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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016

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By Kimberley Metcalfe

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Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Thank you for joining me today on our live feed for Leeds and West Yorkshire. 

Nick will be back with you tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all your latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

If you want to send him anything please do so here. We always like to hear from you.

If you're out tonight, try not to get caught in those showers Keeley's warned you about!

Travel update: Dewsbury-Leeds rail delays

If you're planning to travel between Dewsbury and Leeds on the train this evening, be prepared for a bit of wait...

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Coming up on BBC Look North this evening

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Join Lara Rostron and Harry Gration on the Look North sofa this evening from 18:30 on BBC One with all the latest news from Yorkshire.

Here's Lara with what's coming up on tonight's programme.

West Yorkshire's weather: Rain into the evening but drying up overnight

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some heavy showers this evening but dying out overnight, leaving clear spells and the potential for a touch of frost rurally. Light winds and lows of about 3C.

Weather graphic

Latest Tour de France 'legacy' project opens in Leeds

Four new community bike hubs have opened today across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, including one in Leeds.

Tour de France in Haworth

The hubs, described as "legacy" projects following the Tour de France's Yorkshire Grand Depart in 2014, are located at Fearnville Leisure Centre in Leeds, the Doncaster Dome, in Selby and in Brigg.

They're intended to be the focal point for a broad spectrum of cycling activity, from informal support and advice to led rides, cycle training and supervised activity.

The ambition is to establish a community bike hub in every Yorkshire local authority by 2017.

Update: Bradford 'killer' statement condemned

We can update you on the story we brought you earlier about a Bradford man who issued a statement claiming he killed a Glasgow shopkeeper because he "disrespected" Islam.

This statement has now been condemned by Ahmadiyya Muslim leaders.

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, said in a statement he killed 40-year-old Asad Shah (pictured) as he had falsely claimed to be a prophet. 

Mr Shah was an Ahmadiyya, a group known for its peaceful interfaith concerns, and Ahmadiyya Muslim leaders in Glasgow have now called for other Muslim leaders to condemn the statement.

Asad Shah

Latest headlines: Shopkeeper 'killer' statement condemned and former MD of Leeds United 'beaten' in Dubai jail

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

Is Yorkshire's Joe Root about to get some England sibling rivalry?

BBC Sport

It can't be easy to live in the sizeable shadow of Yorkshire's Joe Root, but his 23-year-old brother Billy Root seems to be making a good fist of it.

Joe (pictured) has become England's main man in the international set-up in all formats for the past couple of years.

Joe Root
Getty Images

But Billy, who plays for Nottinghamshire, appears to be showing signs he has some of his brother's quality too, hitting his maiden first-class century for Leeds Bradford MCCU in their drawn match against Sussex.

However, as BBC Sport Online's been finding out, there's still some way to go catch up with his big brother.

Rent reduction extended for traders at Leeds Kirkgate Market

Good news for traders at Leeds Kirkgate Market: they've been granted a 20% reduction on their rent for a further month as construction work continues indoors.

The £13.7m refurbishment has been under way for the past year and although much work has taken place to minimise disruption to trade, Leeds City Council has agreed to extend the existing arrangements "to offset the current trading conditions".

Leeds Kirkgate market
Stanley Walker

We realise that during these refurbishments there has been disruption to both businesses and customers. That's why we have taken the decision to extend the 20% reduction in base rents for traders for a further month."

Councillor Richard LewisExecutive member for regeneration, transport and planning

Update: Railway detonators stolen near Knottingley

We've heard from British Transport Police who've issued a warning today after six detonators were stolen from the railway line near Worsley Road level crossing in Knottingley.

The detonators are designed to be triggered by impact and emit a loud bang when a train passes over them. In this case, they were put there to warn rail maintenance workers of approaching trains.

They could be very dangerous in untrained hands, particularly young children or teenagers who may see them as a source of fun or entertainment. We are obviously concerned for the safety of the individuals who have the detonators."

PC Andy JonesBritish Transport Police

Police believe they were taken sometime between 20:00 on Saturday 2 April and 00:30 on Sunday 3 April. Rail staff discovered the theft when they arrived at work.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact British Transport Police or, alternatively, Crimestoppers.

Dozens of soldiers names to be added to Horsforth cenotaph

Yorkshire Post

The names of 46 soldiers from Horsforth killed in action during World War One are set to be added to the town’s war memorial after more than five years of painstaking research by local historians.

Horsforth cenotaph
Yorkshire Post

Police search for pair after tent found abandoned near River Calder

The discovery of an abandoned tent by the side of a river in West Yorkshire has led police to investigate the whereabouts of a man and a woman.

A Poundland shop receipt was found near the tent on the banks of the River Calder, police said.

Officers have traced the receipt to a store in Dewsbury and released CCTV of an unknown woman who they are now searching for.

West Yorkshire police

Police are also looking for a man they said may have been living by the river.

We are also keen to speak to the man pictured to verify that it was him living in the tent, and that he is OK."

Det Insp Stef Wiseman

Watch: Ex-Leeds United managing director claims he was beaten while in prison


More now on a story we brought you earlier - former managing director of Leeds United, David Haigh, says he was mistreated and beaten while in prison for fraud in Dubai. 

Speaking to the BBC, in his first interview since his release last month, Mr Haigh said he'd suffered five "serious episodes" of physical abuse. 

He ended up in prison after his former employers GFH Capital, accused him of fraud, allegations he's denied. 

He's been speaking to Newsnight's Mark Lobel.

Leeds United head coach Evans up for manager of month award

Dave Fletcher

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans is among the nominees for Championship manager of the month for March.

Steve Evans
Getty Images

United won three of their four games last month, but Evans (pictured) faces competition for the prize from Burnley's Sean Dyche, Cardiff City's Russell Slade and Rotherham's Neil Warnock. 

The winner will be announced on Friday.

West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds city centre rainbow caught on camera

Thanks to Graeme Pratt in Leeds for sending us this fantastic picture of a rainbow over Leeds which he took yesterday. 

It pretty much sums up the weather we've been having over the last few days - and it looks set to continue like this for a few days yet...

Rainbow over Leeds city centre
Graeme Pratt

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email  your photographs to us? You might see it right here on your BBC Local Live page.

Police and Crime Commissioner election less than a month away

The office of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has tweeted this reminder about the upcoming election for the post:

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Warning over railway detonators stolen near Knottingley

Six detonators stolen from the railway line near Knottingley at the weekend could be dangerous if handled by untrained people, police have warned.

The detonators were taken from the line near Worsley Road level crossing sometime between 20:00 on Saturday 2 April and 12:30 on the morning of Sunday 3 April. 

British Transport Police

The detonators, which police say are safe if handled correctly, are designed to be triggered by impact and emit a loud bang when a train passes over them. 

Several of the 5cm diameter  detonators had been placed on the track by rail staff in order to warn rail maintenance workers of approaching trains.

Latest headlines: Former MD of Leeds United 'beaten' in Dubai prison and are you West Yorkshire's £1m lottery winner?

Here are the latest headlines for far today for Leeds and West Yorkshire:

West Yorkshire's weather: Showers fading away to the south

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's been mostly dry so far today, but those showers are creeping in.

Some will be heavy, possibly thundery but are likely to sink southwards this afternoon. 

Winds easing through the day with highs of 12C.


Watch: Infant mortality rates in Bradford still higher than national average

The number of babies dying in Bradford remains well above the national average. 

Although the figure is improving, a child in Bradford is 45% more likely to die before their first birthday when you compare it to the rest of the country. 

Now, a report to councillors is suggesting a series of steps to bring down the number. 

BBC Radio Leeds' Political Reporter Larry Budd has been finding out more:

Happy Valley writer to be honoured by Huddersfield University

Halifax Courier

The writer of one of TV’s most-watched dramas based in Calderdale is being honoured by a university. Sally Wainwright, who has written and produced BBC series Happy Valley, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield.

Sally Wainwright
Halifax courier

Ex-Leeds United managing director 'beaten' in Dubai jail


The former managing director of Leeds United David Haigh says he was mistreated and beaten while in prison for fraud in Dubai.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight in his first interview since his release last month, Mr Haigh said there had been five "serious episodes" of physical abuse.

He claims he was tasered, hit, and threatened during detention in Dubai, which lasted a total of 23 months.

David Haigh

Former Lord Mayor Denise Atkinson dies after long battle with illness

Tributes have been paid to the former Lord Mayor of Leeds and Bramley Labour councillor Denise Atkinson, who died yesterday. 

She first became a councillor aged just 22 and represented Bramley for over 40 years.

Denise served the republic of Bramley, as she liked to call it, for four decades. In that time she worked tirelessly, even throughout her illness, chairing many committees, overseeing Leeds-Bradford Airport as its chair and she had a fantastic year as Lord Mayor, which culminated in the establishment of the much-loved Lineham Farm."

Councillor Judith BlakeLeader of Leeds City Council

Latest headlines: £1.5m for West Yorkshire pothole repairs is 'drop in ocean' and Leeds woman fights for full recall of faulty tumble dryers

Here are the latest headlines so far today for Leeds and West Yorkshire:

  • £1.5 million coming to west Yorkshire to help repair thousands of potholes is being dismissed as "a drop in the ocean", with Leeds Councillor Richard Lewis saying it's nowhere near enough money
  • A Leeds woman whose tumble dryer is one of thousands which have burst into flames says the appliance manufacturer Indesit needs to issue a full product recall
  • Today is the deadline for someone who bought a lottery ticket in West Yorkshire to claim a £1m prize.

Watch: Leeds woman becomes Savile Row's first female master tailor


A tailor from Leeds is making history by becoming the first woman to open a shop on Saville Row in London

Kathryn Sargent, who's dressed royalty, actors, politicians and captains of industry, began trading in Mayfair this week. 

She spent 15 years learning her trade and says shes hoping to inspire other women in what has always been a very male world. 

Former Silsden library building pulled from auction by Bradford Council

Keighley News

Confusion surrounds the selling of Bradford Council assets including an old library and unused offices in Silsden, which were due to be auctioned this month.

Silsden Library
Keighley News

Watch: Where's the sunshine? Owain has the answer...

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Leeds

I don't know about you, but for me the winter coat and umbrella are back out and it's very disappointing!

The last couple of days we've had a mixed bag of heavy downpours with the odd glimmer of sunshine. What happened to spring? 

Here's BBC Look North's weather presenter Owain in the studio with his fancy weather chart to explain more.

Bradford man accused of murdering shopkeeper issues statement

The Bradford man accused of murdering Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah has issued a statement saying he carried out the killing because he believed Mr Shah was not a true muslim. 

Tanveer Ahmed, 32, is accused of killing Mr Shah (pictured) outside his shop in the south side of Glasgow almost a fortnight ago. 

In a statement issued through his lawyer, he denied the incident had anything to do with Christianity. Mr Ahmed claimed Asad Shah had "disrespected" Islam by claiming to be a prophet. 

During the police investigation, officers claimed the incident was "religiously prejudiced" and confirmed both men were Muslims.

Asad Shah

West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds skyline at sunrise

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Leeds

I love seeing your early morning pictures, please email them to me here.

This was taken early this morning by Wendy Denham walking down past the Leeds Art Gallery, beautiful!

Leeds Art Gallery

Watch: West Yorkshire councils' £1.5m pothole repair boost 'not enough'

Motorists and cyclists across Yorkshire are set to benefit from £1.5m of government money announced today to repair thousands of potholes. 

The cash has been made available as part of the £250m Pothole Action Fund included in last month's Budget. 

The government says it's spending a record amount on local highways maintenance.

But Gerald Vernon-Jackson, vice chair of the Local Government Association, warns it's nowhere near enough:

Watch: Leeds woman speaks of lasting health effects after tumble drier fire

A woman from Allerton Bywater has been telling BBC Radio Leeds how she's been left with damaged lungs after her tumble drier burst into flames.

Patricia Mitchell's Indesit machine set on fire and damaged a large part of her home just four days after she received a letter to say it needed repair. This is what she's told us:

In November, Whirlpool, the owner of the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands, launched a massive repair campaign following fires in owners' homes. 

Whirlpool has refused to comment on Patricia's case, however they've issued this statement.

The total number of appliances manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 is 5.3 million. However, given the timeline involved, we believe that well over one million of these products will have been replaced and taken out of service. The company has resolved 285,000 cases to date.''

Whirlpool statement

Latest headlines: Thousands of West Yorkshire's potholes to be filled in and Leeds woman fights for full recall on faulty tumble dryers

Here are the latest headlines so far today for Leeds and West Yorkshire:

West Yorkshire's weather: Largely dry with a risk of showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any patches of drizzle will clear first thing, and turning largely dry for most of us

We'll see plenty of bright or sunny spells throughout the morning, but a few showers are likely to develop this afternoon. Temperatures about 12C. 

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to today's live coverage for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 7 April 2016. 

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

Please get in touch with me. I'd love to see your pictures and hear your views. Send me an email here.