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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.

Police investigate suspicious reports of a man approaching a schoolboy

Police are investigating two instances of a man allegedly approaching a schoolboy in Birstall.

Yesterday a 10-year-old boy was approached by an unknown man who said he knew him. It happened at around 8:10am in Field Head Lane. The boy was not physically harmed, but he told a teacher about it when he arrived at school.

The same man is alleged to have approached the man after school on Tuesday 2 December and blocked his path. Again, the boy was not harmed but was concerned by the man's behaviour.

The man is described as being of skinny build and having a blue/green dragon tattoo on his left hand.

These incidents have understandably caused some concern for the boy involved and his family and we are working closely with them and the wider school community to offer advice and support. We would stress that no attempt has been made to harm or abduct the boy in either of these incidents but the child has found the man's behaviour worrying and it is important that we establish what has happened.

A key part of this is speaking to the man involved. We would urge him to get in contact with the police to explain his behaviour which he may not have realised the impact of.

– Detective Inspector Stephanie Wiseman, of Kirklees Safeguarding Unit

Doggy awareness week in Birstall

Dogs should have a waggy good time at Doggy Awareness Week

The Dogs Trust Advice and Adoption centre at Birstall is hosting a doggy awareness week to teach people about all aspects of dog ownership from nutrition to grooming. The adoption centre has been open for the past 18 months in the Pets at Home store and 33 dogs have been rehomed from the office.

Dogs that have been rehomed through the store are being invited back to take part in a celebratory picnic at the end of the awareness week.

Cafe customers lucky escape

Customers at cafe in West Yorkshire had a lucky escape this morning after a car ploughed through the shop's front window.

The gas mains were damaged and nearby buildings and flats had to be evacuated, while engineers worked to seal off the leak. The driver was not seriously injured but taken to hospital for checks. No-one else was injured. David Krolka runs the cafe.

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