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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 8 September 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 me today, I'll be back with more of the same tomorrow from 08:00.

Just before I go, here are five things that we didn't know this morning...

  1. It turns out that we are getting two airports in Leeds!
  2. A report into the Boxing Day floods hasn't exactly gone down well in West Yorkshire.
  3. Police training exercises have become a lot more elaborate since the late 70s.
  4. Jazz can sometimes be as odd as it sounds.
  5. West Yorkshire is home to the world's longest cat! (I'm just pleased I don't have to deal with its litter tray).

See you tomorrow!

Regiment badges found in Methley

I'd imagine that these would mean a lot to someone...

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Weather: Cloudy with showers tonight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy with scattered showers tonight. Lows of 14C (57F). Moderate southwest wind.


Early scattered showers soon clearing then bright and breezy with sunny spells although thicker cloud later will bring the risk of some patchy rain. Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

Marsden Jazz festival line-up announced

The full line up for the 25th Marsden Jazz Festival has been announced.

Marsden Festival
Elizabeth Baker

Topping the bill is jazz legend Digby Fairweather who will bring his "Rocking Rhythm" show to the Huddersfield town next month.     

More than 100 gigs will take place during the three day event which starts on Friday, 7 October and also includes a Saturday Street parade and artisan market.

More women needed for transport survey

Ladies of Leeds, your council needs you! 

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West Yorkshire Paralympians break world record to qualify for final

Just a bit of news from the Paralympics. West Yorkshire's Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby are now in with a chance for gold medal tonight!

They broke the world record for the Para-Cycling Tandem at their qualifying session... come on lads, bring it home!

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Dog attack victim's family describe their grief and how they plan to move forward

Huddersfield Examiner

The grieving family of David Ellam who was tragically killed in a savage dog attack have come forward to thank everyone for their support. David died on Monday August 15 after trying to protect his Yorkshire terrier Rolo from a Labrador-Staffy cross near his home in Riddings Road, Sheepridge. 

Keeley Berry and David Ellam
Huddersfield Examiner

Flood report 'shockingly disappointing'

I've been bringing you reaction to the report into the Boxing Day floods, which was commissioned after 16,000 houses across northern England were flooded during the wettest December in a century last year.

The report commits a total of £12.5m to new temporary flood defences in England.  

But the report has been branded as "shockingly disappointing" by the chairman of a partnership in Hebden Bridge, which was badly hit by the floods.

Bob Deacon said a huge amount of work had gone on in Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley to lessen the impact of heavy rainfall. 

Hebden Bridge

An opportunity has simply not been taken to assess this impact. It's abysmal. It's really shocking."

Bob DeaconHebden Bridge Partnership

Travel update: Accident on the A1

BBC Travel

If you're stuck in or are expecting someone who's delayed on the A1 northbound, then this is why..

The A1 is blocked between Barnsdale Bar in North Elmsall and the A1(M) J40 junction in Darrington. There's Congestion to J37, A635 (Marr).


Body found in Seacroft

A body has been found in woodland in Leeds this morning. 


Police were called shortly after 11.30 to woods near Limewood Approach in Seacroft.

The area has been cordoned off while enquiries take place to establish the circumstances.  

Traffic update: M62 two lanes closed eastbound J21

BBC Travel

We have reports of slow traffic and two lanes being closed on the M62 eastbound between J21 (A640 Milnrow) and J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.  

I've had a quick look at the traffic cams though and all looks ok...

Paralympian watched opening ceremony on TV

Leah Evans is competing in the Women's Wheelchair Basketball at the Rio Paralympics later today.

Would you believe she watched the opening ceremony on the telly! 

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Archive corner: Police training exercise from 1978

I do love a bit of archive picture-ness.

And this hits the spot, a traffic accident training exercise for the police back in the late 70s...

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Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell's controversial career

Keith Hellawell, the under-fire Sports Direct chairman who was born near Huddersfield, has had a long and varied career clouded by controversy.  

Keith Hellawell

The 74-year-old faced an investor revolt at the company's annual meeting, with a majority of independent shareholders voting against his re-election as chairman.

He started a 36-year career in the police at the age of 20 after beginning his working life as a coal miner once he left school at the age of 15.

He became Britain's youngest sergeant aged 23 and progressed through the ranks to become assistant chief constable of West Yorkshire in 1983, becoming chief constable in 1993

Leeds is 'hardly mentioned' in flooding report

The risk of flooding in Leeds is not being taken seriously, according to the leader of the Council.

Earlier today it was announced that a total of £12.5m is being spent on new temporary flood defences in northern England, following a government review.   

But Leeds City Council say that Leeds is hardly mentioned in the report and that the government have changed their tone on what was promised.

Leeds City Council

Leeds is barely mentioned in this report which really does smack of the government not taking the risk here seriously. The people of Leeds need the new Secretary of State to come out and confirm she will stick to the promises made to the city by her predecessor earlier this year. The report says flood defences for cities are now only the ‘ultimate aim’, as opposed to the ‘whatever it takes’ line previously used by government."

Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council

Universities to hide applicants' names in anti-bias trial

Universities including Huddersfield, are going to test "name-blind" admissions for the first time to stop potential discrimination based on assumptions about students' names


A pilot scheme will run this year where the names of applicants are not seen during admissions.

The aim is to stop "potential bias" about students' race and identity.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said he backed attempts to "stamp out inequality" in higher education.

Are electric buses the way forward for Leeds?

Experts say a network of electric buses could be the answer to Leeds's transport problems. 

Leeds buses

Later today the council and transport officials will meet a bus manufacturer and other experts to discuss whether it's a realistic option. 

It's thought this idea would be much cheaper than plans for a trolley bus system which were scrapped earlier this year.  

Sinfield reveals he turned down Rhinos coaching position

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Former Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield has revealed he chose not to pursue a possible coaching role at the club, and turned down a move to the NRL, to take up his current position with the RFL.

Kevin Sinfield
Getty Images

Sinfield, who retired in April after cutting short his stint with Yorkshire Carnegie, has been appointed as the RFL's rugby director.

He also told the BBC that he almost came out of retirement to play down-under.

Woman arrested after man's body discovered

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found at a house in Bradford.

The man, who was in his forties, was found by ambulance staff at an address in Stephenson Street at about at about 20:00 on Monday.

A post mortem has found that he died from a head injury.

Stephenson street
Stephenson Street

£12.5m for north of England flood defences

A total of £12.5m is being spent on new temporary flood defences in northern England, following a government review.  

Floods in Leeds

The review was commissioned after 16,000 houses in Yorkshire and Cumbria were flooded during the wettest December in a century last year.

Critics at the time said defences were not up to the job.

The £12.5m would mean the Environment Agency would have four times as many temporary flood barriers than in 2015.

Travel update: M621 police incident

BBC Travel

We're hearing that there's a police incident on M621 westbound between J7 (A61 Stourton) and J4 (Hunslet Distributor)

Watch: Should hit and run drivers who kill be charged with manslaughter?

Should hit and run drivers who kill their victims to be charged with manslaughter? 

James Gilbey died on his way home on the Stanningley Bypass, after being hit by two drivers racing their cars at twice the speed limit through Bradford and Leeds. 

They were charged with causing James' death by dangerous driving. But James' father says the sentence didn't fit the crime.   

Don't worry, the sunshine will return this afternoon

This is the BBC's North of England Correspondent, and as you can see, his highly trained analytical mind never pauses for a moment...

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Missing teenager from Leeds

Have you seen 16-year-old Leanne Dobson?

She was reported missing from her home in Gipton on Tuesday, a sighting of her was reported in Leeds city centre yesterday evening. 

She was last seen wearing a dark pink blouse and black leggings.

Leanne Dobson
West Yorkshire Police

Leanne's family are very concerned about her and we urgently need to hear from anyone who knows her current whereabouts or who has any information that could assist in tracing her."

Det Insp Phil JacksonWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: World's longest cat lives in Wakefield!

I know you want to see more of Ludo the world's longest cat, so here you go!

He lives in Wakefield and has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the longest domestic cat alive today.

He measures a massive 118.33 cm (3 ft 10.59 in)!

Wakefield Wildcats: Scott Anderson announces retirement

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Wakefield Wildcat's Australian prop Scott Anderson has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. 

30-year-old Anderson has made 44 appearances for the Wildcats since joining them from Brisbane Broncos in 2014 but has experienced a string of injuries during his three seasons in Super League. 

Scott Anderson
Getty Images

Rugby has been part of my life since I was seven years old and I haven't really known anything else, it is going to be a big void in my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, it is a great club with some fantastic supporters and I wish them all the best for next season."

Scott Anderson

Watch: Music set to return to Roundhay Park

Did you ever go to Roundhay Park to see the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springstein?

Well the people who bought these mega stars to West Yorkshire in the the 80's is doing it again.

This time James are the headline act with families and food at the heart of the new 'OnRoundhay' festival....

Travel update: New Street in Tadcaster accident

BBC Travel

If you're in or near Tadcaster, New Street is partially blocked near the A659 High Street junction because of an accident.  

Report to shape how future flood risk is handled

A bit later on this morning we're expecting to hear how the government should spend billions on protecting West Yorkshire from future flooding. 


A new report comes out later, it's an issue that a group of MPs has been looking at since December. 

Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged in flooding and storms on Boxing Day last year.

The National Flood Resilience Review has been looking at what lessons can be learned from this and how towns and cities cope with severe flooding.

From that MPs will be able to decide how to tackle flood risk in the future.

Paralympics gets underway in Rio

Good luck to all of West Yorkshire's Paralympians in Rio, as the Paralympics gets underway proper today!

Later on Wakefield's Sophie Carrigill and Castleford's Leah Evans compete in the Women's Wheelchair Basketball. 

Harry Brown from Halifax is in the men's Wheelchair Basketball team playing Algeria. 

And sprinter Kadeena Cox from Leeds goes in the heats of the T38 classification of the 100m.

West Yorkshire Paralympians

World's 'longest cat' lives in Wakefield!

We breed them big around here... Meet Ludo the Maine Coon from Wakefield, and is officially the world's longest domestic cat!

Longest Cat
Guinness World Records

He measures a whopping 118.33 cm long and, according to the latest set of Guinness World Records is a world beater! 

Ludo is one of three Maine Coons in his owner's house. 

Kelsey Gill describes him as a just like any other cat, “relaxed and laid back”, as well as loving a good sleep – he just happens to be a giant!

Watch: New airport for Leeds

Passenger flights are to start at Yorkshire's latest international airport . 

Leeds East Airport, at the former Church Fenton RAF base between Leeds and York, has been given permission for what are described as VIP flights to destinations including Faro, Malaga and Cannes. 

Rugby player Danny Jones' widow wins award for defibrillator appeal

The widow of a rugby player who died after he collapsed during a match has won an award for her fundraising work.

Lizzie Jones

Lizzie Jones' husband Danny played rugby league for Keighley Cougars and Wales and died from an undiagnosed heart condition in May 2015.

Following his death, Mrs Jones launched a campaign to raise £50,000 to buy defibrillators for clubs across the UK.

She was named St John Ambulance's First Aid Champion 2016 at an event in London on Wednesday night.

Weather: Bright start turning cloudy later

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Don't be taken in with all of this lovely sunshine this morning, it'll soon turn cloudy with a little patchy rain. Highs of 21C (70F).

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good morning, welcome to our live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire.

I'll be here until 18:00 with the latest.

Coming up, why there's a call for more money to stop this kind of thing from happening again...