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  1. Sheffield tree protesters hold vigil at oak tree due for felling
  2. 'No evidence' to suggest boy found hanged had been bullied
  3. Dying daughter calls for Bradford Andrea Dunbar memorial
  4. Questions in Parliament over TransPennine rail electrification plans
  5. Scarborough hit by rising tide of debt, according to new figures
  6. Race hate victims urged to speak out
  7. Sheffield 'carbuncle' wins new award for 'striking' style
  8. Selby bypass fully open again after three years
  9. Life-saving Sheffield teen backs Restart a Heart campaign
  10. Updates on Monday 16 October 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Katie Galbraith and Nick Wilmshurst

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That's all from Monday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Monday 16 October 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Tuesday 17 October? Just click here.

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. 'I'll stay here all week if necessary' - Protester up tree in Sheffield
  2. Strange sun seen across Yorkshire
  3. 'No evidence' to suggest boy found hanged was bullied
  4. Questions in Parliament over TransPennine rail electrification plans
  5. Sheffield 'carbuncle' wins new award for 'striking' style

See you tomorrow.

Former Sport Minister makes case for Channel 4 to come to Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield has been making the case for why Channel 4 should consider a move to the city at an event in Liverpool today.

A number of cities have expressed an interest in being the new home for the broadcaster despite its opposition to moving out of London.

Artist's impression of proposed Channel 4 building in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council

A consultation into the broadcaster's future was launched after the government carried out an 18-month review of the publicly owned channel, which has more than 800 staff but fewer than 30 based outside the capital.

Today the Right Honourable Richard Caborn, the Chair of Sheffield's C4 bid, has been making the case at a panel event at Liverpool John Moores University.

Panel event at Liverpool John Moores University
Sheffield City Council

The government said it would consider all bids with the broadcaster "to ensure that Channel 4 maximises its delivery of public value."

Victim tells thief to get a job after tablet is stolen

Someone who had their tablet stolen has seemingly left a cutting message for who ever stole it.

South Yorkshire Police

The message on the iPad reads " Hello, thank you for breaking my window. Do you have nothing better to do? You could have better spent your time getting a job."

Some devices allow people to control them remotely and flash messages up on the screen if they've been stolen.

It's now ended up in the hands of South Yorkshire Police, after it was handed in to officers in Rotherham.

Bus drivers in Bradford offered sign language lessons

Bus drivers in Bradford have been offered sign language lessons to help them when deaf passengers want to get on board.


First Bradford approached the Bradford Deaf Community Association so that bus drivers can interact more easily with deaf and hard of hearing customers.

First say that the charity has been training the drivers over the last month at special workshops.

The drivers can now tell deaf passengers the times of the day and even explain if there’s a delay in the service and why.

All of the drivers who attended the workshops were really engaged. By the end of each session most drivers were confident how to sign common phrases."

Christine HarveyBradford Deaf Community Association

'My life has changed beyond belief' - Sheffield ear surgery patient

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A surgeon from Sheffield has become the first in the north of England to successfully implant a fully invisible hearing device into the fine bones of a woman's middle ear.

It has enabled 67-year-old Linda Oxley, a former wine and spirits manager, to hear everyday sounds for the first time in ten years.

Linda Oxley
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

" My life has changed beyond belief. As soon as the implant was switched on I could tell the difference straight away. I could hear traffic, people whistling, dogs barking, even hear the owl at night."

The Cochlear CARINA device gives 24/7 hearing and can be recharged through an external charger within 30 minutes.

It's suitable for people who have severe hearing loss and who can no longer benefit from conventional hearing aids.

Three armed men wearing Halloween masks rob Leeds pub

Police are hunting three men who robbed a pub last night wearing Halloween masks and armed with knives and an axe.

Woodies Craft Ale House

The three masked men struck at Woodies Craft Ale House on Otley Road in Headingley just before midnight as staff were closing up.

They made threats and stole what is being described as a large amount of cash.

The three men escaped over the back wall of the beer garden and it's thought they may have got away in a black hatchback.

This was a frightening experience for the staff involved and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the men leaving the scene.”

Det Insp Charlotte HailsWest Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: A629 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A629 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, around A6026 Wakefield Road.

A629 West Yorkshire - A629 Elland Wood Bottom in Elland closed and queuing traffic in both directions around the A6026 Wakefield Road junction, because of an accident and an oil spillage.

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

Chris Basham

Championship club Sheffield United are not overawed by the prospect of a second successive promotion, says Chris Basham.

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Travel update: Crash on M621 heading into Leeds

there's been a crash on the M621 as you head Leeds bound from the M62.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

It's closed two lanes between J5 and J4 and traffic is steadily building up back to the M62.

It will cause you problems if you're travelling from Hull or Sheffield and into Leeds.

Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J5 for Tunstall Road and J4 for .

M621 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M621 westbound between J5, Tunstall (Tunstal Road) and J4, Hunslet Distributor, 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

Listen: 'We will support you' - Race hate victims urged to speak out

Race hate crime victims across York and North Yorkshire are being urged to use Hate Crime Awareness Week to get the support they need.

Every day this week will see North Yorkshire Police look at a different type of hate crime. Today, it's race hate.

Supt Mark Khan says if victims do speak out, then his officers are ready to listen:

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A642 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A642 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at Broadway.

A642 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on A642 Horbury Road in both directions in Wakefield at the Broadway 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

In pictures: Strange skies across Yorkshire

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

The sun is out and it's turning out to be a lovely day across Yorkshire.

But it didn't start out like that, you can't help but have noticed the strange colour of the sky earlier, like this shot beautifully captured by Anthony Newby on his way to Leeds from York :

Anthony Newby

It gave people with a good eye for a picture some great material, juts like this one sent into the BBC Weather Watchers from Normanton by user Fastapastor:


As we told you earlier, it was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara as well as debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.

Here was the view in Rotherham from Kerry


'No evidence' to suggest boy found hanged was bullied

An inquest has heard there was no evidence to suggest that an 11-year-old Bradford boy found hanged in his room was bullied, according to police who investigated his death.

Asad Khan

Asad Khan was found by his mother, Farheen Khan, when she broke down his bedroom door at their home on 28 September last year.

Asad's parents said that they thought he was being being bullied and also expressed concern about suggestions there was a choking game being played at Beckfoot Upper Heaton School.

His family walked out of a pre-inquest review in August after a dispute with coroner about what evidence he would consider at the inquest, which began in full today at Bradford Coroner's Court.

There's no evidence to suggest that Asad was being bullied. Several children said they'd initially seen Asad being bullied. When spoken to again, the actions changed and were disproved by other lines of inquiry."

Det Sgt Matthew HoldsworthWest Yorkshire Police

Wind baffles go up around Yorkshire's tallest building

The first baffles which are designed to cut wind speed around Yorkshire's tallest building are being put into place today.

Bridgewater Place

Streets near Bridgewater Place in Leeds have been plagued by high winds since the skyscraper was built in 2007.

The three "baffles" are to be placed over Water Lane, with part of the road closed until at least 22 October.

Dr Edward Slaney was killed nearby when a lorry blew over in 2011. A coroner blamed his death on high winds in the area.

Watch: Barnsley team make FA cup history

FA Cup glory beckons for a team that most people have never heard of, until now.

Shaw Lane FC from Barnsley are in the FA Cup draw tonight for the first time in the club's history.

The Yorkshire team from the Evostick Premier Division upset Barrow of the National League (formerly the Conference) 2-1 on Sunday.

The draw for the first round is at 19:00 and is live on BBC Two.

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New HS2 fears as large crack opens up on land where train line will run

The Guardian

Residents in West Yorkshire have raised concerns about plans to build the HS2 rail line through a former mining area, after an eight-metre-long crack opened up in the ground along the proposed route.


Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Anti-fracking protesters build third tower in road

Police say protesters have built a tower in the road at a fracking site in Ryedale.

Officers say they "facilitated a peaceful candlelit vigil at the entrance of the site on Habton Road in Kirby Misperton for members of the local community."


During the event, a group of protesters "dragged a tower into the road at the site entrance."

A man and a woman then climbed on top of it, and locked themselves to each other. They remained there overnight.

It's the third time protesters have built a tower on the site.

Supt Alisdair Dey of North Yorkshire Police said: “Once again, emergency services resources will have to be deployed to deal with this tower in the road.”

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at rock to release the gas inside.

Opponents say it can cause water contamination, earthquakes and noise and traffic pollution.

Police appeal after 'nasty' attack on woman in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A woman was punched in the face by a robber during what police are describing as an "extremely nasty" attack in Sheffield last month.

It happened around 01:00 on Sunday 24 September when the 21-year-old woman was waiting for a taxi on Conduit Road in Crookesmoor.

Conduit Road, Sheffield

A man pushed her up against a wall, searched her handbag and punched her in the face. He then searched the victim's pockets before knocking her out.

The suspect is described as being white, in his late 20’s, around 6ft 3ins tall, of slim build. He had dark stubble/unkempt beard, a scruffy look, bad skin, spots, and is believed to have spoken with a high-pitched voice.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 300 of Monday 25 September 2017. You can also give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigate fire at Scarborough golf club

Police are investigating the cause of a fire at a golf club in Scarborough.

Scene of fire
North Cliff Golf Club

It broke out in the roof of one of the buildings at the North Cliff Golf Club in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Missing: Can you help find this 64-year-old from Leeds?

Have you seen Anne Sweeney from Leeds? She's been missing since 4 October.

Missing woman
West Yorkshire Police

The 64-year-old was last seen in the city centre and police say she has medical issues and may be sleeping rough or staying in cheap accommodation like B&Bs.

Officers say she may be anywhere in the city centre and could also be in the Armley area and are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to get in touch.

Listen: 'It's not daunting' - Call for more people to adopt in South Yorkshire

At least 100 children need adopting across South Yorkshire, according to new figures.

The stats comes from the One Adoption agency which works with local authorities to help re-home vulnerable children.

Claire, who adopted a brother and sister from Sheffield earlier this year, says people need to know that the adoption process has become a lot easier of late:

In pictures: Ration books, re-enactors and railway timetables in North Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway took a trip back in time at the weekend as it celebrated its annual Wartime Weekend:

AFP/Getty Images

The event brought together hundreds of enthusiasts, re-enactors and visitors to the stations and villages along the railway between Grosmont and Pickering, recreating life as it was in the 1940s:

AFP/Getty Images

Each station along the line was transformed into a different wartime scene, with a variety of performances and re-enacted scenarios.

At one point, World War Two re-enactors marched along the line of the railway in Pickering:


A wartime street was re-created in Pickering and in Goathland Home Guard demonstrations took place.

Meanwhile, Leivisham was transformed into the German-occupied French village of Le Visham:

AFP/Getty Images

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Railway in Wartime event.

Man cautioned for 'live ammunition' at fracking site

A man's been given a caution by police for possessing a bullet at an anti-fracking protest in North Yorkshire.

The 54-year-old was arrested at the protest at Kirby Misperton last Wednesday.

An investigation showed the bullet was live ammunition, say police.

The man's received a caution for possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J46 for A6120 Selby Road and J47 for A642.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J46, A6120 (Leeds Colton) and J47, A642 (Garforth), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

BBC Weather Watchers: Strange sun seen across Yorkshire

BBC Weather Watchers

We've been sent in a few pictures of the sun looking very menacing today, including this from Wakefield:


BBC weather presenter Simon King said it's due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

The strange sun has been spotted mostly in South and West Yorkshire, as well as other areas around the UK.

The below was snapped in Sheffield this lunchtime:


Simon King adds that debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain is also playing a part.

The dust has caused light to be refracted and reflected in longer wavelengths, making it appear red, he says.

Just like it does, in fact, in this very spooky shot from Emley:


Simon King says: "Ophelia originated in the Azores where it was a hurricane and as it tracked its way northwards it dragged in tropical air from the Sahara."

This means dust from the Sahara has been brought with it, he adds.

Masked robber threatens man with machete in Leeds

A machete-wielding masked man has robbed a man in Leeds this morning as the victim was depositing business takings at a bank in Leeds.

Nat West Chapel Allerton

The 38-year-old man was robbed outside the NatWest bank on Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton just after 10:00.

The masked man threatened him and grabbed a bag of cash before leaving in a grey Volkswagen Polo.

The man who was robbed wasn't injured, but officers say he was "understandably shaken by what has happened" and have urged anyone with information to call them on 101.

We currently have a cordon in place at the scene and are carrying out enquiries into the incident."

Det Insp Charlotte HailsWest Yorkshire Police

Sheffield 'carbuncle' wins new award for 'striking' style

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The new engineering building at the University of Sheffield, otherwise known as The Diamond, has been recognised for its outstanding innovation.

The Diamond
The Institution of Structural Engineers

It has won the Large Structures by Large Company category in the annual Yorkshire Structural Awards run by the Yorkshire Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

The Diamond houses specialist laboratories, lecture theatres and study areas for 5,000 students. The judges say: "It is a beacon of striking contemporary architecture and engineering."

Just last year, the same building was nominated for the Carbuncle Cup award in a competition run by architecture magazine Building Design.

Yorkshire care home sex abuse petition taken to Downing Street

Campaigners calling for justice for the victims of historical child sex abuse at a Yorkshire care home are due to hand in a petition to Downing Street later.


The petition, which has more than 60,000 signatures, calls for a change in the law to make it easier for victims to claim compensation, many years after the abuse took place at St Williams school in Market Weighton (pictured).

The current time limit for victims to claim compensation is three years.

Nearly 250 men claim they were abused as children at the care home.

Travel update: Crash on M62 - warnings to 'pass with care'

BBC News Travel

Another picture of an accident, this time on the M62.

M62 crash
West Yorkshire Police

This crash has happened in the past hour on the exit slip of J22 at Ripponden.

Police say it's down to one lane as recovery crews get to the scene, officers say that motorists should "pass with care."

Manslaughter arrest over York chiropractor clinic death

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter after an 80-year-old man died following a visit to a chiropractic clinic.

Chiropractic 1st clinic in York

The man died suddenly following treatment at Chiropractic 1st in York on 11 August, police said.

North Yorkshire Police has not released his name, but he has been named by the York Press as retired bank manager John Thomas Lawler.

The arrested woman, 40, has been released under investigation.

Motorbiker dies after collision with teenage cyclist

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a teenager riding a bicycle in Wakefield.

It happened at about 09:30 yesterday morning on Barnsley Road at the junction with Seckar Lane, when a grey Yamaha motorcycle hit a cyclist who was travelling as part of a group.

The 48-year-old motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

The 13-year-old cyclist suffered minor injuries and was treated by ambulance staff.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Listen: 'I'll stay here all week if necessary' - Vernon Oak protester

A protester who's climbed a tree in Sheffield which is expected to be cut down by council contractors in the next few days says he's prepared to stay up there for a week if necessary.

The man is one of a number of protesters who are currently gathered at the Vernon Oak, on Vernon Road in Dore.

People at ground level have this morning passed food, a sleeping bag and a pillow to the man in the branches above.

BBC Radio Sheffield reporter Andy Kershaw has speaking to the man in the tree:

Crash causes delays on M1

If you encountered a delay on the M1 this morning northbound, this is why:

M1 crash
West Yorkshire Police

This crash happened at J38-39 and closed the fast lane for about an hour this morning.

Luckily, the driver escaped with a "slight injury", according to West Yorkshire Police.

Council praised for bomb attack response

Manchester City Council has been honoured by its historic rivals for its response to the bomb attack on the city's arena, which killed 22 people.

Bomb attack victims with police

The authority was presented with a special award at the annual Yorkshire Awards, held in Leeds on Friday.

Six people from Yorkshire were killed in the attack on the Manchester Arena.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said it was "a touching reflection of the spirit in which our friends from across the Pennines stood together with us".

Questions in Parliament over TransPennine rail electrification plans

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will face questions later about why the rail link between Leeds and Manchester may not be electrified.


That news was announced a couple of months ago, but tonight a group of MPs will get the chance to ask Mr Grayling about his decision.

In 2015, the Department for Transport said electrification of the whole route - which goes through Manchester, Leeds and York - would be complete by 2022.

The Transport Secretary has since said electrification will instead be used "where it makes a difference".

Today is the first meeting of the new Transport Select Committee and it's there to get to the bottom of why the Department for Transport makes the decisions it does.

Chris Grayling will be giving evidence and is likely to be asked about how current policy serves the public, and why certain transport projects get money while others don't.