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Closure for partner of missing Huddersfield man after judge rules he has died

The long term partner of a Huddersfield man missing for eight years has spoken for first time about trying to move on with life after a High Court Judge ruled he had died.

Steven Cooper hasn't been seen since he left his home in Golcar in 2008. His family have also spoken about not giving up the hope of his return. The court has now made a ruling under the Presumption of Death Act.


Urgent appeal to trace missing Polish man

Police in Huddersfield say they are becoming increasingly concerned for a missing Polish man and are urging anyone who spots him to contact officers urgently.

Missing: Sebastian Michalak Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Sebastian Michalak, who is 31 and known to have links to Halifax, was last seen on the morning of June 17th in Ochrewell Avenue, Huddersfield. There have been no confirmed sightings of him since then and he has not made any contact with his family or friends.

Mr Michalak is 6ft and medium build. He lives and works in the Huddersfield and Batley area.

It is now a week and a half since Sebastian was last seen and we are very concerned for his welfare. We need to speak to him as a matter of urgency to check he is safe and well.

Likewise - if anyone has any information about his whereabouts or thinks they might have seen him then I would urge those people to contact us as soon as possible.

He left his wallet and personal belongings at home and this disappearance is out of character. His family are also very concerned for Sebastian's welfare.

– Detective Inspector Ian Mottershaw, Kirklees CID

Anyone who has seen Sebastian or with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact, as is Sebastian himself to confirm he is safe and well.

More than 100 job losses as Huddersfield plumbing firm goes bust

A Huddersfield plumbing company has gone into administration, with the loss of 110 jobs.

V&T (Plumbing, Central-Heating and Bathrooms) Limited, trading as Aqua Interiors, operated across the North of England, installing kitchens, bathrooms and central heating systems, predominantly to local authorities, housing associations and house builders.

Seventeen employees have been retained to help wind the firm down.

The company had suffered from cash flow difficulties in recent months, and had been unable to reach agreement with HMRC regarding historic tax arrears, which ultimately led to the Company entering administration. Unfortunately, an accelerated marketing process over the past few weeks was unable to find a buyer for the business, and as such redundancies were made following appointment. We will be assisting employees during this difficult time.”

– Howard Smith, KPMG joint administrator


CCTV released in search for attackers behind Huddersfield assault

Police want to speak to these men Credit: West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police have released CCTV images of four men they want to identify after a man was attacked in Huddersfield town centre.

The 39-year-old victim was assaulted by a group of males and required hospital treatment for head and facial injuries.

A 24-year-old man from Elland has been arrested and bailed.

This attack took place in a busy part of town, close to clubs and taxi ranks. As part of our continued enquiries, we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed this assault or who recognises the men in these CCTV images."

– Detective Constable Emma Forber
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