Leeds rugby league star Kevin Sinfield honoured by Queen

Kevin Sinfield Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield becomes a MBE for services to rugby league

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has been honoured by the Queen in her Birthday Honours list.

Sinfield, 33, who has played for the club since 1996, is appointed MBE for services to rugby league.

Other people honoured in West Yorkshire include the Reverend Canon Charles Dobbin from Leeds who is appointed MBE for services to community cohesion.

He chairs a number of groups working across different faiths in the county.

Also appointed MBE for services to the community is Bradford lawyer Sarah Khan-Bashir.

Mrs Bashir works with the Mosaic scheme, founded by Prince Charles, which provides mentoring and support for young people across the UK.

A school caretaker from Halifax, Barbara Brook, has received a British Empire Medal for services to education.

Mrs Brook, 55, has worked at the town's Lowerhouses Junior, Infant and Early Years School for more than 28 years.

The school has a high number of children with special needs and Mrs Brooks learnt sign language so she can communicate with the pupils.

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    17:47: City match rearranged James Deighton Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City will play their rearranged game at Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday 10 March 2015, with a 19:45 kick-off, the club has announced.

    The Bantams were due to play Coventry on Saturday 14 February, but the date for the match had to be moved following City's qualification for the FA Cup fifth round.

    17:38: Lyth extends Yorkshire contract BBC Sport

    Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth has signed a three-year contract extension.

    Adam Lyth

    The 27-year-old left-hander is currently on tour with the England Lions in South Africa after helping the White Rose club to the 2014 County Championship title.

    He scored 1,489 runs at an average of 67.68, including six hundreds, and was named Championship Player of the Year.

    17:29: Council faces 'technical bankruptcy' James Vincent Journalist, BBC Look North

    Wakefield Council leader Peter Box has told me the council faces "technical bankruptcy" by 2018 unless changes are made to funding.

    Peter Box

    The council says it needs to make savings of £66m, that's 12% of its budget, between 2016 and 2020.

    Mr Box says: "People need to understand and understand now the scale of the problem. But government also has a duty and responsibility to acknowledge these serious issues about funding for the long term and sit down and talk about it with us."

    More on BBC Look North from 18:30 on BBC One.

    17:16: Cabbies protest at bus lane rules

    Minicab drivers in Leeds have handed in a 900-signature petition asking to be allowed to use the city's bus lanes in the same way that Hackney carriages can.

    Taxi cab light

    Mohammed Sajard from Yeadon, who started the petition, says current regulations aren't fair and wants Leeds City Council to change the rules.

    "Hackney carriages essentially do the same jobs as private hire vehicles but we have to stay with the general traffic. This costs the customers more, it costs us more and it pollutes the environment," he says.

    17:05: Reflecting on the Holocaust

    A candlelit evening of reflection and stories will be held at Halifax Minster this evening to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    Barbed wire at Auschwitz

    During the evening, which will be hosted by Rudi Leaver, chair of Bradford Reformed Synagogue, 70 candles will be lit in memory of those who died.

    Organised by Calderdale Interfaith Council, the event will start at 18:30 and is open to everyone.

    16:58: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Wakefield Council says it expects to make savings of £66m from next year.

    The council's leader say it's down to funding cuts from the government.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

    16:46: Lights stolen 'to grow cannabis' Yorkshire Evening Post

    A former police officer believes drug gangs may have stolen expensive lights from his new car - to grow cannabis.

    Ian Moore
    16:37: Carvell joins Featherstone Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Former England international Garreth Carvell has joined Featherstone Rovers on a two-year contract.

    The 34-year-old ex-Hull and Warrington prop forward, who has made 164 appearances in Super League, ended the 2014 season at Castleford but was not offered a new deal by the Tigers.

    Carvell, who won the Challenge Cup four times, will combine his playing role at the Championship club with that of assistant to head coach Andy Hay.

    16:26: Further alert over wind

    Leeds City Council tweets: Strong winds forecast for Weds am in Leeds. NOTE At Bridgwater Place junction, possible full road closure during rush hour 9am to 10am.

