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Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • the 09:03 service from York to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • the 09:35 service fro York to Reading has been cancelled
  • the 09:59 service from Doncaster to Reading had been cancelled

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

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There's going to plenty of sunshine around today with temperatures up to 19C in places.

Overnight it should stay dry with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

Copter pilot's action avoids drone near-miss 'disaster'

A drone being flown within 3m of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) helicopter almost caused the "most unthinkable disaster", the charity has said.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The helicopter was returning to the YAA base at Nostell Air Support Unit near Wakefield at about 18:50 yesterday when the pilot had to avoid a "direct collision".

The drone was being flown at about 1,300ft, which is more than three times the legal limit for operators, according to the YAA.

Steve Waudby, YAA chief pilot, said: “We cannot stress enough the seriousness of what happened last night. The consequences don’t bear thinking about if a direct strike had occurred.

"Whether the operator is aware or not, they have put the lives of our crew in extreme danger."

YAA staff had spent most of yesterday working with the Civil Aviation Authority creating a drone awareness film, the charity added.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There should be some decent sunny spells today for most of us though there may be a few showers on higher ground.

Temperatures could get up to about 23C in places:

Watch: Homophobic hate crime charges fall as reports soar

Fewer people are being prosecuted for homophobic hate crime, despite police calling on victims to come forward.

A BBC Radio 5 Live investigation found the numbers of people reporting such crimes across the UK more than doubled in the last five years to more than 13,000.

Charges or court summons fell by 10% during the same period.

Lily Cherry, from Woodseats in Sheffield, spoke to the BBC about her experiences:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very mild start to the day with a few outbreaks of rain in places.

This afternoon there could be one or two isolated showers but for most of us it'll be dry with temperatures up to 21C.

Reports of homophobic hate crime rise in Yorkshire

The rise in the number of reports of homophobic hate crimes to two of Yorkshire's police forces are among the most dramatic in the country, figures suggest.

Hate graffiti
PA Media

It comes as new figures show fewer people are being prosecuted despite rising numbers of potential victims coming forward.

West Yorkshire Police has seen reports increase from 172 to 961 over the past five years, while South Yorkshire police has seen reports rise from 73 to 375.

Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said rising reports were in part down to "improvements in the way we record crime and the fact that many victims have the confidence to come forward".

The proportion of crimes resulting in a charge or summons, however, fell over the same time, from 19% to 4% in West Yorkshire and from 10% to 3% in South Yorkshire.

homophobic hate crime figures
BBC

Across the UK as a whole recorded reports of homophobic abuse increased from 5,807 in 2014-15, to 13,530 in 2018-19.

But during the same period, the number of prosecutions fell from 1,157 to 1,058 - from 20% of all reports to 8%.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said those cases often involved a lack of witnesses and evidence.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fairly pleasant day today with highs of about 19C.

However, overnight the cloud will thicken and rain will move in from the west.

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 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 28 minutes late
  • The 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough is running about 25 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from Bradford Forster Square to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Burley Park has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about 22 minutes late

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

Ex-PC sentenced after admitting sex with crime victim

A former police officer who had a sexual relationship with a domestic violence victim while investigating her case has been give an suspended prison sentence.

Preston Combined Court
Google

Ben Robinson, 39, pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in a public office at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

The court heard Robinson began a relationship with the woman after meeting her while working as a PC for West Yorkshire Police in Kirklees.

A spokesperson for the force said his actions had "jeopardised the integrity of his role in the investigation and risked undermining the justice of the case".

Robinson was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to pay £1,200 in costs and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Robinson resigned from West Yorkshire Police following his arrest in October 2017.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a mild and cloudy start to the day with some outbreaks of rain.

That rain will be heavy in places to begin with but should fade through the afternoon.

Temperatures of about 13C to 15C:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be cloudy, cool and damp with rain and drizzle at times.

The rain will ease in the afternoon, but it will stay cloudy and cool.

Through this evening and tonight it will become largely dry with cloud breaking to give a few clearer intervals:

Weather graphic
BBC

Urgent appeal for missing 91-year-old man

A 91-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Knottingley in West Yorkshire, police say.

William Tunningley
West Yorkshire Police

Officers say they are "very concerned" for the welfare of William Tunningley, who was last seen yesterday afternoon.

He's described as slim and about 5ft 7ins tall.

When last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a navy blue bomber jacket and slippers.

Anyone who sees him is being urged to call the West Yorkshire force.

Chief Constable 'disappointed' police used as PM backdrop

West Yorkshire's Chief Constable has criticised the Prime Minister for using his officers as the backdrop for a speech about Brexit and a possible general election.

Police and PM
Danny Lawson/PA Media

John Robins said he was pleased his force had been chosen to be the "focal point" of a campaign to recruit 20,000 new officers nationally.

However, he said he was "disappointed" Boris Johnson's speech in Wakefield on Thursday was broadened out to cover other issues.

Mr Robins said “It was the understanding of West Yorkshire Police any involvement of our officers was solely about police officer recruitment."

The Chief Constable added: "We had no prior knowledge the speech would be broadened to other issues until it was delivered."

In pictures: Boris Johnson visits West Yorkshire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in West Yorkshire yesterday as he made a speech on police funding in Wakefield.

Boris Johnson sees an officer on a horse
Danny Lawson/PA Media

Ch Con John Robins said he was pleased the force was "chosen as the focal point" for the speech.

Boris Johnson addresses a crowd
Danny Lawson/PA Media

But Mr Johnson has been criticised by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson who said using police officers was "a political stunt".

Boris Johnson meets an officer
Danny Lawson/PA Media

Labour PCC Mr Burns-Williamson has contacted the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police for an explanation after the force's new recruits stood in rows, in front of an old-style police box.

M62 crash: Delay warning for airport travellers

People heading to Leeds Bradford Airport using the M62 are being urged to leave extra time following an earlier crash.

One person was seriously injured in the eastbound crash between junctions 22 and 23.

Leeds-based airline Jet2 has tweeted a warning for people heading to the airport, with many routes remaining busier than normal:

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Police stop missing brake pad driver on M62

West Yorkshire Police officers have stopped a vehicle which was driving on the motorway with a missing brake pad.

The force's roads policing unit shared a picture of the offending vehicle on Twitter today:

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Thursday's Yorkshire weather forecast

Today will be mainly fine with a good deal of sunshine, although it will stay cool and breezy.

Cloud could build in the middle of the day with the chance of a few showers.

This evening will initially be dry and sunny, however cloud is expected to thicken ahead of a windy night with outbreaks of rain expected after midnight:

BBC weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:12 York to Blackpool North service has been cancelled
  • The 09:35 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled

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