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Theresa May to resign as prime minister

Theresa May is to quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving way for contest to decide new UK prime minister.

Theresa May
PA

In an emotional statement in Downing Street Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the EU referendum result.

It would remain a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

BreakingTheresa May to quit as leader on 7 June

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June.

Theresa May
Reuters

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It should be dry and fine today, with light winds and a good deal of sunny spells.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire weather: Sunny start and staying warm

There will be a good deal of dry, warm and sunny weather today, with some patchy cloud likely to develop.

One or two showers may also form this afternoon, although these will be isolated.

Any showers will fade this evening, to leave it dry overnight with clear periods and perhaps one or two mist patches:

Weather graphic
BBC

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 running to time so far.

However, the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is reported to have been cancelled.

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

Charity celebrates 30 years of empowering young women

A Leeds charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary by sharing stories from young women across the city whose lives it has helped improve.

Getaway Girls
Getaway Girls

Getaway Girls, based in Harehills, empowers girls and young women aged 11 to 25 to build their confidence, develop new skills and take positive risks.

It was set up in 1989 and since then has supported more than 12,560 young women who have been affected by issues such as domestic violence, teenage pregnancy,poverty and sexual exploitation.

Emily shared her story of how the charity helped her after she was involved in a controlling relationship and became pregnant at 19.

By joining the charity's young mums' group she was able to find friendship and support.

"As a young, single mum, you're automatically put into a category," she said.

"Your life is over, no chance of amounting to anything.

"It didn't matter how many GCSEs or A Levels I had, or had, or what my talents were. All my friends were off being normal 19-year-olds and I'm at home with my baby.

"It was nice to spend time with people that actually understood what it was like to be in my shoes."

A celebration event is being held at The Faversham later to mark the birthday milestone.

Thousands of bags of litter cleared in roads spring clean

More than 5,000 bags of litter have been collected from Yorkshire's motorways over the last two months in a big spring clean, Highways England has revealed.

Litter pickers
HIghways England

The organisation's "litter champion", Tim Calvert, says: "Staff found settees, microwaves, a carpet and even a mattress dumped at the side of the M1 and M18."

Rubbish bags
Highways England

Nationally, about 200,000 bags of litter are collected from UK motorways every year, according to Highways England.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and just a little patchy cloud.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and a little breezy.

Tonight will be dry and the winds will ease.

There will be lengthy clear periods, with occasional misty patches:

Weather graphic
BBC

European elections 2019: Polls held across Yorkshire

Voters across Yorkshire and the whole of the UK are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Polling station sign
EPA

Seventy-three MEPs will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from three MEPs in the North East and Northern Ireland to 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK will be open until 22:00.

Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the whole process completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Check you 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 running to time so far.

However:

  • The 06:53 Sheffield to Plymouth service is delayed
  • The 06:47 Wakefield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • The 07:28 Sheffield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is cancelled

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

Drugs, cash seized and 11 arrested in 'county lines' raids

Police cracking down on drug gang activity in West Yorkshire say they've made 11 so-called "county lines" arrests in the past week.

Suspect in handcuffs
BBC

County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.

As part of the operation, offices seized cocaine and cash to a value of £120,000 as well as a quantity of crack cocaine.

The force says a vulnerable man and a vulnerable woman were also identified and safeguarded.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

Watch my full forecast here:

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 running to time so far.

However, the 07:54 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

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

Unsafe driving targeted in M1 police operation

More than 100 vehicles were stopped by police in Yorkshire as they clamped down on motorists driving illegally on the motorway.

A lorry carrying some stone
South Yorkshire Police

Five vehicles were seized by South and West Yorkshire police officers as part of the week-long operation between junctions 30-42 of the M1.

One HGV which was stopped was seen carrying stone slabs held only with netting, while a van packed to a dangerous level with metal goods was also taken off the road.

A red van
South Yorkshire Police

Two people were also arrested for immigration offences, South Yorkshire Police said.

Flower power as Yorkshire stars visit gold canal garden

The gold medal-winning Yorkshire canal garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show has been attracting some of the region's most famous faces.

Judy Dench
Welcome to Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.

Ian McMillan
Welcome to Yorkshire

York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Welcome to Yorkshire

Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...

In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains

If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:

Overhead cable
LNER

Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.

The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.

The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Canal gates in garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".

Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be warm, dry and sunny today.

It will remain dry tonight with light winds.

However, there is the chance of mist developing in some areas:

Weather graphic
BBC

Can lock gates open floodgates on flower show success?

It's hoped that two canal lock gates will help raise the level of Yorkshire's chances at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show today.

Lock gates
BBC

The canals of West Yorkshire are the inspiration for East Yorkshire designer Mark Gregory's garden representing tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

It features two genuine lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

About 170,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from across the world are expected at the London show.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

New summer train timetable: Check before you travel

If you've got a train to catch in Yorkshire today it might be a good idea to check the timetable before you set off as it's the first working day of the new summer timetable.

Train departure board
Getty Images

Train companies say they are making every effort to avoid the chaos, disruption and cancellations which happened at this time last year.

Network Rail says it's learned the lessons of last summer's disruption when a more extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network and on Govia Thameslink.

Train operators say they will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

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

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry morning and the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

Friday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be largely dry, but there is the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Rain will move in from the North Sea through the course of this evening and overnight.

Wx graphic
BBC

Violent gang suspects held in dawn raids

Suspected gang members thought to have been involved in robberies and assaults across Yorkshire were arrested in dawn raids earlier.

Police officers climb through a broken window
Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police led an operation at seven properties in Oldham as part of a crackdown on an organised crime group.

Five men – aged 22, 28, 28, 30 and 38 – have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Officers raid a property
Greater Manchester Police

The gang are thought to operate in West and South Yorkshire and are being investigated in connection with 120 offences, including aggravated burglary, robbery, car theft, assault, violent disorder and criminal damage.

Police forces in Yorkshire have been working with Greater Manchester Police as part of Operation Hansford.

Police officers with a man who's been arrested
Greater Manchester Police

All five men remain in police custody for questioning.

HS2 construction should have started in North - Report

Construction of the planned high-speed rail link connecting Leeds and Sheffield with London should have started in the north of England, a House of Lords committee has said.

HS2
HS2

The first phase of HS2 will run from London to Birmingham through Warwickshire and is scheduled to open in December 2026.

The project is expected to cost £56bn, but there are fears this figure will increase as the rail line is built.

Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, says the government also needs to improve links between Sheffield and Leeds and between Manchester and Sheffield at the same time.

"You should be trying to deliver HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail together. That could deliver significant savings", he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"If at the same time you're trying to improve the line, or build new bits of infrastructure between, say, Sheffield and Leeds and Sheffield and Manchester, it makes perfect sense to build that at the same time as the new HS2 line."

The government says it disagrees with the committee's findings.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with sunny spells, but there will be areas of cloud and it'll be cooler than yesterday.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine sunny start this morning.

This afternoon it will remain dry and sunny, but some cloud will build.

The cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers:

weather graphic
BBC

'Not enough handcuffs' for wasps after 999 call

A person called the police's emergency 999 line to report "out of control" wasps in their garden.

West Yorkshire Police tweeted that they "don't have enough handcuffs to lock them all up".

The force want to highlight some of the 999 calls they received which are not emergencies.

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Unit identifies scores of paedophile suspects in one year

A total of 71 suspected paedophiles were arrested last year by a new specialist Regional Organised Crime Unit working in Yorkshire, police have revealed.

Police
BBC

The job of the unit, created a year ago and based in Yorkshire, is to "identify those who use the internet to contact children for sexual purposes and to safeguard victims and potential victims", according to police.

Members of the team use social media channels, instant messaging apps and other online platforms where it's known children can be groomed.

Det Insp Jonathan Best said: “Our ability to identify those posing the greatest risk to children in the region has been significantly advanced by this unit.

“The overwhelming evidence gathered has meant so far every single person arrested and who has subsequently gone through the court process has been convicted.

"Last year the unit’s officers identified and protected 74 vulnerable children."

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry, fine and warm day ahead with lots of sunshine.

Watch my full forecast here:

First passengers for new East Coast high-speed trains

A brand new type of train for the East Coast Main Line will carry its first paying passengers later.

Azuma train
LNER

It's claimed the Azumas, built by Hitachi, the same firm which made Japan's Bullet Train, will speed up journeys between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London.

They replace others trains that are more than 30-years-old.

Rail company LNER says it will offer extra services to Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield as a result of the introduction of the 65 new trains.

The new trains are set to begin operating on the East Coast Main Line five months later than planned.

Plans to introduce the trains in December were abandoned after the electric-diesel locomotives were found to interfere with trackside signalling equipment.

Yorkshire's warm Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with lots of sunshine.

This evening it will remain fine with plenty of late sunshine.

Through tonight it will remain dry with long clear spells, but there could be some patches of mist and fog forming too:

Weather graphic
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 running to time so far.

However, the 07:18 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled.

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

Bullied Syrian teenager fears for his safety
The family of a Syrian boy who was attacked at his school in Huddersfield has moved after they received death threats.

New fall in Yorkshire jobless figures

Unemployment in Yorkshire has fallen again, according to the latest official statistics.

Job centre
BBC

Figures show there was a drop of 12,000 people without jobs in the region between January and March, to 130,000.

The Office for National Statistics report shows the number of people out of work nationally now stands at 1.3 million people.

That's 119,000 fewer than a year earlier and 914,000 fewer than five years previously.