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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Headlines on Thursday 14 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. You can't cheat when it comes to prize heifers
  2. Some people ride bikes... but some people really do ride bikes
  3. Putting a new sign on a new building gets people all excited.
  4. Life's so much easier when your main rival fractures his elbow
  5. Skippy is alive and well and living in Huddersfield. What's that Skip? It's time to go?

See you tomorrow!

Dave Beaumont

Who ya gonna call?

You might have seen lots of promotion recently for the new Ghostbusters film.

This replica of Ecto1 from the original films was causing a lot of interest in the Trinity Centre in Leeds this lunchtime...

Ecto _1

Weather: Dry night ahead with some cloud

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with clear periods, although cloud amounts will increase later. Minimum temperature 9C (48F). Light southwest wind.   


Tomorrow it'll be mostly cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain spreading east through the morning: becoming mostly dry and a little brighter though the afternoon. Maximum temperature 19C (66F). 

Multiple cars vandalised in Halifax

Nineteen cars cars have been damaged by vandals in Halifax.

The vehicles had their windows broken in the Pellon Lane area of the town on Monday, shortly after midnight.

Pellon Lane

We've had a large number of reports of criminal damage - and I would appeal to anyone else who has been a victim but not yet come forward to report it to us."

Insp Colin SkeathWest Yorkshire Police

From London to Rio, the Yorkshire cyclists on their way to Rio

A team of cyclists who are riding from London to Rio, in time for the Olympics in tribute to the late Jane Tomlinson, have reached the half way stage.

The journey is 3,000 miles long, the team are now in Lisbon having been on the road for 17 days.

Jane Tomlinson Appeal

The team, which includes Jane’s husband Mike, will now face a further 1,600 miles across Brazil, to finish in Rio de Janeiro, in just 20 days. 

The epic challenge comes exactly 10 years after the late amateur athlete Jane Tomlinson CBE embarked on her 4,200 mile ride across America.

Have you seen the Huddersfield Wallaby?

If you live in Huddersfield, keep an eye out for this little fella.

Dave Beaumont spotted this Wallaby in fields behind his house in Slaithwaite at 06:30 this morning.

Any ideas where it might have come from?

Watch: Milestone in Victoria Gate development - time lapse

The huge new Victoria Gate development is due to open in the next few months, today saw a milestone, in that the sign for the new John Lewis was put up.

Here, you can see it all in a nice time lapse video we made!

West Yorkshire Police officer up for bravery award

Lovely clip of PC Sean Cannon, from West Yorkshire Police, who saved a family from a house fire.

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Weather: Dry and warm afternoon ahead

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon it'll be mostly dry with sunny spells, just a small chance of catching an isolated shower. Maximum temperature 20C (68F).


Robot ping pong machine at Leeds' Corn Exchange

Fancy taking on a robot at table tennis?

Who wouldn't right? I find this video slightly memorising..

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The top seven things Theresa May MUST do for Yorkshire

Yorkshire Post

Theresa May comes to office just over a year after the Conservatives made a series of pledges to Yorkshire to help win a string of marginal seats.

Theresa May
Yorkshire Post

Cancelled train from Bradford

Just a quick one if you were hoping to let the train take the strain from Bradford to Skipton...

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Bus dispute: Union meeting next week to decide if ballot goes ahead

The Unite union have just clarified they will be meeting next week to discuss their ongoing disputes with First Group 

Regional officer Steve Clark told the BBC that if the issues are not resolved then members may be balloted for industrial action, including a possible strike as early as the following week.


He estimated that union members accounted for about 90% of the workforce in Bradford, Doncaster, Halifax, Huddersfield, Rotherham, Sheffield and York.

Injury clears path for Brownlees Olympic success

Leeds' Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have had their hopes of taking triathlon gold and silver at the Rio Olympics boosted.

Brownlee brothers

News has just come through that their main rival Javier Gomez has withdrawn. 

The Spaniard, who split the brothers to finish second in London four years ago and has won the world title for the last three years, has fractured his elbow in training.   

Bramley Baths closed until weekend

If you live in Bramley and you were planning on going for an after work dip, bad news I'm afraid.

The swimming pool is closed until Saturday 16 July because of repairs to the roof, according to their Facebook page

The gym, steam room and all classes in the Studio are operating as usual.  

Bramley baths
Bramley baths

Elderly driver hurt as car crashes into house in Wakefield

A driver's been taken to hospital after her car ploughed into a house in Wakefield. 

The elderly woman was released from the wreckage after the collision in Woolgreaves Drive at Sandal. 

The occupant of the house was unhurt.

Further bus strikes on the horizon

About 4,000 bus workers for First Group across Yorkshire will be voting on whether they should take industrial action over pay and conditions.

Leeds has already seen a series of strikes in recent months, but this new vote could see drivers and staff across the whole region stage a walk-out.


The affected areas will include Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and York.

Interestingly, the union behind the possible action hasn't included Leeds on that list.

There is a feeling that the uncertainty caused by last month's Brexit vote has encouraged management to take advantage of the current situation to roll back on pay and conditions. If that is the case, First Group will have a real battle on its hands."

Steve ClarkUnite Regional Officer

We've asked First Group for their reaction and will update you as soon as they get back to us.  

Exhibitor barred from Great Yorkshire Show for tampering with cattle

Organisers of the the Great Yorkshire Show have confirmed a dairy cattle exhibitor has been banned from the event for three years following an incident of tampering with an animal. 


The Yorkshire Agricultural Society says the case breaches the show's regulations. We understand that it had something to do with the animal's udders.

Travel update: Accident causes bus diversions

BBC Travel

An accident on the A647 Stanningley bypass means that you're going to face delays coming into Leeds.

It's happened between the Branch Road junction and Armley Gyratory and involves a pedestrian. It's also affecting busses in the area. 

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Sign of the times: John Lewis fitting name to new Leeds store

The new John Lewis store in Leeds is due to open this autumn, and today they're putting the sign on the building...

John Lewis sign

If you've not been on the east side of Leeds city centre in a while, here's how the new Victoria Gate development is coming on...

Victoria Gate

West Yorkshire Police expect rise in honour killing

Today marks what would have been the 30th birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, the Bradford-born teenager murdered by her parents in a so-called honour killing. 

Shafilea Ahmed

They were jailed for life in 2012, and since then the number of honour-based crimes reported to West Yorkshire Police has more than doubled. 

Detectives have forecast a further hike in this year's annual report.

Labour leadership fight: 'I will not stand', insists Hilary Benn

Hilary Benn has categorically told BBC Radio Leeds that he will not be standing for the Labour leadership.

It comes as a Labour donor launches a legal challenge to the party's ruling that Jeremy Corbyn can be automatically included in the leadership ballot.

The MP for Leeds Central said he was supporting Angela Eagle and called for an end to the "bullying and intimidation" which has been going on since she announced her intention to challenge Mr Corbyn for the party leadership. 

Appeal for location of remains of Huddersfield backpacker 15 years on

Police in Australia are using the 15th anniversary of the murder of Huddersfield backpacker Peter Falconio to appeal for help find his remains.

Peter Falconio

The 28-year-old disappeared on a remote outback highway north of Alice Springs in July 2001. Truck driver Bradley Murdoch is in jail for his murder, but has never revealed where his body was left.

Northern Territory Police continue to search for Mr Falconio and will do so until he is found. We urge anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to come forward. We also take this opportunity to again urge Bradley Murdoch to consider the heartache of the Falconio family and bring them some resolution."

Act Dep Comm, Lance GodwinNorthern Territory Police

Vigil against hate crime in Bradford

Last night a vigil was held in Bradford in protest at growing racism following the UK's decision to leave the EU. 


There have been reports around the country of a rise in racist hate crime since the referendum, and organisers say the event, which attracted about 300 people, was about celebrating the contribution people from other countries make to West Yorkshire.  


It's really heartening that this many people come together in Bradford to say that hate crime is not okay. We're not going to stand by and let this happen."

Katie JenningsVictim Support worker

Latest headlines: 2016 will see rise in honour crime and appeal for more information over backpacker's death

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this morning:

  • 2016 will see a rise in so-called honour-based crime, according to West Yorkshire Police
  • Police in Australia are using the 15th anniversary of Peter Falconio's murder to appeal for information
  • A vigil has been held in Bradford in protest at the reported growth of racist abuse following the UK's decision to leave the EU

Weather: A fine day ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine and dry start to the day with things staying mostly dry

We should see some good spells of sunshine throughout much of the day and it will feeling warm in lighter winds. Highs of 20C (68F). 

Travel update: M62 eastbound broken-down lorry J23

BBC Travel

Sorry to say we start, just like we finished yesterday, with traffic problems on the M62 eastbound. 

We've got a lane blocked on the slip road from the Hartshead Moor Services. It's all down to a broken-down lorry. There are tailbacks to J23 (A640 Huddersfield).  

Good morning: Our live coverage

How are you? Welcome to our live feed for Thursday 14 July. Great news on the weather front today, we might just see the sun for more than five minutes!

More on that shortly, but keep checking for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across West Yorkshire.

Thanks to 16-year-old Liam Goodyear for this great shot of Ilkley Moor...

Ilkley Moor
Liam Goodyear