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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 26 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.

Special thanks to Lindsey Wilson who's sent in this picture of cygnets at Pugneys lake near Wakefield.

Swan at Pugneys
Lindsey Wilson

Nick and the team will be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

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 - the Environment Agency is proposing £10m in works to reduce the flood risk from the Calder and its tributaries.

About 370 properties were flooded on 26 December as heavy rain affected the Calder Valley.

Construction work on the scheme is expected to begin by the end of 2016.

Our reporter Spencer Stokes is in Mytholmroyd with the latest:

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Watch: Legal high seizures in Leeds

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Police in West Yorkshire are warning suppliers and sellers of what are known as legal highs to dispose of any remaining stock. 

A ban on the psychoactive substances came into effect today, which means offenders could face up to seven years in prison - if they continue to sell them.

The chemicals, sold under names such as spice and pink panther, are designed to give users the same effect as drugs like cannabis and cocaine.

Latest headlines: Urgent appeal launched to trace missing 14-year-old Leeds girl and NHS in Yorkshire spends millions on private ambulances

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this evening include:

EU Referendum debate: West Yorkshire decides

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

On the evening of Wednesday 15 June BBC Radio Leeds will be holding a special EU referendum debate at Bradford College - and we’d like you to be part of the audience. 

Inforgraphic
BBC

The live debate will be hosted by Andrew Edwards and will take place at Bradford College between 18:00-20:00. It will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds and filmed for Made in Leeds TV and social media.

Fancy taking part? Click here to fill in an application form.

Travel update: Very slow and queuing traffic on the Westbond M62, at J25

BBC Travel

Very slow and queuing traffic on the westbound exit slip road on the M62 at J25, A644 (Brighouse). 

Congestion backing upto Hartshead Moor Services.

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

Listen: Leeds man breaks world record

BBC Radio Leeds

With eight minutes to spare,a man from Leeds has broken the world record by travelling through 12 EU countries in under 24 hours. 

Adam Leyton used public transport to complete the challenge and raise money for charity.

He's been speaking to Gayle Lofthouse on BBC Radio Leeds.

'Put up or shut up!' Angry Kirklees Council leader-elect Shabir Pandor vows to fight on

Huddersfield Examiner

Kirklees Council leader elect Shabir Pandor vowed to fight on after being sensationally snubbed in a council chamber vote.

Labour chief Clr Pandor was expected to be voted into the top job at Kirklees Council but his own actions in ousting previous leader David Sheard came back to bite him.

Kirklees Labour member,Clr Shabir Pandor
Huddersfield Examiner

Watch: Leeds boxer Nicola Adams continues her bid to become a world champion

Tanya Arnold

BBC Sport

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams will this afternoon continue her bid to become a world champion. 

She's fighting in the semi-finals in Kazakhstan. If she wins she'll go through to tomorrow's final, guaranteeing herself at least a silver medal. 

Adams has won gold at every major tournament except the world championships.

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Urgent appeal launched to trace missing 14-year-old Leeds girl

Police in Leeds are urgently appealing for information to trace a missing 14-year-old girl. 

Charis Scott
WYP

Charis Scott was last seen at her home address in Harehills at about 1745 on Tuesday 24 May.

Charis is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, slim build, with shoulder-length dark hair. She was last seen wearing black trousers, black trainers and a black coat.

We are very concerned for Charis's welfare, given her age, and we urgently need to hear from anyone who has seen her or who knows her current whereabouts."

Marc BowesDetective Inspector, Leeds District Safeguarding Unit

Vote Leave tell ex-BNP official Mark Collett to stop using their material

Vote Leave have distanced themselves from a former top BNP official who has been using their EU referendum campaign material. 

Mark Collett
Mark Collett

Mark Collett and his girlfriend Eva Van Housen - who has a swastika tattoo - have been handing out Vote Leave leaflets and badges from an official-looking stall in Leeds city centre.

Mr Collett was chair of the BNP Youth Wing before the party expelled him.

Travel update: Slow traffic on westbound M62 entry slip road from M621

BBC Travel

The westbound M62 entry slip road from the M621 is partially blocked and there is slow traffic at J27, M621 (Gildersome) because of an accident. 

Congestion is now backing up to J28, A650 (Tingley).

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

Online degree units to cut tuition fees

A UK online university network is claiming a "breakthrough moment" with a project which will allow students to cut the cost of a Russell Group degree by studying part of it online.

Student
FutureLearn

A Futurelearn online course will provide credits towards a University of Leeds undergraduate degree.

It will mean reducing the time and cost of tuition fees for a full degree.

Futurelearn chairman Peter Horrocks says this will provide the flexibility needed by many students.

Watch: Grand lift auto? Strongman walks off with car

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Some of the strongest men in the world are heading back to Leeds.

The first direct arena will play host to the Europe’s Strongest Man and the World Deadlift Championships this summer. 

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HS2 rail link 'over-priced' say transport experts

HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives, a group of transport experts has warned. The planned route which will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, has a £50bn price tag. 

High speed train
BBC

The academics support high-speed rail overall, but say HS2 is five times more expensive than its French equivalent.

They argue that the benefits of HS2 can be achieved much more cheaply, with lower CO2 emissions, and they want their analysis examined by government.

New 20mph speed limit ready to roll in Hebden Bridge

Halifax Courier

A new 20mph speed limit will be in force in Hebden Bridge as part of the Love our Streets campaign from tomorrow.

Love our Streets aims to help make our streets safe for everyone who lives and travels in Calderdale. 

Campaigner
Halifax Courier

Latest headlines: NHS in Yorkshire spends millions on private ambulances and ban on legal highs comes into force

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this lunchtime include:

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloud clearing throughout the afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will remain a little misty and murky but clearing throughout the afternoon with a few bright spells possible later.

Weather
BBC

Light winds and highs of about 15C (59F). 

This evening will be largely dry overnight, with the return of some mist and fog on high ground. Temperature lows of about 9C (48F).

Legal high seizures made in West Yorkshire

Phil Bodmer

Journalist, BBC Look North

Shops in Bradford and Leeds that used to sell so-called legal highs can expect a visit from the police later - because as of midnight the the substances became illegal. 

Following the ban, officers will be going to the shops to talk to their owners about the change in the law.

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Net migration to UK rises to 333,000 - second highest on record

Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Inforgraphic
BBC

The net figure is the number of people moving to the UK for at least a year, less the number leaving the UK.

The ONS figures estimate that net migration for EU citizens was 184,000.

Watch: Behind the scenes of Kirkgate Market refurbishment

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Shhh, don't tell anyone but we've but we've been for a look around the new part of Kirkgate Market.

Leeds City Council has committed £12.3m to the redevelopment project which will concentrate on cementing the long term future of the historic market.

Holmfirth climber scales Everest for the second time

Huddersfield Examiner

Holmfirth action man Chris Harling is feeling on top of the world after scaling Mount Everest for the second time.

The 42-year-old led a team of six, which included a second Holmfirth climber Andy Taylor, up the tough North Ridge of the world’s highest peak, in a week when five people died on the mountain.

Climbers on Mount Everest
Huddersfield Examiner

Mytholmroyd flood defence action plan published

Raising flood walls and widening part of the River Calder are part of plans to improve flood defences in Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire.

Mytholmroyd suffered severe flooding in December's floods
Getty Images

The Environment Agency (EA) is proposing £10m in works to reduce the flood risk from the Calder and its tributaries.

About 370 properties were flooded on 26 December as heavy rain affected the Calder Valley.

Watch: How does Dortmund, Leeds' twin city, match up to Leeds?

BBC Radio Leeds

With four weeks to go until the EU Referendum, our reporter Larry Budd has been in Leeds' twin city in Germany to gauge opinion there. But how does Dortmund match up to Leeds? And how do the top brass there think we should vote?

Ban on legal highs comes into force

Shops in West Yorkshire that used to sell so-called legal highs can expect a visit from the police later - because the substances are now illegal as of midnight.

Legal highs
BBC

Following the ban, officers will be going to the shops to talk to their owners about the change in the law. 

Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson is from West Yorkshire Police and he says the ban's effects will be felt behind bars as well as on the streets.

Those people are in there (prison) to be rehabilitated not hooked on a different substance. We know nothing about these highs, they're not safe and cause real issues. It's not safe."

Warren StevensonDetective Chief Inspector, West Yorkshire Police

Owain's outlook: Low pressure = rain for many

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Low pressure is sitting across much of the county today, so do remember your brolly!

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Listen: New FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath on joining the Shaymen

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

New FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath says he may bring a couple of his North Ferriby players to The Shay this summer. 

The former North Ferriby United head coach has joined FC Halifax Town on a two-year contract.

Heath says a number of the existing Halifax players have been offered new deals, but he's keen to add to the squad and may turn to a couple of familiar faces.

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

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this Thursday morning?

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 trains.

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

Super League: Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves preview

BBC Sport

Warrington Wolves have four players returning from injuries as they search for a first win in three games tomorrow.

Chris Sandow has scored eight Super League tries for Warrington Wolves this season
SWPIX.COM

Rob Burrow and Brett Delaney are back in Leeds' squad after missing the 40-8 defeat by Wigan on Magic Weekend.

Australian forward Mitch Garbutt will play, while Liam Sutcliffe is available after serving a suspension.

Ilkley greengrocer told to move plants from outside his shop or have them confiscated

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Hundreds of shoppers are backing a long-established Ilkley greengrocer who could be forced out of business in a Bradford Council crackdown over plants for sale outside the shop.

RK Asquith & Son, which has been in business on Grove Promenade for 30 years, received a letter telling it to remove the trays of flowers and bedding plants it regularly displays on a paved area, or risk having them confiscated.

RK Asquith & Son
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Travel update: Traffic light failure on Cemetery Road, Leeds

BBC Travel

A traffic light failure on Cemetery Road,Leeds, at the Beeston Road junction is causing issues for drivers. The lights have been out from about 0700 this morning. Do approach with care.

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

Legal highs ban comes into force across the UK

Shops in Bradford and Leeds that used to sell so-called legal highs can expect a visit from the police later - because the substances are now illegal as of midnight.

Legal highs
BBC

Laws criminalising the production, distribution, sale and supply of what are otherwise known as new psychoactive substances began at midnight.

The chemicals, sold under names such as spice and black mamba, are designed to give users the same effect as drugs such as cannabis and cocaine.

Latest headlines: NHS in Yorkshire spends millions on private ambulances and Calderdale flood defence action plan published

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning. The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include: 

NHS in Yorkshire spends millions on private ambulances

Research by the BBC has revealed a dramatic rise in the use of private ambulances to deal with emergencies in Yorkshire. 

A freedom of information request has revealed that Yorkshire Ambulance Service spent just over £7m last year - which is nearly 50 times what it did five years ago. 

The trust says it still uses its own staff and vehicles for the overwhelming majority of emergencies and that robust safeguards are in place to ensure the quality of private ambulance providers.

Inforgraphic
BBC

I'll bring your more on this story throughout the day.

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with some brightness

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy start to the day across West Yorkshire, with a few spots of drizzle and maybe the odd shower first thing. It will remain quite misty and murky on high ground for a time, but clearing throughout the morning with a few bright spells possible later.

Light winds and highs of about 15C (59F). 

This evening will be largely dry overnight, with the return of some mist and fog on high ground. Temperature lows of about 9C (48F).

Travel update: Heavy slow moving traffic on A1 (southbound) Pontefract

BBC Travel

Traffic is heavy and moving much slower than usual on the southbound A1, in Pontefract, between the A1(M) J40 junction and Wentbridge North.

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

Travel update: Slow moving traffic on the eastbound M62

BBC Travel

It's a difficult morning on the eastbound M62 around J25 A644 (Brighouse) and J24 A629 (Ainley Top) Traffic is moving very slow following a previous incident coupled with spray on the motorway.

We have the latest traffic and travel updates on BBC Radio Leeds throughout the morning.

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 26 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.

Why not get in touch with us today? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments on this rather soggy Thursday morning - where we could see temperatures of about 14C (57F) and the rain should clear.

Weather graph
BBC

And remember, if you need to catch up with yesterday's news before you get stuck into today's, you can find a full round-up here.