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Summary

  1. Robbers dressed as women caught on CCTV
  2. Flood may force residents out for months
  3. All-night house party banned
  4. Travellers' site expansion plan rejected
  5. Stone theft increase prompts police alert
  6. Updates on Tuesday 24 March 2015

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 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Ilkley Moor in focus

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Christopher Lawson for sending in this stunning picture he took earlier today on Ilkley Moor near the famous Cow and Calf Rocks.

Rocks on Ilkley Moor
christopher lawson

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not

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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 get the latest from a street in Moortown where people could be out of their homes for six months after a water tower overflowed.

Also we'll be reporting from North Yorkshire where archaeologists have discovered the remains of a huge Roman villa near the A1 - one of very few villas to be found in the north of England.

A dry and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see scattered showers at first with hail and thunder gradually dying out, becoming dry with clear periods and a low temperature of about -1C (30F) with a widespread slight frost.

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will see a dry and sunny start, turning partly cloudy later but apart from the odd heavy shower most places will stay dry.

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

Public 'tackled armed robbers'

A large amount of cash was recovered outside the Post Office in Boston Spa after yesterday's armed raid and

police believe the robbers probably left the scene empty-handed.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

Det Insp Phil Jackson says: "This was mainly due to a number of members of the public who intervened and tried to tackle them."

A male member of staff from the Post Office who was hit on the head with a crowbar outside the premises was treated at hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.

Robbers set fire to stolen car

Det Insp Phil Jackson says: "The images clearly show how noticeable this pair would have been to anyone who saw them in the moments leading up to the robbery and as they fled from the scene."

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The thieves left the scene in a white Nissan Juke which was found on fire in Beeches End, Boston Spa, a short time after the robbery. That car was stolen in a burglary on the night of 6-7 February.

The car had false registration plates on the front and back which had been stolen from two vehicles in Meanwood and Headingley over the past weekend, police say.

Wheelchair robbers caught on CCTV

CCTV images of yesterday's armed robbery at a Post Office in Boston Spa near Leeds have just been released by police.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The images show the two robbers entering the post office in High Street at about 09:30 on Monday, dressed in women's clothes, wigs and hats, with one being pushed in a wheelchair.

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, West Yorkshire Police say.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A house party in Leeds which was expected to attract up to 350 people at the weekend has been banned by West Yorkshire Police.

Officers intervened when details of the event were posted on Facebook.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Traffic congestion warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports there's currently congestion on the A644 Webster Hill into town in Dewsbury at the A638 Dewsbury Ring Road junction.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

Miners' strike caught on camera

Pontefract & Castleford Express

The humour and resilience of communities which took on the government in a year-long battle against pit closures

is captured in a new film.

Police act to stop Facebook 'party'

Action has been taken

to prevent an all-night house party in Leeds that was promoted on Facebook.

Closure notices over house party
WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE

Police said around 350 people had been expected at the event on Richmond Avenue, Headingley, on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March.

A closure notice was applied for, using anti-social behaviour legislation, due to concerns about drug use, anti-social behaviour and disruption.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have intervened to prevent a house party in Leeds that was expected to attract hundreds of people from going ahead.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Traveller site decision 'disappointing'

The government's refusal to allow the expansion of a gypsy and travellers' site in Leeds is "extremely disappointing",

according to the city council.

The proposal to expand the site, at Cottingley Springs in Gildersome, has been rejected by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles as likely to harm the green belt.

Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council's executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, says: "While we're not afraid of a challenge, decisions like this make our work needlessly harder."

Warning issued over fly-tipping

Fly-tippers in Calderdale are being warned they could face tougher penalties

when the council introduces its new powers to stop, search and seize vehicles suspected of waste crime next month.

Fly-tipping
Getty Images

New legislation from 6 April will make it easier for enforcement officers in the district to crack down on fly-tipping.

It means the authority will be able to act more swiftly when investigating fly-tipping cases and take immediate action when a vehicle involved in fly-tipping is found.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A house party in Leeds which was expected to attract up to 350 people this weekend has been banned.

Police and the city council intervened when the planned party at a property in Headingley featured on Facebook.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Suspected serial shoplifters arrested

Five women have been arrested and clothing and accessories thought to be worth at least £10,000 have been seized by police investigating a suspected shoplifting ring in Bradford.

The arrests were carried out in Holme Wood and Fagley on Monday after police received information about suspected stolen items being sold on online auction sites.

The women, aged 22, 27, 34, 38 and 55, who were arrested for various theft and handling offences, have all been bailed pending further enquiries.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A house party in Leeds which was expected to attract up to 350 people this weekend has been banned by West Yorkshire Police.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Sunny spells, some showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see

sunny spells but also scattered showers.

Weather forecast
BBC

Some of these showers will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

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

Deadly dog disease cause 'unclear'

More research is needed into a disease which has killed 30 dogs in 18 months, including several in Yorkshire,

veterinary experts have said.

According to research in the British Medical Journal, the cause was suspected to be Alabama rot which causes skin lesions and kidney failure.

But it is still not known where it came from and how it started.

'Disturbance' fears over party plans

More on

the ban which has been imposed on a planned all-night party due to take place in Headingley this coming weekend.

Party invitation
West yorkshire police

The party, at a property on Richmond Road, was advertised on social media (pictured) with an invitation to those attending to bring drugs and was expected to attract about 350 people.

Supt Sam Millar, from Safer Leeds, says there were real concerns over "serious disruption and disturbance" and that the reference to planned drug use was "a real cause for concern".

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A house party in Leeds that was expected to attract up to 350 people this weekend has been banned by West Yorkshire Police.

Listen to the

13:00 bulletin for more.

All-night house party banned

An all-night house party due to be held in Leeds this weekend which was expected to feature a high-powered sound system and attract about 350 people

has been banned.

Door with party ban taped on
West yorkshire police

The party, at a house in Richmond Avenue, Headingley, was advertised on Facebook as featuring "resident DJs" and guests were invited to bring drugs, according to councillors.

A temporary closure order to stop the event from going ahead has been imposed following an application by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police in West Yorkshire are urging people to watch out for thieves stealing valuable Yorkshire stone.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Traveller site expansion refused

Plans to expand a gypsy and travellers' site in Leeds

have been refused by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.

The proposals would have seen another 12 pitches added to the existing 41-pitch site at Cottingley Springs in Gildersome.

Development of the site would be "harmful to the green belt" and "destroy the contribution the site currently makes to the rural scene",

according to the ruling by Mr Pickles.

Meet the magnificent meerkats

There's a new chance to marvel at Leeds' very own magnificent meerkats from today

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 today at 13:00.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police investigating a suspected organised shoplifting ring in Bradford have arrested five women and seized clothing worth more than £10,000.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

'All the water just rushed'

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Sarah Field saw the flood in Nursery Close, Moortown, take place yesterday morning - a flood which has left about six properties uninhabitable for up to six months.

Garden after flood
BBC

She says: "I looked in the garden and realised we had a water garden. It wasn't that deep, maybe three to four inches to the bottom of the door.

"But the next thing I knew, all the water just rushed straight down through all our houses. My elderly neighbour just didn't know what was happening."

Moortown flood: Yorkshire Water statement

After yesterday's flood in north Leeds, a Yorkshire Water spokesperson says: "An equipment failure led to one of the tanks at Moortown water tower overflowing.

"The tank was quickly repaired to prevent more water escaping, but unfortunately water has entered the homes of nearby residents and some will have to be temporarily re-homed.

"Colleagues from Yorkshire Water are currently on site liaising with affected residents to assess the damage and provide assistance with the clean-up operation."

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Figures given to BBC Radio Leeds show there's been a big increase in the number of thefts of stone in West Yorkshire.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Flood forces residents out of homes

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Residents in a Leeds street have been told they might have to stay away from their homes for as long as six months after a flood from a nearby water tower.

Tide mark on patio doors
BBC

It happened in Moortown yesterday when tanks at the water tower overflowed causing flooding to homes and gardens in Nursery Close.

Local resident Dene Field tells me: "It just gushed out and we ended up with 4ft of water going into the house, gushing through the house and into the street. I'm distraught."

Thief with 'expensive tastes' sought

A man police describe as having "a taste for the more expensive things in life" is being sought by officers investigating

the attempted theft of a case of champagne in Wakefield.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The incident took place between 18:39 and 18:46 on Wednesday 11 March at the Majestic Wine Warehouse on Denby Dale Road.

The suspect took the case of Moet et Chandon Champagne to the till but then distracted the employee before picking up the case and attempting to run out. However, he dropped the case on the way out and left the store empty-handed.

Challenge Cup excitement grows

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The Challenge Cup fifth round draw takes place tonight as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats enter the contest for the first time along with fellow Super League sides Salford, Hull FC and Hull KR.

They join the remaining Championship teams which include Bradford, Batley, Dewsbury, Featherstone, Halifax and Hunslet.

The Bulls are in the draw by virtue of a big win over Workington on Sunday, and coach James Lowes says: "If you get to the final it's a fantastic occasion. Let's just crack on, see who we get and march on."

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Thieves around West Yorkshire are digging up gardens and leaving holes in pavements as they try to get their hands on valuable York stone.

Figures given to BBC Radio Leeds show 736 offences were reported to West Yorkshire Police in the 12 months to February.

Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

Rise in Yorkshire stone theft

Police in West Yorkshire are urging people to watch out for thieves stealing valuable Yorkshire stone.

Holes in pavement
BBC

Figures given to

BBC Radio Leeds show there was an 18% increase in the number of stone thefts in the year to February, compared to the previous 12 months.

Chris Joyce, from West Yorkshire Police, says: "Yorkshire stone can be targeted due to its value and I'd like to urge people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, noting descriptions of individuals and vehicles that may be involved in this type of crime."

Heavy traffic warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A650 Westgate Hill Street in Westgate Hill between Shell Garage and Tong High School.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

A sunny day, some showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cold start but dry and fine with plenty of sunshine.

Weather forecast
BBC

Scattered showers will develop in places, some heavy this afternoon with a risk of hail and thunder.

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