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Summary

  1. Teenager's guilty plea over crash in Leeds which killed five
  2. Plans to protect homes from flooding approved in Leeds
  3. Uber 'disappointed' over York Council's licence renewal bid rejection...
  4. ...While Uber licence suspension is finally lifted in Sheffield
  5. Unemployment on the rise in Yorkshire and Humber
  6. Sheffield MP scales back duties on doctor's orders
  7. Comedian Peter Kay pulls out of major run of Leeds and Sheffield shows
  8. Decision due over fate of Sheffield World War One memorial trees
  9. Moto ponders next move after Doncaster council turns down service station plan
  10. Live updates on Wednesday 13 December 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Wendy Middleton and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Listen: Heartache over Harrogate passport confusion

A woman from North Yorkshire fears she won't see her mother alive again, because she can't renew her passport.

Tatiana, who's from Harrogate, became a British citizen 10 years ago and still holds Russian Citizenship, but her Russian documents are in her maiden name.

British authorities say all of her documents must be in one name and won't issue her a new passport.

It means if she travels to visit her mother, who has terminal brain cancer, she wouldn't automatically be allowed to return.

Tatiana says she fears she's seen her mother for the last time:

That's all from Wednesday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Thursday 14 December? Just click here.

Severe disruption: A655 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A655 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between B6134 Havertop Lane and B6133 Church Lane.

A655 West Yorkshire - A655 Loscoe Lane in Normanton closed in both directions between the B6134 Havertop Lane junction and the B6133 Church Lane junction, because of ice.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J24 for A629 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident.

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

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The trees were planted in 1919 as a "living memorial" to local soldiers who died in World War One.

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Travelodge in Keighley

The authority said it hoped the hotel would generate an income reducing the need to cut services.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J28 for A650 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J39 for A636 Wakefield and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 northbound between J39, A636 (Wakefield) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

South Craven School

The 37-year-old is banned from teaching for making comments of a sexual nature to school girls.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J27 for M621 and J26 for M606 affecting J28 for A650.

M62 West Yorkshire - Heavy traffic on M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J28, A650 (Tingley).

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. Leeds crash: Boy, 15, admits causing deaths
  2. Three jailed for 'violent abuse' of vulnerable man
  3. Huddersfield man guilty of terror offences
  4. Uber licence suspension lifted in Sheffield
  5. Peter Kay pulls out of Leeds and Sheffield shows

See you tomorrow.

BreakingMemorial trees in Sheffield will not be saved

Sheffield Council has this evening decided not to spend half a million pounds saving memorial trees.

The trees were originally planted on Western Road as a living memorial to local soldiers who died in World War One.

People living in the area wanted to keep them.

There was a heated council meeting today which was adjourned at one point because of shouts from the public gallery.

The council says if it saved the trees it would have to find half a million pounds from other budgets - and they are planting 300 more.

Ripon boy 'critical' in hospital after being hit by car

A 14-year-old boy is still in hospital in a critical condition after he was hit by a car on Monday in Ripon - police have renewed an appeal for information.

Ripon
Google

The accident happened as the boy was walking to school at 08:45 on Clotherholme Road, near the junction of Aislabie Garth.

North Yorkshire Police say the driver of the car stopped at the scene.

Officers investigating the incident want to speak to any witnesses.

Sheffield dentistry student guilty of terror charges

The brother of a suicide bomber killed in Iraq has been found guilty of terrorism charges.

Mohammed Abbas Idris Awan
Counter terrorism Unit

Mohammed Abbas Idris Awan, originally from Huddersfield, was arrested after buying 500 ball bearings online.

The 24-year-old, who told police that he was a keen fisherman and was researching hunting with a catapult, had denied preparing for an act of terrorism.

He was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court.

His brother Rizwan Awan, 27, killed 30 people in a bomb blast in Iraq in 2016.

Dentistry student Awan, of Dun Street, Sheffield, was arrested in June 2017 by North East Counter Terrorism officers.

Searches of houses took place in Huddersfield and Sheffield.

Your weather forecast this evening

Mostly dry with clear spells overnight, especially in the east.

However cloudier in the west with isolated and blustery wintry showers and a risk of icy patches developing.

Some slight snow possible, but mostly across the Dales - staying rather breezy.

Weather graphic
BBC

Fire closes A64 near York

Fire crews are at a large fire at industrial units just off the A64 near York tonight - the road is closed near to the Highwayman Cafe.

Fire
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Fire crews from York, Huntington, Acomb, Malton, Tadcaster, Malton and Harrogate are at the scene tackling the flames.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that they "may be there for some time".

Police say that one lane outbound is closed on Hull Road near to the university roundabout, and the area is congested.

Missing Sheffield man could be in Oxfordshire

Have you seen this man from Sheffield?

John Walton
North Yorkshire Police

John Walton was last seen in Salisbury where he had been staying.

South Yorkshire Police say the 61-year-old may now have travelled to the Weston on the Green area of Oxfordshire.

If you know where he is please call South Yorkshire Police.

BreakingTravel update: Large fire causing queues near York

BBC News Travel

There's a large fire just off the A64 near York, police are telling motorists to avoid the area:

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Severe disruption: M1 Derbyshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Derbyshire northbound severe disruption, between J30 for A616 and J31 for A57 Sheffield affecting J29a for Markham Lane Markham Vale.

M1 Derbyshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J30, A616 (Worksop) and J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J29a, Markham (Markham Vale).

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

Travel update: Temporary lights causing rush hour delays

BBC News Travel

One to watch out for in Leeds tonight:

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Rotherham man jailed for historical sex offences

A man from Rotherham has been jailed after admitting sex offences against children.

