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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 May 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

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 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Weather: Cloudy and drizzly night

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see cloud increasing from the west with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle in places, especially over the Pennines, and low temperatures of about 11C (52F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow it'll be a cloudy morning with a little rain or drizzle at times, many areas could stay dry.

Shepherd family hoping for 'some normality'

Sharon Wood said: "We look forward to some normality to our life in the sure and certain knowledge that we have done everything we can to get justice for Christi and Bobby's deaths."

Neil Shepherd said Thomas Cook had agreed to make "substantial" donations to charities chosen by the family.

These charities include CO Gas Safety, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Inquest.

'Thomas Cook have done the right thing'

Speaking after Sharon Wood and Neil Shepherd met Thomas Cook Peter Fankhauser, their solicitor Leslie Thomas QC said: "For the first time in this tragedy, Thomas Cook have done the right thing.

"They listened to the heartbreaking accounts from my clients and heard how their company effectively destroyed their lives.

"The CEO, Mr Fankhauser, apologised to my clients face-to-face for all the mistakes he has made over the last nine years, he and his company."

'Gesture of goodwill' from tour firm

The parents of the two children from Wakefield killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu are to receive a "financial gesture of goodwill" from tour firm Thomas Cook.

Press conference

Sharon Wood and Neil Shepherd, whose children Bobby and Christianne Shepherd, aged six and seven, were killed by a faulty boiler, made the announcement

after meeting the firm's chief executive Peter Fankhauser.

The amount was not disclosed but Mr Shepherd said they plan to make donations to a series of charities.

'Time to look to the future'

After meeting Peter Fankhauser, boss of Thomas Cook, Sharon Wood said she accepted it "may be time to look to the future".

She said Thomas Cook has agreed the bungalow where Bobby and Christianne died of carbon monoxide poisoning be demolished and turned into a playground in their memory.

Mrs Wood said she hoped the company "now realises the impact of their actions on families like ours".

'Nothing can give us back our children'

After meeting the boss of Thomas Cook, Sharon Wood, the mother of two children from Wakefield who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu, has said "nothing can give us back our children and the carefree lives we once led".

Christianne and Bobby Shepherd

An inquest jury ruled last week that Bobby and Christianne Shepherd, aged six and seven and from Horbury, had been

unlawfully killed and said Thomas Cook "breached its duty of care".

Yesterday, the chief executive of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser, said he was "deeply sorry" about the deaths of the two children.

Appeal over missing man

Police in Bradford are asking for help in finding

a 34-year-old man who's been reported missing from Wyke.

Paul McLean
West Yorkshire Police

Paul McLean was last seen at about 13:30 on Monday after private hospital staff gave him leave to go to Brighouse.

He's described as white, about 5ft 4in tall, of slight build, with short brown hair, blue eyes and a tattoo of small blue dots on his left knuckles. He's known to frequent Bradford and Kirklees.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

War hero's proud farewell

Yorkshire Evening Post

Parachute Regiment soldiers past and present gathered in Leeds today

to pay their respects at the funeral of "Stormin" Norman Jones, who took part in the biggest air operations in history.

Norman Jones funeral
Yorkshire Evening Post

Thomas Cook boss 'grateful' for meeting

The boss of Thomas Cook has met the family of

two young children from Wakefield who were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Corfu.

Peter Fankhauser

Peter Fankhauser, chief executive of the travel firm,

has admitted the company failed in its handling of the tragedy and pledged to help the children's parents move on with their lives.

Arriving for the meeting in central London, Mr Fankhauser told BBC News: "I'm very grateful that the family agreed to meet me."

Driver appeal after boy hurt in collision

Police in Wakefield are appealing for the driver of a car involved in a road traffic collision to come forward

after a seven-year-old boy was left seriously hurt.

The incident happened between 17:30 and 18:00 on Wednesday 13 May when the boy was hit by a dark-coloured vehicle on Walnut Avenue. He suffered a serious but non life-threatening injury to his leg.

The driver, who stopped at the scene and helped but then left before providing any personal details, is described as white, in her 40s, with shoulder length blonde hair.

Fire station demolition moves closer

Dewsbury Reporter

A plan to demolish Batley Fire Station to make way for 11 affordable homes

is a step closer.

Batley fire station
Dewsbury Reporter

Trinity wins international award

The Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds

has won an international design award.

Leeds Trinity

It was hailed as one of the most cutting edge properties by the International Council of Shopping Centres. The ICSC says Trinity is innovative and is a "creative response to market trends".

The centre opened in 2013 and is home to more than 100 shops, a cinema and a food court.

MP defends views on monarchy

One of Leeds' new MPs has defended why he made his views on the monarchy clear as he was sworn-in at the House of Commons yesterday.

Richard Burgon

Before he affirmed an oath of allegiance to the Queen, Richard Burgon, Labour's new MP for Leeds East, said: "As someone who believes the head of state should be elected, I make this oath in order to serve my constituents."

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this morning, Mr Burgon said: "When I come to make a vow to sign on as an MP, I wanted to make the point that I owe my place not to the royal family but to the people of East Leeds."

Calderdale flooding in focus

A new website's been launched in Calderdale to help residents keep up-to-date on flooding, weather and traffic disruptions across the district.

Flooding in Todmorden
Jamie Stuttard

The eyeoncalderdale website has been developed in partnership between Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency, West Yorkshire Police, Calder Valley Community Support Group, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, local flood groups and Defra.

Calderdale has suffered from severe flash flooding recently, causing millions of pounds of damage. Flash floods hit the Calder Valley in June and July 2012, and again a year later.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Anderson challenges Tigers

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has told the team they must bounce back in

tonight's away match against Castleford Tigers.

Paul Anderson

Anderson says he's demanding a big response from his players following

last weekend's Challenge Cup defeat to the Leeds Rhinos.

He says: "There's a saying that if you don't hear you'll feel, and that's what'll happen this week. If we had a bigger squad, a few more might have missed out."

Man in court over 1993 killing

A man from West Yorkshire has appeared in court

charged with the murder of a pensioner in Northampton more than 20 years ago.

Arthur Brumhill and Sue Blake

Arthur Brumhill, 76, pictured above with his daughter, was found dead in the basement of a pet and garden shop in Wellingborough Road, in 1993.

Stuart Jenkins, 39, from Ossett, appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court and did not enter a plea.

Eurovision: Oh, what a night!

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

It's 60 years since the Eurovision Song Contest was born as the "Eurovision Grand Prix".

Brotherhood of Man

Although the format has changed over the years, and the number of participants have sky-rocketed, the principle has remained the same: every country submits a song, then battles it out to be crowned the most popular.

With the 2015 edition nearly upon us,

we take a trip down memory lane and speak to some of the former winners and runners-up to find out how Eurovision changed their lives.

Traffic disruption in Huddersfield

BBC Travel

One lane remains closed and there's slow traffic on the A62 Leeds Road eastbound in Huddersfield between the Canal Street junction and the Bradley Mills Road junction because of emergency repairs.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.

Postmasters chosen for Antarctica

A woman from Huddersfield is among four people getting ready to

spend five months in the Antarctic Peninsular monitoring penguins and sorting post at the UK's most remote post office.

Antarctic post office
UK/Antarctic Heritage Trust

Each year Cambridge-based UK Antarctic Heritage Trust chooses a small team to spend five months at Port Lockroy.

Adele Jackson, from Clayton West, is among the four who beat 2,000 other hopefuls. The tiny post office deals with mail from 18,000 visitors during the summer.

Kear dismisses Wildcats rumours

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear has described reports linking him with a return to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as "rumour and speculation".

Kear was in charge at Belle Vue from 2006 to 2011, but he says it's a "bit early" for anybody to be approached just days after former coach James Webster

parted company with Wakefield.

"I don't want to add to any rumour. I'm Batley Bulldogs coach, I'm enjoying it there, and we've got a very big game coming up this weekend," he says.

Council in talks over Ferrybridge

Wakefield Council says it's arranging talks with the owners of Ferrybridge 'C' power station after

yesterday's announcement the site will close within a year.


Owner SSE says the coal-fired plant, which has 172 employees and about 200 contractors, is to shut by March 2016 because of rising costs and the impact of environmental legislation.

In a statement to the BBC, Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, says the closure is a "bitter blow", and the meeting with SSE will look at how the firm is planning to support those workers affected.

Flowers laid at crash scene

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Flowers have been placed at the scene of

a collision between two cars in Harehills yesterday.

Flowers at scene

A 26-year-old man whose car was involved in the crash while he was being pursued by police was seriously injured and died later in hospital.

The incident has been voluntarily referred by the West Yorkshire force to the IPCC.

Weather: Bright but cloudy afternoon

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a bright afternoon, but with large amounts of cloud.

Weather forecast

A little rain is also possible towards the evening, especially over the hills. Highs will reach about 16C, with a gentle westerly wind.

Strike hits Leeds-London rail services

East Coast rail services between Leeds and London will be among those affected as rail firms cancel trains over the bank holiday weekend due to a planned strike by Network Rail staff.

Leeds railway station

Thousands of signallers, maintenance staff and station workers are due to walk out for 24 hours from 17:00 on Monday in a row over pay and jobs.

Rail companies say further disruption and delays are likely on Wednesday as services return to normal.

Warning over parking charges

Motorists in Halifax are being warned that

parking charges and restrictions are due to be reintroduced in parts of the town next month after being deemed unenforceable in October.

The parking charges, residents' parking permit schemes and parking restrictions

were lifted last year after Calderdale Council found a traffic regulation order was found to be invalid.

Areas affected from Monday 1 June will be the outskirts of Halifax town centre, Skircoat, King Cross and the wider Halifax area.

Too late for Thomas Cook?

Danny Savage

North of England Correspondent, BBC News

As the family of two children from Wakefield who died while on holiday in Corfu

prepare to meet the chief executive of Thomas Cook, if ever there was a lesson in public relations the firm has nailed it this past week.

They refused to apologise, they said they'd done nothing wrong, then they issued an apology to the parents via journalists, then they donated money to Unicef without consulting the parents.

The firm is now trying to do the right thing. Is it too late? Has it damaged their reputation? I think analysts would say we'll have to wait for their results this time next year to see.

£3.4m roadworks complete

A scheme aimed at improving the main road link between Leeds and Bradford is now complete after 10 months of work,

Leeds City Council says.

Richard Lewis at scene of roadworks
Leeds City Council

The £3.4m project has been carried out at Thornbury Barracks roundabout where the A647 meets the B6154. It's designed to cut congestion, and to improve accessibility, safety and bus journey times.

'Road rage' claim over attack

Telegraph & Argus

A motorist who left another driver half blind after a confrontation at a Bradford roundabout

has told a jury he did not start the violence.

Gillespie to hold England job talks

BBC Sport

Yorkshire cricket coach Jason Gillespie

is to hold talks with England director Andrew Strauss over the vacant head coach's position.

Jason Gillespie

The 40-year-old has spoken to Strauss on the phone and will now sit down to discuss the role.

England want a successor to sacked coach Peter Moores before the Ashes. Gillespie told BBC Sport on Tuesday that he would "take persuading" to leave Yorkshire.

City tops preventable early death table

Telegraph & Argus

Adults in Bradford are more likely to die early as a result of preventable conditions than anywhere else in Yorkshire and the Humber,

new figures have revealed.

Burrow sticks with Rhinos

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Big news from Leeds Rhinos

with club legend Rob Burrow signing a new two-year contract.

Rob Burrow

That'll take the 32-year-old through to the end of the 2017 season - his 17th at Headingley.

Burrow says: "Leeds has been a massive part of my life. I've met so many great people here. To go anywhere else wouldn't do justice to what I've achieved here. There's only ever been club for me."