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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:

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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 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:

Crowdfunder for scammed man who lost life savings

A crowdfunding campaign for a great-grandfather from Doncaster who had almost £15,000 stolen by scammers has surpassed the £11,000 mark.

John Thompson
South Yorkshire Police

Former police officer John Thompson, 91, was told there had been a security breach on his account and he needed to move his cash into a new one.

The fraudsters used sophisticated methods to bypass his call blocking software to make it look like they were calling from his local branch.

But a crowdfunder launched by the Yorkshire Post to raise the stolen £14,700 has now hit more than £11,000.

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:

Troubled Yorkshire tourism agency appoints new boss

A new chairman has been appointed to head Yorkshire's troubled tourism agency.

Peter Box
BBC

The leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box (pictured) will take over at Welcome to Yorkshire after local authorities agreed to inject £1m to keep the the organisation going.

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

Mr Box said he intended to make the agency "open and transparent".

"I'm going to try and make a difference," he said.

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 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:48 Leeds to Hull service has been cancelled

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

'Leaves on the line' face a chilly reception

A blast of dry ice could be the solution to the bane of all rail commuters' lives - the infamous problem of "leaves on the line", according to researchers in South Yorkshire.

A train blasting dry ice
Network Rail

Every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves drop onto Britain's railways tracks which can make the rails slippy and dangerous, according to Network Rail.

Currently, sand is sprayed by trains onto the track to improve grip, but research by the University of Sheffield shows that dry ice could be a better answer.

Sprayed onto the tracks, dry ice leaves behind no residue and improves traction between the wheel and rail.

Trials are currently taking place across the UK.

Doncaster set for £50m transport cash boost

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nearly £50m worth of government cash could be on its way to Doncaster in an effort to improve transport links across the borough.

Doncaster Council
LDRS

Doncaster Council has drawn up a list of potential schemes, including local railway station improvements, extra cycle routes, congestion alleviation projects and bus lane developments.

Councillors serving on the mayor’s cabinet are expected to give the go-ahead to the list of schemes soon.

Money will be passed from government to the Sheffield City Region from its bid for up £220m of Transforming Cities Fund cash for South Yorkshire.

If successful, Doncaster is likely to receive between £40m-£49m to improve transport links.

Yorkshire's weather: Mostly bright and breezy

BBC Weather

A sunny start for all today but a band of heavy, blustery and locally thundery showers will move in from the west, as winds strengthen.

The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

Most of the showers will move away to the east by this evening, leaving tonight mainly dry and clear, though still relatively breezy:

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BBC

Leaders back Welcome to Yorkshire with £1m funding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A panel of council leaders has agreed to continue to fund Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) with £1m of public money, despite its recent problems.

Former Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity
Anna Gowthorpe/Press Association

The tourism agency has struggled financially since the resignation of chief executive Sir Gary Verity in March and the subsequent investigations into the company.

The meeting heard that a “managed closedown” of WtY would cost even more than helping to keep it going and new agency would need to be set up in its place.

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 on time.

However:

  • The 09:18 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

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

Double trouble for uninsured family

It wasn't a good day for one family in South Yorkshire after having two uninsured cars seized within a matter of minutes.

A VW car
South Yorkshire Police

The first car was bought from a seller on social media at a "bargain price", police say.

But the driver didn't bother to insure it and so had the car seized.

Their mother then came to pick them up, also in an uninsured car.

South Yorkshire Police seized both cars leading to what they describe as a "very expensive day" for the family.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cool but dry start to the day with some hazy sunshine.

It'll turn cloudier this afternoon and getting windier, with rain expected this evening and tonight.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F):

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BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:26 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
  • The 08:56 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 Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:39 Sheffield to Norwich service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled

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

Black History Month: South Yorkshire firefighters in focus

A new exhibition featuring photographs of firefighters from across South Yorkshire is opening in Sheffield to mark Black History Month.

Stephen Moss
BBC

The fire service say people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented in the profession both locally and across the country.

Among those to feature in exhibition is Stephen Moss (above), who is believed to be the first black firefighter to join the South Yorkshire service when he signed up in 1977.

A few of the portraits
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The exhibition features portraits of 10 members of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, both frontline firefighters and their support team.

They will go on show in several locations, including the Winter Garden and the railway station, from today until 24 October.

Yorkshire's weather: Wet start with rain easing

BBC Weather

This morning will be cloudy with spells of rain, some heavy in place.

This afternoon will stay mostly cloudy, but the rain will gradually ease.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

Tonight will be dry with long clear spells with just the odd patch of cloud:

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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 Tuesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 09:35 York to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 09:59 Doncaster to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

There's a chance of rain across Yorkshire today, but it will remain mostly sunny.

Light rain and drizzle will start this evening as cloud increases, with rain becoming heavy overnight.

Some flood alerts will remain in place throughout the day:

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BBC

South Yorkshire Police rated 'good'

South Yorkshire's police force has been rated as "good" in a new report.

