Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Your live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished for the day.

I'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

In the meantime, if you spot something happening in your local area which you think we should know about, you can always get in touch with me by email.

More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Do join us for Look North on BBC One at 18:30 we have the latest on a former primary school headteacher who has admitted online child sex charges.

David Warbrick 51, pleaded guilty to offences against the two victims, who are both from Derbyshire, at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday.

Our reporter Ian White has the full story.

David Warbrick
BBC

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with showers, locally heavy with the risk of thunder, slowly dying out. Mist and fog patches later.

Weather graph
BBC

Minimum temperature of about 7C (45F). Light and variable wind. 

A grey start to Thursday with fog patches clearing then fine with sunny spells, although cloud and rain will spread from the west towards the end of the afternoon and into the evening. Maximum temperature of about 17C (63F). Light or moderate southwest wind.   

Burberry annual profits have fallen by 10%

The luxury fashion firm Burberry, which has factories in Castleford and Keighley, says it's annual profits have fallen by 10%.

Burberry
Reueters

Retail analysists say this because of falling sales in China's wealthy regions of Hong Kong and Macao. 

The company has unveiled details of a cost-cutting programme, but it's shares have fallen by about 3%.

Latest headlines: Deal on junior doctor contract 'agreed' and Halifax headteacher admits online child sex charges

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

BreakingDeal on junior doctor contract 'agreed'

A deal has been agreed in the long-running dispute over a new junior doctors' contract in England.

Junior doctors
Reuters

Government negotiators and the British Medical Association leadership have reached an agreement after eight days of talks at conciliation service Acas.

The offer will now be put to a referendum of BMA members.

Travel update: Severe delays on the westbound M62 between J28 and J27

BBC Travel

Severe delays and one lane blocked on the westbound M62 between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident involving a car.

Congestion backing right up to J29, M1 (Lofthouse).

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving tomorrow  

EU referendum: Immigration impact on region

The issue of immigration into Yorkshire is not a new one.

In the 1950s West Indian families began moving into Leeds while people from India and Pakistan began to populate Bradford.

But the EU referendum has brought into sharp focus the issue of migration from Europe.

In order to have a meaningful debate on this issue, it is important to understand the numbers. So, what do we know?

Infographic
BBC

Lightcliffe headteacher admits online child sex charges

A former primary school headteacher has admitted causing two 11-year-old girls to engage in online sexual activity. 

David Warbrick (pictured here in 2005)
BBC

David Warbrick 51, pleaded guilty to offences against the two victims, who are both from Derbyshire, at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was suspended as head of All Saints Junior and Infants School, in Halifax, and Gomersal Primary School, Cleckheaton, after his arrest in 2015.

Free Dewsbury market stalls for young entrepeneurs

Kirklees Council is offering young people the chance to run a stall on Dewsbury Market for a day for free.

Lucy Bye
BBC
Dewsbury Market
BBC

It's to encourage a new wave of entrepreneurs and to show the younger generation that they can work for themselves. 

Lucy Bye, an enterprise project manager at Kirklees Council, says the start up scheme is about creating a new generation of stall holders.

The alternative market is a programme we have running for young people, aged 13-29, as we want young people to set up their own business in Kirklees. We want to create a new generation of stall holders who will bring a variety of products to our markets."

Lucy ByeKirklees Council

Inspector made ‘mistake’ of not speaking to pupils in emergency inspection of Batley school

Yorkshire Post

Ofstead has admitted one of its inspectors made a “mistake” in not speaking to pupils during an emergency inspection of a Muslim girls’ school because the children were celebrating a religious festival.

One of the sites of the Zakaria Muslim Girls High School
YP

Listen: Hudderfield Town Academy Manager Mark Lillis' exit

Paul Ogden

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town have parted company with academy chief Mark Lillis.

Lillis, 56, who has also served the club as player, youth-team coach and caretaker manager, departs after four and a half years in the post. During that time he helped Town gain prized category two academy status under the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Head of Football Operations Stuart Webber explains Academy Manager Mark Lillis' exit.

Watch: Former rugby league star on his dementia care

Jamie Coulson

Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

The family of a former rugby league star who has been diagnosed with dementia say the level of care and support provided by the state has left them feeling abandoned. 

John Atkinson was a Challenge Cup winner with Leeds in the 1960s and 70s but Alzheimer's disease has now left him unable to carry out everyday tasks.

I've been to meet him:

Ryder Cup replica expected to fetch big money at golf auction

The 2001 replica Ryder Cup awarded to West Yorkshire golfer Howard Clark in honour of his six appearances in the famous competition is up for auction today.

Howard Clark
BBC

It's part of the Bonhams Sporting Sale in Edinburgh and has an estimate of up to £9,000. 

Clark, who's from Leeds, first appeared in the Ryder Cup in 1977 and went on to win three and draw one during the 1980s in the competition which is held between the best European and American golfers.

Owain's outlook: Watch out for the heavy rain showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Heading out this afternoon? You will need a brolly as the showers will be heavy and prolonged.

View more on twitter

Watch: Dewsbury man in two year fight to get a neighbour's fence removed

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A two year fight to get a neighbour's fence removed could soon be over for one man in Earlsheaton near Dewsbury. 

Gary Flowers has spent over £2,500 in the last two years campaigning to get it torn-down, claiming it's a safety risk on the busy Wakefield Road.

I went along to meet him:

Kirklees Council has now confirmed that the compliance period for removing the fence has expired. 

It says officials will consider prosecution if it's not removed.

Clifford Amoh death: Two more teens charged with murder

More now on the news that two more teenagers have been charged with murder and robbery after a man was attacked at his home in Leeds. 

Clifford Amoh
WYP

Clifford Amoh, 29, died from a head injury after he was assaulted in Coldcotes Crescent, Gipton, on 7 May.

Johari Green, 19, of Amberton Crescent, Leeds, and Rowan Lewis, 18, of Cowper Grove, Leeds, are both due before the city's magistrates later.

West Yorkshire's weather: Grey and damp across West Yorkshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A grey and damp afternoon across West Yorkshire, with outbreaks of rain and cloudy conditions. A little more in the way of brightness later, the clouds thinning and breaking at times to allow for some sunny spells. Further showers are forecast, some of these heavy.

Weather map
BBC

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and  highs today of 14C (57F). 

This evening the rain band clears overnight and things turn dry. Temperature lows of 9C (48F).

More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on BBC Look North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Do join us for Look North on BBC One at 13:30 as the family of a former rugby league star who has been diagnosed with dementia say the level of care and support provided by the state has left them feeling abandoned. 

John Atkinson was a Challenge Cup winner with Leeds in the 1960s and 70s but Alzheimer's disease has now left him unable to carry out everyday tasks. Our health correspondent Jamie Coulson has the story.

John Atkinson
BBC

Latest headlines: Two more teenagers charged with murder after Leeds death and unemployment in Yorkshire stays the same

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this lunchtime include: 

  • A Dewsbury man's claiming victory in a two year fight to get a neighbour's fence removed

Travel update: One lane closed on northbound M1 between J46 and J47

BBC Travel

One lane closed and slow traffic on the northbound M1 northbound between J46, A63 (Leeds Colton) and J47, A642 (Garforth), because of an earlier accident.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the day to keep you moving  

Wakefield Council to spend on park and former crown court

Yorkshire Evening Post

A £500,000 council grant looks set to be given to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to help meet the cost of a new gallery and restaurant. 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
YEP

A car involved in a 140mph police pursuit caught in Boston Spa

A car involved in a 140mph police pursuit with a three-year-old child on board "weaved in and out of traffic and onto the hard shoulder" as it sped across North Yorkshire, police say.

Car pursuit
North Yorkshire Police

The chase, which started at about 16:25 yesterday on the A1 northbound near Catterick, involved a grey Audi A4 that failed to stop.

The car was driven to Scotch Corner before leaving the motorway and then heading south on the A1 again. It was eventually stopped by police on the exit slip road near Boston Spa.

A three-year-old child and a large quantity of cannabis were found in the vehicle. No-one was injured during the pursuit, police say.

Two of the car's occupants, a man, 31, and a woman, 22, both from Rotherham, were arrested at the scene and remain in custody.

Travel update: Let's take a look at the trains

BBC Travel

Are you travelling on the train today?

There are currently no delays or disruptions on Northern Rail, Cross Country, First TransPennine Express or Virgin East Coast trains running into Leeds Station.

As for Bradford Interchange, lines into the station are running to time on Northern Rail trains.

If you're travelling into Bradford Forster Square, all is running to time

Owain's outlook: Wet and unsettled today

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A wet and unsettled day weatherwise. However, tomorrow should be dry with the chance of some sunshine.

View more on twitter

Watch: 'It was a no brainer' - Rohan Smith on joining Bradford Bulls

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Earlier this month championship side Bradford Bulls appointed Rohan Smith as their new head coach on a three-year deal.

The 35-year-old has left his assistant coach role at NRL side Gold Coast Titans to join the club his father Brian coached between 1995 and 1996.

Unemployment in Yorkshire has remained unchanged

Unemployment in Yorkshire has remained unchanged at 166,000 or 6.2 per cent.

Job centre computer
BBC

Nationally it's fallen by 2,000 to 1.69m and a record number of people are in work, according to new figures. 

However, the Office for National Statistics says the increase is "modest" and there's evidence that the jobs market could be "cooling off".

Fire rips through Pontefract skip hire company

A fire in the yard of a skip company and recycling plant is causing problems on the roads this morning.

Baghill Lane is closed in both directions between the Midland Road junction and the A645 South Baileygate junction.

Firefighters from Pontefract, Castleford and Featherstone station were called to PRS Skip Hire at around 02:00 to reports of a skip on fire.

Clifford Amoh death: Two more teenagers charged with murder

Two more teenagers have been charged with the murder of a man in Leeds.

Clifford Amoh
WYP

The pair, aged 18 and 19, will appear in court today accused of killing and robbing Clifford Amoh, who was found with fatal head injuries at his home in Gipton earlier this month. 

Three other teenagers have already been remanded into custody by magistrates in Leeds.

Watch: Next Britain's Got Talent winners?

Liz Green

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Every year, Britain's Got Talent trawls the nation in search of an act that is worthy to perform for Royalty. 

Up until now there's never been a winner from West Yorkshire - but this morning we met an amazing trio hoping to change that. 

Mythical Onez are a dance troupe from Leeds, the guys joined me on BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show.

Leeds United: Club, chairman and agent charged over Ross McCormack transfer

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United have been charged by the Football Association for breaching football agent regulations over the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham.

Ross McCormack played for Leeds between 2010 and 2014
Getty Images

The club, Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino and agent Derek Day have all been charged regarding a transaction relating to the transfer in July 2014.

It is alleged Leeds made an illegal payment to Day - a breach of FA rules.

Join me for Look North's EU debate

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Do you think Britain should remain in the European Union - or leave? The referendum to decide is just weeks away. And on Sunday 12 June we'll be presenting a special Look North programme to debate the issues.  

Flags outside the European Parliament
Getty Images

I'll be joined by a panel who'll take your questions at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.   

If you'd like to be part of the audience, get in touch by email. Please put the words "EU Debate" in the title and include your name and a daytime phone number.

Latest headlines: Mother begins life sentence today and firefighters deal with large blaze in Pontefract

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include: 

  • A mother is beginning a life sentence this morning after being found guilty murdering her her two children in Bradford
  • Firefighters have been dealing with a large fire at a skip hire company in Pontefract
  • A Dewsbury man's claiming victory in a two year fight to get a neighbour's fence removed

Travel update: Baghill Lane, Pontefract closed in both directions

BBC Travel

Baghill Lane in Pontefract is closed in both directions between the Midland Road junction and the A645 South Baileygate junction due to a fire.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.  

Travel update: Delays on the eastbound A629 Halifax Road, in Huddersfield

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic on the eastbound A629 Halifax Road, in Huddersfield, between the Hungerford Road junction and the Blacker Road North junction.

This is because of a burst water main and emergency repairs so do expect delays this morning.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

West Yorkshire's weather: Cooler with outbreaks of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A grey and damp start to the day across West Yorkshire, with outbreaks of rain and cloudy conditions. A little more in the way of brightness this afternoon, the clouds thinning and breaking at times to allow for some sunny spells. Further showers are forecast, some of these heavy.

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and  highs today of 14C (57F). 

This evening the rain band clears overnight and things turn dry. Temperature lows of 9C (48F).   

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Wednesday 18 May 2016.

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

Dog in the rain
Elisabeth Nymann

Special thanks to Elisabeth Nymann who's sent in this rather cute picture of her dog - Diva - in the rain.    

Why not get in touch with us today? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments on this rather soggy Wednesday morning.