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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 12 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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 again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel news from across the county.

Cloudy and rainy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with some rain spreading eastwards and a minimum temperature of about 4C (39F).

Weather Forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will be cloudy at first, with rain in some western areas clearing through the morning, and all parts dry with sunny spells through the afternoon.

The top temperature 9C (48F).

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration from 18:30 for BBC Look North as we count down to the Tour de Yorkshire which is coming to the region in just 50 days. Will it be coming near you? We have the latest details of the route and timings.

And you may remember that two years ago we told you how one of West Yorkshire's top brass bands, Carlton Main Frickley band, was fighting for survival. Now it's going from strength to strength and is even on award-winning form.

Leeds hosts BBC Question Time

Question Time this evening on BBC One at 22:45

sees David Dimbleby presenting topical debate from Leeds.

David Dimbleby
BBC

On the panel are Conservative defence minister Anna Soubry, former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy and Labour's shadow minister for the Cabinet Office Lucy Powell.

Also appearing are Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Private Eye editor and broadcaster Ian Hislop. And why not join the debate afterwards

on BBC 5 Live's Question Time Extra Time?

Bunn set for Huddersfield return

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell (pictured) says he hopes to have forward Harry Bunn back in contention for the trip to Birmingham on Saturday.

Chris Powelll
PA

Bunn has recovered from a hamstring problem. But Powell says the match is likely to be too soon for striker Nahki Wells, despite his return to training after a shoulder injury.

Wells is currently in non-contact training, according to Powell, who says he's "definitely hoping" to see the player in one of the side's games next week.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The family of a man from West Yorkshire who went missing 16 years ago say they need closure.

The disappearance of Bruce Gapper, from Dewsbury,

is now being treated as a murder investigation.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Slow traffic warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports there's currently slow and heavy traffic on the A638 Westgate in Heckmondwike between the B6117 Market Street junction and the Frost Hill junction.

Big freeze hits bin changes

People living in Wakefield are being

reminded to ignore letters advising them of changes to their bin collections because vital recycling equipment which was to be introduced by the council next week is currently stranded 3,500 miles away in America.

Ice on Hudson River
Getty Images

Bin round changes were supposed to be introduced on 16 March after new equipment from the USA was installed at a new recycling centre in South Kirkby.

However, Wakefield Council says the equipment remains stuck on the Hudson River in New York State (pictured) which has been hit by exceptionally icy conditions over recent weeks and won't now be ready until the summer.

Carlisle sign Bradford's Kennedy

BBC Sport

Carlisle United have signed midfielder Jason Kennedy from Bradford City

on a month's loan.

Jason Kennedy
Getty Images

The 28-year-old began his career at Middlesbrough, making four appearances for the then Premier League side.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police say they think a man from Dewsbury who disappeared 16 years ago was murdered.

Bruce Gapper, who was 40, was last seen by a neighbour back in March 1999 and his car was discovered in Huddersfield -

but he was never found.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

New homes plan deferred

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Plans to build 183 homes on land next to two primary schools in Pontefract

have been deferred by councillors. Campaigners say they fear for the safety of pupils at the nearby schools.

Hot, hot heat on the M1

The crew of West Yorkshire Police's helicopter, based at Carr Gate near Wakefield, have

tweeted this intriguing photograph they've taken overnight with their infra-red camera.

Hot tarmac on M1
NPAS

It reveals a stretch of freshly-laid tarmac on the M1 which shows up white-hot on their heat sensitive equipment.

Witnesses sought over attack

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

say they're still wanting to trace two potential witnesses.

Bus stop near attack scene
BBC

The attack happened at about 22:50 as the victim waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road, near the junction with Tempest Road (pictured).

Police say one possible witness is a woman who gets onto a No 1 bus bound for Leeds shortly after the time of the attack. The other is a man with her who walks away down Beeston Road.

Victim 'making good recovery'

Another update on the police investigation into

the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Beeston last Friday.

The victim is "making a good recovery" in hospital, according to West Yorkshire Police. Anyone with information about the attack is being asked to contact police urgently.

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "We're still considering the possibility the suspect could be somebody who is new to the area. They may be staying locally in a bedsit or hostel and I would like to hear from anyone who runs such premises who thinks they know who it might be."

E-fit appeal over rape

Detectives investigating the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Leeds

have released an e-fit image of the suspect.

E-fit image of suspect
West yorkshire police

The victim was attacked by a man as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road, near to the junction with Tempest Road, at about 22:50 on Friday night.

The suspect is described as being of Pakistani or Middle Eastern origin, aged in his early 20s, slim, receding black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and possibly a blue top with a hood.

What are the UK's new trains like?

Tom de Castella

BBC News Magazine

A new Japanese train is arriving on British shores to replace the much loved InterCity 125.

Will people take it to their hearts in the way they did its veteran predecessor?

Class 800 loco
Hitachi

Pendolino probably, perhaps a Javelin, possibly even a Voyager. Not many modern trains are household names in the manner of a Rocket or a Mallard. But now a new train is arriving from Japan with big shoes to fill.

An early prototype Hitachi Class 800 Super Express will be unloaded at Southampton docks as a first step to replacing the familiar InterCity 125 - and it's being promised that it'll eventually cut travel times between Leeds and London.

City prepares for St Patrick's Day

Leeds' annual St Patrick's Day Parade, to be held this Sunday, will see the city centre transformed into "a sea of green, white and gold",

according to the council.

St Patrick's Day parade in Leeds
leeds city council

The parade, featuring a convoy of floats with live entertainment, will leave Millennium Square at 11:00. Opening the parade will be ex-Leeds United manager David O'Leary.

Live Irish music and dancers from the city's traditional Irish dancing schools will perform in Millennium Square between 10:30 and 16:00.

School debt warning

Telegraph & Argus

The majority of Bradford schools will plunge into the red within the next two years as rising bills outstrip budgets,

head teachers have been warned.

Morrisons 'has struggled'

With the news that Bradford-based Morrisons has reported

its worst result for eight years, the editor of The Grocer magazine, Adam Leyland, says the firm has made mistakes.

Morrisons bags
Getty Images

"Morrisons has really struggled. All the big supermarkets have struggled against the discounters.

"The 'switching' data against Morrisons was worse than all the others - in other words, they were losing more sales relative to their size and more quickly."

Wiggins set for Tour de Yorkshire

Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed he'll ride in

the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire race in May.

Bradley Wiggins
AFP/getty images

The 2012 Tour de France winner will leave Team Sky at the end of April to head his own Team Wiggins developmental squad.

He's revealed in The Cycling Podcast that

the three-day race will be among his first assignments for the new team.

Changed for Super League clash

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers both make changes for

tonight's West Yorkshire Super League derby at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Giants recall hooker Luke Robinson with Shaun Lunt having joined Hull KR on loan while prop Josh Johnson could make his first appearance of the season.

For the Tigers, captain Michael Shenton misses out after dislocating his shoulder against Wigan though Andy Lynch and Scott Moore return after injury and suspension respectively.

Hazy sunshine, rain later

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Hazy sunshine is expected during the afternoon and feeling pleasant under brighter skies.

Weather picture
BBC

During the evening thickening cloud will bring some outbreaks of rain.

A moderate southerly wind will blow with temperatures holding at about 13C (55F).

'Painful' times for Morrisons

BBC Business

The chairman of Bradford-based supermarket chain, Andrew Higginson, says the company is undergoing

a "controlled and planned reset of the business, but it has been painful".

Andrew Higginson, chairman of Morrisons
BBC

His comments come as the firm reports its worst results in eight years, with pre-tax profits down by 52% to £345m.

The company says it will close 23 convenience stores, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A reward is being offered for information about the disappearance of a man from West Yorkshire 16 years ago

which is now being treated as a murder investigation.

Bruce Gapper, from Dewsbury, was last seen by a neighbour in March 1999.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Bradford FA replay tickets on sale

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Bradford City fans are bracing themselves for action with tickets now on sale for the Bantams' FA Cup quarter-final replay against Reading.

FA Cup: Bradford 0-0 Reading highlights
BBC Sport

Bradford drew with the Royals last weekend in

a goalless match at Valley Parade.

Now a game at the Madejski Stadium will decide which team goes on to face Arsenal in the semi-finals at Wembley.

New rules spark fly-tipping fears

People living in Menston have told

BBC Radio Leeds they fear a growth in fly-tipping, with new rules meaning local residents face a 12-mile round-trip to tip recyclable waste.

Residents of the village, which is in Bradford Council's catchment area, won't be able to use their nearest site at Ellar Ghyll because it's run by neighbouring Leeds City Council.

From 1 April that tip can only be used by Leeds residents with a permit.

Menston resident Robin Dearden says he wants Leeds Council to think again: "We're so close to each other it just needs a little bit of joined-up thinking."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The family

of a man from West Yorkshire who went missing 16 years ago say they need closure.

The disappearance of Bruce Gapper, who was 40 and from Dewsbury, is now being treated as murder.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Big task for new Morrisons boss

Mickey Clark

Presenter, Wake Up to Money, Radio 5 live

What's gone wrong at Bradford-based Morrisons? A number of things, really. The middle-tier supermarket chains like Morrisons, Tesco, Asda have been clobbered in the past few years.

Morrisons sign
Getty Images

Historically, there's been a big squeeze on family incomes and taking advantage of that have been the discounters. Aldi and Lidl have elbowed their way into this market and done well.

New Morrisons boss David Potts is very experienced and he knows his task is now to reconnect with the customers and find out what they want. And that, of course, includes lower prices.

Yobs 'could lead to serious injury'

Keighley News

Violent and intimidating behaviour by large groups of youths outside Keighley Bus Station could result in serious injury or worse,

a councillor has claimed.

Missing man 'probably murdered'

A West Yorkshire man who disappeared 16 years ago was murdered, police have said.

Bruce Gapper
West Yorkshire Police

Bruce Gapper, from Dewsbury, was 40 years old when he was reported missing on 16 March 1999.

The charity Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.

Motorway repairs spark delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports that two lanes are currently closed on the M621 eastbound between J7, A61 (Stourton) and M1 J43, Belle Isle, because of emergency repairs.

The walls come tumbling down

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm in Bingley watching the demolition work taking place at the former Bradford and Bingley Building Society HQ in the town centre. This building's always divided opinion, some calling it The Aztec Temple or The Pyramid, others calling it The Carbuncle.

Demolition work at Bradford and Bingley
BBC

Howard Martin, who worked in the building in the 1970s and is now honorary president of Bingley Chamber of Trade, says he's happy to see it go as it shows progress.

He tells me: "We want to see something developed on the site which brings business back to Bingley. But it was an iconic building which greeted people to Bingley so there's a bit of sadness too."

Bingley landmark bites the dust

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm out in Bingley this morning where one of the town's landmarks is turning to rubble, with demolition work well under way at the Bradford and Bingley Building Society's former HQ.

Partially-demolished Bradford and Bingley building
BBC

This concrete, brutalist-style building was built between 1972-74 - and has always had its fans and its detractors. The latter will no doubt be happy to see its final days.

Did you know, though, that its layered appearance was supposed to mimic Bingley's famous Five Rise Locks?

Man arrested over train assault

A man's been arrested following reports of an assault on a train bound for Leeds this morning.

The train was held at Horsforth station for about half an hour as British Transport Police (BTP) attended.

A 19-year-old man is in custody, BTP have confirmed.