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  1. Updates from Thursday 18 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Friday

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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 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. A cloudy night with a risk of showers

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be mostly dry but quite cloudy at times with a risk of showers and a low temperature of about 9C (48F).

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow will see variable, often large amounts of cloud, thick enough for a few showers, but with some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of about 15C (59F).

  3. Schofield signs for Park Avenue

    James Deighton

    Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford Park Avenue have signed midfielder Danny Schofield from FC Halifax Town as player/coach.

    Halifax manager Martin Drury says: "He's a very fit, quality footballer with a professional approach to everything he does."

  4. Coming up on BBC One

    Phil Bodmer

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    During the last academic year about 1,200 children in Bradford were out of school without authorisation on any given day. So what can be done?

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we investigate how and why so many children are taking unauthorised absences.

    The latest government figures show Bradford has one of the highest rates in the country for classes missed without permission.

  5. 'Fail to stop' collision appeal

    A 23-year-old woman's suffered facial injuries after the Corsa she was driving is believed to have been hit by a black Vauxhall (pictured) whose driver then failed to stop.

    CCTV image of car

    The incident happened on Whetley Lane in Bradford at about 19:10 yesterday. The impact of the collision caused the Corsa to hit a parked van and two other vehicles. Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

  6. Briscoe 'gutted' over injury delay

    James Deighton

    Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    A two-week delay to the return of Leeds Rhinos' winger Tom Briscoe after a shoulder injury is a blow for the player, coach Brian McDermott has said.

    "He was improving but now he doesn't seem to be improving. He's gutted, but when he does come back there's still a fair chunk of the year left," said McDermott, whose side face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup next week.

  7. Family 'does not support' missing sisters

    The parents and family of the three Dawood sisters from Bradford who are believed to be on their way to Syria with their nine children say they reject the women's actions.

    Missing women

    "We do not support the actions of the sisters leaving their husbands and families in the UK and of taking their children into a war zone where life is not safe to join any group," the family has said in a new statement.

  8. Dawood family 'devastated'

    The parents and family of the three sisters and nine children from Bradford who are believed to be heading for Syria say they're "devastated" by their disappearance.

    In a statement just issued, the family of Sugra, Zohra and Khadija Dawood says: "This has caused great distress to the family and has also stopped us from living a normal life in the UK since this incident.

    "We are very worried about the children who could now be in a dangerous place".

  9. Warning over arson attacks

    More on the spate of 26 arson attacks which the police and fire service say have taken place in Boothtown, Halifax, in the past six weeks.

    Martyn Greenwood, from West Yorkshire Fire Service, said: "Arson is a drain on our resources and can have extremely serious consequences." Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  10. City plays host to Yorkshire Regiment

    More than 150 soldiers from the 1st Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment have marched through the streets of Bradford city centre, exercising their right to the Freedom of the City.

    Soldiers march through Bradford

    The battalion is equipped with Warrior tanks and based in Wiltshire. The Yorkshire Regiment has had a long connection with Bradford and many of the soldiers in the parade are from the area.

  11. Focus needed on Syria-bound young Muslims

    The issue of young Britons travelling to join Islamic State (IS) is not receiving enough attention from the state or Muslim communities, a former senior prosecutor says.

    Nazir Afzal

    Nazir Afzal, who led the Crown Prosecution Service in northwest England from 2011 until this year, says authorities should "resort to law" when children are at risk of being taken to IS-controlled areas.

    His comments come amid growing fears over the whereabouts of three sisters and nine children from Bradford who are thought to have travelled to Syria to join IS.

  12. New bishop for Leeds area

    The first Anglican Bishop of Richmond in nearly a century has been appointed.

    Paul Slater

    Paul Slater will be the suffragan bishop, covering the Leeds area, for the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

    The Venerable Mr Slater, 57, is currently the Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven.

  13. Boothtown hit by arson attacks

    Twenty-six arson-related incidents have taken place in a part of Halifax in just the past six weeks, police and the fire service have revealed as they appeal for witnesses.

    The spate of deliberate fires has taken place in Boothtown, including at Titan Works, Grantham Road and Camel Road. A group of people is believed to be responsible, say police.

  14. Magna Carta celebrations in Pontefract

    How do you build a castle? Lessons will be offered along with morris dancing, a blacksmith display and archery in Pontefract this weekend as the town celebrates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.

    Magna Carta

    Events start on Saturday at 11:00 at Pontefract Castle and run until about 16:00. There'll even be the chance to view a copy of the original Magna Carta, purchased by the Pontefract Magna Carta Group.

  15. Road ban for 121mph drink-driver

    A motorist from Hemsworth who was caught speeding at 121mph with three children in his car while he was two times over the drink-drive limit has been handed an 18-month driving ban.

    Adam Evans

    Adam Evans, 35, was stopped on the M62 near Goole, East Yorkshire, on 9 May. He pleaded guilty at Scunthorpe Magistrates' Court to speeding and driving while over the limit.

  16. 'Do not travel' extremism appeal

    "Do not travel". That's the appeal from Home Secretary Theresa May to Britons considering joining extremists who are fighting in Iraq and Syria.

    Theresa May

    Her comments come as the search goes on for three sisters from Bradford and their nine children who are thought to be in Syria.

    "While I can't comment in detail, I do want to say this to the parents, siblings, faith leaders and community groups whose loved ones may be at risk: I want to work with you to stop this from happening," said Ms May.

  17. Brewery site's heritage to be 'respected'

    With the news that the site of the former Tetley Brewery in Leeds is up for sale, owner Carlsberg UK says it will "take care to select a purchaser who will respect the site's heritage".

    Tetley's site

    The firm added it would be "proactive in bringing forward a successful, high quality development".

  18. Harvard's 'delight' at Ed Balls job

    Harvard University says it's "delighted" to welcome former Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls as a senior fellow to its Center for Business and Government.

    Ed Balls

    In a statement the prestigious university said: "Ed brings enormous depth and breadth of experience in the public sector. We're confident he'll make a valuable contribution."

  19. Library to close for eight months

    Shipley Library is to close for about eight months at the end of August for a £640,000 refurbishment including new heating and lighting, Bradford Council has announced.

    Shipley Library

    The library is said by the council to be one of the busiest in the district, attracting 284,000 visitors every year. This will be its first refurbishment since it opened in 1985.

  20. Briscoe's Rhinos return delayed

    Adam Pope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott tells BBC West Yorkshire Sport that winger Tom Briscoe's comeback is delayed by at least two weeks as his shoulder injury isn't improving as expected.

    Leeds Rhinos' Tom Briscoe

    The club had hoped Briscoe would be back in contention for next week's Challenge Cup tie at his former club Hull FC.

  21. My Ramadan: 'A month to feed my mind'

    Sabbiyah Pervez

    BBC Look North

    The Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts this week. I've always looked forward to it purely because I enjoy the physical and mental trial. I use it as a month to refocus and to feed my mind.

    I believe nothing is impossible, you just need to have the mental resolve and determination to plough on. Read my Ramadan blog here.

  22. Weekend warning for drivers

    Leeds Inner Ring Road will be partially closed this weekend, drivers are being warned, as work continues to strengthen Woodhouse Tunnel.

    Woodhouse Tunnel

    The tunnel will be completely closed from Friday to Sunday - 19:00 until 06:00 - and the eastbound tunnel will be shut from 06:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

  23. Coach's son's 'powerful messages' for Wildcats

    Adam Pope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Brian Smith has revealed his son Keegan, who is an expert in nutrition and fitness having previously worked with Catalan Dragons in Super League and the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, will visit the club next week to offer his assistance.

    Wildcats logo

    Smith says: "I'm just tapping into his expertise. He's got some powerful messages and he's had some wonderful experiences so he'll share that with me, my staff and our players."

  24. My Ramadan: Coping as a working mother

    The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins today, with fasting from sunrise to sunset as well as a focus on charity work, personal reflection and prayer.


    BBC Look North journalist Sabbiyah Pervez, who was born and bred in Bradford, shares her hopes and fears as she prepares for the rigours of her first Ramadan as a full-time working mother.

  25. 'Cherished' guitar stolen

    A "distinctive" Gibson Les Paul Standard guitar has been stolen during a "targeted" burglary in Huddersfield, police say.

    Stolen guitar

    The instrument, described by Det Sgt Mark Taylor as "distinctive, and very much a cherished item with great sentimental value to the victim", was taken from a property on Halifax Road in Birchencliffe in Tuesday.

  26. Inspectors brand school 'inadequate'

    Telegraph & Argus

    One of Bradford's biggest secondary schools has been branded "inadequate" after poor performance by pupils in last year's exam results.

    Tong High School
  27. Spectacular Silsden Moor sunset

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thank you Dave Dimmock in Silsden for sharing this fantastic picture taken of the sunset over Silsden Moor.

    Sunset over Silsden Moor

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

  28. Harvard post for Ed Balls

    Louise Martin

    Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Ed Balls, the former Morley and Outwood MP who lost his seat in last month's election, has taken a new job at America's prestigious Harvard University.

    Ed Balls

    The ex-Labour MP has become a senior fellow researching financial stability, particularly international patterns of economic growth, investment and productivity.

  29. Analysis: A one-way ticket to Syria?

    Paul Wood

    BBC Middle East correspondent, Turkey

    The Bradford families who are thought to be heading to - or are already in - Syria may find they have bought a one-way ticket.

    A Syrian activist told me there were as many as 200 women - widows of jihadis or those not yet married - under house arrest in the heart of Islamic State territory.

  30. Gaskell out for four weeks

    Adam Pope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Bradford Bulls have revealed that half-back Lee Gaskell has been ruled out for at least four weeks after suffering a fractured jaw in the recent victory over Doncaster.

    Scans have shown the full extent of the player's injury which was caused in an incident involving Doncaster forward Matt Groat.

    Groat's been handed a three-match ban and fined £100.

  31. Thieves loot pub furniture in raids

    Ilkley Gazette

    Two pubs trading on the edge of Rombalds Moor have had valuable outdoor furniture stolen in a series of brazen overnight raids.

    Cow and Calf Pub
  32. Husbands 'knew of failed trip'

    Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, says the husbands of the three missing Bradford women knew their wives had been stopped from boarding a plane to Saudi Arabia in March this year.

    Naz Shah MP

    Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Ms Shah said she spoke to the men last night and they explained that if they'd have known the women planned to go to Syria this June "they wouldn't have allowed them to leave".

    It's "a really hard pill to swallow" for the husbands that the three sisters and nine children are now believed to be in Syria, she said.

  33. Cooper in leadership debate

    Labour leader hopeful Yvette Cooper - who is the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford - has taken part in the first live television debate of the contest.

    Yvette Cooper

    Ms Cooper went head-to-head with Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn in Nuneaton last night, a marginal seat Labour failed to win at the election.

    During the debate, Ms Cooper revealed she had spent a year off work on sick leave some 20 years ago, relying on welfare, and "as a result, I would never say that people who can't work are workshy".

  34. Missing family: What we know

    Following yesterday's dramatic developments concerning the three sisters and nine children from Bradford who've gone missing and may be heading for Syria, this is what we know:

    • The three sisters were stopped from leaving on a flight from the UK earlier this year
    • Police say the group was the subject of security checks
    • One of the missing sisters has been in contact with her family
    • Their brother Ahmed is thought to be fighting with extremists in Syria
    • The children's absence from school to travel was unauthorised
    • Police say an 'intensive investigation' into the group's whereabouts is ongoing
  35. Armitstead out of Tour

    BBC Sport

    Otley's Lizzie Armitstead is out of the Women's Tour following a crash which happened just seconds after she won the first stage in Suffolk.

    Lizzie Armitstead being treated

    Armitstead celebrated by raising her arms as she crossed the line, before putting her hands back on her bike. She then collided with a group of photographers and race director Mick Bennett.

    "I remember winning with the help of my team-mates and then not much else", she said. "Nothing broken just very sore."

  36. Search goes on for 'Syria-bound' family

    The search is continuing for three women and their nine children from Bradford who have gone missing and are now almost certainly in Syria.

    Missing women

    One of the Dawoods has made contact with relatives back in Bradford, more than a week after the family went missing following a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

    It's also emerged the group were prevented from taking a flight from Manchester to the Middle East in March - but simply re-booked it a few days later.

  37. A breezy day with some sunshine

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a bright and a breezy day with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

    Weather forecast

    Cloud will generally increase through the day but it'll remain broken with some spells of sunshine and all parts will remain dry.

    It'll be cooler than yesterday with a top temperature of about 18C (64F).

  38. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 18 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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