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  1. Storm Barbara: Roads closed around Bridgewater Place in Leeds city centre
  2. Theatre cancels Beauty and the Beast show ahead of high winds roof inspection
  3. Murdered MP Jo Cox's widower to deliver alternative Christmas message
  4. Yorkshire most expensive street revealed... and it's in Leeds
  5. Attacks on West Yorkshire Police officers rise 40%
  6. Live updates on Friday 23 December 2016

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By Nick Wilmshurst

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  1. That's it from us: Merry Christmas!

    Nick Wilmshurst

    BBC Local Live, Leeds

    That's all from us until after Christmas, when we'll return on the 28 December (or the day after Boxing Day, it's always confusing when the days stop having actual names.)

    See you then for the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the whole of Yorkshire.

    Have a great Christmas, and we'll see you on the other side when we're all a little bit fatter and vowing not not ever touch the brandy ever again. 

    Well at least until New Year's.

  2. West Yorkshire in pictures: Christmas in Wakefield

    BBC Weather Watchers

    How Christmassy is this?

    It's a very close-up shot of some festive holly in Wakefield sent to BBC Weather Watchers

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J25 for A644 and J26 for M606.

    M62 West Yorkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  4. Syria aid convoys: Huddersfield man cleared over 'funding terrorism' charge

    A Huddersfield man has been cleared of using Syria aid convoys to funnel cash to extremists in the war zone.

    Syrian aid

    Two others have been convicted of the crime. The Old Bailey heard the high-profile convoys led by the Muslim community became unwitting vehicles for the plan to fund terrorism.

    Charity worker Pervez Rafiq, 46, was cleared of involvement in their plans along with another man from London.

    This is the first court verdict showing that some aid convoys were abused.

  5. Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forrest

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport

    Huddersfield Town are at home to Nottingham Forrest on Boxing Day, kick off's at 15:00 at the John Smith's Stadium. You can get live text commentary here.

    Town's captain Mark Hudson could make his return from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since the end of November.

    The defender has returned to training along with winger Joe Lolley, who has been absent since August.

    Mark Hudson

    Match facts

    • After a run of eight league games without a win, the Terriers have won three of their last four against Nottingham Forest (W3 D1).
    • Forest have failed to score in each of those three defeats and netted just one in the other draw in September 2015.
    • Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last four Boxing Day contests at home, winning two and drawing two.
    • Forest haven't won away from home on Boxing Day since a 2-1 victory over Spurs in 1991 (D3 L6).
    • Huddersfield have won seven of their last 10 league matches at the John Smith's Stadium (D1 L2).
  6. Calderdale Watermark flood relief scheme raises £300,000

    A scheme set up to help future flood victims has raised £300,000.


    Watermark sells products including food, drink and artwork in shops around the Calder Valley with a percentage of the profits going into the fund.

    The money is doubled by Community Foundation for Calderdale and can then be distributed in the area if a flood hits.

    More than 3,000 properties were flooded in the region on Boxing Day 2015, with damage estimated to have cost a total of £150m.

    Flooding in the Calder Valley
  7. Storm Barbara: Matinee performance at Leeds Grand cancelled

    This afternoon's performance of Beauty and the Beast at Leeds Grand Theatre has been cancelled, according to the venue's website

    Beauty and the Beast

    The team there have posted a message saying they have had to cancel the 14:00 performance because engineers need to check the roof for potential damage in the high winds.

    They say full refunds will be given and ticketholders should be contacted by their box office.

    The show will go on, but not until 28 December when the assessment is complete. 

  8. Travel update: High winds close roads to buses

    We are expecting Storm Barbara with her gusty winds to roll into West Yorkshire throughout today.

    In preparation, the roads around Bridgewater Place in Leeds are closed to high-sided vehicles, which includes buses.

    Bridgewater Place

    It affects these services: 1, 117, 202, 203, 220, 221, 222, 223, 481, PR1 & X41.

    The closure means that bus services will divert from the junction of Victoria Road, Neville Street and Water Lane.

    For more detailed information, click here to see how it affects you.

  9. Attacks on West Yorkshire Police on the rise

    Attacks on West Yorkshire Police have risen by 40% in the last eight months. 


    The Police Federation's told BBC News it amounts to one in seven of their staff being assaulted in the line of duty - something they've described as "unacceptable." 

    In the past two months alone, 241 assaults were reported, averaging about four a day.   

  10. You think YOU'RE rushing around for Christmas

    As we all know, Santa is one of the hardest working people at Christmas time.

    But exactly how busy will he be this year? 

    Let's put it like this, he might not have time to have a sip of sherry at every house he visits. (And yes, someone in the office has spent time working this out)

    Santa's timescale
  11. Most expensive street in Yorkshire revealed

    The most expensive street in Yorkshire and the Humber has been revealed - and it's in Leeds.

    Ling Lane in Scarcroft tops the list for our region with an average property price of £1,319,000. 

    Ling lane

    The research by Lloyds Bank shows that every English region now contains "million pound" streets.  

    Forecasters at the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors are predicting a 3% typical price rise for houses next year, despite Brexit uncertainties.

    The Nationwide Building Society is more cautious, estimating prices will grow 2%, fuelled by continuing low interest rates.

  12. Cyclist dies after being hit by car

    A cyclist who was hit by a car in east Leeds 11 days ago has died.


    The crash happened at 07:30 on 12 December when a Skoda Fabia hit the cyclist on the A6120 Ring Road near the junction with Whitkirk Lane in Halton 

    The 58-year-old man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary in a serious condition and died yesterday morning.

  13. Christmas hampers given to refugees in Bradford

    Christmas food hampers have been handed out to refugees in Bradford this week. 

    The multi-faith group of Muslims, Christians and Sikhs also hold a Christmas dinner for those who may otherwise be on their own.

    Handing out food
    Quote Message: We should be learning about each other, welcoming each other, living in peace and harmony in the city that we have made our home." from Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal Bradford Council for Mosques
    Mohammed Rafiq SehgalBradford Council for Mosques