Christopher Charles Dilkes, aged 42, of Warwick Street, Rotherham was jailed for 10 years and told he will serve one year on extended licence after pleading guilty to multiple child sexual offences including four counts of attempted rape.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the charges related to four boys, who were under 16 when Dilkes abused them in the 1990s and 2000s.

Police launched an investigation after one victim came forward in 2016.

Our inquiries revealed several more victims, each of whom have demonstrated exceptional courage to share with officers the horrific abuse they faced at Dilkes’ hands"

DC Emma ParsonsSouth Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J24 for A629 and J23 for A640 affecting J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident. Congestion to J25, A644 (Brighouse).

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

North Yorkshire bridge reopens early

An 18th Century bridge in a North Yorkshire village has reopened early after being rebuilt.

Gilling Bridge
North Yorkshire County Council

Engineers had discovered the mortar holding Gilling Bridge together had become soft all the way through making it unsafe.

The crossing in Gilling West near Richmond has been opened a week early after the parapets had to be taken down and rebuilt.

It's believed the Grade-II listed bridge was built in 1799 and widened and was strengthened in 1986.

The village is in awe of the superb job the contractors have done and we ought to say ‘well done’ to everyone involved in this £122,000 restoration project.”

Cllr Angus ThompsonNorth Yorkshire County Council

Travel update: Road closed in Rossington

BBC News Travel

One to watch out for if you're travelling in Rossington near Doncaster

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BreakingTemperatures set to drop tonight

It's been warmer today that the last few days, but it's set to be cold again tonight across the region:

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Knuckleduster handed over to PC at school

A police officer in West Yorkshire was handed a Christmas present she didn't expect during a school visit today - a knuckleduster...

Knuckleduster
West Yorkshire Police

PC Sally Baines attended the un-named school in West Yorkshire and was handed the weapon from a teacher.

The teacher confiscated it from a child two of days ago.

PC Baines said "I was there with my team to give a talk on knives and weapons, ironically"

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe). Traffic is coping well.

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

Specialist heart nurses for new screening service

A new screening service is to be offered across the Yorkshire and Humber region to prevent hundreds of heart attacks.

Drawn red heart
Thinkstock

The British Heart foundation (BHF) has provided nearly £250,000 to fund four specialist nurses who will test those at risk from the genetic condition, familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), which leads to coronary heart disease and can cause a potentially fatal heart attack at a young age.

The screening service will operate at four hospitals across the region:

  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Yorkshire Police launch Christmas safer driving campaign
The force are testing drivers for drink and drugs over the festive period.

BreakingHuddersfield man guilty of terror offences

A dental student from Huddersfield has been found guilty of terror offences.

Mohammed Abbas Awan is the brother of a suicide bomber who blew himself up in Iraq.

A jury at Sheffield Crown Court convicted him unanimously of four charges - including preparing a terrorist attack.

The 24-year-old will be sentenced next week.

Thieves target businesses in run-up to Christmas

Police are urging businesses to be extra vigilant in the run up to Christmas after four burglaries at hair salons and shops across Sheffield.

Cash register full of money
BBC

Tills and expensive items of stock have been the main targets.

South Yorkshire Police is offering advice on how to businesses can protect themselves.

No time to clean the chopper? Let the rain take the strain

Glad to see that it's not just some motorists who rely on the rain to keep their cars clean, the team behind the police helicopter in Wakefield do it too:

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Three jailed for 'violent abuse' of vulnerable man

Three men from Sheffield have been jailed after being found guilty of holding a vulnerable man against his will and repeatedly assaulting him in his own home.

Ward, Cullumbine, Swindells
South Yorkshire Police
(L-R) Ward, Cullumbine, Swindells

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Matthew Ward, 23, from Garland Croft befriended the victim – a 40-year-old man – in early 2017.

Ward went to the victim’s property in Sheffield with a "friend" – Marcus Cullumbine, of Haigh Moor Way, Swallownest. The pair announced they would be staying over and subsequently never left.

A third man, 18-year-old Shakaiyah Swindells, of Shortbrook Drive, Westfield joined the group who then subjected the victim to several assaults over a month, causing serious injuries.

Ward was jailed for 16 years, Cullumbine for 11 years and Swindells for seven years for false imprisonment and assault.

Detective Constable Dawn Murray from the Force Crime Unit said: “Our inquiry revealed that on several occasions, the victim was locked in a cupboard in his home against his will, while Ward, Cullumbine and Swindells were in the property."

“The trio also subjected our victim to violent attacks where he would be burned, punched and kicked, as well as being threatened with further violence if he didn’t comply

Det Cons Dawn MurraySouth Yorkshire Police

Station toilet charges net millions for rail firm

If you've used the loo at Leeds Station - and paid for the privilege - then you've helped Network Rail collect £4.8m in the last 12 months.

Leeds station
BBC

That's according to new figures from the rail infrastructure firm which shows the amount of money it raised from passengers using station toilets is down from the £5.4m spent by passengers in 2015-16.

Campaigners said toilet charges "add insult to injury" and called for them to be axed, but Network Rail said the money made was invested in passenger facilities.

Sinead Wooding

Court hears that Sinead Wooding was attacked by her husband when she was pregnant with his child.

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Plans to protect homes from flooding approved in Leeds

Plans to protect hundreds of Leeds homes and businesses from flooding have been backed by senior councillors this afternoon.

Leeds floods
PA

In the last few minutes, the city council's executive board has approved a River Aire flood defence scheme upstream from the city centre.

The plan is a mix of natural and man-made defences - a bid for the money to pay for it will now be sent to the government.