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Police seize 'tens of thousands of pounds worth' of Class A drugs in Castleford

Police have seized tens of thousands of pounds worth of suspected Class A drugs in Castleford.

Officers made the initial discovery after stopping a van on Westfields in Castleford at about 2pm yesterday.

A substantial quantity of suspected drugs was found in the van and the 58-year-old male driver was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

Police searched a house on Westfields a short time later and discovered further quantities of suspected Class B drugs and cash in the property.

Following further enquiries officers arrested a 45 year Castleford woman and a 45-year-old Leeds man, also on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drugs.

All three have now been bailed pending continuing enquiries.

We are continuing enquiries today after officers recovered significant amounts of what are suspected to be Class A drugs from a van and a house in the Westfields area of Castleford, following an intelligence led operation.

Taking drugs off our streets continues to be a priority for Wakefield CID and I would ask anyone who has information about drugs supply in Castleford or elsewhere in the Wakefield District to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Your call will be anonymous and I can promise you police will act on information we receive from the independent charity.

– Detective Inspector David Rogerson


Appeal after fatal Christmas Day collision

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on Christmas Day in Townville at Castleford.

They would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident which took place at about 4.55pm yesterday afternoon on Sheepwalk Lane.

The collision took place after a Vauxhall Vivaro van and a Peugeot Tweet scooter were in collision on the road. The Vivaro had been travelling from Ferrybridge towards Castleford and the Peugeot had been travelling from Castleford to Ferrybridge.

The rider of the Peugeot, a 32-year-old North Yorkshire man, suffered severe injuries from which he died.

"Investigations are ongoing into this tragic incident within the Wakefield District and we are appealing for witnesses.

"I would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the manner in which either vehicle was being driven in the moments leading up to it.

"Information can be given to the Major Collision and Enquiry Team via 101."

– PS Carl Quinn, Major Collision Enquiry Team

A man from the Vauxhall Vivaro was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving over the prescribed limit. He has been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.


Cas star Carney to join Salford on loan

Castleford star Justin Carney is to join Salford Devils on a season-long loan deal, it has been announced.

Australia-born Carney scored 63 tries in 62 games since joining the Tigers at the start of 2013, including 18 in Super League last season.

He was suspended towards the end of the campaign for a breach of club discipline.

West Yorkshire MP launches Labour leadership campaign

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper has officially launched her campaign to become the next leader of the Labour Party.

The wife of the ex-shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who lost his seat earlier this month, Ms Cooper is urging Labour members not to become mired in internal disputes of the past about why labour did so badly at the General Election.

She is one of three female candidates for the job, but the bookies' favourite is the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

Cooper to stand for Labour leadership

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has announced she is standing for the Labour leadership.

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper is to stand in the Labour leadership contest Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP joins the race alongside Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham, who also announced his candidacy today.

Under the timetable set out by the NEC, the formal election period will open on Friday.

The Parliamentary Labour Party will stage hustings for the leadership contenders on June 8 and for deputy leadership contenders on June 9, when nominations for both posts open.

Nominations for leader will close at midday on June 15 and for deputy leader at noon on June 17. Ballot papers will be sent out by post on August 14 and polling will close at noon on September 10.

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