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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    16:58: News on the hour Tracy Gee Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

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    More on the news that Massimo Cellino, the former president of Leeds United, is to return to the club in early May.

    Massimo Cellino

    In a statement, the Football League says: "The Football League, Leeds United and Massimo Cellino have settled the outstanding disciplinary proceedings relating to the club's non-disclosure of the Italian Court's judgment regarding Mr Cellino, as required under League regulations.

    "The club and Mr Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge."

    16:42: BREAKING NEWS

    Former Leeds United president Massimo Cellino is to return to the club at the end of the season.

    16:39: CCTV appeal over club attack

    CCTV images have been released by police investigating an attack on a 25-year-old man in Trinity nightclub in Pudsey in the early hours of Sunday.

    CCTV image of nightclub attack

    The victim was punched from behind and his jaw was broken which required a metal plate to be inserted.

    16:27: Wedding causes Clarke Cup dilemma World Service

    Bradford City forward Billy Clarke may find himself rushing to his own wedding if his side reach the FA Cup final.

    Bill Clarke in action

    The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland man is getting married on Sunday 31 May, one day after his side could be playing in the Wembley showpiece.

    "My wedding is the day after the Cup final so I've been joking about with my missus saying I might not be able to make it," he's told BBC World Service.

    16:16: Unusual objects go under hammer Halifax Courier

    A range of unique and unusual items including theatre props from shows spanning 40 years will go under the hammer this evening at a fundraising auction in Halifax.

    Theatre prop
    16:00: News on the hour Tracy Gee Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A watchdog has criticised West Yorkshire Police for being slow to have referred themselves for investigation, following the death of a four-year old Hamzah Khan in Bradford.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

    15:39: Movie magic comes to Bradford

    Hundreds of film enthusiasts are flocking to Bradford as the International Film Summit takes place.

    David Wilson

    The event includes talks by industry bosses and movie screenings.

    David Wilson (pictured), director of Bradford City of Film, says: "Bradford has always been a popular location for films and dramas but in recent years we've seen a huge increase and that means jobs for local people, for technicians, actors and extras."

    15:29: Electrification plans prioritised Danni Hewson Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

    Two of Yorkshire's main railway lines should be electrified, according to a government task force.

    Todmorden railway station

    Their report suggests the Calder Valley Line, which links Halifax, Leeds and Bradford, and the Harrogate Line, should all be top priority for electrification to speed up journey times.

    Once again the real issue is money. The recommendations currently have no pot of cash to get electrification under way in the short term, if at all.

    15:12: Bradford traffic delays alert

    BBC Travel reports there is heavy traffic on the A658 Barkerend Road in Bradford, between the New Otley Road junction and the A650 Shipley Airedale Road junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays.

    14:31: Hamzah death 'could not be stopped'

    BBC News Online reports the death of a four-year-old from Bradford, who was left to decompose in his cot, could not have been predicted nor prevented, the police watchdog has found.

    Hamzah Khan

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said West Yorkshire Police could not have "reasonably been expected" to stop Hamzah Khan's death.

    But it criticised the force for failing to refer itself to the commission when Hamzah's body was found in 2011.

    14:20: Page-turners for passengers Charles Heslett Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    This morning I've been at Leeds bus station where a book club with a difference is being launched. The idea is to encourage passengers and staff to leave books in bus and rail stations for others to take on their journeys and enjoy.

    Martin Driver, Metro

    Martin Driver, from the transport authority, tells me people can get involved by getting a sticker from one of the bus station travel centres.

    He says: "People leave the book they want to leave, they put the sticker in it and then someone else will come along and hopefully have the chance to enjoy it."

    13:59: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The police watchdog has said West Yorkshire Police were slow to refer themselves for investigation following the death of four-year-old Hamzah Khan in Bradford six years ago.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more

    13:39: Tigers hopeful of Lynch return Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Castleford Tigers will make a decision today on whether or not influential prop Andy Lynch.

    Andy Lynch, Castleford Tigers

    Lynch was forced off with a groin injury at St Helens last Friday though coach Daryl Powell has included him in his 19-man squad and says he's hopeful that he'll be involved.

    Powell says: "I think it's more in his favour than against but I won't risk it if he's not right... I'd say it's 70/30 in favour but time will tell."

    13:25: Bradford traffic warning BBC Travel

    There's heavy traffic on the A6177 Queen's Road eastbound in Bolton, Bradford at the Bolton Road junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays.

    13:11: Event policing fear Yorkshire Evening Post

    Fears have been raised for the future of much-loved community events in Leeds as a result of police cutbacks, which the force says could mean they can no longer support carnivals and galas.

    Otley carnival procession
    13:00: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire Police have been criticised for not referring themselves to the Police Complaints Commission until after a serious case review had been completed into the death of a four-year-old boy who starved to death in Bradford.

    More in the news at 13:00

    12:42: Dry and cloudy afternoon Clare Nasir Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be dry and cloudy across West Yorkshire.

    There'll be light to moderate south-westerly winds.


    Top temperatures will be about 9C (48F).

    12:18: High rise flats face demolition Keighley News

    Two unpopular high-rise blocks of flats at Parkwood Rise, Keighley, are set to be knocked down after it was decided they would be too expensive to refurbish.

    Parkwood Rise flats, Keighley
    11:57: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire man has been telling BBC Radio Leeds how medics managed to bring him back to life three times after a motorbike accident.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin for more.

    11:38: Have your say

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

    11:24: James to headline Bingley

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    Tim Booth, singer of band James in 2012

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    11:00: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A motorcyclist from West Yorkshire has been telling BBC Radio Leeds how doctors managed to bring him back to life when his heart stopped three times after a crash.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

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    Efit in connection with boat theft

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    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    09:42: Rhinos return for Burrow Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Rhinos coach Brian McDermott says: "For us to go away there and get a result it's sometimes good to go to Hull early before they have found their feet."

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    09:18: Think tank backs £15bn transport plan

    BBC News Online reports that a think tank has said the government should invest £15bn in a Transport for London-style body for the north of England to revitalise transport links.

    Leeds railway station

    The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said the proposed body would help make George Osborne's vision of a "northern powerhouse" a reality.

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    09:07: Elland traffic delays BBC Travel BBC Travel

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    08:57: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A woman from West Yorkshire who suffered 16 years of abuse has been telling BBC Radio Leeds that other victims must come forward and get help.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    08:46: Heavy traffic warning BBC Travel

    There is heavy traffic on the A6177 Mayo Avenue in Bradford at the M606 Staygate Roundabout junction.

    Drivers in the area are warned to expect delays.

    08:32: Leeds United 2-1 Ipswich BBC Sport

    Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri atoned for conceding a soft goal by saving a penalty to defeat Ipswich who failed to move into the play-off places.

    Alex Mowatt's free-kick put Leeds in front (pictured) but the Italian fumbled a Freddie Sears shot into his own goal.

    Alex Mowatt scores from a free-kick

    Leeds regained the lead through an elegant volley from Billy Sharp.

    08:22: Heart scanner appeal launched Yorkshire Evening Post

    A £23,000 fundraising appeal has been launched by the British Heart Foundation to help pay for a new heart scanner at Leeds General Infirmary.

    08:06: Dry and sunny spells BBC Weather Latest

    This morning will be dry with some bright or sunny spells in the east.

    Weather forecast

    Cloud may be thick enough over the Pennines to give the odd spot of light rain at times.

    Maximum temperature will be about 10C (50F).

    08:00: Good morning Alex Moss BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather for Leeds and West Yorkshire.

    Email or tweet us @BBCLeeds with your stories.



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