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Police asked to 'have a word' after clubber refused entry

A disgruntled reveller called 999 to ask police to "have a word" with a bouncer at a West Yorkshire club after being refused entry.

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West Yorkshire Police's call-handling team shared details of the request on Twitter.

It said: "If a bouncer says you can't go in their club, then you can't go in.

"Don't ring 999 and ask us to 'have a word', it's not going to happen is it?"

The team said it had also taken calls about lost keys and burnt toast.

The West Yorkshire Force said: "People ringing 999 for inappropriate reasons are potentially putting lives at risk by taking call-handlers’ time away from genuine emergency calls."

Family lives on camera

The secrets of a lost archive of photos from Bradford reveals hidden family lives.
We discover the secrets of a lost archive of portrait photos showing the changing face of Bradford in the 20th Century. 

Two British-Ukrainian sisters reveal the moving story of how family photographs taken at the Belle Vue studios in Yorkshire were sent back to their grandparents in Ukraine. 

The photographs were a record of the sisters growing up at a time when few people had cameras and mobile phone selfies did not exist.

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 and it's heavy on M62 westbound from J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar) to J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a break down.

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

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

Yorkshire's former mining towns still struggling - Report

Former mining towns and villages in Yorkshire still haven't fully recovered from the closure of local pits, according to new report.

Headstocks at Hatfield Colliery
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Issues including social disadvantage, ill health and unemployment extend beyond former miners, the report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sheffield Hallam University says.

About 77,000 people in Yorkshire's former coalfield communities are on out-of-work benefits, which amounts to about 10% of adults of working age in those areas, the report adds.

Over 40% of coalfield areas in Yorkshire are in the most deprived parts of Britain, it says.

People seen 'fighting with weapons' after crash

Armed police were called to the scene of a car crash in Bradford after people were seen "fighting with weapons".

Ivanhoe Road
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It happened at about 15:50 on Monday on Ivanhoe Road after a car crash involving a silver Audi RS3 and a red Land Rover Freelander.

Nobody involved in the crash was at the scene when officers arrived, according to police.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to get in touch with the West Yorkshire force.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and mainly dry start, though rain already over western parts will soon move east to all areas.

Turning drier later this morning. This afternoon will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 14C (57F) with a low of 6C (43F):

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BBC

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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 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:

Severe accident: A641 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A641 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, from Summer Hall Ing to New Works Road.

A641 West Yorkshire - A641 Woodside Road in Low Moor closed and stationary in both directions from the Summer Hall Ing junction to the New Works Road junction, because of a serious 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, at J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on entry 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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J27 for M621 to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M62 westbound from J27, M621 (Gildersome) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

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

Welcome to Yorkshire had 'spend now, worry later' culture

The new chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire says the tourism agency previously operated under a culture of "spend now, worry about it later".

Peter Box
BBC

Peter Box released two reports this afternoon - one looking into the organisation's finances, and another at its future.

One, dated 29 August, said without a £500,000 loan from North Yorkshire County Council and another £1m investment "Welcome to Yorkshire will run out of cash by November at the latest".

The second revealed, among other matters, it spent £250,000 on its display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show - more than three times the £80,000 it had budgeted.

Former chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

It’s clear to me, from reading both reports that governance and strategic oversight of the operations have been largely absent. Financial planning was not robust enough which led to a culture of spend now, worry about it later."

Peter BoxWelcome to Yorkshire chairman

By-law could see 'noisy' fireworks banned in Bradford

Loud fireworks could be a thing of the past in one district of West Yorkshire if a new local by-law is passed at a meeting taking place today.

Fireworks
BBC

Councillors in Bradford are looking at the idea of banning "noisy" fireworks citing, among other factors, an increased number of complaints about noise nuisance.

A protest was held in Bradford's City Park earlier this year against what organisers Bradford4Better described as the city's "horrendous" firework problem.

If the law is introduced, it's a dream come true. It's our prayers that have been answered after months of campaigning."

Inaya SherBradford4Better

Big fall in jobless total in Yorkshire and Humber

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region, according to the latest statistics.

Job Centre Plus sign
PA Media

The number of people out of work in the region fell by 28,000 between June and August to 108,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nationally, though, there's been an increase in unemployment, up by 22,000 to 1.31 million people currently out of work.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Light rain this morning should gradually ease to leave a cloudy and dry day with some sunny spells.

This evening should continue dry with clearing skies.

Overnight it will cloud over, with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later in the night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

Reputed Robin Hood grave woodland at risk of felling

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ancient woodland shrouding the reputed grave of Robin Hood is at risk of being felled as part of a £69.2m road scheme.

A folly within the grounds of the Kirklees Estate
LDRS

The proposed route will involve cutting into woodland bordering Wakefield Road between Cooper Bridge and junction 25 of the M62 at Brighouse.

It's to create a link road between the A62 and A644.

The Kirklees Estate, in Clifton near Brighouse, includes an 18th Century stone folly that is said to mark the final resting place of perhaps the world's most famous outlaw.

A folly within the grounds of the Kirklees Estate
LDRS

According to local legend, Robin Hood died in a priory near Huddersfield and was buried nearby.

The grave and priory are on the private Kirklees Estate, which only opens to the public one weekend a year.

Police charge 22 in crackdown on Bradford drug dealing

Police have charged 22 people as part of a crackdown on the supply of class A drugs in West Yorkshire.

Class A drugs
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Twenty men and two women were charged as part of a week-long campaign across the Bradford district.

Officers say more than £15,000 worth of drugs were seized along with property, vehicles, clothing and about £2,000 in cash.

Det Insp Matthew Walker, who led the operation, said: “The people of Bradford are fed up of drug dealing taking place on the streets of Bradford which tarnishes the reputation of this city.

“We are committed to tackling those involved in the supply of drugs in the district."

Severe disruption: A6038 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6038 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, at A6037 Valley Road.

A6038 West Yorkshire - A6038 Otley Road in Shipley blocked and queues at the A6037 Valley Road junction, because of a lorry that's broken down.

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, at J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

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

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

Steampunk festival held in Brontes' Haworth

Hundreds of steampunks have descended on the Pennine village of Haworth for a festival dedicated to the genre.

Steampunks at Haworth
PA Media

The event features parades, fashion shows, music and burlesque acts.

Tea duelling - who can keep a dunked biscuit intact for the longest - is another highlight and in keeping with the movement's courteous ethos.

Steampunks at Haworth
PA Media

Steampunk began as a sub-genre of science fiction which imagines a future powered by steam and clockwork but from a Victorian perspective.

Steampunks at Haworth
PA Media

Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope.

'I have to decide between paying for tablets or food'
Neil Alexander, who has serious kidney problems, was turned down for personal independence payments.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane blocked on entry slip road eastbound at J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of an accident.

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

Inquest opens into death of man killed in M1 crash

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a man who was killed in a crash on the M1.

Michael Timmons, 70, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, died when his Volvo and a lorry crashed between junctions 28 and 29 on the northbound carriageway in Derbyshire on 4 October.

A female passenger from the car was also taken to hospital with injuries.

The inquest at Chesterfield Coroner's Court heard a post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday.

However, further tests need to be carried out to determine the cause of death of Mr Timmons, who was a retired reconstructive plastic surgeon.

Coroner Peter Nieto adjourned the inquest until 10 January.

Queues on M1 northbound
Highways England

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J24 for A629 to J23 for A640 New Hey Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - Temporary closure and stationary on M62 westbound from J24, A629 (Ainley Top) to J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident.

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

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave a largely dry, sunny day, with occasional showers in the afternoon.

Tonight any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud:

Weather graphic
BBC

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 on time.

However, a shortage of crews means train operator Northern will be running a reduced service on some routes today. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

The Selby-Leeds, York-Doncaster and Leeds-Doncaster routes are among those expected to be affected, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Services have also been disrupted between Leeds and Doncaster/Sheffield due to an earlier incident. Trains are now returning to normal, but could be delayed up to about 08:30.

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

Bradford mobile phone users make it quick

People in Bradford have shorter mobile phone calls than the residents of nine other major British cities, an Ofcom survey has suggested.

Woman on phone
Getty

The longest calls are made by Liverpudlians who spend six minutes and 51 seconds on a single call, on average.

That's more than 40% longer than Londoners, who came second in the survey results.

Phone call duration graph
Ofcom

People in Bradford had the shortest conversations on average, at three minutes and 15 seconds.

Data for the survey was gathered from 150,000 mobile phone users between 1 January and 31 March this year.

Witness appeal after man assaulted in Halifax

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Halifax on Tuesday morning.

Junction of Ovenden Road and Shay Lane in Halifax
Google

The incident happened in Ovenden, at the junction of Ovenden Road and Shay Lane, at about 11:20.

An unknown number of men got out of an Audi car and assaulted a male pedestrian before driving off towards Nursery Lane.

Two people in the car are described as Asian, roughly 6ft tall and wearing baseball caps. One of them had a short beard.

Anybody who might have seen what happened, or who might have information, is being asked to contact police.

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 on time.

However, there may be disruption between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster/Swinton following an "incident".

Delays are expected until at least 09:00, according to National Rail Inquiries.

Also:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 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:

Severe accident: M606 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M606 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J2 for Merrydale Road.

M606 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M606 southbound at J2, Merrydale (Euroway Trading Estates), because of an accident.

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

West Yorkshire learns new police numbers

Up to 256 new officers could join West Yorkshire Police in the first year of the Prime Minister's recruitment drive.

Boris Johnson on a visit to West Yorkshire Police
Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The figure is lower than in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, whose forces have been told they can recruit 366 and 347 respectively.

Boris Johnson has pledged to hire an extra 20,000 officers by 2022 at a total cost of £1.1bn.

West Yorkshire Police has lost around 1,000 officers since 2010.

Whilst I acknowledge these extra resources, a lot of work needs to be done to get to the numbers we were back in 2010."

Mark Burns-WilliamsonPolice and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound at J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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