    16:17: Snowy blanket over Netherthong Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Sandie Nicholson for sending in this atmospheric picture of a snowy West Yorkshire landscape at Netherthong. Just a reminder, perhaps, that it looks like there's more snow on the way.

    Snowy landscape at Netherthong

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

    16:07: Bridgewater Place wind alert

    Leeds City Council tweets: Strong winds forecast for Weds am in Leeds. At Bridgwater Place junction, diversion signs for high-sided vehicles will operate from 6am.

    15:59: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Wakefield Council has announced plans to cut a further £66m from its budget between 2016 and 2020.

    Council leaders say children's services will again be affected among others.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

    15:43: Film-shun sparks disabled film site

    BBC News Online reports that the mother of a boy with cerebral palsy who was unable to watch a film at the cinema as it had no wheelchair access has set up a travel review website for disabled people.

    Joseph France

    Kelly Jones' son Joseph France (pictured) wanted to see The Theory of Everything at a cinema in Harrogate, but it was on a screen without disabled access.

    She has set up Disability Trip Advisor to review attractions' access issues. It currently covers Harrogate but will be expanded to cover Leeds, she says.

    15:28: Holocaust victims remembered

    Children in Bradford have remembered the victims and survivors of the Holocaust as part of a special ceremony held in City Hall to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

    Pupil lighting candle

    Pupils from schools across the district lit candles on behalf of victims, joining representatives from Bradford's communities who pledged to never forget the Holocaust or its lessons.

    Mike Gibbons, Bradford's Lord Mayor, said: "It's important we understand how and why genocide is perpetrated so we can do everything possible to prevent it ever happening again."

    15:14: 'Significant changes' to council services Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the news that Wakefield Council says it's set to cut £66m from its budget.

    The council says it's already cut £81m from its spending since 2011 due to cuts in government funding, and now faces making further savings up to 2019-20.

    Council leader Peter Box says the 2015-16 budget report, which goes before the council's cabinet on 3 February, will herald "significant changes" in services.

    15:00: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Wakefield Council has announced plans to cut a further £66m from its budget.

    The latest cuts will be made between 2016 and 2020 and council leaders say children's services will again be affected.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

    14:45: Plea to save former fire station Telegraph & Argus

    A date has been fixed for the first meeting of the new Friends of Haworth and Worth Fire Valley Station group, the organisation set up to try and revive the building which was closed in December.

    14:31: Have your say Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds and would like to find out your views about the service.

    14:13: News boost ahead of election

    BBC Look North's late evening bulletin on BBC One, broadcast from right here at BBC Broadcasting Centre in Leeds, has been extended to give more time for more in-depth news.

    Amy Garcia in Look North studio

    The bulletin, which follows the UK BBC News at Ten, has been extended to 15 minutes from Monday and Thursday every week until June to ensure viewers get the best coverage of the issues facing Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 Election.

    James Harding, the BBC's director of news and current affairs, says: "These extended bulletins will allow us to follow ever more closely a campaign which is going to be being fought out constituency by constituency across the United Kingdom."

    13:59: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    There are calls for more to be done to improve safety on a stretch of railway line in West Yorkshire after three people died in just a few months.

    The deaths happened on the Calder Valley line in the Hipperholme area. One was a 16-year-old girl.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

    13:49: Lane blocked on M1

    BBC Travel News reports that one lane is blocked on the M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carr Gate), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

    13:38: Isaac's trust closes in on £100,000 Huddersfield Examiner

    A staggering £85,000 has been raised towards creating a skatepark in memory of a 12-year-old boy who died in a drowning tragedy just five months ago.

    Isaac Nash
    13:27: Sketches wind back the clock Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Sketches of the centre of Huddersfield from 1966 have gone on show in the town - revealing how much parts of it have changed since the year England won the World Cup, while others remain the same.

    Gas cylinders sketch by Jim Wroe

    The sketches, by Huddersfield-born former architect Jim Wroe, are taken from a book of images he put together in his student days at the town's School of Architecture.

    The drawings, for which Jim received the West Yorkshire Society of Architects Junior Sketching Medal, are on display at Huddersfield Art Gallery until 28 February.

    13:07: Ebola nurse's 'harrowing' experiences

    A nurse from Marsden who is back at work in the UK after treating Ebola patients in Africa says there were times when she was afraid, but the camaraderie between medics helped her keep going.

    Julie Flaherty

    Julie Flaherty, an A&E nurse, spent November and December in a rural area of Sierra Leone treating people with the Ebola virus.

    Mrs Flaherty says while the work was sometimes "exceptionally harrowing", it was "the laughing, the dark humour, the storytelling that gets you through".

    12:59: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    There are calls for more to be done to improve safety on a stretch of railway line in West Yorkshire - after three people died in just a few months.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

    12:43: Galloway: City 'can go all the way' Paul Rowley Political correspondent

    George Galloway thinks Bradford City could "go all in the way" in the FA Cup after their 4-2 win at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

    The Respect MP for Bradford West has tabled a Commons motion, congratulating the League One side on what he says is "probably the greatest upset" in the history of the tournament.

    12:36: Make your face funny

    This year's Comic Relief campaign has begun. The theme for the campaign is "make your face funny for money".

    Red Nose Appeal 2015

    This year nine noses have been launched, question is, which one is your favourite?

    The big night is Friday 13 March.

    12:23: County faces snow alert BBC Weather Latest

    A Met Office yellow warning of snow for West Yorkshire later this week remains in place.

    Snow at Holme

    Accumulating snow, 3cm-6cm at low levels and over 10cm on higher ground, is expected from mid-afternoon tomorrow and will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds, the warning suggests.

    "The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel," it adds.

    12:07: Shock at decision to release killer Telegraph & Argus

    The family of a pensioner murdered by a prostitute has criticised a decision to release her killer.

    Sandha Robertson
    11:58: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Bradford West MP for Respect, George Galloway, has joined calls for a Yorkshire Euro MP who defected from UKIP to the Conservatives to stand down.

    Mr Galloway has tabled a motion at the House of Commons, describing Amjad Bashir as unfit to hold office because of his record of relentlessly switching parties.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

    11:46: Concerns over missing woman

    Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a 45-year-old woman from Ilkley who's been missing from her home since about 17:30 on Saturday afternoon.

    Gita Williams

    Police say the disappearance of Gita Williams is "out of character". She's described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build with long dark hair and small scars on her face.

    Gita is believed to be wearing a blue tracksuit and sweatshirt with white trainers. She may also be carrying a guinea pig, which has also disappeared from her home address.

    11:34: Discover your story Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Taster is giving you the opportunity to try an experimental new tool called Your Story, that intertwines the story of your life with the BBC News archive.

    BBC Your Story logo

    You can see what was at Number One in the UK charts on the day you were born (it was Clive Dunn singing Grandad for me...) and the major world and cultural events that shaped the world you grew up in.

    Why not give it a try and share the results?

    11:20: Travel delays on M1

    BBC Travel News reports one lane is blocked on the M1 northbound between J39, A636 (Wakefield) and J40, A638 (Ossett), because of a broken down vehicle.

    11:08: City fans 'daring to dream'

    Bradford City fans are "daring to dream" that the club could go all the way in the FA Cup and it's "a wonderful time" for its supporters, according to chief operating manager James Mason.

    Bradford City fans celebrate

    Last night, the Bantams were drawn against either Fulham or Sunderland in the fifth round of the competition, a draw which Mr Mason describes as "a belter".

    "We've got the chance to progress to the sixth round of the cup. That's not something that's happened since 1911 - and then we went on to win the cup," he says.

    10:58: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    There are calls for the Yorkshire MEP who defected from UKIP to the Conservatives to resign his seat at the European Parliament.

    Amjad Bashir dramatically switched sides over the weekend.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    10:44: New date for stadium meeting Pontefract & Castleford Express

    Council bosses have deferred a meeting to decide whether to grant planning permission for four new retail developments in Glasshoughton.

    Artist's impression of stadium
    10:32: 'Real concerns' over rail safety

    Concerns are being raised over the safety of the Calder Valley railway line after three people were killed on the track in the Hipperholme area in just a few months.

    Rail crossing at Hipperholme

    One of those who died was 16-year-old Milena Gagic, a student at Crossley Heath School.

