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Transforming former Bradford Odeon building into a music venue
Take a look inside the derelict Bradford Odeon as the building is transformed into a live music venue.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from J24 for A629 to J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J24, A629 (Ainley Top) to J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'UK's biggest pound shop' opens in Bradford

What's claimed to be the biggest pound shop in the country has opened in Bradford today.

OneBelow in Bradford
BBC

OneBelow, which is based in Barnsley, opened its 57th store at Bradford Forster Square Retail Park.

The superstore stretches over 12,000 square feet and has 8,000 items on sale for £1 or less.

OneBelow is the the relaunched Poundworld chain, which shut down last year after financial difficulties.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J24 for A629 to J22 for A672.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on M62 westbound from J24, A629 (Ainley Top) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

CCTV appeal over fire outside Bradford supermarket

CCTV images have been released of two men police want to speak to following a fire outside a Bradford supermarket.

CCTV images
WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE

Rubbish at the side of the Asda store in Wyke was set alight, causing damage to part of the roof and a security camera, police say.

The incident happened at about 01:30 this morning.

Officers want anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.

Nineteenth Century Keighley pub set to be converted

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to convert a 19th Century pub in the conservation area of a West Yorkshire town into a shop and flats have been approved.

The Star Inn, Keighley
Google

The Star Inn, on North Street in Keighley, which has also gone by the name of Muldoons in recent years, has been closed since March 2017.

A planning application was submitted earlier this year to turn the ground floor into a shop and the upper three floors into five flats.

Bradford Council has agreed to the plans saying it offered "a potentially sustainable use for the building, bringing it back into active use."

Schoolchildren to sleep out at Huddersfield stadium

Schoolchildren from Kirklees will sleep under the stars at a major West Yorkshire stadium tonight in support of a local homelessness campaign.

John Smith's Stadium under floodlights
REUTERS/Peter Powell

The children will sleep outside at John Smith's Stadium, home of both Huddersfield Town FC and Huddersfield Giants RLFC.

Hepworth, Crow Lane and Oak Primary are the schools involved in the Little Big Sleep Out.

It's part of the Huddersfield Town Foundation's Foodbank Fortnight.

Severe disruption: A629 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A629 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, around Calderdale Royal Hospital.

A629 West Yorkshire - A629 Huddersfield Road in Halifax closed and queues in both directions around the Calderdale Royal Hospital junction, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Fate of Red House Bronte museum still to be decided

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The future of a historic house in West Yorkshire with strong links to the Brontes still hasn't been finally decided, it's emerged.

Red House Museum
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Kirklees Council says "conversations are ongoing" about the Red House museum in Gomersal, following inquiries from what the council describes as "interested parties".

The council-owned museum was closed almost three years ago, with the authority blaming government austerity measures.

Campaigners wanting to stop parts of the site being used for housing have been assured no final decision will be taken until all opportunities to keep the building have been exhausted.

The Red House Heritage Group has now presented a petition to the authority calling for the museum, which has connections to Charlotte Bronte, to be given over to the organisation.

Speaking to councillors, Caroline Goodwill, from the heritage group, referred to the 17th Century house as “a perfect time capsule” and the second most important Bronte site globally after the famous Parsonage in Haworth.

Councillor Graham Turner said the decision to close Red House had been very difficult.

Three applications for the museum to be the subject of a community asset transfer missed the relevant criteria to move forward and all were rejected, he said.

However, Councillor Turner pledged to look closely at any new bids.

Bradford firework hooligans told to 'grow up'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

People who make the bonfire season a misery for Bradford residents have been urged to “grow up” and told they “are not gangsters".

Fireworks
BBC

The call came during a Bradford Council meeting where members voted on two motions to take a tougher stance against anti-social firework use.

Lib Dem leader councillor Jeanette Sunderland called for more “silent” fireworks displays and more organised displays in Bradford’s park while Labour called for a review of fireworks in the district.

Both motions were passed by the council.

Talking about an incident she'd seen involving teens throwing fireworks on a garage forecourt, Jeanette Sunderland, said: “They obviously had no understanding of what happens when you mix gunpowder and petrol."

Councillor Aneela Ahmed, who works for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said 5 November "brings out a sort of dread".

"Trying to harm an emergency service worker doesn’t make you look like a gangster."

A protest was held in Bradford's City Park earlier this year against what organisers Bradford4Better described as the city's "horrendous" firework problem.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:31 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:14 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J26 for M606 J1 to J27 for M621.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M62 eastbound from J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar) to J27, M621 (Gildersome), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police asked to 'have a word' after clubber refused entry

A disgruntled reveller called 999 to ask police to "have a word" with a bouncer at a West Yorkshire club after being refused entry.

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West Yorkshire Police's call-handling team shared details of the request on Twitter.

It said: "If a bouncer says you can't go in their club, then you can't go in.

"Don't ring 999 and ask us to 'have a word', it's not going to happen is it?"

The team said it had also taken calls about lost keys and burnt toast.

The West Yorkshire Force said: "People ringing 999 for inappropriate reasons are potentially putting lives at risk by taking call-handlers’ time away from genuine emergency calls."

Preview: Bradford portraits captured in time

Discover Bradford's population frozen in time in archive photos from Belle Vue studio.
Discover Bradford's population frozen in time in a collection of lost archive photos from Belle Vue studio during the 20th Century. 

The images are a record of Bradford at at a time of extraordinary change and reflect the growth of the city's diverse communities.

Family lives on camera

The secrets of a lost archive of photos from Bradford reveals hidden family lives.
We discover the secrets of a lost archive of portrait photos showing the changing face of Bradford in the 20th Century. 

Two British-Ukrainian sisters reveal the moving story of how family photographs taken at the Belle Vue studios in Yorkshire were sent back to their grandparents in Ukraine. 

The photographs were a record of the sisters growing up at a time when few people had cameras and mobile phone selfies did not exist.

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J26 for M606 J1 to J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M62 westbound from J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar) to J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're in for a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures getting up to 15C in places.

Overnight those showers will continue to move through, some of which could be quite heavy:

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
PA Media

During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

Yorkshire's former mining towns still struggling - Report

Former mining towns and villages in Yorkshire still haven't fully recovered from the closure of local pits, according to new report.

Headstocks at Hatfield Colliery
Getty Images

Issues including social disadvantage, ill health and unemployment extend beyond former miners, the report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sheffield Hallam University says.

About 77,000 people in Yorkshire's former coalfield communities are on out-of-work benefits, which amounts to about 10% of adults of working age in those areas, the report adds.

Over 40% of coalfield areas in Yorkshire are in the most deprived parts of Britain, it says.

People seen 'fighting with weapons' after crash

Armed police were called to the scene of a car crash in Bradford after people were seen "fighting with weapons".

Ivanhoe Road
Google

It happened at about 15:50 on Monday on Ivanhoe Road after a car crash involving a silver Audi RS3 and a red Land Rover Freelander.

Nobody involved in the crash was at the scene when officers arrived, according to police.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to get in touch with the West Yorkshire force.

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy and mainly dry start, though rain already over western parts will soon move east to all areas.

Turning drier later this morning. This afternoon will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 14C (57F) with a low of 6C (43F):

A weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running on time.

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Severe accident: A641 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A641 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, from Summer Hall Ing to New Works Road.

A641 West Yorkshire - A641 Woodside Road in Low Moor closed and stationary in both directions from the Summer Hall Ing junction to the New Works Road junction, because of a serious accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J25 for A644 Wakefield Road.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road eastbound at J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from J27 for M621 to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M62 westbound from J27, M621 (Gildersome) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Welcome to Yorkshire had 'spend now, worry later' culture

The new chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire says the tourism agency previously operated under a culture of "spend now, worry about it later".

Peter Box
BBC

Peter Box released two reports this afternoon - one looking into the organisation's finances, and another at its future.

One, dated 29 August, said without a £500,000 loan from North Yorkshire County Council and another £1m investment "Welcome to Yorkshire will run out of cash by November at the latest".

The second revealed, among other matters, it spent £250,000 on its display at this year's Chelsea Flower Show - more than three times the £80,000 it had budgeted.

Former chief executive Sir Gary Verity resigned in March on health grounds, but later faced complaints about his behaviour and expenses.

It’s clear to me, from reading both reports that governance and strategic oversight of the operations have been largely absent. Financial planning was not robust enough which led to a culture of spend now, worry about it later."

Peter BoxWelcome to Yorkshire chairman

By-law could see 'noisy' fireworks banned in Bradford

Loud fireworks could be a thing of the past in one district of West Yorkshire if a new local by-law is passed at a meeting taking place today.

Fireworks
BBC

Councillors in Bradford are looking at the idea of banning "noisy" fireworks citing, among other factors, an increased number of complaints about noise nuisance.

A protest was held in Bradford's City Park earlier this year against what organisers Bradford4Better described as the city's "horrendous" firework problem.

If the law is introduced, it's a dream come true. It's our prayers that have been answered after months of campaigning."

Inaya SherBradford4Better

Big fall in jobless total in Yorkshire and Humber

There's been a big fall in unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region, according to the latest statistics.

Job Centre Plus sign
PA Media

The number of people out of work in the region fell by 28,000 between June and August to 108,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nationally, though, there's been an increase in unemployment, up by 22,000 to 1.31 million people currently out of work.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Light rain this morning should gradually ease to leave a cloudy and dry day with some sunny spells.

This evening should continue dry with clearing skies.

Overnight it will cloud over, with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west later in the night:

Weather graphic
BBC

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J25 for A644 Wakefield Road to J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J25, A644 (Brighouse) to J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Yorkshire players named in Great Britain Lions squad

Hull FC's Jake Connor, Huddersfield Giants wing Jermaine McGillvary and Castleford's Jake Trueman have been named in the Great Britain Lions squad for the rugby league tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Sam Burgess
Nigel French/PA Wire

Dewsbury-born forward Sam Burgess (pictured), who plays for Australian NRL club South Sydney, misses the tour because of a shoulder injury.

The Lions, touring for the first time since 2007, will play Tonga in New Zealand on 26 October, before two matches against New Zealand and a final fixture against Papua New Guinea on 16 November.

Three Australia-born players have been named in the squad, including Super League Man of Steel Jackson Hastings, who recently proved he qualifies for Great Britain through a Plymouth-born grandparent.

Reputed Robin Hood grave woodland at risk of felling

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ancient woodland shrouding the reputed grave of Robin Hood is at risk of being felled as part of a £69.2m road scheme.

A folly within the grounds of the Kirklees Estate
LDRS

The proposed route will involve cutting into woodland bordering Wakefield Road between Cooper Bridge and junction 25 of the M62 at Brighouse.

It's to create a link road between the A62 and A644.

The Kirklees Estate, in Clifton near Brighouse, includes an 18th Century stone folly that is said to mark the final resting place of perhaps the world's most famous outlaw.

A folly within the grounds of the Kirklees Estate
LDRS

According to local legend, Robin Hood died in a priory near Huddersfield and was buried nearby.

The grave and priory are on the private Kirklees Estate, which only opens to the public one weekend a year.

CCTV appeal over Huddersfield sexual assault

A CCTV image has been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with the sexual assault of a 33-year-old woman in Huddersfield.

CCTV APPEAL SOUTHGATE
WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE

West Yorkshire Police said the suspect initially approached the woman at the railway station before walking with her towards Southgate where he grabbed her and sexually assaulted her in a doorway.

He then picked up the woman’s bag and phone before walking off.

The incident happened between 02:45 and 04:00 on 23 June, police say.

Officers want anyone who recognises the man in the image, or who witnessed the incident, to get in touch.

Police charge 22 in crackdown on Bradford drug dealing

Police have charged 22 people as part of a crackdown on the supply of class A drugs in West Yorkshire.

Class A drugs
PA Images

Twenty men and two women were charged as part of a week-long campaign across the Bradford district.

Officers say more than £15,000 worth of drugs were seized along with property, vehicles, clothing and about £2,000 in cash.

Det Insp Matthew Walker, who led the operation, said: “The people of Bradford are fed up of drug dealing taking place on the streets of Bradford which tarnishes the reputation of this city.

“We are committed to tackling those involved in the supply of drugs in the district."

Severe disruption: A6038 West Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6038 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, at A6037 Valley Road.

A6038 West Yorkshire - A6038 Otley Road in Shipley blocked and queues at the A6037 Valley Road junction, because of a lorry that's broken down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Monday's weather forecast for Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start we're going to see heavy and persistent rain pushing its way up from the south.

The MET Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.

Temperatures will get up to about 13C in places: