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Family call for review of arson death case

Damian's autism was so severe he would have been unable to shout for help when he saw the flames Credit: ITV News Calendar

The father of an autistic boy who died when a gang deliberately set fire to his house in Keighley says witnesses need to come forwarded. David Clough has called for police to review the case. No one has been convicted after 12-year-old Damian died in 2009.

Keighley Cougars relegated from Rugby League's Championship

Keighley have been relegated from the Kingstone Press Championship on a dramatic final day of the regular season.

Four clubs were battling to avoid becoming the fifth club to drop into Championship One in 2015 and it came down to the final minute at Cougar Park, where Keighley conceded a last-gasp try to go down 26-24 to Featherstone.

Meanwhile John Kear, the man who brought Wakefield back from the brink of relegation from Super League in 2006, repeated the feat for Batley as they gained a 34-10 win over Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium to preserve their status in the second tier of the professional game ahead of the re-structuring.


Warning over playing near open water after boy left in critical condition

An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he fell into a river near Keighley yesterday.

The boy was playing with older children at Tinker Bridge in Braithwaite at around 11.30am yesterday. He fell into the water and did not resurface immediately.

Emergency services staff rescued the boy and took him to Leeds General Infirmary, where he remains in a critical condition.

It is believed he hit his head as he fell into the water, causing him a serious head injury.

West Yorkshire police have renewed their appeal for people to be careful near rivers, and not go swimming.

"On a hot summer's day, open water like streams, rivers and canals can look inviting.

"But these waterways are not swimming pools. There are no lifeguards in case someone gets into difficulty and there can be hidden currents which can catch out even an experienced swimmer.

"The temperature of open water is often very cold and this can also cause difficulties. People suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure and possible drowning.

"Water rescues can also put the lives of emergency services staff at risk. Compromising their own safety to help others is often part of the job, but situations like this are wholly avoidable.

"We want people of all ages to enjoy a safe and pleasant summer, but this shows how easily accidents can occur. Please stay safe and stay out of the water."

– Insp Sue Sanderson, West Yorkshire Police


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