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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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

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

A pleasant end to the day

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be fine, warm and sunny this evening, staying dry and mostly clear overnight with a low temperature rurally of about 4C (39F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a fine and bright morning with sunny spells, tending to cloud over in the afternoon with a little patchy rain later.

The top temperature will be about 18C (64F).

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 investigate the struggle to find an NHS dentist in Yorkshire.

Patient organisation Healthwatch says Yorkshire and the Humber is the worst affected region in the country.

Also we'll be reporting live from Leeds where Labour leader Ed Miliband is set address an NHS rally this evening.

Pace sale 'huge opportunity'

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

With the news that

Pace has been sold to the Arris Group in the USA for £1.4bn, don't be fooled into thinking that the Saltaire-based firm is the poor cousin in this relationship.

Pace worker

Pace is a global leader in set-top boxes and it's also number one in the States for "residential gateways" - in other words, the modems and routers that bring broadband into our homes.

Arris Group's vice president of marketing, Duncan Potter, tells me the two businesses are very complementary and he says there's "a huge opportunity as a combined entity" to create technology which will benefit people in years to come.

Engineering firm to close

Huddersfield Examiner

An engineering firm is to close its Huddersfield site with the loss of 11 jobs, axing its sales and service operations based at Nile Street, Longroyd Bridge.

Hansen Gearboxes, Huddersfield
Huddersfield Examiner

Adams 'to stay focused'

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds Olympic and Commonwealth boxing champion

Nicola Adams won't be drawn into fighting talk about arch rival Lisa Whiteside, the World silver medallist from Preston.

Nicola Adams

The pair, who could meet in the final of the England Elite Championships this weekend, are vying for one spot on the GB team at the Rio Olympics.

Adams says: "I never know who's going to be in the final, I might not be in the final. I've just got to stay focused and stay confident. I'm not going to be talking a lot, but I'll be working in the silence."

Special events mark Tour de Yorkshire

About £7,000 has been awarded to voluntary groups to help them stage events to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Calderdale in May,

the council has said.

Tour de France in Yorkshire
Anna Barnard

A cycling stunt show, song writing workshops and a community picnic are among the activities awarded cash from a fund created by Calderdale Council for Tour-related events.

Robin Tuddenham, from Calderdale Council, says: "The events will showcase Calderdale's wonderful creativity, culture, arts and community spirit, building on the amazing success of last year's Yorkshire Festival and Tour de France."

Parents' pride at donor son

A couple from Cardiff have spoken of their immense pride in their son after revealing today he became Britain's youngest organ donor,

saving the life of a patient in Leeds.

Houlston family
Huw John/Cambrensis/PA

Teddy Houlston survived for less than two hours after birth but his kidneys were used in a transplant at St James's Hospital.

Teddy's father Michael Houlston (pictured with wife Jessica and son Noah) says: "Everything was successful and when we were told that, it was just a complete feeling of joy. "

Record numbers visit sculpture park

The open-air Yorkshire Sculpture Park attracted more than 400,000 visitors in 2014,

the highest number in its history.

Family of Man by Barbara Hepworth
Jonty Wilde

Based near Wakefield it has 500 acres of parkland and five indoor galleries. Works by Wakefield-born Barbara Hepworth and Castleford's Henry Moore are on permanent display.

The attraction was worth more than £10m annually to the local economy, according to the organisation.

Giant Grix 'confident' over Hull clash

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Giants full-back Scott Grix says the squad is confident of winning at Hull FC tomorrow night.

Scott Grix in action

Grix didn't play in the season's opening 19-0 defeat to the Airlie Birds at The John Smiths Stadium, but he says they're ready to make amends on Friday.

"We've obviously progressed since then and we're looking like we can play a bit now. I'm confident we can go and win," he says.

Police pledge over rapist

West Yorkshire Police's resolve to find a man who raped and attempted to murder an 18-year-old woman in Beeston is "as strong as it was on day one",

the detective leading the investigation says.

CCTV image of rapist
West Yorkshire Police

A reconstruction of events surrounding the attack will be shown on

the BBC's Crimewatch programme tonight from 21:00.

Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "This was an appalling attack on a young women where a shocking level of violence was used which could so easily have had fatal consequences."

Victim speaks of rape ordeal

An 18-year-old woman who was raped and "left for dead" by her attacker

will tell of her ordeal for the first time on the BBC's Crimewatch programme from 21:00.

Police tape near rape scene

A reconstruction of the incident will include information from the victim's police interviews as well as comments from her as she continues her recovery.

She tells the programme: "I haven't been able to stop thinking about what happened. I've stopped sleeping because I can see what happened when I am trying to sleep."

New image of rapist revealed

Detectives investigating the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Leeds

have released a new e-fit image of the attacker.

E-fit of suspect
West Yorkshire Police

The victim was dragged from a bus stop in Beeston and bludgeoned with a stone before being sexually assaulted at about 22:40 on Friday 6 March.

The morphed image has been created by combining the original e-fit image produced from the victim and a new computerised image based on a description from a woman he'd previously stalked.

Police swoop on quiet cul-de-sac

Telegraph & Argus

Armed police are reported to have swooped on a quiet cul-de-sac to make arrests this afternoon.

Police at Clay Hill Drive, Wyke
Telegraph and Argus

Pace sale latest

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

I've spoken to Duncan Potter, vice president of marketing for the US-based Arris Group

which has just bought Bradford set-top box maker Pace for £1.4 billion.

Pace HQ in Saltaire

He says he hopes the deal will be finalised in the second half of the year and cannot, as yet, say anything about jobs at Pace's Saltaire headquarters.

Mr Potter tells me he's impressed by the "sheer array of talent" in Britain: "It's a reflection of our overall commitment to the UK that we'll become a UK-domiciled firm because of this transaction."

Adams leads GB at Euro Games

BBC Sport

Leeds Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams will lead Great Britain into the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Nicola Adams

She's part of a 163-strong GB line-up which will compete across 13 sports and 19 disciplines from 12-28 June.

For 10 disciplines, including boxing and taekwondo, Baku 2015 will form part of the qualification process for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Corfu deaths inquest to start

Wakefield Express

A full inquest into the deaths of Horbury children Bobby and Christi Shepherd, who died while on holiday in Corfu,

will start on Monday.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd

Parent's 'disbelief' at donor son

The mother of a baby who became

Britain's youngest organ donor has spoken of her "disbelief" at her son's achievement.

Mike Houlston and Jess Evans

Teddy Houlston died less than two hours after being born, but his kidneys were then successfully used to save an adult's life in Leeds.

Jessica Houlston says: "Our jaws just dropped to the floor. There was so little chance of it actually being possible, and at every hurdle, there seemed to be more and more barriers being put up."

Accident closes road

BBC Travel

The B6126 Town Street in Gildersome is currently closed in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and the Street Lane junction

because of an accident.

Crimewatch appeal over rape

Detectives hunting a man who violently raped a Leeds teenager will make an appeal on

BBC TV's Crimewatch programme tonight.

Rape suspect poster

The 18-year-old was attacked in Beeston after the man had stalked three other women. She was left with serious head and hip injuries.

Police have previously released

CCTV pictures of his movements and carried out
DNA swabbing of men in the local area.

Donation couple's bravery praised

The "bravery" of a couple whose new-born son became Britain's youngest organ donor when he died after just 100 minutes

has been praised by a nurse who worked with them.

Teddy Houlston's kidneys were used to save the life of a patient in Leeds a year ago.

Angharad Griffiths, a specialist organ donation nurse, says: "The parents were amazingly brave to consider such a thing and to be so passionate about it. It was also quite an unknown at that time."

Rolling road closures for Tour

Huddersfield Examiner

Calderdale is planning to copy Kirklees with rolling road closures for the Tour de Yorkshire, with both councils opting to

close roads at key junctions when the riders race through.

Tour de France in Yorkshire
Sarah Haywood

University's new chancellor named

A former chief executive of WH Smith and one of the country's leading businesswomen

has been appointed as the new Chancellor of the University of Bradford.

Kate Swann
University of Bradford

Kate Swann becomes the formal head of the university and follows sportsman and politician Imran Khan,

who stepped down from the post last November.

Mrs Swann, a former Bradford University student, says: "I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate enormously and look forward to supporting the university as it continues to make a real difference to its students, business and society more widely."

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The parents of Britain's youngest organ donor have been describing their joy at being able to save someone else's life.

Teddy Houlston, who they describe as their "true hero", lived for just 100 minutes. His kidneys, which were only an inch and a half long, were then removed and used to save the life of an adult patient.

Jess Evans and Mike Houlston described how they felt when they knew the operation had been a success:

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Man injured in robbery

A 33-year-old man has been injured

during a robbery at his home in Cleckheaton last night.

The incident happened at about 23:45 when three masked men entered the man's house on Balme Lane, threatened him with a metal bar and stole an small amount of cash.

As the suspects left the address, the victim was punched in the face.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

Appeal over missing girl

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 14-year-old girl

who's been missing from her home in Huddersfield since Tuesday.

Leah Elstone
West Yorkshire Police

Leah Elstone, who's from Longwood, was last seen near Colne Valley High School at about 08:30 on Tuesday morning. Police say it's "unusual" for her not to be in contact with her family.

Leah's described as 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build with shoulder length mousey hair.

Parents 'wanted son's death to have meaning'

A top medic at a Leeds hospital has praised the courage of a couple who agreed

to let their dying baby son become Britain's youngest ever organ donor.

Teddy Houlston survived for just 100 minutes, and his kidneys were used to help an adult patient being treated for renal failure in Leeds.

Dr Paul Murphy, head of organ donation at Leeds General Infirmary, who knows the couple, has told

BBC Radio Leeds their decision was remarkable: "They were never asked, they offered. They did it because they wanted their son's life to have a meaning."

Remembering the Bradford Fire

A play commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire tragedy in 1985 in which 56 people died

opens in the city tonight.

Bradford fire tributes

Director Matthew Stevens-Woodhead worked with fans who were at Valley Parade during the disaster to put together the new play, The 56, at the Alhambra Studio.

He says: "The community in Bradford has been so welcoming and really helped us. Everyone wants us to pass this on to a younger generation."

Pace sold to US firm for £1.4bn

Saltaire-based manufacturer of set-top boxes Pace has agreed to be bought by the US firm Arris for £1.4bn.

Pace stand

In a statement to shareholders, the firm says: "We believe this is a great fit for both companies, our employees, customers and trading partners."

Founded in 1982, Pace has manufactured more than 100 million set-top boxes and its customers include Sky and AT&T.

Pennine Way celebrations

Richard Stead

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm reporting live from Hebden Bridge this morning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way which runs from the Peak District to the Scottish border via West Yorkshire.

Richard Stead on Pennine Way

This path was the idea of the journalist and rambler Tom Stephenson, inspired by similar trails in the USA. To celebrate its anniversary a new loop here in Calderdale is being opened this weekend.

Richard Peters, from Hebden Bridge Walkers Action, who designed the new route, tells me he hopes it'll help to make the Calder Valley and Hebden Bridge "a real centre for walking".

Force launches real-time updates

Real-time updates from West Yorkshire Police about incidents, accidents and events across the county are now available online, with the launch this morning of a new Twitter account by the force.

Twitter feed


@WYP_CCC account will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is aimed at passing on important information in a "quick and accurate" way,
according to West Yorkshire Police.

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner, says: "The force is showing it's embracing new technology and different means of communication to have a wider positive impact as possible."