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Andrew Barton

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  1. Cyclist seriously injured in Leeds crash

    A cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash in Hunslet in Leeds this morning.

    The closed road

    The man was involved in a collision with a white van at about 05:30 on Low Road, according to West Yorkshire Police.

    He remains in hospital with serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

    The road was closed for a short time, but has since been reopened.

    The van driver stopped at the scene and has been helping police with their inquiries, officers said.

  2. Disappointment after Tour de Yorkshire postponed again

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Stuart Arnold

    Redcar and Cleveland Council leader Mary Lanigan has described the further postponement of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race as a “real shame”.

    A section of the tour was due to take place in east Cleveland, finishing in Redcar, on 30 April, but it was postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic.

    Race organisers have now confirmed it will not take place until 2022 at the earliest because of the continued uncertainty surrounding the outbreak.

    Mrs Lanigan said: “It is a real shame that the Tour de Yorkshire, which is a hugely popular event, won’t happen next year.

    Councillor Mary Lanigan
    Quote Message: We remain hopeful that the tour will come to Redcar and Cleveland in the future, which is a hugely exciting prospect.
    Quote Message: It is a wonderful event which attracts some of the world’s best cyclists and it presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase our beautiful area to an audience of millions in countries around the world." from Mary Lanigan Leader, Redcar ad Cleveland Council
    Mary LaniganLeader, Redcar ad Cleveland Council

    Redcar was due to be the host town for the finish of stage one of the four-day event with cyclists setting off in Beverley and travelling through Bridlington, Filey and Whitby before crossing the Redcar and Cleveland boundary at Cowbar.

    From there they would have passed through Easington, Loftus, Carlin How, Brotton, Saltburn and Marske before a sprint finish along the Stray in Redcar.

  3. Tour de Yorkshire: 'Bigger and better than ever in 2022'

    The Tour de Yorkshire will be back "bigger and better than ever in 2022" following the cancellation of the 2021 event, organisers have said.

    Tour de Yorkshire 2019

    The 2020 and 2021 events have both now been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive James Mason said the organisation had to focus on getting the industry back on its feet before planning a big cycling event which might not go ahead.

    He said: "The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs.

    "This has been a mutual decision made by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and we will all now look forward to putting all our energies into bringing the race back bigger and better than ever in 2022."

    Yann Le Moenner, director general of ASO, said: “This work is obviously not wasted and we will collectively do our best to relaunch the event in 2022 and give the chance to the world's best riders to be on the Yorkshire roads in front of one of the most enthusiastic audiences the cycling world has ever seen.”

  4. Tour de Yorkshire brings 'huge economic benefit' to region

    The annual Tour de Yorkshire, which it's been announced has been cancelled for the second year running, is usually of huge economic benefit to the county, race organisers have said.

    Tour de Yorkshire in Barnsley

    Next year's event has been postponed until 2022 because of uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

    This year's Tour de Yorkshire was also cancelled due to the nationwide lockdown during the first wave of the virus.

    The event, which was launched in 2015 as a legacy of the 2014 Grand Depart in Yorkshire, sees millions of people lining the road to cheer on the world-renowned riders.

    Organisers Welcome to Yorkshire have said the race is usually "of huge economic benefit to the county", with the 2018 event boosting the Yorkshire economy by almost £100m.

    Welcome to Yorkshire said the 2019 edition of the race was watched by a record 28 million TV viewers in 190 countries.

  5. BreakingTour de Yorkshire 2021 cancelled due to 'uncertain times'

    Next year's planned Tour de Yorkshire cycle race won't now go ahead, organisers have just confirmed.

    Tour de Yorkshire 2019

    This year's Tour, the sixth edition of the race which was scheduled to take place across the county from 30 April to 3 May, was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Welcome to Yorkshire, which organises the prestigious event, says the uncertainty surrounding the next few months has prompted the postponement of the 2021 event as well.

    Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive James Mason said: “During these uncertain times, Welcome to Yorkshire needs to focus on the immediate needs of the industry without committing both financial and human resources towards any activity or event we cannot be certain of.

    "While it is very disappointing that we will be bereft of this wonderful race for another year, the decision we have made is the right one and perhaps the only one we could make.

    "The uncertainty in front of us meant it was impossible to plan or commit the resource that the race needs," he added.

    The Tour de Yorkshire has been staged as a legacy event after the county hosted the Grand Depart for the Tour de France in 2014 and features a four-day men's race and two-day women's race.

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    Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J45 for A63 Pontefract Lane.

    M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green), because of an accident.

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

  7. Dogs found skinned in Rotherham woodland

    Two dogs were found dead in a wood in Rotherham at the weekend, their bodies completely skinned.

    The RSPCA is investigating after the animals were found by passers-by in a small area of trees near Treeton Dike, on Washfield Lane on Saturday.

    The site where the remains were left

    The dogs were found alongside a skinned rodent - thought to be a rat - next to a black bin liner.

    RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “What’s not clear is whether the bodies have been dumped together in the bag and then dragged out and predated on by wildlife, or whether they were skinned before being dumped in this area.

    “It’s a really shocking sight and I’m extremely concerned that these animals may have suffered before their untimely deaths so I’d like to hear from anyone with any information.”

    From traces of fur left on the dogs it is thought one was black and the other was cream in colour.

    Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA.

  8. David Seaman asks hometown of Rotherham to stay Covid safe

    Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has joined a campaign asking people in Rotherham to stay safe from coronavirus.

    David Seaman

    'Safe Hands' Seaman, who is from Kimberworth, has filmed a video which is set to tour the borough on a digital display van, asking people to follow the guidelines to reduce the risk of infection in Rotherham.

    Rotherham, which is in the tier three - very high alert level saw the infection rate per 100,000 people rise from 354 in the week up to 16 October to 482 in the week up to 23 October.

    “My mum asked me to do it [the campaign], and you can’t say no to your mum, can you?”, Seaman said.

    He added: “I’ve got a lot of great memories in Rotherham. It’s a place I know is really friendly and people all love to go out. But trust me, this is going to be a long winter and we all need to get through this together so stick to the rules.”

    David Seaman

    People are being encouraged to follow the key guidelines, which are:

    • Keep two metres apart
    • Don’t mix with other households
    • Wash your hands regularly
    • If you’ve got coronavirus symptoms, you must get tested
    • Wear face coverings

    The digital display van is touring Rotherham this week.

  9. Man armed with hammer arrested after 'violent incident'

    An investigation is under way in North Yorkshire after a "violent incident" in which man armed with a hammer allegedly assaulted police officers and a member of the public.

    Delaney Court

    Officers were called to Delaney Court in Settle at about 20:30 on Sunday evening.

    A police spokesperson said: "PAVA spray and Taser were used to control the suspect, but it is alleged that he continued to make threats and forced the officers away before following them out onto the street while carrying a hammer.

    "After discarding the hammer, it is also alleged the man assaulted the driver of another car after entering the vehicle on Duke Street.

    "At this point, the police officers restrained the suspect and placed him under arrest."

    The man was initially taken to hospital for assessment before being transferred into police custody for questioning, where he allegedly assaulted another officer, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident are being urged to contact police.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (M18 interchange), because of a van which has broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. More than 50 Tory MPs call for 'road map' out of lockdown

    More than 50 MPs have written to the PM calling for a "clear road map" out of lockdown restrictions in northern England, warning the region risks being "left behind".

    Closed sign

    The letter from the newly formed Northern Research Group said the pandemic threatened Boris Johnson's pledge to "level-up".

    They also called for an economic recovery plan for the region, arguing it had been hardest hit by the virus.

    No 10 said it was "committed to levelling up across the country".

    All the areas under the strictest restrictions of the government's three tier system, including South Yorkshire, are in the North or the Midlands.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from A635 Barnsley Road to J36 for A630 Warmsworth Road Doncaster.

    A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues for four miles on A1(M) southbound from A635, Marr to J36, A630 (Doncaster), because of a breakdown. Congestion to J38 (Red House). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 20 minutes.

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

  13. Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Rain spreading in from the southwest this morning will move through into the afternoon keeping things dull and wet, but it will begin to clear in the late afternoon.

    Tonight will see largely clear skies after some early lingering cloud in the evening clears:

    Weather graphic
  14. Seven deaths at Huddersfield care home

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Seven residents have died following an outbreak of Covid-19 at a care home in Huddersfield.

    Bupa-run Cleveland House in Edgerton.

    A total of 24 residents recently tested positive for the virus at the Bupa-run Cleveland House in Edgerton.

    Bosses said 20 members of staff were also affected and "have immediately isolated away from the home".

    It said the majority of residents testing positive "do not have symptoms", and are receiving dedicated care in line with official guidance.

    Rachel Spencer-Henshall, director of public health at Kirklees Council, said: "We take all outbreaks incredibly seriously, and together with the care home and Public Health England we're doing all we can to make sure people are safe.

    "The safety of residents comes before anything else, particularly those who are vulnerable and rely on support," she said.

    Bupa has confirmed the home is now closed to admissions, including from hospitals.

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    Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J2 for A1 to J1 for A631 Bawtry Road.

    M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M18 southbound from J2 A1(M) to J1, A631 (Bramley), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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