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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 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 Thursday.

Coming up on BBC One

Nicola Rees

Journalist, BBC Look North

Tonight on Look North we examine how Yorkshire's children are waiting years to be assessed for autism, when it should be a matter of weeks.

And after more than 12 years on the run

a man is arrested in Pakistan following a fire that killed eight people.

Watch the programme at 18:30 or catch up here.

Class assistant cleared of sex assault

Halifax Courier

A teaching assistant has walked free from court after a jury took just over two hours to find him

not guilty on three charges of sexual assault.

Windy night ahead

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a windy evening tonight with cloud increasing and a band of rain pushing down from the north west that could be heavy at times.

Lisa Gallagher

The night should be frost free though with a low of 6C (43F).

West Park chainsaw grass-acre

Yorkshire Evening Post


used a chainsaw to cut through the doors of two flats being used by suspected drug dealers in Leeds.

Suspected drug operations in West Park, Leeds
West Yorkshire Police

In a departure from their normal forced-entry tactics, officers from West Yorkshire Police's protective services operations unit used the power tools to get into the properties at Old Farm Drive, West Park.

Assisting offender inquiries dropped

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Nine people

arrested and bailed in May 2013 on suspicion of assisting Shahid Mohammed, the Birkby fire suspect, were released without charge, police have confirmed.

The seven men and two women will face no further action.

Shahid Mohammed
West Yorkshire Police

Mohammed, 32, has been

arrested in Pakistan.

Pensioner hit by car in city

Wakefield Express


pensioner has been hit by a vehicle close to Wakefield city centre.

Police at a crash scene in Wakefield
Wakefield Express

Emergency services were called to Union Street at 13:30.

Bradford tie not on BBC TV

BBC Sport

Bradford City's game against Reading has

not been selected for live BBC TV coverage.

But Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final tie with holders Arsenal will be shown live on BBC One.

Phil Parkinson
Getty Images

The BBC's other live game is Aston Villa against West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

BT Sport will show Bradford's clash with Reading for free for people with Sky.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Relatives of three generations of one Huddersfield family which was wiped out in an arson attack at their home are welcoming news that

one of the main suspects for the atrocity has been arrested in Pakistan.

Listen live to the bulletin.

Watch budget meeting live

Kirklees Council

tweets: Watch & Tweet Budget Council 5pm today. Watch the webcast Follow the conversation #kirkcouncil

#kirkcouncil graphic
Kirklees Council

MacKenzie still waiting on debut

BBC Sport

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is expected to make changes for his side's

game with Leyton Orient after Sunday's FA Cup win against Sunderland.

Gary MacKenzie
Getty Images

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could return to the squad, while fellow loanee Gary MacKenzie is still awaiting his debut.

Opera singer may get dead dad's cash

BBC Radio Leeds

A judge has overruled the wishes of a multi-millionaire's will to come to the aid of a Leeds opera singer.

Miles Taylor, 25, who has "specific learning difficulties" - received none of his father's £2m fortune when he died in 2006 and is now a cash-strapped student.

Today a judge has effectively overruled his dead father wishes - and opened up a way for his post-graduate studies to be paid for.

Lanes closed on A1(M)

Two lanes are closed on the A1(M) heading northbound,

BBC Travel News reports.

Emergency repairs are being carried out northbound at J44 for Bramham and it's causing delays.

Cash sustains museum's dream

Huddersfield Examiner

A lottery "win" has sparked major celebrations in Golcar.

The Colne Valley Museum has

received a confirmed grant of £719,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its "Sustaining the Dream" project.

Sue Starr and Janet Jobber celebrating the grant
Huddersfield Examiner

Part of the money will be used to renovate and refurbish the four weavers' cottages which house the museum.

Ring Road to close at weekend

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Essential maintenance work to complete the strengthening of the Westgate Footbridge on Leeds Inner Ring Road will

start this weekend.

The A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road will be closed to traffic in both directions this weekend and next.

Footbridge over Leeds Inner Ring Road
Rich Tea

The closures will start at 19:00 on the Fridays and end at 06:00 on the Mondays.

Audi and Mini stolen from drive

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire


man has been arrested after an Audi and a Mini were stolen from a driveway in Birkenshaw.

The keys for the vehicles were taken during a burglary at a property in Moor Lane in the early hours of Monday.

The stolen Mini
West Yorkshire Police

A 29-year-old man from Bradford has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft and released on bail.

The Huddersfield Tube

Huddersfield Examiner

A businessman with family ties to Huddersfield is spearheading

a bid to run refurbished Tube trains on rail lines across the North of England.

Artist's impression of refurbished D-train
Huddersfield Examiner

Allan Dare, 64, is marketing director for a firm that is buying up old London Underground trains to sell to rail operating companies.

Your views

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

What do you think of BBC Local Live?

We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds and would like to find out your views about the service.

Wind and rain later

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will increase from the north-west this afternoon with the best of the bright spells towards the coast.

Lisa Gallagher

Cloudy and windy this evening and overnight with a band of rain arriving later. That will be heavy at times with strong south-westerly winds and a minimum temperature of 6C (43F).

Further M62 delays

There is now a lane closed on the entry slip road at J26 of the M62 at Chain Bar, because of a broken-down vehicle,

BBC Travel News reports.

That's causing slow traffic and is only one junction down from the lane closure at J27 for Gildersome which followed an accident earlier today.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Police in Pakistan have

arrested a man wanted after one of the worst killings ever seen in West Yorkshire.

Eight members of the same Huddersfield family died in May 2002 when a fire tore through their home in Osborne Road in Birkby. Suspect Shahid Mohammed failed to answer his bail and disappeared.

Listen to the bulletin.

