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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    17:58: A dry, clear and cold night Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dry and clear at first, with more cloud later but staying dry with a minimum temperature of about 1C (34F) and a widespread ground frost.

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow will be cloudy at times, especially in the west where a little drizzle is possible over the Pennines. It'll be brighter further east, and staying dry.

    The top temperature will be about 9C (48F).

    17:56: Wildlife at heart of bog clean-up

    Work's being carried out at a bog in Bingley this week to ensure wildlife can flourish in what is the last remnant of lowland marshland in the area, Bradford Council says.

    Bog clean-up work

    Bingley South Bog is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and contains over 50 specialist wetland plants as well as invertebrates, butterflies and amphibians.

    A major clean-up's currently taking place at the site in a bid to remove unwanted plants after it recently became overgrown with willow and reed mace - also known as bullrush.

    17:46: Coming up on BBC One Phil Bodmer Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report from Barnsley, the home town of an ex-Royal Marine who's the first British national to die fighting against Islamic State.

    Also, we're looking at the legacy of the miners' strike. Exactly 30 years after it ended, research shows Yorkshire's still lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of jobs.

    And we focus on Bradford where an International Film Summit is now under way. It's a chance for the city to share with a global audience its expertise as the first Unesco City of Film.

    17:42: India's Great War role remembered

    A special work of Indian dance will be performed in Halifax this weekend to mark the 130,000 Indian soldiers who served on the Western Front in World War One.

    Shantha Rao, Anapurna Dance Company

    Dance group Annapurna will perform the work at Bankfield Museum on Saturday, especially remembering the thousands of Indian soldiers who died in battles such as Ypres and Loos.

    The dance is free to watch and will be performed at 13:00 and 13:30.

    17:29: Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos BBC Sport

    Leeds Rhinos are unchanged for Thursday's Super League clash with Hull FC, but utility Rob Burrow is pushing for the final 17 after missing out in successive games.

    Tom Briscoe

    Winger Tom Briscoe will line-up against his former club for the second time should he make the matchday squad. Get the full match preview here.

    17:14: Arrest over rape near pub Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the story we brought you earlier today about police investigating the rape of a 36-year-old woman near a pub in Leeds at the weekend.

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested after attending a police station this afternoon, police say.

    17:08: Recycling restrictions

    People in Leeds are being reminded that from 1 April they won't be able to use any of the eight recycling sites in the city without a permit.

    The Leeds Resident Permit is a car window sticker which will be sent along with this year's council tax statement for the year.

    Only residents who live within the Leeds boundary will be entitled to a permit. It's aimed at cutting the amount of waste coming into the city from neighbouring areas​, according to Leeds City Council.

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

    Police are trying to trace a man who raped a woman close to a pub in Leeds city centre.

    The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

    16:49: Adventure golf 'helps Tigers bond' BBC Sport

    Castleford Tigers playmakers Ben Roberts and Luke Gale have told BBC's Super League Show how a round of adventure golf can help them forge an on-field partnership.

    Castleford Tigers' Ben Roberts (l) and Luke Gale play adventure golf

    Samoa and former New Zealand international Roberts has moved to Britain's top-flight competition from Australian National Rugby League side Melbourne Storm, while Gale switched to Castleford from Bradford Bulls.

    16:33: Paralympian opens rehabilitation centre Daragh Corcoran Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Halifax gold medal-winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft has been in Castleford to officially open a new facility to rehabilitate people with physical disabilities.

    Hannah Cockroft shows her gold medal

    Hannah took a look around the new rooms, met some of the residents and passed around her 2012 gold medal.

    There was a touching moment when resident Alan held Hannah's medal in his hand and asked: "Is it gold or silver?" Hannah's reply was, of course, a very definite "gold".

    16:19: Your views

    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.

    16:06: Girl 'scarred for life' by attack Yorkshire Evening Post

    A teenage girl who was attacked with a machete by an older boy has spoken about the ordeal for the first time.

    15:58: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted by a man she met in a pub in Leeds.

    The 36-year-old was attacked behind the Hedley Verity pub on Woodhouse Lane at about 01:00 on Sunday. Listen to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

    15:49: Delaney heads for Hunslet BBC Sport

    Hunslet Hawks have signed Leeds Rhinos second-row forward Brett Delaney on a dual-registration basis.

    Brett Delaney

    The 32-year-old Australian underwent knee surgery in pre-season and has yet to make an appearance in 2015.

    Hawks coach Barry Eaton can call on the ex-Parramatta utility for Sunday's Championship game against Bradford.

    15:35: Roadworks cause traffic delays

    BBC Travel reports there's very slow traffic on the A6037 Canal Road in both directions in Bradford between the Gaisby Lane junction and the A6177 Queen's Road junction.

    The delays are due to roadworks in the area.

    15:22: Community shock over attack

    Police investigating an attack on a 17-year-old girl in Halifax say they want to speak to between two and three males in connection with the incident.

    It is thought they were in a black or dark coloured BMW 320.

    Det Sgt Sally Fletcher says: "This was a terrible attack against a young woman simply going about her daily business... it has shocked the close-knit community the victim comes from."

    15:04: Public square plans unveiled Yorkshire Evening Post

    Plans for a new public square in Leeds city centre, which is due to open in 2016, have been unveiled.

    Artist impression of new square
    14:57: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are trying to trace a man who raped a woman close to a pub in Leeds city centre.

    The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday. Listen to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

    14:43: Girl attacked by masked men

    Police are appealing for information after a 17-year-old girl was hit with a wooden pole by a gang of masked men in Halifax in what detectives say was a "targeted" attack.

    The girl was taken to hospital with a broken wrist and extensive bruising after the attack which happened on Hanson Lane between 16:00 and 16:15 last Thursday.

    Police say the men were wearing face coverings and dark clothing.

    14:25: Preview: Leeds v Ipswich BBC Sport

    Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin could be out for up to three weeks with a thigh injury.

    Defender Giuseppe Bellusci is set to return after suspension and striker Steve Morison will face a late fitness test.

    Leeds have lost their last two games - 2-0 at Brighton on 24 February and 3-2 against Watford at home on Saturday.

    14:12: Traffic delays on M62

    BBC Travel News reports that one lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M62 westbound at J29, M1 (Lofthouse) because of emergency repairs.

    Drivers are being warned to expect disruption.

    13:59: News on the hour Tracy Gee Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    There's a plea today for vandals to leave a church in Leeds alone after it was targeted yet again this week.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin

    13:44: Tour de Yorkshire

    The excitement's growing for West Yorkshire's cycle fans today with the announcement of the exact details of when and where they can catch a glimpse of some of the world's top cyclists during this May's Tour de Yorkshire.

    Cow and Calf Rocks

    The three-state major international cycling race, which reaches West Yorkshire on 3 May, will take in some of the county's most spectacular scenery as it heads from Wakefield to Leeds.

    Key points include the Holmfirth King of the Mountain climb, the Hebden Bridge King of the Mountain climb and the Ilkley Cow and Calf (pictured) King of the Mountain climb.

    13:31: Derelict homes face demolition Halifax Courier

    Demolition work is set to begin next month on more than 100 properties on a derelict North Halifax estate.

    13:20: Tour plans 'extremely exciting'

    Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, says May's Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race will be "an extremely exciting three days".

    Gary Verity

    The new three-stage race, which will be one of the biggest cycling events held in Europe in 2015, takes place between 1-3 May across Yorkshire and its exact timings and routes have just been announced.

    Mr Verity says: "Today's confirmation of the timings and precise routes in and out of the start and finish towns and cities will help fans, spectators and businesses who can now begin to plan their weekend, where to watch and how to get the best out of the event."

    13:10: Charity fundraiser fizz stolen Telegraph & Argus

    Thieves have stolen bottles of fizz destined for a charity masquerade ball being organised by a group of women to raise funds for a Bradford hospice.

    12:59: News on the hour Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are investigating after a woman suffered a serious sexual assault by a man she met in a pub in Leeds.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

    12:45: Tour details revealed

    BBC News Online has more on the announcement of the start and finish times for the Tour de Yorkshire race in May which have been announced today by its organisers.

    Tour de Yorkshire map

    The final stage, in West Yorkshire on Sunday 3 May, will start at 12:15 outside Wakefield Cathedral and end between 16:30 and 17:00 at Roundhay Park in Leeds.

    12:27: Vicar's church vandalism appeal Charles Heslett Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The vicar of the Leeds church where hymn books and bibles were set alight by vandals on Monday has called on those responsible to think again before causing further damage.

    Revd Peter Lane at scene of vandalism

    The arson attack at Seacroft Congregational Church is just the latest time it's been targeted. The building has become so unsafe due to vandalism that the congregation moved out in 2012.

    Reverend Peter Lane tells me: "These people are putting themselves in danger as well as the people who come in to check the building. Please don't go in there, it's not safe".

    12:15: Sharp's 'goal run' hopes Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United striker Billy Sharp is set to start for the second game in a row when Ipswich Town visit Elland Road tonight.

    Billy Sharp

    Sharp turned down a loan move to Portman Road earlier this year in favour of staying at United. After scoring his 150th career goal at the weekend, he says he hopes head coach Neil Redfearn will now give him a run in the side.

    "It's good when the manager's got faith and belief in you. I need to get a run of good games going to get match fitness and hopefully I can get a run of goals," he says.

    11:59: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police investigating a rape in Leeds city centre have released details about the man they're trying to trace.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

    11:50: Hymn books set on fire at church Charles Heslett Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    This morning, I've been at Seacroft Congregational Church in Leeds which was broken into on Monday by vandals who, shockingly, set the building ablaze using hymn books and bibles.

    Seacroft Congregational Church

    It's not the first time the church has been targeted by yobs, which led to its congregation leaving the building in 2012. But it had been hoped that it would eventually re-open.

    Firefighters managed to contain the blaze within the building, but looking at it today it's a sorry sight and the incident's left a real sense of shock in this community.

    11:42: Road blocked after accident

    BBC Travel News reports that Doctor Lane in Mirfield is currently partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions at the Knowl Road junction because of an accident.

    11:29: Holbeck improvement bid launch

    Private landlords who manage houses in Holbeck are being invited to the area's first landlords forum to find out how they can work together to improve their community, local blog South Leeds Life reports.

    The first forum will take place between 18:00 and 19:30 this evening at St Matthew's Community Centre.

    Bob Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, tells South Leeds Life: "By attending the forum, landlords can have their say in how we can work together to improve the area."

    11:08: 'Neglect' investigation launched Yorkshire Evening Post

    A dossier of allegations into claims an 89-year-old man has been subjected to neglect by a combination of Leeds City Council-appointed and private home carers sparks an investigation.

    John Makin
    10:54: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are trying to trace a man who raped a woman close to a pub in Leeds city centre.

    The victim was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

    10:41: Heavy traffic warning

    BBC Travel News reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A658 Barkerend Road in Bradford between the New Otley Road junction and the A650 Shipley Airedale Road junction.

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

    10:30: Suspect sought over rape

    More on the news that police in Leeds are investigating after a 36-year-old woman was raped near the Hedley Verity pub at the weekend.

    The suspect is white, about 5ft 7in, average build, with short cropped fair blonde hair. He was wearing a dark coloured T-shirt.

    When he met the victim he told her his name was Jamie, according to West Yorkshire Police.

    10:20: Super League round four preview BBC Sport

    Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree and Wigan Warriors scrum-half Matty Smith preview round four of the season on BBC's Super League Show.

    Eorl Crabtree (l) and Matty Smith

    The action starts tomorrow when Leeds Rhinos travelling to Hull FC, looking to maintain their perfect start to the new campaign.

    10:08: 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.

    09:57: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police investigating what is now believed to be a rape attack in Leeds city centre have released details about the man they're trying to trace.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    09:48: Town's pub plight Yorkshire Evening Post

    A Leeds market town is leading the UK's first test case to get all of its pubs listed as Assets of Community Value in an effort to give them better protection.

    Greg Mulholland MP and pub-goers
    09:34: Sex assault CCTV appeal

    As mentioned in the 09:00 news headlines, police in Leeds are investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman at a city pub at the weekend.

    CCTV image

    Officers have released a CCTV image which shows a man walking away after the incident which happened in the loading area of the Hedley Verity and Yates's pubs off Percival Street at about 01:00 on Sunday.

    The victim, a 36-year-old woman, is believed to have met the man at the Hedley Verity on Saturday night.

    09:24: Southport 1 - 0 Halifax Town Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    FC Halifax Town fell to their first league defeat of 2015 last night as they lost 1-0 at Southport.

    The defeat leaves Town seven points off the play-offs with four games in hand.

    Match stats
    09:11: City's cinema celebration Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Hundreds of people from the world of film are taking up residence in Bradford for the next three days.

    Bradford city centre

    The International Film Summit kicks off today as it welcomes guests from across the globe.

    There'll be talks by industry bosses as well as films, music and screenings throughout the city centre. The event is also about promoting film-making here in Yorkshire.

    08:57: News on the hour Corinne Wheatley Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police are investigating after a woman suffered a serious sexual assault by a man she met in a pub in Leeds at the weekend.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    08:40: Accident sparks M62 queues

    BBC Travel News reports one lane's blocked and there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J26, M606 (Chain Bar) and J27, M621 (Gildersome) because of an accident.

    Congestion is currently reported as far back as J23, A640 (Huddersfield).

    08:27: Brentford 4 - 1 Huddersfield Town BBC Sport

    Chris Long scored a brace on his debut as Brentford moved back into the Championship play-off places with a 4-1 win over mid-table Huddersfield.

    Brentford v Huddersfield

    It was a comfortable victory for a dominant Bees side against a Huddersfield outfit who seemed determined to play on the counter-attack from the outset.

    08:10: Queuing traffic on M1

    BBC Travel News reports two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic on the M1 northbound between J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green) and J46, A63 (Leeds Colton), because of an accident.

    Congestion is currently reported as far as J44, A639 (Leeds South).

    Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

    08:05: A dry and mainly sunny day Clare Nasir Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This morning will see early Pennine showers which will soon die away.

    Weather forecast

    Then most places will be dry and mainly sunny.

    The top temperature 8C (46F) with a brisk northwest wind. Check the forecast where you live.

    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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