Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Live updates on Wednesday 1 February 2017

Live Reporting

By Jim Addyman, Nick Wilmshurst and Kevin Larkin

All times stated are UK

Get involved

For your latest updates

Those are all the updates from BBC Yorkshire Live on Wednesday 1 February 2017.

For the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Thursday  2 February, click here to get the latest updates.

Ilkley Grammar School

Parents are being asked to donate up to £180 a year to boost Ilkley Grammar School's declining funds.

Read more
Entrance to Wentworth Castle Gardens

The trust running Wentworth Castle Gardens said it could no longer meet its running costs.

Read more

Five things you need to know about Yorkshire today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Well that's all from me today - but major news, sport and travel updates will continue through the evening and night. 

But before I go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Sir Ken Morrison dies at the age of 85
  2. 900 pigs are evacuated from a flooded North Yorkshire farm
  3. A South Yorkshire attraction is to close because of lack of funds
  4. Yorkshire Ambulance Service improves according to inspectors
  5. Tadcaster Bridge should reopen by the end of the week

See you tomorrow.

Six in court over child prostitution

Five men and a woman have gone on trial accused of the rape, sexual abuse and prostitution of nine girls.  

Sheffield Crown Court

Prosecutors allege some of the girls were befriended and given drink and drugs before being forced to have sex.

Sheffield Crown Court was told one girl was tied to a chair in a bedsit by four of the defendants and made to have sex with men for money.

The offences are said to have taken place in Sheffield between 2005 and 2012. The defendants deny the charges.

Down on the farm ..... with nine kids and 1000 sheep!!

Jonathan Cowap

Presenter, BBC Radio York

If the word "shepherdess" conjures up images of Little Bo-Peep then where Amanda Owen is concerned you'll have to think again.

Amanda has a new book out - A Year In The Life Of A Yorkshire Shepherdess - which takes you stage by stage through the seasons at her Dales farm. 

Amanda's not from farming stock and moved to North Yorkshire to follow a dream - and she now shares that dream with husband Clive, nine children and around 1,000 sheep.

I spoke to her recently and asked her when she got time to write:

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J34 for A631 and J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound in Sheffield between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Sheffield Council leader urges PM to cancel Trump visit

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sheffield Council's leader will write to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to cancel President Trump's visit to Britain.

Julie Dore

Julie Dore made the decision after a Muslim councillor was told "Muslim go home" this week.  

Flags lowered in Bradford for Sir Ken

The flags at Bradford City Hall have been lowered in memory of Sir Ken Morrison, who has died at the age of 85.

Flags lowered
Bradford City Hall

Sir Ken was at the helm of the Morrisons chain of supermarkets for more than 50 years, taking the business from a family firm to one of the biggest supermarkets in the UK.

He was made a Freeman of the City of Bradford. 

Morrisons opened its first town centre shop in 1958 and first supermarket in 1961, both in Bradford.

Tadcaster Bridge due to reopen on Friday

Tadcaster Bridge is due to reopen at the end of this week, after being closed since the 2015 Christmas floods.

Tadcaster Bridge
Joe Giddens/PA

North Yorkshire County Council say that they believe the bridge, dating from the 18th century, will open again this Friday afternoon.

Workers have been hampered by high river levels and freezing conditions, causing delays to the £4m project.

It will be open again after the final touches to the masonry have been completed and the road surface has been laid.

Zaid Khalif J Sultan

Zaid Sultan used a Bluetooth device in a mobile phone to cheat during the test.

Read more

Search for man after 'machete' incident in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are asking for help to find a man believed to have been making threats with what locals described as a "machete" in Doncaster.

A gate was damaged during the incident on Staveley Street in Edlington at 21:07 on Monday. 

Staveley Street

A police search was carried out in the area on Monday but the man has not been found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Nine hundred pigs moved to safety from flooding

We've been telling you about the plight of about 900 pigs who have had to be saved from flooding at a farm in North Yorkshire.

Here's the latest picture from the scene:

Pigs in a flood
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

There are now four different crews from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue helping the evacuation of the pigs at Keldholme near Pickering.

The trapped animals have been moved into evacuation pens away from rising water.  

Bridgewater Place work starts tomorrow

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you usually drive into Leeds via Bridgewater Place, be prepared for some disruption from tomorrow morning.

Bridgewater Place

Work starts tomorrow on constructing baffles which are aimed at deflecting strong gusts away from the street level.  

About 100 yds of Water Lane, which is at the foot of the skyscraper, will be completely closed until 9 May while the work continues.

Man injured after car leaves road

A pedestrian was injured after a car crash in the Chapeltown area of Sheffield this morning.

Crash in Sheffield

Just after 05:30 this morning a Volvo V50 crashed with a Vauxhall Corsa, at the junction of Lound Side and Burncross Road, just outside of the Yorkshire Bank building.

The Corsa came off the road, injuring a 25-year-old man. South Yorkshire Police are investigating if he was hurt by the car itself of flying debris.

The man was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, but his condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Bomb disposal officers defuse suspect device in Leeds

Bomb disposal officers have been in Leeds dealing with a suspicious package found in a car at a recovery yard in Stourton.

Industrial estate

Police were called to the yard on Waterside Road this morning after the device was found at about 10:00.

The package has now been removed and taken away for examination. 

Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between A58 and A660.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A58(M) Inner Ring Road eastbound in Leeds between A58 and A660, because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Lorry driver punched in York laptop robbery

A lorry driver has been punched in the face several times during a robbery in York.


The man was parked in a lay-by on York's Outer Ring Road last night when he was attacked by two men.  

The pair lured the driver out of his lorry between 20:30 and 21:10 on Tuesday by saying it had been slashed.

They then attacked him and stole the computer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Traffic and travel: London-bound rail services back to normal

BBC Travel

Things are getting back to normal on services to London on the East Coast Main Line after problems earlier today at Retford:

View more on twitter

Sir Ken Morrison dies at 85: Five of his best quotes

Sir Ken Morrison, the man who was at the helm of the Bradford-based supermarket chain which bears his name, has died at the age of 85.

Sir Ken Morrison

Sir Ken helped grow supermarket Morrisons from a small grocery chain into one of the UK's largest retailers until he retired in 2008.

He died peacefully at his home in North Yorkshire, his family said in a statement.

Sir Ken was well known for being forthright in his views, so here are five of his best quotes (which we can publish):

  • When asked the secret of running a good supermarket, he once replied: "It's just taking money off people. And giving them something in return."
  • "I had no formal education for anything," he once said. "I learned my craft at the dining room table with my dad talking about things."
  • He had no truck with management consultants: "If you don't know how to run your own business, it's time to give up, isn't it?"
  • "Southern shoppers like to think they are sophisticated, don't they? But they're not. There's not so much difference down there. They say poor people need a bargain. Wealthy people appreciate one."
  • Asked about his wife's reaction to the news he was launching a surprise bid for Safeway, he said: "Strangely enough, I didn't tell my wife at the beginning. What did she say when I did tell her? She said nothing, she said: 'Your tea's ready'."

'These people need help': Sheffield dementia campaigners present petition

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

People opposed to the closure of a home for people with dementia in Sheffield are to present a 10,000-signature petition to the city council.

Many of those with relatives at Hurlfield View are attending a Sheffield Council meeting to discuss the issue.  

Campaigner Sue Hardy has spoken on the steps of Sheffield Town Hall saying the city's system for caring for those with the illness is "broken":

View more on twitter

It's a shame. It's a scandal. It's scary."

Sue HardyHurlfield View campaigner

Sheffield City Council says it's "100% confident" it will have sufficient pre-bookable respite and day care activities in place for April 2017.  

Evacuation under way at flooded North Yorks piggery

We've been following the plight of 900 pigs trapped in a flooded piggery in Keldholme.

North Yorkshire firefighters are now having to evacuate the imperilled pigs:

View more on twitter

CCTV appeal after Sheffield teenager attacked with pole

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police have released CCTV images after a 17-year-old boy was hurt during an attack with a pole in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police

He was attacked after refusing to hand over his mobile to two other boys in Charnock Park last July.

Now detectives have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with their investigation:

The man has been described as about 5ft 9ins tall, of an average build and with short brown hair.  

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

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

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

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

North Yorkshire firefighters trying save 900 pigs from flood

North Yorkshire firefighters are trying to save 900 pigs from a flooded piggery in Keldholme.

Three crews from Kirkbymoorside, Pickering and Malton are there pumping water away:

View more on twitter

Bid to make Bradford 'most LGBT friendly in UK'

There's a new campaign to make Bradford the most gay-friendly city in the UK. 

Richard Dunbar

More than 100 film, debate and sporting events have been organised in the city to coincide with LGBT history month. 

The events are set to mark social and political contributions made by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

We're a very friendly and inclusive city and we wanted to prove that."

Councillor Richard DunbarBradford City Council

Wentworth Castle Gardens to close

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Wentworth Castle Gardens are to close in the spring due to a lack of funding to keep them going.

Wentworth Castle Gardens

The attraction gets thousands of visitors a year.  

In a statement, the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust said every effort would be made to ensure pre-booked weddings and events could still go ahead.

The Northern College of Adult Residential Education will not be affected by the decision to close the 18th century gardens, the statement adds.

Yorkshire in pictures: Castle Hill poking out of the fog

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

How's this for a spooky picture?

Castle Hill
Em Holland

It was taken this morning and it's Castle Hill in Huddersfield poking out of the fog.

Trial to take the strain out of buying train tickets

A new trial to overhaul rail fares on some routes through West Yorkshire will begin in May.

Virgin Trains

It's after train companies such as Virgin East Coast and Cross Country admitted that buying the right ticket could be "baffling". 

The system will make sure that passengers pay the cheapest possible fares and can avoid the need to split their tickets on longer journeys.  

Sheffield school hoping to swap their way into the record books

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A school in Sheffield is hoping to swap its way into the record books.

Deer Park Primary School in Wingerworth is attempting to break the world record for: "the number of books exchanged in a single venue over an eight-hour period".

Here's a sample of some of the books they'll be sharing:


The current world record stands at 2886 books exchanged.

The 344 pupils are asking people to come along between 09:00 and 17:00 to help their record breaking attempt.

Touchless tickets takes Keighley into the future

There's not much that London does better than Yorkshire, but one thing is definitely public transport. Their whole Oyster Card system is very good, so why don't we have the same thing in God's Own?

Spaceman on bus

Well, maybe it's on the way because in a part of West Yorkshire today bus passengers in Keighley, Bingley, and Bradford can take part in a trial of touchless ticketing.

Instead of a card though, and this is where Yorkshire improves on London, you can use an app on your phone.

Everyone who takes part in the trial will get half-price travel on the Shuttle 662 route which runs between Keighley and Bradford.

Police check 'two minute gap' in Sheffield sex attack investigation

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Detectives investigating a suspected serious sexual assault in Sheffield are focusing on a two minute gap.

They say the 21-year-old female victim went in to Weston Park at 22:48 on 23 January but woke up two minutes later on the ground.

Weston Park

Police have interviewed witnesses, gathered forensic evidence and examined CCTV footage since the suspected attack.

Officers have also thanked the public for their help and say the investigation is being treated as a priority.

Jordan Rhodes

Sheffield Wednesday sign Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes on loan until the end of the season.

Read more

Harrogate's plan to improve Station Parade

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live

Plans to spend millions of pounds on improving Harrogate's Station Parade area are being discussed today.

Station Parade, Harrogate

The borough council is looking at how the money from the government's Local Growth Deal would be best spent - and says revamping the station area is a priority. 

The cash is a share of more than £23m awarded to York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership.

Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) entry slip road closed and heavy traffic southbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of an accident involving lorry.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Ken Morrison dies aged 85: Supermarket pays tribute to 'inspirational retailer'

Ken Morrison, the man who built the Bradford-based Morrisons supermarket into the fourth-largest in the UK, has died at the age of 85.

Ken Morrison

His family said he died after a short illness.

He retired from the supermarket in 2008 after being in charge of the company for more than 50 years, turning the chain into a national name from its beginnings as a family business.

He was the longest-serving chairman of a FTSE 100 company in the UK, and Morrisons awarded him the honorary post of Life President after he left the firm.   

He was an inspirational leader and the driving force behind Morrisons for over half a century. His legacy is evident every day and in every aspect of our business."

Andrew HigginsonChairman, Morrisons

Bradford looks to become UK's most LGBT-friendly city

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live

There's a new campaign to make Bradford the most gay-friendly city in the UK. 

More than 100 film, debate and sporting events have been organised in the city to coincide with LGBT History Month. 

Councillor Richard Dunbar is one of the main organisers:

Is this you? You've lost your camera!

If you recognise the people in these pictures, you might want to get in touch with them and tell them that the police have their camera:

Go Pro
North Yorkshire Police

It was found in Northallerton, and can be claimed by calling North Yorkshire Police

Go Pro
North Yorkshire Police