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  1. Rail strike action hits Yorkshire services in row over driver-only trains
  2. Fifth arrest over Shipley shooting
  3. Doncaster sex offender has sentence doubled
  4. Bradford man jailed for historic abuse of boy
  5. Huddersfield A&E closure plan could face High Court challenge
  6. Leeds-based Jane Tomlinson charity funds reach £10m in 10 years
  7. Fracking in North Yorkshire to begin 'before end of year'
  8. 'Pop-up' Shakespearean theatre gets go-ahead to be built in York car park
  9. Updates on Friday 1 September 2017

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By Abigail Davies, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

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Our five top stories today

That's all from us for today, we'll be back on Monday from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

But before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Northern rail strike - What you need to know
  2. Fifth arrest over Shipley shooting
  3. Doncaster sex offender has sentence doubled
  4. Plans for High Court challenge to oppose hospital changes
  5. Curtain-up for 'pop-up' Shakespearean theatre in York car park

See you on Monday.

Work starts on new West Yorkshire cycleway

Want to get out on your bike more? Live on Castleford or Wakefield? Good news - Work's started on a new cycle way!

cycle way
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Building work has begun on a new multi-million pound route between Castleford and Wakefield (much newer than the one pictured)

It's part of a £60m project to build new routes for cyclists across West Yorkshire.

It's hoped it'll encourage more people to travel to work by bike - and it'll also provide a connection to the Trans Pennine Trail.

CCTV released after robbery of vulnerable man

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him after a bank card taken during the robbery of the house of a vulnerable man was used at a petrol station:

West Yorkshire Police

Officers have already arrested and charged two men over the robbery in Gledhow on 14 August.

Police say the bank card was used at the BP service station on Roundhay Road.

Are these your tools?

South Yorkshire Police are trying to match these tools with their owners.

The garden tools were seized in the Castlebeck area of Sheffield on Thursday 24 August.

South Yorkshire Police

Watch: Sheffield Council house 'dangerous' to live in

Jenny Eells

A mum from Sheffield is raising major concerns over the safety of council houses in the city.

Jemma Smith and her young disabled son were due to move into their new home on Deerlands Avenue in Parson Cross this week

But as she was re-decorating her front room half her wall came off, she says the house is dangerous and uninhabitable:

Sheffield City Council says it is dealing with the problem swiftly:

"We sent a plasterer to Ms Smith's property the day after she told us about the problem, which is being fixed and will be complete by early next week. We have also given her more time in her old home so she does not need to move into the new one until this is sorted"

Nursing home residents relax on man-made beach

A man-made beach has been installed for nursing home residents in Acomb.

Man-made beach in Acomb

It might be missing the sound of boats in the harbour and the tide lapping against the shore, but the deck chairs are out and residents in Acomb are sunning it up.

BBC Radio York's Jericho Keys with nursing home resident

South Park Nursing Home installed the beach because a lot of their residents can't get to the coast to enjoy the beach.

Man-made beach in Acomb

The only downside? Shaking sand out of your shoe.

Former Bradford community councillor jailed for child sex offences

A former community council leader, known for his work in Bradford's Trident regeneration scheme, has received a 17 year jail sentence for child sex offences dating back to four decades ago.

Zamurrad Khan

Zamurrad Khan, 57 of St Luke's close, Little Horton, groomed and persistently sexually abused a 10-year-old boy during the 1970s and 80s.

In a statement to Bradford Crown Court, Khan's victim, who's now in his forties, said the abuse "caused him physical problems" and in later years, led him to "severe drinking problems."

Andy Yiadom

Swansea City target Andy Yiadom stays at Barnsley over late paperwork while Jefferson Montero leaves the Welsh club.

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Police hosting community meeting to discuss fracking in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police are holding a meeting in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering, to discuss policing issues around fracking in the area.

Hydraulic Fracturing

It comes after it was confirmed that Third Energy will begin fracking before the end of the year.

The community meeting will be held in the Village Hall at 17:30 on Tuesday.

Police are reassuring residents about potential protests:

Local neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs will continue to be active in the area, discussing our role and addressing any concerns.

Supt Dave HannanNorth Yorkshire Police

Fifth arrest over Shipley shooting

Police have arrested another man after a shooting in Shipley on Wednesday.

West Royd Drive

The 26-year-old man was arrested at a house in Bradford after the "violent incident" which involved a car crash and and a gun being fired on West Royd Drive.

It's the fifth arrest in connection with the incident - Three other men who were in custody yesterday have been released pending further enquiries.

Another man who was injured and arrested on firearms offences is still being treated in hospital.

We continue to believe this was a targeted attack with no wider risk to the public."

Det Spt Pat TwiggsWest Yorkshire Police

Woman who had double mastectomy in the running to be Miss Voluptuous 2017

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

A York woman who has had a double mastectomy is in the finals of Miss Voluptous 2017.

Tracie Steele was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, at the age of 34.

She decided to enter the competition to raise awareness that cancer can affect people of all ages.

The pageant is taking place this weekend in Cambridge, and the contestants have to make an eco-dress for one of the rounds.

This is Tracie's dress, "Boob Check Betty":

Doncaster sex offender has sentence doubled

A Doncaster man has had his sentence doubled from eight years to more than sixteen years.

Jason Armstrong, 52, from Moorends, was found guilty in June of sex offences against young girls after he made contact using fake social media profiles.

Today his sentence has been increased by three Court of Appeal judges in London who said his original eight-year term was "unduly lenient", and upped it to 16 years and eight months.

Jason Armstrong

Travel update: No trains from Bingley Music Live tonight

And while we're talking about trains, this is worth noting if you're off to Bingley Music Live tonight:

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Northern rail strike - What you need to know

As we head into the Friday rush hour, it's well worth bearing in mind that some trains will be making their last journey earlier today because of the rail strike on Northern services.

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Northern staff walked out for 24 hours from midnight in a row over driver-only operated trains, there'll be another strike on Monday.

The company says that it aimed to run more than 900 services during Friday and Monday's strikes.

The majority of trains will run between 07:00 and 19:00 with services on some routes finishing earlier, with fewer trains on them.

For an updated timetable click here.

Royal Navy ship turns love boat for Sheffield man's proposal

Royal navy Petty Officer Mark Titman, 34, from Sheffield got down on bended knee as the mine-hunter boat, HMS Penzance pulled into port after months at sea.

Mark got down on one knee on the deck, while his crew mates held a banner which said "Will you marry me?".

Will you marry me?

It was Mark's lucky day, his girlfriend Laura Campbell from Glasgow, happily said yes.

The couple have a young daughter, Ava, who was just four weeks old when Mark was deployed to the Gulf in January.

The Titmans

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - Lane blocked and heavy traffic on M1 northbound at J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Motorcyclist dies in collision on A170

A motorcyclist has died after a collision on the A170 on Thursday.

The incident was reported at 14:00 by a passing motorist, who came across the motorbike at the side of the road between Ampleforth and Sproxton.

The 51-year-old man from Middlesborough had hit a telegraph pole and was pronounced dead at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police are now investigating the collision. They're asking anyone who was travelling between Helmsley and Thirsk that afternoon to contact them.

Missing teenager from Pontefract

Have you seen this teenager who has gone missing from Pontefract?

Emma Cook
West Yorkshire Police

Emma Cook has been reported missing from her home in Featherstone.

The 15-year-old was last seen in Flanshaw and was wearing blue jeans, a grey hoodie and white trainers.

Doncaster man who cuts his grass twice a day, three times a week claims crown for UK's number one lawn

Yorkshire Post

A Doncaster gardener who cuts his grass twice a day, three times a week has been crowned with Britain's best lawn.

Stuart Grindle
Yorkshire Post

Travel update: M62 westbound all lanes now open

BBC News Travel

Good news the M62 is all reopen. Bad news, there are still 30 minute delays.

There have been long delays on the westbound M62 near Huddersfield after an accident between J23 and J24 this morning.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing two cars and two vans involved in the crash.

All lanes are now open but queues still stretch back to J26.

Highways England

Hundreds of artworks to go on show in Ripon Cathedral

The paint is dry and the pictures frames ready for the Great North Art Show which starts this weekend in North Yorkshire.

The organisers have been busy hanging hundreds of artworks in Ripon Cathedral, and naturally we wanted a sneak peak:

Great North Art Show at Ripon Cathedral
Jane Redfern (top left), Rodger Simpson (top centre), Tessa Bunney (top right), Nolon Stacey (bottom left), Chris Moss (bottom centre), Kate Simpson (bottom right)

The guest artist for 2017 is Tom Wood, whose paintings have been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

The Great North Art Show is open to the public from Saturday until the 24 September.

Travel update: Delays on M62 as queues stretch 12 miles

BBC News Travel

The situation on the M62 this lunchtime is not getting any better.

We now have queues of 12 miles after an accident westbound.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Earlier on this morning, there was a four-vehicle accident between J24 and J22.

Eyewitnesses report seeing two cars and two vans involved.

One lane's still closed, though wait times are now decreasing.

Latest estimates from Highways England are that you'll have a 50-minute delay if you reach the back of the queue. Probably best to avoid if you can.

Less powerful vacuums a 'positive thing' - Yorkshire collector

Sales of vacuum cleaners producing more noise and heat than suction are restricted under EU rules from today.

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Vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels will be banned when stocks run out.

Some anti-EU campaigners say homes won't be properly cleaned if people have to buy lower wattage machines.

But Chris Parker, from Baildon in West Yorkshire, who collects vacuums, says it doesn't necessarily mean your carpet's going to be dirtier if you clean it with a brand new one:

For the last couple of years, manufacturers have been saying the higher the wattage the better the clean, but in reality it's all about design rather than the electricity it uses. For me, it's a positive thing."

Chris ParkerVacuum collector

In case you're interested, Chris has a collection of about 40 vacuums. Here are just a few of them:

Vacuum collection
Chris Parker

Step-by-step: World's longest coastal walking route reaches North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire's coastline is now officially part of what's being described as the longest coastal walking route in the world.


The North Yorkshire stretch of the England Coastal Path is now complete, including near Staithes (pictured), with further stretches set to open soon in Kent, the north east and Cumbria.

According to Natural England, the route will bring a "huge" boost to tourism and will allow "new and improved" ways for people to explore the English coastline.

The new routes link up the best existing coastal paths, create new ones where there were none before, and in some cases move paths nearer the sea so walkers have a better opportunity to properly enjoy the country’s coastal views and beaches, Natural England says.

I'm extremely proud of the strides we have taken to reach this point. We will continue to work closely with landowners, communities and local authorities to create the best possible route, to bring more people closer to nature, and benefit local economies."

Andrew SellsChairman, Natural England

Man hit by bus in Shipley

Just back to that incident in Shipley this lunchtime...

West Yorkshire Police say that a man's been knocked over by a bus on Market Street.

It happened just before 11:30 this morning.

An ambulance was called, but it seems the man only suffered minor injuries.

Travel update: Latest from the M62

BBC News Travel

Here's the very latest from Highways England on the long delays on the M62:

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Travel update: Police incident in Shipley

BBC News Travel

Looks like there are travel problems in Shipley because of a police incident:

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Here's a picture of the scene:

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Travel update: Two-hour delays on M62 westbound

BBC News Travel

There are now delays of two hours on the M62 westbound this lunchtime after a four-car crash:

Highways England/Crown Copyright

There are nearly 10 miles of tailbacks on the approach to the scene of the collision between J24 and J22.

The road isn't expected to be clear until at least 15:15, according to Highways England, so it looks set to be a problem until almost rush hour.

Watch: Hundreds attend Eid prayer in Sheffield

Hundreds of people from across Sheffield descended on the Spital Hill car park for Eid al-Adha prayer this morning.

It was to mark one of the most important dates in the Muslim calendar, the festival of sacrifice:

Watch: Dancers prepare to celebrate life of murdered Leeds teacher

Yesterday we heard how ballet dancers will be performing in Leeds this weekend to celebrate the life of murdered teacher Ann Maguire.

Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death by Will Cornick at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April 2014.

The event's been organised by her daughter, Emma, who is a dancer with the Royal Ballet, and will be hosted by Wayne Sleep.

We went to watch the dancers rehearse ahead of the second Ann Maguire Gala on Sunday:

Plans for High Court challenge to oppose hospital changes

A group trying to save the A&E Department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary says it wants to take its fight to the High Court.


Health bosses want to close A&E and transfer services to Halifax - the plans are expected to be signed off in October.

The trust wants all emergency acute and high-risk planned care to be transferred to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax and to close and replace the 400-bed HRI.

Chief executive Owen Williams said services being based across two hospitals meant the trust "continued to face significant quality, safety and financial challenges".

We will make a decision about the legal challenge about who it will be against and what specifically will be in our target."

Christina GeorgeHands Off HRI
Stephanie Slater

Stephanie Slater was held in a wooden "coffin" for eight days in 1992 by murderer Michael Sams.

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Travel update: Four mile queues on M62

BBC News Travel

A four car crash on the westbound M62 near Huddersfield has led to queues of about four miles this morning.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Highways England say there are delays of around 30 minutes and two lanes are currently closed between J24 and J22.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident involving four vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 50 minutes. Congestion to Hartshead Moor Services.

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

Woman from Selby dies after two-vehicle crash

A 69-year-old woman has died following a crash in North Yorkshire earlier this week, police have confirmed.

The incident happened at about 22:55 on Wednesday evening and involved two vehicles heading in opposite directions on the A1041 at Barlow, near Camblesforth.

The collision involved a white Ford Transit Connect van travelling south from Selby and a black Ford Fiesta which was heading north.

The driver of the Fiesta, a woman from Selby, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she later died.

The front seat passenger, a 63-year-old woman from Selby, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital

The driver of the Transit van, a 27-year-old man from Dewsbury was taken to York District Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

CCTV appeal over York sex assault

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in York earlier this week.

North Yorkshire Police

The incident took place at about 03:30 on the morning of Bank Holiday Monday after the woman left the McDonald's in Blake Street.

She's believed to have walked across the road to the doorway of New Look and was approached by a man who tried to get her touch him inappropriately before he repeatedly tried to touch her.

When she resisted, he left the area.

Detectives at York's Serious Crime Team want to trace the man pictured by CCTV in connection with their investigation and anyone who recognises him is urged to call North Yorkshire Police.

Watch: How to land a Boeing 737 without ever leaving the ground...

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds-based Jet2's beginning a recruitment drive, with 1,700 new jobs in the pipeline.

The airline's current roster includes 34 new Boeing 737s, and the firm is now launching roadshows across the country in a bid to find pilots for those planes as well as cabin crew and ground staff.

About 300 of those recruited will be based at Leeds-Bradford Airport, the firm says.

So, what's it like at the sharp end of a modern jet airliner?

Former commercial pilot Jim Paris showed me the landing procedure for a 737, with a little help from a simulator near Harrogate:

Theft from garden leaves Barnsley woman 'frightened and distressed'

An elderly woman's been left "frightened and distressed" after two gnomes of sentimental value were stolen from her home in Barnsley while she was sleeping.

The theft from the 82-year-old's house in Aldham House Lane, Wombwell, happened sometime between 20:30 on Saturday 26 August and midday the following day.

The pensioner "gets much joy from looking out over the gnomes and we'd like to be able to reunite the woman with the gnomes and catch those responsible", police say.

Anyone with information about the theft is being asked to get in touch with police.

Flood-hit bridge to finally reopen after nearly two years

A West Yorkshire bridge is due to officially reopen this weekend, 20 months after being damaged in the devastating floods of Christmas 2015.

Linton Bridge
Leeds City Council

The Grade II-listed Linton Bridge over the River Wharfe between Linton and Collingham will open once again at 12:00 on Saturday.

The bridge suffered significant damage to its foundations after flooding caused damage to parts of West Yorkshire.

But engineers working on the bridge have made it safe again by creating a "bridge within a bridge" to repair and strengthen it.

Record month for York's foodbanks

York's foodbanks have had their busiest month on record, organisers say.

Volunteers handed out 186 food parcels during August - nearly 50% higher than the figure for August last year.

Organisers say it could be due to changes to the benefits system.

Laura Chalmers, who manages the city's four foodbanks, says she's concerned the demand shows no signs of slowing down: