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  1. Updates on Monday 26 January 2015

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Good evening

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

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

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 report from Valley Parade after Bradford City's stunning FA Cup fourth round victory over Chelsea at the weekend.

Also, we'll be getting the latest from Ben Parkinson, the Yorkshire soldier who suffered devastating injuries in Afghanistan and who's now started oxygen treatment to help his speech and memory.

Drugs baron arrested in Philippines

BBC News Online has more on

the arrest in the Philippines of a drug dealer who fled the UK before he was due to stand trial for heading up a £13m smuggling racket.

John Halliday, formerly of Harrogate, was the ringleader of an organised crime group responsible for importing hundreds of kilos of class B drugs.

He was jailed in his absence for 10 years in December 2013 after skipping bail ahead of his trial.

Focus on festive bus services

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

People who used Boxing Day buses in West Yorkshire in December

are being asked for their views on the service provided.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which has funded the Boxing Day services since 2007, says it wants to find out what people think of them as it considers future arrangements for the routes, which in 2013 played host to an estimated 50,000 passengers.

James Lewis, WYCA Transport Committee chair, says: "We'll be using the responses to build a clear picture of how people are using the services, what they think of them and what improvements they suggest".

Toy library celebrates 40th birthday

There was a party atmosphere at a hotel in Baildon as a Bradford charity that brings joy into the lives of children with special needs

celebrated its 40th birthday.

Toy library celebrations
Telegraph and argus

A mostly dry and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight there'll be some isolated showers at first, otherwise

it'll be dry with clear spells developing, although cloud will generally increase in the west later with a low temperature of about 3C (37F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see some sunny spells especially in the east at first, otherwise it'll be rather cloudy with a little patchy light rain or drizzle possible in Pennine areas.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

Woman injured in street robbery

A woman was left with serious head injuries

after being attacked in a street robbery in Leeds.

The incident happened at about 08:30 on Friday when the 36-year-old was attacked in an alley off Bismarck Street in Beeston.

She was taken to hospital and admitted for treatment and has since been discharged. The suspect is black, 6ft and slim and was wearing a black jacket and dark trousers.

Ear-to-ear grins in Bradford

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm at Bradford City's Valley Parade stadium, looking out over the pitch near the 1911 Suite which is named after the last time the club won the FA Cup.

Who'd bet money against them - maybe - going all the way again

after their magnificent victory over Chelsea at the weekend?

Bradford City players celebrate

John Duckworth, City's kit man and a fan of the club for over 50 years, tells me it was the Bantams' fans at Stamford Bridge which made all the difference.

Police drugs warning update

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the drugs warning issued by police after eight people were taken ill in Leeds after apparently consuming illegal drugs.

Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson says: "We want people to be aware of the potential risks following these incidents, although obviously users of any drug can never be sure of its contents and the risks they are taking. Anyone who does feel ill after taking any substance should seek urgent medical attention.

"We'd like to hear from anyone with information that could assist us in establishing whether there's something new or different being sold as ecstasy or MDMA which may have been involved in these incidents."

More time for more news

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

BBC Look North's late evening bulletin on BBC One, broadcast from right here at BBC Broadcasting Centre in Leeds, is to be extended on Monday to Thursdays from this evening.

Harry Gration

The bulletin, which follows the UK BBC News at 10,

will be extended to 15 minutes until June to ensure viewers get the best coverage of the issues facing Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 Election.

Look North presenter Harry Gration says it's a "big day". "The great thing about this is, and why we're excited about it, is that it allows us to develop stories more than we could before."

'Bank of mum and dad' pays out £2.3bn

Huddersfield Examiner

Over-55s in Yorkshire have contributed a staggering £2.3bn to support their children and grandchildren get along in life,

according to new figures.

City's garden waste collections extended

Thousands more homes in Leeds will be able to make use of garden waste collections from March as the city's brown bin service is extended,

the council has announced.

About 200,000 homes in Leeds already have a brown bin, but a further 7,000 households are due to receive letters confirming the garden waste service will soon be available in their area.

The bins, which are for grass cuttings, weeds, hedge trimmings, flowers, leaves and twigs, are collected every two weeks from March to the end of November.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

It's been claimed more jobs were created in Yorkshire last year than in the whole of France.

Employment Minister Esther McVey made the remark in the Commons earlier.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Yorkshire 'creates more jobs than France'

The government has congratulated businesses in Yorkshire for creating more jobs in the region last year than in the whole of France.

Esther McVey
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The Employment Minister Esther McVey told the Commons the growth showed the Chancellor's economic programme was working.

However, Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, said a recent report from the Church of England suggested parts of the north of England were still missing out on the economic recovery.

Drugs warning after people taken ill

Eight people who are believed to have taken illegal drugs over the weekend

have been treated in hospital in Leeds after being taken ill, police have said.

Leeds General Infirmary

Police were contacted by staff at Leeds General Infirmary at about 20:00 yesterday reporting that several people, mostly in their early 20s, had attended hospital with symptoms including abnormally fast heart rates, dizziness, sweating and dilated pupils. All were kept under observation.

Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson says: "While we can't draw any firm conclusions as it stands, it may be that there is something in circulation being sold as MDMA, or ecstasy, which is causing people to suffer these ill effects."

Slow traffic warning

BBC Travel News reports there's slow traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield from Cooper Bridge Roundabout to the M62 J25 Roundabout junction.

Drivers are being warned to expect some delays.

Work starts on 'cycle super highway'

Work on a £29m cycle super highway linking Bradford and Leeds is set to begin later.

Cycle route map
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The 14-mile (23km) route will run from Bradford city centre to Seacroft, in east Leeds.

The CityConnect project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, has been funded by an £18m cash award from the Department for Transport and £11m of local funding.

Police's 'delight' over Halliday arrest

West Yorkshire Police say they're "delighted" at

the arrest in the Philippines of convicted criminal John Halliday, adding that his extradition to the UK is expected soon.

Det Insp Neil Hollis says: "It has taken a lot of hard work but we are now a step closer to bringing him back to the UK to serve his prison sentence.

"It sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can evade punishment - even if criminals travel thousands of miles away, we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice."

Have your say

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds

and would like to find out your views about the service.

Two jailed for helping rapist flee

Two men have been jailed for helping another flee the UK during his trial for raping a woman in West Yorkshire.

Wakar Akhtar
West Yorkshire Police

Mohammed Raja, of Hudson Crescent, and Raja Sarwar, of Tern Street, both Bradford, were each jailed for four years at Bradford Crown Court for perverting the course of justice.

They helped 21-year-old Wakar Akhtar (pictured) escape to Italy in November.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man described by West Yorkshire Police as a "dangerous convicted criminal"

has been arrested in the Philippines.

John Halliday was tried and sentenced to 10 years in jail in his absence for his role in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling operation in Leeds.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

FA Trophy match postponed

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

FC Halifax Town's FA Trophy third round replay with Dartford, scheduled for the Shay tomorrow night, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Shaymen or Dartford have been drawn at home to either Wrexham or Gateshead in the last eight.

Due to the postponement of the Trophy replay, Halifax will travel to Telford United tomorrow evening in a Conference game.

Peacock celebrates 'special day'

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock tells us he was thrilled by an incredible turnout for his testimonial match against Bradford Bulls at Headingley yesterday.

Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock

Just over 11,500 fans saw The Rhinos beat the Bulls by 34 points to 14. Peacock says it was "a special, special day" and that it was "up there with my finest moments".

Celebrating the magic of Harry Potter

The magical world of Harry Potter will be celebrated across the Bradford district next month, the council has announced.

Children reading Harry Potter books

Libraries across Bradford are to hold a range of Potter-related activities for children and families on Thursday 5 February.

A range of different activities are taking place such as craft workshops, storytelling, Quidditch matches, Diagon Alley Hunt, biscuit decorating and competitions.

News on the hour

The number of mobility scooters on the roads in West Yorkshire has gone by 77 per cent since 2010, according to new figures.

Campaigners say there should now be compulsory proficiency tests before people are allowed to drive them, and that users should have to have insurance.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Bradford's 'David and Goliath' win

Former Bradford City player Wayne Jacobs says

the side's 4-2 fourth round FA Cup victory over Chelsea at the weekend was "a real David and Goliath story".

Bradford players celebrate

As the Bantams wait for tonight's draw,

live on BBC 1's The One Show from 19:00, to find out who they'll play in the fifth round, Jacobs says the match was "like the old Rocky films".

"They hit us with two knock-out punches and teams just don't come back from that against Jose Mourinho's team, yet Bradford pulled themselves off the canvas. It's absolute elation, a real high."

Snow warning for Wednesday

BBC Weather

A yellow warning of snow for West Yorkshire later this week

has been issued by the Met Office.

Cookridge in the snow, January 2015
PAul goodyear

Accumulating snow, 2cm-5cm at low levels and over 10cm on higher ground, is expected from mid-afternoon on Wednesday and will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds, the warning suggests.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel," it adds.

Background: John Halliday arrest

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on

the arrest in the Philippines of John Halliday, the leader of an organised crime group responsible for importing and supplying synthetically produced class B drugs on a major scale.

He was convicted along with 14 other defendants following the largest investigation conducted by West Yorkshire Police into the importation and supply of synthetic drugs.

His arrest followed a raid on a business premises in Hunslet, Leeds, in October 2011 and the recovery of 10kg of drugs with a street value of £250,000. Halliday disappeared in September 2013, before the start of his trial.

Rail services revamp call

Yorkshire Post

Four decades of cost-cutting on local rail services in Yorkshire must be reversed soon if the region is to maximise the benefits from future high speed connections to London and Manchester,

according to transport experts.

HS2 prototype

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man described by West Yorkshire Police as a "dangerous convicted criminal" has been arrested in the Philippines.

John Halliday was tried and sentenced to 10 years in jail in his absence for his role in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling operation in Leeds.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

'No shouting plea' at rugby

BBC Newsround reports that parents and coaches at junior rugby matches in Yorkshire have been asked to stop shouting at players.

Boys playing rugby
Getty Images

Yorkshire Rugby Football Union (YRFU) says a "small minority" of people have been rude to referees and challenged their decisions.

A letter has been sent to parents explaining that shouting by the pitchside caused referees to quit and put players off.

N'Goyi heading to Elland Road?

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United are expected to make Palermo midfielder Granddi N'Goyi their second acquisition in the January transfer window early this week.

It's understood he'll join on loan like teammate Sol Bamba,

who has already signed until the end of the season.

Albania international striker Edgar Cani was left out of Catania's squad for their game against Pro Vercelli at the weekend. Italian media think he's also heading for Elland Road.

'Dangerous' on-the-run criminal arrested

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire man described by police as a "dangerous convicted criminal"

has been arrested in the Philippines.

John Halliday
West yorkshire police

John Halliday was tried and sentenced to 10 years in jail in his absence for his role in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling operation in Leeds.

Halliday has been on the run since October 2013, but was re-arrested on Friday. His extradition will be the first time a British citizen has been brought back to the UK from the Philippines.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire man who helped set up Clare's Law after his daughter was murdered by her former boyfriend says he's "delighted" the law is being used well, 10 months after it first launched.

Michael Brown, who lives near Pontefract, has spoken out as police forces in England and Wales

say they've revealed details about a partner's history in 1,300 domestic violence cases.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.