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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. A wet and very windy night

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight it'll turn wet and very windy, some of the rain preceded by snow on the highest ground, with a risk of severe gales developing and a low temperature of about 2C (36F).

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow will see a dry, bright start with sunny spells. A few showers are expected in places before rain spreads in the evening, with a risk of some hill snow for a time.

    The top temperature will be about 6C (43F) with a strong to gale force south west wind.

  3. Coming up on TV

    Harry Gration

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 on BBC One when we'll be reporting from Saltaire, where the removal of trees from the village's main road is causing some controversy.

    Also, start spreading the news. Leeds is like New York. That's according to Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson anyway. We'll be trying to find out exactly what he means.

  4. Shouldering responsibility

    By 2030 there are likely to be two million people in the UK over the age of 65 who don't have children.

    An elderly woman at a care home in Leeds

    A BBC opinion poll suggests half of them will not have family members they can live with in their old age. It found 53% of people didn't expect to live with relatives.

    John Maguire has visited a charity in Leeds set up to tackle the issue and asks, who will shoulder the responsibility for their care?

  5. Memorial day remembers 'honour killings'

    Telegraph & Argus

    The first memorial day to remember victims of honour killings will be on July 14 - the birthday of 17-year-old Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed, who was murdered by her parents.

    Shafilea Ahmed
  6. Armed robberies update

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the news that police are linking three armed robberies which took place in Leeds and Bradford on Monday evening.

    The first robbery happened at about 17:45 in Rockland Crescent, Clayton. The second was at about 19:00 in Wooler Avenue, Beeston, and the third at about 19:45 in Broad Lane, Bradford.

    The suspects are believed to be white men in their late teens or early 20s. All wore black balaclavas and black gloves.

  7. West Yorkshire's winter wonderland

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Will Lake for sending in this icily atmospheric picture of the freezing scenes he encountered this morning during a bike ride above Hebden Bridge.

    Snow above Hebden Bridge

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

  8. Armed robberies 'linked'

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Three armed robberies which took place in Bradford and Leeds on Monday evening are believed to be linked, West Yorkshire Police has revealed.

    The robberies took place between 17:45 and 19:45 in Clayton, Beeston and Tyersal.

    They each involved a group of between three and five men armed with knives and what's believed to be a sawn-off shotgun. Jewellery and cash were taken during the robberies, police say.

  9. Primark closure: View from the shop floor

    Charles Heslett

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Clothing retailer Primark has announced it's to close its store on The Headrow in Leeds city centre at the end of March.

    Primark on The Headrow, Leeds

    The firm says staff will be offered positions at its newer outlet in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre or in "nearby stores".

    One worker at the shop this afternoon told me he feels "betrayed" as the firm had said The Headrow store would not be affected by Trinity. Another says she's just glad she'll still have a job.

  10. News on the hour

    Davinia Ramos

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Primark has confirmed it's to shut the Leeds Headrow shop at the end of March.

    Staff will be offered positions in the firm's Trinity Leeds store which will be developed.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

  11. Axe falls on Saltaire's trees

    Charlotte Leeming

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    I'm in Saltaire this afternoon and it's striking how little this Victorian model village has changed since it was founded in the 1850s.

    But this is a conservation area and a World Heritage Site - so what happens here is closely scrutinised.

    Trees on Victoria Road, Saltaire

    When Bradford Council last year proposed to cut down over 30 trees in Victoria Road, it divided opinion.

    The work is due to trees damaging pavements and some residents' complaints that they block light from their houses. But campaigners to save the trees tell me they're "disappointed" at the loss.

  12. Bridgewater Place wind alert

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    High-sided vehicles will be diverted away from Leeds' tallest building, Bridgewater Place, from 20:00 tonight until 03:00 tomorrow due to expected high winds, Leeds City Council says.

    Bridgewater Place

    The same diversion will also be in place from 09:00 tomorrow morning until at least lunchtime.

    There are currently no plans to completely close nearby roads to vehicles and pedestrians, the council says.

  13. Appeal after man's death

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Police have revealed more details about the death of a man who was hit by a lorry at Elland, near Halifax, which we first reported on yesterday.

    The 65-year-old man was crossing the A6025 Elland Road close to its junction with Brier Lane at 14:05 yesterday when he was hit by a Mercedes articulated lorry travelling towards Brighouse.

    Police are asking anyone who saw the incident to get in touch.

  14. Record-breaking year for Pace

    Telegraph & Argus

    Saltaire-based global broadcast and broadband technology group Pace plc is on track for higher than expected profits, according to a trading update.

  15. Bradford 'prepared for penalties'

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson says his players have done their usual penalty practice ahead of tonight's FA Cup replay with Millwall.

    Phil Parkinson

    Bradford have a phenomenal record at penalty shoot-outs, winning their past nine in a row.

    And Parkinson says they're prepared in case tonight's match goes the distance: "It's always wise to have that rehearsal. Hopefully, it won't go to that, but if it does, we'll be prepared."

  16. Bronte village fire cover discussed

    Liam Ward

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Campaigners in Haworth are due to attend a public meeting later to discuss the future of fire cover there, after the village's fire station closed on New Year's Eve.

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service says the Bronte village is a low-risk area and future callouts will be covered by crews from Keighley, Illingworth and Bingley.

    Campaigners say its closure will put lives at risk and held several street protests last year in a last-ditch bid to keep the 50-year-old station open.

  17. Clarkson's Leeds praise welcomed

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Leeds City Council Keith Wakefield has welcomed apparent praise from the presenter of BBC TV's Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson.

    Jeremy Clarkson

    Clarkson, who's been filming in the area, tweeted earlier this week: "What's happened to Leeds? It looks like New York."

    Mr Wakefield says: "If you've been away from Leeds for a few years, you see a massive transformation. In fact, I had visitors from all the major cities here on Monday and they all said what an amazing place the city centre is."

  18. A dry and sunny afternoon

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be dry with sunny periods and a top temperature of about 4C (39F).

    Weather graphic

    Tonight will turn wet and very windy, with a risk of severe gales. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind for Yorkshire and the Humber.

    The minimum temperature will be about 2C (36F).

  19. Primark to close Leeds store

    BBC News Online has more on the announcement by budget clothing retailer Primark that it's to close one of its two stores in Leeds.

    Primark on Headrow, Leeds

    The firm says its shop in The Headrow will shut in March.

    It says in a statement: "Primark confirms that it has decided to consolidate its presence in Leeds city centre by developing its store at the Trinity shopping centre."

  20. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Primark has confirmed it's to shut the Leeds Headrow store at the end of March.

    Staff will be offered positions in the firm's Trinity Leeds shop which it says will be developed.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

  21. Rail delays warning

    Northern Rail tweets: Due to signalling problems between #Todmorden and #HebdenBridge the line is blocked

  22. Fences, pizzas and zombies...

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Sam Llewellyn, a new volunteer at Skelton Grange Environment Centre near Leeds, has written about his experiences on local blog South Leeds Life.

    Sam has now spent a few months at the award-winning eco centre and nature area and, by the sound of it, is a fast learner.

    From pitta pizza maker to rustic fence constructor to zombie apocalypse character, Sam's done a bit of everything and is urging others to volunteer there too.

  23. Trees for the chop in Saltaire

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thirty trees which line a historic street in the village of Saltaire are being chopped down this month as part of a Bradford Council scheme to make the area safer and more attractive.

    Trees on Victoria Road, Saltaire

    The trees - a mixture of horse chestnut, copper beech and rowan - have been on Victoria Road since the 1950s, but some residents say they block the light and damage pavements.

    However, Vanessa Pilny, from Saltaire Village Society, says it's "disappointing" to see the trees go and that "a lot of people" are against the council's plan.

  24. Halifax 'key to Number 10'

    Len Tingle

    Political editor, BBC Yorkshire

    Halifax could be the key that gets David Cameron returned to Number 10 on 7 May.

    View of Halifax

    It is one of a cluster of seats along the M62 corridor across West Yorkshire where MPs are sitting on small majorities of about 3,000 - some considerably lower.

    If Mr Cameron hopes to lead a government with a working majority after this spring's general election he knows the party will have to take the seat this time - and retain all the others. Read more in my latest blog post.

  25. Lynch sticks with Tigers

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Castleford Tigers prop Andy Lynch has signed a one-year contract extension which will take him through until the end of the 2016 season.

    Andy Lynch

    The 35-year-old is in his second spell at the club and has told us he didn't have to think twice about extending that even further.

    "It wasn't a hard decision. when Cas approached me, I snapped their hands off. I'm really excited for another year," he said.

  26. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Primark's Headrow store in Leeds city centre is to close at the end of March.

    The company says staff there will be offered positions at its outlet in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

  27. Car salesman stole £27,000

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A sales executive stole more than £27,000 through a series of fraudulent transactions while working for a luxury car firm, a court has heard.

  28. Have your say

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to find out what you think.

  29. The Black Panther 40 years on

    David Lumb

    BBC News

    It was a case that rocked the community and attracted national headlines. Lesley Whittle was just 17 when she was kidnapped by Donald Neilson (pictured) - the killer known as the Black Panther - 40 years ago.

    He was a Bradford builder turned career criminal, responsible for four murders and more than 400 burglaries.

    Donald Neilson was given four life sentences in July 1976

    Neilson was given four life sentences in July 1976 and told in 2008 he would spend the rest of his life in jail after a failed appeal.

    He died in prison in 2011.

  30. Primark to close Headrow store

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the breaking news that clothing retailer Primark is to close its shop on the Headrow in Leeds.

    Primark on Headrow, Leeds

    In a statement, the company says it has decided to "consolidate its presence" in Leeds city centre by developing its store at the nearby Trinity shopping centre.

    "Primark will close its Leeds Headrow store, just five minutes' walk away from Trinity, towards the end of March as a result," a company spokesman says.

    "Primark will offer all staff a transfer to Leeds Trinity or a store nearby. Discussion on this process will now begin."

  31. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Primark has confirmed it is to shut its store on the Headrow in Leeds at the end of March.

    Staff will be offered positions in the firm's Trinity Leeds shop which will be developed.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

  32. Morrisons 'neglected' customers

    Radio 5 live

    Roger Owen, a former director of troubled Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons, has given a brutal assessment of chief executive Dalton Philips' time in charge at the company.

    Dalton Philips

    Mr Philips (pictured) announced yesterday he's to leave after five years in charge.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, Mr Owen said the company has "neglected" core customers and has been "deflected into side shows". Staff have become demoralised due to cuts and customers have suffered as a result, he added.

  33. East Coast rail disruption

    East Coast Trains tweets: Owing to emergency engineering works between York and Doncaster, services through these stations may be disrupted at short notice.

  34. Dartford 1 - 2 Halifax

    BBC Sport

    Halifax survived over 20 minutes with nine men to inflict a fourth-straight league defeat on lowly Dartford last night.

    The home side led when Harry Crawford converted Lee Noble's corner but Danny Harris missed a chance to add a second and Matt Pearson tapped Halifax level.

    Halifax saw Lois Maynard dismissed for violent conduct before the break but Scott Boden's penalty on 69 minutes moved them eighth in the table. Read the full match report here.

  35. Targeted shooting witnesses sought

    Police investigating a targeted shooting in Leeds on Christmas Eve have released footage of two witnesses they want to trace.

    CCTV image

    A 25-year-old man was shot near the BP petrol station in Burley at about 15:00 on Wednesday 24 December.

    West Yorkshire Police stressed officers were only interested in speaking to the men as witnesses and not as suspects.

  36. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Prime Minister has told BBC Radio Leeds that West Yorkshire will be given more powers - and soon.

    David Cameron says the devolution deal will happen "early this year".

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

  37. Snowy sunrise in Kirklees

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Maz Bradley for sending in this picture of the snowy scene at Nettleton Hill near Huddersfield this icy morning.

    Snow at Nettleton Hill

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

  38. Business awards launched

    Keighley News

    Organisers of the 2015 Keighley Business Awards gave sponsors and potential entrants an insight into the contest at a launch event last night.

    KBA launch event
  39. Clarke Carlisle 'getting stronger'

    BBC Sport

    The wife of former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle says he is "getting better and stronger each day" as he continues his recovery from a collision with a lorry on 22 December.

    Clarke Carlisle

    "Thank you again for asking after Clarke. He is getting better & stronger each day," tweeted Gemma Carlisle.

    She has also confirmed her husband, who is being treated at St James' Hospital in Leeds, is now awake.

  40. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The prime minister says a devolution deal for Yorkshire will be done in the next couple of months.

    In an exclusive interview, David Cameron has told BBC Radio Leeds an announcement is likely "early this year".

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  41. Yorkshire devolution soon: PM

    Louise Martin

    Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The prime minister says a devolution deal for Yorkshire will be done in the next couple of months.

    David Cameron

    Council leaders from our region have been lobbying the government, demanding they get more powers - like Manchester.

    In an exclusive interview with BBC Radio Leeds' Liz Green, David Cameron says he's sure there'll be an announcement "early this year".

  42. Ice warning for drivers

    West Yorkshire Police tweets: Take extra care while driving this morning in the cold & icy conditions. Also don't leave your car running & defrosting unattended. @WYP_RPU

  43. Icy start, sunny later

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a cold and frosty start with icy patches and scattered sleet and snow showers dying out through the morning.

    Weather forecast

    There'll be sunny spells before cloud increases from the west later as the wind strengthens.

    The top temperature will be about 5C (41F).

  44. Traffic congestion warning

    BBC Travel reports there's currently slow traffic on the A650 Wakefield Road, in Gildersome, at the M62 J27 junction.

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

  45. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

    I'll be with you until 18:00 on this freezing cold day with the latest news, sport and travel updates - as well as that all-important weather forecast.

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