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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016

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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.

Our top story today was news that the government has scrapped plans for a multimillion-pound trolleybus scheme for Leeds - you can take a look at the story as it developed here.

Now I'm rushing home to watch Corinne Bailey Rae on the telly - She'll be chatting live to Lara and Phil on Look North this evening on BBC One at 18:30.

Corrine Bailey Rae
BBC

We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

Bradford mother will not give evidence at double murder trial

A mother who stabbed her two young daughters to death will not be giving evidence in her own defence, a jury has been told.

Jasmine Weaver, one, and Evelyn Lupidi, three, were both found with stab wounds
WYP

Samira Lupidi, 24, denies murdering 17-month-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi at a refuge in Bradford in November.

She admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny and feeling warm

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Warm sunshine this evening, low cloud increasing overnight for a time.

Weather graph
BBC

Minimum temperature of about 8C (46F). Moderate northeast wind.

A bright start to Friday with sunny spells, clouding over from the north with perhaps the odd spot of drizzle, but most places staying dry. Much cooler, with a temperature high of about 13C (55F). Moderate northeast wind.

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 18:30 as we're joined live by one of Leeds's most successful musical exports - selling millions of albums worldwide, and winning two Grammy awards. 

And now, after a six year break - Corinne Bailey Rae is back with a new single and a new album.

Take a look at her brand new video for Stop Where You Are below:

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Syrian refugees resettle in Yorkshire

Fewer than 200 Syrian refugees have so far resettled in Yorkshire and the Humber after councils in the region agreed to take a total of about 1,500.  

A total of 173 refugees have so far arrived in the region. Fifty-two of those are in Bradford, 50 in Leeds, 10 in Kirklees and eight in Calderdale.

Mohamad Khear Aboosh and his wife Rooqaya Haji came to Bradford with their three children in October having spent three years in an Iraqi refugee camp after fleeing Syria.

Infographic
BBC

Weapons dating back to WW1 found in University of Leeds basement

Trevor Gibbons

BBC Local Live

Weapons dating back to World War One were found in a building at the University of Leeds.

The discovery was made yesterday afternoon during an audit of a basement vault in the Chemistry West building.

The area was closed while an Army bomb disposal team removed the items to a quarry to carry out a controlled explosion.

Latest headlines: Government throws out Leeds trolleybus plans and human remains found at Wakefield nature reserve are a newborn baby

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Huddersfield MP reacts to BBC 'overhaul'

The BBC is to be overhauled, with a change to its management structure and a requirement to make "distinctive" programmes.

Barry Sheerman
Labour Party

The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has also confirmed that the licence fee will be kept and that it'll rise in line with inflation.

The Labour MP for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman, says it's bad news for the Corporation:

I believe this is going to be a deep dark day for the BBC and the British public.. The fact of the matter is this is going to be a champagne night for Rupert Murdoch and Richard Desmond. The BBC is better than that, and it's owned by the British people - not the Goverment."

Barry SheermanLabour MP, Huddersfield

School closures in Bradford

Two Bradford schools are closed today as investigations continue into how a fire started in a classroom.

School fire
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Staff and pupils were evacuated from St Cuthbert's and The First Martyrs' Catholic Primary School, in Scotchman Road, when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon.

Lister Primary School is also closed due to the fire.

Travel update: Delays on trains between London 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 York, between Kings Cross and Newcastle and between Kings Cross and Edinburgh Waverley due to problem with the lineside equipment at Grantham.

'I have called for a transport summit for Leeds MPs' - Greg Mulholland MP

As we've been hearing, the government has thrown out a multimillion-pound trolleybus scheme for Leeds.

MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland is now calling for a transport summit for Leeds MPs to discuss options.

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Award for Dr Kate after she ‘inspired doctors’

Morley Observer and Advertiser

A Doctor whose patient empowerment campaign has found worldwide success has been honoured by fellow medics.

Kate Granger
Morely Observer

Rugby League: 'We're bottom of the pile, that's hurting everybody' - Brian McDermott

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Ahead of tonight's derby clash at home to Castleford, Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott say's they're still targeting a top four finish.

Brian McDermott
Getty Images

The reigning champions are bottom of the First Utility Super League, five points behind eighth-placed Tigers with just 10 games remaining before the competition splits.

Their next three matches after tonight are against teams in the top four.

I don't feel there is too much to be down about apart from we don't make good reading on the ladder.. You know, you're bottom of the league, it takes over your life, you don't feel like socialising. We're bottom of the pile, that's hurting everybody."

Brian McDermottHead coach, Leeds Rhinos

Huddersfield Town: Midfielder Whithead to serve suspension

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town midfielder Dean Whitehead will serve a three match suspension from the beginning of next season after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.

John Smith stadium
BBC

It concerns an incident which was missed by the officials involving Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris during Town's 5-1 final day defeat in the Championship.

The club will not appeal and the 34 year-old will face an internal disciplinary measure.

Council reaction: Leeds trolleybus scheme rejected

Trolleybus
Metro

More reaction now to the announcement that the government has scrapped plans for a multimillion-pound trolleybus scheme for Leeds.

Leeds City Council Leader Judith Blake: 

It's a relief to everyone concerned that a decision has finally been made, although the length of time taken to get there has been very frustrating. Leeds has been let down by successive Governments in Whitehall on transport, first Supertram and now with NGT. Each occasion setting public transport in the city back many years."

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning:

NGT would have brought significant economic benefit to Leeds as well as tackling the congestion and unacceptable travel times on one of the main routes into the city. We now need to work out - alongside central government- how to use the £173.5m earmarked for Leeds to provide better transport, help people move around the city and improve air quality in Leeds."

Huddersfield artist to open new London show

A West Yorkshire artist who's painted some of the world's most famous faces will open a new show in London tonight.

Darren Baker
Darren Baker

Darren Baker is known for how strikingly realistic his drawings and paintings look - last year one raised nearly £4,000 when it was donated to BBC Radio Leeds's Children in Need auction

Huddersfield-born Darren was praised by The Vatican and The Royal British Legion for his likenesses of Pope John Paul II and The Queen.

Listen: Red light for Leeds trolleybus scheme

More now on the news that the government has refused consent for the Leeds Trolleybus system.  

The scheme has been 10 years in development and has already cost £60m, but the government says there were 1,700 objections; the most received for a scheme of its sort for more than ten years.

Our reporter Spencer Stokes rounds up the details:

Watch: Syrian refugee family settled in Bradford

It's a year since the first Syrian refugees came to Bradford, there are now 120 living in West Yorkshire.

However, our councils have promised to home around 550.

This is the story of one family who have settled in Bradford.

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 we have more on the news that Leeds's long-awaited trolleybus scheme has been turned down by the government.

The Department for Transport says there were 1,700 objections to the project at last year's public enquiry - and it won't let it go ahead. 

However, the £170m put aside for the investment will be retained by Leeds for future transport projects.

Our reporter Spencer Stokes will have the latest details.

Trolleybus
Metro

Ousted Kirklees Council leader speaks out over Labour 'coup' against him

Huddersfield Examiner

Ditched council leader David Sheard has spoken of his anger and claims he was “knifed” by his own party.

David Sheard
Huddersfield Examiner

Leeds breaches WHO air pollution safety levels

Leeds has been named among 11 urban areas in the UK and Ireland which have breached air pollution safety levels.

Leeds city view
BBC

Port Talbot, Stanford-Le-Hope, London, Scunthorpe, Glasgow, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Southampton and Oxford, as well the town of Longford in Ireland, also exceeded the safe level by data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The health body warned poor air quality is a major cause of disease and death

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and feeling warm

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another dry and warm afternoon across West Yorkshire. We will see plenty of sunny spells throughout the day and it will feel warm yet again. A bit cloudier along the east coast with the risk of a little fog.

Weather graph
BBC

A moderate or fresh north easterly breeze, temperate highs of about 20C (68F). 

This evening thicker cloud builds overnight, although remaining dry across the region. Lows of 9C (48F). 

Latest headlines: Government throws out Leeds trolleybus plans and human remains found at Wakefield nature reserve are a newborn baby

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Analysis: What Leeds Trolleybus scheme rejection means for city

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

As we've been hearing, the government has thrown out a multimillion-pound trolleybus scheme for Leeds.

The city has spent £60m developing the idea following the rejection of Supertram in 2005 

The government's refusal to give consent means Leeds is the biggest city in Europe without, and without plans for, a rapid transport scheme. 

The £170m earmarked for the trolleybus plans can be retained by Leeds for the development of a future transport scheme.

In pictures: City Park in Bradford

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

We're set for another warm and sunny day..

As these people in Bradford enjoy a cool down at City Park.

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Your comments: Leeds trolleybus scheme rejected

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Following the rejection of the Leeds trolleybus scheme comment is starting gather on social media.

As ever, I would like to hear from you on this one. You can email me or tweet @BBCLeeds.

