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Summary

  1. Three charged over Steven Fretwell death in Rotherham
  2. Roman skeletons unearthed on site of new housing estate in Pontefract
  3. Workers at Arriva Trains North announce new strike date
  4. Harrogate lorry driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving
  5. Over 1,000 join online search for epileptic dog missing in Harrogate
  6. Record number of teams in Tour de Yorkshire race
  7. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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By Oli Woodcock, Kevin Larkin and Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Latest news from Yorkshire

    This service for Tuesday 21 March is now finished.

    But you can get all today's Yorkshire breaking news here.

  2. Our five top stories today

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    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. 

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

    1. A lorry driver from Harrogate  who killed a 21-year-old woman while selecting music on his mobile phone is jailed  

    2. Rotherham Council's been given back more powers in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal

    3.  Leeds legends the Kaiser Chiefs  give their support to their home city's bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023  

    4. More than 30 Roman skeletons unearthed on the site of a new housing estate in Pontefract are said to be "unique" to the area  

    5. A record 36 men's and women's teams will compete in next month's Tour de Yorkshire - that's three more teams than in 2016

    Finally, thanks to  BBC Weather Watcher  June Gothika for sending in this beautiful springtime picture taken in York:

    York
  3. Yorkshire in pictures: Emley Moor casts a long shadow

    We always love to feature pictures you've sent in from across Yorkshire - and this one is truly spectactular.

    It's taken by Andy Kaye and shows the view from the very top of the Emley Moor broadcast tower in West Yorkshire.

    Why not email us your Yorkshire photographs?

    Emley Moor shadow
  4. Leeds school shut for 'deep clean' after sickness bug outbreak

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    A free school in Leeds will be closed for a second day tomorrow because of an outbreak of sickness.

    Staff at Lighthouse School in Cookridge say a deep clean is taking place and there'll be a full health and safety review. 

    The school says parents will be kept informed about the likely re-opening date.

  5. Boy airlifted to hospital after lorry collision in Barnsley

    A 10-year-old boy had to be airlifted to hospital after a collision in the Great Houghton area of Barnsley.

    Rotherham Road

    The boy was involved in a collision with a lorry while riding his bike along Rotherham Road near the junction with John Street (pictured) at about 08:25 this morning.  

    He's currently in hospital with suspected serious injuries.

    Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact police.

  6. Pontefract Roman skeletons find 'unique' to area

    More than 30 Roman skeletons have been unearthed on the site of a new housing estate in West Yorkshire.

    Skeleton

    The skeletons were found alongside pottery, jewellery and building remains during an archaeological dig at the site in Pontefract.

    Most of the graves have now been excavated and the remains will be tested in a laboratory.

    David Hunter, from West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, said they were from about 200-300 AD.

    "We are pretty confident they are from the Roman era in Yorkshire, so about 1,700 years ago," he said.

  7. Academy trust criticised by education watchdog

    An education trust which runs schools across the north of England is failing to improve standards, the education watchdog has said.

    NET HQ

    The Northern Education Trust took on "too many poorly performing schools" and had "unrealistic and unachievable" plans for improvement, Ofsted found.

    The trust runs academies in Yorkshire, Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside, Northumberland and Greater Manchester.

    The report does not reflect changes made since the inspections, it said.

  8. More powers handed back to Rotherham Council

    Rotherham Council's been given back more powers in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal .

    Girl in window

    The authority can now make decisions on adult social care, economic growth, and the maintenance of local parks as well as town centre management. 

    The deadline for handing back all services to the council is March 2019.  

    Children's social care and community safety will remain in the hands of government-appointed commissioners.

  9. MP's tearful tribute to Jo Cox

    A Labour MP was moved to tears as she paid tribute to murdered Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox (pictured) and urged MPs to unite and end discrimination.

    Jo Cox

    A visibly emotional Dawn Butler said MPs "must unite together in one voice and build bridges, not walls" as she paid tribute to Mrs Cox who was killed in her constituency last June.

    Ms Butler was leading a Westminster Hall debate calling on the government to mark UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

  10. Listen: Sons appeal to PM over mum's Rwanda imprisonment

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    The sons of a woman from Leeds who's been jailed in Rwanda have written to the Prime Minister to ask for help securing her release.

    Violette Uwamahoro, who's five months pregnant, was arrested after returning to the East African state for a funeral.

    She's been charged with sharing state secrets and her husband, Faustin, says he thinks it's all because of his political views:

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    Video caption: Her husband, Faustin Uwamahoro says he thinks it's all because of his political views.

    The Foreign Office is now helping her family.

  11. Staff to strike at Topshop distribution centre in Leeds

    Staff at a Topshop distribution centre in Leeds are to hold a fresh strike in a row over pay and working conditions.

    Topshop sign

    Members of the GMB union at the site will walk out for 24 hours from 06:00 on Wednesday morning following the breakdown of talks.

    The workers went on strike last month, saying the action disrupted deliveries to stores in Sir Philip Green's company.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J26 for M606.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound at J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident earlier on.

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

  13. Three charged over Steven Fretwell death

    Three men have been charged with the murder of a 47-year-old man in Rotherham just before Christmas last year.

    The body of Steven Fretwell was discovered at an address on Kingswood Avenue in Dinnington on Sunday 18 December 2016.

    A post-mortem examination concluded Mr Fretwell died as a result of multiple injuries.      

    The three men, aged 21, 28 and 35, have been remanded into custody and are due to appear before Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J41 for A650 and J40 for A638 Ossett.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Man injured in York argument

    Kevin Larkin

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    A 24-year-old man has been left with facial injuries after a fight in York.

    Barfield Road

    Three men were involved in the row which took place on Barfield Road at about 19:10 last Friday.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

  16. 'Perfect time' for new Yorkshire contract - Ballance

    BBC Sport

    Gary Ballance says signing a new contract with Yorkshire which will keep him at Headingley until the end of the 2019 season has come "at the perfect time".

    Gary Ballance

    The 27-year-old England batsman was  named Yorkshire captain  in December.

    He will captain Yorkshire in all three formats in 2017 having replaced Andrew Gale, who  retired to become Yorkshire head coach  in November.  

    Ballance says: "I can now purely focus on the captaincy, batting and scoring runs."    

  17. BreakingNew rail strike announced

    Workers at Arriva Trains North are to strike on 8 April in disputes over staffing and the role of conductors, the RMT railworkers union has announced.

    They'll join workers on Southern and Merseyrail services who are all involved in a row with rail operators over plans to remove the responsibility of opening and closing train doors from guards.

  18. Watch: More pictures from Knottingley blaze

    Here are more pictures from near the scene of a blaze at a Knottingley coach firm.

    Eight fire crews are tackling the blaze on Kirkhaw Lane.

    No-one has been injured in the fire, and no other premises have been evacuated.

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    Video caption: More pictures from the scene as fire crews tackle Knottingley blaze.
  19. Delays after collision in Hillsborough

    Problems on the roads in Sheffield after a collision in the Hillsborough area.

    Buses are being diverted, and tram tickets are being accepted on other local bus services:

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