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Man arrested after four-hour police siege

Police in Huddersfield have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of firearms offences following an armed seige lasting almost four hours.

Man arrested after four-hour police siege Credit: Tim Hoggarth

Officers were called shortly after 1pm today and armed police were called in for support.

According to the police, he claimed to be in possession of a firearm and explosive devices and threatened to harm himself.

At 5.08pm the man left the property and was arrested by police.

The safety of the public is our top priority and it was necessary to close some roads in the area while the incident was ongoing. We are now pleased to have resolved this incident without any harm coming to anyone and I would like to thank local residents for their patience and support while we worked to bring this situation to a peaceful and safe resolution.

– Chief Inspector Jonathan Blackwell

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Armed police called 'due to threats'

Giant inflatable banana stolen from Fairtrade campaigners

A giant inflatable banana has been stolen from a display by Fairtrade campaigners in Huddersfield.

The bizarre theft took place in Honley on Tuesday. The banana was tied to a yellow Tour de France bike.

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Lantern parade at Moonraking festival finale

The Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary, with the finale of the week long event being this evening's lantern parade.

The festival, which has been going for more than 30 years, takes place in the village of Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield, every two years and has grown into an exciting celebration of creativity, crafts and storytelling.

At its heart is a week of lantern making workshops, where people of all ages create willow lanterns of all shapes and sizes. This is interwoven with storytelling, music workshops and performances building to the finale day.

The parade starts at 6pm. For more information click here and for a taste of what is in store - this was the last parade in 2013.

Multiple murder 'fugitive' arrested after global manhunt

A man wanted for the murders of eight people in Huddersfield has been arrested abroad.

Shahid Mohammed has been arrested in connection with a fatal house fire that killed eight members of the same family, in Birkby, Huddersfield Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Five children and three adults, all members of the Chisti family, died in the house fire in Birkby in 2002. Plans are underway to bring 32-year-old Shahid Mohammed back to the UK.

Police believed he had been in Pakistan.

He was initially arrested in 2002 in connection with the fire but failed to answer bail and police have been been searching for him since.

West Yorkshire Police described the investigation as the biggest multiple murder inquiry in the county for 30 years.

Watch: Family's emotional appeal for information over fire suspect

[This] has clearly been a major and long running enquiry and I thank residents who have come forward with information over the years for their support. We remain utterly focussed on working with the UK Foreign Office and authorities in the nation in which the 32-year-old is currently being held to bring him back to the UK to be put before a court.

– Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin, WYP

The fire killed Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her daughters Tayyaba Bootall, three, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeebah Nawaz, six months. Miss Aziz's brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the fire, and their mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital.

In July 2003, three Huddersfield men - Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad Amir and Nazar Hussain - were convicted for their part in the crime.

Click here for more on the Birkby house fire

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