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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 December 2014

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire for 2014.

We'll be with you again from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county. In the meantime, have a happy and safe new year!

Ambulance warning to New Year revellers

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the news that Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) bosses

are asking for New Year revellers to use the service "responsibly" tonight.

Dr Julian Mark, from YAS, says: "If New Year's Eve this year mirrors those of previous years we will also have staff who find themselves on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse.

"This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will prosecute anyone who is offensive towards our staff who are there to help people in need."

'Growing concern' over missing mum and baby

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More on the appeal by Lancashire Police for help in finding

a mum and two-month old baby from West Yorkshire who've been missing since Boxing Day.

Millie May Winstanley
lancashire police

Jennifer Winstanley Inglis is described as white with shoulder length dark-brown/purple hair. She was last seen wearing white trousers and Ugg boots. Millie Mae was wearing a white pram suit.

PC Jason Wainwright, from Blackpool Police, says: "We're growing more concerned about Jennifer and Millie Mae and I would appeal to anyone who sees them or knows where they might be to contact us."

Fire service's 'plan ahead' reminder

West Yorkshire Fire Service

tweets: Please plan ahead tonight if you're going out for #NewYear. Organise a lift home if you're drinking and don't cook when you get in! #WYXmas

A cloudy and mainly dry night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will be rather cloudy with a little patchy rain, mainly in western areas, but staying mostly dry elsewhere with a minimum temperature of about 4C (39F).

Weather outlook
BBC

New Year's Day will be cloudy, very windy and much milder with rain spreading from the west through the afternoon after a mostly dry morning.

The top temperature will be about 13C (55F) with a gale force southwest wind.

City Link job losses confirmed

BBC Business

The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link

have announced 2,356 job losses after a bid to buy the company failed.

The administrators, who took over City Link after it collapsed on Christmas Eve, said an unnamed consortium's offer was not acceptable.

The firm employed 75 staff at its depots in Leeds and Morley.

Appeal over missing mum and baby

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police in Lancashire are appealing for help in

finding a mother and her two-month-old baby girl from West Yorkshire who've been missing since Boxing Day.

Jennifer Winstanley Inglis
lancashire police

Jennifer Winstanley Inglis, 30, and her baby daughter Millie Mae Winstanley were last seen at about 19:00 in Blackpool, and concern is growing for their welfare, Lancashire Police says.

Ms Inglis and her daughter went to Blackpool as she has friends and family in the seaside town but they have not been seen for five days.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

'Use ambulances responsibly' call

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Yorkshire Ambulance Service bosses are again

appealing for people in the region to use the emergency service wisely this New Year's Eve.

Ambulance at A&E
PA

Dr Julian Mark, executive medical director at YAS, warns that 999 calls for trivial incidents and minor conditions can potentially put those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries at risk by diverting ambulances elsewhere.

He says: "Please remember that the 999 number should only be used in serious medical emergencies and people should use the service responsibly to help ensure that our valuable resources are available for those who need them most."

Supermarkets cut petrol prices

Three major UK supermarkets, including Leeds-based Asda,

are ushering in the new year by cutting petrol and diesel prices.

Asda petrol pump
PA

Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda have all said they would reduce prices by 2p per litre. Fuel prices have fallen a number of times since September.

Hillsborough dad 'pleased'

Trevor Hicks, the Keighley businessman who lost two of his daughters in the Hillsborough disaster,

has become a CBE for his services to other families bereaved by the tragedy.

Trevor Hicks
BBC

Sarah and Victoria Hicks were among the 96 people who were killed on 15 April 1989.

Their father has tirelessly campaigned for justice since their deaths and offered support to other victims.

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School still needs improvement

Keighley News

Parkside School in Cullingworth

is still in need of across-the-board improvement following its second Ofsted inspection in less than two years.

Christmas Day pub burglar appeal

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses

following a break-in at a Huddersfield pub in the early hours of Christmas Day.

The incident took place at the Clarence Hotel, Towngate, when a man broke in at about 03:30 and began to search the bar. He was disturbed by the landlord and fled with a small amount of cash following a brief struggle.

The landlord suffered a minor hand injury. The suspect is described as around 6ft tall and of medium to stocky build, wearing all black clothing including a hood, scarf and gloves.

Sunrise over Roundhay

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Paul Goodyear from Crossgates for sending in this atmospheric picture of the sunrise over Roundhay Park in Leeds this morning.

Sunrise over Roundhay
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A65 delays due to horse in road

BBC Travel News reports problems on the A65 Bradford Road southbound in Menston between the Buckle Lane junction and the A6038 Bradford Road junction.

This is due to a horse without a rider on the road. Drivers are being warned to approach the area with particular care.

Asda boss predicts tough year ahead

Harry Kretchmer

5 live Money

The chief executive of Leeds-based Asda, Andy Clarke,

has told the BBC he has never seen profitability fall so quickly in the UK supermarket sector.

Asda price signs
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He says 2015 could be as challenging.

In an interview with BBC 5 Live's Wake Up to Money he said discount grocers have had a striking impact on retailing.

Man, 19, seriously hurt in crash

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Leeds in the early hours of this morning,

West Yorkshire Police have said.

Police were called to the scene of the collision, on Burley Street at the junction with Park Lane, at about 01:55 where ambulance crews were treating the 19-year-old.

The man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment. His injuries are serious but not through to be life-threatening.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

Yorkshire's biggest stories of 2014

From a sporting spectacle that brought millions of bystanders to watch the world's best cyclists on Yorkshire's roads, to a community stunned by the murder of a popular teacher,

BBC News has taken a look back at some of the region's biggest and most eye-catching stories of 2014.

Tour de France
Hollie Crabtree

Campaigner 'humbled' by CBE

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A leading Hillsborough campaigner and Keighley businessman who's been made a CBE in the New Year Honours

says he's accepting the award on behalf of all the families and survivors of the 1989 disaster.

Trevor Hicks
PA

Trevor Hicks, whose two daughters died after the stadium crush, says: "It's not just for me, the citation says it's for services to the bereaved families so it's partly for them.

"On a personal level, I'm also very flattered. It sounds a bit cheesy but I'm also humbled. I'm a bloke who's done a job of work to the best of his ability."

A dry but cloudy afternoon

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry and bright at first.

BBC Weather graphic
BBC

However, it'll tend to cloud over with a little patchy light rain possible later in the west.

The top temperature will be about 7C (45F) with a freshening southwest wind.

E-fit appeal after Boxing Day assault

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to

following an assault on another man in Bradford on Boxing Day night.

E-fit image
West yorkshire police

The attack happened on Toller Lane, Heaton, at about 19:30 on 26 December when an Asian male struck a 50-year-old man after an argument, causing a fractured eye socket and bruising.

The attacker, believed to be between 16 and 18 and about 5ft 7ins tall, is thought to have been accompanied by two or three other Asian males who all then ran off towards Duckworth Lane.

Traffic lights out

BBC Travel News reports the traffic lights have failed on the A647 Leeds Road in Bradford at the A6177 Killinghall Road junction.

Drivers are being warned to approach the area with care.

MBE for 'amazing success' of Grand Depart

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Peter Smith, who has been awarded an MBE for his role in coordinating the Tour de France's Grand Depart in Leeds for the city council this summer,

has been praised by the council leader.

Grand Depart in Leeds
Getty Images

Keith Wakefield says Mr Smith's award is "well-deserved".

"It was fitting that Peter's final major project before his retirement was to coordinate the Tour de France Grand Depart for Leeds.

"That it was such an amazing success was in large part down to the unstinting dedication of Peter and his team".

Honours recognise district's stars

Pontefract & Castleford Express

An inspirational doctor who became a consultant, raised almost £150,000 for charity and worked to change taboos surrounding death, despite having terminal cancer,

has been awarded an MBE.

Kate Granger
Pontefract and castleford express

Carnival boost for city economy

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

New figures show this summer's Leeds West Indian Carnival brought more than £2.5m to the local economy.

Leeds Carnival
Leeds Carnival

A report by Leeds City Council's suggests that, with better weather, the figure could have been even higher, at about £5m.

Simon Brereton, who helped compile the study, says it shows how important the Carnival is.

"People can take quite a lot of their year's money on that day so it makes a real difference to the community."

Leader's praise for ex-Leeds chairman

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, has given his reaction to the death on Monday of former Leeds United chairman Leslie Silver.

Mr Silver, 89, presided over the club's return to the top flight of English football and subsequent title success in 1992.

Mr Wakefield says he was "a great man firmly committed to Leeds as a city and Leeds United Football Club". He adds that Mr Silver was "a very progressive thinker, committed to a more equal society".

Mr Silver's funeral is

due to take place at Leeds Jewish Cemetery later today.

Green light for dual carriageway plan

Keighley News

Long-awaited multi-million pound plans to turn a traffic-choked Keighley road into a dual carriageway

have been given the green light.

Theatre founder 'thrilled' to be OBE

Actor and founder of Halifax's Northern Broadsides theatre company

Barrie Rutter has become an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

Barrie Rutter
Getty Images

Mr Rutter said he was "thrilled" to be honoured for services to drama.

He is among 26 people in West Yorkshire to be honoured.

Horse killed in motorway crash

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

A horse has been killed in a motorway pile-up just south of Leeds.

Police said they received reports of two horses on the loose on the M1 at junction 45 at about 21:45 last night. It later emerged that one had been hit and fatally injured by a car.

At least three other vehicles crashed in the incident. Two lanes were closed for most of the night to clear the wreckage but have since reopened.

Leeds ex-chairman's funeral held

The funeral of former Leeds United chairman Leslie Silver, who has died aged 89,

will take place later.

Leslie Silver
BBC

Mr Silver held the position between 1983 and 1996, presiding over the club's return to the top flight of English football and subsequent title success in 1992.

The funeral will take place at Leeds Jewish Cemetery at 12:00.

Family's tribute to daughter

Yorkshire Evening Post

Grieving parents who lost hundreds of pounds after the company from which they ordered a headstone "disappeared" finally

have a lasting tribute to their daughter after their plight featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Christine and Christopher Fisher
yorkshire evening post

A matter of life... and death

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

This morning on BBC Radio Leeds at 09:00, I'll be hosting a special debate about living - and dying.

Debbie Purdy
PA

This comes in the week that we heard

the news that Debbie Purdy, the right-to-die campaigner from Bradford, had died. She was 51 and had been diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis nearly two decades ago. She'd been refusing food after making the decision to end her life.

So, the question I'm asking my panel of guests is: Does the law on assisted dying need to change?

Email or
tweet me with your views or text me on 81333 and start your message with "Andrew".

Derby 2-0 Leeds

BBC Sport

Neil Redfearn's Leeds side remain in 20th in the table - one point above the relegation zone -

after a lacklustre performance against Derby last night.

Leeds v Derby
Getty Images

They face face a tough battle to avoid the drop as Derby move up to third in the Championship with their easy victory at the iPro Stadium.

A breezy New Year's Eve

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see a cold start with some bright spells.

Weather forecast
BBC

Otherwise, it'll be a mostly cloudy and breezy day with patchy rain arriving to the Pennines later.

The top temperature will be about 6C (43F).

Accident closes M1 lanes

BBC Travel News reports two lanes are closed on the M1 southbound between J46, A63 (Leeds Colton) and J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green).

This is because of an accident involving a lorry, three cars and a horse and the subsequent recovery work.

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