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Summary

  1. 70 mph gales warning for Pennines
  2. Bradford MP branded 'stupid' over tweet
  3. Leeds United owner appeals against ban
  4. Tour's £12.5m boost for Calderdale
  5. Ram raiders target town hall
  6. FA Cup cash windfall for Bradford
  7. Updates on Thursday 15 January 2015

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.

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

Cameron's big day

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

A boy from Castleford with cerebral palsy is to become one of the first children in the country to have an operation to help him to walk funded by the NHS.

Cameron Harper
BBC

Seven-year-old Cameron Harper's parents had been trying to raise £70,000 for an operation in America, but in December they were told he was among 120 children chosen to have the specialist surgery at Leeds General Infirmary this year.

Cameron has his operation today which will enable him to walk on his own for the first time.

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we head for Valley Parade to join the celebrations after Bradford City beat Millwall to get through to the FA Cup fourth round.

It's the first time the club's managed this in 15 years. We'll have all the latest from Bradford.

Also, there's a big boost to tourism in our region with news of a £400m leisure development in South Yorkshire and work finally starting on Scarborough's North Bay water park.

Refund for Millwall fans

BBC Sport

Millwall chairman John Berylson

will refund the cost of match tickets for fans who watched their FA Cup third-round defeat at Bradford City.

Mark Beevers sending-off
ALlsport/getty images

The Lions lost 4-0 to Bradford, having had defender Mark Beevers sent off after five minutes (pictured).

Manager Ian Holloway labelled their performance at Bradford as "unacceptable", described his team as "dysfunctional" and apologised to the club's fans in his post-match news conference.

Leak closes town's pool

Wakefield Council

tweets: Just a quick update for everyone - there has been a water leak at Knottingley Swimming Pool and it will be closed until Monday January 19.

Saltaire tree-felling begins

Telegraph & Argus

Work to fell an avenue of more than 30 mature trees in Saltaire

got under way today.

Tree felling in Saltaire
Telegraph and argus

Showers and severe gales

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This evening will see showers, frequent in the west at first, with a risk of sleet and snow over the highest ground for a time, becoming more isolated later.

Weather forecast
BBC

There'll also be severe westerly gales at first, easing later with a low temperature of about 0C (32F) with ice on untreated surfaces.

Tomorrow will see sunny spells and scattered showers, locally wintry but some places staying dry, especially in the east, and a top temperature of about 4C (39F).

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The Liberal Democrat leader says David Ward, the MP representing Bradford East, was "highly insensitive" in

tweeting comments about Israel in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Mr Ward says he's disappointed by the Deputy Prime Minister's comments, but says he still feels strongly about the issue.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

More Moore at Sculpture Park

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A major exhibition of more than 120 works by Castleford sculptor Henry Moore is to be held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield later this year, it's been announced.

Large Two Forms sculpture
Jonty Wilde

Moore, who died in 1986, is considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th Century and was a founding patron of the park.

The exhibition, Henry Moore: Back to a Land, runs from 7 March to 6 September and includes such works as Large Two Forms (pictured) and Rocky Landscape.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Demolition day in Bingley

Telegraph & Argus

Demolition day has finally arrived for the former Bradford and Bingley headquarters,

which is being torn down to the delight of local people.

Demolition of building
Telegraph and argus

Two machines are now hard at work at the rear of the derelict building which has long been regarded as a blight on the town.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire MP won't be suspended by his party following comments he made on social media after last week's attacks by Islamist gunmen in France.

As marchers gathered in Paris on Sunday, the Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted "Je suis Palestinian".

Listen live to the 16:00 news for more.

West Yorkshire wind warning

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Here's an update on the weather situation for the rest of this afternoon and evening in West Yorkshire.

Windy conditions for pedestrians with umbrellas
PA

There's

a Met Office yellow wind warning in place with wind speeds steadily increasing, the strongest expected between 18:00 and 21:00. We're looking at severe gales, with wind speeds over the Pennines of about 70mph this evening.

It's going to be an awkward mix with rain also spreading from the north-west so that could conceivably turn to snow for a short time over the hills, though towns and cities like Bradford and Leeds are likely to escape it.

Get my full forecast during BBC Look North from 18:30.

Warnock completes Derby move

BBC Sport

Derby County have signed former England left-back Stephen Warnock

on an 18-month contract from Leeds United.

Stephen Warnock
Getty Images

The deal had been delayed because of an ankle injury sustained by Warnock playing against the Rams last month.

The 33-year-old was captain at Leeds and head coach Steve McClaren said Warnock's experience would be crucial for the promotion-chasing Rams.

Defibrillator thief caught on camera

Yorkshire Post

A CCTV image shows

the moment a thief stole a life-saving defibrillator before it was bizarrely returned days later by a woman claiming, "we have finished with it now".

City centre flats and retail plan

Plans to transform a derelict area of Leeds with hundreds of multi-storey flats, offices and restaurants

have been submitted to the council.

Artist's impression of development
Caddick Developments

Caddick Developments wants to build 750 flats, a medical centre, cafes and restaurants in Quarry Hill.

The area, between the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Quarry House, could see buildings of up to 15 storeys.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The Liberal Democrat leader says MP David Ward, who represents Bradford East, was "highly insensitive" in

tweeting comments about Israel in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Mr Ward tweeted "Je suis Palestinian" as marchers gathered in the French capital on Sunday.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Bank balance boost for Bantams

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Bradford City's FA Cup tie with Chelsea later this month could be worth as much as half a million pounds to the Bantams, the club's chief executive says.

Bradford players in action
ALlsport/getty images

The Bantams thrashed Championship side Millwall 4-0 in a third round replay last night to win the chance to travel to Stamford Bridge.

Bradford City's chief executive James Mason says it's a mouth-watering prospect: "Goodness me, there'll be an appetite. This club of ours that I've supported since I was 11 is going to take on the kings of the King's Road and we're going to beat them".

Builder jailed over chimney death

Batley News

A builder whose negligence led to the death of one of his labourers

has been sentenced at Leeds Crown Court.

Nigel Parker
West yorkshire police

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire MP won't be suspended by his party, following comments he made on social media, following last week's attacks by Islamist gunmen in France.

As marchers gathered in Paris on Sunday, the Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted "Je suis Palestinian".

More on this and other news on our

14:00 bulletin.

Police find body in missing man search

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

News just in: Police looking for missing 57-year-old Leeds man David Clapham

have found a body.

The body was found by a member of the public on land off Rawdon Road, Horsforth, at about 10:00 this morning.

Formal identification is yet to be completed, but the body is believed to be that of Mr Clapham, police say. His next of kin have been told and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Appeal over town hall ram raid

An update on

the ram raid at Cleckheaton Town Hall in the early hours of this morning.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman says: "We're appealing for any witnesses to the incident to get in contact.

"Even though this happened late at night it was in the middle of the town and will have caused significant disruption."

Wind prompts Bridgewater Place closures

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Due to expected high winds, roads around Bridgewater Place -the tallest building in Leeds -

will be closed from 16:00 until about 22:00, the council says.

Bridgewater Place
BBC

This will cause "significant disruption" around Neville Street and drivers are being warned to plan alternative routes in and out of the city centre.

High-sided vehicles will also be diverted from the area from about 14:00, with diversion signs for these vehicles in operation until midnight.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says Bradford East MP David Ward was "highly insensitive"

in posting comments about Israel in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Mr Ward tweeted "Je suis Palestinian" as marchers gathered in the French capital on Sunday.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Tour de France report welcomed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Calderdale Council leader has welcomed

the findings of a new report which show the Tour de France brought a £12.5m boost to the district's economy last year.

Tour de France in Yorkshire
Anthony Chappel-Ross/PA Wire

Stephen Baines says: "I'm delighted by these findings, which show the clear benefits that participation in the Tour de France brought to Calderdale. This can be measured both in terms of the immediate impact on our local economy and, in the longer term, the legacy."

Queues on M62

BBC Travel News reports there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome).

This is due to an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened but drivers are being warned to expect some delays.

City MP criticised over tweets

Chris Mason

Political correspondent, BBC News

More on Nick Clegg's comments about Bradford East Lib Dem MP David Ward,

who tweeted "Je suis Palestinian" as marchers gathered on Sunday following the terror attacks in Paris.

Nick Clegg
BBC

Mr Ward also said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's presence in Paris "makes me feel sick."

Asked by a caller on Call Clegg on LBC about the comments, the Lib Dem leader said "we are not suspending David Ward on this occasion" as these remarks, whilst offensive, were not as bad as comments he's made before - which did lead to his suspension.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford Lib Dem MP David Ward has been described as "crass, stupid, offensive and highly insensitive" by party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg following his latest comments on Israel.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Appeal over missing man

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police in Leeds are making an urgent appeal for information to trace

a man who has gone missing from home in Horsforth.

David Clapham
West yorkshire police

David Clapham, 57, was last seen at his home on Tuesday night and was reported missing yesterday.

Det Insp Richard Holmes says: "We are very concerned for Mr Clapham's welfare and urgently need to establish his whereabouts."

Chelsea clash means cash windfall

BBC Sport

Bradford City's FA Cup fourth round clash with Chelsea on Saturday 24 January will mean a cash windfall for the club, manager Phil Parkinson says.

Phil Parkinson
ALlsport/getty images

"It'll be worth a considerable amount of money when you look at it as a percentage of our overall budget.

"So we're pleased with that and we set out with a focus to get there. It makes things easier all round for the club like it did with the trip to Wembley two years ago."

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BBC Local Live

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Ram raid at Cleckheaton town hall

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thieves carried out a ram raid at Cleckheaton Town Hall in the early hours of this morning in a bid to steal cash,

police have said.

Cleckheaton Town Hall
Humphrey bolton/geograph

The incident happened at about 02:40 when a Land Rover Discovery and a Mitsubishi Shogun - both stolen from Bradford yesterday - drove to the side of the building.

The Land Rover was used to crash into the building. The Shogun was used by the suspects to get away. They had tried unsuccessfully to take the cashier counter, police say.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Police are hunting ram raiders who targeted Cleckheaton Town Hall early today.

They smashed a stolen four-by-four into the side of the building, in what's thought to have been a failed attempt to steal the cashier counter.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Future vision for Huddersfield

Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield's town centre needs to be a place to live, work, play, learn and shop and Kirklees Council's lead member for investment and regeneration says

we "should not try to compete with Leeds or Manchester, we should try to be a really strong town".

Huddersfield Festival of Light
Huddersfield examiner

Cellino appeals against ban

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Leeds United owner

Massimo Cellino's appeal against the Football League will be heard by the League's Professional Conduct Committee today.

Massimo Cellino
ALlsport/getty images

Cellino is trying to overturn the governing body's decision to bar him from owning the club until 18 March after he was found guilty by an Italian court last year of evading tax on his yacht.

His case will be held in private and heard by QC Tim Kerr, who presided over his successful appeal against the Football League last year. That allowed him to complete his 75% purchase of the club from then owners GFH Capital.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Nick Clegg is describing one of his MPs as "crass, stupid, and offensive".

The Liberal Democrat leader says Bradford East MP David Ward was "highly insensitive" in tweeting comments about Israel in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Clegg hits out at Bradford MP

Chris Mason

Political correspondent, BBC News

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has described Bradford Lib Dem MP David Ward as "crass, stupid, offensive and highly insensitive".

David Ward
BBC

Mr Clegg has been asked on the radio station LBC about

tweets from the Bradford East MP (pictured) after the attacks in Paris last week.

Mr Ward tweeted "Je suis Palestinian" as marchers gathered in the French capital on Sunday.

Anger at cemetery plan

Keighley News

Controversial plans for a privately-run cemetery near Keighley Tarn

have been heavily criticised.