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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 September 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Four things that happened in West Yorkshire today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from me for today, I'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, travel, weather and sport.

Before I go, here are four things you may have missed from today...

  1. A mysterious hole opened up in Wakefield. We do love a mystery. 
  2. But then we did some digging (geddit?) and it wasn't a mystery anymore.
  3. Tutankhamun, Ramses I, Neferneferuaten and Steve Ward from Leeds. They all love a pyramid...
  4. You steal one, you get one free. The car thief who was after a free ride.

See you tomorrow!

Hole
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Weather: Damp tonight brightening up later tomorrow

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy with scattered showers tonight. Minimum temperature 12C (54F). 

Weather
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Tomorrow, a cloudy start, perhaps with the odd shower, becoming much brighter through the day with spells of sunshine. Light or moderate southwest wind. High's around 18C (64F).

Police looking for male actors?

I've checked, this tweet goes on to say "suspiciously". 

They're not looking for some bad thespians...

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Terry Campese and Ryan Hinchcliffe

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Saturday's Qualifiers shoot-out between Hull KR and Huddersfield promises glory for the winner, jeopardy for the losers.

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Man wanted by police over burglaries

Have you seen Arslaan Farooq?  

West Yorkshire Police
Arslaan Farooq

West Yorkshire Police would like to speak to him about burglaries in Shipley on 4 September and Ilkley on 4 April. 

He is not thought to pose a risk to the public, but anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him and call police on 101.

Leeds is one of 'best places to live and work' for foreigners

It's claimed Leeds is one of the best places for people from other countries to live and work.

Leeds Skyline
David Dixon

In a survey for HSBC, more than half of expats in Leeds have said their quality of life is better than at home. 

The research suggests the UK's one of the best destinations in the world ambitious people can move to - to help their careers.  

Yorkshire's Andy Hodd displays some lightning reflexes to keep the ball off his stumps against Middlesex on day two of the County Championship finale at Lord's.

Travel update: M62 eastbound accident J32

BBC Travel

We've got some very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between J32, (A639 Pontefract) and J32a A1(M), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.  

Not good news as we head into the evening rush hour...

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Mark Steel's in Town

Have you ever heard comedian Mark Steel's series on Radio 4?

It's great. Basically he visits various towns around the country, learns a bit about them and then records a half hour show around his observations.

Well, tonight at 18:30 his programme comes from Hebden Bridge! You'll be able to hear the programme live or recorded here.

Mark Steel's in Town
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Travel update: Delays in Leeds city centre

BBC Travel

I've not seen anything in particular that is causing delays in Leeds, I'll let you know if I spot anything...

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Three care homes in Leeds to close

Three care homes in Leeds are going to be closed, as part of cost cutting measures by Leeds City Council.

Middlecross residential home
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Middlecross residential home

A decision was taken this afternoon to shut Siegen Manor and Middlecross residential homes. 

The third - The Green dementia care home in Seacroft - will be converted in to a recovery home for NHS patients, but will no longer provide dementia services.  

Travel update: A63 closed in Hambleton

BBC Travel

If you're heading out on the A63, be warned that it's completely closed in Hambleton near Selby. There are plenty of queues in both directions between the Lowfield Road junction and the Fox Lane junction.

It's all down to an accident and an overturned car.

Captain Andrew Gale is out for a duck to reduce Yorkshire to 32-3 against Middlesex on day two of the County Championship finale at Lord's.

Two police officers sacked for 'behaving inappropriately'

Two West Yorkshire Police officers have been sacked for behaving inappropriately towards young women. 

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The officers who worked in Calderdale had given the teenagers a lift home. They've now been dismissed - following a misconduct hearing.

PC Dominic Hibbin and PC Richard Hall had given the 18 and 19-year-old a lift home while on duty. Instead of just dropping them off, they stayed with them for around half an hour. 

At the misconduct hearing, it was claimed they'd made inappropriate comments towards the women and touched one of them. 

PC Hibbin then went back to the property and the following day misused police computers to look up official records of what had happened.

Halifax Town Hall could be opened up to the public for events

The future of Halifax town hall is being discussed today and it could mean that you could soon have a pint in there.

Halifax Town Hall
Alexander P Kapp

Councillors in Calderdale will be discussing new ways of using the building at a meeting, saying they want to find ways of getting more people into the building. 

They could include the staging of exhibitions, craft fairs, art sales and even beer festivals while it may also become licensed as a wedding venue.  

Travel update: Lane closed M621 westbound J1

We've got some queuing traffic on the M621 westbound between J1 (A6110 Beeston) and M62 (J27 Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

You can expect a small delay getting on the M62, this is just before J1...

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Complaints about Yorkshire Water increase

Complaints about Yorkshire Water have gone up by more than 11% over the last year according to a new report from the Consumer Council for Water. 

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The utility company received the second highest number of complaints in England and Wales about its sewer network. 

The report says sewers struggled to contend with the heavy and persistent winter storms and flooding.  

West Yorkshire in Pictures: Widdop Reservoir

Look at that, the Widdop Reservoir acting as a massive mirror for the sky!

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West Yorkshire emergency services in bid to cut road deaths

West Yorkshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service are backing a campaign called the European Day Without A Road Death. 

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Police

A string of events across West Yorkshire will deliver hard-hitting awareness messages to the public in support of the European Traffic Police Network initiative. 

48 people died on our roads last year - which is less than previous years - however the police are keen to reduce this number further.  

Yorkshire's Adam Lyth dives backwards to complete a stunning catch to dismiss Steven Finn, with Middlesex all out for 270 on day two of the County Championship finale at Lord's.

Kirklees Council to foot bill for Lockwood tip fire

Huddersfield Examiner

The council is set to foot the bill for the massive Lockwood tip fire. Cllr Naheed Mather, portfolio holder for housing and enforcement management, made the admission at a cabinet meeting on September 20.

Tip
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Man assaulted in Leeds

If you've been in Leeds city centre this morning you may have noticed some police tape up around the Albion Street area. 

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Police say a 22-year-old man was assaulted in that area just after 03:20 this morning. He received serious injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Officers say a crime scene has been identified and a forensic examination is underway.

Homophobia 'still a problem' in live sport

Keegan Hirst, the first Rugby League player to come-out as being gay says it's time to start educating sport fans who chant homo-phobic abuse at players. 

Keegan Hirst
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He's been speaking as research from the gay rights campaign group Stonewall says 72% of people who watch live sport have heard some kind of anti-homosexual language at grounds since 2011. 

Hirst believes the culture is changing gradually, but that it's deeply ingrained in some fans...   

It's a fact of life, it's something you've got to deal with. Just as racism is a fact of sport, it shouldn't be but it is. I think it's on the decline, but it's still quite prominent so it's obviously something to be dealt with."

Keegan Hirst

Stolen car and tow truck recovered

Someone thought they'd hit the jackpot obviously... 

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E-fit issued after sexual assault in Bradford

A 20-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted in a park in Bradford.

Last Wednesday the victim was walking through Horton Park at 19:00 when she touched over her clothing. The woman screamed and the suspect ran off towards Dawnay Road. 

West Yorkshire Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to...

Sex offender
West Yorkshire Police

His appearance is described as scruffy and he was thought to be wearing black jeans and a maroon-coloured top.  

Anyone who recognises the image or anyone with further information is asked to contact the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Watch: Leeds man to build world's first pyramid for more than 4,000 years

Believe it or not, a man from Leeds is going to build the first pyramid in the world for over 4,500 years. 

The Earth Pyramid is the idea of Steve Ward, who wants to to act as a giant time capsule. He plans to develop it in Malaysia - at an estimated cost of around £1m.

The construction firm who built the Sydney Opera House and Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing are helping Steve develop his concept.

The Horbury hole: What was it for?

So what's behind that hole that appeared in Carr Lodge Park in Horbury in Wakefield? Keep reading, I have the answer!

As you can see the hole is lined by brick arches, so what's was it for?

Hole
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Local historian, Christine Cudworth, has discovered that the water table level under Carr Lodge Park is high and there are at least 9 wells within the grounds. 

What we're looking at is a water conduit from the 18th century and it carried water, possibly from springs, or from the large tank which lies underground at the park's highest point. 

She thinks that this was a channel which took water to the area of the walled garden where the boiler room was situated, near the north west corner. This produced heat for the surrounding wall, the hothouse and the peach and orange house. 

So now you know!

Cricket: Yorkshire have work to do on day two of County Championship

BBC Sport

Yorkshire have work to do on day two of their County Championship decider against Middlesex at Lords. 

Yorkshire are looking to win a third title in a row. Relive day one of the County Championship finale or watch these highlights from the first day's play.

Travel update: Delays in Leeds

BBC Travel

Those heady days of summer really are behind us... 

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Three care homes expected to close in Leeds

Plans to close three care home in Leeds are expected to be approved later. The council says it can't afford to keep the homes in Armley, Morley and Seacroft open - because of government cuts. 

Siegen Manor
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There's been uncertainty about the future of Middlecross in Armley, Siegen Manor in Morley and The Green in Seacroft for a few years now. 

Four day centres linked to the homes are also expected to close. 

Campaigners have collected thousands of signatures against the plans. But the council says it has no choice - partly due to cost, partly due to more older people saying they want to live in their own homes.    

Leeds United: Match report Blackburn Rovers

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Substitute Chris Wood bundled in a late winner to give Leeds United victory over Blackburn Rovers in a scrappy EFL Cup third-round tie at Elland Road.  

Leeds United
Rex Features

The 24-year-old found the net with a follow-up header in the 85th minute after his initial effort was saved.

It is the second time in seven days the striker has scored against Blackburn, having netted in the league fixture between the sides on 13 September.

Charlie Taylor ensured the victory with a goal-line clearance in added time.

Watch: Mysterious hole appears in Wakefield

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A hole has appeared in a Wakefield park, next to a playground. 

Wakefield Council is now deciding what to do next with the hole....in Horbury's Carr Lodge Park. 

Local residents say they're mystified about what has caused the gap in the ground, which has revealed some brick archways below....  

Weather: Dull start, brighter later

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It's a bit of a dull start out there this morning but things will improve. Mainly dry with some spells of sunshine, watch out for the odd shower later this afternoon though. Highs of 19C.

Fire at Italian restaurant in Bradford

There's been a fire overnight at an Italian restaurant in Bradford. 

Ital
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The blaze at the Ital restaurant on Bolton Road started on the ground floor and spread in to the roof. 

Fire crews from Bradford, Ilde, Shipley and Fairweather Green were alerted. A fire investigation officer is now looking in to the cause of the blaze.  

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello, welcome to our live feed of news, sport, weather and travel for West Yorkshire, I'll be here until 18:00 keeping you updated with the latest goings-on.

Including this mysterious hole that has appeared in Wakefield, don't worry, we're looking into it. 

I'll get my coat...

Hole
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