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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 1 September 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

Well that's it, this is as far as we go for today. But don't shed a tear dear reader, I'll return tomorrow from 18:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from West Yorkshire.

But before I go, here are five things we learned during the course of today...

  1. If you've got a bit of a sore throat and you live in Huddersfield, here's why you'll probably not get any pills for it.
  2. This 12-year-old will really make you feel like you've under-achieved in life.
  3. There is life after a political career, and it's got sequins on it.
  4. Own a car in Kirklees, make sure you keep hold of your bumper.
  5. Watching someone pressure wash chewing gum off the pavement is very satisfying.

See you tomorrow!

Watch: Mytholmroyd boy lights up Glastonbury - from a company he runs in his room

Have you ever dreamed of handing in your notice and just starting up your own business?

Well say hello to 12-year-old Elliot Baines from Mytholmroyd, who started his own event lighting business when he was at primary school.

Elliot has been responsible for illuminating some of the UK's biggest stages.... including Glastonbury!  

Weather: Cloud spreading from the east overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly cloudy with patchy rain spreading eastwards overnight. Minimum temperature 13C (55F). 

Weather
BBC

A cloudy damp start tomorrow with a little rain in places, becoming dry and brighter through the morning, leaving a fine and sunny afternoon. Maximum temperature 18C (64F). 

Watch: Amputee to be father after septicaemia ordeal

A man who lost both his legs, eight fingers and part of his nose after contracting septicaemia is to become a father for the first time.

Dean Smahon, 54, had a 10% chance of survival when he fell ill in 2010 and hospital staff missed opportunities to treat his sepsis in time.

He was placed in an induced coma at Leeds General Infirmary after his flu-like symptoms. The pain worsened and his body fell into septic shock.

He and his wife are expecting their first child in February after IVF treatment, something Mr Smahon said he never dreamed they would be able to do.  

View from the stands at Headingley

As far as jobs go, this isn't too bad is it! 

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The views in the countryside really mooooove me

Thanks to Ruth Metcalfe for sending in this great shot of Holme Valley and her new friends. 

Cows
Ruth Metcalfe

Ban on A-boards in Bradford should be lifted

Businesses in Bradford are calling for the ban on advertising A-boards to be lifted. 

A-Board
John Brightley

The boards are thought to cause problems for people who are blind or use a wheelchair. 

Bradford council has been trialling the ban in Bradford city centre, Ilkley and Saltaire since January, with disabled groups having welcomed the move. 

But businesses say the ban is affecting their takings. 

Missing pensioner found 'safe and well'

Some good news, the previous search for Julie Walsh has been called off as she's been found safe and well.

Travel update: A635 open again following crash

BBC Travel

Looks like the A635 in Holmfirth has reopened after the earlier accident. It looks like a fairly nasty crash, I hope everyone is ok.

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Urgent appeal for missing pensioner with dementia

A 67-year-old woman with severe dementia has gone missing from her home in Leeds.

Julie Walsh
West Yorkshire Police

Julie Walsh was last seen at her home in Garforth at about 11:10 today.

She was wearing a pale pink trouser suit and carrying a handbag. She generally wears a lot of jewellery including necklaces, bangles and bracelets. 

We are very concerned for Julie's welfare given her condition and we would like to hear from anyone who has seen her."

Insp Louise GibsonWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: The West Yorkshire Paralympians riding for gold

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The Paralympics starts next week, one of the sports you'll see is tandem racing. 

It's a fast-paced, exhilarating sport in the velodrome and on the road. 

Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby from West Yorkshire were only put together in 2014, but they've already formed a winning partnership. 

BBC Look North's Sally Hurst went to meet them.

Watch: New equipment to help GPs prescribe antibiotics in Huddersfield

An £85,000 NHS project to test new equipment which checks if a patient needs antibiotics, is being trialled in Huddersfield. 

It's a machine which measures the protein in your blood to see if you'll benefit from medication. 

The aim is to reduce unnecessary antibiotic usage, which in turn will save the NHS money and stop patients becoming immune to drugs. 

Spectacular pictures of Yorkshire in an Instagram

If you've not had a look yet, head over to Instagram and have a look at all of our lovely pictures of Yorkshire.. Very nice.

This is Castle Hill in Huddersfield. 

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Sol Bamba

Leeds United captain Sol Bamba leaves the Championship club by mutual consent for personal reasons.

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Travel update: Accident in Holmfirth

BBC Travel

If you're in or around Holmfirth this lunchtime, this is worth trying to avoid

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Series of car bumper thefts in Kirklees

Sadly, we're all used to things being stolen from cars but it appears someone in Kirklees is going around stealing bits of cars.  

Car with no bumper
West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police say that this morning the bumper and lights have been removed from a Vauxhall Astra. A bumper was also stolen from a Vauxhall Corsa overnight on the same road.

And in a third similar crime, a bumper stolen from an Astra in Honley last week. 

They say that they've seen a spike in thefts from cars over the last few weeks. Make sure you keep yours safe!

Watch: Ed Balls on why he ditched suits for sequins

He used to be the MP for Morley and Outwood and he was the former shadow chancellor, but now Ed Balls will be part of the latest line-up of Strictly Come Dancing contestants.

Mr Balls told the Today programme why he has ditched suits for sequins and why he is particularly worried about some of the dance routines coming his way.

A bit early for panto? Oh yes it is!

If you see this lot around in Halifax, don't worry you're not having a funny turn, it's just the cast of this year's panto.

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Hang on to your chips, seaside is 'gull mugging' hot spot

If you've been out to the coast over the summer, were you a victim of a "gull mugging"?

A total of 22 people say they've been the victim of one this year.

Seagull
Thinkstock

The figures have been published by Scarborough Borough Council, the first time it's recorded the number of attacks on people by seagulls.  

It's a problem up and down the Yorkshire Coast and officials have been taking steps to try and tackle the growing nuisance from seagulls in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.  

Posters warning against feeding the birds have been distributed, along with gull-proof rubbish sacks. 

Missing man found

Some good news in the search for missing Batley man Joseph Hazelgrave

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Five things we learned this morning

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you're sitting down to enjoy some lunch, here's five things that have happened in West Yorkshire whilst you've been hard at work...

  1. If you've got a bit of a sore throat and you live in Huddersfield, here's why you'll probably not get any pills for it.
  2. This 12-year-old will really make you feel like you've under-achieved in life.
  3. Feed the snake! England v Pakistan gets underway at Headlingley.
  4. Were you stuck on the M62 for a while? Here's why.
  5. Watching someone pressure wash chewing gum off the pavement is very satisfying.
Ronaldo Vieira

Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has signed a new three-year deal with the club and is joined by twin brother Romario.

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Man missing from Batley

Have you seen Joseph Hazelgrave from Batley?

The 24-year-old was last seen this morning at 06:30 in the Surrey Street area. 

Joseph Hazelgrave
West Yorkshire Police

When last seen he was wearing a red Adidas top and grey tracksuit bottoms. 

Travel update: Accident M62 J22/J23 westbound

BBC Travel

We now know that the M62 at J22/J23 has now reopened after that accident. We can expect a few delays in the area while the traffic clears.

This is what caused the lane closures...

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Travel update: Multi vehicle accident M62 westbound J22

It looks as though they've now fully opened the M62 following that accident around J22/J23 westbound.

As always we can expect a few remaining delays because of the accident.

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Travel update: Multi vehicle accident M62 westbound J22

BBC Travel

More problems on the M62, this time westbound and again around J22. I'll bring you more as I get it...

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Leeds United sign Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland midfielder

Leeds United have signed Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland midfielder Eunan O'Kane on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.  

Eunan O'Kane
Getty Images

O'Kane played 118 games for the Cherries, helping them to two promotions after joining in 2012.

The 26-year-old played in 16 Premier League games last season but is yet to make a first-team appearance this term.

Travel update: M62 eastbound slow traffic around J22

BBC Travel

We've got some slow traffic on the M62 West Yorkshire eastbound just before J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor), because of a broken down car. It's on the hard shoulder, but as you can see, the traffic is building up...

traffic
Highways England

Decent weather for England v Pakistan at Headingley

Looking like the beer snake will stay dry today...

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Calls for more organ donors from black and Asian people.

There are calls for more black and Asian families in West Yorkshire to talk about organ donation. 

Donor card
PA

Over the last year only 5% of deceased donors came from a black Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background. 

The NHS says that's particularly concerning because black and Asian people are more susceptible to conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and certain types of hepatitis.  

Briggate in Leeds is given 'deep clean'

Earlier I asked you how many pieces of used chewing gum adorn Leeds' main shopping street, Briggate.

Well the answer is an astonishing 440,000... Wrap it up and put it in the bin people! 

Today a new team gets to work, giving the city a "deep clean". They're called The Rangers and they come equipped with high pressure hot water washing machines, which blast out at a pressure of 3000 psi. 

To give you a comparison, your car tyres are inflated to around 34psi. So that's a lot of psi.

Man charged over Leeds Carnival shooting

A 29-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following the shooting of a 42-year-old man before the Leeds Carnival. 

Nitetrax nightclub
Google

Toyan Issac from Meanwood, is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court later this morning relating to an incident at Nitetrax nightclub in Chapeltown Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

Another man, a 47-year-old from the West Midlands, was also arrested over the shooting and is currently in custody.

The boy from Mytholmroyd who illuminates Glastonbury

My mum always said "you need to have something to fall back on" when I was a child and was dead-set that I'd be a famous musician.

She was of course right, but I don't think that 12-year-old Elliot Baines from Mytholmroyd needs to listen to that advice. He's a lighting engineer with his own company and is is gaining national recognition.

Elliot Baines
BBC

Elliot has been responsible for illuminating some of the UK's biggest stages.... including Glastonbury!

He set up his own company when he was still in primary school. 

When I do stage lighting some people come up to me and ask 'how old are you', and then I say I'm twelve and they're like 'that's amazing. Because it's lights, it's a hard thing but when you learn about it and learn more stuff you get better and better."

Elliot Baines

Fifth of calls to West Yorkshire Police the 'wrong type'

A fifth of 999 and 101 calls made to West Yorkshire Police are not matters the force can deal with, it has said.  

Call centre
BBC

The force said its Wakefield headquarters had been fielding an increasing number of calls better suited to local councils or social services.

There has been an increase in calls relating to mental health issues due to council cutbacks, police said.

August saw 1,000 additional emergency calls a day compared to 2015.

Doctors in Huddersfield in bid to cut antibiotic usage

GPs in Huddersfield are taking part in an NHS pilot project to try to reduce unnecessary antibiotic usage.

Antibiotics
Science Photo Library

They're testing a new machine which measures the protein in a patient's blood to see if they'll benefit from the medication or not. 

Staff at the Colne Valley Group Practice in Marsden are some of the first in the country to trial the device.   

Amputee to be father after septicaemia ordeal

A man who lost both his legs, eight fingers and part of his nose after contracting septicaemia is to become a father for the first time

Dean Smahon
FAMILY HANDOUT/PA

Dean Smahon, 54, had a 10% chance of survival when he fell ill in 2010 and hospital staff missed opportunities to treat his sepsis in time.

He was placed in an induced coma at Leeds General Infirmary after his flu-like symptoms. The pain worsened and his body fell into septic shock.

The couple are expecting their first child in February after IVF treatment, something Mr Smahon said he never dreamed they would be able to do.  

Weather: Make the most of the early sunshine

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a nice start to the day, but cloud will thicken throughout the day. Maximum temperature 19C (66F).  

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Quick quiz, these people are on Briggate in Leeds to give it a deep clean and get rid of all the spat-out chewing gum. But, how many pieces of discarded choddy are there on the city's main shopping drag?

Chewing gum
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