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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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.

A dry and clear night

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with clear spells and some patchy cloud developing in the east, with the possibility of a little mist and fog and a low temperature of about 4C (39F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be another dry and fine day with patchy cloud in the east, breaking to allow long sunny spells for all.

The top temperature will be about 17C (63F).

Coming up on BBC one

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 as we get the latest from Dewsbury, where the families of two teenagers who are thought to have travelled to Syria say they're profoundly shocked.

Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal, both 17, are thought to be attempting to join Islamic State

after flying to Turkey from Manchester on 31 March.

Man remanded over rape charges

A man has been remanded in custody charged with two rapes and the kidnap of a teenager in Leeds.

Oversubscribed schools list revealed

Telegraph & Argus

The top five most oversubscribed secondary schools in Bradford

have been revealed, and include inner city academies, two Bingley schools and the country's biggest Catholic school.

Teenager drowned in fatal crash

Pontefract & Castleford Express

A teenager drowned when her car plunged into a drainage ditch after she lost control of it at low speed following a night out in Pontefract,

a court has heard.

Floral tributes
Pontefract & Castleford Express

Traffic delays due to gas repairs

More on the gas leak which has meant the closure of the A647 Bradford Road at the B6154 Galloway Lane junction (Thornbury Barracks) and which is causing a lot of traffic disruption in the area.

Northern Gas Networks says essential repair work to a gas main is currently being carried out following damage which occurred this afternoon.

Shannon drama to go 'beneath the headlines'

More on the news that a factual drama based around the disappearance of Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury in 2008

is to be produced by the BBC.

A spokesman for the BBC says the drama, The Moorside Project, will give "a fresh perspective on a front-page news story we all remember, focusing not on the crime itself but on the ordinary people caught up in events".

The production will "go beneath the headlines to understand the lasting impact on the community that lived through it".

Appeal over pub sex assault

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to talk to in connection with

a sexual assault on a woman in a Leeds pub in March.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

The 20-year-old victim was attacked in the Griffin pub, Boar Lane, at about 19:45 on 14 March. The man is described as white, in his 40s, about 5ft 10in tall and of average build.

Det Con Lee Thimm says: "The suspect was among a group of men socialising at the pub. It's been suggested they could have been from the Wakefield, Castleford or Pontefract area."

Giants bring in Cox on loan

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Giants

have signed Hull KR forward Jordan Cox on loan for a month.

Cox, 22, who has not featured for the Robins this season, could make his debut for the Giants against St Helens on Sunday.

The Giants are likely to be without forward Brett Ferres for three months because of an ankle injury he picked up in

the defeat by Salford.

Dog's slow recovery after attack

Keighley News

A much-loved family pet who narrowly escaped death after being savagely mauled outside her East Morton home

is slowly recovering.

Keighley News

Hardaker fined one month's wages

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos have fined full-back Zak Hardaker one month's wages

after an internal investigation into an assault on a student.

Zak Hardaker

Hardaker, 23, paid £200 in compensation and wrote a letter of apology to the student last month.

A club statement says Hardaker's forfeited wages will be donated to a charity and he will also be enrolling on an anger management course.

Gas leak closes main road

BBC Travel

The A647 Bradford Road in Pudsey is closed and there's queuing traffic westbound at the B6154 Galloway Lane junction because of a gas leak.

Congestion is currently as far as the B6155 Richardshaw Lane junction and there are long delays.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Labour's been defending its manifesto commitment to scrap the non-domicile tax rule which allows tens of thousands of wealthy people to avoid paying tax on overseas earnings.

Conservatives claimed the plans were in "chaos" after the shadow chancellor Ed Balls

told BBC Radio Leeds in January that abolishing non-dom tax status could cost Britain money.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Families 'shocked' at boys' Syria trip

BBC Radio 5 live

The imam at a Dewsbury mosque attended by

two 17-year-old boys who have fled to Syria has told BBC Radio 5 live Daily the boys' families are "shocked" they have gone.

The two boys, Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal, attended the religious school at the Zakaria Mosque in Savile Town, Dewsbury, until they were about 15.

Farooq Yunus, imam at the mosque,

says more trust needs to be built with youngsters: "Maybe the mosques [shouldn't] just teach Islam. Maybe they should engage with them in sport... and do what they want to do rather than what we want them to do."

Election 2015: Non-dom #ballsup


Social media has swiftly responded today to what Twitter users have termed #ballsup, with the hashtag being used more than 1,500 times between 10:00 - after Labour trailed a pledge to scrap non-dom tax status - and the formal announcement at midday.

Tweets graphic

Twitter was awash with comments on the discrepancy between this and

an interview Ed Balls, shadow chancellor and Labour's candidate for Morley and Outwood, gave to BBC Radio Leeds in January.

During that interview he said: "If you abolish the whole status it will end up costing Britain money..."

Missing woman found safe

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've had an update from West Yorkshire Police on a woman we reported last week had gone missing from her home in Birstall.

Kelly Watson-Walker, 28, has now been found safe and well,

police say.

M1 reopens after accident

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: M1 motorway is now fully re-opened as normal. #police

How well do you know your candidates?

There's just under a month to the 2015 general election.

Faceless candidate

In the weeks up to the vote, BBC Magazine is publishing a series of quizzes on all things electoral. This week -

the candidates.

Your views: Savile play 'an insult' to victims

You've been telling us what you think about the news that impressionist Alistair McGowan is take on the role of Jimmy Savile in a new play by journalist Jonathan Maitland.

Les Wake

posts on Facebook that the production is "an insult" to the victims of the disgraced Leeds broadcaster and DJ.

Meanwhile, Sheila Chamberlain

posts on Facebook that the idea is "crass and tasteless".

M1 closed after accident

BBC Travel

There are long delays on the M1 southbound at J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green), which is currently closed because of a multi-vehicle accident.

Congestion to J46 is currently as far back as the A63 (Leeds Colton).

Shannon Matthews drama goes ahead

A drama based around the disappearance of Dewsbury schoolgirl Shannon Matthews is to be filmed despite reports it had been shelved,

the BBC has confirmed.

Karen Matthews
Getty Images

Shannon was nine when she disappeared from her home in Dewsbury Moor in February 2008. She was found 24 days later and her mother Karen (pictured) was jailed for kidnapping.

The two-part factual drama, called The Moorside Project, will revolve around the community who came to the aid of Karen Matthews and were hoodwinked.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

There's grave concern for two West Yorkshire teenagers

who are thought to have flown out to Syria.

Police say they're now very anxious about the pair who're thought to have boarded a plane from Manchester to Turkey last week.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Bafta hopes for Happy Valley

The Calder Valley-based BBC drama Happy Valley

is up for three awards at this year's Bafta TV awards, it's been revealed.

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire (pictured), recognised last year for Last Tango in Halifax, is nominated in the lead actress category for the drama, while James Norton is nominated in the best supporting actor category. Meanwhile, it's also been included in the best drama series category.

Happy Valley was a huge ratings hit for BBC One during its six-week run, pulling in an audience of almost eight million viewers.

Man charged over rape of teenager

A man

has been charged with two rapes and the kidnap of a teenager in Leeds.

Abdi Adan Hassan, 37, of Hardy View, Beeston, south Leeds has been charged after the attack on a 17-year-old girl in the city on 19 March.

West Yorkshire Police said Mr Hassan was expected to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court later on Wednesday.

Ed Balls: Tories 'misleading' voters

Ed Balls says on his blog that the Conservatives are trying to "deliberately mislead" voters over comments he made about "non-dom" tax status
in a BBC Radio Leeds interview he gave in January.

Ed Balls

He posts: "The Tories have edited my words from January in an attempt to deliberately mislead people because they can't defend their own refusal to act on tax avoidance.

"They have dropped the part of my interview where on non-domicile rules I say, 'I think we can be tougher and we should be and we will'."

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The families of two boys from Dewsbury, believed to have gone to Syria, say they're devastated about their disappearance. Listen live to

the news at 14:00

Community 'failed' Dewsbury teenagers

BBC Radio 5 live

The imam at a Dewsbury mosque attended by

two boys who have fled to Syria says he thinks the teenagers have been "failed" by the community.

Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal, both 17, flew from Manchester to Dalaman in Turkey last week and are feared to be making their way to Syria to join Islamic State.

Farooq Yunus, from the Zakaria Mosque in Savile Town, Dewsbury,

told BBC Radio 5 Live Daily: "I think we've failed. Not just the people in here, the whole system - the council, the police, the community."

Suspected stolen jewellery found

The owners of suspected stolen jewellery which was recovered when police stopped a car in Leeds

are being asked to come forward.

West Yorkshire Police

The distinctive items were found after officers stopped a car in Stanks on Monday 16 March. Large amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and amphetamine were also discovered.

A 21-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman were later charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply. A 44-year-old man was charged with possession of drugs.

Heavy traffic warning

BBC Travel

There's currently

heavy traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road out of town in Brighouse, at the M62 J25 roundabout junction.

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

Wakefield rail delays

Northern Rail

tweets: Due to signalling problems between #WakefieldKirkgate and #WakefieldWestgate some lines are blocked.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The Conservatives are accusing Labour of a "complete shambles" after apparent confusion over

their latest general election policy announcement.

It's emerged shadow chancellor Ed Balls

warned in a BBC Radio Leeds interview three months ago that scrapping non-dom tax status could cost the country money.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Britain's first secret ballot

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

When the UK goes to the polls on 7 May votes will be cast through a secret ballot. But it wasn't always thus. Elections used to be altogether more public and dangerous affairs.

The ballot box used in the Pontefract by-election of 15 August 1872
Wakefield Council

So much so that,

when the UK's first secret election was held in Pontefract people complained it had taken all of the life out of it.

Until the Ballot Act was passed in 1872, voters had declared their candidate openly, leading to drunken fights, intimidation and bribery. All that changed when Hugh Childers was elected as Pontefract's MP.

Non dom policy 'total shambles'

George Osborne has now commented on what Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor and Labour candidate for Morley and Outwood, said about non dom tax status in

a BBC Radio Leeds interview in January.

George Osborne
AFP/Getty Images

He says: "If you look at

what Ed Miliband has announced today, it is a total shambles. Within hours the policy has unravelled.

"You have Ed Balls himself saying it would cost the country money and when you look at the small print it's clear that a majority of non-doms wouldn't be affected at all. So even the headlines are misleading."

Ed Miliband on Ed Balls' comments

Asked whether he agrees with

what Ed Balls told BBC Radio Leeds about non-doms in January, Ed Miliband says: "The truth is that we found a way to do this that independent experts say will raise money."

Ed Miliband
Getty Images

Non dom row rumbles on

Norman Smith

BBC Assistant Political Editor

Sources close to Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor and Labour candidate for Morley and Outwood, have dismissed claims he's reversed his position on non doms.


a BBC Radio Leeds interview in January, Mr Balls rejected the option of abolishing the non dom tax status because it would cost the Treasury money and some non doms would leave the country.

Aides to Mr Balls say this stance is consistent with their pledge today to abolish the non dom status.

A source says: "In that interview we promised to tighten up the rules around non dom status and that is what we are doing today."

Appeal over sexual assault

Police are appealing for witnesses

following a sexual assault on a woman in Huddersfield town centre in March.

The 18-year-old victim was walking on Market Street between 05:00 and 05:30 on Saturday 28 March when a man who had been following her grabbed and assaulted her. He then walked off in the direction of the Civic Centre.

The suspect is described as in his 20s, slim, between 5ft 8ins, with olive skin and shoulder length "blondish/blackish" straight hair. He was wearing a t-shirt with a low-cut v-neck.