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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 28 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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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 with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

Until then, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up...

  1. The people of Hewmsworth and Crofton are not fans of HS2.
  2. It may take some time, but floods can't stop the pub from opening.
  3. Getting an iconic building back on its feet takes time and a bit of money. Well a lot of money actually.
  4. Just because it's raining doesn't mean you can't have fun.
  5. Tracy Barlow once appeared at court in Bradford. What do you mean? Of course she's real...

See you tomorrow!

Girl in a fountain

Bradford charity for children with Downs Syndrome could close

Abi Jaiyeola

Reporter, BBC Look North

A charity which supports families with Downs Syndrome in Bradford is being threatened with closure. 

The service helps hundreds of people a year who can't afford to pay for speech and language therapy. 

After lottery funding was cut, they've tried putting in dozens of bids for money every month but without success.

Lloyds to axe 3,000 jobs and shut another 200 branches

BBC Business News

Banking group Lloyds has accelerated its job-cutting scheme, axing a further 3,000 posts.

It has also doubled its planned branch closures, with 200 more set to vanish from High Streets by the end of 2017, although we don't know yet how many of those will be in our region.

Lloyds bank branch
Getty Images

The bank attributed the cuts to changes in people's banking habits, and the effects of interest rates remaining low in the wake of Brexit. 

Weather: Sunshine to return tomorrow

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, it'll be mostly cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain. Minimum temperature 13C (55F). 


A grey damp start tomorrow with patchy overnight rain soon clearing, with a dry afternoon in prospect with plenty of sunshine. Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

Bradford needs HS3 'to keep up with young population'

Bradford needs to have high speed rail to keep up with its young population  according to the head of the West Yorkshire Chamber of commerce.  

HS3 link

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority meets today to discuss whether Bradford should also be included on a new route to connect northern cities, dubbed HS3.   

Watch: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue release footage of dramatic river rescue

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have released footage of a rescue in the River Aire.

A man is seen to fall into the water and begins to struggle as the cold water starts to take its toll on his body.

Thankfully the fire crew responded very quickly, and he was pulled from the water unconscious and not breathing. He was revived beside the river and was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.

Luckily he survived. 

A bit of rain won't stop Gemma from having fun!

Rain? What Rain?

Gemma Wilkinson from Shipley doesn't care that there's no sun today! She's determined to enjoy the fountains at City Park in Bradford.

Gemma Wilkinson

Travel update: M621 outbound accident

BBC Travel

And here's another accident at probably the worst time of day. This time on the M621 outbound in Leeds between J1 (A6110 Beeston) and M62 (J27 Gildersome).

The police have a rolling road-block in place, there's congestion to J2, A643 (Elland Road). 

It must be because of the conditions on the roads this afternoon. Make sure you take care on your way home.

Below is the scene just after J2.

Highways England

Travel update: Accident shuts two lanes of M62 westbound

BBC Travel

As you can see, traffic is building up on the M62 westbound between J23 and J22. Two lanes are closed because of an accident.

It looks pretty wet out there this afternoon. Queues aren't that long at the moment thought

Highways England

Travel update: M62 J24 westbound two lanes closed

BBC Travel

An accident on the M62 everyday this week?

Sorry to say that we've got two lanes closed on the M62 westbound between J24 (A629 Ainley Top) and J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor), because of an accident. Hoping all are okay.

Odeon group awarded cash to renovate derelict building

Bradford is one step closer to getting the iconic Odeon back into use. 

Bradford Odeon

Bradford Live, which is responsible for developing the derelict Odeon, today received a grant of £325,000 from the Local Growth Fund to go towards its fundraising total. 

The group needs to raise £15m to turn the former cinema and dance hall into a 3,000-capacity music venue.  

Samia Shahid's first husband set to be questioned by police

Here's more on the suspected honour killing of Bradford-born Samia Shahid in Pakistan.

Police in Punjab have confirmed that Choudhry Mohammad Shakeel, the first husband of Samia Shahid, has been granted "pre-arrest bail".  

This means he cannot be arrested in connection with Samia Shahid's death for an as yet unspecified period. Pre-arrest bail is a common legal move in Pakistan and while it prevents a suspect from being arrested for a crime, it does allow police  to interview the suspect. 

In this instance the police believe Mr Shakeel will offer himself for interview within the next 24 hours, says BBC journalist Philip Palmer in Islamabad.  

Autopsy shows bruise on Samia Shahid's neck

Police in Pakistan investigating the death of a 28-year-old British woman have confirmed that a 19cm bruise was found on her neck after her death. 

Samia Shahid died in Pakistan last week while visiting her family. Her husband claims she was the victim of a so-called "honour killing".

Samia Shahid
Family Photo

Mukhtar Kazim says she had fallen out with her relatives and he doesn't believe their explanation that she died of natural causes. A murder inquiry is under way.

Mr Kazim says a post mortem examination showed his wife had a bruise on her neck, which police have confirmed. 

Her father has been questioned but there have been no arrests. He has denied any wrongdoing.  

Behind the scenes in Bradford

The secrets of Bradford's city hall have been unlocked!

It's part of the council's "Sneaky Peeks" exhibition which allows the public behind the scenes access to buildings and unseen museum artifacts.

The courtroom at city hall is often used in TV soaps. Tracy Barlow from Corrie once faced the judge in here!

Bradford court

Watch: St. James' staff dance to the Macarena

We hear today that if you sit at your desk at work for more than eight-hours-a-day, you could be seriously putting your health at risk.

Well, maybe we should all take some inspiration from the physiotherapists at St. James' Hospital in Leeds. Yesterday they danced to the Macarena in the Bexley Wing atrium!

Weather: The rain is with us!

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a rather wet afternoon I'm afraid, take a look below to see if you can avoid the wet stuff . (you might have to stay inside!).  

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Headingley upgrade approved

Bosses at Headingley stadium have welcomed Leeds Council's approval of a £4.3m plan to upgrade it. 

Yorkshire Cricket will put the money towards a new £28.5m stand in the hope it will help them host matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. 


Your headlines this lunchtime

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire:

Media gathers for Josh Warrington press conference

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington takes on Pajo Hyland on Saturday at the Leeds Arena, as he defends his WBA welterweight title. This lunchtime they're holding a press conference. 

We'll bring you the highlights of that later, but in the meantime, as you can see, there's a lot of media interest in it

Josh Warrington press conference

Your personal tour of the Look North studio

Ever wanted to have a look around the Look North studio? 

Here's your chance! The team have just made this 360 video of the studio, you can see it here.

Look North Studio

Bradford Odeon's future hangs in balance with 'last chance' scheme

Bradford could today be one step closer to bringing one of its most impressive buildings back into use. 

Bradford Live, which is responsible for developing the derelict Odeon, will find out today if it will receive over £300,000 from the Local Growth Fund.

Bradford Odeon

The group needs to raise £15m to turn the former cinema and dance hall into a 3,000-capacity music venue. Leader of Bradford Council, Susan Hinchcliffe, says she's confident the scheme will happen; but it could be the last chance to bring the building back into use.   

Criminal jailed six years after fleeing UK over £1.5m lorry raids

Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

A professional criminal has been brought to justice six years after he fled the country over his role in a “ruthless” gang who stole more than £1.5m worth of goods in raids on lorries.  

Nicholas Clark
Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

Was this pocket watch stolen from you?

This pocket watch has been recovered by West Yorkshire Police in the Calder Valley, is it yours?

If it is then you're asked to call the police on 101 quoting log 436 of 25/07/2016.

Pocket Watch
West Yorkshire Police

Series of attacks on motorists in Bradford

Three motorists, who were sitting in stationary traffic were targeted by thieves in Bradford yesterday.  

In the morning a 21-year-old woman was sitting attraffic lights on Marlborough Road, when a man opened the passenger door and threatened her with a knife. She got out and he drove the car off towards Manningham Lane.

car attakcs

In another incident last night, a 34-year-old woman was sitting at traffic lights in Barkerend Road, when a group of men opened the driver's door. They told her to take off her seat belt, before a struggle ensued and they ran off with her handbag containing her mobile phone and a quantity of cash.

In a third attempt, a man tried to get into another car, also on Barkerend Road, but were unsuccessful. 

Police say these attacks are unrelated. 

These type of incidents are thankfully quite rare in Bradford District, but they serve as a reminder to motorists to keep their doors locked and windows closed when stationary in traffic."

Det Sgt Andy SimpsonWest Yorkshire Police

Leeds Rhinos: Forward signs contract extension

England forward Brett Ferres has signed a new contract with Leeds Rhinos that will keep him at the Super League club until the end of the 2019 season.  

Brett Ferres

Ferres joined the Rhinos from Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee in January, and has made 19 appearances this season.

The 30-year-old had been at the Giants since 2012, having previously played for Castleford, Wakefield and Bradford.  

West Yorkshire Police 'love catching burglars'

This tweet was sent just before 05:00 this morning. You've got to enjoy the glee in the police's tone...

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Travel update: M1 one lane closed J40

BBC Travel

We've got a lane closed on the M1 southbound on the slip of J40 (A638 Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle. All seems to be moving fine at the moment...

Pub to re-open after seven months

Seven months after being wrecked by flooding, a Wakefield pub finally reopens today. 

The Navigation Inn, which sits between the River Calder and the Calder & Hebble Navigation, has been closed since it was flooded twice in a fortnight in December last year.

Sam Hall
Sam Hall demonstrates where the water came up to

Sam Hall (pictured) says it suffered such catastrophic damage in the Christmas floods that it was hard for them to see a positive future for it. 

But Punch Taverns say the deluge has given them the chance to transform it into what it calls a 'destination pub' while praising locals for their support and patience in the run-up to its reopening. 

Savile victims to get pay-out

Victims of Jimmy Savile have been given final approval for compensation from a High Court judge, paid for from the Leeds DJ and presenter's estate and other sources.

Lawyers, acting for those who were abused by Savile say that 166 people will receive a share of £2.3m. 


Law firm Osborne Clarke says £1.16m will come directly from the estate of Savile to 78 of those claimants. 

On average each individual claimant will get £13,000, though it has been stressed settlements vary in amount. Criticism has been levelled at Osborne Clarke, acting as estate executor,for charging legal fees exceeding £1m, but Mr Justice Warren ruled the fees were reasonable.

Two bailed over Naz Shah allegations

Two people being questioned over alleged threats to Bradford MP Naz Shah have been given bail. 

Naz Shah

Police say enquiries are continuing a 37-year-old man and a woman aged 32 were released. 

No details of the allegations have been made public.   

Watch: New HS2 route faces opposition in West Yorkshire

We've been talking about HS2 for sometime now, the latest twist in the tracks is that recently the company behind the project changed it's route through South Yorkshire.

This has a knock-on-affect for West Yorkshire, meaning that now people who live in Hemsworth and Crofton may have the high speed train line running past their house or losing their homes altogether.

The change in location could save the project £1bn. People will get the chance to voice their concerns to the project's bosses later today. 

Your headlines this morning

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire:

  • People living on the new proposed HS2 route in West Yorkshire will get to question the line's owners today
  • Two people arrested over alleged threats to Bradford MP Naz Shah have been released on bail
  • A Wakefield pub finally reopens today, seven months after the Boxing Day floods

Travel update: Accident J26 M62 westbound

Oh dear, we'll bring you more as we get it... 

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Weather: Dry start but cloud building

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We've got a dry start to the day with plenty of bright spells along with some sunshine. But things will get cloudier as we head towards the end of the morning, with outbreaks of rain reaching us by lunchtime.Highs of 21C (70F). 

Good morning: Our live coverage

Hello, welcome to our live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for Thursday. The hump day has been and gone, it's plain sailing to the weekend now everyone!

Thanks to Melanie Bissett for this lovely picture of Fulstone near Holmfirth, taken yesterday. I don't think it'll look that lovely today. More on that in a bit...

Elanie Bissett