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  1. Updates on Friday 30 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Murder scene in Scarborough

A man who was found dead at a house in Scarborough is named by police.

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Huddersfield Town's players celebrate Nahki Wells' injury-minute equaliser

Nahki Wells' injury-time equaliser rescues a draw for Huddersfield against Championship strugglers Blackburn.

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Five things we learned today from Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

That's it from me for today - and, indeed, for this year. We'll be back on Tuesday 3 January with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Meanwhile, here are five things we learned in Yorkshire today:

I'll leave you for now with a little collage of beautiful weather pics from around the region.

From left to right, thanks go to Mark Rothwell for his sunset in Keighley over Redcar Tarn, to Jonathan Knight for jet trails over Scarborough Castle and to Skalamang, for the golden tranquility of the River Don, near Doncaster.

Weather watchers

York chocolate giant gives two-fingered salute to three-fingered Kit Kat

Nick Morris

BBC Radio York

Britain's chocolate lovers are being reassured the controversial shrinking of one of the country's most popular chocolate bars wont be repeated with York's world-famous, four-fingered snack. 

The makers of Toblerone caused an outcry last month by pushing their famous "alps" further apart to reduce its weight by 40g. 


The firm blamed a drop in the pound's value leading to a rise in the price of foods like cocoa and coffee, but denied June's Brexit vote was to blame. 

Now the boss of Nestle, one of York's largest employers, has confirmed it's also struggling to keep costs down. 

However, chief executive Dame Fiona Kendrick, has told the BBC price increases will not be passed on to customers for as long as possible and the firm will "never produce a three-fingered Kit Kat" while she remains in her post. 

Leeds boxing champion Nicola Adams on the fight for equality in sport

Yorkshire Post

Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams hopes her success and popularity has helped to advance equality for women in the sport. 

The Leeds-born fighter also said she was strongly considering turning professional to emulate her hero Muhammad Ali when she was interviewed as a guest editor on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Nicola Adams

Watch: Post Office, cafe, grocery, bank, tourist information - South Yorkshire's 'best shop'

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A shop in the village of Low Bradfield has been voted the best in South Yorkshire - and could now take the title for the whole of the north of England. 

Flask end has been named a regional finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards - known as the Rural Oscars. 

It's the second time the shop's reached the final in the best village shop and post office category. 

Here it is for you to take a look around:

Listen: York Mosque donates survival kits to city's rough sleepers

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Some of York's rough sleepers will hopefully be a little less troubled by the cold after members of York Mosque raised over £600 to provide cold survival kits.

The kits include a hat, scarf, gloves and a sleeping bag which doubles as a coat. 

Members of the mosque have joined together with the Salvation Army in York to distribute the kits to those in need. 

Mebs Surve, from the Mosque, says it's one of a number of collaborations they're involved in across the city:

Bike ride in memory of Wakefield fire victims

Wakefield Express

Friends, family and neighbours completed a 10.0km sponsored bike ride in memory of a father and daughter who lost their lives in a house fire.

Andrew and Kiera Broadhead died in the blaze at their home in Ash Crescent, Stanley, Wakefield, in October.

Bike riders
Wakefield Express

Disturbance at Doncaster Prison

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's been a disturbance at Doncaster Prison, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

It's believed two men got onto the roof of the jail earlier today.

Officials say the incident has now been resolved.

Push to improve York recycling after £11m Landfill Tax bill

Sarah Urwin

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

City of York Council has paid out more than £11m to the government for landfill tax in just three years, figures show.

reycling bin

As a result there's a big push for more recycling in the city, with only about 40% of its waste currently recycled.  

The authority says it's spent more than its budget for waste services and has been using money from other areas to prop this up.

It's now looking to make savings of £400,000 each year from its waste budget, or face losing other services. 

This means changes to recycling in the city, including changes to the day recycling is collected at about a third of homes in York. 

In addition, a glass collection service will be made available to 800 homes previously without the service and there'll be new vehicles to help keep plastic, paper and glass separate.

Improving recycling levels will reduce landfill tax and will work with campaigns across the whole city to encourage a higher recycling rate."

Andrew WallerCity of York Councillor

Harrogate MP announces plans for learner drivers on motorways

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Learner drivers could be allowed on motorways for the first time, under plans announced by the Harrogate MP and transport minster Andrew Jones. 

L plate

The move would help make roads in Britain safer, according to Mr Jones.

The lessons will not be mandatory and driving instructors will decide when their students are ready.

The proposal is one of a number of ideas being considered by ministers as part of a £2m research programme by the Department for Transport into improving safety for new drivers.

Hallelujah: Friday visit by Mondays star to open new club

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

Freaky dancing king, Bez from legendary "Madchester" band Happy Mondays is due in our region later. 


He's the guest of honour at the opening of a new 1,800-capacity live music venue in Chesterfield. 

The Avenue, on Beetwell Street in the town centre, is in the former venue of the Rileys Snooker Hall.

Watch: Yorkshire's afternoon weather forecast

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudier afternoon with perhaps a little drizzle for western hills.

Watch my full forecast for this afternoon here:

Traffic and travel: Warning over A19 closure

North Yorkshire Police are warning drivers to be aware of a road closure just outside Thirsk:

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Yorkshire in pictures: Frosted silk, sunbeams and Venus

BBC Weather Watchers

Yorkshire is being well-represented by our BBC Weather Watchers today. Just look at these three stunners which have been sent in to us.

Weather Watcher The Wild Garden sent in the shot of a Sheffield sunrise, which includes what's known as the belt of venus - a twilight wedge seen shortly before sunrise. 

KG27 sent in the intricate frosted web spotted in Knaresborough, and Michiko Sunshine provided us with a frosty Pontefract with a sunbeam through the fog.

Weather watchers

'Targeted' shooting in Bradford caught on camera

A CCTV image of the moment shots were fired at a police car in Bradford in the early hours of Christmas Day in what police describe as a "targeted" attack has been issued.

West Yorkshire Police

Two shots were fired at a police officer and a member of the public in a marked police car as officers attended a disturbance outside the Krizma nightclub in Sackville Street at about 04:20.

The shots were fired from what's believed to be a black Seat Leon which was later found burnt out in Low Green Terrace, Great Horton.

A 21-year-old man was arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody, police say. Two men are still being sought in connection with the incident.

Det Supt Pat Twiggs says: "We are releasing this image in the hope someone knows who was involved in this offence, recognises the vehicle involved or knows who may have been in it. 

"This was clearly a targeted, highly dangerous act which could have easily resulted in fatal consequences and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice," he adds.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident.

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Talks continue to save Bradford Bulls

BBC Sport

Talks continue today to try and save the Bradford Bulls as their administration enters its 47th day. 

The Rugby Football League revealed a consortium was considering a formal bid for the financially-troubled Bulls, with a sale expected after Christmas.  

Rex Features

An official offer, tabled before Christmas, was rejected yesterday, though another bidder is thought to have come forward. 

At the same time, the club's playing squad and staff are due their December wages today.

Bradford, who were last in Super League back in 2014, entered administration on 14 November.  

Watch: A dog's for life - not just for Christmas

Jericho Keys

Reporter, BBC Radio York

The advertising slogan used to go "a dog is for life, not just for Christmas", and historically this time of year is a busy one for the RSPCA.

That's partly down to the number of unwanted pets given as Christmas presents. 

I've been down at the RSPCA's base in York this morning, where I met Riley the dog and animal welfare supervisor, Marie Sandall.

Sadly, Marie told me some people abandon their elderly pets so they can buy a new one for Christmas. This is what she had to say:

Peter Handscomb

Yorkshire bring in Australia international batsman Peter Handscomb as their overseas signing for 2017.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J30 for A642 and J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: A19 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

A19 North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between A61 and A684.

A19 North Yorkshire - A19 closed, delays and stationary traffic northbound between the A61 junction in North Kilvington and the A684 junction in Ellerbeck, because of a Tanker fire. Diversion in operation.

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Watch: Countdown on for a reunited flood-hit Tadcaster

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Yesterday was the first anniversary of a North Yorkshire town being split in two after its bridge collapsed under pressure from flood water.

The countdown is now on to the reopening of the Grade II-listed Tadcaster Bridge which is due early next year.

Nicola Eades, from Tadcaster Flood Action Group, says she hopes 27 January will be a big day for the town:

Warning over Huddersfield man wanted for prison recall

People are being advised not to approach a Huddersfield man who is "urgently" wanted for recall to prison, West Yorkshire Police have said.

Ben France
West Yorkshire Police

Ben France, 26, is currently serving a sentence for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.  

He's known to spend time in the Colne Valley area, particularly Golcar and Milnsbridge, police say. 

He's described as white, 6ft tall, with short brown hair and unshaven. 

Det Insp Ian Mottershaw says: "We are appealing to members of the public for any information about the whereabouts of Ben France to contact police. 

"Members of the public are advised not to approach him directly but instead call the police immediately." 

Listen: Uncertain future for successful Rotherham obesity scheme

Amy Nagy

BBC Radio Sheffield

The future of an award-winning scheme in Rotherham which has helped thousands of people to lose weight is in doubt due to Rotherham Council's planned funding cuts. 

The Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO) was set up to address an obesity crisis in the town and to help people avert serious health conditions. 

Over the past nine years, 9,000 people in the town have been helped and it's claimed more than 30 tonnes in weight have been lost by people taking part.

Rotherham Council says decisions on RIO's future funding will be taken in March 2017 and they "remain committed to tackling obesity, but cannot guarantee the support will be the same as it is currently".

Dr Matt Capehorn, RIO clinical manager, who's run the service since 2009, says it's saved the NHS more than the cost of running the service.

Further appeal after fatal Boxing Day crash

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

Police have issued another appeal for witnesses after a 20-year-old man died in a crash on Boxing Day.

Jack Robinson, from Killamarsh, died on 27 December after sustaining injuries in the crash at about 21:30 the previous day.

Derbyshire Police said Mr Robinson was driving a grey Renault Clio in Station Road, Killamarsh, when the car struck the kerb - causing it to leave the road and overturn. 

A 17-year-old girl who was a passenger in the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Jack Robinson
Derbyshire Police

Listen: Funding fears over West Yorkshire victims of domestic abuse

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live

A West Yorkshire campaign group has expressed concern over budget cuts to services which support victims of domestic abuse. 

Although it accounts for 16% of all crime, it's still one of the most under-reported offences, with some victims attacked over 30 times before they call police. 

Rick Hamilton, chair of the White Ribbon Campaign, a global movement of men aimed at bringing an end to violence against women, says while support is there the money often isn't.

He says the rise in domestic violence during the Christmas period is shocking: 

National Parks in Yorkshire lose millions in government funding

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

North Yorkshire's national parks have lost over £2.5m worth of yearly funding, the Press Association news agency says.

New data also suggests the Dales and the North York Moors will have lost a fifth of their central funding by the year 2020. 

N Y Moors

Five years ago, the North York Moors received £5.4m a year from the government to run services - the Yorkshire Dales got the same amount. 

However, this year they've seen their funding cut to £4.1m. 

The government say there'll be no further cuts until after 2020.

Yorkshire's headlines this morning


The top stories in Yorkshire this morning include: 

  • North Yorkshire's national parks have lost over £2.5m worth of yearly funding, an investigation by the Press Association claims
  • The future is in doubt for an award-winning scheme which has helped thousands of people in Rotherham lose weight
  • A campaign group in West Yorkshire is warning of the consequences of cutting services for victims of domestic violence

Friday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

BBC Weather

A few early mist patches in sheltered areas at first, lifting during the morning. 

Then a rather cloudy day, perhaps with some drizzle over western hills.

Some brighter spells are likely, though, mainly in the east.  

Weather graphic

Traffic and Travel: Roads and rails off to a good start

BBC Travel

The roads are running smoothly so far this morning, with just a couple of things to make you aware of.

The A61 Penistone Road in Sheffield is busy, eastbound, at Shalesmoor Roundabout, as is the A6036 Rooley Avenue, in Bradford eastbound at the Staygate Roundabout.

On the rails the trains in and out of York are all running to time

Meanwhile, departures and arrivals in Sheffield are all looking good, and in Leeds there are just a couple of services running a minute or so late.

Good morning: Latest updates from Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for West, North and South Yorkshire on Friday 30 December.

I'll be giving you the latest news, weather, travel and sport for Yorkshire until 16:00.

Let's start with this intriguing BBC Weather Watcher pic sent in by LouLou Taylor.

It looks a lot like burnished steel, but LouLou tells us it's "Ice vines this morning In Churwell, south Leeds, taken after freezing fog rolled over the night before, instantly freezing everything."

Ice vines

If you've snapped any pics we can start the day with, we'd love to see them. You can send them in to this email.  

A River of Steel

An immersive river journey through the city of Sheffield and its industrial past.
This is a powerful and immersive story of water, from its wild beginnings across landscape and time to the grinding stones and workshops of Sheffield's traditional blade grinders; master craftsmen called 'little mesters'. Sheffield whose name is derived from the River Sheaf stands at the confluence of five rivers; the Don, Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley and Porter. The rivers powered the water mills and the grindstones which were used to sharpen steel blades on which Sheffield's reputation was born. The heyday of the cutlery industry was in the 1800s and whilst the future of Sheffield's steel production remains uncertain, the rivers are a powerful reminder of its industrial past and the communities it supported. Narrator Chris Watson. Producer Sarah Blunt.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, 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 an accident.

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Jonathan Kodjia

Jonathan Kodjia's late penalty preserves Aston Villa's unbeaten home record as they salvage a draw against Leeds.

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Jackson Irvine

Two goals in quick succession help Burton edge past bottom side Rotherham and move five points clear of the drop zone.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J24 for A629 and J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Frack protest

Protesters at a camp set up near a well given the go-ahead for fracking say they want to turn the site into the "national focus" for campaigning.

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