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  1. Flash flooding in West and North Yorkshire after heavy rain hits
  2. Driver rams police car in Bradford
  3. Tree campaigners hold 'Peaceful Protest' in Sheffield
  4. North Yorkshire bus firm goes into liquidation
  5. Bells to ring out again at York Minster after new team appointed
  6. Rotherham abuse whistleblower investigation 'examined'
  7. North should 'take control' of transport - Transport secretary
  8. Police investigate 'lizard on the loose' in Halifax
  9. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Wednesday...

    Those are all our updates from Yorkshire on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

    Want to find out what's happening where you live on Thursday 24 August? Just click here.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

    M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down car.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

    M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J40 for A638 Ossett.

    M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Five things we learned 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. Flash floods in North and West Yorkshire as heavy rain hits
    2. Driver rams police car in Bradford
    3. Tree campaigners hold 'peaceful protest' in Sheffield
    4. North should 'take control' of transport, says Grayling
    5. Lizard on the loose in Calderdale?

    See you tomorrow.

  7. Man slashed in stomach at Doncaster nightclub

    A man needed hospital treatment after being knifed in the stomach at Doncaster nightclub Warehouse, where he had been clubbing with friends and his partner.

    The 30-year-old man also suffered facial injuries after being attacked with a knife inside the venue on Marsh Gate.

    Police have appealed for witnesses to the assault, which happened in the early hours of last Sunday, August 13, at around 02.10 BST.

  8. North of England's 'huge economic potential being held back', say leaders

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News Online

    The north of England's "huge economic potential is being held back by an out-dated, expensive and slow transport system", northern leaders say.

    A delegation of political and business officials at Cloth Hall Court have issued a joint statement, in which they have called for "substantial new investment in modern infrastructure linking the great cities of the north".

    A train at Leeds railway station

    Among those who have been attending the event are leaders of Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester councils, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and business representatives.

    Quote Message: We believe that people across the north have waited long enough for transport services on a par with other parts of the country. The disparity between transport in the north of England and London must now be addressed" from Delegates of the transport summit in Leeds
    Delegates of the transport summit in Leeds
  9. Bus passengers left stranded as company goes into liquidation

    A North Yorkshire bus firm announced it had gone into liquidation today - leaving its rush hour passengers waiting at bus stops.

    Utopia Buses, was based in Sherburn-in-Elmet and had routes through Selby, Drax, Tadcaster and York.


    The BBC has tried to contact both the firm and the administrator this afternoon so far, no one has been available for comment.

    Routes affected:

    • 8 Selby to Drax
    • 37 Tadcaster to York
    • 420 Selby to York (via Cawood, Wistow)
    • 422 Pontefract to York
    • 424 Selby to Stockbridge
    • 492 Pontefract to Tadcaster
    • 493 Pontefract to Tadcaster
    • 494 South Milford to Tadcaster
  10. Video content

    Video caption: What's the best thing about Leeds Carnival?

    Sanchez Payne and Maloy Lawrence are regulars at the event and wanted to share their memories and experiences about what makes it just so great.

  11. Parking meters ready for new £1 coin five months after circulation began

    Five months after the new £1 coin was introduced, parking meters on a North Yorkshire High Street have been updated to accept it.


    The new coins came into circulation in March.


    North Yorkshire County Council says the conversion work in Northallerton was done as soon as was possible.

    Councillor Don Mackenzie said: “Every effort was made to complete this conversion work at the earliest opportunity to minimise any inconvenience to drivers and we thank them for their patience."

  12. Countdown to 50th Leeds Carnival

    Leeds Carnival is the "oldest carnival in Europe" and is still looking to the future.

    Up to 150,000 people are expected to turn out on the streets of Chapeltown for Leeds Carnival over the August bank holiday weekend - many of them under 20 years of age.

    The West Indian Carnival started in 1967 and has since taken place every year:

    Video content

    Video caption: The "oldest carnival in Europe" is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  13. Sheffield's Richard Hawley goes for a walk on Radio 2

    Janice Long features Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley on her Radio 2 show tonight.

    Richard Hawley

    They spend quite a lot of time in the bar and music room of Richard's local The Greystones - which has played host to Richard himself along with Pulp, Martin Simpson and Duane Eddy and then they take Richard's dogs Alf and Fred to the nearby Bingham Park.

    Richard talks about growing up with his musical parents and the changing musical, political and social atmosphere in Sheffield from the 1960s to the present day.

    The programme is on Radio 2 at 22:00 tonight.

  14. Watch: Questions over lack of senior police under investigation in Rotherham

    Dr Angie Heal a former police analyst who wrote a report on the Rotherham abuse scandal says she has concerns that the senior command team has never been investigated.

    She has been speaking to the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC1:

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  15. Stairs like a waterfall in Scarborough

    Just look at this incredible picture of flooding in Scarborough a little earlier today after torrential rain hit North and West Yorkshire:


    Cynthia Scott sent us this dramatic pic from Scalby Road, off Whinbank.

    If you've got any pictures you want to send us, you can do so by simply clicking here.

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    Severe disruption: A171 North Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A171 North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at High Street.

    A171 North Yorkshire - A171 Scalby Road in Scalby closed and heavy traffic northbound at the High Street junction, because of flooding.

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

  17. Sheffield Council taking legal advice after protest

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Sheffield City Council says it is disappointed at the peaceful public protest outside the Olive Grove depot today.

    Just hours after a ban on direct action to prevent tree felling came into force, the protesters tried a new tactic:

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    Quote Message: The council is now taking legal advice about how best to proceed and is working closely with colleagues at South Yorkshire Police with whom primary responsibility lies for enforcing the law" from Council statement
    Council statement
  18. BBC's Dinnerladies actor appointed patron of York charity

    The York-based charity Jessie's Fund has appointed the actor Maxine Peake as its new patron.


    She starred in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies and actually takes over the role from Victoria who died last year.

    The charity helps seriously ill children to communicate using music.