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A huge fire that swept through an industrial estate in Leeds on Easter Monday is being treated as suspicious.

At its height more than 100 firefighters attended the blaze at Hazel Products and Tradpak Recycling.

Crews were called to to Armley Road, as the fire sent thick smoke over parts of the city.

Det Insp Mark Swift, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "The cause of the fire has not yet been established but is being treated as suspicious."

In the early hours of the bank holiday police sealed off nearby roads and evacuated a nightclub over concerns for the safety of revellers.

Hundreds of fish were also killed when water in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was polluted because of the fire.

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    18:00: Good evening Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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    17:52: Coming up on BBC Look North Nicola Rees Journalist, BBC Look North

    Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll be talking about the East Coast Mainline franchise.

    It's returning to private hands next March and we'll be asking if this is good news for passengers in Yorkshire as well as talking to both the rail minister and the rail unions.

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    An international manhunt has been stepped up for a rapist who fled to France halfway through his Bradford trial.

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    17:35: Leeds player on loan BBC Sport

    Ipswich Town have signed Leeds United forward Noel Hunt on loan until January.

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    Hunt, 31, who will join brother Stephen at Portman Road, has made just one Championship appearance this term.

     
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    17:29: Wartime stories revealed Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The personal stories of those who died fighting in the two world wars are being told at Lawnswood Cemetery in Leeds using the latest technology.

    Visitors can now use their smart phones to scan newly-installed interactive panels which will then reveal the background to those buried or commemorated at the cemetery.

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

    Join me until 18:00 as I hear from the rail unions, the politicians and the experts about the decision to put the East Coast mainline back into private hands.

    Also, I'll be finding out more about a song which has been recorded by the former pupils of murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire for the memorial fund set-up in her name.

     
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    17:15: Scottish deal: Is Leeds next? Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    If you think the constitutional changes proposed by the Smith Commission are only about Scotland, think again, writes BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson.

    Lord Smith

    "If you think they mark the end of a process of change, think again. If you think they will end the debate about Scottish independence, think again," he says.

    He believes that the moves will fuel a call for more powers to be given to English cities such as Leeds. Read what he has to say here.

     
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    17:09: A dull, damp and misty night Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight, it'll be dull, damp and misty with fog especially over the hills, together with patchy rain or drizzle and a low temperature of about 7C (45F).

    Weather outlook

    Tomorrow, it'll again be dull, damp and misty at first, but any fog will become confined to the hills with most places becoming dry - although it'll remain cloudy.

    The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

     
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    17:05: Fire action teen praised Telegraph & Argus

    Firefighters have praised a teenager's quick-thinking actions following a bathroom fire at his Shipley home.

    Fire-damaged bathroom
     
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    16:58: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The rail minister has told BBC Radio Leeds that passengers won't see a rise in fares when the new operators of the East Coast mainline take over next year.

    This morning it was announced the government was awarding the franchise to Inter City Rail - a collaboration between Stagecoach and Virgin.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

     
  11.  
    16:47: No loan signings for Leeds BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Leeds United seem unlikely to make any loan signings before the 17:00 deadline, despite coach Neil Redfearn's best efforts.

    However there has been movement out of the club today. Defender Scott Wootton has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United until 10 January on loan and striker Noel Hunt has moved to Ipswich until 3 January.

    There's also interest in Leeds defender Zac Thompson, who may move before the deadline.

     
  12.  
    16:43: Majestic roof removal 'can't wait' Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More detail on next week's planned removal of the roof of the Majestic building in Leeds following the fire there in September.

    Damaged roof of Majestic building

    Work is due to last from midnight on Saturday until about 06:00 on Tuesday.

    The work will cause delays and "considerable inconvenience" as city centre traffic is diverted away from Wellington Street.

     
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    16:36: Watch: RMT criticises East Coast decision
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    16:32: Majestic roof to be removed Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Drivers in Leeds are being warned to expect "significant delays" in the city centre early next week as work's carried out to remove the roof of the fire-damaged Majestic building in City Square.

    Fire-damaged roof

    The former cinema and nightclub, a Grade II-listed building, was damaged by fire on 30 September.

    Work will start on the roof on Saturday and nearby Wellington Street will be closed for the duration of the works, expected to be completed by Tuesday.

     
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    16:26: WW2 vehicles saved from scrap Telegraph & Argus
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    16:20: Have your say 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.

     
  17.  
    16:15: Yeadon Tarn mists caught on camera Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Paul Goodyear in Crossgates for sending in this atmospheric picture of Yeadon Tarn taken this misty morning.

    Yeadon Tarn

    Have you taken any shots of West Yorkshire you'd like to share? Why not email or tweet them to us?

     
  18.  
    16:05: Asda chicken infected with bug

    More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug, with the highest rate among retailers found in chickens sold by Leeds-based Asda.

    The figure, from the Food Standards Agency, is higher than in previous tests, which suggested a 59% contamination rate.

    Asda has said it's disappointed, but is working hard to find a solution.

     
  19.  
    15:58: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Passengers won't have to pay more on the East Coast Mainline when new operators take over next year.

    That's according to the rail minister who's been in Leeds this afternoon.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

     
  20.  
    15:52: East Coast move welcomed Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Bradford Council has welcomed today's announcement about the new East Coast Mainline franchise which will take over the route next March.

    Bradford Interchange

    Val Slater, the council's executive member for transport, says: "We hope the new franchise will be able to deliver its promised investment and improvements, including potential funding for improvements to Bradford railway stations."

     
  21.  
    15:44: City landmark bites the dust Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I'm currently watching the cranes literally rip down the former police HQ at Millgarth in Leeds.

    Millgarth demolition

    There's lots of falling debris as this city landmark finally bites the dust to make way for a new shopping quarter.

     
  22.  
    15:25: Minister's 'value for money' pledge Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Rail Minister Claire Perry has been speaking to me at Leeds railway station following the announcement the East Coast Main Line is to be taken over by a new franchise next spring.

    Claire Perry at Leeds railway station

    She told me that Directly Operated Railways - which was set up by the government in July 2009 to run the East Coast franchise - had been competent caretakers of the route.

    Bu she insists that passengers are now going to get more value for money with the new Inter City franchise which is a joint effort between Stagecoach and Virgin.

     
  23.  
    15:17: Leeds sports stars top BBC list Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Two out of the ten contenders shortlisted for this year's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award are from West Yorkshire.

    Nile Wilson

    Diver Alicia Blagg and gymnast Nile Wilson (pictured), who are both from Leeds, are on the list which was announced this morning and whose winner will be announced during the Sports Personality show on 14 December.

    The BBC award is given to the outstanding young sportsperson of the year, who was aged 17 or under on 1 January 2014.

     
  24.  
    15:05: East Coast mainline deal 'controversial' Richard Westcott BBC Transport Correspondent

    The East Coast isn't just any old line. It's the line Mallard used to break the world speed record. It's the home of the Flying Scotsman (pictured).

    Flying Scotsman

    So rumours that it was about to be handed to a group dominated by the French government started to get a lot of backs up. It turns out those rumours weren't true, the line's going to a consortium led by British companies Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%).

    But it's still controversial.

     
  25.  
    14:58: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The rail minister has told BBC Radio Leeds that passengers won't see a rise in fares when the new operators of the East Coast mainline take over next year.

    This morning it was announced the government was awarding the East Coast franchise to Inter City Rail - a collaboration between Stagecoach and Virgin.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

     
  26.  
    14:44: Appeal over distressed child Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Police in Pontefract are appealing for information after reports of a distressed child getting into a white van.

    A boy aged between seven and nine was reported to have got into a van in the car park of the Morrisons supermarket in Stuart Road at 11:55 on Wednesday.

    He was with a man at the time and appeared to be upset about getting into the van which was driven off in the direction of Pontefract bus station. No child has been reported as missing, say police.

     
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    14:29: Trafficking victim committed suicide Huddersfield Examiner

    A man who came to the UK to find a better life hanged himself from a tree after becoming a victim of a human trafficking gang, the Huddersfield Examiner exclusively reveals.

     
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    14:16: East Coast franchise deal 'a disgrace'

    The RMT trade union has criticised the government's announcement that the East Coast mainline will be taken over next spring by a joint Stagecoach-Virgin consortium as "a national disgrace".

    Mick Cash

    The union's general secretary Mick Cash says the move is "an act of utter betrayal" by the government.

    "It is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing the current public sector operator is handing over a billion pounds back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction".

     
  29.  
    13:58: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    We're being promised more trains from across Yorkshire to London by the new consortium chosen to run the East Coast mainline.

    The service has been publicly run since 2008 but in March it returns to private hands.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    13:45: Murky and misty afternoon Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will continue to be a murky one in West Yorkshire.

    Extensive mist and fog will linger over the hills.

    It'll still feel milder than Wednesday, though, with highs of 10C (50F).

     
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    13:35: Passengers' demands

    Railfuture, a group campaigning for better rail services, gives its reaction to the announcement that the East Coast mainline will be taken over by a joint Virgin-Stagecoach franchise next year.

    Virgin Trains and Stagecoach logos

    Chris Hyomes, from Railfuture's Yorkshire branch, says: "The passengers I've spoken to are all clear on what they want.

    "They want to be able to get a seat, more trains and longer trains, and they also want a simpler and cheaper fare structure".

     
  32.  
    13:21: East Coast: What we've learned Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Following this morning's announcement about the future of the East Coast mainline, this is what we've learned:

    • The new franchise deal will mean an extra train every two hours operating to Leeds from May 2019, with journey times between Leeds and London cut to two hours
    • An extra six trains a day will run between both London and Harrogate, via Horsforth, and London and Bradford Forster Square, via Shipley
    • From May 2019, a new service will be introduced between London and Huddersfield, via Dewsbury, with one train a day in each direction
    • The ticket office at Wakefield Westgate will be improved
     
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    13:10: Canal master plan Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A conference is taking place in Leeds today to announce a decade-long strategy for Yorkshire's waterways.

    Canal in Leeds city centre

    The aim is to create jobs and attract tourists to the region, with more boats to transport freight, improvements to cycle ways and nature reserves.

    Trevor Roberts, from the Canal and River Trust says it is a "one-off opportunity" to start using canals and rivers "for community and social benefit".

     
  34.  
    12:57: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    One of Leeds busiest roads is partially closed this lunchtime after a car accident in which a woman was seriously injured.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    12:48: Halifax chip shop success Yorkshire Post

    A tiny chippie on a Halifax back street has become the takeaway of choice for some of the world's biggest hitters.

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    12:38: Force 'lets down' crime victims Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    West Yorkshire is among nearly half of Britain's police forces which let down victims of crime, according to a new report.

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says the West Yorkshire force is one of 18 requiring improvement.

    According to the report, officers aren't supervised properly and investigations are weak, meaning victims are being let down.

     
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    12:25: Halifax sign midfielder BBC Sport

    FC Halifax have signed Accrington Stanley midfielder Will Hatfield on a 28-day loan.

    Will Hatfield

    The 23-year-old former Leeds United trainee has made nine appearances for Stanley this season.

     
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    12:13: New era for waterways Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A new ten-year strategy for Yorkshire's waterways will be announced later in Leeds.

    Bingley Five-Rise Locks

    The plan, by the Canal and River Trust's North East Waterway Partnership, will look at ways our canals and rivers can be used to bring more jobs and tourism into the region.

    Ideas include using more boats to transport freight into Leeds and Wakefield, better cycle ways, wildlife areas - and even a canoe trail through Dewsbury.

     
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    12:03: Mayor almost resigned Keighley News

    Keighley's mayor has revealed he came close to surrendering his chains of office in the past six months due to "sheer mental and physical stress".

    Graham Mitchell
     
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    11:57: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Towns and cities across West Yorkshire are to get more direct rail services to London under a new franchise deal.

    Huddersfield will get a direct link to the capital for the first time since 1960 and Dewsbury will also get a direct connection.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

     
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    11:53: Pupils 'access adult sites' Yorkshire Evening Post

    One in six Leeds children has accessed adult material on computers in their classrooms, researchers claim.

     
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    11:42: Pontefract Castle's dark side revealed Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The dark side of Pontefract Castle's history is being brought back to life on TV tonight.

    Pontefract Castle

    The landmark castle, now mere ruins, features as part of a Channel 5 series called Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty, which tonight examines the death of Richard II at the castle in 1400.

     
  43.  
    11:30: Ten new signings at Yorkshire BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Yorkshire Cricket Club has announced this morning that 10 players have signed new deals with the club.

    Among them is England top-order batsman Joe Root who has signed a two-year extension until 2016.

    He's joined by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd and leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who'll play their cricket at Yorkshire until at least 2016.

     
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    11:20: Rail route praise

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said a consortium that has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route will do an "even better job" than the public sector.

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

    The franchise, which covers the route between London and Edinburgh, has been publicly run since 2009.

     
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    11:10: Bypass closed 'for several hours' Yorkshire Post

    A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a one-car road traffic collision in Leeds.

     
  46.  
    11:00: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The RMT union has criticised the government's decision to award the contract to run the East Coast mainline to a consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin.

    The group has won the eight-year franchise to run the line, which has been state-controlled since 2009.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

     
  47.  
    10:52: Your views on rail franchise via Facebook

    You've been telling us your views on the news that a joint consortium run by Virgin and Stagecoach will take over the East Coast mainline franchise in spring next year.

    Michael James Lockwood said: It wasn't broken so don't try and fix it! I don't understand why the government would risk another failure when the current agreement was working.

    Nathan Lane said: New rolling stock. Our museum pieces are a joke compared to the trains on the west coast.

     
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    10:40: On air now Richard Stead Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask what you'd like to see from the new operators of the East Coast mainline route announced earlier this morning. Email or tweet me with your views.

    Also, I'll hear from the American towns of Bradford, Morley and Leeds' twin-town Louisville where their inhabitants are celebrating Thanksgiving.

    And, our roving reporter Tracy Gee will be finding out more about a drive to get people in West Yorkshire back on to our canals and waterways.

     
  49.  
    10:32: East Coast interactive map

    The Department for Transport tweets: View our interactive map to see how your East Coast journey will benefit from the new deal maps.dft.gov.uk/east-coast/ #BetterRailServices

     
  50.  
    10:25: Leeds striker signed by Crewe BBC Sport

    Crewe Alexandra have signed Leeds United's Nicky Ajose, 23, on a deal lasting 40 days until 5 January.

    Nicky Ajose

    Ajose started his career with Manchester United before joining Peterborough in July 2011.

    He signed for Leeds on a three-year deal in August this year.

     
  51.  
    10:20: East Coast: Passengers' views Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been at Wakefield Westgate station this morning asking rail commuters for their views on the new consortium which will take over the East Coast mainline route next spring.

    Passengers have told me they want to see the fares go down, less congestion and that they want to see the trains speed up a bit.

    Many things are being promised by the new joint Virgin-Stagecoach consortium. Whether these come to fruition, we'll have to wait and see.

     
  52.  
    10:12: 'New investment in stations needed' Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've had a brief Twitter exchange this morning with James Lewis, the head of Metro - West Yorkshire's transport authority - about the new East Coast rail franchise and he says he wants more than just "business as usual".

    He says he wants the new Virgin-Stagecoach consortium to invest more in existing and new West Yorkshire stations such as Bradford Forster Square and the proposed East Leeds Parkway.

    He says if that happens then today's development will be good news for passengers.

     
  53.  
    10:00: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Towns across West Yorkshire are set to get more direct rail services to London under a new franchise deal announced this morning.

    Huddersfield will get a direct link to the capital for the first time since 1960, while Bradford and Shipley will get more trains.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

     
  54.  
    09:51: Serious accident closes road

    BBC Travel reports a serious accident at Stanningley Road in Bramley has closed the road and there's slow traffic eastbound between the Lower Town Street junction and the Cockshott Lane junction.

     
  55.  
    09:40: East Coast rail boost for Huddersfield Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    More on the new East Coast rail franchise which was announced by the government earlier this morning.

    Huddersfield station

    From May 2019, a new service will be introduced by the joint Virgin-Stagecoach consortium between Leeds and Huddersfield station (pictured) via Dewsbury - with one train a day heading in each direction.

    Also, improvements are being promised to ticket offices at Wakefield's two stations.

     
  56.  
    09:19: Drink-driver in court Keighley News

    A drink-driver from Keighley jumped two red lights while fleeing from the police at speeds of up to 100mph, Bradford Crown Court has heard.

     
  57.  
    09:04: Good news for passengers? Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The news that a consortium run by Virgin and Stagecoach will take over the East Coast Mainline route from next year could be good news for passengers in West Yorkshire.

    Leeds station

    We've learned the deal will see an extra train running every two hours operating to Leeds from May 2019, with journey times reduced to two hours - so about 20 minutes less than now.

    Also, an extra six trains are expected to run from London to Harrogate which will go via Horsforth, Bradford Forster Square and Shipley.

     
  58.  
    08:55: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire passengers are set to see more rail services after the Government awarded the East Coast mainline to Inter City Railways.

    The joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin will take control next March.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

     
  59.  
    08:44: Council jobs at risk in cuts plan Yorkshire Evening Post
  60.  
    08:33: East Coast franchise sale BBC Radio 4 Today

    "This was the best of the three bids," Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin tells the Today programme following the news that a Virgin-Stagecoach consortium will take over East Coast mainline.

    He adds the consortium, known as ICR, is offering an increase in the premium that will be paid to the government.

    He says services will also be improved - 23 more rail services will operate from Kings Cross.

     
  61.  
    08:22: Delays in Bradford

    BBC Travel reports there's currently very heavy traffic on the A6177 Mayo Avenue in Bradford at the Staygate Roundabout junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays in the area.

     
  62.  
    08:13: East Coast rail winner announced

    Breaking news this morning is that a consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route which serves West Yorkshire.

    East Coast train

    The firms promised to invest £140m in the route over eight years, and will pay the government £3.3bn for the contract.

    The franchise, which runs through Leeds and Wakefield Westgate, has been publicly run since 2009.

     
  63.  
    08:08: A dull, damp and drizzly morning Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will be another dull and damp day with outbreaks of rain or drizzle through the morning. This will tend to become lighter through the afternoon.

    Weather forecast

    It'll be a murky day with extensive mist and fog lingering over the hills.

    It'll be milder than yesterday with highs of about 10C (50F).

     
  64.  
    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday.

    I'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    And please feel free to send me your news, pictures and comments via leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

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