LiveLive updates: Heavy snow in Yorkshire as travel disrupted, schools close and police issue warning

Heavy snow has fallen across Yorkshire on Tuesday morning

Heavy snow has fallen across Yorkshire. Photo: SWNS

Police in parts of Yorkshire have warned motorists not to travel due to heavy snow. Several hours of snow has fallen across various parts of the county, with Sheffield, Leeds and North Yorkshire all blanketed.

Buses have been delayed or diverted including in Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford.

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The latest forecast is for the snow to turn to rain but an amber weather warning remains in place until 1pm.

Heavy snow has fallen across Yorkshire. Photo: SWNS

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Leeds pays tribute to Captain Tom - your YEP comments:

Floral tributes left outside the home of 100-year-old charity fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore who has died after testing positive for Covid-19.

People in Leeds paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death aged 100 on Tuesday, February 2.

The charity fundraiser was taken to Bedford Hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.

n a statement, his daughters Hannah and Lucy said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.”

Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.

More than 660 people took to the Yorkshire Evening Post's Facebook page to leave a tribute for Captain Tom.Angela Williams

RIP Sir Tom,you were a truly inspirational man,held in our hearts forever. Condolences to your family

Angela Williams said: “RIP Sir Tom, you were a truly inspirational man. Held in our hearts forever. Condolences to your family”.

Michaela Ramsden said: “RIP Sir. You made so many people’s tomorrows a good day with your selflessness, determination and beautiful soul.”

Ann Robinson said: “RIP Sir Tom.....What an hero you were ...will be sadly missed....Thoughts are with your family at this sad time.”

Tanya Donbavand said: “RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore. You were an inspirational man and also a fighter right till the very end, the nation is very proud of what you've achieved as well as everything that you've done for the NHS too, my thoughts are with his family at this sad and difficult time.”

Jane Perrett said: "What an amazing gift you where Sir Tom, you lifted our spirits immensely when it was needed, your truly are a hero."

Sarah Crowley said: "What an inspiration to us all! RIP Sir Captain Tom! A very sad day! You will not be forgotten". 

Leeds Council pays tribute to Captain Tom - building’s flags will be flown at half-mast today

Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Hospital charity pay tribute

The Whites pay tribute to Captain Tom

Captain Sir Tom Moore: 1920 - 2021

Captain Sir Tom Moore: Charities vow his legacy will live on ‘for years to come’

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s legacy will live on “for years and years”, charities have vowed, as his death prompted heartfelt tributes from around the world.

The charity fundraiser, who raised more than £32 million for the NHS during the first lockdown, died at the age of 100 on Tuesday morning after testing positive for Covid-19.

His family said the last year of his life was “nothing short of remarkable”, and that he had “experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of”.

Sir Tom set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday last April – but his efforts struck a chord with the nation and the donations flooded in.

In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.

Ellie Orton, chief executive of NHS Charities Together, said Sir Tom “lifted the spirits of an entire nation” and demonstrated that “you’re never too old, you’re never too anything to care for people and to make a difference”.

She said: “He really was a beacon of hope, the optimism that he brought in and hope to us in a really dark and difficult time for this nation and particularly for the NHS is just incredible.

“He is held in such amazing high regard, he is a national hero and his legacy will live on in the NHS for years and years to come.”

The Captain Tom Foundation, which was set up to support causes close to Sir Tom’s heart, said its work would “aspire to ensure Tom’s message of hope becomes an enduring legacy”.

“Whilst we mourn his loss, we celebrate his life and will be forever grateful for his optimistic philosophy and wonderful spirit,” a statement said.

“Thank you Captain Sir Tom. Because of you tomorrow will be a good day for so many more.”

Sir Tom had been taken to hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.

His family praised the care he had received from the NHS and said they had been able to spend time with him in his final hours.

In a statement, his daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: “We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.

“We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.”

They added: “Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”

Concerns raised over ‘grim reality’ of young offender institutions

Only 55 per cent of children held in custody leave feeling their experience made them less likely to offend again, according to a new report.

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons report describes the “grim reality” of young offender institutions, saying children also feel at risk of violence and spend long periods locked in their cells.

Charlie Taylor, the former Chairman of the Youth Justice Board who became HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in 2020, said the findings showed “work must be done”.

It found less than half (49 per cent) of children reported they had learned something that would help them on release, while 55 per cent said their experiences in custody had made them less likely to offend again.

More than four in 10 (44 per cent ) had been bullied or victimised by other children, more than a third (35 per cent) felt unsafe at some point, and less than half (48 per cent) said it was quiet enough to relax or sleep at night.

Mr Taylor said: “These findings show how much work must be done in order that children in custody are given the support that they need to lead successful, crime-free lives when they are released.

“Nothing is more important than building effective, trusting relationships between staff and children, and this report shows that there is still a long way to go.”

The findings come from surveys of children in young offender institutions (YOIs) and secure training centres (STCs) in the year to April 2020.

Mr Taylor said they “describe the grim reality of life in custody and mirrors closely our own (inspection) findings, in which none of the STCs were good enough, and violence and self-harm in YOIs remained at or near an all-time high.

“Most did not feel cared for by staff and many spent long hours locked up in their cells, particularly at the weekend. Less than half reported being able to sleep easily, and even fewer felt they were getting enough food.

“Without further reductions in violence and restraint, and a greater focus on education and resettlement, the Youth Custody Service will continue to struggle to provide adequately for the children in its care.”

Leeds weather forecast:

This is the Met Office weather forecast for Leeds today -

It will be a cold and damp day with snow persisting over hills.

The Met Office said: "A wet day in the north, with persistent outbreaks of rain but snow and hill fog over higher ground. 

"Drier elsewhere but often cloudy and damp, with patchy rain at times. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

“Tonight it will be patchy at first, but then the rain will become heavier and more persistent during the night, turning to sleet and snow over high ground, along with hill fog. A cold night. Minimum temperature 2 °C.”

Good morning - YEP front page:

Good morning and welcome to the Yorkshire Evening Post live blog on Wednesday, February 3.

This is the front page today: “Student’s armed burglary terror”.

Pick up a copy in your local newsagents today or visit www.delivermynewspaper.co.uk

Yorkshire Evening Post front page 03/02/21

Bus service updates across West Yorkshire:

Road replacement transport between Halifax and Todmorden not possible

Warning not to travel in Halifax and Calder Valley due to fallen trees and treacherous road conditions

Train company Northern has warned people not to travel due to disruptions on the line and dangerous road conditions.

Trees have fallen onto the track between Haliax and Rochdale so trains are unable to run. The company cannot run replacement bus services either due to the road conditions.

In a statement, a Northern spokesman said: "Heavy snow has fallen across many parts of our network overnight and into this morning and is causing significant disruption in many areas.

Fears for Leeds boy who has gone missing in heavy snow - urgent appeal

Concerns are growing for a Leeds boy who has not been seen since last night (Monday).

First Buses to run on main roads only due to snow - full list of delays and changes

First Buses in Leeds will only run on main roads due to the heavy snow, the firm has announced

Our photographer Tony Johnson is out and about today:

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