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  1. Updates on Tuesday 9 December 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 today for BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

The service will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Rainy and windy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see rain spreading east, followed by clear spells and scattered blustery showers, locally wintry over the hills.

It'll be very windy with a strong to gale force wind and a low temperature of about 2C (36F).

Wednesday will be cold and very windy with sunny spells and scattered showers, locally wintry over the hills and a maximum temperature of about 6C (43F).

Coming up on BBC One

BBC Look North

Join Harry Gration and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North where they'll be finding out why some Yorkshire dairy farmers say the price of a pint of milk is failing to cover the cost of producing it.

Also they'll be hearing from the youngsters who've been honoured in Leeds today for their amazing achievements in helping others.

Huddersfield 'one of great English stations'

Huddersfield's railway station has been named by English Heritage

as one of the 10 great English railway stations.

Huddersfield railway station
doctor neil clifton

The neo-Classical style Victorian station ranks alongside Paddington, St Pancras and Newcastle stations.

It's "a prime example of how classical features were used to add dignity to the new building type of the railway station", according to the heritage organisation's blog.

Council's warning over jobs

BBC News Online has more on

the warning that a total of 475 jobs could be lost as council leaders in Leeds face making savings of £76m next year.

The city council, which has already shed about 2,000 jobs in the past four years, may also have to shave 6% from its spending on roads maintenance and leisure centres.

Labour leader Keith Wakefield claimed the budget was "the toughest yet" and described the cuts as "brutal".

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BBC Local Live

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'Fantastic showcase' for cyclo-cross

Paul Ogden

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

There are just a few days to go until a very rare chance to watch the UK's best cyclo-cross riders race on West Yorkshire soil - on Sunday at Peel Park, Bradford, to be exact.

Ian Field

It's round six of the National Trophy Series and both the elite women's and junior men's series are led by Yorkshire riders with two rounds to go.

British champion Ian Field (pictured) has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that the Yorkshire pool of talent is no coincidence and that Sunday's race will be a "fantastic showcase" for them.

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A man from Leeds who called police claiming there was a bomb factory in North Yorkshire

has been jailed for four years.

Shamsul Islam, 23, made three calls to police claiming a pizza takeaway in Knaresborough was a front for terrorism.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Celebrating Yorkshire's 'young heroes'

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've been at Elland Road stadium today which has played host to 120 young people from across Yorkshire who all have inspirational stories and who have been given Diana Awards.

Named after the late Princess of Wales, the awards are for volunteers, fundraisers, young carers, and campaigners who have had an impact on the lives of others.

Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the awards, tells me the day's been about celebrating "young heroes". "It's about highlighting the amazing things that local young people have done - making their communities better".

Millgarth disappears into dust

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

Now you see it, now you don't! West Yorkshire's old Millgarth police HQ in Leeds disappears for a new shopping development.

Demolition at Millgarth

And as you can see, it's vanishing into a cloud of dust with amazing speed.

Bridgewater Place wind alert

Leeds City Council's Resilience Team

tweets: #BridgewaterPlace - warning signs to be activated later as winds pick up; no closure planned but conditions will be monitored #weatheraware

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A man from Leeds who claimed a North Yorkshire pizza takeaway was being used as a bomb factory

has been sent to prison for four years.

Shamsul Islam, 23, made hoax calls to the police leading to Knaresborough town centre being sealed off by armed police last year.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Twenty eight charged over drink-driving

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: 4 people charged with drink driving in the last 24hrs. That's 28 in total since last Mon. #NotWorthTheRisk

Man jailed over bomb hoax

BBC News Online reports that

a Leeds man who claimed pizza shop employees were planning an Islamist bomb attack out of revenge over an insurance row has been jailed.

Scene of bomb hoax

Shamsul Islam, 23, made three hoax calls stating staff at Paragon Pizza in Knaresborough, North Yorkshrie, had received bomb parts through the post.

Islam was jailed for four years at York Crown Court after being convicted of communicating a bomb hoax.

News on the Hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A Leeds man who caused a bomb scare in Knaresborough has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Shamsul Islam is already behind bars for drug dealing and dangerous driving. He'll now serve a total of 12 years.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Cops get Christmassy in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Examiner

Just when you thought you'd heard every version of Frozen hit song Let It Go,

West Yorkshire Police have come out with their own...

Three arrested over armed raid

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Three men have been

arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a Wakefield post office last week.

The incident happened at Sandal post office at about 17:30 on Monday 1 December. Nobody was injured in the raid, but several staff members were left shaken.

The three arrested men, aged 22, 29 and 41, are currently being held in police custody, police say.

NHS trust seeks redundancy volunteers

Jamie Coulson

Health Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

An NHS trust that employs thousands of workers at hospitals in Huddersfield and Halifax is inviting staff to apply for voluntary redundancy as it tries to reduce a projected deficit of £4m.

Calderdale Royal Hospital

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has to make savings of £20m this year and £19m next year.

The trust won't say how many jobs it is looking to lose - but the union Unison believes it could be as many as 400.

A rainy and windy afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will increase through the day bringing patchy rain at times.

Weather forecast

The rain will turn heavier across the Pennines later this afternoon.

There'll be strengthening southwest winds and a top temperature of about 8C (46F).

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

People living in Leeds are being warned to expect reduced leisure centre opening hours, a cut in the roads budget - and the loss of 475 council jobs.

The proposals have been revealed, ahead of a final decision in February, as the authority must save £76m during 2015-16.

More on this and other news in the

13:00 bulletin

Power firm prepares for stormy weather

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The company responsible for distributing electricity across Yorkshire says it has suspended all non-essential planned work as a precaution ahead of forecast stormy winter weather.


Northern Powergrid says the move follows Met Office forecasts of high winds and blizzards for the north of England.

The wintry weather is expected to sweep across the firm's operating area from this evening until Friday, bringing with it the potential for damage to its power network which includes about 56,545 miles of overhead wires and underground cables.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Brighouse mum whose son was killed by a drink-driver says police should name and shame people caught over the legal alcohol limit.

Carol Whittingham, whose son died in 1992, has backed a plan from Sussex Police which names drivers on Twitter when they are arrested.

Listen live to the midday bulletin here.

Fire strike gets under way

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Firefighters across West Yorkshire have joined another national strike this morning in a row over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out for 24 hours at 09:00 and will also be working to rule from Wednesday.

With only half the usual number of fire engines available, Dave Walton, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for West Yorkshire, says: "The key message for the public is to make sure you don't need to use the service. It's a safe and effective service, but it's a thinly-spread service".

Behind the scenes at The Grand

Charlotte Leeming

Presenter, BBC Look North

I'm going flying with Peter Pan at the Grand Theatre in Leeds today as I attend rehearsals for this Christmas production by Northern Ballet.

Peter Pan at The Grand

Just look how graceful Peter Pan is - and there's loads more to come once the curtain goes up on the production on 11 December.

We're promised stunning dancing and death-defying flying stunts as well as lashings of fairy dust.

Delays after three-vehicle accident

BBC Travel News reports two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic on the A1(M) northbound between J43, M1 (Hook Moor) and J44, A64 (Bramham) because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Calderdale's been selected to help pilot a major change to the welfare system.

Brighouse, Halifax and Todmorden will be among 151 Job Centres across the country to roll out the new Universal Credit system from February.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Your views

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.

Tough times ahead for council

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I've spoken to Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield

in the light of his warning of "grim choices" ahead as the authority faces making big cuts in the 2015-16 budget.

Keith Wakefield

He told me the council had to make "difficult decisions" in the coming months. He said: "We've tried to minimise it since 2010, but these cuts are damaging."

Mr Wakefield also said he felt that Leeds City Council had taken "more than its fair share" of the cuts burden compared to similar councils down south.

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

There's a call for drink-drivers to be named and shamed by West Yorkshire police on social media.

It's come from a woman whose son was killed in Heckmondwike in 1992 by a motorist who was over the legal alcohol limit.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Secure future for former jail?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The future of a dilapidated former village jail in Halifax, said to be one of only five surviving examples in the country, could be secured if ambitious plans to transform it get the go-ahead next week.

Illingworth gaol
calderdale council

Dating from 1823, the Grade II* listed building at Illingworth comes complete with 17th Century stocks, but has fallen into a poor state of repair and needs major investment to save it.

A meeting on 15 December will decide if the Calderdale Council-owned building should be transferred to a buildings preservation trust with plans to reinstate the jail as a visitor attraction and educational centre.

Motorway scam warning to drivers

BBC News Online reports that

fraudsters are attempting to con West Yorkshire motorway drivers out of money by flagging them down and claiming they have run out of petrol.

Police have urged motorists to be aware of the scam after a spate of incidents on the M62.

On Sunday, a man was reported to police after he stopped several cars coming off the motorway at Ainley Top, near Huddersfield and asked for money.

Dramatic skies at West Nab

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Jonathan Wragg in Meltham for sending in this dramatic photograph he took yesterday at West Nab. If we needed a reminder that winter's really here, then this is surely it.

Snow and clouds over West Nab
jonathan wragg

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

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tweet your photographs to us?

On BBC Radio Leeds now

Nick Ahad

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out more about how West Yorkshire's playing its part in the biggest change to the welfare state in a lifetime - the introduction of Universal Credit.

Job centres in Brighouse, Halifax and Todmorden are among 151 across the country to roll out the new system from February so I'll be asking what it's all about.

Also, as the Diana Awards are held in Leeds today, I'll be celebrating young achievers from across Yorkshire. And, I'll be launching the search for the county's most unusual pet.

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Leeds City Council has "nowhere to go but make grim choices",

the leader of the council is warning as the authority prepares to set out its budget for the next year and a half.

Leeds Civic Hall
Rich tea

Hundreds more jobs are set to go and services will be cut as the authority faces saving £76m during 2015-16, which will take the council's savings since 2010 to over £200m.

The council's budget proposals will be discussed by the council's executive board next week before the final budget is confirmed in February.