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Severe disruption: A61 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A61 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, from Peel Place to Harborough Hills Road.

A61 South Yorkshire - A61 Old Mill Lane in Barnsley closed and queues in both directions from the Peel Place junction to the Harborough Hills Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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

Attempted murder arrest after Thurnscoe shooting

A man is in hospital in a serious condition after being shot in South Yorkshire last night.

Westfield Crescent
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The 69-year-old victim was taken to hospital after the attack on Westfield Crescent in Thurnscoe at about 22:15.

He suffered injuries to his arm, police say.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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.

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
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'Three word' app offers new hope to lost and injured

Emergency services in South Yorkshire are using a special location app to find people who may have become lost or injured and don't have an internet signal.

An algorithm developed by start-up company what3words divides the entire world into 57 trillion separate areas, each 97 sq ft in size, and gives each a unique three-word address.

For example, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue's main building's co-ordinates are known in the app as "rang.onion.entertainer".

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Yorkshire Police are now using the app, which needs to be downloaded onto a phone but can then work when no internet is available.

The application is particularly used by walkers who might not be able to rely on landmarks or postcodes to direct emergency services. Here's how it works:

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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.

Have you seen missing Amy?

A 17-year-old girl from Barnsley who hasn't been seen since Saturday is being sought by police.

Amy Perry
South Yorkshire Police

Amy Perry was last seen in Dodworth, but police think she could have travelled to Essex.

She is described as having thick, long blonde hair and was last seen wearing a black skirt, black leather jacket and suede high heels.

She is also carrying a green and blue handbag.

Anyone with information about here whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Minister meets brother of woman killed by stolen lorry gang

The brother of Jacqueline Wileman, who was killed by four men in a stolen lorry in Brierley near Barnsley last year, will meet justice minister Robert Buckland today.

Destroyed house
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After hitting mother-of-two Mrs Wileman, who was 58, on 14 September, the lorry careered into the side of a house, partially destroying the building.

Four men were jailed in February for between 10-and-a-half and 13 years over her death.

A cyclist who saw the crash described the lorry as "out of control, swerving all over the road".

Prosecutors said it was travelling at more than twice the 30mph speed limit.

A vodka bottle and drug taking paraphernalia were recovered from the vehicle.

Mrs Wileman's family felt that the sentences were not tough enough.

Her brother, Johnny Wood, is due to meet Mr Buckland with local MP, Stephanie Peacock, later today.

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:

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'Concern' over 14-year-old missing from South Yorkshire

A 14-year-old girl has gone missing from South Yorkshire, police say.

Holly Donovan
South Yorkshire Police

Holly Donovan has not been seen since visiting family in Silkstone near Barnsley at 15:20 on Saturday.

Officers say there are "growing concerns" for her welfare.

She is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall with dark purple/red hair in a bob.

When she was last seen Holly was wearing a black and white zebra print vest top, a dark blue fleece jacket, black leggings and black Puma trainers.

The South Yorkshire force says Holly is known to frequent the Rotherham area and is asking anyone who sees her or knows where she is to get in touch.

Police appeal over missing South Yorkshire teenager

Have you seen 14-year-old Holly Donovan? The teenager's been missing since she went visiting family in Barnsley at the weekend and concerns are growing for her welfare.

Holly Donovan
South Yorkshire Police

Holly was last seen in Silkstone at about 15:20 on Saturday.

She's described as being white, about 5ft 6ins tall, with dark purple/red hair in a bob and dark eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black and white zebra print vest top, a dark blue fleece jacket, black leggings and black Puma trainers.

She is known to frequent the Rotherham area, according to the South Yorkshire force.

Anyone with information about Holly's whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

South Yorkshire crews continue to help flood efforts

Firefighters from South Yorkshire who have been helping clear flood water following heavy rain in Lincolnshire are expected to stay there for most of this week, it's been confirmed.

