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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    Nuisance bike crackdown 17:50: Telegraph & Argus

    A police squad set up to tackle nuisance bikes has seized vehicles and given warnings after finding bikers riding illegally at the Flappit Quarry near Denholme.

     
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    Our Political Correspondent Len Tingle's been talking to the man in the spotlight today, Bradford MP David Ward (pictured).

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    Mr Ward says he condemns the actions of Hamas and his comments about the Israeli-Palestine conflict were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. We'll have the full story.

    Also, we'll be finding out more about the future of Bradford's Film Festival as the 2015 event is sadly cancelled.

     
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    Bulls exit for Manuokafoa 17:36: Telegraph & Argus

    Manase Manuokafoa is to leave the Bradford Bulls at the end of the season and join Widnes Vikings on a two-year deal.

     
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    Damage closes recycling centre 17:30: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Calderdale Council has told us the Eastwood Recycling Centre in Todmorden is expected to be closed until November after an incident there on Saturday left it requiring "extensive repairs" (pictured).

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    This comes just seven months after the centre re-opened following major renovations to improve the facilities.

    A man has been charged with criminal damage and investigations are under way by West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale Council and SITA UK, the council said.

     
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    Pensioner's face cut 17:03: Telegraph & Argus

    A pensioner had his face cut when two men mugged him in broad daylight in Undercliffe, police have said.

     
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    News on the hour 16:58: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Postman in court 16:50: Huddersfield Examiner

    A postman from Golcar has appeared in court accused of stealing dozens of DVDs, Blu-ray discs and computer games from his employer.

     
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    Manuokafoa signs for Vikings 16:42: BBC Sport

    Widnes Vikings have signed Bradford Bulls prop Manase Manuokafoa on a two-year contract starting in 2015.

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    The 29-year-old is in his third season with the Bulls, who were relegated from Super League on Sunday.

     
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    Summer in the city 16:35: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Radio Leeds drivetime presenter Andrew Edwards got out of the office for a short time this lunchtime and took this picture of the River Aire under hot sun and blue skies.

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    Have you taken a shot of West Yorkshire you'd like to share? Why not email or tweet them to us?

     
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    'Counterfeit clothing' seized 16:26: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    City of London Police have told us they have arrested a man today at his home in Leeds on suspicion of selling "thousands of pounds' worth" of fake designer clothing.

    The 39-year-old man's property was searched and more than 500 pieces of suspected counterfeit clothing, estimated to be worth more than £25,000, was seized.

    The man, who is believed to have been selling fake designer clothing in bulk at heavily discounted prices online, has since been released on bail, City of London Police have said.

     
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    Evening rail delays 16:19:

    Northern Rail tweets: #Slaithwaite - Delays of up to 45 minutes can be expected until approximately 19:00

     
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    MP issues 'categorical apology' 16:14: Telegraph & Argus

    Bradford East MP David Ward has issued what the party described as a "categorical apology", after posting a tweet suggesting that he might be ready to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel.

     
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    New jobs for Leeds 16:05: Danni Hewson Business Correspondent, BBC Yorkshire

    Prime Minister David Cameron this morning spoke at a business conference in Glasgow (pictured) ahead of the start of the Commonwealth Games. It was all about "turning the games into gold", he said, and as part of that there was some good news for Leeds.

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    Among the announcements made at the conference was that electronics giant Samsung will create 358 customer support jobs in the city.

    They will all be based at a new customer call centre in Claypit Lane, just outside the city centre.

     
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    News on the hour 15:59: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at at 16:00 include:

     
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    Town 'interested' in Wellens 15:37: BBC Sport

    Huddersfield Town are believed to be interested in midfielder Richie Wellens, who has told BBC Radio Sheffield he does not see a future at League One club Doncaster Rovers.

    The 34-year-old returned to the Keepmoat Stadium side last summer and made 37 league appearances.

    BBC Radio Leeds understands that Huddersfield Town are interested in signing the former Blackpool and Leicester City man.

     
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    Food outlets warned 15:23: Telegraph & Argus

    Food outlets found to be flouting the law will face the full weight of legal powers, Bradford Council has warned.

     
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    Train fault slows services 15:18:

    East coast Trains tweet: Owing to a train fault at Wakefield Westgate trains have to run at reduced speed on Southbound lines

     
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    MP's "categorical apology" 15:05: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The Lib Dems say Bradford MP David Ward (pictured) has given a "categorical apology" for his comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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    Mr Ward tweeted on Tuesday: "The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes."

    In a statement subsequently released by the Lib Dems, he said: "My comments were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. If they gave the opposite impression, I apologise."

    A party spokesman said in the light of this statement, it would be decided "in due course" if further disciplinary action would be taken.

     
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    News on the hour 14:57: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

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    Coming up 14:44: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me on BBC Radio Leeds from 15:00:

    I'll talk to the Conservative MP who wants to report Bradford East Lib Dem MP David Ward to the police over his twitter comments on the Palestine-Israel conflict.

    And just what's happened to next year's Bradford Film Festival? BBC Yorkshire's Business Correspondent will explain why it won't be taking place.

     
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    Plans to stop fans 'playing chicken' 14:36: Yorkshire Post

    Leeds United is among ten football clubs teaming up with rail managers to help reduce the number of young people trespassing on train tracks.

     
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    Ex-Bantams keeper in move talks 14:20: BBC Sport

    Burton Albion are in negotiations to sign former Bradford City goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

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    The 23-year-old appeared in every league game for the Bantams side last season, but left this week after failing to agree a new contract.

     
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    City's WW1 commemoration 14:10: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A large commemoration event to mark the centenary of the First World War is to be held in Leeds at the weekend, the city council has confirmed.

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    The council said it will feature one of the biggest military parades the city has ever seen, with up to 800 armed forces personnel due to gather in Leeds on Saturday 26 July.

    They'll join members of the public in remembering those who volunteered to join regiments in Yorkshire when war was announced in August 1914.

     
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    News on the hour 13:58: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

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    £12m 'game-changer' for city 13:46: Telegraph & Argus

    A new £12m scheme to set up a University Enterprise Zone in Bradford has the potential to be a "game-changer" for the city, the leader of the council has said.

     
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    Lanes re-opened 13:35:

    BBC Travel News reports all lanes have re-opened but there is queuing traffic on the A1 Doncaster By-Pass northbound in Doncaster, between the A1(M) J38 and Barnsdale Bar, because of an accident involving three lorries earlier.

     
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    Al fresco in Huddersfield 13:22: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    James Deighton, BBC Radio Leeds' rugby league presenter and commentator, is having a nice time out in the sun in Huddersfield, as shown by the picture he's just tweeted.

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    In fact, the weather's so warm, the Huddersfield Giants have decided to hold today's media conference out in the sun.

     
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    Warning over GP numbers 13:11: Yorkshire Post

    Ministers must act urgently to address a "crisis" in falling numbers of GPs, doctors' leaders have warned.

     
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    News on the hour 12:59: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

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    • A woman has died after being hit by a train at Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield
    • Police in Lancashire are hunting an eight foot boa constrictor
     
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    MP's tweet 'unwise' 12:20: Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Nadhim Zahawi (pictured), the Conservative MP for Stratford, has just told me the tweet Bradford Lib Dem MP David Ward sent was unwise, and felt it was inciting people to fire rockets into Israel.

    Nadhim Zahawi MP

    He has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to investigate the matter.

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    Season 'not etched in stone' 12:10: Yorkshire Post

    When Leeds United's head coach David Hockaday says that nothing in his planning for the club's season is "etched in stone", he genuinely means it, the Yorkshire Post reports.

     
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    News on the hour 11:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

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    • A woman's died after being hit by a train at Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield
    • The future of Bradford's International Film Festival is uncertain after organisers announce a review
     
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    'No regrets' over Gaza tweets 11:46: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Bradford Lib Dem MP David Ward has just told BBC Radio Leeds he has "no regrets" over tweets he sent yesterday about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Mr Ward tweeted on Tuesday: "The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes."

    Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, he said: "We need a debate on what's happening in Gaza" and criticised other MPs for their "platitudinous statements" on the crisis there.

    Mr Ward said criticism of his tweet was "manufactured outrage".

     
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    Film festival scrutinised 11:41: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Bradford International Film Festival won't be held next spring, event organisers at the city's National Media Museum (pictured) have confirmed to the BBC.

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    A "thorough review" of the event is to be carried out over the next few months with the aim of relaunching the festival with a new programme which "plays to our strengths", they've told us.

    It saw a drop in total audience numbers last year to just under 11,000 and Media Museum bosses say they want to look at reinvigorating the event.

     
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    MP faces disciplinary 11:22: Yorkshire Post

    A West Yorkshire Liberal Democrat MP was accused of inciting violence and faces a fresh disciplinary investigation after backing Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.

     
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    Council cash warning 11:11: Telegraph & Argus

    The finance boss at Bradford Council has given a grim warning about the authority's future.

     
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    News on the hour 11:00: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top headlines at 11:00 include:

    • A Conservative MP has sent a letter to the Metropolitan Police asking them to investigate tweets sent by Bradford MP David Ward about Gaza
    • Another food bank's opened in what's considered to be one of Leeds' more affluent areas
    • The future of Bradford's International Film Festival is in doubt
     
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    Probe call over MP's tweet 10:57: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Conservative MP for Stratford Nadhim Zahawi has just confirmed to BBC Radio Leeds that he's sent a letter to the Metropolitan Police calling for an investigation into Bradford East MP David Ward's tweet about Gaza.

    The Lib Dem MP tweeted on Tuesday: "The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes."

     
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    Who paid for the Tour? 10:46: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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    Bulls relegation 'lesson' 10:36: BBC Sport

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    Coroner's warning over websites 10:27: Telegraph & Argus

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    Train delays 10:17:

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    'Absolutely desperate' 10:08: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Bradford Lib Dem MP David Ward (pictured) has insisted his comments about the Gaza crisis are about understanding the motivation of those firing missiles rather than condoning them.

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    Last night the MP tweeted: "If I lived in #Gaza, would I fire a rocket? - probably yes".

    Mr Ward has told the BBC this morning: "Why are they doing it? They're doing it because they're absolutely desperate and because politicians in the West are failing them."

     
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    News on the hour 09:58: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top headlines at 10:00:

    • A Bradford MP is criticised for saying he might fire rockets at Israel if he was in Gaza
    • The future of Bradford's International Film Festival is in doubt
    • Morley councillors call for a referendum on breaking away from Leeds Council control
     
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    Woman hit by train 09:50: Huddersfield Examiner

    A woman has been hit by a train at Slaithwaite. The incident, which is believed to have happened at around 8.15am, means lines between Huddersfield and Stalybridge are closed.

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

    Join me until 12:00 on BBC Radio Leeds:

    I'm asking what should happen next to Bradford East MP David Ward after his controversial comments on Twitter? Email or tweet me with your views.

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    Also, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray (pictured) is coming in for a chat ahead of receiving his honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan University.

    And I'll be hearing from Shaun Williams - perhaps best known as Barry in Eastenders - who's one of the stars of a smash-hit comedy now on at the Bradford Alhambra.

     
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    Slow traffic 09:29:

    BBC Travel News reports that one lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A58 Roundhay Road inbound in Leeds at Old Ford Green Junction because of an accident involving a cyclist and a car.

     
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    MP's Gaza row 09:20: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the comments made by Bradford Lib Dem MP David Ward, who tweeted on Tuesday: "If I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes".

    BBC Radio Leeds' political reporter Louise Martin says she has tried to call Mr Ward "several times" this morning but has so far had no response.

     
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    'Opportunities missed' 09:10: Yorkshire Evening Post

    A mother was told opportunities had been missed to save her baby son who died shortly after being born at Leeds General Infirmary, an inquest heard.

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

    The top headlines at 09:00:

     
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    'I want to feed the world' 08:56: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    It may be a small cafe on a quiet street in Armley, Leeds, but it's run by a man with big ambitions.

    food on plate in cafe

    All the food used in Adam Smith's Real Junk Food Project Cafe is "intercepted".

    This doesn't mean they take food from bins or skips - but it is past its expiration date. Why? Well, Adam says: "I want to feed the world."

     
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    Rail delays 08:46:

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    Leeds lose against Mansfield 08:38: Yorkshire Post

    Leeds United head coach David Hockaday blamed individual errors and insisted the team were showing definite signs of improvement, despite a 2-0 defeat to Mansfield Town last night.

     
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    MP's 'vile comments' 08:28: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A Bradford Lib Dem MP has been accused of making "vile comments" on social media about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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    David Ward (pictured) tweeted on Tuesday: "The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes".

    Labour has said the tweet was a "vile comment from a desperate Lib Dem MP". Email or tweet us with your views.

     
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    Broken down vehicle 08:18:

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    Drivers are advised to take care.

     
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    Warm spells 08:08: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a grey start in places, gradually brightening up with warm spells of sunshine.

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    In places it will be hot, with a top temperature of 25C (77F).

     
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    Welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire for Wednesday 23 July.

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