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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

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.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    If you spot something happening in your local area which you think we should know about, you can always get in touch with us by email.

  2. West Yorkshire in pictures: Aire and Calder navigation caught on camera

    Special thanks to Sandy Brand who's sent in this fantastic picture of a "lazy afternoon" in Castleford, looking over the Aire and Calder navigation.

    Here's hoping the blue sky's a sign of things to come...

    Aire and Calder navigation

    We love to see your pictures from across West Yorkshire and each day we showcase some of your photos on our BBC Local Live page.  

    Why not send us your pictures? I'm looking forward to seeing the county from your perspective.

  3. West Yorkshire's weather: A dry and clear night ahead

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dry and mainly clear with minimum temperatures as low as -2C (28F) in some rural locations with a widespread slight frost.

    Wednesday will be dry and sunny for much of the day, but with a little fair weather cloud developing later. Maximum temperature 14C (57F). Light and variable wind.

    Weather graphic
  4. OAP attacked in Pontefract park flower row

    An 83-year-old woman has been assaulted in a park in Pontefract following a disagreement about picking flowers.

    The attack took place at about 15:18 on Friday 15 April as the elderly victim was walking her dog by the lake. 

    Her friend challenged the female suspect about picking some flowers. The suspect became verbally abusive and made threats to throw the victim's dog in the lake. 

    The victim bent down to pick her dog up when the suspect assaulted and injured the elderly woman.

    Pontefract Park lake
    Quote Message: This is a cowardly attack and we would like to reassure everyone that these attacks are not common and we have stepped up patrols in the area. If you have any information that could help us, please call 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." from Spokesman West Yorkshire Police
    SpokesmanWest Yorkshire Police
  5. Tour de Yorkshire trophy comes to Otley

    Otley residents will be able to get a piece of the Tour de Yorkshire action when the official trophy tours the town later this week.

    Othman elamouri and Zahra Afzal of Brudenell Primary School Leeds with the Tour de Yorkshire trophy

    The Tour de Yorkshire trophy will make a whistle-stop tour around Otley on Friday 22 April.

    The town will host the start of stage two of the men’s race, as well as the first ever women's race, both on Saturday 30 April.

  6. Latest headlines: Five charged over fatal Hemsworth crash and Bradford Bulls head coach quits

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

  7. Life sentence for violent drunk who killed man in Leeds park attack

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A violent drunk who killed a man in a "ferocious" attack by kicking, punching and stamping on him repeatedly in a Leeds park has been jailed for life.

    Grzegorz Kowalczyk
  8. Travel update: One lane blocked on York Road eastbound in Leeds

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic and one lane blocked on the A64, York Road eastbound between the Selby Road junction and the Sutton Approach junction in Leeds. This is because of an earlier accident.

    BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the afternoon to keep you moving  

  9. Watch: Leeds shop owner asked to stop feeding homeless

    More on the story we've been looking at today about a Leeds shop owner who's been asked to stop feeding the homeless.

    Dion Smith, who runs a shop in the Corn Exchange, has been handing out soup and bread to rough sleepers for the last six months. 

    However, officials from Leeds Business Improvement District have now asked him to stop giving out the food:

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    Video caption: Jeweller Dion was helping the homeless in Leeds, but then he was asked to stop.
  10. Five charged over Hemsworth fatal quad bike crash

    Four men and a woman have been charged in connection with a crash between a quad bike and a car which killed four people from West Yorkshire.

    Crash victims

    Terrie Kirby, 16, Alexandra Binns, 18, Ryan Beal, 20, and Brandon Brown, 20, (pictured) died in the crash on the A6201 between Upton and Hemsworth in September.

    The five people are charged with encouraging and assisting in the commission of a dangerous driving offence.

    They will appear in court on 3 May.

    Ten people previously charged in connection with the crash are also due to appear at Wakefield Magistrates' Court on 3 May.  

  11. Latest headlines: Five charged over fatal Hemsworth crash and Bradford Bulls head coach quits club

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

  12. Travel update: Delays on M1 northbound near Wakefield

    If you're heading out on the M1 this afternoon, be aware that West Yorkshire Police are warning drivers to watch out for delays near Wakefield:

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  13. BreakingBradford Bulls head coach Lowes resigns

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    James Lowes has resigned as head coach of the Bradford Bulls.

    James Lowes

    Lowes, who has stepped down for personal reasons, has agreed to conduct a complete handover to the performance department in preparation for this weekend's game against Workington Town.

    Matt Diskin, with the support of Chev Walker, will act as interim head coach as the process of seeking a replacement begins immediately, the club says.

    Quote Message: This decision has come with a heavy heart and I have had to make this tough call for personal reasons, and I request everyone respects that." from James Lowes
    James Lowes
  14. Otley pensioner killed as car and bin lorry collide

    Charles Engwell

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 70-year-old man from Otley has died after his car was involved in a crash with a bin lorry in North Yorkshire. 

    It happened at about 09:00 this morning on the road between Blubberhouses and Greenhow Hill, near Harrogate. 

    The man from Otley died at the scene. The driver of the lorry and its passenger - both in their 20s - were airlifted to hospital. 

    Police want to speak to the driver of a blue Mini who stopped to help at the scene but left before emergency services arrived.

  15. Huddersfield Town: 'We will play for these points' - David Wagner

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    A win for Huddersfield Town at Rotherham this evening would mean they're mathematically safe in the Championship for another season.

    David Wagner

    Huddersfield have not lost in the league away to Rotherham since October 1992, winning two and drawing three since then.

    Head coach David Wagner says that while it would be nice to dispel any lingering doubts about relegation, he's more concerned about his players showing the right attitude and dedication.

    Quote Message: We will play for these points. We can play with freedom and our passion. We have to show we're hungry and ready to go on, and that we develop a good start in a good week." from David Wagner Head Coach, Huddersfield Town
    David WagnerHead Coach, Huddersfield Town
  16. Care workers in court accused of neglect at Bradford care home

    John Cundy

    Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

    A jury has heard allegations that an elderly resident in a Bradford care home was left to live in "abject squalor and filth." 

    The then manager of the Highdell nursing home - Steven Pelkowski - and seven members of his staff have gone on trial accused of the wilful neglect of 79-year-old widower Edward Hinnells.

    Prosecutor Steven Woods said Mr Hinnels could demonstrate "challenging and difficult behaviour" but "that could never justify the conditions he was allowed to live for 11 months".

  17. Junior doctors protest: 'We'll stay until Mr Hunt joins talks'

    Daragh Corcoran

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been out to speak to two junior doctors who've launched a sit-in outside the Department of Health in Leeds, with a chair set aside for talks with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

    Junior doctors

    Eye surgeon Polly Dickerson, from York, and chest doctor Chris Marshall, from West Yorkshire, say they're giving up their recovery time from long shifts to hold the protest. 

    Junior doctors in England are involved in a long-running dispute over a new contract.

    Ministers have said the changes, which will see doctors paid less for working weekends while basic pay is increased, are needed to improve care at weekends.  

    Polly tells me: "We'll stay until Mr Hunt agrees to have meaningful discussions with junior doctors and the British Medical Association."

  18. MP's concern over flood cash hold-up

    Halifax Courier

    Halifax's MP Holly Lynch says it's "disappointing" vital funds to help Yorkshire get back on its feet after this winter's floods have still not arrived from the EU as the government's not submitted final application papers.

    Holly Lynch MP