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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 21 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we didn't know when we woke up

That's it for today, thanks for dropping by. I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, travel, sport and weather.

But before I go, here's five things we didn't know this morning...

  1. If you fancy getting some nice aerial shots of a football match. Don't.. just don't.
  2. When you want to make a serious point, just keep digging.
  3. People try and smuggle the weirdest things... I mean, a crocodile ashtray?
  4. Dog, lamppost, dog, lamppost, dog, lamppost... It's going to be the lamppost isn't it. Bye bye car...
  5. Keep Rheas? If they say they're off out for a bit, best make sure they know their way home.

See you tomorrow folks!

West Yorkshire Police

Extra cash for cathedrals

Bradford and Wakefield cathedrals have been awarded almost six hundred thousand pounds to mark the centenary of the First World War. 

Wakefield Cathedral
Wakefield Cathedral

The government money will be used to repair the buildings and preserve them for future generations. 

Your news headlines this evening

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire

Weather: Cloudy overnight, patchy rain in the morning

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain developing in places overnight. Minimum temperature 15C (59F). 

Weather gfx

Tomorrow it'll be a cloudy, damp start with patchy rain at first, slowly brightening up with sunny spells developing, together with the risk of a heavy shower. Maximum temperature 23C (73F). 

Cyclist killed in Bingley named

A cyclist who died after an accident in Bingley on Tuesday has been named as  Andrew Platten, who was 55 and from the town.

Andrew Platten
West Yorkshire Police

He was hit by a silver Vauxhall Vectra whilst cycling on Cottingley Cliffe Road just after 19:30. 

The 22-year-old driver of the car from Bradford was arrested at the scene, he has since been released on bail.

Andrew excelled as a respected and dedicated academic, with a love for art, poetry and music. For anyone that knew him, cycling was his true passion as he became a recognised competitive rider on the roads."

Andrew Platten's family statement

Sexual offences increase in West Yorkshire

The number of sexual offences reported to West Yorkshire Police in the last year has increased by almost a third. 


Figures also show an overall increase in crime in our county. 45,000 more crimes were reported to police in the year up to the end of March than in the same time the previous year. 

That increase includes an additional 1,200 reports of sexual offences.

Bradford in the glorious sunshine

Great view of Bradford's City Park in the sunshine, click on the picture for the full effect! 

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Update: The Wakefield Rhea is back with his owners

Just a quick update on the Rhea (previously reported as an Ostrich) is back safely with his owners...

West Yorkshire Police

He's called "Chief" and will be making an appearance on the telly tonight too, I'd just like to point out that I'm free to represent him if he needs an agent...

Advice for commuters affected by bus strike

The continuing bus strike in Leeds is due to start next Tuesday.

Whether you agree or disagree with the action, it's going to mean disruption for thousands of commuters in the city.

Bus picket

As the saying goes, if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. 

So if you think you might be affected, take a look at Metro's advice page for the strike action

Virgin Trains East Coast to axe up to 46 jobs, union claims

Virgin Trains East Coast is planning to axe up to 46 jobs at travel centres and train stations along the East Coast Main Line route, including Leeds and Wakefield according to a union.

Virgin train
Geoff Sheppard

The company wants to replace its travel centres with open plan "customer zones", the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said.

Other stations at Doncaster, London King's Cross, Edinburgh, Peterborough, York and Newcastle could be affected.

Reforms on funding for schools are 'needed urgently'

Parents aren't getting their children into the school of their choice, because of funding and this needs to change "urgently" according to Shipley MP Philip Davies.

Philip Davies
Conservative Party

His comments come as the Government delays plans for a new system aimed at ensuring fairer funding for schools. 

The aim was to have this in place next year, but the new Education Secretary, Justine Greening, says it's being put back until 2018. 

Think it's safe to go out in the sun unprotected?

... Think again. I've just been having a look at the UV levels for Leeds and as you can see, despite it being much cooler today, there's still a risk if you don't put sun cream on.

UV chart
Painted metal facial prosthesis attributed to Anna Coleman Ladd made in France, 1917-1920

An exhibition exploring how the development of prosthetic limbs was influenced by sculpture opens at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

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Corbyn is 'ineffective' says Halifax MP

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The Labour MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch, is the latest to turn on her party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. 

She's been a member of his Whips office since September 2015 and had, until today, stayed tight-lipped on Mr Corbyn's leadership. 

Holly Lynch

Today, pointing to "unsustainable divisions" and an "existential threat", Ms Lynch writes: "Quite apart from his politics, Jeremy is ineffective at making the decisions and providing leadership that we so desperately need." 

Owen Smith, the former shadow cabinet member, is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership - we'll know the winner by September.

Watch: Halifax man to be buried alive for three days

A former drug addict has decided to bury himself alive in a large coffin in Halifax for three days to raise awareness of the dangers of addiction. 

John Edwards is the founder of Walking Free, an online support group which helps people "walk free" from addiction. 

He says that by doing something extraordinary he'll be taking a stand against senseless deaths by offering words of life from the grave.  

John Edwards will spend three days undergorund

Your headlines this lunchtime

Here are the latest headlines this lunchtime:

Watch: Your weather in 27 seconds

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon there is a risk of a few isolated showers with some being heavy. cooler than it's been the last few days, highs of 24C (75F).

Watch my 27 second forecast below!

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Travel update: Travel problems this lunchtime

We've got a few travel problems around West Yorkshire this lunchtime to be aware of, let me know if they're causing you major disruption.

They're on the A58 and on the M62 westbound between J26 and J25

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Bizarre objects go on display in Leeds

If you like bizarre museum objects, then the latest exhibition at the Leeds Discovery Centre, near the Royal Armouries, could be just for you.

They're about to display a range of items that have been seized from smugglers including a ashtray, made from a crocodile. A croc-a-tray if you will. 

Leeds Museums

The objects are part of a collection on long-term loan from HM Revenue and Customs, and were confiscated from their owners because they breached laws around importing animal products.

The items, including a mongoose being eaten by a snake, will be used to teach visitors about animal welfare. It opens next Friday.

Leeds Museums

A Christian woman gave £1000 to this Muslim family after their shop was attacked

The Independent

Earlier this month 58-year-old Mohammed Riaz was attacked in Bradford by three people in his butcher's shop, Meat Hut. One woman, who the family named only as "Jane", posted a letter to the family, enclosed was a cheque for £1,000.


Leeds United: 'Pie tax' on South Stand tickets scrapped

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United have scrapped a controversial "pie tax" that had been introduced on some match-day tickets at Elland Road.

Elland Road

The club had raised the price of adult tickets in the South Stand by £5, which also included a "meal deal" voucher.

A statement on the club website said: "Meal deal structures have been simplified to help speed up service."

As a result of the changes, the club announced adult match tickets in the South Stand will no longer be sold as part of a meal deal package.

Don't worry, it's not the beginning of the end...

We had quite a few pictures of some pretty menacing clouds sent to us yesterday.

Most of them looking pretty apocalyptic, like this one from Susan Halliday...

Here they are, looking evil over Leeds city centre...

Leeds Clouds
Susan Halliday

William Hill boss fired

The Leeds-based bookmaker, William Hill, has sacked its chief executive James Henderson after two years.

William Hill

Its board said he was leaving because he hadn't delivered enough growth in online and international gambling.    

Woman sexually assaulted in Wakefield

A woman was sexually assaulted in Huddersfield and West Yorkshire Police want to speak to this man in connection with the crime.

Wanted man
West Yorkshire Police

The 36-year-old woman was walking through a car park on Wakefield Road at 11:00 on 22 June. She was followed by a man, who made a number of sexual comments before touching her inappropriately. 

The man is described as in his early 20's, 5ft 6ins tall, of skinny build, short black hair and spoke with a southern accent.   

We are continuing to investigate this incident and I would like to speak to anyone who can help us identify the man in the picture or who has information which could assist the investigation."

PC Ashley MaynardWest Yorkshire Police

No kerbside glass recycling in Leeds

Officials in Leeds say they can't afford to start accepting glass in green recycling bins.

Glass bottles

The council says it wants to introduce kerbside collections of glass and food waste,but it's not currently possible. 

A new plan's being proposed to help get recycling rates above 40%. It includes taking action against people who break the rules.  

Driver swerves to avoid dog and hits lamppost

A driver in Castleford has paid the price of having good reactions, after they swerved to avoid a dog that ran out into the road.

As far as we know all are okay, the car... not so much. 

Crashed car
West Yorkshire Police

Drones the dos and don'ts

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

After a 37-year-old man has been arrested for flying a drone over the Huddersfield Town v Liverpool match last night, I thought I'd check out the rules on what you can and can't do with them.

AFP/Getty Images

According to the Civil Aviation Authority's website their advice is:

  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don't fly higher than 400ft
  • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don't.

And there are more rules for drones fitted with cameras:

  • You shouldn't fly within 50m of people, vehicles, buildings or structures
  • That includes over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events 

Halifax man to broadcast from buried coffin

A recovered drug addict and charity worker is to bury himself for several days and broadcast on social media.

John Edwards, 61, is planning to be buried on Friday in Halifax and to "bring people words of light from the grave", in a bid to reduce the number of addicts' funerals he has to attend. 

John Edwards

Mr Edwards is due to stream his incarceration live via a smartphone.

His coffin, 8ft long, 3.5ft deep and 4ft wide (2.4m x 1m x 1.3m), gives him some room to move.

He will receive food and water through a pipe and a second pipe will be connected to a caravan toilet.

John Edwards

I've been there and done it all, I've really been there. I'm speaking their language. I am saying don't end up in a premature grave - that's extreme. But extreme times demand extreme measures."

John Edwards

Watch: Drone halts Huddersfield v Liverpool match

A 37-year-old man has been arrested after Huddersfield Town's pre-season friendly against Liverpool last night was halted by a drone. 

Play stopped in the 61st minute when the gadget was spotted hovering above the field at the John Smith's Stadium, triggering fears for players' safety. 

The pilot was identified and the drone was seized before the referee allowed play to continue adding three minutes of extra time.   

A 37-year-old man has been arrested for flying a drone over the John Smith's stadium

Your headlines this morning

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire:

  • Bus drivers say they have no option but to go on an indefinite strike over pay. 
  • A 37-year-old man has been arrested for flying a drone above the Huddersfield Town v Liverpool pre-season friendly last night.
  • A web-stream of a former drug addict being buried alive in Halifax will go live tomorrow night.  

Weather: Still bright and sunny but not as warm

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see plenty of sunny spells across West Yorkshire today and a largely dry and fine day. There is a risk of a few isolated showers this afternoon, some could be heavy with the odd rumble of thunder. Highs of 24C (75F) 

BBC Look North's Owain Wyn Evans has Yorkshire's forecast on Thursday 21 July 2016.

Travel update: M1 lane closed northbound J44

BBC Travel

We've got one lane closed on the M1 northbound between J44 (A639 Leeds South) and J45 (A63 Leeds Cross Green), because of a spillage on the road.

This is the scene at J43 Northbound, pretty clear so far as you can see...

Highways England

Have you lost an Ostrich?

This little fella turned up in Wakefield last night, it was spotted by people in Thornes and apparently it was just having a nice stroll around the neighbourhood. 

West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police went along to check it out and handed the bird over to the RSPCA, who confirmed that it was in fact a Rhea, which is related to the Ostrich/Emu family and comes from South America.

I'm pretty sure she/he didn't walk all the way though. 

West Yorkshire Police

The bird is now in a safe place, according to West Yorkshire Police, and is quite friendly!

Ohhh, he likes you!

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning all, welcome to our little corner of the internet where we'll bring you the latest in news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire.

I'll be here until 18:00 tonight. Thanks to James Harry Kearsley for this great shot of Otley, taken from the Chevin, from last night.

Otley Chevin
James Harry Kearsley