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Thousands of bags of litter cleared in roads spring clean

More than 5,000 bags of litter have been collected from Yorkshire's motorways over the last two months in a big spring clean, Highways England has revealed.

Litter pickers
HIghways England

The organisation's "litter champion", Tim Calvert, says: "Staff found settees, microwaves, a carpet and even a mattress dumped at the side of the M1 and M18."

Rubbish bags
Highways England

Nationally, about 200,000 bags of litter are collected from UK motorways every year, according to Highways England.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and just a little patchy cloud.

Watch my full forecast here:

Memorial to 1821 Barnsley pit disaster unveiled

A memorial to the 10 victims of the 1821 Norcroft pit disaster is due to be be unveiled in South Yorkshire later.

Memorial
BBC

Four men and six boys died when a chain pulling the basket they were in broke and they plunged to the bottom of a shaft at the colliery in Cawthorne near Barnsley.

Nine of the group died within a day, with the other person dying after "lingering a fortnight", according to a contemporary letter.

The memorial has been erected near where some of the victims are thought to lie in unmarked graves.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and a little breezy.

Tonight will be dry and the winds will ease.

There will be lengthy clear periods, with occasional misty patches:

Weather graphic
BBC

European elections 2019: Polls held across Yorkshire

Voters across Yorkshire and the whole of the UK are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Polling station sign
EPA

Seventy-three MEPs will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from three MEPs in the North East and Northern Ireland to 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK will be open until 22:00.

Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the whole process completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Check you 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 to time so far.

However:

  • The 06:53 Sheffield to Plymouth service is delayed
  • The 06:47 Wakefield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • The 07:28 Sheffield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is cancelled

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

'Mini police' scheme comes to South Yorkshire schools

A 'mini police' programme has been launched at a dozen primary schools around South Yorkshire.

School pupils taking part in the "mini police" scheme
South Yorkshire Police

The scheme will see Year 5 pupils at 12 schools in Sheffield and Doncaster take part in a series of lessons delivered by South Yorkshire Police.

School pupils taking part in the "mini police" scheme
South Yorkshire Police

The youngsters have each been provided with a 'mini police' uniform, with PCSOs delivering sessions on topics including the dangers of speeding, anti-social behaviour and online safety.

TV star Mark Gatiss becomes Rotherham charity patron

A well-known British actor, writer and comedian has been named as a patron of a Rotherham-based literary charity.

Mark Gatiss
BBC/Hartswood Films/Joss Barrett

Mark Gatiss, best known for his roles in Sherlock and League of Gentleman, was appointed as a patron of Grimm and Co.

The charity is based in Rotherham town centre and hopes to help to improve literacy levels across Yorkshire and the Humber.

“When I visited Rotherham during the recent League of Gentlemen tour, I was overwhelmed by the hard work, imagination and sheer joy which Grimm and Co bring to their mission", Mr Gatiss said.

"In these dark times, they are a beacon of light.”

Firefighters tackle large Barnsley fire

Five fire crews have tackled a large blaze at a Wombwell industrial estate.

A fire
Leonie Jayne Ibbotson

The fire, which started at about 18:10 on Tuesday evening at the Valley Road Industrial Estate, spread from a portable cabin to vehicles and a warehouse.

It took about four hours for firefighters to put the fire out, with smoke seen across Barnsley.

Firefighters at the scene
Leonie Jayne Ibbotson

Nobody was injured in the blaze, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said, with an investigation taking place today.

'Do not approach' - Police hunt wanted man over attacks

Police officers are urgently trying to find a man who's wanted in connection with a series of attacks in Barnsley.

Leo Angelo Brown
South Yorkshire Police

Leo Angelo Brown, 31, is known to visit Great Houghton and Rawmarsh.

Police are asking anyone who knows where he may be to call 999 immediately and are warning people not approach him.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

Watch my full forecast here:

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 so far.

However, the 07:54 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

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

Library fines to be scrapped to encourage more borrowers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Fines for overdue library books look set to be scrapped in Barnsley as the council wrestles with a plunge in the number of borrowers in the last six years.

Barnsley's new library
LDRS

Books loaned from the town’s network of libraries are down by almost a third since 2012-13 and it is believed scrapping the fines could help to encourage more people back to the service.

Although fines are only 10p per day, up to a maximum of £5.20, it is believed some people find themselves in a position where they fail to return books because they cannot afford the fine.

Fines have not been increased for many years, due to a recognition from the council that "an increase in the fine rate will undoubtedly have a further negative impact on the use of our libraries".

Spin doctor paid £700 per day by Sheffield City Region

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new interim head of communications at the South Yorkshire combined authority is earning in one day almost double the weekly average wage in Doncaster.

Dan Jarvis
Getty Images

The £700 day rate is equivalent to £182,000 a year – some £32,000 more than the Prime Minister Theresa May, who earns £150,402.

The head of communications will report directly to Sheffield City Region (SCR) Mayor Dan Jarvis (pictured) and managing director Dave Smith.

In a statement, SCR said: “We are committed to ensuring best value for money. But we also have a duty to best serve the people of the Sheffield City Region. Therefore, on occasion, it is necessary to recruit experts in the field to support the organisation.“

However, Sheffield Liberal Democrat peer and former Sheffield City Council boss Lord Paul Scriven said the organisation had lost all perspective and it was "totally unacceptable”.

He said: “This is not some corporate, high-flying organisation. This is taxpayers’ money being spent on a lavish salary for a temporary person."

Unsafe driving targeted in M1 police operation

More than 100 vehicles were stopped by police in Yorkshire as they clamped down on motorists driving illegally on the motorway.

A lorry carrying some stone
South Yorkshire Police

Five vehicles were seized by South and West Yorkshire police officers as part of the week-long operation between junctions 30-42 of the M1.

One HGV which was stopped was seen carrying stone slabs held only with netting, while a van packed to a dangerous level with metal goods was also taken off the road.

A red van
South Yorkshire Police

Two people were also arrested for immigration offences, South Yorkshire Police said.

Flower power as Yorkshire stars visit gold canal garden

The gold medal-winning Yorkshire canal garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show has been attracting some of the region's most famous faces.

Judy Dench
Welcome to Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.

Ian McMillan
Welcome to Yorkshire

York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Welcome to Yorkshire

Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...

In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains

If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:

Overhead cable
LNER

Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.

The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.

The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Canal gates in garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".

Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be warm, dry and sunny today.

It will remain dry tonight with light winds.

However, there is the chance of mist developing in some areas:

Weather graphic
BBC

Can lock gates open floodgates on flower show success?

It's hoped that two canal lock gates will help raise the level of Yorkshire's chances at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show today.

Lock gates
BBC

The canals of West Yorkshire are the inspiration for East Yorkshire designer Mark Gregory's garden representing tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

It features two genuine lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

About 170,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from across the world are expected at the London show.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

New summer train timetable: Check before you travel

If you've got a train to catch in Yorkshire today it might be a good idea to check the timetable before you set off as it's the first working day of the new summer timetable.

Train departure board
Getty Images

Train companies say they are making every effort to avoid the chaos, disruption and cancellations which happened at this time last year.

Network Rail says it's learned the lessons of last summer's disruption when a more extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network and on Govia Thameslink.

Train operators say they will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

Weather graphic
BBC

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 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

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

School children 'drugged off their faces', meeting told

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Drug dealers are targeting children outside a South Yorkshire school, with a parent saying children as young as 12 were "drugged off their faces", a meeting was told.

Penistone Grammar School
Google

Students at Penistone Grammar School are involved in the drug dealing, a public meeting was told, something the principal at the school denies.

There had been "no reports at all" of pupils in school being unfit through drugs or dealing on the premises, principal Paul Crook said.

“I could name ten, what we call dealers, who are targeting vulnerable children in Penistone. We have shared them with the police", Mr Crook told the meeting.

But he denied claims posted on Facebook of drug problems affecting pupils at the grammar school.

Penistone doesn't have a "huge problem" with drugs though, according to South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings.

“Part of the frustration with drugs is that often names are known", he said.

"The ones we really have to get at are the suppliers, they are the ones responsible for gangs, grooming and county lines”.

Body found in search for missing Barnsley man

A body has been found by police searching for missing man South Yorkshire man Spencer Gandley, who was reported missing on Monday.

The man's body, which was found in parkland in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, yesterday is believed to be that of Mr Gandley, according to police.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, but police officers say they're keen to hear from anyone who may know where Mr Gandley went.

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry morning and the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

Friday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be largely dry, but there is the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Rain will move in from the North Sea through the course of this evening and overnight.

Wx graphic
BBC

Violent gang suspects held in dawn raids

Suspected gang members thought to have been involved in robberies and assaults across Yorkshire were arrested in dawn raids earlier.

Police officers climb through a broken window
Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police led an operation at seven properties in Oldham as part of a crackdown on an organised crime group.

Five men – aged 22, 28, 28, 30 and 38 – have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Officers raid a property
Greater Manchester Police

The gang are thought to operate in West and South Yorkshire and are being investigated in connection with 120 offences, including aggravated burglary, robbery, car theft, assault, violent disorder and criminal damage.

Police forces in Yorkshire have been working with Greater Manchester Police as part of Operation Hansford.

Police officers with a man who's been arrested
Greater Manchester Police

All five men remain in police custody for questioning.

HS2 construction should have started in North - Report

Construction of the planned high-speed rail link connecting Leeds and Sheffield with London should have started in the north of England, a House of Lords committee has said.

HS2
HS2

The first phase of HS2 will run from London to Birmingham through Warwickshire and is scheduled to open in December 2026.

The project is expected to cost £56bn, but there are fears this figure will increase as the rail line is built.

Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, says the government also needs to improve links between Sheffield and Leeds and between Manchester and Sheffield at the same time.

"You should be trying to deliver HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail together. That could deliver significant savings", he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"If at the same time you're trying to improve the line, or build new bits of infrastructure between, say, Sheffield and Leeds and Sheffield and Manchester, it makes perfect sense to build that at the same time as the new HS2 line."

The government says it disagrees with the committee's findings.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with sunny spells, but there will be areas of cloud and it'll be cooler than yesterday.

Watch my full forecast here:

Nationwide appeal to find missing Wakefield teenager

A nationwide search is taking place to find a 16-year-old girl who's been missing from Wakefield for six days.

Nicole Harris
West Yorkshire Police

Nicole Harris, described by police as a "vulnerable teenager," was last seen in the Quebec Street area.

She is 5ft 3ins tall with long brown hair and a burn scar on the side of her nose.

Det Ch Insp Vanessa Rolfe, said: “We are doing everything we can to find Nicole and as more time passes we are becoming increasingly worried about her welfare.

“Nicole has links to a very large geographical area of the country and that is why a lot of our work is being done outside West Yorkshire.

“We do know that Nicole asked a female driver in Wakefield for a lift to Hull and I am appealing directly to anyone else who may have been asked for a lift to come forward urgently."

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine sunny start this morning.

This afternoon it will remain dry and sunny, but some cloud will build.

The cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers:

weather graphic
BBC

National search for missing Wakefield teenager Nicole

Police officers are trying to find a missing 16-year-old girl who's been missing from Wakefield for five days.

Nicole Harris
West Yorkshire Police

Nicole Harris was last seen in the Quebec Street area of the city, but a national search has now started for her.

She is known to have links to various parts of the country including South Yorkshire, Shropshire, Humberside, Merseyside and North Wales, West Yorkshire Police said.

Nicole who is described as a "vulnerable teenager", is 5ft 3ins tall and has long brown hair and a burn scar on the side of her nose.