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Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, from J44 for A639 Leeds South to J45 for A63 Pontefract Lane.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 partially blocked northbound from J44, A639 (Leeds South) to J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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.

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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:

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'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:

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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 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.

Watch: Van driver blocks police on emergency call

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

A van driver has been filmed blocking the path of a police car responding to an emergency call in West Yorkshire.

The police officer, PC Martin Willis, was trying to get to a car that had overturned on the M62.

But the driver of the white van was seemingly unaware of the emergency vehicle behind them and continued to sit in the outside lane of the motorway.

West Yorkshire Police say they're sending the owner of the van a notice of intended prosecution because of their driving:

On track: Final tests for new East Coast high-speed trains

A fleet of high speed trains for the East Coast Main Line will be put through their final tests today before carrying their first passengers later this week.

Azuma train
LNER

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

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.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine and warm with a light breeze.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early mist patches will soon lift to leave a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine.

It'll be fine this evening with late sunshine, then dry overnight with mainly clear skies:

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BBC

Arrests after shots fired in Leeds

Two men have been arrested after shots were fired in Leeds.

Wood Lane
Google

Police were called to a disturbance on Wood Lane, Rothwell at about 03:10 yesterday, where they found evidence that a shotgun was used.

A 24-year-old man, found with knife wounds to his arms and legs, was arrested on suspicion of affray.

A 23-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of the affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

Hundreds of drivers caught by cops' stealth lorry

More than 200 drivers in Yorkshire have been caught breaking the law after being spotted by police officers using an unmarked HGV.

A lorry with blue light
BBC

The stealth lorry has been driving on motorways in the region for the past 12 months.

Most drivers were caught for not wearing a seatbelt, with more than 60 people seen driving while using their mobile phone.

The driver of the white lorry can pull up alongside drivers, see an offence be committed, then alert awaiting police officers who can stop the suspected law-breaker.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine day with lengthy periods of warm sunshine for most.

Watch my full forecast here:

West Yorkshire Police seeks new chief constable

West Yorkshire Police is to recruit a new chief constable on a salary of more than £180,000.

Dee Collins
BBC

The force is replacing its former chief Dee Collins (pictured), who retired last month over "health issues".

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said he was looking for a "dynamic, forward-thinking, chief officer" with "strong leadership ability".

Interviews for the post will take place in June.

The force is the fourth largest in England and Wales and has more than 5,000 officers.

The successful candidate will be the county's third chief constable in seven years.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with lengthy periods of warm sunshine for most.

Winds will be mostly light.

Tonight will be dry with mostly clear skies and just a little wispy high cloud:

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BBC

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will gradually break during the morning and any rain will ease as sunny spells develop.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A mostly cloudy start with some patchy rain.

Cloud will gradually break during the morning and rain will ease as sunny spells develop.

There'll be showers, heavy and thundery at times, this afternoon.

The top temperature will be between 7C-10C (45F-50F):

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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 Friday morning, most services appear to be running to time.

However:

  • The 06:58 Sheffield to Retford service is delayed
  • The 07:06 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street service is delayed

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

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be generally cloudy with spells of rain and drizzle throughout the day.

Tonight will stay cloudy and wet in places.

Body-worn cameras for South Yorkshire police

Police officers in South Yorkshire are to get body-worn cameras to collect evidence and prevent attacks.

Body worn camera
BBC

Similar cameras are already worn by officers in North and West Yorkshire.

Last year the Assistant Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire force, Andy Battle, said people "modify their behaviour" when cameras are switched on, leading to 27% fewer Taser incidents in 2017.

In Sheffield, the technology is already used by traffic wardens.

South Yorkshire Police say the cameras are being introduced across the force.

Watch: Today's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be a cloudy and blustery day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times.

The brisk easterly wind will make it feel chilly.

Police searching for missing 12-year-old girl

Police are searching for a 12-year-old girl who has gone missing from Leeds.

Mandy May Pickles
West Yorkshire Police

Mandy May Pickles is described as a slim, tanned, white female.

Officers say when she was last seen her hair was in a ponytail and she was wearing ripped, blue jeans, a blue top and large hooped earrings.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudy and blustery with outbreaks of rain and a brisk, easterly, wind making it feel chilly.

Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, but the rain should gradually move to the north to allow drier conditions to move in.

The wind should ease too.

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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 morning, most services appear to be running to time.

However, there are some problems reported:

  • the 06.47 Wakefield to London St Pancras is cancelled
  • the 07.24 Sheffield to London St Pancras is cancelled

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

'Increasing concern' for teenager missing for a week

Police in Leeds say they're becoming "increasingly concerned" about a teenager who last seen a week ago.

Leon
West Yorkshire Police

Leon Sykes, 18, was reported missing from the Harehills area on Tuesday 30 April.

He is described as white, 6ft tall and slim with short, dark hair, which is curly on top.

He was last seen wearing blue and white tracksuit bottoms and a black T-shirt.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to contact the West Yorkshire force.

Watch: Today's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A fair amount of cloud today with some bright or sunny spells at times but also some some showery bursts of rain.

There will be further showers this evening and overnight.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

Today will be fairly cloudy with showers, some of which could be heavy.

Tonight will have showers at first with more persistent rain moving in later on:

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BBC