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  1. Fracking in North Yorkshire could start from today
  2. Kirklees 'priority' for anti-terror scheme
  3. LGBT group calls for MP to resign
  4. Call for tighter laws on firework sales
  5. Rotherham £50m development to go before planners
  6. Rail bridge among worst for being hit by lorries
  7. York timber framed building on 'at risk' list
  8. Emergency services training exercise in Sheffield
  9. Teenage campaigner wins top human rights award
  10. Spook-tacular statues hidden in York
  11. Updates on Thursday 26 October 2017

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James Anderson and Moeen Ali

Mark Lawrenson takes on England cricketers Moeen Ali and James Anderson in the next round of Premier League matches.

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That's all from Thursday

Those are all the updates from Thursday 26 October.

Want to get all the latest news, travel, weather and sport on Friday 27 October 2017?

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident.

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

Alex-Ray Harvey

Guiseley sign midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey from fellow National League side Barrow.

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Five things we learned 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. Kirklees is priority area for anti-terror scheme
  2. LGBT group calls for Jared O'Mara to resign
  3. Fracking protesters criticise 'heavy-handed' police
  4. Baby bank running out of supplies
  5. Teenager charged with manslaughter after Huddersfield attack

See you tomorrow.

Warning over fake speeding fine notices in North Yorkshire

Police in North Yorkshire are warning motorists to be on the look out for scam speeding tickets.

Speed Camers

The force say that some people have been emailed with false Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) letters.

They say that a genuine NIP is sent by first class post or recorded delivery, along with a request to identify the driver at the time of the offence.

Officers say that you shouldn't make any payment in response to these emails and not to click on any links contained.

Thieves target bookmakers in Halifax

A bookmaker's shop in Halifax was robbed yesterday afternoon.

Coral book makers

Thieves targeted the Coral Bookmakers on Clare Road at about 13:15 when a suspect threatened staff before leaving with an amount of cash in plastic carrier bag.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously or who has any information to come forward.

Travel update: Reports of two hour tailbacks on buses

BBC News Travel

Here's the proof that the M62 accident earlier is causing big problems not just on the motorway but in Leeds too:

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The motorway is now open, but as we all pile out of work and head home for our well earned tea, the queues and tailbacks are getting worse.

Fundraiser pounds roads for charities

A technical engineer in Sheffield has raised more than £1,700 after deciding to commute his 10 mile journey to work and back on foot.

Jack Durham, 26, raised funds for charities by commuting between Rotherham and Attercliffe in Sheffield by running and walking for five working days.


The sporty chap said he gained multiple blisters by covering about 50 miles during the fundraiser.

Donations from his work colleagues, friends and family will be split between Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, Breast Cancer Care and Alzheimer's Research.

Emergency services called to Barnsley school

Emergency services have been called to a school in Barnsley this afternoon.

Barnsley academy

It's not clear what has happened at Barnsley Academy, but South Yorkshire Police say they were called at 13:20.

Officers say they were called to a "potential chemical leak", but have since confirmed that no chemical leak has been found.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have said this afternoon: "We'll shortly be coming away from this incident and have not found any harmful substances at the site. There is no public danger."

People vent their anger over M62 delays

BBC News Travel

People are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations at the long tail backs on the M62 that are causing problems in Leeds, Huddersfield and other parts of West Yorkshire.

Among the tweets that are suitable for a family audience is this one:

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M62 travel update: All lanes reopen but queues remain

There are still queues of more than 10 miles on the M62 eastbound from J25 to J29 - from Huddersfiled to Leeds - this afternoon after an earlier crash.

Queues are now spilling back to routes out of Leeds, namely the M621 and the A58(M)

But the good news is that Highways England say they're about to open all three lanes.

Highways England
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Artist impression of the development

The development will be built on the site of the former Orgreave coke works near Rotherham.

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Listen: Abusive comments in politics 'unacceptable'

There's been calls for a parliamentary debate on the use of offensive language in politics.

The calls follow the suspension of Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara for making sexist and homophobic remarks online and the apology from Labour MP Clive Lewis after he made inappropriate comments at a party event:

The Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom says it's unacceptable:

Hunt for men after sleeping couple attacked in home

Police have released CCTV images of six men after a sleeping couple were assaulted in their own home.

South Yorkshire Police

It happened back in June in the Silkstone Common area of Barnsley, during the early hours of the morning four people broke into a house in Moorend Lane as the couple inside slept.

