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Summary

  1. Two arrested and released after baby girl dies in Dewsbury
  2. Manchester Attack: 'Hero' admits stealing from victims
  3. York hospitals trust pays out after woman's choking death
  4. Woman subjected to 'horrendous attack' in York
  5. Sheffield Women of Steel statue fundraiser dies aged 98
  6. Young girl used in Bradford distraction burglary
  7. 'Shocking' number of assaults on police in North Yorkshire is condemned
  8. Restoration of Great Window at York Minster finally completed
  9. Updates on Wednesday 3 January 2018

Live Reporting

By Elly Fiorentini, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J24 for A629 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed on M62 eastbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J35 for M18.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A1(M) southbound at J35 M18, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - traffic is diverting up the exit slip road and back down the entry slip road.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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 J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

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

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

Our top five stories today

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.

Updates on breaking news, sport and travel stories will continue right here throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Two arrested and released after a two-month-old baby girl dies in Dewsbury
  2. Manchester Arena attack: 'Hero' admits theft from victims
  3. Three people arrested after incident in Kirby Misperton
  4. Family of Sheffield Women of Steel statue fundraiser pay tribute after she dies aged 98
  5. And it's the end of 10 years of work on York Minster's Great East Window

See you tomorrow.

Sale of former Thirsk hospital put on hold

The sale of the former Lambert Hospital in Thirsk has temporarily been put on hold so a review of existing medical services can take place.

Lambert Hospital
Google

Hambleton District Council and the organisation which runs NHS services in the area have been given a month to assess how the building can be used by the community.

The hospital only had one ward and was closed in 2015, mainly due to difficulties recruiting trained nurses.

Ex-Dewsbury player handed doping ban

BBC Sport

Former Dewsbury Rams winger Donald Kudangirana has been banned for three years and seven months after admitting to an anti-doping violation.

Kudangirana tested positive for banned substances dostanolone and testosterone at his out-of-competition UK Anti-Doping test in December 2016.

He played two games for the Rams in 2016, as well as appearing for Hemel Stags on a dual-registration basis.

His ban will expire at 00:00 on 29 August 2019.

Watch: Sheffield business 'fed up' with repeated graffiti

Rob Rose

BBC Yorkshire Live

The owners of a business in Sheffield which produces cutlery say they're in a constant battle against repeated vandalism of their building.

In the most recent incident, Chimo Holdings, on Eyre Lane, had its windows covered in spray paint on New Year's Eve and it took at several hours to clean it off:

Woman subjected to 'horrendous attack' in York

A woman in her 60s has been seriously sexually assaulted and robbed in York by a man who befriended her and lured her to the place where he carried out the attack.

River Ouse
Google

The assault happened at about 19:00 on Tuesday after the woman walked with her attacker by the River Ouse.

They were first seen on Lendal Bridge and walked out of town before eventually reaching the back of St Peter's School. Once there, the man attacked the woman and stole money from her.

Police say they want people who saw them to come forward.

This was a horrendous attack on a vulnerable woman, who the suspect befriended before luring her to a place where he could attack her."

Det Insp Alan RowanNorth Yorkshire Police

Sheffield Women of Steel fundraiser dies

One of Sheffield's campaigning Women of Steel statue fundraisers has died at the age of 98.

Kitty Sollitt
BBC

Kitty Sollitt was one of four women from the city who fought to get official recognition for thousands of women who kept the city's steelworks producing munitions during World War Two.

They helped raise £160,000 for the statue in Sheffield City Centre.

Kitty's family say she embodied the essence of steel and they are in awe of her legacy.

Man attacked with baseball bat in Batley

A man has been left with facial injuries after he was attacked with a baseball bat by a group of men in Batley.

Oxford Road
Google

It happened on Oxford Street at about 15:45 on Tuesday as the 27-year-old man was out walking.

A dark car is believed to have pulled up and three men got out and assaulted the victim with a baseball bat.

He managed to escape them and the men then left.

Police say they're looking for witnesses to the attack and say the suspects are described as three Asian males.

This was a frightening and unprovoked assault on a lone male."

DC Simon ThomasWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Hospitals trust pays out after woman's choking death

York Teaching Hospitals Trust has paid out damages and apologised to the family of an elderly woman who died after choking on her food in 2014.

Lilian Hugill
Family Picture

Staff at York District Hospital failed to spot that Lilian Hugill, who was 84, wasn't wearing her false teeth when she was served her dinner.

She choked and suffered a cardiac arrest and a brain injury.

The trust admitted that had appropriate care been provided, Mrs Hugill would not have choked and her death could have been avoided.

For such a basic error in care to cost a family their loved one is quite simply appalling."

Tasmin WhiteSolicitor

Bridgewater Place: Roads closed to high-sided vehicles

Roads around Yorkshire's tallest building are closed to high-sided vehicles for a second night as high winds from Storm Eleanor begin to die down.

Bridgewater Place
BBC

The closures around Bridgewater Place in Leeds city centre will cause delays to bus travellers this evening:

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Work to install wind-blocking baffles around the building has not been completed yet, despite three "sails" being erected last year.

Prayers answered as church is awarded £220k for repairs

A Sheffield church has been awarded a grant of £220,000 for major repairs to the church roof.

St Mary's Church
Google

Ecclesfield Church is one of only five Grade I-listed buildings in Sheffield and has recently been given what's known as "Major Parish Church" status.

The money for repairs has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will also be used to pay for a state-of-the-art security system.

Young girl used in Bradford distraction burglary

Police have issued a warning after a girl of about five-years-old took part in a distraction burglary in Bradford.

Police
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The girl and a man knocked on the door of a house in Lidget Green at about 19:00 on Friday 29 December and offered to remove some rubbish from the garden.

The homeowner, a man in his 50s, agreed to hand over a small fee and the girl then asked to go in the house to make a drink, which the owner of the house agreed to.

The homeowner later found that about £40 had been taken from his wallet.

The man who was with the girl is described as white with short brown hair and he spoke with an Irish accent:

We would advise people not to accept offers of work from doorstep callers and to report this kind of activity to the police."

Det Insp Warren PitmanWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Scarborough water pollution crackdown

The Environment Agency is to crack down on polluters in Scarborough after water in the town's South Bay was found to contain unacceptable levels of human waste.

Visitors were advised not to swim there after samples showed the water wasn't safe because of the amount of bacteria. It's the only beach in the north of England where that's the case.

James Duke, from the Environment Agency, says plans are being put in place during the winter in a bid to improve the situation:

Listen: 'We can't fund theft forever' - Wyke shopowner

Independent businesses in part of Bradford which have been hit by a number of recent break-ins are calling on the police to do more to protect them and their livelihoods.

The owners of shops, hairdressers and cafes in Wyke told the BBC in the summer that tens of thousands of pounds' worth of stock had been stolen.

Though the West Yorkshire force did promise to tackle the problem, business owners now claim little has been done.

Jessica Evans, who runs three shops in the village, says her business has been badly affected by the break-ins and thefts:

Listen: Cancelled ops won't ease NHS pressure - Doctor

Health bosses are insisting there's no crisis in the NHS, despite hospitals being told to postpone non-urgent operations until next month.

The step's been taken to ease the pressure on hospitals this winter and it's thought 55,000 people could be affected.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised to patients in England affected by the decision to postpone ops.

Non-urgent treatments had already been cancelled until mid-January, but NHS England said on Tuesday that would now be extended to the end of the month.

It came after hospitals reported they were struggling to cope with the surge in patients being seen since Christmas.

But Professor Suzanne Mason, who is from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and is an A&E consultant in Yorkshire, says the move is too little too late:

Men who stole £80k scaffolding and wagons from Workington given suspended sentences

A pair of men who stole wagons and scaffolding worth up to £80,000 from a building yard in Workington have been given suspended prison sentences.

Elijah Boswell, 30, from Barnsley, and Gary McDonald, 20, from Sowerby in Thirsk, both admitted theft.

Boswell was given a 21-month jail term and McDonald was handed a 12-month prison sentence - both suspended for 18 months.

They must also complete 180 hours unpaid work and a four-month night-time curfew.

Boswell must also complete a rehabilitation programme and pay £6,600 compensation.

Elijah Boswell
Craig McGlasson
Gary McDonald
Craig McGlasson

Is this Police standard 'tissue'?

Is this a cost-saving measure for the North Yorkshire constabulary?

And you thought the toilet paper you were forced to used at school was bad:

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Elderly passenger dies after M1 crash

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

An 86-year-old woman who was injured in a crash on the M1 at the weekend has died in hospital.

Derbyshire Police said Elizabeth Harrison, from Barnsley, was a rear seat passenger in a Nissan Qashqai that crashed on the southbound carriageway between Chesterfield and Alfreton on Saturday afternoon.

A 90-year-old passenger from the same car remains in a critical condition.

M1 stretch between J28 and J29
Google

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Three arrests after incident in Kirby Misperton

Three people have been arrested after a tanker was stopped as it travelled through the North Yorkshire village of Kirby Misperton - close to a site where fracking is due to begin.

Protester and police
North Yorkshire Police

Police say a 28-year-old man climbed on top of the tanker and didn't come down for three hours. He was arrested on suspicion of tampering with a vehicle.

A 56-year-old man also climbed onto the tanker for a shorter period of time and was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing the highway after she stood in front of a vehicle.

Officers say the protest blocked the main road through the village and a team with specialist equipment had to be brought in.

Supt Alisdair Dey says: We will support the right of people to assemble and protest peacefully, but once the balance tips from peaceful protest to deliberate, unlawful acts that cause unreasonable disruption to the local community, then we will take action."

Manchester Arena attack: 'Hero' admits theft from victims

A homeless man who now lives in Halifax who stole a purse and a phone from victims of the Manchester Arena attack has admitted theft.

Chris Parker
BBC

Chris Parker, 33, was initially dubbed a hero after claiming he had comforted a seriously injured girl.

At Manchester Crown Court, he also admitted fraud after using a debit card from the purse.

His trial was due to start on Tuesday but was delayed after he failed to appear. He was found hiding in a loft in Yorkshire and arrested.

The judge said sentencing would be later this month and a custodial sentence is "most likely".

'Shocking' number of assaults on police is condemned

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

Figures released today show that 14 people were arrested for assaulting police officers in North Yorkshire between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

Police officers on patrol
Getty Images

As a result of these arrests, 11 crimes were recorded, with six of these assaults leading to officers being injured, according to North Yorkshire Police.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain says the figures are "shocking and utterly unacceptable":

It is extremely alarming that so many police officers are being assaulted when they are simply carrying out their duty to help keep the public safe from harm."

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Phil CainNorth Yorkshire Police

Watch: Huddersfield Town signing chose Terriers over Bordeaux

BBC Sport

New Huddersfield Town signing Terence Kongolo has revealed he opted to sign for the Terriers over a move to French side Bordeaux.

The 23-year-old arrives at the John Smith's Stadium on loan from French champions Monaco until the end of the season and can play as a centre-back or left-back.

The Dutch international says the chance to play Premier League football was too good to turn down:

Listen: Police call for help in tackling knife crime

Police in Sheffield say they can only properly tackle knife crime with the help of pubs and clubs in the city.

Five people were injured, two seriously during an an incident at Crystal Bar on Carver Street on New Year's Eve.

Ch Supt Shaun Morley is from South Yorkshire Police.

Campaign to break mental health stigma

A family from Barnsley say they want to work to break the stigma of mental health after their daughter took her own life.

19-year-old Olivia Faulkner had been working as a dancer in London.

Olivia Faulkner
Faulkner family

She died in November, now her family has set up a foundation to try to raise awareness and encourage others to speak out.

How now, brown cow?

A brilliant photo to make you smile on this blustery day. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher High Lions at Ampleforth.

A rare breed!
BBC

End of 10 years of work on Minster's Great East Window

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

It has taken over ten years, more than three hundred glass panels were removed but now York Minster's Great East Window is fully restored.

The 600 year old window is the largest single expanse of medieval stained glass in the country. It has been painstakingly removed and lovingly restored by the team at York Glaziers Trust.

The project has cost £11m and now the final panel of glass has been restored and is in place.

The final piece of glass is put back in
York Minster

The stunning window was originally completed in 1408 by glazier John Thornton. The Chapter of York paid him £56 for the job.

Great East Window was originally completed in 1408
Duncan Lomax

Travel update: All clear on the East Coast Mainline

BBC News Travel

Some good news if you're London bound on the train today:

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Sheffield hospitals NOT cancelling non-urgent procedures

Hospitals in Sheffield are not cancelling outpatient appointments despite permission to do so from NHS England.

The decision to relax rules on cancellations was made centrally in order to free up resources to concentrate on emergency care.

However the trust in Sheffield says it will not be scrapping appointments in general.

They say they will contact patients directly if their appointment or operation is cancelled.

Royal Hallamshire Hospital
BBC

Kirsten Major, Deputy Chief Executive of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals trust said: "We are reviewing our position several times a day and based on this we have decided not to routinely cancel all non-urgent operations or appointments at this time.

Spume with a view in Whitby

Looks like someone's decided to have a foam party in Whitby this morning:

Whitby
BBC

This picture of all the spume created by rough seas in the Yorkshire seaside town was sent into BBC Weather Watchers earlier.

Send us your pictures here.

WATCH: Tree down near to York's Bar Walls

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

Storm Eleanor has ripped up this tree on York's Lower Priory Street.

Sheffield man jailed for possessing ammunition

A Hillsborough man has been jailed for possessing firearm ammunition when he was banned.

Peter Codman of Oakland Road, 35, pleaded guilty and was yesterday sentenced to 18 months.

Peter Codman
South Yorkshire Police

Det Con Ryan Griffiths of South Yorkshire Police said: “Codman was banned from possessing ammunition or firearms for five years, which he has breached and this has resulted in a custodial sentence.

“I hope this highlights how seriously we take matters of armed criminality in South Yorkshire and that we take robust action to tackle this issue.”