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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday 9 May 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across West Yorkshire

Thanks for being with us today, we'll return on Monday at 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire.

I leave you with this lovely sunset, sent in yesterday by Michael Halton from Castleford

Michael Halton

Challenge Cup: Batley Bulldogs v Catalan Dragons

Batley Bulldogs welcome back forward Alex Rowe after injury and Wayne Reittie,who missed out last week as a precaution after a concussion, for tonight's match against Catalan Dragons.  

 John Kear's Bulldogs are fifth in the Championship.  

John Kear
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Paedophile pensioner gets 20 years after victims break silence

Yorkshire Post

A paedophile pensioner has been jailed for 20 years after his victims broke their silence decades after the abuse took place.

Arthur Bierton, now 72, committed his first offences in Leeds just months after being released from jail, where he had served a sentence for child rape.

Yorkshire Post

Bradford care home neglect case collapses

The trial of eight members of staff at a Bradford care home for the alleged wilful neglect of a 79-year-old man has collapsed. 

Care home

Manager Stephen Pelkowski, 51, from Addingham, and staff member Phillippa Robinson, 57, from Shipley had denied neglecting Edward Hinnells, 79, at Highdell Nursing Home, in Idle, Bradford. 

Six other staff had already been acquitted on the judge's direction

Judge Colin Burn told the jury the case would not be going any further.

Government climbdown over forced academies plan in England

Plans to force all of England's schools to become academies are being abandoned in a government climbdown.  

The move comes days after threats of industrial action by head teachers.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said that this was about the government listening adding ministers understood top schools should retain the choice on whether to convert.

Nicky Morgan
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This policy would have seen local authorities stripped of assets, parents stripped of representation and a system with no democratic accountability. The significance of this u-turn cannot be overestimated.”

Cllr. Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council

Weather: Coats off, shades on

Kay Crewdson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining mild and dry overnight, some coastal mist and fog is possible, this leading to fairly murky conditions for some. Lows of 7C (45F) 


Tomorrow, any early mist will burn back to leave us with another warm and mostly dry day. Highs of 20C (68F).    

In pictures: Leeds under a brooding sky

Thanks to Alan Priest who took this great snap of City Square in Leeds earlier today.

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Cricket: Joe Root signs new contract until 2019

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

England batsman Joe Root has signed a new contract with Yorkshire.

The deal will keep the 25-year-old at Headingley until at least 2019.

Joe Root
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Even though I don't play as much as I would like for Yorkshire these days due to my international commitments, I still get a huge buzz wearing the white rose on my cap and representing my county."

Joe Root

Concern for holidaymaking Leeds dad missing in Turkey for nearly a week

Yorkshire Evening Post

Fears are growing for a Leeds father-of-two who has disappeared while on holiday in Turkey. Troy Ross, 28, from Seacroft, was last seen on Saturday night leaving his hotel in the resort of Fethiye.

Troy Ross
Yorkshire Evening Post

Mark Burns Williamson arrives at count

The current Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour's Mark Burns Williamson, has arrived at the count in Wakefield.

We're expecting a result in the next hour-and-a-half.

Mark Burns Williamson

Watch: What next for Calderdale council?

What happened after the votes were counted and the dust settled in Calderdale? 

Our reporter Peg Alexander takes us through the ins and outs.

Police investigate Conservative 2015 election campaign

The BBC has established that at least eight police forces, including West Yorkshire, are investigating whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally after the 2015 General Election. 

Conservative battle bus
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The allegations centre on the Conservative Party's "battle buses" of activists that targeted marginal seats. The Party did not file the hotel costs of accommodating the activists. 

The party says this was an administrative error and should have been entered in the national returns. But the police forces are looking at whether these costs should have been filed by the MPs' agents in their local expenses. Failing to do file correct expenses is a criminal offence. 

Leeds half marathon this weekend

Good luck if you're running the Leeds half marathon on Sunday, it starts on the Headrow in the city centre in the morning and then continues for 13 miles.

If you're trying to get around on Sunday morning, here's a list of the road closures.  

Leeds half marathon
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If you want to wish someone good luck, drop us a line and we might mention them!  

Traffic chaos as lorry becomes wedged in the road

A lorry that has become wedged in the road just outside Hebden Bridge town centre is causing traffic chaos.

Halifax Courier

Normal service will resume

Well, I think we'll take a break from telling you that everything's the same as it was before the local elections.

We'll focus on some other stories for now, but don't forget we still have the Police and Crime Commissioner result to come

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Election 2016: Turnout for Police and Crime Commissioner elections announced

Election 2016: Labour have 'a lot of work to do'

In an interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Labour frontbench and Leeds MP Hilary Benn has been reacting after Labour herd on to Leeds council.

Hilary benn
Labour party

"Our responsibility is to back Jeremy. If Labour is going to form the next government we have a lot of work to do."

Hilary BennLabour, Leeds Central

Calderdale council election results: The reaction

Halifax Courier

The local election results are in and there is no change in Calderdale’s political situation, with no party gaining enough seats to form a majority administration.

Calderdale council election count
Halifax Courier

2016 Leeds local elections: Results in full

Yorkshire Evening Post

One third of the seats on Leeds City Council have been contested. Check out the results in full.

Leeds election count
Yorkshire Evening Post

Watch: As you were after Leeds polls

It was all no-change at Leeds council after the election, Larry Budd looks at what happened.

Election 2016: Police and Crime Commissioner count begins

Let's not forget, the local councils elections aren't the only votes that are being counted today, We've got the results from the Police and Crime Commissioner to look forward to as well.

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Travel update: M1 J40 still closed

Just away from the election, fire crews remain at the scene of that M1 lorry fire we reported earlier.

The police have tweeted this dramatic picture...

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Election 2016: All results in

There we are then, no real shocks, it's as you were across the board in West Yorkshire.

Leeds: Labour hold

Bradford: Labour hold

Wakefield: Labour hold

Kirklees: No overall control

Calderdale: No overall control

Election 2016: Leeds no change a 'success'

Election 2016: No change in Leeds

A quick look at the numbers and it's all as it was before the election. 

No pretty bar chart to show you, but this is how Leeds council now looks; Labour: 63 seats (no change), Conservative: 19 seats (no change), Lib Dem: 9 seats (no change), Morley Borough Independents: 5 seats (no change), Green: 3 seats (no change).

BreakingElection 2016: Labour hold in Leeds

They're coming thick and fast now, and there's no change at Leeds City Council where Labour hold on to their majority.

Election 2016: Labour gain in Bradford

Nice to be able to bring you a graphic representation of what Bradford council looks like after this year's election. 

The Conservatives lost two seats, whilst Labour gained three and the Liberal Democrats one.

Bradford Council

BreakingElection 2016: Labour retain Bradford council

No change at Bradford Council as Labour hold on to their majority.

Election 2016: Full list of results from Calderdale

If you want to check who won what in Calderdale, just click here.

There's a full list of ward by ward seats and how many votes each candidate won. One for the statistic fans!

Calderdale count

Election 2016: Where we're at in West Yorkshire so far...

So far we've had results in for Wakefield council, which remains under Labour control, and Kirklees and Calderdale councils, where Labour remains the largest party by a narrow margin but with no overall control.

Cross on ballot paper

Over the next few hours we'll get the results for Bradford (expected at about 13:00) and Leeds (expected at 14:00).

We'll let you know the results as we get them!

Election 2016: 'Really good result for Labour' says Calderdale leader

Peg Alexander has been speaking to Calderdale council leader Tim Swift:

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Election 2016: Labour lead narrows in Calderdale

Labour have lost one seat to the Conservatives in the Calderdale vote, but still remain the party with the most seats overall. 

The new council will have 23 Labour councillors, 22 Conservatives, five Liberal democrats and one independent.

BreakingElection 2016: Calderdale no overall control

Results just in for Calderdale, no overall control, no change. 

Elections 2016: Kirklees results seat-by-seat

If you'd like to see who has won which seat in Kirklees, look no further:

Kirklees council

Results from Wakefield Council elections

Wakefield Express

Labour has managed to keep its stronghold on Wakefield Council during an election night of very few surprises. 

Wakefield election count
Wakefield Express

Election 2016: Labour fail to gain control of Kirklees council

Labour have narrowly missed out on gaining overall control of Kirklees council, whose local election result was announced a short time ago.

BBC Radio Leeds' Tim Daley reports from the count.

Election 2016: Labour fail to take control of Kirklees

Labour have failed fail to gain overall control of Kirklees council. They hold on 34 seats, with the Conservatives gaining two, the Liberal Democrats losing two and the Greens losing one seat.  

Kirklees council

I feel sorry for the candidates that worked so hard. If you look at the votes cast, this is a vote of confidence in the Labour party.

Cllr David SheardLabour

BreakingLocal elections 2016: No overall control in Kirklees

No party has overall control in Kirklees, Labour are still one seat short of the majority

Travel update: Lorry fire now out

Watch: Count in Calderdale

And here's the scene at the Calderdale election count with BBC Radio Leeds' Peg Alexander...