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Summary

  1. Further arrest over Assel Al-Essaie death in Sheffield
  2. Total of 59 jobs to go at Aviva in Leeds
  3. Yorkshire County Cricket Club president John Hampshire president dies at 76
  4. Investigation under way into Royston scrapyard fire
  5. Council apology for dumping rubble on family graves in Brighouse
  6. Woman and dog rescued from sea near Scarborough
  7. Sheffield construction firm fined more than £4k for fly tipping
  8. Police say missing Bradford woman could be in Lancashire
  9. Elephant in the room at Meadowhall shopping centre
  10. Updates on Wednesday 1 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Kat Harbourne and Shahid Hussain

All times stated are UK

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Today's top stories

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Here are some of today's top stories:

  1. Some dramatic pictures as firefighters in South Yorkshire spent the night tackling a blaze at a scrapyard.
  2. Here's a message for Huddersfield Town fans from Sir Patrick Stewart ahead of tonight's FA Cup clash with Manchester City!
  3. Michael Vaughan paid tribute to one of cricket's greats , John Hampshire who died today.
  4. Is this award winning kebab shop the poshest in Yorkshire?
  5. Did you see this elephant on the loose in Sheffield?

Listen: North Yorkshire Police crack down on mobile use while driving

Officers from North Yorkshire Police have been on patrol on Fulford Road in York, looking for drivers using their mobiles when driving.

Today the law changed, the number of points you can get has doubled from three to six and the fine has increased from £100 to £200.

Have a listen to Traffic PC Mark Patterson and his team:

Pakistani cleric calls Bradford murderer Tanveer Ahmed 'courageous and 'brave'

A man from Bradford who murdered a Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously-motivated attack is being hailed a hero in parts of Pakistan. 

Tanveer Ahmed stabbed Asad Shah claiming he'd "disrespected" Islam. Now Ahmed who's serving a life sentence has gathered a growing fan base for the act, with some people in Pakistan believing those who commit blasphemy deserve to die.

Here's Secunder Kermani reporting from Islamabad:

You can see more this story on Look North on BBC One at 18:30 

Would a text message encourage your kids to brush their teeth?

That's what researchers at The University of Sheffield are trying to find out.

A new £1.9m project will investigate ways of improving the oral health of young people living in deprived areas.

Dentist chair
University of Sheffield

Researchers will work with 48 schools and nearly 6000 young people in England, Scotland and Wales on the four-year Brushing Reminder 4 Good Oral Health (BRIGHT) initiative.

In each school, one class will receive a lesson about dental health and a series of text messages, while another will not. 

The team will collect information on tooth decay, frequency of brushing, and the impact decay has on the children’s lives to determine whether those in the programme develop better oral health habits than those who don’t participate.

Sadist jailed for life for torturing children in Leeds

Yorkshire Evening Post

A sadist who "took pleasure" in torturing young children and subjecting them to horrendous physical, sexual and mental abuse has been given a life sentence .

Dean Cardis
Yorkshire Evening Post

Man in his 60s dies after being hit by lorry in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A man in his 60's has died after being hit by a lorry near Wyke today

Police were called to the incident in Whitehall Road at about 11:00.

The male, believed to be in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Whitehall Road, Wyke
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Weather: Cloudy with rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Turning cloudy tonight with rain at times, possibly turning to snow over higher ground, and at some lower levels for a short time, mostly clearing later. Minimum temperature 0C (32F) with icy patches possible. 

Wintry showers at first tomorrow mainly in western areas dying out, then dry and bright with variable cloud and some sunny spells. Maximum temperature 8C (46F). 

Fresh or strong westerly wind. 

Weather Graph
BBC

Bradford restaurant group joins water project in Pakistan

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Three water filter plants, one of which was sponsored by a Bradford company, have opened in Pakistan . The plants are located in the Badshai Mosque, one in a church and one in the journalist colony for Christians and Muslims. 

Canon Yaqub Masih at the water plant in Lahore
Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Sheffield evangelical church wins legal battle

A church that has made its home in a former Spar supermarket in Sheffield will be staying put after winning the right to buy the freehold. 

The Meadowhead Christian Fellowship has its origins in the 1980s and has "a vision to see local people won for Christ". When US evangelist, Billy Graham, visited Yorkshire in 1985, the church organised buses to take local people to his meetings. 

Meadowhead Christian Fellowship
Google

The church has been based in the former supermarket in the 1960s-build Jordanthorpe Centre, Dyche Lane, since 2004. It has a 99-year lease over the ex-shop and mounted a unique legal bid to buy the freehold from the pension fund that owns it. 

Now the church has been handed victory by a specialist tribunal and will have to pay just £6,838 for the freehold.  

Spec'tack'ular cleaning job for Police

Being a bobby on the beat on horseback comes with a whole lot of challenges...

But spare a thought for the person that has to clean this lot at West Yorkshire Police!

Its a tough job...but stable work!

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Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J3 for A6182.

M18 South Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M18 southbound at J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Headliners for Selby Arts Festival announced

The first Selby Arts Festival takes place in July this year - and organisers have just announced the headline acts.

The opening event of the Festival will see BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and Mercury Prize nominated Seth Lakeman play a special concert with his band at Selby Abbey.

Seth Lakeman
BBC

The festival's second night at Selby Abbey will feature one of the UK's leading stand up comics, Ed Byrne.

Ed Byrne
BBC

Other highlights of the festival programme include the fourteen-piece ukulele collective The Grand Old Uke of York playing an exclusive performance at the festival, on the back of stand out performances at BBC Radio 2's Carfest and sold out shows as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe:

The Grand Old Uke of York band
The Grand Old Uke of York

'I did it, I bit his ear off' - Sheffield woman jailed for attacking partner with her teeth

Sheffield Star

A 34-year-old Sheffield woman who bit her partner's ear off and threatened police with a knife , following a birthday binge of booze and crack cocaine, has been jailed. 

Sheffield Crown Court heard how on Cheryl Casson's 34th birthday on December 29 last year, police were called to her property in Spofforth Road, Darnall to reports of a disturbance.

Sheffield Crown Court
BBC

Missing Bradford woman could be in Lancashire

A woman from Bradford who has been missing for nearly a week, could be in in Lancashire, say police.

Emma Richards
Lancashire Constabulary

Emma Richards, 30, was reported missing on Thursday. She is believed to have links with the Blackpool area and may be with David Counsell, who is also from Bradford.

She is described as about 5ft tall with shoulder length red or purple hair.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

How long does it take to collect two tonnes of pebbles?

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Schoolchildren from Flamborough Primary school will be helping to bring the Yorkshire coast to the heart of London.

They've been helping Welcome to Yorkshire collect nearly two tonnes of unique pebbles for their entry into the Chelsea Flower Show.

The chalk pebbles are distinct as many have neat, cylindrical holes in them made by piddocks. The small mussel like sea creatures live on the lower shore and burrow into soft rocks, like chalk. 

If you think its tough collecting them...spare a thought for the people putting them back after the show!

All the pebbles will be returned to the same site in Flamborough once the show is over!

kids collecting pebbles
Welcome to Yorkshire

Watch: Elephant stampede at Meadowhall

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

If you've been at Meadowhall shopping centre in South Yorkshire today, you may have had to do a double take.

A huge elephant was roaming around the shops.

Oona the Elephant is a character from War Horse author Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild which is coming to the Sheffield Lyceum later this month:

Jury finds man, 24, guilty of trafficking vulnerable people from Poland to Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A twenty four year old man who was involved in t rafficking vulnerable people from his native Poland to Bradford has been told he will be sent to prison.  

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Sheep rescued from River Aire in North Yorkshire

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

This could have been a very baa-aa-d situation...

Maybe next time they feel the need for a wash they'll use a baaa-th tub:

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Watch: Have you seen this skip?

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's one of the more unusual thefts I've seen - a 12-yard skip has been stolen from a Sheffield recycling company.

CCTV has captured the skip being loaded onto a white transit lorry with a blue lifting hook at Sheffield Cold Stores on Roman Ridge Road at about 13:40 on Sunday.

DJB Recycling is offering a reward for any information leading to the recovery of the blue, open-top skip.

This is their CCTV footage:

These skips are important for reducing the amount of recyclable materials that goes into landfill, and improving the carbon footprint of businesses across Sheffield."

Richard Webster Business Development Manager at DJB Recycling

Listen: 'We're all stark raving mad' - panto fans queue overnight for tickets

Jericho Keys

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Lets return to a story I told you about earlier - tickets for a Christmas pantomime  went on sale this morning.

