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  1. Brothers' funerals held after fatal Leeds crash which killed five
  2. North Yorkshire location chosen for 3,000 new homes
  3. Campaigners 'devastated' over Sheffield memorial trees decision
  4. North Yorkshire smaller fire crews decision reversed
  5. Ofsted reveals up to 20 illegal schools across the North
  6. Two arrested after police cars are rammed in Leeds pursuit
  7. Landmark Whitby cafe reopens after fire
  8. Prof Mary Beard backs Sheffield school Classics funding appeal
  9. Don't You Want Me? - Human League star denied access to airport lounge
  10. Birthday treats for Yorkshire polar bears
  11. Updates on Thursday 15 December 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Rob Rose and Nick Wilmshurst

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That's all from Thursday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 14 December 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Friday 15 December? Just click here.

Sheffield Supertrams

A massively over-budget project to allow trams to run on train tracks is criticised by MPs.

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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 slow 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 accident: A628 Derbyshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A628 Derbyshire eastbound severe accident, between A6024 and A616.

A628 Derbyshire - A628 blocked eastbound between Holmfirth Turn Off in High Peak and Flouch roundabout in Langsett, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A628 South Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A628 South Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between A616 and A6024.

A628 South Yorkshire - A628 closed and queuing traffic westbound between Flouch roundabout in Langsett and Holmfirth Turn Off in High Peak, because of an accident.

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

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. Fatal Leeds crash: Brothers' funerals held
  2. Sheffield Council votes against saving memorial trees
  3. Green Hammerton plan for 3,000 new homes approved
  4. Seven-car crash on Leeds street due to ice
  5. Polar bears enjoy a special birthday treat

See you tomorrow

Knives found at Kirklees schools

Yesterday we told you about A police officer who goes into schools who was handed a knuckleduster a teacher had confiscated.

Today an arm of the West Yorkshire force who go into schools regularly revealed that they have been also handed knives:

West Yorkshire Police

A tweet from West Yorkshire Police's Youth Intervention Team says so far this term in Kirklees they've been handed a long kitchen knife and a hunting knife.

They say the items were all found on school grounds or confiscated from pupils.

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New picture: Missing teenager in Leeds

A 16-year-old girl from Leeds has been missing since Monday.

BBC Yorkshire has obtained a new picture of her.

Do you know where she is?


Tyler Burton, 16, from Horsforth, was last seen on Monday.

Det Insp Fiona Gaffney says: "We are concerned for Tyler’s welfare and need to find her and check that she is okay.

"We are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace her and we would like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist in tracing her."

More armed patrols to protect South Yorkshire's shoppers

More armed police officers have been dispatched to patrol shopping hotspots across the region during the run up to Christmas.

Little girl with officers
South Yorkshire Police

Highly trained officers with firearms will patrol areas to offer "some visible reassurance" to shoppers.

The UK terror threat level currently remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

However ACC David Hartley, from South Yorkshire Police, says the rise in armed officers on patrol is not in response to a specific threat.

He said: “We don’t want the sight of armed officers to alarm anyone in our communities and sadly, following the terrorist atrocities elsewhere in the UK this year, we are becoming more accustomed to seeing our armed colleagues in crowded places and on routine patrols.

"It’s been said before, but if anyone is intimidated or has concerns about the sight of our armed officers – please go up and talk to them. They are friendly and approachable, and happy to explain a bit about their role."

Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J2A for Cemetery Road and J3 for A653 affecting J1 for A6110 Beeston.

M621 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and stationary traffic on M621 eastbound between J2a, Cemetery (Holbeck) and J3, A653 (City Centre), because of an accident. Congestion to J1, A6110 (Beeston).

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

Travel update: Bus delays in York

BBC News Travel

If you get the bus in York, looks like you might be late for tea:

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Santa Claus is coming to town... on the bus

Rob Rose

BBC Yorkshire Live

If you're a regular on the buses around Sheffield you might end up sitting next to Father Christmas himself next week.

Santa on the bus
Stagecoach Sheffield

Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, will take a break from his reindeer sleigh and instead hop on the bus from 18 December to spread his festive cheer around the city.

I wonder whether he's got his free bus pass? He is 1,747 years-old after all.

Unprovoked attack leaves Huddersfield man with broken jaw

A man has been left with a broken jaw after an unprovoked attack in Huddersfield town centre at the weekend.

Church Street Huddersfield

It happened on Cross Church Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 23-year-old man was walking with a friend when he was punched in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw requiring hospital treatment.

Police say they're looking for a white man, around 19-20-years-old, 5ft 10ins, of slim build and with mousey brown hair.

Watch: Polar bears enjoy a special birthday treat

Polar Bears.




Sheffield City Council spends £60k on China trips

It's been revealed that Sheffield City Council spent £60,000 on trips to China and legal costs in bids to secure investment plans.

Sheffield City Council officers

One of the plans included the transformation of the city's central library into a five star hotel - a scheme which has now collapsed.

Sheffield City Council has confirmed that over 18 months officials have made multiple trips to China.

A spokesperson for the council said: "All costs have been kept to a minimum and wherever possible we have used non council funds to pay for any necessary visits."

The council also added that they had secured an investor who is committed to investing significant amounts of money into the city and is not linked to just one project.

Leeds gritters to do the triple tonight

There's another cold night in prospect tonight with temperatures dropping to near freezing.

Leeds City Council say they're going to be gritting at least three times through the night:

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Man guilty of Bradford panto sex assault attempt

A convicted sex offender has been found guilty of attempting to sexually assault an 11-year-old girl at a pantomime.

Steve Partridge/Geograph

Malcolm Naylor, 70, from Bradford, sat next to the girl during Peter Pan at Bradford Alhambra Theatre on 24 January, the city's crown court heard.

He escaped through an emergency exit when the girl alerted a relative and an usher, jurors were told.

A judge adjourned sentencing for a risk assessment of the danger Naylor poses.

Stephen Wood, prosecuting, said Naylor, an Oxford University chemistry graduate, had gone to the pantomime alone.

Naylor, of Rushton Road, Bradford, had denied the charge. He will be sentenced on 26 January.

Green Hammerton plan for 3,000 new homes approved

Plans to build a new 3,000-home village in countryside between York and Harrogate have been approved.

Protest sign

Campaigners said Harrogate council's decision to build the development near Green Hammerton would be "utterly devastating" for surrounding villages.

It is part of the authority's plan to provide affordable housing and build up to 14,000 homes by 2035.

Alternative sites at Flaxby and Cattal were considered, but Green Hammerton was chosen as the preferred location.

'Shambles' on untreated road in Bradford

This was the scene on a Bradford road this morning:

Ryan Sparks

Ned Lane in the Holme Wood area was so icy that one car crashed into a wall, one flipped over and one crashed and caught fire.

Luckily there were no serious injuries.

Ryan Sparks

On Twitter, Ryan Sparks posted these pictures and said: "Called @bradfordmdc again on Friday to discuss ‘gritting’ after a serious accident.

"Told our road 'isn’t a priority route'. How about now? Road now blocked in both directions. Cars stranded, burnt out and upside down! An utter shambles..."

Following an accident last week Bradford Council said they "will always assist emergency services but no request was submitted for this road until after the accident on Friday."

Appeal over missing Sheffield man

Concerns are growing over the welfare of a man from Sheffield who's not been seen for three days.

John Walton
South Yorkshire Police

John Walton, 61, was reported missing from Salisbury on Monday where he had recently been staying.

Mr Walton is described as having short grey hair, a clean shaven face and is of an average build.

Officers believe he may have travelled to the Weston-on-the-Green area of Oxford, but now believe he could have travelled elsewhere in the UK.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Landmark Whitby Magpie Cafe restaurant opens after fire

Whitby's famous Magpie café has reopened today after a devastating fire.

Marshal Hamilton

Fire crews spent six hours fighting the blaze when it broke out in May.

