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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 February 2017

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton, Oli Constable and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Wednesday...

    That's all from Yorkshire on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

    For all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Thursday 16 February, just click here.

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    Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

    A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News 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. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J47 for A168 and J48 for A168.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J47, A168 (Allerton Park) and J48, A168 (Boroughbridge).

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

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    Severe accident: A616 West Yorkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A616 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Station Lane and Taylor Hill Road.

    A616 West Yorkshire - A616 Woodhead Road in Huddersfield closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Station Lane junction and the Taylor Hill Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  6. Our five top stories from today

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

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

    See you tomorrow.

  7. Listen: Millions at 'tipping point' of falling into poverty - Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    Jonathan Cowap

    Presenter, BBC Radio York

    More now on a story you may have seen earlier in the day.

    A third of people in Britain are on the tipping point of falling into poverty as prices rise. 

    The York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation says 19-million people aren't earning enough money for a decent living standard. That's gone up by four million in the past six years. 

    Matt Padley is the Research Fellow at Loughborough University's Centre for Research in Social Policy, and one of the report's authors:  

    Video content

    Video caption: More people not earning enough to reach the level required for a decent standard of living
    Quote Message: Things aren't getting any better, particularly for households with children." from Matt Padley Report author
    Matt PadleyReport author
  8. Pair target man in 70s with cash 'refund' scam

    An elderly man handed over a large amount of cash to men posing as solar panel engineers who called at his house in Heckmondwike.

    Fairfield Road

    It happened last Friday when the man, in his 70s, answered the door to two men who told him he was due a refund. 

    They took out a card machine, and stole a large sum of money during the "transaction".

    Both male suspects are described as Asian and both were smartly dressed.

    Quote Message: Clearly this incident has been very distressing for the victim. I am keen to establish details of any vehicle they were using." from Det Const Rob Rutherford West Yorkshire Police
    Det Const Rob RutherfordWest Yorkshire Police
  9. Crash driver helped from car after Hebden Bridge accident

    This accident has been causing some delays through Hebden Bridge this afternoon:


    This car ended up on its side, but luckily the driver escaped with little injury.

    Passers by to helped the driver out of the car, and fire, police and ambulance soon arrived to attend at the scene.


    The car has now been recovered but we understand traffic is still quite slow through the centre of Hebden Bridge.

  10. Joe Root: New England captain to seek advice of former skippers

    BBC Sport

    New England captain Joe Root says he will seek the advice of his predecessors before taking charge for the first time in July.

    Joe Root and Alistair Cook

    The 26-year-old has replaced Alastair Cook despite only leading in four previous first-class matches.

    "It would be silly not to talk to people who have been in this position before," Root told BBC Sport.

    "Maybe I'll also speak to a few people away from cricket to get different perspectives on things."

  11. Missing 29-year-old woman found

    Some really good news this afternoon, 29-year-old Alicja Dworakowska who reported missing from her home in Beeston with her five-year-old daughter has been found safe and well.

    West Yorkshire Police have thanked members of the public for their assistance. 

  12. Sheffield to become a 'pro-vaping' city

    Sheffield is set to become a "pro-vaping" city as part of a new stop smoking strategy.

    Vaping man

    It's one of the aims set to be agreed by Sheffield City Council's cabinet committee.

    Smoking is thought to kill about 16 people a week in Sheffield.

  13. Trainee soldier convicted of attempted murder

    Cara Thorpe

    BBC Radio York News

    A trainee soldier's been convicted of attempted murder after being accused of trying to stab a comrade in the head in North Yorkshire.

    Private James Farrell, 18, told a court martial he'd been bullied by a group of fellow trainees at Catterick.

    Catterick garrison

    Farrell targeted Rifleman Curtis Horbury saying he was the ringleader of the alleged bullying.

    He plunged a knife into his bed telling the court martial his intention was to scare Horbury, but not hit him.

    He denied attempted murder, but was convicted following a three-day trial at Colchester Garrison, with a board of five military officers delivering a unanimous verdict

  14. Leeds takes air quality 'very seriously'

    We've been telling you the European Commission is sending a "final warning" to the UK, for as major centres such as Leeds fail to address repeated breaches of legal air pollution limits. 

    Leeds Skyline

    It could mean that the government doesn't take action within the next two months, the commission could take it to the European Court of Justice.   

    Leeds City Council has responded by saying that they take the air quality in the city "very seriously" and that they have developed a strategy to reduce emmissions. 

    They say that they have a commitment from First Bus to "invest more than £70m in a new fleet of low-emission vehicles" by the end of 2020.

  15. Police hunt man after Barnsley stabbing

    Police are looking for 21-year-old Joseph Lowther after a stabbing at a Barnsley nightclub before Christmas.

    Mr Lowther, who is originally from Barnsley, may have travelled out of South Yorkshire and has previous connections around the north of England.

    Joseph Lowther

    It comes after a 30-year-old was stabbed at Whispers nightclub in Regent Street on 18 December 2016.