Snow drifts block roads on high ground in West Yorkshire

Snow drifts in Queensbury, Bradford Snow drifts, like this one in Queensbury, have caused problems on high ground

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Snow and ice is continuing to cause disruption across West Yorkshire.

Many roads on high ground have been closed because of drifting snow, including the A635 in Holmfirth and the A6033 Keighley Road at Hebden Bridge.

Dozens of schools across the county are closed, with most of those in the Bradford and Kirklees areas.

Leeds Bradford Airport is open but a spokesperson said there was still some flight disruption and urged people to check with their airlines.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team was called out four times over the weekend to help ambulances get through heavy snow.

Owen Phillips, from the team, said "It's been a very busy weekend for us, but the weather this weekend has been fairly unprecedented.

"The ambulance crews have made valiant efforts trying to do their job in horrendous conditions, but ultimately they aren't equipped to get through snow like this."

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    Good evening 18:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    That's all today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire. I'll be back again from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    We leave you with this moody picture Bev Silverman took today of dark skies over corn fields at Alwoodley, Leeds.

    Dark skies over Alwoodley

    Have you taken any shots of West Yorkshire you'd like to share? Why not email or tweet us?

     
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    There "aren't sufficient expletives" to describe thieves who stole 26 flagstones from a church in Cleckheaton, according to the local British Legion chairman.

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    Coming up later 17:54: Amy Garcia Presenter, BBC Look North

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    Also, we have a player each from Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos squaring up in the studio ahead of the Challenge Cup final at Wembley this weekend - and we have the trophy itself.

     
  4.  
    Rare mining heritage revealed 17:51: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A survivor of West Yorkshire's mining heritage is to go on rare public display in September for one weekend only, the National Coal Mining Museum at Overton near Wakefield has revealed.

    Screens building

    The 110-year-old "screens" building at the museum (pictured while still working), which was used to sort coal from waste rock and debris, will be open during Heritage Open Weekend on 13-14 September.

     
  5.  
    Keighley man's Lego hope 17:48: Keighley News

    A Keighley man who provides Lego-based activities for local schools and children's groups is hoping the firm behind the famous bricks will adopt his design for a new playset.

    Lego model
     
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    Cloudy night with showers 17:47: Keeley Donovan Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight, any showers will fade to the east and it'll become dry and clear, though cloud will increase with a few showers by dawn.

    Weather outlook

    The minimum temperature will be about 9C (48F).

    Tomorrow, it'll be cloudier and breezier than today with bright spells and showers.

     
  7.  
    Family rallies round Shane 17:43: Telegraph & Argus

    The parents of an eight-year-old boy from Bierley battling cancer for a second time have vowed not to give up their fight and are fundraising in the hope an experimental treatment can save him.

     
  8.  
    Police photo appeal 17:40: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Police in Bradford have released the photo of a man they want to trace in connection with a major operation to tackle drug dealing in the city.

    Suspect

    The appeal is the final stage of Operation Stalebank, which has so far put 105 dealers behind bars for a total of 328 years.

    This man is the only one who was not identified and questioned by officers, say police.

     
  9.  
    Fire hoaxes 'cost thousands' 17:26: Charles Heslett Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've learned that hoax emergency calls have cost West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service more than £154,000 in call-outs to bogus incidents in the past financial year - with timewasters from Leeds accounting for one third of all those false calls.

    These hoaxes resulted in 367 call-outs by the West Yorkshire service, as it's not always clear if the calls are real emergencies or not. And the fire brigade have told me that this year alone they've already asked for 31 mobile phones which have been used in this manner to be disconnected.

     
  10.  
    Festival delays already 17:18:

    Metro Travel News tweets: LEEDS FESTIVAL Delays on Leeds Ring Road, the A1, Bramham X-roads and A58, Wetherby, & Collingham due to Festival traffic.

     
  11.  
    'Challenge Cup final will excite' 17:10: BBC Sport

    West Yorkshire neighbours Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos meet at Wembley on Saturday in what will be a momentous Challenge Cup final for both sides.

    Cas and Leeds captains

    Leeds will look to overcome 15 years of cup heartache, including six final losses since their 1999 triumph, while Cas return to the showpiece event for the first time in more than two decades.

     
  12.  
    News on the hour 16:58: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Shadow Home Secretary and Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper has warned not enough is being done to stop young British Muslims being recruited by extremists.

    Her comments come as David Cameron cuts his holiday short to hold meetings over a video which appears to show a US journalist being beheaded by an Islamic militant with a British accent.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

     
  13.  
    Tigers in win-or-lose celebration 16:48: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Castleford Tigers have confirmed a celebratory free entry event will take place at the club's stadium on Bank Holiday Monday to welcome the team home after the Challenge Cup final.

    Castleford mascot

    The Tigers face Leeds Rhinos at Wembley on Saturday and will host the celebration whether or not they bring back the trophy, the club has said.

    Michelle Cooper, from the club, said: "Most clubs only celebrate a victory at Wembley but we feel it's appropriate to reward our fans regardless of the outcome on Saturday."

     
  14.  
    On air now 16:30: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out more about the proposed change in the law which would make domestic abuse a criminal offence.

    Also, I'll be finding out the trust cost of hoax calls to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who say they received one false call-out a day in the last year.

     
  15.  
    Police seek missing man 16:20: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Police are appealing for help in finding a 24-year-old man from Batley who hasn't been seen since yesterday afternoon.

    Abubaker Rawat

    Abubaker Rawat was last seen at Dewsbury District Hospital at 14:00. He suffers from a medical condition and police are concerned for his welfare.

    He's Asian, 5ft 9in (1.75m), of medium build and was wearing a grey hooded top, beige jeans and dark blue trainers.

     
  16.  
    News on the hour 15:59: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Shadow Home Secretary and Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper says she welcomes the government's plans to overhaul domestic violence laws.

    A consultation's being launched following concerns existing laws aren't tough enough. Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

     
  17.  
    Leeds Festival travel advice 15:51: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds Festival is just a matter of days away now, and with this in mind West Yorkshire Metro has issued advice for those wanting to get there - and those wanting to avoid the area.

    Reading and Leeds Festival 2013

    Metro warns that the festival will mean heavier traffic east of Leeds from today until Monday 25 August, when the campsite closes. Get all the latest info here.

     
  18.  
    Driver's diversion disaster 15:38:

    West Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Division tweets: Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield. Know the height of your lorry!!! Unlike this chap who was "just following the diversion" pic.twitter.com/eU3F4BTtwk

    Damaged lorry
     
  19.  
    Rape victim 'disowned by family' 15:27: Telegraph & Argus

    A young woman held captive as a sex slave in Bradford has become a suicidal outcast, disowned by her family because she was raped, a court heard.

     
  20.  
    Imam's call to Muslim community 15:14: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Qari Asim, Imam at the Makkah Mosque in Leeds, tells BBC News the risk of young British Muslims joining the fighting in Iraq is "getting greater because of our... involvement in Iraq".

    He has called on the Muslim community to "work with intelligence services and the government and everyone else to make sure that this poison doesn't reach our borders".

    Mr Asim made his comments in the aftermath of the apparent beheading of a US journalist by an Islamic State militant.

     
  21.  
    News on the hour 14:56: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Shadow Home Secretary and Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper says she welcomes the government's plans to overhaul domestic violence laws.

    A consultation's being launched following concerns existing laws aren't tough enough.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

     
  22.  
    Odeon 'will complement other venues' 14:41: Telegraph & Argus

    The potential bidder in the running to develop the former Odeon building says it plans to "complement rather than compete" with the city's other major live entertainment venues.

    Artist's impression of Odeon project
     
  23.  
    Sunny with scattered showers 14:28: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a bright afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers.

    Some of those showers will be on the heavy side. There'll be gentle northwest winds and a top temperature of about 17C (63F).

     
  24.  
    Rhinos' Headingley homecoming 14:16: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds Rhinos have announced they'll host a homecoming at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday - but only in the event of a win against Castleford at Wembley on Saturday.

    Gates will open at 11:45 for the free celebration with entertainment provided by local band The Gonzos and others, with the event finishing at about 13:30.

     
  25.  
    News on the hour 13:57: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    David Cameron returns from his holiday early as the security services investigate whether a British jihadist murdered an American photojournalist in the Middle East.

    Meanwhile, Qari Asim, Imam at Leeds Makkah Mosque, says there's no room for such extreme behaviour in Islam.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

     
  26.  
    Cliffe Castle walks launch 13:46: Keighley News
  27.  
    New way to see a city 13:33: Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been on the Leeds water taxi which is now set to become a permanent fixture on the waterfront.

    Leeds Water Taxi

    We sailed serenely to and from the city centre - what a way to see a very busy city from a different perspective. We went under one of the many bridges and on one of them the traffic was nose-to-tail, but we sailed serenely down to Granary Wharf.

    We also saw potential spots for more passenger stops on a service already proving very popular.

     
  28.  
    Neighbour given restraining order 13:21: Halifax Courier

    A man from Shelf who harassed his neighbours has been given a restraining order.

     
  29.  
    Batley's beachcomber Barney 13:10: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A shaggy dog story from BBC News Online who report that a collie dog from Batley has found part of a science project in the shape of a disc - 50 years too late to get a reward.

    Barney with the disc

    Barney brought the red plastic disc to his owner David Russell, after finding it on Silecroft beach, in west Cumbria.

    It had been thrown into the Irish Sea in the 1960s as part of a study into water movement.

     
  30.  
    News on the hour 12:57: BBC Radio Leeds

    On the 13:00 bulletin: West Yorkshire Fire Service has been left with a bill of more than £157,000 due to hoax calls.

    It's emerged that firefighters made 367 trips to bogus incidents in the county in the last financial year, at a cost of around £420 each. Listen live here.

     
  31.  
    HS2's North-South divide? 12:45: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC News Online has been looking at HS2 - the proposed high speed rail link between London, Leeds and Manchester - which is supposed to help bridge the North-South divide.

    HS2 design

    But the debate surrounding the controversial project has arguably opened up a divide between councils in the north, who welcome the scheme, and those further south which do not.

     
  32.  
    Leeds elation quick to dissipate 12:31: Yorkshire Post

    Just 80 hours on from victory over Middlesbrough, a sense of reality returned to Elland Road as Brighton and Hove Albion claimed their first points of the new season and also their first goals.

     
  33.  
    Water taxi made permanent 12:19: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A water taxi service which was first run during the Leeds Waterfront Festival in June has proved so popular it's to become a permanent fixture for visitors to Leeds Dock.

    Leeds water taxi

    The 12-seater vessel from Amsterdam will transport people between Granary Wharf and Leeds Dock, operators Allied London have said.

    Taking 15 minutes to cover the route, the free service is available for commuters every 30 minutes and will be available from 10:00 to 18:00 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

     
  34.  
    On air now 12:06: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 15:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out why, according to a report by Visit England, it's the simple things in life that make us happy.

    Also, as a Brit on a fishing holiday in Thailand lands the largest carp ever caught, I want to know what's the deal with angling? Email or tweet me with your views.

     
  35.  
    News on the hour 11:53: Tim Daley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Shadow Home Secretary and Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper is welcoming the launch of a consultation to look at strengthening the law on domestic violence.

    Home Secretary Theresa May is considering whether to introduce a new offence of domestic abuse as part of attempts to improve police performance. Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

     
  36.  
    Cricket club's Canadian invasion 11:43: Telegraph & Argus

    A frustrated groundsman at Saltaire Cricket Club has called for action after being faced with a daily clean-up due to a group of Canada geese.

    Billy Ricketts at Saltaire Cricket Club
     
  37.  
    Travel trouble solutions 11:31: via Facebook

    Nick Ahad on BBC Radio Leeds has been asking what you would do to solve West Yorkshire's traffic and travel problems. You've been telling us your thoughts.

    Janpeta Czaaplejewska writes on Facebook: "Build a monorail. No digging up roads, no digging underground, just building up the ways. No traffic jams."

    And Michael Canny says: "Park & ride should be something that's looked at again but with proper car parks on the outskirts of the city near major routes." Email or tweet us with your views.

     
  38.  
    Challenge Cup replay plan 11:16: Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Should Saturday's Challenge Cup final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos end in a draw, Sheffield United's Bramall Lane will host the replay on Wednesday 3 September, with a 20:00 kick-off.

    Cas and Leeds captains

    The last time a Challenge Cup final went to a replay was in 1982 between Hull FC and Widnes, when the original game at Wembley ended deadlocked at 14-14. The replay was staged at Elland Road.

     
  39.  
    News on the hour 10:59: Tim Daley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Shadow Home Secretary and Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper welcomes news the government's considering creating a new offence of domestic abuse.

    However, she says the support available to victims of domestic violence also needs to be improved. Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

     
  40.  
    Wasted call-outs 'cost £57,000' 10:50: Yorkshire Evening Post

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service says more than £57,000 is spent on wasted Leeds call-outs in a year.

     
  41.  
    Sunshine over Windy Hill 10:42: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Mark Hemingway from Huddersfield sent us this fantastic photograph he took on a bike ride yesterday evening above Outlane showing the view towards Windy Hill.

    Windy Hill

    Have you taken any spectacular shots of West Yorkshire you'd like to share? Why not email or tweet them?

     
  42.  
    Car firm hits top gear 10:28: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    You may have heard the old phrase about selling coals to Newcastle, but how about selling Citroen cars to France?

    2CVs

    Astonishingly, one Bradford company's doing its bit for the "entente cordiale" by revamping old Citroen 2CVs and selling them to a growing number of French fans of the classic car.

    Owner Tony Shields says he was "ridiculed" when he started the enterprise, but now business is booming.

     
  43.  
    GCSE results: What next? 10:18:

    Leeds City Council tweets: Is your child getting #GCSE #LeedsResults this week? Make sure they've considered all their options. leedspathways.org.uk/well-done

     
  44.  
    MP questioned in Israel row 10:06: Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Following a speech George Galloway MP made on 2 August declaring Bradford an "Israel-free zone", West Yorkshire Police tell me a 59-year-old man has been interviewed under caution voluntarily. We believe that took place in a Leeds police station.

    George Galloway

    The officers say they're now continuing with their inquiries and, once they are completed, the matter will be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

    I spoke to Mr Galloway's spokesman who didn't want to comment further, apart from saying they were cooperating with the police.

     
  45.  
    News on the hour 09:52: Tim Daley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford West MP George Galloway has been interviewed under caution after complaints about comments he made during a speech.

    In the speech, made in Leeds earlier this month, the Respect MP said academics and tourists from Israel weren't welcome in the city following the Gaza conflict.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

     
  46.  
    Coming up 09:44: Nick Ahad Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask how you'd solve West Yorkshire's public transport problems?

    A new free water taxi service has launched in Leeds which could take commuters through the city. Do you think that's a good idea - and what more would you do to make things better? Email or tweet me with your views.

     
  47.  
    Mining museum joins heritage route 09:32: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCM), at Overton near Wakefield, has been unveiled as one of the links in an industrial heritage trail across West and South Yorkshire.

    Winding gear at NCM

    The trail, part of a new European Route of Industrial Heritage highlighting "sites of exceptional historical importance", is one of 15 across the continent.

    It links the NCM to Sheffield's Kelham Island Museum and the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.

     
  48.  
    Airline's 'strategic review' 09:21: Yorkshire Post

    Monarch Airlines, which currently flies to 13 destinations from Leeds Bradford Airport, is conducting a "strategic review" of its Yorkshire base.

     
  49.  
    M-way delays after accident 09:06:

    BBC Travel News reports there's queueing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) and J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident involving four cars.

    Matrix signs are set to 40mph and drivers are being warned travel time through the area is currently about 45 minutes.

     
  50.  
    As it happened
    • News, sport and weather for Wed 20 Aug
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  51.  
    News on the hour 08:55: Tim Daley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford West MP George Galloway has been interviewed under police caution after complaints about a speech he gave in Leeds.

    The Respect MP said academics and tourists from Israel weren't welcome in Bradford following the Gaza conflict. Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

     
  52.  
    Police question Galloway 08:45: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    In case you missed it, a breaking news story late yesterday was that George Galloway has been interviewed under caution by police over a speech he made on 2 August, the BBC understands.

    George Galloway

    In the speech made in Leeds, the Bradford West Respect MP said Bradford had been "declared an Israel-free zone".

    A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a man of 59 was interviewed voluntarily following complaints.

     
  53.  
    Your views 08:35: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write the news, sport, travel and weather updates from our office here in Leeds and would like to find out your views about the service.

     
  54.  
    Brighton win at Elland Road 08:26: BBC Sport

    Brighton scored their first goals of the season to hand Leeds their first home defeat under David Hockaday (pictured).

    David Hockaday

    On-loan Liverpool striker Teixeira, 21, put Brighton in front early on when he fired into the bottom corner. LuaLua then made sure of victory at Elland Road with six minutes to go when he drove home a 20-yard free-kick.

     
  55.  
    Broken down vehicle 08:15:

    BBC Travel News reports there's broken down vehicle on the M62 westbound between J27, M621 (Gildersome) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar).

    Drivers are urged to take extra care in the area.

     
  56.  
    Sunshine and showers 08:10: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a chilly start this morning but will become mostly dry and fine with spells of sunshine.

    Weather forecast

    Scattered showers will develop, though, becoming more frequent this afternoon. The top temperature will be about 17C (63F).

     
  57.  
    Good morning 08:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on an August morning which feels more like a chilly September one - here in the centre of Leeds anyway.

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

    And, of course, you can also send your news, pictures and comments to leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

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