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Top stories in Yorkshire today

Top stories across Yorkshire today:

  1. Sheffield Labour member suspended over social media posts
  2. Man, 19, arrested after CCTV lamppost cut down
  3. Warning over 'bogus workmen' targeting firms
  4. Yorkshire snow warning for Bank Holiday Monday
  5. Plan for £60m M1 services approved

Have a great Easter!

Our top stories today

Here are five of the top stories from across the county today:

Top stories across the day

The top stories so far today include:

Leeds MP writes to government about Bramley fire worries

Leeds MP Rachel Reeves has written to the housing secretary about a fire at a high-rise block in Bramley on Tuesday.

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In the wake of the Grenfell blaze, Ms Reeves is urging Sajid Javid to help fund millions of pounds of safety improvements to all of Leeds' tower blocks.

Three people were treated after inhaling smoke in the incident on the eighth floor of Poplar Court.

Club takes press conference to High Street

James Williams

BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Nicky and Danny Cowley decided to get out of Sincil Bank for their weekly press conference this time around and instead hold it on Lincoln High Street.


With just 10 days to go before the Imps head to Wembley for the final of the Checkatrade Trophy much of the High Street is decked out in the club's red and white.

Once fans got word that the press conference was being held in the former Ruddocks shop they soon turned out to get a glance of the team.

Press conference

Hull's most popular baby names revealed

Hull Women and Children's Hospital is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its opening this week.

The hospital opened in 2003 and provides maternity, gynaecology and children's services for families in Hull and East Riding.

To mark this special milestone Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has collated the most popular baby names chosen by parents.

The top five names for boys are:

  1. Jack
  2. Joshua
  3. Thomas
  4. Harry
  5. Oliver

The top five names for girls are:

  1. Jessica
  2. Chloe
  3. Olivia
  4. Emily
  5. Sophie

Since it was opened 80,202 babies have been born at the hospital.

Big rise in cycling casualties

There's concern about a big increase in cycling casualties on some North Yorkshire roads.

North Yorkshire Ambulance

North Yorkshire County Council says it's identified Richmondshire as a problem spot, where cyclists are bucking the county's improving road safety record.

Its Annual Road Casualty Report reveals an increase of nearly 90% for cyclists over a four year period.

The council says it's probably linked to an increase in cycling in the area since the Tour de France came to the county in 2014.

Coming up on Look North tonight

Here's Peter Levy with a look at tonight's programme:

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Warning over 'bogus workmen' targeting firms

There's been a number of thefts carried out by bogus workmen in Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees, according to police.

Construction worker

One incident happened where a man, who was wearing a high-visibility vest, entered an office and stole the keys to a van on Tuesday morning.

Police have arrested and bailed a 35-year-old man in connection with a number of thefts but have also warned businesses to watch out for similar cases.

Police want to speak to these women

Police want to speak to these women as part of an investigation into a brawl in Louth.


Two large groups of men were involved in a fight outside the Wetherspoons pub on Pawnshop passage on January 13 at around 20:30.

One man suffered a large cut to his face.

Police believe the women will be able to help the investigation.

This evening's weather forecast

Mainly cloudy through this evening and into tonight with showery rain, some of which could be on the heavy side.

However, it may become drier during the early hours.

It shouldn't be as cold as last night. Lows of 1C (34F).

Weather forecast

Man, 19, arrested over cutting down CCTV lamppost

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a CCTV camera being cut down in Holme wood.

In the incident a person was filmed using a power tool to cut down a lamppost with the camera fitted to it.

The survelliance camera had only recently been installed.

Police say the arrested man remains in custody.

Increase in sightings of small birds across East Yorkshire

There's been an increase in sightings of smaller birds such as goldfinches, sparrows and collared doves in East Yorkshire.

Goldfinch at a garden feeder

That's according to the latest results from the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

More than 4,000 people in East Yorkshire took part in the survey in January where people were given the chance to count the number of birds that visited their gardens.

Finch sightings rose 8% on last year, according to the charity's figures.

The rise in small bird sightings has been put down to the mild January weather.

Go along and see what the future could hold

Bradford Council are hosting an apprenticeship "drop-in day" next week to encourage young people to take up youth work apprenticeships.

Vulnerable person

This will take place at Macmillan Tower in Bradford on Wednesday, 4 April.

This comes after the government recently revealed that the amount of young people taking up apprenticeships had fallen by 30% in 2017.

'Suspicious package' in Boston post office

Police are dealing with a suspicious package at the Post Office on West Street in Boston.

They say there is no risk to anyone in the area and they have closed the road.

post office

Bridlington man sold fake designer-label clothing

A Bridlington man's been given a six month suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work for selling counterfeit clothing.

Hull Crown Court heard that Darren Scott, aged 43, of Georgian Mews Bridlington, was importing fake designer clothing and selling as these as the genuine article.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

Lizard shows signs of relief after rescue

When found on a bunch of bananas in a supermarket in York a lizard was plainly distressed. Some change colour when stressed.

Lizard gone red

The RSPCA got involved when workers at the supermarket took him to the charity's centre in York.

He's is now being looked after by a reptile specialist in Scarborough.

Lizard back to green

Minister 'concerned' over threat to Grimsby jobs

A government minister says he is concerned that nearly 400 jobs may be at risk at a Grimsby seafood factory.

Five Star Fish

Five Star Fish has revealed it's consulting on the closure of its plant in the town.

The company says no final decision has been made but the business is "heavily loss-making" and "not sustainable in its current form".

The international trade minister, Greg Hands, says he's concerned at the reports.

Rawcliffe Bridge reopens with restrictions

Rawcliffe Bridge in East Yorkshire re-opened with restrictions today.

Rawcliffe Bridge
East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Only vehicles weighing no more than three tonnes can use the bridge across the Dutch River.

There are also barriers to prevent wider vehicles attempting to cross and a 20 mile per hour speed restriction.

The bridge has been shut since last October after tests revealed structural problems.

Watch: Witness appeal over Sheffield killing

In an effort to prompt witnesses, police have released some CCTV of a father-of-three who was stabbed to death in Sheffield three weeks ago.

Jarvin Blake, aged 23, was stabbed on Catherine Street around 15:00 on Thursday, 8 March.

A friend he had been with was also attacked.

Police are also trying to get more information about a car seen in the area.

We are absolutely determined to find out what happened to Jarvin and provide his family with the answers they deserve, so I’d urge anyone yet to come forward to please make contact”

DCI Steve HandleyInvestigating Officer

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster is out

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster is out and about above the county for this first time this year.

Have you spotted it?

Claire Hartley has - she managed to quickly snap this shot:

Claire Hartley

And take a listen to this:

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Workers strike over firm's sick pay stance

Workers angry over limitations on sick pay provision are picketing outside a waste management company in Hull today.

Workers at picket line

They say they're being treated unfairly by FCC Environment, and the company is refusing to extend its sick pay scheme that it provides to office workers and supervisors to cover workers on the frontline .

The action will go on for two weeks and will see pickets at the Wilmington and Driffield waste recycling sites.

The union Unison is backing the strike action.

UNISON will stand firmly with these members and we will use all resources legally available to fight for better conditions and support including calling on all local authorities who use this company to review whether it is morally right to allow them to continue in this way"

Joe GibbinsUNISON regional officer

Hull City Council says it is supporting both parties to reach the quickest resolution and to maintain services for residents.

An FCC Environment spokesperson said “we have had a further meeting with the union to try to resolve the situation.

"Our offer is a fair offer and it still stands".

MP says suspended Labour official's tweet 'repulsive'

Sheffield MP Louise Haigh has condemned a social media post by a former ward branch secretary of the Labour Party in Sheffield at the centre of anti-semitism claims.

The post came from the now-suspended Marianne Tellier who who was part of the Sheffield Park and Arbourthorne Labour branch.

The Labour Party is investigating the case.

Social media post

The unacceptable and insensitive tweets are repulsive and it is absolutely right that she has now been suspended. I'm glad that the party has taken swift and decisive action and made clear that this kind of rhetoric will not be tolerated"

Louise HaighMP Sheffield Heeley

Marianne Tellier tweeted a picture of a job centre sign, showing the words "arbeit macht frei" - the same as those written above the entrance to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz - meaning "work sets you free".

Hull's last surviving 'sidewinder' trawler goes on show

Hull's last "sidewinder" fishing trawler, the Arctic Corsair, has opened for the season this week.

Arctic Corsair
Hull City Council

Visitors can now get a guided tour of the trawler before it goes into storage at the end of the year.

Major restoration works are due to begin on the vessel later in the year, during which time it will be closed to the public.

The renovations are part of the £27.4m development of Hull's maritime attractions.

The free tours will be held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Volunteers spruce up memorial with shrubbery

Work has started on planting 3,000 shrubs at the International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln.

A team of volunteers is helping prepare the Peace Garden ahead of the site's official opening next month.

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Plan for £60m M1 services approved

Designs for a £60m motorway service area at Junction 45 of the M1 have been approved by Leeds City Council.

CGI images of the services
Extra MSA Group

Work will begin next month and the new motorway services are expected to open in summer 2019.

The proposals include a food court, a business centre and a hotel.

The people behind the investment, Extra MSA Group, say it will create more than 700 jobs.

Northallerton Magistrates Court date

Today is the final day of consultation over the proposed closure of Northallerton Magistrates Court.

Northallerton Magistrates Court

Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake, is against the move.

This is one of the largest and most rural in the UK and people living and working in rural areas must have access to justice like everyone else."

Kevin HollinrakeLocal MP

This Ministry of Justice says the proposed relocation of the work from the courts has been carefully considered.

