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Cannabis gang jailed

he farm was capable of producing £2million worth of cannabis per year. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Eleven men have been sentenced to a total of almost 53 years behind bars for their part in a multi-million pound cannabis production operation.

The men were all linked by surveillance and forensics to a cannabis farm in a property in Wakefield, which was discovered during a police raid in July 2012. The farm was capable of producing £2 million worth of cannabis per year.

Eleven men have been sentenced to a total of almost 53 years behind bars Credit: West Yorkshire Police

These men were involved in a highly organised set-up with the capacity to produce millions of pounds worth of cannabis. When the premises was raided we found evidence that the growing areas within the building were actually being extended futher. By shutting down this facility we have prevented a significant quantity of drugs from being sold on the streets of West Yorkshire.

We were presented with a web of lies of ignorance of what was happening at the premises and lack of association between the men. The detailed and protracted investigation carried out ensured we were able to prove that all eleven men had spent significant amounts of time at the property and were all known to each other.

Following today's sentencing, we will be pursuing confiscation proceedings against the defendants to ensure that the profits these men gained as a result of their criminal activity are put back in to our communities.

– Detective Inspector Neil Hollis
The cannabis was found after a warrant was executed in July 2012 Credit: West Yorkshire Police

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Armed police respond to reports of man with crossbow

Armed police are currently at Potovens Lane in Wakefield after receiving reports of a man in the area with a crossbow.

Armed police respond to reports of man with crossbow

We were called at 2.09pm today to a report of a man in a vehicle with a crossbow in Potovens Lane, Outwood. We are making extensive enquiries to locate this man and the vehicle he was using. We understand that any report of this nature will cause concern in the local community but our initial enquiries indicate that the man involved had been making threats to a particular individual and does not pose a wider risk to members of the public.

– Chief Inspector Mick Hanks, of Wakefield District

Wildcats appoint Gilmour as assistant

Wakefield have appointed much-travelled former Great Britain forward Lee Gilmour as assistant coach on a two-year contract.

Lee Gilmour appointed Wildcats assistant Credit: Press Association

The 35-year-old former Wigan, Bradford, St Helens, Huddersfield and Castleford second rower, who joined the Wildcats on loan in May and has played in their last 11 matches, will join head coach James Webster and Stuart Dickens on the club's backroom staff from 2015 but will continue to be available to play.

"I've been really pleased with what Lee has offered in his time here," said Webster, who stepped up from the role of assistant coach when Richard Agar left the club in June.

His insight into the game has been very good and the knowledge and ideas he has are fantastic.

I think you'd find it hard to find a more experienced player still involved in the the game.

Lee is always keen to strap on his boots but he's coming as coach first. Should he ever want to play, he'll be able to.

– James Webster, Wildcats coach

Dewsbury-born Gilmour, who was out of the game for almost 12 months with shoulder and knee injuries before making his comeback with the Wildcats, is not yet ready to hang up his boots but is keen to get into coaching.

Physically I feel fine. I've really enjoyed it here. I had a tough year not playing but I got an opportunity to start again here.

We'll see how things go next year, a lot will depend on the squad we finish up with.

I coached Shaw Cross, my local amateur team, for about seven years, and I've been under some really good coaches over the years so hopefully I can pass some of that knowledge on.

– Lee Gilmour

Wakefield will be without captain Danny Kirmond for the rest of the seasonafter he was booked in for operations on both hands and a knee.

Two female police officers injured in separate incidents

Two female police officers have been injured in separate incidents in Wakefield on Saturday night (August 30).

A 44-year-old female officer was knocked unconscious suffering an injury to her hand and bruising to her eye and cheekbone after attending a domestic incident in the Eastmoor area of the city. A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail.

Later that evening, a 36-year-old female officer was injured responding to a 999 call in the Featherstone area. She suffered cuts and swelling to her face. A 27-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

"Assaults on police officers in the execution of their duty trying to protect the public are unacceptable and those people who choose to commit such acts of violence towards officers will be dealt with as the law allows.

Having spoken to both officers they are both keen to continue to work with our communities as soon as they can. To me this attitude is what makes policing in West Yorkshire first class."

– Chief Superintendent Simon Whitehead, West Yorkshire Police

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Graveside row added to grieving family's distress

A grieving daughter has spoken of her anguish after a council official stopped her father's funeral taking place because his coffin was made of metal.

There was a graveside row about how Colin Birdsall from Knottingly should be buried which added to the family's distress as they prepared to say a final farewell.

Wakefield council, which insisted his coffin be changed, has now apologised as Emma Wilkinson reports.

Uniform shops tailor-make clothes for obese children

New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.

Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.

Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:

Man dies after being hit by lorry in Wakefield

A man has died after being hit by a lorry in Wakefield.

Emergency Services were called to the A650 near Carr Gate at the junction of Kenmore Road on at about 4.10pm.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police investigations are ongoing at the scene and the A650 is closed in both directions from the Vine Tree roundabout for traffic heading out of Wakefield and from the Carr Gate turn off heading into the city.

Drivers heading inbound on the A650 into Wakefield are being diverted via the Carr Gate turn off into Wrenthorpe.

"Enquiries are ongoing into this incident and we are appealing for any witnesses to the collision itself. We would also like to speak with anyone who saw the man or the lorry just prior to the collision.

"Officers are working to recover vehicles and complete enquiries at the site and we thank drivers for their patience while this very necessary work is completed following what has been a tragic incident. We do hope to re-open the A650 in the next hour or so.

"I would ask any witnesses who can assist our enquiries to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101."

– Sgt Ann Drury, Major Collision Enquiry Team, West Yorkshire Police
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