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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 February 2017

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By David Ward, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Tuesday...

Those are all the updates from Tuesday 14 February 2017.

If you want to get the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Yorkshire for Wednesday 15 February, just click here.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Three lanes closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident.

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 J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

Read more

Our five top stories today

Well 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. 

Breaking news updates will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories: 

See you tomorrow.

UKIP's Paul Nuttall admits he did not lose 'close friends' at Hillsborough

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has admitted that past claims that he lost "close personal friends" in the Hillsborough disaster were incorrect.

Paul Nuttal
Radio City

He told Liverpool's Radio City he was not responsible for statements on his website in 2011 and 2012 claiming this.

He told the station it was "someone he knew" who had died in the 1989 tragedy.

The MEP, who is standing in the Stoke Central by-election, said those casting doubt on whether he was at Hillsborough that day were "cruel and nasty".

Man remanded over death of Harehills man

A 34-year-old man accused of murder has appeared at Leeds magistrates court today. 

Bartlomiej Dedek was charged last night over the death of a man in the Bexley Mount area of the city. 

Leeds Magistrates remanded Mr Dedek in custody ahead of an appearance at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday.

W-otter stunning picture!

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

This is a picture of an otter, you've probably seen one before but keep reading because this could be a very rare otter:

James Willson

The otter was spotted in the River Aire in Leeds city centre this afternoon.

Now I'm no wildlife expert, but I have a feeling this might be a very rare sighting. The man who sent it in, James Willson, says that he's not seen one in the Aire since 2006!

I've called Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to find out a bit more about their appearances in the city, I'll let you know what they say.

Do you recognise this man? - child approached in Halifax park

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him after a four-year-old boy was approached in a park in Halifax. 

West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened on 1 February in Crow Wood Park. 

A woman had taken her boy to the park to play and as she was getting something from her handbag, a man approached the boy and tried to lead him away.

Luckily the woman looked up at the right time and shouted at the man and he ran away.

Clearly this incident has caused great distress to the child's mother and to the young boy who was thankfully unhurt."

Det Const James TaylorWest Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire in pictures: Sun comes out across the region

It's been a glorious day across Yorkshire, finally some sunshine and no need for those double thermal underpants.

To celebrate, here's a selection of lovely pictures sent into BBC Weather Watchers from across the region. We start in Newmillerdam near Wakefield:


And then to Royston near Barnsley


Finally here's Whitby Abbey looking amazing:

Whitby Abbey
Sunny Beach

Northern want your pictures from today's steam rail journey

If you're the sort who lives for retweets and more followers then here's a golden opportunity...

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Drug addict who stole from children’s cancer ward at LGI jailed again

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A drug addict thief who was jailed for stealing laptops from a children’s cancer ward is back behind bars after he snatched a 67-year-old woman’s bag.

Matthew Ingham
Telegraph and Argus

Chance to live the dream for some Blades fans

Sheffield United supporters could have the chance to live at the club's ground, if plans for a new development at Bramall Lane go ahead.  

WCEC Architects

At the moment the space it would occupy, the Cherry Street / Shoreham Street Corner is used as car parking.

The plans, which have been unveiled today, would also bring a new club shop and other retail outlets. 

The corner site we are developing could fulfil a dream for some of our supporters."

Simon McCabeSheffield United director

Armed gang forced way into house

Police are appealing for more information after five men armed with weapons forced their way into a house near Dewsbury.

Bevor cres

The attacks was on Sunday night on Bevor Crescent Heckmondwike.

The thieves demanded money and stole the victim's white Ford Transit van.

Thankfully the victim of this incident was left uninjured, but understandably very distressed by these suspects forcing entry into his home."

Det Oliver CoatesWest Yorkshire Police

Listen: Meeting Sheffield's baby makers at Jessop's

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

As part of BBC Radio Sheffield's NHS Week, I've been to meet the team at the Assisted Conception Unit at Jessop's hospital in Sheffield.

They help couples with fertility problems.

Head Embryologist, Rachel Cutting, gave me a tour of the lab:

Concerns over people disregarding bird flu rules in our region

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

People are deliberately ignoring rules to stop the spread of bird flu and putting millions of chickens and turkeys at risk in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 

That's according to farmers, who want any evidence that birds are being allowed to roam outdoors to be handed to the authorities.


Already thousands of birds have died after three outbreaks in the last few weeks.

