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Watch: Sheffield Half Marathon winner reveals top tips

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

This Sunday, thousands of people will be running in the Sheffield Half Marathon.

With that in mind, I got some tips from Steven Bayton, the first to cross the finish line last year with a time of 69 minutes and 23 seconds.

Here's what he had to say:

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Bradford student scoops top medical award

A student from Bradford has been given a top award after completing one of the biggest healthcare projects in the world.

Chloe Lockwood
Institute of Biomedical Science

St James's University Hospital biomedical scientist Chloe Lockwood was awarded the Rising Star Award at the Chief Scientific Officer’s Healthcare Science Awards

The ceremony, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, celebrates the contributions of healthcare scientists to the NHS and the broader healthcare system.

Ms Lockwood lead one of the biggest laboratory digitisation projects in the world and is a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

It was an honour to be invited to the ceremony, share the evening with brilliant people - and an even bigger honour to receive the award."

Chloe Lockwood

A cloudy weekend with outbreaks of rain likely

Tonight may see cloud thicken for a time but it should stay mostly dry.

Tomorrow will be a dry and bright start but cloud will thicken into the afternoon with a risk of some showery rain spreading up from the south.

A mainly cloudy day on Sunday with an increasing chance of rain through the day:

Weather Forecast
BBC

Housework? No thanks we're from Leeds

When it comes to getting the house work done, it appears Leeds is happy to bring in the hired help...

Vacuuming
Getty Images

New research suggests that nearly two out of five people in the city now pay for hired help.

But they only spend an average of £20 a month compared to residents in Nottingham who shell out the most in Britain - £150.

A leading insurance firm found the most popular forms of hired help were window cleaners followed by gardeners, decorators and then house cleaners.

BreakingSeven candidates in South Yorkshire mayoral election race

Seven candidates have been announced as in the running for the post of Sheffield City Region mayor.

Sheffield City region
Sheffield City Region

Polling will take place on the same day as the local elections, Thursday 3 May.

The candidates are:

  • David Stewart Allen - English Democrats
  • Mick Bower - The Yorkshire Party
  • Dan Jarvis - Labour and Co-operative Party
  • Naveen Judah - South Yorkshire Save Our NHS
  • Hannah Ruth Kitching - Liberal Democrats
  • Robert Murphy - Green Party
  • Ian Geoffrey Walker - Conservative Party

E-fit appeal after Leeds knife-point robberies

Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to following a series of knife-point muggings in two areas of Leeds.

efit
West Yorkshire Police

Officers say on 9 February there were four robberies in and around the Burley and Headingley areas.

In one incident, a 19-year-old man was walking home when he was grabbed by another man who then threatened him and showed him a knife.

The teenager managed to get away from the man unharmed and nothing was stolen.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man in the e-fit image is being asked to contact police.

East Yorkshire actor in running for Olivier award

An actor from East Yorkshire and two University of Hull graduates are in the running for Olivier awards, British theatre's equivalent of the Oscars.

Michael Jibson
BBC

Michael Jibson (left), from Hessle, is nominated for best supporting actor in a musical for his role in Hamilton.

Ink, written by James Graham is up for best new play. Another of his works, Labour of Love is shortlisted for best new comedy.

Meanwhile, Marianne Elliott is nominated for best director for Angels in America.

The awards ceremony is due to take place in London on Sunday evening.

Woman jailed over drink-driving in stolen car

A woman has been jailed for stealing a car and drink-driving in Grantham

Sarah Dixon, 35, from Nottingham Road, Eastwood, in Nottinghamshire, shunted a van and caused two police officers to jump out of her path while she tried to escape on 9 March.

She was pulled over by police in Grantham after nearly hitting a moped and another car.

Officers tried to smash through the car window in order to retrieve Dixon, who was "drowsy" and slumped over the wheel, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

The abandoned car was found later and she was tracked down by a police dog.

The court heard that she appeared drunk but couldn't provide a specimen when asked.

Dixon pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance or a licence, and for failing to provide a specimen.

She was jailed for 10 months, given a 12-month driving ban and ordered to take an extended driving test on her release.

Listen: Yorkshire's gold-winning cyclist targets Olympics

North Yorkshire's Charlie Tanfield has more than made up for his agonising fourth place finish at last month's World Championships.

He's taken gold for England in the men's 4000m individual pursuit final at the Commonwealth Games, beating Scotland's John Archibald.

Tanfield, originally from Great Ayton, is an amateur looking to break into Great Britain's elite programme.

Earlier, both riders broke the Commonwealth Games record.

He has been telling the BBC's Jill Douglas he was ready for the challenge.

Man jailed after sub-machine gun and pistols found in car

A man's been jailed after he was caught carrying a sub-machine gun in a car in Dewsbury.

Faisal Younis
West Yorkshire Police

Faisal Younis, 31, of Tanhouse Street, Dewsbury, was a passenger in a car stopped by police last year.

Two pistols were also found in a rucksack belonging to him, alongside ammunition which could have been used in the three weapons.

A sawn-off shotgun was later found under a bed in a flat he'd been renting in Dewsbury, as well as heroin and crack cocaine with a total street value of about £90,000.

Younis was jailed for 14 years at Bradford Crown Court.

New recycling scheme to be launched in Barnsley

A new recycling scheme in Barnsley will be introduced in the summer.

Recycling logo
BBC

It means the current white paper recycling sack will be phased out, allowing residents to recycle paper and cardboard together in a blue bin.

The new proposal was approved by Barnsley Council's cabinet last month after it received feedback that recycling in the town had declined.

The new scheme will be rolled out from August, say councillors.

Matt Gladstone, from the council, said: "We know that the paper sacks were quite unpopular and it’s time to move on from them. We hope that this decision will be welcomed."

Hull Freedom Festival dates announced

It's been announced that this year's Freedom festival in Hull will be held on the weekend of 31 August.

Freedom Festival
Freedom Festival

The event will feature 200 performers and artists from over 25 countries.

The full line-up for the festival is expected to be announced later this year.

'Get a grip, or get out' - Mayor's warning to council boss

The Mayor of Skegness has told the Leader of Lincolnshire County Council to "get a grip or get out" after becoming frustrated with the state of his town's roads.

skegness road
Danny Brookes

Danny Brookes questioned whether the Kennedy Avenue in Skegness (pictured above) is the worst road in the county.

He complained that leadership by Martin Hill is "lacking" and that he is "letting Lincolnshire down".

Councillor Richard Davies, county councillor in charge of roads, says it's been "one of the most challenging winters we've faced in terms of potholes".

He says the council has invested "millions more in road repairs this year" to tackle the problem.

We ensure that all our county councillors have the opportunity to meet or speak with their local highways officer on a monthly basis, so they can raise any issues that are of concern locally and get an update on the work we are doing."

Councillor Richard DaviesCouncillor in Charge of Highways at Lincolnshire County Council

Moment trapped man is freed from Harrogate trench

This is the moment a workman who was trapped in a collapsed trench in North Yorkshire for six hours was freed.

Buried man
North Yorkshire Police

He reportedly became stuck under clay and tarmac at the housing development in Rossett Green Lane, Harrogate, just before 09:00.

An air ambulance took him to Leeds General Infirmary.

Insp Chris Galley, from North Yorkshire Police, said the recovery mission had been "a massive effort" from North Yorkshire Fire Service and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Wakefield river's 'disgusting' plastic bottle problem

A section of river near Wakefield which has accumulated thousands of plastic bottles and other rubbish has been the subject of debate on social media today.

Waste
Sandy Hartley

Many took to commenting on the pictures which were posted on Facebook last night and show a part of the river Calder at Stanley Ferry.

A screen in the water appears to have collected thousands of discarded bottles, other waste and even dead animals.

Plastic waste in our water seems to be the issue of the moment after the BBC's Blue Planet 2 series in which Sir David Attenborough highlighted the threat of plastic waste in our oceans.

Waste
Sandy Hartley

Among the comments on the Leedsface post read: "Saw that whilst walking there a few days ago. Really shocking"

And "Absolutely disgusting. Take your litter home or find a bin, simples. Some people are just bone idle."

Emergency dam 'holding up'

A temporary dam installed by the Environment Agency at North Frodingham, near Driffield, is holding up, according to Environment Agency officials.

Environment Agency
PA

The dam was installed at the start of the week after part of a flood bank on the upper reaches of the River Hull failed, flooding farmland.

The Environment Agency says the dam is doing its job despite further rain and it will continue to monitor the situation in the days ahead.

Boston Stump prepares to welcome rare newcomers

Several new arrivals are expected in the rafters of the Boston Stump in the next few weeks.

peregrine chicks
Parish of Boston

Rare peregrine falcons began nesting in the church intermittently in 2011, but after an absence of three years from 2014 onwards it was thought the birds of prey wouldn't return.

But more peregrines have began nesting at the top of the landmark Stump in the last few weeks.

The last time they nested, four chicks (pictured) hatched.

The eggs should hatch around the end of the first week of May. The nest is safely out of the way of any disturbance and a screen has been set up in the church coffee shop to to enable visitors to view live footage of the birds."

St Botolph's ChurchSpokesperson

Watch: Two teenagers rescued from Whitby beach

Two teenage girls had to be rescued by the Coastguard at Whitby yesterday afternoon when they were cut off by the incoming tide.

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The girls have been praised for not trying to get out of the situation themselves, but instead dialling 999 and asking for help.

A member of the Coastguard was able to wade out to them and give them reassurance before the helicopter arrived and winched them to safety.

Once they were on board, they were dropped off at the top of the cliffs and didn't need to go to hospital.

This was a close call yesterday, but the girls did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard."

Adam TurnerHM Coastguard

Watch: Bodycams issued to Environment Agency officers

Environment Agency officers in Yorkshire and the north east have been issued with body cameras.

It's in a bid to protect them from "abusive and threatening" behaviour.

The agency has posted a video on twitter demonstrating the abuse officers sometimes receive:

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Warning over fraudsters targeting elderly people

Fraudsters impersonating police officers have been targeting elderly people across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Woman with head in hands
Science Photo Library

This scam involves victims being told to purchase high value goods or withdraw large amounts of cash and to hand it over to a police officer, who will visit their address to collect it.

The fraudsters then allege the goods or the money are counterfeit, according to police.

The force has reiterated its officers would never ask people to do this and is asking the families of elderly people to make them aware of this scam.

Harrogate trench collapse: 'Rescue completed'

It looks like the operation to rescue a man trapped in a collapsed trench for several hours in Harrogate is finally over.

Emergency services were called to the scene, on Rossett Green Lane, at about 09:00 after the workman was trapped under clay and tarmac:

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Wakefield Trinity half-back extends contract

BBC Sport

Wakefield Trinity half-back Jacob Miller has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal.

Jacob Miller
swpix.com

The 25-year-old joined Trinity from Hull FC in 2015 and has scored 35 tries in 92 appearances for the club.

Coach Chris Chester said: "I am delighted that Jacob has signed a new deal, he's an outstanding player who still has a long career ahead of him.

"I have enjoyed seeing him grow and develop as a player over the past couple of seasons."

Appeal over missing boy with Lincolnshire links

Have you seen Shaquille Rose? The 16-year-old has links to Holbeach and hasn't been seen since 06:00 on 6 April.

Shaquille Rose
Lincolnshire Police

He is described as being of slim build, 5ft 8ins tall, and was last known to be wearing a blue t-shirt, black and white tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

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

School to perform music written by Hollywood composer

Children at a special school in Hull have been busy learning a piece of music written for them by a Hollywood composer.

music performanance
BBC

David Buckley has written music for the Jason Bourne films as well as the TV show The Good Wife.

The piece will be performed this weekend by children from the Frederick Holmes school and professional musicians as part of the Beverley music festival.

I think there's a danger some time that families who have children with special needs are marginalised in some ways. It's a joy to welcome them right into the centre of our festival."

Libby BurgessNew Paths Music

£6m cash boost to combat pupil exclusions and absences

Funding worth £6m will be given to Doncaster Council to help the authority combat "high numbers" of children being excluded and "high rates" of persistent absence at schools.

Girl puts hand up in school
Getty Images

More than 5,500 pupils were excluded in the town during 2015-2016, according to figures from the education watchdog Ofsted.

Following a report, the council has outlined a three-stage plan in a bid to reduce the numbers.

The report concluded there was "insufficient provision" in Doncaster to meet the needs of young people with acute social, emotional and mental health needs including those with autism.

Councillors added that the town compared "no better or worse" than other local authorities in South Yorkshire.

The money will be used to address challenges such as the quality of teaching, absence and variable outcomes for disadvantaged children.

Watch: Harrogate trench collapse - Latest pictures

These are the latest scenes from Harrogate, where emergency crews are trying to rescue a man from a collapsed trench.

Fire and ambulance crews were called to Rossett Green Lane at about 09:00 this morning after the workman was trapped under clay and tarmac:

Watch: Frolicking fox family caught on camera in Sheffield

Imagine seeing this in your back garden....

A family of foxes has been caught having fun in Sheffield.