Stephen Watson
South Yorkshire Police

The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found South Yorkshire Police was effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe.

It said it was also found to treat the public and its workforce well.

Two years ago after the force was rated as "requires improvement" Chief Constable Stephen Watson said he would "sack" himself if the service wasn't rated as good within two years.

Reacting to the rating, Mr Watson said: "South Yorkshire is in the very top tier of best performing forces in this country.

"We have much that we still need to do. But this is fantastic news."

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We've got a bit of a mixed bag on the cards for today with a mix of scattered showers and some clear spells.

The rain will be fairly heavy in places but should ease by the late afternoon, bringing some drier interludes.

Temperatures will get up to 17C in places.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After yesterday's heavy rain there should be a bit more sunshine about today, though there will still be some scattered showers.

Temperatures will get up to about 19C.

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 09:05 service from Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield is running about eight minutes late
  • The 09:12 service from York to Blackpool North has been cancelled
  • The 09:18 service from York to Newcastle is running about eight minutes late
  • The 09:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled

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

Bogus water board officials trick pensioners

"Bogus officials" who pretended to be from the water board in order to steal money from pensioners in Sheffield are being sought by police.

South Yorkshire Police e-fits of bogus water board callers
South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police said men claiming to be from the water board or "Corporation" tricked their way into the homes of three pensioners and took cash.

The incidents happened on Manor Park Crescent, Glenholme Road and Colley Drive on 6 and 9 September.

In one incident, police said one of the men claimed he needed to check the water because of a burst pipe nearby. Meanwhile, a second man went upstairs and took cash.

After another incident, the "water board official" left in a small white van after taking money.

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 09:47 service form York to Scarborough is running about nine minutes late
  • The 09:47 service from Wakefield Westgate to Glasgow Central is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 09:52 service from Leeds to Newcastle is running about seven minutes late
  • The 09:53 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 23 minutes late
  • The 09:56 service from Sheffield to Plymouth has been cancelled

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

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

We've got a MET Office warning for heavy rain in place today, and some of the downpours could be torrential at times.

It will dry out across the south as the day goes on and temperatures could get up to 19C in places.

Overnight there will be more showers and a lot of cloud.

Road World Championships: Junior time trials taking place

The world's biggest cycling event, the UCI Road World Championships, continue in North Yorkshire today.

Team time trial
PA Media

The race is the pinnacle of the international road cycling calendar and this is the first time it's been held in the UK since 1982.

Events began with the Yorkshire Para-Cycling International on Saturday before the team trial mixed relay - won by the Netherlands - on Sunday.

Race routes
Yorkshire 2019

Today it's the junior individual time trials in Harrogate. The women’s event starts at 10:10 and the men get underway at 13:40.

More than 1,000 riders are competing in total over nine days, with millions of people expected to watch the event.

Road closure sign
PA Media

All of the races finish in Harrogate, where there are dozens of road closures. Other parts of race routes have rolling road closures.

You can click this link for a full list of all routes affected.

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 09:11 service from Leeds to Plymouth is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 09:11 service from Doncaster to Edinburgh is running about 26 minutes late
  • The 09:18 service from York to Newcastle is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 09:23 service from Wakefield Westgate to Plymouth is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 09:30 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 09:38 service from Sheffield to Norwich is running about 11 minutes late
  • The 09:39 service from Leeds to Newcastle has been cancelled

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

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be dry and bright for much of the day with top temperatures up to 21C.

However, by the early evening we will see a band of rain working it's way east.

Overnight it'll be dry for a time before another band of rain pushes up from the south west, with some possible heavy and thundery showers in places.

Wakefield Academies wound up after £2m loss in collapse

Schools that lost £2m when an academy trust collapsed are set to find out if they will get any of the money back after the company is wound up.

Wakefield City Academies Trust
BBC

With liquidation expected to begin later this month, former staff and trustees have criticised management of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT).

They said chief executive Mike Ramsay was paid more than £270,000 while teachers were left "begging" for funds.

His computer company, which supplied software to schools under the trust's control, received £522,000.

Former office manager Kirstie Whipp said: "Anything Mike wanted Mike would get, he always had the best phone, the best laptop, best iPad, we used the most expensive equipment."

Among the claims made against him are allegations he paid £1,500 to install railings at WCAT's headquarters to keep his dogs in and the trust paid for them and "orchestrated" a tender process to to let his daughter win a £123,000 contract for clerking services.

Mr Ramsay denies any wrongdoing while at the trust.

Inside Out (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) examines the demise of Wakefield City Academies Trust on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another fine day today with plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 21C in places, well above the average for this time of year.

Overnight it will stay dry with temperatures dropping to about 9C.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another dry day with some decent spells of sunshine for most and temperatures up to 21C in places.

Overnight it will remain clear and dry, meaning we're in for a chilly night with temperatures getting down to about 7C.