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Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. That's all from Monday...

    Those are all our updates from across Yorkshire on Monday 7 August 2017.

    Want to find out what's happening where you live on Tuesday 8 August? Just click here.

  2. 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. Driver's lucky escape after 50ft ravine crash
    2. York air pollution levels 'too high' - Report
    3. Rare pine marten returns to Yorkshire after 24 years
    4. West Yorkshire's pioneering 'Hobbit House' gets listed status
    5. Record attempt in Wakefield for princesses

    See you tomorrow.

  3. Man knocks 78-year-old woman's head on kerb as he tries to rob her

    A man knocked 78-year-old woman's head on a kerb as she lay on the ground while he attempted to rob her in Bradford.

    Henderson Place

    It happened on Saturday lunchtime in Wibsey as the woman was going home on Henderson Place.

    She was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground as her attacker tried to grab her bag. He then knocked her head against the kerb to try to make her let go of her belongings.

    He was disturbed by passer-by and ran off empty handed. Police say he is a white man, 5ft 10”, of medium build, with short brown hair.

    He was wearing a grey hooded tracksuit with black stripes down the leg.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J30 for A642 and J29 for M1.

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M62 westbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. This 'blank canvas' cottage in the middle of nowhere is up for sale

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Your nearest neighbours would be sheep and cattle. And it has stunning views – but you’ll need plenty of imagination to transform a former gamekeeper’s cottage which has just been listed for auction with a guide price of £160,000.

  6. Police in Sheffield hunt wanted man

    Detectives in Sheffield are asking for your help to find wanted man Aaron Divers.

    The 22-year-old is wanted in connection with a number of serious offences and anyone who knows where he is, or may have seen him, is asked to contact police.

    Aaron Divers
  7. Overseas recruits needed for North Yorkshire hospital

    Elly Fiorentini

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    It is hoped an overseas recruitment drive will help solve a staffing crisis at one North Yorkshire hospital.

    Health bosses at Northallerton's Friarage have admitted that unfilled doctors posts are making it hard to keep some services safe.

    They are now looking overseas to try to fill vacant anaesthetist and crictical care doctor posts

    Friarage Hospital
  8. A Yorkshire sky full of hot air


    More details have been revealed about Yorkshire's first ever hot air balloon festival.

    A total of 50 hot air balloons, from all across the UK, will fly across York, while a festival-style weekend takes place below.

    The inflated display will lift of from York racecourse in the final weekend of September.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Relief at finding missing grandmother

    Police had a huge response after Connie Wilkinson who has Alzheimers went missing on Friday.

    Connie was found yesterday afternoon at the bottom of an embankment at the side of the motorway in Bessacar.

    She was sunburnt on one side and dehydrated - but otherwise in good health, uninjured and extremely happy to be found.

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    She's now recovering in Doncaster Royal Infirmary with her family at her bedside.

  11. Have you seen Bethany?

    Have you seen missing teenager Bethany Stoakes?

    Beathany Stoakes

    The 16-year-old was last seen in Bradford on yesterday.

    She was wearing black leggings, a black corset top, camouflage jacket and pink and black Nike trainers.

    It is thought she might be with an Asian female of similar age and she has connections to the Halifax area.

  12. Watch: Rescued Yorkshire weasel stars in BBC documentary

    A pet weasel belonging to a Yorkshire wildlife artist is to represent Britain in a documentary about the super powers of the world’s smallest animals.

    Wildlife artist Robert Fuller discovered four-week old Fidget in York in 2016.

    He set up a series of runs and mazes for him at his studio in Thixendale on the Yorkshire Wolds.

    Now Fidget's appearing in the BBC's Super Small Animals.

    Here's a film made a short while after Fidget was rescued:

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    Video caption: Fidget the weasel was abandoned in York last year at just four-weeks-old.
  13. Gunfire and car hijack in Leeds

    Police in Leeds are asking for witnesses to come forward after a gun was fired and a car hijacked at the weekend.

    Spencer Place

    It happened on Saturday afternoon on Spencer Place in Chapeltown, after an argument between a group of men. One of them is believed to have been carrying a small handgun.

    The gun went off and damaged a nearby ground floor flat window.

    The group then ran off to the rear of Harehills Avenue where they threatened a man and drove off in his black Honda Civic.

    The car was later found abandoned on Oakwell Crescent, from where it's thought the suspects left in another car.

    Quote Message: Officers have been conducting extensive enquiries since Saturday, including house-to-house and CCTV enquiries to establish the circumstances." from Det Ch Insp Jaz Khan West Yorkshire Police
    Det Ch Insp Jaz KhanWest Yorkshire Police
  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A61.

    M621 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M621 westbound at J7, A61 (Stourton), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  15. Seventy-year-old Rotherham woman robbed in own car

    Do you know this man? Police in Rotherham want to speak to him after a 70-year-old woman was robbed in her own car as she waited at traffic lights:


    Last Tuesday lunchtime the woman had stopped at lights on Centenary Way, when a man knocked on her window and opened the passenger door.

    He reached in and grabbed her handbag before running off.

    The 70-year-old was not hurt during the incident but was left distressed.

  16. New signs aimed at stopping 'seagull muggings'

    New signs are being put up on the North Yorkshire coast warning people not to feed seagulls.

    Over the last few years Scarborough Borough Council has tried various methods to try to stop herring gulls attacking people while they're eating.

    Seagull swooping with chip in beak

    The new signs which say ‘stop attacks - never feed the gulls’ and ‘stop scavenging - never drop litter’ are going up in Whitby, Scarborough and Filey.

  17. Leeds city centre department store evacuated

    Shoppers were evacuated from a Leeds city centre department store this afternoon:

    Fire engine

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue sent two fire engines to the Debenhams store on Briggate at about 15:00.

    No fire was discovered however.

  18. Record attempt in Wakefield for princesses

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Yorkshire Live

    A world record breaking gathering of princesses took place in Wakefield yesterday:


    Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice was behind the record attempt at the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre.

    The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as a princess stood at 419, but 433 people came along to beat the previous record.


    All the official information will now be submitted to Guinness World Records for them to verify it and decide if it is a new record.

    As you can see, all types of people got involved. And I mean all types.