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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 24 August 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from me for today, thanks for checking in, we'll do it all again tomorrow from 08:00.

Before I go, let's look back at five things we didn't know this morning when we woke up:

  1. Every time you have a shower, just think about the dolphins.
  2. If you can't lead your horse to water, grab the hosepipe.
  3. Maybe the people who make TV equipment should not make the microphones look like rabbits.
  4. We all love a good festival, but the traffic can do one.
  5. Busy important person, but with an urge for the barge-living lifestyle? No fear, experience it in 30 seconds here!

See you tomorrow!

Centenary square
Bradford City Council

How to watch the Leeds festival from the comfort of your own home..

If you're not going to the Leeds Festival, but wouldn't mind soaking up the atmosphere anyway, here are the details on how to do it.  

Leeds Fest

You can:

  • See more than 40 performances on the iPlayer
  • Watch on the Red Button
  • Get the BBC Music app
  • Watch on BBC Four

Fun in the sun in Bradford

It's been another cracking day in West Yorkshire, Bradford City Council have just posted this pic of lots of people enjoying the weather in Centenary Square. 

Centenary Square
Bradford City Council

Nicola Adams rides on the crest of a golden wave

Looks like the team at ITV news in London got the full Nicola Adams treatment!  

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Man visiting Leeds goes missing after leaving for Sweden

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for a Polish man who was visitng Leeds and left to work in Sweden but never arrived.

Janusz Cieszynski, aged 44, was staying in Seacroft to visit friends, but has been missing since 8 August, when he was due to leave the country to work.

Janusz Cieszynski
West Yorkshire Police

He was due back at work in Sweden but did not arrive which is unusual for him. As far as we can establish he has no other contacts in the UK than the people he was visiting."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Leeds festival is ready, are you?

Looks lovely doesn't it... Let's hope it's a good one!

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Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Huddersfield Town sign Charlton left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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Travel update: Inner ring road due to reopen shortly

BBC Travel

I've just spoken to West Yorkshire Police about the incident on Leeds' Inner Ring Road.

They say that a man has been arrested after he was seen walking near one of the bridges over the A58(M).

The road has reopened and traffic should be returning to normal soon.

Travel update: Inner ring road closed in both directions

Oh dear, this could cause some major problems for the evening rush hour.

Not sure why it's closed, I'll look into it and see what I find.

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Travel update: Delays on A65 in Leeds

BBC Travel

I don't think this is Leeds Festival related, but worth bearing in mind if you're heading this way into town...

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Watch: Getting through Bingley Five Rise locks in record time

It can take ages to get through Bingley Five Rise locks on the Leeds Liverpool canal.

But if you want to experience it, and you're a busy person, we've handily sped the who process up for you!

Kevin Sinfield

Former Leeds Rhinos and England captain Kevin Sinfield is appointed rugby director at the Rugby Football League.

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West Yorkshire players called up for internationals

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has been named in the Northern Ireland squad to face the Czech Republic in World Cup Qualifying in Prague on 4 September. 

Stuart Dallas
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Huddersfield Town keeper Danny Ward has been selected in the Wales squad for their qualifier against Moldova in Cardiff on 5 September. 

The 23-year-old has three caps to his name, and made his first start for Wales at Euro 2016.   

Traffic update: Delays on A1(M) towards Leeds festival

BBC Travel

There's a lot of traffic on the A1(M) this afternoon towards the Leeds Festival.

There was an earlier accident that has had a knock-on effect, but it could also be the number of people travelling to the site this afternoon. 


Never work with children or animals

And here's proof that at least half of that statement is correct...

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Man robbed at knifepoint in Huddersfield

A man was robbed at knifepoint in Huddersfield last night.

It happened on Queens Mill Road in Newsome just after 23:20 as a man was walking along the road. He was approached by two men, one of whom grabbed him from behind and pulled him over, the other demanded money from the victim and took his mobile phone. 

If you saw anything, please call the police on 101.

Queens mill road

Dog walkers warned over keeping pets on leads

Dog walkers are being urged to keep their dogs on a lead while walking near livestock in the countryside. 


One farmer on Ilkley Moor has suffered as many as eight attacks on his sheep this year alone. Bradford council is warning that even if a sheep is not physically harmed, the stress induced by a chase can lead to serious health problems.

They also warn that farmers and landowners are at liberty to shoot loose dogs among their livestock.

Warning of delays around festival site

Just remember to expect extra traffic around the Leeds Festival at Bramham from today.

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Brownlee brothers return home... with a craving for fish and chips

Yorkshire Post

The brilliant Brownlee brothers returned to Yorkshire with their Olympic medals proudly hung around their necks - before revealing they couldn’t wait to tuck into some good old Yorkshire fish and chips.

Yorkshire Post

How do you cool down a hot horse?

Here's a horse drinking from a hose pipe. 

You're welcome.

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Travel update: Lanes reopen on A1(M)

BBC Travel

And as quickly as it started... Hope all involved are ok 

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Travel update: Two lanes closed A1(M) J43

BBC Travel

This is the scene just before J44 on the A1(M).

We've got two lanes closed northbound around Bramham, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

This will affect those travelling to the Leeds festival today.

Highways England

Travel update: Two lanes shut A1(M) northbound J43

BBC Travel

This looks like to might cause a few delays this lunchtime, I[ll see what I can find out... 

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Tokyo 2020: Who to watch out for

The dust hasn't even really settled on Rio 2016 yet, but already pundits are looking ahead to Tokyo in 2020 and who could be bringing back those gold medals.

Step forward Lois Toulson from Huddersfield...

Louis Toulson
Getty Images

The 16-year-old was one of the youngest British athletes competing in Brazil and will soon be getting her GCSE results.

She and her diving partner Tonia Couch did not finish in the top three in Brazil, extending Britain's run without a women's Olympic diving medal to 56 years, but Tokyo could be the city where the long wait ends.

And so it begins...

The Leeds Festival opens its gates for business tomorrow, and the first revellers are already arriving in the city.

Tens of thousands are coming for this year's event at Bramham Park

Festival goers

I somehow doubt they'll look as fresh come Monday...

Soap star considering standing for Jo Cox constituency

A former soap star is considering putting herself forward to try to be the Labour candidate to replace Jo Cox as the MP for Batley and Spen. 

Jo was shot and stabbed to death in Birstall near Leeds in June. 

Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin who's been in Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale, has confirmed reports in The Sun that she's considering standing for Labour. 

The party says it's not yet started its selection process.  

Watch: Whistleblower claims Bradford school pupils left 'at risk'

A whistleblower has warned vulnerable pupils could be left exposed to abuse without improvements at a Bradford school

Nicola Tordoff, the former child protection officer at Tong High School, resigned from her job in June, saying it was "a matter of luck" that there had been no serious incidents. 

The school says her concerns have been "considered and dealt with". 

Huddersfield MP's anger over Sunday Times article

A West Yorkshire MP has described himself as "hopping mad" over claims that an area of his constituency is "blighted by car thieves and crack dealers"

Huddersfield MP, Barry Sheerman, has reacted to an article in the Sunday Times, published after the death of a man who was attacked by a dog in Sheepridge

Barry Sheerman
Labour Party

Mr Sheerman has already referred the article and its writer Tom Harper to the Press Complaints Commission.

Jail for man who caused fracture to elderly neighbour’s arm in 'childish' dispute

Yorkshire Evening Post

A man who caused a fracture to his elderly neighbour’s arm in a “childish” dispute over a wardrobe has been sent to prison.

Christopher Cooper
Yorkshire Evening Post

A hero's welcome for Olympic medal Leeds lad

The Olympic medal winning gymnast Nile Wilson can expect a busy day, as he arrives back at his gym in Leeds later. 

Nile Wilson
Getty Images

The 20 year old won a bronze, becoming the first ever British gymnast to win an Olympic medal on the high bars.He's expected to be welcomed home by hundreds of people  

Wakefield MP leads call for ban on plastic microbeads

A worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics should be imposed as soon as possible, according to a committee of MPs led by Wakefield MP, Mary Creagh.

Micro beads

The Environmental Audit Committee says the tiny balls of plastic used in shower gels and facial scrubs can even be found in Arctic sea-ice and on the ocean floor.

The MPs say synthetic fibres from worn car tyres and fleece jackets may also be harming wildlife.

The government says it will consider a ban on microbeads in cosmetics if the EU doesn’t legislate against them.

A single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean. Cosmetic companies’ voluntary approach to phasing out plastic microbeads simply won’t wash. We need a full legal ban.”

Mary CreaghChair, Environmental Audit Committee

Have you seen Megan Schofield?

West Yorkshire Police say that they're "becoming increasingly concerned" for a missing teenager from Leeds.

Megan Schofield,13, from Swarcliffe in Leeds, was reported missing on Monday morning. She is described as white, 5ft tall, thin with shoulder length blonde hair, blue-green eyes, and as generally looking older than her age.

Megan Scholfield
West Yorkshire Police

Megan is only 13 and as time goes by we are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare. I would ask Megan or anyone who has any information about her whereabouts to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101."

Det Insp Charlotte HailsWest Yorkshire Police

Leeds United: Match report Luton Town

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Tyler Denton scored on his Leeds United debut as the Championship side progressed past Luton Town in the EFL Cup second round.  

Garry Monk
Getty Images

Full-back Denton, 20, curled in a fine effort in the first half as the Whites won a second-straight away game.

Kemar Roofe hit the crossbar for Leeds as they pressed for a second.

Match stats

Driver caught doing 119 mph on M1

Police patrol record car doing over 100 mph on the motorway. 

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Weather: Dry start showers possible later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Don't expect what we had yesterday again, but we will get highs 23C (73F) and watch out for a few showers!  

Whistleblower claims Bradford school pupils left 'at risk'

A whistleblower has warned vulnerable pupils at a Bradford school will be left exposed to abuse without more investment in child protection. 

Nicola Tordoff

Nicola Tordoff said supporting more than 200 students with child protection issues at Tong High School left her "at breaking point".

She left her job in June, saying it was "a matter of luck" there had been no serious incidents.

The school said her concerns had been "considered and dealt with".

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to another sunny day in West Yorkshire, well sort of. More on that in a moment...

This is the place to be to get the latest news, sport weather and travel in West Yorkshire as it happens. I'll be here until 18:00.

Thanks to Dean Wilkinson for this shot of the Emley Moor transmitter.

Emley Moor
Dean Wilkinson