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Summary

  1. Jail for 'deviant' Bradford Facebook paedophile
  2. Two in court charged with murder of Leeds man
  3. Yorkshire and Humber hospitals 'at bursting point'
  4. Man admits sending Rotherham social worker abusive messages
  5. Total of 230 jobs set to go at North Yorkshire potash mine
  6. Description of York sex attacker released by police
  7. Rotherham and Wakefield top Yorkshire growth league - Report
  8. Row as supermodel made patron of Bronte Society
  9. Updates on Thursday 4 January 2018

Live Reporting

By Elly Fiorentini, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M180 South Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at M18 J5.

    M180 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M180 westbound at M18 J5, Stainforth, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A62 West Yorkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A62 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Child Lane and B6119 Far Common Road.

    A62 West Yorkshire - A62 Leeds Road in Roberttown closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Child Lane junction and the B6119 Far Common Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at A58.

    A58(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A58(M) eastbound at A58, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Derbyshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. 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.

    Live updates on breaking news will continue right here throughout the night. Meanwhile, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

    1. Jail for "deviant" Bradford Facebook paedophile
    2. Seacroft death: Two in court charged with murder in Leeds
    3. Man admits sending Rotherham social worker abusive messages
    4. Description of York sex attacker released
    5. Bradford binman changes career to become model

    See you tomorrow.

  6. Historic Leeds bridge to get spruce-up

    The historic Leeds Bridge is set to get a lick of paint and undergo strengthening from next week, but as a result of the work, traffic heading towards the city centre will be restricted.

    Leeds bridge

    Work will include replacing the old concrete above the original ironwork deck with new stronger steel-reinforced concrete.

    The work is expected to take 16 months to complete and only the park-and-ride bus service will be able to use the bridge heading into the city centre, according to Leeds City Council.

    Leeds Bridge was finished in 1873 and was the setting for the first ever recorded moving film footage, shot by Louis Le Prince in 1888.

  7. Man left with hand injuries after Leeds carjacking

    Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to after a man was left with slashed hands in a Leeds carjacking.

    Efit

    The attack happened at about 07:00 on New Year's Day as a man in his 60s sat in his red Nissan Qashqai in Elsworth Terrace, Armley.

    A man came up to the car, opened the door and pulled him out and the victim was left with wounds on his hands which needed hospital treatment.

    The man drove off in the car which was later found burned-out behind Ley Lane.

  8. Appeal over missing Bradford teenager

    Police are appealing for help in finding a Bradford teenager who's been missing since Tuesday.

    Demi-Leigh Turner

    Demi-Leigh Turner, 17, was last seen on Tuesday evening in the Killinghall Road area of the city.

    West Yorkshire Police say they think she's still in Bradford and anyone with information about her whereabouts is being asked to contact the force.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J28 for A650 and J27 for M621.

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down car.

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

  10. Bradford extend Gilliead loan spell

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    League One side Bradford City have extended Newcastle United winger Alex Gilliead's loan deal until the end of the season.

    Alex Gilliead

    Gilliead has scored once in 24 League One appearances for Bradford since joining the club in July.

    The 21-year-old, who had been linked with moves toseveral Championship clubs,has also featured five times in cup competitions.

    Bradford are fifth in League One, six points outside the top two places.

  11. Yorkshire and Humber hospitals 'at bursting point'

    NHS Trusts across Yorkshire and the Humber region "are at bursting point", according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

    Hospital

    Tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures across England may now be deferred until 31 January due to winter pressures, a move which prompted Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologise to patients.

    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.

    In a statement, the RCN says: "Over 90% of beds [are] being used by many hospitals - well above the 85% safe limit recommended by experts.

    "Nursing staff are struggling to hold the NHS together and the situation continues to get worse with increasing demand from an ageing population and a severe nursing recruitment and retention problem."

  12. Woman punched and robbed in Doncaster attack

    A woman has been repeatedly punched and robbed in an attack in Doncaster.

    Zeatland Road

    The 43-year-old woman was walking along Zetland Road in Intake at about 13:20 on New Year's Day when a man and a woman came up to her.

    The man grabbed her and then punched her several times and then the couple took the woman’s earrings and her mobile phone and left.

    Police say they're looking for a white man in his mid-20s, about 5ft 9ins tall, wearing a dark cap and a camouflage jacket.

    Officers say they don't currently have a description of the woman.

  13. Missing Dewsbury man found safe and well

    Some good news this afternoon: West Yorkshire Police say they've found Raymond Schofield from Dewsbury.

    He had been missing since yesterday evening, but police say they've found him safe and well.

    Officers have thanked members of the public for their help.

  14. Description of York sex attacker released

    Police have issued a description of a man they're trying to find after a woman in her 60s was seriously sexually assaulted and robbed in York.

    York

    The man befriended his victim and lured her to the place where he carried out the attack on Tuesday evening.

    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.

    Officers say they're looking for a man around 5ft 9ins tall, thin, with dark hair and a dark, olive complexion.

    He possibly had a well-groomed beard and was wearing a dark baseball cap, with dark clothing and jeans.

    Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

  15. A gritter's eye view of last week's snow in Kirklees

    If you're on the lookout for strangely hypnotic videos of everyday things, bingo - you've found it.

    Here's a collection showing gritters out on the roads of Kirklees when we had that dumping of snow last week.

    The council's tweeted it as a kind of heads-up for the forecast colder weather this weekend:

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  16. Jail for 'deviant' Bradford Facebook paedophile

    A man has been jailed for more than two years after he was trapped by a Leeds-based group that targets online paedophiles.

    Richard Myers

    Richard Myers, 44, of Manningham Lane, Bradford, spent months sexually grooming what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    He was confronted by members of Predator Exposure in October.

    Bradford Crown Court heard a fake social media profile that included the girl's age had been set up by a member of the group.

    Myers was jailed for 32 months, has to register with the police as a sex offender and will also be banned from contacting girls under 16.

  17. Rotherham and Wakefield top Yorks growth league - Report

    Rotherham and Wakefield are the fastest growing economies in Yorkshire, according to a new report.

    Cash

    The UK Powerhouse study estimates the Growth Value Added (GVA) increase and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the government’s official figures.

    The report, by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, reveals Rotherham's GVA was 1.8% in the third quarter of 2017, making it the UK's eighth fastest growing city economy.

    It was joined in the top 10 with Wakefield, which saw a GVA of 1.7% across the same period, the report finds.