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Pregnant woman from Leeds reported missing

Police are concerned for the welfare of a pregnant woman who has been reported missing from home.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The last confirmed sighting of Georgia Best, 22, was in Barden Place, off Whingate Road, Leeds, at around 3pm on Thursday, 19 November.

She was reported missing on Wednesday, 25 November.

Ms Best is around seven months pregnant and police need to trace her to ensure that she is safe and well.

She is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, with cropped, dyed red hair. When she was last seen she had faded bruising around her eyes and was wearing black leggings, a white pyjama top with a picture of the 'Bambi' character on it, a pink dressing gown with white trim and hood with cloth ears attached and white Nike trainers.

She is also known to wear a blue Adidas jacket with white motifs on the chest and arms.

Six men charged in connection with robbery at Hull bank

Six ?men yesterday arrested in Liverpool in connection with a robbery at a bank in west Hull earlier this week have tonight been charged.

The arrests followed a joint investigation by Humberside, Merseyside and Cheshire police.

The investigation centred on 22 robberies or attempted robberies at banks and post offices in Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Warrington, Neston and Great Sutton.

A 23rd offence, which happened at a bank in west Hull on Tuesday, November 24, also forms part of the conspiracy to commit robbery charges, which apply to the period September 25, 2009 to November 24, 2015.

The following people will appear before South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle tomorrow (Saturday, November 28):

  • • Kieron Anthony Whittle, aged 35, of Little Parkfield Road, Aigburth, L17
  • • John Paul Stewart, aged 30, Waverley Road, Aigburth, L17
  • • Ian John Stewart, aged 48, formerly of Stonegate Drive, Toxteth, L8
  • • Alan Robert Lea, aged 38, of Verney Crescent, Toxteth, L8
  • • Gary Thomas McNeill, aged 35, formerly of Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool city centre, L1
  • • Shaun James McDonald, aged 38, of Charleston Road, Toxteth, L8

A 39-year-old man arrested in Aigburth on Thursday morning on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.


Cars broken into in Barnsley

Police in Barnsley have warned drivers in the town to be careful after an increase in reports of vehicles being broken into across the town.

Detective Chief Inspector Deb Mahmood from Barnsley’s Local Policing Unit said: “In the last few weeks, we’ve noticed an increase in the number of vehicles being broken into.

“What’s more concerning is that those vehicles being targeted are those that have left valuables or other items on display inside.

“There have been some reports of cars having their windows smashed and a relatively small amount of money taken, because it was left on display.

“We’d repeat our advice to all vehicle owners to not leave anything on display when you park up or leave your car. Please don’t make yourself a target for opportunistic thieves, especially in the run up to Christmas when you may have gifts for loved ones in your car.”

New appeal for missing Neil Slaney

Police searching for missing Sheffield man Neil Slaney are making a fresh appeal after receiving new information.

Neil might have been in Sheffield city centre

Neil, 41, has not been seen for 12 days but enquiries have found that he might have been in Sheffield city centre during this time, and that he may also have visited shops in Dodworth town centre.

Have you seen Neil or do you know where he is?

Neil was last seen in the Firth Park area of Sheffield, where he lives, on Sunday November 15th.

Despite numerous inquiries to find him, Neil has not yet been found and the police and his family are growing increasingly concerned for him.

He is white, 5ft 10ins tall and is of slim build. It is not known what he was wearing when he went missing, but was thought be carrying some sort of bag or rucksack.

Neil has links to the Chapeltown area of Sheffield.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 308 of 17 November 2015.

Poll: Do you support British involvement with airstrikes in Syria?

Shadow foreign secretary and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn has said he will not resign over his backing of airstrikes on Isis in Syria, despite his party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, writing to all Labour MPs setting out his opposition to military action.

Do you support British involvement with airstrikes in Syria?

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Car catches fire on M18 motorway

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic due to vehicle fire on M18 Northbound between J6 A614 (Thorne) and J7 M62 (Langham).

Lane one (of three) is closed, affecting traffic heading from Stainforth towards the M62.


Man bitten by dog in Mytholmroyd

Police are appealing for information after a man was bitten by a dog in Mytholmroyd.

The incident happened at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, while the 53-year-old victim was walking his German shepherd dog along Cragg Road.

As he has reached the junction of Elphaborough Close, two West Highland terriers being walked by a child jumped up at the victim and his dog. One of the dogs bit the man to his knee causing a puncture wound.

PC Keith Daniels, of Valleys Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "As part of our enquiries in to this incident, we need to identify the owner of the dogs involved.

"We understand that these dogs are local to the area and are generally seen wearing red checked bandanas around the neck.

"The owner of these dogs, or anyone with information about the owner, are asked to call Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101."

Gang issues top priority after Jordan Thomas shooting

Police officers in Sheffield say they are discussing the issues surrounding gangs as a matter of urgency.

It follows the shooting of Jordan Thomas in the city a year ago.

Jordan Thomas was in a car in Sheffield when he was shot

Yesterday, a jury found Jama Ahmed guilty of murder and attempted murder. Ahmed was given a life sentence and will serve at least 36 years imprisonment before he is considered for parole.

Sheffield Superintendent Shaun Morley has issued this message:

''The details discussed during the trial may well have led to you to ask questions about gang culture in Sheffield. Is it an issue? And what are police doing to keep you safe?

''To begin with, let me reassure you that we have dedicated and specially-trained officers working tirelessly to tackle organised crime and to keep you and the ones you love safe from harm. Of course there is crime in Sheffield - it is the fourth largest city in the country and we're not immune to criminal activity here. However, we do not consider gang crime to be a major problem here and we have invested a considerable amount of time and resources to tackle the issue.

''Currently, Sheffield has a number of identified and recognised gangs operating at all levels of criminality, ranging from low-level antisocial behaviour to serious acquisitive crime, drug dealing and firearms offences.

''The gangs operate across various geographical areas within the city and consist of members ranging from their teens through to their forties. The gangs’ ultimate aim is to profit and benefit financially, however their 'street status' also plays a big part.

''If you went back 10 years in Sheffield, the picture would look very different. Between 2005 and 2010, there were 62 serious and fatal firearm offences in Sheffield. In the last five years, between 2010 and 2015, there have been 30 - a reduction of more than half. But we're not complacent - 30 is still 30 too many and we're working every day to reduce this further.

''Research tells us that simply punishing people by sending them to prison does little to prevent them reoffending. That is why we invest a considerable amount of time to preventing offending in the first place to break the cycle. We work with the local authority, the Probation Service, Children's Services, and with the judiciary to prevent organised crime.

''We pay close attention to an offender’s lifestyle, their housing situation, whether they have any children who could be at risk and need safeguarding.

''We look at every aspect of their lives and do everything within our power to stop their offending and the impact it has on others. We sometimes work with our partners to stage an intervention with them and their family members - whether that's providing them support in drug rehabilitation or providing support to find work. Showing an offender that there is another way to live and another path to take can sometimes make all the difference but, ultimately, they have to want to make a change for this to have any success.

''A gang injunction is a civil tool that allows police and local authorities to apply to the courts for an injunction against a person to prevent gang-related violence. The orders allow police to put restrictions on people known to be involved in organised violent crime. ''Restrictions include curfews, use of mobile phones, associations with other people and the use of certain routes. Anyone who breaches an injunction appears before court within 24 hours and would probably face jail. We are currently considering implementing a number of gang injunctions in Sheffield and will work with the courts to ensure we're doing all we can to keep people safe.

''Right now, we have teams of specialist officers in Sheffield working to keep you safe. Officers with a great deal of expertise and dedication, from uniformed PCs to specially trained detectives.''

– Chief Supt Shaun Morley

Police name driver in Maltby as Diana Maria Hunt

Police have named the driver that died following a collision in Maltby, on Tickhill Road, as 58-year-old Diana Maria Hunt.

Diana Maria Hunt died in the collision

Two other women that died in the collision have been formally identified but their families have asked that their details are not released while extended family members are informed of the deaths.

Diana Hunt was from the Hatfield area and her family have asked for the media to respect their privacy at what is a very difficult time.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the collision, who have not yet spoken to officers, to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 and quoting incident number: 913 from the 26 November.

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