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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 February 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. I'll leave you with this snowy shot from the wilds of the Wessenden Valley, which Sandie Nicholson caught on camera today.

Wessenden Valley in the snow
Sandie nicholson

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

Fire crew given lifesavers award

A West Yorkshire fire crew

has received an award from the Royal Humane Society for saving the life of a lorry driver who was critically injured when his vehicle overturned.

The incident took place on Calderdale Way, Elland, in August 2012. The casualty's injury led to a serious bleed which the firefighters were able to control, ultimately saving the man's life.

Crew commander Ian Harrop, crew commander Julian King and firefighter Gavin Shaw, all from Blue Watch at Elland fire station, have been presented with the award.

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report from North Yorkshire where the Food Standards Agency has launched an investigation into
the alleged maltreatment of animals at a slaughterhouse.

Also, we'll hear from our business correspondent Danni Hewson who's at Westminster with representatives of the NUM and Unite who're hoping for a multimillion-pound government loan to keep Kellingley colliery open.

'Bike libraries' funding offered

BBC News Online reports that groups are being encouraged to set up "bike libraries"

allowing people to borrow bikes for free across Yorkshire.

Community groups, charities and not-for-profit businesses can apply for £500 - £10,000 to set-up a scheme.

Successful groups would manage a fleet of bikes that could be borrowed for between a day and several months.

Troubled majorettes' online aid

Yorkshire Evening Post

A community-minded online group has come to the rescue of a struggling majorettes dance troupe

by raising hundreds of pounds for them.

Sleet and snow showers

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see clear spells with scattered sleet and snow showers and a minimum temperature of about -2C (28F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow, there'll be sunny spells and scattered showers, of sleet and snow at first but increasingly turning back to rain or sleet later.

The top temperature will be about 5C (41F) with a moderate northerly wind.

Market wins national award

A Bradford market has scooped a national award for the third time in five years,

Bradford Council has announced.

The council-run St James's Market has once again been named Best Wholesale Market award at the Great British Markets Awards, taking the prize back from New Covent Garden in London.

The market currently has 35 traders operating from 66 units, supplying fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, exotic produce and pre-packed produce to more than 3,500 shops, restaurants and hotels in the city.

Sheep killed in dog attack

Telegraph & Argus

Killer dogs left a field strewn with 11 dead and dying pregnant sheep

after running amok at Riddlesden near Bradford.

Farmer Harley Baxter with sign
Telegraph and argus

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Council tax in Leeds will go up by almost 2%.

The authority say it's been left with no choice as it struggles to cope with a budget cut of more than £45m.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Leeds Council budget: Key points

More details have emerged about Leeds City Council's budget proposals for 2015-16 which are expected to be approved by full council on 25 February.

Some of the key points include:

  • Council tax to rise by 1.99%
  • Opening hours at leisure centres and contact centres to be cut
  • Grants to groups such as arts organisations to be reduced
  • Nursery fees will rise by 5.1%, but all 57 children's centres in the city will continue operating
  • Highway maintenance budget to be cut by 6%

Council faces 'near impossible' budget

Leeds City Council says its budget situation is becoming "near impossible" as it faces a £45.4m annual budget cut, and has just announced it plans to raise council tax by just under 2%.

Keith Wakefield outside Leeds Civic Hall

Council leader Keith Wakefield says: "We've done everything we can to try and protect our most vulnerable residents as best we can, but I'm afraid it's a near-impossible task.

"I'm sad to say over the next 12 months people will be suffering as a result."

Faith school bus consultation

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

has been opened to an eight-week consultation by Kirklees Council.

Any decision about the future of the service will be made later in the year after councillors have considered the views 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."

Leeds Council Tax rise

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Here's news that council tax in Leeds is to go up by 1.99%. Leeds City Council says that by March 2016 it'll have received almost £180m less in total core funding - a 40% fall in five years.

Leeds Civic Hall
david dixon/geograph

Rents on council houses will also go up by almost 3%, the council says. The latest budget for 2015-16 will be discussed next week. The cuts are expected to be approved on 25 February.

