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Domestic siege in Halifax comes to an end

A domestic siege in which a man appeared to brandish a sword and a handgun at police has come to an end.

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Detectives were called to an address in Ovenden Way, Halifax at 11.47am today after receiving a report of a man with a sword.

Armed police attended and began negotiations with the man, who appeared to brandish a sword and a handgun at officers from an upstairs window.

Police cordoned off the area as negotiations continued with the man, who was alone in the property but thought to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Enquiries also indicated he may have been suffering from mental health issues.

A short time later the man disappeared from sight and was believed to have lapsed into unconsciousness.

Officers forced entry to the building and found the man lying on the floor.

Distraction devices were then deployed to allow officers to safely detain the man and medical attention was requested.

Police say no shots were fired and the man was taken to hospital for further assessment.

Civic reception for the Shaymen after FA Trophy win

Halifax Town players will be honoured at a civic reception next month in light of their recent FA Trophy triumph at Wembley.

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The Mayor and Council officials will be at the MBi Shay Stadium for the ceremony on Thursday 16th June at 6pm.

There will be new merchandise to buy on the night and fans will have the chance to have their photo taken with the FA Trophy.


Tickets for Huddersfield A&E meeting made available

People were locked out of the last meeting Credit: PA

Tickets for a consultation meeting about the proposed closure of accident and emergency services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary will be made avaliable today.

Hundreds of people were locked out of the last meeting at the John Smith's stadium because it wasn't a big enough venue. It will be held in June.


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
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