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Summary

  1. Leeds 'cash for crash' scam killers sentenced
  2. Rail union votes in favour of strike action on Arriva Rail North
  3. York police officer saves labrador's life with CPR
  4. 'Positive response' to Tommy Ward Crimewatch appeal
  5. Sheffield taxi drivers stage 'slow drive' protest
  6. Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater speaks of 'new reality'
  7. Updates on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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By Kat Harbourne, Elly Fiorentini and Shahid Hussain

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Tuesday...

Those are all the updates from Yorkshire on Tuesday 28 February 2017.

If you want to catch up on all the latest news, sport, weather and travel update from across Yorkshire on Wednesday 1 March, click here .

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J47 for A642.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 exit slip road closed southbound at J47, A642 (Garforth), because of roadworks. Diversion in operation - via J46. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A1 and J3 for A6182.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M18 northbound between J2 A1(M) and J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Today's top stories from across Yorkshire

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's all from us for today, but remember that news, sport and travel updates will continue right here throughout this evening and overnight.

We'll be back with all the latest live updates from across Yorkshire from 06:30 on Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, here's a reminder of just some of the top stories we've been covering today:

  1. A coroner  delivers his conclusions at the inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists,  including Sharon and Christopher Bell from Leeds.
  2. Three men  have been jailed for manslaughter and fraud  after organising a "crash for cash" plot which killed a great grandmother from Leeds in 2014
  3. The sister of murdered Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox  has spoken of the effect her killing has had on their family
  4. You might have to hold off on that second drink - here's why the price of a pint could rise
  5. Going beyond the call of duty!: Here's how a York police officer saved Larry The Labrador's life

Fancy a Yorkshire Pancake?

BBC Look North

Have you had your pancake yet? If you're waiting till you go home then you should really be having your pancakes the Yorkshire way. 

Here's how:

Yorkshire's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see showery rain spreading eastwards, clearing out into the North Sea later in the night. 

Skies will clear from the west and the wind will ease allowing a widespread frost as temperatures drop to about 1C (34F). 

Thursday will start fine with sunny spells, but scattered wintry showers will develop for a time with rain arriving to the south of the region later with highs of about 8C (46F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

Last chance to see Leeds lit up pink

LGBT History Month comes to an end in Leeds today, and it's your last chance to see the city lit up to mark the month-long celebration.

A number of prominent city centre buildings including Leeds Town Hall and the First Direct Arena have been lit up pink, while rainbow flags fly at Leeds Town Hall and the Civic Hall.

As well as February marking LGBT History month, this year also marks the passing of an important milestone - the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England:

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Uninsured drivers lead to cannabis farm in Leeds

How about this for a good day at work...

West Yorkshire Police stumbled on this cannabis farm in Leeds after following up on uninsured and unlicensed drivers in Leeds:

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Rotherham United Community Sports Trust scoops top award

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has been named the North East and Yorkshire Community Club of the Year for the second year in a row.

Rotherham United
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

Judges praised the work the trust does to engage local communities, especially Muslim women, who have low participation in sport.

The trust has now been nominated for the National Community Club of the Year Award alongside five other English Football League clubs. 

We are absolutely thrilled to have won the regional Community Club of the Year award and to be in the mix for the national award against five strong opponents"

Jamie NobleHead of Community

Selby pilot challenges jail term

A pilot from North Yorkshire nicknamed "Biggles" who used his aerial photography business to front a £33.5m cocaine smuggling racket is appealing against his 19-year jail sentence.

Biggles
National Crime Agency

Andrew Wright, of Toad Hall, Selby, North Yorkshire, was  jailed last February  after admitting conspiracy to import cocaine.

His lawyer claims the punishment overlooked his previous good character. 

A decision on his appeal will be made at a later date. 

How do you make the perfect pancake?

Kay Crewdson

Presenter, BBC Radio York

It's Shrove Tuesday  - also known, of course, as Pancake Day - and they've been running, skipping, tossing and flipping in Scarborough , Ripon and Northallerton today. 

I wonder if they were able to eat theirs? I've been to visit the experts at York Market who just might be able to help you create the perfect pancake. 

West Yorkshire amnesty nets 100 weapons so far

If you have any firearms or weapons which could cause serious harm, now's the time to hand them in - no questions asked.

West Yorkshire Police have had over 100 dangerous weapons handed in so far as part of the force's weapons amnesty:

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Top v bottom as Minstermen head for Imps clash

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's top versus bottom tonight when  York City make the short trip to Lincoln City in the National League.

The Minstermen may have made it through to the semi finals of the FA Trophy, but Lincoln City have also wowed their fans with an FA Cup quarter final draw against Arsenal.

Ironically, York and Lincoln will meet each other in the FA Trophy.

York are currently bottom of the National League. Could a win tonight get them off the bottom? 

You can hear full commentary on BBC Radio York  from 19:00 tonight. 

Traffic and travel: Leeds inner ring road reopens

BBC Travel

It looks like things should hopefully be getting back to normal after an incident on the A58 inner ring road in Leeds a little earlier which led to the road being closed:

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Price of a pint set to hit new peak?

There's a warning we could soon be paying an extra 30p for a pint of beer to cover the cost of rising business rates.

Gill Furniss
Parliament TV

Sheffield Labour MP Gill Furniss (pictured), a shadow minister, says pubs would be hit with a £421m increase in their bills as a result of the government's rates re-evaluation plans

She says: "All small businesses - many in Sheffield and Brightside, my own constituency - are in the firing line."

Local government minister, Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy, said the criteria for rate rises had been agreed by the industry. 

Severe accident: A66 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A66 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, around Moor Lane.

A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Ravensworth blocked and very slow traffic westbound around the Moor Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Want to get involved in the Tour de Yorkshire? Get to Ilkley

The Tour De Yorkshire Roadshow is in Ilkley today as the county gears up to host one of the biggest cycling events in the world.

crowds holding Yorkshire flags
Welcome to Yorkshire

It's an opportunity to find out how businesses and individuals can make the most of the event.

There's advice about branding, how to get involved, and a presentation from tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

The event is free at The Kings Hall in Ilkley from 17:30 this evening.

Footballer Adam Johnson appeal bid judgement reserved

Former Leeds United and England footballer Adam Johnson faces a wait to find out if he can challenge his conviction for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl .

Adam Johnson
PA/Durham Police

The 28-year-old was  jailed for six years last March  for sexually touching and grooming the schoolgirl.

He was later  refused leave  to appeal against his conviction and sentence, but launched a second bid late last year.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London have been hearing legal arguments on his behalf, and will announce their decision on a date yet to be fixed.

Chancellor to investigate outstanding West Yorkshire flood payments

The government is promising to look at helping speed up payments due to businesses in West Yorkshire hit by the floods of more than a year ago. 

The Labour MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, has told the Commons more needs to be done and Chancellor Philip Hammond has now pledged to investigate:

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Listen: Interim mayor 'possible' for Sheffield City Region - Northern Powerhouse minister

It may be possible for the Sheffield City Region to have an "interim mayor" so it doesn't lose out on previously agreed funding, the minister for the Northern Powerhouse has said.

The City Region will not now elect a mayor until May 2018, after a High Court ruling said it must do more public consultation to see if Chesterfield and Bassetlaw can join. 

The delay means South Yorkshire will miss out on £30m of funding this year. 

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts asked in Parliament if it could be avoided:

Responding to Mr Betts, Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy said he would think about it:

'Amazing' temporary roof for York's Mansion House

Step one of restoration work at York's landmark Mansion House is finally over.

Now, it seems, the "real" work is about to begin:

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Traffic and travel: Part of Leeds inner ring road closed

BBC Travel

Drivers in Leeds are being advised to avoid part of the city's A58 inner ring road following an incident.

Police were called at about 14:30 after reports a man had fallen onto the eastbound carriageway from the Woodhouse Lane bridge. 

He received serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

The carriageway remains closed and drivers are being advised by police to avoid the area.

Gardening for therapy in Rotherham

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

This made me smile... 

A patient at the Rotherham Rehab and Recovery Ward is a keen gardener - but missing his garden.

To make him feel at home, staff set up a gardening group with him, and gave him a plot of land. Now he spends most of his time tending his flowers.

The plants were bought from money raised via fundraising:

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'Positive response' to Tommy Ward Crimewatch appeal

Detectives investigating the death of an 80-year-old man from Maltby, South Yorkshire, say they've had "a really positive response" following last night's Crimewatch programme.

Tommy Ward
South Yorkshire Police

Officers say the TV appeal, as well as last week's appeal on the anniversary of Tommy Ward's death , has led to new lines of enquiry. 

Mr Ward was robbed and beaten at his home in October 2015.

A bridge too far: Tadcaster's temporary footbridge to be removed

A temporary footbridge over the River Wharfe in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, which was the only connection between two sides of the town for over a year will be closed from tomorrow ahead of its removal.

Tadcaster footbridge
North Yorkshire County Council

The bridge meant pedestrians could cross from one side of the town to the other after the collapse of part of the town's Grade II-listed bridge due to the December 2015 floods (pictured).

The 18th century road bridge was finally reopened on 3 February after it was reconstructed at a cost of about £4m.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, says: "After the floods of December 2015, the temporary footbridge was an important step in the County Council’s efforts to reunite the town and help it to get back on its feet.

 “Now, with the reopening of the historic bridge to traffic and pedestrians, the footbridge is no longer required and the County Council will no longer have the expense of hiring the structure." 

Use your loaf: Bread contributes to global warming

A single loaf of bread produced in the UK contributes as much to global warming as more than half a kilogram of carbon dioxide, according to research from the University of Sheffield .

Bread
Thinkstock

Researchers analysed the supply chain from growing and harvesting the wheat to milling the grain, producing the flour, baking the bread and packaging the final product. 

They say growing the wheat and especially the use of fertiliser, easily accounted for the biggest slice of the bread's environmental impact.

About 12 million loaves are sold each day in the UK.  

The researchers say there needs to be shared responsibility for the environmental costs of making bread, including fertiliser producers, farmers, millers, bakers, retailers and consumers.  

Stunning view of North Yorkshire coastline

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

What a perfect day for a walk along this part the coast:

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Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between A58 and A64.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road closed and stationary traffic eastbound between A58 and A64(M), because of a police incident.

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

Railworkers' strike 'a shame' - Arriva Rail North

Arriva Rail North says it's "a shame" that the RMT railworkers' union has announced strike action on Monday 13 March

Northern Rail train
BBC

Members of the union voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over the role of guards on trains, with more than 80% of RMT workers at Arriva Rail North and Mersey Rail backing strike action.

In a statement , an Arriva Rail North spokesman says: "As our modernisation proposals are still in the early stages, it is a shame that RMT has announced strike action.

"Our aim is to reach a constructive resolution and we urge RMT to continue the talks we have already started.

During any strike action, the company plans to run a revised service and "plans are in place" to keep passengers on the move, the spokesman adds.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J42 for A63 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J42, A63 (Selby fork) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor). Traffic is coping well.

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

Can you help South Yorkshire Police find 'Frank'?

South Yorkshire Police  want to find the owner of these watches and jewellery box:

Stolen watches
South Yorkshire Police

They were handed in at Barnsley Police Station on Saturday 11 February after they were found in Church Street, Gawber, at the side of Barnsley Hospice.

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 - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tunisia beach attack: Coroner rules Leeds couple were 'unlawfully killed'

A coroner has delivered his conclusions at the inquest into the deaths of 30 British tourists, including two from Leeds, in a gun and grenade attack at the Sousse beach resort in Tunisia in 2015.

Christopher and Sharon Bell
West Yorkshire Police

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith ruled Sharon and Christopher Bell and the 28 others were "unlawfully killed", adding he would not accept a claim by some of the victims' relatives that the holiday firm, Tui, was guilty of neglect. 

The coroner said the response to the attack by Tunisian police was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly".