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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 1 July 2016

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By Sue McGorrigan

All times stated are UK

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Gareth O'Brien (centre) celebrates the Salford's first try against Castleford

Gareth O'Brien scores 14 points to boost Salford's top-eight hopes with victory over an injury-ravaged Castleford side.

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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.

It's been a day of remembrance in West Yorkshire with services being held across the county in memory of those who died in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago today.

Oliver Woodcock will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from West Yorkshire.

If you're going to the Big Disco in Leeds tonight, make sure you have a great time. If you're not, have a lovely weekend anyway. 

West Yorkshire's weather: A showery evening with a mixed weekend to come

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We’ll see plenty of heavy showers across West Yorkshire this evening and tonight, but there’s room for a few sunny spells! 

Blustery at times with highs of 16C or 60F.

Weather map

A mixed weekend. Heavy showers tomorrow with the risk of hail or thunder. Drier on Sunday with bright spells.

BreakingLeeds United sign Kyle Bartley

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United have announced the signing of Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley.

It comes following the news that Giuseppe Bellusci is to join the Italian team Empoli on a season-long loan.

Kyle Bartley

Bartley will be reunited with his former Swansea boss, Leeds United head coach Gary Monk.

Decision date set for future of Huddersfield A&E

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Health bosses have announced a decision date on whether to go ahead with controversial plans to close Huddersfield's A&E. 

The organisation in charge of the public consultation on the Right Care Right Time Right Place plan say a decision will be made on 20 October this year.

HRI Protest

Travel: Delays on the M1 southbound in West Yorkshire

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic southbound on the M1 between junction 39 in Wakefield and junction 38 at Woolley.

It's because of an accident earlier on today. All lanes have now reopened but traffic is slow moving. 

Leeds United's Guiseppe Bellusci joins Empoli

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has joined Italian Serie A side Empoli on a season-long loan. 

The Italian centreback, who featured 31 times in all competitions during the last campaign, returns to his homeland due to family reasons, with a view to a permanent move due. 

Giuseppe Bellusci

Bellusci, who was a summer 2014 signing from Catania, had 61 United appearances to his name. 

Yorkshire MEP backs Theresa May

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, Timothy Kirkhope, has been talking to BBC Radio Leeds about his party's leadership contest.

He says he's worked with Theresa May and thinks she would do a good job.

Yorkshire MEP talking about Conservative Party leadership contest

David Cameron has said he intends to stand down as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister following the UK's decision to leave the EU. 

His successor as leader will be elected by party members with the result on 9 September. Five Conservative MPs have been confirmed as candidates.  

BreakingArrests over robberies in Calderdale

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Eight people have been arrested following three robberies over the last week in Calderdale.

Jewellers were targeted in Hebden Bridge, Halifax town centre and in Brighouse between last Friday and this Thursday.

Police tape

I would also like to thank those in Brighouse on Thursday who made efforts to apprehend the suspects even though they were believed to be in possession of weapons, showing great bravery and selflessness, and true community spirit in their actions."

DCI Chris GibsonWest Yorkshire Police

Seven men aged between the ages of 20 and 38, and 16-year old girl, all from Calderdale remain in police custody.

Latest acts confirmed for Halifax Comedy Festival

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

More comedians have been announced for this autumn's Halifax Comedy Festival.

The festival has become an annual event and sees performances in venues all over Calderdale.

Andrew Lawrence and James Ancaster will both perform at the town's Square Chapel Theatre.

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr (pictured), Romesh Ranganathan and Al Murray have already been confirmed for the Festival which runs from 21 to 29 October.

James Beattie

Former Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie is appointed first-team coach at Championship side Leeds United.

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New chairman appointed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is getting a new chairman. 

Kathryn Lavery has been appointed to the top role from today.

Mrs Lavery takes over from Della Cannings who stepped down from the post in May 2016 after six years as chairman at the trust.


As leader of the Trust Board, the chairman’s role is to ensure that the service performs effectively by delivering high quality ambulance services for its local communities and making the best use of financial resources to maximise benefits for patients.  

BreakingMan arrested over Leeds rape

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A man has been arrested a woman was raped in Leeds city centre yesterday.

The 57-year-old man, from Leeds, was arrested this morning on a bus in the Greengates area of Bradford. 

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WY Police

He has been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with an incident involving a 36-year-old woman near to The Palace pub, in Kirkgate, Leeds, shortly before 06:00 yesterday. 

West Yorkshire Police say the arrest follows an appeal for information last night which received a significant response from members of the public.

Police investigating hate crime allegation by Wakefield councillor

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

West Yorkshire Police say they're investigation an allegation of hate crime made by a councillor in Wakefield.

Nadeem Ahmed who represents Wakefield South said he had racial slurs made against him in the street following the UK's decision to leave the EU.


Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain who's District Commander for the Wakefield District at West Yorkshire Police has tweeted that his officers are now investigating and that hate crime will not be tolerated. 

Nathaniel Knight-Percival

Bradford sign centre-back Nat Knight-Percival on a two-year deal after he rejected a new contract at Shrewsbury.

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'World's biggest glitter ball' set to rock Leeds

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

What's being described as the world's biggest disco ball is due in Leeds tonight for a huge street party.

The ball will be two-and-a-half times the size of a double decker bus, suspended over part of Leeds.

The Yorkshire Festival commissioned Duke Studios to bring "the disco to end all discos" to the heart of the region. Watch this video to see what's in store:

It's due to take place at Duke Studios from 15:00 this afternoon and runs into the evening and night as crowds are entertained by the gigantic disco ball, top DJs, performers and street food vendors.

British Gas offers free electricity at weekends

British Gas is to offer free electricity for eight hours at weekends to two million customers who have smart meters installed.

Gas hob
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Customers will be able to choose to use the free power either on Saturday or Sunday, between 09:00 and 17:00.

British Gas said consumers should see savings of about £60 a year.

But experts said it will not necessarily be the cheapest deal on the market, and advised people to shop around with other suppliers.

Why was first day of the Somme such a disaster?

We're commemorating the tens of thousands of soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years ago today.

But why was the first day of the 141-day battle such a disaster?

Read the BBC's iWonder guide to find out.

Battle of the Somme
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Latest headlines: West Yorkshire remembers Battle of the Somme and two arrested over Leeds hate crime

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Yorkshire's weather: Showery and windy, some sunny spells

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The isolated showers we've had this morning will become more frequent this afternoon.

The showers may turn heavy and thundery with hail, but there will be some sunny spells too. Top temperatures 17C (63F).


The showers will die out through the evening, giving us a dry night but staying windy.

Lows tonight of about 10C (50F).

Two arrested over Polish shopkeeper hate crime in Leeds

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A man and a woman have been arrested by police investigating a racially-aggravated public order offence against a Polish shopkeeper in Leeds.

A 47-year-old man with a pre-existing heart condition collapsed and was taken to hospital for treatment following the incident at his shop in Bramley Shopping Centre on Tuesday morning.

He was later released from hospital to continue his recovery at home. 

A 53-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were arrested this morning at an address in Armley in connection with the incident.

We treat all reports of hate incidents very seriously and want victims to come forward with confidence, either directly to the police or through our partner agencies, and be fully reassured that their complaints will receive the appropriate response".

Ch Supt Paul MoneyLeeds District Commander, West Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Emergency repairs completed on M1 near Wakefield

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Emergency repair work on the M1 in Wakefield has been completed, Highways England has confirmed.

There was a rolling roadblock running between junctions 39 and 40 to carry out the repairs.

Pensioner digging garden makes surprising wartime find

Huddersfield Examiner

All he wanted was a neat new flower bed in his garden, but retired doctor Michael Dufton got more than he bargained for when he started to dig up the lawn, uncovering a real surprise from World War Two - an Anderson shelter deep below ground.

Air raid shelter
Huddersfield Examniner

Travel: Problems westbound on the M62

BBC Travel

There are delays on the M62 westbound around the junction 28 A650 turn off.  

One lane is closed and traffic is slow following an accident.

E-fit appeal over Hebden Bridge dog attack on girl

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

An e-fit image has been published of a man police want to talk to in connection with a dog attack in Hebden Bridge which left a young girl with serious injuries.

E-fit image
West Yorkshire Police

Five-year-old Nieve, from Bradford, was waiting in line at a food stall at an event in Calder Holmes Park between 14:50 and 15:00 on Sunday 26 June when a dog jumped up biting her face and leg.

Family Photograph
Family photograph

She later needed reconstructive surgery to an eyelid and has suffered potentially irreparable damage to her lower tear duct.

Police want to speak to two men in connection with the incident who are both described as being white, aged about 50, of broad build and wearing glasses.

Two men with the dog have apparently left the area without checking on the girl's welfare or leaving any details. We need to identify these two men and would urge anyone with information about who they are, or indeed the men themselves, to come forward."

Gareth Helliwell,Valley North Neighbourhood Policing Team, West Yorkshire Police

Battle of the Somme remembered across West Yorkshire

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

West Yorkshire has joined commemorations taking place across Britain and France to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

Remembrance crosses in Bradford

Thousands of soldiers from our county - many of them in their teens - died on the first day of the battle.   

One hundred years on, a two-minute silence began in Victoria Gardens in Leeds at 07:28 which ended at the exact time when British, Commonwealth, and French soldiers went "over the top".

Meanwhile, people also attended a special ceremony at Bradford Cathedral to commemorate the anniversary.

The Dean of Bradford told BBC Radio Leeds it's vital we remember what happened on the Somme battlefield:

A lone bell also tolled for five minutes at the Cathedral for the soldiers who died on this day in 1916:.  

This was followed by silence for 10 minutes and then a further 10 minutes of prayer to remember all who lost their lives in what was to be the bloodiest battle of the First World War.

Events to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in which so many West Yorkshire soldiers died will continue today through the county and across the UK.

The graves of the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle of the Somme
On the first day of the Somme - 100 years ago - 5,674 soldiers from Yorkshire regiments were killed in one of the deadliest battles of World War One.

Ozone layer hole 'getting smaller' - Leeds University scientists

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close, according to new research published by scientists here in West Yorkshire.

The news comes after years of warnings that the hole was getting bigger, putting us in danger from radiation from the sun.

Doctor Ryan Neely is Lecturer in Observational Atmospheric Science at Leeds University and has been talking to BBC Radio Leeds:

The encouraging new findings, published today in the journal Science, shows the average size of the ozone hole each September has shrunk by more than 1.7m square miles since the year 2000 - about 18 times the area of the UK.

Travel update: Delays on the roads in Bradford

BBC Travel

Drivers are being warned about a couple of problems on the roads in Bradford:

There's traffic congestion on the 6177 Killinghall Road around the B6381 Barkerend Road junction.  

There's also congestion on the B6145 Thornton Road around the Leaventhorpe Lane junction. 

Sport: New signing at Bradford City

BBC Sport

Bradford City central defender James King has signed a new one-year contract at Valley Parade.

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After graduating from City's youth set-up, King, 19. enjoyed his first season as a professional last year after recovering from an ankle injury.

Latest headlines: West Yorkshire falls silent to remember the Battle of the Somme and good news about the ozone layer from Leeds University

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

  • Commemorations are being held across West Yorkshire to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme
  •  The hole in the ozone layer is healing, and could close by the middle of the century, according to new research by scientists at the University of Leeds
  • The world's biggest disco ball is coming to Leeds tonight for a huge street party. It's taking place at Duke Studios from 15:00 and runs in to the evening

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry and bright to start, showers later

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Isolated showers to start the day, becoming more frequent to give a day of sunshine and blustery showers. 

The showers may turn heavy and thundery with hail, especially in the afternoon, with some sunny spells.

Breezy throughout the day. Top temperatures of about 17C or 62F.

Watch the full forecast here:

West Yorkshire remembers the soldiers who fell at the Battle of the Somme

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

West Yorkshire fell silent at 07:28 this morning, the moment exactly 100 years ago when the British and Allied offensive on the Somme battlefield began.

A single bell tolled at Bradford and Wakefield Cathedrals, followed by silence for 10 minutes and then a further 10 minutes of prayer to remember all those who lost their lives in what was to be the bloodiest battle of World War One.


A total of 248 member of the Leeds Pals battalion died on that first day of the battle together with almost 2,000 men from Bradford. 

The Lord Mayor of Bradford is calling for people to pay tribute at the Bradford Pals' Memorial, in the Memorial Garden behind the Bradford Cenotaph, at 11:00.

It's remembering something which happened 100 years ago, but we are still trying to learn the lessons which are relevant today."

Councillor Geoff ReidMayor of Bradford

Traffic and travel: Delays on A638 in Wakefield

BBC Travel

There's currently very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A638 Doncaster Road in both directions in Wakefield between the A61 Bridge Street junction and the A655 Black Road junction.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live on Friday 1 July 2016.

I'm Sue McGorrigan and I'll be with you until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from Leeds and West Yorkshire.

And, of course, please feel free to send us your news, views and pics from across the county via emailTwitter or Facebook.