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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
PA

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:

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.

However:

  • 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:

Windrush passenger Alford Gardner's memories of voyage to UK
Seventy-one years ago Alford Gardner was one of hundreds of Caribbeans who came to rebuild post-war UK.

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.

Chief Constable decision a step closer

The Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has been named as the preferred candidate to take on the role full-time.

John Robins
West Yorkshire Police

John Robins, who has been in the role on a temporary basis since December, has been named as Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson's preferred candidate.

Mr Robins joined West Yorkshire Police in 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 2017.

A panel will confirm West Yorkshire's new Chief Constable next month.

Former chief Dee Collins retired in April over "health issues".

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.

A 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 07:38 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:

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:

Weather graphic
BBC

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
Tim Ireland/PA Archive/PA Images

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.

Ministers dismiss Yorkshire MP's plan to cut fashion waste

The government has rejected a West Yorkshire MP's plans to cut waste in the fashion industry.

Fashion shoot
Getty Images

Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), had called for clothes companies to be taxed to help pay for better recycling.

The Wakefield Labour MP said: "Fashion producers should be forced to clear up the mountains of waste they create."

Among the proposals from the EAC were:

  • A 1p charge per garment on producers to fund better recycling of clothes
  • A Ban on incinerating or landfilling unsold stock which can be reused or recycled instead
  • Tax changes to reward re-use, repair and recycling - to support responsible fashion companies.

Ministers say they're focusing on a tax on single-use plastic in packaging rather than a tax on cheap fashion items.

They say they will consider a levy on clothes alongside plans for making firms in different sectors more responsible for their waste, but no decisions will be made on this until 2025.

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:

Weather graphic
BBC

Thieves don't quite manage to make stolen tractor vanish

Here's a test of your observational skills - pit them against West Yorkshire Police.

Tractor in the trees
West Yorkshire Police

The force says one of its crews managed to spot and recover an abandoned stolen vehicle which had been, er, cleverly hidden by thieves.

The West Yorkshire force posted this pic on social media and posed the question: "Can you see it?"

Well can you? Take your time. Have a good look...

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:

Weather graphic
BBC

Police appeal to community over missing Sheffield man

Police officers in Sheffield are stepping up their search for a missing man who hasn't been seen for a week.

Minod Monger
South Yorkshire Police

Minod Monger, 23, was last seen on Remington Road last Monday.

Police say his family is extremely worried for his welfare, with officers carrying out inquiries in the Parson Cross and Ecclesfield areas of Sheffield.

Speaking at a press conference last week, Ch Insp Helen Lewis appealed for people in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire to be on the lookout for Minod as he is a keen walker.

Anybody who has seen him is being asked to call 999 and not approach him.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a breezy day today with plenty of cloud and showery outbreaks but there'll also be some sunny spells too:

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 National Rail Enquiries say in South Yorkshire there are delays of up to 30 minutes on some services between Sheffield and Chesterfield and the possibility of cancellations following an earlier trespass incident at Dore.

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

Yorkshire council's green bins confiscation plans delayed

A Yorkshire council has delayed the expansion of a controversial scheme which sees green recycling bins confiscated if they contain non-renewable waste.

Green bins
BBC

Kirklees Council started the policy in West Yorkshire in April and has seized more than 1,300 bins in the south of the borough.

It's led to confrontations between staff and residents, including an incident where a warning sticker from a bin was stuck on a worker's head.

Plans to introduce the scheme in North Kirklees have now been delayed.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, other altercations between home owners and council refuse staff included a bin wagon being blockaded by locals who demanded workers empty bins left behind on a previous collection.

Labour councillor Naheed Mather said the authority was "taking stock".

The scheme was due to have been introduced in May.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy and windy today with some scattered showers at times.

The evening will become largely fine with late spells of sunshine.

Overnight, it will be largely dry with long clear spells:

Weather graphic
BBC

Collection of unique musical instruments stolen from lorry

A collection of unique musical instruments have been stolen from a lorry parked up in a layby near Doncaster.

A stolen instrument
South Yorkshire Police

The instruments, described as "unique works of art," were on their way to an exhibition in West Yorkshire when they were stolen.

Police are appealing for information after they were taken from the lorry on Doncaster Road, near to Ackworth, at about 23:00 on 6 June.

A stolen instrument
South Yorkshire Police

The instruments are said to "hold great sentimental value to their owner" and anyone who knows where they are is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Lorry carrying sawdust catches fire on A1(M)

A lorry carrying sawdust has caught fire on the A1(M) causing delays of up to 35 minutes.

The fire
Charles Shires

The fire service is dealing with the blaze between junction 45 for Boston Spa and junction 46 for Wetherby.

The fire
Highways England

Two lanes were closed to allow emergency services to deal with the blaze but were reopened a short time ago.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J32 for A639 Colorado Way to J31 for A655.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound from J32, A639 (Pontefract) to J31, A655 (Castleford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Yorkshire's wet Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day, with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Any lingering daytime showers should clear in the evening to leave a dry, clear, night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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 08:04 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 08:21 York to Kings Cross service is cancelled

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

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.

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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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