As has now become tradition, large queues started to form outside York Theatre Royal yesterday afternoon, 16 hours before the box office opened at 09:00 this morning.

Well I decided to join some of the people there (just minutes before it opened to be honest, most definitely not last night!) to ask a really simple question...why?

FA Cup: Sir Patrick Stewart previews Manchester City v Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town fan Sir Patrick Stewart narrates the inspirational poem Thinking, by Walter D. Wintle, before his team's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Manchester City.

Campaign to bring 'future of medical imaging' to Yorkshire

The University of Sheffield has started an appeal to raise £2m for a scanner which could transform research into a number of life-changing diseases.

Scanner
University of Sheffield

The MRI-PET scanner would be the first in Yorkshire, and one of only eight in the UK.  

The revolutionary scans provide superior information about the organs, tissues, and structures in the body and how well they are functioning.

Researchers say it can help enhance understanding of serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, epilepsy; heart and lung disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease - and how they are treated in the future.

Posh kebab shop wins national award

Former chef Paul Baron only opened his kebab shop nine months ago and it has now been named as one of the best.

I Am Doner in Leeds won the Best Delivery Award at The British Kebab Awards.

The kebab shop serves vegetarian and vegan options made from a Syrian family recipe as well as donor kebabs that are gluten and dairy free.

Paul Baron at his award winning shop
BBC

We're attracting a sober crowd, business people, others finishing at the gym. As far as the drunken crown go on a Friday and Saturday....I'd say our customers are of the highest quality of drunken people!

Paul BaronKebab Shop Owner

Listen: 'Quite scary' - Tadcaster teen to address thousands at sport conference

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A teenager from Tadcaster is preparing to address a crowd of more than 1,000 people later.

Jemima Browning, who's only 16-years-old, is giving the opening speech at the Youth Sport Trust's annual conference. 

She'll be talking about how she set up Stingrays, a swimming club for young people with disabilities, with her brother last year. 

Jemima says she's keen to point out disability sport is no different from mainstream sport:

Fine for fly tipping

A construction firm has been ordered to pay out more than £4,000 after being prosecuted by Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service for irresponsibly disposing of waste.

Two loads of building waste were found on land at Skye Edge field, off Manor Laith Road, Wybourn. 

Rubbish
Sheffield City Council

Timber, wooden cabinets, plastics, cardboard, a bath, windows, tiles, plaster and rubble as well as ash, food waste and several letters were found.

RM City Construction Ltd, of Mount Street, Sheffield were told to pay £3,000, with £342 clean-up costs and £368 legal costs being awarded to Sheffield City Council.

Flytipping
Sheffield City Council

In pictures: Yorkshire in glorious spring form

BBC Weather Watchers

Spring has sprung, and to prove it our BBC Weather Watchers have been quick to snap the new month's sunrises around Yorkshire.

Dotty sent in the yellow sky above the wind turbines in Thorne, Barry Tr provided us with the reflected beauty of Addingham and Old Man George snapped the sun coming up behind trees in Knaresborough.:

Weather watchers
BBC

Listen: Losing weight before surgery 'best thing that could've happened'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

York's Labour MP says "rationing" of surgery for obese people or smokers in parts of North Yorkshire is "financially perverse." 

Rachael Maskell held a debate about it the issue in Parliament last night. 

People in North Yorkshire with a body mass index over 30 must lose weight or face a year-long delay to having an operation for things like knee and hip replacements.

Chris Tapping, from Ripon - pictured below before and after his weight loss - says he was initially devastated when his doctor told him he had to lose a lot of weight before having a hip op as he weighted 23 stone at the time.

But now, at 16.5 stone, Chris says being forced to lose weight was life-changing:

Two left with 'significant injuries' after collision in Wakefield

A man and a woman in their 20s have both suffered possibly life-threatening injuries after the car they were driving in was in collision with a parked HGV in Wakefield early today.

The incident happened at about 04:20 on Lime Pit Lane, Stanley, and involved a white Hyundai car travelling in the direction of Lake Lock Road.

Both occupants of the car were left with what police describe as "significant injuries".

Sgt Martin Greasley says: "We're carrying out a range of enquiries, but would appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision itself, or who saw a white Hyundai i20 driving in the area shortly before the collision, to get in touch."

John Hampshire death 'sad, sad day for Yorkshire cricket' - Vaughan

Former Yorkshire and England skipper Michael Vaughan says the death of Yorkshire County Cricket Club president John Hampshire is a "sad, sad day for Yorkshire cricket and world cricket".

John Hampshire
Getty Images

Mr Hampshire, 76, was a former club captain, Yorkshire and England batsman and a successful Test umpire.

In a post on his Instagram page , Vaughan added: "John Hampshire gave me so much advice down at Abbeydale park in Sheffield.

"Always with a nice dry sense of humour...He will be dearly missed but never forgotten."

Ferguson 'delighted' with Rovers win over Cambridge

BBC Sport

League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers took advantage of a slip-up by second-placed Plymouth last night to move six points clear at the top of the table.

Rovers won at Cambridge United, but almost squandered all three points .

Boss Darren Ferguson thought his side deserved the three points: "It would've been a travesty if we hadn't won that game. I thought we were outstanding, it was an excellent team performance.

"Some of our football in the first half was very, very good and I'm delighted with the players." 

Picture shows dramatic crash in Easingwold

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Last night, emergency services were called to an accident on Long Street in Easingwold, North Yorkshire.

Easingwold accident
Jade Barnes

As you can see from the picture above, it's amazing no-one was hurt. 

Jade Barnes lives just a couple of doors down from where the accident happened.

She's told me: "The house the car crashed into was the house of a heavily pregnant lady who is my friend's sister so I went to check she was OK.

"We heard a crash but presumed it was people putting the bins out. 

"It was only when I saw the emergency services that I knew something awful had happened." 

Watch: Police stop drivers using mobiles in York

David Ward

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police have spent this morning stopping drivers in York who were seen using their mobile phones behind the wheel. 

Tougher penalties for those caught in England, Wales and Scotland came into effect at midnight. 

New drivers could even face having their licence revoked :

West End musical comes to Batley to celebrate life of Jo Cox

A schools edition of the hit west end musical Les Miserables is coming to Batley this summer to celebrate the life of murdered Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox
PRU/AFP/Getty Images

It was Ms Cox’s favourite musical and the special production will be performed entirely by students and young people.

Award-winning West End director Nick Evans will be working with Batley and Spen Theatre company along with his own choreographers, musical directors, and musicians.

The unique event is also auditioning local young people for the production with the hope of finding the next stars of stage and screen. 

Anyone who is interested is encouraged to come to a workshop weekend on 11 and 12 March at St Mary's Social Club and Parochial Hall, Melton Street, Crossbank, Batley.

There's an elephant on the loose in Meadowhall shopping centre - sort of...

It's not quite the elephant in the room - more like the elephant in the shopping centre, and in this case Meadowhall.

Find out why a little later:

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Leeds job cuts at insurance firm Aviva

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A total of 59 jobs are being cut by the insurance company Aviva in Leeds.

Aviva sign
PA

The firm says the work previously done in the city will be outsourced to a specialist third party provider.

It means 72 workers will be left at its Boar Lane officer in the city centre. 

The remaining staff will be moved to new offices in Leeds by September.

Listen: Huddersfield Town manager Wagner not quite 'a kid in a sweet shop'

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner says his side will need a near perfect performance to knock Premier League Manchester City out of the FA Cup tonight. 

Town make their first ever trip to the Etihad Stadium for the fifth round replay.

Wagner told me why he's not quite as excited as he would like to be:

You can watch Huddersfield v Manchester City live on BBC One and online from 19:30, listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Leeds text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Work begins on new £400m leisure complex - after 30 years

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

A new 300-acre hotel and lodge complex is being built on an old mine site in the Peak District.

Work's already started on the £400m resort in Unstone, between Sheffield and Chesterfield.

Developers have had planning permission for nearly 30 years, and they hope fantastic access to the great outdoors will bring in the visitors. 

I've been for a sneak preview:

Watch: Oh yes they have! Panto fans queue for 18 hours for panto tickets

Jericho Keys

Reporter, BBC Radio York

How did you spend last night? Rather nippy out wasn't it? So maybe not the ideal weather to be in your sleeping bag on a pavement in the centre of York.

Well that's what a few hardy souls did, and all because they were desperate for tickets for this year's panto at York Theatre Royal. You know, the one that starts in just over nine months' time and runs for about six weeks.

I went and joined them in the queue this morning as the box office opened its doors: