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Summary

  1. Fatal Leeds crash victim's dad 'had just returned from month-long trip abroad'
  2. Judge reserves decision on Clifford's Tower visitor centre
  3. Fresh appeal to find mother after baby bones discovery in Wakefield
  4. Rotherham to host new 'centre of excellence' for glass industry
  5. Pateley Bridge church flagstones reduced to 'crazy paving' by vandals
  6. Lucky escape for trapped sheep in Todmorden
  7. Updates on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our five top stories today

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    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. 

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

    1. Fatal Leeds crash victim's dad "had just returned from month-long trip abroad"
    2. Judge reserves decision on Clifford's Tower visitor centre in York
    3. Fresh appeal to find mother after baby bones discovered in Wakefield last year
    4. A new £20m "global centre of excellence" for glass industry is coming to Rotherham
    5. There was a lucky escape for a trapped sheep in Todmorden

    See you tomorrow.

  2. Fancy some tea? No thanks, I'm stuffed...

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Hilarity aside, this is a Tasmanian Wolf and it's Leeds City Council's object of the week. Intrigued? Read on...

    Tasmanian Wolf

    These are now thought to be extinct (perhaps because people hunted them and had them stuffed) but you can still see one at the Leeds Discovery Centre in Hunslet. 

    This one dates from 1869 and is one of only 80 in the world, but there still might be some left in the wild after it was thought they were wiped out in 1936.

    There have been plenty of unconfirmed sightings of the Tasmanian Wolf, but still no hard evidence they're still kicking about somewhere in Australia. 

  3. Two seriously hurt in York city centre assault

    Two men were left with serious injuries after they were attacked by a group of men and women in York.

    Castlegate

    It happened on Bank Holiday Monday in the Castlegate area after an argument.

    Both men were found unconscious with serious injuries, with one of them having to spend two nights in hospital.

    People who saw what happened are being urged to call the police on 101.

  4. Joe McCafferty death: Twenty years on from arson attack

    Seven-year-old Joe McCafferty was sleeping soundly at his aunt's home in Huddersfield on 3 May 1997 when someone poured petrol through the letterbox and torched the house. 

    Joe McCafferty

    Exactly 20 years on, his family still live with the terrors of that night but remain determined to find his killer.  

    Joe was staying with his cousins at the house in Haywood Avenue in Marsh when the arsonist struck on 3 May 1997.

    All five members of the family escaped or were rescued, but Joe never pulled through.

    And although arrests have been made, no-one has ever been charged over the attack, which has left all of those affected struggling to make sense of it.

  5. Wakefield Trinity winger out for season with serious knee injury

    Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Johnstone will miss the rest of the season after scans confirmed he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's 30-10 win against Catalans Dragons.

    Tom Johnstone

    Johnstone, 21, has been ruled out for up to eight months, a lay-off that has also ended any hopes of him making the England squad for the World Cup.

    He will undergo surgery once the knee has settled from the initial damage.

    "I'm trying to be positive about it," Johnstone has told the club website.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J27 for M621.

    M62 West Yorkshire - M62 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic westbound at J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  7. Judge reserves decision on Clifford's Tower visitor centre

    A judge has reserved a decision on whether a new visitor centre at York's landmark Clifford's Tower can go ahead.

    Clifford's Tower

    Campaigners are fighting against Historic England's plans to build the centre and a cafe at the site which dates back to the 13th century.

    They say it resembles a "toilet block" and would "spoil the site".

    English Heritage was granted permission to build the £2m visitor centre last October. 

    They said the project would enhance access to the site and work was due to begin in November.

    A judgement is expected in the next couple of weeks.  

  8. Relatives sought after Halifax man's death

    An appeal is being made for relatives of a man from Halifax who died yesterday to come forward.

    Russell Thompson, of Elm View, died on Tuesday from natural causes, aged 61. 

    It is believed Mr Thompson may have a brother and father also living in the area. 

    Coroners are appealing for information to help trace them.  

  9. Watch: Ewe won't believe how lucky this sheep was

    A sheep from Todmorden has a lot to be thankful for after being pulled to safety when she got stuck in between some rocks on moorland yesterday.

    Dolly, who weighs in at 50kg, was spotted by some walkers who raised the alarm last night. 

    Ten firefighters came out to her rescue.

    The officers used specialist rope gear to winch themselves down and pull her out.

    You can watch the rescue below:

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    Video caption: Dolly the sheep had a lucky escape thanks to 10 fire fighters.
  10. Fatal crash victim's dad 'had just returned from month-long trip abroad'

    The father of a child who died after being hit by a car in Leeds at the weekend had only just returned from a month-long trip abroad the day before, his family has revealed.

    Yusuf Jatta

    Four-year-old Yusuf Jatta died after being hit by a Vauxhall Corsa at the junction of Chapeltown Road and Reginald Terrace on Saturday afternoon. 

    The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting the police investigation.    

    In a statement, Yusuf's family say his dad "had just returned from a month in Gambia and spent a day with him before this tragic accident".

    Yusuf attended nursery at Hillcrest Academy and "was loved by his teachers", they add.

    Quote Message: We are doing everything we can to support the family following their loss in such sudden and tragic circumstances." from Temporary Det Sgt Mathew Tunney West Yorkshire Police
    Temporary Det Sgt Mathew TunneyWest Yorkshire Police
  11. Top of the glass: Rotherham to host new centre of excellence

    A new £20m "global centre of excellence" for the glass industry is coming to Rotherham.

    Mgna Science Centre

    The Glass Futures project will be based at Rotherham's Magna Science Adventure Centre and is backed by two major manufacturers as well as Siemens and Leeds University.

    It aims to bring together experts from across the world to carry out research into energy and emissions reduction, glass formulation and new high-tech products. 

    The furnace for the new project will be housed in a large, previously unused area at Magna known as the Dark Space, with the intention of integrating it into the existing visitor attraction.   

    Work is expected to start later this year and will employ about 100 people. 

    Quote Message: The glass industry has amazing potential for growth and, by bringing academics, manufacturers and technology companies together, we can grasp that potential and bring real benefits to the UK economy." from Dave Dalton Chief executive, British Glass
    Dave DaltonChief executive, British Glass
  12. Questions about the election? Just ask Look North

    If you've got a question you'd like to ask about the general election campaign, then Look North wants to help. 

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    Video caption: Ask Look North your questions about the general election

    Get in touch on Facebook, by email or tweet #asklooknorth and they'll try their best to get an answer to your question. 

    They might even use your idea as part of the election coverage. 

    Find out what other people have been asking tonight at 20:00 on Facebook Live

  13. Investigations continue into York Uni fire

    Investigations into a fire at the University of York on Tuesday are continuing today.

    Wentworth College, York University

    Five fire engines were called to Wentworth College at lunchtime yesterday.

    Nobody was hurt in the incident and it's believed it was started deliberately.

  14. Your old paper fivers' days are numbered

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Did you know you only have until Friday to spend your old paper fivers before they go out of circulation, replaced by those ultra-modern new polymer ones?

    Fiver

    So what do you do if you've got one and you've no plans to spend it between now and then? 

    Here are your options:

    • All notes keep their face value for all time, but you just can't use them in shops when they stop being legal tender
    • Get along to a bank, building society or post office and get them to give you a plastic one
    • If they won't change it, you'll have to send it off to the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street in London - or you could always take it along there yourself...

    I actually quite like the idea of that last option. I wonder if they take you into the back of the bank to a massive skip of them and just chuck it in?

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J24 for A629 and J22 for A672.

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Video caption: An ambitious programme of events is organised to mark the 50th year of Leeds Carnival.
  17. Thankfully, curiosity didn't claim another victim today....

    No day is ordinary for firefighters in South Yorkshire, it seems.

    A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue team in Rotherham spent part of the morning freeing this little kitten who'd snuck into the front of a parked car.

    Fortunately, no harm was done - though it might be a case of eight lives remaining...

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  18. Man seriously injured after car overturns

    A 47-year-old man suffered serious injuries after the car he was travelling in overturned between Doncaster and Rotherham.

    Map of Hooton Roberts

    The crash happened at about 19:00 on Bank Holiday Monday on the A630 Doncaster Road in Hooton Roberts, about half-a-mile before the junction with Holmes Lane.

    The blue Vauxhall Corsa, in which the man was travelling as a passenger, left the road, turning over and coming to rest on its roof. 

    The 39-year-old driver escaped with minor injuries.