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Car smash pics used in police 'designated driver' campaign

Pictures of a mangled car which were driven by a drunk driver have been used by North Yorkshire Police to highlight the importance of having a designated driver on a night out.

Car wreakage
North Yorkshire Police

The force said: "Help us prevent scenes like this one which we dealt with recently. The driver was drunk. Amazingly, nobody was killed.

"If you only do one good deed this Christmas, offer to be a designated driver on a night out with family, friends or colleagues."

Car wreakage
North Yorkshire Police

The force says it'll be carrying out random roadside checks "morning, noon and night" to keep the roads safe over the Christmas period.

Naheed Khan: Police receive 'crucial information'

Police investigating the murder of a missing Middlesbrough woman say someone has come forward with "crucial information".

Naheed Khan, 43, was reported missing on 12 June 2018, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before then.

Cleveland Police said they are not able to disclose how they received the new information, or go into specific details, but did say it could be of "real significance" to their investigation.

They are appealing to those who have provided the information last month to come forward again.

Independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads police to find Naheed Khan’s body.

Naheed Khan
Cleveland Police

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 generally 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

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

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a windy start to the day with a Met Office weather warning in place for coastal areas.

That's likely to bring a number of heavy showers with hail, though they will drift out into the North Sea as the day goes on.

Elsewhere we will see plenty of sunshine with temperatures of about 7C or 8C:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:34 service from Leeds to Liverpool has been cancelled
  • The 08:38 service from York to Middlesbrough is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:54 service from Sheffield to Plymouth has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 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:

    General Election 2019: The politics of power in Yorkshire

    Stuart Harratt

    BBC Local Live

    Yorkshire is a place that sees itself as separate, unique, in a way not dissimilar to how Texans feel about their own huge corner of the United States. But in this sprawling chunk of England - one that declares itself God's Own Country - a party has grown that wants devolved power for its people.

    Besides comparing its rolling dales and breathtaking vistas to a slice of heaven on earth, Yorkshire's fiercely independent streak is perhaps best exemplified by the actions of those who call it home.

    In sport, the county has its own "international" football team. At the 2012 Olympics, a Yorkshire medal table was drawn up showing how it would have fared had it been a country. Its sports stars raked in 10 medals between them, putting them 13th in this fictional ranking - a feat bettered at Rio in 2016 when Yorkshire would have come 12th.

    Read more here.

    Yorkshire flag
    Getty Images

    Spate of Norovirus school closures in North Yorkshire

    At least seven schools in North Yorkshire have been forced to close so far this term for a deep clean because of the Norovirus winter vomiting bug, it's emerged.

    Child washing hands
    BBC

    Schools are being encouraged to maintain good hygiene to prevent further illness.

    The illness affected several schools in Catterick Garrison last week and one in Richmondshire and another in the Selby district this week.

    The main symptoms of norovirus are typically:

    • Suddenly feeling sick
    • Projectile vomiting
    • Watery diarrhoea

    Health bosses say anyone who's been infected should stay clear of places like care homes and hospitals.

    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 generally running on time.

    However, a points failure at Castleford means a reduced service is running at the station. Trains may be cancelled or may not call at the station, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    Disruption between Leeds and Sheffield/Knottingley and between Huddersfield/Leeds/Castleford is expected to continue until 09:00.

    Otherwise:

    • The 08:21 Leeds to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 08:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
    • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 09:40 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
    • The 10:07 York to Sunderland service has been cancelled

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

    Bob Willis: 'Headingley hero' and ex-England captain dies

    Former England cricket captain Bob Willis, who took 325 wickets in 90 Test matches, has died at the age of 70.

    Australia's Geoff Lawson is bowled by England's Bob Willis at Headingley in 1981
    Central Press/Getty Images

    He is perhaps best known for claiming a career-best 8-43 to help secure a famous win over Australia at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes.

    The fast bowler played for England between 1971 and 1984, and is behind only James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ian Botham on the list of England's highest Test wicket-takers.

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    Willis captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before retiring in 1984.

    He has since become a successful broadcaster, and worked for Sky Sports as part of their coverage of this summer's Ashes series.

    Farm buildings survey in Westmorland Dales

    Ewan Murrie

    Reporter

    A survey of farm buildings in an area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is to begin next year.

    Farm buildings across the National Park were surveyed and recorded from 2011 - but the park boundary was extended in 2016 to include the Westmorland Dales.

    A farm building
    Westmorland Dales Partnership

    Officials want to know the quantity, type and condition of farm buildings across this area so that the information can be added to the Park Authority's Historic Environment Record.

    Volunteers are being sought to carry out the survey, which is being organised by the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership.

    Information appeal over missing teenagers

    Police are re-appealing to trace two teenage girls who are believed to have gone missing together.

    Crystal Lang, 15, and Amber Morley, 16, were last seen near KFC at Wellington Square, Stockton, at 21:00 on Monday.

    Crystal is described as 5ft 6in, of medium build, with long, black hair and wearing a cream fleece over a pink top and ripped blue jeans.

    Amber is 5ft 6in, of slim build, with black-rimmed glasses and wearing a grey hooded jacket, black jeans and black boots.

    Crystal Lang (left) and Amber Morley (left) and Crystal Lang
    Cleveland Police

    Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It'll be partly cloudy at first, with the occasional light shower and some bright spells.

    This afternoon, cloud will thicken and it'll become breezy with some patchy rain.

    Skies will clear for a time through the middle of the night, but will build again towards dawn:

    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, the vast majority of services appear to be generally running on time.

    However, overrunning engineering work between Chesterfield and Sheffield means the line from Chesterfield towards Sheffield is currently blocked.

    Where possible, trains will be diverted, not calling at Dronfield and disruption is expected to continue until approximately 15:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    Otherwise:

    • The 08:23 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
    • The 08:26 Sheffield to London St Pancras service has been cancelled
    • The 08:45 Leeds to Horsforth service has been cancelled
    • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 08:53 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central service has been cancelled
    • The 09:29 Sheffield to London St Pancras service has been cancelled
    • The 09:54 Sheffield to Gainsborough Central service has been cancelled

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

    First Pacers leave Northern rail network

    The first of Northern's fleet of 102 Pacer trains have been taken off the rail network, the operator has said.

    A Pacer train
    Northern

    The outdated trains, many of which have been running for 35 years, were due to be taken out of use by 2020.

    But, with just a few weeks of the year left, only three trains have been retired.

    The much-maligned trains will continue to be retired and then scrapped over the coming months, with "a handful" remaining.

    Northern, which covers the North West, North East, Midlands and Yorkshire, has said 101 brand new trains will join their fleet as part of a £600m investment.

    New trains will 'transform' Harrogate to London journey

    Five new rail services using brand new Azuma trains between Harrogate and London are being unveiled by York-based LNER today.

    New Azuma train
    BBC

    The extra services will start on 15 December, increasing the number of direct trains between Harrogate and King's Cross from one to six each day.

    LNER is currently replacing its existing trains with the new Azuma, with the full fleet expected to be replaced by June.

    The increased service from Harrogate is being launched with a special VIP trip between the North Yorkshire town and Leeds this afternoon.

    LNER managing director David Horne said Harrogate was "an incredibly important destination" for the company.

    "We're delighted to be creating significantly more opportunities for business travellers, tourists and international visitors to make Harrogate an even more attractive and accessible destination...The new Azuma fleet will transform the journey experience," he added.

    Off-road bike search after crash teen left 'critical'

    Anna Murray

    BBC Tees

    Cleveland Police is trying to find an off-road bike involved in a crash which has left a 17-year-old boy in a critical condition.

    The boy suffered serious head injuries in the incident near Skinningrove pier on Friday afternoon.

    The bike was taken from the crash site before police arrived.

    Arrests after elderly 'targeted in own homes'

    A man has been charged with seven offences including kidnap after a range of incidents involving elderly people in the Marton area of Middlesbrough.

    The 25-year-old has also been charged with with three counts of burglary and fraud.

    A 19-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft and has been released while investigations continue.

    The charges and arrest were made in connection with incidents where elderly people were targeted in their homes, Cleveland Police said.

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    Cleveland Police

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    There are major problems on train services to, from and through Calderdale in West Yorkshire this morning. Click here for all the latest details.

    Otherwise:

    • The 08:44 York to Plymouth service has been cancelled
    • The 08:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 09:31 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
    • The 10:07 York to Sunderland service has been cancelled

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

    Luke Jobson: Two charged with affray

    BBC Tees

    Police investigating the case of Luke Jobson whose body was found in the River Tees in January have charged two men with affray.

    The 22-year-old went missing after a night out in Yarm.

    A 17-year-old-boy and a 19-year-old man have been charged with affray.

    They will appear before court in January.

    Another 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds have been released under investigation on suspicion of affray.

    Luke Jobson
    FAMILY HANDOUT

    Hundreds of passengers stuck on trains after wire damage

    About 650 passengers are stuck on trains on the East Coast Main Line because of overhead wire damage, the fire service says.

    The damaged wires
    North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

    Tony Walker, from the North Yorkshire fire service, says the incident, which is north of York, involves the fire service and Network Rail.

    About 650 people are trapped on three passenger trains in the area, he said.

    Many rail services have been affected by the blocked line.

    'Major disruption' on trains due to overhead wire problem

    Damaged overhead electric wires between Northallerton and York are currently causing "major disruption" for rail passengers.

    Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 70 minutes or revised, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    The problem is expected to last until the end of the day, with train operator LNER advising passengers not to travel today.

    LNER passengers with tickets dated for travel today are being told they will be valid for travel tomorrow.

    If passengers are not able to travel on Tuesday they will be entitled to a refund, the firm adds.

    'Can't wait to get started' - Yorkshire's new tourism boss

    Tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire has announced who will take over as its new chief executive.

    James Mason
    Welcome to Yorkshire

    James Mason, 41, who was born and raised in Bradford and was previously chief operating officer at Bradford City FC, will take up the post in the New Year.

    He'll take over from Sir Gary Verity who resigned on health grounds in March and who has since faced allegations of bullying and inappropriately claiming expenses.

    Mr Mason said: "I know the organisation has been through a challenging period and I understand the need for transparency going forward...I really can't wait to get started."

    Peter Box, chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This is a new start for Welcome to Yorkshire and I’m very much looking forward to working with James to build on the organisation’s fantastic foundations."

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

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

    However:

    • The 08:31 York to Glasgow Central service has been cancelled
    • The 08:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled
    • The 08:41 Bradford Forster Square to Skipton service has been cancelled
    • The 08:52 York to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
    • The 09:11 York to Burley Park service has been cancelled
    • The 09:18 Leeds to Manchester Airport service has been cancelled
    • The 09:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled
    • The 09:40 Leeds 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:

    Labour launches 'regional manifestos' in England

    Labour has promised an "investment blitz" across England to bring "wealth, power and prosperity" to communities.

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell
    PA Media

    The party launched regional manifestos for each part of the country on Friday, including pledges on transport, housing and jobs.

    Each manifesto outlines plans for individual regions, with most of the pledges to be paid for by Labour's £250bn Green Transformation Fund - a pot of money raised through borrowing it promises to spend on projects to improve sustainability.

    The pledges impacting on Yorkshire include:

    • Northern Powerhouse Rail - improving connections between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, and Newcastle, and cutting journey times
    • Nine plastics remanufacture and recycling sites - one for each region

    Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement would "bring our country back together".

    But Tory minister Jake Berry said it was "a clear distraction from Corbyn's failure to set out a Brexit plan".

    Lorry driver jailed for young girl sex attempt

    A lorry driver who groomed and tried to meet young girls for sex has been jailed.

    Kevin Pybus used online chat sites to groom and arrange sex with two girls, who he thought were 13 and 10 years of age, in his cab while in Middlesbrough.

    But the 62-year-old, from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, was unaware he was communicating with an undercover police officer, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    He previously admitted a number of sexual offences and has now been sentenced to four years and eight months.

    The court was told Pybus had said he was looking to have sex with girls as young as eight or nine, and said he needed to be careful as there were people looking to trap men like him.

    Teesside Crown Court
    BBC

    Tractor crash blocks A64 near Tadcaster

    A tractor weighing four tonnes has tipped over in a collision on the A64 near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, police say.

    Overturned tractor and damaged car
    Highways England

    The westbound carriageway of the A64 is completely blocked and oil, fluid and animal feed have spilled onto the road, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    The tractor and a car collided just before 09:30, officers say.

    There are not believed to be any serious injuries.

    Overturned tractor and damaged car
    Highways England

    As a result of the crash there are long tailbacks on the road and motorists are being asked to avoid the area by police.

    The North Yorkshire force says because of the spillage and the weight of the tractor it will be some time before the road is cleared.

    Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, be aware that a fault with the signalling system between Marsden and Huddersfield is causing disruption to journeys between Stalybridge and Huddersfield, according to National Rail Enquiries.

    Passengers are being warned that services may be cancelled, delayed or revised, with disruption expected to last until at least 10:00.

    Otherwise in West Yorkshire:

    • The 08:18 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
    • The 08:38 York to Middlesbrough service has been cancelled
    • The 08:52 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
    • The 09:18 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled

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

    Man in court over sex offences against six girls

    A man from Stockton has appeared before Teesside Crown Court charged with sex offences against six girls under the age of 13.

    Jonathan Clayton, 26, of Letch Lane, Carlton, is accused of committing the offences between March and May of this year.

    In court today the defendant pleaded not guilty to all of the eight charges he is facing.

    He was granted conditional bail with a trial date set for 13 January next year at Teesside Crown Court.

    Red kite's poison death sparks police pesticide warning

    The discovery of a red kite which died from poisoning in North Yorkshire has led to police issuing a new warning over the illegal use of pesticides.

    Red kite
    Getty Images

    The bird was found by a member of the public near Pateley Bridge on 1 March, close to a caravan site, according to North Yorkshire Police.

    The force says it submitted the bird to the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme for analysis after examination to rule out obvious causes of death.

    The analysis found two pesticides, Bendiocarb and Isofenphos, present in the bird’s stomach.

    Officers say these pesticides can be laid on bait such as the carcasses of rabbits or birds and are urging dog walkers not to allow pets to eat or investigate animal carcasses.

    Anybody with information about the poisoning of the red kite is being urged to contact police.

    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 generally running on time.

    However:

    • The 09:11 Bradford Forster Square to Skipton service has been cancelled
    • The 09:21 Leeds to Scarborough service has been cancelled
    • The 09:47 York to Scarborough service has been cancelled

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

    'Warning to workforce about mishandling sensitive data'

    Cleveland Police has issued a statement after one of its officers was found guilty of gross misconduct after details about paedophiles were left in a recycling bin.

    Sgt Martin Skirving-Chehab took two carrier bags of paperwork home before his mother-in-law accidentally threw them out.

    Director of standards and ethics, Cristiana Emsley, said: “The public rightly expects that police personnel manage information responsibly and do not put the public at risk by any mismanagement of data, through negligence or deliberate action.

    "Today’s conclusion provides the public with a credible outcome of independent scrutiny by both the Independent Office for Police Conduct and a panel led by a legally qualified chair into the actions of Sgt Skirving-Chehab; the level of sanction is indicative of the officer’s learning from this incident and therefore, he can continue his role.

    "The result of the hearing should be a warning to our workforce that any mishandling of sensitive data can have serious consequences. Whilst it is accepted that police personnel may take data off police premises, it is their utmost responsibility to ensure it is secured and managed appropriately at all times.

    "A force-wide compliance plan has already been put in place and this is being monitored by a dedicated data protection auditor."

    BreakingOfficer guilty of misconduct over dumped child sex files keeps job

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    A police officer who was responsible for confidential files about paedophiles and their victims being dumped in a recycling bin can keep his job, a hearing has found.

    Sgt Martin Skirving-Chehab from Cleveland Police failed to sort through two carrier bags of paperwork and took them to his home in Hartlepool - where his mother-in-law accidentally threw them out.

    The papers contained details of some 55 sex offenders, their addresses, car registration numbers as well as information about victims.

    A work book was eventually found by a dog walker by a skip outside his home in June 2018.

    A police misconduct panel found him guilty of gross misconduct and gave him a final written warning.

    Sgt Martin Skirving-Chehab
    BBC

    BreakingPolice officer found guilty of gross misconduct over dumped child sex files

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    A police officer responsible for confidential files about paedophiles and their victims that were found dumped in a recycling bin has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

    Sgt Martin Skirving-Chehab from Cleveland Police failed to sort through two carrier bags of paperwork and took them home in Hartlepool - where his mother-in-law accidentally threw them out.

    The papers contained details of about 55 sex offenders, their addresses, car registration numbers as well as information about victims.

    A work book was eventually found by a dog walker by a skip outside his home in June 2018.

    A police misconduct panel found the officer failed to sort through the carrier bags, risk assess the material or store it in a safe secure place.

    Jayne Salt, the chair of the panel, said by leaving the material under his kitchen table he increased the risk of this highly sensitive documents being disclosed.

    A decision on what sanction he will receive will be made later.

    Sgt Martin Skirving-Chehab
    BBC

    Yellow weather warning issued for rain across Yorkshire

    A yellow warning for rain for parts of Yorkshire has been issued by the Met Office:

    The warning, which came into force at 09:00 and runs until 06:00 on Friday, forecasts "heavy and prolonged" rain that may lead to a risk of flooding in places:

    Rain graphic
    Met Office