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Robbers escape with empty cash box

Three masked robbers held up a security van to steal a cash box - which they didn’t realise was empty.

Police are appealing for information to the robbery which happened in Leeds today.

At 12.25pm a security van was delivering cash to Heron Foods, in Harehills Lane, when the guard was approached by three masked men at the rear of the store on Cowper Mount.

One threatened him with a knife and demanded the cashbox he was carrying.

The men took the box, which they were unaware contained no cash, and drove off in a black car, believed to be a Ford Fiesta, towards Cowper Road.

The men were wearing either balaclavas or scarves across their faces.

One was carrying a red handled knife and another was wearing a black jacket with a yellow stripe on it.

Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said: “The victim received no injuries during the incident but was left understandably shaken by what happened.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries into this offence and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw the suspects or the vehicle in the area before the incident or escaping from the scene.

“The cashbox that was taken has not yet been recovered and we would like to hear from anyone who has found one abandoned in the vicinity or elsewhere.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime number 13170467868 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Today's most read stories

Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website so far today...

  • A cyclist has been killed after falling from his bike and being hit by a car. Read more here.
  • An entrepreneur has invited 17 of the town’s leading business figures to discuss whether or not they would support an application for Huddersfield to become a city. Read the full story here.
  • We’ve revealed some of the criminals from across Huddersfield who have been locked up for their crimes this month. Read all about it here.
Carr Lane, Penistone, where a cyclist was killed after being hit by a Land Rover
Carr Lane, Penistone, where a cyclist was killed after being hit by a Land Rover

"Scarecrow genocide"

It’s all kicking off in Lindley after this weekend’s scarecrow festival...

Match ban for fan who chanted offensive songs on train

A football fan has been banned from going to his team’s matches for three years after drunkenly singing abuse on a train.

Leeds fan Karl Dale, 1, was on a Metro train back from the Sunderland match on August 1 when he began chanting offensive songs and swearing. When he was asked to stop by officers on the train he became abusive. Due to his behaviour Dale was told to leave the train but when he refused, hurled more abuse and then began swinging his arms at officers, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Dale, of Woodside Drive, Morley, was also fined £167 plus costs after pleading guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
Elland Road Stadium

Police arrest man in connection with firebombing of car

Police have arrested a man in connection with the firebombing of a woman’s car.

Nataliee Simpson’s car was torched outside her home where her three young sons slept on Tuesday night last week.

A 25-year-old man has been questioned and released pending further investigation in connection with the incident.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference 13170460425.

Nataliee Simpson's car was destroyed after an arsonist smashed the windows and firebombed it in Dewsbury Moor
Nataliee Simpson's car was destroyed after an arsonist smashed the windows and firebombed it in Dewsbury Moor

Huddersfield police station escapes latest batch of police cuts

West Yorkshire Police are closing help desks at local police stations to save money.

It follows a public survey which found that most people now use the phone, social media or local meetings to contact police rather than going to their local station. Police stations at Huddersfield, Halifax and Dewsbury are to keep their desk for now, although the desks at Weetwood, Killingbeck, Morley, Bradford, Eccleshill, Shipley and Ilkley are to close in order to save money.

West Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable, John Robins said: “It’s well known that the Force’s budget must still be significantly reduced over the next four years and it is crucial that we continue to consider how best to use our resources to keep people safe and feeling safe.”

Huddersfield Police Station, Albion Street, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Police Station, Albion Street, Huddersfield.

Criminal psychology course at Huddersfield Uni attracts record numbers

A fascinating new course enrolled at the University of Huddersfield has been pulling in record numbers of students to come and study in our town.

The University says that the masters course in Investigative Psychology, which is similar to Forensic Psychology, has pulled in lots of overseas students interested in it. The course focuses on the application of psychology to the investigation process of crimes.

Topics include interview techniques, managing offenders and prison systems.

West Yorkshire Police are "exhausted" says Chief Cons Dee Collins
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

City status? Maybe not...

Should Huddersfield bid for city status? Not according to you.

After notable business leaders mooted the idea via the Examiner, reaction on social media has been largely negative. See what people had to say here.

Welcome to Huddersfield signs on the back of Town's Premier League status. This one is on Clough Lane in Rastrick
Welcome to Huddersfield signs on the back of Town's Premier League status. This one is on Clough Lane in Rastrick

Concerns for missing teenager

Have you seen missing Hayley Moore?

The 15-year-old was reported missing earlier this morning after she was seen leaving her home in Barnsley. Hayley, who has dark hair often worn in a bun, was last seen leaving the Austwick Walk area of Barnsley at around 5am. She is about 5ft 10ins tall and of a slim build. She is thought to be wearing blue jeans, a black coat, white Adidas trainers and carrying a large brown bag.

If you can help, please call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 148 of 9 October 2017.

Missing Hayley Moore
Missing Hayley Moore (Image: South Yorkshire Police)

National news

Here’s a midday round up of the main headlines from the rest of the country today...

CONCERNS OVER RISE IN CHILD ON CHILD SEX ABUSE FIGURES

An investigation has revealed a worrying increase in child on child abuse. The BBC Panorama investigation says the number os reported cases is rising, but that the official figures are “just the tip of the iceberg” as so many children are too scared to report abuse. Reports of sexual offences carried out by under-18s on other children in England and Wales rose by 71% to 7,866 between 3013 and 2017, according to figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN DISMISSED FROM WEINSTEIN COMPANY AFTER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed from the Weinstein Company with immediate effect “in light of new information about misconduct”, the board of directors has announced. The Hollywood studio had launched an inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment concerning the Academy Award-winning producer, who is one of its founders. A statement from the Weinstein Company Board of Representatives said: “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company - Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar - have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

BORDER FORCE OFFICER ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF SMUGGLING GUNS AND DRUGS

A serving Border Force officer was among a dozen people arrested on suspicion of smuggling guns and drugs into the UK.

The 36-year-old officer, from Dover, was detained by French police near Calais along with three other British citizens last Friday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said. They remain in custody. Authorities seized 11 guns - along with magazines and suppressors - alongside around 34kg of cocaine and 7kg of heroin.
Following the raid, eight men were arrested across Kent by Metropolitan Police detectives, the NCA said.

PICTURE POSED BY MODEL. File photo dated 31/07/14 of a silhouette of a person, as children are often left alone to deal with the "corrosive consequences" of abuse, a charity has warned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 27, 2016. The NSPCC said more must be done to give youngsters who have been abused better access to therapy. See PA story HEALTH Abuse. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
An investigation has found a worrying rise in reports of child on child sexual abuse

WATCH: Moment mum's car is firebombed by heartless arsonist

Here is the moment Nataliee Simpon’s car was torched by an arsonist as her children slept in the house just metres away.

The shocking footage was captured on a neighbour’s CCTV. Police are now investigating the attack ,which Nataliee believes is targeted.

Nataliee Simpson's car was destroyed after an arsonist smashed the windows and firebombed it in Dewsbury Moor
Nataliee Simpson's car was destroyed after an arsonist smashed the windows and firebombed it in Dewsbury Moor

Morrisons data leak case gets underway

Thousands of Morrisons staff are to sue the supermarket for damages following a data leak.

The case beginning at London’s High Court today follows a breach of security in 2014 when a former senior internal auditor at the retailer’s Bradford headquarters posted the payroll information of nearly 100,000 employees on the internet. This included their bank, salary and national insurance details, addresses and phone numbers.
The two-week trial, which is only concerned with the issue of liability, involves claims brought by 5,518 current and former staff who allege that Morrisons failed to prevent the leak.

Morrisons
Morrisons (Image: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Drink driver banned after being found nearly eight times over the legal limit

West Yorkshire Police said they caught one of the most intoxicated drivers they’d ever seen earlier this morning.

This driver was caught behind the wheel in Baildon with a breathalyser reading of 272mg of alcohol on his breath. The legal limit is 35. Not sure how this person could even remember their own name, let alone how to start a car.

An officer for WYP’s road policing unit said it was “the highest reading I’ve seen so far in 12 years”. Thankfully this driver is now off the roads.

Driver caught nearly eight times over the legal drink drive limit
Driver caught nearly eight times over the legal drink drive limit (Image: West Yorkshire Police RPU)

Arsonist firebombs car as children slept just yards away

A mum has appealed for help in finding the man who firebombed her car as her children slept just yards away.

Nataliee Simpson says her three young sons have been left traumatised after the man smashed her car windows and set it alight. The blaze even spread to nearby hedges, which are attached the family home on Moorcroft Road in Dewsbury Moor, meaning her young family’s safety were put at risk by the sickening act.

Nataliee, 25, said the blaze on Tuesday night last week followed a recent spate of car fires in the area which have been carried out “out of spite” due to ongoing unrest in the community.

Nataliee Simpson's car was destroyed after an arsonist smashed the windows and firebombed it in Dewsbury Moor
Nataliee Simpson's car was destroyed after an arsonist smashed the windows and firebombed it in Dewsbury Moor

Appeal to trace ATM thieves

Police have issued an appeal after thieves stole a cash machine from a Tesco store.

The ATM was pulled from the wall from the Express store on Wakefield Road in Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, at around 1.20am on Friday. The culprits caused “significant damage” to the building before making off with cash. Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact DC Craig Foulkes at Kirklees CID via 101 quoting 13170462257.

ATM thieves strike again at Tesco Express
ATM thieves strike again at Tesco Express (Image: Kirsty Goodward)

Huddersfield weather

Today’s forecast is looking fairly mild and dry.

Cloudy with some sunshine and tops of 15 degrees.

Fire behind Calderdale chip shop

Fire services attended a small blaze being a chip shop in Ripponden last night.

Services from Halifax attended the refuse fire behind the shop on Oldham Road. The incident was called in as a house fire although when services attended it was found that arsonists had set a pile of waste on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished with a hose reel and no damage was caused to the nearby buildings.

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page today. Our leading story is the renewed discussions over Huddersfield applying for city status.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy!

Cyclist killed after falling into path of car

A cyclist has died after a road accident near Penistone yesterday.

The 49-year-old man was cycling downhill long Carr Lane yesterday morning when he mounted a grassy verge at the side of the road and lost control, falling into the road as a car came past in the opposite direction.

The man was hit by the black Landrover Freelander near to the entrance of Carr Lane Farm. The man, from Barnsley, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers investigating the collision want to hear from anyone who saw what happened, and has not yet been in touch, to contact them.

If you can help, please call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 418 of 8 October 2017.

Carr Lane, Penistone
Carr Lane, Penistone

Missing man is safe, police say

Adrian Wolfenden who was reported missing from Meltham last night has been found safe and well.

Traffic update

Heavy fog on the M62 this morning over the tops, so drivers are being warned to take it easy. No major incidents to report though. The motorway is open and running as normal around junctions 28 and 29 following a HGV fire yesterday afternoon.

M62 from Saddleworth Bridge, going over Rishworth Moor (file picture)
M62 from Saddleworth Bridge, going over Rishworth Moor (file picture) (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Good morning, Huddersfield

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll also be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

Sunset over Marsden Moor from Wessenden Head
Sunset over Marsden Moor from Wessenden Head

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .