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  1. Updates from Wednesday 4 February 2015

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire. We leave you with this fantastic picture of the sunset over Emley Moor taken by Joe Chubb in Flockton.

Sunset over Emley Moor
joe chubb

Martin Coldrick be with you again from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

A mostly dry night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be mostly dry with clear periods in the west. Further east, there may be scattered snow showers, locally heavy. The minimum temperature will be about-3C (27F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will see a dry start with sunny spells in the west, clouding over from the east with scattered showers of rain sleet and snow.

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

Sinfield 'fresh' for new campaign

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield says his international retirement

has given him a feeling of "freshness" for the forthcoming Super League season.

Kevin Sinfield

The 34-year-old ended his England career in September last year, ruling himself out of the Four Nations tournament in the autumn.

Instead, the Oldham-born half-back was able to recuperate after helping Leeds to Challenge Cup success in 2014.

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 get the latest from Rotherham where government commissioners are to intervene at the council after a culture of "complete denial" over child sexual exploitation in the town was exposed.

Also, we'll be speaking to Yorkshire Cricket captain Andrew Gale about today's announcement the club's official charity partner next season will be Yorkshire Cancer Research.

And, on a much lighter note, we report from a school in Otley where pupils have designed and built their own miniature wooden car which can reach speeds of 60mph.

Bradford City fined by FA

BBC Sport

Bradford City and Millwall have been fined by the Football Association

after admitting a breach of FA rules.

Trouble at Bradford-Millwall match
ALlsport/getty images


two clubs were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in an FA Cup third-round replay last month.

Millwall have been fined £6,000 and Bradford have been fined £3,000, while both clubs have been warned about their future conduct.

Funding to give lift to airport

Wharfedale Observer

A multimillion-pound government funding scheme could help Leeds Bradford airport,

according to a councillor for the area.

City celebrates Carnival pioneer

Leeds City Council earlier

tweeted this picture of Arthur France MBE who has been presented with one of the city's most prestigious accolades.

Arthur France receives Leeds Award
leeds city council

Mr France has received 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.

Smith admits helicopter 'panic'

BBC Sport

Huddersfield Town defender Tommy Smith says he panicked after regaining consciousness in a helicopter on the way to hospital after being knocked out during

Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Leeds.

Air Ambulance at Huddersfield ground

The 22-year-old needed nine minutes of treatment on the pitch after colliding with goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

He is now back in training after being

discharged from hospital on Sunday.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A new jogging route around Bradford has been unveiled today.

The route is the first "greenline" one-mile track in the country and will be one of four in the district.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Cellino will return - Leeds chairman

BBC Sport

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers is confident owner Massimo Cellino will return to Elland Road when he has served

his Football League ban.

Massimo Cellino
Getty Images

The Italian has been disqualified from having anything to do with the running of the club until 10 April.

In accordance with the banning order,

he stepped down on 23 January.

Wooden wonder reaches 60mph

BBC Look North

When you mix speed and teenagers together, it's not always good news.

Pupils working on miniature car

But a team of pupils from Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley have added engineering to the mix - and have now won the regional finals of the Formula 1 in Schools competition.

They designed and built a miniature Formula 1 car made out of balsa wood - and believe it or not, it gets up to speeds of around 60mph.

Find out more on BBC Look North on BBC 1 from 18:30.

Your views

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

BBC Local Live brings you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

City centre flood plan work starts

Work on the £45m

Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme is to start in the city centre.

Flood alleviation scheme plan
Leeds City Council/ARUP

The project on the River Aire will cover 2.7 miles (4.3km) between Leeds railway station and Thwaite Mills.

The work,

designed to protect more than 3,000 homes and 500 businesses against a one-in-75-years flood on the river, is due to end by March 2017.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Hundreds of homes are to be built on part of the Seacroft Hospital site in Leeds.

Money made from the sale of the land has gone back into the hospital trust coffers.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Elland man's case 'very concerning'

More on David Cameron's promise to speak to the Home Secretary about the case of Elland man Mohammed Naved Bashir

who says he was wrongly identified and imprisoned by police.

