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  1. Updates on Thursday 22 January 2015

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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.

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

Helmet phase-out welcomed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that

West Yorkshire Police is to phase out the traditional helmet for officers on the beat to be replaced by a cap said to be more suitable for modern policing.

Police helmet
West yorkshire police

Nick Smart, chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, says he welcomes the change in headwear.

"Helmets fall off heads, they're cumbersome and a lot of the time they weren't getting used," he says.

A dry but freezing night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry with broken cloud and a low temperature of about -4C (25F) with icy patches and some freezing fog for a time.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a dry, bright start with sunny spells, clouding over with patchy rain spreading from the west through the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 4C (39F).

How practical is a traditional Bobby's helmet?

Justin Parkinson

BBC News Magazine

West Yorkshire Police have decided to end the use of the traditional police helmet for normal duties.

Jack Warner as Dixon of Dock Green

Police helmets have been worn for more than 150 years in much of England and Wales, but West Yorkshire says peaked caps are "more appropriate and more in keeping" with many of the situations officers find themselves in in the 21st Century.

Is this symbol of British law enforcement really so old-fashioned?

Snow affects fixtures

Kirklees Council

tweets: Sorry, all games on our playing pitches are cancelled this weekend. The ground will still be saturated when it thaws.

Snow on pitch
kirklees council

Coming up on BBC One

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we find out more about the boy from West Yorkshire
who's taking his fight for a lifesaving drug treatment all the way to the Prime Minister.

Sam Brown, six, has an extremely rare condition called Morquio which prevents his body from growing normally. His family's campaigning for the NHS to continue paying for his medication.

Also, we'll be looking back at the life of former Home Secretary and Richmond MP Leon Brittan

who's died after a long battle with cancer.

Bradford to sign Halliday and Zoko

BBC Sport

Bradford City expect to sign Andrew Halliday permanently, and Francois Zoko on loan, before their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Chelsea on Saturday.

Halliday and Zoko

Halliday has made 15 appearances on loan from Middlesbrough this term and the 23-year-old will join on a free.

Zoko, 31, is yet to start since joining from Blackpool in November but will extend his stay until the end of May.

Spectacular light show at Castle Hill

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Sarah Stancliffe in Netherthong for sending us this spectacular shot of Castle Hill, Huddersfield, which was lit up on Tuesday to mark the start of Unesco's International Year of Light.

Lights at Castle Hill
Sarah stancliffe

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

email or
tweet us with yours?

County's crime figures fall

As new figures show

crime has fallen to new record low levels in England and Wales, police say crime is falling in West Yorkshire too.

There were 10,761 fewer victims of crime in the county in the year up to the end of September 2014, according to officers.

House burglaries have shown the biggest drop with a 19.5% decrease, with falls in robberies, drug offences and vehicle crime as well.

Man found dead is named

Telegraph & Argus

The man found dead in a field near the River Aire in Silsden

has been named today as David Robert Vickers.

Police at scene
Telegraph and argus

Slow traffic near accident scene

BBC Travel News reports there's still very slow traffic on the M1 northbound between J41, A650 (Carr Gate) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of an accident earlier on.

All lanes have been re-opened but congestion remains to J39, A636 (Wakefield).

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A campaign has been launched to persuade David Cameron to fund a new drug

which would improve the life of a boy from West Yorkshire.

Six-year-old Sam Brown has a life limiting condition called Morquio.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Force's farewell to traditional helmet

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The traditional helmet as worn by generations of police officers on the beat in West Yorkshire

is to be phased out and replaced by a new cap more suited to 21st Century policing.

New police cap
West yorkshire police

A survey last year revealed the "overwhelming majority" of officers who responded wanted the modern cap as part of everyday uniform rather than the helmet, according to the force.

Supt Keith Gilbert says officers will still be expected to wear the traditional helmet on some occasions: "Examples might be funerals, Remembrance Day parades and similar ceremonial occasions where tradition will quite rightly take precedence over practicality."

Mist and snow in Oakworth

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Ian Foxon for sending in this atmospheric picture from Griff Woods in Oakworth this morning. The snow may have stopped falling, but it looks like it'll be with us for a while yet.

Griff Woods, Oakworth
Ian foxon

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

email or
tweet us with your pictures?

City remembers the Holocaust

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides will be remembered at a special ceremony on Tuesday, Bradford Council has announced.

Young people will light candles on behalf of all child victims of genocide, and to close the ceremony, Rudi Leavor, chairman of Bradford Synagogue, will sing Jewish mourning song, El Male Rachamim.

More than 100 representatives from Bradford's communities and local politicians will also take part in the annual event, which will be held in City Hall from 11:00.

Street lights call rejected

A call to turn street lights back on at night in some areas of Leeds has been rejected.

Lights have been turned off in parts of the city in the early hours since October 2013 in a bid to save money, but Lib Dem leader Stewart Golton says LED lights would be cheaper and make people safer.

However, Labour councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for transport and the economy, says: "It would take 13-and-a-half years to get a payback in terms of energy saving. That's a huge, long wait to get your money back".

M1 'very busy' following accident

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Very busy on M1 northbound following Jackknifed lorry between J41 & 42.

Traffic queue
West yorkshire police

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The government's promising to look again at proposals for a rail link to Leeds Bradford Airport.

The Pudsey Conservative MP Stuart Andrew raised the issue in the Commons.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Accident closes M1 northbound

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The M1 northbound is completely closed due to a jack-knifed lorry which is blocking all three lanes.

It happened at about 12:30 between Junctions 41 and 42, Carr Gate and Lofthouse. No-one's been hurt.

The Highways Agency is working to clear the lorry and check if any fuel has been spilled.

Your views

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.

Halifax parking charges reinstated

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the full re-introduction of on-street parking charges in the centre of Halifax, which Calderdale Council has just announced.

The new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) means pay-and-display charges in Halifax of between 50p and £2 will begin again on Monday 2 February across the town centre, and will apply between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays.

Work on a new TRO for the outer area of Halifax, Skircoat and King Cross is continuing and should be ready by the spring, according to the council.

Bin collections delayed

Bradford Council

tweets: It is still unsafe to reach bins on #Queensbury side streets. When conditions improve, our crews will do all they can to catch up. #uksnow

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Police say crime's falling in West Yorkshire, with 10,761 fewer victims in the year up to the end of September.

House burglaries have shown the biggest drop at 19.5%, with falls in robberies, drug offences and vehicle crime as well.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Police appeal over store break-in

A further update on the break-in at the Asda store at Holt Park overnight, which saw thieves cut open the roof and steal cash from tills.

Det Insp Andy Welbourn says: "The store is currently shut while the scene is forensically examined but we'll do everything we can to minimise disruption to the business and its customers.

"We'd like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area overnight or who has any information that could assist the investigation, particularly if they know of anyone who suddenly has a lot of cash."

Robot-run archive opens its doors

David Sillito

Arts Correspondent

Newspaper sales may have dropped by more than 40% over the last decade, but more than 7,000,000 of them are still sold every day.

Inside National Storage Building

The British Library saves at least one copy of every paper printed, more than 60,000,000 in total, and this week's opened a new hi-tech library at Boston Spa near Wetherby to store its huge archive.

I've taken a rare look inside at the archive where robots do most of the work.

Thieves 'cut supermarket roof'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've now got more information on the break-in at the Asda supermarket at Holt Park in Leeds overnight.

Asda, Holt Park

Police were called to the store in Holt Road at about 06:30 this morning after the raid was discovered by staff.

Thieves had cut through the metal roof, forced open tills and stole a "substantial amount" of cash, according to police. The shop remains closed while investigations continue.

Peacock 'most effective player ever'

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has described prop Jamie Peacock as the "most effective" player in Super League history.

Jamie Peacock
Getty Images

Peacock's about to embark on his 10th and final season for Leeds after spending nine years with Bradford, with the two sides set to meet in his testimonial game at Headingley on Sunday.

McDermott says of Peacock: "There probably isn't a more committed, determined player that's ever played the game."

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A break-in is being investigated at an Asda supermarket in Leeds. A large amount of cash and stock are thought to have been taken in the raid at the store in Holt Park.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Teacher's horse 'was love of her life'

Yorkshire Evening Post

A Leeds school teacher died after falling from the horse described as "the love of her life",

an inquest has heard.

Jayne Goodwin
yorkshire evening post

BreakingPitches closed, fixtures cancelled

All Bradford Council-owned sports pitches will be closed this weekend due to bad weather.

All sporting fixtures on council-owned pitches are also cancelled, including games being played on school pitches at Rawdon Meadows.

The recent snow has made it impossible to carry out maintenance or line marking, the council says.

Supermarket closed after break-in

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The Asda supermarket in Adel is closed this morning as police investigate a break-in overnight.

A large amount of cash and stock are believed to have been taken in the raid, which took place in the early hours in the shop at Holt Park.

The store will remain closed until officers have finished examining the scene.

Queuing traffic on M62

BBC Travel News reports that two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Burglars have cut through the roof of a supermarket in Leeds before stealing a large amount of cash.

Police are investigating following the break-in at Asda in Holt Park overnight, in which raiders forced open the tills.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Town's parking charges return

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

On-street parking charges will be re-introduced in the centre of Halifax in February after having been lifted last October when the council realised they couldn't be legally enforced.

The error meant the council couldn't fine people who failed to pay the charges after 2008, and meant drivers fined after that time

could claim a refund.

Charges will be reintroduced on Monday 2 February across 20 streets in central Halifax after a new Traffic Regulation Order was drawn up, the council says.