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  1. Yorkshire Ripper moved from Broadmoor to mainstream prison
  2. Man jailed for being drunk on flight from Leeds Bradford Airport
  3. Stage is set for Leeds Festival
  4. Live updates on Thursday 25 August 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from us today, we'll return tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire.

Before I go, here are five things we learned today.

  1. If you see an emotional teenager around this evening, go easy on them, it was GCSE results day.
  2. Leeds festival posters have hardly changed in 17 years.
  3. Don't do anything illegal with compost, the police will come around and take it off you.
  4. Some have been more prepared for the Leeds Festival than others.
  5. In Leeds, we're not a fan of posh fizzy drinks.

See you tomorrow!

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It's been a busy year so far for Millennium Square

Actually, this is pretty impressive isn't it! Although I doubt many people are at the beach today... 

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Weather: Will it get better over the weekend for Leeds Festival?

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Well, don't throw away your wellies and waterproofs just yet...

Watch my full forecast for the latest!

Free swimming sessions at Leeds leisure centres this weekend

Inspired by Team GB's amazing success at Rio 2016, Leeds City Council is offering free swimming sessions at council-run leisure centres this weekend.

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You may not be able to have a go at diving, though, but the offer includes free general swimming and general lane sessions. 

You can take part at Armley, Aireborough, Holt Park, John Charles Centre for Sport, Morley, Pudsey, Rothwell, Scott Hall and Wetherby.  

So what are you waiting for? Get your trunks on!

Leeds "swingers club" approved

A controversial "swingers club" in Armley has been given the go-ahead. It will occupy the site of a former shoe shop.

Swingers club

Opponents have called the plans "abhorrent" as the club would be 300m from a primary school, but council officers have said they should be approved.   

A muddy start to Leeds Festival 2016

Thousands of people have been flocking to the Leeds Festival site in Bramham today, the first acts take to the stage tomorrow. 

It's a wet start, but good to see they've all come well prepared!

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Well, some more than others...

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Arrest after gun cabinet stolen in Halifax

A 16-year-old has been arrested after a gun cabinet, containing six rifles and shotguns, was stolen in Halifax.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses following the burglary in Barkisland, which happened on Tuesday afternoon.

The burglars forced the rear patio doors of a house and also took some ammunition. 

The gun cabinet was recovered after it was discarded and a a 16-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A number of firearms were stolen along with personal items, and we are continuing our investigation to recover these items and return to their owners. The firearms were legally held by the owner and I would also ask people to come forward if any of the above items have been advertised for sale."

Det Insp Craig LordWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Compost used by criminals given to the community

You'll often hear the police talk about proceeds of crime, where they take item or money gathered by criminals and sell them for charity.

Well how about a group of cannabis growers who were caught, and their compost seized.. It was then given to Beeston in Bloom so they can grow their flowers!

Man jailed for being drunk on flight

A man's been jailed today for being drunk on board a flight from Leeds Bradford. 


The Jet 2 flight to Cyprus had to be diverted to Manchester after 21-year-old Joshua Strickland, of Lucas Avenue, Clifton near York, became disruptive on board and threatened a family. 

He has been jailed for six months as well as being banned from flying with Jet 2 for life.  

The Leeds Festival from days gone by

Just thought you might enjoy some Leeds Festival facts.

The first Leeds Festival was held in 1999, and this year’s headliners the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were there.

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Back then a day ticket cost £33 and a weekend ticket £78. Now, they're £66 and £213 respectively.

Brings it all back for me, I used to love Mansun...and look at how far down the list Coldplay are!

Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat completes 5K challenge

Huddersfield Examiner

She's hardly the quickest, but Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat finally completed her 5k challenge yesterday.  

Felix the cat
Huddersfield Examiner

West Yorkshire's universities face strike action

West Yorkshire's five universities could be hit by strike action - depending on the outcome of a union ballot.

University of Leeds
David Martin

The union Unison has advised staff to reject a 1.1% pay offer from the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff. 

The union has described the new offer as "miserly". The ballot opens on Tuesday.  

Weather: Wet afternoon ahead

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Well, the charming Thursday we're having will continue in much the same way it started. We can look forward to further pulses of showery rain this afternoon, possibly turning heavy, persistent and locally thundery.  


GCSE results in West Yorkshire

Thousands of teenagers across West Yorkshire have been nervously opening their GCSE results today.

These students from Leeds City College's 14+ Academy look pretty pleased with their results...

GCSE results
Leeds City College

Figures across the country show there's been a 2% drop in the number of pupils awarded A-star to C grades. That's down from 69% in 2015 to 67% this year.

If you'd like to congratulate or commiserate with anyone in your family, drop me a line.

Leeds festival traffic plan in place

Just a reminder about traffic on  the roads leading up to and around the Leeds festival

If you';re travelling in the area, you can expect a busy A64, which will be shut to through traffic eastbound near Bramham Park from today until 05:00 on Friday.

Leeds festival

Festival-goers can also leave the A1(M) at junction 45 for Boston Spa and use local access roads to Bramham Park, Highways England said.

Other drivers are advised to consider alternative routes or allow more time for their journey.

Travel update: Crash closes Doncaster Road in Wakefield

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Looks like this is going to cause a few problems, I'd avoid if you can!

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Watch: Leeds carnival is almost here

It's a busy weekend ahead in West Yorkshire, not only do we have the Festival to look forward to, but the Carnival is happening too.

Thousands will flock to the city, with the parade taking place on Bank Holiday Monday. It's said to generate almost £4m.

But never mind all that boring money stuff, here's a flavour of all the sights and sounds of the Carnival!

Two seriously injured in M1 crash

Two people were seriously injured in a crash on the M1 yesterday. 

West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police say that the two people who were injured were sitting in the back of this car.

West Yorkshire Police

Travel update: Delays around east Leeds due to festival

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There are some delays around Leeds this morning due to the Leeds Festival traffic...

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Scarecrow trail takes Burley-in-Wharfedale to Rio

Julia Bryson

Journalist, BBC Local Live

Brazil is the theme for this year's Scarecrow Trail in Burley-in-Wharfedale, and on a walk around the village you can see brightly-coloured birds, Amazonian animals, carnival queens and a few impressive replicas of the famous Rio Christ the Redeemer statue. 

Toucan at Burley-in-Wharfedale Scarecrow Trail

The trail is part of the Burley Summer Festival.

Scarecrow Trail

Watch: Seven things you need to know about Leeds

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Coming to Leeds for the festival? Not from around here? 

Lucky for you we've put together a handy guide to prepare you for your visit to the greatest city on the face of the planet.

But I know we're not perfect, what have we missed? You tell us!

Huddersfield Town: Tareiq Holmes-Dennis joins from Charlton Athletic

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town have signed Charlton left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal, with a club option for a further year

David Wagner
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HTFC Head Coach David Wagner

Holmes-Dennis, 20, made 14 appearances for the Addicks after coming through the League One side's academy system.

He played in 10 league games on loan at Oldham last term, and has also had loan spells with Oxford and Plymouth.

Yorkshire Ripper deemed fit for mainstream prison

The Yorkshire Ripper has been moved from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Frankland jail in Country Durham. It's a move that could save the tax payer up to £250,000 a year.

In 1984 he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to the facility in Berkshire. Now medical experts have ruled him mentally fit to be kept in a regular prison.

Peter Sutcliffe
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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a diagnosis doctors use if someone is experiencing a cluster of psychological symptoms.

These include "psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or seeing things that don't exist (hallucinations) and having unusual beliefs that are not based on reality (delusions).

I saw him in Armley [prison in Leeds] when he was on remand. He was no more a schizophrenic than I was. I thought this guy was not mentally ill."

Dr Stephen ShawRetired criminal psychiatrist

Yorkshire Ripper's history behind bars

More on the Yorkshire Ripper being moved from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Frankland Jail in County Durham.

Between 1975 and 1980 Sutcliffe preyed on women across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. He mutilated them and beat them to death.  

Peter sutcliffe
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Sutcliffe was initially sent to Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight but after three years he was moved to Broadmoor in Berkshire,after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

A former lorry driver from Bradford who now calls himself Peter Coonan, he was caught when police found him with a prostitute in his car in Sheffield.

They became suspicious and found he had a fake number plate and weapons including a screwdriver and hammer in the boot.

Yorkshire Ripper moved from Broadmoor to prison

Peter Sutcliffe has been moved from Broadmoor, the Prison Service has confirmed.

Earlier this month medical experts ruled him mentally fit, meaning that he would no longer need treatment at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

Peter Sutcliffe
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It's understood he has been transferred to Frankland Jail in County Durham. 

In 1981, he was convicted of 13 murders and seven attempted murders and given 20 life sentences.  

The BBC understands that transferring Sutcliffe to a prison could save up to £250,000 a year.  

BreakingYorkshire Ripper moved from Broadmoor

Peter Sutcliffe has been moved to Frankland Jail.

More to follow. 

GCSE results day for thousands in West Yorkshire

It's GCSE results day for thousands of teenagers in West Yorkshire. (Not sure if the girl in the picture has done well or not!) 

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For the first time, students who failed to get at least a grade C in English or maths last year and so have been forced to re-sit in order to continue at college, will be among them.  

The stage is set for a great festival

It all looks set to go! 

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Travel update: A1(M) exit slip lane closed

BBC Travel

Just another small one to tell you about, on the  A1(M) northbound. We've got a lane closed on the exit slip road at J45 (A659 Boston Spa), because of a broken down car.  

But again, traffic seems to be coping well and there are no other issues to report at the moment...

Plans for swingers club in Armley 'abhorrent'

A controversial club for so-called "swingers" in Leeds is likely to be given the green light later. It could be created on the site of a former shoe shop. 

Swingers club

A company wants to open the club in a disused unit just off Armley Road, near a carpet shop. 

Opponents have called the plans "abhorrent" as the club would be 300m from a primary school, but council officers have said they should be approved. 

There's already one swinging club in Leeds, based in Hunslet

It's not illegal, but the question we would ask is is it damaging? Is it constructive and healthy for the community to have this practice within it, to set this practice before our young people as an option within society."

Tim BeaucockMethodist minister in Armley

Weather: A damp and dull day ahead

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's more wet than sunny today, but fear not the nice weather should return tomorrow!

Fire in Lockwood smoulders for seven days

A fire at a private waste tip in Huddersfield has been smouldering for seven days, and it won't stop burning despite attempts to extinguish it. 

Rubbish tip fire

Firefighters have now spent a week spraying the 25-foot-high pile of waste in Lockwood with water, but people living near-by say it must be put out because the smells coming from it are making them feel ill.   

Travel update: A638 closed in both directions

BBC Travel

Apart from the normal congestion, just one thing to tell you about on the roads. The A638 Wakefield Road in Ossett is closed in both directions between the B6129 Wakefield Road junction and the B6128 Owl Lane junction, because of an accident.  

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Oh dear, it's not summer any more is it? Never mind, it's back tomorrow according to our top weather people.

Besides, you can distract yourself from the weather by checking back here to keep up with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. I'll be here until 18:00.

Coming up: Why this former shoe shop is causing some controversy in Armley...

Shoe shop