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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 29 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

That's it from us for today and indeed this week!

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather on Monday at 08:00

Before we go, here are five things we didn't know this morning:

  1. Well, summer's gone. Pack up your sunglasses and your wobbly bits.
  2. Confectionery can save art from being lost forever.
  3. Bradford's in the running to be a showcase for the north...
  4. Make up can do wonders against the march of time.
  5. Batley Varieties killed Shirley Bassey's love of Mars bars.. who knew?

See you on Monday! 

Watch: Batley Frontier Club to close its doors for the last time

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

Batley's famous Frontier Club is to close its doors for the final time this weekend. 

During its heyday the former Batley Variety Club, as it was known, hosted big names, including Tom Jones, Morecambe and Wise and Dusty Springfield.

Weather: Risk of heavy showers tonight

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Still the risk of some heavy showers this evening which will die out to leave a dry and cool night. Minimum temperature of 10C (50F) 


A mostly dry and bright Saturday with some sunny spells. There is a risk of isolated showers which could be heavy, but very hit and miss. Feeling a little cooler with a maximum temperature of 20C (68F). 

Prepare for nostalgia overload as Leeds looks back to your childhood

An absolute ton of memorbilia from the last 70 years is being bought together in Leeds for an exhibition celebrating growing up.

The "Decades of Youth" exhibition begins at Abbey House Museum tomorrow and includes old Leeds Festival posters, a pair of rollerskates from the 1970s, Sinclair video game consoles from the 1980s and a Spice Girls doll from the 1990s.

Roller Skates
Leeds City Council

One of the people who contributed to the exhibition was Maureen Kershaw, who has lived in Leeds all her life. Maureen's now 67, but as a teenager she met lots of the top acts of the day, including Sir Cliff Richard.

Maureen meets cliff
Leeds City Council

Shirley Bassey reflects on her 'happy memories' of Batley Variety club

As we've been telling you today the famous Batley Variety Club - now Frontier Club - is to close its doors for the last time tomorrow. 

The building's being turned into a gym, but it's been host to so many top celebrities, including Shirley Bassey...  

Shirley Bassey

I have many happy memories of singing at the Batley Variety Club so sorry to hear it is closing. I remember the opening night and I walked into my dressing room the owner had found out I liked Mars bars and there to greet me was a mountain of Mars bars. Took me a year to eat them and put me off Mars bars for life "

Shirley Bassey

Travel update: Earlier accident causing queues on A1(M) northbound J45

BBC Travel

We've got some very slow traffic on the A1(M) northbound at J45 (A659 Boston Spa), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to J43, (M1 Hook Moor).  

Avoid if you can

Man admits killing two and severely injuring two others by dangerous driving

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

A 22-year-old man has admitted causing the death of two young boys and severely injuring two others in Morley last year.  

Rhys Baker (left) and George Wharton (right)

Tom McMeekin will be sentenced on the 19 August following the death of 13-year-old Rhys Baker and 14-year-old George Wharton. 

They died when the blue Peugeot McMeekin was driving hit a tree in Morley during March 2015.  

McMeekin was paralysed himself in the crash. The judge at Leeds Crown Court said that his crime would carry a custodial sentence. 

See inside Leeds Bradford Airport's traffic control room

Leeds Bradford Airport has recently refurbished its air traffic control room with the latest kit.

Luckily for us they filmed it all so we can see what it looks like!

Boy those guys work quickly...

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Storm-troupers bust their moves in Leeds

Not something you see everyday. Here are some Stormtroopers busting some moves in the middle of Leeds before the showing of the latest Star Wars film in Millenium Square.

Maybe if they spent more time at target practice they could get better at shooting rebels...

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Travel update: M62 J29 now clear

Good news if you've been stuck in traffic on the M62 near J29

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Managed zone for sex workers in Leeds will 'continue to operate'

It's been announced that the controversial managed zone for sex workers in the Holbeck part of Leeds will continue to operate. 

Despite calls for it to be scrapped, and the high-profile murder of a sex worker there in December, the group which oversees the scheme says the tolerance zone will continue although changes to the way it's run will be made. 

Sex worker

The organisation behind it, Safer Leeds, says it's decided to support a revised approach to the operation of the zone which means it will soon start to look at adjusting the hours it operates, moving its boundaries to protect Holbeck businesses and offering more help for women who want to stop working in the sex trade. 

But the organisation says the continuation of the zone is not the same as legalisation and its existence will remain under "constant review".

Watch: Race against time to save historic fairgound ride in Leeds

Historic fairground attraction the Moon Rocket, described as the original 'white knuckle ride', is in danger of being lost. It's currently in a shed in Leeds.

The owners want to sell it, but the National Heritage Memorial Fund needs to raise thousands of pounds to stop the ride going abroad or being broken up.

Have you forgotten something?

We can all be accused of being a little absent minded at times, but to help us out Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group have made a series of posters aimed at getting us to cancel our appointments  with the doctor if we don't need them. 

Forgotten something
Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group

They say that after some research they did, it turns out 4 in 10 of us have simply forgotten to cancel a GP appointment we didn't need.

pies lady
Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group

Up to 180 people a day using new Leeds railway station

Between 170 and 180 people are using the new Kirkstall Forge train station near Horsforth every day, according to the West Leeds Dispatch.

They say that the developers told a meeting of the Bramley and Stanningley Community Forum last night that they were "lobbying hard" to get trains to run every 15 minutes, they currently run at one train an hour.

Kirkstall Forge
West Leeds dispatch

At the meeting they also announced what they would like the streets around the station will be called: Great Exhibition Way and Butler Road, although the final decision is yet to be made.

Weather: Cloudy and potentially wet afternoon ahead

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

This afternoon will be cloudy with some showery rain on and off. There will also be some dry spells and even some brightness especially in the north later. Maximum temperature of 20C (68F).  


Travel update: Accident M62 J29 eastbound

BBC Travel

We've got one lane closed and very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between J29 (M1 Lofthouse) and J30 (A642 Rothwell). 

And that makes it an accident every day this week on the M62. 

They haven't changed a bit!

Just spotted this from "that man off the telly" Ian White.

He was presenting Look North last night with Amanda Harper.. and look, they go way back!

If you ask me the pic on the left has been doctored...

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Photos of yesterday in Leeds

Have a look at some of these pictures, they're featured in the Guardian. They're pictures taken by Peter Mitchell, who worked as a truck driver in Leeds in the 1970s. 

Quarry Hill Flats
Peter Mitchell
Quarry Hill Flats in Eastgate, Leeds in May 1978

You can see more of his pictures on Peter Mitchell's website.

Seacroft Green, Leeds.
Peter Mitchell
Mr and Mrs Hudson in Seacroft Green, Leeds.

Man wanted after shop staff threatened with knife

A man who threatened staff with a kitchen knife at Junction 1 Retail Park in Beeston last Wednesday is been sought by police.

It happened just before 10:00, the man (pictured) went up to the, till demanded cash and left through the main entrance. 

West Yorkshire Police

Ban for HMP Wealstun Fifty Shades of Grey nurse

A nurse who sent money and a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey to an inmate she was having a relationship with has been banned from nursing for 12 months. 


Kimberly Hinde, 40, began a relationship with the prisoner while working at HMP Wealstun, near Wetherby, and after she was suspended.

Guards found a copy of the erotic novel and letters to Hinde in the man's cell.

Hinde, who admitted misconduct, was given the year-long ban by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Bradford shortlisted to host the Great Exhibition of the North

Bradford has been shortlisted to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. 

It's up against Blackpool, Newcastle-Gateshead and Sheffield to hold the exhibition, which showcases the creative, cultural and design sectors across the whole of the North.

Curtis Malinowski

We'll find out if Bradford has been successful in the autumn.

The shortlisted bids show just what's on offer and show we have brilliant options for hosting the Great Exhibition of the North. Whichever is successful, this exhibition will leave an important legacy to benefit the whole country.”

Matt Hancock MPMinister of State for Digital and Culture

Rubbish at putting the bins out...

It's annoying when you forget to put your bin out and then it gets too full to get anymore rubbish in it. But this is something else!

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Tom Johnstone

Wakefield Wildcats winger Tom Johnstone signs a new contract to stay with the Super League club until 2020.

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Three test positive for Zika virus in Calderdale

Three people have tested positive for the Zika virus in Calderdale. 

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust has confirmed that the patients were carrying the infection after returning from travelling.

So far 50 people in the UK have been infected with Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes found in the Americas, except for Canada and Chile where it is too cold for them to survive. 

Getty Images

The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. The infection is suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains, known as microcephaly.

Cases of this condition have been centred in north-east Brazil, but the outbreak has affected more than 20 countries in South America.

There is no specific treatment for it and it usually wears off naturally after two to seven days. After a diagnosis patients are cared for by their GPs if needed. There is extremely low risk of contracting it in the UK as the mosquito that transmits the infection is not present in the UK however it can be spread by sexual transmission.”

Dr Gavin BoydCalderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

Goodnight, you've been a wondferful audience

Batley's famous Frontier Club is to close its doors for the final time this weekend. During its heyday the former Batley Variety Club hosted big names, including Tom Jones, Morecambe and Wise and Dusty Springfield. 

The building's being turned into a gym.

Frontier club

Firm fined over worker who fell to his death

A Bradford company has been ordered to pay more than a £150,000 after a worker fell to his death through a roof light.  

Richard Perry

Richard Perry died while trying to block out the sunlight to reduce the heat at Whiteghyll Plastics two years ago. The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the firm over the incident. 

It was found the company failed to adequately supervise Mr Perry and another employee.  

New signing at Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity wing Tom Johnstone has signed a new four and a half year deal. The 20 year old, who came through the club's academy, will stay with Trinity until at least 2020. He's played 21 games this season, scoring 16 tries.   

New homes on the up

The number of new homes being registered in Yorkshire is up year-on-year. More than 2,000 plots were earmarked for building on in the last three months, that's 400 more than the same period last year.

New house

And for the first time since the early 2000s, the number of detached family-sized homes being registered is higher than the number of flats.

Wakefield girl sells cupcakes to save historic painting

A portrait of Elizabeth I has become public property after an appeal helped raise £10.3m to buy it.

Elizabeth portrait

Among those who donated to the appeal were a seven-year-old Wakefield girl, who sold Elizabeth I cupcakes while dressed in a costume inspired by the painting and pupils at St Paul's Girl School in London, who held a bake sale to raise funds.  


The Armada portrait, thought to have been painted in 1590, was being sold by descendants of Sir Francis Drake.  

The picture will go on show at the Queen's House in Greenwich, near the site of Elizabeth's birth, in October.  

Travel update: Broken down bus causing delays in Leeds City Centre

BBC Travel

This will be causing some issues around Leeds city centre this morning... 

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Travel update: Delays on trains between Wakefield and Leeds

BBC Travel

This morning a broken down train and a lorry crashing into a bridge temporarily closed the railway lines between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds, they've reopened now.

But expect some delays...

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Weather: Cloud for much of the day sunshine later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

You may have noticed that it's a fairly dull start this morning, along with outbreaks of patchy rain as well as a few showers. It's going to stay cloudy well into this afternoon. But we will see the sun later on. Highs today of 20C (68F). 

Travel update: Eight mile queues on A1(M) northbound

BBC Travel

If you know of anyone travelling up to West Yorkshire northbound on the A1(M) this morning, they'll run into eight mile queues from J38 (A638 Red House). It's down to an accident involving a car and a lorry. We're told that travel time is 45 minutes. 

Good morning: Our live feed for the day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Don't worry, you haven't slept in for three months, it's still July, despite it looking like October out there this morning.

If you've not opened the curtains yet, this is what it looks like...


Nothing like the bus station in Leeds hidden behind some trees to perk you up on a dreary morning.

Anyway, I'll be here until 18:00 with all your latest news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire!