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  1. Attempted murder arrest after woman stabbed in Skipton
  2. Leeds private hire drivers plan 'go-slow' on Friday night
  3. 'Wider Yorkshire' deal backed in South Yorkshire poll
  4. Woman, 66, pushing pram dies after being hit by car
  5. Police can quiz terror suspects until Christmas Day
  6. Funeral of 15-year-old Leeds crash victim is held
  7. York and Ryedale school buses targeted by vandals
  8. Updates on Thursday 21 December 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Rob Rose and Nick Wilmshurst

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), 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: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J36 for A630 Warmsworth Road and J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A1(M) northbound between J36 A630 Warmsworth Road and J37, A635 (Marr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A6036 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6036 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A644 Brighouse And Denholme Gate Road and Bridle Stile.

A6036 West Yorkshire - A6036 Halifax Road in Shelf closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A644 Brighouse And Denholme Gate Road junction and the Bridle Stile junction, because of a serious 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.

Live updates on breaking news, sport and travel will continue right here throughout the night.

But before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Grandmother pushing pram killed in Horsforth crash
  2. Private hire drivers plan Friday night 'go-slow' protest in Leeds
  3. Yorkshire terror suspects can be held until Christmas Day
  4. Leeds death crash: Funeral held for teenager
  5. "Wider Yorkshire" deal backed in South Yorkshire poll

See you tomorrow.

Racist abuse of city market trader leads to £5,000 raffle

A charity in Leeds is set to benefit by more than £5,000 thanks to a market trader who decided turn an attack by a rough sleeper into a campaign to help the homeless.

Manjit Kaur
Manjit's Kitchen

Manjit Kaur, who sells Indian street food in Leeds Kirkgate Market, said she was abused by a female rough sleeper who also threw hot water over her.

She said: "I was angry and upset and hurt - but decided to turn a negative into a positive."

A prize draw will be made tonight at the city's latest night market.

South Yorkshire emergency services' Twitter 'sing-off'

Earlier, we brought you the angelic voices of South Yorkshire Police singing The 12 Days of Christmas.

In competition, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has now tweeted a rendition of a different festive carol.

But who has the X Factor? We'll let you decide:

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Boys confront robber armed with meat cleaver

Four boys in Bradford confronted a robber who was armed with a meat cleaver so they could get back a mobile phone he'd stolen.

Falmouth Avenue

The robber had gone into a house on Falmouth Avenue and taken the phone from a woman, who then chased him from her home.

The boys, who are described as Asian and aged in their early to mid-teens, tackled the robber and got her phone back.

The suspect is also described as Asian, about 5ft 8ins tall and wearing a black jacket and a scarf to cover his face.

These boys were very brave in confronting the suspect and we are keen to speak with them to see if they can assist our investigation."

Det Insp Ryan BraggWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Yorkshire's homeless - Five things you may not know

About 3,000 people have been left without a home in Yorkshire over the last year, according to Youth charity Centrepoint.

Many young people in particular find themselves living in temporary accommodation or relying on friends because they're not legally entitled to any help.

Hugo Sugg, a former rough sleeper, tells the BBC what he thinks the public should know about homelessness:

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J30 for A642 and J31 for A655 affecting J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J31, A655 (Castleford), because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J29, M1 (Lofthouse).

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

Barnsley and Doncaster back 'Wider Yorkshire' devolution

People in Barnsley and Doncaster have backed a proposed "Wider Yorkshire" devolution deal.

Geograph/J Thomas/David Pickersgill/PA

About 75,000 votes were cast in a community poll asking people to choose between a pan-Yorkshire proposal and a government-backed South Yorkshire deal.

But, in the grand scheme of things, was that a strong turnout?

Well, no. It was actually the lowest turnout of any vote held across the two areas since 2015:


Attempted murder arrest after woman stabbed

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed at a supermarket in Skipton this afternoon.


The incident happened at about 15:30 at the Aldi supermarket on Keighley Road.

Staff members held a man aged in his 40s until police arrived and arrested him.

The woman, who police say is in her early 30s, is receiving treatment for serious injuries.

School buses targeted by vandals

School buses serving York and Ryedale have been damaged by vandals and scrawled with graffiti.

Morse Coaches

Buses belonging to Morse Coaches in Sheriff Hutton have been targeted by vandals in the past few weeks, with offensive graffiti written on windows and seats being damaged, say police.

PC Alan Robson says: "Damage to property is treated seriously by the police, the coach company and the schools involved and we all are working together to identify those responsible."

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is being asked to contact police.

Watch: A night with Sheffield's Street Pastors

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

Revellers venturing out into Sheffield tomorrow night to enjoy their last social gathering ahead of Christmas Day will be under the eagle eyes of the city's Street Pastors.

The group of volunteers roam the streets with the aim of reducing the strain on emergency services by delivering first aid and support to those who need it.

I joined the team last Saturday to experience their work and this is what I saw:

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson says this season is the worst he has had with the club.

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Private hire drivers plan Friday night 'go-slow' protest

Private hire drivers in Leeds are to hold another go-slow protest tomorrow night from 22:00 - on what's one of the busiest nights of the Christmas partygoers.

Private Hire drivers

Leeds City Council says it's been notified of the action by the drivers.

It's the second time private hire drivers will have staged a protest (pictured above), calling for the right to use bus lanes and operate in unmarked cars.

In a statement, Leeds City Council says: "We are disappointed that the Leeds Private Hire Drivers Organisation have decided to go ahead with this disruptive action.

"We have very real concerns about the impact on public safety the proposed protest may have in terms of large numbers of city centre users being able to get in and out without delay safely."

BreakingLeeds private hire drivers announce another go-slow

Private hire drivers in Leeds have announced they are to hold another "go-slow" protest tomorrow night.

It's expected to be one of the busiest nights for Christmas partygoers.

More to follow...

Armed robbery at Sheffield petrol station

Police are appealing for information after a man carrying a "small black handgun" entered a Sheffield petrol station and stole cash earlier this week.

Police jacket

The robbery happened at about 21:10 on Tuesday at the Esso service station on Prince of Wales Road.

He left the scene on a low-powered scooter and headed up Prince of Wales Road towards the Manor Top area of the city.

The robber was wearing a black balaclava and is described as white and aged between 25 and 27-years-old.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Watch: A festive treat from BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds

Forget Wham!, Jona Lewie and Bing Crosby, this could be the only Christmas tune you need this year...

BBC Radio Leeds' Drivetime presenter Gayle Lofthouse and newsreader Clive Settle have penned this festive tune all about a regular feature they do.

Sit back, crack open the mince pies and enjoy this tune, all based around odd stories featured on the show:

Appeal over stolen jewellery

Police in Doncaster are trying to locate two sets of jewellery which were stolen during two separate burglaries.

Jewellery that was stolen
South Yorkshire Police

A collection of Asian gold jewellery (pictured top) was stolen on Saturday 9 December from a house on Great Central Avenue in the Balby area of Doncaster.

The jewellery pictured below was taken when a house on Church Lane in the Bessacarr area was broken into on Friday 15 December.

Police say they are not treating the two incidents as linked.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J36 for A61 Birdwell and J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J36, A61 (Birdwell) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of an accident.

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

'Wider Yorkshire' deal backed in South Yorkshire poll

People in Barnsley and Doncaster who took part in a community poll have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a "Wider Yorkshire" deal instead of the currently agreed South Yorkshire deal.

Council offices
Geograph/JThomas/David Pickersgill/PA

About 20% of people in each of the towns took part in the vote.

The full results are shown below:

Barnsley result for Wider Yorkshire deal: 34,015 (84.9%)

Barnsley result for Sheffield City Region deal: 6,064 (15.1%)

Doncaster result for Wider Yorkshire deal: 38,551 (84.7%)

Doncaster result for Sheffield City Region deal: 6,685 (14.7%)

The leader of Barnsley Council, Stephen Houghton, says they will now call on the government to enter into discussions on a Wider Yorkshire deal.

He said: "This includes not imposing a Sheffield City Region Mayor on the will of the people and we'll work to push back any Sheffield City Region mayoral elections until 2020."

Anti-fracking protesters appear in court

Two protesters accused of blocking a road near a site earmarked for fracking in North Yorkshire have appeared before York Magistrates.


North Yorkshire Police removed campaigners from wooden towers put up on Habton Road in Kirby Misperton in October.

A 56-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were bailed until 1 February.

They're charged with causing a danger to road users and obstructing a police officer.

A night with Sheffield's Street Pastors

A night with Sheffield's Street Pastors

Investigation into Ryedale arson attack

A house has been badly damaged in an arson attack in North Yorkshire.

How End

The fire broke out in the lounge of the three-storey terraced house in Howe End, Kirbymoorside, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

The fire service says it's believed to have been started at about 21:00 last night deliberately.

Leeds death crash: Funeral held for teenager

The funeral has taken place today of a teenager killed in a "catastrophic" car crash that claimed five lives.

Darnell Harte
West Yorkshire Police

Darnell Harte, 15, died when the stolen Renault Clio he was in hit a tree in Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds, at 21:54 on 25 November.

His funeral was held at St Martin’s Church in Leeds this morning, followed by cremation.

The others who died in the crash were Ellis, 12, and Elliott Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, Anthony Armour and Robbie Meerun, both 24.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, was charged with five counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Inquests into the deaths of the five who died have been opened and adjourned.

Richard III car park granted national status

The council car park in Leicester, where the remains of Richard III were found five years ago has been protected as a nationally-important archaeological site.

He was originally interred at the church of the Greyfriars, a 13th-Century monastic friary.

The church appears to have been demolished during the reign of Henry VIII.

Historic England

Back in 2014 campaigners lost their legal fight for the King's remains to be returned to Yorkshire.

More than 11,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be reintered in York Minster instead of Leicester.

Richard, the last monarch of the House of York, grew up at Middleham Castle in the Yorkshire Dales and visited York several times during his short reign.

Railway station attack: Police want this woman

A woman was left with a black eye an a bruise on her face after she was attacked at a Yorkshire railway station.

Police want to speak to this woman about it:

British Transport Police

It happened earlier this month at Doncaster station.

A woman in her 30s got on a train at Rotherham and while on the train she was involved in an argument with a group of other women.

When the train arrived at Doncaster the argument continued onto the platform and she was punched in the face, leaving her with a black eye and a bruised cheek.

Sheffield viewed as possible Channel 4 relocation site

Rob Rose

BBC Yorkshire Live

Channel 4 relocating out of London would give a "clear benefit to the country" says Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.

Channel 4 headquarters in Sheffield
Getty Images

Talking to MPs earlier Ms Bradley said the government were "still in discussions" about a move and said as a publicly-owned broadcaster Channel 4 was expected to deliver "public benefits above and beyond commercial benefits".

Labour former minister David Hanson said he preferred the broadcaster moving to Salford - but Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham are also places of interest and that the move needs to be done.

Police looking for Ray Junior Boston

Can you help police find Ray Junior Boston?

The 30-year-old is wanted in connection with a burglary that took place in the Waterthorpe area last month.

Photo of Ray Junior Boston
South Yorkshire Police

Officers believe that Boston, who is from Chesterfield, also links to Derbyshire.

If you have seen him or know where he might be staying you should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Doctor Who Christmas special for Bradford Odeon cinema

A Doctor Who special will be the first screening at Bradford's disused Odeon cinema for 17 years.

Doctor Who

The Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, stars Peter Capaldi with David Bradley as the first Doctor.

The old cinema will host two separate showings exclusively for fans who won tickets in a BBC ballot.

Film expert David Wison, of Bradford Unesco City of Film, said tomorrow's screening would be a "big day for the building".

Watch: Have South Yorkshire detectives got the X Factor?

On the first day of Christmas my true love tweeted me... 10 detectives singing...

Take a listen to South Yorkshire Police's rendition of the 12 days of Christmas:

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Elland bookmakers robbed by men armed with crowbar

A bookmakers in Elland was targeted by robbers armed with a crowbar last night.


The incident happened at 20:50 at the Betfred bookmakers on Southgate when two men threatened staff and a customer.

The men took money and walked out towards Coronation Road.

Police say they looking for two white men, both just under 6ft tall, of medium build and wearing dark grey hoodies, black gloves and black scarves over their faces.

Listen: 'Be a little more vigilant'

Rob Rose

BBC Yorkshire Live

People in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire are being advised to "be a little more vigilant" after four men were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences on Tuesday.

That was the advice from South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable, David Hartley, who spoke on BBC Radio Sheffield this morning.

You can hear more below:

Three Rotherham men arrested sex abuse inquiry

Three men have been arrested by officers investigating historical sexual abuse.

The men, aged 37, 41 and 46, from Rotherham, were held on suspicion of indecent assault and gross indecency with a child under 16.

The National Crime Agency said the offences were alleged to have been committed against two girls in Rotherham and Manchester.

The men have been released under investigation.

Horsforth crash: Grandmother pushing pram killed

A grandmother pushing her 10-month-old granddaughter in a pram has died after being hit by a car that mounted the pavement in Leeds.

A picture of the scene after the crash showed the pram she was pushing still there as officers gathered evidence:

Horsforth crash
Dan Schofield

The 66-year-old was hit on Church Avenue in Horsforth at 15:30 yesterday - the child was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of a Volkswagen Tiguan, a 43-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was later bailed.

Horsforth crash
Dan Schofield

The grandmother was given emergency treatment at the scene and the air ambulance was called but she was pronounced dead a short time later.

A dog that she was walking was also injured and taken to vets for treatment.

Officers have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision, which happened on a bend outside the Brownlee Arms pub, to get in touch.