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Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
PA Media

During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

Yorkshire's former mining towns still struggling - Report

Former mining towns and villages in Yorkshire still haven't fully recovered from the closure of local pits, according to new report.

Headstocks at Hatfield Colliery
Getty Images

Issues including social disadvantage, ill health and unemployment extend beyond former miners, the report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sheffield Hallam University says.

About 77,000 people in Yorkshire's former coalfield communities are on out-of-work benefits, which amounts to about 10% of adults of working age in those areas, the report adds.

Over 40% of coalfield areas in Yorkshire are in the most deprived parts of Britain, it says.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and mainly dry start, though rain already over western parts will soon move east to all areas.

Turning drier later this morning. This afternoon will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 14C (57F) with a low of 6C (43F):

A weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Welcome to Yorkshire had 'spend now, worry later' culture

The new chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire says the tourism agency previously operated under a culture of "spend now, worry about it later".

Peter Box
BBC

Peter Box released two reports this afternoon - one looking into the organisation's finances, and another at its future.

One, dated 29 August, said without a £500,000 loan from North Yorkshire County Council and another £1m investment "Welcome to Yorkshire will run out of cash by November at the latest".

The second revealed, among other matters, it spent £250,000 on its display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show - more than three times the £80,000 it had budgeted.

Former chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

It’s clear to me, from reading both reports that governance and strategic oversight of the operations have been largely absent. Financial planning was not robust enough which led to a culture of spend now, worry about it later."

Peter BoxWelcome to Yorkshire chairman

Big fall in jobless total in Yorkshire and Humber

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region, according to the latest statistics.

Job Centre Plus sign
PA Media

The number of people out of work in the region fell by 28,000 between June and August to 108,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nationally, though, there's been an increase in unemployment, up by 22,000 to 1.31 million people currently out of work.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Light rain this morning should gradually ease to leave a cloudy and dry day with some sunny spells.

This evening should continue dry with clearing skies.

Overnight it will cloud over, with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later in the night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave a largely dry, sunny day, with occasional showers in the afternoon.

Tonight any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However, a shortage of crews means train operator Northern will be running a reduced service on some routes today. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

The Selby-Leeds, York-Doncaster and Leeds-Doncaster routes are among those expected to be affected, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Services have also been disrupted between Leeds and Doncaster/Sheffield due to an earlier incident. Trains are now returning to normal, but could be delayed up to about 08:30.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Crowdfunder for scammed man who lost life savings

A crowdfunding campaign for a great-grandfather from Doncaster who had almost £15,000 stolen by scammers has surpassed the £11,000 mark.

John Thompson
South Yorkshire Police

Former police officer John Thompson, 91, was told there had been a security breach on his account and he needed to move his cash into a new one.

The fraudsters used sophisticated methods to bypass his call blocking software to make it look like they were calling from his local branch.

But a crowdfunder launched by the Yorkshire Post to raise the stolen £14,700 has now hit more than £11,000.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However, there may be disruption between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster/Swinton following an "incident".

Delays are expected until at least 09:00, according to National Rail Inquiries.

Also:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Troubled Yorkshire tourism agency appoints new boss

A new chairman has been appointed to head Yorkshire's troubled tourism agency.

Peter Box
BBC

The leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box (pictured) will take over at Welcome to Yorkshire after local authorities agreed to inject £1m to keep the the organisation going.

Its former chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

Mr Box said he intended to make the agency "open and transparent".

"I'm going to try and make a difference," he said.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:48 Leeds to Hull service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

'Leaves on the line' face a chilly reception

A blast of dry ice could be the solution to the bane of all rail commuters' lives - the infamous problem of "leaves on the line", according to researchers in South Yorkshire.

A train blasting dry ice
Network Rail

Every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves drop onto Britain's railways tracks which can make the rails slippy and dangerous, according to Network Rail.

Currently, sand is sprayed by trains onto the track to improve grip, but research by the University of Sheffield shows that dry ice could be a better answer.

Sprayed onto the tracks, dry ice leaves behind no residue and improves traction between the wheel and rail.

Trials are currently taking place across the UK.

Yorkshire's weather: Mostly bright and breezy

BBC Weather

A sunny start for all today but a band of heavy, blustery and locally thundery showers will move in from the west, as winds strengthen.

The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

Most of the showers will move away to the east by this evening, leaving tonight mainly dry and clear, though still relatively breezy:

Weather graphic
BBC

Leaders back Welcome to Yorkshire with £1m funding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A panel of council leaders has agreed to continue to fund Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) with £1m of public money, despite its recent problems.

