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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 8 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    Weather

    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).

  3. Marsden Jazz festival line-up announced

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

    Marsden Festival

    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.

  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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
    Quote Message: An opportunity has simply not been taken to assess this impact. It's abysmal. It's really shocking." from Bob Deacon Hebden Bridge Partnership
    Bob DeaconHebden Bridge Partnership
  7. Body found in Seacroft

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

    Seacroft

    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.  

  8. 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...

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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.

    Floods
    Quote Message: 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." from Judith Blake Leader, Leeds City Council
    Judith BlakeLeader, Leeds City Council
  13. 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

    University

    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.

  14. 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.  

  15. 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

    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.