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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we didn't know this morning

Thanks for being with us today, we'll return tomorrow at 08:00 with more news, travel, weather and sport.

Before I go, let's have a look at five things that we didn't know this morning...

  1.  If you want to get onto the property ladder around here, you'd best get playing the lottery.
  2. If the sign says a lane on the motorway is closed, you can guarantee someone will ignore it.
  3. It turns out that it's really easy to do the weather forecast... badly.
  4. The Fonz is currently in Dewsbury. I'll repeat that. The Fonz in currently in Dewsbury. Weird huh?
  5. It's now okay for the police to use the term "proper creepy". But to be fair old asylums really are proper creepy.

Mind how you go.. (that's proper police speak).

Proper creepy
West Yorkshire Police

Piece Hall redevelopment from the air

Couple of nice pictures here from the people behind the refurbishment of Halifax's Piece Hall from the air... 

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Union calls for inquiry into Bradford free school fraud case

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for a public inquiry into the government's handling of a £150,000 fraud case at a flagship academy in Bradford.

Three staff members were convicted of pocketing government grants intended for Kings Science Academy.The NUT said it had "serious concerns about failures at the highest level" in the Department for Education 

A government spokesman said it had taken the matter "extremely seriously". 

Weather: Cloud will lift, brighter tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A cloudy end to the afternoon with some pockets of light rain and drizzle. An improvement overnight with the cloud lifting and breaking. A mild night with a minimum temperature of 16C (61F) and a freshening breeze. 


A bright and breezy day tomorrow with some good spells of sunshine. The risk of showers over the Dales but elsewhere it should stay dry. A gusty wind, feeling less humid but still warm with highs of 22C (72F). 

Is former West Yorkshire MP Ed Balls about to join Strictly?

It's reported Ed Balls is joining the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. 

The former Shadow Chancellor - who lost the Morley and Outwood seat in last year's election - would join a list of ex-politicians who've appeared on the show before, including Edwina Currie and Ann Widdecombe.  

Ed Balls
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New film version of Swallows and Amazons novel filmed in Keighley and Oakworth

Keighley News

Parts of a keenly-awaited new film version of a classic of children's literature were filmed on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.  

Swallows and Amazons
Keighley News

Travel update: Lights out in Leeds

BBC Travel

Here's a notice that some of the traffic lights in Leeds are out, hope it doesn't cause too much of a problem during the evening rush hour... 

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Our mystery object

Earlier I posted this picture of a mystery object in Horsforth's Hall Park.

It's a big stone structure and I spotted it at the weekend, I have no clue what it is!


Best suggestion so far comes from Chris. 

If you have any ideas, drop me a line!

Looks like the base to something that's missing on top. Possibly drinking trough for horses?"

Chris MidgleyEmail

Travel update: One lane closed M62 westbound J26

BBC Travel

We've got one lane closed on the M62 westbound between J26 (M606 Chain Bar) and J25 (A644 Brighouse), because of a broken down lorry.  

All traffic seems to be moving okay at the moment, I'll let you know if that changes

The Leeds Empire on Briggate from back in the day

I didn't know this even ever existed in Leeds.

This is a picture of the Leeds Empire, which stood where Harvey Nichols is now.

It looks amazing doesn't it, does anyone know if any of it still remains? Picture from Leeds Back in the Day's Facebook page.

Leeds Empire
Leeds back in the Day

Warning to stay out of 'proper creepy' asylum in Kirkburton

People are being warned to stay away from Storthes Hall hospital, a former asylum in Kirkburton.  

West Yorkshire Police say they were called there today after people tried to get into the building, which has stood empty since 1991. 

West Yorkshire Police

Officers point out that there's nothing to see inside as it's empty and the structure is dangerous and unstable. 

A post on their Facebook page says "Please keep away.....not only is the old building dangerous, it's proper creepy as well!"

West Yorkshire Police

Watch: The Fonz's new hit children's show... from Dewsbury!

Charlotte Leeming

Journalist, BBC Look North

He's known across the world as the Fonz after appearing in one of America's most successful TV shows - Happy Days. 

But Henry Winkler's now well known to a generation of children who've seen him on their screens as Dr Rock in the children's show Hank Zipzer which is being filmed right here in Dewsbury. 

I went along to the set to meet him. 

Weather: Cloud sticking around this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The thick layer of cloud that we had this morning won't really go anywhere this afternoon. Later on, however we should start to see some breaks in the cloud and brighter skies. Feeling quite muggy with highs of 18C (64F).


Huddersfield Town: Midfielder signs new contract

Huddersfield Town midfielder Jonathan Hogg has signed a new deal that will keep him at the Championship club until 2019, with a 12-month club option.  

The 27-year-old has appeared 88 times for the Terriers since joining from Watford in 2013.  

Jonathan Hogg
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His tenacity on the pitch is a great example to any player, his fitness is second-to-none and he is a good character as well."

David WagnerHuddersfield head coach

Watch: When weather forecasting becomes a sport

In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio, BBC Radio Leeds have been running their own version, with much more of a Yorkshire slant.

So far we've had welly wanging,pie eating and today; giving a weather forecast using only Yorkshire weather phrases.

Professional weather forecasters, including our own Abbie Dewhurst, were not impressed.

Lizzie Armitstead’s Olympic reprieve questioned by fellow athletes

The Guardian

Lizzie Armitstead’s Olympic reprieve has raised the eyebrows of other athletes after the court of arbitration for sport ruled the Great Britain cyclist was free to compete in Rio despite three missing three drugs tests.

Lizzie Armitstead
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Your headlines this lunchtime

Here are the latest stories in West Yorkshire:

Travel update: A58 Leeds inbound closed

BBC Travel

The  A58 Wellington Street in Leeds has been closed inbound at the Westgate junction, because of an accident. 

Queues are already building, I'll let you know if anything changes. 

People in Wakefield to meet HS2 bosses

Bosses from the HS2 project can expect some tough questioning from people in part of Wakefield - worried about the effects of the high-speed rail line. 


A new route announced last month would mean trains running through the village of Crofton, and residents are worried about noise and the effect on house values.  

The meeting will be taking place all day at Crofton Community Centre.

Burnt-out car in Middleton Park

Never a nice thing to see on a nice stroll through your local park. Thankfully, as Jeremy says, this sort of thing is pretty rare now... 

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More people choosing to go-it-alone

Around one in ten people in West Yorkshire are now self-employed, according to new figures seen by the BBC. 

Working from home
David Mulder

An extra 30,000 more entrepreneurs have chosen to work for themselves - an increase of nearly 30% in the last five years.  

Strange object in Horsforth

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

I was out and about in Horsforth on Sunday, and I came across this massive piece of stone in Hall Park.

Does anybody know what it was? Email me if you think you know!

Mystery object

Huddersfield at sunset

Thanks to Matt Bulmer for this great picture of Huddersfield yesterday evening... 

Matt Bulmer

'I thought The Who lived in Leeds'...

Not matter what you think about him, this is actually quite funny...

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Have your say on the future of Leeds transport

Brassed off with the buses, ticked off with the trains? If you use Leeds' public transport system the city's leaders want your ideas for the future of transport in the city

Public transport
Leeds City Council

The government rejected the trolleybus scheme for Leeds in May and it's left the city with over 170 million pounds to spend on a transport strategy. 

An online survey is asking businesses, residents and visitors to give their views on transport priorities, future investments, comfort and value for money.   

Warning over closed lanes on West Yorkshire's motorways

If the gantry says the lane you're in is closed, you'd best move over, otherwise you could end up having a chat with a not-so-friendly officer.

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Row over new aids prevention drug

A decision over who should fund a new drug to treat HIV, will be made today. A Leading Leeds charity, MESMAC, says that it should be funded by the NHS.

Aids Virus
Science Photo Library

The National Aids trust has taken the issue to the High Court, because NHS England argue it is the responsibility of local authorities to fund it but local authorities say NHS is responsible.  

The judgement is expected to be handed down later today, the drug has been shown to dramatically reduce HIV infections among high risk gay men.. 

Home ownership falling in major English cities, says think tank

Major English cities - including Leeds- have seen the sharpest falls in home ownership since a peak in the early 2000s, analysis suggests.  

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The report follows recent data from the government's English Housing Survey showing the total number of buyers has fallen by a third in 10 years.

The Resolution Foundation looked at figures from the Office for National Statistics', which showed that  home ownership peaked in 2003 at 71% and had now dropped to just under 64%.

Delayed in Wakefield last night? This could be why

If you had a nightmare commute home last night, this could be why.

West Yorkshire Police

This lorry overturned on Doncaster Road yesterday evening. These pictures were taken around 20:00 last night. Hope all concerned were okay.

West Yorkshire Police

Lizzie Armitstead wins anti-doping appeal over missed test

British world road cycling champion Lizzie Armitstead, from Otley, has won an appeal against an anti-doping rule violation that could have seen her miss the Rio Olympics.  

Getty Images

Armitstead faced suspension for three failures relating to her whereabouts which led to her missing drugs tests.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport said procedures were not followed for one test, which was declared void.

The 27-year-old won Team GB's first medal, a silver, at London 2012.

Weather: Cloudy morning, possibility of some sun later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's quite a thick layer of cloud covering West Yorkshire this morning. We're at risk of getting a scattering of showers this afternoon, after which we could see brighter skies. Highs of 18C (64F). 

Good morning: Our live coverage

Hello, welcome to our live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for today, we'll be here until 18:00 keeping you more up-to-date than you could ever imagine.

You'll want to know what's going on it this picture I suspect; it's slightly unsettling at this time of the morning isn't it? At least all of those involved work in radio.

I'll explain all shortly..