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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.

Leeds pub sexual assault CCTV images released

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in a Leeds pub.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The 20-year-old victim was targeted in The Griffin public house, in Boar Lane, at about 7.45pm on Saturday, March 14.

The man was described as white, aged in his early forties, about 5ft 10ins tall and of average build. He was wearing jeans and blue jacket.

The suspect was among a group of men socialising at the pub. It has been suggested they could have been from the Wakefield, Castleford or Pontefract area.

– Detective Constable Lee Thimm
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Police release CCTV stills in 'Xscape' brawl investigation

Police have issued CCTV stills of men they want to speak to in connection with an incident of affray at the Xscape leisure park in Castleford.

The incident took place between 6.30pm and 6.35pm on Sunday after an argument broke out among a group of about 30 men who began fighting inside and then outside a pub.

One man received a head wound which was not life threatening but which needed hospital treatment.

Police say the fight ended after a few minutes after the crowd dispersed following the intervention of security staff.

A 31-year-old Normanton man was arrested on suspicion of affray in connection with the incident and bailed pending ongoing enquiries.

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