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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume on Monday at 08:00
  2. Live updates on Friday 21 October 2016

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By Oli Woodcock and Shahid Hussain

All times stated are UK

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Five things you need to know about today

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

If you've missed all of today's stories, then here's the five things that have happened today that you should know about:

  1. The new MP for Batley & Spen described her win as a victory for "hope and unity".
  2. A motorist who advertised lifts "cheaper than a taxi" on social media before causing a crash which killed two teenage passengers has been jailed for seven and a half years.  
  3. A book by a former West Yorkshire Chief Constable about his involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be assessed by the police watchdog and prosecutors. 
  4. A Roman military camp has been discovered in Burley-in-Wharfedale on the site of a proposed housing development
  5. Jamaican Rugby comes to Wakefield tonight as the Reggae Warriors play Wales in a friendly.

'Important' Roman camp discovered

screen grab of proposed building work
Google

A Roman camp has been discovered by surveyors preparing for the development of 500 homes in West Yorkshire.

Wife pays tribute to arson rescue 'hero'

Andrew Broadhead, 42, and eight-year-old Kiera
West Yorkshire Police

A man who died while trying to rescue his youngest daughter from their house after an arson attack was a "brave hero", his wife has said.

Andrew Broadhead, 42, and eight-year-old Kiera died in the blaze at their home in Ash Crescent, Stanley, Wakefield on Wednesday.

Police believe an "accelerant was poured through the letterbox".

In a statement, his wife Sara said he saved her life and rescued their eldest daughter before going back in.

'I think the turn out is terrific for a wet Thursday' - Tracy Brabin MP

More now on the news that former actress Tracy Brabin has won the Batley and Spen by-election for Labour.

Tracy Brabin MP
BBC

The other mainstream parties stood aside out of respect for the late Jo Cox, and turnout, at just over 25%, was extremely low. 

Despite a low turn out, Ms Brabin insists she does have a proper electoral mandate.

I think the turn out is terrific for a wet Thursday in October. It is absolutely about percentages in a by-election and I'm really, really pleased that the people of Batley and Spen have show such faith in me."

Tracy BrabinLabour MP for Batley and Spen

Bradford man tasered in car-jacking

St Matthews Grove Wilsden
Google

An armed gang tasered a man after car-jacking him in a Bradford street.

The 47-year-old man was attacked after four men in dark clothing, who were believed to be carrying weapons, pulled up behind the victim.

They were in a silver Vauxhall Vectra and demanded the man get out of his white VW Golf R at an address in St Matthews Grove.

One of the gang then tasered the man before the cars drove off towards Royd Street.

One of the men is described as being about six feet tall and of slim build.

He had short cropped hair and was carrying what was believed to be a machete.   

We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the Vectra shortly before this incident, or either vehicle in the Wilsden area shortly after it occurred.

Det Insp Matt WalkerBradford CID

Anyone with information can contact Bradford District CID on 101.

Referee Howard Webb on tonight's Look North

He's one of the best referee's in football and he's a Yorkshireman of course!

Howard Webb will be on the BBC Look North sofa tonight talking about his new book Man in the Middle where he talks about his career, why he quit, and why he left his job in the governing body.

Howard Webb
Getty Images

Howard has taken charge of some of the biggest games in football including the FA Cup final, the FA Community Shield and the final of the Football League Cup.

In 2010, he became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year.

Last chance to have your say about transport in Leeds

It's the last day to be part of the future of transport in Leeds today.

So what do you want to see? More cycle lanes? Less cars on the roads? How about a tram or an underground even!

Well Leeds City Council have said that all ideas are welcome...no matter how strange!

Have you say here by the end of the day.

View more on youtube

Travel: Accident A1 North J44-J45

BBC Travel

Watch out for queuing traffic and one lane closed on the A1(M) northbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) in Bramham and J45, A659 (Boston Spa) in Thorp Arch, because of an accident involving three cars. 

Congestion to J43, M1 (Hook Moor).  

Travel: Accident M62 J22-23

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and one lane closed on M62 westbound between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident. 

Congestion to J24, A629 (Ainley Top).  

What's that giant mystery box in Leeds?

Ever wondered what that giant box is near the Corn Exchange in Leeds?

Well it's there to monitor how clean the air is that you're breathing.

And its just had a makeover!

View more on twitter

Breaking'Lunatic' driver jailed for deaths crash

Rhys Baker and George Wharton
West Yorkshire Police

A motorist who was driving "like a lunatic" when he caused a crash which killed two teenage passengers has been jailed for seven and a half years.

 Rhys Baker, 13, and George Wharton, 14, (pictured above) died when Thomas McMeekin crashed into a tree in Morley, near Leeds, on 7 March last year.

The defendant and a teenage passenger were also left paralysed by the crash, Leeds Crown Court was told.

McMeekin, of Bruntcliffe Road, Morley, admitted dangerous driving.

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J44 for A64 and J45 for A659 affecting J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) in Bramham and J45, A659 (Boston Spa) in Thorp Arch, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J43, M1 (Hook Moor).

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Yorkshire

Yorkshire say they would be interested in hosting a day-night game in the County Championship in 2017.

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Watch: Jamaican Rugby comes to Wakefield tonight

Abi Jaiyeola

Reporter, BBC Look North

Missing out on your regular rugby league fix? 

Well, Jamaica's Reggae Warriors are in action tonight in Wakefield.

Celebrating Black History Month, the team - which is mainly made up of West Yorkshire players - will take on Wales in an international friendly.

I went to meet them before the big match tonight at Belle Vue Stadium:

IPCC to assess Sir Norman Bettison's Hillsborough book

A book by a former West Yorkshire Chief Constable about his involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be assessed by the police watchdog and prosecutors.

Sir Norman Bettison
PA

In Sir Norman Bettison's book, Hillsborough Untold, he claims he was "unfairly scapegoated" during his time as a South Yorkshire Police inspector.

Publishers said they hoped the contents would help "add to the narrative".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will "consider" any impact it has on its criminal inquiry.

The IPCC has requested a copy of the book, which will be released in November.

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy with the odd shower possible

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A fairly cloudy afternoon, the cloud could be thick enough to produce the odd shower, more especially in the east but generally most places dry.

Light winds and top temperatures today of about 12C (54F).

Weather graph
BBC

A few showers overnight, but many places dry. 

A cool night with a little mist and lows rurally of 5C (41F).

Your headlines this lunchtime

Charles Engwell

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Some of the stories making the headlines in West Yorkshire this afternoon:

Watch: Huddersfield A&E closure plans defended

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A proposal to close Huddersfield's A&E department has moved a step closer after health groups voted unanimously in favour of the plan.

The proposal would see all emergency acute and high-risk planned care moved to Halifax's Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) want to push ahead with the proposed changes as soon as possible

Doctor Steve Ollerton, chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG, says the changes won't put lives at risk:

The decision was met with an angry response from campaigners and several demonstrations against the proposal have been staged since it was first announced.

A public consultation revealed 60% of 7,500 respondents felt they would be negatively hit by the planned closure.

Watch: Two days left to nominate your Yorkshire sporting Unsung Hero

Get Inspired

Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves recognition for their tireless efforts in helping people to participate in sport in Yorkshire? 

Now's your chance to give them their time to shine by nominating them for the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award 2016. 

You can nominate your Yorkshire sporting unsung hero here, but remember you've got to do it before 23 October.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall vandalised

A graffiti tagger has vandalised Hebden Bridge's Town Hall.

Vandalism at Hebden Bridge town hall
West Yorkshire Police

The graffiti first appeared during Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning and police are keen to speak to anyone who can help them identify the culprit.

The building, which was at the heart of the town's flood recovery efforts and is run as a not-for-profit community centre, had the tag sprayed in seven different spots.

Listen: West Yorkshire rugby players line-up to represent Jamaica

BBC Radio Leeds

The Jamaica Rugby team will play a friendly international against Wales this evening at Wakefield's Belle Vue Stadium.

Chris Hanson and Ross Peltier, both from West Yorkshire, will feature in the line-up and spoke to our reporter James Deighton:

Your comments: Health chiefs vote to close Huddersfield A&E

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Health chiefs have voted unanimously to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's A&E department as part of hospital shake-up plans.

Infographic
BBC

A Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale CCG board meeting on Thursday voted unanimously in favour of the Right Time Right Care Right Place proposals.

Here are just a selection of your comments left on the BBC Radio Leeds Facebook page.

What a joke... The whole town, council and MPs are against this plan. How can they press on regardless?! What a complete and utter disgrace".

Ryan Farral

They never listen to the people who pay their wages."

Rosa Robinson

Stupid, crazy people making very poor financial decisions that ultimately will cost lives. They should be named and held to account if any deaths occur".

Ray Murgatroyd

Disgusting decision, which I think was made months back anyway."

Helena Maria MacKinnon

Watch: 'People heartbroken about what happened' - Tracy Brabin MP

More on the news that yesterday's by-election in Batley and Spen which was sparked by the killing of Jo Cox in June has seen Tracy Brabin hold the seat for Labour.

The seat was not contested by other major parties out of respect for Mrs Cox, who was shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency.

