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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 16 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 for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

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

A wet and windy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will turn wet and windy, but a touch a ground frost is possible at first with the lowest temperatures in eastern areas as low as 1C (34F).

Weather outlook
BBC

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with patchy rain possible in western areas, mostly dry and a little brighter further east.

It'll be much milder than today with a top temperature of about 11C (52F).

Coming up

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report from a day of remembrance in Scarborough marking exactly 100 years on from the bombardment of the town by the German navy on 16 December 1914 in which 18 people were killed.

Sunrise and bench marking World WarOne in Scarborough
BBC

And we'll also be talking to Yorkshire soldiers returning to Catterick from Sierra Leone after helping in the fight against Ebola.

Hawks sign Kain from Featherstone

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Hunslet Hawks have pulled off a major coup today

with the signing of highly-rated stand-off Andy Kain from Featherstone Rovers.

Andy Kain
Hunslet hawks

The 29-year-old has been released from the final year of his contract to sign a two-year deal with the Hawks after spending the last eight years at Post Office Road.

Kain has told BBC Radio Leeds: "I've had a great career at Featherstone and loved every minute of it. So, it's a bit sad to leave after all this time, but things change and this is a new chapter for me."

Mining museum death firms fined

BBC News Online has more details about

the museum trust and two firms which have been fined £590,000 after a man was fatally crushed by a dumper truck at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

Michael Buckingham, 58, of Grimethorpe, died in January 2011.

The court heard Mr Buckingham had been using the truck to transport waste, removed as part of a £2.7m project to enlarge the area for underground tours at the museum.

Redfearn 'ready to be brave'

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has said he's fully prepared to give the club's Academy players a chance - if they're good enough.

Neil Redfearn
Getty Images

Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Chris Dawson have all come through the Academy system and are now regulars in the first team squad.

Redfearn has told BBC Radio Leeds: "We give kids a chance. If they can play, they can play. Sometimes as a coach you've got to look past the obvious and be brave and they've got to know you're on their side."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A compensation scheme set up for people who claim they were sexually abused by disgraced Leeds DJ and BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile

has been given approval by the Court of Appeal.

The scheme was set up by the Savile estate, the BBC, the NHS, Barnado's and lawyers acting for the alleged victims.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Station 'fully accessible by 2019'

There's been reaction to today's announcement by the Department for Transport (DfT) that Headingley railway station

has been awarded a share of a £60m pot of cash to make it fully accessible.

James Lewis, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority's transport committee, says: "I'm delighted that Headingley will join Garforth and Hebden Bridge as stations which will become fully accessible by 2019.

"We will continue to lobby the DfT and work with our industry partners to get the funding to make the remaining 13 of West Yorkshire's 67 stations accessible to all passengers."

Station wins share of £60m access cash

Headingley railway station is one of 26 across England, Scotland and Wales

to be awarded a share of £60m in a bid to improve access for passengers, it's been announced.

Headingley Station
Chris Morgan/Geograph

Step-free access will be provided at the station and an accessible route between each platform will also be installed, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has said.

Detailed costing and design work for the station will now be drawn up by Network Rail, with work due to be completed by 2019, the Department for Transport confirmed.

Traffic delays on A61

BBC Travel News reports that one lane's closed and there's very slow traffic on the A61 St Peter's Street northbound in Leeds between the Dyer Street junction and the Eastgate junction.

This is because of an accident involving a pedestrian.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The National Coal Mining museum in Wakefield

has been fined along with two other companies over the death of a worker.

In 2011, Michael Buckingham - who was working on new visitor facilities - was crushed by the dumper truck he was operating.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

On air

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

E-fit appeal over burglary

Police have published an e-fit image of

a man they want to trace following a burglary in Woodhouse, Leeds.

E-fit image
West yorkshire police

The man and an accomplice were disturbed by a 20-year-old man who lives at the property in Delph Mount when he returned home between 17:00 and 17:20 on Friday 7 November.

He struggled with the man shown in the e-fit before he hit the victim over the head with a laptop computer from the house. The men fled taking two mountain bikes from the kitchen.

Dry afternoon with sunny spells

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Most places will be dry this afternoon with sunny spells. There's just a small chance of an isolated shower.

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

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The National Coal Mining Museum and two other firms have been fined nearly £600,000

after a worker was crushed and killed there in 2011.

Michael Buckingham, from Grimethorpe, died when he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader he was operating at the Caphouse Colliery site in Wakefield.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Piano competition 'will go on'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Following the announcement that

Dame Fanny Waterman is to step down from leading the Leeds International Piano Competition next year, the contest's board of trustees has promised it will continue after its 94-year-old founder's departure.

Dame Fanny Waterman
BBC

Dr Richard Shephard, interim chairman, says Dame Fanny's retirement "does not represent the end of an era".

"Thanks to her insistence on exemplary artistic standards, the competition is set to continue for another 50 years and beyond," he says.

Christmas closure for council buildings

A number of Leeds City Council buildings and services

will be completely closed over the Christmas and new year period in an effort to save energy and reduce costs, the council has said.

Buildings with limited or non-essential demand over the festive period will close from midnight on Wednesday 24 December and reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.

This follows successful closures over the past two years of some of the council's buildings and services at a time of the year when they are not essential to operate, according to the council.

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Fan banned over City fire taunts

Telegraph & Argus

A football fan who made offensive online comments about the Valley Parade fire tragedy following Saturday's game between Bradford City and Chesterfield

has been banned for life by the club he supports.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two co-defendants have been fined a total of £590,000 over the death of a worker at the museum in 2011.

Michael Buckingham, 58, from Grimethorpe, was crushed to death when he became trapped between a dumper truck he was operating and another machine.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Drama in the skies at St Aidan's

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Michiko Smith from Normanton for sending us this fantastic photograph of recent dramatic skies over St Aidan's nature reserve in Leeds.

Dramatic skies over St Aidan's
Michiko smith

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

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Police warning to partygoers

Yorkshire Evening Post

One in five attendances at Leeds accident and emergency departments over the weekend

are due to the impact of alcohol.

Suspicious incidents spark appeal

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police in Batley are appealing for information

after a 10-year-old boy was twice approached by an unknown man as he walked to and from school.

The boy was first approached by the man as he walked from school on Tuesday 2 December. The same man approached him again yesterday at about 08:10 in Field Head Lane.

In both instances the boy was not physically harmed but was concerned by the man's behaviour. The man's described as being of skinny build and having a blue-green dragon tattoo on his left hand.

Mugger had string of convictions

Telegraph & Argus

A violent street mugger

had racked up a string of convictions in his native Slovakia before robbing a 78-year-old woman in Bradford, a court has heard.

Mario Stojka
West yorkshire police

News on the hour

The National Coal Mining Museum has been fined after worker was crushed and killed there in 2011.

Michael Buckingham, 58, from Grimethorpe, died when he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader he was operating at the Caphouse Colliery site in Wakefield.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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and would like to find out your views about the service.

Mining museum fined over death

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield has been fined £10,000

after a man died while working underground on new visitor facilities in January 2011.

Michael Buckingham
HSE

Michael Buckingham, from Barnsley, was crushed by a dumper truck he was operating. He hadn't been properly trained.

The company which employed him, AMCO, was fined £110,000 and the company which supplied the dumper truck, Metal Innovations Limited, was fined £80,000.

Savile: Victims' compensation scheme approved

BBC News Online has more on the news that a scheme to compensate those who say they were sexually abused by Leeds BBC DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile

has been sanctioned by the Court of Appeal.

The scheme was set up by the Savile estate, the BBC, the NHS, the charity Barnardo's and lawyers acting for alleged victims. It was approved by the High Court earlier this year.

But the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, a beneficiary of the estate, had said the scheme would not weed out fake claims and too much money would go to lawyers.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A compensation scheme set up for people who claim they were sexually abused by disgraced BBC DJ Jimmy Savile

has been given approval by the Court of Appeal.

Savile's Charitable Trust had raised concerns about its fairness.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Man jailed for one-punch killing

A man who admitted killing a 25-year-old Bradford University student has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Anowar Tagabo
South Yorkshire Police

Nathan Tomlinson, 24, of Haslam Crescent, Lowedges, Sheffield,

had earlier pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Anowar Tagabo (pictured).

Anowar, who was studying peace and development, was attacked on a night out in Sheffield city centre on 25 May.

Dame Fanny 'put Leeds on map'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Reacting to the news that

Dame Fanny Waterman is to step down from the Leeds International Piano competition next year, Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of Arts Council England, says she made an "exceptional contribution" to the musical life of the country.

Peter Bazalgette
PA

And Keith Wakefield, the leader of Leeds City Council, describes Dame Fanny, 94, as "a truly inspirational figure in our city".

Mr Wakefield adds that her "tireless hard work, energy and vision" have been crucial in putting both the event and the city "on the global map".

Warning over 'inappropriate' 999 calls

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the appeal by Yorkshire Ambulance Service for people

to only dial 999 in an "absolute emergency".

Doctor David Macklin
BBC

Dr David Macklin, executive director of operations at the Trust, says last weekend was the "busiest we've ever seen", with more than 3,000 "red" emergencies - those which are serious or life-threatening.

However, Dr Macklin says a "significant" number of those 999 calls were "inappropriate" and he urges people to think very carefully before dialling the emergency number.

Dame Fanny 'looks back with pride'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that

Dame Fanny Waterman is to stand down from her leading role in the Leeds International Piano Competition after next year's event.

Dame Fanny, who'll be 95 in March, says: "I look back with pride at the international eminence the competition has achieved over the past half century.

"The 'cottage industry' we dreamed up in 1961 has become, as Denis Healey, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, said 'one of the musical wonders of the world'."

BreakingDame Fanny steps down from Piano Competition

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

It's been announced that

Dame Fanny Waterman is to retire from her role as chairman and artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition after next year's event.

Dame Fanny Waterman
Andy manning

The competition was started in 1961 by Dame Fanny, her late husband Doctor Geoffrey de Keyser and the then Countess of Harewood, Marion Thorpe. The first event followed in 1963.

It is now one of the country's premier music events.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A scheme to compensate people sexually abused by disgraced BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile

has been upheld by judges.

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case by trustees of the star's Charitable Trust who claimed the scheme was unfair and would not weed out fraudulent claims.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.