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Summary

  1. Sheffield 'terror plot': Man released without charge
  2. Sex ban man John O'Neill has terms cut to two years
  3. Man dies following South Yorkshire house fire
  4. Two arrested on suspicion of murder after man's death in Leeds
  5. Sheffield bar to remain closed for at least a week after stabbings
  6. Vigil to mark one year since man shot dead by police on M62
  7. Updates on Tuesday 2 January 2018

Live Reporting

By Elly Fiorentini, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J42 for M62 and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Tyrell Robinson

Tyrell Robinson signs a new two-and-a-half-year contact with Bradford, while keeper Lukas Raeder also agees a new deal.

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J42 for M62.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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.

Meanwhile, updates on breaking news will continue right here throughout the night.

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

  1. Sheffield man arrested over alleged Christmas "terror plot" is released without charge
  2. A York man's ban on having sex without first telling police is reduced to two years
  3. Man dies in a fire in Barnsley
  4. Sheffield bar closed after five stabbings
  5. Watch: Luxury sports car crashes into vehicle in Bradford

Watch: Muslim youth from across UK clean New Year streets

Hundreds of Muslims from across the UK took part in litter-picking sessions on New Year's morning.

The mass clean-up was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association in liaison with local councils.

A total of 50 volunteers cleaned Huddersfield's streets, with Kirklees Council providing the litter-picking equipment, while others were out and about in places such as Rotherham and Keighley:

Much Ado About Nothing: Council struggles with library pun

Major disappointment for people who use the library in Doncaster...

...But also a chance for people at the council to have a laugh on twitter:

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Sex ban man John O'Neill has terms cut to two years

A man's ban on having sex without first telling police has been reduced to two years.

John O'Neill
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John O'Neill, from York, had been given a Sexual Risk Order (SRO) for an indefinite length of time, which had several conditions attached to it.

North Yorkshire Police applied for the ban to be reduced to two years, to allow the court to be able to review it to see if it should be continued.

A judge at York Crown Court set the order to end on 22 September 2018.

The ruling was made on 21 December last year.

The SRO requires Mr O'Neill to disclose any planned sexual activity to the police or face up to five years in prison.

BreakingSheffield 'terror plot': Man released without charge

A Sheffield man arrested last week over an alleged Christmas "terror plot" has been released without charge.

Police cordon
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Police say they are satisfied there are no grounds to charge the 21-year-old man, from the Fir Vale area of the city, with any offences.

In a statement, counter-terror police say: "We would like to reassure the public that public safety remains our priority at all times."

Two other men, Andy Sami Star, 31, who owns a chip shop in Chesterfield, and 22-year-old Farhad Salah, from Sheffield, have previously been charged with terrorism offences and remain in custody.

Huddersfield Town sign Monaco defender Kongolo on loan

BBC Sport

Huddersfield have signed Monaco and Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo on loan for the rest of the season.

Kongolo in action
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Terriers manager David Wagner was keen to bolster his defensive options this month, and Kongolo has been signed before Saturday's FA Cup tie at Bolton.

The 23-year-old only joined Monaco from Dutch side Feyernoord in the summer for 15m euros (£13.38m).

"Terence is a top player who we've followed from his time at Feyenoord," said Wagner.

Vigil marks one year since Yassar Yaqub shooting

A vigil is due to be held later in memory of Yassar Yaqub, who was shot dead by police officers near junction 24 of the M62 a year ago today.

Yassar Yaqub
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission said in October 2017 that it cannot publish its findings into the incident until criminal proceedings are complete.

Cars
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Here's what we know now about the incident and its aftermath:

  • Yassar Yaqub, 28, from Huddersfield, was a passenger in a car when he was shot near junction 24 on the evening of 2 January last year
  • A gun was found in the footwell of the Audi car by West Yorkshire Police
  • The driver, Moshin Amin, from Dewsbury, is due to stand trial accused of firearms offences
  • He denies charges of possession of a firearm with intent to cause of fear of violence, possession of a sound moderator and possession of ammunition
  • None of the police officers involved had been wearing cameras
  • Police officers had been travelling in four unmarked vehicles before the shooting

Listen: Rail fare rises 'bad news for all' - Green Party

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Rail passengers in Yorkshire have seen an increase in fares from today, with two train operators, Northern and Transpennine Express, both putting their prices up by just under 5% on average.

Nationally, the increase in fares is the biggest since 2013, but industry bosses have promised the extra money will be invested back into the railways.

Natalie Bennett, from the Green Party, was part of protest at Sheffield railway station this morning about the additional costs for passengers which she describes as "bad news":

Roads to close around Leeds' Bridgewater Place

Roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds, Yorkshire's tallest building, are set to close again tonight as forecast high winds move in:

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A project to deflect strong winds around the building hasn't yet been completed, meaning that officials still have to take the precautionary measure.

