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  1. Updates on Friday 6 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Alex Moss and Oliver Wright

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 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Fine and dry night

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The weather tonight will be fine and dry for most with

mild temperatures dropping to around 6C (43F).

However, over the Dales there's a risk of some rain during the early hours of the morning.

BBC weather for Leeds March 6

Tomorrow there will be a risk of some early rain affecting the Dales and northern Pennines through the morning otherwise a mostly dry day with some sunshine, and feeling warmer with highs of 14C (57F).

Morais in running for quarter-final

BBC Sport

Bradford expect winger Filipe Morais (pictured) to be fit for Saturday's

FA Cup quarter-final at home to Reading after missing four games with a knee injury.

Bradford winger Filipe Morais
Getty Images

Ben Williams returns in goal in place of Sunderland loanee Jordan Pickford and midfielder Gary Liddle is available for the League One side after a ban.

The Bantams have knocked out Premier League sides Chelsea and Sunderland to reach the last eight and are only one more win away from a return to Wembley, where they lost the 2013 League Cup final.

Police incident resolved

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: The incident at Hall Cross Grove, #Huddersfield has been resolved safely by police.

Robinson hopeful of return

BBC Sport

Huddersfield defender Jack Robinson is hoping to return for his side's

clash with Rotherham on Saturday after missing the midweek defeat at Brentford with a knock.

Nahki Wells

Striker Nahki Wells (pictured) is still out with the shoulder injury that has kept him out of the last two matches.

Housing development given go-ahead

Yorkshire Evening Post

Plans for a 744-home development in Leeds have been

given the go-ahead by planning chiefs at the third attempt - after the council drafted in a renowned civic architect to help tweak the design.

Wigan v Leeds team news

BBC Sport

Leeds midfielder Rudy Austin remains sidelined with the thigh injury that has kept him out for two games and will miss

tomorrow's trip to Wigan.

Striker Billy Sharp (pictured) is expected to retain his place up front after scoring in the last two matches, with Steve Morison on the bench again.

Billy Sharp

Leeds have won three of their last four games on the road.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky say they

will go ahead with a series of general election debates whether the Prime Minister chooses to turn up or not.

David Cameron has said he will take part in only one debate, involving seven party leaders which take place before campaigning is due to formally begin.

Listen live to the bulletin at 17:00 for more.

Armed officers in Huddersfield

Armed police officers are in attendance at an incident in Hall Cross Grove, in Lowerhouses Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Police

tweets: Police are currently in the #Lowerhouses area of #Huddersfield following concern for the safety of a local man on Hall Cross Grove.

Due to the threats, armed officers are at the scene. Hall Cross Grove likely to be closed for some time. At this stage we believe there is only one man involved in the incident and we are continuing to work to secure his safety.'


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School founder fraud charges

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The founder of a flagship free school has been charged with fraud over alleged financial irregularities at the school he founded.

Sajid Raza with David Cameron

Sajid Raza, 42, of Spring Gardens Road, Bradford (pictured left) has been charged over his time at the city's Kings Science Academy.

He is accused of fraud by abuse of position, false accounting, obtaining money transfers by deception and fraud by false representation.

'Flirty' Snapchat teacher banned

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

A teacher who sent "intimate" Snapchat messages to a former pupil has been

banned from the profession.

Daniel Van Loo swapped photos "of a personal nature" and "flirtatious" messages with a 15-year-old girl, a disciplinary panel heard.

Mr Van Loo said the messages were aimed at "providing support" and enhancing the girl's self-esteem. But the National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The founder and former principal of a Bradford free school has been charged with fraud.

The Crown Prosecution Service says Sajid Raza is facing the charges in connection with the Kings Science Academy.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Regeneration bid for Halifax

Money has been given to

demolish two buildings in Halifax to make way for town centre regeneration.

Northgate House and Central Library
Calderdale Council

Northgate House, currently used as council office space, and Central Library, will be knocked down and sold as clear sites.

Calderdale Council hopes the land will attract larger retailers into the town centre.

Roadworks cause heavy traffic

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports there is queuing traffic on the A64 York Road in both directions between the Thorner Lane junction in Leeds and the A1(M) J44 Bramham junction in Bramham because of roadworks in the area.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays.

McGeechan takes charge of Carnegie

BBC Sport

Former British and Irish Lions coach

Sir Ian McGeechan has taken temporary charge of Yorkshire Carnegie after the departure of head coach Tommy McGee.

Sir Ian McGeechan
Getty Images

McGeechan, the Championship club's executive president, will head a team of coaches, also featuring former Bradford Bulls boss Francis Cummins.

Suspected £1.2m drugs seized

Suspected class A drugs worth more than £1.2m have been seized in Dewsbury, police say.

The discovery was made after armed officers stopped a car on Old Bank Road on Thursday, uncovering about 2kg of suspected drugs.

Police then searched a house on Wakefield Road where another 40kg of suspected class A drugs were found.

Pianist to open Tour festival

More details are coming through about the Tour de Yorkshire Festival which starts on 1 April.

Hope and Social band
Hope And Social

On the opening day

pianist Jessica Wei Zhu will appear at The Venue at the Leeds College of Music. Another highlight will include fun and surprises from Leeds-based musical maestros Hope And Social (pictured), who will be performing at the start and finish towns on race days.

The festival, which ends on 3 May, will include over 200 exhibitions and performances

On Inside Out tonight

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

A pair of bloodstained glasses in a museum in India sheds light on the life of the only non-white man to fight for a West Yorkshire regiment in World War One.

Private Jogendra Sen's personal effects
University of Leeds/PA

Jogendra Sen volunteered for the 15th West Yorkshire Regiment.

You can watch the full story on the

BBC's Inside Out programme.

House fire in Pontefract

Hemsworth Express

An electrical fault sparked a fire at a house in Pontefract.

Fire crews from the town's station were called to a property on Holmfield Close at around 5.20pm on Thursday.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Up to 2,600 women and girls in Leeds have undergone, or are at risk of, female genital mutilation.

That's according to the Black Health Initiative, which is taking part in a conference this afternoon in the city featuring women who've suffered the abuse.

Listen live at 14:00

Far right group will not face charges

Keighley News

Criminal charges will not be brought against a controversial far right group that "invaded" mosques and the home of a senior Keighley councillor, it has been revealed.

Members of Britain First turned up uninvited at the Showfield home of the then Lord Mayor, Khadim Hussain, to discuss the issue of Asian grooming gangs.

Watch preview: Wigan v Leeds United

BBC Radio Leeds

Adam Pope and Gareth Jones

preview the Wigan v Leeds United game due to take place tomorrow, over on our Facebook page.

BBC Radio Leeds presenters

They have an update on Billy Sharp's fitness, discuss potential team changes and hear from coach Neil Redfearn on signings.

Computer hacking software warning

Alex Moss

BBC Local Live

Police say they have been visiting homes in West Yorkshire to

warn people about their use of sophisticated computer hacking software.

Officers have been to nine homes including ones in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield that were found to have access to spyware technology.

The software allows hackers to steal information, including pictures and videos, from another computer.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A shock figure for Leeds today - it's estimated that up to 2,600 women and girls in the city have undergone, or are at risk of, female genital mutilation.

Women who've suffered the abuse are due to speak out at a conference this afternoon organised by the Gambia Volunteers Trust.

Listen live at 13:00.

Preview: Wakefield v St Helens

BBC Sport


Mickael Simon is available to make his Wakefield debut as he and back-row forward Matty Ashurst return to the Wildcats' squad after injuries.

Wakefield's Mickael Simon

Scott Anderson damaged his knee in last weekend's 58-16 loss to Widnes Vikings and is out for at least two months.

Festival to mark cycle race

It's just been announced that a festival is being launched in April to mark the run-up to the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire.

Cow and Calf Rocks, a key point of the Tour de Yorkshire route
PAul buckingham/geograph

Theatres, art galleries and museums will be promoting their work as part of the

Tour de Yorkshire Festival.

The three-state major international cycling race, which reaches West Yorkshire on 3 May, will take in some of the county's most spectacular scenery including the Ilkley Cow and Calf (pictured) King of the Mountain climb.

Dry and bright afternoon

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be

dry and bright with temperatures reaching a maximum of 11C (52F).

Weather graphic

There'll be moderate south-west winds, which will freshen towards the end of the day.

Software 'used as joke'

Alex Moss

BBC Local Live

More from

police investigating the use of spyware technology across the county.

Officers say they think many young people are buying the software, often using their parents' bank accounts to pay for it.

They say some might be using it just for practical jokes on friends, but that parents need to be aware it can lead people into the world of cyber crime.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Campaigners are hoping to highlight the problem of female genital mutilation in Leeds at a conference today.

A report's suggested up to 2,600 women and girls in Leeds have undergone, or are at risk of, the procedure.

Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin for more.

Leeds arrest in cybercrime raids

Mark Ward

Technology correspondent, BBC News

The National Crime Agency has

arrested a person in Leeds as part of a "strike week" against suspected hackers.

NCA raid

In total, 25 separate operations were carried out across the UK.

The agency says the person arrested in Leeds is a suspected member of the hacking group the Lizard Squad.

Heavy traffic warning

BBC Travel

There is heavy traffic at the A647 Bradford Road in Pudsey at the B6154 Galloway Lane junction.

Drivers are being advised there may be delays.

Bradford gear up for Wembley

Dave Fletcher

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Boss Phil Parkinson says reaching the FA Cup semi final would be his greatest achievement as Bradford City manager.

But he says if they can beat Reading in their quarter final tomorrow to get to the last four, it would top everything.

"If we could achieve it and get to Wembley it would be the first time since 1911 the club has played in the semi-final, so this group of players would be remembered and that's what being involved in football is all about," he said.

Jobs boost in city

Alex Moss

BBC Local Live

Up to 30 jobs are to be created with the building of a new manufacturing facility in Leeds, according to the city council

Company Orion, currently based in Wortley, is relocating to bigger premises at Thornes Farm in the city's enterprise zone- an area which was set up to try and boost economic growth.

The move should be completed by the end of the year.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police have been visiting homes around the county to warn people about their use of computer hacking software.

Officers have traced the use of spyware to nine addresses, where they've handed out cease and desist notices.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Road closure warning

Drivers are being reminded of road closures this weekend as work takes place to complete the strengthening of the Westgate footbridge on Leeds Inner Ring Road.

Westgate, Leeds
derek harper/geograph

The A58(M) will be closed to traffic in both directions from 19:00 on Friday 6 March until 06:00 on Monday 9 March.

Leeds City Council says the work is part of a programme of maintenance to upgrade the Inner Ring Road and needs to be carried out safely while part of the road is closed.

School uniform makeover

Huddersfield Examiner

Colne Valley High School is to undergo a makeover with a

complete revamp of the school uniform.

Colne Valley High School new uniform
Huddersfield Examiner

A booklet has been sent to all parents to avoid a repeat of last year's 'Trousergate' row where several pupils were excluded for wearing the wrong trousers.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The tourist organisation in Bradford has told BBC Radio Leeds it thinks there'll be a rise in visitor number thanks to ongoing redevelopment in the city.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.