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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 April 2015

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That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

We'll be back again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Work to start on £8.5m retail park

Work is set to start shortly on

an £8.5m retail park in Leeds on the site of a derelict factory.

Artist's impression of new site
BBC

The former Denso Marston site, in Armley, will be demolished to make way for three new shops and a 200-space car park.

Construction is due to begin in the summer and the site is scheduled to open in spring 2016, creating 100 jobs. A number of national retailers are already lined up as tenants, developers Opus North say.

'Disaster to sell young players' - Redfearn

BBC Sport

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn

has warned the club about the danger of selling their talented young players.

Cook and Mowatt
Getty Images

Full-back Sam Byram, 21, and midfielders Alex Mowatt, 20, and Lewis Cook, 18, have all been linked with moves away from Elland Road.

"It'd be a disaster to sell the young lads," he told

BBC Radio Leeds.

City centre appeals over bus stop rape

Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Beeston, Leeds, in March

will appeal for help in finding her attacker across the city centre this weekend.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

Vehicles equipped with large video screens will be located in busy areas of the city centre and will repeatedly show an appeal, including CCTV of the attacker.

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "We want to do all we can to keep the appeal for information at the forefront of people's minds. Just because we've not yet had that crucial call that leads to this man's identity doesn't mean the answer isn't out there with someone."

A dry, clear and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with broken cloud, clear spells and a minimum temperature of about 3C (37F) in some rural locations with a touch of ground frost.

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will be fine, dry and settled with variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

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 hear from the son of the former chairman of Bradford City Football Club.

Bradford City fire scene
PA

He says he's "disgusted" by allegations his father could have been responsible for the fire at Valley Parade which led to the deaths of 56 people.

An inquiry found the fire was an accident, caused by a discarded cigarette igniting rubbish under a wooden grandstand.

But a new book suggests it could have been started deliberately.

Halifax loan deal for Craven

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Halifax RLFC have signed Widnes Vikings half-back Danny Craven on a season-long loan.

Craven, 23, has played in three of the Vikings' 10 games this season.

His last appearance was against Catalans on Easter Monday.

Footwear mark clue to rapist

A footmark on the clothing worn by

an 18-year-old woman who was raped and nearly killed in Leeds could prove vital to the investigation into the attack, police say.

Footwear mark
West Yorkshire Police

The mark is thought to be from the offender and police say it could show the type of trainers he was wearing when he attacked the woman in Beeston Road on Friday 6 March.

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "The victim can give no other reason why there would be such a mark on her clothing and so we believe this mark is likely to be his."

Reveller bitten in assault

Pontefract & Castleford Express

A 25-year-old man was bitten in the face at the weekend during a vicious attack in Castleford town centre following an argument,

police have said.

Traffic delays after accident

BBC Travel

The A658 Main Street in Pool is currently partially blocked and there's very slow traffic in both directions between the Manor Gardens junction and the A659 Pool Road junction.

This is due to an accident. Police are currently directing traffic and drivers should expect some delays.

Tantalising timepiece ticks again

A musical clock and automaton made in 1765 by the royal clockmaker

is going back on display at Temple Newsam in Leeds after a £40,000 restoration.

Antique clock
Leeds City Council

The clock had been silent for 15 years, but can now once again play its eight tunes from the Georgian period as figures spring into action to animate a rustic scene on the clock's face.

The timepiece is once believed to have been owned by Queen Marie Antoinette of France and later the Duke of Buckingham.

City loses out in supermarket shake-up

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

The biggest loser in

the shake-up announced today by Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons is the city itself. The head office on Gain Lane employs 2,300 people. The 720 job losses announced today will cut that by almost a third.

Morrisons bags
PA

Although staff have the chance to find alternate positions within the company, the reality is that many are unlikely to take up that offer.

Geographically many of the stores may be too distant without relocation and the positions on offer may be unsuitable.

David Cameron in Leeds

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

David Cameron's currently at the O2 centre in Beeston, Leeds, for a debate of his own ahead of

tonight's BBC Opposition Leaders debate.

David Cameron
BBC

He's been talking about building starter homes and primary schools. He's also told his audience that he doesn't think there needs to be another coalition government.

One audience member has asked about the NHS, saying: "Can you answer without figures, statistics and words we don't understand?"

Sidebottom sidelined

BBC Sport

Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom could be out for "several weeks",

according to director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

Ryan Sidebottom
Getty Images

The 37-year-old seamer injured his calf in the County champions' opening victory against Worcestershire.

News on the hour

The supermarket chain Morrisons is cutting up to 720 jobs from its head office in Bradford.

The company said the number of roles at its headquarters had increased by 50% in the past seven years and that it was recruiting 5,000 shop floor staff.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

DNA swab operation 'to continue'

A mass DNA swabbing operation by police investigating

the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Leeds, "will continue", police have said.

E-fit image of suspect
West Yorkshire Police

Det Supt Nick Wallen said: "The vast majority of people we've approached have been happy to assist us. I think this is in part due to the very strong feeling there is out there that this man must be caught and taken off the streets as soon as possible."

Detectives have previously released

images and a description of the attacker.

Leeds rail delays

National Rail

tweets: Delays of up to 60 minutes between York and Leeds via #Harrogate until at least 15:00

George the cat reunited with owners

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Here's the touching moment George the cat was reunited with his owners this morning after making a 124-mile journey from Colwyn Bay in North Wales to Brighouse.

Owners reunited with George
BBC

Julia Hill's been looking after George since he suddenly appeared at her doorstep about 10 days ago, but she's finally handed the 18-year-old moggy back to owners Sue and Steve Davies.

Sue tells me: "It's really wonderful, you can't express it really. He's always been curious but nothing like this before. We're just delighted."

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me at 13:40 for BBC Look North as we get the latest reactions to a newly-published book about the Bradford City fire.

The book claims the blaze, in which 56 people lost their lives, was just one of at least nine fires at businesses owned or associated with the then chairman Stafford Heginbotham.

The judge who carried out the inquiry into the fire has rejected claims it could have been started deliberately.

Mass DNA swab 'vitally important'

So far, about 250 DNA swabs have been taken from men in the Beeston area,

West Yorkshire Police has confirmed.

Officers have visited 1,100 addresses, spoken to 3,000 people and taken swabs from men aged between 18 and 30, police say. The process involves taking swabs from the person's cheek.

Det Supt Nick Wallen said: "This mass swabbing operation is just one aspect of the investigation, but it's vitally important for us to be able to eliminate as many potential suspects as possible."

BreakingDNA swab bid to catch rapist

A large-scale DNA swabbing operation is being carried out in part of Leeds by police investigating

the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in March, it's just been revealed.

The victim was waiting at a bus stop on Beeston Road in Leeds on Friday 6 March when she was attacked and "left for dead".

The DNA operation was launched in the days following the attack, with officers visiting addresses to request a swab from anyone who broadly matched the description of the attacker.

Tigers winger Carney sidelined

BBC Sport

Castleford Tigers winger Justin Carney

is facing up to eight weeks out after dislocating his elbow.

The 26-year-old Australian suffered the injury in the 25-4 win over Hull KR last week.

He is currently the joint second highest try-scorer in Super League this season, having touched down nine times in 10 appearances.

Free school plans examined

Plans for the country's biggest free school

will be discussed by Leeds City Council today.

The Ruth Gorse Academy would be built on the site of the former Yorkshire Chemicals site off Black Bull street, just south of the city centre.

It would cost £28m and take 1,500 pupils and 150 staff. A final planning decision will be made later this month.

Morrisons 'recruiting thousands'

Announcing the planned loss of about 720 jobs at its Bradford HQ, supermarket chain Morrisons says it's also begun recruiting 5,000 shop floor staff.

Morrisons trolleys
Reuters

Chief executive David Potts says: "We're focusing on the things that matter to our customers. That means having more of our staff in our stores, improving product availability and helping customers at our checkouts."

Morrisons employs more than 20,000 people in Yorkshire in its manufacturing, logistics depots and supermarkets, according to the firm.

Redundant staff 'offered new roles'

Following the news that Morrisons is to shed 720 jobs at its Bradford HQ, the firm says any staff being made redundant will be offered a role in its stores.

Others will be will be redeployed in other parts of the business, the firm says. Voluntary redundancy will also be on offer.

Morrisons job losses 'tough decision'

More on the job losses at the headquarters of Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons, which have just been announced.

The firm says the number of people employed at its HQ on Gain Lain in Bradford has increased by 50% since 2008.

Morrisons chief executive David Potts says: "We need a simpler, faster and cost-conscious Head Office and that requires some tough but necessary decisions."

Breaking720 jobs to go at Morrisons HQ

About 720 jobs are to go at the headquarters of Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons, the company has confirmed.

A 45-day consultation over "a simplified management structure" has been launched, the firm says.

Selby targets Warrington fight

BBC Sport

Welsh boxer Lee Selby

is targeting a fight with Leeds' Josh Warrington if he wins the IBF featherweight title.

Josh Warrington
ALLSPORT/GETTY IMAGES

Selby faces Evgeny Gradovich for that belt at London's O2 Arena on 30 May.

Warrington (pictured) said he wanted to fight Selby after winning the WBC featherweight title on Saturday, when the Welshman was ringside.

Woman, 93, robbed in street

More on

the robbery of a 93-year-old woman in Halifax yesterday morning.

The theft took place at about 10:00 as the victim walked down ginnels behind Skircoat Green Road. She was approached by an unknown man who grabbed and twisted her arm and snatched a purse from her hand before running away.

The suspect's about 6ft and of slim build. Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Curious George ready for home

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A tear-jerking reunion between pet and owner is just minutes away from happening in Brighouse, and I'm there to see it take place.

George the Cat
BBb

Nearly seven weeks ago, George the cat escaped from his home in Colwyn Bay and somehow travelled more than 80 miles to West Yorkshire.

While he's been on his holidays, George has been looked after by Julia Hill - but she's now about to hand him back to his owners. Julia tells me George's owners "can't believe" he's got so far away from home.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A 93-year-old woman's been robbed in Halifax.

Police say she was attacked in St Alban's Road in Skircoat Green yesterday morning, by a man who twisted her arm and snatched her purse.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Council launches addiction review

A review of Bradford's addiction services has been ordered by the council after it admitted they're not good enough.

Drugs paraphernalia
BBC

The council says it's concerned too many people are returning to using drugs after treatment. It also says too many people are failing alcohol treatment programmes.

Ian Wallace, head of commissioning for substance misuse at Bradford Council, says: "The results of this review will provide recommendations on how the current system can be improved to ensure we provide the best care and support."