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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 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."

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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 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."

Police appeal for witnesses after Halifax assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted as he walked home through Halifax town centre.

Police appeal for witnesses after Halifax assault

The 24-year-old man was walking alone along John Street, behind the Acapulco nightclub, between 11.30pm and midnight on April 26, when he was struck once to the back of the head, causing him to fall to the floor.

He did not see his attacker.

As a result of the assault he suffered a large gash to the head which required hospital treatment.

Police are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything to contact them.

Concern for missing Halifax man

Stuart Dominiak Credit: West Yorkshire Police

There is growing concern for a man from Halifax who has gone missing.

Stuart Dominiak, 30, was last seen at his home in Halifax at about 9:30am today.

He is described as 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build, with dark brown hair. He was wearing grey skinny jeans, a grey T shirt and a dark denim jacket.

Police say they are worried for his welfare and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

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Couple jailed for £2.3 million fraud

A woman took her laundry company employer to the cleaners for £2.3m - so she and her husband could lavish the ill-gotten gains on a £500,000 house with a hot spring and pool, new cars and £200,000 worth of holidays.

Julie Nickerson jailed for five years Credit: Ross Parry

Julie Nickerson, who worked in the accounts and finance department at a Halifax-based firm that supplies commercial laundry equipment, has now been jailed for five years and her husband has received a two-and-a-half year sentence.

Julie Nickerson, 55, funded years of high living by stealing millions from her employers in what the judge described as "an orgy of greed and self indulgence" - while her 48-year-old husband Anthony laundered just under half of the cash through his newsagents.

Their £517,000 home - set in five acres of land - was decorated with the stolen funds, boasting a hot spring and exercise pool.

They lavished luxury holidays on themselves to the tune of £194,000 and spent thousands of pounds on Mercedes cars, £17,000 on film memorabilia from Christie’s auction house and £10,000 on motor sport events at Silverstone.

Anthony Nickerson was jailed for two and a half years Credit: Ross Parry

Last month, Anthony Nickerson admitted transferring and concealing just under £925,000 between July 2009 and December 2012, while in December last year, his wife pleaded guilty to stealing £2.3m from JLA Ltd between 2005 and December 2012 when she was made redundant.

She had been an employee since 1990 and during her employment in the accounts and finance department she stole the cash over a seven-year period beginning in 2005.

She also admitted money laundering and fraud in relation to a false representation made to HM Customs and Excise.

The court heard her husband turned a blind eye to his wife’s dishonesty, and was told by the judge "you helped her" with a theft "in breach of trust".

Recorder Anthony Hawks told Julie Nickerson, "You have taken in excess of £2m. You and your husband didn't need that money.

Julie Nickerson worked in an accounts department Credit: Ross Parry

"There was no pressing need for the money for an operation or a sick family member. You were comfortably off. What you did was to embark on an orgy of greed and self indulgence which only came to a head when you were made redundant.

"The aggravating feature is that you also covered it all up when the Inland Revenue discovered your affairs."

Oliver Jarvis, for Julie Nickerson, said: "One would assume Julie Nickerson was laughing and drinking cocktails on the beach enjoying a champagne lifestyle.

"What is clear from reports is that the moment she started stealing from JLA she embarked on a life of fear which was heightened by a possibility of being discovered.

"One wonders why, when she can steal and have all these material possessions, how one can be utterly miserable."

Mr Jarvis added that his client had a "difficult childhood", to which the judge later said: "So do lots of other people who don't steal £2m".

Andrew Walker, for Anthony Nickerson, said the two had "both lost their mothers prior to their meeting", and that "any separation is going to be grievous".

Women found dead in Halifax

Detectives in Halifax are investigating the deaths of two women found at a house in the town.

Officers were called to Fenton Road in the Kings Cross area on Good Friday out of concern for the safety of a person living there who had not been seen for some time.

The bodies of a 56-year-old woman and a 69-year-old woman were found inside the property. Both deaths are currently being treated as unexplained pending the results of a post mortem examination.

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