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Two Dewsbury men charged with sexual offences

Police in Wakefield have charged two men in connection with an ongoing investigation into sexual offences. 37-year-old Ismail Haji and 35-year-old Mohammed Chothia will appear at Wakefield Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. Ismail Haji has been charged with two offences of rape, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence. Mohammed Chothia has been charged with sexual assault, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence. They have been charged in relation to offences against two juvenile females and an adult female from the Wakefield area alleged to have occurred between September and October this year.

Masked robbers hold staff at knife-point in Co-op raid

Masked robbers raided a Co-op store in Dewsbury last night - threatening two members of staff at knife-point until they handed over cash from the store.

Police were called after the raid took place at 7.30pm on Tuesday. Credit: Ash Milnes/Twitter

Police are seeking two men after the raid on Brunswick Street in Dewsbury Moor - in which one of the employees was also kneed in the face.

One of the robbers is described as 5'8'' tall and slim, wearing a grey hooded with bright red Adidas stripes down the arms, a face covering and tracksuit bottoms with white stripes.

A second is said to have been wearing a blue hooded top and dark Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes. His face was also covered, police said.

Detective Inspector Andy Leonard of Kirklees CID said: "This was a particularly unpleasant attack using an unnecessary level violence against two employees simply trying to earn a living."

He urged anyone with information to contact Dewsbury CID on 101.

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Will Burgess bow out on a high?

Dewsbury born Sam Burgess will be hoping to end his rugby league career on a high today as he plays in the Australian NRL Grand Final.

Final game: Sam Burgess is set to switch codes after the NRL Grand Final Credit: Press Association

The former Bradford Bulls forward is set to play against the Canterbury Bulldogs and feature alongside his brothers Tom, George and Luke.

Burgess is set to switch codes after agreeing a lucrative contract with Bath and has been tipped to feature in the Rugby Union World Cup for England next year.

Man due in court over West Yorkshire bus sex assault

A man is due to appear at court charged with sex offences during journeys on the 268 bus between Cleckheaton and Dewsbury.

Detective Constable Joe Aspinall from West Yorkshire Police said: "Anjan Shahzad (33) from Jeremy Lane in Heckmondwike has been charged with outraging public decency following an incident on the bus on the 19 June this year. He is also charged with two counts of sexual assault on an 18-year-old female on the 30 July and 19 August - also on the same 268 bus."

He is due before Bradford Magistrates Monday August 25, 2014.

Educating Yorkshire's Mushy "gets TV show of his own"

Musharaf Asghar, one of the teenage stars of Channel 4's award-winning Educating Yorkshire documentary series, is to lead a TV show of his own, according to The Observer.

Musharaf Asghar Credit: Channel 4

Musharaf, a former pupil of the Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury, where the series was filmed, captured the hearts of viewers when he overcame his stammer to speak at the school assembly thanks to his English teacher Mr Burton borrowing a technique he had seen in the film The King's Speech.

Teacher Matthew Burton helped Musharaf Asghar find his voice Credit: Channel 4

Fellow pupils and staff wept as Musharaf conquered his acute stammer by wearing headphones as he made his speech.

Now it is reported that he is to lead his own programme Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice. The programme will follow a group of children, as they learn how to overcome their problem from other stammerers. "I hope it will have a positive impact on other people with stammers to speak more and not give up on their dreams," he told the Observer. The programme, will be broadcast on Channel 4 on August 28.

17-year-old indecently assaulted on a train

Police are investigating after 17-year-old girl indecently assaulted on train between Leeds and Dewsbury

CCTV Credit: British Transport Police

Officers have released a series of CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which occurred on the 17.09 TransPennine Express Service from Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street on June 19.

PC Kevin Webster, said: “The victim, a 17-year-old girl from the Huddersfield area, boarded the train at Leeds. The train was extremely busy and the victim was forced to stand up in the crowded vestibule area. A man, who also boarded the service at Leeds, stood close behind her.

CCTV Credit: British Transport Police

“A short while into the journey the man moved to the side of the victim then began to inappropriately touch her. The man continued to indecently assault the victim throughout the journey until the train arrived in Dewsbury where he left the service.

“This was an incredibly frightening experience for the girl, who has been left extremely shocked and distressed.”

“I think the man captured on CCTV might have vital information that could greatly assist this investigation. If you recognise him, or have any other information, please get in touch.

“British Transport Police takes sexual offences on the rail network very seriously and will always fully investigate all incidents reported to us.”

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Charity cricket match helps mum cope with loss of her daughter

The mother of a young woman who died from cystic fibrosis says organising a charity cricket match helps her cope with her loss. Sue Marley hopes the event, with the staff from the documentary Educating Yorkshire, helps raise awareness of the condition which took her daughter Rebecca's life:

Factfile: About cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening genetic condition which causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with thick sticky mucus, resulting in chronic infections and inflammation of the lungs. Only half of those people with it live to celebrate their 40th birthday.

  • 10,000 people in the UK are directly affected.
  • 2 million people in the UK carry the faulty gene which causes the condition.
  • If two carriers have children there is a 1 in 4 chance it will be passed on.

People with cystic fibrosis often look perfectly healthy but they need to take a large amount of drugs each day and have time-consuming physiotherapy as well as being isolated from others with the condition. It can critically escalate at any moment.

Educating Yorkshire's Jonny Mitchell hopes cricket match raises awareness of cystic fibrosis

The headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury says he hopes the cricket match he has played in today will help to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis. Jonny Mitchell, who became famous on the documentary Educating Yorkshire, pulled together a team for the charity game in Ackworth:

Educating Yorkshire's Mr. Mitchell takes to the crease for charity

Staff from Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury who starred in the documentary Educating Yorkshire have spent the day playing a charity cricket match in Ackworth to raise money for research into cystic fibrosis.

Educating Yorkshire's headteacher Jonny Mitchell at the crease Credit: ITV News Calendar

Headteacher Jonny Mitchell's team have played against a team of family and friends of Rebecca Marley who died from cystic fibrosis in 2009 at the age of 27. Her relatives are raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which is this year celebrating its 50th birthday.

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