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Safety campaign shows shocking firework attack footage

West Yorkshire Fire Service has released a video of a firefighter being battered by fireworks as part of this year's bonfire safety campaign.

The footage shows a fireman attempting to put out a mattress which is on fire in Chapeltown, Leeds.

He then endures having a volley of fireworks thrown at him.

The video is taken during last year’s bonfire season, by a camera attached to the fire engine.

The service has released the video to show the dangers fire crews face at their busiest time of year. It branded such attacks as "despicable":

“It's a sad fact that every year our crews encounter some reckless individuals who do not take Bonfire Night or fireworks seriously.

“Attacks on firefighters - like the one captured by a silent witness camera in the Chapeltown area of Leeds last November – are despicable.

“They needlessly put our firefighters in incredible danger whilst they are simply trying to carry out their duties serving the public. Not only that, but they distract them from their main role of protecting people and property.

“We would like to remind the public that we do have silent witness cameras on all our fire engines and work closely alongside police to hold those responsible to account.”

– Ian Bitcon, West Yorkshire Fire Service

M62 hen party crash: Lorry driver found not guilty

Bethany Jones was killed in the crash

A lorry driver accused of causing the death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones has been cleared of all charges.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found 45-year-old Kevin Ollerhead, from St Helens, not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, and and not guilty of causing death by careless driving.

He was driving the lorry which crashed into the back of the minibus near Pontefract in April last year.

20 other women were injured in the collision.

The minibus driver James Johnson, whose vehicle was travelling at less than six miles an hour on the inside lane, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving.


Police appeal for information after three men robbed and assaulted

Police in Kirklees are appealing for witnesses after three men were assaulted and robbed in a house on Valley Road, Liversedge.

The incident happened at 5.45pm on Thursday evening when three men went to the property and knocked at the door before making their way inside.

One of the robbers had a baseball bat and all three demanded money and property.

At the time of the incident the home owner had friends visiting.

One of those friends, a 17-year old male, was hit with the bat causing slight swelling/soreness above the left elbow.

The owner of the house was struck with an iron.

The home owner and his two friends surrendered money, a wallet and mobile phone.

The home owner, a 21-year old man was then struck on the head with an iron causing swelling and pain.

Officers are appealing for information from anyone with information.

This is a particularly unpleasant robbery in which three people simply going about their daily business could have been seriously injured – it is suspected that this is a targeted attack and that no one else in this vicinity is in any way at risk.

– DI Andy Leonard Huddersfield CID

A-list celeb Larkin' about in Whitby

Catherine Zeta Jones has been spotted shopping in Whitby.

The Darling Buds of May star - who played Mariette Larkin, has since gone on to become one of the UK's biggest names in Hollywood.

Catherine Zeta Jones walks out of a Whitby shop clutching her bargain Credit: Roxanne Barlow

But it didn't stop her bagging a bargain in the town's independent stores while she filmed the new Dad's Army movie.

Roxanne Barlow snapped the actress as she left Home Works clutching her new purchase - a poster of Audrey Hepburn.

Venus Trading, where the Hollywood star bought

She then visited Venus Trading, where she bought a 'Lucille Blouse" for £29.99.

Manager Jaime Ruff said: "She had a good peruse of the stock, she seemed to be very chilled out.

"She bought a modern vintage blouse. We didn't bother her for a photo as she just wanted to shop."


Man charged in connection with Darnall murder

Police have charged a man over the murder of Mohammed Khalil at his home in Darnell.

Connor O’Brien, 26, of Jubilee Road, Sheffield, has been charged with murder and appeared before magistrates in Sheffield today.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 7 November.

Officers were called by the ambulance service just after 1am on Tuesday 21 October after the 42-year old was found with serious injuries at his flat in Greenland Drive, Darnall.

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

Two more men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.

Two 20-year-old men arrested on suspicion of murder remain in police custody.

A 40-year-old man arrested on suspicion on murder and possession of an offensive weapon on Wednesday has been released on bail.

Missing girl believed to be in York

A 15-year old girl from the Humberside area is missing. Police believe she may be in York and are appealing for information on her whereablouts.

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, with long, brown hair and hazel coloured eyes. Credit: Police photo

She is described as white, around 5ft tall, with long, brown hair and hazel coloured eyes.

Kiera has made contact with her family via text messages, however, officers are concerned for her safety due to her age and the length of time she has been missing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

I would like to make a direct appeal to Kiera to make contact and return home. Kiera, you are not in any trouble at all, but people are very worried about you. Please get in touch with the police and let us know where you are.

– Inspector Ed Noble, North Yorkshire Police

Jury in hen party crash considers verdict

The jury in the M62 hen party coach crash case has retired to consider its verdict.

45-year-old Kevin Ollerhead denies causing the death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones in April last year.

20 other women were injured when Ollerhead's lorry ploughed into the back of their minibus.

The minibus driver James Johnson, whose vehicle was travelling at less than six miles an hour on the inside lane, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

York police seek information on assault

York police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in the city.

The assault happened at around 9.50pm on Wednesday 22 October, on The Green, Acomb, close to the junction with Danebury Drive.

A 44-year-old woman was walking towards Tostig Avenue, when she was verbally abused by three men who were sitting on a bench. One of the group then approached the victim and punched her face. As a result she suffered bruising to her right cheek.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his twenties and around 5ft 8in tall with a slim build. At the time he was wearing a black and white hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers.

If you witnessed the assault I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away as you may have vital information which could help my enquiries.

– PC Chris Storey, York Safer Neighbourhood Team
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