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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    'Largest in Europe" 15:49:

    Ferrybridge power station is operated by SSE and has had three power stations since 1924. The current one has operated since 1966.

    According to the SSE website "Ferrybridge C has two 198m (650ft) high chimneys and eight 115m (380ft) high cooling towers, which are the largest of their kind in Europe".

     
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    Road congestion due to fire 15:45: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Look North presenter Phil Bodmer has just tweeted there's congestion around the Knottingley/Ferrybridge area as emergency services tackle the large fire at the power station.

     
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    Smoke plume seen for miles 15:43:

    Marie Foster tweeted us this picture of the Ferrybridge power station blaze.

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    Jets targeted at fire 15:39: Kate Bradbrook BBC Look North video journalist

    Jets of water are being applied to the fire at Ferrybridge power station. Plumes of black smoke are still billowing out.

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    Road closed due to fire 15:36:

    BBC Travel News reports the B6136 Stranglands Lane in Knottingley is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Castleford Lane junction and the Stranglands Lane junction because of the fire at Ferrybridge power station.

     
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    'All accounted for' in fire 15:34: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    An update from West Yorkshire Fire Service about the blaze at Ferrybridge power station.

    They say the incident has now been "escalated" to 15 fire engines at the site.

    "Crews are still tackling the blaze. We have just received an informative message that all persons are accounted for. No injuries report at this stage."

     
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    Power station fire 'just escalated' 15:30: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Paul, who works at a construction site next door to Ferrybridge power station, has just told BBC Radio Leeds that the fire started in buildings behind the two large concrete chimneys on the site.

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    "You could see smoke and then it just escalated," he said.

    "The flames came through and then it was a case of all the alarms going and we were evacuated."

     
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    Power station in flames 15:19: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Drue has just tweeted us this picture of thick smoke coming from the fire at Ferrybridge C power station.

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    'Thick, black smoke' 15:13: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC TV producer Matt Richards has just tweeted this picture from the fire at Ferrybridge power station.

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    He says: "Thick black smoke but flames appear to have been put out at Ferrybridge. Worker says it's an oil recirculation unit."

     
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    'No injuries' at fire 15:09: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A further update about the fire at Ferrybridge power station near Castleford.

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    Yorkshire Ambulance Service has told us it was alerted to the blaze at 14:29.

    A hazardous area response team is currently attending, but there are no reports of any injuries.

     
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    Traffic problems due to smoke 15:04:

    BBC Travel News says there is slow traffic on the M62 in both directions between Junction 32 at Pontefract and Junction 33 at Ferrybridge Services because of smoke blowing across the road.

    Problems are also being caused by a broken down vehicle which has blocked one lane and caused slow traffic on the M62 westbound between Junction 32, A639 (Pontefract) and Junction 31, A655 (Castleford).

     
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    News on the hour 14:59: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    In the past hour a fire has broken out at Ferrybridge Power station near Castleford.

    Emergency services were called just before 14:00 and 10 fire crews are currently dealing with the blaze which can be seen for miles around. Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

     
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    Ten crews at power station blaze 14:57: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    West Yorkshire Fire Service has just updated us regarding the fire at Ferrybridge C power station.

    They say they were called to the site at 13:57 and 10 fire engines are in attendance from Pontefract, Normanton, Featherstone, Castleford and Wakefield.

    "A number of members of the public have called our control room due to the plumes of smoke which can be seen in the surrounding area," a spokesman said.

     
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    Major blaze under way 14:55: Danny Savage North of England Correspondent, BBC News

    I've been told 60 firefighters are at the Ferrybridge coal-fired power station.

     
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    Flames leap from power station 14:53: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Andrew Downey has just sent us this picture of the big fire at Ferrybridge power station, near Castleford.

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    Plumes of smoke at power station 14:49: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Here's another photo from Alice Richardson of the fire at Ferrybridge power station, which is just a short distance from the M62.

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    As you can see smoke from the fire, which has been burning for about an hour, can be seen for miles around.

     
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    Fire caught on camera 14:44: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Alice Richardson has just sent us this picture of the fire at Ferrybridge power station near Castleford.

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    Fire at Ferrybridge 14:38: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Ten fire crews are attending a blaze at Ferrybridge power station near Castleford, West Yorkshire Fire Service says.

    They were called out to the site at about 13:57.

    We're trying to find out more information about the incident and will update you shortly.

     
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    Very slow traffic 14:31:

    BBC Travel News reports there's very slow traffic on A62 Castlegate / Queensgate in Huddersfield around the A616 Chapel Hill junction.

     
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    Glorious rainbow 14:20: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    Craig Johnston sent in this glorious picture of a rainbow over Halifax this morning.

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    If you've been capturing the best of West Yorkshire's scenery, why not email or tweet us with your pictures?

     
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    News on the hour 14:00: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man who was told his partner had died when she was still alive is to take legal action against Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

     
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    War memorial unveiled 13:50:

    Local Leeds blog @Bramleybaths tweets: The @BramleyMemorial in honour of the fallen in Rodley, Bramley & Stanningley is unveiled Mon 4 Aug 10am. All welcome

     
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    Roads looking clear 13:38:

    BBC Travel News reports traffic is moving fairly freely around Leeds and West Yorkshire on this Thursday afternoon.

     
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    Dementia numbers fear 13:26: Telegraph & Argus

    Towns and villages to the north of Bradford have some of the highest rates of patients suffering from dementia in the country, new figures have revealed.

     
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    Teenager's farming hopes 13:14: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    BBC News Online has been looking at the resurgence behind England's agricultural shows, including the Great Yorkshire Show.

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    They spoke to Leeds teenager Nicole Sandham who has high hopes of following in her grandparents' footsteps and becoming a farmer.

     
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    News on the hour 12:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour councillors in Calderdale have been left stunned after being dumped from power. Their refusal to scrap parking charges led to a motion of no confidence, which they lost by two votes.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

     
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    Police staff suspended 12:49: Dewsbury Reporter

    More than 40 officers and staff have been suspended by West Yorkshire Police during the last two-and-a-half years, the Dewsbury Reporter has revealed.

     
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    £7m school plans revealed 12:35: Telegraph & Argus

    Ambitious plans have been revealed for a £7m new primary school in Silsden to cope with a surge in demand.

     
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    Tories respond to council win 12:22: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    Another update on the situation at Calderdale Council following last night's shock vote which saw Labour ousted and the Conservatives waved in.

    Tory leader Stephen Baines tells BBC Radio Leeds the move was "in the best interests of people in Calderdale".

     
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    Railway station assault 12:13: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    Police have just released CCTV images after an assault at Bradford Interchange railway station.

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    A 38-year-old man from Shipley was punched in the face by a man who followed him off the train at about 22:55 on 12 July.

     
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    News on the hour 12:00: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    It's all change at Calderdale Council as Labour is ousted from power and the Conservatives take over.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

     
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    Coming up 11:59: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me from midday on BBC Radio Leeds when I'll be asking, in the age of Spotify and internet music streaming, is the album dead?

    And foodies, would a fancy description of a dish make you more likely to order it? New research suggests it would. I'll be asking a chef and a food blogger what they think.

     
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    Bulls' stadium announcement 11:47: Telegraph & Argus

    Bradford Bulls' Odsal stadium will be transformed into a profitable business which will support successful rugby as a 'by-product', chairman Marc Green has announced.

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    Golden wheat fields 11:38: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    Sandie Nicholson sent us this glorious picture of golden wheat ready for harvest in Emley.

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    Have you been out and about in West Yorkshire with your camera? Why not email or tweet us your pictures?

     
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    Yorkshire v Sri Lanka 11:25: BBC Sport

    Yorkshire County Cricket Club are in action today against Sri Lanka at their Headingley home.

    Catch up with the latest score here and listen to the live commentary at BBC Radio Leeds.

     
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    Community boss in court 11:12: Telegraph & Argus

    A former executive of a Bradford community organisation which received tens of millions of pounds of government funding has appeared in court .

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    News on the hour 10:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour's been ousted from power in Calderdale - and all because it refused to scrap parking charges.

    The Conservatives have taken the leadership after a motion of no confidence in Labour was passed by just two votes. Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin.

     
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    Lights Out campaign 10:42:

    Wakefield Council tweets: We're supporting the #lightsout campaign to remember WWI. Are you? Leave just one light/candle on 10-11pm, 4 Aug.

     
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    Poster 'saved my life' 10:27: Huddersfield Examiner

    A man from Deighton who had life-saving surgery two days after spotting a poster in his GP's surgery claims it saved his life.

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    Labour reacts to defeat 10:15: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    More reaction to the news that the Conservative party has taken control of Calderdale Council.

    BBC Radio Leeds has spoken to the authority's former leader, Labour councillor Tim Swift, who said it would be "interesting" to see what the new ruling group's priorities will be.

    He said: "The fact is the new administration aren't the largest group, they don't have a majority and they only won the vote last night because a couple of our members were unable to attend."

     
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    News on the hour 09:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour is no longer leading Calderdale Council after being ousted on a dramatic night at Halifax town hall.

    The authority's now being led by the Conservatives, supported by Liberal Democrats and independents, after a motion of no confidence in Labour was carried by just two votes. Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin.

     
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    On air now 09:41: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds where I'll be talking about whether sobriety tags are a good idea.

    From today, four courts in London will have the power to ban offenders from consuming alcohol and monitor their compliance. But will this help reduce alcohol-related crimes? Email or tweet us with your views.

     
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    Heavy M1 traffic 09:27:

    BBC Travel News reports there's heavy traffic on the M1 northbound between J47, A642 (Parlington) and J48 A1(M) Hook Moor.

     
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    'Savage' dog attack 09:13: Batley News

    An 11-year-old boy has been left scarred for life after a dog tore a chunk from his arm in a savage attack in Batley.

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    News on the hour 08:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Labour's lost the leadership of Calderdale Council after a dramatic night at Halifax town hall.

    The party was ousted from power by the Conservatives after a motion of no confidence was carried by just two votes. Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin.

     
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    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.

     
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    Pair win last-gasp gold 08:41: BBC Sport

    West Yorkshire's Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree won a last-gasp gold in the women's synchronised 3m springboard yesterday.

    Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree

    The pair never led but won in dramatic fashion with the final dive of the competition and finished with a final score of 300.24.

     
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    Tories wrest control from Labour 08:30: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    There was a dramatic turn of events at a meeting of Calderdale Council last night when a vote of no confidence in its Labour administration was passed.

    Halifax Town Hall

    The shock result saw the council come under Conservative control with Tory councillor Steven Baines taking over from Labour's Tim Swift as the new leader.

     
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    Sunny spells today 08:21: Keeley Donovan BBC Look North Weather Presenter

    Today there will be variable cloud with some sunny spells. There's also the risk of a few showers which could be heavy and thundery, but many places will avoid them altogether.

    The maximum temperature will be 21C (70F). Check the forecast near you.

     
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    BBC Travel News reports there's queueing traffic on the A1(M) northbound between J44, A64 (Bramham) and J45, A659 (Boston Spa) because of a broken down vehicle.

     
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    Good morning 08:00: Lauren Potts BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire for Thursday 31 July.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county until 18:00. You can get in touch via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     

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