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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 25 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

We will be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll get the latest from Bradford Crown Court as a teacher and a teaching assistant face charges of bullying a pupil at a Calderdale school.

Also, we'll be hearing from a Yorkshire composer whose new work gets its world premiere tonight and which pays tribute to his aunt who was executed by the Nazis.

A foggy and rainy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Mist and fog will become more widespread for a time tonight, before cloud and outbreaks of rain spread with a low temperature of about 1C (34F).

Weather outlook
BBC

Tomorrow will be a cloudy, cold and wet day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, together with fog over the hills and at lower levels later.

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

Widnes fined over crowd trouble

BBC Sport

Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 by the Rugby Football League after fans ran onto the pitch following August's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Castleford Tigers.

Crowd trouble
Swpix.com

The Vikings lost the match 28-6 at Leigh Sports Village on 10 August.

Police and stewards had to intervene to stop spectators from the Widnes section.

Mum tells of 'bullied' girl's tears

A mother has described in court

the "heartbreaking" moment her seven-year-old daughter said a teaching assistant taped her to a chair.

Teachers
BBC

Rachael Regan, 43, and Deborah McDonald, 41, are on trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of bullying the pupil at a school in Calderdale.

Both women, from Halifax, deny a charge of cruelty.

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BBC Local Live

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Driver caught doing three times limit

Telegraph & Argus

A motorist who raced along at 91mph in a 30-zone on a busy Bradford road was caught as part of a police crackdown on speeding -

described by a councillor as the "Bradford Phenomenon".

Police officers with speed camera
Telegraph and argus

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The trial of a teacher and a classroom assistant from West Yorkshire who allegedly bullied a pupil -

has been hearing evidence from the girl's mother.

She has described the "heartbreaking" moment her seven-year-old daughter said a teaching assistant taped her to a chair.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Shock after warehouse blast

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look North video journalist

On Parry Lane in Bradford this afternoon, a pile of bricks and metal marks the site of what used to be a warehouse until yesterday's explosion,

thought to have been caused by a gas leak.

Blast scene
BBC

It left many people here in shock. One woman who works nearby has told me their CCTV footage shows a car passing by the building just seconds before the blast.

Those working in warehouses nearby still haven't been allowed back inside. Looking at the scale of the damage, it's hard to believe no-one was killed.

'Stamp out human trafficking' call

A new project aimed at helping victims of human trafficking

has held its first meeting in Leeds.

The West Yorkshire Anti-Human Trafficking Network was launched at Weetwood police station, and saw a number of organisations such as the NHS and the Salvation Army sign up.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the network means organisations and agencies "can worth closer together to ensure this horrific crime and practice is detected and stamped out."

Motorway traffic halted

The Highways Agency

tweets: We've temporarily halted traffic on the #M62 e/bound at J28 so that we can move a motorist who has broken down. Expect delays

Carnegie head coach 'not sacked'

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union club says

head coach Gary Mercer has not been sacked, but coach Tommy McGee has temporarily been placed in charge of first-team affairs.

Gary Mercer
SWPIX.COM

The 48-year-old was appointed to the Headingley-based club on a two-year deal in August, but has won just two of his eight league games.

"We wish to make it clear that Gary Mercer has not been dismissed from his position,"

a club statement said.

Long delays on M62

BBC Travel news reports there's slow traffic and one lane is closed on the M62 eastbound at J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down car.

Drivers are being warned to expect major delays in the area.

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Investigations are continuing at a warehouse in Bradford which was hit by a suspected gas explosion yesterday afternoon.

Two women had to be rescued from Range Storage on Parry Lane, on the outskirts of the city, while many more were evacuated from nearby buildings.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Town transformed for Christmas

Pontefract Express

Castleford will be transformed into a winter wonderland tonight

at the town's Christmas lights switch on.

Castleford lights switch-on
Pontefract & Castleford express

Befriending service faces funding cut

A volunteer befriending and home visiting service which is currently used by 295 families in Wakefield could lose its council funding after being deemed "unfit for purpose".

The service reached 710 children in 2013-14, according to council figures, and the authority says it could save £117,000 a year by stopping funding.

Councillor Olivia Rowley, cabinet minister for children and young people, says: "Although the service does have some benefits, it's not meeting the needs of many people."

Teen's trust raises £100,000

Huddersfield Examiner

A charity, set up in memory of a Holmfirth teenager who died during a football match,

has reached a fundraising milestone of £100,000.

Huw Thatcher
Huddersfield examiner

People 'lucky to avoid injury'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look North video journalist

A woman working

near the scene of yesterday afternoon's explosion in Bradford has told me people were "really lucky" not to be injured in the blast which happened just after 16:30.

Joanna Robinson
BBC

Joanna Robinson (pictured), managing director at nearby Mansfield Pollard, close to the scene of the explosion, says just a few minutes earlier and people leaving work could have been hurt.

She says the impact of the explosion was immediate: "The building just shook, vibrated, really dramatically. There were lots of screams."

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A gas leak could have caused an explosion that

partially destroyed a warehouse in Bradford.

Rescue dogs were sent into the building in Parry Lane after the blast yesterday afternoon, but there were no injuries.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Free parking for Wakefield shoppers

Parking in council-owned car parks in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract, will be free after 15:00 on the four Thursdays before Christmas,

Wakefield Council has said.

The council's on-street parking spaces and its own car parks, except Merchant Gate in Wakefield, will be free from 15:00 on 27 November, 4 December, 11 December and 18 December.

Privately-run car parks in the Wakefield district are unaffected.

Dry and bright but cold

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see fog persisting in places in West Yorkshire, elsewhere it'll be dry and bright.

The top temperature will be about 6C (43F), but nearer 3C (37F) in foggy areas.

News on the Hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

People working close to a warehouse which exploded in Bradford yesterday say they feel lucky to be alive.

Two women were rescued from Range Storage on Parry Lane, on the outskirts of the city while many more were evacuated.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Wintry sunset caught on camera

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

You've been sending in some fantastic pictures from across West Yorkshire today, like this one taken by John Earnshaw which shows yesterday's sunset at the Allerton Bywater reserve.

Allerton Bywater sunset
john earnshaw

Got a picture you'd like to share? Why not

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tweet us your photos of West Yorkshire?

Council plans buildings sell-off

Buildings and land owned by Kirklees Council

could be sold off in a bid to help save the council £69m in the next three years, it's emerged.

The council says the sale of "non-essential" sites could help limit the effect of "savage" budget cuts imposed by the government. The move will be discussed at a cabinet meeting next week.

Councillor Graham Turner said: "The sales will in some small way help us to protect vital public services and jobs."

Educating Yorkshire wins top award

Documentary series Educating Yorkshire has won an International Emmy at a ceremony in New York hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

Educating Yorkshire producers
Reuters

The producers of the fly-on-the-wall series (pictured), filmed at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, picked up the award.

Educating Yorkshire followed the lives of staff and pupils at the secondary school.

Leaked film sparks arrests

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

BBC News Online has more on the two men - including one from Dewsbury -

arrested by anti-piracy police on suspicion of leaking action film The Expendables 3 before its release date.

Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu) arrested the men in Dewsbury and Upton, Wirral this morning.

Copies of the film began circulating online from 25 July. The official US release date was not until 15 August.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

People working close to a warehouse which exploded in Bradford yesterday have told Look North they feel lucky to be alive.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Man heard 'almighty explosion'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look North video journalist

People working near

the scene of the explosion at a Bradford warehouse yesterday afternoon have been telling me more about what happened.

Darren Broadbent
BBC

Darren Broadbent (pictured), manager of a business just next door, has told me he heard "an almighty explosion" and thought something had landed on top of the building.

He said: "There was nothing but smoke and dust everywhere. We didn't realise what had happened at first, but we saw the whole side of the building had collapsed."

Man sought after post office raid

Police are investigating a post office raid in Holme Wood, Bradford, at about 17:10 yesterday

which saw a woman cashier forced to open the safe before she was hit and pushed to the floor.

The raider, who was wearing a balaclava, escaped with cash.

The suspect is described as about 6ft tall and of medium build. He was wearing a dark blue jacket, plain black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers which are described as "scruffy".

Bradford explosion: At the scene

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look North video journalist

This is the scene on Parry Lane in Bradford this morning

where investigations are now under way following yesterday's explosion.

Explosion scene
BBC

Two women were trapped as part of the Range Storage building collapsed after the explosion at about 16:40 yesterday. They were rescued by firefighters and treated for shock.

Eyewitnesses say there was a deafening noise and feared someone had died.

Police suspect the explosion was due to a gas leak.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Investigations are continuing into what's believed to be

a gas explosion that caused a warehouse in Bradford to partially collapse.

Forty people were led to safety after the blast at the Range Storage building on Parry Lane.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Film leak's 'significant impact'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the arrest of two men, including one from Dewsbury,

on suspicion of leaking action move The Expendables 3 online before its official release date.

City of London Police, who made the arrests, say the film was viewed "hundreds of thousands of times" which has had "a significant financial impact" on the its distributors, Lionsgate.

Det Ch Insp Danny Medlycott, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said: "The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime."

A winter wonderland welcome...

Richard Stead

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as we visit a winter wonderland in Featherstone to find out about this year's Christmas decoration fashions.

I'll also be talking to West Yorkshire artist Mik Artistik who'll tell more more about his latest gig in Halifax next week.

And, as we brace ourselves for some of the busiest shopping days of the year, West Yorkshire Trading Standards will be here to answer your shopping consumer queries.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A gas leak could have caused an explosion that partially destroyed a warehouse in Bradford.

Rescue dogs were sent into the building in Parry Lane after the blast. There were no injuries, although a total of 40 people were led to safety.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

'Fantastic response' to weapons amnesty

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

So far, 25 guns, gun parts and ammunition have been given up by members of the public,

as well as 11 other weapons, according to police.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle says: "That is a fantastic response. That's 36 weapons that will now be safely disposed of and will never fall into the wrong hands."