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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 21 June 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.  

You can take a look back at today's news here - including the BBC interview with Brendan Cox, the husband of the late Jo Cox MP.

Brendan Cox
BBC

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

In Pictures: Golden Acre Park in Leeds

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Special thanks to David Hudson who sent in this fantastic picture of the late afternoon sun over Golden Acre Park in Leeds.

Golden Acre Park
David Hudson

We love to see your pictures from across West Yorkshire and each day we showcase some of your photos on our BBC Local Live page.  

Why not send us your pictures? I'm looking forward to seeing the county from your perspective.

Jo Cox 'was killed because of her political views', says her widower

Brendan Cox, the widower of Jo Cox the MP shot and stabbed to death last week, has said he believes his wife was killed because of her political views.

Jo Cox
Brendan

"She was a politician and she had very strong political views and I believe she was killed because of those views. I think she died because of them and she would want to stand up for those in death as much as she did in life."

In a pooled interview with the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, Mr Cox also said his wife was concerned about the tone of the referendum debate.

"She definitely... worried about the tone of the debate... Not that it's not a legitimate debate to have and that there aren't completely legitimate views on both sides of the debate. 

"She completely respected that people could disagree for very good reason. But more about the tone of whipping up fears and whipping up hatred potentially."

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with broken cloud

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening and overnight will be dry with broken cloud. 

Minimum temperature of about 12C (54F). Light southwest wind.

BBC weather graph
BBC

A rather cloudy start to Wednesday with a risk of a little patchy rain for a time - but many places staying dry, with some bright or sunny intervals developing. Maximum temperature of about 20C (68F). Light southwest wind.

Listen: Father of jailed Euro 2016 Huddersfield man says his son is innocent

A man jailed in France for allegedly throwing a bottle at police is totally innocent, his father says.

Chris Booth says he and his son Alex from Holmfirth were preparing to watch the England v Russia game in a fanzone in Marseille when the arrest happened. 

Alex, who turned 20 the day after the arrest, has been jailed for two months. His father says they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time:

Brendan Cox: "She had very strong political views and I believe she was killed because of those views"
Brendan Cox, the widower of MP Jo Cox, said he believed his wife was killed because of her political views.

Bradford City hooligan gang jailed for total of 15 years

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Bradford's notorious Ointment gang of football hooligans has been branded “a rag-bag of thugs” by a judge who has now sentenced five former members to a total of almost 17 years imprisonment.

Recorder Duncan Smith said the group’s objective was to “mete out violence unlawfully and indiscriminately” under the pretence of supporting Bradford City Football Club.

Gang
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Jo Cox fund: Councillor suspended over offensive post

A Conservative councillor has been suspended over an offensive Facebook post he wrote mocking fundraising in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox fund page
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Above a link to an article about the fund reaching more than £1m, Dominic Peacock wrote "I've just donated", before making an offensive comment.

The East Riding of Yorkshire councillor later deleted it and said: "I shouldn't have put it on in the first place".

Bradford 'perfect fit' for boss McCall

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Stuart McCall says Bradford are a "perfect fit" for him as he starts his second spell as manager of the League One club.

Stuart McCall
Getty Images

McCall first took charge following the Bantams' relegation to League Two in May 2007, but quit in February 2010 with his side 16th in the table.

The 52-year-old has since managed Rangers and Motherwell, and left his role as Scotland coach to rejoin City.

Charities welcome donations to Jo Cox fund

As the total raised by the Jo Cox memorial fund soars, the charities set to benefit have welcomed the public's generosity.  

HOPE not hate seeks to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities.

The strength of support given to the fund highlights how Jo's achievements, goals and ideals resonated with so many, and we will do all that we can to help build her legacy through our work."

Jemma LeveneDeputy Director, HOPE not hate

Road closures and parking for the Jo Cox MP memorial in Huddersfield

Memorial service for Jo Cox MP in Huddersfield

A special service to remember Jo Cox is being held in Huddersfield tonight.

Jo Cox
BBC

It's taking place at Huddersfield Parish Church where a sculpture made of lights to shine in the dark is being made by the congregation. 

It follows a day of emotional tributes in Westminster yesterday led by the Speaker of the House John Bercow with Jeremy Corbyn the first to speak.

Traffic and travel update: Very slow traffic in Roundhay, Leeds

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the westbound A6120 Ring Road (Seacroft) in Roundhay between the A58 Wetherby Road junction and the Roundhay Park Lane junction.

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

Listen: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary A&E plan consultation ends

Health chiefs in part of West Yorkshire are insisting that big changes to NHS services will benefit patients. 

The public consultation on the measures which could see accident and emergency services being transferred from Huddersfield to Halifax ends at midnight.

Campaigners opposing the move are already considering a legal challenge over the way it's been conducted. 

Doctor Steve Ollerton from the Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group believes the changes are for the best:

Talking statues 'talk' to phone users

A series of statues in Leeds city centre have been "given a voice" to help to tell the city's story.

The Talking Statues project brings the city's history to life when smartphone users scan a code to receive a call.

Bradford's Hindu Cultural Society remember Jo Cox MP

Bradford's Hindu Cultural Society observed one minute silence in the memory of Jo Cox MP.

Bradford's Hindu Cultural Society
HCSB

The chairman of the Hindu Cultural Society Kamal Sharma highlighted her contribution as a Member of Parliament and her work for her constituents and the wider community.

Special prayers were offered at Sunday service for Mrs Cox and the society conveyed their grief to the Cox family for the loss of a "brilliant person, politician and dedicated servant of the community".

Rishworth singer to support music legend Burt Bacharach on tour

Halifax Courier

Rapidly rising virtuoso singer-songwriter and musician AJ Brown has been invited to support music legend Burt Bacharach as part of his UK tour.

AJ, who hails from Rishworth will support the six-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award winner on four dates at the end of June and into July.

AJ Brown
Halifax Courier

Corbyn: We campaign in Jo Cox's memory for a decent and just society

In a speech in Manchester Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recalls yesterday's parliamentary tributes to Labour MP Jo Cox saying it was a "very, very sad day".

Roses
BBC

"It was an attack on our democracy," he adds.

"In her memory.. We campaign as never before for that decent, just society that respects all", he adds.

Listen: Huddersfield Royal Infirmary A&E plan consultation ends

A public consultation into the controversial reorganisation of hospital services in Halifax and Huddersfield ends today.

Campaigners have warned that the changes could cost lives - but Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust says it will actually improve care. 

Christina George, from the Hands Off Our HRI campaign, says they're already consulting lawyers:

Latest headlines: Jo Cox MP memorial fund breaks £1.1m mark

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines across Leeds and West Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

Famous actors have given a voice to a series of 'talking statues' in Leeds
A series of statues in Leeds city centre have been "given a voice" to help to tell the city's story.

West Yorkshire's weather: A fine and bright afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine and bright afternoon with good spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud.

Weather graph
BBC

Feeling warm with temperature highs of about 21C (70F).

A dry and mild night to come with cloud building into the early hours. Light, variable winds and temperature lows of about 14C (57F).

Listen: Huddersfield Town new signing couldn't resist joining the 'Wagner revolution'

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town have signed attacking midfielder Jack Payne from Southend United.

The shrimpers academy graduate Payne, 21, scored 17 goals in 88 games for the club, having made his professional debut in August 2013.

Here he speaks to BBC Radio Leeds about the signing.

Former Kirklees College to be torn down to make way for supermarket

Huddersfield Examiner

The 1970s Kirklees College buildings will be torn down to make way for German supermarket Lidl.

The discount retailer got its plan to build a new store on the Trinity Street side of the college’s former premises approved at a second attempt.

Kirklees College
Huddersfield Examiner

Charities welcome donations to Jo Cox fund

As the total raised by the Jo Cox memorial fund soars, the charities set to benefit have welcomed the public's generosity.

The White Helmets are volunteer search and rescue workers from local communities in Syria who risk their lives to save others.

We want to send deep gratitude to all who donated, we are very humbled by your generosity and care. With every donation you made you ensured that the world hasn't forgotten about the Syrian civilians Jo fought for and that her message carries on."

Raed al SalehHead of The White Helmets

Leeds play gives forgotten 'canaries' a voice

A century on from an explosion at a munitions factory, a new play tells the story of the UK's single largest loss of female life in World War One.

Colette O'Rourke and Jade Ogugua in Barnbow Canaries
Anthony Robling

In 1916, an explosion in a Leeds munitions factory caused what is claimed to be the UK's single largest loss of female life in World War One, yet wartime conditions meant the deaths of 35 women were barely reported.

A century on and the story of the devastation and consequences of the blast at Barnbow munitions factory is being revealed in a new play at the city's West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The thing I'm interested in with these women is that sense of what happened - it was an absolute tragedy but a tragedy is not a drama. I realised that the story was bigger than the disaster."

Alice NutterPlaywright

Leeds talking statues voiced by Gemma Whelan and Vic Reeves

Game of Thrones actor Gemma Whelan and comedian Vic Reeves are among a list of stars to give a voice to Leeds statues.

Talking statues
BBC

The Talking Statues project brings the city's history to life when smartphone users scan a code to receive a call.

Ms Whelan is the voice of Drury Dame, an elegant lamp bearer who tells how her appearance caused a public outcry, while Mr Reeves is the Black Prince in City Square.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves' emotional tribute to Jo Cox leads today's Metro

On air: Bradford City press conference

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Listen live to BBC Radio Leeds, from 11.30, as Bradford City unveil Stuart McCall as their new manager.

Stuart McCall
Getty Images

Latest headlines: Jo Cox MP memorial fund breaks £1m mark

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines across Leeds and West Yorkshire so this morning:

  • Over 27,000 sign online petition calling for Bernard Kenny who tried to save Jo Cox to be awarded the George Cross
  • A Public consultation into re-organisation of hospital services in Halifax and Huddersfield ends

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary A&E plan consultation ends

Plans to demolish Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and replace it with a new facility with no A&E have entered a final day of public consultation.

The consultation began in March and is to finish at midnight on 21 June
BBC

report in January revealed proposed changes that NHS bosses have said could save £31m.

The 14-week consultation began in March and is to finish at midnight.

Charities welcome donations to Jo Cox fund

As the total raised by the Jo Cox memorial fund passes £1m, the charities set to benefit have welcomed the public's generosity.

The Royal Voluntary Service help older people maintain their independence and stay involved in the local community here in West Yorkshire.

Jo was passionate about raising awareness of loneliness and the importance of supporting vulnerable older people in the community and we are pleased that her legacy will continue via this fund."

David McCulloghchief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service

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

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this Tuesday 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 are running to time.

Jo Cox's husband welcomes memorial fund milestone

Mystery men in van collected motorbike minutes after crash

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

The daughter of two pensioners whose car was hit by a motorbike has spoken of her parents’ shock after the bike was swiftly collected by two men in a van after the accident.

Michael and Beverley Duffy’s vehicle was smashed into by a speeding bike, which was picked up minutes later.

Car crash
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Latest headlines: Jo Cox MP memorial fund breaks £1m mark

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning. The latest headlines across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

  • Calls for pensioner Bernard Kenny who tried to save MP Jo Cox to be awarded the George's Cross
  • A Public consultation into re-organisation of hospital services in Halifax and Huddersfield ends

Jo Cox MP memorial fund breaks the £1m mark

The fund set up by friends and family of Jo Cox to raise money for some of the causes she supported has now surpassed £1m in donations.

Jo Cox capture
GOFUNDME

The charities include the Royal Voluntary Service which helps those facing loneliness in Mrs Cox's constituency of Batley and Spen here in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire's weather: Warm with sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine and bright start to the day with good spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. A dry day to come with the sun warming things up quickly first thing.

Feeling pleasant with temperature highs of about 21C (70F).

A dry and mild night to come with cloud building into the early hours. Light, variable winds and temperature lows of about 14C (57F)

Traffic and travel update: One lane blocked on the M1 entry slip road at J40, A638 (Ossett)

BBC Travel

One lane closed on the southbound M1 entry slip road at J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. Do approach with care as traffic is starting to build.

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

Travel update: The A636 Denby Dale Road in Wakefield is much busier than usual

BBC Travel

The inbound A636 Denby Dale Road in Wakefield is much busier than usual but moving at the Charlesworth Way junction.

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