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  1. Woman bailed over Dinnington murder investigation
  2. Third arrest in Ovenden murder inquiry
  3. Man, 89, dies after being hit by car in Sheffield
  4. Leeds bomb hoax: Man released on bail
  5. Tadcaster Bridge 'will be opened by end of month'
  6. Sheffield Council's tree-felling project pledges to 'regain trust'
  7. Laughing gas sold in Leeds through Facebook
  8. Live updates on Thursday 19 January 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Mick Lunney and Nick Wilmshurst

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All the latest updates from Yorkshire

That's all from Yorkshire on Thursday 19 January 2017.

Get all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Friday 20 January 2017 here.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident.

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Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Plans to increase the number of concerts permitted at Scarborough's open air theatre are approved.

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M62 at J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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Keep up-to-date: Five stories you need to know about today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Our live feed has finished for now, but we'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

Major stories, sport, travel and weather will update on the site during the evening and overnight.

Here's a look back at some of our top stories from today:

  1. Woman bailed over Dinnington murder investigation
  2. Man named in Ovenden murder inquiry
  3. Leeds bomb hoax man released on bail
  4. Tadcaster Bridge to reopen by end of January 
  5. Anti-terror bollards installed in Leeds city centre
Vulcan bomber flying in the air over countryside

The Vulcan is to be put in storage meaning a loss of revenue from tours and other events.

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Man jailed over illegal gun in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

After a shooting in Sheffield a 54-year-old man has been jailed for nearly three years for possessing a firearm. 

Michael Burke (below), of Wragg Road in Sheffield pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm while banned at an earlier hearing. 

He has been jailed for 33 months.

Michael Burke
South Yorkshire Police

Two other defendants, Martyn Sedgwick and Lee Wolf, were jailed for seven years each earlier this month for their roles in the shooting outside a convenience store in Nodder Road.  

Leonne Weeks death: Extra time for police to question man

Police have been given extra time to question a man about the death of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks.

Leonne Weeks
Leonne Weeks

Detectives have a further 24 hours to speak to the 18-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday. 

A 26-year-old woman arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been bailed.

The teenager's body was found in Dinnington, Rotherham, on Monday at about 11:00 GMT.  

Sheffield bin collection changes: Here's your guide

There's more on the big changes to bin collections for people in Sheffield. 

The council says it’s doing it to save money; here are some of the changes: 


There are some new style bins on the way too:


Halifax fatal attack victim named by police

A man who died after being attacked in Ovenden, near Halifax, yesterday has been named by police.

Darren Moorhouse
West Yorkshire Police

Darren Moorhouse, 49, died after being attacked at Athol Close, off Athol Road.

Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

More major concerts for Scarborough's open air theatre

It's Europe's biggest theatre of its kind, and now there'll be more chances for peoole to enjoy shows at Scarborough's open air theatre.

The borough council's planning committee has voted today favour of increasing the number of shows at the venue from 12 to 30.

The theatre can hold an audience of 6,500.

Audience enjoying a show

Sheffield bin contracts in doubt

If you live in Sheffield and like the day you put your bin out, bad news, the council could be changing it.

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Sheffield City Council says it wants to end the contract with Veolia which was due to finish in 2036. 

From April next year the council says it wants to separate out the different services and give them to different providers, to run for shorter periods of time. 

They say it's because they need to save money.  

Woman hit by car

A man pleads guilty to injuring a petrol station attendant in a hit-and-run as he attempted to drive away after stealing fuel.

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Bravery in face of adversity action is honoured

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man who showed "great bravery in forcing a gunman to flee" has been honoured for his actions.

Daniel Brassett went into a convenience store to do a bit of shopping; he ended up tackling a man with a gun who was attacking the shopkeeper.

Daniel Brassett receives a police bravery award
South Yorkshire Police

Police say Mr Brassett showed great bravery in forcing the gunman to flee from the Majeed convenience store on Adwick Road in Doncaster.

Read more here.

North Yorkshire 'safest place in England'

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

With a crime rate of 46 incidents per 1,000 of the population, nowhere is safer, at least statistically, in England than North Yorkshire.

The data comes from the "Crime Statistics for England and Wales, year ending September 2016" bulletin published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Police car being driven
North Yorkshire Police

This achievement is down to the dedication of our officers, police staff, special constables and volunteers who all play a part in keeping our communities safe alongside our local authority partners and other agencies."

Lisa WinwardAssistant Chief Constable

That said violent crime has gone up, as have sex offences and theft.

Overall, North Yorkshire has seen a crime rate rise of 5% on last year, even so other areas are worse off for crime overall.

Assurance given on Tadcaster bridge opening

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The man in charge of rebuilding work on Tadcaster's flood-damaged bridge says it will reopen by the end of this month.

Work was due to be completed by 27 January - but recent bad weather had cast doubt over whether it would reopen on time. 

The bridge partly collapsed more than a year ago in the floods.

Here's the pledge made by the North Yorkshire County councillor responsible for Highways Don Mackenzie: 

Police warned of flooding danger on night young Sheffield man crashed and died

Sheffield Star

A young Sheffield man crashed and died on a waterlogged road shortly after police had been warned about the 'horrendous' conditions, an inquest heard.  

Sean Salvin and his father, Craig
Sheffield Star

Protests planned on Donald Trump's inauguration day

Tomorrow Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th US President and there are protests planned across West and South Yorkshire.

Donald Trump

Among the number of protests planned in Yorkshire, one of them is organised by Youth Fight for Jobs in Leeds. 

They say that they'll also be behind protests in Huddersfield, Bradford, York, Doncaster, Sheffield and Shipley.

Trump was elected by branding him as an anti-establishment candidate – yet he is packing his cabinet full of establishment figures."

Iain DaltonYouth Fight for Jobs

North Yorkshire farmers seeking charity's help

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A charity says it has paid out more to North Yorkshire farmers struggling to make ends meet than anywhere else in England and Wales. 

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution says it has seen a 25% rise year-on-year in the amount given to farmers in the county.

Farmer talking to charity offrical

It's a problem for farmers who blame long delays in the government paying out EU grants. 

Another difficulty comes when customers are slow to pay.  

Sam Dilcock is from Selby and is Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Issues Steering Group at the National Federation of Young Farmers:

Rotherham firm facing big bill over pay failings

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A company that breached pay laws is facing a bill of £425,000.

Kostal UK Ltd has been judged at an employment tribunal to owe 56 members of the union UNITE up to £7,600.

The ruling comes after bosses tried to bypass the workers' union and put a pay offer directly to individuals which included changes to their terms of employment, says UNITE.

Kostal UK

This is a landmark ruling that shows that managements can’t play fast-and-loose with the law when there are collective bargaining arrangements with Unite."

Simon CoopUNITE regional officer

Kostal UK has declined to comment.  

Man injured in unprovoked attack on Leeds train

Police want to speak this man after a train passenger was injured in an unprovoked attack.

Wanted man
British Transport Police

It happened on 23 December last year when the 27-year-old victim was repeatedly punched in the head on a journey from Leeds to Skipton.

Up until this point, it's believe that the victim and the suspect, who was with others, were chatting and getting along fine.

Police believe the man pictured may have information.

It is baffling why this man decided he would launch such a violent and unprovoked assault."

PC Katalin KeleiBritish Transport Police

Jessica Ennis-Hill supports championships' mascot challenge

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Blue Peter are involved in giving people a chance to create two mascots that will support the IAAF World Championships London 2017 and the World Para Athletics Championships. 

To help spread the word about the competition Sheffield heptathlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has been encouraging young people to have a go:

Bollards outside the County Arcade in Leeds

Safety measures aimed at preventing any terrorist attack involving a lorry are installed in Leeds city centre.

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Fly-tipping increase predicted over council action in Barnsley

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

 Two councils in South Yorkshire aren't exactly seeing eye-to-eye over how to tackle fly-tipping. 

Fly-tipping in Barnsley

A senior figure in Rotherham Council reckons Barnsley's new "residents-only at tips" scheme will drive up fly-tipping.

A letter from councillor Emma Hoddinott to Barnsley Council spells out the concerns, claiming the scheme will have "a detrimental impact on residents who live on the Rotherham/Barnsley border".

The scheme in Barnsley is designed to cut the £800 a day the council says it spends on clearing up fly-tipping.

Sheffield is UK's lowest-paid city

Hourly pay in Sheffield is 10% below the UK average, the lowest in any major British city, according to a new study by the Resolution Foundation.


A look into the state of living standards across Sheffield found that full-time workers are facing a £1,750 pay penalty every year. 

The gap in earnings can be partly explained by a high number of low-paying sectors like office administration and retail in the city, which typically pay less than the UK average.

Anti-Donald Trump rally to take place in York

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

As the eyes of the world focus on the inauguration of Donald J Trump as 45th President of the United States, protestors are expected to be in the centre of York on Friday afternoon.

Donald Trump

Organisers Stand Up To Racism say they're showing their support for protests globally, with Washington expected to see one of the biggest demonstrations in decades.  

A spokeswoman for Stand Up To Racism says everyone is affected by who runs the White House.

The group says it's expecting about 100 people to turn up.

Crime figures on the rise in West Yorkshire

The number of crimes being reported in west Yorkshire has risen, new statistics show.


West Yorkshire Police say while the figures have gone up, the risk of being a victim of crime in the county is still low - but the force says cybercrime is now a big threat.

West Yorkshire's Chief Constable says although the figures are increasing, it could be down to the way they're recorded. 

Here are the specific areas where crime has seen an increase:

  • Violent crime: Up 48% on the year before to more about 58,000 cases 
  • Domestic burglary: Up 12% to about 13,500 cases 
  • Possession of offensive weapons: Up 44% to 1,300 cases

We remain really focused on protecting victims, particularly the vulnerable, and providing the best possible service to the public."

Dee CollinsChief Constable, West Yorkshire Police

Man, 89, dies after being hit by car in Sheffield

An 89-year-old man who was seriously injured in a collision in Sheffield at the weekend has died.

Charles Molloy was involved in an incident on Sunday 15 January when he was struck by a blue Vauxhall Astra on Boston Street, near to the junction with Cemetery Road.

He was taken to hospital with critical injuries but died on Wednesday evening.

A 40-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of being over the prescribed limit and being unfit to drive through drugs has been bailed pending further enquiries.  

Police want to hear from any witnesses to the collision, as well as anyone who may have been driving through the area at the time with dashboard cameras.

North Yorkshire Fire bosses meet unions over vehicle dispute

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

A meeting's being held in Northallerton just now in a bid to solve an ongoing row over new firefighting vehicles in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Fire Brigades Union says the new Tactical Response Vehicles, which need a smaller crew than a regular fire engine, are unsafe.  

We'll bring you the latest as we get it:

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Traffic and travel: Problems on M1 southbound

BBC Travel

There are currently very long delays reported on the M1 southbound in Derbyshire, between J29, (A617 Chesterfield) and J28, (A38 Alfreton).

It's because of a serious accident involving a van and a car. 

Diversions are in operation, but best avoided if you can.

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Saved from suicide - and now helping others

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man whose life was saved by a stranger is now helping others in Sheffield.

Sean Munelly was on the brink of killing himself when a passer-by convinced him he was needed and urged him to think about the hole he would leave in his family's life if he died. 

Now, Mr Munelly is a "recovery coach" for the mental health charity Mind.

The charity runs three "Springboard" cafes in Sheffield, and he's spoken to us at one of them:

Third arrest in Halifax murder inquiry

A third arrest has been made as part of a murder investigation in Ovenden, near Halifax.

Officers were called to Athol Close, off Athol Road, yesterday afternoon following reports a man had been attacked.  

A man was found with serious injuries. He was treated by paramedics but later died.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested last night and is still in custody, police say.

A post-mortem examination of the 49-year-old man is due to take place this afternoon.    

Two men aged 33 and 25 who were arrested yesterday remain in police custody.

Listen: From Mosborough to Major League Soccer

It's an extraordinary story for a lad from Mosbrough, near Sheffield.

Danny Deakin is a 23-year old who was once in Sheffield United's Academy, but things weren't going they way he'd hoped for. 

Now, after going to South Carolina University, his dream of playing professional football has come true.

The Major League Soccer college draft, the equivalent of the Premier League teams picking players here, took place this week and Danny has been selected by Orlando City:

York MP lobbies Ministry of Defence over barracks closures

York Outer's Conservative MP has met the minister who'll be responsible for closing Strensall and Imphal Barracks in York following last year's announcement the sites were to be sold.

Julian Sturdy with local councillors outside Queen Elizabeth Barracks
Julian Sturdy

Julian Sturdy MP has spoken to Mark Lancaster about the impact the planned closures will have on both areas.

He says he's also sought reassurances about the future of Strensall Common, which is surrounded by Ministry of Defence land. 

The minister says many civilians will be redeployed.

Mr Sturdy has also urged the minister to keep local communities up to date with the process and any developments which will affect them. 

South Yorkshire's 'underperforming' secondary schools highlighted

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield News

One in five secondary schools in Doncaster and Barnsley are classed as underperforming, new figures show.


The league tables are based on GCSE results across eight subjects, as well as the level of progression for pupils. 

It shows there are four underperforming schools in Doncaster, and two in Barnsley while there are two in Sheffield.

Leeds bomb hoax: Man released on bail

A 35-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the discovery of a suspicious package in Leeds yesterday has now been released on bail.


The hoax brought a part of Leeds to a standstill on Wednesday, as the lower part of Eastgate was cordoned off and the Victoria Gate shopping centre was shut.

Army bomb disposal officers were called in and a controlled explosion was carried out on the suspicious package.

Richard O'Donnell

Rotherham United sign Bristol City goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

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New image reveals Clifford's Tower transformation plan

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Plans for York's landmark Clifford's Tower are one of the city's big talking points just now after owners English Heritage got permission last year to redevelop the site and include what has proved to be a controversial new visitor centre

City of York Council

The City of York Council image above has been issued revealing what the area might look like - and interestingly there appears to be no sign of the visitor centre.  

The area is known as the Southern Gateway and some say it's needed redevelopment for many years.

A fund set up by councillor Johnny Hayes to help pay for a legal challenge to the plans recently reached its first milestone, but it's not yet known if a Judicial Review will take place.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Rebecca Gallantree: Leeds' World champion diver retires

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

British world champion Rebecca Gallantree, who also attended three Olympic Games and trains in Leeds, has retired from diving.  

Rebecca Gallantree
Rex Features

I hope that my diving career has helped show what can be achieved with passion, determination, and hard work."

Rebecca Gallantree

Gallantree competed in her first international event in 2004 and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the women's 3m synchronised springboard alongside Alicia Blagg.

The 32-year-old from Chelmsford won the team event at the 2015 World Championships alongside Tom Daley.