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Teenager missing from Kirklees

15-year-old Leah Elstone was wearing a Colne Valley High School uniform when last seen Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police in Kirklees are appealing for information to help trace a missing teenager.

15-year-old Leah Elstone, who is from the Longwood area, was last seen at Colne Valley High School around 8.45am.

Leah is described as 5"5" tall, petite build with shoulder length mousey brown hair.

She was wearing a Colne Valley High School uniform, black trousers and burgundy blazer, and was carrying a tan brown bag.

Police are growing increasingly concerned for Leah's welfare, and appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from Leah, or knows where she is now to get in touch.


Kirklees Council confirms plans to welcome Syrian refugees

Kirklees will welcome more than 100 refugees over the next two years as part of the government’s plan to resettle 20,000 people in the country.

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The 100 announced today will be in addition to the two families who will arrive before Christmas as part of the Trail blazer scheme.

Council officers and partners in the voluntary and community sector are working on plans to secure housing and, where necessary, school places and health support.

Homes will initially be allocated through Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing or a local registered social landlord.

At the first opportunity, we committed to offering support to the Syrian refugees who have been through unimaginable trauma and need a safe place to live. Our priority has always been to move the refugees into safe, secure and supported housing. We have been working on this for some time to make sure we identify appropriate homes, and in the right location.

– Cllr Erin Hill, Kirklees Council

Group of girls rescued in West Yorkshire on 'hottest day'

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team helped a group of seven girls to safety yesterday after they suffered a mishap on one of the hottest days of the year.

At 9pm, the team were called out when the group of youngsters on a DofE expedition called 999 after becoming stranded on Holme Moss.

The party of seven girls from Hertfordshire were suffering from dehydration and the effects of the heat, after crisscrossing the moors trying to find a footpath down from Black Hill to Crowden.

Earlier, at 3.45pm, a local mountain biker lost control on a gravel track near to Scammonden Reservoir.

The casualty suffered cuts and bruises and a suspected leg injury, and was located approximately quarter of a mile from the nearest road access.

We frequently find ourselves saying this when the weather is cold and wet and visibility is poor, but it applies equally to extremes of hot weather. On hot days, you really need to take plenty of water - the combination of heat and physical activity will rapidly cause dehydration and that will affect your ability to think clearly and make sensible navigational judgments.

– Owen Phillips, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Urgent appeal for missing pensioner

Police are urgently appealing for information to trace an elderly man who has gone missing from his home in Liversedge.

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Peter Barton, aged 78, who has dementia, was reported missing at about 4pm today after concerns were raised for his welfare.

He was last seen on 7th June between 10.30am and 11am in the Liversedge area.

He often walks long distances and has previously been found in the Barnsley area and it is possible he could be making his way there.

He is described as a white, about 5ft 10ins tall, medium build, with short thinning grey hair. It is believed he is wearing a brown sheepskin coat, green jumper with a blue stripe, blue jeans turned up at the bottom and black boots. It is possible he will have a material type shopping trolley with him.

We are very concerned for Peter's welfare and urgently want to hear from anyone who has seen him or who knows his current whereabouts.

– PC Sally Brook, of Kirklees District Safeguarding Unit
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