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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 12 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished for the day.

    Our top story today was news that the government has scrapped plans for a multimillion-pound trolleybus scheme for Leeds - you can take a look at the story as it developed here.

    Now I'm rushing home to watch Corinne Bailey Rae on the telly - She'll be chatting live to Lara and Phil on Look North this evening on BBC One at 18:30.

    Corrine Bailey Rae

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

  2. Bradford mother will not give evidence at double murder trial

    A mother who stabbed her two young daughters to death will not be giving evidence in her own defence, a jury has been told.

    Jasmine Weaver, one, and Evelyn Lupidi, three, were both found with stab wounds

    Samira Lupidi, 24, denies murdering 17-month-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi at a refuge in Bradford in November.

    She admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

  3. West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny and feeling warm

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Warm sunshine this evening, low cloud increasing overnight for a time.

    Weather graph

    Minimum temperature of about 8C (46F). Moderate northeast wind.

    A bright start to Friday with sunny spells, clouding over from the north with perhaps the odd spot of drizzle, but most places staying dry. Much cooler, with a temperature high of about 13C (55F). Moderate northeast wind.

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

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Do join us for Look North on BBC One at 18:30 as we're joined live by one of Leeds's most successful musical exports - selling millions of albums worldwide, and winning two Grammy awards. 

    And now, after a six year break - Corinne Bailey Rae is back with a new single and a new album.

    Take a look at her brand new video for Stop Where You Are below:

    View more on youtube
  5. Syrian refugees resettle in Yorkshire

    Fewer than 200 Syrian refugees have so far resettled in Yorkshire and the Humber after councils in the region agreed to take a total of about 1,500.  

    A total of 173 refugees have so far arrived in the region. Fifty-two of those are in Bradford, 50 in Leeds, 10 in Kirklees and eight in Calderdale.

    Mohamad Khear Aboosh and his wife Rooqaya Haji came to Bradford with their three children in October having spent three years in an Iraqi refugee camp after fleeing Syria.

  6. Weapons dating back to WW1 found in University of Leeds basement

    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC Local Live

    Weapons dating back to World War One were found in a building at the University of Leeds.

    The discovery was made yesterday afternoon during an audit of a basement vault in the Chemistry West building.

    The area was closed while an Army bomb disposal team removed the items to a quarry to carry out a controlled explosion.

  7. Latest headlines: Government throws out Leeds trolleybus plans and human remains found at Wakefield nature reserve are a newborn baby

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  8. Huddersfield MP reacts to BBC 'overhaul'

    The BBC is to be overhauled, with a change to its management structure and a requirement to make "distinctive" programmes.

    Barry Sheerman

    The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has also confirmed that the licence fee will be kept and that it'll rise in line with inflation.

    The Labour MP for Huddersfield, Barry Sheerman, says it's bad news for the Corporation:

    Quote Message: I believe this is going to be a deep dark day for the BBC and the British public.. The fact of the matter is this is going to be a champagne night for Rupert Murdoch and Richard Desmond. The BBC is better than that, and it's owned by the British people - not the Goverment." from Barry Sheerman Labour MP, Huddersfield
    Barry SheermanLabour MP, Huddersfield
  9. School closures in Bradford

    Two Bradford schools are closed today as investigations continue into how a fire started in a classroom.

    School fire

    Staff and pupils were evacuated from St Cuthbert's and The First Martyrs' Catholic Primary School, in Scotchman Road, when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon.

    Lister Primary School is also closed due to the fire.

  10. Award for Dr Kate after she ‘inspired doctors’

    Morley Observer and Advertiser

    A Doctor whose patient empowerment campaign has found worldwide success has been honoured by fellow medics.

    Kate Granger
  11. Rugby League: 'We're bottom of the pile, that's hurting everybody' - Brian McDermott

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Ahead of tonight's derby clash at home to Castleford, Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott say's they're still targeting a top four finish.

    Brian McDermott

    The reigning champions are bottom of the First Utility Super League, five points behind eighth-placed Tigers with just 10 games remaining before the competition splits.

    Their next three matches after tonight are against teams in the top four.

    Quote Message: I don't feel there is too much to be down about apart from we don't make good reading on the ladder.. You know, you're bottom of the league, it takes over your life, you don't feel like socialising. We're bottom of the pile, that's hurting everybody." from Brian McDermott Head coach, Leeds Rhinos
    Brian McDermottHead coach, Leeds Rhinos
  12. Huddersfield Town: Midfielder Whithead to serve suspension

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Huddersfield Town midfielder Dean Whitehead will serve a three match suspension from the beginning of next season after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.

    John Smith stadium

    It concerns an incident which was missed by the officials involving Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris during Town's 5-1 final day defeat in the Championship.

    The club will not appeal and the 34 year-old will face an internal disciplinary measure.

  13. Council reaction: Leeds trolleybus scheme rejected


    More reaction now to the announcement that the government has scrapped plans for a multimillion-pound trolleybus scheme for Leeds.

    Leeds City Council Leader Judith Blake: 

    Quote Message: It's a relief to everyone concerned that a decision has finally been made, although the length of time taken to get there has been very frustrating. Leeds has been let down by successive Governments in Whitehall on transport, first Supertram and now with NGT. Each occasion setting public transport in the city back many years."

    Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning:

    Quote Message: NGT would have brought significant economic benefit to Leeds as well as tackling the congestion and unacceptable travel times on one of the main routes into the city. We now need to work out - alongside central government- how to use the £173.5m earmarked for Leeds to provide better transport, help people move around the city and improve air quality in Leeds."
  14. Huddersfield artist to open new London show

    A West Yorkshire artist who's painted some of the world's most famous faces will open a new show in London tonight.

    Darren Baker

    Darren Baker is known for how strikingly realistic his drawings and paintings look - last year one raised nearly £4,000 when it was donated to BBC Radio Leeds's Children in Need auction

    Huddersfield-born Darren was praised by The Vatican and The Royal British Legion for his likenesses of Pope John Paul II and The Queen.

  15. Listen: Red light for Leeds trolleybus scheme

    More now on the news that the government has refused consent for the Leeds Trolleybus system.  

    The scheme has been 10 years in development and has already cost £60m, but the government says there were 1,700 objections; the most received for a scheme of its sort for more than ten years.

    Our reporter Spencer Stokes rounds up the details:

    Video content

    Video caption: Our reporter Spencer Stokes has all the details..
  16. Watch: Syrian refugee family settled in Bradford

    It's a year since the first Syrian refugees came to Bradford, there are now 120 living in West Yorkshire.

    However, our councils have promised to home around 550.

    This is the story of one family who have settled in Bradford.

    Video content

    Video caption: This is Mohamad and the story of his family in Bradford
  17. More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on BBC Look North

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Do join Lara for Look North on BBC One at 13:30 as we have more on the news that Leeds's long-awaited trolleybus scheme has been turned down by the government.

    The Department for Transport says there were 1,700 objections to the project at last year's public enquiry - and it won't let it go ahead. 

    However, the £170m put aside for the investment will be retained by Leeds for future transport projects.

    Our reporter Spencer Stokes will have the latest details.