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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 24 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.

One of our top stories today was news that Bradford and Leeds are among eight cities confirmed as Official Team GB FanZones, for this summer's Rio Olympics.

Athlete
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I'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county. I'll see you then!

Wakefield Council to spend £1.5m repairing former Crown Court building before selling it off

Wakefield councillors are deciding what to do with the city's historic former Crown Court building.

Wakefield Crown Court
BBC

It was placed on Historic England’s "at risk" register in 2013 after falling into disrepair.

The authority's being recommended to carry out £1.5m worth of repairs - to make it waterproof and weathertight - before selling it off.

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 - it's medals day at the Chelsea Flower Show and Yorkshire has a bumper crop of awards. 

It's been a tough time for growers; spring had frost and snow of course, but as Clare Frisby reports the hard work has paid off.

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Latest headlines: Two West Yorkshire cities named as Olympic FanZones and man hit by bus in Leeds

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with increasing cloud

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Fine at first this evening, becoming increasingly cloudy from the east. 

Weather graph
BBC

Minimum temperature of about 7C (45F). Light or moderate northeast wind.

We'll see bright spells at first tomorrow but it will cloud over with rain spreading from the east. Much cooler with a maximum temperature of about 11C (52F). Moderate northerly wind.

Fire crews tackle blaze hitting three Huddersfield homes

Huddersfield Examiner

A distraught young woman raced home to find her Huddersfield house badly damaged by fire.

She was alerted to a fire in Luck Lane, Marsh, today and raced back to find fire crews tackling a blaze at her home and two others.

Fire scene
Huddersfield Examiner

Listen: Would you visit Turkey, Egypt or Tunisia for your summer holiday?

The Tunisian ambassador to the UK, Nabil Ammar, is urging the Foreign Office to change its guidance to British tourists, which has cautioned against all but essential travel to the country following last year's terror attacks.

He says the country's economy has been affected but the Foreign Office says safety is its main concern.

Egypt and Turkey are also off the list of destinations, according to research by travel company, GFK, because of security fears. 

Some of the people we spoke to in West Yorkshire say they won't be deterred:

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Watch: Clare Frisby at the Chelsea Flower Show

Clare Frisby

Presenter, BBC Look North

Garden designers and their teams stood proudly - albeit a little nervously - as the judges began their rounds at the Chelsea Flower Show.

If they needed a little calm, the gardens they have created - many on themes of peace and tranquillity - could have provided it.

I've spent the day among the clematis and camassia:

Olympic action in Bradford and Leeds

Bradford and Leeds are among eight cities confirmed as Official Team GB FanZones for this summer's Rio Olympics

Runner
Reuters

They'll show live coverage from the Games on the big screens - in City Park in Bradford and Millennium Square in Leeds.

Entry to the Fanzone will be free tand there will also be the opportunity for people to learn more about how they can get fit and in shape by joining in some of the Olympics sports that are on show in Brazil this August.

Latest headlines: Two West Yorkshire cities named as Olympic FanZones and man hit by bus in Leeds

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Travel update: A58 Godley Lane, in Halifax, is partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A58 Godley Lane, in Halifax, is partially blocked and traffic is very slow in both directions between Stump Cross and the New Bank junction, due to an an accident involving two vehicles which has left debris on the road. 

Congestion backing up to Orange Street Roundabout.

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

Fears over new Leeds homes scheme

Yorkshire Evening Post

Hundreds of homes could be built in Churwell if council planners give the go-ahead to new proposals.

Applicant Persimmon Homes and Priestgate Morley Limited have lodged outline plans to redevelop farmland off Victoria Road in Churwell into up to 550 houses.

Lane Side Farm, Victoria Road, Churwell
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Chelsea Flower Show: A very Yorkshire garden

The tourism organisation, Welcome to Yorkshire, has won a silver award at the Chelsea Flower show.

God's Own County
BBC

"God's Own County" is the biggest garden at this year's show and is inspired by the huge restoration project of the East Window at York Minster, with all the materials and plants used reflecting the Yorkshire landscape.

Designer, Matthew Wilson, says he set about "deconstructing" all elements of the window's design and "putting them back together in a different order" in the garden.

Trying to get something of that scale and presence and sheer power in a Chelsea garden is an interesting challenge."

Matthew WilsonDesigner, God's Own Country

Billy Heath: North Ferriby United manager to take over at FC Halifax Town

North Ferriby United have confirmed that manager Billy Heath is to take over as manager of FC Halifax Town.

Billy Heath
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Heath and assistant Mark Carroll, who is also leaving, led North Ferriby into the National League earlier this month.

FC Halifax Town were relegated on the last day of the season but won the FA Trophy at Wembley on Sunday.

Watch: Anne Lister and her secret diaries

Anne Lister was a Yorkshire landowner, diarist, mountaineer and traveller from Halifax.

Throughout her life she kept diaries which chronicled the details of her daily life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities and her work improving Shibden Hall.

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Pioneering event to empower women and girls in Leeds

An event set up to inspire women and girls to lead safer and healthier is being held in Leeds today.

Women's Live Leeds poster
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It's called Women's Lives Leeds and will see more than 200 people attending.

Organised by Leeds Womens' Aid it comes as the charity is celebrating news it was awarded £2m from the Big Lottery fund.

Collision leaves car on its side in Featherstone

Wakefield Express

A car ended up on its side after a collision with another vehicle in Featherstone.

Emergency services were called to Station Lane, outside South Featherstone Gospel Hall.

Car crash
Wakefield Express

Darrell Clarke: Leeds United make formal approach to speak to Bristol Rovers boss

BBC Sport

Leeds United have made a formal approach to speak to Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke, reports BBC Radio Bristol.

Darrell Clarke
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Clarke joined Rovers as assistant boss in 2013, but was in charge when they were relegated in May 2014.

Since then, the 38-year-old has led them to back-to-back promotions from the National League and League Two.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny and dry this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We will enjoy plenty of sunshine across West Yorkshire this afternoon. It'll become a little cloudier later, but it will remain dry with light northerly winds.

Weather map
BBC

Temperatures likely to reach about 17C (63F). 

Becoming cloudier overnight, although it'll remain largely dry across the region. Low cloud and hill fog is likely, and not as cold as last night, with lows of about 7C (45F).

Latest headlines: Man hit by bus in Leeds and West Yorkshire summer holidaymakers shun Egypt and Tunisia

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Travel update: Wolfstones Road in Upperthong is closed in both directions

BBC Travel

Wolfstones Road in Upperthong is closed in both directions at the Wickins Lane junction, because of a burst water main.

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

Listen: Research shows West Yorkshire holidaymakers are shunning Egypt and Tunisia this summer

Tunisia and Egypt are off the list of holiday destinations for people in West Yorkshire.

Tunisia beach scene
PA

Figures released today from the travel research company, GFK, show that British visitor numbers to Tunisia have fallen by over 90% between January and April this year in comparison to 2015/2016. 

The Foreign Office is being urged to change its guidance to British tourists, which has cautioned against all but essential travel to the country following last year's terror attacks in which 38 tourists died including a couple from Leeds. 

Meanwhile,Frank Fallows from SM Travel in Bradford told BBC Radio Leeds he hasn't booked a holiday to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt in over 2 years, but he feels the market will open up again:

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Watch: 'We need to score some tries' - Brian McDemott

Tanya Arnold

Sports Reporter, BBC Look North

Head coach Brian McDermott tells BBC's Super League Show that Leeds Rhinos are undergoing a "tough" time but he wants to be part of their bid to improve.

McDermott's side were beaten heavily by Wigan Warriors at the Magic Weekend, their 12th defeat in 15 Super League games.

Their surprising lack of form this year has come on the back of a domestic treble in 2015, a long injury list and the departures of three key players - Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai.

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Outcry as Bradford Council pulls plug on public charger for electric cars

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A motorist has spoken of his frustration after Bradford Council pulled its city centre electric car charging point from the public network.

There are now no 24-hour public charge points inside the ring road, according to driver Andrew Rogerson.

Electric car charging point
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Owain's outlook: Blue skies for West Yorkshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Hello Tuesday - plenty of blue skies and feeling warm today.

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I'll have a full weather update for you later in the day.

Bradford City: German consortium buys League One club

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

We're expecting to hear from the new owners of Bradford City later today. 

An official statement is set to be released detailing the ambitions of the Germany-based partnership, who have agreed to purchase the Bantams for £6m. 

The new investors Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp have been bound by a confidentiality agreement until today, but from this point onwards we can expect to hear from them publicly. 

We'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it.

'Cheese-tastic' trip from West Yorkshire to San Sebastian

A pair of West Yorkshire cheese-makers will today fly some of the North's tastiest treats out to a world food hot-spot. 

Cheese
AFP

Richard Holmes and Jemma Flowers, from Allerton Bywater-based Cryer & Stott, are taking 12 top Northern cheeses to San Sebastian in Spain, also known as the Michelin Star capital of the world. 

On top of that, the team have been chosen to judge the World Cheese Awards, being held later this year.

Man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Leeds

A man's in hospital with serious injuries after being knocked down by a bus in Leeds this morning.

The incident happened just before 08:00 on the A58 Easterley Road.

He's been taken to Leeds General Infirmary and the A58 around the crash scene has been closed while an inquiry into what happened takes place.

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

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train today?

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.

If you're travelling into Bradford Forster Square, all is running to time.

Teen broke into Huddersfield house in search of cannabis

Huddersfield Examiner

A teenager who broke into a house because he believed that cannabis was being kept inside has been jailed.

Luke Mastalerz, of Victoria Close, Berry Brow, was handed a community order by Kirklees magistrates in April for an offence of burglary but breached the order.

Cannabis
Examiner

Travel update: A58 Easterly Road closed between the Oakwood Lane junction and Hollin Park Mount junction, in Leeds

BBC Travel

The A58 Easterly Road, in Leeds, is closed and traffic is now queuing outbound between the Oakwood Lane junction and the Hollin Park Mount junction, due to a serious accident.

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

Latest headlines: Research shows West Yorkshire holidaymakers are shunning Tunisia this summer and a dad from Ilkley speaks out about the 'taboo topic' of suicide

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • Figures from a travel research company shows West Yorkshire holidaymakers are shunning Tunisia this summer following last year's terror attacks
  • A West Yorkshire father has spoken to BBC Radio Leeds about the tragic suicide of his 21-year-old son
  • An event set up to inspire women and girls to lead safer and healthier lives will be held in Leeds today

Karl Robinson: MK Dons boss turns down Leeds United managerial offer

BBC Sport

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has turned down an offer to manage Leeds United, reports BBC Three Counties Radio.

Karl Robinson
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Robinson oversaw the Dons' promotion to the Championship in 2014-15 and their subsequent relegation this season.

The 35-year-old met Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino in London on Friday about the managerial position.

Travel update: Busy in Leeds city centre

BBC Travel

Very busy and queuing traffic on the southbound A61 Regent Street between Sheepscar Interchange and Eastgate roundabout in Leeds.

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

Travel update: Very slow traffic at the Soothill Lane junction, Batley

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic on A653 Leeds Road, Dewsbury, at the B6124 Soothill Lane junction, Batley, because of a traffic light failure. Please do approach with care.

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

West Yorkshire's weather: Chilly but bright to start

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold start to the day with a few patches of frost possible across rural parts. Any mist and fog patches will clear, and we will enjoy plenty of sunshine across West Yorkshire today. It'll become a little cloudier later, but it will remain dry with light northerly winds.

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Temperatures likely to reach about 17C (63F). 

Becoming cloudier overnight, although it'll remain largely dry across the region. Low cloud and hill fog is likely, and not as cold as last night, with lows of about 7C (45F). 

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 Tuesday 24 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.

In the meantime, why not get in touch with me today? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments.