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150% increase in child sex offences in West Yorkshire

Sexual offences towards children in West Yorkshire have shown a significant increase according to the Office for National Statistics.

Child sexual offences in West Yorkshire have shown a significant increase Credit: Press Association
Increase in West Yorkshire Sexual offences towards under 16s since 2012/2013
Increase in rape offences of children under 16 since 2012/2013

These are grim figures which show that the number of sex offences has more than doubled in the last five years, with a significant number of victims being children. Recent investigations have exposed a dark underbelly of abuse that went on for far too long with the impact only now becoming tragically clear.

Sexual abuse has a devastating impact on a child, and we urge all victims to come forward as soon as possible so they can get the support they need and offenders can be brought to justice. Any child who has been a victim can always call Childline on 0800 1111.

– NSPCC spokesman

Police watchdog investigates death of cyclist after chase

The police watchdog is investigating the death of a cyclist killed in a chase involving West Yorkshire officers.

Scene of fatal collision

It happened in Bingley on Tuesday evening - when police tried to stop a car which sped off. It then hit the male cyclist who died at the scene. The 55-year-old man has not yet been named. The 22-year-old car driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched a joint investigation with West Yorkshire Police to look into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident.

Cities await Great Exhibition of the North host shortlist

Five cities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are set to find out if they have made the shortlist to host the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North.

Sheffield is one of the cities in the running to host the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North Credit: Press Association

Harrogate, Bradford, Halifax, Scunthorpe and Sheffield are up against Blackpool, Whitehaven, St Helens and Newcastle for around £5 million pounds in funding to host the event and a further £15 million to fund a legacy project.

The final announcement on the host city will be made in the autumn. The two month, Government backed exhibition aims to showcase the best of art, culture and design.


Flood-damaged bridges to be repaired from next month

Hebden Bridge was one of the worst hit during the Boxing Day floods. Credit: Press Association

Work to repair two bridges damaged in the Boxing day floods will begin next month.

Both Esholt Suspension Bridge and Denton Bridge in Ilkley will be closed from Monday, 8 August as eight weeks of repairs are carried out.

Esholt Suspension Bridge

  • Will be closed to pedestrians for safety reasons.
  • Repairs will include scaffolding of the entire bridge, repainting, replacing of the timber deck and repointing of the existing abutments.
  • Pedestrians will be able to access the canal from Apperley Road along the footpath through Bottom Farm but the bridleway from The Avenue to the bridge will be closed.

Denton Bridge

  • Will be closed to traffic for safety reasons.
  • Work will include scaffolding over the entire bridge, repainting, resurfacing the carriageway and repointing of the existing masonry.
  • Traffic will be diverted over the bridge at New Brook Street and the route will be clearly signed.

Government criticised for ditching 'flood tsars'

The leader of Leeds City Council has criticised the government's decision to ditch two 'flood envoys' appointed to oversee the flood recovery operation in the north of England.

Cllr Judith Blake said people are still anxious about the future and the government needs to provide reassurance for people across the Yorkshire region.

It comes on the day a report by the Calderdale Flood Commission said that flooding in West Yorkshire will happen again and could become more frequent.

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