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Leeds Trolleybus scheme 'not suitable for development' - government

Following its rejection of the Leeds trolleybus scheme, the Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a statement saying the scheme was "not suitable for development".

Artist's impression
Metro

The statement, by a DfT spokesperson, adds: "We are disappointed the local authorities cannot proceed with the Trolleybus but £173m of DfT funding will be retained so the right public transport scheme in Leeds can be developed as quickly as possible.

"We will now fully support Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority on those next steps as the government continues to invest in Yorkshire and helps deliver the Northern Powerhouse."

Human remains found at Wakefield nature reserve are newborn baby's

Police have confirmed that human remains found at a West Yorkshire nature reserve are those of a newborn baby. 

A member of the public found a number of small bones at the Washlands Nature Reserve in Wakefield last week. 

Detailed examinations confirmed the bones were human, but the results of the post-mortem examination were inconclusive.

Background: Red light for Leeds Trolleybus scheme

More on the news that the government has refused consent for the Leeds Trolleybus system.

If the Leeds New Generation Transport trolleybus system (NGT) had been approved, it would have have seen a nine-mile route built from the city centre to the north and south of the city.

Artist's impression
Metro

The NGT would have seen buses powered by overhead cables travelling along a largely segregated roadway passing the city's universities, the First Direct Arena, Leeds General Infirmary Trinity Leeds, Brewery Wharf and New Dock. 

The plan was supported by the The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Council, but the North West Leeds Transport Forum claimed the project was "fundamentally flawed".

BreakingGovernment refuse consent for Leeds Trolleybus

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

It's just been announced that the government has refused consent for the Leeds Trolleybus system following a public inquiry last year

The scheme has been 10 years in development and has already cost £60m - but the government says there were 1,700 objections - that's the most received for a scheme of its sort for more than ten years.

The £170m earmarked for the project will be retained by the city for a future transport scheme.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and warm

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another dry and bright start to the day across West Yorkshire. We will see plenty of sunny spells throughout the morning and into this afternoon and it will be feeling warm yet again. A bit cloudier along the east coast with the risk of a little fog.

A moderate or fresh north easterly breeze, temperate highs of about 20C (68F). 

This evening thicker cloud builds overnight, although remaining dry across the region. Lows of 9C (48F). 

Syrian refugees resettle in Yorkshire and the Humber

Fewer than 200 Syrian refugees have so far resettled in Yorkshire and the Humber after all councils in the region agreed to take a total of about 1,500.

Homs in western Syria
BBC

The majority are living in Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield while none have yet arrived in North Yorkshire.

In December, all 21 councils said they had agreed to accept refugees as part of UK plans to house 20,000 people from Syria.

Travel update: One lane closed on the westbound M62, between J25 and J24

BBC Travel

As previously reported one lane is closed on the westbound M62 between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of a broken down vehicle.

Traffic is very congested with long queues. Do expect delays.

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

Latest headlines: There should be 'no limit on' Syrian refugees coming to Bradford and school closes for week after fire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Travel disruption on major routes in Calderdale

Major routes into Halifax are backed-up with long traffic queues this morning with reports of a broken down vehicle and a road accident.

Rush hour traffic is at a standstill on the busy A629 Calderdale Way between Ainley Top and Elland following reports of a broken down truck.

Queues are stretching as far back as the Ainley Top roundabout on the bypass.

Plus, the accident at the busy Hipperholme crossroads is causing massive disruption on the A58 between Leeds and Halifax.

Police are diverting traffic away from the scene of the crash which is around the junction of Tanhouse Hill and Leeds Road.

Do expect delays as drivers have been at a standstill for about one hour.

Travel update: Traffic light failure on the A58 in Leeds

BBC Travel

A traffic light failure on the A58, Whitehall Road in Leeds, at the Wood Lane junction, is adding to that already busy commute. Do approach with care this morning.

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

Travel update: The A58 Halifax Road in Hipperholme is blockled

BBC Travel

The A58, Halifax Road in Hipperholme is blocked and traffic is queuing in both directions between the A644 Brighouse Road junction and the A6036 Bradford Road junction. This is because of an overturned vehicle. 

Congestion is starting to build and drivers have been at a standstill for about 30 minutes this morning.

Do remember, BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the evening 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 12 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.

Today we'll hear from the new leader of Bradford Council who says there should be no limit on the number of Syrian refugees coming to the city. We've been speaking to Zaki Kaf Al-Ghaza from the Syrian Association of Yorkshire.

Zaki Kaf Al-Ghaza
BBC

Why not get in touch with us today? I'm looking forward to hearing your news and views.