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Watch: Ambulance warning over inappropriate 999 calls

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service says it anticipates dealing with more than 65,000 emergency calls over the festive period.

As a result, it's launched a campaign to reduce the number of inappropriate 999 calls for an ambulance at the busiest time of the year.

A series of videos has been produced to highlight that calls where an ambulance is not needed mean crews may not be available for people who genuinely need their help.

The service says: "Genuine 999 calls include chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, severe loss of blood, drowning, heart attack, stroke and major trauma such as a serious road traffic accidents, stabbings and shootings.":

More compensation for delay-hit Northern rail passengers

Changes to the compensation scheme for passengers on delayed Northern Trains which runs services in Yorkshire have been announced.

Northern train
Northern

Previously, people could only claim if their train journey had been delayed by 30 minutes or more, but that's being changed to 15 minutes from today.

More than 11,000 Northern passengers have been paid compensation due to disruption since the summer.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A few mist and fog patches clearing this morning to leave a dry day with patchy cloud and sunny spells.

Watch my full forecast here:

MPs had 'enormously wrong' HS2 estimate - Whistleblower

An early cost estimate MPs had when they were approving the HS2 high-speed rail project was "enormously wrong", a former HS2 boss has told BBC Panorama.

HS2 train
HS2 Ltd

The HS2 scheme will see the construction of a high-speed line between London and Leeds and Manchester, running through South Yorkshire and into North Yorkshire.

Doug Thornton said the costing underestimated the value of many properties HS2 needed to purchase along the proposed route and thousands more had not been budgeted for.

Mr Thornton said the figure MPs saw was hundreds of millions of pounds too low. He was later dismissed.

HS2 rejects claims MPs were misled.

It says it followed the correct process to keep Parliament updated on budgetary changes.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A chilly start to the day with bright spells of sunshine to come during this morning.

This afternoon will remain dry and settled with further sunny periods.

This evening there'll be clear spells, but as the night progresses cloud will increase and could produce the odd spot of rain at times:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 07:01 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 07:17 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 07:39 York to Middlesbrough service has been cancelled

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

'Slide-bottom' back in the 'slips' with skating challenge

A Yorkshire cricketing legend has swapped his cricket whites for sequins and skates.

Ryan and Brandee
Welcome to Yorkshire

Ryan Sidebottom (or should that be slide-bottom?), who played for Yorkshire and England, is hoping to glide through the first round of ITV's Dancing on Ice.

The bowler's skating for the very first time in his life as he prepares to star in the new series starting in January.

Sidebottom and his dance partner Brandee Malto took a short break from their training schedule to meet fans at the ice rink at Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland in York.

The shaggy haired left-arm seamer retired in 2017 having taken 762 first-class wickets and won five County Championship titles over a 20-year playing career.

At the ice rink this morning, he said: "Cricketers aren’t allowed to skate or ski in case they get injured, so the whole experience is really alien to me and it's been incredibly tough starting from scratch on the ice."

'Sparks fly' in three-wheel 'trail of destruction' pursuit

This was the aftermath of a police chase in South Yorkshire which was called off after the driver "decided escape might be found on just three-wheels," as officers have put it.

Three wheeled car
SYP

The cloned Skoda Fabia failed to stop for police, so they pursued the vehicle but "aborted when the driver began taking unnecessary risks, when schools were finishing for the day".

After backing off, police were pointed to "a trail of destruction" caused by poor driving.

Officers then found a wheel and road sign in the carriageway and as a result say they quickly found the car again, still being driven through an alleyway "with sparks flying".

Three wheeled car
SYP

The South Yorkshire force says: "Our officer blocked the Skoda and the driver ran into nearby woodland.

"Despite being chased by police officers and a public spirited painter, he made good his escape."

Inquiries are continuing to locate the driver.

'Let's move on' - Sheffield Council on trees inquiry

Sheffield City Council says it's not interested in an inquiry into how the city's tree replacement programme has been handled.

A fallen tree
PA

It follows a compromise being reached between campaigners and the council in a long-running row over the felling of Sheffield's street trees.

Councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and streetscene, says the council has been scrutinised already and has acknowledged its mistakes.

"I think there's absolute consensus that we need to find a way forward that lets us move on as a city", he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"What I've heard from people is that they want me and my colleagues at the council to put our energy into finding constructive ways forward and not simply raking over the past."

Work has been on hold since March following clashes between workers and campaigners during protests about the future of Sheffield's street trees.

Now, no healthy tree will be felled in the city unless no other solution can be found with a new tree strategy being drawn up between the council, contractors and campaigners.

Workmen chopping a tree
PA

Thousands of trees have been felled since the start of a £2.2bn 25-year programme of works, having been assessed as either dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory.

They are being replaced with saplings.

However, many of the trees classed as damaging or discriminatory are healthy specimens which should not be cut down but saved, say campaigners.

They say amendments should be made to surrounding pavements and roads.

The dispute led to a number of protests resulting in the authority announcing a pause in the programme earlier this year.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A chilly day with sunny spells and a few showers.

This will be followed in most places by another cold night with clear spells and variable cloud.

Weather graph
BBC

Here's when to see the Geminid meteor shower in Yorkshire

The Geminid meteor shower should be visible in the skies above Yorkshire later, with it reaching its brightest peak over the next two nights.

Meteor
UGC

There's a chance that up to 120 meteors will be visible in the dark skies.

The annual show will start at about 21:00, but the most intense shower should be seen at about 02:00 and it will be visible to the naked eye.

If you can, getting away from cities will increase chances of seeing the shower away from light pollution.

It should be a fairly clear sky tonight, but there will be small pockets of cloud which could block the view, but most people will get the chance to see the spectacle.

Yorkshire has second highest number of ambulance attacks

Yorkshire has the second highest number of attacks on ambulances in the country, a BBC investigation has found.

Damaged ambulances
BBC

The research found fireworks, wheelie bins, knives and scooters have all been used to attack ambulances and rapid response vehicles in the past three years.

More than 200 acts of vandalism were reported between 2015 and October, some also featuring metal poles and bricks.

The West Midlands ambulance servie had the most offences with 36, followed by 29 in Yorkshire, 26 in London and 24 in the North West.

The government recently increased the maximum jail term for anyone assaulting ambulance staff from six to 12 months.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly and breezy start with variable cloud, but there will be be sunny spells later.

Watch my full forecast here:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However:

  • The 07:17 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled
  • The 07:42 Leeds to York service has been cancelled

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

Yorkshire Conservative MPs welcome PM confidence vote

Yorkshire MPs who support Theresa May as Prime Minister have welcomed the result of the confidence vote.

Vote announcement
BBC

Despite a rebellion from her own MPs, Mrs May won the vote.

Of 317 Conservatives, 200 voted in favour and 117 against.

Her leadership can't now be challenged for a year.

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew said: "She's clearly won it. What we've got to do now is focus on getting this Brexit deal done so we can get on with the domestic agenda."

Which Yorkshire MPs are turning their backs on PM?

Yorkshire's Conservative MPs will be among those taking part in a vote of confidence in Theresa May's leadership later.

Theresa May
Getty Images

The challenge to Mrs May's position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered, according to the 1922 Committee.

Conservative MPs will vote from 18:00 to 20:00, with a result expected an hour or so later.

So which of our Conservative MPs will be turning their backs on the Prime Minister?

These are the Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to SUPPORT Theresa May's leadership in tonight's ballot:

  • Robert Goodwill, Scarborough and Whitby
  • Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk and Malton
  • Julian Smith, Skipton and Ripon
  • Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley
  • Andrew Percy, Brigg and Goole
  • Julian Sturdy, York Outer
  • Alec Shelbrooke, Elmet and Rothwell
  • Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough
  • Rishi Sunak, Richmond
  • Stuart Andrew, Pudsey

While those Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to say they have NO CONFIDENCE in Mrs May's leadership in tonight's ballot are:

  • Andrea Jenkyns, Morley and Outwood
  • Philip Davies, Shipley

PM confidence vote: Yorkshire MPs for and against

Yorkshire's Conservative MPs will be among those taking part in a vote of confidence in Theresa May's leadership later.

Theresa May
Reuters

They'll vote from 18:00 to 20:00, with a result expected an hour or so later.

The challenge to Mrs May's position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered, according to the 1922 Committee.

