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  1. Sheffield City Council ordered to pay £91k sex abuse compensation
  2. Three remain in custody over murder of Leeds woman
  3. Unemployment in Yorkshire falls to 134,000
  4. Ilkley Moor fire caused by barbecue
  5. Stadium builders to be announced - five years after planning permission granted
  6. Yorkshire soldier buried 100 years after being killed at the Somme
  7. Sheffield pub saved from demolition
  8. UK's first public park dementia-friendly garden opens in Leeds
  9. KitKat loses appeal to trademark four-finger design
  10. Updates on Wednesday 17 May 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Nick Wilmshurst

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Latest news from Yorkshire

This service for Wednesday 17 May 2017 has now finished.

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

Our five top stories today

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. Sheffield City Council ordered to pay £91k sex abuse compensation
  2. Three remain in custody over Leeds murder
  3. Group guilty of killing Rotherham man
  4. Ilkley Moor fire caused by 'careless disposal of a barbecue'
  5. York's KitKats not unique enough

See you tomorrow.

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J44 for A64 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Three lanes closed and slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of an accident.

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

Houses targeted in Rotherham drugs purge

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police have been in Rotherham today with drugs offence warrants across the town and they've been armed with this ready for raids:

Door rammer
South Yorkshire Police

Addresses in Swinton, East Herringthorpe and Rawmarsh were searched and inquiries continue.

Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J6 for .

M621 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M621 westbound at J6, Belle Isle Road, because of people slowing to look at an accident.

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

Sex assault council boss still receiving pension

Michael Buchanan

Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

BBC News has learned a former council official who is serving a 16 year prison term for sexual offences is still getting a council pension.

Roger Dodds
South Yorkshire Police

Roger Dodds was convicted in February of sexual offences against young men between 1975 and 1993.

His employers at Sheffield City Council, who knew about the sexual allegations, allowed him to retire on a full pension in 1993 following an internal investigation.

Today the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, responsible for paying the pension, told the BBC that Dodds was still being paid as the council had not taken any action to stop it.

Baroness Warsi to talk about attitudes towards Islam at Leeds event

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi will be in Leeds tomorrow to talk about British attitudes and policy towards Islam.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
Jeff Overs/BBC

She'll be speaking at Leeds Trinity University about being the child of Pakistani immigrants, her upbringing in Dewsbury and her new book.

In it she explores cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of "British values".

I'm looking forward to meeting a diverse range of students and staff, and sharing my thoughts on the challenges facing Britain."

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

Police concern for missing Rotherham woman

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police are concerned for missing 25-year-old Chelsea Scales.

She's described as having dark hair and was last seen in Rotherham at around 22:00 last night.

Chelsea Scales
South Yorkshire Police

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

Listen: The Lyceum 'it's a beautiful theatre'

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The play based on Mark Haddon's book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is at the Lyceum in Sheffield this week.

It surrounds the story of 15-year-old Christopher and I've been speaking to actress Lucianne McEvoy who plays the role of his teacher Siobhan about the run in South Yorkshire so far:

The play runs at the Lyceum in Sheffield until Saturday.

Teenager released under investigation

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

A teenager arrested yesterday on suspicion of communicating false information to a school in Scarborough has been released under investigation as inquiries continue.

Graham School in the town was closed on Monday and Tuesday after staff received suspicious calls and emails but it re-opened today.

Graham School in Scarborough

North Yorkshire Police has undertaken a thorough search of the school, both upper and lower sites, finding nothing suspicious or of concern."

Graham School's website

York named in top 10 best cities to raise a family

Yorkshire Post

York has been named as one of the UK's best cities in which to raise a family, but Leeds and Bradford are among the worst.

A photograph of York city centre.
The Yorkshire Post

BreakingGroup guilty of killing Rotherham man

Ronan Sully

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man, woman and three teenage boys have been found guilty of killing 34-year-old Craig Preston in a lay-by in Rotherham and leaving his body near the Woodhead tunnel in August last year.

42-year-old Mohammed Shiraz Bashir, aged 42 and his partner Leonie Marie Mason, aged 24, both from Holme Park Court in Huddersfield, were convicted of murder and remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

Mohammed Shiraz Bashir and Leonie Marie Mason
South Yorkshire Police

The three teenage boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter and have been remanded in the care of the local authority.

This has been a complex and difficult murder investigation into a brutal and sustained assault on Mr Preston in summer last year."

DCI Steve HandleySouth Yorkshire Police

Lord Mayor gets behind Bantams

The Lord Mayor of Bradford is wishing the Bantams success in their promotion bid to the Championship on Saturday.

Bradford City

The clock tower on City Hall, the fountains in City Park and the archways at Forster Square Railway Station will be lit in the team colours from Friday evening over the weekend.

There will also be Bradford City flags flying in Centenary Square before the match against Millwall.

Bradford Council staff are being encouraged to show their support for the team by wearing Bradford City football shirts.

The club have done so well and their supporters always do the city proud."

Cllr Abid HussainLord Mayor of Bradford

CCTV released after serious assault in York

Do you recognise these two men?

Police want to speak to them after a serious assault in York which left two other men lying unconscious in the street with serious injuries.

North Yorkshire Police

It happened in the early hours of last Monday after a fight in the Castlegate area of the city involving a group of men and women.

Both injured men were found on the street unconscious, one had to be hospitalised for two nights.

If you can identify the two men in the CCTV pictures, call North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J34 for A631 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Search for man missing from hospital

Have you seen this man from Wakefield who was last seen at St James Hospital in Leeds?

John Slaughter
West Yorkshire Police

John Slaughter, 59, was last seen on Monday leaving St James Hospital.

Police say he may well have recently been in the Staveley Bridge area.

Officers say they're searching for him in Horbury and the area around St James Hospital.

We are very concerned for John's welfare as he may be in need of medical assistance."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: When Rony met Pepper

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Pint of Science Festival is under way in Sheffield and as part of it there's a talk tonight about robots.

Pepper is a robot that's been made at Sheffield Hallam University and I've been finding out how clever he is!

Oh and we had a quick dance as well:

Barnsley Civic transformation vision revealed

Mick Lunney

Barnsley reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire firm Norton Mayfield Architects has announced their plans to transform The Civic Theatre in Barnsley.

As part of this The Civic has launched a £5m fundraising appeal to complete the renovation with the aim of becoming a world-class destination for the arts by 2023.

It's hoped it will look something like this when finished:

Artist's impression of the new Barnsley Civic
Norton Mayfield

Our vision is to reinstate the historic main entrance and re-connect it to the town and its people, returning The Civic to its rightful former glory. "

Helen BallCEO of the Civic Theatre in Barnsley

You can support the appeal here.

Sheffield City Council response on compensation case

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sheffield City Council have released a statement responding to the news that they will have to pay compensation to a former employee after he was sexually abused by a council official in the 1980s.

Roger Dodds
South Yorkshire Police

In December 2016 Roger Dodds (pictured above) now 81, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for abusing colleagues and students who came to him seeking educational grants.

On the matter Sheffield City Council have said they are "deeply sorry" that Mr Dodds committed these offences while working at the council and that they would "never defend the indefensible and have never failed to accept responsibility".

We wholly accept the settlement handed down by Judge Robinson".

Sheffield City Council

Yorkshire is 90 minutes from Wembley

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

So Hillsborough is ready. Are you?

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In a few hours this famous stadium will be packed to rafters as a Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town takes place.

With the score locked at 0-0 from the first leg, whoever wins tonight will head to Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday for a shot at the Premier League against Reading, who won their semi final with Fulham last night.

Commentary from the South Yorkshire perspective is on BBC Radio Sheffield, with BBC Radio Leeds providing the West Yorkshire view. Both programmes begin at 6pm.

Listen: Canal clean up at Olympic Legacy Park

Kat Cowan

BBC Radio Sheffield

It might be raining but that hasn't stopped a group of volunteers helping clean the Sheffield and Tinsley canal today near the new Olympic Legacy Park in the city.

Monica and Graham are two of the people lending a hand:

York's KitKats not unique enough

The confectionery giant Nestle has lost its latest attempt to register the shape of its four-fingered KitKat as a trademark in the UK.

The chocolate bar is made at its York factory.

Phil Coombes

The Court of Appeal rejected its effort to overturn an earlier High Court ruling.

Nestle insists the shape of its four finger KitKat is iconic, but attempts to trademark the design have been fiercely resisted by its rival Cadbury for many years.

The UK high court said last year that the bar was not distinctive enough to merit protection.

A spokesperson for Nestle said they are "disappointed by the Court of Appeal judgment" and the firm is now "considering next steps."

Ilkley Moor fire caused by 'careless disposal of a barbecue'

Firefighters think a 20,000m² fire on Ilkley Moor last week was caused by a barbecue.

Ilkley Moor fire
Ilkley Chat

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that after investigating the cause of the blaze they believe it was started by the "careless disposal of a barbecue".

Fire officers are warning that people should not be having barbecues on the moorland.

As we get into the summer months we urge people to be vigilant and help protect our precious moorland."

Mick FoxWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Missing man in Leeds

Have you seen this missing man in Leeds?

Ashley Kilvington
West Yorkshire Police

Ashley Kilvington, 28, was reported missing yesterday from his home in Tinshill.  

Police say he has links to the Preston, Blackpool and Manchester areas, and is thought to be in one of those areas or possibly in Leeds.  

Compensation for council boss' sex attack victim

More now on a sex abuse compensation case.

Sheffield City Council will have to pay £91,000 in compensation to a former employee after he was sexually abused by a council official in the 80s.

Roger Dodds
South Yorkshire Police

In December last year Roger Dodds (pictured) admitted indecently assaulting four men and a young boy. The ex-council boss forced teenagers to engage in sex acts to get grant payments.

He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February,since his conviction, a number of other people have come forward alleging they too were abused by him.

Richard Rowe, who waived his right to anonymity, successfully sued the council who allowed Dodds to retire on a full pension in 1993 despite widespread knowledge among staff of his conduct.

Mr Rowe will also be paid for loss of earnings.

Listen: York's racing season gets underway

Cara Thorpe

BBC Radio York

The horse racing season gets underway in York today.

The first event of the year is the three day Dante Festival, which will see 35,000 people head to the course over between now and Friday.

Anthea Morshead is the Assistant Clerk of the Course:

BreakingSheffield council ordered to pay sex abuse compensation

Sheffield city council have been ordered to pay £91,000 in compensation to a former employee who was sexually abused by a council official.

Richard Rowe, who has waived his right to anonymity, successfully sued the council after being assaulted by Roger Dodds in the early 1980s.

Dodds was sentenced to 16 years in prison in February for a series of assaults on colleagues and students who came to his office seeking educational grants from the city council.

Mr Rowe will also be paid for loss of earnings - a figure expected to run to tens of thousands of pounds.

Three remain in custody over Leeds murder

Three people arrested over the murder of a Leeds woman at the weekend remain in custody - two have been released without charge.

Sinead Wooding
West Yorkshire Police

The men, a 70-year-old and a 32-year-old, have been released without charge after being arrested in connection with the murder of Sinead Wooding.

The 26-year-old's body was found by joggers in woods near to Alwoodley Crags car park on Sunday.

Two men, aged 26 and 20, and a 27-year-old woman remain in custody and police are still at the scene.

Watch: Naughty knitters target Thirsk bollards

Have you seen the latest surprise from the Thirsk Yarnbombers?

These ladies are in the habit of covering public place structures in the town with decorative knitted or crocheted material as a form of street art.

Their latest endeavour resulted in 60 knitted bollard covers.

They include some that resemble ice creams and one which shows two dogs boxing - I'm not kidding, press play to see for yourself:

Calling all wannabe sports reporters

Tanya Arnold

BBC Look North

I've been lucky enough to cover sport for a living and know that it's a career a lot of young people would love to follow.

On Tuesday in Hull, I'll be talking about how you can get started in sports journalism as part of BBC Radio 1's 2017 Academy event.

Also taking the stage for this workshop will be Sheffield's Dan Walker from Football Focus, Ore Oduba and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington.

BBC Radio 1's academy logo

It's part of a much wider event that the BBC is running and you can apply for tickets for our talk and others here.

Charlie Taylor

Leeds United offer Charlie Taylor a new two-year deal, despite the left-back's likely move away from Elland Road.

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The sound of silence in Scarborough

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The world of cinema is turning back the clock in Scarborough today.

Three silent films are being screened as part of the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

All are accompanied by live piano playing.

Stephen Joseph Theatre
Stephen Joseph Theatre

Silent movies were made from the late 1880s to the early 1930s, with dialogue transmitted through gestures, mime and title cards.

Today's films include the 1929 Alfed Hitchcock thriller, Blackmail (pictured above) and Cecil B Demille's Chicago, made in 1927.

Stephen Joseph Theatre
Stephen Joseph Theatre

Buster Keaton's slapstick comedy, Sherlock Junior, first released in 1924, is also being shown.

Stephen Joseph Theatre
Stephen Joseph Theatre

Other Yorkshire Silent Film Festival events are taking place in Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Leyburn, Ossett, Saltburn, Sheffield, Thirsk and York.

Audience wanted for general election debate

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Ahead of the general election I'm hosting a debate at The Leadmill in Sheffield next Wednesday at 15:00, focusing on young voters and people voting for the first time.

The panel includes Louise Haigh from Labour, Shaffaq Mohammed from the Lib Dems, John Booker from UKIP, Natalie Bennett from the Green Party, with the Conservatives still to announce who'll be representing them.

It's a joint venture between the BBC and The Star newspaper, which you'll be able to hear on BBC Radio Sheffield in the lead up June 8 and here's why I think you should get involved:

For your chance to be at the recording, you need to be a young or first time voter and we need your interest via email to

Please include a contact telephone number and which political party you support as we need to ensure a balanced audience.

Boxing: Brook fight draws closer

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook's fight with Errol Spence takes place at Bramall Lane in Sheffield a week on Saturday.

His promoter, Eddie Hearn, has taken to social media to tell fans only a few tickets remain for the event to see the life-long Blade box at the Sheffield United ground.

View more on twitter

All shook up! Elvis the horse rescued from North Yorkshire bog

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Fire crews have rushed to the aid of a horse called Elvis, who found himself stuck in a bog up to his shoulders, in a boggy field in Jervaulx on the edge of the Dales.

Rob Horton, North Yorkshire Fire Service

As you can see, Elvis was rescued using a lot of manpower.

Rob Horton, North Yorkshire Fire Service

Large animal rescue equipment and a local farmers tractor was also used during the three-hour rescue operation.

Rob Horton, North Yorkshire Fire Service

After being 'all shook up' by his ordeal, Elvis was returned unharmed to his owner .

Could you help Sheffield Children's Hospital?

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Sheffield Children's Hospital is on the look out for people to become one of the trust's governors.

The role would see you join a group of people who represent the views of the public, patients, carers, staff and partner organisations and act as a link between Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and the local community.

A list of the voluntary vacancies can be found here but you'll have to be quick as the deadline is 17:00 today.

A poster from Sheffield Children's Hospital
Sheffield Children's Hospital
Rangi Chase

Widnes head coach Denis Betts says new loan signing Rangi Chase can start again at the Vikings.

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