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  1. Updates on Friday 27 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Oliver Wright and Alasdair Gill

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Martin Coldrick will be back again on Tuesday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Rain and strong winds to come

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

An early frost will lift as

cloud moves in overnight. Expect a little rain after midnight especially over the Dales and Pennines. A moderate south to southwesterly wind with lows of 3C (37F).

Clare Nasir

A rather cloudy day tomorrow with patchy rain and drizzle through the morning.

Coming up on Look North

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Rail passengers in Yorkshire have been promised more seats and services as the

government puts the for sale signs up on two of our region's rail franchises.

The two up for grabs are the Northern franchise which runs rural and commuter services and TransPennine Express, which operates intercity services to the north-east, Manchester and Liverpool.

And we look at the practice of

clan voting - or biradari - here in Yorkshire, with the surprise resignation of Amina Ali earlier in the week as the Labour candidate in Bradford West.

Watch the programme at 18:30.

Arundel set for Wildcats debut

BBC Sport

Joe Arundel is set to make his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats debut after joining from Hull FC, while 18-year-old Jordan Crowther could feature for the first time in Super League.

Joe Arundel

Wakefield face Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium at 15:00 on Sunday

Meanwhile, Chris Annakin is out for up to 10 weeks, while Ian Kirke, Matty Ashurst and Mickael Simon are also sidelined.

Gas man fraud claims

Morley Observer

Police have issued a warning after reports of a man visiting addresses in Churwell

falsely claiming to be a gasman.

It is understood that the man, believed to be in his 40s, has asked homeowners if he can check their gas pipes as a result of a leak.

Leeds v Watford

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

I've been talking with

BBC Radio Leeds sports editor Gareth Jones ahead of Leeds United's clash with Watford on Saturday.

Adam Pope and Gareth Jones

We've been discussing the latest on the club's ownership, targets for the rest of the season, and who should play up front.

To watch our video preview

click here.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Labour says its plans to cut university tuition fees in England are fully funded.

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband has told an audience in West Yorkshire that fees would go down from £9,000 to £6,000 and be paid for by giving less tax relief on the pensions of high earners.

Listen to the bulletin.


Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

BBC Local Live brings news, sport, travel and weather together in one place.

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Stabbed in the eye with a sword

Halifax Courier

A father-of-one was

stabbed through the eye with a sword on a Halifax estate.

Stuart Sinclair, 37, is being treated for serious injuries following the attack at Stanningley Road in Mixenden.

Mr Sinclair, who lives in Mixenden, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. His condition last night was described as "stable".

White van man investigation ends

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police has said a report of a man in a white van asking an 11-year-old girl to get in his vehicle was "unfounded".

The force said it had received what appeared to be "a genuine report" of an incident on Leeds Road, Shipley, but after investigating had found no cause for concern.

Spring around the corner

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Spring is still officially a little over three weeks away but try telling that to the crocuses at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

Crocuses at Kirkstall Abbey
Paul Goodyear

Paul Goodyear, of Crossgates, has sent us this picture of scores of the flowers bursting into bloom.

Have you taken a picture of West Yorkshire you'd like to see featured on BBC Local Live? If so, why not

tweet or
email it to us.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The number of dangerous dogs seized by police in West Yorkshire has trebled in three years.

Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request show that last year alone they took 253 dangerous dogs off our streets.

Listen to the bulletin.

Race for fitness

BBC Sport

It's a race for fitness for Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells, Sean Scannell and Conor Coady, for the

Terriers' clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Championship: Charlton v Huddersfield

Otherwise manager Chris Powell, who was sacked by Charlton in March 2014, has no new injury or suspension concerns.

Huddersfield, who sit 12th in the Championship, will be looking to build on a three-game unbeaten run, including Tuesday's

3-0 win over Reading.

Housing scheme gets go ahead

Yorkshire Evening Post


new £2.5m housing scheme has been given the green light in Leeds city centre.

The affordable homes scheme at Hanover Square, near Leeds City College, is set to create 23 one and two-bedroom rented apartments after Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association secured planning permission.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The number of dangerous dogs seized by police in West Yorkshire has trebled in three years.

Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request show that last year alone they took 253 dangerous dogs off our streets.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Weather watching

Kirklees Council's gritting team

tweets: Temperatures are set to drop, our night patrol is monitoring the conditions.

On top of the world

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The daughter of a man reunited with his pet husky three months after it disappeared has told

BBC Radio Leeds her father is feeling "on top of the world".

Andy Smith's pet Murphy went missing from Bradford in December but has now been found in Manchester.

Christie Smith said: "It does not look like he has been mistreated, he's not skinny, he's not dirty, so that's good. He's just a bit nervous, but that's just normal when you've been away from someone for three months."

'No winding up petition issued'

Adam Pope

tweets: I have been told that no Winding Up Petition has been issued by Enterprise Insurance against the club.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Labour has set out its plans to cut tuition fees paid by university students in England by a third.

Ed Miliband said the party would reduce the fees from £9,000 to £6,000 during a speech in Leeds.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

On air

Martin Kelner

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me on

BBC Radio Leeds as I'll be talking beaches, board games and 'bid-flicks'.

I'll be asking what's you favourite seaside spot and, following the death of the heir to Leeds-based Waddingtons Monopoly empire Victor Watson, which games you enjoy the most.

I'll also be looking at whether more older people are going to the cinema now following an apparent upsurge in films such as The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Dry and sunny

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a frosty start in places the day is staying dry with some sunny spells, although more cloudier at times in the afternoon.

bbc weather

Saw attacker jailed

Halifax Courier

An angry motorist who attacked an innocent man with a saw after his car crashed into a metal model of the Eiffel Tower has been

jailed for four years.

New fostering approach

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Leeds City Council has been named as one of eight local authorities to run a new fostering project called Mockingbird, aimed at helping vulnerable children.

The project, run in partnership with the Fostering Network, has been awarded almost £1.6m of funding from the Department for Education.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has confirmed that his party would cut maximum tuition fees in England by a third if it wins the general election.

He made the announcement during a speech in Leeds.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

New arrivals

Leeds City Council has

tweeted that the first lambs of the year have been born at Temple Newsam's Home Farm.

Newborn lamb
Leeds City Council

Six baby lambs were born earlier this week - a mix of Kerry Hill and Norfolk Horns - and farm staff are expecting 70 more ewes to give birth in the coming weeks.

Rutter on King Lear reprisal

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Actor and founder of Halifax's Northern Broadsides theatre company

Barrie Rutter is to reprise his role as King Lear in a new production directed by Jonathan Miller.

Barrie Rutter

Rutter first took on the role 16 years ago when his friend and fellow actor Brian Glover pulled out after being diagnosed with cancer.

King Lear runs at the Viaduct Theatre in Halifax from 27 February-7 March.

Murphy and me

Telegraph & Argus

An owner has spoken of his delight today after being

reunited with his stolen Bradford husky Murphy.

Murphy the Husky is reunited with owner Andy Smith
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Murphy, who has been microchipped, was found in Manchester yesterday and returned back to his owner Andy Smith.

The four-year-old went missing on December 4 last year after a suspected abduction by two men in Scholemoor Cemetery.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire police have launched a new publicity campaign to find nine people wanted on European Arrest Warrants.

Most of the eight men and one woman are believed to be in this area, with some already convicted of serious offences in Eastern Europe.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin for more.

Miliband to reveal tuition fee plans

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Ed Miliband is expected to announce

Labour's plan to cut university tuition fees in England to £6,000 per year in a speech in Leeds later.

Ed Miliband

He will reveal how a Labour government would pay for the fee cut - which could include reducing tax relief on pensions for high earners.

The rising level of student debt has been a "disaster", he will say.

Nine wanted on European arrest warrants

West Yorkshire Police is

appealing for help to trace nine people with links to the region who are wanted on European Arrest Warrants.

Nine people wanted on European Arrest Warrants
West Yorkshire Police

The eight men and one woman are connection with a variety of allegations and convictions and are not thought to be linked in any way.

Supt Pat Casserly said: "Some of these people have already been found guilty or convicted of serious crimes in their native country - they have not come to West Yorkshire to reform or rehabilitate rather to hide from justice."

Hanson and Davies doubtful

BBC Sport

Bradford City players

James Hanson (pictured) and Andrew Davies are both doubtful for the match against Peterborough United on Saturday.

Bradford striker James Hanson
Getty Images

Filipe Morais is also likely to miss out while midfielder Gary Liddle is starting a two-game ban after picking up his 10th booking of the season at Swindon.

Council bankruptcy fears

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The leader of Labour-run Bradford Council has warned that local authorities are facing bankruptcy as a result of government imposed spending cuts.

Bradford City Hall
Chris Downer/Geograph

Speaking as the council announced it was increasing council tax by 1.6%, David Green told

BBC Radio Leeds: "There's a number of local authorities who, looking ahead, if the current regime carries on with the current levels of cuts are going to be basically bankrupt in three or four years time just with the demands on adult and children's services."

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who is on a visit to Leeds today, is preparing to set out his party's policy on tuition fees in England.

It's thought the party, if elected, would reduce yearly fees from a maximum of £9,000 to £6,000

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Beggar ban must stop

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

A council must

stop using injunctions to ban beggars from the city centre, a court has ruled.

Beggar with sign

Leeds City Council brought in powers to deal with persistent begging in June, allowing it to fast-track repeat offenders through the courts.

But after a legal challenge brought by two people served with injunctions a judge discharged the ban.

Jacob's Well demolition plan

Telegraph & Argus

A £20m plan to demolish the Jacob's Well offices in Bradford city centre and replace them with a new building for 3,500 staff has been revealed.

The state-of-the-art 200,000 sq ft (18,581 sq m) building would bring together people who work across the public sector including civil servants, local authority workers, police officers and NHS staff.

Union backlash at pacer plan

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has hit back at

government plans to replace Pacer trains on railways in northern England with new rolling stock.

Mick Cash

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Any new trains are light years away with passengers forced to endure the misery of the clapped out Pacers, and the ancient London Underground rolling stock that's heading north‎, way off into the future."

Sex attacker jailed

Telegraph & Argus

To celebrate passing an interview to join the Army, a man went on a drinking spree which led to

a 'horrifying' knife-point sex attack on a lone woman, a court heard.

Jamie Jones
Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Jamie Jones had drunk 13 pints after realising his long-term ambition to become a soldier, Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Householders in Bradford are facing a 1.6% increase in their council tax bills from April.

The local authority, which last night approved its budget for the coming year, has also warned of hundreds of jobs losses, as it seeks to save over £30m.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Tigers duo set for debut

BBC Sport

Castleford Tigers could give debuts to former London Broncos duo Mike McMeeken and Matt Cook in their

clash with St Helens later.

Both have missed the start of the season because of injury, while hooker Adam Milner is also set to return.

The Tigers will kick-off against St Helens at Langtree Park at 20:00.