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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 25 March 2015

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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 tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

A dry night turning rainy

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry and clear at first, clouding over later with rain spreading from the west, with a little snow over the hills for a time and a low temperature of about 1C (34F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain at first clearing eastwards during the morning with most parts becoming dry and brighter through the afternoon.

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

Reward offered over bus stop rape

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of

the man responsible for the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

The 18-year-old victim was waiting at a bus stop in Beeston Road when she was dragged into a garden, attacked and "left for dead" at about 22:30 on 6 March.

Gemma Wilson, from Crimestoppers, says: "This awful attack has left a young woman with a fractured hip and very serious head injuries, not to mention the horrendous psychological trauma."

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 find out more about the critical House of Lords report into government plans for a high-speed railway line from London to Yorkshire.

Also we'll be out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park where there's a special new arrival - a polar bear called Pixel. He's two-years-old and he seems to be quickly settling into his new home.

Duke opens new air ambulance base

The Duke of York has officially opened Yorkshire Air Ambulance's support base near Wakefield.

Duke of York and Air Ambulance staff

The charity has moved to Nostell Priory from Leeds Bradford Airport to improve coverage and response times to patients in West and South Yorkshire.

Facilities at the base include offices, training rooms, a large hanger and helipad.

Taxi plan consultation

Operators of taxis and private hire vehicles in Wakefield could be forced to buy newer vehicles every seven years in a bid to bring the district in line with others in West Yorkshire.

Taxi sign

The proposed scheme would mean an upper age limit of seven years, or 12 years for taxis and private hire vehicles which are wheelchair accessible. A public consultation is due to start on 1 April.

Graham Stokes, cabinet member for corporate performance, says: "We want to make sure residents using these vehicles have safe and comfortable journeys and this scheme will mean we'll have a younger fleet."

Todmorden statues back to former glory

Ten statues on the facade of Todmorden Town Hall are back to their former glory after undergoing restoration work to mend the damage caused by decades of exposure to the elements.

Todmorden statues
Calderdale Council

The statues (pictured before and after) have been given a new lease of life after being cleaned by restoration experts with traditional hand tools and water sprays.

The statues reflect local traditional jobs and the location of the Town Hall between Yorkshire and Lancashire and include textile workers, a book-keeper, two matriarchs representing Yorkshire and Lancashire, and a blacksmith.

Town welcomes Maypole's return

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

More on Otley's maypole which is back in the market town after an absence of over half a year. It's over 50ft high and provides a focal point for local people and visitors alike.

Otley maypole

All it lacks is now is a few hundred feet of colour ribbon and a dozen children dressed in colourful clothes and dancing around it.

The buzz about this has been fantastic. It's good news for Otley and everybody seems pleased to have the maypole back.

1D: 'Total respect' for Zayn

More on Bradford's Zayn Malik quitting One Direction.

In a statement, the remaining members of the band say: "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.

One Direction

"The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.

"The four of us will now continue. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Crimestoppers is offering £5,000 reward for information in relation the rape and attempted murder of a woman in Leeds earlier this month.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Zayn quits One Direction

Liam Ward

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

It's been confirmed Bradford-born Zayn Malik has the left the band One Direction.

The band's released a statement this afternoon.

Zayn Malik

They say that after "five incredible years" Zayn has decided to go, but the others will carry on as a four-piece.

Zayn, who grew up in East Bowling in Bradford, apologises to his fans if he's let anyone down, but "I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

Woman seriously hurt by 'rolling car'

Pontefract & Castleford Express

A pensioner has been left with life-threatening injuries

after being hit by an unoccupied car in Pontefract.

Air Ambulance at scene
Pontefract and Castleford Express

The return of an Otley landmark

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Otley's maypole is back! A special ceremony to mark its return to Manchester Square has taken place this afternoon to welcome its return to the market town after being absent since last summer.

Maypole in Otley

The landmark pole was taken down due to safety concerns after an inspection found rot at its base ahead of the visit last year of the Tour de France.

The pole's believed to be the biggest permanent maypole in Yorkshire.

Escape from genocide

A Bosnian Muslim will tell how he escaped the Srebrenica genocide 20 years ago at a special event at Bradford University this evening.

Srebrenica genocide memorial

Over 8,000 of Hasan Hasanovic's countrymen were killed by the Bosian Serb army - the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust. Mr Hasanovic lost his father and twin brother as they tried to flee.

Mike Gibbons, Lord Mayor of Bradford, says: "The story of Srebrenica and its people is one of tragedy but also of courage and humanity in the face of unthinkable persecution."

Carlisle: 'No shame' over suicide bid

BBC Sport

Former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle

has said he feels "no shame" about his recent suicide attempt.

Clarke Carlisle

Carlisle, who also played for Burnley and QPR, tried to take his own life in December when he was hit by a lorry.

"People are delicate stepping around it - there's no shame invested in it for me. I attempted suicide because I was very unwell."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A court ruling in Italy on the convictions of two people for the murder of Leeds University student Meredith Kercher

has been delayed.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Man hurt in pub attack

An elderly man was left with facial injuries after being assaulted in a pub in Wakefield,

West Yorkshire Police have said.

CCTV images
West Yorkshire Police

The attack took place at about 20:55 on Friday 20 March at the Waggon and Horses pub in Westgate End when the victim was hit in the face by another man.

The suspect (pictured) is described as white, of medium build, in his mid 20s, about 5ft 8ins tall, with short black spiky hair and wearing a tight t-shirt and blue jeans.

School put into special measures

A Bradford school has been placed in special measures

after inspectors found it to be inadequate in every category.

Oasis Academy, in Lister Park, was criticised by Ofsted for poor teaching, serious divisions in its leadership and ineffective governance.

The poor behaviour of students was also highlighted and some showed a lack of respect for teachers.

McLean unclear over City future

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City striker Aaron McLean has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he doesn't know where his future lies and says he's had no contact with City

since he left to join Peterborough on loan.

He's there until the end of the season though he still has a year left on his Bradford contract, but McLean says he's in limbo until Peterborough appoint a permanent manager.

"I don't know what's going to happen. No one's spoken to me about anything. But I'm here, I've been given a great opportunity and one that I'm relishing and loving every single minute," he says.

Ruling on Kercher murder delayed

Italy's top court has delayed a decision on

whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Knox and Sollecito

The court will hear from Sollecito's defence team on Friday before the judges give their verdict.

Former lovers Knox and Sollecito were

convicted for the second time in 2014.

They have maintained their innocence throughout and have already served four years in prison.

Otley traffic delays continue

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports that the B6451 Bridge Street in Otley remains closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Cattle Market Street junction and the Courthouse Street junction.

This is due to an earlier a sewer collapse and emergency repairs which are now being carried out.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a jewellers in Leeds have made two further arrests.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Song marks fire disaster anniversary

A host of Yorkshire celebrities have begun recording a new version of You'll Never Walk Alone to mark the 30th anniversary of

the Bradford City fire disaster which killed 56 people in 1985.

Bradford City fire tributes

Gareth Gates, the Chuckle Brothers, entertainer Billy Pearce and Black Lace's Dene Michael are all taking part in the recording of the Gerry and The Pacemakers hit.

Dene says: "The fire was so shocking and everybody remembers it, don't they? Hopefully we can raise some money for the burns unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary to mark the anniversary."

Say 'thanks' to your top teacher

BBC Radio Leeds

Over the past few weeks, we've been asking you to tell us who your inspirational and amazing teachers have been in West Yorkshire -

and we'd still like to hear from you.

Basil Brush

BBC Radio Leeds is very proud that TV star Basil Brush will co-host our Thank You Teacher Awards, along with BBC Radio Leeds' drivetime presenter Andrew Edwards.

And, of course, there's still time to nominate your inspirational teacher. The deadline is 31 March and nomination forms and details can be found at

District's schools to grow

Five primary schools in Kirklees are to be expanded after the work was approved today by members of the council's cabinet.

The expansion will be carried out to meet the current and predicted need for primary places in the district, the council says.

The biggest increase in places will be at Heaton Avenue Primary School, which will grow from 280 places to 420. Other schools affected will be Marsden Infant and Nursery School, Marsden Junior School, Headfield Junior School and Leeside Community Primary School.

Election 2015: Over to you

It's only a matter of 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.

No 10

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

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A 38-year-old man's been arrested by West Yorkshire police investigating Monday's armed robbery at Boston Spa post office.

Two raiders - dressed as women - left empty-handed after dropping a bag of cash on their way out, as they were tackled by passers-by.

A woman aged 32 is already in custody.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Popular bar closes after 'dispute'

Yorkshire Evening Post

A popular bar in Leeds has shut its doors just eight months after opening

following an alleged dispute with staff.

The Woods
yorkshire evening post

Duke of York's flying visit

Charlotte Leeming

Presenter, BBC Look North

The Duke of York is in Wakefield today to officially open the new air support base there for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Duke of York

The Duke, a former naval helicopter pilot and instructor, is Royal Patron of the rapid response emergency charity.

In 2013, YAA relocated from Leeds Bradford International Airport to the grounds of the Nostell Estate to improve coverage and response times for patients.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Italy's highest court is expected to rule today on

whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of the Leeds University student Meredith Kercher.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

A rooftop view of Bradford $$

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

This morning I've been looking over the rooftops in Bradford city centre thanks to the new big wheel which has been constructed in Centenary Square.

Charles on Bradford Eye

It's a fabulous view and you can take a look at what I've been seeing from the new Bradford Eye

by watching my YouTube video right here.

West Yorks MPs among top Tweeters

Liam Ward

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Two West Yorkshire politicians

have been praised in the Political Twitter Awards.

Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury's won the Most Influential Tweet Award after taking Number 10 by surprise with her resignation over the Gaza crisis.

Her message was re-tweeted 33,000

Baroness Warsi Tweet

And George Galloway, the Respect MP for Bradford West and leader of the party, is named Most Prolific Backbencher.

A dry and bright afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be mostly dry and bright with sunny spells.

Weather forecast

There's just a small chance of an isolated shower.

The top temperature will be about 9C (48F) with a light and variable breeze.

School in special measures

Telegraph & Argus

A Bradford school has been placed in special measures after an Ofsted inspection

found it to be inadequate in every category.

Manor house plans considered

A decision on the future of Ilkley's Manor House Museum and Art Gallery is one step closer, with four organisations interested in taking over the site now being asked to explain their plans in more detail.

Manor House, Ilkley

Ilkley Parish Church, Ilkley Parish Council, community cafe Outside the Box and the National Methodist Art Collection have been asked to submit an Expression of Interest to Bradford Council.

The council's Museums Service will continue to operate the site until it closes to the public on 13 April.

Home sweet home?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Where in the country would you be happiest living? New research has mapped the "personality" of 380 places in Great Britain.


An online survey's been conducted with nearly 400,000 people taking part. And, based on those results, you can now find out if your personality matches that of the area you live in.

I've taken the test and if I was to go by its results I'd be moving away from Leeds to either Oxford or Wakefield!

Why not take the test and see where in Britain you might be happiest?

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire police investigating an armed robbery in which the raiders were dressed in drag have made an arrest.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Delays after sewer collapse

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports the B6451 Bridge Street in Otley is closed in both directions between the Cattle Market Street junction and the Courthouse Street junction.

This is due to a sewer collapse and emergency repairs. Drivers are being warned to expect delays.