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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    14:44: Redfearn puts faith in Leeds youth Ian Woodcock BBC Sport

    There is no such thing as a quiet week at Elland Road.

    Since the start of December, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League and the Championship club has been placed under a transfer embargo.

    Redfearn and Mowatt

    In the midst of all this uncertainty, head coach Neil Redfearn is trying to guide a diverse team made up of senior players, foreign imports and home-grown talents to a decent finish in the second tier.

    14:30: Wind warning at Bridgewater Place

    Leeds City Council says warning signs for Bridgewater Place are now active because of high winds.

    Gusts are expected to reach 39mph in Leeds, but the council says there won't be any road closures in the area as of yet.

    It's expected that the signs will be turned off again at about 17:30.

    14:13: Town players spread Christmas cheer Huddersfield Examiner
    13:58: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A minute's silence has been held in Wakefield and Leeds in remembrance of the dead in the Peshawar school massacre.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

    13:39: Northern Rail reminder

    Northern Rail is reminding passengers that services will start to wind down across the network from 19:00 on Christmas Eve, with very few trains running after 21:00.

    Services will not run at all on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and a normal service will resume on Saturday 27 December, except for a few very early morning services.

    New Year's Eve will again see services winding down from 19:00, and services will start a little later on New Year's Day. Normal service will resume on Friday 2 January 2014.

    13:22: Leeds shoppers 'bucking the trend'

    More on the new figures which show that more people have visited retail hotspots in Leeds city centre during the pre-Christmas period in 2014 than in the past three years.

    Briggate at Christmas

    Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive member for transport and the economy, says: "This has been an incredible year for Leeds and it's fantastic to see that reflected in these figures.

    "In the face of tough economic times, Leeds has consistently bucked the national trend."

    13:10: Crook caught with fake notes Yorkshire Evening Post

    A man who used a 13-year-old boy to pass off fake £20 notes at the German Christmas market in Leeds has been jailed.

    12:59: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire is remembering the children killed by the Taliban in Peshawar.

    Listen live at 13:00 for the latest.

    12:47: Appeal over missing man

    A Birmingham man who's been missing from home for a week may be in or around Hebden Bridge, police have said.

    Steven Overton

    Steven Overton, 55, was seen on 11 December at his home in Grove Lane, Harborne, but he has since disappeared and police believe he may have recently travelled to Hebden Bridge.

    The last known sighting of Mr Overton was driving his brown Vauxhall Astra on the M5 southbound near junction 4a, but it's thought he may headed towards Calderdale. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

    12:30: Moxon's high hopes for 2015 Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Yorkshire County Cricket Club's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that he hopes to re-sign both Kane Williamson and Aaron Finch (pictured) for the 2015 season.

    Aaron Finch

    Both played key parts in Yorkshire's Championship winning season this year, but Williamson and Finch are both expected to spend much of next year playing for New Zealand and Australia respectively.

    However, Moxon says he believes the pair will return to Headingley at some point: "They're both outstanding cricketers and they fit in really well into our team so hopefully they'll be with us when they're available."

    12:07: City pays respects to Peshawar dead Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    As part of the ceremony in Leeds to mark the Peshawar school tragedy in which 141 people, mostly children, were killed in a Taliban attack, the city's Lord Mayor said people had been "deeply moved" by events in Pakistan.

    David Congreve said: "It's fitting that in a city which promotes diversity, tolerance and peace, we gather to pay our respects and show our support to families and communities affected by this tragedy."

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

    A minute's silence has been held in Wakefield and Leeds in remembrance of the dead in the Peshawar school massacre.

    The military in Pakistan says it has killed 57 Taliban fighters in North Waziristan in response to Tuesday's atrocity which killed over 140 children and staff.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin.

    11:52: District 'deeply moved' by massacre

    A one minute silence has been held outside County Hall in Wakefield to remember the victims of the Pakistan school massacre on Tuesday.

    Scene of massacre

    Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, who led the silence at 11:00, said: "People in the Wakefield district and across the world have been deeply moved by the reports and images we have seen following these appalling events.

    "It's impossible to imagine what the families of those killed are going through. In this district we advocate tolerance and peace. The events in Peshawar show we still have a long way to go."

    11:38: Silence remembers Peshawar tragedy Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A one minute silence has been held in the centre of Leeds to remember the 141 victims of the Taliban massacre of children at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.

    Ceremony in Leeds

    Politicians, faith leaders, community representatives and members of the public stood silent outside Leeds Art Gallery at 11:00 to remember all those affected by the tragedy.

    Leeds City Council leader Keith Wakefield told me afterwards: "I could see many people had tears in their eyes. They gave due respect and reflected on the very sad loss of children's lives."

    11:27: Firefighters cut victim free from car Keighley News

    Firefighters had to cut free the occupant of a Vauxhall Astra following a two-car smash near East Morton last night.

    11:15: Leeds enjoys festive boom

    Leeds is enjoying a festive retail boom, according to figures published today by Leeds City Council.

    Shoppers on Briggate

    Special cameras which capture footfall - the number of people walking past an area - in key parts of the city centre have recorded their highest numbers during the run-up to Christmas for three years, the council says.

    In the period from 24 November until 14 December, the cameras - in areas such as Briggate, Albion Street and The Headrow - recorded footfall of 4,557,456 - up 3% on last year and up 8% on 2012.

    11:06: 'Reassurance' patrols on trains

    More on the news that extra police patrols are to be drafted on to West Yorkshire's rail network over the festive period.

    Supt Eddie Wylie, from British Transport Police, says: "Where unacceptable behaviour is identified, our officers will intervene, taking robust action to protect members of the public and ensure rail staff aren't subjected to any kind of abuse or assault.

    "Please enjoy yourself, but it's important that you remember to behave appropriately and stay safe".

    10:59: News on the hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are admitting they failed victims of Jimmy Savile and former Scarborough Mayor Peter Jaconelli.

    Since a BBC documentary broadcast claims about Peter Jaconelli in February, 35 people have come forward with new allegations about the men, ranging from indecent assault to rape.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    10:42: Busiest day for Royal Mail Yorkshire Post

    It's a huge festive operation, with around 2,000 little helpers working round the clock to ensure no-one is disappointed on Christmas Day. But, writes Debbie Leigh, I'm not talking about Santa's winter wonderland - this is Leeds Mail Centre in Stourton.

    Woman surrounded by Christmas cards
    10:27: Extra festive patrols for railways

    Extra police are being drafted in to patrol West Yorkshire's railway stations and to travel on trains during the festive period in a bid to "provide support and reassurance" to passengers and staff.

    Leeds station

    A special operation will run across West Yorkshire's rail network over the next few days, including visible patrols in the evening and on late night trains, British Transport Police (BTP) has said.

    Today and Friday will be the busiest on the network, according to BTP.

    10:16: Haworth 1940s weekend in jeopardy Keighley News

    Organisers of the hugely popular Haworth 1940s Weekend have issued a stark warning - next year's 20th anniversary event will be cancelled if sufficient funds cannot be raised by the end of January.

    1940s weekend in Haworth
    10:05: Featherstone sign Hitchcox Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Featherstone Rovers have signed Australian utility back Jy Hitchcox from Austrialian side Wests Tigers on a two-year contract, subject to gaining a visa.

    He's 25 and he made four appearances for the Tigers first team earlier this year after making a try-scoring debut against Sydney Roosters in Round 23.

    Meanwhile, Rovers say their pursuit of an unnamed Cook Island player has come to an end after their application for a discretionary visa was rejected.

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

    The victims of the Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan are being remembered in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield today.

    There'll be a minute's silence at 11:00 this morning outside Leeds Art Gallery and at County Hall in Wakefield, and a candle lit vigil will be held in Bradford's Centenary Square this evening.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    09:51: 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.

    09:36: School massacre victims remembered

    The victims of the Peshawar school massacre in Pakistan will be remembered across West Yorkshire today.

    Scene of school attack

    More than 141 people - most of them children - were killed in a Taliban attack on an army school on Tuesday.

    There'll be a minute's silence at 11:00 this morning outside Leeds Art Gallery and County Hall in Wakefield. A candle lit vigil is also due to be held in Bradford's Centenary Square at 18:30.

    09:24: Festive boom grips Leeds Yorkshire Evening Post
    09:08: Woman sexually assaulted during burglary

    A woman was sexually assaulted during a burglary in Bradford on Monday, police have revealed.

    The incident happened at about 12:10 when two men wearing balaclavas walked into an address in Langbar Avenue, Chellow Grange, where an 18-year-old woman was at home. One of the men approached the victim and assaulted her.

    The men, who had stolen a tablet computer and an iPhone, then left the house and got into a red van which drove off. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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

    Police have apologised to people who were sexually abused by disgraced Leeds DJ and broadcaster Jimmy Savile and a former mayor of Scarborough.

    Following a BBC documentary, 35 people have come forward making allegations about the men ranging from indecent assault to rape.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    08:50: Thompson set for Elland Road? Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Steve Thompson is expected to be confirmed as assistant to Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn later today.

    An agreement has been reached between United and Huddersfield Town where Thompson is currently joint first-team coach.

    Meanwhile, Neil Redfearn says it's vital he finds the right blend of youth and experience at Elland Road. United have a chance to recruit up to four players in the transfer window next month, despite the embargo imposed by the Football League.

    08:38: Police missed chances over Savile

    Opportunities to prosecute disgraced late Leeds DJ and broadcaster Jimmy Savile over claims of historical sex abuse of children in Scarborough were missed, North Yorkshire Police has said.

    Jimmy Savile

    A 10-month inquiry found Savile and ex-Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli would have been likely to face prosecution if they were alive today.

    Savile had a home in the seaside resort. The force's internal inquiry found "no evidence of misconduct" by officers.

    08:26: Six teens hospitalised in drug scare Keighley News

    Police have made an urgent plea for teenagers who were rushed to hospital after taking what they believed was the 'party drug' ketamine to come forward - and potentially save lives.

    08:14: A windy and rainy day Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will be cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle pushing in from the west.

    Weather forecast

    The rain will be heavy and persistent at times in Pennine areas, but patchy and light further east.

    It'll be very mild with highs of 14C (57F).

    08:05: A6177 problems

    BBC Travel News reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A6177 Mayo Avenue in Bradford at the M606 Staygate Roundabout junction.

    Drivers in the area are warned to expect some delays.

    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 18 December 2014.

    I'll be here with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county today.

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



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