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Travel: M1 West Yorkshire

The M1 is closed Southbound with stationary traffic due to a serious accident between J47 A642 / A656 / B1217 that is Garforth / Micklefield and J46 A6120 Selby Road / A63 Selby Road.

The Highways Agency say they think the road could be closed for several hours while the emergency services deal with the collision.

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Hull woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt - breaking news

A woman from Hull has been jailed for three years for smuggling drugs into Egypt.

Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt.

Ms Plummer's family, who have described her as "naive", said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

Her mother Roberta Sinclair had travelled to Egypt for the Boxing Day hearing which had been adjourned from Christmas Day because Laura was too upset.

Her sister Rachel Plummer said her family was " devastated " by the sentence. Her family said her lawyers have lodged an immediate appeal..

Work to start on A59 Skip Bridge

North Yorkshire County Council will begin essential maintenance at Skip Bridge on the A59 between York and the A1 in the new year.

The work will include jacking up the bridge deck end, replacing bearings, reconstructing the ballast wall, crash barrier improvements and resurfacing. The work is scheduled to begin on 8 January and be complete by 30 March.

While work is being done there will be a 30mph speed limit in place to slow down vehicles travelling through the works for the safety of the construction team and the travelling public.

The A59 will remain open throughout the work. However, during the majority of the work westbound traffic will be diverted through the adjacent layby to maintain two-way traffic flow. However, on a few nights, the layby will be used as a short diversion route for all traffic, with two-way traffic lights to control traffic over the River Nidd.

When this traffic management is in place, the layby will be classed as a clearway, so stopping, loading, parking and waiting will be prohibited for its entire length. This will be essential for safety, as there is insufficient room for large vehicles to pass parked cars.

“This essential maintenance, which includes upgrading the bridge’s crash barriers, is another example of the County Council’s continuing commitment to maintaining the county’s extensive road network.

"It will help to preserve and improve the vital east-west link provided by the A59. We will do all we can to keep any inconvenience to drivers to a minimum.”

– County Cllr Don Mackenzie
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