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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.

West Yorkshire fire crews attacked, report says

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Firefighters were threatened with weapons, pelted with missiles and verbally abused over a three-month period, a new report has revealed.

A West Yorkshire fire engine
Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

A report into work by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service between April and June reveals that there were 22 attacks on firefighters.

In Bradford there were nine incidents, including an occasion where a weapon was brandished at a crew from Bradford Station, and four incidents of stones or other missiles being thrown at crews.

Although there were no serious injuries during these attacks, one of the incidents damaged a fire engine.

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.”

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.

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:

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J32 for A639 Colorado Way.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound at J32, A639 (Pontefract), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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 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.

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:

Ex-PC sentenced after admitting sex with crime victim

A former police officer who had a sexual relationship with a domestic violence victim while investigating her case has been give an suspended prison sentence.

Preston Combined Court
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Ben Robinson, 39, pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in a public office at Preston Crown Court on Friday.

The court heard Robinson began a relationship with the woman after meeting her while working as a PC for West Yorkshire Police in Kirklees.

A spokesperson for the force said his actions had "jeopardised the integrity of his role in the investigation and risked undermining the justice of the case".

Robinson was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to pay £1,200 in costs and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Robinson resigned from West Yorkshire Police following his arrest in October 2017.

Police name man found dead in Wakefield house

A 42-year-old man found dead in a house in Wakefield on Friday has been named by police as Jonathan Dews.

Jonathan Dews
West Yorkshire Police

The body of Mr Dews, from Batley, was found at a house on Brighton Street on Friday after police were called to reports of a fire.

Two men from Wakefield and one man from Pontefract have been charged with murder.

All three are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' court later.

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
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Three charged with murder after man found dead in house

Three men have been charged with murder after the body of a man was found at a house in Wakefield.

Police on Brighton Street
PA Media

The body of 42-year-old Jonathan Dews, from Batley, was found at a house on Brighton Street on Friday after police were called to reports of a fire.

Scott Crutchley, 24, of Westgate, Wakefield, Jordan Metcalfe, 24, of Fairland Avenue, Pontefract and Nathan Redmond, 21, of Brighton Street, Wakefield, have all been charged with murder.

All three are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates court later this morning.

West Yorkshire Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time or and heard any disturbance from the house on Brighton Street or saw any suspicious behaviour to come forward.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place today to establish the cause of death.

Urgent appeal for missing 91-year-old man

A 91-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Knottingley in West Yorkshire, police say.

William Tunningley
West Yorkshire Police

Officers say they are "very concerned" for the welfare of William Tunningley, who was last seen yesterday afternoon.

He's described as slim and about 5ft 7ins tall.

When last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a navy blue bomber jacket and slippers.

Anyone who sees him is being urged to call the West Yorkshire force.