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Summary

  1. M1 southbound closed in West Yorkshire after crash
  2. Man hit by truck on slip road at junction 46
  3. Snow expected on higher parts of Yorkshire
  4. Today's races abandoned at Doncaster Racecourse
  5. Mountain rescue teams on hand across West Yorkshire
  6. Updates on Friday 29 December 2017

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By Jamie Raynor

All times stated are UK

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Your weather forecast for this evening

Any lingering rain clearing during the evening.

It will become cold under clear skies with light winds allowing a widespread frost to develop with a risk of icy patches.

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Police watchdog investigation delayed

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says an investigation into the death of a man who was shot dead by a West Yorkshire Police firearms officer won't be completed until the conclusion of another case.

Police cordon
PA

Yassar Yaqub, who was 28 and from Huddersfield, was fatally shot in a car stopped near junction 24 of the M62 on 2 January 2017.

The IPCC say they can't complete an investigation into Mr Yaqub's death until the trial of another man, which is set for April 2018, has concluded.

Campaign to close A19 gaps gathers 3,000 signatures

A campaign set up hoping to close gaps on the A19's central reservation has gained 3,000 signatures.

A19 road
Google

Last year Sonia Rose, 83, died on the road near Northallerton after after a van veered from the opposite side of the dual carriageway into her path.

The Highways Agency says it'll close the gap by March next year.

Sonia's daughter, Katy, says it's important all gaps are closed to save lives.

Appeal to build RSPCA small animal centre in Sheffield

The RSPCA has launched a new appeal for help to build a centre in Sheffield for small animals.

Hamster
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Managers at the RSPCA in the city say they're "astounded" by the growing number of small animals being abandoned or neglected in South Yorkshire.

Last year about 400 rabbits, gerbils, rats, mice and other animals were picked up by inspectors across the region.

Tony Benham, manager of the RSPCA animal shelter in Sheffield says the problem stems from people not getting advice about neutering small animals.

A lot of people when they get a dog or a cat, the majority of people, think about neutering and prevent them having more litters but with small animals they have multiple babies at once, so you start off with two mice and end up with a 150 mice"

Tony BenhamRSPCA Sheffield

Over 200 arrested for drink and drug driving this month

The number of people arrested for drink and drug driving offences has gone over 200 people across West Yorkshire this December.

Police breathalyzing
PA

Since the start of the month, 225 people were arrested in total with 45 being drugs related. 32% of arrests were made between 00:00 and 03:00, the peak time.

Of those charged: 30 from Bradford, 22 from Kirklees, 41 from Leeds, 23 from Wakefield and 14 from Calderdale.

The figures come as part of the force's 'Not The Usual Suspects' campaign which highlights anyone can be a drink or drug driver.

Police Sgt Gary Roper of the Roads Policing Support Unit said: “We are now heading into the New Year and I would like to remind people to consider their travelling arrangements if they are out and about celebrating and not to drink or drug drive."

Nostell Priory crash fatality named

West Yorkshire Police have released the name of the man who died following a road traffic collision in Wakefield.

Curtis Smith
West Yorkshire Police

Curtis Smith, 26, from the Cudworth area of Barnsley, died after his blue Peugeot 206 collided with a Ford Kuga on Wakefield Road, Ackworth.

The driver of the Ford, a 59-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries.

In a statement, his family said: "Words cannot begin to describe the loss we are all feeling following the tragic accident which claimed Curtis’s life on Saturday."

Officers from the Major Collision Enquiry Team are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision and is asked to call the team on 101, quoting log 846 of 23 December.

Car flips over on snow in Sheffield

Car caught on dashcam flipping over on snow in Sheffield
Snow fall in Sheffield is making for treacherous driving conditions. 

This car was captured flipping over on dashcam footage by BBC reporter Oli Constable.

Terror charge pair remanded in custody

A fish-and-chip shop owner and another man have appeared in court accused of preparing to build a bomb in the lead up to Christmas.

Andy Sami Star, 31, of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, and Farhad Salah, 22, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, are jointly charged with a single count of preparing an act of terrorism.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard that the pair, appearing on a video link from Leeds, allegedly researched and prepared bomb ingredients for an attack on the UK and recorded test explosions on a smart phone.

Deputy Senior District judge Ikram Tan remanded the pair in custody before they next appear at the Old Bailey on 19 January.

M1

A long stretch of the M1 motorway was closed on the southbound side in West Yorkshire.

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Florence, aged 7, shows spirit of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Scarborough.

As seen here by Florence's gift to police officers on duty over the festive period:

How lovely is this? While some of our #Scarborough officers were on duty on Christmas Day, seven-year-old Florence… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Florence's note to police
North Yorkshire Police

Man, 19, dies after being hit by truck on M1 slip road

A 19-year-old man has died following a fatal road traffic collision on the exit slip road of the M1 southbound.

The incident happened at around 05:00 this morning after a white DAF articulated lorry struck a young man at junction 46 southbound on the M1.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Road closures remain in place at this time whilst emergency services continue their investigations.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision itself or if anyone saw the pedestrian prior to the collision to contact the police.

Drivers in the area at the time with working dash cam footage are asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101 quoting log number 192 of 29 December.

Car crashes into tree in Sheffield

Police are at the scene of an accident on Gleadless Road in Sheffield.

It's reported that the driver lost control coming down a hill and crashed into a tree.

The road is currently closed:

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Travel: Vehicles stuck on East Bank Road in Sheffield

Vehicles are getting stuck on East Bank Road in Sheffield due to weather conditions.

BBC Radio Sheffield's reporter Jenny Eells has just tweeted this from the scene:

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Did you see vehicle accident in North Yorkshire?

Officers are appealing for information after a Ford Mondeo came off the road, leaving the driver with serious injuries.

B6270
Google

The incident took place at around 11:00, 28 December, on the B6270 road between Low Row and Gunnerside in North Yorkshire.

The vehicle was found in a field, approximately 50m from the road.

The driver, in man in his 30s from Darlington, suffered serious injuries while the passenger, a 17-year-old boy, sustained less serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Richmond Roads Policing Group - quote reference number 12170231022 when passing on information.

Or email john.lumbard@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

Snow continues to fall across Yorkshire

It would seem the forecast snow is upon us and it's covering the majority of Yorkshire.

It isn't expected to last for the whole of the day and we could see some sun and rain showers towards the afternoon.

It does, however, leave us with some nice Weather Watcher pictures - here's two horses braving the conditions.

Two horses in Otley
BBC

And a very calm and peaceful area of Holmfirth.

Holmfirth
BBC

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Mountain Rescue Teams on hand across West Yorkshire

As the snow continues to fall in areas across West Yorkshire, mountain rescue teams are aiding emergency services to help those in need.

In Holme Valley, they've been out since the early hours of the morning - so fear not if you're having difficulties in the higher grounds!

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Police urge caution in wintry conditions

If you're on the M62 between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, please take care.

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Today's races abandoned at Doncaster Racecourse

Bad news if you were planning on braving the conditions at heading to the races at Doncaster.

They've been abandoned for today due to the track being frozen and more cold weather to come.

However, if you do have a ticket for today, you'll be able to pick up a free Grandstand ticket at Southwell Racecourse.

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Sheffield armed robbery: did you see anything?

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for any information or witnesses to come forward following an armed robbery in Sheffield last week.

Wolfe Road, Sheffield
Google

The incident took place at around 20:15 on Friday 22nd December at the Premier Store on Wolfe Road where two armed men entered the shop.

Both have been described as white and wearing dark hooded jackets, leaving the convenience store in the direction of Browning Road.

Officers are asking for anyone with any information to contact 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 1048 of 22 December 2017.

Train line between West Yorkshire and London most delayed in UK

New figures looking at train delays show the line which links Leeds and Wakefield with London is the worst in the country for punctuality.

rail ticket
PA

The data, carried about the consumer association WHICH, shows Virgin East Coast had the highest number of delays lasting between 30 minutes and two hours this year.

It found that 3.7% of their services were deemed to be running significantly late.

The association says train companies now need to make it easier for frustrated passengers to claim compensation.

Have you seen missing Patrick Thornton?

Have you seen missing Patrick Thornton?

The 63-year-old went missing on December 22 from the Jubilee Gardens area of Leeds.

Missing Patrick
West Yorkshire Police

Mr Thornton is described as a white male, about 5ft 6in tall, of a slim build and has a bald head.

He was last seen wearing khaki trainers and a dark blue padded coat.

He is known to have links to Methley, Great Preston, Kippax and Castleford and also owns a caravan in the Hull area.

Sheffield taxi driver raises £15,000 for teenager heart screening

A taxi driver from Sheffield has raised £15,000 in memory of a teenager who died of Sudden Death Syndrome.

