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Summary

  1. Cycle superhighway linking Leeds and Bradford opens
  2. Huddersfield Town pay record fee for Munich defender
  3. Dewsbury MP reports growth in racist abuse since referendum
  4. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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By Oli Woodcock

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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.

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

Feel free to take a look back at today's news from across West Yorkshire - as West Yorkshire Police reveal the name of their latest four-legged recruit - and no, it's not Horsey McHorseface.

Stanley the horse
WYP

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west. Minimum temperature of about 11C (52F). Freshening southwest wind.

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BBC

A dry and bright start to Friday with sunny spells. Skies turning partly cloudy with a risk of scattered showers especially later, some of which could be heavy. Maximum temperature of about 17C (63F).   

Police urged to protect minority communities from rise in racial abuse

Racial justice campaign group Just West Yorkshire has written to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson to express its "deep concern" over an increase in racist incidents since the EU referendum. 

"We have urged him to take concrete action to protect the safety of minority communities in the region," a spokesperson said.

"It is clear that since the referendum some people think they have a free licence to abuse without consequences."

Ratna Lachman
BBC

The letter from Just West Yorkshire director Ratna Lachman (pictured) comes as new figures show the number of hate crime incidents reported to a national police portal since the EU referendum has been five times the typical weekly level.

From last Thursday to Wednesday this week 331 incidents were reported to the True Vision online site - equivalent to 47 every day. 

Work starts on huge Huddersfield school expansion

Huddersfield Examiner

Work has finally started on a huge “new” Huddersfield school.

And staff at All Saints Catholic College could not be more delighted.

All Saints school
Huddersfield Examiner

Police name their latest four-legged recruit... and it's not Horsey McHorseface

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

West Yorkshire's new police horse has been named Stanley after more than 1,100 people entered a competition to name him.

Stanley
WYP

The four-year-old gelding joined West Yorkshire Police's Mounted Section in May, joining the likes of Ledston, Ilkley and Breeze at the stables in Carr Gate.

Five names were selected for the final poll, with Stanley winning by more than 200 votes.

The name was put forward by a number of people, including Rebecca Milton, from Lepton, who was selected to meet the new recruit.

She chose it due to being a “proper” Yorkshire name, but coincidentally it also refers to a village in Wakefield.

I was thrilled that so many members of the public got involved with the competition to name our new horse. There were some fantastic suggestions and I know it was hard to whittle it down to five from all those submitted. Any of the five West Yorkshire themed names would have been suitable for him."

Ch Insp Chris BowenProtective Services Operations, WYP

Calls to re-use 'original Northern Powerhouse' mills in West Yorkshire

Owners and developers are being encouraged to do more to regenerate the 1,365 mills in the West Yorkshire region currently lying empty.

Old Lane Mill in Halifax
Historic England

Historic England said the mills were "a great resource for the future".

It said where conversions had taken place they had made a positive contribution to the local economy.

In pictures: Bradford to Leeds £29m cycle superhighway opens

A stretch of a new £29m cycle route linking Bradford and Leeds has opened.

A nine-mile (14km) cycle superhighway runs between the two cities, with the full route out to east Leeds expected to open later in the year.

Cycle route
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Cycle route
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Cycle route
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Cycle route
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Cycle route
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Wetherby man jailed over drug cutting agent business

A man who used his online chemical supply businesses to sell large quantities of cutting agents to drug dealers has been jailed for 18 years.

Gregory King
NCA

Gregory King, 26, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, bought 1.2 tonnes of the pharmaceutical drug benzocaine between 2013 and 2014 to then sell on.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the drug is popular in bulking cocaine to increase quantity and profit.

Watch: Meet Jamie Jefferson - a reformed gunrunner from Bradford

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Reformed gunrunner Jamie wants to steer young people away from a life of crime.

He's making a film based on his life with the charity Stretch.

Office plans released for fire-hit Majestic building

Plans to turn a fire-hit Leeds nightclub venue into offices have been unveiled.  

Majestic building
Rushbond
Majestic fire
West Yorkshire Fire Service

The Majestic building, in City Square, was badly damaged by a blaze in September 2014 with the roof almost completely destroyed.

The venue, which opened as a cinema in the 1920s and eventually became the Majestyk nightclub, has had a temporary roof installed to protect the interior.

Travel update: One lane closed on the southbound M1 between J40 and J39

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the southbound M1 between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down vehicle. Do expect some disruption and delays.

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

Jobs rescue hopes after stores chain goes under

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Staff at 93 My Local convenience stores will be hoping that Morrisons delivers on its promise to offer them jobs after the chain was put into administration.

MyLocal sign
Telegraph and Argus

Bradford firearms incident: Police release man and seek help to identify van

Police investigating the firing of a gun in Bradford have released a 21-year-old man they were questioning. 

Officers are appealing for information about a white van - possibly a Ford Transit - which was seen at the junction of Bierley Lane just minutes before the incident on Monday night.

Armed police were originally called to reports of a brawl outside The Greenwood Inn pub on Monday night.

Travel update: One lane closed on the eastbound M621 between J2 and J3

BBC Travel

One lane closed and very slow traffic on the eastbound M621 between J2, A643 (Elland Road) and J3, A653 (City Centre), this is because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Watch: Late rugby star's pioneering surgery saves lives

Pioneering surgery that the late Leeds Rhinos star, Steve Prescott, underwent for a rare form of abdominal cancer is saving lives.

Prescott had been diagnosed with pseudomyxoma and volunteered to trial a multi-organ transplant.

It was successful but he died from complications three weeks later in 2013.

Castleford care home put into special measures

A care home in Castleford has been put into special measures after being rated "inadequate" by inspectors.

Manor Park care gome
Google

The Care Quality Commission says the Manor Park Home failed in a number of areas, including staffing levels, management of medicine and risk assessment. 

The CQC went on to say it found Manor Park a long way short of expectations, putting safety at risk.

Latest headlines: Leeds and Bradford cycle superhighway opens and MP reports growth in racist abuse

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • It's 14 miles long and has cost £29m - later today we will see the opening of the cycle superhighway which will link Leeds with Bradford
  • Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff says she's hearing reports of a growth in racist abuse since the result of last week's EU referendum
  • Police investigating the firing of a gun in Bradford have released a 21-year-old man they were questioning

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Brighter skies and sunny spells for many this afternoon. However, cloud will increase throughout the day with the potential for some light drizzle. 

On the whole a dry and pleasant day with things staying quite breezy. Temperature highs of about 17C (63F).

Weather graph
BBC

This evening and overnight a band of of showery rain will make its way across the region. Any showers should ease as we make our way into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Temperature lows of 13C (55F). 

Charity single to be released in memory of Jo Cox MP

Dewsbury Reporter

A charity single will be released in memory of Jo Cox – and people from her constituency are being asked join to together for the recording.

On the morning after the MP’s death, Batley Community Choir was invited to sing ‘The Rose’ on Channel 4’s The Last Leg programme, which was broadcast live from Batley Parish Church.

Jo Cox MP
Dewsbury Reporter

Watch: Huddersfield Town unveil £1.8m defender

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town's record signing Chris Schindler says he came to the club to be part of something that is growing under head coach David Wagner. 

The 26-year-old defender, who is believed to have cost around £1.8m, is impressed by what Wagner has had to tell him:

Two arrested in police operation after Halifax armed robbery

Two men, aged 37 and 45, have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Halifax jewellers earlier this week.

Police used a Taser during the operation at an address in the Haugh Shaw Road area of Halifax at around 19:00 last night. 

The arrests follow a raid on Kingston Diamond Merchants in Halifax town centre at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Huddersfield Town pay record fee for Schindler

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield have signed defender Christopher Schindler from TSV 1860 Munich for an undisclosed club record fee, understood to be about £1.8m.

Christoper Schindler
Getty Images

The 26-year-old came through the German second-tier side's youth academy, playing in more than 200 games for the club.

Schindler has signed a three-year contract with the Terriers.

"He is good in the aerial challenge and is a very composed player, who is great at reading the game. I am totally comfortable breaking the club's transfer record to bring him here."

David WagnerHead Coach, Huddersfield Town

Missing - have you seen the Sun?

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

It's hard to believe this is British summertime - low temperatures, rain, wind.. Well, now West Yorkshire Police are even on the case.

Check out the humorous tweet below:

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Watch: Leeds and Bradford cycle superhighway opens

It's 14 miles long and has cost £29m - today we will see the opening of the cycle superhighway which will link Leeds with Bradford.

A special ceremony's being held this afternoon to mark the completion of the scheme which is the first of its kind outside of London. 

The people behind it from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority say it will provide a totally safe route for cyclists.

Huddersfield Giants: Caretaker coach Andy Kelly on the club's next move

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Giants' top eight hopes are effectively over if they fail to win at home to Super League leaders Hull FC tonight. 

With four games of the regular season remaining the Giants are six points off eighth spot, which is currently held by Widnes. 

Here Giants caretaker-coach Andy Kelly speaks about his own position and the club's next move...

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.

New plans revealed for city centre landmark

Yorkshire Post

Developers have revealed ambitious new plans for the future of a city centre landmark that was ravaged by fire.

Rushbond intends to turn The Majestic in Leeds into a five-storey office scheme with a new crowned glass roof that will sit on the existing structure.

The Majestic
Yorkshire Post

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry start with sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We've seen brighter skies and sunny spells earlier today. However, cloud will increase throughout the day with the potential for some light drizzle. 

On the whole a dry and pleasant day with things staying quite breezy. Temperature highs of about 17C (63F).

This evening and overnight a band of of showery rain will make its way across the region. Any showers should ease as we make our way into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Temperature lows of 13C (55F).

West Yorkshire mill owners told to tap into the ‘engines of past prosperity’

A report out today is calling for more action to save West Yorkshire's industrial heritage.

Mill, Saltaire Village
Getty Images

Called Engines For Prosperity - New Uses For Old Mills, the document has been put together by Historic England and says new ideas are needed to ensure West Yorkshire's old mill buildings are preserved and used to bring benefits to local economies. 

More than 1,000 of the county's textile mills are either vacant or underused and bringing them back into use could accommodate 27,000 homes or 150,000 jobs, it says.    

The fire which destroyed Drummond Mill in Bradford shows how how communities can be devastated by the loss of such buildings.

Latest headlines: Leeds and Bradford cycle superhighway opens and MP reports growth in racist abuse

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • It's 14 miles long and has cost £29m - later today we will see the opening of the cycle superhighway which will link Leeds with Bradford
  • Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff says she's hearing reports of a growth in racist abuse since the result of last week's EU referendum
  • A report out today is calling for more action to save West Yorkshire's industrial heritage

Out of this world: Yorkshire's coastline as seen from edge of space

Take a look at this fantastic picture of Scarborough and North Yorkshire's coast - as seen from the edge of space.

North Yorkshire coast from space
Kettlethorpe High School

It was sent in to us by James Rawling, a science teacher at Kettlethorpe High School in Wakefield.

On Tuesday, pupils there sent a weather balloon into the heavens which, says Mr Rawling, travelled nearly 18 miles (30km) above the Earth before the on-board camera took this amazing shot.

Of course, what goes up must come down and the balloon soon came back to Earth, landing in a back garden in Skipsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

A long journey into space - but one that was definitely worth it when you see the amazing results.

Travel update: Congestion on the eastbound A6110 Ring Road Low Wortley, in Leeds

BBC Travel

Traffic is much busier than normal on the eastbound A6110 Ring Road Low Wortley, in Leeds, between the A58 Whitehall Road junction and Beeston. 

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

Travel update: One lane closed on the M1 at J45

BBC Travel

One lane closed and very slow traffic on the southbound M1 at J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green), because of an accident.

We have the latest traffic and travel updates throughout the morning 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 Thursday 30 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 bright Thursday morning - where we could see temperatures of about 17C (63F).

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