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Two-year-old boy seriously injured in quad bike accident

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information after a two-year-old boy was seriously injured in quad bike accident.

The incident happened at 3pm yesterday on wasteland near to Silcotes Street.

It is believed a 23-year-old man was riding a blue quad bike, carrying a two-year-old boy. The boy fell from the quad bike after the bike hit a divot in the terrain.

The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious, life-changing injuries.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the area yesterday afternoon and saw the quad bike and riders before the incident, or who witnessed the incident itself, to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Police Constable Dave Laybourne

Thomas Cook reveals profits for first time in five years

Making a profit

Beleaguered holiday firm Thomas Cook - heavily criticised following the deaths of two children from Wakefield on a holiday in Corfu - has posted its first annual bottom line profit for five years.

This is despite a £130 million sales hit from the Tunisian beach and hotel terrorist attacks in June.

The group said it had been a year of "considerable challenges" after coming under fire for its handling of the deaths of Bobby and Christ Shepherd. They died after being overcome from fumes from a faulty boiler at their holiday home on Corfu.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd

Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said the group had "confronted its mistakes" following the deaths of the children.

Thomas Cook posted profits after tax of £19 million - its first positive profit after tax since 2010 - while underlying earnings rose 11% to £310 million. But it said the suspension of holidays to Tunisia cost the group £130 million in sales, with underlying earnings impacted by around £22 million.

The group said the new financial year had got off to a good start despite cancelling its flights to Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt after the downing of a Russian passenger plane last month, while Tunisia holidays also remain suspended for most markets.


First phase of Wakefield smart motorway set to go live

Motorist will be able to use an extra lane on a section of the M1 near Wakefield from Saturday 5 December ahead of a new smart motorway going live later in the month.

First phase of Wakefield smart motorway set to go live Credit: Press Association

A 50mph speed limit will remain in place whilst contractors for Highways England test the technology before the first phase of the system goes live on a 7.5 mile stretch between junction 39 (Denby Dale) and junction 41 (Morley) on Saturday 12 December.

An extra lane will also open on the northbound carriageway between junction 41 and junction 42 (Lofthouse). Work is continuing between these junctions and a 50mph speed limit will remain in place until this phase of the smart motorway scheme goes live in the new year.

Smart motorways are already proving successful in other parts of the country and we have now reached a stage where we can open this section of the M1 between junctions 39 and 41. By opening this extra lane it will help to reduce congestion during peak times for drivers by providing four lanes to ease the flow of traffic.

– Tsuwun Bevan, Highways England project manager

Girl, 12, reported missing from Barnsley

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing yesterday afternoon (Monday 23 November).

Lois Elliott Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Lois Elliott is originally from Liverpool but now lives in Royston, Barnsley.

She was last seen at her school in Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, at around 9.15am.

She was seen getting on a train from Wakefield to Leeds, with the intention of returning to Liverpool.

Lois has not been seen or heard from since, and police are trying to establish where she is to ensure she is safe and well.

She was last seen wearing a black puffa-style jacket, a black crop top, black leggings and fluorescent pink trainers.

She is 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build, with long dark hair with a red tinge, and has a strong Liverpudlian accent.

CCTV released over Tingley attack

Police investigating an incident of criminal damage at a house in Tingley, West Yorkshire have released CCTV images of two males they want to identify.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

At about 8.20pm on Monday, November 2, two windows were smashed at a property in Kitson Street, Tingley, when rocks were thrown at them.

Checks on CCTV in the area showed these two males walking down the street a few minutes before the attack and I would like to identify them and speak to them. While the images are of fairly low quality I think they will be identifiable to anyone who knows them. If they recognise themselves and were not involved in the incident, I would like to hear from them so I can eliminate.

– Detective Constable Phillip Joyce


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