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  1. Man arrested over scout abuse claims
  2. Chief Constable's suspension lifted
  3. English cities offered greater power
  4. Yvette Cooper in Labour leader bid
  5. Updates on Thursday 14 May 2015

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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 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. Weather: Clear but cold night

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be cloudy at first, with clear spells developing later and a minimum temperature of about 3C (37F).

  3. Coming up on Look North

    Nicola Rees

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Phil Bodmer at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we look at plans which could see more powers for Yorkshire's councils - but only if they have elected mayors.

    And we'll be catching up with Roy Taylor who last year went on a 215-mile wheelchair challenge to highlight the difficulties faced by people with disabilities in accessing the countryside.

  4. City curry festival postponed

    Bradford's World Curry Festival, which was due to take place in June, has been "postponed to a date later in the year", Bradford Council has announced.

    The three-day festival, dubbed as "a celebration of all things curry", was planned for 5-7 June.

    Bradford Council tweets that the circumstances surrounding its postponement were "completely unforeseen, and sadly unavoidable".

  5. Driving ban for former footballer

    Former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving for three years after he admitted drinking and driving.

    Clarke Carlisle

    The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample to police on 20 December.

    At Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court he also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

  6. Rams aim to 'scare' Wolves

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Dewsbury Rams half-back Brett Seymour admits this season's Championship campaign is more important to them than the Challenge Cup.

    The Rams take on Warrington Wolves in their sixth round tie at the Tetley's Stadium tomorrow night.

    Seymour says the Rams want to impress against their Super League opponents: "If we can give them a bit of a scare then job done, but the league's more the thin we're chasing."

  7. Chief constable suspension lifted

    John Cundy

    Crime Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

    The suspension of West Yorkshire's Chief Constable Mark Gilmore is to be lifted, but he won't be returning to his post immediately.

    Mark Gilmore

    Mr Gilmore was suspended last June while he was investigated over alleged corruption issues when he previously served with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. All those matters were dropped last month.

  8. New leader 'needs answers' - Cooper

    Louise Martin

    Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, has launched her bid for the Labour leadership this afternoon. That she's aiming for the top job is no surprise after rumblings from her team.

    Yvette Cooper in classroom

    She's the shadow home secretary, she's worked in the Treasury and she's the second woman to announce she's standing after Liz Kendall did the same earlier this week.

    Yvette Cooper says whoever the new leader is, they'll need answers not just for the part but for the country as a whole.

  9. Do England's cities want devolution?

    England's major cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester could be in line for sweeping new powers if they sign up for the government's devolution revolution - but is it wanted?

    Leeds skyline

    George Osborne believes the "old model" of running everything from London is "broken" and has unbalanced the economy.

    What do the people who live in these great cities - and the politicians who currently run them - think? People in Leeds are among those who've been telling us their views.

  10. Man arrested over scout abuse claims

    A man has been arrested in connection with allegations of child sex abuse linked to a Leeds scout group.

    Detectives are investigating claims made by two men that they were sexually abused as children in the 1970s while members of Micklefield scout group.

    West Yorkshire Police said a 75-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual offences and released on bail pending further inquiries.

  11. FA decision over abandoned match

    Huddersfield Town have been awarded one point by the Football League after their match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road was abandoned following a pitch invasion by home fans.

    Blackpool protests

    The board says the game's 0-0 scoreline at the 48th minute should stand as the final score as it believes "league points should always be earned on the field of play".

    Blackpool will be charged with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission "in due course", the Football League has said.

  12. Appeal over missing man

    West Yorkshire Police are appealing for help in finding a 54-year-old man who's been missing from his home in Huddersfield since yesterday morning.

    Richard Ellis

    Richard Ellis was last seen at his home in Clayton West at about 08:20 on Wednesday. Police say there are "concerns for his safety".

    He's described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of stocky build, with silvery blonde hair. He's unshaven, has blue eyes, usually wears glasses and drives a grey Nissan Qashqai.

  13. Mulholland backs Farron's leadership bid

    Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West, has confirmed he won't be standing for the party's leadership and instead is throwing his support behind Tim Farron's bid for the top job.

    Greg Mulholland

    Mr Mulholland told BBC Radio Leeds he had reflected on whether to stand but had decided Mr Farron was best-placed to "lead the party back to where it needs to be".

    "More and more over the past few days, people have said they recognise the importance of having a strong, progressive Liberal voice at the centre of British politics," he said.

  14. Devolution plans: Your views

    We've been out on the streets of Leeds asking for your views on George Osborne's plans to give English cities greater powers over things like housing, transport and planning.

    Margaret Anderson

    Margaret Anderson, from Bramley, Leeds, says devolution for her home city is a good idea, but "I'll believe it when I actually see it happen".

    "Being Yorkshire-born, I want to see Yorkshire at the front and none of us to be ignored," she adds.

  15. Club 'determined' over development plans

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Guiseley chief executive Adie Towers says the club has held "productive" meetings with Leeds City Council over the development of the Nethermoor ground.

    Newly-promoted Guiseley must increase the ground's capacity to 4,000 for the 2016-17 season to meet the standards of the Football Conference or face automatic relegation.

    Towers, who has told us that things are now moving forward, says: "It's a very tight timescale, but we're determined to do it otherwise we'll go down again. It's as simple as that."

  16. Weather: Dry and cloudy afternoon

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll stay rather cloudy this afternoon, though there'll be some brighter spells at times.

    Weather map

    Most areas will remain dry with a moderate easterly wind. It'll feel cooler than yesterday with highs of about 12C (54F).

  17. Elected mayors 'only game in town'

    The Conservative leader of Calderdale Council has said West Yorkshire may have to embrace the idea of directly-elected mayors "in the best interests of the people".

    Houses of Parliament and Leeds Town Hall

    Plans to give English cities greater powers are being outlined today by George Osborne who is expected to say the "old model" of running everything from London is "broken".

    Councillor Stephen Baines says while not wholly in favour of directly-elected mayors, it's clear they're "the only game in town" and "local people know what's best for West Yorkshire rather than civil servants in London".

  18. Latest headlines

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire are:

  19. 'Everybody supports genuine devolution'

    BBC News Channel

    Labour's new shadow chancellor and former Shipley MP Chris Leslie tells BBC News his party would welcome the Conservatives' proposals for devolution to cities like Leeds if they are "genuine".

    Chris Leslie

    But he says we've been here before over the last five years and that the country needs a "proper well thought-through" plan.

  20. Binge drinker jailed for attack

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A drunk who attacked a man in the garden of his own home by hitting him repeatedly over the head with a shovel has been jailed.

    Kieran Rouse
  21. Getting England in focus

    Every day England's Big Picture features a photograph sent in from across the country - with the gallery growing throughout the week.

    Wastwater, Cumbria

    If you have a photo you'd like to share, email us at, post it on Facebook or tweet it to @BBCEngland.

    You can also find us on Instagram - use #englandsbigpicture to share an image there.

  22. What is the Northern Powerhouse?

    A minister for the "Northern Powerhouse" has been appointed, but what exactly does that mean, asks Chris Stokel-Walker?

    Motorway sign says "The North"

    Chancellor George Osborne says it will be "a collection of northern cities sufficiently close to each other that combined they can take on the world".

    But can this attempt to corral the North's population of 15 million into a collective force that could begin to rival that of London and the South East really work?

  23. Mary Creagh in leadership bid?

    Louise Martin

    Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    It was assumed that Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper (pictured) would stand for the Labour leadership, but it still came a bit out of the blue.

    Yvette Cooper

    I spoke to her people yesterday and they said there was no news, but then in The Mirror today we read she is standing.

    That's not all, though. I've spoken to people within the Labour party who've told me that Wakefield MP Mary Creagh is actively considering standing. That would be very interesting - two Labour leadership candidates standing from within the Wakefield area.

  24. City devolution: Your views

    You've been telling us what you think about plans to give English cities powers over housing, transport, planning and policing, to be announced by George Osborne later.

    Leeds Civic Hall

    On Facebook, Tim Leodis Lamb posts: Local government and National government. Strip the rest out. Unneeded and nothing more than a drain on our money.

    And Steve Rudd posts: The last thing we need is yet ANOTHER layer of self-serving local government getting in each other's way, muddying the waters, and adding to the expenses of Council Tax payers.

  25. Man 'fighting for life' after attack

    A 69-year-old man is "fighting for his life" in hospital after being assaulted in Huddersfield town centre last night, police have said.

    The attack happened near the KFC on New Street at about 23:10 and left the man with life-threatening head injuries. He's currently being treated at Leeds General Infirmary.

    Two men from Huddersfield, aged 23 and 30, have been arrested in connection.

  26. 'No England approach for Gillespie'

    BBC Sport

    England have not made an approach to appoint Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie as Peter Moores' successor, the county's chief Martyn Moxon is insisting.

    Jason Gillespie

    Andrew Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board's director of cricket, named the ex-Australia fast bowler as a potential England coach earlier this week.

    "At the moment it is purely what Andrew said and nothing more," said Moxon, 55. "It is all speculation."

  27. Latest headlines

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far are:

  28. Terriers points decision due

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Football League's expected to decide later whether Huddersfield Town will be awarded all three points from their abandoned match at Blackpool on the final day of the season.

    Huddersfield Town ground

    It was goalless at the time, and if Town are given the win they'll leapfrog Leeds United into 15th place in the table.

    Meanwhile Town's U21s went down 3-2 at Swansea City in the Professional Development League 2 Play Off Final last night.

  29. New powers plan for English cities


    Plans to give English cities powers over housing, transport, planning and policing will be set out in George Osborne's first post-election speech.

    George Osborne

    Greater Manchester, which will elect a mayor in two years and take on such powers, should become a blueprint for other large cities, he will say.

    The "old model" of running everything from London is "broken" and has unbalanced the economy, he will add.

  30. Cooper in Labour leadership bid

    Ex-cabinet minister and Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper is to stand for Labour's leadership.

    Yvette Cooper

    Ms Cooper announced her bid in a column for the Daily Mirror, writing: "Labour lost because we didn't convince enough people in all parts of the country that we had the answers to match up with their ambitions."

    Hopefuls have until 15 June to meet the requirement of having the backing of 15% of the party's MPs by gaining nominations from 34 colleagues.

  31. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 14 May 2015.

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