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By Andrew Barton, Oli Constable and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. Our five top stories today

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    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 for the weekend, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

    1. Murder investigation after Leeds body find
    2. Sheffield man banned from football for six years
    3. Best place to live in the UK? Take your pick, Yorkshire has seven !
    4. Undercover officers on 'Trojan bus' in Huddersfield
    5. 'Don't forget to smile' reminder for passengers at bus stop window

    See you next week.

  2. Body found in Woodhouse Mill area

    Officers searching the Woodhouse Mill area of Sheffield have found the body of an elderly man at around 13:00 GMT.

    Formal identification has not yet taken place but South Yorkshire Police say it is believed to be missing man Barry Jones, 77, from Aston.

    Mr Jones’ family have been informed.

    Officers say there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

  3. 'Protest' over access to toilets in Bedale school

    The BBC understands more than a dozen schoolchildren were sent home from a North Yorkshire school today after the police were called to a protest that began in a toilet.

    Bedale School

    The pupils were protesting at Bedale High School saying they're being denied permission to use the toilet outside of designated break times. 

    On behalf of the school, North Yorkshire County Council says that students who need the toilet during lessons, or need access for medical reasons, will always be given access on request. 

    However, a number of parents have told BBC Look North that isn't the case, and some girls have been punished for going to the toilet during class time.

  4. MP to raise issue of cost of sanitary towels for schoolgirls

    A West Yorkshire MP is pledging to raise the issue of girls skipping school in because they can't afford sanitary towels in Parliament. 

    School girl

    Colne Valley Conservative, Jason McCartney, wants to enlist other MPs to help start a campaign for free sanitary products for needy young girls.

    The issue is something we told you about yesterday, and is happening at a school in Leeds

    The school has now called in a charity which normally helps women in Africa to make sure teenage girls don't feel the need to skip lessons.   

  5. Watch: Barnsley poet in Civic renovation plea

    Barnsley poet Ian McMillan has penned a poem asking people to help with a campaign to renovate the Civic in the town.

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    Video caption: Ian McMillan poem
  6. Biker dies after collision with car in Otley

    A motorcyclist has died after he collided with a car in Otley yesterday evening.


    The accident happened on West Chevin Road at about 17:40 when the man's motorbike which was travelling towards Menston collided with a white BMW X5.

    Police are speaking to the driver of the BMW.

  7. Early kick-off announced for South Yorkshire derby

    This is pretty important if you're planning on heading to Oakwell for the game against Sheffield Wednesday on 1 April.

    It had been scheduled as a 15:00pm kick-off, but it's now been brought forward to 12:30pm.

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  8. Rotherham police seize £270,000 worth of cannabis plants

    Yesterday we told you about the four people in Rotherham that were arrested after a cannabis plants were found at houses on Fitzwilliam Road.

    It turns out the police netted around £270,000 worth of plants, arresting four men in the process.

    Cannabis plants

    Police recovered 322 plants in the growth stage and a quantity of cropped drug, worth a further £20,000.

    Four men, aged 27, 29, 34 and 37-years-old were arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and immigration offences.

    Two of the men have been bailed as inquiries continue the other two people are being dealt with by the UK Border Agency.

  9. Doncaster action to highlight plight of rough sleepers

    A group of people in Doncaster will be braving the cold this evening and sleeping in a makeshift cardboard home.

    They're taking part in the YMCA's annual sleep easy event.

    The charity hopes tonight will raise awareness of rough sleeping and raise funds for their work with vulnerable young people.

  10. Opponents of Clifford's tower plan gather in York

    Phil Bodmer

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    About 50 people opposing changes to an historic York tower have attended a public meeting in the city centre. 

    Clifford's Tower

    English Heritage was granted permission to build a £2m visitor centre at the foot of the 13th Century Clifford's Tower last October. 

    Some have criticised the design saying it resembles a toilet block, and a judicial review will now look at the council's approval of the plans. 

    The rally was organised by independent councillor for Micklegate, Johnny Hayes.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J50 for A61 and J49 for A168.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J50, A61 (Baldersby) and J49, A168 (Dishforth).

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

  12. Travel update: Problems on the A1M

    BBC News Travel

    Here's a picture of those building queues on the A1M around J50 southbound.

    It's after a crash between a lorry and a car. Highways England say it won't be cleared until around 18:00 this evening. 

  13. Police raid Wakefield cannabis farm

    Dozens of cannabis plants have been seized by police today and a 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of production of the plants.


    Police say that about 71 plants were seized from the house on Snydale Road in Normanton.

    Officers said that they acted after a tip-off.

    Quote Message: It’s great to see such a sizeable amount of cannabis being removed from the streets of our community." from Sgt Katy Woodmason West Yorkshire Police
    Sgt Katy WoodmasonWest Yorkshire Police
  14. Barnsley Civic renovation campaign under way

    Sir Michael Parkinson has backed a major £5m fundraising campaign to renovate The Civic, Barnsley to become a world-class destination for the arts by 2023. 

    Barnsley Civic

    The Grade II listed building has been part of the town since 1877.

    A third of the historic building is unoccupied with its traditional front entrance and foyer on Eldon Street disconnected from the rest of the building.

    Quote Message: Barnsley can be proud of the contribution it has made to the world of literature, theatre, radio, television, music and sport. That is why this campaign is important and why I am proud to be a patron of The Civic." from Sir Michael Parkinson
    Sir Michael Parkinson
  15. Listen: 'Still time to talk' MP says ahead of Northern rail strike

    The Transport Minister and Harrogate MP, Andrew Jones, says RMT union members are wrong to go ahead with a walk out on Monday , when only 40% of services are expected to run.   

    The union's called the strike over plans to introduce more trains where drivers, not guards, are responsible for opening and closing the doors. 

    Mr Jones says Northern Rail's plans aren't finalised yet, and the two sides should "sit down and talk":

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    Video caption: RMT's taking action over plans for drivers, rather than guards, to open and close doors.
  16. Indian 'treasures' on display in Bradford

    Take a look at these royal treasures from India that are going on display in Bradford:


    Called 'Splendours of the Subcontinent,' the objects on show at Cartwright Hall were given to the British royal family by Maharajas and other rulers at the end of the 19th Century. 

    Bradford is the only city in the north chosen to host the exhibition, which features dozens of priceless gifts  

    You will be able to go along and see them until 18 June.

  17. Yorkshire dominates 'Best Places to Live' chart

    The majority of the towns named "Best Place to Live" in Britain are in Yorkshire.

    Saltburn in May

    Eight towns were given the accolade that considers factors such as jobs, exam results, broadband speed and community spirit.

    In North Yorkshire, Helmsley, Malton, Pateley Bridge, Richmond, Saltburn all made the list, with Hull, Horsforth in Leeds and Fulwood in Sheffield also topping the charts.

    The Sunday Times list also celebrates Harrogate, Skipton and York for appearing in almost every list over the past five years.

  18. Northern train strike: What you need to know

    Don't forget that on Monday we're expecting industrial action on Northern trains, as the RMT union is disputing plans to bring in more driver-only-operated trains. 

    If you usually travel on a one of the services the advice is to avoid unnecessary journeys and to plan ahead.

    According to the WYMetro website , although not part of the strike, other operators like TransPennine Express, CrossCountry and Grand Central Virgin Trains may also be busier than normal.

    These are the  revised timetables on the Northern website.  And there will be around 300 extra rail replacement buses as well. 

    We will keep you up-to-date with any more developments about the strike, so watch this space.