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  1. Updates from Friday 13 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By John Henry

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the region.

Coming up on Look North

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Leeds is celebrating this evening after beating off global competition to secure millions of pounds of investment from Google.

The company is investing in a new digital training centre in the heart of the city.

Also tonight, we'll have further revelations of alleged wrong-doing by South Yorkshire Police.

Watch the broadcast at 18:30.

Dry and cloudy tomorrow

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Overnight it's going to remain

mostly dry and rather cloudy, although some breaks in the cloud will allow for temperatures to drop down to around 2C (36F) so a touch of frost is possible in rural areas.

Weather forecast

A rather cloudy day tomorrow though there is the the chance of some brighter skies from time to time.

Mostly dry but the odd spot or two of light rain or drizzle is likely over the hills. Temperatures below average around 7C (45F).

Historic house sold for apartments

Wharfedale Observer

A landmark Grade I listed building in Burley in Wharfedale which has housed offices and also a pizza restaurant has been

sold for conversion into new luxury apartments.

Frozen chicken drugs charge man remanded

A man has been further remanded in custody until 20 April charged in connection with a plot to smuggle 90kg (198lb) of MDMA into the UK hidden inside pallets of frozen chicken.

Christopher Still of Glen Grove, Morley, Leeds, was arrested last year after officers found the drugs at Killingholme, in Lincolnshire.

A judge at Leeds Crown Court said Mr Still must next appear on 20 April.

Sign of the times in Gipton

Yorkshire Evening Post

A Leeds man and his eye-catching

collection of garden ornaments and signs from across the world have captured the hearts of residents in Gipton.

Liam Lawler opens up his garden to help raise money for charity and last year he managed to collect more than £2,600 for Macmillan.

Liam Lawler's signs in Gipton
Yorkshire Evening Post

During the event he has had visitors from Australia and America stopping by to photograph his treasured collection.

Queues on M62 eastbound

BBC Travel

BBC Travel


queuing traffic on the M62 heading eastbound at the minute following an accident earlier on.

All lanes are open but traffic is backed up between J25 at Brighouse and J26 at Chain Bar.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have raided almost 90 homes in one of the biggest drugs operation in Wakefield over the last 10 years.

More than 40 people were arrested and thousands of pounds of drugs was recovered from 87 homes across the district.

Listen to the bulletin at 17:00.

Snowy conditions

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There are

hazardous driving conditions and queuing traffic on the A644 Brighouse and Denholme Road in both directions in Queensbury around the Pit Lane junction.

That's because of snow in the roadworks area.

Station's £500k ticket to stride

Yorkshire Evening Post

The push to breathe new life into Leeds city centre's South Bank is

set to receive a £500,000 pedestrian-friendly boost.

Senior councillors are next week expected to approve plans for a scheme which will complement the £17.3m southern entrance being built at Leeds City Station.

Proposed development at Leeds railway station
Network Rail

It will see the area around Little Neville Street - close to the Dark Arches - becoming a pedestrian zone.

Armed gang targeted shop

Three men wearing

balaclavas and brandishing weapons have threatened a shop worker in South Elmsall.

It happened in a shop on Ash Grove, at around 20:50 on Thursday.

They are described as male, all wearing black clothing and hats and balaclavas covering their faces.

Lulu joined Johnny on Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds

Make sure you have a listen to the legendary Lulu on with Johnny I'Anson

on Radio Leeds this afternoon.

Lulu popped by the studio and performed

this track from her new album Making Life Rhyme.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Detectives investigating the attempted murder and serious sexual assault of a woman in Leeds have released CCTV footage of the incident.

It shows the 18-year-old victim being dragged into a garden from a bus stop on Beeston Road.

Hear more news from Radio Leeds here.

Carnegie coach talks to Radio Leeds

Yorkshire Carnegie's new head coach Bryan Redpath

has talked to BBC Radio Leeds about his two year contract at Headingley.

Bryan Redpath

He said: "It's a huge deal for me. I've come into this situation and it's something I want to be hugely successful at."

Thousands of illegal cigarettes seized

Morley Observer

An operation on National No Smoking Day has seen West Yorkshire Trading Standards taking over 20,000 illicit cigarettes and over six kilos of illegal rolling tobacco.

The illegal products

were seized during raids in Leeds, Wakefield, Dewsbury and Bradford and many of the seized items were hidden in concealments such as voids in walls and remote controlled hidden compartments. The value of the tobacco products, if genuine, would have been more than £11,500.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police is appealing for information about a missing 14-year-old girl.

Hear more on this story at Radio Leeds

Friday afternoon weather forecast

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

As the day progresses it will slowly dry up from the east with some brighter skies and sunshine emerging during the afternoon.

Clare Nasir

Highs will reach 9C (48F) with gentle east to south easterly winds.

Lunchtime TV

BBC Look North

Join Phil Bodmer this lunchtime when we will be reporting on Google's launch of their Digital Garage project.

The multi-million pound initiative to help boost the UK's digital economy is being revealed at the newly regenerated Leeds Dock.

Don't forget we have all the latest news and views

on BBC Look North this lunchtime.

Thieves target farms and out buildings

Halifax Courier

Calderdale police are

warning farmers and owners of isolated buildings to take care after a spate of burglaries.

The Calder Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team has issued advice after out-buildings at isolated farms and dwellings in the Ripponden, Luddendenfoot and Hebden Bridge were targeted over the week.

News on the hour

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

West Yorkshire Police is appealing for information about a missing 14-year-old girl.

Hear more on this story at Radio Leeds

On air

Martin Kelner

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm talking about AP McCoy's last race at the Cheltenham Festival today. Can he be replaced? Will you be having a flutter?

And what is the enduring appeal of Terry Pratchett's writing? We will be speaking to fan and friend of the man himself.

Police warning to elderly residents

West Yorkshire Police have

tweeted a warning to elderly residents in the Shelf area, telling them to be careful and not give out personal information after reports of companies phoning to offer a free security check of their home.

During the telephone conversation people are being asked if they currently have a burglar alarm and if doors and windows are fitted with the correct locks.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Get more on that story at 12:00. the story of a missing 14-year-old girl with me at 12:00.

Concern over missing 14-year-old girl

West Yorkshire Police are concerned for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl

who has been reported missing.

Connie Stenton was last seen at her home address in Meltham at 05:00 on Friday.

Connie Stenton
West Yorkshire Police

She is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build with shoulder-length brown hair with a slight fringe and hazel coloured eyes.

She was last seen wearing a green parker-style coat with cream fur around the hood, black jeans and white converse trainers.

Man jailed over child sex attacks

Pontefract & Castleford Express

A man with a "sexual attraction to young girls" has been jailed after admitting a string of sex offences on children across the area.

Samuel Frost, 30, of Talbot Street, Normanton, was sentenced to 32 months in prison

after sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Castleford last year.

Leeds United expect big attendance

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

We are on course for our highest home attendance tomorrow & Neil Redfearn says it shows how far we have come

Leeds players
Leeds United

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A group representing older people in Leeds has been telling BBC Radio Leeds they're trying to raise £72,000 in order to take over a pub.

OPAL want to use the Bedford Arms on the Silk Mill estate as their new base and make it the heart of their community.

Grace Clark from the group says they'll be offering activities and services for older people.

Listen to more from BBC Radio Leeds here

Lulu rescued after four-hour drama

Yorkshire Evening Post

Dog rescued in West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds firefighters rescued sausage dog from a hole lot of trouble

Brownies baked for Red Nose Day

Katie Hall's Red Nose Day brownies
Katie Hall

Katie Hall of Bradford University

tweets: Red Nose Day with raspberry chocolate brownies in C53 Richmond
#RND15 pay what you like!

Festival better baa none

Knitted products

After its debut last year, a festival celebrating all things woollen is set to return to a popular Leeds museum later this year.


Leeds Wool Festival has now been confirmed to take place on Saturday, 6 June 2015 from 10:00-17:00 at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

A mini market featuring over 15 stalls will also be available to browse, in what promises to be a great day out for all the family and indeed anyone with a real interest in wool, knitting, crochet, spinning or dyeing.

Ken Bates loses appeal

Ex-Leeds United chairman Ken Bates

must pay damages after losing a case brought by a former director's wife.

Mr Bates had already been ordered to pay £10,000 to Melvyn Levi after he sued for harassment.

Ken Bates

Now the Court of Appeal has ruled Mr Bates must pay £6,000 to Mr Levi's wife Carole, even though she was not the actual target of the harassment.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The final 1,000 tickets to Bradford City's quarter final tie with Reading on Monday night have go on sale in the last hour.

The club says season ticket and flexi card holders can continue to get them online - and there's no restriction on the number of tickets one person can buy.

Listen here for more from Radio Leeds.

Bradford tickets go on sale

John Henry

BBC Local Live

Bradford City has approximately 1,000 tickets still available for Monday night's FA Cup quarter final tie with Reading and as such they will be made available on general sale from 09:00 Friday morning.

The club said on its website that season ticket and flexi card holders can continue to buy online with no restriction on the number of tickets one card holder can purchase.

Motorway closure warning

Hemsworth Express


Hemsworth Express tweets that the M1 motorway near Wakefield will be closed overnight.

M! traffic
Hemsworth Express

Last orders for local pubs

BBC Radio Leeds

Pubs across West Yorkshire seem to be disappearing at a rate of knots - and we want to know would you miss your local?

Join BBC Radio Leeds and let us know what you think about the apparent demise of the local pub.

Halifax Labour all-women shortlist

Len Tingle

Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

Labour has announced it will pick its candidate to defend the key West Yorkshire marginal seat of Halifax at the General Election

from an all-women shortlist.

Linda Riordan

Sitting Labour MP Linda Riordan announced last month that she is stepping down after 10 years because of ill health.

Local Labour Party members will meet on Saturday 21 April to make the final choice.

Redpath joins Yorkshire Carnegie

Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie have appointed former Scotland captain Bryan Redpath as their new head coach.

The 43-year-old has signed a two-year contract after leaving his position as head coach of Sale Sharks on Thursday.

Bryan Redpath
Getty Images

Gary Mercer was appointed Yorkshire head coach in the summer but left the club in November after a bad start. His replacement Tommy McGee departed by mutual consent last week.

Read more on this story from BBC Sport here.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The internet giant Google is launching a new initiative in Leeds on Friday which is aimed at giving businesses the digital skills they need for the future.

The Digital Garage project, will be based at Leeds Dock.

Get the full story at 09:00.