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Travel update: 10-mile queues on M62

BBC News Travel

Queues on the M62 towards Manchester have subsided slightly.

An earlier accident near Huddersfield has now been cleared.

There are still 10-miles of queues heading westbound however, from the M1 all the way to junction 27 on the M62:

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Yorkshire MPs react to PM's EU statement

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the EU must treat the UK with "respect" in Brexit negotiations.

In a statement at Downing Street she said for EU leaders to reject her plan with no alternative at this "late stage of negotiations" was "not acceptable".

Yorkshire's MPs have been reacting this afternoon.

Labour Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has likened events to her school days:

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The Conservative MP for Pudsey, Stuart Andrew, was a little more supportive of the Prime Minister.

He said: "I think the statement is bang on.

"To just reject without a decent alternative is just not on."

However, the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, Angela Smith, used the speech as an opportunity to call for a second referendum:

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Police incident on M62 leaves motorists with 13-mile queue

More now on an incident on the M62 this afternoon.

Police have closed both main roundabouts off junction 27 of the M62 this afternoon, causing a 13-mile queue westbound.

Police incident
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The police have closed the road beneath the main M62, the A62, after a serious crash.

One twitter user said: "For anyone thinking of travelling to Leeds via Birstall, I strongly recommend you choose an alternative route! I’ve been stuck here for 30+mins."

In a separate incident, three cars have crashed further towards Manchester at junction 25.

That means people coming off the M1 and heading towards Manchester have a 13-mile queue ahead of them.

Highways England have just issued this information:

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Taxi driver caught out on a call

A taxi driver who was called to collect a driver who'd been involved in a crash got more than he'd bargained for this morning.

It turned out the vehicle wasn't taxed, as West Yorkshire's Road Policing Unit has tweeted:

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Birds just love the sight of Harry's lunchbox

Apart from anything else, we love that BBC Look North's legendary presenter Harry Gration signs his tweets off with "regards":

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Watch: Friday's windy weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see a mixture of wind, bright spells and heavy, scattered showers.

Watch my full forecast here:

Fallen trees disrupting roads in West Yorkshire

The windy conditions have brought quite a few trees down in West Yorkshire overnight which are now causing problems on the roads this morning.

Police say trees are down on Brackenwood Road in Wakefield, Firthcliffe Lane in Liversedge and Pontefract Road in Ackworth.

Officers are advising drivers to be aware and take care:

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Yorkshire's windy weather forecast

BBC Weather

There's a yellow 'be aware' warning of wind this morning in place until 09:00.

Yellow warning
Met Office

The Met Office says some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or through falling trees and branches, could happen.

Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, the Met Office adds.

And what about that all-important weather forecast?

After a very windy start any early rain will clear leaving blustery showers and bright spells:

Weather graphic
BBC

It'll stay windy this afternoon with a risk of showers, but also some sunny spells.

Blustery winds are expected to persist through tonight.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, there are currently several delays and cancellations on services due to the bad weather.

And if you're planning on travelling to or from Sheffield station, be aware that "severe flooding" is affecting some platforms and the concourse - however most trains still appear to be running pretty much to time.

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

Search for men after boy robbed on way to school

CCTV images of two men have been released after a boy was robbed on his way to school in Leeds.

Police want to speak to the men in the images about the incident:

CCTV
West Yorkshire Police

The 15-year-old was assaulted and threatened with a knife as he made his way to school on 17 July.

His phone was stolen in the attack on John Charles Approach in Belle Isle.

Yorkshire charity want 'kinder treatments' for bone cancer

A Yorkshire-based charity is carrying out research into bone cancer to try and find new and kinder treatments to prevent patients in the future having to undergo amputations.

Intermediate magnification micrograph of a high-grade osteosarcoma
Nephron

The Bone Cancer Research Trust in Leeds is carrying out the first ever research project to help patients of all ages with a rare and aggressive condition.

Survival rates for patients diagnosed with osteosarcoma have not improved in 30 years.

Zoe Davison from the Bone Cancer Research Trust in Leeds says better treatment options are desperately needed to save lives:

She said: "Patients come to us faced with brutal treatments, life-altering surgeries, sometimes amputations.

"They're receiving treatments that haven't changed since the 1970s, and we want to change that.

"We want this project to to offer hope to patients, that there will be new, personalised, kinder treatments available to them in the future."

Heavy rain falls in Yorkshire

As any weather forecaster will tell you, it's pouring down in Yorkshire this afternoon.

So far, the Environment Agency have issued flood alerts for areas around Ripon, Halifax, Wetherby and Leeming.

There have been reports of localised flooding, like here in Rotherham where Brightside Lane meets the Meadowhall turnoff:

Flooding
Victoria Roberts

A flood alert is the lowest level of warning the Environment Agency uses and means flooding could be possible.

We'll keep you posted if the situation changes.

New police boat brings a touch of Miami Vice to Yorkshire

It might look like something out of Miami Vice, but this new £220,000 police boat is set to patrol the waterways of Yorkshire.

The new police new boat
Humberside Police

The 10-metre long catamaran will be berthed at King George's Dock in Hull.

It will be used to police the rivers and the coast of Yorkshire.

Underwater teams will also be able to dive from the side of the boat, which has been named the Cheetah Marine.

The boat in action
Humberside Police

It has been paid for by all four regional forces and will be operated by the Yorkshire and the Humber Marine and Underwater Search Unit.

It will allow the team to work longer hours in much more challenging environments, keeping them safe while they go about their duties."

Insp Rob GrunnerYorkshire and the Humber Marine and Underwater Search Unit

Northern announce three further strike days

Workers on Northern trains will strike on three more days next month it has been announced.

Northern train
BBC

Members of the RMT union are already walking out on 22 and 29 September in a row over whether guards will continue in their traditional role on the company's services.

The have now announced they will also be staging a further three 24-hour strikes on 6, 13 and 20 October.

Acas talks between Arriva, who operate Northern, and the RMT broke down yesterday with no resolution over the issue of driver-only trains.

Northern have described previous strikes as "disappointing and frustrating".

Channel 4 could make new HQ decision 'next month'

Leeds could know as early as next month if it will be chosen as the new national headquarters for broadcaster Channel 4, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Channel 4
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West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), the organisation behind the Leeds City Region's bid, was told a decision is expected to be taken in October.

It was announced earlier this year that Leeds had made a final shortlist of three UK cities, along with Birmingham and Manchester, after the government told the broadcaster it needed to move from London.

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said: "Obviously we are going for the main prize, but it has been an extraordinary show of strength."

New CCTV in search for missing Leeds man

Police have released a new CCTV image of a man missing from Leeds since Tuesday.

Leeds Smith
West Yorkshire Police

Lee Smith was reported missing at about 16:00, he had left his home in Harehills that morning.

A search of CCTV cameras shows that he was in the William Hill bookmakers in Armley at about 13:30 yesterday.

West Yorkshire Police say they are continuing to try and find him and check he is safe.

Heavy rain and winds to bring 'unpleasant' journey home

Oh dear...

Looks like it's going to be a damp and windy commute home tonight:

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Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, around Park Lane.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on A58(M) eastbound in Leeds around Park Lane, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Boy seriously injured in pick-up truck crash

A boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a vehicle in Morley, Leeds.

Wide Lane
Google

The 13-year-old was hit by a Nissan Navara pick-up truck at about 14:00 yesterday as he attempted to cross Wide Lane.

He is believed to have just got off a bus.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Raining in Leeds? 21st Century answer to age-old question

If you're looking for a fun Instagram account to follow, you could try "Is It Raining In Leeds?"

It's an account dedicated to just that...whether or not it's raining in Leeds.

Here are a few examples to get you going:

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And of course the inevitable:

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Or you could just stick to the old fashioned way and look out of the window...

Give me love: Ed Sheeran's West Yorkshire return

West Yorkshire-born Ed Sheeran has announced two large shows in Leeds.

Ed Sheeran
PA

The singer will perform at Roundhay Park on 16 and 17 August 2019.

The gigs are set to have a homecoming feel as Sheeran was born in Halifax before moving to Suffolk.

Sheeran's 2017 album Divide was last year's biggest-selling album, shifting 2.7 million copies in the UK alone.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Georgina Burnett

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with clear periods at first but cloudy later, with rain in places.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be mostly dry with spells of sunshine for some.

However, rain will move in this afternoon, becoming heavy and persistent.

Staying very wet overnight with further heavy and persistent rain.

weather graph
BBC

Officers' misconduct proceedings over 'excessive force'

Two police officers in West Yorkshire are to face gross misconduct proceedings after a man's jaw was broken during an arrest in 2016.

Police car
Getty Images

The man made a complaint after he was arrested following a domestic incident in Chapel Allerton more than two years ago.

The man was left with a fractured jaw and a cracked tooth which required hospital treatment and surgery, according to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Their investigation found there was a case to answer for gross misconduct for PC Gregory Dickie for his use of force and PC Benjamin Straker for failing to report the excessive force.

A gross misconduct hearing is due to be held from 24 September.

'Lack of accountability' led to rail timetable chaos

A report on rail chaos which caused delays and cancellations on services across Yorkshire earlier this year has identified who was to blame.

Train
BBC

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) blamed a lack of "responsibility and accountability" for the problems and said passengers were "badly treated".

Network Rail, the Department for Transport and rail operator Northern are all accused in the report of making mistakes which contributed to the collapse of services.

The ORR says hundreds of trains were cancelled following the introduction of a new timetable in May, made worse by over-running maintenance work.

Its report concludes that engineering and planning concerns were put ahead of passengers, while Northern failed to provide accurate information when disruption occurred.

Andrew Haines, boss of Network Rail, said: "A whole system approach to timetable planning must be the way ahead and we have already started on that path."

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services appear to be running to time at the moment.

However there are also several delays and cancellations to be aware of:

  • The 06:54 Doncaster to Kings Cross service is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 07:01 York to Kings Cross is running about 30 minutes late
  • The 07:10 Leeds to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 07:18 York to Manchester Airport service is delayed
  • The 07:23 Wakefield Westgate to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 07:37 York to Kings Cross service is delayed
  • The 08:17 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is running about 15 minutes late

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

Woman punched after train argument

Two women have been assaulted by a man after a train journey between Leeds and Sheffield - Police say they want to speak to this man in connection with the incident.

CCTV
British Transport Police

It happened on 25 August when the women, who are in their 20s, got on the train in Leeds.

During the journey they were walking between carriages when a man stood in their way, an argument followed and the man became aggressive and barged into the women several times.

When the women got off at Sheffield they were followed by the man, who then punched one of them in the chest and pushed the other.

High winds bring damage and disruption to Yorkshire

Windy weather has caused disruption across Yorkshire's roads and damage to homes - in South Yorkshire a roof has been blown off and into the street below:

Roof blown off
BBC

In North Yorkshire police have dealt with more than 80 incidents in four hours.

Those included a very large For Sale sign blowing into the road.

North Yorkshire Police say they have been called to 81 incidents of highway disruption between 12:00 and 16:00 today, with fallen trees and signs.

A car that crashed into a tree
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service/Martyn Hughes

The force says if people come across fallen trees they should contact their local council, not the police, unless there is a significant risk to others, or there has been a collision involving injuries.

The weather has also caused a number of power cuts and caused rail disruption:

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Rail strike talks breakdown

Talks to try to resolve strikes on Northern rail have broken down without reaching agreement.

Northern train
PA

The company and representatives of the RMT union have been at ACAS for discussions about the dispute over whether guards should be used on services in the future.

No further talks are planned and another 24-hour strike is due to take place on Saturday.

An Acas spokesperson said: “Following a second day of Acas talks, Arriva Northern Rail and RMT were unable to make any progress in resolving their dispute."

Yellow weather warning issued for tonight

A yellow "be aware" weather warning for strong winds has been issued for across Yorkshire by the Met Office.

The yellow weather warning
Met Office

Large parts of the country will be affected this evening by "potentially very strong winds" reaching up to 50mph.

There is a chance buildings could be damaged by the weather and people should be aware of the potential dangers the wind might cause, the Met Office says.

New Northern trains on track

Train nerds and commuters prepare to rejoice, Northern's new trains are on their way:

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Child's 'fantastic attitude' to 999 services

West Yorkshire Police motorway officer PC Martin Willis was moved to tweet this picture after receiving a very special card - and, perhaps surprisingly, a rock - through the post:

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Bielsa praises performance as Leeds stay top

BBC Sport

Leeds United sit three points clear at the top of the Championship after crushing Preston North End 3-0 at Elland Road.

Tyler Roberts
PA

Captain Liam Cooper opened the scoring before Tyler Roberts (pictured) scored his first goals for the club to exact revenge on the Lilywhites.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa says it was a performance with little to criticise:

"Individual performances were important and our offensive game and defensive game were good. There are few things to criticise in this game," said Bielsa.

"Our team was very dynamic and what we tried to do made us make links between the movement of players.

"We have to underline the good performances of the individuals. Each one was high."

'Genuine concerns' over missing Leeds man

Have you seen Lee Michael Smith? The 39-year-old has gone missing from his home in Leeds and police say there are "genuine concerns" for his welfare.

Lee Michael Smith
West Yorkshire Police

He was reported missing shortly before 16:00 on Tuesday after he left his home in Harehills in the morning.

He was then seen in the Armley area of the city later last night.

He's described as 5ft 10ins tall, clean shaven with mousy brown hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved navy top and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

BreakingNew 'in-depth' probe into Asda-Sainsbury's merger

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) is to move to a further, "in-depth" investigation of the proposed merger between Leeds-based Asda and Sainsbury's.

Asda
Reuters

The so-called Phase 2 inquiry is being opened after an initial probe in August raised "sufficient concerns" for further investigation.

"The companies are two of the largest grocery retailers in the UK and their stores overlap in hundreds of local areas, where shoppers could face higher prices or a worse quality of service," said the CMA.

Other issues the new inquiry will look at including issues relating to fuel, general merchandise - such as clothing - and increased "buyer power’" over suppliers.

The group will gather evidence - in particular through multiple customer surveys and engagement with other retailers, suppliers and industry bodies - to inform its detailed analysis.

Members of the public and other interested groups will be invited to give their views on this.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

A dry and bright start to the day with some sunshine.

Cloud will increase with patchy rain before it brightens again.

Very windy with gale force southwest winds:

Weather graphic
BBC

Talks due in Northern rail dispute

Talks are expected to take place later to try and resolve the row which has led to a series of strikes on trains run by operator Northern.

Northern train
PA

The disagreement over the role of guards has lasted for more than a year and has led to strike action on services across Yorkshire.

The union says passenger safety will be put at risk by getting rid of guards and extending driver-only services.

The rail safety regulator says driver-only trains is safe - a position that has been supported by the government.

But rail unions disagree, saying the on-board conductor or guard has a much better view of the doors and can stop people getting trapped.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services appear to be running to time at the moment.

However:

  • The 07:28 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 07: 47 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

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

Standard of Leeds care homes 'steadily improving'

The standard of care homes in Leeds has been steadily improving, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Elderly care
BBC

A Leeds City Council meeting heard 11 care homes in the city were given an improved rating by the Care Quality Commission this year.

This is compared to five which saw their ratings get poorer.

In total, 25 care homes are now rated "good", 15 "require improvement" and one is "inadequate".