Bridgewater place
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The building's owner, CPPI, has already installed three "sails" on Water Lane beside the 32-storey structure.

Dr Edward Slaney was killed next to the building in March 2011 when a lorry was blown on top of him by the wind.

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 - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Messages from fraud victims to be shown on cash machines

The stories of people who've been targeted by fraudsters and lost money are to appear on cash machines across North Yorkshire in a bid to help people protect themselves.

Fraud phone calls can catch people out
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The ATM messages are part of a multi-media anti-fraud campaign launched by North Yorkshire Police which will also include a newspaper ad campaign.

Det Insp Jon Hodgeon, head of fraud and economic crime for the North Yorkshire force, says fraud is a "significant problem" in the county and there's usually a spike in incidents in January.

Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald at rail fare increase protest

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald was on his way to a protest in Leeds when his train broke down.

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Annual school bird watch under way

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Yorkshire Live

Schoolchildren across Yorkshire are are set to take part in the RPSB's Big School Birdwatch campaign which begins today.

Robin
BBC

The scheme, which concludes at half-term, encourages children to get outdoors and count the number of blackbirds, robins and other birds they see as part of the world's biggest school wildlife survey.

Since its inception in 2002, it's estimated that nearly one million pupils have taken part across the UK, with more than 850 teachers and students getting involved in Yorkshire alone in 2017.

Sheffield bar to remain closed for at least a week

Mark Ansell

Reporter, BBC Look North

Magistrates in Sheffield have decided a city centre bar will remain shut for at least the next seven days after five men were left with stab and slash wounds during an altercation at the venue on New Year's Day.

Crystal Bar in Sheffield
BBC

The incident occurred at the Crystal Bar at about 02:30 yesterday morning and left two men, one aged 20 and the other 22, both in hospital in what's been described as a serious but stable condition.

It is not clear at this time what type of weapon caused the men's injuries. We are not aware of any other linked incidents on the night."

DC Kate NaughtonSouth Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J42 for M62.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of an accident.

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

Watch: Luxury sports car crashes into vehicle

An Audi R8 worth about £100,000 crashed into the back of a parked car in Bradford.

The yellow car crashed on Thornton Road at about 16:00 on New Year's Eve.

The driver is not thought to have been injured and neither were the passengers in the parked car.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they're investigating:

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 exit slip road closed and slow traffic eastbound at J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a police incident.

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

CCTV images released after cash stolen from man, 87

CCTV images have been issued of a man police want to speak to in connection with a theft in Sheffield in October.

CCTV images relating to Fir Vale theft
South Yorkshire Police

The theft took place at about 15:25 on Tuesday 24 October and saw a man steal money from an 87-year-old man who had just used a cash machine on Barnsley Road in Fir Vale.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man in the pictures above is being asked to contact police.

North Yorkshire road re-opens after crash

The A168 has re-opened between Thirsk and Northallerton after a serious crash this morning.

The collision, between the South Kilvington roundabout and Thornton-le-Street, left two women in hospital.

The road was shut for about five hours while police investigations were carried out.

Terriers set to sign Monaco defender on loan

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town hope to complete the loan signing of Monaco defender Terence Kongolo in the next 24 hours.

Terence Kongolo
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Terriers boss David Wagner wants to bolster his defensive options and Kongolo could be signed in time for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Bolton.

Kongolo, 23, only joined Monaco from Dutch side Feyernoord in the summer for 15m euros (£13.38m).

The Netherlands international has made six appearances this season, mostly at left-back.

Doncaster A&E currently extremely busy

Doncaster Royal Infirmary has taken to social media to urge people to only visit its A&E department today if they're in real difficulty:

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Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J6 for A614.

M18 South Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M18 northbound at J6, A614 (Thorne), because of a fuel spillage, emergency repairs and earlier multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - Traffic is being diverted off at the exit slip and back on at the entry slip (up and over).

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

More than 260 arrested drink and drug-driving

Over the Christmas period 264 drink and drug-drivers were arrested by West Yorkshire Police - with the highest number of drug drivers arrested since it became an offence.

Police
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Officers say that from 1 December to 1 January they arrested 51 people for driving under the influence of drugs - three have been charged.

The force say they made the highest number of arrests on New Year's Day - with 18 people taken into custody.

A "high number" of the offences were committed by over-35s.

Police Sgt Gary Roper said: "These are individuals who have seen generations of drink-driving campaigns and still have the opinion, 'It’ll never happen to me'."

Yorkshire Dales volunteers wanted

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

How do you fancy helping to maintain one of the most beautiful places in the country?

Yorkshire Dales
Thinkstock/Daverhead

For the first time in three years the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is looking for 19 new volunteers. Tasks include surveying, maintaining and enhancing the public rights of way network in the Park.

There are 166 Dales volunteers who've worked on things like listed buildings, and carried out museum research. These volunteers will work with area-based ranger teams.

Would-be volunteers have until 14 January to get an application in.

Good luck!

Police continue to question two men after murder

Police in Leeds say they are continuing to question two men over the murder of a man in Leeds yesterday.

Murder scene
BBC

The pair, aged 19 and 27, are still speaking to officers after a 50-year-old man died on Rosgill Drive in Seacroft at about 16:30.

Armed police were called in after reports of a man with a gun. West Yorkshire Police said that although they found a gun at the scene it's not thought it was fired.

A post-mortem examination is taking place today and officers have not released the victim's name.

Delays on train services through Yorkshire

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Yorkshire Live

A broken down train is causing delays for passengers travelling through parts of Yorkshire.

A train stuck at Peterborough railway station means delays and cancellations for some East Midlands trains, Virgin East Coast services and Grand Central operations.

National Rail Enquiries expect disruption until around 15:00 this afternoon.

Map of train disruption
National Rail Enquiries

Here's a summary of the current disruption for the services operating in our area:

  • East Midlands Trains are seeing delays on routes from Sheffield and Leeds to Norwich and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Grand Central Trains have some cancellations on their route between Bradford and London Kings Cross
  • Virgin East Coast has delays and cancellations on its line that runs from York to Leeds and Doncaster and terminates in London Kings Cross

The latest advice for passengers is as follows:

  • East Midlands Trains services to Liverpool - Trains still running but with delays so arrive at station as planned
  • Virgin Trains East Coast - Tickets being accepted on TransPennine Express routes between Leeds and Newcastle and Cross Country trains that start and terminate at Newcastle but not trains that continue or start in Scotland.

We'll keep you informed of the latest updates throughout the afternoon.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel updates: Major rail disruption

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

Rail operators tell us that there are delays of up to 90 minutes if you're travelling between Peterborough and Grantham this lunchtime.

Although a broken down train near Grantham has now been moved and the line re-opened, it will take time for services to return to normal.

It is mainly affecting services towards Grantham where trains could be cancelled or diverted.

The disruption is expected to last until early afternoon.

Sheffield man jailed for child sexual exploitation

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after admitting sending sexually inappropriate messages to a Sheffield teenager.

Liam Lyndon Devere, formerly of Greystones Road, Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 28 December where he was sentenced after pleading guilty to causing/inciting a girl aged between 13 and 15-years-old to engage in sexual activity.

Liam Lyndon Devere
South Yorkshire Police

The court heard how Devere sent his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sexually explicit communication in a bid to commit sexual offences against her.

I truly hope that this successful conviction offers some comfort to his victim and that she is able to begin her journey towards recovery"

Det Con Mark SpencerSouth Yorkshire Police

Animal audit at wildlife park

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Yorkshire Live

As 2018 gets underway the staff at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster are beginning their annual animal audit.

From polar bears to monkeys every single creature on the site is measured, counted and weighed to give the park a clear idea about the numbers they have to look after.

Here's a look at how they do it:

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J35A for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J35a, A616 (Stocksbridge), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Elderly woman thrown to ground in doorstep robbery

An 83-year-old woman was thrown to the ground and threatened she would be stabbed during a mugging in Leeds.

Robbery
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It happened yesterday in Weetwood at 15:10 at the door to her home.

She was grabbed by a man who told her to hand over her valuables and threatened to stab her. A struggle followed and she was thrown to the ground when the man ran off with her handbag.

Police say he is white, aged in his 40s, wearing black and grey clothing and a woolly hat.

The elderly victim was thankfully not seriously hurt but was obviously left very badly shaken by what happened."

Det Sgt Ni KhanWest Yorkshire Police

Leeds clean air zone: Have your say

What should be done about Leeds' air-pollution problem?

The city has been singled out as one of the places around the UK which exceeds EU air pollution limits.

Now Leeds City Council is asking people who live in the city what they think should be done about it.

Pollution
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The authority says it wants people's views on introducing a Clean Air Zone that would involve charging buses, HGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles if they failed latest emissions standards.

The zone would cover all roads within the outer ring road but wouldn't include vehicles which cross the city using the M621.

You can take part in the consultation by clicking here.

Reducing air pollution in Leeds is vitally important for the health of our city and something that we have to tackle now."

Lucinda YeadonLeeds City Council