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Schools on alert after men try to "grab" schoolgirl

Schools in Leeds have been put on alert after a schoolgirl was offered cake by two men, armed with a knife, who tried to grab her.

The 13 year-old from Horsforth escaped, but this is the latest in a string of similar incidents in the region.

Police have said the incidents are not linked and not treating it as attempted abduction, but parents have been put on alert after schools contacted them to warn them of the incident.


Teenage mum and baby missing from Leeds

Pamela Horvathova

Police trying to track down a teenage mother and her baby who disappeared from Leeds last Saturday have released the last known image of her.

Last known CCTV image

16-year-old Pamela Horvathova and her six week old baby Rihanna were caught on camera outside the Tesco store near their home in Horsforth.

It's thought she might be in Hull. Pamela is originally from Slovakia and does not speak fluent English. Anyone who has seen them is asked to contact police.

Woman leaps to safety from blazing house

A woman broke her leg as she escaped from a burning house by jumping from an upstairs window.

She was one of three people who escaped from a blaze in King Edward Avenue, Horsforth, Leeds, in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Three fire crews were sent to the blaze following reports that people were trapped in the property.

But, on arrival, the firefighters found a man and two women had managed to get out of the semi-detached house without help.

"The two female occupants had jumped to safety from a first-floor window," said a spokesman for the West Yorkshire Fire Service.

"All the casualties were suffering from smoke inhalation. One of the women had a suspected broken leg."

All three occupants were taken to hospital.

Horsforth library renamed in honour of Olympic heroes

The Old Library in Horsforth is to be renamed in honour of local sporting heroes.

It will be named the Brownlee-Stone Centre in honour of the Brownlee brothers' success at the Olympics and David Stone M.B.E's success at the Paralympics this year.

Both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, the 2012 Olympic and World Champion triathletes will be at a ceremony at midday today.

"It is fantastic that we have been able to honour these inspiring local athletes in such a way by renaming one of our Council buildings after them.

"The Brownlee brothers will be there to cut the ribbon at the naming ceremony and officially open the building under its new name."

– Local Councillor Brian Cleasby (Lib Dem, Horsforth)


Funny-looking pumpkin has a serious message

Spookley the square pumpkin might look funny, but it has a serious message.

The odd-shaped squashes are being grown at a farm shop near Pontefract, to celebrate Halloween and their own pumpkin festival. But the funny-looking pumpkins also have a serious message, as they are to be used to promote an anti-bullying message.

Nick-named Spookley _– the square pumpkin in a round pumpkin world – was the creation of the American writer Joe Troiano.

Over in America the character Spookley is one of the best-known mascots for anti-bullying.

Heather Copley, of Copley farms near Pontefract, is the first to bring Spookley and the anti-bullying message to the UK.

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