Replying to a question in the Commons by Calder Valley Conservative MP Craig Whittaker, Mr Cameron said it was "a very concerning case".

While he could not give specifics about the case, Mr Cameron said: "One option would be for Mr Bashir to make a formal complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Let me try and get him some more information about that."

City's new jogging route

A new jogging route around Bradford has been unveiled today -

the first "greenline" one mile track in the country which will eventually be one of four in the district.

Bradford City Park
Phil champion/geograph

It follows a section of a well-established route from City Park (pictured) and past Bradford University and is part of a scheme by Athletics England to develop routes across the country.

John Dennis, from Bradford Athletics Network, said: "Many people want to be more active and do more exercise but are often unsure about where would be suitable to run. Our aim is to make walking and running more accessible and encourage people to get involved in the sport."

Films in classrooms 'improve learning'

Using film in the classroom can improve children's learning, according to research on using movies in education to be presented in full at Bradford's International Film Summit next month.

Film strips
Science Photo Library

The initial findings from Bradford Film Literacy Programme's work in 40 primary schools in the city show film can be used in schools to improve children's reading and writing skills.

Head of education at the British Film Institute, Mark Reid, who helped to shape the film literacy programme, says: "Bradford recognises the fundamental role film can have in supporting and extending children's literacy. There are very few places in the world doing work of this kind."

Appeal after men hit by car

Police are appealing for information after two men were injured on Sunday afternoon when a car mounted the pavement and hit them,

West Yorkshire Police said.

The men, aged 21 and 27, were walking along Oldfield Lane, Wortley, near Wortley Heights flats, at about 13:40 when the vehicle hit them from behind.

Both men hit the windscreen, which smashed, before the car drove off along Oldfield Lane in the direction of Asda. The men were taken to Leeds General Infirmary and were later discharged.

MP confronts rowdy passengers

A West Yorkshire MP has told

BBC Radio Leeds how she stood up to yobs drinking and swearing on a train.

Mary Creagh MP

Wakefield Labour MP Mary Creagh (pictured) was on a service from Brighton to London when she confronted the hooligans who were upsetting other passengers in what she calls "a nasty case of the verbals".

But she says she was surprised many other people on the train didn't back her up: "I was shocked at the lack of solidarity from the other passengers".

PM's vow over 'identity error' arrest

The Prime Minister has promised to speak to the Home Secretary about a case involving a man from Elland who says he was wrongly identified and imprisoned for three days.

Mohammed Naved Bashir

David Cameron said he would ask Theresa May to look into Mohammed Naved Bashir's situation.

Mr Bashir is now taking legal action against West Yorkshire Police after being taken to court in Glasgow accused of fraud before officers realised their error.

Homes to be built on hospital site

Hundreds of homes are to be built on

part of the Seacroft Hospital site in Leeds.

Seacroft Hospital site

The land is unoccupied as services have been centralised over recent years into the most modern buildings on the site. A total of 700 two, three and four bedroom homes are to be built, with work starting later this year.

The land was sold to the Homes and Communities Agency last year for about £6m, with the proceeds going back into hospital trust coffers.

Road blocked due to fire

BBC Travel News reports Beeston Road in Leeds is blocked and there's slow traffic at the Tempest Road junction, because of a building fire.

Super League 2015 preview

BBC Sport

Super League promises to be as competitive as it has ever been in its 20th year, following the Rugby Football League's restructuring of the three professional divisions for the new campaign.

Super League players

For the new slimmed down 12-team top tier - which includes four West Yorkshire teams - there is the threat of relegation, and in turn promotion for their Championship counterparts.

BBC Sport assesses each of the teams' chances and selects the key men who could decide the destination of the Super League trophy at October's Old Trafford Grand Final.

News on the hour

The Prime Minister is promising to look into the case of a man who claims he was wrongly arrested by West Yorkshire Police.

Calder Valley Tory MP Craig Whittaker has raised the case of Mohammed Naved Bashir, from Elland, in Parliament.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Balls shrugs off TV memory lapse

BBC Politics

Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood Ed Balls has said "it's an age thing"

after failing to remember the name of one of Labour's main business supporters.

Ed Balls

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, he described Bill Thomas - who helped draw up the party's small business policies - as simply "Bill" and when pressed could not give his surname.

Labour sources called it "a human error" and a "perfectly human slip up". Mr Balls tweeted yesterday:

"It's an age thing!"

Attempted robbery 'terrifying' for couple

More from West Yorkshire Police following the release of CCTV images showing men they want to identify

after a man was attacked and a woman threatened in an attempted robbery in Pudsey.

CCTV footage
West yorkshire police

Det Con Lisa Watts says: "This was a terrifying experience for this couple to be confronted by these masked armed men and threatened and attacked in their own home.

"While the men had their faces covered, one suspect's balaclava does not cover the upper part of his face and together with his build and clothing we are hoping someone may recognise him."

Police cuts 'put public at risk'

Telegraph & Argus

Police representatives have warned that multimillion-pound budget cuts

are putting the public of West Yorkshire at risk.

CCTV appeal over raid

Police have released CCTV footage of men they want to identify

after a 48-year-old was attacked in an attempted robbery at his home in Pudsey.

CCTV footage
West yorkshire police

The victim received cuts and bruises when he was assaulted at the property off Tyersal Road at about 22:00 on Tuesday 16 December. Three masked men armed with metal bars had smashed their way in.

They demanded money before hitting the victim on the head and arms. The man's wife was also threatened but managed to escape from the building and call the police. The three suspects ran off empty-handed and drove off.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The Prime Minister is promising to look into the case of a man who claims he was wrongly arrested by West Yorkshire Police.

Calder Valley Tory MP Craig Whittaker has raised the case of Mohammed Naved Bashir, from Elland, in Parliament.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Big fall in apprenticeships

Huddersfield Examiner

The number of people starting apprenticeships in Kirklees dropped eight per cent last year,

new figures show.

Lees and Patterson sign new contracts

BBC Sport

England Lions batsman Alex Lees (pictured) and seam bowler Steve Patterson

have signed new contracts with champions Yorkshire.

Alex Leeds
Getty Images

Lees, 21, has committed his future to the club until the end of 2019 and Patterson has agreed a deal until 2016.

"The sign of a great side is to be successful over a period of time,"

Lees told the club website.

Kirklees council tax to rise

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Senior councillors in Kirklees

have agreed a council tax rise of 1.95% for the next financial year.

Huddersfield Town Hall
Stanley walker/geograph

Cabinet members have also agreed a housing rent rise of 2.2% and proposals to close all but two libraries in the district won't now go ahead, the council says.

Plans on how to run the library service will be discussed along with other budget proposals at a full council meeting on 18 February.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

There are calls in West Yorkshire for so-called "cuddle cots" to be installed in all NHS hospitals to help parents cope with stillbirths.

Katie Howell, from Wakefield, who lost her infant at 35 weeks, says it's a disgrace the cots are donated rather than being compulsory in maternity units.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Wintry West Yorkshire

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Pete Barnes in Wakefield for sending us this wintry picture of Castle Hill near Huddersfield which he caught on camera late yesterday afternoon.

Castle Hill
Pete Barnes

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

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Traffic light failure

BBC Travel News reports the traffic lights are still out on The Headrow in Leeds at the Briggate junction - as they have been for most of the morning.

Drivers are being warned to approach the junction with care.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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City centre regeneration plan unveiled

Telegraph & Argus

A "bold" 10-year plan to drive forward regeneration in Bradford city centre

has been unveiled by Council bosses.

Empty shops 'show north-south divide'

BBC Business

There are twice as many empty shops in England's northern towns and cities as in the South, research suggests.

Empty shop

The Local Data Company, which monitors 3,000 town and shopping centres and retail parks, said one in five shops in the North was now empty, compared with one in 10 in the South.

Despite the deepening regional divide, it said there had been a "marked improvement" overall.