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Teenager injured in hit and run accident

Police are appealing for witnesses afte a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured in a hit and run acccident in Batley.

The teenager was in collision with a Peugeot Partner van in Blakeridge Lane at 6.35pm yesterday evening (January 22nd).

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the incident and in particular anyone who saw the Peugeot immediately before or after it. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Teenage girl sexually assaulted by four men in park

Police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was subjected to a sexual assault by four men in a park in Batley.

The 16-year-old victim was walking through Wilton Park on 11 days ago when she was approached by the group.

One of the males indecently touched the victim before she has managed to dig her nails in to his wrist and run from the scene to a place of safety where she reported the incident to the police.

The man who assaulted her is described as white, aged between 18 to 19-years-old, with brown hair.

He was wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap, navy blue Adidas jumper and jogging bottoms.

The other males he was with are described as all being white and of a similar age.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of Wilton Park and believes they saw this group or anyone who has information about who these individuals are. It is possible that the man who assaulted the victim may have marks to his left wrist where she has dug her nails in. Anyone with information is please asked to call Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 quoting reference number 13160004542.

– Police Sergeant Andy Maloney, of Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team


10 pumps tackling large fire at mill in Batley

Firefighters are currently tackling a large blaze at a three-storey mill in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Credit: Del Delap

Ten pumps are involved with firefighters from Dewsbury, Cleckheaton, Leeds, Morley and Ossett fighting the blaze at Greenhill Mills on Grange Road.

Fire services say four large jets are now in use. The fire which began on the third floor of the building is now spreading to the roof void.

West Yorkshire charity raises more than £5,000 for Cumbria flood victims

A Muslim charity group from West Yorkshire has raised more than £5,000 in five days for those affected in the Cumbria floods.

Credit: World Charity Organisation (WCO)

World Charity Organisation (WCO) from Batley in West Yorkshire launched the Cumbria Flood Appeal 2015 after seeing the unfolding tragedy that afflicted Cumbria early this month.

The organisation raised £5,300 pounds in 5 days and collected items generously donated by the mosque community within Batley and Dewsbury.

Credit: World Charity Organisation (WCO)

WCO visited the Old Fire Station Penrith in Cumbria where a cheque of £5,300 was presented to trustee Ian Burke of Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) and donated goods to Eden Flood Appeal on Wednesday 23rd December 2015.

WCO is honoured to have taken part in this worthwhile cause raising much funds for the people of Cumbria boosting sprits during the season of goodwill

– Yusuf Patel, Founder, World Charity Organisation (WCO)


Police concerned about missing Batley woman

Police in West Yorkshire say they are concerned for the welfare of a woman from Batley who has been reported missing from home.

Shaheda Lakhi Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Shaheda Lakhi, 44, was last seen in Wayne Close, Batley, at around 8.15am on Tuesday (20 October). At the time she was wearing a black traditional hijab.

She is described as Asian, 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build with very long black hair. She is believed to have been wearing glasses when she was last seen.

We are becoming increasingly concerned by Shaheda's disappearance, as are her family, which is described as totally out of character.

– Detective Chief Inspector Richard Holmes

Pensioner, 70, assaulted during house robbery

A 70-year-old woman is recovering after being assaulted during a robbery at her home.

It happened around 1am at the house in Batley when the pensioner went downstairs with her daughter after hearing a noise. She saw three men on the first floor landing who had broken into the the house. Two of them ran upstairs and grabbed and assaulted her while demanding property.

All three men then escaped when the male occupant of the house appeared.

This is clearly a very serious offence in which a 70-year-old woman has been assaulted in her own home and it is important we locate the men responsible as quickly as possible

All three were described as white and wearing dark clothing, and made off in the direction of Abbey Road."

– Det Constable Richard Brooke of Kirklees CID
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