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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 February 2015

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  1. Good evening

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

    We'll be back with news, travel, weather and sport updates from across the region from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Windy night ahead

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a windy evening tonight with cloud increasing and a band of rain pushing down from the north west that could be heavy at times.

    Lisa Gallagher

    The night should be frost free though with a low of 6C (43F).

  3. West Park chainsaw grass-acre

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Police used a chainsaw to cut through the doors of two flats being used by suspected drug dealers in Leeds.

    Suspected drug operations in West Park, Leeds

    In a departure from their normal forced-entry tactics, officers from West Yorkshire Police's protective services operations unit used the power tools to get into the properties at Old Farm Drive, West Park.

  4. Assisting offender inquiries dropped

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Nine people arrested and bailed in May 2013 on suspicion of assisting Shahid Mohammed, the Birkby fire suspect, were released without charge, police have confirmed.

    The seven men and two women will face no further action.

    Shahid Mohammed

    Mohammed, 32, has been arrested in Pakistan.

  5. Pensioner hit by car in city

    Wakefield Express

    A pensioner has been hit by a vehicle close to Wakefield city centre.

    Police at a crash scene in Wakefield

    Emergency services were called to Union Street at 13:30.

  6. Bradford tie not on BBC TV

    BBC Sport

    Bradford City's game against Reading has not been selected for live BBC TV coverage.

    But Manchester United's FA Cup quarter-final tie with holders Arsenal will be shown live on BBC One.

    Phil Parkinson

    The BBC's other live game is Aston Villa against West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

    BT Sport will show Bradford's clash with Reading for free for people with Sky.

  7. Watch budget meeting live

    Kirklees Council tweets: Watch & Tweet Budget Council 5pm today. Watch the webcast socsi.in/BnK5w Follow the conversation #kirkcouncil

    #kirkcouncil graphic
  8. MacKenzie still waiting on debut

    BBC Sport

    Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is expected to make changes for his side's game with Leyton Orient after Sunday's FA Cup win against Sunderland.

    Gary MacKenzie

    Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could return to the squad, while fellow loanee Gary MacKenzie is still awaiting his debut.

  9. Opera singer may get dead dad's cash

    BBC Radio Leeds

    A judge has overruled the wishes of a multi-millionaire's will to come to the aid of a Leeds opera singer.

    Miles Taylor, 25, who has "specific learning difficulties" - received none of his father's £2m fortune when he died in 2006 and is now a cash-strapped student.

    Today a judge has effectively overruled his dead father wishes - and opened up a way for his post-graduate studies to be paid for.

  10. Lanes closed on A1(M)

    Two lanes are closed on the A1(M) heading northbound, BBC Travel News reports.

    Emergency repairs are being carried out northbound at J44 for Bramham and it's causing delays.

  11. Cash sustains museum's dream

    Huddersfield Examiner

    A lottery "win" has sparked major celebrations in Golcar.

    The Colne Valley Museum has received a confirmed grant of £719,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its "Sustaining the Dream" project.

    Sue Starr and Janet Jobber celebrating the grant

    Part of the money will be used to renovate and refurbish the four weavers' cottages which house the museum.

  12. Ring Road to close at weekend

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Essential maintenance work to complete the strengthening of the Westgate Footbridge on Leeds Inner Ring Road will start this weekend.

    The A58(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road will be closed to traffic in both directions this weekend and next.

    Footbridge over Leeds Inner Ring Road

    The closures will start at 19:00 on the Fridays and end at 06:00 on the Mondays.

  13. Audi and Mini stolen from drive

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    A man has been arrested after an Audi and a Mini were stolen from a driveway in Birkenshaw.

    The keys for the vehicles were taken during a burglary at a property in Moor Lane in the early hours of Monday.

    The stolen Mini

    A 29-year-old man from Bradford has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft and released on bail.

  14. Your views

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    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.

  15. Wind and rain later

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloud will increase from the north-west this afternoon with the best of the bright spells towards the coast.

    Lisa Gallagher

    Cloudy and windy this evening and overnight with a band of rain arriving later. That will be heavy at times with strong south-westerly winds and a minimum temperature of 6C (43F).

  16. Further M62 delays

    There is now a lane closed on the entry slip road at J26 of the M62 at Chain Bar, because of a broken-down vehicle, BBC Travel News reports.

    That's causing slow traffic and is only one junction down from the lane closure at J27 for Gildersome which followed an accident earlier today.

  17. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police in Pakistan have arrested a man wanted after one of the worst killings ever seen in West Yorkshire.

    Eight members of the same Huddersfield family died in May 2002 when a fire tore through their home in Osborne Road in Birkby. Suspect Shahid Mohammed failed to answer his bail and disappeared.

    Listen to the bulletin.

  18. 'Most wanted' arrest made

    Telegraph & Argus

    One of the targets on Bradford's ten "most wanted" list has been arrested.

    Police released details of the people they most wanted to track across the district following a string of crimes.

    Michael Crossley

    This morning detectives said one of them, Michael Crossley, was picked up by officers yesterday afternoon.

  19. Coming up on Look North

    Tom Ingall

    BBC Look North

    A man wanted over a house fire in Huddersfield which killed eight members of the same family has been arrested in Pakistan.

    Plans are under way to bring Shahid Mohammed, 32, back to the UK for questioning over the blaze in Birkby 12 years ago.

    And we're looking at the drop in unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber. Figures published today show there are now 164,000 people out of work - that's down 29,000.

    Watch the programme at 13:30.

  20. Accident shuts M62 exit

    A slip road has been closed on the M62 because of an accident, BBC Travel News is reporting.

    The affected exit is westbound at J27 for Gildersome, which was also closed for a short time yesterday.

  21. More speed needed at rush hour

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Bradford Council says it is working to improve traffic flow in the district after a survey found average morning rush hour speeds were just 20mph.

    A £3.8m project to improve traffic flow on Canal Road at the junction with Stanley Road is being put in place and further improvements are planned in the coming years.

    Projects in Greengates and in Keighley town centre are expected to reduce congestion.

  22. Pet shop gunman sought

    Mirfield Reporter

    Police have released an e-fit of a suspected armed robber.

    Pet shop gunman e-fit

    A hooded man burst into Pet Supplies in Lee Green, Mirfield, with a handgun on Tuesday, 10 February.

  23. A bright start

    Thanks to Maz Bradley for this great picture of this morning's sunrise over Golcar above the Colne Valley.

    Sunrise over Golcar

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

  24. On the run for 13 years

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Here's a timeline of what happened:

    • 12 May 2002: Seven people - including five young sisters - die in a house fire in the Birkby area of Huddersfield.
    • 16 May 2002: Two men are charged by police and remanded in custody on murder charges. A further seven men are released on bail pending further inquiries, including Shahid Mohammed.
    • Shahid Mohammed fails to answer bail and is believed to have fled abroad.
    • 19 May 2002: Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, dies in hospital after jumping from an upstairs window.
    • 23 July 2003: Shaied Iqbal convicted at Leeds Crown Court of eight counts of murder and Nazar Hussain convicted of manslaughter.
    • 25 July 2003: Shakiel Shazad cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter by a jury.
    • 3 October 2012: Nazar Hussain is released on parole halfway through his 18-year sentence.
    • 22/23 May 2013: Seven men and two women are arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are released on bail .
    • 11 September 2013: Shakiel Shazad absconds from Sudbury jail in Derbyshire after being released on a work licence.
    • 12 September 2013: Shazad found "confused" on a road in Staffordshire.
    • 22 January 2014: Shahid Mohammed arrested in Pakistan.
    • 18 February 2014: West Yorkshire Police working with Foreign Office to extradite Mohammed.
  25. Woman robbed in alleyway

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 41-year-old woman was robbed walking along an alleyway in Bradford.

    The woman was on a lane between Duckworth Lane and Hartman Place when she was approached from behind by a group of men on Wednesday, 28 January.

    The men then searched her pockets before running off with cash.

  26. News on the hour

    Tracy Gee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A suspect in a house fire in Huddersfield over a decade ago - in which eight members of the same family were killed - has been arrested in Pakistan.

    Shahid Mohammed will be brought back to the UK for questioning over the arson attack on Osborne Road in Birkby in May 2002, in which three generations of the Chisti family died.

    Listen to the bulletin.

  27. Kirklees to agree budget

    Batley News

    Kirklees councillors will meet later to agree the 2015 budget.

    The local authority has already cut £83m from its budget over the past three years but faces cutting back by another £69m in the following three.

    The Labour Party's budget proposals include increasing council tax by 1.95%.

  28. Charges brought over heroin haul

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Police have charged a man in Wakefield with intent to supply a class A drug in connection with a haul of heroin and crack cocaine with a street value of more than £3,000.

    The arrest follows a raid on a property in Anderton Street in October.

  29. Memorial to fire victims

    Richard Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Here's the permanent memorial to those who died in the fire in Birkby.

    Birkby fire memorial
  30. Williamson rejoins Yorkshire

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire have re-signed New Zealand international batsman Kane Williamson.

    The 24-year-old will join up with the Headingley side for the final three matches of the 2015 season.

    Kane Williamson

    Williamson helped the White Rose county to their first County Championship title in 13 years last season, scoring 629 runs at an average of 57.18.

  31. News on the hour

    Tracy Gee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man wanted over a house fire in Huddersfield which killed eight members of the same family has been arrested in Pakistan.

    Plans are under way to bring Shahid Mohammed, 32, back to the UK for questioning over the blaze in Birkby 12 years ago.

    Listen to the bulletin.

  32. The art of war

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Artist Ian Kirkpatrick is starting a new project at Leeds Museums and Galleries investigating the role that graphic design played in World War One.

    Ian will work with young people looking at maps, notebooks, ration cards, pencils and postcards deployed by allied and opposition forces during the conflict.

    Ian Kirkpatrick

    The research will culminate in a new body of work by Ian, which is set to be presented in a city-wide programme in Leeds during November.

  33. Brown bin collections to restart

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Collections of garden bins across Leeds are set to re-start, the city council has said.

    Following the winter break, the fortnightly brown bin collections will resume in March.

    Collection days remain the same and can be checked on the council's website.

  34. Yorkshire 'sees biggest unemployment fall'

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter

    Yorkshire and Humberside has seen the biggest yearly fall in its unemployment rate of any region in the UK.

    The latest figures show 164,000 people were unemployed in the region last quarter. That's a fall of 66,000 compared with October - December 2013.

    The region's unemployment rate now stands at 6.1% a decrease of 2.4 percentage points year on year. In comparison the UK unemployment rate now stands at 5.7%.

  35. RSPCA volunteer threw puppy against wall

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A man who volunteered for the RSPCA killed a puppy by throwing it against a wall in a row with his girlfriend's mother.

    Jack Brooke

    Jack Brooke grabbed Dawn Venners' 15-week-old dog, called Buddy, and flung it 9ft across the room during an argument at her home on Ainsty Crescent, Wetherby, Leeds magistrates were told.

  36. News on the hour

    Tracy Gee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A Huddersfield man who's been on the run from police for more than 12 years following a fatal house fire in Birkby has been arrested in Pakistan.

    Shahid Mohammed, 32, failed to answer bail in 2002 after being arrested in connection with the death of eight members of the same family.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  37. The convicted fire killers

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Three men have already been convicted of the eight-person killing in Birkby.

    Shakiel Shazad was found guilty of eight counts of manslaughter in 2003.

    Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad and Nazar Hussain

    His conviction at at Leeds Crown Court followed those of Shaied Iqbal, guilty of eight counts of murder, and Nazar Hussain, who was convicted of manslaughter.

    All three men were also found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson with intent to endanger life.

  38. Hitched or switched?

    Richard Stead

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    On the show this morning, we're talking about energy prices after a competition probe found 95% of dual fuel customers could have saved by switching tariff or supplier.

    Tweet, email or call us on 0345 303 33 33 and let us know if you're hitched to your supplier.

    Listen to the show until 12:00.

  39. Birkby 2002 fire suspect held

    You can read more about the Birkby fire arrest here.

    Detectives had been hunting Shahid Mohammed, 32, since he failed to answer bail in 2002.

    Shahid Mohammed in 2002 and police image of what he might look like in 2013

    Police said he was arrested on 22 January and judicial proceedings were now under way to return him to the UK.

  40. Three generations killed in fire

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    The fire in Birkby on 12 May 2002 killed three generations of the same family.

    The victims were Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her five daughters - Tayyaba Batool, three, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba Nawaz, six months.

    Police handout showing murdered family

    Nafeesa Aziz's brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the flames and their mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital after jumping from an upstairs window.

  41. Drug and alcohol court for Leeds

    Leeds is to get a Family Drug and Alcohol Court after the scheme, which has been run in London for seven years, was extended to other areas.

    A sleeping baby

    The courts help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so they can keep their children.

    Funding for the expansion comes from the Department for Education.

  42. News on the hour

    Tracy Gee

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A Huddersfield man who's been on the run from police for more than 12 years following a fatal house fire in Birkby has been arrested in Pakistan.

    Thirty-two-year-old Shahid Mohammed failed to answer bail in 2002 after being arrested in connection with the death of eight members of the same family.

    Listen to the bulletin.

  43. Mohammed to be extradited

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Judicial proceedings are under way to return Birkby fire suspect Shahid Mohammed to the UK to face charges.

    The 32-year-old was arrested by West Yorkshire Police in 2002 but failed to answer bail and has been on the run until being arrested in Pakistan.

    Det Supt Lisa Griffin said: "We have informed members of the Chisti family of the latest development in the case, and will continue to keep them informed throughout.

    "We remain utterly focused on working with the UK Foreign Office and authorities in the nation in which the 32-year-old is currently being held to bring him back to the UK to be put before a court."

  44. BreakingMan held over eight fire deaths

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    A man who fled abroad after being arrested in connection with the deaths of eight people in a fire in Kirklees in 2002 has been detained in Pakistan.

    Shahid Mohammed, 32, was held following months of detailed inquiries, West Yorkshire Police says.

    Shahid Mohammed

    The fire in Birkby, Huddersfield, killed three generations of the Chisti family - five sisters, their mother, uncle and grandmother.

    Three men were jailed in 2003 over the fire in Osborne Road on 12 May 2002.

  45. Lorry finally moved

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Motorists in Leeds endured a day of traffic chaos after an articulated lorry became stranded on one of the city's busiest roads.

    The 40ft-long concrete-laden lorry got stuck near the junction of the A65 Commercial Road and Savins Mill Way, close to Morrisons, in Kirkstall, at about 10:00 yesterday.

    A jack-knifed lorry on the A65 in Leeds

    It was attempting a left-turn onto the A65 from Beecroft Street when its trailer snapped in two.

  46. Cloudy and dry

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloud will increase from the northwest today with the best of the bright spells towards the coast.

    It will stay dry for most but there will perhaps be some drizzle over the Pennines later.

    Lisa Gallagher

    Brisk southwest winds and a maximum temperature of 9C (48F).

  47. Good morning

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    Good morning and welcome to Local Live in West Yorkshire on Wednesday, February 18th.

    I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from around the county until 18:00.

    Send your news, pictures and comments to leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk