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  1. Updates on Monday 27 April 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 at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Woman's death 'not suspicious'

The death of a woman whose body was found in bushes in Keighley at the weekend isn't being treated as suspicious,

police have confirmed.

She was found at Vernon Court at about 15:55 yesterday. She's believed to be about 60 and from Keighley.

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says: "This appears to have been a tragic accident and a file will now be passed to the coroner for further investigation."

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 report from Wakefield where the British inquest into the deaths of Robert and Christianne Shepherd has finally started today.

It's almost nine years after the brother and sister from Horbury died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

The coroner says the family has waited a "long, long time" for the inquiry into what he's described as an "appalling tragedy".

A chilly night with showers

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see clear spells and scattered showers, perhaps a little wintry over high ground, and a minimum temperature of about 2C (36F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be bright and breezy with sunny spells and occasional showers, although many places, especially in the east, will stay dry.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

'No plans to close bus depot'

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

As First Bus drivers in Bradford hold a 48-hour strike, Paul Matthews, managing director of First Bus West Yorkshire, tells me there are no plans to close Bradford's main depot on Bowling Back Lane.

First Buses at depot

Above is the scene at the firm's Bowling depot where about 400 drivers have walked out after their union Unite failed to reach an agreement over changes to the 576 service.

First Bus has apologised to passengers and says no jobs are at risk at the Bradford depot.

New City owner before next season?

Adam Pope

West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City's current owners are to meet the club's prospective buyer Gianni Paladini again tomorrow, BBC Radio Leeds understands.

Bradford City fans

Joint chairman Mark Lawn has told us that a deal could be done before the start of next season.

However, Lawn says he'll only sell if he feels Paladini or any other buyer has the best interests of the club at heart. He said: "He needs to understand that Bradford City as a football club is probably unique with its supporters and its fanbase."

Nepal quake: 'People are struggling'

A Leeds university student who's in Nepal

in one area hit by this weekend's earthquake says "people are struggling" with the aftermath of the disaster.

Earthquake aftermath
Getty Images

Nick Roxburgh, who's spent nine months in Nepal, told BBC News: "During the day the sun is pretty blazing and during the night we're getting heavy rain so it's not good conditions to be stuck outside in.

"Most people are staying out in clear space, though, not wanting to go back to their homes. It looks like water and food are the big issues."

Boiler defects caused children's deaths

Emma Glasbey

Journalist, BBC Look North

At the inquest into the deaths of Horbury children Robert and Christianne Shepherd in Corfu 2006, the engineer who examined the boiler at the holiday bungalow where they died said he had "never seen a level of carbon monoxide that high coming from a boiler".

Robert and Christianne Shepherd

The engineer agreed that defects with the boiler directly caused the deaths of the brother and sister.

He also agreed there was evidence to show a fume-protection device on the boiler had been disconnected. "That's what made the difference," he added.

'Two days' to remove cannabis farm

More on

the discovery of a major cannabis farm in Wakefield city centre, with an estimated 2,000 plants which were seized in a disused building just off Kirkgate.

Insp Ian Williams says the amount of equipment found means the people involved had spent a "considerable amount of time" working in the building.

"It is going to take us the best part of two days to remove what's in there," he adds.

Spectacular sunset at Oxenhope

Thanks to Veronica Balmforth for sending us this spectacular shot of Leeming Reservoir at Oxenhope taken at the weekend.

Leeming Reservoir
Veronica Balmforth

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Strike hits city bus services

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm out in Bradford this afternoon where First Bus drivers are continuing their 48-hour strike which started at 01:30 this morning.

Bus cancelled sign

The flare-up is all about a dispute over the future of the 576 route which is moving its base of operations from Bradford to Halifax - causing concerns among drivers over the future of the Bradford Bowling depot.

Only 10% of First Buses are running today - normally 170 First Buses run daily in the city, but today only about 16 are running with a skeleton staff. Businesses at Bradford Interchange tell me trade's been much quieter today.

Police uncover 'major cannabis farm'

Police have discovered a major cannabis farm in a disused building just off Kirkgate in Wakefield city centre.

Cannabis plants
West Yorkshire Police

An estimated 2,000 plants were found in rooms behind the former Blockbuster premises and in the adjoining disused building.

Nearby premises were initially evacuated due to a smell of gas.

Charity heads for disaster zone

A Bradford-based charity is to send a medical team out to Nepal to help in the rescue effort after the earthquake at the weekend,

which has so far claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people.

Earthquake aftermath
AFP/Getty Images

The team, from healthcare development charity Reach Beyond, is heading out to the disaster zone tomorrow.

Martin Harrison from the charity says: "We're taking doctors, surgeons and nurses. I'm a water engineer so I have experience in water filtration. Our role is to help dealing with the injured."

Accident sparks A64 delays

BBC Travel

The A64 York Road in Leeds is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic eastbound between the B6159 Harehills Lane junction and the St Alban Road junction, because of an accident.

Cycling trophy on tour in Wakefield

Wakefield Council

tweets: Here's the civic handover of the #TDY trophy. On display at Wakefield One today and tomorrow, why not go and see it!

Tour de Yorkshire trophy
Wakefield Council

Teenager assaulted outside school

A 13-year-old boy suffered serious facial injuries after he was attacked outside Kettlethorpe School in Wakefield.

Police say the incident happened on Friday afternoon. The victim was taken to hospital but has now been released.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested this morning.

Latest headlines

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Man attacked in town centre

Huddersfield Examiner

A man was punched in the face and robbed in Huddersfield town centre in the early hours of this morning.

Market Street in Huddersfield
Huddersfield Examiner

Hospital trust told to improve

The NHS trust that runs hospitals in Bradford

has been told it needs to improve.

Bradford Royal Infirmary
Betty Longbottom/Geograph

The Care Quality Commission carried out unannounced inspections at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital.

Inspectors said there was a shortage of qualified staff in some areas and said infection prevention practices were not always being followed. Safety at the hospitals was rated as inadequate, though caring was said to be good.

Woman's death remains 'unexplained'

The death of a woman whose body was found in bushes in Keighley on Sunday

remains "unexplained" this morning, police say.

The woman's body was discovered by a local resident at the rear of Vernon Court at about 15:55 yesterday. Police believe the woman was about 60 and from Keighley.

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says: "We're continuing to investigate the circumstances of this lady's death today and a post mortem will be conducted."

Family's 'long, long' wait for inquest

At the inquest in Wakefield into

the deaths of two children while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006, the jury heard six-year-old Bobby and seven-year-old Christianne Shepherd had carbon monoxide levels in their blood of 56.8% and 60.7%.

Bobby and Christy Shepherd

The children's father, Neil, and his partner, now wife, Ruth, were both found in a coma in the bungalow.

The children's mother, Sharon Wood, is also in court for today's proceedings. Coroner David Hinchliff has said: "The family of these children have waited a long, long time for this day to come."

Sunny spells and showers

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see sunny spells with a few showers developing later.

Weather forecast

Most places will remain dry, however, and there'll be a light west wind.

The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

Latest headlines

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

  • The inquest starts into the deaths of two children in Corfu in 2006
  • The 20-year-old victim of a fatal attack in Leeds is named
  • Bradford bus drivers have walked out in 48-hour strike
  • This afternoon will see sunny spells with a few showers

Bradford Uni up 15 places in rankings

Telegraph & Argus

The University of Bradford has jumped up the national university rankings by 15 places in just one year,

according to a league table published today.

Bradford University
Telegraph and Argus

Re-appeal over pub sex assault

Police in Leeds are appealing again for help in finding

a man wanted over a sexual assault on a woman in a Leeds pub last month.

CCTV images
West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at about 19:45 on Saturday 14 March at The Griffin pub in Boar Lane.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his 40s, about 5ft 10in and of average build. He was wearing jeans and blue jacket.

LIVE: Yorkshire v Warwickshire

BBC Sport

It's day two of Yorkshire's County Championship match against Warwickshire at Headingley.

Yorkshire v Warwickshire

You can hear

live ball-by-ball commentary from BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan now.

And get the latest details with our

live scorecard.

Police investigation after body found

Keighley News

Mystery surrounds

the discovery of a woman's body in Keighley by a member of the public at about 15:55 yesterday.

Police vehicles at scene
Keighley News

Bus strike causes 'massive disruption'

Telegraph & Argus

A total of 380 bus drivers are on strike in Bradford today. The 48-hour walkout started at 01:30 after crunch talks broke down on Saturday.

Bus drivers on picket line
Telegraph and Argus

Children's deaths 'appalling tragedy'

The inquest has begun into the deaths of two children from Horbury

who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006.

Coroner's court sign

West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff has told the inquest jury: "What should have been a very happy and relaxed half-term became the most appalling tragedy."

Mr Hinchliff described how Bobby and Christianne Shepherd, from Horbury, had been feeling unwell in their holiday bungalow the day before they were found dead by a chambermaid in October 2006.

Redfearn: 'I want to be at Leeds'

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has reiterated his desire to stay at the club after his contract expires in the summer.

Neil Redfearn

He says he has to focus on what may be his final game, against Rotherham on Saturday, but he hopes his future can be sorted out at Elland Road.

"From my point of view, and maybe this needs to come across, I want to be at Leeds United but I want to be at Leeds United and be successful," he says.

Pirate radio station returns - legally

Telegraph & Argus

A popular pirate radio station from the 1980s in Bradford is making a comeback -

but this time it's going legal.

DJs at radio station
Telegraph and Argus

Murder victim named

Yorkshire Evening Post

A 20-year-old man who was killed in Leeds city centre at the weekend

has been named by police.

Police at scene
Yorkshire Evening Post

On the picket line

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm out at the picket line at the First Bus depot in Bowling Back Lane in Bradford where drivers are currently holding a 48-hour strike. They claim the depot faces closure and that routes are being cut.

One driver on the picket line, Mohammed Taj, tells me they've been trying to negotiate with the firm for five months now. He says as a bus driver of 35 years he's "never, ever" known things to be as bad.

Earlier, the managing director of First West Yorkshire

told BBC Radio Leeds that the strike was "unjustified" and that his door "remains open for discussion".

Dead man named by police

A man who died after being found with serious head injuries under a railway arch in Leeds at the weekend

has been named as 20-year-old Billy Mankelow from Tonbridge in Kent.

Billy Mankelow
West Yorkshire Police

Mr Mankelow, who lived in the Hyde Park area of Leeds, was found in the early hours of Saturday morning near Leeds Railway Station and died yesterday. In a statement, his family say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of our loving son".

A 31-year-old man from Leeds who was arrested on suspicion of his murder remains in police custody.

Latest headlines

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • A man has died after being attacked in Leeds city centre.
  • Bus drivers in Bradford are holding a 48-hour strike.
  • Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn "wants to stay at the club".
  • A burst water pipe's disrupting traffic in Rawdon .