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  1. Theresa May launches Conservative general election manifesto in Halifax
  2. New arrest in Leeds murder enquiry
  3. Boy killed in South Yorkshire motorway crash named as 17-year-old from Oldham
  4. Huddersfield beat Sheffield Wednesday on penalties for Wembley play-off
  5. Princes to present Diana Award to North Yorkshire girl
  6. Schoolchildren with 100% attendance record to be rewarded with meal out
  7. Plans for New York-style elevated park on disused Leeds railway bridge
  8. Australian cat to challenge current Wakefield world record holder
  9. Updates on Thursday 18 May 2017

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Those are all the updates from Thursday 18 May.

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Our five top stories from today

That's the end out our debate coverage from York, 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. Theresa May launches Conservative general election manifesto in Halifax
  2. New arrest in Leeds murder inquiry
  3. Felt dog from West Yorkshire has audience with the Pope
  4. Almost 1.4m meals delivered to local people
  5. New York comes to Old York-shire?

See you tomorrow.

Watch: Should 16 and 17-year-olds get the vote?

That was a big talking point in the debate.

And there were some very forthright answers:

Listen: Reducing the voting age

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

The invited audience of young voters were keen to know where the candidates stood on allowing 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in general elections.

I gave each of them five seconds to respond, starting with Rachael Maskell for Labour.

Candidates talk Brexit

All three candidates were keen to say their party was best placed to handle Brexit.

EU Flag

We had a vote about Brexit - the question is how do you deliver it and get the best deal? We cannot have a situation where the country has made a massive decision about its future and we keep second guessing it.

Ed YoungConservative

Labour has set out a very clear plan. First we want to ensure we stabilise the economy; we want to maintain that close relationship with Europe; we also want to make sure workers' rights, environmental protection and consumer rights are maintained.

Rachael MaskellLabour

We are the only party offering a second referendum. We want to give people a chance to vote on Brexit; you tell me in life where you put yourself in a position you can't get out of it? We are saying let's look at the deal, we need to have vote on it.

Nick LoveLiberal Democrat

Brexit: Flood funding fears

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

York might have voted in favour of staying in the European Union in the referendum - but what concerned our first-time voters about Brexit?

York flooding

A vast amount of money flows into this country from the European Union in regards to environmental protection and conservation. It is particularly relevant in York with upstream river management arguably being the reason for flooding in York at Christmas 2015.

Seb WillisStudent

Candidate 'ashamed' over tuition fees

Unsurprisingly for a group of first-time voters the audience were keen to hear the candidates' views on university tuition fees.

Young people at York Central hustings

Liberal Democrat Nick Love admitted it was a difficult issue for his party as they pledged in 2010 to abolish them but failed to do so when in coalition government.

I was ashamed. We could not convince the Conservatives [when in coalition] to scrap them. In the new manifesto we would not abolish them at the moment... but would reintroduce the maintenance grant.

Nick LoveLiberal Democrat Party candidate

I am delighted Labour have now come to the conclusion that we will be scrapping all tuition fees. We believe everyone should have a chance to access higher education.

Rachael MaskellLabour Party candidate

We have said clearly we wouldn't get rid of tuition fees. If you are considering going for a university degree you have to know it is going to have to be paid for. The key is once you graduate can you very quickly get a good job that starts to pay off that debt?

Ed YoungConservative Party candidate

Listen: Candidates respond on tactical voting

The three candidates for York Central gave very similar responses to a question about some parties not standing in certain seats to improve others' chances.

All three candidates were clear that voters should have a choice, -starting with Nick Love (Liberal Democrat) who was followed by Rachael Maskell (Labour) and Ed Young (Conservative).

Listen: Candidates questioned on tactical voting

The candidates are facing questions on issues ranging from housing to mental health and voting rights.

They have also been asked about the issue of candidates withdrawing from some seats to try to ensure a certain result on 8 June.

Johnny Wright asked the Liberal Democrats' Nick Love why he had not withdrawn to improve Labour's chances as the Green Party had decided to do.

York Central constituency

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

If you're following tonight's debate involving the candidates for York Central in the general election you might want a bit more information about the constituency.

The Boundary Commission for England recommended the division of the former City of York constituency after the 2005 general election.

It resulted in the creation of two seats within the borders of the city of York - one, York Central which is completely surrounded by the other, York Outer.

York view
Peter Czerwinski

You can find out how the constituency voted in 2015 and details of the candidates for this year's general election here.

Housing: What did the candidates say?

Responding to concerns about the affordability of homes the candidates have had a lot to say.

Ed Young for the Conservatives said he understood the difficulties and described it as a "big headache" for people. He said the party would increase the budget for housing and would look at ways to speed up the development of brownfield sites.

Labour would build a million homes, Rachael Maskell said, and they would be "truly affordable" to ensure young people could get on the property ladder.

Nick Love for the Liberal Democrats said they would build 300,000 new homes each year and would allow councils to build more social housing for rent. The party is also looking at introducing rent-to-own schemes.

York central development site

All three candidates highlighted the York central site to the rear of the city's railway station (pictured above) as a prime location for housing that needed to move forward.

Affordable homes?

Worried about living at home with mum and dad? Well Kit Tipping explained to the candidates how worrying housing costs were to people his age.

House sale and rent signs

I am not enthused by the prospect of living with my parents until middle age which is the stark reality [when you're] already amassing £30,000 in student debt before beginning university

Kit TippingStudent

Candidates set out their stall

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

I'm chairing the debate between the three candidates for the York Central constituency.

Before letting first time voters question them I gave them each a minute to set out their stall.

Here's some key quotes from them:

Rachael Maskell, Nick Love and Ed Young

My party have been fighting long and hard to get first time votes for 16-year-olds. If you had had the vote then the referendum result could have been very different. I spoke to someone on the doorstep who said: 'Why should the past vote for my future?'

Nick LoveLiberal Democrat Candidate

I want to bang the drum for business in York and get great new jobs into York. Brexit is a big, big issue for the future; how can we make sure that York's voice is heard and counts when it comes to Brexit?

Ed YoungConservative candidate

Labour will repair Britain after seven years of austerity, stagnation and lack of aspiration. We will restore hope across the UK and the city. Labour will redistribute our nation's wealth to work for you and your families.

Rachael MaskellLabour candidate

York Central: Who are the candidates?

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

The candidates for the York Central constituency in the general election are answering questions from first-time voters in a debate being broadcast by BBC Radio York from 18:00 - but who are they?

Rachael Maskell - Labour

Rachael Maskell
Labour Party

She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in physiotherapy and worked as a care worker and physiotherapist in the NHS for 20 years. She also served as a trade union official. She held York Central for Labour at the 2015 general election.

Nick Love - Liberal Democrat

Nick Love (centre) and family
Liberal Democrat Party

He has lived and worked in York for 32 years after moving to the city to study at the now University of York St John in 1985.

He presents a weekly business affairs programme on Vale Radio. He stood for York Central at the 2015 general election.

Ed Young - Conservative

Ed Young
Conservative Party

He was brought up in York where his family ran a small garage. For many years he also sang as a chorister at York Minster. He works in corporate communications and has also been employed as a speechwriter for the Conservative Party.

Election debate: First-time voters quiz York Central candidates

The three candidates hoping to represent the York Central parliamentary seat at Westminster are facing first-time voters in a debate at the Yorkshire Museum broadcast by BBC Radio York from 18:00.

Nick Love (Liberal Democrat), Rachael Maskell (Labour) and Ed Young (Conservative) took questions from young people invited from schools across York.

Rachael Maskell, Nick Love, Ed Young at young voters debate

We'll be bringing you some of the highlights over the next hour or so.

'Beertown' festival comes to Malton

Louise Fewster

BBC Radio York

Malton has been turned into a "theatre of Beer" as part of a festival in the area.

Over the next three days, the North Yorkshire town is celebrating a rich brewing history with the so-called "Beertown" festival taking over the Milton Rooms.

Chris Waplington and Phil Saltonstall from two local breweries are behind it all:

West Yorkshire child sex offenders jailed

Two men from West Yorkshire have been sent to prison for child rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with children.

Sex offenders
West Yorkshire Police

Michael Peters, 71, from Halifax (pictured right) and Andrew Bristow (pictured left), 48, from Normanton, were arrested by Police in Calderdale in July 2015.

Officers found a large bag of shredded photographs from Peters' property and police say that these were "painstakingly pieced back together" revealing more than 300 indecent images.

Several of them showed men committing sexual offences against a child, including Peters.

Bristow was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years and Peters was sentenced to six years.

Both will have to sign the sex offenders register for life.

Rambling through North Yorkshire

BBC Radio 4

This week Clare Balding has been rambling through Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.

She began her walk at Pateley Bridge:

You can listen to the whole walk here.

One-minute guide to a Yorkshire accent

BBC Radio 4

We all know at least one person who speaks way too southern.

You probably take the rise out them for it.

But rather than simply laugh and point at them , why not help them with this handy one minute guide on how to speak properly, like a Yorkshire person..

Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire's family are allowed to challenge a coroner's decision to exclude evidence from pupils at her inquest.

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Sheffield brothers jailed over drugs haul

Peter McNerney

BBC Radio Sheffield

Two brothers from Sheffield have been jailed after heroin with a minimum street value of over a £750,000 was discovered at their home.

Sajid and Abid Hussain were arrested after 11kg of heroin was found in cupboards and the attic at their home in Burngreave Road.

A hydraulic press was also discovered in the attic which had been used for packaging the heroin into blocks.

Sajid Hussain and Abid Hussain
South Yorkshire Police

They both pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court where Sajid was sentenced to eight years and Abid to seven-years.

The seizure of 11 kilograms of heroin represents one of the largest seizures of class A drugs in South Yorkshire for several years."

PC Gareth WebbSouth Yorkshire Police

New lock gates installed on Pocklington canal

New lock gates have been delivered to the Pocklington Canal which begins 14-miles from York.

They will allow a further two miles of the waterway to be opened up to navigation, bringing the Thornton and Walbut Locks back into use.


At the moment the canal runs for 9.5 miles, through nine locks, from the Canal Head near Pocklington to the River Derwent.

The gates will be installed at Thornton Lock and two miles of the canal will be dredged in a £250,000 project.

The work is due to be finished next year.

Police appeal to locate Kieran Longhurst

Hampshire Police has issued an appeal across South Yorkshire for information about Kieran Longhurst.

Mr Longhurst, aged 19, of no fixed address, was arrested in connection with a rape investigation in Havant, but subsequently he failed to return on bail and the south coast force now believe he may be in the Sheffield area.

Kieran Longhurst
Hampshire Constabulary

Detectives say he is 6ft 6in tall, thin and with brown hair swept to the side.

Any information is to be passed on by calling 101.

Mr Longhurst is believed to have left the area and officers have subsequently been unable to contact him"

Detective Constable Steve BrownHampshire Constabulary

Extra year for prisoner who had weapon in jail

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A man serving a sentence at HMP Doncaster has had his stay extended by a year after threatening another inmate with a weapon.

Thomas West, aged 23, originally from the Rossington area of Doncaster, will have the extra year added to the two-year, four-month sentence he was given for burglary.

Thomas West
South Yorkshire Police

He appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today for sentencing, after he pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing.

West behaved in an extremely violent manner during this incident and deserves to have his time in prison extended."

Emma TaylorsonPrison Investigation Team

International Museum Day - some of your Yorkshire options

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

I'm sure, you've had International Museum Day circled in the diary for months ...

Well, being serious for a moment, there's lots of great ones across Yorkshire including these in Barnsley:

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If you're looking for some inspiration for your visit then there's plenty to look through across the White Rose county here.

Lemar's coming to South Yorkshire

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The first Wentworth Music Festival takes place at Wentworth Woodhouse on Sunday 28 May.

Conisbrough's Tony Christie is on the bill, as is Lemar.

So is he looking forward to the event?

BreakingHelicopter over York in police investigation

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There's currently a ongoing police investigation with their helicopter deployed over one part of York this afternoon, which North Yorkshire Police have confirmed via social media:

View more on twitter

BBC Radio York have been told that a helicopter has been deployed but at this stage the force are unable to give any more details.

We'll keep you updated with any developments as we get them

Yorkshire Party manifesto launch wants county parliament

The Yorkshire Party has demanded the setting up of a parliament for the county in its election manifesto.

Yorkshire Party

The party launched the document in Wakefield and said it is fielding 21 candidates, up from the 14 it had in the 2015 election.

Stewart Arnold, the party's leader, said it wanted to "invigorate the often stale, tribal politics we have in Yorkshire".

Mr Arnold said the amount of devolution Yorkshire had received was "nothing".

Almost 1.4m meals delivered to local people

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A charity with bases in Barnsley and Leeds says they've redistributed enough surplus food to create almost 1.4m meals for local people in need over the past 12 months.

FareShare Yorkshire receives good quality and in-date surplus food and redistributes it to more than 170 local organisations.

A Fareshare delivery

Now the charity is calling on more food producers, suppliers and catering companies to work with them to redistribute their surplus food.

They're also looking for more volunteers to help pack and deliver the food to the charities who need it.

New York comes to Old York-shire?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Earlier we were telling you about a New York style plan for Leeds where a disused railway viaduct could be turned into an elevated park.

So what if Yorkshire adopted other big apple landmarks?

How about the Statue of Liberty in Scarborough?

Scarborough liberty
BBC/Getty Images

Or the Empire State Building just around the corner from Nandos on Boar Lane in Leeds?

Michel Porro/Getty/BBC

Big Ben strikes in Barnsley

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

It's day four of my tour of South Yorkshire armed with a giant cardboard cutout of Big Ben.

All week I've been on the streets speaking to you about the important issues that might help you decide how to vote in the general election on 8 June.

Today's stop is Barnsley:

Sexual assault appeal in Rotherham

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in the North Anston area of Rotherham.

She was walking through Kendall woods off Woodsetts Road last Monday at around 08:15 when a man is understood to have sexually assaulted her.

It is believed that a passing member of the public may have disturbed him and the girl, who was not injured, is receiving support from specially trained officers .

The suspect is described as being white, over 20-years-old, with a brown beard and wearing a grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hooded top.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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

General election 2017: Conservative manifesto 'government for all'

Prime minister Theresa May has promised a "mainstream government that would deliver for mainstream Britain" at the Conservative party manifesto launch in Halifax.

Theresa May

Launching the Conservative manifesto, Mrs May said a strong economy and delivering Brexit were top priorities. The manifesto drops a pledge not to raise income tax or National Insurance.

It also outlines plans to fund social care in England: People with estates worth more than £100,000 will have to contribute to the cost of their care.

But no-one will have to sell their property to fund residential or home care in their lifetime or that of their surviving partner.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the Conservatives of proposing a "tax on dementia".

The one before Tim Peake!

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

What were you doing on this day in 1991? Helen Sharman from Sheffield was about to become the first Brit into space.

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of her flight to the Mir Space Station and here she is at the National Science Museum where they had an exhibition marking her mission.

Helen Sharman
Steve Parsons/PA Wire

I've been through the archives here at the BBC this morning and found a clip of Helen's mum talking to BBC Radio Sheffield in 1991 after she safely returned to Earth: