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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

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Our live coverage across the day

Well, as the famous bunny once said: "That's all folks!".

I'll be back tomorrow for more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 from across Leeds and West Yorkshire so be sure to check back then.

In the meantime, if you spot anything we should be talking about, why not email me?

West Yorkshire's weather: A cold night to come

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any isolated heavy showers will die out tonight, becoming dry and clear later. Minimum temperature -1C (30F) with a widespread slight frost.


Tomorrow, we'll have a dry and sunny start, with occasional heavy showers developing later with a risk of hail and thunder. Maximum temperature 10C (50F). 

Listen: Twenty years of the Royal Armouries in Leeds

Johnathan I'Anson

BBC Radio Leeds

Happy birthday to the Royal Armouries in Leeds!

Staff at the museum are celebrating 20 years since they first opened its doors to the public. 

The Royal Armouries is the UK national museum of arms and armour, and caused quite the stir when it moved the national collection out of London to Yorkshire. 

I've been taking a look at this unique place to visit:

Yorkshire cricket: Champions are comfortable with 'weight of expectation' - Gale

BBC Sport

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale says the team are "embracing the pressure" of attempting to win a third successive County Championship title.

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The lads don't need any motivation - win three championships in a row and go down with the legends of Yorkshire cricket. We don't feel the pressure of that. The lads are embracing it."

Andrew GaleYorkshire captain

Latest headlines: Man's body found in river Calder and 90% of West Yorks flood claims approved

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire this evening:

  • A man's body's been found in the River Calder in West Yorkshire. Police say they were called to Sands Lane in Dewsbury just before lunchtime today
  • Authorities in West Yorkshire approve 90% of applications for financial help from flood-hit businesses
  • Letters have been landing on doorsteps in Bradford telling residents they'll have to pay for their garden waste to be collected

Pinpointing Pints: Leeds' watering holes get put on the map

In the latest edition of the BBC's Digital Nation, a weekly round-up of the best local independent television from around the UK, Leeds' many watering holes come under the spotlight.

Leeds pub map

A new map's been published which pinpoints the many pubs in the city, setting out the routes to find a pint.

Made In Leeds' Mark O'Brien has been to meet the map's creator to find out more.

Watch: What do plans for National Media Museum mean for Bradford?

As we've heard over the past few weeks, there are plans to re-brand the National Media Museum in Bradford, move 400,000 pictures from its collection to London...and it's pulling its backing from the International Film Festival.

So what will this mean for the city?

Student Holly Wyatt's been speaking to the people behind the headlines in the row over the future of the museum - and you can see more on #MyBradford:

West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds city centre

Here's a great snap of Leeds city centre taken this morning, with the new Victoria Gate development nestling in the middle:

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Bradford sends the gritters out

It might not seem like it now, but it could be getting icy overnight. Gritters are being sent out in Bradford tonight.

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Nine out of 10 flood applications approved in West Yorkshire

Good news for the majority of businesses affected by flooding in West Yorkshire.

Ninety per cent of applications for money to help overcome damage caused by the Christmas floods have been approved so far.

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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority say £580,000 of aid has already been dished out from the Leeds City Region Business Recovery fund, which has £5m at its disposal.  

River Calder body: Pictures from scene

More on the body discovered in the River Calder earlier today. 

The Mirfield Reporter has tweeted some of the first pictures from the scene.

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River Calder body found near viaduct

More now on the body that was found in the River Calder in Dewsbury just before lunchtime today.

Police say they were called to Sands Lane. Officers discovered the dead man near a viaduct and removed him from the water.

Increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions in West Yorkshire

The latest figures released by Public Health England reveal that there's been a big increase in the number of people being admitted to hospital because of alcohol

In Wakefield, the numbers have gone up by a quarter.

Kirklees and Bradford have also seen significant rises but the figures actually went down in other parts of the county.

Booze Stats

BreakingMan's body found in River Calder

A man's body has been found in the River Calder in Dewsbury. 

More to follow

EgyptAir hijack photo: 'Best selfie ever'

More on the Ben Innes EgyptAir hijacking picture.

Ben's an oil worker in Scotland and is originally from Leeds. He was a passenger on the Airbus A320 yesterday when a man, named by Cypriot officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa, threatened to blow up the aircraft.

Ben's picture was taken during a five-hour stand-off after the plane was diverted to Larnaca Airport.

Ben Innes

Mr Innes told the Sun: "I'm not sure why I did it - I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity."

He said the photo, which was taken by a member of the cabin crew, was the "best selfie ever".

West Yorkshire's weather: Mainly dry, watch out for the odd shower

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry afternoon, but we could see a few showers spread from the west throughout the day, some of these with a wintry feel on high ground. 

Light southwesterly winds, and highs of about 10C (50F).


Brighton recall Elvis Manu from Huddersfield Town loan

BBC Sport

Brighton have recalled Elvis Manu from his loan spell at Huddersfield.

The former Netherlands Under-21 winger Manu, 22, joined the Terriers on a three-month loan at the start of February, but the deal enabled Albion to recall him after the first 28 days.

Elvis Manu
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He did not start a match for the Yorkshire side, with all five of his appearances coming as a substitute.

Latest headlines: Leeds man's selfie with hijacker goes viral and warning over Bradford children's cultural education

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • Selfie images of Leeds man Ben Innes with the EgyptAir hijacker go viral
  • A report being discussed by Bradford councillors says the city's children could be missing out on an important part of their cultural education
  • Letters have been landing on doorsteps in Bradford telling residents they'll have to pay £35 if they want garden waste collected by the council

Lord Mayor's challenge to make city crest out of Lego

Have you been following this on Twitter? It's great.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds is getting children to help make the Leeds crest out of Lego. 

This is today's team getting to work...

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West Yorkshire MP reacts to Tata Steel sell-off plans

India's Tata Steel plans to sell its loss-making UK business, putting thousands of jobs at risk - including in Yorkshire.

The government is considering "all options" for Tata's Port Talbot steel plant, Business Minister Anna Soubry has told the BBC.

The Pontefract and Castleford Labour MP Yvette Cooper has joined the debate with this tweet:

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Social media frenzy over helter-skelter thrills at Trinity Leeds

Yorkshire Evening Post

A bright yellow helter-skelter slide at Trinity Leeds allows visitors the chance to plummet to the bottom of the centre in a matter of seconds.

Helter Skelter
Yorkshire Evening Post

Huddersfield Giants 'too good' for current position - Crabtree

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Giants are too good to be in the Super League position they currently find themselves in, forward Eorl Crabtree says.

The Giants are bottom of the table, with just one win from their first eight games. 

Crabtree's told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that Huddersfield will rediscover their winning form sooner rather than later.

Ben Innes selfie: Reaction on social media

As we've mentioned, the image of Leeds man Ben Innes, who was caught up in the hijacking of an EgyptAir flight yesterday, has gone viral.

The suspect turned out to be wearing a fake suicide bomb.

Here's what people have been saying on Twitter about Ben's photograph:

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Latest Headlines: Hijacker selfie by Leeds man goes viral and warning over Bradford children's cultural education

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

  • Images of Ben Innes from Leeds go viral after his selfie with the Egyptair hijacker wearing a suspected suicide belt
  • A report being discussed by councillors in Bradford says the city's children could be missing out on an important part of their cultural education
  • Letters have been landing on doorsteps in Bradford telling residents they'll have to pay £35 if they want garden waste collected by the council

Listen: Medical guinea pigs needed for new BBC show

BBC2's health show Trust Me I'm A Doctor is looking for volunteers from West Yorkshire for the next series of the programme. 

If you fancy being on the telly and doing your bit for science then you could be part of the show. 

The presenter of the show,  Michael Mosely, is looking for people who suffer from osteoarthritis and he's been speaking to Richard Stead on BBC Radio Leeds:

Picture of Leeds man with EgyptAir hijacker goes viral

The hijacking of an EgyptAir flight yesterday caused much concern, especially as we heard pretty quickly there were Britons on board the flight.

However, the enduring image from yesterday was this one, of Ben Innes, originally from Leeds.

Ben Innes

Mr Innes says he took the picture so he could get a better look at the hijacker's suicide belt, which turned out to be fake.

The picture of him grinning next to his captor on the EgyptAir flight has since gone viral on social media.

Travel update: Accident sparks delays on Stanningley Bypass

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A647. It means that we've got one lane closed and queuing traffic on the Stanningley Bypass westbound in Pudsey between the B6155 junction and Dawsons Corner.  

Brown bin charges on the way in Bradford

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

It's that time of year when gardeners begin the fight against weeds and start to cut the grass, all causing garden waste which needs to go somewhere.

People in Bradford have been sent letters from the council saying they'll have to pay £35 a year to have their brown bin collected.

Bradford joins Calderdale and Kirklees in charging for the service, while in Leeds and Wakefield it's free. You might be surprised to learn that our local councils are not legally obliged to collect garden waste...

So what else don't they have to do? I've been looking at the rules:

Police name three people killed in Leeds house fire

Three people killed in a house fire in Leeds at the weekend have been named by police.

Joanne Marie Semple, 36, Kelly Taylor-Hackett, 28, and Stephen Fitzgerald, 18, all lived at the property in East Park Street, East End Park.

House fire scene

Police believe the fire started in the living room of the house on Friday night. The deaths are being treated as "unexplained".

Emergency services discovered the bodies after being called to the house on Saturday lunchtime.

Latest headlines: Bradford residents to pay for brown bin collection and Leeds house fire victims named

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire so far this morning:

West Yorkshire's weather: A chilly and bright start

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly, dry and bright start for many across West Yorkshire, with decent spells of sunshine developing through the morning. Light south westerly winds, and highs of about 10C (50F).

Travel update: Broken down bus causing congestion on Leeds Inner Ring Road

BBC Travel

So far this morning, we've got one lane blocked on the Inner Ring Road in Leeds. 

It's eastbound between Willow Terrace Road and Woodhouse Lane, because of a broken down bus. 

But elsewhere, everything seems to be OK on West Yorkshire's roads this morning.

The grey boxes below show congestion, and the orange blob you can see is our broken down bus:


Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning, welcome to Wednesday!

It's cold but sunny outside, but more on that in a minute.

This is the place for all of the latest news, sport, weather and travel across West Yorkshire - we'll keep you up to date with the latest 'appenings.

If you spot anything you think I need to know about, feel free to send me an email.