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Exit slip road on M1 reopens after lorry fire

An exit slip road on the M1 Northbound has reopened after a lorry fire.

The blaze at J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield) around 11am didn't impact the main carriageway - but meant the slip road had to be closed.

The lorry has now been removed from the scene and the road reopened.

There are no delays on the main carriageway.

Nobody was injured in the fire.


Fraudster jailed for conning more than £120,000 from vulnerable victims

A fraudster who conned more than £120,000 from vulnerable victims has been told he must face three years behind bars.

Gary Johnson Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Gary Johnson, 46, formerly of Ossett, was sentenced to three years imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (1 December) after being convicted of three theft and fraud offences in which he deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable victims.

Police are now beginning proceedings to seize Johnson's criminal gains from him following the sentencing.

Among Johnson's victims was a 61-year-old Ossett man who Johnson defrauded after stealing from his pension and bank books over a six year period.

Gary Johnson made it his business to steal large sums of money from vulnerable and elderly members of society. The people he defrauded have been left deeply upset by his actions and it is no exaggeration to say his frauds have had hugely negative effects on their lives.

– PC Jamie Speight


Two charged over Ossett pub assault

Two men have been charged following an assault in Ossett on Saturday morning.

The Tawny Owl Pub in Ossett

Craig Redfearn, aged 23, of Dewsbury Road, Lupset, and Luke Wright, aged 20, of Chantry Road, Lupset, have both been charged with Section 20 Assault and are currently in custody awaiting an appearance at Wakefield Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

They were arrested in connection with an assault on a 24-year-old man at the Tawny Owl public house, in Prospect Road around midnight on Saturday.

The injured man remains in a critical condition in Leeds General Infirmary.

Two arrested after Ossett pub assault

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was left critically injured following an assault at a bar in Ossett.

The Tawny Owl Pub in Ossett

Officers were called to the Tawny Owl pub on Prospect Road just after midnight on Saturday morning where a man was knocked unconscious after a blow to the side of the head.

The victim was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent surgery and remains in a critical condition.

The two men, aged 20 and 23-years-old remain in police custody.

E-fit released after bogus burglary

Police in Ossett have issued an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to following a bogus official burglary in Horbury.

West Yorkshire Police

They would like to speak to anyone who recognises the man pictured following a burglary at a Whitehall Court in Horbury at about 5pm on Wednesday June 4.

The victims, an 81-year-old woman and an 87-year-old man, noticed a shadow by the front door of their flat and a man had entered their home.

He did not introduce himself but asked them to go in the kitchen with him and run their taps to test them.

While they did so he left the kitchen, came back briefly, and then left again after telling them to once again run the water.

After a few moments the couple turned the taps off and later discovered the male, who by this stage had left the property, had stolen cash from their bedroom.

He was described as Asian, 5ft 6in tall, wearing a blue anorak type jacket. He also had dark hair, a half beard and glasses.

Couple in their 70s banned from keeping ponies

A couple in their 70's - who kept 41 horses in what a court heard were squalid conditions, have been banned from keeping ponies for ten years.

George and Maureen Millington from Ossett in West Yorkshire - have previously won prizes for their show ponies - but were today convicted of fourteen animal cruelty offences, as Michael Billington reports:

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