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Summary

  1. Two men from West Yorkshire killed in crane collapse
  2. Warning over 'massive challenge' facing West Yorkshire Police
  3. Leeds pupils kept in class as police search for missing prisoner
  4. Eight arrested in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation
  5. Funeral held for York victims of Manchester Arena terror attack
  6. New sculpture honours Ted Hughes' South Yorkshire roots
  7. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our top five stories from today

    Well that's all from us for today, we'll be back on Monday 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. Crewe crane collapse: Two men from West Yorkshire killed
    2. Warning over 'massive challenge' facing West Yorkshire force
    3. Eight arrested in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation
    4. Funerals for York victims of Manchester Arena terror attack
    5. New arrival at Harewood House

    See you on Monday.

  2. First glimpse of statue to honour Yorkshire poet

    Kevin Larkin

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Here's what the new sculpture of Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes looks like...

    Statue of Ted Hughes

    It will be officially unveiled in Mexborough this evening and marks the start of a festival dedicated to the late poet laureate.

    Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire but spent part of his childhood in Mexborough.

  3. Police search for man after boy, nine, grabbed in street

    A nine-year-old boy has been grabbed by a man in an area of Leeds and police are appealing for information about a "bald man".

    Harehills

    Luckily the boy managed to struggle free and run off.

    The assault happened at about 16:45 yesterday on Harehills Road near to the Bayswaters. 

    The boy was walking to the shops when the man grabbed him by the arm as he was crossing the road.

    The man is described as a white male with a bald head who was wearing dark clothing. Police have stepped up patrols in the area.

    Quote Message: This happened in a densely-populated area at a busy time of day and I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident." from Acting Det Insp Susan Maclachlan West Yorkshire police
    Acting Det Insp Susan MaclachlanWest Yorkshire police
  4. Crewe crane collapse: Family release pictures of teenager

    The family of Rhys Barker, the 18-year-old from Castleford killed by a collapsing crane in Crewe, have released pictures of him.

    Rhys Barker

    Rhys died alongside 36-year-old David Newall from Bradford died when a crane on a building site collapsed on top of them.

    Post-mortem tests found the two men died from crush injuries. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

    Mr Barker's former school Airedale Academy paid tribute to him, saying he was a "lovely young man with his whole life ahead of him".

  5. CCTV appeal after Rotherham sex assault

    Claire Renwick

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Police investigating a sexual assault in Rotherham last month, have released CCTV images of man they want to talk to.

    CCTV image

    It's after 20-year-old woman was allegedly attacked as she walked towards St Ann's Road at around 20:35 on Sunday 21 May.

    CCTV images

    Officers say it was an isolated incident and have since increased patrols in the area.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J5 for M180 and J4 for A630.

    M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M18 southbound between J5, M180 (Stainforth) and J4, A630 (West Moor), because of an accident.

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

  7. Woman's car stolen at knifepoint in Bradford

    A woman has been robbed at knifepoint while she was loading her shopping into her car at a supermarket in Bradford.

    Asda

    The robbery happened yesterday evening at Asda on Cemetery Road while the 26-year-old was putting her bags into the boot of her white VW Polo.

    A man came up to her with a knife and said he wanted her car keys. He snatched the keys and another man jumped into the passenger seat and they drove off.

    She was unhurt and the car was later found in Randall Place in Manningham. 

    Quote Message: [This was a] nasty robbery on a vulnerable lone woman. There were other people in the car park at the time and I would ask them to contact us." from Det Insp Ryan Bragg West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp Ryan BraggWest Yorkshire Police
  8. Dragon boats star in Leeds Waterfront Festival

    Final preparations are being made ahead of the annual celebration at Leeds waterfront.

    Boat

    This weekend is the 10th anniversary of the Leeds Waterfront Festival which features, among other things, boat trips, races, food and music.

    A crane is hoisting dragon boats into position at Leeds Dock today, ahead of their race tomorrow.

    Festival organisers say the aim is "to showcase all that is wonderful about life along the canal and river running through the city centre".

  9. Three seriously hurt in collision near Ingleton

    Three people had to be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Ingleton, North Yorkshire.

    A65 near scene of crash

    The two-vehicle crash happened on the A65 near the Moorgarth Farm Campsite at about 15:30 on Wednesday.

    It involved a light blue Vauxhall Agila and a dark blue Skoda Superb.

    The Vauxhall was being driven south towards Settle by a woman from Bradford and her friend, also from the Bradford area.

    The Skoda was heading in the opposite direction, driven by a man with one female passenger, also from the Bradford area.

    Three people were taken by air ambulance to Preston Hospital and the fourth, who was slightly hurt, was taken by road ambulance to Airedale Hospital.

    Anyone who witnessed the crash is being asked to contact police.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J33 for A162.

    M62 West Yorkshire - M62 exit slip road closed and very slow traffic eastbound at J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of an accident.

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J32A for A1 and J33 for A162.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M62 eastbound between J32a A1(M) and J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services), because of an accident.

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

  12. Envelope update

    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 and slow traffic 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

  13. Meer-vellous: Cuteness overload at Barnsley visitor attraction

    How sweet is this baby meerkat at Cannon Hall Farm, near Barnsley?

    VERY sweet, I think you'll agree!:

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J44 for A64 and J45 for A659 affecting J42 for A63.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) and J45, A659 (Boston Spa), because of an overturned vehicle. Travel time is 55 minutes. Congestion to J42, A63 (Selby fork) and on M1 to J47, A642 (Garforth).

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

  15. Thugs attack Heckmondwike man and scrawl racist graffiti

    Burglars who knocked out a man while he worked on his home in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, also daubed racist graffiti on his walls while he was unconscious, police say.

    Westfield Street

    It happened at his house on Westfield Street on Wednesday as the man was doing DIY while wearing headphones.

    He was struck on his head from behind and he lost consciousness and police say that when he came to he found "racially aggravated graffiti" written on the walls. 

    The man was treated in hospital for a minor injury and the burglars left empty-handed.

    Quote Message: I would like to reassure the local community that offences of this nature are extremely rare." from Det Insp John Charlton West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp John CharltonWest Yorkshire Police
  16. Fire checks for cladding on Sheffield tower block

    Claire Renwick

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Cladding samples from a block of flats in Sheffield have been sent off for fire checks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower blaze in which at least 79 people are believed to have died.

    Harold Lambert Court

    Samples from Harold Lambert Court in Park Hill have been sent by management firm Together Housing for analysis.

    It comes as the Metropolitan Police reveal the Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge freezer, and outside cladding from the London flats has failed safety tests.

    Insulation on the fire-hit building also failed tests and manslaughter, health and safety and fire safety charges are now being considered by police.