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Summary

  1. Labour name new Bradford West candidate
  2. Murder bid arrest after window plunge
  3. Armley Jail 'most overcrowded'
  4. Man arrested over city centre attack
  5. Council faces budget decision
  6. Updates on Monday 2 March 2015

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By Martin Coldrick

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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

I'll be with you again from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Traffic warden abuse revealed

Yorkshire Evening Post

A catalogue of abuse and aggressive behaviour directed at traffic wardens in Leeds

can today be revealed by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report on how train services on the East Coast Mainline are back in private hands after over five years in the public sector.

Also we'll be hearing from a man with terminal cancer who says he saw his GP 19 times before he was diagnosed. Now he's has been told he has weeks to live.

Prison recall man sought

Police in Bradford are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of a 22-year-old man from the city

who's wanted on recall to prison.

Joseph Coultous
West yorkshire police

Joseph Coultous was released on licence in February after having been sentenced for burglary but has breached the conditions of his prison licence.

He has links to the Little Horton, Canterbury, Holme Wood and Great Horton areas of the Bradford.

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Celebrating Beryl Burton

Anna Thompson

BBC Sport

BBC Sport is paying tribute to

pioneering women in sport in the run-up to International Women's Day on 8 March.

Beryl Burton
Getty Images

In the first of the series we look at Leeds' very own Beryl Burton, arguably Britain's greatest female cyclist.

Her cycling achievements were phenomenal - seven world titles, 96 national titles and the best British all-rounder for 25 consecutive years.

Find out all about her here.

Shah faces Galloway in election contest

Naz Shah, the Labour Party's new general election candidate for Bradford West, faces the task of trying to unseat Respect Party leader George Galloway.

George Galloway
Reuters

Mr Galloway took the constituency from Labour in a by-election in 2012 with a 10,140 majority which he claimed was the "most sensational victory" in by-election history.

At the 2010 general election, Labour's Marsha Singh won the seat but he later resigned on health grounds. Mr Singh died in 2012.

New candidate 'women's champion'

According to a statement from Labour, its new candidate for Bradford West, Naz Shah, "has championed women's rights across the country achieving national recognition for her work".

Naz Shah
BBC

"She's the chair of mental health charity Sharing Voices Bradford, but is perhaps better known locally as the campaigning daughter of Zoora Shah, who was jailed in 1993 for poisoning her partner Mohammed Azam after years of suffering domestic violence, and later released early."

MPs to debate pet road death law

A Halifax woman's campaign calling on the Highways Agency to identify pets killed on major roads and inform their owners

is being debated in Parliament.

Parliament
PA

More than 122,000 people signed an e-petition calling for new legislation called Harvey's Law.

The campaign was inspired after one pet owner was informed about her poodle Harvey's death four months after he was found dead on a motorway.

Candidate's campaigning 'track record'

Naz Shah, the Labour Party's new general election candidate for Bradford West, says she's "proud to be chosen for the seat in which I was born and am proud to call home".

In a statement, she says: "I am someone with a track record of campaigning and working for grassroots change.

"People here want real change, and they want someone who will genuinely fight their corner - I can be that person. I will not ever make promises I can't keep, and I will absolutely always put Bradford West people first."

Hanson set for injury return

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford City Boss Phil Parkinson has told us that James Hanson will be involved against Crawley tomorrow.

Phil Parkinson
PA

The striker has missed the last three games due to injury.

Parkinson's also said he will make further changes in response to fatigue within the City squad, following consecutive defeats.

Clear spells and wintry showers

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see clear spells and scattered wintry showers, giving local accumulations especially over the hills, and a minimum temperature of about 0C (32F) with ice on untreated surfaces.

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow, there'll be sunny spells and a further scattering of wintry showers, although eastern areas will see a good deal of dry, bright weather.

The top temperature will be about 5C (41F) with a strong south-west wind.

Man arrested over flat fall

A man's now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with

an incident in which a 40-year-old man suffered "life-changing" injuries after he fell from a window in Bradford yesterday evening.

The 41-year-old suspect is currently in custody, West Yorkshire Police said.

Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says: "We are still keen to trace a man who was seen in the area at the time. We now believe he may be called John."

Man's flat fall 'suspicious'

An incident in which a man was seriously injured after falling from an upstairs window at a flat in Bradford yesterday

is being treated as suspicious by police.

Police were called to the flat at Woodview Terrace at about 20:40 on Sunday and found a 40-year-old man with serious head and chest injuries.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Labour selects new candidate

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The Labour Party has just confirmed to me that Naz Shah is the party's new general election candidate for the Bradford West constituency.

She takes over from the previous candidate Amina Ali,

who withdrew last week - just three days after being selected, citing "massive disruption" to family life.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in a fall from a flat in Bradford.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Museums share £1m cash boost

Just under £1m has been awarded to museums and galleries in West Yorkshire in a bid to support them and secure their future,

the Arts Council England has announced.

Bradford, Wakefield and Kirklees Councils have won cash grants from the Museum Resilience Fund totalling £914,819.

Sarah Maxfield, from the Arts Council, says: "The North has some fantastic museums which between them reach thousands of visitors each year, greatly supporting us in our mission."

Armley Jail 'most overcrowded'

Armley Jail in Leeds is the most overcrowded in England and Wales,

according to a report by the Howard League for Penal Reform which is based on Ministry of Justice figures.

Armley Jail
BBC

The prison is supposed to hold 669 prisoners, but the League's report says the Category B jail had more than 1,218 inmates at the end of January.

Frances Crook, the League's chief executive, says: "Caging men in squalor with nothing to do all day is never going to help them become law-abiding citizens on release."

Fans flock to Featherstone

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The West Yorkshire weekend derby between Featherstone and Bradford Bulls was watched by a crowd of 6,346 - the biggest for a league game at Featherstone for 22 years.

The Bulls won 40-4, with coach James Lowes saying the team was "stepping in the right direction".

"It still wasn't overly polished, particularly early in the first half. But I could see the boys doing what they'd practised, which is massively important."

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A new law which allows West Yorkshire Police to use roadside testing kits to combat drug-driving is in force from today.

There's already a law against driving while under the influence of drugs, but now

drivers will face prosecution if they exceed limits of illegal and some prescription drugs.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Road closed after bridge crash

BBC Travel News reports the A638 Doncaster Road in Crofton is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the B6378 Lodge Lane junction and the Kendal Rise junction.

This is due to a vehicle striking a bridge and subsequent recovery work.

A cold and windy afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will continue cold and windy with a mixture of

sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, these falling as snow not just over the hills.

Weather forecast
BBC

It should become mostly dry by late afternoon.

However, it'll still feel cold in the brisk westerly wind with highs of about 6C (43F).

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds Prison is the most overcrowded in England and Wales, according to a report by the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Armley is supposed to hold nearly 700 prisoners but the report says the Category B jail had more than 1,200 inmates at the end of January.

To hear more on this and other news listen to the

14:00 bulletin.

Before the storm...

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Michiko Smith in Normanton for sending in this dramatic picture of storm clouds over Emley Moor she took this morning shortly before the snow hit West Yorkshire.

Clouds over Emley Moor
Michiko smith

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Wakefield's 'horror show'

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Wakefield Wildcats coach James Webster says yesterday's 58-16 defeat at Widnes was a "horror show"

as they suffered their first Super League defeat of the season.

Wakefield conceded 10 tries and Webster was quick to apologise, telling BBC Radio Leeds: "It's not what we expect and it's not what we train for. We seemed helpless."

Webster has confirmed that prop Scott Anderson suffered a bad knee injury and could be out for "a couple of months" at least.

New week, new look

Spencer Stokes

Reporter, BBC Look North

I'm at King's Cross Station in London at the official relaunch event for the East Coast Mainline route.

Train with new livery
BBC

This is the new livery for the Virgin Trains East Coast launch train which is ready for its first journey north under its new brand - heading for Yorkshire and beyond.

The route between London and Scotland

has returned to private hands after more than five years in the public sector and is being run jointly by Virgin and Stagecoach.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's been arrested over an attack in Leeds at the weekend - which left the victim in hospital with serious head injuries.

For more on this and other news listen to the

13:00 bulletin

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Pontefract Castle closure

Pontefract Castle will be closed for two days this week as work is carried out as part of a £3.5m restoration project to open up parts of the site not seen by the public since the 17th century.

Pontefract Castle
Richard croft/geograph

The work will be carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday, with contractors beginning to prune and remove trees overhanging the main drive to the inner bailey.

It's part of

the Key to the North project, which is aimed at seeing Pontefract Castle - where Richard II was once imprisoned and died - being taken off the At Risk register.

Halifax travel delays

BBC Travel News reports that A629 Ovenden Road in Halifax is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Orange Street Roundabout and the Ovenden Way junction because of a broken down bus.

Suspect's 'distinctive' haircut

Commenting on the arrest of a 23-year-old man in Walsall on suspicion of grievous bodily harm

in connection to an assault on another man in Leeds on Sunday, Det Ch Insp Steve Snow says the arrest was a "direct result" of a public appeal.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

Det Ch Insp Snow says police are still seeking information to help officers identify a second man shown in a CCTV image (above).

"He has a distinctive 'undercut' hairstyle which is shaved all the way around the level of the ears and then pointed at the front. We believe he is also from the West Midlands area," he says.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's been arrested over an attack in Leeds at the weekend which left the victim in hospital with serious head injuries.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Arrested man now in Leeds

More on the arrest of a 23-year-old man by police investigating a serious assault in Leeds city centre on Sunday which left another man, also 23, critically injured.

The arrested man handed himself in to police in Walsall last night and is now in Leeds where he's being held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The attack happened in Heaton's Court, near Club Mission nightclub, at about 03:30 on Sunday.

Man arrested over city centre attack

A man's been arrested by police investigating a serious assault in Leeds city centre at the weekend which left another man critically injured in hospital.

The 23-year-old was arrested after he attended Walsall Police Station in the West Midlands last night.

Wakefield rail lines blocked

Northern Rail tweets: Due to a vehicle striking a bridge between #Knottingley and #WakefieldKirkgate all lines are blocked

Park-and-ride take-up steps up gear

Yorkshire Evening Post

Nearly 10 times as many motorists are using Leeds' flagship £2.8m park-and-ride scheme

than when it first opened.

Park and Ride bus stop sign
yorkshire evening post