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  1. Passenger in 'swerving car' had two-month-old baby on lap

    A driver was stopped by police for swerving on the M1 and a passenger was found with a two-month-old baby on their lap.

    West Yorkshire Police said the vehicle was on a family trip when it was stopped near junction 43 near Leeds:

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  2. Yorkshire firefighters to get 'jaws of life' cutting kit

    Firefighters in Yorkshire are getting new state-of-the-art rescue equipment to cut people out of crashed cars.

    Firefighters next to a smashed up car

    The new battery operated "jaws of life" are in the process of being rolled out across South and West Yorkshire.

    Emergency services in both of the regions joined forces to buy the equipment, which is made by a company in Wakefield.

    Firefighter Steve Milner said: "It's a massive improvement from the hydraulic ones - it's less noisy so less traumatic for a casualty."

  3. Scarborough to be affiliated with Royal Navy warship

    A Royal Navy warship is to be affiliated Scarborough to recognise the town's long-standing support for the military.

    HMS Duncan

    The Ministry of Defence says "cutting edge" destroyer HMS Duncan will make regular visits to the seaside town, which will host the national Armed Forces Day next year.

    Defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement during a trip to his birth place of Scarborough.

    He said: "The ship’s new affiliation will not just honour this great town right across the world, but also pay tribute to thousands of Yorkshiremen and women who have served in armed forces."

  4. Festive pub trip for retired police dog

    A police dog who retired after having a leg amputated is "adapting really well" to life outside the force - enjoying a Boxing Day trip to the pub.

    Fireside K9, a charity which supports West Yorkshire's retired police dogs, posted a picture of PD Alfie on Twitter:

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  5. 'Good fir nothing?' Putting old Christmas trees to new use

    Old Christmas trees could be used to make sugar and even paint, researchers in Sheffield have claimed.

    Child runs through a forest of Christmas trees

    A team at the University of Sheffield are working on environmentally-friendly ways to reuse pine needles.

    PhD student Cynthia Kartey said: "If we could convert these used Christmas trees to sugars it would be a great way of saving space in landfills."

  6. Fernando Forestieri: Arrest warrant for Wednesday striker

    An arrest warrant for Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri has been issued after he missed a court appearance earlier today.

    Mansfield Court House

    He was due to appear in front of magistrates in Mansfield accused of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour and racially aggravated harassment.

    The court confirmed the 28-year-old, of Chambers Grove, Sheffield, failed to attend and a warrant without bail has now been issued.

  7. Charge to be introduced for park and ride scheme

    A previously free park and ride scheme in Doncaster is to start charging some users.

    Doncaster Racecourse park and ride

    From 1 January users will have to pay 50p each way to use the service between Doncaster Racecourse and Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

    The service is provided at a "substantial cost," according to the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust.

    Parking will remain free but costs will cover bus and car park upgrades.

    Staff with an NHS ID badge will travel for free, along with those with a local authority bus pass and patients and visitors connected with certain critical and cancer-related treatment, the trust said.

  8. Consultation ends on Post Office move to WH Smith

    It's the last day for people to have their say on plans to move Crown Post Offices in York and Scarborough into WH Smith stores

    Post Office

    Under the plans branches including those in Beverley, Harrogate, Northallerton, Pontefract, Scarborough, Selby and York, will move into the high street retailer.

    The Post Office plans to move up to 61 more branches into WH Smith stores over the next year.

    Consultations on the idea close later today.

  9. Driffield makes it into top 10 for house price increases

    House prices in Driffield have gone up by nearly 7% over the last year - the eighth biggest increase in England.

    A sign for Driffield town

    The East Yorkshire town made it into the top 10 places with the biggest growth in house prices, according to property website Zoopla.

    It looked at house prices over the past year and found the average value of a property in Driffield was £209,406 which was an increase of 6.93%

    According to the analysis, Ryde on the Isle Of Wight has seen the biggest house price increase over the past year.

    Across Britain's nations and regions, prices in Scotland have seen the biggest percentage growth while property values in London have experienced a slight dip.

    Richard Donnell, insight director at Zoopla said: "Affordability levels remain attractive in many areas outside of southern England, a trend we expect to continue into 2019."

  10. All-female Yorkshire MP Parliament portrait takeover

    How about this for real girl power?

    Three Yorkshire MPs have been included in an exhibition of female politicians captured by female photographers.

    Yvette Cooper, Sarah Champion, Tracy Brabin

    The exhibition 209 Women is on show at Portcullis House at the Houses of Parliament.

    "I wanted to give the photographers the total freedom of expression," says Hilary Wood, founder of 209 Women and one of the curators of the show.

    Hannah Starkey photographed Yvette Cooper, Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, at a restaurant not far from where she lives.

    Before the shoot, she wanted to get to know Cooper and shadowed her at work in her constituency for a day.

    "It really opened my eyes to what MPs have to do, from the very small grass roots to the big issues," she says.

    Two other Yorkshire MPs, Sarah Champion Labour MP for Rotherham and Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, are also featured in the exhibition.

    Tickets are free and available for booking on Parliament's website.

  11. Keep on running: Police officer's 120 marathons

    A North Yorkshire police officer is to keep on running and running to raise £500,000 for charity by completing 120 marathons in 120 days.

    Royal Baths

    Graham Wilson will take on the challenge from next March, with his first marathon taking place in Harrogate.

    He's due to hang up his badge after almost three decades with North Yorkshire Police and describes the challenge as his "retirement plan."

  12. Three held over Beeston death

    Three people remain in custody over the murder of a man in Leeds on Boxing Day.

    The cordon

    Of the seven people arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 30-year-old man who died after being seriously injured in a disturbance in Robb Street, Beeston, a 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman remain in custody.

    Three other men and two women have been released without charge.

    A 35-year-old man is also now in custody on suspicion of murder after being arrested yesterday.

    Police have not yet released the identity of the dead man.

  13. Female farmers flourish

    More women than ever are getting into farming, according to an agricultural college in Yorkshire.

    Farm animals

    Askham Bryan College, near York, says a third of its students are now women.

    The college also said it was seeing more students coming from non-farming backgrounds.

  14. Children's services budget up by £12m

    A council in South Yorkshire says it's spending £12m a year more on its children's services than it was three years ago.

    Rotherham Town Hall

    Rotherham Council say the extra cash is due to an increase in demand, which it says has risen by more than 50% over that time, from 400 children in care, to almost 650.

    The council says it wants to find more foster carers who can help look after children on a temporary basis.

  15. Six arrests after men taken to hospital in Hull fight

    Six people have been arrested after a fight in a Hull city centre bar.

    Silver Street

    Two men were taken to hospital after the altercation at about 21:00 last night on Silver Street.

    The six people, two women and four men, arrested remain in custody.

  16. Injury hits Yorkshire rowers Atlantic challenge

    One of four North Yorkshire men attempting to row across the Atlantic is vowing he'll be back after having to give up the oars because of an injury.

    Fraser's message

    Will, Duncan, Fraser and Glyn, a Royal Engineer, an ex-Royal Marine, a civilian and an RAF Chief Technician, are known as Team Row4Victory.

    They left from the Canary Islands just under two weeks ago.

    They're rowing around the clock to Antigua, in the West Indies, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

    However, Fraser's developed a problem with a muscle from his shin into the top of his right ankle and can't row.

    Fraser says: "Emotionally I find myself in a dark place, the lads are having to pick up the slack and boat speed is down.

    "I'm feeling like little more than self loading ballast, but the lads have rallied round to make me still feel part of the team.

    "I’m doing what I can by making sure there's always food waiting for them and their water bottles are filled, cleaning the boat and washing kit to make sure no one else goes down with an illness."

    Fraser's confident he'll be back on the oars as soon as possible to help the team complete their challenge.

  17. Search to reunite Withernsea bunker workers

    A search is on to reunite the women who worked in a secret underground bunker near Withernsea during the Cold War years.

    Ventilation shafts above the bunker

    A reunion is being organised to bring together hundreds of women who served years underground at RAF Holmpton, monitoring the skies above the east coast for enemy aircraft.

    Janet Levesley, a veteran of the bunker, said: "It would just be so nice to meet up and catch up and I think there will be a lot of fond memories."

    Entrance tunnel to the bunker

    The reunion will take place at RAF Holmpton on International Women's Day, 8 March, to coincide with the opening of a photography exhibition featuring some of the women who worked there.

  18. A64: Five taken to hospital after crash

    A crash on the A64 in North Yorkshire has left five people requiring hospital treatment.

    North Yorkshire Police say they were taken to hospital "as a precaution" after the two-vehicle collision near Sand Hutton:

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  19. Man sought after assault on two men

    Do you recognise this man? Detectives say they want to identify him following a violent assault in Leeds.

    CCTV

    It happened at about 10:40 on 15 December.

    Officers say a man approached two men as they were walking along Granary Wharf in Leeds.

    CCTV

    The man then became physically aggressive with the two victims before punching both of them, leaving them with facial injuries.

    Officers have today releasing images of a man they believe may have information which could help them investigate.

    CCTV

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact British Transport Police.

  20. 'Hazardous' 14th Century stairs at best wedding venue

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The wooden staircase of a 14th Century building in a botanical garden in York is to be replaced after fears it has become a hazard.

    Hospitium

    The Grade II-listed Hospitium, in the city's Museum Gardens, was named the best wedding venue in Yorkshire at the English Wedding Awards this year.

    A planning application statement says: "The staircase is now defective and is increasingly a hazard, as it also functions as the fire escape stair for the upper hall."

    If the plans go ahead, the existing staircase will be removed and replaced with a "structurally sound" set of stairs, fitting the appearance of the building.