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Summary

  1. Quad bike deaths: Two guilty of encouraging dangerous driving
  2. Leisure development plans revealed for 'Battle of Orgreave' site
  3. Search resumes for man who disappeared in York 18-months ago
  4. Repairs to historic Whitby swing bridge
  5. Postcards helping little girl from Sheffield to recover from cancer
  6. Plaque unveiled at site of famous Leeds test pilot crash in 1917
  7. 'Wonky' avocados to be sold-off cheap
  8. Men v Women in York croquet match
  9. Live updates on Friday 12 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Wood mouse's entrance 'charge' for Yorkshire forest

    Staff at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire have found the furry reason why the vehicle entry barrier system to the wood has been playing up.

    Field mouse on circuit board

    They found this tiny wood mouse snuggled up, fast asleep on the "cosy" circuit board in the barrier's control arm housing.

    Despite the 8,000 acres of woodland for the nocturnal burrower to bed down in, it seems this one preferred to doze to the accompaniment of the fizz and crackle of electricity.

    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "entrance charge"...

  2. 'Fobbed off' Halifax schoolgirl, 11, killed herself

    An 11-year-old girl from Halifax killed herself after getting off a school bus and sending her mother a text message saying: "I love you but so sorry", an inquest has heard.

    Ursula Keogh

    Ursula Keogh, 11, from Halifax, got off the bus home near a bridge over a river on 22 January.

    Her body was found three hours later just over a mile downstream, the inquest heard.

    Her mother had felt "fobbed off" as she tried to get support for Ursula, the coroner said. There was evidence she intended to kill herself, he said.

    Coroner Martin Fleming said it was a "desperately sad case" and warned "communication difficulties needed to be ironed out" between youth support services.

  3. Traffic and travel: Lane closed as broken down car rescued

    BBC News Travel

    One lane of the M1 in South Yorkshire will be closed shortly for a broken down car to be recovered.

    The car has been moved from the live lanes of traffic and onto the grass verge on the motorway.

    The incident happened northbound between junction 30 and 31.

    This was the scene there a short time ago:

    A car broken down
  4. Rotherham child sex abuse: Gang of seven to be sentenced

    Seven men are due to be sentenced later after being convicted of the sexual exploitation of girls in Rotherham between 1998 and 2005.

    Iqlak Yousaf, Nabeel Kurshid, Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, Tanweer Ali, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam and Asif Ali

    Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, Asif Ali, 33, Tanweer Ali, 37, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, Nabeel Kurshid, 35, Iqlak Yousaf, 34, and a seventh man who can't be named for legal reasons, were convicted after a trial.

    Between them they faced 28 charges of rape, sexual assault and indecent assault.

    The convictions are the latest to come out of Operation Stovewood, the National Crime Agency's investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which has identified more than 1,500 victims.

  5. Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    There's a lot of cloud with some mist and fog around this morning.

    It'll stay overcast this afternoon, with just a few glimmers of brightness.

    Tonight will be mild and largely cloudy with the chance of fog in places:

    Weather graphic
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    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, from J30 for A616 Sheffield to J31 for A57 Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J30, A616 (Sheffield) to J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Hockney painting sets £70m art record

    A picture by world famous Bradford artist David Hockney has set a new record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.

    Portrait of an artist

    Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90m (£70m) at auction at Christie's in New York.

    The work was described as "one of the great masterpieces of the modern era" by the auction house.

    The previous record for the highest price paid for work by a living artist was $58m.

    That went to the 12ft stainless steel sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange) by American Jeff Koons in 2013.

  8. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services appear to be running to time at the moment.

    However, the 08:34 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

    And be aware that Hull Trains continues to run a "reduced" service. For more details, click here.

    For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

  9. North Yorkshire police boss takes over fire service

    A major change to the running of emergency services in North Yorkshire is under way.

    Police and fire vehicles

    The county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, now has responsibility for the fire service.

    The Policing and Crime Act 2017 gives PCCs the power to take control of fire services in their area.

    Mrs Mulligan says an independent report into the "situation" at North Yorkshire's fire service will be published shortly.

    Julia Mulligan

    The change comes after complaints were made about "bullying behaviour" from Mrs Mulligan.

    Yesterday, she faced a police panel for the first time since the allegations were made against her, in the same week that separate further allegations were made about her conduct.

    Her office has declined to comment on the latest allegations.

  10. Murderer goes missing from prison

    Jeremy Brabrooke

    A convicted murder has absconded from a prison in West Sussex.

    Jeremy Brabooke, 56, was last seen at HMP Ford, an open prison, on Wednesday.

    He was given a life sentence in 1988 for a murder in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

    He is known to have links to Hayling Island and Portsmouth in Hampshire, Sussex Police said.

    Anyone who sees him, or knows where he is, is asked to call 999.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J6 for Balm Road.

    M621 West Yorkshire - M621 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J6, Balm (Belle Isle Road), because of a broken down vehicle and slow vehicle.

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

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    Video caption: A Leeds company has won an £80,000 order for vinyl-playing jukeboxes for Japan.
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    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J42 for to J41 for A650.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound from J42, / (Lofthouse) to J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  14. Asda reports rise in sales

    The West Yorkshire-based supermarket giant Asda has announced another increase in sales.

    An Asda sign

    They were up 2% in the three months to September, which is the sixth consecutive quarter of rising sales.

    Asda, which has its headquarters in Leeds, has announced big job cuts ahead of the proposed merger with Sainsbury's if the competition watchdog approves the plans.

  15. Yorkshire firm makes jukeboxes for Japan

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    Video caption: A Leeds company has won an £80,000 order for vinyl-playing jukeboxes for Japan.
  16. Police and Crime Commissioner takes over fire service

    North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has taken over the running of the fire service in the county.

    Julia Mulligan

    Julia Mulligan has expanded her role to become North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

    She said she would "outline my plans and vision for the future of the organisation" ahead of a meeting next month.

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    Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from J1 for A6110 Ring Road Beeston Beeston to J2 for A643.

    M621 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M621 eastbound from J1, A6110 (Beeston) to J2, A643 (Elland Road), because of an accident.

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