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  1. Updates on Monday 11 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

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

  2. Coming up on BBC One

    Phil Bodmer

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report live from Valley Parade on the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster.

    Floral tributes

    Today the city remembered those who lost their lives in what is football's worst fire tragedy.

    We'll be talking to some of the survivors and witnesses, and looking at the legacy of the disaster to find out what's changed in these last 30 years.

  3. A cloudy and mostly dry night

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be mostly dry with variable amounts of cloud and a minimum temperature of about 8C (46F).

    Weather forecast

    Tuesday will be bright and breezy with variable amounts of cloud and a scattering of showers.

    The top temperature will be about 15C (59F).

  4. MP 'just amazed' to be at Parliament

    Andrea Jenkyns, the Conservative MP who won the Morley and Outwood seat from Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls, says she's "excited" to have arrived at Westminster today.

    Andrew Jenkyns

    She's told the BBC she's "over the moon" to be at the Houses of Parliament, and is now "trying to figure out" how to work her new tablet computer which is being issued to all new MPs.

    "I don't think it's fully sunk in yet. All weekend I was pinching myself, thinking I can't believe this is happening. I'm just amazed," she says.

  5. City's dignity on fire anniversary

    Daragh Corcoran

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    At this morning's service to mark the 30th anniversary of the the Bradford City fire disaster, it was clear people in the community had stuck together and worked through the pain in a very dignified way.

    Floral tributes

    Today, they were once again at the modest city centre memorial with heads bowed, some looking stoically ahead. Many wore a commemorative hoody in the claret and amber of the club and bearing the words Always Remembered.

    The Bishop of Bradford seemed to go to the heart of the matter when he said how the city responded to the tragedy and told the world "lessons have been learned, but they need to go on being learned" to avoid a similar disaster happening again.

  6. Appeal after train passengers attacked

    Two men (pictured) are being sought by police after three men, including a father and son, were assaulted on a train between Skipton and Bradford Forster Square last month.

    CCTV images

    The incident happened at about 21:15 on Saturday 4 April as the train made its way to Crossflatts station. The father and son, aged 51 and 20, were attacked after asking a group of men, who were being noisy, to quieten down.

    A passenger who intervened was himself assaulted. The attackers got off the train at Crossflatts. Anyone with information is being asked to contact British Transport Police.

  7. Cook signs new Leeds deal

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    Leeds United have confirmed that midfielder Lewis Cook has agreed a new two-year deal at Elland Road.

    The 18-year-old Academy graduate, who had a year remaining on his deal, has extended his stay until at least summer 2017.

    In a statement, club chairman Massimo Cellino says Cook was "one of the most exciting players last season".

  8. Council to get new leader

    A new leader of Leeds City Council will be elected this evening.

    Councillor Keith Wakefield
    Image caption: Keith Wakefield is stepping down at the leader of the Labour group on Leeds City Council

    Current Labour leader Keith Wakefield (pictured) announced last month that he was stepping down.

    Labour councillors will vote later today to see who becomes the next leader of the authority.

  9. Yorkshire v Hampshire

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire's latest County Championship match is finely poised after the reigning champions were bowled out this morning.

    Bresnan in action

    The home side were all out for 370 before Tim Bresnan took an early wicket to leave Hampshire on 21 for 1 at lunch.

    Get all the latest from Headingley with our scorecard and listen to live commentary here.

  10. West Yorks MPs in shadow cabinet

    Leeds MP Hilary Benn has been appointed as shadow foreign secretary as part of Labour's new shadow cabinet.

    Hilary Benn

    Meanwhile, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper remains in charge of her home affairs brief, and Wakefield's Mary Creagh stays at International Development.

    Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett has been made Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Chairman of the party, while former Shipley MP Chris Leslie assumes the role of shadow chancellor.

  11. Happy Valley in Bafta win

    Dark BBC One drama Happy Valley, which is set in the Calder Valley, won the Top Drama Series award at this year's Baftas.

    Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley

    Written and partly directed by Sally Wainwright, it stars Sarah Lancashire (pictured) as police sergeant Catherine Cawood, who stumbles on a kidnap plot as she pursues a man she holds responsible for her daughter's rape and suicide.

    The drama, filmed in and around Hebden Bridge, will return for a new series later this year.

  12. Thousands honour Danny Jones

    Keighley News

    Thousands of rugby league fans gathered at Keighley's Cougar Park to pay their respects to Danny Jones who died last week from a heart attack at the age of 29.

    Cougars fans pay tribute
  13. 'Difficult day' for Bradford

    James Mason, chief operating officer of Bradford City FC, says today is a "difficult day" for the club and the city on the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire which claimed 56 lives.

    James Mason

    "The victims will never be forgotten in Bradford or further afield," says Mr Mason (pictured).

    "We've had messages of condolence from across the world and the victims should not be forgotten."

  14. Bradford fire experience 'horrendous'

    Peter Jackson, who was the captain of Bradford City on the day of the fire tragedy at Valley Parade exactly 30 years ago today in which 56 people died, said the experience was "horrendous".

    Peter Jackson

    He said it came on a day which should have seen celebrations as the club marked its return to the second tier of English football for the first time in decades.

    "I just remember feeling so excited with such a big crowd and it ended in such a disaster," he said.

  15. 'City still stands together'

    There's been a lot of response on social media to the service in Bradford to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade disaster.

    Floral tributes

    Reece Harrison tweets: Just attended the memorial services in Bradford for the fire, 30 years has passed and the city still stands together

    Matthew Metcalfe tweets: Always a sad date but more poignant today, 30 years on. Forget irrelevant worries today - remember the 56

    Unofficially BCAFC tweets: 30 years ago joy turned to horror. Remembering the 56 we lost, and those who were there who have been suffering since

  16. Tears as city remembers fire victims

    Dave Fletcher

    Bradford City commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Today's ceremony in Centenary Square marking the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire really brought people together.


    They came to commemorate the tragedy 30 years on in what may have been the biggest gathering of people involved since the day of the disaster at Valley Parade.

    There were one or two tears among the vast crowd. It really got the emotions.

  17. Hundreds attend fire service

    Members of Bradford City's squad, wearing their team tracksuits, were among the hundreds of people in Centenary Square for the service.

  18. Bishop gives final blessing

    The Bishop of Bradford, the Right Reverend Toby Howarth, gives a final blessing to the victims of the Bradford City fire and to those left behind. He also blesses the cities of Bradford and Lincoln.

  19. Service draws to a close

    The City of Bradford Brass Band is now accompanying the singing of Abide With Me, as the ceremony in Centenary Square draws to a close.


    Wreaths and floral tributes have been laid at the memorial in the square in remembrance of those who died.

  20. Fire service marks tragic anniversary

    Fire engines are also parked on Centenary Square for the Bradford City Fire disaster 30th anniversary service.

    A garland of flowers has also been placed on the Memorial Bell at the top of the civic staircase in City Hall.

    The bell was donated to the city by the fire service as it came from the first fire engine to arrive on the scene at Valley Parade on 11 May 1985.

  21. City's silence for fire victims

    Workers on building sites around Centenary Square stopped work while the names of the 56 victims of the Bradford City fire were read out.

  22. Wreaths laid at memorial service

    Flags fly at half mast as the Lord Mayor of Bradford now leads a wreath-laying ceremony.

    Flags at half mast

    He places a tribute on behalf of the city and the district. Wreaths laid by the Mayor and Sheriff of Lincoln and the Oberburgermeister of Hamm follow.

    Bereaved families will also lay their tributes along with a Bradford City AFC representative and officers from the emergency services.

  23. 'You'll Never Walk Alone'

    After the minute's silence, the City of Bradford Brass Band and Opera North soprano Victoria Sharp are now performing You'll Never Walk Alone.

  24. Bells toll as victims' names read out

    The names of the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire are now being read out at the service in Centenary Square.

    The bells of City Hall are tolling once for each person who lost their life.

    Reading out the names are John Helm, who commentated on the match, Shaun Harvey, the chief executive of the FA, Phil Parkinson, manager of Bradford City and Stephen Darby, Bradford City captain.

  25. Prayers said for fire victims

    These are the prayers being said at the service to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster.

  26. 'We do not walk alone'

    Speaking at the service marking the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire tragedy, the Right Reverend Doctor Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, praises the city's "ability to handle pain, to pick itself up and go on with dignity and humour".

    Bishop of Bradford

    He adds: "We do not walk alone."

    Prayers now follow, remembering all those who died in the fire tragedy on 11 May 1985.

  27. 'The pain doesn't go away'

    At the ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire, The Right Reverend Doctor Toby Haworth, Bishop of Bradford, says: "That day turned into an appalling tragedy in which 56 lost their lives, 265 were injured, and left many, many more lives with enormous pain."

    That pain, he says, does not go away: "The number of people here 30 years on speaks for itself."

  28. Bible reading at fire service

    The Lord Mayor's chaplain, Reverend Canon Phil Gray, now reads from the Gospel according to St John: "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it."

  29. City marks 'poignant day'

    The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Mike Gibbons, says he's "pleased and grateful" to see so many people attending the service to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire "on this poignant day".

    Crowd at ceremony
  30. Dignitaries attend fire service

    The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Mike Gibbons, is attending the memorial service to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire which killed 56 people.

    The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, Brent Charlesworth and Kathleen Brothwell, will represent the city at the event. Bradford were playing Lincoln on that tragic day in 1985.

    The service will be conducted by the chaplain to Bradford City AFC, the Reverend Andy Greiff and the Lord Mayor's chaplain, the Reverend Canon Philip Gray.

  31. Bells will remember fire victims

    The service to mark exactly 30 years since the Bradford fire disaster is due to start at 11:00 in Centenary Square.

    Crowds at service in Bradford

    As part of the service, bells will be rung for each of the 56 victims of the fire as their names are read out, followed by a minute's silence.

    After the minute's silence, the City of Bradford Brass Band will play You'll Never Walk Alone while wreaths are laid.

  32. People gather for Bradford fire tribute

    Bradford City fan Martin Fuller is among the people gathering in Bradford this morning to pay tribute to the 56 victims of the Valley Parade fire exactly 30 years ago today.

    Martin Fuller

    Martin would have been at the match against Lincoln if he hadn't had a wedding to go to. He lost his friend Craig Stockman in the fire, among others.

    He says: "We just saw all the smoke but didn't know anything for a few days - that Craig was still in there."

  33. Remembering the 56

    Phil Bodmer

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Here's the scene in Bradford's Centenary Square as people gather for the service to mark the 30th anniversary of the fire at Valley Parade which took the lives of 56 people and injured hundreds others.

    Crowds in Centenary Square

    The service is due to start at 11:00. Bells will be rung for each victim as their names are read out, followed by a minute's silence.

  34. Bradford fire was 'nightmare scene'

    Bradford City fans and players have been recounting their memories as the city prepares to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire.

    Bradford fire aftermath

    A total of 56 fans died and more than 250 were injured when the blaze tore through the ground in 1985, as Bradford should have been celebrating promotion.

    Bradford City player, John Hendrie, has told BBC Radio Leeds: "It was a nightmare scene, chaotic. The black cloud, the heat, the silence - and more than anything else the screaming."

  35. 'Important' to pay tribute to fire victims

    Ahead of today's service commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City fire tragedy, the chairman of the FA says people must continue to mark the disaster.

    Bradford fire floral tribute

    Greg Dyke says it "matters" that the deaths of 56 people as a result of the fire at Valley Parade must be remembered three decades on.

    "You have to pay tribute and it's important to pay tribute. Bradford will never forget it, and because of that it's right that every so often people from all walks of footballing life pay tribute to those fans," he says.

  36. Cellino 'not selling' Leeds United

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    Leeds United's majority shareholder Massimo Cellino has told BBC Radio Leeds he doesn't want to sell the club. It comes as reports link several parties, including Red Bull, to buying United.

    Massimo Cellino

    Cellino categorically denied to me on Sunday that he's talking to the energy drinks giant or any other potential buyer, telling me: "I am not selling".

    The club's minority shareholders, GFH Capital, also told me neither they nor their parent company GFH had been approached by Red Bull last week.

  37. Widnes Vikings 38-24 Leeds Rhinos

    Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos were beaten at Widnes yesterday, with on-loan Vikings forward Chris Clarkson scoring a try against his parent club.

    Chris Clarkson

    Leeds began the game knowing a win would take them four points clear at the top of the table.

    But Clarkson (pictured) went over for one of seven Widnes tries as the hosts moved within a point of a place in the top eight.

  38. Galloway to challenge election result

    Former MP George Galloway has announced he has started legal proceedings to challenge his general election defeat.

    George Galloway

    Mr Galloway, leader of the Respect Party, lost his Bradford West seat to Labour's Naz Shah, who he has alleged made "false statements" during the campaign to affect the result.

    A Labour spokesman has said the action is "pathetic and without any foundation".

  39. Appeal over sexual assault

    Police in Leeds are appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault on a woman in Burley on Saturday night.

    The attack took place at about 20:35 on St Michael's Lane, Burley, after a man grabbed a 23-year-old woman in the road and attempted to assault her.

    She resisted and he ran from the scene. The suspect's described as a dark-skinned or Asian male around 6ft in height, with short dark brown hair and wearing a dark hooded top.

  40. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 11 May 2015.

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