Ivy Mill fire: Bradford blaze inquiry begins

Fire at Ivy Mill, Bradford The mill was severely damaged in the blaze

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An investigation has begun into the cause of a large fire at a former textile mill in Bradford.

Seventy firefighters tackled the fire at Ivy Mill in West Bowling on Saturday.

West Yorkshire Fire service said the mill's internal walls and parts of its roof had collapsed.

Station Commander Mark Helliwell said no decisions had been taken about whether to demolish the building.

At the height of the blaze, smoke could be seen from hills on the other side of the city.

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    18:00: Good evening

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    17:48: Coming up on BBC One Harry Gration Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report on the first day of the general election campaign proper - with Yorkshire set to play a big part in who gets the keys to Number 10.

    West Yorkshire looks set to be where the fight is fiercest with so many marginal seats. We've got a special aerial guide to six of them to get us started with just 38 days to go before the polling stations open.

    17:34: Meredith extends Bradford contract BBC Sport

    Bradford City defender James Meredith has signed a two-year contract extension.

    James Meredith in action

    The 26-year-old Australian has made 43 appearances for the Bantams this season in all competitions.

    Meredith joined Bradford from York City in June 2012 and helped them secure promotion from League Two in his first season with the club.

    17:25: Time flies again at Oakwood Daragh Corcoran Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Here's the scene at Oakwood Clock in Leeds a little earlier today where its refurbished faces have been reinstalled - with the hands to follow soon.

    Oakwood Clock

    Oakwood Clock was made in 1904 as the centrepiece for the new Leeds Market Hall and was moved to its current location near Roundhay Park in 1912.

    The clock was last renovated in the 1970s and had since fallen into disrepair.

    17:18: Major road closed after crash Telegraph & Argus

    Emergency services are at the scene of a head-on collision in Great Horton Road in Bradford near the Murco filling station at the junction with Beacon Road.

    17:13: Leisure centre brawl 'very unusual'

    Investigating the mass brawl at Castleford's Xscape centre yesterday evening which involved about 30 men, Ch Insp Darren Wiliams says such an incident "is very unusual for the centre".

    Brawl scene

    "Clearly this would have been a distressing incident to witness for those attending the leisure park at the time and this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

    "Inquiries are ongoing today regarding the circumstances of the fighting at Xscape and officers are also viewing CCTV and available footage online."

    16:58: News on the hour Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are appealing for information after up to 30 men were involved in a mass brawl in the car park outside the Xscape centre in Castleford.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

    16:46: Heavy rain and strong winds Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a wet and windy evening. The heavy rain will clear eastwards overnight.

    Weather forecast

    That'll leave scattered showers, mainly in the west, with a minimum temperature of about 3C (37F).

    Tomorrow will be very windy with gales returning, sunny spells and wintry showers.

    16:32: Election 2015: Over to you BBC Look North

    It's only a matter of weeks to go now until the general election and we're hoping to speak to each of the party leaders on BBC Look North before 7 May.

    Woman polishes door at No 10

    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 look.north@bbc.co.uk?

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

    16:24: M62 delays after accident BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports two lanes are currently closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J28, A650 (Tingley).

    This is due to an accident involving two lorries and a car.

    16:00: News on the hour Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are appealing for information after up to 30 men were involved in a mass brawl in the car park outside the Xscape centre in Castleford.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

    15:51: Bridgewater Place closure

    The Bridgewater Place junction in Leeds will be completely closed from 21:30 tonight due to expected high winds, Leeds City Council has said.

    Bridgewater Place

    Diversions will be in place for vehicles and pedestrians around the Bridgewater Place site, which is Yorkshire's tallest building.

    A further closure is possible on Tuesday morning, the council adds.

    15:43: Cranes mark changing city Phil Bodmer Journalist, BBC Look North

    It seems that the construction of a new retail area where Millgarth Police Station in Leeds once stood is moving on apace...

    Cranes on former Millgarth site

    It's only a few months ago that the landmark (but not well-loved) Millgarth HQ in the heart of Leeds was still standing, but then it was just a pile of rubble before the cranes finally moved in.

    The Victoria Gate shopping development which is now taking shape on the site is expected to consist of about 130 shops and create up to 4,000 jobs.

    15:24: Mass brawl 'like Wild West'

    An eyewitness to a brawl yesterday involving about 30 men outside the Xscape centre near Castleford says it was "like something out of the Wild West".

    Brawl scene

    Carl Carritt, who was inside the centre with his three-year-old son as the brawl took place in a nearby car park, says he was left "shocked".

    "There was fighting in pockets all over. I saw quite a lot of people hitting each other. We were a bit scared and didn't want to leave the building," he says.

    15:15: Election 2015: Where the parties stand

    Want to know what all the parties' views are on welfare, education, immigration, transport or all the other major issues?

    Number 10 Downing Street

    Take a look at the BBC's Manifesto Guide to the political parties' positions on key issues as the general election campaign gets under way in earnest.

    It'll be updated as each manifesto is launched over the coming days and weeks.

    14:58: News on the hour Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Raffaele Sollecito says he just wants to go back to his life after being acquitted of killing Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in the Italian city of Perugia in 2007.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

    14:44: Three-vehicle accident closes road BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports the A647 Great Horton Road in Bradford is currently closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the B6380 Cooper Lane junction and the Old Road junction.

    This is due to an accident involving three vehicles.

    14:28: Say 'thanks' to your top teacher

    Over the past few weeks, we've been asking you to tell us who your inspirational and amazing teachers have been in West Yorkshire - and we'd still like to hear from you.

    Basil Brush

    BBC Radio Leeds is very proud that TV star Basil Brush will co-host our Thank You Teacher Awards, along with BBC Radio Leeds' drivetime presenter Andrew Edwards.

    And, of course, there's still time to nominate your inspirational teacher. The deadline is 10 April and nomination forms and details can be found at bbc.co.uk/radioleeds.

    14:16: Three sought over burglary

    Police investigating a burglary in Leeds at the end of last year have released CCTV images of three people they're trying to identify in connection with the crime.

    CCTV images

    The theft happened at a property in Lupton Avenue on 16 December. Several items of jewellery and watches were stolen.

    Det Con Jess Sellars says: "While we don't have any close-up images of their faces, you can get a good idea of what they were wearing in the CCTV and we hope they'd be recognisable to those who know them."

    14:00: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are appealing for information after up to 30 men were involved in a mass brawl in the car park outside the Xscape centre in Castleford.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

    13:37: Holidays crackdown keeps more pupils in school Huddersfield Examiner

    More children are staying in lessons in Kirklees and Calderdale after a crackdown on term-time holidays.

    13:27: Civic centre theft probe ends Keighley News

    Keighley Town Council has been given advice about cash-handling procedures after a probe into suspected theft from its civic centre building was closed.

    Keighley Civic Centre
    13:00: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man's been arrested after a suspected shooting in Leeds.

    Police were called to a report of gunfire in King Lane, Moortown, yesterday tea-time, and traced the victim, a 17-year-old youth.

    A 19-year-old was arrested later. Officers say it was a targeted attack.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

    12:41: One hurt in leisure centre brawl

    About 30 men were involved in a mass brawl outside a shopping and leisure centre near Castleford yesterday, police have confirmed.

    Xscape Yorkshire

    The fracas happened at about 18:30 in the car park at the Xscape Yorkshire Centre at Junction 32 on the M62. It was broken up within minutes by security staff.

    One man was injured but not seriously, according to police. No arrests have been made and officers are still trying to identify those involved.

    12:28: Gales and heavy rain heading our way

    Strong winds and heavy rain are heading for West Yorkshire later today, according to the Met Office which has published two yellow weather warnings for the county.

    Winds of between 50-60mph - with isolated gusts of 65-70mph in exposed locations - are expected this evening and tonight. Rain will also be "heavy and persistent", the Met Office says.

    The public should be aware of the risk of localised damage from the wind and for minor disruption to travel. Localised surface water and river flooding is also a possibility.

    12:12: A1 accident sparks delays BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports one lane is currently closed on the A1(M) northbound between J42, A63 (Selby fork) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

    12:00: News on the hour Clive Settle Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds
    11:50: Robbers wore 'distinctive' items

    CCTV images released by police following a robbery at the Vesper Convenience Store in Hawksworth last Monday show one of the robbers wearing a "Guy Fawkes"-style mask as seen in the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta.

    CCTV image

    A second image shows another robber wearing a baseball cap with a large peak with blue, white and black stripes on it.

    Det Con Phil Maher says: "The mask and the baseball cap are fairly distinctive items and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who the offenders might be."

    11:33: Tributes to pioneering photographer Pontefract & Castleford Express

    Pioneering photographer Betty Beaumont - who captured important moments in the lives of families in Pontefract for 50 years - has died, aged 94.

    Betty Beaumont
    11:25: Wakefield kids take to pedal power

    About 50 Wakefield schoolchildren will get the chance to cycle part of the route to be taken by some of the world's top cyclists in this May's Tour de Yorkshire as part of celebrations to mark the event.

    Tour de France

    Wakefield will host the first stage of the final day of the inaugural elite three-day race which takes place between 1-3 May and follows the success of last year's Tour de France Grand Depart.

    As part of the build-up to the race on 3 May, schoolchildren from Wakefield will cycle the 1km ceremonial lap in the city centre. Schools have until 17 April to nominate children to take part.

    11:07: Bradford City: 'Focus on next game only' Dave Fletcher Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson says he won't look at the League One play-off picture despite Saturday's win against Oldham closing the gap on the top six to two points with a game in hand.

    Phil Parkinson

    City host Chesterfield tomorrow knowing a win would lift them into the play-offs, but Parkinson says his only focus is what happens on the pitch.

    "I make no apologies for that. I'm only talking about the next game and what we've got to do and what the players have to do professionally," he says.

    11:00: News on the hour Clive Settle Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Four Bradford councillors have re-joined The Respect Party eighteen months after they left.

    They quit after the Respect candidate for Bradford West and party leader, George Galloway, accused them of attempting to sabotage the party.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    10:41: U-turn over Leeds pub name change Yorkshire Evening Post

    Bosses at the 200-year-old Three Horseshoes pub in Leeds have made a U-turn on a decision to change its name to The Industrialist.

    Three Horseshoes, Headingley
    10:33: Election 2015: On the campaign trail Phil Bodmer Journalist, BBC Look North

    Day One of campaigning for the general election is already well under way in Leeds, it seems.

    Hilary Benn

    Labour's Hilary Benn is out and about in Garforth this morning with Veronica King, the party's candidate for the Elmet and Rothwell constituency.

    The countdown has now really begun. The current Parliament was dissolved at about midnight and there are now just 38 days to go until election day.

    10:20: Leeds fans raise funds for tribute Yorkshire Evening Post

    Leeds United fans are being urged to dig deep in memory of Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight to mark the 15th anniversary of the murder of the two Leeds fans in Turkey.

    Memorial to murdered fans
    10:10: CCTV appeal over armed robbery

    Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a shop in Leeds last week have released CCTV images of the incident as they renew their appeal for information.

    CCTV image

    The robbery took place at about 20:00 on Monday 23 March when three masked males armed with knives entered the Vesper Convenience Store on Vesper Road, Hawskworth.

    They threatened a female member of staff, forced their way behind the counter and stole cash and cigarettes before running off.

    10:00: News on the hour Clive Settle Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds
    09:46: Jane's death sparks new campaign Heidi Tomlinson Journalist, BBC Look North

    Last night saw Huddersfield Town Hall covered with images of student Jane Khalaf and filled with grieving friends and family. Yesterday would have been Jane's 20th birthday.

    Memorial at Huddersfield Town Hall

    She died after a night out in Cologne where she was a student. Blood samples revealed amphetamines and her family and friends believe her drink was spiked. They've now launched a fund to help people in a similar situation.

    Lottie Smith, from the Justice for Jane campaign, told me: "We're just trying to raise awareness and funds to help people it's already happened to and to try and prevent it happening again."

    09:33: Election 2015: Battle of the M62 corridor Len Tingle Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

    Marginal seats in West Yorkshire could hold the key to the door of Number 10.

    One sitting MP has a majority of less than 400, with six others defending leads of well under 3,000.

    That means the tiniest of swings away from their parties could see the MPs packing up their desks and their party leaders spending several years on the back benches in opposition.

    David Ward MP

    The 2010 General Election saw Bradford East's David Ward squeak in for the Liberal Democrats' with West Yorkshire's smallest majority of 365.

    09:23: Traffic delays warning BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports there's currently very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on the A61 Harrogate Road northbound in Harewood between the Fortshot Lane junction and the A659 Otley Road junction.

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

    09:11: Pure Gym Britain's biggest

    Leeds-based fitness chain Pure Gym says it has become the largest gym operator in the UK with more than 500,000 members, just six years after it first opened its doors.

    The first two Pure Gym clubs opened in Leeds and Manchester in November 2009.

    Pure Gym, Cloth Hall Street, Leeds

    The business, which operates 91 24-hour gyms across the UK, opened 24 new gyms last year alone at sites including London, Greater Manchester and Birmingham.

    08:59: News on the hour Clive Settle Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire mother whose daughter lost her legs to meningitis is welcoming a deal to provide a vaccine for meningitis B.

    After months of negotiation, the government has agreed a price with the drugs company GlaxoSmithKline.

    Sharon Catt's daughter Maisie was just five months old when she had to have her legs amputated.

    Listen to the bulletin.

    08:50: Boost for new homes plan for Castleford Pontefract & Castleford Express

    Planning applications to build 1,000 new homes on the site of the former Hickson and Welch chemical plant in Castleford could be submitted by August.

    Hickson's Chemical Works in Castleford

    Chancellor George Osborne announced the Castleford site as part of a designated housing zone during his budget earlier this month.

    Developer Castleford Energy Village now hopes to gain permission from the Environment Agency to carry out remediation work on the site.

    08:25: Woman finds man with gun in home

    A woman had to be taken to hospital after finding a man with a gun in her Bradford home.

    Police were called to an address in Parkway at about 04:25 on Sunday after the 65-year-old found the intruder holding what appeared to be a handgun.

    Parkway, Bradford

    The suspect fled down Raybon Crescent and the woman was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary with breathing difficulties.

    08:17: In Jane's memory

    A memorial has been held to mark what would have been the 20th birthday of a Huddersfield student who collapsed and died in Cologne, Germany.

    Jane Khalaf

    Jane Khalaf, a student at Northumbria University, died in November. Her parents believe her drink was spiked.

    08:06: Cold and windy with rain later Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A cold and windy day today with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers this morning.

    Lisa Gallagher

    The showers will soon fade out but it will gradually cloud over from the west through the day with rain onto the Pennines by late afternoon.

    Strong and gusty southwest winds and a maximum temperature of 9C (48F).

    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to local live in West Yorkshire on Monday, 30 March.

    We'll be bringing you all of the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county until 18:00.



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