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Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

It's a chilly start to the day with a few scattered showers here and there.

That rain should clear out this afternoon leaving us with a mostly dry, fine and bright end to the day with temperatures of about 9C.

Overnight it will stay mostly dry and Saturday looks like it will bring plenty of sunshine our way:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 20 minutes late
  • The 09:07 service from Bradford Interchange to York is running about 15 minutes late
  • The 09:16 service from Bradford Interchange to Blackpool north has been cancelled

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

Police force sees hate crime increase

There's been an increase in the number of hate crimes and hate incidents reported to South Yorkshire Police.

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In total there were 3,126 reports to the police in 2019, almost 200 more than the year before.

A council report citing figures from South Yorkshire Police suggests the biggest proportion of recorded hate crimes and incidents are recorded as having been racially-motivated.

It went on to say that where hate was flagged as motivated by religious hatred, "the most commonly perceived religion recorded was Muslim".

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start it's going to turn wet and windy with gusts of up to 55mph.

Temperatures will reach about 11C or 12C.

Things will clear a little ovenight but there may still be some showers in places:

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 08:20 from Bradford Interchange to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:23 service from York to Blackpool North has been cancelled
  • The 08:30 service from Leeds to York has been cancelled
  • The 08:31 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 32 minutes late
  • The 08:44 service from York to Plymouth is running about 24 minutes late
  • The 08:56 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 08:57 service from Leeds to Blackpool North has been cancelled

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

South Yorkshire political leaders agree devolution deal

Political leaders have agreed to move forward with a South Yorkshire devolution deal more than four years after the deal was initially announced.

Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham
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In a statement the leaders of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils together with Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, announced the deal had been agreed and would be put to public consultation later this year.

Under the original deal struck in October 2015 the Sheffield City Region deal would grant a directly elected mayor power over transport, strategic planning and skills, as well as £900m over 30 years.

Efforts to secure an agreement have been dogged by a rival plan for a pan-Yorkshire agreement, but, today's announcement suggests the South Yorkshire deal will now come to fruition, almost two years after Mr Jarvis was elected mayor.

Mr Jarvis and the four council leaders said: "This represents a significant step forward in securing additional powers and resources for our region.”

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright day for most with temperatures up to about 9C or 10C.

Overnight there may be one or two showers in western parts but it will stay dry for most:

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:

  • The 08:14 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about nine minutes late

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

Firefighters to lobby government for flooding help

South Yorkshire firefighters are heading to Westminster today to call for tackling flooding to be made an official responsibility of fire services in England - meaning they can then receive more funding for equipment and training.

A fire van with a boat near floods
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Currently, the fire service's "statutory duties" are to extinguish fires, to protect life and property in the event of fire, to rescue and protect people in the event of a road traffic collision and to rescue and protect people in the event of "other emergencies".

However, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says fire services are not being adequately funded to deal with floods and it needs to be added to the list of statutory duties.

It comes after large parts of South Yorkshire were affected by flooding following heavy rainfall in November last year.

The FBU has been campaigning for flooding as a statutory duty since the floods in 2015, it said.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning should be dry with some sunshine, but it will become cloudy towards the middle of the day with outbreaks of rain this afternoon.

It will become very windy during the afternoon and into the evening.

The wind will continue tonight with further rain which should clear overnight:

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Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start to the day it's going to turn wet and windy, with gales in places.

Temperatures will get up to 9C or 10C in places:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 09:07 service from Bradford Interchange to York is running about 27 minutes late

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

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a largely dry day today but it will feel pretty chilly with temperatures only getting up to about 7C or 8C.

Overnight it will turn cloudy with one or two patches of drizzle:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 service from Bradford Forster Sqaure to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:36 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 service from Leeds to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • The 08:45 service from Leeds to London Kings Cross has been cancelled
  • The 08:59 service from Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 service from York to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • The 09:07 service from Doncaster to Hull via Selby is running about 17 minutes late
  • The 09:19 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross has been cancelled

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

Government says Northern rail to only continue 'for months'

Troubled rail operator Northern has the finances to continue only "for a number of months," the government has said.

Northern train
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced he's evaluating a proposal from the train operator on options for continuing its franchise. The process could ultimately lead to the government taking control of services, he said.

Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern services, has faced a range of issues in recent years, such as widespread cancellations amid the introduction of new timetables.

A final decision on the company's future will be taken later this month.

Mr Shapps said: "Passengers in the North have had to put up with unacceptable services for too long.

"We understand how frustrating this has been for people and we are taking action to make sure that performance improves.

"Following completion of this process I will consider whether to award Arriva Rail North a short-term management contract, or whether to ask the Department of Transport's own operator to deliver passenger services."

BreakingLiberty Steel looks to cut jobs in South Yorkshire

Liberty Steel Group is planning to cut 355 jobs in South Yorkshire and South Wales after a review of its UK business in response to "challenging market conditions and a lingering reduction in demand for UK steel products", the company has announced.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be cloudy and dry for most today though we may see some showers across North Yorkshire.

Temperatures will vary across the region between about 6C in the north and 11C across Lincolnshire.

Overnight it will remain cloudy with some patchy rain in places:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be dry and bright for most of us today with temperatures up to 10C or 11C.

However, as we head through the evening a band of rain will start to move in from the south bringing some heavy showers with it:

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:

  • The 08:21 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:37 service from Sheffield to Lincoln has been cancelled
  • The 09:03 service from Doncaster to Sheffield has been cancelled
  • The 09:04 service from Doncaster to York is running about 11 minutes late
  • The 09:05 service from York to Liverpool Lime Street is running about six minutes late

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

Cancer drugs could be used to treat lung problems

New research has found clinically available cancer drugs could be used to treat people with lung disease.

A woman using a measuring device
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A research team from the University of Sheffield has been looking at how the drugs could help people with Chronic obstrictive pulmonary disease (COPD).

People living with COPD experience a wide range of symptoms that have an increasing impact on their quality of life, including breathlessness, coughing and frequent chest infections.

The damage to the lungs is driven by inflammation caused by immune cells called neutrophils.

Tests carried out at the university identified a number of compounds in cancer drugs which speed up the death of the cells which cause the inflammation and promote healing in the lungs

Dr Lynne Prince, Russell Fellow at the University of Sheffield, said: "The hope of these drugs is that they can clear the damaging cells from the lungs of people living with COPD, preventing any further damage and therefore the progression of the disease for the first time.”

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're in for a very windy day today with a yellow weather warning for wind in place across parts of North, West and South Yorkshire.

We will also see some showery outbreaks of rain spreading in from the west throughout the day.

It will, however, be very mild for the time of year with temperatures getting up to about 14C in places:

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 generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:27 service from Leeds to Halifax is running about 14 minutes late
  • The 08:27 service from Leeds to Scarborough is running about nine minutes late
  • The 08:39 service from York to Redcar is running about seven minutes late
  • The 08:42 service from Leeds to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • The 08:43 service from Doncaster to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:51 service from Bradford Interchange to Halifax is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 09:01 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 09:05 service from York to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled

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

TransPennine offers rebate to season ticket holders

TransPennine Express are offering a rebate to season ticket holders hit by recent delays and cancellations.

TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS NOVA TRAIN
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The scheme, which will refund 3% of the annualised cost of weekly, monthly and annual tickets held between 1 October and 31 December 2019, will open next week.

People with valid tickets will need to email the train company to claim the rebate.

The service's managing director Leo Goodwin said: “We have experienced a number of issues following the introduction of our new trains, resulting in disruption to a number of our customers journeys with us.

“I would like to thank our customers for continuing to travel with us and it is only right that we compensate them for the recent disruption."

Yorkshire's weather: Drizzle and windy

BBC Weather

Cloudy and windy this morning, with the odd spot of drizzle. A band of rain passing through this afternoon, accompanied by blustery winds will mean it'll feel cooler and wet.

Highs of 8C (46F).

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services to and from our main stations appear to be generally running on time.

However:

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

Northern services 'completely unacceptable' - Minister

A government minister has said train operator Northern is not fit to operate and has reiterated the need to intervene on its franchise.

A Northern train
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Transport secretary Grant Shapps says the poor performance by Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, "cannot continue".

Mr Shapps issued a "request for proposals" from the firm and the Operator of Last Resort in October - the first steps towards taking services into direct government control.

Speaking to the BBC this morning, Mr Shapps criticised the company saying it's "completely unacceptable" to have a situation where trains didn't run to a timetable.

"I simply won't put up with that. It's absolutely the case that Northern are not fit to run. I do not think the service being operated on Northern is anywhere near acceptable.

"I don't think it's right that people can't always rely on their train services...I will absolutely bring that situation to an end."

Responding, David Brown, managing director at Northern, said the franchise has faced "several material and unprecedented challenges" recently, outside of the company's control.

"We are delivering the biggest transformation of local rail for a generation, with 52 of our 101 new trains in service and driver training taking place on dozens more trains right now", he said.

"Alongside 2,000 extra services per week, this is part of a £600m investment in improving customers’ experience. We are continuing to invest in better stations, better offers for customers and more recruitment."

New year rail fare increases 'unjustifiable' - Campaigners

Campaigners for better rail transport say today's price increases in Yorkshire and across the country are unjustified.

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The rise, announced by industry body the Rail Delivery Group in November, is lower than the 3.1% increase at the start of last year - at 2.7%.

Train companies say it is the third year in a row that average fares have been held below RPI - the inflation measure on which rises are based.

But the Campaign for Better Transport group says customers have been subject to cancelled, delayed, and overcrowded services.

"First and foremost the whole fares system needs reforming to provide more affordable fares and better value for money", the group said.

"We need to see speedier implementation of account-based tickets, part-time season tickets, pay as you go travel, multimodal and zonal fares, and an end to the unjustifiable RPI-linked annual increase."

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions for Rail Delivery Group, said rail companies were investing in improving journeys while holding fare increases below inflation.

He said 2020 will see 1,000 extra weekly services and 1,000 more carriages added to Britain's rail fleet.