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West Yorkshire Police name new chief constable

West Yorkshire Police have appointed John Robins as the force's new chief constable.

Mark Burns-Williamson and John Robins
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Mr Robins (above right), who first joined the force in 1990, replaces former chief Dee Collins who stood down earlier this year over "health issues".

He said: "Having spent my whole policing service in West Yorkshire, this is the culmination of an incredible and fulfilling journey for me from Police Constable to Chief Constable."

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's gong to be some very heavy and persistent today with the chance of a few rumbles of thunder.

Temperatures will reach 21C in places:

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's a risk of some isolated showers today but it will stay dry for most with temperatures of up to 23C.

Welcome to Yorkshire: Peer calls for board to resign

A tourism body's board should resign after "damning and breathtaking" reports were published into the running of the company, a peer said.

Gary Verity
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The two Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) reports say expenses claims were made without receipts and staff felt unable to speak out about bad behaviour.

Lord Paul Scriven said "fundamental change" was needed to regain its reputation.

A WtY spokesman said: "Where we have let people down, we are truly sorry."

The company, which receives over £1m in public funding a year, set up the independent investigations after its former boss Sir Gary Verity (pictured) resigned in March.

One investigation, carried out by accountancy firm BDO, considered expenses claims made by all WtY staff over a three-year period.

The other, completed by Clarion Solicitors, investigated culture, governance procedures and management.

Lord Scriven said: "These reports are damning and also breathtaking, it shows that Welcome to Yorkshire had no governance at the top, no financial control.

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 to time, however:

  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about 11 minutes late

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

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Early cloud and rain is expected to clear this morning.

The afternoon will be dry with sunny spells and a light wind.

It'll be dry with some late sunny spells this evening:

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Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be another warm and sunny day with temperatures up to 24C, though we may see a scattering of showers in places.

Overnight it will turn cloudy with showery outbreaks.

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 09:03 service from York to Newcastle is running about 12 minutes late
  • the 09:06 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled
  • the 09:30 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with light rain later

BBC Weather

It will be dry this morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

There will be showers and longer spells of rain tonight, this perhaps heavy at times.

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New speed cameras behind rise in 100mph drivers caught

West Yorkshire Police say the huge rise in the number of motorists caught driving at over 100mph is due to recently installed smart motorway speed cameras.

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According to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake, 2,252 drivers were caught travelling at ore than 100mph in 2018, up from 345 the previous year.

When asked about the dramatic rise the force said: "In November 2017 the smart motorway speed cameras were switched on which explains the increase in offences."

Smart motorways operate variable speed limits with overhead gantries containing speed cameras.

UK's 'worst speeder' caught doing 162mph in Yorkshire

A driver was caught travelling at 162mph on th M1 in South Yorkshire, the fastest speed recorded across the whole of the UK in 2018.

Cars speeding on a motorway
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According to figures obtained by road safety charity Brake, four of the ten fastest speeds recorded were measured on roads in Yorkshire, with one motorist caught driving 152mph in a 50mph zone on the M62.

In total 2252 motorists were caught driving at speeds in excess of 100mph by West Yorkshire Police, up from 345 the previous year.

Meanwhile, 19 motorists were caught driving at speeds in excess of 100mph by South Yorkshire Police last year and 156 in the area covered by Humberside Police.

Speed cameras on a motorway
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North Yorkshire Police did not respond to the charity's Freedom of Information request.

Nationally, a total of 9,596 motorists were clocked doing over 100mph prompting Brake to call for anyone caught driving at this speed to be automatically banned.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “We have to make sure these dangerous, selfish drivers are taken off our roads."

A car zooming past a speed camera
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Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures could reach as high as 25C in places.

Overnight it'll stay dry with temperatures dropping to about 13C.

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 08:44 service from York to Plymouth via Leeds is running about 36 minutes late
  • The 08:57 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 25 minutes late
  • The 08:50 service from Leeds to Manchester Airport in cancelled
  • The 08:53 service from Doncaster to Birmingham New street is running about 38 minutes late
  • The 08:56 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is cancelled
  • The 09:23 service from Wakefield Westgate to Plymouth is running about 35 minutes late
  • The 09:24 service from Sheffield to Birmingham New Street is running about 32 minutes late

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

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry, warm day today with sunny spells, and the small chance of an occasional shower.

Tonight should be dry with clear periods and a little warmer than last night:

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Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Good morning, it's going to be a dry and fine day for most of us with temperatures reaching 23C in places:

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 to time, however:

  • The 08:52 service from York to Manchester Airport is cancelled
  • The 09:09 service from York to Liverpool Lime Street is cancelled
  • The 09:15 service from Doncaster to Leeds is cancelled
  • The 09:32 from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds is cancelled

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

Yorkshire trio's World Cup glory

Three of Yorkshire's finest have helped England's cricketers to World Cup glory.

England cricket team
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Sheffield's Joe Root and Bradford's Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid were part of the England team which beat New Zealand to win the men's World Cup for the first time.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow
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In an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord's, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece.

Adil Rashid
PA Media

It meant England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

Joe Root, pictured above in the arms of a celebrating Bairstow, said:"Wow! What a day, what a tournament.

"Everyone has done everything asked of them - we have performed under pressure."

Yorkshire's sunny Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be fine, dry and warm today, with sunny periods and only a little fair-weather cloud developing and a small chance of showers in the afternoon.

Tonight will be dry and mainly clear with light winds:

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Watch: Yorkshire and Lincolnshire forecast for Friday

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Hello and happy Friday!

Here's what to expect weather-wise today and further ahead.

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 to time, however:

  • The 07:37 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 36 minutes late
  • The 07:56 service from York to Burley Park is running about 15 minutes late

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

Yorkshire's weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A dry start with bright intervals although some patchy cloud may develop later bringing a few showers, some heavy or possibly thundery later.

Any showers will tend to ease around sunset with more low cloud edging in from the north overnight.

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Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be fairly cloudy with heavy showers developing as the day goes on.

By mid-afternoon we could have some very heavy, slow moving downpours, which may turn thundery in places.

It will feel fairly muggy with temperatures up to 23C:

Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with possible thunder storms

BBC Weather

Cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals.

A few rumbles of thunder likely later in the afternoon.

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There is a Met Office warning for thunderstorms this afternoon for Yorkshire.

Heavy showers could develop with flooding and lightning strikes affecting travel.

Enterprise zones 'failed to deliver' jobs boost in England

A multimillion-pound government policy to boost job creation has failed to deliver, research has revealed.

Enterprise zones
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In 2011, the government announced "enterprise zones" in England to try to improve economic growth, forecasting 54,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2015.

But BBC-commissioned research found by 2017 only 17,307 jobs had been created in 24 zones around England, - and in two areas the number of jobs had fallen.

The government said it had created 38,000 jobs since 2012.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said it did not recognise the methodology used in the research.

Enterprise zones, including Sheffield City Region, Aire Valley Leeds and Humber, offered cheaper business rates, superfast broadband and lower levels of planning control.

The research, which was conducted by think tank charity Centre for Cities using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed the number of jobs created fell short by nearly three-quarters of the amount predicted in the government's initial announcement in 2011.

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 to time, however:

  • The 07:10 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 07:15 service from Leeds to London Kings Cross has been cancelled
  • The 07:19 service from Doncaster to Sheffield is running about 15 minutes late
  • The 07:28 service from Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross has been cancelled
  • The 07:47 service from Hull to Bridlington has been cancelled
  • The 07:47 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross has been cancelled

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

Disruption to trains across Yorkshire after lines blocked

There's "major disruption" to trains across Yorkshire after lines were blocked following damage to overhead wires.

A LNER train
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National Rail said the issue between Grantham and Peterborough had "seen all lines blocked" with the following routes affected:

  • LNER between Glasgow Central, Edinburgh, Leeds, Harrogate, Newark North Gate and London Kings Cross.
  • Grand Central between Sunderland, Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross.
  • Hull Trains between Hull and London Kings Cross.
  • East Midlands Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich.

According to National Rail's website "trains between these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 120 minutes or revised" with the disruption expected to continue until the end of the day.

LNER advised customers "to defer travel to tomorrow" while East Midlands suggested using alternative routes.

Yorkshire Water's environmental work 'unacceptable'

Yorkshire Water demonstrated an "unacceptable level of performance" to protecting the environment, according to a new report by the Environment Agency.

Glass of water
PA Media

The firm was criticised after recording an increase in the number of serious pollution incidents in 2018 and, as a result, was given a two out of four star rating.

Yorkshire Water said in a statement: "This level of performance is absolutely not reflective of the company’s ambition to protect the environment and falls far short of the standards required to meet our aim to be recognised as an industry leader.”

It said steps taken to address the problem have lead to a 36% reduction in the number of pollution incidents in 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Only one UK water company, Northumbrian Water, was awarded the highest four start rating.

Tour de Yorkshire boosts regional economy by £60m

The 2019 Tour de Yorkshire boosted the region's economy by £60m, according to figures by Welcome to Yorkshire.

Riders in Yorkshire
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The tourism board says nearly two million people lined the routes for this year's event, with 28m people watching across the work on TV.

The economic figures, which is almost £40m lower than last year, were collected by an independent research company and compiled by Leeds Beckett University.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a mild start to the day with a lot of cloud around and the possibility of a few spots of drizzle.

Sunny spells will develop through the course of the day though there's always the risk of further showers.

Overnight it will stay mild but those showers will continue in places:

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 08:16 service from Leeds to Bradford Interchange is running about 18 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from York to Glasgow Central is running about eight minutes late

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

Yorkshire's weather: Cloud and patchy rain

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with patchy rain in some places lingering through the morning and afternoon.

Rain may turn heavy, but will tend to clear to the east in the late afternoon.

Rain will spread in from the west tonight and turn heavier and more widespread than the earlier patchy rain.

In the early hours some heavy or possibly thundery showers are expected.

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