Body found in Gemma Simpson Leeds missing woman case

Gemma Simpson in 2000 Gemma Simpson was 23 when she went missing in May 2000

Officers investigating the disappearance of a Leeds woman 14 years ago have found human remains at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire.

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she was last seen in the Harehills area on 5 May 2000.

Last month, Martin Bell, 44, of St Leonard's Crescent, Scarborough, was charged with her murder.

West Yorkshire Police said the body had not been identified but Ms Simpson's family had been informed.

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    Coming up 17:58: Harry Gration Presenter, BBC Look North

    Join me and Amy Garcia at 18:30 on BBC Look North as we talk to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who's been in Leeds asking business leaders for their views on devolution of powers to the North of England.

    Also we'll be finding out why Bradford is the place to be for pilots and cabin staff as one low-cost airline opens a new £10m training centre.

     
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    A dull and drizzly night 17:52: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dull and misty with extensive low cloud, drizzle and hill and coastal fog patches and a low temperature of about 13C (55F).

    Tomorrow will see a dull damp and misty start with patchy drizzle with a top temperature of about 18C (64F).

     
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    Two jailed over attack 17:42: Telegraph & Argus

    Two men "meted out their own savage justice" after a woman claimed she had been raped, a court has heard.

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    Man admits sex assaults 17:40: Oliver Wright BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    A man has admitted sexually assaulting two 18-year-old bus passengers during a three week period.

    Anjan Shahzad, 33, of Jeremy Lane, Heckmondwike, pleaded guilty to two incidents on a 268 bus between Cleckheaton and Dewsbury on 30 July and 19 August.

    He also admitted outraging public decency while on the bus on 19 June and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 7 October.

     
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    Airline's new £9.5m centre 17:26:

    BBC News Online reports that low-cost airline Jet2.com has officially opened a new £9.5m training centre in Bradford.

    Jet2 training centre

    The facility at the Euroway Industrial Estate will use flight simulators to train pilots and a separate unit for cabin crew training.

     
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    Delays on M62 17:18:

    BBC Travel reports one lane is closed on the M62 westbound between Junction 28, (Tingley) and Junction 27, (Gildersome), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Drivers in the area are being warned to expect delays.

     
  8.  
    Finances deterred academies 17:13: Telegraph & Argus

    Many of the academy chains who were approached to run a troubled Bradford school were immediately put off when they saw its finances, a meeting of education representatives has been told.

     
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    Attempted robbery appeal 17:08:

    Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery of a delivery driver on Hollins Avenue, Dewsbury, at about 12:40 on Tuesday afternoon.

    The man was approached by two men who pushed him into a door panel before demanding his vehicle keys.

     
  10.  
    News on the hour 16:58: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds a short time ago, the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has condemned the release of a new video showing a British hostage being held by Islamic State militants.

    Mr Clegg described the group as a movement of "unprecedented barbarity".

    Listen live to the 17:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    Olympian opens cycle hub 16:45:

    Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy (pictured) is to officially open a "bike hub" in Bradford designed to encourage people across the city to take up cycling.

    Sir Chris Hoy

    Britain's most decorated Olympian will open the Bradford Inclusive Cycling Hub in Lister Park on Sunday 28 September, Bradford Council says.

    The hub offers bicycles for use by people in the city, and it specialises in disability cycling.

     
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    Roadwork delays 16:37:

    BBC Travel reports the A642 Wakefield Road in Garforth is closed at the Ringway junction, because of roadworks.

    Drivers are warned to expect delays in the area and to try and find an alternative route.

     
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    Autumn shades 16:23: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Paul Goodyear from Crossgates for sending in this picture of Temple Newsam taken earlier which shows all the best mellow autumn colours.

    Temple Newsam

    Have you taken any pictures of West Yorkshire which you'd like to share? Why not email or tweet us?

     
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    Hanson to miss trip 16:13: BBC Radio Leeds West Yorkshire Sport

    Bradford City striker James Hanson will miss Saturday's trip to Colchester due to a thigh strain.

    Hanson was injured in the warm up ahead of Tuesday's game at MK Dons.

     
  15.  
    Giants play-off team news 16:01: BBC Sport

    has the latest team news ahead of tonight's Super League play-off between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants.

    Whoever loses this match will still be able to reach the Grand Final via the elimination play-offs.

     
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    news on the hour 15:56: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been in Leeds to hear more suggestions on his consultation into creating an economic 'powerhouse' of cities in the north of England.

    Mr Clegg wants groups and members of the public to put forward ideas for issues like transport and housing.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    Town centre building restored 15:41: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Work to restore a landmark "Jean Junction" building on Keighley High Street (pictured before restoration began) is finally taking shape, according to Bradford Council.

    Jean Junction building

    The work on the run-down Grade II listed building has saved it from further deterioration and historic features which had been hidden for years behind boarding have been restored

    Sue Oakley, Keighley Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer, said: "It was important to re-create the detailing as accurately as possible so archive photographs were used to build up a picture of the building in around 1905".

     
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    On air now 15:21: Andrew Edwards Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until 18:00 on BBC Radio Leeds as I find out about the one million Euro award a Kirklees website's been awarded from a fund set up by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    And I'll also hear from Yorkshire cricketer Ryan Sidebottom who'll tell me why he's helping a skin cancer charity.

     
  19.  
    Shop plan for former pub 15:09: Keighley News

    A supermarket giant is planning to turn a Haworth pub into a convenience store and create up to 20 jobs.

     
  20.  
    news on the hour 14:57: Nasser Hanif Newsreader, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police in Thailand say they have still not identified any suspects in the murder of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and Leeds University student David Miller.

    Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin for more.

     
  21.  
    Landmark hotel to re-open 14:36: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A run-down former hotel where Leeds City Football Club - later Leeds United - was formed in 1904 is to re-open this weekend after being restored and refurbished.

    Griffin Hotel

    The landmark Griffin Hotel, on Boar Lane in Leeds city centre, is believed to date back to the 17th century. The current building closed its doors in 1999, later becoming a bar before being closed again and boarded-up.

    The Griffin, which has also featured in books by noted West Yorkshire author David Peace, is to be re-opened as a pub.

     
  22.  
    Football arrest stats revealed 14:18: Telegraph & Argus

    More than 30 Bradford City fans were arrested last season and 56 are currently subject to football banning orders, Home Office figures have revealed.

     
  23.  
    news on the hour 13:56: Julie Langford News Editor, BBC Radio Leeds

    Detectives investigating an armed robbery on a jeweller's shop in Pontefract have made a third arrest.

    Four men - one with a gun - raided Kingston's on Ropergate a week ago, making off with valuable gems.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    Infirmary trauma centre opens 13:49: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A multi-million pound facility for dealing with patients involved in serious incidents is being officially opened at Leeds General Infirmary later.

    Leeds General Infirmary

    The Major Trauma Centre is designed to treat patients with life-threatening multiple injuries.

    The £8 m facility was created last year and is one of 12 combined paediatric and adult trauma centres in the country. It'll be officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

     
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    On air now 13:36: Martin Kelner Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me on BBC Radio Leeds until 15:00 as I ask if you'd join a club that only allows just men or just women? Members of the prestigious Royal and Ancient Golf Club will today decide whether or not to admit women members for the first time. Email or tweet me with your views.

    Also, do you remember the Griffin Hotel on Boar Lane in Leeds? It's had various incarnations - and now it's coming back as a pub.

     
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    Watch: Thai leads 'gone nowhere' 13:28:

    BBC News is reporting that Thai police have admitted they are struggling to find the killers of two British tourists including a student from Leeds university.

    Murder victims

    Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found dead on a beach on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

    It's emerged that crime scene DNA did not match that of any of their initial suspects.

     
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    Clegg: 'North must work together' 13:19: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The Deputy Prime Minister has told BBC Radio Leeds that cities in the North need to forget their old rivalries and work together to compete with the economy of London.

    Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg is in Leeds today to hear more suggestions on his Northern Futures consultation over creating a 'Northern powerhouse' of city economies.

    He said: "We need to recognise that we're all in the same boat and work together so we can be the sum of all our parts".

     
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    Crabtree back for Giants 13:11: Jake Katborg Sports Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Huddersfield Giants will welcome back prop Eorl Crabtree and full-back Scott Grix for tonight's play-off opener away at Wigan.

    Eorl Crabtree

    Both missed last Friday's win over St Helens though captain Danny Brough is still unavailable through injury.

    The Giants won at Wigan in the opening game of the season, but coach Paul Anderson has told BBC Radio Leeds that counts for nothing ahead of tonight's clash.

     
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    news on the hour 12:57: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The family of one of the British tourists murdered in Thailand have met the country's deputy police chief in Bangkok.

    The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, who was 23, and 24-year-old Leeds University graduate David Miller were found with severe head injuries on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    Wakefield rail delays 12:52:

    Northern Rail tweets: Due to signalling problems between #WakefieldKirkgate and #WakefieldWestgate all lines are blocked. Services may be delayed.

     
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    Yorkshire to defend captain Gale 12:39: BBC Sport

    Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon said the county will support captain Andrew Gale's case against a reported charge of a racism offence.

    Andrew Gale

    Gale, 30, (pictured) was banned for two games after Yorkshire beat Lancashire in the County Championship - and must now face a disciplinary panel.

     
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    New arrest over armed robbery 12:25: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A third person has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a jeweller's shop in Pontefract last week.

    A man was arrested last night following the robbery on Ropergate on Thursday 11 September, police have confirmed.

    Two other people arrested earlier this week - a man and a woman - have been released on police bail.

     
  33.  
    Conductor appears in court 12:11: Wharfedale Observer

    A Grammy Award-winning conductor from Otley has appeared in court accused of sexual offences.

     
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    news on the hour 11:54: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The family of one of the British tourists murdered in Thailand have met the country's deputy police chief in Bangkok.

    The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, who was 23, and 24-year-old Leeds University graduate David Miller were found with severe head injuries on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin for more.

     
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    Dog attack: 'I thought my life was over' 11:48: Telegraph & Argus

    A dog attack victim said he thought he was going to be killed as he was mauled by two banned American Pit Bulls in a "terrifying" incident on a Bradford street.

    Attack victim
     
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    Your Views 11:41: 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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    On air now 11:32: Wes Butters Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask if the motorway speed limit of 70mph is too fast or too slow for 21st century drivers. Email or tweet me with your views.

    Also, I'll be hearing the real life story of Steve Ward from Leeds who's been an acrobatic performer and a youth circus director, has a masters degree in circus education and has just written a book about 200 years of circus history.

     
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    Man died in flat fall 11:19: Keighley News

    A 20-year-old Braithwaite man died after falling 60 feet from his high-rise flat after drinking vodka and taking cocaine, an inquest has heard.

     
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    Winning site 'improves lives' 11:08: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    More on the news that the Kirklees Shares borrowing and bartering website has been awarded nearly £800,000 by the former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg for its "potential to improve lives".

    According to the Bloomberg Philanthropies website, more than 150 cities from 28 nations entered the 2014 Mayors' Challenge competition.

    James Anderson, from Bloomberg Philanthropies, said all six winners, including the Kirklees Shares site, "embody key themes that will increasingly define the way cities work: engage citizens, leverage technology, never accept the failed status quo".

     
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    news on the hour 10:54: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Police in Thailand say forensic tests carried out following the murders of two British tourists have failed to identify the killers.

    The bodies of Leeds University graduate David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were found on the island of Koh Tao on Monday.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin for more.

     
  41.  
    Clegg on 'powerhouse' visit 10:44: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Leeds today, looking for ideas to try to boost the economy in the Yorkshire region.

    Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg is continuing his Northern Futures consultation, where he wants suggestions about how the north of England can compete with the south.

    He says Leeds needs to join together with other cities like Manchester and Newcastle to create an "economic powerhouse" to rival London.

     
  42.  
    Pregnant teen attacked by partner 10:27: Yorkshire Evening Post

    A pregnant teenager needed 30 stitches to a cut to her face after being subjected to savage attack by her boyfriend in Leeds, a court has heard.

     
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    Roadworks cause delays 10:20:

    BBC Travel reports Manningham Lane in Bradford is closed at the Manor Row junction because of roadworks during off-peak periods.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays in the area and find an alternative route if possible.

     
  44.  
    Website wins prize 10:13: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    A Kirklees-based borrowing and bartering website has been awarded nearly £800,000 by the former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg for its "potential to improve lives".

    The Kirklees Shares website has won one of six Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor's Challenge awards, alongside projects in cities such as Stockholm and Barcelona.

    According to the Kirklees Shares site, it's "an online marketplace that brings together businesses, organisations and communities to create a community-wide trading place where the currency is not money, but time".

     
  45.  
    news on the hour 09:54: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    The Highways Agency has confirmed to BBC Radio Leeds that speed cameras on the M62's Smart Motorway in West Yorkshire are fully operational 24 hours a day.

    Previously, motorists believed that when the overhead gantry signs were switched off, the cameras were as well.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

     
  46.  
    Man sought over train incident 09:45:

    British Transport Police (BTP) has released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a 19-year-old woman was touched inappropriately on a train between Leeds and Huddersfield.

    CCTV image

    The incident happened at about 17:10 on Monday 18 August. The victim was sitting on her own on the train when a man sat next to her and began to touch her.

    PC Mark Hibbert said: "The victim was understandably extremely shaken, and we would commend her for coming forward to report what must have been a very upsetting incident." Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP.

     
  47.  
    Huddersfield rail delays 09:34:

    Northern Rail tweets: Due to a broken down train between #Barnsley and #Huddersfield all lines are blocked. Services may be delayed.

     
  48.  
    Still no suspect in Thai murders 09:21:

    BBC News Online reports that Police in Thailand say they have still not identified any suspects in the murder of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and Leeds University student David Miller (pictured)r.

    David Miller

    Police said there was no evidence linking two friends of Mr Miller, brothers Christopher and James Ware, to the murder.

    However the men are being asked to stay in Thailand to help with the inquiry.

     
  49.  
    Boy rescued from roof 09:09: Keighley News

    An 11-year-old boy was rescued from the roof of a house in Ingrow last night after he had been on the roof for about two hours.

     
  50.  
    news on the hour 08:59: Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Five Muslim leaders from West Yorkshire are among 100 who have issued an appeal for the release of volunteer driver Alan Henning captured by extremists in Syria.

    Writing to The Independent, they say there's nothing in the Koran or Islamic tradition excusing violence of that kind.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

     
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  52.  
    Driest September for 50 years 08:49: Paul Hudson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Figures released by the Met Office have confirmed how exceptionally dry the first half of September has been.

    sun

    With high pressure dominating for virtually the whole of the month so far, rainfall across the UK has totalled just 6.7mm.

    This makes it the driest first half of September since records began in 1960 and is just 7% of the monthly average of 96mm.

     
  53.  
    Tribute to missing Isaac 08:38: Richard Edwards Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The family and friends of missing Kirkburton schoolboy Isaac Nash will hold a fundraiser in his memory later today.

    Isaac Nash

    Isaac's family are trying to raise £50,000 to build a skate park in tribute to the 12-year-old who's not been seen since he was swept away while paddling off Anglesey last month.

    The fundraiser will be held at The Old Canteen in Shelley from 20:00, and will include live bands and an auction.

     
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    Merrion Centre revamp in final phase 08:30: Yorkshire Evening Post
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    Accident causes M-way delays 08:21:

    BBC Travel reports: A lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J25, A644 (Brighouse) and J26, M606 (Chain Bar), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

    Motorists are being warned to expect big delays in the area.

     
  56.  
    Sunny spells and feeling warm 08:11: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be another dull, misty and damp start.

    The day will gradually brighten with some sunny spells developing.

    It'll fell warm with afternoon highs around 21C (70F).

     
  57.  
    Good morning 08:00: Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live on Thursday.

    I'm here until 18:00 and will bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    Remember, you can also send your news, pictures and comments to leeds.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

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