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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 19 December 2014
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Oliver Wright

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the Local Live team for today - thanks for joining us. The service resumes on Monday at 08:00. Have a good weekend.

Staying windy overnight

Remaining windy and feeling cold overnight. Some clear spells but also a few scattered showers, these mainly occurring over the Pennines, where showers might be wintry at times.

BBC weather graphic
BBC

Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

Coming up on BBC One

Nicola Rees

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we speak to the brother of a woman who has been jailed for 18 months for abusing patients with dementia at a family owned care home.

Siobhan Koralewski's conviction was based on the evidence of her brother Jeremy and his girlfriend Jenny Price.

Simpson murder

The family of Leeds woman Gemma Simpson (pictured), who was brutally attacked with a hammer and knife 14 years ago, say the sentence imposed on her killer isn't long enough.

Gemma Simpson in 2000
West Yorkshire Police

Gemma Simpson's father, Glenn, and sister, Naomi, say it's a "disgrace" that taxi driver Martin Bell

may serve as little as 11 years before being released from jail.

Leeds Festival drug death

Yorkshire Evening Post

A former school prefect who was just about to start university

died of an ecstasy overdose at the Leeds Festival, an inquest heard.

James Houghton
Yorkshire Evening Post

James Houghton was a healthy 19-year-old with a "fabulous mind," an inquest at Wakefield was told.

Mr Houghton, from Hartlepool, had travelled to the Leeds Festival with a group of friends in August 2013, shortly after being told he had won a place at Manchester University to study history.

Match rescheduled

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

tweets Bradford City's home match with MK Dons has been brought forward 24 hours to Monday 9th Feb for TV coverage. Kick off is still 7.45pm

Rain warning

The Met Office has

tweeted that there is a yellow alert for rain in Yorkshire and Humber for Sunday and Monday.

It said: "Rain will affect many parts of northern and north-west England at times on Sunday and Monday.

"In view of high existing river-levels in parts of Yorkshire, the public should be aware of the possibility of some minor flooding, affecting for example some road networks."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Relatives of a West Yorkshire woman who was beaten to death with a hammer have criticised a jail term imposed on her killer.

Taxi driver, Martin Bell, buried Gemma Simpson at Brimham Rocks, a beauty spot near Harrogate, in 2000. He'll serve at least 11 years for manslaughter, but Gemma's father, Glenn Simpson, and her sister, Naomi, have criticised the sentence.

Listen live at 17:00 for the latest.

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds

BBC Sport

BBC Sport reports that Leeds players Rudy Austin and Giuseppe Bellusci will face late fitness tests ahead of the side's clash with Nottingham Forest at 17:15 on Saturday.

Defender Stephen Warnock is expected to be fit.

Leeds have lost three of their last four games. Their only win since 8 November was 2-0 against Derby at home on 29 November.

Train passengers threatened

Pontefract & Castleford Express

A man threatened passengers and

performed martial arts moves on a train between Leeds and Sheffield.

Your views

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

Fare increase 'disappointing'

The chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee has said the

announcement that First Bus is to put up the price of some of its tickets is a disappointment.

Generic buses in West Yorkshire
Other

First has said that a number of fare increases will come in to effect from 4 January. It said they are needed to meet rising costs and for further improvements.

Councillor James Lewis said: "It is disappointing that at a time when people are seeing widespread media reports of fuel prices dropping significantly, First has taken the decision to introduce this increase in fares that many people already consider expensive."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The family of a woman from Leeds, who was brutally attacked with a hammer and knife 14 years ago, say the sentence imposed on her killer isn't long enough.

Gemma Simpson's father, Glenn, and sister, Naomi, say it's a "disgrace" that taxi driver Martin Bell may serve as little as 11 years before being released from jail.

Listen live at 16:00 for the latest.

Quiz of the year

With less than two weeks left in 2014 why not put your memory of the past 12 months to the test with the

BBC's quiz of the year.

Musician jailed over abuse images

Yorkshire Evening Post

A cruise ship musician has been jailed after being

caught downloading child abuse images for the third time.

Your pictures

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Have you seen a Christmas lights display in West Yorkshire to rival

Jon and Jennifer Sharpe's fundraising effort?

If so please share your snaps by

emailing or
tweeting us.

A very Yorkshire Christmas

BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds has recorded a special version of the festive song The Twelve Days of Christmas and given it a distinctly Yorkshire flavour.

Yorkshire puddings
Thinkstock

From 12 Yorkshire puddings down to a fat rascal and a cup of tea, the new rendition was cooked up with a little help from our listeners.

To see Leeds Male Voice Choir performing the song visit the

BBC Radio Leeds Facebook page.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The father of a 23-year-old Leeds woman who was

killed in 2000 by taxi driver Martin Bell has said the 12 year jail sentence imposed today is not long enough.

Bell, from Scarborough, was jailed at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Gemma Simpson on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Glenn Simpson told BBC Radio Leeds: "He left her buried in the ground for 14 years. We served that 14 years, he has 12 years to serve."

Listen live at 15:00 for the latest.

Killer jailed

Halifax Courier

A man was stabbed to death in his own bed during a

frenzied knife attack, a court heard today.

Daniel Campbell was stabbed 20 times at his Elland home in his neck and abdomen in an attack that Judge Mr Justice Coulson at Bradford Crown Court described as "bestial in its violence."

The killer, Robert Lyn, 45, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 26 years, after he admitted stabbing 38-year-old Mr Campbell at his house on Elizabeth Street on July 18.

Wind warning

Leeds City Council

tweets: Met Office YELLOW alert for wind, from 06:00 Sun - 18:00 Mon (medium likelihood, low impacts.)

To find out more click this

link.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A taxi driver who killed a 23-year-old Leeds woman in 2000 and buried her body at a North Yorkshire Beauty spot has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years.

Martin Bell was jailed at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Gemma Simpson on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Listen live at 14:00 for the latest.

Prescription reminder

Health bosses are reminding people to make sure they have enough medication to see them through Christmas and New Year.

Dr Philip Foster, from the

NHS 111 service, said: "We are taking this opportunity to remind people to request repeat prescriptions from their GP in the next couple of days so they can enjoy the celebrations without the worry of running out of vital tablets and medicines.

"We are also asking everyone to ensure that they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so that if they fall ill with common winter ailments such as colds and coughs or diarrhoea and vomiting they can treat themselves at home."

Love rival murder

Telegraph & Argus

A jealous boyfriend who butchered his love rival after reading on Facebook that his girlfriend had cheated on him

must serve at least 26 years behind bars, a judge ordered today.

Witness appeal

A 75-year-old man suffered serious head and leg injuries after he was struck by a car in Idle.

The collision, which involved a green Skoda Octavia, happened at about 19:45 on Thursday on Leeds Road. The man's condition is said to be serious but stable.

Sgt Rick Lyon, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We believe the pedestrian may have been crossing the round at the time of the collision. He is now seriously ill in hospital as a result of what happened, and I would appeal for anyone who has not yet come forward with information to do so immediately."

Pressures on A&E units

Pressures in England's A&E units have hit record levels, with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began in 2010.

Ambulance, Liverpool
AFP

Data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14.

Find out how your nearest hospital is doing with this link.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A taxi driver's been jailed for killing a woman from Leeds and then hiding his secret for 14 years.

Martin Bell dismembered the body of 23-year-old Gemma Simpson at his flat in Harrogate in 2000 before burying her body at a local beauty sport, Brimham Rocks, where she laid undiscovered until he walked into a police station in July and confessed.

Listen live at 13:00 for the latest.

'Unimaginable torment'

Commenting on the sentencing of Martin Bell, Shaun Sigamoney, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Martin Bell committed a dreadful crime. After killing Gemma he compounded this by burying her body at Brimham Rocks, where it lay undiscovered for 14 years.

"Gemma's family have endured unimaginable torment in the years that followed. Martin Bell has now pleaded guilty to Gemma's manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and has been sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 12 years.

"Our thoughts remain with them and I hope the fact that her killer has now admitted what he has done and will now be serving a prison sentence for his appalling crime, is of some comfort to them."

'Bright shining light'

Gemma Simpson's family went on to say: "While we now know what happened to our daughter, there is a shadow on our lives which will never be lifted and Bell is the cause of that.

"Our beautiful Gemma was a bright shining light in our world. A light which Martin Bell extinguished."

Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Police

Miss Simpson's body was discovered at Brimham Rocks, in North Yorkshire, after Bell walked in to Scarborough police station to confess to the killing and directed police to where he had buried the body.

M1 delays

BBC Travel reports that a crash on the northbound carriageway of the M1 in West Yorkshire is causing delays.

The collision happened between junction 45 for Pontefract Lane and junction 46 for the A63.

News on the hour

Tim Daley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A taxi driver who admitted killing a Leeds woman in a frenzied attack has been told he must serve at least 12 years in jail.

Martin Bell, 45, said God had told him to kill 23-year-old Gemma Simpson when she was at his flat in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, 14 years ago in May 2000.

Listen live at 12:00 for the latest.

'5,000 days of pain'

The family of Gemma Simpson have said they will never come to terms with her loss.

Gemma Simpson
West Yorkshire Police

In a statement released following the sentencing of Martin Bell they said: "Gemma was a young woman in the prime of her life who raised a smile and lit up every room she entered.

"There is no sentence which can be imposed which will reduce the pain and suffering Martin Bell has caused Gemma's family during the past 14 years, whilst all the time he was leading a normal life.

"He left us in limbo for each one of those years. A total of nearly 5,000 days of pain in which we worried constantly for Gemma and her wellbeing."

'Brutal and dreadful'

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Jailing Martin Bell for the

killing of Gemma Simpson in 2000 Judge Peter Collier said: "The killing of Gemma Simpson was brutal. Your treatment of her body after death was dreadful.

"But your culpability was considerably diminished by your mental illness."

Martin Bell
West Yorkshire Police

Bell attacked Miss Simpson with a hammer and a knife. The court heard that he had told Miss Simpson: "God wants me to kill you" before launching the frenzied attack.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Bing Crosby dreamt of it, children wish for it...But what counts as a white Christmas and how likely is it to happen?

Sarah Keith-Lucas
BBC

BBC Weather's Sarah Keith-Lucas explains.

News on the hour

Tim Daley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A taxi driver who admitted killing a Leeds woman in a frenzied attack has been told he must serve at least 12 years in jail.

Martin Bell, 45, said God had told him to kill 23-year-old Gemma Simpson when she was at his flat in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, 14 years ago in May 2000.

Listen live at 11:00 for the latest.

Bus fare hike

Yorkshire Evening Post

The biggest bus firm in Leeds today announced a round of

New Year fare rises.

First is putting up the price of some of its tickets in the city and the rest of West Yorkshire from 4 January.

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Taxi driver Martin Bell has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years for the manslaughter of Gemma Simpson.

Bell, 45, from Scarborough, was jailed at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to killing Miss Simpson on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Miss Simpson, 23, from Leeds, was last seen in May 2000. Her body was found at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire, on 8 August this year.

Postmen at full tilt

Telegraph & Argus

As people rush to catch the last post before Christmas,

hundreds of Royal Mail workers are lining up to sift through the thousands of letters and parcels that pass through their office at the busiest time of year.

As December 25 approaches, the number of items dealt with by the Bradford North Delivery Office jumps from 160,000 a day to 250,000, and every last piece, down to the smallest of cards, gets delivered.

Booze calculator

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season.

Alcohol graphic
BBC

But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world?

Find out if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti using the

BBC's Booze Calculator.