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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016

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By Shahid Hussain

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

It's been a wet and drab day but Leeds can still look glorious in gloomy skies - check out this amazing picture of the owls at Leeds Civic Hall taken recently by Richard Harrison. 

Great picture Richard!

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West Yorkshire weather: A cloudy night with outbreaks of rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, the rain will die out and clear spells developing later will lead to some fog patches.

Minimum temperature 5C (41F) with light and variable wind.

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Tomorrow, any fog patches will clear, then a generally brighter day expected with some sunny intervals, although scattered showers are possible, especially later. 

Maximum temperature 14C (57F). Light and variable wind.   

On BBC Look North tonight: What's the future for Leeds' 'managed area' for sex workers?

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Holbeck in Leeds is the only "managed area" in the UK which allows sex workers to walk the streets without being stopped by police.

Supporters say it keeps the women safer, and has improved relations between police and sex workers. Opponents, though, claim the scheme has made the area more dangerous.

BBC Look North's James Longman's been finding out more, and you can see his full report on the programme from 18:30 this evening.

Fancy singing on the telly? Here's your chance

If you think you can hold a tune but you're not quite ready for The Voice on BBC One then why not try singing on Songs of Praise?

The programme makers are after singers for an episode to be filmed in Harehills in Leeds.

Here's Gary Boon from Songs of Praise explaining more on BBC Radio Leeds.

Leeds Rhinos legend 'Sir Kev' picks up top civic honour

Yorkshire Post

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield MBE received one of the city’s highest civic honours today.

In a ceremony held at Leeds Civic Hall, "Sir Kev" - as he is affectionately known by Rhinos fans - was recognised for his contribution to the game and the city with the Leeds Award.

Kevin Sinfield
Yorkshire Post

Leeds United worker 'treated like a piece of meat'

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

A Leeds United employee was "treated like a piece of meat" in the way she was sacked by the club, an industrial tribunal has heard.

Former Education and Welfare officer Lucy Ward told the tribunal she was dismissed as she was in a relationship with former head coach Neil Redfearn.

She is claiming unfair dismissal and sex discrimination at the hearing.

Lucy Ward
BBC

The club denies any improper conduct and claims she was was dismissed for exceeding her annual leave entitlement.  

Latest headlines: Former Leeds United employee 'was treated like a piece of meat' and DNA breakthrough could help in unsolved murder of Lindsay Rimer

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

Big night for Halifax Town and Guiseley

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

It's a vital night in the National League for Halifax Town and Guiseley tonight. 

Both clubs sit two point above the relegation zone.

football
BBC Sport

Halifax travel to bottom club Kidderminster; while Guiseley are searching for their first league win in 12 attempts as they host Wrexham.

Listen to BBC Radio Leeds for commentary of Guiseley's game.

Travel update: Severe congestion on M1 near Wakefield

There's some disruption between J40 for A638 Ossett and J39 for A636 Wakefield.

There's slow traffic because of earlier repairs, but all lanes have been re-opened. Congestion goes back to J41, A650 Carrgate

Traffic M1
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The problem is just where the red marker is on the map above.

Plane take-off aborted for couple to visit dying grandson

It's not often you hear about an airline going beyond the call of duty, but one pilot aborted take-off at Manchester Airport to allow an elderly couple off the plane to visit their dying grandson in hospital.

The pair were due to fly to Australia when they received a text message about their relative's condition.

The flight then turned around so the couple could rush to his bedside and see him before he died that night.

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Bradford travel agent Becky Stephenson has praised the Etihad Airways pilot says the airline went "above and beyond with their customer service".

The incident was very unusual. I've been in the travel business for 25 years and never heard of this happening."

Becky StephensonBradford travel agent

Weather: Why is it so drab today? Here's the science

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy, showers with the odd rumble of thunder. It's not the best of weather here in West Yorkshire today...and here's why.

Travel: Congestion on the A64 at Selby Road

BBC Travel

If you're trying to get away from work early then you might want to avoid slow traffic in both directions in Leeds at Halton Dial.

Roadworks are slowing things down on the A64 at Selby Rd (A63). The orange box is where the problem is...

traffic at A64
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'Still no closure' for Savile victims after BBC documentary

Victims of the Leeds DJ Jimmy Savile have broken their silence in a TV documentary. 

Abused: The Untold Story was shown on BBC One last night. 

But Liz Dux, a solicitor representing dozens of Savile's victims, has told BBC Radio Leeds there's still no closure for some people.

Adam Johnson 'to be moved from Leeds Prison' as he launches appeal against six-year sentence

Yorkshire Evening Post

Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson is preparing to be moved out of Leeds Prison as he begins an appeal against his six-year sentence for grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a besotted teenage fan.

Bradford schoolboy v KFC

Would you take on one of the biggest fast food chains in the world?

Well Leeds lad Adam Mayat is battling KFC in a bid to stop them building behind his home.

Adam helped set up a local petition with his dad against plans for a KFC and Costa on the Gallagher Leisure Park in Thornbury.

The company behind the plans say it will create 60 jobs.    

Man rescued from River Aire in Leeds

West Yorkshire Fire Service has rescued a man who fell 15m down the embankment along the riverside on Whitehall Rd in Leeds.

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West Yorkshire Weather: Cloudy with a few heavy showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

You might hear the odd rumble of thunder this afternoon, but we will see brighter conditions develop before the end of the day

Light to moderate north easterly winds and highs of 12C (54F). 

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BBC

Leeds United head coach backs striker Chris Wood

BBC Sport

Leeds United take on Birmingham City tonight and head coach Steve Evans is backing striker Chris Wood to step up to the plate.

Wood missed two headed chances to score in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, but Evans is sticking by his big number nine who has recently returned to the side after injury.

There's full commentary tonight of Birmingham City v Leeds United with Adam Pope. Noel Whelan and Gareth Jones from St Andrews on all BBC Radio Leeds frequencies from 18:00.

Bradford man run over by thieves stealing his pick-up truck

A man in his 50s has been run-over and seriously injured by thieves who stole his pick-up truck from outside his house in Bradford in the early hour of this morning.

Police were called to Felcourt Drive, Tong, just after 04:00 after reports of a man with serious injuries whose black Mitsubishi L200 pick-up vehicle had been taken from outside his home.

Armed police were sent to look for the vehicle, but did not find it.

The victim suffered serious chest, leg and back injuries and is currently in a stable condition in hospital.

The vehicle has yet to be found and was last seen driving towards Broadstone Way.

Latest headlines: Bradford man run over with own pick-up truck and DNA testing could help unsolved Hebden Bridge murder

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

How DNA breakthrough could help solve 1994 murder of Hebden Bridge schoolgirl

New forensic leads are being investigated in connection with the death of a schoolgirl 21 years ago.

The body of Lindsay Rimer, 13, was found in the Rochdale Canal five months after she disappeared in Hebden Bridge in November 1994.

Her killer has never been found and West Yorkshire Police are treating the death as murder.

The force said a new DNA profile had been identified, which it hoped would lead them to identify the killer.

Leeds United employment tribunal latest

Leeds United's chairman sacked an employee because she and the head coach he planned to lose came as "a pair", an industrial tribunal has heard.

Former Education and Welfare officer Lucy Ward told the tribunal she was "bewildered" at being dismissed after returning from BBC commentary duty at the 2015 Women's World Cup.  

Our reporter Charlotte Leeming is at the tribunal today and she's keeping us up-to-date with the latest updates:

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Man knocked down by police car in Bradford

A man's recovering after being knocked down by a police vehicle in Bradford

The 54-year-old was hit by a marked Vauxhall Corsa in Manningham Lane yesterday morning. 

His injuries aren't life-threatening and the police officers were unhurt in the collision.

A special day for Huddersfield Town fans

A reminder that its a day to remember for Terriers fans. It's a very special date in the club's history today.

Happy Huddersfield Town Day!

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West Yorkshire Police 'not where it should be' on issues of diversity

The temporary chief constable of West Yorkshire Police is to face questions from MPs later about levels of diversity at the force. 

Dee Collins is one of a number of people giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. 

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She's previously said the force is not where she wants it to be on the issue of diversity.

Just 5% of police officers in West Yorkshire are from minority ethnic backgrounds, according to government figures.  

Leeds Market graffiti art: What's it all about?

If you've walked down the side of Leeds Market recently, going up past the new Victoria Gate development, you will have seen a huge mural.

It says "Hello and Welcome to Leeds", but what's it all about? 

Here's the man behind it all Nathan Evans to explain more:

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Tunisia terror attacks: Memorial for victims includes two from Leeds

A memorial is to be held later to commemorate the British tourists killed in terror attacks in Tunisia last year, including two victims from Leeds - Chris and Sharon Bell.

Thirty Britons were among 38 tourists killed by a gunman at Port El Kantaoui in the attack on 26 June. A UK tourist was one of 22 killed in a separate attack at a museum in Tunis in March.

So-called Islamic State said it was behind both attacks.

Tunisa victims
BBC

The service for survivors of the attacks and victims' families will be held at Westminster Abbey.

It will be attended by some of the families of victims, as well as those who witnessed the attacks, like Debbie Horsfall from Holmfirth who managed to escape.

Happy Birthday to Leeds United legend Radebe

Over 200 appearances for Leeds United...and celebrating his 47th birthday today. 

Happy Birthday Lucas Radebe!

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