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Summary

  1. Sex attack suspect hunted by police
  2. Gravestones stolen from Leeds Minster
  3. Club boss 'stunned' at post-match clashes
  4. Mystery bug hits Leeds city centre office
  5. West Yorkshire councils cut 7,000 jobs since 2010
  6. Honorary degree for Olympic champion Adams
  7. Updates on Thursday 23 July 2015

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By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    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. McShane and Moore switch sides

    Castleford have signed Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hooker Paul McShane on a two-and-a-half-year deal, with Scott Moore going the other way on loan until the end of the season.

    Paul McShane

    McShane (pictured), 25, has been ever-present for the Wildcats this season, scoring three tries in 22 Super League games.

  3. New homes plan set for approval

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Residents wanting to fight plans for 190 houses near Ainley Top have a battle on their hands as council officers signal their support for the development.

    Housing estate plan
  4. Man 'must face court' over rape charges

    More on the police appeal over Mahboob Bostan who fled the UK before facing trial over three rape charges in West Yorkshire in the late 1990s, but who's now thought to be back in the county.

    Det Supt Mark Ridley says: "Clearly these are extremely serious crimes and it is important Mr Bostan is found and put before the courts to be tried by a jury.

    "I would like to hear from anyone who may have information about his whereabouts in the Batley area or elsewhere in West Yorkshire."

  5. Rape charge fugitive 'back in UK'

    A man who faced three rape charges in West Yorkshire in the late 1990s, but who fled the UK before being brought to trial, is believed to be back in the county, police have revealed.

    Mahboob Bostan

    Mahboob Bostan, now 45, was arrested on suspicion of carrying out serious sexual assaults in Batley in January 1997 and February 1998, as well as a serious sex assault in Bradford in July 1997.

    He was charged with rape for the three offences but fled abroad after being bailed. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

  6. Sharp flies home for transfer talks

    Katherine Hannah

    Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United striker Billy Sharp left the club's pre-season camp in Austria after training this morning to fly home to the UK, BBC Radio Leeds understands.

    Billy Sharp

    It's for talks with a club which is believed to be Sheffield United. Sharp was left out of the squad which lost to Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this week.

  7. Mystery illness closes city office

    Charles Heslett

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've learned that hundreds of staff at Lloyds Banking Group's West Bank office on Water Lane have been sent home after some staff members fell ill with a mystery illness.

    Lloyds building in Leeds

    Lloyds has told me it's carrying out a deep-clean of the building after it closed it yesterday lunchtime.

    We're expecting a statement from the firm about the situation in the next hour.

  8. Murder probe: Victim's photo issued

    Police investigating the death of Bradford man Leroy Vanzie have just released a photo of him.

    Leroy Vanzie

    Leroy, 32, was found with head injuries outside his home on Corban Street at about 19:35 on Tuesday. He died a short time later in hospital.

    Two men, aged 25 and 36, who were arrested in connection with the incident, remain in police custody.

  9. Have your say in Bingley

    People in Bingley are being reminded they have just one week left to have their say on whether they'd like to have a parish or town council set up to represent their views.

    Bingley centre

    A public consultation seeking the views of people who live in the town and surrounding areas such as Cottingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick, Gilstead and Micklethwaite ends on 31 July.

    This consultation's taking place because Bradford Council received a petition signed by nearly 2,000 residents requesting a parish council be set up.

  10. Club boss 'stunned' at post-match clashes

    The boss of a German football team whose fans were involved in clashes with Leeds United supporters after a match in Austria on Tuesday says he was left "stunned" by what took place.

    Clashes at game

    Eintracht Frankfurt boss Heribert Bruchhagen has told German newspaper Die Welt: "It was obvious that on both sides there were people who wanted confrontation."

    Mr Bruchhagen added he's not sure what action his club should take: "I don't know right now. First we have to wait for the police report and look at who's been named."

  11. Leeming ready for return

    Gareth Jones

    Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson says he won't hesitate to throw Kruise Leeming back into the fray in the Super Eights after revealing a season-ending injury for Kyle Wood.

    Kruise Leeming

    Leeming (pictured) impressed earlier this season when he was handed his chance and has maintained his form since.

    Anderson has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he has "no doubts, no qualms" in letting Leeming play.

  12. Gravestones stolen from Minster

    Two gravestones dating back to the 18th Century have been stolen in a series of thefts at Leeds Minster.

    Leeds Minster

    Thousands of pounds worth of Yorkshire stone, which was being used to renovate the precinct around the church, has also been taken.

    Thieves returned on Wednesday night but were chased off by contractors.

  13. Cooper urges Kendall to stay in contest

    Yvette Cooper, Labour leadership candidate and MP for Pontefract and Castleford, is urging one of her competitors to stay in the race.

    Ms Cooper

    She's been speaking after Liz Kendall dismissed calls for her to quit the contest in a move to help stop Jeremy Corbyn from winning the election.

    Ms Cooper says the more women on the ballot the better: "It's time to smash that last glass ceiling. It'd be great to have a Labour woman leader, and more importantly a Labour woman PM."

  14. Club boss 'regrets' violent scenes

    The boss of German football team Eintracht Frankfurt says he "regrets" the violence which took place in Austria on Tuesday between his team's supporters and Leeds United fans.

    Arrested football fans

    Police in Salzburg, where the clubs had been playing a pre-season friendly, made 25 arrests, including three English people, who have since been released.

    Eintracht boss Heribert Bruchhagen has told German newspaper Die Welt: "I don't know what it has to do with football. I regret this has happened. It's not in the tradition of Eintracht."

  15. Murder probe: Family appeals for funeral help

    Telegraph & Argus

    The sister of a man killed in Bradford has set up a fundraising website to help meet the costs of his funeral.

    Corban Street, Bradford
  16. Murder victim awarded degree

    The family of a Leeds University student who was murdered on a Thai island have collected their son's posthumous first class degree.

    David Miller

    David Miller, 24, from Jersey, had been travelling with Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk. Their bodies were found on a beach on Koh Tao in September 2014.

    Leeds University awarded Mr Miller a degree in civil and structural engineering.

  17. Appeal after woman's house burgled

    A burglary at the home of an elderly woman in Bramley has sparked an appeal for information by police.

    The burglary took place between 18:00 and 22:00 on Tuesday 7 July as the woman, in her 80s, watched TV with headphones at her home in Ashby View.

    Thieves stole jewellery, a chequebook, passports and personal documents from a bedroom before leaving unseen.

  18. Blaze death 'could have been avoided'

    Keighley News

    A retired firefighter says a Haworth man's death in a house blaze could have been avoided if the village fire station was still open.

    Fire engines at scene
  19. Have you seen this woman?

    Concerns are growing for the welfare of a 46-year-old woman who's been missing from her home in Cleckheaton since yesterday.

    Tracey Bamford

    Tracey Bamford is said to have left her home without warning during the early hours of Wednesday and hasn't been seen since.

    Police say Tracey's disappearance is "completely out of character" and are urging anyone who believes they may have seen her to get in touch.

  20. Council job losses: The breakdown

    More on the figures obtained by BBC Yorkshire which show 7,365 posts have been axed at councils across West Yorkshire since 2010.

    Council services: Refuse collection, library, classroom and gritting

    Here's the breakdown of those stats:

    • Bradford Council: 1,678 jobs (a 17.5% cut in the workforce)
    • Calderdale Council: 681 jobs (20.6%)
    • Kirklees Council: 1,415 jobs (17%)
    • Leeds City Council: 2,500 jobs (17%)
    • Wakefield Council: 1,091 jobs (18.1%)
  21. Morais set for long lay-off

    Gareth Jones

    Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City's surgeon Steve Bollen says patience will be the key to Filipe Morais' recovery from a serious knee injury.

    Filipe Morais

    The winger's set to miss the whole season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

    Bollen will operate on Morais and says it's unlikely he'll return within eight months: "No matter how much rehab you do or how much you do it, you can't speed up the rate at which it heals."

  22. Thousands fined in litter clampdown

    A crackdown on littering in Leeds has seen 4,024 people handed fixed penalty notices in the last 12 months, the BBC has learned.

    Litter bin

    The figures, obtained from Leeds City Council, also reveal that in the last financial year 632 people were prosecuted for failing to pay their fines.

    Mark Dobson, the councillor behind the campaign, says the fixed penalty notices are used only as a last resort when people have left "council officers with no other choice".

  23. Murder investigation: Victim named

    We've had an update overnight from West Yorkshire Police over a murder investigation which was launched in Bradford after a man died from head injuries earlier this week.

    The victim has now been named as 32-year-old Leroy Vanzie, of Corban Street, Bradford, who was found injured outside his home at about 19:35 on Tuesday.

    Two men, aged 25 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

  24. West Yorkshire sunrise

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Lee Ward for sending in this fantastic picture of this morning's sunrise from Woolley near Wakefield.

    Sunrise at Woolley

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

  25. Massey misses Warrington clash

    Gareth Jones

    Sports Editor and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Castleford Tigers forward Nathan Massey won't be risked against Warrington this weekend, despite returning to full fitness.

    Nathan Massey

    The Tigers get a break for the Challenge Cup semi-finals before the Super Eights begin and coach Daryl Powell says he's holding Massey back.

    "I don't want to risk him. I want him to be absolutely 100% and this will give him a further two weeks to get himself as fit as possible," says Powell.

  26. 18,500 council jobs axed since 2010

    Yorkshire councils have cut more than 18,500 jobs in the past five years, including over 7,000 posts at councils in West Yorkshire, figures obtained by the BBC show.

    Leeds Civic Hall

    The BBC asked all 20 councils in Yorkshire how many full-time jobs, excluding school staff, had been lost since 2010.

    Peter Davies, from the GMB Union, has told the BBC it's a "miracle" councils were able to deliver "any resemblance of public service".

  27. A mostly dry and bright day

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a chilly start, but mostly dry today with bright spells.

    Weather forecast

    A few showers are possible this afternoon, heading in from the west but the best of the sunshine will be in the east this afternoon.

    The top temperature will be about 18C (64F).

  28. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 23 July 2015.

    I'll be with you until 18:00 with the latest news, views, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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