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By Adam Pinder-Smith, Elly Fiorentini and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. Man charged with murder over Huddersfield house death

    A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 79-year-old found dead at a property in Huddersfield.

    Royds Avenue

    The body of John Utley was discovered at an address in Royds Avenue, in the Paddock area, at about 06:30 on Wednesday.

    A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of serious head injuries.

    Wayne Thornton, 55, of Royds Avenue, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates' Court earlier and was remanded to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 4 July.

  2. Man jailed for stealing from Halifax jewellers

    A man is starting a 30 month prison sentence today after he stole £38,000 as well as watches and jewellery from a jewellers in Halifax.

    Graham Frost

    Graham Frost, 33 of Penn Lane in Derby, started working at Lister Horsfall in early 2015, and began to smuggle watches and jewellery out of the store and sell them on almost immediately.

    Police found Frost had recently deposited £45,000 in various bank accounts. 

    Frost pleaded guilty to stealing items worth £150,000, he was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday and was told by the judge the theft was "blatant, brazen and mean".

    Quote Message: Frost abused the trust of the family firm who's business has been built over generations and stole items out of pure greed." from Det Insp Toby Facey West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp Toby FaceyWest Yorkshire Police
  3. Watch: CCTV released of 'terrifying' mugging in Huddersfield

    Detectives who are trying to find two muggers in Huddersfield have taken the unusual step of releasing CCTV of two men they want to speak to.

    Do you know them?

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    Video caption: West Yorkshire Police release CCTV after knifepoint robbery in Huddersfield

    It happened back in November last year, but officers have only today released the footage.

    Two men were followed by three suspects who threatened them with a large knife and demanded they hand over money and their phones.

    After the terrified victims gave up their belongings the suspects ran off.

    Quote Message: This was a terrifying ordeal, we are releasing this footage (hoping) a member of the public will recognise both of these males." from PC Jane Baragwanath West Yorkshire Police
    PC Jane BaragwanathWest Yorkshire Police
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    Video caption: Celebrities mark bullied boy's birthday

    When a dad went posted online about his bullied son something amazing happened.

  5. 999 is eighty! - All you need to know

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Did you know that the emergency 999 number is 80-years-old today? No me neither, until I saw some interesting stats on the service.

    Standby number fans:

    • In West Yorkshire, officers get 1,100 999 calls a day
    • That can go as high as 1,700
    • On average it takes just five seconds for an operator to take your call
    • Around 15% of 999 calls are not emergencies
    • In May call handlers in West Yorkshire took a total of 35,655 emergency calls

    There, I hope that's quenched your thirst for 999 facts, how about a bit of history:

    Advice
    • The service, as maths geniuses will have worked out, started on 30 June 1937
    • It was originally only available in London
    • Just a week after it was launched the first arrest after a 999 call was announced
    • Prank calls aren't new, in it's first week of the 1,336 calls made, 91 were prank calls.
    • It wasn't until after WWII that other parts of the country got a 999 service
    Quote Message: Only dial 999... if the matter is urgent; if, for instance, the man in the flat next to yours is murdering his wife or you have seen a heavily masked cat burglar peering round the stack pipe of the local bank building." from Advice from 1937 Evening News on 999 use
    Advice from 1937 Evening News on 999 use
  6. Burngreave policing update

    Toby Foster

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    BBC Radio Sheffield has been reporting all week on crime and gang issues in the Burngreave area of Sheffield.

    South Yorkshire Police now have new stop and search powers and a dedicated team of five more officers have been posted in the area.

    We spoke to local resident Anne:

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    Video caption: Anne from Burngreave on changes to policing.

    The force's chief constable, Stephen Watson was in the Hot Seat with me this morning and says officers on the street, aren't the only officers tackling the problem:

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    Video caption: Stephen Watson in the hot seat.
  7. Headingley Stadium to change its name

    Headingley Stadium, home of Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club is going to be renamed, but don't worry it's not changing too much.

    From November it'll be known as... The Emerald Headingley Stadium.

    Headingley stadium

    It's just been announced that the naming rights have been bought by Bingley-based publishing group Emerald.

    The agreement comes into effect on 1 November this year and it's happening at a time when there's much physical change about to happen at the famous stadium.

    On Wednesday this week Leeds Rhinos confirmed the South Stand, first opened in 1931, is to be demolished at the end of August to make way for a new stand.

  8. Barnsley to host major snooker event

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    It's been announced that South Yorkshire will host another major snooker event later this year.

    The English Open will take place at Barnsley's Metrodrome, with 128 of the world's best players set to take part this October.

    The event is one of the four home nations events, with others being staged in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

    Barnsley Metrodome
    Quote Message: We know what fantastic support there is for snooker in the Yorkshire region, the county is very much a global centre for our sport as it also hosts the World Championship in Sheffield and the UK Championship in York. So we expect to see fans come out in their droves to support the English Open in Barnsley and make sure it stays in their town. from Barry Hearn Chairman of World Snooker
    Barry HearnChairman of World Snooker
  9. Bank in Harehills area of Leeds hit by ram-raiders

    A bank in Leeds has been hit by ram-raiders as staff loaded money into cash machines.

    Yorkshire Bank raid

    The robbers drove through a side window of the Yorkshire Bank on Harehills Lane just after 09:00 this morning, while the branch was closed to the public.

    A black 4x4 with three men inside reversed through the glass and two of them, who were masked got out and stole boxes containing cash.

    The staff managed to escape to safety and no-one was injured. The car was later found on fire on Brander Road in Gipton.

    Quote Message: We believe people may have filmed the incident on their phones and we would like anyone with footage to contact us." from Det Insp Charlotte Hails West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp Charlotte HailsWest Yorkshire Police
  10. Listen: Former showjumping Olympian hands over reins to son

    Elly Fiorentini

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    Graham Fletcher has many great memories of taking part in events at the Great Yorkshire Show.

    He's been to check out the new showjumping course where his son Oliver hopes to make an impression.

    There's just over a week to go until the three-day agricultural event gets underway.

    Graham and Oliver have been talking about their passion for showjumping:

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    Video caption: Graham and Oliver Fletcher on the Great Yorkshire Show.
  11. Huddersfield Town: Club close to signing Derby County winger

    Derby County's former England Under-21 winger Tom Ince (son of Paul) is set to sign for Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town, reports BBC Derby Sport.

    Tom Ince

    The Rams have rejected a bid of about £7m for the 25-year-old.

    But last season's Championship play-off winners are understood to be prepared to go closer to Derby's £10m valuation.

    Ince joined the Rams for £4.75m in July 2015 after a loan spell, and has played in the top flight with Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Hull City.

  12. Live cricket to return to the BBC

    Adam Pinder-Smith

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves, has spoken of the "opportunity to give cricket a very bright future" after a new deal to show some of the sport live on BBC TV for the first time since 1998 was announced.

    The former chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club has released his statement following an announcement that the BBC will show the following live each summer between 2020 and 2024:

    • Two England men's international T20 matches
    • One England women's T20 international
    • 10 men's matches from the ECB's New T20 competition

    The BBC will also show highlights of all home test matches, one day internationals and T20, with extensive clips and highlights of county cricket during that period available via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus continued radio commentary on the BBC's Test Match Special.

    Joe Root

    They'll also be extensive live coverage of the England Women's team on BBC TV, radio and online.

    Quote Message: We are extremely excited about what we have to offer by taking cricket to the widest possible audience and inspiring the next generation to pick up bat and ball." from Barbara Slater Director of BBC Sport
    Barbara SlaterDirector of BBC Sport
  13. Cash machine stolen in ram-raid

    Police say a large farm vehicle known as a telehandler was used to remove a cash machine from the wall of the Co-op on Bridlington Street in Hunmanby near Filey.

    They say it was then loaded onto another vehicle which was driven out of the village.

    Vehicle used to steal cash machine

    North Yorkshire Police say they say they received a number of calls from the public after 01:30 this morning.

    They want to hear from anyone who might have seen or heard anything unusual in the area at the time to get in touch with them.

    Malton Road and Bridlington Road both remain closed while investigations continue.

  14. Watch: Stormzy and other celebrities tweet bullied school boy

    A host of celebrities, including British grime and hip hop artist Stormzy, have sent birthday greetings to a young boy who is being bullied.

    Chris Hope-Smith, from Leeds, posted on Twitter asking if people could send positive messages to his son, Ollie.

    Take a look at some of the amazing responses he's had:

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    Video caption: Twitter celebs make bullied boy's birthday one to remember
  15. Listen: York City Knights fan flying to Canada for match

    Joanita Musisi

    Reporter, BBC Radio York

    York City Knights face their longest away journey ever in the history of the Rugby Club club as they travel to Toronto.

    It's their latest League One match which is being played at midnight UK time on Saturday.

    I spoke to John who's been a fan for 50 years about the journey which he's making to support his favourite team:

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    Video caption: York City Knights
  16. Funeral to be held for teenage Manchester bombing victim

    The funeral of a Leeds schoolgirl who was killed in the Manchester Arena attack will take place on Monday.

    Sorrell Leczkowski

    Fourteen-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski from Adel, was among 22 people who died when a suicide bomber attacked concertgoers on 22 May.

    Sorrell was a year nine student at Allerton High School, the headteacher described her as a "a delightful member of the school community."

    The private service on Monday will be just for for family and friends. Her family say they are "grateful for all the thoughts and wishes they have received since Sorrell’s death".

  17. Yorkshire Dales school will close after campaigners lose their final fight

    Yorkshire Post

    A tiny school which has been at the heart of a Yorkshire Dales community for the last 300 years will close its doors for good next month after an appeal to overturn the decision was thrown out.

    Horton in Ribblesdale
  18. Wagner extends Huddersfield stay

    Adam Pope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Huddersfield Town head coach, David Wagner has signed a new contract at the club which will keep him at the John Smith's Stadium until the summer of 2019.

    His assistant, Christoph Buehler, has also extended his stay for the same period which is good news for Terriers fans ahead of their first season in the Premier League, having beaten Reading the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May.

    David Wagner

    Wagner and Buehler joined the West Yorkshire team from Borussia Dortmund II in November 2015.