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Yorkshire's top stories

The top stories from across Yorkshire so far today include:

Lincolnshire's top stories today

East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire's top stories

The top stories from across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire so far today include:

Police appeal after fatal mobility scooter crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after the death of a man who fell off a mobility scooter in Keighley.

Lawkholme Lane

The man was travelling along the pavement on Lawkholme Lane at about 13:10 on Thursday 15 February when his scooter went off the pavement for an unknown reason and came to rest by the side of the road.

The victim, who had suffered fatal head injuries, was found in the road by members of the public.

Sgt Ann Drury, from West Yorkshire Police, says: "Due to the serious head injuries suffered by the gentleman there's a possibility he's been struck by another vehicle while immobile on the road.

"We do also know there were several cars in the locality at the time of the incident and we'd like to speak to the drivers or passengers in particular, as they may have seen what took place."

Organ donation 'opt out'

MPs have backed plans that could change the rules on organ donation consent in England.

It would mean people having to "opt out" if they don't want their organs used after death.

The bill passed its first parliamentary hurdle today with the support of the Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, Emma Hardy:

Lifesaving leisure centre staff get national recognition

Quick-thinking staff who saved a man's life at a Hull leisure centre last year have been recognised with a national award.

Ennerdale Leisure Centre

Regular gym-goer John Lines, from Thorngumbald, collapsed during a game of badminton last November and needed lifesaving CPR and shocks from a defibrillator until paramedics arrived.

Mr Lines spent three weeks in hospital and has now made a full recovery.

Ann-Marie Blowman, Dave Loftus and Lee Robinson have been awarded certificates from the Royal Life Saving Society UK for their "professional action" and "calm and effective" work.

If they hadn't had the training and knowledge, I would not be here today. They thoroughly deserve to be recognised and I want to thank them for everything they did."

John Lines

Grantham petrol station robbery appeal

An investigation's under way after a garage in Grantham was robbed earlier this week.

Jet Garage

A man entered the Jet Garage on Manthorpe Road at about 20:50 on Tuesday and made demands of staff, police say.

Anyone with information about the robbery or who witnessed what happened is being urged to come forward.

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Booking review after disabled man gets wrong room

A hotel has said it will review how bookings are made on its website after a disabled man from East Yorkshire wasn't given the adapted room he'd reserved.

Jason Liversidge

Jason Liversidge, who has Motor Neurone Disease, had travelled to the capital for a special reception with the Princess Royal but was left in distress after he was given the wrong type of room at a Premier Inn.

The hotel chain says it'll look at how to make online bookings easier.

Appeal for help finding wanted man

A man who failed to attend court after being charged with a serious driving offence is being sought by police in North Yorkshire.

Marcin Wiczynski
North Yorkshire Police

Marcin Wiczynski, 30, of Scarborough, is wanted after magistrates in the town issued a warrant for his arrest.

He failed to attend court after he was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He is described as about 5ft 7ins tall and of average build. He has short, brown receding hair and speaks with an Eastern European accent.

Anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Weather: A cold weekend

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Get your thick coat ready - it's going to be a cold weekend!

Here's the latest forecast:


BreakingA63 blocked due to accident

BBC News Travel

Traffic is currently at a standstill on the A63 at North Ferriby due to an accident.

The A63 westbound is blocked between B1231 Melton Road and Low Field Lane.

Three vehicles are involved.

Listen: Leeds nurse jailed for sexually abusing patient

A mental health nurse has been jailed for eight months for sexually abusing a patient during a home visit.

Luke Smith, 30, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder at Leeds Crown Court.

Smith, of Manderston Chase, Armley, lost his job after what he described as "a moment of madness" when the offence happened at the male victim's home in Leeds in January 2017.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has spoken anonymously to the BBC:

RNLI rescue fisherman with a broken leg

A fisherman with a broken leg has been rescued by a crew from the RNLI in Skegness.


The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the stations Shannon class all-weather lifeboat shortly after midnight along with its own rescue helicopter to assist in evacuating the injured man from the 40ft vessel.

The boat, with three people on board, was operating in the Wash when an incident on board left the skipper with a broken leg.

He was taken to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital for treatment.

Concern for missing teenagers

An appeal is being made to help find to two 13-year-olds who have gone missing from Hull.

Reece Roberts and Leia Waller
Humberside Police

Reece Roberts was reported missing on Wednesday and Leia Waller was reported missing yesterday but they are believed to be together.

They are known to frequent the Bransholme and Kingswood areas of the city and it was reported they were seen on Kimmeridge Close earlier today.

Humberside Police are appealing for them to get in touch.

Police warning over selling knives to youths

Police are reminding shopkeepers that it is illegal to sell knives to under-18s, after seven out of 23 shops failed a test set by officers.

The West Yorkshire force, working with underage cadet volunteers, tried to buy knives in 23 shops of varying size.

Youth holding knife

Det Ch Insp Chris Gibson is West Yorkshire Police’s Operational Knife Crime Lead.

He said: "In the wrong hands knives are a potentially lethal weapon. As a senior detective I have seen first-hand the tragic consequences knife crime can have in our communities.

“It is disappointing therefore that stores sold knives to the young people. The knives sold were mainly large kitchen knives that could easily kill someone."

Watch: Red Arrows pilot's death was 'preventable' - Father

The father of a Red Arrows pilot who died when his ejection seat activated during pre-flight checks has been speaking after the sentencing of the manufacturer.

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, 35, was ejected while conducting pre-flight safety checks at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire in 2011.

The parachute on the seat did not then deploy and the airman was fatally injured.

Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd previously admitted to breaching safety laws at Lincoln Crown Court and has now been fined £1.1m.

Following the sentencing, Jim Cunningham said his son's death could have been avoided:

Microchip scanning devices now in police stations

A scheme to trace owners of stray and lost dogs is under way in East Yorkshire police stations.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Stuart Allen, the council's senior Dog Warden and Humberside Police's PC Brandon Ward
East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Microchip scanning devices can now be found in police stations in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole and Hornsea/Withernsea.

All dogs must now be microchipped by law so any lost or stray pets can be scanned by police staff and reunite with their owners without the involvement of the council’s dog wardens.

Being able to quickly identify a dog’s owner when it has been used for committing offences and abandoned allows us to follow up further lines of enquiry very quickly. Another benefit is that we can identify dogs which have been reported lost or stolen and return them to their rightful owner.”

Wildlife/rural crime officer, Humberside PolicePC Brandon Ward

Calls for rail spending assurances for Yorkshire

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

There are new calls for the government to guarantee Yorkshire will get extra trains to and from London, despite the East Coast franchise being cancelled.

Virgin Trains

Virgin and Stagecoach had promised new services from Leeds, York, Bradford, Harrogate and Huddersfield.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which oversees transport, has now written to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, asking if they'll still go ahead.

The letter says: "Businesses in our region have been planning on the basis of a significant in direct services between our towns and cities and London which have now been placed in doubt.

"Part of the doubt stems from the fact that no decision has been made on who will run the trains."

Mr Grayling has said he is considering two approaches to the future of the East Coast service.

One option is to allow Stagecoach to continue operating the franchise on a short-term and not-for-profit basis until a new contract is awarded in 2020.

Alternatively, East Coast Mainline could be brought back under government control and be run by the Department for Transport through an operator of last resort.

Saving lives in Lincolnshire

The message of BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Save a Life campaign continues to spread.


Last year, the radio station worked with St John Ambulance and the LIVES charity to train more than 20,000 people in lifesaving CPR skills.

Although the campaign was wrapped up last year, LIVES is continuing and has now trained almost 1,000 people in just eight weeks.

Warning over roadside flyposting in East Yorkshire

Signs like this one advertising Beverley's Mistletoe Fair were put up by the side of roads without permission at various locations across East Yorkshire last year, according to the county council.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Now, the business responsible, Cottage Industries Ltd, of Ings Lane, Dunswell, has been ordered to pay £1,763 for fly-posting.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council gave the firm the chance to remove the signs itself, but after failing to do so took the company was taken to court.

All advertising should take place on private land but may be subject to planning restrictions, the council warns.

We will act to investigate any signs put up on the highway without permission as they could be a hazard to motorists."

Mike FeatherbyHead of streetscene services, East Riding Council

'I keep having to pinch myself' - Halifax lotto winner

A gardener from Halifax who's won £1m on the lottery says he's not going hang up his spade just yet...

Mark and Ruth Chalmers
The National Lottery

Mark Chalmers, 56, (pictured above with his wife Ruth) won the prize in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw on 13 February.

Mr Chalmers says he and his wife, Ruth, 57, now plan to help their two daughters, who are currently in rented accommodation, to get on to the property ladder.

And he says he has no plans to give up his gardening work just yet.

"I could never let my customers down. I love my work and the people I work for so I do not have any plans to stop working at the moment," he says.

"I do have to keep pinching myself as I am constantly thinking this has to be a dream which I am going to wake up from."

Don't drive to police station with 'wanted' passenger

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New system costing £75m aimed at avoiding NHS drug errors

Following a study by York and Sheffield universities, £75m is being spent on new computer systems to help NHS staff in England avoid mistakes when giving out drugs.

York University

It comes after the study found that prescription errors could contribute to 22,000 deaths a year.

Did you see a crash and assault?

Humberside Police are looking for two men who could be brothers or twins following an alleged assault on a driver in East Yorkshire on 16 February.

A63 near The Loftsome Bridge Coaching House

The driver says he overtook a red Seat Ibiza on the A63 near The Loftsome Bridge Coaching House near Wressle which he claims was then deliberately driven into the back of him.

The Seat driver then overtook and pulled over further down the road.

Two men got out and flagged the victim down before allegedly dragging him from his car.

Other drivers stopped to help and the suspects drove off.

Uncertain future for Louth hospital

The future of Louth Hospital remains uncertain despite it getting a cut of nearly £4m for improvement works.

Louth Hospital

The money is being spent on safety improvements and dementia friendly areas.

But BBC Radio Lincolnshire has been told the future of the hospital site is still being discussed, and the work has no bearing on any decision.

Commissioners will be working to look at decisions for future planning for care services across Lincolnshire, but I think for us we're really focused on what we're delivering now."

Lisa Staley-GreenDirector of Nursing and Operations at the Lincolnshire Community Health Trust

Illegal gambling machines seized

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs has seized six unlawful gambling machines from five pubs in Selby.

HMRC seized the gambling machines
Getty Images

The joint operation was carried out with the Gambling Commission, North Yorkshire Police and Selby District Council.

Machines were found which were unregistered and discovered duty was not being paid on them, according to HMRC. They say the unpaid tax cost the taxpayer about £19,000.

The machines were seized as well as £5,500 in cash.

Man jailed for robbery and burglary in Doncaster

A man from Doncaster has been jailed after pleading guilty to a street robbery and an attempted burglary.

Mitchell Kemp
South Yorkshire Police

Nineteen-year-old Mitchell Kemp of Pickering Road in the town robbed a man of his mobile phone near Doncaster transport interchange.

His fingerprints were also found at the scene of an attempted burglary.

He's been given two years and nine months in prison.

Timetable for change to hospital services

A timetable for major changes to hospital services in East Yorkshire has been released today.

East Riding CCG

The East Riding's new urgent care centres will start operating on Wednesday 4 April.

Despite campaigns against the changes, three new centres are being created in Beverley, Bridlington and Goole and the minor injuries unit at Hornsea will close in April.

Those at Driffield and Withernsea are being downgraded, and will offer urgent daytime appointments only.

Transport will be provided on a case-by-case basis for people in Withernsea who need to visit the nearest urgent care centre in Beverley.

Cloudy Cleethorpes

We love the dramatic contrast in this photo of a cloudy Cleethorpes beach today.

Cleethorpes beach

There's still a chance of some sunny spells this afternoon though!

Hambleton businesses gearing up for Tour de Yorkshire

Four hundred companies across Hambleton will be getting postcards telling them how to prepare for this year's Tour de Yorkshire.

The tips will include making sure staff can speak to customers about the race, dressing businesses in the Tour's colours of blue and yellow, adapting opening times around the event and working together.

Preparing for this year's Tour de Yorkshire
Hambleton District Council

Cyclists will pass through Crakehall, Bedale, Morton on Swale , Northallerton, Thirsk and Sutton under Whitestonecliffe before heading up Sutton Bank on Saturday 5 May. There'll be a sprint at Morton on Swale and a King of the Mountains stage on Sutton Bank.

The Hambleton stage will finish at Scarborough's North Bay.

Thousands turned out at Sutton Bank in 2016

Macbeth comes to Hull

Theatre lovers will be able to enjoy Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy in Hull next year.

Macbeth poster
National Theatre

The National Theatre will return to Hull New Theatre following the company's success with Hedda Gabler in 2017.

Casting for "The Scottish Play" has yet to be announced but tickets will be on sale from 6 March.

I’m delighted that Macbeth will be touring the UK and Ireland following its run in the Olivier Theatre earlier in the year. We’re really excited by what is coming out of the rehearsal room and it’s particularly rewarding to be able to take this brilliant play to so many towns and cities. We fully intend to give audiences a fresh and dynamic view of this timeless classic.”

Rufus NorrisNT Artistic Director

Woman's body found in Bradford

The body of a woman has been found in Bradford

Wapping Road

The discovery was made yesterday afternoon by a member of the public.

West Yorkshire Police say the 37-year-old woman was found at about 17:05 on Wapping Road near Shipley Airedale Road and are investigating the circumstances around her death.

Officers say they are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area on Sunday night into Monday morning to get in contact.

A15 reopens in Lincolnshire

BBC News Travel

The A15 north of Lincoln has reopened.

It was closed in both directions between Caenby Corner and Kirton in Lindsey after a lorry carrying potatoes overturned.

Investigations continue two years on from Didcot explosion

It's two years today since a building collapse at Didcot Power Station killed four men, two of them from Rotherham.

Didcot aftermath

Kenneth Cresswell and John Shaw died after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Oxfordshire plant.

Both men had been involved in preparing a tower for demolition when the collapse happened.

The men who were killed
Family handouts

The men's families continue their wait for a full inquest, and alongside that there are two ongoing investigations; one by the police, the other by the Health and Safety Executive.

BreakingEjection seat maker fined after Red Arrows pilot dies

The company which makes ejection seats for the RAF has been fined £1.1m following the death of a Red Arrows pilot.

Ministry Of Defence
Ministry Of Defence

35-year-old Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died in 2011 when his ejection seat activated during pre-flight checks at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Limited admitted a breach of health and safety legislation and were sentenced today in Lincoln.

CCTV released after purse theft

Police in Leeds want to speak to these two women after a woman had her purse stolen on a train.

British Transport Police

It happened last month as the woman went to leave the train. Two other women bumped into her and she noticed her purse was missing.

If you can help, call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40

Lincolnshire's top stories this lunchtime

Here are the top stories from the Lincolnshire newsroom so far today:

Weather: Mostly dry but turning colder

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Variable cloud, some sunnier spells and the risk of an isolated shower this afternoon but dry for most.

It will be largely dry through tonight with a mixture of cloud and clear periods but it will turn cold with the risk of a frost developing.

Weather graphic

Listen: Shock as former council leader quits party

The City of York Council still has no permanent leader today after councillors failed to back Conservative Group leader Ian Gillies.

The situation arose after David Carr (pictured below) quit the Conservative party last night. He was sacked last week following a vote of no confidence.

He'll now serve as an Independent along with Suzie Mercer who also quit the Conservative Group and Party.

David Carr is now an Independent Councillor
York Conservatives

There'll be another meeting in a week to try to appoint a new leader.

Until then, Liberal Democrat Andrew Waller (pictured below) is in temporary charge: