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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 15 December 2014
  2. Taxi driver admits killing 14 years on
  3. Leeds United hit by transfer embargo
  4. City burglary rates 'drop by 55%'
  5. Man badly injured in takeaway brawl

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By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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

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

Transfer embargo at Elland Road

BBC Sport

BBC Sport has the latest on the situation at Leeds United after news that the club - along with two others -

has been hit with a transfer ban by the Football League.

Leeds United ground
PA

The Championship club has been handed the ban for not meeting the Football League's Fair Play Requirement.

Under existing rules, clubs are permitted to lose no more than £3m a season, with a maximum of £5m of shareholder investment in 2013-14.

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 find out why there's a crisis in GP recruitment in Yorkshire. Doctors have told Look North it's becoming dangerous for patients.

And while we all know that it's the caring profession, one nurse in Leeds is going beyond the call of duty to make sure her tiny patients have a present or two this Christmas. We'll be finding out more.

Clear spells and a touch of frost

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see clear spells and isolated showers, mainly in the west and possibly wintry over the tops, with a minimum temperature of 0C (32F) and a touch of ground frost or ice in places.

Weather outlook
BBC

Tomorrow will be another bright and breezy day with sunny spells and one or two showers, mainly in the west, with many areas remaining dry.

The top temperature will be about 7C (45F).

City burglary rate 'drops by 55%'

BBC News Online has more on the news that

house burglary rates in Leeds, a city that had some of the worst figures in England, have been cut by half.

Burglary rates dropped from 8,863 per year two years ago to 4,016, say Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.

It comes after a 2011 Audit Commission study found parts of the city had three times the national average break-in rate.

Police appeal after street attack

Police are appealing for witnesses

after a man was left unconscious and suffering serious facial injuries after being attacked in the centre of Huddersfield.

The assault took place on Saturday 29 November between 03:00 and 04:20 outside Pizza Hut on John William Street.

Police are wanting to speak to two men, believed to have been part of a group of about five people, about the incident.

Transfer ban not unexpected

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

The transfer ban which the Football League has imposed on Leeds United is not unexpected. Club owner Massimo Cellino (pictured) told me in the summer it was likely to happen due to the losses he inherited after taking the reins in April - and he wasn't wrong.

Massimo Cellino
ALlsport/getty images

The accounts for the year ending 30 June showed a loss of £23m, which is way in excess of the permitted £8m allowed by the Football League for last season.

That £8m consists of an operating loss of £3m plus a further maximum of £5m of shareholder investment - so United have fallen foul on both fronts.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A 45-year-old taxi driver

has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a woman from Leeds who went missing 14 years ago.

Martin Bell appeared in court today in connection with the case of 23-year-old Gemma Simpson whose body was only found this summer.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

M62 delays warning

BBC Travel News reports that one lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell) because of a broken down vehicle.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

Bradford in top 10 car-dependent cities

BBC News Online reports that Bradford is among the top 10 most difficult places in England to get around without a car,

according to a survey.

The Campaign for Better Transport's

car dependency report rates towns and cities on public transport provision and facilities for cycling and walking.

Snow business in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Examiner

The Huddersfield Examiner has been delving into its photo archives to find out what the district was like in winters past -

a reminder, the paper says, of "when snow was snow".

Snow in Huddersfield
Huddersfield examiner

Fugitive rapist contests extradition

Telegraph & Argus

Fugitive rapist Wakar Akhtar is set to spend Christmas and New Year in an Italian prison

after choosing to fight extradition.

Bronte drawing comes home

Keighley News

A drawing by Charlotte Bronte which was completed when she was just 13 years old is now in the hands of the Bronte Society

after it successfully bid for the artwork at an auction.

Charlotte Bronte sketch
Bronte Parsonage

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A taxi driver has pleaded guilty to

the manslaughter of a woman from Leeds who went missing 14 years ago.

Martin Bell appeared in court today in connection with the case of 23-year-old Gemma Simpson whose body was only found this summer.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

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On air now

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I get the latest news from Australia as the Sydney siege continues.

Also, our Crime Correspondent John Cundy explains the background to a court case which has seen a man finally admit killing a Leeds woman 14 years ago.

And a West Yorkshire GP and leading member of the British Medical Association tells me why there's a shortage of family doctors in Yorkshire.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A 44-year-old taxi driver

has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility of a woman from Leeds who vanished 14 years ago.

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she went missing. Her body was only found this summer.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

'Significant' cut in burglaries

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that new figures show

the number of domestic burglaries in Leeds has halved over the last four years.

Ch Supt Paul Money, from West Yorkshire Police, says: "What is most important about these figures is that they represent nearly 5,000 families or individuals who have not had to suffer the trauma of having their homes invaded and their property stolen.

"Despite these significant reductions, tackling burglary is still a key focus of our work."

Transfer embargo for Leeds

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

As expected,

Leeds United has been hit with a transfer embargo by the Football League for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

Elland Road ground
PA

However, the club may still be able to sign - but not pay a fee - for players in January.

That's because they have fewer than 24 players over 21-years-old and who've made five starts this season. Any signing must cost the club less than £600,000 a year in wages.

Guilty plea over missing woman death

A man has admitted killing a woman who went missing more than 14 years ago,

BBC News Online reports.

Gemma Simpson in 2000
wy police

Martin Bell, 44, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Gemma Simpson (pictured), on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Miss Simpson, from Leeds, was last seen in May 2000. Her body was found at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire, on 8 August.

A mostly dry afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be mostly dry and bright day with broken cloud and sunny spells.

There is, though, a risk of the odd shower, wintry over the hills.

It will feel colder than yesterday with a top temperature of about 6C (43F).

World's oldest rum goes under hammer

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The final 16 bottles of what's believed to be the world's oldest rum,

which were found in the cellars of Harewood House in Leeds, have been sold at auction for £135,713.

Rum bottles on shelf
christie's

The rum was made by West Indian slaves in the 18th Century. In total, 28 bottles have been snapped up at auction for a total of £213,972.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Geraldine Connor Foundation which helps young people from Leeds' Caribbean community.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

A man's pleaded guilty to killing a woman from Leeds whose body was found this summer - 14 years after she went missing.

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared; her remains were found at Brimham Rocks near Harrogate. Today 44-year-old taxi driver Martin Bell pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Listen live to the

13:00 bulletin for more on this and other news.

City burglary rates halved

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The number of domestic burglaries in Leeds has halved over the last four years,

according to Leeds City Council.

Generic scene of burglary
Other

Since 2010-11, burglary rates in the city have fallen from 8,863 to a figure of 4,016 in September 2014, the council says.

This 55% reduction means Leeds, once the worst performing core city, is now ranked fourth in a table which compares the domestic burglary household rates of all the eight core cities.

Man seriously hurt in bottle attack

A man's been left with serious injuries

after being hit over the head with a glass bottle in a Huddersfield bar in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The attack took place in Yates Bar on King Street, Huddersfield, between 01:45 and 02:15 on Sunday.

The suspect is believed to have been among a group inside the bar and is described as a white man, aged in his early to mid 30s, around 5ft 11ins, of large build, with short "number two" shaved, ginger hair and a large, bushy, ginger beard.

Dramatic scenes at Sandal

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Ray Mansell for sending in this dramatic shot of Sandal Castle, Wakefield, he took at the weekend.

Rainbow and dark clouds over Sandal Castle
Ray mansell

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News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Every month a person dies in Yorkshire while waiting for an organ transplant.

The region's Organ Donation Team has told BBC Radio Leeds that more than 200 are currently on the register in West Yorkshire, with many more simply too ill to be considered.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

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Leeds hit by transfer ban

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that Leeds United

has been given a transfer ban for the rest of the season.

A Football League statement says Leeds, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest "have failed to meet the fair play requirement under the division's Financial Fair Play rules".

Under those rules, clubs are permitted to lose no more than £3m a season, with a maximum of £5m of shareholder investment.

Stab victim told to 'beg' by attacker

Yorkshire Evening Post

A man who stabbed his friend more than 20 times in a "sustained and purposeful" knife attack in his own home

has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

New plans could unlock jail's future

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Ambitious plans which could secure the future of a dilapidated former village jail in Halifax, said to be one of only five surviving examples in the country, are due to be discussed later today.

Illingworth gaol
calderdale council

Dating from 1823, the Grade II* listed building at Illingworth, owned by Calderdale Council, comes complete with 17th Century stocks, but has fallen into a poor state of repair.

Calderdale Council's cabinet is expected to consider plans to transfer ownership of the jail to a buildings preservation trust with plans to reinstate it as a visitor attraction and educational centre.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

New figures show house burglaries in Leeds have halved over the past four years.

Stats from Safer Leeds show break-ins are down 55%.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

BreakingBreaking News

BBC Sport

Leeds United has been given a transfer embargo for the rest of the season by the Football League.

Wind turbine warning

Telegraph & Argus

A part of Bradford has "reached the limit" of the number of wind turbines it can take,

according to a planning expert.

Man due in court over brawl

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A man's been charged over a disturbance in Wakefield which left a victim with serious head injuries.

Police say about 50 people were involved in the mass brawl in Westgate early on Saturday.

A 20-year-old man, Joshua Balmforth, of no fixed address, is due to appear in court in Wakefield charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm.