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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Oli Woodcock

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Our live coverage across the day

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 Friday 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.

West Yorkshire's weather: A dry and clear night

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see dry and clear periods this evening and overnight. Patchy low cloud possible later, with some ground frost in places and a minimum temperature of about 2C (36F).

Weather graph

Friday will be dry and bright with spells of sunshine, although skies may turn partly cloudy at times. Feeling colder, with a temperature of about 11C (52F).

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 find out how Yorkshire is celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

The Queen

They'll be looking back at some of her visits to the region, starting all the way back in 1949 when she visited Pudsey in Leeds while still Princess Elizabeth.

And they'll also be reporting live from Kippax where a beacon is due to be lit - one of many across the country - to celebrate the big day.

Owain's outlook: Is that snow you say?

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's the question on everyone's lips - after this glorious spring sunshine could we be set for an icy blast this weekend?

Travel update: Delays on M621 westbound at J2

BBC Travel

The M621 is partially blocked westbound at J2, A643 (Elland Road) because of an accident. This is causing some delays at the moment.

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

Travel update: Very slow traffic on A64 York Road in Leeds

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A64, York Road eastbound in Killingbeck between Torre Road Flyover and Halton Dial.

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

Latest headlines: Bradford mother admits killing her two daughters and street attacks on two women in Leeds 'linked'

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

West Yorkshire in pictures: Spectacular sunset caught on camera

Thanks to Matthew Merrick for sending us this atmospheric pic from Fairburn Ings nature reserve near Castleford which he took at sunset yesterday.

Fairburn Ings sunset
Matthew Merrick

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

Election 2016: Yorkshire voters face unprecedented polling booth choice

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North


Voters in parts of Yorkshire could be forgiven for leaving behind piles of nervously chewed pencil stubs at their polling stations on 5 May.

Research shows that stress levels peak at the point where the pencil is poised to put a cross in the box against the name of the chosen candidate.

This year's local council and police commissioner elections could see even more confusion with some Yorkshire voters being asked to make up to five choices.

Find out more in my latest blog.

West Yorkshire swimmer makes Olympic squad

Tanya Arnold

Sport Reporter, BBC Look North

Three Yorkshire swimmers have made the Great Britain team for this summer's Olympics.

Georgia Coates and team mate celebrate
ALL SPORT/Getty Images

Seventeen-year-old Georgia Coates, from Leeds, set two personal bests on her way to winning bronze in the 200 metres freestyle at last week's national championships.

City of Sheffield's Ellie Faulkner got the silver in that race. She's also selected alongside team mate Max Litchfield who won the 400 metres individual medley.

Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright sets cast for Bronte sisters drama

Happy Valley creator and Huddersfield-born Sally Wainwright has set her cast for her much anticipated one-off BBC drama To Walk Invisible about Haworth's famous Bronte family.

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Bradford mother admits killing her two daughters

A mother has admitted killing her two young daughters but denies murdering them.

Jasmine Weaver and Evelyn Lupidi
West Yorkshire Police

Samira Lupidi, 24, appeared at Bradford Crown Court accused of murdering one-year-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi in Bradford in 2015.

She pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility but not guilty to murder.

Ms Lupidi is due to stand trial on 9 May after prosecutors said the pleas were not acceptable.

Travel update: Rail delays between London Kings Cross and Leeds

BBC Travel

We're seeing delays of up to two hours on Virgin Trains East Coast between Kings Cross and Leeds, between Kings Cross and Newcastle and between Kings Cross and York due to a person being hit by a train at Stevenage.

Street attacks on two women in Leeds city centre 'could be linked'

A gang of men targeted two lone women in separate attacks in the centre of Leeds in the early hours of last Saturday morning, police believe.

A 22-year-old woman crossing the footbridge between The Calls and Dock Street at about 04:00 was attacked from behind by a group of three or four males who stole her handbag.

Twenty minutes later, an 18-year-old woman was walking along Call Lane towards Briggate when she was pushed into a ginnel by one of three males who demanded her handbag.


Police say they were very frightening experiences for the victims who appear to have been deliberately targeted while having a night out in the city.

Police have released CCTV images of three men seen in the area who they want to identify, and an e-fit image of one of the suspects has also been produced.


Leeds Rhinos draw Huddersfield Giants in Challenge Cup sixth round

BBC Sport

Holders Leeds Rhinos will meet Huddersfield Giants in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Tigers Grant Millington is tackled by Leeds Rhinos Carl Ablett, Liam Sutcliffe and Kallum Watkinsduring the First Utility Super League match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Wakefield Wildcats will host French side Toulouse, the lowest-ranked team left in the draw, while Championship club Dewsbury welcome 19-time winners Wigan.

Batley Bulldogs will play Catalans Dragons at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium.

Bright skies tonight over Halifax to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

The skies above part of Halifax will be bright tonight as a special beacon's lit to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday:

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Watch: The Queen in West Yorkshire caught on camera

A few days ago we asked you to send us your pictures of The Queen's visits to West Yorkshire, and lots of you sent us photos.

We've put some of the best into this little montage to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Happy birthday ma'am!

Disturbance in Deighton sparks police appeal

Police are appealing for witnesses following a reported disturbance involving a number of men in Deighton, Huddersfield, on Tuesday.

The incident's said to have taken place on Riddings Road between 18:00 and 19:00, with four males reported to have been involved. No-one was present by the time officers arrived.

Det Insp Mark Colman says: "We're keen to speak to anyone else who was in the Riddings Road area around this time who has either seen or heard anything that could be connected to this reported altercation."

Lloyds Bank announces job cuts

Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed 430 job cuts - part of the 9,000 job cull it announced in October 2014.

The bank also says it will be closing 21 branches in July as part of its three-year plan aimed at addressing the shift to mobile banking.

Lloyds Bank sign

The Unite union has warned that jobs in Leeds and Halifax will be among those to go.

In a statement, Lloyds Bank says: "The group's policy is always to use natural turnover and to redeploy people wherever possible to retain their expertise and knowledge within the Group. 

"Where it is necessary for employees to leave the company, it will look to achieve this by offering voluntary redundancy. Compulsory redundancies will always be a last resort."

West Yorkshire's weather: Lots of sunshine this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon we'll enjoy plenty of sunshine yet again and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

BBC map

We'll see a top temperature of about 15C (59F).

Latest headlines: Man arrested in connection with Guiseley stabbing and Lloyds jobs to go in Leeds and Halifax according to union officials

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Man arrested in connection with Guiseley stabbing

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's been arrested in connection with the stabbing of a teenager in Guiseley earlier this week. 

A 19-year-old, who's from Leeds, has been detained on suspicion of wounding. 

The victim, a 17-year-old man, was stabbed in a park to the rear of Aireborough Leisure Centre on Tuesday night. 

Larne Patrick: Castleford Tigers sign Huddersfield Giants forward

BBC Sport

Castleford Tigers have signed Huddersfield forward Larne Patrick on loan until the end of the season.

Larne Patrick

Patrick, 27, who spent last season on loan at Wigan, has made 10 Super League appearances for the Giants this term.

"In terms of injuries, we have been belted a little bit over the past month and to get someone in like Larne gives us a few options," Tigers coach Daryl Powell said.

Lloyds jobs to go in Leeds and Halifax - Unite union

Lloyds Bank is to axe 625 jobs, including some in West Yorkshire, according to union officials.

Lloyds Bank sign

Unite says the cuts, which will see some jobs moved to India, will affect several of the bank's divisions, including consumer finance, commercial banking and legal.

The union says this will hit offices in Leeds, Halifax, London, Brighton, Gloucester and Wolverhampton. 

The cuts are part of 9,000 job losses announced by the bank in 2014, says Unite. About IT 80 jobs will be moved to India, according to the union.

Huddersfield Giants: 'We've got a fair challenge on our hands' - Paul Andreson

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

There's live Super League action tonight as Huddersfield Giants go to Wigan.

Super league ball
Getty Images

Loanee winger Gene Ormsby is set to return for the Giants after being unable to feature in last week's win over his parent club Warrington which was only their second victory of the season.

Giants coach Paul Anderson told BBC Radio Leeds they've got plenty of motivation for their trip to the DW Stadium.

