Castleford man Samuel Smith remanded over child sex offences

A man accused of sex offences against children has been remanded into custody by magistrates.

Samuel Smith, 29, of Greek Street in Castleford, West Yorkshire, is charged with six offences of sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13.

He has also been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.

On Saturday Mr Smith was told by magistrates in Leeds he would next appear at crown court on 20 June.

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    18:00: Good evening

    That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

    We will be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

     
  2.  
    17:58: Coming up on BBC One Harry Gration Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Nicola Rees at 18:30 for BBC Look North when we'll get the latest from Bradford Crown Court as a teacher and a teaching assistant face charges of bullying a pupil at a Calderdale school.

    Also, we'll be hearing from a Yorkshire composer whose new work gets its world premiere tonight and which pays tribute to his aunt who was executed by the Nazis.

     
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    17:56: A foggy and rainy night Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Mist and fog will become more widespread for a time tonight, before cloud and outbreaks of rain spread with a low temperature of about 1C (34F).

    Weather outlook

    Tomorrow will be a cloudy, cold and wet day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, together with fog over the hills and at lower levels later.

    The top temperature will be about 8C (46F).

     
  4.  
    17:50: Widnes fined over crowd trouble BBC Sport

    Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 by the Rugby Football League after fans ran onto the pitch following August's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Castleford Tigers.

    Crowd trouble

    The Vikings lost the match 28-6 at Leigh Sports Village on 10 August.

    Police and stewards had to intervene to stop spectators from the Widnes section.

     
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    17:37: Students protest against harassment Telegraph & Argus
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    17:29: Mum tells of 'bullied' girl's tears

    A mother has described in court the "heartbreaking" moment her seven-year-old daughter said a teaching assistant taped her to a chair.

    Teachers

    Rachael Regan, 43, and Deborah McDonald, 41, are on trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of bullying the pupil at a school in Calderdale.

    Both women, from Halifax, deny a charge of cruelty.

     
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    17:16: Your views Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

     
  8.  
    17:12: Driver caught doing three times limit Telegraph & Argus

    A motorist who raced along at 91mph in a 30-zone on a busy Bradford road was caught as part of a police crackdown on speeding - described by a councillor as the "Bradford Phenomenon".

    Police officers with speed camera
     
  9.  
    16:58: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The trial of a teacher and a classroom assistant from West Yorkshire who allegedly bullied a pupil - has been hearing evidence from the girl's mother.

    She has described the "heartbreaking" moment her seven-year-old daughter said a teaching assistant taped her to a chair.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

     
  10.  
    16:49: Shock after warehouse blast Kate Bradbrook BBC Look North video journalist

    On Parry Lane in Bradford this afternoon, a pile of bricks and metal marks the site of what used to be a warehouse until yesterday's explosion, thought to have been caused by a gas leak.

    Blast scene

    It left many people here in shock. One woman who works nearby has told me their CCTV footage shows a car passing by the building just seconds before the blast.

    Those working in warehouses nearby still haven't been allowed back inside. Looking at the scale of the damage, it's hard to believe no-one was killed.

     
  11.  
    16:41: 'Stamp out human trafficking' call

    A new project aimed at helping victims of human trafficking has held its first meeting in Leeds.

    The West Yorkshire Anti-Human Trafficking Network was launched at Weetwood police station, and saw a number of organisations such as the NHS and the Salvation Army sign up.

    Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the network means organisations and agencies "can worth closer together to ensure this horrific crime and practice is detected and stamped out."

     
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    16:29: Motorway traffic halted

    The Highways Agency tweets: We've temporarily halted traffic on the #M62 e/bound at J28 so that we can move a motorist who has broken down. Expect delays

     
  13.  
    16:18: Carnegie head coach 'not sacked' BBC Sport

    Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union club says head coach Gary Mercer has not been sacked, but coach Tommy McGee has temporarily been placed in charge of first-team affairs.

    Gary Mercer

    The 48-year-old was appointed to the Headingley-based club on a two-year deal in August, but has won just two of his eight league games.

    "We wish to make it clear that Gary Mercer has not been dismissed from his position," a club statement said.

     
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    16:07: Long delays on M62

    BBC Travel news reports there's slow traffic and one lane is closed on the M62 eastbound at J28, A650 (Tingley), because of a broken down car.

    Drivers are being warned to expect major delays in the area.

     
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    15:57: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Investigations are continuing at a warehouse in Bradford which was hit by a suspected gas explosion yesterday afternoon.

    Two women had to be rescued from Range Storage on Parry Lane, on the outskirts of the city, while many more were evacuated from nearby buildings.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

     
  16.  
    15:49: Town transformed for Christmas Pontefract Express

    Castleford will be transformed into a winter wonderland tonight at the town's Christmas lights switch on.

    Castleford lights switch-on
     
  17.  
    15:35: Befriending service faces funding cut

    A volunteer befriending and home visiting service which is currently used by 295 families in Wakefield could lose its council funding after being deemed "unfit for purpose".

    The service reached 710 children in 2013-14, according to council figures, and the authority says it could save £117,000 a year by stopping funding.

    Councillor Olivia Rowley, cabinet minister for children and young people, says: "Although the service does have some benefits, it's not meeting the needs of many people."

     
  18.  
    15:23: Teen's trust raises £100,000 Huddersfield Examiner

    A charity, set up in memory of a Holmfirth teenager who died during a football match, has reached a fundraising milestone of £100,000.

    Huw Thatcher
     
  19.  
    15:13: People 'lucky to avoid injury' Kate Bradbrook BBC Look North video journalist

    A woman working near the scene of yesterday afternoon's explosion in Bradford has told me people were "really lucky" not to be injured in the blast which happened just after 16:30.

    Joanna Robinson

    Joanna Robinson (pictured), managing director at nearby Mansfield Pollard, close to the scene of the explosion, says just a few minutes earlier and people leaving work could have been hurt.

    She says the impact of the explosion was immediate: "The building just shook, vibrated, really dramatically. There were lots of screams."

     
  20.  
    14:58: News on the Hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A gas leak could have caused an explosion that partially destroyed a warehouse in Bradford.

    Rescue dogs were sent into the building in Parry Lane after the blast yesterday afternoon, but there were no injuries.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    14:46: Free parking for Wakefield shoppers

    Parking in council-owned car parks in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract, will be free after 15:00 on the four Thursdays before Christmas, Wakefield Council has said.

    The council's on-street parking spaces and its own car parks, except Merchant Gate in Wakefield, will be free from 15:00 on 27 November, 4 December, 11 December and 18 December.

    Privately-run car parks in the Wakefield district are unaffected.

     
  22.  
    14:34: City centre events threat Telegraph & Argus

    The number of city centre events could be slashed under Bradford Council's latest cost-cutting plan.

     
  23.  
    14:15: Dry and bright but cold Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will see fog persisting in places in West Yorkshire, elsewhere it'll be dry and bright.

    The top temperature will be about 6C (43F), but nearer 3C (37F) in foggy areas.

     
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    13:57: News on the Hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    People working close to a warehouse which exploded in Bradford yesterday say they feel lucky to be alive.

    Two women were rescued from Range Storage on Parry Lane, on the outskirts of the city while many more were evacuated.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

     
  25.  
    13:42: Wintry sunset caught on camera Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    You've been sending in some fantastic pictures from across West Yorkshire today, like this one taken by John Earnshaw which shows yesterday's sunset at the Allerton Bywater reserve.

    Allerton Bywater sunset

    Got a picture you'd like to share? Why not email or tweet us your photos of West Yorkshire?

     
  26.  
    13:33: Council plans buildings sell-off

    Buildings and land owned by Kirklees Council could be sold off in a bid to help save the council £69m in the next three years, it's emerged.

    The council says the sale of "non-essential" sites could help limit the effect of "savage" budget cuts imposed by the government. The move will be discussed at a cabinet meeting next week.

    Councillor Graham Turner said: "The sales will in some small way help us to protect vital public services and jobs."

     
  27.  
    13:22: Educating Yorkshire wins top award

    Documentary series Educating Yorkshire has won an International Emmy at a ceremony in New York hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

    Educating Yorkshire producers

    The producers of the fly-on-the-wall series (pictured), filmed at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, picked up the award.

    Educating Yorkshire followed the lives of staff and pupils at the secondary school.

     
  28.  
    13:08: Leaked film sparks arrests Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC News Online has more on the two men - including one from Dewsbury - arrested by anti-piracy police on suspicion of leaking action film The Expendables 3 before its release date.

    Detectives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (Pipcu) arrested the men in Dewsbury and Upton, Wirral this morning.

    Copies of the film began circulating online from 25 July. The official US release date was not until 15 August.

     
  29.  
    12:57: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    People working close to a warehouse which exploded in Bradford yesterday have told Look North they feel lucky to be alive.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

     
  30.  
    12:46: Man heard 'almighty explosion' Kate Bradbrook BBC Look North video journalist

    People working near the scene of the explosion at a Bradford warehouse yesterday afternoon have been telling me more about what happened.

    Darren Broadbent

    Darren Broadbent (pictured), manager of a business just next door, has told me he heard "an almighty explosion" and thought something had landed on top of the building.

    He said: "There was nothing but smoke and dust everywhere. We didn't realise what had happened at first, but we saw the whole side of the building had collapsed."

     
  31.  
    12:25: Man sought after post office raid

    Police are investigating a post office raid in Holme Wood, Bradford, at about 17:10 yesterday which saw a woman cashier forced to open the safe before she was hit and pushed to the floor.

    The raider, who was wearing a balaclava, escaped with cash.

    The suspect is described as about 6ft tall and of medium build. He was wearing a dark blue jacket, plain black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers which are described as "scruffy".

     
  32.  
    12:14: Town's fire festival extinguished Huddersfield Examiner

    Organisers of Marsden's Imbolc Fire Festival have announced there will be no festival next year because it is too costly to run annually.

    Imbolc festival
     
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    12:04: Bradford explosion: At the scene Kate Bradbrook BBC Look North video journalist

    This is the scene on Parry Lane in Bradford this morning where investigations are now under way following yesterday's explosion.

    Explosion scene

    Two women were trapped as part of the Range Storage building collapsed after the explosion at about 16:40 yesterday. They were rescued by firefighters and treated for shock.

    Eyewitnesses say there was a deafening noise and feared someone had died. Police suspect the explosion was due to a gas leak.

     
  34.  
    11:57: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Investigations are continuing into what's believed to be a gas explosion that caused a warehouse in Bradford to partially collapse.

    Forty people were led to safety after the blast at the Range Storage building on Parry Lane.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

     
  35.  
    11:43: Film leak's 'significant impact' Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the arrest of two men, including one from Dewsbury, on suspicion of leaking action move The Expendables 3 online before its official release date.

    City of London Police, who made the arrests, say the film was viewed "hundreds of thousands of times" which has had "a significant financial impact" on the its distributors, Lionsgate.

    Det Ch Insp Danny Medlycott, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, said: "The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime."

     
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    11:34: Tax cut 'could create 8,500 jobs' Yorkshire Post
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    11:18: Screen success for BBC drama Huddersfield Examiner

    Another TV drama filmed in Huddersfield has opened to rave reviews, with critics hailing the BBC's Remember Me, a chilling drama starring former Monty Python star Michael Palin.

    Michael Palin
     
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    11:04: A winter wonderland welcome... Richard Stead Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as we visit a winter wonderland in Featherstone to find out about this year's Christmas decoration fashions.

    I'll also be talking to West Yorkshire artist Mik Artistik who'll tell more more about his latest gig in Halifax next week.

    And, as we brace ourselves for some of the busiest shopping days of the year, West Yorkshire Trading Standards will be here to answer your shopping consumer queries.

     
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    10:57: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A gas leak could have caused an explosion that partially destroyed a warehouse in Bradford.

    Rescue dogs were sent into the building in Parry Lane after the blast. There were no injuries, although a total of 40 people were led to safety.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    10:49: 'Fantastic response' to weapons amnesty Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    So far, 25 guns, gun parts and ammunition have been given up by members of the public, as well as 11 other weapons, according to police.

    Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle says: "That is a fantastic response. That's 36 weapons that will now be safely disposed of and will never fall into the wrong hands."

     
  41.  
    10:38: Amnesty nets guns and ammo Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Guns, knives and ammunition have already been handed in as part of a ten-day weapons amnesty, West Yorkshire Police has revealed.

    Knife handed in to police

    The "weapons surrender" was launched on 20 November in a bid by police to give people the chance to hand over weapons they shouldn't have.

    It follows a recent change in the law which now makes it illegal for certain people to hold antique weapons. Police say the response so far has been "very positive".

     
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    10:26: Council's £8m battle to balance books Yorkshire Evening Post
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    10:16: Arrest over online film leak

    A man from Dewsbury has been arrested on suspicion of leaking new action movie The Expendables 3 online before its official release date.

    The film hit the big screen in cinemas in the US on 15 August but a high-quality version had already appeared on the internet about ten days previously.

    A 33-year-old man was arrested earlier today at his home in Dewsbury by detectives from City of London Police in connection with the leak. A 36-year-old man has also been arrested at his home in Upton, Wirral.

     
  44.  
    10:06: The horses of Holme Wood

    The horses of Holme Wood in Bradford are the focus for a fascinating BBC Radio 4 programme which examines a bitter battle taking place on the outskirts of the city.

    Horse owners

    Bradford Council regularly monitors horse numbers on the Holme Wood estate, with workers and police carrying out late night raids to round them up.

    Alan Dein has met the animals' owners and explores their row with the council as they tether horses in parks, alleys and even their own gardens. Catch up on iPlayer now.

     
  45.  
    09:58: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Investigations are continuing into what's believed to be a gas explosion which caused a warehouse in Bradford to partially collapse.

    Forty people were led to safety after the blast at the Range Storage building on Parry Lane.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    09:40: Have your say Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Leeds and would like to find out your views about the service.

     
  47.  
    09:28: Culture title gets city talking Yorkshire Evening Post
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    09:10: Focus on women firefighters

    The search is on for more women firefighters in West Yorkshire, with the county's fire service holding taster sessions to show the realities of the job.

    Charlotte Leeming at fire training

    The initiative is part of a plan to boost the number of retained firefighters in the county.

    BBC Look North's Charlotte Leeming has been to West Yorkshire Fire Service's training centre at Birkenshaw to see if she's up to the job.

     
  49.  
    08:57: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    A gas leak's being blamed for an explosion which caused a warehouse in Bradford to partially collapse.

    Two women were temporarily trapped in the the Range Storage building yesterday before they - along with 38 other people - were led to safety.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

     
  50.  
    08:48: Anti-trafficking network launched Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The first meeting of a new network aimed at stopping human trafficking in West Yorkshire is set to take place later today.

    The ground-breaking Anti-Human Trafficking Network meets at Weetwood police station this morning and includes representatives from the Home Office, NHS, police, councils and a charity.

    It's the brainchild of the charity Hope for Justice in conjunction with Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, and aims to actively pursue gangs and offer support to victims and witnesses.

     
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    08:34: Warehouse blast investigation

    An investigation is continuing this morning into what caused an explosion yesterday afternoon at a warehouse in Bradford, which trapped two people.

    Range storage and material handling Bradford

    The women, aged 19 and 35, were trapped after part of the building collapsed. They were rescued by firefighters and treated for shock.

    The blast happened at Range Storage and Material Handling in Parry Lane at 16:40 on Monday and is not thought to be suspicious.

     
  52.  
    08:21: Maguire promises 'good run' Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Rhinos' Danny Maguire has told BBC Radio Leeds the disappointment of early elimination from the Super League play-offs back in September will spur him and the team on next season.

    Maguire says losing so early has meant "four months stewing over the loss" until the Rhinos can get back on the pitch.

    "We'll be a determined team this year - we definitely want to be more consistent and have a good run."

     
  53.  
    08:15: A cold, dry and bright day Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a cold and frosty start with patches of mist and fog which will be slow to clear.

    Weather forecast

    Otherwise, it'll be a dry day with spells of sunshine developing.

    The top temperature will be about 7C (45F) but colder where the fog lingers.

     
  54.  
    08:08: Traffic lights failure

    BBC Travel News reports that the traffic lights have failed on the A657 Briggate in Shipley at Foxes Corner.

    Drivers are being warned to approach the area with care.

     
  55.  
    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Tuesday 25 November 2014.

    I'll bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    And please feel free to send me your news, pictures and comments via leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

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