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  1. Updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday with all the latest from the Tour de Yorkshire
  2. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016

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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 Friday with a Tour de Yorkshire special - our team of reporters will be bringing you all the action from this years cycling race.

Thank you to Matthew Naylor for sending us this beautiful picture of the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Thackley Woods swing bridge.

Leeds Liverpool Canal near Thackley Woods swing bridge.
Matthew Naylor

In the meantime 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. Have a great evening.

West Yorkshire's weather: Wintry showers with a mix of sleet and snow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

The rain will turn more showery overnight, but still some heavy spells with a mix of rain, sleet and snow. Some accumulations possible, especially over higher ground.

Weather graph

A minimum temperature of about 1C (34F).  

Tomorrow we'll see further spells of rain, sleet and snow turning more showery though the day but still the risk of some heavy wintry showers into the afternoon. 

Four men convicted over Bradford acid murder to appeal against convictions

Charles Engwell

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Four men from Bradford who are serving life behind bars for murdering Barry Selby in 2013 are launching an appeal against their convictions. 

Mr Selby was 50 years old and died in hospital three days after he was shot in the leg and had acid thrown in his face by men who broke into his home in Bradford in October 2013. 

Lee Michael Calvert, Joseph Lowther, Robert Patrick Woodhead and Andrew Kyle Feather were all convicted of his murder at Bradford Crown Court in 2014 They are now challenging their convictions at London's Criminal Appeal Court, claiming they were denied a fair trial.

Latest headlines: Ken Livingstone suspended by Labour Party in 'anti-Semitism' row and police praise the strength and courage of a young rape victim

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

No soggy bottom for Sir Bradley

Tanya Arnold

Sports reporter, BBC Look North

Check out this cake I came across today while out on Tour de Yorkshire duties... Now the question is, will Sir Bradley Wiggins see the resemblance?

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Listen: 'Sinfield is one of the top performers' - Brain McDermott

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield announced yesterday he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old switched codes from league to join union side Yorkshire Carnegie last November after leading the Rhinos to the treble.

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott reflects on Kevin Sinfield's retirement announcement.

Police 'very concerned' for missing 15-year-old girl

Police in West Yorkshire say they are  for the safety of a missing 15-year-old girl.

Hannah Davies

Hannah Davies went missing from Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds, at about  20:15 on Tuesday 26 April.

Hannah is described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall, slim, with blue eyes and mousy-brown, shoulder-length hair. She was wearing blue jeans, a white blouse, black jacket and black shoes.

We are very concerned for Hannah's welfare and urgently need to establish her whereabouts. She is known to frequent both Bradford and Leeds and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries to trace her since she went missing."

PC Libby HartleyLeeds District CID

Team news: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Widnes Vikings

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Widnes Vikings captain Kevin Brown and centre Chris Bridge will miss out because of injuries sustained in the loss against Warrington.

Wakefield Wildcats in action
Getty Images

Patrick Ah Van and Jordan Johnstone come into the squad as they look to end a run of five losses in Super League.

Wakefeld hooker Stuart Howarth and winger Richie Owen are the only changes to their squad, replacing the injured Jonny Molloy and Reece Lyne.

Travel update: Delays on Virgin Trains East Coast between Kings Cross and Leeds

BBC Travel

Delays of up to one hour on Virgin Trains East Coast between Kings Cross and Leeds, between Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley, between Kings Cross and Newcastle and between Kings Cross and York due to trespassers on the line at Grantham.

Goverment urged to fund bypass through Shipley

The Government is being urged to finance the construction of a bypass though Shipley.

Philip Davies MP
Conservative Party

Ministers have approved a study into the project among a series of potential road projects. 

The town's Conservative MP Philip Davies told the Commons that the development was "so desperately needed."

The goverment has given considerable amounts of money to the Labour dominated West Yorkshire combined authority.. Ignoring the needs of areas like mine, things like the Shipley eastern bypass that is vital for my local economy.. What can the Minister do to make sure the goverment's money is spent in Shipley? Or, will he directly fund the Shipley eastern bypass that my constituents so desperately need?"

Phillip DaviesConservative MP for Shipley

Ken Livingstone suspended by Labour Party in 'anti-Semitism' row

Ken Livingstone has been suspended by the Labour Party over comments he made while defending Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, who is at the centre of an anti-Semitism row.

The ex-London mayor will be investigated for "bringing the party into disrepute".

Labour MP John Mann, who accused Mr Livingstone of being a "Nazi apologist" in a confrontation outside a BBC studio, faces a reprimand.

Watch: Women's cycling on the up in Yorkshire

Lara Rostron

Presenter, BBC Look North

Women's cycling is more popular than ever, with a quarter of a million ladies taking it up in the last three years. 

Here in West Yorkshire we're gearing up for the Tour de Yorkshire and of course hoping that Otley's finest Lizzie Armitstead will win the female race. 

But, it's not just highly athletic women taking the sport up, there are plenty of mums, teens and corporate high fliers who're also falling in love with two wheels - as I found out.

Why people are celebrating Ed Balls Day

Happy Ed Balls Day! Who knew that five years ago, a Twitter fail would still be remembered. So what is it all about?

Ed Balls twitter post

On 28 April 2011 Ed Balls, who was shadow chancellor and a West Yorkshire MP at the time, tweeted his own name in error. He was urged by his aide to search Twitter for articles mentioning his name, but instead of doing a search he tweeted his own name.

So on 28 April Twitter rejoices in the madness and celebrates Ed Balls.

Ed Balls twitter post
Ed Balls twitter post

No response yet from Ed Balls' own Twitter account yet - but we'll update you!

West Yorkshire Police praise strength and courage of young rape victim

West Yorkshire police have praised the courage of a young girl - after her attacker was jailed for 17 years.

Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths, who's 49 and from Knottingley, committed a string of sex offences including rape against the young girl between 2010 and 2015, when she was under 10 years old. 

The offences came to light after the victim disclosed what was taking place to a relative who then contacted the police.

I wish to commend the courage of the young victim in disclosing these offences, and then telling officers what happened in subsequent police interviews. We hope her family, who had their trust abused so badly, can take some comfort in knowing Griffiths will now spend many years behind bars and monitored as a sex offender"

DC Victoria BottomleyWest Yorkshire Police

Calderdale Flood Commission reveals its findings from Boxing Day floods

Halifax Courier

The struggle for small firms to find flood insurance could put the future of communities in the Calder Valley at risk, according to a new report.

National Flood Forum chief executive Paul Cobbing in Mytholmroyd
Halifax Courier

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

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Join us for Look North on BBC One at 13.30 as we prepare to gear up for Tour de Yorkshire we'll bring you an exclusive report on women's cycling.

Did you know more than a 250,000 ladies took up the sport in the last three years. But it's not just highly athletic women who are doing it, there are plenty of mums, teens and corporate high fliers who're also falling in love with two wheels.

Lizzie Armitstead
Getty Images

McDermott and Hardaker to miss Rhinos v Giants clash

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has confirmed that both captain Danny McGuire (pictured) and full-back Zak Hardaker won't feature at Huddersfield on Friday.

Danny McGuire

McGuire's failed to recover from injury, while Hardaker has failed a concussion test.

As a result, McDermott says there's "a good chance" that 17-year-old Cameron Smith will make his Rhinos debut and that Luke Briscoe will make only his fourth appearance. 

The Leeds boss has also confirmed to BBC West Yorkshire Sport that the club's discussing a possible role for Kevin Sinfield following his retirement.

Continental cafe culture comes to Leeds

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Continental cafe culture comes to Leeds tonight as one of the city's most popular areas is shut down to traffic as part of an experiment.

Greek Street
John Seb Barber

Greek Street will be shut every Thursday to Sunday for the next six months - aimed at creating an improved outdoor atmosphere during the summer.

I would love to hear from you on this one, do you think the experiment is a good idea? Email me here.

Latest headlines: Labour accused of 'serious anti-Semitism problem' and disabled residents 'in shock' over closure of Bingley care home

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

West Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon with outbreaks of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy afternoon to come with showers and outbreaks of rain spreading from the west. Some sleet or snow is possible on hills.

Weather map

We'll see temperatures this afternoon of about 9C (48F).

Watch: Ann Maguire fund continues to inspire children through the arts

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A charity for young people set up in memory of murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire has raised more than £240,000. 

Ann Maguire was killed by one of her own pupils two-years-ago today. He's serving a life sentence. 

Ann's family say the fund is continuing her legacy of inspiring children through the arts.

Listen: Sunday girl Jodie Prenger returns to Leeds

Jodie Prenger is to step into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, Tell Me On A Sunday which will visit Leeds Grand Theatre this week.

Jodie shot to musical theatre fame after being crowned the winner of TV’s I’d Do Anything, winning the role of Nancy in Oliver! 

She went on to enjoy success in a long list of box office and critical hits, from comedy One Man, Two Guv’nors to the classic musical Calamity Jane last year.

Here she speaks to BBC Radio Leeds.

Disabled residents 'in shock' over closure of Bingley care home

Liz Green

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Disabled people living in a Bingley care home have been expressing their shock over news it's gone bust. 

Twenty eight residents of the St Ives centre, run by Elder Homes, have been told to find new accommodation. In 2014 it was inspected by the Care Quality Commission and rated as inadequate in all areas.

Jackie Highe's from Mirfield and has written a book about the care home system, she told me running a care home can be costly.

What is happening now is care homes are checked and vetted, very regularly these days, sometimes the upgrades that the Care Quality Commission recommend and say you have to make, to stay in business, are very costly and the homes can't afford to make them."

Jackie HigheAuthor, Now Where Did I Put My Glasses? Caring for Your Parents

Owain's outlook: Tour de Yorkshire forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

How exciting, Tour de Yorkshire rides into town tomorrow. But, what about that all important weather forecast?

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Michael Sio extends contract

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hooker Michael Sio has signed a two-year contract extension.

Michael Sio

The 22-year-old joined the Super League side on an 18-month deal last June and helped the Yorkshire club retain their top-flight status.

He has scored three tries in 12 Super League appearances this season.

I had a slow start to the year, but once (coach) Chris Chester came into the club I found my groove again."

Michael SioHooker, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Analysis: Who is Naz Shah?

Sabbiyah Pervez

Journalist, BBC Look North

Naz Shah burst onto the political scene during the 2015 general election, where she ousted Respect MP George Galloway.

Her selection as a candidate proved controversial, with divisions emerging in the local party. The candidate who was chosen first stood down four days later, before Ms Shah was imposed by the ruling National Executive Committee.

Naz Shah

A bitter campaign followed, with Mr Galloway sparking anger by questioning Ms Shah's account of her forced marriage.

After her victory, she was celebrated locally and nationally for her unique background and life experiences.

Growing up in poverty in Bradford, Ms Shah and her family were abandoned by her father who eloped with a neighbour's teenage daughter. She has spoken openly about her experience of surviving a forced marriage and domestic violence.

Travel update: Northern rail line between Rochdale and Hebden Bridge suspended

BBC Travel

The Northern Rail line between Rochdale and Hebden Bridge has been suspended due to signalling problems.

This will affect trains to and from Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden.

Labour has 'serious anti-Semitism problem', peers warn

The Labour Party has a  with anti-Semitism, a senior Labour peer has warned.

Naz Shah

Labour's Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, was suspended from the party pending an investigation after she made a number of comments about Israel on social media.

Lord Levy told BBC Newsnight he believed anti-Semitism existed across the political divide, but it seemed "more prominent" within Labour.

Travel update: One lane closed on the A64(M) Inner Ring road westbound, Leeds

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A64(M) Inner Ring Road westbound at A653, Woodpecker Lights, because of an earlier accident. Traffic is slow and heavy. Congestion is now backing onto the A64, York Road to the Temple View Road junction.

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

Latest headlines: Labour accused of 'serious anti-Semitism problem' and a care home looking after disabled people in Bingley has gone bust

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

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.

If you're travelling into Bradford Forster Square, all is running to time.

West Yorkshire's weather: Risk of ice, however plenty of early morning sunshine

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold start to the day across West Yorkshire, with a widespread frost as well as the risk of ice on many untreated surfaces. We will see plenty of early morning brightness and a few sunny spells first thing. 

A cloudier afternoon to come with showers and outbreaks of rain spreading from the west. Some sleet or snow is possible on hills. 

We'll see temperatures of about 9C (48F).

Travel update: Very slow traffic coming into Leeds this morning

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M621 westbound between M1 J43, Belle Isle and J6, Belle Isle Road.

A traffic light failure on Great George Street in Leeds at the Merrion Street junction is causing some issues this morning. Do expect delays and do approach with care.

Queuing traffic on A6110 Ring Road Low Wortley eastbound in Leeds, between the A58 Whitehall Road junction and Beeston.  

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

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 28 April 2016.

Oli 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 on this very chilly Thursday.