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  1. Live updates on Monday 18 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

Oli Woodcock

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 Monday morning:

Nick and the team will see you tomorrow - enjoy that late evening sunshine.

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Louise Lehan

West Yorkshire's weather: Feeling warm with clear spells

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with clear spells this evening and overnight. Feeling warm and humid with low's of about 20C (68F). Light southerly wind.

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Tuesday will be dry, hot and sunny. Maximum temperature of about 31C (88F). Light or moderate southeast wind.

Travel update: Traffic light failure in Leeds

BBC Travel

A traffic light failure on the A660 in Leeds at the Portland Way junction is causing some problems this evening. Do approach with care.

We have the latest traffic and travel updates throughout the evening on BBC Radio Leeds.   

Your evening headlines for Leeds and West Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this evening include:

  • Bradford West MP Naz Shah has said the comments which saw her suspended from the Labour Party were anti-Semitic
  • A new report claims there's been a big increase in the number of cases of race hate in Yorkshire since the EU referendum

In pictures: 'Cloud faces' in Bradford

A pair of Korean artists have used facial recognition software to spot "cloud faces" in the sky over Bradford. 

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Cloud face
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Cloud face
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Travel update: Very slow traffic on the eastbound M62 between J26 and J27

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic on the eastbound M62 between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of debris on the road. Please do approach with care.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the evening commute to keep you moving.  

Hate incidents following EU poll creating 'real fear' in communities

Racist abuse incidents since the Brexit vote have been creating "real fear" amongst ethnic minorities in Yorkshire, religious and community leaders said.  

Data supplied to the BBC shows that over the last year, race hate crimes had gone up 13% in Yorkshire.

However, the data also shows there is no strong link between the EU referendum vote and a rise in the number of racially motivated hate crimes being recorded.

For example, in June 2016, 472 race hate crimes were dealt with by forces in North, South and West Yorkshire - the same number as in March 2016, three months before the referendum was held.

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Boy, 17, struck with a wooden bat during Huddersfield street robbery

Yorkshire Post

A 17-year-old boy was surrounded by a group of males and struck with a wooden bat during a street robbery in Huddersfield town centre.

The victim was walking home with his brother when they were approached by the group of six to eight males in Alder Street on Friday July 15 at around 21:10.

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Watch: Big rise in number of cases of race hate since EU referendum, report claims

A new report says there's been an increase in the number of race hate incidents in Yorkshire since the EU referendum.

The Muslim Community Safety Forum say verbal and physical attacks are on the rise - they're holding a conference in Leeds today to encourage more victims to come forward. 

Figures from the Police in North, West and South Yorkshire reveal only a slight increase in incidents compared to the same time last year - but campaigners say many are not being reported.

Watch: Huddersfield Giants head coach excited by Super 8s challenge

New Huddersfield Giants head coach Rick Stone says improvements need to be made if they are to retain their Super League status, but he is excited by the challenge.

The former Newcastle Knights boss, who also took charge of Fiji at the 2013 World Cup, arrived at the John Smith's Stadium as replacement for Paul Anderson.

He inherited a side now bottom of Super League going into the Super 8s, and needing to see off the challenge of three other top-tier sides and the top four Championship clubs that will also make up the Qualifiers.

Listen: Naz Shah MP says her words were anti-Semitic

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Bradford West MP Naz Shah has said the comments which saw her suspended from the Labour Party were anti-Semitic. 

Ms Shah apologised in April for online posts, including one suggesting Israel should be moved to the United States. 

Labour has now reinstated the MP, who in her first interview about the controversy blamed her "ignorance". 

"I wasn't anti-Semitic, what I put out was anti-Semitic," Ms Shah told reporter Becky Milligan.

Listen: Fears racism has increased on West Yorkshire's streets since EU leave vote

There are fears that racism on West Yorkshire's streets since the Brexit vote is going unreported to police. 

A Muslim organisation says a lot of people are afraid to come forward since the EU referendum. 

West Yorkshire's Assistant Chief Constable, Angela Williams, agree they're not seeing the full picture.

Artists' computer software finds 'cloud faces'

A pair of Korean artists use facial recognition software to spot "cloud faces" in the sky over Bradford for their exhibition. 

Cloud Face (Bradford, 2016) © Shinseungback Kimyonghun courtesy National Media Museum
Shinseungback Kimyonghun/NMM

Hundreds of images were taken by Shinseungback Kimyonghun using a CCTV camera on the roof of Bradford's National Media Museum in June.

The duo said while "humans see figures in clouds... algorithms sometimes find faces where there are not any".

Council leaders demand PM Brexit talks

Leaders of five combined authorities, including West Yorkshire, have written to the prime minister saying the north of England needs a "strong voice" in Brexit negotiations. 

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The letter was signed by leaders from Greater Manchester, Liverpool, North East, Sheffield, and West Yorkshire combined authorities.

It requested a meeting with Theresa May, who has not yet commented, "at her earliest convenience".

Super League: Huddersfield Giants 18-34 St Helens

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

St Helens defeated Huddersfield in Giants boss Rick Stone's first game in charge of Super League's bottom club. 

Rick Stone
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Stone saw his side go in 22-12 down at the break thanks to Saints tries from Joe Greenwood, Jack Owens, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Jordan Turner.

Danny Brough and Tom Symonds responded for Giants before the break, and Jermaine McGillvary got them back to within four points.

West Yorkshire's weather: Feeling warm with good spells of sunshine

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Most places enjoying a largely dry and warm day with some good spells of sunshine, however, we could still see one or two heavy showers particularly throughout the afternoon.

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Feeling humid with highs of 26C (79F). 

A dry night across the region with some clear spells, feeling very muggy and mild with lows of 19C (66F).

Listen: Big rise in number of cases of race hate since EU referendum, report claims

A new report claims there's been a big increase in the number of cases of race hate in Yorkshire since the EU referendum. 

While West Yorkshire Police figures show a slight increase on the same time last year - campaigners from the Muslim Community Safety Forum believe they don't reflect a large number of verbal and physical assaults which are not reported. 

Dr Quari Assim, who's an Imam at the Makkah Mosque in Leeds, says victims must not dismiss the idea of going to the police:

Your lunchtime headlines for Leeds and West Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this lunchtime include:

  • A new report claims there's been a big increase in the number of cases of race hate in Yorkshire since the EU referendum
  • The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has committed himself to the high-speed HS2 rail project 
  • Five people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a helicopter crashed in Yorkshire

Cyclist killed in Hebden Bridge car crash

Halifax Courier

A cyclist was killed following a crash with a car in Hebden Bridge on Sunday.

The incident occurred around 13:15 when a cyclist travelling towards Hebden Bridge on Keighley Road, and Vauxhall Zafira travelling in the opposite direction, collided between Hebden Bridge and Peckett Well.

Police close Keighley Road at Peckett Well after a fatal accident
Halifax Courier

Dawood sisters and children now missing for more than a year

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Two families from Bradford are still missing, months after it was feared they had headed to Syria.

The family of Bradford sisters Khadija Dawood, 31, Sugra Dawood, 35, and Zohra Dawood, 34, along with their nine children, aged between four and 16, who went missing in June last year, are still feared to have travelled to link up with terror group Islamic State.

Balaal Khan and family of the Dawood family
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Heckmondwike Grammer pay tribute to former pupil Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox's old school, Heckmondwike Grammar,  will give out its first award in her memory later.

Jo Cox vigil
BBV

The prize will be given to a pupil who's shown similar qualities to the Labour MP - who was killed in her constituency last month.

Jo attended the school in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and returned just last year to take part in a discussion with sixth form politics students.

Travel update: Very slow traffic on the westbound A638 Doncaster Road, Wakefield

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic on the westbound A638 Doncaster Road, in Wakefield, between the Oakenshaw Lane junction and the B6389 Agbrigg Road junction.

Congestion backing upto the A655 Black Road to the Hell Lane junction.

Do remember, BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

Bradford City surpass 17,000 for season tickets sold

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City have surpassed the 17,000 mark for season tickets sold. 

Bradford
BBC

The club's early bird offer expired yesterday, with fans paying just £149 for their season tickets - which equates to £6.50 per game. 

Tickets remain on sale from the club.

Five seriously injured in Yorkshire airfield helicopter crash

Five people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a helicopter crashed in Yorkshire.

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PA

Officers from Humberside Police were called at 18:07 yesterday to attend the crash, beside the runway at Breighton Aerodrome, near Selby.

All five people hurt in the incident have been taken to hospital - two by air ambulance. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police hit out at 'incredibly stupid and dangerous' kids who forced train to stop in Shepley

Huddersfield Examiner

Police have urged parents to tell their children to keep off railway lines after yobs dragged concrete slabs onto the tracks at Shepley.

Officers from Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team were called to the tracks through Shepley last Thursday night after reports that concrete slabs had been dumped on the line.

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Huddersfield Examiner

Travel update: Car fire in Seacroft causing traffic delays

Kimberley Metcalfe

Reporter, BBC Yorkshire

Do expect traffic delays on Easterly Road in Seacroft due to a car fire. Fire crews are on the scene. 

Car fire
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Car fire
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Car fire
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BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving. 

Travel update: Let's take a look at the trains

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train this Monday morning?

There are currently no delays or disruptions on Northern Rail, Cross Country, First TransPennine Express or Virgin East Coast trains running into Leeds Station.

As for Bradford Interchange, lines into the station are running to time on Northern Rail trains.

If you're travelling into Bradford Forster Square, all is running to time.

HS2 rail project backed by new transport secretary

The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said he did not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project. 

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The initial plan is for a new line from London to Birmingham, with later extensions to Manchester and Leeds.

The Stop HS2 campaign group had called on Mr Grayling to urgently review the project on cost grounds, and the effect on towns and cities near the route.

I have no plans to back away from the HS2 project.. We need a better transport system for the 21st century and HS2 is part of increasing the capacity of our transport system."

Chris GraylingTransport Secretary

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and feeling warm

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start with some cloud around first thing. Most places enjoying a largely dry and warm day with some good spells of sunshine, however, we could still see one or two heavy showers particularly throughout the afternoon.

Feeling humid with highs of 26C (79F). 

A dry night across the region with some clear spells, feeling very muggy and mild with lows of 19C (66F).

Your headlines for Leeds and West Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning, the latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include:

  • A new report claims there's been a big increase in the number of cases of race hate in Yorkshire since the EU referendum
  • The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has committed himself to the high-speed HS2 rail project 
  • Five people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a helicopter crashed in Yorkshire

Travel update: Busy on the westbound A629 Calderdale Way, Elland

BBC Travel

Traffic is building on the westbound A629 Calderdale Way, in Elland between the A6025 Halifax Road junction and the A6026 Wakefield Road junction.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

Travel update: Heavy traffic on the eastbound A6110 Ring Road Low Wortley, in Leeds

BBC Travel

Very heavy traffic on the eastbound A6110 Ring Road Low Wortley in Leeds, between the A58 Whitehall Road junction and Beeston.  

We have the latest traffic and travel updates throughout the morning on BBC Radio Leeds

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 18 July 2016.

Oli with with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Why not get in touch with us today? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments on this very warm Monday morning - we could see temperatures today of about 26C (79F). Is summer finally here?

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