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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 23 August 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's all from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, travel, weather and sport.

Before I ride off into the sunset, here are five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. Live in Kirklees? Like to recycle? Maybe you need to think more carefully about what you stick in that green bin....
  2. It really stinks to live in Micklefield.
  3. If you've won gold at the Olympics, you can drink whatever you like. It's totally fine!
  4. Sadly, if it's not nailed down, it'll probably get nicked. That includes our pavements...
  5. What happens when a fire hydrant goes faulty? A huge fountain... that's what..!

See you tomorrow.

West Yorkshire Police

Countdown to Leeds Carnival

Abi Jaiyeola

Reporter, BBC Look North

It's almost time for the Leeds Carnival . On Bank Holiday Monday around 100,000 people are expected to turn out to watch the parade through Chapeltown and party in Potternewton Park. 


It began in 1967 when a group of homesick Caribbean students decided to put on an event to remind them of their native islands. 49 years later it’s still going strong and its founder Arthur France is still at the helm.

Next year Carnival will celebrate 50 years and everyone I’ve spoken to this week is confident it’ll last another half century too!

Tonight on Look North I’ll take a look at the history of the event and through the week we’ll also look at the financial boost it brings to the city. Make sure you switch on your telly tonight on BBC One at 18:30!

Do you know who this brooch belongs to?

West Yorkshire Police have recovered a brooch, and are struggling to find its rightful owner.

There is an identity tag with it with the name and address of Lavinia Brogden of Queensway, Rochdale.

undefinedOfficers have already been to the place mentioned on the tag, but didn't find the owners. 

West Yorkshire Police

Someone somewhere is obviously missing these items - especially the photo of the soldier which is clearly of sentimental importance. We think it is of a soldier from World War One and I would love to be able to reunite it with the owner.

PC Sarah RoyleWest Yorkshire Police

One man's muck is another man's gold...

For most of us, this is a picture of a fairly boring looking road at night.

For others it's satisfying proof of a job well done!

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Leeds festival weather: Is it sun cream or wellies?

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Well the answer is... both!

At the moment, the best day looks like Friday, with plenty of sunshine kicking about...

Leeds fest weather

But then it looks like being a wet start to Saturday followed by more showery spells for the rest of the weekend.

I'll keep you updated with the latest forecast as we get it!

Leeds exhibition to tell story of iconic Holbeck mill-turned-cultural hub

Yorkshire Evening Post

Films and photographs of the eight-year cultural project that has breathed new life into one of south Leeds’ most iconic landmarks are set to go on display

Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds Festival: Traffic restrictions on A64 to take effect

Traffic restrictions are due to be put in place on a key link road between West and North Yorkshire ahead of the Leeds Festival.  

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foals

Drivers are told to expect a busy A64, which will be shut to through traffic eastbound near Bramham Park from Thursday until 05:00 BST on Friday.

The bank holiday weekend event will see performances from bands including Biffy Clyro, Foals and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Festival traffic will exit the A1(M) at junction 44, then head west on the A64.

Yorkshire's missing UKIP contenders

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

There was more than one puzzled face in the audience when the UK Independence Party campaign to replace Nigel Farage as leader arrived for its only event in Yorkshire.   


The 90 or so members who turned up in Wakefield came armed with questions for all six contenders.

It took a long time before it dawned on them that they need not have bothered preparing anything to put to the bookie's favourite, East of England MEP Diane James, or the Lambeth-based NEC member Liz Jones.

Neither of them turned up.

Where's all this lovely weather coming from?

I'm sure you're not asking where all that lovely rain we had yesterday has gone, but here's why it's so warm today...

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Kirklees faces looming financial crisis

Larry Budd

Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leaders in Kirklees are facing a looming financial crisis over concerns the council has overspent by millions of pounds. 

Huddersfield town hall

The council needs to act quickly to tackle how much it's overspending by and can't keep dipping into reserves to cope according to council leader David Sheard. 

A report shows they'll overspend by £6m this financial year, reserves could be at a critical level by next April and the council's facing a £38m financial black hole by 2020. 

This report points to cuts in central Government grants and pressures created in Adult Social care caused by people living longer.  

In pictures: A sunny day in Leeds

The sunshine has returned to West Yorkshire!

And to illustrate it, here's some people enjoying the sun in the pop up park and the pop up beach in Millennium Square.

If you've got any sunny pics to share, email me!

Millennium Square
Pop up park

Free advice for killing summer holiday boredom

Stuck for something to do with the kids over the summer hols?

You could do worse than heading up to Otley Chevin, the best thing is it's free and you get this view, as I did yesterday!

On a clear day you can see York Minster, but you can't in the pic I took as my camera's fairly rubbish...

Otley chevin

Ever wondered what it's like to be a TV presenter?

Well, this is what it looks like!

This was taken just before Look North's lunchtime bulletin today...

Look North camera

Woman hospitalised after jewellery robbery

A 61-year-old woman has had to undergo surgery after she was attacked by robbers who stole jewellery from her home

Mount Pleasant Road

Last Friday afternoon, three men went into her house in Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey through open patio doors and threatened her with a knife.

They punched and kicked the victim causing fractures to both sides of her jaw, a fractured wrist and cuts to her arms. They then dragged her upstairs and left with what is being described as a large amount of Asian gold jewellery. 

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and underwent surgery to her jaw over the weekend before being discharged.

This was an appallingly violent attack on a woman in her own home by robbers who we believe were specifically targeting her for Asian gold jewellery. Her son found her in a terrible state after the incident and her family are understandably shocked at what has happened."

Det Insp Neil ThompsonWest Yorkshire Police

Confiscated soil ploughed back into the community

You'll have heard of the Proceeds of Crime Act, where goods or money taken by the police from criminals is given back to the local community.

Well, here's a nice example of it in action. West Yorkshire Police confiscated 60 bags of soil that were seized from an illegal cannabis grower in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police

Those bags of soil are now in the hands of Beeston in Bloom and will be used on future gardening projects.

West Porkshire Police said "We are pleased that this was able to be donated and ploughed back into the community for a fantastic cause."

Extra points if you spotted the pun there...

Mark and Daniel are set fair for Scarborough

Jim Addyman

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

Today's the first day of the Scarborough Cricket Festival as Yorkshire take on Nottinghamshire in the County Championship.

But two avid Yorkshire cricket fans won't be arriving in Scarborough to watch the clash until tomorrow - despite having set off to see the match way back on Sunday. 

That's because Mark Sugden and Daniel Hill are walking there all the way from Headingley.

Mark Sugden and Daniel Hill, from Leeds
Yorkshire Cancer Research

Mark and Daniel are both keen players and also coach junior teams at Rodley Cricket Club in Leeds - and they're wearing their cricket whites for the 80-mile journey. 

The pair are hoping to visit more than 18 clubs during the walk as they raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research in tribute to family and friends who've lost their lives to cancer or are currently undergoing treatment.

What can and can't you recycle?

Just back to Kirklees and their recycling problems...

The area is the worst in the country for putting the wrong things in the recycling bins, which means that the green bins are then deemed "contaminated" and their contents are treated as landfill.

So what can and can't you recycle? Here's a handy list....

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  • Paper: cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, food and drink cartons including Tetra Pak
  • Plastic: margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, fruit punnets and ready meal trays
  • Bottles: drink, shampoo and detergent bottles
  • Tins and cans: both steel and aluminium, as well as aerosols
  • Kitchen foil and foil trays
  • Glass: all colours but no broken glass or ovenware


  • Tissue and kitchen roll
  • Plastic wrap, cling film, bubble wrap and plastic bags
  • Coffee cups
  • Plastic and paper contaminated with food - including grease-stained pizza boxes and paper food plates
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • Polystyrene
  • Nappies
  • Soft plastic / metallic packaging like pet food pouches

Travel update: M1 southbound one lane closed J41

BBC Travel

It's been nice and quiet on the roads so far today, but we've just had word that we've got a lane closed on the M1 southbound at J41 on the slip road. It's because of a broken down lorry.  

Traffic's really light at the moment, so it's not causing too much disruption...

Traffic Cam
Highways England

Watch: Saving Leeds' historic paving slabs

I love a good paving slab, no really, I think they look great on the streets of Leeds! But they're worth money, and they're getting stolen.

So how do you stop it? According to the city council, the answer is something called "smart water".

They're going to spray every remaining inch of the original slabs with it, which means they're essentially given a finger print which can be checked when they show-up in reclamation yards or peoples' gardens.  

Yorkshire medal table

Well, that's it, the Olympics are over.

But the important thing is, how did Yorkshire do in the medals table?

The answer is, pretty blooming good!

medals table

Rio 2016: Nicola Adams brings back the gold medal to Leeds

Just spotted this picture of Nicola Adams on the flight back from Rio.

Looks pretty cosy and must have been quite fun too; is that two drinks on the go, Ms Adams?

Ah well, you've earned them!

Nicola Adams
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Laugher's 'crazy' reception at Heathrow

It's always annoying having to do the baggage bit when you get off your flight...

Especially when all the bags are the same!

Welcome back Jack!

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Your pictures: Low cloud across West Yorkshire

.... And Paul wasn't the only person to snap the low cloud this morning.

Sarah Saxton took this from Nettleton Hill, pretty dramatic stuff

Low cloud
Sarah Saxton

And thanks to Paul Sutcliffe who took this in Queensbury, it was looking creepy out there this morning!

Anyone seen that 80s B-Movie The Fog?!

Paul Sutcliffe

Where's Huddersfield gone?

The town enveloped in fog and cloud in this shot taken from Castle Hill by Paul Turner  this morning. 

Huddersfield in the fog
Paul Turner

Welcome home for Leeds' Olympians

And this is what it looked like stepping off the plane for Alistair Brownlee - a sea of high-vis! 

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Touchdown! Our Olympic heroes arrive home

The flight bringing back our Olympic athletes has arrived back on British soil.

And the fastest off the plane? Nicola Adams is not waiting for you to get your hand luggage down...

Olympics arrival home

Murder-accused UK man 'admits brawl' with Bali policeman

A man from Halifax, who is accused of murdering an Indonesian policeman , has reportedly admitted to his lawyer that he fought with the officer.

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David James Taylor, 33, and his Australian girlfriend Sara Connor, 45, have been detained in Bali over the death of Wayan Sudarsa.

The policeman's body was discovered at Kuta beach at 03:30 on 17 August with dozens of head and neck wounds.

The pair face up to 15 years in jail if they are found guilty of murder.

Fightback for the streets of Leeds

There's a fight back against crime underway on the streets of Leeds, or should that be for the streets of Leeds. 

Huge amounts of our stone pavements have been stolen by thieves in the Victorian parts of Leeds over last five years. Now "smart water" is being sprayed on them to try to prevent them from being taken.


Crooks are said to get £70 for every square yard sold. The water adds an invisible 'fingerprint' which can be read in the future - revealing where it came from.   

Update: Burst water main in Slaithwaite isn't a burst water main...

... it's a fire hydrant that's spraying water, according to Yorkshire Water.

So it appears that West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue went to Slaithwaite to deal with a fire at The Watershed centre on Bridge Street and the hydrant was damaged causing water to spray up.

Mystery solved.

West Yorkshire Police

Slaithwaite burst water main and building fire

Just a reminder that Bridge Street in Slaithwaite remains closed in both directions between because of a burst water main and a building fire.

We're still trying to find out why both things happened at the same time, we'll let you know when we do...

In the meantime, here's another picture of the burst water main...

Water main
West Yorkshire Police

Stench from tip 'making people depressed'

People near a waste tip in West Yorkshire say the smell is waking them up in the middle of the night. 

They claim the Peckfield site in Micklefield is making them depressed and they can't even hang their washing outside. 


Owners Caird Peckfield have declined to comment, but a Leeds Council report has said the firm should commit to keeping odours under control.  

Slaithwaite building fire started in basement

I can tell you a bit more about that fire at The Watershed  centre in Slaithwaite, it broke out at around 03:45 this morning.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say that eight fire engines were there at its height and it's thought it started in the cellar.

The building has been used as an arts space to help people with learning disabilities.

West Yorkshire Police

Watch: Kirklees worst for rejected recyclable waste

If you live in Kirklees you are officially the worst in the country for putting the wrong things in your recycling bin.

Doesn't sound like a big problem, but if you put something in there that can't be recycled, it's labelled as contaminated. It then goes off to landfill or is burnt in an incinerator.

Figures show 14.99% of recyclable waste was rejected in 2014-15 in Kirklees, the national average is 3%.  

So what can you recycle? Take a look!

Slaithwaite burst water main and building fire

More on that burst water main in Slaithwaite this morning. There's also been a building fire at The Watershed centre, which helps people with disabilities.

The burst water main has closed Bridge Street in both directions in the village.

Here are some pictures from West Yorkshire Police.

Gushing water main
West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Pollice

This is the centre that's been on fire. We understand it's now under control, but we don't know if the fire and the burst water main are related.

West Yorkshire Police

Weather: Bright sunny day ahead

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Don't be fooled everyone, we'll have highs of up to 27C (81F) today! 

Burst water main in Slaithwaite

A spectacular burst water main has closed Bridge Street in Slaithwaite, we reckon it could be gushing as high as 50ft.  

Burst watermain
John Townend

Bridge Street is closed in both directions between the Platt Lane junction and the Britannia Road junction.

We understand that there's also a building fire in the area.

Burst watermain
John Townend

Good morning: Our live coverage

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

Don't be fooled by that grey world outside your window, our best weather people tell us that it'll brighten up later today.

As illustrated by this handy chart...