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Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A misty and muggy start today, becoming largely dry and warm, with areas of cloud around.

The cloud will disperse in the afternoon to allow for some sunny spells.

Tonight will be mostly dry and mild with large areas of cloud and light southerly winds:

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Georgian mansion bought by community in Rotherham

A community group say they have succeeded in their six-year campaign to save a former Georgian mansion house in Rotherham.

Wath Hall
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A crowdfudning campaign was launched in 2014 to raise almost £100,000 to buy the grade II-listed Wath Hall on Church Street in Wath upon Dearne.

Now, together with a match-funded grant, the hall has been bought from Rotherham Council by The Wath Hall Preservation Society.

It'll now be used as a community arts and business centre once vital repairs are completed.

Alan Sherriff, chairman of the group, said it was a "remarkable achievement".

He said: "Our exciting and vital venture is unique to Rotherham and South Yorkshire. There is nothing like it in nature, scale or ambition.

"It was local folk like you who raised the cash to buy the freehold, investing your money in Wath Hall Preservation Society community shares. You have bought Wath Hall and its beautiful surroundings to safeguard the future for Wath through the formation of a creative community enterprise."

Five arrested over Rotherham child sexual exploitation

Five men have been arrested in connection with allegations of child sexual abuse relating to four girls in Rotherham.

NCA jacket

The offences are alleged to have taken place about 20 years ago, when the girls were aged between 11 and 16.

National Crime Agency officers working as part of Operation Stovewood made the arrests over the course of three days last week.

Four of the men live in Rotherham, while the fifth lives in Leeds.

The men, aged between 38 and 50, were questioned by police then released while investigations continue.

Origami angels raise more than £130,000

Thousands of paper angels have taken flight above the nave of Ripon Cathedral where they will flutter above worshippers throughout August and September.

Origami angels
Ripon Cathedral

About 10,000 of the origami creations were handmade by more than 100 volunteers during the coronavirus lockdown and feature prayers offered to loved ones and key workers.

The project has so far raised over £130,000, which will be split between the cathedral and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Angels above the nave
Ripon Cathedral

The cathedral's Canon Michael Gisbourne told BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick the angels cover the whole length and width of the nave - you can hear the interview by clicking this link.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells, with cloud developing in the afternoon and a few thundery showers later.

Tonight there will be some patchy cloud with the occasional shower, but it will become dry with clear spells as the night progresses:

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Watch: Your questions answered on new local lockdown

BBC Look North

New local lockdown restrictions have been introduced in some parts of West Yorkshire today.

The rules ban separate households in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

We're answering any questions you might have with BBC Yorkshire's political editor James Vincent and virologist Professor Mark Harris:

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Breaking'Higher risk settings' reopenings postponed

As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.

Boris Johnson
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At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.

Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.

The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.

The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.

At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

Rotherham walk-through Covid-19 test centre opens doors

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened on Forge Island in Rotherham town centre in a bid to make testing accessible for everyone.

Coronavirus testing site
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The site, operated by the Department of Health and Social Care, will be open to the public from between 08:00 and 20:00 seven days a week for the next 12 weeks.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, or those who are concerned that they have been in contact who is Covid-19 positive, is urged to get tested.

Appointments are preferred to make sure everyone who needs a test can get one as soon as possible.

Chris Read, leader of Rotherham Council, said: "Forge Island is a central location for the testing site and will be accessible for everyone who needs to use it.

"We have already had a fantastic response from people across Rotherham getting tested at mobile test centres in Herringthorpe and at Midland Road over the past two weeks.

"Now we are continuing our commitment to reducing the transmission of the virus with the new walk-through centre."

Richard Cullen, chair of the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "By getting tested, you are helping to highlight areas in the borough which may need vital support. Please, if you have symptoms, get tested. And, if you are tested positive you must self-isolate."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and hot day for most with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.

This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:

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Yorkshire tourism body gets cash boost from councils

Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Yorkshire’s political leaders have signed off a funding package to help the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism organisation.

Welcome to Yorkshire
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Sheffield City Region, along with contributions from Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley councils, agreed to hand the cash-strapped organisation £300,000 of public money.

The decision was made in private, with the public and press barred from listening listen to the debate and decision over the move, at a recent mayoral combined authority meeting.

Welcome to Yorkshire requested about £1.4m in a bailout package from the region’s councils due to financial problems.

Many have obliged, but three councils in North Yorkshire have refused.

Last year, Welcome to Yorkshire was criticised for a "spend now, worry later" culture, with former boss Sir Gary Verity being subject to a police investigation about expenses claims.

Police action was dropped last month following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Sir Gary, who resigned in March 2019 on health grounds, has always denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times, but which should clear in the afternoon.

A dry, mild, night is expected with clear skies and a light wind:

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Appeal after cables stolen from electricity substation

Vital cables have been stolen from an electricity substation in Rotherham, police say.

Rawmarsh substation

It happened between 16:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday, when thieves broke in to the Northern Powergrid substation at Rawmarsh (pictured) and took earthing cable.

Insp Caroline Bakewell said: "People who attack substations are not only breaking the law, they are putting the safety of people, including themselves, at risk.

"High electricity voltage runs through these sites and there is a real risk of electrocution.“This type of crime can also have a major impact on the community, including hospitals, who could be left with no electricity supply if cables are stolen."

Anyone with information about the theft is being asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today, under the influence of high pressure, it will be a fine and dry day with sunny periods throughout. Some patches of cloud look set to develop during the day.

Tonight will be largely dry with clear spells. As the night progresses, it will turn cloudier with a chance of patchy rain in places. A milder night.

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South Yorkshire devolution unlocks new funding for region

South Yorkshire's devolution deal was signed by government yesterday - more than four-and-a-half years after it was first announced.

South Yorkshire buildings

The deal will unlock almost £1bn of funding over the next 30 years and extra control over transport, strategic planning and skills in the region.

Yesterday saw the order, which was drawn up in October 2015, be signed into law by government minister Simon Clark MP.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis said it was a "great day" for South Yorkshire.

He said: "The landmark South Yorkshire Devolution deal has today been signed into law.

"This is a great day for South Yorkshire because millions of pounds in additional funding and new powers are available to support jobs and businesses, unlock opportunities for our people and deliver better public services.

“Devolution will open up our local knowledge and networks, bring power closer to the people, and help us reshape our economy and society in a way which reflects our values and priorities. I am determined to create a stronger, greener and fairer South Yorkshire and North and this is just the start of our journey.”

ADHD system 'broken' with five-year waiting times

The system for diagnosing adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is "broken" with some people having to wait up to five years to be assessed, the BBC has found.

Lisa Kirby

Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts found at least 21,000 adults on waiting lists for ADHD services.

One patient who was told to wait two years for a diagnosis said: "There are people out there absolutely desperate."

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYP) said one man had waited 1,842 days before assessment - more than five years - with two women waiting 1,788 and 1,455 days before their first assessment in 2019.

The trust does not have a target time. Its average wait was more than a year.

Consultant psychiatrist Prof Marios Adamou said the SWYP Trust had worked "to find solutions to reduce waiting times and increase access to the adult ADHD service".

He said "despite dealing with an unprecedented pandemic" the trust had asked for more money to increase the capacity of the service and a "new clinical pathway" put in since April had "the potential to reduce waiting lists further".

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "We are determined to see improvements in access to ADHD services and as part of the NHS Long Term Plan children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders will receive better support throughout the diagnostic process, backed by an extra £33.9 billion a year for the NHS."

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

Today, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and a few showers throughout the day. A cool and breezy day for many with a brisk north-westerly wind.

Any showers will tend to ease and then die out as the night progresses. There will be clear spells developing and some areas of cloud too.

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Two injured as car hits ambulance during police pursuit

An ambulance driver and passenger have been injured after a car being pursued by police collided with their vehicle in Doncaster.

A police officer's jacket

A silver Audi A4 crashed into the ambulance and two other vehicles at about 17:40 on Sunday while being followed by officers after failing to stop in Balby.

Following the crash the occupants of the Audi - one man aged 19 and two men aged 20 - abandoned the vehicle before being arrested in Hooton Roberts a short time later on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

South Yorkshire Police said the ambulance driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police.

Spain quarantine: 'I feel incredibly safe here'

A woman on holiday in southern Spain has described the speed with which quarantine was imposed on people returning to the UK as "quite shocking" and said she feels "incredibly safe" where she is.

woman in face mask

The new coronavirus travel rule was announced on Saturday evening following a spike in the number of new cases in Spain this week.

Vyk Oliver, from Thurgoland, in South Yorkshire, flew out to Spain last week to stay at her second home near Murcia.

She said: "The guidelines here are so strict. Nobody is going out without a mask on and it's being heavily policed.

"You're only allowed to actually take your mask off in a public place if you are sat in a restaurant eating or drinking or doing physical exercise and that excludes walking, so even if you are just walking from your house to your car you've got to wear your mask.

"I feel incredibly safe here. It's quite strange the difference between here and England. They are taking it very, very seriously."

She said she would be flying back to the UK and would be able to work from home during the 14-day quarantine period.

"I can work from home, but what about all those people who are already here who can't do that, it's dreadful.

"And the speed at which this was applied people didn't have the ability to try and get home early."

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of showery rain today, accompanied by gusty winds. Rain may be heavy at times, with a slight chance of some thunder and lightning.

Windy this evening, with a few showers passing through, clearing eastwards. It will then turn largely dry and clear overnight, although the odd shower will blow in from the northwest.

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New date announced for football season start

Leeds United will start their Premier League campaign in September, after a new date was announced for the 2020-2021 season.

Leeds United
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Sheffield United will welcome the newly-promoted Whites with the season kicking off on 12 September with it finishing on 23 May 2021, the Premier League says.

The English Football League, which will feature Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and newly-promoted Rotherham United, will also return on 12 September.

Hull City will join Doncaster Rovers in League One, with Bradford City in League Two.

The leagues are expected to finish on 8 and 9 May.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine day with spells of sunshine, gentle winds and occasional showers in the afternoon.

This evening will see late spells of sunshine with cloud and showers increasing overnight:

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Yorkshire shoppers urged to 'be sensible' over face masks

People across Yorkshire are being urged to use common sense and conform to new rules on the wearing of face masks in shops and supermarkets to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

A shopper wears a facemask as she walks in the city centre of Leeds.

From today, coverings are compulsory in enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and takeaways.

Police can hand out fines of up to £100 to those who do not comply.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Controlling the spread of the virus is a vital part of trying to return to a more normal way of life.

“Clearly, it's never going to be possible for officers to respond to every report of someone not wearing a mask, so we need everyone to be sensible and to do their part to ensure we stop the spread of coronavirus."

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, said: "The primary responsibility for ensuring people wear masks has to lie with the shops themselves, because there simply aren't enough officers to police this."

'We'll do everything to stop you' - Cop's message to gangs

Officers will do "everything we can" to stop organised crime groups terrorising communities after millions of pounds of drugs were recovered during a week of action, according to South Yorkshire Police.

Ian Proffitt
South Yorkshire Police

Guns and cash were seized along with £3m of cannabis (pictured below), heroin and crack cocaine during a raids against groups intent on "doing harm to our communities", the force says.

Temporary Supt Ian Proffitt said his team works day-to-day making arrests and disrupting the groups, with almost 100 people being arrested last week.

He said: "We are well equipped in South Yorkshire Police to deal with organised crime groups, to deal with people supplying drugs, and to deal with people who do the most harm to our communities.

"We'll do everything we can to keep the community safe, make arrests and recover drugs and guns."

He added the recent lockdown has meant people who might normally be at work in city centre offices have been noticing criminals going about their business near their homes and have reported it to the police, who then make arrests or raid properties for drugs.

He said: "What we hope to achieve is that continues as we gradually move out of lockdown. People see the results we've achieved last week, people understand this is what we do all the time, day-to-day, that they will continue to drive our activities to keep their communities safe by providing us with information and intelligence."

The cannabis plants
South Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet morning with rain moving in from the west, mostly light.

Remaining mostly cloudy during the afternoon, with some patchy light rain or drizzle from time to time.

Mostly cloudy overnight with occasional clear spells and scattered showers.

During the early hours, more persistent rain will start to move in from the west:

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Concerns grow over missing Rotherham woman

There's increasing concern for the welfare of a woman who's gone missing from Rotherham.

Kay Fielder
South Yorkshire Poliec

Kay Fielder, 53, was last seen in the Bramley area at about 23:00 yesterday evening.

She's not been seen or heard from since and officers say they are growing "increasingly concerned" for her welfare.

She is described as about 5ft 2ins tall, with short dyed blonde/brown hair.

When last seen, it's thought she was wearing a navy blue hooded jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone who sees her is being asked to contact police.