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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well, that's it. The end of the line for another day on BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire. 

    But don't be sad, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, views, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    See you then, but if you spot something and think that we need to see it, email us. Cheerio!

  2. West Yorkshire's weather: Cloudy tonight with rain later

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight it'll be cloudy with a little patchy rain, becoming heavier and more persistent later in the night. Minimum temperature 1C (34F). Fresh southerly wind.

    Weather graphics

    Tomorrow, we'll have a cloudy morning with rain clearing eastwards leaving a fine afternoon with sunshine. Turning much milder. Maximum temperature 11C (52F).

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

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Join Harry and Lara tonight from 18:30 on BBC One for Look North.

    We'll be reporting from the community in West Yorkshire where almost half the local residents don't speak English as a first language. 

    Three days ago, David Cameron pledged £20m to teach Muslim women English. We'll be finding out how that message is being received by those he's targeting.

  4. Watch: Kellingley machinery to be used at New Crofton Colliery

    Spencer Stokes

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Equipment from the recently-closed Kellingley Colliery near Knottingley is to get a new lease of life in West Yorkshire. 

    Machines will be reused at a new coal mine due to open near Wakefield later this year. Take a look at how they will use the machinery:

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    Video caption: Kellingley machinery is going to be used for a new mine
  5. Makayabella yacht cocaine plot: James Hill's jail term increased

    A man who tried to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £160m into the UK has had his prison sentence increased.  

    James Hill

    James Hill, 31, from Ilkley, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to import the drug at Leeds Crown Court last September.

    His prison term has now risen to 11 years after his case was referred to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient by the Attorney General.

  6. Hot air balloon stolen in Normanton

    Police are appealing for information after a hot air balloon was stolen from Normanton golf course at the start of last week.

    Hot air balloon

    A new hot air balloon is worth £60,000 and police are appealing for any information on where it may be now.

    But it really begs the question, if you steal one, where do you keep it and who do you sell it to?

  7. Rotherham children send help to Calderdale flood victims

    How's this for a heartwarming tale on a cold Thursday in January? Two children from Rotherham have sent a card, cleaning materials, a torch and batteries for the flood victims of Calderdale.

    Letter from children

    Six-year-old Hannah, and Gabrielle, 11, sent the box to the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge and they said: "I am sorry you had all the floods" and "I hope something in this box will help you". How sweet is that?

    Box of gifts
  8. Listen: Bradford Odeon Lottery funding rejection 'not terminal'

    Daragh Corcoran

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The developers of the former Odeon cinema site in Bradford have been dealt a major blow by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They've been turned down for a £5m grant

    Where does this leave the £15m project to turn the old cinema into a rock venue? I spoke to the man behind the bid, Lee Craven from Bradford Live, to find out more:

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    Video caption: The group behind the bid to revamp Bradford Odeon have lost their lottery funding
  9. More than £1m raised for Calderdale flood victims in three weeks

    The Community Foundation for Calderdale says it's raised more than £1m in three weeks, after appeals to help flood victims get back onto their feet.

    Mytholmroyd in the floods

    Various people, organisations and businesses from the local community have all contributed to the fund which the government has promised to match.  

    Quote Message: The appeal won't stop here... There is at least one more significant amount to add shortly and there is money to come in from crowdfunding activity, events, collection tins and so on." from Community Foundation for Calderdale
    Community Foundation for Calderdale
  10. Kellingley and Hatfield machinery for New Crofton colliery

    Machinery from the last deep coal mine in the UK has been saved to be used in a new, smaller drift mine nearby

    Mining equipment being moved

    The New Crofton Co-operative Colliery is to open near Wakefield in June.

    A coal-cutting machine from the defunct Kellingley colliery, near Knottingley, is now in storage for use on the new site.

    Jonathan Clarke, the co-operative's director, says the "perfectly serviceable machine would get a new lease of life" and not be scrapped.

  11. Latest headlines: Funding for Bradford's Odeon turned down and Savile a 'dark chapter' in BBC's history

    The latest stories in West Yorkshire this afternoon include:

    • The plan to revamp Bradford's former Odeon building could be in doubt again, after the team behind it were turned down for lottery funding
    • The Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall, says the sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile was a "dark chapter" in the corporation's history.
    • Calderdale Community Foundation has raised over £1m for flood victims in just three weeks - an amount which the government has promised to match
  12. Children left 'languishing in the system' by chronic autism test delays

    Yorkshire Post

    Misunderstood Leeds children are "languishing in the system" due to huge waiting lists for autism assessments that can unlock support, it is being claimed.

    mother and son awaitng assesment
  13. Watch: Northern Ballet fights back after Leeds flooding

    Cathy Killick

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Tens of thousands of items from Leeds-based Northern Ballet's set and costume stores have been damaged by the Christmas floods. 

    The company's main storage warehouse was inundated by up to one metre of floodwater, ruining bespoke handmade costumes and the sets for 20 of their best-loved shows.

    They now face the huge task of being ready for this year's season - but they say the show will go on.

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    Video caption: Northern Ballet try to get their costumes ready for the stage after being flood damaged
  14. Kirklees to oppose closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary A&E

    We've not heard much from Kirklees Council on the proposed closure of the A&E department, but this tweet from them is pretty clear about where they stand...

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  15. Yorkshire Rows: 'Well on way to finish line'

    The four Yorkshire mums who are currently taking part in an Atlantic rowing race have just released some new pictures.


    The women set off from The Canary Islands and are over half way to their destination, Antigua.

    Mid race
    Quote Message: The scariest bit was during the hurricane when the rain was lashing down, there were really high winds and thunder and lightning. For three to four days we didn't move and were confined to the cabins – with two people in each one you really can’t move in them." from Helen Butters Yorkshire Rows
    Helen ButtersYorkshire Rows
  16. Your pictures: Icy scenes above Holmfirth today caught on camera

    Thanks to Sandie Nicholson for sending in this spectacular picture of snow and ice patterns in the hills above Holmfirth this morning.

    Ice and snow over Holmfirth

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've sent in to us of West Yorkshire. Why not email us with your shots?