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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 9 August 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we didn't know this morning

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from us for today, we'll return tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, travel, sport and that all important weather.

Before we go, here are five things we didn't know this morning:

  1. We've said it before, we'll say it again.. Be careful what you tweet.
  2. Who needs medals anyway? It's just a glorified sports day isn't it?
  3. Next time you decide to do some light DIY around the house, who knows, you might just find an amazing glass roof you didn't even know was there..
  4. Even old power stations can look pretty cool sometimes.
  5. Only by controlling objects by the power of your mind and searching for new life and new civilisations can you claim the right to have a building in Huddersfield named after you

See you tomorrow!

Bradford 'could benefit' from new grammar schools

A leading Bradford politician has suggested the city could benefit from opening new grammar schools. 

The leader of the Bradford Conservative party Simon Cooke says selective schools could help children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the city.

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His comments come after a newspaper report over the weekend suggested Prime Minister Theresa May was keen to lift the ban on opening new selective grammar schools.

Weather: Showers this evening, drier in the morning

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Showers will continue on and off through this evening and overnight with some drier, clearer spells too. Cool again with temperatures slipping into single figures in some places.


Tomorrow we'll have a largely dry morning with sunny spells. Clouding over gradually from the west with the odd shower possible. A maximum temperature of 18C   

Leeds United: Fleetwood Town preview

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Former Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler has a fully-fit squad to face his former club in the EFL Cup.

The Fleetwood Town head coach will play Leeds tomorrow.

Uwe Rosler
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Leeds right-back Gaetano Berardi will miss the trip after limping out in the first half of Sunday's 3-0 loss to QPR.

Former Swansea City winger Pablo Hernandez has received international clearance, after failing to get it before their opening Championship game.

Your pics: Ferrybridge Power station

Our thanks to Paul Cresswell who, thanks to his insomnia, took the time to go out and take this great photo of the old Ferrybridge power station.

Usually if I can't sleep, I watch old episodes of Bullseye on the telly. Paul's approach is far more productive.

Ferrybridge power station
Paul Cresswell

Travel update: Accident on Leeds Inner Ring Road

BBC Travel

This seems to be causing long delays in the city centre, just as the evening rush hour gets into full swing

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Batley woman charged under terrorism act

A 56-year-old woman from Batley has been charged with a terrorism offence.  

Mary Kaya appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court today accused of Disseminating Terrorist Publications contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

She was arrested on 21 October last year as part of a pre-planned operation led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Travel update: Leeds inner ring road closed tonight

Just a reminder if you're heading into Leeds tonight...

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Huddersfield Town: Wagner looks to break his duck

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

David Wagner says he wants to break his duck by winning his first Cup game in charge of Huddersfield Town when they travel to Shrewsbury tonight in the League Cup. 

David Wagner
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The Terriers' head coach is likely to make some changes for tonight's match, but wouldn't be drawn on how many.  

Belting it down in Batley

I don't know about you, but does it feel like autumn or what?!

Here's a micro weather forecast...

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Travel update: Two lanes closed M62 westbound J27

BBC Travel

We've got two lanes blocked on the M62 westbound between J27 (M621 Gildersome) and J26 (M606 Chain Bar), because of an accident. 

There's congestion to J28, here's the scene just before J27...

Highways England

Travel update: Large fire in South Elmsall

Sounds like a fire in South Elmsall is causing some travel issues. 

We understand from the emergency services that it's some hay that's caught light. According to them it's now under control.

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Ben Fogle in Yorkshire

Welcome to God's Own, Ben. Nice, innit...?

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Sir Patrick Stewart watches performance at Huddersfield University

Sir Patrick Stewart relaxes and takes in a student performance in a building at Huddersfield University that's been named after him. He's there to officially open it today.

I can't work out if he's enjoying it or not!

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Renovation reveals 'spectacular' glass roof at Leeds art Gallery

You know when you find a fiver down the back of the sofa, well this is a bit like that, but on a much bigger scale.

Leeds Art Gallery is currently undergoing a renovation, and workers have just uncovered this amazing glass roof, that's been hidden for more than 40 years.

Art Gallery roof
Leeds City Council

The building is currently having essential repairs carried out, and the glass roof on the 128-year-old building was rediscovered after a false ceiling in one of the upper galleries was removed.

The gallery shut on 10 January and is expected to remain closed until October next year.

This beautiful new roof space is a truly remarkable find and, much like the discovery of the Tiled Hall just a few years ago, is further evidence of what a unique architectural gem Leeds Art Gallery is.

Cllr Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council

Woman's body found in canal in Mirfield

The body of a woman has been discovered in the canal in Mirfield this morning.  


Police were called to a stretch of the Calder and Hebble navigation behind the Lidl supermarket at around 09:00.

Officers say that there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances. 

West Yorkshire Police say that "A post mortem will be conducted to determine a cause of death, investigations remain ongoing."

Virgin East Coast staff ballot: 84% vote for walk out

More on the vote by Virgin East Coast rail workers to go out on strike in a dispute over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

In the ballot, 84% backed walkouts, with nine out of 10 supporting other forms of industrial action. If the strike does go ahead, it will affect passengers travelling between London, Leeds and Wakefield.

Virgin east coast

We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place and I want to reassure our customers that the timetable will be unaffected, should any strike go ahead."

David HorneVirgin Trains

Our members will not pay the price for a crisis cooked up in the Virgin boardroom. We will now be considering the massive mandate for action delivered by our members in this ballot and the union remains available for serious talks."

Mick CashRMT Union

BreakingVirgin East Coast rail staff vote to strike

Virgin East Coast rail workers have voted to go out on strike in a dispute over job cuts, working conditions and safety, the RMT union has said.

Rio Olympics 2016: Japan take gold in men's team final as GB narrowly miss bronze

BBC Sport

Great Britain's men's gymnastics team, which includes Pudsey's Nile Wilson, narrowly missed out on bronze as Japan won gold in the men's final.  

Nile Wilson
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Wilson, along with Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas, and Brinn Bevan finished fourth with 269.725 points.

Smith fell off the pommel in a complicated final rotation as China secured bronze with 271.122 points.

31 year old woman in hospital after being hit by car in Leeds

A woman who was hit by a car on Dewsbury Road in Leeds this morning is in hospital with serious head injuries.  

Dewsbury road

The crash happened between Tunstall Road and Hunslett Hall Road just after 10:00.

The woman is described as being in a stable condition. 

Road closures remain in place.

Search widens for missing Halifax man

A specialist search is continuing today for a missing pensioner from Halifax. 

Granville Muir, 75, was last seen at his house in the King Cross area at about 13:00 on Saturday. 

Granville Muir,
West Yorkshire Police

Mr Muir, who police say "may appear confused", is said to walk with a limp. 

He is around 6ft tall and is believed to be wearing blue clothing, possibly a cardigan.  

It is thought he may have got on a bus heading in the direction of Bradford or Kirklees.

Watch: The A&E for people in mental health crisis

A new service is launching in Bradford today offering people in mental health crisis an alternative to A&E. 

The Haven will open seven days a week, but instead of hospital surroundings patients are provided with help at The Cellar Trust centre on Farfield Road in Shipley. 

It's the first time this kind of care for service users has been trialled in Yorkshire and it's designed to take the pressure off ward beds. 

Asad Shah killing: 'Disrespecting Islam' murderer jailed

A Bradford man has been jailed for life after he admitted the religiously-motivated murder of a Glasgow shopkeeper whom he claimed had "disrespected" Islam.  

Tanveer Ahmed

Tanveer Ahmed (pictured),32, a Sunni Muslim from Bradford, stabbed Asad Shah outside his store in Shawlands on 24 March after viewing videos the victim had posted online about his beliefs.

Mr Shah was an Ahmadiyya, a minority sect not recognised by all Muslims. Ahmed was told he would serve a minimum of 27 years in jail for the murder.

Judge Lady Rae told Ahmed that he was guilty of the "barbaric killing of a peace-loving man" and "an appalling display of merciless violence".   

Travel update: A653 Dewsbury road Leeds closed

BBC Travel

The A653 Dewsbury Road in Leeds is closed in both directions between the Tunstall Road junction and the Moor Road junction, because of an accident involving a pedestrian. 

Police are directing traffic, but there are delays in the area.  

BreakingGlasgow shop keeper murder: Bradford man jailed for minimum of 27 years

Tanveer Ahmed from Bradford has been jailed for a minimum of 27 years at the High Court in Glasgow for the murder of shopkeeper Asad Shah.

Watch: New scheme to address waiting times for transgender people

A new pilot project's being announced in West Yorkshire, to try to cut waiting times for transgender people wanting help on the NHS. 

The recommended wait time to see a gender specialist is 18 weeks but BBC Yorkshire understand that in Leeds it's more like 18 months. 

West Yorkshire supermarket makes changes to it's online shopping deal

Bradford based supermarket Morrisons and online grocery firm Ocado have announced changes to their longstanding tie-up. 

BBC will be rolled out across more of the UK by enabling it to pick produce from its own stores, and through taking a major stake in Ocado's new delivery centre in Erith, south London. 

Under the deal, Morrisons will no longer have to share its online profits with Ocado once the "store picking" is up and running.

Family's thanks over donations to repatriate Horbury man

The family of a West Yorkshire truck driver who died abroad are saying thank you after thousands of pounds was donated to help bring his body back home. 

Paul Stanyard
Family photo

Paul Stanyard, 60 from Horbury near Wakefield, was working in Italy when he was found dead in his cab just over week ago. 

The firm he worked for told his family that their insurance did not cover the cost of repatriating him. 

We've just not been able to grieve for him properly. It all could have been avoided, it's so sad it seems so heartless to me.

Pamela Stanyard

Greater Manchester Police apologises for Nazi photo tweet on Yorkshire border

A police force has apologised after tweeting an image of two men dressed in Nazi uniforms standing next to a German military vehicle on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border.  

Nazi police picture

The picture was shared from Greater Manchester Police (GMP)'s official traffic account on Sunday.

The tweet was captioned: "M62 J22 On the west Yorkshire border. These two likely lads trying to invade".

GMP apologised saying the "unacceptable" post had "caused offence" and had since been deleted.

Bradford man due to be sentenced over Glasgow shopkeeper murder

A 32-year-old man from West Yorkshire is due to be sentenced today for murdering a shopkeeper in Scotland in a religiously motivated attack.  

Asad Shah
Asad Shah

Tanveer Ahmed from Bradford drove to Glasgow and stabbed Asad Shah after being offended at videos he posted on Facebook and Youtube. 

Ahmed pleaded guilty to murder.   

Building to be named after Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart's in Huddersfield today, where the university's drama building is being named after him. 

Sir Patrick Stuart
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Sir Patrick stepped down as The University of Huddersfield's Chancellor last year, after more than a decade. 

The Mirfield born actor is best known for his roles in Star Trek and X-Men.   

Measures to tackle Leeds' transgender clinic waits

Measures aimed at cutting the time transgender people have to wait for a consultation at an NHS gender identity clinic have been introduced.  

Doctor's surgery

NHS guidelines say patients should have an initial appointment within 18 weeks, but in Leeds the average is about 83.

Extra funding has been secured to address concerns about a lack of support for those on the waiting list.

Weather: Cooler to start a little more cloud later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

I'm afraid it's feeling rather chilly first thing, and we will see a little more in the way of cloud as we head towards the end of the morning. A few showers are likely later, but we will see some sun. Highs of 18C (64F).  

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Welcome to our live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire, I'll be here until 18:00 with all the latest.

If you're still in bed and reading this from under the duvet, make sure you wear an extra layer on the way to work as it's a bit nippy out there!

Thanks to Rosalia Ferrara for this pic of Ponden Reservoir near Keighley. You can email me to send your snaps if you'd like to share them!

Ponden Reservoir
Rosalia Ferrara