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  1. Hodgson to pay Bradford City respects
  2. Biscuit factory walkout suspended
  3. County fly-tipping bill hits £1.4m
  4. Rail services face day of disruption
  5. Birds killed in allotment break-in
  6. Bronte bicentenary plans unveiled
  7. Updates on Tuesday 21 April 2015

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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 tomorrow 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 parents in Leeds who say they're angry their children haven't been allocated any of their choices of school.

Parents say friendship groups are being split up as children are sent to schools outside their local communities.

We'll also be hearing from Leeds City Council who say there is a problem with not enough primary school places.

A dry but chilly evening

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be dry and fine this evening and most of the night with patchy low cloud by the end of the night and a minimum temperature of about 4C (39F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a grey start in places, but soon brightening up with sunny spells developing.

The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

Cyclist seriously hurt in accident

Wakefield Express

A cyclist has been seriously injured after being in collision with a car on Doncaster Road near Wakefield.

Bronte birthday bash

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm in Haworth this afternoon

where celebrations have begun to mark Charlotte Bronte's upcoming bicentenary in 2016.

Tiny book by Charlotte Bronte

The author was born on this day 199 years ago and lived the first years of her life at a small house in Thornton before the family moved to the legendary Parsonage.

I've been shown several Bronte artefacts which are proudly displayed here, including this minute book by Charlotte with writing so tiny her father couldn't read it!

'Pride at stake' for Bradford City

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City's James Meredith (pictured) and Christopher Routis should both be available for

tonight's trip to Scunthorpe, despite slight knocks.

James Meredith

City are still without Felipe Morais who's set to see a specialist about his injured knee.

The play-offs are out of reach for City now, but manager Phil Parkinson says: "There's pride at stake and we'll pick a team we feel is going to represent the club in the right way."

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The National Union of Mineworkers is calling for the next government to help keep the UK's last deep pits open, including Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Lockwood given two-year drugs ban

BBC Sport

Featherstone Rovers forward James Lockwood has been banned for two years

after breaching the Rugby Football League's anti-doping regulations.

The 29-year-old tested positive for GHRP-2 (Pralmorelin), a growth hormone-releasing factor, in an out-of-competition test last November.

The prop or second row is suspended from all sport until 2 March 2017.

Ee by gums: Oral health campaign launched

A new campaign has been launched

targeting oral health for children in areas of Leeds with the highest amount of tooth decay.

Child brushing teeth

The Leeds Smiles campaign, launched by Leeds City Council, aims to encourage "little changes to make a big difference" in later life.

Steph Jorysz, Leeds City Council's advanced health improvement specialist, says: "It's important to look after child's teeth so they not only have healthy teeth now, but also when they are older."

Woman injured in lorry accident

Telegraph & Argus

A dog walker was seriously hurt following an accident

when a low-loader vehicle hit a lamppost.

Scene of crash in Wilsden
Telegraph and Argus

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Strike action which was due to take place at Fox's Biscuits in Batley has been suspended.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Deer rescued in Bradford

A small deer has been rescued by fire crews in Bradford

after it got its head stuck in railings.

Deer rescue
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

The rescue took place yesterday afternoon behind Margaret McMillan Primary School in Bradford.

The deer was left in the care of the RSPCA and treated for leg injuries. It has since been released back into the wild, according to the fire service.

Cameron: Calderdale A&E 'won't close'

Halifax Courier

The Prime Minister David Cameron has given assurances during a visit to the Halifax Courier today

that Calderdale Royal Hospital's A&E will not face closure.

David Cameron at Halifax Courier
Halifax Courier

Biscuit factory strike suspended

More on the story mentioned in the headlines that a strike due to take place at Fox's Biscuits in Batley has been suspended.

A total of 42 engineers were due to have held two six-hour stoppages from 04.00-10.00 today and on Thursday in a row over a pay offer, according to the Unite union.

Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell says: "The stoppages due today and on Thursday have been suspended for our members to vote on a further offer from the company."

Cameron's starter homes promise


It was shirtsleeves only for David Cameron earlier, who was in down-to-business mode as he conducted his latest PM Direct event in Leeds.

David Cameron in Leeds

He said: "Because of the damage done in the financial crash, the banks were no longer lending 90, 95% loan-to-value mortgages. Because the banks weren't lending, the buyers wouldn't buy, so the builders wouldn't build, and the market was stuck."

This was "very unfair", he said. So the government came up with help-to-buy - and the Conservatives are now promising "starter homes".

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A strike which was due to take place at Fox's Biscuits in Batley today has been suspended.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

White's high hopes for action

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Aidy White says he's hoping to feature in the remaining two games of Leeds United's campaign.

The 23-year-old returned to competitive action for the U21s yesterday in their 4-1 win over Huddersfield, playing for the first time since a foot injury suffered in pre-season

"I'd kind of written off this season so I'd be delighted if I could get a game or come off the bench before the end. It'd be an absolute bonus for me," he says.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The cost of dealing with illegal fly-tipping in West Yorkshire is more than £1m, according to new figures.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Bicentenary Bronte facts

As the Bronte Society announces

a five-year celebration to mark the bicentenaries of the births of the famous Bronte siblings, here are a few Bronte facts:

  • Charlotte was born on 21 April 1816. She was the eldest of the siblings to reach adulthood but the last to die.
  • Branwell, born in 1817, was the only Bronte brother. He was a writer and painter and died in 1848, aged 31.
  • Emily was born on 30 July 1818, wrote Wuthering Heights, but died of tuberculosis aged 30 in December 1848.
  • Anne was born on 17 January 1820, wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. She died in May 1849, aged 29.

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

It's day three of the County Championship match between Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire

Get the latest from Trent Bridge with our

live commentary and keep up-to-date with the
live scorecard.

Alt-J among Leeds festival line-up

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Alt-J are among 60 acts announced for the Reading and Leeds festival this August.


They'll be performing on the main stage on Friday in Reading and Saturday at Leeds, alongside Palma Violets.

Modestep, FIDLAR and teenage Japanese metal stars Babymetal will also play the main stage at both UK venues.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

There are calls for a new clampdown on fly-tippers, after it emerged they cost West Yorkshire's councils over a million pounds a year.

Listen to the

13:00 bulletin for more.

Rail repairs 'until June'

Permanent repairs to a cracked rail on a set of points just outside Leeds railway station won't be carried out until at least the start of June, according to Network Rail.

Emergency repairs are being made to the rail today, leading to delays on rail routes between Leeds and Manchester Airport, Huddersfield, Bradford Interchange and Wakefield Westgate.

Rachel Lowe, from Network Rail, says the rail is being monitored and temporary repairs are being carried out when necessary, but the problem won't be fully solved until parts arrive from France in June.

Hodgson in Bradford fire tribute

England manager Roy Hodgson will attend Bradford City's final home game of the season on Saturday

to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire.

Roy Hodgson
AFP/Getty Images

The blaze, which killed 56 people, broke out during a match between Bradford and Lincoln City at the stadium on 11 May 1985.

A minute's silence will precede all Premier League and Football League games at the weekend. FA chairman Greg Dyke will also attend Bradford's game against Barnsley.

Cameron: 'Marginals are key'

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

David Cameron is currently in

Pudsey, a Conservative-held marginal constituency in Leeds, speaking to staff at a health company HQ.

David Cameron in Pudsey

In 2010, Stuart Andrew won the Pudsey constituency back from Labour - which had held the seat since 1997 - by 1,659 votes.

Mr Cameron says the party needs to win 23 more seats for a Conservative majority in the general election so it must keep seats like Pudsey.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Parents in Leeds have demanded a public meeting after failing to be allocated places in their preferred primary schools.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Bronte bicentenary 'bombshell'

A five-year celebration to mark the bicentenaries of the births of the Bronte siblings will include a new exhibition by Girl With a Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier,

it's been announced.

Haworth Parsonage
DS Pugh/Geograph

Called "I Shall Go Off Like A Bombshell", the exhibition focuses on Charlotte Bronte's work and is due to open in February at the Haworth Parsonage museum.

Chevalier says: "I've long loved Charlotte Brontë and am thrilled to be involved in the upcoming celebration of her bicentenary. The Parsonage is a unique house - it's incredible to see the place where so much creativity arose."

County fly-tip bill tops £1m

Corinne Wheatley

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The cost of dealing with fly-tipping in West Yorkshire is about £1.3m a year, according to figures seen by BBC Radio Leeds.

Our local councils have told me that in 2014-15 they received more than 29,000 reports of rubbish being dumped illegally, with all except Bradford seeing an increase on the previous year.

Network Rail have told me they're planning to spend another £80,000 in the next year to try and clear up the lines between Bradford, Shipley and Leeds.

'England should pick Rashid' - Vaughan

BBC Sport

Bradford-born Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid can be a match-winner for England and should be given his Test debut against West Indies,

says former England captain Michael Vaughan.

Adil Rashid
AFP/Getty Images

The second Test starts in Grenada on Tuesday after the opening game in the three-match series was drawn.

"He might bowl four spells in a day and two and a half of them might look utter rubbish, but that spell and a half might be the difference. That's why you pick him," says Vaughan.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Dealing with the problem of fly-tipping in West Yorkshire is costing our local councils and Network Rail an estimated £1.3m a year.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Appeal for 'lionhearted' cat

A campaign is under way to raise £8,000 to help a cat in West Yorkshire with severely deformed legs.

Peanut and Denise

Peanut was abandoned at birth by his mother and was taken in by Heronbank Cat Rescue in Batley. Now his adopted owners hope he'll be able to get implants to straighten his front legs.

Owner Denise Gregor says Peanut's bearing up well: "He's got the heart of a lion. Despite his disabilities, he's just amazing."

Robber targeted autistic man on bus

Yorkshire Evening Post

A robber who targeted a man with autism before attacking him and taking his mobile phone

has been jailed.

Ian Liversidge
West Yorkshire Police

Leeds rail disruption

Here's a list of

changes affecting rail services to and from Leeds while emergency repairs are carried out today on a cracked rail:

Leeds station
Stacey Harris/Geograph
  • Delays of up to 15 minutes to trains between Leeds and Huddersfield, Bradford Interchange and Wakefield Westgate
  • Some First TransPennine Express services between York and Manchester Airport will not run.
  • Some Northern Rail services between Leeds and Huddersfield via Bradford Interchange will run between Bradford and Huddersfield only
  • Some Northern Rail services between Selby and Huddersfield via Bradford Interchange are running as two separate services - between Selby and Leeds, and between Bradford Interchange and Huddersfield