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  1. Funeral of 16-year-old Leeds stab victim Irfan Wahid held in Leeds
  2. Katie Rough death: Teenager pleads not guilty to murder
  3. Teenager in critical condition after being found collapsed in Easingwold
  4. Sheffield MP slams government 'inaction' on inappropriate texts to children
  5. West Yorkshire Police to re-examine 2004 Leeds murder case
  6. Doncaster Council boss boycotts 'Northern Powerhouse' event
  7. Holiday park plan at former Rotherham pit approved
  8. Live updates on Thursday 16 February 2017

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By Jim Addyman, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

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Leeds celebrate Ryan Hall try

Leeds edge to their first win of the season by overcoming Leigh in the Centurions' first Super League home game for almost 12 years.

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That's all from Thursday...

Those are all the latest updates from Thursday 16 February 2017.

If you want the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Friday 17 February, just click here...

Severe disruption: A1036 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1036 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A19 Bootham and B1227 Rougier Street.

A1036 North Yorkshire - A1036 St Leonard's Place in York closed in both directions between the A19 Bootham junction and the B1227 Rougier Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe disruption, between J58 for A68 and J56 for B6275 Hang Beck.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J56, B6275 (Barton), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Gadwin Springer

Castleford Tigers prop Gadwin Springer signs a two-year contract extension with the Super League side.

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Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J3 for A6182.

M18 South Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M18 southbound at J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of an accident.

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

Picture of the water on the pavement

Facebook post claims homeless people were deliberately soaked with water outside a Leeds office.

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Our five top stories 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. 

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

  1. Funeral and vigil for 16-year-old Leeds stab victim Irfan Wahid held in Leeds
  2. Katie Rough death: Teenager pleads not guilty to murder
  3. Woman found guilty for "horrific" murder of Sheffield man
  4. Teenager in critical condition after being found collapsed in Easingwold
  5. Russian museum's homage to North Yorkshire vet

See you tomorrow.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J37 for A628 Barnsley and J36 for A61 Birdwell.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J37, A628 (Barnsley) and J36, A61 (Birdwell), because of debris on the road.

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

Baby taken from formula milk comment dad

Baby with milk in bottle

Concern over a father's "unorthodox views" on bottle sterilisation and formula milk sparked a series of events that left his week-old son in care, a court has heard.

Medical staff had told Kirklees Council of concerns for the family, and social workers later removed the baby.

Care chiefs then "misled" a family court and falsely claimed the parents "agreed" to the child's removal.

A High Court judge has now ordered the council to pay the family £11,250.

Watch: Concern over next Bishop of Sheffield's views on ordination of women

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

The views of the next Bishop of Sheffield make the Church of England look like a 'discriminatory organisation' - according to a vicar in the diocese. 

Bishop Philip North doesn't agree with the ordination of women, and refuses to ordain women himself. He says his opinions will not hinder his working relationships in Sheffield.

Reverend Sue Hammersley from St Mark's Church at Broomhill says his views 'question the equal status of women in the Church':

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Massimo Cellino

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino's one-year ban is delayed until his appeal against the ruling is heard.

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Woman guilty of 'horrific' murder of Sheffield man

A 46-year-old woman has been found guilty of murdering Sheffield man Craig Wild in August last year.

Alison Moss David Webster
South Yorkshire Police

Alison Moss was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court today, her partner David Webster confessed to the crime in November last year. 

David Moss
South Yorkshire Police

On arrival, Moss and Webster initially pretended they weren?t in, refusing to answer the door to officers. When they eventually did, they were met with a horrific sight."

Det Chf Insp Dave Stopford South Yorkshire Police

Moss and Webster had been drinking and taking drugs at the house where the murder took place, before they were joined by Mr Wild. 

He was found with over 117 separate injuries caused by multiple weapons; a Stanley knife, kitchen knife and a screwdriver and also by being punched kicked and stamped on.

Rock memorabilia going for a song in North Yorkshire

Jericho Keys

Reporter, BBC Radio York

If you're into music memorabilia, then you'll be in seventh heaven if you're anywhere near Kirbymoorside in North Yorkshire tomorrow.

That's because Ryedale Auctioneers have 75 lots from some of the biggest names in rock and pop on offer.

Items connected to The Beatles, Andy Warhol and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards are among others going under the hammer.

I managed to grab a quick preview - including trying on a jacket worn by guitar hero Jimi Hendrix:

Northern guards balloted on strike action

Guards who are part of the RMT union and work for Northern trains are being balloted for strike action today .  


It is a similar argument to the one between Aslef and Arriva (who own Northern) on their Southern services. A deal on that long-running dispute has just been rejected .

The RMT union said members will vote on whether to take action, claiming a failure by the company to give assurances on the future use of guards on trains.  

The union said its position on Driver Only Operated (DOO) vehicles, meaning the drivers would be in charge of opening and closing the carriage doors, was clear.  

We are in the early stages of developing our modernisation plans to bring customers a better railway, so we believe the RMT is extremely premature in calling a ballot for strikes."

Arriva North

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Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

You had one job...

I spotted a fresh bit of paint on the road outside Kings Court on Hanover Way in Sheffield today. Oops!

Sign reads acsess rather than access

£37m theme park approved by Rotherham council

Rotherham Council has approved plans for a £37m theme park near Rother Valley Country Park. 

Map of site
Google/Gullivers Kingdom

The park will be built on the site of Brookhouse Colliery which closed in 1985 and will be run by the company that owns the Gulliver's Kingdom park at Matlock.

The plans need to be approved by the Secretary of State and if that happens it's expected to open in 2020.

Three trains travelled over 'unsupported track' in Baildon

Network Rail's been told to improve communication about safety after three trains passed over a dangerous piece of track near Bradford

Unsupported train track
Network Rail

The incidents happened at Baildon last June. Part of the embankment had been washed away by flood water, which left one of the rails unsupported for between three and four metres. 

Although no trains were derailed and no one was injured, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch described what had happened as a "near-miss" incident.

It says that the public had reported the problem but it wasn't acted on quickly enough by Network Rail.

Irfan Wahid funeral: Calls for 'peace' after teenager's death

Speakers at the vigil for Irfan Wahid have called for peace following the stabbing of the 16-year-old in Leeds last week.

The vigil is being held on Strathmore View in Harehills close to where teenager was stabbed.


We have no place to say we're angry, violence is against Islam. In Harehills we have to stand together and we have to stand in peace."

Imam Mohammed Adam Aslam

Six men charged over trouble after Yorkshire football derby

Six men from Barnsley have been charged with public order offences following disorder at the Barnsley match against Leeds at Oakwell last month. 


Two other men have been arrested on suspicion of affray. They are on police bail pending further inquiries.   

Irfan Wahid funeral: Crowds gather for vigil

Earlier today the funeral for Irfan Wahid took place, hundreds attended the service in a part of Leeds to pay their final respects.

Right now, a vigil for the 16-year-old who was stabbed to death in Harehills last week is taking place.

People are gathering close to the scene of his death. 


York exhibition to inspire pillow talk

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live

The University of York’s Artist in Residence is calling on local people to embroider their thoughts and dreams about sleep on to pillowcases to help form the centre piece of a new exhibition.

Susan Aldworth

Susan Aldworth (pictured)’s installation, One Thousand and One Nights opens at York St Mary’s in June 2017.

The exhibition aims to bring together the dreams of local people from different backgrounds with words and stories embroidered onto 1001 white pillowcases.

Those who want to contribute to One Thousand and One Nights will receive a pillowcase, embroidery silks and needles for sewing, with work to be submitted by 31 March 2017.

“The pillowcases might include historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies, poems, burlesques and various forms of erotica. In the original tales (known as the Arabian Nights) the stories depict ghouls, sorcerers and legendary places."

Susan Aldworth

Gateways get a spruce up in Halifax

It's hard to get sentimental over a pair of gates, but these giant cast-iron ones at Halifax Borough Market have been used to secure the site for more than 120 years.

Market gates
Calderdale Council

The eight sets of gates are becoming more difficult to move, as the hinges have become worn, so Calderdale Council have taken them down to do a bit of work on them.

Once removed, each gate will be cleaned back to bare metal before repairs are made using traditional techniques. The gates will then be repainted using a colour scheme agreed with Historic England.

Teenage girl goes missing after visiting fair

Have you seen Lucy Battle? she's been missing from the East Ardsley area near Wakefield, since going to a local fair, yesterday.

Lucy Battle
West Yorkshire Police

She was reported missing last night. It is believed she may have links in the Leeds area.

Both police and Lucy's family have concerns for her welfare. We believe she may be with people she knows."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Yorkshire in pictures: Is the end of this winter nigh?

BBC Weather Watchers

If there's one thing that gives you a little hope the darkest depths of winter are almost behind us, it isn't just the appearence of Easter eggs on the supermarket shelves.

It is, of course, the arrival of snowdrops.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Gary Gimmick who snapped these ones which have popped up in Boroughbridge near Harrogate:

Gary Gimmick

Irfan Wahid funeral: Service draws to a close

The funeral of Leeds 16-year-old Irfan Wahid has now finished.


Hundreds attended at the Bilal mosque in Harehills to pay their respects.

People are expected to gather again at about 15:00 for a vigil for the teenager who was stabbed last Friday.

Irfan Wahid funeral: Service now under way in Harehills

The memorial service for 16-year-old Irfan Wahid is now under way at the Bilal Mosque in Harehills, Leeds.

He died after receiving a single stab wound to the chest last Friday on Harehills Lane.

Tennis: Gray out of Shrewsbury tournament

BBC Sport

Britain's Jonathan Gray is out of the Aegon GB Pro-Series event in Shrewsbury.

The Leeds teenager was beaten in straight sets by Germany's Oscar Otte.

Don't scrap your old bike - recycle it

If you've got an old bike cluttering up your garage, wait... don't take it to the tip. People who live in York are being urged to recycle them instead.

Old bikes
Getty Images

Can you believe that every year about 18 tonnes of old bikes are taken to the Hazel Court Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Many of them can be done up and sold at cost price to people who want them and the council wants to work with a non-profit organisation who'll do the work.

City of York Council says it now wants to hear from people who may be able to set up such a group.

Irfan Wahid funeral: 'Community will show itself' - MP for Harehills

Mourners attending Irfan Wahid's funeral in Leeds this lunchtime include the MP for the Harehills, Richard Burgon.

Richard Burgon

The 16-year-old died after receiving a single stab wound to the chest last Friday and his funeral service, at the Bilal mosque, is due to start shortly.

Hundreds are expected to attend the service:

Irfan and his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. And I believe our community will show itself at its best in this most difficult and tragic of times."

Richard Burgon MPLeeds East

Watch: Funeral for Irfan Wahid

The funeral of 16-year-old Irfan Wahid is under way in Leeds.

He died after he was stabbed in the chest last week in Harehills.

Mourners have begun to enter the Bilal Mosque:

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Tennis: Gray struggles at Aegon event

BBC Sport

Britain's Jonathan Gray has lost the first set of his quarter final 6-2 at the Aegon GB Pro-Series event in Shrewsbury.

The Leeds teenager overcame the top-seeded Belgian Germain Gigournon yesterday, but is already a break down in the second set against the German Oscar Otte.

Tennis at Shrewsbury Club
Richard Dawson

Later this afternoon, the Warwick player Marcus Willis faces Belgium's Yannick Vandenbulcke.

Make Yorkshire great again? Or maybe not...

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

I think that Leeds City Councillor James Lewis has a yearning to annex Lancashire: 

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Teenager seriously injured in nightclub attack

A 17-year-old is recovering after an attack in a nightclub in Sheffield which left him with serious injuries to his face.

Area nightclub

Police have launched a fresh appeal for information into the attack which happened on 5 February at the Area nightclub on Burgess Street.

It happened at about 01:10 when the 17-year-old was involved in an altercation and was assaulted by an unknown man in the nightclub.

The teenager suffered serious injuries to his mouth and face.

Funeral to take place for Irfan Wahid this lunchtime

The funeral of 16-year-old Irfan Wahid, who was stabbed to death in Leeds last week, is due to start within the next hour.

Irfan Wahid
West Yorkshire Police

He died from a single stab wound to the chest after he was attacked in Harehills Lane last Friday afternoon.

Mourners are expected to gather from about 12:45 at the Bilal Mosque. The funeral will be followed by a vigil at 15:00. 

A Facebook page set up in his honour has seen many tributes posted to the 16-year-old and messages about what will happen today:

Pray for Irfan, and above all respect each other and your surroundings. We are expecting a huge turnout, and we will try our utmost best to accommodate everyone today."

Irfan Wahid tribute Facebook page