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Summary

  1. Ex-soldier faces court over fraud allegations
  2. Bradford City make FA Cup quarter final draw
  3. Jane Tomlinson charity raises £7.6m
  4. Fresh appeal over John Luper murder
  5. Police seek witnesses after cyclist killed
  6. Updates on Monday 16 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Grace Parnell

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

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

We'll be back with news, travel, weather and sport updates from across the region from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run

Police are appealing for information about a blue vehicle which failed to stop after hitting a pedestrian on School Lane in Dewsbury Moor.

The incident happened at 14:20 on Saturday. The male pedestrian was taken to Pinderfields Hospital for treatment to his leg. He has since been discharged having suffered ligament damage.

Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Brother 'will never forgive'

Yorkshire Evening Post

The brother of a Leeds millionaire businessman who died during a robbery at his home has

said he will "never forgive" his brother's killers.

Toby Luper and Det Supt Simon Atkinson of West Yorkshire Police
yorkshire evening post

Speaking on the 11th anniversary of the robbery in Alwoodley, which led to the death of 57-year-old John Luper, Toby Luper said he was no longer angry but determined to ensure the culprits were caught.

John Luper, who had a clothing manufacturing business, died during a robbery at his home in Sandmoor Drive in the early hours of February 17, 2004.

Coming up on Look North

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight we'll be asking how long are you having to wait to see your doctor after it emerged it's taking patients at one surgery near Rotherham FOUR WEEKS to get a routine appointment.

And we'll be catching up with Ben Parkinson - said to be Britain's most severely-injured surviving soldier - who's back home in Doncaster after a month in Scotland undergoing intense oxygen therapy treatment.

Watch Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Symmetry exhibition opens at hospital

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

A

new exhibition displaying a range of fine and rare objects from the extensive collection of Leeds Museums and Galleries has opened at St James' Hospital.

Leeds Museums and Galleries has curated a number of different exhibitions in the atrium of the Bexley Wing at the hospital since 2011 for staff, patients and relatives.

This year's exhibition focuses on the theme of symmetry in everyday life and includes a dinosaur bone from Sussex, Chinese porcelain and a printing block from Leeds.

Exhibition at St James Hospital
leeds city council

Clarke: City won't run scared

Telegraph & Argus

Billy Clarke today insisted that

Bradford City won't run scared of anyone in tonight's FA Cup quarter-final draw.

Bradford City celebrate
Telegraph & argus

The Bantams are within one game of Wembley after booking their first appearance in the last eight since 1976 with yesterday's ultimately comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

There's been a new appeal to try to catch the killers of a Leeds businessman 11 years ago.

John Luper collapsed and died after being tied up, along with his family, at their home in Alwoodley, but the case is being treated as murder.

The gang who attacked them escaped with jewellery valued at about £100,000.

Listen to the

17:00 bulletin.

Police seek sex offence suspect

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Police are urging a 21-year-old man from Leeds to hand himself in after he failed to attend court on 3 February after being charged with a sexual offence.

Geoff Harrison
North Yorkshire Police

A warrant has been issued by the court for the arrest of Geoff Harrison, and police have asked the public to help locate him.

Harrison is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, with a medium build and brown hair.

He is believed to be in the Selby or Leeds areas.

Fire service reports 345 chip pan fires

Fire crews rescued three women from chip pan fires this weekend, and

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed that it attended 345 chip pan fires over the past three years.

Chip pan fire
BBC

The fire service has issued

safety advice for cooking with oil as part of National Chip Week.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Eleven years on - and West Yorkshire Police are appealing for help solving a murder mystery.

John Luper died after a robbery at his home in the Alwoodley area of Leeds, while his family were tied up by the gang, who escaped with jewellery worth about £100,000.

Hear more on this on the

16:00 bulletin.

Portas's brother is father of her son

Yorkshire Post

Fashion guru Mary Portas has revealed

her brother is the biological father of her son.

Portas, who last month surprised her partner Melanie Rickey as they became one of the first couples in the UK to convert their civil partnership to a same-sex marriage, told how her brother Lawrence Newton helped her and the fashion journalist conceive the boy, named Horatio.

In an interview with the Times Magazine she said her brother had said he would be "honoured" when she asked him to donate sperm for the IVF treatment and he was present as Ms Rickey gave birth two years ago.

Mary Portas and her partner Melanie Rickey
yorkshire post

She said: "Lawrence was the first one there (with us) and he picked him up and it was just very emotional. I said to him 'thank you' and he said 'it's my pleasure', and we just held each other.

Tributes to Halifax FC 'stalwart'

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

We reported earlier that the Huddersfield Examiner has been paying tribute to a Halifax Town director who died in a car crash at the weekend.

Bradford's

Telegraph and Argus has acknowledged the part Debbie Charlton played as sponsorship and relationship manager for Bradford Bulls over 15 years.

Ms Charlton died following a collision on Rochdale Road at Triangle near Halifax at around 20:30 on Saturday.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is locked in a war of words with the Crown Prosecution Service, over the case of a teenager killed in a car crash.

It's after Wakefield mum, Linda Hawker, received a letter from PCC Mark Burns-Williamson criticising the CPS for no one being held accountable for her son Daniel's death in Huddersfield in 2006.

The case never went to trial, due to a lack of evidence about the car's speed, but Mr Burns-Williamson claimed it COULD have, IF the CPS had adjourned the case to carry out CRUCIAL lab tests.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

Missing teen found in Wakefield

Wakefield Express

A 16-year-old girl from Huddersfield who was reported missing on Friday has been

found by police.

Leah Gates
West yorkshire police

Leah Gates, who is originally from Wakefield and Featherstone, was found in Wakefield on Saturday.

Hebden Bridge has top dog

Hebden Bridge Times

Val Wade with her Irish Red and White Setter, Max
Hebden bridge times

A dog from Hebden Bridge has been named as Top Irish Red and White Setter 2014 by Dog World.

Prize winner Max, who will be four in March, has been an unprecedented success for owners Val and David Wade of Oldestone showing kennels and has won thirteen challenge certificates over his short career.

The show champion dog, whose competition name is Ballakinish Malachi at Oldestone, won his first certificate, or ticket, before his second birthday.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bosnian war veteran and fundraiser from West Yorkshire has been charged with fraud.

Simon Buckden - who's from Bramley in Leeds - is due to appear at the city's magistrates' courts next month.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

This week's weather

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Here's the

BBC Weather outlook for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

BBC Weather graphic
BBC

Kippax and Armley traffic disruption

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is traffic disruption at Cross Hills in Kippax and at Armley Gyratory in Leeds.

The road is closed in both directions by the Butt Hill junction and the B6137 Leeds Road, junction because of a burst water main. The traffic lights are also out at the A647 Canal Street in Leeds so motorists should approach with care.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bosnian war veteran and fundraiser from West Yorkshire has been charged with fraud.

Simon Buckden - who's from Bramley in Leeds - is due to appear at the city's magistrates' court next month.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin on BBC Radio Leeds.

Fundraising veteran charged with fraud

Yorkshire Evening Post

A

former Royal Signalman from Leeds has been charged with fraud over claims he lied about having cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Simon Buckden
yorkshire evening post

Simon Buckden, 42, was medically discharged from the army after nearly 12 years service in 2001. It is thought part of the charges relate to claims he lied about having served in the SAS.

After leaving the military he raised money for charity and set up the website Positive Action PTSD.

Halifax Town director dies in crash

Huddersfield Examiner

A

road tragedy has claimed the life of a Halifax Town official.

The club's director for business development Debbie Charlton died, and as many as six others were hurt, in the smash on the A58 Rochdale Road at Triangle, Halifax on Saturday night.

Debbie Charlton, Halifax Town
Huddersfield examiner

Men charged with murder and robbery

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Two men have appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with

murder and robbery following the death of a man in Leeds.

Lady Justice, at the top of the dome of the Central Criminal Court,
bbc

The body of 48-year-old Andrew Gordon was found on 11 February at a flat in Briarsdale Heights in Gipton.

Steven Varley, 45, of Coldcotes Crescent in Gipton, and Michael Gath, 30, of Barton Terrace in Beeston, were remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bosnian war veteran from Leeds has been charged with fraud.

Simon Buckden, 42, from Bramley is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 18 March on seven counts of fraud by false representation.

Mr Buckden founded the social enterprise 'Positive Action for PTSD' for service personnel suffering from mental disorders.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

Ex-soldier charged with fraud

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

A former soldier from Leeds has been charged with seven counts of fraud by false representation relating to alleged claims he made relating to post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer and his military service.

Simon Alan Buckden, 42, of Landseer Way, Bramley, is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 18 March.

He was arrested in August last year and was charged on Friday. The charges relate to periods between 14 October, 2009, and 31 December 2013.

Fake cigarettes seized in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Examiner

Police and tax officers have

seized more than 100,000 fake and smuggled cigarettes following a series of raids on Huddersfield shopkeepers.

Non-UK duty paid and counterfeit cigarettes were seized from six shops.

Fake and smuggled cigarettes and alcohol
Huddersfield examiner

Premier Dancer to leave Northern Ballet

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Kenneth Tindall at the Northern Ballet
Bill cooper

The

Northern Ballet's premier dancer Kenneth Tindall is to retire after 14 years with the Leeds-based dance company.

Tindall joined the national touring company in 2000 after training at the Central School of Ballet.

He said it was a difficult decision to leave the company, but was excited to move on to a career as a freelance choreographer.

Tindall's last dance with the company will be as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights at Milton Keynes Theatre on Saturday 2 May.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire mum says a "catalogue of errors" by the Crown Prosecution Service means no-one has ever been held accountable for her son's death.

Daniel Atkinson was a passenger in a car which crashed in Huddersfield nine years ago.

The case never went to trial because the speed of the vehicle couldn't be determined.

Listen to the 11:00 bulletin on BBC Radio Leeds.

Stead says Bradford win 'better than Chelsea'

BBC Sport

Bradford FA Cup hero Jon Stead has

claimed the 2-0 victory over Sunderland was even better than their stunning win at Chelsea.

FA Cup quarter-final ball numbers
BBC

Stead scored for the fifth successive round to help the League One side claim a quarter-final place. He said expectations had increased following the 4-2 fourth-round win at Stamford Bridge last month.

England manager Roy Hodgson will make the FA Cup quarter-final draw ahead of Manchester United's fifth-round game at Preston - it will be shown live on BBC One and on the

BBC Sport website from 19:30 GMT.

Women hurt in chip pan fires

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

A woman was taken to hospital with burns to her arm, hand and leg after a chip pan fire in a ninth-floor flat at Norman Towers in West Park, Leeds this morning, West Yorkshire Fire service says.

Chip pan fire
West Yorkshire Fire Service

Two women were also taken to hospital after a chip pan fire in a flat on North Avenue in Bradford on Sunday.

As this week is National Chip Week, West Yorkshire Fire Service has issued

safety advice for anyone cooking with oil.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A dispute is under way between the Police Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

It's after Linda Hawker from Wakefield received a letter from PCC Mark Burns-Williamson criticising the CPS because no-one was held accountable for her son's death.

Daniel Atkinson was killed in a car crash in Huddersfield in 2006, but the case never went to trial due to a lack of evidence about the car's speed.

Listen to the

10:00 bulletin.

Police renew appeal for jewellery robbery murder

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

More on the news that police have renewed an appeal to find the killers of a Leeds businessman on the 11th anniversary of his death.

John Luper, 57, died of asphyxiation at his home in Alwoodley in 2004. Despite a number of appeals, police have not yet arrested anyone in connection with his death.

Cartier watch
West yorkshire police

About £100,000 of jewellery and cash was stolen, among which was a rare platinum diamond-encrusted Cartier watch, and a diamond and sapphire eternity ring specially made for Mr Luper's wife.

Otley cyclist killed by car

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

A 40-year-old

cyclist from Otley died yesterday when he was knocked down by a car in North Yorkshire.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the B6160 between Bolton Abbey near Skipton, and Barden Tower, at 11:30.

North Yorkshire Police said the man was with two other cyclists when he was hit by a silver Hyundai i30 travelling towards Barden.

M62 accident causes severe disruption

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports severe disruption on the M62 in West Yorkshire. One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the eastbound carriageway between J29 at the M1 (Lofthouse) and J30 ,the A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident.

BBC Travel graphic
Grace Parnell

'Magnificent milestone'

Yorkshire Evening Post

Jane Tomlinson's widower, Mike, and their children, Suzanne, Rebecca and Steven have revealed they have beaten their fundraising target.

Jane Tomlinson's daughter Suzanne
yorkshire evening post

They set themselves a

target of raising £5m for good causes back in 2009. The amount now raised by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and its partner charities has reached a staggering £7.6m.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire mother says a "catalogue of errors" by the Crown Prosecution Service means no-one has ever been held accountable for her son's death.

Daniel Atkinson was a passenger in a car which crashed in Huddersfield nine years ago, but the case never went to trial because the speed of the vehicle couldn't be determined.

To hear more on this listen to the

09:00 bulletin.

Watch City's goal machine Stead

BBC Sport

Watch Bradford City's Jon Stead as he scores a goal in every round so far of this year's FA Cup.

Bradford City's Jon Stead
BBC Sport

Stead continued his run with against his former club Sunderland as the Bantams secured a 2-0 victory in the fifth round.

New appeal over murder 11 years on

Grace Parnell

BBC Local Live

Leeds businessman John Luper
West Yorkshire police

Police have

renewed an appeal to find the killers of a businessman who was killed at his home in Leeds 11 years ago.

John Luper died during a robbery at his home on Sandmoor Drive, Alwoodley, on 17 February 2004.

The 57-year-old died of asphyxiation and was found the next day by his wife and daughter, who managed to escape after being tied up by the robbers.

Jane Tomlinson's charity raises £7.6m

John Henry

BBC Local Live

The

charity set up in the name of Leeds fund-raiser Jane Tomlinson has raised £7.6m, her family has revealed.

Mrs Tomlinson was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2000 but she started charity fund-raising with marathon events and bike rides in several countries.

She died in 2007 after raising £1.8m for hospices, cancer-related causes and hospitals.

Jane Tomlinson
PA

Her daughter Rebecca said the figure was "beyond all expectations".

Bradford City make FA Cup quarter finals

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Jon Stead celebrates
Getty Images

Bradford City are through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1976 after pulling off another giant-killing at Valley Parade yesterday.

An early own goal when John O'Shea deflected a Billy Clarke shot into the net and a Jon Stead strike saw Phil Parkinson's League One side through to the last eight.

City dominated large parts of a game watched by a crowd of 24,021 - the biggest at Valley Parade since 1960.

The quarter final draw takes place tonight at around 19.30 on BBC 1 - City will be ball number five.

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