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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 February 2015

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Good evening

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

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

Castle Hill at dawn

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Sandie Nicholson in Holmfirth for sending us this fantastic picture of the Jubilee Beacon on Castle Hill, Huddersfield, at dawn this morning - complete with a "photobombing" border collie.

Jubilee Beacon at Castle Hill
Sandie nicholson

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

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Leeds puts on blooming good show

Leeds is set to go head-to-head with Birmingham and Hillingdon in London this summer after it was

nominated for this year's Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom awards.

Judges in Leeds, 2014
leeds city council

The city's been named as a contender in the Large City category, an award it was also nominated for in 2014. Judging will be carried out in August.

Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council's executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities, says: "It's absolutely brilliant that once again Leeds has been shortlisted. It'll certainly be fingers crossed that this year we can go one step further and claim the top prize."

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 get the latest from Halifax where Labour MP Linda Riordan has announced she's to stand down at the General Election in May.

Also, it's cold and damp outside so it seems strange to be announcing it's festival time. But we'll be reporting from Scarborough where the Coastival arts festival gets under way tomorrow.

Man's in court over terrorism offences

A Bradford man has appeared in court charged with publishing terrorist material online.

Hassan Munir, 27, is accused of making a series of postings on Facebook including a link to an online magazine published by the media arm of Islamic State. He was arrested in November by officers from the Leeds-based North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

The case was today transferred from Westminster Magistrates' Court to the Old Bailey. Mr Munir, who is on bail, is next due to appear in court on 20 February.

A cloudy but dry night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be mostly cloudy but generally dry until dawn when a little patchy rain is possible in places. The minimum temperature will be about 2C (36F) with a touch of ground frost.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be cloudy and windy with a little patchy rain possible at first, followed by longer outbreaks of rain later.

The top temperature will be about 7C (45F).

MP's decision 'after much thought'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the letter from Halifax MP Linda Riordan to her local party members explaining her announcement that

she's to stand down at the next election due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Mrs Riordan writes that it was only "after much thought" that she decided to quit Parliament.

"I don't want to go into a vital General Election campaign knowing that I can't give that campaign the energy and commitment it needs," she adds.

Missing man found

An update on a story we first ran yesterday:

Police searching for 34-year-old Wakefield man say he's been found.

David Parkinson went missing from his home in Horbury on Tuesday, but he was finally found yesterday in Norwich.

Police have thanked the public for their help in finding Mr Parkinson.

Is Town fan a jinx?

Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Town fan Steve Cobb will be in his seat at the John Smith's Stadium when his heroes take on Cardiff City next week.

But there are many other Town fans who wish he would stay away.

For the long-distance supporter has seen the team play nine games at the stadium this season and he has

yet to see them win.

MP Riordan: 'Difficult decision' to quit

Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan, who has announced she's to quit Parliament at the next General Election due to health problems,

has just told BBC Radio Leeds it was "a difficult decision" to make.

She says she's suffering from both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and her condition is "getting worse".

She made the final decision to leave just a couple of weeks ago after thinking about it "long and hard", she added.

City search for missing man

The search for a missing man from Skipton in North Yorkshire has been extended to Leeds, police have said.

Liam Sutcliffe
North yorkshire police

It's believed Liam Sutcliffe was in the city yesterday evening and police are appealing to anyone who may have seen him or knows where he is now to contact them.

Liam was last seen at about midday on Wednesday and was reported missing this morning after he failed to return home. He's described as white, of slim build, with short, ginger hair and a fresh complexion.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The MP for Halifax, Linda Riordan,

is leaving Parliament at the General Election because of rheumatoid arthritis.

She's told Labour Party officials she wouldn't be able to give the election campaign the energy and commitment it needs.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Miliband praises MP's 'huge contribution'

In the light of

the decision by Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan to stand down at the next election, party leader Ed Miliband has thanked her for her "huge contribution" to Parliament.

Ed Miliband
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In a statement, he said: "For a decade she has tirelessly served her Halifax constituents. I know how proud she has been to represent the town in which she was born and has lived all her life."

Mrs Riordan had been "a strong voice" on workers' rights and had most recently been "a leading figure" in fighting for local NHS services in her constituency, Mr Miliband added.

Accident sparks M62 delays

BBC Travel News reports two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell) because of a multi-vehicle accident.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays in the area.

WATCH: City superfan celebrates

BBC Look North has captured on camera

the moment Bradford City fan Mary Thornton got a special visit from the FA Cup trophy.

Mary Thornton

The 85-year-old season ticket holder was picked out by television cameras celebrating her team's 4-2 win at Chelsea in the fourth round.

The Football Association rewarded her dedication by taking the Cup to her home.

Battle ahead for key marginal

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

Linda Riordan, Halifax's Labour MP, has left

her decision not to fight the next General Election quite late, which means her local party has lost some of its powers to decide exactly who replaces her.

Linda Riordan

A shortlist will now have to be drawn up by national Labour Party officials in London, and it's going to be quite a fight - Linda Riordan's majority here was just 1,400 at the last election.

Halifax is seen as a key marginal - so much so that David Cameron himself came to the town on 2 January to launch his party's poster campaign.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Halifax MP Linda Riordan says she is standing down at the General Election in May because of rheumatoid arthritis.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Man left unconscious in hotel attack

A 25-year-old man had to be treated in hospital after he was

left unconscious following a robbery in Bradford earlier this week, police have said.

The victim had cash and two mobile phones stolen in the attack, which took place on Tuesday at The Bradford Hotel in Hall Ings. He was left with a suspected broken nose and bruising and was taken to hospital for treatment before being released.

Police say they want to speak to two men seen entering the hotel at about 21:30 that evening.

Burst water main disruption

BBC Travel News reports disruption is continuing at Cross Hills, Kippax, which is closed in both directions between Butt Hill junction and the B6137 Leeds Road junction due to a burst water main.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The Labour MP for Halifax, Linda Riordan, is standing down at the General Election in May because of rheumatoid arthritis.

She's told Labour Party officials she wouldn't be able to give the election campaign the energy and commitment it needs.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Legendary former goth club returns

Batley News

Stalwarts of Batley's goth scene in the 1980s will rejoice at the news that

a legendary nightclub is set for a comeback.

Leeds: 'No approach from Barnsley'

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United say there's been no approach from Barnsley to speak to head coach Neil Redfearn

following the sacking of manager Danny Wilson this morning.

Neil Redfearn

Redfearn, who is a Barnsley legend, says that while he knows he'll always be linked with the Barnsley job, he's happy at Elland Road.

Redfearn says he also feels Leeds are at the beginning of something really big.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A passenger jet has made a forced landing at Leeds Bradford Airport.

The plane was en route from Newcastle to Prague when it was diverted to Yeadon with suspected hydraulic system problems. It landed safely and passengers were transferred to another plane to continue their journey.

You can listen

live from 14:00.

MP stands down over arthritis

Alex Homer

BBC Local Live

Halifax MP Linda Riordan says she is standing down in May because of rheumatoid arthritis.

Linda Riordan

In a letter to the local party, she wrote: "It has been an incredibly tough decision to make. Over recent weeks and months my health, particularly my long-standing rheumatoid arthritis, has made it increasingly difficult to carry out the job as effectively as I would like.

"I think this decision is the best one for the people of Halifax and the constituency."

More on the forced landing

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Flight LS509 was heading from Newcastle to Prague when it was ordered to go to Leeds Bradford Airport as a precautionary measure.

It seems to have been a problem with the hydraulic system on board.

Emergency services were scrambled but a statement from Jet 2 said they were not needed and the aircraft landed safely.

There were no injuries and passengers were transferred to another plane to continue their journey.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A passenger plane has had to make a forced landing at Leeds Bradford Airport.

The Jet2 service was diverted to Yeadon after it hit trouble.

More on this story in

our 13:00 news.

Leeds green-fingered gurus bid for title

Leeds will battle it out with Birmingham and Hillingdon in the RHS Britain in Bloom's large city category this year.

Also set to fly the flag for the city will be in bloom groups from Scholes and Woodlesford, who have both being shortlisted for individual awards.

The Alhambra gardens in Roundhay Park. Last year, Roundhay Park scooped the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society's 'Best Public Park' award.
Leeds City Council

Judging will take place this August before the winners are announced at an awards ceremony in Sunderland, which is set to take place in October 2015.

Halifax key target for Conservatives

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

More on the news that

Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan is to step down at the next election, which she announced at a meeting of local party members last night.

At the last election, she won the seat by just 1,500 votes. Her Conservative opponent Philip Allott is standing in Halifax again at the General Election in May.

The Conservatives have been putting everything into the constituency, with David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Francis Maude all visiting in January. This is one of their key seats and so they'll be very happy at this latest news.

Muslim schoolchildren numbers double

John Harrison

BBC News

The number of Muslim children attending schools in England and Wales has almost doubled since 2001, a report suggests.

Dr Sundas Ali, analyst for the Muslim Council of Britain report, said it was a

"frank snapshot" of Muslim life.

Muslim pupils

"The number of British Muslims has grown quickly over the last 10 years - meaning around a third are 15 or under - living mainly in London, and big cities in the West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire," said BBC religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The government is being urged to give more power to Yorkshire.

Politicians from the region say they want greater devolution, claiming we are losing out to more prosperous parts of the country.

The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman told the Commons that people here need to have more say. We will hear more from him

live from 12:00.

Powell explains Roberts decision

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has been explaining his decision to leave new signing Ben Roberts out of

last Sunday's Super League opener against Wakefield.

Roberts was named in the 19-man squad but didn't make the match day 17.

Powell says Roberts had "struggled to grasp the way we play and was struggling in practices", though he's now back in contention for Saturday's game away to Catalan Dragons.

Parents back euthanasia call

Morley Observer

The parents of a terminally ill man believed to have taken his own life after suffering from Huntington's Disease have

called for a change in the law to allow euthanasia for those already facing death.

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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Watch: Fifty years of the Pennine Way

BBC One's Inside Out has been taking a look at the Pennine Way, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Snow on Pennines

The 267-mile path is the oldest and longest National Trail in England.

It stretches from the Peak District, up through the Yorkshire Dales and ends just inside the Scottish border.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Twenty-five men are due before Calderdale magistrates this morning charged with child sex offences.

The allegations include rape, trafficking, grooming and drug dealing and are said to have taken place in Calderdale over five years.

More on this story and others in

our 11:00 bulletin.