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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Headlines on Wednesday 13 July 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learned today

Thanks for being with us today, I'll be back tomorrow with more news, travel, sport and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, let's have a look back at what we learned today...

  1. Burst water mains make for good pictures but lousy morning commutes.
  2. If you're a ginge, like me, it's perhaps better you stay out of the sun.
  3. If you're a very busy and important person, you've got no need to traipse around the Great Yorkshire Show.
  4. Sir Patrick Stewart really doesn't age. I mean seriously, he hasn't changed since the 90s.
  5. And if you're a BBC reporter doing loop the loops, try and at least retain a little bit of dignity.

See you tomorrow!


Weather: Dry night and bright day tomorrow

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Isolated heavy showers dying away through the evening, then dry with clear periods. Minimum temperature 8C (46F). Light northwest wind. 


Tomorrow, it'll be a fine and sunny start, skies turning partly cloudy but remaining bright with further sunny spells and just a small chance of catching a shower. Maximum temperature 20C (68F). 

Stop putting sharp things in your recycling!

Be honest, do you just chuck anything and everything into your recycling?

Leeds City Council are saying that they're finding hundreds of things that pose a risk to the workers who sort it. They say they're seeing an increasing number of needles and other sharp things in people's waste. 

Leeds City Council

Every day we sort through tonnes of recycling. Part of the process involves sorting the waste by hand and we see all sorts, but watching out for stray sharps is almost literally looking for a needle in a haystack.

Neringa NorvaisieneWaste worker

View of the Great Yorkshire Showground

These days, this sort of view is reserved for people with drones, but this is actually the view from the top of the big wheel at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Looks like there are a few showers coming... where's the Pimms tent again?

Great Yorkshire show

Travel update: One lane reopen on M62 eastbound J26

So looks like Highways England have opened up one lane in this accident on the M62. They warn of long delays though

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Travel update: M62 westbound lane closed

BBC Travel

And it looks like the accident on the eastbound carriageway has also shut one lane on the westbound side too.

Hope all are fine, it looks like there could be a very slow commute tonight.

Travel update: M62 closed eastbound J26

BBC Travel

Just hearing from Highways England that the M62 is fully closed at J26 because of an accident.

Looks like it may be closed until at least 18:00 according to their website.

Highways england

Giant generator move set to cause hold-ups in Leeds on Sunday

If you're in Leeds on Sunday, don't be surprised if you find a few roads closed.

The National Grid's moving a huge lorry with a generator on it through the city centre. At 70m long it'll need extra room to navigate the city's streets.

It's coming from Goole and is going to be installed in Kirkstall, which it's scheduled to arrive at by 13:00. The full route can be viewed here.

This is like the one that'll be turning up at the weekend.

National grid

Travel update: Earlier A1 incident cleared

Just seen this from Highways England, looks like the tanker has been removed.

I wouldn't bet on there being no delays at all just yet though...

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Inner Ring Road closed tonight

Just a warning if you're in the centre of Leeds tonight, part of the Inner Ring Road will be closed after 21:30...

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Bramley councillor gets star struck meeting Jack Charlton

I'm sure most of us have had those moment we've met someone a bit famous and been stuck for words.

For me it was Richard Whiteley circa 1988.

I love this tweet from Kevin Ritchie, who's a Leeds city councillor for the Bramley & Stanningley Ward.

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Travel update: A1 northbound lane closed

We've got a lane out on the A1(M) northbound, just south of Wentbridge. It's because of a brokjen down taker, but it means there are eight miles of tail backs.

The picture below is taken at J37 of the A1(M), the travel time is 40 minutes at the moment. 

Well worth finding another way around it if you can. 

Highways England

Brexit delays a West Yorkshire mayor being appointed

Britain's decision to leave the EU has delayed plans in West Yorkshire for an elected mayor. 

A report going before the West Yorkshire Combined Authority says the political events of June have "limited the opportunity for further discussion" on devolution of powers from central government. 

Sainsbury's and Tesco recall tinned goods over rubber fears

Sainsbury's and Tesco are recalling some of their tinned foods over fears they may contain rubber.  

Sainsbury's and tesco

Goods involved include beef ravioli products from both supermarkets and Sainsbury's macaroni cheese, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.

Both supermarkets said the recall was a "precautionary measure" and told customers not to eat the products but to return them for a full refund.

Pharmacy in Hyde Park robbed at knife point

Do you recognise this man? He was caught on camera as he held up a pharmacy in Hyde Park.

Yesterday morning he took cash from the till of Andrew Tylee Pharmacy and threatened staff with a knife. 

He then tried to take a member of staff's handbag but she held onto it and the man ran out of the shop. 

West Yorkshire Police

The staff involved in this incident were understandably traumatised by being threatened at knife point by this male and we urgently need to identify him.

Det Con Rob WillisWest Yorkshire Police

Jet2 flight diverted to Manchester

A Jet2 Leeds-Bradford flight to Cyprus has been diverted to Manchester Airport because of a disruptive passenger, the airline has confirmed. 

Jet2 plane

Greater Manchester Police said they were alerted to the problem at 11:30. Armed officers removed a passenger from the aircraft which was on a scheduled flight to Larnaca.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft. 

The arrest is not thought to be terror-related.

Happy birthday to Sir Patrick Stewart

Just a quick one on one of West Yorkshire's most famous sons, it's Sir Patrick Stewart birthday today.

He's 75 today and, of course, is from Mirfield, although he now lives a bit away from home in a small American village called New York. 

Happy birthday Sir Patrick!

Sir Patrick Stewart
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Weather: Cloudy afternoon, sunniest this evening

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see increasing amounts of cloud throughout the afternoon. A few isolated showers are possible, it'll be sunniest around 16:00. Highs today of around 19C (66F).  


Bank scandal fines go to charity linked to Jo Cox

Money that has been raised from fines on banks is to be donated to a charity linked to MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her Batley constituency last month.

Jo Cox

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that £375,000 will be given to the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). 

The money was raised from the Libor rate fixing scandal penalties pot. 

The RVS was one of three organisations backed by a memorial fund after the fatal attack on the Labour MP on 16 June. 

It is right that funding from those in the banking industry who demonstrated the worst of values goes towards people who display the very best of British values. Jo Cox dedicated her life to bringing people together and making a difference."

George Osborne

Burst water main to cause problems into the weekend

Just back to that burst water main in the centre of Leeds.

Looks like it could cause some disruption into the weekend...

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Two men arrested in Bradford in child sexual exploitation investigation

Two men from Bradford have been arrested today in connection with the ongoing investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

National Crime Agency officers arrested the men this morning at separate addresses in the city.  

Both were arrested on suspicion of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The offences are believed to have taken place against two girls, aged 16 and 17.

Operation Stovewood has now made a total of nine arrests.

'Split-second' lapse caused fireball crash killing two riders

A "split-second lack of concentration" caused a head-on crash which killed two riders, an inquest has concluded.

Lewis Clark, 22, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, and Christian Berkhan, 53, from Germany, died on 30 August 2015.

Isle of Man

The accident was caused by a "split-second lack of concentration" when Mr Berkhan failed to correct his position on the road sufficiently after overtaking another bike, the court was told.

Seconds later, his Ducati collided with Mr Clark's Yamaha.

In a written statement, a witness said an "enormous fireball" happened immediately.

Teenager missing from Bradford

Have you seen 15-year-old Savannah Carrigan from Bradford? She's been missing from her home since 07:30 yesterday.

Savannah Carrigan
West Yorkshire Police

She is about 5ft 3ins tall, slim, has a tongue piercing and was last seen wearing black trousers, a black jumper and a blue polo shirt.Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Bradford on 101, quoting log 675 of 12 July.    

The Great Yorkshire Show in 40 seconds

Not got much time? Want to have a look around the Great Yorkshire Show?

Here's your solution, our speedy look around the displays and tents, all in 40 seconds.

Hang on tight, it's a fast ride (but let's not do the whole "scream if you want to go faster thing", you'll look a bit weird).

Man found in bushes in Wakefield retail park

A bit more on the body that was found in Wakefield yesterday. 

A man was found in bushes in the Cathedral Retail Park, he is believed to be 42 years old. 

Police say that inquiries are ongoing and a post mortem examination will be carried out today to find out how he died.


Travel update: Broken down lorry M62 J23

BBC Travel

Just spotted the queue below on the westbound M62, around J23.

It's down to a broken-down lorry as far as I can see, not causing huge tailbacks, but worth being aware of. 

Highways England

Bradford and Leeds revealed as black market hotspots

Bradford and Leeds feature are among the worst cities in England for counterfeit goods, a BBC investigation shows.


A spokeswoman for the Anti-Counterfeiting Group said it was difficult to get a true picture of the scale of the problem because of differences in the way councils record their figures.

The criminal gangs that make these products have no regard for health or safety and as such, products are not being tested to the high UK standards and are, therefore, potentially lethal to the British consumer."

Anti-Counterfeiting Group

Ginger people more likely to get skin cancer

A study partly carried out in Leeds has helped prove there's a link between having red hair and getting skin cancer

Ginger woman

Experts say there is an inherited ginger gene which increases the risk. In the first study of its kind, it's looked at tumours in more than 400 people from all over the world. 

The gene associated with red hair, pale skin and freckles can increase the risk of skin cancer, by the equivalent of 21 extra years of sun exposure. 

Researchers at the University of Leeds say it's the first time a study has shown a direct link between having red hair and skin cancers with multiple mutations.  

Watch: My new hand saved my wife's life

A man who received the UK's first hand transplant has used it to save his wife's life. 

Mark Cahill, from Greetland near Halifax, who had the ground-breaking operation in Leeds four years ago, found his wife Sylvia unresponsive in bed and did chest compressions until paramedics arrived.

"It's gone from a life-changing hand transplant to a life-saving one," the 55-year-old said.

Burglar chased off by pensioner with walking stick

An 88-year-old woman, armed with just her walking stick, chased off a burglar from her home.

It happened in Ripponden on Sunday at about 19:30 when a man came into her house and stole cash. She chased him off before he could steal anything else.

 West Yorkshire Police have released this e-fit of the suspect...

West Yorkshire Police

This has clearly been a frightening experience for the victim coming across an intruder in her home. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area on Sunday to come forward."

Det Const Helen HirdWest Yorkshire

Double hip replacement pilot gets BBC reporter in a spin

Pete Atkinson is an aerobatic flight instructor at Sherburn Aero Club near Leeds.

He's 72 and recently had a double hip replacement. 

He showed BBC Radio Leeds reporter Tracy Gee (now known in the office as Tracy Gee-Force) how he's getting on with his recovery..

BreakingBody of man found in Wakefield

The body of man has been found at a retail park in Wakefield city centre.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the Cathedral Retail Park at about 13:00 yesterday, where there had been reports of a body being found in some bushes.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

Travel update: Burst water main on Great George Street

And if it's taken you longer than usual to get through the centre of town, this is why

All thanks to a burst water main...

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Travel update: Accident M62 westbound J26

BBC Travel

Just hearing about an accident on the M62 near to J26, there's currently one lane closed, and it's expected to stay that way for the next couple of hours.

I'll keep you updated with any developments, as you can see, emergency services are at the scene.

Highways England

Protesters to gather against 'casual racism' in Bradford

People will gather in the centre of Bradford later to protest against racism and xenophobia following the EU referendum. 

Curtis Malinowski

It's after reports of an increase in hate crimes around the country since the UK voted to leave the EU last month. 

Tonight's event in Centenary Square has been organised to celebrate the contribution migrants make to our community.   

We've seen casual racism, people passing comment that 'you'll soon be going home'. Somebody gave an example that they were told 'we won't have to wait as long at the doctors when you lot have all gone'. It's casual racism and we have to step on it.

Jeanette SunderlandLeader, Lib Dems, Bradford Council

Travel update: Busy morning commute in West Yorkshire

BBC Travel

We're getting lots of reports of slow traffic around the county this morning. We understand that it'll take you about 30 mins to currently get from Leeds' outer ring road to get to Harrogate.

In fact, as you might expect, there's a lot of delays around that area because of the Great Yorkshire Show.

We've also got a burst water main on Great George Street in Leeds.

Latest headlines: Gathering to battle xenophobia in Bradford and delay for West Yorkshire's elected mayor

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire:

  • People will gather in the centre of Bradford later to protest against racism and xenophobia following the EU referendum
  • An elected mayor for West Yorkshire might be delayed because of the vote to leave the EU
  • A study partly carried out in Leeds proves there's a link between having red hair and getting skin cancer