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  1. Final decision on HS2 routes through Yorkshire
  2. Northern Lights could appear over Yorkshire (12:50 update)
  3. Woman dies after being hit by car near Wakefield
  4. Bradford firm fined £80k for nuisance text messages
  5. Sprinklers to be fitted to all council tower blocks in Doncaster
  6. Armed robbery at Leeds city centre watch shop this morning
  7. First home match in a decade for Scarborough Athletic FC
  8. Nadiya will 'always be Yorkshire'
  9. Live updates on Monday 17 July 2017

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By Andrew Barton

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That's all from Monday

Those are all the updates from Monday 17 July.

Want to get all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Tuesday 18 July 2017?

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Severe accident: A19 North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between A684 and A61.

A19 North Yorkshire - A19 closed southbound between the A684 junction in Ellerbeck and the A61 junction in South Kilvington, because of an accident.

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

Sheffield Green Party councillor Alison Teal

The council says it is lawfully removing damaged trees but campaigners say healthy ones are also being felled.

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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 - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down lorry and a rolling road-block.

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

Part of the proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

A new high-speed rail network is planned from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds, known as HS2. Here are the key points about the scheme.

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Tom and Julie are the first to marry since the territory's marriage law was reformed
Tom Sylvester and Julie Baum's wedding pictures were taken in temperatures as low as -9C (15F).

Severe accident: A19 North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between A684 and A61.

A19 North Yorkshire - A19 closed and slow traffic southbound between the A684 junction in Ingleby Arncliffe and the A61 junction in South Kilvington, because of an accident.

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

British couple marry in first Antarctic wedding ceremony

Tom and Julie are the first to marry since the territory's marriage law was reformed
Tom Sylvester and Julie Baum were married at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Danny McGuire

Championship leaders Hull Kingston Rovers sign Leeds Rhinos captain Danny McGuire on a two-year contract from next season.

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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. Final decision on HS2 routes through Yorkshire
  2. Northern Lights could appear over Yorkshire
  3. Man arrested after woman dies in crash near Wakefield
  4. Armed robbery at Leeds city centre watch shop
  5. Sprinklers to be fitted to all council tower blocks in Doncaster

See you tomorrow.

HS2: What we know about the new route

HS2: Line to use existing routes

We now know where the government want to put the line for HS2, in our region it means that it will follow the M1 and the M18.


In 2033, when you'll actually be able to buy a ticket, and travel on the high-speed line between Sheffield and Leeds and London.

The trains themselves will go as far north as Newcastle, via York, but will use the existing East Coast line at some point out of Leeds.

HS2: Line will bring 'huge economic benefits'

The government's preferred routes for the HS2 high speed railway north of Birmingham have been confirmed.


The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: "Britain's new railway line will bring huge economic benefits across the country and help ensure this government delivers on its promise to spread wealth beyond London and the south-east.

"We will now press ahead with building the line, while continuing to ensure affected communities get appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect."

HS2: Decision on route 'wrong and perverse' says Miliband

Doncaster MP and former leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband has branded the route for HS2 announced today as "wrong and perverse."

Ed Miliband

In a statement on his Facebook page, he says that the release from the Department for Transport "flies in the face of evidence, logic, and above all, the economic needs of South Yorkshire."

He's against the line going through Sheffield's centre saying "the Meadowhall route would be better for jobs, regeneration, journey times, connectivity and for tackling the inequalities we face."

He added: "The government and HS2 should be ashamed about the way they have gone about this decision. Their arguments do not add up, the consultation was a sham, and the residents have been ignored."

HS2: Timescale for high-speed route

If you're excited about the prospect of HS2, just a reminder of the time scale:

  • Bill for Phase 2b (the Yorkshire part) to be put before parliament in 2019
  • Royal assent 2022
  • Building starts 2023
  • Jump on a train 2033.

HS2: Statement due to demand from MPs

It seems that the statement by the Transport Secretary comes after pressure from MPs of all parties:

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HS2: High-speed line 'will benefit country'

HS2, the proposed high-speed rail line, the route of which has been confirmed today, is controversial.

Is it worth the money? Some are due to lose their homes.


Philippa Oldham - Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - said HS2 can only be of benefit to the country:

She said: "By freeing up the capacity on the East Coast Mainline, West Coast Mainline, through the HS2 route we'll be able to shift some of our freight network onto the rail network from the road network.

She added "What's been really interesting is that those devolved regions have put transport at the heart of their policies."

HS2: No decision on Parkway station

If you need someone to look through this HS2 document from the government with a fine toothcomb, then BBC Look North's Tom Ingall is your man...

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HS2: Routes confirmed

The government has confirmed its new HS2 rail links.

It said routes would be built between Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands.


The decision will mean new connections between Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands – with all of them being linked to London by the line.

The government said the lines would bring a "massive economic boost" for the north and the Midlands by increasing productivity and creating new business opportunities.

"Today’s announcement will mean journeys from Birmingham to Manchester in 40 minutes – a trip that takes more than 80 minutes on services currently."

HS2: Anger at lack of Commons statement

There's been anger from Conservative and Labour MPs over Chris Grayling's failure to make a Commons statement on the routes for the second phase of HS2.

Chris Grayling
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And the Speaker has suggested he would make the Transport Secretary answer questions "at some length" if Mr Grayling was forced to come to the Commons tomorrow.

The complaints were led by the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who said the information seemed likely to be "sneaked out" and called it a "gross discourtesy".

Michael Fabricant, a Conservative whose constituency is affected by the line, said it was "outrageous that this major item of public expenditure which is affecting my constituents and those of many others is not being reflected by a statement here today".

HS2: Ed Miliband brands consultation 'sham'

Ed Milliband has been tweeting about the release of the Department for Transport route for HS2, he points out that more people were against the M18/eastern alignment route.

In the document it says "271 respondents expressed support for the proposal to amend the route to the M18 / Eastern alignment. In contrast, 4,157 respondents expressed opposition to the proposals.

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HS2: 16 new homes to be demolished

New homes in South Yorkshire will be demolished after the government confirmed the route of HS2.

Shimmer Estate

Sixteen properties on the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough will be bulldozed to make way for the high-speed railway, the Department for Transport said.

Ministers have decided the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station after proposals to run trains to Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved.

Labour's Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said she was "furious" because South Yorkshire "won't get a proper stop".

HS2: Where to read the full report

By the way, if you'd like to see the full document about the HS2 route that has been released today, you can read it it here.

Be warned, you will need plenty of tea and biscuits; It's long.

HS2: No maintenance depot for Crofton

In the last 30 minutes, the route for the high-speed rail line between Leeds, Sheffield and London has been announced.


It shows that HS2 trains will go into Sheffield city centre - rather than Meadowhall.

Plans for a maintenance depot in Crofton near Wakefield have been scrapped, which has been welcomed by campaigners.

Crofton was being unfairly targeted in terms of impact, so that is welcome news and vindicates our campaign.

Jonathan PileCrofton against HS2

HS2: Residents on threatened estate being told

The news about the route of the high-speed rail line through Yorkshire is beginning to spread.

Residents on the Shimmer estate in Mexborough, whose homes are threatened by the route, are now receiving letters through their doors telling them about today's announcement.

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The estate wasn't even finished being built when people found out the HS2 line could go through it.

Find out more about the problems people on the estate are facing here.

'Rude and offensive' bookshop owner to sell up

A North Yorkshire bookshop owner who was branded "rude and offensive" and even the "Basil Fawlty of books" has announced he is to sell his business.


Steve Bloom, who owns second-hand bookshop Bloomindales in Hawes, charges an entry fee of 50p, refundable on purchase of a book.

He allegedly called one customer who came into his shop to browse a "pain in the arse", according to a complaint to the parish council.

Mr Bloom said "number of factors" that made him decide to put a handwritten sign in the window saying "book shop for sale".

"I must have been feeling a bit low," he said.

BreakingHS2: Government release confirmed route

The Department for Transport have just released the confirmed route through Yorkshire for the HS2 route, the government has confirmed the service will run through Sheffield city centre.

Department for Transport

It will run on existing lines and will provide "frequent 30 minute services between Sheffield and Leeds".

We'll bring you more on the route as we get through the report...

BreakingSheffield tree felling - latest from Leeds High Court

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Sheffield City Council have agreed to withdraw the interim injunction against eight tree protesters and persons unknown, subject to a full hearing on 26, 27 and 28 July.

More to follow.

Sheffield mum's shock after finding her house being used as a brothel

Yorkshire Post

A Sheffield mum has spoken of her shock after finding that her house had been turned into a brothel.

A red light bulb
Yorkshire Post

Root suffers first defeat as test captain

BBC Sport

Sheffield's Joe Root has lost his second match in charge of the England cricket team as his side suffered a 340-run defeat to South Africa at Trent Bridge.

South Africa beat england
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Here's the moment the Yorkshire batsman lost his wicket earlier in the day:

The four-match series is now level at 1-1, with the third test beginning at The Oval a week on Thursday.

Kirklees College - home to time lords and sports stars

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Obviously, if you want to make it in life, you need to get yourself to Kirklees College.

I've heard their courses in transdimensional engineering are particularly good.

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Helipad sees over 100 landings in its first year

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital has seen 130 landings in the first year since it opened.

The new pad officially came into use in July 2016 and replaced one that was 20 years old and because of the distance between it and the hospital, meant patients had to complete the last stage of their journey to the emergency department by ambulance.

Northen General hospital helipad
Northern General Hospital

Since the new location became operational, it's been used on average three times a week and serves a population of 1.8 million people across South Yorkshire and beyond.

The new helipad has made a huge difference to the way in which the hospital is able to receive and treat time critical patients and has undoubtedly saved lives. I’d like to personally thank all of our supporters, without them this vital facility would not have been completed.

David ReynoldsSheffield Hospitals charity

Tramlines countdown is on

Christian Carlisle

BBC Radio Sheffield Introducing presenter

Sheffield's annual music festival Tramlines begins on Friday.

Acts playing this year include All Saints, Primal Scream and The Coral.

Events take place across the steel city, with the main stage once again being at Ponderosa Park where preparations are well underway:

Ponderosa Park

BBC Radio Sheffield will have coverage across the three day festival and I'll be hosting a BBC Introducing special on Saturday night where you'll hear from some of the artists taking part.

Crime Commissioner defends proposals to govern fire and police service

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has defended her proposals to get police and fire teams to work out of the same building at 20 sites across the county.

People are being asked what they make of plans for one single body, to oversee both the police and fire services

Julia Mulligan says these are not cuts, just an effective way of working:

Allan Charlesworth is the former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, he says it's a bad idea and wouldn't work. He described the idea as "ridiculous."

Greg Eden

Castleford centre Michael Shenton says he is devastated for team-mate Greg Eden who suffered a shoulder injury against Salford.

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Ike Ugbo

Championship side Barnsley sign Chelsea and England Under-20s striker Ike Ugbo on a season-long loan deal.

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HS2 contracts announced

The final route for the Leeds and Manchester arms of the HS2 railway line will be announced this afternoon, including the decision on what path tracks will take through Sheffield.

This morning, the first major contracts to build HS2 between London and Birmingham were announced.


The construction firm, Carillion, which is facing financial difficulties, is among the companies named to carry out the work, which is said to be worth about £7bn.

The government was forced to seek assurances from Carillion's partners on the HS2 project that they can step in to deliver on the work if necessary.

The initial plan is for a new railway line between London and the West Midlands carrying 400m-long (1,300ft) trains with as many as 1,100 seats per train.

They would operate at speeds of up to 250mph - faster than any current operating speed in Europe - and would run as often as 14 times per hour in each direction.