The masked men, thought to be teenagers, assaulted the man and woman - who are in their 30s - and then left the house without taking anything.

Police hope that releasing these images will jog people's memories and may offer clues to the gang's identity.

We’re hoping the distinctive clothing of some individuals may jog someone’s memory about the incident."

Det Sgt Debra RenwickSouth Yorkshire Police

Teenager charged with manslaughter after Huddersfield attack

A teenage boy has been charged with manslaughter after a man was fatally assaulted outside McDonalds in Huddersfield.


The assault happened on 1 October on Kirkgate where 37-year-old Graham Bell was left with serious head injuries and died in hospital.

The 16-year-old boy from Huddersfield is due appear at Leeds Youth Court on 28 November.

Travel update: Major queues on M62 after accident

BBC News Travel

Queues on the M62 are now around 10-miles long eastbound, it starts just after J25 and goes all the way to almost J29.

It's after a three-car crash earlier this afternoon, police say they've just opened two lanes.

A car crashed into the central reservation according the police.

Highways England

Man charged after serious assaults in Harrogate

A man has been charged after a series of serious assaults in Harrrogate last Friday.

Stabbing scene

Two men were stabbed, one of them was taken to hospital with serious injuries last Friday night.

The 25-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, attempted murder and wounding with intent and remains in custody until a court appearance tomorrow.

Five other people have been arrested in connection with the incident, the 25-year-old is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court tomorrow.

Travel update: One lane open on the M62

BBC News Travel

There is, however, one small piece of good news if you're stuck in the queues on the M62:

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Travel update: Long queues on the M62

BBC News Travel

There are eight-mile long queues on the eastbound M62 this afternoon after a three-car accident.

It's happened between J28 and J27, Highways England say that there are delays of one-and-a-half hours.

They say they don't expect the road to fully reopen until after 17:00.

Highways England

Rotherham schoolboy powers towards motoring success

A Rotherham schoolboy has scooped a fully-funded place in the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship.

James Taylor, 15, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, beat off 65 other young drivers to receive professional driver training.

James Taylor

James said: “I can’t believe it. I’ve been karting for seven years and always admired the Ginetta Junior Championship."

I entered the competition for the experience and never imagined I would be sitting here"

James TaylorApsiring racing driver

Watch: Policing tactics at Kirby Misperton fracking site

Fracking protesters have criticised "heavy-handed" police behaviour after a video emerged of a Kirby Misperton protester being pulled over by a police officer.

Roy Openshaw, says he wasn't doing anything illegal and it was his first-ever protest when he was pulled to the floor by a North Yorkshire officer:

Girls Aloud singer responds to Jared O'Mara comments

Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding has responded to inappropriate remarks made about her online by MP Jared O'Mara who has since been suspended by the Labour Party.

Sarah Harding

The Sheffield Hallam MP said the singer should be sacked and that the remaining members "should have an orgy with him".

The comments made by Jared O’Mara are obscene, vile and should be condemned by all political parties"

Sarah HardingGirls Aloud Singer

Keighley boxer faces lengthy ban

BBC Sport

Keighley boxer, Muhammad Ali, is facing a lengthy ban after testing positive for a banned steroid in April.

Muhammad Ali

Ali, who competed in last summer's Rio Olympics, has been provisionally suspended until the outcome of the process.

A date for his hearing has yet to be set.

It's the first time a member of the Great Britain boxing team has tested positive for a banned substance.

Multiple emergency service training exercise in Sheffield

If you've seen lots of emergency vehicles around the Manor Top area of Sheffield don't worry.

Multiple emergency services are taking part in an training exercise to test their responses and preparation in major incidents.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said emergency staff will be dealing with a realistic training scenario:

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Fracking protesters criticise 'heavy-handed' police

Spencer Stokes

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC Look North

Protesters at North Yorkshire's fracking site have criticised "heavy-handed" police behaviour after a video emerged of a campaigner being pulled to the ground.

Fracking protest

Roy Openshaw says he wasn't doing anything illegal and it was his first-ever protest when he was pulled to the floor by a North Yorkshire officer.

Other protesters say they feel the police are over-manning the demonstrations, rules about what they can do are unclear and that officers aren't allowing them to demonstrate in an appropriate way.

North Yorkshire Police say they're committed to balancing the wants, wishes and needs of everyone at the site including those who want to protest peacefully.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J28 for A650 and J29 for M1 affecting J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of an accident involving three cars. Travel time is around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Congestion to J25, A644 (Brighouse).

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

Union accuses NHS bosses of 'contempt' over privatisation plans

Airedale NHS Trust has approved plans to set-up a private company to run some services at Keighley's hospital.

Airedale hospital

The trust says it will enable things like building and purchasing services work more efficiently.

But union Unison says the decision is treating the public "with contempt" and is demanding that the Trust Board hold a full public consultation.

In a statement, the trust said it had "consulted fully" with staff and unions and "held a series of open forum meetings for staff and their representatives to ask questions and feed back their views".

Protester charged after climbing onto lorry

A man who climbed onto a lorry at the fracking site on Kirby Misperton Road yesterday has been charged.

The 28-year-old has been charged with hindering the use of equipment and will appear in court in December.

Police say there have now been 56 arrests in connection with protest activity at Kirby Misperton since the start of September. 42 have been charged to appear in court.

Baby bank running out of supplies

A charity in Leeds which gives away items for babies in need of clothing and things like cots says they've been "inundated" with requests.


The Leeds Baby Bank say that over the last few weeks they've has so many requests for help for vulnerable families they've not been able to help because they're "extremely low on supplies".

The charity says that they currently have 14 babies waiting for a cot, 11 families waiting for a pram and are also in "desperate need" of safety gates and bedding and blankets.

They say that they'd be grateful for any donations from families who can donate items.

Parliamentary pooch is top dog

Batley and Spen MP Tracey Brabin has won a top prize today.

Well to be exact, it's her dog - Rocky.

He's just won Westminster Dog Of The Year!

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Kirklees is priority area for anti terror scheme

The BBC's has found that Kirklees is now a 'priority area' for the Government's anti-terror strategy.

Terror police
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The government's Prevent scheme is holding three day workshops there to try to stop young people from being radicalised. It's aimed at front line workers like teachers, youth workers and community leaders.

It was set up to stop people being drawn into terrorist activities, but The Muslim Council of Britain has said young Muslims were being targeted, and a former senior Muslim policeman, Dal Babu, said Prevent had become a "toxic brand" because it was not trusted by communities.

Abdul Ahad experienced radicalisation and says Prevent can change people's lives simply by encouraging tolerance, he told us about and one particular case:

The young man went from being anti-christian, through the meetings he went on to do a council apprenticeships, went onto college and he's now at university completing a degree."

Abdul AhadPrevent

Man to tackle cycling challenge after coma

A York man has vowed to get back on his bike despite being seriously injured when riding through a forest.

Ivan Astbury
Great North Air Ambulance

Ivan Astbury from Bishopthorpe was put into an induced coma after falling off his bike in August.

The 55-year-old was riding with his son, Matthew, who had gone on ahead. Ivan's son went back to look for him when he didn't appear further down the trail and found him lying on the ground.

There were no witnesses and the cause of the crash remains a mystery.

Despite numerous injuries, including a bleed on the brain, Ivan plans to return to the same area to tackle the off-road Hamsterley Beast in May next year.

Spate of thefts from vehicles in South Yorkshire

Yesterday we warned you that there was a rise in reports of items being stolen from vehicles in Rotherham.

Now it appears that car thieves are sweeping through other parts of South Yorkshire as officers in Sheffield received a dozen reports over the past two days.

Car thief
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I’d recommend that you always double check to make sure your doors are locked before walking away. Remember not to leave on show any valuables or any items that someone might choose to break into your car.

Det Sgt. Wayne PriceSouth Yorkshire Police

Missing man sightings 'not moved case forward'

Police say reported sightings of a man missing from South Milford for two weeks have not moved the case forward.

Richard Taylor
North Yorkshire Police

Richard Taylor, 30, was last seen on 12 October when he left home to get a tyre repaired in Knottingley.

His pick-up truck was found abandoned near Selby Golf Club two days later and police say despite numerous sightings they have still failed to find him and he has not been in contact with family or friends.

They have again urged people to report any sighting of him to them urgently

Missing twelve-year-old found safe and well

Some good news this morning, the missing 12-year-old Ella Parnell from Leeds has now been found safe and well.

Police say they thank everyone who shared their appeal to find her.

'Bullseye winner or very lost sailor?'

Who's been a 'Nauti Buoy' then?

Twitter user Tim Hadfield snapped this picture at the entrance of the old landfill site between Cadeby and Sprotbrough:

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Doncaster council was quite amused:

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