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Andrew Barton, Adam Pinder-Smith and Ronan Sully

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  1. Five things we've learned on Friday

    A busy Friday, which has ended on a sad note as the country loses one of its best-loved entertainers.

    We'll be back on Monday with more of the region's top stories, but before you go, why not take a look at five things we learned today:

    1. South Yorkshire police under scrutiny after failing to investigate Lostprophets singer
    2. Leeds United's head coach reveals family fears following Barcelona terrorist attack
    3. Sheffield tree campaigners decide not to appeal against a high court ruling preventing them from protesting
    4. More rail strikes are scheduled - with Northern staff set to walk out next month
    5. And a reminder from North Yorkshire that drink driving is a crime - in any type of vehicle
  2. Artwork at the heart of science

    A researcher in Leeds has won a photography competition after spotting a heart shaped blood cell under his microscope.


    Under the magnification of a microscope, operating at 5000-times magnification, Fraser Macrae spotted the heart-shaped red blood cell which had become entangled in net-like fibres of a blood clot and had compressed into the shape of a heart.

    He took a picture of it and, as a result, won first prize in the British Heart Foundation photography competition.

  3. Father's fears of murderer's return

    A man whose son was murdered in Addingham in 2002 is worried the murderer could return to the UK despite being deported,

    Leroy Griffiths stabbed Mark Webster as he tried to intervene in a fight.

    His victim, who had recently qualified as a gas fitter, was killed by a single stab wound to the chest as he was outside the Fleece Inn.

    Griffiths is due to be deported to his native Barbados.

    Leroy Griffiths

    Bereaved father Tim Webster said: "To get him out of the country is good, for him to be a free man is not so good."

    He said he was worried for him and his family "having to come across" Griffiths in their "daily lives" as he believed he had links in the area.

    More than 6,100 foreign national offenders were removed from the UK last year according to the Home Office.

  4. Pensioner's paradise: North Yorkshire in top-ten for retirement plans

    North Yorkshire is one of the best places in the country to retire.


    That's according to a report from an insurance company.

    They've looked at access to healthcare, crime levels, pensioner populations and the weather.

    North Yorkshire's the only area in the North to make the top 10.

    Apparently West Sussex offers the best quality of life for retired people.

    Other places in the top ten included Dorset, Norfolk and the Isle of Wight.

  5. Councillors look ahead to proposed Calderdale flood defences

    Plans for the new £30m flood alleviation scheme for Mytholmroyd have been discussed by ward councillors, on a guided tour to of the village today.

    Mytholmroyd floods

    The current options for the scheme include:

    • New, raised flood and improved walls
    • The relocation of Caldene Bridge
    • Widening of the river channel at key locations
    • Strengthening and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.
  6. Slide while you shop

    Here's a novel way to avoid the queues for the escalators this weekend...

    Helter skelter at Trinity Leeds

    A 30ft helter-skelter has been installed at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds - returning for a second year - and will open for public use from tomorrow.

    Helter skelter at Trinity Leeds

    It'll form part of a mini beach area, where shoppers will be encouraged to kick back after a hard day's bargain hunting.

    The slide will remain in place until 3 September.

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    Severe accident: A1(M) West Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J45 for A659 and J46 for B6164.

    A1(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J45, A659 (Boston Spa) and J46, B6164 (Wetherby), because of an accident involving van and recovery work.

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

  8. Rotherham in the future

    Paulette Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    If you were in charge of your town what would you want to change?

    That is the question which young people in Rotherham are being asked for a project designed to re-imagine the borough.

    Deborah Bullivant is running the project and told me more about what's happening:

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    Video caption: Deborah Bullivant from Grim and Co.
  9. Weather watchers photos from across Yorkshire

    Adam Pinder-Smith

    BBC Yorkshire Live

    It seems our BBC Weather Watchers have been getting some practice in for World Photography day tomorrow by heading into the Yorkshire sunshine and taking some brilliant snaps this lunchtime.

    Firstly this one was sent in from Whitby in North Yorkshire:

    BBC Weather Watchers picture

    This reached us from Stannington in Sheffield:

    BBC Weather Watchers picture

    And this lovely image was sent in from Cross Gates in Leeds:

    BBC Weather Watchers picture

    Signing up to become a BBC Weather Watcher is easy and you never know your photograph could be used on the forecast on BBC Look North.

  10. Doncaster launches first Operation Street Safe

    Last night officers from South Yorkshire Police visited Doncaster town centre to help implement Operation Street Safe.

    Pictures from Operation Street Safe

    The scheme is a dedicated operation focusing on protecting communities and preventing crime in the town.

    The team worked overnight to tackle drug related issues, raise awareness of knife crime, provide advice and take proactive action to bring offenders engaging in illegal activity to justice.

  11. Leeds Carnival at 50 - your questions and memories

    This year marks the 50th birthday of Leeds' West Indian Carnival.

    Leeds Carnival

    The popular event, which attracts more than 100,000 people, will once again take over Poternewton Park for the August Bank Holiday weekend, culminating in a parade through Chapeltown and Harehills.

    To help celebrate the anniversay, we're collecting some of your best memories of the Carnival, as well as any questions about the event you've always wanted to ask.

    Share your stories or questions here and we could be in touch with answers or to tell your stories on the BBC website.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 for A616.

    M1 South Yorkshire - Lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J31, A57 (Sheffield) and J30, A616 (Worksop), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  13. Bradford court escapee apprehended

    A convicted robber who went on the run from Bradford Crown Court has been recaptured.

    Michael Lloyd Long

    Michael Lloyd Long failed to turn up for his trial for attacking a man in Sowerby Bridge - and was sentenced to six years in jail in his absence.

    Thames Valley police arrested Long, who'll now be taken to prison.

  14. Arrests attributed to North Yorkshire CCTV cameras


    CCTV cameras in the Hambleton area of North Yorkshire have helped police make 50 arrests over a three month period.

    They include a man who was detained in Thirsk on suspicion of arson, after an operator watched someone set fire to two bins.

    Forty six permanent cameras are in operation 24 hours a day and they're monitored by the District Council, which works closely with North Yorkshire Police.

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    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J24 for A629 and J25 for A644.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J32 for M18.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M1 southbound at J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of vehicle tyre change.

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

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    Video caption: Handwritten supportive letters are put in locations for new mums to find.