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Summary

  1. Funeral of teenage Dinnington stab victim Leonne Weeks is held
  2. Steel maker Tata signs agreement to sell Speciality Steels business for £100m
  3. Arriva Rail North workers balloted over strike action
  4. £135m energy-from-waste incinerator gets the go-ahead in Keighley
  5. Stolen sheep being hidden "in plain sight" in North Yorkshire
  6. Updates on Thursday 9 February 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Nick Wilmshurst and Kat Harbourne

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The facility near Rotherham will produce carbon fibre chassis for McLaren supercars.
The facility near Rotherham will produce carbon fibre chassis for McLaren supercars.

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

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

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

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

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Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from us for today. We'll be back on Friday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

Remember, though, that updates will carry on here through the evening and tonight.

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

  1. Funeral of teenage Dinnington stab victim Leonne Weeks is held
  2. Tata Steel sells South Yorkshire factories for £100m
  3. RMT union ballots members over strike action on Northern trains 
  4. Stolen sheep hidden in plain sight in North Yorkshire
  5. Rosie the two week old donkey brightens up your day

See you tomorrow.

Watch: New arrival at Knottingley's Wonkey Donkey

Charles Engwell

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Having a bad day?  This will hopefully cheer you up.  

It's the newest addition at the Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre in Knottingley (didn't Ant and Dec have a wonkey donkey?).

The centre rescues abused and unwanted donkeys:

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Missing boy believed to be in Doncaster

Police are appealing for help in finding a missing Lancashire teenager who's now believed to be in the Doncaster area.

Guss Goulding
Lancashire Police

Guss Goulding was last seen in Carnforth in Lancashire at about 20:15 on 2 February.

He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, slim build with short dark brown hair, and was last seen wearing a dark grey Adidas jacket and tracksuit bottoms with black stripes and black trainers.

Lancashire Police believe he could be in the Doncaster area and are asking anyone with information to contact them.  

Work to begin on damaged bridge in Richmond

Good news for you if you live in Richmond, North Yorkshire: work on Mercury Bridge on Station Road, which was damaged last July following a tractor collision, is due to start on Monday 20 February. 

Damaged bridge
North Yorkshire Police

The work is due to last six weeks and during that time the single-lane traffic managed by lights will remain in place.

Pedestrians will be able to walk across the bridge during the work, however. 

Appeal after armed car jacking in Leeds

Do you recognise these four men? Police have released CCTV images of men they'd like to speak to following a violent car jacking last month in Chapeltown in Leeds.

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

The robbery happened in the early hours of 2 January just outside the West Indian Centre on Laycock Place.

Two men armed with knives stopped a car with three passengers inside. They threatened them and then dragged them out of the car.

The car was stolen and later found abandoned on the Sholebroke estate in Leeds.

The victims have been left traumatised and we hope by releasing these images, members of the public will recognise these men."

Det Stewart GreenwoodWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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Watch: Sheffield 'obvious' place for McLaren plant

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

The big bosses of luxury car brand McLaren have been in Sheffield today to sign off on a partnership with the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The plant will cost £50m to build, and it's hoped it will bring up to £100m into the local economy.

I've been speaking to the firm's chief executive Mike Flewitt:

Members of Scarborough drugs gang on the run

Police are appealing for information after two members of a Scarborough drugs gang who were due to be sentenced went on the run.

Sonny Elms
North Yorkshire Police

Sonny Elms (above) and Paul Daniel Heaton (below) both failed to appear at York Crown Court last Wednesday, where they were due to be sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Five other members of the gang are currently starting prison sentences totalling nearly 20 years after appearing at the same court last week.

Paul Daniel Heaton
North Yorkshire Police

Elms is described as 24-years-old, 6ft 1ins tall, with dark eyes and blond hair, which he often shaves.

Heaton is 26, 5ft 11ins tall. He has blue eyes, short hair and is often unshaven. He speaks with a Manchester accent.

Watch: What makes Leeds Rhinos Rob Burrow so great?

