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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

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

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

Thanks to @richardhaigh for this rare quiet moment on Boar Lane in the centre of Leeds.

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Sad news from the world of rugby league

Leeds-born rugby league legend Mick Sullivan, who signed up with Huddersfield as an 18-year-old in 1952, has died. 

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Sullivan made his debut for Great Britain during the 1954 World Cup in France.

He went on to make his name with Wigan and St Helen's in the 1950s and 1960s.

Wyke man denies rape and sexual abuse of girl at Bradford Crown Court

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A Bradford man, who is accused of raping and sexually abusing a young schoolgirl, today told a jury he had never done anything sexual towards her. 

Bradford Crown Court and Paul Holt
Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Latest headlines: Serial killer Robert Black linked to murder of 13-year-old dating back to 1978 and health centre in Bradford rated one of the best in the country

Here are the top stories this evening from West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire weather: Dry with clear spells

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud continuing to clear leaving most dry and fine this evening with clear spells at first overnight. 

However cloud increasing from the west during the night with rain arriving on a strong westerly wind. 

Lows of 4C (41F). 


Tomorrow: Cloudy, wet and windy to start. Its likely to be wintry over the hills, especially in the west. 

A cold feeling day with blustery north westerly winds. 10C (50F)

Sport: New signing for Huddersfield Giants

Gene Ormsby signs for the Giants on a loan deal.

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BBC drama 'The A Word' inspired by Leeds hospitals

Have you been watching the brilliant BBC drama about autism?

It's called The A Word and the man who wrote it, Peter Bowker, took his inspiration working here in Leeds.

He also told Liz Green on BBC Radio Leeds how he persuaded actor Christopher Eccleston to play a grandad...

And you can catch the latest episode tonight on BBC One.

Bradford project aims to record history of city's Nigerian community

A new history project is kicking off in Bradford collecting the experiences of the city's Nigerian community.

"Nigerian Voices" will bring together young people and elders to hear the stories of those who migrated to Bradford from the 1960s onwards.

#MyBradford producer Jenny Eells went to meet one of the organisers David Odunukwe.  

Sport: Head coach Steve Evans on former Leeds Utd striker and QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

BBC Sport

Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink returns to Elland Road tonight.

Leeds head coach Steve Evans says Jimmy has QPR back on track.

We've got all the build-up and full commentary of Leeds United at home to QPR live from Elland Road on 92.4FM and Freeview Channel 719 from 18:00

Concern grows for missing Leeds woman Lisa Hauxwell

There's an urgent appeal to find a woman who has gone missing in Leeds.

Lisa Hauxwell is 47 and from Runswick Place in Leeds.

Lisa Hauxwell
West Yorkshire Police

Det Insp Phil Jackso, of Leeds District Police, said: "We are very concerned for Lisa's welfare and would like to locate her as a matter of urgency."  

Anyone who has seen Lisa or has any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact Leeds District CID on 101.  

Huddersfield robbery witnesses sought by police

Polcie are trying to find any witnesses to a robbery in which a 58-year-old woman was attacked in Huddersfield town centre.

It happened at about 5am on 31 March at the junction of Queen Street and Colne Road.

Police said the victim was hit across the face and the robber ran off with her handbag over the bridge which leads to Damside.  

Bradford's Zayn Malik tops the charts in US & UK

Bradford lad Zayn Malik has made history by going straight to number one in America and the UK.

The last act to do the same was Zayn's former group, One Direction, in 2012. 

We always knew he was the best member of 1D!

Zayn Malik

George Michael went to number one in 1988 with Faith, his solo record after leaving Wham!, but he didn't do it in his first week.

Unhappy meal: Woman barred from McDonald's calls 999

What do you do when you can't get a late night fix of fast food?

Call the police of course! 

West Yorkshire Police received this 999 call from a woman who couldn't get into McDonald's in Albion Street in Leeds... 

No matter how peckish you are that's not really an emergency is it?  

Funeral held for killed shopkeeper after Bradford man charged with murder

The funeral has been held of Asad Shah, who was killed in an attack outside his shop in Glasgow.

Asad Shah funeral

The service took place at the Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in the Yorkhill area of the city.

The 40-year-old was found seriously injured in Minard Road in Shawlands at about 21:05 on Thursday 24 March. He died in hospital.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire, has appeared in court charged with his murder.

Horses' tails and manes cut off in attack at Swillington

Police are looking for the public's help to find out who attacked three horses near Leeds last night.

One of the horses affected in the incident
West Yorkshire Police

Overnight, on Goody Cross Lane in Swillington, a person or persons cut the tails, mane and forelock from three horses. 

If you have information contact the police on 101 and quote crime reference 145080.

The cut tail of one of the horses
West Yorkshire Police
The cut tail of one of the horses

Pontefract man had to wait 30 days for dementia medicine

Richard Edwards

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A World War Two veteran from Pontefract who suffers with dementia had to wait a month for medication after his daughter rang a rapid response mental health team based in Wakefield.

I went to see Rose Edwards who told me what happened.

Latest headlines: Number of young road casualties jumps in Wakefield and woman guilty of illegal tooth whitening in Leeds

Here's the top stories in West Yorkshire this afternoon.

  • Police say there's been a rise in the number of young people killed or seriously injured in the roads around the Wakefield district with a 46% increase in serious road accidents in a year
  • The General Dental Council's found a woman guilty of carrying out illegal tooth whitening at a beauty salon in Leeds.
  • The Chief Inspector of GPs has described a doctors' surgery serving some of the most disadvantaged people in Bradford as the "best he's ever seen". 

New murder file submitted against killer of Leeds schoolgirl

A file of evidence against a man suspected of murdering a schoolgirl almost 40 years ago has been submitted to prosecutors, the BBC has learned.

Robert Black, who died in prison in January, killed four young girls - including 10-year-old Sarah Harper from Leeds in 1986.

Robert Black

He was believed to have also murdered 13-year-old Genette Tate in Devon in 1978, but her body has not been found since she vanished.

A senior Devon and Cornwall Police source told the BBC: "We would like a clear statement that it [the Crown Prosecution Service] would have charged Black with Genette's murder.

"It's the closest we can now get to justice and might offer some comfort to her family and the community."

Could you be sitting on a million quid in Leeds?

Look down the back of the sofa and tip out your handbags... there could be a £1m lottery ticket screwed up in a trouser pocket in Leeds somewhere!

There's just two days to claim the prize which has been waiting to be claimed since 10 October, 2015

The code for the winning ticket that was bought in Leeds is BLUE 2873 7030.

lottery ticket

The lucky winner has until Thursday to claim their prize.

If nobody comes forward before the deadline, the money will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

Good luck!

American students call Henry Moore sculpture 'hideous'

You may have seen a story about students at Columbia University being pretty mean about one of West Yorkshire's best known artists, Sir Henry Moore.

Over 1,000 people signed a petition saying they don't want the statue on campus... and they've not held back with their comments!

Reclining Figure
Henry Moore Foundation

Come on! This sculpture sucks and do we really need more metal on our already industrially perverted campus?


Some protested quite strongly!

This statue would make Columbia even less visually appealing than Oklahoma. Please don't do that. Think of the children!

AbriannaConcerned onlooker

Others were just bizarre!

It looks worse than if Margaret Thatcher and Steve Buscemi had a child and then that child grew up to have a child with Macaulay Culkin and that child just permanently stayed in that awkward middle school phase.

Juan PabloColumbia College

Headlines: West Yorkshire Police sick leave shows steep rise and floods cost Calder Valley business £47m

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

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

  • There's been a big increase in the number of West Yorkshire police officers and staff taking long term sick leave. 
  • Businesses in the Calder Valley lost £47m in the Boxing Day floods, according to research carried out by Leeds University
  • A former Bevin Boy with dementia waited a month for medication after his daughter rang a Wakefield-based Rapid Access mental health service.  

Sport: Changes for Leeds Utd against QPR and Huddersfield Town at Middlesbrough

BBC Sport

There'll be one enforced change for Leeds United at home to QPR this evening, with goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell set to make his debut in place of the suspended Marco Silvestri. 

Head coach Steve Evans has also hinted at changes in defence. 

Steve Evans
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The Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner will also shuffle his pack when they go to Middlesbrough. 

Loanee James Husband can't face his parent club. 

Commentary of both matches tonight on BBC Radio Leeds, with the the build-up getting underway in West Yorkshire Sport Daily from 6.

Listen: GP surgery in Bradford 'utterly outstanding'

There's no complaints at one health centre in Bradford which has been ranked in the top 5% in the country.

Bevan House has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission who carry out inspections in the NHS.

Professor Steve Field from the CQC told BBC Radio Leeds this morning: "If there is a better practice in the country, I'd like to visit it."

Traffic: M62 J29 slip road lane closed

BBC Travel

Watch out for an accident on the entry of junction 29 on the M62 eastbound.

One lane is closed and it's likely to get cleared by around 11:15.

We'll keep you updated on any changes.

Weather: Why is it getting chilly?

There's a biting wind coming your way...

Our weatherman Owain explains why you might need to wrap up...

Businesses in the Calder Valley lost £47m in the Boxing Day floods

Experts at Leeds University have been looking at the impact of floods on traders.

For every one pound reported in direct losses, another 60p on average was lost indirectly throughout the regional economy.

Dr. Paola Sakai explains...

She's not lovin' it... woman barred from McDonald's calls 999

We've all had the late night munchies...

But this isn't the way to get your fix!

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Vitamin D could make the heart stronger, Leeds researchers find

Vitamin D supplements may help people with diseased hearts according to a new study.

A trial on 163 heart failure patients found supplements of the vitamin improved their hearts ability to pump blood around the body.

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals team who are behind the research described the results as "stunning".

retired man

The study also showed the patients hearts became smaller - a suggestion they are becoming more powerful and efficient.

The British Heart Foundation called for longer trials to assess the pills.

West Yorkshire Police sees biggest rise in psychological sick leave

West Yorkshire Police have recorded the largest rise in long-term sick leave for psychological reasons over a year.

A BBC investigation shows the figure went up 44% between 2013/14 and 2014/15. 

It also shows that across the rest of England and Wales, the number of officers taking time off has gone up by a third over the past five years.    

police officers

Policing minister Mike Penning said that the government allocated £10m in 2014 to help emergency services staff through "mental health, physical recuperation and bereavement support".

Latest headlines: Police sickness in West Yorkshire sees highest rise and Bradford surgery is one of the best in the country

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

  • Long-term sick leave among West Yorkshire Police has seen the biggest rise of any force in England and Wales - up 44% between 2013/14 and 2014/15
  • The Care Quality Commission has described a doctor's surgery serving some of the most disadvantaged people in Bradford as one of the best in the country
  • Businesses in the Calder Valley lost £47m as a result of the Boxing Day floods, according to new research by the University of Leeds

West Yorkshire's Weather: Cloudy morning with outbreaks of drizzle

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Patchy rain spreading from the west. It will slowly brighten up for most today across West Yorkshire, but northern and eastern parts remaining cloudier with some lingering drizzle as well as a few showers. 

Cloudy morning with outbreaks of drizzle

Strengthening westerly winds and highs of 12C (54F).    

Good morning: Welcome to today's live coverage

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Tuesday 5 April 2016.

Its 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? We want to hear your stories from around Leeds and West Yorkshire.