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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 4 August

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

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

  1. If you're going on holiday, that 07:00 "sharpener" before your flight could be in jeopardy.
  2. Bit of a Womble? Get yourself over to Brighouse!
  3. You'd be better off avoiding Leeds city centre.
  4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor's not that posh, she's got roots in Huddersfield!
  5. When you put your mind to it you can go as far as you want to in life. Even 3,000 miles... on a bike...

See you tomorrow

Ride to Rio
Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Man wanted following assault in Huddersfield

This man is wanted after an assault on a 30-year-old man who intervened in a fight.

West Yorkshire Police

Detectives in Huddersfield say that the 30-year-old man received serious leg injuries which required hospital treatment. 

It happened around 04:30 on Saturday 23 July on Cross Church Street.

I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image to come forward with any information they may have."

Det Con Craig FoulkesWest Yorkshire Police

Weather: Showers dying out to leave cloudy night

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, any remaining daytime showers will gradually fade away, with winds also easing. Most places will then be dry but rather cloudy for much of the night, before clear spells develop by Friday morning. Lows of 14C.


What could be nicer that pan fried Kangaroo?

The Huddersfield Food Festival got underway today, on the menu.. pan fried Kangaroo...

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Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team has busiest month in entire 68-year history

Craven Herald & Pioneer

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team has just experienced the busiest month in its entire 68-year history with a total of ten call-outs during July. At one stage, it had five call-outs in a single week.

Mountain rescue
Sara Spillett UWFRA

Leeds BHS store stands empty

BHS stores across the country shut their doors for the last time yesterday.

Today the shop floor of the Leeds branch stands completely empty.


The retail giant has spent almost 90 years on the British high street, but went into administration in April.

Attempts to find a buyer were unsuccessful and BHS was wound up in June with the loss of 11,000 jobs.

Searching for Bradford Jesus Man

I thought you might like to be able to read a bit more about the man known as "Bradford Jesus Man", if you've never come across him before. A plaque to celebrate his life has been unveiled in Shipley today.

He built up something of a cult following as he was often seen walking the streets around Bradford wearing a brown robe and sandals. As he walked he smiled and waved at passers-by. It's thought he had been doing this since the 1960s.

Bradford Jesus Man
Andrew Clayborough

His real name was Geoffrey Brindley and sightings of him even led to a special webpage being created logging all the sightings of him around Bradford.

In 1960 the Telegraph & Argus reported that a 33-year-old Mr Brindley, quit his job as a machinist to live in a cave near Settle so he could "receive a message from God". 

It's thought he then returned to Bradford after 12 days in the cave, wearing a habit.  

He died last year after suffering a stroke at his home.

Travel update: Lines now clear between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds

Good news if you were worried about betting caught up in those previous two hour delays on the trains...

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They did it! 3,000 mile bike ride completed for Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Amazing feat by these seven people. They've just completed a 3,000 mile bike ride from London to Rio, all in aid of the Jane Tomlinson appeal.

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Listen: Sophie Ellis-Bextor on her West Yorkshire roots

She's well known for being a bit posh, but did you know that Sophie Ellis-Bextor has roots here in West Yorkshire?

Ms Ellis Bextor is currently touring the country promoting her new album. She stopped off at BBC Radio Leeds where she revealed that she is, sort of, a Yorkshire lass!

She spoke to presenter Gayle Lofthouse

Virgin train tickets accepted on Northern services

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Following a man being hit by a train near Wakefield, alternative travel options have been put in place to minimize disruption on the network.

CrossCountry passengers are able to use Northern services between Sheffield and Leeds via Wakefield Kirkgate.

Virgin train

Travel update: Delays in Leeds city centre

If you're heading into Leeds city centre today, you can expect delays.

There are roadworks on the roundabout at the bottom of the Headrow where it joins Duke Street. There have been delays all day.

I'd avoid if you can, this was the scene a few minutes ago..


Rail death causes long delays

A man has died after being hit by a train near Wakefield. 

It happened close to Fitzwilliam Station at about 14:00 today.

Police say they are working to identify the man and inform his family and that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The incident is causing delays of up to two hours on train journeys  between Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds.

Delays on trains between Doncaster and Leeds

BBC Travel

Emergency services are dealing with an incident near South Kirby, causing delays of up to two hours to journeys between Doncaster/Sheffield and Leeds.

There is replacement transport between Doncaster/Swinton and Wakefield Westgate 

Delays are expected to continue until 16:30.  

Jet2 alcohol ban: your questions answered live

David Tracz

Social Media Editor, BBC Look North

More now on the story that Jet2 is going to ban the sale of alcohol on certain flights.

It follows several incidents of flights having to be diverted so abusive passengers could be removed. 

Aircraft on the runway
Press Association

Spencer Stokes is talking to the airline and answering your questions live on BBC Look North's Facebook page

Click the link above and post your questions or you can email them to me

Search for armed robbers in Great Horton

Do you recognise this car? It was involved in an armed robbery in the early hours of 22 July in Great Horton.

Armed Robbery
West Yorkshire Police

At 02:30 three men in dark clothing went into a convenience store in Great Horton Road and threatened an assistant with knives.

The staff member refused to hand over cash but the robbers left with cigarettes and alcohol.  

We would also like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area around Carlton Street/Grove Terrace in the time leading up to, or just after the incident."

Det Insp Craig McKayWest Yorkshire Police

Super League: Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Just some quick team news on Wakefield Wildcats before their match against Wigan tomorrow. Wakefield make three changes to the squad which lost to Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final. 

Danny Kirmond, Ben Jones-Bishop and Scott Anderson miss out through injury, with academy players Judah Mazive, Frazer Morris and Liam Senior included.  

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Weather: Sunny with showers this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon we've got sunny spells and scattered showers, more especially at first in the west. Maximum temperature 21C (70F). Fresh westerly wind easing.


Reuse the refuse in Calderdale

If you're a fan of second hand shops, then get yourself along to Atlas Mill Road Household Waste Recycling Centre in Brighouse.

From next Thursday a new shop will be opening, that sells things that have been dropped off at the tip..

"Revive" aims to find a new home for a wide range of unwanted but still usable items that are brought to the Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres every day, including golf clubs, crockery, mirrors, tables, chairs, cabinets, fishing rods, jeans, shirts and more.

Calderdale Council

Re-using is even better than recycling, and we all know the saying ‘One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure’. The Revive shop will give people a handy place to find some bargains, and help us create less waste.”

Cllr Barry CollinsCalderdale Council

Travel update: Delays in Leeds city centre

I've just been out to have a look at what's causing the slow traffic in Leeds city centre.

It appears to be down to work on the roundabout near the new Victoria Gate Centre on Eastgate.

Leeds traffic

The new John Lewis store is due to open on 20 October, and the work has meant that Duke Street is down to one lane leading up to and around the roundabout.

Leeds Traffic

British Transport Police gear up for Leeds Pride

Here's a little something from British Transport Police on the up-coming Leeds Pride this weekend.

It's a bit odd...

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Delays of 20mins in Leeds

Not sure what's causing these delays at the moment, I'll check and see what I find...

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Somewhere over the rainbow... In Wrenthorpe

See, I told you there'd be lots of rainbows around this morning!

This was taken in Wrenthorpe by James Garland.

James Garland

Jet2 to ban alcohol sales before 08:00 on flights

Leeds based airline, Jet2, is to ban the sale of alcohol before 08:00 on all of its flights.

The ban will come into effect from this Monday and follows several recent cases of flights having to land early so that abusive passengers could be removed.

The airline had launched a scheme called "Onboard Together" which aims to cut the number of disruptive passengers on flights. Jet2 claim that more than 500 passengers have been refused travel since last year. 

50 of those were given lifetime bans.


We believe that stopping sales of alcohol before 08:00BST on our morning flights is an effective way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey. We understand that we’re the first of the European airlines to take this bold step and call upon industry partners in airports to also trade responsibly.”

Phil WardManaging Director, Jet2

House prices drop in Yorkshire after Brexit vote

Data from one of the country's biggest estate agents is showing Yorkshire house prices have fallen more than anywhere else in Britain since the E-U referendum.

for sale signs

Right Move reckons they dropped by 2.1%  since June, although experts say that hopes of an interest rate cut later today from the Bank of England could help jump-start a recovery.   

300ft chimney collapsed in Barkisland

We're just hearing that a 300ft chimney has collapsed in Barkisland, near Ripponden.

Police, Fire and Council officers are currently at Steele Lane, Barkisland. The stones from the chimney have blocked both sides of the road. Police are asking people to avoid the area. 

Listen: 'Emotional impact' for woman detained at airport for reading book on Syria

A 27-year-old woman from Leeds has been describing the "emotional impact" of being stopped at Doncaster Airport under anti-terror laws.

Faizah Shaheen was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey. She was questioned by South Yorkshire Police after a member of cabin crew saw her reading a book about Syrian art.

She spoke to BBC Radio Leeds' Richard Stead.

Police present Pokemon protection

This whole Pokemon Go thing has totally gone over my head, I have to say.

But loads of people are playing it and it seems that West Yorkshire Police want to make sure you stay safe while taking part.

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Leeds woman detained at airport over Syrian art book

A woman from Leeds has been speaking about how she was detained and questioned at Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster after being seen reading a book about Syria on a flight. 

Faizah Shaheen, who helps prevent teenage mental health patients from becoming radicalised, was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when she was stopped by South Yorkshire Police. 

Robin Hood Airport

Officers from South Yorkshire Police stopped and examined a woman under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at Doncaster Airport. She was not arrested, she was held for 15 minutes and was subsequently released."

South Yorkshire Police

We appreciate that in this instance Ms Shaheen may have felt that over caution had been exercised, however like all airlines, our crew are trained to report any concerns they may have as a precaution."

Thomson Holidays

Protection for West Yorkshire's old mills

Do our historic buildings need more protection? There have been a series of old mills around West Yorkshire that have been razed to the ground. 

According to a group of councillors in Bradford our old buildings need protecting by law. 

Drummond mill fire
Mark Davies

Three councillors, who represent the ward of Thornton and Allerton, are now asking the Government to change the rules on what the owners of structures, like mills, have to do to ensure they stay standing. 

Two famous Bradford mills have been ravaged by fire already this year, including Drummond's Mill (pictured).  

Woman detained on anti-terror laws for reading book on Syrian art

A woman from Leeds who was detained at Doncaster airport - and questioned under terror laws - says she was made to feel like a criminal.   

Faziah Shaheen
Faziah Shaheen

Faizah Shaheen was stopped after a member of cabin crew spotted her reading a Syrian culture book on board her honeymoon flight. 

The 27-year-old, who helps prevent teenage mental health patients from becoming radicalised, was returning from her honeymoon in Turkey when she was stopped by South Yorkshire Police at Doncaster Airport in July.  

There's more on this story here and here.

Travel update: Accident M621 eastbound J2

BBC Travel

One to watch out for on the roads this morning, there are problems on the M621, on the entry slip road eastbound at J2, (A643 Elland Road), because of an accident.  

Ride to Rio due to finish today

A team who are cycling from London to Rio, as a tribute to Leeds' Jane Tomlinson, will complete their journey today. 

Ride to Rio
Jane Tomlinson Appeal

The Ride to Rio team, including Jane's widower Mike, are hoping to arrive later this afternoon. They've taken on the three thousand mile challenge, ten years after Jane's gruelling Ride Across America.

Weather: Showers to start but brighter later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a few scattered showers across West Yorkshire today, but it'll be largely dry with plenty of bright and sunny spells. Highs today of 20C (68F). 

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello there, welcome to Thursday, just one more day to go and we're there...

This is your live feed of news, weather, sport and travel for West Yorkshire, I'll be here until 18:00.

Oh, and we might just see a few of these around this morning, hope you stay dry on the way to work!