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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 May 2015

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Good evening

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

We'll be back at 22:00 with live coverage of the general and local election results from across Yorkshire and the Humber as they come in. We hope you will join us.

Super Furry Animals join Bingley bill

Super Furry Animals are the latest headliners to be announced for

the Bingley Music Live festival which takes place later this year.

Gruff Rhys, Super Furry Animals
BBC

The idiosyncratic Welsh band will join Labrinth and Manchester legends James at Myrtle Park for the music festival, which runs from 4-6 September.

Libertines frontman Carl Barat has also been added to a bill that already includes Embrace, Ella Eyre, Ash, Cast, Scott Matthews and Peter Hook and the Light among others.

Boost for Wildcats as Anderson returns

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are boosted by the return of prop Scott Anderson for

tonight's trip to Hull KR.

Wildcats logo
Wakefield Wildcats

He's missed the last two months with a knee injury which has coincided with a run of 10 straight Super League defeats.

Assistant coach Stuart Dickens says Anderson's return is a big plus for the side, adding: "A lot of the players look up to him, so to see him out there on the field will give a little bit of a boost."

A fine but chilly evening

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any showers will die away this evening, becoming dry and clear with a minimum temperature of about 1C (34F) with a ground frost in places.

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will see a fine bright morning with sunny spells, becoming cloudy through the afternoon with rain spreading from the west later.

The top temperature will be about 14C (57F).

Morrisons' challenge 'significant'

Reacting to

a further fall in sales by Bradford-based Morrisons, Keith Bowman, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown stockbrokers, has described the challenge facing the firm's new boss David Potts as "significant".

Morrisons building
Getty Images

"A detailed strategic update is not expected [from Morrisons] until September, in which time rival Tesco will be hoping for evidence of early recovery following its new and now implemented strategic plan," he says.

"On the upside, online sales growth is providing some compensation for falling supermarket sales, whilst management action including simplifying its head office is now being taken."

Latest headlines

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we hear from a mum from Batley who's worried about the wait her three-year-old son has to endure for an autism assessment.

Theo Rush was referred for a diagnosis almost a year ago, but his family has been told the wait could be between two and three years.

Pub attack man jailed

Yorkshire Evening Post

A thug who punched a man unconscious before hitting him repeatedly over the head with a stool in an unprovoked pub attack

has been jailed.

Jeffrey Bingham
West Yorkshire Police

Weekend road closure warning

Drivers in Calderdale are being warned that a section of the A629 Calderdale Way

will be closed this weekend.

The uphill section of the road (towards Ainley Top roundabout) will be surface-dressed, sealing the existing road surface and prolonging its life, Calderdale Council says. The downhill section (towards Halifax) will remain open as usual.

As a result of this work, the section of the road from Salterhebble to Ainley Top roundabout will be closed on Saturday and Sunday and a diversion will be in place

Worker dies after wall collapse

Telegraph & Argus

A Bradford man has died of injuries he suffered

when he was crushed on a demolition site.

Former Deighton Centre
Telegraph and Argus

Inside the election night studio

Election 2015

Join Emily Maitlis for an interactive, behind-the-scenes tour of the BBC's Election 2015 TV studio at Elstree

as the team prepares for a marathon live broadcast starting at 21:55.

Election studio
BBC

Emily introduces her 6m (20ft) graphics screen which will show every result from across the country.

You can also get a preview of the technical wizardry that will have Jeremy Vine standing in the House of Commons and outside 10 Downing Street without leaving the studio.

The curious world of the counters

Election 2015

When the votes have been cast and the polling stations are shut,

it won't just be the politicians who are in for a sleepless night tonight.

Votes being counted
BBC

The people responsible for counting - and recounting - the ballot papers will be steeling themselves for a night of intense pressure and concentration.

When the polls close at 22:00, the work begins.

Take a look behind the scenes here.

Latest headlines

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

City takeover talks continue

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Bradford City joint chairman Mark Lawn has told

BBC Radio Leeds the club's still in talks with Gianni Paladini about a potential takeover.

Mark Lawn
PA

Lawn says they're still bound by a non-disclosure agreement with the former QPR chairman so can't give away any details.

It comes as City slashed season-ticket prices in a bid to get 15,000 fans in for every home game next season.

Silence for earthquake victims

A two-minute silence and special candle-lighting ceremony is to be held in the centre of Leeds tomorrow night

to remember the victims of the earthquake in Nepal, it's been announced.

The event, organised by Laxmi Bantawa, chairman of the Leeds Nepalese Community, will take place before the VE Day beacon-lighting ceremony in Millennium Square at 21:32.

Morrisons 'downbeat' over sales fall

Business Live

There's been reaction to

the further fall in sales in the three months to 3 May reported by Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons.

Morrisons bag
Getty Images

Retail analyst Bruno Monteyne, from Bernstein, points out that sales at the firm's main shops fell 3.9% in the first quarter "which shows the extent of the job at hand".

Independent analyst Nick Bubb said guidance from the company "sounds downbeat" and "new CEO Dave Potts doesn't have much to say for himself".

School marks fire disaster anniversary

Telegraph & Argus

Two schools with poignant links to the Bradford City fire disaster in 1985

have been fundraising for the burns research unit.

Immanuel College staff and pupils
Telegraph and Argus

Morrisons 'eager to improve'

As latest figures show

another drop in sales at Bradford-based Morrisons, the supermarket chain's new boss says his staff are "eager to listen to customers and improve".

Morrisons sign
Getty Images

David Potts, who took over as chief executive in March, says he's been "very pleased by the genuine warmth and affection for Morrisons shared by both colleagues and customers".

"This is a business with many attributes, some unique. Our task is to use those advantages to improve the shopping trip for customers and create value," he says.

Remains identified as missing man

Human remains found in Scholes, Leeds, in March

have been identified as a missing man from Huddersfield, police say.

A post-mortem examination revealed there were "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death of Alan Holt, 40, who went missing from Dalton in September 2012.

Det Supt Simon Atkinson says: "We've been in contact with Mr Holt's family since the discovery of the remains earlier this year and specially trained officers are continuing to support the family at this difficult time."

BreakingNo apology for children's gas deaths

The boss of travel firm Thomas Cook Group has said he won't apologise to the family of two children from Wakefield who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.

Peter Fankhauser
AP

Peter Fankhauser

told an inquest in Wakefield that while he is "incredibly sorry" for the parents of Christianne and Robert Shepherd, "I don't have to apologise".

"I feel so thoroughly, from the deepest of my heart, sorry but there's no need to apologise because there was no wrongdoing by Thomas Cook," he said.

Mr Fankhauser, who has been in charge since November last year, insisted his company was lied to by people at the hotel about there being no gas heaters at the premises.

Jones family fund 'needs to top £1m'

BBC Sport

Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett hopes a fund set up for the family of the late Danny Jones

will eventually top £1m.

Danny Jones
Getty Images

Jones, 29, collapsed by the side of the pitch during Sunday's League 1 game at London Skolars and was later pronounced dead of a suspected cardiac arrest.

Donations for Jones's wife, Lizzie, and their five-month-old twins have already passed £70,000.

A cloudy and showery afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be variable, and at times large, amounts of cloud through the afternoon.

Weather forecast
BBC

There'll be scattered showers, especially affecting more central and southern spots, some heavy.

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

No answers over tour firm safety

At the inquest in Wakefield into the death from carbon monoxide poisoning of two children at a hotel complex in Corfu, the former boss of tour operator Thomas Cook has refused to answer questions about the firm's health and safety systems.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa
BBC

Leslie Thomas, representing the family of Christianne and Robert Shepherd, aged seven and six, asked Manny Fontenla-Novoa (pictured): "If these systems worked, these kids would be alive. So what happened?" Mr Fontenla-Novoa refused to answer.

Mr Thomas then read Mr Fontenla-Novoa a series of specific questions he said the family had asked him to put directly. Again he refused to answer.

Latest headlines

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Cardiac screening calls grow

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has backed calls for free cardiac screenings across rugby league

following the tragic death of Keighley star Danny Jones at the weekend.

Danny Jones
ALLSPORT/GETTY IMAGES

Powell, a player-coach at Keighley in the mid 1990s, says heart health is as important as mental health in the world of rugby league.

"Cost shouldn't be an issue. We need to get together as a sport and make sure this doesn't happen again," he says.

Ex-tour boss's silence over inquest help

The former boss of tour operator Thomas Cook has refused to confirm if he'll co-operate with

the inquest into the deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning of two children while on holiday in Corfu in 2006.

In previous statements, Manny Fontenla-Novoa had said he'd co-operate with investigators looking into the deaths of Christianne and Robert Shepherd, from Wakefield.

But when asked at the inquest in Wakefield today by Leslie Thomas QC, the barrister representing the children's family, if he was still "keen" to co-operate, he declined to answer.

Mr Thomas then said: "Your staff have all sat there and declined to answer. Are you going to lead by example and co-operate?" Mr Fontenla-Novoa again refused to answer.

Murder victim 'died of single stab wound'

A 27-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Farnley on Tuesday

died as a result of a single stab wound to the leg, police have revealed.

Christopher Wade
West Yorkshire Police

Christopher Wade, from Farnley, died at Leeds General Infirmary in the early hours of yesterday morning

after being stabbed near the Butterbowl pub on Tuesday afternoon.

Five people from Leeds were arrested in Manchester yesterday afternoon in connection with Mr Wade's murder.

Ex-tour boss 'deeply regrets' deaths

The ex-boss of tour operator Thomas Cook has said he "deeply regrets" the death of two children from Horbury from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa
BBC

Robert and Christianne Shepherd died at a hotel complex in Corfu in October 2006.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa's admission came after he was invited by the barrister representing the children's family

at an inquest in Wakefield to "look my clients in the eyes" and express his sympathy.

Ex-CEO told 'speak up for yourself'

The mother of two children from Horbury who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while they were on holiday in Corfu has called on the ex-CEO of tour operator Thomas Cook to "speak up for yourself" during an inquest into their deaths.

Robert and Christianne Shepherd
PA

Sharon Wood made the comment to Manny Fontenla-Novoa from the public gallery

after he had refused to answer questions put to him by Wakefield coroner David Hinchliffe about a statement he'd made to police in 2009.

Mr Fontenla-Novoa later declined to answer a question from the family's barrister as to whether the travel firm had "put profit before safety".

Ex-CEO refuses gas death questions

More on the news that a former Thomas Cook boss

has declined to answer questions put to him by a coroner about the deaths of two Wakefield children from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Greece.

Robert and Christianne Shepherd, aged seven and six, from Horbury, died while at a hotel complex in Corfu in 2006.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa refused to answer a series of questions posed by Wakefield coroner David Hinchliffe as he went through a statement the ex-CEO of Thomas Cook had made to police in 2009.

Popular music festival axed

Keighley News

A popular annual music festival in Keighley which raised thousands of pounds for a hospice

has been axed due to drunken yobs.

Woodfest comittee members
Keighley News

'Baptism of fire' for Morrisons boss

5 Live

It's been a "baptism of fire" for new Morrisons chief executive David Potts (pictured), Kantar Retail analyst Himanshu Pal has told

BBC Radio 5 Live's Wake Up to Money as the Bradford-based supermarket chain announces
a further fall in sales.

David Potts
PA

He says the retailer has been "very late to market" in the growth areas of convenience stores and online shopping.

"They're stuck in the middle in terms of their pricing and promotion architecture, being chipped away by discounters at one end, and premium supermarkets like Waitrose and M&S," he adds.

BreakingEx-tour boss stays silent over deaths

The former boss of tour operator Thomas Cook has declined to answer questions at

the inquests into the deaths in Corfu of two children from Wakefield in 2006.

Christianne and Robert Shepherd
West Yorkshire Police

Seven-year-old Christianne Shepherd and six-year-old Robert Shepherd, from Horbury, died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Greece.

The Wakefield coroner told Manny Fontenla-Novoa that while the inquest was not a trial, "there is the potential you might have to be involved in future criminal proceedings... and you don't have to answer questions which could incriminate you".

BreakingCellino back on Leeds United board

BBC Sport

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

has been granted Football League permission to return to the club's board.

Massimo Cellino
PA

A statement said the Italian had taken up the role as chairman with immediate effect after passing the Football League's owners and directors test.

Cellino has not been officially involved at the club since being barred by the Football League in March.

Water mains burst sparks delays

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A65 Skipton Road in Ilkley at the Victoria Avenue junction because of a burst water main, temporary traffic lights and emergency repairs.

Get the latest here.

Man held over death 'had stab wounds'

A 44-year-old man from Sowerby has been arrested on suspicion of murder

after a 42-year-old woman was fatally stabbed at Rooley Heights yesterday afternoon.

The man, who also suffered stab wounds, is currently under police guard in hospital. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, according to police.

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says: "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation. The man will be interviewed by officers once he is well enough to leave hospital."

Murder victim had 'serious stab wounds'

More on the murder inquiry which has been launched in Sowerby, near Halifax,

after a woman died of stab wounds yesterday.

Police were called to an address at Rooley Heights at about 17:50 after getting reports of a domestic incident.

A 42-year-old woman was found inside the property suffering from serious stab wounds. She was pronounced dead a short time later.