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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 August 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learnt today

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday, in the meantime here's a few of today's stories that you really should take a look at:

1) The Brownlees are incredible - as these amazing pictures show.

2) Huddersfield badminton Olympian Marcus Ellis isn't bad either!

3) West Yorkshire Police are to be investigated over dog attack in Huddersfield in which a man died. 

4) A driver was fined for driving the WRONG WAY down the M621 at Leeds - and the picture tells the story.

5) Could a trans-Pennine tunnel help the M62 run a bit faster? 

Fire in Huddersfield

We've spoken to the fire service and they've just arrived at the scene of this blaze in Huddersfield.

We'll have more details later.

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Castleford Tigers: Lee Jewitt prop to miss rest of season with injury

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Castleford Tigers prop Lee Jewitt will miss the rest of the Super League season with knee ligament damage

Lee Jewitt
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The injury means Jewitt has played his last game for the club, having agreed a move to Australian side Townsville Blackhawks at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old made 40 appearances for Tigers after joining from French club Limoux in May 2014.

Brownlee win - in pictures

Amazing scenes on the finish line and the podium.

Alistair Brownlee, left, and Jonathan Brownlee react after the men"s triathlon event of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Bronze medalist Henri Schoeman (RSA) of South Africa runs to the finish line as Alistair Brownlee (GBR) of Great Britain and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) of Great Britain celebrate their gold and silver medals
Britain"s Alistair Brownlee, right, and Jonathan Brownlee react after the men"s triathlon event of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Great Britain"s Alistair Brownlee with his gold medal for the Men"s Triathlon at Fort Copacabana on the thirteenth day of the Rio Olympic Games
Jason Davidson

Huddersfield Town defender Jason Davidson leaves the Championship club to join Dutch side FC Groningen.

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Sporting world in awe

These are just a couple of the tweets from Olympians and World Champions on the subject of the Brownlees' success!

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Gold for the Brownlee brothers - in Leeds!

They've won gold and silver in Rio - but Leeds is going gold for the amazing pair.

In honour of Alistair and Jonny's Olympic achievements Leeds Civic Hall will turn gold tomorrow night!

Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, said: “What more can be said about the amazing achievements of Alistair and Jonny, who again have enjoyed medal winning success in the Olympic triathlon event.

“We are so proud and fortunate to have in Alistair and Jonny not just two unbelievable athletes, but also people who are wonderful ambassadors for Leeds. 

"In winning gold once again, Alistair is the first athlete ever to retain their triathlon Olympic title which is a sensational feat, while Jonny with his silver medal, has also cemented his place as one of the sport’s greatest ever competitors."

“Team GB are enjoying another brilliant Olympics, and it is amazing to see so many of our athletes flying the flag for Leeds and Yorkshire so proudly in Rio.”

Reaction the Brownlees' achievement

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, where both Alistair and Jonny studied for degrees and still use the campus facilities to train, said: “There could not be a better result for the Brownlees or for our city than seeing a Leeds gold and silver result in the triathlon. 

"The university has played a significant role in their development and training since they studied with us, and I am delighted for both of them.

"I’d also like to pay tribute to Gordon Benson, who reached Olympic standard while studying for a demanding degree. He’s played an important role in helping the Brownlees achieve the success they have and deserves credit."

Just another day in Yorkshire...

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That's Huddersfield's Marcus Ellis.

And this is Leeds' Brownlee brothers.

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Two West Yorkshire care homes in special mesures

Two West Yorkshire care homes have been deemed "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission. The watchdog has put Millfields Residential Care Home in Pontefract into special measures - along with West Ridings Residential and Nursing Home in Wakefield.

West Ridings care home

Inspectors said they were "very concerned that vulnerable people were not being kept safe" at the Millfields site in Pontefract. 

There was no lock on the front door, a glass panel in an external fire door was smashed, equipment and furniture was in need of repair and there was a lack of cleanliness and a bad odour throughout the building. 

For the Wakefield site, it's the second time the West Ridings Residential and Nursing Home has been named-and-shamed for failing to meet regulations. A shortage of staff and a lack of knowledge of how to use equipment were two areas raised.   

Well done Marcus!

Marcus Ellis from Huddersfield and Chris Langridge have won bronze in the men's doubles badminton!

It was an attacking masterclass from the Brits.

21-18 19-21 21-10 the final score.

Marcus Ellis celebrates winning bronze

Case dropped over 'offensive message' days after Jo Cox killing

A man accused of posting a threatening message on a Conservative MP's Facebook page, just days after the killing of West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, has had the case against him dropped. 

Mark Verier from Ramsgate in Kent had faced one count of sending grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing communications. 

The post on MP Craig Mackinlay's page in June included gun and knife emojis, with the message: "Another MP that needs..." 

He told police the post was a joke, albeit a sick one. Following a review the CPS has concluded that the comment did not meet the bar of being grossly offensive.

Olympics triathlon: Follow the event live

It's under way and you can follow the Brownlee brothers' progress on BBC Sport's triathlon  live page.

Brownlee brothers

West Yorkshire Police to be investigated over dog attack

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate West Yorkshire Police over the death of a man killed by a dog

David Ellam
West Yorkshire Police

David Ellam suffered bites to his body on Riddings Road in the Sheepridge area of Huddersfield on Monday morning and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Police had seized the dog in June on suspicion it was a banned pit bull breed, but returned it last Wednesday. 

IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: "Our independent investigation will look closely at police actions prior to Mr Ellam's death, including the decision-making around the removal, testing and return of the dog."

A man's been arrested over the incident.  

Brownlee brothers cleared for take-off

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Brownlee brothers in Rio
Jonny Brownlee

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have been training at a Brazilian military base ahead of their tilt for a triathlon one-two this afternoon, using the runway to run and cycle away from prying eyes and heavy traffic.

"After everything else, the thing it took to persuade the military to let us use it was the installation of a new dishwasher for the officers’ mess," UK Sports' performance director Simon Timson told the Daily Mail. 

"For the price of that, the triathlon team are able to complete their preparations in the best way possible."

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Rio 2016: What to watch this afternoon

There are more medals up for grabs for West Yorkshire's Olympians this afternoon. 


Nicola Adams can guarantee herself at least a silver in the boxing ring and Marcus Ellis plays for Bronze in the badminton doubles. 

The Brownlee Brothers from Leeds are aiming for the top two places on the podium in the triathlon.  

Asda report worse quarter on record

BBC Business News

Leeds-based supermarket group Asda has reported its worst quarterly performance on record. 


The Walmart-owned chain posted a 7.5% fall in like-for-like sales in the second quarter. 

The results represent the eighth consecutive quarter of sliding sales.

New boss Sean Clarke, who took over on 11 July, is attempting to turn Asda around through a £1.5bn investment in price cuts amid a brutal price war in the supermarket sector.  

O no, where have all the As and Bs gone?

You might have noticed that big brands and public organisations have been dropping letters from their logos, a bit like West Yorkshire Police...

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Well the reason is it's part of a campaign to encourage people to donate blood.

NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a worldwide campaign asking people to show support by dropping the letters of the main blood groups from their name and posting it on social media.  

Motorist fined for driving wrong way on M621

A motorist who drove the wrong way down the M621 has been fined £900 and given six penalty points.

It really isn't the sort of thing to do whilst you're on the motorway is it?

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Brownlees prepare for Olympic glory... hopefully

Don't forget, they'll be starting at 15:00!

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Classic horror comes to Halifax Minster

How do you fancy watching a classic horror film in the surroundings of Halifax Minster? Sounds like the perfect setting to me!

Hulton Archive/Getty

Visit Calderdale have decided to screen the 1922 film Nosferatu at the minster, complete with live organ music and only candles to light the room.

It's part of their ‘Other Rooms’ season, which includes 13 pop-up films and plays across Halifax. Nosferatu is being screened on 3 September.

Your pictures: A bit of stress relief...

Came in on the M62 this morning? Didn't get what you wanted in your A-levels? Really nervous about the Brownlees in Brazil today?

Hey, just relax... Take a moment to look at this great picture from Ann-Marie Brook of the Blackmoorfoot Reservoir near Huddersfield. 

Breath in... breath out... breath in... OK you're on your own now.

Ann-Marie Brook

Weather: Enjoy the sun, it's not staying!

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Another pleasant afternoon ahead with plenty of sunshine. Highs of 24C (75F).

Make the most of it, it's not going to stay this way...

Weather outlook

M62 delays: More of your views from the jams

People are still talking about the annoyance of being stuck on the M62 this morning.

I feel your pain Colette...

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And I think this tweeter was being a bit ironic...

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Travel update: Slow traffic continues on M62

BBC Travel

We've still got major problems on the M62 eastbound, with long delays from J26 to J24 due to a broken-down lorry closing a lane in the roadworks.

This picture is taken at J25.

Highways England

White rose county holds its own in Rio

Four years ago, Yorkshire's athletes were leading Team GB to a record medal haul, and would have finished 12th if it were an individual country - ahead of Jamaica, Brazil and Spain.

Further medals in the Paralympics, including two golds for wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, capped off a brilliant sporting summer.

Four years on, and Yorkshire's once again proving the white rose county can hold its own. This is where we stand right now - and hopefully there's more to come:

Medal table - Yorkshire in 17th position

Going underground to beat the jams... possibly

This will be of cold comfort if you've been sitting in all that traffic on the M62 this morning, but the government has announced the preferred routes for a new road tunnel that will link Yorkshire with Manchester.

None of the options goes from West Yorkshire, but you can't help but think that it would reduce the traffic on the M62. 

If it goes ahead it would be one of the longest tunnels in the world.

Here's the shortlist of routes...

Department for Transport

The plans will form part of the government's next "Road Investment Strategy" which will begin in 2020.

We'll have more on this later in the day.

Today’s study brings us a step closer to building a Trans-Pennine road tunnel – it would be the most ambitious project since the construction of the first motorways 50 years ago."

John HayesTransport Minister

TV presenter Charlie Webster in coma with malaria in Rio

It has been revealed that TV presenter Charlie Webster is in a coma after contracting malaria in Rio. She had taken part in a 3,000 mile bike ride in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Charlie Webster

The 33-year-old, who has worked for Sky and ITV, became unwell after watching the Olympic opening ceremony.

Sky said Ms Webster's agent had confirmed that she was on life support with a rare strain of the disease.

She was admitted to hospital the day after the Olympics opening ceremony after her condition deteriorated. 

Jellyfish stings halt non-stop Anglesey swim bid

A Bradford woman's attempt to become the first person to swim non-stop around Anglesey has been called off after she was stung by jellyfish.  

Liane Llewellyn Hickling

Liane Llewellyn Hickling, 34, was pulled out of the water in the Menai Strait on Wednesday night.

She had suffered an allergic reaction after being stung by at least six lion's mane jellyfish.

She was treated at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, and is now recovering at her base in Holyhead.

A-level results day: Your reaction

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

There's a lot of whoops of joy and cries of despair around West Yorkshire today as thousands of teenagers have received their A-level results.

Nationally the number of students getting into university places has reached a record level

Some around Leeds have expressed pure elation!

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Others are just glad it's all over, (what's with all the capital letters by the way?!)

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But if you didn't do so well, fear not. There is life after A-levels, and here's the proof!

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Pontus Jansson

Championship side Leeds sign Sweden centre-back Pontus Jansson on a season-long loan deal from Italian club Torino.

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Cycling World Road Race Championships for Yorkshire?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Yorkshire's love affair with cycling looks to be growing as it has been revealed that yet more world class cycling could be coming to the county.


First it was the Tour de France's Grand Depart, then the Tour de Yorkshire, now tourist organisation Welcome to Yorkshire has submitted a bid to bring the World Road Championships to the region in 2019.

Cycling fans will be hoping to see British favourites like Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas, as well as the cream of world cycling like current World Road Race champion, Peter Sagan.

The government has also guaranteed to underwrite the full cost of the event - and back it with £24m worth of investment. 

BBC Radio Sheffield's Howie Pressman asked Sir Gary Verity to tell us about the event and why he wants it to come to this part of the world.

Road World Championships bid Sir Gary Verity

Travel update: Broken-down lorry M62 eastbound J24-J27

BBC Travel

Just a reminder that this is still causing delays this morning, a broken- down lorry is causing major problems because it's stuck in the roadworks area. It's taken out one lane and there's congestion eastbound from J26 to J23. 

One to definitely avoid, otherwise you could end up in the same boat as Sarah...

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A-level results day: How many do you need to be a police officer?

I'd never really thought about it, but here's your answer!

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TV presenter Charlie Webster seriously ill after Rio charity cycle ride

Charlie Webster, a TV presenter who was part of a charity bike ride from London to Rio in aid of the Jane Tomlinson appeal, is seriously ill in a Brazilian hospital with an infection

Charlie Webster

The former Sky Sports News presenter had appeared to be in good health when she arrived in Brazil on 4 August.

But she was admitted to hospital two days later - the day after the Olympics opening ceremony.

Having posted many photos and updates on social media throughout the cycle ride, she wrote on Twitter on 9 August: "I'm getting there... awful few days with serious infection #Rio."

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Cabin crew 'not in control' of rowdy passengers

A mother from Yorkshire has described a terrifying flight from Leeds Bradford airport, where her son was attacked with beer cans and bottle tops. 


She claims that the cabin crew were not in control of a group of passengers and describes how a they became rowdy and were jumping on seats. 

Her story has come to light as two weeks ago Jet2 announced kerbs on in-flight drinking.

Ryanair says: "A number of individuals on this flight caused a minor disturbance in-flight and, in line with procedures, were warned to behave for the remainder of the flight."

M62 delays: Your views

There's a bit of spleen-venting going on from people on the M62 this morning. Hang on in there, it could be worse!

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Travel update: Broken-down lorry M62 eastbound J24-J27

BBC Travel

And here's the view from the road itself, we're hearing that it's currently taking about 30 minutes to get from J24 to J25.

Travel info