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

As Leeds Rhinos kick off the Super League season tonight at St Helens, Rob Burrow will make his 500th career appearance. 

But what makes him so great?  Here's Leeds Rhinos legend JJB, Jamie Jones Buchanan, with his views:

Cold-calling warning in North Yorkshire

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

It's the knock on the door which can drive you mad - someone trying to sell you something. 

It appears the cold-callers are at it again today. 

They are trying to sell fish in North Yorkshire which is a no cold-calling zone. 

North Yorkshire Trading Standards is warning that whatever's on sale is "usually over-priced and misdescribed" - so watch out:

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RMT strike ballot 'extremely premature' - Arriva Rail North

The RMT union has been "extremely premature" in calling a strike ballot over the role of guards on Arriva Rail North trains, the company has said.

The union claims the firm has "failed to provide" any reassurances over the future role of guards who the RMT says are necessary to open train doors safely.

But in a statement, an Arriva Rail North spokesman says: "We are in the early stages of developing our modernisation plans to bring customers a better railway.

"During our discussions this week we offered commitments to consult fully with our people, customers and key stakeholders.

"We want to protect jobs and pay as we work together to provide safe, secure and accessible services for our customers. We want to continue talking with the RMT."

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Man dies after collision with lorry in Rotherham

A man has died after a being hit by a lorry in Rotherham. 

It happened at about 11:50 this morning on Wellgate.

The man's family has been informed and are being supported by South Yorkshire Police. 

Watch: Sparks lead to cross-border police pursuit

We told you about this a little earlier - a dramatic pursuit involving the North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team which took them across the border into South Yorkshire. 

Here's the full story:

Closure of child migrant scheme 'shameful' - Yorkshire MP

The government's decision to end a scheme allowing vulnerable refugee children into the UK is "shameful", according to West Yorkshire Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

Yvette Cooper
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Ministers announced yesterday they would stop arrivals under the scheme in March once they reached 350 - far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says this was because ministers feared it was encouraging people traffickers.

Ms Cooper says the government was "turning its back" on children.

Rail workers balloted over strike action

The RMT rail union has told Arriva North, the firm which runs most trains in Yorkshire under the Northern banner, they are to ballot their members for industrial action.

Northern trains
BBC

The RMT says Arriva North has "failed to provide" any assurances about the future role of guards on their trains. They say trains need guards to open the doors safely. 

It's the same dispute which has brought travel chaos to the south of England, where drivers were to operate the doors. The only difference being that the unions are different in this case.

Management are expected to fulfil their roles if a strike happens.

The union’s position on driver-only operation is perfectly clear. This dispute, and the ballot for industrial action, were entirely preventable."

Mick CashRMT

Missing Doncaster teen last seen as she went to bed

Have you seen 14-year-old Milly Senior? 

Milly Senior
South Yorkshire Police

Police say that concern's growing for her welfare, after she went missing at about 23:00 yesterday. 

She was last seen going to bed at home in Woodlands, Doncaster.

BreakingRail workers balloted over strike action

Arriva Rail North workers are to be balloted for strikes in a row over the role of guards, the RMT union has announced.

More to follow.   

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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McLaren deal is signed, sealed and delivered in South Yorkshire

The deal between luxury car brand McLaren and the University of Sheffield has been officially signed off today.

It'll mean investment and jobs for the Sheffield City Region.

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Incinerator approved despite objections

A £135m energy-from-waste incinerator has been approved by councillors in West Yorkshire.

Site of proposed incinerator
BBC

The plant will be built on land on Airedale Road, Keighley, and will be capable of producing 10 to 11 MW of electricity a year.

More than 3,000 people had signed an online petition against the proposals due to concerns about pollution, noise and the visual impact of the plant.

The developer, Endless Energy, has not yet commented on the decision.

Still some way to go until the spring...

It's definitely still winter out there - not least in Leeds:

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Severe congestion: M62 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire both ways severe congestion, between J26 for M606 and J28 for A650.

M62 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on M62 in both directions between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J28, A650 (Tingley).

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound at J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Listen: Leonne Weeks' funeral - Friends 'still in shock'

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

About 500 mourners have attended the funeral of Leonne Weeks this afternoon.

Leonne was found with stab injuries in Dinnington, near Rotherham, on 16 January.

Her friends have told me: "We're all still in shock."

Fleeced: Stolen flock rescued in North Yorkshire

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Sheep in North Yorkshire are being quietly stolen one or two at a time by rustlers, according to the police.

Sheep
North Yorkshire Police

After a tip-off last Saturday officers found a flock of about 65 sheep and goats in the Hambleton area and police believe they would have been destined for the "illegal meat trade".

They'd been left in a field and the landowner had no idea whose they were, and North Yorkshire Police say they think they were stolen.

A 54-year-old man from Middlesbrough was arrested at the scene on suspicion of theft and possession of cannabis. 

He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.  

Tata agrees to sell 'Speciality Steel'

Steel maker Tata has signed an agreement to sell its Speciality Steels business, which has several sites in South Yorkshire, for £100m. 

Tata steel
Getty Images

The factories make products for the aerospace, automotive and oil and gas industries and Tata has sold the business to the Liberty House Group. 

Employees, trade unions and the management team have worked incredibly hard and I'm delighted to say that the business is now on track to thrive in the future."

Bimlendra JhaChief executive, Tata Steel UK

Your headlines this afternoon

The top stories from Yorkshire so far this afternoon include:

  • The funeral for 16-year-old Leonne Weeks, who died from multiple stab wounds, is held in Dinnington, near Rotherham
  • Steel maker Tata signs agreement to sell its Speciality Steels business, which has a number of sites in South Yorkshire for £100m
  • Harrogate Borough Council is to put up its share of council tax by 2.23% - the first rise in six years

Listen: Leonne Weeks 'will not be forgotten'

At the funeral of killed 16-year-old Leonne Weeks, Les Clarke, Salvation Army Officer, has paid tribute to her.

He says Leonne "will not be forgotten":

Leonne Weeks funeral: More floral tributes

At the funeral of Leonne Weeks in Dinnington, near Rotherham, many floral tributes have been left to the 16-year-old who died from stab wounds in January.

Flowers
BBC

Leonne Weeks funeral: Pink coffin carried into church

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

As the funeral is held for killed teenager Leonne Weeks in Dinnington, near Rotherham, a pink coffin carved with her name and covered in hearts is carried into St Leonard's Church.

Funeral
BBC
The funeral procession for Leonne Weeks in Dinnington
Hundreds turn out to pay their respects to 16-year-old Leonne Weeks at her funeral

Funeral of Leonne Weeks is taking place

The funeral service for 16-year-old Leonne Weeks has begun. 

Leonne Weeks
Leonne Weeks

Her body was discovered on a pathway off Lordens Hill in Dinnington, near Rotherham, in January. 

She'd died of multiple stab wounds.

Shea Peter Heeley, 18, of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, has been charged with her murder, and is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 17 February.

Leonne Weeks funeral: Family's tribute to 'beautiful' daughter

Earlier today, the family of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks, whose funeral is being held in Dinnington, near Rotherham, this afternoon, paid tribute to their "beautiful" daughter. 

Leonne Weeks
Leonne Weeks

Leonne's body was discovered on a pathway off Lordens Hill on 16 January. She'd died of multiple stab wounds.

In a statement, her family said: "She is loved and sadly missed by all her family. Leonne was a twin and was close to all of her brothers and sisters. 

"We are grateful for the ongoing support shown by the community and other groups which have links to the family."

Leonne Weeks: Funeral service begins

The private service is under way at St Leonard's church in Dinnington for killed 16-year-old Leonne Weeks. 

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Watch: Funeral procession reaches church

Hundreds of people have joined the procession for the funeral of Leonne Weeks in Dinnington.