Wigan have been very good at home over the last few years so we've got a fair challenge on our hands. We owe them as well as they've handed us a couple of hidings in the play-offs. This is definitely some motivation for us."

Paul AndersonCoach, Huddersfield Giants

Charlotte Bronte bicentenary celebrated at Haworth Parsonage

BBC Radio Leeds

Events to mark the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte's birth are taking place in Haworth today.

Bronte Parsonage Museum

The Bronte Parsonage Museum is hosting a party which will include performances from local children. 

Charlotte was born in a house in Thornton, Bradford, 200 years ago along with her literary sisters. Later, the family moved to the famous parsonage.

Want to find out more about this world famous West Yorkshire author? Richard Stead is broadcasting live from the Parsonage until 12.00 this morning on BBC Radio Leeds.

Latest headlines: Woman attacked in Pontefract Park flower row and celebrations in West Yorkshire for Queen's 90th birthday

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Leeds Bake Off champ Nadiya on making the Queen's birthday cake

BBC Newsbeat

"I just thought it was a sick joke. I was like, 'Why are you lying? Why would she want me to make her cake?'" Nadiya Hussain has told BBC Newsbeat.

The Great British Bake Off winner, who is, of course, from Leeds, was asked by Buckingham Palace to make a cake for Her Majesty's 90th birthday.


And since that invitation she's been in her kitchen at home working on it: "The design completely came off the cuff. I've gone for a vibrant colour and I've gone for the complete opposite of a traditional cake."

At one point Nadiya even had eight cake designs in front of her, but she eventually decided on an orange drizzle cake filled with vanilla butter cream and orange marmalade.

Elderly woman attacked in Pontefract Park flower row

An 83-year-old woman was assaulted in Pontefract Park following a disagreement about picking flowers, police have revealed.

The attack took place at about 15:18 on Friday 15 April as the elderly victim was walking her dog by the lake. 

Her friend challenged the female suspect about picking some flowers, the suspect became verbally abusive and made threats to throw the victim's dog in the lake. 

This was an unprovoked attack on an elderly woman and it is very fortunate she was not more seriously injured. We believe the suspect was with a man at the time of the attack, and I would ask anyone who saw the assault itself to contact myself."

PC Reece HeathWest Yorkshire Police

Listen: Your memories as the Queens turns 90

It's the Queen's big day today as she celebrates her 90th birthday, and West Yorkshire is joining in with those celebrations.

Birthday Books for Her Majesty are open to members of the public at Wakefield and Bradford Cathedrals and beacons will be lit across the county later today.

BBC Radio Leeds has been reflecting your stories of meeting the Queen

Barbara Wetherall, who's celebrating her 90th birthday herself today, met the Queen last year:

Travel update: Very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J26 and J27 due to accident

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder, but delays are inevitable.

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

Watch: West Yorkshire's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We're going to enjoy plenty of sunshine yet again today in West Yorkshire, and it'll even feel pleasantly warm out there with light winds. Watch my full forecast right here:  

West Yorkshire joins in celebrations for Queen's 90th birthday

It's the Queen's big day today as she celebrates her 90th birthday, and West Yorkshire is, of course, joining in with those celebrations.

The Queen

Events include the lighting of beacons and the opening of Birthday Books for Her Majesty in Wakefield and Bradford. 

Those books will be available in the two cities' cathedrals for members of the public to write in. 

A beacon will also be lit on the aptly named Beacon Hill above Halifax - and there'll be others in Wakefield, Mirfield, Calverley, outside Leeds Minster and on Manor Garth Hill in Kippax.

Latest headlines: Celebrations in West Yorkshire for Queen's 90th birthday and Environment Agency update due on post-Boxing Day floods recovery

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Frank Turner to play Reading & Leeds for 10th year running

BBC Newsbeat

Frank Turner has said he's "very proud" that he'll become the first act to play at Reading and Leeds for 10 years in a row.

Frank Turner

He's among nearly 70 additions to the bill, which includes Nas, Pulled Apart By Horses and Kano.

"There's sort of an unwritten rule you're not supposed to do more than two in row. Every year I've been nervous about whether they're going to ask me back," he says.

"But they've always been lovely, patted me on the back and sort of said, 'Don't worry about it, we're going to make this a special thing'."

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.