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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

Refugee aid convoy rolls out of Yorkshire

Preparing to leave

Calderdale has become the latest local authority in our region to say it will welcome refugees from Syria. The council says it will take in 50 adults and families with children. The authority is working in conjunction with St Augustine's in Halifax, a charity run centre which already provides support to refugees and has recently launched a new appeal for funds.

Meanwhile, tons more aid destined for refugees of the continent was driven out of Yorkshire tonight . The One Nation charity in Batley loaded up a huge 40 foot trailer with food, clothes and bedding. The truck will join up to 50 others near London tonight in a convoy heading for France. Donations have come from all over Yorkshire. Here's the Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.


Aid convoy prepares to leave West Yorkshire

Volunteers are finalising a convoy of aid for Syrian refugees which leaves Batley for Calais tomorrow.

It is being co-ordinated by the charity One Nation, in partnership with Rabetah Al Ulema and the Aid 4 Refugees Convoy. Four vehicles and a 40ft trailer will initially travel to Calais where it's expected they will meet up with another 20 or 30 vehicles from other parts of the country.

Volunteers sought aid
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Vehicle laden with aid

Batley Taverners Club destroyed by fire

The Batley Taverners Club has been destroyed by fire. Emergency services were called just after 4am to the blaze. At its height, crews from Dewsbury, Ossett, Cleckheaton and Leeds were tackling the fire. An investigation has been launched into what caused the blaze.

Police treating Batley Working Mens Club blaze as arson

Police investigating a fire at the former Batley Working Mens Club yesterday say they are treating the blaze as arson.

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It is believed someone gained entry to the unoccupied premises on Wellington Street around 1.15pm and set the furnishings alight.

Initial enquiries by the fire service suggest the fire has started after a naked flame was used to set light to furnishings inside. We are keen to speak to anyone who has seen anyone entering or leaving the premises or acting suspiciously in the vicinity.

– Detective Constable Sarah Umpherville, of Kirklees District CID

Teenager sexually assaulted and mugged in Batley

An appeal for witnesses has been launched after a 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and robbed in Batley.

The incident happened on a footpath near to Lady Ann Road at about 9.30am yesterday (Thursday August 20th).

It is believed the girl was approached from behind by an unknown man while walking on the footpath. He grabbed her and sexually assaulted her before running off with her iPhone.

The suspect was described as a male, 5’6" – 5’7" tall, of slim build, wearing a black jacket and carrying a carrier bag.

I would especially like to speak to a female pedestrian who is believed to have been on either Lady Ann Road or West Street immediately before the assault and may have seen the suspect.

– Detective Inspector Andy Leonard, Kirklees CID


Engineers call off strike at Fox’s Biscuits site

The planned strike at Fox’s Biscuits in Batley by engineering workers has been suspended for a vote on a new pay offer.

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Trade union Unite says that the 42 engineers who were due to have staged stoppages for six hours from 04.00-10.00 today and on Thursday over the pay issue, have called off the action.

The engineers at the Wellington Street site were angry at the original 1% offer for the year, starting on 1st August 2014, with a further 2% from 1st August this year.

Now a new offer, based on a one year deal, has been made.

The six hour stoppages due today and on Thursday have been suspended for our members to vote on a further offer from the company. Unite won’t be commenting further until this vote has taken place.

– Sarah Mitchell, Unite regional officer
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