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  1. Updates from Tuesday 17 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 with you again from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

A cloudy and cold night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see scattered showers at first, becoming dry with clear intervals and some low cloud, mist and fog by dawn. The minimum temperature will be about 1C (34F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow, there'll be a grey start in places, otherwise it'll be mostly dry with variable cloud and some sunny spells.

The top temperature will be about 9C (48F).

Coming up on BBC One

Phil Bodmer

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we look at the findings of a report published today by the Communities and Local Government Committee.

It says the children's care watchdog Ofsted failed to uncover widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham, instead it took the word of local authority staff without investigating further.

Carnegie coach targets Premiership return

BBC Sport

New Yorkshire Carnegie coach Bryan Redpath has told BBC Look North

he wants to lead the Championship club back to the Premiership.

Bryan Redpath
Getty Images

The former Sale coach was appointed Carnegie coach last week and is looking to lead them back to the top flight for the first time since relegation in 2011.

New primary school for Huddersfield

Plans to create a new primary school in Huddersfield in order to meet a growing demand for places in the south west of the town

have been unveiled by Kirklees Council.

If given the go-ahead, the new 630-place school for children aged four to 11 will be built in the grounds of Moor End Academy, Dryclough Road, Crosland Moor.

The plans will be considered by Kirklees Council's Cabinet on 24 March. The school is expected to open its doors to pupils in September next year.

Council to pay staff living wage

Staff at Kirklees Council

are to get a new minimum salary based on the national living wage from April.

Huddersfield Town Hall
Stanley walker/geograph

The council decided at a meeting on Monday night on a new £7.88 minimum hourly rate to be paid to about 2,100 employees.

The majority of council staff to get the basic pay increase currently work in catering and cleaning posts.

Huddersfield Town v Norwich

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Huddersfield Town will make at least two changes for

tonight's match at home to play-off chasers Norwich with Harry Bunn and Jack Robinson both injured at the weekend.

Conor Coady

Town are looking for their first win in five games and come up against a Norwich City side full of Premier League experience.

Jonathan Hogg has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport he feels that he, along with Conor Coady (pictured) and Jacob Butterfield, are a midfield trio to combat the Canaries.

Castleford cannabis farm shut down

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Police in Castleford sniffed out a cannabis farm while on routine patrol on Roundhill Road at the weekend.

Cannabis farm in Castleford
Pontefract and Castleford Express

Man denies football fire remarks

A man has denied posting offensive remarks online

relating to the Bradford City fire disaster.

Bradford fire memorial
ALlsport/getty images

Chesterfield fan Mark Randall, 45, from Pleasley, near Mansfield, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court today.

He was charged with racially or religiously aggravated disorderly behaviour under section 5 of the Public Order Act.

'Racial abuse' fan may face life ban

BBC Sport

Bradford City will consider a life ban

if a fan arrested for alleged racial abuse of Reading midfielder Garath McCleary is found guilty.

Garath McCleary talks to referee
ALlsport/getty images

Bradford chairman Mark Lawn said the club will take their own action once police investigations are completed.

A 36-year-old man from Bradford arrested during the FA Cup quarter-final replay has been released on bail.

Rare Victorian rail bridge listed

A cast-iron railway bridge in Leeds which is believed to be the oldest of its kind still in place

has been awarded Grade II listed status in recognition of its importance, English Heritage has announced.

Crawshaw Woods Bridge
English heritage

Crawshaw Woods Bridge was designed by Scottish engineer James Walker and was built by Stanningley Ironworks for the Leeds and Selby Railway between 1830 and 1834.

Nick Bridgland, from English Heritage, says: "Crawshaw Woods Bridge is a rare and important survival from railways which were a British invention and one of the Victorians' greatest achievements."

Slow traffic warning

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports there's currently slow traffic on the A650 Wakefield Road in Gildersome at the M62 J27 junction.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

Hardaker free for return to Leeds

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos and England full-back Zak Hardaker

has been released without charge after being interviewed by police over the alleged assault of a 22-year-old man in Leeds on 3 February.

The investigation into Hardaker, 23, and Rhinos youngster Elliot Minichella, 19, has now been concluded.

Fatal crash victim named

A man who died after being hit by two cars on Halifax Road, Todmorden, on Sunday evening

has been named by police as 48-year-old Wayne Stansfield.

Two men who were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remain on bail, police have confirmed.

The end of a Bingley landmark

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Basil Parylo for sending us this picture he's taken showing the demolition of what was one of West Yorkshire's landmark modern buildings - the former Bradford and Bingley Building Society HQ in Bingley.

Building demolition
Basil parylo

Basil says: "The scene is quite surreal because the bandstand has remained longer than the building and the building looks like it's been under attack".

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not

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tweet your photographs to us?

Puppies stolen from farm

Yorkshire Evening Post

Two Jack Russell puppies have been stolen along with power tools during a break-in at a farm in Birstall.

Stolen puppies
West yorkshire police

Politics under the spotlight

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

The Americans talk about the separation of church and state, but in Bradford last night quite the opposite happened as dozens of people from the district came together at the city's cathedral to talk about what they want from their politicians.

Bradford Cathedral
Betty longbottom/geograph

It's part of the church's effort to engage people from across the country in the general election, and this was the first cathedral event.

Those attending were of all ages and from all communities. The views which emerged from the event will form part of a big report to be handed to the country's decision-makers.

Rail delays warning

Northern Rail

tweets: Due to a trespass incident between #BurnleyManchesterRoad and #HebdenBridge trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A Chesterfield fan is to go on trial accused of making offensive comments on Facebook relating to the Bradford City fire disaster.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

'One of those nights' for Bantams

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

It's all over for Bradford City's FA Cup hopes following

last night's 3-0 away defeat by Reading in the quarter-final replay at the Madejski stadium.

Phil Parkinson
ALlsport/getty images

Two goals inside the opening 10 minutes for The Royals meant it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Phil Parkinson's side who concluded it was "one of those nights".

"It was a game which meant so much for our lads that it knocked the suffering out of us at the start. We couldn't find a response and everything that could've gone wrong did," he said.

Victorian reservoir work can start

A listed Victorian reservoir spillway is to be rebuilt after a water company was given the go-ahead to replace parts of the structure.

Butterley Reservoir spillway

Yorkshire Water was refused planning permission to carry out work on Butterley Reservoir's stone spillway last year but has now won an appeal.

The company proposes replacing and raising the walls and reconstructing part of the spillway's cascade section.

Coming up on BBC One

BBC Look North

Join us at 13:35 for BBC Look North as we find out more about the dramatic rise in the number of scarlet fever diagnoses in Yorkshire and the Humber in the past few months.

Also, we'll look back at the life of legendary Yorkshire and England bowler, Bob Appleyard, who's died at the age of 90.

CCTV appeal over attempted robbery

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify following an attempted robbery at a bookmakers in Leeds on the evening of Sunday 8 March.

CCTV image
West yorkshire police

The incident happened at about 19:15 at Ladbrokes on Easterly Road. The man demanded cash and threatening a staff member with what's believed to be a weapon in a white bag.

The member of staff refused to hand over any money and the suspect fled. He's described as white, aged in his late 20s, around 6ft 4in tall and with a medium build.

Traffic lights out

BBC Travel

BBC Travel News reports the traffic lights are currently out on A653 Marsh Lane in Leeds at the York Street junction.

Drivers in the area are being warned to approach the junction with care.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Police investigating an allegation of racial abuse during last night's FA Cup quarter final at Reading have arrested, questioned and bailed a Bradford City fan.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Election 2015: Over to you

BBC Look North

It's just over eight weeks until the general election and we're hoping to speak to each of the party leaders on

BBC Look North before the big day on 7 May.

House of Commons

Of course, we want you to take part. If you'd like to meet David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage or Natalie Bennett and ask a question, why not email us at

Please include your question and your name, age, address and phone number.

Yorkshire mourn spinner Appleyard

BBC Sport

Former Yorkshire and England off-spinner Bob Appleyard MBE

has died at the age of 90.

Bob Appleyard
Getty Images

Born in Bradford, Appleyard did not make his first-class debut until he was 27, but took 200 wickets in his first season in 1951.

He was named as one of Wisden's cricketers of the year in 1952 and appointed an MBE in 2007.

Yorkshire legend dies

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

tweets: It is with great sadness that Bob Appleyard, the legendary #YCCC and England cricketer, has died at the age of 90.

Bob Appleyard in action
PAthe news

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police have bailed two men they'd been questioning over a fatal accident in Todmorden on Sunday night.

A 48-year-old man was killed when he was hit by two cars in Halifax Road.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Attacker caught and jailed

Yorkshire Evening Post

A violent criminal who went on the run after leaving his victim for dead in a pool of blood in an unprovoked attack

has been caught and jailed.

Alfz Baronins
West Yorkshire Police

Two arrested over fatal crash

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following the death of a 48-year-old man who was hit by two cars as he crossed a road in Todmorden on Sunday.

The incident happened at about 21:00 when the man was crossing the road close to the Duke of York pub. He was hit by a black Audi A3 and a silver Toyota Yaris which are believed to have been travelling close to each other at the time.

The two arrested men, one aged 27 the other 30, have been released on bail.

Bantams 'disappointed but philosophical'

Bradford City's FA Cup run,

which came to an end last night as the Bantams lost to Reading in their quarter-final replay, has been worth about £1.5m to the club.

Bradford City players

That's according to chief operating officer James Mason, who says everyone at the club is now "licking our wounds, disappointed but philosophical about how wonderful this run's been".

As a result of the FA Cup windfall, Mr Mason says the club won't have to sell any of its best players and can start next season "on an even keel".