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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

If you spot something happening in your local area, you can always get in touch with us by email.

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy this evening with showers or longer spells of rain spreading northwards.

Weather graph
BBC

A temperature overnight of about 6C (43F). 

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with further showery outbreaks of rain at times and a top temperature of about 12C (54F).

Leeds Uni graduate faces 1,000-mile Gobi Desert trek

A Leeds University graduate's been explaining how she plans to become the youngest Briton to complete a 1,000-mile trek across the Gobi Desert.

Gobi Desert
BBC

Chloe Burles, 23, plans to walk 18 miles a day for 60 days, raising money for the Water Aid charity.

She says she's planning the trek despite the fact she's not naturally athletic, but she says the cause is very close to her heart.

"Accessing clean, good quality water was the first thing I thought of when I was planning this challenge. I was recently in Kos helping the refugees from Turkey - there was sanitation and clean water provided and I saw the difference it made to them," she says.

A55 death crash: Lorry driver's 'fatal' sat-nav error

A lorry driver made the "fatal error" of fiddling with his sat-nav just before he killed a father in a crash.

Nicholas Clough / Fire Engine
Family Picture/BBC

Nicholas Clough failed to see traffic had slowed down for roadworks and hit the vehicle Daren Longden (pictured), of Leeds, was in, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

The crash happened on the A55 near Abergele, Conwy county, in March 2015.

Latest headlines: Lorry driver's 'fatal' sat-nav error and MPs brief Floods Minister on River Wharfe risk

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Listen: Corrie star Liam Bairstow meets BBC Radio Leeds' Liz Green

Bradford’s Mind The Gap theatre company have been touring the continent with their critically acclaimed show Contained. 

The troupe is now returning to its home at Lister Mills this week. 

Cast member and Corrie regular Liam Bairstow, along with academy director Charli Ward, popped in to talk to BBC Leeds' Liz Green about the show and their homecoming.

West Yorkshire in pictures: Castle Hill in the mist

Thanks to Colin Parr for sending us this fantastically atmospheric picture he took at the weekend of the landmark Castle Hill in Huddersfield.

Castle Hill in mist
Colin Parr

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email your photographs to us?

Listen: MPs call for better River Wharfe flood protection

BBC Radio Leeds

A group of MPs will today brief floods minister Rory Stewart on the risks of further rainfall to communities along the River Wharfe. 

They'll be led by Leeds North West Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, who says he'll ask about better flood protection for homes and businesses. 

BBC Radio Leeds' Richard Edwards has more:

Latest headlines: MPs brief Floods Minister on River Wharfe risk and Leeds United faces employment tribunal

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Listen: Have you ever lied about your age?

A survey commissioned by the BBC has found that in the last five years, nearly one in eight British adults say they've pretended to be younger than they actually are. 

The figures have been released as BBC Radio 5 Live begins a special week of programming looking at how common ageism is in the UK ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday next week.

BBC Radio Leeds asked people in West Yorkshire if they have ever lied about their age and this is what they had to say:

Leeds Bradford Airport bosses call for laser pen crackdown after thousands of incidents

Yorkshire Post

Leeds Bradford Airport bosses are calling for tighter restrictions over the use of laser pens after police received thousands of reports over their misuse – putting pilots and passengers at risk.

Leeds Bradford Airport
Yorkshire Post

Leeds United faces claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination at employment tribunal

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

A former Leeds United welfare officer has told an employment tribunal her office locks were changed without her knowledge while she was away working at the Women's football World Cup.

Lucy Ward, an employee of 17 years, was dismissed for gross misconduct last year after going on leave to commentate for the BBC.

She claims she was released as she was the partner of the then outgoing Leeds coach Neil Redfearn.

The club denies she was unfairly dismissed and the hearing continues.

Oakwell Hall robbery sparks police appeal

Police are appealing for information after a 26-year-old woman was robbed by a group of men at Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall on Friday.

The robbery took place between 16:00 and 19:20 when the victim was approached by three men who stole her mobile phone and a small amount of cash. 

During the robbery, the victim was punched to the face causing injuries to her jaw.

The suspects are all described as white males, wearing tracksuits, hoodies and baseball caps. One of the men is described as having a short, scruffy beard.

Work won't begin on flood defences until summer 2017

Halifax Courier

The construction of flood defences and prevention in parts of Calderdale will not begin until the summer of 2017, the Environment Agency has said.

Flood relief work at River Hebden
Halifax Courier

Listen: Liam Cooper wants Leeds United fans' to 'stick with them'

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Championship leaders Burnley strengthened their Premier League promotion push at the weekend with a battling victory over Leeds United at Turf Moor.  

The Clarets took the lead after just 60 seconds when Scott Arfield found the bottom corner with a low angled shot.  

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he wants the fans to stick with them, despite being without a win in four games:

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry and bright

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see plenty of bright and sunny spells this afternoon, clouding over at times but remaining dry.

Weather map
BBC

Feeling milder, with temperatures of about 13C (55F).

Behind the scenes: Lights, camera, action!

Channel 4 are filming part of a new drama in the studios of BBC Radio Leeds today.

BBC studio
BBC

The programme, starring Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, is called National Treasure and is set in Leeds.

It will examine the impact, both public and private, of accusations of historical sexual offences against a fictional much-loved public figure.

Latest headlines: MPs to brief Floods Minister on flood risk to River Wharfe communities and new Keighley business scheme criticised by local businesswoman

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Keighley cafe owner criticises new town centre business scheme

A scheme to get businesses to contribute more to town centre events has been criticised by a Keighley businesswoman. 

Keighley Business Improvement District will take an extra levy from firms in an attempt to bring more people into the town. 

But cafe owner Janet Croden has told BBC Radio Leeds she believes the scheme won't be worth the money:

I need the money in my business. They won't promote me as a business, they will be promoting Keighley as a whole. Hopefully this will bring more footfall in, but nothing has worked. Keighley used to be a working town - it's now, more or less, a dying unemployed town."

Janet CrodenCafe owner

Sex abuse led to former Keighley man's suicide, coroner rules

Keighley News

A coroner has paid tribute to a former Keighley man who tragically hanged himself years after he was sexually abused.

Dorothy Holt
Keighley News

Listen: 'We didn't take the opportunities' - Bryan Redpath

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire Carnegie lost 33-10 to London Welsh in the final of the British and Irish Cup. 

Trailing just 12-10 on the hour mark, they fell away badly in the final quarter having already squandered a raft of chances. 

Coach Bryan Redpath admits the better team won.

MPs call for better River Wharfe flood protection

Richard Edwards

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, is due to lead a group of MPs briefing Floods Minister Rory Stewart on the risk of further flooding to communities along the River Wharfe.

Flood in Otley
BBC

Mr Mulholland, whose constituency was hit hard by last year's Boxing Day floods, says he'll ask about better flood protection for homes and businesses.

Otley, which is in the MP's constituency, was badly affected, with the River Wharfe causing havoc as it rose to three times its normal height.

The MPs in today's meeting say future flood planning has to see local councils working alongside the Environment Agency and the government for solutions.

Latest headlines: MPs to brief Floods Minister on flood risk to River Wharfe communities and new Keighley business scheme criticised by local businesswoman

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Leeds United faces claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination at employment tribunal

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United will face claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination at an employment tribunal later.

It's being brought by the club's former education and welfare officer, Lucy Ward, who left the club last summer after 17 years. 

Miss Ward was dismissed for gross misconduct after allegedly taking too long a holiday while working as a BBC pundit during last summer's women's World Cup in Canada.

Huddersfield hero, 95, presented with top French honour

Huddersfield Examiner

He served his country with distinction for 30 long years. And now a 95-year-old former "Duke" has returned to Huddersfield to receive top French military honour the Legion d'Honneur.

Lt Col Hugh Le Messurier
Huddersfield Examiner

Super League: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats thrash Wigan Warriors

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats thrashed Wigan Warriors 62-0 on Sunday to record a fourth successive win.

Adam Watene of Wakefield Wildcats
Getty Images

It was 22-0 at the break and Wildcats ran in 11 tries in total, with stand-off Jacob Miller grabbing a hat-trick.

Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond says it was an impressive performance.

To score that many tries against Wigan, fair enough they did had some key injuries, is impressive. You always have to play the team in front of you... It was a really impressive performance by us."

Danny KirmondCaptain, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

MPs to brief Floods Minister on flood risk to River Wharfe communities

A group of MPs are due to brief Floods Minister Rory Stewart later on the risk of further flooding to communities along the River Wharfe.

Otley floods
BBC

Communities along the river were hard hit by the floods which affected several parts of West Yorkshire on Boxing Day last year, including Otley and Ilkley.

For much of its length, the Wharfe is the county boundary between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

Owain's outlook: A dry and sunny day to come

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I have some good news to brighten up your Monday. Watch my video below.

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Leeds Rhinos: What's going wrong for last season's treble winners?

BBC Sport

Saturday's defeat by Salford Red Devils leaves Leeds Rhinos 11th in Super League with eight defeats from their opening 10 fixtures.

Rhinos
PA

Last season's treble winners are now 14 points off leaders Warrington and could potentially miss out on a place in the top four.

BBC Sport looks at the contributing factors to the disappointing start to the season at Headingley

Latest headlines: MPs to brief Floods Minister on flood risk to River Wharfe communities and new Keighley business scheme criticised by local business woman

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • A group of MPs is due to brief Floods Minister Rory Stewart on the risk of further flooding to communities along the River Wharfe
  • A scheme to get businesses in Keighley to contribute more to town centre events is criticised by a local businesswoman  
  • Leeds United will face claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination at an employment tribunal today

Travel update: Slow traffic on Leeds Outer Ring Road

Traffic is slow on the A6110 Outer Ring Road, eastbound, between the A58 Whitehall Road junction and Beeston.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and dry

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a rather cloudy start to the day with a few mist and fog patches across the county, these clearing throughout the morning.

We'll see plenty of bright and sunny spells developing throughout the day.

Feeling milder today with temperatures of about of 13C (55F).

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 11 April 2016.

I'll be 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.