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Man arrested after stolen bus driven through Wakefield

A man has been arrested after a bus was stolen, and driven through the city centre, in Wakefield yesterday.

The single-decker DAF Holland bus was reported missing from the Arriva Yorkshire bus depot on Barnsley Road at 9:45pm. It was spotted by traffic officers who followed it from a safe distance.

The bus hit some cars as it was driven through Wakefield but nobody was hurt
The bus hit some cars as it was driven through Wakefield but nobody was hurt

Officers used specialist equipment to bring it to a safe stop on Ledger Lane at 10:18pm. The bus had collided with a number of parked vehicles on the road, and caused minor damage to a police car.

A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene. The bus was removed from and taken back to the depot.

"Our officers spotted the bus very quickly after it was first reported stolen. It was driven at slow speed around Wakefield city centre for a short amount of time until it was successfully brought to a standstill.

"It was driven into a couple of stationary vehicles on the street, but thankfully no-one was hurt. We are appealing to anyone who may have any information about this incident to contact us on 101."

– Insp Ian Williams, West Yorkshire Police

Warning over playing near open water after boy left in critical condition

An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he fell into a river near Keighley yesterday.

The boy was playing with older children at Tinker Bridge in Braithwaite at around 11.30am yesterday. He fell into the water and did not resurface immediately.

Emergency services staff rescued the boy and took him to Leeds General Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.

It is believed he hit his head as he fell into the water, causing him a serious head injury.

West Yorkshire police have renewed their appeal for people to be careful near rivers, and not go swimming.

"On a hot summer's day, open water like streams, rivers and canals can look inviting.

"But these waterways are not swimming pools. There are no lifeguards in case someone gets into difficulty and there can be hidden currents which can catch out even an experienced swimmer.

"The temperature of open water is often very cold and this can also cause difficulties. People suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure and possible drowning.

"Water rescues can also put the lives of emergency services staff at risk. Compromising their own safety to help others is often part of the job, but situations like this are wholly avoidable.

"We want people of all ages to enjoy a safe and pleasant summer, but this shows how easily accidents can occur. Please stay safe and stay out of the water."

– Insp Sue Sanderson, West Yorkshire Police



Hauraki charged over Abdull clash

Castleford's Weller Hauraki could miss his club's Challenge Cup semi-final after being charged with a grade C offence by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.

Castleford's Weller Hauraki charged over Abdull clash
Castleford's Weller Hauraki charged over Abdull clash Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Hauraki is accused if striking with his knees in a clash with Hull's Jordan Abdull in the Rigers' 18-18 Super League draw at the KC Stadium on Thursday July 24, 2014. The 29-year-old was not penalised by the incident was put on report. Hauraki will appear in front of a disciplinary panel on Tuesday and faces a two-to-three match suspension if found guilty.

KC stadium gets new floodlights for international media

New floodlights are to go up at the KC Stadium in Hull to meet the needs of international broadcasters. The floodlighting towers will be four metres higher then they are now, but consultants say it will have "minimal" effect on residents, with the nearest living 300m away on Anlaby Road. It comes after the Premier League issued new regulations to improve lighting on all sides of the pitch.

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