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By Andrew Barton, Ronan Sully and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. Want news from Friday?

    This page contains news from Thursday 4 May.

    If you're after news from Friday 5 May, including local elections, hop over to that day's page here.

  2. Our top five stories today

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Well, that's all from us for today.

    We'll be back on Friday morning 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. Burberry shake-up to see hundreds of jobs coming to Leeds
    2. Leonard Farrar murder: New plea over 2002 stabbing in Leeds
    3. "Large white lumps" found on North Yorkshire beaches
    4. DHL workers to strike over planned site closure in South Yorkshire
    5. Picture of Leeds girl with "6ft-long arm" goes viral

    See you tomorrow.

  3. Combat helicopters fly into Leeds-Bradford Airport

    If you were near Leeds-Bradford Airport a little while ago, you might have seen these unusual guests: 

    Apache helicopters

    Two Apache helicopters flew up to the airport to refuel - not something you see over the skies of Leeds every day is it?

    Apache helicopters
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    Severe disruption: A639 West Yorkshire southbound

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    A639 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, near M62 J32.

    A639 West Yorkshire - A639 in Castleford blocked and slow traffic southbound near Pontefract, because of a building fire.

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

  5. Man forced to cashpoint at knife-point in Leeds robbery

    A man was marched to a Leeds cashpoint at knife-point and made to withdraw money from his account by muggers.


    West Yorkshire Police have released CCTV images of several people they want to speak to about the robbery after the incident on Monday night.

    The three suspects threatened a 20-year-old man with a knife in Bowman Lane and then made him go to a cashpoint at the nearby Sainsbury's and draw out cash. They also took his wallet.

    It's thought they also struck earlier when they threatened to stab a 20-year-old man and his 15-year-old brother outside the Dry Dock pub.

    They then tried to lead them into a nearby underpass but they managed to run off.

  6. Talks to be held over DHL strike

    Talks are to be held between delivery firm DHL and the Unite union, in a bid to stop strike action over the closure of a warehouse in South Yorkshire.


    Members of Unite in Tickhill voted to strike for 24 hours on 15 May, and have also backed walkouts for three days on 25 May, and for 11 days from 1 June.

    The dispute's also been prompted by a 1.25% pay offer.  

  7. Burberry move to Leeds is 'fantastic' - Council leader

    The news that Burberry is to create 300 jobs in Leeds after moving them from its London HQ, has been described as "fantastic" and a "real vote of confidence".


    Judith Blake, the leader of Leeds City Council, says: "It's hugely exciting that we are the clear choice for Burberry to locate their newly-created shared service centre."

    She adds that the city has "a long and valued relationship with Burberry" and that the council will  "assess their plans for a manufacturing and weaving facility here".

    Those plans remain on hold for the time being.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

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

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

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

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    Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

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    M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A614 and J7 for M62.

    M18 South Yorkshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M18 northbound between J6, A614 (Thorne) and J7, M62 (Langham), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  10. Fourteen in court over Leeds Halloween bikers' 'ride-out'

    Fourteen people have appeared in court after a bikers' Halloween "ride out" caused traffic chaos in Leeds.

    Kirkstall Road

    About 50 bikers rode dangerously through the streets on 31 October, bringing a major route through the city to a standstill. 

    The police investigation came after motorbikes and quad bikes congregated in Kirkstall Road before they were ridden together through Leeds, including through pedestrian areas and shopping arcades.

    Thirteen men and one woman, from Leeds, appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with causing a public nuisance. 

    All the defendants were bailed to appear before Leeds Crown Court on 1 June. 

  11. Pensioner seriously injured in crash after returning from church

    An 89-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after a car crash near Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire.

    Barracks Bank

    It happened at about 15.40 on Wednesday on the A6108 at Barracks Bank. 

    The man was driving his silver Polo when it was in collision with a Transit van.

    The 89-year-old was returning from a church service in Keld in Swaledale to his home near Darlington.

    He was airlifted to hospital in Middlesbrough with serious injuries.

    The driver of the van is also being treated in hospital.

  12. Listen: 'It's a shame we weren't in the Championship this year'

    You just can't please some people, can you?

    Sheffield United legend Tony Currie has backed the Blades to challenge for promotion in the Championship next season. 

    United are preparing for life in the second tier after winning the League One title with 100 points. 

    The 67-year-old thinks they could've qualified for the play-offs if they were in the Championship this year:

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    Video caption: Tony Currie on Blades' Championship chances
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    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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    M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  14. Burberry's Leeds move 'reinforces commitment to Yorkshire'

    More on the news that fashion chain Burberry is to move 300 jobs from its London HQ to Leeds.

    Woman sat outside Burberry shop

    Christopher Bailey, the company's chief creative and chief executive officer, describes it as "an important move" for the retailer.

    "In addition to the benefits it will bring to the business, opening an office in Leeds reinforces our commitment to the UK and to Yorkshire, home of our iconic trench coat," says Mr Bailey.

    The Leeds office is due to open in October and the firm says it will bring together teams from finance, HR and procurement, as well as some customer service and IT roles. 

    However, Burberry's plans for a flagship manufacturing and weaving facility in Leeds remain on hold. 

  15. BreakingHundreds of Burberry jobs to come to Leeds in shake-up

    Fashion chain Burberry is to relocate 300 jobs from its London offices to West Yorkshire.

    Burberry shop

    The cost-saving measures could see redundancies as it "reduces its office space requirements in London" and opens its new business services centre in Leeds, the firm says.

    Burberry says it's consulting with staff at its London HQ, where they will be offered the chance to move to Leeds or face the prospect of redundancy. 

    The retailer says it aims to deliver at least £100m savings by 2019.

  16. Watch: Best seat in the house (or at least the garden)

    What do you do if you need the loo in, as the song puts it, an English country garden?

    In 1864, George Ball was paid £3 and five shillings to build a privy in the gardens of Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire.

    Sadly, over the years, attempts at keeping it in working order hit the skids - perhaps they were, er, just going through the motions?

    But now, English Heritage has spent a penny or two restoring the restroom to its former glory:

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    Video caption: Outdoor loo at Bodsworth Hall
  17. Bradford family's lucky escape from tumble dryer fire

    Members of a family in Bradford perhaps owe their lives to the fact they keep their doors shut after a fire broke out in their home as they slept.

    The fire, caused by a tumble dryer, happened in the early hours at the family's home in Bierley. 

    The dryer was in a utility room and the internal door was closed, stopping the spread of smoke and flames.  


    Above are pictures from the scene of the blaze. 

    On the left you can see the state of the utility room door which took the brunt of the fire. 


    Two adults and two children were asleep and were unaware of the blaze happening downstairs.

    The fire thankfully burned itself out and the damage was only discovered when they woke up.

    Quote Message: Closing internal doors before you go to bed at night can actually be a life-saver. The occupants here have been very lucky indeed." from Lee Miller, Fire Investigation Officer West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
    Lee Miller, Fire Investigation OfficerWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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    Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire eastbound

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    M180 South Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J1 for A18 and J2 for A161 Gainsborough.

    M180 South Yorkshire - Lane blocked on M180 eastbound between J1, A18 (Thorne) and J2, A161 (Gainsborough), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  19. Spate of violent attacks in York

    A man was left needing hospital treatment for serious head injuries following an assault in the city centre of York.

    The Micklegate

    It happened on Saturday evening between 21:00 and 21:30 in toilets in The Micklegate pub. 

    Officers want to hear from anyone who was there at the time     

    In a second incident, police are appealing for witnesses after a group of men fighting was seen fighting in the Castlegate area of the city a few hours later, in the early hours of Sunday morning.


    Police say two men were attacked in the same area and were left unconscious by a group of men and women in the early hours of Monday morning.