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  1. Taxi-hailing app firm Uber lodges appeal over York licence ban
  2. Man jailed for rape of 12-year-old girl in Rotherham
  3. Leeds private hire drivers plan new go-slow
  4. Virgin Trains boss hits back over East Coast Main Line critics
  5. Man arrested over serious sexual assault in York
  6. Man jailed for filming women on hidden cameras in Sheffield
  7. Girl, 12, critically injured in Leeds crash
  8. Model speaks out over 'prejudice' in Bronte row
  9. Updates on Friday 5 January 2018

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By Elly Fiorentini, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

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Sheffield United

Nathan Thomas' long-range strike gives Sheffield United an away FA Cup third-round victory at fellow Championship side Ipswich Town.

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Our top five stories today

That's all from us for today.

We'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

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

  1. Uber lodges appeal over York licence ban
  2. Man jailed for filming women on hidden cameras
  3. Branson hits back over East Coast critics
  4. Twelve-year-old girl in hospital after crash
  5. Lily Cole speaks out over 'prejudice' in Emily Bronte row

See you on Monday

Ryan Leonard

Sheffield United agree to sign midfielder Ryan Leonard subject to personal terms, Southend United have confirmed.

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Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J36 for A61 Birdwell.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J36, A61 (Birdwell), because of an accident.

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

Listen: Fears for local economy over mine jobs threat

People living near a potash mine in North Yorkshire where 230 jobs are under threat say they're worried about the impact on the local area.

The owners of Boulby mine, Cleveland Potash Limited, say they're going to switch production at the site to polyhalite in about six months time.

Many of the mine's workers live half a mile away in the village of Staithes, near Whitby, and residents there say they fear the impact on the local economy will be severe:

Watch: South Yorkshire supercar factory gets into gear

Supercar firm McLaren is pushing ahead with plans which it says will put South Yorkshire at the heart of the automotive industry.

Its new composites technology centre in Sheffield is expected to be completed soon, with production set to begin later this year.

A total of 40 people have already started preparatory work and a further 160 jobs are expected to be created at the site in the next 12 months:

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic 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

Twelve years for rapist who 'thought he got away with it'

A 73-year-old man from Leeds has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of a rape he committed in the city more than 40 years ago.

Kevin Hazelwood
West Yorkshire Police

Kevin Hazelwood, of Sandywood Court, Horsforth, pleaded guilty to a charges of kidnap and historic rape against a then 14-year-old girl in 1976.

West Yorkshire Police say they used modern forensic techniques to examine files and exhibits from the time to identify Hazelwood.

He was arrested in August last year and was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court today.

Speaking following the sentencing, Det Supt Jim Dunkerley said: "These offences have had a profound effect on the victim’s life and routines over the past 41 years."

Given the amount of time that has elapsed since he committed this heinous crime, he clearly thought that he had got away with it."

Det Supt Jim DunkerleyWest Yorkshire Police

Private hire drivers hold meeting over go-slow plan

Private hire drivers in Leeds are due to hold an emergency meeting tonight over a planned go-slow on Monday after police ruled they could only hold a protest outside of the rush hour.

Private hire drivers

The drivers had wanted to stage their protest between 06:00 and 12:00, but now they will only be allowed to hold their go-slow between 10:00 and travel in single file. Previously, drivers had driven in both lanes.

The new conditions also limit the number of cars taking part to 100.

The drivers are due to meet later to talk about what they'll do next.

If the go-slow takes place, it'll be the third time they've protested on the city's roads over a number of issues including attacks on drivers and being unable to use bus lanes.

We have very real concerns about the impact on public safety, as well as the safety of the drivers themselves, that this further protest may bring as I’m sure members of the public are already finding the regular disruption very frustrating."

Cllr James LewisLeeds City Council

£4,000 of cocaine found by side of Bradford road

A bag containing £4,000 of cocaine has been found by the side of a road in Bradford.

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It was found by a member of the public in Idle inside a small money bag which was "full of white powder".

West Yorkshire Police say they took it back to the station where it tested positive for the Class A drug.

An officer tweeted: "Interesting day today, small money bag full of white powder found by member of the public at the side of the road in Idle. Enquiries ongoing, if it's yours I'd like a chat please."

Man jailed for rape of 12-year-old girl in Rotherham

A 25-year-old man from Rotherham has been jailed for eight years for the rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Brett McLaughlan
South Yorkshire Police

Brett McLaughlan, of Lister Avenue, Rawmarsh, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court after a trial in October last year.

McLaughlan was on trial alongside 20-year-old Benjamin Chivers, from the Gleadless area of Sheffield, who was jailed for 11 years in November.

The pair raped their victim in Rotherham in 2015 and used social media to target her.

Temporary Det Sgt Gareth Gent said: "This is an incredibly serious sexual offence that has a devastating impact on the victim's life.

"The fact that he committed this appalling crime against a girl of only 12-years-old is horrifying and, quite rightly, he is now behind bars for a lengthy period of time."

McLaughlan was also handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

I hope this sentence offers his victim some small reassurance that her abusers are both now behind bars where they can cause no further harm."

Temporary Det Sgt Gareth GentSouth Yorkshire Police

National Trust seeks volunteers at Beningbrough

Sick of your day job? Longing to get out of that stale office with all those annoying people you work with but can't because of the small fact you have to pay your mortgage?

Don't worry, this isn't the start of a resignation letter to my boss. It's about volunteer jobs at the National Trust in North Yorkshire.

Beningbrough Hall
David Dixon/Geograph

Staff at Beningbrough Hall (above) are looking for people who would be willing to give up their spare time to help visitors at the attraction.

A number of roles are on offer - welcoming visitors, telling people about the hall's history, helping out in the shop and showing round school parties.

If you fancy having a pop at it, you can see the full details here.

I get a great deal of personal satisfaction from volunteering. The main reason is I get to meet and have conversations with a wide range of people of all ages."

Ken ThompsonVolunteer, Beningbrough Hall

Couple held at knifepoint while raiders ransacked home

Police want to speak to these men after a couple were forced to sit on their bed at knifepoint while robbers searched their house.

West Yorkshire Police

Officers have released CCTV pictures today of the attack which happened last month in Batley.

It was just after midnight when three men broke into their house on Howley Mill Lane and threatened the couple with knives.

The men told them to sit on their bed as they searched the house and took mobile phones, jewellery and car keys.

The couple were uninjured during the incident but were left distressed and shaken.

Now police are looking for their stolen car, a white Audi convertible with the registration RP04 DAN, and a white van also used by the suspects.

Fugitive drug dealer appears before York court

A fugitive drug dealer who evaded capture for 10 years has appeared in court in York following his extradition from Spain.

York Magistrates' Court

Michael Walsh, 75, fled the UK in 2007 when he was released part way through a sentence imposed in 2005 for drugs offences.

Walsh, formerly of Leeds, was arrested in Malaga last month and extradited to the UK.

He appeared at York Magistrates' Court earlier to be sentenced for an offence of remaining unlawfully at large after recall to prison.

However, the court deemed the offence to serious for it to deal with and referred the matter to the Crown Court where he is due to appear on 2 February.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J37 for A628 Barnsley and J36 for A61 Birdwell.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J37, A628 (Barnsley) and J36, A61 (Birdwell), because of Vehicle having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man jailed for filming women on hidden cameras

A man who set up hidden cameras to secretly film women at private addresses in Sheffield, Nottinghamshire, Bristol and Hampshire has been jailed for three years.

Edward Parker

Edward Parker, 29, of Pitville Circus Road in Cheltenham, installed cameras to film women in bedrooms and bathrooms.

He admitted 16 charges, including 12 of observing a person doing a private act, three of making an indecent or pseudo photograph of a child and one of possessing a prohibited image of a child.

Parker was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court and was also made subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

BreakingLeeds private hire drivers to hold new go-slow

Private hire drivers in Leeds are to hold a third go-slow on Monday.

More details to follow...

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Arrest over York sex assault

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in York earlier this week.

The attack happened on the evening of Tuesday 2 January near St Peter’s school. The victim was also robbed during the attack.

A man in his 30s was arrested this morning and remains in custody, police have confirmed.

Bingley Grammar School's music GCSE charge criticised

A West Yorkshire school has been criticised for making pupils pay to study for a music GCSE.

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Bingley Grammar School charges students £5 a week to take after-school music theory classes, a decision the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body for musicians, calls "shocking and deeply troubling".

Head teacher Luke Weston said it was not a result of funding issues and that the number of students studying music at the school had increased since the classes began.

Year 7 and 8 pupils at the school are still taught music during school time and the extra classes are only for those wishing to take the subject as a GCSE.

Deborah Annetts, ISM chief executive, says: "Music is at risk of becoming the preserve of those who can afford it and the Government must act now to ensure it is available to all."

Jake Kean in action for Blackburn Rovers

League Two side Grimsby sign Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Jake Kean on loan until the end of the season.

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Branson hits back over East Coast critics

Sir Richard Branson is pledging not to walk away from running trains on Yorkshire's rail route to London despite the fact his joint venture between Virgin and Stagecoach is losing money.

Sir Richard Branson

His comments come after publishing a statement which hits back at critics of the way the Virgin East Coast franchise is performing.

The Virgin Boss says his franchise has already lost £100m because of delays in upgrading the East Coast Main Line's infrastructure - laying the blame with Network Rail.

Mr Branson goes on to say it would be easier to "swallow the losses" and hand the franchise back, but doing so would be "wrong".

Instead he's vowing to continue working with Network Rail and the government, saying Virgin and Stagecoach won't pay as much money to run the franchise as first agreed because the upgrade delays are costing it money.

Travel: All lanes reopened on northbound M1 in Derbyshire

BBC News Travel

All lanes are now open on the northbound M1 between J30 Worksop and J31 Sheffield after emergency repairs closed a lane earlier on.

Traffic has returned to normal.

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

Appeal over missing York man

North Yorkshire police are asking people to keep an eye out for this missing York man.

Antony Carson, 50 was reported missing from Acomb in York this morning.

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Two flood warnings in place for York

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

There are flood warnings for Naburn Lock which is just outside of the city and riverside properties in York.

Flood warnings means that flooding is expected and people should move their belongings to a safe place.

Two flood warnings for York
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency says it's due to a lot of rain from upper catchment areas.

The River Ouse is at 3.1 metres and is expected to fall overnight to 3 metres.

The Agency says that no significant rainfall is forecast in the upper catchments over the next couple of days, however river levels upstream of York remain high as peak levels move through the systems.

River levels are likely to remain high for the next few days.

Travel: One lane closed on northbound M1 Derbyshire

BBC News Travel

There's still a lane closed on the northbound M1 between J30 Worksop and J31 A57 Sheffield for emergency repairs.

Traffic is queuing from J30.

CCTV of M1
Highways England

Man treated for injuries to face after Leeds stabbing

A man has been treated for facial injuries after being stabbed in Leeds last night.

Cowper Road

Detectives say they are are investigating reports of a stabbing which happened at about 19:00 on Cowper Road in Harehills.

A 30-year-old man was taken to hospital where he had surgery for serious facial injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

The full circumstances of this incident continue to be investigated and we are making further enquiries at the scene today to establish exactly what has occurred."

Det Insp James EntwhistleWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield affecting J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of emergency repairs. Congestion to J29a, Markham (Markham Vale).

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

Watch: Limbering up for parkour competition in Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Did you know that an industrial estate in Rotherham is home to one of the biggest Parkour venues in the Country?

Me neither.

What is parkour? I hear you say, well according to the dictionary it's the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.

This is the sort of thing you can expect:

The event takes place at Team Katalyst in Rotherham until Sunday.

Uber lodges appeal over York licence ban

Taxi-hailing app Uber has appealed against a decision by York councillors not to renew its operating licence.


The firm's bid was rejected in December over complaints the city was being "overwhelmed" by drivers using the app.

Concerns about a data breach also contributed to the decision, the City of York Council previously said.

Uber, which filed its appeal on Thursday, has also asked to meet councillors "to address their concerns", said a company spokesman.

We want to continue providing more choice and competition for both consumers and licensed drivers in the city,"

Uber statement

Landslip closes part of Yorkshire Coast's Cinder Track

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Yorkshire Live

Motorists can't use a section of the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line, just north of Ravenscar, due to a small landslip.

It's known as the Cinder Track and is mainly used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

Cars and other vehicles are allowed on part of it for people to access to their houses and land.

The Cinder Track
Scarborough Borough Council

Scarborough Borough Council says it has been monitoring the landslip but it appears to be still moving slowly.

They've put up concrete blocks south of Stoupe Brow Road Bridge and just north of the access road to Stoupe Brow Farm.

They say there's no risk to properties in the area and this is a temporary measure.

Ever fancied working at Yorkshire Wildlife Park?

If you've ever wanted to be an animal ranger, now could be your chance.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is recruiting for a number of different posts from Digital Marketing Executive, to Grounds Assistant and Animal Ranger.

You can see all the vacancies here:


York Register Office set for refurbishment

In York, the register office is temporarily closing.

Register Office
York City Council

The office on Bootham in the city centre is relocating until early March from this weekend so they can give it a lick of paint.

It'll be located at West Offices on Station Rise.

So as you nervously drop to one knee and fumble for that ring, just remember there's a ten minute walk from the old Register Office to the temporary one.

Travel update: M62 gets all clear

BBC News Travel

The M62 is fixed and all looks to be flowing fine, happy days:

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Forget Gretna Green, it's all about Dick Lane now

Plans have been submitted in Bradford for a new wedding hall which would accommodate 800 guests.

Dick Lane

The application is looking for permission to build it on a patch of empty land off Dick Lane.

The documents show the land was previously used by manufacturing businesses. A decision's expected in April.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J30 for A642 and J31 for A655 affecting J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J31, A655 (Castleford), because of earlier emergency repairs. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J29, M1 (Lofthouse).

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

Last chance to see skeleton exhibition

If you were planning on going to see an exhibition of human skeletons in Leeds, this weekend is your last chance to see it - 40,000 people have been so far.

Skeleton exhibition
Leeds City Council

The Skeletons: Our Buried Bones exhibition closes this Sunday at Leeds City Museum’s special exhibitions gallery.

The exhibition is free and features 12 skeletons from Yorkshire and London and tells us about the health and heritage of people living in different eras.

It also includes the remains of an Iron Age man and woman found buried together during archaeological excavations beside the A1 near Bramham.

Each of these skeletons is representative not only of a distinct chapter in our heritage, but of a person who played their own unique role in shaping the world we know today."

Katherine BaxterLeeds Museums and Galleries