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  1. Updates on Monday 20 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.

Holmfirth's ready for Tour de Yorkshire

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm in Holmfirth this afternoon, where the blue and white bunting and flags are already up - ready for

the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which kicks off in just 11 days now.

Flags and yellow bikes in Holmfirth

The yellow bicycles you may remember from last year's Tour de France Grand Depart are also here, including one ridden by a skeleton which was designed by a local artist!

There aren't many cyclists around today, I'll admit, but people here tell me they think the Tour de Yorkshire will bring a real boost not only to Holmfirth but to everywhere it visits.

Castle Hill in the mist

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Laurie Edwards for sending in this fantastic picture she took this morning of the early mists around Castle Hill in Huddersfield.

Castle Hill
Laurie Edwards

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

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Play remembers Bradford fire

A play remembering those who died in the Bradford City fire in 1985

is being staged in the city this week.

Bradford Fire memorial

The 56, which runs from Thursday until Saturday at The Studio, marks the 30th anniversary of the fire at Valley Parade stadium.

Adapted from real-life testimonies and interviews with witnesses, all the profits from the performances will be donated to the University of Bradford's Burns Research Unit.

Bus firm 'running down' depot

A total of 380 First Bus drivers in Bradford, all members of the Unite union, will go on strike in the early hours of next Monday morning,

the union has confirmed.

Unite says the dispute is mainly over the "running down" of the First Bus depot on Bowling Back Lane, which the union claims the firm eventually intends to close, a claim the company rejects.

In a statement, Unite regional officer Harriet Eisner says: "While the strike will be inconvenient for thousands of bus users, the bigger picture Unite is fighting for is the maintenance of good and reliable services with top quality buses, properly serviced."

Video 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 parts of the city this week.

CCTV image
West Yorkshire Police

A vehicle equipped with a large video screen will be located in busy areas of the city centre, the universities, Hyde Park, Burley and Beeston 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."

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 ask why a quarter of black and ethnic minority people in Yorkshire don't register to vote - much higher than the general population.

Yet its voters from these communities who have the power to affect the outcome in many of the region's 44 constituencies. So why are the non-registration figures here so high?

Cars broken into during Bulls game

Three cars were broken into in a car park near the Bradford Bulls ground during yesterday's Challenge Cup clash between the Bulls and Hull KR,

the club says.

Richard Dunn centre
Humphrey Bolton/Geograph

The incidents happened between 15:20 and 16:00 in the car park at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre (pictured), opposite the Bulls' Odsal stadium. Police have been informed and the club is now appealing for witnesses.

Mark Leadbeater, Bulls stadium manager, says: "Rest assured we'll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help find those responsible for the damage and in ensuring our car parks are fully secure in the future."

Celebrating books in Calderdale

People living in Calderdale have the chance to pick up a free book this 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, the International Day of the Book.

On Saturday, 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.

Hit-and-run driver sought

A driver who failed to stop after his car hit a 12-year-old boy leaving him with head and leg injuries

is being sought by police in Bradford.

Photo of suspect
West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at about 20:00 on Sunday 29 March as the boy was crossing Manningham Lane near the Queens Road junction. The car carried on towards the city centre after the collision.

Detectives have released an image of the man who is believed to have been driving the silver Peugeot 307 involved in the collision. The injured boy has since been released from hospital.

A dry and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with clear periods overnight and a minimum temperature of about 3C (37F) with a touch of ground frost in some rural locations and patchy fog.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a grey start in places, soon turning brighter with spells of sunshine developing.

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

County cricket updates

BBC Sport

BBC Leeds commentator Dave Callaghan at Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire:

"The first day saw Notts in control with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie admitting his team had bowled badly.

"But he would have been happier on the morning of day two as Yorkshire grabbed three wickets for 35 runs to dismiss the home side for 428.

"One of those to go was Alex Hales, who had played superbly for his 236. Steve Patterson was the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers with 3-78.

"Yorkshire began their reply and at lunch they will be satisfied with progress."

Bailey heads for Cas

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Castleford Tigers

have signed the former Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey until the end of the season.

Ryan Bailey
Castleford Tigers

The club has an option of extending the 31-year-old's stay for a further two years at the end of this campaign.

Bailey says: "I'm really excited to be joining Castleford Tigers. I've been really impressed with the set-up here and I'm confident I'll fit in well at this family club."

Bus strike 'unnecessary'

First Bus says it's "very disappointed" at the decision by drivers who are members of the Unite union to strike for two days next week in a row over possible job losses at the firm's Bradford depot.

Emma Taylor, business manager for First in Bradford, says it will mean "massive and unnecessary disruption to bus users across the Bradford district".

"I believe this action is completely unjustified when I have given my reassurance to the trade union that there are no jobs at risk and the depot is not closing. In fact our plans in Bradford are for investment and development particularly in line with the expanding retail offer in the next few months."

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Bus drivers in Bradford are to go on a 48-hour strike in the district next Monday.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Job changes at centre of bus dispute

More on the planned 48-hour strike by First Bus drivers in Bradford which is set to start at midnight a week today.

First Bus says the dispute centres around "the reallocation of some staffing duties on the 576 Halifax-Bradford route".

Emma Taylor, business manager for First in Bradford, says: "This work was moved in January from Bradford to Halifax to balance staff duties and protect jobs in both areas following tender losses at Halifax."

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Bus drivers in Bradford are to go on a 48-hour strike in the district.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Bradford bus strike

With the news that First Bus drivers in Bradford have voted to strike at the end of this month, we're getting more reaction from the company and from the Unite union.

Thousands of commuters are expected to be affected by the strike, which will last for 48 hours.

It's believed the strike will start in the early hours of next Monday.

Hundreds of bus drivers to strike

Telegraph & Argus

Bus drivers in Bradford have announced a 48-hour strike in the district starting on Monday.

First buses in Bradford
Telegraph and Argus

Why I chose the UK for asylum

Fleeing violence in Syria, Majd travelled across the Mediterranean Sea to mainland Europe.

But why did he choose the UK - and eventually Leeds - to seek asylum?

Majd and his family

"[The UK] is open for all the world… if you're British or you're refugee, it doesn't matter," he says.

His journey to the UK, however, was far from simple...

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Otley's become the first town in the UK to protect its pubs from development.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Vaisakhi celebrations in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Examiner

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Huddersfield yesterday

to watch the colourful Sikh parade for Vaisakhi.

Vaisakhi parade
Huddersfield Examiner

Award highlights county architecture

Nearly half the buildings on this year's

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Yorkshire Building of the Year award are in West Yorkshire.

Leeds Arena
Betty Longbottom/Geograph

Five out of the eleven nominees are in the county, including Leeds College of Music and Leeds Arena (pictured).

The shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury over the next few weeks, with the winners of the award announced on the evening of Thursday 23 April.

Town's pubs gain 'protected' status

Otley's become the first town in the UK to win protected status for its pubs.


All 19 of the town's pubs have been deemed Assets of Community Value by Leeds City Council, which means they can't be converted to other uses without the agreement of local residents.

Andy Fitzgerald, chairman of Otley Pub Club, which made the bid for protected status, says: "It's important that communities get together to try and protect their pubs. They're under threat for all sorts of reasons."

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

With just 11 days to the first ever Tour de Yorkshire, the names of the riders have been announced.

The four-time Olympic champion and former Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, has been confirmed for the event on the first weekend in May. He's joined by German sprinter Marcel Kittel and Yorkshire's Ben Swift and Ed Clancy.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Tour 'shows off Yorkshire of 2015'

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire cycle race,

which starts in less than two weeks, will show off the diversity of the county, according to Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire.

Gary Verity

Mr Verity, who was behind Yorkshire's successful bid to bring the Tour de France's Grand Depart to the county last year, told

BBC Radio Leeds he hopes the new elite cycle race will bring people together.

"I've never known anything unite Yorkshire like the Tour de France did and the Tour de Yorkshire will do the same. It'll show off the Yorkshire of 2015," he says.

E-fit appeal over attack

Police investigating an attempted serious sexual assault on a 24-year-old woman in Leeds

have released an e-fit image of the suspect.

E-fit of suspect
West Yorkshire Police

The victim fought off her attacker after he pulled her into an alleyway when she got off a bus on Pendas Way, Cross Gates, at about 21:35 last Thursday.

The attacker's described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, of skinny to medium build and aged in his late 30s. He's bald or has short hair, brown and grey stubble on his face, a skinny nose and is said to have a head that is small for his body.

A fine and sunny afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

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

Weather forecast

There'll be gentle east or southeast winds.

The top temperature will be about 14C (57F).

Gearing up for Tour de Yorkshire

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've been in Wakefield this morning, near the start line for stage three of the

Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday 3 May.

Preparations are well under way with banners up advertising the event and a matrix sign in place on the way into the city warning of the road closures.

It's a significant event for Wakefield, which wasn't on the route of the Tour de France Grand Depart last July. I've been told that businesses have met council bosses to share information about what everyone is planning for the big weekend, which is just 11 days away now.

Cook wins apprentice gong

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook

has won the Championship's Apprentice of the Year award.

Lewis Cook

On receiving it, the 18-year-old - who has made 38 appearances for Leeds this season - praised head coach Neil Redfearn, saying: "He has believed in me, he gave me my chance. I'm really grateful for what he's done."


the club issued a statement yesterday saying it "needs to protect its assets" as part of its explanation as to why six players were suddenly declared unfit to travel to Charlton.

Big cycling names head for Yorkshire

Ilkley-based cycling journalist Peter Cossins has welcomed the list of of Tour de Yorkshire team riders,

which has been published this morning, as "pleasantly surprising".

Bradley Wiggins

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will race through the county between 1-3 May and includes names such as Bradley Wiggins (pictured) and Ed Clancy.

Cossins says: "There are some big names on there. Bradley Wiggins is a stand-out obviously, but there are a lot of other big names on there too like Marcel Kittel and French rider Thomas Voeckler."

New youth group UK's biggest

Telegraph & Argus

A new charitable club for youngsters has become the largest of its kind in the country,

even before its first official meeting.

Leo Club members
Telegraph And Argus