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Woman sexually assaulted in Leeds

Police are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was sexually assaulted in Leeds in the early hours of this morning (14 August).

At about 5am outside the Palace pub near Maude Street in the city centre, a 19-year-old woman was approached by a white man while she was making her way home after a night out. She told the man to go away but he persisted in following her, before then pushing her against the wall of the Palace pub off Kirkgate.

The victim resisted and the male then pushed her into bushes on the edge of the Maude Street car park. A female passer-by then spotted the attack and shouted at the man causing him to flee the scene. He was described as a white, around 20-30 years old and of medium build with fair brown hair.

"This was clearly a terrifying incident for the victim who is being supported by specially trained officers today. She received some visible physical injuries and was extremely distressed by what took place.

"It is important we locate this suspect as soon as possible and I would ask anyone who saw a man fitting the description walking alongside the victim near the Palace pub, or the same man fleeing the scene to contact us.

"Anyone who can assist is asked to contact myself at Leeds District CID on 101 quoting log 197 of August 14."

– Detective Sergeant Mark Atkinson of Leeds District CID

Police investigate sexual assault in Halifax

Police are investigating a report of a serious sexual assault on an 18-year-old female which is alleged to have taken place in the Bank Bottom area of Halifax on Thursday afternoon (4/6/15).

‘‘A 19-year-old local man was arrested last night in connection with the investigation and he remains in police custody.

‘‘The victim is being supported by specially trained officers, and while I understand that incidents like this are understandably disturbing, I would like to reassure local people that we do not believe there is any wider danger to members of the public.

‘‘A scene remains in place at the present time as officers continue to forensically examine the area. Patrols by neighbourhood officers have also been increased in the area to reassure local residents.’’

– Detective Inspector Sharon Hewitt, from Calderdale District CID


Man loses sight in one eye after assault in Doncaster

Police in Doncaster are appealing for information after a 31-year-old man was seriously injured in an alleged assault in Hexthorpe.

The man was attacked by several people in Ramsden Road at the junction with Laughton Road last Monday.

The 31-year-old victim has now lost his sight in one eye.

One of the men alleged to have carried out the attack is described as being white, in his early 20s, of medium build, around 6ft tall, with short dark hair.

Another man is described as being white, of muscular build, over 6ft tall, with short dark hair that was brushed forwards.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and a 41-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Both have been bailed.

Anyone with information can call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1365 of 17 March or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Violent assault in Sheffield

Police are asking for witnesses to a violent robbery which took place in the Hunters Bar area of Sheffield to come forward.

A student was assaulted by a group of men and suffered a broken jaw between 12.30am and 1.30am on Sunday. The 18-year-old was dropped off by a black cab close to Hunters Bar, where he was then attacked by a group of four or five men, who are described as being Asian and Afro-Caribbean.

The first-year psychology student also had some of his teeth knocked out, as well as his wallet stolen.

Contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

West Yorkshire police officer suspended after alleged assault

A police officer has been suspended from duty after he was charged with an assault in a pub.

Detective Sergeant Paul Whiteley, 50, who works for the West Yorkshire force, has been charged by North Yorkshire Police following an incident at Fylingthorpe, near Whitby, last month.

The detective is due in court next week alongside Claire Hughes, who is not thought to be a police officer.

Whiteley is thought to have been off-duty at the time of the alleged incident. It is understood he works for West Yorkshire's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Both defendants are due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates' Court next Wednesday.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that Det Sgt Whiteley had been suspended.

"North Yorkshire Police can confirm that a man and a woman have been charged with assault following an altercation at a pub in Fylingthorpe near Whitby on 29 May 2013.

"A 50-year-old man from Grange Moor, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and a 42-year-old woman from Lawrence Street, York, have both been charged with assault following the incident which involved another man and a woman who sustained minor injuries."

– North Yorkshire Police spokesman

Sexual assault in Halifax

One of the men police in Halifax want to speak to - he may have spoken to the victim

Police are seeking witnesses after a report of a serious sexual assault in Halifax on a 19-year-old woman on Friday.

West Yorkshire Police want to speak to four men who are believed to have been near the scene and possibly spoke to the victim. It is thought they may have information about what happened.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Jon Morgan, said: "Despite the time of the day there were plenty of people around Halifax town centre at the time. If you were one of those people then please come forward with information."

Anyone who has information should call 101.


Serious assault in Spalding

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in an attack in Lincolnshire.

The man suffered head head injuries after the attack, on Sunday in Spalding, and is now in the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Two local men, aged 17 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH and are currently assisting police with inquiries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101.

Man seriously injured in Scarborough assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Scarborough which left a man with serious injuries.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary suffering from head injuries following the incident outside Scholar’s Bar on Somerset Terrace at around 11pm last night.

His condition is today described as critical.

Officers were called to the scene of a large disturbance outside the bar which led to the man being injured.

A 22-year-old man was arrested close to the scene and is currently in police custody for questioning.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.

Search for man in connection with sexual assault in Whitby

Gheorghe Mighali

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for help to find a man in connection with a sexual assault on a teenage girl in Whitby last weekend.

Detectives want to speak to Gheorghe Mighali, 27, of no fixed abode, to help the investigation.

He is known to have visited the Whitby area on or around Tuesday March 5. He was seen in Middlesbrough on Thursday March 7, in Hartlepool on Friday and Newcastle the following Tuesday.

The incident in Whitby occurred in the Stakesby Road and Station Avenue area between 9pm and 10pm on Saturday March 9.

The victim, who is aged in her mid-teens, was approached and sexually assaulted by an unknown man.

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