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Police investigating sexual assault release CCTV

Police investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

CCTV Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at an address in Headingley in the early hours of Thursday, September 25, after the 19-year-old victim and her boyfriend shared a taxi home with the suspect from Leeds city centre.

Police have asked for anyone who recognises the person in the CCTV image to contact them.

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Police concerned for missing man from Hull

Police are growing concerned about a man missing from Hull.

Police are searching for Stephen Colin Beadleson Credit: Humberside Police

Stephen Colin Beadleson was reported missing from his home address in the Beverley High Road area of Hull after being last seen by his mother at this address at approximately on the morning of Monday 22nd September 2014.

Stephen is described as a white, 6ft tall with a medium build and dark coloured greying hair.

It is not known at this time what clothing Stephen was wearing when he left his home address.

He has been reported missing on one previous occasion several years ago. On that occasion he spent time along the east coast in the Humberside and North Yorkshire area.

There are concerns for Stephen's welfare due to the time he has been missing without having any contact with his family.

Stephen is urged to call the police or his family to confirm he is ok and any contact will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Man and woman bailed in cocaine smuggling investigation

A 29-year-old man from Leeds arrested by the National Crime Agency on 29 September in connection with a suspected plot to smuggle cocaine on a yacht has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers also say a 55-year-old woman arrested at an address in West Yorkshire as part of the same investigation has also been bailed.

Four people have now been arrested by the National Crime Agency in connection with the seizure, made by the Irish Naval Service on board the Makayabella on Tuesday 23 September.

A 43-year-old man arrested by the NCA at an address in Leeds on Wednesday 24 September was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries.

Stephen Powell, 47, of Netherfield Road, Guisely was charged and appeared before Leeds Magistrates on Saturday. He was remanded in custody until Monday 13 October when he is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court.

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Roger Marshall: Officers 'in the midst of a battle we weren't going to win'

Mr Marshall told the inquests he and his officers were "in the midst of a battle that we weren't going to win".

Watching footage of the crowds outside the Leppings Lane entrance at 2.33pm on the day of the disaster, he said: "We had got a very, very difficult situation."

"I've got in the region of 30 or 40 men outside the perimeter gates plus the mounted men, and you can see what’s happening from the video quite clearly.

"Nobody is using any self-restraint whatsoever. People are just pushing. They're diving past the horses, just shoving into what’s already a very very obviously crowded area."

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Ex senior police officer: Concerned that fans were being pushed towards turnstiles

Mr Marshall said he returned to the Hillsborough ground between 2pm and 2.15pm and saw large numbers of fans outside the stadium.

Ms Lambert asked: "Did you have any concern that they might not all get in by kick off?"

"Not at that stage, no," he said.The barrister continued: "If you had been aware at 2.15, and I appreciate you weren't… that actually there were about 6,900 fans yet to go through turnstiles A to G for the purpose of taking up their position on the terraces, would you have been concerned?"

He replied: "I think It would probably have rung an alarm bell, yes."

The witness said the attitude of fans at the turnstiles would have made a difference.

The court watched CCTV footage of the crowds outside the Leppings Lane entrance at 2.15pm.

Ms Lambert asked: "If you'd had this view, would you have been in any way concerned about the congestion outside those turnstiles?"

"That’s a hard question to answer with hindsight. With hindsight and with this view, maybe."

Asked if it would have been helpful to instruct officers to create a barrier to prevent fans joining the back of the crowd, he said it came down to "the key question of resources".

By 2.30pm, Mr Marshall said it had not occurred to him to take up an elevated position to see the extent of the problem.

He added: "I should have summoned the reserve serials at that time... to stop people entering the area in front of the turnstiles."

The court heard he went into the middle of the crowd to ask people to stop pushing.

Ms Lambert asked: "Do you think it's possible that those joining at the back weren't aware of the conditions at the front of the crowd because they couldn't see?"

He replied: "I think it would have been obvious to them... It was obvious to me that people were pushing."

The witness said he was concerned because people were being pushed towards the turnstiles.

"This was becoming an extremely worrying situation," he said.

He added that the noise made it impossible to give instructions to other officers.

The court heard that Mr Marshall climbed up onto a bridge parapet twenty minutes before the scheduled kick-off.

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Ex senior police officer: Some fans 'abusing alcohol'

Mr Marshall said some fans were almost "abusing alcohol" on the morning of the disaster but he didn't see bad behaviour.

The former superintendent told the inquests: "It was a lovely day and there were lots of people about. The atmosphere was carnival, really.

A tremendous amount of drinking going on here, there and everywhere. Lots of people milling around, just as you'd expect on a semi-final day.

"I was a little bit saddened really that people had to drink so much so early in the day to come to a football match. This was half past 11-ish onwards. I encountered people walking around with four-packs of lager and bottles of cider and that sort of stuff and it did make me feel a bit sad."

He said he was surprised because of "almost the abuse of alcohol, taking too much drink on too early in the day."

Ms Lambert asked: "Did you see any incidents of bad behaviour?"

"Not really no," he replied. "I think the behaviour was quite good."

The court heard he had been patrolling an extensive area outside the ground for more than two hours but had not particularly seen anything that caused him concern.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

Doncaster is to become the home of the new National High Speed Rail College.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

The college, as well as a similar centre in Birmingham, will train thousands of new engineers, who are needed to deliver billions of pounds worth of rail contracts over the coming decades, including the new HS2 high speed rail line.

Doncaster’s fast paced rail and engineering renaissance has stepped up a gear this year with over 10,000 people employed in the sector and firms having order books in excess of £1.7billion over the next five years. There is also strong interest from companies looking to locate to one of Britain’s most important railway centres.

I am delighted that our hard work to bring the new National High Speed Rail College to Doncaster has been a success and I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our bid, or supported it. Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering and this decision confirms our position as the home of rail. It’s a great day for Doncaster. It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster
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