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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 16 December 2015

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick and Nick Wilmshurst

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 for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. More news from West Yorkshire: Tonight on BBC Look North

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Tonight on Look North from 18:30 on BBC One, Harry and Lara will find out how many Syrian refugees will be re-settled in Yorkshire, and they speak to migrants from the war-torn country who've already moved here.

    And it's the end of an era at Kellingley colliery near Castleford as miners prepare to work their final shifts at the last deep pit in the country. 

    BBC Look North's business correspondent Danni Hewson finds out what life's like for the last of our miners.

  3. West Yorkshire's weather: A dry and clear evening, unseasonably warm

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be rather cloudy with a little drizzle for a time, but turning dry and clear later. Exceptionally mild with a minimum temperature of about 10C (50F).

    5 day weather forecast

    Tomorrow will see a fine, bright start with sunny spells. Clouding over with patchy rain spreading from the west later. Maximum temperature about 13C (55F).

  4. Leeds United head coach Evans unworried by Cellino's half-time visits

    James Deighton

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he has no issue with club owner Massimo Cellino (pictured) coming into the dressing room at half-time.

    Massimo Cellino

    Cellino was criticised by fans for doing just that at Charlton on Saturday, though Evans says it happens at other clubs as well. 

    "We see it often - at Elland Road, at the New York Stadium at Rotherham - it's just different styles. Some like to come down and listen to what's being said... The president doesn't say a word and wouldn't be allowed to say a word," says Evans.

  5. Leeds council tax rises: How much more could you be paying?

    Larry Budd

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    As senior figures at Leeds council discuss a 4% rise in council tax for people who live in the city, what does that mean in real terms? I've been finding out more

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    Video caption: Larry Budd explains what the proposed Leeds council tax rise means for you.
  6. Beeston Park attempted rape: Man charged

    A 29-year-old man has appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with attempted rape.

    Stephen Clarke, of Boggart Hill Drive, Leeds, is accused of attacking a 23-year-old woman on a ring road at Beeston Park on 13 December.

    The woman had been on a night out and got into what she believed was a taxi in the city centre.

    Magistrates remanded the accused in custody to reappear at Leeds Crown Court on 13 January.

  7. Unemployment falls by 5,000 in Yorkshire and Humber

    Yorkshire has followed the national trend, the latest unemployment figures show.

    Job centre

    Figures show that between August and October, the number of people in Yorkshire and the Humber without a job fell by 5,000 to 165,000.  

    Overall, the UK unemployment rate fell to the lowest for nearly 10 years at 5.2% in the three months to October.

    It was the lowest jobless rate since the three-month period to January 2006, according to the Office for National Statistics.

  8. Latest headlines: Leeds residents face 4% council tax rise and David Cameron praises Kellingley miners

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire today include:

    • People who live in Leeds could face a 4% council tax rise, as councillors look at setting a new budget
    • The Prime Minister outlines what support will be available to miners who lose their jobs when Kellingley Colliery closes on Friday
    • Saltaire comes third in a competition to be named "England's Greatest Place"
  9. Travel update: M62 eastbound remains closed after lorry fire

    BBC Travel

    The M62 remains closed between J29 for the M1 and J30 for the A642 because of this morning's lorry fire.

    There is a diversion in operation. If you're having to use that route, you'll being told to "follow the solid square symbol".

    The alternative route means you'll exit at J29 onto the M1 north to J44. It'll take you to a couple of roundabouts and then put you back on the M62 at J30.

  10. David Cameron pays tribute to Kellingley Colliery miners

    The Prime Minister has paid tribute to 450 miners at Kellingley Colliery near Castleford, who will lose their jobs when it closes on Friday.

    Kellingley Colliery sign

    The closure of Kellingley will bring to an end centuries of deep coal mining in Britain.  

    Speaking in the Commons, David Cameron said he was happy to thank people "who worked so hard there" and promised support for people who are being made redundant at the pit.

    Quote Message: Obviously it's a difficult time and as part of the closure process the government has put nearly £18m to ensure the workers receive the same package as the miners at recently-closed Thoresby." from David Cameron Prime Minister
    David CameronPrime Minister
  11. Saltaire comes third in 'England's Greatest Place' vote

    The village of Saltaire in Bradford has come third in a competition to find "England's Greatest Place".

    Street in Saltaire

    The Royal Town Planners Institute, the organisers of the contest, had described the Victorian model village, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, as "beautiful".

    But a public vote placed Saltaire behind Liverpool Waterfront and Thame High Street in Oxfordshire.

  12. Yorkshire devolution: Who's in the running for mayor's job?

    Len Tingle

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    So who will be putting themselves forward to take on the job of executive mayor in the new devolved regions?

    H'Angus the Monkey

    In Yorkshire, speculation is growing despite no clear agreement on exactly how many regions or mayors will eventually emerge.

    Will the front-runners be established politicians, business leaders, celebrities or even individuals so far totally unknown to the public?

    In fact, on past political history, all of the above are in with a chance. In fact, H'Angus the Monkey (pictured) proves the point. Read more in my latest blog.

  13. Latest headlines: Leeds council tax rise plan scrutinised and Saltaire comes third in 'Greatest Place' contest

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

    • Plans to increase council tax in Leeds by nearly 4% are considered by councillors
    • Councils in Yorkshire and the Humber region are to take about 1,500 Syrian refugees as part of the government's resettlement programme  
    • Saltaire wins third place in competition to be named "England's Greatest Place"
  14. Your views: M1 'smart motorway' switched on in West Yorkshire

    Variable speed limits have come into force this week on a section of the M1 motorway in West Yorkshire.

    The £120m "smart motorway" operates between junction 39 near Wakefield and junction 42 at Lofthouse, where it meets the M62.

    M1

    The final stretch between junctions 41 and 42 is due to open in the new year.  

    So how was it for you this morning? Did you get to work any quicker today? Why not tell us about it.

  15. Listen: Community pulls together for family whose Christmas was 'stolen'

    Richard Edwards

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    After having £600 worth of presents stolen, a Wakefield mum has told me she wants to thank member of the community who've donated gifts and saved the family's "stolen" Christmas.

    Thieves broke into a car outside the Crone family's home at the weekend and took all the parcels.

    Mum Samantha tells me this had left the family "heartbroken", but they've had their faith in people restored by the goodwill of local residents.

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    Video caption: After having Christmas nearly ruined, here's a story of true Christmas spirit!
  16. Aussie Jacks 'excited' to sign on trial for Bradford Bulls

    BBC Sport

    Bradford Bulls have signed halfback Rhys Jacks on trial from Australian side Souths Logan Magpies.

    Rhys Jacks

    The 25-year-old (pictured left with Bulls managing director Steve Ferres) recently played for Canada in their World Cup qualifiers against the USA and Jamaica.    

    Jacks says: "In Australia, you hear about most clubs - but you hear a lot about Bradford Bulls and the success they had winning Championships and cups. It was definitely a club that I'd heard a lot about and I was excited to come and check it out."

  17. West Yorkshire's weather: A mostly dry afternoon, but murky in places

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Light rain or drizzle will continue across high ground this afternoon, although for most it will become dry.

    Weather forecast

    Extensive hill fog will slowly clear, although the Pennines are likely to remain rather murky throughout the day. 

    It'll be brighter across eastern parts in particular with a fresh to strong south westerly breeze, and very mild with highs of about 13C (55F).

  18. Latest headlines: Leeds council tax increase under scrutiny and Saltaire up for national award

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

    • Plans to increase council tax in Leeds by nearly 4% are due to be considered by councillors later  
    • Councils in Yorkshire and the Humber region are to take about 1,500 Syrian refugees as part of the government's resettlement programme  
    • Saltaire finds out today if it's won a competition to be named "England's Greatest Place"
  19. Take a close-up view of Halifax's landmark Piece Hall

    As work continues on the £19m refurbishment of Halifax's landmark Piece Hall, here's a chance to get a close-up look at some of the details of the building you might not usually get to see.

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