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Police 'urgently' looking for man who may be in Manchester

West Yorkshire Police are urgently appealing for information to trace a Horbury man who may have been in the Stalybridge area of Greater Manchester.

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Leeds District CID would like to speak to anyone who has seen or has information about John Slaughter, 59, who was reported missing on Monday.

John was last seen leaving St James Hospital at about 6.38pm on Monday and authorities are very concerned for his welfare.

The 59-year-old, is described as white male, medium build, 5ft 10, with brown/grey hair in a shaved style.

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He was last seen wearing navy jeans, hospital gown and a red jacket.

Officers believe he may well have recently been in Stalybridge.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson of Leeds District CID, said:

We are very concerned for John's welfare as he may be in need of medical assistance and would urge him or anyone who has information to contact us.

A number of enquiries have been ongoing around St James Hospital area in Leeds, at John's address in Horbury and we are continuing to search for him in both locations as well as the Greater Manchester area.

– Detective Inspector Phil Jackson
  • Anyone who has heard from John or has any information at all is asked to contact Leeds District CID at West Yorkshire Police on 101 referencing log number 1515 of May 15.


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Tributes to tragic hen party teenager

Tributes have been pouring in for an 18-year-old woman who was killed in a horrific motorway accident in West Yorkshire. Bethany Jones, died when the minibus she was travelling in was in collision with a HGV lorry on the M62 near Pontefract.

The group of women on the minibus were on their way to a hen party in Liverpool. 21 women were injured including the bride-to-be, named in newspaper reports as Stefanie Firth.

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Campaigner: Bettison should be 'stripped of his honours'

The chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group has reacted to the IPCC's finding that former West Yorkshire police chief Sir Norman Bettison "has a case to answer" for his actions in the wake of the Hillsborough report.

Margaret Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son, James, in the disaster, said it was "another step on the road to justice" for the 96 victims.

"In the IPCC's own words, this was gross misconduct and, in my mind, that is a very serious offence and the fact that he resigned should not mean that this report is the end of it"

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Credit: Press Association

"We want to see him stripped of his honours - his knighthood and his Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University.

"I believe he resigned to protect his pension and his behaviour has shown he is not deserving of that pension."

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Bettison had case to face for 'abuse of authority'

Former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Sir Norman Bettison would "have a case to answer for gross misconduct" over his dealings with his police authority following the publication of a damning report on the Hillsborough disaster, according to the police watchdog.

The investigation focused on contact between Sir Norman, Fraser Sampson (the Chief Executive of WYPA) and Mark Burns-Williamson (Chair of WYPA).

Sir Norman Bettison resigned from the West Yorkshire Police last October. Credit: Press Association

The IPCC concluded Sir Norman had a case to answer for discreditable conduct and abuse of authority, breaches which, if proven in a disciplinary hearing, would amount to gross misconduct as they would justify dismissal.

However, as Sir Norman left the police service in October 2012 he cannot face a disciplinary hearing in which the evidence could be tested. Instead the IPCC is publishing its findings for the public to judge.