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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
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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.

New station apprentice 'purrfect' for the job

If you're catching a train in Huddersfield today you may notice a new apprentice at the railway station.

Bolt the cat
BBC

But this one has four legs, whiskers and fur.

Bolt the cat has been appointed at Huddersfield railway station alongside well known feline station master Felix, who rose to fame on social media a few years ago.

Felix has been the resident pet at the station since 2011, when she was brought in to catch mice.

A cat flap has also been built at the ticket barrier to allow both felines platform access.

The pair can now be seen patrolling the ticket offices, waiting rooms and station platforms.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J26 for M606 J1 to J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound from J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar) to J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Huddersfield climber's fall an 'accident' - Inquest

The death of an experienced climber from West Yorkshire who fell at least 1,300ft down Ben Nevis was a "tragic accident", an inquest has heard.

Patrick Boothroyd
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Patrick Boothroyd, 21, from Honley, in Huddersfield, died after he and Leon Grabowski were caught in a mini-avalanche as they scaled the mountain in December.

Bradford Coroners' Court heard an overhanging ledge of snow broke off as Mr Grabowski tried to cut through it.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Boothroyd died from chest, head and pelvis injuries.

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.

Zak Hardaker

Team news as Huddersfield Giants host Wigan Warriors in Friday's Super League fixture at the John Smith's Stadium (19:45 BST).

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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
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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
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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...

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
PA

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Huddersfield road closed after serious sexual assault

Police are investigating after a woman in her 20s was seriously sexually assaulted in a Huddersfield street.

Dundas St
Google

The incident happened in Dundas Street, near the town's bus station, in the early hours of this morning.

A police cordon is currently in place.

West Yorkshire Police say their investigations are at an early stage and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Vote on banning barbecues to stop moorland fires

Plans to ban people having barbecues on moorland in West Yorkshire to prevent fires are due to go before Calderdale Council later.

Moor fire
BBC

A number of recent fires have destroyed large swathes of land, including one on Marsden Moor, which was started by a £2 disposable barbecue.

Helicopter above flames
BBC

A ban's already in place in Kirklees and another's being considered for Ilkley Moor.

Today's decision, which will go before cabinet this evening, will affect land in Calderdale.

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

Riley Siswick murder: Council to hold serious case review

A serious case review will be held into the "tragic" death of a three-year-old boy.

Kyle Campbell and Kayleigh Siswick
West Yorkshire Police

Riley Siswick was found dead at his home in Huddersfield in 2016 and his mother's boyfriend Kyle Campbell, 27, was later convicted of his murder and jailed for life.

Riley's mother Kayleigh Siswick was also convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child and was jailed for seven years.

The review will examine the extent of contact between the boy's family and social services before his death.

Kirklees Council said: "This tragic case is the subject of a serious case review, commissioned by the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board.

"It would not be appropriate for us to comment at this time however the review will be published later this year."

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.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from J25 for A644 Wakefield Road to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M62 eastbound from J25, A644 (Brighouse) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J22 for A672 to J23 for A640 New Hey Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M62 eastbound from J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) to J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of a police investigation.

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

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.

Jobs lost as Yorkshire Linen Company shuts it shops

More than 130 people have lost their jobs after a chain of linen shops went out of business.

Yorkshire Linen store
BBC

The Yorkshire Linen Company operated 19 stores across the north of England - including in Huddersfield, Hull, Keighley, Leeds and Wakefield - selling towels, bedding and curtains.

Its closure comes four months after the firm shut eight stores as part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) designed to keep the business going.

Administrator BDO said the closure was down to challenges on the High Street.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from J22 for A672 to J23 for A640 New Hey Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on M62 eastbound from J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) to J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J23 for A640 New Hey Road to J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M62 westbound from J23, A640 (Huddersfield) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a break down.

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

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.

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