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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 20 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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 on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county - but, sadly, no solar eclipses.

Coming up on BBC One

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Nicola Rees from 18:30 for BBC Look North as we look at the latest plans by the government to completely overhaul Yorkshire's transport system.

It should mean a host of multi-billion pound upgrades to the road and rail network.

Also we'll be taking a look back at the event everybody's been talking about today - this morning's spectacular partial solar eclipse.

A dry but cloudy night

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be rather cloudy with the risk of a little rain over the hills. Becoming dry with clear spells for a time before thicker cloud pushes down from the north with lows of about 4C (39F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will see a cloudy and, in places, damp start to the day with some patchy drizzle at first, but it'll gradually turn drier and brighter by the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

'Improved connectivity' pledge

Peter Box, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has responded to today's publication of a new report

outlining planned improvements to transport links in the north of England.

Mr Box says: "The Northern Transport Strategy shows how greater economic prosperity can come about if the authorities of the north work together.

"(It will) help re-balance our country's economy. We are committed to make this happen."

Tigers 'must move on' from defeat

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell is confident his side can bounce back

at home to Salford in Super League tonight.

The Tigers were beaten 22-0 at Huddersfield last week though Powell says that was hopefully just a one-off.

Powell says: "I wouldn't expect another performance like that from us this season in terms of energy and attitude. I'm pretty hopeful that won't be the case and the key is we've just got to move on."

Have your say

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds

and would like to find out your views about the service.

Eclipse 2015: A timelapse view

Liam Ward

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I was out at Granary Wharf in Leeds

to try and capture the solar eclipse on camera this morning.

View of eclipse from Granary Wharf
BBC

Although the clouds obscured much of the view there's still an atmospheric magnificence to the resulting timelapse video. I never expected it to get so dark...

Watch and enjoy but try not to get distracted by the window cleaners scaling Bridgewater Place.

Bradford ban fans after FA Cup games

BBC Sport

Bradford City have banned three fans after a series of incidents in their FA Cup quarter-final ties with Reading.

They have also reiterated the fan who is alleged to have abused Royals winger Garath McCleary in Monday's replay will face a life ban if found guilty.

A fifth fan is facing a five-year exclusion for attempting to take pyrotechnics into the Madejski Stadium.

New CCTV image in rapist hunt

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

have released a new CCTV clip of the man involved.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

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

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "This latest footage gives the clearest image yet of the man's facial features and we hope someone will recognise him from it."

Watch the footage here.

Meet the magnificent meerkats

There's a new chance to marvel at Leeds' very own magnificent meerkats next week

as one of Yorkshire's most visited attractions opens its doors again after a major refurbishment.

Meerkats at Tropical World
leeds city council

Tropical World at Roundhay Park is home to a wide range of animals from butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles and nocturnal monkeys to bearded dragons, bats... and of course the meerkats.

The site, which in 2013 attracted 390,000 visitors, making it Yorkshire and Humber's third most popular paid attraction, reopens at 13:00 on Tuesday 24 March.

Laugher takes Gold at Dubai

BBC Sport

Leeds diver Jack Laugher

has become the first non-Chinese winner of a World Series event in 2015 by claiming 3m springboard gold in Dubai.

Jack Laugher
ALlsport/getty images

He is Great Britain's first individual 3m springboard champion and the second to win a World Series gold after Tom Daley, who has two 10m platform titles.

The 20-year-old led from the first dive and scored 564.35 across his six dives to beat China's Chong He and Yuan Cao.

Eclipse 2015: Caught on camera

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Phil Denison took this fantastic shot of this morning's partial solar eclipse at Scapegoat Hill, Huddersfield.

Eclipse at Scapegoat Hill
Philip denison

Got an eclipse photo you want to share? Why not

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Labour to choose Halifax candidate

Halifax Courier

The Labour party's parliamentary candidate to fight to retain the marginal Halifax seat

will be selected tomorrow following MP Linda Riordan's recent announcement she is to stand down.

Linda Riordan
Halifax courier

Burst water main closes road

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports the A636 Denby Dale Road in Wakefield is currently closed and there's slow traffic northbound between the Holmfield Lane junction and the Thornes Lane junction.

This is due to a burst water main.

Roundabout roadworks warning

Drivers in Leeds are being warned that

new traffic measures will be in place around the Thornbury Barracks roundabout from this weekend as the last phase of a major road scheme begins.

From Sunday 22 March, traffic will be temporarily diverted as the final five weeks of the project begin.

The final phase to improve access on what is the main road between Leeds and Bradford will see traffic islands being put in place.

Analysis: Transport in the north

Richard Westcott

BBC Transport Correspondent

Today's new report into overhauling transport across the North of England isn't really full of new ideas. Instead it's the packaging up of the best ideas from the various northern (and Labour-led) councils and the coalition government.

Train in Leeds
BBC

Some of those ideas are already funded and in fact announced, like the road improvement schemes. The rail schemes are more of an unfunded wish-list.

There's been lots of talk of boosting train times between the big northern cities, but for the first time we've got a price list.

Eclipse 2015: Sun meets moon over Saltaire

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Jo Ives in Saltaire for sending us this picture she took of the solar eclipse over Bradford. Hard to believe it's actually a picture of the sun at about 09:30 and not the moon at midnight!

Eclipse over Saltaire
jo ives

Got an eclipse photo you want to share? Why not

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TransPennine stays on

First TransPennine Express will continue operating rail services in the North of England for another 12 months until April next year,

the Department for Transport's announced.

FirstGroup is bidding to retain the franchise post-2016.

The firm has operated the service for the last 10 years and the extension to next April will take the franchise up to the date when the government will then award a new long-term contract for the route.

'The girl most unlikely to succeed'

BBC Politics

Former Commons Speaker, Dewsbury-born Betty Boothroyd,

has revealed the sexism she initially endured was from other women, mainly at selection hearings.

Betty Boothroyd
BBC

Boothroyd, who went on to become Labour MP for West Bromwich West and Speaker, admitted she would not have made a good minister.

She recalled a happy childhood where she was "somewhat indulged" in the family home,

as she spoke to Jo Coburn for the Daily Politics' A Life in Politics series.

M62 delays warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports that one lane's blocked on the M62 eastbound at J26, M606 (Chain Bar) because of a broken down vehicle.

Eclipse 2015: Fly me to the moon?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Simon Cumming for sending us this shot of a plane coming into land at Leeds- Bradford Airport as this morning's partial solar eclipse reached its height.

Eclipse and plane
Simon cumming

Got an eclipse photo you want to share? Why not

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Northern railways 'essential' to UK

BBC Radio 4 Today

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has spoken on Today about

the government's plans to improve the road and rail network in the north of England.

Patrick McLoughlin
PA

He says the government sees the railways as "an absolutely essential part" of the UK and its economy. He says 800 miles of railway lines in the north will be electrified - they currently run off diesel engines - over the next five years.

Mr McLoughlin also suggests local authorities in the north will take over responsibility for issues railway franchises in the future.

Coming up on BBC One

BBC Look North

Join me at 13:40 for BBC Look North as we find out more about plans to overhaul transport across the north of England, including multi-billion pound rail schemes.

Eclipse over Leeds
Sam lanes

And did you see it? This morning's partial solar eclipse was excitedly observed all over Yorkshire and we've got the latest pictures and reaction.

Eclipse 2015: Vanishing sun over Leeds

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Richard Holt for sending in this spectacular picture of the partial solar eclipse over Sheepscar, Leeds, taken this morning.

Eclipse over Sheepscar
Richard holt

Got an eclipse photo you want to share? Why not

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

A bright but cloudy afternoon

BBC Weather

There'll be some brightness this afternoon in West Yorkshire but it's also going to be rather cloudy at times.

Weather forecast
BBC

Most places should stay dry with just the odd spot of rain possible. The top temperature will be about 13C (55F).

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford mother's been given an indefinite hospital order for pushing her toddler daughter to her death.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

UKIP candidate suspended

The Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Scunthorpe - Stephen Howd - has been suspended by the party.

UKIP says it is investigating an incident which is alleged to have taken place at his workplace.

The 49-year-old from Hook near Goole is a barrister who is based in Leeds.

Further searches for missing woman

Police are stepping up the search for 84-year-old Jean Jellings,

a month after she went missing from a care home in Wetherby.

Jean Jellings
West yorkshire police

Officers from the Outer North East Neighbourhood Policing Team are being joined by mounted officers and specialists from the Underwater Search and Marine Unit to carry out further searches.

Mrs Jellings was last seen at her supported housing in St James Street in Wetherby at about 05:30 on Friday 20 February. She's described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, with grey hair.

Mother admits window push killing

More on the story mentioned in the news headlines that a mother from Bradford

has been given an indefinite hospital order for pushing her toddler daughter to her death.

Gundeep Sanghera, 37, shoved Amrita Kaur from the bedroom window before leaping out after her. Amrita died in hospital from her injuries.

Sanghera, of Delamere Street, Bradford, pleaded guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Police said she had been "battling mental health issues".

'Could have been far more serious'

Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson says: "

Based on what the man involved has told us we suspect the tablets may have been the source of the arsenic he has consumed, and on that basis we are making people aware of the potential risk to their health of consuming similar tablets bought on the internet.

"While it's expected that he'll make a full recovery, we're told this is unusual for the level of arsenic in his system and that consequences could have been far more serious."

Alert over arsenic 'impotence' pills

Police in Leeds have issued a warning

after a man was taken ill with arsenic poisoning suspected to be linked to tablets he bought on the internet to treat impotence.

Pills
West yorkshire police

The man was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary 13 days ago after falling ill. Test results showed high levels of arsenic in his system and police were alerted.

The man had been taking three different types of tablets advertised as herbal supplements for impotence. These are described as brown, red and silver tablets (pictured).

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford mother's been given an indefinite hospital order for pushing her toddler daughter to her death.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Eclipse 2015: The view from space

BBC Weather

You can see the shadow cast by this morning's eclipse on these images from space. It was clearly much darker over the UK at 09:30 than at 09:00.

Satellite image
Met office/eumetsat

Multi-billion pound plans for rail

Plans to overhaul transport across the North of England, including with multi-billion pound rail schemes,

are being laid out by the government.

High speed train
PA

The Northern Transport Strategy report details what George Osborne believes will create a "northern powerhouse".

It contains a long-term plan to improve road links and speed up train times between major cities.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

People across the UK have been watching

the most complete eclipse of the sun for 16 years.

Clear skies in many areas allowed a good view of the near-total solar eclipse and darkness briefly fell, although cloud cover obscured the spectacle in West Yorkshire.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Eclipse 2015: The dark side of the sun?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Pete Farnell took this picture of the partial solar eclipse over Midgley, near Halifax, using a special infrared filter - and what a picture!

Eclipse over Midgley
Pete Farnell

Thanks for sharing Pete.