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  1. Cladding to be removed from Sheffield tower block
  2. Owners of Bradford tower blocks urged to get cladding tested
  3. Jail for Huddersfield sex offender who sent 250,000 messages to boys
  4. Role of mothers in so-called honour abuse
  5. Safety meeting after two more killed while crossing A64
  6. Carer jailed for stealing nearly £300,000 from 102-year-old
  7. Mental health patient sent 300 miles for treatment
  8. Overturned caravan causes long delays on M62
  9. Updates on Tuesday 27 June 2017

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Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

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M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of an accident.

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

Tony Palladino

Derbyshire lead by 53 runs with all 10 second-innings wickets in hand after Tony Palladino and Jeevan Mendis help bowl Glamorgan out for 237.

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Kumar Sangakkara's sixth ton of 2017 makes this his best haul in an English summer, beating the five hundreds he scored for Surrey in 2015

Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara hits his sixth first-class century of the season to become the first player to reach 1,000 first-class runs.

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Digby is training to be a guide horse.
Digby is in training to be a guide horse to help people with disabilities or a visual impairment.
Will Rhodes

Warwickshire sign former England Under-19s captain Will Rhodes from Yorkshire on a two-year deal, starting in 2018.

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Zak Hardaker

Castleford Tigers sign Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker for £150,000 on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

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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. Work starts to remove cladding from Sheffield tower block
  2. Owners of Bradford tower blocks urged to get cladding tested
  3. Twelve years for Huddersfield sex offender who sent 250,000 messages to boys
  4. M62 reopens after caravan overturned
  5. She ain't heavy, she's the pur-fect companion!

See you tomorrow

Sheffield tennis courts revamped ahead of Wimbledon

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Wimbledon begins on Monday, with full coverage across the BBC.

Ahead of this 22 tennis courts across Sheffield have undergone a refurbishment to encourage people to take-up or rekindle their love of the game, they'll also be additional coaching made available.

The courts in Hillsborough Park have been revamped as part of the scheme.

Cabinet minister for Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, Mary Lee explains how it's been funded:

Halifax man 'anxious' over tower block cladding

People at a block of flats in Halifax have been sent letters today informing them the cladding on their building is to be tested.

Wheatley Court

The Prime Minister says that there should be a "major national investigation" into the use of cladding on high-rise towers.

In letters hand delivered to residents at Wheatley Court in Mixenden the owners Together Housing say they will be reviewing fire precautions and sending samples of cladding for testing.

I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't a bit anxious. Until some one can say to me you're fine, you're bound to worry, especially being this high up."

Richard BurnsideWheatley Court resident

CCTV released of suspect after burglary in Otley

Do you think you might recognise this man?

West Yorkshire Police

Police want to speak to him after a burglary in Otley.

Police say a thief broke into a house on West Busk lane last month, stole keys to a brown VW van parked outside and drove off.

Prince Harry to visit West Yorkshire

It's been announced Prince Harry's coming to West Yorkshire.

He'll spend two days here next week meeting people from local charities, companies and organisations.

Prince Harry
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While he's in Leeds, His Royal Highness will go to an event discussing the mental health of young people in the area.

He'll also go to Headingley Stadium where children from seven local primary schools will be taking part in seven-a-side touch rugby league games.

He'll also visit Leeds Children's Hospital.

Prince Harry's trip will finish with a visit to the Haribo factory in Castleford.

Yorkshire floods: Memories a decade on

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

In June 2007 Yorkshire was hit by flooding which resulted in loss of life and saw hundreds of people being forced from their homes.

A decade on I've been hearing from Paul Eaton who rescued a 14-year-old boy from the flood water in Tickhill near Doncaster:

Mr Eaton's action was marked by him being given an award for bravery, and here he is moments after receiving the honour August 2008:

Flooding possible in Scarborough tomorrow morning

A flood warning has been issued along the Yorkshire coast for tomorrow morning in Scarborough.

flood area

The Environment Agency says that they expect "wave over-topping" to cause some flooding in the area around the Spa between 08:30 and 09:15 tomorrow.

A flood warning is classified by the agency as "flooding is expected" and it could affect the area above.

There is also a flood alert, which means flooding is possible and people need to be prepared" from Whitby to Filey.

This alert is in place from about 06.15 and 09:00 on Wednesday.

Morrisons do 'not mind' Morrisinghs

A shopkeeper who claimed he was threatened with legal action after calling his shop Singhsbury's has changed its name to Morrisinghs.

Jel Singh Nagra

Jel Singh Nagra's shop did not have a name for five years after he said Sainsbury's complained.

He has now put up a new sign outside his store, naming it Morrisinghs, in a bid to put his village, West Allotment, North Tyneside, "on the map".

A spokesman for Bradford-based Morrisons said the supermarket "did not mind".

Biker still in critical condition after crash on Friday

A motorcyclist is still in a critical condition after he crashed on a road in central Leeds last week.

Boar Lane

Police say that there were no other vehicles involved in the crash on Boar Lane last Friday.

It happened at about 05:00 when the 24-year-old came off his silver motorbike.

He suffered serious injuries and is still in a critical condition in hospital.

Missing Sheffield man located by police

Good news from Sheffield this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that Mark Britton, who was reported missing earlier has been found.

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Severe accident: A58 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A58 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at Arlington Road.

A58 West Yorkshire - A58 Easterly Road in Leeds blocked and very slow traffic into town at the Arlington Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Travel update: M62 reopens after caravan overturned

BBC News Travel

The westbound M62 has now reopened at J22 after an earlier incident where a caravan overturned.

Caravan crash
West Yorkshire Police

At its peak, there was traffic standing for around 13 miles

The driver of a van that collided with the caravan has been reported for driving without due care.

New MP praises creativity of Colne Valley

House of Commons


Thelma Walker

And now a maiden speech from a Labour MP, Thelma Walker, who was elected to Colne Valley.

She turns to the discussion of "what is a good school" and says that a culture of targets and tests does not result in a happy child.

She adds that the UK's media and creative arts are the envy of the world and she says Colne Valley is "vibrant with creativity" and wants to see a Colne Valley powerhouse.

But she says cuts have an impact on children and says she wants to campaign for more funding for schools, hospitals and services in the area.

York Theatre Royal awarded £2.3m from Arts Council

York's Theatre Royal is to get funding of more than £2.3m from the National Arts Council.

The money will cover a four-year period from 2018.


The York-based Pilot Theatre is to receive £1.3m and Harrogate Theatre is getting more than half a million pounds.

Meanwhile, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is getting almost £420,000.


The Scarborough theatre's cash award is part of the £1.3m to be used across our area from the council's small capital grants programme.

The Arts Council's announced this morning that 91 organisations across Yorkshire will also get more than £150m of funding over four years from April 2018.

Stolen sports car recovered in Stocksbridge

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Do you remember this car from yesterday?

Missing car appeal from South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police

It had been reported stolen and South Yorkshire Police were appealing to the public to help find it.

Missing car appeal from South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police

Well, some good news. Following an anonymous tip off, the force have recovered the vehicle in Stocksbridge and they are keen to thank everyone who helped.

Centenary flypast to touch down in North Yorkshire

A North Yorkshire RAF squadron is celebrating its centenary today with a nationwide flypast of RAF bases.


The Tucanos T Mark1 aircraft of 72 (Reserve) Squadron, based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, were members of 'The Few' who defended the country from invasion during the Battle of Britain.

Four of the Squadron's aircraft will fly across the South Coast, over RAF Stations which were operational during World War Two, landing at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire at 15.45.

Man due in court over Spital Hill shooting

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

A Sheffield man's due in court today, over a shooting in the Spital Hill area of the city last week.

Mustaffa Abdullah, aged 22, from the Pitsmoor area, is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Spital Hill in Sheffield

A 33-year-old man was shot following a dispute between members of the Somalian and Kurdish communities on Wednesday afternoon.

He's since been released from hospital.

Yorkshire Floods: Memories a decade on

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

June 2007 will live long in the memory of Yorkshire residents as the time when region was hit with major flooding.

One of the areas hit was Toll Bar near Doncaster and a decade on I've been to meet Doreen Leith who's house was struck by the water:

Concern growing for missing Sheffield man

Police in South Yorkshire are growing increasingly concerned about Mark Britton who has been missing from Sheffield since the early hours of this morning.

The 46-year-old was last seen in the Nether Edge area of the city at about 05:30 and is described as being of medium build, with a shaved head and tattoos on his arms.

Mark Britton
South Yorkshire Police

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the police via 101.

Furious residents claim no alarms or sprinklers activated after Sheffield flat block fire

Sheffield Star

Terrified residents have claimed that no alarms or sprinklers were activated following this morning's arson attack in a block of Sheffield flats.

Emergency services rushed to North Bank flats on Willey Street at around 06:30 after residents reported a fire on the sixth floor stairwell.

Scene on the Wicker in Sheffield where a fire hit a block of flats
Sheffield Star

Slytherin and sliding...just wizard!

Yesterday marked 20-years since the first Harry Potter book was published and these students at York University were so excited about it they took to the air - well almost.

They play the famous flying quidditch game - a wizarding sport played on broomsticks - but they're very sensible about it and try to keep their feet on the ground!:

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Owners of Bradford tower blocks urged to get cladding tested

The owners and landlords of private tower blocks in Bradford are being urged to have cladding tested following the Grenfell Tower fire earlier this month.


Bradford Council don't own or control any tower blocks in the city but are urging private owners to get free cladding checks from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The authority also says it's checking schools for dangerous cladding and is looking back through its records of all buildings over 18 metres high.

They also point out that if people have concerns about their own safety they can request a visit from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

We have seen what can happen with this potentially dangerous material and need to do everything in our power to prevent it ever happening again."

Cllr Alex Ross-ShawBradford Council

Hanover tower block cladding removal begins

Ian White

BBC Look North

I'm in the Broomhall area of Sheffield where work has begun to remove the cladding that's failed a government test at Hanover tower block.

Cladding being removed from a Sheffield tower block

Sheffield City Council's decision to carry out this work comes after they discovered the cladding used is not what they thought it should be.

Work to remove cladding continues

It's currently unclear how long the process will take but residents have not been evacuated from their homes.

West Yorkshire to get £86m from Arts Council

The Arts Council has announced which organisations it will fund from next year - West Yorkshire is set to get £86m from April 2018 for four years.

The Damned United

The council say that 24 organisations in Leeds alone will benefit, with Bradford Literature Festival,Opera North, Ilkley Literature Festival and Mikron Theatre Company in Kirklees set to get extra cash.

One of the biggest winners is Red Ladder Theatre company based in Leeds, who just a few years ago had their funding dropped.

The Arts Council say that it's now part of six organisations which forms the "backbone of the country’s arts and cultural infrastructure."

This is fantastic news, the best possible outcome as Red Ladder heads into our 50th year."

Rod DixonRed Ladder Theatre Company

Twelve years for Huddersfield sex offender who sent 250,000 messages to boys

A 65-year-old man from Huddersfield has been jailed for sex offences after he was caught with a boy in his car and it was discovered he had sent 250,000 messages to boys.

Nigel Delaney
Lancashire Police

Nigel Delaney, of New North Road was sentenced to 12 years in prison at Burnley Crown Court yesterday.

Delaney was arrested in April 2016 after he was found driving on the M65 with a 15-year-old boy from Accrington in his car. He already had an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Officers seized his phone and discovered the hundreds of thousands of messages sent to young boys across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. .

Delaney pleaded guilty to 27 counts, including attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Nigel Delaney is an extremely dangerous and predatory paedophile who committed a number of offences against teenage boys."

Det Con Wendy PotterLancashire Police

Travel update: Overturned caravan causes long delays on M62

BBC News Travel

There are around ten miles of queues on the M62 westbound this lunchtime after a caravan overturned:

Caravan crash
West Yorkshire Police

Traffic England say that there are two hours of delays as the debris is cleared away at J22.

There are no injuries as a result of the crash.

Police say that lane one is now open, but don't expect things to get back to normal for another couple of hours.

BreakingSheffield councillor served with legal notice

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Alison Teal, Nether Edge councillor for the Green Party, has been served with a legal notice by Sheffield City Council for her involvement in protests against the council's tree felling programme.

The councillor was previously arrested for protesting against tree felling, however these charges were dropped against her and 13 other campaigners.

Alison Teal, Green Party Councillor for Nether Edge
Sheffield City Council

The latest action is a letter from the council's Assistant Director of Legal Services, which warns Ms Teal the council is seeking an injunction to stop her taking part in future protests, as well as damages.

The letter says that the council will start proceedings against her and others on 12 July, unless they promise not to take part in further direct action.

We hope that by pursuing civil legal remedies, those involved in unlawfully disrupting tree works will recognise the implications of their actions and allow these vital highway operations to be implemented."

Councillor Bryan LodgeCabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene at Sheffield City Council
Richie Myler

Leeds Rhinos sign Catalans Dragons half-back Richie Myler on a three-year deal, starting next season.

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Youngster shows talent at races

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield youngster Seth Charles aged nine has already completed three half marathons!

His quickest solo time is one hour and 57 minutes and he has completed the distance with his dad, David, in one hour, 49 minutes.

The two of them joined me in the studio and Seth told me why he decided to start running:

Brunt and Hazel play for England in World Cup match

BBC Sport

England's women cricketers are playing their second World Cup group game today against Pakistan in Leicester with two Yorkshire players making the team.

Barnsley's Katherine Brunt will be leading the bowling attack, with Danielle Hazell also in the side.

Here's the moment the squad arrived at Grace Road earlier:

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England lost the toss and have been put into bat.

It's an important game for the hosts following defeat to India in the first group match.

You can listen to ball-by-ball commentary of the match via the BBC Sport app and here.

Watch: She ain't heavy, she's the pur-fect companion!

Sixteen-year-old Kakapo the cat prefers to hitch a ride rather than stay at home.

And she never walks when a shoulder-carry around Leeds is on offer: