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  1. Fifty deaths in Yorkshire, Humber and Cleveland linked with painkiller - Police
  2. Body pulled from water in search for missing Sheffield teenager
  3. Farmer killed by bull in North Yorkshire
  4. Two men charged with murder over man's death in Dewsbury
  5. Councils unite to push for Yorkshire devolution deal
  6. Doncaster woman to go to India for stem cell treatment
  7. Halifax Piece Hall reopens after £19m regeneration
  8. Yorkshire Day celebrations held across region
  9. Updates on Tuesday 1 August 2017

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Eshcol in Whitby

Two young fishermen died from carbon monoxide poisoning as they slept on the boat in Whitby harbour.

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Sithee, we're off!: Here are five reet good 'uns

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Reet, that's it - it's time to say: "Ta for comin', flower". By 'eck it's been proper great an' we all hope you've enjoyed thissen on Yorkshire Day.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow from 06:30 when we'll have all the news, sport, weather and travel from where you live.

Live news, sport and travel updates will continue right here throughout this evening and tonight.

Meanwhile, here are five of our best from Yorkshire Day:

  1. On track for a great Yorkshire Day
  2. In pictures: Yorkshire day in Sheffield
  3. Scandinavian celebrations: Yorkshire flag flies in Norway
  4. A Yorkshire yarn in Thirsk
  5. No place like home: Happy Yorkshire Day

Great routes for biking on Yorkshire Day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

There's some great stuff floating around on the internet today from organisations celebrating Yorkshire Day, so how about this - nine great bike rides around West Yorkshire.


The list has been put together by CityConnect, the people behind the cycle superhighway between Leeds and Bradford.

There are routes to follow all over West Yorkshire, including Hebden Bridge, Harewood House and the Dales.

It's a great way to see a bit more of God's Own County and lose that extra summer holiday weight while you're at it.

You can see the full list here.

Watch: Maltby children win award for litter picking skills

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A group of children in Maltby, South Yorkshire, have been given a gong for keeping their neighbourhood clean and tidy.

The Maltby Environmentalists won the Excellence in Community Action Award at the national finals of the Tenant Participation Awards.

The group was formed in 2015 by Frieda Brooks to do something about the litter problem on the Abbey Reach estate.

The group has steadily grown and now more than 20 children take part in weekly litter picks:

Halifax Piece Hall opens after £19m regeneration
The re-opening of the Grade I-listed Piece Hall was put back several times since renovation started.

'Russian roulette' warning over painkiller deaths

More on the news that at least 60 people - including 50 in Yorkshire, the Humber region and Cleveland - have died in the UK in the last eight months after taking the strong painkiller fentanyl.

Tests on heroin seized by police since November found traces of the synthetic drug, with more than 70 further deaths pending toxicology reports, the National Crime Agency said.

Some contained carfentanyl, which is 10,000 times stronger as morphine and is often used to tranquilize elephants.

Health officials and police have warned heroin users to be "extra careful".

Det Supt Pat Twiggs, from West Yorkshire Police, said: "People are playing Russian roulette with their lives by taking this stuff, that's why we would strongly recommend to the drug-using community to stay away from it."

Bingley Music Live weekend tickets sell out

If you were hoping to buy a weekend ticket for Bingley Music Live this year...forget it. They've all sold out.

Kaiser Chiefs
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The Saturday tickets have also sold out which is bad news if you were wanting to go and see Leeds' own Kaiser Chiefs who are topping the bill that night.

Thousands attend the annual event in Myrtle Park, and this year Bradford Council says the tickets for the event on 1-3 September are "disappearing fast".

Manic Street Preachers top the bill for Friday and the Wombats headline Sunday.

Anyone wanting to grab tickets for the Friday or Sunday needs to do it very soon to avoid disappointment.”

Cllr Sarah FerribyBradford Council

Elderly woman hit in face as attacker tried to rob her

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after a man hit an elderly woman in the face as he tried to rob her in Bradford:

West Yorkshire Police

Detectives in Bradford have released an e-fit image after the attack last Thursday afternoon on Park Road.

A man went up to the pensioner and tried to take her handbag, asked for money and threatened her and hit her across the face.

He ran off empty-handed.

Fifty deaths in Yorkshire, Humber and Cleveland linked with painkiller - Police

West Yorkshire Police have linked 50 deaths in 2017 across Yorkshire, the Humber region and Cleveland with laboratory-produced drug fentanyl.

This figure comes after the National Crime Agency said a total of 60 people have died in the UK in the past eight months after taking the painkilling drug.

A further 70 deaths are being investigated, the force says.

Yorkshire drug deaths officially linked to painkiller fentanyl - National Crime Agency

A total of 60 people - many of them in Yorkshire, the Humber region and Cleveland - have died in the UK in the past eight months after taking the painkilling drug fentanyl.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) says post-mortem toxicology tests are taking place in a further 70 cases where it's suspected fentanyl, and an even more powerful substance carfentonyl, may have played a part.

The "vast majority" of those who've died were heroin users, according to the NCA.

Fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin, is typically imported from China, and can be mixed with heroin.

Are South Yorkshire's drivers giving cyclists enough room?

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Motorists in South Yorkshire are going to be checked to see if they're giving enough room to cyclists.


South Yorkshire Police is launching an operation in Sheffield and Doncaster to see if drivers are leaving enough room when overtaking.

Any drivers found to be going too close could be subject to a follow-up investigation.

The force has launched the initiative after complaints from cycling groups.

Travel update: Lightning strike affects West Yorkshire rail services

BBC News Travel

Not the end of the world, but if you're going home by train in West Yorkshire this evening you might be travelling a little slower than usual:

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We need cleaner air - but where do you charge up your electric car?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

It's a story that we keep seeing in the headlines - cities like Leeds are routinely breaking clean air limits and it's very bad for our health.

electric cars

The government has been warned that it needs to do something about it and could even be taken to the European Court of Justice.

So how do we go about it? One way might be to switch to electric cars, but not everyone has a spare £20,000 for even the cheapest model.

And when was the last time you saw a place you could charge the thing up?

I got curious and thought I'd see how many electric car charging points a place like Leeds has.

Turns out the number is quite high: the city has almost 850 places you can hook up your planet-saving wheels.

You can have a look at where you live here.

Theme park closes ride after US death

With the summer holidays under way, parents will no doubt be looking for ways to keep their children entertained.

Anyone heading to Lightwater Valley, in North Yorkshire, will need to know one of the rides has been closed after a death on a similar attraction in the US.

The ride, known as the KMG Afterburner, swings at high speed from side-to-side while also spinning the riders.

The Health and Safety Executive ordered the re-inspection and temporary closure of similar rides in the UK.

KMG Afterburner ride
Geograph/Paul Harrop

Leeds United design chosen for underpass football mural

A planned design for a Leeds United mural on the approach to the club's Elland Road ground has been unveiled.

Leeds United Supporters' Trust

The Leeds United Supporters' Trust raised £4,400 to fund a wall design on the M621 underpass on Lowfields Road.

A competition to design the mural was won by Jameson Rogan, a Leeds-based designer, illustrator and muralist.

More than half of those who voted picked his mural featuring the First Division title-winning team of 1991-92.

The players are pictured looking towards Elland Road so that fans can walk through the underpass, shoulder-to-shoulder with their heroes."

Dave CarringtonLeeds United Supporters' Trust

Sheffield MP tells Yorkshire councils 'wake up and smell the coffee'

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

A Sheffield MP has told Yorkshire council leaders to "wake up and smell the coffee" over devolution.

Clive Betts
UK Parliament

Labour MP Clive Betts, who represents Sheffield South East, has released a letter sent to him by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry encouraging South Yorkshire to pursue its own deal.

Mr Betts is encouraging Yorkshire's council leaders to back the South Yorkshire deal, regardless of any future Yorkshire-wide arrangement.

He adds that South Yorkshire's councils are already committed to elect a South Yorkshire mayor in 2018:

The minister has made it absolutely clear that if the South Yorkshire councils do not continue with the implementation of the Sheffield City Region agreed in October 2015, there will still be an election for a Mayor in May 2018, who will chair the existing combined authority - but without any new powers or additional finance."

Clive BettsLabour MP, Sheffield South East

In pictures: Storms move in across Yorkshire

BBC Weather Watchers

As we've seen already this afternoon, heavy rainfall has caused flooding in parts of Sheffield.

As those thundery showers move further north, we're seeing some spectacular pictures.

Thanks to our BBC Weather Watchers for keeping us up-to-date with the latest:


Yorkshire's last gooseberry show still going strong

Yorkshire's last remaining gooseberry show is taking place today at Egton Bridge in North Yorkshire.

Gooseberry show

The aim is to produce the heaviest strain of the soft fruit, a challenge which has been undertaken at Egton Bridge since 1800.

Gooseberry show

Competitors have been growing their gooseberries since March before cutting their prize offerings last night.

Looks like a tense do doesn't it?

Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of Sheffield

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Heavy rain is causing some flooding problems in parts of Sheffield.

Several streets around the city have been affected by flooding.

BBC Radio Sheffield's Oli Constable has been to see one of those areas hit:

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Jonathan Binns murder inquiry: Seven more men charged

Seven more people have been charged in connection with the death of a man in Dewsbury following a disturbance earlier this year.

Police cordon near scene

Jonathan Binns, 32, of Ings Crescent, was found with multiple serious injuries outside the Scarborough Hotel on The Town on 17 February.

West Yorkshire Police said he was knocked down in a hit-and-run and was taken to hospital where he later died.

Six males aged between 17 and 21, all from Thornhill in Dewsbury, have been charged with violent disorder, while another male, aged 17, has been charged with grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

They are due to appear before Bradford Magistrates' Court on 1 September and are currently on police bail.

Earlier today, two men were charged with Mr Binns' murder.

An 18-year-old male also remains on police bail pending further investigation.

BreakingBody pulled from water in search for missing Sheffield teenager

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Police searching for a missing Sheffield teenager have found a man's body.

Victoria Quays

The body was found in water near the Hilton hotel on Victoria Quays at midday as officers searched for 19-year-old Alex Wilson, who went missing in the early hours of Sunday.

Officers say the body has not been formally identified but Mr Wilson's family has been informed.

Work continues to establish the circumstances surrounding the man's death, police say.

Treasury celebrates Yorkshire's success story

The economic success of Yorkshire has even been noticed down in London

The Treasury has put out a video celebrating the county's exports.

In case you didn't know, those exports totalled £29bn last year.

Harrogate MP Andrew Jones has been chosen to front the video:

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The man, in his 60s, was injured in the field south of Hutton Rudby in North Yorkshire on Monday.

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Yorkshire councils form 'coalition of the willing' for devolution

Seventeen Yorkshire councils have come together to form a so-called "coalition of the willing" to work towards a single devolution dealfor the region.

Yorkshire Flag
Department for Communities and Local Government

Despite lots of ideas which could bring the region together politically, councils have found it difficult to agree anything like a pan-Yorkshire deal.

Sheffield and other councils in South Yorkshire and the north Midlands have already agreed a deal with the government for the Sheffield City Region, but an election for a mayor was postponed following a court ruling.

Now the 17 Yorkshire councils - including Leeds, Bradford and Hull but not Sheffield and Rotherham - have come together with a Yorkshire Day declaration.

In the statement, the councils say they are "working towards securing a single ambitious devolution deal for the Yorkshire authorities and areas wanting to work together on this basis".

Today is Yorkshire Day and therefore it seems right to talk today about our county, its ambitions and our identity."

Yorkshire councils statement

On track for a great Yorkshire Day

You know how much we hate stereotypes here on Yorkshire Live, but seeing as it's Yorkshire Day we'll let this one slip:

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Farmer killed by bull in North Yorkshire

A farmer has died after being trampled by a bull in a field in North Yorkshire.

The man, in his 60s, was injured in the field south of Hutton Rudby at around 15:20 on Monday.


Paramedics tried to resuscitate the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The bull is due to be slaughtered.

Officers described the man's death as "tragic" and say a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Northallerton and Bedale Inspector, Dave Murray, said: "Police are investigating this tragic incident, but believe there are no suspicious circumstances.

"The man's family is being supported by specially-trained officers at this incredibly difficult time".

Number of abandoned cats in Sheffield increasing

The number of cats being abandoned and rescued in Sheffield is increasing, according to the RSPCA.


The charity says that centres in the city are full to capacity and are continuing to receive daily calls about more cats in need of assistance.

The RSPCA has now teamed up with other cat protection charities and veterinary practices to try to tackle the problem.

In pictures: Yorkshire day in Sheffield

Mayors and Lord Mayors from cities and towns across Yorkshire paraded through Sheffield this morning to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

Yorkshire Day
Getty Images

More than 50 mayors gathered at the Town Hall and paraded to the Cathedral, to start the annual celebration of Yorkshire Day.

We've had an argument in the office over the collective noun for mayors, the nearest we could agree on is a Chain, just in case you were interested.

Some really got into the spirit; Proud Yorkshire man Richard Billup shows off his penned Yorkshire poem as he watched

Yorkshire Day
Getty Images

And what says Yorkshire more than this? By 'eck it makes thee proud:

Yorkshire Day
Getty Images

You can send us your pics here.

A Yorkshire-wide Mayor: could it happen?

James Vincent

Political Editor, BBC Look North

This is a nice headline for Yorkshire Day, but it feels very unlikely to happen.

The government has already said that it does not like the idea of a deal for the whole of Yorkshire, and even if the county does come together, South Yorkshire will still be electing its own mayor next year.


The original idea for devolution was to give “travel to work” areas more powers; places gathered around a natural commuter hub. So Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Chesterfield were tied to Sheffield. I don’t think many people are commuting from Scarborough for work in Sheffield. North Yorkshire is very different to South Yorkshire, and different again from West and East Yorkshire.

Though a novel thought to bring the whole county together on Yorkshire Day, it feels like a nice idea with very little detail attached.

Police appeal for dashcam footage after woman dies in A64 collision

A Ryedale woman in her 70s has died following a three-vehicle collision on the A64 near Scagglethorpe yesterday.

The crash involved a black Kia Sportage, a silver Hyundai i20 and a red Citroen Berlingo, which the woman who died was driving.


The Kia had been travelling east towards Scarborough and the other vehicles west towards Malton.

Traffic Constable Zoe Billings, who is investigating the incident, said: “I’d appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision itself, or who saw any of the vehicles shortly before it happened, to get in touch with police.

"I'd also ask lorry drivers or anyone else who may have dashcam footage to make contact, as it may greatly help our investigation."

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police.

Morrisons to revive Safeway brand

Bradford based supermarket Morrisons is to bring back the Safeway brand in a supply deal with convenience store chain McColl's.


The partnership will see the supermarket supply both Morrisons and Safeway own-brand products to 1,300 convenience shops and 350 newsagents starting from January next year.

Morrisons chief executive David Potts said: "We are very pleased to partner with McColl's. We are also pleased to be reviving the Safeway brand which we know customers will enjoy."

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J38 for A637 Darton and J37 for A628 Barnsley.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J38, A637 (Darton) and J37, A628 (Barnsley), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Children's hospice to unveil work at Sculpture Park

Special artwork created to mark the 30th birthday of a West Yorkshire children's hospice is being unveiled near Wakefield today.

Martin House

It's going on show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and is being described as an 'inflatable sculpture' which also includes animation and the work of around 300 youngsters.

Martin House was established in 1987 and has its headquarters in Wetherby.

Update: Warning after sheep found mutilated near Harrogate

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

North Yorkshire Police have given us a few more details about a gruesome attack on a sheep in the Pannal area near Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

They've confirmed the animal's throat was slit and its ears were cut off, during the attack, which it's believed took place between Sunday and Monday and was reported to police at 15:15 yesterday.

Officers say the attack happened in a field by the A658.

They've issued a warning to farmers to be alert:

In pictures: Halifax Piece Hall reopens

This morning the UK's only surviving 18th Century cloth trading hall has re-opened after a £19m restoration in Halifax.

Piece Hall

The opening of the Grade I listed Piece Hall in Halifax was delayed several times since work started in 2014.

Hannah Cockroft, the Halifax-born British wheelchair racer and Paralympian, rang a bell to mark the start of trading on Yorkshire Day.

Piece Hall

It's not easy to get across the scale and grandeur of the place."

The Piece Hall Trust
Piece Hall

I was blown away when I saw it , it's absolutely fantastic."

Hannah CockroftBritish wheelchair racer and Paralympian
Piece Hall

The 1779 Piece Hall's central courtyard has been levelled to create a new piazza with capacity for up to 7,500 people. It contains new lighting, seating and water features.

Scandinavian celebrations: Yorkshire flag flies in Norway

We're happy to report that Yorkshire Day's not only being celebrated right here in Yorkshire today...

It seems there's a corner of Scandinavia that will be forever Yorkshire too - as the picture below reveals.

It's been sent in by John Downing - originally from Richmond in North Yorkshire - who says: "I'm here keeping the faith while working in a very wet and cool Radoy in Norway":

Yorkshire flag in Radoy
John Downing

Gruesome attack on sheep in North Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A sheep has suffered a horrific attack in Pannal, North Yorkshire.

The animal's throat was slit and its ears were cut off after the attack which it's believed took place between Sunday and Monday.

Police in Harrogate have issued a warning to farmers to be alert:

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Appeal over missing Wakefield teenager

Have you seen this teenage girl from Wakefield? She's been missing since the weekend:

Seven Hogan
West Yorkshire Police

Seven Hogan, 16, was last seen on Saturday at her home in Horbury.

She was wearing a black skirt and a white blouse.

If you have any information about here whereabouts, police are asking for you to get in touch.

Motorcyclist critical after collision in Barnsley

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

A motorcyclist remains in a critical condition in hospital after a collision in Barnsley at the weekend.

Cemetery Road

The 31-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries after the collision with a Ford Fiesta on Cemetery Road at about 14:45 on Saturday.

Anyone who saw the crash is asked to contact police on 101.