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  1. Northern trains affected by RMT union strike
  2. Northern rail running only 40% of normal services
  3. Train company 'winds down' evening rush hour services
  4. Appeal over death crash hit-and-run in Doncaster
  5. Swine flu vaccine damages home for Batley boy, 11
  6. Victim named in Doncaster murder investigation
  7. Asda and Morrisons to cut price of fuel from tomorrow
  8. West Yorkshire Police says thousands caught not wearing seatbelts during last three years
  9. Updates on Monday 13 March 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Oli Constable and Nick Wilmshurst

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal admits an improper conduct charge and is fined by the Football Association.

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Latest news from Yorkshire

This service for Monday 13 March has now finished.

But you can get all today's Yorkshire breaking news here .

Armed police seal off Doncaster street

Armed police are at a house in Doncaster following reports of "concerns for a resident". 

South Yorkshire Police said officers were called to a property on Wensleydale Road at around 15:30 GMT. 

Police said: "Armed police and specialist officers are currently at the property. 

"Wensleydale Road remains closed at this time."

Farmer, 83, made 'instant' decision to shoot his shotgun
Kenneth Hugill shot a convicted burglar but was cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Post Office Road

Featherstone Rovers offer Super League club Wakefield Trinity a ground-share at Post Office Road for at least 2018.

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Our five top stories from today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

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 and travel will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Northern trains affected by RMT union strike
  2. South Yorkshire family's "hand yourself in"  plea after fatal hit-and-run
  3. Couple dragged from bed during targeted attack in Halifax
  4. Inquest into York flat death adjourned
  5. Monty Python star's love of York

See you tomorrow.

Swine flu vaccine damages hope for Batley boy, 11

The family of an 11-year-old boy "living in a nightmare" after the swine flu vaccine gave him narcolepsy has appealed to the government to speed up vaccine damages payments.

Sam Forbes developed the rare sleeping illness after having Pandemrix aged four, in 2010.

Tracy Brabin, Batley and Spen MP, has asked the government to address the issue.

Northern rail strike: What does a train guard do?

Rail staff from three operators across England are striking today because rail companies say guards are no longer needed to ensure the doors are closed. But is this all that a guard does?


The RMT union says the plans would lead to an unacceptable reduction in passenger safety.

It says the guard - also known as conductor or train manager, depending on their employer - performs a much wider safety role than merely ensuring the doors are closed before the train departs.

Sean McGowan, RMT organiser for the North, said guards currently had to be competent in 35 areas, including evacuation of a train, what to do in the case of fire or derailment, and how to cope with a number of technical failures.

Serial flasher reported in Heckmondwike

A flasher who has been exposing himself to people over the past three weeks is being sought by police. 

Vernon Road

The man, who is described as white, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, slim and about 6ft tall, has been exposing himself near a disused railway line off Vernon Road.

West Yorkshire Police say that the incidents have been distressing for passers by and have appealed for information from people who may have seen him. 

This is a well-travelled path in the area and officers have been conducting increased patrols in and around the vicinity."

PC Philip MillerWest Yorkshire Police

Rail strike: Northern winding down services

Rail company Northern says it has been 'winding down' sevices from 17:00 today.

It follows a day of strike action by RMT union staff.

Listen: Trump has 'great confidence' ahead of Sheffield tournament

BBC Sport

Judd Trump says winning the Players Championship, his second ranking event of the season, gives him great confidence ahead of next month's World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

Trump has never won the world title:

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Listen: 'This is not justice' - Mr Loophole helps Yorkshire farmer with £30,000 court costs

A  lawyer known as Mr Loophole has stepped in to help a Yorkshire farmer faced with £30,000 court costs, after being cleared of GBH last week.

Kenneth Hugill, 83, from Wilberfoss near York was cleared after shooting a man on his land. 

The pensioner shot Richard Stables in the foot in November 2015, believing he was planning to steal diesel.  

Now the lawyer, Nick Freeman, says he's set up a crowd funding page to help raise the money, because he feels Mr Hugill has been badly treated by the legal system:

Passengers stay away from rail network during strike

Passengers appear to have largely stayed away from the rail network as staff from three train firms across England hold 24-hour strikes.

Selby Station

Guards and drivers working for Northern rail rail are taking action over proposals for driver-only-operated (DOO) trains, which has affected most services in Yorkshire.

Up to 2,000 rail staff have walked out in the dispute, but limited disruption has been reported.

Northern rail thanked customers for "altering travel plans".

Travel update: Bus operator sends out the double deckers

BBC News Travel

Looks like there are extra seats if you usually take the train between Skipton and Keighley

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Northern rail strike: Yorkshire on the move

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

As the big commute home gets underway this afternoon, so far it's all looking very civilised, considering we have a Northern rail strike on today.

A broken-down vehicle has caused one lane to be shut on the M1 northbound near at J39 for Wakefield

The only other place we're looking a bit busier on the roads is around J29 of the eastbound M62, as this rather dystopian picture illustrates: 

Highways England/Crown Copyright

If you know any different and you're having a bad time of it somewhere, let us know .

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Victim named in Doncaster murder investigation

A teenager who died last Wednesday in the Denaby Main area of Doncaster has been named by police as Lewis Guest.  

Lewis Guest
Family handout

The 18-year-old was taken to hospital following reports of an assault, but he died shortly afterwards. 

A post-mortem examination concluded he died from a stab wound.  

Another 18-year-old, Megan Sambrook, of Wadworth Street, Denaby Main, has been charged with murder. 

Supermarkets to cut price of fuel

West Yorkshire based supermarket chains Asda and Morrisons are cutting fuel prices as the wholesale price of oil reduces. 


They are both reducing the price of petrol and diesel by "up to two pence per litre" from tomorrow.

Latest government figures show the average price of petrol in the UK is 120p while diesel is 122.9p. 

Fuel prices in recent weeks have been higher than at any point since December 2014. 

Travel update: Fewer Northern rush-hour trains

BBC News Travel

The rail service Northern is warning there will be fewer trains running during the rush-hour this evening because of today's strike by RMT union staff.

The company says it will be winding down services between 17:00 and 19:00.

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BreakingFamily's 'hand yourself in' plea after fatal hit-and-run

Oli Constable

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The family of a woman killed in a hit-and-run in South Yorkshire  has asked the person responsible to hand themselves in.

Family of Susan Gravel

Valerie Buchanan, the sister of Susan Gravel, said in a press conference this afternoon that the family want justice to be done.

"Whoever has done it, please come forward. It's done, we can't fetch her back.

Mrs Gravel, 62, died after being hit by the car, on Station Road in Stainforth, just before 13:00 on Saturday lunchtime.

Police say they now don't think the car, a BMW 5 series, was stolen. They found the car yesterday and are now carrying out a forensic examination of the vehicle.

Couple dragged from bed during 'targeted' attack

A couple were dragged from their beds during a robbery in Halifax at the weekend, which left a man with serious injuries. 

Hebble Vale Drive

It happened in the early hours of Saturday morning when several armed men forced their way in to the house on Hebble Vale Drive, Wheatley in what police think was a targeted attack.

A violent attack which lasted several minutes then took place on the 28-year-old man during which he was seriously injured.

A large amount of cash was stolen. The suspects are described as black males wearing dark clothing and they are believed to have used a silver Mercedes.

This has been a terrifying experience for the couple, I strongly believe to have been a targeted incident."

Det Insp Craig LordWest Yorkshire Police

New M1 services could create 300 new jobs

There are plans for a new motorway service station at the end of Sheffield Parkway at junction 33 of the M1 in Rotherham.

Proposed site
Applegreen PLC

Applegreen plc intends to present the project as a planning application later this year.

They say it would create 300 jobs and make good use of a vacant site on either side of the M1.  

The site already has planning permission for two hotels and a petrol filling station.

North Yorks shop shines in 'rural Oscars'

Spellow's village shop & Post Office in Marton cum Grafton near Boroughbridge has been named Northern Champion in the Village Shop and Post Office category.

It's part of the Countryside Alliance Awards - known as the rural Oscars.

Spellow's external

The judges branded it "the true heart of this North Yorkshire community".

Proud owner Helen Tessyman is now heading down to the House of Lords next week to find out if they've won the national award.

Private firm brought in to improve Doncaster market

A private firm is being brought in to turn around Doncaster market, the BBC can reveal. 

Doncaster Market stall

Quarterbridge have worked on markets around the UK including Brixton, where they created a champagne and oyster bar.

It's part of the market's £3m development.

Inquest into York flat death adjourned

The inquest into the death of a York man has opened and adjourned. 

Shaun Skelton
North Yorkshire Police/Google

The body of Shaun Skelton was found in a flat  at Chancery House, Holgate Road the city a week ago.

Daniel Reed, 19, of no fixed address, was charged last week with his murder and is due back in court next month.

Appeal after arm broken in attack

A man had his arm broken after being attacked by a group of men in Ecclesfield, Sheffield in January. 

Collage of men
South Yorkshire Police

Police have just released these CCTV pictures of four men they'd like to speak to about the assault.

It happened on Saturday 7 January at 22:30, when a 24-year-old man was set upon by a group at the Black Bull pub on Church Street. He also has injuries to his face.

Batley woman guilty of encouraging terrorism

A 57-year-old woman from Batley has been found guilty of encouraging terrorism by re-tweeting a speech by the leader of so-called Islamic State. 

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Mary Kaya denied posting the link and claimed her Twitter account was used by someone else. 

But a jury at Leeds Crown Court found her guilty by majority verdict of distributing a terrorist publication likely to encourage people to participate in terrorism.

The week-long trial heard that Kaya's Twitter account was monitored after her husband was arrested during a raid by counter terrorism police at a previous address in Dewsbury.

Kaya will be sentenced on 27 March.  

The material posted included a message from Daesh leader Al-Baghdadi which glorified terrorism and encouraged listeners to carry out terrorist acts”

Det Ch Spt Clive Wain North East Counter Terrorism Unit

Yorkshire in pictures: Sunday's red sunrise

Were you up nice and early yesterday? If you were, you might have been treated to this amazing sunrise:

John Holden

Looks a bit like something from a post-apocalyptic future, but it is in facr roundhay in Leeds.

thanks to John Holden for sending this in to us.

You can do the same or you can sign up to be a BBC Weather Watcher .

Restored mill clocks up millionth hour of green energy

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A watermill in North Yorkshire's clocked up a million kilowatt hours of green energy.

Star of BBC TV's Restoration Village - 18th-century Howsham Mill sits on an island on the River Derwent near Malton.

Howsham Mill

In 2003 the mill was a ruin hidden in the trees on a small island in the River Derwent, five miles downstream from Malton - it's since been restored to its former glory, as it was when abandoned in 1947. 

It was the first venue in the country to use the new Archimedean screw technology and today it clocked up the impressive one millionth kilowatt hour, being ploughed back into the National Grid.   

Trains affected by signalling problems

Looks like more of our rail network is slow going this afternoon after signalling problems near Finningley. It's affecting trains around Doncaster.

Trains are running between Doncaster and Lincoln, but they're slow.

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Man seriously injured after street confrontation

A man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in Huddersfield yesterday afternoon.

Pollard street

The 41-year-old had confronted three or four men who were suspected of attempting to steal money from his son on Pollard Street in Fartown at around 16:30.

The men then assaulted the victim and he was taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition. 

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and remain in custody.  

This is a horrific assault which has left a man with serious injuries. The incident happened in broad daylight on a busy road."

Det Insp Mark Walker,West Yorkshire Police

Watch: Rustlings Road tree replanted

New trees are being planted on Sheffield's Rustlings Road today - four months after seven others were removed by council contractors amid angry protests.

The trees were cut down before dawn and some protesters were arrested.

The council apologised for the way the felling was handled and says 16 trees will replace the ones that were removed.

City's FA Trophy semi-final ticket dash

BBC Sport

If you want to see York City in tomorrow's FA Trophy semi-final first leg against Lincoln, you have less than 24-hours to get your ticket.

Tickets will only be available until noon tomorrow.

The opening hours at York City's ticket office at Bootham Crescent have been extended today - It'll be open until 19:00 this evening, so fans can get tickets after work.

The match is all-ticket, none will be on sale at the door tomorrow.

Doncaster hit and run victim 'loving and caring'

A woman who died in a hit-and-run incident in South Yorkshire was "loving and caring" her family has said.

Susan Gravel, 62, died after being hit by a stolen grey or silver BMW, on Station Road in Stainforth, just before 13:00 on Saturday lunchtime. 


Police said the stolen car crashed into a parked vehicle on Station Road before the incident.

It was seen leaving an Asda supermarket car park, close to where officers in an unmarked police car were patrolling.

Mrs Gravel's family paid tribute to a "loving, caring sister, mother, aunty and grandmother".

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which is also being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Police target off-road bikers in Selby area

Police in Selby say they're clamping down on off-road bikers who ride illegally. 

Off-road bikes

Officers have been called to "numerous reports of bikers riding irresponsibly" in and around the villages of Fairburn and Brotherton, "pulling wheelies on the A1246 or riding off-road in areas where they don't have permission."

PC Kylie Boyle, said: "local residents have reported being sprayed with mud or nearly run down by off-road bikes." 

Police say any anti-social use of off-road motorbikes will not be tolerated and offenders who are caught will face a fine and will have their bike seized.  

One landowner had to spend £2,500 digging trenches to deter bikers from entering his land."

PC Kylie Boyle

Government cash for adult care 'but more needed'

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

South Yorkshire councils will get £60m from the government to pay for adult care over the next three years.

Social care people holding hands

Half of that money is for the next financial year alone.

The Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced an extra £2bn for councils to spend on older people's care up to 2020 in last week's budget.

But the Local Government Association says local authorities need almost three times that to plug the funding gap.

Calder Valley rescue team called in to help injured woman

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A woman's recovering after falling during a riverside walk at Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge yesterday. 

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team

The woman had injured her back and couldn't stand, so The Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team  were called and arrived on the scene very quickly.

They then looked after the injured woman and carried her on a stretcher to a car park where the ambulance crew took over.

James Arthur gig planned for tonight is cancelled

Planned to see James Arthur perform in Sheffield tonight?

James Arthur

Well it turns out he's had to cancel the show after his doctor says he needs to rest his voice.

The X Factor winner says the gig will be rescheduled for the 29 May with all original tickets being valid.

If you can't make the date, you can get a full refund instead.