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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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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 put Prime Minister David Cameron in the hotseat.

David Cameron in Ilkley

He's been in Yorkshire today alongside the Chancellor George Osborne.

We'll be asking Mr Cameron about job creation, tourism and why he's up here in the north so much at the moment. Has it anything to do with the upcoming General Election, by any chance?

A dry and freezing night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be rather cloudy at first with a little light rain or sleet, but it'll become dry with clear spells later and a low temperature of about -1C (30F) with ice on untreated surfaces.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be dry and bright at first with sunny spells, though it'll tend to cloud over from the north with a few spots of rain possible.

The top temperature will be about 5C (41F).

Gillespie cleared for Big Bash

BBC Sport

BBC Sport has more on the news that county champions Yorkshire will allow first-team coach Jason Gillespie to take

a job in next winter's Big Bash League in his native Australia alongside his Headingley commitments.

Jason Gillespie
Getty Images

The former pace bowler (pictured right) has been linked with the BBL and at least two teams are seeking new coaches for 2015-16.

"I would be happy to chat to interested parties in the BBL," said Gillespie.

Fish 'n' chips v 'posh nosh'

Here are more comments you've sent in to us following

Times food writer Giles Coren's description of Leeds' food and restaurant scene as "rubbish".

Cynic Ali

says on Facebook: "I'd rather have a plate of fish 'n' chips than pay £80+ for some artsy fartsy plate of so-called posh nosh"

And Helen Sharpe

says on Facebook: "Has he been to York and surrounding areas? We have a plethora of excellent restaurants and good food!"

Bishop takes Lords seat

The Bishop of Leeds has taken his seat in the House of Lords.

Bishop of Bradford

The Right Reverend Nick Baines has been Bishop of Leeds since last year and was previously bishop of Bradford and of Croydon.

He took his oath of allegiance to the Queen in the short ceremony of introduction in the Lords.

Cooplands in administration

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

This is the scene at Cooplands bakery in Kirkgate, Leeds, this afternoon. Though the pastries and cakes are on display, the shop's closed after administrators were called in to the firm.

Goods on show at Cooplands

The Doncaster-based company, founded in 1932, has 80 stores, 26 mobile sandwich vans and 562 employees.

Administrators Deloitte said the business had made unsustainable losses due to high manufacturing costs and falling trade.

Major redevelopment for station

BBC Politics

George Osborne is hoping his "northern powerhouse" plan - to link up Northern cities to form a rival economic centre to London - will help the Conservatives win back some ground in the north.

George Osborne
Getty Images

"Today we commit to £6.4bn in transport links across this region," he tells the business leaders of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire gathered in Leeds.

One of his announcements is a major redevelopment of Leeds station to prepare for the arrival of high-speed trains.

Wildcats team choice 'could surprise'

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach James Webster says there could be some surprise selections in his team for Sunday's Super League opener.

The Wildcats kick-off away at Castleford and, speaking at last night's Wildcats fans' forum, Webster said he's had to think long and hard about his side.

"I don't think it'll be quite the team everyone expects to run out there," he says.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man as part of an investigation over allegations that a senior doctor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals took illegal drugs before going on call.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Parkinson apologises over criticism

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson

has apologised for comments he made after last Saturday's match against Colchester United at Valley Parade.

Phil Parkinson

Parkinson said he had concerns at the state of the pitch at Valley Parade after his side's 1-1 draw and named club directors Roger Owen and Graham Jones in his post-match interviews.

In a statement, Parkinson says he was "very frustrated" and had said things which were "not correct". He adds he has apologised to the two directors and that the club was "collectively responsible and are doing what we can to rectify the current situation".

Three arrested in drugs investigation

Jamie Coulson

Health Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

Police investigating allegations that a senior doctor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals took illegal drugs before going on call have arrested a 51-year old man from Baildon.

Doctor Colin Ferrie was suspended by the trust following reports in a national newspaper that claimed to show him taking cocaine and GHB.

Police say the man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and later bailed.

Two other men, aged 23 and 25, have also been arrested and bailed as part of the investigation.

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.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

People in West Yorkshire are being urged to make sure they're on the electoral roll in time for May's General Election.

Recent figures suggest up to 100,000 people have dropped off the electoral register in the county.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

DNA helps snare violent robber

Yorkshire Evening Post

This is the moment an evidence-conscious violent armed robber's plan to cover his tracks by carefully disposing of an incriminating cigarette butt

spectacularly backfired.

CCTV image
yorkshire evening post

Boost to student voter numbers

More than 900 students at Huddersfield University have registered to vote in just the last three days, according to the students' union there which has launched a push to increase voter registration

as part of a national Bite The Ballot campaign.

Ballot paper

Union president Josh Elderfield says he's pleased that so far 939 students have registered and that figure's continuing to rise.

"It's about having a conversation with them and saying there are a lot of decisions the government has made that have affected them and it's important this time round their voice is heard," he says.

Rolling road block on M1

BBC Travel News reports there's queuing traffic on the M1 northbound between J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green) and J46, A63 (Leeds Colton).

This is due to a rolling road block and emergency repairs. Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

There'll be court appearances in a week's time for 25 men accused of child sex offences in Halifax.

The allegations include rape, trafficking, grooming, voyeurism and drug dealing, mainly involving one girl over a five year period.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Firefighters thanked after 'freak' blaze

Huddersfield Town FC's commercial director Sean Jarvis has personally thanked firefighters who dealt with a "freak" blaze at his home last week.

Fire damage
West yorkshire fire service

The fire started after hot central heating pipes came into contact with a timber skateboard. Sean's nine-year-old son, Josh, raised the alarm after smelling smoke and smoke alarms were activated.

Sean says: "The firefighters did a first class job. They were very professional. They were great and took us through everything that had happened. I came into the office the next day and said to everyone, 'check your smoke alarms' and if you don't have one then get one in quick."

Rise in anti-Semitic incidents

The number of anti-Semitic incidents which were reported in Leeds and Bradford rose in 2014,

according to figures released by the Community Security Trust (CST).

The charity - which provides security for the Jewish community - says

it recorded more than 1,100 incidents across the UK last year, more than double the number during the previous year.

In 2014, there were 27 anti-Semitic incidents reported in Leeds, compared to 16 in 2013, and there were nine incidents reported in Bradford, up from one in the previous year,

according to CST figures.

Unseen Henry Moore works on show

Works by world-renowned Castleford sculptor Henry Moore, including some of his previously unseen works,

are to go on show in London.

Sculpture by Henry Moore

The works are being installed in Berkeley Square to mark the 30th anniversary of Moore's joint exhibition with Helaine Blumenfeld in New York.

The exhibition reuniting their pieces takes place from 22 May to 30 June and includes sculptures from the private collections of both artists.

Culinary critic Coren criticised

More of your reactions to Times food writer

Giles Coren's description of Leeds' food and restaurant scene as "rubbish".

Pauline Lockley

says on Facebook: "Perhaps it's because in Yorkshire we like to eat a well cooked, well prepared and well proportioned variety of food from all over the world.

"We do not appreciate (least most of us don't) a few bits of random items delicately balanced in the middle of the plate that passes for 'high class' in some restaurants, especially in London!!"

Oz role for Yorkshire coach?

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Yorkshire Cricket's chief executive Mark Arthur says the club won't stand in the way of first team coach Jason Gillespie pursuing a job in next season's T20 Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.

However, he stresses the role would be alongside Arthur's coaching commitments at Headingley.

Gillespie, who's been linked to several of the top jobs in the BBL, says he'd be happy to talk to interested parties - but he's also looking forward to the challenges at Yorkshire.

Snowy scenes at Holme Moss

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to David Horne for sending us this fantastic picture he's taken at Holme Moss high up on the West Yorkshire-Derbyshire border. It may not be snowing now, but there's still plenty up there.

Snowy view at Holme Moss
david horne

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

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tweet your photographs to us?

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

There will be court appearances in a week's time for 25 men accused of child sex offences.

The allegations include rape, trafficking, grooming, voyeurism and drug dealing, mainly involving one girl over a five year period.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

A cloudy and chilly afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will continue to be rather cloudy

with the best chance of seeing brighter skies being further west towards the Pennines.

Weather forecast

Cloud will increase from the east with scattered showers - mostly rain however a little sleet and snow is possible.

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

Food for thought?

You've been responding to

Times food writer Giles Coren's criticism of Leeds' food and restaurant scene. He says it's "rubbish"...many of you disagree.

On Facebook,

Fiona Colquhoun says: "Oh well if he cannot appreciate some trotters and tripe wi' a big bag o' chips wi' bits that's it then?"


Helen Marie Gatley says: "There's loads, Arts cafe, shears yard to name a few independent ones"


Michael Marsden says: "Wouldn't come to Leeds to eat. Far better places in Halifax"

Rail disruption over

Northern Rail

tweets: CLEARED: Trains are now running normally to and from Ilkley following safety checks of the line being made near Menston #MenstonTrains

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Man sought over missing case

Police have released CCTV images of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with

the theft of a passenger's suitcase from a train at Leeds.

CCTV image of man with case
British Transport police

The case was taken from a 20-year-old Huddersfield student on board the 05:40 Huddersfield to Newcastle service on 19 January.

British Transport Police say they'd like to speak to the man in the picture about the incident as he may have "key information". He left the train at Leeds and got in a taxi outside the station.

Rail disruption continues

National Rail

tweets: UPDATE: #MenstonTrains - Disruption to and from Ilkley until at least 12:00

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

There will be court appearances in a week's time for 25 men accused of child sex offences.

The allegations include rape, trafficking, grooming, voyeurism and drug dealing, mainly involving one girl over a five year period.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Rail disruption update

More on the

disruption to trains to and from Ilkley.

Northern Rail says speed restrictions have now been put in place at Menston after safety checks of the line were made.

This is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to all trains to and from Ilkley. Disruption is expected to continue until 11:00.