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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Our live coverage for the day

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Thanks for being with us today, it's been a very busy one on the roads. 

    We'll be back tomorrow with more news, travel, sport and weather from 08:00.

    Hope you have a good journey home tonight, see you tomorrow.

  2. Leeds to disco to ball the size of two buses !

    Have you seen this? It's apparently the biggest disco ball in the world!

    According the the website, it's two and a half times the size of a double decker bus.

    It's all part of the Yorkshire Festival and organisers hope that 25,000 people will dance to the same song

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  3. Man dead after being hit by lorry on A1: J44 reopens but traffic problems remain

    In the last half an hour, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that a man has died after being hit by a lorry on the A1(M) this morning.

    Officers had shut the road at around 10:30 as they carried out their investigations.

    At this stage West Yorkshire Police cannot confirm how the crash happened or who that man was.

    A1

    The A1(m) is now reopen at J44, but there are still plenty of problems on the roads around the incident.

    Highways England are warning that there are still long delays on approach to J44 which will take time to clear. 

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    The queues on the A1 are slowly begining to move, at it's height there were 11 miles of nose-to-tail traffic on the A1 southbound before J44.

    It's unclear how it's going to affect your commute home tonight. I've spoken to West Yorkshire Metro who say it's going to be tricky to tell if our public transport system will be affected or not.

    These were the routes that were disrupted by the crash.

    Map

    Many people are still trying to pick their way through the delays.

    Quote Message: Although they've opened it, all diversions are static for at least 8 miles, A1 has an 8 mile queue of standing traffic. Also many oversized vehicles in the queue to get past. Avoid completely. from Tori Marshall Via Facebook
    Tori MarshallVia Facebook
  4. BreakingMan dead after being hit by lorry on A1

    West Yorkshire Police have just confirmed that the man who was hit by a lorry on the A1 this morning has died.

  5. Ronan Costello: Family release statement

    The family of teenage Rugby League player, Ronan Costello, have just released a statement regarding donations. 

    Ronan, 17, died yesterday after being injured in a match against Salford on Saturday. 

    The RFL have confirmed there will be a minute's applause before all games this weekend to celebrate Costello's life.  

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    Quote Message: The family have requested that any monies donated in support of Ronan's family be given to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund which supplies defibrillators to all rugby league clubs. There will be a collection at Ronan's funeral for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Headway charities. The date and venue of the funeral is still to be confirmed.
  6. BreakingMan hit by lorry on A1: J44 reopened

    Highways England have just confirmed that they have reopened the A1 at J44 

  7. Man hit by lorry on A1: Latest

    For most of the day, an accident that happened at 10:00 at J44 of the A1(M) has been causing extensive travel problems.

    We know that a man was hit by a lorry, this closed the southbound carriageway. As we write this, the road is still closed.

    This has caused problems on other roads too, including the A64 heading into Leeds.

    A64

    We've no reported problems for people heading north on the A1, but the southbound carriageway has had queues of more than 11 miles. 

    A1(M)

    We've also had problems on Leeds' outer ring road.  

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    Highways England have issued alternative route advice:

    Quote Message: Traffic is advised to exit the A1M at J44 and follow the hollow square diversion symbol. Take the A64 westbound towards Whinmoor. Then take the A6120 eastbound and then join the A63. Continue on the A63 eastbound and re-join the A1M at J42." from Highways England
    Highways England

    And as we go into the evening rush hour, things don't seem to be getting any better, but both Highways England and West Yorkshire Police say that J44 southbound should be open again soon.

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  8. Bradford City: Stuart McCall poised for return as manager

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Stuart McCall has agreed a deal in principle to begin a second spell as Bradford City manager. Here he is when he was manager in 1998. Nice jacket Stuart!  

    Stuart McCall

    The 52-year-old left Rangers last year after they missed out on promotion from the Scottish Championship.

    His appointment, which could be confirmed this weekend, would result in him giving up his role as number three to Gordon Strachan with Scotland.

  9. Your experiences of the A1 closure

    We've been covering the delays that have been caused across West Yorkshire, following an incident on the A1(M) this morning.

    It's caused problems further afield too..

    Quote Message: The road closure, plus the ensuing diversions onto roads that were unable to cope meant it took almost three hours to do a journey that would ordinarily take one. Thoughts to the family of the gentleman hit ... from Linda Partington Facebook
    Linda PartingtonFacebook
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    Quote Message: Just avoid the whole area; east leeds is gridlocked from Nick Bell Facebook
    Nick BellFacebook
  10. Man hit by lorry on A1: Road to reopen shortly

    BBC Travel

    I've just been speaking to West Yorkshire Police.

    They've told me that they expect the A1 southbound at J44 to re-open soon. 

    I'll keep you posted when we get any word.

    The southbound carriageway is eerily quiet, as you can see below.

    A1

    If you're heading that way, below is the Highways Agency advice on diversions:

    Quote Message: Traffic is advised to exit the A1M at J44 and follow the hollow square diversion symbol. Take the A64 westbound towards Whinmoor. Then take the A6120 eastbound and then join the A63. Continue on the A63 eastbound and re-join the A1M at J42. " from Highways Agency
    Highways Agency
  11. Watch: My pet ate what?

    Veterinary charity the PDSA has just released a list of strange objects they've removed from pets' stomachs. 

    Bradford is worst place in the country for pets gulping down items they shouldn't.

    The list includes a a rare case of an aerial that had to be removed from a cat as well as rubber balls, socks and whole corn on the cobs.

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    Video caption: Charity reveals top-ten list of items swallowed by pets
  12. Man hit by lorry on A1: Further problems

    BBC Travel

    The accident on the A1(M) around J44 is having a widespread effect on surrounding routes, including the Leeds outer ring road.

    The A64 on either side of the A1 is affected too. 

    The A58 in Boston Spa is seeing delays as well. Let's hope we see the situation improve before the rush hour.

    If you're stuck somewhere, why not send me an email.

  13. Eleven miles of queues on the A1(M) southbound

    Just had a look along the traffic cameras on the A1(M) around Junction 44 and by our calculations, if you're joining the back of the tailbacks, you've got 11 miles to the head of the queue.

    Safe to say, avoid the area all together if you can, and the A64 too which is also solid.

    Travel
  14. Man hit by lorry on A1(M) - 11 mile tailbacks

    The situation on the A1(M) remains the same this lunchtime, it's closed at J44 southbound after a man was in collision with a lorry.

    We don't know the condition of the man at this point. 

    Police are saying the road will remain closed for some time.

    A1(M)

    Just had a look along the traffic cameras on the A1(M) and by our calculations, if you're joining the back of the tailbacks, you've got 11 miles to the head of the queue.

    Safe to say, avoid the area all together if you can, and the A64 too which is also solid.

    Queues

    The incident happened at just after 10:00 and there have been knock on problems around Leeds and especially on the A64.

    Public transport has been effected too, as far as we now, though, there has been no accident on the A64.

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  15. Weather: How much will it rain today?

    It's been pretty miserable morning weather wise, so how much more will we get?

    I've just had a look at the Met Office's rain radar and it looks as though it'll clear by about 15:00. I took a snap from their page to prove it!

    You can have a play yourself here.

    Rain chart