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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 February 2015

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Good evening

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 Wednesday.

Imax upgrade for cinema

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

More than £750,000 of government money is being ploughed into Bradford's National Media Museum to upgrade its giant Imax screen.

The National Media Museum
National Media Museum

During 2014 about 24,000 people visited the cinema, compared with almost 150,000 five years ago.

It will close for two months while the digital upgrade takes place but will re-open in the summer.

The screen and the projection equipment at the cinema was installed in 1999.

The art of throwing mud

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds has turned its own building into a canvas today

with the help of artist Urs Fischer.

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds
Matthew Wharton

Members of the public have been joining in with the clay throwing and sculpting.

What do you think - is it art or just making a mess? Get in touch on

Twitter or
email us.

Access to train stations

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A disability campaigner in West Yorkshire has been telling

BBC Radio Leeds that rail companies are not fulfilling their obligations to allow disabled passengers have smooth access to train travel.

Julie Forshaw lives in Todmorden but often has to use Hebden Bridge station.

Protest at Todmorden

Network Rail says in a statement it is committed to "improving access at stations" and works with train operators and the Department for Transport to deliver improvements.

"Unfortunately there are many stations which were built many years ago with little consideration of accessibility issues.

The organisations says it has delivered accessibility improvements in recent years at stations including at Wakefield Westgate, Shipley, Huddersfield, Keighley and Bingley.

Museum work means closure

Wakefield museums

tweet in advance about the closure of Pontefract Museum for "essential works" starting on 23 February.

Coming up on Look North

BBC Look North

Phil Bodmer and Amy Garcia will be in the studio with Look North tonight.

Top story will be the news of Julie McCabe, from Keighley,

who died after suffering a severe reaction when she coloured her hair.

Phil Bodmer and Amy Garcia

They'll also look at claims of problems with access to railway stations in the region and bring news of £800,000 of funding for the Tour De Yorkshire.

The bike race will take international cyclists round the county in May.

Wheelchair user looks to Supreme Court

A disabled man who won a court ruling over bus wheelchair access which was later overturned has

launched a bid to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Doug Paulley

Doug Paulley, from Wetherby, was denied access to a First Group bus when a woman with a pushchair refused to move.

Senior judges overturned an earlier ruling which said the firm's wheelchair policy was discriminatory and breached the Equality Act.

Your views

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

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.

Older boys stole bikes

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Police are

appealing for witnesses after two schoolboys had their bikes taken in a robbery in Lupset, Wakefield, on Sunday.

Two boys aged 13 and 14 were stopped and threatened by three older male teens who demanded their bikes.

A BMX bike
West Yorkshire Police

A 15-year-old from Wakefield has been arrested by West Yorkshire Police and bailed in connection with the inquiry.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A disability campaigner in West Yorkshire says rail companies have to change access arrangement at some railway stations to allow disabled passengers smooth access to trains.

Julie Forshaw lives in Todmorden but often has to use the station at Hebden Bridge.

Listen to the

17:00 bulletin for more

Push for hydropower

Telegraph & Argus

A council committee will

discuss plans for a hydropower scheme in Saltaire.

The weir at Saltaire
Telegraph & Argus

Bradford Council wants to install the energy-generating scheme and fish pass at Salts Mill weir and on adjoining land in Roberts Park, but needs permission of the trustees of Roberts Park.

Dye allergy 'not on patient records'

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

The inquest at Skipton into the death of Julie McCabe was told that her hair dye allergy was not recorded on her patient records as her allergy to penicillin was.

Her GP Dr Sean Emmott said this was because hair dye was not like a medicine which a doctor might prescribe.

Asked by coroner Geoff Fell if doctors informed companies of reactions to their products, he said no - but said it was routine to inform pharmaceutical companies when drugs did not agree with patients.

Parking in Halifax?

Calderdale Council

tweets a reminder of its parking charges that were introduced in February.

Severe traffic disruption

The A65 Kirkstall Road is still closed in Kirkstall between the Willow Road and Bridge Road junctions due to a jack-knifed lorry.

Diversions are in place and bus routes have been altered. The disruption is severe says

BBC Travel News.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police say a convicted drug dealer who fled to the Philippines is to be extradited back to the UK.

