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Football fans cause trouble on train

Police were called in after Birmingham City fans caused a disturbance on a train at Wakefield Westgate railway station on Saturday.

Officers from Wakefield and the British Transport Police were called to the station to help restore order after reports of about 150 Birmingham fans fighting, activating alarms and throwing bottles on a train that was due to depart the station.

British Transport Police officers escorted the supporters on the train as it left West Yorkshire.

The safety of the passengers was the primary concern of officers and there was no further trouble reported. Further trains due to leave Leeds station were also monitored in order to ensure the safe passage of everyone using trains bound for the Birmingham area. The operation was carried out successfully.

– Inspector David Glover, of West Yorkshire Police

Father-of-two's disappearance 'destroying' family

Police have begun an underwater search of the River Calder in Wakefield for a man from Bridlington who went missing five weeks ago.

The family of father-of-two Damion Vernon travelled from their home on the East Coast to watch the start of the search and continue their campaign to find out what happened to him.

Damion, who is 32, was on his way to pick up a car in South Yorkshire when he went missing. Relatives and police say his disappearance is puzzling:


Underwater searches for missing Damion

Police will search the River Calder for Damion Vernon from Bridlington, who went missing before Christmas.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

Since the last confirmed sighting of him in Bridlington on Monday 8 December, Humberside Police have grown increasingly concerned for Damion Vernon’s safety.

“We have now put out several appeals for information, but so far have drawn a blank. Our investigations have not found any sightings of Damion since he left his vehicle on Sycamore Street in Wakefield.

“We were hoping that our appeals would provide some information to us that would give us hope in finding him.

“We do not have any new specific intelligence to suggest that Damion has entered the River Calder but we are now having to look at the possibility that this may be the case. We are now in a situation where we must search the waterways surrounding the areas where Damion was last seen.

“A team of specialist divers will begin a search of the River Calder on Wednesday 14 January 2015.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Baldwin, Humberside Police

Wakefield police hunt conman who preyed on 95-year-old woman

A conman who preyed on a vulnerable 95-year-old woman in Wakefield, making her pay £300 for items she had not ordered, is being hunted by police.

They have released this cctv images below in the hope someone can help identify the man who called at the home of the partially-sighted and deaf pensioner in the Eastmoor area on December 18th.

CCTV image released by West Yorkshire police after pensioner targeted by conman Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Police release cctv image of car Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The man, who claimed to work for a charity, gained access to the flat and demanded cash for a number of low value household items she had not ordered.

He was driving a purple or bule small people carrier.


Secret report reveals bugging of miners' union officials

A secret report into the miners' strike says Margaret Thatcher would have been defeated by Arthur Scargill if she hadn't intervened personally to draft in 7,000 police from across the country to the coalfields..

The revelation is in newly released Downing Street papers from 1985, which also shed light for the first time on the widespread bugging of miners' union officials - approved by Mrs.Thatcher. David Hirst reports.

Renewed appeal to find missing Bridlington man

Police are renewing an appeal to find a father of two from Bridlington who has been missing since Monday 8 December.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

32 year-old Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield and has not been in touch with friends or family since his disappearance.

Police are keen to find any information about Damion, or anyone who believes they may have seen him on the day he went missing.

Fines after miner killed at museum

Michael Buckingham

Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £590,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed and killed at the museum in 2011.

58-year-old Michael Buckingham from Grimethorpe near Barnsley died after he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader that he was operating.

The fatal incident happened 138 metres below ground at the museum’s site at Caphouse colliery in Wakefield.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Mr Buckingham, an experienced miner and electrician, was part of a team working on the second phase of a £2.7 million improvement project. This involved constructing 140 metres of new tunnels to revitalise the visitors’ tour and increase the number of exhibition galleries.

Mr Buckingham sustained fatal crush injuries when he became trapped between the tunnel construction machine and the forward-tipping dumper - a mineral carrying machine - that he had been operating. Health and Safety inspectors found the dumper was unsafe.

The dumper truck
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