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Summary

  1. Police Land Rover gets 'unofficial' silver paint job in Hebden Bridge
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00
  3. Great Exhibition of the North: Bradford loses out to Newcastle-Gateshead
  4. Decision due on fate of three Leeds care homes
  5. Leeds-based gym abandons share sale amid market volatility
  6. Live updates on Tuesday 11 October 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

Until then, let's have a look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. Don't you listen to them lot from Newcastle, we all still love you Bradford...
  2. How long will it be before this clowns thing gets boring?
  3. Fed up with the daily grind? Why not work in a post office.... in Antarctica!
  4. Never, ever tell Nicola Adams she can't do something.
  5. The police really don't like it if someone decides to change the colour of their squad cars.

See you tomorrow!

Police car
West Yorkshire Police

Weather: Showers to continue this evening

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Some showers this evening and the odd one continuing overnight. Some clear spells at times and remaining breezy, lows of 9C (48F). 

Weather
BBC

Tomorrow, we've got a breezy day and at times quite cloudy and showery. Some sunny spells too. Highs of 13C (55F).

Firm to close East Yorkshire factory

Exterior of factory
Google

A company making vehicle hazard warning lights is to close its factory in Bridlington and relocate to Leeds.

Ecco Safety Group (ESG) said 154 workers would be affected by the move which is expected to take place by March 2107.

ESG said it was discussing relocation and redundancy options with its staff.

The firm said the decision was made to "consolidate running costs" and to move closer to "some of the top UK technical universities".

Hero's welcome for Calderdale's finest

If you're going along to cheer on Calderdale's Olympians and Paralympians tonight, be sure to send us your pictures, we may feature them in tomorrow's blog!

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Plans for new homes in Bradford put on ice

A blueprint to build thousands of new homes in and around Bradford has had to be put on hold.

Green Field
Google

Shipley's Conservative MP Philip Davies has raised concerned concerns about how much greenbelt land would be built on. 

The Housing Minister will now have to check the council's local plan, to make sure it is prioritising brownfield sites.    

Councillors told to think again over plans to close three care homes in Leeds

Three council-run care homes in Leeds have been given a brief reprieve from being closed after a scrutiny panel voted against the council's plans to close them.

Seigen Manor
Google

Under threat of closure are the Middlecross, Seigen Manor (pictured) and The Green homes and day centres.   

At the end of a nearly seven-hour meeting, a group of councillors has voted to make to decision makers think again about the cost-cutting plans. 

Travel update: Slow buses in Leeds

BBC Travel

If you've been left standing waiting for your bus for a little while, this could be why...

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Lucky escape for family from fire caused by lamp

Can you believe that this damage at a block of flats in Leeds was all caused by a halogen lamp?

Fire
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Fire
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Fortunately the people that live there were not seriously hurt in the blaze, but West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have issued a warning over the lamps.

After an investigation, the details of which have been released today, it was found that a halogen uplighter lamp set the curtains in the lounge alight.

A woman suffered burns to her hands attempting to extinguish the blaze and her two children suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation.  

Ilkley Moor grouse shooting under scrutiny

Grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is up for discussion as part of a public consultation which has been launched into the future of the iconic site.

Ilkley Moor
David Spencer

Campaigners claim the diversity of wildlife has been damaged by the sport, which is still allowed on Ilkley Moor, while supporters of grouse shooting say it serves as an important part of moorland management.  

Now, Bradford Council has set out its plans for how to protect against erosion, wild fires and threats to moorland birds - and people have until 20 November to give their views.   

Nicola Adams: Coaches told me women can't box - so I showed them!

Leeds Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams says she was told that "women can't box" when she started her career.

She's revealed to BBC Newsround that coaches she met didn't think she'd be able to box - but that she proved them all wrong.

Nicola won boxing gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016.  

Leeds officials meet with floods minister

A delegation of leaders from Leeds are meeting the Floods Minister, Therese Coffey, today to talk about improving flood protection measures in the city. 

Floods
PA

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland recently criticised the government for not doing enough after proposals were announced in the flood review. 

Nearly 3,400 homes, businesses, churches and sports clubs in Leeds were flooded or suffered from the aftermath of Storm Eva on Boxing day last year.  

Travel update: Park Lane in Keighley blocked both ways

BBC Travel

When you read or hear that a road is blocked because of broken down lorry, this is what it looks like...

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Car find sparks search for missing man

An appeal has been launched to find a 60-year-old man after his car was found six miles from where he was last seen.

Robert Bidski
West Yorkshire Police

Robert Bidski was reported missing yesterday at about 21:00 yesterday.

He was last seen in the Chickenley area, but his car was found on Denby Dale Road, near the Bretton roundabout in Wakefield.

We are concerned for the welfare of Robert and are appealing to members of the public who may have seen him or know his whereabouts to assist with our enquiries."

PC Bronwyn CarterWest Yorkshire Police

Hi-ho silver lining: Unofficial new paint job for police Land Rover

It may not look like it from a distance, but this silver car is in fact a police car which someone has spray painted...

This police Land Rover was parked up in Hebden Bridge overnight, and someone has come along and given it a new paint-job.

As you can imagine, West Yorkshire Police aren't seeing the funny side... 

Car
West Yorkshire Police

Some people might find this funny but the extent of the damage means that this vital emergency vehicle will be off the road whilst it is repaired at a cost. It is a specialist vehicle used to access the more rural areas of Calderdale and as such is an essential vehicle for the local communities."

Insp John SimpsonWest Yorkshire Police

Kirklees woman to run post office in the Antarctic

We all crave "getting away from it all" every now and again, but how about actually getting away from everything and going to work in the Antarctic?

Antarctic post office
BBC

A woman from Kirklees is doing just that. She's leaving her home in Clayton West near Huddersfield to run a post office in the Antarctic! 

Adele Jackson will be there between November and March having taken up the, er, "post" last year. Her day job is an artist and photographer.  

Even though it's on Antarctica, I bet there's still a blummin' queue...

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with threat of rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy afternoon with some showers, turning more persistent at times

Feeling cool in the easterly breeze with highs of about 13C (55F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Thinking of becoming a 'scary clown'? Think again...

Just a word from West Yorkshire Police on the so-called "scary clown" phenomenon... 

So far there have a few unofficial sightings of them in West Yorkshire.

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If you'd like to be featured on the BBC Yorkshire Instagram account, just tag your images of our region #bbcyorkshire and we will choose our favourites to share.

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Watch: Police dealing with more incidences of 'sexting'

The growth in so-called "sexting" - the sending of indecent images using a smart phone or social network - by children or teenagers has sparked a warning from West Yorkshire Police.

Over the last five years, the number of reported incidents involving people 16 or under in West Yorkshire has jumped from 13 to almost 150. 

The force says it's putting extra resources into trying to address the situation:

Leeds-based gym abandons share sale amid market volatility

The UK's biggest gym operator, Pure Gym, which is based in Leeds, has abandoned a plan to sell shares on the stock exchange.

Gym
Getty Images

The decision comes less than a month after the company announced its stock market debut, designed to raise £190m.

Pure Gym blamed "challenging" conditions in the market for shares in newly-listed companies.

The firm said it had received "strong interest" from potential investors, but decided that listing would not be in its long-term interest.

Residents on Bradford estate 'living in fear'

Residents living on the Holme Wood estate in Bradford have told BBC Radio Leeds they're "living in fear" due to the reported rise of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Holme Wood
BBC

Police say they've increased patrols and two teenage boys were arrested on affray charges over the weekend - one of whom will be going to court. 

There have been reports of cars being damaged by stones and people being robbed in the street. Some people say the situation is out of control.

The youths think they can steal things and get away with it. The police don't do anything about it, they just get a slap on the hand. Don't move to Holme Wood, it's the worst place in Bradford by far."

Holme Wood resident

Decision due on fate of three Leeds care homes

A final decision's expected later on the future of three Leeds care homes which are scheduled to be closed by the city council. 

Seigen Manor
Google

Under threat of closure are the Middlecross, Seigen Manor (pictured) and The Green homes and day centres. 

Officials are pledging to move their residents to other nearby facilities which are either better or as good as the current council-run sites.  

Weather: Watch out for those showers today!

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be showers around West Yorkshire today, but will you get caught in one?

Check out my video to see!

Hero's welcome for Calderdale's athletes

Calderdale's Rio Paralympic heroes are due to get a memorable homecoming in Halifax tonight.

Hannah Cockroft
Getty Images

Wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft will be among the Paralympians who're due to be at a ceremony being staged at the Shay. 

Others who will join the mayor of Calderdale include multiple cycling medal winner Steve Bate from Mytholmroyd and Harry Brown, who won bronze in the wheelchair basket ball.  

Terrible traffic in Leeds

This is the A61 in Leeds this morning, with lots of reports of bad congestion around the city.

The only thing I can see that's causing it is the roadworks on Crown Point Bridge, but I can't really see that this would scupper the entire city...

If you know different, let me know.

Traffic
BBC

Travel update: Delays on Leeds buses

BBC Travel

Just one to be aware of if you're getting a First Bus in Leeds:

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Be prepared? Lost scouts spark 999 call

I suppose all people look the same when all you can see are their torches...

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UKIP begins inquiry into Woolfe incident

BBC Politics

An inquiry into an altercation between two UKIP MEPs that landed one of them in hospital is due to get under way today.

Mike Hookem and Steven Woolfe
PA

Steven Woolfe was treated in Strasbourg after he collapsed following the quarrel with colleague Yorkshire and Humber MEP Mike Hookem at a meeting of UKIP MEPs on Thursday.

UKIP chair Paul Oakden will interview both men and other MEPs and then report to interim leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Farage said he was "not impressed" by the incident but would not get involved "in the blame game".

Has the 'creepy clown' craze hit Halifax?

Halifax Courier

It's a craze that has left billions of people baffled and has resulted in scores of victims being scared out of their wits. And it looks like creepy clowns might have hit Halifax

Clown
Halifax Courier

Great Exhibition of the North: Bradford loses out to Newcastle-Gateshead

Bradford has missed out on a chance to host 2018's Great Exhibition of the North. Instead Newcastle-Gateshead has been chosen to stage the event.

Baltic Gallery
Baltic Gallery

Former Chancellor George Osborne came up with the idea of the event as part of his "Northern Powerhouse" package.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she was won over by Newcastle and Gateshead's "ambition", including the organisers' estimate that the exhibition will attract three million people.

As well as the £5m for the exhibition, the government has pledged £15m for a legacy fund, which will be open to cultural organisations across the North.  

West Yorkshire's weather: Cold start cloudy later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

If you're about to decide what to wear this morning, just choose something warm!

It's a cold start, and the rest of the day will be cloudy with some showery rain at times. 

Expect highs of about 13C (55F). 

Travel update: Accident M62 westbound J30

BBC Travel

We've got one lane closed and queuing  traffic on the M62 westbound between J30 (A642 Rothwell) and J29, (M1 Lofthouse), because of an accident involving two cars. 

The picture below is from just after J31:

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Crown Copyright

Good morning: Our live coverage across the day

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello, if you've been trying to find a live news stream for West Yorkshire all your life, then finally, the day has come!

Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of news, sport, weather and travel for our part of the world. I'll be here until 18:00.

Thanks to Lee Graham for this brilliant pic of the Leeds-Liverpool canal taken in Rodley:

Rodley
Lee Graham