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  1. Updates on Weds 19 Nov 2014
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By Martin Coldrick

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

That's all today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

I'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

A misty and chilly night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with clear intervals at first, but with low cloud, mist and fog developing later and a low temperature of about 5C (41F).

Weather outlook

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with mist and fog only slowly lifting.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

Man arrested over fatal crash

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A van driver's been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

following a fatal crash near Flockton, Wakefield, this morning.

The incident took place at about 06:40 when a Citroen car and a Vauxhall van, which were travelling in opposite directions, collided on the A637 near the Grange Moor roundabout.

The car driver, a 22-year-old man, died at the scene. The male van driver was arrested and has now been bailed by police while enquiries continue.

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll be speaking to a Bradford activist who's just returned from a trip to Turkey helping refugees from Syria.

We'll also be meeting Harvey the rescue dog who, despite having a terrible start in life, has now won a place at Scruffs - a competition which runs during the Crufts dog show next spring.

'Loyal staff' face redundancy

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

As councillors in Leeds discuss the possible closure of three council-run care homes in the city and their associated day centres, the Unison union says 500 people face redundancy.

Leeds Civic Hall
PAul Harrop

The union held a protest outside Leeds Civic Hall before the meeting where union spokesman Dean Harper said many of those facing job cuts are "experienced, loyal staff".

"We're concerned the level of care that will be provided won't be as good as it is currently in council-run homes," he added.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Culture bid: What does it mean?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

With Leeds City Council seriously considering a bid for European Capital of Culture status in 2023, what exactly does it mean?

EU flag

Arrest over alleged hate crime

Huddersfield Examiner

A man has been arrested in connection with

an alleged hate crime in Huddersfield.

McLean not ruling out City return

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City striker Aaron McLean still hasn't written off a return to the Bantams

despite joining League One rivals Peterborough yesterday on a loan deal until the end of January.

Aaron McLean

McLean (pictured) admits he needed a fresh start after falling out of favour at Valley Parade recently.

But he says he's still keeping his options open: "I'm just concentrating on making sure I get some games and score some goals here. From there, we'll assess the situation in January".

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds City Council say consultations on whether the city should bid to become the European Capital of Culture 2023 have been overwhelmingly positive.

The council's likely to decide early next year whether to go for the title.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Leeds Dock transport boost

Plans to boost transport links to a Leeds city centre waterside development have been approved by the council.

Leeds Dock
joan murfitt

Leeds Dock, previously known as Clarence Dock, has struggled to attract retailers and shoppers since it opened in 2007.

But more than £1.5m is set to be spent on making it easier to visit or commute to the area.

Serious accident causes delays

BBC Travel News reports the A6034 Keighley Road in Silsden is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the A629 junction and the Elliott Street junction, because of a serious accident.

Rare weapons saved in amnesty

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on

the weapons amnesty which has just been launched in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police say they're working with the Royal Armouries in Leeds, which holds part of the national collection of arms and armour, to save any rare weapons which are handed in from being destroyed.

Royal Armouries
david dixon

Doctor Thom Richardson, from the Royal Armouries, says: "We have worked with the police for the past 20 years and we are delighted to be able to offer our expertise in this way".

Rugby anniversary celebrated

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A church service marking

the end of a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of rugby in Leeds will be held on 29 November, it's been announced.

The event at Leeds Minster will be attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds and Leeds Rhinos' first squad and will feature poetry, a choir and talks.

It will also formally pay tribute to the city's players who fell in World War One.

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A guns and knives surrender is being promoted by West Yorkshire Police today.

Holders of these and any other weapons have the opportunity to leave them at various police Stations across the county.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

WWI sculpture succumbs to weather

Hebden Bridge Times

A 10-tonne sand sculpture that signified the loss of a husband, and soldier, in World War One

has been destroyed by the weather.

Lorry driver's sat nav plight

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Oops, HGV driver got stuck on a single track road in Methley whilst following his sat nav! #youcantparkthere

Overturned lorry
West yorkshire police

Crematorium staff strike

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Staff at Lawnswood Crematorium in Leeds who are members of the union Unison are to go on strike for one day on Friday in a dispute with Leeds City Council which has lasted for 10 years.

Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds
Betty longbottom

The union says its members have been complaining of "harassment, bullying and unsafe working conditions" for a decade.