Taxi driver completes fundraiser
SWFC

Chris Hudson, 49, completed his fundraising adventure at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium after he has walked 1510 miles in memory of Kyle Hancock, who suddenly died at the age of 18 to the syndrome.

The money raised will pay for young people to have an ECG to detect any abnormalities and reduce the risk of sudden death syndrome.

Pedestrian hit by truck on M1 slip road

A man is seriously ill after being hit by a truck on a motorway slip road.

Police were called to a serious road traffic collision at junction 46 southbound of the M1 near to Garforth at 05:01.

They had received reports of a collision between a truck and a pedestrian.

The section of road has remained closed since and diversions are in place.

M1 closure: Diversions in place

The M1 southbound is currently closed close to Garforth in West Yorkshire.

That means big queues as motorists strive to find a way to work.

It appears, at the moment, that it may be closed for much of the morning.

If you are there or expect to be heading that way there is a diversion route in place.

Below is the advice from the Highways Agency:

M1
Highways Agency

Snow?

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

So, snow was forecast but many places haven't seen it - yet.

Snow warning
Met Office

There is still a risk of snow later this morning - and my quick snow forecast below will give you more details:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J47 for A642.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 entry slip road closed southbound at J47, A642 (Garforth). Traffic is coping well.

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

M1 closed after accident

The M1 southbound is closed in West Yorkshire.

It happened following a crash at around 05:00 this morning near to junctions 46 and 47 around Garforth.

It appears it will remain closed for a while.

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Severe disruption: A6024 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6024 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A635 Greenfield Road and A628 Woodhead Pass.

A6024 West Yorkshire - A6024 Woodhead / Holme Moss Road closed between the A635 Greenfield Road junction in Holmfirth and the A628 Woodhead Pass junction in High Peak, because of snow.

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 J37 for A628 Barnsley and J38 for A637 Darton.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J37, A628 (Barnsley) and J38, A637 (Darton), because of an incident.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J46 for B6164.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J46, B6164 (Wetherby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Trapped kitten rescued from inside sofa

A 12-week-old kitten has been rescued from inside a sofa after firefighters chopped up the piece of furniture with hacksaws and hydraulic cutters.

The kitten's owners were "very grateful" after officers from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service saved the pet on Thursday afternoon at their family home in Tadcaster.

Emma Clark, 30, who owns the kitten with her husband Stuart, said she was relieved to be reunited with the pet.

"They absolutely saved her life," the 30-year-old mother-of-three said. "Without them she absolutely would not be here."

It was a "shame about the sofa"

Emma ClarkKitten owner

Body of woman found in church car park

The body of a woman has been found in a car park of a Leeds church.

She was discovered by police in a parked car at the Moortown Baptist Church just before 09:00 GMT this morning.

Officers say her death isn't suspicious, but they'd like to speak to anyone who might have seen a dark coloured Ford KA in the car park today or in the past 24 hours.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and 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

Warning to drivers as snow forecast

Highways England has issued a warning to drivers to be prepared before setting out on journeys tomorrow because of a severe weather alert for the north of England.

With snow forecast for the early hours of Friday morning, Highways England said it would have gritting teams working around the clock to treat roads and keep them free from disruption.

An amber warning for snow will be in place across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East between 04:00 and 11:00 tomorrow morning following a Met Office forecast of snow.

The agency said the routes most likely to be affected include the M61, M65, M66, M6 north of junction 36, M62 between junctions 21 and 23, and the M60 between junctions 15 and 24 as well as the A69, A66 Old Spital and A628 Woodhead Pass

Canine company for York Hospital patients

Dogs have been taken to visit patients on a hospital ward in North Yorkshire under a scheme that's being hailed a success.

Dogs at York Hospital
York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

The three dogs called Otis, Betty and Rebus (pictured above) have been taken on visits to York Hospital once a week to provide a much-needed boost for patients.

Doctors claim that time spent with a dog or cat increases levels of well-being hormones and helps combat feelings of loneliness.

The dogs are provided by the charity Pets as Therapy (PAT).

Everybody loves it when the PAT dogs come in, both patients and staff. It lifts the atmosphere and takes people’s minds off their problems for a while."

Helen Humphrey-ShepherdSister for outpatients

Do you know this man? Police in York want him

CCTV images have been released by police to identify a man they want to speak to in connection with an assault at a York takeaway.

CCTV images of man
North Yorkshire Police

Police want to speak with the man (pictured above) after a 20-year-old man was knocked unconscious in a McDonald's on Blake Street.

The assault happened at about 05:00 on Thursday 21 December 2017.