Weather hits football in Barnsley

It's no-go on council football pitches in Barnsley this weekend.

Football players
Getty Images

It's down to the weather making pitches too wet and muddy says the council.

The cancellation affects all matches that were due to played on Parks Services land.

Contaminated blood victims to get legal aid

The government's announced that victims of the contaminated blood scandal will be given legal aid to prepare for an upcoming public inquiry.

Packets of donated blood

Thousands of NHS patients were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s.

Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith told the Commons that the free legal advice, for the consultation stage, will mean victims can help frame the inquiry.

The Labour MP for Hull North, Diana Johnson, who has campaigned on the issue welcomed the news and said the inquiry must be wide-ranging.

Peter Purves returns to Belton House

A member of Blue Peter royalty is in Lincolnshire today.

Peter Purves
Lincolnshire Film Archive

Former presenter Peter Purves is at Belton House near Grantham.

He's marking the 40th anniversary of the children's playground there after opening it back in 1978.

BreakingSheffield Labour member suspended over social media posts

Sheffield Labour party branch secretary Marianne Tellier has been suspended by the Labour Party.

It's over posts on social media that have drawn complaints alleging anti-semitism.

She was with Labour's Park and Arbourthorne ward.

Watch: Joe Root on Australian ball-tampering

England cricket captain Joe Root has been speaking about the implications for cricket of the scandal that's rocked Australia's national team.

Sheffielder Root, says what counts is how fans want to see the game played.

He begins by speaking about the former Australian Captain Steve Smith and his 12-month ban over the fiasco:

A year until Brexit: Butlin's recruitment worries

With a year to go until the UK officially leaves the European Union the boss of Butlin's Skegness resort says he's already having difficulty when it comes to getting more staff.

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Chris Baron says that while industries like agriculture can turn to automation, that's not really an option for businesses like Butlin's.

Agriculture can invest and probably employ less people, that's completely different in the leisure industry. If you grow the business you have to grow the number of people you employ... we're going to have to look at that challenge.

Chris BaronButlins, Skegness

Former Yorkshire captain resigns from Australia job

Former Yorkshire cricket captain Darren Lehmann is to quit as head coach of Australia at the end of the current Test series against South Africa.

Darren Lehmann
BBC Sport

The 48-year-old announced the decision during an emotional press conference in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that has seen skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner banned for a year.

Lehmann, who was cleared of any wrongdoing by Cricket Australia, had said on Wednesday he would not resign.

Darren Lehmann played for Yorkshire between 1997 and 2006 and was hugely popular at the club, averaging 68.76 runs a match.

Lost cuddly toy, is he yours?

Alex Rhodes

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

This slightly sad looking chap was found wet and bedraggled in the carpark Lincoln's Carlton Centre.

A good Samaritan found him, dried him out, warmed him up and now wants to reunite him with his owner.


She thinks he's a bunny, I think he's more of a bear...

Regardless, if he's yours then send me an email and I'll put you in touch with the person who's looking after him.

York's new chocolate factory makes special Easter eggs

Earlier we told you about a new chocolate factory which has opened in York just in time for Easter.

This video shows the chocolate eggs it is producing, which have a Yorkshire rose printed on them and the slogan, "the chocolate city".

The Chocolate Factory has been partly paid for by an online crowdfunding page which has raised more than £300,000.

It's on Castlegate, not far from the street where the Tuke family started manufacturing chocolate in the 1700s, becoming some of the first people in the country to do so.

Your headlines this lunchtime

The top stories from across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire this lunchtime include:

£7m Halifax mill conversion given the green light

Halifax Courier

An 18th century mill in Halifax that has been derelict and the subject to vandalism will be converted into 60 new apartments.

The mill in Halifax
Halifax Courier

RAF celebrates official centenary this weekend

As the RAF prepares to celebrate its official 100th anniversary this weekend - they're well into planning for special events being held over the summer

The centenary is on Sunday but most events are happening in July because of the better weather and flying conditions.


The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), based at RAF Coningsby, will be taking part. Flight Lieutenant Andy Preece says the details aren't quite nailed down yet but it'll be spectacular no matter what:

The centrepeice event for RAF 100 is a service at Westminster Abbey, a parade on the Mall and indeed a flypast over Buckingham Palace... the final format is yet to be confirmed but we could have up to 100 aircraft over the Palace this time."

Flight Lieutenant Andy PreeceBBMF

Timings for Tour De Yorkshire announced

The timings for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire bike race have been announced.

Tour De Yorkshire cyclists
Getty Images

The men's race will start at Beverley market place at 13:50 on Thursday 3 May - the women's race will also start in Beverley at 08:40.

The men's race will last four days and the women's two days as they ride across Yorkshire to places including Barnsley and Scarborough.

The event will finish on The Headrow in Leeds on Sunday 6 May at approximately 17:10.

Full details on the route can be found here.