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West Yorks Police set up unit to tackle child sex expoiltation

West Yorkshire Police is to set up a dedicated team of officers to deal with child sexual exploitation.

The unit of twenty officers, costing £1.5m, will be embedded in the five policing areas across the county.

And in another development, hoteliers and guest house owners in Calderdale are being asked to play their part in the crackdown. Frazer Maude has this exclusive report.

Good response to Lindsey Rimer appeal, say police

Police say they have had a good response to an appeal for information on the twentieth anniversary of the disappearance of 13-year-old Lindsay Rimer.

Lindsay was found murdered five months after disappearing while on a shopping errand in her home town of Hebden Bridge.

Chris Kiddey reports.

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Police appeal to find killer of Hebden Bridge teen

Detectives have launched a re-appeal to catch the killer of Hebden Bridge teenager Lindsay Rimer who disappeared twenty years ago this week.

The body of the 13-year-old schoolgirl was not found for five months and her murder remains unsolved.

On November 7, 1994, Lindsay left her home on Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge to go to the shops.

She paused briefly at the Trades Club on Holme Street where she met her mum before buying the cornflakes.

CCTV from the shop on Crown Street shows her buying the cornflakes at 10.22pm. It is not known what happened to her then.

Her body was recovered from the Rochdale Canal on the outskirts of hebden Bridge five months later.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson of West Yorkshire Police's Protective Services (crime) department, is leading the fresh appeal.

Murder investigation launched after death in Wakefield

A murder investigation has been launched in Wakefield after the death of a 47-year-old man last night.

Crime scene Credit: ITV Calendar

At 9.23pm yesterday police say they assisted the ambulance service in treating a man who was found unconscious in White Horse Yard in central Wakefield. The man died a short time later.

Police guard crime scene in White Horse Yard Credit: ITV Calendar

At this stage we are treating the death as suspicious and have a 53-year-old local man in custody. He was arrested from the scene last night and is being held on suspicion of murder.

The investigation is at an early stage and I would ask anyone who may have been in Wakefield city centre around of the time of the incident and seen anything suspicious to contact police.

– Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton

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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.

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.

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