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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 4 July 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.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday 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 the M62 motorway came to a complete standstill for much of the day - following a fatal multi-vehicle accident.

Sue Ayton
Belle Vue Stadium

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats become the first Super League side to launch a women's rugby league team.

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West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain easing later. Minimum temperature of about 13C (55F). Light and variable wind.

Weather graph

A grey damp start to Tuesday, brightening up with sunny spells developing but also a risk of scattered showers in eastern areas. Maximum temperature of about 19C (66F). Moderate Northwest wind.

"I wished I was part of the Grand Final"
Injury had a deep impact on Stevie Ward after robbing him of the chance to help Leeds Rhinos to the 2015 Super League title.

Travel update: Severe delays as westbound M62 reopens

BBC Travel

Severe delays and queuing traffic between J21, A640 (Milnrow) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, as the westbound carriageway reopens.

Congestion to J23, A640 (Huddersfield).

This is the latest picture from near J23, A640 (Huddersfield).

Highways England

Highways England are advising drivers to make extra time for their journeys.

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

Police find cannabis farm in Slathwaite

Officers were called to an address in Slathwaite last night as local residents complained about the smell.

Cannabis farm

On arrive at the property, rural officers found 200 plants at various states of growth, and confirmed this was cannabis.

A man was also found in the address and was arrested.

Cannabis farm
Casper Sloth

Midfielder Casper Sloth leaves Championship side Leeds United to join Danish club Aalborg for an undisclosed fee.

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Latest headlines: One dead in M62 crash and Lewis Pierre convicted of sex worker's death

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

M62 closure: A look at traffic cameras

BBC Travel

As the commute home kicks in let's take a look at the live traffic cameras on the M62.

At Ainley Top, westbound at junction 24, traffic is moving:

Ainley top
Highways England

The queues and congestion start to build westbound near J22 and J21:

J21 / J22

M62 closure: Westbound carriageway to reopen

BBC Travel

BreakingLeeds MP resigns from shadow front bench

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton has resigned his position from the shadow front bench. 

In a statement he said the party was divided and that more than 80% of Labour MPs no longer had any confidence in Jeremy's leadership.

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Councillors in Calderdale meet to decide how to spend extra £3m flood fund

The best way to spend £3m of flood relief money will be discussed by Calderdale councillors at a meeting tonight.

Parts of Mytholmroyd were flooded when the River Calder bursts its banks on Boxing Day
Getty Images

It's six months since the Boxing Day floods devastated the area and almost 2,000 homes were flooded along with a thousand businesses. 

Members will discuss proposals to allocate the money to several different schemes later.

M62 closure: What you need to know for your drive home

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

North West Motorway Police have re-opened the eastbound M62 at junction 21, following the fatal multi-vehicle accident earlier today. 

However, the westbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for at least the next two hours.

If you're heading towards Manchester diversions are in place. Westbound traffic is to follow the 'Solid Black Square' from J21 via the A6193, A664 and A627M roads.

Highways England advise drivers to make extra time for their journeys.

I will keep you updated throughout your commute home.

Man dies and 10 injured in M62 five-vehicle crash

A man has died and 10 people have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident on the M62 near Rochdale.

M62 crash
Highways Agency

Police said a car had gone through the central reservation after colliding with a lorry and then crashed into traffic on the westbound carriageway.

The car hit two more lorries and another car at junction 21 at Milnrow just after 09:30 BST.

Police said the dead man was yet to be identified. A man and woman also suffered serious injuries.

Our officers are doing all we can to identify this man as quickly as possible so we can speak with his family, and also to deal with the other injured people and damaged vehicles at the scene."

PC Ed ListerGreater Manchester Police

Morrisons bakery fire brought under control

A blaze which destroyed a Morrisons supermarket bakery has been brought under control.

Morrisons bakery fire
Graham Moore

Fire crews are still at the scene of the blaze, which gutted around 80% of the 86,000 sq ft (8,000 Sq m) building near Wakefield.

Crews were also damping down at the site of a second fire which badly damaged a building housing heavy goods vehicles near Halifax.

Sex worker killer convicted

A man has been convicted of the murder of a Polish sex worker in a "sustained and forceful attack".

Daria Pionko, 21, was found seriously injured in Springwell Road, Holbeck, Leeds on 23 December 2015 and died later in hospital. 

Lewis Pierre, 24, of Meanwood, Leeds, who had admitted manslaughter and robbery but denied murder, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Daria Pionko
West Yorkshire Police

Motorway police hope to re-open eastbound M62 'soon'

North West Motorway Police say they hope to re-open the eastbound M62 at junction 21 soon following a fatal multi-vehicle accident five hours ago.

However, the westbound carriageway will remain closed.

BreakingLewis Pierre guilty of murdering Leeds sex worker Daria Pionko

Alarm over rise in rough sleepers in Bradford city centre

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Bradford's multimillion-pound City Park development and one of the city’s historic buildings are being blighted by rough sleepers and drug users whose numbers in the city are on the increase.

Makeshift bed
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Major plans to tackle A629 traffic congestion between Huddersfield and Halifax

Councillors in Calderdale are today expected to approve plans for changes to the notorious A629 between Huddersfield and Halifax. 

The idea's to cut congestion at the Calder and Hebble junction and to improve access to Halifax Train Station. 

Critics of plans to change Accident and Emergency services have often pointed to congestion on the A629 as a reason to keep A&E at both Huddersfield and Halifax.

Watch: 'I wished I was part of the Grand Final' - Stevie Ward

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Stevie Ward's career with Leeds was on an upward curve when he crossed to give the Rhinos the lead against Huddersfield in the final game of the Super League Super 8s last season.

However, a knee injury later in the game brought his world crashing down and cost him a Grand Final appearance as the Headingley club went on to win the title.

Here he tells BBC Super League Show about that moment, and the impact it had on him...

West Yorkshire's weather: Good spells of sunshine

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should see some breaks in the cloud and good spells of sunshine throughout much of the day. 

However, a band of showery rain makes its way across the region from the west this evening - some of these showers have the potential to be heavy at times.

Weather graph

Temperature highs today of about 21C (70F).

This evening and overnight showers move off into the North sea leaving a mainly dry and cloudy night. Lows of about 14C (57F). 

Latest headlines: One dead in M62 crash and Netto to close it's stores

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

M62 crash: Latest police statement

The car which plunged through the central reservation in this morning's M62 crash had collided with a lorry moments earlier.

After crossing from the eastbound to the westbound carriageway the car then collided with another car and two lorries.

The man in the car died at the scene, say Greater Manchester Police.

Police are now trying to identify him and contact his family.

A man and a woman who were travelling in one of the other vehicles have been taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening at this stage.

PC Ed Lister from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said emergency services were continuing to deal with a large scene near junction 21 of the M62 involving multiple vehicles.

There are considerable traffic tailbacks following this collision and we are advising people wherever possible to avoid this area and use another route. The motorway remains closed on both sides. We are hoping to shortly be able to free those who are currently stuck in the traffic queues, but are still asking for other motorists to avoid this route for the next few hours where possible.

PC Ed ListerGreater Manchester Police

M62: Man killed crashed through central reservation

The man who died on the M62 this morning crashed through the central reservation in the accident, the Highways Agency said.

The motorway remains fully closed this afternoon between J21 (Milnrow) and J20 (A627M) due to the serious multi-vehicle crash.

The incident happened shortly before 09:35.

Eastbound trapped traffic was able to be released past the incident scene. 

That has now been completed and work to free trapped traffic on the westbound carriageway remains on-going with traffic being turned and routed back to J21. 

There are severe delays  on the M62 eastbound from J18 to J20 and westbound from J23 – J21 as traffic approaches the local diversions. 

There are signed diversions for both directions; eastbound traffic is to leave at J20 and follow the 'Hollow Black Circle' via the A627M, A664, A6193 and westbound traffic is to follow the 'Solid Black Square' from J21 via the A6193, A664 and A627M roads. 

Netto closures: 160 jobs at risk in West Yorkshire

We've got some more details of how many jobs in West Yorkshire will be affected by Sainsbury's decision to end its trial tie-up with Netto.

One hundred staff are employed at Netto's head office in Wakefield, which is set to close.

Two stores in Leeds and one in Cleckheaton - employing a total of about 60 staff - are also among the 16 shops affected across northern England.

Staff will go through a consultation in the coming weeks, with the supermarkets expected to close in August. It is understood Sainsbury's will attempt to redeploy affected staff where possible. 

Appeal for patience after fatal M62 accident

The Highways Agency has appealed to motorists for patience after a fatal multi-vehicle accident on the westbound M62 at Milnrow, in which a man died.

The agency said the eastbound carriageway remains closed from junction 20 and  is expected to remain closed into the early afternoon.

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M62 closure: What we know so far

BBC Travel

Following the closure of the M62 after a multi-vehicle crash, the ambulance service has confirmed one man has died.

Many motorists remain stranded in huge delays as the diversion operation begins. This is the latest:

  • A man's died in a multi-vehicle crash on the M62 at Milnrow 
  • Two other people were taken to hospital and eight others have minor injuries
  • Highways England has appealed to motorists for patience as the diversion begins
  • The Fire Service are going to cut through the central reservation to aid the diversion operation
  • Westbound traffic, at J21 - J20, is being turned at J21
  • Reminder for traffic intending to use M62 this afternoon, Severe delays between J18 - J23 both ways

Sainsbury's to close Netto stores

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's is to close its Netto stores after abandoning a joint venture with a Danish retailer.


Its 16 stores will continue to trade throughout July and will close during August, Sainsbury's said.

About 400 jobs are at risk, although the companies hope to re-deploy staff where possible.

Travel update: Traffic is being turned on the westbound M62 at J21

BBC Travel

Travel update: Fire Service begin to divert drivers off the motorway

BBC Travel

BreakingOne dead in multi-vehicle M62 crash

A man has died following a multi-vehicle accident on the M62 motorway, the ambulance service has said.

An air ambulance attended, with eight people treated at the scene and two others taken to Royal Oldham Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash near J21 at Milnrow is causing major delays on the M62 and all surrounding routes.

M62 closure: What we know so far

The M62 is now closed in both directions following a multi-vehicle accident.

Below is the view from the roadside cameras showing the scale of the delays.

Highways England

Here's what we know so far:

  • A multi-vehicle accident closed the M62 at about 10am this morning
  • Reports suggest seven vehicles are involved
  • An air ambulance was used by emergency services
  • Huge delays on the motorway as the police divert drivers off the motorway.

We'll bring you the latest updates as we get them.

BreakingUKIP leader Nigel Farage to stand down

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will stand down as head of the party.

Nigel Farage
AFP/Getty Images

In the recent EU referendum results Yorkshire voted in favour of leaving the EU - backing the national outcome.

Areas to back remain in Yorkshire were Leeds, where with 50.3% voted to stay in, Harrogate, where 51% of people voted remain on a turnout of 78.9%, and York, where 58% of people backed remain on a turnout of 70.6%.

Travel update: M62 closed in both directions

BBC Travel

The M62 is closed in both directions due to a multi-vehicle accident and debris on the road between J21 A640 (Milnrow) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale, congestion on M62 to J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) and on M62 to J18 M60 / M66 (Simister Island).

Road users are using alternative routes so surrounding areas will be busier than usual.

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

Watch: Huge traffic delays as air ambulance attends M62 multi-vehicle accident

BBC Travel

Travel update: Police begin redirecting traffic off the motorway

BBC Travel

Travel update: The M62 remains closed at J22

BBC Travel

The westbound M62 is closed and traffic is at a standstill at J22.

Huge delays are inevitable. Sally Weir contacted us on our Facebook page - she's currently on the M62.

I'm sat in it about 15 cars back from incident. Many, many emergency services doing an amazing job I'm sure. Awfully tragic. Police saying it will remain closed and will be working on redirecting traffic off the motorway in stages. It could be hours. My thoughts with all those involved."

Sally Weir
Sally Weir

In pictures: The westbound M62 grinds to a halt

Sue Ayton
Tony Fretwell

Travel update: Huge delays on the westbound M62

BBC Travel

An air ambulance is attendance after a multi-vehicle accident on the westbound M62.

The motorway is now closed at J22 with huge delays expected.

Air ambulance
Nick Auckland