But a defiant Mrs May warned a new Prime Minister would be faced with the choice of "delaying or even stopping Brexit".

So, which of our Conservative MPs will be supporting the Prime Minister and which will be calling for the PM to quit?

As of 13:50 this afternoon, these are the Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to SUPPORT Theresa May's leadership in tonight's ballot:

  • Robert Goodwill, Scarborough and Whitby
  • Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk and Malton
  • Julian Smith, Skipton and Ripon
  • Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley
  • Andrew Percy, Brigg and Goole
  • Julian Sturdy, York Outer
  • Alec Shelbrooke, Elmet and Rothwell
  • Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough
  • Stuart Andrew, Pudsey

While those Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to say they have NO CONFIDENCE in Mrs May's leadership in tonight's ballot are:

  • Andrea Jenkyns, Morley and Outwood
  • Philip Davies, Shipley

We'll continue to update this list throughout the day as MPs come out for or against Mrs May's leadership ahead of this evening's vote.

Watch: Video shows fireball erupt at firefighter training

This video shows just how quickly a fire can turn into an explosion, with a huge fireball erupting during a training exercise in Maltby.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Tweeted the video of a firefighter near the blaze as the area turns orange with flames.

It's thought the fireball was the result of what's known as a backdraught:

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Which Yorkshire MPs are turning their backs on PM?

Yorkshire's Conservative MPs will be among those taking part in a vote of confidence in Theresa May's leadership later.

Theresa May
Getty Images

The challenge to Mrs May's position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered, according to the 1922 Committee.

Conservative MPs will vote from 18:00 to 20:00, with a result expected an hour or so later.

So which of our Conservative MPs will be turning their backs on the Prime Minister?

These are the Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to SUPPORT Theresa May's leadership in tonight's ballot:

  • Robert Goodwill, Scarborough and Whitby
  • Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk and Malton
  • Julian Smith, Skipton and Ripon
  • Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley
  • Andrew Percy, Brigg and Goole
  • Julian Sturdy, York Outer
  • Alec Shelbrooke, Elmet and Rothwell
  • Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough

While those Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to say they have NO CONFIDENCE in Mrs May's leadership in tonight's ballot are:

  • Andrea Jenkyns, Morley and Outwood
  • Philip Davies, Shipley

We'll update this list throughout the day as MPs come out for or against Mrs May's leadership ahead of this evening's vote.

Which way will Yorkshire MPs turn in PM confidence vote?

Yorkshire's Conservative MPs will be among those taking part in a vote of confidence in Theresa May's leadership later.

Theresa May
PA

The challenge to Mrs May's position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered.

Conservative MPs will vote from 18:00 to 20:00, with a result expected an hour or so later.

So what's the state of play among our Conservative MPs?

Latest indications suggest that Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to SUPPORT Theresa May's leadership in tonight's ballot are:

  • Robert Goodwill, Scarborough and Whitby
  • Kevin Hollinrake, Thirsk and Malton
  • Julian Smith, Skipton and Ripon
  • Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley
  • Graham Stuart, Beverley and Holderness
  • Andrew Percy, Brigg and Goole

While those Yorkshire Conservative MPs likely to say they have NO CONFIDENCE in Mrs May's leadership in tonight's ballot are:

  • Andrea Jenkyns, Morley and Outwood
  • Philip Davies, Shipley

We'll update this list throughout the day as MPs come out for or against Mrs May's leadership ahead of this evening's vote.

Award for bra helping women going through cancer treatment

A specially-designed bra developed to help women having radiotherapy has been named as one of the UK's 100 best breakthroughs of the last century.

A woman wearing a bra
Sheffield Hallam University

The SuPPORT 4 All project, made by Sheffield Hallam University, aims to improve accuracy of treatment and help patients maintain their dignity during radiotherapy.

In many radiotherapy centres around the world, women have to expose their breast during treatment.

This new bra, which is in its early stages of development, will mean women can maintain modesty while undergoing radiotherapy.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mostly cloudy start, but it will get brighter this afternoon with some sunny spells.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire MEP caught up in Strasbourg shooting

A Yorkshire MEP has been speaking about being caught up in a fatal shooting in France, as hundreds of police officers hunt the gunman.

richard corbett
richardcorbett.org.uk

Three people were killed and 12 others wounded in the shooting in Strasbourg.

The suspect, who is known to security services and is believed to be injured, escaped after exchanging fire with soldiers and armed police.

Richard Corbett, a Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, says he was walking to a restaurant near the scene of the shooting when "crowds came hurrying out of a Christmas market".

Mr Corbett says he was let into a locked restaurant which was quickly locked again and everyone inside was moved away from windows to the rear of the building.

French Police
Getty Images

Mr Corbett described the experience as "an extremely anxious time".

He says: "All shops, cafes and hotels in the area were shut and the streets quickly became deserted, except for large numbers of police and soldiers."

The MEP described the atmosphere in the city this morning as "grey, grim and sombre", with fewer people and less traffic than usual.

'Increasing concern' for missing Rotherham teen

A 15-year-old girl has gone missing in South Yorkshire and police are appealing for help in locating her.

Precious Price
South Yorkshire Police

Precious Price was last seen by her family at about 14:30 yesterday in North Anston, Rotherham, police say.

She is about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with long brown hair and is believed to be wearing a white hooded top, white jeans and a red jacket.

Officers say they are growing "increasingly concerned" for her welfare are appealing for people to report sightings as soon as possible.

Appeal to find family of 77-year-old who died in Hull

An appeal has been launched to find the family of a 77-year-old who died at his home in Hull.

Freehold Street
Google

Derek Heeson was found dead at his house on Freehold Street and police are now trying to find his relatives.

Humberside Police say it's tried to find his family, since 23 November, but have "so far been unable to".

Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious and believe he may have relatives in South Yorkshire.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start in places, but there'll be some bright or sunny spells at times later, though it'll generally be cloudy.

Watch my full forecast here:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 07:46 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:17 Bradford Interchange to York service has been cancelled

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

999 call about Sean Bean NOT an emergency - Police

A 999 call about Sean Bean stopping acting is not an emergency, South Yorkshire Police has said.

The force received the call at about 03:00 on Saturday when, unsuprisingly, call handlers were busy with other - and more important - matters:

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Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold and frosty start with a few showers possible, but a generally dry day to follow with plenty of sunshine.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A chilly, bright start this morning with plenty of early sunshine.

There's a risk of a few showers across parts of West and South Yorkshire at first, but these will die out to leave a dry day.

Through tonight, cloud will steadily build, though most places will stay dry.

Weather graphic
BBC

Tour de Yorkshire: Full route of 2019 race revealed

The full details of next May's Tour de Yorkshire route have been revealed.

We know you've been wanting to see that route in map form, so here you go...

Stage One of the men's race goes from Doncaster to Selby:

Day 1 map
BBC

Stage Two of the men's race and Stage One of the women's race goes from Barnsley to Bedale:

Day 2 map
BBC

Stage Three of the Men's stage and Stage Two of the women's race runs from Bridlington to Scarborough:

Day 3 map
BBC

And Stage Four of the men's race runs from Halifax to Leeds:

Day 4 map
BBC

Joe Root: England captain signs new Yorkshire contract

BBC Sport

England Test captain Joe Root has signed a new three-year contract with County Championship side Yorkshire.

Joe Root catches a ball
Anna Gowthorpe/PA Images

The 27-year-old from Sheffield is a product of the county's academy.

"It's an opportunity to not just perform on the field but to offer as much as I can to the rest of the group," Root told Yorkshire's website.

"I [want to] hand as much experience as I can to the younger guys in particular, and really give them the opportunity to learn if they want it."

Root captained Yorkshire to the County Championship title in 2014 as they clinched their first title in 13 years at Trent Bridge, and helped them defend their crown in 2015.

Tour de Yorkshire route expected later

The full route for next year's Tour de Yorkshire will be announced later.

Sutton Bank
Getty Images

Last year, the first day of racing ended in Doncaster.

The tour will take place over four days across the region from 2 May.

The stages will begin or end at Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Scarborough and Selby.

The full details are being released later this morning.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

After a dull and damp start to the day with early rain, it will gradually become brighter with spells of sunshine. Most places will become dry too.

Expect quite a bit of wind this afternoon and into the evening.

A weather graphic
BBC