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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 17 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for this week from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. Rail crash 'potentially catastrophic'

    This morning's crash which saw a taxi cab plunge down an embankment on to the rail line between Saltaire and Shipley was potentially "a major disaster", the fire service says.

    Cab on rails

    The driver of the cab, who escaped from the upside down car and called 999, "had a very lucky escape," according to watch commander Jav Khan.

  3. Coming up on BBC One

    Nicola Rees

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 as we hear from the former finance director of Bradford City Football Club, who says claims the fire was started deliberately are "outrageous".

    Bradford fire memorial

    A new book says former club chairman Stafford Heginbotham was linked to eight fires before the Valley Parade disaster.

  4. Inner ring road closure warning

    Drivers in Leeds are being warned that the inner ring road (A58M) will be closed to traffic for work on Woodhouse Tunnel from 19:00 tonight until 06:00 on Monday.

    Woodhouse Tunnel

    It'll be closed in both directions overnight on Friday, and then the westbound route only will be closed from 06:00 on Saturday until 19:00 on Sunday.

    Both routes will then close again until 06:00 on Monday morning. Diversions will be in place.

  5. CCTV appeal after bank robbery

    CCTV images of a man wanted over an armed robbery at a bank in Leeds yesterday have been issued by police.

    Robbery suspect

    The robbery took place at about 16:00 at the Yorkshire Bank, Town Street, Bramley.

  6. Sixties sensation celebrated

    The city of Bradford has honoured a 60s singing sensation by holding a special Lord Mayor's reception at City Hall for Tino Valdi.

    Tino Valdi

    Born in the Ukraine as Volodymyr Luciv, Valdi started singing after coming to work in Bradford's mills following World War Two.

    He later starred frequently on the same bills as top entertainers including Bruce Forsyth and Kathy Kirby.

  7. West Nab sunset caught on camera

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    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Callum Girdwood for sending us this fantastic picture of yesterday's sunset at West Nab above Meltham.

    Sunset at West Nab

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

  8. Witter hopes for Euro title

    BBC Look North

    Bradford's former boxing world champion Junior Witter will challenge for an EU title in France tonight.

    Junior Witter

    The 41-year-old also held British, Commonwealth and European titles as well as his world title belt during his career.

    He faces French title-holder Ahmed El Mousaoui who's 15 years younger than him, but the Bradford born fighter has told BBC Look North he's confident of a win tonight - and will continue boxing "until I can't do it any more".

  9. Rapist 'can't have gone unnoticed'

    Police in Leeds are "as determined as we were in the outset" to find the man responsible for the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in March, the detective leading the investigation has said.

    Det Supt Nick Wallen

    Ahead of a weekend of renewed appeals for information, Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "In the densely populated areas of the city that we know he has been in he cannot have passed unnoticed.

    "I would again urge people to look very closely at the information we have released and contact us immediately if they know anything that could assist the investigation."

  10. Netball: Jets excited over play-off

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire Jets vice-captain Natalie Haythornthwaite is looking forward to the club's first-ever Superleague play-off game.

    Jets in action

    The Jets, who finished third in the regular season, visit Surrey Storm in the semi-final on Saturday.

    "I'm very excited. It was our target from day one to finish in the top four," she told BBC Radio Leeds.

  11. Bradford City fire claims 'outrageous'

    BBC Look North

    One of the former directors of Bradford City Football Club has criticised claims in a new book that the Valley Parade stadium fire in 1985 was arson.

    Peter Flesher

    The book, by City fan and fire survivor Martin Fletcher, claims the fire could have been used to get the club's then chairman Stafford Heginbotham out of financial difficulties.

    Speaking exclusively to BBC Look North, Peter Flesher, who was the Bantams' finance director at the time of the disaster, says: "The thought of Stafford setting about to burn down a stand when he knew there'd be 4,000 people going to be sitting in it is absolutely outrageous."

  12. Sheffield United v Bradford City

    BBC Sport

    Bradford boss Phil Parkinson could make changes following their 6-0 thrashing by Bristol City on Tuesday.

    Jon Stead

    The defeat by the Robins all but ended their slim play-off hopes.

    Striker Jon Stead (pictured), defender Christopher Routis and winger Andy Halliday could come in.

  13. Powell: I won't risk young players

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell says he'll only give the club's young players their chance in the first team when the time is right, and he won't risk them being exposed.

    Chris Powell

    Huddersfield host promotion chasing Derby County tomorrow, and Powell questions if that's the right game to throw the youngsters in.

    "We're playing against Derby who have many experienced players. Is that the right time to start a young player? We'll see. They've done ever so well this year but that's a lot different to Championship football," he says.

  14. New rescue HQ opens doors

    The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team opens the doors of its brand new HQ in Marsden to the public tomorrow to mark its official opening after years of fundraising.

    Vehicles in Rescue team HQ

    The team bought Marsden's former fire station earlier this year as its first ever permanent base. The volunteer rescue team, formed 50 years ago, keeps two rescue vehicles in the building.

  15. News on the hour

    Larry Budd

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    In the news at 14:00:

    Rail services on the Leeds to Skipton line were disrupted earlier, after a taxi ploughed through a fence, down an embankment and landed on its roof at Shipley.

  16. City centre appeals over rape

    Police investigating the rape and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman in Beeston, Leeds, in March will appeal for help in finding her attacker across the city centre this weekend.

    CCTV image

    Vehicles equipped with large video screens will be located in busy areas of the city centre and will repeatedly show an appeal, including CCTV of the attacker.

    Det Supt Nick Wallen says: "We want to do all we can to keep the appeal for information at the forefront of people's minds. Just because we've not yet had that crucial call that leads to this man's identity doesn't mean the answer isn't out there with someone."

  17. Man stabbed to death by 'enemy'

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A man was fatally stabbed in the chest during a confrontation with his "hated" enemy in the road outside a Leeds city centre bar, a jury has heard.

  18. News on the hour

    Larry Budd

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is the latest figure to call for a fresh investigation into the Bradford City fire.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

  19. Bradford fire inquiry call criticised

    Liam Ward

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Calls by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham for a new inquiry into the Valley Parade fire in 1985 which killed 56 people have been criticised by Bradford City fans.

    Bradford City fire aftermath

    John Dewhirst, co-founder of the City Gent fanzine, tells BBC Radio Leeds Mr Burnham's comments "almost feel like this is jumping on a Hillsborough bandwagon".

    While claims in a new book suggest the fire could have been started deliberately, Bradford fans feel there's "no sense of a cover-up", Mr Dewhirst says. "If you have an inquiry the only beneficiaries are the media and the lawyers."

  20. A dry and sunny afternoon

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will continue fine, dry and settled.

    Weather forecast

    There'll be variable amounts of cloud and good spells of sunshine.

    Afternoon highs will be about 13C (55F) with a gentle to moderate north-easterly breeze.

  21. Rail line reopens after taxi crash

    Train services are now running again on the Leeds-Skipton route, according to Northern Rail.

    Cab on line

    It's after a taxi crashed on to the line in Shipley, ending upside down on the tracks.

    The driver of the cab suffered minor injuries, according to British Transport Police.

  22. Fire allegations 'most serious'

    The Guardian

    More on the calls from shadow health secretary Andy Burnham for a new investigation into the Bradford City fire, following claims in a new book that it could have been started deliberately.

    Andy Burnham

    He's told The Guardian: "These are allegations of the most serious kind, and if a bereaved family member feels that they need to be investigated then they should be.

    "I have always felt that the original Popplewell inquiry was conducted with undue haste, and there is a concern that these matters were not thoroughly looked into at the time.

  23. 'Severe budget pressures'

    West Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has welcomed new figures which show crime in the county is at its lowest level since the early 1980s.

    Mark Burns-Williamson

    Mark Burns-Williamson (pictured) says: "These figures demonstrate that West Yorkshire Police officers and staff continue to work hard to help bring down crime, despite severe budget pressures."

  24. Big fall in unemployment

    UK unemployment fell 76,000 to 1.84 million in the three months to February, with the jobless total also showing a big fall in Yorkshire.

    Figures for the period between December and February show unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber went down by 17,000 to 166,000 - that's a fall of 6.2%.

    Nationally, the number of people in work has hit a new record high, up 248,000 to 31.049 million.

  25. Crashed taxi halts rail services

    More on the taxi cab which is currently on its roof on the rail line near Shipley after crashing down an embankment.

    A British Transport Police spokeswoman says: "Arrangements have been made to remove the vehicle as soon as possible and officers will now be working to determine how it came to be on the tracks."

    All services on the Leeds to Skipton line have been suspended while the car's moved.

  26. Taxi crashes on to rail line

    A taxi driver in Shipley suffered minor injuries when his cab crashed upside-down on to the railway line between Shipley and Saltaire.

    Flipped car on rail line

    The incident happened at about 09:10 near Victoria Street bridge, according to British Transport Police.

  27. Crime 'at 30-year low'

    Crime in West Yorkshire is back at levels last seen in the early 1980s, according to West Yorkshire's temporary chief constable Dee Collins.

    New police figures show there were 1,635 fewer victims of crime in the year up to the end of March compared to this time last year. Criminal damage and theft are down by 27% and burglaries and thefts from vehicles are also down.

  28. M606 delays continue

    BBC Travel

    One lane remains closed on the M606 northbound between J2, Merrydale (Euroway Trading Estates), and J3, A6036 (Staygate Roundabout), because of a serious accident involving a van and a car.

    There's congestion back as far as M62 J26, Chain Bar.

  29. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has become the latest figure to call for a fresh investigation into the Bradford City fire.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

  30. Rhinos ready for 'massive' game

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos welcome back England centre Kallum Watkins after illness for tonight's trip to second-placed St Helens.

    Kallum Watkins

    A win for the Rhinos will take them six points clear and coach Brian McDermott says it should be a cracker.

    "It's a big fixture and with that on its own it's mouthwatering. These are the fixtures you look for and it's going to be massive," he says.

  31. Rail delays warning

    Northern Rail tweets: Due to an obstruction on the line between #Saltaire and #Shipley all lines are blocked. Services may be delayed.

  32. Saull signs for Carnegie

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Yorkshire Carnegie have signed flanker Andy Saull from Newcastle Falcons for next season.

    andy saull

    The 26-year-old (pictured right) has played over 100 top-flight games, winning the Premiership with Saracens in 2011.

    Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath says Saull has a good pedigree: "He's someone with huge ambition and he'll add to the squad here hugely. He's got good leadership qualities so if we can use his energy and leadership he can only enhance the group."

  33. Tour 'could boost local economy by £40m'

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    The debut Tour de Yorkshire cycle race could bring up to £40million into the county's economy, according to organisers.

    Tour de France in Yorkshire
  34. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has become the latest to call for a fresh investigation into the Bradford City fire in 1985 which killed 56 people.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  35. Two injured in M606 crash

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've just spoken to West Yorkshire Police for an update on the crash which has closed the M606 northbound between the M62 J26, Chain Bar, and J3, Staygate roundabout.

    Two people were injured - a woman who's now being treated for head injuries at Leeds General Infirmary and a man who's been taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary with more minor injuries.

    Police continue to direct traffic and there are long queues. Drivers are warned to expect long delays.

  36. Burnham backs new fire investigation

    Louise Martin

    Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has become the latest person to call for a fresh investigation into the Bradford City fire.

    Bradford City fire aftermath

    It follows claims in a new book that the Valley Parade stadium blaze in 1985, which killed 56 people, could have been started deliberately.

    The inquiry into the fire concluded it started accidentally, but Mr Burnham says police should "re-examine the quality" of the original investigation, which he feels was conducted too quickly.

  37. A fine and dry day

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will see a fair amount of cloud across southern parts at first, possibly giving the odd spot of drizzle, though for most staying dry.

    Weather forecast

    This blanket of cloud will sink southwards leaving a fine, dry and settled day with variable amounts of cloud and bright or sunny spells.

    Afternoon highs will be about 13C (55F).

  38. Accident closes M606

    BBC Travel

    The M606 is now closed northbound between J2, Merrydale (Euroway Trading Estates), and J3, A6036 (Staygate Roundabout), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

    Police are currently directing traffic. There's congestion to the M62 J26, Chain Bar.

  39. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live on Friday 17 April 2015.

    I'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    And please feel free to send me your news, pictures and comments via leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.