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  1. HS2 route to destroy new homes in Yorkshire
  2. Armed robbery at Leeds petrol station
  3. Man remanded in custody on 'modern slavery' charge
  4. Abused West Yorkshire boys 'failed' by authorities
  5. Sheffield City Council withdraws tree protest injunction
  6. Multi-million pound transport plan for Halifax
  7. Link between sex assaults in York investigated
  8. York recycling banks could close
  9. Walkers warned over cow attacks
  10. 'Rude' bookshop owner is selling up
  11. Live updates on Tuesday 18 July 2017

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Those are all the updates from Tuesday 18 July.

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M62 eastbound at J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident involving lorry and a car. Diversion in operation - traffic is diverting up the exit slip road and back down the entry slip road.

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

Lockdown drill

A strategy is needed in case of dangerous events on school premises, a teaching union says.

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Huddersfield primary school takes part in lockdown training
Reinwood Junior School is one of several in West Yorkshire which carries out lockdown drills.
A Jet2 flight is forced to make an emergency landing in Barcelona after 'minor fault'
The flight from Ibiza to Leeds on Sunday required an emergency landing at Barcelona airport.

Our top five 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. Anger and disappointment over HS2 announcement
  2. Link between sex assaults in York city centre investigated
  3. Woman banned after walking seagull on lead
  4. Armed robbery at Leeds petrol station
  5. Walkers warned over cow attacks

See you tomorrow.

Listen: 'I'm eager to see South Yorkshire move on'

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

I've been speaking to Chris Read, Labour leader of Rotherham Council about three big issues for the borough.

These are the Sheffield City Region, HS2 and a possible transfer of powers to the council from commissioners.

Firstly, what's his view on the hold up of a devolution deal for South Yorkshire:

On the HS2 Mr Read feels the M18 route is a mistake:

In the House of Commons later there is a chance that some powers could be returned to the council from commissioners following the child sexual exploitation scandal of 2015.

They did take back the running of some services but he's confident of more returning:

Wanted Romanian man arrested in Batley

A man who was wanted by police after being convicted of sex offences in Romania has been arrested in Batley.

Florin Sztoica
West Yorkshire Police

Florin Sztoica was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant and was arrested last night.

The 18-year-old was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London today.

He was sentenced to two years six months in prison in his home country.

West Yorkshire Police put out an appeal to try and catch him last Friday.

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp, Paul Coutts, Chris Basham and Kieron Freeman sign new contracts with newly-promoted Sheffield United.

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Missing Leeds woman could be in Sheffield

Have you seen Cheryl Manor from Leeds?

Cheryl Manor
West Yorkshire Police

Twenty-one-year-old Cheryl has been missing since 12 July from her home in Burmantofts.

Police say she has links to Sheffield and South Yorkshire and that they are concerned about her welfare.

BreakingBallance set to miss next test

BBC Sport

Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance is seeing a hand surgeon in Leeds tonight and looks set to miss at least the next England test match as a result.

Gary Ballance
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The Vikings' captain returned to the test side at the start of the month but has struggled for runs in the series with South Africa.

Hanging whales from the ceiling is 'run of the mill business'

Kat Cowan

BBC Radio Sheffield

For generations Dippy the Dinosaur has been welcoming guests to The Natural History Museum in London.

However, two years ago the venue decided to replace Dippy with a new skelton of a blue whale called Hope.

The project was filmed by the BBC's Horizon programme - and you can see the trailer below:

The man responsible for ensuring Hope was hung safely is James Arrowsmith from Doncaster who told me how he became part of the project:

Live: Leeds Pitch Battle contestants get ready for final

This weekend the Leeds Contemporary Singers will be in the final of the Pitch Battle on BBC One.

You can see the programme on BBC One on Saturday night 19:20, here's a sneak preview.

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Fire authority rejects proposal to be governed by police commissioner

The North Yorkshire Fire Authority has rejected a proposal to change the way police and fire services are governed.

Fire cops

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Julia Mulligan, launched a consultation on the idea yesterday.

The move comes after Parliament made it possible for PCCs to apply to oversee the fire and rescue service as well as the police.

The fire authority says it believes it would be better if the PCC were to become a voting member on the authority, alongside existing councillors.

Reports of huge plume of smoke in South Yorkshire

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

People in parts of South Yorkshire have reported seeing a huge smoke cloud on the horizon this afternoon:

Worksop fire

It's actually a fire which is at a Worksop plastics factory, this picture was taken from Catcliffe this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have confirmed that they have sent fire engines to help assist their colleagues in Nottinghamshire, who have asked the public to keep their windows and doors shut.

For the latest on the fire, visit BBC East Midlands Live.

South Yorkshire Police helicopter

Two police officers and two pilots deny filming people either naked or having sex in a garden.

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BreakingTemporary traveller sites to be spread across Leeds

In the last half hour, Leeds councillors have backed a plan to introduce nine temporary Gypsy and traveller pitches.


The sites will be spread across the city and are designed to ease problems caused by unauthorised or roadside camps.

Travellers were moved on from an unauthorised site in Meanwood earlier today. A site has also sprung up on land off Kirkstall Road.

This afternoon's meeting heard local taxpayers paid a bill of more than £800,000 for dealing with unauthorised sites between 2012 and 2017.

Police appeal for the identity of.... a moth

It's not clear if this moth has committed any crimes, but police in Leeds need your help:

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'We've got to get it right': York Labour MP on HS2

The government is insisting the HS2 rail line - which will eventually run from London to Yorkshire - will bring enormous economic benefits to the whole of the North of England.

The route will cost more than £50bn to build.

It will go from London to Leeds and then branch off to join the existing rail network near Church Fenton - between Tadcaster and Selby.

Rachael Maskell is the Labour MP for York Central and shadow rail minister. She says with such a big investment involved the project has to be undertaken properly:

Should West Yorkshire police be armed?

Do you think all police should routinely carry a taser or a gun? The body representing police officers in West Yorkshire wants your views.


The West Yorkshire Police Federation has released an online survey asking if officers should routinely be armed with a taser or a firearm.

On the the survey's page, they say that "given the recent events and changing nature of threats faced by police officers nationally" they want to know how the public feel about it.

Walkers warned over cow attacks

Victims of cow attacks, including one from West Yorkshire, are warning walkers of the dangers of cattle kept in fields with their calves.

Mike Pace

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) said walkers "must be most aware of the issues" in the countryside.

Grandfather-of-five Mike Pace, from Huddersfield, was trampled while walking along a public footpath with his wife Gill on holiday in Abersoch in Gwynedd, Wales, in August.

The 55-year-old said: "This black bullock that had been staring looking menacing charged me and threw me up in the air and then the other cattle just started trampling me.

He spent more than a month in hospital and still needs crutches to walk.

Cow and calf
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Avoiding a cow attack

  • Cattle, especially young stock, are inquisitive and will often follow walkers. But it is cows, who feel naturally very protective of their calves, that can be more than inquisitive
  • Do not panic if you are followed, walk calmly and quickly away from the herd
  • If you are walking with your family dog on a footpath and find that there are cattle on the path, avoid going straight through them
  • Take a wide detour and walk calmly around the animals with your dog on a lead
  • Do not walk between a cow and her calf
  • If the cattle move towards you and you feel threatened by them, release your dog from the lead and move quickly, but calmly, to safety

York pupils ride into first place in £10,000 schools challenge

An idea to generate renewable electricity and establish zero carbon transport between a York school's two sites has won first place in a competition with a prize of £10,000.

Pupils across Yorkshire, aged 11-19, were asked to use their learning and knowledge in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) to develop an idea to help improve life in their community.

All Saints York
All Saints York

A team of five Year 7 pupils, from All Saints School in York, (pictured) impressed judges with their entry ‘Dynamo’, which will create a free cycle hub with 40 bikes for teachers, pupils and visitors, to travel between the school’s two campuses.

Each bike will be fitted with a ‘bottle’ dynamo which allows energy generated from cycling to be stored.

The dynamos are then hooked up to transfer the stored energy to batteries, which will be connected into the school’s electricity distribution network.

Drax Power Station awarded the winning idea £6,000 to help it get started, with the remaining prize fund being split between the runners up.

This will speed up getting between the two sites. I can’t think why someone hadn’t thought of this before!”

Sarah BiltonAll Saints teacher

East - west high-speed line now needed say Bradford Council

The north needs to be better connected to itself by rail in order for HS2 to be a success according to Bradford's council leader.


In a statement Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe says that the full potential of the Northern Powerhouse can only be unlocked if "east - west connectivity" was improved.

She said "To ensure HS2 is truly transformational we now need firm commitment from the government to invest in east - west high-speed rail.”

She did welcome the fact that the eastern leg of the HS2 line will go into Leeds city centre, saying that it would "maximise the benefits of connectivity".

Halifax road closed after 'major water leak'

BBC News Travel

What's being described as a major water leak has closed Jubilee Road on the outskirts of Halifax.

Road closed

According to police the road surface is sinking and the road has been closed from the junction with Salterhebble and there is no access from either end.

Folklore come to life in Sheffield ...

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Some news just in ... wolf attacks in Sheffield!

Okay, time to come clean.

That's not a real news bulletin it's the trailer for a new play that's opening at the Crucible in Sheffield tomorrow.

It's called What We Wished For performed by the Sheffield People's Theatre, who are largely amateur performers from across South Yorkshire.

Writer Chris Bush joined me to preview what's in store:

Ticket information for the run can be found here.

South Yorkshire devolution: 'We need to look at other potential options'

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sir Steve Houghton has temporarily stood down as the chair of the Sheffield City Region.

The leader of Barnsley council says he made the decision because of delays over the devolution deal.

He says he has seen the original nine authorities that originally signed up now go down to four, with a decision on any deal being deferred until September.

Sir Steve also says he believes it may be better for Barnsley to look at other options away from the South Yorkshire deal:

Man charged with manslaughter and arson following hospital fire

Chris King

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's has been charged with manslaughter and two counts of arson following a fire at the Royal Stoke hospital.

Thomas Ashcroft, 39, is accused of setting a fire at the hospital following which an 89-year-old woman, May Maxfield, died.

The fire at the hospital led to the evacuation of hundreds of patients and the declaration of a major incident.

He's also charged with setting fire to a building at Staffordshire University on the same day, 7 June.

Mr Ashcroft, of Musgrave Crescent, Shirecliffe, Sheffield, has been remanded in custody until his next appearance.

Stafford Crown Court

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J42 for A63.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J42, A63 (Selby fork), because of a broken down horsebox. Traffic is coping well.

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

Four green flags for parks in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Keep Britain Tidy has announced that four parks in Doncaster have been given Green Flag awards which recognises the best parks and green spaces across the UK.

The four locations in the town have been given the accolade are Cusworth Hall and Gardens, Bentley Park, Quarry Park and Sandall Park:

Sandall Park
Doncaster Council

The judges praised how they've created attractive and enjoyable open spaces for residents and visitors, which has seen the parks develop to a standard that puts them among some of the best parks in the country.

I’m so pleased that this hard work has been recognised with national awards for these four wonderful open spaces and I’m sure that Green Flag status will encourage even more people to get out and enjoy these parks in the future."

Cllr Chris McGuinnessDoncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Police helicopter camera misuse trial begins

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

Sheffield Crown Court has begun hearing evidence in a case against five current and former employees of South Yorkshire Police.

The crew of one of the force's helicopter is on trial accused of misusing the on-board camera to spy on people who were naked or having sex.

The officers and pilots are charged in connection with four alleged incidents between 2007 and 2012 including one where the camera zoomed in on a woman sunbathing naked, a group of naturists on a caravan site and a couple having sex on the decking in their back garden.

Police helicopter

Four people deny misconduct in a public office but a fifth man has admitted the charges.

The trial is expected to last for between three to four weeks.

Armed robbery at Leeds petrol station

Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with knives have robbed a petrol station in an area of Leeds this morning.

Petrol station

It happened just before 06:20 at the Wharrels Service Station in Pudsey, the men threatened staff and forced them into a back room and then stole cash from the till.

Detectives believe that after the robbery, the men tried to steal a van which was making deliveries on Tong Drive in Farnley.

The driver had taken the keys for the van with him and the ,men left in a black Volkswagen Sirocco which hasn't been traced yet.

That vehicle has not yet been recovered and we would like to hear from anyone who has seen that car abandoned or parked up anywhere."

Det Insp Dave McDougal,West Yorkshire Police

Watch: 'Disability is no longer a taboo subject'

BBC Sport

Halifax's Hannah Cockcroft won her second gold for Great Britain on day four of the World Para-athletics Championships at the London Stadium.

The 24-year-old was first in the T34 800m, which follows up on her success in the 100m on Friday and victory in the 400m later this week will see her complete a treble of wins.

After her race she was keen to thank the fans who cheered her on in the race:

Steve Bloom

Bookseller Steve Bloom, who charges a 50p entry fee, is selling his business to a retired couple.

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Police hunt driver after crash in Bradford

The driver of a car which crashed in Bradford and left a woman - who was a passenger - in hospital is being hunted by police.

Bradford crash

The crash happened in Bradford last night when a blue VW Golf crashed into a garage after hitting a tree at the junction of Bradford Road and Hunters Park Avenue in Clayton.

Emergency services found a woman in her twenties in the car, she is still in hospital with arm and hand injuries.

The driver, who is believed to be in a man in his twenties, ran off from the scene of the crash.

Man remanded in custody on 'modern slavery' charge

A 28-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a modern slavery offence.

It's in connection with the disappearance of two Vietnamese teenagers who went missing from York.

The two girls we found safe and well at the weekend, but were missing for almost a week.

Le Quang Luong of South St, Buxton, Derbyshire, is due to appear at Crown Court on 14 August.

Woman banned after walking seagull on lead

Mari Buckey/Geograph

A woman who was arrested as she walked a seagull on a lead has been banned from keeping wild animals for a year.

Officers found Anna Marie Marshall, 44, of no fixed abode, walking the bird in Parliament Street in York on 28 June. The injured bird had to be put down.

She appeared at York Magistrates' Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty offences and using abusive and threatening behaviour.

Marshall was also given a 12-month community service order

She pleaded guilty to injuring a wild bird, taking a wild bird, threatening and abusive behaviour and refusing to surrender at the court on Friday, when the case was originally due to be heard.

An arrest warrant had been issued when she failed to appear.

Leeds United defender leaves Elland Road

BBC Sport

Leeds United have terminated the contract of defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Giuseppe Bellusci
Getty Images

Bellusci, 27, leaves Elland Road by mutual consent after making 61 appearances over three years.

The Italian centre-back was one of former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino's first signings when he penned a four-year deal in August 2014.

However, he spent last season on loan at Empoli and departs after being left out of the pre-season tour of Austria by head coach Thomas Christiansen