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Footage released of violent robbery

West Yorkshire police have released cctv footage of the moment a gang of violent masked men carried out a terrifying robbery at a couple’s home in Leeds.

It shows the armed trio battering down the door of the property in Pudsey on December 16th last year. The couple were at their home off Tyersal Road when the robbers launched their attack at about 10pm. The video footage shows three men in balaclavas and armed with iron bars first kicking the door and then hammering at it with their weapons in a sustained bid to break in.

Once inside they attacked a 48-year-old man and threatened his wife. She managed to escape and call the police and the gang fled empty-handed.

Police today called on the public to help identify the robbers.

“This was a terrifying experience for this couple to be confronted by these masked armed men and threatened and attacked in their own home. We are continuing to conduct enquiries into this offence and would like to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation. While the men had their faces covered, one suspect’s balaclava does not cover the upper part of his face and together with his build and clothing we are hoping someone may recognise him

– Detective Constable Lisa Watts, Leeds CID

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Teenage girl goes missing in Leeds

Emily Matthews

There is concern for a teenage girls who has gone missing in Leeds.

Emily Matthews, 15, from Pudsey, was last seen in Albion Street in Leeds city centre at about 8.30pm on Saturday.

She is described as white, about 4ft 11ins tall, of medium build, with shoulder-length blonde hair.

Anyone who has can help in tracing her is asked to contact North West Leeds CID at Pudsey Police station on 101.

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IPCC investigate Leeds police van death

Donald Bennett Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was struck by a police vehicle in a park.

West Yorkshire Police told the IPCC that Donald Bennett, 83, died after one of its vehicles collided with a man in Pudsey Park near Leeds. Early enquiries suggest an officer was responding to reports of a disturbance at the park and the van was left unattended before it struck Mr Bennett.

The force later referred the incident, which happened on Saturday, 1 June at about 2.15pm, to the IPCC and an IPCC investigator was sent to the scene.

IPCC staff met with members of Mr Bennett’s family at his home in Pudsey to explain the investigation.

Cindy Butts, the IPCC’s Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "This is a tragic incident in which an elderly man lost his life. I will ensure our investigation is robust and that it provides the answers Mr Bennett’s family and friends will understandably want.”

The IPCC, which is independent of the police, would like to speak to anyone with information about the collision. To contact the IPCC investigation team telephone 0800 096 9078 or email Pudseypark@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk.

Picture: Pensioner hit by rolling police van

Donald Bennett

A pensioner who died after being hit by a runaway police van in Leeds over the weekend has been named.

83-year-old Donald Bennett was knocked down by the vehicle after police attended a call to a disturbance in Pudsey Park on Saturday afternoon.

It's understood officers left the van unattended before it rolled into Mr Bennett who was visiting the park with his family. The matter has now been passed onto the Independent Police Complaints commission.

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