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  1. Updates on Friday 16 January 2015.

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By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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That's all for Local Live today - thank you for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

Thanks to Sandie Nicholson from Holmfirth for sending us this dramatic picture of the weather at West Nab a little earlier this afternoon - and her dog Crumble.

Snow at West Nab
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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 get the latest from Valley Parade on the day the first of 6,000 tickets have gone on sale for Bradford City's FA Cup fourth round clash with Chelsea next weekend.

Nile Wilson

Also, we'll be talking to Leeds gymnast Nile Wilson - pictured above in somewhat painful-looking action for BBC Look North's cameraman! We're catching up with him as he returns from injury.

A cold, frosty and showery night

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be cold and frosty with a few showers at first but becoming more widespread from the west during the early hours of tomorrow morning. The low temperature will be about -1C for most towns and cities, colder in more rural spots with the risk of ice.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a cold and frosty start with the risk of ice especially on untreated surfaces.

There'll be a mixture of sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, especially over the hills in the west with high temperatures of about of 4C (39F).

Preview: Middlesbrough v Huddersfield

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Huddersfield Town head to the Riverside Stadium tomorrow for

their Championship clash with Middlesbrough.

Midfielder Jonathan Hogg is in contention following suspension.

Forward Harry Bunn and defender Murray Wallace will have their hamstring problems assessed.

Read our full match preview here.

Appeal over stolen shotgun

Police in Wakefield are appealing for help in tracing

a "very distinctive" shotgun and a gun cabinet stolen during a burglary in Pontefract earlier this week.

West yorks police/a branthwaite gunsmiths

Thieves broke into a house in Thorpe Audlin between 12:30 and 14:30 on Wednesday.

Along with a number of other items, the thieves stole the shotgun and the metal gun case it was stored inside. The metal sides of the gun are engraved with ducks on one side and pheasants on the other.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Refugees of '37 remembered

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A free exhibition remembering the story of the Basque children who were evacuated to Britain during the Spanish Civil War

opens at Tolson Museum in Huddersfield tomorrow.

Basque child refugees in 1937
Getty Images

Almost 4,000 children were shipped to this country in 1937 after the destruction of Guernica. The Los Ninos Vascos, as the children were referred to, were dispersed to "colonies" set up all over the country, including one in Almondbury, Huddersfield.

The exhibition is a set of display panels put together by the Basque Children '37 Association UK to commemorate and preserve the story of these children. It runs until Sunday 29 March.

Yeovil match 'huge' for City

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says he's working hard to keep his Bradford City players focused ahead of tomorrow's trip to Yeovil.

Phil Parkinson
ALlsport/getty images

A week before their trip to Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Parkinson says he knows how important three points against the League One strugglers could be.

"I think it's a huge game for us on Saturday, I really do. We'll give it everything we've got in terms of preparation," he says.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The first police unit to deal with human trafficking outside London has been set up in West Yorkshire,

to crack down on victims being forced to work as domestic slaves or prostitutes.

Last year the number of trafficked people referred to West Yorkshire police doubled from 42 to 84.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

City pitches remain open

Bradford Council

tweets: Bradford sports pitches will be open this weekend but referees will decide on the day whether they are safe to play on.

Accident sparks A636 delays

BBC Travel News reports the A636 Denby Dale Road in Wakefield is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic outbound between the A6186 Asdale Road junction and the Durkar Low Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Car chase caught on camera

Halifax Courier

Dramatic footage of a Halifax police pursuit has been released. The video shows Darrell Bolton, 29, leading police on

a high speed chase on roads on the edge of the town centre.

Video footage
Halifax courier

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Parliament's spending watchdog is

questioning whether the planned high speed rail link between London and Leeds is value for money.

The government says HS2 will cost £50bn to build, which includes contingency funding.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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.

Traffic delays on M62

BBC Travel News reports one lane is blocked on the M62 westbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J25, A644 (Brighouse), because of a broken down lorry.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

Kelly 'honoured' by new post

BBC Sport

BBC Sport has more on the news that Andy Kelly, head of youth at Huddersfield Giants,

has been appointed England Academy team coach, after Richard Marshall stepped down to focus on his role at Halifax.

Andy Kelly

Kelly, 54, has previously been Rugby Football League performance coach in the north east. He also took Ireland to the 2008 World Cup and has coached Wakefield and Gateshead at professional level.

"It's an absolute honour to be appointed," Kelly said.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The first police unit outside London to deal with human trafficking

has been set up in West Yorkshire.

The team of 11 officers will try and combat the crime which sees people forced to work as domestic slaves, labourers or prostitutes.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Sex assault suspect appeal

An update from West Yorkshire Police on

the e-fit picture appeal over a man wanted in connection with a serious sexual assault in Leeds last Thursday.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Asian male with black hair shaved on both sides and spiky at the front. He had blue/green eyes, long eyelashes and stubble and a stud earring in his left ear.

He's thought to have been wearing a black hoodie with white stripes down the arms, a white t-shirt, grey Adidas jogging bottoms and white trainers.

E-fit appeal over sex assault

Police have released an e-fit picture of

a man wanted in connection with a serious sexual assault in Leeds.

E-fit picture
West yorkshire police

The man picked up a 23-year-old woman on Harrogate Road in the early hours of last Thursday.

He then drove the victim out of the city to an area near Eccup reservoir where the attack took place. Police believe the vehicle he was driving was a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The first police unit to deal with human trafficking outside London has been set up in West Yorkshire

to crack down on victims being forced to work as domestic slaves or prostitutes.

A team of 11 officers will try and combat the crime.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Powell: Strikers 'need competition'

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Ahead of Huddersfield Town's trip to Middlesbrough tomorrow, manager Chris Powell says he doesn't want his strikers to get complacent as he tries to bring in fresh options up front.

Chris Powell
ALlsport/getty images

Powell (pictured) says he's delighted with the form of James Vaughan and Nahki Wells, but wants to add another striker to push them both.

"Both look very confident, but you can be when there's not much competition. You need that competition to drive them and to make sure they're not too relaxed," he says.

Shopping development 'to open by autumn'

Telegraph & Argus

A major shopping development opposite Westfield's Broadway centre in Bradford

could be finished by October, its agent has said.

Artist's impression of development
Telegraph and argus

Man arrested over 'gun' incident

Charles Heslett

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A man has been arrested after a gun was pulled out in a Leeds cinema yesterday afternoon, police have confirmed.

Officers were called to The Light shopping centre in The Headrow just after 17:00. The weapon turned out to be a ballbearing gun.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm and is in custody.

Showers easing, some sunshine

BBC Weather


Any showers will ease later this afternoon, leaving some sunshine for the end the day in West Yorkshire.

It will feel cold with temperatures reaching about 4C (39F).

Tonight will see further wintry showers with the risk of ice more or less anywhere as temperatures dip to zero, perhaps just below freezing.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man is in custody after being tackled by security guards when a gun was pulled in a Leeds cinema.

Police were called to The Light shopping centre in The Headrow just after 17:00 yesterday.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Voting system change 'ever more necessary'

One of West Yorkshire's MPs says it may be time to change the "first past the post" voting system for general elections.

Fabian Hamilton MP

Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North East, has told

BBC Radio Leeds' Richard Stead that the rise of what were previously seen as minority parties means some form of proportional representation could be "ever more necessary".

"Our electoral system isn't conducive to having multi-party elections. It's really designed for two to three parties at best," he said.

Kelly takes up England post

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Former Wakefield Trinity coach Andy Kelly has been appointed coach of the England Academy team.

Kelly, who is head of youth at Huddersfield Giants, succeeds Richard Marshall who has stepped down to focus on his role as Halifax coach.

Restoration for Leeds landmark

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Work to restore a clock which has been a Leeds landmark for just over a century

is finally under way this week.

Oakwood Clock
david rogers/geograph

Oakwood Clock was made in 1904 as the centrepiece for the new Leeds Market Hall and was moved to its current location near Roundhay Park in 1912. The clock was last renovated in the 1970s and had since fallen into disrepair.

The work is expected to take about five months to complete at a cost of about £300,000, much of which was raised by local residents and businesses.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police have started

the first unit outside London to deal with human trafficking.

Last year the number of people smuggled into the country illegally and referred to the police doubled from 42 to 84 in West Yorkshire.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Redfearn's 'tough gig' at Leeds

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has admitted "it's a tough gig" at the club just now.

Neil Redfearn
ALlsport/getty images

United are hovering just above the relegation zone and club boss Massimo Cellino is fighting the Football League over his ownership of the club. But Redfearn has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he has no regrets taking on the role last November.

"It's a tremendous honour for me and I'm working my socks off day and night to try and get it right. I want to be part of making this club great again but it's tough just now."

Bank cards stole in scam

More on

the telephone scam in Dewsbury which has resulted in the theft of several bank cards after victims were called by fraudsters claiming to be police officers.

Det Insp Stef Wiseman says: "West Yorkshire Police officers would never ask for you to hand over your credit or debit card or to give out any financial information over the phone - and neither will any other reputable organisation, including banks."

She adds that anyone receiving a call from someone asking for bank or card details should not give those details and should immediately contact police.

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Telephone scam warning

People in Dewsbury are being warned to be aware of a telephone scam which has resulted in the theft of several bank cards.

Suspects pretending to be officers from Dewsbury police station have been telephoning victims and claiming their bank card has been fraudulently used to buy goods and services.

The callers then offer to collect the person's credit or debit card from their home either in person or by sending a taxi. Police say the victims have predominantly been Asian families and the callers are aware of their name and address before they make contact.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

An inspection of the mental health trust covering Leeds and York says it must improve.

Services were mostly rated as good in Leeds but inadequate in York where the 18th century Bootham Park psychiatric hospital is deemed no longer fit for purpose.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules

A&E units in England are being given strict guidelines on how many staff they need on duty to provide safe care.

Nurses on a ward

The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends one nurse for every four cubicles.

But it said for major trauma or cardiac arrest patients, there needed to be two nurses for each patient.

Council apology over faulty lights

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Calderdale Council has apologised for the number of faulty street lights across the district

and says it's attempting to clear a big backlog of repairs in the next few weeks.

There have been a high number of reports of faults over the past few months, according to the council, with just over 2% of the district's lights not working correctly just now.

Peter Caffrey, cabinet member for economy, says: "I'd like to apologise to residents for the number of street lights currently not working and fully acknowledge that recently some faults on existing lights haven't been cleared as quickly as I would have liked."

First proper cold spell expected

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter and climate correspondent, BBC Look North

Not for the first time this winter, westerly gales have been battering parts of the UK,

with gusts in our region reaching 72mph at High Bradfield on the South Yorkshire Pennines.

Pole Moor in the snow
Nick lawton

But the jet stream is set to weaken and alter course and as a result the UK is in for the first proper cold spell of the winter so far.

It will mark a big departure from last winter which was almost completely dominated by westerly winds.

Read my latest blog here and have your say.