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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


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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