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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume from 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 31 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, I'll be back with more of the latest goings-on in West Yorkshire tomorrow from 08:00.

Before I go, here's five things we didn't know this morning when we woke up...

  1. We all know we live in a great place, now there's hard proof!
  2. When out buying a new ornament, be careful that it doesn't have any uranium in it...
  3. Have you seen that bird in the pub? She's only there because the beer's cheep...
  4. Leeds folk are too polite to stop dog poo on pavements
  5. If you want to declare your love for someone forever, don't invest in a padlock...

See you tomorrow!


Weather: Nice evening dry and bright morning tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

A fine evening ahead with sunny spells. Staying dry overnight with clear spells allowing some patchy mist and fog to develop. Rurally temperatures will fall into single figures. 


A dry and bright day tomorrow with plenty of sunny spells, especially during the morning. Cloud increasing during the afternoon with a little light rain possible across the hills later.Maximum temperature of 21C (70F).

New overflow reduces flood risk in Todmorden

Here's some welcome news if you live in Todmorden...

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Military Wives choir to come to Bradford

Military Wives choirs from around Yorkshire are taking to the stage in Bradford later this year as part of their Christmas tour. 

Military Wives

The choirs based in York, Dishforth and Leeming will perform at Bradford Cathedral in November. 

The choirs are made up of wives and partners of servicemen and women - and have had two number one singles.  

How a two-hour bus trip tour of the Yorkshire Dales caused a social media stir

Yorkshire Evening Post

There was no music, no introduction, no commentary and no adverts... so why did the two-hour TV special of a bus trip through the Yorkshire Dales prove so popular

Yorkshire Evening Post

Who's your local sporting Unsung Hero?


Time for you to decide who will follow Paul Jubb

In case you missed it earlier, today we're launching the search for Yorkshire's BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for 2016.

Watch the video above to see Paul Bennett from Leeds - part of the gold-medal-winning men's eight at the Rio Olympics - join Ed Clancy in the call for you to send in your nominations.

Then find out how you can get involved here.

Sorry folks, but that's it, summer's over

This is great isn't it.. just great.

At least it din't rain every day....

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Strictly Come Dancing celebrities at red carpet launch

The 15 contestants taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing, including former West Yorkshire MP Ed Balls, have stepped out on the red carpet for the official launch of the show.  

Ed Balls
Getty Images

Mr Balls also posed with model Daisy Lowe, as the stars prepared to dance in the first show of the series, to be broadcast on Saturday.   

Tomorrow we find out our professional dance partners - mine is going to need a lot of patience..."

Ed BallsTwitter

Move over Brownlee brothers, Sarah's coming for you!

Meet Sarah Dransfield, she's a 21-year-old from Huddersfield who is going to be taking part in a 5,848-mile triathlon!

Sarah, who had her right leg amputated when she was 16, is doing it to raise money for The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.

Moo-ve along now - rush hour in the Pennines

Hope you're not in a hurry in in Shelley this afternoon...

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TV presenter being treated at St. James Hospital in Leeds

TV presenter Charlie Webster, who contracted malaria in Brazil, is back in the UK and being treated at St James's Hospital in Leeds.

Charlie Webster

The 33-year-old, who's from Sheffield, fell ill during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. 

She'd just completed a 3,000-mile charity bike ride in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. 

Her condition is described as "serious but stable".  

A bit of wisdom on a Wednesday

You've got to love this quote from Leeds born artist Damien Hirst...

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West Yorkshire Police deal with '1,000 more calls a day' over the summer

West Yorkshire Police has been dealing with a big increase in the number of calls to its 999 emergency and 101 non-emergency numbers over the summer.

Tom Donohoe, head of the force's customer contact centre, said: “Since about May demand has picked up and is actually about 21% over what we normally anticipate – so that can be about 1,000 more calls a day.

“A mix of alcohol and hot weather means a lot of anti-social behaviour  calls.”

Police call centre

The force has recruited 46 new call handlers to ease the pressure. 

But they're also asking us to avoid calling the 101 non-emergency number between 16:00 and 19:00 because demand is so high.

Leeds love locks: Statement from the council

"Love locks" are to be removed from a bridge in Leeds amid concerns they could cause damage.

The padlocks, inscribed with the names of people, usually couples, have been fastened to the Centenary Bridge.

In 2014, part of the Pont Des Arts bridge in Paris collapsed under the weight of thousands of padlocks attached to a parapet.  

Love locks

A small number of 'love locks' began appearing on Centenary Bridge in 2013 but recently they have appeared in much larger numbers and have started to become a cause for concern. After careful consideration it has been concluded that in order to avoid any future safety or maintenance issues they should be removed."

Leeds City Council

Watch: The Ilkley bowling club that excludes women

Ilkley Bowling Club is causing a stir in the town, because it excludes women from its bar area every weekday, Monday to Thursday. 

They're only allowed in after 17:00 on a Friday and at weekends. This has upset a few women in the area.

Just to be clear, this isn't against the law - a private members' club can set its own rules about who's eligible and who's not.

Bus diversions in Leeds

BBC Travel

Just in case you're catching one of these buses this afternoon...

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Spate of fly-tipping in Armley

It just beggars belief really doesn't it?

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Is Leeds too 'British' to tackle the dog poo problem?

Is dog poo on the streets one of your biggest bugbears? Well it turns out that 59% of people in Leeds feel the same.

Dog Poo

A survey by the Dogs Trust has found that 20% of people they talked to come across dog muck in the city at least once a day and say the city may simply be "too polite and British" to tackle the problem. 

Believe it or not just under 10% of us have even admitted picking up poo from a stranger's pooch. Hats off to you if you do that. 

Woman pulled from car and robbed by five men in 'nasty' attack

A woman in Huddersfield has been robbed in her own car by five men who followed her into a pub car park and pulled her from her vehicle.

Kaye Arms

The woman was driving along Wakefield Road last night when she saw a green Nissan Terrano driving erratically behind her. 

She then pulled into the car park of the Kaye Arms and the Nissan followed her. The five men, who were wearing balaclavas, then pulled her out of the vehicle and stole jewellery from her before driving off along Wakefield Road.

The car was abandoned and the suspects fled through nearby woods and onto the Morrisons car park in nearby Waterloo. The woman was left with minor injuries.

This was a particularly nasty attack on a woman simply going about her daily business. It was also committed in broad daylight in a busy area. I am confident people will have seen either the incident itself in the pub car park or the vehicle being abandoned a few miles away.

Det Sgt Scott HartleyWest Yorkshire Police

It's turned out nice again

The weather this morning seemed like it was going to be a bit damp and miserable, but look at how lovely it was up at Castle Hill overlooking Huddersfield!

Castle Hill

Jet2 to create almost 1,000 jobs

West Yorkshire-based Jet2 says it's going to create almost 1,000 jobs across the UK.


The airline will be recruiting 135 staff at its headquarters at Leeds Bradford Airport, with the remainder spread across the country. 

The positions will cover pilot, cabin crew and engineering roles. Earlier this year, Jet2 announced a doubling of profits to over £100m.  

If you're interested there's going to be a recruitment roadshow at the company's head office at The Mint, Ingram Street, Leeds between 10:00 and 18:00 on Friday 9 September.

Charlie Webster airlifted back to Yorkshire

Yorkshire Post

TV presenter Charlie Webster who contracted malaria in Brazil has arrived back in the UK. The 33-year-old Sheffield-born Team GB ambassador travelled on a specialist medical plane with a team of professionals who continued her care on the 20-hour journey.

Charlie Webster
Yorkshire Post

Bradford City: Club tweets first picture of new player

Just been telling you about the new Bantams signing of Marc McNulty, well here's the photographic proof!

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Travel update: Lane closed M62 eastbound J33

BBC Travel

We've got one lane out on the M62 eastbound near J33 (A162 Ferrybridge Services), because of a broken down vehicle.

Not sure if it's causing any major problems, but watch out for it... 

Have you lost a parrot in Saltaire?

Have you lost this feathered freeloader? 

He's turned up at the Sir Titus Salt pub in Saltaire, well they do say that beer is going cheep there... (sorry, my editor made me write that).

Sir Titus Salt pub

Staff at the pub spent all morning with bird seed and water trying to lure him/her down, but we understand the bird has now flown off...

Football: How to follow transfer deadline day on BBC social media

BBC Sport

Transfer deadline day graphic

You can follow all the deadline-day deals via the @BBCSport or@BBCMOTD accounts on Twitter and share your views using #bbcfootball.

There will be updates on the BBC Sport and Match of the Day Facebook pages, where you can give your reaction as the day progresses.

Keep an eye on the BBC Sport Instagram page for picture updates from our reporters around the UK.

BreakingFootball transfer deadline day: Bradford sign Blades striker

BBC Sport

League One side Bradford City have their first signing of the day, with Sheffield United striker Marc McNulty, 23, joining on a season-long loan.  

Yorkshire Olympians want your nominations


Today we've launched the search for Yorkshire's BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for 2016.

Paul Jubb won the award in 2015 for his work with Bradford Disability Football Club and two of Yorkshire's Olympic gold medallists want you to help find this year's winner...

To find out how to vote for the 2016 BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero for Yorkshire, click here.

Leeds' love locks: Your comments

You've been commenting on the BBC Look North Facebook page about the removal of padlocks from Leeds' Centenary Bridge.

They're being taken down over concerns they could cause damage

The locks have been put there by couples and are usually inscribed with the names of people.

Love Locks

What a stupid idea putting locks on bridges. If you want to be romantic take the boy/girl out or buy them flowers or better still donate to a cause in their name rather than leave an unsightly lump of rust metal.

Gordon Jeeves Wooster

Maybe the council could find another way for people to put locks out? On a structure that won't be damaged by the locks."

Sandra Davies

We'll be having none of this romance caper in Yorkshire thank you very much 😂"

Amy Thompson

The antique lion you wouldn't want on your mantelpiece

Here's something you don't see everyday, it's a radioactive glass lion paperweight

Radioactive Lion
Leeds City Council

It's Leeds City Council's object of the week, selected from their stores of items that aren't on show in the museums. And I suppose you can understand why when you learn that it's infused with uranium.  

In the early 19th Century, uranium was added to some glassware to give it a green or yellow tinge, which used to be described as “Vaseline glass.”  

Travel update: Car fire on A1(M) J41

BBC Travel

Just one to be aware of if you're heading in that direction...

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It's official - this is one of the best places to live in the UK

We all know that living here is brilliant, but even better news is that parts of West Yorkshire have been named among the best places in the UK to raise a family.

Emley Moor
Helen Jackson

Calderdale and Kirklees have come 10th in a survey by a price comparison website. 

It's based on things like exam results, good broadband and access to GPs.

Well done for having the good intelligence to live here!

Third of teenage girls unhappy with their looks

It's claimed a third of young girls in West Yorkshire are unhappy with their looks. The Children's Society says around one in seven are not happy with their lives overall. 

Teenage girls

This has come from the charity's annual review of young people's well-being, which is put together with the help of the University of York. 

The study's looked at girls aged 10 to 15 - it's estimated there are about 78,000 in West Yorkshire. 

It also says the number unhappy with their lives and their looks has increased over the last five years.

Leeds' bridge of broken hearts

What happens when love and structural engineering collide? You guessed it, the men in high-vis jackets win.

Dozens of padlocks placed as a sign of affection on Centenary Bridge in Leeds are to be removed over fears that they could be cause severe damage to its structure. 

The city council says after the "love locks" have been removed, they'll be "carefully stored" so that people can go and reclaim them.

Number of frontline prison officers falls

The number of frontline prison officers in Yorkshire has fallen, despite government plans to recruit more staff. 


Ministry of Justice figures show Leeds Prison has 75 fewer officers than in 2013. 

There's also been a reduction in Wakefield. The Howard League for Penal Reform says it comes as violence in prisons is at the highest level since records began.  

Weather: Cloudy start, brightening up later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another cloudy start this morning, but it'll brighten up up by the end of the morning and throughout this afternoon. Temperatures reaching around 20C (68F).  

Good morning: Our live coverage

Hello there, welcome to our live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire. I'll be here keeping you updated until 18:00.

Have you been up to Centenary Bridge in Leeds to stick a padlock on it to declare your love for your significant other?

I'm afraid I might have some bad news...