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  1. Tributes to teenage boys killed in crash
  2. Rape police hunt 'very dangerous' attacker
  3. Updates on Monday 9 March 2015

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By Martin Coldrick

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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

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

FA Cup draw live on BBC1

BBC Sport

The draw for the FA Cup semi-finals takes place live on BBC1 tonight, with Bradford City braced to discover who they'll face if next week's replay against Reading goes to plan.

FA Cup

Ex-Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel and presenter Dermot O'Leary will preside over the draw at about 21:45. The numbers to look out for will be:

  • 1 Liverpool or Blackburn Rovers
  • 2 Bradford City or Reading
  • 3 Manchester United or Arsenal
  • 4 Aston Villa

The semi-final ties are to be played on 18 and 19 April.

A dry, cold and clear night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will become dry and clear with a minimum temperature of about 2C (36F) and a ground frost in places.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be dry and bright with long spells of sunshine.

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

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we get the latest from Morley where tributes are being paid to two teenage boys killed in a car crash at the weekend.

Also, we followed Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn as the Bantams played their FA Cup quarter-final match against Reading. Join us for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of frustrating and exciting times at Valley Parade.

Toy hoard could fetch £250,000

A collection of about 2,000 toy cars and trains is to be auctioned off by its owner.

Raymond Hainsworth
Getty Images

Raymond Hainsworth, 78, who's originally from Bradford but now lives in Skipton, has built up his hoard over 50 years.

The collection of Dinky toys, which Mr Hainsworth was still trying to add to two weeks before auctioneers arrived, could sell for £250,000.

Stream of mourners pays tribute

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Tributes are continuing to grow at Gelderd Road in Morley to Rhys Baker and George Wharton, the two teenagers killed on Saturday when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree.

Tribute to George Wharton

A steady stream of people mourning their deaths has been leaving flowers. A heartbreaking message from George's brother says: "You are now one of my beautiful angels making the sky ever so bright".

I've been told that a remembrance event will be held here for George and Rhys at about 18:00 this evening.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

People in Morley are coming to terms with

a car crash which left two teenagers dead.

George Wharton, 14, and Rhys Baker, 13, were killed when a blue Peugeot hit a tree on Gelderd Road in Morley on Saturday afternoon.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

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Crash victims 'just two cracking lads'

Olivia Richwald

Journalist, BBC Look North

Following the crash in Morley at the weekend in which two teenage boys were killed, the community here is in shock,

with the site of the incident now a memorial.

Floral tributes at crash scene

Even in the cold and pouring rain, friends of the victims have been continuing to gather here to pay their respects. You can see how popular the boys were by the sheer number of flowers and heartfelt messages being left.

One friend of the boys tells me they were both "just two cracking lads".

Accident sparks M62 delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports one lane's blocked and there's slow traffic on the M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.

Armistead seeks longer women's race

BBC Sport

Otley's Lizzie Armitstead says

she would "love" the Tour de Yorkshire women's race to be over three days rather than one.

Lizzie Armitstead
ALlsport/getty images

The race organisers announced earlier today that the women's race would be held over four laps of a 20km circuit around York on Saturday 2 May.

The men's race will take place between 1 and 3 May.

City pays high cost for smokers

Smokers in Leeds cost the local economy more than £200m per year,

according to figures compiled by the city council ahead of national No Smoking Day on Wednesday.

Woman smoking

That figure includes £45m from early deaths, £88m in smoking breaks, £17m in loss of productivity due to smoking-related sick days and £27.4m in NHS costs, the council says.

Dr Ian Cameron, Leeds' director of public health, says: "Every Leeds smoker knocking the habit on the head will not only save them thousands of pounds smoking costs, but it's a big step in saving them from years of ill health or worse."

Attacker 'must be caught quickly'

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Police hunting a man who raped and tried to murder an 18-year-old woman in Leeds in an "unprecedented assault" at the weekend

have described him as "a very dangerous individual".

Det Supt Nick Wallen

Det Supt Nick Wallen (pictured) says the attack, on Beeston Road at about 22:50 on Friday night, was a "very, very severe physical assault" and the man responsible "needs to be caught very, very quickly".

The victim remains in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. She has been left "very badly traumatised" by the ordeal, Mr Wallen says.

Rape victim 'lucky to be alive'

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Leeds on Friday

say the victim is "very, very lucky" to be alive.

Police tape near scene

The 18-year-old was attacked by a man as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road at about 22:50 on Friday night.

Det Supt Nick Wallen says the victim was hit over the head "many, many times" with a blunt instrument and was "left for dead" by her attacker.

Who inspired you?

BBC Radio Leeds

We're putting the spotlight on West Yorkshire's teachers at

BBC Radio Leeds this week as we ask for your nominations for our very own Thank You Teacher Awards.

Ian McMillan

We're looking for a wide range of teachers who've inspired you and made a difference to your life. All you need to do to nominate a teacher is call us on 0345 303 3333 for an application form.

Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan (pictured) is one of our judges. He says: "I'll read a lot of good stories, but I only have one chance - so send me something that startles me!"

Girl suffers rare disorder

Telegraph & Argus

A seven-year-old girl from Bradford is one of only a handful in the country to suffer from a rare disorder which was triggered by a sore throat

and left her unable to walk, talk or feed herself.

Tributes to boys killed in crash

The deaths of two boys in a car crash in Leeds

have been described as a "devastating tragedy" by one of their teachers.

Rhys Baker and George Wharton
West Yorkshire Police

Rhys Baker, 13, and George Wharton, 14, died when the car they were travelling in hit a tree on the A62 Gelderd Road in Morley on Saturday.

Two other boys, Kameron Walters, 14, and Joshua Van Veen, 15, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Buildings destroyed in fire

Huddersfield Examiner

Firefighters from five stations were called out to tackle

a ferocious fire at a house on New Hey Road, Scammonden, in the early hours of this morning.

Scene of fire
Huddersfield examiner

Bantams face Reading as 'underdogs'

Bradford City will go into the FA Cup quarter-final replay away to Reading next week as the definite underdogs, according to the club's acting chief operating officer.

Fans at Bradford v Reading match

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this morning, James Mason said he's "delighted we're still in the hat" and is looking forward with relish to the "huge, huge" game next Monday.

Mr Mason says: "To be in the semi-final draw is testament to the club and the fans. It's great."

Harry Ramsden's returns to West Yorkshire

Harry Ramsden's, the world famous fish and chip brand which started out from a small wooden shed in Leeds in 1928, returns to West Yorkshire today after a four-year gap.

Harry Ramsden's in Guiseley

The firm's landmark shop and restaurant at Guiseley - the one where it all started (pictured in 1989) -

closed its doors for the last time in 2011, marking the end of its West Yorkshire connection.

The company's return will see a new outlet opening in Shipley, with further Yorkshire openings planned for Huddersfield and Sheffield later this month.

Crash police urge social media 'restraint'

Police investigating the crash in Leeds in which two teenage boys were killed at the weekend have urged people commenting on the tragedy on social media to "show restraint".

Officers say they have been made aware of "derogatory comments" about the 21-year-old driver, who remains seriously ill in hospital.

Supt Sam Millar, of Leeds District Police, said: "We understand that people will be very upset... but we would also ask them to consider all of the families involved in this incident before they post comments which could add to the trauma they are going through at the moment."

A cloudy and rainy afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon,

cloud will continue to increase from the west as the southwesterly wind picks up.

Weather forecast

Outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards later, heavy for a time but becoming lighter and more patchy through the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 10C (50F).

'Hearts go out' to crash victims' families

The Mayor of Morley has told me that "everybody's hearts" go out to the families of the two teenage boys

who died in a fatal crash in the town at the weekend.

Wyn Kidger says: "We all pull together through tragic things like this. We all feel for each other and are there to support.

"We'll try to help as much as we can and just be there for the families," she adds.

School tributes to crash victims

Tributes have been paid by the schools attended by the two teenage boys

who died in Morley on Saturday when the car they were travelling in hit a tree.

Witness appeal sign

Dave Gurney, executive head of Bruntcliffe School, said Rhys Baker, 13, was "a well-liked member of his year group" and described his death as "a terrible tragedy" affecting the whole community.

Leanne Griffiths, principal of The Morley Academy, said George Wharton, 14, was "a popular boy with a bright future ahead of him". His loss will be "felt profoundly" by staff and pupils, she added.

Sombre scene in Morley

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

There's a very sombre mood in south Leeds near

the scene of the car crash in Morley at the weekend where two young lives were lost - those of Rhys Baker, 13, and George Wharton, 14.

Rhys Baker
West yorkshire police

People have started to come and look at the tributes which have been left here and to pay tributes of their own.

One teenager, Sam Watson, a good friend of Rhys (pictured), told me: "He always had a smile on his face. He was just a cheery lad who brightened up everyone's day. He can never be forgotten, can he?"

Road remains closed

BBC Travel News reports that the A640 New Hey Road remains closed in both directions between the B6114 junction in Huddersfield and the Pole Gate Branch junction in Moselden Height because of a building fire.

'You'll never be forgotten'

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've had chance to look at some of the tributes left to the two teenage boys

killed when the car they were in hit a tree in Morley at the weekend.

One is to George Wharton, 14, which says: "It doesn't seem real. You were so full of life and made everyone smile. You're the kindest, sweetest, most loving person I'll ever meet".

Another one, to Rhys Baker, 13, says: "RIP Rhys, my little mate. You've gone, but you'll never be forgotten". There are many, many other similar tributes here - flowers, photos, school ties.

Rape investigation continues

Investigations are continuing this morning into

the violent rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds.

Police tape at scene of attack

The 18-year-old was waiting at a bus stop and "left for dead", say police. She was attacked near Malvern Road and Beeston Road at 22:40 on Friday.

Police say they're looking for an Asian man in his early 20s with a slim build and dark receding hair, in connection with the attack.

'Every player under threat' - Powell

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town can expect a tough week on the training ground ahead of Saturday's match at Birmingham City.

Chris Powell

Their 2-0 defeat to Rotherham at the weekend was described as "embarrassing" by manager Chris Powell who said: "We didn't do the blue and white shirt any justice whatsoever."

And Powell says even senior members of the squad can't be guaranteed selection at St Andrew's. "Every player's under threat now," he warns.

Election 2015: Over to you

BBC Look North

It's just over eight weeks until the general election, and we're hoping to speak to each of the party leaders on BBC Look North before the big day on 7 May.

Ten Downing Street

Of course, we'd want you to take part. If you'd like to meet David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage or Natalie Bennett and ask a question, why not email us at

Please include your question and your name, age, address and phone number.