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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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

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

A dry and frosty night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with clear periods at first but there'll be more in the way of cloud later, with the risk of a shower and a low temperature of about -3C (27F) and a widespread frost.

Tomorrow will see variable amounts of cloud with some bright or sunny intervals and a risk of one or two showers.

The top temperature will be about 6C (43F).

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration


Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we get all the latest reaction to the chancellor's Autumn Statement from across the region. We're out and about across Yorkshire to find out what you have to say.

Also, we'll be talking to two mums on a mission to make the Peak District the most accessible National Park in the country.

Evidence sought over Shay clashes

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Following a fracas at The Shay last night which marred the end of

FC Halifax Town's 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers, the Vanarama Conference and the Football Association say they're waiting for the match referee's report and any video evidence .

The visitors had already been reduced to 10 men when there were ugly scenes after the final whistle, with reports that both sets of players and staff clashed.

Further red cards were shown to Rovers' Dale Bennett and Eddie Oshodi. Afterwards the Forest Green manager Ady Pennock expressed his disgust.

Castle painting to undergo 'vital' work

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A much-loved painting of Pontefract Castle, which dates back to 1641,

is to undergo "vital" restoration work ahead of a new Civil War exhibition next year.

Pontefract Castle painting
Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection

Currently on show at Pontefract Museum, the painting, by Alexander Keirincx, has been part of Wakefield Council's art collection for 50 years but will be removed from the public gaze tomorrow.

Man sought over city centre assault

Police have released a CCTV image of a person they want to trace in connection with

an attack on a man on a night out with work colleagues in Leeds in October.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The victim, a 26-year-old, became involved in an argument with a group of men near the junction of Cookridge Street and Great George Street at about 01:30 on 17 October.

He was punched by one of the men and fought back before a second man punched him, knocking him to the ground and causing an injury to his neck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Your views

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

Climate sceptics feel the heat

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter and Climate Correspondent, BBC Look North

Provisional figures released by the Met Office indicate that

2014 could become both the warmest year on record globally and across the UK.

Across the UK, 2014 is currently the warmest on record, although there are still five weeks of data to come and a significantly colder December may change that.

Find out more in my latest blog.

Sunset over Sandal

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Alan Hunt, in Bramham, for sending us this fantastic picture of the sun setting at Sandal Castle just outside Wakefield.

Sunset at Sandal Castle
ALAn hunt

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Award success for Leeds fanzine

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Leeds United fanzine The Square Ball

has been named fanzine of the year by the Football Supporters' Federation.

Daniel Chapman

The fanzine was up against other fan-produced publications such as Manchester's United We Stand and Sunderland's A Love Supreme. It's the second time in four years it's won the award.

Daniel Chapman (pictured) from the fanzine says the prize is a welcome lift amid gloomy news coming from Elland Road and it's an award for "a massive team effort".

Cellino brokers 'truce' with former owners

Yorkshire Post

Leeds United boss Massimo Cellino said today he had

negotiated a truce with the club's former Gulf owners which he hopes will ensure that the club isn't "hurt any more".

Carnival student had drugs in blood

Police investigating the death of a Huddersfield teenager in Germany

say amphetamines were found in her blood, reports BBC News Online.

Jane Khalaf
Ian ingram

Jane Khalaf, 19, collapsed after attending a carnival in Cologne where she told friends her drink had been spiked.

The Northumbria University student died after eight days on life support.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A new £235m research centre for science, with a branch in Leeds, has been given the go-ahead by the Chancellor George Osborne.

In his Autumn tax and spending statement, Mr Osborne announced Leeds will also share in a £3m arts fund to commemorate World War One.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Missing man 'may be in Leeds'

A 51-year-old man who's been missing from his home in Dundee since last Thursday

may be in the Leeds area, police in Scotland have said.

Stephen Airlie
Police scotland

Stephen Airlie, also known as Hayburn, was last seen at about 16:30 on 27 November at the Overgate shopping centre in Dundee. It's believed he may have travelled to Leeds by bus.

Autumn Statement: Your views?

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out what West Yorkshire makes of the chancellor's Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement

George Osborne says the UK economy's doing well, but I want to know if things are any better for you?

Email or
tweet me with your views.

Also, I'll be finding out how 3,000 empty homes in Leeds are being put back to good use - but a city campaign group says it remains worried about thousands more.

Train delays from Kings Cross

Due to a problem with line-side equipment between Newark North Gate and Doncaster, trains on the East Coast Mainline from Kings Cross to Leeds are being delayed by up to 40 minutes.

Grand Central trains between Kings Cross and Bradford Interchange are also affected.

There's currently "no firm estimate" on how long the disruption will last, but it's likely to continue until at least 17:00,

according to National Rail Enquiries.

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A new £235m research centre for science, with a branch in Leeds, has been given the go-ahead by the Chancellor George Osborne.

In his Autumn tax and spending statement, Mr Osborne announced Leeds will also share in a £3m arts fund to commemorate World War One.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Science focus at new institute

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More details have emerged about

the new Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials Research and Innovation, which will be established in several cities in the north of England.

Confirmed as part of the chancellor's Autumn Statement, it will be based in Manchester but have satellites in cities including Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield at a cost of about £235m.

It will focus on the rapidly growing field of materials science and investigate new developments across a wide range of disciplines including nanotechnology, engineering and chemistry.

Autumn Statement: Key points

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Following the chancellor's Autumn Statement, here are some of the key points affecting West Yorkshire which George Osborne announced today:

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds is set to share in a new £235m science project with centres across the north of England,

under plans announced by the Chancellor George Osborne.

In his autumn tax and spending statement, the Chancellor also announced that Leeds will share in £3m for art projects to commemorate the First World War.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Chancellor hints at more devolution

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

In his Autumn statement, we expected the chancellor to speak about the "northern powerhouse" - pushing more money here to bridge the North-South economic divide.

George Osborne

He did indeed speak about that, but political leaders in the North will be disappointed. There was little about devolution of powers, however he did hint there's still more to come.

Traffic queues on M62 after accident

BBC Travel News reports there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident earlier on.

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

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The Chancellor George Osborne has cut stamp duty for the majority of home buyers as part of the Autumn Statement.

But Labour has criticised the chancellor for the rising deficit, with shadow chancellor and West Yorkshire MP Ed Balls pointing to reduced growth targets over the longer term.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Appeal over suspicious incident

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on

the police appeal after a man was reported to have been pushed into a car and driven off at speed in Harden, near Bingley, at about 22:50 yesterday.

The man is described as white, about 6ft tall, in his late 30s or early 40s and wore a light coloured top. There were believed to be three other people in the car which was about 10 to 15 years old.

Det Insp Ryan Bragg said: "Whatever happened at the bus stop between these males caused enough concern for someone to contact the police."

A cold but sunny afternoon

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll stay dry this afternoon with some good spells of sunshine and winds will be light.

Some cloud is likely to develop.

The top temperature will be about 6C (43F).

New rail franchises

In the Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will tender for new franchises for Northern Rail and the Trans-Pennine Express.

He has also pledged funding for a new Sir Henry Royce Institute for advanced material science in Manchester, with branches in Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the

13:00 news bulletin: A man's been taken to hospital after plunging from an escalator in Huddersfield's Kingsgate Shopping Centre.

Murder trial hears of frenzied attack

Telegraph & Argus

A Bradford man stabbed his girlfriend 11 times in a frenzied attack at her home,

a murder trial has heard.

Man 'pushed into car'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A man was seen getting into a car in suspicious circumstances in Harden, near Bingley, yesterday.

The man is reported to have been pushed into the car by two Asian males at the bus stop at the junction of Harden Road and Narrow Lane at about 22:50.

The silver Nissan Micra hatchback then drove off at speed up Harden Road, towards the shops and mini roundabout.

Police are asking for anyone with information to get in touch.

Sculpture Park treat for art lovers

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Art fans are being reminded that

an exhibition by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei finishes this weekend at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with a reading of poetry written by the artist's late father.

Iron Tree by Ai Weiwei
YSP/Jonty Wilde

The event's on Sunday at the Sculpture Park's chapel where art lovers can take a seat on Ai Weiwei's installation Fairytale-1001 Chairs and see works such as the porcelain Ruyii and marble sculpture Lantern.

Weiwei's Iron Tree (pictured), a six-metre high sculpture in the chapel courtyard, will remain on display at the sculpture park at West Bretton after the end of the exhibition.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have begun an investigation after a man plunged from an escalator at a shopping centre in Huddersfield today.

He suffered a head injury and has been taken to hospital.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Remembering Nelson Mandela

It's almost exactly a year since the death of Nelson Mandela and

the anniversary of his death is to be marked in Leeds by civic leaders, community groups and young people.

Nelson Mandela in Leeds

A special event is to be held at Mandela Gardens in Millennium Square from 16:00 on Friday, including poetry, floral tributes and a film documenting the former South African president's links with Leeds.

Police 'delight' over weapons amnesty

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

West Yorkshire Police says it's "delighted" at the response to a 10-day weapons amnesty last month which saw hundreds of guns and knives handed in by members of the public.

Assistant Chief Constable with surrendered weapons
West yorkshire police

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle (pictured) says: "We expected to have handed in antiques that had perhaps been gathering dust in someone's attic, or so-called 'trophies of war', but others have been surrendered too."

Any weapons of historical significance will be given to the Royal Armouries in Leeds, he adds.

Cow trailer overturns on M62

West Yorkshire Police's Road Policing Unit

tweets: M62 Jct 32a trailer overturned containing 4 cows! Currently getting another trailer to transfer the livestock

Overturned trailer
West yorkshire police

Man hurt in shopping centre fall

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

As mentioned in the news headlines, a man's being treated in hospital for head injuries after falling from an escalator at the Kingsgate Centre in Huddersfield.

The fall happened this morning in the TK Maxx store at the centre and the shop remains closed while an investigation's carried out.

Officers are also investigating an earlier disturbance at the nearby Body Shop.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's been taken to hospital after plunging from an escalator in Huddersfield's Kingsgate Shopping Centre.

The man, thought to be aged about 19, suffered a head injury in the fall at the TK Maxx store.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.