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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 19 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.  

    Today we heard from Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward who revealed his struggle with depression. You can can listen to our exclusive interview with Stevie here.

    Stevie Ward

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

    If you would like to get in touch with the BBC team for Leeds and West Yorkshire you can contact us here.

  2. West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with rain at first

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This evening will be cloudy with rain at first, becoming dry with clear spells.

    Weather graph

    Minimum temperature of about 9C (48F). Moderate southwest wind. 

    Friday will be mostly dry, bright and breezy with sunny spells and just a small chance of catching a shower. Maximum temperature of about 17C (63F). Moderate southwest wind.

  3. Lottery cash boost for Keighley project to protect girls

    Bradford Telegraph and Argus

    The fight to stop children being preyed on by paedophiles in Keighley has been given a lottery grant of £500,000.

    The cash, part of a nationwide lottery investment of £48.5 million announced today, will fund a four-year project to be led by the Keighley Association for Women and Children's Centre.

    Naz Kazmi, manager of Keighley Association for Women and Children's Centre
  4. Latest headlines: Man extradited over Bradford double murder and West Yorkshire MP speaks out about radicalisation

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this Thursday afternoon:  

  5. Calling all twitchers: Have you spotted a woodcock?

    The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is encouraging birdwatchers across Yorkshire to count their local woodcock from now until 30 June. They say there's been a worrying decline in the numbers of breeding Woodcock over the last 40 years.


    The largely nocturnal bird can be hard to spot. Males conduct a distinctive courtship flight, accompanied by a shrill call, known as ‘roding’ at dawn or dusk.  

    For full details of how to take part click here.

  6. Listen: Bradford West MP Naz Shah speaks out about radicalisation

    The Bradford West MP Naz Shah has spoken out about the Islamic State group and how families here in West Yorkshire have been radicalised.

    Ms Shah has spoken exclusively to BBC Radio Leeds ahead of a conference in Bradford this afternoon addressing the issue of radicalisation. 

    She believes local communities have been "turned against one another" when it comes to discussing terrorism, with muslim parents afraid to talk about it with their children in case they're accused of putting them at risk.

    Video content

    Video caption: She believes local communities have been "turned against one another"
  7. Yorkshire Carnegie: Team captain and ex-England player retires

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Yorkshire Carnegie captain and former England player Chris Jones has been forced to retire at the age of 35.

    Chris Jones

    Jones, who played as lock and flanker, made his England debut in the 2004 Six Nations and picked up 12 England caps.

    He made 40 appearances for Carnegie before suffering concussion against Nottingham in April.

  8. Asda sales slump continues amid 'fierce competition'

    More now on the news that Leeds based supermarket Asda has seen a continued sales slump. According to the consumer research firm Kantar Worldpanel, Asda lags behind Tesco and Sainsbury's in terms of "big four" supermarket sales.


    But each of the four major UK supermarket chains, which also includes Morrisons, have been engaged in a long-running and bitter price war as part of an attempt to slow gains in market share by discounters such as Aldi and Lidl.

    Asda is attempting to recoup sales by cutting prices to narrow the gap with the discounters and widen its price advantage over its three biggest rivals.

  9. Watch: More than 4,000 sacks of litter have been collected from Yorkshire’s motorways

    Highways England has released a time-lapse video showing the build-up of litter at junction two of the M606 motorway near Bradford.

    The area is known as a litter hotspot and the video features "grab-cam" footage of individual pieces of litter collected every year from Yorkshire’s roads.

    More than 4,000 sacks of litter have been collected from Yorkshire’s motorways so far this year. Some of the unusual items collected so far include money,bikes, fridges and settees.

    View more on youtube
  10. Bradford City: Looking ahead to Millwall match

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Millwall boss Neil Harris will check on striker Lee Gregory, who was substituted in Sunday's first leg.

    Bradford City"s Lee Evans (left) and James Meredith

    Right-back Mahlon Romeo is suspended, while fellow defender Shaun Cummings is a long-term absentee.

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson has a few injury worries as his side look to overturn a 3-1 deficit at The Den.

  11. Cannabis farm covering two rooms found in Huddersfield

    Huddersfield Examiner

    A cannabis farm with plants covering two rooms has been discovered at a property in Newsome.

    Officers swooped on a house in Ing Lane following a tip-off from Kirklees Council that a number of plants had been found at the house.

    Cannabis farm
  12. Leeds Rhinos: Stevie Ward wants sportspeople to open up about depression

    James Deighton

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Leeds Rhinos loose forward Stevie Ward is urging professional sportspeople who are battling depression to "be honest" about their "struggle".

    Ward, 22, has suffered with a series of injuries since 2015 and is currently sidelined with a knee problem.

    He has established an online magazine, Mantality, which encourages people to open up about their struggles.

    Video content

    Video caption: Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward reveals depression struggle, and new venture.
  13. Asda sales slump continues

    Embattled Leeds-based supermarket Asda has revealed another hefty sales slump.

    Asda logo

    The Walmart owned chain, which has its UK headquarters in Leeds, said price cuts and turnaround efforts were "not enough" to overcome its trading woes.

    Asda posted a 5.7% fall in like-for-like sales for the 13 weeks to the end of March, showing little improvement on the 5.8% drop seen in its Christmas quarter, which was its biggest quarterly sales fall on record.

  14. West Yorkshire's weather: Mainly dry and bright this afternoon

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A mainly dry and bright afternoon to come. However, rain will spread from the west later.

    Weather map

    Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs of around 18C (64F).

    This evening any rain will slowly clear, but a few showers will remain overnight. Lows of 10C (50F).  

  15. FC Halifax Town: McManus signs new two year deal

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Ahead of Sunday's trip to Wembley in the FA Trophy final, FC Halifax Town defender Scott McManus has signed a new two year deal at the Shay.

    Scott McManus

    He's the first player to sign a new deal following the clubs relegation.

    Chairman, David Bosomworth, says they're working hard to ensure the club will return to the National League at the first attempt, although negotiations are being delayed by Sunday's FA Trophy final.

  16. Leader of the Conservative group on Kirklees Council to stand down

    The leader of the Conservative group on Kirklees Council is to standing down.

    Robert Light

    A ballot will be held on Monday 23 July to elect Robert Light's successor. 

    Councillor Light has led the Tories in Kirklees for 15 years and will continue to represent Birstall & Birkenshaw.

  17. Latest headlines: Man extradited over Bradford double murder and West Yorkshire MP speaks out about radicalisation

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Good afternoon, the top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this Thursday lunchtime:  

  18. Man arrested after unexplained death of Leeds woman

    Yorkshire Post

    Police are appealing for information after the unexplained death of a 60-year-old woman in the Tinshill area of north Leeds.

    Paramedics were called to a property on Tinshill Mount just after 5.30am on Thursday May 12 after Glynis Woodhead was taken ill in the early hours of the morning.

    Glynnis Woohead