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  1. Updates on Friday 19 June 2015
  2. News, sport travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

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By Trevor Gibbons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Alex Moss

    BBC Local Live

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

    Join us again at 08:00 on Monday for more news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Cloudy with showers later

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Rather cloudy and dry but showery rain spreading later from the west with a minimum temperature of about 11C (48F).

    Keeley Donovan

    Tomorrow will see a showery start with cloud. Some sunny spells developing with the occasional showers.

    The top temperature will be about 18C (64F).

  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 get the latest on the three sisters and nine children from Bradford who are believed to have entered Syria to join up with Islamic State.

    An IS smuggler says the family were split into two groups to cross the border from Turkey to Syria.

    The latest development comes as mosques use Friday prayers to reflect on a week that has seen Yorkshire at the centre of the debate around radical Islam.

  4. Bradford sister 'did not like UK'

    BBC News


    More on the interview with a friend of Zohra Dawood, one of the Bradford sisters believed to be in Syria.

    Sugra Dawood, Zohra Dawood and Khadija Dawood

    In an anonymous interview with the BBC, the friend said Zohra wanted to live in Saudi Arabia because she "didn't like the UK" and thought England was becoming "more like America".

    Khadija, Sugra and Zohra Dawood and their nine children disappeared after travelling to Saudi Arabia to take part in a religious pilgrimage.

    Earlier an Islamic State smuggler said they had now reached Syria.

  5. BreakingBradford sister 'didn't want to raise children in UK'


    One of the three Bradford sisters believed to have travelled to Syria, Zohra Dawood, told a friend she "didn't want her daughters to grow up in England".

  6. Two hurt in light aircraft crash

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Two women were hurt when a light aircraft veered off the runway and crashed in Huddersfield.

    Crashed aircraft in field off Crosland Moor Airfield

    It is thought the plane veered down a banking, through a wall and came to rest in a field off Crosland Moor Airfield. None of those on board were badly hurt.

  7. Teens attacked for mobile phones

    Alex Moss

    BBC Local Live

    Two teenagers were punched in the face several times by a gang of men who tried to steal their mobile phones.

    The attack happened on Greenhead Lane in the Waterloo area of Huddersfield in the early hours of Saturday.

    West Yorkshire Police said two of the suspects were around 6ft tall, skinny with short, spiky hair.

  8. Boys, 13, arrested over 'video attack'

    Three 13-year-old boys have been arrested after video footage emerged on social media sites showing a boy being attacked in Bradford.

    Screen grab of the attack

    The boys, who are from the Heaton area of Bradford, have been arrested on suspicion of assault, according to West Yorkshire Police.

    The force says officers have spoken to the family of the 12-year-old victim, who have confirmed is he safe and well.

  9. Eight hurt after bus and car crash

    Eight people have been taken to hospital after a crash between a car and a double decker bus in Leeds.

    The scene of the crash on York Street

    The accident on York Street happened earlier and caused delays for motorists coming into the city centre.

    The car driver and some bus passengers were injured but not seriously. The road is now clear.

  10. Bradford sisters: Local reaction

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    After an IS smuggler's told the BBC three Bradford sisters and their nine children split into two groups have crossed the border into Syria, muslims in West Yorkshire have been reacting to the news.

    Judith Moritz

    It's the first Friday prayers of Ramadan here at the Al-Mahdi Mosque and the community here are thinking about the families involved.

    The imam is asking the community to here to pray for the family and remind them that of course Ramadan is a time for peacefulness.

  11. Bradford sister: 'Husbands knew about March flight'

    Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, has said the husbands of the missing Bradford women knew they were stopped from leaving on a flight from the UK earlier this year.

    Missing women

    Ms Shah said she had spoken to the men last night and says it is now "even worse for them" after the news that they are thought to be in Syria.

  12. Village gears up for first scarecrow festival

    Wakefield Express

    BBC Look North presenter Amy Garcia will open West Bretton's first ever scarecrow festival tomorrow.

    West Bretton Scarecrow Festival

    The village has come together to create more than 40 scarecrows, which will form part of a special trail.

  13. Talking about grief

    BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire couple have set up a project thought to be the first of its kind in the county.

    Cemetery in Halifax

    Getting people to talk more about grief is the aim of Grief Conversations.

    Joanna Christina and Steve Anderson open up their home in Mytholmroyd on a monthly basis to anyone who wants to discuss coping with losing a loved one.

  14. Anti-terror police 'inquiries continuing'

    Alex Moss

    BBC Local Live

    The North East Counter Terrorism Unit says it's "continuing to make extensive enquiries" in order to try and bring three Bradford sisters and their nine children back to the UK.

    The group, which went missing following a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, travelled to the Saudi city of Medina on 28 May and were last seen in a hotel in the city.

    An Islamic State smuggler has told the BBC they have now crossed into Syria.

  15. Olympic cycling double medallist Ed Clancy backs Huddersfield Criterium

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Double Olympic cycling champion Ed Clancy has backed a bike race around Huddersfield town centre.

    ed clancy

    And Huddersfield Town fan Ed says he's 'gutted' he won't be able to take part in the second annual Huddersfield Criterium, on July 8, due to other commitments.

  16. 'Immigration positive for country'

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff says the realities of immigration need to be separated from extremist views.

    She says: "Our NHS would not function without immigration. It is largely positive for our country.

    "We need tough controls on people who don't wish to contribute to our country."

  17. Radical Islam: 'Isis are monsters'

    Richard Stead

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Responding to a question over whether sanctions should be imposed, Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff says: "Isis are out of control, they are terrorists, they are monsters, and unfortunately sanctions would be ignored and could even be a counter productive element.

    "As a government we need to consider what our next steps should be in dealing with ISIS".

  18. Radicalisation 'dealt with at grassroots level'

    Richard Stead

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    We are debating radical Islam in the Hotseat this morning.

    Qari Asim, an Imam at a mosque in Leeds, (pictured left) says work to tackle radicalisation needs to be dealt with at a "grassroots level".

    Imam Qari Asim and Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff

    Dewsbury MP Paula Sheriff (pictured right) says: "It's been an incredibly tough week, but we are resilient, we are tough and will come through this. There is a lot more that brings us together than divides us".

  19. Bradford sisters: 'No way to leave IS easily'

    BBC News Channel

    The BBC's Middle East correspondent Paul Wood (pictured) says if the Dawood sisters and their children have crossed into Syria they will not be able to leave.

    paul wood

    He says: "It absolutely is a one-way ticket. They will not be able to leave."

  20. Championship stadium guide

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Here's everything needed for a trip to the Championship stadiums football fans will be visiting in season 2015/16.

    Football in net

    The six new clubs in this year's league are the three relegated Premier League sides (Hull City, Burnley and QPR) and the three promoted sides from League One (Bristol City, MK Dons and Preston North End).

  21. Get your questions in

    BBC Radio Leeds

    There's a chance to question a local MP and imam today on BBC Radio Leeds..

    Qari Asim and Paula Sheriff

    Paula Sherriff, Labour MP for Dewsbury, and Qari Asim, from a mosque in Leeds, are in the Hotseat on BBC Radio Leeds from 11am.

    We'll be talking about how communities can come together in light of the news about the Bradford family missing in Syria and the news of a suicide bombing by Dewsbury teenager Talha Asmal. Call 0845 3033333 to have your say.

  22. Old pub site in Leeds set for new lease of life

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Plans for the redevelopment of the trouble-hit former site of the Squinting Cat pub in Leeds have taken a significant step forward.

    The Squinting Cat in 2012

    Leeds City Council bosses are poised to award a near-£2m contract to building firm Britcon for the construction of 18 new apartments on land in Swarcliffe once occupied by the pub.

  23. Bradford families: 'Poorly-guarded' border

    Paul Wood

    BBC Middle East correspondent

    I'm on the Turkish-Syrian border and have spoken to the smuggler who confirmed the Dawood sisters had crossed into Syria.

    If what he says is true, it clears up the main ambiguity of this story - whether the sisters were really heading for the so-called Islamic State, or some other part of Syria, controlled by some other armed group.

    Smugglers say IS only has one route into Syria still working - the border at that point is poorly guarded and in many places consists only of a fence so the sisters and their children would have entered the so-called Islamic State fairly easily. If they are there however they will not be allowed to leave.

  24. Smuggler's information fits news

    Paul Wood

    BBC Middle East correspondent

    Further news on the three sisters and nine children from Bradford missing after a trip to Saudi Arabia.

    The three sisters from Bradford

    The smuggler's information that all 12 people are now in Syria fits with the news that one of the sisters, Zohra, sent.

    She left a message to her family that she was inside Syria she died not say exactly where, though, or with whom.

  25. 'Family has crossed border'

    BBC News


    Read more on the three Bradford sisters and nine children feared to have travelled to Syria have crossed the border, a smuggler has told the BBC.

    An Islamic State smuggler in charge of some of the group's border operations says the family were split into two groups to cross into Syria.

    He said the first group went early on Wednesday and the second on Thursday.

  26. Cameron warning on IS

    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    David Cameron will warn later the the threat posed by Islamic State is "one of the biggest" the world has faced and must be confronted by everyone in Britain, including families and communities.

    David Cameron

    His comments come as a Bradford family are believed to be in Syria.

    Sisters Khadija, Sugra and Zohra Dawood and their nine children disappeared after travelling to Saudi Arabia to take part in a religious pilgrimage.

    And Talha Asmal, 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, is thought to have been the UK's youngest-ever suicide bomber when he reportedly blew himself up in Iraq on Saturday.

  27. Bradford family 'cross border'

    Paul Wood

    BBC Middle East correspondent

    More on the news about the family from Bradford thought to be heading for Syria.

    We're told that the women and their children were split into two groups to cross the border into Syria.

    The first six went in the early hours of Wednesday and the final group went yesterday… that's according to a man who's part of the ISIS smuggling network.

  28. BreakingBradford sisters are 'in Syria'


    A smuggler connected to the so-called Islamic State has told the BBC that all of the three Bradford sisters and their nine children are now in Syria.

  29. Latest headlines

    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    The top stories so far today on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire are:

    • David Cameron will warn later about the dangers of the ideology of Islamic State being "quietly condoned"
    • Bradford Council's told BBC Radio Leeds there's no cause for concern about the nine children who believed to have been taken to Syria by their mothers.
    • National Express has started an investigation into a woman's claim she was subjected to harassment on a coach journey to Leeds.
  30. Traffic: Only minor congestion

    BBC Travel

    Traffic generally seems to be moving well. There is some minor congestion including at the A62 Cooper Bridge roundabout in Mirfield with the A644 Wakefield Road.

    It's busy but moving stay up to date on the BBC Travel page.

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    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC News, Yorkshire

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