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  1. News, sport, travel and weather will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 26 July 2016

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By Shahid Hussain

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Five of the big stories today

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Before you go, here's five things we didn't know this morning.

  1. Three men have been found guilty of murdering a man whose body was found in a burnt-out bin near a church in Leeds. 
  2. Yorkshire Jets are to be wound up after England Netball decided to remove them from Netball Superleague.
  3. Bradford-based Morrisons has become the latest supermarket to promise to stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025.
  4. Young people who don't usually get the chance to play musical instruments including people who are either disabled or from deprived backgrounds will perform at the Leeds Arena tonight as part of The National Orchestra for All
  5. They're back! BBC Radio Leeds will once again be providing full commentary of every Leeds United game for the 2016/17 season! 
Elland Road Stadium

'No place in West Yorkshire for hate or homophobia' - Crime Commissioner

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

West Yorkshire's Police Crime Commissioner encouraged the LGBT community to come forward if they've been affected by hate crime.

Mark Burns-Williamson met with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups last night to hear their concerns about policing. 

Our message is simple, there is no place in West Yorkshire for hate or homophobia and it will not be tolerated. I understand some people may be hesitant but I encourage anyone affected by hate crime or hate incidents to come forward and report it and know that if they do, every report will be taken seriously, putting appropriate support in place for any victims.

Mark Burns-WilliamsonWest Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner
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Tonight's weather: Cloudy with rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with rain spreading from the west, one or two heavy bursts possible later. 

Minimum temperature 14C (57F). Light west wind.

Tomorrow it will be a cloudy damp start, soon becoming dry and turning brighter with sunny spells developing. 

Maximum temperature 22C (72F). Light Northwest wind. 

Thursday: Cloudy. Rain spreading from the west. 

weather graph

Headlines: Bradford MP calls for body of Bradford woman who died in Pakistan to be exhumed and Yorkshire helicopter crash victim dies

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Some of the top stories in West Yorkshire this evening: 

  • A West Yorkshire MP is asking for new tests on a woman from Bradford who died in Pakistan - following a claim she may have been murdered
  • One of the five men injured in a helicopter crash in Yorkshire has died. The former military aircraft crashed at an airfield near Selby just over a week ago 
  • An orchestra with a difference is performing at Leeds Arena tonight. The National Orchestra for All is made up of 11 to 18 year old's who either have disabilities or are from deprived backgrounds

Bradford MP Naz Shah calls for body of Bradford woman to be exhumed

Abi Jaiyeola

Reporter, BBC Look North

More now on Samia Shahid, the Bradford woman who died in Pakistan.

Bradford MP Naz Shah has written to the Pakistan Prime Minister, calling for the body of the 28 year old to be exhumed, following an allegation she may have been murdered by her family. 

Relatives of Samia Shahid say she died of a heart attack.  

Orchestra with a difference performing in Leeds tonight

Alasdair Gill

Journalist, BBC Look North

The National Orchestra for All is performing at Leeds Arena tonight. 

The orchestra's made up of young people who don't usually get the chance to play musical instruments and includes young people who are either disabled or from deprived backgrounds. 

Members come from all around the country and have rehearsed intensively together for the past three days ahead of tonight's performance. 

I went along to rehearsals before the big event.  

Yorkshire Jets netball team to close down after losing Superleague place

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Jets are to be wound up after England Netball decided to remove them from Netball Superleague.

The league was expanded from eight to ten teams in June, but Jets, who finished bottom of the table last season, were not offered a place.

This is a sad day for netball and for women's sport in Yorkshire

Mariana PextonJets Chairperson

The team will close in September to allow players to take part in training camps already scheduled for the summer.  

Yorkhsire Jets Logo
Yorkshire Jets

Missing pensioner found in Leeds after taking a wrong turn for hospital in Hull

We all know what a pain it can be when you miss your turning on the motorway.

Leeds had an unexpected visitor last night when a pensioner from Hull was reported missing after he went to pick up his wife from Hull Royal Infirmary.

PCSO Darren Bainton found the 72 year old about sixty miles away in Leeds after he failed to turn off when he meant to.

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Leeds United commentary is back on BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds will once again be providing full commentary of every Leeds United game for the 2016/17 season after a new broadcast contract was agreed between the two parties.

Adam Pope and former Leeds striker Noel Whelan will be our commentary team for every United game on 92.4FM.

It means BBC Radio Leeds will now be providing full commentary of every game for Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Bradford City for the first time in eight years.

Wakefield Council's first LGBT Champion announced

Wakefield Council has appointed its first ever Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans (LGB&T) Champion.

Cllr Ryan Case, who represents Wakefield West ward, will take responsibility for working with individuals and organisations across the district to tackle prejudice and promote tolerance and inclusivity for all residents.

The 33-year-old proposed the new role after the recent events in Orlando, Florida where 49 people were murdered in a homophobic terrorist attack.

The LGB&T community globally was shaken to the core by the events in Orlando. Although significant progress has been made, for example with the right to same-sex marriage, the attack showed there is still hatred in the world towards the LGB&T community. For this reason I want to take a more pro-active role to encourage greater understanding of the issues that affect people in the community.

Cllr Ryan Case
Ryan Case
Wakefield Council

Morrisons to stop selling eggs from caged hens

Bradford-based Morrisons has become the latest supermarket to promise to stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025. 

About 280,000 people signed an online petition started by a fourteen year old girl.

Morrisons and Tesco followed Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and Aldi in committing to stop selling caged hens' eggs. 

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Leeds boxer Josh Warrington training at Leeds Trinity today

In case you were wondering if Leeds lad Josh Warrington was ready for his big fight on Saturday, he showed his prowess in the ring at Leeds Trinity shopping centre earlier today.

He'll be fighting Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Arena at the weekend.

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Travel: A651 closed in both directions due to burst water main

BBC Travel

A651 Oxford Road in Gomersal still closed in both directions between the Grove Lane junction and the Bleak Street junction, because of a burst water main. 

Also affecting A643 Church Lane between A651 Oxford Road and Craven Drive and A643 Spen Lane between A651 Oxford Road and Pollard Avenue.  

Murder: Three men facing life after victim, 60, was put in wheelie bin and torched outside Leeds church

Yorkshire Post

Three men are facing life sentences for beating a man to death before putting his body in a wheelie bin and setting it alight in the grounds of a church.    

Stuart Jarvis, Andrew Jenkins and Stewart Malnieks were today found guilty of murdering 60-year-old Michael Ayres after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.  

Michael Ayres
Yorkshire Post
Michael Ayres

Bingley teenager is Team GB's only female weightlifter for Rio Olympics

Paul Ogden

BBC Sport

Rebekah Tiler only left school in Bingley last year, since which she has been crowned British Champion, to add to the many other European and British honours from her career so far. 

Now based in Todmorden, Tiler will be Team GB's only female representative in Rio at Weightlifting, aged just 17. 

I paid her a visit during her final preparations. 

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A pleasant afternoon with a small chance of rain.

Rather cloudy but bright with some sunny spells with just a small chance of a shower. 

Maximum temperature 21C (70F). Light or moderate southwest wind. 

Weather Graph

Travel: A651 disruption continues due to burst water main

BBC Travel

The A651 Oxford Road in Gomersal remains closed in both directions between the Grove Lane junction and the Bleak Street junction, because of a burst water main. 

Also affecting A643 Church Lane between A651 Oxford Road and Craven Drive and A643 Spen Lane between A651 Oxford Road and Pollard Avenue.  

Have a business bank account? You'll want to read this

Natwest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have warned businesses they may have to charge them to accept deposits due to low interest rates.

The move, if enacted, would make them the first UK banks to introduce negative interest rates, in effect, charging to deposit money. 

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"Global interest rates remain at very low levels... this could result in us charging interest on credit balances" it wrote in a letter to customers.

Personal customers are not affected. 

Your headlines this afternoon

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Among the top stories in West Yorkshire this lunchtime: 

  • Bradford West MP Naz Shah has written to the Pakistan Prime Minister calling for the body of a woman from Bradford to be exhumed, following an allegation she may have been murdered by her family 
  • A new report from the Prince's Trust warns young people in Yorkshire are struggling to find work because they don't have enough family support 
  • A plan to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to encourage us to shop on West Yorkshire's high streets is expected to be approved later as part of a plan to tackle empty shops in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford

Travel: M1 closed both direction J32-33 near Sheffield

BBC Travel

If you're heading into or out of West Yorkshire on the M1 then you'll want to watch out for this closure.

Queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a rolling road-block, a vehicle fire and some smoke blowing across the road.  

Police need your help after fatal crash

Investigations are continuing after a fatal road traffic collision in Bingley.

Andrew Platten, 55, died after his bicycle was hit by a silver Vauxhall Vectra in Cottingley Cliffe Road at about 19:34 on Tuesday 19 July.  

The driver and sole occupant of the Vectra, a 22-year-old man from Bradford, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. 

He was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Andrew Platten
West Yorkshire Police

"While a number of witnesses have come forward, we believe there were other people in the area who would have seen this collision or the events leading up to it and I would urge them to contact us, as they may have vital information which could assist this inquiry."

Sgt Ann DruryWest Yorkshire Police

The 'smiling assassin' speaks

BBC Sport

Denny Solomona
BBC Sport

That's quite a nickname but it appears to suit Castleford's Denny Solomona.

The former Melbourne Storm and London Broncos flier has 30 tries in all competitions, with a Super League-leading 28 coming from 23 regular season rounds.  

You can watch an interview with him here

Leeds man jailed after rave violence

Twenty-one people, including a Leeds man, have been jailed after police were assaulted at an illegal rave.

About 1,000 people attended the event close to the A1 at Twyford Wood near Bourne, Lincolnshire, on 23 May 2015. 

The rave at Twyford Wood

Police carried out an operation to close down the event, which they said led to 21 officers and a police dog suffering injuries.

Lincolnshire Police said the level of violence directed at officers was "totally unacceptable". 

Could your local betting shop be sold?

The answer is maybe.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and Gala Coral must sell about 350-400 shops in order for their £2.3bn merger to be cleared, the competition regulator has said.

The Competition and Markets Authority identified 642 local areas where it said the merger would hit competition.

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral are the UK's second and third largest retail bookmakers, behind William Hill.


Ladbrokes has about 2,150 outlets in Britain and 77 in Northern Ireland. Coral runs 1,850 shops in Britain.

A merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral would make it the UK's largest bookmaker. 

Environment Agency in Bradford today

The Environment Agency is out and about in flood hit areas of Bradford this week as part of an ongoing flood recovery programme.  

Many rivers across Yorkshire reached record or near record levels on Boxing Day last year. 

Across the Bradford district, 840 homes and 170 businesses were affected by flooding from the rivers Aire and Wharfe and a number of other sources after 100mm of rain fell on the catchment area.

Environment Agency teams are in town to provide support and guidance to those affected by the flooding. 

You can meet them at:

  • 13:00-14:30 Esholt
  • 15:00-16.30 Apperley Bridge
  • 16.30-18.30 Baildon Bridge/Lower Holme  

Have you seen Peter?

Peter Gould
West Yorkshire Police

Have you seen Peter Gould? 

The 41-year-old from Bradford is missing.

Peter was reported missing after he failed to return home on 11 July and has not been seen or heard from since. 

He is 5ft 8ins with a heavy build and has cropped ginger hair and tends to be unshaven. 

Anyone with any information about Peter's whereabouts is asked to contact Bradford District Police via 101. 

Burst water main causing problems in Bradford

BBC Travel

A water main has burst on the A651 in Gomersal, and the road has been closed in both directions between Grove Lane and Bleak Street, severely affecting traffic.

It is also affecting A643 Church Lane between A651 Oxford Road and Craven Drive and A643 Spen Lane between A651 Oxford Road and Pollard Avenue.  

High demand for 999

Earlier this week West Yorkshire Police reported they were facing "unprecedented" demand for their 999 and 111 services.

Today they've revealed they received 1,168 999 calls in 24 hours yesterday.

That's just under 50 calls an hour... or almost one every minute for a full day.

Contact centre staff say their figures show they answered the calls within an average of eight seconds. 

Fears Bradford woman is victim of 'honour' killing in Pakistan

BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire MP is investigating allegations that a beauty therapist from Bradford may have been murdered by her own family in Pakistan. 

The husband of Samia Shahid suspects she was the victim of a so-called honour killing because she married an outsider.

Her relatives deny the allegation and the official cause of death of the 28-year-old has been recorded as a heart attack.

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds,  the Bradford West MP, Naz Shah, is calling for an investigation:  

Water way to get a wash!

You know cleaning the car is a drag right?

You can get out the sponge and bucket yourself or head to the garage.

But what about heading to the fire station?!

Firefighters in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield helped out colleagues at West Yorkshire Police with an impromptu clean.

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Tributes paid to couple in fatal crash

Family of a couple from Leeds killed in a crash on the A64 have paid tribute to them.

Joy and Derek Green were among four people who died in the incident on Friday afternoon.

North Yorkshire Police revealed details of the accident yesterday and family of Mr and Mrs Green took to social media.

Derek and Joy Green
Green family

Daughter Melanie Ann wrote: "I know a great many people loved my parents, they were amazing, wonderful, weird people, they opened their hearts to the entire world. They were my world."  

A picture tells a thousand words

No, it's not in West Yorkshire - but plenty of you use the M6 on a daily basis.

If you're one of those people, or know someone who is, you're going to want to know about this: 

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Forget the Rio Olympics... it's the Yorkshire decathlon

BBC Radio Leeds

Radio Leeds are gearing up for the Olympic Games in their own, unique way.

Richard Stead and Charles Heslett are taking part in a very special Yorkshire decathlon.

They've eschewed the traditional Olympic disciplines for more White Rose-related activities.

Yesterday they tried out welly wanging - with Richard having a very clear grasp of the rules.

Watch the event below:

BreakingM62 latest after westbound collision

We told you about the problems close to junction 22 on the M62 westbound.

There's some (relatively) good news.

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BreakingM62 problem heading towards Manchester

Police are at an incident on the M62.

There are reports of a collision at junction 22.

Two of the three lanes are currently closed so traffic is very slow.

That's near the junction with Rishworth.

You've already gone past the Little House on the Prairie so it's quite an isolated spot.   

How fast?

Traffic police in West Yorkshire have revealed they managed to nab a motorcyclist who hit 140mph.

The biker was captured on camera yesterday evening.

You can see for yourself the details on the bottom of the image shared by the Roads Policing Unit.

The man was speeding towards Leeds on the M621.

Police picture of biker doing 140mph
West Yorkshire Police

No rain - but water problems on the roads

BBC Travel

It's been relatively dry recently - but water is causing an issue for motorists.

A burst water main in Gomersal is creating severe problems in the area.

The main blew last night and there are knock-on issues this morning.

The A651 Oxford Road is closed in both directions between Grove Lane and Bleak Street. 

The burst is also affecting A643 Church Lane in both directions between A651 Oxford Road and Craven Drive and the A643 Spen Lane in both directions between A651 Oxford Road and Pollard Avenue.

Watch: Man buried alive resurfaces after 72 hours

A recovered drug addict and charity worker has been released from a coffin after spending three days buried underground.

John Edwards, 61, was buried on Friday in Halifax and resurfaced on Monday.

You can watch his exit below.

A former drug addict from West Yorkshire has been buried underground for 3 days

He said he had "brought words of light from the grave" in a bid to reduce the number of addicts' funerals he has to attend.