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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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.

Enjoy the late evening sunshine!

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with clear periods

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening will be dry with clear periods.

Weather graph
BBC

A minimum temperature overnight of about 5C (41F).

Tomorrow will be dry, bright and warm again with sunny periods. Maximum temperature of about 19C (66F). Light southwest wind.

Latest headlines: Six Bradford care home staff accused of neglect cleared on judge's orders and independent shops in rate reduction call

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Play dedicated to hero of Bradford City fire disaster opens this week

A play, dedicated to one of the heroes of the Bradford City Fire disaster, will open this week.

Bradford fire
PA

"The 56" is based on the memories of the people at Valley Parade on the day 56 supporters were killed. 

The performance is dedicated to David Hustler who was awarded the Queens Gallantry medal for his bravery as he fought to rescue fellow fans. 

It opens at Bradford's Alhambra theatre tomorrow.

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

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Join us for Look North on BBC One at 18:30 as the team behind the Tour de Yorkshire say they want to extend the race to four days next year. Our business reporter Dani Hewson has been looking at the benefits the race brings to local businesses.

Plus, a group of British Pakistani teenagers from Huddersfield has been put though an army assault course - as part of a pilot project - aimed at helping ethnic minorities understand the work of the British Army. We sent our reporter Spencer Stokes along to find-out more.

Army training
BBC

Have you seen the Fagley pig?

BBC Radio Leeds

A wandering pig has been spotted bold as brass roaming the streets of Fagley, kipping with the cows and annoying a local riding school.

Fagley Pig
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Fagley Pig
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Fagley Pig
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He's become quite a fixture round town but it's time to find him a home.  

Join the search - Gayle Lofthouse has more on BBC Radio Leeds until 1800.

Owain's outlook: Temperatures set to rise this week!

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

High pressure is drawing in the milder air from the south and temperatures are set to rise this week.

Here's my update:

View more on twitter

Travel update: Busy traffic in Leeds city centre at the Merrion Street junction

BBC Travel

Much busier than normal and queuing traffic on Great George Street in both directions at the Merrion Street junction.  

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

Watch: The businesses benefiting from Tour de Yorkshire

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

The team behind the Tour de Yorkshire say they want to extend the race to four days next year.  

They say more than two million people watched this year's race over the bank holiday weekend. It's thought the extra day could bring in a further £1m to the region next year. 

I've been to meet those already benefiting from the event.

Feathers fly as poultry pinched in Meltham

Three white Campbell breed ducks have been stolen from their coop in Meltham.  

Campbell ducks
WYP

The three ducks, called "The Girls" by their owners, were taken from a garden on Thick Hollins, Meltham on the Tuesday evening. The ducks are 2-years-old and go everywhere together. 

The Campbell breed is flightless, so they have not flown away. There was also no sign of an attack by a fox.

Care home neglect trial update

More details from the trial of staff at a Bradford care home who were accused of neglecting an elderly resident.  

Highdell care home, Idle, Bradford
Google

The jury was directed to return not guilty verdicts in respect of senior care assistant Jennifer Cross, 60, from Idle, Nicki Kassama,30, from Shipley, senior carer Valerie James, 58, from Eccleshill, Bradford, Desmond Crowley,59, a staff nurse and registered mental health nurse from Daisy Hill, Bradford, registered mental health nurse Gerard McDermott, 58, from Ilkley, and  cleaner Piotr Czajkowski,49, from Ravenscliffe, Bradford.   

At the start of the trial last month prosecutor Stephen Wood alleged that Mr Hinnells had been living in "abject squalor and filth".

Court clears care home staff accused of neglect

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Six care home staff who were accused of being involved in the willful neglect of a 79-year-old dementia sufferer have been cleared by a jury on the directions of the trial judge. 

The three men and three women went on trial alongside two other defendants last month accused of "systematic, deliberate neglect" in relation to the treatment of Edward Hinnells while he was at the Highdell care home in Idle, Bradford.

The trial is continuing against care home manager Stephen Pelkowski, 51, from Addingham and Phillippa Robinson, 57, a senior nurse and registered mental health nurse from Shipley.

Council elections: Five ways to get more people to vote

Fewer than 20% of people have chosen to vote in council elections in some areas of England over the past four years, BBC News analysis of voting patterns has shown. Why are people turning their back on local elections and how can they be drawn back to the ballot box?

Polling station/Launderette
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There were 41 out of about 2,500 wards in England where not even a fifth of the electorate turned out to choose a local councillor in 2012. This was the last time the seats being contested on 5 May this year were elected.

The Electoral Reform Society said this amounted to "serious democratic deficit" and it is vital people vote and hold authorities to account.

So how does the country solve a problem like low turnout? BBC News looks at some of the options.

Listen: Huddersfield Town U21s hungry for trophies

Katherine Hannah

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town U21s coach Frankie Bunn says it would be a fitting end to the season if his side were to win the Premier Development League 2 Final against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane next week. 

The team booked their place in the final with a 2-0 win over Millwall yesterday.

Town U21s will meet a blades side who they beat to the league title at the end of the regular season.

Edible Leeds will take some topping

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

Creating an edible model of Leeds is turning out to be a piece of cake for a team of bakers tasked with the unique challenge.

Leeds cake
LEEDS INDIE FOOD

Several test bakes have been completed, with miniature versions of landmarks including Leeds Town Hall and Kirkgate Market in the process of being constructed.

City of Cake, part of Leeds Indie Food festival 2016, launches on 13 May at Trinity Leeds.

Leeds cake
LEEDS INDIE FOOD

Local elections: West Yorkshire's knife-edge council ballots

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

As they go into this week's local elections, all five of West Yorkshire's powerful Metropolitan authorities are run by Labour but some of them are on a political knife edge. 

Ballot paper
BBC

The biggest council, the City of Leeds, and neighbouring Wakefield, go into these elections with comfortable Labour majorities and threats to their grasp on control are unlikely.

In the other three West Yorkshire Councils, Labour's hold is much more precarious. In Bradford, Labour has an overall majority of just one seat.

In neighbouring Kirklees and Calderdale the Labour groups are by far the largest on the council but fall just short of a majority so the support of other parties is needed to push policies through.

In Kirklees Labour is just one seat short of an overall majority and the party needs another two in Calderdale to rule outright.   

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry and sunny for many this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a dry and sunny day for many across West Yorkshire, becoming a little cloudier as we head into this afternoon, but remaining dry with light or moderate south westerly winds.

BBC graph
BBC

Feeling warm, with a temperature of about 16C (61F).

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

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Do join Lara for Look North on BBC One at 13:30 as the team behind the Tour de Yorkshire say they want to extend the race to four days next year.

TDY
BBC

They say more than two million people watched this year's race over the bank holiday weekend. It's thought the extra day could bring in a further £1m to the region next year. 

Our business correspondent Danni Hewson reports on those already benefiting from the event.

Computer equipment worth thousands of pounds stolen in Huddersfield

Thousands of pounds worth of computer equipment has been stolen from a business in Huddersfield. 

Entry was forced to the premises last night on Bradley Business Park where thieves took five white Apple iMac all-in-one desktop computers and monitors.

The police now want to speak to anyone who's been offered an iMac computer for sale in suspicious circumstances.

Thousands of pounds worth of computer equipment was stolen in this burglary. We are keen to speak to anyone who has been in the area of Bradley Business Park around the time of this offence."

PC Dan AshtonKirklees District CID

FC Halifax Town: 'It's about moving forward now' - David Bosomworth

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

FC Halifax Town chairman David Bosomworth says they need to have a close look at what went wrong before making any decisions over the club's future. 

Town have been relegated from the National League bringing an end to a two-year stint in the fifth tier of the English game.

Bosomworth says the board need to assess the season before any decision is made over who will manage the club in National League North.

We need to very quickly get together as a board and just have a look where we want to be. To do that we have to look back at what happened in the league. We have to take things in the round, have a really good look, and make some decisions - it's about moving forward now!"

David BosomworthChairman, FC Halifax Town

Latest headlines: Independent shops in rate reduction call and low turnout last time West Yorkshire voted

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Listen: Are you planning to head to the ballot box tomorrow?

With less than 24 hours before the ballot boxes open, BBC Radio Leeds can reveal that turnout in West Yorkshire's local elections was down by 60,000 the last time we voted. 

When comparing two recent polling days, in 2006 and 2012 - where people were only voting locally - turnout dropped across all five of our county's council areas. 

Those drops included 24,000 fewer voters in Leeds and nearly 10,000 fewer in Bradford. 

So we've been asking, are you planning to head to the polling station tomorrow?

Bantams boss nominated for League one manager award

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has been nominated for the League One manager of the month award for April.

Phil Parkinson
BBC

City secured their playoff place as they took 13 points from 18 while conceding just two goals.

Parkinson is up against Graham Alexander, who has masterminded Scunthorpe's late charge towards the play-offs, Wigan's promotion-winning Gary Caldwell and John Sheridan of Oldham.

The winner will be announced on Friday 6 May.

Watch: Catterick Garrison sets Huddersfield students Army challenge

A group of British Pakistani teenagers from Huddersfield has spent two days on an army assault course at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire as part of a project to help people from ethnic minority backgrounds understand the work of the British Army. 

The students have been seeing various aspects of the Army's work.

Farhan Mohammed say it's changed his views on the forces.

Ilkley independant shop owners call for a reduction in business rates

There's a call for a reduction in business rates for small independent shops in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

Ilkley
Google

A BBC Radio Leeds investigation has found there's been a decline in the number of local stores opening. 

Independent shops now only open one a week across the UK - compared to 11 a day in 2010. Last year, 33,812 independent shops closed. 

Mike Sandsbury, manager of The Grove Book Shop in Ilkley, says it's all to easy to sell to the highest bidder.

If rents were made more reasonable for independent businesses it would add to the character of the town, as well as supporting small or independent businesses, it's all too easy to sell to the highest bidder."

Mike SandsburyManger, The Grove Book Shop

County Championship: Nottingham v Yorkshire finely poised on day four

BBC Sport

Yorkshire begin the fourth and final day of their County Championship match at Nottinghamshire hoping to take early wickets.  

Liam Plunkett
Getty Images

The home side finished on 151 for 5 in their second innings, giving them a lead of 122.

Liam Plunkett (pictured) says they fancy their chances at Trent Bridge if it comes to a run chase.

"We bat all the way down and we back ourselves so it'll be interesting and hopefully we'll keep them under 200," he says.

Travel update: All lanes now open on the eastbound M62

BBC Travel

All lanes now open on the eastbound M62 between J29, M1 (Lofthouse). Delays are starting to ease.

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

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

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this Wednesday morning?

There are currently no delays or disruptions on 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.

Delays of up to 25 minutes on Northern Rail between Ilkley and Bradford Forster Square, and between Ilkley and Leeds due to broken down train at Ben Rhydding. 

Watch: West Yorkshire's weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a dry and sunny morning across West Yorkshire, with little in the way of cloud across the county this morning. Becoming a little cloudier as we head into this afternoon, but remaining dry with light or moderate south westerly winds.

Watch my full forecast here.

Local elections: Where will turnout be a challenge?

Fewer than one in five eligible voters in some parts of England previously chose anyone to represent them in local elections, raising fears of a democratic deficit. 

Ballot box
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BBC News analysis of voting patterns in 2,500 council wards since 2012 shows wide disparities.

Most of the areas where the fewest people voted in recent elections are in the North.

Latest headlines: Independent shops in Ilkley call for a reduction in business rates and turnout in West Yorkshire's local elections was down by 60,000 the last time we voted

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • There's a call for a reduction in business rates for small independent shops in Ilkley
  • 24 hours before the ballot boxes open and BBC Radio Leeds can reveal that turnout in West Yorkshire's local elections was down by 60,000 the last time we voted
  • A play, dedicated to one of the heroes of the Bradford City Fire disaster, will open this week

West Yorkshire's weather: Plenty of warm sunshine

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a dry and sunny morning across West Yorkshire, with little in the way of cloud across the county this morning. Becoming a little cloudier as we head into this afternoon, but remaining dry with light or moderate south westerly winds.

Weather still
BBC

Feeling warm, with a temperature of about 16C (61F).

Travel update: One lane blocked eastbound M62 after J29

BBC Travel

Reports of queuing traffic and one lane blocked due to accident on the eastbound M62 after J29, M1 (Lofthouse). This is affecting traffic heading from Leeds towards Hull.

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

Google maps
Google

Travel update: Two lanes closed on the eastbound M62

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the eastbound M62 between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident.

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 Wednesday 4 May 2016.

I'll be with 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 Wednesday morning - where we could see temperatures of about 16C (61F), let's break out the barbecue!