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  1. Updates on Friday 17 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Good evening

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

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

A dry, clear and cold night

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with broken cloud and some clear spells.

The minimum temperature will be about 3C (37F) in some rural locations with a touch of ground frost.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be another dry and fine day with sunny spells and the top temperature will be about 12C (54F).

Rail crash 'potentially catastrophic'

This morning's crash which saw a taxi cab plunge down an embankment on to the rail line between Saltaire and Shipley was potentially "a major disaster",

the fire service says.

Cab on rails
Graham Taylor

The driver of the cab, who escaped from the upside down car and called 999, "had a very lucky escape," according to watch commander Jav Khan.

Coming up on BBC One

Nicola Rees

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 as we hear from the former finance director of Bradford City Football Club, who says claims the fire was started deliberately are "outrageous".

Bradford fire memorial

A new book says former club chairman Stafford Heginbotham was linked to eight fires before the Valley Parade disaster.

Inner ring road closure warning

Drivers in Leeds are being warned that the inner ring road (A58M) will be

closed to traffic for work on Woodhouse Tunnel from 19:00 tonight until 06:00 on Monday.

Woodhouse Tunnel
Phill D/Geograph

It'll be closed in both directions overnight on Friday, and then the westbound route only will be closed from 06:00 on Saturday until 19:00 on Sunday.

Both routes will then close again until 06:00 on Monday morning. Diversions will be in place.

CCTV appeal after bank robbery

CCTV images of a man wanted over

an armed robbery at a bank in Leeds yesterday have been issued by police.

Robbery suspect
West Yorkshire Police

The robbery took place at about 16:00 at the Yorkshire Bank, Town Street, Bramley.

Sixties sensation celebrated

The city of Bradford has honoured a 60s singing sensation by holding a special Lord Mayor's reception at City Hall for Tino Valdi.

Tino Valdi

Born in the Ukraine as Volodymyr Luciv, Valdi started singing after coming to work in Bradford's mills following World War Two.

He later starred frequently on the same bills as top entertainers including Bruce Forsyth and Kathy Kirby.

West Nab sunset caught on camera


Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Callum Girdwood for sending us this fantastic picture of yesterday's sunset at West Nab above Meltham.

Sunset at West Nab
Callum Girdwood

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Attack victim 'badly shaken'

More on the news

a 24-year-old woman fought off an attempted serious sexual assault last night in Cross Gates, Leeds.

Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson says: "This was a frightening experience for the victim, who has been left very badly shaken by what happened.

"We believe the offender would have gone on to seriously sexually assault her if she hadn't fought back."

Waterloo medal goes under hammer

Huddersfield Examiner

A Waterloo Medal awarded to an Almondbury soldier who was at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

is set to fetch about £1,800 at an auction.

Woman fights off attacker

A 24-year-old woman

fought off an attempted sexual assault in Leeds after a man pulled her into a alleyway after she got off a bus last night.

Police are appealing for help to catch the attacker

Witter hopes for Euro title

BBC Look North

Bradford's former boxing world champion Junior Witter will challenge for an EU title in France tonight.

Junior Witter

The 41-year-old also held British, Commonwealth and European titles as well as his world title belt during his career.

He faces French title-holder Ahmed El Mousaoui who's 15 years younger than him, but the Bradford born fighter has told

BBC Look North he's confident of a win tonight - and will continue boxing "until I can't do it any more".

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are appealing for information following an attempted serious sexual assault in Leeds last night.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Rapist 'can't have gone unnoticed'

Police in Leeds are "as determined as we were in the outset" to find the man responsible for the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in March,

the detective leading the investigation has said.

Det Supt Nick Wallen
West Yorkshire Police

Ahead of a weekend of renewed appeals for information, Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "In the densely populated areas of the city that we know he has been in he cannot have passed unnoticed.

"I would again urge people to look very closely at the information we have released and contact us immediately if they know anything that could assist the investigation."

Netball: Jets excited over play-off

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Jets vice-captain Natalie Haythornthwaite

is looking forward to the club's first-ever Superleague play-off game.

Jets in action
Chris Midgely

The Jets, who finished third in the regular season, visit Surrey Storm in the semi-final on Saturday.

"I'm very excited. It was our target from day one to finish in the top four," she told BBC Radio Leeds.

Bradford City fire claims 'outrageous'

BBC Look North

One of the former directors of Bradford City Football Club has criticised

claims in a new book that the Valley Parade stadium fire in 1985 was arson.

Peter Flesher

The book, by City fan and fire survivor Martin Fletcher, claims the fire could have been used to get the club's then chairman Stafford Heginbotham out of financial difficulties.

Speaking exclusively to BBC Look North, Peter Flesher, who was the Bantams' finance director at the time of the disaster, says: "The thought of Stafford setting about to burn down a stand when he knew there'd be 4,000 people going to be sitting in it is absolutely outrageous."

Bridge accident closes road

BBC Travel

The A638 Doncaster Road in Wakefield is currently closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Kendal Rise junction and the B6378 Lodge Lane junction because of a vehicle striking a bridge.

Sheffield United v Bradford City

BBC Sport

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson could make changes following their 6-0 thrashing by Bristol City on Tuesday.

Jon Stead

The defeat by the Robins all but ended their slim play-off hopes.

Striker Jon Stead (pictured), defender Christopher Routis and winger Andy Halliday could come in.

Powell: I won't risk young players

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell says he'll only give the club's young players their chance in the first team when the time is right, and he won't risk them being exposed.

Chris Powell

Huddersfield host promotion chasing Derby County tomorrow, and Powell questions if that's the right game to throw the youngsters in.

"We're playing against Derby who have many experienced players. Is that the right time to start a young player? We'll see. They've done ever so well this year but that's a lot different to Championship football," he says.

New rescue HQ opens doors

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team opens the doors of its brand new HQ in Marsden to the public tomorrow

to mark its official opening after years of fundraising.

Vehicles in Rescue team HQ

The team bought Marsden's former fire station earlier this year as its first ever permanent base. The volunteer rescue team, formed 50 years ago, keeps two rescue vehicles in the building.

News on the hour

Larry Budd

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds


the news at 14:00:

Rail services on the Leeds to Skipton line were disrupted earlier, after a taxi ploughed through a fence, down an embankment and landed on its roof at Shipley.

City centre appeals over 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."

Man stabbed to death by 'enemy'

Yorkshire Evening Post

A man was fatally stabbed in the chest during a confrontation with his "hated" enemy in the road outside a Leeds city centre bar,

a jury has heard.

News on the hour

Larry Budd

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is the latest figure to call for a fresh investigation into the Bradford City fire.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Bradford fire inquiry call criticised

Liam Ward

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Calls by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham for a new inquiry into the Valley Parade fire in 1985 which killed 56 people have been criticised by Bradford City fans.

Bradford City fire aftermath

John Dewhirst, co-founder of the City Gent fanzine,

tells BBC Radio Leeds Mr Burnham's comments "almost feel like this is jumping on a Hillsborough bandwagon".


claims in a new book suggest the fire could have been started deliberately, Bradford fans feel there's "no sense of a cover-up", Mr Dewhirst says. "If you have an inquiry the only beneficiaries are the media and the lawyers."

A dry and sunny afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will continue

fine, dry and settled.

Weather forecast

There'll be variable amounts of cloud and good spells of sunshine.

Afternoon highs will be about 13C (55F) with a gentle to moderate north-easterly breeze.

Rail line reopens after taxi crash

Train services are now running again on the Leeds-Skipton route, according to Northern Rail.

Cab on line
Alex Fisher

It's after

a taxi crashed on to the line in Shipley, ending upside down on the tracks.

The driver of the cab suffered minor injuries, according to British Transport Police.

Fire allegations 'most serious'

The Guardian

More on the calls from shadow health secretary Andy Burnham for a new investigation into the Bradford City fire,

following claims in a new book that it could have been started deliberately.

Andy Burnham

He's told The Guardian: "These are allegations of the most serious kind, and if a bereaved family member feels that they need to be investigated then they should be.

"I have always felt that the original Popplewell inquiry was conducted with undue haste, and there is a concern that these matters were not thoroughly looked into at the time.

'Severe budget pressures'

West Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has welcomed new figures which show crime in the county is at its

lowest level since the early 1980s.

Mark Burns-Williamson
Office of Police and Crime Commissioner

Mark Burns-Williamson (pictured) says: "These figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff continue to work hard to help bring down crime, despite severe budget pressures."

Big fall in unemployment

UK unemployment fell 76,000 to 1.84 million in the three months to February, with the jobless total also showing a big fall in Yorkshire.

Figures for the period between December and February show unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber went down by 17,000 to 166,000 - that's a fall of 6.2%.

Nationally, the number of people in work has hit a new record high, up 248,000 to 31.049 million.

Crashed taxi halts rail services

More on the taxi cab which is currently on its roof on the rail line near Shipley after crashing down an embankment.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman says: "Arrangements have been made to remove the vehicle as soon as possible and officers will now be working to determine how it came to be on the tracks."

All services on the Leeds to Skipton line have been suspended while the car's moved.

Taxi crashes on to rail line

A taxi driver in Shipley suffered minor injuries when his cab crashed upside-down on to the railway line between Shipley and Saltaire.

Flipped car on rail line
Graham Taylor

The incident happened at about 09:10 near Victoria Street bridge, according to British Transport Police.