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  1. Bed manufacturer announces 160 redundancies
  2. Life ban for disruptive Jet2 passenger
  3. Corfu deaths mother criticises Thomas Cook boss
  4. Jessie J's duet with Leeds fan goes viral
  5. Leeds-based gym group in LA Fitness takeover
  6. Updates on Friday 29 May 2015

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By Oliver Wright

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Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

That's all from Local Live in Leeds & West Yorkshire for this week.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Have a good weekend.

Coming up on Look North

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 when we'll be looking into the use of so-called legal highs and the new laws it's hoped will drive the drugs off our streets.

Danny Carpenter will be reporting from Scarborough where children as young as nine have been reported using the substances.

We also meet ac teenager whose life was saved by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - and has now been selected to ride in a special competition at the Bramham horse trials next month.

Airline's zero-tolerance approach to rowdy passengers

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

More on

Jet2's decision to ban a passenger for life after a rowdy flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport to Alicante this morning.

It came as the airline announced a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive and inappropriate behaviour on its flights.

Managing director Phil Ward said: "We will not allow our customers' holidays to be upset by an individuals' obnoxious behaviour.

"Passenger welfare is and always will be our number one priority which is why we have brought in these measures to take action against anyone who causes offence and disruption to our passengers and crew. We will not hesitate to prosecute individuals where necessary."

Jail for surveyor who stole from sick mother

Yorkshire Post

A surveyor who stole a five-figure sum from his elderly mother suffering from Alzheimer's hung his head in shame as a judge at Bradford Crown Court branded him "despicable".

Steven Darvill admitted stealing nearly £70,000 from his 79-year-old mother and retired nurse Hazel Riley while she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Darvill, 56, was jailed today after a court heard he stole from the accounts of Mrs Riley - who had initially been financially well off - leaving her practically penniless.

Showers dying out

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The showers will continue to die out this afternoon and tonight with largely clear skies and a gentle westerly breeze.

Weather 29 May

It'll be a chilly night with temperatures down to 5C (41F) lower with a touch of frost possibly rurally.

Couple's dream wedding cancelled without

Huddersfield Examiner

A couple have been left "devastated" after their dream wedding party weekend was cancelled.

Phil Birkhead and Sophie Georgewilliams
Huddersfield Examiner

Phil Birkhead and Sophie Georgewilliams were shocked to receive an unexpected refund of their £2,708 deposit through the post which they had given to Leeds-based holiday agency Luxury Breaks Ltd to stay at entrepreneur Terry George's luxury house, Carr Hall Castle on Shaw Lane in Holywell Green.

Latest headlines

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

Here's today's top stories on Local Live:

Bed firm employees made redundant

Administrators of Dewsbury-based bed and mattress manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds have informed 160 of its 174 employees that they have been made redundant.

Kozee Sleep in Dewsbury

The remaining 14 members of staff are being kept on short term to assist with the administration.

Jonny Marston, joint administrator and restructuring partner at KPMG, said: "Since our appointment we have established the business' financial position and conducted a sale of business process. Unfortunately it has not been possible to complete a going concern sale at this time and regrettably this means the workforce cannot be retained."

Samurai swordsman arrested

Hebden Bridge Times

Armed officers were called to Cornholme to reports that a man was waving around a Samurai sword.

Police in Cornholme
Hebden Bridge Times

Officers were called to Burnley Road at about 20:00 on Thursday, but when they arrived the man was nowhere to be seen.

The man, who made no direct threats to anyone, was later arrested at his home address on suspicion of possession of a bladed article. Police have confiscated a weapon.

M1 travel delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports that one lane is closed and traffic is queuing on the M1 southbound between J42, M62 (Lofthouse) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down lorry.

Life ban for disruptive passenger

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

A man has been banned from flying with airline for life after his "unacceptable behaviour" forced a pilot to divert a flight to Alicante from Leeds Bradford Airport. plane

The airline said the man was one of 14 men on board the flight who refused to "stop consuming illicit alcohol, using intimidating language and threatening behaviour".

A spokesman for said the flight was diverted to Toulouse where he was handed over to police. He added: "As well as delaying holidaymakers, he could now be facing prosecution for his behaviour and could be found liable for the costs of the divert, which will run into thousands of pounds."

Man fined for harassing neighbours

Huddersfield Examiner

A man who made his neighbours' life hell with a campaign of harassment has been


Jeremy Hoyle, 43, of Kaye Lane, Almondbury Huddersfield, damaged cars belonging to former neighbours Chris and Melissa O'Brien at Holmebank Mews, Brockholes, Holmfirth, on 17 May 2014.

District Judge Michael Fanning sentenced Hoyle at Kirklees Magistrates' Court to 80 hours' unpaid work as well as fining him £1,400. He was also told to pay £1,158 in compensation, £930 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Town car park close for revamp

Hallfield Lane car park in Wetherby town centre is to close this weekend to allow

a major refurbishment project to be carried out.

The site owned by Leeds City Council is to close on Sunday, with improvement works to follow to create a modern car park which will accommodate 153 vehicles.

The refurbishment is expected to take about 16 weeks to complete.

Retail development approved

Brighouse Echo

A huge retail development that will create more jobs in Brighouse and bring in millions of pounds of turnover will be built after plans were given the green light.

Dews Motor Group site
Brighouse Echo

The development will see four shopping units built on the former Dews Motor Group site, on Bradford Road, and the current buildings demolished.

The project is being put forward by the Gregory Property Group who built the Broad Street Plaza complex in Halifax.

Fastener-ating discovery in Wakefield

Pontefract & Castleford Express

An amateur metal detectorist found

a 17th Century dress fastener during a search in Wakefield.

The artefact was unearthed on 6 July last year, a treasure inquest at Wakefield Coroner's Court heard.

The man was searching in a field with his metal detector when he found the silver clip, which is thought to be around 300 years old.

Rhinos pair set for return from injury

BBC Sport

Leeds Rhinos hope to have back-row forwards Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Brett Delaney back from hamstring injuries for their

clash with Wigan Warriors on Saturday.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Getty Images

England international Jones-Buchanan (pictured) will be making his 350th career appearance if he is included by the Super League leaders.

In March, Leeds ran in five tries as they won

26-14 against Wigan at Headingley.

Calling all Katies

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

A new steam train called Katie will be hauling her first passenger trains at the Kirklees Light Railway this weekend.

To celebrate the arrival of the locomotive anyone with the name or middle name Katie, and can prove it, will be able to travel for free.

The train is

scheduled to make 10 journeys at the railway at Clayton West, near Huddersfield, over the course of the weekend.

England win toss as clouds break at Headingley

BBC Sport

England have won the toss and have opted to bowl when play finally gets under way in the second test against New Zealand at Headingley at 13:30.

You can follow all the action on the

BBC Sport website's live page.

MP Shah's focus on constituency 'not Galloway'

BBC Radio Leeds

tweets: Bradford West MP @NazShahBfd tells @RichardStead her energy will go into her constituency, NOT taking legal action against George Galloway

Corfu deaths mother criticises Thomas Cook boss

The mother of two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu

has criticised holiday firm Thomas Cook's former chief executive.

Harriet Green

Sharon Wood, mother of Christi and Bobby Shepherd said it was "abhorrent" Harriet Green (pictured) had tried to use their memory to gain public sympathy.

Ms Green said on Wednesday she would donate a third of her shares to a charity chosen by the parents.

She was said to be "deeply saddened that Ms Wood feels this way".

Headingley pitch inspection planned

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

tweets: There will be a pitch inspection at 12.45pm. # ENGvNZ

Coming up on BBC One

Nicola Rees

Journalist, BBC Look North

Join me at 13:30 for the lunchtime bulletin from BBC Look North where I'll have more on the news that the mother of two children who died on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu has criticised the company's former chief executive over her plans to donate a third of her bonus to charity.

Life savers

Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds medical staff's rescue of a man whose

back pain turned out to be life-threatening internal bleeding will be shown on BBC Two on Tuesday.

Tony Dakers, of Hemsworth, was home alone getting ready for work as a maintenance engineer the day after his 61st birthday on November 5 when he collapsed and called for help, telling 999 staff "I'm dying".

Tony, who spent seven weeks in hospital after his collapse, will feature as part of the

'An Hour to Save Your Life' series on BBC Two on Tuesday at 9pm.

Delay to Pontefract junction alterations

Pontefract & Castleford Express


work to replace Pontefract's Town End junction with two roundabouts has hit further delays.

The £600,000 scheme, which will see the current traffic light systems removed, started in March following completion of the Northern Link Road.

It was due to be complete by the end of July but council bosses say that additional work to dig up pipes and cables mean it is now not due for completion until "early autumn."

Fingers crossed!

BBC Sport

Here's some news - lunch will be taken early at 12:30 BST, with the intention of play starting at 13:10 BST if there's no more rain. Cross your fingers, people.

Groundsmen at Headingley
Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Meanwhile, Yorkshire County Cricket Club have

tweeted a short video of efforts to get play under way at Headingley.

Major fire out after all-night operation

Halifax Courier

Fire crews are preparing to leave the scene of a

huge fire in Halifax after finally putting it out.

Firefighters from Halifax, Brighouse, Illingworth, Elland, Odsal and Stanningley were all called to the incident at an environmental waste plant off Swales Moor Road at 16:40 on Thursday.

The fire, which involved 60 tonnes of woodchip, rubber and tyres, took around 17 hours to put out.

Latest headlines

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The top stories on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far are:

Cellino reign criticised

BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds sports reporter Nick Hatton says Massimo Cellino's running of Leeds United has been criticised by the chief executive of the League Managers Association Richard Bevan.

In the past year United have parted company with four head coaches, Mr Bevan says they have set a bad example.

Meanwhile Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott says they won't be underestimating Wigan ahead of their clash at the 'Magic Weekend' on Saturday night at Newcastle's St James' Park.

River death appeal

Huddersfield Examiner

Detectives are trying to

piece together the final movements of a man who was pulled from the River Calder but later died.

Christopher Matthews, 55, of Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, was rescued from the River Calder near Savile Road Bridge shortly after 19.35 on 22 May.

But despite medical treatment he died later in hospital.

Sibling rivalry

BBC Sport

Jonny Brownlee says he is ready to race his brother Alistair as a true equal as the pair

prepare to go head-to-head for the first time this season on Sunday.

Jonny Brownlee celebrates winning on Australia's Gold Coast during this year's World Triathlon Series
Getty Images

Younger by two years at 25, Jonny has only occasionally come out on top when the brothers from West Yorkshire have raced with both fully fit.

But two wins from three World Series races this year have bolstered his confidence before their London date.

Jessie J duet goes viral

A teenager from Leeds has become an overnight internet sensation after

singing a duet with singer Jessie J.

Jessie J and Tom Bleasby
Jessie J

Tom Bleasby's sing-a-long with the star has racked up

seven million views on Facebook.

The pair recorded a version of "Flashlight" from the movie Pitch Perfect 2 through karaoke app, Smule.

Rainy start at Headingley

BBC Test Match Special

tweet: View from @bbctms box at Headingley. Little chance of play before lunch, but we have lots to keep you entertained!

Headingley 29 May 2015

Firefighters tackle recycling centre blaze

Huddersfield Examiner

Fire crews are still at the scene of

a huge blaze on Swales Moor Road in Halifax involving 60 tonnes of woodchip, rubber and tyres.

Firefighters from Halifax, Brighouse, Illingworth, Elland, Odsal and Stanningley were called to the incident at an environmental waste plant at 16.40 on Thursday. Crews are still at the scene.

A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokesperson said it could be a few days before they put the fire out completely.

On air now

Richard Stead

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

On today's show I'll be talking about scam callers and a new competition to find West Yorkshire's best busker.

And, at 11.00 I'll have the newly-elected Labour MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, in the hotseat.

If you want to ask her a question call us on 0845 303 33 33.

Latest headlines

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

The top stories on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far are:

  • Leeds-based Pure Gym, the UK's largest gym operator, has
    bought rival workout chain, LA Fitness.
  • Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper is expected to formally launch her bid to be Labour leader.
  • England due to play New Zealand at Headingley in the second test of the two-match series.

Headingley travel advice

Northern Rail have

tweeted: If you're going to #Headingley today for the @englandcricket v @BLACKCAPS 2nd Test, leave yourself plenty of time as services may be busy

From Hebden Bridge to Hollywood

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

A new film opening today and starring Hollywood legend Al Pacino was inspired by the true story of a letter from John Lennon to a West Yorkshire folk singer.

John Lennon and letter

Danny Collins is based on the story of Steve Tiltson, from Hebden Bridge, who

wrote to the Beatles star in 1971 but didn't receive a response for more than 30 years.

The publicity from that story caught the eye of Hollywood screenwriter Dan Fogelman.

Pure Gym buys LA Fitness

Leeds-based Pure Gym, the UK's largest gym operator, has

bought rival workout chain, LA Fitness.

People walking outside an LA Fitness gym
LA Fitness

LA Fitness and its 43 clubs, based predominantly in London and South East England, will add to Pure Gym's 91 clubs.

LA Fitness was taken over by its lenders in 2014, who then put the business up for sale.

England vs New Zealand

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

England will take on New Zealand at Headingley today in the side's first match since the appointment of new head coach Trevor Bayliss.

Trevor Bayliss

The 52-year-old Australian succeeded Peter Moores, whose second spell ended in a sacking in early May.

The match at Headingley is scheduled to start at 11:00 and you can follow all the build up and get live text coverage on the

BBC Sport website.

Cooper launches leadership bid

Oliver Wright

BBC Local Live

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper is expected to formally launch her bid to become leader of the Labour party today.

Yvette Cooper

The shadow Home Secretary and MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

faces competition from Andy Burnham, Liz Kendal and Wakefield's Mary Creagh.