Council leader Keith Wakefield says: "The budget-setting challenge this year has been the most difficult I have ever been involved with, facing choices none of us would ever want to make, but there is simply no other way, the money is just not there anymore."

Spectacular sunset

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Richard Wilson for sending us this fantastic picture he took last night capturing a spectacular wintry West Yorkshire sunset in Methley on camera.

Methley sunset
Richard wilson

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

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Police criticise 'devastating' cuts

Tim Daley

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police officers have launched a campaign against what they claim are "devastating" cuts to the force's budget.

The Police Federation in the county says the public is being put at risk because the force has lost almost 1,000 officers over the past five years.

West Yorkshire Police Federation says it's hitting Parliament today with its Cuts Have Consequences campaign - telling MPs the force "needs boots on the ground if we want to fight crime and keep the public safe".

Family's shock as police 'ram' car

Telegraph & Argus

A pregnant mother has told of her terror when armed police "rammed" her family's car

as they took her young son home from hospital.

Abdur Rahman Rumel
Telegraph and argus

Traffic lights out

BBC Travel News reports that the traffic lights have failed on the A65 Commercial Road in Leeds at the B6157 Bridge Road junction.

Drivers in the area are being warned to approach the junction with care.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A campaign's been launched by West Yorkshire Police officers against cuts to the force's budget.

The Police Federation claims the public is being put at risk as the force has lost nearly 1,000 officers over the past five years.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Appeal over missing man

Police in Bradford are appealing for information about

the whereabouts of a 62-year-old man who's been missing from his home since yesterday evening.

Robert Smith
West yorkshire police

Robert Smith, of Victoria Road, Eccleshill, was last seen at his home at about 18:00. He said he was going for a walk but never returned.

He's white, about 5ft 3in, of medium build with grey hair which is balding. He's believed to be wearing a cream coloured coat and black trousers. He has links to Idle and Shipley.

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.

Ten reasons to watch Rugby League

BBC Sport

The domestic rugby league season begins on Thursday, with 12 clubs - including four from West Yorkshire, of course - all hoping to be crowned Super League champions in October.

Super League players

Are you a huge fan counting down the hours to your team's opening game? Or never seen the sport before and fancy something new?

Here are 10 reasons to watch rugby league in 2015.

Illicit tobacco seized in city

A total of 71,227 illicit cigarettes and 11.25kg of hand-rolling tobacco have been seized in a crackdown in part of Leeds by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs.

Stolen cigarettes

The goods, believed to be worth about £25,000, were seized from shops and traders in Harehills and the Dewsbury Road area last week. No arrests were made and investigations are continuing.

Jo Tyler, from HM Revenue and Customs, says: "We want to warn local shopkeepers being offered cheap deals on tobacco to only buy their stock from legitimate and reputable sources."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Leeds

Senior councillors in Wakefield start planning today how the authority can slash a further £38m from its budget over the next financial year.

Adult and children's services are likely to bear the brunt of the savings.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Bishop's 'great introduction' to Yorkshire

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that the new Bishop of Bradford is to spend five weeks living in different parts of his "patch"

to get better acquainted with the areas he serves.

Bishop Toby
diocese of west yorkshire & the dales

Bishop Toby Howarth says he'll stay in the homes of local residents, meet community and faith leaders, visit local businesses and meet councillors and civic leaders - starting next week in Menston and Ilkley.

Bishop Toby says: "Having lived most of my life in cities, this week will be a great introduction for me to God's church in some of the most beautiful countryside England has to offer."

Carnival founder's 'outstanding contribution'

The founder of the

Leeds West Indian Carnival is to be presented with one of the city's most prestigious accolades later.

Arthur France

Arthur France MBE is receiving the Leeds Award for his outstanding contribution to the city - and in particular the West Indian community over almost 60 years.

This includes being the founder of the first West Indian Carnival in Leeds in 1967.

Appeal after girl seriously hurt

An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured

when she was hit by a car in South Elmsall.

She was hit by a black Mercedes A140 in Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, at about 08:15 yesterday.

The schoolgirl was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where she remains in a serious but stable condition. Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Senior councillors in Wakefield start planning today how the authority can slash a further £38m from its budget over the next financial year.

Adult and children's services are likely to bear the brunt of the savings.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Town's democratic role celebrated

Huddersfield's role in the history of British democracy and radical politics will be celebrated this weekend

with a free guided walk around the town centre highlighting important sites.

Harold Wilson statue in Huddersfield

The guided trail will visit places associated with the Luddites, the Chartists and the early days of the Labour Party and will be led by author Cyril Pearce, who's written about the town's conscientious objectors and its reputation as "a hotbed of pacifism".

The walk will be held on Saturday between 13:30 and 15:30, starting from the Harold Wilson statue in St George's Square.

One million view Stan's moving moment

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

You might remember last week, BBC Radio Leeds

posted a moving video online showing the moment Mirfield man Stan Beaton heard the last recording of his wife's voice again after he thought it had been lost forever.

Stan Beaton

That video, which was posted just a week ago, has now been viewed just under one million times by people across the world.

Even Richard Branson's seen it - and he's tweeted it to his five million followers.

Take a look at the video on You Tube here.

Sham marriage gang jailed

Four members of a gang which arranged a sham marriage between a Nigerian man and Slovakian woman

have been jailed.

Joseph Iwueke and Ingrida Stojkova
Home Office

Joseph Iwueke, 33, and Ingrida Stojkova, 29, were arrested in Leeds just before the wedding was due to start last July.

At Leeds Crown Court the pair, along with Obinna Odelugo and Robert Stojka, all admitted a charge of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of UK immigration law.

Miller heads for Huddersfield

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Transfer deadline news from Huddersfield Town

who have signed striker Ishmael Miller (pictured left) from Blackpool until the end of the season, with the option of another year.

Ishmael Miller

Meanwhile, Town defender Paul Dixon has gone back to Dundee United, while striker Daniel Carr has gone on loan to Dagenham until the end of the season.

Another Blackpool player has come to West Yorkshire,

with defender Gary MacKenzie joining Bradford City on loan, also for the rest of the campaign.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Unions fighting to save Kellingley colliery from closure are taking the battle to Westminster.

The NUM and Unite are holding a conference with MPs on the future of mining.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Road remains closed after burst

BBC Travel News reports that Mill Lane in Mixenden remains closed in both directions between the Hays Lane junction and the Mixenden Lane junction because of a burst water main earlier today and subsequent emergency repairs.

Keeping pit open 'worth the battle'

Unions will put the "economic, environmental and common sense arguments" for keeping

threatened Kellingley colliery open at a conference at Westminster today, the leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has said.

Kellingley Colliery

The pit, near Knottingley, is set to close by the end of this year unless it secures millions in state aid from the government. NUM general secretary Chris Kitchen has told

BBC Radio Leeds keeping Kellingley open is "worth the battle".

"We're talking about something very important to the country as a whole, not just the men at the pit," says Mr Kitchen.

Talks over Kellingley's future

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Unions fighting to save Kellingley colliery, near Knottingley, from closure are taking the battle to Westminster today.

Kellingley colliery

The NUM and Unite are holding a conference with MPs on the future of mining. They're hoping the government will approve a multimillion-pound state aid loan to keep the pit open.

The government says any additional funding must provide value for money for the tax payer.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Senior councillors in Wakefield start planning today how the authority can slash a further £38m from its budget over the next financial year.

Adult and children's services are likely to bear the brunt of the savings.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Council considers £38m savings

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Senior councillors in Wakefield will discuss plans later to save £38m over the coming year. Council leader Peter Box says

there'll be significant changes in services which local residents will notice.

County Hall, Wakefield
Mike kirby/geograph

Since 2011, the council says it's saved £81m from its budget after it claims the government changed funding settlements to try and reduce the deficit.

Among some of the changes, the authority proposes savings of £20m in adult services, £200,000 from

the sale of historic building and wedding venue Woolley Hall, and £2m from changes to buildings and facilities.