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Residents warned over sneak in burglaries as temperatures rise

Police in Leeds are warning people to protect their homes against burglars as recent high temperatures have seen residents leaving their homes insecure.

The advice follows the arrest of two teenagers in connection with a burglary at a home in Cross Hall Court, Morley, yesterday.

At about 4.15am, thieves got into the house through an open ground-floor bedroom window and removed electrical items. Two males, aged 17 and 18, have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in custody.

Detective Inspector Mark Strother, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: "In recent days we have seen an increase in the number of burglaries where the offenders have got in through windows that have been left open due to the hot weather.

"With a heatwave being forecast we are keen to remind people to be conscious that there are burglars out there looking to take advantage as people try to keep cool.

"Understandably people want to ventilate their homes but we need them to do it in a security conscious way to avoid them becoming a victim.

"We advise only opening doors and windows of rooms you are in and shutting them if you move elsewhere in the house. Keep any valuables, such as phones and car keys, out of sight and out of easy reach from doors and windows.

"There are also various products available that mean people can keep their homes well ventilated in the hot weather without them being vulnerable to thieves.

"We will continue doing all we can to target and arrest the burglars but we need people to be conscientious when it comes to the security of their home."

Murder inquiry in Elland

Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man's body at property in Elland this evening.

Police were called to Elizabeth Street in Elland at 7.19pm tonight where the body a local man, believed to be in his thirties , was discovered.

A 45-year-old man was arrested nearby and is in police custody on suspicion of murder.

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West Yorkshire Police Federation call for change in law on term time holidays

The West Yorkshire Police Federation, which has written to local authorities asking for special dispensation for some officers to take holidays during term time, is calling for a change in the law.

Ned Liddemore, vice chairman of the Federation, says he's echoing caals from Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

Mr Sheerman, former chairman of an influential parliamentary body now known as the Education Select Committee, asked demanded a parliamentary debate on the issue of schools dishing out fines for parents who take their children out of school during term time.

West Yorkshire Police request school holidays consideration

West Yorkshire Police say they've written to local authorities asking for officers to be given special consideration when it comes to taking holidays during school term time.

The police federation say operational duties often mean they cannot take holiday during the holidays.

Ned Liddemore, vice chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, said some reasons this year were the Tour de France, court commitments, EDL demonstrations, the NATO summit and the need for more officers on the street during Christmas.

It comes after Humberside's Chief Constable was criticised for asking for dispensation for staff. The West Yorkshire force says they have not asked for total exemption, but for each case to be assessed on an individual basis.

Police searching for man after assault in Leeds

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with incident in Leeds city centre.

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A 38-year-old woman was threatened by the suspect after she intervened when she saw him assaulting a woman in Lower Basinghall Street, near to the Mill Hill Chapel at about 8.15pm on Tuesday, June 24.

It is thought the suspect could be from the Bradford area.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police.

Police seek owners of valuable jewellery

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are renewing their appeal to try and find the owners of a number of pieces of valuable jewellery which were recovered last month.

Jewellery recovered by West Yorkshire Police

The items which include 4 rings, an ornate jewellery box and a locket containing two photographs, were recovered in Castleford in May.

Jewellery recovered by West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police believe the jewellery could belong to a person, or people, from West Yorkshire or the surrounding counties. They're now extending their appeal to North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Jewellery recovered by West Yorkshire Police

PC Steve Sayles from Wakefield CID said: "Despite an earlier appeal to find the owner or owners of this distinctive jewellery, no-one has come forward. This recovery is part of an ongoing investigation into a number of burglaries and we are keen to speak to whoever they belong to.

"We now think that these valuables may have come from outside West Yorkshire. We also think they could belong to an older person who may not realise that they have been stolen or that they are missing. We want anyone who may have any information to get in touch with us."

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Police release CCTV after sexual assault in Leeds

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds have released CCTV images of two men they want to trace.

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The 19-year-old victim had been on a night out in the city centre when she became separated from her friend in the early hours of Sunday, January 19.

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She was approached by two men who led her down an alley where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault by one of the men. One of the men was described as having an Eastern European accent.

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Detective Chief Inspector Jon Morgan, from West Yorkshire Police Protective Services (Crime), said: "The CCTV images are from the junction of Bond Street and Basinghall Street and it is believed that the attack took place close to that location.

WY Police claim Leeds Utd moved goalposts over policing costs

Leeds United's Elland Road stadium Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds United lawyers were today accused of "moving the goal posts" in the closing stages of their High Court tie with West Yorkshire Police over matchday policing costs.

The club is seeking more than £2.5 million from the force after winning an Appeal Court ruling over what it should and should not have to pay for.

In a marathon legal battle, it had objected to being forced to contribute to the policing costs in an "extended footprint" around the Elland Road stadium.

The case is back in court again this week as a High Court judge, Sir David Eady, is being asked to determine how big a refund the club is due.

Police lawyers say the club is due no more than the £1,238,816 it has already been refunded.

And they have now accused the club of changing its case in a bid for a rebate for policing which it had always previously accepted it should pay for.

John Beggs QC said the club had always accepted it was liable to contribute to policing in areas "owned, leased or controlled" by Leeds.

But it had now "moved the goal posts" and contested charges for policing some areas of private land close to the ground, referred to in court as "green" and "blue" because of how they are represented on maps in the legal bundle.

"Leeds United never contested the charges in the green or blue land, they accepted those charges," he told the judge.

"They could have done so, but didn't - and they should not be allowed now to re-argue it."

He said the club had shown during protests in February that it was capable of control over those areas of land.

"Leeds United is capable of exercising complete control, whether by deployment of stewards, preventing the public parking or by restricting vendors," he added.

"They could exercise complete control, if they so chose."

In the appeal case last year, the club successfully argued that hundreds of officers involved in crowd control around the stadium were only doing their public duty.Final judgment will be reserved until a later date.ends.

Appeal after Halifax hit-and-run

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car failed to stop after being involved in a collision with a eight-year-old girl in Halifax yesterday.

Officers were called at 7.46pm to Byron Street, Halifax, following a report of a collision at the location. The eight-year-old girl involved was taken to hospital where she was treated for a broken ankle.

The car involved is reported to be a black hatchback, possibly a Volkswagen Golf.

15-month-old girl killed by father's car

A toddler has died after being hit by a car apparently driven by her own father.

Police and paramedics were called to an address in Leeds on Saturday night following reports that a black Toyota Avensis had struck a 15-month-old girl.

West Yorkshire Police said the child was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A spokesman said the driver of the car, understood to be the girl's father, has been spoken to by officers.

He said officers were called to the incident in Cromwell Mount, in the Belle Isle area of the city, at 7.36pm on Saturday.

We are conducting a full investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding this child's death, although early indications are that this appears to have been a tragic accident.

"We are working closely with the child's family to support them at what will clearly be a very difficult time for them.

"We would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident itself to contact us."

– Sgt Carl Quinn, West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team
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