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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 15 December 2014
  2. Taxi driver admits killing 14 years on
  3. Leeds United hit by transfer embargo
  4. City burglary rates 'drop by 55%'
  5. Man badly injured in takeaway brawl

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By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

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

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

  2. Transfer embargo at Elland Road

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport has the latest on the situation at Leeds United after news that the club - along with two others - has been hit with a transfer ban by the Football League.

    Leeds United ground

    The Championship club has been handed the ban for not meeting the Football League's Fair Play Requirement.

    Under existing rules, clubs are permitted to lose no more than £3m a season, with a maximum of £5m of shareholder investment in 2013-14.

  3. Coming up on BBC One

    Harry Gration

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we find out why there's a crisis in GP recruitment in Yorkshire. Doctors have told Look North it's becoming dangerous for patients.

    And while we all know that it's the caring profession, one nurse in Leeds is going beyond the call of duty to make sure her tiny patients have a present or two this Christmas. We'll be finding out more.

  4. Clear spells and a touch of frost

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will see clear spells and isolated showers, mainly in the west and possibly wintry over the tops, with a minimum temperature of 0C (32F) and a touch of ground frost or ice in places.

    Weather outlook

    Tomorrow will be another bright and breezy day with sunny spells and one or two showers, mainly in the west, with many areas remaining dry.

    The top temperature will be about 7C (45F).

  5. Transfer ban not unexpected

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    The transfer ban which the Football League has imposed on Leeds United is not unexpected. Club owner Massimo Cellino (pictured) told me in the summer it was likely to happen due to the losses he inherited after taking the reins in April - and he wasn't wrong.

    Massimo Cellino

    The accounts for the year ending 30 June showed a loss of £23m, which is way in excess of the permitted £8m allowed by the Football League for last season.

    That £8m consists of an operating loss of £3m plus a further maximum of £5m of shareholder investment - so United have fallen foul on both fronts.

  6. M62 delays warning

    BBC Travel News reports that one lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between J29, M1 (Lofthouse) and J30, A642 (Rothwell) because of a broken down vehicle.

    Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

  7. Bradford in top 10 car-dependent cities

    BBC News Online reports that Bradford is among the top 10 most difficult places in England to get around without a car, according to a survey.

    The Campaign for Better Transport's car dependency report rates towns and cities on public transport provision and facilities for cycling and walking.

  8. Snow business in Huddersfield

    Huddersfield Examiner

    The Huddersfield Examiner has been delving into its photo archives to find out what the district was like in winters past - a reminder, the paper says, of "when snow was snow".

    Snow in Huddersfield
  9. Fugitive rapist contests extradition

    Telegraph & Argus

    Fugitive rapist Wakar Akhtar is set to spend Christmas and New Year in an Italian prison after choosing to fight extradition.

  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.

  11. On air now

    Andrew Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I get the latest news from Australia as the Sydney siege continues.

    Also, our Crime Correspondent John Cundy explains the background to a court case which has seen a man finally admit killing a Leeds woman 14 years ago.

    And a West Yorkshire GP and leading member of the British Medical Association tells me why there's a shortage of family doctors in Yorkshire.

  12. 'Significant' cut in burglaries

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the news that new figures show the number of domestic burglaries in Leeds has halved over the last four years.

    Ch Supt Paul Money, from West Yorkshire Police, says: "What is most important about these figures is that they represent nearly 5,000 families or individuals who have not had to suffer the trauma of having their homes invaded and their property stolen.

    "Despite these significant reductions, tackling burglary is still a key focus of our work."

  13. Transfer embargo for Leeds

    Adam Pope

    Leeds United Commentator

    As expected, Leeds United has been hit with a transfer embargo by the Football League for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

    Elland Road ground

    However, the club may still be able to sign - but not pay a fee - for players in January.

    That's because they have fewer than 24 players over 21-years-old and who've made five starts this season. Any signing must cost the club less than £600,000 a year in wages.

  14. Guilty plea over missing woman death

    A man has admitted killing a woman who went missing more than 14 years ago, BBC News Online reports.

    Gemma Simpson in 2000

    Martin Bell, 44, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Gemma Simpson (pictured), on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    Miss Simpson, from Leeds, was last seen in May 2000. Her body was found at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire, on 8 August.

  15. A mostly dry afternoon

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be mostly dry and bright day with broken cloud and sunny spells.

    There is, though, a risk of the odd shower, wintry over the hills.

    It will feel colder than yesterday with a top temperature of about 6C (43F).

  16. World's oldest rum goes under hammer

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The final 16 bottles of what's believed to be the world's oldest rum, which were found in the cellars of Harewood House in Leeds, have been sold at auction for £135,713.

    Rum bottles on shelf

    The rum was made by West Indian slaves in the 18th Century. In total, 28 bottles have been snapped up at auction for a total of £213,972.

    Proceeds from the sale will go to the Geraldine Connor Foundation which helps young people from Leeds' Caribbean community.

  17. News on the hour

    Julie Langford

    News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man's pleaded guilty to killing a woman from Leeds whose body was found this summer - 14 years after she went missing.

    Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared; her remains were found at Brimham Rocks near Harrogate. Today 44-year-old taxi driver Martin Bell pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more on this and other news.

  18. City burglary rates halved

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The number of domestic burglaries in Leeds has halved over the last four years, according to Leeds City Council.

    Generic scene of burglary

    Since 2010-11, burglary rates in the city have fallen from 8,863 to a figure of 4,016 in September 2014, the council says.

    This 55% reduction means Leeds, once the worst performing core city, is now ranked fourth in a table which compares the domestic burglary household rates of all the eight core cities.

  19. Man seriously hurt in bottle attack

    A man's been left with serious injuries after being hit over the head with a glass bottle in a Huddersfield bar in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    The attack took place in Yates Bar on King Street, Huddersfield, between 01:45 and 02:15 on Sunday.

    The suspect is believed to have been among a group inside the bar and is described as a white man, aged in his early to mid 30s, around 5ft 11ins, of large build, with short "number two" shaved, ginger hair and a large, bushy, ginger beard.

  20. Dramatic scenes at Sandal

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Ray Mansell for sending in this dramatic shot of Sandal Castle, Wakefield, he took at the weekend.

    Rainbow and dark clouds over Sandal Castle

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not email or tweet your photographs to us?

  21. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Every month a person dies in Yorkshire while waiting for an organ transplant.

    The region's Organ Donation Team has told BBC Radio Leeds that more than 200 are currently on the register in West Yorkshire, with many more simply too ill to be considered.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

  22. Leeds hit by transfer ban

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the news that Leeds United has been given a transfer ban for the rest of the season.

    A Football League statement says Leeds, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest "have failed to meet the fair play requirement under the division's Financial Fair Play rules".

    Under those rules, clubs are permitted to lose no more than £3m a season, with a maximum of £5m of shareholder investment.

  23. New plans could unlock jail's future

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Ambitious plans which could secure the future of a dilapidated former village jail in Halifax, said to be one of only five surviving examples in the country, are due to be discussed later today.

    Illingworth gaol

    Dating from 1823, the Grade II* listed building at Illingworth, owned by Calderdale Council, comes complete with 17th Century stocks, but has fallen into a poor state of repair.

    Calderdale Council's cabinet is expected to consider plans to transfer ownership of the jail to a buildings preservation trust with plans to reinstate it as a visitor attraction and educational centre.

  24. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    New figures show house burglaries in Leeds have halved over the past four years.

    Stats from Safer Leeds show break-ins are down 55%.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

  25. BreakingBreaking News

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United has been given a transfer embargo for the rest of the season by the Football League.

  26. Wind turbine warning

    Telegraph & Argus

    A part of Bradford has "reached the limit" of the number of wind turbines it can take, according to a planning expert.

  27. Man due in court over brawl

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    A man's been charged over a disturbance in Wakefield which left a victim with serious head injuries.

    Police say about 50 people were involved in the mass brawl in Westgate early on Saturday.

    A 20-year-old man, Joshua Balmforth, of no fixed address, is due to appear in court in Wakefield charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm.

  28. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A Christmas appeal for organ donors is being launched today, with new figures showing 221 people are waiting for transplant operations in West Yorkshire.

    Nationally, more than 7,000 people in the UK are on the organ transplant register waiting for a donor.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

  29. Congestion on M62

    BBC Travel News reports there are still long delays on the M62 after an accident.

    Traffic is currently very slow westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell).

    Congestion also currently goes as far back as J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services).

  30. On air now

    Richard Stead

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I take a sneaky peak behind the scenes of a Christmas panto.

    Richard Stead in panto make-up

    I'm backstage at Wakefield Theatre Royal and I'm mixing and mingling with the movers and shakers of Beauty and the Beast.

    I'm hoping you'll get a real flavour of what really goes on before the curtain goes up.

  31. News on the hour

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man's been charged over a disturbance in Wakefield which left a victim with serious head injuries.

    Police say about 50 people were involved in the mass brawl in Westgate early on Saturday.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

  32. Leeds 'on critical list' for GPs

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Patients are being hit by a critical shortage of GPs in Leeds, doctors' leaders have warned.

  33. Bradford 'set up for Christmas'

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says his side is ready for the hectic Christmas period after recording back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

    Phil Parkinson

    Billy Clarke's long-range strike was enough to give them a 1-0 win over Chesterfield on Saturday, their fifth away victory of the season, moving them to within a point of the League One play-offs.

    Parkinson says: "It was important to set ourselves up for the Christmas period and I'm really pleased we've done that".

  34. Delays on M62 after accident

    BBC Travel News reports one lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M62 westbound between J31, A655 (Castleford) and J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of an accident.

    There's currently congestion as far as J32a A1(M). Drivers in the area are being warned to expect significant delays.

  35. A dry and bright day

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a mostly dry and bright day with broken cloud and sunny spells.

    Weather forecast

    There's a risk of the odd shower, wintry over the hills, but dry for most of the day with a gentle south-west wind.

    It'll feel colder than yesterday with a top temperature of about 6C (43F).

  36. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 15 December 2014.

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

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