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  1. Man in 30s dies in police pursuit near Bradford
  2. TV producer admits child sex charges
  3. Boy, 15, arrested over school bomb hoax call
  4. Teenagers stabbed in Huddersfield fight
  5. York attack leaves man with serious injuries
  6. Gas supplies returning to normal in North Yorkshire
  7. New plans for Trans-Pennine tunnel
  8. Development to help Doncaster care leavers
  9. Police puppy gets first job at Lindholme Prison
  10. 'Tough decisions' on special needs transport
  11. Updates on Monday 18 December 2017

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Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at A6136 Gatherley Road.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - A1(M) J53 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at A6136, Catterick North, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J41 for A650 and J40 for A638 Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Fleet Pond, Fleet

The Hampshire district came top in a study that looked at factors including life expectancy.

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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. Man in 30s dead as car hits barriers in police pursuit
  2. Boy, 15, arrested over school bomb hoax call
  3. Irish TV producer admits trying to meet Leeds 'teenager'
  4. Two teens stabbed in Huddersfield fight
  5. Police puppy gets first job at Lindholme Prison

See you tomorrow.

More money could be needed for fracking protests

North Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has written to the government warning they may need more money to police anti-fracking protests.


Latest figures show the force spent nearly £150,000 on the protests last month.

The cost of policing the anti-fracking protests at Kirby Misperton has now gone above £550,000.

That's for the last four months.

Should it hit £1.4m, or 1% of the force's budget, they can then apply for financial help from the government.

In anticipation of that happening the county's police and crime commissioner, Julia Mulligan, has now written to ministers.

Leeds-based paedophile-hunting group defends tactics

Yorkshire Evening Post

A paedophile-hunting group has defended its tactics after a television sports producer who was confronted when he travelled to the UK to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl admitted sex offences.

Kieran Creavan
Yorkshire Evening Post

Sheffield students win gold in America with project

Students from the University of Sheffield have won an international engineering competition after their project, a plate reader which measures bacterial growth, impressed judges.

iGEM team
University of Sheffield

Eight students from the faculties of Engineering and Science won gold at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston

Their project, a low cost plate reader created largely by a 3D printer, detects the number of bacteria in a solution by detecting the light passing through the suspension.

The less light that passes through the solution the more bacterial growth there has been.

The plate cost just £100 to produce - others can cost up to £10,000.

Wakefield Trinity sign versatile Leigh Centurions back

BBC Sport

Wakefield Trinity have signed versatile back Ryan Hampshire for the 2018 season, following Leigh's relegation from Super League last term.

Ryan Hampshire

Hampshire, 22, can play across the back-line and in the halves and has made 60 league appearances for Wigan, Castleford and the Centurions.

His arrival follows the exit of half-back Sam Williams to NRL side Canberra Raiders in September.

"It has taken some work to get there," head coach Chris Chester said.

Travel update: M606 to remain closed through rush hour

BBC News Travel

The M606 looks set to be closed for a long while yet:

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Leeds market goes for third late night opening

This Thursday Leeds' Kirkgate Market will open its doors at night again, after a successful pilot in October.

Kirkgate Market
Leeds City Council

Thousands of people went to the first event, this week the council are promising a "festive" night time experience.

The events space and food hall section of the market will be opened up until 23:00.

Coun Jonathan Pryor said “The night market is a great opportunity for visitors to discover some of the market’s popular traders whilst enjoying a night out with friends or family."

Severe accident: A64 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A64 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between Cliff Lane and Foston Lane.

A64 North Yorkshire - A64 in Whitwell-on-the-Hill closed and queuing traffic westbound between the Cliff Lane junction and the Foston Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Travel update: Very slow rush hour approaches

BBC News Travel

Congestion across West and South Yorkshire is looking like making the evening rush hour more like a crawl.

A reminder that the M606 is still closed following a fatal crash this morning.

In Barnsley it's causing problems for the buses:

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In Leeds, the outer ring road is looking busy:

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Accidents aren't helping either

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Cancer information hub at Sheffield's Moor Market

A pilot scheme is under way to provide health information to visitors to Sheffield's Moor Market.

You might go to the market for your fruit and veg or to grab a bite to eat, but now information on cancer is available.

A pilot scheme is under way for 16 weeks to help direct people to services and advice.

Cancer information hub
Sinead Wooding

Brother-in-law unwittingly visited crime scene where mother-of-four's body had been set on fire.

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'Distress' over Sheffield hoax bomb threat

More on the 15-year-old boy who has been arrested after a school in Sheffield was evacuated because of a hoax bomb threat this morning.

Birley Academy

More than 1,000 pupils were told to leave Birley Academy at about 09:40 as a "precautionary measure" while police searched the site.

The teenager is being held on suspicion of malicious communications - a charge which can carry a prison sentence.

Ch Supt Natalie Shaw said: “After a prolonged search of Birley Academy, a device has not been found.

"Hoax calls are malicious and irresponsible, they can cause a considerable deal of distress."

Girl DJs - the next generation

After 16 years experience of DJ-ing at some of the best club nights in the UK, veteran DJ Miss Melodie is training the next female DJ generation.

After seeing a lack of female representation, Miss Melodie decided to set up her DJ Academy in Leeds to help encourage more females to take part.

The academy was set up in 2007, but her female-focused class has taken off in the last 18 months

BreakingBoy, 15, arrested over school bomb hoax call

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested today after a school was evacuated in response to a bomb threat at Birley Academy in Sheffield.

The teenager has been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications and is currently in police custody.

Birley Academy
Birley Academy

The academy will be open as usual tomorrow and has released this statement:

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Travel update: Problems in Sheffield and Rotherham

BBC News Travel

Stagecoach says there are problems in both Sheffield and Rotherham this afternoon.

They highlight two services in Sheffield as being particularly bad:

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And in Rotherham it's a similar story:

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We're not sure why the traffic's so bad currently, we'll keep an eye on it and let you know if we find out:

Watch: 1,441 scarves knitted for North Yorkshire

Joanita Musisi

Reporter, BBC Radio York

It's emerged that 1,441 scarves have been knitted by BBC Radio York listeners for the Knit for North Yorkshire campaign, smashing the target set of 1,000.

I've been to meet Adam Atkinson from the Arc Light Hostel in York, to find out about what the impact of the campaign will be:

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J35 for M18.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J35 M18, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Police fears over missing man's safety

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Police say they're "extremely concerned" for the safety of a missing man from Hull.

Picture of missing man
Humberside Police

David Ogden was last seen at about midday yesterday.

He's said to be about 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with fair hair.

Police believe he has contacts in Manchester, Scarborough and Sheffield.

Anyone with information about Mr Ogden's whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Severe accident: A631 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A631 South Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at A618 Pleasley Road affecting A630 Rotherway.

A631 South Yorkshire - A631 East Bawtry Road in Rotherham closed and stationary traffic in both directions at Whiston crossroads, because of an accident. Congestion to Rotherway Roundabout and on A618 Moorgate Road to the Norfolk Way junction.

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

Temperature rising over the next few days

Disappointing if you were hoping for a white Christmas, but good news if you were annoyed at de-icing your car:

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Hoax call caused Sheffield school evacuation

Students at Birley Academy in Sheffield were sent home today when the school was closed following what turned out to be a hoax call.

Birley Academy

Officers were alerted at 09:00 this morning and the college was evacuated as a precautionary measure

South Yorkshire police say the person responsible could face a custodial sentence:

After a prolonged search of Birley Academy a device has not been found. Inquiries are ongoing to identify the caller. Hoax calls are malicious and irresponsible and anyone found to have made a hoax call could face a prison sentence”

Ch Supt Natalie Shaw

Travel update: Crash between car and lorry closes A64

BBC News Travel

One of the main routes into Scarborough is currently closed:

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The closure is at this roundabout about six miles out of the seaside town:


Call for scrutiny of council's contract with Amey

There are fresh calls to open up Sheffield Council's deal with tree replacement contractor Amey for examination.

MPs on the Local Government Select Committee say members on the scrutiny committee of any local authority should be allowed to see commercial contracts in full.

Felled tree

Former Lib Dem leader on the council Paul Scriven, now Lord Scriven, explains why he considers this is important:

You can't make an informed decision about whether you are getting value for money if you don't know the cost, you only know part of what is in the contract and that's why it's good councils should be able to see everything and ask broad questions"

Lord Scrivens

Number plates stolen from charity van

Yorkshire Cat rescue say they are "concerned" after the number plates on one of their vans have been stolen.

Yorkshire Cat Rescue

The Keighley-based charity says they're now worried that the plates could now be used on vehicles to commit crime.

Sara Atkinson from Yorkshire Cat Rescue said "It is a huge worry that our charity’s identity would be used for something so sinister,"

She added "Any penalty notice or parking ticket issued to a car which is illegally using our plates, will be issued to Yorkshire Cat Rescue and we’ll then have to prove that it wasn’t us."

Sheffield's Christmas musical gets great reviews

The Wizard of Oz maintains Sheffield Crucible's tradition of hit productions of classic musicals at Christmas.

The reviews are in for artistic director Robert Hasti's first Christmas production for the theatre and they are all glowing.

Wizard of Oz cast
Sheffield Theatres

It gets five stars from the Guardian and the Observer and four from the Telegraph and the Times, with praise for Gabrielle Brooks as Dorothy.

Elias Kachunga scored his first goal of the season before being carried off

Huddersfield forward Elias Kachunga will be sidelined for up to three months because of medial ligament damage sustained at Watford.

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Do you know this woman? Police want her

A woman standing in a queue to use a cash machine in Scarborough is wanted by police following an apparent theft in the town.

Cash woman
North Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information to help identify the woman in the CCTV image.

At about 07.30, the victim, a 74-year-old woman, was using the ATM at the McColls store on Westwood, Scarborough, but there appeared to be a fault with it.

The woman behind her was then heard to have said "I'm going to be late for work".

The 74-year-old victim then panicked and left the ATM, believing it hadn't worked.

But it had and £250 was dispensed as she walked away from the machine.

The woman behind the victim then went to use the ATM machine, saw the victim's cash and took it and left the store.

Police puppy gets first job at Lindholme Prison

A German Shepherd puppy who is part of a South Yorkshire Police dog breeding programme is about to start her first role in service.

South Yorkshire Police

Skye has been officially assigned to a handler working in the prison service at HMP Lindholme.

She will work and train alongside prison service dogs to conduct searches, detect illegal substances and keep inmates safe.

Emily Bronte celebrations to feature Lily Cole and Maxine Peake

A series of events celebrating the bicentenary of Emily Bronte's birth have been announced.

Emily Bronte
Getty Images

The renowned Wuthering Heights author, born 30 July 1818, was the third eldest of the family from West Yorkshire.

Model and actress Lily Cole has been given a role at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, while events include a new exhibition featuring Maxine Peake.

The programme is part of a five-year celebration of the Brontes.

Sheffield school evacuated after 'suspicious incident'

A school in Sheffield was evacuated this morning after what police are describing as a suspicious incident.

Birley Academy

Birley Academy, which has more than 1,000 secondary school age pupils, was evacuated at about 09:40 as a precautionary measure and police are still there.

The school said that "it may be some time" before staff and pupils are allowed back inside and asked parents not to contact the school.

It's still unclear exactly what has happened at the school, the Yorkshire Post reported that parents said it was "chaos" as they arrived to pick their children up.

Officers were called to Birley Academy in Sheffield after police were alerted to a suspicious incident at 09:40 this morning. The college chose to immediately evacuate students as a precautionary measure and officers remain at the scene."

South Yorkshire Police

Huddersfield striker out with medial ligament injury

BBC Sport

Huddersfield forward Elias Kachunga will be sidelined for up to three months with medial ligament damage.

Elias Kachunga
Getty Images

The 25-year-old DR Congo striker collided with Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes during last weekend's win at Vicarage Road and was carried off.

He opened the scoring in the match with his first goal of the season, but will be out for between eight and 12 weeks.

German-born Kachunga was the club's top scorer last term having joined from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt.

Neolithic timber trackway in Doncaster protected by Historic England

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A Neolithic trackway and platform at Lindholme, Doncaster has made it onto a list of the 20 most intriguing places given listed status in 2017, drawn up by Historic England.

It is a timber construction around 45 metres long which has been preserved in peat for more than 4,500 years and appears to have been used for ritual or community events.

Timber trackway
Historic England

Exposed by mechanical peat cutting in the 1990s, the Lindholme Neolithic trackway and platform was first identified in 2004 and was investigated archaeologically in 2004-2006.

Also on the list, the gardens in Skegness where Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp, a working men's club in Eastbourne, mile markers on a B road in Gloucestershire, and the gravestone of a warhorse in Merseyside.

Two teens stabbed in Huddersfield fight

Two teenagers in Huddersfield have been left with serious injuries after being stabbed during a fight yesterday - one is still in hospital.

Church lane

It happened on Church Lane in the Newsome area of the town at about 18:00 when police say they were called to a fight involving a group of people.

The two 16-year-olds were left with stab wounds and were taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment - one of them is still there in a stable condition.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Urgent appeal for blood donors in Sheffield

People with two valuable blood groups are being urged to donate at Sheffield Donor Centre now.

Blood bags

NHS Blood and Transplant needs donors with B negative and O negative blood to donate after the bad weather hit blood collection.

Donors with these groups will be able to walk in and donate at Sheffield Donor Centre in Church Street.