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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Lauren Potts

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

Fraudster sentenced

Telegraph & Argus

A fraudster who pretended to slip on a bag on a Bradford supermarket floor to make a personal injury claim for several thousand pounds was

labelled a "thief and a criminal" by the judge sentencing him today.

Tonight's forecast

Cold, dry and mainly clear overnight, although a little low cloud may cling to the Pennines.

A raw north-westerly breeze should ease through the evening with a frost developing.

Runaway rapist's relatives 'face prison'

Telegraph & Argus

The father and a cousin of a runaway rapist, who fled to Europe during his trial,

have been warned they face a prison sentence after admitting helping him to leave the country.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Wakar Akhtar is now in hospital in Italy but police are poised to bring him back to the UK.

Milgarth demolition

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

I caught the

demolition of Milgarth police station on camera earlier.

Milgarth demolition

The building, located next to the city's bus station and market, is being knocked down to make way for the £130m Victoria Gate retail development.

Man cleared of sex abuse

Telegraph & Argus

A 48-year-old man was today

cleared by a Bradford Crown Court jury of sexually abusing a young girl more than 35 years ago.

Shabir Haider, of Branby Avenue, East Morton, had denied a total of eight charges of indecent assault, dating between 1977 and 1981. He was acquitted of all charges by the jury this afternoon following a week-long trial.

Creative meets festive

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Bradford Libraries has got creative with its Christmas decor with an alternative to pine needles.

Christmas tree made of books

The city library has fashioned a tree out of a huge pile of colourful books to bring festive cheer to the centre.

High rating for A&E

Huddersfield Examiner

Doctors and nurses in our A&E departments are among the best in the country,

a survey of patients has revealed.

Calderdale Hospital
Hudderfield Examiner

People struck down by accidents or emergencies have rated the departments at both Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital (pictured) as better than most when it comes to care.

Changes for cup clash

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Carnegie have made seven changes for this Sunday's British and Irish Cup clash against the Ulster Ravens.

Fly half Harry Leonard returns to the side allowing Christian Georgiou to revert to full back. Matt Dudman starts at scrum half with Chris Pilgrim amongst the replacements.

Carer blows whistle on home

Dewsbury Reporter

A man has

spoken exclusively to the Reporter after he blew the whistle on poor standards at a Dewsbury care home.

Jamie McKnight
Dewsbury Reporter

Carer Jamie McKnight called the Care Quality Commission when his concerns about Manorcroft were ignored by senior managers.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the

17:00 news bulletin: A conman who pretended to fall over in a supermarket in Bradford as part of an insurance scam has been given a suspended sentence.

High rents for city's residents

Cathy Killick

BBC Look North

More on the news that Leeds is one of the most expensive place to rent a home in Yorkshire.

Figures from the National Housing Federation show the city joins the ranks of Harrogate and York as the priciest in the region, with residents paying an average of £800 a month in rent.

Campaigners are calling for government action to make it more affordable.

Will Yorkshire enter 'open door'

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

The chancellor remains at loggerheads over directly-elected mayors for South and West Yorkshire.

Read the full blog post.

Insurance scam man sentenced

BBC Radio Leeds

A man who pretended to fall and hurt himself in a Bradford supermarket in order to make an insurance claim has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence.

Waheed Iqbal's £10,000 scam failed after he was spotted on CCTV in Lidl deliberately falling over.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the

16:00 news bulletin: A conman who pretended to fall and hurt himself in a Bradford supermarket to make an insurance claim has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence.

Widespread frost

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry and clear this evening and overnight with cold north-westerly winds gradually easing.

Kay reading the weather

Expect a widespread frost as temperatures drop down to -3C (27F) and colder in more rural spots.

Bus cancellations

Bus operator Transdev Keighley

tweets: CANCELLED:- Service 662 - 15:05Hrs from #Keighley & the 16:22Hrs from #Bradford will not be operating.Apologise for any inconvenience

Crash teen named

Yorkshire Evening Post

A teenage driver who died in a four-vehicle crash in a village on the outskirts of Leeds

has been named.

Dylan Lynn was in a Vauxhall Corsa that was involved in the collision on Astley Lane in Great Preston shortly after 7.30am on 4 December.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Protesters are gathering outside a warehouse in West Yorkshire run by Next.

Union members are angry at reports that the clothing company is deliberately trying to hire Polish workers and pay them less than their British counterparts.

Next denies the claims.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

Protest outside Next warehouse

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

There was a protest by union members this morning outside a West Yorkshire warehouse operated by the catalogue company Next.

Demo outside Next

It's over reports that the company's been deliberately targeting Polish workers and paying them less than their British counterparts.

Next denies the claims.

Lord given honorary degree

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Former council leader, MP and director of Leeds United Lord Woolmer has received an honorary degree from Leeds Beckett University.

Lord Woolmer
Leeds Beckett University

Lord Woolmer, who also chaired the governing body at the university for three years, was given the award for service to the city of Leeds and the region.

Winger's development 'nurtured'

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell says he is deliberately managing and developing Joe Lolley carefully and slowly.

Joe Lolley
Getty Images

The winger has been eased back into action after injury, but Powell admits the fact Lolley was playing non-league football this time last season means he's trying to nurture his development.

Gridlock 'could have been avoided'

Telegraph & Argus

Gridlock on major roads which pass the construction site of a new Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and Wickes builders merchants could have been avoided if council bosses had insisted on night-time working,

says a former Bradford highways chief.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A Leeds-based project which works to end forced marriages and so-called honour based violence has been given a cash boost.

The Karma Nirvana Community Champion Programme is getting £18,500 of new government funding.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

Congestion in Cleckheaton

BBC Travel reports heavy traffic on the southbound A638 Bradford Road, in Cleckheaton, and the A643 Parkside junction.

Residents raise issues

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough,

tweets: Another busy surgery in the office. Issues raised including local bus services, housing targets and conservation of buildings

Festive shutdown

Yorkshire Evening Post

Public transport users in Leeds are

facing a festive shutdown on the buses and the railways.

No trains will be running in the city or the rest of West Yorkshire on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, it has been announced.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority says virtually all of the county's standard bus services will also be out of action on those two days.

Playing with fire

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Shoppers were treated to a dazzling outdoor fire display as part of the city's Magical Leeds programme.

Fire festival
Leeds City Council

A stretch of Briggate was brought to a standstill on Thursday night as large crowds gathered to watch performances by multi-award winning Australian fire dance duo, Flame Oz.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Car insurance companies are working together to stop motorists getting caught up in staged crash-for-cash scams.

It's after three people from Bradford were sent to prison for being part of a gang which cost insurers nearly £150,000 by causing accidents and then putting in false claims.

Slow traffic

BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic on the A6177 Queens Road in Bolton, Bradford, at the junction with King's Road traffic lights.

Rail fare increase announced

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Rail travellers in West Yorkshire will be paying more for their tickets following today's announcement that fares in the area will go up by 1.2% on 2 January, 2015.

Commuters at a Northern Rail station
Northern Rail

People buying a 12-month season ticket for travel between Leeds and Wakefield will see the price rise from £992 to £1,004.

Average rail fares across the country will rise by 2.2% - but it's still the lowest rise in five years.

Read more from BBC Business.

City coroner starts work

Telegraph & Argus

Bradford's new coroner Martin Fleming

starts work in the city today.

The 57-year-old from Manchester, who has previously served as assistant coroner in Sheffield, Liverpool and the Wirral, Surrey and Inner West London, was due to hear his first inquest this morning.

Festive market fun

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

The 10th annual Dickensian Christmas Market will be held at Clayton, in Bradford, tomorrow.

Dickensian Christmas Market

The fun kicks off at 11:00 with lots on offer, including Christmas stalls and pony rides.

Organisers will be raising cash for three local charities. Last year the festive event raised more than £10,000.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds is the most expensive place to rent a home in Yorkshire.

New research says tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to live in certain parts of the county.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

Memorials consultation

Bradford Council

tweets: We're looking at how people remember loved ones in countryside and parks. Have your say in our memorials consultation

Leeds 'busiest station' in Yorkshire

Telegraph & Argus

Leeds is by far the

busiest train station across Yorkshire and the Humber, new figures have confirmed.

According to statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation, based on ticket sales data, 27.7 million passengers entered or exited the station between April 2013 and March this year.

Van hijack terror

Yorkshire Evening Post

A van driver has

spoken of his terror after he was threatened with an axe when a gang of armed robbers wreaked rush hour havoc in Leeds.

Trevor Wootton
yorkshire evening post

Tradesman Trevor Wootton, from Cross Gates, was on his way to a job yesterday morning when four men in balaclavas and ­wielding an array of weapons ordered him and a colleague out of his van in Kirkstall.

Heavy traffic

BBC Travel reports there's heavy traffic on the A659 at Cross Green, in Otley, at the Dennison Hill junction.

Lost Christmas tradition?

Richard Stead

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

The first ever commercially produced Christmas card was by Sir Henry Cole in 1843.

But do you still send cards?

Join me until 12:00 and I'm talking about lost Christmas traditions. Listen live at

BBC Radio Leeds.