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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016

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By Oli Woodcock and Sue McGorrigan

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: our live coverage across the day

    Sue McGorrigan

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

    One of our top stories was the news that Leeds Gender Identity Clinic has seen a huge increase in the number of children asking for help. 

    Oliver Woodcock will be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county. See you then!

  2. 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 - Leeds art gallery has closed its doors for a year to carry out multi million pound repairs to its Victorian roof. It's part of major renovation works to the landmark building as the city bids for European capital ofculture 2023. 

    Our reporter, Charlotte Leeming has exclusive behind the scenes access at the gallery.

    Leeds Art Gallery
  3. West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Staying cloudy with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle overnight. Turning increasingly misty and murky too with widespread hill fog developing. It will stay quite breezy.  

    Temperatures dropping to 10C (50F) overnight.  Sunset will be at 21:18 and sunrise tomorrow at 04:49.  

    Weather chart

    A little better tomorrow, but not much!  A dull, murky start to Thursday, with light rain or drizzle in places. Becoming mainly dry with cloud slowly lifting through the day, perhaps breaking with some brighter spells during the afternoon.  

  4. Latest Headlines: a big rise in the number of youngsters with gender issues

    Sue McGorrigan

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  5. Travel update: Conjestion on the A58 in Hipperholme

    BBC Travel

    Problems on the A58 West Yorkshire. Very slow moving traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A58 Leeds Road in both directions in Hipperholme between the A6036 Bradford Road junction and the Syke Lane junction.  

  6. Travel Update: Problems on the A64

    BBC Travel

    There are problems on the A64 in both directions this evening, following an accident involving a lorry.  The A64 is partially blocked at the Scholes Lane junction.  

  7. West Yorkshire empty homes - numbers go up

    Sue McGorrigan

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    West Yorkshire has more empty properties than anywhere outside of London according to a new report.  


    In the rest of the UK, the number of unoccupied empty homes has gone down, whilst in Bradford the figure has gone up. That's according to figures from investment company Property Partners. 

    Quote Message: If we include Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees Leeds and Wakefield, we've actually got the highest number of long-term empty properties. We've got over twelve thousand of them. We've worked out that if you take local property values into account, that's about 1.4 billion pounds worth of potential homes which could be occupied." from Charlie Humphreys Property Partners
    Charlie HumphreysProperty Partners
  8. Travel warning: Check before you travel this Bank Holiday weekend

    Sue McGorrigan

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Network Rail is warning passengers to check before catching a train this Bank Holiday weekend. 

    Bank Holiday Travel

    Engineers plan to carry out essential improvement work over the Spring bank holiday to help deliver their Railway Upgrade Plan.

    Quote Message: To minimise inconvenience we do this major work at bank holidays when fewer people use the railway - so please check before you travel and plan you journey online at" from Network Rail
    Network Rail
  9. Watch: Congratulations to 20-year-old golfer, Rochelle Morris from Huddersfield

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Congratulations to 20-year-old Rochelle Morris from Huddersfield. 

    She'll be playing for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup next month - it's the equivalent of the Ryder Cup for amateur female golfers.

    Video content

    Video caption: She'll be playing for Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup next month
  10. Lecturers' pay strike - other staff 'could enter dispute'

    University lecturers, including some here in Leeds, are due to start a two-day strike over pay, amid warnings other staff could join the dispute.

    Strikers marching

    The University and College Union says the 1.1% rise offered by the universities is "an insult".

    But the Universities and Colleges Employers Association said the walkout was "disappointing given the very good pay offer".

    Unions representing university support staff are balloting on the offer, with strike action possible in the autumn.

  11. Travel update: Problems on the M1 in West Yorkshire

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the M1 in West Yorkshire.  Two lanes are blocked and there's a speed restriction of 50 mph on M1 southbound at J44, A639 (Leeds South), because of debris on the road.

  12. Prunella Scales and Timothy West visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth

    Keighley News

    Famous acting couple Prunella Scales and Timothy West stepped onto dry land to visit Haworth for their latest TV series of Great Canal Journeys.

    Prunella Scales and Timothy West
  13. West Yorkshire police officer faces drugs theft trial

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    A West Yorkshire Police inspector and his son are to go on trial accused of stealing drugs seized by the force with the intention of selling them.


    Keith Boots, 54, and his son Ashley Boots, 29, both denied a total of 16 charges between them when they appeared at Leeds Crown Court by video link.

    A third defendant, Ian Mitchell, 27, of HMP Leeds, denied conspiracy to perverting the course of justice.

  14. In pictures: Exclusive look behind the scenes at Leeds Art Gallery

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Take a sneak peek at Leeds Art Gallery as its roof gets a major repair.

  15. Leeds Festival warm up show announced

    Sue McGorrigan

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    The Leeds Festival has announced that Biffy Clyro will do an exclusive acoustic show on 1 June at Headrow House in Leeds. 


    Tickets are only available to Reading & Leeds ticket holders and people can win via a ballot. 

  16. Photography of friendship lands national award for Bradford primary school

    Bradford Telegraph and Argus

    A photograph of two Bradford children playing together has helped a local primary school win a national contest. Feversham Primary School won their prize in The National School Photography Awards.

    Feversham Primary School

    Here is the winning photo - "Friendship" by pupils at Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford.

  17. Travel update: Accident closes Garth Road in Leeds

    BBC Travel

    Garth Road in Meanwood in Leeds is closed in both directions between the Stonegate Road junction and the Carr Manor Avenue junction, because of an accident.  

  18. Watch: Leeds university lecturers begin 48-hour strike in pay row

    Charlotte Leeming

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    University staff across Yorkshire are taking part in two days of strike action over pay.

    The walkout has been called by the University and College Union, which has rejected a pay offer of 1.1%.

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