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Summary

  1. Man cleared over club fire
  2. Politicians on West Yorks campaign trail
  3. Man bailed over stab murder
  4. Yorkshire First calls for devolution
  5. Public warned over wanted killer
  6. Updates on Wednesday 1 April 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 again from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Review call over Kellingley aid

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is calling for a review into how the government handled a state aid application

which could have prolonged the life of Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley.

Kellingley Colliery sign
BBC

The union says delays forced up the amount needed to save Kellingley and Nottinghamshire's Thoresby Colliery - two of England's last deep pits - from £50m to more than £300m.

NUM president Nicky Wilson says: "We feel it's wrong to rely on imported coal when we have miners who are quite capable. We're still going to fight to retain production at the collieries left in England."

Minute's silence for murdered fans

The murder of two Leeds United fans in April 2000 will be remembered with

a minute's silence at the club's match against Blackburn on Saturday.

Floral tributes
PA

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the deaths of Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, who were fatally stabbed in Istanbul ahead of United's Uefa Cup semi-final game against Galatasaray.

The Leeds United website says: "Fans are also planning tributes for the day to show the pair will never be forgotten."

A cloudy and rainy evening

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be mostly cloudy this evening with patchy rain at times for western parts. The rain will clear away overnight as skies clear from the northeast. The temperature will drop to about 1C (34F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will see a chilly, bright start with hazy sunshine and cloud gradually thickening from the west, but staying dry until the evening.

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

Osborne on 'economic stability'

@BBCPolitics

In Leeds, George Osborne

has talked about the "economic stability" brought about by his policies.

George Osborne
Reuters

He points out that from this morning corporation tax has fallen to 20% - the lowest rate of any major economy in the world.

"It's not some accident or happy circumstance," he says. "It was the result of a deliberate and doggedly pursued policy."

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we look back at a day when the political big-hitters fired the starting pistol on the election campaign in Yorkshire.

Ed Miliband, Amy Garcia and viewers
BBC

Yorkshire's economy was the focus of the campaign today as the Chancellor and the Labour leader each headed to the region to persuade voters the public purse is safest in their hands.

And, in the first of a series of interviews with the main party leaders, we've asked some of you to put your questions to Ed Miliband.

Woman seriously hurt in collision

A 29-year-old woman pedestrian suffered a serious head injury

when she was hit by a car in Leeds.

The incident happened at about 08:35 when the woman was hit by a silver Nissan Almera travelling along Beeston Road towards Old Lane.

She's currently being treated at Leeds General Infirmary. Anyone who saw the incident is being asked to contact police.

Devolution call by Yorkshire First

The leader of new political party Yorkshire First

has called for "tried and tested, first-rate devolution" for the county.

Richard Carter
BBC

Richard Carter says the party, standing in its first general election, wanted a "real voice" for Yorkshire. The party, set up in 2014, stood in the last EU elections gaining 19,017 votes.

It intends to stand in 13 seats across Yorkshire in the election. Mr Carter is to contest Dewsbury, currently held by Conservative Simon Reevell.

Visit the BBC's Election 2015 section.

Specialist sexual assault unit opens

A centre to help the victims of sexual attacks in West Yorkshire has opened.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) can gather forensic evidence, even if the person who has been assaulted does not want police involvement.

The service will also provide aftercare and support following an assault, whether recent or historical.

Woman cut off rabbit's ears

Telegraph & Argus

A woman from Bradford who was described in court as an animal lover

has admitted cutting a rabbit's ears off.

Sunshine and snow

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The April showers have been a little wintry at Hade Edge above Holmfirth says Andy Leader, who's sent in this shot he took this morning out in the thick of it.

Hade Edge
Andy Leader

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News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

On the campaign trail in Leeds, Chancellor George Osborne says the Conservatives are providing economic stability.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Football tournament remembers fire disaster

A football tournament held to remember the 56 football fans who lost their lives in the Bradford City fire disaster at Valley Parade 30 years ago will take place this weekend.

Bradford Fire memorial
ALLSPORT/GETTY IMAGES

The annual Memorial Tournament commemorates the events of 11 May 1985

which claimed the lives of 54 Bradford City supporters and two Lincoln City supporters.

Over 320 youngsters will play in 20 junior teams from across the Bradford district, Lincoln and the German city of Hamm which is twinned with Shipley.

£3m clean-up bill for traveller camps

Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds taxpayers have paid more than £3m in a decade to clean up and remove illegal traveller camps,

new figures reveal.

George Osborne campaigns in Leeds

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm at the Britvic drinks plant in Bramley, Leeds, where Chancellor George Osborne has been talking to workers as he goes on the West Yorkshire campaign trail.

George Osborne at Britvic plant, Leeds
Reuters

He quoted

this morning's letter in The Telegraph from business leaders. He said some of those who signed the letter had previously supported Labour.

It's a speech which focused on the "what ifs" if there is a change of government following the general election.

Man bailed over multiple stab murder

A 32-year-old man arrested on Monday on suspicion of murdering a Bradford grandfather in 2012

has been released on bail.

Clement "Butch" Desmier, 68, was found dead at his house in Rowlestone Rise, Ravenscliffe, on 23 August that year.

The father of six and grandfather of 10 had suffered 70 separate injuries, including 40 stab wounds.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

In the 16:00 bulletin: A 32-year-old man has been cleared by a jury of setting fire to the listed Majestic building in Leeds city centre last September.

New options for Wakefield coach

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach James Webster says captain Danny Kirmond and half-backs Tim Smith and Jacob Miller "should all play" against Catalan Dragons tomorrow.

Wildcats logo
Wakefield Wildcats

All three missed

last week's defeat at Wigan but have been brought back into the 19-man squad.

However despite his inclusion in the 19, Webster says Jarrod Sammut won't play due to a shoulder and wrist injury.

Bridgewater Place diversion

Leeds City Council

tweets: The diversion for high sided vehicles at Bridgewater Place has been brought in due to increasing wind speeds. It'll be re assessed at 16:00.

Rail signal problems

Northern Rail

tweets: Due to signalling problems between #Mirfield and #Deighton trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines.

Man cleared over Majestyk club fire

More on the story mentioned in the news headlines: A man accused of starting a blaze at a disused Leeds nightclub has been found not guilty.

Majestyk fire
West Yorkshire Fire Service

Stuart Jefferson, 32, was alleged to have started the fire at the Majestyk nightclub in City Square in September.

Mr Jefferson, of no fixed address, was cleared of two counts of arson.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A man accused of setting fire a former nightclub in the centre of Leeds has been found not guilty.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Town keep ladies link

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town have given permission for the Town Ladies football team to continue using the club's name and crest for the next two seasons.

Earlier this season, the club had said they wanted to end their "loose affiliation" with the ladies' sides after a dispute over funding.

In a statement on the Huddersfield Town Ladies FC website, Terriers commercial director Sean Jarvis says: "The two clubs have a relationship dating back to 2010 and everyone at the club is pleased to have reached a position to allow this to continue."

Slow traffic warning

BBC Travel

There's a warning of

slow traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield from Cooper Bridge Roundabout to the M62 J25 Roundabout junction. Drivers in the area are warned to expect delays.

Ed Miliband at the BBC

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Labour leader Ed Miliband has arrived at BBC Yorkshire's headquarters in Leeds.

Ed Miliband at BBC
BBC

Mr Miliband is preparing to speak on BBC Radio Leeds.

He'll also face several people who sent in questions to BBC Look North and who wanted to put the politician on the spot while on the general election trail in West Yorkshire.

Pub chain pips church to post

Yorkshire Evening Post

A national pub chain has pipped a local church to the post in the race

to buy the former Liberal Club in Garforth.

A cloudy afternoon, some sunshine

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see cloud increasing from the west.

Weather forecast
BBC

There should, however, still be further bright spells in the east and a little patchy light rain, especially in the west.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

Ed Miliband in Huddersfield

@BBCPolitics

The Labour leader's pledges include:

  • No increase in VAT
  • No increase in National Insurance
  • No increase in the other rates of income tax
Ed Miliband in Huddersfield
AFP/Getty Images

Ed Miliband restates his tax commitments. Yes to a mansion tax. Yes to a reintroduction of the 50p rate.

"It's the right choice for country," he tells workers at David Brown Gears in Huddersfield.

Dramatic sunset over Leeds

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Paul Mawman for sending in this spectacular shot he took of yesterday's dramatic sunset over Leeds Golf Club.

Sunset over Leeds
PAUL MAWMAN

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

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News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

A man being questioned over the murder of a father-of-six in Bradford three years ago has been released by police.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

VE Day 70 years on

People in Kirklees

are being asked to share their plans for a three-day commemoration of the end of World War Two in Europe, which will see beacons lit, church bells rung and street parties.

Women celebrate VE Day
Getty Images

Victory in Europe (VE) Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender.

Anyone planning to commemorate the anniversary by holding a street party, a concert, a parade, a special memorial service can send details of their activities to

lestweforget.kirklees@kirklees.gov.uk.

'Fantastic' Yorkshire in Festival spotlight

The Tour de Yorkshire Festival which starts today will be a "fantastic" way of showing off what the county has to offer, its organisers have said.

Map of the Tour de Yorkshire
Tour de Yorkshire

The arts festival,

which includes over 200 events across North, South and East Yorkshire, marks the run-up to the elite cycle race which takes place between 1-3 May.

Mark Fielding, the man behind the festival, says: "We're hoping to show Yorkshire's a really fantastic place to visit and we're also aiming to engage people in Yorkshire in the fabulous things going on."

City's cycle safety scheme

New road markings have been put in place in several accident hot spots in Leeds in a bid to make cycling in the city safer,

Leeds City Council says.

New road markings and cyclist
Leeds City Council

The red surfacing has been introduced at junctions along the A660 and the A65. In the past five years, 34% of all incidents in which cyclists have been killed or seriously hurt on Leeds' A-roads have happened on those stretches, the council says.

Reflective tabards, reflectors and lights are also being distributed to cyclists in collaboration with the city's universities, cycling groups and the Leeds Cycling Campaign.

Tour de Yorkshire: Festival facts

With the start of the

Tour de Yorkshire Festival today, marking exactly one month to go before the new elite cycle race gets under way, here are a few festival facts:

Marc Almond
BBC
  • Virtuoso pianist Jessica Wei Zhu plays Leeds College of Music tonight to kick things off
  • The festival is set to include over 200 exhibitions and performances
  • Performers taking part over the next month include singer Marc Almond (pictured), Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson, comedian Mitch Benn and Leeds-based Northern Ballet
  • A major exhibition of world-famous Castleford sculptor Henry Moore's work will be held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of the festival

Miliband hosts People's Question Time

@BBCPolitics

Labour leader Ed Miliband is speaking at a People's Question Time event with staff of David Brown Gear Systems in Huddersfield.

Watch it live here.

Ed Miliband
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