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Andrew Barton, Kate Linderholm and Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. Our top five stories today

    Here is a look back at some of our top stories from today:

    1. Pontefract man among 11 convicted after slavery trials
    2. Man charged over Huddersfield house fire in which two boys died
    3. Hunt on for pair caught on camera disturbing rare birds' nest
    4. Rotherham raid reveals cannabis crop worth half a million pounds
    5. Top tips on how to watch the Perseid meteor shower in Yorkshire
  2. Huddersfield Town: Team news ahead of first Premier League game

    BBC Sport

    Huddersfield start their Premier League campaign tomorrow, away at Crystal Palace.

    David Wagner

    Huddersfield's record signing Steve Mounie and winger Tom Ince are among nine summer recruits hoping to play.

    Newly-appointed captain Tommy Smith should be fit after a foot injury but Jonathan Hogg and Nahki Wells are both out with ankle problems.

    Huddersfield Town
    • Huddersfield's last top-flight match back in 1972 was also away at Crystal Palace - it ended 0-0.
    • Palace have won just one of their last 12 matches against Huddersfield Town (D7, L4).

    Ahead of their first match in the top-flight, Terriers manager David Wagner said:"We said this last season very often, over a long, long time, it's unrealistic for Huddersfield Town to be in the Premier League.

    He added "I think we've shown that even the impossible is possible in football.

  3. Weekend weather for Yorkshire

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Some sunshine on the cards this weekend after a cloudy end to Friday.

    There's the the risk of a little light rain or drizzle for a time this evening althoug it is tending to improve with some clear spells later on. A minimum temperature of 13 C.


    Tomorrow we're looking at sunny spells along with a few showers and a maximum temperature of 20C.

    Sunday will be mostly dry with some decent sunny spells.

  4. Firefighter frees swan in Wakefield

    A swan in Wakefield had to be rescued this morning after it got stuck in a weir.


    The RSPCA called in West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) after the swan became trapped at Newmillerdam in Sandle at 10:00 this morning.

    The bird was stuck on a flat ledge two feet down from the from the dam and was very tired.

    As a crowd of people looked on, a firefighter in water rescue gear and attached to a line went out and lifted to the swan to freedom .


    Firefighter Tony Campbell managed to coax the swan back into clear water and according to WYFRS "The swan swam away happily and the crowd cheered!"

    He said "It was an unusual rescue, I have never rescued a swan before but I’m happy it ended well and the swan was uninjured.”

    Quote Message: The swan was running away from me but eventually I managed get a grip of it and return it to the dam." from Tony Campbell West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
    Tony CampbellWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  5. Have you seen missing 16 year old from Bradford?

    A teenager from Bradford has gone missing, police say that he is "known to walk around sucking on his thumb".

    Philip Docherty

    Sixteen-year-old Philip Docherty was last seen in Bridge Street in the city centre at about 19:00 yesterday.

    He was last seen wearing a navy quilted coat, dark grey tracksuit bottoms, a light grey t-shirt and blue and black trainers.

    If you think you may have seen him, call the police in Bradford on 101.

  6. Watch: Do you overtake cyclists safely?

    How much room do you allow when overtaking a cyclist? It should be no less than 1.5 metres or you could be in trouble with South Yorkshire Police.

    That's because officers wearing cameras on bicycles are riding around Sheffield and Doncaster under a new scheme called "Safe Pass".

    If they capture footage of any dangerous overtaking it will be used to trace the driver and potentially issue them with a fine.

    Several cycling organisations across the county had been explaining to the force the dangers they’ve faced out on the roads.

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    Video caption: Safe pass trials introduced in South Yorkshire
  7. Pontefract man among 11 convicted after slavery trials

    Eleven people have been convicted after a major police investigation into modern slavery including cases in Lincolnshire.

    Those convicted were tried in a series of linked trials at Nottingham Crown Court.

    Living conditions

    'Operation Pottery' was one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK, Lincolnshire Police said.

    Eleven people have now been convicted of offences including; conspiracy to forced or compulsory labour; conspiracy to defraud; fraud by false representation; theft and converting criminal property.

    The UK Human Trafficking Centre said that 18 men were illegally trafficked.

    Police say they were often forced to live in "shocking" conditions (pictured above).

    Most of those convicted were members of the same family.

    They will be sentenced in early September.

    Quote Message: Their living quarters were truly shocking and at times the men resided in site stables next to the dog kennels." from Ch Supt Nikki Mayo Lincolnshire Police
    Ch Supt Nikki MayoLincolnshire Police
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J27 for M621 and J28 for A650.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Hard shoulder closed, one lane closed and slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  9. Egg contamination scare: Asda withdraws products from shelves

    Leeds-based supermarket Asda has announced it is withdrawing several products from sale after the contaminated egg scare.


    Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says.

    Asda released a statement saying: "Following precautionary advice from the Food Standards Agency, we have withdrawn three fresh salad lines from sale."

    They added "Customers should be reassured by the FSA’s explanation that this decision is not due to food safety concerns and there is unlikely to be any risk to public health"


    The affected products are:

    • Asda Baby potato and free range egg salad –Use by 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Aug
    • Asda Spinach and free range egg snack pot - Use by 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th Aug
    • Food to Go Ham and Cheddar ploughman’s salad bowl - Use by 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th Aug
  10. Folk singer explores Robin Hood's Bay

    BBC Radio 4

    Eliza Carthy is one of England's finest folk performers.

    In this episode of the Radio 4 programme Open Country Eliza explores her hometown of Robin Hood's Bay.

    Famed for shipwrecks, smugglers and fossils Eliza uncovers the true history of the place she calls home through those who know it's history and secrets best.

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    Video caption: Folk singer Eliza Carthy unearths the secrets of Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire.
  11. Fancy your name on the Vulcan aircraft plaque?

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Would you like to have your name engraved on the side of an iconic British aircraft?

    You may be in luck, because the Vulcan to the Sky Trust are offering you the chance to be part of a new plaque commemorating 10 years since the Avro Vulcan XH558 took flight again (pictured below) after a restoration project.

    vulcan taking off

    The Vulcan had air crew from Lincolnshire and was based at RAF Waddington during the Cold War.

    The donation in exchange for your name will be used to help build a new hangar for the aircraft at the Robin Hood Airport.

  12. Rotherham raid reveals cannabis crop worth half a million pounds

    A man has been arrested after officers uncovered £500,000 of cannabis during a pre-planned police operation.

    Cannabis plants

    At around 20:30 yesterday evening officers visited two properties on Henley Grove Road in Masbrough where around 500 cannabis plants were found.

    A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and is currently being questioned by police.

  13. Union's call for 'Real Living Wage'

    The GMB union is calling on Sheffield Council to ask its waste operator, Veolia, to pay staff a Real Living Wage or it will ballot for industrial action.

    Sheffield street with bins out

    The Real Living Wage, calculated by the Living Wage foundation, currently stands at £8.45 an hour - higher than the government's National Living Wage of £7.50 an hour.

    All the firm's staff in Sheffield are paid above the National Living Wage, according to Veolia.

  14. Four-year-old Harrogate boy to star with Russian State Opera

    A four-year-old boy from North Yorkshire's been picked to star in Madame Butterfly.

    The Russian State Opera is performing in Harrogate at the end of the month and wanted to cast a local child for the role of Madame Buttefly's son.

    Here's Maxim's Dad Mike and the star himself:

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    Video caption: The Russian State Opera is performing Madame Buttefly.