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  1. A man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl in Leeds has been arrested
  2. A new book claims that King Arthur really existed and lived near Huddersfield
  3. Department for Education investigating Dewsbury school after allegations it's promoting an extreme form of Islam
  4. Updates on Friday 1 April 2016

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's allour live coberage for today.

Thanks for being with us, we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across West Yorkshire.

We'll see you next week, have a great weekend!

Weather: Warmer weather on the way over the weekend

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A cloudy evening ahead with spells of rain spreading south at times, heaviest over the hills with the rain lighter and patchier to the east. 6C (43F) and a gentle southerly breeze.

weather gfx

Tomorrow it'll be cloudy, and in places, a damp start. However, brightening up for the afternoon with rain pushing away northwards. Wait for it, with a maximum temperature of 14c (57F)   

New train franchise promises £1bn in investment

More on the investment in Yorkshire's train services - this is the first we've heard from Northern, one of the relaunched train franchises, and they're promising a large amount of money will be spent on services...

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Road deaths charity needs volunteers

A West Yorkshire charity which supports people bereaved by fatal road crashes fears it may face closure because of a lack of volunteers. 

SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death and Injury) currently provides a national helpline, but they're down to just five volunteers and say they urgently need more help.    

You can find out more about the service and volunteer on their website.

SCARD volunteers at work

The grief that someone will get when there's that knock on the door can last for ages. Without the support line, literally thousands of people around the country would not have access to our services".

John ScrubyTrustee

Latest headlines: New rail franchises launch in Yorkshire and arrest over city centre rape

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire:

  • Two new rail franchises have come into operation in west Yorkshire today
  • A man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl in Leeds has been arrested
  • There are claims that King Arthur wasn't a mythical figure but actually came from Yorkshire

Super League - Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Rhinos captain Danny McGuire (pictured) is set to make his comeback since being injured in the first game of the Super League season.

Forward Brett Delaney is also named in the squad, but will face a late fitness test.


Travel update: Replacement buses between Carlisle and Appleby

BBC Travel

And while we're on the subject of travel, just remember that on the rails, we've still got replacement bus services running on the Northern Rail between Carlisle and Appleby and normal service operating between Appleby and Leeds due to a landslide.

Travel update: Traffic remains slow on M62 after accident

BBC Travel

As we head towards Friday's rush hour, on the whole things are looking okay. But if you're heading back to West Yorkshire along the M62 from Manchester, an earlier accident between J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor) and J23 (A640 Huddersfield), is still causing some delays.

Leeds United: Steve Evans on Rotherham United

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Ahead of Leeds' game away match at Rotherham tomorrow, I caught up with head coach, Steve Evans.

Check out the video for the latest team news and his thoughts on facing his old club.

Police Escorts... and Vivas... and Transits

Personally, I love this sort of stuff, check out the old Escort and Viva Panda cars!

By the way, my guess would be 1974..

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Leeds Inner Ring Road closed over weekend

If you're planning on travelling into Leeds city centre this weekend, watch out for delays as the Inner Ring Road is going to be shut at various times so the council can resurface it.

If you've driven on in recently you'll know that it needs doing, but could cause you some bother if you're heading towards town this weekend.

Here are the details of the closures at Woodhouse Tunnel:

  • 7pm Friday 1 April until 8am Saturday 2 April – both tunnels closed
  • 8am Saturday 2 April until 7pm Saturday 2 April – westbound tunnel closed while both lanes of eastbound tunnel open to eastbound traffic only
  • 7pm Saturday 2 April until 10am Sunday 3 April – both tunnels closed
  • 10am Sunday 3 April until 7pm Sunday 3 April – westbound tunnel closed while both lanes of eastbound tunnel open to eastbound traffic only
  • 7pm Sunday 3 April until 6am Monday 4 April – both tunnels closed
  • 6am Monday 4 April – both tunnels open until 7pm

Leeds Inner Ring Road
Rept0n1x at Wikimedia Commons

Rugby league preview: Wakefield v Salford

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester has made two changes for the visit of Salford Red Devils from the side that beat Leeds Rhinos on Easter Monday, ahead of this Saturday's game.

Anthony England

Anthony England (pictured) and Anthony Tupou both return from injury to replace Chris Annakin and Andy Yates.

Salford will be without Mason Caton-Brown who suffered a leg injury on his return in the win against Huddersfield.


Wakefield 32-18 Salford

Tom Johnstone scores a hat-trick as Wakefield make it three successive wins with victory over Salford.

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Charity in plea for volunteers

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire charity which supports people bereaved by fatal road crashes fears it may face closure because of a lack of volunteers. 

SCARD, or Support and Care After Road Death and Injury, currently provides a national helpline. But they're down to just five volunteers and say they urgently need more help.

Our reporter Carla Fowler has been to find out more

New arrivals at Home Farm in Temple Newsam

No Friday afternoon is complete without some pictures of piglets!

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Brave new future of rail in Yorkshire begins with... cancellations

And as the first day of the bright new future of rail travel in Yorkshire dawns...

Oh well, it's a marathon not a sprint I suppose..

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Travel update: Accident M62 J22 eastbound

BBC Travel

Just getting some more info through on the latest M62 accident, and as quick as that, it's all over!

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Travel update: M62 J22 eastbound accident

BBC Travel

I'm afraid today's M62 woes continue, this time it's eastbound between J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor) and J23 (A640 Huddersfield), all down to an accident.  

House prices in North 'half those in South' latest figures show

House prices in northern England are now less than half those in the south of the country, a new record gap - according to the Nationwide.

The average home in the South costs £313,670, whereas a typical home in the North, which for the purposes of the study includes the Midlands as well as Yorkshire and Humber, the North West and the North East, now costs £150,917.   

House price graphic

In the first quarter of 2016, prices in the South rose by 9.9% year-on-year, compared to just 1.8% in the North.  

Police warning on the dangers of speed

Just spotted this tweet from last night, amazing someone walked away from this crash

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Watch: Leeds local council debate, what you need to know

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Obviously the big news items in the world of democracy at the moment are the EU referendum and the US Presidential election, but don't forget that next month we have the local elections.

BBC Radio Leeds ran a debate this morning between the four main parties standing in the Leeds local council election.

I was listening to the whole thing, check out my video so that you're completely up to speed if you missed it...

Investigation into rescue of woman on canal

Police are investigating why a woman needed to be rescued from the Leeds/Liverpool canal at Armley early today. 

Leeds Liverpool canal
Chris Morgan

Officers found the 33-year-old standing on a sunken barge near Viaduct Road just before one a.m. She was rescued by firefighters and taken to hospital. Her condition is not life threatening.  

All tyred out before work

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

If you find your daily commute to work a bit tough, spare a thought for Stephanie Innes-Smith. She's a trainee solicitor and army reservist, who lives in Leeds city centre.

She's hoping to be part of the first British Army team of women to cross the Antarctic on foot. But she doesn't need the snowy plains to prepare for the trip.

All she needs is a tyre and the humble streets of Leeds...

West Yorkshire Police ‘turning a blind eye to illegal cycling’

Dewsbury Reporter

West Yorkshire Police handed out only 17 fines for illegal cycling last year, new figures have revealed, prompting accusations that officers are turning a blind eye to bicycle users breaking the law.

Dewsbury Reporter

Latest headlines: Arrest over city centre sex attack and police van in Bradford crash

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this lunchtime:

Arrest over serious sex assault in Leeds city centre

Detectives have made an arrested a 20-year-old man after a serious sexual assault on a 17-year-old girl in the St Johns Centre car park in Leeds city centre.

St. Johns car park

The man was arrested last night after he attended Elland Road police station following a public appeal over the incident which happened in the early hours of Tuesday.

Nice new haircut for Chris Kamara?

Once named as Wakefield's most famous man, Chris Kamara shoots and scores with his April Fool's gag.

It's an improvement Chris!

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Over 70 trains delayed after line trespass

More on the warning from British Transport Police on the incident at Standedge in Marsden last Friday, in which eight to 10 youths were trespassing in disused tunnels next to the Huddersfield-Manchester line.

Standedge tunnels

Officers say the line had to be closed while the tunnels were searched.

That led to 17 trains being cancelled, 30 part-cancelled and 73 delayed as a result of the incident.

Yorkshire cricket: Tim Bresnan to miss start of County Championship season

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire and England all-rounder, Tim Bresnan, will miss the opening six weeks of the County Championship season with a torn lower calf.  

Getty Images

He will now start an intense period of rehabilitation on his torn calf and we hope to have him back fit and strong during the middle of May,"

Kunwar BansilYorkshire physio

Warning over the dangers of railway trespassing

British Transport police are warning of the dangers of playing on the railways.

It comes after an incident last Friday, in which they say eight to ten youths were trespassing in disused tunnels next to railway line in Standedge,Marsden.

Peter Whatley

The incident resulted in significant delays to passengers travelling through the area, which is a very busy line linking Huddersfield and Manchester, but my main concern is that young people are risking their lives in this way.

PC Keith WarnerBritish Transport Police

Grape juice could improve brain performance in women

Okay, so we seems to have a few stories like this today, but, again I promise, this isn't an April fool..

Researchers in West Yorkshire are urging women to turn to a certain type of grape if they want to improve their brain functions. 

The University of Leeds has found that the purple Concord variety of grapes can help mothers juggling the demands of a career and raising children. 

Lead researcher, Professor Louise Dye, spoke to BBC Radio Leeds' Richard Stead. 

Latest headlines: Two treated after police van crash and new rail franchises begin

Here are the latest stories so far in West Yorkshire this morning

  • Two people have been treated in hospital after a crash involving a police van in Bradford this morning.
  • Two new rail franchises have come into operation in west Yorkshire today.
  • Researchers in West Yorkshire say that a certain type of grape juice could improve women's brain functions.

Council to join forces with crisp manufacturer?

First the river monster and now... 

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Leeds United: Hart leaves post as head of academy

Listen: Was King Arthur from just outside Huddersfield?

Yorkshire is the birth place of some of the greatest names in history, and, according to a new book, King Arthur should be one of them.

In "Pennine Dragon: The Real King Arthur of the North" author, Simon Keegan, says that the Kingdom of Camelot was actually the village of Slack just outside Huddersfield!

He spoke to BBC Radio Leeds' Richard Stead.

Shake-up for Yorkshire's train services (and it's not a joke)

A big shake-up of rail services in Yorkshire gets under way today with the start of two new franchises. 

Two companies, Northern and Trans-Pennine, are relaunching with the promise of new, faster trains and more services. 

But Look North's Facbook page has been deluged with comments from people who are convinced that this is an April fool. It's not! Here's David Tracz from the team.

Two taken to hospital following police van crash

More now on the crash in Bradford that involved a police van. The van's now been removed from the scene and the road has reopened.

Telegraph and Argus

Two people have been taken to hospital, the driver of a black Audi and a man who was being transported in the back of the van. Two police officers escaped with minor injuries.

West Yorkshire Police say that enquiries into the crash are ongoing.

King Arthur: Was he a Yorkshireman or not?

Just back with the claims that King Arthur lived near Huddersfield and was in fact a Yorkshireman.

It's all down to a new book called of Pennine Dragon: The Real King Arthur of the North. If you fancy a bit of light reading, check out the BBC's history pages which looks at where the legend comes from..


River monster spotted in Leeds

Not sure what you think, but if you look closely at the pic, I think it may have been Photoshopped.

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