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  1. Live updates on Friday 8 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage for today

Thanks for being with us today, as always there's been plenty going on in West Yorkshire.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, but if you spot anything from today's page you'd like to talk to us about, feel free to email me.

I leave you with this great shot from Alan Berry, taken just outside Huddersfield. Have a great night.

Alan Berry

Weather: Isolated showers but mostly dry overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Isolated showers at first, then mostly dry with clear spells overnight, although patchy rain is possible towards dawn. Minimum temperature 12C (54F). Moderate southwest wind.  


Latest headlines: Bradford man admits murdering Glasgow shop keeper and welcome in West Yorkshire for HS2 route change

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire this evening:

Majestically going back in time

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Earlier in the week, we bought you the news that the recently burnt-down Majestic night club in Leeds is to be refurbished again.

The plans have been submitted to the council today, but I just stumbled across this picture of the building on the Leeds Back in the Day Facebook page. 

It was taken in 1947, on a very rainy day!

Leeds Back in the Day

Dogs set on a deer in Bailiff Bridge

Were you in the Victoria Road are of Bailiff Bridge last Saturday night. There have been reports of a group of males who set two dogs on a deer.

West Yorkshire Police say it's unclear if the deer survived or not. 

If you did see anything you're asked to contact Calderdale Wildlife Officer PC Jonathan Sutton via 101 quoting reference 13160283459

Victoria Road

Watch: Waste site in Huddersfield - 'I thought it was water, but it was rats'

Shirley Henry

Journalist, BBC Look North

Residents in Huddersfield are calling for immediate action to get rid of a huge pile of rubbish near their homes. 

The waste site on Queens Mill Road was owned by a skip hire firm called Hunter Group.

The site has now been sold - but it's not clear who to. Residents say the smell is so bad they have to keep their windows closed. 

Travel update: A643 Moor Road in Huddersfield closed

BBC Travel

Not good news as we head into rush hour I'm afraid. On the A643 in Huddersfield, the road has been closed in both directions because of a serious accident.  

Avoid if you can

Watch: One of the first boats to use the reopened Calder and Hebble Navigation

Yesterday we told you that a stretch of the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Elland had reopened after the Boxing Day floods.

The bridge is still being repaired after the floods washed out its foundations.

The Canal and River Trust has just uploaded this video, which shows one of the first boats to use the river since the closure.

Travel update: Lane closed on M1 southbound J41

BBC Travel

Just something to be aware of this afternoon if you're on the M1 southbound. One lane is blocked between J41 (A650 Carrgate) and J40  (A638 Ossett), because of a broken-down vehicle.  

This was the view from the traffic cam a few minutes ago, as you can see it's all still flowing nicely.

Highways England

Fancy holding the thin blue line?

Could you be the next Juliet Bravo, the next Bergerac, the next Inspector Clouseau? 

Maybe this is your chance!

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Gary Ballance: England batsman recalled to face Pakistan at Lord's

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance has been recalled to the England side for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's next week.  

Gary Ballance
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He has been in recent form with the bat for Yorkshire in the Championship, Gary is mentally strong and we feel that he will add quality and experience to England's middle order."

James WhitakerNational selector

Leeds United: Comings and goings at the Whites

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United have made six summer signings after the capture of Oxford United striker Kemar Roofe in a four year deal for an undisclosed fee. 

Kemar Roofe
Getty Images

Oxford had said originally they wanted £3m for the 23-year-old who was the League Two player of the year last season when he scored 26 goals. 

Roofe arrives after the capture of Swansea City's England U21 international midfielder Matt Grimes, 20, on a season long loan earlier today and on free agent and former England goalkeeper Rob Green who signed a 12 month contract yesterday. 

Matt Grimes
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Already at the club's training camp in Ireland are loanees Hadi Sacko and Kyle Bartley from Sporting Lisbon and Swansea respectively along with permanent signing Marcus Antonsson from Swedish club Kalmar.  

HS2 route change welcome news in West Yorkshire

There's been a welcome in West Yorkshire to news the route could be changed for the high speed rail link through the region


The company behind HS2 are considering dropping plans for a new station at Sheffield, and bringing the line into West Yorkshire nearer Wakefield. 

Leeds Council leader Judith Blake says the Government should make a strong commitment to delivering the project as soon as possible.

Keith Wakefield, the Chair of the West Yorkshire Transport Committee, says the changes would improve integration with the existing rail network.   

Weather: cloudy with some brighter spells this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly cloudy with brighter spells, but also a risk of a little patchy rain in places, especially in the west. Maximum temperature 19C (66F). Moderate southwest wind.  


Charity shop hit by burglars in Wakefield

A number of items have been stolen from a charity shop in Wakefield, earlier this morning.


At 07:50 this morning, police were called to Scope's shop on Borough Road, the thieves made off with watches and handbags.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Wakefield Police on 101.

Leeds United make another signing, Oxford United's Kemar Roofe

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

A little earlier we told you about Leeds United's new signing, Swansea midfielder Matt Grimes. Well Leeds have signed Oxford United striker Kemar Roofe on a four-year deal.

Roofe has joined for an undisclosed fee understood to be about £3m, a club-record sale  

Kemar Roofe
Getty Images
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That nagging feeling you've forgotten something...

We've all been there - you change something in your routine and it throws your entire day off.

Spare a thought  for one mum in Bingley. On the school run this morning, she dropped off one of her elder children at school, returned to the car only to find one of her children missing.

The police were called, the school offered help immediately and locals in the area began to search for the child.

But it soon turned out the child wasn't missing at all. In fact she'd just dropped her children off in a different order.

It could happen to any one of us... 


Leeds United: Swansea City midfielder on season-long loan

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United have signed Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes on loan for the entire 2016-17 season.

The England Under-21 international joins up with former Swans boss Garry Monk, who signed him as a teenager from League Two side Exeter City for £1.75m in January 2015.

Matt Grimes
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Garry Monk and Pep Clotet were really good to me when I was at Swansea. They helped me a lot and nurtured me when I was a young player coming through, so it will be great to work with them again."

Matt Grimes

Latest headlines: Bradford man admits Glasgow shop keeper murder and living next to dump is 'daily nightmare'

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this lunchtime: 

Bradford festival starts tomorrow

The Bradford Festival starts tomorrow, and goes on until Sunday.

There's loads of stuff on, you can check it all out here.

Including, it seems, a man hugging a phone box!

Telephone box
Bradford festival

Attempted serious sexual assault in Leeds

A 20-year-old woman, who was walking through Lovell Park in Leeds early yesterday morning was grabbed and an attempt was made to seriously sexually assault her.

She was walking across a football pitch when she was grabbed from behind. She managed to run off.

The suspect is described as being a tall, white or light-skinned Asian male wearing a light grey coloured top.  

Lovell Park

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers. It is quite likely someone may have seen the suspect in the streets around the park or fleeing the scene.

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Calderdale sets out its EU exit plans

What sort of effect will the Brexit vote have on us in West Yorkshire? 

Calderdale council have just published an "action plan" on how they deal with any changes arising from the referendum.  


The council says that the vote has that the current period of uncertainty has a "knock on effect" on local councils and the services they provide.

You can see the full action plan here, but they say that the main impacts will be financial with levels of government support likely to be affected.

Asad Shah killing: Man admits Glasgow shopkeeper murder

More on the murder of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, who was killed by Tanveer Ahmed (pictured below) from Bradford. This morning he has admitted murdering the 40-year-old, just hours after he posted an Easter message on Facebook to his customers.

Tanveer Ahmed

The shopkeeper had also uploaded hundreds of videos about his spiritual beliefs to YouTube, most of which were filmed behind the counter of his shop.

Mr Shah was found seriously injured in Minard Road in Shawlands at about 21:00 on 24 March.

Ahmed, a cab driver in Bradford, was arrested shortly afterwards and later said in a statement released through his lawyer that he had killed Mr Shah as he had falsely claimed to be a prophet.


Mr Shah was an Ahmadiyya, a group known for its peaceful interfaith concerns. Ahmed said he had "disrespected" Islam.  

The murder of Mr Shah, who was well-known in the area, shocked the local community, with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon among those to pay their respects to him.  

It'll be reyt; new bus numbers in Keighley

As far as a re-brand goes, it's always important to use language that your target audience can easily understand...

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Asad Shah killing: Man admits Glasgow shopkeeper murder

A 32-year-old man from Bradford has admitted murdering a Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously motivated attack.  

Asad Shah

Tanveer Ahmed, from Bradford in Yorkshire, attacked Asad Shah outside his store in the Shawlands area on 24 March. Mr Shah later died in hospital.

The 40-year-old was killed just hours after he posted an Easter message on Facebook to his customers.

BreakingGlasgow Shopkeeper murder: Bradford man pleads guilty

Tanveer Ahmed, 32 from Bradford, pleads guilty to murder of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah in religiously motivated attack.

More to follow...

Watch: The Leeds deaf teenager striving for hgreatness

A severely deaf teenager from Leeds is defying the odds by excelling as a pianist. 

18-year-old Thomas West from Moortown has won a competition run by the National Deaf Children's Society,

They aim is to encourage the thousands deaf children in the UK to strive for greatness. 

Rise in the number of fines for school absences

If you've got kids, the lure of cheaper holidays during term times is tempting. But if you book those tickets when the children should be at school, you'll get fined.

And the number of those fines is increasing in Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees. 

Family on a beach
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They're featured among the highest 10 local authorities in the country for issuing penalty notices in the last school year, with fines coming in at £60 per parent per child. 

In total, the three councils issued more than 9,200 fines in 2015, 66% percent higher than the year before.  

Don't forget Leeds bus strike tomorrow

Drivers for First Bus in Leeds will be on strike tomorrow.

If you use them there will be disruption to your journey, you can get full details here.

Leeds bus strike

Appeal for missing woman in Batley

Have you seen Jodie Hudson? The 36-year-old is missing from her home in Batley. 

Jodie Hudson
West Yorkshire Police

She is 5ft 1in, slim with shoulder length auburn hair and blue eyes. 

Jodie was last seen wearing neon yellow top, black jogging bottoms and bright orange New Balance trainers. 

West Yorkshire Police ask that you call 101 with sightings and quote 1380.  

Headlines for West Yorkshire this morning

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire this morning:

Travel update: Broken down vehicle casing delays on M62

BBC Travel

We've got a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder of the M62 eastbound at J26 (M606 Chain Bar) and J27 (M621 Gildersome), which is causing some delays this morning

Watch: People living next to Huddersfield site experience a 'daily nightmare'

People living near a waste processing site in the middle of Huddersfield have described it as "a daily nightmare". 

The yard on Queens Mill Road is just a few feet from homes, and neighbours say they've been forced to close their windows because of the smell. 

It's recently been sold to a new owner, and the Environment Agency says it's working with Kirklees Council to help clean up the site.

Weather: Cloudy day with a small chance of rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A rather cloudy day ahead with some spells of rain.

Abbie has the finer details - take a look below:

Travel update: Congestion in Leeds after accident

BBC Travel

Earlier this morning, there was an accident on the M621 eastbound at J1.  It looks like this is causing some more congestion than normal on your morning commute.

Take a look at the map below, they grey boxes mean that there is congestion in that area.

Travel pic

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello welcome to our live coverage for Leeds and West Yorkshire, here you'll find all the latest news, sport weather and travel for our part of the world.

If you've woken up a bit grumpy this morning, spare a thought for the people who live in an area of Huddersfield who have to live next to this stinking rubbish dump...

More on that in a bit.

Rubbish dump