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  1. Updates from Thursday 8 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Alasdair Gill

All times stated are UK

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Good night

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

John Henry will be back again on Friday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Coming up on Look North

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North


Red Cross has been drafted into Sheffield for the first time ever to help cope with the current winter health crisis.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust is using two ambulances supplied by the charity to return discharged patients home and help clear beds for new admissions.

And a former primary school class assistant from Halifax,

who bullied a seven-year-old girl in her care, has been given a community service order with 40 hours unpaid work.

Watch the programme at 18:30.

Widespread gales tomorrow

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be increasingly cloudy and windy tonight as rain pushes in from the west. Temperatures down to 3C (37F).

Kay Crewdson

There will be widespread gales tomorrow, although winds should die down slightly through the afternoon. Mostly dry and bright with rain later. Maximum temperatures of 12C (54F).

Accident causing tailback on M1

There's very slow traffic on the M1 heading southbound at the minute,

BBC Travel reports.

Traffic is snarled up between J41, at Carrgate and J40 at Ossett because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

There's knock-on congestion on the M621 to J3, for the city centre and to J43 at Belle Isle.

Free wi-fi zones to be extended

More people across Leeds will be able to surf the web for free after

the council announced the award of a new wi-fi contract.

Free wi-fi is also already available on Millennium Square and Briggate under an existing arrangement, with more than 30,000 people registering over the last two years.

Council employees with an ipad
Leeds City Council

A new contract with local company

aql will start early this year in parts of the city yet to be finalised.

Educating elsewhere in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Evening Post

Jonny Mitchell, the head teacher made famous by the Educating Yorkshire TV series is to leave Thornhill Community Academy to

take up a new job at a school in Leeds.

He is to become the principal of the Co-operative Academy in Leeds from September.

Jonny Mitchell
Yorkshire Evening Post

Mr Mitchell said he was proud to have led Thornhill but felt that the time was right for a new challenge.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A classroom assistant who carried out a

five-month campaign of bullying against a pupil at a school in Calderdale, has been given a community order.

A judge told Rachael Regan, 43, that her conduct was shameful and she would be barred from working with children.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Hunt joins Ipswich after leaving Leeds

BBC Sport

Ipswich Town have

signed forward Noel Hunt on a deal until the end of June following his release by Leeds.

Noel Hunt
Getty Images

The 32-year-old joined Town on loan in November, scoring once in four games, and had his Leeds contract terminated on Wednesday.

Crimewatch attempted murder reconstruction

Telegraph & Argus

Mysterious circumstances surrounding the attempted murder of a man stabbed in the neck at his Bingley home at Christmas two years ago have been

re-enacted by the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Crimewatch film crew at Wagon Lane, Bingley
Telegraph & Argus

Camera crews and actors were filming a reconstruction of the horrific attack at the Wagon Lane address of Philip Hey yesterday evening.

School places deadline approaches

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Leeds families with children who are due to start primary school in September 2015 have until 15 January

to apply for their preferred schools.

Leeds City Council is urging families to submit their preferences and avoid missing out on a chosen school.

Dixon retired out of respect for club

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Castleford winger Kirk Dixon says his

respect for coach Daryl Powell and his team-mates swayed his decision to retire after undergoing neck surgery.

Kirk Dixon

The 30-year-old, who has been with Tigers since 2006, faced a seven-month absence following the operation.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A teaching assistant from West Yorkshire who bullied a seven-year-old pupil and tied her to a chair has been barred from working with children.

Rachael Regan, 43, from Illingworth, targeted the girl over a period of five months at a school in Calderdale.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Panto's giant leap forward

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Christmas panto has hit new heights in Halifax after this year's production of Jack and the Beanstalk

broke box office records.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Calderdale Council

More than 24,000 people saw the pantomime this year, with nearly 1,700 more admissions than last year and almost a 20% increase in box office takings.

Gusts of up to 70mph forecast

Pontefract & Castleford Express

People are being warned of

wind speeds of up to 70mph later today and tomorrow as two storms sweep in from the Atlantic.

Man struggles with umbrella
Pontefract and Castleford Express

Forecasters said the gales were expected to hit northern parts of the UK this evening.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police say a pedestrian who was hit by a car on the M621 in Leeds remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The collision shut part of the the road for several hours on Tuesday night, causing long queues.

Witnesses are being urged to come forward.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Bridgewater Place to close

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Bridgewater Place junction is to close tomorrow because of a forecast for high winds,

Leeds Council has said.

Diversions for high sided vehicles will be in place from midnight until 04:00 with the full road closure planned from 04:00.

Bridgewater Place
Stanley Walker

The closure is expected to last into the morning rush hour.

Tesco scraps Huddersfield store plan

Huddersfield Examiner

Tesco has confirmed that it has

canned plans to build a new store in Huddersfield.

Planned Tesco store in Huddersfield
Huddersfield Examiner

It is one of 49 new Tesco stores that will not get built nationally, as the retail giant

pulls out of new store building programmes.

Double arrest over machete attack

BBC News Online is reporting on

two further arrests over the Leeds machete attack.

Parade of shops on Lingfield Drive

A 16-year-old girl had to be taken to hospital with serious facial injuries.

Det Insp Sean Duggan, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "This appears to have been a targeted attack that may have resulted from an earlier fight involving the victim and another girl."

Jon Stead re-signs for Bradford City

BBC Sport

Bradford City have

re-signed Huddersfield Town striker Jon Stead on loan until the end of the season.

Jon Stead
Getty Images

Stead, 31, returned to Town on Monday after scoring four goals in 15 appearances for the Bantams.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire police officers have observed a minute's silence for the victims of the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Wakefield Council says it will hold one at its next full meeting on Wednesday and will be sending a message of condolence to the French Ambassador.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Snow and ice warning

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live


Met Office has issued a snow and ice warning for West Yorkshire this weekend.

Snow showers are possible over high ground and temperatures are forecast to fall significantly during Saturday.

Vandal slashing car tyres in Leeds

A vandal has been

slashing car tyres in the Roundhay and Chapel Allerton areas of Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police said 11 vehicles had been targeted on Brackenwood Drive, Avenue Crescent and Spencer Place since 28 December.

McLoughlin promises better rail services

Yorkshire Post

Rail services through Yorkshire will be maintained and capacity on some routes increased despite plans to shift train carriages to the South,

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin promised today.

A Northern Rail train
Yorkshire Post

In a deal reached with train companies, all services linking Yorkshire and the North West will have a minimum of three carriages. At the moment some only have two.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire police officers have observed a minute's silence for the victims of the shooting in Paris yesterday.

Wakefield Council said it will hold one at its next full meeting on Wednesday - and will be sending a message of condolence to the French Ambassador.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Language test for taxi drivers?

BBC Radio Leeds

Foreign taxi drivers in Bradford could soon have to take a new language test to prove their English skills are up to scratch.

Councillors are holding a meeting tonight to discuss whether to replace their current test with a new one to check how well cabbies are able to talk about everyday topics - such as the weather.

Darkness as 40 street lights fail

Wakefield Express

Streets have been

left in darkness for three weeks after lighting failed.

Around 40 street lights on Derwent Road and Windermere Avenue in Flanshaw, Wakefield broke down on December 16.

Two more arrests over machete attack

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Two 17-year-old men have been arrested in connection with a machete attack on a 16-year-old girl in Leeds.

The girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being

hit in the face with a machete in Lingfield Drive.

Parade of shops on Lingfield Drive

One of the teenagers has been released on police bail pending further inquiries and the other remains in custody.

A 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl have also been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Two more arrests have been made by police investigating a machete attack in Leeds which left a 16-year-old girl with serious injuries.

Four people have been questioned over the assault in Moortown earlier this week.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Galloway speaks on Paris attacks

BBC Radio Leeds

Respect MP George Galloway has been on

Radio Leeds talking about the
terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

George Galloway celebrating with his supporters

The Bradford West MP said: "We rained down bombs on Muslims in other parts of the world.

"If people can't see this is a path towards mutual self destruction they need to open their eyes."

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Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

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"Cruel" teaching assistant sentenced

John Henry

BBC Local Live

BBC News Online reports on the

12-month community service order given to teaching assistant Rachael Regan for bullying a pupil.

Deborah McDonald and Rachael Regan

Regan's colleague, teacher Deborah McDonald (left), 41, of Birks Hall Terrace, Halifax, was found not guilty.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Muslim organisations across West Yorkshire have condemned the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, with one describing it as "an evil act".

At the same time, tributes are being paid to the victims, with West Yorkshire police announcing a minute's silence.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Five-month bullying campaign

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Rachael Regan was

found guilty last month of bullying a seven-year-old girl who was taped to a chair at a school in Halifax.

Jurors heard how the pupil was also shut in a storeroom during a five-month bullying campaign.

The catalogue of incidents against the youngster, who is now nine, included putting sticky notes on her thumbs and tying her shoes on with string.

BreakingBreaking News

John Cundy

Crime Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

Former primary school class assistant Rachael Regan has been given a 12-month community service order for the ill treatment of a seven-year-old girl at a school in Halifax.

Rachael Regan

Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, had denied a charge of cruelty, but was

found guilty after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Arrest after cannabis plants find

A man has been arrested after

more than 50 cannabis plants were found at a home in Crigglestone, near Wakefield.

The 56-year-old is currently being held in custody after a raid by police last night.

M&S suffers 'difficult' Christmas sales

BBC Business

Marks and Spencer, which was founded in Leeds, has reported its

14th consecutive quarterly drop in clothing sales.

M&S shop front
Getty Images

The retailer blamed unseasonal autumn weather for the 5.8% fall in the third quarter.

Sun temple

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Stuart Dyson for sending us this picture of a flock of seagulls taking flight at Temple Newsam.

Temple Newsam
Stuart Dyson

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

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News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Police investigating a machete attack on a 16-year-old girl in Leeds have made two more arrests.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin.

Bank of mum and dad

BBC Radio Leeds

Over 55s in Yorkshire contributed a staggering £2.3bn to support their children and grandchildren in 2014.

Almost £1bn of it was spent helping them buying their first home.

The research by the Equity Release Council says more than half of over 55s feel responsible for helping adult children financially, and 28% would rather help now than leave an inheritance.