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  1. Fire crews tackle blaze at Rotherham recycling plant
  2. Cyclist who died after Tour de Yorkshire crash named
  3. UKIP MEP facing bankruptcy
  4. Sheffield United re-sign Ched Evans
  5. South Yorkshire DHL warehouse workers accept new pay deal
  6. New appeal over missing Leeds woman Svitlana Krasnoselska
  7. Man aged 81 dies after being hit by car in Wakefield
  8. Man appears in court over alleged Barnsley hit-and-run
  9. York woman suffers 'life-threatening' injuries after being hit by car
  10. Call for more foster carers in West Yorkshire
  11. York Art Gallery commended at European awards
  12. Updates on Monday 8 May 2017

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That's all from Monday...

Those are all our updates from Yorkshire on Monday 8 May 2017.

Want the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates on Tuesday 10 May? Just click here.

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Tony Lloyd is named Labour's candidate for Rochdale while former MP Simon Danczuk resigns from party.

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Our five top stories today

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: 

  1. Fire crews tackle blaze at Rotherham recycling plant
  2. Jane Collins: UKIP MEP facing bankruptcy
  3. Mystery of missing Leeds woman
  4. Ched Evans: Sheffield United re-sign striker
  5. North Yorkshire's 'Concorde' cloud explained

See you tomorrow.

Rotherham recycling fire: Latest from the scene

The fire at an industrial estate in Kilnhurst near Rotherham has been on-going since this morning.

Here's the latest picture from the scene:

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that they're doing "everything we can" to tackle the blaze.

As you can see some of the site is still well alight.

People are being asked to avoid the area and those who live near by should stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed.  

Woolly jumper left on a wall

BBC Weather Watchers

How about this for showing off agility and balance?

The woolly jumper was captured by BBC Weather Watcher, TinyDog, who snapped the would be escapee in Embsay, near Skipton, in North Yorkshire.


Text messages put drug dealer in the frame

A Sheffield man has been jailed for four years after officers found messages on his phone which showed he had been dealing class-A drugs in the city. 

Marcus Grant
South Yorkshire Police

A 29-year-old Marcus Grant of Richmond Hall Road, Stradbroke, was arrested by undercover police in November 2015.

Grant appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on last Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to supplying heroin and cocaine. He was sentenced to four years in prison on the same day.

Apart cannabis with an approximate value of £14, there were no drugs found on Grant [at the time of arrest], however he has been locked up for four years.

DC Brad WardSouth Yorkshire Police

Three people mugged at knifepoint in York

Police say they've increased patrols in the Bootham area of York after two knifepoint robberies within 24-hours.

The first was on Newborough Street (pictured) on Friday, just before midnight, when a man and a woman were approached by three men on bikes. 


Another man was threatened with a knife on Grosvenor Road 24-hours later by three men on bicycles.

 Police believe both incidents are connected and are appealing for witnesses  

Officers have been conducting extra reassurance patrols in the area as the investigation into the robberies continues.

Climbing high in Brighouse

It is Monday, so has your day felt a bit like this? 

Climbing wall

Today the highest climbing wall in the UK has been launched in Brighouse, and if it looks pretty daunting it's taller than the Tower of London and Angel of the North.

It's been created on the side of an old grain silo, which sits alongside the Calder and Hebble Canal and has more than 2,750 anchors (those are the things you hang onto).

It's open to the public from 14 May and less than 18 months ago the ROKT climbing centre was under eight feet of water after flooding.

We opened six years ago with a dream of creating something different and inclusive and this is another step towards that."

Euan NobleROKT

Tour de Yorkshire Sportive crash: Killed cyclist identified

A cyclist who died six days after colliding with a coach while taking part in the Tour De Yorkshire Sportive has been identified.

David Worthington
South Yorkshire Police

David Worthington, 51, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was badly injured in the crash near Wortley on 30 April and died on 6 May.

South Yorkshire Police said Mr Worthington had been taking part in the amateur cycling event when the collision happened in Finkle Street Lane.

The force has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Police 'need urgent help' to find missing Sheffield teenager

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police in Sheffield want to hear from anyone who's seen or been in contact with 17-year-old, Tilly Coopland, who's been missing for four days.

Tilly Coopland
South Yorkshire Police

Tilly - who has brown, shoulder length, curly hair - was last seen about 16:15 on Thursday 4 May near to the Tesco store in the Spital Hill area of the city.

Police say it's out of character for her to not see or speak to anyone for this length of time. 

Man in court over Richard Broughton car death

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a man who was hit by a car after an "altercation".

Richard Broughton died in hospital on 30 April, two days after being knocked down by a car in Barnsley. 

Richard Broughton
South Yorkshire Police

Kayne Reece Jones, also known as Reece Thompson, of Christchurch Road, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates Court charged with murder.

He was remanded in to custody to appear at the city's crown court on Wednesday.

Traffic update: Problems on M62 westbound

BBC News Travel

Bad news for rush hour westbound traffic on the M62.

There's a lorry which has broken down in the middle of the carriageway between J25 and J24.

Highways England say they're on their way, but you can expect a few delays this evening:

Highways England/Crown Copyright

Watch: Smoke on the water at Rotherham fire

As fire crews continue to tackle a blaze involving up to 500 tonnes of plastic at Universal Recycling, on Wharf Road near Kilnhurst, smoke has been seen drifting over the nearby canal.  

BreakingChed Evans: Sheffield United re-sign striker

Chesterfield striker Ched Evans has completed his return to Sheffield United, signing a three-year contract.

Ched Evans
Getty Images

BBC Radio Sheffield reported in April that the deal was worth about £500,000.

Evans, 28, last played for the Blades in 2012 before he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison.

That conviction was quashed and, following a re-trial in October 2016, Evans was found not guilty.

Roads around Leeds' tallest building reopen

Roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds have reopened today after they were closed to allow wind baffles to be put up. 

Bridgewater Place

Water Lane is back open to traffic after the work began two months ago to calm the wind around the building. 

High winds around Bridgewater Place in Leeds were blamed for the death of Dr Edward Slaney, who was killed when a lorry blew over in March 2011.  

Between now and next April wind baffles, vertical screens and a glass canopy will be built around the building, which is the tallest in Yorkshire. 

Jane Collins: Latest on UKIP MEP facing bankruptcy

More now on UKIP Yorkshire and Humber MEP Jane Collins. Earlier we told you she was in court today over unpaid damages of £358,000

It relates to her being sued for libel and slander by Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, and Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, over a speech she made in 2014 about the Rotherham child abuse scandal. 

The High Court heard she alleged that each of the MPs knew details of the exploitation but chose not to intervene.  

Jane Collins

Today Ms Collins appeared at a private hearing at Hull County Court to discuss a demand for payment issued by the MPs' lawyers. It is understood the MEP had requested the demand was set aside but this was not agreed at the hearing. 

A spokeswoman for Ms Collins said the judge has now ordered an examination of her assets and that she will face bankruptcy proceedings if it is found that she cannot make the payments owed. 

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J24 for A629 affecting J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of a broken down lorry. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J26, M606 (Chain Bar).

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

Are MPs still being paid..?

BBC Look North

We're trying to help find you the answers to your questions on the general election.

On Look North's Facebook page, Steven asks "If there are no MPs does that mean that there are no MP wages or expenses for the next few weeks?"  

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Here's the answer: 

Despite not officially being MPs, elected officials can still claim their basic annual salary of £67,060 as well as some expenses during this period.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) or expenses watchdog told the BBC that they "can only pay costs which relate to your parliamentary functions, not any party political or electoral activity".

Any other payment, like a salary they may get for being on a committee examining new laws, for example, now stops.

If you've got a question you'd like Look North to answer, get in touch. You can email,message on Facebook or tweet using the hashtag #asklooknorth.

Work starts on North Yorkshire potash mine

Work has begun on a new potash mine in North Yorkshire. Sirius Minerals says it started last Friday.  

Potash mine

Woodsmith Mine which is located between Scarborough and Whitby will produce fertilizer and the company says it expects to create thousands of jobs as a result of the £2.3bn project.

The mine is in the North York Moors National Park, who say that they are working with Sirius and that they "safeguarding" the area around the mine.

A 23-mile tunnel will be built, so minerals can be transported to a processing plant on Teesside. An open letter, signed by 29 groups, had urged the rejection of plans for the mine. 

Jordan Hill stabbing: Man and woman face trial over Sheffield stab death

A man and a woman have denied the murder of a 21-year-old who was stabbed.

Bradley Onfroy and Josie Hollis are accused of killing Jordan Hill.

Mr Hill died in hospital after being found with injuries at a flat in Southey Avenue, Sheffield, on 23 March. 

Jordan Hill
South Yorkshire Police

Bradley Onfroy, 31, of Badger Close, Sheffield, and Josie Hollis, 24, of no fixed address, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court and were remanded in custody to stand trial on 20 October.

They also denied robbery.

Watch: Resident says she can't get home due to Rotherham fire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A big fire at an industrial estate in Kilnhurst is causing problems for people living nearby.

One lady told me she can't return home because of the blaze, which broke out at Universal Recycling on Wharf Road this morning.

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UKIP MEP could face bankruptcy

UKIP Yorkshire and Humber MEP Jane Collins could face bankruptcy after she failed to pay damages to Rotherham's three Labour MPs.

It's over remarks she made about the town's child abuse scandal.  

Jane Collins

Ms Collins was ordered to pay a total of £358,000 in damages and costs after a long-running legal battle ended at London's High Court in February. 

But she appeared in court in Hull for a further hearing today after she did not meet a 21-day deadline to pay the damages. 

More details to follow.

Analysis: North Yorkshire's 'Concorde' cloud explained

Earlier, we showed you this fantastic picture from BBC Weather Watcher Thomas Beresford who described this cloud formation over Ribblehead Viaduct as "a phantom Concorde": 

Cloud over Ribblehead
Thomas Beresford

We wanted to know more about what this actually was, so we asked BBC Look North weather expert Paul Hudson for a bit of an explanation.

He tells us it's what's technically known as a roll cloud and is "quite rare".

"In this instance, it’s caused by air flowing over the top of Whernside from the east, creating effectively a stationary type of lenticular cloud," says Paul.

"Its shape and size is dependent on the wavelength of the stationary wave," he adds.

Rotherham recycling fire: Voluntary evacuation underway

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

What's being described as a voluntary evacuation is taking place in Kilnhurst, as a large fire at a nearby industrial estate continues to burn.

Crews are expected to stay at Universal Recycling on Wharf Road for several more hours.

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Watch: 'Acrid smell' near Rotherham recycling fire

There's an acrid smell in the air, as a large fire at fire at a recycling plant in Kilnhurst continues to burn. 

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Appeal for more West Yorkshire foster parents

People in West Yorkshire are being urged to become foster parents, with the launch of a campaign to give those considering looking after a child the chance to meet experienced carers. 


Across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside more than 11,500 children live in foster care.

The people behind the campaign say carers are particularly needed for certain groups of children such as brothers and sisters, older children and those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

A recent poll by YouGov suggests one in eight adults in the UK has considered fostering a child.

Watch: Rotherham recycling fire latest

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Here's the latest from the fire officer overseeing a large blaze at Universal Recycling in Kilnhurst.

Crews are expected to be at the site on Wharf Road for another eight hours.

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'Concorde' spotted flying once again over North Yorkshire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

"A phantom Concorde flying over Whernside." 

That's how BBC Weather Watcher Thomas Beresford described this picture he took of the Ribblehead viaduct - and the spectacular cloud formation above it.

And I can see what he means!

What sort of cloud is it? We've asked BBC Look North's weather expert Paul Hudson and he'll explain more a little later...

Thomas Beresford

Rotherham recyling fire: Crews will stay at site for some hours

Here's the latest update from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue about the situation at Kilnhurst, near Rotherham, where are a fire at a recycling plant has now been burning for some hours.

It seems firefighters are due to remain at the scene for some time to come:

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South Yorkshire warehouse workers accept new pay deal

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Planned strike action by workers at three DHL warehouses at Tickhill in South Yorkshire and Harworth in Nottinghamshire has been called off after a new pay deal was reached.


Staff have "overwhelmingly" accepted an improved offer of 2.6% for the year starting June 2016, according to the union.

About 120 members of Unite had planned to walk out later this month in the row over pay and the closure of the Harworth site.

General Election 2017: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn face York audience

BBC Politics

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are to face an audience in York as part of a BBC Question Time Leaders' Special next month ahead of the general election on 8 June.

May and Corbyn

The TV special, on Friday 2 June, will be hosted by David Dimbleby, and will see the public questioning the party leaders on substantive issues of policy which matter to them.

The York debate will be one of a series of programmes from several cities across the country including London, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Bristol, Swansea, Belfast and Manchester.  

Jonathan Munro, Head of BBC Newsgathering says: "It is firmly in the public interest for audiences to hear from those seeking election."

Large plastic fire at South Yorkshire recycling centre
The fire service said up to 500 tonnes of plastic could be on fire.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J35A for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J35a, A616 (Stocksbridge), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rotherham recycling blaze: Plastic, metal and machinery on fire

A fire at a Rotherham recycling plant, which is currently being tackled by about 30 firefighters, mostly involves plastic, but also metal and machinery, the fire service has confirmed.

Rotherham fire

Incident Commander Andy Hayter, from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, says neither vehicles nor oil are on fire at Universal Recycling on Wharf Road in Kilnhurst.

Mr Hayter has asked people to stay away from the area as firefighters continue to deal with the blaze which started at about 10:15 this morning.

"My message is, don't come and spectate. It's not a spectator sport and it's not good for your health to be breathing in large quantities of this stuff," he says.

Mr Hayters adds that firefighters have pumped large amounts of water from a nearby canal to help in tackling the blaze which he believes could continue for several hours.

Pets rescued as Rotherham recycling fire continues to burn

Andy Kershaw

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire's finest are currently rescuing beloved pets for local residents near a big fire at a recycling plant near Rotherham:

Pet rescue
Owners with rescue pets

Watch: Rotherham recycling fire

Andy Kershaw

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

These are the very latest pictures from as near as we can get to the fire at Universal Recycling in Kilnhurst, near Rotherham, which has been burning since just after 10:00 this morning.

In pictures: Latest from Rotherham recycling plant fire

As a big fire continues to burn at a recycling plant at Kilnhurst, near Rotherham, these are some of the latest pictures from the scene.

The fire, at Universal Recycling, on Wharf Road, has been burning since about 10:15 this morning.

A number of small explosions - of aerosol or propane cylinders - have been heard and a police cordon is now in place around the affected area:

Fire scene
Fire scene
Fire scene

Recycling plant fire: Cordon in place around affected area

Police have cordoned off an area around the site of a large blaze at an industrial unit in Kilnhurst, near Rotherham.

Kilnhurst fire
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Up to 500 tonnes of plastic could be on fire at Universal Recycling which is on Wharf Road.

People have been told to avoid the area and stay indoors with windows and doors closed.