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  1. Live updates on Friday 8 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Goodbye: Our live coverage today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's the end of our live coverage today, thanks for being with us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across West Yorkshire.

Have a great weekend..

Weather: Fine evening and mild night ahead

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Any showers soon dying out to leave a fine evening with much of the night dry with some clear spells for a time. 

However, thicker cloud will bring some patchy rain by Saturday morning. 

Staying mild, lows of 16C.  


Latest headlines: Two arrested after Leeds shooting and heart surgery doubts ended at LGI

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this evening:

Bird's eye view of Halifax Piece Hall

The Piece Hall in Halifax is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.

This is a great view of that work and indeed the whole skyline over the town...

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EU referendum vote highlights neighbourly differences

If there's one thing about the EU referendum most people will agree on, it's that the Remainers and the Leavers divided friends, families and communities.

It was about your opinion, not where you lived or who your friends were. 

This article looks at why, here in Yorkshire, Leeds supported Remain while Bradford opted for Leave.

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The question on the ballot paper was wrong, people really felt they were being asked 'Do you think we have helped you to prosper over the last 30 years, do you think we have looked after you and your interests?' Well the people in Bradford would say no."

Prof Paul ChattertonUniversity of Leeds

Plan for £15m centre for sport and performing arts at dilapidated hospital site

Wakefield Express

Plans to transform the dilapidated Clayton Hospital into a £15m centre for sports and performing arts have been submitted to the council.

Clayton Hospital plans
Bond Bryan Architects

Blue plaque unveiled in Leeds for conscientious objectors campaigner

You may not have heard of him, but Thomas Harvey was a very important MP in his time.

The Liberal MP for Leeds West (1910-18) campaigned successfully for the rights of conscientious objectors during World War One.

Thomas Harvey
Leeds Civic Trust

Today a commemorative plaque was erected in his honour at Rydal House, his home in Headingley where he died in 1955, aged 80.

As well as an MP he was curator of the British Museum as well as being a profoundly committed Quaker.

Leeds Civic Trust

What does 1,000 singing children sound like?

Well like this actually. These children have gathered to sing at the start of the Bradford Festival...

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Leeds bus strike: Union says management 'to enter into meaningful pay negotiations'

Bus drivers for First Leeds have called off a planned strike on Monday.

One thousand workers were due to walk out following two stoppages, but Unite now say that the First Bus management have agreed to take part in negotiations over pay. 

Bus strike

The management has been in touch to say that they now wish to enter into meaningful pay negotiations. Unite will be entering into these talks in a positive and constructive fashion to seek a fair settlement."

Phil BownUNITE

Have you seen Yasmin Higgins?

Have you seen 15-year-old Yasmin Higgins from Huddersfield? She's been missing since Monday evening.

Yasmin Higgins
West Yorkshire Police

Yasmin from Salendine Nook, was last seen on Heaton Road in Paddock. She is 5ft 6ins, thin and was wearing a black leather jacket, khaki off-the-shoulder top, black jeans and black high heel ankle boots.  

Travel update: Major delays on A629

BBC Travel

It looks like the earlier accident is going to cause some real problems tonight...

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Chapeltown shooting: Man in stable condition in hospital

More now on the two arrests after a shooting in Chapeltown in Leeds.

Police say the 25-year-old victim is in a stable condition in hospital, his injuries are not life-threatening. 

The shooting took place in Jackie Smart Court at about 18:25 yesterday and is being treated by police as attempted murder. 

The scene is now being search by forensics officers.

Jackie Smart Court

Two men, aged 20 and 30, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and are currently in custody. The victim has received very serious gunshot injuries and it is only through good fortune that those have not proved fatal."

Det Ch Insp Stuart SpencerWest Yorkshire Police

BreakingChapeltown shooting: Two men arrested by armed police

Two men arrested after 25-year-old man shot in Chapeltown in Leeds in "targeted attack", West Yorkshire Police say.

More soon.

Terriers sign Dortmund's Stankovic

BBC Sport

Huddersfield have signed Borussia Dortmund defender Jon Gorenc Stankovic on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, understood to be about £500,000.

Jon Gorenc Stankovic

Slovenia Under-21 international Stankovic joined the German Bundesliga club from Domzale in 2014.

The 20-year-old is reunited with the Championship side's head coach David Wagner, who was Dortmund's second team boss from July 2011 to November 2015.

Watch: Injured Rhinos player launches magazine

Tanya Arnold

BBC Sport

It's been a frustrating year for Rhinos' forward Stevie Ward, who's not played all season.

He picked up an injury in the match that saw Leeds lift the League Leaders' Shield. 

During his rehab he's launched an online magazine called "Mantality" to address some of the problems rugby players face - including his own struggle with depression.

Monday's bus strike called off

Today's planned bus strike in Leeds is in full swing, but it appears this lunchtime that another, planned for Monday has been cancelled.

We're yet to hear from Unite, the union behind the strikes.

Bus strike

We can confirm that we've been advised by Unite that planned strike action for Monday 11 July has been cancelled. With nearly 100 Leeds bus drivers who've reported for work today we have more than 25% of our normal driver numbers.

First Leeds

BreakingMonday's Leeds bus strike cancelled

We've just heard that Monday's planned bus strike in Leeds has been cancelled.