They certainly look like they're having a good time:

Manchester man named as M62 crash victim

A man who was killed in a traffic collision on the M62 has been named by Humberside Police.

M62 fatal crash
BBC

The accident happened at about 09:30 on 3 April when a lorry loaded with a static caravan which was travelling westbound went through the central reservation and collided with a black Lexus travelling eastbound on Ouse Bridge.

Nigel Stuart Eley, 41, from Urmston, Greater Manchester, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 37-year-old man who was the passenger in the car remains in hospital in a serious condition.

The 22-year-old driver of the HGV has now been discharged from hospital and has spoken to police officers.

E-fit appeal over attempted kidnapping in Halifax

The man pictured in the e-fit image below is being sought by police after he tried to bundle a woman into the back of a van in Halifax.

Efit
West Yorkshire Police

Officers say the 33-year-old woman was walking through the town centre in January towards a bus stop on Commercial Street when a man started talking to her.

He then assaulted her and tried to pull her into a van, but she shouted for help and the man ran off.

West Yorkshire Police say they're treating it "extremely seriously" and that they have already carried out a "significant amount of work" to trace the man using CCTV.

The man had a Yorkshire accent and was also wearing a dark blue hooded top with dark trousers.

This was clearly a traumatic ordeal for the victim and we are treating this incident extremely seriously."

PC Katy BradfordWest Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Leeds to London 15:45 train cancelled

BBC News Travel

Travelling to London on the 15:45 from Leeds?

Yeah, you'll be an hour late:

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Calls to protect farm land from flooding

Not enough is being done to protect agricultural land from flooding according to the chairman of the Drainage Board in East Yorkshire.

Flooding
BBC

Farmers in the area say the recent wet weather has led to one river bursting its banks which has left many fields saturated with problems for livestock and crops.

The Environment agency says it is spending record amounts on flood prevention.

But John Duggleby from the Beverley and Holderness Internal Drainage board believes the Environment Agency should do more to maintain the existing rivers, in order to reduce the risk of flooding.

Farmers have two problems at the moment, the recent bad weather and now flooding of the land. We have had to keep livestock indoors, at this time of year they would normally be outside and on the grass"

John DugglebyBeverley and Holderness Internal Drainage Board

Tasers and drugs found in Hull raids

Police carrying out raids on properties in Hull have recovered two tasers and a quantity of what are thought to be drugs.

Raids
BBC

A series of raids were also held yesterday in North Hull.

Humberside Police says they're responding to people's concerns of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Officers say there's also evidence of gangs from out of town operating in the area, including Liverpool.

X-Factor singer's father jailed for fraud

The father of X-Factor singer Ella Henderson has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for being part of a £900,000 fraud.

Sean Henderson, 51, was involved in a scheme to convince investors to part with their money by promising returns of up to 20%, but the cash was never returned.

Sean Henderson
BBC

Judge Paul Watson said the scheme was a "deliberate and pre-planned fraud".

Henderson, of Tetney, Lincolnshire, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud.

He was convicted of the charge after a trial in May 2016 but sentencing was delayed while two further trials were held.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Here's the latest headlines for East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire:

BreakingRescue teams trying to reach man trapped in trench

Here are the latest images from a rescue operation which is taking place in Harrogate.

Fire and ambulance teams are at the scene on Rossett Green Lane.

Crews were called just before 09:00 this morning.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service says a trench has collapsed trapping one person under clay and tarmac.

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Vandalised books of remembrance to be restored

It's been revealed that Books of Remembrance, which were slashed with knives and scattered around the grounds of a Leeds crematorium are going through a painstaking restoration.

books of remembrance
Leeds City Council

The attack happened over the weekend at the Lawnswood Crematorium and appears to have been targeted, with the door being forced open to the room where they were kept, and locked cabinets being broken into.

Leeds City Council says the damaged books have been taken to a professional restorer who will "systematically" work through each damaged page and then they will be rewritten in exactly the same style and format.

CCTV is now being reviewed to track down the people who did it, the books that were vandalised were contained to the months of April, May and June only.

LISTEN: Heritage line defends German uniform decision

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway says it's had lots of people supporting the decision to no longer have people dressing as German soldiers at a World War re-enactment weekend.

The 'Railway in Wartime' event has taken place for the past 12 years.

The charity's station at Levisham is transformed into a German occupied town.

The railway says after negative publicity it has withdrawn its invitation to people to appear in German military outfits.

Chris Price is General Manager of the railway.