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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.

Cooper to stand for Labour leadership

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has announced she is standing for the Labour leadership.

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper is to stand in the Labour leadership contest Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP joins the race alongside Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham, who also announced his candidacy today.

Under the timetable set out by the NEC, the formal election period will open on Friday.

The Parliamentary Labour Party will stage hustings for the leadership contenders on June 8 and for deputy leadership contenders on June 9, when nominations for both posts open.

Nominations for leader will close at midday on June 15 and for deputy leader at noon on June 17. Ballot papers will be sent out by post on August 14 and polling will close at noon on September 10.

Armed men threaten staff with knife and crowbar

Police are investigating an armed robbery in which two men threatened staff at a convenience store in Ryhill, near Pontefract, with a knife and crowbar.

It happened at around 9.30pm at the store in Mill Lane, on Sunday April 19th. One of the men demanded cash and took money from a safe.

Both men were described as around 5ft 10ins tall, in their early 30s and had local accents. They were dressed all in black and one was wearing a pink scarf over his face. Police, who say the staff were left traumatised and distressed, are appealing for witnesses.

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