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Summary

  1. Snow across West Yorkshire brings schools closures, delays on buses
  2. Police release CCTV of man after eight-year-old girl assaulted in Greggs
  3. Bus tours aim to entice new teachers to Bradford schools
  4. 'I don't fear sack', says Leeds United manager Steve Evans
  5. Michael Vaughan urges Boycott to 'back down' in YCCC board wrangle
  6. Updates on Friday 4 March 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Thanks for being with us today, I hope we've been able to keep you up to date with what's been happening across the county.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, travel, sport and weather.

We've seen a lot of people have lots of fun in the snow today, like these below in Oxenhope

Oxenhope
BBC

But, as the snow turns to that slushy stuff in the centre of our towns and cities, I leave you with this picture of Leeds from Charles Heslett, who asks: "Was it all just a dream?" 

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BBC

Twenty-seven arrested in major Calderdale drugs operation

Halifax Courier

"This will not be tolerated’"- That’s the defiant message from West Yorkshire Police after suspected drug dealers in Halifax were targeted in a major operation.

Police raid
Halifax Courier

Weather: Sleet and slow easing tonight Bright day tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Tonight will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and sleet and snow slowly sinking south as it fragments.

Temperatures dropping to freezing in places with brisk northerly winds. 

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow it will be brighter, but still with the risk of a few showers. Feeling cold with a maximum temperature of 6C (43F). 

Latest headlines: Merged Yorkshire police force 'inevitable' and snow causes disruption across county

Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire this afternoon:

M62 crash: One man taken to hosptial

Just had some more information about the crash at J22 on the M62, a man has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a crash. No other vehicles were involved.

Bradford bus tours to entice teachers to city

Trainee teachers are being given bus tours of schools in Bradford in a bid to help tackle a recruitment crisis.  

Schools
BBC

Students on teacher training courses in West Yorkshire are taken around primary schools to meet staff and children to entice them to work in the city.  

One of the tours was scheduled to take place today, but was cancelled because of the snow.

Bradford is a challenging place to work but it's also exciting."

John HowarthBradford NUT

Boss Evans does not fear Leeds United sack

Leeds United boss Steve Evans says he does not fear for his job despite just one win in the Championship club's last 11 league games.  

Steve Evans
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Evans was advised by the club's chairman Massimo Cellino not to talk to the media after Monday's 4-0 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion.

"I 100% have to believe that I am going to be here in the summer," the 53-year-old told BBC Radio Leeds.

Yorkshire Cricket: Geoffrey Boycott should 'back down' - Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has urged Geoffrey Boycott to "back down" on Twitter. Boycott is attempting to rejoin the board of county champions Yorkshire.

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Boycott wants to stand for election at the club's annual general meeting. He spoke to BBC Look North earlier in the week.

Travel update: Accident on M621 and Leeds outer ring road closed due to flooding

BBC Travel

This isn't good news at rush hour either, the A6120 Outer Ring Road in Leeds is closed eastbound between Woodside Roundabout and the Black Moor Road junction, because of flooding.  

We've also had news of an accident on the M621 eastbound in Leeds between J2 (A643 Elland Road) and J2a (Cemetery Holbeck).

M62 crash scene being cleared - but delays still expected

This is better news after the multi-vehicle accident - but we can still expect delays on the M62 during rush hour I'm afraid.

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Girl, eight, sexually assaulted in a Greggs in Leeds

An eight-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while sitting in a bakery, police have said.  

CCTV image of man wanted in connection with Greggs assault
West Yorkshire Police

The girl was in Greggs at The Headrow in Leeds with her mother and brother when she was assaulted while her mother was stood at the counter.

Police have released CCTV images of a man [above] they want to trace in connection with the assault, which took place at about 15:30 on 12 February.

Latest headlines: Snow causes widespread disruption and Huddersfield man appears in court on terror charge

Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire so far today:

West Yorkshire snow: The mystery beast of Horsforth?

Can you help Alison, who posted on the Horsforth Community Group page on Facebook.

She spotted these animal tracks in Hall Park, but what creature would make these kind of marks in the snow? 

Guesses so far include reindeer, a gremlin and a kangaroo! The favourite so far is a squirrel though.

Email us your thoughts...

Tracks
Alison Munson

West Yorkshire snow: Todmorden, it's under there somewhere

Here's another picture from Molly Greenwood, it seems that Todmorden has disappeared under a blanket of snow!

Todmorden
Molly Greenwood

West Yorkshire snow: 'Thank you for your patience'

If you were travelling with Transdev this morning, they've sent you a little thank you note!

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Travel update: M62 westbound J23 accident

BBC Travel

We've got a multi-vehicle accident on the westbound M62 between J23 (A640 Huddersfield) and J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor), the weather conditions aren't helping either.

This is J25 westbound (you can just about see it through the water on the lens). There's very much a queue, I'd avoid if you can.

M62
Highways England

Watch: School's open for business - but there's still fun in the snow

More than 80 schools in West Yorkshire are closed because of the snow - but that means most of the county's schoolchildren still had to make their way to lessons this morning.  

Some made sure they didn't miss out on the fun at break time though...

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West Yorkshire snow: Don't slip in the gully at Headingley!

Can you believe the county championships start here next month?

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Weather Watchers pictures: Narnia? No, Leeds actually

Our Weather Watchers around West Yorkshire have been busy snapping away. I suppose because there's quite a bit of weather to watch!

Earlier we showed you a pic of Horsforth that the sender said looked like Narnia. Well here's another, looks like it's straight out of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Want to become a Weather Watcher? You can sign up here.

Leeds snow
NFH/Weather Watchers

Travel update: M62 J22 queues eastbound

BBC Travel

Not quite sure why, but there seem to be queues eastbound on the M62 at J22. Let us know if you know why..

M62
Highways England

West Yorkshire snow: What we know so far

Here's a round-up of the snow situation in West Yorkshire far today..

  • The first serious snow of the winter has affected most of West Yorkshire
  • More than 80 schools across the county have shut
  • Virtually all bus services are delayed, the roads are very difficult in places
  • Leeds Bradford Airport, which was closed earlier today, is now open

West Yorkshire snow: Sleeping Beauty in the snow

Thanks to Kady Hodgson for this great pic of her daughter. She says: "My beautiful sleeping beauty on her way to nursery for World Book Day in the snow!"

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Kady Hodgson

West Yorkshire snow: First time is always the best

This is Seth, and it's his first time in the snow ever! Thanks to his dad, Matt Nicholls in Ackworth for the picture.

Don't forget, you can send yours in by email.

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Matt Nicholls

West Yorkshire snow: View from the M62

Although the conditions are horrible, traffic seems to be okay on the M62. This is the current picture of J23 near Huddersfield..

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Highways agency

Spare a thought for Harry and Paul...

It's less than a week until Look North's Harry Gration and Paul Hudson start their three counties, three-legged walk for BBC Sport Relief

They'll be walking more than 110 miles tied together at the ankle. 

Paul and Harry tied together at the ankle
BBC

It's hard enough to walk three-legged at the best of times, but snow and ice won't make things very nice at all. If this weather carries on, I don't think we're going to have much fun..."

Harry Gration

The walk starts in Rotherham next Thursday morning and the first day finishes with a special edition of Look North from outside Barnsley town hall. 

We'll keep you updated here on Local Live. You'll also be able to follow how they get on on social media

If you can spare a few pounds, click here to donate (we'd be really grateful!) 

Watch: Gritter's eye view of a snowy night in the Pennines

I've often wondered what sort of conditions greet the gritters when they're out. Major respect for keeping that huge truck pointing in the right direction!

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Your pictures: Deep, crisp and even in Halifax

Thanks to Michelle Emerson for this beautiful shot of Warley near Halifax this morning.

Halifax
Michelle Emerson

West Yorkshire snow: Accidents reported across region

We've been seeing a few accidents around West Yorkshire this morning, please make sure you're taking extra care...

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West Yorkshire snow: Gritters deployed

Although it seems we're having a bit of a lull in the snowfall, our councils are still out there gritting the roads..

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West Yorkshire snow: Accidents can happen...

Accidents can happen, even if you're in a 4X4. Again, luckily it seems as if this driver escaped with a few bumps and bruises.

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Watch: West Yorkshire's snow morning so far

Here's a quick visual round-up of what we've all been dealing with this morning...

Travel update: M1 northbound accident J38

BBC Travel

Another accident to tell you about I'm afraid. This time we have two lanes blocked on the M1 northbound just before J38 (A637 Darton), because of an accident involving three cars.  

West Yorkshire snow: A well earned break?

While West Yorkshire struggles...

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Our reporter Charles Heslett enjoys a bacon sandwich. 

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I suppose he's allowed a break every now and again.

West Yorkshire snow: Liversedge under a blanket of snow

Thanks to Spencer for sending this one through. It's taken near Hightown near Liversedge. 

Looks like you need a Skidoo to get about!

Liversedge
@arcticblizzards

West Yorkshire snow: Dogs just wanna have fun

Brilliant picture from Micky Kilburn, of Lulu and Bowie romping in the snow in Batley!

Snow dogs
Micky Kilburn

West Yorkshire snow pictures: Hartshead Village

Personally, I'd be a bit nervous about taking a white dog out in the snow, I'm forgetful enough at the best of times!

Thanks to Lisa Brambani for this picture she took in Hartshead village..

Snow dog
Lisa Brambani