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Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. That's all from Wednesday...

    Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Wednesday 20 September 2017.

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

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J48 for A168 and J47 for A168.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed on A1(M) southbound between J48, A168 (Boroughbridge) and J47, A168 (Allerton Park), because of an overturned vehicle and recovery work.

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

  3. Our five top 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. Sheffield United fans banning orders
    2. Belle Vue £12m development plan revealed
    3. Four-year-old Scarborough boy 'hanged' by hoodie
    4. Police thank public after Leeds suspicious package find
    5. 'Mammoth' cannabis factory discovered in Sheffield

    See you tomorrow.

  4. Leeds suspicious package: Why such a big response?

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Yorkshire Live

    The suspicious package in Leeds Kirkgate Market today turned out to be nothing to do with terrorists - but why did it take so long to declare it safe?


    Ch Supt Paul Money from West Yorkshire Police explains:"We always treat any incident of this nature very seriously, particularly given recent events and the nationwide heightened focus of the threat of terrorism.

    “This morning we quickly put appropriate measures in place to keep people safe while this incident was dealt with.

    The subtext very much seems to be "better safe than sorry", even if that means disruption for many who live and work in the area.

  5. Missing woman in Halifax

    Can you help to find a woman who has gone missing from hospital?


    Police in Halifax are appealing for help in finding Cathryn Holdsworth, 72, who is from Illingworth.

    She was last seen on 8 September at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

  6. Listen: 'People are not going to see it, it'll move that fast'

    Kat Cowan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The second annual Soapbox derby takes place in Rotherham's Clifton Park at the end of the month.

    Teams from across South Yorkshire will race against the clock to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

    Here's some of the finished ones from last year:

    2016 Soapbox derby in Clifton Park

    I've been to a garage behind a pizza takeaway in Crystal Peaks, where Steve Salesbury and his team are frantically and secretly putting the final touches to their "vehicle" ready for this year's race:

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    Video caption: Steve Salesbury on the soapbox race.

    It's not too late to enter if you want to take part and more details can be found here.

  7. Man dressed as police officer dupes woman out of thousands

    Criminals posing as police officers have been trying to con people out of money and jewellery in Kirklees.

    West Yorkshire Police have released details of an occasion where the con men were successful earlier this month.

    A Dewsbury Moor woman in her 20s had a call from someone who claimed to be from a bank, who told her money had been taken from her account and that a police officer was being sent around to collect her cash and jewellery for safekeeping.

    Then a man dressed as a police officer arrived at her house and she handed over thousands of pounds worth of jewellery.

    Quote Message: The police would never ask someone for their banking details or call to speak about suspected fraudulent activity on their bank account." from Det Con Tony Marshall West Yorkshire Police
    Det Con Tony MarshallWest Yorkshire Police
  8. Take Me Out contestant Charlie Watkins 'took own life'

    A Take Me Out contestant who lost his job because he took four days off to film the TV show hanged himself a month later, an inquest heard.

    Charlie Watkins

    Charlie Watkins, 22, went on the dating show after saying he was disappointed he had been unlucky in love during his three years at the University of York.

    The criminology graduate lost his job at York Chocolate Story due to the filming commitments, the inquest heard.

    North Yorkshire Coroner Rob Turnbull returned a verdict of suicide.

  9. Police thank public after Leeds suspicious package find

    West Yorkshire Police say they "thank people in Leeds for their patience" after a suspicious package was found in Kirkgate Market.

    Markets cordon

    A large cordon was set up surrounding the market, causing significant disruption to roads around the site - police recieved the call at 10:23.

    Army bomb disposal officers were called in and declared the item safe a 15:30 and lifted the cordon, the market itself is still closed however.

    Two men, aged 26 and 30, from Leeds, have been arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal in after the contents of the bag were inspected.

    Quote Message: Clearly this caused significant disruption to people living and working in the city centre and to local businesses and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and support." from Ch Supt Paul Money West Yorkshire Police
    Ch Supt Paul MoneyWest Yorkshire Police
  10. New Bradford special school gets government funding

    Funding has been granted for a new school in Bradford for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

    Bradford City Hall

    The city council has been successful in securing government cash for the new facility which will be built on the former Rhodesway playing fields site on Lower Grange.

    The school will have spaces for 72 students and also have a 12-bed residential facility.

    It is expected to be open from 2020.

    Quote Message: When a local authority identifies the need for a new school Government guidelines state that it should be an academy or free school." from Bradford Council spokesman
    Bradford Council spokesman
  11. Arnie in Leeds for black-tie do

    If you're about in Leeds today, keep your eyes peeled because you could be rubbing shoulders with one of the biggest film stars in history:


    Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the city this evening, for a black-tie event where you can sit down and tuck into some food while his is interviewed on stage.

    He'll be on stage at the Royal Armouries from 18:00 but don't try and buy a ticket though, because they've all sold out - the cheapest ones were £99.

    If you weren't among the 1,120 people who managed to get a ticket, don't worry, I'm sure he'll be back.


  12. Listen: 'We're not an organisation that's going to stand still'

    Peter McNerney

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A senior South Yorkshire police officer says public opinion and the views of their workforce were behind a decision to put more bobbies back on the beat.

    Around 350 staff are being redeployed as part of a new neighbourhood policing strategy across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

    Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley told us more about the new policing model:

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    Video caption: David Hartley from South Yorkshire Police.
  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M18 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between J1 for A631 and J2 for A1.

    M18 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M18 in both directions between J1, A631 (Bramley) and J2 A1(M), because of an accident.

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

  14. Leeds Kirkgate Market suspicious package 'not terror related'

    And things steadily get back to normal in Leeds after today's suspicious package in Kirkgate Market:

    View more on twitter
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    Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

    M1 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M1 southbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of an accident involving two lorries and car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  16. Listen: 'It's a massive boost for Yorkshire as a whole'

    Howard Pressman

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Earlier this summer the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the Branton area of Doncaster submitted plans to double the size of its site.

    If approved the £50 million expansion will allow space for more animals, a hotel, shops and a new link road, plus create around 300 new jobs but local residents are concerned that this part of South Yorkshire is already over developed.

    The park's chief executive Cheryl Williams thinks the proposals will only be a benefit:

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    Video caption: Cheryl Williams on Yorkshire Wildlife Park expansion plans.
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    Severe accident: A647 West Yorkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A647 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between A650 Shipley Airedale Road and A6181 Hall Ings.

    A647 West Yorkshire - A647 Leeds Road in Bradford closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A650 Shipley Airedale Road junction and the A6181 Hall Ings junction, because of an accident.

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