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Police appeal following a serious sexual assault in Heckmondwike

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious sexual assault in Heckmondwike.

Specialist officers are conducting searches following the incident which took place at about 3am in an alleyway off Albion Street yeterday.

The victim, a 23-year-old-man, was seriously assaulted by a man he had met earlier that evening. He is described as white and wearing tracksuit bottoms.

"Enquiries are ongoing into this incident and specially trained officers are working to support the victim. I would like to speak to anyone who saw a man fitting the suspects description in the area around Mcdonalds or Albion Street from around 2.45am.

"Anyone who has information to assist the enquiry is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 or the Crimetoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Mark Walker of Kirklees CID

94-year-old woman pulled to the ground in attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery of a woman in her 90s in Heckmondwike.

At around 2pm on Friday (15 May), the 94-year-old victim was on the footpath that leads to Morrisons supermarket from the town centre. She was approached from behind by a woman who grabbed hold of her handbag and tried to take it from her. The elderly lady kept hold of her bag and there was a struggle in which she was pulled to the floor.

A passer-by came to help the victim and the suspect ran off in the direction of Market Place, past the Wike Horse Pub.

The suspect is described as being about 20-years-old, around 5ft 6ins tall and of slim or medium build. She had long dark wavy hair and was described as having blotchy skin and wide eyes.

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Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him over attempted identity fraud

CCTV image of man police would like to identify Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to over an attempted identity fraud. It happened at a bank in Heckmondwike on February 27 when a man went into the Natwest branch on Market Place and tried to cash a fraudulent business cheque.

"After internal systems flagged up previous attempts to defraud money from the business account the man was asked to wait for the manager and at this point he left the branch.

The CCTV images are good quality and I would appeal for anyone who recognises the man to get in touch."

Sergeant Andrew Bentley, West Yorkshire Police.

Imams willing to marry girls of 14 in secret

The Exposure undercover reporter, posing as the mother of the girl. Credit: ITV Exposure

Clerics from four of Britain's mosques, including one in West Yorkshire, are under investigation after being caught on camera agreeing to conduct secret marriage ceremonies involving girls as young as 14.

They include a senior Muslim leader who has worked with West Yorkshire Police as an advisor on community cohesion.

Around 400 schoolchildren – mainly girls from South Asian communities - are forced into marriage every year in the UK, according to official Government figures.

The vast majority of forced marriages of British children happen abroad, according to official statistics.

But an ITV investigation has been told by experts in the field that children as young as 10 are being forced into marriage in the UK.

Undercover reporters from ITV's Exposure programme posed as the mother and brother of a 14-year-old girl who they wished to marry to an older man.

The pair approached 56 mosques across the UK and 18 said they would be willing to perform an Islamic marriage, called a nikah.

Shams-Ul Huda Khan Misbahi , who preaches at the Jamia Masjid Kanzul Iman Mosque in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, agreed to marry the 14-year-old.

This is despite having previously publicy denounced forced marriages.

The mosque has launced a 'thorough investigation" and said it does not endorse forced or underage marriage.

Watch Exposure: Forced to Marry on ITV at 10.35pm on Wednesday October 9.

Man goes missing from Heckmondwike

A man has gone missing from his home in Heckmondwike.

Colin Haddlesey, 62, was last seen at his home on Fisher Way at 8am yesterday, although it is thought he was heard leaving the house at 10.40am.

He is described as 5"8 tall, of slim build and with wavy grey coloured hair.

Colin Haddlesey Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Detective Inspector Andy Leonard of Kirklees CID, said:

"We have significant concerns for Mr Haddlesey's wellbeing and ask that anyone who sees him contacts police immediately."

Schoolboy knocked down by taxi

A thirteen-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was knocked down by a taxi as he crossed the road.

The boy was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary with serious head injuries after the collision.

It happened at just after six o'clock last night at the Six Lane Ends junction in Heckmondwike. The driver of the taxi, a Toyota Avensis, was interviewed by police but no-one was arrested.

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