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Taxi driver witness sought after Leeds rape

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Leeds are appealing to trace a taxi driver as a potential witness.

The 27-year-old victim was attacked occurred overnight between Friday, January 29, and Saturday, January 30, at the Ascot Grange Hotel, in Otley Road, Headingley.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently on police bail pending further enquiries.

Detectives are trying to trace the driver of a taxi that picked the victim and suspect up in the Lower Briggate area of Leeds city centre.

The vehicle is believed to be a Skoda Octavia or similar sized saloon car with a black bonnet.

The vehicle arrived outside the hotel at 11.13pm. The man entered the hotel and left a short time later. He ran across the road to the BP garage opposite before returning to pay the driver and go into the hotel with the woman.

The taxi, which was filmed on CCTV, leaves the hotel car park at 11.32pm, having waited there for 19 minutes.

We are currently working with the council's taxi licensing department to identify the vehicle and trace the driver but we also want to appeal directly for them to come forward if they recognise from the circumstances that they were the driver involved.

We would ask them to contact us urgently as we believe they may have important information that could assist the investigation.

– Acting Detective Inspector Mark Atkinson, of Leeds District CID


Appeal to find missing Bradford man

West Yorkshire Police have launched an appeal to find a man who has gone missing from his home in Bradford.

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51-year-old Roy Bailey was last seen this morning at Fairhaven Green driving a green Vauxhall Astra.

Roy has been described as 6ft tall, skinny and has grey thinning short hair. He also walks with a crutch.

Judge praises postmaster and Boston Spa community for bravery in confronting armed gang

A judge has commended a postmaster and the Boston Spa community for their bravery in confronting the armed gang who carried out a raid on Boston Spa Post Office.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC said postmaster Tony Williams had chased and physically confronted the robbers, joined by residents and shoppers in Boston Spa.

They not only forced the men to drop almost £2,000 they had stolen from the store but also pulled the wigs from the men's heads, which contained vital DNA evidence that would bring them to justice.

Judge Bayliss told Martin and Mark Pick: "What none of you could not possibly have anticipated was the sheer pluck, bravery and determination of the postmaster and other local residents to defeat your criminal enterprise.

"They were determined not to let you get away with it ... The postmaster, members of the public, people doing their shopping, from neighbouring shops, all coming together to defeat you - and they did."

Appeal to find missing Leeds man

Police are appealing for information to trace a Pudsey man who has not been seen since Christmas Eve.

Leeds District CID would like to speak to anyone who has seen or has information about Sukhbinder Saggu, aged 35.

He was reported missing at about 9.50am on Christmas Eve and enquiries have since been ongoing in the Bradford area, which he frequents, to find him.

He is described as Asian, 5ft 8ins tall of medium build with black hair. He was wearing a purple top with a collar, tracksuit bottoms, blue and orange trainers, a dark green parker coat with a hood, and a white and black hat with a bobble on top.

Appeal after fatal Christmas Day collision

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on Christmas Day in Townville at Castleford.

They would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident which took place at about 4.55pm yesterday afternoon on Sheepwalk Lane.

The collision took place after a Vauxhall Vivaro van and a Peugeot Tweet scooter were in collision on the road. The Vivaro had been travelling from Ferrybridge towards Castleford and the Peugeot had been travelling from Castleford to Ferrybridge.

The rider of the Peugeot, a 32-year-old North Yorkshire man, suffered severe injuries from which he died.

"Investigations are ongoing into this tragic incident within the Wakefield District and we are appealing for witnesses.

"I would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the manner in which either vehicle was being driven in the moments leading up to it.

"Information can be given to the Major Collision and Enquiry Team via 101."

– PS Carl Quinn, Major Collision Enquiry Team

A man from the Vauxhall Vivaro was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving over the prescribed limit. He has been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.

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