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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 30 April April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all from Leeds and West Yorkshire Live today. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. Have a lovely evening.

Dry night

BBC Weather

Any residual showers will die away this evening to leave a dry night with some long clear spells and light winds, leading to a frost by Friday morning in particularly in rural areas towards the Pennines.

Minimum temperature: -1C (30F)

Coming up

BBC Look North

Harry Gration and Amy Garcia will be live at Leeds Town Hall tonight as it becomes the focus for the general election today.

The building is the venue for the BBC Question Time leaders' debate at 20:00.

With many marginal seats in West Yorkshire it could be a lively affair this evening. Look North will get behind the scenes for the build-up to the big television event.

More from Look North 18:30

Somersaulting 'Pudding' banned

BBC Sport

A bit more from BBC Sport on the football fan nicknamed "Pudding" who has been

banned after invading the pitch during Bradford City's FA Cup defeat away to Reading.

Charlie Sumner
PA

Charlie Sumner, 20, of Woodley, Berkshire, ran onto the pitch at Reading's Madejski Stadium on 16 March and somersaulted shirtless "to celebrate".

Life for Leeds stabbing

BBC News

UK

A man has

been jailed for life after being found guilty of stabbing a man to death in a Leeds street.

Damien Dhers
West Yorkshire Police

Damien Dhers, 34, of Hessle Road, Leeds, was told he would serve a minimum term of 24 years for the murder of 31-year-old Marlon Small.

CCTV operators called police and paramedics after they saw Mr Small laying in Merrion Street in the city centre in the early hours of 1 November, Leeds Crown Court heard. He died later in hospital.

Harry's made up

Look North's Amy

tweets with an exclusive picture of the programme's preparations for her fellow presenter.

Harry Gration
Amy Garcia

It's not always this glamorous.

Leeming set for first appearance

BBC Sport

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson has

called up hooker Kruise Leeming for his first appearance of the season against Leeds tonight.

Leeming comes in for the rested Luke Robinson in the only change to the side that won at Hull FC.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan
SWpix.com

Leeds hope to have second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan back after a month's absence with a hamstring injury.

How do you do?

BBC Look North

tweets: When Harry met Dimbleby - see the full interview at 6.30

Harry Gration and David Dimbleby
BBC

Tour de Yorkshire traffic warning

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Highways England has issued a warning to drivers to prepare for heavy traffic congestion around the Tour de Yorkshire route this weekend.

There are no planned closures for the tour but plans are in place to manage traffic at key locations on the route.

The Tour de France in the Yorkshire Dales
PA

Rolling road closures will take place along parts of the route and anyone travelling through the area is advised to allow extra time for their journey, or to plan an alternative route or time.

Tour almost ruined wedding day

Craven Herald

A bus company has come to the rescue of a Craven couple whose

wedding was nearly ruined by the Tour de Yorkshire.

Chris Beck and Georgie Brewster had booked the church in Embsay and their reception in Ilkley a year before the three-day event was announced.

Chris Beck and Georgie Brewster
Craven Herald

The pair were shocked when race organisers said many roads around Ilkley would be closed to public traffic on Sunday, effectively trapping their guests at the ceremony.

However, after speaking to Mike Powell at Bradford City Council, they were referred to Colin Booth, general manager at Keighley Bus Station, who has offered to take guests from the church to the reception on two Transdev buses.

500 jobs to go at second-hand car dealer

The second-hand car company

Carcraft is to close, with the loss of about 500 jobs.

The dealership, based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has 10 showrooms around the country, including west Yorkshire.

Tour de Yorkshire by air

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire starts tomorrow, running from Bridlington to Scarborough before reaching West Yorkshire on Sunday.

Fly-through of Tour de Yorkshire
Welcome to Yorkshire

You can watch a fly-through of the whole three-day route

here.

Redfearn discusses Leeds United future

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

tweets from Neil Redfearn's press conference: NR says he will have to consider if he goes back to the Academy if he does not carry on as head coach.

Rival bidders for Bradford City

Telegraph & Argus

Rival bidders are waiting in the wings to buy Bradford City if Gianni Paladini's takeover fails to go through.

The Telegraph & Argus understands that the club have received several other approaches since news of Paladini's interest became public.

Gianni Paladini
Telegraph & Argus

The Italian currently has an exclusivity agreement with the board, which prevents them from talking to anyone else during that period. It is believed that expires tomorrow.

Prime Minister in Wetherby

Carole Walker

Political correspondent, BBC News

David Cameron is in West Yorkshire this afternoon. He's currently on a campaign walkabout in Wetherby.

David Cameron
BBC

He says if he can win 23 more seats he'll form a strong and decisive government.

Almost time for questions

BBC Question Time

tweet: Preparations are underway for tonight's
#GE2015
@bbcquestiontime special in Leeds. Join us at 8pm on BBC One.
#bbcqt

Question Time in Leeds
BBC

Latest headlines

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • An ex-holiday rep says she was not responsible for the deaths of two children.
  • Leeds Town Hall will host the Question Time Election Leaders Special this evening.
  • Ryan Bailey expected to make his Castleford Tigers debut on Sunday.

Live from the spin room

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

who is on air now for Drive on BBC Radio Leeds,

tweets: Live at Tiled Hall, the SPIN ROOM for #bbcqt Drivetime

Daragh Corcoran and Louise Martin
BBC

Job losses at Halifax business

BBC Radio Leeds

Halifax-based construction company Southdale Limited has gone into administration with the immediate loss of 87 jobs.

The company, which specialises in affordable homes and care accommodation, appointed administrator AlixPartner Services yesterday.

Part of the business has already been sold off to another company, Kier Living Limited, and 128 employees will transfer with the sale.

Showers clearing but a cold night

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Showers will become

mainly confined to eastern areas later this afternoon, where the odd rumble of thunder is possible. Away from the showers some bright and sunny spells with the best in the west.

Kay Crewdson
BBC

Any isolated showers in eastern areas will die out leaving a dry night with long clear spells and light winds. This will allow temperatures to drop to around 2C (36F), though colder in more rural spots so a widespread frost is likely to form.

Watch last night's Yorkshire debate

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Tonight's Question Time isn't the only big political debate to hit Leeds.

BBC Election logo
BBC

Last night, Look North's Harry Gration hosted as an audience from across Yorkshire asked politicians where they stand on the region's big election issues. If you missed the debate, you can watch it

here.

Thomas Cook rep declines to apologise

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A former Thomas Cook rep has declined an invitation to apologise to the family of two children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Greece.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd
PA

Nicola Jordison, 31, was giving evidence at the inquest in Wakefield into the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd, aged seven and six, who died at a Corfu hotel complex in October 2006.

Barrister Leslie Thomas QC, representing Christi and Bobby's family, asked: "My clients would like to know whether you want to apologise to them."

Mrs Jordison said: "I decline to answer that."

Corfu holiday gas deaths

BBC News Online has written

this update on the inquest into the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd
PA

Robert, aged six, and his seven-year-old sister, of Horbury, had been staying at a Corfu hotel complex that had been booked with Thomas Cook.

Armed robbery at post office

Yorkshire Evening Post

An

armed robber made off with the contents of a cash drawer after raiding a Leeds post office this morning.

Broom Estate Post Office
James Hardisty

The masked raider went into the Broom Estate Post Office in Broom Place, Belle Isle, at around 06:20 and is believed to have been armed with a hammer and knife.

He threatened a male member of staff, police say, before taking the contents of a till and fleeing the scene.

Wakefield not after mayor job

BBC Radio Leeds political reporter Louise Martin, who has been speaking to Leeds City Council Leader Keith Wakefield,
tweets:
@CllrKWakefield said he is stepping aside to look at devolution, but says he is NOT putting himself forward as any kind of elected mayor.

Mother walks out of children's inquest

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A bit more now on the latest from the inquest into the deaths of two Wakefield children from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff spent about an hour reading out lengthy statements made by Thomas Cook tour rep Nicola Jordison to Greek courts in 2007 after she was accused of manslaughter by negligence.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd
PA

As he finished reading the documents, and as he turned to talk to the witness, the children's mother Sharon Wood walked out and shouted: "Well done. You know a lot about gas."

The coroner then asked Mrs Jordison to confirm the statements he read were hers and she said: "I decline to answer."

Coming up on Look North

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

A former Thomas Cook employee has told an inquest she was not responsible for the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd.

The two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu in 2006.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd
PA

Nicola Jordinson, who was a holiday rep at the hotel in Corfu, said it was not her responsibility to check the gas heating system. Click

here to watch the programme at 13:35.

Topless Pudding banned for somersaults

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A football fan who ran onto a pitch topless and performed somersaults during Bradford City's FA Cup match at Reading has received a three-year banning order.

Charlie Sumner, 20, staged a one-man invasion at the Madejski Stadium during the quarter-final replay last month.

Reading v Bradford
Reuters

The Reading supporter, nicknamed "Pudding", whose team were 3-0 up at the time, did four front flips on the pitch, landing on his back each time, before he was tackled by stewards.

Gearing up for the Tour

Bradford Council

tweets: Cyclist Ben Swift with replica
@letouryorkshire sprint jersey at Cow & Calf yesterday

Ben Swift
Bradford Council

Bingley park revamp work begins

Telegraph & Argus

Work funded by a £50,000 grant has just started on new footpaths, a children's timber trail and fresh signage at Prince of Wales Park in Bingley.

Prince of Wales park in Bingley
Betty Longbottom

Cash from waste recycling group WREN is now being used by Friends of Prince of Wales Park after the group raised 10% of the total.

Higher and higher

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Work is progressing on the new mixed-use development at Wellington Place in Leeds.

5 Wellington Place
Tigerman

A new crane has arrived at 5 Wellington Place which, along with number 6, will provide

170,000 sq ft of office and retail space once it is completed.

Latest headlines

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Leeds Live:

  • Leeds hosts the final leaders TV debate before the General Election.
  • The mother of two children who died in Corfu storms out of their inquest.
  • Kruise Leeming is to make his first appearance of the season for Huddersfield Giants.

Sex pest teacher had been warned before

A bit

more detail from BBC News Online on the former Huddersfield teacher banned for making sexual comments to a pupil.

Shelley College Huddersfield
Nigel Homer

Andrew Green, 59, was teaching at Shelley College in Huddersfield when he asked the girl if she had "fantasies she wanted to share".

Mr Green had previously been given a written warning for his behaviour towards female students.

BreakingCorfu deaths mum walks out of inquest

BREAKING NEWS

Latest now from the inquest into the deaths of Wakefield brother and sister Bobby and Christi Shepherd, from BBC reporter Fiona Trott.

The children's mother Sharon Wood has walked out of court after hearing evidence from a Thomas Cook employee.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd
PA

She applauded and said: "Well done, you know a lot about gas."

The children's parents have blamed Thomas Cook for not identifying the faulty boiler at the Corfu hotel.

Thai murder evidence to be reviewed

Some

more information now from BBC News Online on the Thai murder investigation over the deaths of Leeds student David Miller and fellow backpacker Hannah Witheridge.

Key evidence that led to two men being charged with the murder of two British backpackers on the island of Koh Tao is to be re-examined.

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller
Family photos

A request for physical, forensic and DNA evidence to be independently verified has been approved by a court.

HGV crash driver has serious head injuries

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A bit more detail has come out from West Yorkshire Police on what caused the M62 crash yesterday afternoon.

M62 HGV crash
West Yorkshire Police

The force says one of the HGV cabs collided with the rear of the second one, causing both to cross the central reservation and enter the eastbound carriageway.

The 48-year-old driver of the lead HGV cab suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to the Leeds General Infirmary where he is in a critical but stable condition. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

Root 'ideal' captain

BBC Sport

England batsman Joe Root is destined to captain his country and will be an "ideal" skipper,

says Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

Joe Root
Getty Images

Yorkshire's Root, 24, averages 57.11 after 29 Test matches and scored an unbeaten 182 in England's recent Test win over the West Indies.

HGV driver in critical condition

Halifax Courier

A

driver is in a critical condition in hospital after yesterday's HGV crash on the Calderdale section of the M62.

M62 queues
Halifax Courier

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash which happened westbound between junction 23 and junction 22 at 14:30 and involved two red Volvo HGV cab units which were travelling in the same direction.

How to hide an eyesore

BBC Radio Leeds

A public meeting is being held in Holmfirth asking for suggestions to reduce the visual impact of electricity pylons in the area.

Holmfirth National Grid and the Peak District National Park are conducting a study to make them less of an eyesore and people are being urged to give their view at the community centre this afternoon.

Teacher banned over sexual comments

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A Huddersfield maths teacher has been banned from the profession after he made sexual comments to one of his pupils.

Andrew Green, 59, who has now retired from his position at Shelley College, described a sexual act to the pupil and asked if she "had any stories" or "fantasies".

Shelley College
Nigel Homer

A misconduct panel found proven that he asked her: "Why don't you think about things you would do with your favourite maths teacher?"

Mr Green was also found to have inappropriately touched the girl on the arm and hip.