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  1. Big rise in North Yorkshire households facing fuel poverty
  2. New head of Sheffield City Region elected
  3. Inquests start into Leeds crash which killed five
  4. Man seriously hurt in Sheffield city centre stabbing
  5. Man wanted on human trafficking conviction arrested
  6. Minicab drivers hold Leeds rush hour 'go-slow'
  7. Man, 35, hit by goods vehicle in early hours
  8. Thieves target nursery and steal electrical goods
  9. A trail of frozen art found on York streets
  10. Sheffield exhibition aims to break baby loss taboo
  11. Updates on Monday 11 December 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Wendy Middleton and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Monday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Monday 11 December 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Tuesday 12 December? Just click here.

Kyle Wood

Wakefield Trinity hooker Kyle Wood extends his contract with the Super League club until the end of the 2020 season.

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Father Christmas paid a visit to some some children at a West Yorkshire hospice
Father Christmas paid a visit to children at a West Yorkshire hospice.

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. Private hire drivers stage protest in Leeds
  2. Man seriously hurt in Sheffield stabbing
  3. New head of Sheffield City Region elected
  4. In pictures: Snowy scenes across Yorkshire
  5. Buddy the Raccoon dog rescued from icy water

See you tomorrow.

Santa's helicopter hospice visit

Father Christmas paid a visit to some some children at a West Yorkshire hospice

Listen: York UK Snooker venue 'more popular than ever'

The organisers of the UK Snooker Championship which has been taking place over the past 12 days in York say it's been another huge success.

History was made at the Barbican last night as Ronnie O'Sullivan equalled Steve Davis' record of six UK Championship wins with a 10-5 victory over Shaun Murphy.

Ivan Hirschowitz is from World Snooker.

He says the tournamnet in York gets more popular every year:

Fancy an adrenaline-filled adventure in Sheffield?

Tourism body, Marketing Sheffield has been awarded £500,000 from VisitEngland to promote adrenaline-fuelled city breaks.

Mountain biker
Marketing Sheffield

Visitors will be able to book packages including accommodation, food and drink, nightlife and adventure sports activities.

It's a pilot scheme targeted at young active explorers from Germany, the Netherlands and Nordic countries.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J29 for M1 affecting J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M62 eastbound at J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J27, M621 (Gildersome).

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

Travel update: Motorway problems in West Yorkshire

BBC News Travel

It's not looking like a great commute home on the M1/M62 tonight.

There are more than eight miles of queues on the M1 after an accident at J40 southbound and now there been a two-car crash on the M62 eastbound:

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Woman sprayed in the face during Sheffield attack

A woman was pushed over and kicked several times before being sprayed in the face with a "substance" and robbed in Sheffield yesterday.


The 44-year-old was walking away from Meadowhall and under the M1 at 12:50, when her attackers came up from behind and pushed her to the floor.

She was then kicked several times and two men tried to take her rucksack - she was also sprayed in the face with a substance before the men left.

They took a small amount of cash from her and she suffered cuts and bruises but wasn't seriously injured.

We are unsure of the nature of the substance that was sprayed in her face other than it was described as smelling like nail polish remover. Fortunately, it has not caused any lasting damage"

DS Janine BroughtonSouth Yorkshire Police
Moonface on Kings Square was paid for by York Premier Inn

Forty-five ice sculptures, using more than 10 tonnes of ice, included a 2m-high Viking and Peter Rabbit.

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Buddy the Raccoon dog rescued from icy water

Buddy the Raccoon dog had a lucky escape this afternoon after he fell into a North Yorkshire canal.

Racoon Dog
North Yorkshire fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews were called out after he was stranded on the ice on the Leeds Liverpool canal at Skipton and then fell through to the icy cold water below.

Firefighters used poles and "manpower" to get hold of Buddy and safely reunite him with his owner.

Be warned though if you fancy getting your own Buddy, the RSPCA issued a warning earlier this year highlighting that Raccoon dogs don't make good pets.

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J41 for A650 and J40 for A638 Ossett affecting J44 for A639.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of an accident. Congestion to J44, A639 (Leeds South) and on M621 to J3, A653 (City Centre).

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

Yosuke Ideguchi

Championship side Leeds sign Japan midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi on a deal worth around £500,000 from Gamba Osaka.

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Watch: Private hire drivers stage protest in Leeds

This morning some private hire drivers in Leeds staged a go-slow drive around the centre of Leeds.

The drivers say they want the right to work in unmarked cars as they say their safety is at risk from people who throw bricks at minicabs.

The protest caused extensive delays for drivers heading into the city, especially on Kirkstall Road.

Man dies as car leaves A170 road near Kirkbymoorside

A man in his 20s has died after an accident on the A170 near Kirkbymoorside.


The accident happened at 20:30 on Saturday when a blue VW Polo was travelling towards Pickering and left the road near the junction with Appleton-le-Moors.

North Yorkshire Police say it went down an embankment before stopping in a field.

The man, who officers say is thought to be from the Pickering area, died at the scene and police are looking for any witnesses.

Fiona Sutcliffe, 29, with her baby girl

Katie Silver

Health reporter, BBC News

More than 10,000 new mums were offered up to £200 in shopping vouchers as encouragement to breastfeed.

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Cash boost for Doncaster friendship scheme

A Doncaster charity has been given nearly £250,000 to help older people in the area who are suffering loneliness.

Be Friend

Be Friend matches volunteer befrienders with isolated elderly neighbours.

They estimate around one in four older people in the Doncaster area are very lonely.

Efit: Bradford couple in 90s robbed by bogus workmen

Police want to speak to this man after a couple in their 90s had personal items and £1,500 cash taken by bogus workmen.

West Yorkshire Police

The theft happened in the East Bowling area of Bradford on 20 November when two men called at their house and offered to work on the couple's guttering.

One man asked the couple to go to the rear of their house when a second man got in through the unlocked front door.

After the men had left the couple dicovered that a safe, which contained personal items and about £1,500 had gone missing.

This was a despicable crime carried out against a vulnerable couple and we are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise this male"

Det Con Sharon CooperWest Yorkshire Police

Historical military bridge dismantled for renovation

One of the last surviving military bridges used to access RAF Sandtoft near Doncaster has been removed.

Inglis bridge being dismantled
Highways England

The Inglis Bridge is believed to be the only surviving Mark 1 Version and was installed at the former World War II airfield sometime in 1943/44.

This bridge, which has not been used since the end of World War II, will be renovated by the Royal Engineers Association at the Army base in Nottingham.

A partial segment of the bridge will be sent to the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham, Kent when renovations are completed.

Travel update: Further delays hit Leeds buses

BBC News Travel

Following the earlier protest by private hire drivers in Leeds it looks like it's not a happy day if you're using the buses:

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Do you know this man? Police are looking for him

Do you know this man?

Police want to speak to him after parked cars were damaged in Doncaster.

British Transport Police

The incidents happened at about 04:50 on on 2 December when was seen carrying a breeze block into a car park near the railway station.

The man smashed the windscreen of a red Toyota Yaris and then grabbed the wing mirror of a blue Vauxhall Zafira and hit and kicked it.

New head of Sheffield City Region elected

The leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Chris Read has been elected as the new chair of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

Leader Chris Read

Mr Read takes over from Sir Steve Houghton, the leader of Barnsley Council, who announced in July that he was stepping down temporarily because of a conflict of interest over the best devolution deal for South Yorkshire.

Sir Steve wanted to pursue a Yorkshire-wide deal instead of the Sheffield City Region agreement.

He's now been replaced permanently following the election of Chris Read.

Watch: A trail of frozen art found on York streets

Remember we told you about a frozen Viking ice sculpture in York earlier.

He was part the York ice trail which featured 45 sculptures, formed from crystal-clear ice, dotted about the city.

The works of frozen art provided plenty of photo opportunities for those on a cold trawl around the shops in search of Christmas presents:

Carvalhal given one-game touchline ban

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has been given a one match touchline ban after his dismissal during the draw with Hull City.

Carlos Carvalhal
Getty Images

The Owls' Head Coach was sent to the stands after arguing with officials over a penalty decision.

He will miss Friday's game against League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He has also been fined £3,000.

60 bags of Spice found in drugs raid

Sixty bags of the drug Spice were found in a raid by police in South Yorkshire.

Police were carrying out specialist operations in Doncaster town centre after a rise in reported drug use.

A team, including a drug detection dog have carried out spot checks and targeted patrols in the Market Place, Bowers Fold and around the Interchange and issued a number of cautions.

Officers who were executing a drugs warrant in Bowers Fold found 60 bags of what is believed to be the drug Spice along with other drug equipment.

A 23-year-old man and two women, aged 21 and 18 were arrested in connection with the inquiry. They have since been released under investigation.

Heckingbottom 'close' to new deal with Barnsley

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

It's understood that Barnsley FC manager, Paul Heckingbottom, is close to signing a new deal with the club.

Paul Heckingbottom
Getty Images

Forty-year-old Heckingbottom has guided the Reds to promotion and championship safety since becoming caretaker manager in February 2016. The appointment was made permanent in June that year.

Talks between the manager and the club opened some weeks ago and it’s believed an announcement is expected before the end of the week.

Thieves target nursery and steal electrical goods

Police have released CCTV images of people they want to find after a nursery was burgled in a village near Halifax.

West Yorkshire Police

Ovenden Children’s Nursery was broken into in the early hours of Tuesday, 28 November.

The suspects took a number of ipad minis and other electrical goods from the nursery.

West Yorkshire Police say they want to speak to anyone who knows who the men in the images are or have been offered an ipad mini to buy.

Travel update: Problems persist after private hire protest

BBC News Travel

Private hire drivers protested in Leeds this morning by staging a go-slow drive around the centre of the city.

Things are still not back to normal:

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Man, 35, hit by goods vehicle in early hours

A 35-year-old man is seriously ill in hospital after he was hit by a goods vehicle on the A635 Dearne Valley Parkway in the early hours of this morning.

The white DAF articulated vehicle was heading towards Doncaster at about 01:10 and was close to the Hollygrove Roundabout when it hit the man.

The driver of the goods vehicle was unhurt.

Man wanted on human trafficking conviction arrested

A man wanted by police in Hungary for human trafficking and theft has been arrested in West Yorkshire.

Attila Foeldesi
West Yorkshire Police

Attila Foeldesi, 45, is the subject of a European Arrest Warrant after being found guilty of the offences.

He was sentenced to over five years in prison for the crimes.

Police said they believed that Foeldesi had been living in the Beeston area of Leeds but that he could have had contacts across West Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police officers make 'arresting' find

Police work in England's biggest county isn't all about catching criminals, as this tweet proves:

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In pictures: Sheffield fire crews tackle titanium blaze

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has just released pictures from a titanium fire at the weekend in Sheffield:

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

It happened in the early hours of Saturday morning on Sussex Street where an "unknown quantity" of loose titanium was well alight when fire crews arrived.

The fire had spread to a lorry and two forklift trucks and the flames were so fierce they had caused heat damage to nearby buildings.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Fire officers say the cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and possibly as a result of the titanium overheating after being dried and then stored.

Snow and ice disrupt Sheffield bin collections

Veolia, who manage waste services for Sheffield City Council, are warning that difficult conditions on roads and footpaths caused by the wintry weather mean only limited bin collections are being carried out today.

Refuse bin
Getty Images

Veolia say: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Where safe to do so, residents are advised to leave their bin/box out until they have been emptied."

Severe accident: A630 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A630 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Hatfield Lane and A18 Thorne Road.

A630 South Yorkshire - A630 in Armthorpe closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Hatfield Lane junction and the A18 Thorne Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Cory Aston kicks a penalty for Featherstone against Halifax

Castleford Tigers sign half-back Cory Aston after he was allowed to leave Super League rivals Leeds Rhinos.

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Travel update: Accident on M62

BBC News Travel

One to watch out for if you're heading that way:

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Introducing Christmas music in York

Jericho Keys

Reporter, BBC Radio York

Some of York's best known musicians and singers are performing a host of Christmas carols at the weekend, to raise money for Children in Need.


They're taking to the alter in the city's Holy Trinity Church on Micklegate on Saturday.

Doors open at 19:00 and the show starts at 19:30 prompt.

The festive musicathon is free, but donations are welcomed and encouraged for Children In Need.

Watch: Leeds cat cafe opens doors

If you're looking for a purr-fect cuppa and visit this place you could end up, ahem, ... feline fine?

A former bank on Kirkgate in Leeds city centre has been transformed into a cat café which opens today.

It's home to around 35 rescue cats, for customers to pet while eating.

Katie Charles-Richards, owner of Kitty Cafe, said the cats were all rescued from local shelters and could be adopted: