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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 5 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: 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 from across the county.

Feel free to take a look back at today's news from across West Yorkshire - including how you can help name the latest four-legged recruit at West Yorkshire Police - our favourite is currently Horsey McHorsforth!

Unnamed horse
WYP

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.

2016 Leeds Half Marathon: Details of road closures

The streets of Leeds will come alive on Sunday when thousands of runners step out for the 31st Leeds Half Marathon.

Click here to see how the road closures affect you.

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West Yorkshire's weather: Fine, dry and warm

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Fine and warm this evening. Dry and clear overnight.

Weather graph
BBC

Minimum temperatures overnight of about 5C (41F). 

Friday will be dry and bright with spells of sunshine, although more cloud is expected at times making the sunshine rather hazy. Feeling warm with high's of about 19C (66F).

Listen: West Yorkshire MP calls for tougher sentences for attacks on officers

A West Yorkshire MP is calling for tougher sentences for attacks on police officers after acid was sprayed into an officer's face

The Conservative MP for Shipley, Philip Davies, told the Commons what happened:

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

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Do join Lara and Harry for Look North on BBC One at 18:30 as we hear from a West Yorkshire woman who has been describing how a series of blunders by Pontefract Hospital led to the death of her baby. 

Sam Reid's son Theo was stillborn at the midwife-led unit there last year.

Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust has admitted responsibility and has offered to settle the case out of court. 

This comes as figures obtained by Look North show that last year our hospital trusts paid out more than £31m in compensation for negligent maternity care:

Travel update: Delays on the eastbound A58(M) at A660 Blackman Lane

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic on the eastbound A58(M) in Leeds at A660 Blackman Lane, due to an earlier broken down vehicle, and congestion is now backing up on A660 Blenheim Walk to the St Mark's Road junction.

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

Travel update: Delays at Pontefract Monkhill train station

BBC Travel

We're seeing delays of up to 30 minutes on Grand Central and Northern Rail trains at Pontefract Monkhill due to a signalling problem.

Human remains found at West Yorkshire nature reserve

A post mortem examination has been held on human remains found at a West Yorkshire nature reserve. 

West Yorkshire Police say a member of the public found a number of small bones at the Washlands Nature Reserve in Wakefield. 

A force spokesman said officers spent a day making enquiries at the scene after the bones were found yesterday morning. 

Detailed examinations confirmed the bones were human, the spokesman said, and enquiries are ongoing. 

The results of the post mortem examination were inconclusive.

Police want your help naming latest four-legged recruit!

Police are calling for the help of us Yorkshire folk to choose a name for the latest addition to their mounted section.

Unnamed horse
WYP

West Yorkshire Police’s newest four-legged recruit, a four-year-old shire-cross gelding, joins the likes of Ledston, Ilkley and Breeze at the stables in Carr Gate.

Members of the public are being invited to get their thinking caps on and come up with a West Yorkshire Themed name for the as yet unnamed horse.

Unnamed horse
WYP

How about Horsey McHorsforth?

Watch: Pontefract Hospital failings led to stillbirth

A woman from West Yorkshire has been describing how a series of blunders by Pontefract Hospital, led to the death of her baby. 

Sam Reid's son Theo was stillborn at the midwife-led unit there last year. 

She's spoken out, as figures obtained by BBC Radio Leeds show that last year hospital trusts in Yorkshire paid out more than £31m in compensation for negligent maternity care.

Latest headlines: Hospital trusts paid out more than £31m in compensation for negligent maternity care and a murder inquiry is launched in Dewsbury

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Watch: 'Pedal for Pounds' riders back in the saddle

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

The legs will be aching but the Huddersfield Town 'Pedal for Pounds' challenge riders are back in the saddle today. 

It's day two for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraiser and the cyclists are tackling 58 tough miles between Lancaster and Liverpool. 

BBC Radio Leeds' Huddersfield Town commentator, Paul Ogden is among the riders.

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Listen: Doherty excited by new challenge as coach

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Carnegie winger David Doherty is to become Harrogate's director of rugby next season.  

The ex-Sale Sharks and Wasps winger, who has amassed 49 tries in 107 games during two spells with Carnegie, was told he would not be offered a new deal with the Championship high-fliers for 2016-17.

Doherty, who is 29-years-old, told BBC Radio Leeds he's excited by the new challenge as coach.

CCTV appeal after man with dog threatens Halifax station staff

A CCTV image has been released of a man with a dog following an incident of threatening behaviour at Halifax railway station.

CCTV Image
BTP

British Transport Police say the man abused members of ticket office staff at Halifax station on Monday 4 April at about 1115. He then singled out a male member of staff and threatened him with violence. 

The man had light brown hair and a dog.

He became abusive towards ticket office staff after his card was declined whilst attempting to purchase a ticket. He then singled out a male member of staff and threatened him with violence, leaving him extremely shaken and fearing for his safety. The man then left the station.”

PC Craig VircoBritish Transport Police

Otley children go out of this world with Tim Peake

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

There's been a truly space-age experience for children at one West Yorkshire school today as they made an interstellar link-up with British astronaut Tim Peake.

Student at Ashfield Primary
BBC

It took place at Ashfield Primary School in Otley, and saw pupils talk to Tim live as the International Space Station (ISS) passed above Yorkshire. 

The link with the ISS was the culmination of a two-day, space-related workshop which rounded-up a large range of learning activities using space as a context for teaching throughout the curriculum.

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

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Do join us for Look North on BBC One at 13:30 as police in West and North Yorkshire warn people to be vigilant after three red kites were illegally shot down in the last month.

One of the birds - which are a protected species - was found with gunshot wounds in Eccup near Leeds.

Red kite
BBC

Plus, today is exactly three months to go until the next Olympics, which take place in Rio starting on 5 August, and once again there could be plenty of medals for Yorkshire's athletes.

West Yorkshire's weather: Warm, dry and sunny

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a beautiful dry, bright and warm afternoon with sunny spells. A little patchy cloud is likely to develop during the course of the day. 

Weather map
BBC

A maximum temperature of about 19C (66F).

Travel update: Delays on the A660 Woodhouse Lane in Leeds

BBC Travel

Roadworks on the Leeds-bound A660 Woodhouse Lane, between St Mark's Road and A58(M) Inner Ring Road, are causing delays as traffic builds.

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

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Latest headlines: Hospital trusts paid out more than £31m in compensation for negligent maternity care and a murder inquiry is launched in Dewsbury

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good afternoon, the top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this lunchtime include:

Pontefract Hospital failings led to boy's stillbirth

A baby was stillborn after a string of hospital failings including broken equipment and his mother being given the wrong drugs.

Sam Reid said a post-mortem examination of her son found no health problems
BBC

Sam Reid and her partner Dale Jones took legal action after son Theo's death at Pontefract Hospital.

Ms Reid said paramedics got lost and equipment to monitor Theo's heartbeat was broken at the West Yorkshire hospital last February.

Warning over red kite shootings

Police in West and North Yorkshire are warning people to be vigilant after three red kites were illegally shot down in the last month.  

Red kite
Thinkstock

The birds - which are a protected species - were found with gunshot wounds in Nidd near Harrogate, Low Marishes near Malton and in the Leeds area. 

Red Kites were once on the brink of extinction and anyone found guilty of killing one can face up to six months in jail.

Have you seen the Fagley pig?

Kersti Mitchell

Senior Producer, BBC Look North

The search continues. Can you help me find the Fagley pig?

The pig has been spotted bold as brass roaming the streets of Fagley, kipping with the cows and annoying a local riding school and we want to track the pig down for BBC Look North.

If you have seen the bristly haired creature email me here.

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Watch: We meet West Yorkshire diver Lois Toulson

Dave Edwards

Journalist, BBC Look North

While plenty of teenagers across West Yorkshire are getting stressed out over their GCSEs, diver Lois Toulson is trying to book herself a spot at the Olympics as well.

The sixteen-year-old from Gomersal will take part in the European Championships in London next week.

However, a place in Rio this summer is the ultimate goal, with the small matter of her exams sandwiched in between. 

I went along to meet her:

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

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this Thursday 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.

What a 'purrfect' way to start the day

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

I had to share this tweet with you - meet Max, the resident moggy at West Yorkshire Police mounted section.  I think it's safe to say he's enjoying the sunshine!

Why not send me your pictures? I'm looking forward to seeing the county from your perspective.

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Profits up at Morrisons

BBC Business Live

Like-for-like sales at Bradford-based Morrisons rose 0.7% for the 13 weeks to 1 May excluding fuel, or 1.2% including fuel).

morrisons sign
BBC

Total sales excluding fuel fell 1.8%, reflecting the impact of supermarket closures and selling the M local chain.   

Marcin Siarczylski towpath death: Murder probe launched

A murder investigation has been launched after police received new information about the death of a man found on a canal towpath.

Marcin Siarczylski
WYP

Marcin Siarczylski, 37, was discovered near Low Mill Lane in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury on 14 March.

West Yorkshire Police said they now believe Mr Siarczylski "may have been murdered".

Latest headlines: Hospital trusts paid out more than £31m in compensation for negligent maternity care and a murder inquiry is launched in Dewsbury

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning, the top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include:

Travel update: Delays and queues on the westbound M62

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic due to a broken down lorry on M62 Westbound between J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome) and J26 M606 / A58 (Chain Bar).

The lorry is stranded in lane two (of three). The incident is affecting traffic heading from Hull towards Leeds this morning.

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

Election 2016: Polling stations open across West Yorkshire

Voting has begun in elections being held in West Yorkshire.

Polling stations opened their doors at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00.

Votes are being cast in council elections in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield and for the county's next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Across England elections are taking place in more than 120 councils and the London Assembly, and to elect 36 PCCs and four mayors.

Ballot Box
BBC

Travel update: The A64 York Road in Leeds is very busy

BBC Travel

The A64 York Road in Leeds is very busy but moving slowly inbound, at the Torre Road Flyover junction. 

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

Travel update: Very busy traffic on the inbound A65 Commercial Road, Kirkstall

BBC Travel

Traffic is much busier than normal on the inbound A65 Commercial Road in Kirkstall at the B6157 Bridge Road junction.

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

West Yorkshire's weather: Warm and sunny

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a beautiful dry, bright and warm day with sunny spells. A little patchy cloud is likely to develop during the course of the day.

A maximum temperature of about 19C (66F).

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 5 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 Thursday morning - where we could see temperatures of about 19C (66F).

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