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  1. Updates from Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

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

  2. A dry and clear night

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight may see a few showers at first, otherwise it'll be dry with clear periods and a minimum temperature of about -1C (30F) with a widespread slight frost.

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow, there'll be a dry and sunny start, turning partly cloudy with scattered showers developing, one or two on the heavy side with the risk of hail and thunder.

    The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

  3. Coming up on BBC One

    Amy Garcia

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Ian White at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report live from York where detectives investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence six years ago have today arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

    Also, we'll be hearing more from Take That start Gary Barlow who's written a new musical inspired by the story of the Calendar Girls which will be premiered in Leeds later this year.

  4. City to host ballet world premiere

    A new ballet for children will have its world premiere in Leeds this October followed by an extensive UK tour in spring 2016, Northern Ballet has announced.

    Tortoise and Hare

    The Tortoise and the Hare is the latest in Northern Ballet's Short Ballets for Small People which already includes The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

    The ballet has been created to introduce families and young children to live dance, music and theatre, the Leeds-based dance company says.

  5. Power cut affects 1,700 homes

    Charles Heslett

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A fault on an underground cable cut off electricity to more than 1,700 homes in Leeds earlier today.

    The power went off just after 08:00 in the LS14 and LS17 areas of the city, according to a spokeswoman from Northern Powergrid.

    The firm had to switch its electricity supply through alternative routes on its network to cure the fault and power was restored within two hours, she said.

  6. Appeal over missing teen

    Police in Leeds are appealing for information to help trace a 16-year-old girl who's been missing for two weeks.

    Caitlen Boyd

    Caitlen Boyd was last seen on the morning of Monday 9 March when it's believed she was making her way to Leeds railway station to catch a train to Scotland.

    Caitlen's described as 5ft 11ins tall, with blue eyes and short blonde hair, though she does wear long blonde hair extensions. She was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit, blue body warmer, blue and white Nike trainers and she was carrying a blue holdall.

  7. Accident sparks M62 delays

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an accident.

  8. Homes flooded after water tower fault

    A number of homes in Moortown have been flooded after a water tower overflowed earlier today, Yorkshire Water has said.

    A spokesperson for the firm says: "The tank was quickly repaired to prevent more water escaping, but unfortunately water has entered the homes of nearby residents and some will have to be temporarily re-homed.

    "Colleagues from Yorkshire Water are currently on-site liaising with affected residents to assess the damage and provide assistance with the clean-up operation."

  9. Barlow musical to premiere in Leeds

    A musical being written by Gary Barlow which is based on the story of the Calendar Girls is to be premiered in Leeds later this year.

    Gary Barlow

    The Take That star came to Burnsall village hall in the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend to make the announcement.

    The musical - which is part of the celebrations marking the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire cycle race in May - will run for a month at the Grand Theatre in November.

  10. Traffic lights out

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports that the traffic lights have failed on Call Lane in Leeds at the New Market Street junction.

    Drivers are being warned to approach with care.

  11. Parkinson's play-off hope

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has urged his players not to throw away the chance of reaching the League One play-offs.

    Phil Parkinson

    The Bantams are in Portugal on a warm weather training trip and will have 10 games to play when they return, starting at home to Oldham on Saturday.

    They're five points off the play-off places with a couple of games in hand.

  12. Fingertip search in Boston Spa

    This is one of the latest pictures we have from Boston Spa near Wetherby where fingertip searches are now being carried out near the scene of an armed raid on a post office.

    Fingertip search

    The theft happened at about 09:30 this morning when what's believed to be two men in dresses and wigs entered the premises on High Street before fleeing with an unknown amount of cash.

    Police are still seeking the two suspects as well as a white Mercedes which was used in the incident.

  13. MP urges Kellingley decision

    Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper is meeting the Business Secretary this afternoon to press for urgent action on Kellingley Colliery.

    Kellingley Colliery

    The pit, near Knottingley, is due to shut by the end of this year. But the government is still considering a potential bid for state aid, which would keeping it going until 2018.

    Mrs Cooper says the government needs to act fast, especially as 200 of the remaining 500 miners at Kellingley will receive redundancy notices in a couple of weeks.

  14. Food traceability 'critically important'

    Sentencing the two men at Southwark Crown Court, Judge Alistair McCreath said: "The traceability of food products, here meat, is of critical importance in relation to public health.

    "If meat causes ill health then it is important that those responsible for investigating the cause of it should quickly be able to discover where the meat came from and trace it backwards and backwards and backwards to find where the problem lies and prevent the problem escalating."

  15. Suspended sentence for abattoir manager

    Mr Boddy was sentenced at London's Southwark Crown Court alongside the slaughterhouse manager David Moss.

    Mr Moss was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years after admitting forging an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction on 12 February 2013.

  16. Slaughterhouse owner fined

    Peter Boddy, a slaughterhouse owner from Todmorden, has been fined £8,000 plus £10,442 costs relating to the traceability of horsemeat in 2012-2013.

    He admitted not keeping proper records on the sale of more than 50 horses for meat and failing to abide by EU regulations concerning 17 carcasses.

  17. BreakingAbattoir boss fined for poor records


    A slaughterhouse boss who sold horses for meat but failed to keep proper records to show who bought them, has been fined £8,000.

  18. Blue plaques commemorate WW1

    A series of special blue plaques are being unveiled down one street in Lindley, Huddersfield, which will reveal more about how life was lived there during World War One.

    Butcher in Lindley with blue plaque

    The plaques, which are being placed in shops and buildings along Lidget Street by Lindley History Research Group, will reveal what the premises were used for 100 years ago and who lived there.

    It's all part of a project which will culminate in a "Then and Now" commemorative weekend which takes place in Lindley between 25-26 April and will include guided walks along Lidget Street.

  19. Delays on M1

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports that one lane's closed and there's slow traffic on the M1 northbound between J44, A639 (Leeds South) and J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green), because of an accident.

  20. All change on BBC News website

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    You may have noticed a few changes to the way the BBC News website looks this afternoon. That's because the desktop version of the site has been switched off with all visitors now being directed to a newer, responsive design.

    BBC News website on PC, tablet, mobile

    The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on, be it a desktop PC, tablet or mobile.

    Feedback about the new website is being gathered on the BBC Internet Blog where initial reactions to the new design have been mixed. Feel free to have your say about the change there.

  21. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are searching for two men who dressed as women to carry out an armed raid at the post office in Boston Spa near Wetherby.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

  22. Richard III burial controversy

    With thousands of people expected to view the coffin of Richard III - Richard of York - in the next few days, you've been telling us what you think about him being buried in Leicester and not in Yorkshire.

    Chris Shaw tweets: Yes, he should have been buried in #York His name wasn't Richard of Carpark...

    Tim Watson tweets: He should have been buried in Yorkshire but weren't York Minister indifferent at the start and that is the problem?

    LUFC NO1 tweets: what a big fuss over a pile of bones, more important things to worry about in the world.

  23. Clarke Carlisle pleads guilty to drink-driving

    Former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle has pleaded guilty to drinking and driving.

    Clarke Carlisle

    The 35-year-old admitted failing to provide a sample to police on December 20 at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

    He also pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date.

  24. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Two armed raiders - dressed as women - have held up the post office in Boston Spa near Wetherby.

    Shots were fired and a member of staff's been taken to hospital with minor injuries, after the robbery on the High Street.

    Richard Edwards is at the scene, get the latest at 13:00.

  25. Post office raid: At the scene

    Richard Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I'm out at Boston Spa near Wetherby where an armed raid took place at the post office on High Street at about 09:30 this morning. Now, the road is blocked with a police cordon.

    Police cordon at Boston Spa

    What's happening here is that a big police investigation's been launched in the middle of this quiet village where there are currently six police vehicles, a couple with their blue lights still flashing.

    More than a dozen police officers are going up and down the High Street looking for clues and evidence. They're placing small yellow triangles where they see anything of interest.

  26. Post office raiders 'wearing wigs'

    Det Insp Phil Jackson, from West Yorkshire Police, says: "It was initially reported that two female suspects entered the post office, but it's now been established that the suspects were dressed as women and wearing wigs.

    Police search in Boston Spa

    "We believe that two vehicles were used in this incident, and in addition to the two suspects who entered the post office there may have also been a driver involved."

    A male member of staff was injured trying to stop the pair. Police are describing the raid as "an isolated incident".

  27. Raid suspects 'dressed as women'

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We've had a further update from West Yorkshire Police on the armed raid at a post office in Boston Spa this morning which has left one staff member needing hospital treatment for minor injuries.

    Scene of incident

    Police say two suspects "dressed as women and wearing wigs" entered the premises at about 09:30, one pushing the other in a wheelchair and demanded money.

    Police believe a gun was fired twice during the robbery - once inside the post office and once outside. An unknown amount of money has been taken.

  28. Road closure warning

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports the A659 High Street in Boston Spa remains closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Leys Lane junction and the Clifford Road junction because of a police incident.

  29. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Two armed raiders have held up the post office in Boston Spa near Wetherby.

    A member of staff's been taken to hospital with minor injuries after the robbery in High Street.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

  30. Traffic delays warning

    BBC Travel reports there's currently very slow traffic on the A640 Huddersfield Road westbound in Denshaw between the B6114 junction and the Range Lane junction.

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

  31. Staff member hurt in armed raid

    A male member of staff at a post office in Boston Spa has been taken to hospital suffering minor injuries following an armed raid this morning involving two female suspects.

    Boston Spa Post Office

    Two vehicles were used during the incident, police believe. One of the cars, a Nissan Juke, has been found burned-out in Beeches End. The other vehicle involved is believed to be a white Mercedes.

    BBC Travel News reports that High Street in Boston Spa is currently closed while police continue their investigations in to the incident.

  32. Two women in armed robbery

    West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they were called to an armed robbery at the post office on High Street, Boston Spa, at about 09:30 this morning.

    Two female suspects are believed to have been involved.

    Det Insp Paul Jackson says: "It would appear that a firearm was discharged during this incident but I can confirm no-one has been shot."

  33. Armed raid in Boston Spa

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    We're getting reports of an armed raid at a post office in Boston Spa near Wetherby.

    More information as we get it.

  34. Say 'thank you' to your top teacher

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Over the past few weeks, we've been asking you to tell us who your inspirational and amazing teachers have been in West Yorkshire - and we'd still like to hear from you.

    Basil Brush

    BBC Radio Leeds is very proud that TV star Basil Brush will co-host our Thank You Teacher Awards, along with BBC Radio Leeds' drivetime presenter Andrew Edwards.

    And, of course, there's still time to nominate your inspirational teacher. The deadline is 31 March and nomination forms and details can be found at

  35. Appeal after armed robbery

    Money and cigarettes have been stolen in an armed robbery at a petrol station in Cooper Bridge, near Huddersfield.

    CCTV image

    A man wearing a black and red motorbike helmet walked into the service station on Leeds Road, at about 05:20 yesterday morning. He produced what's believed to be a handgun and demanded cash.

    The suspect's described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, of slim build and about 5ft 11ins tall. He's believed to have travelled to and from the scene on a small red motorbike with an "L" plate.

  36. King Richard III's reburial

    BBC Radio Leeds

    While King Richard III's remains have gone on view at Leicester Cathedral ahead of his reburial on Thursday, campaigners in Yorkshire continue to claim he should have been reburied in Yorkshire.

    Richard III's coffin

    Richard's skeleton was found in 2012 in an old friary beneath a car park in Leicester, but campaigners for his return to Yorkshire say events in the city are a "pantomime" and that he should be returned to his roots.

    Callers to Liz Green on BBC Radio Leeds this morning have backed these calls. What do you think? Why not email or tweet us with your views?

  37. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The National Union of Mineworkers says Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley can still be saved - if the government has the will.

    Pontefract and Castleford MP, Yvette Cooper, will today press the Business Secretary to give an answer about what the future holds for the pit.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

  38. Changes to BBC News website

    Dave Lee

    Technology reporter, BBC News

    The desktop version of the BBC News website will be switched off later today and all visitors will be directed to a newer, responsive design.

    BBC News website

    The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on, be it a desktop PC, tablet or mobile. Desktop visitors to the BBC News site have been prompted to try out the new responsive design for the past few weeks.

    But as of 14:00 today, everyone will be forced to make the change - with users automatically taken to the new-look site.

  39. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Living standards for asylum seekers in Leeds should be improved, according to the city council.

    The call comes as one property, run by contractors G4S, has been found to be housing 23 women and babies, with carpets and cooking appliances described as "filthy".

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  40. Wakefield 14 - 44 Huddersfield Giants

    Matt Newsum

    BBC Sport

    Scott Grix scored a hat-trick in the opening eight minutes to set up Huddersfield's victory at Wakefield.

    Wakefield v Huddersfield

    It was a third straight win for Giants.

    There was an emotional tribute to former Wakefield player Leon Walker, whose death six years ago to the day was marked by a minute's applause.

  41. Police warning over M62 delays

    West Yorkshire Police tweets: Severe delays M62 West. Incident at J21 causing tail backs to J24. Find alternative route if possible.

  42. Big delays on M62

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports one lane closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound at J21, A640 (Milnrow), because of an accident involving two cars and recovery work.

    Travel time is one hour 30 minutes. Congestion is running as far back as J24, A629 (Ainley Top).

  43. A cloudy but bright morning

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a cloudy and breezy morning with the odd spot of rain mostly towards the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    It'll brighten from the north this afternoon with a gentle northwest wind.

    The top temperature will be about 11C (52F).

  44. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 23 March 2015.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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