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Runaway sex offender brought back from Australia

A man who fled to the other side of the world to escape justice is now in custody in West Yorkshire.

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Steven Allison, 37, from Bradford, failed to turn up at court in February last year when he was due to be sentenced for two sexual assaults.

Allison, formerly of New Street in Idle, was sentenced to 30 months in his absence.

The offences occurred against two women at licensed premises in Yeadon, Leeds in June 2013.

Enquiries made by Bradford District's Public Protection Unit and Interpol traced him to Australia, where he had been working on construction sites.

He was located in January this year after he boasted about his new life Down Under on Facebook, and subsequently held in a detention centre.

He was brought back to England March 31 and is expected to attend court before being transferred to prison.

It was clear that Allison felt he could cheat justice by fleeing the country and escaping to Australia.

However, the police will always pursue those wanted for serious crimes such as this, regardless of where they are in the world.

– Detective Inspector Ben McDonald, Bradford District Safeguarding Unit


The Queen comes to Sheffield

Her Majesty The Queen will be at Sheffield Cathedral to distribute the Royal Maundy today.

The Queen at the Royal Maundy service in York three years ago Credit: Press Association

This will be the first time in over 900 years that the state occasion has taken place in South Yorkshire.

The Queen last held a Maundy Thursday service in Yorkshire three years ago in York.


Police release CCTV stills in 'Xscape' brawl investigation

Police have issued CCTV stills of men they want to speak to in connection with an incident of affray at the Xscape leisure park in Castleford.

The incident took place between 6.30pm and 6.35pm on Sunday after an argument broke out among a group of about 30 men who began fighting inside and then outside a pub.

One man received a head wound which was not life threatening but which needed hospital treatment.

Police say the fight ended after a few minutes after the crowd dispersed following the intervention of security staff.

A 31-year-old Normanton man was arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident and bailed pending ongoing enquiries.

Appeal for witnesses after cyclist suffers serious injuries in crash

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a cyclist suffered serious, life threatening injuries after a collision in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Cyclist Andrew Williams Credit: Humberside Police

Andrew Williams was riding on a country road near the village of Kilham on the morning of Saturday 21 March when he was involved in the collision.

Police say Mr Williams was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers investigating the collision are appealing for anyone who has not yet been in contact with them to call them immediately.

It is believed that there may have been a key witness to the incident that has not been in contact with the police and it is them we are hoping will come forward by re-issuing this appeal. They are believed to have been driving a medium sized, dark car.

– PC Andrew Brown, Humberside Police
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