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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 6 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage

Thanks for being with us today, that's as far as we go tonight.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for West Yorkshire.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this picture from West Yorkshire Police of Clifton the police horse!

West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire headlines on Wednesday evening

The latest headlines in West Yorkshire this evening include:

Weather: Dry over night feeling much more mild

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be mostly cloudy and dry through the evening, with one or two late sunny spells possible. Mainly cloudy and dry overnight, with some light patchy rain or drizzle possible towards the end of the night. Feeling mild, lows of 15c.


The Viking cage fighter from Middleton

South Leeds Life

This week sees Middleton man Tom ‘The Viking’ Crosby, 28, out in Las Vegas in the USA competing at the amateur world championships for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), commonly known as cage fighting

Tom ‘The Viking’ Crosby
South Leeds Life

Bus disruption in Huddersfield this evening

If you're catching a bus from Huddersfield bus station this evening, just be aware that it's closed from 18:30.

It's because of resurfacing work that's going on in the area until the 19 July. A full list of changes can be found here.

Yorkshire Tiger tweeted this helpful picture though...

Yorkshire Tiger

Travel update: Accident on A58(M) in Leeds

BBC Travel

This will really snarl up the rush hour traffic in the city centre. Let's hope all are okay and it can be moved quickly.

View more on twitter

Wimbledon 2016: Bradford's Francesca Jones aims high despite having just six fingers

A Bradford teenager, who has been knocked out in the second round of Junior Wimbledon, says she will rise to the top, despite having a a rare condition.

She has only six fingers and three toes says and was born with Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia and faces issues with balance, and gripping her racquet.  

Francesca Jones
Getty Images

I got to the point where I thought with my condition, I could have a massive point that I could prove here to people, that willpower and determination is everything in life"

Francesca Jones

Do you recognise this man?

Have you seen this man?

West Yorkshire Police say they'd like to speak to him to help them with their enquiries after a theft in Bradford on Sunday.

Caught on camera
West Yorkshire Police

Pioneering Bradford project gets £3m boost

More than £3m has been awarded to a pioneering project in Bradford, following the lives of thousands of babies.

Born in Bradford

'Born in Bradford' is receiving the grant from the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. 

We face a time bomb of obesity and diabetes, particularly in South Asian communities. The research we will be undertaking in Bradford has a genuine opportunity to tackle this at its roots.”

Prof Debbie LawlorUniversity of Bristol

Travel update: Lights out in Leeds

BBC Travel

Just one to watch out for if you're going home via the centre on Leeds tonight..

Latest travel news, as always, is here.

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Peacock to become England team manager

Former Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Peacock is the new England team manager.

He was capped 47 times by Great Britain and England, and will be working alongside new head coach Wayne Bennett for this year's Four Nations series. 

Peacock, 38, will join two other former Great Britain internationals, Denis Betts and Paul Wellens, on the England backroom staff.

Jamie Peacock
Getty Images

Honoury doctorate for Leeds DJ

Radio DJ Stephanie Hirst is to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett University.

Stephanie Hirst

The transgender radio presenter is best known for her show 'Hirsty's Daily Dose' breakfast show on Galaxy Radio for 11 years, winning an armful of awards, as well as being an icon for the transgender community.

She will be awarded with the doctorate for her contribution to public life on 25 July.

I am delighted that Leeds Beckett University is recognising Stephanie's contribution to public life with this Honorary Doctorate. I believe her courage, experience and all that she has achieved will be of great inspiration to our graduating students."

Sir Bob Murray CBELeeds Beckett University Chancellor

Festival to celebrate Yorkshire's silent cinema legacy

You may not know it, but Leeds played a huge role in early cinema, and now a series of silent movie screenings will celebrate our links to the pioneers of film.

In fact, the world's first film was reputed to have been shot in Leeds. There's a plaque on Leeds Bridge if you look.

Early film

The Yorkshire Silent Film Festival will show more than 30 films featuring stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy.

Organisers said the event would also mark the region's "special importance in the history of film".

Charlie Chaplin
Getty Images

The first moving images were shot in Leeds, and Holmfirth was the home of one of the earliest British film makers, James Bamforth. Yorkshire is one of the places in which silent cinema was born."

Jonathan BestFilm producer

"It's not about curtain-twitching": Neighbourhood Watch organiser gets British Empire Medal

Neighbourhood Watch is one of those organisations that has been around for ages, with a great idea at the heart of it: we all look out for each other.

Maureen Brewer from Wetherby (pictured) has just been awarded a British Empire Medal for her work in the community.

But her advice to beginners almost reads like she should be working for MI5, not keeping an eye on the neighbours' homes!    

Maureen Brewer

We teach co-ordinators how to be discreet. You don't see them twitching curtains at all!"

Maureen Brewer

Next phase of Leeds' flood defence work to begin

Work to avert a repeat of the flooding that hit Leeds during last Christmas is about to enter its next phase.

The Leeds Floods Alleviation Scheme includes movable weirs to control the level and flow of the River Aire.

The new work will see this weir being put in place at Crown Point.

The council warn that people living and working nearby might experience more noise than usual because of the heavy-duty engineering that needs to take place.

Flood defence work
Leeds City Council

We would ask for everyone’s patience and understanding please while the work is carried out as this vital development needs to be done in order to defend the city centre from a repeat of the awful situation we suffered after Storm Eva.”

Cllr Richard LewisLeeds City Council

Search for man who chased off burglar from 92 year old's home

A man who chased off a burglar from the home of a 92-year-old woman is being asked to come forward

On Saturday morning in Wortley a man entered her house and stole items, even when he knew that the owner of the house had seen him.

The burglar grabbed some jewellery, but as he was leaving he was chased by a man who was described as white and wearing a hi-vis waistcoat.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested and is currently on police bail pending further enquiries.  

The victim has been left very traumatised by what happened and we would urgently like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist the investigation."

Det Sgt James GrossWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Muslims across West Yorkshire break fast as Eid begins

Abi Jaiyeloa

Reporter, BBC Look North

Thousands of people across Yorkshire are marking the Muslim festival of Eid today, after 30 days of fasting for Ramadan. 

It is one of the biggest celebrations in the Islamic calendar. 

I've been to Bradford as many come together to break their fasts. 

Van smashes into house in Halifax town centre

Halifax Courier

A van has smashed into the front of a house in Halifax town centre. A police spokesperson said there was a crash between a Skoda Fabia and a white van at the junction of Prescott Street and Union Street at around 10:20 this morning.

Van crash
Halifax Courier

Road closures for Jane Tomlinson Run for All

Good luck if you're taking part in the Jane Tomlinson Run for All this weekend, but if you're not testing your stamina against the 10km circuit, bear in mind that some roads around the city centre will be closed.

Run for All

Closures in the city centre will begin from 4am.

Roads affected by the closures include: Abbey Road, Great George Street, Calverley Street, Cookridge Street, Vicar Lane, Call Lane, Wellington Street, Kirkstall Road, West Street and The Headrow.

Chilcot Inquiry: Tony Blair 'condemns' himself - father of soldier killed in Iraq

After the Chilcot Inquiry was published earlier today, the families of those service personnel who were killed in Iraq held a press conference.

Peter Brierely, who's son Shaun was killed during the 2003 war, said that Tony Blair had incriminated himself.

Chilcot Inquiry: Report is 'a lot stronger' than expected

The Inquiry into the Iraq war in 2003, published by Sir John Chilcot, is a lot stronger than expected, according to the Professor Paul Rogers from the Peace Studies department at the University of Bradford.

The report spans almost a decade of UK government policy decisions between 2001 and 2009.

It covers the background to the decision to go to war, whether troops were properly prepared, how the conflict was conducted and what planning there was for its aftermath, a period in which there was intense sectarian violence.

Chilcot Inquiry: Iraq war will be the 'sadness' of Blair's legacy

Sir John Chilcot has released the findings of his official inquiry into the Iraq War in 2003

He says it was unnecessary, badly planned - and the chaos which followed the war was entirely predictable.

Gerry Sutcliffe was the MP for Bradford South at the time of the Iraq war:

Beach coming to Wakefield next month

If you live in Wakefield, and are sick and tired of not living by the sea, fear not!

The council have organised a beach that will be set up on the Cathedral Precinct next month.

There's the promise of donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and actual, real sand.

I just thought I'd create an artist's impression of what it may look like...

Wakefield Beach

...Maybe not.

Waterway reopens after boxing day floods

Part of Calderdale's waterways which were devastated in the Christmas floods has re-opened to boats.

Calder and Hebble navigation
Michael Steele

The Calder & Hebble Navigation at Elland had been closed since floodwaters washed out the foundations of Elland Bridge, which crosses over it, and the whole structure is being re-built. 

Elland Bridge

Now, boats can make their way again from the main waterway network onto the Rochdale Canal, although work is still continuing on Elland Bridge.     

Warning over phone scam in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police is warning people to be aware of a phone scam in the county.

Fraudsters have been calling people pretending to be from Microsoft. They tell the person that they have a problem with their computer, and they need to download a piece of software, at a cost of £8 to fix it.

But the newly installed software gives the criminals access to the computer, and the money tranfer gives them access to the person’s financial details.

computer scam
Getty Images

Never download software as a result of a call like this as it is likely to be a scam. Always check independently the caller is who they say they are. By taking this simple steps you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime."

Vanessa SmithWest Yorkshire Police

Travel latest: Horsforth roundabout closed

BBC Travel

This will be causing some delays, avoid if you can for now...

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Leeds study suggests Vitamin D can help sufferers of heart failure

Research at the University of Leeds may have come up with a breakthrough treatment for sufferers of heart failure - daily doses of Vitamin D.

Science Photo Library

About 44,000 people have been diagnosed with the condition, according to latest figures from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). 

A five-year study by BHF Professor Mark Kearney, director of the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, has found that a daily dose of vitamin D appears to improve heart function in people with chronic heart failure.

Bus strike timetables released

If you are wanting to use the bus network on Friday, First Leeds has just released its planned timetable for the first day of strike action.

There are quite a few changes, for exapmple if you use the 33 route (down the A65 from Otley) you'll be used to a bus turning up every ten minutes. 

Not on Friday, you'll get one bus an hour from Otley, which will run from around 07:00.

Bus strike

Leeds set for bus strike on Friday

Don't forget that the dispute over pay for Leeds bus drivers has led to another round of strike action in the coming days.

This time though, the UNITE union has announced that there will be two strikes, one this coming Friday and another on Monday. It will only affect journeys on First buses.

Paul Matthews, managing director of First Leeds, said he was "disappointed" to learn of the new strike plans.  

Bus strike

We're very sorry and we've just spent two weeks not taking any action to have a cooling off period but that's failed and left us with no option but to move to strike action."

Phil BownUnite regional officer

A bed fit for a queen

Look everyone, Leeds Museums have just announced their object of the week.

This week it's a bed, that was made for Queen Anne in 1711, it now lives at Temple Newsham. One little fact, the canopy weighs almost a ton!

posh bed
Leeds museums

We’re very fortunate to have spectacular objects like this on display in Leeds and that’s testament to the skill and dedication of those who work so hard to restore and preserve them.”

Cllr Brian SelbyLeeds City Council

Kirklees council leader 'glad' to have Shah back after 'witch hunt'

The leader of Kirklees Council has tweeted this morning that he's glad to have Naz Shah back in the Labour Party, after what he described as a "witch hunt".

She was reinstated yesterday, after being suspended in April over comments about Israel she made online, including one suggesting Israel should be moved to the United States.

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Naz Shah

Man in hospital after being hit by car in Halifax

Police in Halifax are asking the public for more information after a car hit a 21 year old man in the town on Monday night. 

The crash happened on Pellon Lane, near to the junction of Back Victor Terrace just after 23:00. The man is still in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Crash site

We believe that the pedestrian may have been in conversation with persons in a second vehicle in the time prior to the collision, and that there may have been a third vehicle travelling from Halifax which may have seen some, or all of what took place

PC Matthew JudgeWest Yorkshire Police

We're all a bit Welsh today...

If I'm being totally honest, I'm not sure that this is actually Owain, but the sentiment's there...

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Eid Mubarak to everyone in West Yorkshire

Eid Mubarak! Wishing peace and happiness to everyone in West Yorkshire...

If you're celebrating today, we'd love to see your pictures, you can send them to me on email.


Headlines for West Yorkshire this morning

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this morning:

Prison officers staged walkouts over past five months

Prison officers have withdrawn labour or staged unofficial walkouts at five prisons in England, including at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution, over the past five months, the BBC has learned.  


The Prison Officers Association, whose members are banned from going on strike, said the action was the result of staff concerns over their safety.

Last year there were nearly 5,000 assaults on prison staff - the highest number for at least a decade.

Largely unnoticed and seldom praised, they do the work many of us would not want to do, dealing with some of the most dangerous and damaged people in society. So when prison officers in five separate jails down tools it's important we understand why. There is a rising tide of mental illness, aggression and violence in prisons that staff are struggling to cope with."

Danny ShawBBC home affairs correspondent

Weather: Dry start with thicker cloud later

A dry and mostly bright to start the day. It will soon warm up with morning sunshine, but cloud will also tend to thicken from the west during the day. 

Despite this, it should remain dry. Light winds with highs of 18C.

Travel update: Broken-down vehicles on M62 and M1

BBC Travel

Just a couple of things on the roads to tell you about, nothing too major, but we've got a broken-down vehicle on the M62 westbound at J27 (M621 Gildersome), that's taken a lane out.

And it's the same story on the M1 northbound between J39 (A636 Wakefield) and J40 (A638 Ossett).

All seems to be flowing OK at the moment.