The Magpie's takeaway section reopened two months later, but the restaurant has remained closed until today.

The building is said to date back to 1750 when it was a Merchants House. It was used as a shipping office and by whaling crews before being converted into a cafe in 1939.

The famed restaurant has been reviewed by food critics and chefs, including Jay Rayner and Rick Stein.

Traffic and Travel: M62 eastbound lane closure

One lane of the M62 near Wakefield has been closed eastbound between junctions J31(Normanton) and J30 (Rothwell) due to emergency roadside drain works.

Congestion is starting to build in the run up to rush hour:

Emergency repairs are taking place
Highways England

Don't You Want Me? - Not in those boots

Human League singer Joanne Catherall, has been refused access to an airport business lounge because her footwear was deemed inappropriate.

The singer, who formed part of the band in Sheffield back in 1977 which had hits including Don't You Want Me? and Love Action, tweeted about her experience at Melbourne Airport, Australia after Qantas staff refused her entry because she was wearing Ugg Boots:

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Qantas responded to the singer's tweet by saying that they endeavour to remain consistent and uphold the Lounge's dress guidelines to all their guests.

Ugg boots
Twitter: @Lubycat

Qantas airline's website says:

Team members will decline entry if some items of clothing are too casual or inappropriate.... such as Sleepwear (including UGG Boots and slippers).... to create an environment that everyone can enjoy. "


The singer argued that her footwear (pictured above) was not in breach of the dress guidelines as they are all-weather boots and not classed as sleepwear.

Public asked not to approach missing vulnerable man

Police have warned people not to approach an "extremely vulnerable" man who has gone missing in Leeds.

Nathan Joblin
West Yorkshire Police

Nathan Joblin, 20, was last seen at around 11:00 today in Middleton

Officers say that he is considered extremely vulnerable and they are very concerned for his welfare.

West Yorkshire Police say that anyone who sees Nathan is asked not to approach him, but to immediately report any sightings to the police.

Police seize £50,000 of illegal cigarettes

About £50,000 worth of illegal cigarettes have been seized by police in Leeds this week.

West Yorkshire Police

Officers say they worked alongside West Yorkshire Trading standards visiting off-licences around the city.

Two shops failed in Bramley and Armley where police seized a haul worth tens of thousands of pounds.

A tweet from West Yorkshire Police pithily says: "The investigation continues".

North Yorkshire smaller fire crews decision reversed

North Yorkshire's fire and rescue authority has voted to increase crews to four firefighters on some fire engines, reversing a 2015 decision.


The move follows a row over the introduction of smaller Tactical Response Vehicles (TRVs) carrying a crew of three.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said having just three firefighters was a "threat to public safety".

It welcomed the "ground-breaking decision" to boost crew numbers.

The brigade introduced six TRVs in 2016 to replace six standard fire engines crewed by four or five firefighters.

The decision was made to save about £1.5m a year and led to industrial action by FBU members.

Four firefighters are now to crew the TRVs at Malton, Tadcaster, Northallerton and Ripon, said the authority.

BBC Weather Watchers: Celestial spectacular in Yorkshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Last night we were promised a spectacular show in the skies above us as the Geminid meteor shower put on its annual display.

Geminid meteor shower

This great picture was sent into BBC Weather Watchers from Caldwell in North Yorkshire and was taken in the early hours of this morning.

The Geminid meteors travel slower and burn brighter than most other meteor, creating long, glowing arcs of white, yellow, blue, red and green.

Last night was the peak for the display, but you might still get a chance to see them until 17 December.

Have you seen missing Leeds teenager Tyler Burton?

This teenager from Leeds has been missing since Monday. Have you seen her?

Tyler Burton
West Yorkshire Police

Tyler Burton, 16, from Horsforth, was last seen on Monday.

Det Insp Fiona Gaffney says: "We are concerned for Tyler’s welfare and need to find her and check that she is okay.

"We are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace her and we would like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist in tracing her," she adds.

Spanish nurses quitting city 'in droves' - City MP

Dozens of Spanish nurses have quit their jobs in York because of Brexit, the city's Labour MP has claimed in the Commons.


Rachel Maskell says of 40 Spanish nurses recruited due to the NHS staffing crisis, only three remain in the city.

But the government insists it values the work of EU migrants in the NHS and say claims of a mass exodus are wide of the mark.

Travel update: M62 all back to normal

BBC News Travel

That was quick:

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J30 for A642 and J31 for A655.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J31, A655 (Castleford), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Travel update: 'Carriageway defect' causes slowdown on M62

BBC News Travel

We're not sure what a "carriageway defect" is exactly, but it doesn't sound good.

Safe to say traffic on the M62 in West Yorkshie is currently slow into the roadworks in both directions:

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£4k boost for Rotherham junior youth club

A Junior Youth Club in Rotherham has received £4,000 of funding to support the running of its activities over the next 12 months.

Children at the youth centre enjoying skipping activities
Brampton Junior Youth Club

The extra funds will allow Brampton Junior Youth Club, which works to promote the social development of children aged between eight and 11, to continue and increase its local services for children.

Brampton is among the top 14% most deprived areas nationwide. Our services allow some of the most socially excluded and disadvantaged young people to be engaged in the local community."

Denise LelliotBrampton Junior Youth Club leader

Listen: Scarborough care workers appeal to ministers

Care home workers in Scarborough are calling on government ministers to visit them to understand why they need more funding.

Jean Smith, who works at a private care home in the town, says it's a real vocation, but workers need better pay:

Officials in North Yorkshire are discussing the challenges around social care and health this morning, including how to recruit and retain staff.

In pictures: Paw-fect birthday treat at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Three polar bears at Yorkshire Wildlife Park celebrated their birthdays in style with some paw-fect mouthwatering gifts.

Polar bear rips open present
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The furry trio wasted no time in tucking into their favourite fishy treats at their special polar party.

Bears eat their tasty treats
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Polar bear Victor is now 19-years-old and his younger fellow wildlife park residents Nissan and Nobby are four.

Kim Wilkins, the Carnivore Team Leader at the park said: “Their birthdays are close together so we decided to host a wonderful polar bear party for them."

Watch: What will your 'mince pie moment' be this year?

BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds has launched #MincePieMoments on its lunchtime show - to work in tandem with The Great Christmas Get Together in memory of Jo Cox.

The aim is to help bring people together this Christmas by saying hello, or maybe thank you, over a mince pie.

Jo's sister, Kim Leadbeater, kicked off the appeal with her nomination Phil Kenny - the son of the man who tried to save Jo.

Man sought by York police after 'altercation' with driver

Do you recognise the man in the picture below? Police in York want to speak to him after a woman suffered leg injuries during an "altercation" in the city centre last month.

CCTV image
North Yorkshire Police

The man in the picture was crossing Bridge Street at about 17:30 on Thursday 30 November when the incident, involving the driver of a red Mini Cooper, took place.

The Mini driver was hit in the leg by her car door, causing bruising.

Anyone who knows the identity of the man pictured in the CCTV image, or who saw what happened, is being asked to contact police.

Campaigners 'devastated' over memorial trees decision

Tree campaigners say they are "devastated" by Sheffield City Council's decision to replace 41 memorial trees.

Trees have been felled across the city

The trees were originally planted on Western Road in 1919 to honour local soldiers who died during World War One.

The council made the decision last night during a public meeting and says it will replace the existing 41 trees and will plant about 300 more in the city's parks.

Campaigner David Garlovsky said: "I'm devastated. They are a life part of our city. They are better for our health and well-being, it affects our air pollution and Sheffield has one of the highest rates of air pollution in the country."

The trees are being felled as part of Sheffield City Council's £2bn Streets Ahead project, which the authority says is to improve roads and footpaths in the city. About 5,500 trees have been cut down since 2012.

The authority insists those earmarked for felling are either "dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory".

However, campaigners claim many of the trees classed by the council as "damaging" or "discriminatory" are healthy specimens which should not be cut down.