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  1. Warning of gales and heavy rain
  2. Roads to close around Leeds' tallest building
  3. Thirty men in brawl at Xscape car park
  4. Woman finds man with gun in home
  5. Leeds gym group now Britain's biggest
  6. Election 2015: M62 marginals could be key
  7. Updates on Monday 30 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 from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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 report on the first day of the general election campaign proper - with Yorkshire set to play a big part in who gets the keys to Number 10.

West Yorkshire looks set to be where the fight is fiercest with so many marginal seats. We've got a special aerial guide to six of them to get us started with just 38 days to go before the polling stations open.

Meredith extends Bradford contract

BBC Sport

Bradford City defender James Meredith

has signed a two-year contract extension.

James Meredith in action

The 26-year-old Australian has made 43 appearances for the Bantams this season in all competitions.


joined Bradford from York City in June 2012 and helped them secure promotion from League Two in his first season with the club.

Time flies again at Oakwood

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Here's the scene at Oakwood Clock in Leeds a little earlier today where its refurbished faces have been reinstalled - with the hands to follow soon.

Oakwood Clock

Oakwood Clock was made in 1904 as the centrepiece for the new Leeds Market Hall and was moved to its current location near Roundhay Park in 1912.

The clock was last renovated in the 1970s and had since fallen into disrepair.

Leisure centre brawl 'very unusual'

Investigating the mass brawl at Castleford's Xscape centre yesterday evening which involved about 30 men,

Ch Insp Darren Wiliams says such an incident "is very unusual for the centre".

Brawl scene
Carl Carritt

"Clearly this would have been a distressing incident to witness for those attending the leisure park at the time and this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"Inquiries are ongoing today regarding the circumstances of the fighting at Xscape and officers are also viewing CCTV and available footage online."

Heavy rain and strong winds

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a wet and windy evening. The heavy rain will clear eastwards overnight.

Weather forecast

That'll leave scattered showers, mainly in the west, with a minimum temperature of about 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will be very windy with gales returning, sunny spells and wintry showers.

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.

Woman polishes door at No 10
AFP/Getty Images

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.

M62 delays after accident

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports two lanes are currently closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley).

This is due to an accident involving two lorries and a car.

Bridgewater Place closure

The Bridgewater Place junction in Leeds will be completely closed from 21:30 tonight due to expected high winds, Leeds City Council has said.

Bridgewater Place

Diversions will be in place for vehicles and pedestrians around the Bridgewater Place site, which is Yorkshire's tallest building.

A further closure is possible on Tuesday morning, the council adds.

Cranes mark changing city

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

It seems that the construction of a new retail area where Millgarth Police Station in Leeds once stood is moving on apace...

Cranes on former Millgarth site

It's only a few months ago that the landmark (but not well-loved) Millgarth HQ in the heart of Leeds was still standing, but then it was just a pile of rubble before the cranes finally moved in.

The Victoria Gate shopping development which is now taking shape on the site is expected to consist of about 130 shops and create up to 4,000 jobs.

Mass brawl 'like Wild West'

An eyewitness to

a brawl yesterday involving about 30 men outside the Xscape centre near Castleford says it was "like something out of the Wild West".

Brawl scene
Carl Carritt

Carl Carritt, who was inside the centre with his three-year-old son as the brawl took place in a nearby car park, says he was left "shocked".

"There was fighting in pockets all over. I saw quite a lot of people hitting each other. We were a bit scared and didn't want to leave the building," he says.

Election 2015: Where the parties stand

Want to know what all the parties' views are on welfare, education, immigration, transport or all the other major issues?

Number 10 Downing Street

Take a look at the BBC's Manifesto Guide to the political parties' positions on key issues as the general election campaign gets under way in earnest.

It'll be updated as each manifesto is launched over the coming days and weeks.

Three-vehicle accident closes road

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports the A647 Great Horton Road in Bradford is currently closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the B6380 Cooper Lane junction and the Old Road junction.

This is due to an accident involving three vehicles.

Say 'thanks' to your top teacher

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 10 April and nomination forms and details can be found at

Three sought over burglary

Police investigating a burglary in Leeds at the end of last year have released

CCTV images of three people they're trying to identify in connection with the crime.

CCTV images
West Yorkshire Police

The theft happened at a property in Lupton Avenue on 16 December. Several items of jewellery and watches were stolen.

Det Con Jess Sellars says: "While we don't have any close-up images of their faces, you can get a good idea of what they were wearing in the CCTV and we hope they'd be recognisable to those who know them."

Holidays crackdown keeps more pupils in school

Huddersfield Examiner

More children are staying in lessons in Kirklees and Calderdale after

a crackdown on term-time holidays.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's been arrested after a suspected shooting in Leeds.

Police were called to a report of gunfire in King Lane, Moortown, yesterday tea-time, and traced the victim, a 17-year-old youth.

A 19-year-old was arrested later. Officers say it was a targeted attack.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

One hurt in leisure centre brawl

About 30 men were involved in a mass brawl outside a shopping and leisure centre near Castleford yesterday, police have confirmed.

Xscape Yorkshire
Derek Dye/Geograph

The fracas happened at about 18:30 in the car park at the Xscape Yorkshire Centre at Junction 32 on the M62. It was broken up within minutes by security staff.

One man was injured but not seriously, according to police. No arrests have been made and officers are still trying to identify those involved.

Gales and heavy rain heading our way

Strong winds and heavy rain are heading for West Yorkshire later today,

according to the Met Office which has published two yellow weather warnings for the county.

Winds of between 50-60mph - with isolated gusts of 65-70mph in exposed locations - are expected this evening and tonight. Rain will also be "heavy and persistent", the Met Office says.

The public should be aware of the risk of localised damage from the wind and for minor disruption to travel. Localised surface water and river flooding is also a possibility.

A1 accident sparks delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports one lane is currently closed on the A1(M) northbound between J42, A63 (Selby fork) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Robbers wore 'distinctive' items

CCTV images released by police following a robbery at the Vesper Convenience Store in Hawksworth last Monday

show one of the robbers wearing a "Guy Fawkes"-style mask as seen in the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

A second image shows another robber wearing a baseball cap with a large peak with blue, white and black stripes on it.

Det Con Phil Maher says: "The mask and the baseball cap are fairly distinctive items and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who the offenders might be."

Tributes to pioneering photographer

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Pioneering photographer Betty Beaumont - who captured important moments in the lives of families in Pontefract for 50 years -

has died, aged 94.

Betty Beaumont
Pontefract And Castleford Express

Wakefield kids take to pedal power

About 50 Wakefield schoolchildren will get the chance to cycle part of the route to be taken by some of the world's top cyclists in this May's Tour de Yorkshire as part of celebrations to mark the event.

Tour de France
AFP/Getty Images

Wakefield will host the first stage of the final day of the inaugural elite three-day race which takes place between 1-3 May and follows the success of last year's Tour de France Grand Depart.

As part of the build-up to the race on 3 May, schoolchildren from Wakefield will cycle the 1km ceremonial lap in the city centre. Schools have until 17 April to nominate children to take part.

Bradford City: 'Focus on next game only'

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson says he won't look at the League One play-off picture despite

Saturday's win against Oldham closing the gap on the top six to two points with a game in hand.

Phil Parkinson

City host Chesterfield tomorrow knowing a win would lift them into the play-offs, but Parkinson says his only focus is what happens on the pitch.

"I make no apologies for that. I'm only talking about the next game and what we've got to do and what the players have to do professionally," he says.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Four Bradford councillors have re-joined The Respect Party eighteen months after they left.

They quit after the Respect candidate for Bradford West and party leader, George Galloway, accused them of attempting to sabotage the party.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Election 2015: On the campaign trail

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Day One of campaigning for

the general election is already well under way in Leeds, it seems.

Hilary Benn

Labour's Hilary Benn is out and about in Garforth this morning with Veronica King, the party's candidate for the Elmet and Rothwell constituency.

The countdown has now really begun. The current Parliament was dissolved at about midnight and there are now just 38 days to go until election day.

CCTV appeal over armed robbery

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a shop in Leeds last week

have released CCTV images of the incident as they renew their appeal for information.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

The robbery took place at about 20:00 on Monday 23 March when three masked males armed with knives entered the Vesper Convenience Store on Vesper Road, Hawskworth.

They threatened a female member of staff, forced their way behind the counter and stole cash and cigarettes before running off.

Jane's death sparks new campaign

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

Last night saw Huddersfield Town Hall covered with images of student Jane Khalaf and filled with grieving friends and family. Yesterday would have been Jane's 20th birthday.

Memorial at Huddersfield Town Hall

She died after a night out in Cologne where she was a student. Blood samples revealed amphetamines and her family and friends believe her drink was spiked. They've now launched a fund to help people in a similar situation.

Lottie Smith, from the Justice for Jane campaign, told me: "We're just trying to raise awareness and funds to help people it's already happened to and to try and prevent it happening again."

Election 2015: Battle of the M62 corridor

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

Marginal seats in West Yorkshire

could hold the key to the door of Number 10.

One sitting MP has a majority of less than 400, with six others defending leads of well under 3,000.

That means the tiniest of swings away from their parties could see the MPs packing up their desks and their party leaders spending several years on the back benches in opposition.

David Ward MP

The 2010 General Election saw Bradford East's David Ward squeak in for the Liberal Democrats' with West Yorkshire's smallest majority of 365.

Traffic delays warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports there's currently very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A61 Harrogate Road northbound in Harewood between the Fortshot Lane junction and the A659 Otley Road junction.

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