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  1. Latest updates on Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Sue McGorrigan

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage for today

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it for our live coverage today. It's been a day of both sadness as we saw hundreds of people line the streets for Jo Cox's funeral.

Enjoy this weekend whatever you're doing. Oli Woodcock will be back with live news, travel, weather and sport updates for West Yorkshire on Monday 18 July from 08:00. 

Jo Cox

Leeds Arena becomes fourth busiest UK arena

Leeds Arena is celebrating becoming the fourth busiest arena venue in the UK. The First Direct Arena opened with an Elton John concert in 2013. 

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Weather: Showers dying out later tonight

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The showers will continue for the rest of the day but it will get drier and brighter later on. Top temperatures 19C, 66F.

A better day in store tomorrow.  Any rain will slowly die out throughout the day and it will become dry and bright across West Yorskshire.  Scattered showers and sunny intervals on Sunday. 

Weather map

Leeds SkyRide: Road closures this Sunday

If you're going into Leeds this Sunday watch out for road closures.  

It's the Leeds SkyRide cycle race which will go through the city centre between 10:00 and 16:00.

The following roads will be closed:

  • The Headrow (eastbound) – Oxford Place to Albion Street
  • The Headrow (westbound) – Cookridge Street to Calverley Street
  • Albion Street - The Headrow to Merrion Street
  • Merrion Street – Albion Street to Wade Lane
  • Wade Lane – Merrion Street to Lovell Park Road (a short southbound section between Belgrave Street and Merrion Street will be available for vehicles accessing St John’s Centre Car Park)
  • Lovell Park Road – Wade Lane to Oatland Lane
  • Oatland Lane – Lovell Park Road to Servia Hill (a short southbound section of Lovell Park Road and Oatland Lane will be available for vehicles accessing residential streets)
  • Servia Hill – Oatland Lane to St Marks Road
  • St Marks Road – Servia Hill To Raglan Road
  • Raglan Road – St Marks Road to Rampart Road
  • Rampart Road – Raglan Road to Woodhouse Lane (the route then passes through Woodhouse Moor and The University Campus. However, Clarendon Road between Moorland Road and Woodhouse Lane will be closed)
  • Willow Terrace Road – the whole
  • Calverley Street – Willow Terrace Road to The Headrow (a northbound route will be available for vehicles accessing the LGI – in particular A&E)
Leeds SkyRide

There are three areas which are good if you want to watch: Victoria Gardens, Woodhouse Moor and Leeds University Campus.

Travel update: Traffic disruption in west Leeds this Sunday

BBC Travel

We're being warned to avoid driving in parts of Leeds this Sunday as delays are expected as a result of a large vehicle carrying an abnormal load.

The vehicle is carrying a generator to be installed at Kirkstall Sub Station, and will be travelling from Goole Docks to Kirkstall.  

It's due to enter Leeds from Junction 28 of the M62 at about 11:00 and should reach the site at Kirkstall at about 13:00.

Abnormal load

The route the vehicle will take is:  M62 Motorway West bound at J28 Tingley, turn right along the A653, continue to the A6110 Ring Road (Beeston/ Wortley/ Farnley), turn left and join A647 Stanningley By Pass, turn right to B6157 Bradford Road/ Town Street Stanningley, turn left Swinnow Lane, turn right Broad Lane, turn right Wyther Lane and then left through the access gates to site at Kirkstall.  

Attack in Nice: Leeds lawyer tells of distressing scenes

The following description of the aftermath of the events in Nice includes details some may find disturbing:

Eyewitness Simon Coates, a solicitor from Leeds, told the BBC: "I saw one woman lying on the ground talking to her dead child, as other people desperately did what they could to save their loved ones.

"As the lorry passed by me a young boy of 10 or so just managed to leap to one side and escape by inches. 

"Tragically dozens of those on foot, young and old alike, were not so lucky. Virtually everyone I saw on the promenade was either dead or beyond real help with truly terrible injuries."

Crowds flee terror attack in Nice

Watch: Thousands line the route of Jo Cox MP's funeral cortege

Crowds gathered in Jo Cox's West Yorkshire constituency earlier today to pay their respects to the MP who was killed last month...

Cricketer who inspired PG Wodehouse's butler honoured

A cricketer who unwittingly inspired author PG Wodehouse to name his unflappable valet Jeeves, has had a poplar tree planted in his memory.

Percy Jeeves
Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Percy Jeeves, who was born in 1888 near Dewsbury, was playing in a cricket match in Cheltenham in August 1913 when PG Wodehouse "by chance" saw him play.

Liking the cricketer's bowling action, the young author would remember his name in 1916 and immortalise it.

The tree was planted today during the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, at the Cheltenham College Ground where Wodehouse saw Jeeves play.  

More than 135,000 visitors flock to this year's Great Yorkshire Show

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

This year's Great Yorkshire Show attracted more than 135,000 visitors 

It's up on last year's figure, and just shy of the all-time record for the three-day event which was set in 2006.

Great Yorkshire Show
Great Yorkshire Show

This is Jenny Hurst from Swillington in Leeds. She's being presented with her prize by BBC TV gardener Carol Klein after winning a competition for the best stand in the Garden Show.

New city park for Leeds opens today

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Leeds got a brand new city centre park today. The green space is the first of its kind for several decades and has been opened by Council Leader Judith Blake.

It's in Sovereign Square in the city centre. Watch the first children enjoy the new space. They are from Carr Manor Primary School in Leeds. 

Children playing in Leeds' new city centre park

The new park has been constructed on part the former council pay & display car park on the old Queen’s Hall site. There are water features and fountains which you saw the children in the video playing in.

Travel update: Delays getting onto the M62 from the A1

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A1 southbound between junction 41 for the M62 and junction 40.  

Kids paradise in the centre of Bradford

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you want to entertain your kids for free tomorrow, Bradford could be the place for you.

City Park in the centre of Bradford is being transformed into a giant playground.

Bradford City Park
Bradford Council

The playground is open tomorrow from 13:00 to 16:00.

Wallaby slows trains in West Yorkshire!

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds


An escaped wallaby has been causing problems on the railways in West Yorkshire today!

The animal was seen on the tracks between Huddersfield and Stalybridge. It's believed the creature escaped from a nearby animal farm.  

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Trains were forced to run slower than normal as they passed through the area until the marsupial was reported to be clear of danger.  Services are now back to normal.Dave Beaumont captured the animal on film yesterday in Huddersfield.

Dave Beaumont spotted this Wallaby in Huddersfield

Leeds Rhinos new signing makes his Super League debut tonight

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Rhinos new signing James Segeyaro has been talking to the BBC ahead of his home Super League debut against Wigan Warriors. 

The Papua New Guinea international made his full debut in last Friday's victory away to Hull FC. 

Leeds Rhinos new signing James Segeyaro ahead of home Super League debut against Wigan.

Cannabis farm discovered in Bradford

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Police followed their nose to find a cannabis factory in Bradford.

Officers were walking along Beldon Road in Low Moor when they caught a whiff of the drug yesterday.

They identified the house and managed to peer through an upstairs window and spot tools and machinery.

Officers broke into the house and found 120 cannabis plants.

West Yorkshire Police

Leeds United striker going on loan to Oldham

BBC Sport

Leeds United's striker Lee Erwin is moving from Elland Road to play for Oldham. 

The 23-year-old is leaving on a 12-month loan. 

Lee Erwin

He'll be playing for the new Oldham manager Stephen Robinson who managed him when he was at Motherwell.   

Poem for Jo

A 10-year-old girl inspired by the legacy of Labour MP Jo Cox has written a heartwarming poem called Love Like Jo.

Eleni Taylor, from Sheffield, described the late politician as "a shining golden sun lighting up the cold grey sky" and "a beautiful flower in a field of sadness" in a tribute written the night before Mrs Cox's private family funeral.

Eleni's proud father Paul Taylor, head of support and development for one of Mrs Cox's favourite charities - the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), which is benefiting from the Jo Cox Memorial Fund, shared the poem on Twitter.

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More pictures from Jo Cox's funeral

Funeral car
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Jo Cox

Jo Cox obituary: Proud Yorkshire lass who became local MP

She was a self-proclaimed "proud Yorkshire lass" whose work for charity took her around the world and whose political success led her to Westminster. 

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox

Weather: Outbreaks of rain this afternoon

After a sunny start to today, there'll be thickening cloud this afternoon which will turn to rain.

Further patchy rain overnight, but improving by Saturday morning.

Top temperatures today of 19C or 66F.

Claire has the weather for Friday 15 July for Yorkshire

Fundraising single to be released

More pictures from Jo Cox cortege

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Jo Cox funeral
Jo Cox funeral
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Jo Cox funeral
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Travel update: Police close city centre road in Leeds

BBC Travel

East Parade in Leeds City Centre has been closed due to a police incident.

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Jo Cox's old school pays tribute to star pupil

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Jo Cox was brought up in Heckmondwike and was Head Girl at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

The Headteacher at Heckmondwike Grammar has been telling the BBC about the impact of Jo Cox's death on his pupils. You can listen to Mike Cook here.

Headteacher at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Remembering Jo

Batley town hall flag at half mast
Jo Cox message
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Cox message
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Image that sums up so much


Flowers for Jo

This is the scene at Jo Cox's constituency office in Batley.

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Crowds in Batley

Jo Cox' funeral in Batley

Child's message for Jo

Alex Moss

BBC Local Live

Children from Jo Cox's Batley consituency pay their respects.

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Flowers thrown by Jo Cox well wishers

Flowers are being thrown by people lining the streets to remember Jo Cox.

Funeral Heckmondwide

The scene in Batley

People leave flowers for Jo Cox

Yellow ribbons for Jo

Pupils from Jo Cox's old school, Heckmondwike Grammar, are wearing yellow ribbons today in memory of their former head girl.

Heckmondwike pupils

Hundreds turn out to say goodbye in Batley and Heckmondwike

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

People in Batley are waiting for the funeral cortege to arrive.

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Hundreds in Batley

The cortege has left Heckmondwike and is now moving towards Batley. 

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People applauding

People on the streets are applauding as the funeral cortege passes by.

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Cortege underway

The funeral cortege is now underway and people are lining the street to pay their respects.

The first car has a number of flowers on the bonnet and roof.

"She was everyone's friend"

Crowds lining the route of Jo Cox's funeral cortege have paid tribute to their 'inspirational' local MP

Crowds lining the route of Jo Cox's funeral cortege pay tribute

The mood in Batley

BBC Look North's Lara Rostron is in Batley this morning.

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Children paying their respects

There is a real spread of the community out on the streets.

As well as older people, school children are also waiting to pay their respects.

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