    Local councillor David Kirton has told BBC Radio Leeds that Network Rail must make improvements: "We've had fatalities in the past, but three in three months is just unbelievable. People are expressing real concerns and something should be done".

    10:19: Green Flag office set to close Yorkshire Evening Post
    10:08: Remembering the Holocaust

    Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, marking 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.


    Iby Knill, 91, now lives in Leeds but she was born into a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia in 1923. In 1944 she was rounded up by the SS and sent on a train to Auschwitz.

    Iby survived while many others didn't. Today, she says: "I didn't believe that such places as concentration camps existed. I wouldn't have believed it, even if somebody had told me. I genuinely didn't think it was true".

    09:58: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford Respect MP George Galloway has joined calls for the Yorkshire Euro MP who defected from UKIP to the Conservatives to stand down.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    09:50: City fans celebrate FA Cup draw Phil Bodmer Presenter, BBC Look North

    There was a huge sense of anticipation last night at Valley Parade as the FA Cup fifth round draw was made. Following Bradford City's exploits against Chelsea at the weekend, there's a real feeling the club can go all the way.

    City fans celebrate draw

    There were cheers of joy from City fans and players at Valley Parade at the result of the draw - with Bradford now facing Sunderland or Fulham.

    The fans are in a buoyant mood and the Bantams will certainly fancy their chances in what could be a memorable season for Bradford City.

    09:40: Tigers 'not yet near 2014 level' BBC Sport

    Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has acknowledged his side need competitive games to regain the form shown in last season's Super League.

    The Tigers, who were Challenge Cup runners up and finished fourth in 2014, begin the new season at home to Wakefield.

    Powell's side have won all four of their warm-up matches so far, including Sunday's 20-18 victory against Widnes.

    09:26: Councillor's foodbank call Telegraph & Argus

    A Bradford councillor is calling on community groups to set up a foodbank to help the most needy residents in his village.

    Councillor Michael Walls
    09:15: Your views Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

    09:05: Winter comes roaring back Paul Hudson Weather Presenter and Climate Correspondent, BBC Look North

    Winter looks set to come roaring back later this week, as an arctic northerly develops across the UK.

    Snow above Holmfirth

    For western areas, in particular the Pennines, this comes hot off the heels of last week's snow, which amounted to nine inches in places.

    But most other parts of our region to the east of high ground have had no proper wintry weather at all so far this winter. Read my latest blog here.

    08:58: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    There are calls for more to be done to improve safety on a stretch of railway line in West Yorkshire after three people died there in just a few months.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    08:50: Candles lit to remember Holocaust Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides are remembered at a special ceremony in Bradford today.

    Lit candle

    Young people will light candles on behalf of all child victims of genocide and to close the ceremony, Rudi Leavor, chairman of Bradford Synagogue, will sing Jewish mourning song, El Male Rachamim.

    More than 100 representatives from Bradford's communities and local politicians will also take part in the annual event, which will be held in City Hall from 11:00.

    08:39: Morley housing plan problems Yorkshire Evening Post
    08:29: 'Fantastic' FA Cup draw for Bradford BBC Sport

    Giant killers Bradford City have been rewarded for eliminating Chelsea at the weekend with an FA Cup fifth round home tie against Sunderland or Fulham.

    Andrew Davies celebrates

    Bradford defender Andrew Davies (pictured right) has told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a fantastic draw. It's good to have a home game and the fans will be right behind us.

    "It's exciting. I can't see why we can't get another win."

    08:17: Cloudy with light rain Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    There'll be some sunny spells, especially in the east at first today, otherwise it'll be rather cloudy with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

    Weather forecast

    In Pennine areas the odd heavy burst of rain is possible.

    The top temperature will be about 8C (46F) with a light to moderate southwest wind.

    08:06: City traffic delays warning

    BBC Travel News reports a lane is blocked on the M621 exit slip road and there's queuing traffic eastbound at J3, A653 (City Centre), because of a broken down van.

    Congestion is currently reaching as far back as J1, A6110 (Beeston).

    Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

    I'll bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

    And please feel free to send me your news, pictures and comments via leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.



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