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  1. Live updates on Friday 11 November 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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Five things we learned today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from me for today, We'll be back on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00.

But before we go, here's what we learned today:

  1. There was an interesting mix of people at the Leeds Christmas light switch-on
  2. Just what you always wanted? You can write your letter to Santa!
  3. If there's flooding near you, don't drive through it
  4. There were plenty of opportunities for a selfie with a top TV celeb this afternoon
  5. Leonard Cohen came to Leeds twice to play

See you on Monday!

Weather: Forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Tonight it'll be cloudy and breezy through the evening with rain spreading eastwards through the night. The rain will be heavy at times. Lows 4C (39F) 


A blustery and wet start to the day tomorrow. The breeze will ease but it will remain cloudy, murky and drizzly for much of the day. Becoming drier from the west during the afternoon. A maximum temperature of 9C (48F) 

Leeds railway station entrance up for award

What do you think of the new south entrance to Leeds railway station? If you've not seen it, it looks like this:

Leeds station

Well, if you really, really like it you can vote for it in a "people's choice" civil engineering awards. 

Yes that does exist.

You can vote here and it's up against the Manchester Victoria Station redevelopment and the Forth Road Bridge.

This iconic gateway connects the station to the new South Bank Urban Village Community, providing stepped and step-free access from the banks of the River Aire and Dark Neville Street to the station concourse.

Institution of Civil Engineers

Travel update: Problems on the M62

BBC Travel

It looks as though we've got a few problems on the M62 this evening

We have one lane closed eastbound between J26 (M606 Chain Bar) and J27 (M621 Gildersome), because of an accident.

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And further towards Manchester, this time westbound we have two lanes closed between J24 (A629 Ainley Top) and J22 (A672 Rishworth Moor), again because of an accident.

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Missing teen found safe and well.

Some good news this afternoon. Earlier we were telling you about missing 14-year-old Lauren Mills, she's now been found safe and well.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, between J26 for M606 and J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016: His visits to Leeds

Tributes are being paid to Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen who has died aged 82.  

Leonard Cohen
Getty Images

He has played two big gigs here in Leeds over the years, the first back in 1970. It was captured by John Rettie who was studying at the University of Leeds at the time.

He now lives in America, but at the time he was a budding young photographer and he managed to get some great shots, including this one from the stage looking into the refectory:

Leonard Cohen
John Rettie

And the review of the gig makes for interesting reading:


Cohen enjoyed a long and critically acclaimed time in the spotlight as a musician, but in 1996 he effectively retired as a musician to become a Buddhist monk.

But ten years later at the age of 73, he had to hit the road again when he discovered that his manager had embezzled more than $5m from his account.

This lead to a marathon concert tour and eventually a new album in 2012. Again, he toured his new album and he came to Leeds once more a year after that. Here he is on stage at the arena.

Leonard Cohen
Leeds Arena

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

Philip Schofield watch: Has he come to the film festival?

We've been tracking top TV celebrity Phillip Schofield as he appears to be visiting Leeds this afternoon.

We don't really know why, it's perhaps best not to ask any questions, anyway.

Here he is about to go and watch a film as part of the film festival:

View more on twitter

Philip Schofield watch: Now he turns up in Wilkos

Ok, it looks like we're now getting various sightings of Philip Schofield around Leeds.

Look, he popped into Wilkos!

Philip Schofield

Arriva bus dispute: Strikes to go ahead

Strikes on Arriva services across Yorkshire will go ahead on Monday after talks today failed to break deadlock.

The Unite union said talks were not constructive, but that they are available for further talks over the weekend.


It means hundreds of bus drivers are now set for a 24-hour strike in a row over pay and shifts.

About 850 Arriva drivers at depots in Castleford, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Wakefield are due to take part in the strike which is due to start at 03:00 GMT on Monday. 

This Morning presenter in Leeds

Look who was in Leeds today!

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Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J40 for A638 Ossett and J39 for A636 Wakefield.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J39, A636 (Wakefield), because of emergency repairs and carriageway defect.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Teenager missing in Leeds

Have you seen 14-year-old Lauren Mills from Leeds? She was last seen in the Belle Isle area at 16:00 yesterday.

Lauren Mills
West Yorkshire Police

She was last seen wearing a black top with lace at the front, black jeans and black knee-high boots. West Yorkshire Police say that she has been in the Morley area this morning.

We are very concerned for Lauren's welfare and urgently need to hear from anyone who has seen her or who knows where she is. We are currently carrying out extensive enquiries to trace her"

Det Insp Charlotte HailsWest Yorkshire Police

Inspiration behind Leeds landmark

I think we can file this under "fascinating facts we didn't know":

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Luke Coddington

Wrexham sign goalkeeper Luke Coddington on loan from Huddersfield amid injuries. He will make his Dragons debut against Braintree.

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Leeds-Bradford Cycle Superhighway ‘could be fatal’

Yorkshire Evening Post

A cyclist fears it is only a matter of time until there is a fatal accident on a new ‘cycle superhighway’ after she was injured twice on the road.  

Stacey Cutherberton
Yorkshire Evening Post

Weather: A look ahead to this afternoon

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a cold, and in places, foggy, start the rest of the day will be dry with plenty of sunshine. Light winds at first will slowly pick up through the afternoon. A high of 8C (46F) 


What Remembrance Day means to school children in Bradford

This is a lovely way to mark Remembrance Day, these children from Farnham Primary and Cullingworth Village Primary have written poems to express what World War One means to them.

They had a special lesson on the subject and some of their work is quite moving:

Delays in Leeds city centre

Appeal for man missing for nine months

A fresh appeal for information has been launched for a man who hasn't been seen for nine months.

New pictures of 20-year-old Antony Hill have been released after he went missing from Todmorden town centre.

Antony Hill
West Yorkshire Police

Antony was 19 when he was reported missing on 21 March, he has not made contact with his friends or his family, and there have been no sightings of him since.  

undefinedThe last confirmed sighting of him was on 22 February, when he was given a lift by a friend and dropped off in Todmorden town centre. 

West Yorkshire Police say he has contacts in the Upper Valley area of Calderdale, as well as in Lancashire and Manchester. 

We have very few clues as to where he may have gone. We know he was in Manchester in February, but he could have travelled anywhere across the UK. Understandably, his family and friends are increasingly worried and urge him to get in contact and let someone know that he is okay."

Det Insp Allan RawWest Yorkshire Police

Face-lift on the cards for leisure centre

The Aireborough Leisure Centre in Guiseley could be in for £1.2m worth of investment, which could see it becoming a "community hub".

Aireborough Leisure Centre
Leeds City Council

Leeds city councillors will be discussing it next week, and could men a "wide-ranging refurbishment programme". 

The centre could be given a face-lift which would mean improvements to the facilities and the look of the building. 

Bench unveiled in tribute to Leeds' war fallen

A bench has been unveiled in Victoria Gardens in Leeds to mark both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

The temporary installation was donated by 102-year-old veteran Joe Morton who served with the Royal Army Service Corps and designed by metalwork specialist David Lockwood.

Leeds City Council

A procession on Remembrance Sunday will leave Leeds Civic Hall at 10:50 and finish at Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will be laid. 

The donation of two poppy themed garden seat benches by Joe, who is a 102-year-old vetera,n is a wonderful gesture, and we were very keen for one of the tributes to be placed on Victoria Gardens to mark both the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday services.

Cllr Gerry HarperLord Mayor of Leeds

Appeal after 95-year-old woman's house burgled

Police have reissued a CCTV image of a man they are trying to identify after a 95-year-old woman was burgled in Leeds.

Her house in Kirkstall was broken into during the day on 30 September and cash was stolen.

West Yorkshire Police

This was a crime targeting an elderly and vulnerable victim who was left very upset by what happened. Despite a previous circulation of the CCTV image we have had no information passed on to us.

PC Alana ScottWest Yorkshire Police

Warning over fake parking ticket emails scam

Halifax Courier

Fraudsters are sending out “Parking Charge Reminder” emails, claiming that the recipient has parked in a UKPC car park.

Halifax Courier

Police release e-fit picture following robbery of pensioner in Bradford

A e-fit picture of a man who stole a pensioner's handbag on the streets of Bradford has been released. 

A 78-year-old woman was walking along Beldon Road at around 14:45 on 31 October, when a man grabbed her handbag and ran off up an alleyway towards Southfield Lane.  

West Yorkshire Police

The woman was not hurt, but was shaken by the incident.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact PC 4685 Moran at Bradford District CID on 101.

Two minutes silence on Armistice Day

People across West Yorkshire have joined millions throughout the country to remember the war dead. 

They've been observing the two minutes silence, while Armistice Day services are taking place in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield.

These people gathered at Bramley's war memorial:

Armistice Day
Armistice Day

Watch: Bradford Childrens' peoms on Armistice Day

Two schools in Bradford have been working with BBC Radio Leeds to help the pupils understand India and West Yorkshire's contributions to the World War One and the Battle of the Somme. 

Alongside song and dance workshops, the children of Farnham Primary and Cullingwoth Village Primary, have also been visited by various historians and writers for special lessons. 

The sessions inspired the children to write their poems reflecting on the World War One and the Battle of the Somme. You can watch some of them below:

Drivers in Leeds take 'too many risks' during flooding

Drivers in Leeds take far too many risks when the city floods, according to figures from the AA. 

Getty Images

It says three places in the city have made it into the organisation's own top 20 flood rescue sites. 

They're on Willow Road, Wellington Street and also Dock Street which has seen 18 flood rescues since 2014.  

Samia Shahid 'honour killing': Father and ex husband remanded

The father and ex-husband of a woman from Bradford - who died in suspicious circumstances - have been remanded back into custody again by a court Pakistan. 

Samia Shahid
Family photo

The pair still haven't been charged over the death of 28-year-old Samia Shahid, while she was visiting family in Punjab in July. 

Relatives say she suffered a heart attack but police think she was murdered. Her father and former husband will be back in court later this month.  

Send your letter to Santa

It's getting very close to that time of year, so it's time to start thinking about what you want to ask Santa for!

Getty Images

The big man himself has been in touch with Royal Mail to tell everyone to get their letters to him by 9 December so he's got time to get the elves working.

It's free and all you need to include is your letter and a self-addressed envelope.

Here's the all important address:

Santa/Father Christmas,Santa's Grotto,Reindeerland,XM4 5HQ  

Christmas is a very exciting but busy time for me: the elves are making toys, the reindeer are practising their sleigh runs, and I'm busy preparing my list of who's been good this year."

Santa Claus

Leeds Christmas light switch-on

Were you at Leeds' Christmas light switch-on last night

Christmas Lights switch-on.
Leeds City Council

Thousands of people turned up to Victoria Gardens in Leeds, with guests of honour Ali and Jonny Brownlee, Paralympian Kadeena Cox and a performance from girl band Stooshe. 


Hebden Bridge could be Britain's best high street

A West Yorkshire town is in the running to be named Britain's best high street. 

Hebden Bridge

Market Street in Hebden Bridge could get a share of £50,000 in prize money if it wins a trophy in the Great British High Street awards. 

It's up against Chipping Norton and Thame - both in Oxfordshire - in the Market Town category... there's just a week to go in the voting.   

Last chance to have your say on transport in Leeds

If you sit in traffic around Leeds as you make your way to and from work wishing you could give someone a piece of your mind about our road network, then you can!

But it's your last chance today to do it.

Leeds transport survey
Leeds City Council

The Leeds Transport Survey was set up to give people a say on the future of transport in the city.

More than 7,500 people have already filled it in and it was launched after the failure of Trolleybus and the Supertram.

The council has £173m from central government to invest into transport. The council asked the public for ideas on where that should be spent - that consultation ends today.

Huddersfield Giants: Bradford Bulls prop signs on two-year deal

Huddersfield Giants have signed prop Paul Clough from Bradford Bulls on a two-year deal.  

Paul Clough

The 29-year-old has previously played in the Super League with St Helens, winning two Challenge Cups.  

It's a good opportunity for me to play back in the Super League with a team with a strong squad. All I can do is turn up for pre-season and challenge for a place in the starting line-up."

Paul Clough

Weather: Forecast for the day ahead

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It should be a lot brighter today across West Yorkshire with highs of 8C.

Watch my full forecast below:

Good morning: Our live coverage

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Well done, you've made it to Friday! Stick around and celebrate as I'll be bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sport for West Yorkshire until 18:00.

Apart from the usual pinch points, a couple of accidents are causing some delays in our area. There's been an accident on the A58 at the ring road and there's an accident northbound on the A1 which has closed a lane.

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Weather wise it looks pretty good today, fairly sunny with highs of 8C.