Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 February 2015

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

We'll be back again at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

City plans 66,000 new homes

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

Plans to build 66,000 new homes in Leeds are to be drawn up for public consultation after Leeds City Council's executive board approved the move today.

Councillor Peter Gruen says the aim is to provide "a strong economic future for Leeds as a city, its residents and its communities".

Currently 763 sites have been identified across the city and plans should be available for consultation during 2015, the council says.

Theatres will move to 'new level'

More on the news that control of the Grand Theatre, City Varieties and Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds is to be handed to a new independent charitable trust.

Hyde Park Picture House
Tony O Connell/Leeds City Council

The three venues, currently run by Leeds City Council, put on more than 1,500 screenings and performances during 2013-14.

Council leader Keith Wakefield says the move will allow the venues to "move to a new level of success".

A dry and cloudy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be dry but rather cloudy with a little patchy fog where cloud breaks occur, and a touch of ground frost. The minimum temperature will be about 2C (36F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be dry but largely overcast with some brief brighter spells possible.

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

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 find out why hundreds of doctors' receptionists across Bradford are being sent on training courses to help them deal with patients.

And we'll meet Yorkshire butcher Frank Fisher who's 84 and who has no chip off the old block to follow him when he retires. Will it be the end of a business going back generations?

Coach's 'frustration' over visas

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay says he's "frustrated" by visa problems which have delayed the arrival of overseas signings Rene Matua and Ryan Verlinden.

The pair have been given clearance by the RFL but are still stuck in Australia waiting for their visas which means they'll miss Rovers' Championship opener against Hunslet on Monday.

Hay says: "What I do know is that when they finally arrive they're quality players. They've both been training hard overseas and they should be ready to go."

Suspended sentence for crash driver

Keighley News

A delivery driver was "staggering" drunk after losing control of a vehicle and crashing into a wall,

Bradford Crown Court heard today.

New trust to run city venues

Control of three of Leeds' cultural venues is to be given to a new independent charitable trust.

Grand Theatre
Tony O Connell/Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council has approved plans to hand over the reins of the Grand Theatre (pictured), the City Varieties and the Hyde Park Picture House.

All three venues have reported "significant annual deficits" in recent years, a

council report has said.

Warning over bin changes

Wakefield Council

tweets: 42k households will have a change of bin day from 17 March, Watch out for your letter #wakefieldhour

Knotweed 'could take years to clear'

Huddersfield Examiner

An invading plant has left a grandmother without her back garden for four years, and Sheepridge pensioner Mary Jameson has now been told

it may take three years to clear it.

Mary Jameson
Huddersfield examiner

Morris Minor sold for £17,000

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A Morris Minor car dating from 1968 which has only 190 miles on the clock has sold at auction in Ossett for £17,000. It was expected to fetch about £10,000.

Morris Minor badge

The car, which was bought for £656 (about £10,400 in today's money), was found during a house clearance in Harrogate.

The car comes with its original registration book, the original sales invoice from Kennings (Harrogate) Ltd and its original service book.

Update: Missing man search

We've had an update from West Yorkshire Police

who are searching for missing Wakefield man David Parkinson.

They now tell us that he's thought to have access to a red BMW with the registration YH62 AOC.

Anyone who sees the vehicle or David is asked to call police.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford man's been charged with terror offences.

The 27-year-old, who's from Heaton, will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow, accused of disseminating terrorist publications.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

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.

Shop work takes over car park

Telegraph & Argus

Drivers in Bingley will soon have to hunt out fresh parking spots as Aldi takes possession of the car park beside the site of its new development next week.

Aldi site
Telegraph and argus

'Charm lessons' for GP staff

Receptionists at doctors' surgeries in Bradford are to get customer care training

after concerns from some patients about "staff attitudes".

The courses are being run in 70 GP practices by the city's two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

Receptionists will learn how to deal with angry patients and try to provide alternatives to a consultation with a doctor.

The Bard comes to Bradford

Amateur actors in Bradford

are being given the chance to star in a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of A Midsummer Night's Dream when it visits the city in 2016.

William Shakespeare
Getty Images

The RSC is to tour the production next year to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard and to celebrate the company is looking to work with local amateur theatre groups in the places it visits.

From each of these groups, six amateur actors and a director will be cast to play the role of The Mechanicals, who feature in A Midsummer Night's Dream and are what the RSC describes as "probably the most famous amateur company".

The view from above

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to BBC Radio Leeds presenter Andrew Edwards for sending in this shot of part of Leeds waterfront from a viewpoint many of us won't ever have seen.

Leeds waterfront from above

It's taken from his high-level viewpoint at the Sky Lounge in Leeds city centre

from where he's due to broadcast later this afternoon.

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

Dying costs in Leeds 'among highest'

Yorkshire Evening Post

New figures have revealed the cost of dying in Leeds is

among the highest in the country.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford man's been charged with terror offences.

The 27-year-old, who's from Heaton, will appear before Westminster Magistrates tomorrow, accused of disseminating terrorist publications.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Lauaki must wait for Bulls debut

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford Bulls coach James Lowes has revealed that

new signing Epalahame Lauaki will have to wait to make his debut.

The former Wigan and Hull prop has only recently arrived from Australia where he'd been playing for Manly.

Lowes, speaking ahead of Sunday's opening Championship match at Leigh, says he won't throw the player straight in even though he says Lauaki is "keen as mustard".

Polish beer first for town

Huddersfield Examiner

A Polish brewery is hoping to take the British real ale scene by storm

after introducing its first ale into Huddersfield.

James Eastwood
Huddersfield examiner

A dry and cloudy afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be

dry but cloudy in West Yorkshire.

Weather forecast

There'll be just fleeting brighter spells in places.

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

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford man's been charged with terror offences.

The 27-year-old, from Heaton, will appear before Westminster magistrates tomorrow accused of disseminating terrorist publications.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Capital of Culture facts

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

With a decision on whether Leeds should bid for

European Capital of Culture status for 2023 being made next month, here are some Culture Capital facts:

Europe flag
  • The Capital of Culture scheme is run by
    the European Commission
  • Capital of Culture status is intended to "highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe"
  • The first European Capital of Culture was Athens in 1985
  • More than 40 cities have so far been named as European Capital of Culture, including Liverpool in 2008

Get vlogging with the BBC

Dan Foster

BBC Short Form, West Yorkshire

Do you live in West Yorkshire and are you interested in a fantastic opportunity for the BBC to work with you

to create bite-sized video content that's inventive, provocative, intelligent, attention-grabbing and funny?

BBC Short Form team

We're looking for a new generation of talented young people who can make great short-form videos and become the vloggers and digital content creators of the future.

How do you get involved? We're holding several sessions in Leeds and Bradford in February to explain what makes good short form digital content.

Take a look here to find one close to you.

Search for missing man

Police are appealing for help in finding a 34-year-old Wakefield man

who's been missing since yesterday morning.

David Parkinson
West yorkshire police

David Parkinson was last seen at about 09:45 at his home address in Jacobs Court, Horbury. Police say they are becoming "increasingly concerned" for his well-being.

David is 5ft 8in, of stocky build and with short, light brown hair. When last seen he was wearing a navy blue t-shirt and black jacket.

Traffic lights out

BBC Travel News reports there's currently congestion on Brownberrie Lane in Yeadon at the West End Lane junction because of a traffic light failure.

Drivers are being warned to expect some delays in the area.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford man's been charged with terror offences.

The 27-year-old, from Heaton, will appear before Westminster Magistrates tomorrow, accused of disseminating terrorist publications.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

BreakingMan faces terrorism charges

A 27-year-old man from Bradford has been charged with terrorism offences, police say.

The man, from Heaton, was arrested by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in October following an investigation into what they say were potentially suspicious social media postings.

He's due to appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow charged with the dissemination of terrorist publications.

MP lobbies PM over school repairs

A Conservative MP who held a protest after two schools in his Calder Vale constituency were missed out for urgent repairs is to meet the Prime Minister later.

Craig Whittaker

Craig Whittaker took to the roof of Todmorden High yesterday after it - and nearby Calder High - failed to be awarded cash in the latest round of government funding to shore up crumbling classrooms.

Mr Whittaker says he'll ask David Cameron to look again at the results of building surveys carried out at the two schools.

'One of a kind' car goes under hammer

A car made more than 50 years ago, but which has just 190 miles on the clock, goes under the hammer in West Yorkshire today.

Morris Minor

The Morris Minor, which cost £656 in 1968, was discovered in mint condition in a garage in Harrogate during a house clearance. It's travelled an average of just over four miles a year.

It's being sold in Ossett and auctioneer Dion Harrison says it's "one of a kind". He adds: "There aren't even any flies on the windscreen - it's hardly been driven except from the factory to the owner. It's a little piece of British motoring history."

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds will decide in the next few weeks whether to bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.

The former Mayor of Liverpool says it was worth £1bn there when it held the title in 2008.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Woman robbed in own home

Two men in Bradford

threatened a woman in her own home and stole her jewellery.

The 28-year-old victim was robbed at her house in Whiteways after she opened her door to two men at about 21:30 on Thursday. They took jewellery including two gold chains and some earrings before running off.

The woman was was left unhurt but shaken by the incident. One of the suspects is white, of slim build, with a thin face and pointed nose. The other is also white, of large build and shorter than his accomplice. Both wore black tracksuits and gloves.

Man jailed for breaking court order

Huddersfield Examiner

A Crosland Moor man has been jailed after breaching a court order

when he heard that his daughter had been kidnapped.