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  1. Updates on Thurs 13 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire. We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

A rainy evening and night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This evening will be cloudy with patchy rain at first and again later and a minimum temperature of about 9C (48F).

Weather outlook

Tomorrow will see a cloudy morning with outbreaks of heavy rain.

It'll become dry through the afternoon with a top temperature of about 11C (52F).

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration from 18:30 for BBC Look North as we find out what's been going on today at the site in Bradford once known as the "hole" but which is now rapidly turning into the Westfield shopping development.

Also, we'll both be getting into gear as we prepare to mount our tandem once again for Children in Need Day tomorrow. We'll be setting out on our very own Tour de Bradford.

Clubs target Bradford striker

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has told BBC Radio Leeds that

a number of clubs including Peterborough are interested in taking striker Aaron McLean on loan.

Aaron McLean

Parkinson says: "A couple of League Two clubs wanted to take him. Peterborough haven't matched the money we've been offered at this stage".

Man jailed for online grooming

Halifax Courier

A man from Queensbury has been jailed for a number of sexual offences involving teenage girls,

following a policing operation by Cumbria Constabulary.

Train drivers vote to strike

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Rail passengers in West Yorkshire will need to make alternative arrangements on 21 and 27 November

with the news that train drivers employed by Northern Rail have voted to strike.

Trade union Aslef said its members voted by more than four to one in favour of industrial action, with an 82% turnout, in a row over pay.

CCTV appeal after sexual assault

Police have released CCTV images of

two men they want to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The 19-year-old victim was at the University of Leeds student union on the evening of Friday 7 November. In the early hours of Saturday, she became separated from her friends and met two men in the venue.

The three went to a house in the local area where she was subjected to the sex attack.

That festive feeling...

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Leeds City Council: Just in case you didn't know, the official time for the #Leeds Xmas lights #SwitchOn is 8:05pm! #MagicalLeeds

Shop blaze: Arson suspected

Telegraph & Argus

A fierce blaze which destroyed a shop in Bradford early today

is being treated as a suspected arson attack.

Scene of fire
Telegraph and argus

Region avoids wider house sales fall

The Yorkshire and Humber region is

one of only two in England and Wales to avoid a fall in house sales in October, according to surveyors.

However, surveyors say they're confident the market will pick up in the medium term.

Demand from new buyers slowed for the fourth consecutive month in October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said.

World Cup star's 1966 medal sold

Huddersfield Examiner

Former Huddersfield Town star Ray Wilson's 1966 World Cup medal

has been sold at auction for a stunning £136,000.

World Cup medal

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Metro Travel News: CLEARED Trains now able to run as normal between Huddersfield & Leeds following a vehicle striking a bridge at Ravensthorpe.

The Great War: An Elegy

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

In case you missed it,

there's still time to catch up with acclaimed Marsden poet Simon Armitage's Culture Show special in which he tells seven real-life stories from World War One.

Simon Armitage

Armitage visits French beaches, German prison camps and remote corners of the Scottish Highlands as he considers the death of more than 700,000 British soldiers in the conflict.

Featuring readings both by the poet himself and surviving relatives of those whose stories he tells, this moving film reflects on that catastrophic loss of life.

Watch it now on the BBC iPlayer.

Asda sales hit by 'shockwave'

BBC Business News reports that

sales at Leeds-based Asda have fallen, hit by what the retailer calls "a shockwave" in the supermarket sector.

Asda sign

Asda, which is owned by US grocery giant Wal-Mart, says sales at stores open for more than a year were 1.6% lower in the third quarter, compared with the previous three months. In the second quarter, sales rose 0.6%.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A multimillion-pound scheme to control dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building could be just days away from being given planning permission.

But the plans, set out by the owners of Bridgewater Place, face yet more delays: they've already slipped several months behind the owners' original schedule.

On air now

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as it emerges that plans to cut dangerous winds around Yorkshire's tallest building - Bridgewater Place in Leeds - could soon get the go-ahead.

Also, the new Anglican bishop of Leeds tells me about his letter from the Prime Minister concerning Syrian Christian refugees. And I discover what can be found at the bottom of a Wakefield canal.

Rail delays after vehicle hits bridge

National Rail Enquiries reports there are currently

delays of up to 30 minutes on trains between Huddersfield and Leeds.

This is due to a vehicle hitting a bridge at Ravensthorpe. There's currently "no firm estimate" of how long the disruption will last, but it's likely to continue until at least 18:00.

Damning report into council finances

Keighley News

A damning auditors' report of Keighley Town Council has revealed a "catalogue of disaster", including possible unlawful activity.

Man jailed for web grooming

A Bradford man who groomed girls over the internet has been jailed for 32 months.

Andrew Garth
Cumbria Constabulary

Andrew Garth, 60, was caught in an operation by Cumbria Police, in which an undercover officer posed online as a 14-year-old-girl.

She and Garth had sexually explicit conversations on a dating website, before arranging to meet in Whitehaven, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Work to protect people from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building is facing a delay of several months.

City councillors will debate plans for a scheme to control strong winds at Bridgewater Place next week - at least three months later than the building's owners had hoped.

A cloudy but dry afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll remain mostly cloudy for the rest of the day but for many it'll be dry.

Thicker cloud will, however, bring patchy outbreaks of rain towards the end of the day.

The top temperature will be about 12C (54F) with a freshening southeast wind, becoming strong and gusty over the hills.

Appeal after injured men found

A 23-year-old man is in a serious condition in Leeds General Infirmary

after being found with head injuries following a disturbance in South Elmsall.

Emergency services were called to Minsthorpe Lane just before midnight on Tuesday after the man was found along with a 48-year-old man, who was also suffering from head injuries.

Police say they'd like to speak to anyone who saw or heard any disturbance or suspicious behaviour in the area between 23:30 and 00:00 on Tuesday.

Lock gives up its secrets

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A unique view of one of West Yorkshire's engineering feats will be on offer this weekend.

Thornes Lock
john slater

The 22m (66ft) Thornes Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation in Wakefield is being drained so repairs can be carried out, including the fitting of new lock gates.

On Sunday,

visitors will be able to walk along the lock bottom and see what usually lies beneath the water. The event runs from 09:30 until 15:30.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

Work to protect people from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building is facing a delay of several months, BBC Radio Leeds has revealed today.

Countdown to Christmas starts

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Pop stars and sport stars will be taking to the stage this evening in Leeds

as the city starts the countdown to Christmas.

Celebrations in Leeds
leeds city council

The Leeds Lights switch-on, which starts from 19:00 in Victoria Gardens, is expected to attract a crowd of at least 15,000 people.

People taking part in the switch-on include X-Factor winner Sam Bailey, Yorkshire boy band My Forever, boxing champion Josh Warrington and Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn.

Horse race 'run over wrong distance'

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

An investigation has found that a horse race at Wetherby

has been run over the wrong distance for five years.

Charlie Hall Chase in 2014

Instead of the official three miles and "about" one furlong, the Charlie Hall Chase (pictured in November 2014) has been staged over 78 yards too short, and the start will now be moved.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has found four out of 10 race distances used at the track were incorrect.

Controlled explosion: 'No arrests'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've spoken to West Yorkshire Police to get more clarification over the controlled explosion of a quantity of picric acid at Bradford University this morning.

Police say there have been no arrests over the incident, which saw bomb disposal experts called to dispose of the substance, which can be used as an explosive.

We're also waiting for a statement from the university. More as soon as we get it.

News on the Hour

Larry Budd

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Plans to protect the public from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building are facing a delay of several months.

Councillors will debate the scheme for control strong winds at Bridgewater Place next week, but that's at least three months later than the building's owners had hoped.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Ceremony marks Westfield progress

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A ceremony will be held later to mark the end of the first phase of building work

at the much-delayed Westfield shopping centre in Bradford.

Westfield development

Westfield took ownership of the 12-acre city centre site in 2004, but work was halted in February 2008 because of the financial crisis.

The £260m centre, on the site of what became known by local residents as the "Bradford Hole", is now on course to open in just over a year's time.

City Centre Road Closures

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Due to the Christmas lights switch-on in Leeds this evening, various roads will be closed in the city centre.

Leeds City Council has

all the latest details about the closures here, as well as information about other road closures during switch-ons across Leeds in the coming fortnight.

Behind the scenes at Westfield

Spencer Stokes

Reporter, BBC Look North

I'm in Bradford at the site of the Westfield development where, since last Christmas, builders have been

making up for lost time on the much-delayed shopping mall.

Westfield centre

On the day a "topping-out" ceremony is held here, it's possible for the first time to get a sense of what it will look like when it opens.

For Bradford, this development is carrying the hopes of a city and there's a sense of relief that the city's notorious hole has finally been filled.

Controlled explosion after acid find

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Following reports to the BBC Leeds newsroom of a big bang heard in Bradford, we've checked it out and it emerges that it was bomb disposal experts carrying out a controlled explosion.

It seems that police were called to Bradford University yesterday afternoon to help dispose of a quantity of picric acid - which can be used as an explosive.

Police say the acid was kept in a sealed canister overnight and it has now been safely disposed of by the Army.

News on the Hour

Tracy Gee

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford aid worker has pledged to continue the work of Alan Henning

who was beheaded by Islamic State militants.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Nazim Ali says he's just returned from a trip to the Turkish border with Syria to deliver aid.

Ceremony for new bishop

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A ceremony is taking place now

to officially install the new Catholic Bishop of Leeds.

Monsignor Marcus Stock has been promoted from being a parish priest in Birmingham to the position, which covers West Yorkshire and further afield.

The Right Reverend Stock says while the appointment "came as a bit of a shock", he says he'll do his best to "serve with joy and with vigour".

Fraud gang scam warning

Huddersfield Examiner

West Yorkshire Police is warning people to be on their guard against a scam which started off in London

but is now spreading to the rest of the country.

Calder Valley mist

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Ann-Marie Holmes in Hebden Bridge for sending in this fantastic shot she's taken of the misty Calder Valley at dawn.

Mist over Calder Valley
Ann-marie holmes

Have you taken any photos of West Yorkshire you'd like to share? Get in touch using the icon at the top of this page.

News on the Hour

Tracy Gee

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Plans to protect people from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building face a delay of several months.

BBC Radio Leeds can reveal councillors will debate the scheme for controlling strong winds at Bridgewater Place next week - at least three months later than the building's owners had hoped.

Listen live by clicking on the audio icon at the top of this page.

Missing teenagers found safe

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Two West Yorkshire teenagers who we reported yesterday had gone missing separately have both been found overnight.

A 16-year-old girl

was found yesterday evening in the Paddock area of Huddersfield. A 16-year-old boy
has also been found safe and well, police confirmed.