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  1. Updates on Thursday 20 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest updates from across the county.

Foggy and chilly night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be mostly dry but with mist, fog and extensive low cloud and a minimum temperature of about 6°C (43°F).

Weather outlook

Tomorrow will see extensive low cloud slowly lifting, with a little brightness possible before thicker cloud brings rain to most parts by the end of the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 9°C (48°F).

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we hear from a terminally-ill woman from Pontefract who may have to sell her home so she can afford medication which may extend her life as the NHS is refusing to pay for it.

Also, we'll have the latest from the centre of Leeds where councillors have given the go-ahead for wind mitigation measures at Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building.

Hip-hop legend visits Leeds

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the hip-hop celebration taking place at Leeds City Museum at the weekend

which includes the chance to meet the "godfather of hip-hop" Afrika Bambaataa (pictured).

Afrika Bambaataa

Leeds artist Zulu King Monk, whose work is featured in a hip-hop exhibition at the museum says: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet face to face with a global game changer.

"He'll be revered as one of the greatest men to walk the planet in years to come - Afrika Bambaataa, the godfather and architect of the phenomenal culture known as hip-hop."

Christmas lights delays warning

West Yorkshire Metro Travel News

tweets: Christmas lights switch-on at Cross Gates tonight from 1700 to 2030. Expect delays and diversion. More at

Long wait for 'wind tunnel' measures

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A further update on this afternoon's vote by Leeds City Council

to give the go-ahead to plans for a series of wind mitigation measures at Bridgewater Place.

Councillor Peter Gruen, the council's executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, says he is "delighted" the panel was satisfied the scheme was the best one.

"The council has been pressing for a very long time for this to be resolved," he said.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Plans to help protect the public from dangerous winds around Yorkshire's tallest building have been given the go-ahead.

Councillors discussed a raft of measures for Bridgewater Place this afternoon which will include building baffles and screens to try and cut the wind problems.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Drains discontent in Bronte village

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've been in the Bronte village of Haworth this afternoon where part of the Christmas celebrations have had to be been cancelled because of urgent work to the local drains.

Yorkshire Water needs to examine some of the underground sewer junctions which will involve lifting several historic stone setts on the famous Main Street.

There's some discontent here because one of the big tourist draws will be adorned with traffic cones, safety barriers and signs instead of the charming adornments of a Victorian Christmas market.

Swimming pools under threat

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Two swimming pools in Wakefield should be closed and replaced by a single new facility,

councillors will be told at a meeting next month.

Pontefract Pool

A review of leisure facilities in the district recommends the pools in Pontefract (pictured) and Castleford should be closed to make way for a new pool in Pontefract, a council working group report suggests.

The report states a further pool at Knottingley is also in a poor state of repair and "keeping it open would not be the best use of resources". However, a decision on its fate is yet to be made.

Green light for 'wind tunnel' plans

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

More on the unanimous vote by Leeds City Council's planning panel to implement a series of wind mitigation measures at Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building.

The new measures will include the fitting of aluminium baffles about 18m high along Water Lane, as well as high screens fitted beside the building itself.

We're talking about a large amount of work to stop those dreadfully high winds and it'll take about a year to complete. The building's owners, CPPI, now have three months to put together a timetable for the work.

Bridgewater wind scheme gets go-ahead

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds City Council has voted unanimously to implement wind mitigation measures at Yorkshire's tallest building, Bridgewater Place in Leeds.

Bridgewater Place plans
leeds city council

The 32-storey building has proved hugely controversial.

In 2011, Dr Edward Slaney was killed nearby when a lorry was blown on top of him on a day when wind speeds at the site were recorded at speeds of between 67 and 79mph.

Earlier, councillors heard that over 30 schemes had been tested by the site's owners, CPPI, working alongside the council. Work on the scheme could take up to a year.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Measures to help protect the public from high winds around Yorkshire's tallest building have been approved.

Councillors discussed plans for Bridgewater Place in Leeds this afternoon.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Ex-drugs counsellor died of overdose

Huddersfield Examiner

A former drugs counsellor died of a fatal cocktail of heroin and Diazepam,

an inquest has heard.

Caroline Blackburn
Huddersfield examiner

'Bomb hoax' trial jury sees BBC footage

The jury at the trial of Leeds a man accused of making a hoax bomb threat

has been shown footage of him giving police false information about his address.

Armed police sealed off High Street, in Knaresborough, for four hours after receiving a threat on 16 October 2013.

Shamsul Islam, 23, denies three counts of communicating a bomb hoax at York Crown Court.

Ebola doctor 'impatient' to start work

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

An NHS doctor from Bradford who has set out today to West Africa with a team of volunteers to fight Ebola says he's "impatient" to begin his work in Sierra Leone.

Professor John Wright, usually based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, says "We're the first wave of NHS volunteers going out. Hopefully there'll be future waves.

"I just want to get out there and help".

Doctor's 'urgent' Ebola mission

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

An NHS doctor from Bradford who's flying to West Africa today to help in the fight against Ebola has told

BBC Radio Leeds there's "a real urgency" about getting out there to help.

Ebola poster

Professor John Wright, a consultant at Bradford Royal Infirmary, is leading a team of NHS volunteers who'll be working in a treatment centre in Sierra Leone, and out in the community.

Professor Wright admits he's nervous: "I'd be lying to myself if I wasn't nervous about going, I've seen the pictures on the TV. But with appropriate precautions you can minimise the risk".

Listen: David Hockney at 77

BBC Radio 4

World famous Bradford artist David Hockney, 77, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that

he is working harder than ever from his home in Los Angeles.

David Hockney and Today presenter James Naughtie

Speaking to broadcaster James Naughtie, Hockney (left) says he spends more time painting now as his deafness has curtailed his social life.

Listen to the full interview here.

Bridgewater work 'will take a year' $$

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

As councillors discuss proposed changes to Yorkshire's tallest building, Bridgewater Place in Leeds, to lessen its "wind tunnel" effect, its owners say over 70 options have been considered.

A spokesman for CPPI says the company has "collaborated closely" with Leeds City Council on the wind abatement scheme at each stage of the process.

"We're hoping for a positive outcome and, if planning permission is granted today, construction of the scheme will take approximately 12 months," he adds.

Consultation over care homes closure

The proposed closure of three council-run care homes and day centres in Leeds

is to go out to public consultation.

Homes and centres at Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley, The Green in Seacroft and Springfield centre in Beeston are under threat.

Leeds City Council said it needed to "save £48m over the next year".

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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News on the Hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Discussions about how to protect people from dangerous winds whirling around Yorkshire's tallest building are under way in Leeds.

Councillors will decide on plans by the owners of Bridgewater Place to install a system of screens and barriers to control winds near the building.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

'Hand in your weapons'

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: The @WestYorksPolice #WeaponsSurrender has now started - see our banner outside Elland Rd Police Station #Leeds

Amnesty poster
West Yorkshire Police

Charity's 'kitten farms' warning

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

An animal charity is warning

that unscrupulous kitten farms may be operating in West Yorkshire.

Bengal cat
yorkshire cat charity

It follows a spate of cases where pedigree cats have been dumped by their owners. Yorkshire Cat Rescue say two Bengals (one pictured) and one Persian have recently been found abandoned in Huddersfield.

They believe the cats, which are usually worth hundreds of pounds, were ill as a result of intensive breeding and had been left to die in order to avoid costly vets bills.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A plan to protect people from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building are being debated by councillors in Leeds today.

The owners of Bridgewater Place want to spend millions of pounds on equipment to control winds near the building.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Animators in national spotlight

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A small animation studio near Huddersfield is punching above its weight on the national stage.

Scene from Children of the Holocaust
fettle animation

Fettle Animations has been

shortlisted for a children's BAFTA. It's for a series of short films called Children of the Holocaust which the Marsden-based company has produced for the BBC.

They'll find out on Sunday night if they're the outright winners.

Countryside call to action

Calderdale Council's Countryside and Woodlands Team

tweets: Calderdale Local Access Forum needs new members! Visit … for more information or e-mail

'Spectacular' plans for Bridgewater

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A plan to protect people from the notorious wind tunnel effect around Bridgewater Place in Leeds is being discussed by councillors today.

Bridgewater Place proposed wind mitigation measures
Leeds City Council

When the job's done, it'll look spectacular: huge pieces of kit called baffles that look like aeroplane wings hanging over the nearby road and several screens attached to the building itself.

The way the equipment looks won't worry people living and working near the building. As another winter, and the high winds that come with it, approaches they just want to see the equipment built - and have the confidence that it works.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

About 100,000 people in West Yorkshire are missing from the voting register after changes were brought in earlier this year.

Figures from the Electoral Commission show within our region around 13% of voting age adults haven't signed up.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Have your say

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds

and would like to find out your views about the service.

Weapons amnesty launched

Huddersfield Examiner

A weapons amnesty is being offered in Huddersfield and Calderdale

as part of a West Yorkshire Police campaign.

Police officer with weapons
Huddersfield examiner

Building the perfect MP

BBC Radio Leeds presenter Richard Stead has been asking what qualities make the perfect MP. Why not
email or
tweet us with your views?


tweets: Need to be constructive and not destructive when in opposition.


tweets: knowing the constituency very well, supports local democracy and is intelligent!

Hip hop celebration hits city

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Fans of hip hop are in for a treat on Saturday in Leeds as

a special free event's held at the city's museum to celebrate the musical genre's 40th birthday.

Hip Hop art
lee arnold

Afrika Bambaataa, the artist known as the Godfather of Hip Hop, will be taking part in the event, which runs alongside an exhibition by Leeds artists exploring the music's history.

The celebration will include a baby hip hop party, live performances, memorabilia stalls and a Q&A session with Bambaataa himself.