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Police use HGV to catch distracted lorry drivers

Police officers in South Yorkshire have been using an HGV to catch lorry drivers breaking the law, with more than 30 vehicles so far being stopped.

A lorry's cab
South Yorkshire Police

In total, 29 lorries and four cars were stopped by police for various offences, including using a mobile phone and having an unsafe load.

The truck, nicknamed the HGV Supercab, can overtake lorries, allowing police officers in the cab to clearly see professional drivers.

It's been used on the M1, M18 and M180.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However, a points failure at Castleford means a reduced service is running at the station. Trains may be cancelled or may not call at the station, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Disruption between Leeds and Sheffield/Knottingley and between Huddersfield/Leeds/Castleford is expected to continue until 09:00.

Otherwise:

  • The 08:21 Leeds to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 08:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
  • The 10:07 York to Sunderland service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

More names hit stage for BBC's Flood Relief concert

New acts have been announced to play at a concert raising money for people affected by flooding in Doncaster - and tickets are still available.

An image advertising the concert
BBC

Hundreds of homes were evacuated when flooding hit South Yorkshire last month.

A fundraising appeal, by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, has so far raised almost £500,000.

A concert has been organised by BBC Radio Sheffield to help more people affected by the flooding.

More names have been added to the bill, including comedian and writer Nina Gilligan.

She joins TV's Paul Sinha and Justin Moorhouse, along with music from Doncaster's Bang Bang Romeo and The Everly Pregnant Brothers.

Tickets for Tuesday's Doncaster Dome gig are still on sale, costing £15, with all money going to the appeal.

This concert is a great way to give something back and hopefully bring a smile to people’s faces after a really tough time."

Toby FosterPresenter, BBC Radio Sheffield
Dino Visser was making only his second appearance in English football

Dino Visser saves all three penalties to help Exeter reach the EFL Trophy last 16, while Ipswich, Bristol Rovers, Tranmere and Leicester's Under-21s also progress.

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Bob Willis: 'Headingley hero' and ex-England captain dies

Former England cricket captain Bob Willis, who took 325 wickets in 90 Test matches, has died at the age of 70.

Australia's Geoff Lawson is bowled by England's Bob Willis at Headingley in 1981
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He is perhaps best known for claiming a career-best 8-43 to help secure a famous win over Australia at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes.

The fast bowler played for England between 1971 and 1984, and is behind only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Botham on the list of England's highest Test wicket-takers.

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Willis captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before retiring in 1984.

He has since become a successful broadcaster, and worked for Sky Sports as part of their coverage of this summer's Ashes series.

Search under way for new Sheffield Council boss

The search has been launched for a new chief executive at Sheffield City Council following John Mothersole's announcement in October that he is retiring.

Sheffield Town Hall
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An interim chief executive has been selected, with Charlie Adan recommended to take over the role temporarily while the search goes on, the council says.

Mark Bennett, the authority's director of HR, said: "It is vital we appoint someone with the experience required for this role, providing a strong level of leadership and expertise in shaping and delivering member priorities within a large local authority organisation."

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be partly cloudy at first, with the occasional light shower and some bright spells.

This afternoon, cloud will thicken and it'll become breezy with some patchy rain.

Skies will clear for a time through the middle of the night, but will build again towards dawn:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, the vast majority of services appear to be generally running on time.

However, overrunning engineering work between Chesterfield and Sheffield means the line from Chesterfield towards Sheffield is currently blocked.

Where possible, trains will be diverted, not calling at Dronfield and disruption is expected to continue until approximately 15:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Otherwise:

  • The 08:23 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
  • The 08:26 Sheffield to London St Pancras service has been cancelled
  • The 08:45 Leeds to Horsforth service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 08:53 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central service has been cancelled
  • The 09:29 Sheffield to London St Pancras service has been cancelled
  • The 09:54 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

First Pacers leave Northern rail network

The first of Northern's fleet of 102 Pacer trains have been taken off the rail network, the operator has said.

A Pacer train
Northern

The outdated trains, many of which have been running for 35 years, were due to be taken out of use by 2020.

But, with just a few weeks of the year left, only three trains have been retired.

The much-maligned trains will continue to be retired and then scrapped over the coming months, with "a handful" remaining.

Northern, which covers the North West, North East, Midlands and Yorkshire, has said 101 brand new trains will join their fleet as part of a £600m investment.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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There are major problems on train services to, from and through Calderdale in West Yorkshire this morning. Click here for all the latest details.

Otherwise:

  • The 08:44 York to Plymouth service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 09:31 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 10:07 York to Sunderland service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Second week of strikes for university

Students at Sheffield Hallam University are going into their second week of strike action in solidarity with striking staff.

Two students
LDRS

Students claim they are being asked to "grass up" lecturers by filling in a form showing which teaching sessions have been missed due to the strike.

The university said the form enabled them to monitor disruption to students.

The online form asked students to name the member of staff who had not appeared, along with the time, date, course and module.

Members of the University and Colleges Union at Sheffield Hallam are taking action over pay and conditions as part of a national dispute.

'Can't wait to get started' - Yorkshire's new tourism boss

Tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire has announced who will take over as its new chief executive.

James Mason
Welcome to Yorkshire

James Mason, 41, who was born and raised in Bradford and was previously chief operating officer at Bradford City FC, will take up the post in the New Year.

He'll take over from Sir Gary Verity who resigned on health grounds in March and who has since faced allegations of bullying and inappropriately claiming expenses.

Mr Mason said: "I know the organisation has been through a challenging period and I understand the need for transparency going forward...I really can't wait to get started."

Peter Box, chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This is a new start for Welcome to Yorkshire and I’m very much looking forward to working with James to build on the organisation’s fantastic foundations."

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, the vast majority of services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 York to Glasgow Central service has been cancelled
  • The 08:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
  • The 08:41 Bradford Forster Square to Skipton service has been cancelled
  • The 08:52 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
  • The 09:11 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
  • The 09:18 Leeds to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
  • The 09:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Labour launches 'regional manifestos' in England

Labour has promised an "investment blitz" across England to bring "wealth, power and prosperity" to communities.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell
PA Media

The party launched regional manifestos for each part of the country on Friday, including pledges on transport, housing and jobs.

Each manifesto outlines plans for individual regions, with most of the pledges to be paid for by Labour's £250bn Green Transformation Fund - a pot of money raised through borrowing it promises to spend on projects to improve sustainability.

The pledges impacting on Yorkshire include:

  • Northern Powerhouse Rail - improving connections between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, and Newcastle, and cutting journey times
  • Nine plastics remanufacture and recycling sites - one for each region

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement would "bring our country back together".

But Tory minister Jake Berry said it was "a clear distraction from Corbyn's failure to set out a Brexit plan".

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, be aware that a fault with the signalling system between Marsden and Huddersfield is causing disruption to journeys between Stalybridge and Huddersfield, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Passengers are being warned that services may be cancelled, delayed or revised, with disruption expected to last until at least 10:00.

Otherwise in West Yorkshire:

  • The 08:18 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 08:38 York to Middlesbrough service has been cancelled
  • The 08:52 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:18 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Hillsborough police chief cleared of manslaughter

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield has been found not guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans in the 1989 disaster.

David Duckenfield
PA Media

Former South Yorkshire Police Ch Supt Duckenfield, 75, was cleared after a seven-week retrial at Preston Crown Court.

The jury at his original trial earlier this year failed to agree a verdict.

Mr Duckenfield, of Ferndown, Dorset, was in charge of the FA Cup semi-final at which 96 Liverpool fans died.

Due to the law at the time, there can be no prosecution over the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland.

This is because he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 09:11 Bradford Forster Square to Skipton service has been cancelled
  • The 09:21 Leeds to Scarborough service has been cancelled
  • The 09:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Long '101' police wait times despite new £12m system

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Despite £12m being spent to speed up the police "101" call service in South Yorkshire, people are again waiting longer on the line, it's emerged.

A person calling 101
BBC

A new non-emergency "Smart Connect" system was introduced a year ago and there was a big drop in waiting times for callers, but in recent months the delay has worsened, according to South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dr Alan Billings told a public meeting in Barnsley that demand remained high and the 101 service was too often being used for issues the police can do nothing about.

He said: "You would be astonished at how many there are. We have somehow got to educate people not to make these sorts of calls."

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet day with widespread and persistent rain and a risk of flooding.

It'll stay cloudy and wet through the night.

However, rain will tend to become increasingly patchy, especially after midnight:

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BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:48 York to Hull service has been cancelled
  • The 08:53 Leeds to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 09:39 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:52 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Yorkshire Air Ambulance withdraws Prince Andrew connection

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance service (YAA) has become the latest charity to withdraw its connection to the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew
EPA

The YAA said "staff, volunteer and donor opinion" had led to the move by its trustee board.

It follows Prince Andrew's appearance on BBC Newsnight and the controversy over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The duke opened the air ambulance base at Nostell in 2015.

For several months the duke had been facing questions over his ties to US financier Epstein, who took his own life in August while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's accusers, claimed she was forced to have sex with the prince three times.

The duke has always denied any form of sexual contact or relationship with her.

YAA said: "As a charity funded by public donations, we must seriously consider the opinions of our donors and supporters, this has been a significant factor in reaching this decision."

The University of Huddersfield has also said the prince would step down as chancellor.

Scarborough to host first Roses cricket match for 29 years

Next season will see Scarborough host a County Championship Roses match between Yorkshire and Lancashire for the first time since 1991, it's been confirmed.

Yorkshire Cricket fixtures
Yorkshire CCC

The fixture at North Marine Road will start on 14 June.

Yorkshire are also holding their four home One-Day Cup matches away from Headingley, with two at Scarborough and two at York.

York Cricket Club has been rewarded for successfully hosting a first-class match this year - the first time a County Championship match had been played at Wigginton Road since 1890.

Northern Superchargers
Alex Davidson/Getty Images

The increased use of Scarborough and York has been brought about by an unprecedentedly busy domestic fixture list.

Headingley is also home ground to the Northern Superchargers, a franchise in the inaugural 100-ball competition, The Hundred.

The men's side, whose players include England star Ben Stokes, will start their campaign at Old Trafford against the Manchester Originals on 18 July.

The women's team, led by former England all-rounder Danielle Hazel, head to Lord's on 23 July to play London Spirit.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Tuesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:21 York to Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will see a cloudy start for Yorkshire with a few patches of rain, becoming more widespread in the afternoon and evening.

It should also feel milder than in recent days.

Rain will turn more showery overnight, allowing for some dry spells in places:

Weather graphic
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Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:33 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
  • The 08:34 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:14 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
  • The 09:18 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:35 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Fire service in Stand By Your Pan appeal

A Yorkshire fire service has launched a campaign to highlight the risks of leaving cooking unattended.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue says cooking is the leading cause of accidental house fires, with about 1,000 incidents in the least four years.

Students from Mosborough Primary School worked with firefighters to make a video as part of their campaign.

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Weather warning issued for Yorkshire

A yellow "be aware" weather warning has been issued for Yorkshire with heavy rain expected to fall on the county tomorrow.

Rain falling
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The Met Office warning is in place from 04:00 tomorrow morning until Sunday.

Persistent rain could lead to some flooding and disruption, the Met Office added.

Tour de Yorkshire 2020 host towns to be announced

The host towns for next year's Tour de Yorkshire will be unveiled later.

Cyclists
PA Media

The announcement comes a week after both Scarborough and Harrogate ruled themselves out of hosting part of the race.

Earlier this year, the event attracted a record 28 million viewers and it's thought to have brought in nearly £60m to the local economy.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:30 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled
  • The 08:52 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:06 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled
  • The 09:18 Leeds to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Common arthritis drug offers cancer hope - Researchers

Scientists in Sheffield say they've found a way to potentially stop breast cancer spreading to the bone.

A  consultant analyzing a mammogram.
Rui Vieira/PA Media

The team identified a protein in bone marrow which was found to encourage cancer cells to form tumours when they reach the bone.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester then found this protein could be blocked by using a drug currently used to treat arthritis.

Tests on mice found this molecule can be blocked by the drug, which is already available on the NHS.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough has been cancelled
  • The 08:39 service from Leeds to Chester is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:42 service from Bradford Interchange to Manchester has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 14 minutes late
  • The 09:02 service from Bradford Interchange to Chester is running about 10 minutes late

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Doctor Who: Sheffield university honours cast and crew

The cast and crew of a Doctor Who episode that was filmed in Sheffield have accepted honorary doctorates from one of the city's universities.

Doctor Who team
Sheffield Hallam University

The opening episode of series 11, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, featured Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor.

Chris Chibnall, showrunner and executive producer on the series, was awarded the honour of Doctor of Arts by Sheffield Hallam University.

He said it was a "massive team effort" and praised the people of Sheffield.

"From the moment we made the decision for the Doctor to fall out of the sky into the streets and homes of Sheffield in 2018, the residents and the city have treated us brilliantly, on screen and off."

The episode was filmed at various locations across the city and premiered at The Light cinema in Sheffield in September 2018.