Firefighters tackle large blaze at Ivy Mill in Bradford

Fire at Ivy Mill, Bradford

Seventy firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a former textile mill in Bradford.

At the height of the blaze, smoke could be seen from hills on the other side of the city.

West Yorkshire Fire Service was called to Ivy Mill on Mill Lane industrial estate in West Bowling close to the city centre, just before 08:00 BST.

There were still 60 firefighters at the site in the middle of the afternoon, the fire service said.

No one is believed to be trapped inside the building and there is no threat to residents, the fire service said.

Fire at Ivy Mill, Bradford Ivy Mill is a commercial building, but the top three floors are thought to be derelict

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    17:54: Foggy and chilly night Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

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    Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we hear from a terminally-ill woman from Pontefract who may have to sell her home so she can afford medication which may extend her life as the NHS is refusing to pay for it.

    Also, we'll have the latest from the centre of Leeds where councillors have given the go-ahead for wind mitigation measures at Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building.

     
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    17:38: MP's uncertainty over A&E future Halifax Courier

    MP Craig Whittaker admits he doesn't know what will happen with the future of local hospital services after telling his constituents for months there are no proposals to close the local A&E.

     
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    17:31: Hip-hop legend visits Leeds Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the hip-hop celebration taking place at Leeds City Museum at the weekend which includes the chance to meet the "godfather of hip-hop" Afrika Bambaataa (pictured).

    Afrika Bambaataa

    Leeds artist Zulu King Monk, whose work is featured in a hip-hop exhibition at the museum says: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet face to face with a global game changer.

    "He'll be revered as one of the greatest men to walk the planet in years to come - Afrika Bambaataa, the godfather and architect of the phenomenal culture known as hip-hop."

     
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    17:23: Christmas lights delays warning

    West Yorkshire Metro Travel News tweets: Christmas lights switch-on at Cross Gates tonight from 1700 to 2030. Expect delays and diversion. More at ow.ly/EATJW

     
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    17:15: Landlady gives up alcohol for charity Huddersfield Examiner
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    17:08: Long wait for 'wind tunnel' measures Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A further update on this afternoon's vote by Leeds City Council to give the go-ahead to plans for a series of wind mitigation measures at Bridgewater Place.

    Councillor Peter Gruen, the council's executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, says he is "delighted" the panel was satisfied the scheme was the best one.

    "The council has been pressing for a very long time for this to be resolved," he said.

     
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    17:00: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Plans to help protect the public from dangerous winds around Yorkshire's tallest building have been given the go-ahead.

    Councillors discussed a raft of measures for Bridgewater Place this afternoon which will include building baffles and screens to try and cut the wind problems.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    16:53: Brewers welcome new legislation Telegraph & Argus
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    16:45: Drains discontent in Bronte village Daragh Corcoran Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been in the Bronte village of Haworth this afternoon where part of the Christmas celebrations have had to be been cancelled because of urgent work to the local drains.

    Yorkshire Water needs to examine some of the underground sewer junctions which will involve lifting several historic stone setts on the famous Main Street.

    There's some discontent here because one of the big tourist draws will be adorned with traffic cones, safety barriers and signs instead of the charming adornments of a Victorian Christmas market.

     
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    16:37: Swimming pools under threat Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Two swimming pools in Wakefield should be closed and replaced by a single new facility, councillors will be told at a meeting next month.

    Pontefract Pool

    A review of leisure facilities in the district recommends the pools in Pontefract (pictured) and Castleford should be closed to make way for a new pool in Pontefract, a council working group report suggests.

    The report states a further pool at Knottingley is also in a poor state of repair and "keeping it open would not be the best use of resources". However, a decision on its fate is yet to be made.

     
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    16:28: Green light for 'wind tunnel' plans Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    More on the unanimous vote by Leeds City Council's planning panel to implement a series of wind mitigation measures at Bridgewater Place, Yorkshire's tallest building.

    The new measures will include the fitting of aluminium baffles about 18m high along Water Lane, as well as high screens fitted beside the building itself.

    We're talking about a large amount of work to stop those dreadfully high winds and it'll take about a year to complete. The building's owners, CPPI, now have three months to put together a timetable for the work.

     
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    16:20: Family frantic over snatched dog Huddersfield Examiner

    A family believes their pet dog has been snatched after CCTV appeared to show the animal being dragged into a car.

    Ethen and Bella
     
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    16:09: Bridgewater wind scheme gets go-ahead Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds City Council has voted unanimously to implement wind mitigation measures at Yorkshire's tallest building, Bridgewater Place in Leeds.

    Bridgewater Place plans

    The 32-storey building has proved hugely controversial. In 2011, Dr Edward Slaney was killed nearby when a lorry was blown on top of him on a day when wind speeds at the site were recorded at speeds of between 67 and 79mph.

    Earlier, councillors heard that over 30 schemes had been tested by the site's owners, CPPI, working alongside the council. Work on the scheme could take up to a year.

     
  16.  
    16:00: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Measures to help protect the public from high winds around Yorkshire's tallest building have been approved.

    Councillors discussed plans for Bridgewater Place in Leeds this afternoon.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    15:47: Ex-drugs counsellor died of overdose Huddersfield Examiner

    A former drugs counsellor died of a fatal cocktail of heroin and Diazepam, an inquest has heard.

    Caroline Blackburn
     
  18.  
    15:37: 'Bomb hoax' trial jury sees BBC footage

    The jury at the trial of Leeds a man accused of making a hoax bomb threat has been shown footage of him giving police false information about his address.

    Armed police sealed off High Street, in Knaresborough, for four hours after receiving a threat on 16 October 2013.

    Shamsul Islam, 23, denies three counts of communicating a bomb hoax at York Crown Court.

     
  19.  
    15:25: Ebola doctor 'impatient' to start work Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    An NHS doctor from Bradford who has set out today to West Africa with a team of volunteers to fight Ebola says he's "impatient" to begin his work in Sierra Leone.

    Professor John Wright, usually based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, says "We're the first wave of NHS volunteers going out. Hopefully there'll be future waves.

    "I just want to get out there and help".

     
  20.  
    15:11: Doctor's 'urgent' Ebola mission Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    An NHS doctor from Bradford who's flying to West Africa today to help in the fight against Ebola has told BBC Radio Leeds there's "a real urgency" about getting out there to help.

    Ebola poster

    Professor John Wright, a consultant at Bradford Royal Infirmary, is leading a team of NHS volunteers who'll be working in a treatment centre in Sierra Leone, and out in the community.

    Professor Wright admits he's nervous: "I'd be lying to myself if I wasn't nervous about going, I've seen the pictures on the TV. But with appropriate precautions you can minimise the risk".

     
  21.  
    14:58: Listen: David Hockney at 77 BBC Radio 4

    World famous Bradford artist David Hockney, 77, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he is working harder than ever from his home in Los Angeles.

    David Hockney and Today presenter James Naughtie

    Speaking to broadcaster James Naughtie, Hockney (left) says he spends more time painting now as his deafness has curtailed his social life. Listen to the full interview here.

     
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    14:40: Bridgewater work 'will take a year' $$ Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    As councillors discuss proposed changes to Yorkshire's tallest building, Bridgewater Place in Leeds, to lessen its "wind tunnel" effect, its owners say over 70 options have been considered.

    A spokesman for CPPI says the company has "collaborated closely" with Leeds City Council on the wind abatement scheme at each stage of the process.

    "We're hoping for a positive outcome and, if planning permission is granted today, construction of the scheme will take approximately 12 months," he adds.

     
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    14:31: Leeds 'lags behind' as cycling city $$ Yorkshire Evening Post
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    14:18: Consultation over care homes closure

    The proposed closure of three council-run care homes and day centres in Leeds is to go out to public consultation.

    Homes and centres at Siegen Manor in Morley, Middlecross in Armley, The Green in Seacroft and Springfield centre in Beeston are under threat.

    Leeds City Council said it needed to "save £48m over the next year".

     
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    14:10: Your views Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    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.

     
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    13:58: News on the Hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Discussions about how to protect people from dangerous winds whirling around Yorkshire's tallest building are under way in Leeds.

    Councillors will decide on plans by the owners of Bridgewater Place to install a system of screens and barriers to control winds near the building.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    13:48: 'Hand in your weapons'

    West Yorkshire Police tweets: The @WestYorksPolice #WeaponsSurrender has now started - see our banner outside Elland Rd Police Station #Leeds

    Amnesty poster
     
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    13:32: Plight of premature babies highlighted Brighouse Echo

    A Brighouse mum is sharing her story as part of World Prematurity Day to help raise awareness of babies who are born too soon.

     
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    13:14: Charity's 'kitten farms' warning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    An animal charity is warning that unscrupulous kitten farms may be operating in West Yorkshire.

    Bengal cat

    It follows a spate of cases where pedigree cats have been dumped by their owners. Yorkshire Cat Rescue say two Bengals (one pictured) and one Persian have recently been found abandoned in Huddersfield.

    They believe the cats, which are usually worth hundreds of pounds, were ill as a result of intensive breeding and had been left to die in order to avoid costly vets bills.

     
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    13:00: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A plan to protect people from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building are being debated by councillors in Leeds today.

    The owners of Bridgewater Place want to spend millions of pounds on equipment to control winds near the building.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

     
  31.  
    12:43: Yorkshire webcams hacked Huddersfield Examiner

    Homes in Huddersfield, Halifax, Birstall, Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield are just some of the locations in Yorkshire that hackers are able to peek into without you even knowing.

     
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    12:33: Animators in national spotlight Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A small animation studio near Huddersfield is punching above its weight on the national stage.

    Scene from Children of the Holocaust

    Fettle Animations has been shortlisted for a children's BAFTA. It's for a series of short films called Children of the Holocaust which the Marsden-based company has produced for the BBC.

    They'll find out on Sunday night if they're the outright winners.

     
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    12:23: Countryside call to action

    Calderdale Council's Countryside and Woodlands Team tweets: Calderdale Local Access Forum needs new members! Visit http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/countryside/access-forum/index.html … for more information or e-mail countryside@calderdale.gov.uk

     
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    12:17: 'Spectacular' plans for Bridgewater Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    A plan to protect people from the notorious wind tunnel effect around Bridgewater Place in Leeds is being discussed by councillors today.

    Bridgewater Place proposed wind mitigation measures

    When the job's done, it'll look spectacular: huge pieces of kit called baffles that look like aeroplane wings hanging over the nearby road and several screens attached to the building itself.

    The way the equipment looks won't worry people living and working near the building. As another winter, and the high winds that come with it, approaches they just want to see the equipment built - and have the confidence that it works.

     
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    12:06: Bradford consultant leads Ebola team Telegraph & Argus
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    11:58: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    About 100,000 people in West Yorkshire are missing from the voting register after changes were brought in earlier this year.

    Figures from the Electoral Commission show within our region around 13% of voting age adults haven't signed up.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

     
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    11:56: Have your say Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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    11:48: Weapons amnesty launched Huddersfield Examiner

    A weapons amnesty is being offered in Huddersfield and Calderdale as part of a West Yorkshire Police campaign.

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    11:41: Building the perfect MP

    BBC Radio Leeds presenter Richard Stead has been asking what qualities make the perfect MP. Why not email or tweet us with your views?

    @tezzawaite tweets: Need to be constructive and not destructive when in opposition.

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    11:35: Hip hop celebration hits city Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Fans of hip hop are in for a treat on Saturday in Leeds as a special free event's held at the city's museum to celebrate the musical genre's 40th birthday.

    Hip Hop art

    Afrika Bambaataa, the artist known as the Godfather of Hip Hop, will be taking part in the event, which runs alongside an exhibition by Leeds artists exploring the music's history.

    The celebration will include a baby hip hop party, live performances, memorabilia stalls and a Q&A session with Bambaataa himself.

     
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    11:28: Police chief's 'no to hate' message

    West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson tweets: Its Transgender Day of Remembrance today #HateCrime is not acceptable in any form, say no to hate bit.ly/1tnXSUi #TDOR #TDoR2014

     
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    11:24: Top teams back fire disaster appeal Telegraph & Argus

    All Premier League and Football League clubs will join Bradford City to mark the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade disaster next year with an ambitious target of raising £300,000 for burns research work, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal today.

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    11:16: 80,000 daffodils to brighten city Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Local Leeds blog SouthLeedsLife.com features a new article looking at a scheme which plans to make Leeds a more colourful place next spring.

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    A total of 80,000 daffodil bulbs have been distributed among churches, community groups, schools and youth groups across the city, and they'll all be planted over the next few weeks.

    As SouthLeedsLife explains, the aim is to bring "real colour" to communities right across the city.

     
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    11:09: Homeless plan for listed building Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A Grade II-listed building owned by Bradford Cathedral is to be restored and brought back into use as temporary accommodation for the city's homeless.

    Clergy House

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    The Dean of Bradford, the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, says: "I'm delighted Clergy House is going to be restored as it's part of Bradford's splendid heritage and a beautiful building".

     
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    10:59: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Tens of thousands of people in West Yorkshire won't be able to vote in the General Election in six months' time because they've failed to register.

    Figures from the Electoral Commission show 100,000 adults in our area haven't signed up.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

     
  46.  
    10:50: Dockland revival gathers pace Yorkshire Evening Post

    The revitalisation of Leeds's former Clarence Dock site has taken another significant step forward.

    Leeds Dock
     
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    10:40: Plans to combat 'wind tunnel' discussed Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Plans to protect people from dangerous winds at Yorkshire's tallest building - Bridgewater Place in Leeds - will be debated by councillors later today.

    Bridgewater Place

    The owners of the 32-storey building, CPPI, want to spend millions of pounds on equipment to control the notorious wind tunnel effect near the building.

    In March 2011, Doctor Edward Slaney was crushed by a lorry as high winds blew around the tower. An inquest heard "freakishly high" wind speeds of between 67mph and 79mph were recorded at the building on the day of Doctor Slaney's death.

     
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    10:30: Mayor refuses to stand down Keighley News
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    10:21: Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    It's been announced that next season's rugby league "Summer Bash" at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road will include two West Yorkshire derbies - and a repeat of this year's Championship Grand Final.

    Summer Bash teams

    Bradford against Halifax will be the final game on day one, Saturday 23 May, with a 19:00 kick-off.

    Dewsbury against Batley will kick off events on Sunday at 12:45 before Hunslet tackle Doncaster at 15:00 and Featherstone take on Leigh at 17:15.

     
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    10:11: David Hockney: The Facts Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    With world-famous artist David Hockney telling the BBC today he's "working harder than ever" at 77, here are some Hockney facts:

    David Hockney
    • He was born in Bradford on 9 July, 1937, the fourth of five children
    • He attended Bradford School of Art and made his first sale at just 15
    • Three floors of Salts Mill in Saltaire, Bradford, are dedicated to his work
    • In 2012, Hockney was appointed to the Order of Merit
     
  51.  
    10:01: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A plan to improve safety measures around Yorkshire's tallest building is being debated by councillors in Leeds.

    The owners of the Bridgewater Place skyscraper in Leeds want to install safety equipment in a bid to limit winds near the building.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

     
  52.  
    09:55: Minister hears case for bridge Keighley News

    A senior government minister has visited Steeton and Silsden railway station to hear the arguments in favour of building a new pedestrian bridge.

    Patrick McLoughlin
     
  53.  
    09:45: Campaign for new skate park launched Yorkshire Evening Post

    The memory of a much-loved Leeds skateboarder, who tragically died in a car crash earlier this year, could be marked with a new community skate park.

    Rothwell skaters
     
  54.  
    09:35: Hockney 'working harder than ever' BBC Radio 4 Today

    Bradford-born artist David Hockney, 77, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he is working harder than ever from his home in Los Angeles.

    David Hockney

    Speaking to presenter James Naughtie, Hockney says he spends more time painting now as his deafness has curtailed his social life.

    "I work as hard, even harder now. I just work all the time. I don't go out from here - I'm too deaf," he says.

     
  55.  
    09:25: Bronte village hit by sewer collapse Telegraph & Argus
  56.  
    09:15: 'Kidnap' truck sparks online spat Yorkshire Evening Post

    A Leeds woman says she's being targeted by online trolls after exposing a controversial 'kidnap' bumper sticker featuring a woman bound and gagged.

    'Kidnap' image on van
     
  57.  
    09:00: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    It's emerged that around 100,000 people in West Yorkshire have failed to register to vote.

    Electoral Commission figures show within our region around 13% of voting age adults haven't signed up with their local authority.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

     
  58.  
    08:50: The long road to No 10 Richard Stead Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me on BBC Radio Leeds from 09:00 where it's going to be politics all the way as we mark the start of our countdown to the General Election - just six months to go now.

    Door of 10 Downing Street

    I'll be meeting prospective Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and UKIP candidates from across West Yorkshire and hearing their "minute manifestos".

    Also, I'll be hosting a panel who'll be building a "perfect politician" - from how to connect with the public to how to market themselves. Why not email or tweet me with your views.?

     
  59.  
    08:41: Sutcliffe extends Rhinos contract Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Rhinos teenage star Liam Sutcliffe has signed a new three-year contract which will take him through until the end of the 2017 season.

    Liam Sutcliffe

    The 19-year-old has told BBC Radio Leeds it came as something of a surprise, bearing in mind he only signed a long-term contract last year.

    He says: "It's a bit unexpected. I just wanted to sign it straight away. This team's going to go through a bit of a transitional period, so hopefully this shows they've got faith in me".

     
  60.  
    08:31: 'Insurance row' behind 'bomb hoax'

    BBC News Online reports that a man from Leeds has claimed employees at a pizza shop were planning an Islamist bomb attack after the owner refused to help with an insurance scam.

    Shamsul Islam, 23, is said to have made three hoax calls stating staff at Paragon Pizza, in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, had received bomb parts through the post.

    York Crown Court heard police sealed off High Street in Knaresborough for four hours on 16 October as a result. Mr Islam denies three counts of communicating a bomb hoax.

     
  61.  
    08:21: Council faces police investigation Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    In case you've not seen it, a story which broke late yesterday is that Keighley Town Council could be investigated by police after an audit found "significant weaknesses" in local governance.

    Keighley Town Hall

    Keighley MP Kris Hopkins has written to police asking them to investigate.

    An audit by PKF Littlejohn LLP found the council had made decisions "without consideration of its legal powers" and may have taken "unlawful actions".

     
  62.  
    08:12: Slow traffic warning

    BBC Travel News reports there's currently stop-start traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield from Cooper Bridge Roundabout to the M62 J25 Roundabout junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays in the area.

     
  63.  
    08:04: Misty start, brighter later Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will see a mostly cloudy start with patches of mist and fog slow to lift and clear.

    Weather forecast

    Some brighter skies are possible but also the risk of the odd isolated shower.

    The top temperature will be about 10C (50F).

     
  64.  
    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live on this misty Thursday morning in West Yorkshire.

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

    And please feel free to send me your news, pictures and comments to leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

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