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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Friday

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By Shahid Hussain

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Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

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

If you've had a tough day then hopefully this stunning picture of Denholme from Steve Swis will help!

Steve Swis

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloud will remain, a few showers may follow

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening and tonight it'll be mostly dry with light winds and variable amounts of cloud and clear spells becoming cold with a chance of frost. 

One or two showers possible later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F) 

Weather graph

Chilly tomorrow with some dry conditions initially with just a few showers. More rain is likely to move southwards later, perhaps turning to snow over the Pennines. 

Feeling colder with overnight frost following. Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Phil Parkinson: 'Bradford not focusing on automatic promotion'

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says they're focusing on their form, not second place.  

He told me why their defensive record is so good, and how it's all about building on what they have.

This is what he had to say:

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Unpopular safety warning signs at Top Withens ruins to be replaced

Keighley News

Bright blue safety signs installed next to Haworth's historic Top Withens ruins are to be replaced following a public outcry.

Blue danger sign
Keighley News

Why has Bradford Pride been cancelled only a month before it's due to take place?

Organisers of Bradford Pride say the festival will not go ahead this year due to budget constraints and problems with licensing. 

The event, in City Park, which was due to take place on 28 May, has been running for more than 10 years, and attracted about 10,000 people in 2015. 

Ann Morgan is the festival organiser and she's told BBC Radio Leeds why they've had to pull the plug:

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Bradford Council says it's willing to support the Bradford Pride event with funding from its Visitor Promotion Fund. 

It says: "We're not aware of what other funding streams the event organisers were reliant on and are surprised and obviously disappointed to hear that the event is now not going ahead."

Latest headlines: Government insists high speed rail link will extend to North and public meetings start over A&E shake-up plans in Huddersfield and Halifax

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

Talking statues to star during Yorkshire Festival

Details are emerging today of what you can expect from the Yorkshire Festival this year, including talking statues in Leeds.

The idea is that you'll be able to swipe your phone on a nearby sign and presto! Your phone rings: "Hello, it's the Black Prince on the line..."

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Zayn buys Bradford City hospitality box for underprivileged kids

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Tong-born pop star Zayn Malik will have a presence at every Bradford City home game next season after paying for a hospitality box at Valley Parade as a thank you for letting him launch his number one album Mind Of Mine at the stadium.

Zayn Malik
Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Leeds lad William Fakes named Young Archaeologist of the Year

Archaeology...Some might say it's the preserve of middle-aged academics with leather bound notebooks.

But not if you're 13-year-old William Fakes from Leeds. While others his age are glued to consoles and tablets, William has been involved in the regeneration of Middleton Park.

He's now a member of Leeds Young Archaeologist Club and has been named as the Young Archaeologist of the Year.

Here's William talking about his passion - a young Indiana Jones in the making!

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington's final 'hype' before Featherweight title contest

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington is in his final press conference this afternoon with his opponent Hisashi Amagasa.

Warrington will defend his WBC International Featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday night.

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Travel update: Delays on M62 westbound near Chain Bar

There's some further disruption on the M62.

Two lanes are blocked and there's slow traffic on the M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.  

M621 traffic map

The problem is at the junction marked by the red box.

Leeds United midfielder Mowatt to serve three match ban

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt will now serve a three match ban after failing to overturn the red card received at Birmingham City on Tuesday

This sums up Mowatt’s frustrating season. He's tried and worked so hard, but just nothing has gone right for him.

His challenge wasn't malicious or pre-meditated but it was hard, and with an accidental foot off the ground which struck the Birmingham player.

Alex Mowatt
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So, with the game refereed how it is currently, Mowatt was always likely to see red and then be unsuccessful in his appeal. 

He, like most Leeds fans, will just want the season to finish now, so he and the club can start again afresh next season and hope for better.

Travel update: Traffic disruption on M621 westbound

BBC Travel

One to watch for if you're on the M621 Westbound. 

There's some debris on the road causing problems blocking one lane between J7, A61 Stourton and J4 Hunslet Distributor.

M621 disruption

The problem is marked by the red box.

Leeds Imam Qari Asim: Muslims are not a 'nation within a nation'

Yorkshire Post

The Channel 4-commissioned ICM poll "What British Muslims Really Think" has generated considerable debate and raises important questions and challenges for those, like myself, who feel confident that Muslims do want to integrate and are working to promote better integration.

Qari Asim
Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Festival details to be announced today

Details of the events being held at this year's Yorkshire Festival are expected to be announced later.

A world record attempt for the most people breakdancing is planned, with the world's largest disco ball being loaned from Bestival to hang above Duke Studios in Leeds. 

The festival has had a re-branding from last year's Tour de Yorkshire Festival. 

This year's event will run from 16 June to 3 July.

Big Disco Ball

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with heavy showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry afternoon to come across Yorkshire, however we will see a few heavy showers drift across from the south west. 

But brighter conditions in between these with light northerly winds. Highs today of 10C (50F).  

Weather Graph

Leeds band The Hailbails play the sound of the 1950s

Larry Budd

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

All morning on BBC Radio Leeds, I've been talking about the culture and music of the 1950s.

And while you take a lunch break, why not have a listen to the Leeds band The Hailbails? It's like a step back in time...

Could Liam Bridcutt return to the Leeds United line-up?

BBC Sport

Leeds United will check on the fitness of midfielder Liam Bridcutt later.

He hopes to return for the visit of Reading on Saturday after missing the last two games with a thigh injury.

Liam Bridcutt
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Travel: M1 Accident J42 all lanes now re-opened

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic now on the M1 northbound between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J43, M621 (Belle Isle), because of an accident earlier on. 

All lanes have been re-opened.  

M1 traffic

Travel: M1 accident between J42 and J43

BBC Travel

Watch out for an accident on the M1 northbound between J42 for the M62 and J43 for M621 Robin Hood.

Three lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic between J42, M62 Lofthouse, and J43 M621 (Belle Isle).

It's all because of a multi-vehicle accident and a fuel spillage

Traffic map

The accident is marked by the red box above.

Concern grows over missing Keighley man

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 55-year-old man who has been reported missing from home in Keighley.  

Ian Wilce was last seen in Keighley town centre at about 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

He was supposed to be picking up a family member at 18:00 but failed to show.  

Ian Wilce
West Yorkshire Police

Watch: Leeds Carnegie legend Stuart Hooper retires from rugby

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Stuart Hooper has retired from rugby union with immediate effect because of a back injury.  

Hooper is simply a Leeds legend and was part of the club’s most successful period.

His biggest moment came when he chose to stay at Leeds following their relegation to the Championship, rather than moving to another Premiership club.

A true gent of rugby and a wonderful ambassador for rugby union, Hooper will be a big miss to the game.

Latest headlines: Public meeting over plans to shake up A&E services in Huddersfield and Calderdale and experts meet to discuss how Living Wage will affect businesses

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

  • Plans to shake up casualty services in Huddersfield and Calderdale are due to be discussed tonight in the first of a series of public meetings
  • Experts from organisations across West Yorkshire are coming together to discuss how implementing the Living Wage will affect businesses
  • MPs are told how the cloth in the green jacket worn by Sheffield's Danny Willett after his victory at the US Masters comes from Slaithwaite near Huddersfield

Huddersfield A&E closure proposal 'a nightmare scenario'

More on proposed changes to A&E services in Calderdale and Huddersfield, with a public meeting due to take place later to discuss the plans.

A recommendation to close the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and move it to Halifax is part of a wider planned shake-up of NHS services in the area.  

Amanda Kirwin, from Todmorden, has been on dialysis for 25 years and her condition means she is in the high-risk category for strokes and heart attacks.

She's told us why she believes the changes to hospital services in Calderdale could put her at risk:

'When will government apply for EU flood cash?' - Halifax MP

The Labour MP for Halifax says she's still waiting for answers about funding to help people affected by the flooding in Calderdale in the Boxing Day deluge.

Financial help is available from the EU Solidarity Fund, and back in February David Cameron said he would apply for the funding.

But, speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this morning, Holly Lynch said the money is yet to be seen:

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Leeds United midfielder Mowatt to hear red card appeal outcome

BBC Sport

The outcome of Leeds United's appeal against the straight red card showed to midfielder Alex Mowatt at Birmingham City on Tuesday is expected to be revealed later.

Mowatt is currently ruled out of the next three games.

He was awarded the red card after a late tackle on Ryan Shotton on the touchline.

Head coach Steve Evans confirmed he would appeal straight after the game.

Alex Mowatt
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Fancy winding the clock back to the 1950s? Here's your chance...

Larry Budd

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

If you fancy taking a step back in time to the 1950s, then I'm playing music from then and talking about the culture of that decade all through this morning on BBC Radio Leeds.

I've even given my best 1950s radio voice a go! 

You can listen right now on 92.4FM or online.

West Yorkshire's contribution to US Masters winner's jacket

We all know that pretty much everything in the world has a connection to Yorkshire...

Now, MPs have been told how the cloth in the green jacket worn by Sheffield's Danny Willett (pictured) after his victory at the US Masters came from Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield. 

Danny Willet
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The Conservative MP for Colne Valley, Jason McCartney, was speaking in a debate in the Commons on the merits of playing golf.

No thanks necessary Danny!

Listen: Huddersfield A&E plans to be discussed tonight

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The first of two public meetings looking at the future of A&E services in Calderdale and Huddersfield is due to take place tonight.

A recommendation to close the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and move it to Halifax is part of a wider planned shake-up of NHS services in the area.

The NHS says it can no longer run two hospitals with a full range of services in the area.   

The proposals have prompted a number of large protests in recent weeks and now people in Huddersfield can have their say. 

I've been looking at the background to this:

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Bradford mum's appeal answered over headstone for daughter's grave

You might remember yesterday that Bradford mum Jenna Hatfield was trying to raise £2,000 for her daughter's headstone. 

Six-year-old Lily Brooke Davis was knocked down in 2014 and sadly died from her injuries. 

Steve Gough in Brighouse has a charity set up in memory of his daughter Naomi who was killed in Halifax in 2007 in a road traffic accident and has offered to foot the bill.

Lily appeal

And what a difference 24 hours can make. BBC Radio Leeds listeners also donated - and the remaining money will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Travel update: Traffic delays on M62 after accident

Watch out for an accident on the M62 at junction 26 for the M606.

It's affecting junction 25 for the A644 as well.

There's queuing traffic and one lane's blocked on the M62, M606 at Chain Bar.

The congestion goes back to junction 25, A644 Brighouse

M62 traffic accident

The problem is marked out by the red box above.

Latest headlines: Huddersfield A&E plans to be discussed at public meeting and a Bradford mum gets her wish of a headstone for her daughter's grave

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

  • Plans which could see the closure of Huddersfield's A&E department will be discussed at a public meeting tonight
  • A BBC Radio Leeds listener answers the call of a Bradford mum trying to raise funds to pay for a headstone on her daughter's grave
  • MPs are told how the cloth in the green jacket worn by Danny Willett after his victory at the US Masters comes from Slaithwaite near Huddersfield

West Yorkshire's Weather: Cloudy with a risk of showers

It'll be a cloudy morning across West Yorkshire, with the risk of a few showers or a little drizzle, as well as patches of fog first thing. 

Most areas will become dry later, with just the odd spot of drizzle lingering on hills, brighter spells developing for most. 

Light northerly winds, and highs today of 10C (50F).  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to your live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for Leeds and West Yorkshire. I'll be with you until 18:00. 

If you'd like to get in touch with us today, we'd love to hear your stories and feature your pictures from across the county.