Public meeting to discuss Keighley waste incinerator

Michael Henderson

BBC Radio Leeds

Campaigners worried about a planned waste incinerator near Keighley will hold a public meeting tonight.

Incinerator site

Proposals for the plant at Thwaites were approved by councillors last week.   

Man approaches two 12-year-old girls in Leeds

A man who asked two 12-year-old girls if they wanted a lift and then went on to make inappropriate comments is being searched for by police in Leeds.


The incident happened yesterday lunchtime on Stainton Lane in Carlton.

Police are looking for a white Ford Transit van with the registration PK56 SVU with ladders on the roof. 

After he made the comments he drove off in the direction of Main Street.

The two girls are obviously very upset about this and this was a busy time of day on a busy road."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Delays expected in Huddersfield

BBC Travel

We're getting near home time, so if you're in Huddersfield watch out for this:

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Distraction burglary on 95-year-old woman in Sheffield

Thieves stole money from a 95-year-old woman in Sheffield by claiming she needed work doing in her garden.

Daisy Walk

The theft happened yesterday morning on Daisy Walk in Beighton when the woman answered the door to a man who claimed that some cables needed to be laid in her back garden.

They then both went into her garden, police think the man left her front door ajar. He then kept her talking and then suddenly left.

When the woman went back to her house she discovered a quantity of cash missing. 

The man is described as white, in his 30s, about 5ft 7ins tall and of medium build.

Most people who come to your door are genuine, however it’s unfortunate that some do come with the intention of tricking their way into your home to steal from you."

PC Gareth BryantSouth Yorkshire Police

Brief encounters: Messages of love at Leeds station

Today, is of course, the international day of luuuurve: St Valentine's Day. 

And what better way to tell someone you love them than writing them a special message ... that appears on the departures board at Leeds train station:

Love messages

If you'd like your message to your loved one (ie forgotten to get them a card and the garage has sold out), you can tweet yours to Network Rail.

You could be just like Mr Otter and Mrs Beaver.

In pictures: Tornado powers 12 scheduled services

This morning we've been telling you about the first timetabled services on a railway line to have been powered by steam in decades.

Tornado, the newest steam locomotive in Britain, will pull 12 Northern services on the Settle-Carlisle line over three consecutive days.

We saw these pictures and thought we'd share them with you:

Steam train
Getty Images
Steam train
Getty Images
Steam train
Getty Images

Watch: 'Truth will come out' over Shannon Matthews

A cousin of Karen Matthews says she'll only speak to her relative again when she's ready to tell the "full truth" about what happened to daughter Shannon.

The hoax kidnap of the then-nine-year-old girl saw Shannon, from Dewsbury, drugged and hidden by mum Karen and her stepfather's uncle in 2008.

Both kidnappers planned to "find" Shannon and split the £50,000 reward on offer. They were later arrested and jailed. 

Susan Howgate hasn't spoken to Karen Matthews since.

Susan, who lives near Dewsbury Moor, will be among millions watching tonight as BBC One shows the second episode of The Moorside, a dramatisation of those events nine years ago:

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Listen: Government refuses to help cover Scarborough and Whitby tidal surge cost

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There's condemnation of the Government for refusing to help cover the cost of the tidal surge which hit Scarborough and Whitby last month. 

The final bill is expected to be almost £250,000.

BBC Radio York's Mike Kemp has the details:

The Cribs to be celebrated in Wakefield

Wakefield band The Cribs are to be honoured by their home city with a special exhibition which opens tomorrow.

The Cribs
Wakefield City Council

Some of the band's instruments and other items charting their history will be on display in the atrium of Wakefield One. 

The Cribs - the Jarman brothers, twins Ryan on guitar and Gary on bass and younger brother Ross on drums - have been around since 2002, recording six albums and playing countless gigs. 

And we mustn't forget that legendary former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr joined the band for four years. 

You can see all of their stuff at Wakefield One until July.

Listen: York City Knights 'heading in right direction' - Coach James Ford

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

York City Knights completed their pre-season programme with a 34-24 win over a young Hull FC XIII at Bootham Crescent last night.

The new-look side now have just five days before their first match of the season against North Wales in the League One Cup on Sunday.

York coach James Ford has told BBC Radio York he's happy with the progress they're making:

Cawood Bridge to be strengthened - but later than originally scheduled

Kate Gibson

BBC Radio York

Plans to strengthen a bridge in North Yorkshire have been changed after people living nearby expressed concerns.

Cawood Bridge

The work on Cawood Bridge, near Selby, is expected to cost about £1m and involves installing steel plates and painting it. 

However, it does mean the crossing will be closed for 20 weeks while the work is done. 

Originally, it was going to happen early this year. But after suggestions from residents it'll take place in the summer while some commuters are on holiday and schools are closed.

Fresh appeal after jogger's death on Leeds ring road

A fresh appeal for witnesses after a woman was hit and killed by a car on Leeds' outer ring road has been made by police.

Rachel Watson
West Yorkshire Police

Rachel Watson, 43, was out running on the A6120 near Tongue Lane when she was hit by a grey Vauxhall Corsa, on Saturday 4 February.

The driver stopped and spoke to officers, but police say they're trying to trace the driver of a beige van which may have witnessed what happened.

They're also looking for a learner driver who was having a lesson at the time, as the incident may be caught on the car's camera.

Meanwhile, Rachel Watson's family has issued a statement in tribute:

We are completely devastated by the loss of Rachel. [She] was beautiful, warm, generous and kind - nothing was too much trouble for her family or her friends."

Family statement

Watch: Leeds City Council pays out millions over 'unfit' homes

What's it like to live in a home that could be damaging your health? 

Research by BBC Radio Leeds has found that thousands of council house tenants are living in squalor. 

In the last five years, Leeds City Council has paid out £4.5m compensation for homes that aren't up to scratch

During that time, there have been almost 1,500 disrepair claims brought against the local authority - the highest number of any council outside London.

Man arrested in Rotherham after armed stand-off

A man's been arrested after an armed stand-off in Rotherham last night.

Officers were called to a property on Spalton Road, Parkgate, at about 19:00 on Monday after reports a woman had been injured and was being held against her will.

Police negotiators were called in and the 42-year-old woman left the property at about 20:30 with injuries to her hands.

A 42-year-old man was arrested about half-an-hour later on suspicion of assault and false imprisonment and remains in police custody.

The train now leaving: Tornado smothers Appleby in steam

Photographers have been having a field day as the first scheduled train to be pulled by a steam locomotive set off from Appleby this morning.

Tornado making steam
Tornado taking on water

If you've taken shots you'd like to share, please email us.

York City reserve match postponed

David Ward

MatchDay Live presenter

In case you missed this yesterday:

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We know all you York City fans were preparing to head down there in your droves...

Kick-off was supposed to be at 13:00.

Listen: Erosion-hit road to Filey community will be protected

Kate Gibson

BBC Radio York

There's relief for a small coastal community near Filey this afternoon.

Residents of Flat Cliffs have been told their only access road will be protected from erosion at a cost of £0.5m.

Scarborough Borough Council has agreed to a government grant to cover the costs.

BBC Radio York's Lee Stott has more details:

Gold rings stolen from York jewellers

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police are looking for two men after a robbery on Stonegate, York:

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The hottest ticket in town: Huddersfield Town v Man City

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Tickets for Huddersfield Town's FA Cup fifth round match went on general sale this morning.

You could say there's been a bit of interest at the John Smith's stadium:

Huddersfield Town queue
Luke Cowan

The Terriers are at home to Manchester City on Saturday, with kick-off at 15:00.

I've spoken to the club, and they say that tickets are still available, but you can't imagine there'll be many left for long.

If you are thinking of buying some, be warned: you must have bought a ticket for a Huddersfield game in the past otherwise you won't get one.

Time's running out for Rotherham Lotto winner

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A Lotto winner from Rotherham has just over a week left to claim their £50,000 prize.

Lotto ticket

The missing ticket is from a draw which took place on the 27 August last year.  

You might want to check behind your sofa quickly, just in case...

Watch: Tornado 60163 thunders through Ribblehead Station

Thomas Beresford was up at a blowy Ribblehead Station waiting for Tornado to come past, and it was worth the wait:

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Council set to take action to deal with 'gull mugging'

Kate Gibson

BBC Radio York

Councillors could give the go-ahead for a specialist company to remove herring gull nests and eggs in Scarborough's South Bay and Whitby harbour from next month. 


They would also use birds of prey to scare the gulls.  

It would be part of a crack down on what are described as seagull-muggings in the two resorts

Similar action has already been taken by councils in Plymouth and Bath.  

Teenager remanded on murder charge over Irfan Wahid death

A 16-year-old boy has appeared at Leeds Youth Court charged with murder of Irfan Wahid last Friday and possession of a bladed article.

Leeds Youth Court

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday.