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  1. Leeds Festival organiser behind Manchester attack benefit gig
  2. East coast seagull eggs removed in "gull mugging" crackdown
  3. Protest over flies and noise from Doncaster recycling centre
  4. Two buzzards found shot in North Yorkshire
  5. Yorkshire 'bee' tattoo tributes to Manchester attack victims
  6. Restored Yorkshire Buccaneer strike jet unveiled
  7. Driver arrested after Sheffield roundabout crash
  8. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Kevin Larkin and Nick Wilmshurst

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Those are all our updates from Yorkshire on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

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New mums campaigning for election with their babies
The snap general election caught many by surprise, particularly those MPs who had just become parents.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, before J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 westbound before J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an accident.

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

'Get me to the church on time'- Bridge repairs postponed until after wedding

A Grade II listed bridge in North Yorkshire is being closed for up to eight weeks after it was damaged during the winter.

Downholme Bridge
North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire County Council says Downholme Bridge's structure has deteriorated during the winter and needs repairing.

Work is due to start next month and will last until September, depending on the weather.

It should have started earlier but the council delayed it because of a wedding taking place in Marske:

Sending these guests on a 12 mile diversion could have been a recipe for disaster - instead we have made the bride's day!"

Cllr John BlackieNorth Yorkshire County Council

Pigeon racers blame birds of prey for deaths and losses

Birds of prey nesting in Leeds are threatening the future of pigeon racing in the city, fanciers fear.

peregrine falcons

Pigeon racer Simon Schofield said he believed 25 of his birds had been killed so far this year by raptors.

The RSPB said birds of prey were increasingly nesting in cities and would naturally kill racing pigeons.

But the charity said this accounted for only a small proportion of losses and many failed to return to lofts due to straying and collisions with buildings.

Barnsley crash victim donations to be refunded 'within 10 days'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Donations to a Barnsley woman who was injured in a moped crash in Thailand will be refunded.

A JustGiving page was set up after Jenni Evans' family were told her healthcare and repatriation would not be covered by insurance.

However, the firm has now changed it's mind, enabling Jenni's family to ask the charity site to return the cash.

Jenni Evans
Jade Harvey

It means all donations will be returned to bank accounts within 5-10 days. Jenni's family have thanked everyone for their help.

The support and love shown to us will remain with Jenni and the rest of our family for a lifetime."

Andrea EvansJenni's mum

Police release e-fit after sex attack

Police have released an efit of a man they want to speak to after a sexual assault in Knottingley, near Wakefield, on Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police

It happened at 10:30 on a canal towpath under the bridge at Bridge Lane/Hill Top on the north side of the canal.  

A man came up to the woman and sexually assaulted her. He left when a woman walking her dog came along the towpath.  

Police have been appealing for the woman to come forward as she may have vital information to help them. She is thought be in her 50s and was walking a white and grey Jack Russell-type dog.

Nearly 170,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Doncaster in past year

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Doncaster council has revealed that 169,640 illegal cigarettes and 54kg of tobacco were seized in Doncaster in 20016 - 17.

The figures are being released to mark today's World No Tobacco Day.

Getty Images

The authority is asking anyone with information on the illegal trade in the borough to call Citizens' Advice on 03454 04 05 06.

Anyone who wants help to stop smoking can call Yorkshire Smokefree on 0800 612 0011.

Man denies South Yorkshire car death murder charge

A man has denied murdering a 37-year-old who was hit by a car during an "altercation".

Richard Broughton
South Yorkshire Police

Richard Broughton, died on 30 April, two days after he was struck by the vehicle in Welland Crescent, Elsecar.

Reece Thompson, 25, also known as Kayne Reece Jones, of Christchurch Road, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.

He pleaded not guilty to murder and affray and was remanded in custody to face trial on 30 October.

Bradford mum's concern over Ariana Grande tickets

It's emerged fans who bought tickets to see Ariana Grande on 22 May from some online market sites may not be eligible for tickets to the benefit concert this weekend.

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande/Twitter

Ariana Grande has offered free tickets to fans who went to her concert at the Manchester Arena where 22 people died after a suicide attack.

Janine and her 11-year-old daughter from Bradford saw the performance and bought their tickets from GETMEIN!.

But when Janine rang the company to order free tickets for the benefit concert,she says she was told she was not eligible.

Ticketmaster, which own GETMEIN!, told the BBC it is currently investigating the reports.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J27 for M621 and J26 for M606.

M62 West Yorkshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Richie Smallwood

Out-of-contract midfielder Richie Smallwood is leaving Rotherham after failing to agree a new deal.

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Sheffield mother and daughter injured in Manchester terror attack still in hospital

Sheffield Star

A mother and daughter from Sheffield who were seriously injured in the Manchester terror attack are still recovering in hospital.

Kelly and Ian
Sheffield Star

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J23 for A640 and J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.

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

Two cars torched by arsonists in York


York firefighters were called to two car fires within minutes of each other and they believe the cause was deliberate.

The first call was at 19.13 yesterday on on Outgang Lane, three minutes later a crew went to a Land Rover on fire on the nearby A166 at Murton.


Update: Huddersfield bus crash

A bus driver has been left with minor injuries after the double decker crashed on a Huddersfield street.

Bus crash
Adam Harbour

The crash closed Westbourne Road in Marsh which was completely closed for a while.

Police say that one side of the road has reopened and that there were four passengers on board at the time.

It's the second bus to crash in the town this afternoon, the earlier one causing some damage to railings.

The crash also means that some other bus services are affected:

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Watch: Volunteering a family affair at Rotherham Hospice

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A family from Maltby are all volunteering together to help patients at Rotherham Hospice.

Dad Andy Rhodes, his wife Cheryl and their children Ashley and Lucy are all regularly helping out.

We've been to meet them as part of National Volunteering Week:

BreakingPolice close road in Huddersfield after collision

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police have closed a road in Huddersfield after a collision.

It's reported that a bus has crashed into a building.

West Yorkshire Police are advising people to avoid the area.

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Why Huddersfield teen magician is glad he was snubbed by Britain's Got Talent

Huddersfield Examiner

Teen magician Luke Lenihan has revealed how he was snubbed by Britain’s Got Talent bosses – despite wowing all four celebrity judges.

Luke Lenihan
Luke Lenihan

Train delays after vehicle strikes bridge

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Delays are expected on rail services heading out of Sheffield after a vehicle hit a bridge.

It happened between Sheffield and Chesterfield and is causing delays of up to 20 minutes, expected to last until 16:00.

Northern, CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains services are all affected by the disruption.

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Driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving after Sheffield crash

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a crash in Sheffield city centre.

Police say the black Seat Leon was driven away from police in the Division Street area before coming off the road at the Park Square roundabout.

Park Square crash
South Yorkshire Police

The woman driving the car and her female passenger were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and other motoring offences.

South Yorkshire Police say she is due to appear at court in the coming weeks.

Listen: 'The biggest relief of my life' - Back in the saddle after life-changing accident

A horse rider from Bedale in North Yorkshire who was told she'd never ride again after injuring her spine in an accident has been chosen to take part in a charity horse race at York.

Jo Ford had to undergo surgery to reconstruct the base of her spine after the accident some years ago and she also suffered cancer twice at the age of 22.

To be accepted for the race, Jo had to take part in a five-month selection process and will now join 11 others in the event at York's Knavesmire to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Jo says she was delighted to be told she's been selected for the race which takes place next month:

In pictures: Sunshine on the Peaks

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The sun is shining over Yorkshire and we've been sent this fantastic photo of scene in the Peak District today.

It was taken this morning by Simon Walkden who was out for a run on Blacka Moor and Totley Moor.

Blue skies and sunshine. What more can we ask for?

Blacka Moor
Simon Walkden

Watch: What would you do if you were PM for a day?

BBC Look North

If you were given the keys to Number 10 Downing Street and were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?

Free doughnuts for all? Instant jail for people who queue-jump? Or how about forcing bank holidays to be moved if it looks like it's going to rain?

All great suggestions, but here's what some secondary school kids in Bradford would do, and they're (mostly) much more sensible:

Get ready for Clean Air Day in Leeds

People who live in Leeds are being encouraged to ditch their cars and take part in National Clean Air Day on 15 June.


If you live around the city you might already have seen the day advertised on the matrix signs on the main routes onto town.

Leeds was recently named as one of the cities in the UK with a big air pollution problem.

The idea of Clean Air Day is to give people an idea of what walking, cycling or getting the bus is like if they usually just jump in the car.

Sheffield boy meets author idol David Walliams

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A six-year-old Sheffield boy who wrote his own book has met his literary idol.

Paddy Newton wrote The Adventure to Find the Monkey-Faced Bat as part of a BBC Radio 2 competition.

He's now met writer and comedian David Walliams after penning his story:

Paddy and David Walliams
Sheffield Children's Hospital

Listen: 'A genius idea' - Yorkshire bee tattoo tributes to attack victims

Staff at a North Yorkshire tattoo parlour have stopped inking regular designs to cater for a massive demand for "bee" tattoos in tribute to the victims of last week's Manchester attack.

Staff at K2 Body Art in Richmond say they've been inundated with requests for the bee design - a symbol of Manchester - to show solidarity with the victims of the suicide attack.

The bee was originally adopted as a motif for Manchester during the industrial revolution, and seven bees are including in the city's coat of arms.

All proceeds from Richmond's bee tattoos are going to support the families of those killed in the bombing.

Christopher Moss, who owns the studio, says the bee represents the workers of Manchester and is a powerful symbol of the city:

Sheffield pub stop for charity walkers

Charity walkers heading from Batley to London will stop off at a community pub in Sheffield today.

Big Walk
Nasreen Suleman

Mohammed Zameen and Courtney Ireland are doing The Great Big Walk to highlight the achievements of local communities.

They'll stop off at The Gardeners' Rest ahead of a national charity event called The Big Lunch.

Watch: Ariana Grande concert 'hardest task'

Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry are among the stars who will join Ariana Grande at a benefit concert following the Manchester attack.

The event is being put together by the man behind the Leeds Festival, Melvin Benn, who has described it as the hardest task he's ever had.

He also praised the police and Transport for Manchester who have worked together to make it happen:

Listen: 'Seagulls scrapping in the road' - Gull eggs removed on east coast

Kay Crewdson

BBC Radio York

More now on the removal of herring gull nests and eggs in Scarborough and Whitby.

More than 500 have been removed from cliffs as part of plans to cut the bird population and so called "gull-muggings" in the towns.

Scarborough Borough Council started to record "gull-mugging" incidents to assess the size of the problem last year and introduced an action plan for "minimising the public nuisance of local gull populations"

Seafront buildings were also "gull-proofed" with the installation of netting.

Earlier I spoke to Keith who lives in Scarborough. He says he doesn't walk along the seafront anymore because gulls can be so aggressive:

Yorkshire tries to make sense of 'covfefe'

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A quick scan on social media this morning probably left you a bit confused.

It's because the twitter hashtage #covfefe has kept everyone occupied over their morning covfefe, sorry coffee.

It all stems from this tweet from a certain Donald J Trump in the early hours - one that's now been deleted:

Trump tweet
Twitter/Donald Trump

It's broken the internet.

Everyone's joining in the fun to mock the apparent typo and we've had a little look around the web in Yorkshire to pick out some of the best, starting with the Bishop of Leeds:

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Maybe this actor from York has a point here - let's stop this madness before the word becomes enshrined in the language:

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Body found in Doncaster lake

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A man's body has been found in a lake near Doncaster.

It was discovered at 17:00 on 21 May at the Tyram Fishing Lakes near Hatfield.

Tyram Fisheries

South Yorkshire Police are currently treating the death as unexplained.

The man's family has been informed.

Watch: Pigeon racing 'could die out by 2030'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's as Yorkshire as flat caps and whippets, but could pigeon racing be about to die out?

The Raptor Alliance campaign group estimates the sport could be over in just 17 years.

It blames the fact that predatory birds are being brought back into cities and towns to lower the pigeon population.

Now efforts are under way to save the pastime:

Two buzzards found shot in North Yorkshire

Two buzzards have been illegally shot in North Yorkshire in the last month, one fatally, police have revealed.


One buzzard was found dead by a farmer in a field close to Gordale, near Malham, on 16 May. An x-ray revealed a shotgun pellet lodged in the bird's head.

This came just days after another buzzard was found shot at Norton, near Malton. It was alive but had suffered multiple lacerations to its head and both feet.

An x-ray showed a shot gun pellet in its leg. The bird was cared for at a local specialist centre and released back into the wild.

The RSPB says the illegal shooting of birds of prey is an "ongoing problem" in North Yorkshire, with red kites and other birds also being targeted.

It is alarming to hear of yet another bird of prey being shot down. North Yorkshire is proving the worst county in England for these sorts of crimes. It is a serious problem and it has to stop."

Jenny SheltonRSPB

Yorkshire gold: A majestic sky fretted with fire

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Look at this beautiful glowing picture from the east of our region sent to BBC Look North weather presenter Keeley Donovan.

Thanks go to to Neil Benson for this. I bet this pic of the sun rising over the Humber Estuary made the Grimsby girl's day!:

Neil Benson

Praise for South Yorkshire Police after concert policing

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police officers have been praised for their policing of Take That's concerts at the Sheffield Arena earlier this week.

Security was heightened at the gigs which took place just a week after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack which killed 22 and injured many more.

The force has taken to social media to say fans were reassured by the increased police presence:

South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police

CCTV plea over 2007 Knaresborough hit-and-run

Police investigating a hit-and-run death in 2007 have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

North Yorkshire Police

Bill Hendry, 75, was knocked down in Stockwell Lane, Knaresborough, on 26 February that year.

The driver left the scene and Mr Hendry was taken to Harrogate Hospital, where he died later that day.

North Yorkshire Police say the man caught on CCTV in the former Chain Lane post office nearby may have "vital information" about the crash.

It's believed the motorist involved in the crash was driving a small car or van at speed when it struck Mr Hendry before driving off towards Boroughbridge Road.

Listen: Yorkshire workers lowest paid in England

New figures seen by the BBC show that the typical worker in Yorkshire is the lowest paid in England.

The median wage is £20,496 compared to the national figure which is almost £3,000 more.

Yorkshire also had the slowest growing economy over the five years leading up to 2015.

Karen Thomson, who runs a property business with her husband Tim in Pudsey, says things are more insecure for her family: