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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.”

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.

Man taken to hospital after Dewsbury robbery

A man has been taken to hospital after a robbery in Dewsbury.

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Dewsbury

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Dewsbury.

On Sunday May 4, a 34-year-old man was approached by a group of people in Daisy Hill.

One of the men asked the victim for a cigarette and then searched him, taking his medication and bank card.

A second member of the group then asked for the victim's PIN number.

The man gave a false number and tried to escape, but he was quickly caught and assaulted.

He was taken to hospital with facial injuries and treated for concussion.

One of the men in the group is described as white and believed to be in his early 20s.

Detective Constable Andy Clayton, of Huddersfield CID, said:

"This was a vicious and totally unprovoked assault on an innocent member of the public.

Two arrested after chemicals discovery in Dewsbury

Two men have been arrested after police found chemicals, suspected fire arms and other items described as suspicious at a house in Dewsbury.

West Yorkshire Police

Police searched an address on Halifax Road in Dewsbury in connection with suspected drugs offences and found chemicals. More suspicious items including chemicals and suspected fire arms were found at another property on Penn Drive in Liversedge.

A 43 year old man from Liversedge has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Produce Class A Drugs, offences under the Explosives Act and Firearms offences.

A 42 year old man from Dewsbury has been arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Produce Class A Drugs and offences under the Explosives Act.

Both men remain in custody.

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit are leading this investigation supported by West Yorkshire Police.

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