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Pilot arrested at Leeds Bradford Airport

An airline pilot is in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of being drunk while in charge of a plane.

At about 10pm police were called to Leeds Bradford International Airport where they arrested an airline pilot on suspicion of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink.

The 54-year-old man, from Pakistan, is currently in custody.

– Spokesman for West Yorkshire Police



Suspected drunk pilot arrested at Yorkshire airport

The captain of a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Islamabad is currently being held on suspicion of being drunk while in charge of a plane.

The 54-year-old pilot, from Pakistan, was arrested around 10 o'clock last night apparently while making pre-flight checks in the cockpit of the Airbus 310 aircraft.

All 180 passengers on board at the time had to be taken off the plane and put up overnight in a hotel.

The pilot is currently being held on suspicion of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink.

Teen's family thank public after she is found

The family of Erika Kacicova, the 13-year-old found in Bradford a week after going missing from her home in Sheffield, thanked the police and public for their help in searching for her.

Speaking exclusively to Daybreak, the teenager's aunt spoke on behalf of Erika's mother Jana and sister Bozena about the relief they felt when she was found "safe and well".

Police: 'Huge sense of relief' after finding missing teen

South Yorkshire Police Detective Inspector Helen Tate said she felt a "huge sense of relief" after finding missing Erika Kacicova in Bradford city centre.

Erika Kacicova. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

She added that she could not say what has happened to the 13-year-old over the last week and confirmed that four men and one woman from Bradford are in custody on suspicion of child abduction.

Det Insp Tate added she was "overwhelmed" by the public's response to the appeals and said Erika had not seen her family yet, but they had been informed of her discovery.


Missing teen in care of police officers in Bradford

The family of missing teenager Erika Kacicova, who has been found "safe and well" in Bradford today, have been told she is in the care of police officers, South Yorkshire Police said.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate added:

It’s fantastic news that we now have Erika, safe and well and a successful conclusion to the search for Erika.

Our primary aim now is to concentrate on Erika’s wellbeing and begin to piece together her movements since she left home last Monday.

We are working with local authority and partner agencies for the appropriate support for Erika and to assist with the investigation.

I have personally been overwhelmed by the way the public and the media have responded to our appeals and I am extremely grateful for their help and support throughout this investigation.

– Detective Inspector Helen Tate

Police's Slovak appeal in bid to find missing teen

Police searching for missing 13-year-old Erika Kacicova have released a YouTube appeal in her native language Slovak in a bid to find her.

South Yorkshire Police are concerned the appeals to find Erika may not have been heard by people who speak Slovak.

The search for the missing teenager has now entered its second week with a 37-year-old man arrested today on suspicion of child abduction.

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