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  1. Rule change call for drink driving law
  2. Two charged with attempted murder in Sheffield
  3. HS2 route through South Yorkshire set to be confirmed
  4. Calls for parents to be allowed to take their children out of school to go to the Great Yorkshire Show
  5. More diversity needed in West Yorkshire classrooms
  6. Future of public parks discussed in Leeds
  7. Improvement plans for York Racecourse
  8. Couple to get married in Antarctica
  9. Live updates on Thursday 13 July 2017

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Greg Eden

Michael Emons

BBC Sport

Super League's leading try-scorer Greg Eden suffers a shoulder injury during Castleford Tigers' win over Salford Red Devils.

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Bill Tupou

Wakefield Trinity comfortably win at Widnes Vikings to move up to fourth place in the Super League table.

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That's all from Thursday

Those are all the updates from Thursday 13 July.

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Our five top stories today

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. MP urges loophole on drink driving be closed
  2. Two charged with attempted murder in Sheffield
  3. HS2 route through South Yorkshire set to be confirmed
  4. Yorkshire man to get married in Antarctica
  5. Just plane amazing: Marriage proposal at Great Yorkshire Show

See you tomorrow.

Castleford man arrested over Wakefield sexual offence

A man has been arrested in Castleford after a sexual offence was committed against a child under 18 at Asda in Glashoughton.


Officers said they had stepped up patrols in the area after the incident sometime after 14:30 on Saturday.

The victim is still receiving support from West Yorkshire Police.

Samuel Saiz

Leeds United sign midfielder Samuel Saiz from SD Huesca, while forward Ezgjan Alioski joins from FC Lugano.

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The future of Doncaster's Venus statue

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Last month we told you about plans for the old girls' school in Doncaster to be the home of the town's new library.

This prompted some of you to get in touch to ask what will happen to Venus statue that in the old school's reception.

Here's the latest on what I've found out so far:

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce on devolution deal

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce executive director Richard Wright has called for a "definitive statement" on a devolution deal for the region.

Richard Wright
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

Mr Wright will head to a meeting with fellow leaders later this month and is keen to avoid further "procrastination" and address the current "big void".

Generally, businesses in Sheffield would support the devolution deal for South Yorkshire but would also want some reassurance that the region will work together better in the future."

Richard WrightSheffield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

University of Sheffield to lead a multi-million wind power project

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield

The University of Sheffield will head up a collaboration with the University of Hull and the University of Durham to help improve the UK's offshore wind power technologies.

A grant of £7.6m will be given to the institutions to work with two private companies, on a five-year programme to address problems that will help to reduce the cost of electricity from offshore wind.

Thanet wind farm

As part of this Sheffield will create the largest joint industry-academic wind power research partnership in the UK, which is hoped will help strengthen the city's position as a world leader in wind power research.

The project will address the challenges of both the current and future generations of wind turbine technology in such a way that a chain of critical issues regarding availability and reliability of such structures will be explored and solved."

Professor Zi-Qiang ZhuUniversity of Sheffield

Seal recovering after being found on Scarborough beach

A young seal's recovering after being found collapsed and bleeding on a North Yorkshire beach.

Wallace the seal
Scarborough Sea Life Centre

The RSPCA was contacted by a man who'd spotted the lone pup on the beach at Fylingthorpe, near Whitby.

He's been nicknamed Wallace and is being treated at Scarborough's Sea Life Centre for a deep wound inside his mouth and an ear infection.

Brexit repeal bill: Leeds MP questions timetable

MPs must "work together" on Brexit, the minister in charge of the UK's EU exit has said, as he published a bill to convert EU law into British law.

But some MPs are already raising questions over the bill, including a Leeds MP.


The legislation, known as the repeal bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving the UK Parliament power to change them.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would "work with anyone" to make it a success, but he faces opposition.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the government: "This will be hell".

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has made clear his party would not support the Bill in its current form.

There are questions over the timetable too:

We have about 15 months to conclude the most challenging negotiation the country has ever faced and they're still talking about citizen's rights, that was supposed to be easy."