The pumps in action
SYFR

Nearly 600 homes have been evacuated in Wainfleet after two months' worth of rain fell in just two days causing a nearby river to burst its banks.

High-volume pumps from South Yorkshire are being used to help move water away from affected areas.

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
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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

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
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Paralympian calls on government improvements for cycling

More needs to be done to make cycling and walking safer, according to South Yorkshire's Active Travel Commissioner Dame Sarah Storey.

Dame Sarah Storey
Bradley Collyer/PA Wire/PA Images

Britain's most successful female Paralympian has written to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to warn public money will continue being wasted unless new measures are adopted.

Last month, a survey found that seven out of 10 cyclists did not believe conditions on Britain's roads had improved in the past five years.

South Yorkshire firefighters help flood-clearing effort

Firefighters from South Yorkshire have been helping clear flood water following heavy rain in Lincolnshire last week.

The high volume pump
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Nearly 600 homes have been evacuated in Wainfleet after two months' worth of rain fell in just two days causing a nearby river to burst its banks.

A high volume pump
Dave Rogers

Driver 'four times over the limit' in M1 crash

A driver who "misjudged" a manoeuvre on the M1 over the weekend was four times over the legal drink-drive limit, police say.

A black BMW
South Yorkshire Police

The black BMW 1 series crashed near Barnsley at about 18:45 on Saturday evening.

The driver provided a roadside breath sample of 140, which is four times over the legal limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

South Yorkshire Police's Operational Support team said they hoped the courts "impose a lengthy driving ban along with imprisonment", following the crash.

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'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
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Death by dangerous driving arrest after motorcyclist dies

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a motorcyclist died in a collision involving a car.

Police uniform
BBC

The motorcyclist died after his Kawasaki ZX 600 bike slid across the road and collided with a red Citreon C2 in Worsbrough.

The 60-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision on Kingwell Road at about 16:30 on Wednesday.

South Yorkshire Police said a 48-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and released under investigation.

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

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:04 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 08:21 York to Kings Cross service is cancelled

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

South Yorkshire bus drivers to strike over pay

Hundreds of bus drivers in South Yorkshire are to strike for two days in a dispute over pay.

A bus in Sheffield
Geograph/P L Chadwick

Workers in Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham and part of the Derbyshire Dales, will walk out after rejecting an offer of a year's pay freeze.

A union has described the offer, made by First South Yorkshire, as "insulting".

Unite says buses will "grind to a halt" during the strike with about 900 drivers walking out on Saturday 29 June and Monday 1 July.

Phil Bown, regional officer at Unite, said "constructive" pay talks were needed "urgently" to avoid disruption for the travelling public.

A Unite sign
PA/Steve Parson

First South Yorkshire said it was "disappointed" drivers had voted for strike action.

Managing director Garry Birmingham said the company "pay significantly better" than other operators with drivers already receiving the "best offer available".

People in Barnsley 'helping' wanted man - Police

A man wanted in connection with a break-in at a woman's house in Barnsley is being helped to evade officers by members of the public, according to police.

Jonathan Osbourne
South Yorkshire Police

Officers want to speak to Jonathan Osbourne, known as Johnny, in connection with the incident which happened on 16 April.

The force said that since the break-in, the woman is reported to have continued being threatened and intimidated.

Det Ch Insp Paul Murphy said: “We have information that suggests that some people are helping Osbourne to evade the police.

"It is a criminal offence to assist and harbour an offender, and we will arrest any such individual found to be doing this.”

Police have been advised not to approach Mr Osbourne if they see him, but to call 999 and report it immediately.

Rain, rain go away?

If you're keen to know how long the summer sun is going to soak us in its warming glow today, look no further.

Here's a handy graphic, kindly supplied by the Met Office, of the heavy rain forecast to move across Yorkshire today:

The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings and alerts in place.

You can check to see if there are any where you are by clicking here.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with rain for much of the day, but the afternoon may see the rain starting to ease in some areas.

Rain will continue to ease tonight and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected:

weather graphic
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