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  1. Anger over rat droppings on East Coast train
  2. Mother of boys killed by father backs safety campaign
  3. Doncaster girl in hospital with stab wound
  4. Club licence revoked after threats of firebombing
  5. Bike theft gang banned from 'touching vehicles' in West Yorkshire
  6. Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore tells of abuse
  7. South Yorkshire town loses last remaining bank branch
  8. Medical help for pets of homeless people
  9. Free bike scheme wins award
  10. Updates on Friday 8 December 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Gemma Ashcroft and Nick Wilmshurst

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Tom Garry

BBC Sport

Norwich City score three second-half goals to end their winless run and keep Sheffield Wednesday in the bottom half.

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Steve Mounie celebrates

Matthew Henry

BBC Sport

Steve Mounie scores a first-half double as Huddersfield end a run of four consecutive defeats with victory over Brighton.

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Kemar Roofe's hat-trick gives Leeds United a victory at QPR that boosts their play-off push.

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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.

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

  1. Mother of boys killed by father backs safety campaign
  2. Doncaster girl in hospital with stab wound
  3. Anger over rat droppings on East Coast train
  4. Club's licence revoked after threats of firebombing
  5. How much snow are we going to see?

See you on Monday.

Fifty arrested in drink driving campaign

Fifty people have been arrested for drink driving in West Yorkshire since police launched their annual drink driving campaign a week ago.

Drink driving

West Yorkshire Police say that 58% of those arrested have been charged and now could face a lengthy driving ban.

Of the 50 arrested eight people were taken into custody for drug driving and four were aged over 65.

Most of the arrests were made last weekend with Leeds having the highest number of those taken into custody overall.

It’s quite startling that so many people have been arrested so far this December as we haven’t yet had many of the ‘busy’ celebration weekends."

Sgt Gary RoperWest Yorkshire police

Man wanted after armed robbery in Sheffield

Police are asking for help in identifying this man.

Officers want to talk to him about an armed robbery at a Co-op on Birley Moor Road in Sheffield in October.

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

Just after 20:00 on 25 October two men, who were thought to be armed with a hammer, went into the shop and threatened customers and staff before damaging the till and making off with cigarettes.

Nobody was hurt but staff were left shaken and distressed.

Warning to stay away from Yorkshire seafronts

North Yorkshire Police and HM Coastguard are advising people living at or visiting the coast to stay away from seafront areas for their own safety.


Forecasters are predicting that the normal high tides at this time of year could be increased by the after effects of Storm Caroline.

They say there's potential for strong waves to come over the top of seawalls and onto seafront roads.

Pedestrians are advised to stay away from seafront areas such as piers, promenades, seawalls and beaches.

Motorists are advised to not drive through flood water and adhere to any road closures that may have to be put in place.

Man hands himself in after assault

A man has been arrested after a man was left blind in one eye following an assault in June.

Police renewed an appeal over the incident earlier this week.


The 29-year-old man was arrested when he handed himself in at a police station morning.

The assault happened in the Hunslet area of the city on 4 June.

The arrested man is currently in custody.

Travel update: Major delays in Leeds

BBC News Travel

If you are in Leeds and were looking forward to a trouble free journey home..

All we can say is we feel for you:

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Sinead Wooding death: Man accused of 'controlling' wife

A woman accused her husband of controlling her in the hours before she was killed, a jury heard.

Sinead Wooding
West Yorkshire Police

Akshar Ali told Leeds Crown Court his wife Sinead Wooding drunkenly harangued him before storming out of a friend's kitchen and vanishing.

He said despite calling and texting her phone he never saw her again.

Mr Ali, 27, of Scott Hall Road, Leeds, and Yasmin Ahmed, 27, of Reginald Mount, Potternewton, both deny murdering 26-year-old Ms Wooding.

The trial continues.

Free bike scheme wins international recognition

A cycle scheme that aims to give every child in Yorkshire access to a free bike has won an international award at a ceremony in Monaco.

Yorkshire Bank

It's the first time a project from the UK has been successful at the annual Peace and Sport Awards.

The Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme was launched as a legacy of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in 2014.

Anyone can donate their unwanted bikes at one of the county's 62 donation stations.

Bikes are then repaired if necessary and made available for people to borrow completely free of charge from one of the bike libraries across Yorkshire.

To win is true recognition of the amazing work the bike libraries are doing for the community.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic southbound at J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Campaign against sex offences launched

South Yorkshire police have launched a campaign, #Full Stop, to try to stop sexual offences.

They're highlighting the consequences of not getting proper consent.

South Yorkshire Police

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Jackson, said:

“We want people to enjoy themselves, but to remember that choices they make while enjoying the festivities could have an impact on the rest of their life - if you’ve been talking to someone in a bar or shared a taxi with them, don’t read too much into it, it doesn’t mean they want to go any further. If they say no at any point or can’t give their full consent, that means no."

Man wanted by police in Wakefield

Do you know where this man is?

Gary Potts
West Yorkshire Police

Police are trying to find 34-year-old Gary Potts who is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

He is known to have associates in the Altofts, Normanton and Castleford areas of Wakefield.

Travel update: Reports of black ice in Bradford

BBC News Travel

Watch out for black ice in parts of Bradford:

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Warrington sign Castleford Tigers back-rower

BBC Sport

Warrington have signed back-row forward Luis Johnson on a four-year deal from Castleford for a £45,000 transfer fee.


Johnson, 19, never played a first-team game for Castleford but has represented England up to under-19 level.

"We were attracted to him by his powerful attacking skills, along with his strong, aggressive defence," head coach Steve Price said.

"Luis will be a great addition to the 2018 squad and we still have the potential to bring in one more player."

Travel update: Delays in Leeds city centre

BBC News Travel

Looks like it's going to be a slow grind home tonight in Leeds:

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Teenage girls bailed after stabbing in Doncaster

Two teenage girls who were arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of wounding, have been released on bail by police.

A 15-year-old girl was left with stab wounds to the stomach after an incident near the play area on Jenkinson Grove in Armthorpe, Doncaster on Thursday evening.

She's still in hospital with what are described as non-life threatening injuries.

Jenkinson Grove

Inspector Mark Payling for the East Neighbourhood Policing Team said:

“I want to offer my reassurance that we are treating it with the utmost priority to be able to understand the circumstances and put sufficient measures in place."

Severe disruption: M606 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M606 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at M62 J26.

M606 West Yorkshire - M606 lane closed on entry slip road from the roundabout northbound at M62 J26, Chain Bar, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: How much snow are we going to see?

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're due a dolloping (official term) of snow over the weekend - but how much?

Well, at the moment it looks like we could see some of the white stuff on Sunday into Monday.

Here's how it's looking:

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J28 for A650 and J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Lorry overturns in North Yorkshire

Oh dear, it looks like this lorry carrying animal feed has come a cropper up on Chimney Bank in the North Yorkshire Moors.

Grit lorry
Paddy Chambers

The road is now closed until further notice.

The lorry won't be able to be recovered until the weather improves, which could be some time!

Doncaster man gets MBE for services to fostering

The Queen has given Ian Lindley from Doncaster an MBE for services to fostering.

He and his wife Eileen have been fostering children for the last 40 years, with the past decade being dedicated to looking after children who have fled conflict or have been trafficked to the UK to be exploited.

Ian Lindley
Doncaster Council

Speaking about receiving the MBE Ian said “I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have been awarded the MBE.

Of course I haven’t achieved this alone and my wife Eileen deserves half of the award too!".

Train staff balloted over strike action

Ballot papers are being sent out over possible strike action on Virgin's East Coast trains which serve Leeds, Wakefield and Doncaster.

Virgin East Coast

The RMT union says the company has imposed a deal which members rejected.

The union was happy with a 3.2% pay offer, but not with changes to terms and conditions.

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

The ballot closes on 20 December.

Club's licence revoked after threats of firebombing

A nightclub in West Yorkshire, where a man was assaulted and later died, has had its licence suspended.


James Etherington, 24, suffered head injuries at the Bijou nightclub in Bingley in the early hours of 25 November. He died 10 days later.

A report from West Yorkshire Police to Bradford Council says there have been threats of the club being fire bombed while people were inside since the incident.

Officers made a request that because if its location in the town centre it should have its licence temporarily suspended.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A 31-year-old and a 30-year-old were released under investigation, while a 23-year-old has been bailed.

A 28-year-old man has been released without charge.

Travel: Long delays on the northbound M1 but all lanes now open

BBC News Travel

There are still long delays on the northbound M1 between J30 for Worksop and J31 for the A57 after an accident earlier on.

All lanes are now open

Traffic on the M1
Highways England

Watch: Volunteer vets help the pets of homeless people

Here's a film about the volunteer vets we told you about earlier who are helping homeless people's dogs in Leeds.

Animal welfare charity Street Paws are providing a weekly free street clinic for street sleepers so their dogs can be checked out and treated:

Listen: West Yorkshire domestic abuse reports up by 6,000

West Yorkshire Police say they've received over 56,000 reports of domestic abuse in the last year.

That's an average of 154 a day and up 6,000 on the year before.

Det Ch Insp Fran Naughton says a new team's starting next year to protect vulnerable people:

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, before J31 for A57 Sheffield affecting J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound before J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Congestion to J30, A616 (Worksop).

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

Rotherham Council ready for the weekend's expected snow

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Rotherham's council say they're prepared for the snow forecast this weekend.

I've had a sneak peek at their preparations at the Hellaby depot.


They've got 5,000 tonnes of rock salt and 10 gritter drivers on 24 hours a day to be sure.


Crash causing M1 delays

Maryam Qaiser

BBC News

There are delays on the M1 northbound between junction 30 for Worksop and junction 31 for Sheffield because of an accident.

M1 crash delays
Highways England

Exhibition of drawings by refugees opens in Sheffield

An exhibition featuring pictures drawn by refugees about their past, present and future is opening at the Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield tomorrow.

The drawings include images of sea-crossings, refugee camp life, and imagined futures of happy families and home life,

This was drawn by a nine-year-old Afghan boy living in Samos Refugee camp:

Drawing by a nine-year-old Afgan boy living in Samos Refugee camp
Bryan McCormack

The installation is the work of internationally-renowned artist, Bryan McCormack.

The below image was drawn by a 40-year-old Somali woman living in a refugee squat.

Image was drawn by a 40-year-old Somali woman living in a refugee squat
Bryan McCormack

Over the last 18 months, Bryan has travelled to refugee camps, squats and sites across Europe and asked refugees to draw three sketches: of their life before (Yesterday), of their current life (Today) and of their life imagined in the future (Tomorrow).

The below image is drawn by 16-year-old Afghan boy living in Samos Refugee Camp:

Image is drawn by 16-year-old Afgan boy living in Samos Refugee Camp
Bryan McCormack

Travel: Accident on the A635 in Hickleton

The air ambulance has been to the scene of an accident on the A635 in Hickleton, Doncaster.

Two lorries are involved in the accident.

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Biker dies in A19 crash - car driver arrested

A motorcyclist died after a crash on the A19 last night and the driver of a car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving.

Easingwold bypass

The biker, who was riding a black motorcycle, was travelling on the Easingwold bypass when the accident happened just after 19:30.

The driver of a new Vauxhall Viva - a 22-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving.

He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and is now in police custody.

His passengers were a 22-year-old man who was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries and a 17-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries.

Friday night rush - How far can you get in an hour?

Traffic on Friday afternoon is always bad because of the workforce trying to get home and people making their way off to a weekend of fun.

Traffic jam

But how far can you get in an hour on a typical Friday - and does leaving later to avoid the worst queues make that much of a difference?

The best brains at the BBC have been crunching the numbers, and this is how we fare (sorry York, there's no figures for you, but let's just assume there's no traffic and all's lovely - ok?)


Start point: Sheffield City Hall

Maximum possible distances

16:00 = 38.4 miles

19:00 = 44.3 miles

22:00 = 45.2 miles

Sheffield map


Start point: Trinity Leeds

Maximum possible distances

16:00 = 47.9 miles

19:00 = 48.5 miles

22:00 = 48.5 miles

Leeds map

BBC weather man takes a chilly dip

We hope he's got his woolly trunks on...

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Travel update: Lots of accidents on Yorkshire's roads

BBC News Travel

Yorkshire Ambulance Service are saying there have been "lots" or accidents on the roads across the region today:

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No one was injuried in the above crash - but they have reported that there were lots of hay bales that had fallen.

Take care out there everyone!

Early hours attack on Scarborough cash machine

Thieves in Scarborough have attacked a cash machine at one of the town's most popular tourist venues and stolen money from it.


Police say it happened at about 04:00 this morning in the Spa Complex.

The thieves removed the contents but left the machine.

Officers believe they left the scene through the Spa gardens and are appealing for anyone who finds any discarded items, such as clothing, tools or other objects that appear out of the ordinary, to contact them.

They advise not to touch the items but to call 101 and quote reference number 47 of 8 December.

And snow it begins: Picture postcard white stuff arrives

The much heralded snow appears to have arrived a little early in some parts of Yorkshire and our BBC Weather Watchers have been quick to capture it on film.

The Christmas card scene below was taken by Roseless in the Buttershaw area of Bradford.

Buttershaw – Roseless

The hills of Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales have had a cold covering. Thanks to Burtersett Brian for the pic.

Hawes – Burtersett Brian

This is how Rawdon in Leeds is looking right now. Yorkshire Pudding snapped this.

Rawdon  - Yorkshire Pudding

If you’d like to share any of your photos with the rest of Yorkshire, you can send them in by simply clicking here.