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Leeds MP calls on council to look at accepting refugees

Leeds MP Greg Mulholland has written to Leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, asking if the council could consider accepting some of the refugees trying to flee Syria.

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In the letter, the MP has said “the UK could and should be doing more to resettle people fleeing the persecution of the Assad regime and the brutality of ISIS.”

He goes on to ask if Cllr Blake “might be willing to consider the role that Leeds City Council can play in offering to resettle some of these refugees”, believing that this “may also encourage other councils around the UK to follow suit, and subsequently encourage ministers to accept some refugees”.

Where the UK can play a role to help, it should, and I hope Leeds will very much be a part of that. That’s why I’ve written to the council, and I do hope it will consider strongly how it can resettle some of the refugees. It might persuade other councils around the country to do likewise, and subsequently encourage ministers to allow some of the refugees into the UK.

– Greg Mulholland MP


Police call for witnesses to Tingley collision

Police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to a collision on the A650 in Tingley in which a motorcyclist was killed.

Damian Porritt

44-year-old Damian Porritt died at the scene early on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place after a red Dennis refuse wagon and his white and red Yamaha YZF motorcycle collided near to Capitol Boulevard.

I would continue to appeal for anyone who was travelling along the A650 around the time of the incident who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision, or who witnessed the collision itself to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing.

– DC Kerry Gibson


Police release CCTV images of attempted bank robbery suspect

Police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following an attempted robbery at the Santander bank in Shipley.

The incident happened at about 3pm on Thursday, 27 August, when a man walked into the Market Square branch and handed over a note demanding money. He also produced a small knife.

The cashier told him the safe was locked and he walked out empty-handed.

The suspect is described as white, between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 5ins tall and of medium build. He is believed to be in his twenties.

We believe the suspect was seen hanging around the town centre in the time leading up to the incident and would ask for anyone who recognises him to contact DC 3544 Walker at Bradford District CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously, quoting crime reference 13150347173.

– Detective Constable Ian Walker

Gary Barlow announces first of musical's cast

Gary Barlow has revealed that two local actors are among the cast for his musical "The Girls". In a tweet he says he is proud to announce Ben Hunter, from Hull, as Danny and Josh Benson, from York, as Tommo.

Ben replied saying he was 'buzzing".

"The Girls" is based on the story of the Rylstone WI members in North Yorkshire who bared all in a calendar for charity. The musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, will have its premiere at Leeds Grand on November 14th.

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