John Halliday, who was involved in the importation of £13m of illegal body building supplements, was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in jail at Leeds Crown Court in December 2013.

Police have re-arrested Halliday in the Philippines and say the process of bringing him back to Britain will start on Thursday.

For more information listen to the

BBC Radio Leeds 16:00 bulletin.

Water feature

Thanks to Paul Goodyear from Crossgates for this great picture he took in Thorner earlier.

Paul Goodyear

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?

Problems on the buses

Metro Travel News

tweet: #LEEDS Partial closure of Kirkstall road causing disruption to 33,33A,X33,670,671,757. Diversion - Willow Lane, Burley Road, Kirkstall Lane.

The 33, 33A and X3 services are currently

running up to an hour late because of the disruption.

Parkinson relishing Royals return

BBC Sport

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson

says he is not disappointed that his side have missed out on a FA Cup quarter-final against a Premier League club.

Phil Parkinson
Getty Images

The League One Bantams, who have beaten Chelsea and Sunderland in the last two rounds, will host Championship Reading for a place in the semi-final.

Parkinson spent 11 years with the Royals between 1992 and 2003.

Cloudy but dry for most

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud amounts will increase this afternoon, perhaps bringing the odd shower later but staying

dry for most with further sunny spells and highs of 8C (46F).

Lisa Gallagher

Dry this evening and overnight but with the cloud thickening. Westerly winds will freshen and temperatures will drop to 3C (37F).

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A runaway drug dealer is to be brought back to the UK by West Yorkshire Police from the Philippines on Thursday.

John Halliday - who fled before being convicted at Leeds Crown Court in 2013 - was given a 10-year jail sentence for the importation of £13m of illegal body building supplements.

Listen to the bulletin.

M62 slip road blocked

More disruption on the county's roads now, with

BBC Travel News saying an exit slip road has been closed on the M62.

It's J27 - that's heading westbound at Gildersome - that's blocked because of a broken down vehicle.

Cannabis farm cleared

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police officers have

raided a cannabis farm near Huddersfield.

Cannabis growing material outside a house in Almondbury
West Yorkshire Police

The force discovered the cultivation on Eastlands in Almondbury.

Accident shuts A61

There's been an accident between a car and a motorbike on the A61 Barnsley Road in Hollingthorpe, Wakefield,

BBC Travel News reports.

The road is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Wood Lane junction and the Hill Road junction.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A West Yorkshire MP has said the mother of a Leeds toddler who has been targeted by online trolls because he has cancer should block them and report them to the police.

An investigation has now been launched after the trolls mocked 23-month-old Riley Hoult from Middleton who has neuroblastoma.

Alec Shelbrooke, Conservative MP for Elmet and Rothwell, said mum Sophie "mustn't let the cowards win".

Listen to the bulletin.

Mum allergic to dye 'for years'

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

A mother who fell into a coma and died after colouring her hair at home ‎had been allergic to hair dye for years, an inquest heard today.

Julie McCabe

Julie McCabe, 38, of Keighley, ‎visited her GP 16 to 20 times between 2005 and 2011 complaining of reactions to her scalp.

Mrs McCabe lapsed into a coma in 2011 after using the dye and died a year later from heart failure due to brain damage, the hearing was told.

Woman stopped from flying because she has cancer

Yorkshire Evening Post

A brain cancer sufferer on holiday in Spain was

stopped from getting on a plane home for a chemotherapy appointment after airline officials insisted she needed a doctor's letter to fly.

Jacqui and Robert Harder
Yorkshire Evening Post

Jacqui Harder, 51, from Rawdon, faced the prospect of being stranded abroad after cancelled her flight when she revealed she had cancer. Jet2 said a full refund was issued.

Coming up on Look North

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

A woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of an elderly man at a care home in North Yorkshire. The body of David Paterson, 81, was discovered in his room at Sowerby House in Thirsk last Wednesday.

And an inquest has opened today into the death of a woman from Keighley who suffered a severe allergic reaction after colouring her hair.

Julie McCabe regularly dyed her hair but after using a colour in 2011 she developed breathing difficulties and lapsed into a coma. She died over a year later.

Watch the bulletin


Road closure hits nine bus routes

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

First West Yorkshire has said a number of bus services have been hit by the

jack-knifed lorry on Kirkstall Road in Leeds.

A lorry blocking Commercial Road in Kirkstall, Leeds

Buses 49, 50, 50A, 33, 33A, X33, 508, 670 and 671 are all facing possible delays.

Traffic is backed up from the Willow Road junction to the B6157 Bridge Road junction and buses are diverting via Willow Road and Burley Road.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A Leeds mum says she's appalled that trolls have used pictures of her ill son to post online abuse about him having cancer.

Riley Hoult is only 23 months old and suffers from neuroblastoma.

Listen to the 13:00 bulletin.

Centre to tackle youth crime

Telegraph & Argus

A new centre to tackle youth crime in the district

opens tomorrow in Bradford.

The project aims to raise awareness among "at risk" young people of the impact of crime, on themselves and others.

'Bradford can make semi-finals'

BBC Sport

Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn believes his side will beat Reading in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

"I think we'll sell out here again," he said. "Hopefully it will be bouncing and we'll push through."

Bradford City co-chairman Mark Lawn

The Bantams have reached the last eight for the first time since 1976 having beating Premier League sides Chelsea and Sunderland in the previous rounds.

Quarter-final ties will be played on the weekend of 7-8 March.

Via Twitter

BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Sport

tweets: LISTEN AGAIN: FOOTBALL PANEL: #bcafc #facup win & PP future; #lufc double win; #htafc fighting draw & much more:

Appeal for anyone who saw thieves

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information after

three chainsaws were stolen from a works van in Cleckheaton as contractors worked on the nearby Chain Bar Roundabout.

A Stihl chainsaw
West Yorkshire Police

Two men pulled up in a silver Toyota saloon on Saturday, 7 February at 14:25. The rear window of the work van was later found smashed in with three Stihl orange and white chainsaws missing.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A Leeds mum says she's appalled that trolls have used pictures of her ill son to post online abuse about him having cancer.

Riley Hoult is only 23 months old and suffers from neuroblastoma.

Listen to the 12:00 bulletin.

On-the-run dealer heading to jail

BBC Radio Leeds

A convicted drug dealer who fled to the Philippines is to be extradited back to the UK, West Yorkshire Police says.

John Halliday
West Yorkshire Police

John Halliday, who was involved in importing £13m of illegal body building supplements, was first arrested in 2011 following a raid on business premises in the Hunslet area of Leeds

He was jailed in his absence for 10 years in December 2013 after skipping bail ahead of his trial.

Firefighters set to strike

Brighouse Echo

Firefighters in West Yorkshire are to

stage another 24-hour strike next week.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out from 07:00 on Wednesday, 25 February as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions and retirement age.

Never knowingly undersold...

Yorkshire Post

The £150m Victoria Gate development in Leeds is

already 40% let ahead of its opening next autumn as stores flock to grab a space next to one of the biggest John Lewis stores outside London.

An artist's impression of the Victoria Gate John Lewis
Yorkshire Post

The scheme is being billed as the latest piece in the jigsaw of the complete regeneration of Leeds city centre.

Boys broke into school three times

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Three teenage boys have been

cautioned by police after breaking into a school in Hebden Bridge.

Calder High School in Mytholmroyd was broken into three times between 8 and 16 January.

Calder High School
Humphrey Bolton

Two 12-year-old boys and one 13-year-old boy from the Hebden Bridge area admitted entering the school and stealing property.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The Deputy Prime Minister and Yorkshire MP Nick Clegg says investing taxpayers' money in the Tour de Yorkshire is a smart move.

The region is getting £800,000 to help market the cycle race here in May.

Listen live to the bulletin

West Yorkshire's Tour

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

The final day of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will

travel around West Yorkshire.

Stage three starts in Wakefield with riders travelling through South Yorkshire to Barnsley before heading on to Holmfirth and Ripponden.

The route then heads further north through Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and the cobbled streets of Haworth.

The Cow and Calf rocks
Paul Buckingham

After a steep climb at Goose Eye the riders visit Ilkley, with a climb up by the Cow and Calf rocks before Arthington and the finish line in Roundhay Park.