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  1. Updates from Thursday 4 December 2014

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Good evening

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

We'll be back again tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

A touch of frost and fog

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be rather cloudy with clear spells developing for a time. Later, thicker cloud will bring a little patchy rain and a low temperature of about 0C (32F) with a touch of frost and patchy fog.

Weather outlook

Tomorrow will see any patchy rain quickly clearing, then it'll be much brighter with long spells of sunshine, but with a risk of a few showers later, wintry over the highest ground.

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

Coming up on BBC One

BBC Look North

On BBC Look North from 18:30, we've heard much about the legacy of the Tour de France but, today the organisations behind it have revealed in hard figures how Yorkshire has benefited.

Yellow bikes for Tour de France in Yorkshire

Also, we'll be reporting from a cafe In Leeds, which only serves food which would otherwise be sent to landfill but is now under threat of closure.

And we'll be joined by the Horsfield family from Barnsley who've had a new arrival, but their little bundle of joy - a pygmy goat - has been proving a bit of a handful.

Teaching assistant awaits sentence

A further update on

the teaching assistant found guilty of cruelty to a seven-year-old girl at a school in Calderdale.

A jury of four men and eight women at Bradford Crown Court took less than four hours to come to their decision.

Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, will be sentenced next year. Judge Neil Davey QC said delays in bringing the case to court had convinced him that custody was not appropriate.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Academy requires special measures

BBC News Online reports that the first inspection of an academy near Bradford

has called for it to be placed in "special measures".

BBG Academy
BBG Academy

BBG Academy, at Birkenshaw, has been given an "inadequate" rating by the school watchdog Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school in October and said it was failing to give pupils an "acceptable standard of education".

Will Yorkshire enter the open door?

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

The Chancellor never mentioned West or South Yorkshire council leaders by name in his Autumn Statement yesterday.

But it was clear he was referring to them when he said his "door was always open" for further discussion from cities wanting to follow Manchester's lead.

The coded message was clear - George Osborne has not accepted the strong rejection by Yorkshire of the introduction of directly-elected executive mayors to lead the implementation of devolved economic powers to clusters of neighbouring local councils.

Read more in my latest blog.

Stolen car used in further crimes

A car which was stolen in Batley in November has since been used in two further crimes,

West Yorkshire Police have revealed.

Stolen Zafira
West yorkshire police

The black Vauxhall Zafir GSI turbo, registration FL04NRK, was stolen after the keys to the vehicle were taken in a burglary at a property in Beech Tree Mews, Batley, on Tuesday 25 November.

The vehicle has since been used in offences in the Birstall and Morley areas.

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

Carjackings linked to robbery

A series of linked "carjackings" took place in Leeds this morning after a robbery in North Yorkshire, police have said.

The thefts followed a robbery in Harrogate town centre which saw the offenders leaving the scene in a van at about 08:40.

After this, two vehicles were stolen from their owners in separate incidents in Leeds, mainly in the Kirkstall Road area, and attempts were also made to steal three other vehicles.

Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

Rhinos blend youth and experience

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds Rhinos' Jamie Jones-Buchanan said he believes the rugby league club will have a good blend of youth and experience next season.

It'll be a smaller squad with just one new signing and several of the club's younger players promoted to the first team squad, and Jones-Buchanan says that's a positive sign for the future.

"Long-term, certainly the best way to promote is from within. We've got a fantastic youth development system with some young boys who're really coming to fruition now," he says.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A classroom assistant who subjected a pupil to a five-month campaign of bullying - including taping her to a chair - has been found guilty of child cruelty.

Rachael Regan, who's 43 and from Illingworth, bullied the girl at a school in Calderdale.

The 'Christmas Truce' remembered

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The 100th anniversary of the "Christmas Truce" on the Western Front during World War One is to be marked in Leeds this weekend with a special concert.

Christmas Truce
Getty Images

The truce saw British and German troops at Christmas in 1914 laying down their weapons, exchanging gifts, and - so the story goes - even playing football in No Man's Land.

To remember this remarkable event, the concert, on Sunday at 19:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Vesper Road, Kirkstall, will feature songs and music together with video clips and readings from soldiers' letters.

Teaching assistant 'broke trust'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

West Yorkshire Police has issued a statement in response to

the news a Halifax teaching assistant has been found guilty of bullying a seven-year-old girl at a school in Calderdale.

Det Ch Insp Darren Minton says Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, "was employed in a position of trust and she broke that trust with her actions".

He adds: "This conviction should send a loud and clear message that such behaviour from anyone is unacceptable, but particularly those employed in positions of significant trust".

Cellino 'fantastic for Leeds'

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn says beleaguered club boss Massimo Cellino (pictured) is at Elland Road "for the long haul".

Massimo Cellino


who was disqualified by the Football League and asked to resign from Leeds earlier this week, is "fantastic for this club", Redfearn has said at a media conference.

Redfearn says despite the uncertainty over Cellino's future, the atmosphere remains good: "We are fortunate to have an owner who is football daft and who loves the club".

Teaching assistant guilty of bullying

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that a teaching assistant from Halifax

has been found guilty of bullying a seven-year-old girl at a school in Calderdale.

Rachel Regan denied she and a teacher had deliberately humiliated the girl for their own amusement.

Mrs Regan told the jury at Bradford Crown Court the girl had found an incident in which sticky notes were stuck to her thumbs "quite amusing", and she said taping the girl to a chair in a separate incident had been a "bit of fun" and the girl had not seemed upset.

Concerns over missing teen

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police say they're

"increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a pregnant 16-year-old girl who is missing from her home in Bradford

Patricia Zupkova
South yorkshire police

The family of Patricia Zupkova, who live in Rotherham, reported her missing on Tuesday, but she hasn't actually been seen since November.

It was believed that Patricia, who's 20-24 weeks pregnant, was living at an address on Vine Street, Great Horton, in Bradford, with her 18-year-old boyfriend - but they haven't been seen there since 19 November.

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

In the last hour a teaching assistant who worked at a school in Calderdale has been found guilty of child cruelty against a seven-year-old girl.

A court heard Rachel Regan, who's 43 and from Illingworth, subjected the pupil to a five-month campaign of bullying.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

BreakingBreaking News

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A teaching assistant from Halifax has been found guilty of cruelty to a seven-year-old girl.

Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, denied bullying the girl at a school in Calderdale.

A 41-year-old teacher has been cleared of the same charge at Bradford Crown Court.

Deborah McDonald, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, had denied the charge.

Fashion in focus at Lotherton

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Lotherton Hall in Leeds is

set to be transformed into a major museum of fashion and textiles through the ages, Leeds City Council has revealed.

Lotherton Hall
Gordon Kneale Brooke

A big refurbishment of the house, a popular visitor attraction, will see it redeveloped into a "21st century gallery space" and will play host to a regular programme of fashion and textile exhibitions.

The Edwardian hall will close next month and is expected to reopen in March 2015 with debut exhibition Age of glamour: Fashion from the Fifties.

On BBC Radio Leeds now

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out if a voluntary redundancy offer means we're a step closer to seeing an Accident and Emergency department close in West Yorkshire.

Also, a new report says

the Tour de France brought over £100m to Yorkshire's economy.

And I'll be talking about Bond...James Bond

as the title of the new 007 film is announced.

Tour de France: 'The party goes on'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, says Yorkshire is still enjoying the Tour de France, six months on from the Grand Depart.

Tour de France
Tracy Gee BBC

Speaking at the launch of

a report into the impact of this July's event in Yorkshire, Mr Wakefield said: "People still have the bunting, they still have the flags and they're still talking about it.

"If you can organise something like that, something which lasts six months, then you've done something special."

Teenager dies in fatal crash

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A teenager has died and two people have been injured

in a pile-up involving four cars in Great Preston, Leeds.

The incident happened at about 07:35 this morning on Astley Lane near Kippax. The 17-year-old male driver of a Vauxhaull Corsa was seriously injured and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Corsa is believed to have been heading from Swillington towards Great Preston at the time of the incident. The other vehicles were travelling in the opposite direction.

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A 17-year-old boy has died and two other people have been injured

after a car crash in Leeds earlier today.

The pile up involving four cars happened in Great Preston near Kippax at about half past seven.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Sky sells majority stake in Sky Bet

BBC Business

Satellite broadcaster Sky has sold a majority stake in Leeds-based Sky Bet, valuing the gambling operation at £800m.

Sky Bet logo
Getty Images

Sky Bet, which includes sites such as Sky Vegas and Sky Bingo, is being bought by private equity group CVC Capital Partners.

Sky will be paid £600m when the deal is completed next year and will retain a 20% stake.

Appeal for festive volunteers

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Volunteers are being sought from around West Yorkshire to make sure elderly and isolated people don't feel lonely on Christmas Day.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) says it's offering a visit or simply a phone call to those who would otherwise be alone over the festive period. They also expect to deliver over 100 Christmas meals.

Fazila Aswat, from the RVS, says: "It's important for people to feel part of a wider community".

Tour de France stats 'truly staggering'

Gary Verity, the man who secured this summer's Tour de France Grand Depart for Yorkshire, has said he's "really, really chuffed" at

new figures showing the event netted millions of pounds for the region's economy.

He says as a result of the world's biggest cycling race coming to Yorkshire, the region's profile around the world has "never been higher" and it's meant a big boost for business.

"It's truly staggering that for every single pound we collectively spent on the Tour, five pounds were put back into the Yorkshire economy," he says.

Tour de France 'was a risk'

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

At the meeting in Leeds launching

the report into the Tour de France, Gary Verity, from Welcome to Yorkshire, said Yorkshire's stock had never been higher.

Tour de France
Anna Barnard

However, he added the Grand Depart must be the start of the journey not the end.

Meanwhile, the leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, said he felt vindicated after the Tour as it was a risk to fund it during a time of austerity.

A cloudy and drizzly afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see cloud thick enough to produce outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

However, the cloud will be broken in places for occasional bright or sunny intervals.

The top temperature will be about 6C (43F), 7C (45F) with a light and variable breeze.

Grand Depart 'was money well spent'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A new report which suggests Yorkshire has benefited to the tune of at least £102m from this summer's Tour de France Grand Depart means the event was "money well spent", according to Sir Rodney Walker from Tour organisers TDFHUB2014.

Tour de France in Otley
Hollie Crabtree

Sir Rodney says the report, which finds that Yorkshire will benefit by about £150m in total from the Tour, shows the Tour was a "huge success.

"The profile of Yorkshire has risen dramatically as a result of the Tour. Lots of people who've never been to Yorkshire are now thinking of coming because of the wonderful pictures seen on TV," he says.

Council's recycling message

Bradford Council

tweets: If everyone recycled 1 more glass bottle over Xmas it will stop nearly 4,000 cars worth of CO2 in the atmosphere #recyclexmas #bdxmas

Tour's 'enormous success'

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've been at a meeting at Leeds Art Gallery launching

the report into the economic and social impact of this summer's Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

Tour meeting

The leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, opened the meeting announcing the Grand Depart was enormously successful.

He says it earned £100m-plus for Yorkshire's economy and proves "we can put on world class events", he says.

First food waste cafe faces closure

BBC News Online reports a cafe in Leeds, which became the first in the country to serve food destined for landfill,

is in danger of closing down.


The Real Junk Food Project in Armley needs more than £100,000 after its premises were put up for sale.

The project has served 3,000 people hot meals in the cafe, and intercepted more than 10,000 kilos of waste since opening in December 2013.

Victorian pioneer remembered

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The life and achievements of a Victorian engineering pioneer from Leeds who is said to have revolutionised agriculture are being commemorated in his home city today.

Fowler's factory in Hunslet
leeds city council

A blue plaque paying tribute to John Fowler, who invented the first practical method of steam-powered ploughing, is to be unveiled at the former site of his factory in Hunslet (pictured).

Kevin Grady, from Leeds Civic Trust, says: "Fowler was a brilliant engineer and entrepreneur whose works brought wealth and prosperity to Leeds for over a century".

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The man responsible for the Grand Depart says Yorkshire will continue to benefit from staging the start of the Tour de France for years to come.

Figures out today show the Tour brought in £130m to the UK - £102m of that for the Yorkshire economy.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Thousands sign Cellino petition

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

More than 13,000 Leeds United fans have now signed

an online petition calling for fairer treatment of club owner Massimo Cellino (pictured).

Massimo Cellino

They're arguing that forcing him to leave until March - because of a conviction in Italy - would mean the club could once again face administration.

Aimed at the Football League, the petition argues: "Forcing Cellino out of Leeds United is not in the best interests of one of your member football clubs and would in fact, be very damaging indeed".