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By Andrew Barton, Rob Rose and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. That's all from Tuesday

    Those are all the updates from Tuesday 24 October.

    Want to get a all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Wednesday 25 October 2017?

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  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

    M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and busy but moving northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  3. 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. Sheffield MP to be investigated over comments
    2. Number of people being harassed online trebles in Yorkshire
    3. Memorial event for well-known homeless man in Leeds
    4. 'Automatic weapon' fired at house and cars in Bradford
    5. Sea Life joy at penguin chicks

    See you tomorrow.

  4. 'Comments and behaviour' of Sheffield Hallam MP under scrutiny

    Labour says it is investigating allegations about the "comments and behaviour" of its MP Jared O'Mara.

    Mr O'Mara has already apologised for homophobic and misogynistic remarks he made online in 2002 and 2004 and quit the Commons equalities committee.

    Jared O'Mara

    But he denies subsequent allegations of offensive language to a constituent in March this year.

    Labour said it was investigating the more recent claims, which were made on BBC Two's Daily Politics.

  5. 'Weapon' prisoner given nine more months in jail

    A prisoner who admitted having an improvised weapon will have to serve nine more months in jail, a court has said.

    Anton Cobham, of HMP Doncaster, was due to be released from prison today but he admitting owning the weapon at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court this morning and was told he will have to spend more time in prison.

    Prison gates

    Det Con Emma Taylorson from South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Investigation Team said: “Cobham was serving an 18-month sentence for robbery and had been due to be released from prison today, but this result means he will spend a further period of time behind bars."

  6. Labour party investigates Sheffield MP's comments

    Labour has launched an investigation into Sheffield MP Jared O'Mara's comments and behaviour following claims he insulted a constituent just months before his election.

    Jared O'Mara

    Mr O'Mara "categorically denies" the claim made by his Sheffield Hallam constituent Sophie Evans about an incident in March this year.

    Yesterday the MP resigned from his position on the Commons Women and Equalities Committee in a row over homophobic and sexist comments he posted online more than 10 years ago.

    Labour said the investigation into Mr O'Mara related to the allegations from this year.

    Quote Message: The party is investigating Jared O'Mara MP in relation to comments and behaviour reported from earlier this year" from Labour spokesperson
    Labour spokesperson
  7. Ex-Brighthouse employee tells of sales pressure

    A former employee of rent-to-own retailer BrightHouse from York has spoken out about the company's high-pressure sales techniques.

    White goods

    The firm has been told to pay £14.8m to 249,000 customers by the financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

    Louise Grant, from York, worked for BrightHouse from 2012 to 2016 as a branch manager in Yorkshire and London but left because of "unacceptable" high-pressure sales techniques.

    "In the early days, we did not ask people about their expenditure at all. We just checked what their income was. They changed that policy because the FCA came to investigate, asking for more stringent checks."

    Quote Message: "I can't remember ever giving any money back to any customer. This is despite one of their policies that said if you cancel within 14 days you would get a refund. I know from several experiences that rarely happened, if ever" from Louise Grant
    Louise Grant
  8. BreakingLabour launch investigation into MP O'Mara comments

    The Labour Party has launched an investigation into MP Jared O'Mara's "comments and behaviour", a spokeswoman said.

    More to follow.

  9. Memorial event for well-known homeless man in Leeds

    A memorial event is taking place in Leeds tonight for a rough sleeper who died on Friday - he regularly slept at one of the city's landmarks.


    The man, known as Alan, is thought to have died from injuries he suffered in a fight.

    He was a well-known sight in the city, having what looked like a permanent bed set up near the Dark Arches.

    Flowers and tributes have been left at the site where he used to sleep and there will be a vigil there tonight at 20:00.


    He was described as a "great guy" by one man who knew him.

    JJ who was sitting with the tributes to Alan at the Dark Arches this afternoon said that "people came by him and spoke to him as he sat on his makeshift bed and read his book."

  10. Violent stand-off at Scar House reservoir dam

    The occupants of a vehicle were trapped inside for two hours during a violent stand off at a North Yorkshire beauty spot.

    Scar House Reservoir Dam

    The incident on 7 October at the Scarhouse Reservoir dam in Nidderdale between 16:45 and 19:00.

