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'Think big' for Tour de Yorkshire land art

People are being asked to "think big and get creative" ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire rolling into towns and villages this year.

The winking goose
Welcome to Yorkshire

TV pictures showed huge pieces of land art along the route as cyclists peddled through Yorkshire last year.

For the 2020 event, schools, community groups and businesses are being asked to come up with giant designs as part of a Welcome to Yorkshire competition.

Last year's winner, featuring a winking goose and turkey riding 70s Chopper bikes, is pictured above.

A Best Dressed award will also be given to places with "the most spectacular and eye-catching decorations".

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Leeds to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:36 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to Kings Cross has been cancelled

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

Meet the cat that loves being walked around the Yorkshire countryside
Arlo has climbed Scafell Pike and visited Hardcastle Crag at the end of his owner's lead

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Rain is expected to move across Yorkshire this morning, turning to snow on the hills.

A bright, windy and cold afternoon will follow, with occasional showers.

The evening is expected to be chilly with rain showers:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 09:07 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Leeds to York service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:53 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

UK house prices rising fastest in Yorkshire and Humber

Simon Read

Business Reporter

Property values climbed more than three times as much in Yorkshire and Humber as in south-east England, new figures show.

Estate Agent signs
BBC

Land Registry figures for December also revealed a post-election boost, with London prices rising 1.6%.

The end-of-year surge meant all regions saw a positive annual growth rate for the first time since February 2018.

UK average house prices increased by 2.2% over the year to December 2019, up from 1.7% in the previous month.

They rose 3.9% in Yorkshire and the Humber last year, but just 1.2% in the South East.

The average UK house price reached a record high of £235,000 in December 2019, £5,000 more than a year earlier.

Flood warnings remain amid new concerns over rain forecast

A total of 20 flood warnings still in place in Yorkshire this morning following Storms Ciara and Dennis.

B1223 Ulleskelf
BBC

They've been issued by the Environment Agency for the Ouse, Swale, Ure, Derwent and Aire.

River levels are now falling, with the Ouse in York now at 3.7m above its normal level.

However, the Met Office is warning of more heavy rain later this week and has issued a yellow weather warning for "persistent rain," from lunchtime on Friday until 06:00 Saturday.

Forecasters say the rain may lead to flooding and travel disruption during Friday daytime and Friday night.

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 08:30 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled
  • The 08:58 York to London Kings Cross service 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

BBC Weather

This morning will be a mixture of sunny intervals and showers.

Some of the showers will be wintry on high ground.

This afternoon is likely to be windy with rain and hill snow.

Tonight will see a mixture of clear spells, brisk winds and wintry showers:

Weather graphic
BBC

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 generally to time.

However:

  • The 08:16 Sheffield to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:19 Doncaster to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 08:32 Leeds to Sheffield service has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:14 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, there are some delays on services.

There are major problems in South Yorkshire, with lines to Rotherham Central Station blocked due to severe flooding. This issue is expected to continue throughout the day.

Network Rail and train operator Northern are urging passengers to check alternative routes before travelling this morning.

As a result, replacement bus services are running between Swinton and Meadowhall.

For all the latest details of the situation in Rotherham, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

Meanwhile:

  • The 08:14 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 08:15 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 08:17 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:17 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:30 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 Wakefield Westgate to Doncaster service has been cancelled
  • The 08:36 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:58 Leeds to Knottingley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:03 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled
  • The 09:15 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:29 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

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

Full rivers across Yorkshire

Storm Dennis has brought heavy rainfall across Yorkshire.

That rainfall has seen river levels rise across the region and a multi-agency response to shore up flood defences.

The video gives you a snapshot of just how high Yorkshire's rivers are now:

'Improving situation' in Leeds

Leeds City Council has tweeted its thanks to all those who have worked over the weekend as Storm Dennis hit.

The council said only one flood alert remains in place and the situation seems to be improving:

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Flooding blocks railway

BBC News Travel

Northern have said the railway line between Kirkstall Forge and Leeds is blocked due to flooding.

The company said the disruption and replacement bus service will last until at least midday - so check before you travel:

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People 'let down' by goverment says Calderdale leader

While efforts to prepare the Calderdale area against flooding have been praised, council leader Tim Swift said people had been let down by the government.

Flood preparations in Mytholmroyd
PA Media

"There are some real challenges here, but we have been hit by austerity which makes it much harder for us as a council to repsond and although there is money available for flood defences, it's hard to get these schemes completed quickly."

He added: "The thing that frustrates me the most is that this is the third serious storm we've had in eight years - the first bad flooding being in 2012 and there was really no progress then on the government making money available into flood defences.

"It was only after the devatsting floods on Boxing Day, so I feel to some extent the Environment Agency has been running to catch-up since then.

The Labour councillor said the government needed to recognise that more work needed to be done on tree planting and management of the land to slow the flow of water in periods of intense rainfall.

'Rivers coping' says expert

It's been a wet and stormy night for much of West and North Yorkshire.

Thee has been lots of focus on the Calder Valley and parts of North Yorkshire struck by Storm Ciara last week.

Those spots are already saturated by water.

However, the latest picture shows that many rivers are currently handling the water running through them.

The River Calder at Mytholmroyd, which was the focus on attention yesterday with the Army involved in helping defend the area from flooding, looks like this at the moment:

River Calder levels at Mytholmroyd
GOV.UK

It's currently at 2.77m but data above shows it falling - that is subject to change.

Look North climate correspondent Paul Hudson has tweeted this:

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Storm Dennis: What we know now

As Yorkshire continues to be buffeted by Storm Dennis here's a re-cap of what we know so far:

Soldiers building flood barrier in Ilkley
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Warning to not be complacent over flooding risk

The Environment Agency says it hopes flooding in West Yorkshire won't be as bad as last weekend, but is warning people not to become complacent about any potential flooding as a result of Storm Dennis.

Flood defences are prepared in Mytholmroyd, in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire
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There's currently only one flood warning in the region on the River Aire at Hirst Marsh and West Marsh.

But the Environment Agency's Thomasin Meadley says: "We're watching closely the River Aire and Calder and Wharfe catchment, where peaks are expected between 04:30 and 06:00 on Sunday morning.

"We're hopeful it's not going to be as bad as last weekend, but people should still keep an eye on flood warnings and listen to BBC local radio and definitely shouldn't rest on their laurels."

Appeal to only travel if 'absolutely necessary'

People in parts of West Yorkshire are being warned to only travel if "absolutely necessary".

Car driving through flood water
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Robin Tuddenham, from the West Yorkshire Resilience Forum, which coordinates the response to flood situations, says he's worried about the impact on the Calder Valley given the impact of Storm Ciara last weekend.

Mr Tuddenham says: "We're seeing very high levels of rainfall on saturated ground and we need people to be vigilant, and really think about whether they need to travel."

The Environment Agency is currently predicting river levels in West Yorkshire will reach their peak on Sunday morning.

Businesses preparing for second storm in a week

Small business owners say they are "anxious, worried and scared" as they wait to see what impact Storm Dennis will have.

Blue Teapot cafe, Mytholmroyd
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Severe weather warnings are in place for much of the country and forecasters say a month's worth of rain could fall in some places.

In Mytholmroyd, where they are still reeling from the floods brought by Storm Ciara last weekend, business owners are preparing themselves for yet more bad weather.

Lisa Thwaites, who runs the Blue Teapot Cafe said: "I'm terrified. We've cleared the cafe out now but the thought that I might have to come in on Monday morning and do all this again is terrifying."

At a nearby beauty salon Rebecca Haigh said: "We're anxious, worried, scared. You don't sleep, it's just awful. It's like somebody has kicked you in the guts every time it happens.

"I've done three floods and I do not know if I want to do a fourth."

Army stood down after helping shore up flood defences

More than 140 soldiers who have been helping to build flood defences across West Yorkshire have been stood down, Calderdale Council says.

A deployment of 75 soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, and a further 70 reservists from the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, were drafted in to help.

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Watch: Weather forecast for Yorkshire

Katerina Christodoulou

Look North weather presenter

As Storm Dennis arrives in Yorkshire here's what to expect from today's weather:

Watch: Soldiers preparing flood defences in West Yorkshire

The Army is out helping officials with flood relief efforts in West Yorkshire.

Storm Dennis: Army deployed in West Yorkshire

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) says more than 70 members of 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland arrived earlier today to help construct barriers and repair flood defences in Ilkley and Calderdale.

Another 70 reservists from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, will provide support where required.

Soldiers have already begun distributing sandbags in Mytholmroyd.

Storm Dennis: Flood defences being put in place

Preparations have been taking place to protect Yorkshire from the impending Storm Dennis.

Clifford's Tower
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The Environment Agency has warned flooding is likely to be worse this weekend as already saturated ground is met with a "perfect storm" of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow.

Amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind are in place for most of the country from Saturday afternoon into Sunday evening.

In York (above) emergency workers having been busy putting barricades in place around the River Ouse while soldiers form the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been erecting flood barricades in Ilkley (below).

Soldiers erect flood barricades in Ilkley,
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Soldiers erect flood barricades in Ilkley
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Storm Dennis in Yorkshire: Five flood warnings in place

There are currently five flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency in Yorkshire as the county prepares for Storm Dennis.

York King's Staith
Getty images

A flood warning means flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The warnings are in place at the following locations:

North Sea at Scarborough - Foreshore Road.

North Sea at Scarborough - Sandside.

River Aire at Hirst Marsh and West Marsh.

River Ouse at Naburn York.

River Ouse at York - riverside properties.

Storm Dennis: Live updates throughout the day

The Army has been drafted in to provide support in Calderdale as Yorkshire braces itself for Storm Dennis

Soldiers in Mytholmroyd
PA Media

Forty soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been deployed in Ilkley and 42 in Mytholmroyd to support the Environment Agency's efforts to shore up flood defences.

Amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind are in place from this afternoon into Sunday evening as forecasters predict a month's worth of rain could fall in some places.

We'll bring you live coverage for the rest of the day as the situation develops.

Storm Dennis: Rain and wind set to bring travel disruption

Disruption to transport is expected as heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter the UK for a second consecutive weekend.

Cars in rain
PA Media

Network Rail advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and allow more time for their journeys.

Passenger director Jake Kelly said: "Storm Ciara dumped a month-and-a-half of rain on us last weekend, leaving ground waterlogged and rivers swollen.

"We had a lot of flooding in the North West and a lot of it disrupted the railway, for example at Todmorden and Caldew near Carlisle.

"With Storm Dennis set to bring more high winds and further rainfall this Saturday and Sunday, we're preparing for more of the same."

Meanwhile the AA is urging motorists to take extra care.

Patrolman Ben Sheridan said: "The forecast looks bleak across the UK with warnings for wind and heavy rain which will significantly reduce visibility on the roads.

"For those who are braving the storm, drivers should make sure they account for the conditions. Slow down, allow for greater stopping distances and watch out for potential hazards."

Storm Dennis: Power suppliers 'ready' for disruption

Electricity supplier Northern Powergrid says it has taken steps to prepare for the heavy rain and wind forecast to hit the region this weekend.

Northern Powergrid linesmen
Northern Powergrid

Storm Dennis is expected to bring heavy rain and winds of up to 70mph across parts of Yorkshire.

Rod Gardner, from Northern Powergrid, said: “We have teams of extra engineers ready to monitor any flooding impacts, restore power and carry out repairs if there is damage to our network as a result of the severe weather conditions expected.

"Our specialist access equipment and fleet of 4x4 vehicles are ready to assist should the forecast rain make travel and site access difficult.

"We also have teams of arborists on standby to help with any fallen trees that may damage our network or need to be removed to enable repairs."

Storm Dennis: Train company asks people not to travel

People planning to use train services in parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire over the weekend are being asked not to travel as the country braces itself for Storm Dennis.

An Azuma train
LNER

Operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is asking passengers to defer their travel until Monday, with disruption expected.

High winds and heavy rain are forecast for much of the region over the next two days.

Speed restrictions could be imposed, LNER said, with reduced services being operated.

Warrick Dent, from LNER, said: “We are encouraging our customers with tickets dated for Saturday 15 February or Sunday 16 February to defer travel to Monday 17 February, where possible.

“We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and will have extra staff on duty to help.”

Watch: Storm Dennis to bring rain and winds of up to 70mph

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for rain and wind this weekend as Storm Dennis is set to hit the UK.

Matt Taylor has more detail on the effects:

Mumps cases hit 10-year high in England

Health officials are urging people to have both parts of the MMR vaccine after cases of mumps in England reached their highest level in a decade.

Olly Finch
Olly Finch

Outbreaks in universities and colleges raised the number of cases of the painful viral illness to 5,042 in 2019 - four times the number in 2018.

Most were in young adults who missed out on the MMR jab.

Public Health England said the full two doses of the vaccination were needed to maximise protection.

The vaccine prevents most cases of mumps - but not all, and so some young people are still getting the illness.

Olly Finch, a student at Leeds University, said: "I went to bed normal, everything fine, and then I woke up, and bang - my face was so puffed out, so swollen.

"I got prescribed morphine - it was that bad."

Amber weather warning to affect more places

More parts of Yorkshire are now expected to be hit by heavy rain as part of Storm Dennis this weekend, the Met Office has said.

A weather warning
Met Office

An amber "be prepared" weather warning was in place for parts of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire earlier.

This has now grown to include more of North Yorkshire, including York and Ripon.

The weather warning has also been brought forward by three hours to be in place from 12:00 tomorrow until 15:00 on Sunday.

Northern Powerhouse: New minister announced

Conservative MP Simon Clarke has been announced as the new Northern Powerhouse minister.

Simon Clarke and Boris Johnson
PA Media

He replaces former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry, who says he chose to leave the government after being offered a new role which he couldn't accept.

Mr Clarke (pictured above left), who is MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said he was "absolutely delighted" to have been asked to take up the role.

He said: "My focus will be on working with communities across the country to support our great Mayors and help create new devolution settlements for areas that don’t yet have them.

"We have a huge task ahead to deliver an era of urban regeneration and strong regional growth."

Storm Dennis: Amber rain warning issued

Yorkshire is bracing itself for potential further flooding with Storm Dennis set to hit the UK this weekend.

People in flood water in Hebden Bridge
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An amber weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office with downpours forecast from about 15:00 tomorrow.

Heavy rain is set to fall on already saturated ground, with river levels in North and West Yorkshire higher than normal after last week's Storm Ciara.

The amber warning covers parts of North and West Yorkshire, including Skipton, Ilkley, Bingley Hawes, and Leyburn.

A yellow warning also in place for rain for other parts of Yorkshire while a separate yellow warning for wind in place across most of England.

Weather warning graphic
Met Office

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 generally running on time.

However, vandalism of railway equipment between Meadowhall and Barnsley is causing disruption between Sheffield and Barnsley.

There are also delays to a number of services, including:

  • The 08:30 from Leeds to York is running about 30 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from York to Glasgow is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:34 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:35 service from Sheffield to Huddersfield has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 service from Wakefield Westgate to Doncaster is running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:38 service from Leeds to Lincoln has been cancelled

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