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  1. Leeds designer store targeted in ram raid burglary

    A designer clothes store in Leeds was targeted in a ram raid last night.

    HUGO BOSS LEEDS

    Two cars arrived outside the Hugo Boss store on Vicar Lane at about 20:00.

    The suspects used bolt cutters to cut the locks, then a black Nissan Navara was driven into the glass.

    After filling builder's bags with clothing the suspects fled the scene in the Nissan with a registration plate of X55KUN and a silver Ford Fiesta with a registration plate of YH07EBU.

    Det Insp James Entwistle said: "We fully appreciate that incidents of this nature in the city centre cause understandable concern to the public and to the business community and our colleagues are working to provide suitable reassurance and advice following this incident.”

    Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone with footage of the incident.

  2. West Yorkshire derby marks landmark day for Headingley

    Headingley hosts its first Super League action of 2019 with tonight's West Yorkshire derby between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity.

    Headingley entrance

    It'll be the first Super League game played in front of the fully-opened South Stand, with 1,000 fans also in part of the rebuilt North Stand.

    Rhinos head coach David Furner says the redeveloped stadium will add to the occasion.

    "Just playing for the crowd here has always been quite special for me as a player, but as a coach seeing the player run out in a packed stadium will be great," he says.

  3. Final weekend to see Hull's knife angel

    This is the final weekend to see the knife angel sculpture in Queens Gardens.

    KNIFE ANGEL

    The sculpture is made from more than 100,000 knives donated to the Ironworks, collected through police force surrender campaigns across the country.

    It stands at 27 ft tall and is a symbol against violence and aggression, and a memorial to those who have lost their lives to knife crime.

    PC Christian Sewell said: "While the sculpture has been in Hull, we rolled out our school programme as part of the #NoMoreKnives campaign to educate children of the dangers of knife crime.

    "The more young people that are aware of the dangers the more we can prevent young people losing their lives in knife crime."

    The piece will be moved from the city on 4 March.

  4. Leeds road closure: Serious accident near hospital

    Police have closed York Road going outbound due to a serious accident.

    The incident is nearby Seacroft Hospital.

    Officers have advised drivers to avoid the area as the road will be closed for some time:

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  5. Police dog sniffs out drugs within 15 minutes

    South Yorkshire Police made a Class A find today - with the help of a four-legged friend.

    Bella the police dog discovered the drugs in Shiregreen within 15 minutes:

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  6. Cash injection for city's new construction training hub

    Sheffield has been awarded £715,000 to create a new training hub to help tackle a skills shortage in the construction industry.

    A construction site

    The cash has come from the Department for Education's Construction Skills Fund and is aiming to train up to 650 people.

    It is due to be open fully on Friday 29 March.

  7. Police investigating after schools evacuated

    Police are investigating a security alert in Hull that resulted in two schools being evacuated this morning.

    Sirius Academy West

    Officers are looking into the origin of a phone call relating to Sirius Academy West and Ganton School.

    Humberside Police searched both buildings and their grounds but say they haven't found anything suspicious.

  8. Leeds road closure: Bus hits pedestrian

    A man and a bus were involved in a serious collision on Burley Road this afternoon.

    SCENE ON BURLEY ROAD

    The incident happened about 13:50.

    A man was taken to hospital, where he is conscious and breathing.

    Emergency services are at the scene and have cordoned off the road near Burley Bottom Park.

  9. Moderns slaves given £1m, court orders

    A Lincolnshire family who kept slaves benefited to the sum of almost £4m, Nottingham Crown Court heard today.

    Members of the Rooney family

    Twelve members of the Rooney family were jailed for a total of over 90 years for their roles in what was called the biggest slavery ring in British legal history.

    Over £1m was confiscated by the courts today and the Rooneys face further jail time if they fail to pay within three months.

    The majority of the confiscated funds will be paid to their surviving victims, in terms of compensation and ‘wages in lieu’.

  10. Thieves steal Wakefield disability charity tandems

    Thieves have stolen tandem bikes from a charity in West Yorkshire which helps blind and disabled people get access to the countryside.

    Tandem riders

    The Open Country charity, which has a site in Wakefield, was targeted by thieves who stole four of its eight bikes on Tuesday night.

    The thieves "used effort" to get into the Thornes Park base and steal the blue Orbit Routier or Velocity bikes, which all had serial numbers.

    The charity's organisers fear the bikes may be offered for sale online.

    All the bikes are less than 14 months old and the charity said one of the bikes had only been picked up two weeks ago.

    Ella Dixon, who runs the Wakefield project, said the bikes were used to help people who may be blind, while others have physical or mental disabilities meaning they can't ride a bike alone.

    The Harrogate-based charity runs five tandem clubs across Yorkshire and said that in 2018 all their rides together totalled over 24,500 miles.

  11. 20 year search for missing person

    Police looking into the disappearance of a man from Lincolnshire nearly 20 years ago, say they've tried everything to find him, including drones.

    Glyn Taylor

    Glyn Taylor (pictured) disappeared in broad daylight on a road near Spalding in 2001.

    As technology has developed, police have started using new techniques to find out what happened.

    But Detective Superintendent Jon McAdam, who's involved in the operation, says police have "no idea what happened to him or where he is" but say they review the case on a yearly basis.

    But despite two decades passing, Glyn's childhood friend has set up a Facebook page, desperate to find anyone who may have seen him all those years ago.

    Quote Message: We wish we knew where he was. If he's listening, just get in touch with us, you're not in trouble. We want to know. We just want to give you a hug and say everything's going to be fine. from Michaela Ives Glyn's Childhood Friend
    Michaela IvesGlyn's Childhood Friend
  12. Seal stranded on WWII pillbox rescued

    An injured grey seal left stranded on the top of a 10ft high World War Two pillbox on a beach has been rescued by the RSPCA in East Yorkshire.

    Stranded seal

    The incident at Fraisthorpe was called in by a concerned passerby, who reported that the seal was unable to get down on his own and had been stuck there for over 24 hours.

    The RSPCA was approached for help by Scarborough Sea Life Centre on Tuesday.

    Animal Collection Officer Leanne Honess-Heather Hone said: "The poor seal was clearly distressed and we could see he had injured his eye.

    "Because he had been stuck up there for 24 hours, and had been exposed to the strong sun throughout the heat of the day, he was very dehydrated.

    "Luckily we managed to get him down safely and he was soon on his way to Scarborough Sea Life Centre.

    "The seal's eye had sustained some trauma and was slightly infected, so he received some veterinary treatment."

    The seal was released back into the wild on Wednesday.

  13. Len Tingle placement remembers BBC Yorkshire politics editor

    An internship has been launched in memory of Len Tingle, BBC Yorkshire's former political editor.

    Len Tingle

    Tingle, from Cudworth near Barnsley, began his journalism career in 1981 and had been political editor for 17 years when he died of cancer in 2018 at the age of 63.

    The placement is open to students at seven Yorkshire universities that run a journalism degree.

    His widow Angela Tingle said journalism had been "a passion not a job".

    Tingle, who lived in the Huddersfield area for many years, was interested in journalism, Yorkshire and giving opportunities to young people from diverse backgrounds.

    The successful applicant will work in radio, television and online services while being mentored by BBC journalists.

    The seven universities are Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity, Leeds, Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield and York St John.

  14. East Yorkshire landmark no longer to be 'run-of-the-mill'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An historic East Yorkshire mill is to be given a new lease of life after it was awarded a £724,000 lottery grant.

    HESSLE WHITING MILL

    Hessle Whiting Mill, tucked behind the Humber Bridge, will be reopened with new displays looking into its history.

    There will also be improved access created to the Humber Bridge Country Park.

    The council will cover the remainder of the £968,869 scheme.

    Councillor Stephen Parnaby said: "The project will unlock the tourism potential of this beautiful nature reserve by investing in the country park's heritage assets."

    The work will begin in summer, with completion expected in the autumn.

  15. Concerns grow for missing Rotherham woman

    Have you seen Caroline Hartshorn? Concerns are growing for her welfare after she was reported missing in Rotherham.

    Caroline Hartshorn

    The 45-year-old is believed to have left her home on Mulberry Road at about 21:30 last night.

    She doesn't own a mobile phone or form of transport, according to police.

    Officers are urging anyone with information about her whereabouts to get in touch.

  16. £6.5m investment in Lincoln engineering firm

    Lincoln's biggest private employer says it's investing millions of pounds into its research and development facility in the city.

    siemenes in Lincoln city centre

    Tech firm Siemens, which makes gas turbines in the city, says the £6.5m investment will also see some employees move from its factory site on the outskirts of Lincoln to its city centre site.

    The firm has been based in the city since the 1970s and is based on the site where aircraft and tanks were made during World Wars One and Two.

  17. Teenager arrested in Bradford murder inquiry

    A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Bradford last week.

    Jinnah Court

    Officers were called to Jinnah Court near the city centre just after 03:50 on Saturday following reports a man was lying injured in the road.

    Paul Ackroyd, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

    A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday and remains in police custody.

    Three people arrested earlier on suspicion of murder have since been released on bail for enquiries to continue, police say.

    A fourth person arrested has been released without charge, the force adds.

  18. Storm Freya threatens 'dangerous conditions' this weekend

    The Met Office has issued weather warnings for Lincolnshire this weekend.

    It says Storm Freya will bring "very strong winds" this Sunday, and potentially cause travel disruption and possibly dangerous conditions for drivers on Monday morning.

    It warns that "injuries and danger to life from flying debris" may be possible:

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  19. North Yorkshire diver wins bronze in Japan

    BBC Sport

    Jack Laugher, from North Yorkshire, and Dan Goodfellow have taken the men's synchronised 3m springboard bronze in Japan at the first World Series event of the year.

    Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow

    Laugher, from Ripon, has teamed up with Goodfellow after his usual partner, Chris Mears, made the decision to take a year out.

    They were second going into the final round, but Mexico's Jahir Ocampo and Rommel Pacheco won silver as China's Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan claimed the gold.

  20. More children get first choice secondary school places

    More children are getting their first choice of secondary school in Lincolnshire this year compared with in 2018.

    exam results

    A total of 88.6% of students will get their first choice of school place in Lincolnshire this September.

    That's a small increase on last year's figure of 87.8%, equating to 250 more students this year getting their first choice out of a total of 8296.