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Caught on camera: shopper tackles thief

Jade Drinnan, 20, grappled with a thief who was threatening a Halifax shopkeeper in January. She was just passing by when she heard a commotion and decided to intervene. The CCTV footage (above) captured the dramatic event.

Jade required hospital treatment as a result of standing up to the man at Union Street News, suffering damage to her finger and a torn ear. She received a commendation at the 2015 Calderdale Police Awards.

Police used CCTV footage and Jade’s description and he was later arrested at Rastrick Common.


Police investigate sexual assault in Halifax

Police are investigating a report of a serious sexual assault on an 18-year-old female which is alleged to have taken place in the Bank Bottom area of Halifax on Thursday afternoon (4/6/15).

‘‘A 19-year-old local man was arrested last night in connection with the investigation and he remains in police custody.

‘‘The victim is being supported by specially trained officers, and while I understand that incidents like this are understandably disturbing, I would like to reassure local people that we do not believe there is any wider danger to members of the public.

‘‘A scene remains in place at the present time as officers continue to forensically examine the area. Patrols by neighbourhood officers have also been increased in the area to reassure local residents.’’

– Detective Inspector Sharon Hewitt, from Calderdale District CID

Man charged with manslaughter over pub fire death

Detectives investigating a fatal fire at a pub in Halifax have charged a man with manslaughter. Shaun McBride, who is 31 and from Rochdale Road in the town, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Andrew McGow, pictured below, who was 50 and from Halifax, died in Pinderfields hospital after being found unconscious inside the building by fire crews.

Andrew McGow

Witness appeal after suspected arson at pub

A man is critically ill in hospital following a serious fire in Halifax this morning. Fire fighters were called at around 2.30am and found the 50-year-old unconscious inside the New Welley pub on Rochdale Road. A 31-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of arson. The road initally closed has now reopened. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Arrest over Halifax pub fire which left man with life-threatening injuries

A 31-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life

A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a fire at a pub in Halifax. The 50-year-old was found unconscious inside the New Welley on Rochdale Road in the early hours of this morning. Detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are investigating the fire and a 31-year-old man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Investigators at scene of fire

Whilst this fire took place in the early hours, it is possible someone locally has heard or seen something suspicious and we would urge them to come forward.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson


Man due in court over Sowerby murder

A 44-year-old man is due to appear in court this morning charged with the murder of a 42-year-old woman.

Mahala Roberts Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Officers were called to a house on Rooley Heights on Wednesday 6 May where Mahala Rhodes was found suffering fatal stab wounds.

Malcolm Cromie was arrested from the scene and detained in hospital while he received treatment for stab wounds. He is due before magistrates in Calderdale this morning.

EDL protest over claims of child sex grooming rise

EDL members gather outside the Old Post Office pub in Halifax ahead of a march and rally in protest at what they allege is a rise in child grooming in Yorkshire.

There is a heavy police presence in the town ahead of the march which is expected to begin at around 1.30pm.

Members of the English Defence League gather ahead of a march and rally in Halifax this afternoon

Man charged over death of 69-year-old man in Huddersfield

A 30-year-old man is due to appear before Bradford magistrates this morning charged in connection with the death of a 69-year-old man.

Adrian Smith, died in hospital after being assaulted on New Street in Huddersfield, on Wednesday May 13.

Jacob Crawshaw, of Emscote Avenue in Halifax is charged with manslaughter.

A 23-year-old man, who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released from police custody with no further action.

Police release image of stabbed woman

West Yorkshire Police have released a picture of the victim of a stabbing in Sowerby, Halifax who can now be confirmed as Mahala Rhodes.

Credit: Police photo

A post mortem conducted today has confirmed Miss Rhodes died from a single stab wound in an incident at a property on Rooley Heights on Wednesday evening.

A 44-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains detained in hospital under police guard.

We are continuing enquiries into the murder of Miss Rhodes today and are in a position to now name her and release a picture. Enquiries are ongoing and we are awaiting for an opportunity to interview the 44-year-old once he is well enough

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow, West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team

Police have confirmed that they are not seeing anyone else in connection with Miss Rhodes’ murder, but they are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

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