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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 5 August

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Four things we didn't know this morning

That's it from us this week, we'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Hope you have a great weekend, but before we go, here are four things we didn't know this morning...

  1. Don't drop litter, or you might find your self coming up against Thomas Black... and you wouldn't want that.
  2. Lads on Tour! The Brownlees get ready for the Olympics.
  3. Taking one lane out of a Leeds road means long tailbacks...
  4. If you're going to get angry about something, make sure you get your spellinz write.

See you next week!

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Weather: Dry overnight fine day tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

It's going to remain mostly dry overnight with clear spells. Lows of 13C (55F). Tomorrow we'll have a fine and dry day with patchy cloud and warm sunny spells. Light winds and a maximum temperature of 22C (72F).  

Watch my full assessment of the weather below!

Muslim girls' basketball team fight hijab ban

A group of Muslim basketball players from Bradford say a ban on wearing the hijab during competitive games means they'll never be allowed to take part.   


The ban was temporarily lifted in 2014. Now they've launched a campaign to have the rules changed permanently. 

Ofsted boss sorry for calling Isle of Wight a ghetto in Leeds

David Hoare, who chairs the education watchdog Ofsted, has apologised for any offence he caused, when he described the Isle of Wight as a "ghetto" where there's inbreeding. 

David Hoare
AET handout

He said he wanted to highlight the unacceptably poor performance of schools there during a speech made in Leeds. 

The Isle of Wight Council called the comments "truly offensive".  

Tens of thousands expected at Leeds Pride 2016


Leeds is gearing up for it Pride march this weekend. Tens of thousands of people are expected in the city over the weekend to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture. 

Leeds Pride

Leeds Pride is marking its 10th year and is set to run over Saturday and Sunday for the first time.  

Ten years ago there was about 200 people at Leeds Pride, this year we're expecting 35,000 people. The welcome they get on the streets of Leeds is just amazing."

Tom DoyleLeeds Pride

Bradford man guilty of more than 40 sex offences

A Bradford man, who has pleaded guilty to more than 40 sex offences has been told he could face the rest of his life in prison.

Philip Longbottom, 66, of Oakdale Drive in Shipley, appeared before Bradford Crown Court today where he admitted to 24 offences against six victims, mostly children, over four decades.  

Longbottom, had already pleaded guilty to a further 20 offences and was remanded in custody.

Philip Longbottom
West Yorkshire Police

The judge warned him he could face 'life in prison or an extended sentence' when he is sentenced next month.  

He was a man of wealth and influence and would use this to befriend families and gain access to children, who were then subjected to the most degrading and psychologically damaging abuse, offering them bribes and threats to guarantee their silence.

Det Insp Phillip BatesWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Cleric 'threat' claims over marriage in Samia Shahid 'honour killing' death

A Muslim cleric who conducted a wedding ceremony for a Bradford woman who was allegedly murdered in a so-called honour killing, has said he was threatened by her family. 

Samia Shahid, who was 28, died last month in Pakistan. Police there say she was strangled. 

Her second husband claims she was killed because her family disapproved of their marriage. 

Sima Kotecha reports:

Military plane spotted over Leeds

Did you see this military plane fly over Leeds at lunchtime?

Apparently lots of people near Briggate in Leeds spotted it as it flew over, and lots of people have been talking about it on social media too.

We think that sometimes the RAF practice landing at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Military plane

Eastgate Roundabout roadworks causing second day of delays

BBC Travel

For the second day in a row, the road works at the Eastgate roundabout in Leeds are causing long delays in the city.

Avoid it if you can, currently it's affecting traffic coming into the city and up Duke Street...

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Traffic problems in Leeds

Wakefield wishes its Olympic hopefuls well

Let's hope Yorkshire can bring back the gold, just like we did in 2012!  

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Weather: Dry afternoon with sunny spells

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A mostly dry afternoon with variable cloud, some bright and sunny spells. We could catch the odd isolated shower. Light westerly winds and highs today of 21C (70F).   


Teenage driver arrested after car 'boxed-in'

A 15-year-old was arrested after reports a car was being driven erratically around the streets of Castleford last night.

Teenage driver
West Yorkshire Police

It looks as though it only ended when the car was "boxed in" at this underpass.

Ford Ka
West Yorkshire Police

Leeds to Ilkley train cancelled to to animals on the line

Let's hope the Moooo-ve out of the way soon. Or at least go baaaa-ck to where they came from... 

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Bikes on the A1

Watch out if you're in the area.

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Temporary park to pop up in Leeds

I'd say Leeds does pretty well for parks, but the council has decided to give people the city another one. 

Next week a "pop up park" will appear between the Art Gallery and the Raddison Hotel, just off the Headrow.

Pop up park
Leeds City Council

Next Wednesday you'll be able to chill out on artificial grass, surrounded by planters, benches and deckchairs. It'll be there for four weeks. 

We’ve already seen that the temporary closure of Greek Street has created a vibrant and popular new place for visitors to the city centre to enjoy and we’re keen to keep that momentum going."

Cllr Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council

Can you hear the frustration?

This was spotted in Burley, apparently it appeared over the last week. It seems that a lot of people are parking up to play Pokemon Go.

Seems that someone's getting annoyed with the increased traffic. So don't park there, you hear?

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Dog left alone for two weeks kept alive by food passed through window

A dog that was left alone for two weeks in a house in Knottingley, was only kept alive by people passing food through a small broken window.

West Yorkshire Police, council officers and the RSPCA forced their way into the house where they found the dog in "extremely bad state of health" and living in filthy, squalled conditions without food or water.

The dog is now at a vets. The RSPCA say an investigation is underway and that they can't comment further at this time.

Leeds gears up for Pride 2016

This weekend the Leeds Pride march will celebrate its 10th birthday. It's one of the biggest in the country, organisers say that 35,000 people are expected to attend.

The event, which brings together Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities, brought two-and-a-half million pounds into the city last year.

Here's some the art that is adorning Lower Briggate.

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Final countdown as new Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepares for take off

Oli Constable

A new £6m air ambulance is set to take to the skies next month after charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance took delivery of the helicopter.

The state of the art chopper will serve five million people across Yorkshire providing life-saving help to more than 1,000 people a year.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

This is such an exciting time, not only for the Charity, but we hope for the people of Yorkshire too."

Peter SunderlandYorkshire Air Ambulance

Bradford teenager in court over bomb plot

More now on the Bradford teenager who has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with terrorism offences. 

The 17-year-old is accused of making an improvised explosive device with the intention of carrying out an attack on or before 26 July. 

He appeared in court via video-link, wearing a grey jumper and tracksuit bottoms. He spoke to confirm his name during the short preliminary hearing and has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

The teenager is due to stand trial in Yorkshire in January. 

He was remanded in custody.  

Travel update: M1 accident J42 northbound

And a bit more travel info I'm afraid, this time on the M1...

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BreakingBradford teenager appears at Old Bailey charged with terrorism offences

A teenage boy from Bradford has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. 

Travel update: Leeds roadworks continue into second day

Remember those roadworks that slowed the centre of Leeds right down yesterday?

Well, they return today. It caused queues approaching Duke Street, leading up to the new Victoria Gate development.

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Watch the Rio 2016 opening ceremony on the big screen

If you're feeling that watching the Olympics on that tiny 40 inch telly in your front room isn't going to cut the mustard, why not get yourself down to Bradford's City Park.

Fan Zone
Bradford Council

It's home to one of a handful of "Fan Zones" and you can watch the highlights of the opening ceremony tomorrow from 12:00 on a big screen. 

The 'lads' are off to Rio!

It almost looks like they're going on holiday! Good luck fellas... 

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Watch: Don't drop litter, or else!

Litter, any right thinking human being hates it, especially Thomas Black from Ilkley.

Two years ago the retired businessman commissioned a short film to be made. It was called "Don't Drop Litter or Else" and it got got close to 150,000 hits on Youtube 

Now Thomas is back with a second film - "Don't Drop Litter or Else 2".

Here's a taster of the first one... It really is a treat. 

Yorkshire MEP to get peerage in Cameron's honours

The full list of David Cameron's resignation honours has been published and it includes a long-serving West Yorkshire politician.  

Timothy Kirkhope
Timothy Kirkhope

Yorkshire MEP Timothy Kirkhope, the former MP for Leeds North East and Immigration Minister receives a peerage.    

Watch: Lizzie Armitstead says people will doubt her forever

British world road cycling champion Lizzie Armitstead believes people will "forever" doubt if she is a clean athlete after missing three drug tests.

The 27-year-old was suspended and faced missing the Olympics before the first test was declared void.

Speaking before Sunday's road race, a tearful Armitstead told BBC Sport she would "never cheat in life".

County Championship: Yorkshire fight back after Keith Barker's 4-55

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Lancastrian Keith Barker claimed a four-wicket haul at Headingley as Warwickshire got the upper hand on day one against Yorkshire.  

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But an unbroken 48-run last-wicket stand between Steve Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom yesterday earned the hosts a second batting bonus point, handing the hosts an important psychological advantage.  

Weather: Sunnier day than the rest of the week

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll enjoy plenty of bright, sunny spells across West Yorkshire today. The clouds gradually lifting and clearing as we head towards this afternoon, with a better chance of enjoying prolonged spells of sunshine later. Highs today of 21C (70F).  

Samia Shahid 'honour killing': Cleric 'threat' claims over marriage

A cleric who conducted an Islamic marriage ceremony involving an alleged "honour killing" victim claims he was threatened by a member of her family.  

Samia Shahid
Family photo

Samia Shahid, 28, from Bradford, was strangled last month in Northern Punjab, police in Pakistan said.

Cleric Syed Sibtami Kazmi said he was "threatened" after Ms Shahid's second marriage in September 2014.

Her second husband Syed Mukhtar Kazam believes she was killed because her family disapproved of their marriage. Ms Shahid's family claims she died from natural causes. 

Good morning: Our live coverage

It's Friday! Hooray! Welcome to our live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire.

I'll be here until 18:00 with all the latest, if you've got a nice/interesting pic to share, feel free to email me.

Looks like we're in for what I'd call a fairly nice day, but then I'm not a weather forecaster, I'll leave that to Owain Wyn-Evans.