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  1. Updates from Friday 30 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Oliver Wright and Alasdair Gill

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for BBC Local Live for today.

The service will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Coming up on Look North

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

A Scarborough charity, which supports survivors of sexual abuse, is now applying to the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust to help fund its work.

HOPE says it has seen a dramatic rise in the number of people seeking help following investigations into abuse claims against Savile and the former Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli.

Watch the broadcast

here at 18:30.

Sunny spells and wintry showers

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be cold and windy with

sunny spells and scattered wintry showers tomorrow.

Any showers are likely to be confined to eastern areas. Maximum temperature of 4C (39F).

Slovakian 'most wanted' deported

A man described as

one of Slovakia's most wanted has been arrested by officers in Bradford and extradited back to his home country, following the issue of five European Arrest warrants.

Daniel Herak, 42, was wanted in Slovakia over a string of alleged offences which carry a maximum sentence of nearly 40 years.

He faces charges of robbery and threats to kill, real estate fraud, obtaining property by deception and mobile phone fraud.

Pole dancing

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

Footage has emerged showing lamps on the M62 motorway at Lofthouse in West Yorkshire swaying violently in the wintry weather over the last 24 hours.

Swaying lamps on M62
Bob Hill

The Highways Agency said the motorway lights were subjected to "vortex shedding", which is when the natural frequency of the lamp column matches the speed of the wind.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd inquest

Wakefield Express

Witness are refusing to co-operate with an

inquest into the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd who died while on holiday in Corfu.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd
Wakefield Express

Frustration that some individuals have declined to take part in the inquest into the deaths of the Horbury schoolchildren emerged at a hearing today.

Harry up for TV award

BBC Look North

Look North's

Harry Gration has been nominated for Regional Presenter of the year at the
Royal Television Society Journalism Awards.

Harry presented Look North from 1984 to 1994 and returned to the programme after a brief break in 1999.

Harry Gration

The winners will be announced in London on 18 February. We hope you'll join us in wishing him luck.

How not to rob a bank

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A robber who downloaded guides on "how to rob a bank" has been

jailed for 11 years after carrying out raids across the country.

Gregory Dike
West Midlands Police

Gregory Dike, 38, from London carried out robberies in Leeds, Liverpool and Middlesex last year but was stopped in his tracks when he was caught fleeing from a NatWest branch in Rowley Regis in the West Midlands.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police is tracing a number of passports and travel documents stolen in a burglary in Bradford.

The break-in on Killinghall Drive was particularly distressing for the family because their dead daughter's possessions were taken.

Listen to the 17:00 bulletin.

Mapping stop and search

West Yorkshire Police has signed up to a

new Home Office scheme which maps details of police stop and searches.

The force is one of 14 which launched the stop and search mapping scheme on today.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Money said: "Members of the public rightly want to know that these powers are being used properly, effectively and proportionately."

'Austin staying put'

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Head coach Neil Redfearn says Rudi Austin will not be leaving Leeds United in the January transfer window.

Neil Redfearn
Getty Images

There has been reported interest in the midfielder, but Redfearn says Austin is an integral part of what United are trying to achieve.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hogg is unlikely to recover from a thigh strain in time to face Leeds United in the West Yorkshire derby tomorrow.

Pearce grateful to United

Outgoing Leeds United defender

Jason Pearce, who has agreed a deal with Wigan Athletic,
tweets: So pleased to finally get over the line
@LaticsOfficial - new chapter in my career and can't wait to get started and help the lads out. Wanna also say thanks to
@LUFC, had some good times there and met some great people. Wish you all the best.

Burgess on code switch

BBC Sport

Dewsbury-born rugby player Sam Burgess has been

talking about his switch to rugby union ahead of his England Saxons debut against Ireland Wolfhounds on Friday.

England's Sam Burgess
Getty Images

The former Rugby League star switched codes to join Bath from the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the end of the season in October 2014.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford mum has made a heartfelt plea after burglars broke into her home and stole her dead daughter's passport.

Aisha Hanif died from a genetic condition when she was just 12 years old.

Listen to the bulletin.

Abuse victims seek Savile funding

Alasdair Gill

BBC Local Live

A charity which helps victims of sexual abuse is

applying for funds from a trust set up by disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile.

Jimmy Savile

Healing Our Past Experiences (HOPE) is seeking a grant from the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.

The trust has more than £3.5m, most of which came from public donations.

Gaffer tape and the Eiffel Tower

Johnny I'Anson

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

tweets: Relentless purveyors of carnage
@StranglersSite are our Weekend Artist. Great tales this arvo of gaffer tape, a frenchman & the Eiffel Tower

Listen to Johnny live

here until 18:00.

Arson appeal

West Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses to a suspected arson attack at an address in Bromley Bank, Denby Dale.

Arson attack on property in Denby Dale
West Yorkshire Police

The incident in which the house and a garden shed and fence were damaged happened between 10 and 11 January.

Pc Kirsten Ford said: "This fire caused extensive damage to the garden and fences and it was lucky that it did not spread to other properties."

Bin crews back at work

Kirklees Council

tweets: Our bin crews are out this afternoon & tomorrow catching up on missed bins due to the snow, especially grey bins.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A schoolgirl from Bradford has raised nearly £1,000 to set-up a "cat retirement home".

Animal-lover Emily Sawyer, 13, says the money will be used to house elderly felines at Allerton Cat Rescue.

Listen to the bulletin.

Jason Pearce swaps Leeds for Wigan

BBC Sport

Championship strugglers

Wigan Athletic have signed Leeds United defender Jason Pearce for an undisclosed fee.

Jason Pearce
Getty Images

Former Portsmouth and Bournemouth centre-back Pearce, 27, has signed an unspecified "long-term deal".

He is the third player to join the Latics this month, after the arrivals of Liam Ridgewell and Chris Herd.

Trains running at reduced speed

Northern Rail

tweets: Due to a vehicle striking a bridge at #BradfordInterchange trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.

Teen rapist jailed

Yorkshire Evening Post

A teenager trapped a six-year-old girl in a room and

brutally raped her at a foster home.

Aaron Abbott, now aged 23, was 16 at the time he carried out the brutal attack on the youngster at the house in south Leeds.

Abbott was jailed for nine years at Leeds Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of rape.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A schoolgirl from Bradford has raised nearly £1,000 to set-up a "cat retirement home".

Animal-lover Emily Sawyer, who's 13, says the money will be used to house elderly felines at Allerton Cat Rescue.

Listen to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Tackling the weeds

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

High-powered cannabis factory

lamps seized by police have been put to use by Leeds Rhinos to grow some grass of their own - on the pitch.

Cannabis plants and lamp

The rugby league club was given about 50 lights and transformers that were confiscated in a raid on a cannabis farm in north-west Leeds on Tuesday.

West Yorkshire Police said the move would save the force and club money.

McLean extends Posh loan

BBC Sport

Bradford City striker

Aaron Mclean has returned to Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.

Aaron Mclean

The 31-year-old had spent the last three months on loan at Posh, scoring once in 10 games.

He left London Road to join Hull five years ago and moved to Bradford in January last year.

River runs orange

The Environment Agency has

tweeted: We're responding to reports that #Bradford Beck, #Shipley, is orange. This is caused by water discharge from old mine workings.

Bradford Beck, Shipley
Environment Agency


added: We're locating the source and assessing the impact on the river.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire MP Alec Shelbrooke is hosting a dementia summit in Leeds today to address what he's described as the "gaps in care" for sufferers.

Listen to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

New train plea

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Richard Allan, the Commercial Director of Northern Rail, has told

BBC Radio Leeds that the company needs new trains to help meet growing passenger numbers.

He said: "The franchise that we've operated for the last 10 years wasn't expected to grow, the forecasts were that we would carry 60m people a year but we're now carrying nearly 100m people a year.

"We reacted to that, we've brought in additional trains but they have been older...but really we need more trains, we need better trains and we need electric trains."

Earlier this month, The Commons Transport Select Committee said

rail passengers outside the south-east of England are expected to put up with "cast-off" trains.

£12m Tour boost

The Tour de France Grand Depart brought an almost

£12m boost to the Bradford district in 2014, a report into the race's impact has found.

Tour de France in Yorkshire

The research measured the economic and social impact over 5 and 6 July, the

Welcome to Yorkshire report said.

About 380,000 spectators watched around the Bradford area over the two days.

Odeon repairs continue

Bradford Council

tweets: Repair works are beginning next week on the former Bradford Odeon building's domes.

Odeon in Bradford

The work is part of an

£18m scheme to turn the former cinema and concert hall into a live music venue.

A council spokesman said contractors would be installing new copper coverings on the roofs of the domes to prevent water from getting inside and replacing water damaged steel ring beams at the bottom of the domes.

Tourist office move

Yorkshire Evening Post

The main tourist office in Leeds, which is one of the UK's busiest, is to

move from its railway station home of 20 years.

Leeds Visitor Centre, which sees 2,000 people pass through it daily, will close at Leeds City Station tonight (Jan 30) and reopen in the cafe and gift shop of Leeds Art Gallery on Monday in a bid to save over £100,000 a year.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A senior figure at Northern Rail has told BBC Radio Leeds that the company is pressing the government for new trains rather than refurbished locos from elsewhere in the network.

Listen to the 12:00 bulletin for more.

Pitch inspection

FC Halifax Town

tweets: There will be a pitch inspection at the @ShayStadium at 9.30am on Saturday morning.

The Vanarama Conference side are due to face top-of-the-table side Barnet FC at 15:00 tomorrow.

The Shaymen, currently sitting seventh in the league, will be hoping to move into the play-off places following on from their

1-0 win away at AFC Telford on Tuesday.

Satellite image

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The Met Office has posted a fascinating satellite image of the snow storms that blighted much of northern England, including West Yorkshire, on Thursday on Twitter.

Satellite image
Met Office


tweeted: Satellite image from yesterday showing #uksnow in northern areas. The swirl of cloud is an area of organised snow

Counterfeit tobacco crackdown

Yorkshire Evening Post

More than 20 venues in Leeds were

caught selling illicit tobacco products in an undercover sting.

Continental shops, a city centre pub and a retailer close to Leeds' universities were allegedly among those flogging counterfeit tobacco and illicit whites - cigarettes that have been smuggled into the UK from abroad.

Funding deadline

The deadline to apply for a grant from the

Ann Maguire Fund closes at 17:00 today.

Ann Maguire
West Yorkshire Police

The fund focuses on arts education and was set up in memory of Mrs Maguire who was

murdered by schoolboy Will Cornick at Corpus Christi College, in Leeds, last April.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Events are taking place in London - and here in Yorkshire - to mark the 50th anniversary of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

The boat which carried his coffin along the Thames is recreating the journey, while at the National Railway Museum in York, the funeral train has gone on display for the first time in half a century.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

A65 busy


A65 Burley Road in Menston is busy but moving southbound at the Fox roundabout.