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Elderly victims targeted in series of robberies

Police are warning residents of a series of robberies series which has been taking place in the Dewsbury and Batley areas in which individuals have stolen personal items from victims while distracting them by asking for change for a £2 coin.

Four men have been arrested in connection with a series of offences committed between January and April 2016, predominantly in Dewsbury and Batley and involving elderly victims.

They have been interviewed and released on bail.

We are investigating nearly 30 similar offences at this time but believe there may be other victims who have not come forward; possibly up until now not realising that they have been a victim of crime. We are keen to speak to anyone who has been asked to provide change and later found that personal items such as jewellery, watches, wallets or purses are missing.

– Detective Constable Victoria Catania, of Kirklees District CID,

Baby's death recorded as 'misadventure'

Baby Gino Asquith with his parents

A verdict of misadventure has been recorded by a coroner into the death of a baby at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Gino Asquith died just three days after his birth in November 2014. Bradford Coroner's court heard his mother, 28-year-old Sarah Ellis from Batley, went into labour on November 7th. She attended the Calderdale Hospital where she was told there was no bed for her and that she needed to go to Huddersfield Birthing Centre.

Because her labour was not in an advanced stage she was sent home but later that day she could no longer feel her baby moving and attended Calderdale Hospital where she was admitted to the Maternity Assessment Unit.

Six hours later she was examined by a consultant and underwent an emergency Caesarean section to deliver the baby. Her son, Gino, was born on November 9th and was resuscitated twice. Gino was placed on life support, but just days later Sarah and her partner Adam Asquith were advised to withdraw treatment and Gino died on November 12th.

Coroner Oliver Longstaff said there were several missed opportunities to get medical intervention for Gino's mother by staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital. But he said that steps had been taken at the hospital since to prevent this happening again.

He added that Gino's death was a tragedy and a catastrophe for his parents who had been very dignified throughout the two day inquest in Bradford.


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)
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