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  1. Crowds at funeral for Cougars player Danny Jones
  2. Service led by priest who officiated at player's wedding
  3. Psychiatric hospital murder accused appears in court
  4. City council's new leadership team takes reins
  5. Rhinos sign Giants prop Mullally on three-year deal
  6. Roundabout safety fears despite £3.4m redesign
  7. Updates on Friday 22 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Alasdair Gill

All times stated are UK

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Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

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

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday.

In the meantime have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

Jobs talks at bed company

Meetings have been held today with workers at a bed manufacturer in West Yorkshire - after it was

announced that the firm is going into administration.

Kozee Sleep

Around 180 jobs are now at risk at Dewsbury-based Kozee Sleep Beds Limited and its subsidiaries, Restus Beds Limited and Hick Lane Bedding Limited.

Corfu deaths electrician 'fired'

Anna Holligan

BBC News, The Hague

An electrician convicted over the carbon monoxide deaths of two children has been fired from the hotel in Corfu where the tragedy happened in 2006.

Christianne and Robert Shepherd

Christi and Bobby Shepherd were poisoned by a faulty boiler at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel.

Despite that he was still working at the hotel but the manager told BBC News on Friday that Louvros had been sacked.

Man took hosepipe to convertible in parking row

Huddersfield Examiner

A man soaked a neighbour's open-topped convertible with a hosepipe as a row over parking in a quiet cul-de-sac turned nasty,

a court was told.

Kirklees magistrates heard today that Jeremy Hoyle, 43, allegedly waged a hate campaign on neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Chris O'Brien.

Holmebank Mews, Brockholes

The court was told Hoyle was upset that Huddersfield businessman Mr O'Brien didn't take his complaint about a van parked near his home in Holmebank Mews, Brockholes, seriously enough.

He sent a letter to neighbours attacking Mr O'Brien and was then caught on CCTV drenching his Audi A4 convertible with water, causing £1,000 of damage.

Prom dresses stolen in shop raid

Burglars have

made off with 60 prom dresses from a shop in Birstall, police have said.

Miss Elegance Dress Shop on Low Lane was raided last night at around 23:45 BST.

The suspects loaded the dresses into a black Vauxhall Astra before driving off.

More than 1,000 at Jones funeral

More than 1,000 people gathered this afternoon for the

funeral of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Danny Jones funeral

Hundreds of people watched the service on screens outside St Mary's church in Halifax.

The 29-year-old

died almost a fortnight ago of a cardiac arrest.

New Lord Mayor takes office

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Councillor Judith Chapman has become the 122nd Lord Mayor of Leeds after

unanimous support from members of all parties at the council's annual meeting this week.

Mrs Chapman, who has represented the Weetwood ward as a Liberal Democrat city councillor since 2006, takes over as mayor from the previous incumbent David Congreve.

Going, going...

Bradford Council

tweets: These photos taken a week apart show recent progress of the Tyrls demolition in

Bradford Council

Cycle superhighway 'pillaging' heritage

Yorkshire Evening Post

It's been claimed that a Leeds suburb's

heritage is being 'pillaged' during work to create a new £30m cycle superhighway.

Phill Pantry
Yorkshire Evening Post

Phill Pantry 66, was shocked to discover workers on the City Connect scheme were removing original granite kerbstones on Stanningley Road and replacing them with concrete kerbstones.

Construction work started in January on a 23km cycle superhighway to connect Bradford to Leeds city centre and east Leeds.

Latest updates

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Thousand pound postal fraud warning

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Police in Wakefield are appealing for victims of a

postal fraud potentially worth thousands of pounds to come forward.

The Wakefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, is conducting inquiries into an alleged scam in the Wakefield area in which residents have had post stolen to allow suspects to set up fake bank accounts.

Torn open letters

Officers are investigating reported offences in the Stanley, Netherton and Agbrigg areas in which victims have had mail stolen.

It is believed suspects have used financial details from letters to set up fake accounts in the victims' names through which loans and credit cards have been taken out.

Time for a swim again

Bradford Council

tweet: Ilkley Lido officially opens this weekend: Here's how it looked in 1950!

Ilkley Lido in 1950
Bradford Council

Extra class to fill places 'black hole'

Yorkshire Evening Post

Campaigners who say they are living in a "school places black hole" have

welcomed an extra reception class being created at a Leeds primary.

Sofia Desaraju during a protest rally over school places.
Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds City Council announced yesterday that 30 more reception places are being offered at Wigton Moor Primary for September.

Talks over campus closure plan

Morley Observer

Morley councillors are to

meet with the principal of Leeds City College over the possible closure of its Joseph Priestley campus.

Joseph Priestley Campus
Morley Observer

The college, headed by Peter Roberts, has started a formal consultation period over the proposal to shut the Peel Street building, which accommodates around 300 students.

Country park plans

The owners of a private country estate have launched plans to create a large country park in West Yorkshire.

The 1,500-acre Farnley estate, near Huddersfield, is too small to farm commercially.

Its owners have said together with land owned by Kirklees Council the estate could sit at the heart of a 6,000-acre country park.

The scheme could be funded by developing adjacent land for housing, the owners have said.

EU referendum top of the agenda

BBC Radio Leeds

Elmet and Rothwell Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke has been in the Hotseat on Radio Leeds.

He told presenter Richard Stead the most important thing for the new government is that people get the chance to vote on Europe in an "in-out" referendum.

Cooper in Ferrybridge talks

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Yvette Cooper is visiting Ferrybridge C power station which is

facing a planned closure in March 2016.

Ferrybridge C power station

The Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford will be meeting separately with managers from SSE, the energy company which runs the plant, and the unions.

About 180 people are at risk of losing their jobs when the plant closes.

Father finds car accident son in road

Halifax Courier

A father has spoken of the

moment he found his 11-year-old son lying helpless in the middle of the road after being hit by a car in Mytholmroyd.

Neil Andrews-Parry with his son Asher
Halifax Courier

Serving fireman Neil Andrews-Parry has raised safety concerns following the road accident in Thrush Hill Tunnel, on Thrush Hill Road, last Friday.

Psychiatric hospital murder accused in court

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

A woman charged with murdering a fellow psychiatric patient at a hospital in Bradford has appeared in court.

Rachel Bowen was remanded in custody over the death of Linda Goswell, 52, in August and will appear at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday.

Wedding priest conducting Jones funeral

Telegraph & Argus

Today's funeral of rugby star and Keighley Cougars legend Danny Jones is being conducted by the priest who married him and wife Liz and christened their twin babies on Easter Sunday.

Danny Jones funeral
Telegraph & Argus

Speaking before the funeral at St Mary's RC church Halifax, Father Michael Mahady recalled those "beautiful days" and told of the sadness at Mr Jones' sudden death from a heart attack during a rugby match earlier this month.

Latest updates

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • The funeral of rugby player Danny Jones is taking place in Halifax.
  • A woman has appeared in court over the murder of a psychiatric patient in Bradford.
  • Castleford coach calls for video system change after controversial try.

Hundreds pay their respects

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

Hundreds of fans from the rugby league family watch a big screen outside church in Halifax at funeral of Danny Jones.

Danny Jones funeral

Funeral of Danny Jones

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

A heartbreaking moment as wife Lizzie walks behind Danny Jones' coffin with their baby twins.

Danny Jones funeral

Poignant photos of a father

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

Here are some of the beautiful family photos in the order of service for the funeral of rugby league player Danny Jones.

Danny Jones funeral pictures

Big screen needed as church fills for funeral

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

Big screen outside church for the hundreds of fans, friends and family at the funeral of Danny Jones.

A big screen outside the funeral of Danny Jones

Danny Jones funeral

Heidi Tomlinson

Journalist, BBC Look North

There are more and more people arriving all the time.

Danny Jones funeral

The church is packed already and there's a big screen and 100 fans outside.

The RFL Benevolent Fund has told me they've raised £150,000 for Danny's family.

2,000 expected at Jones funeral

Two thousand people are expected to attend the

funeral of rugby league player Danny Jones later.

The 29-year-old, who played for Keighley Cougars and Wales, died from a cardiac arrest triggered by hereditary heart disease.

Danny Jones
Getty Images

He collapsed on the pitch during a match at London Skolars on 3 May and efforts to resuscitate him failed.

Mullally signs for Rhinos from Giants

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos

have signed Huddersfield Giants prop Anthony Mullally on a three-year deal.

Anthony Mullally

The 23-year-old Ireland international will join the Rhinos at the end of the season when his contract expires with the Giants.

He has made 10 Super League appearances this year.

Family evacuate home to escape fire

Telegraph & Argus

A family of five had to

evacuate their home after a car fire spread to the property early today.

Fire crews from Keighley, Bingley and Shipley were called to St Mary's Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, shortly after 02:00 BST.

They found an Audi on fire close to the front of the house.

Shelbrooke in the Hotseat

BBC Radio Leeds

tweets: What question would you ask
@AlecShelbrooke? He joins
@RichardStead in the Hotseat from 11am

Alec Shelbrooke

Latest updates

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Summer concerts for city parks

A programme of 104 concerts with more than 45 bands performing in 26 parks across Leeds

has been announced for the summer by the city council.

Park concert
Leeds City Council

All the concerts are free except those at Lotherton Hall.

Councillor Mark Dobson says: "We're very fortunate to have some amazing parks right across Leeds, and we can't wait to host the Summer Bands in our own green spaces."

Webster exit 'devastating' for Wildcats

James Deighton

Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond (pictured) says

the departure of coach James Webster earlier this week is "devastating" for the club.

Danny Kirmond

Webster left the Wildcats, who've lost 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions, on Tuesday saying it was the "right time".

Kirmond tells me the team feels they've let Webster down: "Ultimately it's the things that go on on the field that leads to the coach having a successful or unsuccessful year. As far as Webbo's concerned, he's done as much as he physically could."

All change at the top

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire


new leadership team at Leeds City Council takes charge today.

Along with a new leader, there are two new deputy leaders, and two new executive members to help the council achieve its goals over the coming years.

Judith Blake
Labour Party

At the council's AGM last night Councillor Judith Blake was officially confirmed as leader of the council, along with deputy leaders Lucinda Yeadon and James Lewis.

Meals like your mother makes

BBC Radio Leeds

Richard Stead is asking for your favourite dish that only your mum could cook.

It's off the back of the launch of

BBC Dish Up, a new campaign to help those of us who struggle to put together a decent meal.

A survey produced for the series suggests nearly half of men and one in three women have never been taught to cook in the UK.

Listen to Richard


Psychiatric hospital murder accused in court

Alasdair Gill

BBC News, Yorkshire

A woman charged with the murder of a patient at a psychiatric hospital in Bradford is

due to appear in court today.

Rachel Bowen, 49, will appear via video link from Rampton psychiatric hospital in Nottinghamshire, in connection with the death of Linda Goswell last summer.

Cygnet hospital

The 52-year-old was found dead at the privately-run Cygnet Hospital in Bierley in August.

From FC Halifax to England squad

BBC Radio 5 live

Former teammate Andy Mangan said he initially thought new England call-up Jamie Vardy wouldn't be any good when he joined Fleetwood back in 2012.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy

Speaking to 5 live Mangan said: "When he joined Fleetwood I said to my wife 'God we've signed this lad from Halifax' and me wife went 'Well he might be good' and I said 'He's not going to be good, he comes from Halifax'.

"Obviously I've ate my words massively."

Going in circles

Telegraph & Argus

A major

roundabout is still not safe after a £3.4m redesign, according to a councillor.

Contractors have now finished a 10-month overhaul of the Thornbury Barracks roundabout, which sits on the main route between Bradford and Leeds.

Councillor Richard Lewis
Telegraph & Argus

But Leeds City Councillor Andrew Carter says crucial road markings are still missing, leaving the junction a potential hazard.

Thousands expected at funeral for Cougars player

About 2,000 people are expected to attend the funeral of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones in Halifax later.

The 29-year-old father of two

died after suffering cardiac arrest during a game away at London Skolars almost a fortnight ago.

Danny Jones
Getty Images

His wife Lizzie has asked those attending the funeral to wear rugby league shirts.

Calais truck driver 'fears for life'

A lorry driver who uses cross-channel routes

has said he is "frightened for his life" by illegal immigrants trying to board his lorry in Calais.


Michael Pearson, of Maru International in West Yorkshire, said the problem was the worst he had seen in 40 years.

The Road Haulage Association said drivers felt vulnerable and security should be improved at European ports.