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  1. Animal welfare charity puts up graphic sheep posters in West Yorkshire
  2. Council set to tighten off-licence rules to cut street drinking in Armley
  3. FC Halifax Town fans snapping up tickets for FA Trophy final at Wembley
  4. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

That's the end of our live updates for today, thanks for being with us. 

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across West Yorkshire.

We might as well end as we began (why not scroll down to review the day). Have a great weekend!

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Weather: Risk of showers this evening sunny spells tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

We'll get the odd shower to end the afternoon with bright or sunny spells. Any showers will die away this evening a minimum temperature of 4C (39F) Gentle to moderate southerly winds. 


Tomorrow, we're in for a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain gradually clearing east. Sunny spells developing but by the afternoon showers too. Feeling fresher with a light breeze and a maximum temperature of 9C (48F) 

Watch: Alistair and Jonny Brownlee reveal each other's secrets

If you can't trust your brother, who can you trust?

Check out this video, where Alistair and Jonny Brownlee reveal each other's secrets, including who has a personality like Victor Meldrew and who is a closet Bridget Jones' Diary fan.  

Latest headlines: Last chance for street drinking consultation and Leeds lottery ticket prize money to go to charity

The latest headlines this evening in West Yorkshire include:

  • It's the last day for people in Armley Leeds to have their say about street drinking amid claims that it's getting out of control
  • A winning lottery ticket bought in Leeds has gone unclaimed, meaning the £1m prize will go to charity
  • Streets on a new estate built on the site of a former a West Yorkshire colliery are being named after people involved in the pit's history

Pontefract's Prince of Wales colliery remembered in housing estate

Here's a bit more about the housing estate that's having the roads named after people who used to work there when the site was a mine.

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The former Prince of Wales colliery in Pontefract, West Yorkshire closed in 2002 with the loss of 500 jobs.  

Colin Butterwick Square has been named after a long-time worker at the pit who is to attend the unveiling ceremony.

Lord Lofthouse, former miner and the town's MP, and Victorian entrepreneur John Rhodes, owner of the pit's first mining rights are also honoured.

"The men had nothing but respect for Colin and his name kept cropping up when we discussed it. He was strict, fair, approachable, a very hands-on manager."

Gary ForemanFormer union secretary

BBC chief speaks out over Happy Valley mumbling

The Guardian

BBC director general Tony Hall has promised to take action in response to complaints that viewers could not hear the dialogue on the Sarah Lancashire drama which was watched by more than eight million people.  

Happy Valley

Jailed: Halifax drugs baron who tried to flee UK hidden in lorry

Yorkshire Post

A criminal from West Yorkshire who tried to leave the UK hidden in a lorry to avoid being arrested for supplying class A drugs, has been jailed for eight years.

Tahir Mahmood
Yorkshire Post

Mother and daughter missing from Leeds

A mother and her five-year-old daughter have gone missing from Leeds, say West Yorkshire Police.

Missing woman
West Yorkshire Police

Georgette Ayeh, 39, and her daughter were reported missing from the Harehills area yesterday lunchtime.

They have links to Leeds but we believe they may have travelled to Heathrow. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen them"

Act Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Cricket: Are Yorkshire unstoppable this year?

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you love your cricket this is a great way to waste a few minutes on a Friday afternoon, especially if you're from Yorkshire!

BBC Sport take a look at Yorkshire prospects in the new County Championship cricket season. You can read the it here.

Yorkshire cricket team
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Wildfowl warning from Environment Agency

I did know this, so I think we should open the floor up to what to do with stale bread. Is there any use for it? 

Let me know!

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Watch: The 70-year conversation that spans the globe

Here's a nice tale for a Friday. Two 80-year-olds from two very different parts of the world who have been pen pals for 70 years have been talking about their relationship.

John Milne lives in Horsforth with his wife Heather. He started writing to Mary Renner from New Zealand in the 1940s. They're still in touch - and even better Mary's here in Leeds. 

In a world of email and twitter, what's kept them writing all these years? BBC Radio Leeds reporter Charles Heslett went to find out

Listen: Leeds MP 'uncomfortable' with PM's tax affairs

Leeds West Labour MP Rachel Reeves, says she's very uncomfortable with what's emerging from David Cameron's tax affairs.

Nationally, her party has called for David Cameron to make a full statement to the Commons about his family's tax affairs.

It comes after he conceded that he'd owned shares in an offshore fund set up by his father. The PM said he sold the shares in 2010 and had paid all the relevant UK taxes. 

Woman, 94, left with fractured shoulder after taxi theft

A 94-year-old woman from Bradford has suffered a fractured shoulder after the taxi she was getting in was stolen.

West Yorkshire Police say the taxi driver was helping her get into the black VW Passat when a man jumped in and drove away. 

The injured woman is in a stable condition in hospital today following the incident in the Asda car park in Rooley Lane at around 15:00 yesterday.

This incident happened in a busy supermarket car park in broad daylight and I am certain there will have been people who witnessed what happened

Det Insp Ryan BraggWest Yorkshire Police

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates announced

The candidates have been announced for the election of West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, the full list is below.

Polling day is 5 May. If you'd like more info you can click here

Wakefield Council

It's a lovely day up on t' moor

Was just checking the cameras on the M62, which all look fine by the way - no problems to report, and saw this shot of the view across the tops. 

It's a nice day to be out and about!

Highways England

Latest headlines: West Yorkshire MP 'uncomfortable' over PM's share admission and graphic animal welfare posters put up in West Yorkshire

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire:

  • The MP for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, says she's "very uncomfortable" over the Prime Minister's admission that he owned shares in his late father's offshore fund.
  • Two graphic posters depicting alleged cruelty to sheep during shearing have been unveiled by an animal welfare charity in West Yorkshire
  • Someone in Leeds has missed out on a £1m Lottery win after a ticket went unclaimed

Listen: Animal welfare charity PETA responds over origin of sheep poster picture

This morning I've been telling you about the poster that's gone up in Halifax and Wakefield which shows an injured sheep, alongside the slogan "I don't belong on your plate or in your wardrobe... choose vegan."

They've been put up by PETA, the animal welfare charity. There have been questions over where the picture was taken and if the charity are alleging that British farmers are mistreating their stock.

BBC Radio Leeds' Liz Green spoke to Kirsty Henderson from PETA...

Don't look him in the eyes... Hypnodog is in the house

There's a lot of excitement at the office this morning. Hypnodog, from Guiseley, is in the building to preview the new series of Britain's Got Talent.


You'll remember the Paul McKenna of the canine world was a big hit on the programme last year.

I'm promised that we'll get to see BBC Radio Leeds' sportsreader Fletch hypnotised by Hypnodog a little later.

We'll bring you that when we get it!

Animal welfare charity's sheep-shearing poster: Your reaction

Lots of you have been getting in touch on Radio Leeds' Facebook page, about the posters that have gone up in Halifax and Wakefield, claiming that sheep shearing can be cruel.

The animal welfare charity, PETA, has put up the posters, and they depict what appears to be a sheared sheep with a broken leg. 

Sheep grow wool if they were not sheared they would become so heavy like the one they found in Australia, and the tail end becomes infected with fly eggs that turn into lava, and start eating at the flesh.

Marylynn Asquith

Farmers in this country are Quality controlled regularly,there is very little abuse to sheep as most are left to roam on out moors and are gathered in and looked after quite well

Andrew Lubelski

In this imperfect world we live in, if we all became vegan, ALL animals currently bred for food would be killed as we would need the land for production of food. frown emoticon

Sandra Hunnebell

Time's up! £1m winning lottery ticket goes unclaimed

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

All week we've been trying to find the winner of an unclaimed £1m winning lottery ticket. Believe me, we've been through the bins and down the back of the sofa here too.


Unfortunately, for whoever has it, the deadline for the winner to claim the prize has now come and gone. Camelot says the money will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.  

So if you find it today, I suspect you might have mixed feelings; you've just donated a large wadge of cash to charity. Good. You have to go back to work on Monday. Bad.

Streets to be named after miners who worked there

Streets on a new estate in Pontefract are to bear the names of some of the miners who once worked at the site. 

Housing estate

The Prince of Wales mine in Pontefract was founded in 1980 and closed in 2002. It's now being redeveloped for housing. 

The names of three new roads have been chosen by miners who used to work there. 

Today Colin Butterwick Square will be unveiled. It's been named in honour of a former under manager who worked at the pit from its opening. He'll be guest of honour at the ceremony.  

Listen: Shearing sheep 'no worse than haircut' says former MP

More on the posters that have been put up by an animal welfare charity in Wakefield and Halifax of the sheep, which they claim, have been badly beaten whilst being sheared.

PETA says it has put the posters up on billboards because the county of West Yorkshire was once known as "the wool capital of the world".

Former Batley and Spen MP Elizabeth Peacock, who has been associated with West Yorkshire's wool trade for decades, says PETA "should declare where the picture was taken".

Your views: Will stricter off-licence rules cut street drinking in Armley?

Do you live in Armley? Have you noticed a problem with street drinking? A consultation on plans to deal with people who are getting drunk in public ends today.


If approved by Leeds Council, it will mean that new off-licences will find it much more difficult to open on Town Street. 

Existing shops will also be monitored more closely to ensure they're selling alcohol responsibly. 

Do you think it'll make a difference? Drop me a line, let me know.

Travel update: Broken-down vehicle J30 M62 westbound

BBC Travel

That broken-down vehicle on the M62 westbound at J30 seems to have gone, so we're back to free flowing Friday everyone!

Latest headlines: Graphic posters on display in Halifax and Wakefield and consultation into problem drink hot-spot ends

Here are the latest headlines from West Yorkshire:

  • Shocking posters showing a badly-treated sheep have been unveiled by a nationwide anti-wool trade campaign in West Yorkshire
  • A consultation on plans to deal with Armley's street drinking problem ends today
  • Streets on a new estate in Pontefract are being named after the miners who used to work there when it was a pit

Graphic posters put up in West Yorkshire

If you're in Wakefield or Halifax you might have seen this poster on billboards around town.


They've been put up by the PETA, the animal welfare charity, and are part of its anti-wool campaign. They show a sheep which has just been sheared and has had its leg broken. 

We've cropped the image, but some have branded the image and campaign as "disgusting". 

Travel update: One lane closed M62 Westbound J30

BBC Travel

Good news for commuters so far this morning, looks like it's a fairly light morning on the roads. For now.

Just one slight snag on the M62, where we've got one lane closed westbound between J30 (A642 Rothwell) and J29 (M1 Lofthouse). Nothing sinister, it's a broken-down vehicle.

Below is a map of our area, the grey boxes mean minor delays, the red ones mean something more severe.


Weather: Bright start will continue throughout the day

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and fine morning with patchy mist and fog clearing. For most a largely dry and bright day with light winds and feeling pleasant in the sunshine Afternoon highs around 12C (54F).

Good morning: Our live coverage for the day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning one, good morning all! Welcome to your live feed of news, sport, weather and travel in West Yorkshire for Friday.

To illustrate how excited we are that it's Friday, here's a pic of how Brian Blessed might feel on a Friday..

Brian Blessed

If you spot anything we should be talking about, please feel free to drop me an email.