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By Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. Free course teaches Sheffield families to cook together

    Six families in Sheffield have been cooking up everything from fajitas through to veggie burgers at a special course in the city.

    Familes show off their baking

    They took part in Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food sessions at Oasis Don Valley Academy.

    The course offered the families a chance to learn how to cook healthy, nutritional meals from scratch with food sourced from local suppliers.

  2. A bit of a do: Yorkshire on t'big screen

    Yorkshire on the big screen is the theme of a film festival in North Yorkshire this weekend.


    The festival, at Thirsk's volunteer-run Ritz cinema, will see 13 Yorkshire-based movies screened over the next four days.

    The show opens with a rare chance to see the 1976 comedy It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, based on the life of Thirsk vet Alf Wight, who is, of course, better known as James Herriot.

    Other Yorkshire classics being shown include The Railway Children, Kes, Calendar Girls, Brassed Off, A Private Function and Wuthering Heights.

  3. Calls for better disabled access at Selby railway station

    Members of a rail users group are calling for urgent action to be taken to improve disability access at Selby railway station.

    Selby train station

    They say that wheelchair users arriving at Selby from Hull after 20:00 have to stay on the train to Leeds.

    They then have to travel back again to be on the right platform to get out of the station - adding up to an hour on to their journeys.

    Campaigners want to see the installation of lifts.

    Transpennine Express, which runs the station, says: "Increased accessibility at the station is a key priority", but the installation of lifts will be "dependent on funding becoming available".

  4. Doncaster woman 'vindicated' over Ian Watkins child abuse

    A woman from Doncaster who first reported paedophile and Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins to the police nine years ago says a report published today by the police watchdog vindicates her completely.

    Joanne Mjadzelics

    Watkins received a 35-year sentence in 2013 for 13 child sex offences.

    A new report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now criticised how allegations made about Watkins by Joanne Mjadzelics were handled by both South Wales Police and South Yorkshire Police.

    Ms Mjadzelics was cleared in 2015 of child sex abuse image offences. She claimed she had encouraged the singer to send the images in order to expose his criminality.

    She is now seeking legal advice on further action against the police in relation to their treatment of her.

    Ms Mjadzelics says the IPCC report "finally vindicates" her and "accepts that from the outset I was telling the truth and trying to bring a serious criminal sexual predator to justice".

    Quote Message: I have at times been ignored and dismissed while at others maliciously handled and prosecuted by the police. All this has badly affected my health and welfare but far worse than the effect on me is that there was a four year delay between my reporting Watkins to the police and his arrest, time during which he remained at liberty able to perpetrate further crime." from Joanna Mjadzelics
    Joanna Mjadzelics
  5. Watch: A bright start, cloudier later

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A dry and bright start to the day, but there's the possibility of some rain on the hills later.

    Watch my full forecast for Yorkshire here:

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    Video caption: Bright and mainly dry in the morning with a few sunny spells, but thickening cloud later.
  6. Final Headingley international before £39m revamp

    England are due to take on the West Indies at Headingley later as the final international cricket match at the ground gets under way before major refurbishment work starts there.


    After months of uncertainty, a multi-million pound deal was done earlier this year to redevelop the stadium and secure top level matches at the ground.

    The famous Headingley Stadium hosts cricket, rugby league and rugby union.

    The plans include a new South Stand on the rugby ground and a new joint stand overlooking both the rugby pitch and cricket ground.

  7. Management change at troubled Bradford-based lender

    Troubled Bradford-based doorstep lender Provident Financial has made a management change at its consumer credit division.

    Provident Financial

    The firm lost two-thirds of its share value on Tuesday after it issued its second profit warning in three months.

    Chris Gillespie has been appointed managing director of the home credit business, replacing Andy Parkinson.

    His task is to re-establish relationships with customers, bring collections back to a normal level and stabilise the operation of the company.

    The FTSE 100 company expects to make losses of £80m to £120m after its debt collection rates fell to 57%, compared with a 90% rate in 2016.

  8. August Bank Holiday: Where to avoid on roads and rail

    The last bank holiday of the summer is almost upon us and millions of cars will be on the roads. How do you beat the traffic and make the most of the long weekend?

    Traffic jam

    In West Yorkshire, delays can be expected near the Leeds Festival site at Bramham Park as music fans head for the event today and, of course, leave once it's all over on Sunday.

    Then there's major work on the railways which will mean no trains in or out of London Euston on Saturday and Sunday.

    Meanwhile, drivers are being told the vast majority of roadworks on motorways will have been completed or lifted by Friday morning, with work not set to resume until Tuesday.

    However, 36 sets of roadworks will stay in place for safety reasons, with some stretching more than 20 miles.

    Want to know where to avoid on the roads and the rail? Just click here.

  9. Four hit by 'unattended' car in Sheffield multi-storey

    Investigations are continuing this morning after four people, including two children, were hit by an unattended car in Sheffield.

    car Park

    They were hit by a Vauxhall Insignia in the Q-Park multi-storey car park on Clarkson Street at about 16:20 yesterday afternoon.

    A 65-year-old woman, a 37-year-old woman and a four-year-old girl are being treated in hospital in the city for non-life-threatening injuries, believed to be fractures.

    A four-year-old boy who received minor injuries has now been released from hospital.

  10. North Yorkshire shops fail underage cigarettes 'sting'

    Over a quarter of shops tested in a North Yorkshire Trading Standards "sting" sold tobacco to a child.

    Teen smokers

    The law says people need to be 18-years-old to buy cigarettes but the teenager used in the North Yorkshire Trading Standards operation was just 15.

    More than 50 shops were tested and the teen was able to buy tobacco in 14 of them.

    North Yorkshire County Council says one of its priorities is to stop children and young people being able to get hold of smoking-related products.

  11. Listen: Armed police presence at Leeds Festival

    Music fans at Leeds Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend shouldn't be alarmed at the sight of armed officers, police say.

    Extra precautions are being taken following the terrorist atrocities in Manchester and London, although police are stressing no threat has been made against the event in Leeds.

    Today's the first day of the Festival, with Muse headlining tonight.

    Ch Supt Keith Gilert, one of the police commanders at the event, says police must be aware of the "wider threat" in the UK:

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    Video caption: Armed cops at Leeds fest
  12. Friday's Yorkshire weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Bright and mainly dry for Yorkshire during the morning with a few sunny spells.

    Cloud is likely to thicken through the day, though, and there'll be light winds throughout.

    Weather graphic

    This evening, it'll remain fairly cloudy with light winds and a few light showers.

    There'll be a chance of heavier showers during the early hours, but with long dry spells in between.

  13. Immigrants in Yorkshire living parallel lives - Report

    Immigrants in Yorkshire are increasingly leading separate lives to the rest of the community, according to a new report by a group of MPs.

    Border agency

    A report by the he All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration says the debate about immigration has become "toxic" - and it's making harder for people to integrate.

    The report says the tone of the EU referendum campaign led to more demonisation of immigrants and calls for government action to encourage "meaningful social mixing".

    MPs visited areas in Yorkshire with high levels of immigration and they're recommending a regional immigration system which would assess the impact on particular parts of the country.

    The majority of MPs and peers in the group are Labour members, but it also includes Conservative, Lib Dem and SNP MPs.

    Critics have accused the group of trying to keep EU freedom of movement through the back door.

  14. Check your train journey this morning

    BBC News Travel

    If you're heading out to catch a train this morning, services across our region seem to be generally running to time at the moment.

    You can click on the links below to keep up-to-date with the live departure boards for:

  15. Police criticised over Ian Watkins child abuse case

    An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has found a police force missed a number of opportunities to bring convicted paedophile, Ian Watkins, to justice sooner.


    Today's report about South Wales Police follows another report last week which criticised South Yorkshire Police's handling of allegations about the former Lost Prophets singer, made by his ex-partner from Doncaster.

    Ms Mjadzelics was cleared in 2015 of child sex abuse image offences. She claimed she had encouraged the singer to send the images in order to expose his criminality.

    Watkins was jailed for 35 years in 2013 after admitting 13 child sex offences.

  16. Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage across Yorkshire

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Yorkshire on Friday 25 August 2017.

    We'll be with you throughout the day with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    I thought we'd start the Bank Holiday weekend with a famous West Yorkshire landmark, one which will probably see quite a few visitors over the next few days:


    Thanks to the keen lens of BBC Weather Watcher Gerrywatch for this dramatic shot of the most conspicuous landmark in Huddersfield: Victoria Tower, on the summit of Castle Hill.

    If you've taken any pictures you'd like to share with the rest of Yorkshire, it couldn't be easier. You can do so by simply clicking here.