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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Monday 8 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Sue McGorrigan

All times stated are UK

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Five things we didn't know this morning

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from me today.  Nick Wilmshurst will be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all your news, sport, travel and weather for West Yorkshire.

Enjoy your evening, but before we go, here are five things we didn't know when we got up this morning:

1. You don't have to go to Rio to watch the Olympics. All the action is being shown on a big screen in City Park in the centre of Bradford.  

2. You'll have to wait till you get to your holiday destination to have a drink, if you're flying early-doors with Jet2 from today.  The Leeds airline has banned alcohol before 08:00.

3. The former MP for Morley Ed Balls is the first celebrity to sign up for the next series of Strictly on BBC 1.

4. Huge sculptures of Bradford stars Dynamo and Zayn Malik have gone up in Bradford City Centre.

5. Everyone loves a cat, especially Huddersfield Station's Felix the cat, on International Cat Day! 

Felix the station cat
Kirklees Council

Wakefield hospital creates home-from-home for terminally ill patients

Wakefield Express

For hospital patients faced with a terminal diagnosis, a busy ward is not always the most suitable place for them to be.

But an innovative suite at Pinderfields Hospital is changing things. The Family Support Rooms, the only facility of their kind in the country, include a private en-suite room with open access for relatives of older people coming to the end of their lives or those with dementia. 

Mid Yorkshire NHS
Wakefield Express

Elias Kachunga in tomorrow's Huddersfield Town squad

Hudderfield Town has tweeted to say that Elias Kachunga will be fit for tomorrow's match. 

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Woman seriously ill after car hits pub in Boston Spa

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A woman has been left with serious injuries after a collision in Boston Spa on Saturday.

It at 15.10 outside the Stew and Oyster pub in High Street when a Toyota Auris hit a group of people who were sitting outside the pub.

A 55-year-old woman is in hospital in a serious condition. Two other people were also injured.

Boston Spa

If you witnessed the accident you should call police on 101 quoting log 1077 of 6 August.  

Travel: Long delays through Gomersal

BBC Travel

The traffic problems being caused by a burst water main in Gomersal are continuing this afternoon. The A643 Church Lane is affected in both directions and a diversion is operating. 

Travel: Disruption continues in Guiseley

BBC Travel

There are still long delays for drivers using the A658 in Guiseley this afternoon.

The problems are between the junctions with the B6152 Harrogate Road and Windmill Lane. It's because of emergency repairs being carried out following a burst water main.  A diversion is in operation.

Construction set to start on £8m transformation of 'eyesore' site in Leeds

Yorkshire Evening Post

Construction work is poised to begin on a new £8m retail park in Armley.  Demolition work at the former Denso Marston four acre site on Armley Road started last month and bosses say the construction phase of the project will get under way “shortly”.

The park will be occupied by Lidl, B&M Home Store and Farmfoods when it opens early next summer.


Watch out for crocodiles if you're off to the seaside!

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you're heading out of West Yorkshire on the A64 to the east coast today, keep your eyes peeled in case you see a crocodile! 

Not to alarm anyone, but somewhere in Scarborough there are crocodiles in someone's back garden. Currently, Jordan Woodhead has a caiman, a female Siamese crocodile and an American alligator as well as several reptiles including snakes, lizards and a turtle.

Jordan's has been telling the BBC more about his love of crocs:  

A Scarborough man keeps crocodiels in his back garden

Watch the Olympics from a deckchair in Bradford's City Park!

All the action from Rio is being screened live in the centre of Bradford today.

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More cat celebration in West Yorkshire!

Will you be celebrating International Cat Day with your cat, I wonder? 

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New service in Bradford to find homes for child refugees

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Two Bradford women have set up a new service in the city, to help find homes for unaccompanied child refugees and asylum seekers. 

Unity Fostering will work with councils across West Yorkshire to support young people who've fled from abroad as well as those from the UK. 

A new service to help find families to look after child refugees in Bradford

The company is run by former social worker Isma Almas and youth worker Lisa Chamberlain. 

Halifax Show this weekend

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Halifax Agricultural Show will have a World War Two theme this weekend.

The Atkinson Action Horses will be the attraction in the Main Ring.  The horses are trained to appear on TV and in films.  Their credits include, Poldark, Victoria, Peaky Blinders and The Living and The Dead which is on BBC One at the moment.

Halifax Show
Calderdale Council

The Show starts at 07:00 and ends at 19:00 at Savile Park Moor in Savile Park. Tickets can be bought in advance on the Halifax Agricultural Show website or on the day or from local shops.  

New council homes ready in Leeds

Tenants will soon be moving into some new council houses in Leeds which have been built on the site of a former pub.

What was once home to the Squinting Cat in Swarcliffe has been transformed into 18 new apartments now known as The Plantation.

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Celebrating West Yorkshire felines!

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Kirklees council has tweeted Happy International Cat Day to the Huddersfield Station cat.

Felix the cat became famous after being given the job of Senior Pest Controller because he was so successful in catching mice.

This is Felix in his high-vis jacket which goes with the job! 

Felix the station cat
Kirklees Council
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Urgent appeal for missing Halifax pensioner

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Police have made an urgent appeal for help in finding a missing pensioner in from Halifax.

Seventy five year old Granville Muir was last seen at his house in the King Cross area on Saturday lunchtime. He's around six feet tall and believed to be wearing blue clothing. It's thought he boarded a bus going to Bradford or Kirklees. He may appear confused and walks with a limp.

Missing OAP
WY Police

We are very concerned for Granville and I would appeal to anyone who sees him or thinks they see him to contact police on 101 immediately quoting log 1491 of 6 August."

Johnathan FirthCalderdale Police

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A woman from Kirklees who'd gone missing in Leeds has been found.

Alisha Wyatt, who's 24, disappeared in the early hours of Sunday morning after last being seen in the Stonegate area of Leeds.

WY Police

West Yorkshire Police issued an appeal for information about Alisha, but have just tweeted that she's been found safe and well.

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Travel: Disruption on A1 Northbound in West Yorkshire

BBC Travel

Debris on the road is causing delays on the A1 northbound between junction 40 and junction 41, the M62 turnoff.

Travel: Problems in Guiseley

BBC Travel

Try to avoid using the A658 Green Lane in Guiseley at the moment. There are problems between the B6152 Harogate Road and Windmill Lane.

The disruption is being caused by a burst water main. A diversion is in operation Northbound via the A65 New Road, Mickelfield Road and Mickelfield Lane and Southbound via Harrogate Road and New Road side. 

Happy Valley Pride Festival gets underway

Weather: A mainly sunny afternoon ahead

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A bright and mainly dry day for most of West Yorkshire this afternoon with sunny spells at times. 

A few showers are also likely and northwesterly winds will be quite strong, especially across the Pennines.  

Temperatures getting up to 18C or 64F.


Sport: Josh Cullen returns to Bradford City

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City has confirmed that Josh Cullen is returning to the club on a five month deal from West Ham.

Cullen, who was a big hit with the City fans in the second half of last season, could make his second debut at the Crown Ground.  

Josh Cullum
Bradford City
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Travel: Delays on the M62 westbound at Gildersome

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M62 westbound between the junction 27 turnoff for the M621 at Gildersome and junction 26 turnoff for the M606 at Chain Bar.

It's because of a broken down vehicle and is causing delays. 

Driver jailed after 109mph police chase

Pontefract and Castleford Express

A man has been jailed after drugs were thrown from a car during a police chase that hit speeds of up to 109mph.

Matthew Kenny, who's 24, took his brother’s Subura Imprezza, taking a passenger with him, while uninsured on March 13 last year. 

Pontefract & Castleford Express

BreakingBradford to hold one minute silence for dead in Pakistan

A suspected suicide bomb attack at a hospital in the Pakistani city of Quetta has killed at least 53 people and wounded dozens of others. 

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Bradford stars celebrated in sand

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

You can now see some fantastic sculptures of Bradford celebrities made out of sand, at the city's Broadway Shopping Centre.

Local sand artist team Sand In Your Eye carved three spectacular sand sculptures and have just made the finishing touches. The works of art show magician Dynamo back in his home town and worldwide pop sensation and City heartthrob Zayn Malik. 

Zayn Makik

The completion of these sand-tacular works of art marks the start of what promises to be a fantastic summer season at The Broadway. We commissioned the sculptures to celebrate all things Bradford. While we love getting away at this time of year, we wanted to remind Bradfordians of all the wonderful things about our city which are there to be enjoyed throughout the summer."

Ian WardBroadway General Manager

Oltley's Lizzie Armistead comes fifth in Rio

BBC Sport

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead missed out on an Olympic medal in a women's road race marred by an horrific crash.

The world champion, who faced being banned for the Games after missing three drugs tests, finished fifth.

Lizzie Armistead
BBC Sport
The parents of Otley's Lizzie Armistead talking after her road race in Rio.

The race was an eventful one. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten went to hospital with severe concussion and three small fractures in her lower back after crashing as she led the race.

Team-mate Anna van der Breggen won gold, ahead of Sweden's Emma Johansson and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini.

Delays continue in Gomersal

BBC Travel

A burst water main is still causing traffic problems in Gomersal. The A651 Oxford Road is closed in both directions at the A643 Church Lane junction.

A diversion is in operation.

Leeds airline Jet2 bans booze from its planes

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Anyone boarding a flight with Leeds-based Jet 2 early this morning won't be able to have a drink.

The airline announced a breakfast time booze ban last week - it kicked in today. Jet2 says it wants to tackle disruptive and abusive behaviour by some passengers.

Leeds Airline Jet2 bans alcohol from its flights from today.

Listen to  passenger Maria Bower talking to BBC Radio Leeds.

Passenger describes how unruly passengers disrupt flights.

It's part of a wider plan to tackle problem drinking in airports."

Tony HallwoodLeeds Bradford Airport

Ex Morley MP Ed Balls to do Strictly

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The former Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls is the first celebrity to be named in the line up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Shadow Chancellor told the BBC that he's "scared to death" by the challenge, but that it was a "dream come true". 

Ed Balls

You might wonder why a politician, a former West Yorkshire politician, would be chosen for Strictly. Mr Balls was known as one of the most abrasive parliamentarians in the commons before his defeat in 2015. But behind the Parliamentary act he's an engaging and funny man with a huge love of music. Maybe worth a flutter?!"

Larry BuddBBC Radio Leeds Political Reporter

Nightmare commute between Leeds and Ilkley this morning

Yorkshire Evening Post

Commuters trying to get to Ilkley this morning faced a nightmare journey.

All services to the West Yorkshire town were halted just before 07:00, hitting the early morning commute. Trains between Ilkley, Bradford and Leeds were cancelled due to an "obstruction on the line". 


Police fitted with body cameras

Jenny Eells

MyBradford Producer, BBC Radio Leeds

Two thousand body cameras will be worn by police officers on the streets of West Yorkshire from today.   

The two million pound roll-out aims to support the force when attending incidents as well as provide evidence. 

The cameras have been developed by Cambridge University.

Bradford Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle says the device will also provide a "third eye" across police work.  

Thousands turn out for Leeds Pride

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Tens of thousands of people attended Leeds Pride yesterday. 

The celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture was marking its 10th year and ran across both days of the weekend for the first time this year. 

Pop star, Marc Almond, who started Soft Cell when he was living in Leeds, performed in front of thousands of people in Millenium Square in the city centre. 

Headlines this morning

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

  • Every police officer working on the streets of West Yorkshire will be wearing camera's on their uniforms from today
  • The swimmer, Adam Peatty, has won Team GB's first gold medal of the Rio Games. He follows in the footsteps of Bradford's Adrian Moorhouse

Travel: Delays on the trains between Guiseley and Ilkley

BBC Travel

There are ten minute delays if you are travelling between Guiseley and Ilkley this morning. It's because a train is obstructing the line.


Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Some broken cloud around West Yorkshire first thing as well as the risk of one or two isolated showers. Highs of 19C (66F). 

Good Morning: Our live coverage

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello welcome to Monday and to a new week.

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

Share your photos with the rest of West Yorkshire by emailing me.

If you were one of the tens of thousands who went to Leeds Pride yesterday, hope you had fun.