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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished for the day.

Special thanks to Selina Serrena for this very seasonal photo of a spring lamb near Castleford. It certainly isn't camera shy!

Spring lamb
Selina Serrena

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday 29 March with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.    

In the meantime if you spot something happening in your area, you can always get in touch with us by email.

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with patchy rain, becoming dry

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening will be cloudy with patchy rain at first, becoming dry with clear periods.

Weather graph
BBC

A minimum temperature overnight of about 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will be dry and bright with spells of sunshine and a little patchy cloud.

Maximum temperature of about 12C (54F).

More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Join Lara and Harry on BBC One for Look North at 18:30 when they'll hear from a young Leeds woman with a life-shortening condition who's suffered a setback in her campaign to get a new drug paid for by the NHS. 

Plus, police in Scotland have confirmed the bodies of two climbers found on Ben Nevis are those of a missing Bradford couple. We'll have the very latest updates. 

Easter travel: What you need to know

If you're thinking about heading away from West Yorkshire for an Easter break this weekend, did you know that about 11 million cars are expected to take to the roads today as the holiday getaway begins?   

Traffic jam in car mirror
BBC

The AA has estimated about half of all drivers will be on the road as holidaymakers mix with school and commuter traffic.

Roadworks across 97% of the motorway and A-roads were due to be finished or lifted by 06:00 today, but 57 sets will stay in place for safety reasons.

Engineering is also expected to affect about 5% of rail routes over the next week.

Have your say over Huddersfield Royal Infirmary plans

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A series of meetings as part of a public consultation over plans to demolish Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are to be held over the next three months. 

The timetable for those meetings has now been anounced:

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Police in Calderdale appeal over 'vulnerable' man missing for a month

Police in Calderdale are appealing for help in tracing a vulnerable 19-year-old man who's been missing for over a month.

Antony Peter William Hill
West Yorkshire Police

Antony Peter William Hill, who also uses the names Antony Richie and Antoine Richis, was last seen at about 12:30 on Monday 22 February at Todmorden Market.

Antony's described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of very slim build, with short dark hair, which was partially shaved when he was last seen.

Det Insp David Shaw says: "We're growing increasingly concerned for his safety and welfare as it is out of character for him to go missing and not to be in contact with anyone."

Families of Ben Nevis couple thank 'brave and generous' rescue teams

The families of a missing Bradford couple whose bodies have been found on Ben Nevis have thanked "brave and generous" rescue teams in Scotland.

Tim Newton and Rachel Slater
Newton Family

Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, disappeared last month and their bodies were found under snow a short distance apart on Wednesday.

In a statement, the family say of the rescue teams: "These brave and generous men and women have worked incredibly hard to find Rachel and Tim in difficult and dangerous conditions.

"Although much anticipated, it still comes as a shock. But we're thankful we can now move forward with our lives in the knowledge Rachel and Tim were doing what they loved to do. Climbing was their passion."

Latest headlines: Ben Nevis bodies are those of missing Bradford couple and 10 men are charged over fatal Hemsworth collision

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire today include:

Campaigners plan legal action over Boxing Day floods

Campaigners in a flood-hit area of West Yorkshire are threatening legal action against the Environment Agency following the Boxing Day floods.

Members of Calder Valley Flood Prevention Action Group say the agency ignored warnings and reports which highlighted the risk the area faced, and have failed in their duty of care.

Andrew Greenwood is from Emsleys Solicitors in Leeds, and told BBC Radio Leeds costs could run very high.

Group litigation tends to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. The trouble with that is, losing the case, they would have to pay for the Environment Agency's costs."

Andrew GreenwoodSolicitor, Emsleys Solicitors

BBC Radio Leeds has approached the Environment Agency for a comment and interview but they declined both.

BreakingTwo bodies found on Ben Nevis those of Rachel Slater and Tim Newton

Two bodies found on Ben Nevis have been confirmed as those of missing Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, from Bradford.

Tim Newton and Rachel Slater
Police Scotland

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team believes the experienced climbers were caught in an avalanche before they started a climb on the mountain's North Face.

The pair disappeared last month and their bodies were found under snow a short distance apart on Wednesday. The discoveries were made in Observatory Gully.

Ms Slater and Mr Newton were reported missing on 15 February.

Watch: Leeds woman's battle over Cystic Fibrosis drug

Jamie Coulson

Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

A young woman from Leeds with a life-shortening condition has suffered a setback in her campaign to get a new drug paid for by the NHS. 

Hannah Lindley has Cystic Fibrosis and watched her sister die from the same condition last year.

Now the health body NICE has issued draft guidance stating the treatment she wants isn't value for money. I've been finding out more:

Tandem bike and tin bath among dumped river items

A tandem bike, a tin bath and military ammunition were among the items dumped in canals and rivers last winter.

A safe and a tyre emerge from a drained canal lock
Mike Polloway
Police officers inspect a firearm on the canal bank
PA

They were just some of the more bizarre objects recovered in a four-month survey of rubbish in waterways, carried out by the Canal and River Trust.

The charity said clearing discarded rubbish from canals and rivers in England and Wales costs it £1m a year.

Extra £35m for flood schemes in Calder Valley

Halifax Courier

Communities must lie at the heart of flood relief work in the Calder Valley. That was the message from Emma Howard Boyd, chairman of the Environment Agency, as she visited Hebden Bridge.

Environment Agency Chairman Emma Howard Boyd
Halifax Courier

'Bored' mobile phone course driver asks for fine and penalty points

A driver caught by West Yorkshire Police using his mobile phone has asked for penalty points and a fine rather than opt for a "boring" course.

Note
West Yorkshire Police

The unnamed motorist stated on a caution form he had completed a driver improvement course the day before.

West Yorkshire Police's road policing team has shared a photo of the form on Twitter with the comment: "Some will never learn".

Ben Nevis bodies discovery: Mountain rescue team offers 'thoughts and condolences'

More on the news that two bodies, believed to be those of Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, from Bradford, have been found on Ben Nevis.

Tim Newton and Rachel Slater
Police Scotland

In a message on its Facebook page, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, has paid tribute to all those involved in the searches as well as the couple and their families.

The team says: "While formal identification has still to take place, we expect them to be confirmed as Rachel and Tim. I am sure that everyone will join us in offering our thoughts and sincere condolences to the families and friends of Rachel and Tim. 

"They were well known, experienced and respected climbers and their plight has touched so many people over the last few weeks."

Huddersfield Town agree deal for Kaiserslautern defender Lowe

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town have agreed a deal to sign Kaiserslautern defender Chris Lowe in the summer.

Chris Lowe
Getty Images

BBC Radio Leeds understands that the 26-year-old full-back will move to the Terriers when his deal with the German side finishes at the end of the season.

Lowe has previously worked with Town boss David Wagner when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund.

Latest headlines: Ten charged following fatal Hemsworth collision and Leeds man dies after attempted burglary

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

West Yorkshire's weather: Clouding over with patchy outbreaks of rain

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Clouding over with patchy outbreaks of rain spreading from the west through this afternoon.  

Breeze picking up from the southwest with a maximum temperature of about 10C (50F).

Weather map
BBC

Leeds attempted burglary victim dies in hospital

A man who was taken ill after an attempted burglary at his home in Chapeltown, Leeds, has died.

John Scadden, 63, was taken to hospital a short time after he disturbed a burglar at his flat in St Mary's Road at about 04:00 on Wednesday. Mr Scadden had existing serious health issues, police say.

The burglary suspect had been trying to force open a ground floor kitchen window with a spade but ran off when Mr Scadden saw him and knocked on a window. 

The suspect's described as white, aged 17 to 19, wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up. Police say they want to identify a male of similar description seen on CCTV riding a bike in the area at the same time.

CCTV images
West Yorkshire Police

A forensic post-mortem examination's due to be carried out later to establish the cause of Mr Scadden's death.

Listen: Wakefield lad through to MasterChef quarter finals

It'll take a total of 40 amateur chefs and seven weeks of TV to find out, but who will be crowned Masterchef 2016?

The new series started last night and we've got a contestant from West Yorkshire in the competition, and his name is Chris Hale from Wakefield.

A keen home chef and regular viewer of the BBC cooking talent show, he's got a unique take on the food he cooks and says he was persuaded to apply to take part in the show by his girlfriend:

Super League: 'We never have it easy at Cas' - Jones-Buchanan

Dave Fletcher

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Rhinos hope to hand captain Danny McGuire only his second appearance of the season following a knee injury.

Rhinos in action
PA

Winger Tom Briscoe could be back as well after his leg injury.

Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan says they won't have it all their own way against the Tigers.

Every time we go to Castleford it's like going to hell. The rain comes down, thunder and lighting, you're knee deep in mud or it's red hot. It's never easy. It's a big local derby, their fans are hostile, we never have it easy at Cas so we're not expecting anything different this week."

Jamie Jones-BuchananLeeds Rhinos

Listen: Campaigners plan to take Environment Agency to court over Boxing Day floods

Almost exactly three months on from the Boxing Day floods in parts of West Yorkshire, one group of local residents is planning to take the Environment Agency to court.

Members of Calder Valley Flood Prevention say warnings and reports were ignored after previous floods, and the Agency has acted negligently. 

Campaigner Tony Millroy has told BBC Radio Leeds they feel action is needed:

Ten charged over fatal Hemsworth collision

More on the news we mentioned earlier that 10 men have been charged in connection with a collision between a quad bike and a sports car between Hemsworth and Upton in September last year which killed four people.

Those charged are:

  • Daniel Raynor, 23, from Barnsley, who's been charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of dangerous driving
  • Matthew Todd, 21, from Barnsley, who's been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting death by dangerous driving
  • Clark Henfrey, 19, from Barnsley, who's been charged with dangerous driving and with encouraging and assisting in the commission of a dangerous driving offence
  • Sam Rowley, 19, from Sheffield; Stephen Hebden, 22, Lee Fisher, 28, Mark Mason, 23, Jack Dickinson-Ellis, 19, Jake Hackleton, 20, and Nathan Jackson, 20, all from Barnsley, who have all been charged with encouraging and assisting in the commission of a dangerous driving offence

Latest headlines: Ten charged following fatal Hemsworth collision and two bodies found on Ben Nevis following search for couple

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include: 

Easter travel: What you need to know

If you're thinking about heading away from West Yorkshire for an Easter break this weekend, did you know that about 11 million cars are expected to take to the roads today as the holiday getaway begins

Traffic jam
BBC

The AA has estimated about half of all drivers will be on the road as holidaymakers mix with school and commuter traffic.

Roadworks across 97% of the motorway and A-roads were due to be finished or lifted by 06:00 today, but 57 sets will stay in place for safety reasons.

Engineering is also expected to affect about 5% of rail routes over the next week.

Anti-burglary campaign launched in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police is launching an anti-burglary campaign today.

Spring Burglary campaign poster
WYP

The force is urging householders to protect their homes and not be caught out by opportunist thieves. 

It says 30% of burglars get in through an unlocked front door and 26% through insecure windows.

We're urging homeowners to be mindful of leaving things unattended, especially when they are out in the garden or have friends over. You don’t necessarily have to spend money on additional security - using what you already have and making changes to your routine around the home will go a long way."

Chris JoyceForce Crime Prevention Officer

Super League: Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos

Dave Fletcher

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Both Castleford and Leeds could be boosted by the return of key players ahead of tonight's Super League derby at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Daryl Powell
PA

The Tigers look set to welcome back half-back Ben Roberts after two games out with a foot injury.

After losing their last three games coach Daryl Powell (pictured) says they'll need to improve to match Leeds.

We know we need to play well. It will be a great game, I think. The conditions look like they may vary a little bit. We have a got plan that will challenge Leeds - the boys just need to execute it."

Daryl PowellCoach, Castleford Tigers

Keighley councillor and former Lord Mayor of Bradford vows to clear his name over anti-Semitism allegations

Keighley News

A Keighley councillor and former Lord Mayor of Bradford suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of anti-Semitism has vowed to clear his name.

Cllr Khadim Hussain during his term as Lord Mayor
Keighley News

Ten men charged following fatal collision near Hemsworth

Ten men have been charged over a collision near Hemsworth which killed four people in September 2015.

Crash scene
BBC

Terrie Kirby, 16, Alexandra Binns, 18, Ryan Beal, 20, and Brandon Brown, 20, all died in the crash near Upton when their quad bike was involved in collision with a Nissan sports car early on 27 September.

All the accused come from Barnsley and are due to appear at Wakefield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 4 May.

Travel update: Queuing traffic on Whitehall Road in Leeds

BBC Travel

There's currently queuing traffic on the A58 Whitehall Road in Leeds around the A62 Gelderd Road junction because of a traffic light failure. 

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

Latest headlines: Ten charged following fatal Hemsworth collision and two bodies found on Ben Nevis following search for couple

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include: 

West Yorkshire's weather: A dry, bright start but rain to follow

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start, bright in places in West Yorkshire but clouding over with patchy outbreaks of rain spreading from the west through the day.

Breeze picking up from the southwest with a maximum temperature of about 10C (50F). 

Travel update: Traffic light failure on Hunslet Road in Leeds

BBC Travel

A traffic light failure on the A639 Hunslet Road in Leeds at the Leathley Road junction is causing delays this morning. Do approach with care.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

Two bodies found on Ben Nevis following search for couple

Two bodies, of a man and a woman, have been found on Ben Nevis.

Mr Newton and Ms Slater were reported missing after failing to return from Ben Nevis
Police Scotland

Mountain rescuers have been searching for two climbers who have been missing on Ben Nevis since February.

Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, from Bradford, failed to return from an outing on the mountain. Hazardous weather hampered initial efforts to find them.

Police Scotland said the families of the two climbers had been told of the development.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 24 March 2016.

I'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Why not get in touch with us today? As ever, I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments.