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Damaged wires on East Coast Main Line causing disruption

There's disruption to trains in Yorkshire after damage to overhead wires on the East Coast Main Line for the second time this month.

The disruption comes after a similar incident on 10 July when all lines were blocked after damage to overhead wires:

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While LNER have confirmed that the 15:45 service form Leeds to Kings Cross has been terminated at Doncaster.

National Rail say trains may be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes and customers can use their tickets on "reasonable routes".

In pictures: Cooling off at Ilkley Lido

Hundreds of people have been flocking to Ilkley Lido as they look to cool off in the summer sun.

These photos from a little earlier today show punters enjoying the heatwave.

The hot weather's expected to last until the weekend.

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Ilkley Lido
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BreakingBoris Johnson elected new Conservative leader

Boris Johnson is the new Conservative leader and is set to be the UK's next prime minister following the contest to succeed Theresa May.

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Mr Johnson will officially become prime minister on Wednesday.

A former mayor of London, Mr Johnson was seen as the clear favourite, although a number of senior figures have said they will not serve under him.

Mrs May will officially tender her resignation to the Queen on Wednesday afternoon after taking part in her final Prime Minister's Questions.

Mr Johnson is expected to take office shortly afterwards, following an audience at Buckingham Palace.

M1 driver in a shed load of trouble

A driver who was moving a garden shed from West Yorkshire to the West Midlands was stopped by police near Sheffield after the car was seen to be "completely crammed full".

A car with a shed on the roof
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Wooden panels of the shed were inside the car, going over the heads of the people at the front:

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The VW Passat was moved off the motorway network and is not allowed to be moved until the shed panels are safely moved, either in a van or a trailer.

The driver of the car will be given a fine and points, South Yorkshire Police said.

West Yorkshire Police name new chief constable

West Yorkshire Police have appointed John Robins as the force's new chief constable.

Mark Burns-Williamson and John Robins
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Mr Robins (above right), who first joined the force in 1990, replaces former chief Dee Collins who stood down earlier this year over "health issues".

He said: "Having spent my whole policing service in West Yorkshire, this is the culmination of an incredible and fulfilling journey for me from Police Constable to Chief Constable."

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's gong to be some very heavy and persistent today with the chance of a few rumbles of thunder.

Temperatures will reach 21C in places:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's a risk of some isolated showers today but it will stay dry for most with temperatures of up to 23C.

Welcome to Yorkshire: Peer calls for board to resign

A tourism body's board should resign after "damning and breathtaking" reports were published into the running of the company, a peer said.

Gary Verity
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The two Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) reports say expenses claims were made without receipts and staff felt unable to speak out about bad behaviour.

Lord Paul Scriven said "fundamental change" was needed to regain its reputation.

A WtY spokesman said: "Where we have let people down, we are truly sorry."

The company, which receives over £1m in public funding a year, set up the independent investigations after its former boss Sir Gary Verity (pictured) resigned in March.

One investigation, carried out by accountancy firm BDO, considered expenses claims made by all WtY staff over a three-year period.

The other, completed by Clarion Solicitors, investigated culture, governance procedures and management.

Lord Scriven said: "These reports are damning and also breathtaking, it shows that Welcome to Yorkshire had no governance at the top, no financial control.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running to time, however:

  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about 11 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

Early cloud and rain is expected to clear this morning.

The afternoon will be dry with sunny spells and a light wind.

It'll be dry with some late sunny spells this evening:

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Council accepts Islamophobia definition

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Officials in Bradford have voted to crack down on anti-Muslim hate crime by adopting a new definition of Islamophobia.

Muslims in Bradford
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It's been agreed following work with campaigners and Muslim faith leaders in the city.

There are four definitions of Islamophobia included in the motion, which are:

  1. Inciting or carrying out acts of hatred and violence against people of the Islamic faith (Muslims).
  2. Direct or indirect acts of discrimination including policy and practice within organisations, which deny Muslims legitimate and fair access to opportunities, facilities and services because of their faith, beliefs and practice.
  3. Denying people of the Islamic faith the opportunity to practise their faith values, free of harassment, fear of violence against them or fear of incurring discrimination and hatred against them.
  4. Actions which perpetuate a climate of mistrust, fear and a sense of marginalisation about or within the Islamic community.

Bradford Council also voted to accept a definition of anti-Semitism last summer.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be another warm and sunny day with temperatures up to 24C, though we may see a scattering of showers in places.

Overnight it will turn cloudy with showery outbreaks.

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, however:

  • the 09:03 service from York to Newcastle is running about 12 minutes late
  • the 09:06 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled
  • the 09:30 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with light rain later

BBC Weather

It will be dry this morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

There will be showers and longer spells of rain tonight, this perhaps heavy at times.

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New speed cameras behind rise in 100mph drivers caught

West Yorkshire Police say the huge rise in the number of motorists caught driving at over 100mph is due to recently installed smart motorway speed cameras.

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According to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake, 2,252 drivers were caught travelling at ore than 100mph in 2018, up from 345 the previous year.

When asked about the dramatic rise the force said: "In November 2017 the smart motorway speed cameras were switched on which explains the increase in offences."

Smart motorways operate variable speed limits with overhead gantries containing speed cameras.

UK's 'worst speeder' caught doing 162mph in Yorkshire

A driver was caught travelling at 162mph on th M1 in South Yorkshire, the fastest speed recorded across the whole of the UK in 2018.

Cars speeding on a motorway
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According to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake, four of the ten fastest speeds recorded were measured on roads in Yorkshire, with one motorist caught driving 152mph in a 50mph zone on the M62.

In total 2252 motorists were caught driving at speeds in excess of 100mph by West Yorkshire Police, up from 345 the previous year.

Meanwhile, 19 motorists were caught driving at speeds in excess of 100mph by South Yorkshire Police last year and 156 in the area covered by Humberside Police.

Speed cameras on a motorway
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North Yorkshire Police did not respond to the charity's Freedom of Information request.

Nationally, a total of 9,596 motorists were clocked doing over 100mph prompting Brake to call for anyone caught driving at this speed to be automatically banned.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “We have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads."

A car zooming past a speed camera
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Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures could reach as high as 25C in places.

Overnight it'll stay dry with temperatures dropping to about 13C.

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, however:

  • The 08:44 service from York to Plymouth via Leeds is running about 36 minutes late
  • The 08:57 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 25 minutes late
  • The 08:50 service from Leeds to Manchester Airport in cancelled
  • The 08:53 service from Doncaster to Birmingham New street is running about 38 minutes late
  • The 08:56 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is cancelled
  • The 09:23 service from Wakefield Westgate to Plymouth is running about 35 minutes late
  • The 09:24 service from Sheffield to Birmingham New Street is running about 32 minutes late

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

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry, warm day today with sunny spells, and the small chance of an occasional shower.

Tonight should be dry with clear periods and a little warmer than last night:

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Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Good morning, it's going to be a dry and fine day for most of us with temperatures reaching 23C in places:

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 08:52 service from York to Manchester Airport is cancelled
  • The 09:09 service from York to Liverpool Lime Street is cancelled
  • The 09:15 service from Doncaster to Leeds is cancelled
  • The 09:32 from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds is cancelled

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

Yorkshire trio's World Cup glory

Three of Yorkshire's finest have helped England's cricketers to World Cup glory.

England cricket team
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Sheffield's Joe Root and Bradford's Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid were part of the England team which beat New Zealand to win the men's World Cup for the first time.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow
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In an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord's, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece.

Adil Rashid
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It meant England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

Joe Root, pictured above in the arms of a celebrating Bairstow, said:"Wow! What a day, what a tournament.

"Everyone has done everything asked of them - we have performed under pressure."

Yorkshire's sunny Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be fine, dry and warm today, with sunny periods and only a little fair-weather cloud developing and a small chance of showers in the afternoon.

Tonight will be dry and mainly clear with light winds:

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Watch: Yorkshire and Lincolnshire forecast for Friday

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Hello and happy Friday!

Here's what to expect weather-wise today and further ahead.

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 07:37 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 36 minutes late
  • The 07:56 service from York to Burley Park is running about 15 minutes late

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

Yorkshire's weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A dry start with bright intervals although some patchy cloud may develop later bringing a few showers, some heavy or possibly thundery later.

Any showers will tend to ease around sunset with more low cloud edging in from the north overnight.

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