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  1. Leeds £50m flood scheme opens
  2. Barnsley school defends isolation policy
  3. Leeds IT company fights extremist online content
  4. MP expected at anti-fracking demonstration
  5. Separated woman puts wedding dress for sale online
  6. Warning of care home crisis
  7. South Yorkshire steelworks furnace relit
  8. Updates on Wednesday 4 October 2017

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By Andrew Barton, Wendy Middleton and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Wednesday

    Those are all the updates from Wednesday 4 October.

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    Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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    M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J24 for A629 and J22 for A672.

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J24, A629 (Ainley Top) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M606 West Yorkshire southbound

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    M606 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J3 for A6036 Rooley Avenue and J2 for Merrydale Road.

    M606 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M606 southbound between J3, A6036 (Staygate Roundabout) and J2, Merrydale (Euroway Trading Estates), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M606 West Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M606 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A6036 Rooley Avenue and M62 J26.

    M606 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M606 southbound between J3, A6036 (Staygate Roundabout) and M62 J26, Chain Bar, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Five things we learned 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. Leeds £50m flood scheme opens
    2. 12 men charged in Rotherham child sex abuse investigation
    3. Barnsley school discipline - 'blinkered, robotic and authoritarian'
    4. Leeds IT company fighting extremist online content
    5. Could Yorkshire be getting a new tallest building?

    See you tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Leeds project will protect more than 3,500 homes and businesses from flooding.
  7. Sex accused vicar died during 'meltdown' over charges

    A former Bradford vicar who killed himself a day before he was due to appear in court to face sex assault charges had a "meltdown", an inquest heard.

    Trevor Devamanikkam

    Trevor Devamanikkam, 70, from Witney in Oxfordshire, failed to appear at Bradford Magistrates' Court on 6 June.

    He was charged with six counts of sexual abuse, said to have taken place between March 1984 and April 1985.

    A coroner concluded the accusations had caused him "huge anxiety" and he had intended to take his own life.

  8. Killers jailed for decades over addict's violent death

    Two men from Rotherham have been jailed for decades after they murdered a drug addict in his own home to steal his wallet.

    Nathan Fensome and Barry Plant

    Stephen Fretwell's body was found lying underneath the windowsill in the bedroom of his ground floor flat in December last year.

    The 47-year-old had been violently beaten and left with broken bones and cuts, police described his injuries as "horrific".

    Neighbours told police that they had thought someone had been tortured.

    Barry Plant, 36, of Sandymount Road, Wath-upon-Dearne was jailed for 30 years today at Sheffield Crown Court.

    Nathan Fensome, 28 of no fixed abode was jailed for 27 years.

    Quote Message: Stephen was my baby, always was and always will be and words cannot describe the loss and loneliness I feel today" from Elaine Fretwell Stephen Fretwell's mother
    Elaine FretwellStephen Fretwell's mother
  9. Charity cannot offer shelter for homeless youngsters

    One of Rotherham's oldest charities, Rush House has announced it will no longer be able to offer accommodation to homeless young people.

    Never Let Dreams Die slogan

    The organisation, based on Doncaster Road, has lost more than £300,000 in funding after council contracts were awarded to other charities.

    The charity says although it will no longer offer accommodation, it will continue to offer support to 18-24 year olds relating to education, training and employment.

    Quote Message: We've been here for 30 years and we'll stay open to support vulnerable young people into work" from Rachael Wilson Rush House CEO
    Rachael WilsonRush House CEO
  10. City's £50m flood defence scheme opens

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    Video caption: Leeds project will protect more than 3,500 homes and businesses from flooding.
  11. Police want to speak to these people - do you know them?

    Do you know any of these people?

    They could be able to help in a investigation after the death of a homeless man in Leeds in August.


    Police say they want to speak to any of the people in the pictures above as they might have seen something which could help the investigation.

    Terry Bailey, 39, who was believed to be sleeping rough, was assaulted in the early hours of Tuesday, and died in hospital a short time later.

    Two men have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death.

  12. Golf club targeted by quad bike vandals six times since August

    A golf club in Leeds says it's been plagued by people riding motorbikes and quad bikes on the course.

    Golf course

    South Leeds Golf Club in Middleton says that they have been targeted by vandals six times in the last two months.

    When the course has been ridden on they have to close the area, meaning they're losing cash.

    Golf Course

    The club say that at this time of year it can take more than a month to get the ground back to a playable standard.

    West Yorkshire Police said it was "Unacceptable damage at South Leeds Golf Club. If you know who is using off road bikes anti socially or where they are stored let us know."

  13. Armed police called after gate rammed and gun fired in Leeds

    Armed police were called in Leeds last night after a car rammed the gates of a house and a shotgun was fired.

    Hathorne Drive

    Shortly after 23:00 police say they were called to Hawthorne Drive in Gildersome, there were no injures and an Audi drove off towards Gelderd Road.

    Shortly after the Audi was set on fire at Cottingley Springs caravan site.

    Police say that the people involved in what happened know each other and that they were targeted attacks.

    Quote Message: We are working closely with our colleagues at Leeds District who have increased their patrols of the areas to reassure the community” from Det Ch Inspr Jaz Khan West Yorkshire Police
    Det Ch Inspr Jaz KhanWest Yorkshire Police
  14. Knives and blades handed in to police

    Knives, scissors and even a potato peeler were among the bladed items handed in at Woodseats Police station in Sheffield yesterday.

    Knives handed in

    South Yorkshire Police is taking part in the Drop the Knife campaign and is urging people to hand over weapons after three stabbings that took place in Sheffield city centre at the weekend.

    Quote Message: Think about the consequences of carrying a knife before you pick up a weapon and leave home with it" from Supt Una Jennings South Yorkshire Police
    Supt Una JenningsSouth Yorkshire Police
  15. Do you know Courtney Jenkins? She is missing

    Police from South Yorkshire are looking for 13-year-old Courtney Jenkins who was reported missing at around 14:00 yesterday.

    Courtney Jenkins

    She was last seen at around 17:30 in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield.

    Despite extensive inquiries officers have been unable to find her.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  16. A breath of fresh air in parts of Harrogate?

    Work to improve air quality in two parts of the Harrogate district is about to get under way.


    The authority is putting together plans for York Place, in Knaresborough and at the Woodlands Junction on Wetherby Road, Harrogate.

    Both areas have exceeded national targets for traffic-related nitrogen dioxide.

    Harrogate Borough Council is now obliged to show the government how they are going to improve the air quality.