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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Lauren Potts

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

    We'll be back again on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. Fraudster sentenced

    Telegraph & Argus

    A fraudster who pretended to slip on a bag on a Bradford supermarket floor to make a personal injury claim for several thousand pounds was labelled a "thief and a criminal" by the judge sentencing him today.

  3. Tonight's forecast

    Cold, dry and mainly clear overnight, although a little low cloud may cling to the Pennines.

    A raw north-westerly breeze should ease through the evening with a frost developing.

  4. Runaway rapist's relatives 'face prison'

    Telegraph & Argus

    The father and a cousin of a runaway rapist, who fled to Europe during his trial, have been warned they face a prison sentence after admitting helping him to leave the country.

    Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Wakar Akhtar is now in hospital in Italy but police are poised to bring him back to the UK.

  5. Milgarth demolition

    Andrew Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I caught the demolition of Milgarth police station on camera earlier.

    Milgarth demolition

    The building, located next to the city's bus station and market, is being knocked down to make way for the £130m Victoria Gate retail development.

  6. Man cleared of sex abuse

    Telegraph & Argus

    A 48-year-old man was today cleared by a Bradford Crown Court jury of sexually abusing a young girl more than 35 years ago.

    Shabir Haider, of Branby Avenue, East Morton, had denied a total of eight charges of indecent assault, dating between 1977 and 1981. He was acquitted of all charges by the jury this afternoon following a week-long trial.

  7. Creative meets festive

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    Bradford Libraries has got creative with its Christmas decor with an alternative to pine needles.

    Christmas tree made of books

    The city library has fashioned a tree out of a huge pile of colourful books to bring festive cheer to the centre.

  8. High rating for A&E

    Huddersfield Examiner

    Doctors and nurses in our A&E departments are among the best in the country, a survey of patients has revealed.

    Calderdale Hospital

    People struck down by accidents or emergencies have rated the departments at both Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital (pictured) as better than most when it comes to care.

  9. Changes for cup clash

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire Carnegie have made seven changes for this Sunday's British and Irish Cup clash against the Ulster Ravens.

    Fly half Harry Leonard returns to the side allowing Christian Georgiou to revert to full back. Matt Dudman starts at scrum half with Chris Pilgrim amongst the replacements.

  10. Carer blows whistle on home

    Dewsbury Reporter

    A man has spoken exclusively to the Reporter after he blew the whistle on poor standards at a Dewsbury care home.

    Jamie McKnight

    Carer Jamie McKnight called the Care Quality Commission when his concerns about Manorcroft were ignored by senior managers.

  11. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Leeds

    In the 17:00 news bulletin: A conman who pretended to fall over in a supermarket in Bradford as part of an insurance scam has been given a suspended sentence.

  12. High rents for city's residents

    Cathy Killick

    BBC Look North

    More on the news that Leeds is one of the most expensive place to rent a home in Yorkshire.

    Figures from the National Housing Federation show the city joins the ranks of Harrogate and York as the priciest in the region, with residents paying an average of £800 a month in rent.

    Campaigners are calling for government action to make it more affordable.

  13. Will Yorkshire enter 'open door'

    Len Tingle

    Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

    The chancellor remains at loggerheads over directly-elected mayors for South and West Yorkshire. Read the full blog post.

  14. Insurance scam man sentenced

    BBC Radio Leeds

    A man who pretended to fall and hurt himself in a Bradford supermarket in order to make an insurance claim has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence.

    Waheed Iqbal's £10,000 scam failed after he was spotted on CCTV in Lidl deliberately falling over.

  15. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Leeds

    In the 16:00 news bulletin: A conman who pretended to fall and hurt himself in a Bradford supermarket to make an insurance claim has been given a 10-month suspended jail sentence.

  16. Widespread frost

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be dry and clear this evening and overnight with cold north-westerly winds gradually easing.

    Kay reading the weather

    Expect a widespread frost as temperatures drop down to -3C (27F) and colder in more rural spots.

  17. Bus cancellations

    Bus operator Transdev Keighley tweets: CANCELLED:- Service 662 - 15:05Hrs from #Keighley & the 16:22Hrs from #Bradford will not be operating.Apologise for any inconvenience

  18. Crash teen named

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A teenage driver who died in a four-vehicle crash in a village on the outskirts of Leeds has been named.

    Dylan Lynn was in a Vauxhall Corsa that was involved in the collision on Astley Lane in Great Preston shortly after 7.30am on 4 December.

  19. News on the hour

    Corinne Wheatley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Protesters are gathering outside a warehouse in West Yorkshire run by Next.

    Union members are angry at reports that the clothing company is deliberately trying to hire Polish workers and pay them less than their British counterparts.

    Next denies the claims. Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

  20. Protest outside Next warehouse

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    There was a protest by union members this morning outside a West Yorkshire warehouse operated by the catalogue company Next.

    Demo outside Next

    It's over reports that the company's been deliberately targeting Polish workers and paying them less than their British counterparts.

    Next denies the claims.

  21. Lord given honorary degree

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    Former council leader, MP and director of Leeds United Lord Woolmer has received an honorary degree from Leeds Beckett University.

    Lord Woolmer

    Lord Woolmer, who also chaired the governing body at the university for three years, was given the award for service to the city of Leeds and the region.

  22. Winger's development 'nurtured'

    BBC Sport

    Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell says he is deliberately managing and developing Joe Lolley carefully and slowly.

    Joe Lolley

    The winger has been eased back into action after injury, but Powell admits the fact Lolley was playing non-league football this time last season means he's trying to nurture his development.

  23. Gridlock 'could have been avoided'

    Telegraph & Argus

    Gridlock on major roads which pass the construction site of a new Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and Wickes builders merchants could have been avoided if council bosses had insisted on night-time working, says a former Bradford highways chief.

  24. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A Leeds-based project which works to end forced marriages and so-called honour based violence has been given a cash boost.

    The Karma Nirvana Community Champion Programme is getting £18,500 of new government funding.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

  25. Congestion in Cleckheaton

    BBC Travel reports heavy traffic on the southbound A638 Bradford Road, in Cleckheaton, and the A643 Parkside junction.

  26. Residents raise issues

    Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, tweets: Another busy surgery in the office. Issues raised including local bus services, housing targets and conservation of buildings

  27. Festive shutdown

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Public transport users in Leeds are facing a festive shutdown on the buses and the railways.

    No trains will be running in the city or the rest of West Yorkshire on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, it has been announced.

    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority says virtually all of the county's standard bus services will also be out of action on those two days.

  28. Playing with fire

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    Shoppers were treated to a dazzling outdoor fire display as part of the city's Magical Leeds programme.

    Fire festival

    A stretch of Briggate was brought to a standstill on Thursday night as large crowds gathered to watch performances by multi-award winning Australian fire dance duo, Flame Oz.

  29. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Leeds

    In the 13:00 news bulletin: Car insurance companies are working together to stop motorists getting caught up in staged crash-for-cash scams.

    It's after three people from Bradford were sent to prison for being part of a gang which cost insurers nearly £150,000 by causing accidents and then putting in false claims.

  30. Slow traffic

    BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic on the A6177 Queens Road in Bolton, Bradford, at the junction with King's Road traffic lights.

  31. Rail fare increase announced

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    Rail travellers in West Yorkshire will be paying more for their tickets following today's announcement that fares in the area will go up by 1.2% on 2 January, 2015.

    Commuters at a Northern Rail station

    People buying a 12-month season ticket for travel between Leeds and Wakefield will see the price rise from £992 to £1,004.

    Average rail fares across the country will rise by 2.2% - but it's still the lowest rise in five years. Read more from BBC Business.

  32. City coroner starts work

    Telegraph & Argus

    Bradford's new coroner Martin Fleming starts work in the city today.

    The 57-year-old from Manchester, who has previously served as assistant coroner in Sheffield, Liverpool and the Wirral, Surrey and Inner West London, was due to hear his first inquest this morning.

  33. Festive market fun

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    The 10th annual Dickensian Christmas Market will be held at Clayton, in Bradford, tomorrow.

    Dickensian Christmas Market

    The fun kicks off at 11:00 with lots on offer, including Christmas stalls and pony rides.

    Organisers will be raising cash for three local charities. Last year the festive event raised more than £10,000.

  34. News on the hour

    Davinia Ramos

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds is the most expensive place to rent a home in Yorkshire.

    New research says tenants are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to live in certain parts of the county. Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

  35. Memorials consultation

    Bradford Council tweets: We're looking at how people remember loved ones in countryside and parks. Have your say in our memorials consultation

  36. Leeds 'busiest station' in Yorkshire

    Telegraph & Argus

    Leeds is by far the busiest train station across Yorkshire and the Humber, new figures have confirmed.

    According to statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation, based on ticket sales data, 27.7 million passengers entered or exited the station between April 2013 and March this year.

  37. Van hijack terror

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A van driver has spoken of his terror after he was threatened with an axe when a gang of armed robbers wreaked rush hour havoc in Leeds.

    Trevor Wootton

    Tradesman Trevor Wootton, from Cross Gates, was on his way to a job yesterday morning when four men in balaclavas and ­wielding an array of weapons ordered him and a colleague out of his van in Kirkstall.

  38. Heavy traffic

    BBC Travel reports there's heavy traffic on the A659 at Cross Green, in Otley, at the Dennison Hill junction.

  39. Lost Christmas tradition?

    Richard Stead

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The first ever commercially produced Christmas card was by Sir Henry Cole in 1843.

    But do you still send cards?

    Join me until 12:00 and I'm talking about lost Christmas traditions. Listen live at BBC Radio Leeds.

  40. News on the hour

    Davinia Ramos

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    In the 11:00 bulletin: Insurance companies have joined forces to stop crash-for-cash motorists staging scams.

    The move comes after three Bradford people were jailed for their part in a scam which cost insurers nearly £150,000.

  41. Accident warning

    Metro Travel News tweets: #HUDDERSFIELD Halifax Road closed due to an accident. Service 503 diverting via Cavalry Arms (501 route) to Ambulance Station both ways

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  43. Morning has broken


    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to John Maz for sending in this snap of dawn breaking over Golcar, near Huddersfield.


    Have you been out and about with your camera? Why not email or tweet us with your pictures?

  44. Train fares hike

    Pontefract & Castleford Express

    Rail commuters will face a fare rise of up to 2.5 per cent in the new year.

    The increase, announced by rail industry body the Rail Delivery Group, means travellers will be paying more for their season tickets than ever before.

  45. News on the hour

    Davinia Ramos

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    In the 10:00 bulletin: Insurance companies say they are working together to stop motorists being involved in staged crash-for-cash scams.

    The move comes after a trio from Bradford were jailed for causing accidents and putting in false claims, costing insurers nearly £150,000.

  46. Defence change?

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn could be forced into altering his side at Ipswich Town tomorrow from the one that beat leaders Derby last weekend.

    Redfearn will not reveal who is injured, but with strikers Souleymane Doukara and Mirko Antenucci both fit and on form it's likely the change could be in defence.

  47. Charity Christmas CD

    Liz Green

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A group of friends who met at a swimming club in Wakefield have recorded a Christmas CD to raise cash for a local hospice.

    Paul Whitfield and The Aqua Babes

    The 12 women, dubbed The Aqua Babes, teamed up with musician Paul Whitfield to record Put A Smile On Your Face (It's Christmas Time).

    Money raised from sales of the CD will go to Wakefield Hospice.

  48. 101 calls 'abandoned'

    Andrew Bomford

    BBC Radio 4's PM programme

    More than a million callers who tried to get through to the police 101 non-emergency phone service in the past year were cut off or decided to abandon their efforts, the BBC has found.

    West Yorkshire Police was among six forces who failed to provide any data to a Freedom of Information request.

    But Sam Clayton, from Bradford, says he made several lengthy but unsuccessful attempts to contact the force on 101 when he witnessed a theft. Read more here.

  49. Broken down train

    Northern Rail tweets: AMENDED: Due to a broken down train 09:17 #Nottingham to #Leeds due 11:18 will be started from Sheffield

  50. News on the hour

    Davinia Ramos

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    In the 09:00 bulletin: Insurance companies say they are working together to stop motorists being involved in staged "crash for cash" scams.

    It comes after three people from Bradford were jailed for being part of a gang which cost insurers nearly £150,000 by causing accidents and then putting in false claims.

  51. Traffic warden spat at

    Huddersfield Examiner

    A top councillor has appealed for the public to show respect to people doing their jobs - and has vowed that the authority will take offenders to court.

    The latest incident saw a traffic warden verbally abused and spat at after giving a man a parking ticket in Huddersfield.

  52. Teaching assistant guilty of bullying

    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

    Just a reminder of our top story yesterday, when a teaching assistant was found guilty of bullying a seven-year-old girl who was taped to a chair at a school in Calderdale.

    Rachael Regan, 43, of Cousin Lane, Illingworth, denied a charge of cruelty, but was found guilty after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

    She will be sentenced next year but a judge has said she will not go to prison.

  53. Accident causing delays

    Travel operator Metro tweets: P35 Sandy Lane- delayed around 15 mins due to RTA in Bingley area causing traffic delays #wybus

  54. Delays near M62 junction

    BBC Travel reports there's some congestion both ways from the A62 Cooper Bridge Road, in Mirfield, to the M62 J25 roundabout at Brighouse.

  55. Bright spells

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a rather cloudy start to the day with patchy rain.

    Kay reading the weather

    It will become drier and brighter with long spells of sunshine, but with a risk of a few showers later over the Dales and Pennines. It's feeling cold today with a maximum temperature of 6C (43F).

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    Lauren Potts

    BBC Local Live

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