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MP shares condolences for fatal fire victims

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge has extended her sympathies for the father and son who were killed in a fatal fire.

I was saddened to hear the terrible news that a young boy and a 44-year old man have died in a house fire in Penistone last night. Penistone is a close-knit community and everyone living in the town will be deeply shocked and upset by this tragedy. I would like to extend my sympathies to the family and my thoughts are with them as they support the young 11-year old fighting for his life in hospital.

– Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge


14 face IPCC referral over Rotherham

The former Police and Crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, could face criminal charges as part of a two pronged investigation into the failings during the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Shaun Wright, who was in charge of children's services for the council for five of the crucial years outlined in the Jay report, is likely to be investigated for possible misconduct in public office, according to South Yorkshire's chief constable David Crompton.

He has written to the Home Affairs Select committee outlining his plans for further inquiries. The force has this afternoon confirmed that 14 of it's staff have now been referred to the police watchdog, the IPCC, for their conduct in Rotherham.

South Yorkshire Police has now referred 14 people to the IPCC and may make further referrals should the criteria be met. Both South Yorkshire Police and the independent investigation will remain in constant dialogue with the IPCC.

– Joanne Wright, Senior Media Relations Officer

Police identify victim of murder after two arrests

Police investigating the murder of a man at his home in Darnall have released the name and a photograph of the victim

Mohammed Khalil, 42, was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries but died later Credit: Police photo

The ambulance service called the police after the 42-year old was found with serious injuries at his flat in Greenland Drive, Darnall.

Mohammed Khalil was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries but died later.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

The police are continuing with investigations as two men have been arrested.

Fatal house fire was 'started deliberately'

Police say initial investigations into a fatal house fire in Penistone suggest the fire was started deliberately. 12-year-old Jack Sykes is still in a critical condition in hospital. His father 44-year-old Darren Sykes, and brother nine-year-old Paul David Sykes both died in the incident.

Initial enquiries are underway with colleagues in the fire service to determine the cause of this fire and are at a very early stage.This is a tragic incident in which a young child has lost his life and my thoughts and condolences are with the family of the young boys at this distressing time.

– Chief Inspector Debbie Mahmood


Stabbed care home worker brands attacker a 'coward'

A woman who was stabbed in the Castleford care home where she works, has branded her attacker a coward. 67-year-old Christine Pygott was cooking breakfast early on Saturday morning, when she went to investigate a noise at the kitchen door. A man burst in, punched and kicked her, then stabbed her in the arm.

Police say two men were seen running from the care home on Ferrybridge Road, passing the cemetery on Healdfield Road and have released an image of a man they'd like to trace.

Police have released this image of a man they'd like to trace Credit: West Yorkshire Police
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