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  1. Leeds bell-ringers 'reject York Minster plea'
  2. Fresh appeal over 'brutal' fatal attack in Bradford park
  3. Police search for 'big man' after robbery in Bradford
  4. Charity single released in memory of Jo Cox MP
  5. Live updates on Friday 16 December 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. Five things we learned today

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    That's it from me for this week, but we'll return on Monday at 08:00.

    Before I battle the masses on Mad Friday, let's look back on some of today's stories:

    1. Everyone looks good in a Christmas jumper
    2. Be wary if someone offers you a bottle of cheap wine over Christmas
    3. We're on top of the world here in West Yorkshire
    4. Bramley, is it just for fans of police helicopters?
    5. Breast cancer poster in Leeds station loo attracts messages of support

    See you next week!

  2. Wakefield Wildcats: Anthony Tupou to return to Australia

    Homesick Wakefield forward Anthony Tupou has had contract cancelled by mutual consent.  

    Anthony Tupou

    The 33-year-old joined on a two-year deal from Australian NRL side Cronulla Sharks in November 2015, making 18 appearances and scoring four tries.

    But chairman Michael Carter said Tupou and his family were "suffering a lot with homesickness".

    Carter told the club website: "Unfortunately things did not work out as well as we all had hoped."

  3. Norwich City v Huddersfield Town

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Huddersfield town are away at Carrow Road tonight. Sean Scannell, pictured,  (leg), Mark Hudson (hamstring) and Joe Lolley are all still out for Huddersfield.

    Boss David Wagner made four changes for the win at Burton, so Chris Lowe, Tommy Smith, Kasey Palmer and Rajiv van La Parra will be hoping for a recall.

    Kick off's at 19:45

    Sean Scannell

    Match facts

    • Norwich are unbeaten in their last nine home league games against Huddersfield, since a 2-1 defeat in November 1969.
    • The Terriers have scored just four goals in those nine games and never more than once in a match.
    • The Canaries have won seven of their last nine league games at Carrow Road, including the last two in-a-row.
    • After just one win in the previous eight league games beforehand, the Terriers have since won back-to-back games.
  4. Leeds to bid for European Capital of Culture 2023

    Leeds has been assured it could still become European Capital of Culture in 2023 - despite Britain leaving the EU. 


    The competition to be host city has been officially launched today, with Leeds having spent hundreds of thousands of pounds already. 

    The government has confirmed it is committed to the idea - and Leeds Council leader Judith Blake says she's delighted.   

  5. David Hockney honoured with gallery in home city of Bradford

    David Hockney's home city of Bradford is to honour the artist by opening a permanent gallery dedicated to his work to mark his 80th birthday.  

    David Hockney

    The David Hockney Gallery will be housed in the city's Cartwright Hall.

    "I used to love going to Cartwright Hall as a kid," Hockney said in a statement. "It was the only place in Bradford I could see real paintings."

    The new gallery will show works ranging from early sketches to well-known paintings and his iPad drawings.

  6. Bramley, for fans of police helicopters?

    If you're looking for a late Christmas gift and you live in Bramley, look no further:

    T Shirt

    The t-shirt with the logo "Bramley. For people who love police helicopters" has gone on sale on an online t-shirt shop.

    Yours for the princely sum of £13.99, but none have been sold yet.

  7. Leeds United v Brentford

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Leeds United are at home to Brentford tomorrow

    United's leading goalscorer Chris Wood (pictured) is likely to miss out because of a hamstring injury.

    Eunan O'Kane (groin) remains out, but fellow midfielder Kalvin Phillips is available after a ban and Pablo Hernandez is back in training.

    Chris Wood

    Match facts

    • Both league meetings between these sides ended 1-1 last season, with Leeds falling behind both times.
    • Brentford are unbeaten in their last six league games against Leeds, though four of these have ended level (W2).
    • At Elland Road, the Whites have lost only one of their last eight in league competition (W6 D1).
    • Chris Wood has scored 11 goals without assisting in the Championship this season; the most by a player who is yet to do so.
    • Scott Hogan has netted five goals in his last five games for the Brentford.
  8. Women add own messages to Cancer Research poster in Leeds

    This is a poster currently in the ladies loo at Leeds Railway Station.

    It's a Cancer Research UK campaign encouraging women to go to the doctor if they find a lump in their breast.

    But the lovely thing is that lots of women have added their own messages to the poster:

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  9. West Yorkshire MP accused of wasting parliament's time

    Shipley's Conservative MP is being accused of trying to waste time in parliament so that the government can't ratify a treaty on tackling violence against women. 

    Philip Davies

    Earlier today Philip Davies spoke for 78 minutes against draft new laws which would force Britain to adopt what's known as the Istanbul Convention

    After Mr Davies had finished, Labour's Thangam Debbonaire told the Commons: "That is 78 minutes that I believe I'm never going to get back." 

    He argued it was "sexist" to say the focus of the convention should only be on violence against women. The bill has been supported by the government by 135 votes to 2.

  10. Parakeets and doves stolen from Batley aviary

    Fourteen parakeets and two doves have been stolen from an aviary in Batley.


    The birds were taken from an aviary at educational premises on Blenheim Drive between 16:00 on Wednesday and 09:00 on Thursday.

    In total, two doves, seven parakeets, four rosella parakeets and three kakariki parakeets were taken.

    Insp Mohammed Rauf says: "I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw any suspicious activity to get in contact. 

    "Likewise if any bird fanciers or pet shops are offered birds for sale in a deal that seems suspicious the please call." 

  11. West Yorkshire in pictures: Marsden Moor

    We all know we live in a beautiful part of the world, but this proves it.

    It's a great shot on the Pennine way up on Marsden Moor sent into BBC Weather Watchers by Sandie's Valley:

  12. West Yorkshire's afternoon weather forecast

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon, it'll continue to brighten up with some sunny spells

    Mainly light southerly winds with a top temperature of about 10C (50F).

    Weather forecast
  13. York Minster bells 'could stay silent'

    The bells of York Minster could remain silent this Christmas after bell-ringers in Leeds reportedly rejected an invitation to ring them.

    York Minster

    York Minster dismissed its 30 volunteer bell-ringers in October due to "safeguarding issues".

    The York Press has reported that Leeds bell-ringers have opted to stand by their colleagues and refused York's offer.

    The Dean and Chapter have not responded to the BBC's request for comment.