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Shots fired after Huddersfield collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of shots being fired following a collision in the Dalton area of Huddersfield on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers were called to the junction of Holays and Harpe Inge shortly after 3pm following reports from members of the public of shots being fired.

The firearms incident followed a collision involving a number of vehicles. A blue Renault Clio was left abandoned at the scene and it is believed that two silver vehicles were also involved.

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses who have not yet come forward or anyone with information about those involved.

"This incident has taken place in the middle of the afternoon in a busy area within 100 yards of a childrens centre.

"Thankfully no bystanders have been injured, but at this stage we do not know if any of the individuals in the vehicles involved have been hurt as a result of the firearms discharges or the collision.

"A blue Renault Clio, registration number Y726BJT, has been left at the scene. We are keen to hear from anyone who knows who owns or uses this vehicle.

"We would also like to hear from any further witnesses to the collision itself or aftermath or anyone who has seen damaged vehicles being driven away from the scene.

"The people involved in this incident are potentially very dangerous individuals and we would urge anyone with information which could help our ongoing enquiries to please come forward as a matter of urgency.

– Det. Supt Nick Wallen, West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team

Anyone with information is asked to either call Kirklees District CID via 101 or to pass information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police release CCTV of missing mum and son

Police searching for woman from Leeds who has gone missing with her nine-year-old son have released CCTV images of the pair.

Joanne Binns, 42, from Swarcliffe, was last seen at about 3.15pm on Monday, September 14, when she got a taxi to the Hyde Park area of Leeds.

Officers have now released CCTV images of Joanne and her son at a cashpoint at the Co-op store in Seacroft on the day she went missing.

CCTV image of Joanne Binns who was last seen on September 14 Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Nine year old who has gone missing with his mother Joanne Binns Credit: West Yorkshire Police

"We have been making extensive enquiries to trace Joanne and her son who have been missing for over a week now and we remain very concerned for their welfare and urgently need to establish their whereabouts to check that they are okay.

"We hope these new CCTV images will give people the most up to date picture of what they look like.

"We would urge anyone who has seen them or who knows where they might be to contact us immediately."

– Det. Insp. Mark Strother, Leeds District CID

She is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, with short brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Special Operations Room at Elland Road via 101 quoting log number 762 of September 15.


Huddersfield police hunt would-be sex attacker

Detectives in Huddersfield are appealing for witnesses after an attempted sexual assault in the Lockwood area in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police appeal for witnesses to attempted sex attack

The incident occurred around 2.50am, as a 34-year-old woman was walking down Chapel Hill away from the town centre, and across a grassed area near to Victoria Road. The suspect is described as a male, wearing a hooded top that partially covered his face.

The woman was assisted by a male passer-by, and a man who had been sat at a nearby bus shelter, using a mobile phone and wearing headphones.

"Whilst in the early hours, there will still have been people who may have seen or heard something suspicious and I would appeal to them to come forward.

"I would particularly ask for the man who sat in the bus stop to come forward as it is possible he may have witnessed the incident.

"Equally, there will still have been a number of people using taxis who may have passed this route and I would appeal to them to think back if they saw something. Any information, no matter how small it may seem in isolation, could be vital. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Det. Insp. Stef Wiseman, Kirklees CID

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101, or alternatively via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Driver sought after man injured in roadside punch-up

Detectives in Kirklees are appealing to trace a driver involved in a fight after a traffic dispute which left another driver injured.

The incident happened at about 2.30pm on Thursday in Gelderd Road near Birstall Retail Park.

A 24-year-old man who was driving a grey Ford Fusion car had an altercation with the driver of a silver/grey Ford Focus. The men fought and the 24-year-old was injured by the other man's car as he drove away. He is currently being treated in hospital.

The Focus driver was described as being olive-skinned, of average build with a big nose, black hair which was short on the sides and longer on top. He was wearing a black body warmer and jeans. He also had a foreign accent and spoke in broken English.

"We are keen to trace the other driver, who we believe may have been injured during the fight, to speak to him about the circumstances of the incident. We are appealing directly to him to contact us at the earliest opportunity.

"This incident took place on a busy arterial route at a time of day when there will have been a number of people in the area. I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation to contact us immediately."

– Det. Insp. Stef Wiseman, Kirklees CID

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Oliver Scoones at Kirklees District CID via 101, or alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man due in court charged with Leeds park murder

A man is due to appear in court today charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in Burley Park, Leeds, a week ago.

The body of Waldek Mural was found in a Leeds park Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The body of Polish national Waldek Mural, 57, was found in the park off Cardigan Lane shortly before 7am on Saturday, September 5.

Grzegorz Kowalczyk, 41, of Pavilion Mews, Headingley, is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court this morning.

Police call for witnesses to Tingley collision

Police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to a collision on the A650 in Tingley in which a motorcyclist was killed.

Damian Porritt

44-year-old Damian Porritt died at the scene early on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place after a red Dennis refuse wagon and his white and red Yamaha YZF motorcycle collided near to Capitol Boulevard.

I would continue to appeal for anyone who was travelling along the A650 around the time of the incident who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision, or who witnessed the collision itself to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing.

– DC Kerry Gibson


Police release CCTV images of attempted bank robbery suspect

Police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following an attempted robbery at the Santander bank in Shipley.

The incident happened at about 3pm on Thursday, 27 August, when a man walked into the Market Square branch and handed over a note demanding money. He also produced a small knife.

The cashier told him the safe was locked and he walked out empty-handed.

The suspect is described as white, between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He is believed to be in his twenties.

We believe the suspect was seen hanging around the town centre in the time leading up to the incident and would ask for anyone who recognises him to contact DC 3544 Walker at Bradford District CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously, quoting crime reference 13150347173.

– Detective Constable Ian Walker

West Yorkshire Police issues apology for 'inappropriate tweet'

West Yorkshire Police say a couple whose vehicle was seized for having no insurance were not homeless. The force came under fire after officers tweeted a picture of the couple followed by the hashtag #luggagewalkofshame West Yorkshire Police has now released a statement saying the couple have a confirmed permanent address. The force has also issued an apology for the tweet.

I have now spoken with the officers involved in seizing the car and we can confirm the couple involved were not homeless and had a confirmed permanent address to which we will serve a summons for use of a vehicle on the road without insurance. Unfortunately the officers' subsequent comment regarding the matter on Twitter was inappropriate and has caused unintended offence. When spoken to, both officers were very distressed at the offence these comments have caused.

– Chief Superintendent Pat Casserly

Dewsbury teen in ISIS bombing - Police statement

"The police have been made aware of media reports with regard to the death of a British National in Iraq.

"The identity of the person who has reportedly died has not been confirmed at this time and we are unable to comment further.

"We are aware that large numbers of British nationals are travelling to the Middle East for a variety of reasons and we understand that some of those travelling have resided in West Yorkshire.

"We continue to support families who have loved ones that are believed to have travelled and the local communities who understandably may also have concerns.

"The Foreign Office advises against all travel to Syria and some areas of Iraq. Only essential travel should be considered to other parts of Iraq. Check before making any plans."

“As part of the Prevent initiative West Yorkshire Police is committed to working with communities and local authorities, to highlight the dangers associated with radicalisation and travel to regions such as Syria and Iraq.

" We are all working together to help identify vulnerable members of our society and intervene and engage them before it is too late.”

“If anyone has concerns that a friend or relative may be vulnerable to radicalisation, expressing extreme views or contemplating travelling to Syria or Iraq, it is vital that we work together to try and prevent that person from travelling.

"Those who travel to Syria and parts of Iraq are likely to witness extreme violence and could become victims of violence themselves. In addition some may be drawn into taking part and committing violent acts themselves. Their families left at home will be left devastated.

"No parent would want to see their child put in danger, exploited or put in a situation where they face death.

“We are extremely keen to continue in developing the work we do with partners in order to help families understand the nature of the threat from extremist material on the internet and other publications, whilst also heightening their awareness of the signs that indicate if someone is being exploited.

“I would encourage anyone with concerns around individuals being radicalised to have the confidence in coming forward and sharing their concerns with the local police, or local authority safeguarding units either by contacting 101 or attending their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams, they can intervene and provide you and your family with the appropriate support and advice. “

– Assistant Chief Con. Russ Foster. West Yorkshire Police
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