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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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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 from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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 speak to campaigners in Leeds who are trying to highlight what they claim is a hidden tragedy facing thousands of women in Yorkshire.

Female genital mutilation - or FGM - is carried out for cultural or religious reasons and is common in many countries, mainly in Africa. But more and more cases are being highlighted in our region.

A cloudy and rainy night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North


it'll turn cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain spreading from the west and a minimum temperature of about 1C (34F) with a risk of icy patches for a time.

Weather forecast

Tomorrow, it'll be cloudy and damp at first, becoming dry and brighter through the morning before patchy rain returns from the west through the afternoon.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

Work to start on major archive

Work is expected to start shortly in Wakefield on

a new multimillion-pound archive which will contain over 10 million records of "regional, national and international significance", the council says.

Work on the £6.4m West Yorkshire Archive building in Kirkgate is due to start in March. It'll contain the collections of the old West Yorkshire and West Riding Councils and the current Wakefield Council.

It will also host many of the National Coal Board's mining records and the files of Wakefield's Stanley Royd mental health hospital where thousands of people were treated between 1841 and 1991.

Woman hurt in motorbike robbery

A woman has been left bruised and scratched

after being dragged along by a would-be robber on a motorbike in Headingley.

The 18-year-old victim was walking along Kirkstall Lane at about 15:25 yesterday when two white males in their late teens approached her from behind on a red off-road motorbike.

The passenger grabbed her handbag and she was dragged down the road until the male let go of the bag and the bike sped off. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Man jailed over speed camera jammer

A man from Steeton, near Keighley, who fitted a device to his car to jam police speed cameras

has been jailed for two months.

Speed camera
Getty Images

North Yorkshire Police discovered the laser jammer on Nigel Stephenson's Jaguar after their equipment twice failed to capture his vehicle's speed.

Officers also found a device used to alert the driver to the presence of speed cameras in the car.

Cellino to fight disqualification

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

In essence,

looking at Massimo Cellino's statement on the Leeds United website, it seems to me that he will not be coming back to Elland Road in April as we thought he would.

He's going to step aside, not operate under the Leeds United name and fight

his disqualification as Massimo Cellino, rather than as Massimo Cellino, the owner of Leeds United.

He wants to clear his name so it's all done and dusted and then he can return to the club which he says, "I have loved".

Read the response from Leeds United's chairman Andrew Umbers on the club website here.

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Trombone makers' royal seal of approval

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

The country's only trombone makers, based right here in West Yorkshire, have been enjoying a royal visit this afternoon.

Princess Royal at Michael Rath trombones

Princess Anne's been here in Honley at Michael Rath trombones who supply handmade instruments.

Their trombones are sent around the world and are used by some of the world's leading players, from West Yorkshire's Black Dyke Band to the world famous Count Basie Orchestra.

Shock over man's death

Daragh Corcoran

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm at the scene on Leeds Road, Bradford, where a 70-year-old man died

after the mobility scooter he was riding in was hit by a car at about 12:45 on Friday afternoon. People here are still very upset.

Scene of crash

Floral tributes and the Irish tricolour is flying from a lamppost near where the incident happened. The victim, named locally as Michael McDermott, was originally from Ireland.

Investigating officer, Det Supt Simon Atkinson, tells me

three men have been arrested over the incident, but he still wants to hear from anyone who may have information about what happened.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A Bradford councillor has told BBC Radio Leeds he's pledging to tackle the issue of speeding cars in the city.

It's after a 70-year-old pensioner was killed crossing Leeds Road on a mobility scooter last Friday.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Archive to store millions of documents

Wakefield Express

Millions of historical records from West Yorkshire will be stored at

a new £6.4m archive building in Wakefield.

Archive staff and councillors
Wakefield express

New life for Stank Hall

Have you any old paving slabs hiding in a corner of your garden or garage? If so the Friends of Stank Hall Barn would like to hear from you,

says local blog South Leeds Life.

The Friends' aim is to protect the site - Stank Hall Barn being one of the oldest buildings in Leeds - and to find a long-term use for the barn and associated buildings.

They're now starting on their first permanent project, to create a community garden next to the barn -

and that's where the appeal for paving slabs come in.

Bionic research project gets £1.4m

A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research by scientists from across the UK,

including a team at Leeds University.

Dr Kianoush Nazarpour from Newcastle University
Newcastle University

The £1.4m project will focus on how to produce a prosthetic hand that can sense pressure and temperature and send the information back to the brain.

If successful, it would enable much higher levels of function for people who have lost their limbs.

Live Championship updates

BBC Sport

There's virtually a full complement of Championship fixtures this evening, and if you can't get to Huddersfield Town or Leeds United's matches,

BBC Sport can help you out.

Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town action

They'll be providing extensive coverage of every match in a special Championship live text, dedicating solely to the English second tier.

So join us from 18:30 on

the BBC Sport website and use #bbcfootball to get involved.

Princess Royal's Haworth tour

Keighley News

The Princess Royal has visited an international military uniform specialist in Haworth

as part of the factory's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Princess Royal on factory visit
keighley news

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Three people have now been questioned about

a fatal accident involving a mobility scooter in Bradford on Friday.

The 70-year-old rider died when he was hit by a car which failed to stop at the scene.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Who inspired you?

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

We're putting the spotlight on West Yorkshire's teachers at

BBC Radio Leeds this week as we ask for your nominations for our very own Thank You Teacher Awards.

Ian McMillan

We're looking for a wide range of teachers who've inspired you and made a difference to your life. All you need to do to nominate a teacher is call us on 0345 303 3333 for an application form.

Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan (pictured) is one of our judges. He says: "I'll read a lot of good stories, but I only have one chance - so send me something that startles me!"

Championship pair given doping bans

BBC Sport

Featherstone's Shaun Pick and South Wales' Ashley Bateman

have been handed two-year bans for doping offences.

Pick, 21, and Bateman, 25, were caught with anabolic steroids in their systems during out-of-competition tests.

Both players have been suspended from all sport until December 2016.

Bridgewater wind diversion continues

Leeds City Council

tweets: Diversions for high sided vehicles around Bridgewater Place expected to be place until at least 4pm today.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man is due to appear in court next month accused of

making offensive comments on Facebook about the Bradford City Fire 30 years ago.

Mark Randall, a supporter of Chesterfield, is accused of posting the remarks after his club was beaten by Bradford in December.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Traffic delays after accident

BBC Travel News reports one lane is currently closed and there's slow traffic on the A6110 Ring Road Beeston southbound in Leeds at the A643 Elland Road junction.

This is due to an accident involving two cars.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

A showery and cold afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will continue cold with a strong and gusty westerly wind.

Weather forecast

The wind will bring a scattering of showers, wintry on the hills, and sunny spells.

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

Coming up on BBC One

BBC Look North

Join us at 13:35 for BBC Look North as we report from Sheffield where police and trading standards officers have seized so-called legal highs from shops over concerns about the dangers they pose.

Also, we'll be hearing from a 17-year-old student who's turning his back on traditional qualifications and heading from Yorkshire to London after being invited to train at a prestigious dance academy.

Get involved with the BBC

Do you live in West Yorkshire and are you a regular user of BBC services - whether radio, TV or online? Would you like to have your say on what's on offer?

'On air' light

The BBC Trust is recruiting new members to join the Audience Council England's regional panel in Yorkshire

and would like to hear from you.

If you have an interest in the BBC, its programmes and its services, you could become a member.

Apply via the online application form. Closing date for applications is midnight on 20 March 2015.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man will appear in court next month - accused of making offensive comments on Facebook about the Bradford City Fire 30 years ago.

Mark Randall, a supporter of Chesterfield, is accused of posting the remarks after his club was beaten by Bradford in December.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

'Concerns' over missing woman

More on the search for 44-year-old Gaynor Walls, from Tinshill,

who's been missing from her home since yesterday afternoon.

Det Insp Sean Duggan says: "We're very concerned for Gaynor's welfare and urgently need to find her to establish that she's OK.

"She's gone missing before recently and was found in Scarborough where she does have friends. It's possible she could have travelled there again, although equally she may still be in Leeds."

Traffic delays on M62

BBC Travel News reports a lane's closed on the M62 entry slip road westbound at J31, A655 (Castleford), because of a broken down lorry.

Urgent appeal over missing woman

Police have issued an urgent appeal for help in finding

a woman who's gone missing from her home in Leeds.

Gaynor Walls
West yorkshire police

Gaynor Walls, 44, from Tinshill, was last seen near Horsforth railway station at about 15:30 yesterday.

She's described as white, about 5ft 1in tall, of large build with red dyed hair. She's believed to be wearing a brown fleece jacket, black leggings and black shoes.

Burgess World Cup hopes in balance

BBC Sport

September's World Cup may come too soon for rugby league convert Sam Burgess to make it into the England squad,

says coach Stuart Lancaster.

Sam Burgess
ALlsport/getty images

Former Bradford Bulls prop forward Burgess, 26, joined Bath from Australian club South Sydney Rabbitohs and made his debut for England Saxons last month.

Club coach Mike Ford said Burgess is "frustrated" with aspects of union.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A man who fled the country part way through his Bradford Crown Court trial for rape is being sentenced today.

Wakar Akhtar, who was convicted in his absence of being part of a gang attack on a teacher, was found in Italy and extradited back to Britain.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Fire remarks 'racist in tone'

BBC News Online has the latest on the man who's been

charged with posting offensive remarks about the Bradford City fire disaster online.

Memorial at Bradford City's ground

Police say Mark Randall, a Chesterfield supporter, from Pleasley, near Mansfield, was arrested after comments were posted on Facebook.

The posts - some of which police said were allegedly racist in tone - were made following Chesterfield's defeat to Bradford City on 13 December.

Man charged over fire disaster remarks

A football fan's been charged with posting offensive remarks on Facebook

after allegedly making comments about the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.

Floral tributes at Bradford City fire scene

Chesterfield supporter Mark Randall, 45, from The Vale, Pleasley, Mansfield, will appear in court next month after being arrested on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm or distress by words or writing, Derbyshire Police say.

A total of 56 fans lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured after a stand caught fire at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium during a match against Lincoln City on 11 May 1985.

Wind sparks traffic diversions

BBC Travel News reports that Neville Street in Leeds remains closed to high-sided vehicles in both directions between the Great Wilson Street junction and the New Station Street junction due to strong winds.

Diversions are currently in place.

Police hunt violent attacker

Yorkshire Evening Post

A wanted violent criminal who left his victim for dead in an unprovoked attack

has been given a 20-year sentence despite still being on the run since he was released on bail.

Alfz Baronins
West yorkshire police