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Concern for 'distressed young girl in car'

Police are appealing for information following a call of concern for a girl in Leeds today. Leeds District CID would like the driver of a blue Ford Focus hatchback to come forwards to let officers know everything is okay following a call of concern regarding a passenger. Officers were called at about 9am today by a woman who saw a man and two young children parked outside Eurofoods on Tong Road, Leeds. The car was being driven by a white man in his 30s and contained a small child in a child seat an an older girl potentially aged about seven-years-old. As the car drove off the caller said the older child looked very distressed and was banging on a window.

Officers have been investigating this call of concern and I would ask the driver of this car to come forwards to let us know everything is alright. This may well have been a perfectly innocent situation but as we have had a call expressing concern for the welfare of a young child, police have been carrying out enquiries. According to the witness the Ford Focus hatchback was a royal blue colour with the driver's door appearing to be a lighter shade of blue to the rest of the car

– Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs

The male driver, or anyone who has information, is asked to contact Leeds District CID on 101 referencing log number 626 of 1/11/15.

Police receive significiant public response over Leeds rapist footage

Police say they had a significant response from the public, following the release of footage showing a rapist carrying his victim through the centre of Leeds.

Police say they have a DNA profile of the attacker

CCTV captured the man with the 24-year-old victim on Mark Lane. He had approached her on Briggate, as she made her way home after a night out with friends in August. Police have the DNA of the suspect but have not found a match.

Watch : Police release footage of woman being carried by rapist to scene of attack


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.

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.

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.

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