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BreakingPlane ends up off runway at Yorkshire airport

A plane is stranded after coming off a runway, temporarily closing a South Yorkshire airport.

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Tom Postlethwaite

The Boeing 747 cargo aircraft left the runway this afternoon, becoming lodged in grass at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The runway has been temporarily closed as a result.

An inbound flight has been diverted to Leeds Bradford Airport, with passengers being bussed between the two.

It's unclear how long the recovery of the cargo plane will take.

Police 'could do without' enforcing mask rule - Federation

Police officers are too busy dealing with assaults and domestic violence to enforce people not wearing face masks, the police federation in South Yorkshire says.

A man wearing a face mask
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Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.

Those who don't follow the rules could be fined up to £100, the government is due to announce.

It comes as the World Health Organisation recommended wearing face coverings in indoor spaces, with many countries in Europe already making it mandatory.

But actually enforcing the new laws is the last thing the police want to do right now, the chairman of the South Yorkshire Federation has said.

Steve Kent, who represents police officers in the county, told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We could do without this to be honest.

"Work is back to normal now. The demand levels are what they are - back to normal and officers are literally being pulled from pillar to post.

"Imagine going between the calls of the things that are really important, like your assaults and your domestic incidents, and then you get a call from a shop saying: 'Mrs Miggins is refusing to put a face mask on, you need to come round and enforce it'. I mean, come on, it's just a very difficult scenario."

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

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Any early showers will quickly clear away to leave a dry, cloudy, day, with sunny spells.

It'll remain mostly cloudy and dry through the night, although some showery rain may edge in from the west in the early hours:

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Man released in Doncaster murder inquiry

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman found dead at a house has been released while inquiries continue.

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The 35-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was confirmed dead by paramedics who went to the home in Thorne Road, Doncaster, on Saturday.

Post-mortem tests were due to take place later.

The 38-year-old man from Doncaster was initially held but then released by officers, South Yorkshire Police said.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

Today will be cloudy at first with occasional showers.

It will brighten up later with sunny spells breaking through but also a chance of a few showers developing.

It'll stay fine through the evening with late spells of sunshine.

In the small hours, it will stay dry with long clear spells.

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Murder arrest after woman found dead at Doncaster home

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a house.

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The 35-year-old was pronounced dead by paramedics after she was found unconscious at the home in Thorne Road, Doncaster, at about 21:30 BST on Saturday, South Yorkshire Police said.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place later, the force said.

A 38-year-old man from Doncaster was arrested at the scene and remains in custody.

Seized cannabis kits donated to community gardens

Equipment seized by police during raids on cannabis farms across South Yorkshire has been donated to community gardens.

Soil being handed over
South Yorkshire Police

Growbags, fertiliser and plant pots that would have been used by criminals have been seized by police during warrants in Sheffield and Barnsley.

The equipment has been donated to projects that create community gardens across the county.

PC Liam Stewart, from South Yorkshire Police, said: “When we go into properties that have been used for significant cannabis set-ups, there are often huge quantities of soil, canes, plant pots, growbags and tools waiting to be used.

“Unfortunately, a lot of this equipment ends up in landfill, so we decided to work out a way we could repurpose or recycle at least some of it.

“We’ve donated equipment to some great people in the Hoyland area of Barnsley who run a fantastic community garden, it’s a place that is so well loved by local people and run entirely by volunteers.

“We also dropped off a van load of kit to a wonderful allotment community hub in Sheffield, they are currently growing food for food banks and also donating flowers and plants."

Canes and plant pots
South Yorkshire Police

Coronavirus: Latest infection rates published

Coronavirus infection rates in Kirklees, Wakefield and York have seen a small increase, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

The newly published data shows that the rate per 100,000 people tested rose from 26.2 in the week ending 28 June to 29.9 in the week ending 5 July in Kirlees, from 9.0 to 10.1 in Wakefield and from 1.9 to 3.3 in York.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire the rate of infection has dropped, including in Bradford (45.8 to 31.8) and Barnsley (35.1 to 17.1) which had previously recorded rates only surpassed by Leicester.

Nationally, Leicester saw a drop in the infection rate (141.3 to 116) while Rochdale recorded the second highest rate in England at 32.7 - down from 35.

Latest Covid-19 infection rates in Yorkshire

Tram-train expansion plan to take in all of South Yorkshire

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Ambitions have been set to extend the tram-train service to all parts of South Yorkshire, giving access for thousands of people along existing railway lines.

A tram-train

Places in Sheffield like Beighton, Stocksbridge, Heeley, Totley, and Handsworth are some of the places that could all in future become part of the tram-train network using existing rail routes.

Places like Meadowhead and other stops along the A61 Chesterfield Road could also be used if needed, according to plans from the Sheffield City Region (SCR).

SCR bosses are keen to expand the service to Barnsley and Doncaster - two places where councils pay a levy towards the network without directly benefiting.

Mayor Dan Jarvis has previously said that there is an ambition to roll the network out from Waverly towards Mexborugh before a terminus at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and also towns in the Barnsley Dearne Valley area.

Plans in the SCR Transforming Cities Fund scheme and Integrated Rail Plan for tram-train also include a 300-space park and ride at Parkgate in Rotherham by 2021 and a station at Magna by 2022.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with a mix of showers and dry spells.

Cloud cover and showers will continue into the evening, with with some clear spells towards the end of the night:

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Transport giant First warns of 'uncertain' future

Bus and train operator FirstGroup has warned it faces an uncertain future after coronavirus caused a collapse in passenger numbers.

First bus

The warning came as the firm announced annual losses of more than £150m.

Coronavirus saw average passenger numbers fall by 90% in March alone.

First warned about its ability to continue as a going concern - a fully-operating, profit-making business - although it said there is enough funding to get through the next year.

The operator, which runs services across Yorkshire, is pinning its hopes on a return of passengers as lockdown restrictions are eased further and people get back to work, school and social events.

Baby owl footage 'banned over sex and nudity rule'

Video of nesting baby owls was temporarily removed by Facebook for apparently breaking rules on nudity and sexual activity, the page's owner said.

Baby owl
Graham Moss

The live stream was set up by Graham Moss, who said he started sharing cute pictures of the owls in his Doncaster garden during the coronavirus lockdown.

He claimed his Brockholes Wildlife Diary's (sic) page was blocked despite having no inappropriate content.

While the page has been reinstated Mr Moss has yet to receive an explanation.

Facebook has been contacted by the BBC for a comment.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy, windy and wet today, with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the west.

Outbreaks of rain will gradually ease through this evening and into tonight:

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M1 southbound closed due to lorry crash

The M1 has been closed southbound between junction 33 and 31 because of a crash involving a lorry.

South Yorkshire Police say the lorry had reportedly broken down and was then struck by another vehicle.

Highways England have urged motorists to allow extra time for their journeys.

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New £75m investment for South Yorkshire announced

Over £75m is to be spent across South Yorkshire building new homes and improving open spaces, it's been announced.

Doncaster town centre
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Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis announced the government cash boost, with £40m expected to be spent on building 3,500 new homes on brownfield land over the next five years.

Meanwhile, over £33m of the headline cash will be spent on the new Barnsley "digital campus", new cycling and walking routes in Doncaster and improvements to Rotherham town centre.

The money will be used alongside the recently-approved Forge Island development, where a new leisure quarter will be built.

Three new areas have been identified in Sheffield city centre which will be improved, to help "improve air quality, biodiversity and reduce flooding".

Rotherham Town Centre
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Mr Jarvis said: "This is a huge boost for South Yorkshire, providing investment that will create jobs, build new homes and improve our town centres – making a real difference to people’s lives across the region.

"The schemes will improve walking and cycling routes, enable more active travel, improve air quality and support our fight against climate change. Building 3,500 affordable and high-quality homes will create jobs and economic growth for the region."

Rotherham Council leader Chris Read, said: "This is welcome additional cash from the government that will allow us to bring forward more quickly three projects we have wanted to see in the borough for some time – improving the town centre, supporting new businesses in the Wath area, and tackling traffic congestion through Greasbrough."

No Covid-19 deaths in Yorkshire for first time since March

There have been no Covid-19 related deaths announced in Yorkshire's hospitals in the past 24 hours, according to the latest NHS England figures.

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The figures, which cover a 24 hour period ending at 16:00 on 2 July, show across England 38 people died in hospital after testing positive for the virus.

However, for the first time since 15 March none of those deaths occurred in a hospital in Yorkshire.

The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England now stands at 28,832.

'Not back to business as usual' as pubs reopen - Police

South Yorkshire's top police officer is warning people to be aware of the risks this weekend when pubs reopen as part of the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

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Ch Con Stephen Watson was speaking ahead of some pubs reopening their doors - the first time since they closed in March because of the pandemic.

Even though some places have chosen to open their doors again from Saturday in line with government rules, Mr Watson warned people that the virus was still in the community.

He said: "The vast majority of people in South Yorkshire have been absolutely brilliant throughout this very difficult time for us all.

"While we celebrate some relaxation of the restrictions, my concern is perhaps a growing minority of people are equating the relaxation with a complete absence of the virus, which of course isn’t true.

"This is a phased relaxation. We’re not back to business as usual," he warned.

'Very busy' night ahead as pubs reopen - Chief Constable

Police are expecting a "very busy" night as people go drinking for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to South Yorkshire's Chief Constable.

A person being arrested
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The government has relaxed some restrictions about opening up pubs and restaurants from Saturday, providing they stick to social distancing measures.

However, Ch Con Stephen Watson (pictured), from South Yorkshire Police, said there are worries some people will drink excessively and end up in hospital.

He said: "We anticipate a potentially very busy night and I know this is something that’s concerning colleagues in the health service as well.

"When we introduce alcohol into the mix, there will be a minority of people, unfortunately, who will take on board far too much alcohol than is good for them."

Stephen Watson
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Mr Watson added that while officers will try to engage and educate the vast majority of people, if there is trouble they will enforce the law.

"We will not stand around and watch people get themselves into a place where they're endangering others," he warned.

Flights restart at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Commercial flights are restarting at Doncaster Sheffield Airport after most were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

WizzAir plane
Doncaster Sheffield Airport

It comes as the government starts to relax some restrictions on air travel.

The airport's largest operator, Wizz Air, is returning from today with flights to Riga, Krakow and Vilnius.

TUI flights are expected to start from 1 August.

Passengers are being asked to wear face masks while in the airport, along with observing social distancing measures.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport facilitated flights during the height of the pandemic, with PPE and cargo being brought into the country.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

A mostly grey and wet start to the day with scattered showers, some sharp, that will persist into the afternoon. Some showers will possibly be thundery later on. Staying breezy and cool.

A rather cool and cloudy evening with the odd sharp and heavy shower, possibly thundery, persisting on into the night. Overnight conditions are expected to become more isolated. Staying breezy.

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Flood-hit Fishlake shows lockdown resilience

There are calls for work to prevent further flooding in a South Yorkshire village to resume as soon as possible following the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures.

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Peter Pridham, church warden in Fishlake, says work to stop a repeat of the scenes of flooding in November 2019, is needed urgently following the disruption of the coronavirus crisis.

He says: "It's most unfortunate the two things have coincided."

The Environment Agency says site visits to Fishlake have now recommenced in line with government advice.

A spokesperson said: "Residents will see our staff and contractors gathering additional information through land surveys, ground investigations and inspections to inform work to improve flood defences."

Over the last fortnight, villagers in Fishlake have seen an increase in work to repair damaged properties which had been put on hold due to lockdown.

However, some people in the village are still struggling to claim on insurance.

Pam Webb

Pam Webb is hoping to reopen her spa business in August, although she has yet to receive any guidance from the government.

She says: "As I'm sure was evident during the aftermath of the floods, the people of Fishlake are very resilient and we try to support each other.

"That being said, it is clearly difficult to deal with two significant events so close to each other. Mentally, physically and financially it takes its toll."