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  1. Teenager remanded in custody over fatal Leeds crash which killed five
  2. Six Lloyds and Halifax branches face closure across Yorkshire
  3. Man arrested after body found on road in Bradford
  4. North Yorkshire fatal crash victim named as 77-year-old from Hartlepool
  5. Yorkshire jobs at risk as wholesaler P&H enters administration
  6. MP says government 'must condemn Trump tweets'
  7. Yorkshire jobs go after collapse of UK wholesaler
  8. MOBO urban music awards return to Leeds for second time
  9. Updates on Wednesday 29 November 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Rob Rose and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Wednesday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Wednesday 29 November 2017.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J42 for A63.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J42, A63 (Selby fork), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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. Boy, 15, remanded over fatal Leeds crash
  2. Lloyds and Halifax branches face closure
  3. Man arrested after body found in road in Bradford
  4. North Yorkshire fatal crash victim named
  5. West Yorkshire MP: Government must condemn Trump tweets

See you tomorrow.

Your weather forecast this evening

It will be windy and cloudy at times in coastal areas with some wintry showers.

Inland areas will be dry with long clear spells and with a widespread frost developing overnight.

Weather graphic

Dales council tax rise pondered on holiday homes

People who have holiday homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park could end up paying more council tax.

Council tax form

Craven District Council leader Richard Foster said that community sustainability had become a pressing concern – and that one of the key ways to tackle it was by addressing the impact of second homes.

He said he was working with Richmondshire District Council’s leader and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority chairman to develop the idea for wider debate

In a 2011 census 22% of homes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park were either holiday lets or second homes.

A detailed proposal is being outlined for an national park authority meeting on 19 December 2017.

Second homes are typically unoccupied for much of the year. That results in a substantial economic loss to the local community and perhaps even more important a loss of vitality.

Richard FosterYorkshire Dales National Park Authority

BreakingMurder charge over death of Halifax woman

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman from Halifax.

Monika Lasek
West Yorkshire Police

Monika Lasek, 36, died following an incident at Solstice Way on Sunday.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of her murder and has now been charged.

He is due to appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on tomorrow.

Harrogate council's customer services 'under one roof'

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

If you live in the Harrogate area and have been trying to deal with various departments you'll know how frustrating it can be to have to visit several buildings to deal with any issues.

From Monday Harrogate Borough Council's new customer service centre will open.

It is based in the new civic centre just off King's Road in the town.

You will be able to access a range of services in one location.

Harrogate's new Civic Centre
Harrogate Borough Council

Travel update: Yorkshire's big commute home

BBC News Travel

Here's how things are looking across Yorkshire on the big exodus home tonight:

In Leeds scaffolding that's being taken down from outside Munro House near the bus station is causing major delays:

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A sewer collapse in Leeds on Weetwood Lane has been causing big problems all week for people going that way:

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And in Sheffield heavy delays are being reported:

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Sinead Wooding death: Neighbour 'saw body put in car'

The body of an alleged murder victim was seen by a neighbour being loaded into a car, a court has heard

Sinead Wooding
West Yorkshire Police

Lydia Gunning told a jury at Leeds Crown Court the scene in the early hours of 14 May was "very similar to what you see in the movies".

The remains of Sinead Wooding, 26, were found in woodland in Leeds a few hours later. Her body had been set on fire.

Her husband Akshar Ali and Yasmin Ahmed, both 27, deny murdering Ms Wooding at Ms Ahmed's home in Leeds.

A pathologist's report said mother-of-four Ms Wooding had been beaten with a hammer and stabbed.

The trial continues.

Wheelchair basketball squad training in Sheffield

Wheelchair basketball players who will represent GB in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are now training in their new home in South Yorkshire.

British Wheelchair Olympics

British Wheelchair Basketball moved from their previous home in Worcester to Sheffield earlier this year.

The training centre officially opened today.

"The decision to move to Sheffield was unanimous"

Michelle LeavesleyBritish Wheelchair Basketball Independent Board Member

Bank branches targeted by anti-fracking protesters

Three branches of a bank have been targeted in North Yorkshire by anti-fracking protesters.

Barclays bank
Alastair Dalgleish

Branches of Barclays Bank in Scarborough, Whitby and Ripon (pictured) were defaced with anti-fracking slogans because of their link with Third Energy, the company behind fracking operations in Kirby Misperton.

A Barclays spokesperson said "Through Global Natural Resources Investments, Barclays has a majority stake in Third Energy".

The bank added “We are conscious of the concerns of local communities and other groups over potential environmental and community impacts, which we take seriously and will continue to monitor."

Snow comes to (the highest) parts of Yorkshire

When will it snow in Yorkshire? Well it already has.

North Yorkshire Moors
North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police put this picture on Facebook earlier of a section of the North York Moors.

BreakingCouncil reveals earlier start to tree felling in Sheffield

Work to cut down trees in Sheffield is going to be starting earlier in the day.

Protester sat near tree

Sheffield City Council say they will support contractors Amey starting work before 07:00 to ensure work is carried out in the safest way possible.

Any bright ideas on street lighting in Leeds?

People in Leeds are being asked how the city can save money and energy on street lights.

Street lights

There are 92,000 of them around Leeds and the city council say it costs £4m a year to keep them lit.

They either want to turn some of the lights off between midnight and 05:30 or convert them to LED (light-emitting diode).

About 4,000 of the street lights are currently turned off from midnight which saves £136,000 a year in energy costs.

The council says that their "challenging current financial position" has made them look at how street lights work - you can take part in the consultation here.

Residents can be assured that road safety and the impact of crime will continue to remain key factors in our street lighting programme"

Coun Richard LewisLeeds City Council

Police statement: Divers in search for Angela Simmonite

Police divers are now being used in the search for the missing Sheffield woman Angela Simmonite.

In a statement this afternoon, Chief Insp Lydia Lynskey said that more than 50 officers were also scanning through CCTV images and making house-to-house inquiries to piece together Angela's movements.

Angela on Wincobank Road
South Yorkshire Police

A CCTV image taken from about 08:15 on the day Angela went missing shows her walking on Wincobank Avenue walking towards Newman Road.

Angela left her home last Saturday between the hours of 05:00 and 09:00.

She's obviously gone out in the early hours of the morning, potentially in a little bit of an upset condition because it is out of character"

Chief Insp Lydia LynskeySouth Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Work on A1 nearly complete after accident

BBC News Travel

The A1 between Barton and Scotch Corner has been closed southbound all day - but looks like things are close to being sorted.

A lorry hit the barriers and spilled fuel over the road at 05:30 this morning.

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BreakingPolice name dead woman in murder investigation

Police investigating the suspected murder of a woman in Halifax at the weekend have named the victim.

Polish national Monika Lasek, aged 36, died after an incident on Solstice Way in the town on Sunday.

A 35-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

Monika Lasek
West Yorkshire Police

Do you know where Angela Simmonite is?

Another CCTV image has been released by South Yorkshire Police as they continue to search for missing 57-year-old Angela Simmonite.

CCTV still of Angela
South Yorkshire Police

The still was taken from footage recorded on Wincobank Avenue, Sheffield, on Saturday 25 November at about 08:15 - the day Angela went missing.

Mandy Parker has been chosen as Yorkshire's Unsung Hero
Mandy Parker, a volunteer with East Bradford Cycling Club, has been chosen as Yorkshire's Unsung Hero.

Yorkshire jobs go after collapse of UK wholesaler

More than 150 people will be made redundant in Leeds after major UK wholesaler Palmer and Harvey (P&H) went into administration


The company had been in takeover talks with private equity firm Carlyle, but these fell through and now 156 of the 183 people who work at the Leeds site will lose their jobs.

Twenty-seven employees will be kept on as the firm is wound down.

P&H, which is the UK's largest tobacco supplier, had been struggling with debts and owed substantial sums to key suppliers.

It is the UK's fifth biggest privately-owned firm and delivers more than 12,000 products including food and alcohol supplying 90,000 outlets around the UK including major chains.

This is a devastating blow for everyone who has been involved in the business"

Matthew CallaghanPwC

Leeds death crash: Families release new pictures

The families of three of the victims of a car crash in Leeds in which five people died have released new pictures.

Anthony Armour, Darnell Harte and Robbie Meerun
West Yorkshire Police

Anthony Armour, 24 (left), Darnell Harte, 15 (centre) and Robbie Meerun, 24 (right), died in the crash along with 12-year-old Ellis and Elliot Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, when the stolen car they were in crashed in Leeds on Saturday night.

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection the crash.

He's been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 13 December.

West Yorkshire MP: Government must condemn Trump tweets

A West Yorkshire MP has called on the government to condemn the American president Donald Trump's retweeting of three inflammatory videos from a British far-right group.

Donald Trump
Getty Images

Yvette Cooper the Labour MP for Castleford, Pontefract and Normanton said that she doubted that Mr Trump could do anything to "shock" her and called the act "appalling".

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The first tweet from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, claims to show a Muslim migrant attacking a man on crutches.

This was followed by two more videos of people Ms Fransen claims to be Muslim.

Britain First was founded in 2011 by former members of the far-right British National Party (BNP).

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Boy, 15, remanded over Leeds death crash

More on the news that a 15-year-old boy charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a crash which killed five people in Leeds has appeared in court.


Three children and two adults died when a car ploughed into a tree on Stonegate Road in Meanwood on Saturday.

Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12, his brother, Elliott Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, Darnell Harte, 15, Robbie Meerun, 24, and Anthony Armour, also 24, died after the crash involving a Renault Clio.

Appearing at Leeds Youth Court, the 15-year-old spoke only to give his name, address and date of birth and leaned his head against the glass and cried as he spoke to his parents before he was led away.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the dock wearing a tracksuit, with his left arm in a sling and with visible injuries to his right eye.

He's been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 13 December.

Lloyds and Halifax branches face closure

Lloyds Banking Group is to close 49 branches, including six in Yorkshire, and is to axe almost 100 jobs in a move unions have branded as "unnecessary".

Lloyds bank sign

Branches under the Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds brands will be affected, resulting in 99 job losses across the UK.

The Halifax Bank in Guiseley, Leeds, is to close as well as branches of Lloyds Bank in Ripon in North Yorkshire, Pocklington and Hornsea in East Yorkshire and Broomhill in Sheffield.

The lender said the group was embarking on the closure programme partly in response to changing customer behaviour and the declining number of transactions being made in branches.

But the Unite union said the move undermined growth and would leave more communities without access to "valued local banking".

Delays continue on A1(M) in North Yorkshire after accident

BBC News Travel

It looks like delays on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner are set to continue for some time as repair work continues following an earlier accident.

The area affected is between J56 B6275 Hang Beck (Barton) and J55 A66/A6108 (Scotch Corner) and the A1(M) remains closed southbound in that area while the work goes on:

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BreakingBoy, 15, appears in court over Leeds death crash

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a crash which killed five people in Leeds at the weekend.

Crash victims

Brothers Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12, and Elliot Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, died along with Darnell Harte, 15, Anthony Armour and Robbie Meerun, both 24, when the stolen car they were in crashed in Leeds on Saturday night.

The boy, who cannot be named due to his age, has been remanded in custody at Leeds Youth Court.

Stormzy leads way for MOBO nominations in Leeds

The MOBO awards return to Leeds tonight and Stormzy leads the way with a total of five nominations ahead of the ceremony at the First Direct Arena.


The 24-year-old grime MC is up for best male, best grime act, best album, best song and best video.

Rapper J Hus is close behind after bagging four nominations.

He's told BBC Newsbeat: "My music is getting better. I'm working harder and I appreciate it. I want to win all four."

We can also look forward to performances from Cardi B, Krept and Konan, Stefflon Don, Yungen and Yxng Bane.

Sheffield's Girls with Drills challenge stereotypes

Jenny Eells

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Young girls in Sheffield are being given the chance to get hands-on with household tools such as drills in a bid to challenge the idea that certain tasks in the home are a "man's job".

Young girl with a hand drill

The initiative, called Girls with Drills, was set up by a group of women who want to encourage more girls to go for a career in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

Kisha Bradley, one of the Girls with Drills organisers, says: "It's a good conversation-starter and just something small like using a drill can spark a bigger message of equality."

Travel update: Allow extra time on some Leeds buses

BBC News Travel

If you've been finding it tricky getting to and from home in parts of Leeds this week, this'll be why:

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Listen: Indian nurses recruited to ease staff shortage at Harrogate Hospital

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

Nurses from India are being employed in Harrogate as part of a pilot project to ease staffing shortages in the NHS.

They'll stay for a fixed period of time, while learning a new postgraduate skill.

BBC Radio York's Allan Watkiss has the details:

A66 Collier Lane junction

Raymond Parkinson, 77, from Hartlepool, died in a three-vehicle crash on the A66 in North Yorkshire.

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Travel update: Repairs to A1 after lorry crash

BBC News Travel

If you're wondering why the A1 southbound is still shut between Barton and Scotch Corner - Highways are still repairing the road and the barrier after the crash there this morning:

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Travel update: A1 to remain closed southbound until early evening

BBC News Travel

There are almost seven miles of queues on the A1(M) this morning after a crash involving a lorry which spilled fuel on the road and caused a "major traffic pile up".

A1 crash
Highways England/Crown Copyright

It happened on the A1 southbound at 05:30 and it's still closed between Barton and Scotch Corner - the driver of the lorry was left with a minor cut to his head.

North Yorkshire Police say the road will stay closed "until the early evening" because it will need to be resurfaced.

Highways England are on the scene now carrying out that work, but drivers are being told to avoid the area.

Could Yorkshire's Beeching Report lines reopen?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Yorkshire Live

The government says they plan to fix "creaking" UK railways - and this could include reopening some rail routes lost in the infamous Beeching Report in the 60s.

Leeds New Line

The Transport Secretary says rail lines would be re-opened if they unlock jobs, encourage house building, ease congestion and offer "value for money".

Places like Ripon were cut off from the rail network completely and if you wanted to travel from York to Beverly by train - you could forget it.

Ilkley was among those earmarked for the cut - but escaped after successful lobbying by the Ilkley Rail Defence Association.

Ripon station
Alan Brown/PA

Some 4,000 miles of track was closed in the 1960s, mainly in rural areas across the UK.

But Labour has called the ideas "un-funded proposals", with shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald describing the plans as "unambitious".

Body image documentary inspires Tadcaster calendar

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

A documentary which encourages women to love the skin they're in and which inspired a calendar with a difference in North Yorkshire is to be shown in York later.

Tadcaster calendar girls
Kirsty Perkins

The film, Embrace, uncovers why poor body image has become such a problem and what women everywhere can do to have a brighter future.

It inspired Tadcaster film maker Kirsty Perkins to create a charity calendar (pictured) which shows how comfortable women in the town are with their bodies.

The film is being shown at York St John University between 18:00- 21:00 as part of a charity evening for Kyra Women's Project, which is based in the city.

Sheffield doctor to discuss lifesaving technology with MPs

Rob Rose

BBC Yorkshire Live

A young doctor from Sheffield is due to speak to MPs in Parliament later about how a unique piece of medical technology saved her life.

Dr Fran and a computer image of the device
Medical Technology Group

Dr Fran Porter-Young, 24, was diagnosed in 2015 with the heart condition known as ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy).

The condition meant that her heart would enter abnormal rhythms and fail to pump blood around the body properly.

After opting for new treatment in the form of a device called a Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator, she now wants to raise awareness of the new technology so others can benefit from it too.

The small device, which is implanted under the skin in her chest, monitors the heartbeat through a tiny wire and can deliver an electrical charge if it detects any abnormal rhythms.

Watch: Grime up north? No Northern nominees at Leeds MOBOs

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

The MOBO awards return to Leeds tonight.

Some pretty big names are expected in town, but sadly no-one from the North has made the shortlist.

Here's a video to get you in the mood ahead of this evening's celebrations:

Listen: Leaky finders? Water firm's jobs boost promise

Yorkshire Water says it's going to create 300 new jobs as it sets itself the ambitious target of reducing water leaks and sewage pollution incidents by 2020.

The firm says it's going to recruit leakage inspectors, engineers, sewer technicians and data analysts in a bid to improve its service.

Pamela Doherty, director of service delivery at Yorkshire Water, says the company aims for "dramatic" reductions in leaks and pollution in the next few years: