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  1. Updates from Wednesday 15 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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 talk to a Bradford City fan who lost three generations of his family in the fire at Valley Parade 30 years ago.

He was 12-years-old at the time of the fire and he believes it was not an accident and after years of investigation has written a book about his findings.

Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe says the allegations do not justify a new inquiry into the disaster.

A dry, clear but cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with clear periods developing and a minimum temperature of about 2C (36F) with a ground frost in parts.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be a fine and dry day with partly cloudy skies and spells of sunshine.

The top temperature will be about 12C (54F).

Listen again: The economy debate

If you missed this morning's BBC Radio Leeds election debate on the economy,

you can listen again here.


From non-dom tax status to nurses' pay, from pensioner benefits to the north-south divide, it was a wide-ranging debate.

Listen back here to what Lib Dem Aqila Choudhry, Labour's John Grogan, UKIP's Aleks Lukic, and the Conservatives' Alec Shelbrooke had to say.

Green light for new city offices

Yorkshire Evening Post

Planners have given the go ahead for

a new eight-storey office to be built in Leeds city centre on the former site of the Whitehall Soap Works.

Artist's impression of new building
Yorkshire Evening Post

Wakefield sign Kavanagh

BBC Sport

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

have signed Widnes prop Ben Kavanagh on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, who started his career at Wigan, has made six appearances for the Vikings this season.

Wakefield coach James Webster

has told the club website: "Ben will add some size and speed to an area we have been short in over the past six weeks."

Election leaflets dumped in layby

Hundreds of campaign leaflets for a Labour election candidate in Leeds

have been found dumped in Wales.

Election leaflets found dumped in Gwynedd
Nia Roberts

Piles of literature for Jamie Hanley, who is standing in

Pudsey, were spotted in a layby near the Tre'r Ceiri hill fort, Llanaelhaearn, in Gwynedd, on Tuesday.

Mr Hanley said he uses a printing company based in north Wales and has asked them to "look into it for us".

Bradford 0-6 Bristol City

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has described

last night's 6-0 defeat at home to Bristol City as totally uncharacteristic.

Phil Parkinson

The match saw the visitors promoted to the Championship, while all but ending City's hopes of joining them in going up.

Parkinson says: "I've always seen us stick together and work as a team. Tonight we didn't do that. I've got to take the ultimate responsibility as I'm the manager."

Fears Kellingley could close by June

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Workers at Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley - due to close at the end of the year -

now fear the site could shut as early as June.

Keith Poulson and Keith Hartshorne at Kellingley
Pontefract and Castleford Express

Police warning after accident

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Road closure following serious RTC. Cottingley Moor Road, Cottingley, Bingley. Avoid area if possible.

Paladini in Bantams takeover talks

BBC Sport

Former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini

is in early talks to take over Bradford City.

Bradford City fans

The Italian, who

previously tried to buy Championship club Birmingham City, has signed a confidentiality agreement with Bantams joint-chairmen Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn.

Paladini spent eight years at Loftus Road before leaving in November 2011.

Health centre fire 'potentially suspicious'

A fire at a health centre in Birkby, Huddersfield, earlier this week is being treated as potentially suspicious,

police said.

The blaze, at the Birkby Health Centre on Norwood Road, took place between about 22:30 on Sunday and 00:00 on Monday. It caused substantial damage to a rear office.

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, a rear window at the property was damaged, police say. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact police.

Final farewell for Viv

More on

the funeral and memorial service for "spend, spend, spend" Pools winner Viv Nicholson, which will be held in her home town of Castleford on 1 May.

Viv Nicholson
Keystone/Getty Images

After the memorial service, her family say people are welcome to join them at the Magnet Hotel in Castleford to pay their final respects.

"We have been inundated by messages of good will and funny anecdotes about Viv, which have helped us through this bleak time,"

the Nicholson family says.

'The romance can't be underestimated'

BBC Sport

This week's BBC Super League Show focuses on the Challenge Cup,

with former winners Iestyn Harris and John Kear discussing the new "seeded" structure for 2015.

Super League Show

Harris' Salford face Championship highfliers Leigh, while Kear's Batley take on Swinton in round five as the lower-tier clubs get their first chance for a shot at the "big guns".

Warning rapist 'could strike again'

The detective hunting a violent rapist who left a woman for dead

fears the suspect could strike again.

Beeston rape suspect
West Yorkshire Police

An 18-year-old was

dragged from a bus stop in Leeds and bludgeoned with a stone before being sexually assaulted.

It has now emerged three other women were stalked by the suspect prior to the attack on Beeston Road, on 6 March.

'Insufficient evidence' over Chief Constable

More on the news that West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable Mark Gilmore won't face any charges in relation to a bribery and misconduct investigation in Northern Ireland.

A spokeswoman for the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland says: "In relation to Mr Gilmore there was insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction."

Mr Gilmore's suspension as Chief Constable is being reviewed in the light of the PPS decision, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson confirmed.

BreakingNo charges for suspended chief constable

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police will not face any charges in relation to a bribery and misconduct investigation in Northern Ireland, prosecutors have confirmed.

Mark Gilmore
West Yorkshire Police

Mark Gilmore, a former Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer, was suspended last June on full pay by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner in the wake of a PSNI probe into the award of its police vehicle contracts.

The police chief, who denied any wrongdoing, was questioned by detectives in his native Belfast last August.

Gillespie to coach Adelaide

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Yorkshire Cricket coach Jason Gillespie is to coach Adelaide Strikers in the Australian Big Bash League alongside his commitments at Headingley,

it's been revealed.

Jason Gillespie

He'll run the Strikers from December when the competition starts and says he wants to bring back knowledge and experience to help Yorkshire improve in the short format of the game.

Gillespie says: "The opportunity to coach and build on the Strikers' recent success is a great challenge. They finished top of the regular standings last year, but missed out in the semi-final. Hopefully, we can build on that and push on later this year."

Memorial for Pools winner Viv

A memorial service for Castleford's "spend, spend, spend" Pools winner Viv Nicholson is to be held in her home town.

Viv Nicholson

Mrs Nicholson, who became famous in 1961 for saying she would spend every penny of her and her husband's £152,000 win, died aged 79 on 11 April.

A private funeral will be held on 1 May, followed by the memorial service at 14:00 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sugar Street, Castleford.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The family of Viv Nicholson have announced plans to hold a memorial service in honour of the late pools winner from Castleford.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

A cloudy afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a fair amount of cloud this afternoon - thick enough to give a few spots of rain.

Weather forecast

However, it'll stay dry for most with some bright spells returning from the north later.

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

Coming up on BBC One

BBC Look North

Join us at 13:40 for BBC Look North as we report from Shipley which has been highlighted as Yorkshire's rail fare dodging hotspot.

Figures seen exclusively by us show that last year 734 people attempted to travel into Leeds without a valid ticket.

'Thousands' hit by metal thefts

Castleford is the worst place in the Yorkshire and Humber region for the theft of power cables, according to Northern Powergrid.

The electricity distributor says last year almost one third of power line thefts in West Yorkshire were carried out in the Castleford area - causing disruption to an estimated 37,000 people.


Northern Powergrid and Crimestoppers are launching a campaign urging anyone with information to get in touch.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's appearing in court over last month's fatal shooting in Leeds.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Pedestrian seriously hurt in bike crash

A teenage girl needed hospital treatment for serious leg and head injuries

after being hit by a motorbike in Saltaire yesterday evening.

The incident happened at about 18:20 when the 17-year-old, who was crossing Shipley Road near the Nisa supermarket, was hit by a blue Yamaha motorcycle.

The girl's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, according to police. The motorbike rider, a 44-year-old man from Saltaire, also required hospital treatment.

Puttnam's film festival support

Keighley News

Legendary movie producer David Puttnam

is supporting Keighley's RATMA international film festival, filming a special message to play before the festival's gala screening of winning entries.

David Puttnam
Getty Images

Listen again: The economy debate

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

If you missed this morning's BBC Radio Leeds election debate on the economy, or you just want to catch up with what was said at Morley Town Hall,

you can listen again here.

Debate audience

From non-dom tax status to nurses' pay, from pensioner benefits to the north-south divide, it was a wide-ranging debate.

Listen back here to what Lib Dem Aqila Choudhry, Labour's John Grogan, UKIP's Aleks Lukic, and the Conservatives' Alec Shelbrooke had to say.

Golden sunset over St Aidan's

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Michiko Smith from Normanton for sending us this evocative picture of yesterday's golden sunset at St Aidan's RSPB reserve near Leeds.

Sunset at St Aidan's
Michiko Smith

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News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's appearing in court over last month's fatal shooting in Leeds.

Tristan Gatewood is charged with conspiracy to murder 33-year-old Shel Ali Hussain.

He's the seventh person to be charged.

Listen live to the lunchtime bulletin for more.

Election 2015: Recap

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

That's it for the

BBC Radio Leeds debate on the economy.

Thank you to Aqila Choudhry, John Grogan, Aleks Lukic and Alec Shelbrooke for answering questions.

Did you miss it?

Listen again online here.

Campaign anecdotes

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

The final question from me, I asked for the candidates' campaigning anecdotes so far.

Aleks Lukic has a "battle scar" from trapping his finger in a gate, while John Grogan says he's "prepared to kiss anyone for a vote".

Alec Shelbrooke says he's had his hand bitten by a dog while campaigning, and Aqila Choudhry admits she has kissed a baby during her campaign.

'Vote-grab' accusation

"I've been absolutely appalled to see HRMC pursuing civil action instead of criminal action against tax avoiders," says UKIP's Aleks Lukic.


Scrapping non-dom tax status is "simply a vote-grab. I think this could well be an ideological policy that could well harm the country," he adds.

Emma, who asked the question on non-dom status, says as a young person she finds it "very hard to trust politicians".

Tax loopholes 'not closed'

For the Conservatives, Alec Shelbrooke says: "'I'm proud this government has managed to collect £100bn in the last give years by closing down tax avoidance."

When pushed, he says he would like non-dom status to be "looked at".

From the Lib Dems, Aqila Choudhry says: "We have to move away from the point of headline grabbing. Labour had 13 years to close loopholes that they never did."