    As the red Discovery went to cross the dam, it was blocked by a quad bike which was parked across the road - a large rock was thrown through the window and a woman tried to get into the vehicle.

    There were also threats to push the vehicle into the reservoir - police say the only witnesses may be two bikers who were also prevented from crossing the dam.

    The bikers eventually left the area but police want to speak to them as witnesses about the incidents.

  11. Council stumps up cash to revive bus service between York and Selby

    New bus services are to run between Selby and York from Monday after North Yorkshire County Council stepped in with financial support.


    Villagers lost their services when Utopia Coaches shut down last August.

    The company, based at Sherburn in Elmet, provided services to rural communities between Selby, Drax, Tadcaster and York.

    From Monday additional services, funded by the authority, will run between York and Selby and between Sherburn and Pontefract.

  12. World Tripe Day: Can we fall in love with tripe again?

    Wondered why your Twitter timeline is more full of tripe than usual today?

    Well, the answer is very simple #WorldTripeDay is trending.


    Once a kitchen staple, tripe, the stomach of a cow, pig, sheep or ox, is sold specially prepared and cleaned for cooking.

    Here's all you need to know about tripe in one handy place:

    • It is the lining of the first three stomachs of ruminants, usually calf or ox
    • It is sold "dressed", cleaned and treated
    • There are various kinds, such as blanket, honeycomb, book, monk's hood, and reed tripe, according to which part of the stomach is used
    • Tripe is relatively low in calories, at just about 96 calories per 4 oz portion, and is a source of essential nutrients
    • The word comes from an 14th Century French term for guts and entrails
    • Centuries later the word tripe was applied to anything considered worthless.

    Sources:, Healthy Living and

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  13. Doncaster brothers jet skiing towards success

    In South Yorkshire we often talk about Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill and cricketer Joe Root but soon we could be talking about two jet skiers from Doncaster.

    That's because Harry Rikaby and his brother Brad have been working towards the title of professional jet ski racers and between them they have won national and international titles.

    Jet Skiers

    Harry, 21, has won his second British title after racing to victory in the IJSBA Rec Lites section of the British Championships.

    His progress makes him a step closer to following his brother Brad, who has been professionally jet ski racing for Budapest-based Kasza Racing since last year after winning several national and international titles.

  14. Northern rail staff to strike for 24 hours on 8 November

    Workers at Northern rail are set to strike again over the role of guards and driver-only operated trains.

    Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) workers have planned the strike for 24 hours on 8 November, along with members on Southern Western Railway, Greater Anglia and Merseyrail.

    Northern rail
    Quote Message: RMT is striking yet again at Northern and on several other train operators. We remain available for talks that are meaningful and clearly focused on how we deliver better customer service in the future" from Richard Allan Deputy managing director of Northern rail
    Richard AllanDeputy managing director of Northern rail
  15. Students warned not to wedge open fire doors

    Students in Sheffield are being advised not to wedge open doors in their accommodation spaces.

    New students in the city are often tempted to use the door props to create a more open living space but are putting their lives in danger in the event of a fire.

    Fire doors

    South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue officers say fire doors in large, student accommodation blocks are "there for a reason".

  16. Watch: Dynamo reveals his secrets, sort of

    Bradford's own international superstar magician Dynamo was on the BBC Breakfast sofa this morning.

    He's promoting his new book, which is a guide to modern magic informing us on "reading the minds of your friends and pass a pen through a coin".

    He was demonstrating his powers to Dan Walker and Louise Minchin this morning, but did he let slip his secrets?

    Of course not, but it was still impressive to see him at work:

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    Video caption: Dynamo appears on BBC Breakfast with his amazing tricks
  17. Pictures released of shed fire in Rotherham

    Pictures showing the aftermath of a fire incident in Rotherham have been posted online by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

    Shed fire

    Crews were called to the scene at 13:15 BST on Sunday and found a garden shed well alight. The fire had also spread to part of the house

    Crews from Rotherham, Aston and Central went to the incident on Melrose Grove in Moorgate, Rotherham.

    Melted window frame.

    The fire is believed to be accidental and cooking related.