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  1. Updates on Thursday 27 November 2014
  2. More updates from 08:00 on Friday

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Good evening

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

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

I'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Coming up on BBC Look North

Nicola Rees

Journalist, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll be talking about the East Coast Mainline franchise.

It's returning to private hands next March and we'll be asking if this is good news for passengers in Yorkshire as well as talking to both the rail minister and the rail unions.

Also, we'll be taking a sneak peek at the nominations for Yorkshire's Unsung Sporting Hero ahead of the Sports Personality of the Year Awards which are coming up in December.

Wartime stories revealed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

The personal stories of those who died fighting in the two world wars

are being told at Lawnswood Cemetery in Leeds using the latest technology.

Visitors can now use their smart phones to scan newly-installed interactive panels which will then reveal the background to those buried or commemorated at the cemetery.

On air now

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Join me until 18:00 as I hear from the rail unions, the politicians and the experts about
the decision to put the East Coast mainline back into private hands.

Also, I'll be finding out more about a song which has been recorded by the former pupils of murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire for the memorial fund set-up in her name.

Scottish deal: Is Leeds next?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

If you think

the constitutional changes proposed by the Smith Commission are only about Scotland, think again, writes BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson.

Lord Smith
Getty Images

"If you think they mark the end of a process of change, think again. If you think they will end the debate about Scottish independence, think again," he says.

He believes that the moves will fuel a call for more powers to be given to English cities such as Leeds.

Read what he has to say here.

A dull, damp and misty night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, it'll be dull, damp and misty with fog especially over the hills, together with patchy rain or drizzle and a low temperature of about 7C (45F).

Weather outlook

Tomorrow, it'll again be dull, damp and misty at first, but any fog will become confined to the hills with most places becoming dry - although it'll remain cloudy.

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

Fire action teen praised

Telegraph & Argus

Firefighters have praised a teenager's quick-thinking actions

following a bathroom fire at his Shipley home.

Fire-damaged bathroom
Telegraph and argus

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The rail minister has told BBC Radio Leeds that passengers won't see a rise in fares

when the new operators of the East Coast mainline take over next year.

This morning it was announced the government was awarding the franchise to Inter City Rail - a collaboration between Stagecoach and Virgin.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

No loan signings for Leeds

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United seem unlikely to make any loan signings before the 17:00 deadline, despite coach Neil Redfearn's best efforts.

However there has been movement out of the club today. Defender Scott Wootton has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United until 10 January on loan and

striker Noel Hunt has moved to Ipswich until 3 January.

There's also interest in Leeds defender Zac Thompson, who may move before the deadline.

Majestic roof removal 'can't wait'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

More detail on next week's planned removal of the roof of the Majestic building in Leeds following the fire there in September.

Damaged roof of Majestic building
West Yorkshire Fire Service

Work is due to last from midnight on Saturday until about 06:00 on Tuesday.

The work will cause delays and "considerable inconvenience" as city centre traffic is diverted away from Wellington Street.

Watch: RMT criticises East Coast decision

The rail union RMT has criticised the government's decision to award the contract to run the East Coast mainline to a consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin.

Steve Hedley
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary of the RMT, says taxpayers will lose out.

Majestic roof to be removed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Drivers in Leeds are being warned to expect "significant delays" in the city centre early next week

as work's carried out to remove the roof of the fire-damaged Majestic building in City Square.

Fire-damaged roof
West Yorkshire Fire Service

The former cinema and nightclub, a Grade II-listed building,

was damaged by fire on 30 September.

Work will start on the roof on Saturday and nearby Wellington Street will be closed for the duration of the works, expected to be completed by Tuesday.

Have your say

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.

Yeadon Tarn mists caught on camera

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Paul Goodyear in Crossgates for sending in this atmospheric picture of Yeadon Tarn taken this misty morning.

Yeadon Tarn
PAul goodyear

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

email or
tweet them to us?

Asda chicken infected with bug

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug,

with the highest rate among retailers found in chickens sold by Leeds-based Asda.

The figure, from the Food Standards Agency, is higher than in previous tests, which suggested a 59% contamination rate.

Asda has said it's disappointed, but is working hard to find a solution.

East Coast move welcomed

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Bradford Council has welcomed today's announcement about

the new East Coast Mainline franchise which will take over the route next March.

Bradford Interchange
Neil clifton

Val Slater, the council's executive member for transport, says: "We hope the new franchise will be able to deliver its promised investment and improvements, including potential funding for improvements to Bradford railway stations."

City landmark bites the dust

Tracy Gee

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I'm currently watching the cranes literally rip down the former police HQ at Millgarth in Leeds.

Millgarth demolition

There's lots of falling debris as this city landmark finally bites the dust to make way for a new shopping quarter.

Minister's 'value for money' pledge

Louise Martin

Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

Rail Minister Claire Perry has been speaking to me at Leeds railway station following the announcement

the East Coast Main Line is to be taken over by a new franchise next spring.

Claire Perry at Leeds railway station

She told me that Directly Operated Railways - which was set up by the government in July 2009 to run the East Coast franchise - had been competent caretakers of the route.

Bu she insists that passengers are now going to get more value for money with the new Inter City franchise which is a joint effort between Stagecoach and Virgin.

Leeds sports stars top BBC list

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Two out of the ten contenders shortlisted for this year's BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award are from West Yorkshire.

Nile Wilson

Diver Alicia Blagg and gymnast Nile Wilson (pictured), who are both from Leeds, are on the list which was announced this morning and whose winner will be announced during the Sports Personality show on 14 December.

The BBC award is given to the outstanding young sportsperson of the year, who was aged 17 or under on 1 January 2014.

East Coast mainline deal 'controversial'

Richard Westcott

BBC Transport Correspondent

The East Coast isn't just any old line. It's the line Mallard used to break the world speed record. It's the home of the Flying Scotsman (pictured).

Flying Scotsman

So rumours that it was about to be handed to a group dominated by the French government started to get a lot of backs up. It turns out those rumours weren't true,

the line's going to a consortium led by British companies Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%).

But it's still controversial.

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The rail minister has told BBC Radio Leeds that passengers won't see a rise in fares

when the new operators of the East Coast mainline take over next year.

This morning it was announced the government was awarding the East Coast franchise to Inter City Rail - a collaboration between Stagecoach and Virgin.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Appeal over distressed child

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Police in Pontefract are appealing for information

after reports of a distressed child getting into a white van.

A boy aged between seven and nine was reported to have got into a van in the car park of the Morrisons supermarket in Stuart Road at 11:55 on Wednesday.

He was with a man at the time and appeared to be upset about getting into the van which was driven off in the direction of Pontefract bus station. No child has been reported as missing, say police.

Trafficking victim committed suicide

Huddersfield Examiner

A man who came to the UK to find a better life hanged himself from a tree

after becoming a victim of a human trafficking gang, the Huddersfield Examiner exclusively reveals.

East Coast franchise deal 'a disgrace'

The RMT trade union has criticised the government's announcement that

the East Coast mainline will be taken over next spring by a joint Stagecoach-Virgin consortium as "a national disgrace".

Mick Cash

The union's general secretary Mick Cash says the move is "an act of utter betrayal" by the government.

"It is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing the current public sector operator is handing over a billion pounds back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction".

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

We're being promised more trains from across Yorkshire to London

by the new consortium chosen to run the East Coast mainline.

The service has been publicly run since 2008 but in March it returns to private hands.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Murky and misty afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will continue to be a murky one in West Yorkshire.

Extensive mist and fog will linger over the hills.

It'll still feel milder than Wednesday, though, with highs of 10C (50F).

Passengers' demands

Railfuture, a group campaigning for better rail services, gives its reaction to

the announcement that the East Coast mainline will be taken over by a joint Virgin-Stagecoach franchise next year.

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach logos

Chris Hyomes, from Railfuture's Yorkshire branch, says: "The passengers I've spoken to are all clear on what they want.

"They want to be able to get a seat, more trains and longer trains, and they also want a simpler and cheaper fare structure".

East Coast: What we've learned

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Following this morning's announcement about the future of the East Coast mainline, this is what we've learned:

  • The new franchise deal will mean an extra train every two hours operating to Leeds from May 2019, with journey times between Leeds and London cut to two hours
  • An extra six trains a day will run between both London and Harrogate, via Horsforth, and London and Bradford Forster Square, via Shipley
  • From May 2019, a new service will be introduced between London and Huddersfield, via Dewsbury, with one train a day in each direction
  • The ticket office at Wakefield Westgate will be improved

Canal master plan

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A conference is taking place in Leeds today to announce a decade-long strategy for Yorkshire's waterways.

Canal in Leeds city centre
david dixon

The aim is to create jobs and attract tourists to the region, with more boats to transport freight, improvements to cycle ways and nature reserves.

Trevor Roberts, from the Canal and River Trust says it is a "one-off opportunity" to start using canals and rivers "for community and social benefit".

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

One of Leeds busiest roads is partially closed this lunchtime after a car accident in which a woman was seriously injured.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Force 'lets down' crime victims

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

West Yorkshire is among nearly half of Britain's police forces which let down victims of crime,

according to a new report.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says the West Yorkshire force is one of 18 requiring improvement.

According to the report, officers aren't supervised properly and investigations are weak, meaning victims are being let down.

New era for waterways

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A new ten-year strategy for Yorkshire's waterways will be announced later in Leeds.

Bingley Five-Rise Locks
charles rawding

The plan, by the Canal and River Trust's North East Waterway Partnership, will look at ways our canals and rivers can be used to bring more jobs and tourism into the region.

Ideas include using more boats to transport freight into Leeds and Wakefield, better cycle ways, wildlife areas - and even a canoe trail through Dewsbury.

Mayor almost resigned

Keighley News

Keighley's mayor has revealed he came close to surrendering his chains of office in the past six months

due to "sheer mental and physical stress".

Graham Mitchell
keighley news

News on the Hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Towns and cities across West Yorkshire

are to get more direct rail services to London under a new franchise deal.

Huddersfield will get a direct link to the capital for the first time since 1960 and Dewsbury will also get a direct connection.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.