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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016

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By Oli Woodcock and Sue McGorrigan

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: our live coverage across the day

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished for the day.

One of our top stories was the news that Leeds Gender Identity Clinic has seen a huge increase in the number of children asking for help. 

Oliver Woodcock will be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county. See you then!

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 - Leeds art gallery has closed its doors for a year to carry out multi million pound repairs to its Victorian roof. It's part of major renovation works to the landmark building as the city bids for European capital ofculture 2023. 

Our reporter, Charlotte Leeming has exclusive behind the scenes access at the gallery.

Leeds Art Gallery

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Staying cloudy with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle overnight. Turning increasingly misty and murky too with widespread hill fog developing. It will stay quite breezy.  

Temperatures dropping to 10C (50F) overnight.  Sunset will be at 21:18 and sunrise tomorrow at 04:49.  

Weather chart

A little better tomorrow, but not much!  A dull, murky start to Thursday, with light rain or drizzle in places. Becoming mainly dry with cloud slowly lifting through the day, perhaps breaking with some brighter spells during the afternoon.  

Latest Headlines: a big rise in the number of youngsters with gender issues

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Travel update: Conjestion on the A58 in Hipperholme

BBC Travel

Problems on the A58 West Yorkshire. Very slow moving traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A58 Leeds Road in both directions in Hipperholme between the A6036 Bradford Road junction and the Syke Lane junction.  

Travel Update: problems on the M621 westbound

BBC Travel

The M621 exit slip road is partially blocked and there's slow traffic westbound at J5, Tunstall Road, because of an accident.  

Travel Update: Problems on the A64

BBC Travel

There are problems on the A64 in both directions this evening, following an accident involving a lorry.  The A64 is partially blocked at the Scholes Lane junction.  

West Yorkshire empty homes - numbers go up

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

West Yorkshire has more empty properties than anywhere outside of London according to a new report.  


In the rest of the UK, the number of unoccupied empty homes has gone down, whilst in Bradford the figure has gone up. That's according to figures from investment company Property Partners. 

If we include Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees Leeds and Wakefield, we've actually got the highest number of long-term empty properties. We've got over twelve thousand of them. We've worked out that if you take local property values into account, that's about 1.4 billion pounds worth of potential homes which could be occupied."

Charlie HumphreysProperty Partners

Travel warning: Check before you travel this Bank Holiday weekend

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Network Rail is warning passengers to check before catching a train this Bank Holiday weekend. 

Bank Holiday Travel
Network Rail

Engineers plan to carry out essential improvement work over the Spring bank holiday to help deliver their Railway Upgrade Plan.

To minimise inconvenience we do this major work at bank holidays when fewer people use the railway - so please check before you travel and plan you journey online at"

Network Rail

Watch: Congratulations to 20-year-old golfer, Rochelle Morris from Huddersfield

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Congratulations to 20-year-old Rochelle Morris from Huddersfield. 

She'll be playing for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup next month - it's the equivalent of the Ryder Cup for amateur female golfers.

Lecturers' pay strike - other staff 'could enter dispute'

University lecturers, including some here in Leeds, are due to start a two-day strike over pay, amid warnings other staff could join the dispute.

Strikers marching

The University and College Union says the 1.1% rise offered by the universities is "an insult".

But the Universities and Colleges Employers Association said the walkout was "disappointing given the very good pay offer".

Unions representing university support staff are balloting on the offer, with strike action possible in the autumn.

Travel update: Problems on the M1 in West Yorkshire

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the M1 in West Yorkshire.  Two lanes are blocked and there's a speed restriction of 50 mph on M1 southbound at J44, A639 (Leeds South), because of debris on the road.


Prunella Scales and Timothy West visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth

Keighley News

Famous acting couple Prunella Scales and Timothy West stepped onto dry land to visit Haworth for their latest TV series of Great Canal Journeys.

Prunella Scales and Timothy West
Keighley News

West Yorkshire police officer faces drugs theft trial

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A West Yorkshire Police inspector and his son are to go on trial accused of stealing drugs seized by the force with the intention of selling them.


Keith Boots, 54, and his son Ashley Boots, 29, both denied a total of 16 charges between them when they appeared at Leeds Crown Court by video link.

A third defendant, Ian Mitchell, 27, of HMP Leeds, denied conspiracy to perverting the course of justice.

In pictures: Exclusive look behind the scenes at Leeds Art Gallery

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Take a sneak peek at Leeds Art Gallery as its roof gets a major repair.

Exclusive look behind the scenes @LeedsArtGallery as major roof repairs take place, more @BBCLookNorth shortly
Exclusive look behind the scenes @LeedsArtGallery as major roof repairs take place, more @BBCLookNorth shortly
Exclusive look behind the scenes @LeedsArtGallery as major roof repairs take place, more @BBCLookNorth shortly

Exclusive look behind the scenes @LeedsArtGallery as major roof repairs take place, more @BBCLookNorth shortly

Leeds Festival warm up show announced

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The Leeds Festival has announced that Biffy Clyro will do an exclusive acoustic show on 1 June at Headrow House in Leeds. 

Leeds Festival

Tickets are only available to Reading & Leeds ticket holders and people can win via a ballot. 

Photography of friendship lands national award for Bradford primary school

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

A photograph of two Bradford children playing together has helped a local primary school win a national contest. Feversham Primary School won their prize in The National School Photography Awards.

Feversham Primary School
Telegraph & Argus

Here is the winning photo - "Friendship" by pupils at Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford.

Telegraph & Argus

Travel update: Accident closes Garth Road in Leeds

BBC Travel

Garth Road in Meanwood in Leeds is closed in both directions between the Stonegate Road junction and the Carr Manor Avenue junction, because of an accident.  

Watch: Leeds university lecturers begin 48-hour strike in pay row

Charlotte Leeming

Presenter, BBC Look North

University staff across Yorkshire are taking part in two days of strike action over pay.

The walkout has been called by the University and College Union, which has rejected a pay offer of 1.1%.

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Latest Travel: Accident closes road in Leeds

BBC Travel

Foundry Lane in Leeds is closed in both directions between the Amberton Road junction and the Wykebeck Valley Road junction, because of a serious accident.   

Marks and Spencer profits up

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Marks and Spencer, the store which started life on Leeds Market has announced its full year profits.

M&S sign

M&S has reported a four percent increase in underlying profit to almost 700 million pounds. But the firm warned that cutting prices, and difficult trading conditions, could affect profit in the short-term.

Retired Huddersfield DJ is a self-confessed Bob Dylan 'obsessive'

Huddersfield Examiner

He’s a super fan who describes himself as a Bob Dylan ‘obsessive.’

Former Huddersfield club DJ Steve Lockwood, 65, retired six years ago and immersed himself in the life and work of the legendary American singer-songwriter, who is 75 today.  

Dylan posters
Huddersfield Examiner

West Yorkshire's weather: Light patchy rain this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Not as nice as yesterday. A cloudy afternoon across West Yorkshire with some light and patchy rain. Some places might see heavy downpours later on.

Weather Map

Feeling cooler than at the start of the week with light to moderate northerly winds.  Highs of 11C (52F). 

Tonight we'll continue to see some patchy rain across Yorkshire overnight, with eastern parts becoming drier. 

There is a risk of hill and coastal fog. A cloudy night with lows of 9C (48F). 

Bradford City: Outgoing chairman Mark Lawn says selling club was hard

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Outgoing Bradford City Chairman Mark Lawn says selling the club was like "losing your soul".

Mark Lawn
Getty Images

Lawn and co-chair Julian Rhodes sold the club to German businessmen Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp on Sunday.

The duo have seen Bradford promoted to League One and reach this season's play-offs since taking over in 2007.

I am quite willing to turn around and help them in any way that I can because I am still a Bradford fan. The Bradford Fire galvanised this town and our city. Unless you understand and went through that, and I did, you don't understand why the fans and the football club are so close."

Mark LawnChairman, Bradford City

Latest headlines: Man dies in Wakefield crash and seven-year-olds referred for gender identity support in West Yorkshire

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The top news stories for Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this lunchtime 

  • Police appeal for witnesses after a man died when a car crashed into a tree in Wakefield
  • And University lecturers march through Leeds on the first of two days of strike action

Latest Travel: Train delays between York and Edinburgh

BBC Travel

If you're travelling to Edinburgh via York, there are delays of up to one hour on Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh Waverley and York.  

Virgin Train
Getty Images

There are cancellations due to a person on the track between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Newcastle.    

Leeds university lecturers begin 48-hour strike in pay row

University staff in Leeds are joining a two day national pay strike. 

Leeds university building

The walkout's been called by the University and College Union, which has rejected a pay offer of 1.1%. 

A march and rally is taking place in Leeds city centre at lunchtime.

University employers say the action is disappointing.

Plan for 1,000 houses at former Thorp Arch munitions site

Plans to create a "village" of up to 1,000 new houses on the site of a former West Yorkshire munitions factory have gone on show.

development plan
St Conger Land

The Rudgate Village development is planned for Thorp Arch trading estate, near Boston Spa, featuring houses, a school and care home.

Tony Blackburn, of developers St Congar Land, said the scheme had been made "significantly smaller" after feedback.

Man dies after car crashes into a tree in Wakefield

Yorkshire Evening Post

A 24-year-old man has died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a tree in Wakefield last night.

The incident saw a black Skoda Fabia travelling on Flanshaw Way towards Flanshaw Lane collide with the tree just before 21:50.

Police car
Yorkshire Evening Post

Travel update: Heavy traffic around the Cooper Bridge Roundabout, Brighouse

BBC Travel

Traffic is much heaver than usual on the eastbound A644 Wakefield Road between Brighouse and the Cooper Bridge Roundabout. Do expect delays.

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

Batley School closed due to thieves

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hanging Heaton junior & Infant school in Batley is fully closed all day today. 

Hanging Heaton School

Kirklees Council say it's because a large number of stone slates were stolen from the main building overnight.

Watch: Child gender identity referrals on the rise in Yorkshire

The number of children and young people in Yorkshire and the Humber who are being referred to a gender identity clinic has risen from eight to 133. 

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) said the rise in referrals for under-18s was partly due to greater awareness and acceptance.

It comes after figures showed referrals to the service rose nationally.


GIDS is the NHS's dedicated gender identity development service for children and has clinics in Leeds and London. No physical changes can be made until the young person reaches puberty, it said.

Inquest into death of Polish national opens in Bradford

Huddersfield Examiner

An inquest into the death of 37 year-old Marcin Siarczynski has been opened and adjourned in Bradford.

His body was discovered in a wooded area near to Low Mill Lane and close to the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal at Ravensthorpe, this March.  

Marcin Siarczynski
Huddersfield Examiner

Ben Roberts: Injured Tigers player to miss rest of season

BBC Sport

Castleford Tigers utility player Ben Roberts will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. 

Ben Roberts

Roberts, 30, injured his foot playing St Helens in March, but made his return in Saturday's Magic Weekend game against Warrington.

However,he was forced to leave the field just before half-time.

He's ruptured the tendons that attach some of the bones in his foot together."

Daryl PowellCastleford Tigers Coach

Keighley driver doing 130mph described as 'moronic'

Keighley News

A “moronic” driver from Keighley was caught speeding at 130mph on the Bingley bypass – believed to be the highest speed recorded on the road, according to police.

Sergeant Cameron Buchan, who is leading a crackdown on dangerous drivers in the Bradford district, described the speed reached as “unacceptable and unjustifiable”.

police car
Keighley News

Find out more about the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in Bradford today

The people who run West Yorkshire's ambulance service are inviting you to take a peek today. You'll find them in Centenary Square. 

View more on twitter

Bradford City: Will manager be staying?

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City's new owners issued a statement last night saying they will not make big changes and have had positive discussions with manager Phil Parkinson about the future.

Bradford City Manager Phil Parkinson
Getty Images
Phil Parkinson

On handing over the reins to the new Germany based partnership of Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic, outgoing joint chairman Mark Lawn has recommended Parkinson as a determined football manager who knows his own mind.    

Who can tell but I'm not saying you've got a special one there because that is used out of context but you've certainly got a manager that will listen to you. He'd go his own way but he'd listen to you and explain why he was going to go his own way and be part of a discussion.'

Mark LawnFormer Bradford City Football Chairman

Child gender identity referrals on the rise in Yorkshire

The number of children and young people in Yorkshire and the Humber area who are being referred to a gender identity clinic has risen from eight to 133.

Olivia's parents changed her name by deed poll when she was aged six
Family Handout

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) said the rise in referrals for under-18s was partly due to greater awareness and acceptance.

It comes as figures show referrals to the service rose nationally.

How are the buses running in West Yorkshire?

BBC Travel

Find out how your bus service is running in West Yorkshire. 

Did you know you can find out how your bus service is doing

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

BBC Travel

Good news if you're travelling by train today. There is no reported disruption to West Yorkshire train services.