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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 7 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Good night

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

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

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

  2. Dry tomorrow

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy with outbreaks of rain at first tonight but becoming dry and clear later.

    Windy tomorrow but mostly fine and bright with plenty of sunshine and just a small chance of an isolated shower in the west later. Maximum temperatures around 7°C (45°F).

  3. Coming up on Look North

    Amy Garcia

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Credit unions in Yorkshire have reported a huge rise in lending in the run-up to Christmas, with millions of pounds being borrowed by families in need.

    A BBC investigation has discovered some shocking figures about the rise in demand for credit to meet debts.

    And the government is to lend £8m to Hatfield Colliery near Doncaster to help keep the mine going until 2016.

    Watch the broadcast at 18:30.

  4. Firefighters rescue 90-year-old

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    A 90-year-old man had to be rescued from his house by firefighters after clothes he left to dry on a portable heater caught fire.

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said said clothes and rags had been placed directly onto the heater at the Batley property.

    The man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, following the incident on Tuesday.

  5. CCTV of station theft suspect

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Thieves stole a mobile phone, cash and a bus pass from a 24-year-old man who had fallen asleep at Leeds Station.

    CCTV still of a man wanted by police over theft

    Officers have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the incident, which happened on Wednesday 5 November.

    British Transport Police said the thief had befriended his victim at a bar before stealing from him when he fell asleep while waiting for a taxi.

  6. Burglars steal flat furniture

    Telegraph & Argus

    Burglars helped themselves to furniture and kitchen appliances from an unoccupied flat in Bradford.

    Police van in Bradford

    The property, which is an apartment on Broadway in the city centre, was broken into at some point between Christmas Eve and December 27, say police.

    A police spokesman said the burglary was only reported on Tuesday when it was discovered by the building's caretaker.

  7. Fine after man crushed by varnish

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    A West Yorkshire company has been fined after a man died when a silo of varnish slid off a forklift truck and fell on him.

    Wayne Potts, 39, of Dalefield Avenue, Normanton, died from his injuries hours after the incident on 25 March 2011 at Gardiner Colours Ltd's factory in Ripley Drive.

    He had been decanting the tonne of varnish from a silo and into containers via a tap at its base. The company was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 in costs.

  8. Leeds and Hunt part company

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United have released Republic of Ireland international striker Noel Hunt by mutual consent.

    Noel Hunt

    The 32-year-old recently returned to Elland Road after a loan spell with Championship rivals Ipswich, where he scored one goal in four games.

    Hunt joined Leeds from Reading in June 2013 but failed to score in 22 appearances for the Whites. It is understood that Ipswich could now be interested in signing Hunt on a permanent deal.

  9. News on the hour

    Corinne Wheatley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire company has been told to pay more than £100,000 in fines and costs over the death of a worker.

    Wayne Potts, who was 39, was crushed to death at the Gardiner Colours factory in Normanton in 2011 when a silo of varnish slid from a forklift truck.

    The Health and Safety Executive say his death could have been avoided if the firm had learnt from previous incidents and near-misses.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  10. Bridgewater Place diversions

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Diversion signs have been activated for high-sided vehicles travelling around Bridgewater Place in Leeds.

    Bridgewater Place, Leeds

    High winds are expected in the area until 20:00.

  11. Featherstone sign Wood

    BBC Sport

    Championship side Featherstone Rovers have signed Warrington Wolves prop Paul Wood on a two-year deal.

    Paul Wood

    Wood made 339 Super League appearances for the Wire and helped them to three Challenge Cup final wins.

  12. Payout after worker's thumb sliced off

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    A Leeds-based chocolate and fudge manufacturer has been fined after an employee lost a thumb while cleaning an unguarded stirring machine.

    Maria Pirie, 46, from Sherburn-in-Elmet, was injured while cleaning the chocolate hopper for the first time at the end of a trial product run at Pecan Candy Deluxe on the Moor Lane Trading Estate.

    The company was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £627 in costs .

  13. Hunt leaves United

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Striker Noel Hunt's contract with Leeds United has been terminated by mutual consent.

    Noel Hunt

    Hunt has failed to score in his last 22 appearances.

  14. News on the hour

    Corinne Wheatley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a machete attack on a teenage girl in Leeds.

    The 16-year-old was attacked last night in Moortown, leaving her with serious injuries to her face.

    A 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl have been arrested and released on bail.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  15. Heavy rain over the hills

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain, heaviest over the Pennines but light and patchy elsewhere with fresh to strong south-west winds.

    Lisa Gallagher

    Outbreaks of rain this evening will clear to the south-east overnight as the wind eases. Temperatures of 5°C (41°F) overnight.

  16. Alloy wheels stolen from garage

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Thieves have made off with 20 alloy wheels after breaking into a garage in Shelf.

    Police say the Volkswagen garage on Halifax Road was broken into overnight between 17:30 GMT on Monday and 08:30 GMT on Tuesday.

    A police spokesman said the offenders targeted five brand new vehicles, taking all four alloy wheels off each car.

  17. Lyrical loss

    Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson tweets: Fell asleep on the East Coast train to Leeds to write songs with KC. The napkin I was writing words on has been efficiently tidied away...

  18. News on the hour

    Corinne Wheatley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl has suffered serious injuries to her face after being slashed with a machete in Leeds.

    It's thought the attack on the teenager in Lingfield Drive, Moortown, may be connected to an earlier fight she had with another girl.

    Two people - a man aged 20 and a 15-year-old girl - have been arrested, questioned and released on bail by police.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 15:00.

  19. Man admits Christmas knife attack

    Halifax Courier

    A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm after an incident in Elland on Christmas Day.

    Matthew Shaw, of Southgate, Elland, appeared in custody before a judge at Bradford Crown Court and admitted wounding Mark Smorthit.

  20. Injury forces Dixon retirement

    BBC Sport

    Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon has retired because of a neck injury.

    Kirk Dixon

    The 30-year-old scored 12 tries in 19 games in 2014 and passed the 1000-point mark for the club.

    Dixon, who had a brief spell in rugby union with Northampton Saints, started his career with Hull FC before moving on to Castleford in October 2006.

  21. Your thoughts on Local Live

    Alasdair Gill

    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.

  22. News on the hour

    Tracy Gee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl who was slashed across the face with a machete in Leeds could be scarred for life.

    Police believe the attack in Lingfield Drive, Moortown, may have followed an earlier fight between the victim and another teenager.

    A 15-year-old girl and a man aged 20 have been arrested, questioned and bailed over the incident.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  23. Car crashes onto football pitch

    Telegraph & Argus

    An out-of-control car was smashed straight through a concrete wall and onto a struggling football club's pitch, causing £1,000 of damage.

    Thackley AFC committee members believe a white Skoda was thrashing round the gravel car park, before it crashed tail-first through the solid panel fence.

    Mick Lodge with the damage to Thackley AFC football pitch

    Another vehicle arrived to free the crashed car and tow it out before both sped off leaving an estimated £1,000 of damage.

  24. Fitness inspiration

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Keep fit where you live in West Yorkshire by putting your postcode into the BBC Get Inspired Activity Finder.

    Activity finder still
  25. Coming up on Look North

    Amy Garcia

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    South Yorkshire's last surviving coal mine, Hatfield, has secured an £8m loan from the government. The money will ensure short-term production at the employee-owned colliery.

    And extra police are being brought in to investigate child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. It comes after the Jay report which found more than 1,400 children had been abused over a 16-year period.

    Watch the lunchtime broadcast at 13:30.

  26. More than 150 children 'at risk'

    Telegraph & Argus

    More than 150 children in the Bradford district were deemed at risk of being sexually exploited in a six-month period, a new report into grooming has revealed.

    A child and adult holding hands

    The study into how child sex exploitation is being tackled locally reveals the number of children that have been referred to a specialist hub, consisting of council, police and health workers.

    The report also breaks down the ethnicity of the 158 children referred to the Child Sexual Exploitation Hub between April and September last year.

  27. News on the hour

    Tracy Gee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl may be scarred for life after being slashed across the face with a machete in Leeds.

    Police believe the attack in Lingfield Drive, Moortown, may have followed an earlier fight between the victim and another teenager.

    They have arrested, questioned and bailed a 15-year-old girl and a man aged 20.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  28. Pensioner attacked in own home

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Police are appealing for information after a robber attacked an 83-year-old man in his own home.

    At about 19:45 on Tuesday, a man forced his way into the pensioner's house in Duckworth Lane in Bradford and demanded jewellery.

    The victim was ordered to lie on the floor and suffered a cut to his forehead which required hospital treatment.

  29. Vow to fight homes plan

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A development masterplan which could change the housing landscape of Leeds is "unsustainable and unrealistic", senior opposition politicians said today.

    Leeds cityscape

    A total of 66,000 new homes could be built across Leeds by 2028, with the numbers split across 11 areas and 763 individual sites.

    Housing bosses have hailed the wide-ranging planning blueprint as "vital" for the city's future ambitions.

  30. Appeal for bus death witness

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Police have released a picture of a woman who witnessed a fatal bus crash in Middleton.

    Woman on number 13 bus

    The woman was travelling as a passenger on the number 13 bus when it hit Stephen Doherty on Middleton Park Avenue. The 63-year-old, who had just got off the bus, died as a result of his injuries.

    A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with the incident and bailed pending further inquiries.

  31. Expectant mum headbutted woman

    Telegraph & Argus

    A heavily-pregnant mother knocked a woman out and broke her nose when she headbutted her at a four-year-old's birthday party, a court heard.

    Lisa Payton

    Mother-of-three Lisa Payton's assault left Victoria Worrall needing surgery to correct a "significant degree of disfigurement", Bradford Crown Court was told.

    Payton had pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

  32. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl has suffered serious injuries to her face after being slashed with a machete in Leeds.

    It's thought the attack on the teenager in Lingfield Drive, Moortown, may be connected to an earlier fight she had with another girl.

    Two people - a man aged 20 and a 15-year-old girl - have been arrested, questioned and released on bail by police.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  33. Road blocked as lorry overturns

    Halifax Courier

    An articulated lorry has overturned in Mill Bank and is expected to take two days to recover.

    Lorry on its side at Kennel Lane

    West Yorkshire Police was called at 9am this morning to Kennel Lane after the lorry flipped over as it was going round a sharp corner.

  34. Leeds to re-sign Becchio?

    BBC Radio Leeds

    BBC Radio Leeds understands that former Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio is one of a number of players wanted by head coach Neil Redfearn.

    Luciano Becchio

    The Norwich forward is currently out injured and any deal would have to be sanctioned by owner Massimo Cellino.

  35. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl could have been scarred for life after being slashed across the face with a machete in Leeds.

    Police believe the attack in Lingfield Drive, Moortown, may have followed an earlier fight between the victim and another teenager.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  36. Sun on the water

    Thanks to Bert Whalley for this great picture of early morning sun glinting off the water at Apperley Bridge marina.

    Apperley Bridge marina

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

  37. Leeds buses stuck on stricken ship

    BBC Radio Leeds

    The Leeds bus firm Optare's waiting to find out if 10 of its new vehicles - on board a stricken cargo ship in the Solent - can be salvaged.

    Hoegh Osaka

    Experts have called off a bid to re-float the Hoegh Osaka car carrier, which was deliberately stranded on a sandbank and is now listing badly.

    The buses are worth nearly £1.5m.

  38. Girl attacked with machete

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A teenage girl suffered horrific injuries after allegedly being attacked with a machete following an organised fight with another schoolgirl.

    The 16-year-old remained in hospital today after being slashed across the face in an incident on Lingfield Drive in Moortown on Monday night.

    It is believed she was targeted by an armed male shortly before 8.30pm after she was involved in a pre-arranged fight with another girl.

  39. Top lifesavers make waves

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Lifeguards from leisure centres across Leeds have put their skills to the test to see who would be crowned Leeds's top poolside patrollers.

    Lifeguards in training

    The annual Leeds Lifeguard Challenge saw the team from Kirkstall Leisure Centre emerge as the overall winners after a day of competition which included first aid simulations and relay races.

  40. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A 16-year-old girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked with a machete in Leeds.

    She's in a stable condition in Leeds General Infirmary after being hit across the face with the weapon in Lingfield Drive, Moortown, and police are investigating whether it's linked to an earlier fight between the victim and another girl.

    Listen to the bulletin at 10:00.

  41. Political big hitters

    Len Tingle

    Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

    tweets: Following another party "big hitter" campaigning in three of West #Yorkshire's key marginals today- more @BBCLookNorth later

  42. Bus driver refuses Scottish note

    BBC Radio Leeds

    A Leeds lawyer has complained to a bus company after one of its drivers refused to accept a Scottish £10 note from her elderly parents.

    Anne Glen said her mum and dad were forced to get back off the Arriva Bus service in Sherburn-in-Elmet on Christmas Eve.

    The firm has apologised.

  43. Undertaker fined for sex assault at crematorium

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    An undertaker who admitted sexually assaulting a woman before a funeral service at a crematorium in Leeds has walked free from court.

    Charles Ashton

    A judge handed Castleford funeral director Charles Ashton a £600 fine and told the 83-year-old it was only his age that prevented a tougher sentence.

  44. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are trying to find out why a man was walking along one of West Yorkshire's motorways, where he was knocked down by a car.

    The M621 northbound in Leeds was closed for several hours yesterday, after the incident at 5pm.

    Listen live to the bulletin at 09:00.

  45. Met Office warns of 70mph winds

    Pontefract & Castleford Express

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for strong winds across the area this weekend.

    A yellow 'be aware' warning said frequent gusts of up to 70mph are likely across West Yorkshire.

  46. Man hit walking on motorway

    BBC Radio Leeds

    A man is in Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries after being hit by a car while walking on the M621 in Leeds.

    The northbound carriageway was shut for several hours yesterday evening and the police have now launched an investigation.

  47. Tetley replaced as cup sponsor

    BBC Sport

    The Rugby Football League has signed a three-year deal with betting firm Ladbrokes to replace Tetley's as the title sponsor of the Challenge Cup.

    It ends the Leeds-based brewery's association with rugby league's oldest competition after two seasons.

    Leeds Rhinos celebrate winning the Challenge Cup

    Leeds Rhinos won the trophy last year for the first time since 1999.

  48. Accident causing M62 delays

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    There's been an accident on the M62, BBC Travel is reporting.

    Traffic is very slow at the moment heading eastbound between J24 for Ainley Top and J25 for Brighouse.

  49. Dry and bright start

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A dry and bright start today but cloud will increase from the west as the wind picks up.

    Lisa Gallagher

    Outbreaks of rain will arrive into the Pennines but elsewhere will stay mostly dry with fresh to strong southwest winds and maximum temperatures of 8C (46F).

  50. Good morning

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire today.

    I'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport and weather and the county's travel updates.

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