Mrs Brabin welcomed the result, describing it as a "positive endorsement from the people of Batley and Spen" in an election that "nobody wanted".

Plans go on display for Wakefield Market Hall transformation

Plans to close Wakefield's relatively new Market Hall and turn the site into a cinema and restaurant complex are going on display in the city.

Market Hall
BBC

They'll be on show at the Trinity Walk shopping centre today and tomorrow after Wakefield Council decided to sell the complex to developers Sovereign Centros. 

Visitor numbers have been poor at the Market since it was built at the same time as the Trinity development.

Your morning headlines for Leeds and West Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The headlines in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include:

When Olympians have a day off

Olympic gold medallist Jack Laugher is definitely taking things easy!

After winning two medals in Rio, the Ripon-born and Leeds-trained diver seems to be relaxing nicely into normal life.

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Closure fears for sorting office

Halifax Courier

Concerns have been raised over the potential closure of Todmorden’s Royal Mail delivery office. 

The issue came to light in July of last year when Royal Mail confirmed the move of the office, which currently operates at Rise Lane, was being considered as a way to improve efficiency.

Todmorden delivery and sorting office. Coun David Tattersall, Mike Hatfield, Diana Tremayne, Beth Paramor and Andy Hollis
Halifax Courier

West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy start but brighter later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a fairly cloudy start to the day across West Yorkshire, but we will see things brightening up as we head through the morning

Sunny spells at times this afternoon, with just a few scattered showers.

Watch my full forecast here:

Wakefield arson: Latest on police investigation

Andrew and Kiera Broadhead
West Yorkshire Police

A man died while trying in vain to rescue his daughter when their house was deliberately set alight in Wakefield, police have said.

Andrew Broadhead, 42, and eight-year-old Kiera died in the blaze at their home in Ash Crescent, Stanley, on Wednesday.

Detectives said Mr Broadhead got out of the property but went back to "save Kiera who was trapped inside" the fire.

They believe an "accelerant was poured through the letterbox".

Victoria Gate - then and now

It's now the swanky Victoria Gate - but do you remember when it was just plain old Millgarth police station?

Here's a selection of images from Google showing the changing face of this corner of Leeds city centre from 2008 to this week.

Millgarth
Google
Millgarth
Google
Victoria Gate site
Google
Victoria Gate
Google
Victoria Gate construction
Google
Victoria Gate construction
Google
Victoria Gate
Leeds City Council

Huddersfield A&E closure plan moves forward

A proposal to close Huddersfield's A&E department has moved a step closer after health groups voted unanimously in favour of the plan.

The plan would see all emergency acute and high-risk planned care moved to Halifax's Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) met in the town to vote on the Right Care Right Time Right Place proposal.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary would be demolished and a new hospital built.

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Empics

Rare sight spotted in West Yorkshire

BBC travel map
BBC

It's not a rare bird, plant or animal.

It's just that the M62 appears to have no problems.

Happy motoring!

Do you know 4x4 ATM raiders?

CCTV of ATM theft suspect
West Yorkshire Police

A masked gang pulled a cash machine from a wall by dragging it out with a 4x4 in Heckmondwike.

Four men pulled up at a petrol station on Walkley Lane in two separate vehicles and attempted to force the cash machine from the wall by attaching a hook to the machine and connecting it to a 4x4.   

The car was then driven off at speed in order to pull the machine from the wall. 

The suspects were disturbed and fled the scene into Heckmondwike town centre at around 01:00 on Monday 10 October.

The man pictured was wearing a distinctive mask, the others were wearing plain ones. 

Win is victory for 'hope and unity'

Tracy Brabin smiles after winning the by-election in murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox"s Batley and Spen constituency. REUTERS/Craig Brough
Reuters

The newly elected MP for Batley and Spen has described her win as a victory for "hope and unity".

Labour's Tracey Brabin was elected with an increased majority in the West Yorkshire seat of the late MP Jo Cox.

Although the other major parties opted not to stand, a number of smaller parties - including the National Front and BNP - did.

Mrs Brabin said: "We have shown that we stand together with one voice choosing unity and hope."

Traffic and travel: West Yorkshire's traffic hotspots

BBC Travel

There are currently a couple of traffic hotspots being reported on the roads in West Yorkshire at the moment:

  • Heavy traffic on A647 Armley Road inbound in Leeds at the Branch Road junction
  • Heavy traffic on A64 York Road inbound in Leeds at the Torre Road Flyover junction

We'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest on the roads right here - and remember there are regular travel updates throughout the morning on BBC Radio Leeds.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Friday 21 October 2016.

We'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Also please feel free to send us your news, pictures and comments via leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk