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Summary

  1. Missing Dewsbury boys believed to be in Syria
  2. Two Leeds care homes rated 'inadequate'
  3. Fatal house fire investigation continues
  4. Farage faces MEP's High Court threat
  5. Redfearn to finish season with Leeds
  6. Updates on Tuesday 7 April 2015

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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 tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Haworth stars in film teaser

Keighley News

The steep hills of Haworth might not seem ideal territory to encourage people to cycle,

but that has not put off one independent film maker.

Actor Andrew Dunn in Haworth
Keighley News

Reward offered over on-the-run murderer

A reward of up to £5,000 is being offered for information which leads to the arrest of a convicted murderer who has breached his prison release licence.

William Kerr
West Yorkshire Police

William Kerr, 53, absconded from a bail hostel in Hull following his release on 23 January. He was jailed for life in 1998 for

the murder of Maureen Comfort in Leeds.

Kerr is believed to have links with West Yorkshire, London and the Humber region. It's thought he has travelled to the London area.

Police museum could close

Telegraph & Argus

Keighley Town councillors are due to consider a motion calling for the police and forensic science museum in Keighley Civic Centre

to be temporarily closed.

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 get the latest on the two teenage boys from Dewsbury who are believed to have travelled to Syria.

West Yorkshire Police say they are extremely concerned for the safety of the boys who are thought to have boarded a plane from Manchester to Dalaman in Turkey last Tuesday.

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 organised.

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.

A fine and dry evening

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry and fine evening with cloud amounts increasing from the east overnight and a minimum temperature of about 5C (41F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will be cloudier than today, particularly at the start of the day. It'll be thin and break to give sunny spells.

It'll be a dry day and feel warm in the sunshine with temperatures reaching about 16C (61F)

Syria boys named

The two 17-year-old boys from Dewsbury who are believed to have travelled to Syria last week are Hassan Munshi and Talah Asmal, sources have told the BBC.

The boys are thought to have flown from Manchester to Dalaman in Turkey on 31 March before making their way to Syria.

The boys were last seen by their families on the day they are believed to have boarded the Thomas Cook flight to Turkey,

West Yorkshire Police have said.

Appeal over missing teen

A 15-year-old girl who's been missing from her home in Staffordshire since the weekend may be in Huddersfield, police have said.

Natasha Smith
Staffordshire Police

Natasha Smith, from Cheslyn Hay near Cannock, who was reported missing at 11:30 on Saturday, is considered vulnerable by police.

She has been in contact with her mother but her whereabouts are still unknown. It's thought she may be travelling to or from Huddersfield.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, blue and white pumps, a grey sweatshirt and a black coat with fur around the hood. Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Spotlight on care homes

Six West Yorkshire adult care homes have been rated as inadequate or requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The six homes are

among 41 in the north of England which have recently been inspected by the CQC.

Lofthouse Grange and Lodge and The Spinney Residential Home in Leeds have been rated inadequate.

Homes deemed to require improvement are St Ives Disabled Care Centre and Sherrington House Nursing Home in Bradford along with Berkeley Court in Leeds and Hemsworth Park in Wakefield .

Force's digital future

Recording interviews with suspects on tapes will soon be a thing of the past

as West Yorkshire Police goes digital.

Digital recorder
West Yorkshire Police

The move to use digital recorders during interviews will save the force about £15,000 a month on tapes, and takes place as a result of "rigorous" testing of new machines over the Christmas period, according to West Yorkshire Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd says: "Digital interview recording brings us even closer to the forefront of modern policing, allowing us to ensure the best possible service for victims and witnesses."

Two teenagers feared Syria-bound

Daniel Sandford

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

A lot of work's been done for quite a long time to try and find the two 17-year-old boys from Dewsbury

who are believed to have travelled to Syria last week.

The British authorities are now pretty convinced the two are in Syria and are effectively in the hands of Islamic State (IS).

West Yorkshire Police is now warning that it's very hard for people to leave the area controlled by IS - once people are there it's very difficult to get out.

Sinfield grateful to Rhinos supporters

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield

has admitted he was unsure what reception he would receive from fans before yesterday's 48-22 victory against Wakefield Trinity.

Kevin Sinfield
PA

Sinfield, 34, was featuring for the first time since confirming

his decision to switch to rugby union with Yorkshire Carnegie from 2016.

He had missed the past three Leeds matches with a hamstring injury.

Tributes left at fatal crash scene

Huddersfield Examiner

Dozens of floral tributes have been left

in memory of a Huddersfield motorbiking dad.

Floral tributes
Huddersfield Examiner

Your views: Pothole problems

Ahead of tonight's

BBC One documentary looking at the fight against potholes in Leeds, you've been telling us about your pothole problems.

Pothole being filled in
BBC

Malcolm in Linthwaite emails: "The bottom of the road where I live has been patched at least 25 times.

"If it had been done right in the first place there'd be no need. Where are the so-called inspectors? The last time the patch was so thin it lasted a week." Why not

email or
tweet us with your views?

'Deep concerns' over missing boys

Responding to the news that two 17-year-old boys from Dewsbury are believed to have travelled to Syria, Kirklees Council's chief executive Adrian Lythgo

says the authority is "deeply concerned".

"We will continue to work in close partnership with the Counter Terrorism Unit, West Yorkshire Police, our communities and schools to prevent and eradicate any threats and concerns.

"We need to talk openly about these risks that are posed to our young people, and to work together to protect them."

Missing boys 'face Syria dangers'

The missing boys were last seen by their families last Tuesday. Later that day they are believed to have boarded a flight from Manchester Airport to Dalaman in Turkey.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milson says: "Syria is an extremely dangerous place and the public will be aware of the dangers these boys may face.

"The choice of returning home from Syria is often taken away from those who come under the control of Islamic State, leaving their families in the UK devastated and with very few options to secure their safe return."

Families 'gravely worried' over boys

Since the boys' disappearance last week, West Yorkshire Police has been

"supporting the family and carrying out extensive enquiries" alongside the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom says: "We are extremely concerned for the safety of these two boys and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

"Our priority is for their safe return. Their families are gravely worried about them and want them home."

BreakingMissing boys believed to be in Syria

West Yorkshire Police has received a report that two 17-year-old boys from the Dewsbury area are believed to have travelled to Syria, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed.

Park plan for former golf club

Yorkshire Evening Post

Proposals are being drawn up to turn Middleton Park Golf Course in Leeds into a park after the council-run course was closed along with Gotts Park Golf Club.

Middleton Park Golf Course
Mel Hulme/Yorkshire Evening Post

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The latest published figures for waiting times at hospital A&E units in England show the worst performance since the four-hour target was introduced.

Ninety-one point eight per cent of patients were treated or admitted within four hours in the first three months of this year; the target is 95%.

Of the five West Yorkshire trusts Airedale, Bradford and Leeds all hit the target, while Calderdale and Huddersfield achieved 93.3% and Mid Yorkshire 91.1%.

For more on this and other news listen to the

13:00 bulletin.

A sunny afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry and fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine.

Weather forecast
BBC

There will be some patches of cloud at times, though, with light northwest winds.

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

Powell praises 'outstanding' performance

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell has described

the club's 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Ipswich yesterday as among the best since he took over.

Chris Powell
PA

Goals from Nahki Wells and James Vaughan ended a run of seven games without a win for the Terriers.

"It was outstanding. Nahki and Vaughan absolutely terrorised them and it was a great performance all round," says Powell.

Full steam ahead in Haworth

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Steam's up at

the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway as volunteer staff on this famous railway get the locos and the line ready for another day.

Steam loco at KWVR
BBC

I'm here in Haworth to find out what's on offer for families over this Easter half-term, with trains running up and down the track here every day this week and at the weekend.

Roger France, who's been a volunteer at the KWVR since it reopened in 1968, tells me it's "a big steam adventure. It's something special".

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police say the Easter weekend was one of their busiest ever, with calls reporting more than 500 incidents of domestic violence, 24 sex offences, a fatal house fire and two missing people.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Your views: Pothole problems

Ahead of tonight's

BBC One documentary looking at the fight against potholes in Leeds, you've been telling us about your pothole problems.

Pothole
PA

Tom Clarke

posts on Facebook: It took over 20 years to relay the road surface down our street completed in December 2013, by February 2014 the utility companies have been digging it up again and still ongoing to this day, so what was the point?

And Alan Lewis

posts: Not only Leeds the whole of West Yorkshire is the same. Disgraceful you spend more time looking for holes rather than concentrating on the road ahead.

City's pothole plague

About 30,000 news potholes open up on roads in Leeds every year and it would cost £100m to fix them all,

a new BBC TV documentary reveals.

Pothole being filled in Leeds
BBC

In December, the government said Leeds would get £45m as part of a record-breaking payment to local councils to fight potholes over the next six years. But Leeds City Council says that's still not enough.

Tonight's programme,

The Hole in the Road Inspectors, on BBC One at 22:45, follows highway workers in the city dealing with endless pothole patch-ups. What are your experiences of potholes in West Yorkshire? Why not
email or
tweet us with your views.

Ballot box backpack hits the road

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm out and about in West Yorkshire this week, speaking to people about what they want from the politicians as the general election campaign continues.

Ballot box backpack
BBC

Everybody I speak to is adding their ideas to my ballot box backpack - and there've been a real mix of views out there. So far, I've been canvassing opinions in

Halifax and
Keighley.

From better roads to improved public transport, it's all food for thought for the parties vying for votes with just one month to go now before the big day.

Appeal over cyclist's death

Police in North Yorkshire are asking for help to trace a driver who they say

may have vital information about the death of a cyclist from Otley earlier this year.

The rider, a man in his 40s, died after he was hit by a silver car on the B6160 between Bolton Abbey and Barden Tower on Sunday 15 February.

Police now want to speak to the driver of a red car seen close to the scene of the crash just before it happened. The car was travelling towards the A59 and Addingham.

Farage faces MEP's court threat

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is facing legal action from an ex-UKIP MEP who defected to the Tories,

the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show has learned.

Amjad Bashir
PA

Lawyers for Amjad Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, have written to Mr Farage asking him to publicly withdraw a range of allegations he made in January and pay damages.

The letter says otherwise he could face possible libel action in the High Court.

BBC Travel

One lane's closed and there's queuing traffic on the M1 southbound between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of an accident involving a van and a lorry and subsequent recovery work.

There are currently long delays on the M621 to J7, A61 (Stourton), on the M62 to J31, A655 (Castleford) and on the M62 to J28, A650 (Tingley).