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  1. Cycle superhighway linking Leeds and Bradford opens
  2. Huddersfield Town pay record fee for Munich defender
  3. Dewsbury MP reports growth in racist abuse since referendum
  4. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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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.

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

    Feel free to take a look back at today's news from across West Yorkshire - as West Yorkshire Police reveal the name of their latest four-legged recruit - and no, it's not Horsey McHorseface.

    Stanley the horse
  2. West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west. Minimum temperature of about 11C (52F). Freshening southwest wind.

    BBC graph

    A dry and bright start to Friday with sunny spells. Skies turning partly cloudy with a risk of scattered showers especially later, some of which could be heavy. Maximum temperature of about 17C (63F).   

  3. Police urged to protect minority communities from rise in racial abuse

    Racial justice campaign group Just West Yorkshire has written to the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson to express its "deep concern" over an increase in racist incidents since the EU referendum. 

    "We have urged him to take concrete action to protect the safety of minority communities in the region," a spokesperson said.

    "It is clear that since the referendum some people think they have a free licence to abuse without consequences."

    Ratna Lachman

    The letter from Just West Yorkshire director Ratna Lachman (pictured) comes as new figures show the number of hate crime incidents reported to a national police portal since the EU referendum has been five times the typical weekly level.

    From last Thursday to Wednesday this week 331 incidents were reported to the True Vision online site - equivalent to 47 every day. 

  4. Work starts on huge Huddersfield school expansion

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Work has finally started on a huge “new” Huddersfield school.

    And staff at All Saints Catholic College could not be more delighted.

    All Saints school
  5. Police name their latest four-legged recruit... and it's not Horsey McHorseface

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    West Yorkshire's new police horse has been named Stanley after more than 1,100 people entered a competition to name him.


    The four-year-old gelding joined West Yorkshire Police's Mounted Section in May, joining the likes of Ledston, Ilkley and Breeze at the stables in Carr Gate.

    Five names were selected for the final poll, with Stanley winning by more than 200 votes.

    The name was put forward by a number of people, including Rebecca Milton, from Lepton, who was selected to meet the new recruit.

    She chose it due to being a “proper” Yorkshire name, but coincidentally it also refers to a village in Wakefield.

    Quote Message: I was thrilled that so many members of the public got involved with the competition to name our new horse. There were some fantastic suggestions and I know it was hard to whittle it down to five from all those submitted. Any of the five West Yorkshire themed names would have been suitable for him." from Ch Insp Chris Bowen Protective Services Operations, WYP
    Ch Insp Chris BowenProtective Services Operations, WYP
  6. Calls to re-use 'original Northern Powerhouse' mills in West Yorkshire

    Owners and developers are being encouraged to do more to regenerate the 1,365 mills in the West Yorkshire region currently lying empty.

    Old Lane Mill in Halifax

    Historic England said the mills were "a great resource for the future".

    It said where conversions had taken place they had made a positive contribution to the local economy.

  7. In pictures: Bradford to Leeds £29m cycle superhighway opens

    A stretch of a new £29m cycle route linking Bradford and Leeds has opened.

    A nine-mile (14km) cycle superhighway runs between the two cities, with the full route out to east Leeds expected to open later in the year.

    Cycle route
    Cycle route
    Cycle route
    Cycle route
    Cycle route
  8. Wetherby man jailed over drug cutting agent business

    A man who used his online chemical supply businesses to sell large quantities of cutting agents to drug dealers has been jailed for 18 years.

    Gregory King

    Gregory King, 26, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, bought 1.2 tonnes of the pharmaceutical drug benzocaine between 2013 and 2014 to then sell on.

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the drug is popular in bulking cocaine to increase quantity and profit.

  9. Watch: Meet Jamie Jefferson - a reformed gunrunner from Bradford

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Reformed gunrunner Jamie wants to steer young people away from a life of crime.

    He's making a film based on his life with the charity Stretch.

    Video content

    Video caption: A former gunrunner is making a film to warn other young people off a life of crime
  10. Office plans released for fire-hit Majestic building

    Plans to turn a fire-hit Leeds nightclub venue into offices have been unveiled.  

    Majestic building
    Majestic fire

    The Majestic building, in City Square, was badly damaged by a blaze in September 2014 with the roof almost completely destroyed.

    The venue, which opened as a cinema in the 1920s and eventually became the Majestyk nightclub, has had a temporary roof installed to protect the interior.

  11. Travel update: One lane closed on the southbound M1 between J40 and J39

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the southbound M1 between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of a broken down vehicle. Do expect some disruption and delays.

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

  12. Bradford firearms incident: Police release man and seek help to identify van

    Police investigating the firing of a gun in Bradford have released a 21-year-old man they were questioning. 

    Officers are appealing for information about a white van - possibly a Ford Transit - which was seen at the junction of Bierley Lane just minutes before the incident on Monday night.

    Armed police were originally called to reports of a brawl outside The Greenwood Inn pub on Monday night.

  13. Travel update: One lane closed on the eastbound M621 between J2 and J3

    BBC Travel

    One lane closed and very slow traffic on the eastbound M621 between J2, A643 (Elland Road) and J3, A653 (City Centre), this is because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  14. Watch: Late rugby star's pioneering surgery saves lives

    Pioneering surgery that the late Leeds Rhinos star, Steve Prescott, underwent for a rare form of abdominal cancer is saving lives.

    Prescott had been diagnosed with pseudomyxoma and volunteered to trial a multi-organ transplant.

    It was successful but he died from complications three weeks later in 2013.

    Video content

    Video caption: Steve Prescott legacy
  15. Castleford care home put into special measures

    A care home in Castleford has been put into special measures after being rated "inadequate" by inspectors.

    Manor Park care gome

    The Care Quality Commission says the Manor Park Home failed in a number of areas, including staffing levels, management of medicine and risk assessment. 

    The CQC went on to say it found Manor Park a long way short of expectations, putting safety at risk.

  16. Latest headlines: Leeds and Bradford cycle superhighway opens and MP reports growth in racist abuse

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    The latest headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include:

    • It's 14 miles long and has cost £29m - later today we will see the opening of the cycle superhighway which will link Leeds with Bradford
    • Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff says she's hearing reports of a growth in racist abuse since the result of last week's EU referendum
    • Police investigating the firing of a gun in Bradford have released a 21-year-old man they were questioning
  17. West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with sunny spells

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Brighter skies and sunny spells for many this afternoon. However, cloud will increase throughout the day with the potential for some light drizzle. 

    On the whole a dry and pleasant day with things staying quite breezy. Temperature highs of about 17C (63F).

    Weather graph

    This evening and overnight a band of of showery rain will make its way across the region. Any showers should ease as we make our way into the early hours of tomorrow morning. Temperature lows of 13C (55F). 

  18. Charity single to be released in memory of Jo Cox MP

    Dewsbury Reporter

    A charity single will be released in memory of Jo Cox – and people from her constituency are being asked join to together for the recording.

    On the morning after the MP’s death, Batley Community Choir was invited to sing ‘The Rose’ on Channel 4’s The Last Leg programme, which was broadcast live from Batley Parish Church.

    Jo Cox MP