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Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:43 service from Doncaster to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:48 service from Leeds to Sheffield is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 09:01 service from Doncaster to Sheffield has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled
  • The 09:05 service from Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield is running about eight minutes late
  • The 09:12 service from Bradford Interchange to Blackpool is running about six minutes late

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

Castleford Tigers sign Danny Richardson from St Helens

Castleford Tigers have signed half-back Danny Richardson from Super League champions St Helens.

Rugby league ball
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Richardson, 23, has joined for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

He will replace 2017 Man of Steel Luke Gale, who left Castleford to sign for Leeds Rhinos earlier this month.

Richardson was the top points scorer in Super League in 2018, and while St Helens dominated this season, he only made 12 appearances.

From a personal point of view, it's been an awful year for me. I'm looking forward to reminding people what I can do and putting myself back on show."

Danny RichardsonCastleford half-back

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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:14 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

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

Police asked to 'have a word' after clubber refused entry

A disgruntled reveller called 999 to ask police to "have a word" with a bouncer at a West Yorkshire club after being refused entry.

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West Yorkshire Police's call-handling team shared details of the request on Twitter.

It said: "If a bouncer says you can't go in their club, then you can't go in.

"Don't ring 999 and ask us to 'have a word', it's not going to happen is it?"

The team said it had also taken calls about lost keys and burnt toast.

The West Yorkshire Force said: "People ringing 999 for inappropriate reasons are potentially putting lives at risk by taking call-handlers’ time away from genuine emergency calls."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

Yorkshire's former mining towns still struggling - Report

Former mining towns and villages in Yorkshire still haven't fully recovered from the closure of local pits, according to new report.

Headstocks at Hatfield Colliery
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Issues including social disadvantage, ill health and unemployment extend beyond former miners, the report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sheffield Hallam University says.

About 77,000 people in Yorkshire's former coalfield communities are on out-of-work benefits, which amounts to about 10% of adults of working age in those areas, the report adds.

Over 40% of coalfield areas in Yorkshire are in the most deprived parts of Britain, it says.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and mainly dry start, though rain already over western parts will soon move east to all areas.

Turning drier later this morning. This afternoon will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 14C (57F) with a low of 6C (43F):

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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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

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

Welcome to Yorkshire had 'spend now, worry later' culture

The new chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire says the tourism agency previously operated under a culture of "spend now, worry about it later".

Peter Box
BBC

Peter Box released two reports this afternoon - one looking into the organisation's finances, and another at its future.

One, dated 29 August, said without a £500,000 loan from North Yorkshire County Council and another £1m investment "Welcome to Yorkshire will run out of cash by November at the latest".

The second revealed, among other matters, it spent £250,000 on its display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show - more than three times the £80,000 it had budgeted.

Former chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

It’s clear to me, from reading both reports that governance and strategic oversight of the operations have been largely absent. Financial planning was not robust enough which led to a culture of spend now, worry about it later."

Peter BoxWelcome to Yorkshire chairman

Big fall in jobless total in Yorkshire and Humber

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region, according to the latest statistics.

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The number of people out of work in the region fell by 28,000 between June and August to 108,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nationally, though, there's been an increase in unemployment, up by 22,000 to 1.31 million people currently out of work.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Light rain this morning should gradually ease to leave a cloudy and dry day with some sunny spells.

This evening should continue dry with clearing skies.

Overnight it will cloud over, with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later in the night:

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Yorkshire players named in Great Britain Lions squad

Hull FC's Jake Connor, Huddersfield Giants wing Jermaine McGillvary and Castleford's Jake Trueman have been named in the Great Britain Lions squad for the rugby league tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Sam Burgess
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Dewsbury-born forward Sam Burgess (pictured), who plays for Australian NRL club South Sydney, misses the tour because of a shoulder injury.

The Lions, touring for the first time since 2007, will play Tonga in New Zealand on 26 October, before two matches against New Zealand and a final fixture against Papua New Guinea on 16 November.

Three Australia-born players have been named in the squad, including Super League Man of Steel Jackson Hastings, who recently proved he qualifies for Great Britain through a Plymouth-born grandparent.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places:

'I have to decide between paying for tablets or food'
Neil Alexander, who has serious kidney problems, was turned down for personal independence payments.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any early showers should clear to leave a largely dry, sunny day, with occasional showers in the afternoon.

Tonight any scattered showers will clear to leave it dry overnight with clear spells and variable cloud:

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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 on time.

However, a shortage of crews means train operator Northern will be running a reduced service on some routes today. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised.

The Selby-Leeds, York-Doncaster and Leeds-Doncaster routes are among those expected to be affected, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Services have also been disrupted between Leeds and Doncaster/Sheffield due to an earlier incident. Trains are now returning to normal, but could be delayed up to about 08:30.

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 Thursday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However, there may be disruption between Wakefield Westgate and Doncaster/Swinton following an "incident".

Delays are expected until at least 09:00, according to National Rail Inquiries.

Also:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled

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

West Yorkshire learns new police numbers

Up to 256 new officers could join West Yorkshire Police in the first year of the Prime Minister's recruitment drive.

Boris Johnson on a visit to West Yorkshire Police
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The figure is lower than in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, whose forces have been told they can recruit 366 and 347 respectively.

Boris Johnson has pledged to hire an extra 20,000 officers by 2022 at a total cost of £1.1bn.

West Yorkshire Police has lost around 1,000 officers since 2010.

Whilst I acknowledge these extra resources, a lot of work needs to be done to get to the numbers we were back in 2010."

Mark Burns-WilliamsonPolice and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

Troubled Yorkshire tourism agency appoints new boss

A new chairman has been appointed to head Yorkshire's troubled tourism agency.

Peter Box
BBC

The leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box (pictured) will take over at Welcome to Yorkshire after local authorities agreed to inject £1m to keep the the organisation going.

Its former chief executive, Sir Gary Verity, resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

Mr Box said he intended to make the agency "open and transparent".

"I'm going to try and make a difference," he said.

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 on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:48 Leeds to Hull service has been cancelled

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

Disability hate crime highest in West Yorkshire - Report

West Yorkshire had the highest number of reported disability hate crimes in England and Wales in 2018-19, according to figures obtained by a charity.

Man in wheelchair
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Disability hate crimes, including assault, harassment, stalking and malicious communications, are on the rise across England and Wales, the new figures show.

The United Response charity said there were more than 6,000 incidents across England and Wales reported in 2018-19, a rise of just under 12% in a year.

The police force area with the largest number was West Yorkshire with 818, followed by Greater Manchester with 464.

The learning disability charity said the figures were "deeply worrying".

'Leaves on the line' face a chilly reception

A blast of dry ice could be the solution to the bane of all rail commuters' lives - the infamous problem of "leaves on the line", according to researchers in South Yorkshire.

A train blasting dry ice
Network Rail

Every autumn, thousands of tonnes of leaves drop onto Britain's railways tracks which can make the rails slippy and dangerous, according to Network Rail.

Currently, sand is sprayed by trains onto the track to improve grip, but research by the University of Sheffield shows that dry ice could be a better answer.

Sprayed onto the tracks, dry ice leaves behind no residue and improves traction between the wheel and rail.

Trials are currently taking place across the UK.

Yorkshire's weather: Mostly bright and breezy

BBC Weather

A sunny start for all today but a band of heavy, blustery and locally thundery showers will move in from the west, as winds strengthen.

The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

Most of the showers will move away to the east by this evening, leaving tonight mainly dry and clear, though still relatively breezy:

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Leaders back Welcome to Yorkshire with £1m funding

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A panel of council leaders has agreed to continue to fund Welcome to Yorkshire (WtY) with £1m of public money, despite its recent problems.

Former Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity
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The tourism agency has struggled financially since the resignation of chief executive Sir Gary Verity in March and the subsequent investigations into the company.

The meeting heard that a “managed closedown” of WtY would cost even more than helping to keep it going and new agency would need to be set up in its place.

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 on time.

However:

  • The 09:18 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:40 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

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