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83-year-old woman attacked by woman picking flowers in Pontefract Park

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An elderly woman was attacked as she walked her dog in a West Yorkshire park.

The 83-year-old was with a friend when they saw a younger woman picking flowers by the lake in Pontefract Park.

The victim's friend told the younger woman to stop, at which point she turned on the 83-year-old and tripped her up before assaulting her as she was on the ground.

She suffered facial and leg injuries which required medical treatment.

The incident happened between 2.35pm and 2.55pm last Friday.

"This was an unprovoked attack on an elderly woman and it is very fortunate she was not more seriously injured.

"We believe the suspect was with a man at the time of the attack, and I would ask anyone who saw the assault itself to contact myself."

– PC Reece Heath, West Yorkshire Police

Anyone who has information can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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Universal Credit to become available across Yorkshire from today

The government's new Universal Credit benefit will be available across Yorkshire from today, when the last four jobcentres in West Yorkshire switch over to the new system.

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Centres in Hemsworth, Pontefract, Castleford and Wakefield will now be able to provide the means-tested benefit which merges tax credits with other benefits.

"Today marks a real milestone – with Universal Credit now available across Yorkshire.

"Universal Credit allows people to keep more of what they earn and helps them to move into work faster – giving them the confidence, self-esteem, and security that a job and a pay-packet bring. In Yorkshire, 4.500 people on Universal Credit have now moved into work benefitting from the better work incentives that the new service offers."

– David Freud, Welfare Reform Minister

The rollout of Universal Credit has reached 98% of jobcentres around the UK and the government is hoping it will be available everywhere by the end of this month.

The government says more than 400,000 people have made a claim to Universal Credit with 10,000 new claims every week.

Man wanted for breach of bail conditions

Police have released an image of a man they are trying to trace who is wanted for breaching his Crown Court bail conditions after being charged in relation to a serious assault offence.

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Steven Davies, 30, from Wakefield, is charged with grievous bodily harm. Wakefield District Safeguarding Officers would like to speak to anyone who has information about him.

He is described as white, 6ft tall and of medium build with short dark hair and frequently stubbled.

The 30-year-old has several prominent tattoos including a red rose behind an ear, a Tazmanian Devil on his back, and a dagger on his back.

He is known to have links to Normanton, Pontefract and Leeds areas.

"Steve Davies is wanted for breach of bail after being charged in relation to a serious assault offence. We have been conducting a number of enquiries to find him and I would ask anyone who knows of his whereabouts or who sees him to contact the Wakefield Safeguarding Unit on 101. "Information can also be given in total anonymity to the independent charity Crimestoppers, who can be contacted on 0800 555111."

– Acting DI Dave Watts of Wakefield District Safeguarding

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