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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 29 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.

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

Cycling fans heading to Otley this evening - enjoy - I'm hopeful the weather will brighten up for you.

Otley cycle
BBC

In the meantime, if you spot something happening in your local area which you think we should know about, you can always get in touch with us by email.

West Yorkshire's weather: Showers easing, with some dry spells possible

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A few heavy showers possible otherwise dry with clear spells. Minimum temperature overnight of about 9C (48F). Moderate southwest wind. 

Weather graph
BBC

As for tomorrow, a bright and dry morning with sunny spells. Turning cloudy later with a few scattered showers possible. Maximum temperature of about 18C (64F). Moderate southwest wind.

QPR sign Huddersfield centre-back for undisclosed fee

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Queens Park Rangers sign defender Joel Lynch from Championship rivals Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

Joel Lynch
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The 28-year-old centre-back, who made 40 appearances for the Terriers last season, has agreed a three-year deal with the R's.

"He offers us something a little bit different," QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said.

Latest headlines: Racial abuse victim is from West Yorkshire and special needs school head teacher quits after damning report

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good afternoon, the latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

  • Two war memorials in West Yorkshire are to receive protected status from Historic England

Listen: Otley prepares for another dazzling town centre cycling road race

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Otley will be besieged by cycling fans later as the annual town centre races take place for the 31st time. 

The town will be sealed off as competitors tackle a tough, one-point-four mile track, and this time it's the biggest-ever women's line-up. 

Otley is the opening event of the Men's British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Series and the penultimate round of the Women's British Road Series.

Ahead of the race I spoke to Town Mayor, councillor Ian Jackson:

British National Party leaflets accuse 'misguided' Jo Cox

The far-right British National Party (BNP) has posted leaflets to people living near the West Yorkshire town where Labour MP Jo Cox was killed, accusing her of taking "misguided action" by "helping Muslims", the Commons has heard.

Paula Sherriff
MP

Labour's Paula Sherriff said the "horrendous" leaflets, which had gone to her constituents in Dewsbury, said Mrs Cox was wrong to help people who may go on to join Islamic State, also known as Isis.

Home Office Minister Karen Bradley committed to meeting Ms Sherriff to discuss the "utterly unacceptable" leaflets and to look at what "specific action" can be taken against the BNP.

Yesterday people in my constituency received a leaflet from the BNP saying Jo Cox took misguided action by helping Muslims in the country who may now go on to join Isis, alongside some other horrendous allegations.

Paula SherriffLabour MP for Dewsbury and Mirfield

Two war memorials in West Yorkshire to receive protected status from Historic England

Two war memorials in West Yorkshire are to receive protected status from Historic England. 

Somme still
BBC

This Friday marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, when nearly 60,000 British soldiers died on the first day. 

Among the memorials being recognised today is one to the Bradford Pals in Princes Way, where a soldier and a sailor stand ready to attack. The second, to the Leeds Pals is also being "listed" - at Breary Banks in Healey near Batley.

Nicky Law joins Bradford City

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City have re-signed midfielder Nicky Law on a two-year deal. 

Nicky Law
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The 28-year-old, who previously had two spells on loan with the Bantams, will officially sign on 1 July after his contract with Rangers expires.

He spent three years with the Glasgow club, making 114 appearances, and helped them win promotion back to the top flight last season.

Green light for Leeds road safety plan

Yorkshire Evening Post

Council bosses will spend £600,000 on safety improvements for a Leeds road where dozens of people have been injured in accidents.

Pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes and on street parking will be installed on Dewsbury Road after plans were approved by Leeds City Council’s executive board.

20mph sign
Yorkshire Evening Post

Watch: Maternity payouts at Calderdale trust among the highest

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Failings in maternity care at two West Yorkshire hospitals have lead to more than £9m of compensation being paid out last year. 

Figures from Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary were by far the highest in Yorkshire and among top in the whole of the country. 

Anna Crossley's been speaking to one couple who lost their baby at just three days old:

Travel update: M62 entry slip road closed at Hartshead Moor Services

BBC Travel

The eastbound M62 entry slip road at Hartshead Moor Services is closed due to an accident involving a lorry.

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

Flashing police cape officer Stuart Moore spared jail

A police officer who exposed himself to a woman on her doorstep while reportedly wearing an old-fashioned police cape has been spared jail. 

Moore was convicted of indecent exposure and sexual assault
BBC

Stuart Moore, 53, was convicted of indecent exposure and a further charge of sexual assault after a trial.

He was given a three-year community order and put on the sex offender's register for five years.

The public put their trust in police officers and breaching it in this way, whether on or off duty, is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by West Yorkshire Police. This officer remains suspended from duty ahead of misconduct proceedings."

Det Ch Supt Julie SykesHead of West Yorkshire's Professional Standards Department

Jo Cox scheduled to ask question in parliament today

House of Commons

Parliament

International Development Secretary Justine Greening began business in the House of Commons by paying tribute to the former MP Jo Cox, who was killed two weeks ago.

Ms Greening noted that Ms Cox was on the order paper to ask a question during today's session.

The House of Commons is a "much, much poorer place that we won't hear from her today", she said. 

Justine Greening
BBC

Off-camera on the EU campaign trail in Yorkshire

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

When political managers and spin doctors are fighting one of the tightest elections in living memory they will often go to the point of absurdity to ensure television pictures tell the message they want.

Nigel Farage on UKIP bus
BBC

With the EU Referendum stubbornly stuck at neck-and-neck for weeks before we went to the polls, stand-offs between TV crews and party organisers demanding to "check the shot" before their politician steps off the battle bus became an everyday occurrence.

Even with that level of scrutiny it did not always go to plan when the politicians came to Yorkshire. Find out more about what happened in my latest blog.

Travel update: Train lines reopen between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds

BBC Travel

Listen: Castleford Tigers assistant coach Danny Orr ahead of Friday's trip to Salford

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Castleford Tigers assistant coach Danny Orr has told us that injury-plagued forward Frankie Mariano is still capable of earning himself a new deal. 

Mariano's out of contract at the end of the season with a knee injury restricting him to just one Super League appearance so far.

However he did feature for Batley on dual-registration last weekend, and could be in contention for the Tigers at Salford on Friday:

Bradford Council gives go-ahead to Ilkley Moor grouse shooting consultation

A public consultation on grouse shooting in parts of Bradford has been given the go-ahead, however a date is yet to be set. 

Grouse shooting
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Bradford Council held a meeting yesterday to discuss the renewal of the Ilkley Moor Management plan which currently allows the bloodsport to take place on land on the moors for up to eight days a year. 

There are objections to the shooting but a document given to councillors argues the sport brings jobs and food to the area.

Memorials to war dead listed to mark Somme centenary

More than a dozen war memorials have received greater protected status to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. 

British troops during the later stages of the Battle of the Somme
PA

Seven memorials have been given newly protected status and eight have had their protection upgraded, Historic England said.

The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and is considered to be one of the bloodiest in human history.

Nieve, 5

The owner of a dog who fled after it bit a five-year-old girl on the face, is described as "absolute scum" by her mother.

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West Yorkshire's weather: Thickening cloud and heavy rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain across much of West Yorkshire. Rain heavy at times, especially on the hills, but becoming brighter with just the odd shower by evening. Feeling cool. 

Weather graph
BBC

Temperature highs today of about 16C (61F).

This evening and overnight, any daytime rain will move out to the North Sea leaving a dry and mild night. Staying rather breezy in places with lows of 11C (52F).

Latest headlines: Racial abuse victim is from West Yorkshire and Calderdale maternity payouts among the highest

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Keighley teenager secures Rio Olympics place

Keighley Teenager Rebekah Tiler has been named as Team GB's sole women's weightlifter for the Rio Olympics, with Sonny Webster taking the only men's spot.

The 17-year-old has been selected ahead of Zoe Smith - who was injured at June's British Championships - and will compete at 69kg.

Rebekah Tiler
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"I am so excited and honoured to be representing Team GB in Rio this summer, it's a dream come true and something I've wanted ever since I got into the sport."

Rebekah Tiler

Watch: How do you take a 170-year-old tiger for a walk?

West Yorkshire MPs sign open letter calling for 'rejection of xenophobia, racism & politics of hate'

The Dewsbury MP, Paula Sherriff's written an open letter condemning all incidents of racism and xenophobia - with reports they've been on the rise since the EU referendum result.

So far, 16 West Yorkshire MPs have now signed the letter.

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US army veteran who was racially abused on Manchester tram is from West Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

It's emerged that a man who was racially abused on a tram in Manchester city centre is from West Yorkshire. 

US Army veteran Juan Jasso - who lives in Todmordon - was targeted by three youths as shocked commuters looked on during the incident.

The sport lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and rugby league coach has spoken of how he decided to confront the rowdy passengers for using bad language.

Juan Jasso
PA

Two men were arrested after the incident yesterday morning and have been bailed by police. A 16-year-old boy who was also held remains in custody for questioning after the incident was caught on camera.  

Mr Jasso said that Brexit "maybe has pushed people to somehow justify that they think it's okay now to act out in this way". 

Travel update: Overhead line problems between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds

BBC Travel

Service suspended on Virgin Trains East Coast between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds due to overhead line problems. Tickets being accepted on First Transpennine Express services.

Delays of up to 30 minutes on CrossCountry between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds due to overhead line problems. Tickets being accepted on Northern services.

Five-year-old girl left with serious facial injuries following dog attack

A five-year-old girl has been left with serious injuries and needing reconstructive surgery after being attacked by a dog in Hebden Bridge.

The girl was waiting in line at a food stall at the event in Calder Holmes Park at around 15:00 on Sunday when the dog, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, jumped up biting her face and leg. 

The dog was on a lead at the time and the two men who were with it apparently left the area without checking on the girls well being.

Maternity payouts at Calderdale trust among the highest

Payouts for maternity care failings at a Yorkshire health trust are among the highest in England, NHS figures show.

Infographic figures
BBC

In 2014/15 the NHS Litigation Authority paid out £325m in obstetric claims on behalf of 146 trusts nationally.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust payout was the highest at £10.9m, while Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust was fourth at £9.3m.

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

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this Wednesday 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.

Special needs school head teacher quits after damning report

The head teacher of a Leeds special needs school has quit after Ofsted inspectors said there was a "decline in standards" in a damning report. 

North West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre has nine sites across Leeds
Google

North West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre was rated inadequate following inspections on 9 and 10 May.

Ofsted had previously rated it as good in 2013.

West Yorkshire's weather: Pleasant start but rain later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Starting dry and bright, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain across much of the region by late morning. Rain heavy at times, especially on the hills, but becoming brighter with just the odd shower by evening. Feeling cool. 

Temperature highs today of about 16C (61F).

This evening and overnight, any daytime rain will move out to the North Sea leaving a dry and mild night. Staying rather breezy in places with lows of 11C (52F). 

Latest headlines: Maternity payouts at Calderdale trust among the highest and Leeds head teacher quits after damning report

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning, the latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include:

  • Figures obtained by the BBC show that failings in maternity care at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary cost more than £9m in compensation payouts last year
  • Leeds special needs school head teacher quits after damning report
  • Otley will be besieged by cycling fans later as the annual town centre races take place for the 31st time

Travel update: Delays on the eastbound M62 between J21 and J22

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic on the eastbound M62 between J21, A640 (Milnrow) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor).

This is because of an earlier broken down lorry. All lanes have now been re-opened but do expect delays.

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

Travel update: Heavy traffic in Bingley

BBC Travel

Very heavy traffic on the soutbound A650 Airevalley Road, in Bingley, between the Ferncliffe Road junction and Bankfield Roundabout.

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

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 Wednesday 29 June 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 Wednesday morning.