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Summary

  1. Woman, 23, denies kidnapping of toddler in Leeds
  2. Flying Scotsman marks Carlisle-to-Settle line reopening
  3. Sheffield shops to open early for autism awareness
  4. Independent pubs in York could be forced to close because of a huge increase in business rates
  5. An estate in Doncaster has been described as being like 'Lord of the Flies' because of crime issues
  6. A cyclist from Harrogate has been killed during a race in Australia
  7. Updates on Friday 31 March 2017

Live Reporting

By David Ward, Oli Woodcock and Adam Pinder-Smith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Film honour for York's Dame Judi

    York's Dame Judi Dench is to be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards.

    Judi Dench

    Dame Judi will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film.

    The Oscar, Bafta and Olivier-winning actress says: "It's been a privilege to spend almost 60 years working in the industry."

    Dame Judi grew up in the Heworth area of York and attended The Mount, a Quaker boarding school for girls.

  2. Yorkshire two-wheeled death statistics revealed

    About 17 cyclists and motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured on roads in Yorkshire every week, new figures show.

    Brake logo

    The statistics have been published at the start of Road Safety Week by Yorkshire-based charity Brake to encourage more drivers to be aware of fellow road users.

    Last year, almost 900 cyclists and motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on Yorkshire’s roads.

    Brake is calling for drivers to be "bike smart" by slowing down and looking properly at junctions.

    The charity also suggests drivers do the so-called "Dutch reach", which means opening the car door using the hand furthest from the handle, which forces drivers to turn and look behind them.

    Steve Pettit, who runs a bike shop in Hull, says he isn't at all surprised by the charity's statistics.

    He says: "The amount of people who come in that have been knocked off - it's not always their fault, but sometimes it is, if they haven't made themselves visible or they take short cuts."

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, from J40 for A638 Wakefield Road Ossett to J41 for A650.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J40, A638 (Ossett) to 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

  4. Children violently robbed in Sheffield cinema

    Two teenagers were threatened with a hammer and violently robbed inside a cinema near Sheffield.

    Cineworld Sheffield

    It happened at about 17:25 in screen eight at Cineworld, Centertainment last night.

    It's thought a man demanded the phones from a group of teenagers and punched one of them in the head.

    He is then said to have grabbed another boy before leaving.

    Police officers are appealing for information into what happened.

  5. Teenage girl assaulted in Harrogate street

    A 15-year-old girl has been assaulted on a suburban street in Harrogate, police say.

    Swarcliffe Road

    The girl sustained an injury to her face during the attack on Swarcliffe Road in the town at about 09:00 on 14 November.

    Officers say the suspect is a man aged between 30 and 40-years-old, approximately 5ft 9ins tall with scruffy blonde hair.

    He was wearing a black puffa jacket, grey track bottoms and blue trainers.

    Anyone with information that could help the investigation is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

  6. Armed raiders threaten staff at Leeds toy store

    Ram-raiders reversed a stolen car into a Leeds toy store before threatening one member of staff with a hammer.

    The Smyths toy store n Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park

    Police are appealing for information after the raid at 19:22 yesterday at the Smyths Toys store in the Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Bridge Road, near Leeds.

    The gang reversed a silver/grey Ford Focus through the glass front doors.

    The store was closed at the time.

    Four masked men entered the store, one threatened a member of staff with a hammer, and stole a number of game consoles.

    They loaded the items into the Ford Focus and a silver Kia, which had been parked outside.

    The Focus was carrying the false registration YT04EBK.

    Both cars were later found in the Hyde Park and Gipton areas.

    Quote Message: This offence was clearly targeted at the games consoles which the store had been stocked with for Christmas. It was obviously a frightening experience for the members of staff involved and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the people responsible. We would also like to hear from anyone who is aware of new games consoles being offered for sale in suspicious circumstances since this incident last night.” from Det Insp James Entwistle West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police
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    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J38 for A637 Huddersfield Road Woolley.

    M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J38, A637 (Woolley), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J31 for Pontefract Road.

    M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J31, Pontefract (Castleford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Absconded murderer spotted in church

    A man who was jailed for murdering a woman in West Yorkshire and who absconded from an open prison has been spotted at a church in Hampshire, police have said.

    Jeremy Brabrooke in church

    Jeremy Brabrooke, 56, went missing from HMP Ford, near Littlehampton, West Sussex, on 14 November.

    He was last seen on CCTV at St Faith's Church in Havant on 16 November and police have released the images to help trace him.

    Brabrooke was given a life sentence in 1988 for murdering a 59-year-old woman in Bingley.

  10. Paul Gascoigne charged with assaulting woman on train

    Former England, Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne will appear in court next month charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a train.

    British Transport Police said the 51-year-old of Amy Street, Leicester, had been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

    They said the charge relates to an incident on board a train from York to Durham on 20 August this year.

    He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on 11 December.

  11. BreakingPaul Gascoigne charged with sexual assault on York train

    Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman on a train from York to Durham.

    Paul Gascoigne

    The incident is said to have taken place on a CrossCountry train on 20 August.

    Mr Gascoigne, 51, has been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching.

    He's due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court on 11 December.

  12. BreakingPaul Gascoigne charged with sexual assault

    Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching after an incident on a train from York to Durham on August 20, British Transport Police said.

    More to follow.

  13. Violent attack in Scarborough leaves man in hospital

    A 36-year-old man is in hospital with fractures to his jaw, cheek, eye socket and nose after being attacked in Scarborough.

    The Waterhouse pub in Scarborough

    He was injured during what police are calling an "altercation" involving a group of men and women outside The Waterhouse pub in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The victim, from Middlesbrough, is currently being treated at York District Hospital for serious facial injuries.

    North Yorkshire Police, who were alerted to the incident by CCTV operators, are now appealing for information.

    A 27-year-old woman and two men, aged 30 and 37, have been arrested and released under investigation while enquiries continue.