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Summary

  1. Life sentence for Bradford man who beat two to death with dumb-bell
  2. North Yorkshire teenage girl dies in car crash
  3. Luxury car maker McLaren to open factory in Sheffield
  4. Two more arrested over Sheffield tree-felling protests
  5. Flood-hit West Yorkshire bridge re-opens after over a year
  6. Grandmother and two children rescued from Barnsley house fire
  7. Updates on Wednesday 8 February 2017

Live Reporting

By Elly Fiorentini, Nick Wilmshurst and Kat Harbourne

All times stated are UK

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Our five top stories from today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from us for today, though updates will continue for Yorkshire throughout the evening and tonight right here.

Before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Life sentence for Bradford man who beat two to death with dumb-bell
  2. Prestige car maker McLaren to set up factory in Sheffield
  3. North Yorkshire teenage girl dies in car crash
  4. Elland Bridge reopens to traffic after 2015 floods
  5. Grandmother and two children rescued from Barnsley house fire

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

Where there's muck there's brass: Rubbish raises charity cash in Selby

How do you cut down on litter in our towns and cities? How about using on-street bins to pay for donations to charities - much like the token system in some supermarkets?

Litter
BBC

In other words, the more litter you put in a certain bin the more money a charity gets.  

It's an interesting idea that has seen Selby town centre reduce litter by nearly 40% after bins were effectively transformed into charity collection pots.   

The more litter that goes into the bins (and the less on the ground) the more the featured charity of the month benefits.

Asthma UK has already collected £300 in January thanks to the project, with Macmillan Cancer Care now February's good cause.

Skipton man jailed for 'nasty assault' with plank of wood

A Skipton man has been jailed for 32 months after hitting a man with a plank of wood, leaving him with head injuries.

Simon Whiteside
North Yorkshire Police

Simon Whiteside (pictured), 47, of of Greenfield Street, was sentenced at York Crown Court yesterday after he repeatedly hit a 53-year-old man with the plank in an alleyway in Skipton. 

Whiteside pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and two counts of breaching a restraining order against the victim.

This was a nasty assault that has left the victim with permanent scarring. Whiteside now has plenty of time to reflect on his actions."

Det Quita PassmoreNorth Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - Very slow traffic and two lanes closed on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident.

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'Quick-thinking' primary school children praised after crash

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live

Three primary school children from Barnsley who helped at the scene of a car crash have been awarded certificates to acknowledge their quick-thinking.

Children
South Yorkshire Police

Ten-year-old George and siblings Lauren and Leo, both aged 11, were on their way to school when they saw a car crash with a motorbike in November last year in Barnsley. 

George grabbed his mum's mobile phone and called 999. Meanwhile, Lauren and Leo ran over to the bike rider to assist. 

Leo also phoned 999 to explain what happened, and Lauren phoned her dad's work to explain that he was helping with a collision and would be late for work.  

These children remained incredibly calm and immediately began to help when they saw what had happened."

PCSO Claire BanksSouth Yorkshire Police

CCTV appeal over 'brutal' assault in Wakefield pub

Police in Wakefield have released pictures of two men they want to speak to after a "brutal" attack on a man at a pub in the city.

Violent assault
West Yorkshire Police

It happened at the Stereo Bar, on Albion Court, on 4 December.  

A 29-year-old man was attacked in the toilets by two other men, meaning he needed urgent hospital treatment for facial injuries.

This was a brutal assault on the victim. We're releasing these images today in the hope of jogging the memory of any people [who were there] on the night of this assault."

Det Con Rachel DarlingWest Yorkshire Police

Support work by Sheffield girl with cerebral palsy recognised by PM

A young woman from Sheffield with cerebral palsy has been recognised for her support work with disabled people.

Ellie Simpson
Ellie Simpson

Ellie Simpson, who studies at Sheffield Hallam, set up CP Teens, an organisation aimed at connecting young people with disabilities and providing them with support.

She decided to launch the website after experiencing isolation during her time in sixth form. She realised how little social support there was for young people with cerebral palsy.  

Ellie's work has now been highlighted as a "Point of Light", recognition which comes directly from the Prime Minister.   

I have met some amazing people and I have made the most special of friendships along the way. I'm so excited about the future of CP Teens UK."

Ellie Simpson

South Yorkshire's Deputy Chief Constable to retire

The Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire is to retire in April after 30 years' service with the police, she's announced.

Dawn Copley
GMP

Dawn Copley, who started her policing career in 1987, joined the South Yorkshire force in 2015.

In a statement, she says: "When I joined, I could not have imagined the many and varied experiences that lay ahead. Some have been immensely enjoyable, others terribly sad. 

"But together these experiences have added up to a fabulous career and I have met some truly wonderful people along the way."

HS2 community event in Sheffield

Sheffield residents are sharing their views about the proposed HS2 high speed rail route at a community event in the city today. 

The event is taking place at the Aston Hall Hotel until 20:00 and anyone can drop in.

It's part of a series of consultations across Yorkshire by the team tasked with the construction of the project:    

HS2 timetable
HS2

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J28 for A650 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 westbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Do you know this man? CCTV appeal over serious sexual assault

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to talk to after a serious sexual assault in Leeds. 

suspect
West Yorkshire Police

The victim, an 18-year-old woman, had been on a night out in the city centre and was walking along Briggate shortly after 04:30 on 14 January when she was approached by a man.

He walked with her until they entered the park between Servia Hill and Woodhouse Street where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault.

The victim contacted police on 3 February to report this incident. Clearly this has been a very traumatic ordeal for the victim and we urgently need to trace this man."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Work begins on UK's highest man-made outdoor climbing wall

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Have you got a head for heights? You'll need it if you happen to go to Brighouse in West Yorkshire soon.

Climbing wall
ROKT climbing centre

Work's started there on a 36m high climbing wall which, when it's finished, will be higher than either the Tower of London or the Angel of the North.  

The £75,000 project is being led by ROKT climbing centre in partnership with Calderdale Council to help raise the profile and participation in the activity.

When it's completed in the spring, it will give daredevils views of up to about 20 miles across Yorkshire - on a good day, of course.

Severe accident: A629 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

A629 West Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between Ovenden Way and Shroggs Road.

A629 West Yorkshire - A629 Ovenden Road in Ovenden closed and very slow traffic southbound between the Ovenden Way junction and the Shroggs Road junction, because of a serious accident. Diversion in operation - All halifax bound traffic is being diverted down Ovendon Way.

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Cigarettes, cannabis and cash captured

About 30,000 counterfeit cigarettes, amounts of cannabis, Class A drugs and a large quantity of cash have been seized during raids in Sheffield. 

Drugs
South Yorkshire Police

Several homes in Parson Cross have been raided as part of an intelligence-led operation this week, according to South Yorkshire Police.

We would like to stress the dangers of buying counterfeit goods, in particular tobacco products, as it's unknown what chemicals and toxins are ingested, in addition to the known health risks associated with smoking."

Sheffield Tasking Team

Bid for more funding to help beat future Leeds floods

Officials in Leeds are stepping up the pressure on the government to give them more money to spend on the city's flood defences. 

Floods
PA

Leeds City Council says it wants more money to prevent flooding in the city and to avoid a repeat of the damage caused on Boxing Day 2015. 

The council's expected to decide to send a detailed report on the flooding directly to the desk of the Environment Minister Andrea Leadsom.

I think there's every likelihood it could happen again. I'd like to see a decent standard of protection for Kirkstall Road so businesses can be confident again."

Phil MarkenKirkstall Road businessman

Travel update: Problems on M62 westbound

BBC Travel

There's a lane closed on the M62 westbound between J26 and J25 because of an accident.

M62
Highways England/Crown Copyright

As you can see, emergency services are there dealing with it and there are a few delays.

Highways England say they expect things to get back to normal before 17:00.

Do you have a coat for a greyhound?

If so, a South Yorkshire charity wants to hear from you.

Greyhound Rescue has been asked to take in 30 greyhounds.

Staff there can't take all 30, so are busy finding places for them all.

They say they're desperate for fleece greyhound coats, as they'll soon have a total of 18 dogs in their kennels. 

The charity was set up to rescue greyhounds from being put to sleep and to find them loving "forever homes".  

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Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Headteacher banned for falsifying records

A headteacher has been banned from the profession for falsifying students' progress records.

Exterior of school
Google

Simon Pringle, former head of Brinsworth Manor Junior School in Rotherham, was found guilty of "unacceptable professional conduct" by a misconduct panel.

He produced false data that showed pupils attainment was "good" prior to a visit by school inspectors in 2014.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership panel heard that Mr Pringle had "admitted that he drafted false lesson observation feedback for some teachers" including some "observation feedback for teachers he had never observed.".

The report also also found that in emails and staff meetings "Mr Pringle gave staff clear encouragement to err on the side of generosity in assessing attainment".

He resigned from his job in September 2015.

In pictures: A winter's day in Yorkshire

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

I thought we'd take a little visual tour of Yorkshire this afternoon - courtesy of our BBC Weather Watchers - to remind ourselves how beautiful our part of the world can be.

Here's Wharfemeadows Park in Otley, complete with swans, as caught on camera by Allym:

Otley
allym

I love this atmospheric picture by Michael Hardy of the swirling mists in the Peak District at Curbar Edge, near Sheffield:

Swirling mists at Curbar Edge near Sheffield
Michael Hardy

And could it be? Whisper it...spring is just round the corner - as can be seen in this picture by Garry Hornet.

These snowdrops and crocuses are currently brightening up Strensall in North Yorkshire.

Snowdrops
Garry Hornet

McLaren supercars deal for Sheffield

More on the news we brought you earlier that luxury supercar manufacturer McLaren is to build a £50m chassis factory in South Yorkshire, creating 200 jobs.

McLaren supercar
Harold Cunningham/Getty

The "world-class" facility will be built at the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Construction is due to start "in early 2017", with full production of advanced carbon fibre chassis by 2020.

The move represents a "significant" return of car chassis manufacturing to the north of England, the AMRC says.  

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

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

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Four men arrested after Dewsbury shooting

Four men have been arrested after a man was shot in Dewsbury a week ago today

Dewsbury
BBC

A 31-year-old man, a 30-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, attempted robbery and threats to damage. 

They remain in police custody at this time. 

A 24-year-old man who was injured in the incident remains in hospital.

Watch: Latest Yorkshire weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'm afraid it's still pretty grey this afternoon.

We may well be in line for some snow later too: 

Life for man who beat two to death with dumb-bell

A Bradford taxi driver who murdered his wife's lover and his friend six years ago has been given a life sentence with a minimum tariff of 31 years. 

Mohammed Zubair
West Yorkshire Police

Mohammed Zubair, 36, fled to Pakistan after the killings, but was extradited last year to face trial in Bradford. 

In May 2011, at his home in Barkerend, Zubair used a dumb-bell bar to savagely beat to death electrician Ahmedin Khyel, who'd been having an affair with Zubair's wife. 

Mr Khyel's friend, Imran Khan, an innocent bystander, was also murdered by Zubair, who then dumped the men's bodies in a lane in the outskirts of Bradford before fleeing abroad. 

Two years later, Zubair was detained in Pakistan and was extradited last May to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court, where he was found guilty of the two murders.    

Cash injection for new Rotherham education centre

The £10.5m higher education centre in Rotherham, which is due to open in autumn next year, has been awarded £3.5m from the Sheffield City Region.

College
Rotherham College

The state-of-the-art university centre will run a range of higher education programmes for students and employers, with over 50 courses expected to be running by 2020.

It'll be run by Rotherham College and it's hoped the project will address the skills gap.

Currently, only 23% of people in the town have a higher education qualification compared to the national average of 36%. 

Jorvik Viking Festival finale relocates to Eye of York

The Jorvik Viking Festival brings in thousands of visitors to York each year and it's an opportunity for hundreds of re-enactors to recreate a Viking battle.

Vikings by torchlight
BBC

The end of the festival, which will see hundreds of warriors on a makeshift battlefield for "Bloodaxe's Last Stand", was due to take place on Saturday 25 February at Rawcliffe Country Park.

But it's been announced that those plans have had to change because the site is waterlogged.

That means this year's finale will move back to the Eye of York which is next to Clifford's Tower.

Pedestrian killed on Leeds Ring Road is named

A woman who was killed on Leeds Outer Ring Road at the weekend has been named by police.

Rachel Watson
West Yorkshire Police

Rachel Watson, 43, was walking along the Ring Road near the junction with Tongue Lane in Moortown at about 10:20 on Saturday when she was hit by a grey Vauxhall Corsa. 

Mrs Watson was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with life-threatening injuries but died later that day.

The male driver of the Corsa stopped at the scene and has been spoken to by police.   

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the vehicle or Mrs Watson, who was wearing running clothes, in the time leading up to the collision is being asked to get in touch with police.

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Rotherham loses overnight fire engine

Rotherham will no longer have two fire engines fully manned at night.

Fire engine
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The decision to change staffing at the fire station was taken four years ago because of budget cuts.

The second fire engine at the site on Fitzwilliam Road will remain permanently available during the day, but becomes "on call" at night by the end of March.  

The fire service has lost £14m in government funding since 2010 and is likely to lose a further £2m between now and 2020.  

We have faced big cuts to our funding, but have repeatedly committed to providing the best possible service to the people of South Yorkshire within the resources which are available to us."

Martin BlundenDeputy Chief Fire Officer

Red kite poisonings: Police warn of dangers

Elly Fiorentini

BBC Local Live, York

They are beautiful to look at and are being re-introduced in North Yorkshire but tests on two red kites which were found dead last year, show that they were poisoned. 

Dead birds of prey
North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police's Rural Task Force are appealing for witnesses.

The two red kites were found dead in the Nidderdale area, where animal carcasses were laced with poison in order to kill other wildlife. 

Police say such substances are a serious risk to anyone who comes into contact with them, particularly children or pets. 

Pork off the menu for Babe the Sheep Pig?

A theatre in Leeds is being urged to take meat off its cafe menu as it shows Babe, the Sheep Pig. 

Babe the sheep pig
West Yorkshire Playhouse

The animal welfare charity PETA says it's offered to supply vegan hot dogs for the first day of the show at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. 

It says "a move to a meat-free cafe would be well in keeping with Babe's legacy".

Cricket: Sheffield's Joe Root 'obvious' candidate for England captaincy

Joe Root is the "obvious candidateto be named as England Test captain - but the role must not affect his batting, says pace bowler James Anderson. 

Joe Root
Getty Images

Batsman Root is the favourite to take over from Alastair Cook, who stepped down on Monday after a record 59 Tests.

The Yorkshire player had been Test vice-captain to Cook since May 2015.

Cars driven along pavement outside schools

Two cars are reported to have been driven dangerously along a pavement near two York primary schools.

Police say it happened between Heworth Road and Stockton Lane last Thursday between 08:45 and 09:15 when children were being dropped off. 

Area where cars drove onto the pavement
Google

A Ford Focus and a Volkswagen Golf are both reported to have driven towards oncoming traffic before mounting the pavement.  Other drivers and pedestrians had to take evasive action to avoid a crash.

North Yorkshire police say "It was very fortunate that lives were not lost" 

Motorcyclist dies after crash in Leeds

Police have named a motorcyclist who was killed after a crash in Bramley, in Leeds, on Sunday.

Christopher Maidens
West Yorkshire Police

Christopher Maidens, who was 30, was riding his Suzuki GSXR 750 along the A647 Stanningley Road when he was in collision with a grey Volvo S40 which was turning into Armley Grange Drive. 

Officers are also trying to establish Christopher’s whereabouts before the collision took place so we would ask anyone he was with on Sunday to please get in contact."

Sgt Mathew TunneyWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Aftermath of Cudworth house fire

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

A grandmother and two children have been rescued from a house fire in South Yorkshire. 

Firefighters helped free them from the property on Barnsley Road in Cudworth in the early hours of this morning. 

They were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.  

The Wakefield hospital that helps patients stay at home

Matthew Price

Correspondent, BBC Today Programme

Healthcare workers in Wakefield are working together in what's being seen as a possible way to improve healthcare across the country and save the NHS money.

Healthcare worker and patient
BBC

Each week they meet to plan the care that will be offered to the mostly elderly people they are working with in a number of care homes in the Wakefield district.

They work to build up a complete picture of how best to help each patient.  

Everyone here stresses it's about improving patient care. 

But there are savings to be made. They estimate that if they roll this project across the whole district, by 2021 they will make a net saving of £5.3m a year.  

Listen: On patrol in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A new police team in Doncaster town centre say they have dealt with more than 100 cases of rough sleeping in three months.

Since it was set up in November, the team has also caught 45 shoplifters, arrested 32 wanted people and found seven missing people. 

I've been on patrol to see the team in action: