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  1. Updates on Thursday 22 January 2015

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  1. Good evening

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

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

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

  2. Helmet phase-out welcomed

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the news that West Yorkshire Police is to phase out the traditional helmet for officers on the beat to be replaced by a cap said to be more suitable for modern policing.

    Police helmet

    Nick Smart, chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, says he welcomes the change in headwear.

    "Helmets fall off heads, they're cumbersome and a lot of the time they weren't getting used," he says.

  3. A dry but freezing night

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dry with broken cloud and a low temperature of about -4C (25F) with icy patches and some freezing fog for a time.

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow will see a dry, bright start with sunny spells, clouding over with patchy rain spreading from the west through the afternoon.

    The top temperature will be about 4C (39F).

  4. How practical is a traditional Bobby's helmet?

    Justin Parkinson

    BBC News Magazine

    West Yorkshire Police have decided to end the use of the traditional police helmet for normal duties.

    Jack Warner as Dixon of Dock Green

    Police helmets have been worn for more than 150 years in much of England and Wales, but West Yorkshire says peaked caps are "more appropriate and more in keeping" with many of the situations officers find themselves in in the 21st Century.

    Is this symbol of British law enforcement really so old-fashioned?

  5. Snow affects fixtures

    Kirklees Council tweets: Sorry, all games on our playing pitches are cancelled this weekend. The ground will still be saturated when it thaws.

    Snow on pitch
  6. Coming up on BBC One

    Phil Bodmer

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we find out more about the boy from West Yorkshire who's taking his fight for a lifesaving drug treatment all the way to the Prime Minister.

    Sam Brown, six, has an extremely rare condition called Morquio which prevents his body from growing normally. His family's campaigning for the NHS to continue paying for his medication.

    Also, we'll be looking back at the life of former Home Secretary and Richmond MP Leon Brittan who's died after a long battle with cancer.

  7. Bradford to sign Halliday and Zoko

    BBC Sport

    Bradford City expect to sign Andrew Halliday permanently, and Francois Zoko on loan, before their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Chelsea on Saturday.

    Halliday and Zoko

    Halliday has made 15 appearances on loan from Middlesbrough this term and the 23-year-old will join on a free.

    Zoko, 31, is yet to start since joining from Blackpool in November but will extend his stay until the end of May.

  8. Spectacular light show at Castle Hill

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Sarah Stancliffe in Netherthong for sending us this spectacular shot of Castle Hill, Huddersfield, which was lit up on Tuesday to mark the start of Unesco's International Year of Light.

    Lights at Castle Hill

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

  9. County's crime figures fall

    As new figures show crime has fallen to new record low levels in England and Wales, police say crime is falling in West Yorkshire too.

    There were 10,761 fewer victims of crime in the county in the year up to the end of September 2014, according to officers.

    House burglaries have shown the biggest drop with a 19.5% decrease, with falls in robberies, drug offences and vehicle crime as well.

  10. Slow traffic near accident scene

    BBC Travel News reports there's still very slow traffic on the M1 northbound between J41, A650 (Carr Gate) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of an accident earlier on.

    All lanes have been re-opened but congestion remains to J39, A636 (Wakefield).

  11. Force's farewell to traditional helmet

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The traditional helmet as worn by generations of police officers on the beat in West Yorkshire is to be phased out and replaced by a new cap more suited to 21st Century policing.

    New police cap

    A survey last year revealed the "overwhelming majority" of officers who responded wanted the modern cap as part of everyday uniform rather than the helmet, according to the force.

    Supt Keith Gilbert says officers will still be expected to wear the traditional helmet on some occasions: "Examples might be funerals, Remembrance Day parades and similar ceremonial occasions where tradition will quite rightly take precedence over practicality."

  12. Mist and snow in Oakworth

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Ian Foxon for sending in this atmospheric picture from Griff Woods in Oakworth this morning. The snow may have stopped falling, but it looks like it'll be with us for a while yet.

    Griff Woods, Oakworth

    Think you can do better with your shots of the snow in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us with your pictures?

  13. City remembers the Holocaust

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides will be remembered at a special ceremony on Tuesday, Bradford Council has announced.

    Young people will light candles on behalf of all child victims of genocide, and to close the ceremony, Rudi Leavor, chairman of Bradford Synagogue, will sing Jewish mourning song, El Male Rachamim.

    More than 100 representatives from Bradford's communities and local politicians will also take part in the annual event, which will be held in City Hall from 11:00.

  14. Street lights call rejected

    A call to turn street lights back on at night in some areas of Leeds has been rejected.

    Lights have been turned off in parts of the city in the early hours since October 2013 in a bid to save money, but Lib Dem leader Stewart Golton says LED lights would be cheaper and make people safer.

    However, Labour councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for transport and the economy, says: "It would take 13-and-a-half years to get a payback in terms of energy saving. That's a huge, long wait to get your money back".

  15. M1 'very busy' following accident

    West Yorkshire Police tweets: Very busy on M1 northbound following Jackknifed lorry between J41 & 42.

    Traffic queue
  16. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The government's promising to look again at proposals for a rail link to Leeds Bradford Airport.

    The Pudsey Conservative MP Stuart Andrew raised the issue in the Commons. Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

  17. Accident closes M1 northbound

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The M1 northbound is completely closed due to a jack-knifed lorry which is blocking all three lanes.

    It happened at about 12:30 between Junctions 41 and 42, Carr Gate and Lofthouse. No-one's been hurt.

    The Highways Agency is working to clear the lorry and check if any fuel has been spilled.

  18. Your views

    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 know what you think.

  19. Halifax parking charges reinstated

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the full re-introduction of on-street parking charges in the centre of Halifax, which Calderdale Council has just announced.

    The new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) means pay-and-display charges in Halifax of between 50p and £2 will begin again on Monday 2 February across the town centre, and will apply between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays.

    Work on a new TRO for the outer area of Halifax, Skircoat and King Cross is continuing and should be ready by the spring, according to the council.

  20. Bin collections delayed

    Bradford Council tweets: It is still unsafe to reach bins on #Queensbury side streets. When conditions improve, our crews will do all they can to catch up. #uksnow

  21. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police say crime's falling in West Yorkshire, with 10,761 fewer victims in the year up to the end of September.

    House burglaries have shown the biggest drop at 19.5%, with falls in robberies, drug offences and vehicle crime as well.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

  22. Police appeal over store break-in

    A further update on the break-in at the Asda store at Holt Park overnight, which saw thieves cut open the roof and steal cash from tills.

    Det Insp Andy Welbourn says: "The store is currently shut while the scene is forensically examined but we'll do everything we can to minimise disruption to the business and its customers.

    "We'd like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area overnight or who has any information that could assist the investigation, particularly if they know of anyone who suddenly has a lot of cash."

  23. Robot-run archive opens its doors

    David Sillito

    Arts Correspondent

    Newspaper sales may have dropped by more than 40% over the last decade, but more than 7,000,000 of them are still sold every day.

    Inside National Storage Building

    The British Library saves at least one copy of every paper printed, more than 60,000,000 in total, and this week's opened a new hi-tech library at Boston Spa near Wetherby to store its huge archive.

    I've taken a rare look inside at the archive where robots do most of the work.

  24. Thieves 'cut supermarket roof'

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've now got more information on the break-in at the Asda supermarket at Holt Park in Leeds overnight.

    Asda, Holt Park

    Police were called to the store in Holt Road at about 06:30 this morning after the raid was discovered by staff.

    Thieves had cut through the metal roof, forced open tills and stole a "substantial amount" of cash, according to police. The shop remains closed while investigations continue.

  25. Peacock 'most effective player ever'

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has described prop Jamie Peacock as the "most effective" player in Super League history.

    Jamie Peacock

    Peacock's about to embark on his 10th and final season for Leeds after spending nine years with Bradford, with the two sides set to meet in his testimonial game at Headingley on Sunday.

    McDermott says of Peacock: "There probably isn't a more committed, determined player that's ever played the game."

  26. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A break-in is being investigated at an Asda supermarket in Leeds. A large amount of cash and stock are thought to have been taken in the raid at the store in Holt Park.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

  27. Teacher's horse 'was love of her life'

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A Leeds school teacher died after falling from the horse described as "the love of her life", an inquest has heard.

    Jayne Goodwin
  28. BreakingPitches closed, fixtures cancelled

    All Bradford Council-owned sports pitches will be closed this weekend due to bad weather.

    All sporting fixtures on council-owned pitches are also cancelled, including games being played on school pitches at Rawdon Meadows.

    The recent snow has made it impossible to carry out maintenance or line marking, the council says.

  29. Supermarket closed after break-in

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The Asda supermarket in Adel is closed this morning as police investigate a break-in overnight.

    A large amount of cash and stock are believed to have been taken in the raid, which took place in the early hours in the shop at Holt Park.

    The store will remain closed until officers have finished examining the scene.

  30. Queuing traffic on M62

    BBC Travel News reports that two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound between J30, A642 (Rothwell) and J29, M1 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

  31. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Burglars have cut through the roof of a supermarket in Leeds before stealing a large amount of cash.

    Police are investigating following the break-in at Asda in Holt Park overnight, in which raiders forced open the tills.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

  32. Town's parking charges return

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    On-street parking charges will be re-introduced in the centre of Halifax in February after having been lifted last October when the council realised they couldn't be legally enforced.

    The error meant the council couldn't fine people who failed to pay the charges after 2008, and meant drivers fined after that time could claim a refund.

    Charges will be reintroduced on Monday 2 February across 20 streets in central Halifax after a new Traffic Regulation Order was drawn up, the council says.

  33. City hospital bounces back

    Telegraph & Argus

    Hospital chiefs in Bradford say they have bounced back from delays in starting treatment for cancer patients and are now exceeding targets.

    Bradford Royal Infirmary
  34. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A break in is being investigated at an Asda supermarket in Adel. A large amount of cash and stock are believed to have been taken in the raid.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

  35. City street light policy criticised

    Street lights in Leeds should not be turned off in some areas overnight, a Leeds councillor says.

    Liberal Democrat leader Stewart Golton says the policy of selective lighting, which was introduced in Leeds in October 2013 to save money, should be reversed.

    "People don't want to be on dark streets at night. We've spent a lot of time reclaiming the streets, so it'd be a very retrograde step to make people more vulnerable again," he says. What do you think? Email or tweet us with your views.

  36. Delays on M1 northbound

    BBC Travel News reports there's one lane closed and queuing traffic on the M1 northbound between J40, A638 (Ossett) and J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

    There's currently congestion to J39, A636 (Wakefield), so drivers are being warned to expect delays.

  37. Weather warning remains

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    A Met Office yellow "be aware" warning of snow and ice remains in place for West Yorkshire.

    Following yesterday's snow across the county, the Met Office says surfaces will remain cold, especially over higher ground and where snow is lying, and ice is now expected to be the main hazard.

    "The public should be aware of the continued risk of disruption to transport due to ice and snow," according to the warning.

  38. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    There's a call for Leeds City Council to start switching street lights back on during the night.

    A switch-off was introduced in parts of the city to save money - but now the leader of the Liberal Democrat group says replacing them with LED lights would be cheaper.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  39. Man faces extradition to Slovakia

    A man wanted for 10 years on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in his native Slovakia has been arrested in Bradford.

    The 29-year-old was arrested yesterday by police executing a European Arrest Warrant. He's due to appear before magistrates in London later for an extradition hearing.

    If permission to extradite is granted, he'll be held in secure accommodation before being deported to Slovakia to be questioned by the authorities there.

  40. Waste collections disrupted

    Calderdale Council tweets: Waste & Recycling collections disrupted; Crews are 1 day behind for refuse & up to 2 days behind for recycling, due to weather conditions

  41. Double signing for Leeds?

    Jake Katborg

    Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United appear on the verge of making a double signing from Italian side Palermo today.

    Sol Bamba

    Centre back Sol Bamba (pictured) and defensive midfielder Granddi N'Goyi are close to agreeing deals but the paperwork is yet to be completed.

    Meanwhile, discussions continue between the club and the Football League as to when United owner Massimo Cellino will step down before his expected return in April.

  42. Heavy traffic warning

    BBC Travel News reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A6177 Mayo Avenue in Bradford at the M606 Staygate Roundabout junction.

    Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays

  43. A dry, cold and cloudy day

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a cold and frosty start in West Yorkshire with any freezing fog patches slow to clear.

    Weather forecast

    Then, apart from the odd wintry flurry, a mostly dry, rather cloudy day, although some bright and sunny spells will develop in places later.

    The top temperature will be about 4C (39F) with a light southerly breeze. Check the forecast near you.

  44. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday 22 January 2015.

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

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