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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Oli Woodcock

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Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

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

If you spot something happening where you live which you think we should know about, you can always get in touch with us by email

In the meantime, enjoy the late evening sunshine.

More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Join Lara and Harry for Look North on BBC One at 18.30 as they take a look at the latest unemployment figures for West Yorkshire.

Plus, Bradford Council has installed hidden cameras to catch illegal fly-tippers who cost authorities in Yorkshire nearly £3.5m last year. Our reporter has been to take a look.


West Yorkshire's weather: A dry and clear night ahead

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry and clear across Leeds and West Yorkshire, with a light and variable wind.

Weather graph

Minimum temperature overnight of about 0C (32F).

We'll see another fine and mainly sunny day tomorrow with a little patchy cloud developing in places. Maximum temperature of about 14C (57F).

Calderdale set to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

With the Queen's 90th birthday less than a day away, it seems preparations to mark the big event are well under way in Calderdale:

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Bradford judge spares girl jail for stabbing abuser

A judge has spared a teenage girl who stabbed the man who sexually abused her as a child from a prison sentence.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall Q

The 15-year-old had admitted attacking Zadhullah Boota, who was given a community order in 2010 after he was convicted of sexually assaulting her.

Bradford Crown Court heard she "snapped" after he was not imprisoned.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC (pictured) said jailing her would be "callous and cruel" and it was clear the attack had been motivated by the abuse.

Sentencing the girl to a two-year youth rehabilitation order, he said he believed Boota had been dealt with "somewhat leniently".

Masters snooker trophy renamed in honour of ex-champion Paul Hunter

BBC Sport

The Masters trophy will be renamed the Paul Hunter Trophy from 2017 in honour of the three-time former winner from Leeds, says World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.

Paul Hunter
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Hunter died from cancer at the age of 27 in 2006 and Hearn said the sport "messed up" by not paying tribute to Hunter sooner.

"It's the highest honour we can give. There is an argument to say we should have done it before and I take responsibility for that," Hearn told a media conference.

Watch: Fly-tipping cost councils in West Yorkshire more than £1.7m in 2015

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Fly-tipping cost councils in Yorkshire more than £3m last year.

Most of the money was spent here in West Yorkshire, where it cost councils more than £1.7m.

Now Bradford Council has installed hidden cameras to trap illegal tippers in the act. 

The covert CCTV cameras have been set up in rural areas across Bradford.

BBC Look North's Abi Jaiyola has been finding out more:

Your tributes to comedian Victoria Wood

Comedian Victoria Wood has died, aged 62, after "a short but brave" battle with cancer.

Victoria Wood

"The multi Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning," her publicist Neil Reading said. 

Wood found fame in the 1980s with her TV series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and was awarded a CBE in 2008.

You've been paying your respects to her on our BBC Radio Leeds Facebook page.

It is sad, she was so funny."

Rosa Robinson

A wonderful funny very talented lady. A sad loss."

Jane Campbell

Latest headlines: Appeal after 'targeted' stabbing and Cellino's son suspended over social media comments

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire today include:

Travel update: Traffic light failure on A6110 Ring Road in Beeston

BBC Travel

A traffic light failure on the A6110, Ring Road, Beeston, at the Millshaw junction is causing some disruption at the moment. Please do approach with care.

Owain's outlook: Blue skies and spring sunshine

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Nearly ready to finish work? Well, the spring sunshine is set to stay...for today at least!

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Justice after 50 years over boy’s relentless abuse by choirmaster

Yorkshire Post

A choirmaster and former magistrate has been jailed half a century after he began the relentless sexual abuse of a choirboy at a church in Leeds.

Kenneth Endersby
Yorkshire Post

Hidden CCTV cameras to catch fly-tippers in Bradford

Bradford Council has installed hidden cameras to catch illegal fly-tippers who cost authorities in Yorkshire nearly £3.5m last year.

Five CCTV cameras have been set up in rural areas across the city.

Government figures show there were 29,253 fly-tipping incidents in West Yorkshire alone last year, costing councils a total of £1.7m to clear.

Bradford Council says the aim is to provide evidence for the courts.

As you can see in the video below, one camera caught the moment an illegal fly-tipper got more than he bargained for when he tried to set fire to a pile of rubbish dumped in Bradford.

Watch: Charlotte Bronte bicentenary at the Parsonage Museum

Charlotte Leeming

Journalist, BBC Look North

She's a towering literary figure and in her novel Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte created one of our most enduring love stories. 

Tomorrow sees the bicentenary of her birth and the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth - where she grew up with sisters Emily and Anne - has big plans to celebrate. 

I went along to find out more:

Watch: Spring sunshine in Bradford

Thank you to Bradford Council for this tranquil view of City Park in Bradford.

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Why not get in touch with us today? I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures from outside in the spring sunshine.

Demolition work under way at Elland Bridge

Huddersfield Examiner

Engineers have started the careful job of taking down the historic Elland Bridge which is being rebuilt after the Boxing Day floods caused catastrophic damage – and Friday will start to dismantle historic stonework.  

Elland Bridge
Huddersfield Examiner

Calderdale flood cash deadline removed

Affected by the Boxing Day floods in Calderdale? There's still time to apply for both the £500 hardship grant for homeowners and also for the business flood recovery grant.

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Space Odyssey: Leeds schoolchildren meet Nasa astronaut

Richard Edwards

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Astronaut Michael Foale has visited a Leeds school today to tell them stories about his time in space.

Michael Foale and schoolchildren in Leeds

The retired British-American Nasa astronaut has flown six Space Shuttle missions, lived and worked aboard two space stations and spent nearly 400 days in space. 

But he's come back to Earth in Chapeltown to talk to science students at the Khalsa Science Academy.

He told me that speaking to young people about space is wonderful: "When I saw how excited and thrilled children are to be hearing about it, I thought, 'That's where I'm going to get all my fun'. Coming to schools is where you get re-enlivened."

Old Kirklees College struck by arson attack again

Huddersfield Examiner

Arsonists have struck again at the former Kirklees College in Huddersfield.

The former Kirklees College, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Examiner

Police appeal for witnesses after 'targeted' Guiseley stabbing

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in Guiseley, near Leeds, yesterday evening.

Officers were contacted by the ambulance service at about 20:25 after being called to Aireborough Leisure Centre where the victim had gone for help after being stabbed in a nearby park.

Det Insp Paul Hobson says he believes it may have been a "targeted" attack:

We're looking into the potential background to this incident. The victim has been in the park, to the rear of the leisure centre, when he was attacked by a number of other males."

Det Insp Paul HobsonWest Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire's weather: Plenty of sunshine this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright afternoon to come with plenty of sunshine for West Yorkshire.

Weather map

There'll be light winds and temperatures of about of 15C (59F).

Watch: Coming up on BBC Look North at 13:30

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Do join us this lunchtime for BBC Look North on BBC One from 13:30.

Here's producer Kersti Mitchell with a round-up of today's stories from across West Yorkshire:

Listen: 'If we remain in charge, we'll fight promotion' - Steve Evans

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

It's three wins on the spin for Leeds United after last night's 2-1 win over Wolves at Elland Road.

Elland Road

Defender Sol Bamba opened the scoring with a superb 25-yard volley yards after Wolves failed to clear a cross while Toumani Diagouraga grabbed the second.

Head coach Steve Evans says it's no coincidence that the longer he and his coaching team stay in place, the better they'll get:

Latest headlines: Stab victim's injuries 'not life-threatening' and Cellino's son suspended over social media comments

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

Former Leeds College of Art student found dead in Peru

A former Leeds College of Art student who disappeared in Peru nearly two weeks ago has been found dead.

Harry Greaves
Greaves family

The body of Harry Greaves was discovered in a deep crevice in the Andes mountains. 

Mr Greaves, originally from Shropshire, was last seen leaving the village of Pisac for a solo walk on 7 April, two days before his 29th birthday.

Watch: Take a sneak peak behind the scenes at BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at BBC Look North - Yorkshire's most watched news programme?

From a little bit of studio trickery to the secrets of the make-up room, weather presenter Owain's been taking a look behind the cameras:

If you fancy being part of it too, here's your chance.

Rise in unemployment in Yorkshire

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The latest unemployment figures are out, with an increase in the number of people out of work nationally up by 21,000 to 1.7m.

Job Centre

It's the first time, the number of those out of work has gone up in nearly a year. 

Locally, 4,000 more people are now unemployed in Yorkshire and the Humber - an increase of just over 6% to 169,000.

Data from the Office of National Statistics includes people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and those claiming Universal Credit benefits principally for unemployment reasons.

Travel update: Delays clearing on M62 eastbound between J27 and J28

BBC Travel

After this morning's rolling road block, delays are slowly clearing on the M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley) near the M621.

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Guiseley stab victim's wounds 'not life threatening'

A 17-year-old boy who was stabbed in Guiseley, near Leeds, yesterday evening is in a stable condition and his injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening, police say.

Officers were contacted by the ambulance service at about 20:25 on Tuesday.

They'd been called to Aireborough Leisure Centre, in The Green, where the victim had gone for help after being stabbed in a park at the back of the centre.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Edoardo Cellino suspension: LUFC boss's son faces £5,000 fine

The suspension of the son of Leeds United boss Massimo Cellino from football and football-related activity will last "until such time as the club's completed three first team matches in approved competitions," according to a Football Association statement.  

Allegations Edoardo Cellino used "abusive and/or insulting and/or improper" language on social media were found to be proven at a hearing of the Independent Regulatory Commision on Monday, the FA has confirmed.

Mr Cellino, a Leeds United director, has also been fined £5,000 and "warned as to his future conduct", the FA says. He must also complete an education course within four months.

Massimo Cellino's son suspended over social media comments

More on the news that Edoardo Cellino, the son of Leeds United boss Massimo Cellino, has been suspended from all football and football-related activity by the Football Association.

Edoardo Cellino

Mr Cellino was alleged to have used language on social media that was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. 

The charge, which Mr Cellino denied, was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday, the FA says.

BreakingMassimo Cellino's son suspended from all football-related activities

The son of Leeds United boss Massimo Cellino has been suspended from all football and football-related activity, the Football Association has just confirmed.

It comes after Edoardo Cellino, a director of Leeds United, was charged by the FA over comments made on social media.

More to follow.

Metal bar attack on man at Bradford medical centre

A 51-year-old man's been attacked by a man wielding a metal bar in Bradford.

The assault happened at about 15:10 on Wednesday 30 March in the car park of Horton Medical Centre.

The victim was approached by an Asian man who punched him in the face.There was then a struggle in which the victim was punched and hit with a metal bar, suffering bruising and a fractured collarbone.

A 32-year-old man was arrested and later bailed pending further enquiries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Compulsory purchase order plan for Lower Kirkgate in Leeds

Richard Edwards

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds City Council is considering using legal powers to forcibly buy-up land on the city's oldest street ahead of a planned revamp.

First White Cloth Hall

First White Cloth Hall, on lower Kirkgate, is the cornerstone of a landmark scheme to restore the city’s oldest street to its former glory.

Today, senior councillors will discuss using a compulsory purchase order to buy the listed building.

Flood protection plan for Kirkstall to be considered today

Millions of pounds of funding to investigate additional flood defences to help protect Kirkstall in Leeds could be approved by senior councillors later.

Flooding in Kirkstall

The council’s executive board will vote to give the green light to a feasibility study to extend the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme on the River Aire upstream from the city centre.

The measures would offer future protection to Kirkstall and surrounding areas that were badly hit by the impact of Storm Eva at Christmas.

The Queen at 90: Your photos of Her Majesty in Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Tomorrow the Queen turns 90, and to celebrate we want you to send us any photos you may have of her visits to Yorkshire.

Have a look at the video below - it might just jog your memory. We'll then pick the best to make a montage that will air on BBC Look North.

If you have any pictures you'd like to share, you can email them to us. So why not dust off those photo albums and get looking?

Travel update: Rolling roadblock on M62 eastbound

BBC Travel

This may cause some problems if you're driving into Leeds this morning.

There's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a rolling roadblock and an accident.

Congestion is now backing up to J24, A629.

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Latest headlines: Teenager stabbed in Guiseley and flood protection plan for Kirkstall considered

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • A teenager's being treated in hospital after being stabbed in Guiseley, Leeds, last night
  • Plans to protect Kirkstall in Leeds from further flooding are due to go before senior councillors later
  • Hidden cameras are to be used in Bradford in a fly-tipping crackdown

Travel update: Let's take a look at the trains

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this morning?

There are currently no delays or disruptions on Northern Rail, Cross Country, First TransPennine Express or Virgin East Coast trains running into Leeds Station.

As for Bradford Interchange, lines into the station are running to time on Northern Rail trains.

West Yorkshire's weather: Chilly but plenty of sunshine

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a chilly start to the day across West Yorkshire, but a dry and bright day to come with plenty of sunshine in the forecast this morning.

 Light winds and temperatures of about of 15C (59F).