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Road World Championships: Junior time trials taking place

The world's biggest cycling event, the UCI Road World Championships, continue in North Yorkshire today.

Team time trial
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The race is the pinnacle of the international road cycling calendar and this is the first time it's been held in the UK since 1982.

Events began with the Yorkshire Para-Cycling International on Saturday before the team trial mixed relay - won by the Netherlands - on Sunday.

Race routes
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Today it's the junior individual time trials in Harrogate. The women’s event starts at 10:10 and the men get underway at 13:40.

More than 1,000 riders are competing in total over nine days, with millions of people expected to watch the event.

Road closure sign
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All of the races finish in Harrogate, where there are dozens of road closures. Other parts of race routes have rolling road closures.

You can click this link for a full list of all routes affected.

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.

However:

  • The 09:11 service from Leeds to Plymouth is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 09:11 service from Doncaster to Edinburgh is running about 26 minutes late
  • The 09:18 service from York to Newcastle is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 09:23 service from Wakefield Westgate to Plymouth is running about 29 minutes late
  • The 09:30 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 09:38 service from Sheffield to Norwich is running about 11 minutes late
  • The 09:39 service from Leeds to Newcastle has been cancelled

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

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be dry and bright for much of the day with top temperatures up to 21C.

However, by the early evening we will see a band of rain working it's way east.

Overnight it'll be dry for a time before another band of rain pushes up from the south west, with some possible heavy and thundery showers in places.

Wakefield Academies wound up after £2m loss in collapse

Schools that lost £2m when an academy trust collapsed are set to find out if they will get any of the money back after the company is wound up.

Wakefield City Academies Trust
BBC

With liquidation expected to begin later this month, former staff and trustees have criticised management of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT).

They said chief executive Mike Ramsay was paid more than £270,000 while teachers were left "begging" for funds.

His computer company, which supplied software to schools under the trust's control, received £522,000.

Former office manager Kirstie Whipp said: "Anything Mike wanted Mike would get, he always had the best phone, the best laptop, best iPad, we used the most expensive equipment."

Among the claims made against him are allegations he paid £1,500 to install railings at WCAT's headquarters to keep his dogs in and the trust paid for them and "orchestrated" a tender process to to let his daughter win a £123,000 contract for clerking services.

Mr Ramsay denies any wrongdoing while at the trust.

Inside Out (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) examines the demise of Wakefield City Academies Trust on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.

Watch: Friday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another fine day today with plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 21C in places, well above the average for this time of year.

Overnight it will stay dry with temperatures dropping to about 9C.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Nichola Donnelly

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another dry day with some decent spells of sunshine for most and temperatures up to 21C in places.

Overnight it will remain clear and dry, meaning we're in for a chilly night with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

Man 'critical' in hospital after Sheffield crash

A man is critically ill in hospital after a crash involving a motorbike and a car yesterday.

A number of police cars
BBC

South Yorkshire Police said the motorbike collided with a red Mini Cooper at about 17:15 on Stopes Road, Stannington.

The 35-year-old rider has been taken to hospital in a critical condition, police say.

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 running to time.

However:

  • The 09:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about eight minutes late

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

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fine and dry day though there may be a little bit of patchy cloud in places. Temperatures will get up to about 18C.

Overnight it will be clear and cool with temperatures around 7C.

Arthritis drug could help people with blood cancer

New research by the University of Sheffield suggests a simple arthritis drug could be used to help some patients with blood cancer.

Elderly woman's hands holding a walking stick
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Academics looked at cases of people who had polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythermia.

They found those taking the arthritis drug methotrexate saw fewer symptoms including night sweats, fatigue and itching.

Knife amnesty bins put in Yorkshire police stations

Knife bins are being put in police stations across our area this week.

Knife bin being emptied
BBC

The bins are part of Operation Sceptre, a week-long national campaign against knife crime.

North Yorkshire Police say they allow people to hand over weapons "safely and anonymously".

Det Supt Fran Naughton said: "Operation Sceptre provides an important opportunity to continue the conversation about knife crime, helping children and young people understand the dangers and potentially fatal consequences of carrying a knife, whilst providing support for them and their families.”

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 running to time.

However:

  • the 09:05 service from Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield is running about six minutes late
  • the 09:54 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 16 minutes late

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

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start the rest of the day will be fine and dry with temperatures up to 16C in places.

Overnight it will stay dry and settled.

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and fine day today with temperatures up to 18C in places.

This evening there will be clear skies and lots of sunshine and it should stay dry overnight.

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.

However:

  • The 08:52 service from York to Manchester Airport is running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:54 service from Sheffield to Plymouth is running about eight minutes late
  • the 08:56 from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about seven minutes late
  • The 09:02 service from Sheffield to Adwick has been cancelled

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

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 running to time.

However:

  • the 09:03 service from York to Newcastle has been cancelled
  • the 09:35 service fro York to Reading has been cancelled
  • the 09:59 service from Doncaster to Reading had been cancelled

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

There's going to plenty of sunshine around today with temperatures up to 19C in places.

Overnight it should stay dry with temperatures getting down to about 7C.

Copter pilot's action avoids drone near-miss 'disaster'

A drone being flown within 3m of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) helicopter almost caused the "most unthinkable disaster", the charity has said.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The helicopter was returning to the YAA base at Nostell Air Support Unit near Wakefield at about 18:50 yesterday when the pilot had to avoid a "direct collision".

The drone was being flown at about 1,300ft, which is more than three times the legal limit for operators, according to the YAA.

Steve Waudby, YAA chief pilot, said: “We cannot stress enough the seriousness of what happened last night. The consequences don’t bear thinking about if a direct strike had occurred.

"Whether the operator is aware or not, they have put the lives of our crew in extreme danger."

YAA staff had spent most of yesterday working with the Civil Aviation Authority creating a drone awareness film, the charity added.

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

There should be some decent sunny spells today for most of us though there may be a few showers on higher ground.

Temperatures could get up to about 23C in places:

Watch: Homophobic hate crime charges fall as reports soar

Fewer people are being prosecuted for homophobic hate crime, despite police calling on victims to come forward.

A BBC Radio 5 Live investigation found the numbers of people reporting such crimes across the UK more than doubled in the last five years to more than 13,000.

Charges or court summons fell by 10% during the same period.

Lily Cherry, from Woodseats in Sheffield, spoke to the BBC about her experiences:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a very mild start to the day with a few outbreaks of rain in places.

This afternoon there could be one or two isolated showers but for most of us it'll be dry with temperatures up to 21C.

Reports of homophobic hate crime rise in Yorkshire

The rise in the number of reports of homophobic hate crimes to two of Yorkshire's police forces are among the most dramatic in the country, figures suggest.

Hate graffiti
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It comes as new figures show fewer people are being prosecuted despite rising numbers of potential victims coming forward.

West Yorkshire Police has seen reports increase from 172 to 961 over the past five years, while South Yorkshire police has seen reports rise from 73 to 375.

Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said rising reports were in part down to "improvements in the way we record crime and the fact that many victims have the confidence to come forward".

The proportion of crimes resulting in a charge or summons, however, fell over the same time, from 19% to 4% in West Yorkshire and from 10% to 3% in South Yorkshire.

homophobic hate crime figures
BBC

Across the UK as a whole recorded reports of homophobic abuse increased from 5,807 in 2014-15, to 13,530 in 2018-19.

But during the same period, the number of prosecutions fell from 1,157 to 1,058 - from 20% of all reports to 8%.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said those cases often involved a lack of witnesses and evidence.

Fire crew cuts 'could be reversed if finances improve'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A move to cut fire crew numbers in South Yorkshire is being recommended to go ahead but with a promise the move will be reversed if finances improve.

A South Yorkshire Fire engine
Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has proposed a drop from five to four crew members on each engine as part of plans to save £4m.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority are now being asked to approve the change when they meet on Monday.

A report to be considered by fire authority members states four person crews are used by "at least 17 other fire and rescue services nationwide" but adds that the measure is "is easily reversible if the service’s funding situation improves".

The Fire Bridges Union has previously said said the changes will affect safety.

Firefighters to be given extra mental health help

Firefighters in South Yorkshire will have specialist help put in place following traumatic incidents, the fire service has announced.

A firefighters with a hose
BBC

It's being done to "ditch stigmas and change the culture around mental illness", according to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire crews who deal with traumatic incidents will be offered support from specialists from the British Red Cross and a 24/7 telephone counselling scheme has been launched for staff.

We already offered lots of support to our staff, but it’s only right that we look to continually review and update the support we offer, adopting learning from other sectors and making our organisation the best it can possibly be as a place of work.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alex JohnsonSouth Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

It will be a fairly pleasant day today with highs of about 19C.

However, overnight the cloud will thicken and rain will move in from the west.

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 running to time.

However;

  • The 08:20 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 28 minutes late
  • The 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough is running about 25 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from Bradford Forster Square to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Burley Park has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about 22 minutes late

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

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a mild and cloudy start to the day with some outbreaks of rain.

That rain will be heavy in places to begin with but should fade through the afternoon.

Temperatures of about 13C to 15C:

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be cloudy, cool and damp with rain and drizzle at times.

The rain will ease in the afternoon, but it will stay cloudy and cool.

Through this evening and tonight it will become largely dry with cloud breaking to give a few clearer intervals:

Weather graphic
BBC

Thursday's Yorkshire weather forecast

Today will be mainly fine with a good deal of sunshine, although it will stay cool and breezy.

Cloud could build in the middle of the day with the chance of a few showers.

This evening will initially be dry and sunny, however cloud is expected to thicken ahead of a windy night with outbreaks of rain expected after midnight:

BBC weather graphic
BBC

Batteries could get positive boost thanks to researchers

Electric cars could get a huge boost when it comes to battery power thanks to work by engineers in Sheffield.

An electric car
Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Media

The next-generation lithium ion batteries could see electric vehicles go further as the technology advances.

Researchers and collaborators at the University of Sheffield have been awarded £11m to develop the batteries which could be used to transform the performance of electric vehicles.

The batteries must have longer lifespans and increased energy density to increase the range of electric vehicles.

BBC 'pays £2m' to settle Sir Cliff Richard case

Sir Cliff Richard has reached a final settlement after his legal action against the BBC, which will pay a reported £2m towards his legal costs.

Sir Cliff Richard
Reuters

Last year, the star won a privacy case against the broadcaster over its coverage of a police raid on his home.

South Yorkshire Police officers were investigating an allegation made by a man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff in 1985 in Sheffield.

But the singer was never arrested or charged and the case was dropped two years later.

The BBC was ordered to pay £210,000 in damages, and later agreed to pay £850,000 to cover legal costs.

However, that figure has since increased. The BBC said the case had now reached its "conclusion".

A BBC spokesperson said: "We are pleased Sir Cliff Richard, the BBC and South Yorkshire Police have reached an amicable settlement of Sir Cliff Richard's legal costs. The BBC's costs are within the scope of our legal insurance."

However, the settlement will not fully cover the star's legal fees. During his trial, the 78-year-old singer said he had spent more than £3m to clear his name.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:39 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
  • The 09:12 York to Blackpool North service has been cancelled
  • The 09:35 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled

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