More to follow...

Greenbelt development needed to fund Headingley Stadium improvements

The owners of Headingley stadium say that they want to sell off greenbelt land to developers, so that they can fun improvements to their site.

People living near the land say it could damage wildlife.

Gary Hetherington, Chief Executive of Leeds Rhinos speaks to BBC Radio Leeds' Liz Green about the plan to sell off the land

Travel update: Man airlifted to hospital after car and lorry crash on A629

BBC Travel

We've just got a bit more information for you on the crash on the Aire Valley trunk road, a car and a lorry have been involved and a 19-year-old man has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.

We're told by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue that it's at the Silsden roundabout (pictured).


Headingley faces opposition over plans to raise more cash

The owners of Headingley Stadium are facing a planning battle over proposals to sell off greenbelt land for housing. 


They says hundreds of homes can be built at Weetwood and Tingley and the money would be used for improvements at the Headingley stadium.


But people living near the sites argue it is greenbelt land and is part of the Urban Green Corridor and very important for green space and wildlife.

Travel news: Crash on A629 between Kildwick and Silsden

BBC Travel

We'll keep an eye on this and bring you more as we get it

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Harry Whitlam death: Man admits charge of failing to ensure the safety of others

Nearly three years after the death of an 11-year-old boy in an incident on a farm near Leeds, tractor driver Gary Green has admitted a charge of failing to ensure the safety of others.

Harry Whitlam
Whitlam family

Harry Whitlam (pictured above) died in the incident at Swithens Farm in Rothwell in August 2013. 

The case was taken over by the Health and Safety Executive who brought the prosecution against Mr Green. There'll be a further court hearing in November to identify more facts about the incident.  

One thousand children kick off Bradford Festival

Today sees the return of the Bradford Festival

Children musicians
Bradford festival

The event, which replaced the old Bradford Mela, is in its fourth year. 

The show starts with 1,000 local schoolchildren putting on musical and dance pieces on the main stage in Centenary Square.   

Bradford council 'fails to track children missing from school'

Bradford council is doing too little to trace pupils who go missing from mainstream schools, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.  

School children

Sir Michael says children educated at home, in unregistered schools or in some independent faith schools can be at risk of exposure to extremist views.

The government said it was taking tough action on unregistered schools.

Sir Michael Wilshaw

Since the initial meeting with Sir Michael, we have already taken action across the areas identified to tighten our processes and have invited open scrutiny of our practice in this area."

Cllr Susan HinchcliffeLeader, Bradford Council

Appeal for man who helped pensioner before recycling centre death

A man who helped a pensioner shortly before he died after sustaining a head injury at a recycling centre in Birstall is being sought as he may hold more information about his death. 

Geoffrey Naylor
West Yorkshire Police

Geoffrey Naylor, 82, from Gomersal, died after the man helped him dispose of his garden waste, and it's thought he may have witnessed what happened.

He is described as white, wearing shorts and possibly aged in his 40s.

Leeds bus strike - Is my bus running?

If you're about to head out on the bus in Leeds, you'll need to be clicking on this link.

It has all the info you need about the current bus times as First Leeds' drivers are on strike.

If you're stuck at a bus stop with nothing better to do, why not send me an email with your thoughts on the situation.

Bus strike

Heart surgery to continue in Leeds

The news that, after a review published today, specialist heart surgery for children and adults will continue in Leeds, will be welcomed by those who campaigned to keep it here. 

The NHS has announced that three hospitals, elsewhere in the country, will have to stop their heart surgery from next year.

The news has been well received in Leeds..


For families, staff and the wider community the news ends a long period of doubt. I want to pay tribute to them all for their commitment and stalwart support for the campaign to keep a full range of CHD services in the city.”

Cllr Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council

Stuart Andrew, the MP for Pudsey, campaigned to keep herat surgery at the LGI. 

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Heart surgery in Leeds safe after NHS review

Heart surgery in Leeds will continue after a review by NHS bosses has recommended that three hospitals in England should stop complex heart care


The Leeds General Infirmary unit, which treats adults and children with congenital heart disease, came under threat in 2011 when the NHS said it wanted to close some of its 11 specialist centres. 

But after a review LGI's unit will remain - although other hospitals elsewhere in England will lose theirs. 

Third Leeds bus strike underway

If you travel around Leeds on a First Bus, then you may be in for a long wait today.

Bus drivers in the city have started the first of two strikes in an ongoing pay dispute.  

Bus information

Members of the Unite union walked out for 24-hours from 02:00 and will strike for a further six hours from 04:00 on Monday, 11 July.

The drivers claim they earn £2 less per hour than other regional First drivers.

First Leeds disputed the claim and said it had made a revised offer, which amounted to a "substantial pay increase way above inflation."

Latest headlines for Leeds and West Yorkshire this morning

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this morning: 

Weather: Cloudy and damp start warmer later

A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain across West Yorkshire, perhaps heavy in places. Rain will die out from the west during the morning to give some sunny spells and just the odd shower by afternoon. Highs of 19c.

Good morning: Our live coverage

Welcome to our live feed for West Yorkshire for Friday.

I'll be here until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport weather and travel. 

Feel free to get in touch with anything that catches your eye, you can email me

Thanks to Claret Bex for this picture from Todmorden.

Claret Bex