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  1. Leeds Paralympian's joy as stolen medals handed to police
  2. Sheffield offers refuge to Grenfell Tower fire victims
  3. Multi-million pound Leeds transport modernisation plan expected to get go-ahead
  4. Two treated in hospital after four-vehicle smash near York
  5. Dead man named by police in Barnsley fight inquiry
  6. 'Terror acts won't divide us' - Chief constable and Leeds imam's message
  7. Huddersfield man hurt in 'terrifying' mugging
  8. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini, Claire Renwick and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Wednesday...

Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Wednesday.

Want to find out what's happening where you live on Thursday 22 June 2017? Just click here.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J28 for A650 and J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate).

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

Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A614 and J7 for M62.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M18 northbound between J6, A614 (Thorne) and J7, M62 (Langham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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. Leeds Paralympian's joy as stolen medals handed to police
  2. Sheffield offers refuge to Grenfell Tower fire victims
  3. 'Dripping wet man' surrenders to police after TV appeal
  4. Households used 15% more water in the heat
  5. 999 call for the Queen to belt up

See you tomorrow.

Fourteen arrests in North Yorkshire drink-driving purge

Drink-drivers were targeted at the weekend as police made 14 arrests as part of a purge in North Yorkshire.


Officers say that out of the 14 drivers caught, five of them were double the drink-drive limit.

Travel update: Stanningley Bypass has 'ripple'

BBC News Travel

It's so hot out there, even the Stanningly Bypass has nipped out for a Raspberry Ripple:

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Watch: Latest on Yorkshire's thunderstorms

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're expecting some of the wet stuff and some of the loud stuff tonight, looks like we've got some thunderstorms on the way.

Have a look at my video for the latest forecast:

Road closed by police in Sheffield

Police have sealed off part of Sheffield this afternoon, in the Spittal Hill area

roads closed
Barbara King

The police haven't confirmed any details at the moment.

Police search for Richmond man after assault

North Yorkshire Police are searching for this Richmond man.

Sean Hugh Lennon, 25, is wanted over an assault in the town on 18 June 2017. A teenager was attacked.

Officers are checking out properties in Richmond and the Catterick Garrison area as they believe Mr Lennon may be there.

Sean Hugh Lennon
North Yorkshire Police

Three men in court on Rotherham child sex abuse charges

Three men have appeared in court as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children in Rotherham.

Sheffield mags
Chris Downer

Asghar Bostan, 47, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, is accused of raping a female.

Mohammed Yasin, 36, of Lilycroft Road, Bradford, and Qaiser Iqbal, 35, of Bingley Road, Bradford, are charged with two other offences.

The crimes are alleged to have taken place in the town between 2003 and 2006.

Mr Yasin and Mr Iqbal both face charges of taking a child away from a responsible person and intentionally arranging or facilitating the travel of a female for the purposes of sexual abuse.

Tour de Yorkshire land art winner unveiled

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Some of the land art at the year's Tour de Yorkshire was just brilliant, and the team behind the race, Welcome to Yorkshire, ran a competition to find the best.

This has just been announced as the winner:

Branwell and the Bicycle
Welcome to Yorkshire

Land art is just that, art that uses the landscape as the canvas.

Judges decided that this year's best offering was an image of Branwell Brontë riding his bicycle which was designed by Andrew Wood and created with help from the children at Haworth Primary School.

The artwork measured 80 X 65 metres was made using recycled materials including waste marquee carpet and 3,000 plant pots. You know, like most paintings.

This is a fitting winner as the image of Branwell riding his bicycle is a perfect tribute to two trademarks of Yorkshire – the Brontës and cycling.”

Sir Gary VerityWelcome to Yorkshire

Severe disruption: A6135 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6135 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between B6080 Burngreave Road and A61.

A6135 South Yorkshire - A6135 Spital Hill in Sheffield closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the B6080 Burngreave Road junction and the A61 junction, because of a police incident.

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

Travel update: Sheffield road closed

BBC News Travel

A road in Sheffield has been closed:

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Watch: York Rescue come to the aid of inflatable doll

York Rescue had a rather unusual find in the River Ouse today.

The "casualty" is said to be doing fine, but no one has come forward to claim her yet...

I wonder why...

Rory McArdle celebrates

Scunthorpe United sign defender Rory McArdle from League One rivals Bradford City on a three-year deal.

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Narrative verdict in Wakefield tree branch death inquest

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The jury at the inquest into the death of a Pontefract woman, who died when a fallen tree pierced her car in high winds, has reached a narrative verdict.

Edward and Elaine Davison

Elaine Davison - who was 55 - became impaled by a branch which smashed through the windscreen of her Vauxhall Zafira on the A642 Aberford Road in November 2010.

Her husband, Edward Davison, told the inquest how his wife pleaded with him to save her life.

Aberford Road, Wakefield

Wakefield Coroner's Court heard he "frantically" broke off small branches to get to his wife before flagging down a passing ambulance.

Attempts were made to resuscitate Mrs Davison as she was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down van.

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

LISTEN: Community actors star in York suffragette play

Louise Fewster

BBC Local Live Yorkshire

Last night the curtain went up on York's latest big community theatre project.

It involves 170 community actors and is produced by Pilot Theatre.

Everything is Possible tells the story of the suffragettes in North Yorkshire.

It's been years of hard work so there's a lot of buzz around this latest community project.

Find out more below:

Manchester terror victim's family repeat calls for privacy

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The relatives of a Sheffield woman, who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack last month, have repeated their wish to be left to mourn in private.

Kelly Brewster

Police say some media outlets have been contacting the family directly, which is causing additional distress.

The 32-year-old was hailed a hero for shielding her 11-year-old niece from the suicide blast at an Ariana Grande concert, which killed 22 people and injured 116.

A number of media outlets have asked for funeral details to be made available. The family have again expressed a strong desire that this remains a private matter."

South Yorkshire Police

Watch: Stormy weather for Yorkshire?

It looks like we could be in for some heavy downpours and thundery weather later tonight.

Lisa Gallagher takes a quick look at the weather warnings in place across Yorkshire:

Households used 15% more water in the heat

We all know it's been hot over the last few days and that means that we use more water to keep cool, but how much have we been using?

Paddling Pool
Getty Images

Yorkshire Water say that we went through 125m litres more water each day last weekend.

The demand for water in Yorkshire increased by 15% more than average as we all got the paddling pools out and tried to stop the grass from going brown.

They've launched their annual water saving campaign today, tips include sharing baths and showers and the phrase "If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down." Err, right.

'Dripping wet man" surrenders to police after TV appeal

A fugitive wanted for alleged drug smuggling in North Yorkshire has handed himself in to police in Gibraltar - after seeing himself on TV.

Science Photo Library

The National Crime Agency (NCA) say that an appeal on BBC's Crimewatch had led to him handing himself in "dripping wet."

The appeal featured cocaine found at an airfield near Thirsk, which had a street value of about £1.2m.

The suspect refused to tell them how he'd reached Gibraltar, only saying it "wasn't through the frontier". The NCA are now trying to extradite him it.

Theatre Company Of Sanctuary

Theatre Company Of Sanctuary

Cox's joy as stolen medals handed to police

Double Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox says two of her medals which were stolen have been returned.

Kadeena Cox
Getty Images

The 26-year-old from Leeds had left them in her car while filming in London earlier this month when they were stolen.

Ms Cox claimed gold in the T37 women's 100m and T35-38 4x100m relay at the 2015 World Championships in Doha.

Earlier she tweeted: "Thank you so much to every single person that shared and retweeted my post...My medals got handed in to the police this morning #happykad".

Jim Entwistle with his new mug

Owen Amos

BBC News

When the fan tweeted that he was "retiring his faded and cracked mug", the German club took action.

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Huddersfield man hurt in 'terrifying' mugging

A man was left needing stitches on his face after he was robbed by three men in Huddersfield.

Springwood carpark

It happened last Friday night in the town centre when a man in his 20s was walking near the bus station.

The three suspects demanded he hand over his phone and wallet. He refused and they assaulted him, leaving him with facial injuries which needed stitches.

The men, who are described as black and aged between 25 and 30-years-old, ran off with his wallet containing cash:

This was a terrifying incident for the victim involved and, thankfully, he wasn't more seriously injured."

PC Jodie KimmingsWest Yorkshire Police

York's 'black cats' to feature in new digital archive

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

If you wander around York and look upwards you might see some black cats which decorate several of the city's buildings - although you may need a helicopter to see those on rooftops.

A feline view from The Mount in York
Partners PR

Some of the cats go back to the 19th century, but many were installed by late architect Tom Adams who used to add one to each building he worked on.

Now, they're going to be added to a new digital archive of every piece of public sculpture in Britain.

Next time you're in the city, check out one on a building on The Mount, Gillygate, and Ouse Bridge.

Tom Adams was a real character. I wonder what he'd say about his work being digitally archived?

Listen: Improvements to Leeds public transport move a step closer

Multi-million pound improvements to public transport in Leeds are expected to get the green light later.

Under Leeds City Council's plans, most buses would run every 10 minutes, and three new railway stations would be built - including one near Leeds Bradford Airport.

If approved, the next step will be working out more detailed plans.

Ray Wilkes, from West Yorkshire Campaign for Better Transport, says taking more cars off the city's roads is essential:

Man dies after being hit by car in Doncaster

Claire Renwick

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man who was hit by a car in Doncaster earlier this month has died, police have confirmed.

Paul Stokes
South Yorkshire Police

Paul Stokes (pictured) was knocked down by a grey Honda Civic on the A638 Trafford Way at about 21:15 on Friday 9 June.

It happened on the carriageway between the Sidings roundabout and the College Road roundabout.

The 66-year-old died in hospital yesterday and his family is being supported by specially-trained officers.

999 call for the Queen to belt up

Here's today's amusing - but total waste of time for the police - call to 999 in West Yorkshire.

Maybe the person had a point, but still, call the emergency number?:

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Leeds street light turn-off could be extended

More street lights look like being turned off in Leeds in a bid to save the council money.

Street Light

Councillors are being asked to approve a scheme to turn off an extra 1,800 between midnight and 05:30.

But a report also suggests that even bigger savings could be made if 25% of all street lights in the Leeds district went off during the early hours.

Councillors are expected to reach a decision this afternoon.

Shaun Ian Mason

Shaun Ian Mason suffered a serious head injury in a fight between a group of men and women in Barnsley.

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'Get switched on' warning to parents over children's holiday web activity

Parents in South Yorkshire are being warned by police to "get switched on" to what their children are up to online during the summer holidays.

Children using tablet
Science Photo Library

The force warns that while the vast majority of children surf the web without incident, they are still at risk.

Det Insp Steve Leach, head of cyber crime at South Yorkshire Police, says: "Getting to know what youngsters are viewing, restricting what they can access and just having a quick chat about what they're doing and what sites they’re visiting can be enough to prevent your child from becoming a victim."

Listen: York man says charity helped save his life

Kay Crewdson

BBC Radio York

Jordan lost his mum at 16.

He turned to drink and gave up on life.

York charity Restore has helped him to believe in himself and transform his life. It's motto is providing homes, giving hope.

He's back in touch with his family, has a girlfriend and he enjoys life.

Here's part of that remarkable story.

Will we see thunderstorms in Yorkshire?

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There been a lot of talk about thunderstorms across Yorkshire today, so how is the forecast looking?

This afternoon will be bright and warm, with temperatures reaching 28C, but there will be a risk of scattered thunderstorms across Yorkshire.

Check your local forecast here.

Science Photo Library

Those thunderstorms will pop up in places to end the day with the risk of torrential downpours fading out through the first part of the night.

Another warm night ahead with minimum temperatures of 16C.

Watch: Daughter's "happy life" photos for dad with Alzheimer's

The daughter of a man with early-onset Alzheimer's has documented his "precious moments" and daily struggles using photos on Instagram.

Ray Kirton was diagnosed with Alzheimer's seven years ago aged 52.

His daughter, Mariel, from Leeds, has posted regularly since January 2015 to show "you can lead a happy life with the disease".

Ms Kirton, 21, said she also wanted to "tackle the stigma surrounding the brain disease".

Thieves steal collection for family of Leeds teen killed in Manchester terror attack

Yorkshire Evening Post

Police are searching for a 'known suspect' after the theft of a community collection for the family of a Leeds schoolgirl killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.

Sorrell Leczkowski
Yorkshire Evening Post