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Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells, with cloud developing in the afternoon and a few thundery showers later.

Tonight there will be some patchy cloud with the occasional shower, but it will become dry with clear spells as the night progresses:

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Organ to hit the right notes for Yorkshire Day

The historic organ at Leeds Town Hall is to hit the right notes again after months of being silent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Leeds Town Hall organ
Leeds City Council

The instrument stopped being played in March when the Town Hall was closed to help stop the spread of the virus, but it will spring back into musical action to mark Yorkshire Day on Saturday.

Leeds City organist Darius Battiwalla will take to the stage for a virtual performance, where he will play a series of pieces of classical music written by composers who have a direct link to Yorkshire.

Broadcast by Chapel FM and on social media, the concert will be the first live performance at the Town Hall since lockdown.

Darius said: "The organ has played such an important part in the story of music in Leeds and everyone at the Town Hall has a genuine affinity and affection for its sound resonating through the building as it entertains and delights our wonderful audiences.

"It's been difficult not being able to be play for people these past few months and, while we won't be welcoming them in person, it will be an emotional experience connecting with them in a completely new way on such a fitting occasion as Yorkshire Day."

Watch: Your questions answered on new local lockdown

BBC Look North

New local lockdown restrictions have been introduced in some parts of West Yorkshire today.

The rules ban separate households in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

We're answering any questions you might have with BBC Yorkshire's political editor James Vincent and virologist Professor Mark Harris:

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Breaking'Higher risk settings' reopenings postponed

As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.

Boris Johnson
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At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.

Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.

The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.

The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.

At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and hot day for most with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.

This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:

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Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times, but which should clear in the afternoon.

A dry, mild, night is expected with clear skies and a light wind:

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Cordon and evacuation after Leeds river find

Roads have been closed and homes evacuated in Leeds city centre after an object was found in the River Aire earlier.

The "rusty metal object" was discovered in the river near Canal Wharf, with people living nearby asked to leave their homes for the moment.

People have been asked to avoid the area:

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Arriva Yorkshire says its 117/118 services are currently being diverted and avoiding Neville Street because of the incident:

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Reptiles just iguana have sun - RSPCA rescue pet from roof

RSPCA inspectors are appealing for help to find the owner of a runaway iguana spotted sunning itself on a roof in Leeds.


The reptile was found soaking up the sunshine on the roof of a house in Cross Flatts Grove on 18 July.

RSPCA inspector Paula Clemence said exotic pets like snakes and lizards "can be talented escape artists" and urged owners to make sure their enclosures are secure, especially during warmer weather.

The iguana is now being cared for by a local specialist.

Anyone who recognises it is asked to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Robots used to clean airport in coronavirus fight

Robots that can clean door handles and seats are being trialed at a Yorkshire airport to see if they can help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Robot cleaner

The University of Leeds has been using the machines at Leeds Bradford Airport and in Leeds city centre where they spray objects with a mist of diluted alcohol.

The robots use artificial intelligence to identify objects that need regular cleaning, like seats, bike stands or doors.

They then work together to avoid crashing into things or people.

The project, which involves the universities of Leeds and Birmingham, and University College London, was set up in May to look at how robots can help slow the spread of the virus.

Dr Mohammed Shaqura, from the University of Leeds, said: “The aim is to have robots that can regularly disinfect those spaces, doing away with the need for people to clean them and the risks they would face in becoming contaminated themselves.

“We are using machine learning techniques to have the robots fully autonomous, so they "know" which objects need cleaning – and will only require high-level supervision from operators.”

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today, under the influence of high pressure, it will be a fine and dry day with sunny periods throughout. Some patches of cloud look set to develop during the day.

Tonight will be largely dry with clear spells. As the night progresses, it will turn cloudier with a chance of patchy rain in places. A milder night.

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'Unacceptable' rise in attacks on police during pandemic

There's been a big increase in violence towards police in West Yorkshire during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show.

Police officers
PA Media

Attacks on West Yorkshire Police officers are up 45%, with 371 attacks between 25 May and 12 July, compared with 255 for the same period last year, the force says - that's an increase of 116.

Assistant Ch Con Tim Kingsman said the rise in assaults on officers during the lockdown was "very disappointing".

He said: “Police officers and staff work tirelessly to keep communities safe and any form of assault on those who put themselves at risk to help others is absolutely unacceptable.

"I want to make it clear we will seek to prosecute in each and every case where a member of emergency services staff is attacked."

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, says punishment for those who attack its members isn't tough enough.

ADHD system 'broken' with five-year waiting times

The system for diagnosing adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is "broken" with some people having to wait up to five years to be assessed, the BBC has found.

Lisa Kirby

Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts found at least 21,000 adults on waiting lists for ADHD services.

One patient who was told to wait two years for a diagnosis said: "There are people out there absolutely desperate."

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYP) said one man had waited 1,842 days before assessment - more than five years - with two women waiting 1,788 and 1,455 days before their first assessment in 2019.

The trust does not have a target time. Its average wait was more than a year.

Consultant psychiatrist Prof Marios Adamou said the SWYP Trust had worked "to find solutions to reduce waiting times and increase access to the adult ADHD service".

He said "despite dealing with an unprecedented pandemic" the trust had asked for more money to increase the capacity of the service and a "new clinical pathway" put in since April had "the potential to reduce waiting lists further".

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "We are determined to see improvements in access to ADHD services and as part of the NHS Long Term Plan children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders will receive better support throughout the diagnostic process, backed by an extra £33.9 billion a year for the NHS."

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

Today, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and a few showers throughout the day. A cool and breezy day for many with a brisk north-westerly wind.

Any showers will tend to ease and then die out as the night progresses. There will be clear spells developing and some areas of cloud too.

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Leeds-based airline Jet2 cancels all flights to Spain

Holiday firm Jet2 has told passengers not to go to the airport today after cancelling flights to all Spanish destinations.

Jet2 plane
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The Leeds-based airline said from Tuesday it will not be operating flights to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, or to mainland Spain, but will be running a schedule of flights back from those destinations.

The move came as the Foreign Office told people to avoid non-essential journeys to the Canary and Balearic Islands, as well as mainland Spain.

Travellers returning to the UK from anywhere in Spain must now self-isolate for 14 days at a registered address.

Jet2, which only restarted its flights and holidays programme on 15 July, said: "This is an extremely fast-moving situation, and we will provide a further update [on Tuesday]."

York man loses over £8,000 in telephone bank 'scam'

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after thousands of pounds were illegally withdrawn from a York man's bank account in what police believe was a scam.

CCTV image of man
North Yorkshire Police

The victim received a call on 22 November last year by someone claiming to be from their bank.

Following the call, someone accessed the man's bank account through several transactions in Leeds amounting to over £8,000, according to police.

CCTV image of man
North Yorkshire Police

Officers are now appealing for help in identifying the man pictured on CCTV footage in Leeds who they believe may have information which could help their investigation.

Mum marks son's birthday at Scarborough memorial bench

A mother has been able to visit a bench in memory of her son for the first time since lockdown restrictions were eased.

Callum Lister
Julie Spence

Julie Spence, from Leeds, travels to Scarborough on the anniversary of her eight-year-old son Callum's death each year.

This year she was not able to go and a number of residents decided to lay flowers on the bench for her.

The family were finally able to travel to Scarborough on Saturday on what would have been Callum's 24th birthday.

"We had a lovely day, it was just really good to be there. It was a little bit emotional seeing his bench and things, but we had a little party for him," Julie said.

Callum Lister (pictured above) was hit by a vehicle on 12 May 2005 and died in hospital the next day.

The family chose to erect a memorial bench in Scarborough because it was where they had been for their last family holiday.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of showery rain today, accompanied by gusty winds. Rain may be heavy at times, with a slight chance of some thunder and lightning.

Windy this evening, with a few showers passing through, clearing eastwards. It will then turn largely dry and clear overnight, although the odd shower will blow in from the northwest.

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Severe disruption: A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A58(M) West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between A58 West Street and A58 Clay Pit Lane.

A58(M) West Yorkshire - Temporary closure and stationary on A58(M) Inner Ring Road Tunnel eastbound in Leeds between A58 West Street and A58 Clay Pit Lane, because of a fire services incident.

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

New date announced for football season start

Leeds United will start their Premier League campaign in September, after a new date was announced for the 2020-2021 season.

Leeds United
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Sheffield United will welcome the newly-promoted Whites with the season kicking off on 12 September with it finishing on 23 May 2021, the Premier League says.

The English Football League, which will feature Huddersfield Town, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and newly-promoted Rotherham United, will also return on 12 September.

Hull City will join Doncaster Rovers in League One, with Bradford City in League Two.

The leagues are expected to finish on 8 and 9 May.

Queen star Freddy gets mask message across

A shopkeeper in Leeds has come up with an innovative way of diplomatically making sure people adhere to the new rules on wearing masks in shops before stepping inside.

Freddy Mercury drawing on shop window
Rachael Brereton

Rachael Brereton, who owns Rebel & Rose in Chapel Allerton, has slightly adjusted the words to the Queen song We Will Rock You to remind people to cover up before shopping.

She says her 20-year-old daughter, Molly, drew the picture of lead singer Freddy Mercury (or should it be Mask-ury?) "freehand backwards on the inside of the glass".

Ms Brereton says: "It's been done with the best of intentions to cheer people up in the current climate.

"I fully understand some people will be exempt from wearing masks and they'll obviously be welcomed," she adds.

Waste-heated city plan makes progress during lockdown

Work to install waste-powered heat and hot water supplies to some of Leeds' best known buildings has been completed ahead of schedule because of quieter roads in the city centre during lockdown.

The incinerator

The district heating network will see household waste burned at the city’s £140m Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility used to heat buildings such as the Civic Hall, Town Hall and Leeds Art Gallery

A 12-mile network of pipes has been installed under the city's streets faster than first thought thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, the council has said.

It's hoped when completed, the district heating network will save 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, helping the council achieve its carbon-neutral aim.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, from Leeds City Council, said: “Our district heating network is a great example of why heating homes and buildings sustainably is a key focus of our work to tackle the climate emergency."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine day with spells of sunshine, gentle winds and occasional showers in the afternoon.

This evening will see late spells of sunshine with cloud and showers increasing overnight:

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Yorkshire shoppers urged to 'be sensible' over face masks

People across Yorkshire are being urged to use common sense and conform to new rules on the wearing of face masks in shops and supermarkets to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

A shopper wears a facemask as she walks in the city centre of Leeds.

From today, coverings are compulsory in enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and takeaways.

Police can hand out fines of up to £100 to those who do not comply.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: “Controlling the spread of the virus is a vital part of trying to return to a more normal way of life.

“Clearly, it's never going to be possible for officers to respond to every report of someone not wearing a mask, so we need everyone to be sensible and to do their part to ensure we stop the spread of coronavirus."

Meanwhile, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, said: "The primary responsibility for ensuring people wear masks has to lie with the shops themselves, because there simply aren't enough officers to police this."