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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 tomorrow
  2. Updates on Tuesday 3 March 2015

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Good evening

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

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

Wintry showers and ice

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight will see clear spells and scattered showers, locally heavy and wintry at first but confined to the Pennines by dawn, with a low of about 1C (34F) and ice on untreated surfaces.

Weather forecast
BBC

Tomorrow, early Pennine showers will soon die away then most places will be dry and mainly sunny.

The top temperature will be about 8C (46F) with a fresh northwest wind.

Flood warning systems updated

Flood warning systems in Wakefield and Pontefract have been updated to provide more timely alerts to help local residents prepare for flooding, the Environment Agency says.

Wash Dike
Bill henderson/geograph

A brand new warning service is available for people living near Wash Dike (pictured) and the existing service has been updated for Ings Beck using the latest flood data.

Water levels in both these areas can rise quickly after heavy rain. Flooding happened last summer in Pontefract , where Wash Dike can rise by 1.5m in just 15 minutes.

Former Morrisons tax boss jailed

The former treasurer and head of tax at the Bradford-based Morrisons supermarket chain

has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to two counts of insider trading.

Morrisons trolleys
Getty Images

Paul Coyle, 50, of Warwick Crescent, Harrogate, was charged after buying Ocado Group shares between February and May 2013.

The two firms announced a £200m distribution deal in May 2014.

New arrest over city assault

A second man's been arrested in connection with a serious assault on a man in Leeds city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at an address in Walsall this morning on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, police say. He's subsequently been released on bail. A 23-year-old man arrested on Sunday evening at a police station in Walsall has also been released on police bail.

A 23-year-old man from Wakefield remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Fans hope for Crowe commitment

More on the news that the group backing fan ownership of Leeds United say they're angling for a meeting with Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe.

Russell Crowe
PA

Last week, BBC Sport learned New Zealand-born Crowe, a lifetime Leeds supporter,

would consider buying the club only if approached and with the fans' backing.

In a statement, Leeds LLP say: "Russell is back in the UK next month and we will try to get a face to face to see if we can get something more concrete from him."

Coming up on BBC One

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we look back exactly 30 years to the end of the longest running national industrial dispute in Britain - the miners' strike.

Striking miner walks past police
PA

Three decades on, we've been back to the Yorkshire village which saw the first picket lines set up to hear one couple's thoughts.

Also, we'll be hearing from Dickie Bird who's pledged to fund a new player's balcony at Headingley so Yorkshire's players can get a bit closer to the action.

Fans demand transparency

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

A leading fans' group wants greater transparency

to ensure supporters know exactly who owns their club.

The demand from Supporters Direct is part of a report with the aim of "reforming English football".

Between 2005 and 2011

Leeds United's owners were unknown, as a Cayman Islands-based trust was in charge of the club.

Injury doubts over Leeds pair

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Ahead of tomorrow night's visit of Ipswich Town, Leeds midfielder Rudi Austin and striker Steve Morison (pictured) remain the injury doubts for United head coach Neil Redfearn.

Steve Morison
PA

Morison missed

the defeat to Watford with a groin problem while Austin withdrew during the game with a thigh strain.

Redfearn has indicated Billy Sharp could continue up-front in place of Morison who may be close to a return.

Rare Moore works go on show

BBC Arts

Works by world famous Castleford-born sculptor Henry Moore, including some previously unseen works,

are to go on show in London.

Henry Moore sculpture
Henry Moore

The art is being installed in Bowman Sculpture to mark the 30th anniversary of his joint exhibition in New York with Helaine Blumenfeld.

Moore died in 1988 aged 88. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art - including at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and outside Leeds City art Gallery.

Your views

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

BBC Local Live brings you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police investigating an incident in which a man was seriously injured in a fall from a flat in Bradford have arrested another man.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Traffic delays after accident

BBC Travel News reports Harrogate Road in Moortown, Leeds, is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions at the Street Lane junction because of an accident.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

New arrest over flat fall

Police investigating an incident in which a man was seriously injured in a fall from a flat in Bradford at the weekend

have made a second arrest.

A 39-year-old man from Bradford was arrested today on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody. This follows the arrest yesterday of a 41-year-old local man arrested on the same charge. He's been bailed pending further enquiries.

The victim, a 40-year-old man, is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Leeds fans seek Crowe meeting

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

The group backing fan ownership of Leeds United say they're going to try to meet Russell Crowe. It comes after the actor

asked fans on social media if he should buy the club.

Russell Crowe
PA

When the Oscar winner responded to a plea for him to buy Leeds United - throwing the possibility open to his followers - it prompted a media storm.

Now, Leeds LLP say they've made contact with Crowe and say he asked them to watch some films about the work he's done as co-owner of NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police say they're getting increasingly concerned about a West Yorkshire man who's been missing since Friday.

Stephen Pollard's car was found yesterday and officers are now searching the area nearby.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Road closure warning

Essential maintenance work to complete the strengthening of the Westgate footbridge on Leeds Inner Ring Road will take place this weekend,

Leeds City Council says.

Westgate, Leeds
derek harper/geograph

Motorists are being warned the A58(M) will be closed to traffic in both directions from 19:00 on Friday 6 March until 06:00 on Monday 9 March.

The work is part of a programme of maintenance to upgrade the Inner Ring Road and needs to be carried out safely while part of the road is closed, the council says.

Afternoon weather

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Further wintry showers are likely this afternoon.

Weather forecast
BBC

Some sunshine will come through as well, especially towards the east with a fresh and cold westerly wind.

Top temperatures will be about 6C (43F).

Winter's still with us...

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Ian Gilmour for sending in this picture of the snowy scene at Crimsworth Dean - clearly Calderdale's still very much in the grip of winter.

Crimsworth Dean
Ian Gilmour

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News on the hour

Julie Langford

News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

Former pit villages and towns around Yorkshire are today remembering the miner's strike - 30 years since it ended.

The year long dispute led to violence clashes in some parts of the region between workers on the picket lines and police.

More at 14:00.

Delays due to signal problems

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Victim's throat slashed by ex-soldier

Yorkshire Evening Post

A former Afghan soldier (pictured) slit a rival's throat after they exchanged insults over his military service during an argument in a Leeds park,

a court has heard.

Jafar Ferydon
West Yorkshire Police

Official opening for fire station

South Kirkby's new fire station is officially opened today, with dignitaries and local residents gathering alongside fire chiefs to celebrate.

South Kirkby Fire Station
West yorkshire fire service

The fire station, on South Kirkby Business Park, "went live" in mid-January, staffed by a total of 13 firefighters on-call 24 hours a day.

It's a replacement for its predecessor, South Elmsall Fire Station. A part-time fire station in Hemsworth has also closed recently as a result of the relocation.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A disabled man from Wakefield says he's lost his independence after thieves stole his wheelchair from outside his mum's house.

Listen live to the 13:00 for more details.

Have your say

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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.

Building the M62

Huddersfield Examiner

Long before the managed motorway system, speed cameras, traffic jams and tailbacks, the M62 was just an idea —

and a mammoth job for road builders.

M62 construction work
kirklees council/huddersfield examiner

Heavy traffic warning

BBC Travel News reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A638 Westgate in Heckmondwike between the B6117 Market Street junction and the Frost Hill junction.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect some delays.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Police say they're getting increasingly concerned about a West Yorkshire man who's been missing since Friday.

Stephen Pollard's car - a silver Mazda - was found yesterday and officers are now searching the area nearby.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Missing man "safe and well"

We've just had an update on the police search for a Leeds man who we earlier reported had gone missing from his home at the weekend.

Paul Tillotson, 45, from Horsforth,

has been found "safe and well" in Scarborough, according to West Yorkshire Police.

Mum's anger at wheelchair theft

The mother of a 26-year-old man with cerebral palsy says she's "very angry" at thieves who stole her son's wheelchair from outside her home in Wakefield while visiting.

The chair was taken after it was left secured outside Angela Armitage's house in Eastmoor on 23 February. She says her son, Gavin, has been left with no means of getting around.

Mrs Armitage says: "I'm very upset. If they think it's just a piece of scrap metal, how can they do that? For something like this to happen is just horrendous."

Missing man's car found

Police in Wakefield are appealing for help in finding

a man from Outwood who has been missing since last Friday.

Stephen Pollard
West yorkshire police

Stephen Pollard, 58, was reported missing from his home at Newton Lane, Outwood, by relatives on 27 February. His silver Mazda car was found in Stanley yesterday.

He's described as white, medium build about 5ft 8ins tall, with brown eyes and grey receding hair. He was wearing jeans, a t-shirt, green coat, black shoes and glasses.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A disabled man from Wakefield says he's lost his independence after thieves stole his wheelchair from outside his mum's house.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

Recycling restrictions

People in Leeds are being reminded that from 1 April they

won't be able to use any of the eight recycling sites in the city without a permit.

The Leeds Resident Permit is a car window sticker which will be sent along with this year's council tax statement for the year.

Only residents who live within the Leeds boundary will be entitled to a permit. It's aimed at cutting the amount of waste coming into the city from neighbouring areas​, according to Leeds City Council.

City 'almost there' over FA tickets

Following complaints last week from Bradford City season ticket holders

who said they'd encountered problems buying tickets for the FA Cup quarter-final match against Reading, the club's chief operating officer says the problem is now almost sorted.

Valley Parade Stadium
Getty Images

Speaking to Liz Green on BBC Radio Leeds, James Mason says the club was "caught cold" by the demand for tickets from season ticket holders. "We feel terrible about it," he says.

"It's not been easy and it's been a long process but we think we're almost there," he adds.

Dramatic skies over Holme Moss

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Sandie Nicholson for sending in this dramatic picture of snow clouds over Holme Moss on the West Yorkshire-Derbyshire border.

Snowy skies at Holme Moss
Sandie nicholson

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not

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Wheelchair theft 'sad and awful'

More on the story mentioned in the news headlines about a Wakefield man who's appealing for the return of his specially-designed wheelchair after it was stolen.

Gavin Armitage, 26, who has cerebral palsy, was at his mum's house in Eastmoor, Wakefield, when the chair was taken from outside the property on 23 February.

He says it's left him very restricted: "It's my mode of transport. I can't have my independence. It's sad and it's awful. I just want to ask whoever did it how they sleep at night."

Players' 'delight' at Dickie's balcony

More on the news that Yorkshire County Cricket Club's president Dickie Bird

is to pay out for a players' balcony at Headingley out of his own wallet following complaints from players.

Artist's impression of new balcony
Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon says the players are "delighted": "It'll add to their comfort in preparation for performing on the field. Our current viewing gallery can get a little claustrophobic, particularly on warm days."

The balcony will be built above the sightscreen at the Kirkstall Lane end of the ground.

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A disabled man from Wakefield has pleaded for the return of his stolen wheelchair saying he's lost his independence.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.