Woman raped at St James Hospital in Leeds

The man police want to speak to in connection with the rape of a woman in St James Hospital The rape happened in the disabled toilets of the Gledhow Wing of St James Hospital

A woman has been raped in a disabled toilet at a Leeds hospital.

Detectives are hunting for a man after the assault in the toilets on the Gledhow Wing of St James Hospital.

Police have released a picture of a man detectives want to speak to in connection with the attack, which happened at 10:10 BST on Sunday.

He is described as "Eastern European" with a receding hairline, in his mid-40s and was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and white trainers.

He has tattoos on his neck and chest.

Det Insp John Dexter, of Leeds CID, said: "I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about the incident or knows the man pictured to call CID on 101."

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    17:55: Coming up on BBC One Amy Garcia Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Harry Gration at 18:30 for BBC Look North as we report from Valley Parade after Bradford City's stunning FA Cup fourth round victory over Chelsea at the weekend.

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    BBC News Online has more on the arrest in the Philippines of a drug dealer who fled the UK before he was due to stand trial for heading up a £13m smuggling racket.

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    17:43: Focus on festive bus services Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    People who used Boxing Day buses in West Yorkshire in December are being asked for their views on the service provided.

    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), which has funded the Boxing Day services since 2007, says it wants to find out what people think of them as it considers future arrangements for the routes, which in 2013 played host to an estimated 50,000 passengers.

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    17:38: Toy library celebrates 40th birthday

    There was a party atmosphere at a hotel in Baildon as a Bradford charity that brings joy into the lives of children with special needs celebrated its 40th birthday.

    Toy library celebrations
     
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    17:31: A mostly dry and cold night Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight there'll be some isolated showers at first, otherwise it'll be dry with clear spells developing, although cloud will generally increase in the west later with a low temperature of about 3C (37F).

    Weather forecast

    Tomorrow will see some sunny spells especially in the east at first, otherwise it'll be rather cloudy with a little patchy light rain or drizzle possible in Pennine areas.

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

     
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    17:20: Woman injured in street robbery

    A woman was left with serious head injuries after being attacked in a street robbery in Leeds.

    The incident happened at about 08:30 on Friday when the 36-year-old was attacked in an alley off Bismarck Street in Beeston.

    She was taken to hospital and admitted for treatment and has since been discharged. The suspect is black, 6ft and slim and was wearing a black jacket and dark trousers.

     
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    17:08: Ear-to-ear grins in Bradford Katherine Hannah Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I'm at Bradford City's Valley Parade stadium, looking out over the pitch near the 1911 Suite which is named after the last time the club won the FA Cup.

    Who'd bet money against them - maybe - going all the way again after their magnificent victory over Chelsea at the weekend?

    Bradford City players celebrate

    John Duckworth, City's kit man and a fan of the club for over 50 years, tells me it was the Bantams' fans at Stamford Bridge which made all the difference.

     
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    17:00: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man described by West Yorkshire Police as a "dangerous convicted criminal" has been arrested in the Philippines.

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

     
  10.  
    16:49: Police drugs warning update

    More on the drugs warning issued by police after eight people were taken ill in Leeds after apparently consuming illegal drugs.

    Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson says: "We want people to be aware of the potential risks following these incidents, although obviously users of any drug can never be sure of its contents and the risks they are taking. Anyone who does feel ill after taking any substance should seek urgent medical attention.

    "We'd like to hear from anyone with information that could assist us in establishing whether there's something new or different being sold as ecstasy or MDMA which may have been involved in these incidents."

     
  11.  
    16:38: More time for more news Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    BBC Look North's late evening bulletin on BBC One, broadcast from right here at BBC Broadcasting Centre in Leeds, is to be extended on Monday to Thursdays from this evening.

    Harry Gration

    The bulletin, which follows the UK BBC News at 10, will be extended to 15 minutes until June to ensure viewers get the best coverage of the issues facing Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 Election.

    Look North presenter Harry Gration says it's a "big day". "The great thing about this is, and why we're excited about it, is that it allows us to develop stories more than we could before."

     
  12.  
    16:24: 'Bank of mum and dad' pays out £2.3bn Huddersfield Examiner

    Over-55s in Yorkshire have contributed a staggering £2.3bn to support their children and grandchildren get along in life, according to new figures.

     
  13.  
    16:09: City's garden waste collections extended

    Thousands more homes in Leeds will be able to make use of garden waste collections from March as the city's brown bin service is extended, the council has announced.

    About 200,000 homes in Leeds already have a brown bin, but a further 7,000 households are due to receive letters confirming the garden waste service will soon be available in their area.

    The bins, which are for grass cuttings, weeds, hedge trimmings, flowers, leaves and twigs, are collected every two weeks from March to the end of November.

     
  14.  
    15:55: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    It's been claimed more jobs were created in Yorkshire last year than in the whole of France.

    Employment Minister Esther McVey made the remark in the Commons earlier.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

     
  15.  
    15:43: Yorkshire 'creates more jobs than France'

    The government has congratulated businesses in Yorkshire for creating more jobs in the region last year than in the whole of France.

    Esther McVey

    The Employment Minister Esther McVey told the Commons the growth showed the Chancellor's economic programme was working.

    However, Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield, said a recent report from the Church of England suggested parts of the north of England were still missing out on the economic recovery.

     
  16.  
    15:32: Drugs warning after people taken ill

    Eight people who are believed to have taken illegal drugs over the weekend have been treated in hospital in Leeds after being taken ill, police have said.

    Leeds General Infirmary

    Police were contacted by staff at Leeds General Infirmary at about 20:00 yesterday reporting that several people, mostly in their early 20s, had attended hospital with symptoms including abnormally fast heart rates, dizziness, sweating and dilated pupils. All were kept under observation.

    Det Ch Insp Lisa Atkinson says: "While we can't draw any firm conclusions as it stands, it may be that there is something in circulation being sold as MDMA, or ecstasy, which is causing people to suffer these ill effects."

     
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    15:21: Pair guilty of £500,000 conspiracy Keighley News
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    15:09: Slow traffic warning

    BBC Travel News reports there's slow traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road in Mirfield from Cooper Bridge Roundabout to the M62 J25 Roundabout junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect some delays.

     
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    14:56: News on the hour Davinia Ramos Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man described by West Yorkshire Police as a "dangerous convicted criminal" has been arrested in the Philippines.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

     
  20.  
    14:45: Work starts on 'cycle super highway'

    Work on a £29m cycle super highway linking Bradford and Leeds is set to begin later.

    Cycle route map

    The 14-mile (23km) route will run from Bradford city centre to Seacroft, in east Leeds.

    The CityConnect project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, has been funded by an £18m cash award from the Department for Transport and £11m of local funding.

     
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    14:34: Police's 'delight' over Halliday arrest

    West Yorkshire Police say they're "delighted" at the arrest in the Philippines of convicted criminal John Halliday, adding that his extradition to the UK is expected soon.

    Det Insp Neil Hollis says: "It has taken a lot of hard work but we are now a step closer to bringing him back to the UK to serve his prison sentence.

    "It sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can evade punishment - even if criminals travel thousands of miles away, we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice."

     
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    14:22: 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.

     
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    14:12: Two jailed for helping rapist flee

    Two men have been jailed for helping another flee the UK during his trial for raping a woman in West Yorkshire.

    Wakar Akhtar

    Mohammed Raja, of Hudson Crescent, and Raja Sarwar, of Tern Street, both Bradford, were each jailed for four years at Bradford Crown Court for perverting the course of justice.

    They helped 21-year-old Wakar Akhtar (pictured) escape to Italy in November.

     
  24.  
    13:59: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man described by West Yorkshire Police as a "dangerous convicted criminal" has been arrested in the Philippines.

    John Halliday was tried and sentenced to 10 years in jail in his absence for his role in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling operation in Leeds.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    13:51: FA Trophy match postponed Katherine Hannah Sports Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    FC Halifax Town's FA Trophy third round replay with Dartford, scheduled for the Shay tomorrow night, has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

    The Shaymen or Dartford have been drawn at home to either Wrexham or Gateshead in the last eight.

    Due to the postponement of the Trophy replay, Halifax will travel to Telford United tomorrow evening in a Conference game.

     
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    13:42: Peacock celebrates 'special day' Dave Fletcher Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock tells us he was thrilled by an incredible turnout for his testimonial match against Bradford Bulls at Headingley yesterday.

    Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock

    Just over 11,500 fans saw The Rhinos beat the Bulls by 34 points to 14. Peacock says it was "a special, special day" and that it was "up there with my finest moments".

     
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    13:31: Fraud clampdown hits electoral roll Telegraph & Argus

    One in 20 people have dropped off Bradford's electoral roll in the past year as a side-effect of a fraud clampdown, new figures show.

     
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    13:18: Celebrating the magic of Harry Potter

    The magical world of Harry Potter will be celebrated across the Bradford district next month, the council has announced.

    Children reading Harry Potter books

    Libraries across Bradford are to hold a range of Potter-related activities for children and families on Thursday 5 February.

    A range of different activities are taking place such as craft workshops, storytelling, Quidditch matches, Diagon Alley Hunt, biscuit decorating and competitions.

     
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    13:08: Leaders hail City's FA Cup win Telegraph & Argus

    Community leaders have joined in the joy of Saturday's miraculous Bradford City win by praising Phil Parkinson and his players' historic victory.

    Andy Dickinson
     
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    12:56: News on the hour

    The number of mobility scooters on the roads in West Yorkshire has gone by 77 per cent since 2010, according to new figures.

    Campaigners say there should now be compulsory proficiency tests before people are allowed to drive them, and that users should have to have insurance.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    12:45: Bradford's 'David and Goliath' win

    Former Bradford City player Wayne Jacobs says the side's 4-2 fourth round FA Cup victory over Chelsea at the weekend was "a real David and Goliath story".

    Bradford players celebrate

    As the Bantams wait for tonight's draw, live on BBC 1's The One Show from 19:00, to find out who they'll play in the fifth round, Jacobs says the match was "like the old Rocky films".

    "They hit us with two knock-out punches and teams just don't come back from that against Jose Mourinho's team, yet Bradford pulled themselves off the canvas. It's absolute elation, a real high."

     
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    12:33: Snow warning for Wednesday BBC Weather

    A yellow warning of snow for West Yorkshire later this week has been issued by the Met Office.

    Cookridge in the snow, January 2015

    Accumulating snow, 2cm-5cm at low levels and over 10cm on higher ground, is expected from mid-afternoon on Wednesday and will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds, the warning suggests.

    "The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel," it adds.

     
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    12:20: Background: John Halliday arrest Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the arrest in the Philippines of John Halliday, the leader of an organised crime group responsible for importing and supplying synthetically produced class B drugs on a major scale.

    He was convicted along with 14 other defendants following the largest investigation conducted by West Yorkshire Police into the importation and supply of synthetic drugs.

    His arrest followed a raid on a business premises in Hunslet, Leeds, in October 2011 and the recovery of 10kg of drugs with a street value of £250,000. Halliday disappeared in September 2013, before the start of his trial.

     
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    12:10: Rail services revamp call Yorkshire Post

    Four decades of cost-cutting on local rail services in Yorkshire must be reversed soon if the region is to maximise the benefits from future high speed connections to London and Manchester, according to transport experts.

    HS2 prototype
     
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    11:58: News on the hour Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A man described by West Yorkshire Police as a "dangerous convicted criminal" has been arrested in the Philippines.

    John Halliday was tried and sentenced to 10 years in jail in his absence for his role in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling operation in Leeds.

    Listen live to the midday bulletin for more.

     
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    11:46: Mayor's walkabout with Street Angels Telegraph & Argus

    Bradford's Lord Mayor went walking with Street Angels over the weekend to see for himself the caring help they give to late night revellers in distress.

    Lord Mayor and Street Angels
     
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    11:36: 'No shouting plea' at rugby

    BBC Newsround reports that parents and coaches at junior rugby matches in Yorkshire have been asked to stop shouting at players.

    Boys playing rugby

    Yorkshire Rugby Football Union (YRFU) says a "small minority" of people have been rude to referees and challenged their decisions.

    A letter has been sent to parents explaining that shouting by the pitchside caused referees to quit and put players off.

     
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    11:25: N'Goyi heading to Elland Road? Dave Fletcher Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Leeds United are expected to make Palermo midfielder Granddi N'Goyi their second acquisition in the January transfer window early this week.

    It's understood he'll join on loan like teammate Sol Bamba, who has already signed until the end of the season.

    Albania international striker Edgar Cani was left out of Catania's squad for their game against Pro Vercelli at the weekend. Italian media think he's also heading for Elland Road.

     
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    11:13: 'Dangerous' on-the-run criminal arrested Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire man described by police as a "dangerous convicted criminal" has been arrested in the Philippines.

    John Halliday

    John Halliday was tried and sentenced to 10 years in jail in his absence for his role in a multimillion-pound drug smuggling operation in Leeds.

    Halliday has been on the run since October 2013, but was re-arrested on Friday. His extradition will be the first time a British citizen has been brought back to the UK from the Philippines.

     
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    10:57: News on the hour Tracy Gee Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A West Yorkshire man who helped set up Clare's Law after his daughter was murdered by her former boyfriend says he's "delighted" the law is being used well, 10 months after it first launched.

    Michael Brown, who lives near Pontefract, has spoken out as police forces in England and Wales say they've revealed details about a partner's history in 1,300 domestic violence cases.

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    10:43: 'Three weeks' to fill Huddersfield's new pools Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

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  42.  
    10:31: Police divers resume search Wakefield Express

    A team of specialist police divers will resume searching the River Calder this morning for a father-of-two who has been missing for seven weeks.

    Damion Vernon
     
  43.  
    10:21: City hopes for big name clash Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    In the wake of Bradford City's stunning 4-2 fourth round FA Cup victory against Chelsea on Saturday, the club's chief operations manager says he's hoping for another big name in the fifth round.

    Filipe Morais celebrates

    James Mason says the weekend's result was "absolutely fantastic" but the Bantams now have to see what tonight's draw, shown live on The One Show on BBC 1 from 19:00, brings for the club.

    "There are some big teams in there: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool. It'd be lovely for a home tie for all of us Bradford fans who weren't able to get to London. It'd be lovely to have a big, big plum tie."

     
  44.  
    10:10: Bronte table comes home

    A table at which the Bronte sisters wrote has been brought back to the family home in West Yorkshire after being purchased with a grant of £580,000.

    Bronte table

    The Bronte Society at Haworth says the table is a "most evocative" 19th Century literary artefact.

    It was sold along with other household effects from the Bronte Parsonage after the death of Patrick Bronte in 1861.

     
  45.  
    09:59: News on the hour Tracy Gee Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    A Yorkshire MEP who has defected to the Conservatives from UKIP has denied that he jumped from the party before he was pushed.

    Amjad Bashir was suspended by UKIP at the weekend for alleged financial and employment irregularities - a claim he rejects.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

     
  46.  
    09:47: Plan to end mental health service Telegraph & Argus

    More details have been revealed about a cost-cutting plan to end a mental health service for older people.

     
  47.  
    09:37: Osborne: 'No worries' about UKIP defector BBC Radio 4 Today

    Chancellor George Osborne's been quizzed about this weekend's defection of Yorkshire UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir to the Conservatives.

    Amjad Bashir

    Mr Bashir was suspended by UKIP over various allegations - all of which he denies - shortly before announcing his defection on Saturday.

    Asked about the MEP's past, Mr Osborne told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: "I am certainly not aware of something that I should be worried about."

     
  48.  
    09:26: Tributes to 'inspirational' teacher Yorkshire Evening Post

    Tributes have been paid to an inspirational special needs teacher and music promoter in Leeds whose love of music "brought joy to hundreds of children and the wider public".

    Dave Hatfield
     
  49.  
    09:12: 'Pioneer' regional TV editor dies

    The first editor of BBC Look North, Yorkshire's regional news and current affairs programme, has died, it has been announced.

    Bill Greaves

    Bill Greaves died, at the age of 81, in Harrogate, following a heart attack.

    He was the editor when the programme began broadcasting in 1968 from an old church hall in Blackman Lane, Leeds.

     
  50.  
    09:00: News on the hour Tracy Gee Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    There are calls for tighter regulation around the use of mobility scooters, as figures show a big increase in the number on our roads here in West Yorkshire.

    They've gone up by 77% since 2010, but currently you don't legally have to take a test before you drive one or have insurance.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

     
  51.  
    08:48: Accident causes delays

    BBC Travel News reports one lane's closed and there's slow traffic on the A63 Pontefract Lane in both directions in Leeds between Cross Green and the Thornes Farm Way junction due to an accident.

     
  52.  
    08:33: 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.

     
  53.  
    08:23: City's tense wait for FA Cup draw Dave Fletcher Sports reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Bradford City will discover this evening who they'll play in the fifth round of the FA Cup after they produced one of the biggest shocks of modern times.

    Bradford players celebrate

    They beat Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Jon Stead scoring City's first goal and also having a hand in two more as they came from 2-0 down to secure a 4-2 victory.

    City will be ball number four when the draw is made on The One Show on BBC 1 at 19:00 this evening.

     
  54.  
    08:12: A dry and bright day Clare Nasir Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Despite a cloudy start with a little early rain, it will become dry and brighten up. By mid-morning there should be some sunshine.

    Weather forecast

    The sun will turn hazy during the afternoon. Winds will be a moderate northerly with highs reaching about 7C (45F). Check the forecast where you are.

     
  55.  
    08:05: Heavy traffic warning

    BBC Travel News reports there's currently heavy traffic on the A644 Wakefield Road into town in Brighouse at the A643 Clifton Road junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect some delays.

     
  56.  
    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live in Leeds and West Yorkshire on Monday 26 January 2015.

    I'll be with you until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

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

     

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