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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 20 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Goodbye: Five things we didn't know this morning

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

But before I go let's take time to reflect on what we've been talking about today..

  1. If you get the bus in Leeds, you'd better find some alternative transport next week.
  2. Look closely, is that your guardian angel over Bingley?
  3. A little bit of West Yorkshire charity goes a long way, all the way to Sudan in fact.
  4. If you have trouble with names, the BBC is always on hand to help
  5. Even the professionals get themselves into trouble sometimes...

See you tomorrow

Land Rover
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Book with notes from Bronte family returned to Haworth home

A book annotated by the Bronte family has been returned to their former home in West Yorkshire. The Remains of Henry Kirke White by Robert Southey belonged to Maria Bronte, mother of Charlotte, Anne, Emily and Branwell.


Haworth's Bronte Parsonage Museum acquired it with £200,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

It was one of a few possessions saved from a shipwreck shortly before Maria married Patrick Bronte in 1812.

Weather: Thundery showers possible but still warm

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

One or two evening heavy showers or thunderstorms are possible, but otherwise a fine end to the day with some warm sunshine. Any showers will soon ease, leaving it dry overnight, with largely clear skies. Perhaps the odd patch of mist.  Lows of 17c.


An army of unpaid litter pickers

Now, I'm not a militant person, but when I see someone purposefully dropping litter, I get really angry...

But maybe I should take that anger and turn it into something more positive, like these people. This is a great article about people who are basically like the Wombles.

A "great unpaid army" who go around picking up litter.


One thing I don't understand are the number of runners who love to jog around our leafy lanes and blithely toss the drinks bottles over their shoulder rather than stick them in a bag or a bin."


I think the more we can get people to do, the more money local authorities will have to spend on other priorities."


The Unpronounceables: Our guide to those tricky names

Good luck to Huddersfield Town tonight as they take on the might of Liverpool. 

There are a lot of new players for the Terriers, so we put this handy guide together to help you as you cheer them on!

Trouble with the new players names at Huddersfield Town? Fear not, we're here to help

The latest headlines this evening

Here are your headlines for West Yorkshire:

Watch: What do passengers think of Leeds' indefinite bus strike?

We now know that Leeds is going to be affected by yet more industrial action by First Bus staff.

From next Tuesday drivers and other staff will walk out for an indefinite period of time.Previously the strikes have only lasted for 24 hours.

The UNITE union accused First of taking an "extremely aggressive" stance by sacking a branch secretary and two other workers. First Leeds said the "unjustified action" would affect tens of thousands of people across the city.

Here's what some of their passengers say...

The opinions of some who use First Bus in Leeds

Eddie the search dog gets new balls for retirement gift

Some people get carriage clocks, some get a golden handshake but some get...

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Travel update: M606 southbound closed

BBC Travel

More detail now on the M606 closure, we've got queuing traffic southbound between J2 and the M62, J26.

It's all down to an overturned lorry. Congestion on Burnham Avenue to Bierley Roundabout.  

This could make travel in the area very slow tonight.

Travel update: M606 closed

Oh dear, this isn't the news we need as we head into a hot rush hour... 

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Castleford Tigers: Andre Savelio arrives on loan from St Helens

Castleford Tigers have signed St Helens forward Andre Savelio on loan for the rest of the season. 

Andre Savelio
Getty Images

Andre has always caused us trouble when we have played against him in the past and I'm sure he will fit neatly into the way that we play"

Daryl PowellTigers Head Coach

Hooray! No issue on the buses in Keighley

It's rare that we share good bus news.. so here you go!

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Mountain rescue team suffer their own accident

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team had to rescue themselves yesterday, after their Land Rover overturned close to Wessenden Lodge, near Marsden on Saddleworth Moor.

Land Rover on its side
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

The team were up there to rescue an injured walker, who was led off the mountain to safety later on. 

Thanks to a local farmer, the ambulance was pulled back onto its wheels and was able to be driven off the moor without further assistance.

LAnd rover
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Women warned to expect jail sentences after being convicted of child cruelty

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Two women have been remanded in custody and warned they will be sent to jail on Friday for serious ill treatment of a young child. The pair locked the boy in a cupboard while they went to Blackpool and hit the boy with a metal pole.

Bradford Crown Court
Telegraph and Argus

First Leeds calls strike action 'unjustified'

Bus drivers and other workers for First Leeds are to stage an indefinite strike in a worsening row over pay.

Bosses at First Bus said the "unjustified action" would affect tens of thousands of people across the city.

Bus stop

But UNITE, the union behind the walk-out, accused First of taking an "extremely aggressive" stance by sacking a branch secretary and two other workers for "legitimate trade union activity".  

Unite said 1,000 of its members would walk out from 02:00 next Tuesday.  

Study finds that Jamie Oliver's cooking courses improves eating habits

Scientists say cookery courses started in Leeds by Jamie Oliver have helped people improve their eating habits.  

Jamie Oliver
Getty Images

A Leeds University study's found people who took part in the Ministry of Food courses run at Kirkgate Market started eating more fruit and veg, halved the number of snacks they ate and became more confident about cooking.  

Did you see the Bingley cloud angel?

Great spot by Peat Blagg in Bingley last night.

A cloud that looked like an angel! Did you spot it too?

(if you're struggling look to the right of the picture below...)

Cloud angel
Peat Blagg

The face of it looks a little spooky though...

Cloud angel
Peat Blagg

Watch: Inspirational doctor reveals final wishes

Jamie Coulson

Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

A doctor from Wakefield who's used her experience of terminal cancer as a force for change in the NHS has expressed her final wishes. 

34-year-old Dr Kate Granger became a prolific and inspirational fundraiser after being diagnosed back in 2011. 

She was also the force behind a campaign to improve the way doctors and nurses speak to patients.

The doctor from Wakefield was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011

Weather: Will you stay dry on the way home?

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Staying very warm and humid with some heavy, thundery showers, gusty winds and a chance of hail affecting some areas. Becoming generally dry by this evening. Highs of 26c. 

Have a look at the animation below to see if you'll miss the showers!

Check out the video to see the path of the rain

BreakingMore bus strikes for Leeds

Bus workers in Leeds are to stage an all-out strike in a worsening row over pay. 

Unite said 1,000 of its members employed by First West Yorkshire will walk out from next Tuesday after suspending a strike planned for last week.

Bus Strike

The union accused the management of taking an "extremely aggressive" stance by sacking a Unite branch secretary and two other workers.

Unite is embroiled in a series of industrial disputes involving bus workers employed by the First Group in Glasgow, Weymouth and across Yorkshire.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire:

How did this Radio Leeds jumper end up in Sudan?

How does a BBC Radio Leeds jumper end up on a man in Sudan? This picture was sent to the team by a BBC colleague based in Nairobi. 

It's of 18-year-old Justin Loku, who was at a MSF clinic in Juba. He'd ended up there after fleeing fighting. 


We know that these tops were made as part of a collaboration with BBC Radio Leeds and African Children's Choir back in 2003. It was so popular they had to do three dates in Leeds Town Hall in one week .

But we still don't know how the top ended up with Justin in South Sudan, 13 years later. The African Children's Choir are fascinated by this and are trying to help us solve the mystery!

Take a look around the Look North studio

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

I thought you might like to have a sneak peek behind the scenes here at Look North. I've made a quick film to show you what happens on the studio floor and down in the newsroom.

Take a look around the Look North studio.

If you've got any questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Drop me an email

The long-gone ABC cinema in Leeds

Just seen this on the Leeds Back in the Day Facebook page; it's inside screen one at the ABC cinema.

It was demolished in 2005, and stood where there is now a car park to the east of Leeds city centre. 

It was opened in 1934 as the Ritz Cinema.

ABC cinema
Leeds Back in the Day

Bus changes in Leeds - check your route

If you use the bus to get around, worth having a look at the West Yorkshire Metro website - there are changes to some timetables coming into effect this weekend.

Don't get caught out waiting at the bus stop looking like a right plumb!


Last night's sunset over Leeds

This is a great picture, taken as the sun went down over Shadwell last night...

If you've got one you'd like to share, because the sunsets this week have been amazing haven't they, feel free to email me with it!

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Wetherby Young Offenders Institute inmates spending too long in their cells

A West Yorkshire jail once known for its groundbreaking approach to dealing with young people, is now failing to deliver according to the Chief Inspector of Prisons. 


The Keppel unit at Wetherby houses some of the most challenging young people in the country but inspectors say too many are spending time locked in their cells. 

The report says that in general boys at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution are missing out on exercise and education.  

Watch: How to deal with a swarm of bees in Leeds

Yesterday I was telling you about a swarm of bees that had closed a restaurant in Leeds.

Yesterday evening, a beekeeper came along and sorted them out, so this is how you deal with a swarm of bees in Leeds city centre!

A swarm of bees closed a restaurant in Leeds yesterday

Unemployment down by 16,000 in Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

New figures show unemployment in Yorkshire has fallen by 16,000 between March and May. 

Job centre

151,000 people are now unemployed across the region. 

Nationally, the figure fell by 54,000 to 1.65m.  

Thousands of Leeds City Council jobs to face the axe

Yorkshire Evening Post

Up to 2,000 Leeds City Council jobs - more than 15% or one in every six of the total workforce - could be axed in the next four years as under-pressure civic hall bosses try to balance the books.  

Civic hall
Yorkshire Evening Post

Meat cleaver attempted robbery in Huddersfield

A man in Huddersfield was attacked with a meat cleaver in an attempted mugging in Lockwood on Monday.

The 54-year-old was walking along Victoria Road just before 22:00 when a teenager got out a small meat cleaver and demanded the victim's mobile phone.

Victoria road

The man managed to run away but  was chased and then suffered cuts to his arm from the meat cleaver, but kept hold of his phone. 

Police are looking for as a white male, 6ft tall, around 12-15-years-old, skinny build, chin length brown hair, with a round face and quite well spoken.

This was a terrifying experience for the victim who sustained cuts to his arms during the incident. No property was stolen in the end, but I would like to speak to anyone who saw anything in the area or has any information to help with our enquiries."

Det Const Mick CummingsWest Yorkshire Police

Building firm Dunne Group collapses with loss of 524 jobs

leading Scottish construction firm has collapsed into administration, making 13 people in Leeds redundant. 


The Dunne Group faced "severe cashflow issues" and had ceased trading with "immediate effect", its administrators said.

They said the move would result in the immediate loss of 524 jobs across the group.

Your headlines this morning

The latest stories in West Yorkshire this morning:

  • The Calderdale Flood Commission says that money made available to prevent flooding is  "insufficient".
  • A cyclist has died after being hit by a car being followed by police 
  • Wetherby Young Offenders Institution is failing its inmates because they spend too much time in their cells.  

Watch: Report recommends authorities should 'act now' on flooding

A report is recommending that officials in parts of West Yorkshire 'act now' to protect communities from flooding. 

Last December heavy rain led to flooding in the Calder Valley with thousands of homes being evacuated.

Councillors will discuss the findings of the report later. 

Flooding in calderdale

Travel update: M62 queues down to 'medical incident'

BBC Travel

I've just been speaking to the police, who say that the delays this morning were down to an "medical incident" on the M62.

They say it's all cleared now, so hopefully all will be returning to normal soon.

Cyclist killed in crash

A cyclist has been killed after being hit by a car which was speeding away from police. 

Officers were attempting to stop a silver Vauxhall on Cottingley Cliffe Road near Bingley yesterday evening when it collided with the bike rider who died at the scene. 

The car driver has been arrested and the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.   

Travel update: M62 delays this morning around J27

BBC Travel

Both directions on the M62 are moving very slowly this morning, it's all down to an incident on the M62.

The hard shoulder is closed eastbound at J26 and the westbound carriageway is slow because people are slowing down to see what's happening. Congestion on the westbound is back to J28.

It does mean, however, that if you're moving through Leeds, your morning commute is probably quicker than normal.

Travel update: Travel time M62 eastbound J24-J26

BBC Travel

More reports coming in from the M62 this morning, we're told that the current travel time from J24 to J26 eastbound is 35 mins.

I'd avoid if you can. Here's the queue at J24...

Highways England

Travel update: Upwards of 30 mins delay on M62 eastbound

BBC Travel

We're still not completely clear on what's causing this delay on the M62 this morning, but what we do know is that traffic is queuing from J23 to J27 of the eastbound carriageway.

This is J25, the matrix signs are currently saying "30 mins delays"