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  1. Finsbury Park mosque attack 'saddening' - Leeds council leader
  2. Police action over mosque safety in South Yorkshire
  3. Former South Yorkshire police chief slams old boss as 'irrational'
  4. York scaffolding collapse building 'safe' - council
  5. Biker seriously hurt in hit-and-run in Sheffield
  6. Heckmondwike man robbed by masked men as he sits in garden
  7. Updates on Monday 19 June 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Mick Lunney and Nick Wilmshurst

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Sheffield City Council announce sprinkler plan

Sheffield City Council has announced it will be fitting sprinklers in all 24 of its tower blocks.

This evening the council said it would be announcing a series of meetings from Wednesday to speak to residents.

The news comes after the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington claimed the lives of at least 79 people.

A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said they had always intended to review their policy on sprinklers as part of ongoing renovation and improvement works but was bringing the commitment forward to provide extra reassurance to residents.

Councillor Jayne Dunn said: “We have done a huge amount of work in recent years to make sure our tower blocks are safe.

"The cladding systems are fireproof and comply with building and planning regulations.

“We had always intended to review our position on sprinklers later this year. But as an extra reassurance to residents, I am today announcing this has been brought forward and we will be fitting sprinklers in all 24 blocks.”

The council will start consulting on a block by block basis later this year with tenants and leaseholders.

There is already one tower block with sprinklers – Callow Mount – which was retro-fitted in 2011, as part of work with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Twenty one of the council’s 24 tower blocks have metal cladding.

A spokesman said the cladding is fireproof as the insulation is mineral and rock wool, with fire breaks at the floor and party walls.

They added: "This creates a fire-proof box around each flat to the external structure to prevent the spread of fire to other flats.

"The other three are brickwork-clad and designed to operate in the same way as the other 21 but in these cases have a separate metal fire barrier installed."

That's all from Monday...

Those are all the updates from across Yorkshire on Monday.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A647 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A647 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between Swinnow Lane and A6110 Ring Road Bramley.

A647 West Yorkshire - A647 Stanningley By-Pass in Bramley closed and slow traffic eastbound between the Swinnow Lane junction and the A6110 Ring Road Bramley junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via Swinnow Lane and back onto the bypass after the Morrisons Supermarket.

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

Paul Stirling

Sam Robson and Paul Stirling make centuries as Middlesex reach 337-4 on day one against Yorkshire at Lord's.

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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. Finsbury Park mosque attack 'saddening' - Leeds council leader
  2. Former South Yorkshire Police chief slams his old boss
  3. Scaffolding collapse on busy York pedestrian crossing
  4. Man robbed by masked men as he sat in his garden
  5. Boy aged four in hospital after being hit by a car

See you tomorrow.

Yorkshire basks in the heat - but is it hotter than Ibiza?

We all know it's hot in Yorkshire today, but how are we compared with more exotic locations?

Weather watchers

Looks like today was the day to get to Whitby, with those beaches!

Hull and Sheffield are currently basking in 30C heat, they're both hotter than Benidorm, Barcelona and Ibiza.

Thomas Christiansen

New Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen says he has the vision to bring success to the Championship club.

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Yorkshire hospitals to axe some children's operations due to lack of staff

Yorkshire Post

Proposals to stop evening and weekend children’s operations at three regional hospitals because of a lack of staff are still due to go ahead - despite bosses at the affected sites failing to support the plans.

Yorkshire Post

'Dump the car for a day' scheme in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I've been seeing how the idea of not using the car for a day is going down with people in Sheffield.

Perhaps the odd day is no skin off anyone's nose, but doing it for longer?

Have you done it? Tell us here:

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Two arrested after fatal incident in Barnsley

Ronan Sully

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man's died after a fight in Barnsley.

The 42 year-old was taken to hospital after police were called to an incident on Genn Lane in Worsborough.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail as the investigation continues.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Genn Lane from above

Pensioner attacked in own home

A man in his 70s has been seriously injured after a number of men broke into his house in Bradford.

Madison Avenue

The incident was at a house on Madison Avenue yesterday at about 03:00 and police called it a "targeted attack".

The victim was seriously injured and taken to hospital where he's still being cared for and is in a stable condition.

Police say the attackers didn't steal anything. 

Our inquiries remain ongoing but we believe this is a targeted attack on the victim."

Det Insp Alan WeekesWest Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

West Yorkshire's top officer reviews community safety

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio Leeds News

A stronger police presence is being put in place across West Yorkshire and there's a call for communities to come together.

Police emblem
WY Police

It comes from Wet Yorkshire's Chief Constable, Dee Collins.

The pledge comes after one man died and ten other people were injured when a van was driven into worshippers near Finsbury Park mosque in north London just after midnight.

These events will create concerns among our own local communities and we have this morning reviewed our operational and engagement plans across the county."

Dee CollinsChief Costable of West Yorkshire

Boy aged four in hospital after being hit by a car

A four-year-old boy is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was hit by a car in the Harehills area of Leeds on Saturday.

Harehills boy

Police in Leeds are appealing to witnesses to the accident which happened on Avenue Crescent at about 14:40 to come forward.

A silver Citroen C1 hit the boy, who was riding a bike, the driver is heliping the police with their inquiries.

Officers say they are particularly keen to speak with two men who stopped to help the boy after the crash.

I would ask both of these men to come forward and contact us to tell us what they saw."

Sgt James FarrarWest Yorkshire Police

Burglars target four houses in Harrogate

Four homes in Harrogate were targeted by burglars who stole thousands of pounds worth of items on Friday afternoon according to police.


The four houses on Birstwith Road, Derwent Road, Coppice Avenue and Forest Lane were targeted sometime between 07:40 and 17:00.

The thieves took off-road motorbikes, gold jewellery, cash and clothing. Police are investigating if the burglaries are linked.

Officers say they're looking for a black Audi estate with tinted windows that was "seen in the area".

We are appealing for witnesses to come forward or anyone who recalls any suspicious activity in Harrogate last Friday."

DC Quita PassmoreNorth Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Gillygate reopens after scaffolding collapse

Allan Watkiss

BBC Radio York, News

Gillygate in York has now fully reopened after a scaffolding collapse; lucklily no one was injured.

City of York Council says it will work with "any health and safety investigation" after the structure - which had been attached to the Sound Organisation shop - came down this morning.

Watch: Yorkshire pays respects to tower block fire victims

Cathy Killick

Journalist, BBC Look North

A minute's silence has been observed across Yorkshire to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

In offices, town squares, stations and homes everywhere, people took the time to think of those who've lost their lives or loved ones.

Police look for driver of second car after incident

A 66-year-old man is still in hospital after a he was hit by a car in Doncaster ten days ago and police are appealing to the driver of a second vehicle who may have information about the incident.

Crash scene

The incident involved a grey Honda Civic that hit the man who was walking on 9 June on the A638 Trafford Way.

Officers want to trace the driver of a silver BMW that was on that piece of road at the time as the motorist might have vital information.

The man is still in hospital in a critical condition.

Nine Man calls police over 'hot room'

We all know it's hot out there, but probably not so hot that you need to take it up with West Yorkshire Police:

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Appeal for blood donors in West Yorkshire

People living in West Yorkshire are being urged to sign up to give blood.

Science Photo Library

More than 30,000 people in the county gave blood last year, but the NHS Blood and Transplant service says more volunteers are needed to keep supplies in stock.

The service says that help is also needed to save the lives of people with sickle cell disease.

The condition is most common in black communities and 40,000 new donors are needed.

'A wagon hit the scaffolding': Shop owner's relief no one hurt in York scaffold fall

The boss of the York shop where scaffolding has collapsed has been speaking about the relief he felt when he learned no-one was injured.

It came down across Gillygate this morning.

Hamish MacDiarmid runs Sound Organisation, a supplier of audio equipment.

He's described what he was first told by builders about the incident:

'Terrifying' stab attack on car passenger in Huddersfield

A man in his 20s has been left with stab wounds after men smashed the window of a car and attacked him in Huddersfield.

Clement Street and Tanfield Road.

It happened in Birkby last Tuesday afternoon when three men went up to the car which had pulled up at the junction of Clement Street and Tanfield Road.  

The men smashed the passenger window with a knife and then they opened the door and stabbed the man in his arm and back.

A woman who was driving was unhurt and she managed to drive away from the attack with the man and call the police.

This was an extremely terrifying incident for the victims."

Insp Chris HughesWest Yorkshire Police

Orphaned 'frightened' baby kestrels set to return to wild

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

Three baby kestrels are poised to return to the wild after being found shaking, orphaned and helpless at the bottom of a tree.

The RSPCA says they were spotted in Doncaster earlier this month and brought to their Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich.

Baby kestrels

The charity says the babies, which are just weeks old, were too young to leave the nest and could have died if they hadn't been seen.

Now the centre says they're putting on weight and, once they're old enough, will be taken out of isolation on the path to returning to the wild.

York scaffolding collapse: City centre situation improving

Following this morning's scaffolding collapse in the centre of York - in which, thankfully, no-one was injured - things appear to be getting back to normal after the earlier traffic chaos:

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'I'm excited' - Leeds United's new head coach on challenge ahead

Leeds United's new head coach, Thomas Christiansen, has been giving his first media conference since it was announced last week that he was taking up the role.

Thomas Christiansen

Christiansen (pictured centre) said he'll bring his assistant over from APOEL, and that all former head coach Garry Monk's backroom staff have left the club.

He said: "Leeds finished seventh last year, and we want to do better this year."

He added that he is "very flexible, I have my ideas of how I want to play but I'm happy to adapt".

I'm excited and believe we can do good things here."

Thomas ChristiansenHead coach, Leeds United

Fifty days until Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield

Helen Bailey

BBC Radio Sheffield

Come 7 August, Sheffield will be the centre of the action for athletes from all over the country.

James Toseland with games competitors
Special Olympics

About 2,600 people with intellectual disabilities will compete over five days in the city.

With just 50 days to go, the city is getting into the closing stage of preparations for the big event.

Seeing the incredibly brave athletes pushing themselves to the limits regardless of their individual disabilities, captures their resilience and adaptability to succeed regardless of the challenges ahead."

James ToselandOfficial games song performer
Games logo
Special Olympics

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - Lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

East coast rail delays: 'Animals on the railway'

If you're wondering why trains between York and the east coast have been cancelled or are running late, it's due to animals on the line:

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York scaffolding collapse building is 'safe' - council

These are the latest pictures from the scene of a scaffolding collapse earlier today on a busy city centre street in York.


Gillygate is a busy route which is often packed with tourists waiting to cross the road right where the collapse took place. Thankfully, no-one was injured in this incident.

Pedestrians can pass through now, but the road remains closed to traffic and police are warning drivers to avoid the area.


City of York Council says it's confirmed that the building is safe, and it's ready to work with "any health and safety investigation".

Finsbury Park attack 'shocking and saddening' - Leeds council leader

Last night's attack at a mosque in Finsbury Park in London has been called "shocking and saddening" by the leader of Leeds City Council.

Finsbury Park

In a statement, councillor Judith Blake says: "In a week where communities in Leeds and across the country have celebrated togetherness in the memory of Jo Cox MP, last night’s incident in Finsbury Park was truly shocking and saddening".

She adds: "Jo’s message of unity and us having far more in common with each other than that which divides us remains as important as ever at this time."

A man died and 10 people were injured in the attack, when a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police action over mosque safety in South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

More police are expected to be seen at South Yorkshire's mosques in light of the suspected terror attack on worshippers in London.

Police and public near London attack scene

The call for a stronger police presence has come from South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings.

I have asked the chief constable to ensure that South Yorkshire Police has an enhanced visible presence around local mosques, especially during Ramadan. I would advise everyone to keep alert, while not being alarmed."

Dr Allan BillingsSouth Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Keep canines cool: Dogs rescued by fire crews from hot cars

Two dogs had to be rescued by fire crews on the hottest day of the year so far after they became trapped in cars in North Yorkshire.

Firefighters had to the windows of a car in Richmond on Sunday to rescue eight-week old golden labrador puppy, Evie.

She became trapped after the keys were accidentally locked inside the car.

Due to the high temperatures, fire crews broke the small back window of the vehicle to reunite the puppy with her owner.

Meanwhile, crews also rescued a beagle trapped inside a car in Barton.

Former South Yorkshire police chief slams his old boss as 'irrational'

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The man wrongly forced out of his job as South Yorkshire's Chief Constable has poured scorn on the flawed process that led to him leaving.

David Crompton

The decision by Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings to suspend David Crompton and then ask him to resign was unlawful.

Mr Crompton was suspended following the Hillsborough inquests in April 2016 with Dr Alan Billings citing an erosion of public trust in the force.

Mr Crompton could now receive compensation.

Sadly, he has wasted a huge amount of public money which could have been completely avoided if he had listened to the unequivocal advice of Sir Thomas Winsor a year ago. His decision-making was quite simply perverse, misconceived and irrational."

David CromptonFormer South Yorkshire Chief Constable

Fans queue up for Terriers season tickets

Season tickets for Huddersfield Town are suddenly hot property, and due to demand, you now can't buy them online, which has caused a rather long queue at the John Smith's Stadium this morning:

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Man robbed by masked men as he sat in his garden

A man who was sitting in his garden in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, was robbed by three masked men.

Church Lane

It happened on Saturday evening on Church Lane.

The 23-year-old victim was in his back garden when the men approached him.

They assaulted him and forced their way into his living room.

He was restrained while the other two searched the house before all three fled. 

The men stole a quantity of cash, iPhones and a laptop.

This was clearly a very serious offence in which the victim was assaulted and robbed in his own home."

DC Simon ThomasWest Yorkshire Police