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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 21 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Five things we didn't know when we woke up

    That's it for today, thanks for dropping by. I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, travel, sport and weather.

    But before I go, here's five things we didn't know this morning...

    1. If you fancy getting some nice aerial shots of a football match. Don't.. just don't.
    2. When you want to make a serious point, just keep digging.
    3. People try and smuggle the weirdest things... I mean, a crocodile ashtray?
    4. Dog, lamppost, dog, lamppost, dog, lamppost... It's going to be the lamppost isn't it. Bye bye car...
    5. Keep Rheas? If they say they're off out for a bit, best make sure they know their way home.

    See you tomorrow folks!

  2. Extra cash for cathedrals

    Bradford and Wakefield cathedrals have been awarded almost six hundred thousand pounds to mark the centenary of the First World War. 

    Wakefield Cathedral
    Image caption: Wakefield Cathedral

    The government money will be used to repair the buildings and preserve them for future generations. 

  3. Your news headlines this evening

    Here are the latest headlines in West Yorkshire

  4. Weather: Cloudy overnight, patchy rain in the morning

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain developing in places overnight. Minimum temperature 15C (59F). 

    Weather gfx

    Tomorrow it'll be a cloudy, damp start with patchy rain at first, slowly brightening up with sunny spells developing, together with the risk of a heavy shower. Maximum temperature 23C (73F). 

  5. Cyclist killed in Bingley named

    A cyclist who died after an accident in Bingley on Tuesday has been named as  Andrew Platten, who was 55 and from the town.

    Andrew Platten

    He was hit by a silver Vauxhall Vectra whilst cycling on Cottingley Cliffe Road just after 19:30. 

    The 22-year-old driver of the car from Bradford was arrested at the scene, he has since been released on bail.

    Quote Message: Andrew excelled as a respected and dedicated academic, with a love for art, poetry and music. For anyone that knew him, cycling was his true passion as he became a recognised competitive rider on the roads." from Andrew Platten's family statement
    Andrew Platten's family statement
  6. Sexual offences increase in West Yorkshire

    The number of sexual offences reported to West Yorkshire Police in the last year has increased by almost a third. 


    Figures also show an overall increase in crime in our county. 45,000 more crimes were reported to police in the year up to the end of March than in the same time the previous year. 

    That increase includes an additional 1,200 reports of sexual offences.

  7. Update: The Wakefield Rhea is back with his owners

    Just a quick update on the Rhea (previously reported as an Ostrich) is back safely with his owners...


    He's called "Chief" and will be making an appearance on the telly tonight too, I'd just like to point out that I'm free to represent him if he needs an agent...

  8. Advice for commuters affected by bus strike

    The continuing bus strike in Leeds is due to start next Tuesday.

    Whether you agree or disagree with the action, it's going to mean disruption for thousands of commuters in the city.

    Bus picket

    As the saying goes, if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. 

    So if you think you might be affected, take a look at Metro's advice page for the strike action

  9. Virgin Trains East Coast to axe up to 46 jobs, union claims

    Virgin Trains East Coast is planning to axe up to 46 jobs at travel centres and train stations along the East Coast Main Line route, including Leeds and Wakefield according to a union.

    Virgin train

    The company wants to replace its travel centres with open plan "customer zones", the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said.

    Other stations at Doncaster, London King's Cross, Edinburgh, Peterborough, York and Newcastle could be affected.

  10. Reforms on funding for schools are 'needed urgently'

    Parents aren't getting their children into the school of their choice, because of funding and this needs to change "urgently" according to Shipley MP Philip Davies.

    Philip Davies

    His comments come as the Government delays plans for a new system aimed at ensuring fairer funding for schools. 

    The aim was to have this in place next year, but the new Education Secretary, Justine Greening, says it's being put back until 2018. 

  11. Think it's safe to go out in the sun unprotected?

    ... Think again. I've just been having a look at the UV levels for Leeds and as you can see, despite it being much cooler today, there's still a risk if you don't put sun cream on.

    UV chart
  12. Corbyn is 'ineffective' says Halifax MP

    Larry Budd

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Labour MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch, is the latest to turn on her party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. 

    She's been a member of his Whips office since September 2015 and had, until today, stayed tight-lipped on Mr Corbyn's leadership. 

    Holly Lynch

    Today, pointing to "unsustainable divisions" and an "existential threat", Ms Lynch writes: "Quite apart from his politics, Jeremy is ineffective at making the decisions and providing leadership that we so desperately need." 

    Owen Smith, the former shadow cabinet member, is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership - we'll know the winner by September.

  13. Watch: Halifax man to be buried alive for three days

    A former drug addict has decided to bury himself alive in a large coffin in Halifax for three days to raise awareness of the dangers of addiction. 

    John Edwards is the founder of Walking Free, an online support group which helps people "walk free" from addiction. 

    He says that by doing something extraordinary he'll be taking a stand against senseless deaths by offering words of life from the grave.  

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    Video caption: He will spend three days undergorund
  14. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Here are the latest headlines this lunchtime:

  15. Bizarre objects go on display in Leeds

    If you like bizarre museum objects, then the latest exhibition at the Leeds Discovery Centre, near the Royal Armouries, could be just for you.

    They're about to display a range of items that have been seized from smugglers including a ashtray, made from a crocodile. A croc-a-tray if you will. 


    The objects are part of a collection on long-term loan from HM Revenue and Customs, and were confiscated from their owners because they breached laws around importing animal products.

    The items, including a mongoose being eaten by a snake, will be used to teach visitors about animal welfare. It opens next Friday.