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  1. Man, 18, charged with murder over Leonne Weeks' death
  2. Doncaster man convicted of PE teacher's one-punch killing
  3. Jo Cox Foundation raises almost £2m
  4. Ripon sinkhole victims' wait to go home continues
  5. Jobs to go as Rotherham school crossing wardens cash is pulled
  6. Appeal for York girl Katie Rough's family reaches target
  7. Australian Toovey named coach of new Bradford side
  8. Tourists flocked to Yorkshire in 2016, latest figures show
  9. Live updates on Friday 20 January 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Mick Lunney and Nick Wilmshurst

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Our five top stories from today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Well that's all from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

But before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. 18-year-old man charged over the death of Dinnington girl
  2. Jo Cox Foundation raises almost £2m
  3. Ripon sinkhole victims' wait to go home continues
  4. Man convicted of killing PE teacher with one punch
  5. Coach of new Bradford rugby league side named

See you next week.

Nile Wilson is live!

Nile Wilson

Leeds' Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson is with us live.

He'll be answering questions and explaining what he's up to via a Facebook live broadcast below.

You can also watch it back if you didn't catch him the first time around:

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Newcastle and Brighton or Leeds and the Owls?

SAM's Championship table 2016-17
BBC Sport

Newcastle and Brighton to win promotion from the Championship? 

That is the prediction of a special computer programme - but how do you think it will finish?

Do you know the people in this photo?

Can you help solve the mystery of this photograph? It was found tucked under a drawer of a sideboard that was bought on the internet from Cornwall.

Mystery photo
Michelle Vincent

The sideboard is now in North Yorkshire, but the new owner says that this photo has written on it that it was taken in Burncross near Sheffield.

It also carries the name "G.H. Burton" and its current owner really wants to find the photo's real owner.

If you think you know whose it is, then why not drop us a line and we can see if we can get you reunited. 

Sean Clare

League Two side Accrington Stanley sign Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean Clare on loan until the end of the season.

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Well-known York office block to become hotel

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

This was once the building where thousands of people from York went to work once they'd left school:

Yorkshire House where Malmaison will build a new hotel

Yorkshire House, on the corner of Rougier Street and Station Rise, has been one of York's most iconic and prominent office blocks for the last 50 years.

Now, it's to be converted into a 120-bedroom hotel, with city councillors voting last night to allow the Malmaison chain to move into the city despite some objections to the plans.

Man left with fractured eye socket after road rage attack

A man's been badly injured in a road rage attack near Huddersfield. 

Thick Hollings Road

A 24-year-old was left with a broken nose and a fractured eye socket after being assaulted on Thick Hollings Road in Meltham on Wednesday, 11 January. 

The attacker - who wore glasses - is described as being white, in his late 40s or early 50s - with grey, thinning hair. He was driving a blue Vauxhall Vectra.   

Government looking for company to build HS2 trains

The government's looking for a company to build the 60 high speed trains that'll run on a new HS2 line between Yorkshire and London. 


It's thought the trains will carry more than 300,000 passengers a day.

It's still a while before you'll be able to buy a ticket, the first part's not due to open until 2027 and the line won't come here until 2033. 

But this contract is worth £2.75bn and the successful company will be announced in 2019.

Sheffield apprentice hoping for national title

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A Sheffield student is in the running to be named as National Apprentice of the year. 

Melissa Loonam
Melissa Loonam

Melissa Loonam is a part-time mechanical engineering student at Sheffield Hallam University.

She's working with Rolls Royce on her apprenticeship. 

She's one of three finalists in the Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year category in the Apprenticeship of the Year Awards taking place in London.  

Collin Quaner

Huddersfield Town sign Union Berlin striker Collin Quaner for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

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York Rescue boat team training in Cardiff

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

The team from York Rescue boat have been put through their paces.  The volunteer team patrol York's rivers and helped out in the Christmas floods of 2015.

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Booked for success - take an online tour of town's new library

The first glimpse of Halifax's brand new library has been tweeted by Calderdale Libraries, doesn't it look posh!

Halifax Library
Calderdale Libraries

It's due to open later this year on land that has been disused for years near the Piece Hall and will house the new Central Library and Archive. 

You can take a tour of the new building and its facilities here.

How much council tax should go to South Yorkshire Fire Service?

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

Asking people if they want to pay more tax might be shrugged off as a daft question.

Firefighter at blaze

Right now the question of how much council tax goes to South Yorkshire Fire Service is being asked in a consultation before a decision is made next month.

Halifax man Darren Moorhouse died of a stab wound

A man in Halifax died after being stabbed in the chest, the results of a post mortem examination found. 

Darren Moorhouse
West Yorkshire Police

A murder investigation is under way after Darren Moorhouse died in Ovenden on Wednesday. 

Two men aged 33 and 25 are in custody

A 31-year-old woman who was questioned has been released without charge.

Traffic and travel: Warning over protest march in Leeds

If you're heading into or out of Leeds at about 17:30 this afternoon, be prepared for some delays:

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Blue Horrobin

Lewis Siddall died after he was punched in the head in a bar in an "unprovoked" attack.

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Cell block demolition begins at former Northallerton prison

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

The final stage of the demolition of Northallerton’s former prison has begun.

The jail was shut down by the Ministry of Justice as part of a modernisation programme. 

The block is the last of the buildings to be demolished. That will leave five listed buildings which will all be used in future redevelopment of the area.

Hambleton District Council leader Mark Robson at Northallerton Prison
Hambleton District Council

Next month Hambleton District Council will choose which developer partner they want to work with to transform the site. 

The council is hoping that it could be used for retail, leisure, education and housing.  

New Year resolution gone up in smoke?

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's roughly the time of year when many New Year Resolutions bite the dust.

The gym clothes, the treadmill, the diet and other things can become something to try again next year.

In York, the council's trying to help people who want to pack in the cigarettes.

Do these things help? Tell us.

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Shea Peter Heeley charged with murder of Leonne Weeks

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The man charged with murder over the death of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks is Shea Peter Heeley, 18, of Doe Quarry Lane in Dinnington.

Leonne Weeks
Leonne Weeks

Leonne's body was found on Monday morning just off Lorden's Hill in Dinnington, she had multiple stab wounds.

A 26-year-old woman who was arrested over the Ms Weeks' death has been released on bail.

We are still appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who was in Dinnington on the evening of Sunday 15 January, into the following morning who saw or heard anything suspicious."

Martin TateDet Ch Inspector
peterhead power station

The UK government spent £100m on a failed contest to develop carbon capture technology, a report says.

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Couple's lifetime horse and donkey ban

A couple from Cleckheaton near Bradford have been banned from keeping ponies and donkeys for life after keeping them in appalling conditions.

Malcolm and Angela Wood of Muffit Lane in Gomersal pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

They kept three ponies and five donkeys in conditions so bad that some of them couldn't even walk. One donkey and a pony had to be put down. 

The state of the poor ponies was awful, but to then make the discovery of the donkeys was shocking - their hooves were some of the longest I’ve ever seen.

Insp Samantha WestonRSPCA

But there was a happy ending for six of the animals, they're now doing well in the care of Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare.

Donkey sactuary

BreakingMurder charge over Leonne Weeks' death

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after a girl was found dead in Dinnington.

The body of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks was found on Monday morning on a pathway, she had multiple stab wounds.

Leonne Weeks
Leonne Weeks

Pub saved from crashing car by lamp post

A pub in Huddersfield has narrowly escaped a disaster after a car was stopped crashing into it by a lamp post. 

Huddersfield crash

The Jules Verne pub, on Westgate, was left without a mark after the car headed towards it and hit the lamp post.

The driver was taken to hospital.

Huddersfield crash

Traffic and Travel: Delays on the East Coast Main Line

It's worth being aware of this if you're travelling on the trains this afternoon.

This will affect services from London to Yorkshire:

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Anti-Donald Trump protest held in Leeds

A protest's taken place in Leeds as Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as the 45th American president.

Trump protest

About 50 anti-Trump protesters from the Leeds branch of Stand Up To Racism attended.

One of those was 26-year-old Ashley Hackworth (pictured) from Los Angeles:

We wanted to make sure that no matter where we're at we're going to let it be known that we don't support this [presidency]."

Ashley HackworthAnti-Trump protester

BreakingFace of convicted one-punch killer

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

This is the Doncaster man who punched a teacher, causing his death.

Blue Horrobin
SY Police

Blue Horrobin, 23, has now been convicted of manslaughter for killing PE teacher Lewis Siddall in an unprovoked attack in Doncaster town centre in August 2015.

Mr Siddall had been out with friends when he was punched by Horrobin at the VDKA bar in the town.

Horrobin, of Highfield Road, Askern, will be sentenced on 20 February.

Watch: York bridge banner drop in Trump protest

Sarah Urwin

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

A 20m wide banner has been dropped over one of York's main bridges with the message "Build Bridges Not Walls". 

Protestors against Donald Trump have done the same across the world. 

Gabriel Stewart, who organised the event on Ouse Bridge, says it's a peaceful demonstration.

Appeal for York girl Katie Rough's family reaches target

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

A fundraising appeal to help the family of Katie Rough, who died in York nearly two weeks ago, has reached its target of £25,000.

Katie Rough
North Yorkshire Police

Katie was found injured in the Woodthorpe area on 9 January and died later in hospital.

A 15-year-old girl has been charged with her murder and is due to reappear at Leeds Crown Court next month. 

The crowdfund was set up by Maggie Jackson, from York, who says she didn't know the family but felt she needed to do something to help them.

New Bradford coach appointed

Dave Woods

BBC Rugby League correspondent

More on the news that Australian Geoff Toovey, former coach of Manly Sea Eagles, has been named as coach of the reformed Bradford RL side.


Toovey won 18 Australia caps in total. That's a tally that was artificially boosted by the fact he played for the ARL-loyal Manly at the time of the Super League war but he was a class act.

As a player and coach he's been a one club man so far.

Coincidentally, his first competitive match in charge of Manly took place just a few miles down the road from Bradford - the 2012 World Club Challenge against Leeds at Headingley.

Toovey's appointment appears to be out of the blue. He has no working knowledge of the English game, especially at Championship level.

But the link is Bulls' new co-owner Graham Lowe, another former Manly coach and legend. 

BreakingAustralian named coach of new Bradford side

Former Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey has been appointed as the new coach of the reformed Bradford team.

Odsal stadium
Getty Images

The 47-year-old Australian spent three years as coach of the NRL side before leaving in 2015.

He replaces compatriot Rohan Smith, who left the club on Tuesday by mutual consent.

Bradford Bulls were liquidated at the start of the month and the new club will start the Championship season with a 12-point deduction.

Fatal collision prompts appeal in Doncaster

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

This is the scene where a fatal collision took place in Doncaster earlier this month at the junction of Warmsworth Road and Waverley Avenue.

Warmsworth Road/Waverley Avenue junction

A 27-year-old man died at the scene after being struck by a lorry at about 22:45 on Saturday 7 January. 

Police think a group of youths at nearby shops may be able to help piece together what happened and are asking for them to come forward.

New deal on offer in North Yorkshire firefighters dispute

A new offer is being considered by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in North Yorkshire in a bid to end a bitter dispute over replacing a number of fire engines with smaller vehicles.

Fire engine

Some firefighters in Scarborough have been sent home without pay this week by North Yorkshire Fire Auuthority for refusing to drive the new response vehicles.

The FBU says the new Tactical Response Vehicles are unsafe.

The Fire Authority says the vehicles do not pose any risk and the FBU is holding it to "ransom".

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J26 for M606 and J27 for M621 affecting J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - Queuing traffic on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J25, A644 (Brighouse).

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North-south property prices divide could narrow

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The north-south house price gap could start to narrow this year as buyers search for value in more affordable cities outside London, according to a new survey.

Houses for sale notices
Getty Images

The Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index tracks price movements across the UK's 20 biggest cities.

House prices in this region feature in the figures: Leeds saw a rise of 4.9% and Sheffield 4.3%.

This latest UK city house price index reveals how the impetus for house price growth is shifting to more affordable cities where the recovery in house prices has been more muted in recent years."

Richard DonnellHometrack director

Listen: 'It means a huge amount' - Sally Wainwright on York University honour

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Many of us have seen Yorkshire writer Sally Wainwright's work on TV. 

I wonder which is your favourite? Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley or perhaps you loved Scott and Bailey?

All examples of Sally, who's originally from Huddersfield, creating strong roles for women.

She's a Bafta award-winning screenwriter and today she's due to  pick up another award for her work -  an honorary degree from the University of York, where she once studied English:

Police officer found guilty of gross misconduct - but keeps his job

Sheffield Star

A South Yorkshire police officer who bombarded a female colleague with questions about her underwear has kept his job - despite being found guilty of gross misconduct

Police car
Sheffield Star

Search update: Missing Leeds teenager found

Missing teenager, Jennifer Budi from Leeds, has been found safe and well.

Government spent £100m on cancelled carbon capture project

BBC Business News

About £100m was spent on a competition for developing carbon capture technology before it was scrapped, a new report has revealed.

Peterhead power station
Iain Smith

Peterhead power station and the White Rose scheme in North Yorkshire were in the running to win the £1bn contract before it was cancelled in 2015.

It would have seen emissions from heavy industry stored permanently underground.

The National Audit Office has been looking at why the project was axed.

Listen: MP on warpath over low pay in Sheffield region

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

After news the Sheffield region has the lowest pay in Britain, one MP says he's going to raise the issue in parliament.

According to the think tank, the Resolution Foundation, workers in the Sheffield region are earning up to £1,750 less than those elsewhere. 

Barnsley Labour MP Dan Jarvis has this message for the government:.