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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 29 December 2014
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

BBC News Online will continue updating reaction to the news of Debbie Purdy's death.

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

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me for BBC Look North at 18:30 as we reflect on the news that assisted dying campaigner Debbie Purdy has died.

The 51-year-old from Bradford was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis in 1995 and recently had been unable to move unaided. We'll be getting the

latest reaction to the sad news.

Also, a special programme about Debbie's life - My Right to Die: Debbie's Story - will be broadcast on BBC One in Yorkshire tomorrow night at 22:25.

Debbie Purdy: 'Intelligent and witty'

Emma Glasbey

Journalist, BBC Look North

I first met Debbie Purdy in October 2008, when she was launching her High Court bid to clarify the law on assisted suicide. Over the years I got to know her really well.

Debbie Purdy and Omar
Oli Scarff / getty

She was an intelligent and witty woman, very interested in news and current affairs. I was lucky enough to film her at university debates, church events and even concerts with her musician husband, Omar.

We stayed in touch during her year in the hospice. She was angry and knew that her choice of starvation would cause further debate. I last saw her on 20 December and she told me it was agonising how long it was taking for her to die. She will be greatly missed.

Debbie Purdy tribute: 'Remarkable human being'

David Ward, MP for Bradford East where the city's Marie Curie Hospice is situated, said: "Debbie was a remarkable human being and despite her condition she was an ebullient character.

David Ward
BBC

"In her own words she said if she was allowed to die it would help her live."

Mr Ward said he would remember Ms Purdy for the "great spirit she had and as a remarkably inspiring person".

Debbie Purdy: A fight for clarity

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

Debbie Purdy's landmark legal victory did not result in a change in the law but it forced the authorities to clarify what the legislation meant in practice.

Ms Purdy had sought assurance over whether her husband would be prosecuted if he helped her end her life. In 2009 the Law Lords ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions to specify when this might be the case after ruling the law was unclear.

That prompted Keir Starmer - the then director - to publish guidelines in February 2010 setting out what was taken into consideration when weighing up a prosecution. He said a range of factors should be taken into account including the motivations of the person assisting and the victim's ability to reach a clear and informed decision about their suicide.

But it still remains an offence to encourage or assist a suicide or a suicide attempt in England and Wales.

Debbie Purdy: A campaigner's life

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A further update on the news that

Bradford right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy has died.

Debbie Purdey
BBC

In 2009, Ms Purdy won a ruling to get clarification on whether her husband would be prosecuted if he helped her to end her life. Five Law Lords ruled the Director of Public Prosecutions must specify when a person might face prosecution and Keir Starmer went on to publish new guidelines a year later.

But Ms Purdy's condition deteriorated significantly and she was unable to go through with her plan to travel to Dignitas, the Swiss assisted-suicide organisation. In December 2013 she decided to enter a hospice where she refused food.

Debbie Purdy 'will be sadly missed'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that the death of Bradford right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy has just been announced.

Debbie Purdy
BBC

In a statement, her husband Omar Puente says she died after a "long battle" with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

"A much-loved wife, sister, aunt and friend, she will be sadly missed.

"We would like to thank the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford for the care the staff gave her, which allowed her last year to be as peaceful and dignified as she wished."

BreakingBreaking News

Right-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy, who won a landmark case to clarify the law on assisted suicide, has died, her family has confirmed.

The 51-year-old, from Bradford, had been living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis for more than 10 years.

She died at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford on 23 December, her husband Omar Puente has said in a statement.

Man dies after being hit by bus

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A 63-year-old man has died after being hit by a bus in Leeds on Boxing Day,

West Yorkshire Police have revealed.

The incident happened at about 16:50 on Friday on Middleton Park Avenue at the junction with Throstle Road. The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was a passenger who had just got off the number 13 service which terminates at that point.

A 48-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on police bail pending further inquiries, police say.

A dry and freezing night

Hannah Bayman

BBC Weather presenter

It'll be cold and dry overnight with clear spells, though rather cloudy at times also, with a few freezing fog patches forming in the Dales and a low temperature of about -2C (28F).

Weather outlook
BBC

Tomorrow will be another dry day across the region with some bright or sunny spells, though perhaps rather cloudy at times. Some fog patches may be slow to clear.

The top temperature will be about 5C (41F).

Hospitals face huge temp costs

Yorkshire Evening Post

Hospitals in Leeds are facing soaring costs for temporary doctors and nurses

as managers battle to plug shortages of key staff.

Pothole cash 'won't fix bigger problem'

Yorkshire Evening Post

Council chiefs in Leeds and Wakefield say £67m of new Government funding to repair pothole ridden roads across the two cities over the next six years

is nowhere near enough to address the problem.

Carlisle: Wife hopeful of full recovery

The wife of former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle is

hopeful he will recover fully after he was involved in a collision with a lorry.

Clarke Carlisle
Getty Images

The ex-Professional Footballers' Association chairman, 35, was airlifted to hospital in Leeds after the accident on the A64 near York last Monday.

"Thank you for continuing messages of support and for media restraint," Carlisle's wife Gemma tweeted.

News on the hour

Charles Heslett

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police want to talk to anyone who saw a woman being robbed at knifepoint while she loaded up her car in Todmorden on Christmas Eve.

The 32-year-old was in Rochdale Road at the junction with Rise Lane at about 14:20 when a man armed with a knife stole the cash box she was holding.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Chilly scenes at Upperthong

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've been sent another excellent wintry shot - this time by Sandie Nicholson from Holmfirth who took this shot of "a beautiful ethereal scene" at Upperthong, with the early sunlight trying to break through as the mist lifted from the valley bottom on Sunday.

Snowy scene at Upperthong
Sandie nicholson

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Ambulance service sees 'unprecedented' demand

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Ambulance staff had to deal with "unprecedented" demand over the Christmas weekend, with calls for treatment for the most seriously ill or injured rising by 30% compared to last year, according to Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

As well as this increase in so-called "red" 999 calls, the trust also saw a 56% increase in calls to NHS 111 compared to last year - with a total of almost 20,000 calls coming in over 27 and 28 December.

Additional staff were called in over the weekend to deal with the increase in demand and some emergency procedures were invoked to deal with the demand, the Trust says.

News on the hour

Charles Heslett

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police are investigating the death of a pensioner who was knocked down by a car in icy conditions in Bradford.

The 75-year-old man was fatally injured in Clayton after getting out of his own car when it skidded into a kerb on Boxing Day night.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Have a green Christmas...

People across Leeds are being reminded that all cardboard, wrapping paper and cards

can go in the green bin once the festive celebrations are well and truly over.

Wrapping paper
Getty Images

If you don't have a green bin, you can take these items to the paper bank at your nearest recycling site in Leeds, the city council says.

You can also take glass bottles and old clothes where the facilities exist. However, shiny, metallic paper or paper that contains glitter unfortunately can't be recycled.

Man's phone stolen in robbery

Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

A 25-year-old man had his mobile phone stolen

during a robbery in South Elmsall.

Efit picture
Hemsworth and south elmsall express

News on the Hour

Charles Heslett

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police want to talk to anyone who saw a woman being robbed at knifepoint while she loaded up her car in Todmorden on Christmas Eve.

The 32-year-old was at the junction of Rochdale Road with Rise Lane at about 14:20 when a man armed with a knife stole the cash box she was holding.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Traffic light failure warning

BBC Travel News reports that the traffic lights have failed on the A58 Roundhay Road in Leeds at the Roseville Road junction.

Drivers are being warned to approach the area with care.

Happy Valley: The lowdown

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

With the news that West Yorkshire-based drama Happy Valley

has been voted number one show of 2014 by Radio Times' team of critics, here are some Happy Valley facts:

Happy Valley film crew
BBC
  • It was created by Bafta-winning writer Sally Wainwright
  • It was filmed in and around Hebden Bridge
  • It attracted a weekly audience of almost 8m viewers
  • The second series will go into production in 2015, to be broadcast later in the year

Woman threatened in car park

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses

after a woman was threatened by a man in a supermarket car park in Halifax last week.

The incident happened in the Asda car park at Thrum Hall Lane between 19:50 and 20:00 on Monday 22 December when a 34-year-old woman got into her car after finishing shopping.

She was approached by a man who threatened her and told her to get out of her car. When the victim got out her phone to call the police, the man - described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, around 6ft tall, of slim build - walked away towards Spring Hall Lane.

Rents slash for market traders

Yorkshire Evening Post

Rents at an historic Leeds outdoor market are to be slashed by one fifth for a whole year. Outside traders at Kirkgate Market

have been handed the early new year gift for 12 months from 1 January.

Kirkgate outdoor market
Rick carn/geograph

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police are investigating the death of a pensioner who was knocked down by a car in icy conditions in Bradford.

The 75-year-old man was fatally injured in Clayton after getting out of his own car on Boxing Day night.

Listen live to the midday bulletin here.

Police's drink-drive warning

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Most people last Xmas were arrested for drink driving between 4-11am. If you've been drinking allow time before you drive #NotWorthTheRisk

Man bailed over offensive video

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A 19-year-old Leeds man arrested on Saturday in connection with an offensive video posted on a social networking site

has been released on bail.

The teenager was arrested in Beeston on suspicion of a racially or religiously aggravated public order offence after the footage caused a string of complaints.

A file's now been sent to prosecutors to decide whether he should be charged with a racially or religiously aggravated public order offence.

Happy Valley tops critics' poll

BBC One's West Yorkshire-based police drama Happy Valley was

the best TV show of 2014, according to Radio Times' team of critics.

Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
BBC

The magazine's TV editor Alison Graham called the programme "bitingly raw" and said its writer Sally Wainwright and lead actor Sarah Lancashire had "never been better".

Happy Valley saw former Coronation Street actress Lancashire play a police sergeant investigating a kidnap plot.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford pensioner has become the first to die in West Yorkshire's wintry weather.

The 75-year-old man died when he was knocked down by a car in Clayton after getting out of his own when it skidded into a kerb on Boxing Day night.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

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BBC Local Live

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Snow-skid driver killed by car

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A pensioner in Bradford has died after a freak road accident in the snow as West Yorkshire Police warn motorists to take extra care in icy conditions.

Police have revealed the 75-year-old man died on Boxing Day night after his car skidded on snow in Baldwin Lane, Clayton. The Peugeot 206 hit the kerb and its driver got out to inspect the damage. He was then hit and killed by a Vauxhall Astra.

City Link staff wait for job news

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A total of 75 staff at City Link depots in Leeds and Morley

are expected to hear this week if they've lost their jobs after the company went into administration on Christmas Day.

City Link vans
Reuters

The founder of the private equity company Better Capital, which owns the collapsed UK parcel delivery service City Link,

has said there was no way to save the company.

Customers with parcels at City Link have been advised to reclaim them today.

News on the hour

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses to a Boxing Day crash in which a Bradford man was killed.

It happened as snow fell in Clayton on Boxing Day night.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Ice warning for county's drivers

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Motorists returning to work in West Yorkshire are being warned about treacherous driving conditions in parts of the county.

It was the coldest night of the year so far, and police say black ice is a real threat this morning.

Yesterday, there were a number of accidents on the ice, especially in Huddersfield, where Kirklees Council ordered gritting trucks out earlier than scheduled.

Wintry scene at Great Bridgestones

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Chris Ogden from Hebden Bridge for sending us this fantastically wintry photo of the scene at Great Bridgestones, Todmorden, at sunrise on Sunday.

Sunrise at Great Bridgestones
chris ogden

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News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's died in Bradford after a road accident in the snow.

It comes as police warn motorists to take extra care this morning in icy conditions.

Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 Bolton

BBC Sport

Nahki Wells scored a late winner

as Huddersfield fought back yesterday to end Bolton's eight-match unbeaten run.

Nahki Wells
Empics

Darren Pratley gave the visitors the lead after 41 seconds, crashing the ball home off the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Keeper Andy Lonergan made a series of saves before Jacob Butterfield levelled with a half-volley.

Rail signal problems delays

East Coast trains

tweets: Owing to signalling problems between Doncaster and York, train services running through these stations may be delayed at short notice.

A cold but fine day

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a frosty start to the day with the risk of icy stretches and occasional fog patches.

Weather forecast
BBC

It'll be a cold but fine day with sunny spells.

The top temperature will be about 5C (41F).