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Neighbours rescue ambulance stuck in snow in Halifax

Neighbours came to the rescue when an ambulance got stuck in the snow in Halifax.

In slippery conditions, one 4x4 driver towed the emergency vehicle while others provided an escort on foot.

They managed to get the ambulance out of trouble in the incident, which happened on Keighley Road.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service was unable to provide details of the original call-out but paid tribute to those who helped.

John McSorley, divisional commander of A&E operations, said: "The blizzard conditions we faced overnight were challenging in some locations across the region and we’d like to pass on our sincere thanks to the passers-by who kindly helped our staff when they encountered difficult driving conditions. We’re very grateful for their assistance.”

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Body found in hunt for 'crossbow killer'

Police hunting the "crossbow killer" of a man in East Yorkshire have discovered a body this evening.

Humberside Police launched a huge manhunt for 55 year old Anthony Lawrence following the murder of Shane Gilmer, 30 and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden on Friday.

Laura's injuries were not life threatening and she and the baby are in a stable condition in hospital.

"We can confirm that at around 6pm this evening (Sunday 14 January) officers discovered the body of a man believed to be 55 year old Anthony Lawrence, in a vehicle in a rural location in North Yorkshire.

"Mr Lawrence was wanted in relation to the murder of Shane Gilmer (30) and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden on Friday 12 January.

"Since Friday evening we have been carrying out extensive enquiries into Mr Lawrence's whereabouts, which led to the location in North Yorkshire, upon where officers discovered a body.

"We are being supported by North Yorkshire Police as part of our wider investigation."

– Humberside Police spokesperson

Detectives confirmed that a crossbow was found at the scene of a murder which took place in the hamlet of Southburn near Driffield on Friday night..

They also revealed earlier today that they had recovered a car linked to him – a blue Vauxhall Mevira – which was being examined by forensic officers.

Two fight for life after Sheffield bar stabbing

Two men are fighting for their lives after a New Year's Day knife attack in a Sheffield bar.

The men, both in their 20s, were among five injured when violence flared at Crystal on Carver Street at around 2.20am this morning.

The five men were all taken to hospital with knife or slash wounds, with two of the victims said to have suffered life threatening injuries. Their conditions are described as critical but stable.

The other three men were treated for superficial injuries.

"A number of people have been injured following an incident in Sheffield city centre overnight.

"At around 2.20am this morning, emergency services were called to Crystal Bar in Carver Street in the city centre, following reports of an altercation in which several people had suffered stab or slash wounds.

"Five men in their 20s were taken to hospital, where three of the men were found to have superficial injuries.

"Two of the men suffered life-threatening injuries and remain in hospital in a critical but stable condition

"An investigation is in its early stages and officers remain in the Carver Street area carrying out enquiries."

– South Yorkshire Police spokesperson

Crime scene investigation officers are carrying out a search of the bar today and CCTV footage is being examined in a bid to trace those involved.

The police have closed the bar and a copy of a temporary closure notice has been posted outside Crystal. The notice states that the closure is needed to 'prevent nuisance or disorder' associated with the venue.

The closure of the bar will be discussed tomorrow by Sheffield magistrates.

Walk your way into the New Year

Exercisers can start the New Year off with a walk which offers a full body workout!

Two new ‘Nordic Walking’ classes are being set up in both Northallerton and Thirsk.

“Nordic Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. “It burns more calories than regular walking, improves posture and co-ordination, allows the cardiovascular training intensity of jogging without the high impact and can alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

“The use of poles gives a work out to the upper body as well as the legs. The poles help propel the walker along, meaning they work harder than normal but with the support of the poles it feel easier. Its sociable and fun, so come along and have a go!”

– David Earl, Hambleton District Council’s Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing

The hour long taster sessions led by qualified and experienced Nordic Walking instructor run every: Wednesday in Thirsk from 10 – 11am, starting at Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre and every Thursday in Northallerton from 12 – 1pm, starting at Northallerton Leisure Centre.

£2 per session, poles will be provided but spaces are limited.

To book and for further details contact David Earl on 01609 767202.

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Two arrested in Boxing day incident

Two men were arrested early Boxing Day morning after police were called by ambulance workers to a house in Spalding where a man had been injured.

A 30-year-old man was taken from the property in Juniper Crescent at 3am to Peterborough General Hospital where he is detained with what are thought to be non-life threatening injuries.

Two men aged 32 and 29 were arrested for causing GBH and will be questioned today.

150-plus arrested for drink & drug driving in festive crackdown

More than 150 people have been arrested for drink or drug driving offences in West Yorkshire so far this December.

The arrests form part of the Force’s festive campaign, Not The Usual Suspects, which seeks to remind the public that anyone, regardless of their age, gender or background could be a drink driver.

Since December 1, 158 people have been arrested by the Force, with 58% of those being subsequently charged.

Of the 158 arrests, 33 of those were for drug driving offences. Three of the 33 have been charged to date with others awaiting the results of further tests.

Of those charged, 22 were from Bradford, 10 from Calderdale, 16 from Kirklees, 26 from Leeds and 17 from Wakefield.

“Three weeks in to the campaign, we have seen over 150 motorists arrested, with 33 of those for drug driving offences.

“As we head in to the Christmas weekend I would remind people to consider their travelling arrangements if they are out and about and not to drink or drug drive.

“No one wants an officer on their doorstep telling them their loved one is never coming home, especially not due to a drink or drug driver.

“Our message remains the same as before. If you are out and about this Christmas, assign a designated driver, book a taxi or use public transport to get home. Don’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. The results could be life changing for you, your passengers or other road users around you.

“We would much rather people didn’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or consuming drugs, however we have teams of officers policing the county to arrest those that do. The likelihood is that if you do drink or take drugs and drive this December, there is a very good chance you will be stopped by the police and action taken against you.

“I continue to urge people to consider the very real, and often devastating consequences of drink or drug driving, and for them to think again. It quite simply isn’t worth the risk.”

“We want everyone travelling on our roads this Christmas to be safe. The consequences of drink or drug driving could be devastating. Do the right thing, and don’t drink or drug drive.”

– Sgt Gary Roper, West Yorkshire Roads Policing Support Unit

Xmas Day murder probe launched in Barnsley

Police are investigating following the discovery of a man’s body in the Worsbrough area of Barnsley this morning.

Just before 9.40am, police were called by ambulance staff to a property in Mayfield Crescent, where the body of a 30-year-old man was found.

At this time, the cause of death is not known and a post-mortem is expected to be carried out later this evening.

A 27-year-old woman who was also at the property has been arrested on suspicion of murder and currently remains in police custody.

Officers remain in the area carrying out enquiries to ascertain the exact circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

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