Man released over death of Normanton woman

A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in West Yorkshire has been released without charge.

The 41-year-year old was found dead at an address on Castleford Road in Normanton at about 19:00 BST on Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out.

Anyone with information that could help the investigation has been urged to contact police.

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    News on the hour 15:58: BBC Radio Leeds

    A man has admitted killing two people in at a house in Bradford in July. Austin Brayford, 33, pleaded guilty to murdering Helen Dawson and Ivor Spratek.

    Police discovered the bodies of 48-year-old Mrs Dawson and 40-year-old Mr Spratek at a house in Sawrey Place, near to the city centre on 13 July. Today at Bradford Crown Court Brayford, who lives in Sawrey Place, was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Leeds Crown Court on 8 October. Listen live here.

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    An armed robber who targeted a social club member of almost £2,000 of takings at gun-point has been jailed.

    Shane Henriques

    Leeds Crown Court heard Shane Henriques was armed with a starter pistol which was capable of discharging blank cartridges. He fired the weapon during one of the incidents at Richmond Hill Community Club.

    Henriques was jailed for five years and four months yesterday after pleading guilty to robbery, theft and two offences of possession of a firearm.

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    Figures from across the political spectrum in Bradford are thanking Scots for voting to stay in the Union.

    This morning, David Ward, Lib Dem MP for Bradford East, said it had been the right result. He said: "I'm not surprised. I always believed there were too many uncertainties. I know when people go into the polling station there is a head-and-heart thing going on.

    News on the hour 14:59: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Changing lives 14:27:

    The Hunslet Club tweets: "What are YOU doing to help young people reach their full potential? Contact us at The Club if you can help volunteer and change lives."

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    Savile allegations probe almost complete 14:15: Halifax Courier

    An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into allegations against a former inspector with West Yorkshire Police having 'acted on behalf' of Jimmy Savile by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009 is nearing completion.

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    News on the hour 13:54: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man has pleaded guilty to murdering two people in Bradford this summer.

    At Bradford Crown Court Austin Brayford admitted killing 48 year old Helen Dawson and 40 year old Ivor Spratek. More from BBC Radio Leeds.

    Fears for church 13:40: Yorkshire Evening Post

    A friends group has been set up to maintain the cemetery at a Grade II listed Leeds church amid claims its owners are failing to act.

    St John's

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    The leader of Leeds City Council Council has called for more devolution from Whitehall.

    Keith Wakefield said: "The Scottish Referendum has proved people feel passionately about, and want to get involved with, political debate when it directly involves them and their local communities.

    "This result reinforces the widespread belief that further devolution must happen, giving local people much more say and control over spending and investment in their areas."

    Man admits double murder 13:09:

    This is the man who has admitted killing two people in Bradford.

    Austin Brayford

    Austin Brayford, 33, pleaded guilty at at Bradford Crown Court to murdering Helen Dawson, 48, and Ivor Spratek, 40, on 13 July.

    Police discovered the bodies of Mrs Dawson and Mr Spratek at a house in Sawrey Place, near to the city centre. Brayford, also of Sawrey Place, was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at Leeds Crown Court on 8 October.

    News on the hour 12:56: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man's admitted killing two people in at a house in Bradford in July. Austin Brayford, 33, pleaded guilty to murdering Helen Dawson and Ivor Spratek. Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

    Lingerie legal battle 12:41: Yorkshire Evening Post

    A shopkeeper is locked in a legal battle over the sale of women's underwear and pyjamas at Leeds St James's Hospital.

    Markku Blackburn

    Markku Blackburn, from Beeston, was given exclusive rights to sell lingerie and nightwear at The Clothes Shop - an outlet he opened in the Gledhow wing in 2011.

    But he claims his business lost tens of thousands of pounds in potential profits after another shop began selling similar items.

    '£37m heroin haul' 12:29: Telegraph & Argus

    A Bradford man was part of a plot to smuggle heroin with a street value of £37m found hidden in a Jaguar being imported into the UK, a court heard.

    The Jaguar car

    The battered X-type had no ignition, no electrics and could not be driven, but was "rammed" with 316 packets of the drug hidden in the bumpers, wheel arches, the dashboard, central consul, spare wheel compartment, engine and rear seating.

    West Yorkshire derby 12:13:

    On the eve of the West Yorkshire derby between Leeds United and Huddersfield Town, Radio Leeds' West Yorkshire Sport tweets: #htafc Lee Peltier expects stick from #lufc fans at ER:"My relationship with them is a bit awkward, we have banter & I respect all of them."

    News on the hour 11:55: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Speaking in the last hour on Radio Leeds, Gerry Sutcliffe, the Bradford South Labour MP, says the upshot of the Scottish Referendum should be more power for West Yorkshire.

    Listen live to BBC Radio Leeds.

    Village plans 11:41:

    Bradford Council tweets: Residents of Cullingworth are being encouraged to have their say on a proposed plan for the village.

    Neighbourhood Development Plans give people a greater say over any form of development in their communities, Cullingworth Parish Council has applied to Bradford Council for permission to prepare one for the village.

    Dumped puppy 11:27: Halifax Courier

    RSPCA inspectors are urging any witnesses to come forward after a gravely ill Akita puppy was dumped by a roadside in Ripponden.

    The puppy

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    West at its best 11:16:

    Let's not wish the year away but Paul Goodyear took this autumnal picture at Temple Newsam.

    Autumn colours at Temple Newsam

    If you taken a similar picture showing West Yorkshire at its best, why not send it to me by email.

    News on the hour 10:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Videos highlighting the dangers of York's rivers have been made by the family and friends of people who've lost their lives in the water.

    This year, three people have drowned on nights out in the city including Jackie Roberts's daughter Megan, from Wetherby. She drowned in the River Ouse earlier this year.

    The videos are part of a new safety campaign by the police and the council. Listen to more on Radio Leeds.

    Dressed to impress? 10:50:

    Scot Malcolm Campbell was dressed to impress when he came into the studios in Leeds to talk to Wes Butters.

    Malcolm Campbell

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    Silsden crossing concerns 10:33: Keighley News

    Councillors have expressed concern over plans for a pedestrian crossing improvement in Silsden.

    Councillor Andrew Mallinson

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    Calling Calder Grove 10:22: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Train travel news 10:08:

    Northern Rail tweets: Due to an earlier "operating incident" the 10:26 Doncaster to Leeds (due 11:14) will now be started from Wakefield Westgate.

    Radio Leeds News 09:58: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

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    'Slow down' plea 09:41: Yorkshire Evening Post

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    Residents at the scene

    Despite speed humps being installed in Newhall Road, Belle Isle, three years ago, residents say joyriders have continued putting lives at risk by travelling as fast as twice the 30mph speed limit, causing a series of cars to be rolled and several more to be damaged on the estate.

    Westminster hated? 09:30:

    The BBC's Chris Mason tweets: George Galloway @BBCLeeds: It was a very tough fight, we were reminded all over again just how hated the Westminster political class is.

    The Bradford West MP was giving his reaction on his local radio station.

    Parking clamp down 09:22:

    Leeds Council News tweets: Enforcement action taken against West Register car parks: Illegal car parks in Leeds are being clamped down on...

    The news follows a decision taken in March 2012 to approve 12 temporary long-stay commuter car parks.

    Giant's play-off mauling 09:06: Huddersfield Examiner

    You can read Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson's verdict on his side's mauling at Wigan in the Super League play-offs on Thursday night.

    Paul Anderson

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    Radio Leeds news 08:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Megan Roberts from Wetherby is one of three people to die in York's rivers this year.

    Listen to more on BBC Radio Leeds.

    08:57: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me from 09:00 because I want to hear your reaction to the Scottish referendum vote. I'll have Malcolm Campbell a proud Scot who lives in West Yorkshire joining me.

    I'll also speak to Richard Carter leader of the political party Yorkshire First. Listen live.

    More power for north? 08:41:

    After the historic No vote in the Scottish referendum, councils in England are calling for an urgent meeting of a constitutional convention to consider the wider impact of the decision.

    Yorkshire flag Will Britain be the same again?

    A group of regional newspapers, including the Yorkshire Post, issued a joint call for more powers for the north of England. The Yorkshire Post says "Britain? It won't ever be the same again" on its front page.

    Titles also including The Journal and The Chronicle, both in Newcastle, the Northern Echo in Darlington, Middlesbrough's Gazette and the Manchester Evening News said the regions should be given "far more control over its own affairs".

    Kirklees' big Euro win 08:26:

    A West Yorkshire council has won a 1m euro (£800,000) prize in a global competition.

    Michael Bloomberg

    Kirklees Council joined the ranks of winners in other top flight cities such as Barcelona, Athens and Stockholm.

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    Dull and damp to start 08:16: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a dull, damp and misty start to the day with patchy drizzle in places.

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    Brighouse accident 08:07:

    BBC Travel is reporting an accident at Gooder Lane, in Brighouse on the A641 Huddersfield Road. It means you should approach with care in both directions.

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