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  1. Updates from Thursday 18 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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.

We'll be back again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Coming up

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll be reporting from a candlelit vigil in Bradford to remember the children and teachers killed in the massacre in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Also, we'll be finding out more from North Yorkshire Police who've admitted they

failed to investigate allegations of sex abuse by an ex-mayor of Scarborough and the disgraced late Leeds DJ Jimmy Savile.

A showery and cold evening

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see further heavy pulses of rain, especially in Pennine areas, before skies clear from the north with a low temperature of about 4C (39F).

Weather outlook

Tomorrow will be noticeably colder with scattered showers affecting western areas.

There'll be a strong and gusty westerly wind with high temperature of about 7C (45F).

Pontefract Castle on the small screen

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Pontefract Castle features on prime-time TV tonight

as the story of Richard II is told on Channel Five's Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty.

Gascoigne Tower at Pontefract Castle
Betty longbottom/geograph

In it, Dan Jones tells the extraordinary story of the boy king who was the hero of the Peasants' Revolt, but who grew up to become one of the most brutal tyrants in English history.

It's believed that Richard spent his last days at Pontefract Castle and was probably murdered within the castle in the Gascoigne Tower (pictured).

Redfearn: Thompson 'number one choice'

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator


the announcement that Steve Thompson is Leeds United's new assistant head coach, Neil Redfearn has told a news conference that Thompson was "always my number one choice".

Redfearn and Thompson

"He knows how to get promoted and how to do it out of this division."

Meanwhile, Thompson says the move from Huddersfield Town to Elland Road is "a great opportunity at a fantastic club". He adds he can see "some fantastic talent" at his new home.

Recliner's return: 'She looks so good'

Johnny I'Anson

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

The return of the landmark Henry Moore reclining figure sculpture to the front of Leeds Art Gallery after an 18-month absence has been welcomed by the city's art lovers.

Henry Moore sculpture
Malcolm morris/geograph

Lisa Le Feuvre, head of sculpture studies at the nearby Henry Moore Institute, is - to be blunt - giddy to see her and she says it's like the return of a long-lost friend.

She tells me: "I'm so excited. I've missed her terribly and it's great to see her again. This is one of Henry Moore's best. My goodness, she looks so good!"

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Tip hit by digger rampage to reopen

A recycling centre forced to close after an employee went on a rampage in a digger is set to reopen.


Trevor Lewis "completely flattened" the Eastwood Household Waste Recycling Centre in Todmorden in July, causing about £220,000 of damage.

The cost of repairs was met by the insurers of site operator Sita UK.

Man jailed for sex attacks on girls

A man has been jailed for seven years

for sex offences against two girls in Bradford.

Jamal Mohammed Raheem ul Nasir
West Yorkshire Police

Jamal Mohammed Raheem-ul-Nasir, 31, carried out the offences in 2010 and 2011 when his victims were aged nine and 14 years old.

He was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child and two of sexual assault.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

There's a vigil in Bradford tonight where people will pay respects to the children murdered in Pakistan.

The government in Pakistan has vowed to rid the country of terrorism following the massacre.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin here.

Bridgewater Place wind alert ends

Leeds City Council's Resilience Team

tweets: Warning signs at Bridgewater place have been turned off due to lower than predicted wind speeds

Art icon returns to city

Johnny I'Anson

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

A Leeds icon is back in her accustomed position after having spent the last 18 months on her travels - and getting a bit of a wash and brush-up.

Reclining Woman: Elbow sculpture

Reclining Women: Elbow, a sculpture created by world-famous Castleford-born sculptor Henry Moore in 1981,

has been on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for the past year-and-a-half after previously having spent over 30 years on the front steps at Leeds Art Gallery.

The 2.21m (7ft 3in) long figure was made in 1981 and was placed outside the Moore Sculpture Gallery extension a year later with the artist supervising the installation.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

People will gather in Bradford later to pay their respects to the children and adults killed by the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this week.

A one minute silence has already been held in Leeds and Wakefield.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Thompson heads for Elland Road

BBC Sport

Championship club Leeds United have

named Huddersfield coach Steve Thompson as their new assistant head coach.

Steve Thompson

The 50-year-old joined the Terriers' coaching staff in the summer after leaving Blackpool in January.

Thompson played alongside Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn when the pair were at Bolton Wanderers.

Slow motorway traffic warning

BBC Travel News reports that one lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M62 westbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Pressure as Morrisons sales slip

Telegraph & Argus

Morrisons boss Dalton Philips is likely to come under increased pressure following the latest supermarket sales figures which reveal the Bradford-based grocer

has suffered another slump in sales and market share.

Dalton Philips
Telegraph and argus

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

North Yorkshire Police has apologised for failing to properly investigate sex abuse claims against disgraced Leeds broadcaster Jimmy Savile and one of his friends, the ex-Mayor of Scarborough.

A total of 35 people from the town have come forward in the past year to make allegations against the two men.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Redfearn puts faith in Leeds youth

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport

There is no such thing as a quiet week at Elland Road.

Since the start of December, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League and the Championship club has been placed under a transfer embargo.

Redfearn and Mowatt
Leeds United

In the midst of all this uncertainty,

head coach Neil Redfearn is trying to guide a diverse team made up of senior players, foreign imports and home-grown talents to a decent finish in the second tier.

Wind warning at Bridgewater Place

Leeds City Council says warning signs for Bridgewater Place are now active because of high winds.

Gusts are expected to reach 39mph in Leeds, but the council says there won't be any road closures in the area as of yet.

It's expected that the signs will be turned off again at about 17:30.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A minute's silence has been held in Wakefield and Leeds in remembrance of the dead in the Peshawar school massacre.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Northern Rail reminder

Northern Rail is reminding passengers that

services will start to wind down across the network from 19:00 on Christmas Eve, with very few trains running after 21:00.

Services will not run at all on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and a normal service will resume on Saturday 27 December, except for a few very early morning services.

New Year's Eve will again see services winding down from 19:00, and services will start a little later on New Year's Day. Normal service will resume on Friday 2 January 2014.

Leeds shoppers 'bucking the trend'

More on the

new figures which show that more people have visited retail hotspots in Leeds city centre during the pre-Christmas period in 2014 than in the past three years.

Briggate at Christmas
Malcolm morris/geograph

Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive member for transport and the economy, says: "This has been an incredible year for Leeds and it's fantastic to see that reflected in these figures.

"In the face of tough economic times, Leeds has consistently bucked the national trend."

Crook caught with fake notes

Yorkshire Evening Post

A man who used a 13-year-old boy to pass off fake £20 notes at the German Christmas market in Leeds

has been jailed.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire is remembering the children killed by the Taliban in Peshawar.

Listen live at 13:00 for the latest.

Appeal over missing man

A Birmingham man who's been missing from home for a week

may be in or around Hebden Bridge, police have said.

Steven Overton
West midlands police

Steven Overton, 55, was seen on 11 December at his home in Grove Lane, Harborne, but he has since disappeared and police believe he may have recently travelled to Hebden Bridge.

The last known sighting of Mr Overton was driving his brown Vauxhall Astra on the M5 southbound near junction 4a, but it's thought he may headed towards Calderdale.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Moxon's high hopes for 2015

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Yorkshire County Cricket Club's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that he hopes to re-sign both Kane Williamson and Aaron Finch (pictured) for the 2015 season.

Both played key parts in Yorkshire's Championship winning season this year, but Williamson and Finch are both expected to spend much of next year playing for New Zealand and Australia respectively.

However, Moxon says he believes the pair will return to Headingley at some point: "They're both outstanding cricketers and they fit in really well into our team so hopefully they'll be with us when they're available."

City pays respects to Peshawar dead

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

As part of the ceremony in Leeds to mark the Peshawar school tragedy in which 141 people, mostly children, were killed in a Taliban attack, the city's Lord Mayor said people had been "deeply moved" by events in Pakistan.

David Congreve said: "It's fitting that in a city which promotes diversity, tolerance and peace, we gather to pay our respects and show our support to families and communities affected by this tragedy."

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A minute's silence has been held in Wakefield and Leeds in remembrance of the dead in the Peshawar school massacre.

The military in Pakistan says it has killed 57 Taliban fighters in North Waziristan in response to Tuesday's atrocity which killed over 140 children and staff.

Listen live to the midday bulletin.

District 'deeply moved' by massacre

A one minute silence has been held outside County Hall in Wakefield

to remember the victims of the Pakistan school massacre on Tuesday.

Scene of massacre
AFP/getty images

Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, who led the silence at 11:00, said: "People in the Wakefield district and across the world have been deeply moved by the reports and images we have seen following these appalling events.

"It's impossible to imagine what the families of those killed are going through. In this district we advocate tolerance and peace. The events in Peshawar show we still have a long way to go."

Silence remembers Peshawar tragedy

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A one minute silence has been held in the centre of Leeds to remember the 141 victims of the Taliban massacre of children at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

Ceremony in Leeds

Politicians, faith leaders, community representatives and members of the public stood silent outside Leeds Art Gallery at 11:00 to remember all those affected by the tragedy.

Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield told me afterwards: "I could see many people had tears in their eyes. They gave due respect and reflected on the very sad loss of children's lives."

Leeds enjoys festive boom

Leeds is enjoying a festive retail boom,

according to figures published today by Leeds City Council.

Shoppers on Briggate

Special cameras which capture footfall - the number of people walking past an area - in key parts of the city centre have recorded their highest numbers during the run-up to Christmas for three years, the council says.

In the period from 24 November until 14 December, the cameras - in areas such as Briggate, Albion Street and The Headrow - recorded footfall of 4,557,456 - up 3% on last year and up 8% on 2012.

'Reassurance' patrols on trains

More on the news that

extra police patrols are to be drafted on to West Yorkshire's rail network over the festive period.

Supt Eddie Wylie, from British Transport Police, says: "Where unacceptable behaviour is identified, our officers will intervene, taking robust action to protect members of the public and ensure rail staff aren't subjected to any kind of abuse or assault.

"Please enjoy yourself, but it's important that you remember to behave appropriately and stay safe".

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are admitting they

failed victims of Jimmy Savile and former Scarborough Mayor Peter Jaconelli.

Since a BBC documentary broadcast claims about Peter Jaconelli in February, 35 people have come forward with new allegations about the men, ranging from indecent assault to rape.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Busiest day for Royal Mail

Yorkshire Post

It's a huge festive operation, with around 2,000 little helpers working round the clock to ensure no-one is disappointed on Christmas Day. But, writes Debbie Leigh,

I'm not talking about Santa's winter wonderland - this is Leeds Mail Centre in Stourton.

Woman surrounded by Christmas cards
yorkshire post

Extra festive patrols for railways

Extra police are being drafted in to patrol West Yorkshire's railway stations and to travel on trains during the festive period

in a bid to "provide support and reassurance" to passengers and staff.

Leeds station
Peter shone/geograph

A special operation will run across West Yorkshire's rail network over the next few days, including visible patrols in the evening and on late night trains, British Transport Police (BTP) has said.

Today and Friday will be the busiest on the network, according to BTP.