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  1. Live updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's all for today's live coverage.  Enjoy your evening.

Condolences from BBC Yorkshire to the family of Huddersfield Giant's Ronan Costello.

If you're observing Ramadan, the sun will set in West Yorkshire at 21:40 tonight.

Nick Wilmshurst will be back Wednesday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across West Yorkshire. 

Suspicious Red Kite death

Yorkshire Post

Police are investigating the suspicious death of another red kite which was found in North Yorkshire.

The red kite was discovered in Timble Ings, a large area of upland woodland  between Harrogate and Skipton and a well-known hot-spot for birdwatchers.

Red Kite
Yorkshire Post
Red Kite

Red Kites were released on the Harewood estate near Otley in West Yorkshire in 1999 as part of a UK conservation initiative.  

Broncos star looking forward to coming home to Castleford

Paul Ogden

BBC Sport

Greg Eden has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds from down-under about rejoining Castleford Tigers. The club have signed Brisbane Broncos full-back on a two-year deal. 

Listen to Greg talking to Paul Ogden. 

Greg Eden on agreeing two-year deal to re-join Castleford Tigers from 2017 from Brisbane.

Eden stared his career with the Tigers before moving on to Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR and will return to Super League for the 2017 season.

Evening weather: Cloudy and misty with light drizzly rain

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Staying mainly cloudy and misty through this evening and night with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. Winds will be light and northeasterly.

There's a yellow weather warning for rain in place for West Yorkshire until 22:00.  Heavy rain is expected to hit parts of West Yorkshire but not all areas will be affected.  There's also a risk of lightening.


Wakefield Council changes its mind on Tour de Yorkshire

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Wakefield council says it will express an interest in hosting the start or finish of next year's Tour de Yorkshire.  A report to the council's cabinet group advises that the costs would outweigh the economic benefit. 

The leader of Leeds Council, Judith Blake, has told BBC Radio Leeds, that after the experience of Leeds hosting the start of the race in 2016, she understands Wakefield's dilemma.  

At an executive meeting of Wakefield Council today, councillors voted to tell Welcome to Yorkshire which organises the Tour de Yorkshire, that they would be interesting in hosting the event. 

Headlines: Tributes to teenage Huddersfield Giants player who died today and extra cash pledged to combat forced marriage in West Yorkshire

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Among the latest headlines this evening:

Tributes to teenage Giants player who has died

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Tributes are being paid to the teenage Huddersfield Giants rugby player who has died. Seventeen year old Ronan Costello was injured in a game against Salford on Saturday. 

He was airlifted to the Leeds General Infirmary but passed away today .

Ronan Costello

Tributes are being paid to the young player. 

Rugby Football League (RFL) chief executive Nigel Wood said: "We are all incredibly saddened by news of the death of Huddersfield Giants academy player Ronan Costello. It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with Ronan's family and friends at this time".

Ronan Costello tweets

We are absolutely devastated to lose Ronan so tragically and suddenly. Ronan was a loving and caring 17 year old lad who was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a credit to all of his family and we are so proud of him and his achievements. He was passionate about rugby and rugby was a big part of his life. We acknowledge that this was a tragic accident. As a family, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leeds General Infirmary's Neuro Intensive Care Unit for their dedication, respect and efforts in caring for Ronan and to The Giants, especially Andy and Richard who have been a great support to us all during such a difficult time. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us but we now need some privacy and time to grieve. We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts."

Ronan Costello's FamilyFamily

Extra cash pledged to combat forced marriage

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has pledged an extra £5,000 the proceeds-of-crime fund to help support victims of forced marriage and so-called honour violence.

He made the announcement at a conference in Bradford this morning, where the charity Karma Nirvana raised awareness of how both men and women can be emotionally and physically groomed.  


Today the charity, which is based in West Yorkshire, fields almost 7,000 calls a year. Some of those calls are made by youngsters under the age of 10 saying they're being targeted and need help.   

Travel: Long delays on M62 eastbound

BBC Travel

There are long delays on the M62 eastbound between the M606 junction 26 (Chain Bar)  and the M621 junction 27 (Gildersome). It's also affecting the junction 25 (A644  Brighouse).

Recovery work following an accident is leading to lengthy queues.

Second Huddersfield fan jailed in France

Another England fan from Huddersfield has been jailed in France.

Steven Cornell who's 28, was one of two England fans from Huddersfield who have been jailed and banned from France after appearing in a Marseille court charged in connection with the weekend violence.

The other was Alexander Booth who's 20.

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Former West Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable's legal fees

BBC Radio Leeds

A former West Yorkshire Police deputy chief constable had at least two million pounds in Hillsborough inquest legal fees paid by the taxpayer, BBC Yorkshire has learned. 

David Crompton, who left West Yorkshire to become chief constable of South Yorkshire Police in 2012, was suspended from his post 24 hours after unlawful killing verdicts were returned at the inquests. 

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Billing, on David Crompton legal fees

Several victims' families complained to the police watchdog about Mr Crompton's conduct during the inquests. They claim the chief constable "instructed his legal team to pour blame on to Liverpool fans". 

Travel: Accident on M62

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between junction 26 for the M606 at Chain Bar and junction 27 for the M621 at Gildersome.

The delays have been caused by an accident.  

BreakingInjured Huddersfield Giants player has died

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club has announced that one of their young players has died after being injured during a match against Salford at the weekend.

17 year old Ronan Costello was airlifted to the LGI on Saturday afternoon. 

John Smiths Stadium
Huddersfield Giants

The Club have been asked by the family to send their thanks for the messages of support they have received to date and have requested that all well-wishers now allow them to grieve and respect their privacy.   

As a family, we wish to extend our appreciation to Leeds General Infirmary's Neuro Intensive Care Unit for their dedication, respect and efforts in caring for Ronan and to The Giants, especially Andy and Richard who have been a great support to us all during such a difficult time. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us but we now need some privacy and time to grieve. We are all truly heartbroken and Ronan will be missed and forever in our hearts."

Ronan Costello's familyFamily

Ilkley the Police horse takes a rest

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

This is one of West Yorkshire Police's horses, taking a well earned rest after a day's riding course. 

WY Police Horse called Ilkley
West Yorkshire Police

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered heavy showers later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

A bit dull across most of West Yorkshire. You can look forward to some brighter spells this afternoon with a risk of heavy scattered showers later on.

There's a yellow weather warning for rain for West Yorkshire until 22:00.

Top temperatures of 16C (60F)

Weather map

BreakingLeeds boxer to defend his title in home city

BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds featherweight boxer Josh Warrington is going to defend his WBC title against Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Leeds Arena on 30th July.

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Leeds man jailed after horrific attack on wife

Yorkshire Evening Post

A jealous husband attacked his wife with a hammer before slitting her throat and wrists as she was about to leave him for another man. Kevin Miles from Pudsey was jailed for 14 years at Leeds Crown Court, after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

During the “chilling” attack Miles shouted at his partner Alison: “If I can’t have you, no one can.” 

Travel: Problems in Crossgates in Leeds

BBC Travel

Delays in Crossgates in Leeds this afternoon. It's being caused by broken traffic lights on the A6120 Station Road junction.  

Another bus strike set for Leeds

The First Leeds bus company has confirmed that there will be another bus strike following yesterday's industrial action.

Drivers are set to go on strike again on Monday 20th June. More than a thousand drivers didn't go to work yesterday and almost all bus services in Leeds were affected. Thousands of commuters struggled to get to and from work.

First Leeds
Leeds Bus strike

The action being taken by the Unite union follows a vote by members to reject the latest pay offer from First Leeds.

Shoppers in Leeds pay tribute to Orlando shooting victims

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Shoppers in Leeds have gathered at the Town Hall to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.  It's one of a number of events planned across West Yorkshire this week.

BBC Radio Leeds Reporter, Charles Heslett, was with them. 

Similar gatherings have been held across the UK and in countries including France, Australia and Germany.

The attack on Orlando's Pulse nightclub left 49 people dead and dozens wounded. US authorities say gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State shortly before the attack. Several Pulse customers have told US media that Mateen was a regular visitor to the nightclub. 

BreakingMan knocked-down by bus in Leeds

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A number of passengers have suffered minor injuries in a bus accident in Leeds. A man was knocked down by the double-decker on The Headrow, which has been closed while paramedics deal with the casualties.

BBC Radio Leeds Reporter Charles Heslett was there.

Video of a bus crash in Leeds

It's understood that no-one was seriously hurt in the accident.

Bradford campaign against forced marriage

A roadshow campaigning against forced marriage is in Bradford today. The charity Karma Nirvana wants to support victims through a public awareness campaign.  

It's the first time they've held roadshows in public. The charity wants to bring the issue of forced marriage and honour violence out into the open.  

Karma Nirvana
Forced marriage campaign

I am delighted that this year's Roadshows are dedicated to women's empowerment, as the voices of survivors have to be at the forefront of any awareness raising. This year we have proactively sought the engagement of diverse communities including women's refuges, community groups, faith leaders and survivors".

Jasvinder Sanghera CBECEO of Karma Nirvana and forced marriage victim

Black Lace singer found guilty of benefit fraud

Brighouse Echo

Black Lace front man Dene Michael will be sentenced later this month for claiming more than £25,000 in disability benefits and other allowances while performing as a singer.

The entertainer appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday under his real name, Dene Michael Betteridge, alongside his wife, Karen. 

Black Lace
Yorkshire Evening Post
Dean Michael

Huddersfield golfer wins Curtis Cup

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

A young golfer from Huddersfield is part of the team which won the Curtis Cup this weekend.

Rochelle Morris was a member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland team that beat the USA 11.5 points to 8.5 at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. 

Huddersfield Golfer
Rochelle Morris

The twenty year old amateur from Woodsome Hall Golf Club made her debut in the singles on Sunday. Although she lost her own match 4 & 3 to Monica Vaughn, her teammates were already in a commanding position to win back the trophy they had lost to the Americans two years ago in Missouri.   

Vigil planned in Bradford for Orlando shooting victims

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

There will be a vigil in Bradford this Thursday 16 June to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.The vigil will be held in City Park by the Pavilion Café. There will be speeches and tributes followed by a minute's silence. People will also be able to light a candle by way of remembrance.

Orlando shootings
Leeds vigil

Thursday's event in Bradford follows vigils already held across the country including in Leeds last night.  

Alan Bennett backs all-female History Boys

Playwright gives blessing to new production.  

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Proxy EU vote reminder from Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council has put out some information about proxy voting in the EU referendum. Here are a few details:

  1. Voting by proxy means allowing somebody you trust to vote on your behalf.
  2. Your proxy will vote on your behalf so you will need to tell them how you want to vote.
  3. If you apply for a proxy vote you will need to state why you cannot vote in person.
  4. If you haven’t already arranged to vote by proxy in elections, you will need to apply by 1700 tomorrow.
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Appeal for witnesses to Huddersfield sex assault

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Police are appealing for any witnesses to an attempted serious sexual assault in Huddersfield town centre on Saturday.

The incident happened at about 17.40 on Cross Church Street when a woman was the victim of an attempted serious sexual assault in a doorway by the Morrisons store.  

WY Police logo
West Yorkshire Police

This is an on going investigation and we believe a number of people witnessed it. We also believe that some people filmed the incident on mobile phones and I am appealing for those people to come forward to police with their footage. I would also ask that they do not share it on social media sites as by law victims of sexual assaults have life time anonymity."

Paul SavageKirklees Safeguarding Unit, WY Police

A 32 year old man has been charged with attempted rape. Christopher Price, 32, of Paul Lane, Flockton, appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees Safeguarding on 101 quoting log 1290 of Saturday 11 June. 

Weather: Yellow rain warning

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for West Yorkshire between 10:00 and 22:00 today.  

Weather Map

We should expect thundery showers later with localised heavy downpours and lightening.  

Wakefield Council to hold one minute's silence for Orlando this morning

Wakefield Express

Wakefield Council will hold one minutes silence this morning to show support for those affected by the weekend's events in Orlando.

The silence, led by Councillor Peter Box CBE, will be held at the start of today's cabinet meeting at 10:30 in Wakefield Town Hall. 

Wakefield Express

Anger at sale of Barbara Hepworth sculptures in Wakefield

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Some former pupils of Wakefield Girls' High School have been speaking out about the sale of two Barbara Hepworth sculptures.

The works of art called Quiet Forms and Forms in Movement made £2.2m at an auctions at Sotherby's yesterday.

They were both bought by the same private collector, with one of the pieces reaching over 1.8 million. But Dr Carol Atack, a former pupil at Wakefield Girls High, says it should never have happened:    

Garry Monk brings in new staff at Leeds United

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United's new head coach Garry Monk has appointed two key coaches to his backroom staff. They are Pep Clotet and Darryl Flahavan. 

Leeds United
Garry Monk

Clotet, a Spanish coach with vast experience in European football, assisted Monk throughout his time in charge at Swansea City. Flahavan takes the role of goalkeeping coach after recently calling time on a 20-year playing career which included a brief loan stint at Leeds United back in 2009.   

Wakefield set to say 'no' to Tour de Yorkshire

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Wakefield's city leaders are today set to put the brakes on next year's Tour de Yorkshire by rejecting a start or finish to the 2017 race. 

A report to the council's cabinet says that although a race start last year did attract a large number of visitors, the economic benefit didn't match the costs.  


However, Councillor Steve Tully who represents South Elmsall and South Kirby says he's not convinced that Wakefield Council will reject hosting the start or finish in 2017.

We had a very very very good event where I live. It can only bring positivity to local communities."

Steve TullyWakefield Councillor

Travel: Problems on the M62 but queues on A1(M) cleared

BBC Travel

There are problems with slow moving traffic on the M62 westbound at junction 19.

But the earlier queues on the A1(M) between junctions 42 and 43  due to an accident have now cleared.

Bus strike in Leeds over

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Bus services in Leeds should be back to normal this morning following industrial action by First Bus drivers yesterday.

The 24-hour strike ended at 02:00.

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Vigil held in Leeds for victims in Orlando

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A vigil was held in Leeds last night in memory of those who died in the lone gun attack in Orlando. Leeds City Council will observe a one minute silence in respect of the victims of the attack and to support the LGTB community at 12:00 today.

The US authorities say they have found no direct links between Islamic State militants and the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida. Omar Mateen has been described as a homegrown extremist who was inspired by radical Islamist groups. 


Barbara Hepworth sculptures make more than two million for Wakefield School

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Two sculptures by renowned Wakefield artist Barbara Hepworth have been sold for more than £2.2 million at Sotherby's in London.

The works of art, Quiet Forms and Forms of Movement, were owned by Wakefield Girls' High School and the decision to sell them to raise funds was controversial..

Quiet Forms and Forms in Movement
Barbara Hepworth

When I was at the school the sculptures were on display and a great inspiration to girls."

Dr Carol AtackFormer Wakefield GIrls' High pupil

Headlines: Wakefield Council looks set to say no to next year's Tour de Yorkshire and a one minute silence in Leeds today for the victims in Orlando

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The latest headlines for West Yorkshire include:

  • Wakefield Council urges it's councillors to reject hosting the start or finish of next year's Tour de Yorkshire.  It's claimed other events bring more money to the city. 
  • Leeds City Council will observe a one minute silence for the victims of the Orlando shootings today. Vigils took place in the city last night.
  • And two Barbara Hepworth sculptures owned by Wakefield Girls' High School have made a whopping 2.2 million pounds at auction.  The two pieces went under the hammer at Sotherby's in London.

Weather: grey and showery to start, sunshine and heavy showers later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

A cloudy and misty start to Tuesday with some localaised heavy rain in parts of West Yorkshire. We may get some sunny intervals this afternoon but still a likelihood of heavy showers.

The showers will die out tonight.  Highest temperatures will be 16C (60F).

Travel: Problems on the M1

BBC Travel

An accident between junctions 42 and 43 on the A1 is causing problems on the M1 in West Yorkshire. Two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffice between the Selby fork and Hook Moor following an accident and an oil spillage