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Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Any lingering overnight rain should clear away to leave an increasingly dry and sunny afternoon.

Occasional showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should remain dry with clear periods and a gentle breeze:

Weather graphic
BBC

Thieves don't quite manage to make stolen tractor vanish

Here's a test of your observational skills - pit them against West Yorkshire Police.

Tractor in the trees
West Yorkshire Police

The force says one of its crews managed to spot and recover an abandoned stolen vehicle which had been, er, cleverly hidden by thieves.

The West Yorkshire force posted this pic on social media and posed the question: "Can you see it?"

Well can you? Take your time. Have a good look...

Winking goose and turkey gobble up Tour de Yorkshire prize

Two 100ft-high winking birds which were painted near Bradford as part of the Tour de Yorkshire's land art competition have won an award.

The winking goose and turkey
Welcome to Yorkshire

The winking goose and turkey, which were painted on fields near the top of the "Cote de Goose Eye" climb, won the public vote.

Andrew Wood, from Fields of Vision, the organisation behind the artwork, says the original idea was to create one piece of land art involving the winking goose.

However, he says it needed "something to wink back at" so the turkey was also conjured into existence.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'll be a largely dry day with some sunny spells, especially this morning, but towards the end of the afternoon we will see a scattering of showers in some areas.

Overnight will be cloudy with further showers while towards dawn there's a risk of thunderstorms and torrential downpours, particularly across Lincolnshire:

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 so far.

However the 08:17 service from Wakefield Westgate to Leeds has been cancelled.

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

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

It'll be largely dry today with a gentle breeze and variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

A dry, cloudy, evening will follow, but overnight there's a growing chance for showery rain to move in from the south:

Weather graphic
BBC

Bradford primary school curbing pupils' overuse of 'like'

A primary school is stopping children from repeatedly using the word "like" in conversation due to its overuse.

Copthorne Primary School in Bradford
Google

Teachers at Copthorne Primary School in Bradford, West Yorkshire, are telling pupils to "park" filler words and consider what they want to convey.

The move, first reported in the Times, has also seen children encouraged to avoid single-word replies to questions.

It is to "enrich their language and allow them to express themselves with clarity", the head teacher said.

During lessons, if a child uses a sentence "peppered with likes" they are encouraged to work with a partner for five minutes to think about how else they could phrase the sentence.

A classroom wall includes alternative words to help widen vocabulary, the school said.

Police appeal to community over missing Sheffield man

Police officers in Sheffield are stepping up their search for a missing man who hasn't been seen for a week.

Minod Monger
South Yorkshire Police

Minod Monger, 23, was last seen on Remington Road last Monday.

Police say his family is extremely worried for his welfare, with officers carrying out inquiries in the Parson Cross and Ecclesfield areas of Sheffield.

Speaking at a press conference last week, Ch Insp Helen Lewis appealed for people in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire to be on the lookout for Minod as he is a keen walker.

Anybody who has seen him is being asked to call 999 and not approach him.

Bradford parents looking for answers over death of baby

A Bradford couple say they are "desperate" for answers from a Halifax hospital after the death of their newborn baby.

baby Jacob
BBC

Paul Swain and Yvette Crook's son, Jacob, died at Calderdale Royal infirmary last April, five hours after he was born.

A report carried out by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust highlighted a number of failings.

It states “the root cause was found to have been the failure to monitor him during labour.”

The couple have now instructed medical negligence lawyers to carry out an investigation into what happened.

Mr Swain said: “It’s deeply upsetting to know Jacob died following the failings of the hospital, and Yvette and I don’t think it is too much to ask to be given some answers."

Medical negligence lawyer Lauren Bullock, said: “Yvette and Paul are both trying to come to terms with what happened, but it's difficult for them as there are still so many unanswered questions as to what went wrong.

The Trust’s Chief Nurse, Jackie Murphy, said: “The loss of a baby is always a very, very sad occasion and the Trust extends its sympathies to the family.

"The Trust cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality but is cooperating fully with the Coroner’s investigation.”

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a breezy day today with plenty of cloud and showery outbreaks but there'll also be some sunny spells too:

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 National Rail Enquiries say in South Yorkshire there are delays of up to 30 minutes on some services between Sheffield and Chesterfield and the possibility of cancellations following an earlier trespass incident at Dore.

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

Yorkshire council's green bins confiscation plans delayed

A Yorkshire council has delayed the expansion of a controversial scheme which sees green recycling bins confiscated if they contain non-renewable waste.

Green bins
BBC

Kirklees Council started the policy in West Yorkshire in April and has seized more than 1,300 bins in the south of the borough.

It's led to confrontations between staff and residents, including an incident where a warning sticker from a bin was stuck on a worker's head.

Plans to introduce the scheme in North Kirklees have now been delayed.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, other altercations between home owners and council refuse staff included a bin wagon being blockaded by locals who demanded workers empty bins left behind on a previous collection.

Labour councillor Naheed Mather said the authority was "taking stock".

The scheme was due to have been introduced in May.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy and windy today with some scattered showers at times.

The evening will become largely fine with late spells of sunshine.

Overnight, it will be largely dry with long clear spells:

Weather graphic
BBC

Collection of unique musical instruments stolen from lorry

A collection of unique musical instruments have been stolen from a lorry parked up in a layby near Doncaster.

A stolen instrument
South Yorkshire Police

The instruments, described as "unique works of art," were on their way to an exhibition in West Yorkshire when they were stolen.

Police are appealing for information after they were taken from the lorry on Doncaster Road, near to Ackworth, at about 23:00 on 6 June.

A stolen instrument
South Yorkshire Police

The instruments are said to "hold great sentimental value to their owner" and anyone who knows where they are is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Lorry carrying sawdust catches fire on A1(M)

A lorry carrying sawdust has caught fire on the A1(M) causing delays of up to 35 minutes.

The fire
Charles Shires

The fire service is dealing with the blaze between junction 45 for Boston Spa and junction 46 for Wetherby.

The fire
Highways England

Two lanes were closed to allow emergency services to deal with the blaze but were reopened a short time ago.

Yorkshire's wet Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day, with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Any lingering daytime showers should clear in the evening to leave a dry, clear, night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:04 Leeds to Sheffield via Barnsley service has been cancelled
  • The 08:21 York to Kings Cross service is cancelled

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

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS workers vote to strike

Staff at Bradford hospitals have voted to take strike action over plans to set up a new company to run the facilities.

Bradford Royal Infirmary
BBC

Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust wants to transfer workers such as porters and cleaners to a subsidiary company.

It said "patient safety and levels of care" would not be hit "by any industrial action".

Natalie Ratcliffe, of the Unison union, said: "Our members are very angry. We want them to scrap the plans."

Some 97% of votes cast by members were in favour of strike action at Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke's, and Shipley Hospitals, and three community hospitals at Eccleshill, West Wood Park and Westbourne Green.

A walkout involving more than 300 members, lasting up to seven days, could start in July, the union said.

Riley Siswick death: Man found guilty of murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering a three-year-old boy by hitting him so hard he ruptured his bowel.

Smiths Avenue, Marsh
Google

Riley Siswick was found dead two days after he was seriously injured by 27-year-old Kyle Campbell at their home in Huddersfield, in February 2016.

Riley's mother, Kayleigh Siswick, also 27, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

During their trial at Leeds Crown Court, prosecutors said neither Siswick nor Campbell raised the alarm about the toddler's acute and deteriorating condition which "would have been obvious" to anyone.

Both defendants are due to be sentenced later.

Watch: 'Having a mobile phone saved my life'

A Bradford charity is encouraging people to donate their used mobile phones to homeless people.

Hope Housing says the phones allow people on the streets to be contacted directly when they find emergency accommodation for them:

This video was created as part of We Are Bradford - a BBC project with the people of the city to tell the stories which matter to them.

A charity is asking people to donate their old phones to homeless people.
A charity is asking people to donate their old phones to homeless people.

Yorkshire hospital trusts fail cancer treatment wait times

Two Yorkshire hospital trusts are among the 10 worst in England for the time it takes to start cancer treatment.

Hulland Bradford hospitals
BBC

The Hull and East Yorkshire and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trusts have failed to treat many cancer patients quickly enough.

Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases, but both hospitals treated fewer than 75% in that time frame last year.

In the research conducted by the BBC, Bradford came 5th in the list of the 10 longest waits for treatment and Hull and East Yorkshire came 8th.

Overall, across England, more than 32,000 patients waited longer than 62 days for treatment to start.

NHS England says that with increasing demand hospitals are doing well to treat as many patients as they do.

Charity encourages people to give phones to homeless

A Bradford charity's encouraging people to give used mobile phones to homeless people.

Phones
BBC

Hope Housing says phones will allow people on the streets to be contacted directly when emergency accommodation is found.

The charity says getting in touch with those in need is difficult and mobile phones make a "massive difference to supporting homeless people off the streets".

Hope Housing says it is looking for working phones with chargers.

Morrisons and Amazon expands same-day deliveries

Amazon and Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons say they will expand their same-day delivery service for groceries to several cities, including Sheffield.

Morrisons store
Getty Images

Morrisons agreed to supply Amazon with groceries in 2016 and the service now includes delivery within the hour for some customers.

So far customers in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and some parts of London can use the same-day service.

But now Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool and Portsmouth will be added to that list.

More cities will be added in "future years," the two companies said.

The supermarket supplies products for the Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Pantry services.

Amazon Pantry was launched in the UK in 2015, escalating competition with the big four supermarkets, but did not offer fresh food.

Morrisons supplies Amazon with fresh, frozen and non-perishable goods to Amazon customers.

Ocado has a 25-year agreement with Morrisons to run the supermarket's online delivery service.

Rain, rain go away?

If you're keen to know how long the summer sun is going to soak us in its warming glow today, look no further.

Here's a handy graphic, kindly supplied by the Met Office, of the heavy rain forecast to move across Yorkshire today:

The Environment Agency has a number of flood warnings and alerts in place.

You can check to see if there are any where you are by clicking here.

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with rain for much of the day, but the afternoon may see the rain starting to ease in some areas.

Rain will continue to ease tonight and it should become largely dry for a time.

Another area of rain is likely to arrive after midnight, with a cloudy and wet end to the night expected:

weather graphic
BBC

Police stop car 'minus rear window' in M62 downpour

With the heavy rainfall yesterday, driving conditions were quite a challenge.

More so if the car you're driving is missing a rear window on the M62 in West Yorkshire:

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Whirlpool told to recall dryers in 'unprecedented' move

The government is to serve a recall notice on Whirlpool over concerns about the safety of its tumble dryers.

Engineer
BBC

The "unprecedented step" means the company will have to recall hundreds of thousands of appliances over fears they pose a fire safety risk.

It comes after 5.3 million dryers under Whirlpool's Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands required modifying after several fires, including a tower block blaze.

Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority".

The company estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years after the first safety notice was issued - although there is no definitive register to judge the accuracy of the estimate.

Last year, the BBC's Watchdog Live consumer programme uncovered cases in which machines had caught fire even after being fixed.

And in April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report, urging Whirlpool to improve its risk management, and"reach affected consumers in more creative ways"to minimise the risk of faulty machines still being in people's homes.

The recall notice was announced in the Commons by business minister Kelly Tolhurst after former Conservative minister Andrew Griffiths raised "great concern" over Whirlpool's "straightness".

Warning of 'heavy persistent' rain issued

A Met Office weather warning for heavy rain is in place across Yorkshire.

Map of rain
Met Office

It's a Yellow warning which means spells of "heavy and persistent rain have the potential to bring flooding and disruption to transport in places".

The Met Office says: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings."

At the moment the warning is in force until lunchtime tomorrow.

Yorkshire's wet Wednesday weather

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy today with rain becoming persistent and heavy at times.

It'll stay wet this evening with a brisk breeze making it chilly for the time of year.

The rain will continue throughout the night:

weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

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

However, the 08:04 Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley service has been cancelled.

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

More Bradford streets to be named after women

More streets and public spaces in Bradford are to be named after women in a move to recognise female achievement.

Julia Varley
Bradford Council

The Bradford Pioneering Lasses campaign aims to acknowledge and promote the important role of women in the city's history.

The council campaign aims to "further improve the gender balance around the Bradford district when it comes to publicly honouring historical figures".

The first step will be to name a new street after a local suffragette.

The development, on the corner of Green Lane and Lumb Lane, will be named Lillian Armitage Close.

Ms Armitage, who was born in 1885, campaigned for women's right to vote and was briefly imprisoned.