'Most wanted' arrest made

Telegraph & Argus

One of the targets on Bradford's ten "most wanted" list

has been arrested.

Police released details of the people they most wanted to track across the district following a string of crimes.

Michael Crossley
West Yorkshire Police

This morning detectives said one of them, Michael Crossley, was picked up by officers yesterday afternoon.

Coming up on Look North

Tom Ingall

BBC Look North

A man wanted over a house fire in Huddersfield which killed eight members of the same family

has been arrested in Pakistan.

Plans are under way to bring Shahid Mohammed, 32, back to the UK for questioning over the blaze in Birkby 12 years ago.

And we're looking at the

drop in unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber. Figures published today show there are now 164,000 people out of work - that's down 29,000.

Watch the programme at 13:30.

Accident shuts M62 exit

A slip road has been closed on the M62 because of an accident,

BBC Travel News is reporting.

The affected exit is westbound at J27 for Gildersome, which was also closed for a short time yesterday.

More speed needed at rush hour

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Bradford Council says it is working to improve traffic flow in the district after a survey found average morning rush hour speeds were just 20mph.

A £3.8m project to improve traffic flow on Canal Road at the junction with Stanley Road is being put in place and further improvements are planned in the coming years.

Projects in Greengates and in Keighley town centre are expected to reduce congestion.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A man wanted over an arson attack in Huddersfield,

which killed eight members of the same family nearly 13 years ago, has been arrested in Pakistan.

Efforts are beginning to bring 32-year-old Shahid Mohammed back to the UK for questioning over the blaze at a house in Osborne Roads, Birkby in 2002, in which three generations of the Chisti family died.

Listen to the bulletin.

Pet shop gunman sought

Mirfield Reporter

Police have

released an e-fit of a suspected armed robber.

Pet shop gunman e-fit
West Yorkshire Police

A hooded man burst into Pet Supplies in Lee Green, Mirfield, with a handgun on Tuesday, 10 February.

A bright start

Thanks to Maz Bradley for this great picture of this morning's sunrise over Golcar above the Colne Valley.

Sunrise over Golcar
Maz Bradley

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

email or
tweet your photographs to us?

On the run for 13 years

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Here's a timeline of what happened:

  • 12 May 2002: Seven people - including five young sisters - die in a house fire in the Birkby area of Huddersfield.
  • 16 May 2002: Two men are charged by police and remanded in custody on murder charges. A further seven men are released on bail pending further inquiries, including Shahid Mohammed.
  • Shahid Mohammed fails to answer bail and is believed to have fled abroad.
  • 19 May 2002: Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, dies in hospital after jumping from an upstairs window.
  • 23 July 2003: Shaied Iqbal convicted at Leeds Crown Court of eight counts of murder and Nazar Hussain convicted of manslaughter.
  • 25 July 2003: Shakiel Shazad cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter by a jury.
  • 3 October 2012: Nazar Hussain is released on parole halfway through his 18-year sentence.
  • 22/23 May 2013: Seven men and two women are arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are released on bail .
  • 11 September 2013: Shakiel Shazad absconds from Sudbury jail in Derbyshire after being released on a work licence.
  • 12 September 2013: Shazad found "confused" on a road in Staffordshire.
  • 22 January 2014: Shahid Mohammed arrested in Pakistan.
  • 18 February 2014: West Yorkshire Police working with Foreign Office to extradite Mohammed.

Woman robbed in alleyway

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 41-year-old woman was

robbed walking along an alleyway in Bradford.

The woman was on a lane between Duckworth Lane and Hartman Place when she was approached from behind by a group of men on Wednesday, 28 January.

The men then searched her pockets before running off with cash.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A suspect in a house fire in Huddersfield over a decade ago - in which eight members of the same family were killed - has been

arrested in Pakistan.

Shahid Mohammed will be brought back to the UK for questioning over the arson attack on Osborne Road in Birkby in May 2002, in which three generations of the Chisti family died.

Listen to the bulletin.

Kirklees to agree budget

Batley News

Kirklees councillors will meet later to agree the

2015 budget.

The local authority has already cut £83m from its budget over the past three years but faces cutting back by another £69m in the following three.

The Labour Party's budget proposals include increasing council tax by 1.95%.

Charges brought over heroin haul

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Police have

charged a man in Wakefield with intent to supply a class A drug in connection with a haul of heroin and crack cocaine with a street value of more than £3,000.

The arrest follows a raid on a property in Anderton Street in October.

Memorial to fire victims

Richard Edwards

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Here's the permanent memorial to those who died in the fire in Birkby.

Birkby fire memorial

Williamson rejoins Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire have

re-signed New Zealand international batsman Kane Williamson.

The 24-year-old will join up with the Headingley side for the final three matches of the 2015 season.

Kane Williamson
Getty Images

Williamson helped the White Rose county to their first County Championship title in 13 years last season, scoring 629 runs at an average of 57.18.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

A man wanted over a house fire in Huddersfield which killed eight members of the same family has been

arrested in Pakistan.

Plans are under way to bring Shahid Mohammed, 32, back to the UK for questioning over the blaze in Birkby 12 years ago.

Listen to the bulletin.

The art of war

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Artist Ian Kirkpatrick is starting a new project at Leeds Museums and Galleries investigating the

role that graphic design played in World War One.

Ian will work with young people looking at maps, notebooks, ration cards, pencils and postcards deployed by allied and opposition forces during the conflict.

Ian Kirkpatrick
Leeds City Council

The research will culminate in a new body of work by Ian, which is set to be presented in a city-wide programme in Leeds during November.

Brown bin collections to restart

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Collections of garden bins across Leeds are set to re-start, the city council has said.

Following the winter break, the fortnightly brown bin collections will resume in March.

Collection days remain the same and can be checked on the council's