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

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today's BBC Local Live for Leeds. We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00.

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Coming up on BBC One

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll have the latest from Elland Road as Leeds United's head coach Neil Redfearn
considers his future.

This comes after the shock announcement earlier today that his assistant Steve Thompson has been suspended from the club.

Also we'll be at the Tetley Gallery in Leeds which is staging an exhibition where you make the art - or some of it at least.

A fine end to the day

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a fine end to the day but cloud will increase from the west this evening with outbreaks of rain which will turn more persistent later and a low temperature of about 4C (39F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be grey and cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle turning lighter and patchier and only slowly easing from the north during the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 9C (48F).

Tour de Yorkshire trophy unveiled

The Tour de Yorkshire trophy has been unveiled,

almost exactly a month before the start of the inaugural elite cycling race.

Tour de Yorkshire trophy

The leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, gave children from Brudenell Primary School a sneak preview of the large Y-shaped trophy.

The trophy is off on a tour of the county before returning for the race in May.

Reservoir dawn

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Nick Lawton for sending us this fantastic picture of this morning's sunrise at Blackmoorfoot Reservoir near Meltham.

Blackmoorfoot Reservoir sunrise
Nick Lawton

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Redfearn bewildered and disappointed

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Speaking to Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn this afternoon

after the news his assistant Steve Thompson had been suspended by the club, Redfearn's mood was one of bewilderment and total disappointment.

Neil Redearn

It took several months to bring in Thompson in the first place and he's Redfearn's best mate. They're an ideal partnership who've led the club away from the bottom of the table and now that partnership is split.

In my opinion this is a clear attempt to force Redfearn out from Elland Road.

Violent attack on woman

Police say the attacker is about 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build. He's said to be scruffy with shaggy hair with a fringe. He was wearing a dark baggy hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the sides.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

Det Supt Pat Twiggs says: "The level of violence used against the victim is very concerning and it's vitally important we identify and arrest this man at the earliest opportunity."

This attack is not currently being connected with

the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Beeston on 6 March, police say.

Hunt for woman's attacker

A man who carried out a violent robbery on a woman in Leeds in March must be caught "at the earliest opportunity", police say.

They've now released CCTV images of her attacker.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, was attacked as she walked along the footpath near a disused viaduct between Whitehall road and Gotts Road at 20:40 on Sunday 22 March.

She was repeatedly punched in her face by the man before he grabbed her bag and ran off. The victim received cuts and bruising as a result of which she needed hospital treatment.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Detectives looking for a missing pensioner from Wetherby are working with North Yorkshire Police after the discovery of a body earlier this week.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Should interchanges be reduced?

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree and Hull KR forward Tyrone McCarthy

discuss the pros and cons of reducing the number of interchanges that teams are allowed to make during matches.

Eorl Crabtree and Tyrone McCarthy

The Rugby Football League and Australia's National Rugby League are reviewing the current system and could introduce changes prior to the 2016 season.

Appeal over missing woman

Police in Kirklees are appealing for information to help trace a 28-year-old woman

who's been missing from her home in Birstall since last month.

Kelly Watson-Walker
West Yorkshire Police

Kelly Watson-Walker was last seen at about 15:00 on Monday, 23 March on Railway Street in Dewsbury.

She's described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build with long brown hair. She was last seen wearing an oversized grey hooded top, black leggings with a hole in the right leg and purple and black Reebok trainers with a white sole.

Fascinating fish and chip facts

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

With the news that the world-famous Harry Ramsden's brand is set to come home to West Yorkshire today after an absence of over three years, here are some fascinating fish and chip facts:

Harry Ramsden's in Guiseley
  • Harry Ramsden opened his first ever shop, a wooden shed, in Guiseley, Leeds, in 1928
  • He targeted working class day trippers, but soon opened a "palace" right next door
  • The Leeds branch once held the world record for being the largest fish and chip shop
  • It closed its doors for the final time in November 2011

Redfearn considering Leeds position

Gareth Jones

Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn

says he needs to look at his position following today's suspension of his assistant Steve Thompson.

Neil Redfearn

Redfearn (pictured)

has told a media briefing at Elland Road that the club has given him no reason for the decision and he's "now in a very difficult situation".

"I have to have a good think now. It's disappointing and undermining," he said.

Bus delays warning

First West Yorkshire Buses is warning that all services in the county are currently "affected due to early finish for the bank holiday weekend and various roadworks around the area".

In a series of tweets, the firm warns passengers in

Bradford and
Leeds will be particularly affected by delays.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police searching for a missing Wetherby pensioner are working with North Yorkshire police following the discovery of a body earlier this week.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

New station entrance takes shape

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Here's the latest view of work on

the new entrance to Leeds railway station which is being built over the River Aire.

New station entrance

The new £18m entrance is due to be finished in the late autumn. It's expected it'll be used by up to 20,000 people every day.

Coach suspension a mystery

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

The suspension of Leeds United assistant coach Steve Thompson is a mystery.

Steve Thompson

It took months to get him through the doors of Elland Road in December so I'd love to hear the reason why the club wants him out now.

What's clear is that no obvious reason's been given for Thompson's suspension, with the club statement saying there'll be "no further comment" on the issue.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

An attempt to give fans a bigger say in the financial affairs of Leeds United has been launched today.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

A dry but cloudy afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be

dry and bright with hazy spells of sunshine.

Weather forecast

It'll stay dry but the cloud will thicken from the west. The top temperature will be about 9C (48F).

Traffic delays at Pudsey

BBC Travel

There's currently

slow traffic on the A647 Stanningley Bypass in Pudsey at Dawsons Corner.

There are also delays on the nearby A647 Bradford Road eastbound in Pudsey at Dawsons Corner.

Statement on Leeds coach suspension

More on the suspension of Leeds United coach Steve Thompson.

A short statement on the club's website says: "The Director of Football, Nicola Salerno, has today suspended the assistant coach Steve Thompson from his duties at the club.

"This is an internal matter and the club will make no further comment on this internal issue."

Coach Thompson suspended by Leeds

BBC Sport

Leeds United have

suspended assistant coach Steve Thompson.

BBC Radio Leeds has learned the 50-year-old has not been given a reason for his suspension.

The former Blackpool coach joined Leeds from neighbours Huddersfield in December.

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join us at 13:40 for BBC Look North as we find out more about the bid by a group of Leeds United fans to invest in the future of the football club.

Elland Road

And we'll report on the return home of West Yorkshire's world famous fish and chip brand Harry Ramsden's.

Pensioner killed by sister's car

Pontefract & Castleford Express

A pensioner died after being hit by her sister's runaway car in Tesco supermarket car park in Pontefract,

an inquest has heard.

Wildcats aim for return to winning ways

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats welcome back captain Danny Kirmond and half-backs Tim Smith and Jacob Miller for

tonight's game at home to the Catalans Dragons.

Wildcats logo
Wakefield Wildcats

The Wildcats are looking to end a run of five successive Super League defeats and forward Ali Lauitiiti says they're confident of getting back to winning ways.

"It's always going to be tough against Catalans. We just need to do the best we can do as a team and hope we can get the win. We go into the game confident and with every intention to play well," he says.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A group of Leeds United fans launch a scheme to invest in the future of the football club.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Appeal over hit-and-run

Police in Bradford are asking for witnesses to come forward

after a pedestrian was hit by a car whose driver then failed to stop last month.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, was knocked to the floor by a silver-coloured saloon car on Manchester Road near the junction of Carrbottom Road at about 00:50 on Monday 22 March.

PC Paul Conroy says: "Failing to stop at the scene of an accident is a serious offence. Fortunately, on this occasion the victim's injuries were not life-threatening."

Stead set to stay at City?

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that the club is in talks with John Stead about him staying at Valley Parade.

Phil Parkinson

The striker's currently on loan from Huddersfield until the end of the season when his contract expires at Town.

And Parkinson (pictured) says he hopes to make him a permanent addition at City for next season: "I think John will be an excellent addition to the squad, both for what he's brought to us on the pitch but also off the pitch."

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.

The deadline is 10 April and nomination forms and details can be found at

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A group of Leeds United fans have launched a scheme to invest in the future of the football club.

Listen to the midday bulletin for more.

Harry Ramsden's West Yorkshire return

The world famous fish and chip firm Harry Ramsden's returns to West Yorkshire today with the opening of a new restaurant.

Harry Ramsden's original restaurant

The fish and chip shop started life in Guiseley, Leeds, in 1928 but

that restaurant closed three years ago.

Today a new branch is opening up in Shipley, with further branches planned for Sheffield and Huddersfield later in the year.

Chairs by royal appointment

A furniture maker from Leeds is doing his bit to keep the Queen comfortable today as she takes part in

this year's Maundy Service in South Yorkshire.


Farsley-based Dovetailers

were commissioned to build the chairs the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will sit on during the service at Sheffield Cathedral.

David Wilson, from the firm, says today is only the start for these brand new chairs: "It's great they're there for the Queen, but they have a long life ahead of them. We expect this furniture to outlive us."

Visions of war go on show

Huddersfield Examiner

War through the eyes of today's teenagers has been captured in art form and the work of the young artists

has gone on show for a month in Batley.

Andy Farr and young artists
Huddersfield Examiner

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A conference is taking place at Leeds Museum to project a positive view of people on the autistic spectrum. It's being held to mark World Autism Day.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

United share bid 'to rebuild club'

As Leeds United fans launch their bid today to get a bigger say in how the club is run, project leader Dylan Thwaites says it's all about "rebuilding the club".

Dylan Thwaites at bid launch

Mr Thwaites (pictured right) says: "We've been disconnected from the local community for such a long time, we need to be part of Leeds and the wider community once again.

"People say fan-owned clubs can't work, but look at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich - they all seem to be working."

Officers oppose police station closure

Telegraph & Argus

Closing Keighley's police station would lead to a deterioration in service and undo years of work,

a senior representative of rank-and-file officers is warning.

Nick Smart, Police Federation
Telegraph and Argus