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Batley MP in 'critical condition'

Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox is in a critical condition after being attacked at an advice surgery.

Jo Cox is in a critical condition Credit: ITV News

At 12.53 today, police were called to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition.

A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries.

Armed officers attended and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area. There are no further details at present.

Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community.

– West Yorkshire Police


Driver sought after man injured in roadside punch-up

Detectives in Kirklees are appealing to trace a driver involved in a fight after a traffic dispute which left another driver injured.

The incident happened at about 2.30pm on Thursday in Gelderd Road near Birstall Retail Park.

A 24-year-old man who was driving a grey Ford Fusion car had an altercation with the driver of a silver/grey Ford Focus. The men fought and the 24-year-old was injured by the other man's car as he drove away. He is currently being treated in hospital.

The Focus driver was described as being olive-skinned, of average build with a big nose, black hair which was short on the sides and longer on top. He was wearing a black body warmer and jeans. He also had a foreign accent and spoke in broken English.

"We are keen to trace the other driver, who we believe may have been injured during the fight, to speak to him about the circumstances of the incident. We are appealing directly to him to contact us at the earliest opportunity.

"This incident took place on a busy arterial route at a time of day when there will have been a number of people in the area. I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation to contact us immediately."

– Det. Insp. Stef Wiseman, Kirklees CID

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Oliver Scoones at Kirklees District CID via 101, or alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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