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10 July 2014 Last updated at 18:02

Tourism boss 'should be knighted'Gary Verity (left) and Christian Prudhomme

The Yorkshire tourism chief who helped bring the Tour de France to the county should be knighted, an MP says.

25 animals die in huge barn blaze

A large fire has ripped through a barn in Halifax, killing 25 farm animals.

A sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is displayed at the chapel at the Yorkshire Sculpture ParkSculpture park wins museum award

The open-air Yorkshire Sculpture Park is named the museum of the year for its "bold artistic vision".

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

Ballot boxes for national parks?

The Queen's Speech contained a brief reference to government plans that could see the biggest change to how the national parks are run in the six decades since they were set up.

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

    We'll be back again with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

    'Take extra care' 17:58:

    West Yorkshire Fire Service tweets: Remember to #takeextracare cooking dinner 2night. Firefighter strike happening until 1900 hrs. Never leave cooking appliances unattended!

    Your views 17:51:

    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.

    Video: City strike action 17:47: Telegraph & Argus

    Hundreds of public sector workers are out on strike today in Bradford.

    Disruption continues 17:45:

    BBC Travel News reports that problems are continuing on Harrogate Road in Old Bramhope.

    The road is now closed with traffic queuing in both directions at the Old Lane junction because of an incident involving a car and motorcycle.

    'Significant' bin disruption 17:36: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds City Council has told us there has been "significant disruption" to the city's waste collection service as a result of public sector workers' strike action today.

    The council says: "If your bin has not been collected today please return it to your property. We hope to arrange a recovery collection on Sunday 13 July for some services."

    Coming up on BBC One 17:29: BBC Look North

    Join Harry and Amy at 18:30:

    • They'll be asking how the public sector workers' dispute has affected people in Yorkshire - and finding out what the issues are behind the strike
    • There's the latest following the arrest of a man on suspicion of the murder of a 23-year-old woman who went missing in Leeds 14 years ago
    • And they'll find out when work on one of the Tour de France's biggest legacy projects is due to get under way
    Housing policy change urged 17:21: Huddersfield Examiner

    Kirklees Council has been urged to rethink housing policies with more than 6,500 people on the council house waiting list.

    Dry tonight 17:16: Paul Hudson BBC Weather

    Tonight, much of West Yorkshire will stay stay dry with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

    weather outlook

    Tomorrow will be also dry and bright with sunny spells in western areas. The top temperature will be about 20C (68F).

    'Water dangers' 17:09:

    More on the rescue of a 14-year-old-boy from a slurry pond in Castleford from West Yorkshire Police.

    The boy was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from hypothermia, but Insp Martin Moizer said the incident "could easily have been fatal".

    "I would advise people to stick to designated places for outdoor pursuits and be aware of the dangers of water and disused industrial sites," he said.

    Award 'excitement' - video 17:02:

    The founder of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which was last night named museum of the year, says he's "excited" by the award.

    peter murray

    Picking up the £100,000 prize, Peter Murray told the BBC's Tim Masters: "This money will help us to continue to support young artists".

    News on the hour 16:56: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 17:00:

    Evening rainbow? 16:51: Via Email

    Andrea Russell, from Baildon, sent us this unusual picture she took on Tuesday night.

    rainbow over baildon

    She says it can only be a rainbow, even though it was late in the day to be seeing one.

    Have you seen any strange weather phenomena over West Yorkshire and caught them on camera? Why not send us your pictures via email or Twitter?

    Boy's mud rescue 16:44:

    A 14-year-old boy had to be rescued after being stuck in mud in a slurry pond on Whistler Drive in Castleford on Tuesday, West Yorkshire Police have said.

    The boy had built a den on the site with two friends when he went into an old slurry pond and became stuck - his attempts to wriggle free only trapping him further.

    It took the police and fire crews over an hour to free him, police said.

    Accident causes tailbacks 16:33:

    BBC Travel News reports Harrogate Road in Old Bramhope is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic at the Old Lane junction, due to an incident involving a car and a motorcycle.

    Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

    Fans head for friendly 16:25: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Leeds' sports reporter and Leeds United commentator Adam Pope has followed the team to United's training base in Italy and has just tweeted this picture.

    leeds fans in italy

    A small group of super fans had the same idea of heading to Italy, too, and are all ready for Leeds' pre-season friendly against FC Gherdeina this afternoon.

    City bus delays 16:15:

    Arriva Yorkshire tweets: SERVICE UPDATE - All services into and out of Leeds City Centre are subject to delays due to teachers union strike.

    Award for sculpture park 16:05: Huddersfield Examiner

    The Yorkshire Sculpture Park has been named the UK's best museum in the Art Fund awards.

    News on the hour 15:59: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 16:00:

    Selling off the art? 15:55: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    As Northampton Council faces selling a 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue in the hope of making between £4m-£6m, there are calls for more local authorities to cash in on art and artefacts.

    sekhemka statue

    Both Bradford and Kirklees councils in West Yorkshire have both recently faced criticism for considering doing just that. What do you think? Get in touch via

    Your views 15:48:

    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.

    City Hall tours 15:42: Telegraph & Argus

    The public has been invited to see behind the scenes at Bradford's majestic City Hall.

    'Glorious day' 15:37: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Look North presenter Paul Hudson has just tweeted this picture from Leeds. You might just see a cloudy sky, but he sees something very different.

    clouds over Leeds

    He says: "Leeds looking east. Frontal cloud, reluctant to move west, allowing another glorious day at Great Yorkshire show and Trent Bridge."

    Agard woos Leeds 15:18: Yorkshire Post

    Kieran Agard has invited Leeds United to bid for his signature by turning down the offer of a long-term contract at Rotherham United.

    Closed for business 15:13: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Leeds reporter Charles Heslett took this picture of Slaithwaite Civic Hall.

    Slaithwaite Civic Hall

    It is obviously one building affected by today's strike by public sector workers.

    Shooting arrests 15:04: Telegraph & Argus

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was shot in the chest in Bradford.

    News on the hour 14:54: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 15:00:

    Farmers injured in blaze 14:48: Halifax Courier

    Two farmers have been injured and a number of animals have been killed following a fire in Halifax this morning.

    Coming up 14:40: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    On BBC Radio Leeds from 15:00 I am enjoying the final day of this year's Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.

    Andrew Edwards at Great Yorkshire Show

    It is the largest annual agricultural show held in England.

    Verity knighthood 'interesting' 14:31: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Andrew Lansley, leader of the House of Commons, has described a suggestion that Gary Verity should be knighted as "extremely interesting".

    Gary Verity

    Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said Mr Verity should be honoured for his work in bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire.

    Mr Lansley said he had made a good point and he was sure the Prime Minister was listening.

    Cathedral cash 14:22: Telegraph & Argus

    Bradford Cathedral is to receive £190,000 towards vital repair work from the First World War Centenary Cathedral fund.

    Major bus delays 14:12:

    First West Yorkshire tweets: All Leeds city centre services affected by march by public sector workers. Delays to most services of up to 40 minutes.

    News on the hour 13:51: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 14:00:

    • Nearly 400 Hundreds of schools across West Yorkshire close due to a 24-hour public sector strike
    • A fire at a barn in Halifax is brought under control by stand-in fire crews
    • An MP calls for the tourism chief who brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire to be knighted
    Dry and bright 13:38: Kay Crewdson BBC Weather

    It'll continue to be dry and bright this afternoon with good spells of sunshine.

    Top temperature about 21C (70F).

    Tonight, it'll be mild with temperatures around 13C and a light breeze (55F).

    Fire injuries 13:28: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Another update from the barn fire at Mount Tabor in Halifax.

    West Yorkshire Fire Service says two men suffering from breathing in smoke were treated at the scene - one of them sustained minor burns to his hand.

    A number of farm animals in the barn at the time also died in the fire.

    Coming up on BBC One 13:22: BBC Look North

    On BBC Look North at 13:30:

    Sprucing up car park 13:16: Huddersfield Examiner

    The owner of Huddersfield's Kingsgate shopping centre is set to spend £500,000 on improvements to the car park.

    Rally affects roads 13:10:

    Metro Travel News tweets: LEEDS Large, slow-moving rally & march affecting Headrow, Park Row and City Square / Boar Lane services. Rolling road closures in place.

    Knighthood call for Verity 13:03: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The Yorkshire tourism chief who helped bring the Tour de France to the county should be knighted, a West Yorkshire MP has said in Parliament.

    gary verity

    Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, has called for Gary Verity (pictured), chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, to be honoured with a knighthood for his work.

    Millions of spectators lined roads for the Grand Depart of this year's Tour last weekend.

    News on the hour 12:54: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 13:00:

    • Hundreds of schools across West Yorkshire close due to a 24-hour public sector strike
    • An MP calls for the tourism chief who brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire to be knighted
    • A fire at a barn in Halifax is brought under control by stand-in fire crews
    Fire 'under control' 12:49: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've just received an update from West Yorkshire Fire Service about the "significant" barn fire in Halifax.

    Five stand-in fire crews were called to the blaze at a barn containing hay at Moor End Road, Mount Tabor, at about 10:15, according to the fire service.

    The whole of the barn - which also contained a number of compressed gas cylinders - was on fire but it has now been brought under control, the service says.

    Crime hotspots revealed 12:41: Batley News

    A freedom of information request reveals the top 10 crime hotspots in North Kirklees.

    Your views 12:26:

    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.

    Road closures 12:19:

    First West Yorkshire tweets: Teachers rally and march in Leeds will affect bus services from 12:00. Roads involved include Headrow, Park Row and City Square with rolling road closures.

    Farm blaze 12:13: Halifax Courier

    Fire crews are attending a fire on a farm near Moor End Road in Halifax.

    Olympian drops in 12:04: Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Interviewing Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave at St Theresa's Catholic Primary School.

    Sir Steve Redgrave
    News on the hour 11:55: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at midday:

    M62 lane closures 11:52:

    BBC Travel News reports: Two lanes of the M62 in West Yorkshire have been closed eastbound between the A642 (M62 junction 30) and A655 (M62 junction 31) following an accident.

    Coming up 11:41: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Between 12:00 and 14:00 on BBC Radio Leeds I'll be asking how important appearance is in the workplace?

    It follows the story of the woman in Northamptonshire who was sacked for having a visible tattoo on her foot. Also in today's show - what's the most dangerous thing you've done in pursuit of leisure?

    Strike rally in Leeds 11:31: Cathy Killick BBC Look North

    The union rally is getting under way in Leeds right now.

    strike rally in leeds
    Cricket commentary today 11:20: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Yorkshire resume their county championship match against Durham at Headingley today.

    If you don't want to miss any of the action you can listen to the live commentary here.

    Adil Rashid
    Moon to play after injection 11:10: James Deighton Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has just told me that Joel Moon will play against Hull KR with the help of a pain-killing injection!

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

    The headlines at 11:00:

    On your bike 10:50: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Remember all those yellow bikes decorating the route of the Tour de France through Yorkshire?

    yellow bike

    If you are wondering what was going to happen to them then organisers have some information. Cycling charity Ride25 are happy to collect them and dispatch them to a new home in Africa.

    Road closed due to crash 10:39:

    BBC Travel news reports: The A646 Burnley Road in Todmorden is closed in both directions between Cross Lee Road and the Ashenhurst Road junction after a collision involving two vehicles.

    Strike opinions 10:29: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    With public sector workers on strike you have been tweeting your views.

    David Smith tweeted: Do those striking really believe that it wasn't necessary to cut public spending? Or just that they shouldn't be affected?

    However, Kenny bear tweeted: Teachers do a very important job and at the moment their pay & working conditions do not reflect this

    Dumped dog's new home 10:19: Huddersfield Examiner

    A dog found dumped and injured in Huddersfield on the day of the Tour de France is looking forward to a bright new future after he found a new home.

    Cathedral cash boost 10:08: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Bradford Cathedral staff are celebrating after being awarded £190,000 by the World War One Centenary Repairs Fund.

    Bradford Cathedral

    The money will be used to repair the roof and timberwork, the cathedral said. The cash comes from a £20m fund announced by the Chancellor in the 2014 budget.

    News on the hour 09:57: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 10:00:

    Fewer carriages 09:45:

    Northern Rail have tweeted that services in both directions between Leeds and Doncaster from 10:26 will run with one less carriage than usual.

    University honours band 09:31: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Two members of the band Rudimental, who have topped the Official Single and Album charts and won a Brit Award, are to be given honorary degrees from Leeds Metropolitan university.


    Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden graduated from Leeds in 2008.

    School closures in Calderdale 09:24: Halifax Courier

    Schools across Calderdale will be affected today as unions carry out industrial action.

    The NUT is taking strike action alongside five other unions, Unison, FBU, PCS, GMB and Unite.

    Out on the picket line 09:13: Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    tweets: Teachers on the picket line at Carr Manor Primary #Meanwood are cheering as many passing drivers honk their horns.

    School strike
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    News on the hour 08:57: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The headlines at 09:00:

    Coming Up 08:52: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    From 09:00 on BBC Radio Leeds I'll be asking if support the people out on strike today?

    With teachers, firefighters and local government employees taking action in a dispute with the government about pay, pensions and spending cuts I want to know how the action is affecting you?

    Do you support them? Or are you annoyed about disruption you might have faced today because of the strike?

    Stones on M1 08:39:

    BBC Travel News reports: There are stones on the road on M1 southbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J40, A638 (Flushdyke).

    In the road works area drivers are warned to approach with care.

    Strike views 08:31:

    Strikes are taking place across the UK in a series of disputes with the government over pay, pensions and cuts and many of you have been tweeting your opinions.

    Striking teachers

    With many schools closed and and council services affected how are you coping and what are your opinions about the strike?

    You can tweet or email us your views.

    'Outstanding museum' 08:21: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Great news for Yorkshire this morning as one of the county's museums picks up a £100,000 prize.

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    The open-air Yorkshire Sculpture Park, at Bretton Hall, Wakefield, has been named the museum of the year.

    Beating off competition from Tate Britain and others, the judges described it as "a truly outstanding museum with a bold artistic vision".

    Man held over missing woman 08:09: Yorkshire Post

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman who went missing from her home in Leeds more than a decade ago.

    Bright and dry 08:03: Kay Crewdson BBC Weather

    It should be a dry and bright morning with some sunshine around.

    There may be some rain later spreading from the east.

    Highs today of around 21C (70F) with a moderate northerly breeze.

    Good morning 08:00: Tim Dale BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Thursday 10 July.

    I will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Leeds and West Yorkshire until 18:00. You can get in touch by emailing

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