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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 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 with a widespread slight frost and some patchy fog and a low temperature of about -1C (30F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a dry and sunny start, tending to cloud over with rain spreading from the west later in the afternoon.

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

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report from Rotherham on the day former council leader Roger Stone finally breaks his silence over the child grooming scandal in the South Yorkshire town.

And, how much would you pay for a new door? We ask because Leeds railway station is getting one and it's costing £18m. We'll be finding out more about why it's so special - and expensive.

Rape investigation launched

Police are investigating a rape in the Hyde Park area of Leeds at the weekend.

A 43-year-old woman was attacked close to the junction of Royal Park Road and Moorland Road between 20:30 and 21:30 on Saturday.

Detectives say at this stage they're not linking it to

an attempted murder and rape of a woman in Beeston on Friday night.

Brooks praises Yorkshire 'vibe' (pt2)

BBC Sport

Yorkshire paceman Jack Brooks has spoken of his confidence in the team as it's been confirmed he's

extended his deal through until the end of 2017.

Jack Brooks
Getty Images

The 30-year-old said "There is a great vibe around the place and I am confident with the quality of players we have here, we can continue to be a force in the game.

"It would be fantastic to repeat our efforts from last season and give it a real good push to retain our title in the County Championship."

Brooks told the ECB website.


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Station's 'back door' takes shape

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

I've been behind-the-scenes at Leeds railway station today looking at the work which is well under way on

its remarkable new "back door".

Building work at Leeds station

I've been told this new southern entrance, being built on the side of a viaduct above the River Aire, will finally open to passengers this Autumn.

The £18m scheme is designed to allow easier access for people who live and work in the south of Leeds.

City's Culture Capital bid

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds looks set to bid for 2023 European Capital of Culture status

after the results of a consultation with people in the city showed big support for the idea.

Leeds sunset skyline
leeds city council

A report to be presented to councillors next week will show that out of 3,000 people asked if they were happy to back the bid, 77% of those who replied said yes. That number was even bigger among children and young people, standing at 94%.

This means the idea will go before the council's Executive Board next Wednesday with the recommendation that it should give the go-ahead to a Culture of Capital bid.

Slow M62 traffic warning

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic is currently being reported on the M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor).

This is due to an accident which is now on the hard shoulder.

Stay up to date on the BBC Travel page.

BBC to show Bradford FA replay

BBC Sport

Bradford City's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Monday

will be shown live on BBC One at 19:30.

FA Cup: Bradford 0-0 Reading highlights
BBC Sport

Previously fans and the club had voiced their anger over the BBC's decision not to show

the Bantams' fifth round victory over Sunderland in February live on TV.

Power station jobs boost

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Plans for a gas-fired power station in Knottingley - which will create more than 1,000 jobs -

have been given the go ahead.

Artist's impression
Pontefract and Castleford Express

City shooting: 'Get in touch'

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Ch Insp Dawson adds he's "confident" people with information about

last night's shooting in Harehills will come forward.

Forensic officers near shooting scene

"We'll keep a high profile. We've got a number of community cops out on the beat who know the area well and they're there for people to turn to.

"In addition, people can call us if they've got any information. With even the least bit of information, however irrelevant it might seem, we'd encourage them to get in touch."

Staying sunny

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Staying bright with

plenty of sunshine for the rest of the day.

lisa gallagher

Largely clear overnight and dry everywhere.

Light or calm winds for most of the night however a southerly breeze will develop by dawn.

Jobs lost as building firm goes bust

A company building a £32m hotel close to Leeds Arena

has gone into administration with the loss of 350 jobs.

Artist's impression

GB Group Holdings Limited and GB Building Solutions Limited has offices in Surrey, Newcastle, Rugby, Wakefield and Stockport.

The group had secured a loan of £4.8m from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) towards the scheme.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A murder investigation is underway following the death of a man who was

shot in the Harehills area of Leeds last night.

Appeal launched to track down wanted Wakefield burglar

Yorkshire Evening Post

Police are hunting

a Wakefield man who is wanted on recall to prison.

Wayne Andrew Robinson, 25, is believed to be somewhere in the Wakefield area having breached the terms of his prison licence.

Crash victims remembered

BBC Radio Leeds

At the scene of

a crash in Morley which saw two teenagers, Rhys Baker, 13, and George Wharton, 14, lose their lives the boys' friends continue to add tributes.

Floral tributes at crash scene

There are balloons, a yellow Leeds United shirt, flowers and school ties. A sweatshirt has also been wrapped around the tree where the crash happened.

D-day for Culture Capital bid

Liam Ward

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Will Leeds bid to become

the 2023 European Capital of Culture?

A report by the city council released this afternoon will reveal the results of a public consultation - and it'll include a recommendation for councillors to either support or reject a bid.

Europe flag

European Capital of Culture is

a status granted by the European Union for one year, during which the winning city organises a range of cultural events.

The last UK city to host the year-long festival

was Liverpool in 2008 and the latest figures reveal the event saw a 30% rise in visitor numbers while generating over £1bn for the economy.

Tour de Yorkshire volunteers sought

As Wakefield prepares to host part of the new Tour de Yorkshire cycle race in May,

volunteers are being sought to help the thousands of spectators expected to line the route.

Grand Depart in Leeds
Sarah Haywood

The race, which is expected to attract the elite of the cycling world, follows the success of last year's Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire (pictured).

Wakefield Council is appealing for volunteers to come forward who will play a "key role" in welcoming both visitors and residents to the event whose third stage starts outside Wakefield Cathedral at 12:15 on Sunday 3 May.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 14:00:

Police are hunting the killer of a man who's died after being shot in the Harehills area of Leeds last night.

Listen live here.

Shooting 'will shock community'

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've been speaking to Ch Insp Matt Dawson, who's leading the investigation into

the fatal "targeted" shooting of a 33-year-old man here in Harehills, Leeds, last night.

Police cordon near shooting scene

He says: "It's a close-knit community here, a very diverse community, and this is something that will really shock people.

"It's key that we work closely with the community to reassure people and to make sure people feel safe here because, in reality, they are."

Road closed after accident

BBC Travel

The A646 Burnley Road in Todmorden is currently closed in both directions between the Victoria Road junction and the Stansfield Road junction.

This is due to an overturned car. Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

Stay up to date on

the BBC Travel page.

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.

Houses of Parliament
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Of course, we 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.

City shooting: Police appeal

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow adds: "We'd also like to hear from anyone who saw the victim in Markham Avenue around the time of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.

"Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are mounting extra patrols in the area to reassure the local community."

Shooting was 'targeted' attack

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm at the scene of a shooting at Harehills in Leeds, where police say the man who died last night

was the victim of a "targeted" attack.

Police tape near shooting scene

A silver Vauxhall Astra was found in Pasture Road, near the junction of Back Airlie Avenue, and police say they believe this was the victim's vehicle, and was where the shooting took place.

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says: "We'd like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or saw that vehicle at that location between 20:00 and 21:00 last night."

Town's museum reopens

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Pontefract Museum has reopened after refurbishment with new lighting installed in its galleries and its exhibitions reorganised.

Pontefract Mueum
Pontefract and castleford express

CCTV appeal over student assault

Police investigating an assault on a 22-year-old student at a hall of residence in Leeds in February

have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to.

CCTV images
West yorkshire police

The incident happened between 02:30 and 03:00 on 3 February, when several men entered the Opal One building on Burley Road and tried to get into some of the rooms.

One of the occupants of the hall of residence was attacked after confronting one of the suspects. He suffered two black eyes and bruising to his ears and neck.

Shooting sparks murder investigation

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the fatal shooting in Leeds: West Yorkshire Police has just confirmed it's launched a murder investigation after a man died following a shooting incident in the city.

Police say they were contacted by the ambulance service at about 21:00 last night after a 33-year-old man had gone into a shop in Markham Avenue, Harehills, with gunshot injuries.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

BreakingLeeds shooting


We're hearing there's been a shooting in Harehills, Leeds, which has left one man dead.

The incident is thought to have happened at the junction of Pasture Road and Back Airlie Avenue.

More details as we get them.

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News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A mother from West Yorkshire has been telling BBC Radio Leeds how she was forced to have her own daughter arrested when she was just 12-years-old.

It comes as a report by government inspectors has found police are taking children into custody unnecessarily.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Lane closed on M1

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

One lane is currently closed on the M1 southbound between J39, A636 (Wakefield) and J38, A637 (Darton).

This is because of a broken down vehicle. Drivers are warned to take care in the area.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

Brooks stays on at Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire fast bowler Jack Brooks

has extended his deal through until the end of 2017.

Jack Brooks
ALlsport/getty images

The 30-year-old joined the county for the 2013 season and was their leading wicket-taker last year as they claimed the County Championship title.

"I am enjoying my cricket and have had a brilliant 18 months with the club,"

Brooks told the club website.

Redfearn positive over future

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United's head coach Neil Redfearn believes the future looks bright after the club's development squad beat Huddersfield Town's Under 21s 5-0 yesterday.

Neil Redfearn

Academy players Chris Dawson, Kalvin Phillips and Ross Killock were among the scorers for Leeds and Redfearn says the team "showed just how good they are".

He's also revealed midfielder Grandi N'Goyi is getting closer to a return to action after a thigh injury.

Vigil for crash death teens

Olivia Richwald

Journalist, BBC Look North

A vigil was held yesterday night in memory of

two teenage boys who were killed in a car crash in Leeds at the weekend. In the cold and dark, over 200 people gathered to remember Rhys Baker, 13 and George Wharton, 14, by releasing many balloons.

Balloons released at tribute

You could see just how much the two boys meant to their friends here in Morley by the sheer number of people who gathered - and the heartfelt messages they've left.

Two other boys, Kameron Walters, 14, and Joshua Van Veen, 15, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and remain critically-ill in hospital. The driver, a 21-year-old man, is also in hospital in a serious but stable condition.