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New project launched to keep children away from gangs

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Almost £3m is to be spent on trying to keep youngsters away from criminal gangs in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham .

Young people in Doncaster
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The project is being launched with a £703,000 grant secured from the government by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings.

Each of the three local councils are matching that figure from their own existing resources, to create a scheme designed to step in and help children and young people at risk of getting drawn into criminal gangs.

Funding will last until March 2020, according to a report about the project.

Rotherham complete club-record signing

Rotherham United have broken their transfer record to sign striker Freddie Ladapo.

Paul Warne and Freddie Ladapo
Rotherham United

The 26-year-old forward arrives at the New York Stadium from Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed-fee.

Ladapo scored 18 goals for the Pilgrims last season as they were relegated from League One last season.

It is understood Rotherham have paid £500,000 for the former Crystal Palace player.

Appeal to next PM over rising number of cyber sex crimes

The number of cyber-related sex crimes involving children has more than doubled in Yorkshire and the Humber region over the past four years.


Figures from the NSPCC show almost 1,500 cases were recorded in the last year, compared to just over 700 three years ago.

Helen Westerman from the charity says: "We're really concerned that we've seen a huge increase in the number of police-recorded offences against children relating to sex crimes.

"Twenty-two cyber-related sex crimes being reported a day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the figures have doubled in the last five years."

The charity is calling on the next prime minister to prioritise online safety.

Yorkshire's wet Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It's a wet one this morning as showers, some heavy and thundery, move north.

These will gradually ease during the day to leave it largely dry but cloudy.

Tonight will be generally dry and murky at times, with mist and fog likely to develop in places:

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Woman injured in climbing fall

A woman had to be airlifted to hospital after falling while climbing in North Yorkshire.

The 21-year-old, from the Durham area, sustained serious injuries, at the Wainstones, a popular climbing area on the moors above Stokesley.

Volunteers from the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were able to drive over fields to within about 200m from the crag along with a paramedic from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Casualty being loaded into air ambulance
Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team

She was treated at the scene then carried on a mountain rescue stretcher to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and transported to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

South Yorkshire Saturday bus strike suspended

A bus strike which was due to take place in South Yorkshire on Saturday will not now take place as a mark of respect for Armed Forces Day, according to the union representing some workers.

FirstBus vehicle

Unite members who are employed by First South Yorkshire previously voted to strike in a dispute over pay.

While Saturday's planned strike is suspended, a 24-hour strike is still due to take place on Monday 1 July, according to Unite.

Talks about pay are ongoing between the company and the union, with about 900 bus drivers set to strike, a Unite spokesperson added.

We recognised that a strike on Saturday would cause severe inconvenience to veterans wishing to attend events across South Yorkshire. Our dispute is with First South Yorkshire and not with current and past members of the armed forces who have bravely served their country."

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Sir Gary Verity resignation: Investigation updates due

Updates on two investigations into Welcome to Yorkshire are due to be given to a meeting of the tourism organisation's board later.

Sir Gary Verity

The inquiries were set up after the resignation of Sir Gary Verity (pictured) which came amid allegations about his expenses and behaviour towards colleagues.

Sir Gary, who resigned on health grounds, paid back £40,000 expenses before stepping down last March.

When his resignation was announced, Sir Gary said he had tried to "set the highest standards of personal performance and leadership".

In April, the tourism organisation announced the investigations looking into Sir Gary's expenses and behaviour since his appointment in 2008.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A largely cloudy but dry morning, but showers will develop with the chance of a few thunderstorms.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy but dry morning with showers developing.

More persistent bands of rain are expected to develop later, with the chance of a few thunderstorms.

Tonight, any lingering rain will clear to leave it dry and cloudy for much of the night:

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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.


  • The 06:31 York to London Kings Cross is currently running 43 minutes late
  • The 06:54 Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running 40 minutes late
  • The 06:53 from Wakefield to London Kings Cross is posted as delayed

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

Witness appeal after fatal Rotherham crash

Police officers in Maltby are trying to track down potential witnesses to a fatal crash which happened earlier this month.

Lindsey Burton
South Yorkshire Police

Lindsey Burton (pictured), 34, died in hospital the day after the car she was driving was involved in a crash with a Scania LGV and a silver Citroen Picasso.

The incident happened on the A631 Tickhill Road at about 15:40 on Wednesday 12 June.

Police have now released this image as they continue to search for witnesses:

A green car
South Yorkshire Police

It's hoped the driver of the green Vauxhall Corsa (pictured) might have seen the crash and could help officers with their investigation.

The car is believed to be a 2015 or newer Corsa which has been modified with a spoiler.

Yorkshire MEP hits out at Rees-Mogg over EU iPad tweets

A Yorkshire MEP has hit out at a newly-elected MEP after she described a free iPad she was given as part of her new role as an example of "the corrupt gravy train" of the EU.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg
PA/Joe Giddens

Annunziata Rees-Mogg‏, a Brexit MEP for the East Midlands and sister of Conservative MP Jacob, posted on Twitter about the "shiny new iPad I was given by the European Parliament for no very obvious reason".

Responding, Labour MEP Richard Corbett said she wanted to "rubbish everything about the EU, even when you know the truth.

"The Parliament gives you an iPad configured to parliamentary work, so you don’t need so many paper documents, saving money and trees, and can work more effectively," he added.

Transport investment needed as northern services decline

Northern mayors and council leaders want more investment in transport after figures showed train services have got worse, despite the push of a Northern Powerhouse.

A Northern train

Cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

But five years on, doubt has been cast on just how successful the project has been, with transport being one key area that officials want to improve.

The number of cancelled and significantly late trains on TransPennine Express and Northern franchises more than doubled from 20,000 in 2014-15 to 47,000 in 2018-19. It meant that almost one in every 20 services was either cancelled or more than 30 minutes late arriving at its destination.

Dan Jarvis

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis, said the government should see the north as "an asset, not a liability" and said Westminster had "let the north down".

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "The northern authorities are working much more closely together and that's a real benefit.

"The real difficulty we have is that (transport) schemes are delayed and there's a real lack of commitment to rebalancing the economy."

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be mostly dry but we could see one or two isolated showers.

Temperatures will reach up to 19C in places:

Yorkshire's weather: Fine and dry

It will remain dry and fine with a good deal of sunshine today, and just a little patchy cloud forming. Highs of 17C (63F).

Dry tonight with largely clear skies and one or two mist patches.

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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 07:38 service from York to Middlesbrough running 27 minutes late
  • The 07:58 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running 10 minutes late

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

Leeds United drawn against Salford City in Carabao Cup

BBC Sport

Leeds United will face League Two newcomers Salford City in the Carabao Cup first round.

Salford celebrating promotion
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Salford are in the competition for the first time after promotion from the National League in May.

Salford, co-owned by co-owned by six former Manchester United players, will host a Leeds side managed by Marcelo Bielsa, who agreed a contract extension at Elland Road in May.

The draw for the competition, which took place in a Morrisons supermarket, threw up the following ties for Yorkshire's teams:

  • Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City
  • Tranmere Rovers v Hull City
  • Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers
  • Bradford City v Preston North End
  • Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Bury
  • Barnsley v Carlisle United

The fixtures will be played in the week commencing 12 August.

Yorkshire football fixtures released

The fixtures for all our football teams in Yorkshire have been released by the English Football League.

A mitre match ball

All fixtures are subject to change, but the opening games of the season on Saturday 3 August include:

  • Barnsley v Fulham
  • Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Swansea v Hull City
  • AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham United
  • Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham
  • Bradford City v Cambridge United

On Sunday 4 August, Bristol City play Leeds United. On Monday 5 August, Huddersfield Town host Derby County.

Boxing Day fixtures are:

  • Barnsley v West Bromwich Albion
  • Hull City v Nottingham Forest
  • Leeds United v Preston North End
  • Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town
  • Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Peterborough United v Doncaster Rovers
  • Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
  • Carlisle United v Bradford City

Final games of the League Two season, which will be played on Saturday 25 April, are:

  • Bradford City v Walsall

The Championship's last game, played on Saturday 2 May at 12:30, include:

  • Brentford v Barnsley
  • Cardiff v Hull City
  • Leeds United v Charlton Athletic
  • Millwall v Huddersfield Town
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough

League One's final game will be played on Sunday 3 May at 12:00, with Doncaster Rovers playing Blackpool away and Rotherham United hosting Sunderland.

The full fixtures for all of our teams can be found on the BBC website here.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will see areas of patchy rain and drizzle with some areas remaining largely dry.

There will be sunny spells too and a gentle to moderate breeze.

Any lingering daytime rain should clear this evening to leave a dry night with lengthy clear spells:

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'Three word' app offers new hope to lost and injured

Emergency services in South Yorkshire are using a special location app to find people who may have become lost or injured and don't have an internet signal.

An algorithm developed by start-up company what3words divides the entire world into 57 trillion separate areas, each 97 sq ft in size, and gives each a unique three-word address.

For example, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue's main building's co-ordinates are known in the app as "rang.onion.entertainer".

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Yorkshire Police are now using the app, which needs to be downloaded onto a phone but can then work when no internet is available.

The application is particularly used by walkers who might not be able to rely on landmarks or postcodes to direct emergency services. Here's how it works:

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Yorkshire Bank name to disappear

The Yorkshire Bank brand is to disappear from our high streets in the next couple of years as part of a name change.

Yorkshire Bank
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The Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group is changing its name to Virgin Money UK, as part of a cost-saving deal.

The group is hoping to make annual savings of £200m by 2022.

It's thought more than 1,500 jobs could be lost following the Virgin Money deal, although some of these are expected to be lost through natural staff turnover.

Sheffield-Rotherham tram-train service suspended

The tram-train service between Sheffield and Rotherham has been suspended because of "infrastructure" issues:

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Missing 14-year-old found in Rotherham

A 14-year-old girl missing from South Yorkshire since the weekend has been found.

Police say Holly Donovan has been found "safe and well" in Rotherham.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any lingering overnight rain should clear away to leave an increasingly dry and sunny afternoon.

Occasional showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should remain dry with clear periods and a gentle breeze:

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Police appeal over missing South Yorkshire teenager

Have you seen 14-year-old Holly Donovan? The teenager's been missing since she went visiting family in Barnsley at the weekend and concerns are growing for her welfare.

Holly Donovan
South Yorkshire Police

Holly was last seen in Silkstone at about 15:20 on Saturday.

She's described as being white, about 5ft 6ins tall, with dark purple/red hair in a bob and dark eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black and white zebra print vest top, a dark blue fleece jacket, black leggings and black Puma trainers.

She is known to frequent the Rotherham area, according to the South Yorkshire force.

Anyone with information about Holly's whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

South Yorkshire crews continue to help flood efforts

Firefighters from South Yorkshire who have been helping clear flood water following heavy rain in Lincolnshire are expected to stay there for most of this week, it's been confirmed.

The pumps in action

Nearly 600 homes have been evacuated in Wainfleet after two months' worth of rain fell in just two days causing a nearby river to burst its banks.

High-volume pumps from South Yorkshire are being used to help move water away from affected areas.

Leeds United vows to tackle racism among supporters

Leeds United says it's working with the police to tackle racism involving supporters.

A Leeds United flag

The club's pledge comes after the publication of new figures showing the number of fans arrested for football-related incidents where racism was an aggravating factor.

The Home Office data covers seasons from 2014-15 to 2017-18, with Leeds United seeing 15 arrests - the second highest number in the country behind Manchester United.

The amount of arrests for Yorkshire teams include:

  • Leeds United - 15
  • Barnsley - 10
  • Rotherham United - 8
  • Huddersfield Town - 7
  • Hull City - 5
  • Sheffield United - 4
  • Bradford City - 3
  • Sheffield Wednesday - 3
  • Doncaster Rovers - 1

Man who drove into tree to injure ex-girlfriend jailed

A South Yorkshire man who deliberately drove his car into a tree to seriously injure his ex-girlfriend has been jailed for 10 years.

Liam Elsom
South Yorkshire Police

Liam Elsom, 25, of Wagon Road, Rotherham, drove his car into the tree after his ex-girlfriend refused to give their relationship another chance.

Chloe Wilson sustained serious injuries following the crash on Droppingwell Road on 19 January.

Elsom was jailed for 10 years at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to causing GBH with intent, dangerous driving and assault by beating.

Before the crash, a male friend of Ms Wilson was also attacked.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'll be a largely dry day with some sunny spells, especially this morning, but towards the end of the afternoon we will see a scattering of showers in some areas.

Overnight will be cloudy with further showers while towards dawn there's a risk of thunderstorms and torrential downpours, particularly across Lincolnshire:

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 the 08:17 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled.

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

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

It'll be largely dry today with a gentle breeze and variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

A dry, cloudy, evening will follow, but overnight there's a growing chance for showery rain to move in from the south:

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Paralympian calls on government improvements for cycling

More needs to be done to make cycling and walking safer, according to South Yorkshire's Active Travel Commissioner Dame Sarah Storey.

Dame Sarah Storey
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Britain's most successful female Paralympian has written to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to warn public money will continue being wasted unless new measures are adopted.

Last month, a survey found that seven out of 10 cyclists did not believe conditions on Britain's roads had improved in the past five years.