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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 24 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Trevor Gibbons

All times stated are UK

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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.

Cloudy evening

BBC Weather

A cloudy evening to come with some light rain possible and this leads into a cloudy and

mostly dry night, but very mild.

CLARE NASIR
BBC

Forecaster Clare Nasir says that on Saturday despite more cloud than the past few days, it should be dry and bright with some sunshine.

Cloud will increase later with the chance of some rain. Highs will reach 14C (57F) with gentle winds.

More

weather details for the weekend here.

Remembering the Bradford fire

Nicola Rees

Journalist, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration as we look ahead to events to remember the 56 men, women and children who died in the Bradford City fire 30 years ago.

Fire at Valley Parade and fans on the pitch
Getty Images

A minute's silence will be held before all Premier League and Football League matches this weekend.

You can find out more on

Look North from 18:30

Care home closed

Brighouse Echo

A Rastrick care home

has closed on the back of a report by a health watchdog after it was rated inadequate in safety, leadership and responding to the needs and care of its residents.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a comprehensive inspection at Carr Green Nursing Home in January.

In September 2014 the CQC found breaches of legal requirements in five areas.

Super League: Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos skipper

Kevin Sinfield will make his 500th appearance for the club tonight but is likely to start on the bench for the league leaders.

Kevin Sinfield
SWpix.com

Sinfield is leaving Leeds Rhinos to join rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of the season.

Rob Mulhern comes in for Andy Yates in Brian McDermott's only change from the win over St Helens.

Read the full preview here.

Eyesore to be demolished

Telegraph & Argus

A factory branded an eyesore

can be pulled down and replaced with a new budget supermarket, a planning committee has decided.

The former base of Seabrook Crisps in Allerton has been vacant since 2004 and suffered a major blaze last May.

Yesterday, a plan to turn the site into a new Aldi store was given planning approval at Bradford Council's Regulatory and Appeals Committee.

Giants on the road

BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Giants Super League clash at the KC Stadium tonight is against Hull FC in their Round 12 game with an 20:00 kick-off.

Huddersfield Giants will be

without on-loan Hull KR prop Jordan Cox because of illness while loose forward Chris Bailey is sidelined with an arm injury.

Michael Lawrence and Anthony Mullally come in for the absent duo

BBC Radio Leeds will have coverage of all tonight's rugby league action.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 17:00

Billboards advertising legal highs which have sprung up in parts of Leeds should be investigated by the council.

The hoardings publicise the purchase of nitrous oxide - or laughing gas - which gives users temporary euphoria, but campaigners say its long-term effects are unknown.

Listen live to the latest bulletin.

More M1 closures

Pontefract & Castleford Express

The M1 motorway near Wakefield

will be closed as works to upgrade it continue.

As part of the works, the southbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 40 and 39 tonight, tomorrow, Sunday and Tuesday.

Motorway
Pontefract and Castleford Express

All closures will be in place from 20:00 to 06:00.

More details from

Highways England

Academy fraud trial set

Yorkshire Post

The founder and former principal of a flagship free school and two former staff members will go on trial next year accused of fraud.

Sajid Hussain Raza, 42, former head of department Shabana Hussain, 38, and former director of finance Daud Khan, 43, will go on trial in June 2016 charged with a number of offences relating to their involvement at Kings Science Academy in Bradford.

New school site?

Yorkshire Evening Post

A new secondary school costing almost £15million

could be built on land formerly occupied by Seacroft Hospital.

The potential for an academy on the land will go out to consultation following the backing from the majority of Leeds City Council's executive board to take the project forward.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 16:00:

A group trying to reduce the use of so-called legal highs claim billboard adverts for nitrous oxide are irresponsible.

Large posters advertising what's more commonly known as laughing gas have appeared across Leeds.

Listen live for more details.

Sinfield's 500 milestone

BBC Sport

Tonight when Leeds Rhinos play Warrington Wolves at Headingley Kevin Sinfield plays his 500th game for Leeds.

Kevin Sinfield
Getty Images

Former Leeds forward Barrie McDermott says Sinfield is "a fantastic, inspiring, gentleman worthy of all the adulation..."

Kick-off is set for 20:00 GMT

Read more on

Sinfield's league legacy here.

Church celebrates transformation

Spenborough Guardian

Special services

will be held to mark a church's £135,000 refurbishment.

Cleckheaton Methodist Church has been transformed with ceiling-to-floor banners, Mouseman furniture and a new organ.

The Mortimer Street church will celebrate the refurbishment and reopen on Saturday with a short act of thanksgiving.

Clouding over

BBC Weather

The sunshine will become hazy with

cloud thickening from the southwest this afternoon.

map
BBC

A few spots of rain may reach the region before dusk, but it will stay warm in the early sunshine.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 15:00

Billboards advertising legal highs that have sprung up in parts of Leeds should be investigated by the council.

The hoardings publicise the purchase of Nitrous Oxide - or laughing gas - which gives users temporary euphoria, but campaigners say its long-term effects are unknown.

Black Grape to play Leeds

Newly-reformed 90s indie act Black Grape have announced a UK tour,

featuring a gig in Leeds.

Bez and Shaun Ryder
Getty Images

The band, which features Happy Mondays pair Shaun Ryder and Bez, will play Leeds Stylus on 11 July.

Ann Maguire

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Kids stream over the finish line after completing a fun run to raise money for charity in memory of teacher Ann Maguire.

Ann Maguire fun run
BBC

More than two thousand children ran in memory of the murdered Leeds teacher.

It's almost a year since Ann was stabbed in class by one of her pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College.

Money raised will support the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.

More on

BBC Look North at 18:30.

Cocaine smugglers sentenced

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

Two men from West Yorkshire have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in Ireland for their roles in a botched cocaine-smuggling plot.

John Powell, 70, from Silsden, was handed 10 years for skippering a yacht intercepted off the Irish coast last year with 41 bales of the drug onboard, while Benjamin Mellor, 35, from Bradford, was sentenced to eight years.

A third man from Grimsby, was also given an eight year sentence.

Read

more about the drugs plot here.

Missing girl found

Huddersfield Examiner

Police have confirmed missing teenager Leah Elstone has been found

safe and well.

The 14-year-old Longwood girl had not been seen since Tuesday morning and police were concerned for her welfare.

Leah Elstone
Huddersfield Examiner

Extensive enquiries were carried out and she was located at a house in Leeds this morning.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 14:00:

A group trying to reduce the use of so-called legal highs say billboard adverts for nitrous oxide in Leeds are highly irresponsible.

Large posters advertising what's more commonly known as laughing gas have appeared across the city.

Hear more details

Listen live for more details

Skipper admits cocaine plot

BBC News

UK

A 70-year-old West Yorkshire man who

skippered a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean in a £150m cocaine smuggling operation has admitted his part in the plot.

John Powell, of Silsden, pleaded guilty to two charges ahead of a trial in Cork city.

The Irish naval vessel - the LÉ Niamh, sails alongside the detained yacht Makayabella
Irish Defence Forces

He will be sentenced later along with Benjamin Mellor, 35, of Bradford, and Thomas Britteon, 28, of Grimsby.

Warning over 999 calls

West Yorkshire Police

tweets about about an inappropriate 999 call received from someone wanting to complain about a takeaway they had ordered... as it was disgusting.

The emergency services release these details of time-wasting calls in a bid to urge people to think twice before calling 999.

Election 2015: What are the parties' plans for the NHS?

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

Are there

more similarities than differences in the parties' plans for the NHS?

NHS GUIDE
BBC

In terms of the broad direction of the health service, there is much more the parties have in common despite the natural heat developed during an election campaign.

Learn

where the parties stand on the NHS here.

'Cheeky Yorkshireman'

BBC Sport

England are warned about appointing "

cheeky little Yorkshireman" Joe Root as captain by former cricket team-mate Graeme Swann.

Joe Root
Reuters

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 13:00.

A group trying to reduce the use of so-called legal highs say billboard adverts for Nitrous Oxide in Leeds are highly irresponsible.

Listen Live for more details.

West Yorkshire NHS 'failing county dental patients'

Emergency dental clinics in West Yorkshire are being used by people

who cannot access an NHS dentist, a watchdog has said.

dental x ray
PA

Watchdog Healthwatch said 60% of 250 people they spoke to at emergency clinics in West Yorkshire did not have access to an NHS dentist.

NHS England says it is reviewing the urgent dental care service.

£150m cocaine plot

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire man who skippered a yacht across the Atlantic in a £150m cocaine smuggling plot has pleaded guilty to his part in it.

John Powell, 70, of Silsden, entered a plea of guilty to two charges ahead of an expected trial at Cork Circuit Court in Ireland.

He'll be sentenced later at the same court along with Benjamin Mellor, 35, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Thomas Britteon, 28, of Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire.

All three were arrested on board the luxury yacht

Makayabella, found last September in the Atlantic Ocean.

Brownlee: 'Still the best'

BBC Sport

Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee says "I'm still the best"

as he prepares to make his World Series return this weekend.

Alistair Brownlee
Getty Images

Back from an ankle injury to race in Cape Town after missing the season's first three events, Brownlee has not finished in the world championship top three since his last title in 2011.

The 27-year-old doesn't mean to belittle his brother and fellow triathlete Jonny he explains to BBC Sport.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The news at 12:00.

A man involved in supplying nitrous oxide says people need to be cautious as they would with any other drug.

Meanwhile a group trying to reduce the use of so-called legal highs say billboard adverts for nitrous oxide in Leeds are highly irresponsible.

Hear more

live on BBC Radio Leeds.

Your pictures

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

Jack Hopps from Clayton has sent this picture he took of the rapeseed crop nearby.

rapeseed
jack Hopps

The crop is a common and colourful sight in the fields of West Yorkshire.

Have you taken a picture that sums up the county? Email it to

leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk

Traffic census delays

Huddersfield Examiner

Thousands of drivers

found themselves stuck at rush-hour as Kirklees Council conducted a traffic census.

Traffic census
Huddersfield Examiner

When drivers took to social media to criticise the peak-time delays, Kirklees Council replied on Twitter that it was a "police issue" and that "police are carrying out checks & a census".

Four hours later Kirklees apologised to West Yorkshire Police for the wrong claim.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The news at 11:00:

A group trying to reduce the use of so-called legal highs says billboard adverts for nitrous oxide in Leeds are highly irresponsible.

Large posters advertising what's more commonly known as Laughing Gas have appeared across the city.

Listen live for more details.

Tour de Yorkshire preparations

Wakefield Council

tweets about getting Wakefield city centre ready for the visit from the Tour de Yorkshire on 3 May.

Yellow bikes
Getty Images

The Tour will begin on 1 May with a stage from Bridlington to Scarborough, followed by Selby to York on 2 May, and then Wakefield to Leeds on 3 May.

For

more details about the route and where to watch the Wakefield section.

Hospital car park charges being ‘reviewed’

Batley News

Disabled people

could be forced to pay to park at Dewsbury and District Hospital if NHS bosses following the decision of neighbouring Foundation Trusts.

NHS sign at Dewsbury hospital
Batley and Birstall news

Changes to parking charges at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust sites mean that staff, patients and visitors at the hospitals face a price hike.

Beeston rape update

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

An update on the

investigation of the brutal rape of an 18-year-old woman in Leeds last month.

Officers are following up information offered following a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction last night.

There were more than 60 calls to the programme, which showed the attack on the teenager as she waited at a bus stop in Beeston.

Bus disruption next week

First West Yorks

tweets: BRADFORD - Potential disruption to bus services as Unite plan strike action on Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 April...
http://ow.ly/M0gW1

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

In the news at 10:00:

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams has thanked fans for their support after being forced to pull out of a competition this weekend because of a burglary at her home in the city.

Nicola was due to make her first competitive appearance in England since the 2012 Olympics.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Leeds for more

Thousands using Pennine Way

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

The Pennine Way is celebrating

its 50th anniversary.

Pennine Way sign
BBC

The National Trust said more than 200,000 walkers use the route which cuts through West Yorkshire every year, with about 1,500 completing the full 268-mile stretch between Derbyshire and Scotland.

Have you walked the Pennine Way? Send us your memories and photos via

leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk