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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 12 August 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Huddersfiled players celebrate

Jack Payne scores Huddersfield's late winner as Newcastle suffer a second successive Championship defeat.

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Five things we didn't know this morning

That's it from your friendly live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire for this week.

We'll return on Monday from 08:00, in the meantime, here are five things we learned today...

  1. West Yorkshire is home to the only gas lit cinema in the world. Who knew?
  2. A cat in Huddersfield is more famous than you are.
  3. The Costa-del-Wakefield exists.
  4. Leeds once had a subway, and I don't mean one that sells meatball sandwiches.
  5. I genuinely have no idea what to say about this.

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Happy Valley Pride festival this weekend

Organisers of the Happy Valley Pride Festival are calling on the community to 'unite against prejudice' at the first event of its kind in Hebden Bridge this weekend.  

Happy Valley Pride Festival
Happy Valley Pride Festival

The group itself is the brainchild of local residents who were left shocked and outraged by homophobic graffiti they saw in the town..

The main festivities will centre around Hebden Bridge Town Hall tomorrow.

Weather: Dry but cloudy tonight and tomorrow

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see some broken cloud overnight but also some clearer spells as well as one or two isolated showers. Temperatures getting down to 16C (61F). 


Variable amounts of cloud lingering throughout Saturday, but we should see some sunny spells as well. Where we do, it'll feel warm but staying rather breezy. Maximum temperature of 19C (66F).   

How to make friends and influence people...

If you want to look cool in front of your friends this weekend, here's a list of all of the new bands appearing at the Leeds Festival this year.

You should definitely have a look at K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, they're my personal favourite. And I mean that in a non ironic way.

K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade

Feminists want to have their cake and eat it, says Shipley MP

Conservative MP Philip Davies has criticised the "benefits women have compared to men" at an anti-feminist event.  

Philip Davies

He said that "feminist zealots really do want women to have their cake and eat it".

He made the remarks at the Justice for Men and Boys party's conference in London in July.

The comments sparked an online backlash, with women tweeting photos of themselves eating cake.

Mickey has been living in a box for 50 hours

Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

For 50 hours, security manager Micky Lockey has lived his life locked in the confines of a glass box.

MAn in a box
Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

British Transport Police have got that Friday feeling

Don't ask because I don't have any answers.....

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A subway in Leeds? (Not the one with sandwiches either)

Just spotted this great pic on the Leeds Back in the Day Facebook page.

It's of the pedestrian subway on Briggate. They say that it was constructed in the mid 1960s when traffic could drive up and down it.  

Do you remember it? 

Leeds subway
Leeds back in the day

Listen: How will the Yorkshire Ripper be treated in a mainstream prison?

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In 1981 Peter Sutcliffe admitted being the Yorkshire Ripper and described his killing spree as something that "grew and grew until I became a beast"

For the last 32 years, he has been detained at Broadmoor, the high security psychiatric hospital, having been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Now, a mental health tribunal has decided he is sane enough to be transferred to a prison.

Dr Mike Berry, a clinical forensic psychologist, explained to the World at One's Shaun Ley how to treat someone who has committed such crimes.

Delays to buses from Otley

Worth bearing in mind if your trying to get somewhere this afternoon.

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New barriers at Manchester Picadilly

Just a heads up if you commute to Manchester, don't get confused by the new barriers! 

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Watch: Hyde Park Picture House to get Heritage Lottery grant.

The world's only surviving gas-lit cinema - the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds has been awarded £2.4m of Heritage Lottery funding. 

The cinema will now open up its archives which holds film programmes dating back to its opening in 1914. 

 The money will also pay for some of its original features to be restored.

Forget Rio, the weather's better in Leeds!

To be fair Tanya, I wouldn't complain too much! 

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Rio 2016: Huddersfield's Clancy could be going for gold tonight

Also at the Olympics, Huddersfield cyclist Ed Clancy led the men's team pursuit squad as they set the fastest time in qualifying last night. 

Ed Clancy
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The team, which also includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, was almost 3.5 seconds clear of Denmark in second place. 

The next round - and the final - take place tonight.  

Travel update: Debris on A1(M) at J42

BBC Travel

Just a warning on the A1(M) southbound at J42, (A63 Selby fork) and J41 M62. People have been reporting debris on the road. 

Watch out if you're in the area. 

Rio 2016: Countdown to Adams' first match is on...

We'll be there! 

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'Normal Bank Holiday service during strike' - Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains says it wants to reassure customers it'll run a full timetable on the East Coast Main Line during industrial action planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Virgin Train
Geof Sheppard

The RMT rail union says its members who work for Virgin Trains East Coast will strike on  Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, as well as on 19-20 August and on 26-27 August in a dispute over jobs, working conditions and safety.

In a statement, Virgin Trains says it's given assurances on each point raised by the RMT union at the start of the dispute and passengers won't be affected by the strike action.

We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place and I want to reassure our customers that our timetable will be unaffected during these walkouts, as well as during any subsequent strikes by the RMT."

Virgin Trains spokesperson

Kirkstall Forge from the air

If you were wondering what the new Kirkstall Forge railway station looks like from the air..wonder no more!

Building at the site is really coming on. There are none of the promised shops and cafes there yet, but the development seems to be going well.

Kirkstall Forge
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The seaside comes to Wakefield this weekend

The seaside will be coming to Wakefield this weekend, and here are the preparations the council is making for the artificial beach just outside the cathedral.

It'll be open from 10:00 tomorrow.

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You might remember I made a mock up of what the beach may look like a few weeks ago. It's worth another airing I think...

Wakefield Beach
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Corinne Bailey Rae makes Obama's playlist

Corinne Bailey Rae has made President Obama's summer playlist. He's chosen one of her songs for his "songs for nighttime".

Not bad for a lass from north Leeds!

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Huddersfield Station cat Felix begins 5k charity 'run'

A railway station cat is taking part in a 5k fun "run" to raise money for a children's charity.

Felix, who shot to fame when she was named Huddersfield Station's Senior Pest Controller, is taking on the challenge in support of Fairy Bricks. 

Felix the cat

Her progress will be monitored via a GPS tracker in her collar, allowing people to follow her movements online.

She has already raised more than £2,500 for the charity which supplies Lego kits to children in hospital.

Dozens of people have wished Felix good luck in her challenge on a Facebook page set up in her name.

East Coast rail strikes: 'RMT union won't sit back'

Three 24-hour strikes to be held by RMT union members working on Virgin Trains East Coast will involve around 1,800 workers including guards, station staff and some drivers.

Virgin train

The strikes are to be held between Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August and on Bank Holiday Monday on 29 August.

The dispute centres around jobs, working conditions and safety.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash says: "The RMT will not sit back while nearly 200 members' jobs are under threat and while conditions and safety are put at risk by a franchise which is clearly in financial trouble."

Virgin Trains East Coast strike dates announced

More on the news that Virgin Trains East Coast rail workers are to hold three 24-hour strikes, including one on August Bank Holiday Monday, the RMT union has confirmed.

Virgin train

Virgin East Coast rail workers last week voted to go out on strike in a dispute over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

The strikes are due to be held:

  • Between 03:00 on Friday 19 August and 02:59 on Saturday 20 August 
  • Between 03:00 on Friday 26 August and 02:59 on Saturday 27 August
  • Between 03:00 on Monday 29 August and 02:59 on Tuesday 30 August

Virgin Trains has previously said it would run a full timetable during any RMT strike action. 

BreakingVirgin East Coast strikes announced

Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast - which runs services through Yorkshire to London -  are to stage three 24-hour strikes, including one on Bank Holiday Monday, in a row over jobs, working conditions and safety, according to the RMT union.  

Listen: Willey says he's 'close to a complete performance'

Yorkshire are through to T20 Blast Finals Day after a 90 run victory over Glamorgan in Cardiff. 

David Willey smashed 79 off 38 balls as the Vikings made 180 for 8 in their 20 overs. Adil Rashid claimed 4 for 26 as the home side were dismissed for just 90 in only 13 overs. 

Willey was named man of the match. Yorkshire will face face Durham in their semi-final at Edgbaston on 20 August. 

Protest over Grouse shooting in Hebden Bridge

Animal rights activists are gathering in Hebden Bridge to protest against grouse shooting. 


Today is known as the Glorious Twelfth, the start of the grouse shooting season. 

Campaigners claim burning heather has contributed to flooding in recent years. 

It comes as businesses in Yorkshire's National Parks wait to see if the poor winter will mean fewer birds, and a reduced number of shooting days.   

Hundereds of West Yorkshire Muslims to travel to convention

Muslims from West Yorkshire are joining thousands of others at an event in the south to oppose extremism and hatred. 

They're travelling to the annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hampshire.   

It's to convey that Islam is a religion of peace, that Islam teaches tolerance, that it challenges extremism all the time and it's about building bridges between communities, that's the essential message."

Dr Mohammed IqbalPresident, Bradford North Ahmadiyya Muslim Association...
Will Rhodes

Essex sign young all-rounder Will Rhodes from Yorkshire until the end of the County Championship season.

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Calderdale's response to flooding is "unacceptable"

A West Yorkshire MP says Calderdale Council's efforts to deal with the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods are "unacceptable".  


Craig Whittaker, who represents the Calder Valley, wants council bosses to commit more money to flood prevention. 

In response, Calderdale Council says "The criticisms are completely unfounded - and flood prevention is mainly central Governments responsibility."   

Felix the cat to take part in fun run!

And finally, many of us are proud of our pet cats... But how many of our furry feline friends would fancy a 5K fun-run?  


Step forward Felix the Huddersfield Train Station cat - who'll be fitted with a GPS tracker later today - she'll then be followed online until she covers 5 kilometres. 

It's all to raise money for ill children in the Huddersfield area.   

Watch: Yorkshire Ripper expected to be transferred from Broadmoor

Keith Doyle

BBC reporter

The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, is expected to be transferred from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to a prison within the next few weeks. 

BBC News understands that a tribunal has decided he no longer needs treatment for any mental health disorder. Sutcliffe, aged 70, murdered 13 women and attempted to murder seven more. 

Leeds' gas-lit Hyde Park Picture House receives Heritage Lottery Funding

The world's only surviving gas-lit cinema, which is in Leeds, is to get £2.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Original features at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds will be restored and accessibility is to be improved.

Hyde Park Picture House

Hyde Park Picture House opened in November 1914, just after the outbreak of World War One, when it broadcast news bulletins and morale-boosting dramas. It still has nine working gas lights, which are used every day when the cinema is open.  

We are so grateful, so happy and every other possible positive descriptive word there is. We are doing a lot of work to preserve the fabric of the building - the wonderful period features like the gas lighting and the beautiful balcony and plasterwork."

Wendy CookHyde Park Picture House

Travel update: Ellerby Lane Leeds closed northbound

BBC Travel

It's very nice and quiet on the roads this morning. Just one thing to tell you about on Ellerby Lane in Leeds closed northbound from the Cross Green Lane junction to the Ellerby Road junction, because of a derelict pub that has caught fire. 


Weather: Dry start with sunshine later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today is getting off to a dry start with some cloud, it will be sunny and warm throughout the day. Feeling quite breezy with a westerly wind and highs of 20C (68F). 

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe 'to move back to prison'

The Yorkshire Ripper is expected to move out of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital and into a prison after medical experts ruled him mentally fit, BBC News understands.  

Peter Sutcliffe
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Between 1975 and 1980 Sutcliffe preyed on women across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. His victims were mainly prostitutes whom he mutilated and beat to death.  

A health tribunal has found Peter Sutcliffe no longer needs any treatment for any mental disorder.

In 1981 he was convicted of 13 murders and seven attempted murders and given 20 life sentences. Moving Sutcliffe would need to be approved by the Ministry of Justice. 

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Welcome to our live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire, I'll be here until 18:00 making sure you're up to date.

Stay tuned folks, in a while I'll tell you more about this place...

Hyde Park

It's the world's only surviving gas-lit cinema and it's in Leeds!