Hillary Benn MPMP for Leeds Central and Commons Brexit Committee

NHS wants 999 response times to be lower

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Radio York

The National Health Service has set out plans for new targets for how quickly ambulances should reach patients following a trial which included the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

It's been decided that 90% of the most serious calls, such as when people aren't breathing, will now need to be reached within 15 minutes, previously it was 75% of these 999 emergencies be reached in eight minutes.


The NHS says response times will be quicker than that, because fewer calls will be classed as life-threatening.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J36 for A61 Birdwell and J37 for A628 Barnsley affecting J35A for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and stationary traffic on M1 northbound between J36, A61 (Birdwell) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of an accident. Congestion to J35a, A616 (Stocksbridge).

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

Newly found WW2 paperwork raises questions about a Sheffield man

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Archives has recently discovered an eyewitness account from a Sheffield Blitz survivor relating to the bombing of the Marples Hotel in Sheffield city centre during World War Two.

The paperwork was misfield at the time and include the words of 27-year-old Lionel George Ball:

That man was later identified to be Frank Dalton from Pitsmoor in Sheffield, who had told his wife that he was leaving South Yorkshire for a mission with the RAF.

Tim Kneble from Sheffield Archives explained the details to me:

Burberry to 'remain in Yorkshire'

Burberry says that their pulling out of the redevelopment of the Grade I listed Temple Works in Leeds was "simply and strictly" a matter of one site falling out of favour and that they will still invest in the city.


Chief executive Marco Gobbetti said "There are other (sites), and we will remain there. We will remain in Yorkshire."

He added that "We are going to invest in Leeds, we are going ahead with our plans in Leeds."

Yesterday, it was revealed that the fashion retailer had allowed their lease on the historical Leeds building to lapse, leaving the future of the building uncertain.

Just plane amazing: Marriage proposal at Great Yorkshire Show

Some people don't muck about when it comes to marriage proposals, like army veteran Luke Davison.

He asked his girlfriend Ashley Addy to marry him at the Great Yorkshire Show today.... with a plane.

Great Yorkshire Show

Luke and Ashley have been to the show every year since they met in 2014 becuase of Ashley's love of horses.

Gas engineer Luke was formerly with the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and served on two tours of Afghanistan and Ashley is an office manager.

Oh, and she said yes by the way.

It was a complete surprise, I had no idea what was happening. I didn’t see the plane at first, Luke had to get me to turn around and look!”

Ashley Addy

Vapers warned over e-cigarette problem

People who use a particular Kanger Tech E-cigarette kit are being warned to stop using it immediately because of the risk of overheating and ultimately exploding.

electrical safety first

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has drawn attention to advice from Electrical Safety First about the potential danger from some of the kit.

They say that you need to check for model number VT 320mAh and the risk lies in the fact that the product has "no charging cut-off function"

It means there is a risk the battery could overheat during charging and that you should stop using it and contact the seller.

Did you see masked group attack?

A gang of masked men attempted to attack another group in a confrontation in Batley.

Police are now appealing for information following the incident.

Kirklees District CID want information about the stand-off on Healey Lane in the town which happened between 18:30 and 19:00 on July 11.

The unmasked men fled into a nearby convenience store on Healey Road and blocked the door.

The masked group attempted to get in and caused damage to the door before leaving the scene.

No-one was injured in the disorder incident.

DC Nicole Rubio-Senior who is investigating the incident, said: “We are investigating this incident and would like to speak to anyone who saw this group of six masked men attack three males in the car park, or who saw the group causing damage to the front of the shop.

“It is believed the attack on the men was a targeted offence and it must be stressed that such behaviour will absolutely not be tolerated in our communities.”

Katherine Brunt reaches 100 England caps

BBC Sport

Yesterday was a big day for Barnsley's Katherine Brunt.

Not only did she play a part in helping England beat New Zealand to qualify for the semi finals of the Womens World Cup but that match was also the 100th time she's pulled on a one-day shirt for her country.

As you can imagine her dad Mick is one proud Yorkshire man, as this from the England and Wales Cricket Board shows:

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Did you know John Donaghy?

Coroners in Leeds are appealing for information to help trace the relatives of John Donaghy from Gledhow.

Mr Donaghy, 68, of Lincombe Drive, died at his home address on 7 July. He died of natural causes.

Mr Donaghy is thought to have links to Ireland.

Anyone with information on the relatives of Mr Donaghy is asked to contact Coroner's Officer Debbie Howarth on 01924 292 301.

Antiques Roadshow in Yorkshire

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The Antiques Roadshow is in Yorkshire today, you can take your valuables along until 16:30 to see if you can buy that house in the south of France.

It's the programme's 40th year and they've pitched up at Castle Howard to record a show.

We'll have to wait a little while for it to appear on our screens, but here's a flavour of some of the stuff that people have turned up with so far:

Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow

The presenter of the iconic BBC programme is Fiona Bruce and she's very excited to be here:

Josh Emmanuel

Rotherham United sign 19-year-old Ipswich Town full-back Josh Emmanuel on a season-long loan deal.

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Hero officers welcomed to House of Commons

The two police officers who tackled the killer of Jo Cox have been welcomed to Parliament.

Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wrigh

Craig Nicholls and Jonathan Wright pursued Thomas Mair following the attack on the late MP for Batley and Spen despite knowing he may have a gun and a knife.

The pair have been listening to proceedings in the House of Commons, where they were thanked by the Deputy Commons Speaker Eleanor Laing:

Have you seen this man missing in Leeds?

A man from Nottingham has gone missing in Leeds after a night out with a friend.

Jeremy Lancaster
West Yorkshire Police

Jeremy Lancaster, 24 from Sherwood, had gone to a gig in the city but hasn't been seen since late last night.

He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with "Abandoned Ship" written on it.

Officers say they are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and if anyone knows where he might be to get in touch urgently.

Road rage attack in Whitby

A man has been left with facial injuries and a broken collar bone after a road rage attack in Whitby.

Langbourne Road

It happened in the centre of the town on Langbourne Road between 17:30 and 18:00 yesterday and involved a grey Ford Fiesta and a black 4x4.

The driver of the Fiesta was injured and police are asking the public for help in tracing the driver of the 4x4.

Exhausting job ahead for officer

Looks like the policeman who examines suspected stolen car parts has got his work cut out today:

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Yorkshire man to get married in Antarctica

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Weddings abroad are becoming more and more popular these days, usually on a sunny beach somewhere. But a groom from Yorkshire is due to tie-the-knot this weekend - in Antarctica!

Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester
Neil Spencer

Sheffield man Tom Sylvester is due to marry his fiance Julie Baum at the Rothera Research Station.

It'll be the first official wedding to take place in the British Antarctic Territory.

The couple, who have been together for 11 years, will share their special day with 20 fellow "over-winterers" and will have a two-day celebration.

Julie, assisted by some of the women on station, is making her own wedding dress.

I hope it's a warm one - the temperature this weekend is a balmy -52C.

We have always wanted to have a small personal wedding, but never imagined we’d be able to get married in one of the most remote places on Earth.”

Tom Sylvester

Yorkshire university to become an FA Women's High Performance Centre

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University has been chosen by the Football Association to be one of eight new High Performance centres for women's football.

Sheffield Hallam Sport park
Sheffield Hallam University

The scheme will provide players with facilities for both their academic and sporting ambitions with a focus on coaching, sports science and sports medicine.

In addition, the site will create the next generation of the game’s behind-the-scenes workforce, whether as volunteers, administrators or development staff.

This is fantastic news for Sheffield Hallam. To be one of only eight universities selected not only reflects our ability to foster elite athletes but also highlights that we are committed to and able to empower girls and women to take part in sport."

Dan Porter MBEHead of sports services at Sheffield Hallam University

Taxi passenger stabs man he was sharing a ride with

A passenger who was in a taxi in Leeds has been stabbed by a man he was sharing his cab with.


It happened at 05:15 this morning in the Harehills area of the city; a 30-year-old man is still receiving treatment in hospital.

The driver had picked them up from the town centre and drove them to Nowell Mount where the attack happened inside the taxi.

The suspect is described as Asian, wearing a dark t-shirt, khaki shorts, black trainers and a baseball cap. Police say they believe the men knew each other.

This incident appears to have involved two people who are known to each other."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Two charged with attempted murder in Sheffield

Wendy Middleton

BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police have updated us following an incident on Deerlands Avenue in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield last weekend.

The force have now charged two men with attempted murder, in relation an incident where a man suffered serious injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Deerlands Avenue in Sheffield

The men charged have been named as 19-year-old Kyle Chambers of Holgate Road in Sheffield and Mark Rodgers, who's 26 and lives at Remington Drive, also in Sheffield.

They have now both been remanded into custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on 8 August 2017.

Three men arrested after Huddersfield attack

Three men have been arrested after a man and a woman were attacked with a knife in Huddersfield on Tuesday night.

Larch Road

It happened on Larch Road and the victims, a 30-year-old man and 23-year-old woman were left with "life changing injuries". They're still in hospital.

The men aged 27, 34 and 37, all from Huddersfield have been arrested for attempted murder and remain in police custody.

Rediscovered 'Brontes painting could make £40,000'

A painting thought to be a previously unknown portrait of the three Bronte sisters is expected to make up to £40,000 at auction.

JP Humbert Auctions

The watercolour, attributed to Queen Victoria's favourite artist Sir Edwin Landseer, is being sold by JP Humbert, of Whittlebury, Northamptonshire.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert decided to pull the picture from an auction in 2012 so more research could be done.

Mr Humbert said he believed the picture to be of "national importance".

BreakingTravel update: M1 closed both ways because of distressed Horse

BBC News Travel

The M1 has been now closed in both directions at the J42 (M62 interchange/Lofthouse) due to a distressed horse.

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As you can see from the traffic camera, delays continue and although there is a signed diversion, it is having a knock-on effect on the M62 as well.

Highways England

Some good news though for the M1 in South Yorkshire. That stretch of the motorway has returned to normal following an accident northbound towards J31 (Sheffield south).

Listen: 'Whitlam's Law' to be taken to parliament

Liz Green

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Four years ago 11-year-old Harry Whitlam was knocked down and killed at a farm in Rothwell.

The man who was driving the tractor that took the boy's life was drunk but couldn't be prosecuted for drink-driving, as it happened on private land.

He did go to jail for 16 months and two weeks under health and safety legislation, rather than road traffic law.

There's a debate in parliament later about a possible change in the law and Harry's mother Pamela wants to see this legal loop-hole closed:

Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke will lead a House of Commons adjournment debate on this subject and told me why he's helping the family:

CCTV released after sex attack in Castleford

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him after a sexual offence in Castleford.

West Yorkshire Police

Officers say they have stepped up patrols in the Glashoughton area after the incident sometime after 14:30 on Saturday at Asda.

The victim, who was aged under 18, is still receiving support from West Yorkshire Police.

We are continuing to conduct a large number of enquiries into this offence."

Det Insp Vanessa RolfeWest Yorkshire Police

The Great Yorkshire Show: should parents bring school children?

Kay Crewdson

BBC Radio York

Parents are backing calls to allow schools greater flexibility when it comes to taking their children to events like the Great Yorkshire Show.

It's after a recent high court ruling cracked down on parents taking their children out of school, unless a head teacher agrees to it.

This family I spoke to didn't think twice about taking their children to show for the day rather than the classroom:

Organisers say the three day show should be seen as an educational benefit for youngsters.

Charles Mills, the director of the Great Yorkshire Show, told me it should be a common sense issue:

However, the former education secretary Michael Gove, who was at the Great Yorkshire Show yesterday told BBC Radio York he's against the idea: