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Two men arrested after Leeds market evacuation
Two men have been arrested following an incident which led to the evacuation of Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Police and an Army bomb disposal team were scrambled to the market in Leeds city centre at around 10.20am following reports of a suspicious package.
A cordon and road closures were put in place before emergency services declared the item safe shortly before 3.30pm.
Two men, aged 26 and 30, from Leeds, have since been arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal in relation to the contents of the bag.
Chf Supt Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said: “We always treat any incident of this nature very seriously, particularly given recent events and the nationwide heightened focus of the threat of terrorism.
“This morning we quickly put appropriate measures in place to keep people safe while this incident was dealt with.
“Clearly this caused significant disruption to people living and working in the city centre and to local businesses and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and support.
“We would also like to recognise the work of our key partner agencies, particularly the Army bomb disposal team, in bringing today’s incident to a safe conclusion.
“We recognise that people’s awareness of potentially suspicious items in public places has been heightened by the recent terrorist incident in London, and we continue to encourage the public to remain alert but not alarmed and report any suspicious activity or concerns to the police.”
Man kicked unconscious after confronting yobs in McDonald's
Detectives have released CCTV images of a male they would like to speak to following a serious assault at McDonald’s, Wakefield Road Retail Park on Monday evening at around 8pm.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was at the restuarant with his dad when a group of youths were acting in an antisocial manner.
Staff ejected the group from the restaurant but they remained outside the premises and were reported to be making gestures at the victim and his son.
The victim approached the main suspect in the group outside the front doors to ask him to stop.
The victim’s dad, who is in his 50s, followed his son outside.
The suspect then confronted the man in his 50s and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.
His son was then assaulted by the group, who kicked him repeatedly and caused him to lose consciousness. The group then fled the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 quoting crime reference 13170432380.
Full story on man trapped underneath car
A 60-year-old man who became trapped underneath a blue Ford car in Mountain Road, Thornhill, Dewsbury, has suffered a serious injury to his left leg, police have said.
West Yorkshire Police said they were called to the incident at 2.52pm.
Two fire engines from Dewsbury and the technical rescue unit from Cleckheaton freed the man.
It is not yet known how the man became stuck under the vehicle.
A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said fire crews were called at 2.49pm and having rescued the man firefighters handed him over to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Dewsbury Crew Commander, Andrew Rockliff, said: “It took us around 15-20 minutes to extricate him and at this moment in time we have no idea how this happened.
“The police have taken away the vehicle for examination. He has suffered a serious cut.”
Leeds Market incident not terror related
Cordons are in the process of being lifted.
Leeds Kirkgate Market remains closed at this time.
The incident is not terrorism related, emergency services have said.
Man stuck under car suffers serious leg injury
A 60-year-old man, who became partially trapped underneath a blue Ford car in Mountain Road, Thornhill, Dewsbury, this afternoon, suffered a seriously leg injury, police have said.
Man stuck under car is rescued
A 60-year-old man became partially trapped underneath a car in Mountain Road, Thornhill, Dewsbury, at 2.49pm.
Two fire engines from Dewsbury and the technical rescue unit from Cleckheaton freed the man.
It is not yet known how the man became stuck under the vehicle.
Scene is clearing in Leeds
Reports are saying the cordon is now being lifted in Leeds city centre...
A source has told us that the incident is “nothing to worry about”, but that police were taking extra precautions due to heightened security. We should have more on this soon.
Update on incidents in Leeds city centre
A bit of an update on both incidents in Leeds city centre this afternoon.
Police say the incident at Leeds Kirkgate Market is ongoing - the Army bomb disposal unit remain at the scene investigating the package reported earlier this morning.
The man spotted atop the NCP car park on Albion Street has been talked down and is safe and well.
Today's top stories
Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website today...
- Police have cordoned off an area of Leeds city centre after a suspicious package was found at Leeds Kirkgate Market. See our story on this here.
- A man has spoken of his anger after buying an eight-acre farm in Cumberworth - only to find it was more than two acres short. Read more about our front page story here.
- Seven goals scored in seven league and cup outings by Huddersfield Town so far is the statistic uppermost in the thoughts of fans. Read more here.
Police scare is "terrible for business"
A market worker at Kirkgate Market has told of the moment everyone was evacuated.
The worker from Fat Annie’s Street Food said all market traders were told by police to pack up and leave.
He said: “It’s terrible for livelihood and business.”
Baby unit celebrates its first birthday
A lovely bit of news in the midst of some worrying stories breaking this afternoon.
It’s one year today the birth unit was opened at Dewsbury District Hospital by Jo Cox’s family. Some of its first babies will be ready to celebrate their own first birthdays soon! Their mums have been visiting the hospital this afternoon to mark the occasion.
Officers trying to negotiate man off car park roof
In a seemingly unrelated incident, police are currently trying to get a man to come down off the roof of a car park on Albion Street in Leeds.
Police say they were alerted at 1pm by a concerned member of the public. Hopefully police will manage to talk him down.
Concerns for missing woman last seen at hospital
Have you seen missing Cathryn Holdsworth? Police are concerned for her welfare after she was reported missing from Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Cathryn, 72, from Illingworth, was alst seen at the hospital on Friday, September 8, although police have only just put something out. She’d described as around 5”2” tall and of medium build. She has very short speckled grey hair and dark glasses. She may be wearing a dark green coloured fleece.
Cathryn has been living in Halifax, however she is may have contacts across West Yorkshire and nationally. Anyone who has seen or heard from her is asked to call police via 101.
Bomb squad on the premises
Eyewitnesses say a bomb disposal unit have now been brought in at Leeds Market.
Here’s a brief scan at what else is going on on this crazy planet today...
CENTRAL MEXICO ROCKED BY 7.1 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE
More than 220 people have died in a powerful earthquake which hit central Mexico, cracking building facades and scattering rubble in the capital on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers streaming into the streets, but the full extent of the damage was not yet clear. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles south east of Mexico City.
PM GIVES TECH GIANTS ONE MONTH TO MOVE ON TERROR PROPAGANDA
Internet companies are being given one month to show they are taking serious action to limit the availability of terrorist propaganda online. At a special meeting in New York on Wednesday, world leaders including Theresa May will challenge the companies to develop technological fixes to take down terrorist material within one to two hours. Interior ministers from the G7 group of leading nations will meet in Rome on October 20 to decide whether enough progress has been made.
PARSONS GREEN BOMBING PROBE SPREADS TO WALES AS POLICE MAKE THIRD ARREST
A third man has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said. The 25-year-old was held in a counter-terrorism raid in Newport, South Wales, shortly after 7pm on Tuesday. Witnesses to the arrest described officers “jumping” a man who was put into a police car and driven away.
GOVERNMENT DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE MARIA, SAYS MAY
Theresa May has said the Government is doing “everything possible” to prepare to help British overseas territories with the “unprecedented” challenge of two category five hurricanes in close succession. Speaking during her visit to New York, the Prime Minister said that the UK was in a “strong position” to respond quickly when Hurricane Maria hits, as more than 1,300 British troops and Royal Navy assets are already in the region helping with the recovery from Hurricane Irma.
Council told to evacuate the market
The BBC are reporting that Leeds City Council were told to shut down Kirkgate Market.
It’s after a suspicious package was found on the site earlier this morning. Officers are now investigating and a cordon is still in place.
Pictures from the scene
Here are some pictures from the scene...
Leeds city centre cordoned off after reports of 'suspicious package' found
Police have shut off one of the main streets in Leeds city centre after a ‘suspicious package’ was found.
Leeds City Market has been evacuated with Vicar Lane cordoned off and police investigate. More on this as we get it.
Yorkshire named top in the UK for cycling!
Yorkshire’s reputation as a world-class region for cycling has received an extra boost after being named as top in the UK by an international cycling board.
Our region has received an award from the Union Cycliste International (UCI) at a glitzy ceremony in Bergen, Norway.
We are one of five areas named top in the world by the UCI, including Fyn in Denmark, Gelderland in Holland, Heusden-Zolder in Belium and Woensdrecht, also in Holland.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We are thrilled that Yorkshire has been granted UCI Bike Region status and it is testament to the great work that has been done – and continues to be done – across the county.”
Police figures show number of deaths in local waterways
Police have revealed the number of deaths in the region’s waterways over the past year.
A Freedom of Information request showed officers attended 10 incidents of people found dead in canals, rivers and lakes in West Yorkshire between July last year and this year. None of these were deemed suspicious.
It comes after a period in which the number of bodies found in local canals and rivers drew attention from residents.
Four people were found dead in both canals and the River Calder between March and August last year. The figures given by police do not include another man’s body found in the Calder Hebble Navigation at Thornhill Lees on July 5.
WATCH: Police chief sends out Jewish New Year message
Hundreds of Jewish people in Huddersfield and across West Yorkshire will be celebrating the new calendar year tonight.
WYP’s Chief Constable Dee Collins has released this message of well wishes from the force to the Jewish community, as well as an appeal for anyone interested in a career with police.
Chief Con Collins said police we “aware of current events” and were putting out “extra patrols to make sure everyone stays safe”.
Latest list of country's top baby names have been revealed
Olivia has stolen back the crown for being the UK’s most popular baby name, a survey has revealed.
Amelia has been named the most common name given to newborns for the past five years, after Olivia stayed at the top of the list between 2008 to 2010.
Meanwhile, Oliver kept its title for being the most popular boys’ name.
Four new entries, Felicity, Iris, Luna and Lydia, entered the top 100 for girls’ names last year, replacing Bethany, Hollie, Katie and Lacey.
Albie, Arlo, Ezra, Finn, Jasper and Jesse entered the top 100 names for baby boys in 2016, replacing Callum, Connor, Jamie, Kian, Seth and Sonny which were in the top 100 in 2015.
Efit released in assault appeal
Do you recognise this man? Kirklees police have this morning released this efit after an assault.
The attack was reported to police on Thursday, August 29. Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police via 101 quoting crime reference 13170399235.
A fairly pleasant day ahead of us today - no clear skies but we’re set for some warm weather in the Hudd.
Today’s forecast is for dry weather with cloudy skies and temperatures up to 18 degrees. Leave your coats at home!
Today's front page
Our main story today is about Andrew Watson, who is warning land buyers after being left two acres short buying a farm in Cumberworth.
Traffic is slow on Trinity Street
Another travel update for you...
Beautiful sunrise this morning captured from Mirfield
Officers cook for elderly lady struggling with loneliness
Here’s a lovely bit of news to ease you into Wednesday...
Two West Yorkshire Police officers made a meal for an elderly lady living alone when she told them she had no one to talk to.
Pcs White Travis and Hollingworth, who are based in Dewsbury, were called to the lady’s house yesterday afternoon. But what turned out to be a routine call ended up in a little TLC when they made her scrambled eggs on toast kept her company. Well done, ladies!
Man charged with murder of missing man
Police investigating the disappearance of Tyron Charles have charged a man with murder.
Mr Charles has not been seen for two weeks and police say they have found evidence to suggest he has come to “serious harm”. Officers have been searching in the Denholme area near Bradford, where Mr Charles is from, over recent days.
James Sutcliffe, 28 of Hill Crest View, will appear before Bradford Magistrates Court today morning charged with Tyron’s murder. A 60-year-old man who was arrested as part of the investigation has been released from police custody without charge.
Arsonists set van on fire
Fire fighters were called to Dalton in the early hours of this morning after a van was set alight by arsonists.
Two fire engines from Huddersfield Fire Station attended Dalton Green Lane where the Transit van was on fire outside the owner’s home at about 1.15am. The fire is thought to have been deliberately started and police were notified.
No one was in the vehicle at the time and nobody was injured in the small fire, which was quickly extinguished.