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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 7 September 2016

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By Julie Langford and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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St Helens v Castleford Tigers

Phil Cartwright

BBC Sport

St Helens beat Castleford to confirm a top-four finish in Super League and complete the line-up for the play-offs.

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's all from me for today, I'll return tomorrow with yet more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

But before I go, here are five things we didn't know when the alarm clock went off this morning:

  1. Who on earth has pizza and chips for lunch? Although, I do really like the sound of it if I'm honest...
  2. Who better to get to portray Margaret Thatcher than a bloke from Leeds?
  3. Some people need some inspiration, others just inspire themselves...
  4. Want to use your local park? Then you might have to pay
  5. A man from Huddersfield grew a pineapple on his windowsill. I'll leave that there.

See you tomorrow!

Pineapple man

Pain has link to bad weather

Have you ever heard of the old wive's tale that rain can make your aches and pains worse? Well it could be true!


Early results from a study by the University of Manchester shows that there is actually a link between weather conditions and changes in pain levels. 

Researchers have so far found that 100 participants in three cities including Leeds, reported that as the number of sunny days increased from February to June this year, the amount of time they experienced severe pain fell. 

Some things are better left in the past

Not sure I'd be happy wearing that on the M62 in mid winter...

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Halifax Paralympian prepares for Rio 2016

This is the back of Hannah Cockroft's head, and she's in the final stages of getting ready for the Paralympics in Rio. 

What more motivation would the Halifax Paralympian need than a whacking great poster of herself winning T34 Women's 200m at the London 2012?

The opening ceremony is tonight.

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Weather: Fine tonight, unsettled tomorrow morning

Fine and warm this evening. Dry with clear spells overnight. Minimum temperature 15C (59F). 


A bright start tomorrow, but soon turning cloudy with a little patchy rain in the morning. Dry and brighter again in the afternoon with sunny spells. Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

New campus for Leeds city centre?

A new multi-million pound college campus in Leeds is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Leeds City College was awarded, in principle, a grant of £33m by West Yorkshire Combined authority at a meeting this morning.

Leeds City College

The money will go towards work on new Health Sciences and Arts buildings in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds city centre. The college hopes it will eventually move out of current sites at Horsforth, Hunslet and Park Lane.  

The authority is expected to give full permission for the grant at a meeting in November.

I think it’s a great development for the city. Hopefully it will kickstart the development of the Quarry Hill site, which has not looked great for a long time, but in the future could be a great part of the city.”

Colin BoothPrincipal and CEO of Leeds City College

On some sites, Leeds City College is currently in poor and costly accommodation. This proposal rationalises their offer into a smaller number of new buildings. "

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Watch: Man grows pineapple on his windowsill in Huddersfield

This is Edward Simpson from Huddersfield, and to his left is a pineapple, that he has been growing for the last eight years!

Well the pinapple isn't eight years old, that's quite new, but the plant is. His wife grew it from a cutting, the sad news is that when they pick it, the rest of the plant will die.

But hey, at least they'll have a nice fresh, juicy pineapple to cheer them up...

Listen: 'I'm itching to get out there' - Mike McMeeken

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Castleford Tigers injured star Mike McMeeken has told BBC Radio Leeds he is itching to get out on the pitch.

The back row forward is set to be out of action for two months after breaking his leg.

Travel update: A65 closed in both directions in Guiseley

BBC Travel

This is going to slow things down a bit for the drive home tonight 

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Officers search 27 properties for wanted man

Police say they've searched 27 properties across Leeds - trying to find a man wanted over firearms and threats to kill offences. 

Craig Smith
West Yorkshire Police

Craig Smith (pictured) who's 47 was released from jail on licence in September last year, after serving part of a sentence for drugs offences and driving without insurance. 

They've been trying to track him down since 20 August.  

We would like to hear from anyone who knows where he is or who has any information that could assist in tracing him. While we do not believe he presents a threat to the wider community, anyone who sees him should not approach him."

Det Ch Insp Nicola BryarWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: The man behind the Iron Lady

Remember Spitting Image? Well the man who did the voice of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is appearing as her on stage. 

Steve Nallon, from Leeds, was the voice of Thatcher in the 80s and first impersonated her at a school show in the mid-70s..

Dead Sheep opened in Doncaster last night, and and tells the story of her downfall. 

‘Wrongful conviction’ of ex-West Yorkshire Pc prompts new criminal probe

Yorkshire Evening Post

A damning report into the suspected wrongful conviction of a former West Yorkshire Police officer for assaulting a teenager in custody has prompted a criminal investigation into the events that led to him being sent to prison.

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Yorkshire Evening Post
Wakefield Road

Two people die after two cars crash in West Yorkshire, with one failing to stop at the scene.

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Watch: Hannah Cockroft on her Paralympics hope

The Prime Minister is wishing Britain's Paralympic team good luck - as they prepare to compete in Brazil

Yorkshire has 26 athletes taking part in ten different sports. 

There have been concerns about poor ticket sales - but West Yorkshire wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft says her focus is on winning.

Man grows pineapple on windowsill in Huddersfield

This pineapple, believe it or not, is growing in Fartown in Huddersfield!

It has grown from a cutting that Edward Simpson (pictured) planted eight years ago...


Who knew it was even possible!

According to Mr Simpson, it'll be ripe in about two weeks.

Right when I get home I'm having a crack at coconuts and oranges.


'Massive concern' over 'spike' in firearms crime in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Police have moved to reassure the public after concerns over a spate of firearms incidents in the Bradford district.

Armed officers were deployed on separate streets twice on Monday, leading to the arrest of a man on suspicion of a firearms offence.

The Flappit in Cullingworth
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Leigh Centurions' Sam Barlow given ban for assaulting officer

Leigh Centurions prop Sam Barlow, who lives in Halifax, has been given a four-year ban from sport for assaulting an anti-doping officer. 

Sam Barlow
Sam Barlow (left) is a prop who has played nine times for Scotland

An independent panel found him guilty of "tampering with doping control".

Barlow, 28, pleaded guilty in court to assaulting the UK Anti-Doping Agency official, who visited his home in Halifax in July 2015.

The Scotland international will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court at a later date.

"We will not tolerate obstructive or threatening behaviour towards any of our personnel," said Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead. Whilst incidents such as this are rare, the obstruction of the doping control process in any way is, and will be, taken very seriously."

Nicole SapsteadChief Exec, UK Anti-Doping Agency

Are adult lunchboxes any healthier than kids?

Here's something to ponder when you sit down for your lunch, is what you're eating any healthier than what you give the kids? 


Well, as far as the nipper's lunchbox goes, a study by the University of Leeds found that only one in five contained any vegetables or salad.

And some of the worst examples contained just squash, crisps, chocolate and in one case, a pasty.  

The BBC's Newsbeat asked parents what they had waiting in their lunchbox...


Ok, I'm really hungry now... 

Two dead following car crash in Brighouse

Two people have died after a car crash in Brighouse yesterday evening.

It happened on Wakefield Road at about 20:40 involving two cars.

A 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman who were in a VW Golf were pronounced dead at scene. 

The driver of a Vauxhall Corsa has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Wakefield Road
Wakefield Road, Brighouse

This was a serious collision which has resulted in the deaths of two people, we are currently investigating to establish the full circumstances. I would like to appeal for any witnesses who were in the area to come forward."

Sgt Carl QuinnWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: Hot, humid.. But will you need a brolly?

BBC Weather

Travel update: Delays around Horbury Road in Wakefield

BBC Travel

The A642 Horbury Road, in Wakefield closed in both directions between the Thornes Road junction and the B6475 George-A-Green Road junction, because of a serious accident. 

This is also affecting Whinney Moor Avenue between Lupset Crescent and A642 Horbury Road. Please do expect delays.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

Lizzie Jones in line for top award

The widow of the late Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones has been shortlisted for the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards which take place in London tonight.

Lizzie Jones

Lizzie has campaigned to get defibrillators into rugby league clubs throughout the country, since Danny died from an undiagnosed heart condition. 

The awards are also a chance to recognise individuals and businesses who've championed the cause, helping to create more first aiders in our communities.

Chance for villagers to reject development plans

People who are against plans to build new homes in a small Kirklees village have until the end of today to register their objections.

Hade Edge

Jones' Homes wants to erect 66 new houses in Hade Edge near Holmfirth but locals claim the area can't cope with any more people living there. 

Among the protesters is the Conservative Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney who says the plan consists of the wrong type of houses in the wrong place.  

Watch: Meet six of Yorkshire's Paralympic athletes

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

On a scale of 1-10 how excited are you that the Paralympics start today

Meet six Yorkshire athletes hoping to bring home a gold medal.

Travel update: Busy traffic on the A641 Huddersfield Road in Brighouse

BBC Travel

Much busier than usual traffic on the A641 Huddersfield Road, in Brighouse, outbound at the Bethel Street junction.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

Cuts could mean paying to go to the park

Half of councils across Yorkshire and the Humber expect that they'll have to start charging people to use parks, as councils face more cuts. 

Research from the Heritage Lottery Fund suggests most authorities will face further reductions in the cash they get from the government.


To plug any funding gap, half of local authorities believe they'll have to start imposing charges on park-goers, while nearly as many are raising money through commercial enterprises. 

57% of UK adults use parks at least once a month. 

East Coast Main Line delays to continue through the morning

Delays for passengers travelling on the East Coast Main Line are expected to continue until at least midday, it's been confirmed.

It had been hoped that delays on the route following extensive damage yesterday to the overhead wires (pictured) between Retford and Doncaster would be over by about 09:00.

Overhead wires and train
National Rail

All lines have now reopened allowing trains to run, but disruption is expected to continue until about 12:00, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Journeys between Doncaster and Grantham and along the East Coast Main Line route as a whole are subject to delay and cancellation as services return to normal.

Some trains from London towards Doncaster will not call at Retford. Passengers for Retford are to change at Doncaster for a returning service to Retford.

Plans to overhaul hospital care in West Yorkshire to be discussed in Parliament

Plans to radically overhaul hospital care in Huddersfield and Halifax are expected to be discussed at the House of Commons today. 

The idea of moving accident and emergency care for the area to Halifax and creating a new Royal Infirmary is expected to be among the topics scrutinised in a debate on NHS cuts which has been set-up by Labour. 


Officially called "Right Care, Right Time, Right Place" the proposals for hospital care in Kirklees and Calderdale have provoked a storm of protest.

A decision on what will happen to  Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital is due on 20 October. 

Huddersfield MP, Barry Sheerman, hopes to use today's debate to call on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to become more involved in the process and answer some key questions. 

Your headlines so far this morning

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The top stories from our Leeds newsroom so far this morning include:

  • A former West Yorkshire MP says a full scale inquiry in to alleged child sexual exploitation in Bradford is not needed, despite the number of cases rising significantly in the past year
  • MPs are expected to examine controversial plans for hospital care in Kirklees and Calderdale later today as part of a Westminster debate on NHS cuts
  • Officials are being urged to come up with new ways to pay for the upkeep of West Yorkshire's parks

West Yorkshire's weather: A dry and warm day with sunny spells

Alina Jenkins

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud slowly breaking today with bright or sunny spells coming through.

Staying dry with highs of about 24C (75F).

Watch my full forecast here:

Problems continue on East Coast Main Line

BBC Travel

If you're planning on using the East Coast Main Line first thing this morning, the news isn't great I'm afraid.

Engineers are still trying to repair the overhead lines that came down between Doncaster and Retford yesterday.

As a result, journeys between Doncaster and Grantham may be delayed by up to 60 minutes, with some services cancelled or diverting via an alternative route.  

Of course, that means there will also be knock-on delays to journeys from the capital too.

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello, welcome to hump day! We're officially half way through the week, and what better way to celebrate than keeping across all the latest news, sport, weather and travel in West Yorkshire with me until 18:00.

As we all know, it was lovely yesterday in the end, will it be that same today? I'll tell you in a minute, this was Kirkstall Abbey yesterday.

Kirkstall Abbey
Kirsty Dyson