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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.

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.

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