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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Shahid Hussain and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

You can get in touch with us with your pictures and stories - all you have to do is email us.

Have a good evening!

Weather: Showers dying out with bright spells tomorrow

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A last look at the weather this evening. Isolated heavy showers will die out, becoming dry and clear. 

A minimum temperature of 0C (32F) with a touch of frost with light and variable wind. 

weather chart
BBC

Tomorrow, you can expect a dry and bright start with sunny spells. It'll tend to cloud over, but staying dry apart from a little rain into Pennine areas in the evening. 

Maximum temperature 11C (52F) with a freshening southwest wind.     

West Yorkshire's most popular bird is...

Do you recognise this little fella?

According to the results of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch survey, the house sparrow is West Yorkshire's most commonly seen bird.

The starling, blackbird and bluetit just missed out. Better luck next year, guys!

House Sparrow
Science Photo Library

Reading fans target Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells

Watch out Terriers, Reading fans have their eyes on Nahki Wells.

The Huddersfield Town striker has topped the poll with fans when it comes to who they want to sign this summer.

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Latest Headlines: Bodies found in river named and tributes paid to Ronnie Corbett

Here's the latest headlines for Leeds & West Yorkshire.

  • A man whose body was found in the River Calder in Dewsbury is named as Daniel France. Another man pulled from the same river on Good Friday is named as George Bass, 77, from Harrogate
  • A vicar from Bradford is sentenced to three years in prison for repeatedly indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl
  • Leeds-born comedian Barry Cryer pays tribute to Ronnie Corbett, who has died at the age of 85

Could the tram come back to Leeds?

Ideas are back on the table to improve transport in Leeds, but it's not for the first time...

Have a look at this archive Pathe footage.

Leeds has clearly been dreaming of "new-fangled electric trams" since 1951!  

Maybe it won't be long before the tram is a reality...

Police identify River Calder bodies

A man whose body was found in the River Calder at Dewsbury earlier this week has been named by police as Daniel France.

Mr France, who was 28, had been missing from his home in the town for almost three weeks.

The body of a man pulled from the same river on Good Friday, but this time near Mirfield, was 77-year-old George Bass from Harrogate who went missing on the second of March, police have also confirmed. 

Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Bass's death. 

Leeds United Doukara gets eight-game ban for biting

Leeds United striker Souleymane Doukara is suspended for eight matches for biting an opponent in his side's draw with Fulham.

Soulemane Doukara
PA

The FA say he was charged following an incident which occurred in the 54th minute of the game against Fulham on 23 February 2016 and has been fined £5,000.

Flood impact on Calderdale businesses 'huge', new research shows

We know that lots of small businesses were affected by the Boxing Day floods in West Yorkshire - about 900 of them in Calderdale alone. 

Well, Leeds University is looking into the economic impact of the deluge in the Calder Valley.

Dr Paola Sakaiat's been speaking on BBC Radio Leeds about her research and she says the flooding has hit hard.

Meet West Yorkshire's multi-tasking police dog

West Yorkshire's police dogs are out on patrol this morning, and its not just crime they're good at sniffing out.

Here's one of their troops out picking up litter while on the beat!

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Travel update: Accident sparks delays on Stanningley bypass

BBC Travel

Be careful on the A647 as the Stanningley By-Pass which is currently closed in Pudsey.

There's queuing traffic westbound between the Swinnow Lane junction and the B6155 junction, because of an accident and an overturned car.

Leeds traffic
BBC

There is a diversion in operation - via B6155 through Pudsey.  

The incident is marked by the red box. Drive safely!

Billing signs new Huddersfield contract

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2019-20 season.

Philip Billing
Getty Images

We are proud he is our player. He has taken his opportunity in the team recently, showing he can bring his performance to the pitch."

David WagnerHuddersfield Town head coach

Ronnie Corbett death: Leeds comedy promoter pays tribute

The world of comedy is remembering Ronnie Corbett, who has died aged 85.

He was best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies.

Toby Jones, a comedy promoter in Leeds, paid tribute to him...

He was a stand-up comedian before we had stand-up comedians

Toby Jones

Leeds Rhinos head coach McDermott to lead USA at 2017 RL World Cup

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott will take charge of the United States at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Brian McDermott
Getty Images

McDermott first took on the post with the USA Hawks last July, sealing qualification for the tournament with wins against Jamaica and Canada.

He says: "I'm very pleased to have been invited to continue my role. What's already been achieved is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment, with much more preparation required."

Could this be the future of transport in Leeds?

Ideas are being discussed to improve transport in Leeds and a "supertram" could be one of them.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, chair of the area's transport committee, said Leeds needed "to catch up with the big European cities".  

You can see what a new system in the city could look like in this video from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority...

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Former rector from Bradford jailed for abusing girl

A disgraced clergyman who repeatedly sexually abused a 15-year-old girl has been given a three-year jail sentence.

Stephen Crabtree, 59, from Bradford, committed the indecent assaults in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire between April 1992 and April 1993.

The Bishop of Lincoln said: "I am very sorry indeed that it has taken so long for proper justice to be served."

Stephen Crabtree
Lincolnshire Police

Speaking after the hearing, the Right Reverend Christopher Lowson added, the sentence was a "just and appropriate punishment for the appalling abuse to which he subjected a child".  

