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'Booker of the North' winner to be announced

The winner of a literary competition celebrating all things northern is due to be announced later.

Portico prize shortlist
Portico Prize

The Portico Prize is awarded to the book which "best evokes the spirit of the north of England", with the winning author receiving a £10,000 prize.

Among the books shortlisted are a novel based on the life of Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar and a book of stories inspired by Scout Rock, near Mytholmroyd.

The shortlisted books are:

  • Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile: Adelle Stripe
  • The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: Graham Caveney
  • Ironopolis: Glen James Brown
  • Saltwater: Jessica Andrews
  • Under the Rock: Benjamin Myers
  • The Mating Habits of Stags: Ray Robinson

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony later at the Portico Library in Manchester.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

A cloud and misty start, particularly foggy in some areas.

This afternoon will stay cloudy with drizzle expected.

Most areas will see the odd bright spell with highs of about 9C (48F):

BBC WEATHER FORECAST
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Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and misty start with patchy fog in areas, particularly on the hills.

Lifting to a cloudy day with the occasional bright spell and highs of about 11C (52F).

There might be drizzle in some places this afternoon:

A weather graphic
BBC

'Warning' issued to Network Rail

The company which looks after railway infrastructure is being investigated over its poor performance on routes used by train operators Northern and TransPennine Express.

A man cuts track
Network Rail

The two operators are being closely scrutinised by the government over the service they provide after they came in for heavy criticism last year.

Now, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) says it has put Network Rail "on a warning" in relation to its work in the North West and Central regions of England.

The regulator said Network Rail's performance deteriorated in 2018 and "failed to substantially recover during 2019".

ORR chief executive John Larkinson said: "The top priority for passengers is that their train arrives on time and that isn't happening consistently enough across the country.

"ORR is responsible for looking at how Network Rail contributes to train delays, and while there are areas of very good performance such as in Wales and Western region, Network Rail's performance in North West and Central region is not good enough.

"That is why we are putting the company on a warning to make sure its improvement plans deliver for passengers."

BAME foster care shortage across Yorkshire and Humber

Two thirds of local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region face a shortage of foster carers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

A family
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The BBC has analysed figures from Ofsted, which has data from 146 of the 153 local authorities which provide fostering services in England.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, there are 4,545 children in foster care. Of these children, 18% are BAME.

But of the foster parents in the region, just 7% are BAME.

Fostering charity Coram BAAF says more needs to be done to ensure foster carers are representative of the children they look after.

Children's Minister Michelle Donelan says she's extremely concerned about the situation and every child should have a stable family background and opportunities regardless of their ethnicity and religion.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather: Dry and mild

BBC Weather

A cold and frosty start to the day but it will remain dry across Yorkshire.

Low cloud will gradually clear but it won't get much warmer than 8C (46F).

Tonight, there's a chance some places might get light drizzle, but it will remain mild into Wednesday morning:

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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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:44 York to Plymouth service has been cancelled
  • The 09:10 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:30 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

HS2 review 'a betrayal of the North'

BBC Business Live

The director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership has called for a commitment to HS2, following on from the Financial Times' publication of a government-commissioned review into the rail link.

Henri Murison
BBC

Henri Murison said: "The North’s civic and business leaders have argued tirelessly that major infrastructure investment is so badly needed to provide the capacity so urgently needed on our rail network as well as delivering the transformational economic growth the Northern Powerhouse needs to compete on the global stage.

"By better integrating the last phase with Northern Powerhouse Rail we will ensure that we get the maximum possible benefits, with the so called Y network to Leeds, Manchester and beyond on an upgraded conventional network the key economic driver because of increased capacity, not principally speed.

"This is a seminal moment in the modern history of the UK. Any failure to seize this opportunity would be a betrayal of the North, and the promise of a Northern Powerhouse. Time to level up the country and close the North-South divide."

HS2: Rail link costs could rise to £106bn, says review

Building the high-speed rail link HS2 could cost up to £106bn, a government-commissioned review has said.

HS2 train
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The unpublished report, seen by the Financial Times, says there is "considerable risk" that estimated costs could rise by another 20%.

In 2015, HS2 - a branch of which would run from London through South Yorkshire to Leeds, with a branch running into North Yorkshire - was set to cost £56bn.

The review also recommends pausing the second phase of the project while experts look at whether conventional lines could help link Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds instead.

Some £8bn has already been spent on the project, which will connect London, the Midlands and northern England using trains capable of travelling at 250mph.

BBC transport correspondent Tom Burridge said that "on balance", the review recommends the government should proceed with the project, but he added this "is hardly a ringing endorsement".

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, from J43 for M621 to J44 for A639 Leeds South.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J43, M621 (Leeds) to J44, A639 (Leeds South), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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The 2020 Tour de Yorkshire will feature more climbing than ever, with ascents of Buttertubs and Grinton Moor, which were washed out of last year's World Championship course.

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Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

It's a chilly start to the day with a few scattered showers here and there.

That rain should clear out this afternoon leaving us with a mostly dry, fine and bright end to the day with temperatures of about 9C.

Overnight it will stay mostly dry and Saturday looks like it will bring plenty of sunshine our way:

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 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 20 minutes late
  • The 09:07 service from Bradford Interchange to York is running about 15 minutes late
  • The 09:16 service from Bradford Interchange to Blackpool north has been cancelled

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

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start it's going to turn wet and windy with gusts of up to 55mph.

Temperatures will reach about 11C or 12C.

Things will clear a little ovenight but there may still be some showers in places:

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 08:20 from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:23 service from York to Blackpool North has been cancelled
  • The 08:30 service from Leeds to York has been cancelled
  • The 08:31 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 32 minutes late
  • The 08:44 service from York to Plymouth is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 08:56 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 08:57 service from Leeds to Blackpool North has been cancelled

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

Police hail 'major development' in PC murder case

West Yorkshire Police has described the arrest of a man in Pakistan in connection with the 2005 killing of PC Sharon Beshenivsky as a "major development" in the case.

Flowers at the scene
Stefan Rousseau/PA Media

Piran Ditta Khan, 71, was arrested yesterday and appeared in court earlier today in Islamabad.

PC Beshenivsky was shot dead when she responded to an armed robbery call in Bradford in 2005.

Police say the arrest marks a major development in a "long running investigation".

Det Supt Mark Swift, said: "I would like to thank the National Crime Agency in Pakistan and partners who have made this arrest possible.

“This is a major development in this long running investigation and their assistance in this matter cannot be understated.

“We are continuing to liaise with partners in Pakistan to process Khan’s extradition with the intention of returning him to the UK to face court proceedings.”

To date, three men have been convicted of her murder and jailed for life and a further two men convicted of manslaughter.

Police officers at the scene
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BreakingMan arrested in connection with police officer's death

A man wanted by police in connection with the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky has been arrested in Pakistan

PC Sharon Beshenivsky
West Yorkshire Police

PC Beshenivsky, 38, was killed outside a travel agency in Morley Street, Bradford, on 18 November 2005 while responding to an armed robbery call.

Yesterday, Piran Ditta Khan, 71, was arrested in Pakistan and appeared at court in Islamabad earlier today.

West Yorkshire Police says matters relating to his extradition were discussed.

He was remanded in custody to next appear at court on 29 January.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J43 for M621 and J44 for A639 Leeds South.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J43 M621 and J44, A639 (Leeds South), because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright day for most with temperatures up to about 9C or 10C.

Overnight there may be one or two showers in western parts but it will stay dry for most:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:14 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about nine 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

This morning should be dry with some sunshine, but it will become cloudy towards the middle of the day with outbreaks of rain this afternoon.

It will become very windy during the afternoon and into the evening.

The wind will continue tonight with further rain which should clear overnight:

Weather graphic
BBC

Delays on M62 due to 'technology issue'

A "technology issue" is being blamed for problems on the M62 at the moment, meaning the "smart motorway" hard shoulder can't currently be used as an extra traffic lane.

If you're on affected parts of the M62 in West Yorkshire just now, you're being warned to expect some delays to your journey, according to Highways England:

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Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start to the day it's going to turn wet and windy, with gales in places.

Temperatures will get up to 9C or 10C 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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 09:07 service from Bradford Interchange to York is running about 27 minutes late

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

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a largely dry day today but it will feel pretty chilly with temperatures only getting up to about 7C or 8C.

Overnight it will turn cloudy with one or two patches of drizzle:

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 08:31 service from Bradford Forster Sqaure to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:36 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 service from Leeds to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • The 08:45 service from Leeds to London Kings Cross has been cancelled
  • The 08:59 service from Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 service from York to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 service from Doncaster to Hull via Selby is running about 17 minutes late
  • The 09:19 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:

Severe accident: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe accident, from J43 for M621 to J44 for A639 Leeds South.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on M1 northbound from J43 M621 to J44, A639 (Leeds South), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Government says Northern rail to only continue 'for months'

Troubled rail operator Northern has the finances to continue only "for a number of months," the government has said.

Northern train
Getty Images

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced he's evaluating a proposal from the train operator on options for continuing its franchise. The process could ultimately lead to the government taking control of services, he said.

Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern services, has faced a range of issues in recent years, such as widespread cancellations amid the introduction of new timetables.

A final decision on the company's future will be taken later this month.

Mr Shapps said: "Passengers in the North have had to put up with unacceptable services for too long.

"We understand how frustrating this has been for people and we are taking action to make sure that performance improves.

"Following completion of this process I will consider whether to award Arriva Rail North a short-term management contract, or whether to ask the Department of Transport's own operator to deliver passenger services."

Traffic cop rescues green elephant from M62

A police officer called to reports of debris on the M62 last night found himself facing the jumbo task of rescuing an elephant.

Motorway Martin and green elephant
@WYP_PCWILLIS

The West Yorkshire Police traffic officer, PC Willis, known on social media as Motorway Martin, found the bright green elephant abandoned on the hard shoulder.

The elephant, which appears to be a part of a children's fairground ride, was removed to safety with the help of a highways officer.

PC Willis and motorway traffic
Highways England

Motorway Martin tweeted: "So I was sent to a report of debris on the M62 this evening.

"I was not expecting to see this - after all, it's a motorway not a trunk road!"

Highways England thanked PC Willis for removing the elephant and said: "Certainly could have been a lot worse, thankfully nobody was injured."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be cloudy and dry for most today though we may see some showers across North Yorkshire.

Temperatures will vary across the region between about 6C in the north and 11C across Lincolnshire.

Overnight it will remain cloudy with some patchy rain in places: