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  1. Updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Latest updates on Friday 12 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we learnt on Tuesday

Thanks for being with us today - we will return for more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

So what have we learnt today? Well...

  1. A man from Halifax explains how he saved his wife's life, thanks to a pioneering hand transplant.  
  2. The lovely story of the woman suffering with dementia who wouldn't let go of  the police officer's hand who came to look after her.
  3. The former Batley Variety Club will close its doors for the last time at the end of the month
  4. If you want to listen to Bradford doing well in League One next season, you'll be able to listen to BBC Radio Leeds
  5. And if you're on your own on the M606, you can still use the 2+ lane!

I leave you with this picture from Neil Allinson.

I challenge you to find a more Yorkshire scene than this! 

It's of the cricket ground in Pudsey..

Neil Allinson

Weather: Dry night followed by dry day tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Any showers will be dying away leaving a largely dry with clear spells overnight. Feeling chilly with lows of 10C (50F). 


Tomorrow we'll have a mostly dry and bright day with partly cloudy skies and sunny spells. Isolated showers possible. A maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Who played at the Batley Variety club?

As we've been telling you today, the Batley Variety Cub, now known as Batley Frontier, will close later this month, almost 50 years after it opened.

 The venue has hosted some of the biggest names in showbiz over those five decades.

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The club opened in 1967 with a sold-out performance by The Bachelors, who had already scored eight top ten singles including a number one three years earlier with 'Diane'.

In 1968 Louis Armstrong played the club just weeks after he knocked the Beatles off the number one spot in the UK charts with 'What a wonderful world'.

In 1974, when the Bee Gees were performing, Yvonne Spencely was a waitress. She and Maurice Gibb hit it off and the pair married the next year.  

Travel update: Incident on M606 J1

BBC Travel

We've had reports of an incident causing disruption on the M606 at J1 tonight.

Police are on the scene and dealing with it. If you're unfamiliar with the area, it's the exit for Low Moor.  

Watch: How my hand transplant saved my wife's life

A West Yorkshire man's been talking about how he saved his wife's life - thanks to a pioneering hand transplant. 

Mark Cahill from Halifax says he was only able to give Sylvia CPR when she had a heart attack, because of the new hand he was given back in 2012.

Batley Variety Club to shut doors after 49 years

More now on one of West Yorkshire's most legendary night spots, which is due to close after almost 50 years.

The Batley Variety Cub, now known as Batley Frontier, hosted artists including Louis Armstrong and Dame Shirley Bassey

Louis Armstrong

General manager Nick Westwell described the closure as a "very sad time". A special event will be held on 30 July to celebrate the club.

The venue, in Bradford Road, is due to be converted by JD Gyms.

Six-year-old in hospital after crash

A six year old boy has been airlifted to hospital after a crash in Wakefield earlier this morning.

The boy was hit by a car just after 08:30 this morning, he was airlifted to hospital with head injuries.


The crash happened near to Sandal Post Office.

The boy was taken to the LGI where his condition is described as serious but not life-threatening.

Travel update: Accident A650 Bingley Bypass

BBC Travel

Another bit of travel information for you as we head into the rush hour, we've got one lane blocked on the  A650 Aire Valley Road westbound in Bingley between the Ferncliffe Road junction and Castlefields industrial estate roundabout.

It's because of an accident involving a motorcycle.  

Fly tippers could be in for £400 fine in Bradford

People in Bradford who dump their rubbish in the countryside could be fined up to £400 if they're caught.

The council are discussing plans to introduce the fixed penalty notices next week, it's been revealed.


Currently authorities can take people to court, which can result in a fine of £50,000 or 12 months in prison. But this can be very costly and time consuming.

The possible new fines are aimed at small scale fly tippers, and it's thought it could save the council time and money in prosecutions.

Travel update: M62 westbound broken down lorry causing queues

BBC Travel

We've got a bit of a problem on the M62 westbound this afternoon, there's queueing traffic at J24 (A629 Ainley Top) and J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor), because of a broken down lorry in lane three.

We'll bring you more as we get it, let's how it clears before the rush hour.

Highways agency

Listen: Batley Frontier Club to close its doors for final time

The former Batley Variety Club, which has played host to artists including Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Roy Orbison over the years - will close its doors for the final time at the end of July. 


Now called the The Batley Frontier Club, it's going to be turned in to a gym after it closes. 

Nick Westwell is the general manager of the Frontier and he says it's the last of its kind:

Pudsey gymnast to compete at Olympics for Team GB

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Congratulations to Pudsey 20-year-old Nile Wilson who has just been confirmed by Team GB for the Rio Olympics.

Nile Wilson
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He should be in with a good shout; earlier this year he took the individual gold on high-bar at the European Championships.

Good luck Nile!

Have you seen 23-year-old Ian Jeffries?

Have you seen Ian Jeffries? The 23-year-old was last seen in Meanwood at 13:30 today.

Police say he's thought to be driving a a grey Seat Ibiza, registration J555 FRS which was seen in Bridlington earlier this afternoon.

He is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, with blond hair, blue eyes and a beard. 

Ian Jeffries
West Yorkshire Police

We are very concerned for Ian's welfare and urgently need to trace him and establish that he is okay. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen him or his vehicle or who has any information that could assist us in finding him."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Listen: Farmers' questions over Brexit

As the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show gets into full swing, the question of "what next" in the agricultural community is being asked a lot post-Brexit.

It will remain to be seen what happens to food producers subsidies when the deals are done to bring the UK out of the EU.

BBC Radio Leeds' Charles Heslett spoke to Tom Rawson from the National Farmers' Union.

Bradford City sign Blackpool goalkeeper for £1

League One side Bradford have signed Blackpool goalkeeper Colin Doyle for a fee of just £1 after meeting a release clause in his contract.

Doyle made 35 appearances for Blackpool last season but could not help them avoid relegation to League Two.

The 31-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal, joined Blackpool in June 2015 after 12 seasons at Birmingham.

Colin Doyle

M606 2+ lane open to all

Some good news if you sit in lane one on your own every morning longingly looking at the 2+ lane...

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Weather: Dry and bright afternoon ahead

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A mostly dry and bright afternoon with partly cloudy skies and sunny spells. 

The risk of the odd light shower. Light westerly winds, and highs today of 19C (66F).  


Latest headlines: Armed robbery on a shop in Bradford and plea for xenophobia to be tackled in Bradford

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this lunchtime:

Travel update: Expect delays on Leeds ring road this afternoon

Just a quick heads-up if you're planning to use the ring road this afternoon...

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Search for attacker after woman robbed of jewellery

A 30-year-old woman has been assaulted and robbed of her jewellery in Wakefield.

She was attacked as she was walking past the Sandal Castle when a man has approached her. He assaulted her, causing injuries to her hand and stomach, before taking items of jewellery from her.  

West Yorkshire Police

The suspect is described as being over 6ft tall, of skinny build and spoke with an Eastern European accent.    

Thankfully the victim wasn't seriously injured but nonetheless this incident has understandably left her extremely shaken.

Det Con Holly SpeightWest Yorkshire Police

Great Yorkshire show gets under way

More than 130,000 visitors are expected over three days at the Great Yorkshire Show.  

This year is the 158th "best of British farming" extravaganza at Harrogate's Great Yorkshire Showground.  

Boy with cow

An £11.5m exhibition hall the size of three and a half Olympic swimming pools, to house the Food Hall, is new this year.

There will be more than 1,200 stands, with competitions ranging from horse-shoeing to sheep-shearing.


The 2012 event was cancelled after one day for the first time in its history due to heavy rain, at a cost of £2m.  

Call for more to be done over post-Brexit xenophobia

There's a call for more to be done to fight racism and xenophobia in Bradford - following the decision to leave the EU. 

Curtis Malinowski

The council's being asked to set up a group to make sure people aren't targeted. The motion's being proposed by the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Bradford Council - Jeanette Sunderland, 

She says there have been worrying reports of an increase in hate crimes and that it's important to make sure any harmful effects are minimised.

Shop worker injured in armed robbery in Bradford

Thieves armed with a gun and an axe attempted to rob a shop in Bradford last night.

Officers were called just before 22:00 to the store in Barkerend Road, where the would-be robbers made demands for cash.  

The men, who were believed to be Asian, left the store empty-handed in a vehicle described as a silver Peugeot. A male staff member was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary for treatment for minor injuries and shock. 

Barkerend Road

This was understandably a frightening experience for the staff member involved. We treat any use of a weapon extremely seriously and it is vital that we identify and bring to justice those involved."

Det Sgt Beverley GarnettWest Yorkshire Police

The final Frontier - legendary club confirms it will close this month

Mirfield Reporter

The legendary Frontier club in Batley - formerly the Batley Variety Club - will open its doors for the final time before it is transformed into a gym.

Frontier club
Mirfield reporter

Bill Bailey and Russell Howard to appear at Leeds Fest

The Leeds Festival has just announced who will be headlining their Alternative Stage at this year's festival.

Alongside Foals, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Biffy Clyro, Bill Bailey and Russell Howard will be entertaining the masses.

Bill Bailey
Russell Howard

Travel update: Recovery underway for over turned lorry

Just back to that overturned lorry on Bingley Road, past Dick Hudson's towards Menston.

Police have closed the road but this is the scene at the moment, hopefully not too long until they've got it shifted.

Lorry recovery
West Yorkshire Police

Bradford City commentary deal announced by BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds has announced a three-year commentary deal with Bradford City, which will see every game covered in every competition.

The season starts on Saturday 6 August with a home game against Port Vale.

Bradford city

This is an ambitious project in which the station have clearly set out their plans for coverage, but we also plan to maximise our side of the bargain which will see Bradford City as more of a community asset than just a football club on a Saturday afternoon."

James MasonBradford City

Crime prevention: West Yorkshire Police's summer anti-theft campaign

When the sun's out (WHEN it comes out) it's very easy to think that the rest of the world is relaxing and enjoying it with you.

But as West Yorkshire Police's summer anti-theft campaign reminds us, it's better to be safe than sorry.

You can read all of their tips on how to stay safe here.

Summer campaign
West Yorkshire Police

Dementia sufferer wouldn't let go of officer's hand

How about this for a lovely story, an elderly lady with dementia who had gone into a supermarket in Huddersfield to do some shopping, but got confused at the checkout.

She didn't know what to do next and became distressed, so staff called the police. They came and looked after her and took her home.

The lady was scared and didn't want to let go of the officer's hand, even in the car on the way back to her house. So he let her continue to hold it on the gear stick.

Gear stick
West Yorkshire Police

The supermarket gave her the shopping for free, and the officer helped her put it all away and put the flowers she bought in her window.

Flowers in window
West Yorkshire Police

Latest headlines: One-in-eight dairy farms closed since 2013 and

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this morning:

Travel update: Overturned lorry on Bingley Road

Just heard that Bingley Road past Dick Hudsons towards Menston is closed because of an overturned lorry. Police are telling us to avoid the area .. 

Lorry in ditch
West Yorkshire Police

Travel update: A1(m) northbound now reopen

BBC Travel

Just going back to the accident northbound at J43 on the A1(M), Highways now tell me that all vehicles are now on the hard shoulder and all lanes are reopen.

There were eight miles of queues at one point, so I wouldn't expect this to get get back to normal for a little while yet.

The accident also had a knock-on effect with the M1 at J47 as well. 

Watch: Fewer dairy farmers in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire has lost one in eight of its dairy farmers since 2013.

Low milk prices mean many farmers struggle to cover the cost of production, and this has forced many to leave the industry. 

For those that remain, the challenge is to find new ways of doing business. 

Travel update: Accident A1(M) J43 northbound

BBC Travel

We've got one lane closed on the A1(M) northbound between J43 (M1 Hook Moor) and J44 (A64 Bramham), because of an accident involving three cars.  

At the moment, we've got eight miles of queues approaching it. As you can see, traffic is building up in the area.

Highways agency

Weather: Dry to start possible showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry start to the day across West Yorkshire with plenty of bright and sunny spells. 

Remaining dry for most well into this afternoon, with a few isolated showers possible later. 

Light westerly winds, and highs today of 19C (66F).  

Good morning: Our live coverage today

Good morning one, good morning all, welcome to Leeds and West Yorkshire's live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for Tuesday.

I'll be hanging around, bringing you the latest until 18:00 tonight, if you spot anything you think we should be talking about, you can email me.

Let's not forget, it's the first day of Great Yorkshire Show today, here's a picture of a man and an old tractor to get you in the mood.