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  1. Updates on Wednesday 28 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from Thursday morning

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Wednesday's Local Live updates have now finished. The service will be back tomorrow morning.

A snowy and windy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This evening and tonight will see clear spells and scattered locally heavy snow showers, with temporary blizzard conditions in places. A

Met Office yellow "be aware" warning is in place for West Yorkshire.

Weather forecast

The minimum temperature will be about -1C (30F) with ice on untreated surfaces and a strong westerly wind.

Tomorrow will be windy and cold with sunny spells and further scattered snow showers, locally heavy in places, tending to ease later with a top temperature of about 3C (37F).

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 follow the latest developments in the campaign to persuade the government to pay for a life-extending drug for a six-year-old Otley boy.

He's been down in London today to hand a petition to the prime minister at Downing Street.

Also, we'll have the latest on the weather situation across Yorkshire from Paul Hudson.

Big delays on Bradford buses

West Yorkshire Metro

tweets: BRADFORD SERVICES Due to worsening weather conditions all services will be using main roads only. Delays of up to 90 minutes. #snow #Bradford

'Sportive' cycling routes announced

The routes have been announced of

the mass-participation "sportive" for cyclists along the same roads as the Tour de Yorkshire.

Route map
Tour de Yorkshire

There are to be three distances over which participants can ride the same route as the professionals on 3 May.

Riders choose from 50km, 108km or 140km routes. A women-only sportive will also take place along the 50km route.

Juror doubt at serial killer verdict

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

The foreman of a jury which convicted a serial killer has told the BBC

he now believes the man is innocent.

Norris' staff nursing pass

Colin Norris, 38, was jailed for life in 2008 for murdering four patients and attempting to kill a fifth at hospitals in Leeds, where he worked as a nurse.

Juror Paul Moffitt spoke out after a Panorama investigation suggested the women may have died of natural causes.

Faith schools transport

The possible withdrawal of bus services for children who attend faith schools in Kirklees

is to be opened to an eight-week consultation in February, the council has announced.

Any decision about the future of the service will be made later in the year after councillors have been able to consider the views that people express.

Councillor Graham Turner, cabinet member for resources, says: "We fully understand this is a difficult time for the parents of those children who may be affected by any decision we take, and this is why we are entering in to a full consultation."

Warning after chip pan blazes

West Yorkshire Fire Service is reminding people to be vigilant when using chip pans after firefighters attended three blazes in Leeds overnight involving cooking.

Chip pan fire
West yorkshire fire service

As a result of one chip pan fire, a woman, toddler and baby

were rescued from a house in Middleton and had to be taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

In two further incidents, a man in his mid-80s in Morley suffered from the effects of breathing smoke

after a chip pan fire, while a man in Seacroft in his 50s
suffered burns to his arms and had to be taken to hospital.

Leeds Tesco jobs at risk

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Following today's news that

Tesco is to shut 43 of its stores across the UK, I've just spoken to a spokesman for the firm who's confirmed that 57 jobs are at risk at one store in Leeds.

Tesco sign

The Tesco Metro store, in Crossgates, is one of 43 shops to shut on the back of disappointing sales figures.

The spokesman said the supermarket giant would try to find Leeds staff jobs at other stores, but it's possible some will be made redundant.

Gritters in action

Kirklees Council

tweets: Gritters out now, further action through the night in response to weather conditions

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Nearly 60 jobs are at risk after supermarket giant Tesco revealed one of the stores it's closing is in Leeds.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Snow affecting county's roads

Snow and ice are currently causing problems on several roads across West Yorkshire.

Check BBC Travel for the latest updates. Roads affected so far include:

  • A629 Keighley Road between the Syke Lane junction and the B6141 Long Causeway junction
  • A58 Wellington Road in Leeds at Armley Gyratory
  • A650 Shipley Airedale Road in Bradford at the A647 Croft Street junction
  • M621 westbound between J1, A6110 (Beeston) and M62 J27, Gildersome


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Care spend 'cut by fifth in decade'

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

Spending on care for people aged 65 and over has fallen by a fifth in England over the past 10 years,

with spending in the Yorkshire and Humber region showing one of the biggest falls.

Regional breakdown

The BBC research - based on official data - showed £1,188 was being spent in 2003-4 per person over the age of 65 in England. By 2013-14 that had fallen to £951 - a drop of 20%.

It comes as the BBC launches its

Cost of Care project, which includes an online guide to how care works, and what it costs.

Snow affects city buses

First West Yorkshire Buses

tweets: BRADFORD - Please note due to increasing bad weather. Effective 15:30hrs, we have instructed all routes to operate on main roads only

Snow affecting M621

BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic and hazardous driving conditions on the M621 westbound between J1, A6110 (Beeston) and M62 J27, Gildersome, because of snow.

Leeds Tesco store to close

BBC Business

Supermarket giant Tesco

has named one of its Leeds stores among 43 it's closing across the country, a move that will see about 2,000 staff lose their jobs in total.

Crossgates Arndale Centre

The company is currently informing staff at the affected stores.

The Tesco Metro at the Arndale Centre in Crossgates will close along with 11 other similar stores across the UK on 4 April.

Cellino fails to appear at court

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Banned Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has failed to turn up to a court hearing today to face allegations of tax evasion on a Jeep he imported from the USA,

according to an Italian newspaper.

Massimo Cellino

The case has been rescheduled for 14 April - that's four days after Cellino is able to return as a director at Elland Road.

He was disqualified after failing the Football League's Owners and Directors Test for dishonestly evading paying tax on his yacht Nelie. He's appealing against that verdict in Italy.

Pool reopens after leak

Wakefield Council

tweets: The main pool has reopened at Knottingley Leisure Centre but the small pool is closed as we investigate. Info on

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A six-year-old boy from Otley is in London to hand in a petition to the prime minister calling for the NHS to pay for his life-extending drug.

Sam Brown has morquio - a disease that stops his bones growing properly.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

McBusted in Leeds

Yorkshire Evening Post

McBusted have sat down for a chat with the Yorkshire Evening Post on a visit to Leeds today and talked cakes, burgers and gigs.

Watch the video here.

McBusted in Leeds
yorkshire evening post

Park Avenue match postponed

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford Park Avenue's Conference North match against Chorley tonight has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the match will be confirmed later.

Garden bin 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.

More time for more news

BBC Look North's late evening bulletin on BBC One, broadcast from right here at BBC Broadcasting Centre in Leeds, has been extended to give extra time for more in-depth news.

Amy Garcia in Look North studio

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

has been extended to 15 minutes from Monday and Thursday every week until June to ensure viewers get the best coverage of the issues facing Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 general election.

James Harding, the BBC's director of news and current affairs, says: "These extended bulletins will allow us to follow ever more closely a campaign which is going to be being fought out constituency by constituency across the United Kingdom."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A new £2,000 grant paid to schools to help adopted children isn't working, according to some parents in West Yorkshire.

Mums and dads in our region say they're worried the money isn't being used wisely.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Bridgewater Place reopens

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The junction at Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building, has been reopened to traffic after having been closed for the morning due to high winds, Leeds City council says.

Diversion signs for high-sided vehicles will continue to operate until 16:00 and will then be in place again from 19:00 until 04:00 on Thursday morning.

The council says it "will continue to monitor the wind conditions and further updates will be provided as necessary".

Sam heads for Downing Street

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A six-year-old West Yorkshire boy is taking his fight for medication to Downing Street.

Sam Brown

Sam Brown from Otley has the condition Morquio, which dramatically reduces his growth.

He was on a clinical trial for treatment, but that trial has finished and the NHS isn't currently commissioning new drugs. Today, Sam will hand a letter to the PM calling on him to take action.

No TV for City's FA Cup clash

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bradford City's FA Cup fifth round tie at home to either Sunderland or Fulham

has not been selected for live television coverage.

The match will be played on Saturday 14 February at 15:00.

Cycle celebration for Tour de Yorkshire

Keighley News

A mass cycle ride is to be held along the route of the Tour de Yorkshire - which takes in the Worth Valley and South Craven -

just hours before professional cyclists race through.

Sunny spells and showers

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see sunny spells and scattered showers.

Weather forecast

These showers will turn increasingly wintry.

The top temperature will be about 5C (41F), with a strong westerly wind.

Woman's body found

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

We've just had an update to a story we ran yesterday about the police search in Ilkley for 45-year-old Gita Williams, who'd gone missing from her home at the weekend.

Police have now confirmed

her body was found in a stream close to Parish Ghyll Drive at about 12:30 yesterday. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

Police have thanked the public for their help with the appeal.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire boy with a rare disease takes his fight for NHS treatment to the Prime Minister today.

Sam Brown from Otley has Morquio, which severely stunts his growth.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Road closed due to wind

BBC Travel News reports that Neville Street in Leeds remains closed in both directions between the Water Lane junction and the New Station Street junction because of strong winds.

£10m bid to buy stake in United

Leeds United fans have launched a £10m bid to become quarter-owners of the club.

Leeds United stadium

They say they're looking to buy out the 25% stake currently owned by GFH Capital.

Group spokesman, Dylan Thwaites, has told BBC Radio Leeds: "This is for all Leeds fans to try and get together and to have a say in the club because for too long we've had no say".

Bronte table finally comes home

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth where

a dining table upon which classics such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were written will finally come home later this week.

Ann Dinsdale at the Bronte Parsonage

It's a real coup to get this table back where it belongs. It's thought it could have fetched up to £1m at auction, but thanks to a £580,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, it's coming back to Haworth.

Ann Dinsdale (pictured), collections manager at the Parsonage, tells me it's "one of the most exciting things that's happened here in decades" and that the table is "a significant literary artefact".