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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
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
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
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
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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Council ask for A&E withdrawal rethink

Calderdale Council is to ask Huddersfield and Calderdale Health Trust to withdraw proposals which would see the closure of Halifax Accident & Emergency services.

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Councillors were unhappy that hospital bosses announced their preferred option was to close Calderdale A & E. The health trust says that no decisions have been made and that there will be formal consultation on any proposed changes before it takes a view.

Human skull found in Halifax

A human skull has been found in Wheatley, near Halifax.

Police find a human skull in Halifax
Police find a human skull in Halifax

Specialist teams were called to the site, off Hebble Lane, and set up a forensic tent to try and find further body parts.

Officers have been examining the area but are yet to find anything further of note.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Nick Wallen said

“West Yorkshire Police along with resources from the Yorkshire and the Humber Scientific Support Services have been examining and searching an area of land adjacent to Hebble Lane at Halifax after part of a human skull was located in the area.

“Officers have been at the site all day and nothing of further significance has been found.

“We are currently working to establish whom this skull might belong to and how it came to be here.”

There is no information yet as to how long the skull has been there.

Calderdale A&E concerns to be heard by Shadow Health Secretary

Doctors and patients in Halifax will get their chance to air their concerns about the possible closure of the town's A&E department to the Shadow Health Secretary later.

A care commissioning group has put forward the plans to save £50 million, but campaigners say it could put lives at risk.

The proposals include options to downgrade either Halifax or Huddersfield’s casualty service - but downgrading Calderdale Royal Hospital's service is the preferred option.

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