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Yorkshire 'freedom fighter' back in the UK

Back home: Joe Akerman

A man from Halifax who was arrested in Iraq for fighting against the so called Islamic State has returned home to the UK.

Joe Akerman was released from prison on Saturday. He'd been detained in Iraq along with two other British men as they crossed a border with Syria. It's believed they had been fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).


Teeanger missing in Halifax

Police are appealing for information to trace missing 16-year-old girl Marika Pompova in Halifax.

Marika Pompova Credit: West Yorkshire Police

They say she was last seen on Essex Street, in Halifax on Monday 18 April.

Marika is described as white female, 5"1", medium build, with medium length dark brown wavy hair. She has a Eastern European accent and was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, a black and gold full bodysuit and black trainers with silver toe caps.

"I appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from Marika since Monday 18th April, or who has information about her whereabouts, to contact us. We are concerned for Marika‘s safety and welfare as this is out of character.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact the Calderdale Safeguarding Team via 101 and quote log number 0213 of 19th April 2016."

– Detective Inspector Dave Shaw

Anger as hundreds locked out of A & E meeting

Hundreds of people were locked out of a public meeting tonight called to discuss controversial changes to hospital services in Huddersfield.

Angry crowds chanted "Let us in" as they gathered outside the John Smith Stadium. They fear the town's hospital could lose its accident and emergency department if proposed changes go ahead. Chris Kiddey reports.


Hundreds pack A and E closure meeting

Packed public meeting

More than five hundred people packed into public meeting to discuss the possible loss of accident and emergency facilities at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - with several hundred more forced to wait outside as there wasn't enough room for them all.

Experts are recommending that Accident and Emergency provision be transferred from the town's Royal infirmary to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax. Opponents say the extra travel time will cost lives. But clinicians say the changes will lead to a better service overall.

And hundreds more couldn't fit in

Man arrested after woman's body found

Police have launched an investigation after a woman's body was found at a house in Shelf, near Halifax.

Police guard the house in Shelf near Halifax Credit: ITV News Calendar

Officers were called by the ambulance service to an address on Soaper Lane on Saturday evening where the woman's body was found. Her death is being treated as suspicious.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody.

This investigation is at an early stage and I am trying to find out exactly what happened. I would appeal for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact police on 101.

– Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson

Eyewitness: I heard 'a big noise' and went outside

Investigations are underway after a man in his 60s died in a house fire in Halifax.

Emergency crews were called to Rhodes Street just off the town's ring road at quarter past eight last night after a smoke alarm was heard.

The man was found inside. Investigators are trying to work out how he died and how the fire started.

Neighbour Shabaz Rana said he heard 'a big noise' and went outside to see what it was.

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