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  1. Ann Maguire colleague shocked at 'kill baby' threat
  2. Warning over measles outbreak in city
  3. Spiked chains block York homeless man's spot
  4. Residents' fears over Leeds' 'managed' red light area
  5. Camera plan for licensed taxis in Barnsley to be considered
  6. 'Important' Leeds landmark set to go under hammer
  7. Two arrests after man suffers head injury in York attack
  8. Superfast broadband boost for Yorkshire businesses
  9. Man interviewed over thousands of pounds Scarborough wheel-spin damage
  10. BBC Radio Sheffield's Common People remake marks station's 50th birthday
  11. Actor Keith Barron dies
  12. Updates on Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J36 for A61 Birdwell.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J36, A61 (Birdwell), 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, between J28 for A650 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J28 for A650 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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. York rough sleeper's chains removed
  2. Residents' fears over Leeds' 'managed' red light area
  3. Fears as Leeds landmark put up for auction
  4. Mexborough actor Keith Barron dies aged 83
  5. Sheffield takeaway hours cut after violence

See you tomorrow.

Askrigg mother-of-five juggles seven part time jobs

A mother-of-five from a rural North Yorkshire community juggles seven jobs at once due to the lack of full time opportunities.

Kirsten Civil's part time roles include working in a cafe, running health classes and leading a cycling scheme.

The 47-year-old from Askrigg in Wensleydale said she had no choice but to take up several casual jobs.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J27 for M621 affecting J1 for A6110 Beeston.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 westbound at J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M621 to J1, A6110 (Beeston).

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

Ann Maguire colleague shocked at 'kill baby' threat

A teacher was "absolutely shocked" a teenager talked about killing her unborn baby before murdering her colleague, an inquest has heard.

Ann Maguire
Maguire Family

Ann Maguire, 61, was killed by Will Cornick at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, in April 2014.

He told several pupils in the hours before the stabbing what he was going to do, Wakefield Coroners' Court heard.

Other threats included stabbing pregnant science teacher Sinead Miley in the stomach "to kill the baby".

Fracking protesters disrupt council meeting

A North Yorkshire County Council meeting's had to be suspended after protests by anti-fracking campaigners.

Kirby Misperton

This morning's Ryedale Area Committee was called off after the chair was overwhelmed by what the council leader's described as an "orchestrated level of disruption".

Also today - a 39-year-old woman's been arrested after trying to glue herself to the gates of Third Energy's fracking site in Kirby Misperton.

Loneliness as bad as smoking for health - Leeds MP

MPs have been debating the impact of loneliness on communities.

It was something that Jo Cox had campaigned about when she held the Batley and Spen seat.

Rachel Reeves

Labour's Rachel Reeves - who represents Leeds West - fought back tears as she paid tribute to the work of her former colleague.

She highlighted research which showed being on your own can be as bad as smoking or eating unhealthily.

There are an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK who have "chronic" loneliness, with links to poorer physical and mental health and increased use of GPs, hospitals and social services.

Loneliness is worse for us in terms of mortality than obesity is and being acutely lonely is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Rachel ReevesLabour MP for Leeds West

Pictures released after off-licence robbery

Do you recognise any of these teens who police want to speak to after an off-licence was robbed in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police

It happened at a shop on Otley Road, Undercliffe when one of the suspects threatened staff and stole cash from the till.

While that was happening another of the teens held the door open, and police think that a third person was involved but they didn't go into the shop.

No one was physically harmed during the robbery.

Severe accident: A61 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A61 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Knowle Road and A6133 Park Road.

A61 South Yorkshire - A61 Upper Sheffield Road in Barnsley closed and stationary traffic in both directions between the Knowle Road junction and the A6133 Park Road junction, because of an accident.

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

People urged to get HIV check in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Health leaders in Sheffield are encouraging people to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week which starts on Saturday.

Plusme chairty members

This year’s campaign ‘Give HIV the finger’ focuses on reducing late diagnosis and emphasising the simplicity of a finger prick test.

The campaign is being supported by the charity PlusMe which helps local people living with or affected by HIV,

Research shows that one in four people living with HIV don’t know they have it and that people who are treated early are better able to manage the condition with the same life expectancy as people without HIV, as long as they stay healthy.

People with HIV are now able to live long and healthy lives, and significantly reduce the chance of transmission to their partners. We want to see as many people as possible during the week, so please come along and get tested.”

Karen RogstadClinical Lead for Sexual Health at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Wanted man caught dozing at the wheel on the M62

Not the way to keep a low-profile with the police:

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Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between Woodall Services and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and two lanes blocked on M1 northbound between Woodall Services and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

Hundreds to benefit from Lotto grant in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Community and voluntary groups will get a share of more than £120,000 that's been given to Voluntary Action Barnsley who say the money is a 'lifeline'.

It comes from the Big Lottery Fund and is expected to boost the work done by volunteers across the borough.

The charity says the money will be a big help and allow hundreds of people to benefit from its work.

Voluntary Action team with cheque
Voluntary Action Barnsley

This will increase the pool of volunteers available in Barnsley and bridge the links between organisations and the communities that they serve”.

Lisa Phelan,Senior Manager, at Voluntary Action Barnsley

Tens of thousands stolen in cyber-scam in South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are warning internet users to be on their guard for cyber-scammers after people reported large amounts of money being stolen from their bank accounts.


Police say in each case a caller pretending to be from the Technical Department at BT, told their victims that their personal accounts were compromised.

They then instructed them to install remote viewing software, which enables the criminals to access bank accounts.

This is a sophisticated crime and the people making the calls are very plausible. It's likely that the crooks at the other end of the line are career criminals. They create panic in the victims before presenting themselves as the saviour and duping victims into giving access to their money.”

DC Steven ParkerSouth Yorkshire Police

Increase in cases of measles in Leeds

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

People in Leeds are being encouraged to check they and their children have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation that measles is circulating within the city.

Public Health England says there's been an increase in measles across the country over the year, with three confirmed and four suspected cases in Leeds since October.

Measles needle

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

  • high fever
  • sore, red, watery eyes
  • coughing
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

Those affected in Leeds are all recovering but it’s important to be aware that measles can be a very serious illness and lead to severe complications, especially in people who are particularly vulnerable or have other health conditions.”

Helen McAuslane,Consultant in Health Protection

Attempted murder investigation launched in Todmorden

A man is still in hospital after he was found with serious head injuries on Friday night in Todmorden.

A man has been arrested.

Pickles court

The 55-year-old victim was discovered on the ground at about 22:50 outside Pickles Court and detectives how now launched an attempted murder investigation.

Officers say they have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder, he has been released under investigation.

The injured man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he is still being treated and is in a critical but stable condition.

The victim has sustained a number of serious injuries before being found and I am certain that there will be someone who will have seen what took place."

Det Sgt Ross WadsworthWest Yorkshire Police

Sheffield takeaway hours cut after violence

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A takeaway in Sheffield has been told by a court that it can't open at night for two months.

Chicken Stop

The Chicken Stop takeaway on Division Street can't open between 21:00 and 07:00 for the two month period..

Police lodged the application after a reported assault there last weekend.

Five people have been arrested and released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Wherever we have concerns about criminality, or wherever we believe there is a risk to the public’s safety, we will consult with our legal team and partner agencies to explore the use of closure orders."

Shaun MorleyChief Superintendent

Dealer found guilty of supplying guns and bullets linked to South Yorkshire crime scenes

Sheffield Star

A firearms dealer has been found found guilty of supplying illegal guns and home-made bullets linked to more than 100 crime scenes, including some in South Yorkshire.

Paul Edmunds
Police image

Watch: Portraits of York's special people - Surprise unveiling live on-air

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

York Artist Sue Clayton is painting portraits featuring some of the special people who live in the City - real life heroes.

Today live on BBC Radio York she unveiled her painting of Andrew Fair.

Andrew's a hugely popular staff member with shoppers at Sainsbury's at Monks Cross on the outskirts of York.

Here's the moment of truth - the unveiling and Andrew's reaction:

Watch: Singing Plumber performs Radio Sheffield song

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

You've probably heard that today is the 50th birthday of BBC Radio Sheffield.

To mark the occasion a man known as The Singing Plumber, Paul Ballington, has written a song about the station.

When he's not up to his eyes in copper piping, Paul is a keen songwriter and says he loves BBC Radio Sheffield:

Missing Scarborough teenagers spotted in Norfolk

Police looking for two teenagers missing from their homes in Scarborough say they've been seen in Norfolk.


Annabelle Addison and Michael Moore are both 15-years-old. They went missing on Saturday night.

They hadn't been seen since 4 November and are not thought to have any money available to them.

Police say they were seen in King's Lynn town centre on Monday.

Keith Barron's death - 'a true gentleman'

Peter McNerney

BBC Radio Sheffield

Gwen Taylor has paid tribute to her former Duty Free on-screen husband, Keith Barron, following his death aged 83.

Keith Barron
Getty Images

The actor and comic - who also starred in Dennis Potter's The Nigel Barton Plays and 1975 Hollywood film The Land That Time Forgot - died after a short illness, says his agent.

it was the 80s sitcom Duty Free where he garnered his reputation as a much-loved star.

Set in Spain, the ITV show ran for three series from 1984 until 1986 with Barron starring as gruff northerner David Pearce alongside Gwen Taylor as his wife Amy.

" have just heard the news my old friend and colleague has died. Keith was such a kind and lovely man and don't think I've met anyone that would disagree. My thoughts and prayers go to his loving wife Mary and his son Jamie - whom meant so much to him."

Gwen TaylorActor

Cheap, high-strength alcohol targeted in Doncaster

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

'Reduce the Strength’ is a new initiative being launched by Doncaster Council during alcohol awareness week which is running from 13 – 19 November.

Bottle in hand

It has the aim of stopping cheap, strong drink above 6.5% alcohol by volume being sold in the town centre.

It's planned to extend the area covered because the council says more than 350 Doncaster residents have died from alcoholic liver disease between 2010 and 2015.

It's a voluntary scheme for town centre shop owners to take part in, agreeing not to sell beer, lager and cider above 6.5% .

Exceptions are made for premium products such as craft beers and lagers which have become more popular in recent years.

Liver disease is largely preventable and in most cases is due to three main risk factors; alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.”

Dr Anurag AgrawalConsultant Gastroenterologist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary

CCTV: Search for man following racial abuse in Wakefield

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a man was racially abused and punched at a West Yorkshire railway station.

British Transport Police

A man in his 20s was standing on the platform of Wakefield Westgate station listening to music when another man shouted something at him.

He removed his headphones to see what he was saying, at that point the man racially abused him and punched him.

Man interviewed over thousands of pounds Scarborough wheel-spin damage

A 24-year-old Scarborough man has been interviewed under caution, following damage caused to the road surface of Royal Albert Drive, during a car cruise event last month.

Scarborough Borough Council

A driver caused thousands of pounds worth of damage by performing wheel spins

North Yorkshire County Council had recently resurfaced Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough as part of £600,000 of improvements to the area.

David Bowe, from the council, said they would pursue some of the £50,000 repair costs in a civil claim.

Officers say they have now submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a prosecution decision in relation to the offences of dangerous driving and criminal damage over £5,000.

Police investigating the incident have thanked members of the public who came forward with information during the investigation.

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Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell signs a new four-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship side.

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Uninvited guests barred from Leeds tower block

So called "unauthorised visitors" have been banned from going to a tower block in Leeds in a bid to cut drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Meynell Heights

Police say that the lives of people who live at Meynell Heights in Holbeck have been blighted by drug use - with some seeing drug users injecting in the hallways and leaving their needles on stairwells and in bin chutes.

