in Bradford, especially as it's going to be about 18c:

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Clive Dunn

Listen: York taxi protest against out of town operators

York's Taxi drivers have been staging a second protest against out-of-town cabbies, such as UBER.

They say they're worried about how many are working in the city without a the right authorisation.

Dozens of taxi drivers parked in Duncombe Place outside York Minster this lunch time to show their anger.

Spokesman Tony Green says they're worried about public safety:

Traders angry at Leeds Kirkgate Market car park plans

The outdoor area of Leeds market could soon be reduced in size to make way for a car park.

Leeds Market

The city council is considering converting a small part of Kirkgate Market to a short-stay car park to encourage people to visit.

It said it was getting views from traders who will be affected, but they were not all happy with the plan.

Michael Dolan, who runs a fruit and vegetable stall, stands to lose his pitch if the car park goes ahead.

Drivers warned not to slow down to view accident

Cleveland Police is concerned there may be further accidents.

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Listen: Community-run fuel station 'will be a success'

The manager of a petrol station in Hawes, Wensleydale, which is to be taken over by local people says she's sure it will succeed despite a number of garages closing across North Yorkshire.

Figures seen by BBC Radio York reveal 16 forecourts have disappeared across North Yorkshire over the last three years.

Abbie Rhodes says the community in Hawes always pulls together and is sure to get behind the scheme:

When 'routine maintenance' means dangling 100ft up in the air

You wouldn't want to take the wrong size chisel up with you, c'mon we've all been there before:

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Woman injured in hit-and-run in Dewsbury

A woman has been injured in a hit-and-run incident in Dewsbury.


The 49-year-old woman was walking along North Road on Wednesday, and when she crossed the junction of Clarkson Street she was hit by the car.

Police are looking for a dark-coloured estate car, which then drove off after hitting the woman.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment but she was not thought to be seriously injured.

Arsonists target caravan in garden

Arsonists set fire to a caravan parked in the back garden of a property in South Yorkshire in the early hours.

The caravan was parked at a property on Low Row in Woolley Colliery, Barnsley.

Two crews from Barnsley and Cudworth were sent to deal with the blaze.

Arrest over Leeds shooting

A man has been arrested after a shooting in Leeds on Wednesday.


The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the early hours of this morning at a house in Beeston.

The shooting happened on Maud Avenue, Beeston, when three men were sitting in a Toyota Yaris.

A black BMW, which had a number of men wearing balaclavas in it, pulled up and shot at the other car, leaving a 21-year-old man with a shotgun pellet wound in his hand.

Update: Children injured in school car park crash

Three children have been injured after being hit by a car in the car park of Long Toft Primary School in Stainforth.

Long Toft school
Geograph/Dave Bevis

Yorkshire's Air Ambulance was called to the scene of the incident which happened about 08:40 this morning at the school on Church Road.

A nine-year-old girl, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl have all been taken to hospital, the five-year-old and two-year-old are said to have suffered minor injuries.

At this time, the extent of injuries to the nine-year-old is not yet known.

Travel update: Warning of debris on the A1

BBC News Travel

Watch out if you're heading north up the A1:

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BreakingThree children injured after being hit by car in school car park

Three primary school children have been injured after they were hit by a car performing a manoeuvre in a South Yorkshire school car park.

A nine-year-old girl, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl have all been taken to hospital.

The five-year-old and two-year-old are said to have suffered minor injuries.

At this time, the extent of injuries to the nine-year-old is not yet known.

The incident happened at a school on Church Road, Stainforth this morning about 08:40.

Man seriously hurt in A19 crash

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a rush-hour crash on the A19.

Two cars and a lorry collided between the A67 and the A174, near Crathorne

Cleveland Police says that while one lane is now open southbound, the northbound carriageway of the A19 is likely to be closed until lunchtime.

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