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

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By Sue McGorrigan

All times stated are UK

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Five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it for Monday. Enjoy the rest of Yorkshire Day.

Nick Wilmshurst will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather on Tuesday from 08:00.

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

1. Halifax became the capital of Yorkshire for a day

2. Three members of staff at a Bradford free school are guilty of defrauding the government out of             thousands of pounds

3. Bradford Bulls' Managing Director has parted company with the club

4  The first of Calderdale's spanking new recycling vans hit the road today 

5. Twitter has made Yorkshire look more beautiful than ever this Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day

‘Despicable’: Leeds Pc stole thousands from old folk he’d been sent to protect

Yorkshire Evening Post

A West Yorkshire police officer who took thousands of pounds from vulnerable elderly women after being sent to their homes to investigate alleged offences has been jailed.

Christopher Maynard who's 46, also stole a laptop from the home of a dead man after being sent to guard his body. Maynard was a north Leeds-based police constable at the time he committed the offences. 

Leeds PC

Leeds United transfer news

The Yorkshire Post is tweeting that Spanish international Hernandez is to join Leeds United.  

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Colourful runner pounds streets to put spotlight on mental health issues

Halifax Courier

Could inspirational Mush be Halifax’s Forrest Gump or rival running star Mo Farah?

Mush Cade, dubbed the Pink Running Machine, has built up a huge fanbase as he pounds the streets of the borough topless and in colourful running gear, waving to passers-by as he goes.

But there’s an important reason why the 37-year-old has taken up running and he now wants to raise awareness about an issue close to his heart. Mush has battled mental illness for more than 15 years and he credits running with helping to turn his life around. 

Halifax Courier

Tour de Yorkshire bike legacy

Charles Engwell

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Driving around the roads of Yorkshire you may well have seen thousands of old bikes - painted blue and yellow, that were dotted around the route of the Tour de Yorkshire. 

Well now they are going to be fixed or salvaged and donated to special libraries, so they can be loaned out, free of charge. It's all part of the Tour's lasting legacy - to persuade more people to take up cycling. 


The scheme is the brainchild of the organisers of the Tour De Yorkshire.

Travel: Slow traffic through Wakefield

BBC Travel

Roadworks are slowing traffic on the A638 Doncaster Road westbound in Wakefield.

The delays are between the Kendal Rise junction and the B6389 Agbrigg Road junction.

Weather: Cloud and rain tonight

We're set for thicker cloud this evening which will  bring outbreaks of rain from the west through the night. The rain will ease off through the early hours, with most places becoming dry again by dawn.

Temperatures dropping to 14C, 57F.  

Weather still

Drug dealer in court after police find stash at his home in Brighouse

Yorkshire Evening Post

A drug dealer has been handed a suspended sentence after police found a stash of drugs at his home.

Scott Jones who lives at  Albion Street in Brighouse, was originally arrested at his home in connection with a separate offence.  When Police searched the property they found ketamine with a street value of £300 as well as amounts of cocaine and cannabis. 


Travel: Delays in Ilkley

BBC Travel

An accident is causing problems in the centre of Ilkley this afternoon.  

Traffic is moving very slowly on the B6328 Springs Lane which is partially blocked between Cowpasture Lane and the Wharfedale Drive junctions.

Motorcyclist left with serious injuries following crash in Wakefield

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A 23-year-old man has been seriously injured following a crash in Wakefield.

It happened on Saturday night at about 19:35 in Chevet Lane and involved a red and white Yamaha and a blue Vauxhall Corsa.  

The rider of the motorcycle was badly injured.

Anyone who saw the accident is asked to contact PC Alan Wilson on 101.

Yorkshire day emoji

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

A special digital image to represent Yorkshire in texts and emails will be announced today to mark Yorkshire Day. 

Plusnet has been asking people to vote for their favourite Yorkshire emoji online. 

It's a choice between a white rose, a Yorkshire pudding, a pot of tea, a flat cap and a Yorkshire terrier.

Yorkshire white rose

Tragic Leeds teenager took drugs on night out – inquest opens

Yorkshire Evening Post

An inquest has opened into the death of a 19 year old woman after she took what is believed to be ecstasy during a night out in Leeds city centre.

Aisha Sajid, of St Wilfrids Avenue, Harehills, was taken ill in Pryzm nightclub on Woodhouse Lane in the early hours on Tuesday July 26th. 

Leeds Nightclub
Yorkshire Evening Post

Weather: Showers this afternoon

A cloudy afternoon with the odd light shower.

Staying dry tonight with outbreaks of rain from the West. Top temperatures 19C, 66F.

Weather map

BreakingSport: Steve Ferres quits Bradford Bulls

Katherine Hannah

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford Bulls has confirmed that managing Director Steve Ferres has left the club. He's said that the club's failure to make the play-offs has played a part in his decision. 

Steve Ferres

It is with considerable sadness I must announce the resignation of Steve Ferres as Managing Director from the club. Steve has agreed to conduct a full and proper handover to his successor of which the process of finding one starts immediately".

Marc GreenChairman Bradford Bulls

England's biggest county celebrates Yorkshire Day

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Celebrations are happening across Yorkshire today to mark Yorkshire Day.

The idea of Yorkshire Day came about during a meeting of the Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1974. They chose a date for the event, 1 August, and in 1975 the first ever Yorkshire Day took place.  

Today, crowds have been lining the streets in Halifax, which was chosen to host this years's main event. 

About 200 Yorkshire dignitaries were also at the colourful parade through the town centre which was accompanied by a jazz band.

Yorkshire Day
Yorkshire Day
Yorkshire Day

Events are taking place all over England's biggest county including a Yorkshire pudding tossing contest in York and readings of the Yorkshire Declaration by town criers and mayors across the county.  

Travel: Traffic problems in Rothwell

BBC Travel

An accident is causing problems if you're driving through Rothwell on the A642 between the A639 Methley Lane and Pennington Lane Bottom Boat junctions

The A642 Wakefield Road is closed and traffic is queuing in both directions.

Three guilty over Bradford free school fraud

A further update on the news that the founder of the Kings Science Academy in Bradford and two members of staff have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of a £150,000 fraud from government grants.

Sajid Hussain Raza, 43, from Bradford, was found guilty of four counts of fraud, three counts of false accounting and two counts of obtaining money by deception. 

His sister, Shabana Hussain, 40, also from Bradford and a teacher at the school, was convicted of one count of fraud and one count of obtaining property by deception. 

Daud Khan, 44, from Thornbury, the financial director at the school, was found guilty of two counts of fraud and three counts of false accounting.

Kings Science Academy was among the first wave of free schools set up as part of a flagship education policy introduced by the government following the 2010 general election. 

Bradford free school fraud trial: School was praised by PM Cameron

More from court on the news that the founder of the Kings Science Academy in Bradford and two staff members have been found guilty of fraudulently obtaining about £150,000 from government grants.  

Kings Academy

The academy was praised by then prime minister David Cameron during a high-profile visit in March 2012.

The trial heard that Sajid Hussain Raza, 43, the founder and principal of the school, used some of the money to make mortgage repayments on rental properties he owned to alleviate his own financial problems.

Bradford free school staff facing jail for fraud

More on the news that the founder of a flagship free school and two staff members have been warned they could be jailed after being found guilty of fraudulently obtaining about £150,000 from government grants.

Sajid Hussain Raza, 43, his sister Shabana Hussain, 40, and Daud Khan, 44, were convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of making payments into their own bank accounts from Department for Education grants given to help set up the Kings Science Academy in Bradford in 2011.

The defendants showed no emotion as the jury foreman returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges. 

BreakingBradford free school staff found guilty of fraud

The founder of a flagship free school in Bradford and two other members of staff have been warned they could be jailed after being found guilty of fraudulently obtaining about £150,000 from government grants.   

More to follow.

Yorkshire Day in pictures

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Enjoy some of the photos we've all been taking to celebrate Yorkshire Day

These have been tweeted by the BBC Weather Watchers, the BantumsBanter podcast, English Heritage, the Leeds Rhinos, the Daily Telegraph and West Yorkshire Police.  

BBC Weather Watchers
Yorkshire Day
Yorkshire Puds
Yorkshire Day
English Heritage
Whitby Abby
Yorkshire Day
Leeds Rhinos
Yorkshire Day
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Day
West Yorkshire Police
Max the Cat lazing in the Yorkshire sun!

Halifax Yorkshire Day procession

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Watch the procession through Halifax for this year's Yorkshire Day celebrations.  

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Matt Kilgallon

League One side Bradford City sign former Sheffield United, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers defender Matt Kilgallon.

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Bradford Festival nominated for an award

Jenny Eells

MyBradford Producer, BBC Radio Leeds

This snap was captured by @casualbantam at Bradford's independent street party on Saturday. 

North Parade Festival in Bradford

Bradford's North Parade Street Party took place at the weekend. The music, food and drink festival has been nominated for the Best New Festival Award by the Yorkshire Gig Guide. 

Travel: Trains between Skipton and Leeds back to normal

BBC Travel

Rail services between Skipton and Leeds are now running normally.

There were delays earlier this morning after a freight train broke down on the line. 

Leeds United :Gabi Perico latest

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United Head coach Garry Monk says a final decision on former Caliari player, Gabi Perico,will be made by the whole recruitment staff. 

The Italian full-back joined Leeds United's first team on trail last week. 

Leeds United
BBC Sport

The right back played 45 minutes in the friendly win over Atalanta.  Head Coach Gary Monk insists all signings must have everyone's agreement.   

What's happening to the George Hotel?

Huddersfield Examiner

More than three years after Huddersfield’s iconic George Hotel was bought for a knockdown sum it is still no closer to opening its doors for business.

Dentist and businessman Dr Altaf Hussain bought the landmark Victorian building for around £900,000 in April 2013.  He put the building on the market for £3 million and it remains unsold. 

George Hotel
Huddersfield Examiner

New recycling vans for Calderdale

If you live in Calderdale, have you spotted the brand new recycling vans on their first day? 

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Travel: Rail delays between Skipton and Leeds

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

There are delays of up to twenty minutes on trains between Skipton and Leeds at the moment.

It's due to the knock-on from a  broken-down Leeds to Apperly Bridge freight train earlier this morning.

Travel: Problems in Flockton

BBC Travel

There are long delays for  drivers in Flockton at the moment.  

It's because of an accident which happened between New Hall Lane in Flockton on the A637 and Stocksmoor Road in Netherton. The A637 Bar Lane in Flockton is blocked in both directions. 

Sport: Josh Warrington wants title shot after home-town win

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Featherweight champion Josh Warrington has told BBC Leeds that he'd love a world title shot following his successful international defence at Leeds Arena on Saturday night. 

Warrington stopped Ireland's Patrick Hyland in the ninth round to maintain his undefeated record.  

Warrington stretched his unbeaten record to 24 wins with a ninth-round stoppage of the Irishman to set up a possible world title bout.  

Yorkshire Day tweets

There is lots of tweeting activity about Yorkshire Day today!

The official event is being held in Halifax with a town centre parade starting at 10:00.

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Travel: Delays on M62 eastbound

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow between junctions 31 and 32 on the M62 eastbound. It's because of debris on the road and is affecting drivers turning off onto the A655 for Castleford and the A639 for Pontefract.  

Quad bikes targeted as West Yorskhire sees rise in rural crime

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Rural crime cost West Yorkshire over £1.4m in 2015, up 19% from 2014, despite remaining broadly static at a national level.

The figures form part of NFU Mutual's annual Rural Crime Report, published today. The items most commonly targeted by thieves across West Yorkshire over the last 12 months were quad bikes, 4x4s and tractors. 

Quad bike

It is disappointing to see levels of rural crime rising. Rural thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated and using computers rather than bolt cutters to steal from farms and country properties."

Matthew GummersonNFU Mutual Agent in West Yorkshire

Find out what's happening for Yorshire Day in Halifax

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Here's the schedule for Yorkshire Day in Halifax:

The parade will start from Halifax Town Hall at 10am.

It will pass through Crossley Street, Princess Street, Southgate Precinct, Wards End, Horton Street, Square Road and Church Street before finishing at Halifax Minster.

At Halifax Minster there will be a special Yorkshire Day service at 11:00.  

Yorkshire Day
Calderdale COuncil

Flags are available from Calderdale visitor centres – and Calderdale Council is encouraging people to cheer on the procession from the pavements, or simply watch the spectacle and listen to the lively music played by The LA Jazz Band, who are leading the parade. 

Halifax Borough Market on Yorkshire Dayy
Calderdale Council

There will be some temporary road closures to allow the parade to pass. 

Crossley Street is closed to traffic this morning until 10:30, and the remainder of the route will be on a rolling road closure.  

FC Halifax Town: Labour of love for Town fans

Halifax Courier

An FC Halifax Town fan has undertaken a labour of love by constructing a Lego model of The Shay.

Chris Smith was commissioned to make the model by the Halifax Town Supporters Club, who are offering it as a raffle prize. It is one of dozens of miniature models Chris has made and took him around a fortnight to complete. 

Halifax Town model
Halfax Courier

Pictures from Halifax for Yorkshire Day

Official Yorkshire Day celebrations get underway in Halifax. 

The town is hosting the official event. 

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Headlines: Halifax plays host to today's Yorkshire Day celebrations and a Yorkshire charity says we're all playing the price of a rise in poverty

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

  • The Yorkshire-based charity, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, says poverty costs the average person in the UK £1,200 a year, in extra spending on public services and lost taxes 
  • Yorkshire's new Water Park opened with a splash at the weekend. The fourteen million pound project, which includes indoor and outdoor pools, water slides and a spa, is in Scarborough

Weather: A dry morning with sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's been a bit of a fresh start to this morning but we're looking forward to a dry morning with some sunny spells. A bit more cloud this afternoon with the possibility of the odd light shower.

There'll be more cloud tonight with some outbreaks of rain through the evening, but clearing up after midnight.

Top temperatures today of 20C, 68F.

BBC Look North's Abbie Dewhurst has Yorkshire's weather forecast for Monday 1 August 2016.

Travel: Major delays in Gomersal

BBC Travel

There are bad delays if you're driving through Gomersal this morning. The A651 Oxford Road is closed in both directions becasue of a burst water main. It's between the Grove Lane junction and the Bleak Street junction. 

There is a diversion in operation, but the knock on effect of the Oxford Road closure is also affecting the A643 Church Lane between the A651 Oxford Road and Craven Drive and the A643 Spen Lane between the A651 Oxford Road and Pollard Avenue.