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Summary

  1. Tour de Yorkshire route details released
  2. Two children seriously injured after being hit by car in Leeds
  3. Police confirm body found on Whitby beach
  4. Man pleads guilty to raping woman 30 years ago
  5. Sheffield Tramlines festival moves to Hillsborough Park
  6. Updates on Tuesday 5 December 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Mick Lunney and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J31 for A655 and J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident.

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

A group in Leeds are helping strangers with depression by walking together.
A walking group in Leeds is helping people with depression and other mental health issues.
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A daily fee is planned for high emission lorries, buses, taxis and private hire vehicles in Leeds.

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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. Route of Tour de Yorkshire announced
  2. Two children seriously injured outside Leeds school
  3. Police confirm body found on Whitby beach
  4. Man pleads guilty to raping woman 30 years ago
  5. Sheffield Tramlines festival moves to Hillsborough Park

See you tomorrow.

Watch: Failing to get into the Christmas mood? Watch this!

If you're having trouble getting into the Christmas mood, maybe this will help.

This choir set up in the middle of Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds this afternoon, I managed to capture them as I went up the escalator!

If you're still not feeling Christmassy after this, you're lost!

National award for Sheffield dementia fundraisers

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

After raising £85,000 for the Alzheimer's Society, a family from Sheffield has won a national award.

Brailey family
Alzheimer's Society

Steve Brailey, his wife Julie and Jess his daughter, have won in the ‘Fundraiser of the Year – Group’ category after being inspired to raise the money.

Julie’s mother died of Alzheimer’s two years ago and Steve’s dad has since also been diagnosed.

The charity they chose to raise money for funds research into Alzheimer’s and dementia and improves the care of those people living with the conditions.

James Clare

Castleford Tigers re-sign winger former Leigh Centurions James Clare on a one-year deal.

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Challenging exhibition on infant death in Sheffield

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Remembering Baby is a moving exhibition aimed at challenging the taboos around child loss, stillbirth and miscarriage.

Exhibition images
BBC

It’s at the Arthouse in Sheffield City Centre and opened today,

The project has been put together by academics from the University of Sheffield with help from local parents who've lost their child at the start of life.

Items on display
BBC

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A642 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A642 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between A63 Selby Road and Brecks Lane affecting Swillington Lane.

A642 West Yorkshire - A642 Wakefield Road in Swillington blocked and very slow traffic southbound between the A63 Selby Road junction and the Brecks Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion on A63 Selby Road to the Swillington Lane junction.

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

BreakingTwo children in hospital after crash outside a school

Two children have been taken to hospital after a car crash this afternoon outside Allerton Grange School in Leeds.

The 11 and 12-year-olds were seriously injured and the driver of the car was also injured.

The school has just tweeted this update:

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Sheffield tycoon donates £1.1m for skills in schools

Sheffield Star

A Sheffield-born tech tycoon is spending more than £1m of his own money on a foundation to boost computer science in city schools.

David Richards
Sheffield Star

Name of man found dead in Bradford road released

The name of a man whose body was found on a busy road in Bradford has been released by police.

Shipley Airedale Road
Google

Mark Paul Walker, who was 37 and from Bradford, was hit by a car when he was crossing the Shipley Airedale Road at 11:50 on 28 November.

Officers say a 25-year-old man from Bradford was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been released.

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Police say they're still trying to find a person who was with Mr Walker in the moments before he died.

We are urging that person to come forward and speak with us, so we can establish Mark’s final movements before he died."

Sgt Mat TunneyWest Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J37 for A628 Barnsley and J36 for A61 Birdwell affecting J38 for A637 Darton.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and stop-start traffic on M1 southbound between J37, A628 (Barnsley) and J36, A61 (Birdwell), because of an accident. Congestion to J38, A637 (Darton).

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

Travel update: Road closed in Leeds causing delays

BBC News Travel

Following the crash outside Allerton Grange School this afternoon, there are traffic problems in the area:

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Police concern for missing Barnsley man

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

John O’Neill was last seen on Friday in the Staincross area of Barnsley.

The 45 year-old may have travelled to Sussex but police are keen to hear from anyone may have seen him.

Police say there's growing concern for his welfare.

John O'Neill
South Yorkshire Police

BreakingTwo children seriously injured outside Leeds school

Two children have been left seriously injured after a car crash outside a school in Leeds.

Allerton Grange School
Google

The children, aged 11 and 12, were on foot when the car hit them just after 15:10 this afternoon outside Allerton Grange School in Moortown.

The driver is also injured and all three have been taken to hospital for treatment. We don't know what condition they're currently in.

BBC Yorkshire has contacted the school.

BreakingTwo children seriously injured in crash

Two children have been seriously injured after a car hit them outside a school in Leeds.

More to follow..

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Man pleads guilty to raping woman 30 years ago

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A man has admitted raping a woman nearly 30 years ago.

Andrew Pennington, 53, of High Street, Goole, attacked the woman in York on 29 October 1988.

He pleaded guilty to one count of rape and another of indecent assault when he appeared at York Crown Court earlier.

Pennington has been remanded in custody until 19 January when he is due to be sentenced.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35A for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J35a, A616 (Stocksbridge). Traffic is coping well.

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

Virgin Trains East Coast staff balloted for strike action

Virgin Trains East Coast staff are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay and conditions.

Virgin trains
PA

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said poor conditions were being imposed on workers as well as changes to working conditions and sick pay.

If members vote in favour of strike action, walkouts could take place early in the new year.

Virgin Trains East Coast said it was disappointed its offer of a "very fair 3.2% pay increase" was not accepted.

Travel update: Road closed in York

BBC News Travel

Worth knowing if you use this route in York:

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Doncaster man, 71, sentenced in 'revenge porn' case

A 71-year-old man who shared intimate photos of his gay lover when he attempted to end their relationship has been given a suspended sentence.

Sheffield Crown Court
BBC

Retired casino manager Rikki Chew showed the pictures to the man's wife of 52 years and to a friend.

Judge David Dixon said his actions were "cruel, unnecessary and designed to embarrass".

Chew, of Chequer Road, Doncaster, admitted two "revenge porn" offences and a charge of harassment.

As long as you've got your elf - toy returned to boy

Thousands of items get left behind by their owners on public transport everyday, but when an elf goes missing on a bus in Yorkshire at Christmas time, special efforts need to be made.

This elf was lost on the number three bus from Leeds to Brackenwood yesterday afternoon, so the driver made an appeal to try to find its owner.

But as you can see, the elf wanted to have some fun on the bus first:

elf
Kieron Hall

Bus driver Kieron Hall posted these pictures on Facebook, they show the elf in different positions all over the bus.

Elf
Kieron Hall

Kieron wrote on Facebook: "I am an elf all by myself. I was travelling with my owner on the number 3 bus from Leeds to Brackenwood this afternoon between 15.30 - 16.30.

"Luckily Mr Bus Driver found me when he was doing his checks and let me have some fun on his bus. I even got to drive! Now I would love to be reunited with my owner so we can spend Christmas together."

And the good news is Kieron managed to track down his owner, and the little boy is said to be very happy!

Elf
Kieron Hall

Fatal accident witness appeal in Sheffield

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A road accident which killed a 91 year-old woman in Sheffield has prompted an appeal for witnesses.

Accident location
Google

Police say the woman was struck by a yellow highways vehicle on Ringinglow Road.

Officers would like to hear from anyone driving through the area yesterday morning, or any pedestrians who may have witnessed the collision.

Watch: Impressive charity lights at Sheffield Hospital

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

The Christmas lights at Sheffield Children's Hospital have been turned on.

They'll help to raise money for a life-changing analysis machine for the hospital's world-renowned chemical laboratory. It'll analyse vitamin D deficiencies, which can have a big effect on health.

The appeal still needs raise a further £100,000.

Children, including some former patients, from 36 schools attended the event last night; have a look at the impressive sight:

Listen: 'Trade down' as a result of Tour de Yorkshire

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

The full route of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire has been announced today.

It'll take place over four days, at the beginning of May, but the news has not pleased everyone.

David Bewley runs a shop in Tadcaster, which hosted the start of stage two of last year's race.

He told me his takings were down on the day as a result:

In pictures: Reflections of Yorkshire

Thanks to Jenny Morrison for sending in this serene pic of the River Ouse taken in York earlier today.

Ouse
BBC

Thanks also to Kirsty Shepherd for her shot of Gouthwaite Reservoir in North Yorkshire's Nidderdale.

Reservoir
BBC

We really do enjoy your photographs.

You can send them in by simply clicking here.

'Bonkers' Christmas request to former MP Ed Balls

Former Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls has had a rather strange request from a school in Nottingham today:

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The former shadow chancellor and Strictly Come Dancing star replied with:

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Woman, 80, in hospital after 'avoiding bus'

An 80-year-old is in hospital after falling as she moved out of the way of a bus while crossing a road in Leeds.

Wakefield Road
Google

The woman was using a pedestrian crossing in Swillington on Wakefield Road yesterday at 14:50.

According to police, she moved out of the way of the oncoming bus and fell, injuring her pelvis. She was taken to hospital where she's still being treated.

Officers say the bus didn't stop and they are "keen to speak to the driver and/or any passengers" on the "cream-coloured" single decker.

Listen: Prediction that Sheffield Tramlines move will be a success

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The team behind the Sheffield music festival Tramlines have confirmed they've been given approval to host the event at Hillsborough Park next year.

In previous years, tens of thousands of people have attended the event which has been held in a range of locations in the city centre and in nearby Netherthorpe.

There will still be a type of fringe festival in the city centre.

Head of city centre management at Sheffield Council Richard Eyre has this to say:

Castleford woman, 98, plays donkey in care home Nativity play

A 98-year-old woman is playing the donkey in her first Nativity play at a care home in Castleford.

Staff at Newfield Lodge Care Home have teamed up with the residents to put on their first production for the public.

The cast, which includes an 87-year-old shepherd, have a combined age of nearly 350 - not counting the staff!

E-fit picture of suspect in Leeds burglary

Do you know this man?

Police want to speak to him after a burglary in Leeds.

Efit
West Yorkshire Police

It happened at a house on New Road Side in Horsforth between just after 19:00 on Monday, 20 November.

A man was seen walking away from the house and was wearing a dark hooded top and dark jeans and was carrying a bottle of Tropicana juice.

If you know him call West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018: What we know now

Tour de Yorkshire 2017
SWPix.com

With the dust settling following this morning's announcement of the route of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018, here's what we know now:

  • The 2018 race, a legacy of the Tour de France Grand Depart Yorkshire hosted in 2014, will take place from 3-6 May and will also feature a two-day women's race
  • The Tour has been expanded to four days for 2018, with the women's race to be staged over two days
  • Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Ilkley, Richmond and Scarborough have been named as the locations for starts and finishes of the stages
  • Stage one is a 180km race from Beverley to Doncaster for the men, shorter for the women, and with only 660m of climbing, is expected to favour the sprinters
  • The second stage ends with a summit finish at the famous Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor after a 148km race from Barnsley - again the women's race will be shorter
  • Stage three will be a familiar finish on Scarborough's North Shore after starting in Richmond and taking in the North York Moors
  • And the finale promises to be an intriguing stage, with 3,400m of climbing before finishing on The Headrow outside Leeds Town Hall, where the 2014 Tour de France began.

Leeds leader 'delighted' finish line will be in city

The Tour de Yorkshire's stages for 2018 have been announced today - it will start in Beverley on 3 May and finish in Leeds on 6 May.

Tour de France
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The finish line will be where the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 started (pictured).

The leader of Leeds City Council, Coun Judith Blake, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Leeds has been chosen to host the big finale of next year’s Tour de Yorkshire."

Each year this exciting sporting event gets bigger and better and helps to put our region firmly on the map, both nationally and internationally"

Judith BlakeLeeds City Council

Tour de Yorkshire: Hornsea to host race for first time

So, the Tour de Yorkshire is definitely coming back to the East Riding of Yorkshire in May 2018, it's been confirmed.

For the seaside town of Hornsea, it's the first time the prestigious bike race will be passing through.

It will host the Men's Stage 1 on 3 May next year.

Have a look at the Stage 1 route below:

Rout of Stage One
Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire: See the four stages in full

This morning the four stages of next year's Tour de Yorkshire were announced.

Here they all are together so you can see where the riders will be visiting: