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18 September 2014 Last updated at 06:25

Still no suspects in Thailand murdersHannah Witheridge and David Miller

Police in Thailand say they have still not identified any suspects in the murder of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and Leeds University student David Miller.

Incident in KnaresboroughMan in court over hoax bomb threat

A Leeds man appears in court to deny making a hoax bomb threat. in Knaresborough

John McIlwaine 'Disappeared' archaeologist dies

Tributes are paid to a forensic archaeologist from the University of Bradford who led the searches for the Disappeared - people who were murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Len Tingle Article written by Len Tingle Len Tingle Political editor, Yorkshire

Yorkshire eyes on Scotland vote

Is the Scottish Referendum giving more clout to calls for more powers in Yorkshire?

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BBC Local Live

    Good evening 18:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    That's all today from BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

    I'll be back again on Thursday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    Immigration raid on nail bar 17:58: Yorkshire Evening Post

    Home Office staff swooped on a beautician's shop in Leeds this morning to investigate claims it was employing illegal workers.

    A misty and drizzly night 17:56: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will turn dull and misty with a little drizzle in places and a low of about 13C (55F).

    Weather outlook

    Tomorrow will see another dull misty and damp start, slowly turning brighter and becoming warm with sunny spells developing. The top temperature will be about 20C (68F).

    Rent cut for Kirkgate traders 17:54: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Traders at Kirkgate Market in Leeds have been granted a 20% reduction in rent to compensate for trading conditions during the multimillion-pound refurbishment there.

    Kirkgate Market interior

    The move, approved by councillors today, means rents will be cut between October this year and September 2015.

    A £100,000 cash injection to allow for the temporary relocation of Fish and Game Row traders while other work is carried out has also been given the go-ahead.

    Coming up on BBC One 17:50: Harry Gration Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia from 18:30 for BBC Look North, when we'll be out with Leeds Rowing Club who've seen such a surge in membership since the London Olympics that they're now opening a new £1m boathouse.

    Also, we'll be at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford where they're preparing for a very special show at the weekend to mark the theatre's centenary.

    Your views 17:48: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

    Drug addict mother jailed 17:44: Halifax Courier
    Tribute to missing Isaac 17:40: Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The family and friends of missing Kirkburton schoolboy Isaac Nash have announced they're to hold a fundraiser in his memory tomorrow.

    Isaac Nash

    Isaac's family are trying to raise £50,000 to build a skate park in tribute to the 12-year-old who's not been seen since he was swept away while paddling off Anglesey last month.

    The fundraiser will be held at The Old Canteen in Shelley from 20:00, and will include live bands and an auction.

    'Pioneer' line-up for festival 17:36: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What's being called "a line-up of pioneers" from the worlds of animation, gaming and visual effects has just been announced for this year's Bradford Animation Festival.

    Scene from The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    The festival, now in its 21st year, will take place at the National Media Museum between 17-22 November and includes talks, classes and screenings.

    The event includes a screening of the world's oldest surviving animated feature (pictured), and a chat with the man behind Ubisoft's Watch Dogs - one of this year's hit games.

    Man denies bomb threat 17:31:

    A man from Leeds has appeared in court to deny making a hoax bomb threat.

    Shamsul Islam, 23, pleaded not guilty at York Magistrates' Court to three counts of communicating a bomb hoax. Armed police sealed off High Street, in Knaresborough, for four hours after receiving an alleged threat in last October.

    On air now 17:21: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out what's been said and by who on the final day of campaigning in the Scottish referendum.

    Also, I'm asking what the future holds for Leeds as the council talks about its new 15 year plan. And Wakefield Council explains what it's doing to try to cut its big obesity rates.

    Anthem is a hit with fans 17:11: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds United's Marching on Together is among the top football matchday songs, as voted for by BBC Sport users.

    BBC Sport's 'Top Of The Kops'

    The Leeds anthem is just one of the footie songs to make the Top of the Kop Charts.

    It joins other terrace favourites as West Ham's I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles and Liverpool's You'll Never Walk Alone. Check out the full list here.

    'Tougher academy regulation' call 17:04: Telegraph & Argus

    MPs are demanding tougher regulation of academy schools to prevent a repeat of the Kings Science Academy scandal in Bradford.

    Kings Science Academy
    news on the hour 17:00: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds is setting out to be the best city to live in the UK, according to council leader Keith Wakefield.

    It's expected a masterplan for its future development will be approved by the council later. Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

    Banner marks WW1 anniversary 16:44: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Scaffolding currently around Bradford City Hall is being used to hang a banner commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

    Banner on City Hall

    The 11m (30ft) high banner has been hung above the main doors and features a black and white silhouette of an "unknown soldier". The banner will be displayed on the building for at least a year, the council says.

    Fears over children's web safety 16:32: Telegraph & Argus

    Demands have been made for parents and schools in Bradford to do more to teach children internet safety following the shock results of a major survey of pupils' online habits.

    Minnie 'lucky to be alive' 16:12: Yorkshire Evening Post

    Minnie the springer spaniel from Leeds is lucky to be alive after inhaling a four-inch long thorn which became lodged just millimetres from her heart.

    news on the hour 15:58: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds is setting out to be the best city to live in in the UK, according to council leader Keith Wakefield.

    It's expected a masterplan for the city's future development will be approved at a meeting later today.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

    Hockney 'fax art' auctioned 15:47: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A genuine piece of 1980s "fax art" by world famous Bradford artist David Hockney is to go under the hammer in October, it's been announced.

    Hockney fax art

    The work, "DH at the Beach", was sent by the artist from his home in Malibu to a Bradford childhood friend on 10 November 1988 - the date and time are clearly marked.

    Hockney, who sent "art" faxes to friends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, has said they're worthless, but originals have sold for considerable sums.

    Wetherby results in race-fix probe 15:31:

    Five results of horse races at Wetherby are involved in a British Horse Racing Association investigation into alleged race-fixing.

    The hearing, scheduled for 11 November, will look at a small number of races at the grounds which took place between 14 October 2009 and 15 April 2012. The BHA said a total of 57 races are potentially involved in the investigation.

    It is alleged Scottish Grand National-winning jockey Richie McGrath, together with former trainer Kate Walton, conspired with registered persons Mark Aspey, Carl Flint, Kristian Robson, David Stevens and David Greenwood to trade inside information and fix results.

    Recognition for 'unknown soldiers' 15:14: Keighley News

    Historians in Keighley have won national recognition for two "unknown soldiers" who served in World War One.

    Andy Wade and Ian Walkden
    news on the hour 14:58: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man's in hospital after being attacked by two dogs in Bradford. Police were called to Buttershaw Drive this morning following reports a man had been bitten.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

    Bus firm criticised over safety 14:45: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A bus company based in West Yorkshire has been told it must improve its safety record. The Traffic Commissioner's curtailed the operating licence of M Travel in Castleford after an inquiry showed a number of problems with maintenance.

    The company was given a previous warning last year - and the Commissioner has said it can now only operate 26 vehicles instead of its usual 30 - and that will be reduced to 20 from November.

    Stress blamed for absences 14:29: Halifax Courier

    Almost a quarter of absences at Calderdale Council were as a result of stress, a council committee has been told.

    Halifax Town Hall
    D-day for city golf courses 14:16: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds City Council's expected to decide later today whether to close two golf courses as they're losing money.

    Gotts Park golf course

    The two courses, at Middleton Park and at Gotts Park in Armley (pictured), have lost more than £200,000 over the past year - and the council says it hasn't been able to find a way to make them profitable.

    Under new plans, Gotts Park would become a public space and the council says it will put some money into Middleton Park while finding out what local residents want to do with it.

    news on the hour 13:59: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds
    Cloudy but dry afternoon 13:46: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon it'll be mostly cloudy but generally dry. Brighter spells will develop in places later.

    The top temperature will be about 18C (64F). Check the forecast near you.

    Delays due to roadworks 13:34:

    BBC Travel News reports there are delays on the A642 Wakefield Road in Garforth which is closed at the Ringway junction because of roadworks.

    Drivers are being advised to avoid the area if possible and find an alternative route.

    Biker dies in trailer crash 13:23: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A 37-year-old motorcyclist has died after colliding with a trailer near Wakefield.

    The collision happened on the A637 Huddersfield Road near Haigh at about 19:40 yesterday when he hit the trailer which was being pulled by a tractor from a nearby field.

    The motorcyclist died at the scene. Police are asking witnesses to get in touch.

    Man mauled in dog attack 13:11: Telegraph & Argus

    A man has been seriously injured in a dog attack on a street in Buttershaw, Bradford, as he walked to work this morning.

    Police at attack scene
    news on the hour 12:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man's recovering in hospital after being seriously injured in a dog attack in Bradford this morning.

    Two men are being questioned by police after the man was mauled on Buttershaw Drive. Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

    Wakefield obesity highlighted 12:50: Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Wakefield is one of the fattest cities in the country, according to figures published recently by Public Health England.

    The statistics show Wakefield has the highest obesity rate among West Yorkshire's five local authorities - standing at 27% compared to the national average of 23%.

    Leeds has the lowest obesity rates in the county, with only 19.5% of adults in the city classed as obese, the report reveals.

    Sainsbury's plan rejected 12:42: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Plans to build a Sainsbury's supermarket in Hebden Bridge have been rejected by Calderdale Council.

    Protesters in Halifax

    Campaigners gathered outside Halifax Town Hall last night saying they believed it would ruin the town and take trade away from smaller independent shops.

    A spokesperson for Sainsbury's said they were disappointed and were considering their next steps.

    Powell: 'Good effort' by Terriers 12:26: James Deighton Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    New Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell has told BBC Radio Leeds he's pleased with a first clean sheet of the season with a goalless draw at home to Wigan last night.

    Chris Powell

    He said: "I saw my boys put in a really good effort, they really grafted and in that respect I'd rather a win but we needed to start somewhere and that's what we've got."

    After the game, Powell also confirmed he's looking into the possibility of signing a striker on loan as cover for James Vaughan who's out for two to four weeks with a severe calf strain.

    Two questioned over dog attack 12:13: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on this morning's dog attack in Buttershaw Drive, Bradford, in which a man suffered serious injuries to his arm and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

    Police have just confirmed that the two dogs involved, both American Pit Bulls, have been taken away from the scene by specialist dog officers, along with a Red-Nosed Pit Bull. Two men are currently being questioned by police about the incident.

    Man seriously injured in dog attack 12:05: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    News just in: A man has suffered serious injuries after being attacked by two dogs in a street in Bradford this morning.

    The attack happened at about 07:30. Police were called to an address in Buttershaw Drive where a man had received serious injuries to his upper arm and minor injuries to his back.

    news on the hour 11:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    UK unemployment fell between May and July across the UK with 2.2 million people out of work - a drop of 146,000 on the previous three months

    Here in Yorkshire, the figure's down by 25,000 to 203,000. Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

    Man arrested over sex assault 11:50: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A 20-year-old man from Leeds has been arrested following a serious sexual assault on a woman in the city.

    He was arrested in connection with an incident in the Crown Street car park near the Corn Exchange in the early hours of Saturday 6 September. He remains in custody.

    Coming up 11:38: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me from midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask what is it about Hebden Bridge that makes it unique? I'm asking this because local residents there last night managed to halt plans by Sainsbury's to build a new supermarket in the town.

    Also, I'm asking what's the deal with facial hair? The beard is back and it's costing the male grooming industry millions but do you love it or hate it? Email or tweet me with your views.

    Yorkshire jobless figure falls 11:25: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Unemployment has fallen nationally, with figures for May to July showing a fall of 146,000 across the UK to just over two million.

    In Yorkshire, the figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics show unemployment fell by 25,000 to 203,000.

    Man dies after being hit by train 11:15: Halifax Courier

    A 67-year-old Halifax man died after being hit by a train in Hipperholme yesterday.

    news on the hour 11:00: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police investigating the murders of two British tourists in Thailand, including a Leeds University student, say two Britons are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.

    David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday. Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    Your views 10:43: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds and would like to find out your views about the service.

    Troubled hotel remains closed 10:32: Huddersfield Examiner

    A troubled Halifax hotel which closed after its manager suddenly left remains shut despite claims it would reopen last week.

    Rock Hotel
    Milanic for Elland Road? 10:21: Adam Pope Leeds United Commentator

    We may well be closing in on who'll be the new head coach at Leeds United.

    Elland Road stadium

    The name which came up yesterday was former Slovenian and Yugoslavian international Darko Milanic. I've had a very clear steer that there are reports he may be being lined up by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.

    He's at Sturm Graz in Austria but he seems to be the one now - so this may be the man Cellino wants.

    'Two British suspects' in Thai murders 10:12:

    Police investigating the murder of a Leeds University student in Thailand say two Britons are "possible suspects".

    David Miller

    David Miller, 24, was found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday. The body of another tourist, 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, was also found.

    Two British men who spent time with the victims in the days before they died are now in "police care" in Bangkok.

    news on the hour 09:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Wakefield has the highest rate of obesity in West Yorkshire, according to figures compiled by Public Health England.

    More than a quarter of adults in the city are obese and more than two thirds carry excess weight, the statistics show.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    Hobbit House proves a hit 09:48: Keighley News

    Young visitors to East Riddlesden Hall have their own Hobbit House to explore and it's proved very popular with children during the summer season.

    Hobbit House
    Roads moving well 09:33:

    BBC Travel News reports that things are moving well on the region's roads after an earlier accident saw Roundhay Road in Roundhay partially blocked southbound at the Copgrove Road junction.

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    On air now 09:25: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me on BBC Radio Leeds until midday as I meet the 28-year-old muscular dystrophy sufferer from Halifax whose parents were told he'd only live until his late teens.

    And I'll be talking to Su Pollard who is starring in a show with Cannon and Ball which is coming to Wakefield and Bradford next month.

    Trains back to normal 09:12:

    East Coast Trains tweets: Disruption caused by a train fault between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate has now ended. Services are no longer affected by this problem.

    news on the hour 08:55: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Government figures say Wakefield is one of the unhealthiest cities in country.

    Over a quarter of adults in the city are judged to be obese and more than two thirds carry excess weight, according to a report compiled by Public Health England.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    Violent Leeds thug jailed 08:43: Yorkshire Evening Post

    A violent criminal took part in an unprovoked gang attack in which one victim was repeatedly kicked and stamped on before being hit over the head with a bottle, a court heard.

    Luke Pattison
    Galloway sues over YouTube video 08:30:

    Bradford Respect MP George Galloway has begun legal action over allegations made at a loyalist protest in Belfast.

    George Galloway

    He is seeking a High Court injunction against prominent loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer and Google.

    It is part of a wider claim that a YouTube video filmed by Mr Frazer outside a talk by Mr Galloway was defamatory and put his life in danger.

    Leeds-Wakefield rail delays 08:13:

    East Coast Trains tweets: Owing to a train fault between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate, services running through these stations may be delayed at short notice.

    Misty start, sunny later 08:07: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will see a grey and misty start with a little drizzle in places.

    Weather forecast

    The low cloud will, however, lift and break and it'll turn brighter with some sunny spells.

    The top temperature will be about 20C (68F).

    Good morning 08:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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