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Summary

  1. Brothers' funerals held after fatal Leeds crash which killed five
  2. North Yorkshire location chosen for 3,000 new homes
  3. Campaigners 'devastated' over Sheffield memorial trees decision
  4. North Yorkshire smaller fire crews decision reversed
  5. Ofsted reveals up to 20 illegal schools across the North
  6. Two arrested after police cars are rammed in Leeds pursuit
  7. Landmark Whitby cafe reopens after fire
  8. Prof Mary Beard backs Sheffield school Classics funding appeal
  9. Don't You Want Me? - Human League star denied access to airport lounge
  10. Birthday treats for Yorkshire polar bears
  11. Updates on Thursday 15 December 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Rob Rose and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Thursday...

    Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Thursday 14 December 2017.

    Want to find out what's happening where you live on Friday 15 December? Just click here.

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    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: A628 Derbyshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A628 Derbyshire eastbound severe accident, between A6024 and A616.

    A628 Derbyshire - A628 blocked eastbound between Holmfirth Turn Off in High Peak and Flouch roundabout in Langsett, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A628 South Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A628 South Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between A616 and A6024.

    A628 South Yorkshire - A628 closed and queuing traffic westbound between Flouch roundabout in Langsett and Holmfirth Turn Off in High Peak, because of an accident.

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

  5. 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. Fatal Leeds crash: Brothers' funerals held
    2. Sheffield Council votes against saving memorial trees
    3. Green Hammerton plan for 3,000 new homes approved
    4. Seven-car crash on Leeds street due to ice
    5. Polar bears enjoy a special birthday treat

    See you tomorrow

  6. Knives found at Kirklees schools

    Yesterday we told you about A police officer who goes into schools who was handed a knuckleduster a teacher had confiscated.

    Today an arm of the West Yorkshire force who go into schools regularly revealed that they have been also handed knives:

    Knuckleduster

    A tweet from West Yorkshire Police's Youth Intervention Team says so far this term in Kirklees they've been handed a long kitchen knife and a hunting knife.

    They say the items were all found on school grounds or confiscated from pupils.

    View more on twitter
  7. New picture: Missing teenager in Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl from Leeds has been missing since Monday.

    BBC Yorkshire has obtained a new picture of her.

    Do you know where she is?

    tyler

    Tyler Burton, 16, from Horsforth, was last seen on Monday.

    Det Insp Fiona Gaffney says: "We are concerned for Tyler’s welfare and need to find her and check that she is okay.

    "We are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace her and we would like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist in tracing her."

  8. More armed patrols to protect South Yorkshire's shoppers

    More armed police officers have been dispatched to patrol shopping hotspots across the region during the run up to Christmas.

    Little girl with officers

    Highly trained officers with firearms will patrol areas to offer "some visible reassurance" to shoppers.

    The UK terror threat level currently remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.

    However ACC David Hartley, from South Yorkshire Police, says the rise in armed officers on patrol is not in response to a specific threat.

    He said: “We don’t want the sight of armed officers to alarm anyone in our communities and sadly, following the terrorist atrocities elsewhere in the UK this year, we are becoming more accustomed to seeing our armed colleagues in crowded places and on routine patrols.

    "It’s been said before, but if anyone is intimidated or has concerns about the sight of our armed officers – please go up and talk to them. They are friendly and approachable, and happy to explain a bit about their role."

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J2A for Cemetery Road and J3 for A653 affecting J1 for A6110 Beeston.

    M621 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and stationary traffic on M621 eastbound between J2a, Cemetery (Holbeck) and J3, A653 (City Centre), because of an accident. Congestion to J1, A6110 (Beeston).

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

  10. Santa Claus is coming to town... on the bus

    Rob Rose

    BBC Yorkshire Live

    If you're a regular on the buses around Sheffield you might end up sitting next to Father Christmas himself next week.

    Santa on the bus

    Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, will take a break from his reindeer sleigh and instead hop on the bus from 18 December to spread his festive cheer around the city.

    I wonder whether he's got his free bus pass? He is 1,747 years-old after all.

  11. Unprovoked attack leaves Huddersfield man with broken jaw

    A man has been left with a broken jaw after an unprovoked attack in Huddersfield town centre at the weekend.

    Church Street Huddersfield

    It happened on Cross Church Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    The 23-year-old man was walking with a friend when he was punched in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw requiring hospital treatment.

    Police say they're looking for a white man, around 19-20-years-old, 5ft 10ins, of slim build and with mousey brown hair.

  12. Watch: Polar bears enjoy a special birthday treat

    Polar Bears.

    Birthday.

    Video.

    Enjoy.

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    Video caption: Three polar bears were given a special treat s they celebrated their birthdays.
  13. Sheffield City Council spends £60k on China trips

    It's been revealed that Sheffield City Council spent £60,000 on trips to China and legal costs in bids to secure investment plans.

    Sheffield City Council officers

    One of the plans included the transformation of the city's central library into a five star hotel - a scheme which has now collapsed.

    Sheffield City Council has confirmed that over 18 months officials have made multiple trips to China.

    A spokesperson for the council said: "All costs have been kept to a minimum and wherever possible we have used non council funds to pay for any necessary visits."

    The council also added that they had secured an investor who is committed to investing significant amounts of money into the city and is not linked to just one project.

  14. Leeds gritters to do the triple tonight

    There's another cold night in prospect tonight with temperatures dropping to near freezing.

    Leeds City Council say they're going to be gritting at least three times through the night:

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  15. Man guilty of Bradford panto sex assault attempt

    A convicted sex offender has been found guilty of attempting to sexually assault an 11-year-old girl at a pantomime.

    Alhambra

    Malcolm Naylor, 70, from Bradford, sat next to the girl during Peter Pan at Bradford Alhambra Theatre on 24 January, the city's crown court heard.

    He escaped through an emergency exit when the girl alerted a relative and an usher, jurors were told.

    A judge adjourned sentencing for a risk assessment of the danger Naylor poses.

    Stephen Wood, prosecuting, said Naylor, an Oxford University chemistry graduate, had gone to the pantomime alone.

    Naylor, of Rushton Road, Bradford, had denied the charge. He will be sentenced on 26 January.

  16. Green Hammerton plan for 3,000 new homes approved

    Plans to build a new 3,000-home village in countryside between York and Harrogate have been approved.

    Protest sign

    Campaigners said Harrogate council's decision to build the development near Green Hammerton would be "utterly devastating" for surrounding villages.

    It is part of the authority's plan to provide affordable housing and build up to 14,000 homes by 2035.

    Alternative sites at Flaxby and Cattal were considered, but Green Hammerton was chosen as the preferred location.