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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume on Monday at 08:00
  2. Live updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Five things we didn't know this morning

That's it from me for today, we'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel.

Here's five things we didn't know when we woken up this morning:

  1. People power can be an amazing thing.
  2. And people themselves can be pretty amazing too.
  3. Been saving up for a nice hot foreign holiday? Forget it, come to Leeds like everyone else.
  4. Use the bus in Leeds? It's okay, you'll be able to use them next week!
  5. Just because you left the 80s behind, doesn't mean the 80s left you behind.

See you next week!

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Your pictures: A week of beautiful weather

It's been an amazing week weather wise, here are some of the best pictures we received over the last five days:

Susan Helligan
Emley Moor
West Yorkshire Police
Ilkley Lido
Jenny HArris
Roundhay Park
New park

Weather: Showers die out with a muggy night tonight

Isolated heavy showers will die our for a dry night. Another muggy, warm night with lows of 16C (61F).


Tomorrow it'll be mostly a dry and bright day with sunny spells and feeling warm. Just the odd isolated shower, and cloud tending to increase by evening. Highs of 24 (75F).    

Allardyce's old club wish him well in new job

Sam Allardyce has been named as the new England manager, he was of course a Huddersfield Town player in the 80s.

Nice 'tache Sam!

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Latest headlines this evening

Here are the latest headlines this lunchtime:

Man to bury himself alive tonight

Tonight a Halifax man will bury himself alive to raise awareness of the dangers of drug addiction. He'll be streaming the whole event on social media.


John Edwards, 61, will be getting into a coffin at 20:00 tonight for three days to "bring people words of light from the grave", in a bid to reduce the number of addicts' funerals he has to attend.  

He will receive food and water through a pipe and a second pipe will be connected to a caravan toilet, Mr Edwards told the BBC while standing in the grave as he was digging it.  

Congestion on M1/M62 connector

BBC Travel

It really does seem like a very busy night on the roads tonight, you can tell it's the time that the schools are breaking for summer holidays...

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Slow commute home in Leeds tongiht

It looks as though we're in for a slow commute in Leeds tonight. If the buses are going slowly, we're all going to go slowly...

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Search for motorcyclist who hit head and then left crash scene

A motorcyclist who was in a crash with a minibus and then rode off is being sought by police.

The crash happened yesterday just after 14:30 and the rider is thought to have come off the bike and hit their head on a green BT box.

But despite his possible injuries, then left the scene of the accident, which happened at the junction of Broad Lane and Bell Lane in Bramley. 

Crash site

We urgently need to trace the rider and check on his wellbeing and to speak to him about the circumstances of the collision."

PC Dale BrownWest Yorkshire Police

Indefinite bus strike called off in Leeds

After a meeting this lunchtime between the union representing bus drivers and First Leeds, it's emerged that an indefinite strike planned for Tuesday has been cancelled.


The BBC understands that a slightly improved pay offer has been made and that Unite's members, the union representing Leeds bus drivers, will be balloted again in August.

Today's meeting was the first time in weeks that the two sides have sat down for official talks over pay.

BreakingLeeds bus strike cancelled

We understand that Tuesday's indefinite bus strike has been cancelled.

More to follow

How much rubbish gets collected in Leeds city centre?

Watch: Last journey for former soldier

Today we've been telling you about the funeral of a soldier from Leeds, who died with no friends or family to attend his funeral. 

After a social media campaign, hundreds turned out to give him a proper send off.

So many people attended that there was no room in the chapel.

Stewart Cooney was 95 and served with the Royal Artillery.

Watch: Leeds flood prevention works from the air

If you're interested in the Leeds Flood Prevention scheme or not, this video is well worth a look.

It's been made by Leeds City Council and shows all the work that's going on to prevent future flooding around the city.

But to be honest it's one of those videos that you can just waste time staring at with all the unusual views it provides!

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Bus strike time tables released

Talks are continuing between bus drivers for First Leeds and the management, as a continuing strike is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. We'll let you know when there's an outcome from that.

Bus strikes

First Leeds have published a list of the affected bus services, so you can check if your journeys next week are going to be disrupted.

Shop closed after 30 people throw bricks and bottles

A shop in Leeds, which had become a centre of drug dealing, theft, assaults and anti-social behaviour has been closed by police for three months

Trouble erupted at Wellington Stores, in Holdforth Place, Armley last Wednesday when 30 people hurled bricks and bottles at police officers.

A "dispersal order" was put in place and a number of people were arrested. Three have been charged and are due to appear in court.  

Wellington Stores

Securing this closure order has been a quick and effective response to the recent disorder and we hope it will have a positive impact on the local community who have had their lives blighted for too long.

Insp Simon JessupWest Yorkshire Police

Bradford City sign former Stuttgart Kickers goalkeeper

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford have signed German goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier on a one-year contract after a trial period with the League One club.  

Rouven Sattelmaier
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The 28-year-old has previously played for Regensburg, Heidenheim, and Bayern Munich's second team.

He is the second goalkeeper to join Bradford this summer, after Colin Doyle was signed from Blackpool for £1.

Weather: Take a brolly with you this afternoon!

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Another warm and humid afternoon ahead, but if you're heading out for lunch make sure you take your brolly. We'll have some showers breaking out which could be very heavy, thundery and slow moving. Maximum temperature of 23C (73F). 

See if you'll catch a shower below!

Showers will move across the county this afternoon

Hundreds attend funeral of soldier who outlived his family and friends

There's been such a touching response to the death of a Leeds soldier who outlived his family and friends and faced having a funeral with no-one there.

After a social media appeal, he has been given an amazing send off, with hundreds attending.


Stewart Cooney was 95 and served with the Royal Artillery. He died in a care home in Leeds with no family.  

There was no room inside the chapel so many had to watch the ceremony from outside on TV screens. 


Those attending included Territorial Army soldiers, a motorbike escort from the Royal British Legion Riders and the general public.  

One organiser Martyn Simpson said: "We never let a brother go alone."  

New 'innovation' district for Leeds

Did you know that Leeds city centre already has Cultural, South Bank and Office districts? I suppose the last one is fairly obvious, but councillors plan to add another one to the list: an Innovation district.

Leeds City Council

They're going to discuss the idea on Wednesday, it'll be situated around the University, the Leeds General Infirmary and the City Council buildings.

Should it get approved the council claim it'll be an area which would bring together "creative and innovative institutions" and provide new high-density housing to "attract and retain skilled workers".

Standing room only for funeral of 'cheeky chappy' soldier

The funeral of a World War Two veteran, who outlived his family and friends and was in danger of having no one at his funeral, is taking place.

After a social media campaign to get people to attend, our reporter tells us that the crematorium has run out of parking for mourners and all the seats inside have been taken.

Soldier funeral

At the funeral Stewart Cooney, who was 95 and served with the Royal Artillery was described as a "cheeky chappy"

The crematorium is incredibly busy. Many people have struggled to park their cars. People are watching on TV screens outside the crematorium as all the seats inside have been taken.”

Alex MossBBC Reporter

Leeds welcomed 26m visitors last year

I think it's fair to say that most people that live in Leeds would say that we're a fairly friendly lot, maybe that's why new figures show that 26m people came to visit us last year.

Leeds city scape
Leeds City Council

New figures show 5% more people came to Leeds 2015 than in 2013. 

When you think about it, Leeds has hosted loads of big events over the last few years, like the Grand Départ, the Rugby World Cup, the MOBOs and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year among others.

We have built up a fantastic reputation for hosting world class events that people come from far and wide to enjoy. Tourism like this has a significant impact on the Leeds economy, helping to create and sustain jobs for people who live here.

Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council

Mother of boy locked in cupboard as she went to seaside jailed

A woman from Bradford has been jailed along with her close friend for the cruel ill-treatment of her five-year-old son over a 21-month period. 

A trial heard how the little boy would be repeatedly beaten by his mother and her female friend. 

He was once left naked and locked in a cupboard for ten hours while the rest of the family enjoyed a trip to the seaside.

His mother received two-and-a-half years in prison, her friend was jailed for four years. 

Travel update: M621 accident clear

Good news if you're planning on using the M621, all clear now

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Travel update: M62 problems

BBC Travel

And we've got problems on the M62 westbound too. This time only one lane is closed between J32 (A639 Pontefract) and J31 (A655 Castleford), because of an accident.  

As you can see, it involves a lorry, no other details at the minute.

Highways England

Travel update: Multi vehicle accident on M621

BBC Travel

We've got two lanes closed on the M621 eastbound between J4 Hunslet Distributor and J6 Belle Isle Road, because of a multi-vehicle accident.  

Here are the queues around J3/J4...

Highways England

Bus drivers and management in talks

The union UNITE has confirmed it's in talks with transport operator First Leeds this lunchtime to try and broker a deal to avert next week's indefinite strike action by bus drivers

Bus strike

It's the first time in weeks that the pair have sat down for official talks over pay. 

Drivers for Leeds' biggest bus operator plan a continuing walk-out from Tuesday.

On the road to nowhere? Fundraisers undertake virtual ride to Rio

If you're in the Trinity Centre in Leeds today, you might spot a few people undertaking a trip to Rio - on exercise bikes.

It's all tied into a real trip that six people are undertaking, from London to Rio, in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

I bet they're glad it's cooled down a bit...

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BreakingBradford child cruelty mother jailed for two and a half years

A Bradford mother who beat her five-year-old boy with a rod and locked him in a cupboard has been jailed for two and a half years.

We will update this story as it develops.

Police officer who helped lady with dementia home speaks

You'll probably remember of the story of the policeman who helped an old lady with dementia home, after she became frightened and confused in a supermarket.

She was so scared, that she wouldn't let go of the officer's hand, so she held onto it, even on the way home as she held his hand on the gear stick. 

Until now, the officer who helped her hasn't spoken about what he did.

Dementia policeman
West Yorkshire Police/BBC

PC Dave Cant's efforts went viral and reached more than a million people.

That’s what we do, we look after people. I’ve got previous experience of dementia having cared for my mum Pat who passed away at 64. She had a little notebook in her pocket which we found with her name and address in, basically made friends with her, reassured her, as you do, that’s what we do best."

PC Dave CantWest Yorkshire Police

Robbery suspect flown back form Switzerland to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court

A man who is suspected of robbing a 27-year-old woman in Leeds last year will appear in court today after being extradited back to the UK.  

Leeds Magistrates Courts

Constantin Adrian Marin, aged 30 and a Romanian, was flown back from Switzerland yesterday under a European Arrest Warrant.

He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court this morning.

Friends pay tribute to popular young woman Natalie Beaumont who died on hen do

Huddersfield Examiner

Friends, colleagues and family members have paid more tributes to a popular young woman who died suddenly while on her best friend’s hen do in Spain.  

Natalie Beaumont
Huddersfield Examiner
Natalie Beaumont (left) with best friend Sam Thompson

Leeds Bradford airport is sixth worse in UK for delays

It's claimed the number of delayed and cancelled flights from West Yorkshire's airport has increased by a quarter in the last year. 

David Benbennick

New research by a compensation firm says Leeds-Bradford is the sixth worst airport in the country for this kind of disruption. 

Bosses at Yeadon say 84% of flights leave on time and they've recently had to deal with bad weather and air traffic control strikes.  

Listen: 'Urgent action' needed at Mid Yorks NHS trust

Labour MPs are demanding urgent action on staffing levels and care at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust. 

Yvette Cooper MP for Normanton, Pontefract, and Castleford told the Commons there's real worry about the lack of doctors and nurses at the Trust.

She recounted the problems of one patient, the late Edith Cunningham and her family, the Fanshaws.

Yvette Cooper says one family had to provide their own care to a family member

Leeds display explores sculptors' role in prosthetics development

The role of sculpture in developing more realistic and usable prosthetic limbs since World War One is being explored in an exhibition.  


The return of thousands of injured soldiers during WW1 led to a massive growth in the prosthetics industry.  

More than 70 items showing developments since the 19th Century are on display at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.  


WW2 soldier who died alone to get military style funeral

The funeral of a soldier who served in World War Two and outlived his family is to take place with military pomp after appeals on social media.  


Stewart Cooney, 95, served with the Royal Artillery and died in a care home in Leeds with no family.

His funeral will see Royal British Legion standard bearers, a piper and soldiers from his old regiment attend.

Weather: Cloudy, maybe a bit wet, but warm

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy start to the day across West Yorkshire, there'll be outbreaks of light rain or drizzle for a time. We will see a few bright and sunny spells as we head towards the afternoon. Watch out for heavier showers later. Feeling warm yet again with highs of 23C (73F). 

Owain Wyn Evans with the outlook for the next 24 hours.

Your headlines this morning

Here are your headlines in West Yorkshire:

Watch: UK's first double hand transplant takes place in Leeds

The UK's first double hand transplant has taken place in West Yorkshire.

Chris King lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago. 

The 57-year-old, is the second person to have a hand transplant at the specialist centre at Leeds General Infirmary, but is the first to have both replaced. 

The UK's first double hand transplant operation has taken place at a Leeds hospital.