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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 December 2014

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  1. Good evening

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire for 2014.

    We'll be with you again from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county. In the meantime, have a happy and safe new year!

  2. Ambulance warning to New Year revellers

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the news that Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) bosses are asking for New Year revellers to use the service "responsibly" tonight.

    Dr Julian Mark, from YAS, says: "If New Year's Eve this year mirrors those of previous years we will also have staff who find themselves on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse.

    "This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will prosecute anyone who is offensive towards our staff who are there to help people in need."

  3. 'Growing concern' over missing mum and baby

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    More on the appeal by Lancashire Police for help in finding a mum and two-month old baby from West Yorkshire who've been missing since Boxing Day.

    Millie May Winstanley

    Jennifer Winstanley Inglis is described as white with shoulder length dark-brown/purple hair. She was last seen wearing white trousers and Ugg boots. Millie Mae was wearing a white pram suit.

    PC Jason Wainwright, from Blackpool Police, says: "We're growing more concerned about Jennifer and Millie Mae and I would appeal to anyone who sees them or knows where they might be to contact us."

  4. Fire service's 'plan ahead' reminder

    West Yorkshire Fire Service tweets: Please plan ahead tonight if you're going out for #NewYear. Organise a lift home if you're drinking and don't cook when you get in! #WYXmas

  5. A cloudy and mainly dry night

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be rather cloudy with a little patchy rain, mainly in western areas, but staying mostly dry elsewhere with a minimum temperature of about 4C (39F).

    Weather outlook

    New Year's Day will be cloudy, very windy and much milder with rain spreading from the west through the afternoon after a mostly dry morning.

    The top temperature will be about 13C (55F) with a gale force southwest wind.

  6. City Link job losses confirmed

    BBC Business

    The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses after a bid to buy the company failed.

    The administrators, who took over City Link after it collapsed on Christmas Eve, said an unnamed consortium's offer was not acceptable.

    The firm employed 75 staff at its depots in Leeds and Morley.

  7. Appeal over missing mum and baby

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Police in Lancashire are appealing for help in finding a mother and her two-month-old baby girl from West Yorkshire who've been missing since Boxing Day.

    Jennifer Winstanley Inglis

    Jennifer Winstanley Inglis, 30, and her baby daughter Millie Mae Winstanley were last seen at about 19:00 in Blackpool, and concern is growing for their welfare, Lancashire Police says.

    Ms Inglis and her daughter went to Blackpool as she has friends and family in the seaside town but they have not been seen for five days. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  8. 'Use ambulances responsibly' call

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Yorkshire Ambulance Service bosses are again appealing for people in the region to use the emergency service wisely this New Year's Eve.

    Ambulance at A&E

    Dr Julian Mark, executive medical director at YAS, warns that 999 calls for trivial incidents and minor conditions can potentially put those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries at risk by diverting ambulances elsewhere.

    He says: "Please remember that the 999 number should only be used in serious medical emergencies and people should use the service responsibly to help ensure that our valuable resources are available for those who need them most."

  9. Hillsborough dad 'pleased'

    Trevor Hicks, the Keighley businessman who lost two of his daughters in the Hillsborough disaster, has become a CBE for his services to other families bereaved by the tragedy.

    Trevor Hicks

    Sarah and Victoria Hicks were among the 96 people who were killed on 15 April 1989.

    Their father has tirelessly campaigned for justice since their deaths and offered support to other victims.

  10. Christmas Day pub burglar appeal

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at a Huddersfield pub in the early hours of Christmas Day.

    The incident took place at the Clarence Hotel, Towngate, when a man broke in at about 03:30 and began to search the bar. He was disturbed by the landlord and fled with a small amount of cash following a brief struggle.

    The landlord suffered a minor hand injury. The suspect is described as around 6ft tall and of medium to stocky build, wearing all black clothing including a hood, scarf and gloves.

  11. Sunrise over Roundhay

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Paul Goodyear from Crossgates for sending in this atmospheric picture of the sunrise over Roundhay Park in Leeds this morning.

    Sunrise over Roundhay

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

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    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  13. A65 delays due to horse in road

    BBC Travel News reports problems on the A65 Bradford Road southbound in Menston between the Buckle Lane junction and the A6038 Bradford Road junction.

    This is due to a horse without a rider on the road. Drivers are being warned to approach the area with particular care.

  14. Man, 19, seriously hurt in crash

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Leeds in the early hours of this morning, West Yorkshire Police have said.

    Police were called to the scene of the collision, on Burley Street at the junction with Park Lane, at about 01:55 where ambulance crews were treating the 19-year-old.

    The man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment. His injuries are serious but not through to be life-threatening. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

  15. Campaigner 'humbled' by CBE

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    A leading Hillsborough campaigner and Keighley businessman who's been made a CBE in the New Year Honours says he's accepting the award on behalf of all the families and survivors of the 1989 disaster.

    Trevor Hicks

    Trevor Hicks, whose two daughters died after the stadium crush, says: "It's not just for me, the citation says it's for services to the bereaved families so it's partly for them.

    "On a personal level, I'm also very flattered. It sounds a bit cheesy but I'm also humbled. I'm a bloke who's done a job of work to the best of his ability."

  16. A dry but cloudy afternoon

    Paul Hudson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be dry and bright at first.

    BBC Weather graphic

    However, it'll tend to cloud over with a little patchy light rain possible later in the west.

    The top temperature will be about 7C (45F) with a freshening southwest wind.

  17. E-fit appeal after Boxing Day assault

    Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to following an assault on another man in Bradford on Boxing Day night.

    E-fit image

    The attack happened on Toller Lane, Heaton, at about 19:30 on 26 December when an Asian male struck a 50-year-old man after an argument, causing a fractured eye socket and bruising.

    The attacker, believed to be between 16 and 18 and about 5ft 7ins tall, is thought to have been accompanied by two or three other Asian males who all then ran off towards Duckworth Lane.

  18. Traffic lights out

    BBC Travel News reports the traffic lights have failed on the A647 Leeds Road in Bradford at the A6177 Killinghall Road junction.

    Drivers are being warned to approach the area with care.

  19. MBE for 'amazing success' of Grand Depart

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Peter Smith, who has been awarded an MBE for his role in coordinating the Tour de France's Grand Depart in Leeds for the city council this summer, has been praised by the council leader.

    Grand Depart in Leeds

    Keith Wakefield says Mr Smith's award is "well-deserved".

    "It was fitting that Peter's final major project before his retirement was to coordinate the Tour de France Grand Depart for Leeds.

    "That it was such an amazing success was in large part down to the unstinting dedication of Peter and his team".

  20. Honours recognise district's stars

    Pontefract & Castleford Express

    An inspirational doctor who became a consultant, raised almost £150,000 for charity and worked to change taboos surrounding death, despite having terminal cancer, has been awarded an MBE.

    Kate Granger
  21. Carnival boost for city economy

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    New figures show this summer's Leeds West Indian Carnival brought more than £2.5m to the local economy.

    Leeds Carnival

    A report by Leeds City Council's suggests that, with better weather, the figure could have been even higher, at about £5m.

    Simon Brereton, who helped compile the study, says it shows how important the Carnival is.

    "People can take quite a lot of their year's money on that day so it makes a real difference to the community."

  22. Leader's praise for ex-Leeds chairman

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    The leader of Leeds City Council, Keith Wakefield, has given his reaction to the death on Monday of former Leeds United chairman Leslie Silver.

    Mr Silver, 89, presided over the club's return to the top flight of English football and subsequent title success in 1992.

    Mr Wakefield says he was "a great man firmly committed to Leeds as a city and Leeds United Football Club". He adds that Mr Silver was "a very progressive thinker, committed to a more equal society".

    Mr Silver's funeral is due to take place at Leeds Jewish Cemetery later today.

  23. Green light for dual carriageway plan

    Keighley News

    Long-awaited multi-million pound plans to turn a traffic-choked Keighley road into a dual carriageway have been given the green light.

  24. Horse killed in motorway crash

    Clive Settle

    Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A horse has been killed in a motorway pile-up just south of Leeds.

    Police said they received reports of two horses on the loose on the M1 at junction 45 at about 21:45 last night. It later emerged that one had been hit and fatally injured by a car.

    At least three other vehicles crashed in the incident. Two lanes were closed for most of the night to clear the wreckage but have since reopened.

  25. Leeds ex-chairman's funeral held

    The funeral of former Leeds United chairman Leslie Silver, who has died aged 89, will take place later.

    Leslie Silver

    Mr Silver held the position between 1983 and 1996, presiding over the club's return to the top flight of English football and subsequent title success in 1992.

    The funeral will take place at Leeds Jewish Cemetery at 12:00.

  26. A matter of life... and death

    Andrew Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    This morning on BBC Radio Leeds at 09:00, I'll be hosting a special debate about living - and dying.

    Debbie Purdy

    This comes in the week that we heard the news that Debbie Purdy, the right-to-die campaigner from Bradford, had died. She was 51 and had been diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis nearly two decades ago. She'd been refusing food after making the decision to end her life.

    So, the question I'm asking my panel of guests is: Does the law on assisted dying need to change? Email or tweet me with your views or text me on 81333 and start your message with "Andrew".

  27. Derby 2-0 Leeds

    BBC Sport

    Neil Redfearn's Leeds side remain in 20th in the table - one point above the relegation zone - after a lacklustre performance against Derby last night.

    Leeds v Derby

    They face face a tough battle to avoid the drop as Derby move up to third in the Championship with their easy victory at the iPro Stadium.

  28. A breezy New Year's Eve

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will see a cold start with some bright spells.

    Weather forecast

    Otherwise, it'll be a mostly cloudy and breezy day with patchy rain arriving to the Pennines later.

    The top temperature will be about 6C (43F).

  29. Accident closes M1 lanes

    BBC Travel News reports two lanes are closed on the M1 southbound between J46, A63 (Leeds Colton) and J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green).

    This is because of an accident involving a lorry, three cars and a horse and the subsequent recovery work.

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

  30. Good morning

    Martin Coldrick

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on New Year's Eve 2014.

    I'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news and sport updates as well as that all-important weather forecast and the county's travel updates.

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