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  1. Updates on Friday 23 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Trevor Gibbons

All times stated are UK

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Look North: Coming up

BBC News


On Look North with Phil Bodmer and Nicola Rees tonight - A group of influential MPs have criticised the government for refusing to commit to replacing Pacer trains, which are used across our region.

Phil Bodmer

The trains were introduced in the 1980s as a way of saving money, but the Transport Select Committee has described them as "buses on tracks".

And Harry Gration will be live at Stamford Bridge ahead of Bradford City's game against Chelsea tomorrow.

Look North on BBC One at 18:30

Rain first, clearer later

Rain through the evening may become heavy for a time before drier, markedly clearer and colder conditions follow from the northwest after midnight. A small chance of seeing isolated blustery wintry showers, especially over the Pennines and Dales.

weather graphic

Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)

Leeds United sign Palermo defender on loan

BBC Sport

Leeds United have signed Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba on loan from Italian Serie A side Palermo until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old started his career at Paris Saint-Germain, but failed to maintain a regular first-team place.

Pool to reopen

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Knottingley swimming pool

is to reopen on Tuesday after a water leak in the swimming pool damaged the electricity supply.

Knottingley pool
Castleford and Ponte Express

The pool, at Hill Top, has been closed since Thursday 15 January as the damage meant the pool could not be heated.

Bradford management admit FA charge

BBC Sport

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin have both been fined £1,000 after admitting to a Football Association misconduct charge.

The pair were charged for an incident during the Bantams' FA Cup third-round replay win over Millwall on 14 January.

An early foul by Lions skipper Alan Dunne triggered an on-field melee, and saw Parkinson and Parkin both sent off.

A&E tracker

Following the news that waiting times in A&E units in England have improved to their best level since November, you can check how your local A&E department is performing.

The BBC's A&E tracker works by putting in your postcode.

Permit scheme for waste?

Yorkshire Evening Post

Leeds residents could soon be carrying ID cards to be allowed to

throw away their rubbish in a bid to stop people from neighbouring cities dumping their waste here.

Waste recovery sign
Yorkshire Evening Post

The city council wants to introduce a permit scheme which would mean only Leeds residents can use its recycling centres.

News on the hout

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds Utd President Massimo Cellino has resigned from the club after failing the Football League's Owners and Directors Test.

He intends to return on April 10 when he has served his ban which the club reserves the right to further appeal.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Driver who abandoned family jailed

A man who abandoned his family after crashing the car they were in has been jailed for four years and nine months.

Umbar Ali, 40, fled the scene of an accident on 22 March 2014, after his Vauxhall Zafira collided with an Alfa Romeo in Queens Road, Shipley.

Umbar Ali
West Yorkshire Police

His wife, girlfriend and three children, one of whom was just 13 months old, were in the car.

Ali, of Acre Lane, Eccleshill, was convicted of dangerous driving, failing to stop and having no insurance.

'Cattle trucks' to go

Telegraph & Argus

Plans are

being drawn up to "modify" the district's hated Pacer trains - despite David Cameron's personal vow that the decrepit vehicles will be axed.

Rolling stock companies are carrying out the work because they believe the Government will fail on its pledge to replace the "cattle trucks" by the end of the decade.

The 2020 deadline is crucial because it is the date when the 30-year-old Pacers, often used on the Caldervale line into Bradford Interchange, will fall foul of disability discrimination laws.

Mourinho 'doesn't do philosophy'

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's success is down to his willingness to adapt.

In 15 years, Mourinho has already won 16 major trophies in spells with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Phil Parkinson (left) Jose Mourinho (right)
Getty Images

Bradford travel to the Premier League leaders in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"All the time it's 'philosophy' but no one's so good to say 'we play like this irrespective'. He respects opposition and makes plans to win games - that is why he is so good," said Parkinson.

New water jobs

BBC News


A water company is to

recruit 160 apprentices over the next five years.

Yorkshire Water employs about 2,000 people in the region.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United President Massimo Cellino has resigned from the club after failing the Football League's Owners and Directors Test.

He intends to return on April 10 when he has served his ban. The club also reserves the right to further appeal.

Listen Live to the 16:00 bulletin for more .

Rocky rolls in

Pontefract & Castleford Express

Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has

filmed a TV advert in Castleford.

Sylvester Stallone
Ponte and Cas Express

Stallone, who starred as boxer Rocky Balboa in the film series Rocky and John Rambo in the Rambo movies, was filming at a bakery in Whitwood.

Latest weather

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a windy afternoon with outbreaks of rain. It will make it feel cold in the wind with highs of 4C (39F).

Claire Nasir

A few showers will persist tonight into the evening before it turns drier with clear skies and a risk of a frost in places.

Temperatures will dip to zero and there is a risk of icy patches on untreated roads and pavements.

Snow roads update

Kirklees Winter

tweets: Wessenden Head Road and Woodhead Road are now passable.

The roads at Holme Moss had previously been closed due to drifting snow.

News on the hour

Nasser Hanif

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United president Massimo Cellino

has resigned from the club after failing the Football League's Owners and Directors Test.

He intends to return on April 10 when he has served his ban which the club reserves the right to further appeal.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin as Adam Pope, Leeds United reporter, has more.

New LUFC signings

Adam Pope

Leeds United Commentator

Tweets that Matt Child says new Leeds United signings will come in next week.

He adds that Massimo Cellino will not attend United games but will watch football around Europe.

Driver caught at 115mph

Telegraph & Argus

A driver was

caught by police speeding at 115mph with a five-year-old child lying unrestrained on the back seat of the car.

Officers carrying out speed checks had to follow Dariusz Parczewski's car for nearly two miles on the A1(M) near Wetherby before they could pull him over.

Skates on!

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

Leeds City Council

tweets with the news the Ice Cube is open in Millennium Square once again.

Skating in Leeds
Leeds City Council

The ice rink closes in about a month's time.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

There's a blow to the arts in Bradford as the council considers withdrawing funding to all the district's cultural festivals.

The local authority is blaming the government's austerity programme and says it has to cut back.

Ilkley Literature festival will lose just over £11,000 in funding.

Its director, Rachel Feldberg, says it's very disappointing news.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more

Bus ticket moves

First West Yorks

tweets that it is the last day Leeds Visitor Centre, in the city's railway station, will sell their bus tickets.

It has details of alternative ticketing arrangements to keep you moving.

Beautiful Bingley

A picture taken by Andrew Hutchinson shows a wintry Bingley St Ives park.

Bingley St Ives
Andy Hutchinson

The St Ives estate is a country park with woodlands, open moor and a wildflower meadow and has about 550 acres to explore.

Have you got an equally picturesque part of our county?

Send your snaps to Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Tattoo tales

Batley News

Mum-of-two Joanne Jackson has

pictures all over her body.

Joanne Jackson
Batley and Birstall News

Joanne has lost weight, beaten breast cancer and turned her life around, and her 17 tattoos all help tell the story.

Joanne's first tattoo was a bird on her thigh when she was 21 years old.

Quarry Hill new look?

Yorkshire Evening Post

There is a striking

new look proposed for a landmark site in Leeds city centre.

Artist's illustration
Yorkshire Evening Post

Quarry Hill would become home to a mixed-use project including residential areas, office space, leisure and retail facilities, a medical centre and public squares under plans drawn up by Leeds-based firm Caddick Developments.

The scheme was approved in principle in 2005.

News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

More on the news that controversial Leeds United Owner Massimo Cellino

has stepped down from his involvement in the club until 10 April after his failed appeal.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin to hear more

Cellino: 'Great sadness'

BBC Radio Leeds

Massimo Cellino

stepping down until 10 April from Leeds United follows his failed appeal against disqualification after a tax evasion conviction in his native Italy.

In a statement the owner said he was stepping down with "great sadness" but would abide by the decision to do so. He said he would return later in "good health and good spirits".

Massimo Cellino

Listen to BBC Radio Leeds for more from Adam Pope, Leeds United reporter.

Update: Guiseley body

BBC Radio Leeds

BBC Radio Leeds

tweets an update on a woman's body found in Guiseley.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

LUFC breaking news

BBC Sport

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

has stepped down from his involvement with the Championship club until 10 April.

BBC Radio Leeds reports that board member Andrew Umbers has become interim chairman.

BBC Radio Leeds

It's been announced that Leeds United Owner Massimo Cellino has stepped down from his involvement in the club.

Read the

official statement from LUFC.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

The government is being urged to ensure that spending on the railways is spread more evenly across the UK - after concern that Yorkshire's still being fobbed off with old rolling stock.

The Transport Select Committee's heard the government's ordered new trains for services in the south east, while expecting passengers up here to make do with ancient Pacer trains.

The government says it has "ambitious plans" to improve services in northern England. But Louise Ellman, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, says the situation is unacceptable.

Listen to more on the 12:OO bulletin

A&E waiting times improve

Waiting times in A&E units in England have improved to their best level since November - but the target is still being missed, figures show.

A total of 92.4% of patients were seen in four hours in the seven days up until Sunday.

Hospital emergency sign

The target is 95% and has been missed on a weekly basis since the start of October.

But until this latest week performance had dropped to its lowest levels since 2010. That record low is now over.

Body found in Guiseley

Telegraph & Argus

Police investigate after a

body is found in Guiseley.

Paramedics reported the find to police shortly before 9am today.

Detectives and forensics experts have been called to the scene off Otley Road close to the White Cross roundabout. It has been cordoned off as inquiries continue.

Call your MP

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News, Yorkshire

Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central, is in the hot seat at BBC Radio Leeds taking your calls until 12:00.

Hilary Benn

Ring 0345 303 3333 if you have a question to put to Mr Benn.

Ponte at its best

John England took this beautiful view at Pontefract racecourse at 09:00 this morning.

Pontefract racecourse
John England

It shows his dog Mia seeming to enjoy the frosty vista during the pair's morning walk.

If you've got a picture you want to share

email Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Bradford Council's defending a proposal to drop funding to all the district's cultural festivals this year.

The authority says it has to consider cutting its contribution to the arts as part of £130m savings it has to find in the next five years.

Council leader David Green has said people in Bradford have to decide how they want their money to be spent.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more news from West Yorkshire.

Calderdale disruption

Calderdale Council

tweets to say there is disruption for all its waste and recycling routes due to road conditions.

Crews will work tomorrow to catch up, according to the council.

Power cut

Leeds Emergency

tweets about a power cut in Pudsey, Leeds LS28 that could last until 14:00.

Get more information by calling 0330 1230675.

League legend

BBC Sport

BBC Sport

tweets a BBC Radio Leeds story about the amazing longevity of Jamie Peacock. He plays for Leeds Rhinos in one of the toughest sports going.

Jamie Peacock

The 37-year-old can't believe the length of his rugby league career.