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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 23 May 2016

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By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from our local coverage for today

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

I'll leave you the Welcome to Yorkshire entry at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It's called God’s Own County and is inspired by the 10 year restoration of the Great East Window at York Minster.

Chelsea Flower Show Welcome to Yorkshire Garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

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

Leeds station entrance nominated for two awards

Have you checked out the new entrance to Leeds Train Station yet?

If you go into the station from the Canal Wharf end you can't miss the shiny new structure...it's so good that it's already up for a couple of awards at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards.

The awards recognise the very best companies, collaborations and projects – sharing best practice and inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

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Rugby League player from Halifax admits assaulting anti-doping official

A rugby league player has pleaded guilty to assaulting an official from the UK Anti-Doping Agency.

Sam Barlow, 28, who plays for Leigh Centurions, was visited at his home in Halifax, West Yorkshire in July 2015.

The Scotland international was told he would not now stand trial on charges of perverting the course of justice and false imprisonment.

He will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on 27 June after a drugs panel hearing on 6 June.

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Latest headlines: Plans to tackle street drinking in Armley approved and more seats for rail passengers

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Some of the top stories this afternoon: 

  • Plans to tackle street drinking in Armley have been approved by Leeds City Council. It will mean that new-off licences will find it much more difficult to open. 
  • More seats will be available to West Yorkshire's rail passengers after a multi-million pound deal to buy 126 new carriages was announced today. 
  • Venomous snakes, ostriches and big cats are among thousands of exotic animals being kept - quite legitimately - at private houses in West Yorkshire.

Bradford charity workers say Syrian refugees will still observe Ramadan

Two volunteers from Bradford are today on their third mercy mission to help people affected by the war in Syria ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

Nazim Ali and Wajid Khan are directors of a charity called The All-In-One After School Club and are in the town of Reyhanli on the border between Turkey and Syria. 

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Nazim Ali told BBC Radio Leeds that despite their desperate state, Muslims there will still be observing Ramadan.  

More seats for West Yorkshire's rail passengers

If your train journey home is a bit of a squeeze tonight, and you have to fight for a seat, then here's some good news!

More seats will be available to West Yorkshire's rail passengers after a multi-million pound deal to buy one hundred and twenty six new carriages was announced today. 

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TransPennine Express says the new rolling stock will mean the "vast majority" of its services will run with five carriages, instead of three. 

Today's announcement follows TransPennine's earlier agreement to buy 19 new five-carriage trains which is part of the company's overall commitment to invest £500m in the rail network.  

Plans to tackle street drinking in Armley approved

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Plans to tackle street drinking in Armley have been approved by Leeds City Council. It will mean that new off-licences will find it much more difficult to open. 

The new policy will place the responsibility on the applicant to prove a new licence to sell alcohol in the area will not make matters worse. 

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It will also mean that existing off-licenses could find it difficult when renewing a licence if they are selling alcohol irresponsibly.  

Travel: Accident on M62 Eastbound

BBC Travel

There's an accident between J22 for A672 and J23 for A640 Outlane causing severe disruption.

One lane is closed and traffic is slow on the M62 eastbound between J22, A672 Rishworth Moor and J23, A640 Huddersfield.

Bronte Parsonage replica near completion

If you've been anywhere near Haworth recently you might have noticed a massive structure which has appeared on the Moors.

It's an exact replica of the Bronte Parsonage and it's being built on the top of Penistone Hill for the new Sally Wainwright drama .

Film set nearly finished in Haworth @visitBradford @UniofBradford @Bradford_TandA @kersten_england @BBCLeeds

Film set nearly finished in Haworth @visitBradford @UniofBradford @Bradford_TandA @kersten_england @BBCLeeds

Leeds is one of the best places to be a winner!

Leeds is one of the luckiest places in the UK when it comes to winning the Lottery.

A new lucky sign has been unveiled at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds which also considers itself lucky. 

Meet two previous winners - Susan & Michael, and two donkeys they are adopting.

Thousands of dangerous animals living in West Yorkshire

Did you know there's a rattlesnake, three cobras, one viper and eight ostriches living in Wakefield? 

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Or six Asian leopards in Kirklees? How about a puff adder in Halifax? 

Figures from local councils reveal that these are among thousands of dangerous animals legally kept at private properties throughout the UK. 

Campaigners say the licences are granted with human safety in mind, but don't consider the welfare of the animals.  

Analysis: ex Leeds United striker not impressed by Leeds coaches

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Former Leeds player Mirco Antenucci has criticised the corporate organisation of Leeds “which has been lacking in the past two years” and said he was “disappointed with the quality of the coaches."

In truth the Italian is telling us nothing new about the lack of organisation, with a large turnover and reduction of administration staff. 

With the coaches he is more unfair:- yes Hockday and Milanic failed badly, but Redfearn, Rosler and Evans are all coaches of high merit and had some success in limited time and difficult circumstances. 

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In reality Antenucci’s real problem with the coaches is that none of them picked him as their first choice striker. He scored 19 goals in 75 league appearances, which tells us why that was the case.  

Skeletons found under Victoria Gate development in Leeds

The new Victoria Gate development in Leeds is nearly complete, but you might be interested to know what archaeologists discovered buried on the site before building work began.

Skeletons - many of them children - were unearthed from the area which used to be the Ebenezer Chapel between 1797 and 1848.

The site was excavated and put back together before work on Victoria Gate began.

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Latest headlines across West Yorkshire

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The top stories this afternoon include:

  • More seats will be available to West Yorkshire's rail passengers after a multi-million pound deal to buy 126 new carriages was announced today. 
  • Dozens of bodies, including many children, found during construction of Victoria Gate in Leeds are helping researchers build up a picture of poverty in the city hundreds of years ago. 
  • A trophy awarded to athletes who come through one of sport's toughest events goes on display in Leeds today. The Columbia Threadneedle Ranking Leader's Trophy is on show as part of the build-up to Leeds hosting the World Triathlon.

Ex Leeds United striker not impressed by standard of head coaches at the club

A former player at Elland Road has been speaking out about coaching. 

Ex Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci tells @DiMarzio he was not impressed by standard of head coaches at #lufc

Ex Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci tells @DiMarzio he was not impressed by standard of head coaches at #lufc

Finest string quartet in the world performs in Leeds

Fancy checking out one of the best string quartets in the world?

The Endellion String Quartet are regarded as one of the best and they perform across the globe.

They're performing at The Venue, Leeds College of Music tomorrow night.

Endellion String Quartet
Leeds City Council

Bradford University make their way up the league table

Congratulations to Bradford University who are sneaking their way up the Guardian's University League Table.

In our 50th year we've leapt into the 50's in The Guardian University league tables - up 20 places to 52! ow.ly/TnUb300tEWh

Long road to recovery for West Yorskhire's flooded firms

Halifax Courier

Five months on from the devastating Boxing Day floods, businesses are beginning to bounce back from the destruction caused.

It has been a long slog for many, but the Community Foundation for Calderdale, along with the Leeds Enterprise Partnership, is providing much-needed grants to businesses to help them back on their feet.

Flood businesses
Halifax Courier

Ninety-three-year-old Harry Leslie Smith speaks at Bradford Literature Festival

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

If you want to hear a unique perspective of life, you can see Harry Leslie Smith speaking at the Bradford Literature Festival tonight.

He's the 93-year-old World War Two RAF veteran who made headlines when he refused to wear a poppy in protest at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which he regards as politicised conflicts.

Harry Leslie Smith
Bradford Literature Festival

Harry will be giving his insightful views on NHS cutbacks, political corruption, poverty, and the cost of education.  

Watch: The no make-up selfie with a difference

#MakeYourMove

Amy Elsegood is a dental nurse from Yorkshire in her early 20s and was born with a port-wine birthmark which she covers with make-up.

Here's her story....

Yorkshire's garden is biggest at Chelsea Flower Show

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Final preparations are underway for this year's Chelsea Flower show and the Welcome To Yorkshire garden 'God's Own County' is the biggest at this year's show.

It's inspired by the huge restoration project of the East Window at York Minster. 

All the materials and plants used reflect the Yorkshire landscape. It's been months of work by designer Matthew Wilson.

Fracking decision due today

County Councillors are expected to decide later today whether to allow fracking for shale gas to go-ahead in part of Yorkshire. 

Fracking meeting
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The company involved, Third Energy, wants to use the process at one of its existing drilling sites, near Pickering in North Yorkshire.  

Halifax Town cause Wembley upset in non-League FA Cup Final

BBC Sport

There'll be a few hangovers in Halifax this morning. 

The Shaymen managed to see off Grimsby in the FA Trophy final, in there first appearance at Wembley, with a 1-nil win

Halifax Town
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Bradford volunteers head for Syria

Two volunteers from Bradford are today on their third mercy mission to help people affected by the war in Syria.

Nazim Ali and Wajid Khan are directors of a charity called The All-In-One After School Club.

This is the third consecutive year the charity has travelled to the Syrian border.

Nazim and Wajid are in the town on the border between Turkey and Syria, and are appealing for donations so they can hand out food parcels.  

Latest headlines across West Yorkshire

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The top stories this morning include:

  •  The Conservative group on Kirklees Council meet later to choose a new leader. It follows an announcement by Councillor Robert Light that he's standing down after 15 years in charge. 
  •  A grim picture of Leeds' history is being built up after the discovery of 30 bodies where the new Victoria Gate shopping centre is under construction.

Travel: Traffic light failure in Leeds City Centre

BBC Travel

Drive with caution if you're coming into the centre of Leeds. There's a traffic light failure on A61 Eastgate in Leeds at Eastgate Roundabout. Its affecting traffic in both directions.

Travel: M1 lane closed northbound J40

BBC Travel

Watch out for a severe disruption on the M1 West Yorkshire near Flushdyke. There's one lane closed northbound at J40, A638 (Ossett), due to a broken-down lorry.  

The incident is marked by the red box

Wild West Yorkshire! The dangerous animals kept in private

Lions, wolves and deadly venomous snakes are among thousands of dangerous animals being kept on private properties across the UK, figures have revealed. 

More than 100 councils have given people licences to keep a host of deadly predators, according to data obtained by the Press Association.

Leopard cat
Nick Garbutt

Here's the list of places in West Yorkshire which currently have dangerous wild animal licences issued in them:

Calderdale Council - Two rattlesnakes, two vipers, one puff adder 

Kirklees Council - One Asian leopard cat (pictured) and five hybrid Asian leopard cats. 

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council - One rattlesnake, three cobras, one viper, eight ostriches.

German consortium buys Bradford City

League One side Bradford City have been taken over by a German consortium. 

Bradford City tweet
Bradford City FC

Joint chairmen Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn are expected to move aside when the move is completed, with German-based investors Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp leading the purchase.

More information about the purchase and the new owners released later in the week.

Latest headlines from across West Yorkshire

The top stories so far this morning include:

  • Two Burmese men are due to appeal against their convictions for murdering two British travellers - including Leeds University student David Miller
  • A German consortium has taken over League One football club Bradford City 
  • Two volunteers from Bradford are today on their third mercy mission to help people affected by the war in Syria 

Thai beach murder pair due to appeal

Two Burmese men convicted of murdering two British travellers on a Thai beach are due to lodge appeals.

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were convicted of the murders in a Thai court and sentenced to death in December.

David Miller
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The bodies of 24-year-old University of Leeds student David Miller (pictured), from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, were found on a beach on Koh Tao in September 2014.

Weather: forecast for today

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Sunshine and scattered showers this afternoon, turning heavy and thundery. 

They will only ease during the evening. 

Light winds and highs of 18C (64F) 

Yorkshire Chelsea garden to be revealed today

The  man nicknamed "Mr Yorkshire" is to unveil one of the gardens bidding for glory at the Chelsea Flower Show.   

Flowers from 2007 Chelsea Flower Show
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Later this morning, Sir Gary Verity will reveal tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire's entry at the annual event; it's rumoured  to be one of the biggest gardens in the show. 

 The garden's said to be inspired by the decade-long restoration of the Great East Window at York Minster.  

Halifax clinch FA Trophy win at Wembley

Halifax Town eased the pain of this season's relegation by winning the FA Trophy at Wembley yesterday.

Hamza Bencherif
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The Shaymen beat promoted Grimsby Town 1-0 on their first visit to the national stadium.

Good Morning: Our live coverage

Hello and welcome to your live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire for Monday 23 May 2016, I'll be here until 18:00.  

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