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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J42 for M62 J29.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J42, M62 J29 (Lofthouse), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M621 West Yorkshire westbound

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M621 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J2 for A643.

M621 West Yorkshire - M621 entry slip road partially blocked and queues westbound at J2, A643 (Elland Road), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Calderdale gritters to have test run

Gritters in West Yorkshire are to go on a test run later as they prepare for winter.

A gritter
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Calderdale Council says up to 600km of road is gritted during the winter.

Gritting teams are working tonight from 18:30 as they prepare for freezing temperatures later this year.

Severe accident: A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound

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A58(M) West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at A58 Wellington Road.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and queues on A58(M) Inner Ring Road westbound at A58 Wellington Road, because of an accident.

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

Watch: Writing a song for family 'to remember me by'

A Yorkshire charity is helping patients with terminal illnesses write a song they can leave behind for their loved ones.

The Swan Song Project was started by Ben Slack at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford in May 2017.

Vic Simborowski, who recently wrote a song with their help, said it was an "uplifting experience".

He said: "My life is finite so, at the end of the day, my children will have something to remember me by."

Leeds lung cancer health check trial sees 3,000 tested

More than 40 people unaware they were in the early stages of lung cancer have received life-saving treatment after being diagnosed in a new trial.

Mobile screening unit
Leeds Lung Health Check

Organisers of the Leeds Lung Health Check said it was the largest lung cancer screening trial in the UK.

The four-year project, which is costing £5.2m, is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

It says it has screened 3,000 people in Leeds for the early signs of lung cancer since it launched in 2018.

Sheila Benson
Yorkshire Cancer Research

Sheila Benson (pictured) stopped smoking 20 years ago.

She was one of those diagnosed with cancer and her screening revealed she needed urgent surgery to remove her right kidney and part of her lung.

She says: “I’m so pleased I went for a lung health check, I would never have known otherwise.”

Workers at top science museums go on strike over pay

Workers at a some of England's most popular museums have gone on strike in a dispute over pay.

strike
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Staff from top science museums around the country have taken industrial action calling for "a reasonable wage".

The dispute involves tourist attractions, including London's Science Museum and York's National Railway Museum.

The Science Museum Group said all of its museums were open as usual with most activities available to visitors.

The pay dispute also involves the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Blythe House in London and the National Collections Centre in Wroughton, Wiltshire.

Charity The Swan Song Project helps people with terminal illnesses write songs.
Charity The Swan Song Project helps people with terminal illnesses record songs to leave for their loved ones.

Plan to tackle masked gangs in Leeds firework hotspot

Anyone caught carrying or throwing fireworks, or wearing a mask in a firework trouble hotspot in Leeds, could be arrested in an injuction being sought by police.

Firework
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The move comes as part of a move to tackle firework-related anti-social behaviour, which police say has "plagued" the Kelsalls area of the city's Burley area.

West Yorkshire Police say: "Over the bonfire night period in recent years residents have had their lives made a misery by large groups letting off fireworks, aiming them at people, homes, cars and the emergency services."

The force says: "Groups of up to 50 youths were involved in anti-social behaviour, including barricading roads, with many of those involved wearing masks, making them hard to identify."

The application to Leeds County Court for an injunction would create an exclusion zone covering the area in which anyone would be forbidden from:

  • Being in possession of fireworks
  • Disguising their identity
  • Congregating in a group of three or more
  • Behaving in a manner that is threatening or abusive

Insp Andy Loftus, said: “For weeks and months, these streets become the setting for a completely unacceptable level of behaviour which has a negative impact of the quality of life of people living there.

“This injunction, if granted, will give us much-needed additional powers to intervene at an early stage and prevent incidents before they occur."

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J28 for A653 Dewsbury Road to J29 for M1 J42.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J28, A653 (Tingley) to J29, M1 J42 (Lofthouse), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J23 for A640 New Hey Road to J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound from J23, A640 (Huddersfield) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Leeds Rhinos 'legend' Lois Forsell retires due to injury

Leeds and England women’s rugby league star Lois Forsell has announced her retirement due to injury.

Courtney Hill and Lois Forsell (right) celebrate afer winning the Super League Cup
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The two-time Challenge Cup winner (pictured above right), who played 18 times for England, suffered an injury playing for Leeds Rhinos Women against St Helens in the 2018 season.

The club says following further complications to the injury she has been forced to retire.

The 28-year-old said: “This was the worst decision for me to make and I am heartbroken that I will not be able to play again."

Forsell played for Bradford Bulls in the inaugural Super League season, where she won the Challenge Cup, League Leaders Shield and Grand Final.

In 2018 she helped launch the first ever Leeds Rhinos Women’s team and led the Rhinos to Challenge Cup success and the League Leaders title.

The Rugby Football League described her as "a certified Women's Rugby League legend".

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Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There's going to be plenty of sunshine around this morning and in the early part of the afternoon with temperatures up to 14C in places.

However, as the day goes on we will start to see some outbreaks of rain sweeping in from the south.

Severe disruption: M621 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M621 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A61.

M621 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M621 eastbound at J7, A61 (Stourton), because of a break down.

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

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 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 09:00 service from Sheffield to London St Pancras 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:

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Former Bradford midfielder Will Atkinson scores a stoppage-time winner to give Port Vale their first away victory of the season at Valley Parade.

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Queensbury Tunnel: Emergency work 'could end cycle scheme'

Work to keep part of an abandoned tunnel from collapsing could end plans for Europe's longest underground cycleway, campaigners have said.

Plans for the tunnel could include a cycle lane
Four By Three

It was hoped Queensbury Tunnel could be used by cyclists travelling between Bradford and Halifax.

But a bid to reopen the 1.4 mile (2.3km) tunnel has been threatened by emergency work to fill in an air shaft.

Highways England said the work means "any reopening is now going to be more challenging".

Campaigners, who have been fighting to reopen the tunnel for more than five years, described the work as "the engineering equivalent of knocking your house down because a hole has formed in the guttering".

A spokesperson said: "It has the potential to put permanently beyond use a historic asset which could deliver long-term social, economic and tourism benefits to the region."

CCTV appeal over 'violent' assault and robbery

CCTV images have been released of three men police want to speak to after a man was "violently" assaulted and robbed at Bradford Interchange station.

CCTV Bradford Interchange
BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE

The victim, a man in his 20s, was approached by three men near to the ticket barriers at about 19:17 on Saturday, West Yorkshire Police said.

The force said the man had attempted to run away but was chased and then punched and kicked a number of times before he had money stolen from his pockets.

Officers want anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, from J39 for A636 Denby Dale Road Wakefield to J40 for A638 Wakefield Road Ossett.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J39, A636 (Wakefield) to J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Banned driver in police pursuit after leaving court in car

A man who started a police chase just minutes after being banned from driving has been given a six-month jail sentence.

Bradford Magistrates Court
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Despite already being disqualified, Muhammed Hassan, 21, drove to Bradford Magistrates Court last month where he was banned from driving again for three years.

After the hearing he got back in his car, which had been ticketed for parking on double yellow lines, and drove off.

He was followed by police, but failed to stop when officers activated their blue lights.

The court heard Hassan then ignored no entry signs as he drove over the speed limit through the Little Germany area and went the wrong way down Peckover Street.

Hassan, of All Alone, Bradford, was arrested 11 days later and on Monday admitted charges of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said he had "clearly put people at risk by his manner of driving."

He said the jail term could have been more severe, but concluded six months was "sufficient for a first prison sentence."

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J23 for A640 New Hey Road to J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane blocked and it's slow on M62 westbound from J23, A640 (Huddersfield) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.

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

Police hunt occupants of car in Wickes compound crash

Police in Leeds say they need to urgently trace the driver and passengers of a car which crashed through a fence into the compound of a Wickes store.

Swinnow Lane, Leeds
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The car, a grey Fiat 500, was travelling along Swinnow Lane towards towards Hough Tree Road in the early hours of this morning, when it left the road.

The occupants are believed to have been injured and West Yorkshire Police says it is concerned for their welfare.

Police want witnesses to the incident or anyone with information about those in the car to get in touch.

Watch: Queensbury Tunnel filled in

The Queensbury Tunnel is being partly filled as contractors try to stop it from collapsing.

Crushed stone is being poured into one of the air shafts because the structure is deteriorating, according to Highways England who look after the site.

The "emergency measures" are being done to stop it collapsing in on itself.

Campaigners who want to reopen the structure as a cycle way are unhappy with the action. They believe it could prevent the tunnel being brought back into use.

There have been calls to reopen the flooded tunnel as a cycle way between Bradford and Halifax since the train services were stopped in 1956.

Warning prison officers 'working as carers' - Former officer

A former prison officer from Yorkshire says staff are being forced to become carers for a growing number of older inmates who are "dying in front of them."

Prison landing
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The man who worked in prisons for more than 30 years and wants to remain anonymous said: "You're looking at young prison staff trained to be prison officers but becoming carers."

The former officer said when he started work older prisoners were transferred to less secure jails when they approached the end of their sentences, but that had changed.

He said: "Now you're getting older prisoners starting big sentences and the young prison officers are coming straight from university, with very little life experience.

"Then they're having to deal with major traumatic events like somebody dying in front of them or caring for somebody at the end of their life."

His concerns were echoed by the chief inspector of prisons, Peter Clarke, who said the Prison Service should consider whether a new type of accommodation was needed, specifically designed to deal with older prisoners.

Ministry of Justice figures show there were 13,617 inmates aged above 50 in June. The Prison Officers Association says increasing numbers are frail, incontinent or have dementia.

The Prison Service said it was working to meet the needs of elderly prisoners.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J27 for M621 to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 busy but moving and one lane closed westbound from J27, M621 (Gildersome) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J27 for M621 to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 busy but moving and one lane closed westbound from J27, M621 (Gildersome) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

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

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another chilly start to the day but it should stay dry with temperatures up to 13C in places.

This evening and overnight will also be dry and we may see a little ground frost in places as temperatures dip to between 3C and 5C.

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 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 32 minutes late
  • The 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 08:28 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds is running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from Bradford Forster Square to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:33 service from Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about five minutes late
  • 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:

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J25 for A644 Wakefield Road to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M62 eastbound from J25, A644 (Brighouse) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J26 for M606 J1 to J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound from J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar) to J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Extremism claims' Bradford school wins another award

A school in Bradford once accused of failing to protect students from extremism and rated inadequate has won its second award of the year.

Carlton Bolling teachers
PEARSON NATIONAL TEACHING AWARD

Carlton Bolling was put into special measures by Ofsted in 2014 but achieved outstanding status by 2017.

It's now won the Pearson National Teaching Award for 'Secondary School of the Year - Making a Difference'.

The school was also awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark for offering pupils the best education earlier this year.

The award is an absolute vindication of all the hard work and determination that's gone into improving the school."

Adrian KneeshawCarlton Bolling chief executive

Leeds Rhinos fined for Super League salary cap breach

Leeds Rhinos have been fined £20,000 with £10,000 suspended for two years, for breaching Super League's salary cap during the 2018 rugby league season.

Headingley Stadium
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Leeds failed to declare some payments they made to players Jack Walker, Luke Briscoe and Matt Parcell and exceeded the cap by £55,000.

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has said it was due to an administrative error.

It's the first time that the club's broken salary cap rules since Super League's inception in 1996.

Steph McGovern to present Leeds-based daily Channel 4 show

Presenter Steph McGovern will present a new daytime show on Channel 4, broadcast from Leeds, from spring next year.

Steph McGovern
BBC/Hat Trick Productions/Richard Kendall

Channel 4 officially opened its new base in Leeds earlier this month.

Around 250 of its 850-strong workforce will be based in the city by next year.

Steph has fronted Breakfast, Watchdog and Have I Got News For You, among other shows on the BBC.

The Steph Show will be a "mix of entertainment, lifestyle and light current affairs" say Channel 4.

It will be produced in partnership with West Yorkshire-based Can Can Productions.

I’m really chuffed to be creating my own live show with Channel 4 in Leeds. This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started next year. Just a small matter of having a baby first!”

Steph McGovern

Bradford's library and museum workers to start strike

Library and museum staff in Bradford are on strike today over cuts which could see funding reduced by 65%.

Bradford
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Members of the Unite union voted to take industrial action last month.

This is the first two-day strike, with a three-day strike to follow from 5 November, a four-day stoppage from 18 November and a five-day strike from 2 December.

Unite say Bradford Council's "hardline attitude" is in "sharp contrast" with its bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.

Bradford Council said it was "disappointed" Unite members had voted for strike action and will try to keep as many services open as possible.

We want to sit down and talk. We've tried to engage with the authorities and say we'll speak about meaningful consultations, about getting things done and about suggestions our members can make."

Mark MartinUnite regional officer