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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 19 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we didn't know this morning

Thanks for being with us today, it's been hot but fun. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00.

So what have we learned today?

  1. West Yorkshire was hotter than Madrid, the actual Madrid.
  2. Penguins love a bit of heat, no sitting on eggs for them today.
  3. When it's hot, the railways can literally melt.
  4. It's very possible to be hit by lightning and live to tell the tale.
  5. Even bees need lunch, why wouldn't they swarm around a Leeds city centre restaurant

See you tomorrow!


Major roadworks to support Leeds White Rose centre expansion scheme

Morley Observer and Advertiser

A raft of roadworks has been signed off to help deal with increased traffic flow from a shopping centre expansion project.   

White Rose
Morley Observer

Ryanair to increase flights from LBA by a fifth

Ryanair is hoping its passenger numbers from Leeds Bradford Airport will increase by a fifth by next year. 

AFP/Getty Images

The airline's announced a new service to Girona near Barcelona - and says it'll bring in SUMMER flights to destinations it flies to in the winter including Warsaw and Gran Canaria.    

Your latest headlines this evening

Here are the latest for Leeds and West Yorkshire this evening

  • Concern over the government no longer having a Yorkshire Flood Envoy.
  • A paedophile from Leeds has been caught after being on the run in Cambodia.
  • Ryanair's expects a 20% increase in passengers from Leeds Bradford Airport next year.

Inquiry launched into double debacle of Leeds Supertram and trolleybus schemes

Yorkshire Evening Post

A major inquiry is set to be launched into the chain of decisions stretching back across three decades which saw two major transport schemes for Leeds scrapped – and tens of millions of pounds in taxpayer cash wasted in the process.

Yorkshire Evening Post

Enjoy your day in the sun West Yorkshire

I'm not saying anything. I'm just putting this out there.

In other words, have your BBQ tonight...

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Postition closed for Yorkshire's Flood Envoy

There is no longer a Government Flood Envoy for Yorkshire. 

The Department for the Environment has confirmed that the post set up after the boxing day floods has been scrapped.

Getty Images

In a statement Leeds West Labour MP Rachel Reeves says the Environment secretary must "get a grip", and "take the urgent action that is so desperately needed to protect our region from further flooding in the future."  

Plans to streamline adoption services in West Yorkshire

Plans to help make the adoption process in West Yorkshire quicker are expected to be approved by senior councillors in Bradford later. 


It's hoped changing the system will be better for children and their new families. 

The idea is about merging adoption services in Bradford with those in the rest of West Yorkshire. If approved a regional service would be created, based in Leeds. 

Did you always want to 'bee' a celebrity?

Just a quick update on the swarm of bees that has shut down a resturant in Leeds for the afternoon.

The beekeeper has turned up to deal with them, and it seems he's turned into a bit of a celebrity...

Look at the crowds!


Fun in the sun at Bradford's City Park

That looks so inviting. I want to be there. 

I'll get my water wings...

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West Yorkshire sees increse in criminal cases being dropped

West Yorkshire has seen a rise in the number of dropped criminal cases due to lack of evidence.

Our county is in the top ten of areas where the most cases have been abandoned. Nationally insufficient proof saw criminal proceedings against 52,288 people abandoned in 2014-15, compared with 38,132 in 2012-13.

High Court

The charity Victim Support said dropping cases risked undermining people's confidence in the criminal justice system.  

The figures included individuals who had been arrested and charged but where the CPS decided to drop proceedings before evidence was heard in court.  

Leeds basks in the sweltering heat

There.. I said it, I used the word sweltering.

But it's a fair description, it's boiling out there, but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves...

Love to see your pictures, feel free to email them to me.

Leeds sun

And people are already enjoying the new park opened in the west of the city

New Park

And the Black Prince seems to be having a nice time too, I bet it's a bit sweaty up there today though...

Black Prince

Update: Swarm of Bees closes Leeds restaurant

I was telling you about the swarm of bees that congregated on a central Leeds restaurant. 

