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  1. Updates on Friday 12 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for being with us today - that's all for Friday and for this week.

    I notice no-one's sent in a Valentine's Day card for the team. I suppose the one you sent will probably arrive tomorrow...

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with all your latest West Yorkshire news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Have a great weekend, and if you'd like to get in touch, why not email us?

  2. West Yorkshire's weather: A cold and cloudy night ahead

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    There'll be some variable cloud tonight, some clear spells. A few wintry flurries are possible with a frost and the risk of some icy stretches.

    Weather GFX

    For Saturday morning, we'll have some bright or sunny spells. Mostly dry but occasional wintry showers are possible. A brisk easterly breeze and highs of 5C (41F).

  3. Celebrating a Yorkshire tradition: What was Kissing Friday?

    Here's a great article from the BBC Magazine about Kissing Friday - a bygone Yorkshire tradition, it seems. How things change...


    Until around the start of World War Two, on one day of the year the girls of Yorkshire were allowed to finish school before their male counterparts. 

    The reason was that boys were allowed to kiss them without fear of getting a slap or being chased by an angry parent! Find out more here.

  4. The countdown to Bingley Music Live begins

    If you're a fan of countdown clocks - and we know you're out there - then Bingley Music Live's website is the place for you!

    The festival's organisers have just launched their site for this year's event, but, boy, do they like to build up the tension. Only 141 days to go...

    Countdown Clock
  5. Anthony McGrath says Yorkshire departure is 'strange'

    New Essex assistant coach Anthony McGrath has said it's been "strange" to end his association with Yorkshire

    Anthony Mc Grath

    Former all-rounder McGrath, 40, spent 17 years at Yorkshire as a player before becoming a coach in 2014.

    He's joined Essex as the assistant to former Yorkshire bowler and Essex head coach Chris Silverwood.

    Quote Message: If you're at a club for over 20 years it's going to be strange to leave, but the new role excites me more than anything." from Anthony McGrath Essex assistant coach
    Anthony McGrathEssex assistant coach
  6. Suspended sentence for Armley vet's assistant

    A vet's assistant has been given a 12 week sentence suspended for 12 months after she was convicted of keeping animals in a "filthy dungeon" in Leeds.

    Dogs in cages

    Police discovered 22 dogs and eight cats - some of them in cages - in the basement and back room of Armley Vets last February. Four dogs and a cat had to be put down following a raid on the Town Street practice.

    Rochelle McEwan, 28, of Stonecliffe Close, Leeds, was also given 150 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay costs of £330 and disqualified from working with animals following a trial at Leeds Magistrates' Court.

    Vet Gary Samuel, 49, of Weston Road, Enfield, London, who was also found guilty at the same trial of six offences under the Animal Welfare Act, is due to be sentenced on 7 March.

  7. Latest headlines: Former bed firm boss jailed for 27 months over 'slave workforce' and Holbeck Tower Works redevelopment gets go-ahead

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire today include:

  8. Bed firm boss sentence: A 'brutal type of crime'

    A further update on the news that Mohammad Rafiq (pictured right, highlighted), 60 of Thorncliffe Road, Batley, who used to run Kozee Sleep in Dewsbury, has been jailed for two years and three months after he was convicted of conspiracy to traffic.

    Mohammed Rafiq

    West Yorkshire Police have given their reaction, describing the conditions Rafiq made his workers live in as "squalid".

    Quote Message: We're talking 40 people living in one particular house with one bedroom and one toilet, you can imagine the sanitary conditions. This is a brutal type of crime" from Det Insp Andy Leonard West Yorkshire Police
    Det Insp Andy LeonardWest Yorkshire Police
  9. Bed firm boss sentence: 'Workforce exploited terribly'

    The former boss of Dewsbury bed-making firm Kozee Sleep, Mohammed Rafiq, who's been jailed for two years and three months after being found guilty of conspiracy to traffic, employed large numbers of Hungarian men as a "slave workforce" at the now-defunct Kozee Sleep factory in Ravensthorpe.

    Mohammed Rafiq

    During his trial, a jury at Leeds Crown Court heard how staff there were paid as little as £10 a day.

    Rafiq's workforce survived on scraps of food, with up to 42 men living in a two-bedroom house, his trial heard.  

    Police said the men had "no contract, no rights and were exploited terribly".  

  10. Bed firm boss sentence: Jail sentence over 'slave workforce'

    More on the news that the former boss of a Dewsbury bed firm has been jailed for 27 months after being found guilty of human trafficking.

    Mohammed Rafiq, 60, of Thorncliffe Road in Staincliffe, was convicted last month at Leeds Crown Court and was found guilty of conspiracy to commission a breach of UK immigration law.

    Mohammed Rafiq

    Rafiq formerly ran Kozee Sleep from an industrial estate in Ravensthorpe.

    The firm supplied companies including Next, the John Lewis Partnership and Dunelm Mill.

  11. BreakingDewsbury bed firm boss sentenced over 'slave workforce'

    The former boss of a bed-making firm has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for using large numbers of Hungarian men as a "slave workforce" in Dewsbury.

    Mohammed Rafiq, 60, of Thorncliffe Road in Staincliffe, is among the first employers to be convicted under new UK anti-slavery laws.

    More to follow.

  12. Travel update: M62 eastbound J26 lane closed

    BBC Travel

    I'm sorry to report that one lane's currently closed on the M62 eastbound between J26 (M606 Chain Bar) and J27 (M621 Gildersome). Not sure why at the moment, we'll keep you posted.

  13. Strictly Ballroom musical to be staged in Leeds

    Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is to be staged in the UK for the first time, and audiences in Leeds will be the first to see it.

    Strictly Ballroom

    The show was created by Baz Luhrmann, who also directed a film version in 1992.

    Drew McOnie will direct and choreograph the production, which opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November.

  14. Inter Kitty Express: Felix the world famous Huddersfield cat

    BBC Leeds has taken a trip to Huddersfield train station to meet, in person, Felix the cat. She has become an internet star after she was officially made Senior Pest Controller for the platforms.

    Felix the cat

    Felix's success has been covered by newspapers as far afield as Taiwan, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

    Quote Message: The Facebook page had just under 1,000 fans about a week ago, now it's 42,000. We've had contact from all over the world - Australia, Taiwan, China. They love Felix." from Helen Peacock First TransPennine Express
    Helen PeacockFirst TransPennine Express
    Felix the cat
  15. Leeds managed zone for sex workers 'a mistake'

    The creation of a "managed zone" for sex workers in Leeds has been "a mistake" which has had a negative impact on local residents and businesses, a Leeds councillor says.


    Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of the Conservative Group on Leeds City Council, has made the comment on BBC Radio Leeds.

    The zone, in Holbeck, is a defined managed area where sex workers can operate during set hours and not face arrest. It's been in place since 2014.

  16. Sajid Saddique case: Daughter's appeal over missing father

    The teenage daughter of a Bradford businessman who went missing nine years ago says she is still "desperate" to find answers about his disappearance. 

    Rewards totalling £150,000 have been offered for information about what happened to Sajid Saddique, from Allerton.

    Neha Saddique, 15, was six years old when her father didn't return from a meeting on Valentine's Day in 2007.  

    Sajid Saddique
    Quote Message: My father was a kind man who loved his family dearly and there is no way that he would have just gone and left us. His loss hit us all very hard and we are desperate to find some answers as to why he suddenly disappeared." from Neha Saddique Sajid Saddique's daughter
    Neha SaddiqueSajid Saddique's daughter
  17. Pre-Valentine's Day rush for cards in Leeds

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    I've just nipped into Leeds city centre for a quick sarnie, and let's just say that there were a fair few people panic buying Valentine's Day cards!