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  1. Fatal shooting victim named
  2. Crash survivors 'serious but stable'
  3. Fatal A55 crash probe continues
  4. Natural gas power plant approved
  5. Updates on Wednesday 11 March 2015

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By Martin Coldrick

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Good evening

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

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

Why Super League is like F1 testing

BBC Sport

Former Great Britain and Bradford Bulls boss Brian Noble likens the early rounds of Super League to Formula 1 testing

as he previews round five on BBC's Super League Show.

Super League players
Getty Images

Noble is joined by Hull FC half-back Leon Pryce as they discuss the unblemished form of leaders Leeds Rhinos and champions St Helens and the pressure on sides to produce results earlier this term.

The action starts at the John Smith's Stadium on Thursday as Huddersfield and Castleford meet, having both won their first games of the season last week.

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 on the suspension of Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson
following "a fracas" with a BBC producer.

Jeremy Clarkson

We'll be reporting live from the hotel in Yorkshire where the incident is believed to have taken place.

And we'll be looking at claims Leeds could be in line for an economic boost of hundreds of millions of pounds if it can win its bid to become European Capital of Culture.

Crash driver's sister speaks

Yorkshire Evening Post

The sister of the driver who is critically ill in hospital after the horror road crash in Leeds

has spoken publicly for the first time.

A dry and chilly evening

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The rain will clear this evening, becoming dry with clear spells before cloud returns from the south later. The minimum temperature will be about 1C (34F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be rather cloudy, with brighter spells developing in eastern areas, but with further patchy rain in the west later in the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

Station access improvement plan

Work aimed at improving access for pedestrians and people with disabilities to Leeds railway station's new south entrance

looks set to be approved by councillors next week.

Work on station's new entrance

A report to be discussed by Leeds City Council's executive board recommends approving a £500,000 scheme to make the area around Little Neville Street a pedestrian zone.

Work on the station's new £18m entrance is currently under way and is due to be finished in the late autumn. It's expected the entrance will be used by up to 20,000 people every day.

McGillvary relishes Carney battle

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary

is relishing going up against Castleford flier Justin Carney in Thursday's Super League derby.

Justin Carney
ALlsport/getty images

McGillvary, 26, opened his account for the season with a try in last Friday's home win against Widnes, the Giants' first of the campaign. Australian winger Carney (pictured) is the division's top scorer with six tries.

"Carney's no small task, he's a big wrecking ball," McGillvary told BBC Radio Leeds.

PM's tribute to retiring MP

David Cameron has paid tribute to a long-standing West Yorkshire Labour MP

who's stepping down at the General Election, congratulating him on his "services in this House".

Gerry Sutcliffe

Gerry Sutcliffe was elected to Parliament in 1994 in a by-election triggered by the death of former Labour MP Bob Cryer in a car crash.

Mr Cameron said: "We've all got plans for after 7 May - people we want to spend more time with and those we want to spend less time with. I've got a little list, I suspect he's got one too."

Magna Carta comes to Pontefract

A special facsimile of the Magna Carta has been presented to the people of Pontefract today as part of the town's celebrations to mark 800 years since the document was first drawn-up.

Magna Carta
Getty Images

Magna Carta, authorised on 15 June 1215, is considered one of the first steps towards parliamentary democracy and included the principle that no-one is above the law.

The copy of the Magna Carta was presented to the Right Reverend Tony Robinson, Area Bishop for Wakefield, and will go on display in schools, libraries and churches.

Fugitive Czech faces extradition

A 33-year-old man from the Czech Republic who was wanted by police for failing to give himself up for extradition

has been arrested in Wakefield.

Julius Dzudza is one of nine people wanted on European Arrest Warrants who were named in a West Yorkshire Police appeal asking people for help in locating them.

He has previously been arrested on a European Arrest Warrant after being sentenced to 18 months in prison for driving while disqualified in his home country. It's expected he'll be extradited to the Czech Republic in the next few days.

Food donations roll in to canteen

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've been visiting a cafe in Saltaire which sells food nearly past its sell-by date. Staff here say they've been inundated with donations since opening at Christmas.

Duncan Milwain surrounded by food

In just the last two weeks, two tonnes of food have been donated to the Saltaire Canteen by local residents and wholesalers. That food is then transformed into meals which are sold on a "pay-as-much-as-you-want" basis.

Canteen director Duncan Milwain tells me: "It encourages your faith in human nature. People will pay - and those who can't afford it don't have to."

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Family 'devastated' at fatal shooting

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says: "I have visited Mr Hussain's family today and they are understandably devastated at losing him in such sudden and violent circumstances.

Police cordon at shooting scene

"The investigation remains ongoing and we're continuing to search a number of addresses in Harehills and examine a number of scenes in the area of the incident."

Three males, aged 17, 19 and 20, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder and two boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. All remain in custody.

Shooting victim named

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the story mentioned in the headlines that the man killed in a shooting incident in Leeds on Monday night

has been named by police as Shuel Ali Hussain, from Harehills.

Shuel Ali Hussain
West yorkshire police

Mr Hussain, 33, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

He was shot in his silver Vauxhall Astra, which was parked in Pasture Road near the junction with Back Airlie Avenue, at about 21:00 on Monday. He died later in hospital.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police have named the man who was killed in a shooting incident in Harehills on Monday as 33-year-old Shuel Ali Hussain.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Challenge Cup fixtures drawn

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The draw for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup was made last night, with the ties due to be played on the weekend of 21-22 March.

Bradford Bulls will be at home to Workington, Featherstone Rovers will make the long trip to Whitehaven, Halifax are away at Barrow and Hunslet Hawks go to Gloucestershire

Meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams will host Newcastle Thunder, Featherstone Lions are at home to York City Knights, and there's a West Yorkshire derby between Normanton and Batley.

Driver admits causing passenger's death

Halifax Courier

A teenage motorist who was over the drink-drive limit when he crashed into a bus shelter and a tree in Todmorden killing his 18-year-old passenger

is facing a custodial sentence.

Missing MBE medal sparks appeal

Police are appealing for information

after the possible theft of an MBE medal and items of jewellery from an address in Chickenley.

MBE medal
West yorkshire police

The family of Ivy Hawkins, who recently died, got in touch with police after they were unable to find the MBE awarded to her late husband Captain Richard Vernon Hawkins. Mrs Hawkins is believed to have kept the medal in her handbag. Two rings are also thought to be missing.

PC Shanaz Ahmed says: "These items are distinctive pieces of memorabilia and are key parts of a family's history which we would like to reunite with their rightful owners."

Future of markets 'secured'

The future of markets in Birstall and Batley has been secured with a private operator taking over the operation of both markets when Kirklees Council stops running them on 31 March.

The two weekly markets were facing closure

as Kirklees Council attempts to cut £60m from its budget.

The new deal will see both markets running in much the same way as previously, with market days remaining the same. Stallholders will, however, face a rise in weekly rental rates of about 20p, according to Kirklees Council.

A cloudy afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will thicken this afternoon

as a band of rain pushes eastwards.

Weather forecast

There'll be a freshening south-west wind.

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

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A teenager from West Yorkshire who crashed his car - killing his passenger - has been warned to expect a significant prison sentence.

Kyle Denneny was over the drink drive limit at the time.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

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.

House of Commons

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.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A teenager from West Yorkshire who was over the drink-drive limit has admitted causing the death of his passenger.

Kyle Denneny, from Todmorden, who's 17, crashed into a bus shelter and tree last April. Callum Brown, 18, was killed.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

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!"

Yorkshire welcome from Tour volunteers

About 2,000 volunteers have been recruited to welcome people to the first Tour de Yorkshire which is expected to attract about a million spectators later this year.

Tour de France in Yorkshire
Anna Barnard

The race, which

starts in Bridlington on 3 May and
ends in Roundhay Park, Leeds, on 6 May, hopes to build on the success of last year's Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

Tour Makers have already completed a training programme and will now receive additional training from West Yorkshire Police at their Wakefield HQ, according to organisers.

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BBC Local Live

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Appeal over sexual assault

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to trace

in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 22-year-old woman in Leeds.

E-fit image
West yorkshire police

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday 21 September, but was only reported to officers in December.

The victim took a taxi from Leeds city centre to her home on Kirkstall Road. However, the driver took her to an unknown location where he subjected her to a serious sexual assault before she managed to get free.

Traffic delays on A650

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports there's currently very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A650 eastbound in Drighlington between the A58 Whitehall Road East junction and the A650 Wakefield Road junction.

Tributes to A55 crash victim

Tributes have been paid to a 37-year-old man from Leeds

who died in a crash that closed the main route through north Wales.

Daren Phillip Longden
North Wales Police

Daren Phillip Longden was involved in the incident involving two lorries and a van on the A55 on Tuesday morning.

The westbound carriage of the expressway was closed between Abergele and St Asaph until after 17:00.

Natural gas power plant approved

Permission has been given for

a new natural gas power station to be built in Knottingley.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change approved the plant after a recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate.

It will provide electricity for up to two million homes, according to developer Electricity Supply Board.

Crash survivors' condition update

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've had an update from West Yorkshire Police on the condition of the three survivors of

a car crash in Morley at the weekend in which two boys died.

Kameron Walters and Joshua Van Veen
West yorkshire police

Kameron Walters, 14, Joshua Van Veen, 15, (both pictured) and a 21-year-old man who was driving the car remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital, according to 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, Leeds on Saturday.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A man from Leeds who died after a crash in north Wales

has been named by police.

Daren Phillip Longden, who was travelling to work, has been described as a "proud, loving father".

Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

Coventry 1 - 1 Bradford City

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson described their second half performance as "magnificent"

as they fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Coventry last night.

Mark Yeates goal
ALlsport/getty images

Mark Yeates equalised with a free kick midway through the second half.

It leaves the Bantams ninth in the League One table, a point outside the play-offs but with a game in hand on most of the teams around them.