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  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Monday

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Goodbye: Our live coverage for the day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Thanks for being with us today, I hope you've enjoyed your Friday afternoon in our company.

We return on Monday from 08:00, until then have a great weekend.

Latest headlines: Mistakes were made over Leeds trolleybus and Cellino 'tired, lonely and hurt' over Leeds United

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire this afternoon:

  • Mistakes have been made by politicians over Leeds' failed trolleybus scheme, according to the campaign for better transport.
  • Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino is ready to sell the club and describes himself as "tired, lonely and hurt", according to a report in the Times today.
  • John Lewis is starting recruitment for its new flagship store in Leeds. 

Weather: A cloudy, cool and dry night ahead

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A cloudy start to the evening but cloud breaks developing from the north. A dry night too. Cool with temperatures dipping to 3 to 5C. 


A cooler weekend will follow but many areas will be dry with variable cloud and some sunshine. Highs 12C (54F).    

How things change!

If you need any reminder of how different the weather earlier in the week was, have a look at this pic taken in Pudsey Park on Monday!

Stay warm this weekend...

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Castleford Tigers: Dorn to retire at end of the season

Earlier I was telling you about Luke Dorn's hat-trick against the Rhinos in last night's game, but in the last couple of hours he's announced his retirement.

The Australian has made more appearances for a British club than any other foreign player, over 250 so far. He's announced that he's calling it a day at the end of this season.

Luke Dorn
Getty Images

It will be with a heavy heart when I finish here, but it's a great club I am finishing at. I think leaving at the end of this year, I'll be leaving this club in a good place."

Luke DornCastleford Tigers full-back

Kingfisher spotted in Roundhay

Thanks to Andrew Ramsay, who sent in this snap of a Kingfisher in Roundhay Park. Very nice!

A kingfisher
Andrew Ramsay

If you're pretty handy with a camera, send me your pics!

Life ban for Keighley man after RSPCA finds dog screaming in pain

Keighley News

A Keighley man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy.  

Mistreated dogs
Keighley news

Drunk driver jailed for killing Long Preston motorcyclist

A man from Leeds who was more than twice the drink-drive limit and driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit and killed a motorcyclist has been jailed.  

Andrew Crook
North Yorkshire Police

Andrew Crook, 48, of Swinnow Grove, Leeds, struck 46-year-old Robert Allaway head-on in the crash on the A65 near Settle in October.

He was jailed at Bradford Crown Court for four years and eight months and banned from driving for five years.

Travel update: Busy but moving across West Yorkshire

A quick look at the general travel situation around the county reveals that there are plenty of sticking points currently, but nothing out-of-the-ordinary.

But the key below is that there isn't more than one red box (they denote severe travel delays). A few orange ones (minor accidents and traffic lights that have failed) and grey ones (normal congestion).

travel picture

Travel update: Friday early getaway in full swing

BBC Travel

Looks like we're having a bit of an early rush-hour this afternoon, problems on the buses across West Yorkshire being reported by Transdev.

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Will there be a Texas showdown over Heckmondwike for Clarkson?

Just been alerted to this tweet from Jeremy Clarkson.

I wonder which one they'll go for?

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Boxing Day floods: Plaque unveiled at industrial museum

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at Leeds Industrial Museum today, in recognition of the site's recovery from the Boxing Day floods. 

The devastating December flooding forced the museum to close for almost three months while staff and council officers all pitched in for a massive clean-up operation.  

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Travel update: Queues on A647

BBC Travel

As far as I can tell, it's just the roadworks causing problems on the A647 in Bradford, and maybe some early rush-hour traffic too. Let me know if you get a clearer picture than that.

Human bones find: Police investigation continues

West Yorkshire Police are continuing their investigation into the bones of a baby discovered in woodland near Wakefield.


Officers aren't sure how long the bones have been there, but it is believed they could have been there for a considerable amount of time.  

Forensic examinations have determined the bones were those of a full-term newborn baby. We are mindful that the mother of that child will have been through a traumatic ordeal and I am sure that some form of emotional support will be needed.

Det Ch Insp Nicola Bryar,West Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Congestion on A647

BBC Travel

Not sure why we've got queueing traffic on the A647, I'll have a look into it and find out.

Let's hope it clears before the Friday rush hour starts in full

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She only sings when she's fishing! Keeley shows her true colours

Leeds depicted in.... cake.

Earlier we showed you Leeds Town Hall, but constructed entirely of cake!

It's all part of the Leeds Indie Food Festival, and here's another, this time, the Corn Exchange! 

Corn Exchange

Too much time on my hands?

Ok, maybe I could spend my time more productively. On the back of Leeds City Council tweeting about their new zebra crossing in Beeston, I made this.

Earlier I was saying that I can't see a zebra crossing without seeing the Beatles crossing it.

This is what they would have looked like in Beeston. I assume. 

Beatles in Beeston
Getty Images/Leeds City Council/BBC

Let it Be-eston

I don't know why, but when I see a picture of a zebra crossing, I expect to see the Beatles on it. Weird huh?

Anyway, happy road crossing people of Beeston!

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Health secretary told of patient safety ‘crisis’ at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Wakefield Express

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised to look into patient safety concerns at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust during a grilling by MPs over NHS budget cuts.

Pinderfields entrance
Wakefield Express

Are police horses getting smaller?

McDermott on Rhinos defeat by Castleford

Just thought I'd bring you a bit more from Leeds Rhinos on their defeat by Castleford last night.

Coach, Brian McDermott is pretty downbeat about their performance last night, saying it was one of the worst in his time at the club.

Brian Mcdermott
Getty Images

It's a terrible scoreline and defensively it was terrible. It's up there as one of the worst performances in my time here, I back the players to come up with something and I don't want to be critical of them but there still has to be some accountability."

Brian McDermottLeeds Rhinos coach

Why is Friday 13th considered unlucky?

If you were wondering, here you go, courtesy of the Telegraph and Argus!

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Help needed to find Barney the owl

This is a sad story. West Yorkshire Police are asking for the whereabouts of Barney the Owl, who was stolen from Holme Junior and Infants School near Holmfirth.

Barney the Owl
West Yorkshire Police

He was taken between Tuesday and Wednesday this week and is a chainsaw sculpture made as part of a school project. 

Travel update: Queues on M62 eastbound back to J25

BBC Travel

Here's the latest picture of those tailbacks on the M62, and it looks like things are clearing up now. What tailbacks?!

Highways England
Highways England

Debris on road causing tailbacks on M62

BBC Travel

Here we go, this is about a mile away from J26.

Highways England

Travel update: Two lanes closed M62 eastbound J26

BBC Travel

We've got two lanes closed on the M62 eastbound between J26 (M606 Chain Bar) and J27 (M621 Gildersome), because of debris on the road.  

I'll have a check on the cameras and see if I can see anything.

Leeds United: Massimo Cellino reveals regret at buying Championship club

BBC Sport

In journalistic circles, Mr. Cellino is known as a "bit of a gift that keeps on giving". 

And here he is again, this time saying that he would like to leave the club and wishes he had never come to Elland Road.

Massimo Cellino
Getty Images

He was acquitted of tax evasion in an Italian court last week and is waiting to hear if his disqualification by the Football League will now be quashed.

Cellino told the Times: "It's better to walk out, not because I'm dishonest but because I'm tired and hurt and lonely."

Super League: Leeds Rhinos 12-52 Castleford Tigers

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Luke Dorn scored a first-half hat-trick as Castleford Tigers thumped Super League's bottom side Leeds Rhinos.  

Luke Dorn
Getty Images

Dorn had missed the last nine games due to a hamstring injury. Rhino's coach, Brian McDermott says it was one of the worst performances of his six years in charge.

WW1 conscientious objector graffiti to be preserved

Graffiti etched by 16 men who refused to take part in the First World War, including one from Mirfield, is to be saved from crumbling away, as part of a major restoration project. 

The words and images were scratched onto cell walls in Richmond Castle by conscientious objectors in 1916. 

English Heritage

The graffiti features pencil drawings and inscriptions, including slogans, poetry, and portraits of loved ones.

A grant of £365,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used to protect the work and allow public access.

English Heritage

Leeds firm at centre of statins mix-up

Thousands of patients in England may have been wrongly given or denied statins due to a computer glitch by a Leeds technology company.

A third of GP surgeries have been told to contact people who may have been given an inaccurate assessment of their future risk of heart disease.


The IT company that makes the software, Horsforth-based TPP, said it was working with the The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to ensure that clinicians were informed of any patients that may have been affected as soon as possible.  

John Lewis recruiting 550 for new store

It's a building that has completely changed the look of the east side of Leeds city centre, and the new Victoria Gate development is getting close to completion.

So close, in fact, that the company behind it are now looking for people to come and work there. 

Victoria Gate shopping centre

James Prince is the head of the new John Lewis store, which is looking for 550 new members of staff from today.

Leeds has a rich retail heritage, we're pleased to be able to come and play our role"

James PrinceJohn Lewis

Taps run dry in Leeds: Update from Yorkshire Water

We've just received this statement from Yorkshire Water after reports of homes being left without water in parts of Leeds.

It's all down to two burst water mains and if you live in Guiseley, this is why your taps are running dry...

The first burst occurred last night at 10pm on Park Road but our team of technicians have managed to get the water in the area back on quickly and have started to repair. Unfortunately, a second burst elsewhere has happened this morning at 5:15am which we are still trying to locate."

Yorkshire Water

If Cellino's serious, should Leeds United be owned locally?

Leeds |United owner Massimo Cellino has told The Times he is "tired and hurt and lonely" and "if someone wants to buy the club I will sell it." 

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Water off in parts of Leeds

We're hearing that some people may be without water in parts of Leeds, we're in touch with Yorkshire Water and hope to bring you more info when we get it.

Email me if you're in the same predicament..

dripping tap
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Public transport in Leeds: What would you do with £173m?

The plans to improve Leeds' transport system lay in tatters this morning after the proposed Trolleybus scheme was scrapped by the government.

This means the city now has £173m to spend on... something.

Trolley bus

MP Greg Mulholland, a leading critic of the scrapped plan, says the decision on how that money's spent must be made locally.

This is all because the Department for Transport, which turned down the scheme, said its £173m contribution towards the project will now be used on other public transport schemes in the city.

Latest headlines: MP calls for summit over Leeds' transport network and Cellino says he's 'ready to sell'

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire this morning:

  • Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland is calling for a transport summit to discuss how Leeds can spend £173m of funding for transport now that the trolleybus plan has been scrapped
  • Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says he's ready to sell the club, according to an interview in The Times
  • Leeds Industrial Museum's recovery from the devastating Boxing Day floods is being recognised today with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque

Travel update: M62 accident J26

BBC Travel

And as you can see, there's a bit of traffic building up...

Highways England