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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.


CCTV images released in search for missing teenager

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing teenager from Halifax. 14-year-old Alexander Jones is believed to be in Manchester. He was last seen at around 6am on Wednesday in Longsight. Police have now released CCTV images of the teenager which were captured yesterday.

Alexander Jones

Alexander is described as white, 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with short brown hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a dark NYC baseball cap with a bright sticker on the peak, a grey hooded top with dark coloured shoulders and good, grey Adidas tracksuit bottoms, and he was carrying a black bag.

CCTV image of Alexander

Detective Constable Jane Naylor said: “We are appealing for Alexander to get in touch so we know he is ok. If you recognise Alexander and have seen him, please contact police.”

This CCTV image of Alexander of was captured yesterday

Woman stabbed to death in Sowerby

Police have launched a murder enquiry after a woman was stabbed to death in Sowerby, Halifax yesterday evening.

Officers were called to Rooley Heights after receiving reports of an ongoing domestic incident.

A 42-year-old local woman was found with serious stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a short time later.

A 44-year-old local man was arrested from the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently detained, under police guard, at hospital. He also suffered stab wounds in the incident, but these are not considered to be life-threatening. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation and the 44-year-old man will be interviewed by officers once he is well enough to leave hospital. While incidents like this are understandably disturbing for those living locally I would like to reassure people that there is no wider danger to members of the public and neighbourhood officers are in the area offering support and reassurance to local residents.’

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow
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