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Police try to find out why rapist was in Leeds on night of attack

West Yorkshire Police trying to catch a rapist have issued a fresh for help along with CCTV footage which shows a smartly dressed man "walking with purpose" around Leeds city centre before approaching his 24-year-old victim.

The man's appearance has been described by police as a "1990s doorman" but Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs is satisfied that he is not a doorman working in the local area.

They are trying to find out why he was in the city. Officers say his smart clothing could suggest he was attending a formal function.

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Tributes to 'courageous' police horse who died after accident

West Yorkshire Police have paid tribute to one of their horses who has died after an accident.

14-year-old Fimber died suddenly yesterday afternoon following an accident at Carr Gate. It's thought he was spooked whilst out in the paddock and tried to jump the fence but unfortunately collided with a post. He was seriously injured and died on his way to the vet.

Fimber joined West Yorkshire Police in 2004 and served for 11 years.

Officers and staff at Carr Gate are distraught at the sudden death of Fimber. He was friendly and courageous and will be sadly missed.

– Superintendent Pat Casserly

How did the hedgehog cross the road?

Hedgehog crossing

Hedgehogs may be prickly creatures, but sometimes it's just because they need a helping hand.

One hedgehog in Bradford recently came to the attention of the West Yorkshire Police when it was spotted trying to cross a busy road near Eccleshill. It's understood that although the hedgehog had diligently tried to follow the Green Cross Code, it had underestimated how long it would take to scurry across the wide road.

Fortunately the officer from the Bradford East Neighbourhood Policing Team took pity on the creature and personally escorted it across.

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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.

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