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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


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.

Police concern for missing Leeds teenager

Police are appealing for information to trace a teenager missing in Leeds.

Missing teenager Hannah Davies Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Hannah Davies, 15, from the Halton Moor area was last seen at her home in Gamble Hill Close, around 12.15pm yesterday afternoon.

She is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall and slim with light blonde/light brown hair. She was last seen wearing black boots, white jeans, a yellow vest top and grey hooded jumper, and was carrying a large brown handbag.

Hannah is known to have connections across Leeds, but most recently in Morley, Gipton, Seacroft and Halton Moor.

"We are growing increasingley concerned for Hannah and would appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from her or who knows where she is now to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing."

– Det Insp James Entwhistle, Leeds District CID

Anyone who has seen Hannah or has information about her whereabouts is asked to contact Leeds District Police on 101 quoting log reference 872 of 14/11

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.

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