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Police appeal after suspected arson attack in Featherstone

A 48-year-old man who had been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire at a house in Featherstone on Sunday morning has been released on bail.

A woman and two children were asleep inside the house on Huntwick Crescent when they were woken by the family dog at 2.30am to discover that two large sheds in their back garden were on fire.

Anyone who has any information about the fire is being asked to contact Wakefield Police.

We are investigating this incident which has caused extensive damage to the property. Fortunately the occupants were able to get out of the house safely and were unhurt.

– Detective Constable Laura Wheatley, Wakefield CID

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Firefighters continue to damp down Crofton barn blaze

Firefighters are continuing to damp down a huge blaze at a farm at Crofton, near Wakefield.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services

It broke out at around 12.40am and has destroyed a barn and several HGV vehicles.

Two very large stacks of hay remain alight and are burning out under controlled supervision from firefighters. One of the stacks was within the barn, which has collapsed due to the fire. The other stack is in the open air.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services

No people or animals have been hurt in this incident and no surrounding properties are at risk.

Fire services say the incident will require 24-hour attendance from firefighters over the weekend and possibly longer.

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services

Doncaster Road remains closed for the time being.

Abi Longfellow's case to feature on 'Real Stories with Ranvir Singh'

The case of Abi Longfellow will feature on ITV's 'Real Stories with Ranvir Singh' tonight.

The 12-year-old from Wakefield has a rare kidney condition which means she might have just five years left to live.

Her fight for a potentially life saving drug has been taken up by David Cameron who has told NHS England to review the case.

Nearly 200,000 people have put their name to a petition supporting the young girl.

Tune into ITV1 at 7.30pm tonight (Thursday 6th August) for 'Real Stories with Ranvir Singh' which will feature Abi Longfellow.

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Police investigate serious sexual assault in Wakefield

Enquiries are ongoing this morning following a report of a serious sexual assault at Heath in Wakefield.

Police were called at about 1.50am this morning (5/8) to a report a 32-year-old woman had been seriously sexually assaulted in a pub car park in Heath by a man.

Initial enquiries are ongoing into a report of a serious sexual assault in Heath and police forensic officers have been carrying out enquiries there and at Sandal Castle where we have a linked crime scene.

The victim is being spoken with by specially trained officers as investigations continue.

– Detective Inspector Andy Welbourn at Wakefield CID

Six-year-old injured in serious crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a six-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in a collision in Crigglestone yesterday (5 August).

They say the collision happened shortly after 6pm when a black Ford Ka travelling along Painthorpe Lane towards Cliff Road has been in collision with the child pedestrian near the junction with Daw Green Avenue.

The six-year-old was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where his injuries are described as serious but non-life threatening.

Yorkshire author writes book about Jeremy Bamber case

Thirty years after the murder of a family of five which shocked the nation, a Yorkshire author says she has written the definitive book on the subject.

The man who carried out the cold blooded killings - Jeremy Bamber - has maintained his innocence for years - but Carol Ann Lee says despite extensive inquiries she can find no one who says Bamber did not do it.

Bamber is still trying to win his freedom from his cell in Wakefield Prison.

Chris Kiddey reports:

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