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  1. Northern Rail strikes set for September
  2. Father fears murderer's return
  3. Decision day over potential bin strike in Doncaster
  4. Gun and hammer pair raid Sheffield travel agent
  5. Fears over crime levels in Harehills area of Leeds
  6. Two people treated in hospital after house fire in York
  7. Updates on Friday 18 August 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Ronan Sully

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Liam Bridcutt

Nottingham Forest sign Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

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Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp gives Sheffield United victory over South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, as both teams finish with 10 men.

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Five things we've learned on Friday

A busy Friday, which has ended on a sad note as the country loses one of its best-loved entertainers.

We'll be back on Monday with more of the region's top stories, but before you go, why not take a look at five things we learned today:

  1. South Yorkshire police under scrutiny after failing to investigate Lostprophets singer
  2. Leeds United's head coach reveals family fears following Barcelona terrorist attack
  3. Sheffield tree campaigners decide not to appeal against a high court ruling preventing them from protesting
  4. More rail strikes are scheduled - with Northern staff set to walk out next month
  5. And a reminder from North Yorkshire that drink driving is a crime - in any type of vehicle

Artwork at the heart of science

A researcher in Leeds has won a photography competition after spotting a heart shaped blood cell under his microscope.

Fraser Macrae

Under the magnification of a microscope, operating at 5000-times magnification, Fraser Macrae spotted the heart-shaped red blood cell which had become entangled in net-like fibres of a blood clot and had compressed into the shape of a heart.

He took a picture of it and, as a result, won first prize in the British Heart Foundation photography competition.

Father's fears of murderer's return

A man whose son was murdered in Addingham in 2002 is worried the murderer could return to the UK despite being deported,

Leroy Griffiths stabbed Mark Webster as he tried to intervene in a fight.

His victim, who had recently qualified as a gas fitter, was killed by a single stab wound to the chest as he was outside the Fleece Inn.

Griffiths is due to be deported to his native Barbados.

Leroy Griffiths
Police handout

Bereaved father Tim Webster said: "To get him out of the country is good, for him to be a free man is not so good."

He said he was worried for him and his family "having to come across" Griffiths in their "daily lives" as he believed he had links in the area.

More than 6,100 foreign national offenders were removed from the UK last year according to the Home Office.

Pensioner's paradise: North Yorkshire in top-ten for retirement plans

North Yorkshire is one of the best places in the country to retire.


That's according to a report from an insurance company.

They've looked at access to healthcare, crime levels, pensioner populations and the weather.

North Yorkshire's the only area in the North to make the top 10.

Apparently West Sussex offers the best quality of life for retired people.

Other places in the top ten included Dorset, Norfolk and the Isle of Wight.

Councillors look ahead to proposed Calderdale flood defences

Plans for the new £30m flood alleviation scheme for Mytholmroyd have been discussed by ward councillors, on a guided tour to of the village today.

Mytholmroyd floods
Getty Images

The current options for the scheme include:

  • New, raised flood and improved walls
  • The relocation of Caldene Bridge
  • Widening of the river channel at key locations
  • Strengthening and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.

Slide while you shop

Here's a novel way to avoid the queues for the escalators this weekend...

Helter skelter at Trinity Leeds
Trinity Leeds

A 30ft helter-skelter has been installed at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds - returning for a second year - and will open for public use from tomorrow.

Helter skelter at Trinity Leeds
Trinity Leeds

It'll form part of a mini beach area, where shoppers will be encouraged to kick back after a hard day's bargain hunting.

The slide will remain in place until 3 September.

Severe accident: A1(M) West Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J45 for A659 and J46 for B6164.

A1(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J45, A659 (Boston Spa) and J46, B6164 (Wetherby), because of an accident involving van and recovery work.

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

Rotherham in the future

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

If you were in charge of your town what would you want to change?

That is the question which young people in Rotherham are being asked for a project designed to re-imagine the borough.

Deborah Bullivant is running the project and told me more about what's happening:

Ian Watkins

Officers did not take complaints against Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins seriously, the IPCC says.

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Weather watchers photos from across Yorkshire

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Yorkshire Live

It seems our BBC Weather Watchers have been getting some practice in for World Photography day tomorrow by heading into the Yorkshire sunshine and taking some brilliant snaps this lunchtime.

Firstly this one was sent in from Whitby in North Yorkshire:

BBC Weather Watchers picture
BBC Weather Watcher

This reached us from Stannington in Sheffield:

BBC Weather Watchers picture
BBC Weather Watcher

And this lovely image was sent in from Cross Gates in Leeds:

BBC Weather Watchers picture
BBC Weather Watcher

Signing up to become a BBC Weather Watcher is easy and you never know your photograph could be used on the forecast on BBC Look North.

Doncaster launches first Operation Street Safe

Last night officers from South Yorkshire Police visited Doncaster town centre to help implement Operation Street Safe.

Pictures from Operation Street Safe
South Yorkshire Police

The scheme is a dedicated operation focusing on protecting communities and preventing crime in the town.

The team worked overnight to tackle drug related issues, raise awareness of knife crime, provide advice and take proactive action to bring offenders engaging in illegal activity to justice.

Leeds Carnival at 50 - your questions and memories

This year marks the 50th birthday of Leeds' West Indian Carnival.

Leeds Carnival
Max Farrar

The popular event, which attracts more than 100,000 people, will once again take over Poternewton Park for the August Bank Holiday weekend, culminating in a parade through Chapeltown and Harehills.

To help celebrate the anniversay, we're collecting some of your best memories of the Carnival, as well as any questions about the event you've always wanted to ask.

Share your stories or questions here and we could be in touch with answers or to tell your stories on the BBC website.

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 - 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

Bradford court escapee apprehended

A convicted robber who went on the run from Bradford Crown Court has been recaptured.

Michael Lloyd Long
West Yorkshire Police

Michael Lloyd Long failed to turn up for his trial for attacking a man in Sowerby Bridge - and was sentenced to six years in jail in his absence.

Thames Valley police arrested Long, who'll now be taken to prison.

Arrests attributed to North Yorkshire CCTV cameras


CCTV cameras in the Hambleton area of North Yorkshire have helped police make 50 arrests over a three month period.

They include a man who was detained in Thirsk on suspicion of arson, after an operator watched someone set fire to two bins.

Forty six permanent cameras are in operation 24 hours a day and they're monitored by the District Council, which works closely with North Yorkshire Police.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J24 for A629 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of vehicle tyre change.

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

Handwritten supportive letters are put in locations for new mums to find.
The letters offer mums a chance to take a second for themselves.

Volunteers tackle duckweed problem

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been to meet volunteers in Stainforth who are helping to clear millions of pieces of duckweed which are clogging South Yorkshire's canals and waterways.

This week the Canal and River Trust is clearing a three-mile stretch between Crowle and Keadby, the canal that links Scunthorpe with Doncaster.

Mike operates one of the boats and explained the process to me:

Duck weed is really noticeable across our canals at the moment. The weed is not harmful to people, but if left to thrive, it can cause problems for aquatic wildlife by starving it of oxygen and sunlight, so please get in touch if you spot areas along your local river or canal that look particularly bad."

Phillippa BartonCanal and River Trust

Northern rail strikes set for September

Further rail strikes have been set for next month to coincide with schools going back in the row over driver-only-operated trains.

Northern train
Northern Rail

Arriva Rail North, Merseyrail and Southern RMT staff will walk out from Friday 1 September with the last strike on Monday 4 September.

The RMT said no progress had been made over the future of the role of guards, due to safety and job loss fears.

Arriva Rail North said it is prepared to guarantee jobs.

Workers from the company - which operates under the brand Northern - will walk out on Friday 1 September and Monday 4 September.

Tree felling: Sheffield City Council response

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Yorkshire Live

Sheffield City Council has welcomed the decision by tree campaigners not to appeal against the High Court's decision to stop tree felling in parts of the city and accept the terms of the injunction put in the place by the judge.

This means no-one can lawfully trespass inside any tree-felling safety zone around any tree from 23 August 2017 until 25 July 2018.

Other stipulations include:

  • Not knowingly leaving any vehicle in any safety zone
  • Seeking to prevent the erection of any safety zone
  • Remaining in any safety zone after one has been erected

A “safety zone” is an area with barriers erected on a public highway around a tree to be felled.

The council says the order means that anyone disobeying it will be guilty of contempt of court and may be sent to prison or fined or have their assets seized.

We are pleased that we can now get on with our lawful work, as we have wanted to do for some time.”

Paul BillingtonDirector of Culture and Environment at Sheffield City Council

Exclusive: Document reveals how South Yorkshire Police missed multiple chances to stop Lostprophets paedophile Ian Watkins Read

Yorkshire Post

South Yorkshire Police officers ignored repeated warnings from the ex-girlfriend of rock star Ian Watkins that he was a dangerous paedophile and put a child at risk of being abused for months.

Ian Watkins
Yorkshire Post

Father fears murderer's return

The father of a man who was stabbed and died in Addingham fears the murderer - who is due to be released from prison and deported - could return to the scene of the crime.

Mark Webster, 21, was stabbed and died outside the Fleece Inn in at Addingham, near Ilkley, in 2002.

Mark Webster
Family photo

Leroy Griffiths was found guilty of his murder and is due to be released from prison at the weekend.

The Home Office said: "Anyone subject to a deportation order is banned from re-entering the UK."

Listen: 'All my support with the Spanish people' - Christiansen

Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen has expressed his condolences and support for those affected by the terrorist attacks in Barcelona.

Christiansen - who spent the early years of his playing career at Barcelona - explained at his weekly press conference this afternoon, that members of his family had been in the city this week:

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident involving a car and a van earlier on. Travel time is ten minutes. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Stefan Payne has made three late substitute appearances for Barnsley so far this season

Shrewsbury Town re-sign striker Stefan Payne from Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal.

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Appeal for witnesses after man hit by car

South Yorkshire Police want to speak to any witnesses after a man was hit by a car on Knollbeck Lane in Rotherham on Wedneday, 16 August.

The accident was around 20:30 when a green car hit a pedestrian at the junction with Chapel Avenue in the Brampton area of the borough.

Map of Chapel Avenue in Rotherham

The 24-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital.

Anyone with information should contact officers on 101.

Listen: A64 through North Yorkshire 'a disaster area'

The leader of North Yorkshire County Council's described the A64 through the county as a "disaster".

Eleven people have been killed in crashes on the road in the last year, prompting renewed calls for both safety improvements and conversion to a dual carriageway.

Conservative Council Leader, Carl Les, says progress is being made, albeit slowly.

Tree felling legal appeal dropped after 'profound discussion'

Earlier we brought you the news that campaigners aiming to stop tree felling in some areas of Sheffield will not be appealing against a High Court ruling preventing them from protesting.

Dave Dillner from Sheffield Tree Action Group has told the BBC that they "have decided, after profound discussion, not to appeal" and have agreed costs with Sheffield City Council but these details cannot be disclosed as part of the agreement.

Fallen tree

Mr Dillner also added that "the campaign will continue apace though focusing along other directions" in the future.

BreakingNew strikes announced on Northern Rail

Workers on Arriva Rail North, the parent company of Northern rail, have announced another round of strikes over plans for driver-only trains.

The RMT Union say workers will walk out over the first weekend in September.

Man fined for being drunk in charge of a horse

A man has admitted being drunk in charge of a horse and cart.

Robin Milner, 49, of Pinfold Way, Sherburn in Elmet, was arrested near the Swan Hotel, Low Street, South Milford at around 20:00 BST on 30 July.


He told York Magistrates' Court he had "participated in a few beers" at a christening earlier in the day and had not realised he had so many.

Milner was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £105 in costs.

Magistrates told him they appreciated his guilty plea and the fact he had co-operated with the police when arrested.

Milner, who represented himself in court, said he believed he had around four pints.

His cart had scratched a man's car in the car park of the Swan Hotel and the two men were exchanging details when a police officer noticed the defendant appeared to be drunk.

Sewage spills on to Castleford street

This was the horrible scene on a street in Castleford last night.

Sewage in Castleford
Sam Fell

Sam Fell sent us this image of Elizabeth Drive, taken yesterday evening.

According to Sam, a sewage drain overflowed on Wednesday before heavy rain on Thursday made the situation worse.

Yorkshire Water say they have attempted to address the problem but they've apologised to residents as work has taken longer than first anticipated:

A more powerful jet van is scheduled to visit again today and once this has been we will be able to understand what has caused the issue and hopefully clear the blockage"

Michelle PhillipsYorkshire Water

Man suffers serious facial injuries in takeaway fight

A man has suffered extensive facial injuries in a fracas that took place in a Brighouse takeaway in the early hours of Sunday, it has emerged.

Din's takeaway in Brighouse

Police say the incident took place between 01:00 and 01:30 inside Dino’s Pizza takeaway on Bethel Street.

West Yorkshire Police said they understood that a man entered the shop to intervene in an ongoing argument.

He then hit the victim in the face.

The victim fell down and hit his head, leading to the serious injuries to his face.

Officers want to speak to a bearded white man, believed to be in his 20s, in connection with the incident.

Police crackdown on dumped cars in Selby

Police and council officers are cracking down on drivers who dump their cars in the Selby district.

There's a warning vehicles will be towed away if they're abandoned, and their owners could be fined up to £2,500.

It's happening after a big rise in the numbers of cars being dumped, with Selby District Council saying they're a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 25 minutes.

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

BreakingNo appeal against tree High Court ruling

Campaigners aiming to stop tree felling in parts of Sheffield have announced that they won't appeal against a High Court ruling given earlier this month preventing them from protesting.

More to follow.

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Powell 'lost for words' by Castleford's historic win
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell says he is "delighted" after the Tigers secured their top spot in Super League and ended their 91-year wait for a top-flight title.