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Summary

  1. Cancer lie military clerk Simon Buckden jailed
  2. Rimer family 'destroyed' by schoolgirl's murder 22 years ago today
  3. Speeding tickets on 'smart motorways' rise sharply
  4. Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree retires from rugby league
  5. Live updates have finished on Monday 7 November 2016

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By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learnt today

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

In the meantime let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

  • A former military clerk from Leeds who lied about having cancer to swindle victims out of money and services worth more than £7,500 is jailed for 16 months
  • Twenty two years to the day since she vanished, a new appeal is made over murdered Hebden Bridge schoolgirl Lindsay Rimer
  • Could we see some snow in West Yorkshire this week?
  • Campaigners fighting to keep open Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's A&E unit receive a £1,500 boost from the town's football club
  • Plus, the former Labour MP for Morley and Outwood, Ed Balls, survives another week in Strictly Come Dancing..

If you spot something happening where you live, which you think we should know about, you can always get in touch with us by email. The team will be back Tuesday morning.

In pictures: Sun set over Bradford

BBC Weather Watchers

Special thanks to BBC Weather Watcher - Lefty with a lens - who sent in this fantastic picture of a sun set over Bradford.

Weather watchers
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We love to see your pictures from across West Yorkshire and each day we showcase some of your photos on our BBC Local Live page.

You can submit your pictures here.

Simon Buckden

A former military clerk who lied about having cancer to swindle victims out of money and services worth more than £7,500 is jailed for 16 months.

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Travel update: Heavy traffic on Great Horton Road in Bradford

BBC Travel

Heavy traffic on the westbound A6177 Great Horton Road, in Bradford, near the Horton Park Avenue junction.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the rush hour to keep you moving.    

Strike to halt Arriva Yorkshire bus services

Halifax Courier

Bus services will grind to a halt during a 24-hour strike by drivers over pay.

Arriva bus
Halifax Courier

West Yorkshire's weather: Clear and cold overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Scattered showers dying out, becoming dry and clear with ice and a widespread frost and some patchy fog. Minimum temperature -3C (27F) with a light and variable wind.

Weather graph
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 A cold and frosty start tomorrow, otherwise dry and sunny before cloud increases from the west, bringing a risk of some rain, sleet and some snow in places after dark. Maximum temperature of about 5C (41F). Light and variable wind.    

Travel update: Delays on First West Yorkshire buses in Bradford

BBC Travel

Ben Crooks: Leigh Centurions sign Castleford Tigers centre on loan

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leigh Centurions have signed Castleford Tigers centre Ben Crooks on a season-long loan for the 2017 season.

Ben Crooks
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He scored six tries in his 28 appearances for the Tigers last season.

The 23-year-old began his career at Hull FC before a move to Parramatta Eels in Australia in 2014, but he failed to make an appearance in the NRL and returned to Super League with Cas.

Watch: Leeds Olympic champion Adams makes her mark in home city

Charles Heslett

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Fraudster made false cancer claims in promotional video
Fraudster Simon Buckden lied about having cancer to obtain money and services worth more than £7,500, including being helped to make a promotional video.

Watch: Take a trip through longest canal tunnel

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Take a short trip through the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel at Standedge as surveyors carry out the annual inspection.

The tunnel, on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, was opened on 4 April 1811.

It stretches through millstone grit for 3.25 miles (5.2km) from Marsden, West Yorkshire, to Diggle, Greater Manchester. It was used by boats carrying wool, coal and horse manure.

Jersey car boot immigrant smuggler sentenced

A Leeds woman who tried to smuggle her brother-in-law into Jersey inside a car boot has been sentenced to community service.

Amanda Marreakhy
BBC

Amanda Marreakhy, 28, attempted to bring Iranian national Amir Merikhi, 28, onto the island via ferry crossing in January.

She pleaded guilty to facilitating the entry of an illegal immigrant.

Watch: Being gay in rugby league

BBC Sport

Britain's first openly gay rugby league player Keegan Hirst discusses fan reaction, rainbow laces and what life has been like since coming out in August 2015.

Former SAS soldier Andy McNab on Buckden's 'fake claims'

More now on the news that a former military clerk who fabricated tales of frontline service has been jailed for 16 months after admitting he lied about having cancer to swindle thousands of pounds.

Simon Buckden
BBC

Simon Buckden, 44, got more than £7,500 in money and services after pretending to have rectal cancer.

Former SAS soldier and best-selling author Andy McNab has commented on the sentencing.

People like Buckden who make these fake claims betray not only our servicemen and women, and veterans, but also the public whose support and encouragement is so crucial to us all doing our jobs. It doesn't matter whether he is claiming to be SAS or anybody in the Services, the fact he was using other people's courage, experience and tragedy to gain sympathy and attention is sickening.”

Andy McNabAuthor

Police appeal after vehicles attacked and set on fire

Two vehicles were set on fire in Heckmondwike and three were attacked in Liversedge at the weekend.

The incidents of criminal damage all happened on the Stubley Estate and at Millbridge between 04:00 and 04:30 on Saturday 5 November.

Anyone with information about the incidents is being asked to urgently contact police.

Keighley body find: Woman's death 'unexplained'

The death of a woman whose body was found in Keighley at the weekend is not suspicious.

However, it is being treated as unexplained, after she was found in a garden at Brackenbank Terrace early yesterday, police say.

The results of a post-mortem examination are expected later.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold afternoon but with a lighter breeze generally. 

Sunny spells and showers once again - the showers always more frequent in the east and wintry across higher ground. 

Cold northerly breeze and a maximum temperature of about 7C (45F).

BBC weather graph
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Your lunchtime headlines for Leeds and West Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

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

  • A former military clerk from Leeds who lied about having cancer to swindle victims out of money and services worth more than £7,500 is jailed for 16 months
  • Twenty two years to the day since she vanished, a new appeal is made over murdered Hebden Bridge schoolgirl Lindsay Rimer
  • Campaigners fighting to keep open Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's A&E unit receive a £1,500 boost from the town's football club

Cancer lie fraudster 'created elaborate image as SAS hero'

A former military clerk from Leeds who lied about having cancer to swindle victims out of money and services created "an elaborate image of himself as a battle-scarred SAS hero", according to West Yorkshire Police.

Simon Buckden wearing military medals
West Yorkshire Police

Simon Buckden, 44, got more than £7,500 in money and services after pretending to have rectal cancer. He claimed to have served in the SAS and seen active duty in Bosnia and both Gulf Wars.  

He's been jailed for 16 months at Leeds Crown Court after having pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud midway through his trial.

Det Ch Insp Mark Swift, who led the investigation, said: "He lied repeatedly, not only to those closest to him but to genuine survivors of trauma and also to the media and the wider public through the extensive publicity he sought to satisfy his own self-importance.

"He seems to have revelled in the sympathy and status that those lies afforded him. The monetary gains he made from this deception were not particularly significant but the sense of betrayal his victims and others have felt has been enormous."

Man jailed for 16 months over cancer lie fraud

More on the news that a former military clerk who fabricated tales of frontline service has been jailed for 16 months after admitting he lied about having cancer to swindle thousands of pounds.

Simon Buckden
PA

Simon Buckden, 44, got more than £7,500 in money and services after pretending to have rectal cancer.

He also claimed to have served in the SAS and seen active duty in Bosnia and both Gulf Wars.

Buckden, from Leeds, denied six counts of fraud but on the fifth day of his trial changed his plea to guilty.

BreakingEx-serviceman Simon Buckden jailed

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

Ex-serviceman turned fundraiser Simon Buckden has been jailed for 16 months for fraud.

Simon Buckden
BBC

Leeds Olympic champion Adams makes her mark in home city

Leeds double Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams has laid a commemorative paving stone in the city after winning an award at the weekend.

Nicola Adams
PA

The boxer was given a Paving the Way prize at the Mobo Awards on Friday and recipients are asked to lay a stone in place that inspired them. 

Nicola's has been placed next to the gold postboxes in Cookridge Street which were painted in her honour after the 2012 Olympics.

Wakefield Trinity sign Kyle Wood

Dave Fletcher

BBC Radio Leeds Sport

Wakefield Trinity have signed Kyle Wood following his release by Huddersfield Giants.

Kyle Wood
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

The 27-year-old, who came through the Trinity Academy and can play hooker or half-back, has signed a two-year deal.

In a statement on the club's website, Wood says: "I am happy to have signed a deal at Wakefield. It's a club moving forward both on and off the field after creating a strong squad.

"I can't wait to be back playing at Belle Vue and be part of the fantastic atmosphere the fans create."

Thousands raised in memory of Leeds sound engineer

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

More than £7,500 has been raised for a hospice which cared for a Leeds sound engineer who died from a rare form of cancer.

Michael "Archie" Archibald, who regularly stood at the mixing desk at the Brudenell Social Club, died in September aged 41. He'd been cared for at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds.

Michael Archibald
Aaron Jones

As a keen mountaineer, Archie’s dying wish was achieved when he was taken by friends and family to revisit the Swiss Alps.

On Sunday night, several bands who Archie worked with performed at the Brudenell to help boost a fundraising campaign started by his family. 

Hookworms perform at the Brudenell
BBC

St Gemma's Hospice is an amazing facility and we are completely overwhelmed by how many people have given their time and money to make this total possible.

Jen RoyleArchie's sister

Speeding tickets on 'smart motorways' rise sharply

The introduction of smart motorways, such as those on parts of the M1 and M62 in West Yorkshire, has seen a big rise in speeding fines, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.

Managed motorway
BBC

Between 2010 and 2015, fixed penalties issued on smart sections increased from 2,000 to 52,000, according to data collated by the BBC's The One Show.

There are more than 236 miles of smart motorways in England, which use the hard shoulder and variable speed limits to control traffic flow.

The government says they are used to improve capacity, not generate revenue.

Smart motorways are operated by Highways England, which uses overhead gantries - also containing speed cameras - to direct traffic into open lanes and change speed limits depending on the volume of traffic.

Listen: Rimer family 'destroyed' by schoolgirl's murder

BBC Radio Leeds

The murder of a West Yorkshire schoolgirl has now been unsolved for 22 years.

Lindsay Rimer
West Yorkshire Police

The body of 13-year-old Lindsay Rimer was found in the Rochdale Canal near her home in Hebden Bridge five months after she was last seen alive on the evening of 7 November 1994.

Police have never been able to bring anyone to justice over her killing.

Earlier today, BBC Radio Leeds' Liz Green spoke to Juliet Rimer, Lindsay's younger sister, who said: "It's a whole family that's been destroyed.":

Leeds boxer Nicola Adams accepts Mobo Paving The Way award

Tanya Arnold

BBC Sport

'Distinctive' signs stolen in Shipley burglary

Several "distinctive" signs have been stolen from a collector in Shipley, sparking an appeal for information to help find them.

A large number of the signs (examples pictured below) were stolen from a house on West Way at about 06:00 on Saturday 22 October.

Det Con Ian Walker says: "The signs were collected by the elderly victim over a number of years and have sentimental value. 

"They are distinctive and I would appeal to anyone who sees them or has any information about the burglary to get in contact." 

Metal sign
West Yorkshire Police
Metal sign
West Yorkshire Police
Metal sign
West Yorkshire Police

Leeds woman's disappearance sparks appeal

There are concerns over a 23-year-old woman from Leeds who's been missing since last week.

Kirsty Hanson
West Yorkshire Police

Kirsty Hanson, from Beeston, was last seen at her home address at about 17:00 on Friday 4 November.

She's described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, with brown hair styled in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a dark blue Adidas tracksuit and Nike trainers.

Police say they and her family are concerned for Kirsty's welfare and anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police as soon as possible.

Work to reveal former Odeon's auditorium will give project 'wow factor'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

The team hoping to turn Bradford’s former Odeon back into a live venue is preparing to reveal the original auditorium, which has been hidden for decades.

Odeon
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree retires from rugby league

Dave Fletcher

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

More on the news that Huddersfield Giants and former England forward Eorl Crabtree has announced his retirement from rugby league at the age of 34.

SWPIX.COM
BBC

Crabtree has spent his entire 16-year professional career at the Giants, playing 423 games and scoring 79 tries.

The nephew of legendary wrestler Big Daddy, he also represented England 18 times.

In a statement on the Giants' website, club managing director Richard Thewlis says: "No one should be in any doubt that he ranks among the finest professional sportsmen to ever to come from Huddersfield."

Travel update: Congestion on the westbound M62 between J23 and J22

BBC Travel

Congestion on the westbound M62 is currently being reported between J23, A640 (Huddersfield) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of people slowing down to look at a broken down lorry on the opposite carriageway.

Do remember, BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.

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:  

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another cold day but with a lighter breeze generally. 

Sunny spells and showers once again - the showers always more frequent in the east and wintry across higher ground. 

Cold northerly breeze and a maximum temperature of about 7C (45F).

Any showers tonight will become confined to the east before dying out overnight. 

A cold night with a widespread frost and temperatures inland dropping below freezing and a few fog patches are possible.

Eorl Crabtree

Huddersfield and former England forward Eorl Crabtree announces his retirement from rugby league at the age of 34.

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Travel update: Heavy traffic on Regent Street in Leeds

BBC Travel

Traffic is much heavier than usual on the A61 Regent Street in Leeds in both directions at the Regent Street roundabout.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the morning to keep you moving.  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 7 November 2016.

I'll be with 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? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments on this rather chilly Monday morning - when we'll see top temperatures of about 6C (43F).

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