About three-quarters of the residents said they had experienced problems and were keen for action to tackle it. Police officers will now patrol the block to enforce the new rules.

The new order means that anyone who is not a resident or invited guest is banned from entering the block and can face arrest.

I want to make it very clear that we will pursue further action against any individual who is found to be breaking any aspect of the court order.”

Cllr Debra CouparLeeds City Council

Police charge fracking protester glued to gate

Police say a woman has been charged after trying to glue herself to a gate the site in North Yorkshire where fracking is due to take place.

Officers removed the 39-year-old her from the gate at Kirby Misperton, before the glue set, and arrested her.

Anti frack

Seventy people have now been arrested in connection with protests at the Ryedale site since September; 63 of them have been charged, cautioned or remain under investigation.

Meanwhile a second fracking company has defended a private meeting it had with planners in North Yorkshire.

Ineos met with the county council last January, the details of which anti-fracking campaigners say only came to light through a freedom of information request.

The company says it was an introductory meeting with the county council, which would be expected of responsible developers and was to talk through survey work it proposed to do in North Yorkshire.

The firm has the largest amount of land under licence in the county to explore for shale gas.

Search for van after violent burglaries

Have you seen this van?

Police say that it's been used in robberies where people have been assaulted in their own homes by masked men.

West Yorkshire Police

The van was used in robberies in the Hemsworth and Upton areas, where a number of men wearing balaclavas went into houses and assaulted the men who lived there.

Both victims needed hospital treatment after the assaults which happened in the early hours of 6 October.

Police say they think the burglaries were linked and the van could hold the key to who was behind them.

We have been unable to identify this vehicle sighted on both Malton Road and Tom Wood Ash Lane and we would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of this vehicle"

Det Insp Dave WattsWest Yorkshire Police

Keith Barron's death and his career highlights

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Keith Barron

South Yorkshire-born Keith Barron has died.

His agent says the 83 year-old died after a short illness.

  • Born in Mexborough, Keith Barron's career has seen him play serious and comic roles on television, and he did a Hollywood movie in 1975 called The Land That Time Forgot.
  • He began his acting career with Sheffield Repertory, moving into television and stage with Bristol Old Vic.
  • He's appeared in Doctor Who and at one point was the voice for tv adverts for Tetley Tea.
  • A sit-com, Duty Free, starred Keith Barron and Gwen Taylor and was about two British couples meeting during a holiday in Spain. It ran for three series and was made by Yorkshire Television.

Fans have been reacting to news his death on social media:

Social media reaction

Children in Need: Not the whole bucket Dickie!

Children in Need

BBC Look North's Harry and Amy are in Sheffield today raising money for this year's Children in Need appeal.

They're in Barker's Pool in stocks as people pay to throw wet sponges at them - well that was the plan until Dickie Bird turned up:

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Listen: £2m boost for cliff and pier repairs on east coast

Almost £2m worth of funding has been approved to help crucial work needed on the North Yorkshire coast.

North Yorkshire County Council says it hopes the cash will help the borough council maintain the cliffs in Scarborough and the pier in Whitby.

Council Leader Carl Les says the money's become available as a result of what he describes as financial prudence:

Blue plaque for Wakefield WW1 nurse

A blue plaque will be installed later at the home of a Wakefield nurse who was killed during World War One.

Getty Images

Nellie Spindler.was the only woman to be killed at the Battle of Passchendaele.

She died aged 26 in a blast at a hospital three miles from the frontline near Ypres in 1917.

Working for No 44 Casualty Clearing Station she helped treat seriously injured soldiers at a hospital based within range of German shells.

Minnie Wood, a matron, held her as she died and wrote to Ms Spindler's parents telling them their daughter died "perfectly peacefully".

Relatives and historians will gather to see the commemoration at her home in Stanley this afternoon.