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  1. Thousands of elderly people in Yorkshire targeted in scams
  2. Warning over 'salt and ice challenge' in West Yorkshire
  3. Teenager missing from Harrogate urged to come forward
  4. Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams set set to turn pro
  5. Huddersfield actor Gorden Kaye has died aged 75
  6. Teenage girl assaulted by man in Horsforth
  7. Award-winning singer Craig David to play Dalby Forest gig
  8. Live updates on Monday 23 January 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Nick Wilmshurst and Kate Linderholm

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Those are all the updates from BBC Yorkshire Live on Monday 23 January 2017.

For the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Tuesday 24 January, click here to get up-to-date.

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A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after a body is discovered at a property in Halifax.

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Leeds Crown Court.

Teen claims he wanted people to think he was planning to bomb a mosque but did not intend to carry out attack.

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Nihal Weerasena

A hospital trust is accused of covering up a children's heart surgeon's mistakes because the unit was under threat.

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Our top five stories from today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Well 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 the site will continue during the evening and overnight with major news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  1. Elderly in Yorkshire are targeted for scams
  2. Warning over "Salt and Ice challenge" which can cause skin burns
  3. Leeds boxer Nicola Adams to go pro
  4. Public meeting over crime fears in Dinnington
  5. A sad farewell to actor Gorden Kaye, who's died at the age of 75
Gorden Kaye

Report released into the 2015 York floods

A report is out from an independent inquiry into the 2015 York floods. 

York Floods
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Among the 85 recommendations, the Independent Flood Inquiry Report saysthe Environment Agency should endeavour to discuss decisions such as the opening of the Foss Barrier with multi-agency parners. 

It's also to consider loud hailers and the installation of sirens along the urban stretch of the Foss catchment.  

Much work has been done in the year following the flood and this needs to be built upon to ensure that the public has the confidence that all agencies are working together."

Cllr Andrew WallerYork City Council

Sports Direct 'modern slavery' brothers jailed

Two Polish brothers have been jailed for treating people like slaves who they'd recruited to work for the vast Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook. 

Sports Direct logo

Erwin and Krystian Markowski, both from Nottingham, were each jailed for six-year prisons for conspiring to arrange or facilitate travel with a view to exploitation, an offence under the Modern Slavery Act. 

They were also handed a two-and-a-half year sentence for an offence of fraud by false representation, to run concurrently. 

The pair recruited 18 vulnerable men in Poland, then controlled their bank accounts and kept most of their wages.

£556m Northern Powerhouse cash allocation welcomed

Business leaders and politicians have welcomed a newly-allocated cash injection of £556m for the government's Northern Powerhouse project.  

Leeds skyline
Russell Davies

The money will fund flood defences in Yorkshire, a £10m innovation fund for businesses in Manchester and Cheshire, and regeneration in Hull city centre.

It was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May amid plans for a new more interventionist industrial strategy.

Mrs May said there was a need to "drive growth across the whole UK".

Ex-university lecturer faces disciplinary tribunal over sex in office

A former dental lecturer at Leeds University is facing a disciplinary tribunal for having noisy sex in his office. 

A colleague of Dr Alec High lodged a complaint, because she was trying to comfort a grieving student at the time. 

The General Dental Council heard that a woman was spotted entering and leaving Dr High's office for over two years and he'd been warned about his conduct by a senior colleague, but his behaviour continued.

Mr High left the university in 2014.

Gorden Kaye dies aged 75: 'There'll never be another Rene'

Huddersfield-born actor Gorden Kaye has died at the age of 75 in a care home, his former agent has confirmed.

He's best known for his character "Rene Artois" in 80s sitcom 'Allo 'Allo.

Vicki Michelle, who played Yvette Carte-Blanche in the programme has just tweeted her tribute:

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Murder investigation after body found in Halifax

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a man in his 60s was discovered in Triangle near Halifax.


Police were called to a house on Holly View in the village yesterday morning.

A post mortem examination was carried out and the man's death is being treated as suspicious. 

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody. 

In Pictures: A frosty day in Yorkshire - part three

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

Here's some great images from our BBC Weather Watchers. From left to right, June Gothika's had a tough time de-icing the car at Heworth just outside York this morning.

Alastair has taken a beautiful shot of Whitby and finally look at this atmospheric image of Rotherham from Gez.  

Thank you for some great pictures.

A frosty day across Yorkhire
Toumani Diagouraga

Ipswich Town sign midfielder Toumani Diagouraga on loan from Leeds United until the end of the season.

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Man jailed for sex offences against 14-year-old girl

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for nearly four years after sexually abusing a girl he met in North Yorkshire via Facebook.

David Tawse

David Stephen Tawse previously of The Avenue, Stokesley and York Road, Thirsk, had pleaded guilty to four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child, one of making an indecent image and one of child abduction.  

Unbeknown to the girl, he filmed them having sex and used the footage to threaten the girl into carrying on the relationship.  

Det Con Neil Brodhurst said the case underlines why we should all be alert to the signs of sexual grooming:

Often children in such a situation do not believe they are a victim, and as adults, it is all our responsibility to reinforce safety messages to our children and be alert to the signs of online grooming, inappropriate relationships and child sexual exploitation.”

Det Con Neil BrodhurstNorth Yorkshire Police

Advice for parents and carers is available on this website. 

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye dies at 75

More now on Huddersfield actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, who has died aged 75.

Allo Allo

The star's former agency confirmed to BBC News he died at a care home on Monday morning.

Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France.

He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.

Gritters will be out tonight

With more low temperatures on the way as the sun goes down across Yorkshire, gritters in the north of the county are gearing up for a busy night:

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Man, 50, injured during mugging in Dewsbury

A man has been left with an injury to his face after being mugged in Dewsbury.

Springfield Terrace

The 50-year-old man was walking down Springfield Terrace last Thursday night when two men and a woman came up to him as he was going home with a takeaway.

He wasgrabbed, forced to the ground and then assaulted by the men. They took his wallet and cash, leaving him with a facial injury. 

They are described as being in their 20s and one was 5ft 1ins wearing a black quilted jacket and jeans the second 5ft 11ins, skinny, wearing dark clothing and the woman had a small build and dark hair. 

Sam Bailey wants local act to open Sheffield Show

Sam Bailey, winner of X Factor 2013, is turning her hand to talent spotting. 

She's looking for new local artists to perform as her support act when she comes to Sheffield on tour in March. 

Sam Bailey
Champions uk

She's playing Sheffield City Hall on 24 March 2017. 

There are so many truly talented artists out there who just haven't found the right platform to get that step up yet, I felt it was only right that I offered some support that could hopefully help them on their path."

Sam Bailey

BreakingHuddersfield actor Gorden Kaye of Allo Allo has died

Huddersfield actor Gorden Kaye who starred in Allo Allo has died, his former agency has confirmed. 

He was 75.

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Back together again: Tadcaster Bridge nearly ready

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

New aerial footage of Tadcaster Bridge shows the two sides of the crossing re-joined for the first time since it partly collapsed in the floods more than a year ago.

North Yorkshire County Council
Tadcaster Flood Action Group

The Tadcaster Flood Action group has posted the film taken using a drone on its Facebook page. 

The bridge should re-open by the end of the month if all goes to plan.

LIsten: Why Yorkshire is great terrain to get on your bike

One in four people in Yorkshire haven't got out on a bike in the past decade. 

This is according to research from the British Heart Foundation.

More than six million people in Britain admit they don't know how to ride a bike. 

But Jim McGurn from Get Cycling in York reckons his city makes it easy and enjoyable:

Cats feline fine as volunteers drive hundreds of miles to help pair

Two cats from Keighley, who have been living in a rescue home, have found a new owner all the way down in Southampton thanks to some help from people on Twitter. 

Barney and Benny

Keighley Cat Care had been finding in difficult to find a home for Barney and Benny, so the team took to Twitter to find them a new home.

The only snag was, they had no way of getting them down there, step forward four volunteers to drive them there in a kind of cat relay, which has been happening today.

Before they were rescued the pair had been living in a house with 30 other cats and were in a "terrible state" when they took them on. 

Luckily for them they now have a brighter future on the south coast.

Leeds city region to get £67m Northern Powerhouse money

Theresa May is announcing today that the "Northern Powerhouse" will get an extra £556m

Theresa May
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The Leeds City Region, which includes Barnsley, Selby and York will get £67m and will be spent on flood defences for Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees in a move designed to protect jobs and businesses. 

Mrs May is holding her first regional cabinet meeting in Warrington today

Two men jailed over acid attack on Rotherham teenagers

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two men who sprayed acid in the face of a teenage boy and girl at Swallownest in Rotherham, causing one to partly lose their eyesight, have been jailed for the attack.

Micheal Johnson (left) and Benjamin Brightmore (right)
Johnson (left) and Brightmore (right)

Michael Johnson,29,  from Camporth Heath, Poole, and Benjamin Brightmore, 26, who lives at Brampton-en-le-Morthen, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court to be sentenced over the attack, which happened in July last year at Maranto's takeaway in the High Street.

Johnson was jailed for seven years and six months for wounding, while Brightmore was jailed for 18 months for affray.

PC Tom Jordan, the investigating officer, said it was an atrocious and senseless attack: 

The boy suffered loss of sight is one of his eyes and is having ongoing health issues as a result of the attack. These two men deserve to be behind bars for their horrific actions on that day.”

PC Tom JordanSouth Yorkshire Police

Police keeping 'open mind' over Horsforth assault

More on the girls that were approached in Horsforth, Leeds, over the weekend one of whom was assaulted. On Saturday afternoon a 16-year-old girl had her hair pulled on Town Street by a man.

A short time afterwards a man matching his description approached a 15-year-old girl, asking for a hug, which she refused.


Police would like to speak to a man who is described as white, slim, and in his mid 20s. He has short, messy, dark blonde hair. He was wearing a blue checked long sleeve shirt and black skinny jeans.

The Inspector leading the investigation says that they're "keeping an open mind" over the incidents being linked.   

"Nothing was said or done that suggested a clear sexual motive or robbery and we are treating the main incident in Town Street as a physical assault."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Traffic and Travel: Sheffield road closed tonight

If you live or work in Sheffield, it's worth bearing in mind that this road is going to be closed for 12 hours overnight:

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Guess what? Not every music venue is under threat

Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

What was your favourite gig? Chances are, it was somewhere small and sweaty - pressed up against the amps, watching beads of sweat roll off the singer's face - rather than straining to see Coldplay in the distant recesses of an anonymous enormodrome.

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sam Saunders/Brudenell Social Club

But small venues have been struggling in recent years. We've lost the likes of The Boardwalk in Sheffield and The Cockpit in Leeds.

Against this background, however, some venues are thriving. 

To find out more, we spoke to some of the UK's most successful concert halls, including The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, and this is what they had to say.

Crime fears in Dinnington to be discussed at public meeting

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

A public meeting's due to take place in Dinnington, near Rotherham, tonight, following concerns from locals about rising crime in the area. 

It's a week since the body of 16-year-old Leonne Weeks was found on an isolated pathway in the town. 

An 18-year-old man's been charged with her murder. 

Sheffield's Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings and the District Police Commander for Rotherham are both due to attend the event at the Salvation Army Centre from 19:00.

On your bike? Yorkshire is NOT a region of cyclists

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

With the Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Yorkshire is a region full of mad-keen cyclists.

Tour de Yorkshire
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If you do think that, prepare for a shock because according to a survey you're wrong.  

Figures for the British Heart Foundation show on average people in Yorkshire haven't ridden a bike in nine years. And one person in 10 say it's been so long they've forgotten what to do.

I thought that riding a bike was one of those things you never forget?

Wilsden man in remission from cancer tackles charity challenge

Keighley News

A retired firefighter from Wilsden, West Yorkshire, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after losing his voice has renewed a plea for sponsors to back his latest charity fitness challenge.

Andy Collis
Keigthley News

Sheffield's Outlines Festival reveals complete 2017 line-up

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Over 40 new artists have been added to the bill for Sheffield's Outlines Festival in March, with iconic punk rockers The Membranes joining Two-Tone outfit The Selecter and local bands Alvarez Kings, The Crookes and Slow Club.

The Selecter
Yad Jaura

The multi-venue festival will return to Sheffield city centre for its second year from 3 to 4 March, created by the team behind Tramlines.

After the success of 2016's debut, it's been extended to run over two days.

The after-parties will be hosted by a selection of Sheffield's clubnight promoters across two venues, with a selection of global sounds, house, funk, disco, techno and more.

Watch: Yorkshire crackdown on behind-the-wheel phone use

Police forces across Yorkshire are taking part in a crackdown to stop people using their mobile phone while at the wheel.

Almost 8,000 drivers were caught by police during a similar campaign in November.  

Here's Traffic Sgt Paul Cording Paul Cording, from North Yorkshire Police, on the dangers:

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Award-winning singer Craig David heading to Dalby Forest

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

A date for your diary: Singer Craig David is to perform at Dalby Forest, near Pickering, this summer as part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live music series.

Craig David
Forestry Commission

He's one of the UK music scene's most successful male solo artists since he released his critically-acclaimed debut album, Born to Do It, in 2000.  

Top 10 singles include Fill Me In, 7 Days and Walking Away.

He's won numerous awards including three Ivor Novellos, which included Songwriter of the Year and Best Contemporary Song, and he's also got a Brit nomination this year for Best Male Artist.

The gig is on 25 June 2017. Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday.

Teenage girl assaulted by man in Horsforth

A 16-year-old girl was assaulted by a man in Horsforth, Leeds, on Saturday - and it's thought the same man also approached another teenage girl later on the same day.


The 16-year-old was walking down Town Street just after 17:30 when a man walked up to her from behind and grabbed her shoulder. She pulled away but he grabbed her by the hair.

She screamed and he ran off as two women went to her aid.

The same man is later thought to have asked a 15-year-old girl for a hug. She refused and he called her a name and walked off. 

Officers are looking for a white, slim man, aged in his mid-20s with short, messy, dark blonde hair. He was wearing a blue checked long sleeve shirt and black skinny jeans.

We are keeping an open mind as to whether these two incidents are linked, but there are real similarities."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Courgette crisis hits veg wholesalers in Sheffield

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's a tough time for fans of green veg, especially courgettes, with a bad winter on the continent leading to a shortage.

At the wholesalers off the Parkway in Sheffield, a box of courgettes normally retailing for a fiver now costs £23.

And at those prices it means wholesalers are struggling to both fill orders and compete with supermarkets:

In pictures: A frosty day in Yorkshire - Part two

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Time for some more fantastic views taken this morning from around Yorkshire and sent into BBC Weather Watchers.

If you're reading this from outside God's Own Country, then just one word: Ha.

Pule Hill Jim

Halifax, above, is pictured peeking out of the fog.

Midhope, near Sheffield
Mandy Allen Langsett Sheffield

And that's Midhope, near Sheffield, looking glorious but pretty cold.

I only have pies for you

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Is it national pie day? According to the people at TransPennine Express it is. 

Why have they posted this so close to lunch? All I can think about is pie now...

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Watch: Final days at Kellingley Colliery caught on camera

Here's a preview of some stunning photographs from the last days of Kellingley Colliery

Kellingley, on the North Yorkshire-West Yorkshire border, became Britain's last deep coal mine to close in December 2015.  

Roger Tiley is a documentary photographer and he's compiled a new book, The Last Days at Big K, focusing on the pit's final days:

Steve Lamacq to celebrate Brudenell Social Club in Leeds

This afternoon's Steve Lamacq show on BBC 6 Music is being dedicated to the Brudenell Social Club in the Hyde Park area of Leeds.

Steve Lamacq

It's part of a week-long series of programme's the presenter is doing from across the country as part of Independent Venue Week.

The show will include special reports from the venue showcasing the people that keep it open.

Should be well worth a listen, you can do just that here. His show starts at 16:00.

I’ve had some of the best moments of musical life in these little venues, watching all kinds of bands, including several who’ve gone on to huge success."

Steve LamacqBBC 6 Music