Watch: Bradford magician Dynamo's trick doesn't quite go to plan

He may be one of the greatest magicians in the world, but even Dynamo can have a bad day.

The Bradford lad invited audience member Tom on stage to help him with a trick that involved him managing to get a phone into a bottle. But it didn't go quite to plan:

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West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and some showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to enjoy plenty of sunny spells this afternoon, but we're likely to see a few showers.

Some of these heavy, but clearing quickly. Light northerly winds, and highs today of 10C (50F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Ferrybridge closure is 'grim news' - MP

We've had reaction to today's final closure of Ferrybridge C power station from the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Labour MP, Yvette Cooper.

The station is closing after 50 years, and the owners SSE say it's down to rising costs.    

But Ms Cooper says she blames government policy for the end to electricity production at the coal-fired site.

Latest headlines: Pictures released of house fire victims and former Bradford clergyman jailed for abusing girl

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

Tributes paid to Ronnie Corbett who has died aged 85

In the last half-an-hour, we've heard about the death of entertainer, Ronnie Corbett.

Ronnie Corbett
Jeff Overs / BBC

Many of you have been responding on the BBC Radio Leeds Facebook page.  

This is such sad news. Ronnie will be sadly missed by millions of people in this country. God Bless you Ronnie."

Janet Lindley

RIP Ronnie you were one of the few greats britain had left condolences to your family."

John Weaver

Two Ronnies legends together again."

Simon Finn

Body found in River Calder identified as missing Dewsbury man

West Yorkshire police have just confirmed that the body found in the River Calder yesterday is that of missing man Daniel France from Dewsbury.

Scene of body find
BBC

Photos released of East End Park fire victims

Photographs of the three people who died following a house fire in Leeds on Good Friday have been released by West Yorkshire Police.

Fire victims
West Yorkshire Police/BBC

The bodies of the two women and a man were found on Saturday following a blaze in a terraced house in East End Park. 

Joanne Marie Semple (pictured left), 36, Stephen Fitzgerald, 18, and Kelly Taylor-Hackett, 28, were all living at the same address. 

Post-mortem examinations found all three died as a result of the fire, police said.

Rhino's return: Forward Stevie Ward on road to recovery

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Good news for Rhinos fans: Stevie Ward should be back from from injury after recovering from a knee reconstruction. 

The 22-year-old underwent surgery last October following his injury in the Rhinos' victory over Huddersfield which claimed the League Leader's Shield.

He's told us he's well on the way to his return:

Ferrybridge C workers to clock off for the final time

Richard Edwards

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

For half a century, the famous chimneys and cooling towers of the landmark Ferrybridge C coal-fired power station have kept the lights on for millions of people. 

But today, it will close after 50 years, with owners SSE blaming the decision on rising costs. 

I've been looking back at 50 years of Ferrybridge and what the future holds for the community surrounding what's known as "Megawatt Valley".

Watch: Dewsbury arts group records world's lullabies

An arts group in West Yorkshire has recorded traditional lullabies from around the world.

The songs have been gathered by Supriya Nagarajan who is the artistic director of Manasamitra in Dewsbury.

Ms Nagarajan is using the songs in special singing sessions to teach the different communities in the town about each others' cultures.

Watch: Plans for Leeds 'supertram' system could be resurrected

Could a tram system be back on the cards for Leeds?

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has commissioned a study looking at what kind of Metro system could work in Leeds. 

Keith Wakefield, chair of the Combined Authority's Transport Committee, has been speaking to Richard Stead on BBC Radio Leeds about the sort of ideas which will be discussed:

Ferrybridge C power station to officially close after 50 years

A landmark coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire will officially close later after 50 years in service.

Ferrybridge Power Station
PA

The closure of Ferrybridge C, near Knottingley, was announced by SSE in May 2015. It last produced electricity on 23 March and decommissioning work is expected to take about 12 months.

SSE said a projected loss of £100m over the next five years meant Ferrybridge was "no longer economical".

Bizarre grazing at Wakefield's Fairburn Ings

Beat this for the strangest picture of the day!

BBC Radio Leeds reporter Charles Heslett caught this scene on camera while reporting from Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve near Wakefield this morning.

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Leeds and Bradford rank among worst for 'crash for cash' claims

New research puts Leeds and Bradford in the top 10 for so-called "crash for cash" scams. 

That's where fraudsters deliberately stage road accidents to claim compensation for whiplash injuries. 

The insurance company, Aviva, puts Leeds in fourth position and Bradford in eighth among English towns and cities for crashes, with Birmingham in first place.

Unsure what "cash for crash" is? Here's a an example from one in London.  

Latest headlines: Ferrybridge power station closes and West Yorkshire in top 10 for 'crash for cash' scams

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

West Yorkshire's weather: Bright start with showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start for most, with any early morning showers clearing, but we are likely to see further showers develop throughout the day.

Light northerly winds, and highs today of 10C (50F). 

Travel update: Slow traffic on Manchester Road in Bradford

BBC Travel

There's currently slow traffic on the A641 Manchester Road inbound in Bradford between the Ransdale Road junction and the A647 Croft Street junction because of an obstruction on the road. 

Approach with care as it's thought there could be a loose manhole cover.

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Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 1 February 2016.

Shahid 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? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments.