Man quizzed over Kirkstall church child sex abuse allegations

An allegation of child sex abuse at a church in the 1960s is being investigated by police.

West Yorkshire Police said a man reported that he had been abused at St Stephen's Church in Kirkstall, Leeds, when he was a child.

An 82-year-old man has been interviewed under caution after attending a police station voluntarily, the force said.

Det Con Phil Kirby has asked for anyone who could assist in the investigation to come forward.

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

    We'll be here again from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

    Warm sunshine 17:52: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight, it'll be dry with clear periods at first but turn misty later with a minimum temperature of 13C (55F).

    Weather outlook

    Tomorrow, there'll be a grey start in places, but it'll brighten up with warm spells of sunshine developing and a top temperature of about 25C (77F).

    Coming up on BBC One 17:41: BBC Look North

    Tonight's programme at 18:30:

    • The mother of a 23-year-old Leeds woman who died from cervical cancer says she wants to know why her daughter's illness was not discovered for three years
    • A new report says Yorkshire's three police forces are on track to meet government cuts
    • And a Muslim community leader is given an honorary degree by Leeds Metropolitan University
    Broadway scheme sneak peak 17:35: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    It's been years coming, but work is now well under way on Bradford's £275m Broadway development on the site which had unfortunately become known as "The Bradford Hole".

    Webcam view

    Now, Bradford Council's launched a webcam so you can get a daily rooftop view of progress from the comfort of your own keyboard.

    The Bradford Broadway scheme is expected to include more than 70 new shops, restaurants and cafes and is due to open next year.

    Keeper quits Bradford 17:30: Telegraph & Argus

    Jon McLaughlin has officially left Bradford City following the arrival of Jordan Pickford on loan.

    Your pictures: Sunny Roundhay 17:25: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Jonathan Bulmer for sending in this picture of the lake at Roundhay Park as the sun beat down earlier today.

    lake at roundhay

    Have you taken any pictures that you want to share of West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet them to us.

    Heavy traffic 17:21:

    BBC Travel News reports there's heavy traffic on the A58(M) inner ring road westbound, in Leeds, at the A65 West Street.

    Art for your home? 17:19: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Ever wanted a work of art to hang in your house, but didn't know where to start? Did you know that Leeds City Council will lend you works of art for your home?

    people looking at painting

    This weekend, the city's council-run art gallery is again offering art lovers the chance to rifle through an archive of 600 paintings and find something to suit the wallpaper in the front room.

    Usually held on just one day every three months, the council says this weekend's picture lending event will be held across the entire weekend at Leeds City Art Gallery on The Headrow.

    VIDEO: Two taken to hospital 17:13: Halifax Courier

    Two men have been taken to hospital after an incident in a Halifax street on Tuesday afternoon.

    McLaughlin leaves City 17:08: BBC Sport

    Bradford City goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has left the club after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

    John McLaughlin

    The 23-year-old made 118 league appearances for the Bantams after making his debut against Chesterfield at the age of 18 in May 2009.

    Land Rovers destroyed in blaze 17:02: Yorkshire Post

    A blaze at a specialist car dealership in Huddersfield has destroyed a £100,000 fleet of unique and valuable classic Land Rovers.

    News on the hour 16:55: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 17:00:

    Police road death figures 16:48: Telegraph & Argus

    More people have died in police-related incidents on the roads of West Yorkshire than anywhere else in the UK outside of London, new figures show.

    Giants 'strive for perfection' 16:39: BBC Sport

    Huddersfield Giants forward Brett Ferres has told the BBC's Super League Show that the team "strive for perfection" and have yet to reach the standards they set themselves this season.

    Brett Ferres

    Last season's League Leader's Shield winners are currently sixth in the table with 12 wins this term and are six points adrift of St Helens at the top.

    Missing man sought 16:27: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Police are appealing for help to find a 34-year-old Wakefield man who has been missing since the weekend.

    Nicholas Boon

    Nicholas Alan Boon (pictured) was last seen by relatives at about 11:00 on Saturday and was reported missing on Sunday.

    He is described as white, 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, of medium build with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing tight straight maroon jeans, a brown/black top, and a baseball cap.

    Train delayed 16:17:

    Northern Rail tweets: Owing to emergency services dealing with an incident 16:10 #Leeds to #BradfordForsterSquare due 16:30 is delayed from Leeds.

    Farmer tried to recover crashed car with digger 16:07: Huddersfield Examiner

    A Mirfield farmer who crashed his BMW after drinking and who returned to retrieve it with his digger but then dropped the car on its roof is banned from the road for three years.

    News on the hour 15:55: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 16:00 include:

    Bowling axe delay 15:54: Huddersfield Examiner

    Councillors have "called in" a controversial decision to axe indoor bowling from Huddersfield's new £36m sports centre.

    Market move decision 15:40: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A final decision on whether or not to relocate Wakefield's outdoor market will be made next week, Wakefield Council says.

    wakefield cathedral precinct

    Wakefield's market is the only one in the district making a loss - currently amounting to £193,000 each year, according to the council.

    If given the go ahead, the current outdoor market would be moved to the precinct outside the Cathedral following feedback from traders.

    Town centre arrests 15:24: Halifax Courier

    Five people have been arrested in Halifax town centre over drug and "threats to cause damage" offences.

    Traffic lights out 15:16:

    BBC Travel News reports the traffic lights have failed on The Calls, in Leeds, at the Call Lane junction.

    Drivers are being warned to approach the area with care.

    On air now 15:05: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds: I'll be asking Leeds Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland for his views on Russia as the EU calls for stronger sanctions after the Ukraine plane crash.

    And I'll hear from lawyers representing Keely Devine from Leeds who died from cervical cancer aged 23. Her mum says more could have been done to treat her daughter.

    News on the hour 14:58: Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 15:00 include:

    Fire destroys 'classic' vehicles 14:48: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Four "classic" Land Rovers have been destroyed and two damaged in a possible arson attack at a dealership in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Police have said.

    The fire, which started at the Land Rover Centre in Lockwood at about 04:50 yesterday, caused "considerable damage".

    Anyone who saw any suspicious activity on Bridge Street, Woodhead Road or Waterside at about that time is being asked to contact police.

    Betting shop fears 14:40: Telegraph & Argus

    Local residents in Girlington fear a gang which terrorised a now-closed bookies could return if a new betting shop opens nearby.

    'Absolutely beautiful' 14:29:

    Thanks to Sandie Nicholson for sending in this very summery picture she took earlier at Digley Reservoir near Holmfirth.

    digley reservoir

    She says: "Absolutely beautiful summer's morning there today".

    Have you taken any pictures that you want to share of West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet them to us.

    Girl injured in shooting 14:15: Yorkshire Post
    Trumpet player killed in crash 14:04:

    Roderick Franks, a "hugely respected" trumpet player with the London Symphony Orchestra, was one of three victims of a fatal crash on the A1 at the weekend.

    Roderick Franks

    The 58-year-old, who was born in Shipley, was a passenger in a car that collided with another vehicle in Nottinghamshire.

    Charity's debt warning 13:55: Telegraph & Argus

    An anti-poverty charity in Bradford has a three-month waiting list of people waiting for debt advice, it has emerged.

    Street collection warning 13:41:

    West Yorkshire police are reminding charity collectors and people making donations to be careful after receiving a "small number" of complaints about impromptu street collections.

    "While spontaneous street collections are probably well intentioned, it's difficult for the public to verify that they are giving to a genuine charity," a force spokesman said.

    "There are laws around collecting money for charity in public which are there to protect donors and make sure that the money raised goes to a genuine charitable cause."

    'Mindless thugs' condemned 13:29: Telegraph & Argus

    Councillors and community campaigners have responded angrily to an attack by "mindless thugs" on Haworth Central Park's new replacement bandstand.

    Money pours in to crash victim's charity 13:18: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Nearly £9,000 has so far been donated to a charity in memory of a Leeds University student who was a victim of the crashed Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane.

    Richard Mayne

    Richard Mayne had set up a JustGiving page asking for £640 for a charity helping to repair a centre in Nepal where he'd helped children living in slums - but that target has been smashed.

    Janice Miller, from the Kidasha charity, said the amount being given "just shows what an incredibly popular person he was. It's what Richard would want."

    Lunch at Scarborough 13:07: BBC Sport

    It's lunch at Scarborough as Yorkshire play Middlesex.

    Middlesex are 89-2 after 31 overs, in pursuit of 422.

    Get the latest details from the scorecard and listen to live commentary once the match resumes.

    News on the hour 12:58: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 13:00:

    Murder accused in court 12:45: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A man charged with the murder of a Leeds woman who vanished 14 years ago has appeared in court.

    Gemma Simpson in 2000

    Gemma Simpson (pictured) was 23 when she was last seen in the Harehills area of the city in May 2000.

    Martin Bell, 44, of St Leonard's Crescent, Scarborough, was told at Leeds Crown Court it was likely he'd stand trial in January 2015 and he was remanded in custody.

    Bright and fine 12:33: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon, it'll continue to be bright with just a risk of the odd shower, but it'll mostly remain fine.

    It'll feel warm, with highs of about 25C (77F).

    This evening will also be dry and fine, however mist and low cloud may spread.

    Man sought over letters 12:21: Telegraph & Argus

    Police in West Yorkshire want to trace a man in connection with a campaign of malicious letters sent to schools and colleges across the UK.

    On air 12:05: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    It's 20 years since Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party so I'm asking what you think his impact was - and continues to be.

    tony blair

    Also, the joy of jigsaws. As Mick Jagger claims to love a good jigsaw, we want to know why you like them, and if they really are just the preserve of the young and the retired.

    Email or tweet me with your views and listen live.

    News on the hour 11:58: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at midday:

    Bus delays 11:55:

    First West Yorkshire Bus in Halifax tweets: Services 560-579-590-592 road works on King Cross St junction of Parkinson Ln are now operating up to 18 mins late

    'Time for contemplation' 11:47: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    In the South Leeds Life blog today, Naz Maroof from Beeston charity Aspiring Communities explains the significance of Ramadan.

    With Muslims throughout South Leeds fasting for Ramadan, Naz says it's "a time for contemplation to fast, and to pray, and to think deeply about others".

    Heavy traffic on A659 11:36:

    BBC Travel News reports there's unusually heavy traffic on A659 Cross Green in Otley at the Dennison Hill junction.

    Making history again? 11:25: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Leeds Olympic boxing gold medal winner Nicola Adams says she wants to make history again as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    nicola adams

    The Great Britain flyweight was one of the UK's most famous athletes in 2012 after she won the first ever women's Olympic boxing gold medal.

    But, while London 2012 was "absolutely massive" for her, the boxer says she won't be distracted by past achievements.

    More bed cuts planned 11:13: Huddersfield Examiner

    A further 100 beds could be slashed as part of Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals' downsizing plan - reducing the overall bed level from 836 to 636.

    News on the hour 10:55: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 11:00:

    Yorkshire v Middlesex 10:45: BBC Sport

    An unbeaten ton by Andrew Gale helped Yorkshire to a 421-run lead over Middlesex going into the final day at Scarborough.

    andrew gale

    Get all the latest with the scorecard and listen to live commentary from 11:00.

    Glow over Meltham 10:35: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Paul Taylor has sent us this photograph of glowing noctilucent clouds he took at 03:00 from his home in Meltham.

    noctilucent clouds

    This rare phenomenon is caused by sunlight shining on ice crystals 50 miles (80km) above the earth's surface.

    Have you taken any pictures of spectacular scenes from West Yorkshire? Why not email or tweet them to us?

    Malicious letters: Man sought 10:24: Yorkshire Post

    West Yorkshire Police have released images of a man wanted in connection with a campaign of malicious letters sent to schools and colleges across the UK.

    Video: Beauty queen to weightlifter 10:10: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Weightlifting and beauty pageants aren't usually activities that go together.

    sarah davies

    But for 21-year-old Sarah Davies, from Leeds, pairing the two was an easy decision.

    She's representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and she says she's "trying to break down the stereotype" of a typical beauty queen.

    News on the hour 09:56: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 10:00 include:

    Morley 'opt out' plan 09:45: Yorkshire Evening Post

    Morley residents could be given the chance to "opt out" of Leeds City Council, with councillors claiming a referendum vote could take place as early as next May.

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    'Get traffic moving' 09:14: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    We've had an update on the gas main replacement works in Baildon, Shipley and Saltaire which are causing serious delays for some commuters.

    roadworks sign

    Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, David Gill, from Northern Gas Networks, has apologised for the problems being caused: "We do appreciate it's a really busy area".

    He said: "We want to reassure people who are travelling that we're working really hard with Bradford Council on an hourly basis to monitor this and see if we can do anything to get that traffic moving quickly, especially during peak periods."

    On air now 09:05: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    As European foreign ministers meet to discuss the possibility of tougher sanctions against Russia, I'll be asking what should happen next following the Malaysia Airlines plane crash?

    Are sanctions enough for you? What more should be done? Email or tweet us with your views and join me until 12:00 on BBC Radio Leeds.

    News on the hour 08:55: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The top stories at 09:00:

    • Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine hand over black box recorders from flight MH17
    • A senior lawyer is expected to call for the definition of terrorism to be narrowed
    • Customer service centres could be next in line for cutbacks at Bradford Council
    Rush hour go-slow 08:47: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    If you've been through Shipley, Baildon and Saltaire on the roads this week, you may have been tearing your hair out.

    Cristian Di Lauro's just one of those who's been in touch with BBC Radio Leeds to say there are big delays due to gas main replacement works. He tweets: "They are costing local businesses £££".

    Several people have been in touch with BBC Radio Leeds complaining about the delays. Have you been affected? Email or tweet us with your views.

    Mum's 'four hour' school trip 08:38: Yorkshire Evening Post

    A Leeds mum says she faces having to take 12 buses a day - and a double round trip totalling four hours - to ensure her young daughter gets to school and back.

    Sinfield pleads guilty 08:29: BBC Sport

    Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has pleaded guilty to headbutting.

    Kevin Sinfield

    The England skipper was sent off in Thursday's 24-24 draw with Castleford for a headbutt on Luke Dorn.

    As Sinfield submitted an early guilty plea, he is set to miss two games, which means he should be available to play in the Challenge Cup semi-final with Warrington on 9 August.

    Friendly clash 'a step up' 08:18: Yorkshire Post

    Leeds United head coach David Hockaday admits tonight's friendly clash at Mansfield Town will represent a step up for the club who face Football League opposition for the first time under his watch.

    Fog warning 08:17:

    BBC Travel News reports visibility is reduced on the M62 between J32, A639 (Pontefract) and J37, A614 (Howden) due to fog.

    Drivers are advised to approach the area with with care.

    Wakefield rail delays 08:06:

    Metro Travel News tweets: Delays to services at Wakefield Kirkgate due to signalling problems all lines are affected.

    Sunny spells 08:03: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be a grey start in places, especially further east. However it will brighten up through the morning with sunny spells developing.

    weather outlook

    There's the risk of the odd shower but mostly it'll remain fine and feel warm with highs of about 25C (77F).

    Good morning 08:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on this misty and rather dull morning.

    I'm going to be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county for the day.

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