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  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 January 2015

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  1. Good evening

    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    That's all from BBC Local Live this evening. We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00. We had significant disruption from the weather today, with Leeds Bradford Airport closed for several hours and schools also shut.

    A woman feeding swans in Leeds

    It was also nippy for our feathered friends, as these swans were hard to spot in the snow at Tarnfield Park in Yeadon, Leeds.

  2. 'Great cycling race' promised

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the West Yorkshire stage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which will take place on Sunday 3 May, which was announced today.

    Tour de France in Leeds

    The peloton will race from Wakefield to Roundhay Park via South Yorkshire, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford, returning to some of the roads raced in the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

    Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, says: "With its stunning landscapes, iconic cities and tough climbs, Yorkshire offers all the ingredients for a great cycling race."

  3. E-fit appeal after burglary

    Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to following a burglary in Bradford on Sunday morning.

    E-fit image of suspect

    The incident happened at about 10:20 when a man knocked on the door of a house in Silverdale Road. He grabbed a wallet from the victim's pocket and ran off.

    The suspect is described as white, between 20-25, of slim build and about 5ft 10in. He was wearing a grey/black hooded top and grey jogging bottoms and spoke with a local accent.

  4. PM condemns 'appalling' husky theft

    Telegraph & Argus

    David Cameron today condemned the theft of stolen Bradford husky Murphy - telling MPs such acts were "appalling".

    Murphy the Husky
  5. Are you special?

    West Yorkshire Police tweets: Want to do something different and make a difference in your community? Why not become a special constable?

  6. A real game-changer

    James Deighton

    Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    If you're a rugby league fan, you won't want to miss my documentary on BBC Radio Leeds later in which I investigate the radical restructuring of the game which comes into effect this season.

    Leeds celebrate Challenge Cup win

    The previous system of licensing has been replaced by a radical new league format incorporating the reintroduction of promotion and relegation.

    Find out more on BBC Radio Leeds tonight from 18:00.

  7. More snowy scenes

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to David Harry for sending in this suitably snowy picture from Cragg Vale this lunchtime. At least the sheep look as though they're keeping warm...

    Snow and sheep in Cragg Vale

    Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

  8. Bradford unemployment figures

    Telegraph & Argus

    The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the Bradford district fell last month by more than 200, according to the latest figures.

    Diana Towler at Bradford Job Centre

    Information released today by the Office of National Statistics showed that 12,219 people in the district claimed Jobseeker's Allowance during December.

  9. Schoolboy 'could not be saved'

    BBC News

    UK

    A schoolboy was swept out to sea by waves despite desperate efforts by family members to save him, an inquest has heard.

    Isaac Nash, 12, from Huddersfield, was on holiday when he got into difficulty at Aberffraw on Anglesey last August.

    Isaac, pictured with mother Zoe, has not been seen since 29 August 2014

    His brother Xander was saved by his father, but Isaac could not be rescued, the hearing at Llangefni was told.

  10. Snow and ice warning

    BBC Weather

    Latest

    A Yellow Warning of snow and ice has been tweeted for West Yorkshire during tonight and into Thursday morning. Take care if you're out and about.

    Snow on a table

    Ice is expected to become the main hazard overnight.

  11. Educating Yorkshire teacher barred

    BBC News

    UK

    A teacher who starred in the TV documentary Educating Yorkshire has been barred from teaching after having sex with two former pupils.

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership found Neil Giffin, 35, head of humanities at Thornhill Community Academy, near Dewsbury, had failed to maintain appropriate boundaries and had inappropriate relationships.

  12. Getting Messi in the snow!

    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Dave Lawton has sent this picture of his dog Messi in the snow, brilliantly combining the weather and a cute canine.

    Messi in the snow

    We are always happy to see your snaps from West Yorkshire - not just of your pets. Why not email or tweet us? We'll feature a selection here.

  13. News on the hour

    Corinne Wheatley

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Snow is continuing to cause problems in some parts of West Yorkshire this afternoon as commuter traffic builds up.

    More than 70 schools were also closed because of the winter weather. Calderdale was one of the worst affected areas.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more information.

  14. Tour de Yorkshire marks new chapter

    Paul Ogden

    Sports Reporter and Commentator, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Tour de Yorkshire is the beginning of the next chapter of Yorkshire's history as a centre of bike racing excellence.

    The impact Yorkshire's made on the cycling world has allowed the people who brought the Tour de France Grand Depart here last July to plan for the future and lay the foundations for a regular three-day bike race.

    They've really capitalised and cashed-in on that roaring commercial success of the Grand Depart.

  15. Ice and freezing fog

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will see further rain, sleet and snow, gradually petering out with a minimum temperature of about -1C (30F) with ice on untreated surfaces and some freezing fog patches.

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow, any freezing fog patches will be slow to clear, otherwise apart from the odd flurry it'll be mostly dry and rather cloudy, although with some sunny spells developing in places later.

    The top temperature will be about 3C (37F).

  16. 'Easiest arrest of the year'

    Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

    Police arrested a suspected car criminal in Sandal after following his footsteps through the snow.

    Footprint
  17. Cellino cooks pre-match meal

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino cooked the pre-match meal for the players before Tuesday's 1-0 win over Bournemouth, their first win in nine games.

    Massimo Cellino

    The Italian found out on Monday he has been disqualified from having an input in the day-to-day running of the club until 10 April by the Football League. The club are considering an appeal.

    "No surprises it was pasta but it wasn't bad. His new role might be club chef," head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds.

  18. Wakefield welcomes Tour de Yorkshire

    Today's announcement that the new Tour de Yorkshire bike race will visit the Wakefield district on Sunday 3 May has been welcomed by councillors.

    Tour map

    Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, says the fact the race's third stage is starting in Wakefield is "a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city on an international level".

    "I'm confident that we'll see a real boost to tourism and the local economy across the district."

  19. Gritters and ploughs in action

    Wakefield Council tweets: Sleet and snow showers will continue through the afternoon. Our gritters and ploughs will continue on estate and main roads. #wakeywinter

  20. Weather problems on M62

    BBC Travel News reports snow, fog and reduced visibility on the M62 in both directions between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor).

  21. £3m bill for bus lane motorists

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Bus lane cameras across Leeds have cost tens of thousands of Leeds motorists almost £3m in tickets over the past two years.

    Bus lane in Leeds
  22. Tour de Yorkshire route welcomed

    Bradford Council leader David Green has welcomed today's announcement that part of the new Tour de Yorkshire will pass through the district on Sunday 3 May.

    Tour de France in Haworth

    The race will incorporate visits to Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth, Goose Eye, Silsden, Addingham, Ilkley, Burley Woodhead and Menston. It'll also include a ride up Haworth Main Street, as during the Tour de France (pictured), and a climb past the Cow and Calf rocks in Ilkley.

    "We hope people really get behind this new event in the same way as they did last July," says Mr Green.

  23. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Snow is continuing to cause problems in some parts of West Yorkshire this afternoon.

    About 70 schools have now closed or are sending children home early.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

  24. School closures continue

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    About 30 schools in Bradford have closed or are closing shortly due to the snow.

    Several schools in the district are closing at about 14:00, while others are remaining open until their usual time but without any after-school activities.

    About 70 schools are closed or closing across West Yorkshire, but none so far in Leeds. Check the Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Bradford Council and Wakefield Council websites for the latest details.

  25. Two-match ban for Bellusci

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci will serve a two-match ban after his second red card of the season.

    He will miss Leeds' away clash with Huddersfield Town and Brentford at home.

    Bellusci is also on nine cautions so if he picks up another before 12 April, he will serve another two-match ban.

  26. More snow photos

    Thanks to Trevor Doherty for sending in this picture of the snow falling on Holmfirth this morning.

    Holmfirth snow

    Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

  27. Buses suspended due to snow

    First West Yorkshire buses tweets: Sorry to say that all buses in Halifax and Todmorden have been suspended until further notice.

  28. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Patchy snow is continuing to cause problems across parts of West Yorkshire this lunchtime.

    All buses in Halifax and Todmordon have been suspended until further notice according to First Bus, Leeds Bradford Airport has re-opened after earlier delays and cancellations - and nearly 40 schools, many of them in Calderdale and Kirklees, are now closed or sending pupils home as the showers continue.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

  29. Cold with rain, sleet or snow

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be cloudy and cold in West Yorkshire.

    Weather forecast

    There'll be further patchy outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow.

    The maximum temperature will be about 2C (36F) with a light or moderate easterly wind.

  30. School closures update

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    A further update on the school closure situation in Calderdale and Kirklees due to snow.

    A total of 32 schools are now closed or due to close shortly in the two districts - 19 in Calderdale and 13 in Kirklees.

    Check the Calderdale Council and Kirklees Council websites for the latest details of school closures across both districts.

  31. Warning over stolen meat

    People in Dewsbury who are offered cheap meat for sale at a price "too good to be true" are being asked to contact police.

    The appeal comes after at a large amount of meat was stolen from a supplier on Central Street between Sunday 18 January and 06:20 on Monday 19 January.

    Insp Jenny Thompson says: "I would urge you to stop and think before you buy it - if a deal sounds too good to be true then it usually is".

  32. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The route of a new three-day bike race - the Tour de Yorkshire - has been announced in the last hour.

    Inspired by last year's Tour de France Grand Depart, it starts in Bridlington on 1 May and comes to West Yorkshire on 3 May.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

  33. Yorkshire return for top teams

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Commenting on the announcement of the route the Tour de Yorkshire will take in May, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity says: "Before the [Tour de France 2014] Grand Depart had even finished, people all across Yorkshire were asking: 'When we can have more cycling?'.

    Gary Verity

    He adds: "The Tour de Yorkshire will bring back many of the world's top cycling teams and there will be an opportunity for people to ride the same roads on the same day."

    The Tour de Yorkshire will be an annual event and will be shown live on TV in the UK and across Europe, organisers have promised.

  34. Tour de Yorkshire route revealed

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The full route of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race between 1-3 May has just been announced.

    West Yorkshire features heavily on day three of the race, starting in Wakefield and heading towards Barnsley before visiting Holmfirth, Ripponden and Cragg Vale.

    The riders will then head to Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and through the cobbled streets of Haworth before heading for Goose Eye, Ilkley, the Cow and Calf Rocks and Arthington before the finish line at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

  35. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Bradford Airport has now reopened after flights were cancelled and delayed because of snow.

    There's a warning of flurries all day in West Yorkshire, and seven schools have been closed.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

  36. West Yorkshire snow update

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a round-up of the latest situation in West Yorkshire after snow fell across the county overnight and this morning.

    Snowy lane near Holmfirth

    Main roads and motorways have remained generally clear, but Leeds Bradford Airport was closed for several hours with the cancellation of four flights. It has now reopened. A total of seven schools are also closed in Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield due to the weather.

    A yellow Met Office "be aware" warning remains in place for snow, and BBC Leeds weather presenter Lisa Gallagher says rain, sleet and snow are likely to stay with us for the rest of the day.

  37. Snow warning for drivers

    BBC Travel News reports hazardous driving conditions on the A646 New Road between the A6033 Commercial Street junction in Hebden Bridge and A6139 Tuel Lane junction in Halifax due to snow.

    Drivers in the area are being urged to take extra care.

  38. Airport reopens after snow

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Leeds-Bradford International Airport is now "back open for business" after being closed for several hours while runways and taxiways were cleared of snow.

    Four flights were cancelled this morning and there've been "some delays" to other flights, according to airport spokesman Tony Hallwood. Get the latest on flight arrivals and departures here.

  39. Leeds United 1 - 0 Bournemouth

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United ended their eight-game winless run with a victory over Championship leaders Bournemouth.

    Leeds celebrations

    Luke Murphy earned his side a point against Birmingham on Saturday and netted the winner against the Cherries with a stunning left-footed strike. As a result, Leeds have moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

  40. Buses running normally

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Martin Driver, from public transport organisation West Yorkshire Metro, tells us that things are "not too bad" on the county's bus routes so far, despite the poor weather conditions.

    A few services in the higher areas of Kirklees and Bradford are being affected by the snow, but services in Leeds and Wakefield are running normally, he says.

    "What people can expect is that the buses are in with the traffic with everyone else so journeys will be a bit slower today," he adds.

  41. Still no flights at Leeds Bradford

    Spencer Stokes

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    This is the snowy runway at Leeds Bradford Airport at the moment.

    Snowy runway at Leeds Bradford

    It's 1.5 miles (2.5km) long and it takes a long time to snow plough.

    Flights are due to resume here after 10:00 this morning.

  42. City Park under the snow

    Thanks to Katie Hall for tweeting this snowy picture of City Park in the centre of Bradford this morning. She says it's "a bit chilly" there just now.

    Snowy City Park in Bradford

    Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

  43. Snow closes seven schools

    A total of seven schools are currently closed across West Yorkshire this morning due to snow.

    Three schools are closed in Bradford, two in Wakefield, one in Calderdale and one in Kirklees.

    Get the latest school closure updates by visiting the Bradford Council, Wakefield Council, Calderdale Council and Kirklees Council websites.

  44. Overturned vehicle sparks delays

    BBC Travel News reports a lane is closed on the M62 exit slip road and there's slow traffic westbound at J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services) because of an overturned vehicle.

    There are currently big delays in the area as a result.

  45. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Commuters and parents on the school run are being told to take extra care this morning as the first serious snow of the winter arrives in West Yorkshire.

    There'll be no flights at Leeds Bradford airport until at least 10:00, while seven schools in West Yorkshire are shut.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  46. Snow problems for bin crews

    Bradford Council tweets: The weather is causing problems for our bin crews. We will note any missed collections and arrange to empty bins as soon as we can. #uksnow

  47. More of your snow photos

    Thanks to James Ciccone for tweeting this picture of the snow in Holmfirth this morning. He says at the moment it's "snowing like mad".

    Snow at Holmfirth

    Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

  48. Further airport delays

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've just had a further update on the closure of Leeds-Bradford International airport due to snow.

    There will now be no flights in or out of the airport until about 10:00, according to spokesman Tony Hallwood.

    Several arrivals and departures have so far been cancelled or delayed. Check the live arrivals and departure board for more details.

  49. Police: 'Take extra care'

    West Yorkshire Police tweets: Please take extra care when driving today in these cold & icy conditions. We want you to get to your destination safely. #police

  50. Post update

    Richard Lister has just tweeted us this picture of the snow in Dartmouth Park, Morley, which he took a short time ago while walking his dog.

    Snow in park

    Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us and we'll feature a selection here.

  51. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Bradford airport is closed along with a handful of west Yorkshire schools because of snow.

    People setting out for work or school are being urged to take extra care and allow more time for their journeys. Listen live to the 08:00 bulletin for more.

  52. Rubbish and recycling disruption

    Calderdale Council tweets: Disruptions to waste & recycling collections today due to snow. Collections only where accessible to vehicles & crew

  53. Airport opening delayed

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've just had an update on the closure of Leeds-Bradford International airport due to snow.

    There will now be no flights out of the airport until about 09:00, according to spokesman Tony Hallwood.

    We're told that delays will mainly affect outbound flights and passengers should check in as usual. Passengers are also being asked to consult the live arrivals and departure board on the website.

  54. Snowfall as expected

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    And update on the weather situation: The snow's been pretty much as expected - with South and West Yorkshire worst hit.

    We've still got a yellow Met Office "be aware" warning, and that stays valid through the course of the morning.

    What we're looking at is bands of rain, sleet and snow continuing to push up from the South and that's going to be on and off for the rest of the day.

  55. Snow warning for A1

    BBC Travel News reports there's currently slow traffic on the A1(M) between J40 A1 and J47, A168 (Allerton Park) because of snow.

  56. Gritters out

    Wakefield Council tweets: #wakeywinter in the last 24hrs our gritting teams have gritted over 1700km and spread over 400t of grit on the districts main roads.

  57. Snow closes airport

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've spoken to Leeds Bradford International Airport who have told us it will be closed until about 08:00 due to a covering of snow.

    Tony Hallwood, from the airport, says: "We've now got the snow clearing team on the runway and the taxiways to make sure we get open as quickly as possible."

    Delays will mainly affect outbound flights and passengers should check in as usual, Mr Hallwood adds.

  58. Cold with rain, sleet and snow

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be another cold day in West Yorkshire with further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow in places.

    Weather forecast

    This will gradually die out through the course of the day, though it will remain mostly cloudy.

    There'll be gentle south-east winds and a maximum temperature of about 3C (37F).

  59. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on this snowy January morning.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news and sport as well as that all-important weather and travel news.

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