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Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS workers vote to strike

Staff at Bradford hospitals have voted to take strike action over plans to set up a new company to run the facilities.

Bradford Royal Infirmary
BBC

Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust wants to transfer workers such as porters and cleaners to a subsidiary company.

It said "patient safety and levels of care" would not be hit "by any industrial action".

Natalie Ratcliffe, of the Unison union, said: "Our members are very angry. We want them to scrap the plans."

Some 97% of votes cast by members were in favour of strike action at Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke's, and Shipley Hospitals, and three community hospitals at Eccleshill, West Wood Park and Westbourne Green.

A walkout involving more than 300 members, lasting up to seven days, could start in July, the union said.

Riley Siswick death: Man found guilty of murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering a three-year-old boy by hitting him so hard he ruptured his bowel.

Smiths Avenue, Marsh
Google

Riley Siswick was found dead two days after he was seriously injured by 27-year-old Kyle Campbell at their home in Huddersfield, in February 2016.

Riley's mother, Kayleigh Siswick, also 27, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

During their trial at Leeds Crown Court, prosecutors said neither Siswick nor Campbell raised the alarm about the toddler's acute and deteriorating condition which "would have been obvious" to anyone.

Both defendants are due to be sentenced later.

Watch: 'Having a mobile phone saved my life'

A Bradford charity is encouraging people to donate their used mobile phones to homeless people.

Hope Housing says the phones allow people on the streets to be contacted directly when they find emergency accommodation for them:

This video was created as part of We Are Bradford - a BBC project with the people of the city to tell the stories which matter to them.

A charity is asking people to donate their old phones to homeless people.
A charity is asking people to donate their old phones to homeless people.

Yorkshire hospital trusts fail cancer treatment wait times

Two Yorkshire hospital trusts are among the 10 worst in England for the time it takes to start cancer treatment.

Hulland Bradford hospitals
BBC

The Hull and East Yorkshire and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trusts have failed to treat many cancer patients quickly enough.

Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases, but both hospitals treated fewer than 75% in that time frame last year.

In the research conducted by the BBC, Bradford came 5th in the list of the 10 longest waits for treatment and Hull and East Yorkshire came 8th.

Overall, across England, more than 32,000 patients waited longer than 62 days for treatment to start.

NHS England says that with increasing demand hospitals are doing well to treat as many patients as they do.

Charity encourages people to give phones to homeless

A Bradford charity's encouraging people to give used mobile phones to homeless people.

Phones
BBC

Hope Housing says phones will allow people on the streets to be contacted directly when emergency accommodation is found.

The charity says getting in touch with those in need is difficult and mobile phones make a "massive difference to supporting homeless people off the streets".

Hope Housing says it is looking for working phones with chargers.

Morrisons and Amazon expands same-day deliveries

Amazon and Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons say they will expand their same-day delivery service for groceries to several cities, including Sheffield.

Morrisons store
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Morrisons agreed to supply Amazon with groceries in 2016 and the service now includes delivery within the hour for some customers.

So far customers in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and some parts of London can use the same-day service.

But now Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool and Portsmouth will be added to that list.

More cities will be added in "future years," the two companies said.

The supermarket supplies products for the Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry services.

Amazon Pantry was launched in the UK in 2015, escalating competition with the big four supermarkets, but did not offer fresh food.

Morrisons supplies Amazon with fresh, frozen and non-perishable goods to Amazon customers.

Ocado has a 25-year agreement with Morrisons to run the supermarket's online delivery service.

Rain, rain go away?

If you're keen to know how long the summer sun is going to soak us in its warming glow today, look no further.

Here's a handy graphic, kindly supplied by the Met Office, of the heavy rain forecast to move across Yorkshire today:

The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings and alerts in place.

You can check to see if there are any where you are by clicking here.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with rain for much of the day, but the afternoon may see the rain starting to ease in some areas.

Rain will continue to ease tonight and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected:

weather graphic
BBC

Police stop car 'minus rear window' in M62 downpour

With the heavy rainfall yesterday, driving conditions were quite a challenge.

More so if the car you're driving is missing a rear window on the M62 in West Yorkshire:

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Police in 'urgent' appeal to find missing 15-year-old girl

Police say they "urgently" need to find a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing in Leeds.

Briony Senior
West Yorkshire Police

Briony Senior was last seen in the Guiseley area at about 15:30 yesterday.

West Yorkshire Police said: "There are concerns for her welfare and officers urgently need to find her and check that she is okay."

Briony is described as mixed race, 5ft 1in tall and of medium build with long, straight, dark black hair, she has black rimmed glasses and was dressed all in black when she was last seen.

She is known to frequent the Armley and Belle Isle areas, the Trinity shopping centre and a number of McDonald's in the city centre.

Whirlpool told to recall dryers in 'unprecedented' move

The government is to serve a recall notice on Whirlpool over concerns about the safety of its tumble dryers.

Engineer
BBC

The "unprecedented step" means the company will have to recall hundreds of thousands of appliances over fears they pose a fire safety risk.

It comes after 5.3 million dryers under Whirlpool's Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands required modifying after several fires, including a tower block blaze.

Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority".

The company estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years after the first safety notice was issued - although there is no definitive register to judge the accuracy of the estimate.

Last year, the BBC's Watchdog Live consumer programme uncovered cases in which machines had caught fire even after being fixed.

And in April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report, urging Whirlpool to improve its risk management, and"reach affected consumers in more creative ways"to minimise the risk of faulty machines still being in people's homes.

The recall notice was announced in the Commons by business minister Kelly Tolhurst after former Conservative minister Andrew Griffiths raised "great concern" over Whirlpool's "straightness".

Warning of 'heavy persistent' rain issued

A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain is in place across Yorkshire.

Map of rain
Met Office

It's a Yellow warning which means spells of "heavy and persistent rain have the potential to bring flooding and disruption to transport in places".

The Met Office says: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings."

At the moment the warning is in force until lunchtime tomorrow.

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with rain becoming persistent and heavy at times.

It'll stay wet this evening with a brisk breeze making it chilly for the time of year.

The rain will continue throughout the night:

weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, the 08:04 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:

More Bradford streets to be named after women

More streets and public spaces in Bradford are to be named after women in a move to recognise female achievement.

Julia Varley
Bradford Council

The Bradford Pioneering Lasses campaign aims to acknowledge and promote the important role of women in the city's history.

The council campaign aims to "further improve the gender balance around the Bradford district when it comes to publicly honouring historical figures".

The first step will be to name a new street after a local suffragette.

The development, on the corner of Green Lane and Lumb Lane, will be named Lillian Armitage Close.

Ms Armitage, who was born in 1885, campaigned for women's right to vote and was briefly imprisoned.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be very wet today, with frequent spells of heavy rain.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's wet Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A very wet and breezy day today, with prolonged spells of rain.

It will remain wet for much of the night, but rain will gradually turn lighter through the early hours:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, there is currently disruption to services between West Yorkshire and Manchester Piccadilly due to urgent track repairs on the line near Stalybridge.

Services affected are:

  • Northern services between Huddersfield/Marsden and Manchester Piccadilly
  • TransPennine Express services between York and Manchester Airport
  • TransPennine Express services between Hull/Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly

Disruption is expected until about 10:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

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

Nurseries in poorest areas 'face closure over funding gap'

A shortfall in government funding means some nurseries in England's poorest areas, including at least one in Bradford, could face closure, a charity has said.

A nursery playground
BBC

A report by the Early Years Alliance found 17% of childcare providers surveyed in the most deprived areas of the country "anticipate closure in the next 12 months".

The survey of more than 350 nurseries and childminders found 43% of providers had been forced to cut back on learning resources and 19% said they had lowered the quality of food they gave to children.

Paula Williams, who runs a nursery in Bradford, said it could be forced to close if government funding did not increase.

All the 48 children at the centre are supported by the government's scheme, with no fee-paying students and Ms Williams said 80% of the budget was spent on staff costs.

The Department for Education said it spent £3.5bn a year on early education.

Yorkshire museums staff set to vote in pay dispute

Workers at the National Railway Museum in York and the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford are to be balloted on strike action in a row over pay.

Museums
Google

The Prospect union said its members at the two sites, as well as several other museums run by the Science Museum Group, will vote in the next few weeks over whether to launch a campaign of action.

The union said the move followed the imposition of a below-inflation pay rise of 1.5%, claiming workers had suffered a 13% real-terms pay cut since 2010.

Prospect negotiations officer Sharon Brown said: "Our members in the Science Museum Group love what they do, but they cannot carry on with year after year of real-terms pay cuts.

"For years, our members' pay has risen by less than inflation and the imposition this year of yet another below-inflation, 1.5% pay rise is especially galling when the director has seen his pay increase by a third in just four years."

'New generation' of blood donors needed in Yorkshire

Over 3,000 men are urgently needed to donate blood at centres in Yorkshire.

Blood donor
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NHS Blood and Transplant says there's a particular shortage of male donors in Leeds and Bradford.

Male blood is needed because it has different characteristics and is used to provide life-saving products like plasma and platelets.

Jane Allen, from NHS Blood and Transplant, says: "Men generally have higher iron levels than women and so are more likely to donate on any given day.

"So men are more likely to be able to donate and are able to help more patients with each donation.

"We need a new generation of young male donors to ensure our donor base is strong enough to keep supplying life-saving blood for hospitals."

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather wet through today and tomorrow, with some persistent and heavy spells of rain.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's wet Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A wet day as persistent rain spreads from the south, turning rather heavy at times.

The rain is forecast to continue through the night, with just a few drier interludes possible:

Weather graphic
BBC

West Yorkshire man named as three-bike crash victim

A motorcyclist who was killed in a crash involving three motorbikes on the Isle of Man was from Bradford, police have confirmed.

Joshua Keith Thornton,
Isle of Man Constabulary

Joshua Keith Thornton, 23, from Baildon, was killed in the collision in Sloc Road in Colby on the Isle of Man at about 10:30 on Thursday.

His family said he would be "deeply missed" by all his relatives and friends, Isle of Man Constabulary said.

Mr Thornton died at the scene and two other men were taken to Noble's Hospital for treatment.

One of the men, who suffered serious injuries, was later flown to the UK for further treatment.

Insp Neil Craig appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the force.

Damaged Shipley soldiers' graves were 'targeted' - Police

Soldiers' graves which were destroyed at a burial ground in West Yorkshire were deliberately targeted, police say.

POLICE AT SCENE OF GRAVESTONES
BBC

Six memorials were vandalised at Hirst Wood burial ground in Shipley, sometime between Monday and Tuesday.

Officers are now carrying out investigations at the scene.

VANDALISED GRAVES
BBC

Staff from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are making emergency repairs to the graves.

They've added temporary name plates until the memorials can be mended.

STAFF MAKING REPAIRS TO GRAVES
BBC

West Yorkshire racer Harrison wins Isle of Man TT Senior

West Yorkshire motorcycle racer Dean Harrison has won the Isle of Man Senior TT for the first time.

It's the third TT win for the Bradford-born rider, adding to his maiden victory in the Lightweight Supertwins in 2014 and a victory in the Supersports last year.

He also has nine second-place finishes to his name, but this is the first time he has finished first in the much-coveted Senior TT:

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Police at scene of soldiers' grave devastation

Police and officials from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) are now at a Shipley burial ground after vandals smashed soldiers' gravestones there:

POLICE AND CWGC AT SCENE
BBC

The gravestones were vandalised at Hirst Wood burial ground sometime between Monday and Tuesday, ahead of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The CWCG said it was "deeply upset" by the vandalism of the graves, which include those of men killed in both world wars.

SMASHED GRAVESTONES
HIRST WOOD REGENERATION GROUP

Temporary name plates will be put in place, while the graves are mended, the CWCG has said.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

POLICE SORTING NAME PLATES
BBC

Soldiers' graves 'destroyed' on D-Day anniversary week

Vandals smashed military gravestones ahead of commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Smashed graves
Hirst Wood Regeneration Group

The gravestones at Hirst Wood burial ground in Shipley, West Yorkshire, were vandalised between Monday and Tuesday.

Lynda Gibson, who often walks through the wood, posted on social media that she had found the damaged graves.

She said finding the scene on the anniversary of D-Day was "doubly distressing".

West Yorkshire Police said the gravestones had been specially provided by the Commonwealth Graves Commission in remembrance of the anniversary.

Det Insp Amanda Middleton said: “The gravestones were destroyed in what was a mindless act of destruction and I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and speak to the police."

Members of the Hirst Wood Regeneration group said: "It is impossible to understand the callous thoughtlessness of those who did this."

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry and bright start but cloud will build as the day goes on and rain will begin to move in.

The showers will continue overnight and in to Saturday with the possibility of thunder storms in places:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start, but rain will gradually move in leading to a wet afternoon.

It'll feel breezy and cool for most of the day.

This evening will continue to be wet, breezy and cool with winds strengthening to bring further showers later:

Weather graphic
BBC

'Not rocket science' - Police advice for football fans

West Yorkshire Police has offered advice for football fans after trouble in Portugal ahead of England's Nations League match.

The force's dedicated Leeds United account posted this message on Twitter before the Nations League semi-final tonight:

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Grand Central trains has highest level of trust - Report

A train company which operates routes connecting Yorkshire and London has been named as having the highest level of trust from the public.

Grand Central train approaching York
Geograph/Stephen Craven

Transport Focus, an independent watchdog, analysed passengers' opinions between spring 2017 and autumn 2018 and found public trust in nearly all rail operators has decreased.

But Grand Central was found to have the highest trust ratings, along with Heathrow Express, with both consistently scoring above 70%.

Grand Central train passes Mirfield
Geograph/Martin Wood

Grand Central runs a route between Sunderland and London King's Cross, calling at Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk and York.

It also operates a route between Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross, calling at Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate,and Doncaster.