Dewsbury 268 bus sex attacks suspect charged

A man has been charged with carrying out sex offences on a West Yorkshire bus on a number of different days.

Anjan Shahzad is accused of committing the offences on the 268 bus between Cleckheaton and Dewsbury.

Mr Shahzad, 33, of Jeremy Lane, Heckmondwike, is charged with outraging public decency on 19 June.

He is also accused of two counts of sexual assault on two 18-year-old girls, on 30 July and 19 August.

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    10:52: Your views on rail franchise via Facebook

    You've been telling us your views on the news that a joint consortium run by Virgin and Stagecoach will take over the East Coast mainline franchise in spring next year.

    Michael James Lockwood said: It wasn't broken so don't try and fix it! I don't understand why the government would risk another failure when the current agreement was working.

    Nathan Lane said: New rolling stock. Our museum pieces are a joke compared to the trains on the west coast.

    10:40: On air now Richard Stead Presenter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Join me until midday on BBC Radio Leeds as I ask what you'd like to see from the new operators of the East Coast mainline route announced earlier this morning. Email or tweet me with your views.

    Also, I'll hear from the American towns of Bradford, Morley and Leeds' twin-town Louisville where their inhabitants are celebrating Thanksgiving.

    And, our roving reporter Tracy Gee will be finding out more about a drive to get people in West Yorkshire back on to our canals and waterways.

    10:32: East Coast interactive map

    The Department for Transport tweets: View our interactive map to see how your East Coast journey will benefit from the new deal #BetterRailServices

    10:25: Leeds striker signed by Crewe BBC Sport

    Crewe Alexandra have signed Leeds United's Nicky Ajose, 23, on a deal lasting 40 days until 5 January.

    Nicky Ajose

    Ajose started his career with Manchester United before joining Peterborough in July 2011.

    He signed for Leeds on a three-year deal in August this year.

    10:20: East Coast: Passengers' views Tracy Gee Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've been at Wakefield Westgate station this morning asking rail commuters for their views on the new consortium which will take over the East Coast mainline route next spring.

    Passengers have told me they want to see the fares go down, less congestion and that they want to see the trains speed up a bit.

    Many things are being promised by the new joint Virgin-Stagecoach consortium. Whether these come to fruition, we'll have to wait and see.

    10:12: 'New investment in stations needed' Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    I've had a brief Twitter exchange this morning with James Lewis, the head of Metro - West Yorkshire's transport authority - about the new East Coast rail franchise and he says he wants more than just "business as usual".

    He says he wants the new Virgin-Stagecoach consortium to invest more in existing and new West Yorkshire stations such as Bradford Forster Square and the proposed East Leeds Parkway.

    He says if that happens then today's development will be good news for passengers.

    10:00: News on the Hour Clive Settle Journalist, BBC Radio Leeds

    Towns across West Yorkshire are set to get more direct rail services to London under a new franchise deal announced this morning.

    Huddersfield will get a direct link to the capital for the first time since 1960, while Bradford and Shipley will get more trains.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin for more.

    09:51: Serious accident closes road

    BBC Travel reports a serious accident at Stanningley Road in Bramley has closed the road and there's slow traffic eastbound between the Lower Town Street junction and the Cockshott Lane junction.

    09:40: East Coast rail boost for Huddersfield Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    More on the new East Coast rail franchise which was announced by the government earlier this morning.

    Huddersfield station

    From May 2019, a new service will be introduced by the joint Virgin-Stagecoach consortium between Leeds and Huddersfield station (pictured) via Dewsbury - with one train a day heading in each direction.

    Also, improvements are being promised to ticket offices at Wakefield's two stations.

    09:19: Drink-driver in court Keighley News

    A drink-driver from Keighley jumped two red lights while fleeing from the police at speeds of up to 100mph, Bradford Crown Court has heard.

    09:04: Good news for passengers? Louise Martin Politics Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    The news that a consortium run by Virgin and Stagecoach will take over the East Coast Mainline route from next year could be good news for passengers in West Yorkshire.

    Leeds station

    We've learned the deal will see an extra train running every two hours operating to Leeds from May 2019, with journey times reduced to two hours - so about 20 minutes less than now.

    Also, an extra six trains are expected to run from London to Harrogate which will go via Horsforth, Bradford Forster Square and Shipley.

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

    West Yorkshire passengers are set to see more rail services after the Government awarded the East Coast mainline to Inter City Railways.

    The joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin will take control next March.

    Listen live to the 09:00 bulletin for more.

    08:44: Council jobs at risk in cuts plan Yorkshire Evening Post
    08:33: East Coast franchise sale BBC Radio 4 Today

    "This was the best of the three bids," Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin tells the Today programme following the news that a Virgin-Stagecoach consortium will take over East Coast mainline.

    He adds the consortium, known as ICR, is offering an increase in the premium that will be paid to the government.

    He says services will also be improved - 23 more rail services will operate from Kings Cross.

    08:22: Delays in Bradford

    BBC Travel reports there's currently very heavy traffic on the A6177 Mayo Avenue in Bradford at the Staygate Roundabout junction.

    Drivers are being warned to expect delays in the area.

    08:13: East Coast rail winner announced

    Breaking news this morning is that a consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route which serves West Yorkshire.

    East Coast train

    The firms promised to invest £140m in the route over eight years, and will pay the government £3.3bn for the contract.

    The franchise, which runs through Leeds and Wakefield Westgate, has been publicly run since 2009.

    08:08: A dull, damp and drizzly morning Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Today will be another dull and damp day with outbreaks of rain or drizzle through the morning. This will tend to become lighter through the afternoon.

    Weather forecast

    It'll be a murky day with extensive mist and fog lingering over the hills.

    It'll be milder than yesterday with highs of about 10C (50F).

    08:00: Good morning Martin Coldrick BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Leeds and West Yorkshire on Thursday.

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

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