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Summary

  1. Police swoop after hundreds of Transit vans stolen across Yorkshire
  2. Ex-soldier gets suspended fine for trying to smuggle Afghan girl into UK
  3. More than 40 firefighters tackling large blaze at Batley mill
  4. Man suffers head injuries after advertising hoarding collapses in Leeds
  5. Hundreds of solar power jobs in Yorkshire threatened by subsidy cuts
  6. Flood-hit traders in Calderdale say towns are open for business
  7. Updates on Thursday 14 January 2016

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Thanks for being with us today, I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.

    We'll be back tomorrow, Friday 15 January, from 08:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel update from across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

    Now wrap up warm and get the cocoa on, it's going to be a cold night!

  2. More news from West Yorkshire: Coming up on Look North

    Join Harry and Lara for Look North from 18:30 tonight:

    Police say they've smashed a sophisticated operation to steal and dismantle hundreds of Ford Transit vans. 

    Officers from West Yorkshire working with colleagues in Lancashire have raided two scrapyards near Blackburn where commercial vehicles stolen in Yorkshire are thought to have been taken. Six people have been arrested.

    And more on Harry and Paul's 100-mile three-legged Sport Relief challenge around Yorkshire!

    Harry and Paul
  3. Yorkshire Rows transatlanrtic crossing nears half-way point

    Four Yorkshire women rowing across the Atlantic are approaching the half-way point in their journey. 

    Janette, Helen, Niki and Frances set off from the Canaries on 20 December. They're currently 18th in the race and have travelled more than 1,100 nautical miles. 

    They're hoping to finish in Antigua in February. Here's a reminder of their journey so far.... 

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    Video caption: Latest on the Yorkshire rows who have past their halfway point
  4. Short film Oscar hope for Leeds writer and director

    Leeds born writer and director Jamie Donoughue has been nominated for an Oscar for his film "Shok"

    Jamie Donoughue

    The movie is up for the Best Live Action Short Film. It's based on true events during the run-up to the Kosovo war when the country was occupied by Serbia.

    This is Jamie's first solo film, having mostly made music videos before this.

  5. Police swoop after hundreds of Ford Transit vans stolen in Yorkshire

    BBC News England

    Police have raided two premises alleged to be involved in the disposal of hundreds of Ford Transit vans stolen in Yorkshire.

    Police raid on stolen vehicles

    West Yorkshire Police said specialist officers had seized a number of vehicle components at both sites near Blackburn in Lancashire and six people had been arrested.

    Almost 500 Ford Transit vans were reported stolen in West Yorkshire between January and December 2015, with an estimated value of £7.5m, accounting for 40% of all vehicles reported stolen in Yorkshire, officers said.

  6. Rob Lawrie admits bid to sneak Afghan child from Calais

    A former soldier and aid worker from Leeds has avoided jail after admitting that he tried to smuggle a four-year-old Afghan refugee into the UK.

    Rob Lawrie
    Quote Message: We need to get these children now and into our education system because these guys are going to be doctors and lawyers and teachers if we get them now and educate them correctly. Or we can leave them in The Jungle to rot and die of cold." from Rob Lawrie
    Rob Lawrie
  7. Weather: Sleet and snow clearing cold start tomorrow

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight, rain, sleet and snow will soon clear, then we can expect a dry and mainly clear night. Minimum temperature -3C (27F) with a widespread frost and icy patches. Strong to gale force northerly wind. 

    Weather graphics

    Tomorrow it'll be a cold and bright start with sunny spells and a few sleet and snow showers. Maximum temperature 4C (39F). Moderate northwest wind.    

  8. Bradford in Pictures: Little Germany

    Here's another picture from Tom Smith and his new book "Project Bradford", which aims to change people's attitudes towards the city.

    This is of Little Germany.

    Little Germany
  9. Travel update: A6025 in Brighouse

    BBC Travel

    The A6025 Elland Road in Brighouse is closed in both directions between the A643 Halifax Road junction and the Ashday Lane junction, because of a serious accident and accident investigation work.  

  10. Suspended fine for Leeds man who tried to smuggle Afghan child into UK

    Hugh Schofield

    BBC News, Paris

    A former soldier from Leeds, who was caught trying to smuggle an Afghan child into the UK, has been given a suspended fine by a court in France.  

    Rob Lawrie, 49, from Guiseley, admitted to a court in Boulogne that he tried to get Bahar - known as Bru - into the UK.

    He was found guilty of a lesser charge of "endangering life" because he hid the girl in an unsafe way in a van.

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    Video caption: Man avoids fine for hiding migrant in truck
  11. Latest headlines: Suspended fine for Leeds man who tried to smuggle refugee girl to UK and 50 firefighters tackle Batley mill blaze

    Here are the latest headlines for West Yorkshire this afternoon:

    • Rob Lawrie, a former soldier from Guiseley, who tried to smuggle a four year old Afghan child out of the migrant camp at Calais into Britain, has been given a suspended fine of 1,000 euros (£750) by a court in France
    • A fire at Greenhill Mills in Batley is under control and operations are being scaled back
    • A Leeds director, Jamie Donoughue, is up for the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for "Shok"
  12. BreakingFormer soldier who tried to smuggle refugee girl given suspended fine

    A former soldier from Leeds who tried to smuggle an Afghan girl into the UK from a Calais refugee camp, has been found guilty of "endangering life" at a French court.

    He has been given a suspended fine of 1,000 euros (about £750). 

    More to follow

  13. Batley Mill fire: Blaze now 'under control'

    More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a mill blaze in Batley this afternoon. 

    The fire at Greenhill Mills has been going for several hours but it is now under control and the operation is being scaled back, the fire service says.

    This picture was taken during the height of the blaze.

    Batley Fire
  14. Former soldier 'should be fined' for trying to smuggle Afghan girl into UK, says prosecutor

    Former soldier Rob Lawrie, from Leeds, should be fined 1,000 euros (about £750) and not jailed, for trying to smuggle an Afghan girl into the UK, the prosecutor in the case has said, BBC Paris producer Clea Caulcutt tweets

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  15. Bradford in pictures: Media Museum

    A new book has been published which aims to challenge people's views of Bradford.

    We thought we'd show you a few of them during the course of the day, this is of the Media Museum.

    Media Museum

    The idea, from freelance photographer Tom Smith, is to show people some of the great things going on in the city.

    It's called "Project Bradford" and proceeds are being donated to the Bradford Burns Unit, which was set up after the Bradford City Fire in 1985. 

  16. Sport Relief: Harry and Paul's challenging challenge

    Harry and Paul have announced that they'll be raising money for Sport Relief this year by walking across Yorkshire... tied together.

    It's a 100-mile trip, and by the looks of this, it's not going to be easy.

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  17. Leeds racing car makers Ginetta unveil 2016 contender

    Garforth-based motorsport team Ginetta have revealed their new endurance racing car at Autosport International Show in Birmingham.

    The G57 should be racing at this year's Le Mans 24-hour race.

    Ginetta G57
  18. Watch: Batley mill fire seen from Mirfield

    The fire in Batley can be seen from miles around. This is the plume of smoke as seen from Mirfield, about five miles away.

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    Video caption: Batley mill fire seen from Mirfield
  19. Watch: Dramatic film of Batley mill fire

    Our thanks to Hasan Ebrahim for this video of the mill fire in Batley

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    Video caption: video of the fire in Batley