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Summary

  1. Wakefield City Academies Trust pulls out of 21 Yorkshire schools
  2. Thousands sign petition calling for criminal charges over Rotherham abuse
  3. Yorkshire-based Greenwoods goes into administration
  4. Increase in use of 'Spice' drug across South Yorkshire
  5. Group tackle Great North Run in memory of York girl Katie Rough
  6. Sheffield firm behind pitch innovation at Spurs' new stadium
  7. Updates on Friday 8 September 2017

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By Elly Fiorentini and Gemma Ashcroft

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learned today...

    That's all from us today and, indeed, this week.

    We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Yorkshire from 06:30 on Monday morning.

    Before we go, here's a recap of just some of today's top stories:

  2. Sutton Bank closed next week for 'essential maintenance'

    Drivers are being warned that the famously (or should that be infamously?) steep road up Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire is to be closed to traffic for a week from Monday.

    Sutton Bank

    It's due to "essential maintenance" on the 1-in-4 (25%) gradient A170 between Helmsley and Thirsk.

    Osgoodby Lane, south of the A170, will also be closed during the same period, according to North Yorkshire County Council.

    Don Mackenzie, from the council, says: "Every effort will be made to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible and that any disruption is kept to a minimum."

  3. Watch: Europe v America ten-pin bowling contest hits Barnsley

    Jenny Eells

    Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    This weekend, it's all about bowling in Barnsley.

    The Metrodome is hosting the Weber Cup, one of the biggest events in bowling.

    It's Europe v America and features the best bowlers from both sides of the Atlantic.

    Here's everything you need to know:

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    Video caption: bowling
  4. Do you know this man? Police appeal over violent burglary

    Detectives investigating a violent burglary in a Leeds village in July are continuing to appeal for help to identify a man caught on CCTV at the scene.

    CCTV still

    The victims, a man and woman in their 60s, were asleep at their home in Bardsey when a group of men smashed their way into the property shortly after 23:00 on Monday 31 July.

    The couple were assaulted and forced to hand over a quantity of high-value jewellery before the robbers fled the scene.

    The male victim suffered significant facial injuries that required hospital treatment.

    Officers investigating the incident have made a number of arrests.

    Det Sgt Ciaran Burns says: "We are still very keen to identify the man shown in the CCTV images and would like to hear from anyone who recognises him or who has any information that could assist the investigation."

    He's described as white, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, aged in his mid-20s and of stocky build. He had dark stubble on his face and dark eyes.

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    Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, before J34 for A631.

    M1 South Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M1 southbound before J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    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 - One lane blocked and queuing 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

  7. Traffic and travel: A66 reopens after earlier blockage

    BBC News Travel

    The A66 has finally reopened after earlier problems on the stretch from Brough to Scotch Corner.

    A lorry had shed its load near West Layton, with a 67-tonne digger becoming wedged on a trailer.

    Things should hopefully be getting back to normal now:

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  8. South Yorkshire fire crews' Chip Pan song proves to be a hot hit

    A toe-tapping attempt by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Everly Pregnant Brothers to top the 2016 Christmas charts has won two national awards.

    firemen

    Their song Chip Pan was used as part of a campaign to cut house fires over the Christmas period and was set to the Kings of Leon song Sex on Fire.

    The song has won the Best Low Budget Campaign and Best Integrated Campaign gongs at the Public Sector Communication Awards.

  9. Wakefield City Academies Trust pulls out of 21 schools

    A West Yorkshire-based education trust is to pull out of the 21 schools it operates.

    Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it was unable to "facilitate the rapid improvement our academies need, and our students deserve".

    Only four of the schools are rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

    Eleven out of 14 primary schools and six of the seven secondary schools were performing below the national average in 2016.

    In a statement, WCAT said: "The Board recognises this announcement will cause uncertainty, particularly for our staff. It will work with them to ensure the transition to new sponsors is as seamless as possible.

    "Our students' best interests, as ever, remain our focus and they and parents should be reassured that this decision will have a positive impact on education provision."

    The Department for Education (DfE) said it will work with the trust until a new sponsor could be found.

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    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 on M62 westbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Listen: North Yorkshire veteran to recreate WWII jump 73 years on

    A 95-year-old former paratrooper from North Yorkshire is preparing to make two free-fall jumps for charity.

    John Jeffries, from Richmond, is due to make one charity jump in this country before heading to Holland to recreate a jump he made 73 years ago during World War Two.

    Mr Jeffries was shot and captured as the British tried to seize the bridge at Arnhem in a bid to prise open an invasion route into Germany.

    He says he's really looking forward to the jump:

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    Video caption: Former paratrooper returning to Arnhem to do the jump he made over seventy years ago
  12. Four weeks on, search for missing Penrith man spreads to Yorkshire

    Police have repeated an appeal for sightings of a man missing from his home in Penrith since the middle of August, who may be in the Doncaster area.

    Michael Gorman, CCTV grab

    Officers say they're concerned for the welfare of 60-year-old Michael Gorman,who has connections in Yorkshire, and they'd like to hear from anyone who's seen him, or Mr Gorman himself.

  13. Uncertain future for Yorkshire-based Greenwoods

    Yorkshire-based menswear and formal hire firm Greenwoods, which has gone into administration, could be put up for sale, it's been revealed.

    Greenwoods store

    It's one option being considered by administrators Deloitte, who are considering the future of the firm which will continue to trade for the immediate future.

    The company, which has its headquarters in Bradford, has 63 shops across the UK, including in Harrogate and Selby, and employs about 318 people.

    Adrian Berry, from Deloitte says: "No redundancies are being announced at this stage and we are grateful to the employees for their support at this difficult time.

    "This is a challenging time for the UK retail sector, which has affected the company, Mr Berry adds.

  14. CCTV appeal after Doncaster nightclub attack

    Do you know this man? Police would like to speak to him after a 20-year-old was punched in the side of the head at Kooky on Silver Street.

    CCTV image

    The incident happened at about 03:00 on Sunday 23 July and left the victim with a fractured cheekbone and cuts to his face.

    PC Tina Darby says: "While I realise this incident happened a while ago, I'd like to appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image to contact us.

    "We believe he may have important information about what happened which could assist with our investigation."

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    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J33 for A162 and J32A for A1.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Heavy traffic and a lane closed on M62 westbound between J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services) and J32a A1(M), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  16. Scarborough seal centre's appeal for old towels

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    Staff at Scarborough's Sea Life Centre are appealing for people to donate their old or unused towels to help poorly seals.

    Seal

    The animal care team want to use them while treating rescued seal pups.

    The centre saves up to 40 grey and common seal pups every year.

    Staff there say the towels go "a long way towards helping us to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild seal pups":

    Quote Message: We use them in a few different ways, but the main one being to cover up seal pups' eyes during treatment and transportation as that makes them a lot less stressed by proceedings. It also helps to protect us from the pups as they're wild animals and can give a nasty bite and transmit diseases to humans." from Scarborough Sea Life Centre Spokesman
    Scarborough Sea Life Centre Spokesman
    Seal
  17. Envelope update

    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 - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  18. Travel: Shed load blocks A66 near Scotch Corner

    BBC News Travel

    Traffic's queuing over several miles in both directions on the A66 after a lorry shed its load near West Layton, at the eastern end of the stretch from Brough to Scotch Corner.

    Police say a 67-tonne digger has become wedged on a trailer, which will have to be dismantled to free the load.

    There's no indication of when the road is likely to reopen.