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Worrincy ban extended

Halifax rugby league winger Rob Worrincy has had a suspension for betting increased from six to nine months following a failed appeal.

The London-born Championship player was banned in March after being found guilty of placing a series of bets on the outcome of matches between May 2012 and September 2013.

Worrincy took his case to an independent operational rules appeals tribunal, who heard new evidence provided by the Gambling Commission's sports betting intelligence unit identifying more details of the betting activity, including the device from which the bets were placed.

The Rugby Football League says that activity included 15 bets placed on matches involving Halifax, 12 of which Worrincy played in. The player was also found to have placed a number of bets against Halifax.

Worrincy denied placing the majority of the bets involving Halifax, despite evidence to the contrary from the Gambling Commission.

Worrincy, who remains contracted to Halifax until the end of 2015, will now be suspended until December 24.

Halifax rugby league player Rob Worrincy has been banned from the game for nine months for betting on matches
Halifax rugby league player Rob Worrincy has had a six month ban extended to 9 months for gambling after a failed appeal. Credit: Halifax RL

Honorary doctorate for paralympian Hannah

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

West Yorkshire's world and paralympic wheelchair sprint champion Hannah Cockroft will receive an honourary doctorate today from Bradford University.

Hannah, 21, who is from Halifax, has overcome severe physical disability after suffering two cardiac arrests at birth to get to the top of her sport.

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Pensioner dies in M11 crash

Police investigating a motorway crash in which a 79-year-old woman from West Yorkshire died have said two other pensioners were also injured.

Motorists were asked to avoid a section of the M11 linking London with Cambridge after the serious road crash, which happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday.

Essex Police confirmed that the woman who died was from Halifax and was a passenger in a silver Vauxhall Astra which was travelling south when it was involved in a "slight collision" with a lorry travelling in the same direction.

The car then left the road and hit some trees. A 72-year-old man who was driving the car and an 81-year-old woman, who was a front-seat passenger, were both seriously injured and remain in hospital.

Both are from the Retford area of Nottinghamshire.

Police release CCTV after street brawl

Police investigating an incident of violent disorder involving a number of men in Halifax town centre last month have released CCTV images of a man who they are trying to trace.

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CCTV

Ten men, from Huddersfield, Brighouse and Bradford, have been arrested in connection with the incident in Waterhouse Street, Halifax, at 3.15am on Sunday, 29 June.

Police say one group of men kicked and punched another group of men, leaving three unconscious.

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CCTV

Officers are trying to identify the man pictured who they would like to speak to in connection with this incident.

Hannah Cockroft to receive honorary doctorate

Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft from Halifax is among eight people who are to be given honorary degrees by the University of Bradford later this month. She will receive a doctorate for athletic achievements.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Brian Cantor, said;

“The University of Bradford’s eight honorary graduates represent some of the very best practice in their chosen fields. They are true inspirations, not only for their work, but for their contributions to society as a whole.

"I am honoured to welcome them to the University of Bradford and hope their accomplishments inspire our graduates to strive for greatness too.”

Police search for man believed to be in Halifax

Police are appealing for information about a 33-year-old man from Blackpool who has been missing for more than a week.

Jonathan Knight is thought to be in Halifax
Jonathan Knight is thought to be in Halifax

Jonathan Knight was last seen by family members on Daggers Hall Lane around 6pm on Sunday 15 June, but they have not heard from him since.

It is believed that Jonathan may be in the Halifax area of West Yorkshire and police are appealing for anybody who knows where he is to come forward.

Sergeant Richard Frith said: “The longer Jonathan fails to make contact with his family the more concerned we are becoming.

“If anybody has had any contact with Jonathan recently or knows of his current whereabouts then please contact us.”

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Appeal after Halifax hit-and-run

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car failed to stop after being involved in a collision with a eight-year-old girl in Halifax yesterday.

Officers were called at 7.46pm to Byron Street, Halifax, following a report of a collision at the location. The eight-year-old girl involved was taken to hospital where she was treated for a broken ankle.

The car involved is reported to be a black hatchback, possibly a Volkswagen Golf.

Concern for missing Halifax teenager

Missing teenager Katie Smith
Missing teenager Katie Smith Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Concern is growing for a teenage girl who has been missing from her West Yorkshire home since Tuesday.

14-year-old Katie Smith was last seen at her home in Mixenden near Halifax at 4.45pm

At the time she was wearing her school uniform but it is thought she had additional clothes with her as there was a possible sighting of her that evening wearing jogging bottoms and a red top.

Katie is known to frequent Halifax town centre, the Mixenden Estate, Elland and Rastrick. She is described as white, 4ft 6ins tall of a slim build with brown eyes and brown hair.

Detective Inspector Derrick Oldham of the Calderdale Safeguarding Unit, said: "We are becoming increasingly concerned for Katie's welfare and I would appeal to Katie or anyone who sees her to get in contact so her family know she is safe and well."

Teenage girl disappears from home in Mixenden

Katie Smith, 14

A 14-year-old girl has disappeared from her home in Mixenden and police are appealing for help to find her.

Katie Smith was last seen at her home address on High Lees at 4.45pm yesterday.

She was wearing her Brooksbank School Uniform but is thought to have additional clothing with her.

Police say there was a possible sighting of her at 10pm on the same day.

Hannah hits new heights

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockcroft Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire paralympian Hannah Cockroft was delighted after she broke her own world record with a stunning performance in the 200m T34 race on the opening day of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland.

The 21-year-old multi-world and Paralympic champion powered past her previous best time by 0.37 seconds as she came home in 30.86secs to beat a strong field that included six of the eight finalists at the London 2012 Games.

Cockfroft, from Halifax, said: "It was great to post such a fast time in my first IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the season. I'm delighted with the record, although I know I can go faster looking at my training times.

"This shows I'm in great form ahead of August's European Championships when hopefully I can lower the record again."

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