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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 December 2014
  2. News, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Martin Coldrick

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

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

Weather: A cloudy but milder night

Paul Hudson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, it'll remain cloudy with rain and drizzle likely in Pennine areas and a low temperature of about 9C (48F).

Weather forecast

Tomorrow will be cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, persistent at times in Pennine areas, but patchy and light further east.

It'll again be very mild with a top temperature of about 13C (55F).

Coming up on BBC One

Amy Garcia

Presenter, BBC Look North

Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report on prayers being said across Yorkshire for victims of the school shooting in Pakistan. At least two special vigils are now being planned to remember the victims in the next 24 hours.

Also we'll be hearing the story of a Bradford teenager left alone to care for his younger brother and sister after their mother was seriously injured in a car crash in Bangladesh.

'It's been really bad'

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A further update on

the launch of an appeal to help three Bradford teenagers whose mother is in hospital in Wakefield after she was badly hurt in a car crash in Bangladesh.

Yeasin Mohammed

Yeasin Mohammed, 18, has been left to look after his 13-year-old sister and 15-year-old brother as well as pay off debts of £47,000 after paying for hospital bills and plane tickets.

Yeasin has told

BBC Look North: "What can I do? It's been hard for me. I need to go to hospital to see my mum, I need to do everything. It's been really bad".

Flats plan for landmark square

Yorkshire Evening Post

Plans have been revealed for a new apartment complex

at the heart of a landmark Leeds square.

Plans for Hanover Square
yorkshire evening post

Appeal launched to help teens

BBC Radio Leeds

More on the story mentioned in the headlines:

a school's appeal to help a Bradford teenager and his younger brother and sister after their mother was seriously hurt in a car crash in Bangladesh.

Yeasin and his brother and sister

Yeasin Mohammed, 18, has been landed with debts of £47,000 to pay for plane tickets and medical bills, but he only gets £57 a week in income support for him and his siblings. Now, their school, Carlton Bolling College, has appealed to local people to help the family pay for food and bills.

Head teacher Adrian Kneeshaw says: "I was stunned they were in this situation. "

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A teenager from Bradford has been telling the BBC how he's been left alone to care for his younger siblings with very little money after their mother was seriously injured in a car crash in Bangladesh.

The medical bills ran to £47,000, but 18-year-old Yeasin Mohammed only gets £57 a week for them to live on.

Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

Drama in the skies

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Thanks to Michiko Smith for sending in this picture of dramatic skies over Normanton near Wakefield this afternoon.

Skies over Normanton
Michiko smith

We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of West Yorkshire. Why not

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tweet your photographs to us?

Mowatt: 'Tough times' on bench

Katherine Hannah

Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt has told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that being out of the first team under former head coach David Hockaday made him more determined to work hard for his place.

Alex Mowatt
ALlsport/getty images

The 19-year-old has told us the experience has helped him become a better player. He says: "It was a tough time but I just kept working hard."

News on the hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

A school in Bradford has launched an appeal to help three teenagers who've been left to cope alone after their mother was seriously injured in a car crash.

The accident happened while she was in Bangladesh and she's now in hospital in Wakefield.

Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

Hospital's appeal over A&E use

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

People in Wakefield and Kirklees are being asked to

think again before going to their local hospital's A&E department and ask themselves if they could get "more appropriate" treatment elsewhere.

Pinderfields Hospital

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says over recent days it has seen an increase in attendance at its A&E units of more than 15% and that figure is "expected to rise even further".

Traffic delays on M1

BBC Travel News reports a lane is closed on the M1 exit slip road and there's slow traffic northbound at J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle.

Drivers in the area are being warned to expect significant delays.

Silence for attack victims

Andrew Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

We're talking this afternoon about the horrific attack on a school in Pakistan yesterday. There'll be a one minute silence in Leeds tomorrow to show support for those affected by

the Taliban attack which killed 141 people.

Scene of Pakistan school attack

Led by the Lord Mayor,

the event will take place in front of Leeds Art Gallery at 11:00 and will be attended by multi-faith leaders and community representatives. Members of the public are also invited to attend and join the one minute silence.

News on the Hour

Corinne Wheatley

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds City Council's launched a one-month consultation so people can give their views on next year's budget.

The authority says it has to cut a further £76m of spending between 2015 and 2016.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

Abuse survey launched

People in Wakefield are being encouraged to take part in

a new survey into domestic abuse in the district in a bid to help understand attitudes towards the subject.

The Wakefield Council-run online survey consists of seven questions and can be completed anonymously. It aims to give the council an insight into people's perceptions on domestic abuse.

Call for regional election broadcasts

Broadcasting rules around party election broadcasts

need to reflect regional English interests, according to localised political parties.

Person holding Yorkshire flag

Richard Carter, from Yorkshire First, says election broadcasts are an example of an out of date system. Mr Carter says his party is considering contesting seats outside of Yorkshire to "demonstrate the absurd current situation".

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

Research by scientists at the University of Leeds suggests poisonous carbon monoxide may protect the brain against damage caused by Alzheimer's disease

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

Trust apologises over baby's death

Morley Observer

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised after a coroner ruled failures in the treatment of a baby girl from Morley who died of multiple organ failure at Leeds General Infirmary amounted to neglect.

Crematorium staff to strike

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Staff working at a Leeds crematorium are to hold a second day of strike action in a long-running dispute with Leeds City Council over claims of intimidation and harassment by managers.

Lawnswood crematorium
ALAn walker/geograph

Four staff at Lawnswood Crematorium, all members of the union Unison, will take part in the strike on Friday. They will not picket outside the crematorium itself, but will protest outside Leeds Civic Hall.

Overturned van sparks delays

BBC Travel reports that one lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A629 eastbound in Steeton between the A6034 Keighley Road junction and the A650 Hard Ings Road junction because of an overturned van.

New primary school places doubled

The number of new places at a Kirklees school is to be doubled due to a "significant" growth in the school-age population,

Kirklees Council has said.

The council's cabinet has voted to raise the number of planned new places at Royds Hall Community School from 210 to 420 in a bid to make sure there are sufficient primary school places.

News on the hour

Davinia Ramos

Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

The chancellor says

new figures showing a slight fall in the number of unemployed people proves the government's economic plan is working.

Unemployment fell by 63,000 nationally to 1.96 million - while it's down 2,000 in Yorkshire to 191,000.

Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

Can Leeds join the culture club?

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Local Leeds blog

has been talking to Kerry Harker, co-founder of Project Space, which runs the Tetley Contemporary Art Gallery which recently celebrated its first birthday.

Leeds night skyline
david dixon/geograph

Kerry explains that she's "absolutely in favour" of the city making a bid for European Capital of Culture status in 2023 -

something currently being considered by Leeds City Council.

She says: "The question for me is this: Can Leeds step up to the mark and convince others that we can be a fully paid-up member of the culture club?"

Read more here.

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.

A cloudy and mild afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a cloudy, breezy and mild afternoon with some bright spells at times in the east.

The cloud will be thick enough for some patchy rain at times over the Pennines.

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

Local talent 'key to Leeds' future'

Jake Katborg

Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has told

BBC Radio Leeds it's vital to the future that the club keeps developing young, local talent.

Neil Redfearn
Getty Images

Redfearn says he thinks promising youngsters prefer Leeds to the big Premier League clubs because they have a better chance of getting in the first team.

"You get people throwing money at it like Man City, but they don't get the best Leeds kids because they want to play for Leeds," he says.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

People in Leeds are being asked for their views on council cutbacks totalling £76m over the next two years.

The authority's launched a one-month consultation before councillors vote on the figures in February.

Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

Family demands answers over death

Yorkshire Evening Post

The sudden death of a beloved mother and grandmother "could have been avoided",

her devastated family say.

Maureen Broadbent
yorkshire evening post

'Have your say' over council cuts

BBC Radio Leeds

More on the launch by Leeds City Council of

a public consultation into its initial budget proposals for 2015-16, as it faces making £76.1m of savings next year.

The leader of the council, Keith Wakefield, says: "With the Office for Budget Responsibility pointing out that further reductions could see public spending reduced to 1930s levels, it's imperative that residents take part so they understand the serious impact of austerity on council services".

The full initial budget proposal report can seen here. The public consultation will run until 18 January before the final budget is confirmed at the full council meeting in February.

White Christmas with a difference

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

A special

dementia-friendly performance of Irving Berlin's White Christmas has been performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in what's believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the country.

White Christmas
West yorkshire playhouse

The performance of the festive favourite was held yesterday and Nicky Taylor, who organised the initiative, says it was a great success.

"We basically softened the edges of some of the action and the sound effects and had about 40 staff and volunteers to meet people. Everyone's on a real high, everyone's excited about this".

Consultation launched over 'grim' decisions

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Leeds City Council faces "grim" decisions next year as it faces making £76.1m of savings from its budget next year, the council's leader has warned.

Leeds Civic Hall
david dixon/geograph

The authority

has just launched a one-month consultation asking for people's views on its initial budget proposals for 2015-16.

Initial proposals include council housing rent increases of just under 3%, a 6% cut in roads maintenance, and a rise in nursery fees by just over 5%.

The full list of proposals can be seen here.

Unemployment in region falls

Martin Coldrick

BBC Local Live

Unemployment fell by 2,000 across Yorkshire and The Humber - to 191,000,

according to new official statistics.

Job centre

The latest ONS figures for between August and October equate to 7.1% of the population.

Unemployment across the UK in the three months to October fell by 63,000 to 1.96 million.

Delays continue after accident

BBC Travel News reports the A61 Scott Hall Road in Leeds is closed and there's slow traffic northbound between the Saville Mount junction and the Buslingthorpe Lane junction.

This is because of an accident involving a car and a pedestrian. Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

News on the hour

Clive Settle

Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

New figures show councils in West Yorkshire and York have lost £470m of government funding since the coalition came to power in 2010.

The government has cut their funding settlements in a bid to try and reduce the national deficit.

Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

Budget consultation starts

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council,

tweets: Budget consultation opens today for 1 month. Hardest budget yet & difficult decisions ahead. We need to hear from you