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Police appeal after arson attack at Knottingley pub

Police are appealing for information following an arson attack on a pub in Knottingley.

Officers were called alongside West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service shortly before 8.45pm (Tuesday, 18 August) to a report that the Bay Horse in Hill Top was on fire.

It is believed that two masked people entered the pub with one of them pouring accelerant before setting the premises on fire. A number of people were in the pub at the time but were able to get out of the premises uninjured.

The fire has now been extinguished and a search made by fire crews which has confirmed that no-one remains inside.

The two suspects were both wearing masks from the film 'Scream'. The first person is described as 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, wearing a black jacket/hoodie and black tracksuit bottoms. The second person is described as taller than the other suspect, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall.

We are keen to speak to anyone who has witnessed this incident or who has information about who may be responsible. They have caused significant damage to this pub and put a number of lives at risk.

We understand that people may have mobile footage of the aftermath of this incident and we would urge them to provide this to us to assist detectives in their ongoing enquiries.

– Detective Inspector Viv Segerius-Allick, Wakefield District

11-year-old struck down by E. coli on school trip

The family of an 11-year-old girl who was struck down with a life-threatening illness after a school trip are suing the petting farm where it's thought she contracted the E. coli bug.

Megan Oldfield from Pontefract was on kidney dialysis for two weeks after the visit to Cruckley Animal Farm in East Yorkshire and is now at risk of long-term health problems.

The farm has since closed and denies liability but Megan's family is demanding compensation.

Sally Simpson has the story:

Girl left with kidney damage after contracting E. coli

A family from Pontefract is seeking answers after their daughter suffered kidney damage from contracting E. coli on a school trip.

Megan Oldfield, 11, was left with long-term health concerns after becoming infected with E. coli at Cruckley Animal Farm four years ago. The farm has has since closed down.

Her father James says he wants to raise awareness of the risks surrounding the bacteria.

West Yorkshire MP launches Labour leadership campaign

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper has officially launched her campaign to become the next leader of the Labour Party.

The wife of the ex-shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who lost his seat earlier this month, Ms Cooper is urging Labour members not to become mired in internal disputes of the past about why labour did so badly at the General Election.

She is one of three female candidates for the job, but the bookies' favourite is the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

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