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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well, how was Wednesday for you? This is as far as we go for today with our live updates from across Leeds and West Yorkshire, but we'll return tomorrow from 08:00 for more of the same.

    If anything occurs to you in the hours in between now and then, feel free to drop us a line on email.

    See you tomorrow!

  2. West Yorkshire's weather: Dry night with another sunny day tomorrow

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dry with clear periods, although an isolated wintry shower is possible. Minimum temperature rurally -4C (25F). Light northwest wind.


    A cold and frosty start tomorrow, then all parts fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. Maximum temperature 5C (41F). Light Northwest wind.

  3. Q: How do you install windows in Leeds' newest shopping centre?

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    A: Very carefully - and with a massive crane. I took this picture earlier today.

    It's at Leeds' new Victoria Gate shopping centre which is due to be open this Autumn.

    John Lewis crane
  4. West Yorkshire in pictures: Briggate 1957

    There are some who'll tell you that consumerism is a modern day phenomenon.

    Think again: this is a picture from the Leeds Back in the Day Facebook page, of Briggate on a Saturday in 1957. 

    As you can see, it was pretty busy back then, even without the Trinity Shopping Centre!

    Briggate 1957
  5. Pair jailed over Leeds children's cancer ward thefts

    A man and woman have been jailed for the theft of laptops from a children's cancer ward in West Yorkshire last July.  

    Matthew Ingham

    Matthew Ingham (pictured), 37, from Keighley, was sentenced to two years in jail for five counts of theft at Leeds General Infirmary, after laptops and other electronic equipment were stolen.

    Kim Ager, 34, also from Keighley, was sentenced to nine months in jail for receiving stolen goods.

  6. Leeds children’s play centre raided by burglars for second time in four months

    Yorkshire Evening Post

    Burglars have targeted a children’s activity centre for the second time in four months. The thieves broke into the Rainbow Factory, at Springfield Commercial Centre on Bagley Lane in Farsley, overnight.

    Rainbow Factory
  7. Latest headlines: Search resumes for Bradford climbers missing on Ben Nevis and police investigate junior football racism allegations

    The latest headlines in West Yorkshire tonight include:

  8. Leeds City Council budget: What it means for you

    Larry Budd

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Council tax rises, job losses and more cuts to local services - it's not exactly a happy time to be working at a council anywhere in West Yorkshire.

    Judith Blake

    All of them are in the process of setting budgets for the coming financial year, with Leeds City Council currently deciding on its approach.

    Council leader Judith Blake (pictured) has presented a budget including a rise in council tax. That's going up by 3.99% - an average £47 a year rise for Band D properties. 

    And on top of that there are going to be 299 job losses at the council.

  9. West Yorkshire in pictures: Lunar landscape - as seen from Knottingley

    Okay, so it's not a picture of West Yorkshire, it's a picture from West Yorkshire. It's still pretty good, all the same...

    Our thanks to David Bellamy (not that one) for this great picture of the Snow Moon taken from Knottingley from last night.

    Snow Moon
  10. Leeds Museums' object of the week: All becomes clear

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    Earlier on I asked you what you thought this was:

    Object of the week

    Well, I can reveal it's a receiver from one of the first ever telephones. It was, in fact, used in the UK's first ever phone conversation...

    It's made from wood and dates back to the 1920s and was used by engineers between an attic and a workshop 30 yards away.

    The conversation went:

    "Are you there?" 

     "Yes, I am, will you count?"


    "That's all right. Will you go through the alphabet."


     "Wait a minute while I adjust the screw."

    Thankfully, phones no longer come with screws.

  11. Latest headlines: Police investigate racism allegations in Leeds children's football and searches resume for Ben Nevis couple missing for 10 days

    The latest headlines in West Yorkshire include:

  12. Watch: Search for Bradford's missing climbers on Ben Nevis

    Rescue teams in Scotland searching for a missing couple from Bradford have resumed their search on Ben Nevis.

    Rachel Slater and Tim Newton have now been missing for 10 days, with searches being called off on numerous occasions because of appalling weather conditions.

    If you're in any doubt over how bad those conditions have been, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team has just posted a video on their Facebook page.

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    Video caption: Lochaber Mountain Rescue team's video of their search efforts
  13. West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds greenbelt sunrise

    A gorgeous picture of this morning's sunrise over Swillington this morning.

    Just goes to show what you can achieve with a camera phone and an Instagram account!

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  14. West Yorkshire in pictures: Leeds Corn Exchange

    Here's a great shot of Leeds' Corn Exchange. It could have been taken in the 1920s, but was actually snapped this very morning.

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  15. Free parking in flood-hit areas of Calderdale set to end

    Free parking in places affected by the Boxing Day floods in Calderdale, such as Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge, will end on 1 March, Calderdale Council has confirmed.

    Quote Message: The free parking was a big help for people emptying properties or assisting with the clean-up, but now that businesses are reopening in the affected towns, it’s important there's a good turnover of spaces to boost trade." from Tim Swift Leader of Calderdale Council
    Tim SwiftLeader of Calderdale Council
  16. Yorkshire Rows: Finish line in sight for trans-Atlantic team

    If you've been following the fortunes of trans-Atlantic rowing race team the Yorkshire Rows, the latest news is that they're almost home.

    When they cross the finish line, the mums from Yorkshire will break the record for the oldest female team to row across the ocean.

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  17. Latest headlines: Police investigation into junior football racism allegations and search resumes for missing Ben Nevis couple

    The top stories in Leeds and West Yorkshire so far today include:

  18. Police to investigate allegations of racism in children's football in Leeds

    West Yorkshire police have confirmed they're to make enquiries into allegations of racist abuse at a junior football match in Leeds.

    Chapeltown Juniors U13 players said the abuse included being called a racially offensive word in a recent match.

    Quote Message: Although we have not currently had any direct reports about alleged incidents at a match involving junior players from Chapeltown and Tingley, we are aware of recent national and local media coverage about it." from Ch Insp Ian Croft West Yorkshire Police
    Ch Insp Ian CroftWest Yorkshire Police