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  1. Updates on Thursday 26 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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

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

A dry and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see any scattered showers dying out, becoming dry with clear periods and a minimum temperature of about 0C (32F) with a widespread slight frost.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow morning will be fine with spells of sunshine, tending to cloud over from the west through the day, but staying dry.

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

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we get the latest from Kellingley Colliery on the day the government revealed it had rejected giving the pit any more state aid.

Kellingley Colliery sign

The decision virtually guarantees

the site will close by the end of this year with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Paving stone thefts double

The number of York stones being stolen from pavements in Leeds over the past financial year has doubled compared to the year before,

the city council has revealed.

Stolen paving stones

Stones worth in total about £50,000 have been stolen in 250 separate cases. That's compared to 141 cases in the previous financial year.

Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive member for transport and economy, says: "It's costing the council - and therefore the city - money it can ill-afford and it's becoming increasingly difficult for us to source replacement flags."

Lottery windfall for organ restoration

Huddersfield Examiner

A project to keep the music playing at an historic Grade 1-listed church in Dewsbury

can go ahead thanks to a Lottery windfall.

Organ at Thornhill Parish Church
Huddersfield Examiner

Hunter set for Hall of Fame

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United legend Norman Hunter will be inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame later this year,

the club has announced.

Norman Hunter

Hunter, a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad, played 726 appearances in all competitions for United, the fourth highest in the club's history.

He will join fellow United greats Don Revie, John Charles, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Johnny Giles and Eddie Gray in the Hall of Fame.

Briscoe out for three months

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe

has been ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury.

Tom Briscoe

The 25-year-old was hurt in the defeat by Warrington Wolves earlier this month and missed last week's win over Wigan Warriors.

"Tom has got a significant amount of damage in his shoulder," coach Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds.

Car park death woman named

The 74-year-old woman who died after being hit by an unoccupied car in a Tesco car park in Pontefract yesterday

has been named by police as Molly Wood from Knottingley.

Det Sgt Ann Drury says: "This was a very tragic incident and I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision and is yet to speak to police.''

'Dithering and delays' over Kellingley

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has criticised the government's "dithering and delays" over the future of Kellingley and Thoresby collieries,

both of which will now close by the end of the year.

Caroline Flint

Ms Flint says: "The government must now turn its attention to the workforce and communities.

"We need to see a full package to support employment and the economic and social needs of the communities in which these pits have played such an important role."

Zayn: The ups and far

BBC Newsbeat

Since finding fame onX Factor, Bradford's Zayn Malik has experienced highs and lows in his personal life and career.

Zayn Malik

The latest came yesterday, when he announced he was quitting One Direction, saying: "I want to be a normal 22-year-old who's able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

We've looked back at the ups and downs of Zayn's life so far.

Adams to fight on home soil

BBC Sport

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams will

compete on home soil for the first time since winning Olympic gold at London 2012 when she takes part in the English National Championships in Liverpool in April.

Nicola Adams

Adams is expected to face 2014 World Championships silver medallist Lisa Whiteside in the flyweight final.

Adams, 32, and Whiteside, 29, have never fought as seniors but are seeded to reach the final at the Echo Arena.

Kellingley decision 'a massive blow'

Yvette Cooper, Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, says she's "bitterly disappointed" by

today's government rejection of state aid for Kellingley Colliery.

Yvette Cooper

In a statement, she says: "This means over 600 skilled men and women are set to lose their jobs. It's a massive blow to everyone after all the campaigning and work we've done to try and persuade ministers to help."

Rhyme and reason in Halifax

Children in Halifax have been proving they're well-versed in poetry as part of a project to get youngsters

to understand, create and perform their own poems.

Child taking part in PoetryQuest
Craig Shaw

More than 150 pupils from four primary schools in Halifax have been taking part in PoetryQuest, the first time the project's been run in the town.

Saalihah, one of the children creating poetry, says: "I feel so happy because I know how to perform poetry. I can write different styles of poems and my confidence has really developed."

Should more have been done?

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

When you look at the sums around Kellingley Colliery, there doesn't appear to have been any other sensible choice than to refuse more state funding.

But will history see this as a false economy? With plans to develop clean coal technology accelerating and concerns about security of supply, should more have been done to protect the industry?

Warning over 'keyless' thefts

Telegraph & Argus

A dad-of-three in Baildon is warning vehicle owners to be extra vigilant after his wife's top-of-the-range Land Rover

was stolen in a "keyless ignition" theft.

City road closure reminder

Drivers in Leeds are being reminded that the inner ring road will be closed to westbound traffic this weekend

to allow maintenance work to take place.

Leeds Inner Ring Road
Phill D/Geograph

The work will see the A58(M)/A64(M) closed for further strengthening work on the Woodhouse tunnel.

Motorists are being warned to plan ahead as the inner ring road will be fully closed to westbound traffic from 19:00 on Friday until 06:00 on Monday morning.

Hospitals overhaul back in spotlight

Huddersfield Examiner

An overhaul of Huddersfield and Calderdale's hospitals is still in the pipeline,

health officials have confirmed.

Massive blow for coal industry

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

"It wasn't unexpected", the words of one Kellingley miner when he received

the news about the pit's fate this morning. Not unexpected but still a massive blow - not only to the 505 people who still work at the pit near Knottingley, but to the once massive UK coal industry as a whole.

Miners at Kellingley

Make no mistake, this is the final bell for our deep pits. Kellingley will close by the end of the year, Thoresby in Nottinghamshire earlier than that, Hatfield in South Yorkshire limps on until 2016.

Traffic lights out

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports the traffic lights have failed on Bishopgate Street in Leeds at the Wellington Street junction.

Drivers are being warned to approach the junction with care.

Human remains discovered

Human remains have been found on land in Scholes, near Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

Officers were called to a site off Scholes Lane at about 13:50 yesterday.

It's too early to confirm whether there are any suspicious circumstances and further tests are to be carried out, police have said.

Kellingley's fate: Union response

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've just spoken to Chris Kitchen, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, asking for his response to

today's government announcement over the fate of Kellingley Colliery.

Kellingley Colliery

He spoke of the government's failure to protect the mineworkers' jobs in the face of international competition.

When I asked him was this really the end, he held out the hope that if Labour win the general election they will pay the £338m to keep Kellingley open for another three years.

Election 2015: Over to you


BBC Look North

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.

Number 10 Downing Street

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, email us at

Please include your question and your name, age, address and phone number.

Needs government approval

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the plans for an Imax cinema at Leeds' White Rose shopping centre.

Bradford's National Media Museum has objected, saying it may harm the viability of its own Imax screen.

If the plan is approved by Leeds councillors, it'll still have to be signed off by the government.

Imax plan set for go-ahead

Plans for an Imax cinema at the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds are expected to be approved by councillors later today.

White Rose Centre, Leeds

An extension of the centre, including a cinema, was approved in 2013.

But the cinema's operator now wants to include an Imax screen which would increase the height of the building.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Kellingley Colliery looks almost certain to close by the end of the year, after the
government rejected a bailout which would have kept it going until 2018.

Woman at Tesco killed by empty car

A 74-year-old woman from Knottingley

has died after being hit by an unoccupied car in a Tesco car park in Pontefract.

It happened at about 12:00 yesterday in Stuart Road when the car lurched forward and hit two women standing near the front of the vehicle. Both had been occupants of the car along with a female driver.

The other woman, who is 70, was badly shaken but not seriously injured. Police are asking anyone who saw what they're calling a

"very tragic incident" to contact them.

Bradford vote's 'cult of personality'

BBC Politics

The Today programme's chief correspondent Matthew Price

has visited Bradford as part of the programme's 100 Seats in 100 Days series.

George Galloway and Naz Shah

He wants to find out whether local issues are being obscured by the cult of personality.

While the British public often accuse politicians of being bland and homogenous, he discovers the two main candidates in Bradford West are certainly not that.

A windy but sunny afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a windy afternoon with a brisk northwesterly wind developing.

Weather forecast

It'll be rather cloudy with the risk of occasional showers. However, the cloud will be broken in places for some bright and sunny spells.

The top temperature will be about 10C (50F) but it will feel cold in the strong and gusty wind.

UK coal industry's 'long-term problems'

Responding to

today's government announcement over the fate of Kellingley Colliery, the TUC says the UK coal industry faces "long-term problems, in terms of both job and energy security".

Frances O'Grady

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady (pictured) says: "The government needs to find an alternative strategy that offers better energy and job security.

"Our EU competitors provide significant long-term state support for their mining industries and here in the UK we should do the same."

UK coal industry timeline

The UK Coal industry:

  • 1900: 3,384 working mines
  • 1920: 1.24 million people working in mining
  • 1955: 225 million tonnes of coal produced
  • 1984: 187,000 people working in mining
  • 2014: 2,000 people working at the last three deep mines
  • 2015: Two of those mines, Kellingley and Thoresby, to close

Learner driver hit 114mph in chase

Yorkshire Evening Post

A learner driver trying to evade police was clocked travelling at 114mph as he overtook an ambulance during a nine-mile high speed pursuit which started in Leeds,

a court has heard.

700 jobs to go at Kellingley

Seven hundred jobs will go at Kellingley Colliery by the end of this year, after the government announced it won't provide £338m to UK Coal to delay the closure until 2018.

Kellingley Colliery

The decision means Hatfield colliery, in South Yorkshire, will be Britain's last remaining deep mine. Before the 1984 miners' strike there were 56 deep collieries across Yorkshire.

Coal production began at Kellingley in April 1965 and at its height it employed 2,500 people.