Former Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity
Anna Gowthorpe/Press Association

The tourism agency has struggled financially since the resignation of chief executive Sir Gary Verity in March and the subsequent investigations into the company.

The meeting heard that a “managed closedown” of WtY would cost even more than helping to keep it going and new agency would need to be set up in its place.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 09:18 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Double trouble for uninsured family

It wasn't a good day for one family in South Yorkshire after having two uninsured cars seized within a matter of minutes.

A VW car
South Yorkshire Police

The first car was bought from a seller on social media at a "bargain price", police say.

But the driver didn't bother to insure it and so had the car seized.

Their mother then came to pick them up, also in an uninsured car.

South Yorkshire Police seized both cars leading to what they describe as a "very expensive day" for the family.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cool but dry start to the day with some hazy sunshine.

It'll turn cloudier this afternoon and getting windier, with rain expected this evening and tonight.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F):

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BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:26 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
  • The 08:56 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:39 Sheffield to Norwich service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Black History Month: South Yorkshire firefighters in focus

A new exhibition featuring photographs of firefighters from across South Yorkshire is opening in Sheffield to mark Black History Month.

Stephen Moss
BBC

The fire service say people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented in the profession both locally and across the country.

Among those to feature in exhibition is Stephen Moss (above), who is believed to be the first black firefighter to join the South Yorkshire service when he signed up in 1977.

A few of the portraits
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The exhibition features portraits of 10 members of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, both frontline firefighters and their support team.

They will go on show in several locations, including the Winter Garden and the railway station, from today until 24 October.

Yorkshire's weather: Wet start with rain easing

BBC Weather

This morning will be cloudy with spells of rain, some heavy in place.

This afternoon will stay mostly cloudy, but the rain will gradually ease.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

Tonight will be dry with long clear spells with just the odd patch of cloud:

A weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Tuesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 09:35 York to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 09:59 Doncaster to Reading service has been cancelled
  • The 10:09 York to Liverpool Lime Street service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

There's a chance of rain across Yorkshire today, but it will remain mostly sunny.

Light rain and drizzle will start this evening as cloud increases, with rain becoming heavy overnight.

Some flood alerts will remain in place throughout the day:

A weather graphic
BBC

South Yorkshire Police rated 'good'

South Yorkshire's police force has been rated as "good" in a new report.

Stephen Watson
South Yorkshire Police

The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found South Yorkshire Police was effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe.

It said it was also found to treat the public and its workforce well.

Two years ago after the force was rated as "requires improvement" Chief Constable Stephen Watson said he would "sack" himself if the service wasn't rated as good within two years.

Reacting to the rating, Mr Watson said: "South Yorkshire is in the very top tier of best performing forces in this country.

"We have much that we still need to do. But this is fantastic news."

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We've got a bit of a mixed bag on the cards for today with a mix of scattered showers and some clear spells.

The rain will be fairly heavy in places but should ease by the late afternoon, bringing some drier interludes.

Temperatures will get up to 17C in places.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After yesterday's heavy rain there should be a bit more sunshine about today, though there will still be some scattered showers.

Temperatures will get up to about 19C.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running to time.

However:

  • The 09:05 service from Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield is running about eight minutes late
  • The 09:12 service from York to Blackpool North has been cancelled
  • The 09:18 service from York to Newcastle is running about eight minutes late
  • The 09:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Bogus water board officials trick pensioners

"Bogus officials" who pretended to be from the water board in order to steal money from pensioners in Sheffield are being sought by police.

South Yorkshire Police e-fits of bogus water board callers
South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police said men claiming to be from the water board or "Corporation" tricked their way into the homes of three pensioners and took cash.

The incidents happened on Manor Park Crescent, Glenholme Road and Colley Drive on 6 and 9 September.

In one incident, police said one of the men claimed he needed to check the water because of a burst pipe nearby. Meanwhile, a second man went upstairs and took cash.

After another incident, the "water board official" left in a small white van after taking money.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Tuesday morning, most services appear to be running to time.

However;

  • The 09:47 service form York to Scarborough is running about nine minutes late
  • The 09:47 service from Wakefield Westgate to Glasgow Central is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 09:52 service from Leeds to Newcastle is running about seven minutes late
  • The 09:53 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 23 minutes late
  • The 09:56 service from Sheffield to Plymouth has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below: