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Police warning after thieves steal family's presents from under tree

Police are appealing for witnesses after a heartless scrooge stole Christmas presents from under a family tree.

The incident happened at some time between 230pm and 11pm on Thursday 11 December when a burglar or burglars broke into the house on Keighley Road, Halifax.

Once inside the property the thief or thieves stole Christmas presents including a bike, scooter, RC model airplane, DVDs and a Nerf Gun.

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson of Calderdale CID, said:

This is a heartless crime, just before Christmas and these presents were for young children. Their parents will find it very difficult to replace them.

The incident happened on a busy road close to the Morrison's supermarket and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in contact.

Likewise I am appealing directly to the person or persons involved in this crime to search their conscience - the presents they took are for young children for Christmas Day. Or if you are offered any of the items for sale in a deal that sounds 'too good to be true' then please get in contact.

– Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson

Future of 19th century gaol to be discussed

The potential of a 19th century gaol in Illingworth, Halifax could be unlocked after its future is discussed at the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet next week. The gaol is a grade II listed building dating from 1823. It is one of only five surviving examples of a substantial village gaol or lock up in the country, but has fallen into a poor state of repair and has been included on the English Heritage 'At Risk' register. The North Halifax Historic Buildings Preservation Trust has submitted a proposal to take responsibility for the Illingworth Gaol.

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89-year-old man in hospital after 'vicious' driveway attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 'vicious' attack on an 89-year-old man who was robbed outside his home in Greetland near Halifax.

The man, who walks with the aid of a zimmer frame, had been dropped off at home by a taxi, having been to work, when he was approached from behind by a man who pushed him to the floor and hit him in the face.

The offender than escaped with a holdall and a small amount of cash belonging to the victim.

The elderly man is now recovering in hospital having suffered severe facial injuries.

"This was a particularly appalling attack against a hard working, elderly gentleman. I am appealing directly to anyone who witnessed the incident of saw anyone or any vehicles being driven suspiciously in the area between 6pm and 7pm on Friday to come forward.

The level of violence used against the victim was particularly vicious and completely unnecessary against a man who needs a zimmer frame to help him get around.

It might be that the attacker had blood stained clothing on when he returned home so if you suspect someone you know please come forward and help us catch the person responsible. "

– Det Sergeant Ross Wadsworth, Calderdale CID

Police want to find assault suspect in Halifax

Calderdale Police have released the name of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault.

40-year-old Michael Patrick Scully from Halifax is wanted by police in connection with the offence, which occurred in the Illingworth area in the early hours of Thursday.

He is white, about 5ft 11ins tall and of stocky build with short light brown hair.

He is believed to have connections to the Illingworth area.

Detective Inspector Craig Lord, of Calderdale District CID, said:

"We have undertaken numerous enquiries to locate this man and our officers continue to actively pursue every line of enquiry to trace him.

"He is not believed to pose a risk to the general public, but we would urge anyone who knows where he might be, not to approach him and contact Calderdale CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

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Former Super League winger Brown joins Halifax

Halifax have signed former Hull KR winger Alex Brown from Leigh.

Halifax have signed former Hull KR wing Alex Brown Credit: Press Association

Brown spent much of last season on loan at Batley, and former Fax coach Karl Harrison agreed a deal to bring him to The Shay just before he left to join Bradford Bulls as assistant coach.

"Alex played plenty of Super League for Hull KR in 2013, so he’s had some success at the top level,” said Halifax coach Richard Marshall.

“I’m not sure why things didn’t work out for him at Leigh, but he’s at the stage now where needs to settle down and enjoy his rugby again.

“He is a big, strong player who will add some size and speed to the backline. We’ve got three specialist wingers in Alex, Tommy Saxton and Gareth Potts and they all bring something slightly different to the team.

“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen of Tommy; he gets his nose through the line and gets the team moving forward.

“I’ll be looking for Alex to do something similar and I’m sure it’s going to be a great competition between those three for the wing spots."

Marshall has also added to his backroom team, with long-serving Swinton player and coach Marlon Billy being appointed as his assistant for 2015.

"Marlon has been pretty much a one-club man, which says a lot about his honesty and his strength of character,” said Marshall.

"I spoke to a few people, but Marlon showed a lot of desire to come here and he’s excited about progressing his own career as a coach.

"I played with him at Swinton, coached him at Swinton, and he’s someone who will do a good job for us.

"He was a back as a player, which I felt was important, he’s reasonably local and he’s got a good knowledge of the Championship, the teams in it, the players in it.

"I used to bump into him at Warrington when Swinton were training there and I’ve had a few conversations with him about coaching.

"His philosophy fits with mine and he’s not afraid to ruffle a few feathers either, which is good."

Halifax songstress hoping to emulate Ed Sheeran

Halifax singer songwriter Jess Thristan has been tipped as the next best thing to come out of the town since Ed Sheeran.

The 19-year-old has been on the scene for less than a year but can take inspiration from Sheeran's success and that of Ella Henderson from Lincolnshire who has topped the UK album charts with her debut release.

Jess was first spotted on social media, but now practices at a studio in her hometown.

Sarah Clark has been to meet her:

Halifax singer/songwriter Jess releases first single

Teenager singer/songwriter sensation Jess Thristan fom Halifax releases her first single, "Little Bird", today.

Jess Thristan

The 19-year-old's decision to take a gap year after A-levels to concentrate on her music has paid dividends - she's being tipped as the next best thing to come out of the town since Ed Sheeran.

And you can see Jess's new music video here

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