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  1. Live updates have finished on Monday 4 October 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Your main news stories from today

    Well, that's as far as we go for today, I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. 

    Hope you have a great evening, but until then, here are five things you need to know from the day's news. 

    1. The man accused of the murder of MP Jo Cox has appeared in court.
    2. Police have released dramatic pictures of a crashed van after a tyre blow-out on the M62.
    3. A "tent city" that was set up by homeless protestors has been moved
    4. Life-saving equipment stolen in Halifax.
    5. Ed Balls' two left feet make an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing

    See you tomorrow...

    Ed Balls
  2. Half of West Yorkshire's NHS trusts fall behind on cancer care

    Half of West Yorkshire's NHS health groups need to improve cancer care according to a new report.

    The NHS has an ambitious target of developing "world class" cancer care by 2020. 


    The NHS England review looked at how all 209 local health boards - called clinical commissioning groups - were performing on waiting times, cancer survival, patient surveys and early diagnosis. 

    Across the country, only 29 were classed as performing well enough to meet the ambitions set out in the 2015 cancer plan. 

    That called for improvements in care so that by 2020 another 30,000 lives would be saved. 

  3. Weather: Dry over night cooler tomorrow

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    Tonight we will stay dry, and it won't be as cool as last night due to more cloud and breezier conditions. Lows of 11C (52F).


    Another dry day tomorrow with variable cloud and sunny spells, but it'll be a bit cooler with highs of 14C (57F).  

  4. Bradford man died 'a month before 111th birthday'

    Bradford man Karam Chand, died on Friday after 90 years of marriage to his wife Kartari.

    He passed away a month before his 111th birthday, which you might think would make him one of the oldest people in the country. 

    Earlier this year though we reported on the UK's oldest person, Gladys Hooper, who died at the age of 113.

    And last month there was the story of a man from Indonesia who believes he is 145 years old.

    Karan Chand
  5. Works reveal more of Leeds Art Gallery's glass roof

    If you've frequented Leeds Art Gallery a bit, it's amazing to think that this roof space has been hidden all this time.

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  6. CCTV pictures released of missing man

    New CCTV pictures have been released of a man from Wakefield who has been missing since 20 September.

    Tim Mercer, 50, was last seen at the Tesco Express store on Stanley Road at about 18:00. 

    Missing man
    Quote Message: We would urgently like to hear from anyone who has seen Tim or who knows where he may be. It is out of character for Tim to go missing and his family are naturally very concerned." from Det Insp Dan Tillett West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp Dan TillettWest Yorkshire Police
  7. Castleford Tigers: Matt Cook forward extends contract

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Castleford forward Matt Cook has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with the Super League side until 2018, with a club option for a further year.  

    Matt Cook

    Cook made 29 appearances for Tigers in 2016 to help them finish fifth in Super League at the end of the Super 8s.

    The 29-year-old signed from London ahead of the 2015 season, having also played for Bradford and Hull KR.

    Quote Message: It feels really good to get my new deal nailed down. It's been a tough year for the boys with all the injuries but to finish fifth was great for us." from Matt Cook
    Matt Cook
  8. Jo Cox murder accused refuses to plead

    Another reminder of our top story today. 

    The man accused of killing Labour MP Jo Cox has not guilty pleas entered on his behalf at the Old Bailey after he refuses to speak.  

    Jo Cox by her houseboat

    Jo Cox murder accused refuses to plead

    Jo Cox by her houseboat

    The man accused of killing Labour MP Jo Cox has not guilty pleas entered on his behalf at the Old Bailey after he refuses to speak.

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  9. Homeless protest to move to site of old International Swimming Pool

    More on the homeless people in Leeds who've been camping on ground in the middle of Leeds city centre. 

    They now agreed to move to another part of the city.


    They've now agreed to dismantle their camp and move after a court hearing. They made the decision after Leeds City Council applied for a possession order on Park Square, saying it wanted to use it during this week's Night Light event. 

    The group now say they'll live on the old International Pool site after striking a temporary deal with the council.

  10. Defibrillator stolen in Halifax

    A  defibrillator has been stolen in Halifax after a community minibus was broken into.

    It happened at Shibden Park last Tuesday, between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

    Quote Message: Clearly this is a very important item and I would appeal to anyone who was in or near to Shibden Park last Tuesday to come forward. Defibrillators save lives and frankly, this is beggars belief that someone would steel such a vital piece of kit." from Insp Richard Armstead West Yorkshire Police
    Insp Richard ArmsteadWest Yorkshire Police
  11. Former MP 'traumatised' by un-fancy footwork

    Former West Yorkshire MP Ed Balls says he was traumatised by a blunder he made during his first dance on Strictly Come Dancing. 

    Ed Balls

    The ex-shadow chancellor and his professional partner Katya Jones performed the waltz for their debut a week ago. 

    Writing in the Radio Times, he's admitted his mind went blank - and he missed a step and panicked. 

    This week - he survived a viewer vote, and stayed in the show.  

  12. See this amazing 96-year-old pianist's last ever performance

    Huddersfield Examiner

    She’s been hailed as “the most versatile pianist of her age” and “one of the most sympathetic accompanists". Now at the age of 96 pianist Margaret Dutton, of Almondbury, has retired after 16 years as accompanist to Huddersfield’s U3A Ladies’ Choir – just one of the many musical “jobs” she had undertaken over the years.

    Margaret Dutton
  13. Urine a lot of trouble...

    If you ever get caught short in Leeds city centre and think it's worth spending a penny in the street, think again!

    These people got caught and are now doing some litter-picking to make up for it! 

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  14. New Pontefract pool plans could have 'massive impact' says GP

    Plans to replace three sports centres in the Wakefield district with a new £15m complex in Pontefract could have a "massive impact" on fitness, a doctor has warned.

    Artist's impression of Pontefract Park Pool

    Wakefield Council plans to eventually close Knottingley Sports Centre, Castleford and Pontefract pools.

    They would be replaced by the Pontefract Park complex (artist's impression pictured) with a 10-lane swimming pool and sports facilities.

    Doctor Karen Forshaw said: "I do think there will be a massive impact on people's abilities to exercise."

    Les Shaw, council cabinet member, said: "Updating the current pools is not an option."

  15. Man stabbed in Tong

    A 19-year-old man was stabbed in Bradford in the early hours of this morning.

    It happened just after midnight in the Tong area of the city. The victim suffered injuries to his left leg and one of his hands.

    Holme Lane

    West Yorkshire Police said there was an incident at a house on Holme Lane and three men aged 30, 39 and 41 were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.

    The 19-year-old man is in a stable condition in hospital.

  16. Homeless agree to move on from Park Lane

    A group of homeless people who were camping in Park Square in Leeds to protest about how they are treated have agreed to move their tents.


    The move follows a court hearing this morning after Leeds City Council applied for a possession order to clear the area and prepare for this week's Light Night event. 

    Those involved in the Park Square protest say the council is not doing enough for those seeking shelter.  

  17. 'More new homes than necessary' being built in Leeds

    Campaigners trying to protect greenbelt land are accusing Leeds City Council of planning to build more new homes than necessary. 


    The council says 66,000 homes should be built in the city before 2028. 

    The Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance says new census data shows they've over-estimated how many people will be living there. 

  18. Travel update: A64 both directions in Leeds

    BBC Travel

    There's currently an incident on the A64 bridge in Leeds, it means that some buses will be diverted and you'll encounter a few delays if you're driving in the area.

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  19. Jo Cox MP death: Murder accused Thomas Mair refuses to enter pleas

    Tim Dale

    BBC Local Live

    A man accused of killing the Labour MP Jo Cox has refused to enter pleas as he appeared in court.

    Thomas Mair, 53, from Birstall, remained silent when asked to plead on four charges relating to Mrs Cox's death at the Old Bailey.

    Jo Cox

    Mrs Cox, 41, who was married with two young children, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June.

    In the light of Mr Mair's silence the judge ordered that not guilty pleas should be entered on his behalf.

    The defendant is accused of murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon - a dagger.