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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 9 December 2015

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By Liam Ward

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.   

  2. West Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a cloudy and windy evening with outbreaks of rain spreading south, becoming heavy and persistent at times with temperatures dipping as low as about 6C (43F).

    West Yorkshire's weather on Wednesday 9 Decemeber

    Tomorrow will see any overnight rain soon clearing, leaving a bright day with plenty of sunshine and just one or two showers.

    Temperatures could reach a high of about 10C (50F).

  3. More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on BBC Look North

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30 for Look North as we take a look at the government's promise of faster trains, more services and thousands of extra seats,as the winners of Yorkshire's two biggest rail franchises are announced.

    The owners of Northern Rail have lost the franchise and will hand it over to German-owned Arriva. 

    First Group, however, has held on to their franchise and will continue to operate across the Pennines.

  4. From Abbey Road to Ziggy: Beatles and Bowie engineer reveals all in Leeds

    Record producer and engineer Ken Scott, best known for his work with The Beatles, David Bowie and Elton John, is to reveal all about his life in rock at Leeds Beckett University tonight.

    Ken Scott

    Scott is set to share his memories of working with some of the biggest names in rock and pop in a career that's spanned more than half a century.

    He joined Leeds Beckett University as a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts in September.

  5. Travel update: Accident closes one lane of M62 near Lofthouse

    BBC Travel

    Drivers are being warned to expect disruption because of anaccident that has closed one lane of the M62eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell).

  6. Teenager taken to hospital after being hit by car in Leeds

    A 14-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Leeds. 

    The junction of Stanks Lane North and York Road in Leeds

    The collision occurred at about 15:30 this afternoon at the junction of Stanks Lane North and York Road.

    The male driver of the Audi A3 involved in the collision stopped at the scene and spoke to police. Inquiries are ongoing, police say.

  7. Watch: The full 2016 Tour de Yorkshire route

    Here's an animated map of the full route of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, which has just been announced today.

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    Video caption: Here's the full route of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.

    Split into three stages, the cycle race covers 320 miles (515.5km), and will see riders weave across the Yorkshire landscape.

    The race starts on Friday 29 April in Beverley, East Yorkshire, and passes through West Yorkshire on Saturday 30 April before finishing on Sunday 1 May in Scarborough.

  8. Latest headlines: Seven arrested over Hemsworth quad bike deaths and rail franchise announcement a 'bitter blow' for rail staff

    Liam Ward

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire this evening include:

  9. Bradford woman handed 15-month sentence for assault

    A 32-year-old woman from Bradford has been handed a 15-month jail term for an assault that has left a 61-year-old mother with "catastrophic and life-changing injuries".

    Natalie Fleming

    Natalie Fleming, of Moorside Road, Drighlington, who had previously pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday 8 December.

    Fleming had been with her boyfriend in New Station Street in Leeds on Sunday 22 March when she assaulted a 61-year-old woman from Newcastle who was visiting the city as part of a hen party.

    The attack left the victim with a broken hip and shoulder.

  10. Seven arrests over Hemsworth quad bike deaths

    Seven men have been arrested in connection with a collision between a quad bike and a sports car which killed four people from West Yorkshire.

    Police cordon

    Terrie Kirby, 16, Alexandra Binns, 18, Ryan Beal, 20, and Brandon Brown, 20, died after the collision between Upton and Hemsworth early on 27 September.

    This morning, officers arrested a 19-year-old man from Penistone and a 22-year-old man from Barnsley on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.  

    Three men, aged 19, 22, and 28 and all from Barnsley, have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. 

    Two men, who were arrested and released in September, have also been re-arrested.  

    The men from the sports car involved in the collision, aged 21 and 23, remain in police custody.

  11. Rail franchise announcement 'bitter blow' for rail staff

    Today's rail franchise announcements by the government will mean job cuts and risk passenger and staff safety, warns the RMT rail union.

    RMT activists

    Arriva Rail has been handed the Northern franchise covering the majority of local services in West Yorkshire while First will continue to run TransPennine Express services connecting West Yorkshire to the north-west of England.

    Mick Cash, the RMT general secretary, believes the announcement is bad news for rail staff and rail users:

    Quote Message: This widely-trailed announcement is no surprise but will still come as a bitter blow to rail users and rail staff across the North. Rather than all the garbage about the Northern Powerhouse, this morning's​ announcement opens the door to years of cuts to staff and safety and to profiteering on an epic scale." from Mick Cash RMT General Secretary
    Mick CashRMT General Secretary
  12. Latest headlines: Seven arrested over Hemsworth quad bike crash and Bradford mum faces jail over abduction attempt

    Liam Ward

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  13. Leeds MP welcomes Otley's role in 2016 Tour de Yorkshire

    More on the news that the second leg of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire will start in Otley, the home of Olympic cyclist Lizzie Armitstead.

    Greg Mulholland

    Greg Mulholland, the Leeds North West Lib Dem MP whose constituency covers Otley, has welcomed the news that the town has been selected to be the starting point for the women's race and the start of day two of the men's race.

    Quote Message: This is wonderful news for the town and area and a huge feather in Otley's cap as a world famous cycling town. It is particularly exciting to think that Otley's World Champion Lizzie Armitstead will, we hope, be lining up on the start line of the Tour de Yorkshire in her home town." from Greg Mulholland Leeds North West Lib Dem MP
    Greg MulhollandLeeds North West Lib Dem MP
  14. Bradford mum tried to abduct children to Syria 'to live under Sharia Law'

    John Cundy

    Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

    A mother from Bradford tried to abduct two of her children to Syria in October because she wanted them to grow up in the so-called Islamic State under what she terms proper Sharia Law, a court has heard.

    Leeds Crown Court

    The 34-year-old mother, who can't be identified for legal reasons, does not support so-called Islamic State's terrorist activities, her barrister stressed to Leeds Crown Court today.

    The Bradford mother, who now faces a possible maximum jail term of seven years for abduction, flew with her children from Heathrow to Turkey with a view to going on to Syria. 

    However, Turkish authorities were alerted and immediately arrested them and returned them to the UK the next day. 

  15. Nine arrests made in police crackdown on drink driving in West Yorkshire

    One woman and one man have been arrested for driving whilst over the prescribed drink drive alcohol limit taking the total number of arrests in West Yorkshire to nine, as police continue to crackdown on drink driving over the festive period.

    Breathalyser test

    A 26-year-old man, and a 54-year-old woman have been charged by police in the early hours of this morning in two separate drink driving incidents in West Yorkshire, in Leeds and Ossett respectively.

    Police are publishing the details of each charge made against those suspected of drink or drug driving throughout December in support of this year's national drink driving campaign which encourages the public to 'dob in a drink or drug driver'.

  16. Tour de Yorkshire 2016 'will be epic'

    On the day it announces next year's Tour de Yorkshire route, tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire promises it'll be one to remember...

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  17. West Yorkshire's weather: Bright spells to stick around this afternoon

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Bright spells will remain this afternoon, although we are likely to see thicker cloud at times, with the risk of some rain.

    West Yorkshire's weather

    There'll be heavier rain sinking southwards later, and temperatures could reach highs of about 10C (50F).

  18. Tour de Yorkshire 2016: Reaction to route announcement

    Richard Edwards

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been in Otley where the tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire has revealed the full route for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.

    West Yorkshire has reason to celebrate again, as the second stage of the race is set to start in Otley and run through West Yorkshire before riders make their way to a sprint finish in Doncaster.

    I've been speaking to the assembled throng of journalists and cycling enthusiasts, including Oakwood's own professional cyclist Tom Moses, to get their reaction.

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    Video caption: Organisers have revealed the route of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire.