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Man charged with manslaughter in Castleford body inquiry

A 47-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in Castleford.

Police at Gannet Close in Castleford

The body of 39-year old Jeffrey Howarth was found on Thursday at a property on Gannet Close.

Ian Robinson, from Castleford, was charged last night with manslaughter and will appear before Wakefield Magistrates tomorrow. He remains in police custody. 

A 25-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday in relation to this case, has now been released on bail.

Police conducting house-to-house enquiries after body found in Castleford

Police investigating the death of a 39-year-old man in Castleford are conducting house-to-house enquiries in the area. 

Police say the victim suffered significant facial and head injuries Credit: Press Association

Forensic examinations are being carried out at the property in Gannet Close, where the deceased was found. 

A post mortem is being conducted today, formal identification has not been carried out but next of kin have been informed.

The victim suffered significant facial and head injuries and we are continuing our enquiries today to establish the circumstances around his death.

– Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team

A 47-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.


Man's body found in Castleford

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a body was found at a house in Castleford.

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Emergency services were called to Gannet Close at around 8.25am today and found the body of a 39-year-old man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Test are due to take place to find out how he died.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Greg Eden signs two-year deal to return home to Castleford

Castleford-born Greg Eden will be returning home to play for the Tigers after completing his contract at an Australian club.

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He played only four games with the Castleford Tigers in 2011 before moving to Huddersfield Giants.

Greg made his debut for the NRL side Brisbane Broncos in 2015 where he burst onto the scene and scored a length of the field try against the Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge.

The new two-year signing sees Greg's return to his hometown after 5 years and back into the English rugby league.

Coming back to the UK was a massive decision for me to make but there’s no better team for me to return home to than Castleford, my hometown club and the team I grew up supporting. I’m really looking forward to the new challenge head.

– Greg Eden, Brisbane Broncos


Police appeal to trace wanted Goole man

Police are appealing for help to trace a wanted man from Goole.

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Paul Eldin has failed to answer bail and attend court in relation to an assault.

Police say he has connections in the Snaith and Selby area and Castleford, West Yorkshire.

Officers are urging anyone with any information about Eldin's whereabouts to get in touch.

Universal Credit to become available across Yorkshire from today

The government's new Universal Credit benefit will be available across Yorkshire from today, when the last four jobcentres in West Yorkshire switch over to the new system.

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Centres in Hemsworth, Pontefract, Castleford and Wakefield will now be able to provide the means-tested benefit which merges tax credits with other benefits.

"Today marks a real milestone – with Universal Credit now available across Yorkshire.

"Universal Credit allows people to keep more of what they earn and helps them to move into work faster – giving them the confidence, self-esteem, and security that a job and a pay-packet bring. In Yorkshire, 4.500 people on Universal Credit have now moved into work benefitting from the better work incentives that the new service offers."

– David Freud, Welfare Reform Minister

The rollout of Universal Credit has reached 98% of jobcentres around the UK and the government is hoping it will be available everywhere by the end of this month.

The government says more than 400,000 people have made a claim to Universal Credit with 10,000 new claims every week.

Man assaulted and robbed of phone in Castleford

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a reported robbery in Castleford.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who has information about the offence which is reported to have taken place early yesterday evening in Queen’s Park.

It occurred after the victim, a 21-year-old man, was approached by another male while walking in the park.

The suspect asked for a cigarette and then threatened the victim who was trying to walk away.

He then assaulted the victim and made off with his mobile phone.

The suspect is described as a white male aged 28-34, and of medium build. He was wearing black hoody and had a local accent.

We are conducting enquiries into this reported incident and PCSO's will be present in the park on Thursday evening. I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen what happened, seen a man fitting the suspect's description running from the park, or have any information. Anyone who can assist should contact Wakefield CID on 101 referencing crime number 1205 of April 6. Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Tim Hunt of Wakefield CID

Funeral of family killed in Allerton Bywater to take place

The funeral of a mother and her two children who were killed earlier this month will take place later today.

Geraldine Newman and her two children Credit: Family Photos

Geraldine Newman and her two children Shannon, and Shane were murdered at their home in Allerton Bywater. The body of her estranged husband Paul Newman was found two days later.

The service is near her parents' home in Wales.

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