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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 Tuesday
  2. Updates on Friday 26 August 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we've learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from us for today, I'll be back next week for more news, sport, weather and travel from West Yorkshire. Set your alarm for 08:00 on Tuesday...

But before we all relax into our bank holiday weekends, here's five things we didn't know this morning.

  1. It's wellies or nothing at this years Leeds fest.
  2. Worried about further bus strikes in Leeds? No worries, they're not happening!
  3. All it takes is one Olympic gold medal and the whole place downs tools...
  4. If you loved Happy Valley, great news, it's coming back!
  5. As far as sick notes go, this one's pretty special.

See you next week!

Leeds Festival

Weather: Dry night danger of rain later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Overnight, things should stay dry with long clear periods and a risk of some isolated mist and fog patches developing by dawn. Lows of 13C (55F). 


Tomorrow looks to get off to a decent start but things will cloud over from the south before some showery, perhaps thundery outbreaks of rain spreading north. A yellow warning for rain has been issued by the MET Office from 11:00 on Saturday until 09:00 on Sunday. 

Bird's eye view of Leeds Festival

What a cracking view of Bramham Park, home of the Leeds Festival.

You can really see the muddy bits from here...

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Leeds West Indian Carnival brings financial boost

Leeds West Indian Carnival is worth millions to the city's economy.

Now in its 49th year, the event could be worth more than £3m to the city this year.

Whether it's hotel rooms, cafes or bars many businesses in Leeds benefit from a carnival effect.

Elland Road

Defender Tyler Denton signs a new contract with Leeds, three days after scoring the winning goal on his debut for the club.

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Man charged with attack on police officers

A man from Halifax has been charged with attacking two police officers.

Saltburn Street

He's accused of assaulting the officers after they were called to reports of a domestic incident on Saltburn Street in the town on Tuesday night. 

The 23-year-old will appear before magistrates next month.  

The big bank holiday get away in full swing

BBC Travel

It's the bank holiday weekend, which means fun with the family, great days out, rain and traffic jams.

And it looks as though the traffic jams are already with us!

You can check the latest here.

Grey boxes: Normal congestion

Orange boxes: Congestion because of roadworks or an accident

Red boxes: Lane or road closed or severe queues

Bank holiday traffic

Appeal over stolen watches

A watch collector has been targeted by thieves who have taken 68 watches from his collection.

West Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information after the replica military watches (similar to those above)  were taken in a burglary at a house in Yeadon last month.   

The victim bought the watches for his collection over several years and they are of huge sentimental value. They are quite distinctive and we would like to hear from anyone who has been offered such items for sale since the burglary."

Det Con Sarah JennessWest Yorkshire Police

Black Fox Bob has rare animal stuffed after its sad death

Halifax Courier

A retired farm worker from Halifax who hit the headlines last year when capturing live footage of an extremely rare black fox in his garden has ensured immortality for the cherished animal, which has since died, by having it professionally stuffed and mounted

Black Fox
Halifax Courier

Travel update: M1 one lane closed southbound J39

BBC Travel

We've got one lane closed on the  M1 southbound at J39 (A636 Wakefield), because of an accident involving five vehicles.  

Police's dedicated festival website

West Yorkshire Police have set up a special page dedicated to the Leeds festival.

Leeds festival

On there you can get the latest weather, maps on how to leave and advice on keeping your things safe, camping safely and their stance on drugs...

Yorkshire beat Notts to boost title bid

Yorkshire close to within five points of Championship leaders Middlesex by wrapping up a 305-run win over Nottinghamshire.

Tim Bresnan
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Fetty Wap pulls out of Leeds Festival

Fetty Wap's doctor has just given him the weekend off work with this sick note. He was due on the second stage today...

Get well soon Fetty!

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Search for man who may hold clues to sexual assault

West Yorkshire Police are looking for a man who may have vital information about a sexual assault in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police

The assault happened at about 01:30 on Saturday, 13 August in Forster Square and involved a 21-year-old woman.  

A 38-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident and remanded in custody.

Happy Valley will return for a third series

Hit BBC One TV series Happy Valley will return for a third series, according to the show's creator.

Happy Valley

Sally Wainwright was speaking at the Edinburgh Festival yesterday and said: "It will happen but it will be a little while. I've got some good ideas."

The series was shot in Calderdale and has proved popular with tourists coming to see the programme's locations.

Weather: Sunshine and cloud this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to see plenty of fine, dry weather this afternoon with broken cloud but also some good spells of sunshine. It'll feel pleasantly warm in the sun with gentle to moderate westerly winds and highs of 20C (68F). 


Leeds protest over burkini ban in France

A protest is due to take place this evening in Leeds over a ban on "burkinis" on some French beaches.

The ban came in after the attack in Nice, anyone wearing one faces a fine. 

A burkini is a type of swimming costume that some Muslim women wear, which covers the arms, legs and hair.


The controversy has intensified after pictures of police appearing to enforce the ban prompted widespread anger.  

Nice's deputy mayor said the removal of burkinis was a "necessity" after the deadly jihadist attack last month.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) expressed concern at the direction the public debate was taking.

Impressive main stage at Leeds Festival

And some are so keen to get to the front of the main stage, this lady's all ready for State Champs, who were on stage at 12:00.

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Golden boy Ed Clancy pays BBC Leeds a visit

Cyclist Ed Clancy, Yorkshire's most successful Olympic champion, dropped by BBC Leeds last night for Look North. 

There were just a few excited people in the building! 

Ed Clancy

Ed, who's from from Holmbridge, near Holmfirth, won a gold medal as part of the men's team pursuit team in Rio to add to the two golds he won at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals could lose five wards in cuts

Five wards could be closed at Leeds Teaching Hospitals as part of cuts to NHS services across England

Leeds General Infirmary

In plans seen by the BBC, 44 areas have been asked to draw up cost-cutting measures, as part of efforts to find savings of £22bn by April 2021. 

NHS England said reorganising local services was essential to improve patient care.  

There have been have been no consultations on the plans so far.  

A key concern is why it hasn't been this transparent up until now. These plans are due to be signed off this October - a matter of weeks away".

Laura Townshend38 Degrees campaign group

Proposals are at a draft stage. No changes to the services people currently receive will be made without local engagement and, where required, consultation."

NHS England

Local acts set to appear at Leeds Festival

And we've got to remember that it's not all about the bands that sell millions of records, it's about the homegrown talent too!

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Travel update: Busy on A1(M) J44

Just had a quick look on the traffic cameras, and it's looking pretty heavy on the A1(M) around J44.

You can bet it'll be down to the Leeds Festival traffic and the start of the Bank Holiday weekend...

Highways England

Brassed Off to be brought back to life at mining museum

The hit 1996 film Brassed Off is being brought back to life at Wakefield's National Mining Museum.

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Actors are staging the theatre version of the story at the museum, housed in the former Caphouse Colliery, today and tomorrow before it tours at two more West Yorkshire venues. 

One of the key characters, Danny the band conductor, is played by Reece Andrews, who was a West Yorkshire police officer during the 1984/85 miners' strike.  

Muddy Leeds Fest...

You might be wondering how muddy the ground at Leeds Festival is after all the rain yesterday.

Well, here's your answer...

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No further strike action for First Bus in Leeds

It has just been announced that there will be no further strike action by drivers on First Bus in Leeds.

In a joint announcement First Leeds and Unite the Union have confirmed that drivers have voted to accept the revised pay offer.

Bus strike

Drivers had taken industrial action on three separate days in the last few months. The threat of a rolling strike was averted after both sides agreed to sit down for talks.

I'm very pleased that our Leeds drivers have accepted the pay offer that recognises the hard work they do and is also affordable to the business."

Paul MatthewsFirst Leeds

We've worked together to put in place a pay agreement that has been accepted by our members. This brings an end to the dispute and any further industrial action."

Phil BownUnite

Travel information for Leeds Festival

It's a bit of a nicer day to travel than yesterday! Enjoy it folks...

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Councils 'should monitor academy cash'

Council leaders say academy budgets should be overseen by local authorities following a series of financial abuses, including a scandal in Bradford.

Kings Science Academy

Cash earmarked for education in England is too often "disappearing into the back pockets of those in charge", says the Local Government Association.

Current scrutiny is ineffective, leaving the media and whistleblowers to uncover fraud, argues the LGA.

Earlier this month, ther fonder of Kings Science Academy in Bradford and two members fo staff were convicted of fraud for transferring £150,000 of government grants into their own bank accounts.

The government says academies and free schools are subject to greater scrutiny than council-run schools.

Travel update: Heavy traffic around Leeds Festival

BBC Travel

It was always going to be, but here's the proof!

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Body found in search for missing man

The body of a man has been discovered in Mytholmroyd.

West Yorkshire Police have identified the body as 39-year-old James Gray who had been missing since Monday. 

His family have been informed and officers are not treating his death as suspicious.  

Travel update: A638 closed in Sharlston

BBC Travel

I'm afraid the A638 Doncaster Road in Sharlston near Wakefield is closed in both directions between the West Lane junction and the B6378 Cock Lane junction, because of an accident and debris on the road. 

Thousands arrive with wellies at the ready for Leeds Festival 2016

Yorkshire Evening Post

They arrived in their thousands, laden with sleeping bags, tents and backpacks. The grey skies and pouring rain yesterday did nothing to deter these festivalgoers.

Leeds Festival
Yorkshire Evening Post/Bruce Rollinson

Funeral for man killed in motorcycle accident

Tributes will be paid later at the funeral of a young motorcyclist who was killed in a crash near Hebden Bridge.

Jacob Chothia
West Yorkshire Police

The body of 21-year-old Jacob Chothia from Mytholmroyd was found on Burnley Road earlier this month. 

It's believed he died after his bike hit a tree. Hundreds of bikers are expected to attend Jacob's funeral in Nab Wood this afternoon.   

Majority fear 'negative impact' of hospitals shake-up plan

A public consultation into the plans for a controversial shake-up of hospital services in Huddersfield and Halifax has revealed its results.

Huddersfield A&E

More than 7,500 people responded, with 60% saying they felt they would be "negatively impacted" by the proposed changes, which include closing Huddersfield's accident and emergency department.

However, there was a significant difference between respondents from Huddersfield and Calderdale. In Huddersfield about 80% feared they would be negatively affected whereas only 33% in Calderdale felt the same.

The main concerns people have about the proposed changes to emergency care are whether they will be seen and treated quickly, followed by their ability to travel.   

Watch: Legal action against travellers in Wakefield

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A number of beauty spots have been "destroyed" by travellers in Wakefield, according to people living nearby. 

Wakefield Council workers have spent the last day clearing up Wrenthorpe Rec after up to 30 travellers were evicted from the site. 

Residents also say that three more parks have now been taken over, less than half a mile away. 

Now, the council says it's taking legal action to remove them from those sites.   

However, the travellers say there's nowhere else for them to go. 

Weather: The warm weather returns

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Good news everyone, we should see the return of the sunshine!  It'll feel pleasantly warm, highs of 20C (68F). 

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to our live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire.

I'll be telling you about all of that stuff right here until 18:00.

Taking to the main stage at the Leeds Festival tonight will be Biffy Clyro, I suspect it might look a bit busier than this picture, which was taken last night...

Leeds Fest