School staff on child neglect charge

Two members of staff at a school have been charged with child neglect.

Rachel Regan, 43, and Deborah McDonald, 40, have been charged over allegations of inappropriate behaviour at a school in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

Ch Supt Angela Williams said: "The two women were members of staff at the school and were suspended immediately."

Ms Regan, from Illingworth, and Ms McDonald, from Halifax, both in West Yorkshire, will appear at Calderdale Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

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    On air now 15:05: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I get reaction from West Yorkshire's legal community to the sentencing of Oscar Pistorious for the killing of his girlfriend.

    And, I'll be finding out more about a man from Batley who's been extradited to the United States after accusations he helped set-up a Jihadist training camp in Oregon.

    And then, of course, there's the weather. I'll be finding out the latest on the storms we've been suffering both here in West Yorkshire and across Britain today.

    news on the hour 14:55: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Lawyers for the two Burmese men accused of killing Leeds University student David Miller and his partner Hannah Witheridge in Thailand say they've retracted their confessions.

    The pair now say they didn't commit the murders and didn't see what happened.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

    World War One remembered 14:43:

    The 100th anniversary of the start of World War One is the focus at Bankfield Museum in Halifax this weekend, with children invited to watch two powerful dramas free of charge.


    Blasted Light, a poignant living history performance, explores the thoughts of a soldier as he prepares to go over the top.

    And Sidney Lewis, a short play, tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who lied about his age in the recruiting office, and went on to become the youngest person to serve in the Great War.

    Crooks heads for Hartlepool 14:31: BBC Sport

    Hartlepool United have signed midfielder Matt Crooks from Championship side Huddersfield Town on a month-long loan.

    Matt Crooks

    The 20-year-old made his only first-team appearance for the Terriers as a centre-back against Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.

    Man wounded in attack 14:14: Halifax Courier

    An 18-year-old man has suffered a puncture wound to his chest after an attack in Halifax.

    news on the hour 14:00: Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Roads around the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in the centre of Leeds have been closed because of the high winds lashing West Yorkshire.

    Gusts of almost 50mph have been recorded in parts of the county - with a warning of higher speeds still to come.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

    Wind monitoring continues 13:48:

    Leeds City Council's Resilience Team tweets: Update: #BridgewaterPlace monitoring of wind speeds in the area continues; the next review of conditions will take place at 3pm.

    Terror suspect extradited 13:34: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A man from Batley who's accused of terror offences has been extradited to the United States.

    Haroon Aswat

    Haroon Aswat (pictured) is accused of conspiring with convicted terrorist Abu Hamza to set up a Jihadi training camp in Oregon.

    Earlier this year the High Court ruled he could be extradited, despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. He's been escorted onto a flight by the US authorities.

    Strong winds hit Huddersfield 13:28: Huddersfield Examiner

    Gales hit Huddersfield and bring a threat of winter as temperatures drop - with weather expert Paul Stevens warning there could even be a touch of sleet on the Pennine moors.

    Championship 'impossible to predict' 13:13: Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic has told BBC Radio Leeds the Championship is so tight that it's impossible to predict where they'll finish this season.

    Darko Milanic

    United go to Norwich City tonight looking for a first win under Milanic.

    He's told us there've been fine margins preventing his side picking up more than just the two points from his four matches in charge.

    'No wind-related incidents' 13:08:

    West Yorkshire Fire Service tweets: No wind-related incidents overnight or today so far but do take care out there in blustery conditions.

    news on the hour 12:57: BBC Radio Leeds

    The Government says it's "sympathetic" at the further delay in reaching a decision over the future of the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

    Missing man's body found 12:49:

    BBC News Online has more on a body found in the Highlands which has been identified as that of a missing Wakefield man.

    Mark Burgess

    Mark Burgess, 58, was last seen on 15 October and Police Scotland had appealed for sightings as he was believed to have travelled north.

    Your views 12:40: 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.

    Four Nations honour for players 12:33: BBC Sport

    BBC Sport has more details of the England team set to play Samoa at the weekend in their Four Nations clash - a team including players from Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers.

    Saturday's match is England's first since their heartbreaking 20-18 defeat against New Zealand in last year's World Cup semi-final at Wembley.

    It's part of a double-header that sees world champions Australia take on the Kiwis in the second game.

    Calypso celebration 12:27: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me on BBC Radio Leeds as I celebrate the joy of Calypso music with Trinidadian steel drummer Melvyn Zakers.

    Also, what are the top things you want to do before you die? I want to know what's on your "bucket list"? Email or tweet me with your views.

    Showers and gale force winds 12:17: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will see sunny spells and heavy blustery showers.

    Those showers will gradually become more isolated.

    The top temperature will be about 12C (54F) with a gale force westerly wind.

    Excellent 'fat vat' response 12:06: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the news that Bradford's "fat vat" scheme is to be expanded after the initial six-month trial in Bradford proved so successful.

    Duncan Woodhead, from Yorkshire Water, says the response from people taking part in over 80 houses in the Bradford Moor area has been "excellent".

    "We've been delighted with the amount of liquid we've managed to collect already and are looking forward to offering this to more people."

    News on the hour 12:00: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire's being warned to expect winds gusting up to 60 mph, with roads around the region's tallest building, Bridgewater Place in Leeds city centre, being closed.

    Previously, the notorious "wind-tunnel effect" in the area has led to one death and a number of injuries.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

    'Fat vat' scheme proves a hit 11:53: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A scheme which is simultaneously helping to turn fat into power and preventing blocked pipes is being expanded after the initial six-month trial in Bradford proved so successful.

    Person pouring oil into container

    Yorkshire Water began the "fat vat" scheme in the Bradford Moor area in March, asking residents to collect used cooking oil in containers rather than pouring it down the drain.

    The firm says the 85 residents involved have taken to it with such gusto that over 500 litres of used cooking oil has been collected and the trial will now be expanded to 50 nearby houses.

    Suspected car arson 11:47: Telegraph & Argus

    A fire involving four cars at an auto parts garage in Lidget Green this morning is being treated as arson.

    Burned cars
    Wind watch for city sites 11:30: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A further update on Leeds City Council's decision to close the Bridgewater Place junction due to high winds.

    Majestyk fire

    The council says it will also monitor other sites in the city centre, in particular the fire-damaged Majestic building in City Square (pictured).

    Further traffic and pedestrian restrictions will be put in place if appropriate, the council says.

    Bike number plates proposal 11:19: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire is suggesting that number plates should be introduced for bicycles.

    While similar ideas have been rejected in the past by the RAC as impractical, Mark Burns-Williamson says some kind of registration system to help identify bikes could be useful.

    He says: "Cyclists have a responsibility in how they cycle not only on the roads, but sometimes off-road. If a scheme to help improve attitudes can be introduced, that's a good thing." Email or tweet us with your views.

    Wind closes city roads 11:08:

    Leeds City Council tweets: Bridgewater Place junction is now closed. Diversions now in place. We will be monitoring the site and provide updates throughout today

    News on the hour 11:00: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police searching for a missing West Yorkshire man have found a body.

    Mark Burgess, who's 58, vanished from his home in Wakefield last Wednesday.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    Road closures go ahead in city 10:53: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds - Yorkshire's tallest building - have been closed due to high winds, Leeds City Council has just confirmed.

    Bridgewater Place

    The Met Office warned the area could be hit by gusts of up to 60 mph as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo passes through.

    Leeds City Council originally planned the closure for 09:45 this morning, but postponed it due to lower wind speeds than forecast.

    Body found in missing man search 10:50:

    Police searching for a missing man from Wakefield have found a body.

    Mark Burgess, 58, went missing from his home in Wakefield on the evening of Wednesday 15 October.

    The body was found in Scotland and Mr Burgess' family have been informed, police have said.

    Road closed after accident 10:45:

    BBC Travel News reports the A641 Manchester Road in Bradford is closed and there's queuing traffic outbound at the Mill Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a bike.

    Drivers are being advised to avoid the area if at all possible.

    Dramatic Castle Hill 10:36: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    This dramatic photo of Castle Hill near Huddersfield against a background of storm clouds taken by Alison Etchells from Slaithwaite pretty much sums up today's weather.

    Castle Hill

    Have you taken a spectacular shot of today's stormy weather in West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet us? We will share the best of your pictures on Local Live.

    Wind safety warning 10:25:

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweets: Take extra care in windy weather today! Drive safely and look after elderly relatives, friends or neighbours.

    Airport 'running smoothly' 10:14: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds Bradford Airport continues to "run smoothly" despite predictions of gales reaching 60 mph hitting West Yorkshire.

    Leeds Bradford airport

    Airport aviation director Tony Hallwood says while gusts of 20-30 mph have already been measured, "everything is running nicely".

    "We're monitoring the wind very closely but this morning there've been no delays, no cancellations."

    Free internet access pledge 10:08: Yorkshire Evening Post

    Large swathes of Leeds' public buildings are set to get permanent free internet access in the New Year as the council gets ready to embrace the digital age.

    Tom Riordan and Kevin Baughan
    Gales forecast 10:03:

    The Met Office has issued "be aware" warnings, with gales forecast for much of the UK, while BBC Weather said heavy rain was already spreading across many areas.

    Weather map
    News on the hour 09:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire's being warned of gale force winds lashing the county today with gusts of up to 60mph being forecast.

    Leeds Council says it'll decide in half-an-hour's time whether roads around the Bridgewater Place skyscraper should be closed as a precaution.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    Hurricanes explained 09:48:

    As West Yorkshire experiences the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo, we ask: How do hurricanes affect the weather in the UK?

    BBC Weather

    John Hammond from BBC Weather can explain.

    Rhinos at Four Nations 09:34: Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Rhinos' Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall will start for England against Samoa in Saturday's Four Nations opener in Brisbane, we've learned.

    Castleford Tigers' Michael Shenton will also join the West Yorkshire contingent.

    Meanwhile, Brett Ferres of the Huddersfield Giants is on the bench as is Castleford's Daryl Clark.

    Gale force winds measured 09:25: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Latest readings from the Emley Moor transmitter show wind speeds of 54mph - but that's right at the top and in a very exposed place.

    However, for West Yorkshire in general the winds are going to get worse as we go through the day.

    There's a Met Office warning for gale or severe gale force winds, so they could be between 45-55mph - maybe up to 60mph.

    Rain-drenched Huddersfield 09:16: Huddersfield Examiner

    Met Office climate records going back to 1981 show Huddersfield is one of only five major towns and cities in Britain to rack up an average of more than a metre of rain every year.

    People with umbrellas in Huddersfield
    Roads closure postponed 09:02: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    An update on the proposed closure of the roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds due to forecast high winds.

    Leeds City Council now says the closure has been postponed and will be reviewed at 10:30 due to lower than expected wind speeds.

    News on the hour 08:55: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    West Yorkshire's being warned of winds gusting up to 60mph today.

    Roads around the notorious Bridgewater Place in the centre of Leeds will be shut down from 09:45 this morning as a safety precaution.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    Gonzalo's last gasp? 08:50: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    West Yorkshire is, of course, not the only place being affected by the tail-end of Hurricane Gonzalo.

    Woman struggling with umbrella

    Gusts of more than 60mph have been recorded in north Wales and north-west England and forecasters say the wind could do "slight structural damage" to properties.

    Disruption on M62 08:41:

    BBC Travel News reports there's major disruption on part of the M62 in West Yorkshire.

    Two lanes are closed and there's queueing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Congestion goes as far as J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor). Drivers are warned to expect delays.

    River Calder flood alert 08:31: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A flood alert has been issued for the River Calder and its tributaries from Todmorden to Brighouse.

    The Environment Agency warns there's the potential for surface water problems in the area.

    "We are not currently anticipating the issue of flood warnings but continue to monitor the situation and will update as necessary," the agency says.

    Flights continuing from Leeds 08:22: Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I'm up on the high ground at Yeadon near Leeds Bradford Airport. It's really blowing here now and the rain's really started up again - curtains of squally rain blasting around.

    View at Yeadon

    However, I've just seen a Monarch jet taking off from the airport and, in fact, I've seen plenty of planes leaving over the last half hour or so.

    I've had a look at the departure boards for the airport and currently everything seems fine - for air travellers at least.

    M62 delays reported 08:12:

    BBC Travel News reports there's some disruption on the M62 Westbound at J27, M621 (Gildersome) due to a broken down vehicle.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays in the area.

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    Gales and heavy showers 08:04: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a very windy day with gales or severe gales on exposed hills.

    Weather forecast

    Overnight heavy rain will soon clear and it'll brighten up with sunny spells but also scattered squally showers, some heavy and possibly with hail and thunder.

    It'll feel colder with a maximum temperature of about 12C (54F).

    News on the hour 07:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    There are calls for tougher restrictions on how licences are issued for taxi drivers in Kirklees.

    Latest guidelines state those who've committed offences such as sexual assault or even death by dangerous driving can be considered for a licence within a decade of conviction.

    Listen live to the 08:00 bulletin for more.

    Northerners in focus 07:50: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Mirfield's Patrick Stewart (pictured) is among the famous Northerners to appear in a new photographic exhibition in Manchester.

    Patrick Stewart

    Rory Lewis's Northerners features many famous and less well-known faces, including Sir Patrick, gymnast Beth Tweddle and newsreader Peter Sissons

    It's a formidable list - and one which most studio photographers can only dream of shooting for one show.

    Flooding in Steeton 07:42:

    There's flooding on the B6265 Skipton Road in Steeton.

    The road is currently just passable between the Mill Lane junction and the School Street junction.

    M62 crash driver: 'I'm not careless' 07:31:

    A reminder of our top story here in West Yorkshire overnight: A lorry driver accused of causing the death of a woman on a hen party when he crashed into a minibus has told a court, "I never drive careless".

    Kevin Ollerhead

    Trainee nurse Bethany Jones, 18, was killed and several people were seriously injured in the crash on the M62, near Pontefract, on 26 April 2013.

    Kevin Ollerhead (pictured), 43, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

    Near-gale force winds 07:22: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    We've just had the latest wind speed figures in for West Yorkshire from the Met Office.

    Emley Moor mast

    The highest speed measured so far in the county today is 48mph at Emley Moor (pictured).

    Gale force winds are officially classed as those of 50mph and above, so we're currently not far off. And wind speeds in West Yorkshire are expected to pick up during the morning.

    Flights as usual at LBA 07:17: Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I'm currently on the high ground above Yeadon, looking over at Leeds Bradford Airport.

    It's very, very windy, really blowy with the clouds racing across the sky.

    However, I've seen a plane taking off safely and other jets are lined up ready with their lights on. I'll keep an eye on how things progress with more updates later.

    Road closure warning 07:10: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Commuters and other road users are being warned the junction near Bridgewater Place - the highest building in Leeds - will be closed from 09:45 this morning due to high winds.

    Bridgewater Place

    The closure may be brought forward into the rush hour if conditions worsen, Leeds City Council has warned.

    Weather conditions will continue to be reviewed but road users are advised to allow longer time for journeys, the council says.

    Ex-hurricane Gonzalo is here 07:05: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Ex-Hurricane Gonzalo will bring some stormy weather to the UK in the next 24 hours.


    Thankfully Gonzalo has weakened considerably since it battered Bermuda with 127mph winds a few days ago. Read more in my new blog.

    Good morning 07:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Tuesday 21 October 2014.

    I'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news and sport - plus, on this stormy morning, those all-important weather and travel updates from across the county.

    And remember you can send your news, pictures and comments to



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