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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Four treated in hospital for suspected GHB overdoses in Leeds
  3. Killed MP Jo Cox's children 'surrounded by love'
  4. Car vandalism in Leeds 'worst outside London' - survey
  5. Updates on Monday 31 October 2016

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By Sue McGorrigan

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Five things we learned today in West Yorkshire

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds


Thanks for being with us today. Nick Wilmshurst will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

In the meantime lets look back at what we learned today.

1. Time hasn't healed as campaigners react with anger to the government's decision not to hold a public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.

2. Love makes the world go round as Jo Cox's bereaved husband reveals how the public response to his wife's death has helped their children deal with the tragedy.

3. Hundreds of West Yorkshire Hindus are celebrating New Year today.  Happy Diwali!


4. The Force will hopefully be with a Pudsey man who's doing a mammoth trek for the BBC's Children in Need dressed as Darth Vader

5. Leeds is not such a good place to park as new figures reveal it's a hot spot for car crime.   

Killed MP Jo Cox's children 'surrounded by love'

The widower of the Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency, has been talking about how their children are dealing with her death.

Brendan Cox says Cuilin and Lejla Cox talk about their mother every day. He said he and the children had been helped by the public reaction to Mrs Cox's death and the awareness that others were feeling some of their pain.

He told the BBC: "It has been so visual, whether it's the thousands of people in Trafalgar Square and around the world or whether it's the people lining the streets of Batley and Spen when we had the funeral."

I knew lots of people loved mummy but I didn't realise this many people did."

Cuilin CoxSon of Jo Cox

Evening weather: turning cloudy with patchy rain

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

After a lovely mild day for late autumn, it will turn cloudy this evening with patchy rain, low cloud and hill fog.  

Temperatures dropping to 10C, 50F.  Expect a damp start to Tuesday.

Weather map
Daniel Sheard

The parents of a newborn baby found dead with extensive injuries, including bite marks and fractures, are jailed for more than 10 years.

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Happy Diwali!

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Happy New Year! 

For Hindus from Gujarat its the first day of 2073

Watch this special service at the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple in Bradford.  

Former West Yorkshire soldier denies fundraising fraud

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

An ex-soldier from West Yorkshire has gone on trial today charged with gaining money and favours fraudulently by pretending he had cancer.

Simon Buckden, who's 44 and lives in Bramley,denies six charges at Leeds Crown Court.  

Simon Buckden

Prosecutors say he claimed he was suffering trauma from serving in war zones, when he'd never been on the frontline. 

Mr Buckden was said to have duped businessmen by saying he was suffering from cancer when he was not.  

What's your favourite book?

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

BBC presenters in West Yorkshire have been talking about their favourite books. It's part of the BBC's Love to Read campaign which celebrates reading for pleasure. 

Huddersfield butcher in best banger final

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Huddersfield butcher has reached the final of a competition to find Britain's finest sausages. 

Best sausage competition

Simon Haigh, who owns Bolster Moor Farm Shop, is up against dozens of contestants from across the country.

The Best Sausage Award will be announced in the next few days as part of National Sausage Week which starts today - and Simon tells me he's feeling "quietly confident".

MP calls for merger of West and South Yorkshire Police

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A West Yorkshire MP has called for the merging of the West and South Yorkshire Police forces following the Government's decision not to hold an inquiry into the 'Battle of Orgreave'.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today rejected calls for a Hillsborough-style public inquiry into clashes between striking miners and the police in 1984.

Campaigners said officers led by South Yorkshire Police were heavy-handed and manufactured statements.  

The Conservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell, Alec Shelbrooke said the name of the "South Yorkshire Police" had tarnished the reputation of frontline officers.

Huddersfield Giant's Ryan Brierley can play in Four Nations clash

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Giants half-back Ryan Brierley has been cleared to play for Scotland against England in Saturday's crucial Four Nations clash on Friday. 

Brierley suffered an ankle injury during last Friday's 54-12 defeat by Australia, though scans have now shown nothing more than swelling and bruising.  

Ryan Brierley

Leeds church gets makeover

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

An old church in Leeds has undergone a makeover and transformed into a new arts space. The venue on Woodhouse Lane near the universities has been recently run as the nightclub "Halo". 

It's now been revamped to host creative events such as food competitions, cinema screenings and Christmas markets. 

Woodhouse Lane Church, Leeds

Creative Director Dave Beer says they want to try to tempt in a new kind of congregation:   

Reaction to Orgreave decision

Campaigners who wanted an inquiry say they're devastated.

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Campaigners' hopes for an Orgreave inquiry dashed

The Home Secretary has rejected calls for an independent Hillsborough-style public inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave.

Striking West Yorkshire miners were among thousdands involved in clashes with the police at the Yorkshire coking site during the year long national miners strike in June 1984. 

Campaigners say South Yorkshire Police officers were excessively heavy-handed and manufactured statements.  


In a statement today Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

This has been a difficult decision to make, and one which I have thought about very carefully. I have now concluded that there is not a sufficient basis for me to instigate either a statutory inquiry or an independent review."

Amber RuddHome Secretary

Reaction to Orgreave decision

West Yorkshire MPs in former mining communities are reacting to the news.

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BreakingNo independent Orgreave review

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

There will be no statutory inquiry or independent review into the notorious clash between police and miners at Orgreave in 1984, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.

Traffic and travel: Delays on the A61 in Leeds

BBC Travel

There are problems on the A61 at the junction with the A63 Pontefract Lane.

It's because of traffic lights not working on South Accommodation Road in Leeds. 

Drivers are being asked to take care when approaching the junction.  

Wakefield Wildcats prop David Fifita

Wakefield prop David Fifita signs a new contract to stay with the Super League club until the end of next season.

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Leeds drugs warning after suspected overdoses

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Police in West Yorkshire have issued a warning after four people had to be treated in hospital following suspected drugs overdoses.

Two men and two women were taken to hospital at about midnight last night after taking what's believed to by the drug GHB or Gamma Hydroxbutyrate.  

They were at a Halloween party at The Pavilion at Elland Road. 

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.    

We would urge anyone who has recently purchased this substance in the Leeds area to throw it away, as it is possible there may be a contaminated batch in circulation. We would also ask anyone who attended the event at The Pavilion, who may have information about anyone selling controlled substances in the area last night, to contact us."

Det Insp Jez KhanWest Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire's weather: Bright spells and feeling mild

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will tend to thin and break through allowing some brighter spells to develop

Winds will be light, making it feel mild for the time of year with highs of about 14C (57F).

Weather graphic

Your headlines this lunchtime

BBC Radio Leeds

The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

Leeds is 'hotspot for car vandals', new survey reveals

Leeds is second only to London for deliberate damage to cars, according to figures published today. 

Figures obtained by a national insurance group suggest in 2016 more than one in 10 motorists who've parked in the city have had their cars vandalised.

A total of 13% of car owners reported having their car vandalised in Leeds last year. The figure for Bradford was 7%.

Guilty verdict in Ravensthorpe murder case

Huddersfield Examiner

A man has been found guilty of murdering his housemate in Ravensthorpe.

A jury found Krzysztof Olszewski, aged 21, guilty of killing Marcin Siarczynski between April 30 and July 31 last year at a house they were then sharing in Jessamine Street. 

Murder case
Huddersield Examiner

Severe disruption on the A1

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the A1 southbound in West Yorkshire this afternoon. 

The disruption is being caused by a broken down vehicle between the junction 41 turn-off for the M62 and junction 40 for Darrington.

Pudsey's Darth Vader treks for BBC Children in Need

Yorkshire Evening Post

A Pudsey man has set off on a 400-mile trek in aid of Children in Need dressed as Darth Vader. 

Gavin Harrison, 39, is set to walk from Coldstream in the Scottish Borders to the BBC television studios in London.

Darth Vader
Yorkshire Evening Post

Slow traffic in Rishworth

BBC Travel

Roadworks are causing delays in both directions at Rishworth New Road in Rishworth in West Yorkshire.

There is gas main work and temporary traffic lights at the junction with the A627 Oldham Road.

Orgreave inquiry announcement expected

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Campaigners who want a Hillsborough-style public inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave are expecting an announcement from the government later.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is thought to have said she will decide by the end of October whether to launch a probe into police conduct on the day.


Thousands of miners, including striking miners from pits in West Yorkshire, and police clashed at the Yorkshire coking site in 1984.

Campaigners say South Yorkshire Police officers were excessively heavy-handed and manufactured statements.

Car vandalism in Leeds 'worst outside London'

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

You're more likely to have your car deliberately damaged in Leeds than anywhere outside of London, according to figures published today.

Car crime

According to a survey by the insurance company Rias, 13% of car owners have had their vehicle vandalised in the city.

Bradford also appears in their top 10 vandalism hotspots, with 7% of drivers there reporting the crime. 

The data was taken from official police crime figures

Tips for avoiding your car being targeted by thieves and vandals, according to the survey, include: 

  • Never leaving valuables on show
  • Installing an anti-theft device
  • Turning your wheels towards the kerb, making your car less easy to drive away

Two injured in five-car crash in Huddersfield

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

More on the crash in Huddersfield we mentioned a short time ago.

At least two people have been injured in the incident, according to West Yorkshire Police.

It happened in Almondbury at the junction of Wakefield Road and Somerset Road at about 09:20 this morning and involved five cars.

Almondbury map

Reports of crash in Huddersfield

The Huddersfield Examiner has just tweeted about a crash involving five cars in the centre of the town:

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New opening times for recycling centres in Kirklees from today

Kirklees Council's tweeted to let people know that tips and recycling centres will be open for fewer hours from today. Another sign, if we needed one, that winter's well on its way...

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David Fifita 'really excited' to re-sign for Wildcats

James Deighton

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Australian prop David Fifita has re-signed to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for next season, the club's announced.

Wakefield Trinity

The 27-year-old played 13 of the club's last 14 games in 2016 after joining on a short-term contract from Cronulla, and has taken up the option of a second year at Belle Vue.  

In a statement on the club's website, Fifita says: "I am really excited to get an extra year under my belt at Wakefield. 

"It's a fantastic club with a great set of fans and I cannot wait to get back into pre-season and get back out there on that field to repay all of their continued support."

Suspected GHB overdoses in Leeds

Four people have been taken to hospital for emergency treatment after taking what's believed to be the drug GHB, or Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, at a Halloween party in Leeds.

GHB bottle

Officers were called to The Pavillion in Elland Road at midnight last night.

The two women, aged 30 and 31, and two men, aged 21 and 25, were later released from hospital. 

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.

Police are warning other users to throw them away, saying it's possible there may be a contaminated batch in circulation.

Traffic and travel: Congestion on the M62

BBC Travel

There are currently a couple of pinch-points on the West Yorkshire commute this morning.

An accident is causing problems westbound on the M62 between junctions 32 and 30.

And eastbound on the M62, there's heavy traffic between junction 25 and the junction 27 M621 turn-off at Gildersome.

Your headlines this morning

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The top stories from Leeds and West Yorkshire so far this morning include:

  • Four people are treated in hospital for suspected drug overdoses after being taken ill at a Halloween event at The Pavilion in Elland Road after they'd taken the drug GHB
  • It's claimed Leeds is the worst city outside London when it comes to cars being vandalised
  • Campaigners are hoping to find out today if there'll be an inquiry into the so-called Battle of Orgreave - one of the big flashpoints of the 1984 miners' strike

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with sunny intervals

Aisling Creevey

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The low cloud and mist we've woken up to will clear later on to give a dry day with some sunny intervals. Winds will be light.

It will become cloudy again during the afternoon with some patchy rain.

Top temperatures of about 14C (57F).

Good Morning: Join us for our live coverage

Sue McGorrigan

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to a new week for BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 31 October.

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

Why not get in touch with me today with your news, views and pictures?

And, of course, Happy Halloween!