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Man charged with manslaughter after Yeadon assault victim dies

A man is due to appear in at Leeds Magistrates Court today following the death of a man who was seriously injured in an assault in Leeds.

Vincent Greaves, 24, from Guiseley, has been charged with the manslaughter of the 52-year-old man who died in Leeds General Infirmary yesterday (4 June) after receiving a serious head injury in an incident in High Street, Yeadon, at about 12.45am in the early hours of Sunday (31/5).

The victim had been in The Aviator public house, in High Street, Yeadon, when a separate altercation took place minutes before he was assaulted in the street.

Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident itself or the circumstances leading up to it.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Andy Smurthwaite or Detective Sergeant Stephen King at Elland Road via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Missing Yeadon woman

Police are appealing for information to trace an elderly Yeadon woman who has gone missing from home.

Maureen has been missing since Monday Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Maureen Atkinson, aged 79, has Alzheimer’s and heart trouble and her family are extremely concerned for her welfare.

She was reported missing on Monday and was last seen at Otley bus station at about 1.20pm having been in Yeadon shortly before that. She had caught a bus from Pontefract to Leeds earlier that morning.

She is described as white, with short grey hair, and was wearing a red three-quarter length coat and hat that is possibly grey and was pulling a dark blue shopping bag on wheels.

Firm fined £377,500 after worker's death

A specialist engineering company in Leeds has been ordered to pay £377,500 in fines and costs after protracted safety failings led to the death of a worker from fatal head injuries caused by a powered valve.

Graham Britten, 46, of Kippax, Leeds, was carrying out maintenance in a vacuum casting furnace at AETC Ltd in Yeadon when the main isolation valve closed suddenly, trapping his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident, in 2009, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

Leeds Crown Court was told today that HSE uncovered repeated failings by AETC Ltd ,The firm was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £77,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.


Village Green status for Yeadon Banks

An area of Leeds has had its Village Green status confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

After a long battle between residents and Leeds Group plc, the 12 acre Yeadon Banks site has been confirmed as a Village Green, meaning development work cannot take place.

Greg Mulholland MP has been supporting the residents.

“It is absolutely disgraceful that despite several years having passed since the application was initially submitted to register Yeadon Banks as a village green, Leeds Group PLC continued to oppose the application in an effort to free up the land for development, against the wishes of the local community.

– Greg Mulholland, MP