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  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 January 2015

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Good evening

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

That's all from BBC Local Live this evening. We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00. We had significant disruption from the weather today, with Leeds Bradford Airport closed for several hours and schools also shut.

A woman feeding swans in Leeds

It was also nippy for our feathered friends, as these swans were hard to spot in the snow at Tarnfield Park in Yeadon, Leeds.

'Great cycling race' promised

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the West Yorkshire stage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which will take place on Sunday 3 May,

which was announced today.

Tour de France in Leeds

The peloton will race from Wakefield to Roundhay Park via South Yorkshire, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford, returning to some of the roads raced in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, says: "With its stunning landscapes, iconic cities and tough climbs, Yorkshire offers all the ingredients for a great cycling race."

E-fit appeal after burglary

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to

following a burglary in Bradford on Sunday morning.

E-fit image of suspect
West yorkshire police

The incident happened at about 10:20 when a man knocked on the door of a house in Silverdale Road. He grabbed a wallet from the victim's pocket and ran off.

The suspect is described as white, between 20-25, of slim build and about 5ft 10in. He was wearing a grey/black hooded top and grey jogging bottoms and spoke with a local accent.

PM condemns 'appalling' husky theft

Telegraph & Argus

David Cameron today condemned the theft of stolen Bradford husky Murphy -

telling MPs such acts were "appalling".

Murphy the Husky
Telegraph and argus

Are you special?

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Want to do something different and make a difference in your community? Why not become a special constable?

A real game-changer

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

If you're a rugby league fan, you won't want to miss my documentary on

BBC Radio Leeds later in which I investigate the radical restructuring of the game which comes into effect this season.

Leeds celebrate Challenge Cup win

The previous system of licensing has been replaced by a radical new league format incorporating the reintroduction of promotion and relegation.

Find out more on BBC Radio Leeds tonight from 18:00.

More snowy scenes

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to David Harry for sending in this suitably snowy picture from Cragg Vale this lunchtime. At least the sheep look as though they're keeping warm...

Snow and sheep in Cragg Vale
david harry

Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not

email or
tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

Bradford unemployment figures

Telegraph & Argus

The number of people claiming

unemployment benefit in the Bradford district fell last month by more than 200, according to the latest figures.

Diana Towler at Bradford Job Centre
Telegraph and Argus

Information released today by the Office of National Statistics showed that 12,219 people in the district claimed Jobseeker's Allowance during December.

Schoolboy 'could not be saved'

BBC News


A schoolboy was swept out to sea by waves despite desperate efforts by family members to save him, an inquest has heard.

Isaac Nash, 12, from Huddersfield, was

on holiday when he got into difficulty at Aberffraw on Anglesey last August.

Isaac, pictured with mother Zoe, has not been seen since 29 August 2014
Adam Nash

His brother Xander was saved by his father, but Isaac could not be rescued, the hearing at Llangefni was told.

Snow and ice warning

BBC Weather


A Yellow Warning of snow and ice has been

tweeted for West Yorkshire during tonight and into Thursday morning. Take care if you're out and about.

Snow on a table

Ice is expected to become the main hazard overnight.

Educating Yorkshire teacher barred

BBC News


A teacher who starred in the TV documentary Educating Yorkshire has been barred from teaching after

having sex with two former pupils.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership found Neil Giffin, 35, head of humanities at Thornhill Community Academy, near Dewsbury, had failed to maintain appropriate boundaries and had inappropriate relationships.

Getting Messi in the snow!

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

Dave Lawton has sent this picture of his dog Messi in the snow, brilliantly combining the weather and a cute canine.

Messi in the snow
Dave Lawton

We are always happy to see your snaps from West Yorkshire - not just of your pets. Why not

email or
tweet us? We'll feature a selection here.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Snow is continuing to cause problems in some parts of West Yorkshire this afternoon as commuter traffic builds up.

More than 70 schools were also closed because of the winter weather. Calderdale was one of the worst affected areas.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more information.

Tour de Yorkshire marks new chapter

Paul Ogden

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds


Tour de Yorkshire is the beginning of the next chapter of Yorkshire's history as a centre of bike racing excellence.

The impact Yorkshire's made on the cycling world has allowed the people who brought the Tour de France Grand Depart here last July to plan for the future and lay the foundations for a regular three-day bike race.

They've really capitalised and cashed-in on that roaring commercial success of the Grand Depart.

Ice and freezing fog

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see further rain, sleet and snow, gradually petering out with a minimum temperature of about -1C (30F) with ice on untreated surfaces and some freezing fog patches.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow, any freezing fog patches will be slow to clear, otherwise apart from the odd flurry it'll be mostly dry and rather cloudy, although with some sunny spells developing in places later.

The top temperature will be about 3C (37F).

'Easiest arrest of the year'

Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

Police arrested a suspected car criminal in Sandal

after following his footsteps through the snow.

Hemsworth and south elmsall express

Cellino cooks pre-match meal

BBC Sport

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

cooked the pre-match meal for the players before Tuesday's 1-0 win over Bournemouth, their first win in nine games.

Massimo Cellino

The Italian found out on Monday he has been disqualified from having an input in the day-to-day running of the club until 10 April by the Football League. The club are considering an appeal.

"No surprises it was pasta but it wasn't bad. His new role might be club chef," head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire is set to host much of the third stage of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

We now know the full route of the event, which will take place between the 1st and third of May. The last day will take riders from Wakefield to Leeds.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

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.

Wakefield welcomes Tour de Yorkshire

Today's announcement that the new Tour de Yorkshire bike race

will visit the Wakefield district on Sunday 3 May
has been welcomed by councillors.

Tour map

Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, says the fact the race's third stage is starting in Wakefield is "a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city on an international level".

"I'm confident that we'll see a real boost to tourism and the local economy across the district."

Gritters and ploughs in action

Wakefield Council

tweets: Sleet and snow showers will continue through the afternoon. Our gritters and ploughs will continue on estate and main roads. #wakeywinter

Weather problems on M62

BBC Travel News reports snow, fog and reduced visibility on the M62 in both directions between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor).

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds


full route of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire cycle race has been announced.

The race starts in Bridlington on day one and Selby on day two. On the third day it begins in Wakefield and takes in Hebden Bridge, Haworth and Ilkley, before finishing at Roundhay Park.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

£3m bill for bus lane motorists

Yorkshire Evening Post

Bus lane cameras across Leeds have cost tens of thousands of Leeds motorists

almost £3m in tickets over the past two years.

Bus lane in Leeds
Simon hulme/yorkshire evening post

Tour de Yorkshire route welcomed

Bradford Council leader David Green has welcomed today's announcement that

part of the new Tour de Yorkshire will pass through the district on Sunday 3 May.

Tour de France in Haworth

The race will incorporate visits to Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth, Goose Eye, Silsden, Addingham, Ilkley, Burley Woodhead and Menston. It'll also include a ride up Haworth Main Street, as during the Tour de France (pictured), and a climb past the Cow and Calf rocks in Ilkley.

"We hope people really get behind this new event in the same way as they did last July," says Mr Green.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Snow is continuing to cause problems in some parts of West Yorkshire this afternoon.

About 70 schools have now closed or are sending children home early.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

School closures continue

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

About 30 schools in Bradford have closed or are closing shortly due to the snow.

Several schools in the district are closing at about 14:00, while others are remaining open until their usual time but without any after-school activities.

About 70 schools are closed or closing across West Yorkshire, but none so far in Leeds. Check the

Calderdale Council,
Kirklees Council,
Bradford Council and
Wakefield Council websites for the latest details.

Two-match ban for Bellusci

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci will serve a two-match ban after his second red card of the season.

He will miss Leeds' away clash with Huddersfield Town and Brentford at home.

Bellusci is also on nine cautions so if he picks up another before 12 April, he will serve another two-match ban.

More snow photos

Thanks to Trevor Doherty for sending in this picture of the snow falling on Holmfirth this morning.

Holmfirth snow
Trevor doherty

Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not

email or
tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

Buses suspended due to snow

First West Yorkshire buses

tweets: Sorry to say that all buses in Halifax and Todmorden have been suspended until further notice.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Patchy snow is continuing to cause problems across parts of West Yorkshire this lunchtime.

All buses in Halifax and Todmordon have been suspended until further notice according to First Bus, Leeds Bradford Airport has re-opened after earlier delays and cancellations - and nearly 40 schools, many of them in Calderdale and Kirklees, are now closed or sending pupils home as the showers continue.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Cold with rain, sleet or snow

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be cloudy and cold in West Yorkshire.

Weather forecast

There'll be further patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow.

The maximum temperature will be about 2C (36F) with a light or moderate easterly wind.

School closures update

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A further update on the school closure situation in Calderdale and Kirklees due to snow.

A total of 32 schools are now closed or due to close shortly in the two districts - 19 in Calderdale and 13 in Kirklees.

Check the

Calderdale Council and
Kirklees Council websites for the latest details of school closures across both districts.

Warning over stolen meat

People in Dewsbury who are offered cheap meat for sale at a price "too good to be true"

are being asked to contact police.

The appeal comes after at a large amount of meat was stolen from a supplier on Central Street between Sunday 18 January and 06:20 on Monday 19 January.

Insp Jenny Thompson says: "I would urge you to stop and think before you buy it - if a deal sounds too good to be true then it usually is".

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The route of a new three-day bike race - the Tour de Yorkshire - has been announced in the last hour.

Inspired by last year's Tour de France Grand Depart, it starts in Bridlington on 1 May and comes to West Yorkshire on 3 May.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

School closures latest

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Several schools in Calderdale and Kirklees have announced they're closing within the next couple of hours due to the snow.

Check the

Calderdale Council and
Kirklees Council websites for the latest details of school closures across both districts.

Snow is still falling across the county,

and it's likely to continue on and off for the rest of the day, according to BBC Leeds weather presenter Lisa Gallagher.

Yorkshire return for top teams

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Commenting on

the announcement of the route the Tour de Yorkshire will take in May, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity says: "Before the [Tour de France 2014] Grand Depart had even finished, people all across Yorkshire were asking: 'When we can have more cycling?'.

Gary Verity

He adds: "The Tour de Yorkshire will bring back many of the world's top cycling teams and there will be an opportunity for people to ride the same roads on the same day."

The Tour de Yorkshire will be an annual event and will be shown live on TV in the UK and across Europe, organisers have promised.

Tour de Yorkshire route revealed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The full route of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race between 1-3 May has just been announced.

West Yorkshire features heavily on day three of the race, starting in Wakefield and heading towards Barnsley before visiting Holmfirth, Ripponden and Cragg Vale.

The riders will then head to Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and through the cobbled streets of Haworth before heading for Goose Eye, Ilkley, the Cow and Calf Rocks and Arthington before the finish line at Roundhay Park in Leeds.