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  1. That's all from Wednesday...

    Those are all the updates from Yorkshire on Wednesday 12 April 2017.

    Want to find out what's happening on Thursday 13 April? Just click here.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

    A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) exit slip road partially blocked northbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. Our five top stories today

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

    1. Court deals with 29 people over historical child sexual abuse
    2. Three injured by police horse during anti-crime excercise in York
    3. 'It's like they're not alive' - Focus on 'Spice' use in Leeds
    4. Sheffield club's sexual entertainment licence renewed
    5. Six-foot boa constrictor found in Scarborough - RSPCA appeal for information

    See you tomorrow.

  4. Small badge big history - Leeds Museum object of the week

    We are lucky enough to live in a country where women's struggle for a right to vote is long in the past, but this item from Leeds City Museum is a reminder of a time when that wasn't the case. 


    It's their object of the week and is part of a new display exploring the history of protests.

    The display tells the story of a Leeds suffregette Leonora Cohen who smashed the windows of the Labour Exchange building during a visit from the then Prime Minister, H.H. Asquith. 

    She also ended up in prison for damaging the cases holding the crown jewels at the Tower of London in 1913. 

  5. Listen: School will 'absolutely be a safe environment'

    Sheffield city council have addressed claims that plans to build a new secondary school on an old landfill site an

    The decision goes before the planning committee next week - with a recommendation that permission for the new build on Carterknowle Road is granted.

    Joel Hardwick, School Organisation Manager at Sheffield City Council, insists they're working hard to ally any concerns:

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    Video caption: Joel Hardwick, School Organisation Manager at Sheffield City Council
  6. Let their be light (and sound): Artists transform Yorkshire abbey

    An ancient Yorkshire abbey is to be brought back to life tonight by being bathed in light and sound.

    Brocken Spectre

    Rievaulx Abbey, on the North York Moors, which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, is to be transformed by artist Charles Monkhouse in a four-day event called Brocken Spectre.  

    In one part of the ruins, people will appear to see a halo effect around their head's shadow, when it's projected onto mist. Other parts of the abbey will also be illuminated.

    Brocken Spectre

    The Illumaphonium, a 3.5m tall interactive music installation - pictured below with its creator, Michael Davis - will also be in action.

    Once struck, the aluminium chime bars create the patterns of light and sound.  

    Brocken Spectre
  7. Strange clouds spotted above Leeds

    Did you spot these clouds over Leeds last night? 


    These were taken over Horsforth, and as you can see it seemed like the slightly higher winds caused the clouds to sort of plump up a bit.

    Have a look at this great panoramic shot:

    Clouds two

    Weird! If you have any pictures of them you can email them to us.

  8. Teenagers robbed at knifepoint in Brighouse

    Three teenage boys were robbed of money and clothing at knifepoint in Rastrick, Brighouse, last night.

    Carr Green Park

    Police say they were approached by two other boys who threatened them with a flick knife and told them to hand over cash and some of their clothes.

    The two suspects demanded that the victims hand over one of their jackets, gloves and hat.

    It happened at about 19:30 near Carr Green park. 

    Quote Message: This was an extremely frightening incident for those involved and our enquiries remain ongoing." from Det Sgt Nick Speed West Yorkshire Police
    Det Sgt Nick SpeedWest Yorkshire Police
  9. Airport rail link plans 'half-baked'

    Plans to build a railway station at Leeds Bradford Airport are being criticised by a West Yorkshire MP. 

    Leeds Bradford Airport

    Greg Mulholland says Leeds City Council's proposals are in "disarray" and he has branded them "half-baked".

    He claims that the authority failed to carry out basic checks, including a study on how much parking will be needed, managing traffic flow and where the money will come from. 

    He suggests they're trying to cover up flaws in the plans, but the council say that they have done the necessary work to raise the funds from ther government and are waiting to hear back from the Department for Transport. 

    Quote Message: This is the same old nonsense from Mr Mulholland. He’s taken the cake out of the oven, thrown the contents around and then claimed it was half baked!" from Cllr Richard Lewis Leeds City Council
    Cllr Richard LewisLeeds City Council
  10. Man jailed for 24 years for drugging and raping woman

    A Sheffield man has been jailed for 24 years for raping a vulnerable woman. 

    Ferdos Rabani

    Ferdos Rabani, 48, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today. 

    In April last year Rabani - of HMP Marshgate but formerly of Sheffield - offered a lift to his 34-year-old victim in Sheffield city centre.

    He then offered her cigarettes, believed to have been drugged, to make her drowsy, before driving her  to a remote area outside of the city where he raped her.

    Quote Message: Rabani could clearly see that the victim was vulnerable. He preyed on her and took advantage of her, leaving her incredibly traumatised by what happened." from PC Jess Hawley South Yorkshire Police
    PC Jess HawleySouth Yorkshire Police
  11. New contracts for Steelers' coaching duo

    Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson and his assistant Jerry Andersson have both signed new two-year contracts with the club. 

    Thompson (pictured) delivered a League title in his first year in charge and led them to a play off final win over Cardiff last weekend. 

    Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson
    Quote Message: It's been coming for a while - I knew when I took Paul Thompson on that I'd found the right guy to take the Steelers to the next level. I'm please that we've got two important appointments tied up as early as this." from Tony Smith Sheffield Steelers owner
    Tony SmithSheffield Steelers owner
  12. Listen: York-trained Ebola nurse hopes for 'closure' in Sierra Leone return

    A York-trained nurse who survived Ebola says she's going back to Sierra Leone for the first time since she caught the virus there in 2014. 

    Pauline Cafferkey was trained at Strensall Barracks before working as a volunteer in the West African country where an epidemic killed almost 4,000 people in 2014.

    She'll return next month and take part in a run to raise funds for a charity which helps children affected by Ebola. 

    She says she hopes the trip will bring some closure to her ordeal:

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    Video caption: Pauline Cafferkey worked as a volunteer in the West African country
  13. Watch: Room for two more at Yorkshire Wildlife Park?

    Warning!: The following video contains scenes some viewers may find incredibly cute...

    Thirteen ring-tailed lemurs were welcomed to a new reserve at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster last month.

    Now, keen visitors to the park over recent weeks have spotted that number has increased by two.

    Meet Humbug, who's recently given birth to twins:

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    Video caption: Lemurs at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  14. Court deals with 29 people over historical child sexual abuse

    Twenty-nine people have appeared at court in Huddersfield charged with dozens of historical sexual offences against 18 women. 

    CSE case

    The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2011 and include rape and trafficking of women who were under 18-years-old.

    Two women were also charged with child neglect. On arrival at court verbal abuse was shouted at some of the defendants by angry protesters.

    Twenty seven male defendents will have their cases heard at Leeds Crown Court next month.

  15. Three injured by police horse during anti-crime excercise in York

    Three people - including a baby in a pushchair - were injured in York yesterday afternoon, as a result of what is being describes an incident involving a police horse.

    North Yorkshire Police say that something may have distracted the horse and as a result a baby girl was taken to York District Hospital as a precaution and discharged following treatment. 

    An 11-year-old girl and a woman in her 60s also suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment. 

    Extra officers, including mounted police and dog units were deployed in the city centre for the launch of a new scheme to tackle crime and terrorist activity in crowded areas, branded 'Project Servator'.

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    Quote Message: We apologise to those affected by the incident in York on Tuesday afternoon. Incidents such as this are extremely rare. Our officers are supporting the people involved while we carry out a review of the incident to establish the full circumstances.” from Assistant Chief Constable Amanda Oliver North Yorkshire Police
    Assistant Chief Constable Amanda OliverNorth Yorkshire Police