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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 10 June 2015

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

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

  2. A dry night with some cloud

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dry with clear periods, although some low cloud is possible later with a low temperature rurally of about 4C (39F).

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow will see a grey start in places, otherwise it'll be a dry and bright day with long spells of sunshine.

    It'll feel warm with highs of up to 20C (68F).

  3. Coming up on BBC One

    Harry Gration

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report on controversial plans to frack in part of Yorkshire which have gone out to public consultation today.

    Also, we'll be finding out why plans are afoot in Bradford to encourage a whole new generation of schoolchildren to get up close and personal with bees.

  4. Sunset over Bronte Country

    Thanks to Steve Swis for sending us this atmospheric picture of yesterday's sunset over Keighley Moor.

    Sunset over Keighley Moor

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet us your photographs?

  5. Bradford pupils keep buzzing

    Spencer Stokes

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    I've been finding out more about a beekeeping association in West Yorkshire which is raising the profile of the honey bee by introducing schoolchildren to apiculture.

    Bradford Beekeepers Association with schoolchildren

    Amelia, a pupil at Low Ash Primary School in Shipley said: "It was crazy inside the beehive, there were loads of bees buzzing around. It's like they're all in your head."

    The world's bee population has fallen dramatically over recent years. Watch my report here.

  6. New homes plan a step closer

    Huddersfield Examiner

    A £1m bid has been made for three new housing projects in Kirklees which could mean more than 600 new houses.

    Site for possible new development
  7. City's cinema heritage in focus

    Hotel staff in Bradford are to be given advice and training about the city's cinema heritage and about the many locations which have been used in films, such as Billy Liar (pictured) and Room at the Top.

    Scene from Billy Liar

    Bradford beat Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to become the first city to be designated World City of Film by culture organisation Unesco in 2009.

    City of Film director David Wilson said: "Hotel reception staff are often the first point of contact for visitors to the city and I think it's important they're equipped with key facts about our film credentials."

  8. Elland Road move for Erwin

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    Leeds United have signed striker Lee Erwin from Motherwell on a three-year deal.

    Lee Erwin

    The 21-year-old is a former Scotland Under-19 international who made his senior Motherwell debut last summer.

    Erwin said Scottish heroes at Elland Road such as Peter Lorimer and Ross McCormack were part of the reason he joined the club. "People like that inspire you to be here," he said.

  9. Increased patrols after attacks

    Police investigating two attempted serious sexual assaults in Leeds over the past three days say they "fully appreciate" such incidents will have caused concern.

    At a media briefing earlier today, police revealed they were investigating possible links between the two incidents, one in Kirkstall on Monday and the other today near Burley.

    Ch Supt Paul Money says: "We're conducting extensive enquiries into both incidents and officers from the local neighbourhood policing teams are mounting increased patrols in both areas to provide visible reassurance."

  10. Cameron shares thoughts on Galloway

    Telegraph & Argus

    Toppled Bradford Respect MP George Galloway had the "unique distinction of always speaking with immense power, but always being completely wrong", David Cameron has said.

    George Galloway
  11. Missing Leeds woman found

    A woman who's been missing from her home in Leeds for more than two days has been located, police have confirmed.

    Glennys Scrivener, 58, disappeared from her home in Adel on Monday morning, but she's now been found "safe and well".

    A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "We're very grateful to everyone who supported the appeals for information to trace her."

  12. 'Scratch' clue to sex attacker

    Police investigating a possible link between two attempted sex attacks in Leeds within the past 72 hours say the man behind one of the assaults may have scratches on his face.

    Bridge near Redcote Lane

    The suspect, who attacked a woman near the metal bridge over the River Aire at Redcote Lane (pictured) on Monday afternoon, is described as about 5ft 6in tall, skinny and was wearing a dark tracksuit with a zipped top.

    Det Ch Insp Elizabeth Belton said: "We believe the victim scratched this man's face during the incident. I'm appealing for anyone who knows someone who fits the general description, who's had scratchmarks to their face since Monday teatime."

  13. Canada visit councillor loses seat

    Huddersfield Examiner

    A new councillor has lost his town council seat without ever taking it up after he left the country to visit his terminally-ill brother-in-law in Canada.

    Michael Hutchinson
  14. Holmes sticks with Cas Tigers

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Castleford Tigers have agreed a one-year extension with Tom Holmes which will keep the youngster at the club for the 2016 season.

    Tom Holmes in action

    The 19-year-old made his first team Super League debut at home against Catalans Dragons earlier this season after coming through Castleford's Academy ranks.

    Holmes said: "I'm absolutely over the moon. It's a big weight off my shoulders knowing I'll be here next year and I really can't wait."

  15. Nostalgia trip for London bus

    Telegraph & Argus

    A classic London Routemaster bus has taken to the streets of Bradford as a treat for people with learning difficulties.

    London bus and conductor in Bradford
  16. Andrew gets on his bike

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The presenter of BBC Radio Four's PM programme did it for an hour while standing up, so BBC Radio Leeds presenter Andrew Edwards plans do it for three hours on his bike.

    Andrew on bike

    Andrew's presenting his usual drivetime show in an usual way - by pedalling continuously on his bike for the whole programme, with the aim of cycling the equivalent of 39 miles, the distance from Knottingley to Keighley.

    As he puts it: "Three hours, two wheels, one middle-aged beardy man. How far will I get?" Listen live to how he's doing right here.

  17. Savile play 'not disrespectful to victims'

    Meirion Jones, the journalist behind an investigation into Jimmy Savile which was later shelved by the BBC, says a new play about the disgraced Leeds DJ is not in bad taste.

    Meirion Jones

    Mr Jones (pictured) says An Audience With Jimmy Savile, which is written by Jonathan Maitland and premieres in London tonight, may split audiences but is not too soon after the Savile sex abuse revelations first came to light.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said the timing of the play was "not at all disrespectful to all his victims".

  18. Description of sex attack suspects

    Charles Heslett

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police in Leeds investigating a possible link between two attempted serious sexual attacks on women in the city have issued descriptions provided by the victims.

    The first attacker, who struck on Redcote Lane, Kirkstall, at about 17:50 on Monday, is said to be white, about 5ft 6 -7in tall, skinny, with short blond hair and wearing a navy zip-up top and navy tracksuit bottoms.

    The second attacker, who struck at about 06:00 today on the towpath near the A58 in Leeds, is said to be white, about 6ft tall, slim, possibly with a goatee beard and short brown hair.

  19. A dry and sunny afternoon

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be dry and mainly sunny in West Yorkshire.

    Weather forecast

    The top temperature will be about 17C (63F) with a light east wind.

  20. Police 'keeping open mind' on attack links

    Charles Heslett

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    More on the media briefing by police in Leeds who say they're investigating a possible link between two attempted serious sexual attacks on women in the city in the past three days.

    Police briefing

    Det Ch Insp Elizabeth Belton (pictured) tells me: "Due to the proximity of both incidents and the nature of the attacks, it's appropriate to look at linking these offences.

    "However, I'm keeping an open mind and looking at both descriptions of the attackers."

  21. No new-style barriers for crash site

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Highways bosses say steel barriers along a stretch of the M62 where a lorry crashed through the central reservation on Monday will not be replaced with safer, new-design barriers.

    Scene of crash
  22. Sex attacks 'may be linked'

    Charles Heslett

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police in Leeds say they're investigating a possible link between two attempted serious sexual attacks on women in the past three days.


    The first incident happened at about 17:50 on Monday on Redcote Lane, Kirkstall (pictured), when a 23-year-old woman was dragged into bushes before her attacker was disturbed by a passer-by.

    The second attack happened at about 06:00 this morning on the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath near the A58 in Leeds.

  23. Redfearn to stay at Leeds

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    Neil Redfearn is returning to his previous role as the head of the club's academy after being overlooked for the head coach's role.

    Neil Redfearn

    Redfearn guided Leeds to Championship safety last season.

    As part of his contract, he was entitled to another year at the academy if he wasn't offered the main coaching job.

  24. Plans for £5m cancer centre submitted

    Yorkshire Post

    Landmark plans for a futuristic £5m cancer centre at Leeds St James's Hospital have been submitted to Leeds City Council.

    Artist's impression of Maggie's Centre
  25. Your views: New Savile play

    You've been telling us what you think about a new play which is about to hit the stage in London examining the abuse committed by disgraced Leeds broadcaster Jimmy Savile.

    Jimmy Savile

    Martin Walker tweets: I'm all for #FreedomOfSpeech, but this is too clear in people's memories. It's like a musical of the #MoorsMurderers

    Rick Poppa posts on Facebook: There are plays about Hitler so why not about Savile...

    And Joan Halstead posts on Facebook: I dont want to hear anything more about this monster, why would anyone want to see it anyway?

  26. Attempted sex assault: More details expected

    We've just been told that police are to release more details later about an attempted serious sexual assault on a 23-year-old which took place earlier this week.

    A woman was grabbed by a man and dragged into bushes in Redcote Lane, Kirkstall, before he was disturbed and ran off at about 17:50 on Monday.

    We'll bring you all the latest from the media briefing, which starts at about 12:30, as we get it.

  27. Savile play 'serious and sober'

    The author of a new play examining the abuse committed by disgraced Leeds broadcaster Jimmy Savile says the work is "serious, sober and journalistic".

    Jonathan Maitland

    An Audience With Jimmy Savile, which stars Alistair McGowan as the former DJ, opens at London's Park Theatre tonight.

    Playwright Jonathan Maitland (pictured) has told BBC Radio Leeds: "It tries to answer the important question, which is how on earth he got away with it for so long. It's not a comedy, it's not a musical, it's very serious."

  28. £1m FA Cup run boost for Bradford City

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City will have close to £1m more to spend this season, according to the club's chief operating officer James Mason.

    Filipe Morais of Bradford City

    Revenue raised from City's run to the FA Cup quarter-final has significantly boosted the playing budget but Mason's keen to stress the club will continue to be sensible with its cash.

    "We're not going to just spend that. We always set a healthy, competitive budget whatever league we're in and we'll have an even more competitive one next season," he says.

  29. Councils in dog mess top 10

    Calderdale, Bradford and Kirklees are among the top 10 districts in England and Wales for complaints about dog fouling, according to new figures compiled by the BBC.

    Painted pavement sign telling dog owners to clean up after their animals

    During the last financial year, Calderdale Council received 1,320 complaints about dog mess, Bradford Council received 1,249 and Kirklees Council received 1,084.

    Nationally, the number of people fined for failing to pick up their dog's mess fell by almost 20% last year, according to the stats obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

  30. Latest headlines

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far are:

  31. MP's pledge over hospital's future

    Labour's newly-elected MP for Halifax has pledged in her maiden speech in Parliament to keep pressing the Prime Minister over the future of Calderdale Royal Hospital.

    Labour Party

    Last year, closure of the hospital's A&E was said to be the "preferred option" following a review by the local NHS Trust.

    But Holly Lynch has told the Commons that as David Cameron has promised the unit will remain open, she'll "use every opportunity to ask him how and when he'll be making good on that promise".

  32. Yorkshire end Middlesex unbeaten run

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire remain unbeaten in this season's County Championship and got their third win of the campaign yesterday evening with a day to spare.

    Yorkshire v Middlesex action

    The club climb to second in the Division One table after they inflicted Middlesex's first Championship defeat of the summer.

    Yorkshire coach Gillespie said: "The game was a tough one but I was confident we could win it once we knew what we would be chasing and I would have been happy to chase 300."

  33. Jimmy Savile play opens in London

    A play about the abuse committed by disgraced Leeds broadcaster DJ Jimmy Savile will open in London tonight.

    Jimmy Savile

    The play, An Audience With Jimmy Savile, opens at the Park Theatre and stars impersonator Alistair McGowan as Savile.

    According to the theatre's website, the play explores how Savile "groomed the nation". What do you think about the fact this play is going ahead so soon after revelations about Savile first came to light? Email or tweet us with your views.

  34. Latest headlines

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far are:

    • Playwright defends new Savile production
    • MP's pledge over Calderdale Hospital's future
    • '£1m boost' for Bradford City's finances
    • Holmes signs one-year extension at Cas
    • Weather: A fine day with sunny spells
  35. A fine day with sunny spells

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a dry and fine day with broken cloud.

    Weather forecast

    There'll be some sunny spells and light northeast winds.

    The top temperature will be about 17C (63F).

  36. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Wednesday 10 June 2015.

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

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