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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 March 2015
  2. We will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 8.00 on Friday

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

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

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A dry but cloudy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a dry end to the day with clear skies at first, but cloud will increase through the course of the night with a minimum temperature of about 3C (37F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be a mostly cloudy day with spots of light rain and drizzle over the Pennines at first.

Bright or hazy sunny spells will develop in places through the afternoon with a top temperature of about 13C (55F).

Robinson out for up to a year

Huddersfield Town have confirmed defender Jack Robinson (pictured left)

will be out for nine to 12 months with a serious knee injury.

Jack Robinson in action

The injury to his right knee requires surgery this week. Robinson has returned to parent club QPR for treatment, meaning his time at Town is over.

In a statement on the club's website, manager Chris Powell says: "We're all extremely sad to hear of the extent of Jack's injury. He's been great for us this season and it's a real blow that he'll be out of action."

Coming up on BBC One

Nicola Rees

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 on BBC One for BBC Look North as we ask why Yorkshire's schools have again been rated the worst in the country, based on the results of school inspections.

The schools regulator Ofsted released its latest figures this morning and they show that Yorkshire and the Humber remains the poorest performing region.

Also, weather presenter Paul Hudson is in Scarborough to tell us what our chances are of seeing tomorrow's partial eclipse. Will the clouds stay away?

Road blocked after accident

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports that the A660 Woodhouse Lane in Woodhouse, Leeds, is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Rampart Road junction and the Clarendon Road junction.

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

LISTEN: Russell Crowe on Leeds United

BBC Radio 5 live

Russell Crowe says he wants "nothing but success for" Leeds United, amid rumours he wants to buy the club.

Russell Crowe

Crowe, speaking to Simon Mayo on BBC 5 live ahead of the release of his latest film, The Water Diviner, would not be drawn as to whether he was officially interested in buying the Championship side.

But he stressed his life-long love of the club, as well as the turnaround in fortunes of South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league side, of which he owns a 50% stake.

1D star quits tour

Bradford's One Direction star Zayn Malik has quit the group's world tour after being signed off with stress.

Zayn Malik

It follows a day of intense media scrutiny about his private life.

A spokesman for the band has told the BBC: "Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta."

Cash pledge to tackle sex abuse

Almost £500,000

is to be spent tackling child sexual exploitation in West Yorkshire.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has pledged £440,000 for an awareness campaign in schools and colleges, further victim support, and to pay for a safeguarding advisor to co-ordinate measures across the county.

Mr Burns-Williamson says it's a priority to help people who've been abused: "It's really just making sure that collectively - with our safeguarding partners - we're doing everything we can to support victims who come forward."

Heavy traffic warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A58(M) Inner Ring Road outbound in Leeds at the Armley Gyratory. Drivers will face some delays.

Who inspired you?

BBC Radio Leeds

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

BBC Radio Leeds 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!"

Campaigner's 'blood, sweat and tears'

More on today's award of

a CBE to Hillsborough campaigner and Keighley businessman Trevor Hicks.

Trevor Hicks with CBE

Mr Hicks says: "We must remember there are a few people who have died [since the disaster] and they are not here to see the progress we have made.

"This is an award for us as individuals, but I do think it is indicative of the campaign. A lot of blood and sweat and tears have gone into that campaign for over 26 years, and there's probably likely to be another couple of years."

Rhinos reported Hardaker to police

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos reported full-back Zak Hardaker to police after identifying a photo of him that was released following an assault on a student.

Hardaker, 23, and Rhinos youngster Elliot Minchella, 19, both paid £200 in compensation and wrote a letter of apology after admitting assault.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds: "We were the ones who rang the police. We alerted Zak and Elliot that they needed to go to the police."

Leader's call for elected mayor

The leader of Calderdale Council has responded to the new West Yorkshire "City Deal" announced by the Chancellor in his Budget speech

by saying it must "go further".

The deal gives West Yorkshire Combined Authority - which covers Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield - more powers to improve the economy and create jobs.

But Stephen Baines says while the deal is a "significant step", an elected mayor for the areas covered by authority would bring "even greater benefits".

Police 'fear' over attacker

The detective leading an investigation into

the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Leeds earlier this month says the man responsible must be caught before he attacks again.

Nick Wallen

Det Supt Nick Wallen (pictured) says: "We're very keen to make a very early arrest. That's why we're releasing, as quickly as possible,

every bit of CCTV we believe is useable and might jog someone's memory.

"Our greatest fear is that he has the opportunity to attack someone else."

M62 delays continue

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports two lanes remain closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound at J32, A639 (Pontefract), because of emergency repairs.

There's currently congestion as far back as J31, A655 (Castleford). Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

Election 2015: Over to you

BBC Look North

It's only seven weeks to go now until the general election and we're hoping to speak to each of the party leaders on

BBC Look North before 7 May.

Houses of Parliament
AFP/getty images

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.

Teenager 'partly let down by system'

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A Serious Case Review into the death in custody of a 17-year-old boy from Leeds has concluded that he was partly let down by the system.

Ryan Clark, who'd been in council care since he was 16 months old, was found hanged three weeks after being remanded in custody to Wetherby Young Offenders' Institute in 2011.

In its findings, the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board says Ryan was let down despite the best efforts and good intentions of individual members of staff. But there was no one person who assumed responsibility for him.

Trevor Hicks 'proud' to receive CBE

A Keighley businessman who has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of families caught up in the Hillsborough disaster

has been to Buckingham Palace to receive his CBE from the Queen.

Trevor Hicks presented with CBE by the Queen

Trevor Hicks, who's president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group,

lost both of his daughters in the 1989 tragedy.

Mr Hicks said: "I'm very proud, chuffed today, but it is tinged with a lot of wishing it had all never happened. It is our day in many respects but we do share it with all the other families."

Fifty-fifty outlook for eclipse

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tomorrow's partial solar eclipse over the UK is slightly different to the full eclipse you may remember from August 1999 when there was clear weather.

Partial solar eclipse

This time there's a weak weather front heading south overnight, so I'm searching for breaks in the cloud. I hate saying it's going to be 50-50, but it really is.

We're keeping an eye on it, but the forecast is for brighter breaks in the cloud earlier on, but it could cloud over here in West Yorkshire by the time of the eclipse.

Gerrard leaves Huddersfield

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town defender Anthony Gerrard

has joined Oldham Athletic on an Emergency Loan until the end of the 2014-15 season.

His current contract at Huddersfield Town expires at the end of the season, so the loan marks the end of his Town career.

Gerrard joined Huddersfield in the summer of 2012 from Cardiff City and made a total of 87 appearances during his first two seasons, but has made just one start and three substitute appearances in the current season.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a woman in Leeds

have put out fresh details about the attacker.

The 18-year-old victim was sexually assaulted by a man who hit her over the head with a stone as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road nearly a fortnight ago.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

How will the Budget affect you?

BBC Business

How much better or worse off will you be in the coming tax year following the Budget?

George Osborne outside No 11
AFP/getty images

From alcohol and cigarettes to your wage packet and car, it all adds up.

Use our Budget calculator to find out how the measures being brought in next month affect you.

A sunny afternoon for many

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon, it'll brighten up with sunny spells for many.

Weather forecast

Light winds are expected so it should feel quite pleasant in the sunshine but cooler where the cloud is slow to break.

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

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a woman in Leeds have put out fresh details about the attacker.

The 18-year-old victim was sexually assaulted by a man who hit her over the head with a stone as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road nearly a fortnight ago.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Appeal over 'distinctive' attack weapon

Detectives investigating the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Beeston, Leeds, on 6 March

have released an image of the stone which was used during the attack.

Stone used during attack
West yorkshire police

Police believe the woman's attacker brought the fist-sized stone with him to use as a weapon.

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "It's quite distinctive as an object and we would ask people to let us know if they recognise it as something that has come from their garden or elsewhere, particularly if they live somewhere on his route towards the crime scene along Cemetery Road from the direction of Holbeck."

CCTV images 'paint clear picture' of rapist

More on the new CCTV images which have been released of

the man wanted over the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Beeston on 6 March.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "These are the most detailed images yet of the man involved in this terrible crime and they paint a very clear picture of him.

"We're urgently appealing for anyone who thinks they know who he is to contact us immediately. I can't stress enough how important it is that we trace and arrest this man at the very earliest opportunity."

Traffic queues on M62

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an earlier serious police incident.

All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion remains on the M621 to J1, A6110 (Beeston) and to J29, M1 (Lofthouse).

Beeston rape: New CCTV images released

Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds earlier this month

have released what they're describing as "the most detailed CCTV images yet" of the man involved.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was attacked by a man as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston Road, near the junction with Tempest Road, at about 22:50 on 6 March.

The latest images show the suspect walking past the Tesco Express store in Burley Road at the junction of Westfield Terrace at about 21:45 on the night of the attack.

Watch the footage here.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Schools in Yorkshire and the Humber are the worst performing in England according to the latest figures from Ofsted.

Only 16% of schools have been judged to be outstanding, compared to a national average of 20%.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Hoyle: 'Consistency is key'

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he believes manager Chris Powell (pictured) should be allowed the time to put his stamp on the team.

Chris Powell
ALlsport/getty images

Hoyle has been disappointed by some recent performances -

notably the defeat to Rotherham - but says the team's evolution will continue in the close season.

"We've seen good performances followed by a baffling performance. Consistency is part of the key, but at the same time Chris hasn't brought many of his own players in yet. He needs to be able to put his influence and stamp on the team."

M62 partially reopened

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've been told that the eastbound carriageway of the M62 has now reopened near Cleckheaton following the incident there.

The westbound carriageway remains closed at J26 with long delays.

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