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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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.

A windy end to the day

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a very windy end to the day with strong to gale-force winds slowly easing overnight, along with most of the showers. Temperatures will drop to about 2C (36F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a generally fine and bright start, but cloud amounts will steadily increase during the day with some patchy rain developing in the west.

There'll be a fresh westerly breeze and a top temperature of about 8C (46F).

Coming up on BBC One

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 as we look at the intense, painful and laborious progress of the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster.

Exactly one year since it started, we'll be talking to one bereaved father and assessing the progress made so far.

Funeral held for Yorkshire legend

The funeral of former Yorkshire and England cricketer Bob Appleyard has been held in North Yorkshire.

Funeral of Bob Appleyard

The service for the Bradford-born off-spinner,

who died earlier this month at the age of 90, was at the Priory Church, Bolton Abbey.

Dickie Bird, former Test umpire, said: "He was a tremendous cricketer and in any era a tremendous bowler."

Sinfield 'excited' at new challenge

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

After announcing

his intention to switch codes at the end of the season, Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has told me the time's right for a new challenge.

Kevin Sinfield

The 34-year old will end a 19-year association with the Rhinos when he joins Yorkshire Carnegie on an 18-month contract later this year.

He's told me: "My gut told me it's the right thing to do. I understand the challenges which come with that, it being a new sport. But that's part of it for me and I'm really excited."

Sewer block hotspot targeted

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Sewers in Yeadon have been identified as a blockage hotspot, with Yorkshire Water saying the problem is largely caused by people flushing away "wet wipes".

Stop It, Don't Block It demonstration
Yorkshire Water

The problem is that unlike toilet paper, wet wipes don't biodegrade and it's estimated they're to blame for about a third of the 35,000 blockages each year caused in sewage pipes across Yorkshire.

Today, the firm's been holding a drop-in session in Yeadon (pictured) as part of its

Stop It, Don't Block It campaign where people can find out how they can help cut the risk of sewer blockages.

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 10 April and nomination forms and details can be found at

Cook back at Leeds after U19 injury

BBC Sport

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his ankle on international duty with the England Under-19 side.

Lewis Cook

Cook, 18, picked up the injury in the 1-0 European Championships qualifying win over Azerbaijan in France.

He has made 38 appearances for the Elland Road side this season after being handed his debut in the first game of the campaign.

Four seasons in one day

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Wendy Carlyle for sending in this dramatic picture she took at the top of Harden Moor overlooking the Aire Valley "in a gale while being lashed by a passing shower" this afternoon.

Storm over Aire Valley
Wendy Carlyle

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Convicted sex offender back in UK

A convicted sex offender from West Yorkshire who fled to Australia in February last year when he was due to be sentenced for two sexual assaults

has been returned to the UK.

Flooding 'absolutely horrendous'

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

It looks like Old Bank, in Ripponden, will be closed for some time while repairs are carried out to the culvert which burst during heavy rain last night causing flooding.

Repair work in Ripponden

Local resident Bonnie Muscat-Baron tells me it was "a very rough night" which has left her house badly water-damaged.

"There's a lot of mud and still water. The furniture downstairs is ruined, in fact everything inside is ruined. It's absolutely horrendous."

Sinfield move a big loss for Rhinos

Gareth Jones

Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

What an announcement from Kevin Sinfield that he's switching to rugby union.

It's a major loss for the Rhinos but great news that we're keeping him in West Yorkshire.

Kevin Sinfield

He's never played union before but he has the experience and professionalism Carnegie need.

So, it's going to be really interesting to see if his move to Carnegie - which is due to take place in November or December - will work.

Bridgewater Place update

Leeds City Council

tweets: #bridgewaterplace closure will be lifted at 6pm. Restrictions to high siders will remain until 3am Weds #weatheraware

Plan to evict travellers at sports centre

Telegraph & Argus

Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police were last night working

to evict a group of travellers who have moved on to the car park of the Richard Dunn sports centre.

Caravans in car park
Telegraph and Argus

Public warned over wanted killer

Members of the the public

have been advised not to approach a "dangerous" convicted murderer who breached his prison release licence.

William Kerr
West Yorkshire Police

William Kerr, 53, is wanted by police after he absconded from "approved premises" in Hull following his release on 23 January. He was jailed for life for murder at Leeds Crown Court in June 1998.

North Yorkshire Police says Kerr is known to have links to West Yorkshire, the Humber region and London.

Arrest over man's 2012 killing

A man's been arrested in connection with

the killing of Bradford man Clement Desmier more than two years ago.

Mr Desmier, 68, also known as Butch, was found at his home in Rowlestone Rise, Ravenscliffe, in August 2012 and had suffered 70 separate injuries.

The arrested man is currently in custody. A 19-year-old man held in January in connection with Mr Desmier's murder remains on bail.

Accident sparks motorway delays

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and

there's currently queuing traffic on the M1 northbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

Lauitiiti shares Super League memories

BBC Sport

Wakefield's wrecking-ball Ali Lauitiiti is celebrating a testimonial year in this 20th season of Super League

to commemorate 10 years since he left New Zealand Warriors to join Leeds Rhinos.

Ali Lauitiiti

The 35-year-old is now one of the elder statesmen in Super League, but is still enjoying his footy in what could be his final season before he returns home to New Zealand.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have made another arrest

in the hunt for the killer of a Bradford pensioner.

More than 70 wounds had been inflicted on Clement Desmier who was found dead at his home in Ravenscliffe in 2012.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Wind closes Pontefract Castle

Wakefield Council

tweets: Pontefract Castle is closed to visitors for the rest of today due to the high winds. We hope to open as usual tomorrow - weather permitting!

Cars 'bobbing about' in flood

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm out at the scene of last night's flooding in Ripponden which saw a number of vehicles submerged and several properties inundated with water after a nearby culvert overflowed.

Flood damage

The affected homes have suffered water damage, while a Fiat Punto floated directly into the wall of a bed and breakfast. Sadly, it's a write-off.

One local resident tells me that Bridge End was like a small dock with three cars "bobbing about".

Sinfield so far

BBC Sport

With the shock news that

Kevin Sinfield is to switch codes at the end of this year and move from Leeds Rhinos to Yorkshire Carnegie, here are some key Sinfield facts:

Kevin Sinfield
  • The Oldham-born stand-off made his debut for the Rhinos in 1997 at the age of 16
  • He was made skipper of the Rhinos in 2002 at the age of 22
  • He led them to six Grand Final wins, three World Club Challenge victories and a Challenge Cup win
  • He was awarded an MBE in 2014

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Fierce winds and isolated floods have been causing problems in parts of West Yorkshire.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Strong winds set to continue

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see

the strong to gale force winds continuing across West Yorkshire.

Weather forecast

There'll be some sunny spells and showers, heavy at times and wintry over the hills.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F) but it'll feel colder in the wind.

Switch 'difficult transition'

Gareth Jones

Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Sinfield, 34, who's been with the Rhinos since he was 13, made the announcement of his switch to rugby union at a media briefing at Headingley.

Kevin Sinfield

He says the move to Carnegie will be a difficult transition, however "everything has to end some time".

"I'll continue to be fully committed to the Rhinos for this season and I'm fighting to get fit to get back in the team," he adds.

Sinfield move 'fantastic' for Carnegie

Gareth Jones

Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Gary Hetherington, Rhinos and Carnegie CEO, says

Kevin Sinfield's move to union is a "significant announcement" for both clubs.

Meanwhile, Carnegie president Ian McGeechan says it's "fantastic news" for the club: "To have someone of Kevin's quality as a leader, player and person is great."

He added that Sinfield is a major role model and he will play a "big part" in the club's future.

Strong winds destroy lamppost

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A concrete lamppost next to a busy road and a row of shops in Bradford has been removed after it was blown over by strong winds.

Wind-damaged lamppost

The post, on Leeds Road, Thackley, was left bent at a 45-degree angle by gale force winds in the early hours of this morning.

Tracy James, owner of the Matisse hair studio outside which the lamppost was located, tells me: "We've been very lucky it's gone the way it has and not into the road or into the building."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the

13:00 bulletin: A concrete lamppost next to a busy road and a row of shops has been removed after it collapsed in the wind.

E-fit appeal over attempted abduction

Police investigating the attempted abduction of two schoolboys in Mirfield last week

have released an e-fit image of the man involved.

E-fit image of suspect
West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at about 15:30 on Friday as the boys, aged nine and 10, were walking between Nab Lane and Priory Way.

Bradford City v Chesterfield

BBC Sport

Bradford City will be without defender Andrew Davies for

tonight's home clash against Chesterfield so Gary MacKenzie is likely to deputise.

Filipe Morais

Meanwhile, forward Filipe Morais (pictured) serves the final game of his three-match ban.

A win would put City back into the League One play-off positions.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have made another arrest in the hunt for the killer of a Bradford pensioner.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

A wheel good time in Bradford

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Steve Swis for sending in this fantastic picture of Bradford's new big wheel in action in Centenary Square.

Bradford big wheel at night
Steve Swis

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Anger as Zayn Malik song is released

BBC Newsbeat

Less than a week after he confirmed he was quitting the biggest boy band in the world,

a song featuring Bradford's Zayn Malik without the rest of One Direction has been released online.

Zayn Malik

Producer Naughty Boy tweeted a link to the track along with the words "let the music do the talking".

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson accused him of being "inconsiderate" to fans after he retweeted a video about Malik.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A road in the Calder Valley has been flooded following heavy overnight rain.

A metre of water in Old Bank at Ripponden led to cars floating away, one crashing into a guest house, although there were no evacuations.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Who'll follow in Sir Patrick's footsteps?

Huddersfield Examiner

Two local literary giants are popular contenders to

fill the shoes of Sir Patrick Stewart who announced last week he's to stand down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

Sir Patrick Stewart