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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 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 from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Urban foraging on the up

Charlotte Leeming

Presenter, BBC Look North

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch but, as I've been finding out at Roundhay Park today, there is if you choose to go and pick all the edible plants outside your own front door.

Charlotte and Mina

Foraging for wild food is enjoying something of a revival. It not only helps the bank balance, there are also lots of health benefits too. And spring is the perfect time to explore.

Mina Said-Allsop, otherwise known as MushrooMina, helped me have a very successful day urban foraging - and I've never eaten so much wild garlic in my life!

Find out more on BBC Look North tonight.

Castleford forwards 'set platform'

BBC Sport

BBC Super League Show pundits Iestyn Harris and John Kear discuss

the impact Castleford's forwards have had in lifting the Tigers up the Super League table.

Nathan Massey

Despite the departures of Daryl Clark, Craig Huby and Weller Hauraki over the winter, Daryl Powell's side have started to gel after a sloppy start.

Existing players Nathan Massey (pictured), Grant Millington and Adam Milner have all stepped up to bolster the ranks.

Leeds triathlon will be 'unforgettable'

Responding to the news that

Leeds is being considered to host the UK leg of the World Triathlon Series, Leeds Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee says it'll "inspire" people in the city to get involved in sport.

Alistair Brownlee

"I'm sure that spectators will line the route and the city centre will be full of fans cheering on the athletes as we cross the finish line," he says.

"The Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 demonstrated how much the people of Leeds and Yorkshire love sport, and the opportunity for not just myself but also for athletes from around the world to race in front of crowds like that will create an unforgettable event."

Leeds set for world triathlon role

Leeds could play host to a major international sporting event next year with the announcement that

the city's being considered to stage a round of the prestigious International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series.

Brownlee brothers
Leeds City Council

Being chosen for the UK leg of the competition would see Leeds join cities such as Cape Town, Auckland, Gold Coast, Yokohama, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Stockholm and Hamburg, all of which are hosting ITU World Triathlon Series races this season.

If successful it will give the city's own triathlon stars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (pictured) the chance to compete in front of home crowds.

Leeds United v Norwich City

BBC Sport

Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci will be involved in Neil Redfearn's side tonight despite the uncertainty about his future at the club.

Chris Dawson could make a return to the line-up with Rodolph Austin suspended and Lewis Cook (ankle) still absent.

Read the full match preview here.

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 find out why yet another world class sporting event looks set to come to Leeds.

It's emerged this afternoon that the city's being considered to stage the UK leg of the World Triathlon Series next year, taking over from London.

Also, we'll be discovering why foraging for wild food is enjoying something of a revival, with our reporter Charlotte Leeming out in Roundhay Park to see what's offer - all free of charge.

A dry night ahead

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with clear spells and a minimum temperature of about 6C (43F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow, some sunny spells are likely, but in general skies will be mostly cloudy with a few spots of rain possible, mainly in Pennine areas later.

The top temperature will be about 13C (55F).

Cemetery chapel plan dropped

Keighley News

A plan to enable Keighley Town Council to take over the running of a rundown chapel in Utley Cemetery

has been dropped.

Chapel in Utley Cemetery
Keighley News

Twelve Apostles caught on camera

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Bev Silverman from Leeds for sending us this very atmospheric picture she took this morning of the mysterious Bronze Age Twelve Apostles stone circle on Ilkley Moor.

Twelve Apostles
Bev Silverman

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Vintage car fans braced for treat

Fans of vintage cars are in for a treat in Leeds this week as the UK's biggest vintage car rally sets off from the city

with 110 cars crewed by teams from all over the world expected to take part.

Flying Scotsman Rally
Chris Wynne/Flying Scotsman Rally

Lasting three days and travelling about 750 miles, competitors in the Flying Scotsman Rally gather at Oulton Hall, Rothwell, on Thursday before setting out at one-minute intervals from 07:00 on Friday.

The race will head from Leeds to Edinburgh and to the finishing line at Gleneagles. This is the seventh year the rally's been held, but the first time the starting line has been so far north.

Biking vicars rev up for testing trip

More on next week's "pilgrimage" which will see five vicars from the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

travel from Yorkshire to Iona and back on a 725-mile round trip.


The Reverend Neal Lefroy-Owen, priest in charge at St Hilda's Halifax and St John's Warley, has previously made several long-distance trips - including a 4,000-mile ride across the USA last year.

He says: "I'm really looking forward to this trip. It's great to be able to share my love of riding with fellow Christians from the new diocese and to get to know them better. A visit to Iona for the first time is the icing on the cake."

Missing man found

A man who's been missing from his home in Leeds since mid-March has been found,

West Yorkshire Police has confirmed.

Stephen Pattison, 50, from Seacroft, was last seen on Friday 20 March, when he started a week off work but he didn't return on 30 March.

Mr Pattison was found "safe and well" this morning, police say.

Delays on M1

BBC Travel

One lane is currently closed on the M1 northbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

An estimated 150,000 people in West Yorkshire are currently not registered to vote in next month's elections.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Celebrating the joy of reading

People living in Calderdale have the chance to pick up a free book next week as part of celebrations for World Book Night.

World Book Night is now in its fifth year and is an annual celebration of reading and books, with events taking place on or around Thursday 23 April, the International Day of the Book.

On Saturday 25 April, Todmorden Library will host a special event where people can get hold of one of the free World Book Night titles: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle or Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden.

Burned out car sparks fury

Telegraph & Argus

Residents of a Bradford village are furious that a burned out car sat on a busy road for more than two weeks.

Burned out car
Telegraph and Argus

Rogue trader jailed

Yorkshire Evening Post

A trader who fleeced thousands of pounds from elderly victims in Leeds and across West Yorkshire

has been jailed for more than two years.

A dry and warm afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry afternoon for most with broken cloud and bright or sunny spells.

Weather forecast

There'll be gentle southwest winds and it'll feel warm in the sunshine.

The top temperature will be about 16C (61F).

Road closures for City match

With a large crowd expected for tonight's home match between Bradford City and Bristol City, a series of road closures will be in place for the fixture,

the club has said.

Bradford City fans

With the game kicking-off at 19:45, the road closures will be in place from 18:00 until 22:30.

Midland Road will be closed from its junction with Thorncliffe Road right through to its junction with Cornwall Road. The lower section of Holywell Ash Lane will also be closed from its junction with Lupton Street.

'No time to give up' - Redfearn

Yorkshire Post

A "sense of bewilderment" remains at Elland Road following the removal of assistant manager Steve Thompson,

according to the Yorkshire Post.

Neil Redfearn

United have lost all three games since Thompson was suspended but coach Neil Redfearn (pictured) is urging his players not to let recent developments overshadow their efforts.

"We either sit down, sulk and give up - or we crack on,"

he's told the YP ahead of tonight's home clash against Norwich, "we want to try and kick on now".

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Another arrest has been made over the murder of a 33-year-old man in Leeds last month.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Preparing for the worst

Emma Glasbey

Journalist, BBC Look North

I'm out at the water rescue training exercise being held by the emergency services in the River Aire in the heart of Leeds.

Water rescue exercise

According to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, there've been 31 incidents and two deaths in the river in the past five years.

I think from this picture you can see how someone lost in the dark and maybe drunk after a night out in Leeds could easily wander towards the river.

Election 2015: Have your say

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'll be putting the economy under the spotlight this evening as I host the first in a series of BBC Radio Leeds debates looking at the big issues faced by all of us ahead of the general election.


At this first debate, at Morley Town Hall, Leeds, I'll be hearing from guests from across the political spectrum - but most of all I want to hear from you.

Recording starts at 18:00 and you're welcome to come along as there are still places available. Why not have your say?

Worcestershire v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are currently in action against Worcestershire in the County Championship.

Worcester v Yorkshire

It's day three of four and you can catch up with the latest from Worcester

with live commentary here.

Also, get all the facts and figures from the match

with our live scorecard.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

There's concern that an estimated 150,000 people in West Yorkshire aren't registered to vote in next month's elections. The deadline to register under the new system is next Monday.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Rail delays warning

Northern Rail

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

Biking vicars get set for 'pilgrimage'

Five vicars from the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

are preparing to part in a five-day motorbiking "pilgrimage" from Yorkshire to the island of Iona off the West coast of Scotland.

Biking vicars
Diocese of West Yorkshire & The Dales

The vicars are all members of the West Yorkshire and the Dales Motorcycle Club which was formed by clergy and lay motorbike enthusiasts when the new diocese began a year ago.

A total of 10 bikes will set off next Monday on the 725-mile round trip, the longest yet by the club which has so far only made single day trips around the diocese. They'll take in the Kielder Forest, Edinburgh, the Trossachs, Glencoe, Mull, Oban, Iona and then Glasgow and Gretna Green.

City centre river rescue exercise

More on the mock water rescue

which is taking place in Leeds city centre today.

Water rescue exercise

Station manager Ian Thompson, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, says the River Aire has been chosen as the site of the exercise as it's "a potential hazard" close to shops, pubs and clubs.

"There's a high number of passing pedestrians, some of whom are under the influence of alcohol, which can lead to over-exuberance or people becoming disorientated and getting into trouble in the river," he says.

Arrest over fatal shooting

Another man has been arrested

in connection with the death of a 33-year-old man in Leeds in March.

Shuel Ali Hussain
West Yorkshire Police

Shuel Ali Hussain, 33, was shot in the stomach on Markham Avenue in Harehills on the evening of 9 March. Six men have so far been charged in connection with the incident.

A 21-year-old man was arrested in Chapeltown this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and is currently in custody, according to police.

Mock rescue highlights river dangers

A mock water rescue exercise is being held in the centre of Leeds today in a bid to highlight water safety around the River Aire.

Water rescue exercise in River Aire

In the last five years (April 2010 - March 2015), West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been called to 107 water rescue incidents across the county - nine of which resulted in fatalities.

Out of the 47 Leeds district water rescue incidents, 31 were from the River Aire and two resulted in deaths, according to fire service figures.

CCTV appeal over robbery

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to

following a robbery in Bradford in March.

CCTV images
West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at about 12:30 on Sunday 22 March when a 42-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were walking along Ivegate. Two men approached the woman and tried to steal her handbag.

The attackers took cash from her bag before running off towards Kirkgate. Both victims had to be treated in hospital for facial injuries.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

An estimated 150,000 in West Yorkshire are missing from the voting register, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Leeds.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.