Well I've just called the manager there, he told me that they've shut for the day and that someone's on the way to deal with the bees.

Jason Ridgway

Some of Itsu's customers were trapped inside as the bees swarmed around the front. But as far as we know, no one was stung and all got out without incident. 

Ilkley Lido in the sunshine

Our thanks to Jenny Harris for this great shot of Ilkley Lido, complete with cameo of her feet!

Jenny Harris

People trapped in restaurant in Leeds

Have you been in Leeds city centre this lunchtime? 

We hear that people eating in the Itsu restaurant have been trapped inside by a swarm of bees!

Katie Timms
Anthony Baxter Bennett

Are you in the restaurant? Email me and tell me about what's going on!

Roundhay looking splendid in the sunshine

Check Roundhay park in Leeds out, looking really lovely in the sun today.

Our thanks to @calogram1 for this picture.

Roundhay Park

How do penguins cope in the hot, hot heat?

Nick Dowling looks after the penguins at Harewood house

Your headlines this afternoon

The top stories across Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

Weather: It's hot... That's about it

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a dry, hot and sunny afternoon ahead. Maximum temperature 32C (90F), but with some urban areas reaching 34C (93F). Moderate southeast wind.


Cricket: Alex Lees sorry for remarks to Martin Saggers

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire one-day captain Alex Lees has apologised after calling a decision by umpire Martin Saggers "terrible".  

Lees' remark came after Saggers awarded a no ball for a breach of fielding regulations during a T20 Blast defeat by Nottinghamshire on Friday.  

Alex Lees
Getty Images

I regret the comments made and I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to Martin. These comments are uncharacteristic and were made in the heat of the moment."

Alex LeesYorkshire one-day captain

What next for the Northern Powerhouse?

What's going to happen to the much lauded Northern Powerhouse now that its greatest champion, former Chancellor George Osborne, is firmly on the backbenches? 

Northern Powerhouse cities

Following Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, Conservative MP Andrew Percy has been appointed as the new Northern Powerhouse minister.

So what's the future of this key Conservative manifesto pledge? One view is that the phrase will  now be "quietly dialled down".

Scorchio: How high can we go?

We'd really like to see your sunny pictures if you're out and about this afternoon, you can email them to me directly.

Looks like the mercury is still rising!

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Not a cloud in the sky at Emley Moor

There's not a single cloud in the sky around the Emley Moor transmitter this lunchtime, to prove it, here's a picture posted by West Yorkshire Police on their Facebook page.

They've dubbed it the Costa Del Emley, 

Costa del Emley
West Yorkshire Police

Heat causes rails to buckle: Leeds to Selby line closed

We all know it's going to be hot today, but it's getting so warm that services have been suspended on First Transpennine Express between Hull and Leeds, because of a rail buckling in the heat at Selby. 

Aero Pixels

This isn't anything out of the ordinary, First Transpinnine have a whole webpage devoted to information on it.

They say that when it's hot, the rails expand and therefore buckle. We can expect the line to be shut for the rest of the day as they'll have to wait for the line to contract again before they can repair it.

Convicted paedophile on way back to UK after two years on the run

A convicted paedophile from West Yorkshire who'd been on the run for two years is on a flight back to the UK.

Damien Midgley
North Yorkshire Police

Damien Midgley, 39 from Aberford near Leeds was tracked down in Cambodia last week. He didn't turn up for his trial in 2014, and was convicted and jailed in his absence. 

Last week he was found in Cambodia although it's thought he'd previously spent some time in Thailand.

He was met by officers from North Yorkshire Police this morning and is now on a plane back to Heathrow. He's due in court in York tomorrow.

All hot and bobbied

Spare a thought today for the police officers that don't get the luxury of a nice air conditioned panda car...

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Travel update: A64 accident at Tadcaster

BBC Travel

If you're using the A64, beware of queues eastbound in Tadcaster, between the A162 junction and the Slice Lane junction. It's because because of an accident involving a lorry and a bike earlier on. 

Oi Edwards, get some work done...

BBC Radio Leeds' lunch presenter taking a very easy approach to radio production... 

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Search for good Samaritan after assault in Normanton

A woman who stepped in to help another woman who was being assaulted in Normanton is being asked to come forward.

Police say that the only description they have is that she was wearing a brown coat, and she intervened as a 29-year-old woman was being repeatedly grabbed by a man.

It happened outside ASDA in the town, on 22 June at around 16:00.

ASDA Normanton

We believe this lady witnessed the incident and could well have information which will assist with our enquiry. I wish to stress that she is not in trouble of any kind,

DC Clare BarranWest Yorkshire Police

Call for money money for tourism in Yorkshire

West Yorkshire businesses which rely on tourism are warning of a period of uncertainty following the EU referendum. 

Sir Gary Verity

The boss of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity, says he's seeking a meeting with government ministers to call for a better deal for the region.

He says that in Yorkshire there's no central funding available, but Scotland receives £66m a year.     

Heatwave advice from the NHS

I'm not going to bang on about it too much, but it'll be blatantly obvious that it's going to be hot today!

Leeds City Council have just tweeted this advice from the NHS on how to cope in hot weather. It contains some really good tips on how to keep your room cool and who we should be looking out for.

Leeds Park square

Warning over Pokemon Go in West Yorkshire

Pokémon Go has become huge since its release last week. The game which uses your phone's GPS signal is being played by loads of people, but it's lead to this warning from West Yorkshire Police.

Pokemon Go

Whilst we don’t want to ruin anybody’s fun, it has been brought to our attention that there has been lots of reports of people playing this app and attempting to catch Pokémon whilst driving. Enjoy the game – Play it Responsibly - NOT WHILST DRIVING. . . . Our officers have also seen people whilst crossing the road without checking for traffic. Pikachu reminds you all to; Stop Look & Listen!"

West Yorkshire Police

Impress your friends with your weather knowledge

On hot days it's always nice to drop into conversation the line "did you know, it hotter than xxxx today".

Well now you can do it yourself, with this handy link, have a look. 

At the minute, in Leeds, it's hotter than Madrid!

Is it Leeds or Madrid? No it's Madrid.

Watch: Rare honour for Wakefield band The Cribs

Wakefield band The Cribs have achieved something many rock stars can only dream of. 

The duo had previously modified guitars given to them by American company, Fender. 

But now the Californian guitar giant will make replicas of Ryan & Gary's guitars, available on general sale worldwide. It's very rare musicians are given the honour.

Watch: Bradford man describes surviving lightning strike

It's a very rare thing, but it can happen, and it did to Tony Mais from Bradford. 

Tony was on a Caribbean holiday with his wife in Jamaica last month when the freak accident happened.

He says that right after the strike, he saw "darkness and then four or five doves." He has been left with burns and internal injuries, doctors say he was hit with between 50,000 and 60,000 volts. 

'I saw darkness and then four or five doves'

Latest headlines: Calls for more cash for Yorkshire tourism and man 'lucky to be alive' after lightning strike

Your headlines this morning:

  • West Yorkshire firms are backing calls for more money to be spent promoting the county's tourist trade. 
  • A man from West Yorkshire says he's lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning during a Caribbean holiday
  • Wakefield band The Cribs have achieved something many rock stars can only dream of. 

Weather: Feeling hot hot hot!

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A warm and sunny day with plenty of sunshine. Highs of 34C (93F) in some places, so feeling very hot with a light south-easterly breeze. Will it last though?

BBC Look North's Abbie Dewhurst has Yorkshire's weather forecast for Tuesday 19 July 2016.

Good morning: Our live coverage

Shhh... if you listen very closely you'll be able to hear the flags actually crack. It's going to be proper hot today, more details on that in a minute.

Welcome to your live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for Leeds and West Yorkshire. I'll be here keeping you updated until 18:00.

Thanks to Alissa Howroyd for the great picture of the fields near Rawdon.

Fields near Rawdon
Alissa Howroyd