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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 7 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Julie Langford and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we learned today

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    That's all from me for today, I'll return tomorrow with yet more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

    But before I go, here are five things we didn't know when the alarm clock went off this morning:

    1. Who on earth has pizza and chips for lunch? Although, I do really like the sound of it if I'm honest...
    2. Who better to get to portray Margaret Thatcher than a bloke from Leeds?
    3. Some people need some inspiration, others just inspire themselves...
    4. Want to use your local park? Then you might have to pay
    5. A man from Huddersfield grew a pineapple on his windowsill. I'll leave that there.

    See you tomorrow!

    Pineapple man
  2. Pain has link to bad weather

    Have you ever heard of the old wive's tale that rain can make your aches and pains worse? Well it could be true!


    Early results from a study by the University of Manchester shows that there is actually a link between weather conditions and changes in pain levels. 

    Researchers have so far found that 100 participants in three cities including Leeds, reported that as the number of sunny days increased from February to June this year, the amount of time they experienced severe pain fell. 

  3. Halifax Paralympian prepares for Rio 2016

    This is the back of Hannah Cockroft's head, and she's in the final stages of getting ready for the Paralympics in Rio. 

    What more motivation would the Halifax Paralympian need than a whacking great poster of herself winning T34 Women's 200m at the London 2012?

    The opening ceremony is tonight.

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  4. Weather: Fine tonight, unsettled tomorrow morning

    Fine and warm this evening. Dry with clear spells overnight. Minimum temperature 15C (59F). 


    A bright start tomorrow, but soon turning cloudy with a little patchy rain in the morning. Dry and brighter again in the afternoon with sunny spells. Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

  5. New campus for Leeds city centre?

    A new multi-million pound college campus in Leeds is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    Leeds City College was awarded, in principle, a grant of £33m by West Yorkshire Combined authority at a meeting this morning.


    The money will go towards work on new Health Sciences and Arts buildings in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds city centre. The college hopes it will eventually move out of current sites at Horsforth, Hunslet and Park Lane.  

    The authority is expected to give full permission for the grant at a meeting in November.

    Quote Message: I think it’s a great development for the city. Hopefully it will kickstart the development of the Quarry Hill site, which has not looked great for a long time, but in the future could be a great part of the city.” from Colin Booth Principal and CEO of Leeds City College
    Colin BoothPrincipal and CEO of Leeds City College
    Quote Message: On some sites, Leeds City College is currently in poor and costly accommodation. This proposal rationalises their offer into a smaller number of new buildings. " from West Yorkshire Combined Authority
    West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  6. Watch: Man grows pineapple on his windowsill in Huddersfield

    This is Edward Simpson from Huddersfield, and to his left is a pineapple, that he has been growing for the last eight years!

    Well the pinapple isn't eight years old, that's quite new, but the plant is. His wife grew it from a cutting, the sad news is that when they pick it, the rest of the plant will die.

    But hey, at least they'll have a nice fresh, juicy pineapple to cheer them up...

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    Video caption: It's taken him eight years to grow it
  7. Listen: 'I'm itching to get out there' - Mike McMeeken

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Castleford Tigers injured star Mike McMeeken has told BBC Radio Leeds he is itching to get out on the pitch.

    The back row forward is set to be out of action for two months after breaking his leg.

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    Video caption: Castleford Tigers' Mike McMeeken on his return from injury and the hunt for fifth.
  8. Officers search 27 properties for wanted man

    Police say they've searched 27 properties across Leeds - trying to find a man wanted over firearms and threats to kill offences. 

    Craig Smith

    Craig Smith (pictured) who's 47 was released from jail on licence in September last year, after serving part of a sentence for drugs offences and driving without insurance. 

    They've been trying to track him down since 20 August.  

    Quote Message: We would like to hear from anyone who knows where he is or who has any information that could assist in tracing him. While we do not believe he presents a threat to the wider community, anyone who sees him should not approach him." from Det Ch Insp Nicola Bryar West Yorkshire Police
    Det Ch Insp Nicola BryarWest Yorkshire Police
  9. Watch: The man behind the Iron Lady

    Remember Spitting Image? Well the man who did the voice of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is appearing as her on stage. 

    Steve Nallon, from Leeds, was the voice of Thatcher in the 80s and first impersonated her at a school show in the mid-70s..

    Dead Sheep opened in Doncaster last night, and and tells the story of her downfall. 

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    Video caption: Text on video about new play called Dead Sheep, charting Thatcher’s downfall. It’s opening
  10. ‘Wrongful conviction’ of ex-West Yorkshire Pc prompts new criminal probe

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A damning report into the suspected wrongful conviction of a former West Yorkshire Police officer for assaulting a teenager in custody has prompted a criminal investigation into the events that led to him being sent to prison.

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  11. Watch: Hannah Cockroft on her Paralympics hope

    The Prime Minister is wishing Britain's Paralympic team good luck - as they prepare to compete in Brazil

    Yorkshire has 26 athletes taking part in ten different sports. 

    There have been concerns about poor ticket sales - but West Yorkshire wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft says her focus is on winning.

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    Video caption: We went to meet Hannah...
  12. Man grows pineapple on windowsill in Huddersfield

    This pineapple, believe it or not, is growing in Fartown in Huddersfield!

    It has grown from a cutting that Edward Simpson (pictured) planted eight years ago...


    Who knew it was even possible!

    According to Mr Simpson, it'll be ripe in about two weeks.

    Right when I get home I'm having a crack at coconuts and oranges.

  13. 'Massive concern' over 'spike' in firearms crime in Bradford

    Bradford Telegraph and Argus

    Police have moved to reassure the public after concerns over a spate of firearms incidents in the Bradford district.

    Armed officers were deployed on separate streets twice on Monday, leading to the arrest of a man on suspicion of a firearms offence.

    The Flappit in Cullingworth
  14. Leigh Centurions' Sam Barlow given ban for assaulting officer

    Leigh Centurions prop Sam Barlow, who lives in Halifax, has been given a four-year ban from sport for assaulting an anti-doping officer. 

    Sam Barlow
    Image caption: Sam Barlow (left) is a prop who has played nine times for Scotland

    An independent panel found him guilty of "tampering with doping control".

    Barlow, 28, pleaded guilty in court to assaulting the UK Anti-Doping Agency official, who visited his home in Halifax in July 2015.

    The Scotland international will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court at a later date.

    Quote Message: "We will not tolerate obstructive or threatening behaviour towards any of our personnel," said Ukad chief executive Nicole Sapstead. Whilst incidents such as this are rare, the obstruction of the doping control process in any way is, and will be, taken very seriously." from Nicole Sapstead Chief Exec, UK Anti-Doping Agency
    Nicole SapsteadChief Exec, UK Anti-Doping Agency