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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016

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By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished for the day.  

Today we heard from Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward who revealed his struggle with depression. You can can listen to our exclusive interview with Stevie here.

Stevie Ward
BBC

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

If you would like to get in touch with the BBC team for Leeds and West Yorkshire you can contact us here.

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with rain at first

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening will be cloudy with rain at first, becoming dry with clear spells.

Weather graph
BBC

Minimum temperature of about 9C (48F). Moderate southwest wind. 

Friday will be mostly dry, bright and breezy with sunny spells and just a small chance of catching a shower. Maximum temperature of about 17C (63F). Moderate southwest wind.

Lottery cash boost for Keighley project to protect girls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

The fight to stop children being preyed on by paedophiles in Keighley has been given a lottery grant of £500,000.

The cash, part of a nationwide lottery investment of £48.5 million announced today, will fund a four-year project to be led by the Keighley Association for Women and Children's Centre.

Naz Kazmi, manager of Keighley Association for Women and Children's Centre
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Latest headlines: Man extradited over Bradford double murder and West Yorkshire MP speaks out about radicalisation

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this Thursday afternoon:  

Calling all twitchers: Have you spotted a woodcock?

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is encouraging birdwatchers across Yorkshire to count their local woodcock from now until 30 June. They say there's been a worrying decline in the numbers of breeding Woodcock over the last 40 years.

Woodcock
Laura Myers

The largely nocturnal bird can be hard to spot. Males conduct a distinctive courtship flight, accompanied by a shrill call, known as ‘roding’ at dawn or dusk.  

For full details of how to take part click here.

Listen: Bradford West MP Naz Shah speaks out about radicalisation

The Bradford West MP Naz Shah has spoken out about the Islamic State group and how families here in West Yorkshire have been radicalised.

Ms Shah has spoken exclusively to BBC Radio Leeds ahead of a conference in Bradford this afternoon addressing the issue of radicalisation. 

She believes local communities have been "turned against one another" when it comes to discussing terrorism, with muslim parents afraid to talk about it with their children in case they're accused of putting them at risk.

Yorkshire Carnegie: Team captain and ex-England player retires

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Yorkshire Carnegie captain and former England player Chris Jones has been forced to retire at the age of 35.

Chris Jones
Getty Images

Jones, who played as lock and flanker, made his England debut in the 2004 Six Nations and picked up 12 England caps.

He made 40 appearances for Carnegie before suffering concussion against Nottingham in April.

Asda sales slump continues amid 'fierce competition'

More now on the news that Leeds based supermarket Asda has seen a continued sales slump. According to the consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel, Asda lags behind Tesco and Sainsbury's in terms of "big four" supermarket sales.

Inforgraphic
BBC

But each of the four major UK supermarket chains, which also includes Morrisons, have been engaged in a long-running and bitter price war as part of an attempt to slow gains in market share by discounters such as Aldi and Lidl.

Asda is attempting to recoup sales by cutting prices to narrow the gap with the discounters and widen its price advantage over its three biggest rivals.

Watch: More than 4,000 sacks of litter have been collected from Yorkshire’s motorways

Highways England has released a time-lapse video showing the build-up of litter at junction two of the M606 motorway near Bradford.

The area is known as a litter hotspot and the video features "grab-cam" footage of individual pieces of litter collected every year from Yorkshire’s roads.

More than 4,000 sacks of litter have been collected from Yorkshire’s motorways so far this year. Some of the unusual items collected so far include money,bikes, fridges and settees.

View more on youtube

Bradford City: Looking ahead to Millwall match

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Millwall boss Neil Harris will check on striker Lee Gregory, who was substituted in Sunday's first leg.

Bradford City"s Lee Evans (left) and James Meredith
Press Association

Right-back Mahlon Romeo is suspended, while fellow defender Shaun Cummings is a long-term absentee.

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson has a few injury worries as his side look to overturn a 3-1 deficit at The Den.

Cannabis farm covering two rooms found in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Examiner

A cannabis farm with plants covering two rooms has been discovered at a property in Newsome.

Officers swooped on a house in Ing Lane following a tip-off from Kirklees Council that a number of plants had been found at the house.

Cannabis farm
Huddersfield Examiner

Leeds Rhinos: Stevie Ward wants sportspeople to open up about depression

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds Rhinos loose forward Stevie Ward is urging professional sportspeople who are battling depression to "be honest" about their "struggle".

Ward, 22, has suffered with a series of injuries since 2015 and is currently sidelined with a knee problem.

He has established an online magazine, Mantality, which encourages people to open up about their struggles.

England v Sri Lanka: First Test at Headingley

BBC Weather

Rain approaching Headingley. Interruptions expected later this afternoon.

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Asda sales slump continues

Embattled Leeds-based supermarket Asda has revealed another hefty sales slump.

Asda logo
PA

The Walmart owned chain, which has its UK headquarters in Leeds, said price cuts and turnaround efforts were "not enough" to overcome its trading woes.

Asda posted a 5.7% fall in like-for-like sales for the 13 weeks to the end of March, showing little improvement on the 5.8% drop seen in its Christmas quarter, which was its biggest quarterly sales fall on record.

West Yorkshire's weather: Mainly dry and bright this afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mainly dry and bright afternoon to come. However, rain will spread from the west later.

Weather map
BBC

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs of around 18C (64F).

This evening any rain will slowly clear, but a few showers will remain overnight. Lows of 10C (50F).  

FC Halifax Town: McManus signs new two year deal

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Ahead of Sunday's trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy final, FC Halifax Town defender Scott McManus has signed a new two year deal at the Shay.

Scott McManus
Halifax AFC

He's the first player to sign a new deal following the clubs relegation.

Chairman, David Bosomworth, says they're working hard to ensure the club will return to the National League at the first attempt, although negotiations are being delayed by Sunday's FA Trophy final.

In pictures: England V Sri Lanka - First test at Headingley

Charlotte Leeming

Journalist, BBC Look North

The match is well underway but I am keeping an eye on the skies. 

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You can follow live BBC commentary here.

Leader of the Conservative group on Kirklees Council to stand down

The leader of the Conservative group on Kirklees Council is to standing down.

Robert Light
Kirklees Council

A ballot will be held on Monday 23 July to elect Robert Light's successor. 

Councillor Light has led the Tories in Kirklees for 15 years and will continue to represent Birstall & Birkenshaw.

Latest headlines: Man extradited over Bradford double murder and West Yorkshire MP speaks out about radicalisation

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good afternoon, the top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this Thursday lunchtime:  

Man arrested after unexplained death of Leeds woman

Yorkshire Post

Police are appealing for information after the unexplained death of a 60-year-old woman in the Tinshill area of north Leeds.

Paramedics were called to a property on Tinshill Mount just after 5.30am on Thursday May 12 after Glynis Woodhead was taken ill in the early hours of the morning.

Glynnis Woohead
WYP

Watch: Bradford City in training

Mark Ansell

Reporter, BBC Look North

Bradford City are limbering up for Friday's second leg at The Den against Millwall.

Neil Harris' side have a real chance of reaching Wembley as they seek to regain their place in the Championship at the first time of asking. 

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What's the most random thing you've seen this morning?

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Jenny sent me this picture of a hot air balloon flying over her street in Kippax this morning. 

It looks a little low and it's certainly not what you expect to see when you walk out the door! 

Hot air balloon flying over a street
Jenny Gandy

If you spot something random today, send me a message on the BBC Look North Facebook page.

I'll see you for Look North on BBC One at 1830.

Summer concert announced for Millennium Square in Leeds

Millennium Square will host a brand new outdoor classical music spectacular this summer.

Laura Wright and the Manchester Camerata
LCC

Stars including X Factor winner Joe McElderry, soprano Laura Wright and violinist Jennifer Pike will take to the stage on Saturday 30 July for a classical summer's evening concert.

Set in a specially created, fully seated auditorium on Millennium Square, the show will also feature music from the Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras.

Millennium Square is the perfect place to bring an outdoor classical concert back to Leeds, putting music and culture right at the heart of the city centre for everyone to enjoy in what I’m sure will be a truly unique event."

Councillor Judith BlakeLeader of Leeds City Council

Watch: West Yorkshire's weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start to the day. Remaining dry for most this afternoon, with a better chance of seeing sunny spells for a time. However, rain will spread from the west later. 

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs of around 18C (64F).

England v Sri Lanka: First Test at Headingley

BBC Sport

England v Sri Lanka at Headingley with enough stories and subplots to make Inception seem straightforward.

Questions over the England batting line-up, Alastair Cook on the verge of the 10,000 club, the Super Series, and the small matter of revenge over a heartbreaking defeat by the same opponents at the same venue two years ago.

It should be a good 'un and it all kicks off at 1100 this morning.

Cricket action
Getty Images

You can follow live BBC commentary here.

It's all about Elland

International tourists are being targeted as the fightback from the floods continues in Calderdale. 

The district council has put up posters headlined "Adventure Awaits" at Leeds-Bradford and Manchester airports. 

Flood-affected towns are also organising their own events to celebrate them being back in business. On Saturday, people are asked to support Elland, when the town hosts a street market and a choice of entertainment.

All About Elland photo
Visit Calderdale

Called All about Elland, the event starts at 10am and will be held in Southgate.

Great Yorkshire AirFest cancelled amid post-Shoreham crash regulations

A Yorkshire air show has been cancelled amid rising costs following the Shoreham disaster last summer. 

The Great Yorkshire AirFest was due to feature a flyby by a Spitfire
Andrew Matthews/PA WIRE

The Great Yorkshire AirFest was due to take place at Church Fenton near York on the weekend of 2 and 3 July.

Organisers have decided to cancel the event after "a particularly challenging year for the air show community".

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.

Super smart students from Castleford school invited to join Mensa

Yorkshire Evening Post

Nine super smart students from one school have been invited to join Mensa after achieving top scores in IQ tests.

Two of the Castleford Academy pupils, Connor McDonald, 11, and Joseph Clayton, who is 14 today, attained 162 points – the highest possible mark.

Connor McDonald
YEP

Man extradited over 2011 Bradford double murder

A man has been extradited from Pakistan and charged with the murders of two men who were discovered dead near Bradford five years ago.

The bodies of Imran Khan and Ahmedin Khyel were found on a country lane near Bradford in 2011
BBC

The badly beaten bodies of Imran Khan, 27, and Ahmedin Khyel, 35, were found on the side of the road in New Lane, Tong, in May 2011.

Mohammed Zubair has been held in custody in Pakistan since 2013.

Listen: Owain has West Yorkshire's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start to the day across West Yorkshire. Remaining dry for most this afternoon, with a better chance of seeing sunny spells for a time. However, rain will spread from the west later. 

Light to moderate south westerly winds and highs of around 18C (64F). 

This evening any rain will slowly clear, but a few showers will remain overnight. Lows of 10C (50F).

Latest headlines: Man extradited over Bradford double murder and West Yorkshire MP speaks out about radicalisation

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning, the top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this Thursday morning:

Travel update: Extra traffic and busy around Headingley Stadium, in Leeds

BBC Travel

Traffic is already starting to build in the vicinity of Headingley Stadium this morning.

This is because of the England v Sri Lanka cricket test match which starts at 11:00.

Do expect some delays in this area.

Headingley Stadium
BBC

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry start with sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start to the day across West Yorkshire. Remaining dry for most this afternoon, with a better chance of seeing sunny spells for a time. However, rain will spread from the west later. 

Weather graph
BBC

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs of around 18C (64F). 

This evening any rain will slowly clear, but a few showers will remain overnight. Lows of 10C (50F). 

I will bring you my full video forecast soon.  

Travel update: The A6036 Rooley Avenue in Odsal busier than normal today

BBC Travel

The eastbound A6036 Rooley Avenue, is busier than usual for drivers between Odsal Top and Staygate Roundabout, in Odsal.

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

Travel update: The A650 Westgate Hill Street, near Birkenshaw, is very busy this morning

BBC Travel

The A650 westbound Westgate Hill Street, in Westgate Hill, is very busy between the North View Road junction and the A651 Bradford And Heckmondwike Road junction.

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

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 Thursday 19 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.

Today we'll hear about the darker side of sport as Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward reveals his struggle with depression. I'll bring you that exclusive interview later today.

Stevie Ward
BBC

In the meantime, why not get in touch with me today? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments this morning.