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Girl, 15, missing from home for months

Police are trying to find a missing 15-year-old girl who was last seen in Rotherham in July.

Eva Adam
South Yorkshire Police

Eva Adam was last seen in Eastwood on Friday 19 July, when the school term ended.

She was reported missing yesterday.

A 41-year-old woman from Rotherham has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect, police say.

Anybody who may have seen or heard from Eva in the past few weeks is asked to get in touch with police.

Search on for missing 15-year-old

Police officers are appealing for help to find a Rotherham boy who's been missing since Monday.

Zayn Imran
South Yorkshire Police

Zayn Imran, 15, was last seen at about 11:00 on Monday.

Officers are now trying to find him after he was reported missing.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another dry day with some decent spells of sunshine for most and temperatures up to 21C in places.

Overnight it will remain clear and dry, meaning we're in for a chilly night with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

E-fit appeal after 84-year-old hands £5,000 to scammers

An e-fit has been released of a woman officers want to speak to as part of an ongoing fraud investigation.

An e-fit of a woman
South Yorkshire Police

It's after a Rotherham man handed over £5,000 to fraudsters following a phone scam.

The woman (pictured above) allegedly attended the man's address in Todwick in August to collect the money.

Anybody who recognises the woman is asked to get in touch with police.

Man 'critical' in hospital after Sheffield crash

A man is critically ill in hospital after a crash involving a motorbike and a car yesterday.

A number of police cars
BBC

South Yorkshire Police said the motorbike collided with a red Mini Cooper at about 17:15 on Stopes Road, Stannington.

The 35-year-old rider has been taken to hospital in a critical condition, police say.

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 09:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about eight minutes late

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

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fine and dry day though there may be a little bit of patchy cloud in places. Temperatures will get up to about 18C.

Overnight it will be clear and cool with temperatures around 7C.

Arthritis drug could help people with blood cancer

New research by the University of Sheffield suggests a simple arthritis drug could be used to help some patients with blood cancer.

Elderly woman's hands holding a walking stick
Photofusion via Getty Images

Academics looked at cases of people who had polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythermia.

They found those taking the arthritis drug methotrexate saw fewer symptoms including night sweats, fatigue and itching.

Knife amnesty bins put in Yorkshire police stations

Knife bins are being put in police stations across our area this week.

Knife bin being emptied
BBC

The bins are part of Operation Sceptre, a week-long national campaign against knife crime.

North Yorkshire Police say they allow people to hand over weapons "safely and anonymously".

Det Supt Fran Naughton said: "Operation Sceptre provides an important opportunity to continue the conversation about knife crime, helping children and young people understand the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of carrying a knife, whilst providing support for them and their families.”

£22m nuclear research facility to be built in Rotherham.

A nuclear research facility is to be built in Rotherham.

Nuclear energy
UKAEA

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) wants to test innovative technologies for making fusion reactor components at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) at Catcliffe.

The £22m facility would open in 2020 providing 40 new highly skilled jobs, UKAEA said.

UKAEA said the 25,000 sq ft (2,323 sq m) centre would "develop and test innovative technologies for creating fusion reactor components".

"Fusion, a safer and more efficient form of nuclear energy, could be one of the most promising options for generating low-carbon electricity in the future," a spokesperson said.

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 09:05 service from Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield is running about six minutes late
  • the 09:54 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 16 minutes late

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

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start the rest of the day will be fine and dry with temperatures up to 16C in places.

Overnight it will stay dry and settled.

Extra jail time for Rotherham abuser who trolled victim

A man jailed for 10 years for abusing young girls in Rotherham has been given an extra 45 months in prison for trolling one of his victims on social media.

Waseem Khaliq, 35, also made a phone call from prison to the National Crime Agency control centre threatening two of the investigating officers.

He said he knew where one of them lived, was close to finding out the address of the other, and hoped they died of cancer or Aids.

Khaliq was previously convicted of indecent assault and child abduction at Sheffield Crown Court as part of Operation Stovewood - the National Crime Agency's investigation into allegations of abuse and exploitation in Rotherham.

Today, at the same court, he was sentenced to another 45 months to run consecutively to his initial term after pleading guilty to three counts of witness intimidation.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and fine day today with temperatures up to 18C in places.

This evening there will be clear skies and lots of sunshine and it should stay dry overnight.

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 running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:54 service from Sheffield to Plymouth is running about eight minutes late
  • the 08:56 from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about seven minutes late
  • The 09:02 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled

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

Heckler tells PM to 'get back to parliament'

Boris Johnson has been heckled during a speech in Rotherham, where a man shouted he should "get back to Parliament".

'Get back to Parliament and sort it out'

During his speech at the Convention of the North, a man shouted: "Why are you not with [our MPs] in Parliament sorting out the mess that you have created? Why don't you sort it out, Boris?"

Mr Johnson replied: "I'm very happy to get back to Parliament very soon, but what we want to see in this region is towns and communities able to represent that gentlemen and sort out his needs."

Earlier, he had spoken about his plans to give mayors in the north of England more powers.

He said: "It is time we gave people more of a say in where they live.

"We're going to do devolution properly and are committed to getting Sheffield City region working, and we're looking at getting a mayor in Leeds and Yorkshire too."

'Get back to Parliament and sort it out'
Boris Johnson has been heckled during a speech in Rotherham, where a man shouted he should "get back to Parliament".

PM backs foreign investment for the north

A new body will be set up to bring more foreign investment to the north of England.

Boris Johnson
Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce the new organisation at a conference in Rotherham later.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry says it’s about bringing more jobs to the north.

Matthew Fell, from the Confederation of British Industry, says the government committing to a high speed rail link between London and the north is important.

“Firms will warmly welcome the ambition of the Prime Minister’s speech and the determination to unlock the vast economic power of the north.

“Committing to HS2 in full is a key part of ensuring investment flows into all corners of northern England, enabling firms to grow, create jobs and boost productivity."

Northern politicians demand more help for regions

Northern politicians have made a new joint call for more help for the regions from Boris Johnson's Government.

Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool
BBC

Mayors and city leaders from Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield, along with business leaders, are meeting for the second Convention of the North in Rotherham.

In a joint article in The Times, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool city region mayor Steve Rotheram said: "To get this country working again, there is an urgent need to take power out of Westminster and give it to our great cities and regions."

Northern Powerhouse Minster Jake Berry told the BBC the Prime Minister is "mad keen" on devolution.

He said: "For devolution to work it has to reflect economic geographies; that's why we are so keen to complete the Sheffield City Region Deal [and] that's why we are keen to complete a West Yorkshire deal.

"What comes next and after that is up to the leaders of Yorkshire."

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 09:03 service from York to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • the 09:35 service fro York to Reading has been cancelled
  • the 09:59 service from Doncaster to Reading had been cancelled

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

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There's going to plenty of sunshine around today with temperatures up to 19C in places.

Overnight it should stay dry with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

Copter pilot's action avoids drone near-miss 'disaster'

A drone being flown within 3m of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) helicopter almost caused the "most unthinkable disaster", the charity has said.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The helicopter was returning to the YAA base at Nostell Air Support Unit near Wakefield at about 18:50 yesterday when the pilot had to avoid a "direct collision".

The drone was being flown at about 1,300ft, which is more than three times the legal limit for operators, according to the YAA.

Steve Waudby, YAA chief pilot, said: “We cannot stress enough the seriousness of what happened last night. The consequences don’t bear thinking about if a direct strike had occurred.

"Whether the operator is aware or not, they have put the lives of our crew in extreme danger."

YAA staff had spent most of yesterday working with the Civil Aviation Authority creating a drone awareness film, the charity added.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There should be some decent sunny spells today for most of us though there may be a few showers on higher ground.

Temperatures could get up to about 23C in places:

Watch: Homophobic hate crime charges fall as reports soar

Fewer people are being prosecuted for homophobic hate crime, despite police calling on victims to come forward.

A BBC Radio 5 Live investigation found the numbers of people reporting such crimes across the UK more than doubled in the last five years to more than 13,000.

Charges or court summons fell by 10% during the same period.

Lily Cherry, from Woodseats in Sheffield, spoke to the BBC about her experiences:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very mild start to the day with a few outbreaks of rain in places.

This afternoon there could be one or two isolated showers but for most of us it'll be dry with temperatures up to 21C.

Reports of homophobic hate crime rise in Yorkshire

The rise in the number of reports of homophobic hate crimes to two of Yorkshire's police forces are among the most dramatic in the country, figures suggest.

Hate graffiti
PA Media

It comes as new figures show fewer people are being prosecuted despite rising numbers of potential victims coming forward.

West Yorkshire Police has seen reports increase from 172 to 961 over the past five years, while South Yorkshire police has seen reports rise from 73 to 375.

Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said rising reports were in part down to "improvements in the way we record crime and the fact that many victims have the confidence to come forward".

The proportion of crimes resulting in a charge or summons, however, fell over the same time, from 19% to 4% in West Yorkshire and from 10% to 3% in South Yorkshire.

homophobic hate crime figures
BBC

Across the UK as a whole recorded reports of homophobic abuse increased from 5,807 in 2014-15, to 13,530 in 2018-19.

But during the same period, the number of prosecutions fell from 1,157 to 1,058 - from 20% of all reports to 8%.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said those cases often involved a lack of witnesses and evidence.

Fire crew cuts 'could be reversed if finances improve'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A move to cut fire crew numbers in South Yorkshire is being recommended to go ahead but with a promise the move will be reversed if finances improve.

A South Yorkshire Fire engine
Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has proposed a drop from five to four crew members on each engine as part of plans to save £4m.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority are now being asked to approve the change when they meet on Monday.

A report to be considered by fire authority members states four person crews are used by "at least 17 other fire and rescue services nationwide" but adds that the measure is "is easily reversible if the service’s funding situation improves".

The Fire Bridges Union has previously said said the changes will affect safety.

Firefighters to be given extra mental health help

Firefighters in South Yorkshire will have specialist help put in place following traumatic incidents, the fire service has announced.

A firefighters with a hose
BBC

It's being done to "ditch stigmas and change the culture around mental illness", according to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire crews who deal with traumatic incidents will be offered support from specialists from the British Red Cross and a 24/7 telephone counselling scheme has been launched for staff.

We already offered lots of support to our staff, but it’s only right that we look to continually review and update the support we offer, adopting learning from other sectors and making our organisation the best it can possibly be as a place of work.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alex JohnsonSouth Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fairly pleasant day today with highs of about 19C.

However, overnight the cloud will thicken and rain will move in from the west.

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 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 28 minutes late
  • The 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough is running about 25 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from Bradford Forster Square to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Burley Park has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about 22 minutes late

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 mild and cloudy start to the day with some outbreaks of rain.

That rain will be heavy in places to begin with but should fade through the afternoon.

Temperatures of about 13C to 15C:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be cloudy, cool and damp with rain and drizzle at times.

The rain will ease in the afternoon, but it will stay cloudy and cool.

Through this evening and tonight it will become largely dry with cloud breaking to give a few clearer intervals:

Weather graphic
BBC

Police search for missing Rotherham woman

Police officers in Rotherham are trying to find this woman who's missing been missing for more than 36 hours:

Julie Waterhouse
South Yorkshire Police

Julie Waterhouse, 56, was last seen at about 08:00 on Wednesday in the Burns Road area of Rotherham.

She has not been seen or heard from since and her family are growing increasingly concerned, police say.

She is described as being about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build with grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a blue top with a duck pattern, a green hooded fleece, blue jeans and trainers.

Anybody who has seen her is being asked to get in touch with South Yorkshire Police.

'Violent' wanted man hunted by police in Sheffield

A man who could be drinking in local pubs in Sheffield is being hunted by police after failing to answer bail earlier this year.

Doyle James
South Yorkshire Police

Doyle James, from Rotherham, is also wanted in connection to witness intimidation, malicious communications and breach of his bail conditions.

Police officers have issued an appeal to find the 27-year-old, who is thought to be frequenting pubs in the Intake, Handsworth and Mosborough areas of Sheffield.

He also has connections to the West Midlands area, South Yorkshire Police say.

People are being warned not to approach the man as he is believed to be violent.

Thursday's Yorkshire weather forecast

Today will be mainly fine with a good deal of sunshine, although it will stay cool and breezy.

Cloud could build in the middle of the day with the chance of a few showers.

This evening will initially be dry and sunny, however cloud is expected to thicken ahead of a windy night with outbreaks of rain expected after midnight:

BBC weather graphic
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