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Summary

  1. Leisure centre fined after children suffer burns in chemical leak
  2. Chef sues forensic company over wrongful conviction
  3. Residents angry over pre-dawn tree-felling in Sheffield
  4. School strike called off
  5. Speed camera proposal for A64 as driver tops 135mph
  6. Demolition of Scarborough theatre gets under way
  7. Three Yorkshire councils criticised over rate relief cash
  8. Plans thrown out for A1(M) services near Doncaster
  9. Protest against £7m cuts to Bradford Council services
  10. Big increase in litter and dog mess fines in Rotherham
  11. University gets 27 new Steinway pianos
  12. Updates on Tuesday 12 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 Tuesday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Tuesday 12 December 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Wednesday 13 December? Just click here.

London Victoria station

Thomas Mackintosh

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Since 2007 Network Rail has received over £41m from people paying to use its station toilets.

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Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates scoring against Huddersfield

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

Chelsea move level on points with second-placed Manchester United and send Huddersfield to a fifth defeat in six games.

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J45 for A63 Pontefract Lane.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 entry slip road closed southbound at J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green), because of emergency repairs.

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

Uber logo on car

The ride-hailing app has been banned in three UK cities amid safety fears and complaints from cabbies.

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Drug tests generic pic

Billal Hartford had his sample re-tested after seeing media reports about a forensic testing firm.

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Severe accident: M1 Derbyshire northbound

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M1 Derbyshire northbound severe accident, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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. Leisure centre fined after children suffer burns in chemical leak
  2. Chef sues forensic company over wrongful conviction
  3. Residents angry over pre-dawn tree-felling in Sheffield
  4. Roads boss backs North Yorkshire speed camera plan
  5. Star Wars characters do battle on shopping centre roof

See you tomorrow.

Children create Dearne Valley artwork

Children from Barnburgh Primary School in Doncaster have taken up hammers and chisels to help carve a stone seat sculpture which will sit alongside the River Dearne.

They've been taking part in an major project where artists have teamed up with the local community to create a series of artworks that say something about the area.

Child carving stone
BBC

The sculpture will reflect the changing biodiversity of the River Dearne and will depict the effect that industrialisation has had on the river both physically and biologically.

The carved stone will include cast glass and ceramic elements developed through community workshops.

Sheffield primary school strike called off

Strike action planned at a primary school in Sheffield tomorrow has been called off.

Westways Primary
Google

Teachers in the National Education Union at Westways primary in Crookes had proposed a fourth day of action in protest at changes to the curriculum and working practices following the introduction of an executive headteacher.

After a meeting last night - they say good progress was made - they've now called off tomorrow's strike.

'More choice and competition' good for York taxi customers

A decision is due later on whether the taxi hailing service, Uber, can have it's license in York renewed.

Uber
Reuters

The city's taxi drivers have been holding a demonstration this afternoon, because they're unhappy Uber drivers who work in other areas are coming into York at busy times.

In a statement Uber says: "Thousands of people in York have used the Uber app over the last year to travel safely from A to B.

"More choice and competition is good for both consumers and drivers, as it raises service levels across the board."

The demonstration is taking place outside West Offices, where councillors are meeting to discuss Uber's licence to operate in York.

It comes after Sheffield City Council decided to suspend Uber's licence, a move the company says it will appeal against.

Motorway service station plan for Doncaster farmland rejected

A new motorway service station for the A1(M) near Marr in South Yorkshire has been turned down by Doncaster Council.

J37
Google

The proposed development, on an area which is currently farmland, would have been built at Junction 37 and would have space for about 560 cars, according to motorway services provider Moto.

It's claimed that when fully open, a service station could bring about 200 new full-time jobs to the area.

Objectors to the scheme from local villages of Marr, Barnburgh and surrounding areas attended the meeting and welcomed the decision to refuse planning permission.

Listen: If the Shoe Fits - Bradford's first Muslim panto

The curtain goes up on Bradford's first ever Muslim panto today.

Comedian, Abdullah Afzal, from the BBC sitcom, Citizen Khan, is starring alongside a family of seven in "If the Shoe Fits: The Great Muslim Panto."

Abdullah says the festive season is very much part of everyone's culture and a great way of showing Muslim integration:

Man jailed for 15 years for robbery at elderly woman's home

A convicted criminal who was out of jail on life licence has been sent back to prison for 15-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to robbery at an elderly woman’s home in Sheffield.

David Tomlinson
South Yorkshire Police

David Tomlinson, 40, of HMP Marshgate, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today for sentencing after pleading guilty to robbery last week.

In June 2017, Tomlinson threatened an 89-year-old woman with a brick at her home on Lees Hall Road, Norton and demanded money from her.

DC Yvonne Fairbrother, from Sheffield’s Performance Crime Team, said: “Tomlinson subjected this elderly woman to a terrifying ordeal and she genuinely believed she would come to serious harm if she didn’t comply with his demands for money.

“Tomlinson is a prolific, dangerous individual who was on life licence after serving previous sentences for similar offences, so I’m pleased he is now behind bars for a significant period of time.”

University of Leeds students get early Christmas presents

Christmas has come early for music students at the University of Leeds - a load of new pianos:

Steinway pianos
BBC

Twenty-seven brand new top quality Steinways have been delivered this morning.

The prestigious instruments mean Leeds has become the only Russell Group university to achieve the All-Steinway School status.

The head of the School of Music even went to the factory in Germany, to see them being built!

Child rapist from Leeds sent boy Facebook messages and made him 'feel like he wanted to kill himself'

Yorkshire Evening Post

A pervert who raped and committed a series of sex offences against a boy over a period of five years has been given a 15-year sentence.

Christopher Bernard
Yorkshire Evening Post

Light Fantastic - Bagby bulb bonanza

Sarah Urwin

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

At this time of year your senses can occasionally be overcome by a twinkling sight, set up by people who love the festive season so much, they cover their entire houses in thousands of Christmas lights.

I spotted these this morning at the Marshall household in Bagby, near Thirsk, in North Yorkshire.

Lights
BBC

It took me a while to actually make out where the house is among all the sparkle!

Kear leaves Wakefield for Bradford

BBC Sport

Bradford Bulls have appointed Wakefield director of rugby John Kear as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

John Kear
SWPIX.COM

Kear, 63, who coached Wales at this year's World Cup, returned to Trinity in 2016 after five years with Batley.

The Bulls were relegated to the third tier last season after starting the campaign with a 12-point deduction following liquidation.

"We want to regain our place where we feel the infrastructure of the club belongs" Kear told the club website.

Listen: Ilkley woman backs organ donation system changes

A woman from Ilkley is backing suggested changes to the organ donation system after she appealed for a liver donor when husband was taken ill.

The government's looking into changing the organ donation system, so everyone would be automatically on the register.

At the moment people in England have to sign up, but Wales has an opt out system.

There are currently 6,500 people waiting for a transplant.

Samantha Pignanelli believes the change needs to happen:

Yorkshire's three police forces rated 'good' overall by inspectors

West Yorkshire Police achieved a "good" rating in all three categories considered in the latest inspection report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Police jacket
BBC

North Yorkshire Police scored well in two categories but the report highlighted a need for greater external scrutiny and improvements to the way it manages stop-and-search powers.

The South Yorkshire force also fell short of a "good" rating in one category. Inspectors said improvement was required in some aspects of the fair and respectful treatment of its workforce, especially the way it communicates and supports wellbeing and prevents problems with workforce wellbeing.

Chef sues forensic company over wrongful conviction

A chef from North Yorkshire, who lost his job after he was wrongfully convicted of drug-driving, is suing the forensic firm where his sample was tested.

Microscope
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Billal Hartford, 21, was banned from driving for a year, despite protesting his innocence, after a blood test indicated he'd been smoking cannabis.

He challenged the conviction when he heard about alleged manipulation of results at Randox Testing Services in Manchester, and was successful, after it emerged the centre had dealt with his case.

Mr Hartford had his sample re-tested and it came back clear. He won back his licence after serving half the ban and is now suing the firm.

He says the conviction cost him his job as he could not travel to work and left him isolated in the hamlet of Skutterskelfe, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

I'm taking legal action because I want something back for them ruining six months of my life."

Billal Hartford

Star Wars characters do battle on shopping centre roof

If you're a Star Wars fan, it won't have escaped your notice that today is the premier of the latest film.

Trinity Leeds
Trinity Leeds

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on general release this week, and the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds decided to celebrate by getting Darth Vader and Boba Fett to duel... on their glass roof!

Trinity Leeds
Trinity Leeds

Leisure centre fined after children suffer burns in chemical leak

A Sheffield leisure centre has been fined £7,000 after chlorine gas escaped into the swimming pool area in May 2016, causing minor burns to eight children and six adults.

Springs Leisure Centre
BBC

It happened when technicians at the Springs Leisure Centre on East Bank Road inadvertently mixed two chemicals while fixing pool filtration equipment.

Operator, Sheffield City Trust, admitted breaching health and safety rules.

Magistrates fined the Trust £7,000 and ordered it to pay £5,500 towards the costs of the prosecution, saying: "We feel insufficient attention has taken place regarding safety notices and the incorrect siting of instruction manuals".

Man jailed after grooming entire family

A 31-year-old man from Barnsley, who pretended to be a teenager to go on holiday with a 15-year-old girl and her family has been jailed for six years.

Clinton Stothard
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Clinton Stothard, from Wellhill Grove, groomed the girl on the internet and tricked her into thinking he was her boyfriend.

Stothard also targeted a number of other girls online and encouraged them to send sexually explicit photos to him.

One of his victims, a 14-year-old from Bristol, exchanged more than 3,000 calls and texts with him during a two-week period.

Sentencing Stothard at Sheffield Crown Court, the judge described him as "every parent’s worst nightmare" and "a shark swimming in the waters of the internet...preying on children".

Stothard had previously pleaded guilty to a total of 18 indictments relating to 39 offences against four children.

In addition to being jailed for six years, Stothard will also be subject to an extended period on licence for 12 months and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will stop him from living with any person under 18 and allow police to monitor his internet use.

Cash injection for Leeds medical museum

A museum in Leeds has been awarded £1.5m of Heritage Lottery money which means it can now undergo a facelift.

Thackray Medical Museum
Thackray Medical Museum

The Thackray Medical Museum has received the grant which will go towards the completion of a £3.7m development project.

The museum says the cash will enable it to produce new exhibitions, update facilities and repair work to the Grade 2-listed building where the museum is based.

New galleries will include a modern-day operating theatre which visitors will be able to explore.

Three Yorkshire councils criticised over rate relief cash

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has accused Rotherham, Sheffield and York councils of failing to pass on government money set aside to help firms facing significantly higher rates bills after a revaluation in April this year.

Chancellor Philip Hammond
Getty Images

In March, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond (pictured), announced £300m for a national business rates hardship fund to provide some transitional relief.

But Department for Communities and Local Government figures reveal Rotherham, Sheffield and York councils are among 46 who have yet to distribute the money under the Discretionary Scheme.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry, said: "It’s completely unacceptable that small firms in these areas are being put in jeopardy by this lethargic attitude."

No serious injuries in Leeds two-car smash

The occupants of these crashed cars in south Leeds this morning were lucky get away relatively unhurt.

Crash
West Yorkshire Police

Police said in a tweet: "Fortunately no one was seriously injured #DontDrinkAndDrive".

Crash
West Yorkshire Police

Officers didn't say if anyone had been arrested after the crash.

Crash
West Yorkshire Police

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Demolition of Scarborough theatre gets under way

Contractors have moved on to the seafront site of the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough to begin demolishing the 100-year-old venue.

Futurist
Scarborough Borough Council

It comes after a long-running dispute over the theatre’s future during which campaigners sought a High Court intervention which in the end was unsuccessful.

Scarborough Borough Council agreed in January to spend £4m knocking down the theatre and stabilising the cliff behind it.

It's expected to take a year for the demolition to be completed.

Sheffield diver makes a splash on international stage

Richelle Houlden, from Parson Cross, Sheffield, is just 13-years-old but she already has gold and silver medals to her name.

Earlier this month, Richelle competed at the CAMO Invitational Diving Championships in Montreal, Canada.

It seems diving runs (or should that be swims?) in the family as Richelle's older brother, Jordan, is also a medal-winning competitor with Team GB.

This is Richelle in action:

Yorkshire MEP secures debate on Rohingya Muslims

A Yorkshire MEP has secured a debate in the European Parliament today over violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Rohingya people
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Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh following a military crackdown.

Amjad Bashir MEP says he hopes today's debate will lead to the EU organising a summit aimed at ending the crisis.

Last week, the United Nations human rights chief said an act of genocide against Rohingya Muslims by state forces in Myanmar cannot be ruled out.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.

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

Travel update: M180 blocked after accident

BBC News Travel

If you're heading out east today, this could be worth keeping an eye on:

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Watch: Santa makes special visit to children's hospice

Santa made a very special visit this week to a children's hospice in West Yorkshire acompanied by soap star Gaynor Faye.

Children and their families at Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa were treated to a special visit by the man himself as he landed by helicopter.

Some of the children at the hospice are too poorly to leave, so Santa made a special trip to go and see them:

Listen: Roads boss backs North Yorkshire speed camera plan

The man in charge of roads at North Yorkshire County Council says he backs an idea to introduce permanent average speed cameras on the A64 in the county.

At the moment there aren't any, with police using a fleet of vehicles with cameras instead.

Highways England - which is responsible for the A64 - says it's now looking at the idea.

It comes after six vehicles were caught by police last month doing more than 100mph on the road, with one recorded at 135mph.

Councillor Don McKenzie says he's spoken to people who are worried about the absence of cameras on the road:

No buses in West Yorkshire on Christmas Day

BBC News Travel

Looks like you're going to need a sleigh to get around West Yorkshire on Christmas day:

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In pictures: Pateley Bridge looking festive

Christmas is now just a few days away - the festive spirit is high.

But if you're struggling, maybe you need to get along to Pateley Bridge, where the High Street is looking very Christmassy:

Patley Bridge
Kirsty Sheperd

Our thanks to Kirsty Shepherd for sending this in, if you'd like to send your festive snaps in, send us an email.

Today marks the anniversary of the town winning won the Great British High Street Awards in the village category last year.

A plaque will be unveiled to mark it at the weekend.