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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 March 2015

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

We'll be with you again from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

A dry, clear and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry and clear at first, with more cloud later but staying dry with a minimum temperature of about 1C (34F) and a widespread ground frost.

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will be cloudy at times, especially in the west where a little drizzle is possible over the Pennines. It'll be brighter further east, and staying dry.

The top temperature will be about 9C (48F).

Wildlife at heart of bog clean-up

Work's being carried out at a bog in Bingley this week

to ensure wildlife can flourish in what is the last remnant of lowland marshland in the area, Bradford Council says.

Bog clean-up work
Bradford council

Bingley South Bog is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and contains over 50 specialist wetland plants as well as invertebrates, butterflies and amphibians.

A major clean-up's currently taking place at the site in a bid to remove unwanted plants after it recently became overgrown with willow and reed mace - also known as bullrush.

Coming up on BBC One

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report from Barnsley, the home town of an ex-Royal Marine who's the first British national to die fighting against Islamic State.

Also, we're looking at the legacy of the miners' strike. Exactly 30 years after it ended, research shows Yorkshire's still lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of jobs.

And we focus on Bradford where an International Film Summit is now under way. It's a chance for the city to share with a global audience its expertise as the first Unesco City of Film.

India's Great War role remembered

A special work of Indian dance will be performed in Halifax this weekend

to mark the 130,000 Indian soldiers who served on the Western Front in World War One.

Shantha Rao, Anapurna Dance Company
calderdale council

Dance group Annapurna will perform the work at Bankfield Museum on Saturday, especially remembering the thousands of Indian soldiers who died in battles such as Ypres and Loos.

The dance is free to watch and will be performed at 13:00 and 13:30.

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos are unchanged for Thursday's Super League clash with Hull FC, but utility Rob Burrow is pushing for the final 17 after missing out in successive games.

Tom Briscoe
ALlsport/getty images

Winger Tom Briscoe will line-up against his former club for the second time should he make the matchday squad.

Get the full match preview here.

BreakingArrest over rape near pub

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the story we brought you earlier today about police investigating the rape of a 36-year-old woman near a pub in Leeds at the weekend.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after attending a police station this afternoon, police say.

Recycling restrictions

People in Leeds are being reminded that from 1 April they

won't be able to use any of the eight recycling sites in the city without a permit.

The Leeds Resident Permit is a car window sticker which will be sent along with this year's council tax statement for the year.

Only residents who live within the Leeds boundary will be entitled to a permit. It's aimed at cutting the amount of waste coming into the city from neighbouring areas​, according to Leeds City Council.

Adventure golf 'helps Tigers bond'

BBC Sport

Castleford Tigers playmakers Ben Roberts and Luke Gale have told BBC's Super League Show

how a round of adventure golf can help them forge an on-field partnership.

Castleford Tigers' Ben Roberts (l) and Luke Gale play adventure golf
BBC

Samoa and former New Zealand international Roberts has moved to Britain's top-flight competition from Australian National Rugby League side Melbourne Storm, while Gale switched to Castleford from Bradford Bulls.

Paralympian opens rehabilitation centre

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Halifax gold medal-winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft has been in Castleford to officially open a new facility to rehabilitate people with physical disabilities.

Hannah Cockroft shows her gold medal
BBC

Hannah took a look around the new rooms, met some of the residents and passed around her 2012 gold medal.

There was a touching moment when resident Alan held Hannah's medal in his hand and asked: "Is it gold or silver?" Hannah's reply was, of course, a very definite "gold".

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Girl 'scarred for life' by attack

Yorkshire Evening Post

A teenage girl who was attacked with a machete by an older boy

has spoken about the ordeal for the first time.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are investigating after a

woman was sexually assaulted by a man she met in a pub in Leeds.

The 36-year-old was attacked behind the Hedley Verity pub on Woodhouse Lane at about 01:00 on Sunday.

Listen to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Delaney heads for Hunslet

BBC Sport

Hunslet Hawks have

signed Leeds Rhinos second-row forward Brett Delaney on a dual-registration basis.

Brett Delaney
SWpix.com

The 32-year-old Australian underwent knee surgery in pre-season and has yet to make an appearance in 2015.

Hawks coach Barry Eaton can call on the ex-Parramatta utility for Sunday's Championship game against Bradford.

Roadworks cause traffic delays

BBC Travel reports there's very slow traffic on the A6037 Canal Road in both directions in Bradford between the Gaisby Lane junction and the A6177 Queen's Road junction.

The delays are due to roadworks in the area.

Community shock over attack

Police investigating an

attack on a 17-year-old girl in Halifax say they want to speak to between two and three males in connection with the incident.

It is thought they were in a black or dark coloured BMW 320.

Det Sgt Sally Fletcher says: "This was a terrible attack against a young woman simply going about her daily business... it has shocked the close-knit community the victim comes from."

Public square plans unveiled

Yorkshire Evening Post

Plans for a

new public square in Leeds city centre, which is due to open in 2016, have been unveiled.

Artist impression of new square
Yorkshire Evening Post

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are trying to trace a man who raped a woman close to a pub in Leeds city centre.

The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday.

Listen to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Girl attacked by masked men

Police are appealing for information after a

17-year-old girl was hit with a wooden pole by a gang of masked men in Halifax in what detectives say was a "targeted" attack.

The girl was taken to hospital with a broken wrist and extensive bruising after the attack which happened on Hanson Lane between 16:00 and 16:15 last Thursday.

Police say the men were wearing face coverings and dark clothing.

Preview: Leeds v Ipswich

BBC Sport

Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin could be out for up to three weeks with a thigh injury.

Defender Giuseppe Bellusci is set to return after suspension and striker Steve Morison will face a late fitness test.

Leeds have lost their last two games - 2-0 at Brighton on 24 February and 3-2 against Watford at home on Saturday.

Traffic delays on M62

BBC Travel News reports that one lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M62 westbound at J29, M1 (Lofthouse) because of emergency repairs.

Drivers are being warned to expect disruption.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

There's a plea today for vandals to leave a church in Leeds alone after it was targeted yet again this week.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin

Tour de Yorkshire

The excitement's growing for West Yorkshire's cycle fans today with

the announcement of the exact details of when and where they can catch a glimpse of some of the world's top cyclists during this May's Tour de Yorkshire.

Cow and Calf Rocks
PAul buckingham/geograph

The three-state major international cycling race, which reaches West Yorkshire on 3 May, will take in some of the county's most spectacular scenery as it heads from Wakefield to Leeds.

Key points include the Holmfirth King of the Mountain climb, the Hebden Bridge King of the Mountain climb and the Ilkley Cow and Calf (pictured) King of the Mountain climb.

Derelict homes face demolition

Halifax Courier

Demolition work is set to begin next month on more than 100 properties on a derelict North Halifax estate.

Tour plans 'extremely exciting'

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, says May's Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race will be "an extremely exciting three days".

Gary Verity
BBC

The new three-stage race, which will be one of the biggest cycling events held in Europe in 2015, takes place between 1-3 May across Yorkshire and its exact timings and routes

have just been announced.

Mr Verity says: "Today's confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event."

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are investigating after a woman suffered a serious sexual assault by a man she met in a pub in Leeds.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

Tour details revealed

BBC News Online has more on the announcement of the start and finish times for the Tour de Yorkshire race in May

which have been announced today by its organisers.

Tour de Yorkshire map
Tour de Yorkshire

The final stage, in West Yorkshire on Sunday 3 May, will start at 12:15 outside Wakefield Cathedral and end between 16:30 and 17:00 at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Vicar's church vandalism appeal

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The vicar of the Leeds church where hymn books and bibles were set alight by vandals on Monday has called on those responsible to think again before causing further damage.

Revd Peter Lane at scene of vandalism
BBC

The arson attack at Seacroft Congregational Church is just the latest time it's been targeted. The building has become so unsafe due to vandalism that the congregation moved out in 2012.

Reverend Peter Lane tells me: "These people are putting themselves in danger as well as the people who come in to check the building. Please don't go in there, it's not safe".

Sharp's 'goal run' hopes

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United striker Billy Sharp is set to start for the second game in a row

when Ipswich Town visit Elland Road tonight.

Billy Sharp
PA

Sharp turned down a loan move to Portman Road earlier this year in favour of staying at United. After scoring his 150th career goal at the weekend, he says he hopes head coach Neil Redfearn will now give him a run in the side.

"It's good when the manager's got faith and belief in you. I need to get a run of good games going to get match fitness and hopefully I can get a run of goals," he says.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police investigating a rape in Leeds city centre have released details about the man they're trying to trace.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Hymn books set on fire at church

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

This morning, I've been at Seacroft Congregational Church in Leeds which was broken into on Monday by vandals who, shockingly, set the building ablaze using hymn books and bibles.

Seacroft Congregational Church
BBC

It's not the first time the church has been targeted by yobs, which led to its congregation leaving the building in 2012. But it had been hoped that it would eventually re-open.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze within the building, but looking at it today it's a sorry sight and the incident's left a real sense of shock in this community.

Road blocked after accident

BBC Travel News reports that Doctor Lane in Mirfield is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions at the Knowl Road junction because of an accident.

Holbeck improvement bid launch

Private landlords who manage houses in Holbeck are being invited to the area's first landlords forum to find out how they can work together to improve their community,

local blog South Leeds Life reports.

The first forum will take place between 18:00 and 19:30 this evening at St Matthew's Community Centre.

Bob Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel,

tells South Leeds Life: "By attending the forum, landlords can have their say in how we can work together to improve the area."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are trying to trace a man who raped a woman close to a pub in Leeds city centre.

The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Heavy traffic warning

BBC Travel News reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A658 Barkerend Road in Bradford between the New Otley Road junction and the A650 Shipley Airedale Road junction.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

Suspect sought over rape

More on the news that police in Leeds are investigating

after a 36-year-old woman was raped near the Hedley Verity pub at the weekend.

The suspect is white, about 5ft 7in, average build, with short cropped fair blonde hair. He was wearing a dark coloured T-shirt.

When he met the victim he told her his name was Jamie, according to West Yorkshire Police.

Super League round four preview

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree and Wigan Warriors scrum-half Matty Smith

preview round four of the season on BBC's Super League Show.

Eorl Crabtree (l) and Matty Smith
BBC

The action starts tomorrow when Leeds Rhinos travelling to Hull FC, looking to maintain their perfect start to the new campaign.