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Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A grey start with patchy drizzle, but some sunny spells may develop in places later.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be grey and cloudy with occasional drizzle.

It will be dry and remain cloudy this afternoon, but some sunny spells may develop in places.

This evening will be fine with late spells of sunshine, staying dry with some mist and fog patches overnight:

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Footballer hangs up his boots

A former Barnsley, Huddersfield and Scunthorpe player has announced his retirement from football.

Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes played 76 games for the Reds before going out on loan to Huddersfield Town.

He also played more than 200 games for Scunthorpe, signing for the Iron in 2002.

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Writing on Twitter, the 35-year-old thanked his previous clubs and the fans for their support.

Appeal to next PM over rising number of cyber sex crimes

The number of cyber-related sex crimes involving children has more than doubled in Yorkshire and the Humber region over the past four years.


Figures from the NSPCC show almost 1,500 cases were recorded in the last year, compared to just over 700 three years ago.

Helen Westerman from the charity says: "We're really concerned that we've seen a huge increase in the number of police-recorded offences against children relating to sex crimes.

"Twenty-two cyber-related sex crimes being reported a day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the figures have doubled in the last five years."

The charity is calling on the next prime minister to prioritise online safety.

Yorkshire's wet Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It's a wet one this morning as showers, some heavy and thundery, move north.

These will gradually ease during the day to leave it largely dry but cloudy.

Tonight will be generally dry and murky at times, with mist and fog likely to develop in places:

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Woman injured in climbing fall

A woman had to be airlifted to hospital after falling while climbing in North Yorkshire.

The 21-year-old, from the Durham area, sustained serious injuries, at the Wainstones, a popular climbing area on the moors above Stokesley.

Volunteers from the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were able to drive over fields to within about 200m from the crag along with a paramedic from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Casualty being loaded into air ambulance
Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team

She was treated at the scene then carried on a mountain rescue stretcher to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and transported to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

Sir Gary Verity resignation: Investigation updates due

Updates on two investigations into Welcome to Yorkshire are due to be given to a meeting of the tourism organisation's board later.

Sir Gary Verity

The inquiries were set up after the resignation of Sir Gary Verity (pictured) which came amid allegations about his expenses and behaviour towards colleagues.

Sir Gary, who resigned on health grounds, paid back £40,000 expenses before stepping down last March.

When his resignation was announced, Sir Gary said he had tried to "set the highest standards of personal performance and leadership".

In April, the tourism organisation announced the investigations looking into Sir Gary's expenses and behaviour since his appointment in 2008.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A largely cloudy but dry morning, but showers will develop with the chance of a few thunderstorms.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy but dry morning with showers developing.

More persistent bands of rain are expected to develop later, with the chance of a few thunderstorms.

Tonight, any lingering rain will clear to leave it dry and cloudy for much of the night:

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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 appear to be running to time.


  • The 06:31 York to London Kings Cross is currently running 43 minutes late
  • The 06:54 Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running 40 minutes late
  • The 06:53 from Wakefield to London Kings Cross is posted as delayed

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

Windrush passenger Alford Gardner's memories of voyage to UK
Seventy-one years ago Alford Gardner was one of hundreds of Caribbeans who came to rebuild post-war UK.

Yorkshire MEP hits out at Rees-Mogg over EU iPad tweets

A Yorkshire MEP has hit out at a newly-elected MEP after she described a free iPad she was given as part of her new role as an example of "the corrupt gravy train" of the EU.

Annunziata Rees-Mogg
PA/Joe Giddens

Annunziata Rees-Mogg‏, a Brexit MEP for the East Midlands and sister of Conservative MP Jacob, posted on Twitter about the "shiny new iPad I was given by the European Parliament for no very obvious reason".

Responding, Labour MEP Richard Corbett said she wanted to "rubbish everything about the EU, even when you know the truth.

"The Parliament gives you an iPad configured to parliamentary work, so you don’t need so many paper documents, saving money and trees, and can work more effectively," he added.

Chief Constable decision a step closer

The Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has been named as the preferred candidate to take on the role full-time.

John Robins
West Yorkshire Police

John Robins, who has been in the role on a temporary basis since December, has been named as Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson's preferred candidate.

Mr Robins joined West Yorkshire Police in 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 2017.

A panel will confirm West Yorkshire's new Chief Constable next month.

Former chief Dee Collins retired in April over "health issues".

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be mostly dry but we could see one or two isolated showers.

Temperatures will reach up to 19C in places:

Yorkshire's weather: Fine and dry

It will remain dry and fine with a good deal of sunshine today, and just a little patchy cloud forming. Highs of 17C (63F).

Dry tonight with largely clear skies and one or two mist patches.

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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 appear to be running to time so far, however:

  • The 07:38 service from York to Middlesbrough running 27 minutes late
  • The 07:58 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running 10 minutes late

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

Leeds United drawn against Salford City in Carabao Cup

BBC Sport

Leeds United will face League Two newcomers Salford City in the Carabao Cup first round.

Salford celebrating promotion
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Salford are in the competition for the first time after promotion from the National League in May.

Salford, co-owned by co-owned by six former Manchester United players, will host a Leeds side managed by Marcelo Bielsa, who agreed a contract extension at Elland Road in May.

The draw for the competition, which took place in a Morrisons supermarket, threw up the following ties for Yorkshire's teams:

  • Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City
  • Tranmere Rovers v Hull City
  • Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers
  • Bradford City v Preston North End
  • Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Bury
  • Barnsley v Carlisle United

The fixtures will be played in the week commencing 12 August.

West Yorkshire child sex abuse inquiry police arrest 44

Detectives investigating claims of historical child sex grooming have arrested 44 people.

A girl walks down a street
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Four women complained of being abused between 1995 and 2005 when they were aged between 12 and 16.

During the course of an investigation police said they had arrested dozens of people across Bradford, Leeds, Kirklees and other areas of the country.

Those arrested within the past two weeks include 36 men and three women. Five other men were arrested earlier.

West Yorkshire Police, who are dealing with the allegations, said those arrested ranged in age from 39 to 81.

All of the 44 people questioned have been released under investigation.

In a statement police said the allegations of sexual abuse centred around the time the women were children in the Dewsbury and Batley areas of Kirklees.

Yorkshire football fixtures released

The fixtures for all our football teams in Yorkshire have been released by the English Football League.

A mitre match ball

All fixtures are subject to change, but the opening games of the season on Saturday 3 August include:

  • Barnsley v Fulham
  • Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Swansea v Hull City
  • AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham United
  • Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham
  • Bradford City v Cambridge United

On Sunday 4 August, Bristol City play Leeds United. On Monday 5 August, Huddersfield Town host Derby County.

Boxing Day fixtures are:

  • Barnsley v West Bromwich Albion
  • Hull City v Nottingham Forest
  • Leeds United v Preston North End
  • Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town
  • Stoke City v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Peterborough United v Doncaster Rovers
  • Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
  • Carlisle United v Bradford City

Final games of the League Two season, which will be played on Saturday 25 April, are:

  • Bradford City v Walsall

The Championship's last game, played on Saturday 2 May at 12:30, include:

  • Brentford v Barnsley
  • Cardiff v Hull City
  • Leeds United v Charlton Athletic
  • Millwall v Huddersfield Town
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough

League One's final game will be played on Sunday 3 May at 12:00, with Doncaster Rovers playing Blackpool away and Rotherham United hosting Sunderland.

The full fixtures for all of our teams can be found on the BBC website here.

New station apprentice 'purrfect' for the job

If you're catching a train in Huddersfield today you may notice a new apprentice at the railway station.

Bolt the cat

But this one has four legs, whiskers and fur.

Bolt the cat has been appointed at Huddersfield railway station alongside well known feline station master Felix, who rose to fame on social media a few years ago.

Felix has been the resident pet at the station since 2011, when she was brought in to catch mice.

A cat flap has also been built at the ticket barrier to allow both felines platform access.

The pair can now be seen patrolling the ticket offices, waiting rooms and station platforms.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will see areas of patchy rain and drizzle with some areas remaining largely dry.

There will be sunny spells too and a gentle to moderate breeze.

Any lingering daytime rain should clear this evening to leave a dry night with lengthy clear spells:

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Huddersfield climber's fall an 'accident' - Inquest

The death of an experienced climber from West Yorkshire who fell at least 1,300ft down Ben Nevis was a "tragic accident", an inquest has heard.

Patrick Boothroyd

Patrick Boothroyd, 21, from Honley, in Huddersfield, died after he and Leon Grabowski were caught in a mini-avalanche as they scaled the mountain in December.

Bradford Coroners' Court heard an overhanging ledge of snow broke off as Mr Grabowski tried to cut through it.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Boothroyd died from chest, head and pelvis injuries.

Yorkshire Bank name to disappear

The Yorkshire Bank brand is to disappear from our high streets in the next couple of years as part of a name change.

Yorkshire Bank
Tim Ireland/PA Archive/PA Images

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group is changing its name to Virgin Money UK, as part of a cost-saving deal.

The group is hoping to make annual savings of £200m by 2022.

It's thought more than 1,500 jobs could be lost following the Virgin Money deal, although some of these are expected to be lost through natural staff turnover.

Ministers dismiss Yorkshire MP's plan to cut fashion waste

The government has rejected a West Yorkshire MP's plans to cut waste in the fashion industry.

Fashion shoot
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Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), had called for clothes companies to be taxed to help pay for better recycling.

The Wakefield Labour MP said: "Fashion producers should be forced to clear up the mountains of waste they create."

Among the proposals from the EAC were:

  • A 1p charge per garment on producers to fund better recycling of clothes
  • A Ban on incinerating or landfilling unsold stock which can be reused or recycled instead
  • Tax changes to reward re-use, repair and recycling - to support responsible fashion companies.

Ministers say they're focusing on a tax on single-use plastic in packaging rather than a tax on cheap fashion items.

They say they will consider a levy on clothes alongside plans for making firms in different sectors more responsible for their waste, but no decisions will be made on this until 2025.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any lingering overnight rain should clear away to leave an increasingly dry and sunny afternoon.

Occasional showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should remain dry with clear periods and a gentle breeze:

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Thieves don't quite manage to make stolen tractor vanish

Here's a test of your observational skills - pit them against West Yorkshire Police.

Tractor in the trees
West Yorkshire Police

The force says one of its crews managed to spot and recover an abandoned stolen vehicle which had been, er, cleverly hidden by thieves.

The West Yorkshire force posted this pic on social media and posed the question: "Can you see it?"

Well can you? Take your time. Have a good look...

Leeds United vows to tackle racism among supporters

Leeds United says it's working with the police to tackle racism involving supporters.

A Leeds United flag

The club's pledge comes after the publication of new figures showing the number of fans arrested for football-related incidents where racism was an aggravating factor.

The Home Office data covers seasons from 2014-15 to 2017-18, with Leeds United seeing 15 arrests - the second highest number in the country behind Manchester United.

The amount of arrests for Yorkshire teams include:

  • Leeds United - 15
  • Barnsley - 10
  • Rotherham United - 8
  • Huddersfield Town - 7
  • Hull City - 5
  • Sheffield United - 4
  • Bradford City - 3
  • Sheffield Wednesday - 3
  • Doncaster Rovers - 1

Huddersfield road closed after serious sexual assault

Police are investigating after a woman in her 20s was seriously sexually assaulted in a Huddersfield street.

Dundas St

The incident happened in Dundas Street, near the town's bus station, in the early hours of this morning.

A police cordon is currently in place.

West Yorkshire Police say their investigations are at an early stage and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Vote on banning barbecues to stop moorland fires

Plans to ban people having barbecues on moorland in West Yorkshire to prevent fires are due to go before Calderdale Council later.

Moor fire

A number of recent fires have destroyed large swathes of land, including one on Marsden Moor, which was started by a £2 disposable barbecue.

Helicopter above flames

A ban's already in place in Kirklees and another's being considered for Ilkley Moor.

Today's decision, which will go before cabinet this evening, will affect land in Calderdale.