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Summary

  1. Pinderfields patients called back for blood tests over virus risk
  2. Man arrested after off-duty police officer slashed with knife in Leeds
  3. Search continues for mother who left baby boy in bag outside Leeds vicarage
  4. 'Most prolific beggar in Leeds' banned from city centre
  5. Updates on Friday 25 November 2016

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By Shahid Hussain

All times stated are UK

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Leeds United move up to fifth in the Championship with a narrow win over bottom side Rotherham.

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Five stories that made the news today

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

That's it from me today, but we'll be back from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Before I go, here are five stories that made the news today:

  1. Off-duty police officer attacked during Black Friday shopping in Leeds
  2. Vicar led prayers for baby found dying at Leeds vicarage
  3. Pinderfields Hospital patients called back for blood tests over virus risk
  4. "Most prolific beggar in Leeds" banned from city centre
  5. Leeds dad and son snooker duo through to next round of UK Championships

Bradford's Zayn Malik voted best dressed male

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

He might have to put the rubbish out when he comes back to see family in Bradford... but I bet he looks dapper while pulling a wheelie bin!

Bradford lad Zayn Malik has been voted the Best Dressed Male by GQ readers

Zayn Malik
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He beat off competition from Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston, taking an impressive 59% of the vote.

Looking good Zayn.

Zayn Malik
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Severe disruption: A653 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

A653 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between M62 J28 and A6029 Rein Road affecting Garden House Lane.

A653 West Yorkshire - A653 blocked and very slow traffic westbound between Tingley and Bulls Head traffic lights. Congestion on Westerton Road to the Garden House Lane junction.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J28 for A650 and J29 for M1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M62 eastbound between J28, A650 (Tingley) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of an overturned car.

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Watch: Bradford's Knight-Percival on who will score first this weekend

Katherine Hannah

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City face Swindon away tomorrow and there's some friendly rivalry between Nathaniel Knight-Percival and midfielder Romain Vincelot.

He's been speaking to me ahead of the match at Swindon Town.

Evening weather: Dry and frosty overnight

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining dry through this evening and overnight. 

Clear skies this evening will lead to a widespread frost but more cloud will develop overnight allowing for some fog patches to develop and the frost to persist in some spots. 

Another dry day tomorrow and feeling very cold. Some mist and fog to lift during the morning along with some brighter spells. Cloud tending to increase from the north. 

 A maximum temperature of 5C (41F)

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Listen: Leeds champion Adams chooses her Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4

Leeds' very own Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams has won what some might consider the ultimate accolade and has been asked for her Desert Island Disc choices on BBC Radio 4. 

Adams made history when she won the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's boxing at London 2012, retaining it in Rio 2016

She's also the first woman fighter to hold European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic titles.

What music did she choose to accompany her on that mythical desert island? Listen here:

Chinese Lantern displays in Leeds

A festival of light which attracted more than 110,000 visitors in 2015 opens in Leeds.

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Vicar leads prayers for baby found dying at Leeds vicarage

More now on the newborn baby who died after being left outside a  vicarage in Leeds.

The baby boy was abandoned in a supermarket carrier bag outside St Peter's Church on Hough Lane in Bramley on Wednesday morning.

The vicar who found the child, Reverend Paul Crabb, led a prayer ceremony for the baby.

St Peters Church
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We’re here to be together, to share our sadness and to express our love for a little boy we never knew, yet whose death has changed our lives. We gather to hold in our hearts his mother, hoping and praying that she will find the help that she needs.

Rev Paul CrabbSt Peter’s Church

Calderdale flying the flag against domestic violence

Men are speaking out about male violence against women today.

It's part of the White Ribbon UK Campaign and looks to highlight the negative gender stereotype underpinning abuse.

Calderdale Council is backing the campaign at the town hall today.

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Black Friday stabbing update: Police officer released from hospital

An off-duty police officer who was attacked as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter has been released from hospital.

The officer was knifed in the neck, face and hand at the HMV store in Leeds earlier today.

A 36-year-old man is in custody.

HMV Leeds
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Efit appeal after burglar attacks 19-year-old woman in Leeds

A 19-year-old woman was hit in the face as she fought off a violent burglar at her home in Leeds. 

Police have released an e-fit of her assailant who broke into the property in Regent's Park Terrace on Sunday.

E-fit
West Yorkshire Police

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101.

Bard of Barnsley pens poem about ‘one-of-a-kind’ Todmorden

Halifax Courier

The ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan has penned a poem about Todmorden in celebration of the town being recognised in the Urbanism Awards 2017.

Ian McMillan
Halifax Courier

Watch: Stressed students get a 'pup talk' at Huddersfield Uni

A growing number of US and UK universities are using dogs to help anxious students - and the University of Huddersfield is one of them, providing "dog therapy" among a range of student welfare services.

Students are able to visit the campus "puppy room" once a month, where they get to spend time with a pair of therapy dogs trained by volunteer handler Paul Calkin.

The students say spending time with labradors Luna and Gracie helps them take their mind off their studies and other worries.

Luna and Gracie added students to their repertoire after successfully working with dementia patients:

Leeds' Peter Lines joins his son in second round

BBC Sport

Beating the defending champion is one thing, but could you do the same when playing your son?

There's a chance Peter Lines could bump into his son Oliver as the Leeds pair are both through to the second round of the UK snooker Championship in York.

Lines (senior) knocked out defending champion Neil Robertson 6-3 at the Barbican.

But one of them will have to see off Ronnie O'Sullivan first before they can meet over the green baize.

Snooker veteran Peter has told BBC Sport his win against the defending champ was his "most pleasing ever":

St George's Square Huddersfield

Some at-risk children are not being protected by Kirklees Council and its children's services are rated "inadequate" in an Ofsted report

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'Most prolific beggar in Leeds' banned from city centre

He's been described as "the most prolific beggar in Leeds" and now he's been banned by police from asking for handouts in the centre of the city.

Richard Scott's behaviour towards shoppers and the police has led to him being given a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Richard Scott
West Yorkshire Police

He's been begging in the same spot on the corner of New Station Street and Boar Lane since 2012 and police say he's been involved in "turf wars" with other people begging.

The 37-year-old is not homeless and has been receiving housing benefit for the last four years, according to police.

West Yorkshire's weather

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will continue dry and cold with variable cloud and some bright or sunny spells.

There'll be a gentle northeasterly breeze and a maximum temperature of about 8C (48F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Pinderfields patients called back for blood tests over virus risk

A total of 25 patients have been called back to Pinderfields for blood tests after a problem was identified with the cleaning of endoscopy equipment.

Pinderfelds Hospital
BBC

The patients, who all underwent a nasal endoscopy, have been told they need a follow-up blood test to rule out the risk of acquiring a blood-borne virus. 

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust says the risk is "extremely low" and the call-back is a "precautionary step only".

Eighteen of the 25 patients have so far come forward and their results are all negative, according to the trust.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio Leeds News

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

Celebrating Leeds' passion for fashion

Experts from across Leeds are set to come together for a new programme of networking events designed to harness the city's passion for fashion.

Fashion show
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The Fashion Start Ups: Building Your Brand event will be the first in a series aiming to bring people together to talk, learn and be inspired.  

Anyone who currently works or is looking to work in the fashion industry is welcome to attend the event at the Tetley Gallery in Leeds on Tuesday 29 November.  

By bringing a broad range of experts together to share their knowledge and experience, we can help give those just starting out some important advice and inspiration, equipping them to then go on and become the next generation of Leeds fashion success stories."

Judith BlakeLeader of Leeds City Council

Travel: Harrogate Road blocked in Harewood

BBC Travel

A659 Harrogate Road in Harewood is currently blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions at Harewood Bridge, because of an accident.  

Man arrested after off-duty police officer slashed with knife

An off-duty police officer has been attacked with a knife as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter in Leeds on "Black Friday".

HMV Leeds
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The officer received slash injuries to his neck, face and hand at the HMV shop in Leeds city centre just after 09:00 this morning.

The victim has been taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries are not life-threatening, according to police.

A 36-year-old man from Leeds has been arrested in connection with the attack.

The HMV store remains closed while detectives carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

Off-duty police officer slashed by knife-wielding man

More on the news that an off-duty police officer has been attacked by a knife-wielding man in Leeds city centre.

The officer received non-life-threatening slash injuries to his neck, face and hand at the HMV store in Leeds, according to West Yorkshire Police.

More to follow...

BreakingOff-duty police officer stabbed

An off-duty police officer has been attacked with a knife as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter in Leeds.

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Listen: 'Leeds striker Antonsson can play anywhere' - Monk

Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson has the versatility to play anywhere across the front line if required, according to head coach Garry Monk.

Antonsson has had to settle for a place on the First Team bench recently and scored a hat trick for the Under 23s in midweek.

Leeds United are at Rotherham United tomorrow and a man who has managed both clubs, Steve Evans, is a guest on Noel Whelan's show tonight on BBC Radio Leeds from 18:00.

Cyclists to pay tribute to Kirkstall Road crash victim

Cylists in Leeds are due to pay tribute later to a cheerleading coach who was killed last week as he cycled on one of the main roads into the city

John Harkins
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John Harkins, 33, died at the scene on Kirkstall Road when a VW Golf crashed into a parade of shops.

He was a popular founder and coach of Leeds' Aviator All Stars cheerleaders.

Tonight, cyclists are expected to gather at the Bikes College in Armley before making their way into Leeds.

Organisers say they want to pay tribute to Mr Harkins by holding an event he'd be proud of.

Snooker: Leeds' Peter Lines beats defending champion

BBC Sport

Congratulations to Leeds snooker player Peter Lines.  

Peter Lines
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He's scored arguably the biggest victory of his career in the first round of the UK Snooker Championship in York. 

He knocked out defending champion Neil Robertson 6-3 and now joins his son Oliver in the second round.

Watch: Light up your Christmas with Chinese lanterns

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The biggest Chinese lantern festival in the country comes to West Yorkshire for the first time later.

More than 30 giant handmade lantern displays are due to go on show at Roundhay Park in Leeds for the next five weeks. 

When it was in London last year, it attracted over 100,000 visitors. 

Here's a sneak preview:

'We're sorry for our failings': Apology to victim of child sex abuse

Halifax Courier

A harrowing report into the sexual abuse of a Halifax school girl has been published which outlines the failures and inadequacies of agencies and professionals

The Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board has published its findings into the case of a girl, referred to as Jeanette, who was the subject of child sex exploitation by 17 men.

Listen: Yorkshire coach Gale 'relishing' prospect of day/night games

Dave Fletcher

BBC Yorkshire Sport

The fixtures for the 2017 County Championship season were released overnight, and Yorkshire will start the campaign at home to Hampshire on Friday 7 April. 

Headingley will also host its first day/night Championship fixture against Surrey from Monday 26 June.

Yorkshire's newly-appointed head coach Andrew Gale has told me he's excited at the prospect of the new season:

Your headlines for West Yorkshire

Sarah Wakefield

BBC Radio Leeds News

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

  • Plans to expand grammar schools could damage education in the north of England, a Bradford headteacher tells BBC Radio Leeds
  • A mass bike ride is to be held in Leeds later to pay tribute to cyclist John Harkins who was killed last week after being hit by a car on Kirkstall Road
  • The biggest Chinese lantern festival in the country comes to West Yorkshire for the first time tonight

Man dies after being found collapsed on Bradford road

A man who was found collapsed on Thornton Road in Bradford earlier this morning has died.

Thornton Road
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Police were called to the scene by ambulance staff at about 05:15 after the 50-year-old man was discovered.

Thornton Road in Bradford remains closed in both directions between the Rhodesway junction and the Charteris Road junction while police investigate.

However, police say they don't believe his death is suspicious.

Search continues for mother of baby left in carrier bag in Leeds

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

A newborn baby who died after being left outside a church vicarage in Leeds was abandoned in a supermarket carrier bag, police say.

Bag and flowers
West Yorkshire Police/BBC

The boy was found outside St Peter's Church, in Hough Lane, Bramley, on Wednesday morning.  

West Yorkshire Police believe the mother could be in desperate need of medical attention and are appealing for her to get in touch.  

The death of this baby boy in these circumstances is a real human tragedy and we need to establish exactly how this situation has come about."

Det Ch Insp Nicola BryarWest Yorkshire Police

Watch: West Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

It'll be a dry but fairly cloudy day with a few brighter intervals, particularly in the north along with a gentle breeze.

Here's BBC Look North's Lucy Martin with your full weather forecast this morning.   

Travel: Thornton Road in Bradford closed

BBC Travel

We're getting reports that the B6145 Thornton Road in Thornton, Bradford, is currently closed because of a police incident.

It's close both directions between the Leaventhorpe Lane junction and the Charteris Road junction.

If we can find out any more about what's happening there, we'll let you know.

Good morning: Latest updates from West Yorkshire

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Hello and and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Friday 25 November 2016.

I'll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county today.

Why not get in touch with me? I'm looking forward to hearing your news, views and comments.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J26 for M606 and J25 for A644.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down truck.

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