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  1. Updates on Friday 27 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Oliver Wright and Alasdair Gill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

    Martin Coldrick will be back again on Tuesday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. Rain and strong winds to come

    Clare Nasir

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    An early frost will lift as cloud moves in overnight. Expect a little rain after midnight especially over the Dales and Pennines. A moderate south to southwesterly wind with lows of 3C (37F).

    Clare Nasir

    A rather cloudy day tomorrow with patchy rain and drizzle through the morning.

  3. Coming up on Look North

    Harry Gration

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Rail passengers in Yorkshire have been promised more seats and services as the government puts the for sale signs up on two of our region's rail franchises.

    The two up for grabs are the Northern franchise which runs rural and commuter services and TransPennine Express, which operates intercity services to the north-east, Manchester and Liverpool.

    And we look at the practice of clan voting - or biradari - here in Yorkshire, with the surprise resignation of Amina Ali earlier in the week as the Labour candidate in Bradford West.

    Watch the programme at 18:30.

  4. Arundel set for Wildcats debut

    BBC Sport

    Joe Arundel is set to make his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats debut after joining from Hull FC, while 18-year-old Jordan Crowther could feature for the first time in Super League.

    Joe Arundel

    Wakefield face Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium at 15:00 on Sunday

    Meanwhile, Chris Annakin is out for up to 10 weeks, while Ian Kirke, Matty Ashurst and Mickael Simon are also sidelined.

  5. Gas man fraud claims

    Morley Observer

    Police have issued a warning after reports of a man visiting addresses in Churwell falsely claiming to be a gasman.

    It is understood that the man, believed to be in his 40s, has asked homeowners if he can check their gas pipes as a result of a leak.

  6. Leeds v Watford

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    I've been talking with BBC Radio Leeds sports editor Gareth Jones ahead of Leeds United's clash with Watford on Saturday.

    Adam Pope and Gareth Jones

    We've been discussing the latest on the club's ownership, targets for the rest of the season, and who should play up front.

    To watch our video preview click here.

  7. News on the hour

    Nasser Hanif

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour says its plans to cut university tuition fees in England are fully funded.

    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband has told an audience in West Yorkshire that fees would go down from £9,000 to £6,000 and be paid for by giving less tax relief on the pensions of high earners.

    Listen to the bulletin.

  8. Feedback

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    BBC Local Live brings news, sport, travel and weather together in one place. What do you think of it?

  9. Stabbed in the eye with a sword

    Halifax Courier

    A father-of-one was stabbed through the eye with a sword on a Halifax estate.

    Stuart Sinclair, 37, is being treated for serious injuries following the attack at Stanningley Road in Mixenden.

    Mr Sinclair, who lives in Mixenden, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. His condition last night was described as "stable".

  10. White van man investigation ends

    Alasdair Gill

    BBC News, Yorkshire

    West Yorkshire Police has said a report of a man in a white van asking an 11-year-old girl to get in his vehicle was "unfounded".

    The force said it had received what appeared to be "a genuine report" of an incident on Leeds Road, Shipley, but after investigating had found no cause for concern.

  11. Spring around the corner

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    Spring is still officially a little over three weeks away but try telling that to the crocuses at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

    Crocuses at Kirkstall Abbey

    Paul Goodyear, of Crossgates, has sent us this picture of scores of the flowers bursting into bloom.

    Have you taken a picture of West Yorkshire you'd like to see featured on BBC Local Live? If so, why not tweet or email it to us.

  12. News on the hour

    Nasser Hanif

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The number of dangerous dogs seized by police in West Yorkshire has trebled in three years.

    Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request show that last year alone they took 253 dangerous dogs off our streets.

    Listen to the bulletin.

  13. Race for fitness

    BBC Sport

    It's a race for fitness for Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells, Sean Scannell and Conor Coady, for the Terriers' clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

    Championship: Charlton v Huddersfield

    Otherwise manager Chris Powell, who was sacked by Charlton in March 2014, has no new injury or suspension concerns.

    Huddersfield, who sit 12th in the Championship, will be looking to build on a three-game unbeaten run, including Tuesday's 3-0 win over Reading.

  14. Housing scheme gets go ahead

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A new £2.5m housing scheme has been given the green light in Leeds city centre.

    The affordable homes scheme at Hanover Square, near Leeds City College, is set to create 23 one and two-bedroom rented apartments after Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association secured planning permission.

  15. News on the hour

    Davinia Ramos

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The number of dangerous dogs seized by police in West Yorkshire has trebled in three years.

    Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request show that last year alone they took 253 dangerous dogs off our streets.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

  16. Weather watching

    Kirklees Council's gritting team tweets: Temperatures are set to drop, our night patrol is monitoring the conditions.

  17. On top of the world

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    The daughter of a man reunited with his pet husky three months after it disappeared has told BBC Radio Leeds her father is feeling "on top of the world".

    Andy Smith's pet Murphy went missing from Bradford in December but has now been found in Manchester.

    Christie Smith said: "It does not look like he has been mistreated, he's not skinny, he's not dirty, so that's good. He's just a bit nervous, but that's just normal when you've been away from someone for three months."

  18. 'No winding up petition issued'

    Adam Pope tweets: I have been told that no Winding Up Petition has been issued by Enterprise Insurance against the club.

  19. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour has set out its plans to cut tuition fees paid by university students in England by a third.

    Ed Miliband said the party would reduce the fees from £9,000 to £6,000 during a speech in Leeds.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

  20. On air

    Martin Kelner

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me on BBC Radio Leeds as I'll be talking beaches, board games and 'bid-flicks'.

    I'll be asking what's you favourite seaside spot and, following the death of the heir to Leeds-based Waddingtons Monopoly empire Victor Watson, which games you enjoy the most.

    I'll also be looking at whether more older people are going to the cinema now following an apparent upsurge in films such as The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

  21. Dry and sunny

    Clare Nasir

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    After a frosty start in places the day is staying dry with some sunny spells, although more cloudier at times in the afternoon.

    bbc weather
  22. Saw attacker jailed

    Halifax Courier

    An angry motorist who attacked an innocent man with a saw after his car crashed into a metal model of the Eiffel Tower has been jailed for four years.

  23. New fostering approach

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    Leeds City Council has been named as one of eight local authorities to run a new fostering project called Mockingbird, aimed at helping vulnerable children.

    The project, run in partnership with the Fostering Network, has been awarded almost £1.6m of funding from the Department for Education.

  24. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has confirmed that his party would cut maximum tuition fees in England by a third if it wins the general election.

    He made the announcement during a speech in Leeds.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

  25. New arrivals

    Leeds City Council has tweeted that the first lambs of the year have been born at Temple Newsam's Home Farm.

    Newborn lamb

    Six baby lambs were born earlier this week - a mix of Kerry Hill and Norfolk Horns - and farm staff are expecting 70 more ewes to give birth in the coming weeks.

  26. Rutter on King Lear reprisal

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    Actor and founder of Halifax's Northern Broadsides theatre company Barrie Rutter is to reprise his role as King Lear in a new production directed by Jonathan Miller.

    Barrie Rutter

    Rutter first took on the role 16 years ago when his friend and fellow actor Brian Glover pulled out after being diagnosed with cancer.

    King Lear runs at the Viaduct Theatre in Halifax from 27 February-7 March.

  27. Murphy and me

    Telegraph & Argus

    An owner has spoken of his delight today after being reunited with his stolen Bradford husky Murphy.

    Murphy the Husky is reunited with owner Andy Smith

    Murphy, who has been microchipped, was found in Manchester yesterday and returned back to his owner Andy Smith.

    The four-year-old went missing on December 4 last year after a suspected abduction by two men in Scholemoor Cemetery.

  28. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire police have launched a new publicity campaign to find nine people wanted on European Arrest Warrants.

    Most of the eight men and one woman are believed to be in this area, with some already convicted of serious offences in Eastern Europe.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin for more.

  29. Miliband to reveal tuition fee plans

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    Ed Miliband is expected to announce Labour's plan to cut university tuition fees in England to £6,000 per year in a speech in Leeds later.

    Ed Miliband

    He will reveal how a Labour government would pay for the fee cut - which could include reducing tax relief on pensions for high earners.

    The rising level of student debt has been a "disaster", he will say.

  30. Nine wanted on European arrest warrants

    West Yorkshire Police is appealing for help to trace nine people with links to the region who are wanted on European Arrest Warrants.

    Nine people wanted on European Arrest Warrants

    The eight men and one woman are connection with a variety of allegations and convictions and are not thought to be linked in any way.

    Supt Pat Casserly said: "Some of these people have already been found guilty or convicted of serious crimes in their native country - they have not come to West Yorkshire to reform or rehabilitate rather to hide from justice."

  31. Hanson and Davies doubtful

    BBC Sport

    Bradford City players James Hanson (pictured) and Andrew Davies are both doubtful for the match against Peterborough United on Saturday.

    Bradford striker James Hanson

    Filipe Morais is also likely to miss out while midfielder Gary Liddle is starting a two-game ban after picking up his 10th booking of the season at Swindon.

  32. Council bankruptcy fears

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Labour-run Bradford Council has warned that local authorities are facing bankruptcy as a result of government imposed spending cuts.

    Bradford City Hall

    Speaking as the council announced it was increasing council tax by 1.6%, David Green told BBC Radio Leeds: "There's a number of local authorities who, looking ahead, if the current regime carries on with the current levels of cuts are going to be basically bankrupt in three or four years time just with the demands on adult and children's services."

  33. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour leader Ed Miliband, who is on a visit to Leeds today, is preparing to set out his party's policy on tuition fees in England.

    It's thought the party, if elected, would reduce yearly fees from a maximum of £9,000 to £6,000

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

  34. Beggar ban must stop

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    A council must stop using injunctions to ban beggars from the city centre, a court has ruled.

    Beggar with sign

    Leeds City Council brought in powers to deal with persistent begging in June, allowing it to fast-track repeat offenders through the courts.

    But after a legal challenge brought by two people served with injunctions a judge discharged the ban.

  35. Jacob's Well demolition plan

    Telegraph & Argus

    A £20m plan to demolish the Jacob's Well offices in Bradford city centre and replace them with a new building for 3,500 staff has been revealed.

    The state-of-the-art 200,000 sq ft (18,581 sq m) building would bring together people who work across the public sector including civil servants, local authority workers, police officers and NHS staff.

  36. Union backlash at pacer plan

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has hit back at government plans to replace Pacer trains on railways in northern England with new rolling stock.

    Mick Cash

    RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Any new trains are light years away with passengers forced to endure the misery of the clapped out Pacers, and the ancient London Underground rolling stock that's heading north‎, way off into the future."

  37. Sex attacker jailed

    Telegraph & Argus

    To celebrate passing an interview to join the Army, a man went on a drinking spree which led to a 'horrifying' knife-point sex attack on a lone woman, a court heard.

    Jamie Jones

    Jamie Jones had drunk 13 pints after realising his long-term ambition to become a soldier, Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday.

  38. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Householders in Bradford are facing a 1.6% increase in their council tax bills from April.

    The local authority, which last night approved its budget for the coming year, has also warned of hundreds of jobs losses, as it seeks to save over £30m.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

  39. Tigers duo set for debut

    BBC Sport

    Castleford Tigers could give debuts to former London Broncos duo Mike McMeeken and Matt Cook in their clash with St Helens later.

    Both have missed the start of the season because of injury, while hooker Adam Milner is also set to return.

    The Tigers will kick-off against St Helens at Langtree Park at 20:00.

  40. On air now

    Richard Stead

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    On today's show I'll be speaking to former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney about her latest show Sex in Suburbia which is coming to Wakefield and Bradford soon.

    I'll also have the Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman in the hotseat after 11:00.

    Call me on 0345 303 3333 or text Leeds to 81333 if you want to ask Mr Sheerman a question.

  41. Abuse victim speaks out

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    A domestic abuse victim who was mown down by her abusive boyfriend has spoken of her relief at seeing him jailed over the horrific attack.

    Louise Conyers, 22, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "I just think he is scum for what he has done and the things he put me through."

  42. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The head of a Leeds homeless charity says he is disappointed that a move to deal with aggressive begging in the city centre has been ruled unlawful.

    The High Court has thrown out an injunction introduced last summer, which could have led to jail terms for some of the most persistent offenders.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  43. Paedophile jailed

    Telegraph & Argus

    A 51-year-old engineer has been jailed for 15 years for a catalogue of "disgusting and terrible" sexual abuse against a young girl.

  44. Leeds continue unbeaten run

    BBC Sport

    Paul Aiton scored a late try for Leeds to earn a dramatic victory over Huddersfield last night and maintain their unbeaten start to the new season.

    Paul Aiton

    Huddersfield had hit back from 18-0 down to lead 24-22 after 70 minutes.

    But Aiton, who had never previously scored a try for the Rhinos, chose a perfect time to break his duck.

  45. Traffic light failures

    BBC Travel

    A number of traffic light failures in Leeds city centre are causing disruption on the roads.

    Problems have been reported on Duncan Street at the Call Lane junction, Briggate at the Swinegate junction and Beckett Street at the Accommodation Road junction. The traffic lights have also failed on the A653 Dewsbury Road, in Tingley, at the Topcliffe Lane junction.

    Drivers are being warned to approach with care.

  46. Bright and dry

    Clare Nasir

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a bright, dry start to the day, with a ground frost in places.

    BBC weather Friday 27 February

    Some good spells of sunshine are expected although the sunshine will turn hazy from the west through the afternoon.

    Light westerly winds will pick up to a moderate breeze later with highs of 7C (45F).

  47. Good morning

    Oliver Wright

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Friday 27 February.

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