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Woman threatened with screwdriver and robbed in own home

Detectives in Kirklees are appealing for witnesses following a robbery yesterday evening in Gomersal.

The incident occurred around 6pm, where a suspect has entered a property on Thoresby Drive and threatened the occupant, a 40-year-old woman, with a screwdriver.

Three other suspects then entered the property taking the keys to a black Volkswagen Polo, FV06 OBW which was subsequently stolen from the driveway. They also made off with a large amount of cash and personal items within a black handbag.

All four suspects are believed to have made off in the vehicle.

Suspect one is described as a white male, aged approximately 19 years, 5"8" tall of slim build with short shaggy brown dark hair. He was wearing a dark coloured zipped hooded jacket with the hood up and gloves.

Suspect two is described as an Asian male aged approximately 30 years, around 5"9" tall of medium build. He had dark curly hair which looked long, and pulled back possibly in to a ponytail, he was wearing a small hooped earring in his right ear and was wearing a plain hooded jacket with the hood up, and tightly zipped around his face and mouth.

Suspect three is described as an Asian male, between 20 and 22 years, approximately 5"8" tall of slim build with prominent thick dark eyebrows, wearing a turquoise coloured zipped jacket with a white stripe down the arm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101

Attempted robbery at Leeds letting agent

An image of the suspects from CCTV

Police are appealing for information following an attempted robbery at a letting agents in Leeds.

Three men demanded money at a business on Dewsbury Road, Hunslet at around 4.30pm on Wednesday (12 August). A struggle took place with a male member of staff, resulting in him requiring hospital treatment for cuts and bruises to his head and leg.

The three men left the lettings agents empty-handed heading towards Robb Street. The suspects were all wearing masks and predominantly dark clothing with high-vis vests/jackets.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of this attempted robbery who can provide information about these mens' movements prior to and after this offence. We are particularly keen to hear from any witnesses who have seen the suspects get out of or in to a vehicle around this time."

– Detective Constable Tony Thompson, of Leeds District CID


Man wanted in connection with robbery

CCTV stills show a man Humberside Police is keen to speak to in connection with a suspected armed robbery at Tesco Express store in Crowle. It happened just before 9.30pm on Wednesday, July 29.

The suspect approached the store, put on a full face balaclava and approached a female member of staff who was working on the till. He then allegedly threatened the woman with a 2-3 inch knife and demanded cash, which she handed over and he left the store.

“It is a worry that someone is walking into shops with a knife and we really want to catch this guy.

"This is a very serious incident and all of our investigation is being fast-tracked to get to the bottom of who is responsible.”

– Detective Constable Mark Davey, Humberside Police

It is believed he then turned left into an alley, cut through an open gate and into Cross Street. Despite an extensive search by the armed response team and police helicopter, the suspect has not been traced.

A 35-year-old Crowle man initially arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

It is thought the man responsible is someone with good knowledge of the local area.

Dc Davey added: “The route he took from the scene would need local knowledge. It is not someone who thought 'I'm off somewhere remote'. "I'd appeal to anyone who knows anything about what happened that night to get in touch."

Police seek men in van who helped robbery victim

Police are appealing for two men in a white van to come forward after they helped a victim of an attempted robbery in Bradford.

At about 5.40pm on Tuesday, 16 June, a 24-year-old man was walking along Abb Scott Lane, when he was approached by a male who made demands for his mobile phone. The victim refused and was punched in the face. He then shouted for help and the suspect fled.

The suspect is described as white, in his late teens, of slim build and about 5ft 5ins tall. He is thought to have broad shoulders and chubby cheeks, and was clean shaven with short blonde hair. He was wearing a grey tracksuit.

"We believe that two men in a white van came to the aid of the victim and we are keen to speak to them, or anyone else who might have witnessed the incident.

"The victim did not suffer any serious injury and has been kept fully updated on the investigation to date."

– Detective Inspector Alan Flynn, of Bradford District CID

Robbery in Heckmondwike

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Heckmondwike.

At 10.15am on Sunday, 28 June, a 35-year-old man was walking along Cook Lane, when he was mugged at knifepoint. His wallet was stolen before the men ran off towards the Spen Valley Ringway.

Both suspects are described as Asian, of stocky build and are believed to be in their thirties. Both were also wearing dark clothing. One of the men is believed to be about 6ft tall with short cropped black hair, a goatee beard. He was wearing a black baseball cap and spoke with a local accent. The other man is believed to be about 5ft 8ins tall and was clean shaven.


Police launch new appeal for information after Bradford robbery victim dies

Seventy-seven-year-old Shirley Long was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties after two men forced their way into her house in Manchester Road and stole cash, bank cards and a mobile phone on November 17. She died on Wednesday.

"Mrs Long was a frail and vulnerable member of the community and clearly she never recovered from this heartless attack.

"The men who robbed her committed a cowardly and despicable crime and need to be swiftly brought to justice. That's why we are again calling for anyone with information to come forward."

– Det Chief Insp Nick Wallen West Yorkshire Police

The suspects were described as white wearing dark clothing, face coverings and gloves. One was approximately six foot tall and the other slightly shorter. They were seen running off towards West Bowling.

Two men from Bradford, both aged 37, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and remain on bail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Police investigate Harrogate robbery

Detective Inspector Andrea Kell, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

"A young family were left traumatised after these offenders burst into their home wearing balaclavas and threatening them with a crowbar at around teatime on Friday evening.

"The stolen firearms could be dangerous should they fall into the wrong hands, so it is important that anyone who knows where they are or who as got them comes forward as soon as possible.

"Such crimes are fortunately rare in North Yorkshire so I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward."

– Det Insp Andrea Kell, North Yorkshire Police
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Shotguns and jewellery stolen in Harrogate

Police are investigating a burglary in which five shotguns and expensive jewellery were stolen in Harrogate.

The robbery occurred at a property in the High Birstwith area at around 5:15pm on Friday 6 December. The offenders, described as four Asian men, left the scene in the homeowner's white Porsche 911 which was found abandoned nearby.

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the surrounding area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

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