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Eight hospitalised after taking illegal drugs

Police in Leeds are investigating after a number of people were taken ill after apparently consuming illegal drugs over the weekend.

At 8pm yesterday, police were contacted by staff at Leeds General Infirmary reporting a total of eight people - mostly aged in their early twenties - attending at the hospital and at St James's Hospital with symptoms including abnormally fast heart rate, dizziness, sweating and dilated pupils.

It is believed they had taken MDMA, known as ecstasy. All were kept under observations.

We are currently conducting enquiries alongside our partners in the health service to establish the full circumstances surrounding these incidents.

While it's not uncommon for people to attend hospital at the weekend suffering the adverse effects of having taken controlled drugs, it is unusual for such a large number of people to present with similar symptoms over a relatively short period of time.

While we can't draw any firm conclusions as it stands, it may be that there is something in circulation being sold as MDMA or ecstasy which is causing people to suffer these ill effects.

We want people to be aware of the potential risks following these incidents, although obviously users of any drug can never be sure of its contents and the risks they are taking. Anyone who does feel ill after taking any substance should seek urgent medical attention.

– Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, Head of Leeds District Reactive CID


Man seriously injured after breaking up pub fight

A 51-year old man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was assaulted in a pub in Hatfield this weekend.

Police say that the pub fight broke out between a number of people in the Ingram Arms pub, High Street, Hatfield around 10.30 pm.

It is alleged that the man attempted to intervene and was reportedly assaulted by a group of men.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for a serious head injury.

Two men, aged 29 and 22-years-old, and a 17-year-old boy, were arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries.

Eight arrested after drug raids

Police in Harrogate arrested eight people on suspicion of offences including drug dealing and money laundering on Friday.

During three search warrants and planned operations to arrest suspects, 20 officers seized cash, drugs and items such as weighing scales and mobile phones, suspected of being used in drug dealing.

A 30-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possessing a class B drug with intent to supply after a search warrant at a property on Ripon Road. They have been released on police bail to allow for further enquiries to be carried out.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply after a search warrant at a property on Avenue Place where officers seized an amount of cannabis, weighing scales and other items believed to be linked to drugs.

He has been released on police bail to allow for further enquiries. A second person found at the address was issued with a cannabis warning.

In Walworth Avenue officers searched a property and arrested two people, a man aged18 and a woman aged 36.

Both were arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs. They have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

A 30-year-old man was arrested at a property on Cheltenham Crescent on suspicion of money laundering. His arrest followed an investigation into the theft of two mountain bikes which were reported stolen on 3 January. He has been released on police bail while further enquiries are carried out.

At a property in Hyde Park Road, officers arrested a man wanted in connection with a burglary. He was transferred into the custody of Humberside Police.

Drug dealing, drug use and the associated criminality causes misery for local people and our action has sent a clear warning to law-breakers that they are not welcome in Harrogate and we will do everything we can to disrupt their behaviour.

Friday’s action was the result of a combination of intelligence gathering and information from the community. I hope this reassures local people that when they report concerns to us, we will take action.

– Inspector Penny Taylor of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team

Thousands learn of partners abusive pasts under new scheme

Each week two women are killed in domestic violence incidents in England and Wales and one in four experience domestic violence over their lifetimes.

It is a year since a new law allowed women to find out if their partner has an abusive past and new figures reveal more than a thousand women have used it.

Sarah Clark has been talking to the father from Wakefield who lobbied for the change in law after his daughter was brutally killed:


First female bishop makes history in York

There was a moment of history on Yorkshire soil today as the Church of England's first female bishop was consecrated.

However, the ceremony at York Minster was disrupted by a lone protestor opposed to the high-profile roles women are now occupying in the once all-male dominated Anglican church.

The protest highlighted continuing divisions within the church. But its leaders said tonight that more women will follow in the footsteps of the Reverend Libby Lane who today became the Bishop of Stockport.

David Hirst reports:

Bradford could take on Premier League opposition in next round

Giant-killers Bradford City could take on Premier League Sunderland at Valley Parade in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Bradford City could face Sunderland after their shock win at Chelsea Credit: Press Association

They have been drawn to either Sunderland or Championship Fulham in the next round.

The Bantams pulled off one of the biggest shocks in cup history after they beat Premier League table-topping Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United could face Manchester United at Bramall Lane if the Blades can get past Preston if the Reds can beat League Two Cambridge in their respective replays.

Woman wins £16k on £2 bet after Bradford win

Rosie Leigh won £16,087 after she bet on Bradford City to win against Chelsea this weekend.

The Londoner managed to pick all five winners in the Fourth Round matches. Her bet of £2 earned her £16,087.

And as she successfully predicted that the top three teams in the Premier League would all lose - two of them to sides from outside the top flight.

On-the-run 'dangerous' drug baron arrested in Philippines

A drug dealer, who went on the run before he was due in court for heading up a £13m smuggling ring, has been arrested in the Philippines.

John Halliday from Harrogate arrested in Philippines Credit: West Yorkshire Police

John Halliday, from Harrogate, was a lead member of an organised crime group responsible for importing and supplying hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs.

His arrest followed an operation which resulted in a raid on business premises in Leeds where 10 kilos of class B drugs were recovered.

Halliday disappeared in September 2013, before the start of his trial. He was jailed for ten years in his absence.

"Halliday is a dangerous convicted criminal and we are delighted that he has finally been arrested and is in the custody of the authorities in the Philippines. It has taken a lot of hard work but we are now a step closer to bringing him back to the UK to serve his prison sentence."

– Det Insp Neil Hollis, West Yorkshire Police
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