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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kimberley Metcalfe

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Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Thank you for joining me today on our live feed for Leeds and West Yorkshire. 

I'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

If you would like to get in touch with me, why not send an email to me here?

Coming up on BBC Look North this evening

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Join Lara Rostron and Harry Gration on the Look North sofa this evening from 18.30 on BBC One for all the latest news from Yorkshire. 

We'll hear about our main story, looking at how reductions to the fire service will have an impact across the county - and possibly put lives at risk.

Here's Harry with what else is coming up on tonight's programme:

West Yorkshire's weather: Wet and windy this evening

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

The sunshine across West Yorkshire has been teasing us today, sadly it's looking like a very wet evening.

Throughout the late afternoon, it'll continue to be windy with showers, easing for a time before cloud increases and a band of rain spreads south. A minimum temperature of 3C.

Weather forecast

West Yorkshire in pictures: Bradford City Park

It probably won't look as beautiful later this evening if the weather forecast's anything to go by, but Bradford's City Park absolutely did at about 18:00 last night. 

This was taken by Ben Holden from Undercliffe. 

If you have any photos you'd like to share, please send them to me here.

City Park Bradford
Ben Holden

Latest headlines: Man charged after woman's body found in Halifax and Edoardo Cellino charged by FA over social media comments

Here are the latest headlines for today from across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

Leeds City Council agrees to sell land for £142m housing developments

Yorkshire Post

Leeds City Council has agreed to sell off brownfield land in three east Leeds neighbourhoods to make way for £142m of investment in new housing.

Housing plans
Leeds City Council

Watch: Huddersfield Giants' Eorl Crabtree has Grand Final hopes

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Earlier today I spoke to Huddersfield Giants legend Eorl Crabtree who told me he's still harbouring Grand Final hopes despite their current poor form.

The Giants go into Friday's game bottom of Super League, having won just one of their nine games in 2016.

Leeds actress Beverley set to return to the cobbles

Leeds-born Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard is set to return to the ITV soap next month after revealing she had "hope" in her battle with depression.

The soap star earlier tweeted that the medication she was taking had stopped being manufactured.

A show source then confirmed she would be "taking time off" from her role as Liz McDonald in the long-running ITV drama.

An ITV spokesperson said Ms Callard was set to return to work in May.

Beverley Callard

Sport: Castleford Tigers Jewitt will leave at the end of the season

BBC Sport

Castleford Tigers prop Lee Jewitt is to leave the Super League side at the end of the season to move to Australian club Townsville Blackhawks.

The 29-year-old joined the Tigers from French side Limoux in May 2014 and has made 24 league appearances.

Coach Daryl Powell said: "Lee Jewitt has been a quality player for the club over the last two years.

"Once he finishes his time here with a superb season I wish him and his family all the best in their move."

Lee Jewitt

Tick tock! Time's nearly up for Leeds lottery winner to claim their prize

Check your pockets, down the sofa and in the back of the car. The deadline to claim a £1m winning lottery ticket bought in Leeds is midnight on 7 April. 

As the saying goes, it could be you...

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Armed robbery at Co-op in West Park sparks police appeal

A man fired a pistol containing blanks during an armed robbery at a Leeds Co-op at the weekend, police have revealed.

The suspect, described as white, about 6ft 3ins tall, wearing dark clothing and a woolly hat, entered the store, on Butcher Hill, West Park, at about 22:30 on Saturday. 

He approached the lone female member of staff and demanded cash before firing the gun towards the floor.  

The police have asked anyone with further information to come forward immediately and have published a CCTV image of the suspect.

Police appeal picture
West Yorkshire Police

Latest headlines: Edoardo Cellino charged by FA over social media comments and junior doctors in West Yorkshire on fourth national walkout

Here are the latest headlines so far today across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

How well do you know the streets of Leeds? Try this little test

Leeds is iconic when it comes to shopping and Hammerson, the developers of Victoria Gate, want to celebrate the city's retail heritage with an exhibition of historic images. 

The aim of the #HistoryOfHere campaign is to tell the story of Leeds through its many changes and to recognise the city's rich history.   

We've put together this short quiz below, see if you can name the street from the old picture. You have five seconds per shot - GO! 

No pane, no gain! Bradford window cleaner's 'glass' act

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Meet Graham Bower from Bradford. Tomorrow, he's attempting to break the world window-cleaning record. 

The current record holder, Terry Burrows, cleaned three standard 45x45in office windows in 9.14 seconds and has held the record since 2009.

But local lad Graham hopes to beat this. He'll travel across the Pennines on Thursday to try his best at the annual Cleaning Show in Manchester. 

West Yorkshire's weather: Increasing showers through the afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's been a cloudy start for some areas in West Yorkshire with the odd spot of sunshine.

This afternoon will see heavy showers spread from the west, intensifying and turning wintry over the tops. Feeling noticeably colder with highs of about 10C. 

Weather forecast

High winds spark Leeds Bridgwater Place diversions

It looks like the high winds forecast for this afternoon are going to mean a roundabout route through part of Leeds city centre for drivers of high-sided vehicles:

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Man charged over Shelf body discovery

A man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and sexual assault after a woman's body was found at a house.

Marie Johnston, 44, was found dead at an address in Soaper Lane, Shelf, near Halifax, on Saturday, police said.

Matthew Dean, aged 34, of Soaper Lane, Shelf, is due to appear at Calderdale Magistrates' Court later.

Latest headlines: Edoardo Cellino charged by FA over social media comments and full-time firefighter numbers in West Yorkshire drop by over a fifth

Here are the latest headlines for today across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

Huddersfield Town sign Chris Lowe on three-year deal

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town have confirmed the signing of German defender Chris Lowe from Bundesliga 2 club Kaiserslautern.

The 26-year-old will join the Championship side as a free agent on a three-year deal on 1 July.

Lowe previously worked with Terriers boss David Wagner when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund.

"He is also a great character: a leader in the dressing room, who has captained the team," Wagner told the club website.

Chris Lowe
Getty Images

Watch: Dog microchipping becomes compulsory from today

BBC News England

A reminder to West Yorkshire's dog owners: you could be fined if your pet is not microchipped, after a new law came into force today.

More than one million dogs in the UK have not yet been microchipped, one in eight of the estimated canine population, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says.

If local authorities find a dog that hasn't been chipped, owners will have 21 days to comply with the law or face a fine of up to £500. You have been warned!

Harry Gration and Paul Hudson's Three-Legged Challenge tops £277,000

You may remember that BBC Look North's Harry Gration and Paul Hudson recently completed a 121-mile walk across our fair county.

Up hill and down dale, they spent spent nine days tied together at the ankle, all in aid of Sport Relief.

Well, today we can proudly announce the grand total raised thanks to your generosity is a huge £277,608!  

Harry and Paul

Fall in firefighter numbers 'will lead to deaths'

More now on the story we brought you earlier, that there are 329 fewer firefighters in West Yorkshire than there were in 2010. 

Reduced public funding, a reduction in the number of fires that crews are called out to, along with a government push for emergency services to work closer together has led to fewer firefighters across the region.  


The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says cuts have put crews in a "moral dilemma". 

We just don't have the manpower any more when we turn up on a job and ultimately, as harsh as it sounds, that will lead to deaths. It's time that fire chiefs started holding the government to account "

Pete SmithFBU Yorkshire secretary

Latest headlines: Full-time firefighter numbers in West Yorkshire drop by over a fifth and Edoardo Cellino charged by FA over social media comments

Here are the latest headlines for today across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

  • A BBC investigation has found that the number of full-time firefighters working in West Yorkshire has dropped by more than a fifth since 2010
  • The son of Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been charged by the Football Association over comments made on social media
  • Look North's Harry Gration and Paul Hudson managed to raise nearly £278,000 on their Three-Legged Challenge for Sport Relief

Yorkshire Music Library finds new home in Leeds city centre

A prestigious music library of 300,000 musical scores jointly owned by local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region is to be moved to a new home in Leeds Central Library after the closure of a social enterprise which had managed the collection.

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Massimo Cellino's son Edoardo charged by FA

BBC Sport

The son of Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been charged by the Football Association over comments made on social media.

Edoardo Cellino, a director at the club, is alleged to have used language that was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

The FA are calling it an "aggravated breach", as it included a reference to disability.

Junior doctors in West Yorkshire take part in fourth walkout

Jamie Coulson

Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

Junior doctors across West Yorkshire have walked out again in a national protest against recently imposed changes to their pay

The industrial action, which began at 08:00 this morning, runs for 48 hours into Friday. Across the country over 24,000 operations and procedures have been cancelled so far, however emergency care will be provided.

Outside Leeds General Infirmary these doctors have found a tuneful way to voice their concerns:

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Listen: West Yorkshire urged to bid to host 'Great Exhibition of the North'

A competition for towns and cities across the North to host a two-month exhibition in 2018, celebrating the best of art, culture and design has opened.

The Great Exhibition of the North will get £5m of government cash, with "public and private funders" providing any further budget.  

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, has been appointed by the Chancellor George Osborne to chair the Great Exhibition Board that will report to ministers on the applications. He spoke to Liz Green on BBC Radio Leeds's Breakfast Show and had this to say:

West Yorkshire in pictures: Emley Moor sunrise

I love seeing your pictures from across our beautiful county. 

This was sent in by Ian Marshall in Holmfirth, looking across to Emley Moor early this morning. 

If you have any photos you'd like to share, you can send them to me here.

Ian Marshall

Three-Legged Challenge duo raise huge amount for Sport Relief

The grand total of money raised by BBC Look North's Harry Gration and Paul Hudson's Three-Legged Challenge has been announced this morning - and it's a whopping £277,608

They walked a gruelling 131 miles across South, West and North Yorkshire over nine days, tied together at the ankle - no mean feat. 

Thank you for all your support and donations. The money raised for Sport Relief will help transform lives across the county.

Harry Gration and Paul Hudson

Mick Sullivan: Two-time World Cup winner dies aged 82

Sad news that the two-time World Cup winner Mick Sullivan has died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

The winger helped Great Britain win the World Cup in 1954, at the age of 20, and again in 1960.

Mick Sullivan in action

He set the record for the most GB caps with 46 - later equalled by Garry Schofield - and scored 41 tries.

Fall in the number of full-time firefighters in West Yorkshire

Figures obtained by the BBC reveal that in West Yorkshire there are 329 fewer firefighters than there were in 2010

The figures also show that across Yorkshire, fire and rescue services now employ 557 fewer firefighters than in 2010.

The government says the number of fire deaths has fallen by a fifth during that time, but the Fire Brigades Union says cuts to frontline staff will put lives at risk.

Latest headlines: Full-time firefighters in West Yorkshire drop by more than a fifth and junior doctors begin 48-hour strike

Here are the latest headlines for today across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

West Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy start with showers increasing

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy start to the day across West Yorkshire.

Showers spreading eastwards throughout the morning, these intensifying by this afternoon and turning wintry on hills. 

Feeling noticeably colder with highs of 10C. 

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to today's live coverage for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

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

Please send me your pictures, news and views by clicking here.