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Summary

  1. Two arrested on suspicion of murdering Maltby man, 80
  2. Leeds businessman wins £35k damages over 'threat to kill' claims
  3. Murder inquiry after injured West Yorkshire man dies
  4. Sheffield school teachers strike over 'excessive workload'
  5. Leeds' historical Temple Works building sold to developers
  6. North Yorkshire primary school to close after 250 years
  7. Bradford Council backs £12m former Odeon cinema development loan
  8. Updates on Wednesday 6 December 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Rob Rose and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: A651 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A651 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between North View Road and A58 Whitehall Road East.

A651 West Yorkshire - A651 Bradford Road in Birkenshaw closed in both directions between the North View Road junction and the A58 Whitehall Road East junction, because of an accident.

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

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Howard Mustoe

Business reporter

It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you'll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn't been this cheap in seven years.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A64(M) West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A64(M) West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, near North Street.

A64(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on A64(M) Inner Ring Road westbound near North Street, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A58 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A58 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between Hollins Mill Lane and A6139 Tuel Lane affecting Watson Mill Lane.

A58 West Yorkshire - A58 Town Hall Street in Sowerby Bridge blocked and very slow traffic eastbound between the Hollins Mill Lane junction and the A6139 Tuel Lane junction, because of lorry stuck under the bridge. Congestion to the Watson Mill Lane junction.

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

Our five top stories today

That's all from us for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire.

Updates on breaking news will continue right here throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Two arrested on suspicion of murder over Rotherham pensioner's death
  2. Sheffield school teachers strike over 'excessive workload'
  3. Murder inquiry after man injured at Bingley nightclub dies
  4. Leeds' historical Temple Works building sold just a day before going under hammer
  5. And York council leader says it's a "pleasant surprise" that work's under way on community stadium

See you tomorrow.

In pictures: Fantastic shot of North Yorkshire landmark

How's this for spectacular?

It's a shot of the landmark Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire from earlier today.

It probably says all there is to say about weather we're having across Yorkshire just now:

Ribblehead Viaduct
PA

Britain First meeting room fee to benefit Jo Cox charity

A conference centre which unwittingly hosted a Britain First meeting will donate its room hire fee to three charities, including one set up in memory of murdered West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox
PA

Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire said the far-right group booked under the name Patriot Merchandise for a meeting.

It will give £1,000 to Bedfordshire and District Cerebral Palsy, the Jo Cox Foundation and Beyond Food.

The BBC has contacted Britain First for comment.

Mrs Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered by far-right extremist Thomas Mair in Birstall in June 2016. Mair was jailed for life in November last year.

The Shambles in York is proving popular with Harry Potter fans from around the world.
The Shambles is said to be the inspiration for Harry Potter's Diagon Alley.

Special Christmas dinner for young Sheffield care leavers

Young people in Sheffield who have recently left care and may not have family members to be with during the festive season are being invited to a special dinner on Christmas Day.

Organisers of the Christmas Dinner Sheffield
The Sheffield Christmas Dinner

A group of volunteers organised the dinner for care leavers aged between 18 and 25-years-old after being inspired by the success of author Lemn Sissay, who founded the project in Manchester in 2015.

The group's now seeking the support of the community to raise money and secure a location for the event.

Ruby Robinson, one of the organisers, says: "There are people from the age of 18 on wards who are no longer in foster care and no longer in the children's home and they don't necessarily have a family or support network to go to at that time in their young adult life."

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Leeds' historical Temple Works building sold

Leeds' historical Temple Works mill has apparently been sold, just a day before it was due to go up for auction.

Temple Works
Ken Grey/Leeds Civic Society

Leeds developer CEG says it's "agreed terms to acquire" the Grade I-listed building on Marshall street.

The company says the building will require "creative and innovative ideas" to bring it back to life and that it aims to work closely with Leeds City council to renovate it.

When it was announced last month that the building would go up for auction with no reserve, heritage campaigners expressed concern for the future of "one of the most important historical buildings in Leeds".

We are pleased to become the custodian of an important element of the city's historic culture and look forward to working with Leeds City Council to progress the regeneration of this challenging site."

Jon KennyCEG Development

BreakingHistorical building in Leeds sold

A sale has been agreed for Leeds' historical Temple Works building - a day before it was due to go up for auction.

More to follow...

Bradford Council backs £12m cinema development loan

Plans to convert a landmark derelict cinema in Bradford into a 4,000-seat music venue have been backed by councillors who agreed "in principle" to loan developers £12m.

Former Odeon building
Tim Ronalds Architects

Bradford Council's executive has agreed to back a £20m plan to redevelop the city's former Odeon site.

It said the development was "not financially viable without some form of funding from the council".

Bradford Live, which runs the project, said the loan was the "single most important part of the funding jigsaw".

Bradford Live was awarded the project to redevelop the building by the council in 2014 and in September it was announced the NEC Group would run the venue.

The company, which runs the National Exhibition Centre and other venues in Birmingham, will contribute £2m towards the project.

Appeal over missing Sheffield teenager

Have you seen missing 15-year-old Samiyah Ahmed?

Missing teenager Samiyah Amed
South Yorkshire Police

She was last seen in the Meersbrook area of Sheffield at about 19:00 on Monday.

She's described as Asian, of a slim build, about 5ft 7in tall, with long black hair.

She was last wearing a green padded jacket, a black hooded top, black jeans and white trainers.

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

Businessman wins damages over 'threat to kill' claims

A Leeds businessman has won £35,000 of damages at the High Court from a woman who told a church congregation that he had threatened to slit her throat.

Seventh Day Adventist Church in Woodhouse
Google

Raj Dhir, 75, brought the slander claim against Bronte Saddler, who is also in her 70s and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Woodhouse (pictured).

The court heard how a son of Mrs Saddler was involved in an on-off relationship with Mr Dhir's daughter and this had caused friction between the families.

In July 2015, 90 members of the church gathered to hear the family's complaint about the Saddlers and during this meeting Mrs Saddler alleged that Mr Dhir "threatened to slit my throat".

The judge, giving his ruling in London, said he was quite satisfied that the seriousness of the allegation and the circumstances of its publication were such that Mr Dhir had demonstrated that serious harm had been caused to his reputation.

He said damages must be sufficient to satisfy any bystander that there was nothing in the allegation and the "appropriate and proportionate" award was £35,000.

Cameron Dawson

Chesterfield sign Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson on an emergency loan after Joe Anyon breaks his arm.

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Watch: Sheffield primary school's teachers on strike

Teachers at Westways Primary School in Sheffield have held the first of four planned strikes over what's been described as "excessive workloads and scrunity".

The striking teachers, who are members of the National Education Union (NEU), say this has led to a drop in moral and teachers being off sick.

Sam Fearnehough, the school's new headteacher, says the majority of staff "do not support strike action" and he says the school's governors are "saddened the NEU has chosen to continue to induce its members to strike rather than meet to talk".

Louise Regan, National President of the NUT, has been on the picket line today and she explains why she's supporting the teachers on strike:

Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between A58 and A58.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A58(M) westbound between A58(M) Inner Ring Road and A58(M), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Travel update: Leeds rush hour kicks in

BBC News Travel

And here's our sadly regular "Leeds is gridlocked" tweet:

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Travel update: Traffic problems in Bradford worsen

BBC News Travel

It's looking pretty miserable if you're about to start the commute home in Bradford:

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Are mobile banks solution to North Yorks branch closures?

Earlier we told you that research conducted by BBC Radio York had revealed North Yorkshire has lost more than two dozen banks in the last year.

Cash machine
PA

Figures showed that over the past year, 27 banks in North Yorkshire have closed their doors or are due to close in the near future.

Following the research, the mayor of Kirkbymoorside said mobile bank branches could act as the solution to the issue:

I think it would be a good marketing ploy. They won't have the big overheads of a branch. They could have a mobile banking team that goes round and they could service four or five towns in a week, so you're keeping that local connection."

Councillor Angus AshworthMayor of Kirkbymoorside

Missing Bradford man 'in urgent need of medical attention'

A man who's been missing from his home in Bradford since this morning is in urgent need of medical attention, police say.

Stuart Thorpe
West Yorkshire Police

Stuart Thorpe, 29, from Lidget Green, was last seen at about 09:00 this morning on Cemetery Road.

Police say they're concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to get in touch "as a matter of urgency".

He's described as 6ft 11ins tall, of stocky build, with sandy coloured hair. When last seen he was unshaven and wearing a grey hooded top and khaki green jogging bottoms.

Travel update: Accident in central Bradford

...And things aren't looking too good in the centre of Bradford at the moment either:

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Travel update: Two-car crash in Leeds

BBC News Travel

There's been an accident on the Inner Ring Road in Leeds:

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Sheffield crash

A motorcyclist is being treated in hospital for a life-threatening head injury after colliding with a vehicle in Sheffield.

Wordsworth Avenue on Google Maps
Google

The collision happened at about 20:05 last Friday on Wordsworth Avenue, Ecclesfield, as the biker was travelling towards Herries Road.

The motorcyclist, who's 20, collided with a Vauxhall Mokka near the turning of Southey Hill.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision to get in touch.

Travel update: North Yorkshire road closed after crash

BBC News Travel

This rural road is currently closed just to the west of Harrogate:

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Can you help identify these four people?

These CCTV stills show one woman and three men who police want to speak to about criminal damage in Scarborough:

CCTV images of suspects
North Yorkshire Police

A group of four people entered a tea room on Coldyhill Lane from Scalby Road at about 21:15 on Saturday 14 October 2017 after one of them smashed a side window.

North Yorkshire Police say they would like to speak to the group as they have important information which they believe could help the investigation.

Street marshals recruited to patrol Huddersfield town centre

Huddersfield Examiner

Kirklees Council moves to make streets safer in the run-up to Christmas.

Cross church Street
Huddersfield Examiner

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of large piece wood on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Barnsley's Christmas Concert cancelled...again

Tonight's Christmas Concert in Barnsley has been cancelled again due to high winds.

The council says that public safety is their primary concern:

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CCTV appeal after woman injured in argument in York

Do you know this man? Police in York want to speak to him after a woman's leg was injured during an argument:

CCTV
North Yorkshire Police

It happened last Thursday when a man crossed the road on Bridge Street and shouted at the driver of a red Mini Cooper.

The man then went up to the driver’s door and started an argument, which resulted in the driver of the Mini's leg being hit by the car door, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Attack victim 'mustn't go straight back on street'

Homelessness campaigners in South Yorkshire say they want to make sure the victim of an attack doesn't end up back on the streets when he is released from hospital.

High Street, Doncaster
Google

It follows an attack on homeless man Rob Lynskey, who was found with serious head injuries on High Street, Doncaster, at about 06:00 on Tuesday morning.

Mr Lynskey, who police think is 32-years-old, is now in a stable condition.

Campaigner Phillip Hartley, who runs the Donny Scran Van community hub, believes Mr Lynskey was attacked with a heavy-duty padlock and chain by another homeless person.

Mr Hartley said: "We're going to do everything we can to make sure that when he's released from hospital he doesn't go straight back to the streets. That happens far too often."

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information about the incident.

In pictures: Sci-fi sun follows purple haze in Yorkshire

It doesn't really seem to matter what the weather's like, Yorkshire still manages to look special.

A fact which never escapes the notice of our BBC Weather Watchers:

WX
BBC

A purple haze over Scarborough here, a golden glow over Wakefield there:

wx
BBC

And then a sci-fi sky over Sheffield!:

wx
BBC

If you’d like to share any of your photos with the rest of Yorkshire, you can send them in by simply clicking here.

Bingley Town Council cancel meeting as mark of respect

Councillors in Bingley have cancelled a meeting to discuss "incidents" in the town after a man died 10 days after suffering injuries.

The meeting has been cancelled as a mark of respect to the family and friends of James Etherington who has died.

Bijou nightclub
Google

Mr Etherington, 24, died yesterday, 10 days after he suffered head injuries in an incident outside Bijou nightclub in the early hours of 25 November.

Bingley Town Council said that it was due to discuss the "incidents of the weekend of 25 - 26 November" today but had cancelled it as a mark of respect to the family.

Four men have been questioned by police in connection with the incident.

A 31-year-old and a 30-year-old were released under investigation, while a 23-year-old has been bailed.

A 28-year-old man has been released without charge.

Listen: Work on York stadium begins

The leader of the City of York Council says the start of work on the long-delayed new community stadium is a "great, great, pleasant surprise".

Workers are preparing the site at Monk's Cross for an 8,000-seater stadium, which will be home to both York City football club and the York City Knights rugby league club.

David Carr says despite delays and doubts it's now expected to open by the summer of 2019:

Councillors to discuss future of memorial trees

Councillors in Sheffield will decide on the future of 41 memorial trees which are marked for replacement under the Streets Ahead programme.

Tree on Western Road
BBC

The city council says that retaining the trees on Western Road could cost about £500,000, meaning the council would have to "re-prioritise its spending plan on core services such as adult social care".

Cabinet members will make the final decision next week after receiving recommendations to explore other options to retain the trees.

Importantly, the council will continue to work with local residents, veterans, The War Memorials Trust and The Royal British Legion following next week’s decision and ahead of any works starting"

Sheffield City CouncilSpokesperson

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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