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Delays on M1 after crash

Drivers have been warned of delays on the M1 near Leeds after a crash this afternoon. One lane of the southbound carriageway is shut between junctions 40 and 40. Traffic is queuing for around two miles and is backed up to junction 42. A broken down vehic

today, 16:35 in Yorkshire & Humber

M1 closed after smash

The M1 is closed near Wakefield following a crash this afternoon. Highways England are reporting that traffic has begun building on the southbound carriageway between J41 and J40. The situation is ongoing but normal traffic conditions are expected to res

today, 16:24 in Yorkshire & Humber

White Rose Shopping Centre celebrates 20 years with birthday bonanza

The White Rose Shopping Centre celebrated its 20th birthday with a bang at the weekend with plenty of special entertainment, offers, bloggers’ fashion inspiration, and surprise treats for shoppers. In celebration of the opening its doors on March 25 1997

today, 14:45 in Yorkshire & Humber

POLL: If the EU referendum was held again today, how would you vote?

With Theresa May due to trigger Article 50 and formally commence Brexit negotiations tomorrow, take part in our online poll and let us know how you would vote in an EU referendum nine months on. In last year’s referendum, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirkle

today, 14:45 in Yorkshire & Humber

New £1 coin with ‘hidden’ security feature rolled out across Yorkshire today

The new 12-sided £1 coin is being rolled out across Yorkshire today in a bid to curb the rise of counterfeits. The Royal Mint has produced 1.5 billion of the new coins which will be distributed to banks and retailers over the next six months. Around four

today, 12:26 in Yorkshire & Humber

UPDATE: Cannabis plants seized after sniffer dog raid on city bar

Drugs worth thousands of pounds were seized by police following a raid at a Wakefield nightclub. Officers and sniffer dogs busted Koco Bongo bar in the city centre on Saturday night. A total of 42 cannabis plants were discovered in the upstairs of the pr

today, 12:17 in Yorkshire & Humber

Sgt Wilko’s barmy army! Fans will have winning feeling when Leeds United film hits the screens

A new documentary film is set to tell the story of Leeds United’s magnificent march from the depths of the old Second Division to the top of English football under manager Howard Wilkinson. Do You Want To Win? features interviews with Wilkinson as well a

today, 11:38 in Yorkshire & Humber

Tesco fined £129m but avoids prosecution over accounting scandal

Tesco has been hit with a £129 million fine from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), but has escaped prosecution over its accounting scandal. The supermarket giant said its subsidiary - Tesco Stores - has reached a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the SFO

today, 11:35 in Yorkshire & Humber

Seventeen weeks of delays predicted due to city centre roadworks

Motorists and bus passengers are being warned of potntially 17 weeks of delays near Wakefield city centre as major gas repair works get underway. Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £200,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and aro

today, 11:05 in Yorkshire & Humber

Video: Could you be the right person to help monitor cells at West Yorkshire's police stations?

West Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner is looking for volunteers to help monitor the conditions under which suspects are detained. The Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme is designed to promote transparency and provide reassurance about the

today, 10:35 in Yorkshire & Humber

Man taken to hospital following collision involving a van and pedestrian

A 29 year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a collision involving a van in Hemsworth. West Yorkshire Police are now appealing for witnesses following the incident which led to the man being taken to Pinderfields Hospital for treat

today, 10:05 in Yorkshire & Humber

This Sporting Life writer David Storey has died

Award-winning author David Storey has died at the age of 83. Wakefield-born Storey made his writing debut with the much-acclaimed novel This Sporting Life in 1960. It was based on his previous experience as a rugby league player for the former Leeds RLFC

yesterday, 16:36 in Yorkshire & Humber

John Legend announces Leeds tour date

Grammy winner John Legend has confirmed a Leeds date as part of his upcoming UK tour. The American singer-songwriter, who had a global number one hit in 2013 with All of Me, will play the First Direct Arena on September 15. Legend, real name John Stephen

yesterday, 16:21 in Yorkshire & Humber

BREAKING: Yorkshire's Wentworth Woodhouse stately home saved with £7m sale to trust

Yorkshire's Wentworth Woodhouse stately home has been saved with a £7m sale to a fundraising trust which plans to refurbish it into one of the region's top tourist attractions. It is estimated around £42 million of repairs will be needed over the next 15

yesterday, 16:12 in Yorkshire & Humber

The new quid on the block... our new £1 coin set to edge out old round pound this week

A new 12-sided £1 coin enters circulation on Tuesday, as it starts to edge out the old “round pound” after more than 30 years. The new coin has been described as the most secure coin in the world and boasts high-tech features, including a hologram. Every

yesterday, 16:12 in Yorkshire & Humber

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