Cremations are expected to go ahead at Lawnswood as normal. The union says it won't picket at the crematorium but will instead hold a demonstration outside Leeds Civic Hall from 08:00.

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds City Council's meeting to discuss the possible closure of three care homes.


announced last week they were looking at shutting down Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley and The Green in Seacroft along with their associated day centres.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Decision day for care homes

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A decision on the futures of eight care centres in Leeds is expected to be made later today.

Four care homes and four day centres

face closure as part of cuts to the council's social care budget.

Councillors have been told that closing the centres would save £4m in the face of central government budget cuts.

Wakefield rail disruption

Northern Rail

tweets: Due to signalling problems between Wakefield Kirkgate and Wakefield Westgate some lines are disrupted

News on the Hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A gun amnesty's under way in West Yorkshire.

Police are hoping it'll remove illegal weapons from the streets and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Culture bid: 'Leeds is up for it'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A decision on whether Leeds will bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023 will be made next year, the councillor in charge of culture in the city has confirmed.

Lucinda Yeadon has told

BBC Radio Leeds that about 70,000 people have already joined the discussion about the proposed bid on social media - with an overwhelmingly positive response.

"We've just got to make sure it's a realistic bid and something we can achieve. But what's really great is that Leeds seems to be really up for it," she says.

Victory for Leeds MP's beer amendment

The government has been defeated in a Commons vote

on the control that parent companies can exercise over pubs.

Greg Mulholland

MPs voted 284 to 259 in favour of an amendment put forward by Leeds MP Greg Mulholland (pictured) allowing landlords to buy their beer on the open market.

Campaigners say the "historic" vote will help "secure the future of the Great British pub".

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A gun amnesty's under way in West Yorkshire.

Police are hoping it'll remove illegal weapons from the streets and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

For more on this and other stories listen to the

13:00 bulletin.

Woman died after post-op errors

Telegraph & Argus

A Bradford woman died in hospital after a series of errors after a routine operation,

an inquest has been told.

Major disruption after accident

BBC Travel News reports there's still severe disruption on the A637 Barnsley Road in Grange Moor following a fatal accident in which one person died.


The road there is currently closed and there's slow traffic eastbound between the Grange Moor Roundabout and the Haigh Lane junction because of accident investigation work.

Town's Bhangra dance 'revival'

A West Yorkshire author's helping to further the art of Bhangra - the dance style that experienced a resurgence in Huddersfield back in the 1960s.

Two children performing bhangra

Hardeep Sahota, an academic at the town's university,

has written a book about the dance exploring its origins right up to its role in modern British culture.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A main road between Huddersfield and Wakefield has been closed following a fatal crash.

A man died when two cars collided on the A637 near Grange Moor roundabout, Flockton, just before 06:45.

Listen to the 12:00 bulletin.

Weapons amnesty launched

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A 10-day gun amnesty's getting under way in West Yorkshire today, with people being urged to surrender weapons at drop off points around the county without fear of prosecution.

Police say the amnesty aims to give people a safe place to dispose of firearms and ammunition - as well as knives and any other weapons they may have.

It follows

similar initiatives elsewhere in Yorkshire and the Humber earlier this month.

Funerals and pork pies...

Richard Stead

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask if you've made a will?

A recent survey suggests that 75% of people in Yorkshire haven't. So what plans have you made - have you got a will, spoken to your family or even chosen the songs for your funeral?

Also, I'll be celebrating the pork pie and meeting the newly-crowned Supreme Pork Pie Champions from Bradford.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are investigating after a boy was hit by a bus in Leeds.

The vehicle struck the 11-year-old near the White Rose Centre during last night's rush hour.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Festive reindeer trail vandalised

Yorkshire Evening Post

Half a dozen artistic reindeer statues, aimed at urging visitors to explore Leeds as part of a festive trail,

have been damaged by vandals hours after their launch.

Model reindeer
yorkshire evening post

Hunt for man after robbery

Keighley News

Police are hunting a Keighley man wanted in connection with a

robbery at an elderly couple's home.

Man dies in crash

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've just heard that a man's died following a crash at Flockton near Wakefield earlier this morning.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that two cars collided on the A637 Barnsley Road, near the Grange Moor roundabout, just before 06:45.

The road will be closed at least for the rest of the morning, police say.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's died in a road accident at Flockton near Wakefield this morning.

Two cars collided just before 06:45 on the A637 Barnsley Road.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

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