Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Moorland body confirmed as missing man
  2. Jail for man who helped 'exorcist' minister to abuse women
  3. Sisters sent back to Romania following operation at Doncaster airport
  4. Drugs and 'large quantity' of cash seized in South Yorkshire prison operation
  5. Failed cash machine ram-raid leaves new hole-in-the-wall in Whitby
  6. Leeds mum calls for more school counsellors after son's GCSE suicide
  7. Public meeting to examine collapse of Yorkshire schools trust
  8. 'Mindless individual' destroys newly-laid Scarborough road by wheel spinning
  9. Technical problem forces Flying Scotsman back to depot
  10. Updates on Thursday 19 October 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Katie Galbraith and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all from Thursday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 19 October 2017.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J39 for A636 Wakefield and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J39, A636 (Wakefield) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J23 for A640 and J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J1 for A631 and J2 for A1.

M18 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M18 northbound between J1, A631 (Bramley) and J2 A1(M), because of an accident.

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

The wheel spins on Royal Albert Drive

The driver shredded part of the road's surface and will cost £50,000 to repair, the council says.

Read more

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. Missing Tyron Charles confirmed as Oxenhope moorland body
  2. Jail for man who helped 'exorcist' minister to abuse
  3. Sisters sent back to Romania following operation at Doncaster airport
  4. Failed ram-raid leaves new hole-in-the-wall in Whitby
  5. Homemade motorbike seized in Bradford

See you tomorrow.

Watch: Harry gets into musical spirit

Look North host Harry Gration came over all musical when linking up with Simon McCoy on the News Channel earlier today.

Don't give up the day job, Harry!

Warning over bogus workmen in Batley

Police are warning people to be on the look out for bogus tradesmen after an elderly lady was conned out of more than £3,500 in Batley.

Bromley road

Earlier this month two men claiming to be a roofers knocked on the door of a woman in her 80s and asked her if she needed any work doing.

They asked for £3,720 from her but didn't return to carry out the work, leaving her out of pocket and with the unfixed problem with her roof.

They are both white, one is in his late 20s, slim and claimed he lived in Soothill and the other was in his 50s medium build and told the lady he worked from Bradford.

These men targeted a vulnerable elderly lady. The work was not carried out and they have not been contactable since."

Det Insp Mark CatneyWest Yorkshire Police

Superhero masks for children undergoing cancer treatment

Children with cancer who are being treated in Leeds are being given special masks to help make the experience less scary.

Superhero mask

Doctors at St James' cancer ward have come up with superhero masks children can wear while they are undergoing radiothreapy.

The masks must be worn so that the patients don't move around while they're having the treatment.

But now they can wear personalised masks so that they can look like their favourite character.

Quad bike topples down Trow Gill after crash
Cave rescuers captured footage of the out-of-control bike after a crash.

Sheffield City Council delays affected boy's education

A schoolboy did not receive the right education for more than a year because of council delays in putting into place a support package for his needs.

Sheffield Town Hall
Dave Pickersgill

Sheffield City Council was late in completing a plan and resolving issues with his school about funding, an investigation found.

It meant the boy limited the GCSEs he took based on what he thought he could achieve without the right support.

The council has apologised and said it was making changes.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, before J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound before J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J28 for A650.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M62 westbound in Leeds at J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Travel update: Slow going in parts of Yorkshire for evening rush hour

BBC News Travel

It's a damp and dark evening rush hour around Yorkshire tonight.

In Leeds it's congested on the normal routes and there's a problem for people getting the bus to Skipton from Leeds

View more on twitter

In fact, things are looking slow in Leeds and Bradford in general

View more on twitter

And in Harrogate there are some delays too:

View more on twitter

Search on for First World War heirlooms in Doncaster

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

People with a family connection to Doncaster are being asked to search their attics and sheds for family heirlooms like the ones pictured.

Group of soldiers featuring James Dyson
Jane Harrison

The organisers of an exhibition called Doncaster 1914-18 At Home, At War are holding a First World War Roadshow on Sunday 29 October at Doncaster Mansion House and people are being urged to bring along their finds.

A panel of experts aims to help unlock the wartime secrets behind those family heirlooms.

Ruby Birkby
Allan Birkby

They'll also identify objects to star in a grand finale exhibition launched in 2018 marking the centenary of the First World War.

Sisters sent back to Romania following operation at Doncaster airport

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Border Force Officers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport dealt with two Romanian sisters who had travelled from Bucharest.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Officers say the women initially claimed to be travelling alone and one woman said she was coming to work in a restaurant in Bradford, but that after further interviews they both revealed they planned to work in the sex trade.

Officers were concerned they were at risk of exploitation and both were returned to Romania for their own protection.

A separate case last month saw entry refused to two other Romanian women where officers were concerned they were being trafficked into the sex trade. They had landed with no money and no obvious means to access funds.

Listen: Bradford women encouraged to talk about street harassment

It's claimed more then a third of women in one part of Bradford have experienced being harassed on the street.

The charity, Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, has carried out the research in the Great Horton Area, as part of a campaign to help put a stop to it.

It hopes the recent allegations about Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, will encourage more women to talk about their experiences.

Miya is a student in the city and says more women should report experiences of harassment:

Police look for man after ninety-four-year-old burgled

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him after a 94-year-old woman was robbed in her own home in Halifax.

West Yorkshire Police

On Monday this week, the woman answered the door around lunchtime at her home on Green Lane in Bradshaw.

She took off the chain and a man opened the door and let himself in saying that her water must be turned off to avoid it flooding.

The 94-year-old asked him to leave but after he'd gone noticed her purse and bank cards had been stolen.

Two knives seized in Barnsley

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Two weapons have been seized by officers from Kendray’s Neighbourhood and Tasking Teams who were carrying out a warrant in the Don Drive area.

South Yorkshire Police

They were acting on intelligence and concerns raised by people living nearby.

Guiseley: National League side to go full-time 'forthwith'

BBC Sport

National League strugglers Guiseley are to go full-time.

Rex Features

The Yorkshire side are playing in the fifth tier for the third successive season, having been promoted from National League North in 2015.

The Lions are 22nd, three points adrift of safety.

They said in a statement: "We have brought forward the decision to go full-time in order to give ourselves the best chance of achieving our goals this season."

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane blocked on exit slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Listen: Plans to close taxi loophole

The government's poised to close a legal loophole which is said to be putting young people at risk by allowing taxi drivers to operate without meeting council-imposed standards.

There's particular concern in Rotherham where more than 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013, with an official report finding taxi drivers had played a "prominent role".

Under current rules drivers licensed by other councils can operate in a town even if their application for a local licence has been rejected.

But Transport Minister John Hayes (pictured) says the licensing situation cannot continue as it is:

Missing Tyron Charles confirmed as Oxenhope moorland body

A body discovered on moorland near Bradford has been identified as that of missing man Tyron Charles.

Tyron Charles
Family handout

The 29-year-old was found near Nab Water Lane, in Oxenhope, on 11 October by detectives investigating his disappearance.

A post-mortem examination found he had died from a gunshot wound. Mr Charles was first reported missing on 6 September.

James Sutcliffe, 28, of Hill Crest View, Denholme, has been charged with his murder.

Sheffield house 'closed' over anti-social behaviour

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have applied for a house connected to anti-social behaviour in the Lane Top area of Sheffield to be closed.

Closure notice
South Yorkshire Police

A week ago the house on Barnsley Road was issued with a one-week temporary closure order ahead of a Sheffield Magistrates' Court hearing yesterday (Wednesday 18 October) where a closure order for three months was granted.

The property is also subject to a Community Protection Notice requiring the occupants to clear the land and garden surrounding it because of the impact it's having the quality of life of those living nearby.

This house has been at the centre of local community concerns for antisocial behaviour and associated crime, which we absolutely will not tolerate."

Sgt Nick KeanSouth Yorkshire Police

Listen: Eight-organ transplant man's 15,000-mile challenge cut short

A man who had his major organs replaced has had to return from an ambitious 15,000-mile trip earlier than expected.

In 2015, Adam Alderson, from North Yorkshire, underwent a 17-hour operation after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Having recovered from the surgery, he recently set off on a journey through 20 countries with fundraising team the Yorkshire Yaks to raise money for the charities which helped him.

But the trip was cut short in Kazakhstan because he was not well enough to continue. He had already travelled over 10,000 miles through 11 countries

Adam and his wife Laura returned from the trip while other members of the team have carried on:

Jail for man who helped 'exorcist' minister to abuse

A West Yorkshire man who helped a church minister sexually abuse six women under the pretence of exorcising their demons has been jailed for more than eight years.

Laurence Peterson, 59, of Eric Street, Keighley, stopped the victims of John Wilson from escaping during "prayer sessions" as he sexually abused them.

Peterson was convicted today of conspiring with Wilson to commit indecent assaults and aiding and abetting his colleague.

The offences took place between 1984 to 2010 and involved women who attended the church seeking spiritual comfort.

Peterson was jailed for eight years and two months for his part in the abuse.

You cannot but have been aware of what his form of ministry entailed."

Judge David Hatton QC

Listen: 'This damage won't be tolerated': Council to sue wheel spin Scarborough motorist

Highways officials say they intend to make a motorist pay for the damage caused to a newly-resurfaced road in Scarborough.

The freshly laid tarmac, costing £600,000, on Royal Albert Drive, was damaged on Sunday night, when a driver performed wheel spins on the road.

It'll cost more than £50,000 to repair the damage.

David Bowe from North Yorkshire County Council says "wanton damage won't be tolerated":

Mitch Clark

Super League side Castleford Tigers sign former Hull KR prop Mitch Clark on a two-year deal.

Read more

Missing from Doncaster: Have you seen Jason Dunn?

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to find a 45-year-old man who went missing from the Armthorpe Road area yesterday morning.

Jason Dunn
South Yorkshire Police

Jason Dunn, who is about 5ft 6ins tall with dark hair, was last seen at about 09:50 on Wednesday and officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Police believe he may be wearing grey trousers, a white top and a black coat. He is described as having hair which is long on top and short at the sides and he wears two big earrings in both ears.

If you’ve seen or heard from Jason, or know where he is, you're being asked to contact police.

Anti-fracking protesters arrested after release from concrete devices

Four people have been arrested at an anti-fracking protest at a site in North Yorkshire.


It's after protesters locked themselves into metal and concrete devices which were blocking both ends of Habton Road, Kirby Misperton.

Police say they were cut free and the road has now been reopened.

Meanwhile, a further four people have appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to wilfully obstructing a highway during another protest at the same site.

They are the first to appear in court on charges arising from the anti-fracking protests at Kirby Misperton which started last month.

All four were bailed. No date has been set for a trial, but there will be a hearing on 11 January 2018 for legal arguments.

Victory of light over darkness: Diwali celebrations in Yorkshire

Thousands of Hindus and Sikhs across Yorkshire will be celebrating Diwali tonight.

The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

Henla, a volunteer at the Bradford Hindu Temple, says the celebrations are open to everyone:

Yorkshire Air Ambulance in the sun

Remember when the sun did that weird thing over Yorkshire earlier this week?

Dust blown over from the Sahara caused the sun and sky to appear red.

We saw lots of great pictures of it so what's the harm in seeing another one?:

View more on twitter

Shop staff injured in 'nasty' armed robbery in Bradford

Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak to after an armed robbery in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police

Last Saturday evening, three masked men armed with metal bars went into a shop on Beacon Road and assaulted the staff.

They stole the till and boxes of cigarettes before they left in what's believed to be a "13"-plate Ford Transit.

The people in the shop, two men and a woman, were slightly injured in the attack but didn't need to go to hospital.

This was a nasty attack on a local business and while the staff were very shaken by what happened, they sustained slight injuries."

Det Insp Matt WalkerWest Yorkshire Police

Drugs and cash seized at Lindholme Prison

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Drugs and cash have been recovered by police officers during an operation at HMP Lindholme.

HMP Lindholme

The operation, on Thursday 12 October, netted "a large quantity" of money and over 1kg of cannabis, police say.

As a result, two men, Werner Berning, 28, and Matthew Wiles, 29, of HMP Lindholme, have been charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Following an appearance before Doncaster Magistrates' Court they were remanded into custody until their next appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday 6 November.

Police officers also recovered over 400 grams of cocaine, 140 grams of heroin and they seized an electronic stun gun device from a property on Church Street in Bawtry.

Andrew Jones, 35, from Church Street, Bawtry, was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and a firearms offence.

He appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court and has since been remanded into custody until his next appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday 13 November.

Leeds United defender signs new four-year deal

BBC Sport

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has signed a new four-year deal.

Luke Ayling
Getty Images

The 26-year-old joined the Elland Road side from Bristol City in August 2016 and has made 58 appearances in all competitions.

He is the only player to have started all 15 of the club's games so far this season.

Thomas Christiansen's side are sixth in the Championship and travel to Ashton Gate to face Ayling's former side on Saturday.

Watch: Captain Cook's Endeavour replica comes 'home' to Whitby

A replica of the ship Captain James Cook used to sail to Australia and New Zealand in the 1760s is to become part of a new tourist attraction in Whitby.

Endeavour, based at Stockton, Teesside, was built as a floating museum for £2.5m in 1993 but was sold in August.

It's a fitting location for the ship, of course, as Yorkshire-born Cook began his maritime career in Whitby:

Listen: Opera with a northern accent

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley poet Ian McMillan and the Salford composer Alan Edward Williams have collaborated to create an opera with a northern accent.

It's called The Arsonists and is the first opera ever written to be sung entirely in a northern English accent.

It will premiere next month at the New Aldelphi Theatre in Salford.

The composer Alan Williams told BBC Radio Sheffield one of the main challenges was how to get singers to reflect Ian McMillan's performing voice:

Social worker from Doncaster nominated as Woman of the Year

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Lauren Docherty and Faiza Chowdhury became friends at university in Manchester

A social worker from Doncaster has been nominated as a "Woman of the Year".

Last year one of Lauren Docherty's Facebook posts about her friend Faiza went viral.

It ended up in bus stops across the country as part of a Facebook campaign about changing cultural perceptions.

Lauren Docherty's post about Faiza Chowdhury was used in Facebook's Changing Minds anti-hate campaign after it was shared almost 10,000 times

Now Lauren has been nominated for an award at the Woman of the Year lunch. The event picks 400 women from across the country who have made a contribution to society.

Travel update: Buckets of problems on the M1

BBC News Travel

Any jokes we make here would just "pail" into insignificance, so we won't even try.

View more on twitter