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West Yorkshire men jailed for selling drugs on dark web

Three men who sold potentially deadly drugs on the dark web have been jailed.

Jake Levene, Mandy Lowther and Lee Childs
NCA

Jake Levene, 22, Lee Childs, 45, and Mandy Christopher Lowther, 21, all from West Yorkshire, admitted supplying Fentanyl via an internet site.

The painkiller is 100 times more potent than morphine and has been linked to more than 125 deaths in the UK.

At Leeds Crown Court, Levene and Lowther were both jailed for 16 years and six months while Childs was jailed for 10 years and six months.

New bridge to connect Leeds city centre to South Bank

A £1.5m pedestrian bridge connecting Leeds city centre to South Bank will be unveiled on Wednesday.

The 50-metre structure over the the River Aire aims to provide links for Cross Green and Hunslet residents.

Journey times into central Leeds will be halved from 20 to 10 minutes, according to bridge developer Citu.

Take a look at how it was constructed:

Rail workers in Yorkshire to stage more strikes next month

Rail workers are to stage fresh strikes next month in the long-running dispute over guards on trains, causing more travel disruption in Yorkshire.

An RMT flag
PA/Jonathan Brady

There will be industrial action on Northern trains on the first three Saturdays of February, with few services running after 17:00.

The RMT Union says it is making "every effort to get serious and meaningful talks going with Northern but the company are not interested".

Northern have asked customers to "plan their travel carefully," check timetables "well in advance" and not to rely on "the last trains home".

'I just want to hold my son’s hand'
Double hand transplant patient Corinne Hutton talks about her life-changing surgery

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Most of us will get away with a dry day, but a band of thicker cloud will push in from the west through the afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cold and frosty start with hazy sunshine.

It'll then be a cold day with cloud thickening and outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow pushing eastwards.

Tonight, there'll be further patchy rain and hill snow, but this will tend to fizzle out especially after midnight.

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BBC

Barnsley man wanted for string of violent offences

Do you know where Martin Short is?

Police want to trace him in connection with a number of abusive and threatening offences.

Martin Short
SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE

The 33-year-old is described as being 5ft 5in tall, of medium build and has a 2cm scar on his face.

He has a dragon and the letters 'MJ' tattooed on his chest.

He is believed to have links to Goldthorpe and Leeds.

Leeds canal: The grass isn't always greener...

Have you been by Leeds railway station where the canal is looking a tad green today?

The Environment Agency has looked into the mystery and it has confirmed the water has gone green due to a harmless fluorescence dye:

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Leonardo da Vinci has designs on Leeds Art Gallery

Twelve Leonardo da Vinci's drawings will go on show at Leeds Art Gallery.

LEONARDO'S DRAWING
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

The collection will display the artist's sculptural designs which date back to 1485.

Leeds Art Gallery is one of 12 locations to host the exhibition which marks 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death.

LEONARDO'S DRAWING
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

Councillor Judith Blake said: “Hosting such a prestigious exhibition is a huge statement about the gallery’s growing status as one of the country’s leading galleries at what is a very exciting and ground-breaking time for culture and the arts in our city.”

The exhibition will open on 1 February.

LEEDS ART GALLERY
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be cold and blustery today with sunshine and a few wintry showers plus a yellow "be aware" warning for ice.

Watch my full forecast here:

Man and woman injured in Leeds police pursuit crash

A man and a woman have been injured in a police pursuit, where a suspect vehicle crashed into another car in Leeds.

Church Street, Hunslet
Google

Police were following a green Subaru 4x4 on Church Street in Hunslet on Tuesday at about 18:40 when it collided with a silver Vauxhall.

The male driver of the 4x4 was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The case has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be cold and windy with sunny spells and the chance of a few snow, sleet or hail showers.

Any lingering wintry showers will fade away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear spells and a widespread frost.

Weather graphic
BBC

Eileen Taylor 'proud' to be first black Mayor of Leeds

A woman whose father came to England as part of the Windrush generation is to become the first black Lord Mayor of Leeds.

Eileen Taylor
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL

Eileen Taylor said it was a "proud" moment and "a huge honour".

The Labour councillor for Chapel Allerton will become the 126th Lord Mayor of Leeds at the council's Annual General Meeting on 23 May.

Ms Taylor's father came to the city in the 1960s and she joined him in the early 1970s when she was a teenager.

Infection outbreak at swimming school hit 165 people

A Leeds man has been told to pay £1,585 after more than 160 people caught a "parasitic infection" at a private swimming school in York.

A scan of an infected intestine
Wikipedia/Public Health Image Library

Ryan Lee Griffin, 27, admitted breaking health and safety rules after the outbreak of giardisis at Dolphins Swim School in Upper Poppleton, which offered classes to infants and children.

Following reports of illness linked to the school, environmental health officers took a sample of water from the pool, which was described as "dirty" and "emitting a pungent smell".

City of York Council say there were 165 confirmed cases of the infection, which causes acute diarrhoea and is of particular risk to children under five and pregnant women.

Two people required hospital treatment.

The council says Griffin, of Blackmoor Road, voluntarily closed the business in October 2015, following advice from Public Health England.

Griffin appeared at York Magistrates Court where he was given a 12-month community order and told to pay £1,500 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the case, Councillor Jenny Brooks, said: "Dolphins Swim School chose to ignore health and safety legislation which put the health of children at considerable risk."

Flat death victim died from 'head and neck' injuries

A 24-year-old data analyst died from head and neck injuries after an alleged stabbing attack in Leeds, an inquest has heard.

Poppy Devey Waterhouse
WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE

Poppy Devey Waterhouse was found dead at a flat in the Richmond Hill area of the city on 14 December.

Wakefield Coroner's Court heard a male occupant of the flat was present at the time and was arrested.

Coroner Jonathan Leach adjourned the inquest to a later date.

Joe Atkinson, 25, of The Avenue, Richmond Hill, is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday charged with murder.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A fairly cloudy start with a few showers but it should be brighter later.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Mostly dry this morning with a few bright or sunny spells, but rather windy.

Spells of light rain will arrive by midday, continuing into this afternoon, with a brighter and chillier end to the day.

Tonight will see clear spells, but with the chance of one or two showers which could be wintry in nature.

Weather graphic
BBC

'Concern' for missing Leeds 14-year-old

Have you seen Ella Parnell?

Ella
West Yorkshire Police

The 14-year-old has gone missing from her home in the Beeston area of Leeds, police say.

Ella was last seen at about 16:00 yesterday at her home address.

She was wearing a cream and khaki tracksuit, a blue puffer coat with orange lining and black Adidas trainers.

Police say they are "concerned for her welfare" and are asking for anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact them.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, services seem to be running pretty much to time at the moment.

However:

  • The 06:45 from York to Plymouth has been cancelled
  • The 06:56 from Bradford Foster Square to Leeds has been cancelled

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

Brexit debate: How West Yorkshire's MPs voted

After days of debate, MPs have decisively rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202.

Theresa May
HO/Various Sources/AFP

Nearly 120 Conservative MPs voted against their leader.

The government now faces a vote of no confidence later.

So, how did West Yorkshire's MPs vote over the Brexit deal? Here are the figures:

  • Alec Shelbrooke, Con, Elmet and Rothwell: FOR
  • Craig Whittaker, Con, Calder Valley: FOR
  • Stuart Andrew, Con, Pudsey: FOR
  • Andrea Jenkyns, Con, Morley and Outwood: AGAINST
  • Philip Davies, Con, Shipley: AGAINST
  • Alex Sobel, Lab, Leeds North West: AGAINST
  • Barry Sheerman, Lab, Huddersfield: AGAINST
  • Fabian Hamilton, Lab, Leeds North East: AGAINST
  • Hilary Benn, Lab, Leeds Central: AGAINST
  • Holly Lynch, Lab, Halifax: AGAINST
  • Imran Hussain, Lab, Bradford East: AGAINST
  • John Grogan, Lab, Keighley: AGAINST
  • Jon Trickett, Lab, Hemsworth: AGAINST
  • Judith Cummins, Lab, Bradford South: AGAINST
  • Mary Creagh, Lab, Wakefield: AGAINST
  • Naz Shah, Lab, Bradford West: AGAINST
  • Paula Sherriff, Lab, Dewsbury: AGAINST
  • Rachel Reeves, Lab, Leeds West: AGAINST
  • Richard Bugon, Lab, Leeds West: AGAINST
  • Thelma Walker, Lab, Colne Valley: AGAINST
  • Tracy Brabin, Lab, Batley and Spen: AGAINST
  • Yvette Cooper, Lab, Normanton and Castleford: AGAINST
The boys built the structure with a watertight roof, laminate floor and lighting.
The 12 and 13-year-olds built the structure with a watertight roof, laminate floor and lighting.

Rugby league side 'saddened' by former player's death

Rugby League side Hull FC say it's saddened to hear about the death of former player Wilf Rosenberg.

The South African player, who was known as "the flying dentist," also played for Leeds:

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No confidence vote expected by Hilary Benn

Senior Labour MP Hilary Benn says he expects there will be a call for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May's government "very quickly", depending on today's vote.

MP HILARY BENN
AFP

If the Prime Minister loses today, the Leeds Central MP said he assumes Jeremy Corbyn would call in the vote.

He said: "It is a decision for the shadow cabinet to take and we will see as a result of that vote whether there’s the possibility of a general election, which we would like."

If Labour cannot force an election, Mr Benn says May should go back to parliament to try and find a deal that can win a majority.

The chair of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee says he would support a second referendum if all parliamentary procedure had been exhausted.

Police warning over Harehills 'drink problem'

Police in Leeds are expected to warn officials that the Harehills area of the city has a drink problem which has created an unofficial curfew for some residents.

Harehills
Google

The warning comes as the council considers whether to allow one of the area's off licences to sell drink 24 hours a day.

West Yorkshire Police say they've written a letter of objection to the plan saying Harehills Road and the off licences along it are already blighted by fighting, abusive behaviour and shouting.

Property is routinely damaged by drunken groups who gather outside places selling drink, according to police.

The force also says it knows of some residents who refuse to venture out after dark and claim mothers have had to steer pushchairs into the road due to groups of drinkers blocking pavements.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Though it'll be quite a cloudy day, there'll be sunny spells and it should remain mostly dry.

Watch my full forecast here: