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Poet laureate launches award for nature poems

Poet laureate Simon Armitage, from West Yorkshire, has announced he is setting up an award for poems about nature and the environment.

Simon Armitage
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Armitage, from Marsden, will donate his £5,000 salary as poet laureate to help fund the annual Laurel Prize.

He said he hopes it will promote thought, discussion and works about the impact of issues like climate change.

The inaugural winner will receive £5,000 and will be announced next May. There will also be a second prize of £2,000 and a third prize of £1,000.

Trio of West Yorkshire employers ranked among UK's worst

Three West Yorkshire-based employers have been ranked among the worst in the UK for working conditions, work/life balance and the gender pay gap.

A Capita Sign
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The new league table is from economics think tank The Centre for Progressive Policy, which ranks the 25 largest UK employers who, in total, employ about 2.3m workers.

Morrisons, Asda and Capita are among the bottom five companies in the Good Employer Index, with Capita ranked the lowest.

A Capita spokesperson said the firm didn't recognise the findings of "this arbitrary report".

"It fails to take into account the huge strides we have made to improve employee well-being as part of our transformation programme.

“In the past year, we have announced we will pay all UK employees the Real Living Wage as a minimum and have become the first FTSE company to put two employees on the board."

While the firm has "more to do", its employee satisfaction scores have also risen, the spokesperson added.

How do you rescue a grounded narrowboat?

How to rescue a grounded narrowboat.
Robbie Cumming demonstrates how to rescue a grounded narrowboat.

A narrowboat like Robbie's uses thousands of gallons of water working the locks on the Rochdale Canal which runs for 32 miles through 91 broad locks.

At Gauxholme in West Yorkshire Robbie has to 'jump ship' as his boat runs aground. Reservoirs were built to feed this thirsty canal - however sometimes lock pounds leak and run out of water.

His narrowboat Naughty Lass is left balancing on an uneven canal bed and could potentially tip over. It's his worst nightmare.

Will he be able to release more water and re-float his boat?

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 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough has been cancelled
  • The 08:39 service from Leeds to Chester is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:42 service from Bradford Interchange to Manchester has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 14 minutes late
  • The 09:02 service from Bradford Interchange to Chester is running about 10 minutes late

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

General Election 2019: How many votes to win a seat?

James McDonald, from Doncaster, has used the BBC's Your Questions Answered to ask: “What has to be the majority amount of votes to win a seat?”

Polling station
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In general elections, we use the first-past-the-post voting system whereby the candidate with the most votes in each constituency wins.

This system means there is no “majority amount” of votes a candidate needs to win a seat.

All a candidate needs to be elected is to get more votes than any other candidate in their constituency.

In some constituencies, an MP can be elected by just a few votes.

The most marginal constituency in the 2017 election, for example, was North East Fife which had an SNP majority over the Liberal Democrats of just two votes.

If you’re interested in finding out more, there's more information about about marginal constituencies here and this video explains more about how your vote counts:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Once the cloud has lifted there will be some sunny spells and it'll stay dry for most with temperatures up to 9C in places.

Overnight it will stay clear and dry meaning we're in for another ground frost tomorrow morning.

General election 2019: Who are the candidates?

Michael Neville, from Bradford, and John Williams, from Wakefield, used Your Questions Answered to ask for details of which candidates are standing in next month's election.

A total of 3,322 candidates are standing for election in the UK's 650 parliamentary seats.

And, all the candidates standing on 12 December are now listed on the BBC News website.

Polling station
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Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

This morning's fog and mist may take a while to lift but when it does there'll be some bright, sunny spells with temperatures getting up to about 5C or 6C.

Overnight it will stay dry and slightly milder than last night with temperatures down to about 2C or 3C:

Man charged with stealing from police store

A former West Yorkshire Police employee has been charged in connection with the theft of money from a police property store in Kirklees.

Leeds Magistrates' Court
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Andrew Roberts, 53, of Huddersfield, has been charged with nine counts of fraud and two counts of perverting the course of justice.

The offences are said to have taken place between October 2008 and June 2017.

The force said Mr Roberts no longer works for them but refused to say whether he was a police officer or a civilian member of staff.

He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates's Court on Wednesday.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

After a cold and frosty morning we're in for a bright, sunny day.

But, it's going to be fell chilly with top temperatures not getting much above 8C.

Overnight it will stay clear but that will see temperatures drop to -4C in places:

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire train services hit by flooding

BBC News Travel

There are several problems on Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's rail services just now due to flooding.

TransPennine Express services are currently suspended between Sheffield and Scunthorpe due to flooding in the Kirk Sandall area, near Doncaster.

Train operator Northern is also unable to run services between Doncaster and Goole due to the Kirk Sandall flooding.

Northern trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe will run at a reduced speed, not calling at Kirk Sandall.

Passengers needing to stop at Kirk Sandall are being asked to use rail replacement buses between Doncaster and Goole.

Disruption on these routes are expected to continue for the rest of the day, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Meanwhile, rail services are also affected between Sheffield and Lincoln Central/Gainsborough Central/Retford/Worksop, and also between Leeds and Lincoln Central.

This is due to flooding near Kiveton Park, which means trains have to run at a reduced speed, with services delayed up to 30 minutes, cancelled or revised.

Yorkshire batsman Nicholas Pooran given ball-tampering ban

BBC Sport

Yorkshire and West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran has been banned from his country's next four Twenty20 internationals after he admitted to tampering with the ball.

Nicholas Pooran
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Pooran, 24, played for Yorkshire in this year's T20 Blast and will return to Headingley as an overseas player next summer.

He was caught on camera using his thumb to scrape the ball and seam during the third and final match of the Windies one-day series win over Afghanistan.

"Pooran was charged with violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball'," a statement from the International Cricket Council, cricket's world governing body, read.

"He will now miss the next four T20I games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record."

Castleford's Trueman named in GB Rugby League Lions squad

Castleford Tigers half-back Jake Trueman could make his Great Britain Rugby League Lions debut after being named in an initial 21-man squad for Saturday's final tour test against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.

Great Britain Rugby League Lions line up before facing New Zealand
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The Lions have lost all three of their matches so far, once to Tonga and twice to New Zealand.

Huddersfield Giants wing Jermaine McGillvary and Hull FC's Jake Connor are the other Yorkshire-based players included in head coach Wayne Bennet's squad.

They'll train for the first time in Papua New Guinea tomorrow before a final team run on Friday, after which the squad will then be reduced to 19.

It's the first time the Great Britain team has visited Papua New Guinea, where rugby league is the national sport, since 1996.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy at times today and windy with showers and a chance of more prolonged rain in the afternoon.

Tonight, showers will ease, leaving it largely dry and clear overnight, followed by a bright morning for Wednesday:

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Gentleman Jack writer up for freedom of Calderdale honour

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Television writer, Sally Wainwright, will be made a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the area, if councillors approve the proposal.

Portrait of Anne Lister
Calderdale Museums

The nomination is being made by Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive, Robin Tuddenham, who said the writer’s work, Gentleman Jack – based on the life of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall – had promoted the borough to a wider audience.

The drama was watched by almost six million people each week and is credited with trebling the number of visitors to Shibden Hall (pictured below).

Wainwright, from Huddersfield, said she was delighted and thrilled to be nominated for the accolade and at the effect Gentleman Jack was having across the world.

Councillors will consider the nomination on 20 November.

Shibden Hall
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Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today bright or sunny intervals will be followed by windy blustery showers.

Rain is expected early this morning and then again this afternoon.

Tonight will be windy and chilly with broken cloud and clear intervals.

Looking further ahead, Thursday could bring heavy rain.

Weather graphic
BBC

Flooding in Yorkshire: What we know now

Several areas of South Yorkshire have been dealing with flooding and its aftermath today after heavy rain earlier this week.

People in flood
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Here's what we know now:

Rail services resuming in Yorkshire after flooding

BBC News Travel

Rail services are beginning to resume but passengers are being advised that their travel plans could still be severely disrupted after flooding across Yorkshire left several lines underwater.

Train track
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The following services have resumed after being halted or severely disrupted earlier in the day:

  • All lines between Barnsley and Huddersfield have reopened but with speed restrictions due to severe flooding at Shepley
  • Trains are now able to run between Leeds and Doncaster
  • Trains are now able to run between Sheffield and Manchester
  • All lines running towards Leeds from Garforth have reopened but with speed restrictions because of flooding at Garforth
  • All lines have reopened between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square
  • Trains are now able to run smoothly between Leeds and Blackpool North

Here is a full list of affected services:

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Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

After yesterday's downpours today we will see some sunny spells and just a few showers across the region.

Some of those showers will be heavy and bring a little cloud with them.

Overnight the showers should start to ease and it will be largely dry and clear with temperatures dropping to as low as -4C in places:

Flood alerts lifted from Calderdale

Most of the focus is around South Yorkshire today with the rivers in the area expected to continue to rise.

But, in West Yorkshire, Calderdale Council say a flood alert has been lifted for the Lower River Calder catchment:

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Rail services affected by flooding

BBC News Travel

Rail passengers are being advised not to travel after flooding across Yorkshire left several lines underwater.

Flooded railway
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Trains in the following areas have been affected:

  • Services are currently unable to run between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central/Lincoln Central;
  • All lines between Barnsley and Huddersfield are closed due to severe flooding at Shepley;
  • Trains are unable to run between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe because of severe flooding at Moorthorpe;
  • Trains are currently unable to run between Goole and Sheffield due to dangerously high river levels that are expected to peak throughout the morning;
  • Flooding in the South Elmsall and Adwick area means trains are currently unable to run between Leeds and Doncaster;
  • Due to severe flooding across the TransPennine Express network, trains are unable to run between Manchester Piccadilly and Cleethorpes;
  • Severe flooding at Rotherham Central, Moorthorpe and Conisbrough is resulting in services between Sheffield and Doncaster being suspended until further notice.

Flood warnings remain in place

There are a number of flood warnings still in place across Yorkshire this morning following heavy rain overnight.

A man with his car trapped
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A total of 21 warnings and 21 alerts were issued by the Environment Agency, including sections of the River Don, River Derwent, River Calder and River Spen.

A full list of those warnings is here.

Flooding in Yorkshire: What we know now

It's been a day of heavy rain and flooding across Yorkshire, with parts of South Yorkshire worst hit and rain expected to continue into Friday.

Sandbags at house in Whiston
BBC

Here's what we know now:

  • Flood warnings and alerts remain in place across Yorkshire due to heavy rain
  • Hundreds stranded at Sheffield's Meadowhall due to gridlock caused by flooding
  • Sheffield faced "full-blown incident", said city councillor
  • Homes evacuated at Whiston near Rotherham due to flooding
  • Sheffield Town Hall stays open overnight to help those affected in the city
  • Rail services to and from Yorkshire continue to be affected by the flooding
  • People warned to avoid Callis Bridge in Todmorden due to fast-flowing water
  • Temporary flood barriers put in place in Calder Valley as precaution

For all the latest details as events develop overnight, click here.

Train services continue to be affected by flooding

Rail services in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are still being affected by flooding.

Here's the last from train operators CrossCountry and Northern:

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Flood warnings in place for Yorkshire

There are dozens of flood warnings in place across our region this evening.

Flood warning map
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In total, England is covered by 79 warnings - which means flooding is expected.

There are a further 109 flood alerts - where people should "be prepared" - in place.

You can find out the latest near you on the goverment's Flood Information Service website here.

Watch: How much rain have we been getting?

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

With "amber" weather warnings being issued across Yorkshire, just how much rain have we been getting?

BBC Look North's Paul Hudson has the latest:

Calderdale Council: Flood alerts still in force

This is the latest from Calderdale Council, with heavy rain leading to a number of flood warnings across Yorkshire:

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Flood alerts in place after heavy downpours across county

There are currently 16 flood warnings in place across Yorkshire as the county continues to be deluged by heavy rain.

flood sign
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The Environment Agency say flooding is expected in areas across the north, south and west of the region as "river levels have risen rapidly as a result of today’s heavy rainfall".

The flooding is causing problems on roads around the county, with several road closures already in place in Sheffield and Wakefield.

Train services through Kiveton Park are also affected while Supertram say services between Tinsley and Rotherham have been suspended.

If you have been affected by flooding in your area you can contact us here.

Temporary flood barriers in place in Mytholmroyd

Temporary flood barriers have been put in place in some parts of West Yorkshire as a result of heavy rain across the region.

Temporary flood barriers in place in Mytholmroyd
Environment Agency

The barriers pictured above have been put up in Mytholmroyd, in the Upper Calder Valley, as a "precaution" against the heavy rain forecast for the rest of today and for tomorrow, according to the Environment Agency.

An incident room has been set up by the Environment Agency in the area, it's been confirmed.

Electricity supply problems hit East Coast Main Line

Passengers on the East Coast Main Line running between Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London are being warned about delays.

The delays are being caused by earlier power problems, according to train operator LNER:

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Flood alert for Lower River Calder

A flood alert's now in place for part of the River Calder.

People living and working in the Lower River Calder catchment area are being warned that low-lying areas are currently at risk.

Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point, according to the government's flood warning information service.

The highest river levels are likely to be seen this evening and overnight, it says:

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Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very unsettled day today with a yellow weather waning in place across much of the region and an amber warning across parts of South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

The rain is gong to be around for much of the day and it will be very heavy at times.

Temperatures will reach about 9C or 10C but it will feel cooler with the breeze.

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 08:21 service form Leeds to Scarborough is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:34 service from York to Edinburgh is running about nine minutes late
  • The 08:40 service from Doncaster to Cleethorpes is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:42 service from Doncaster to Manchester Airport has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 from Bradford Interchane to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 09:11 service from Sheffield to Manchester Airport has been cancelled

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

Weather warnings issued as Yorkshire prepares for deluge

Two weather warnings for rain have been issued by the Met Office as heavy downpours are set to hit the county.

Map of rain across Yorkshire
Met Office

Both Yellow and Amber warnings have been issued with the possibility the weather could cause disruption to travel, including delays, road and rail closures, as well as power cuts and flooding.

Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said, “With a weather front stalling over the north of England there will be a period of heavy and sustained rainfall through Thursday.

"With the possibility of up to 100mm of rain falling on already saturated ground there could be some significant disruption."

You can see a guide to what the weather warning colours mean by clicking here.

Wednesday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will see sunny spells and a few scattered showers.

This afternoon there'll be some sunshine with cloud increasing and the possibility of rain later.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with spells of rain:

Weather graphic
BBC

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, there's currently major disruption on the East Coast Main Line between Peterborough and Doncaster.

An incident between Grantham and Newark North Gate means trains are currently unable to run between these stations.

Services may be cancelled, delayed by up to 90 minutes or revised, according to National Rail Enquiries. Trains may be diverted between Doncaster and Peterborough.

Disruption's expected until 10:00.

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