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Woman charged with knifepoint robberies on lone females
Detectives investigating a series of knifepoint street robberies on lone women in Leeds have charged a woman with four offences.
Darrell Demetrius, aged 40, of Greenwood Mount, Meanwood, was arrested by officers from Leeds District Crime Team following an appeal for information last week.
She has been charged with three counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery in relation to incidents which occurred in the Meanwood and Headingley areas between October 13 and October 24 this year.
She appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Thursday last week and was remanded in custody pending a further hearing.
Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following shooting
A man has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder by armed officers on Albion Street, off The Headrow, at around 1.30pm this afternoon after a 22-year-old was shot at in broad daylight last weekend.
He is the sixth man to be arrested in connection with the incident, in Beeston, on Saturday afternoon (October 28).
Another man was arrested in an armed operation at a home in Whinmoor in the early hours of this morning.
Four other men were arrested this afternoon when armed officers stopped a vehicle in Bradford.
Police say a 22-year-old man was sitting in his BMW on Back Maud Avenue, at the junction with Maud Place, when a black Volkswagen Passat pulled up at around 2pm on Saturday.
A shotgun was fired at the car, damaging the bonnet and windscreen.
The victim, who was not injured, repeatedly rammed the Passat and drove off. The Passat was later found burnt out in Cardinal Square.
Police are investigating whether the incident is linked to another shooting on Maud Avenue in Beeston on Wednesday, October 11.
Two men were left with minor injuries when a shotgun was fired at the car.
Det Chief Insp Jaz Khan, of West Yorkshire Police’s Firearms Prevent Team, said: “Both of these incidents could have had far more serious consequences and are being treated as attempted murders.
“We believe these have been targeted attacks linked to an ongoing dispute.
“We have a team of specialist detectives, supported by firearms officers, who are continuing to carry out enquiries into these incidents and our investigations are progressing positively with the arrests we have seen today.
“We would however still like to hear from anyone with any information that could assist the investigation, particularly if they have any knowledge of the wider circumstances surrounding these incidents.
“We would remind people that the independent charity Crimestoppers can be used as a secure and anonymous way of passing on information.
“The criminal use of firearms on our streets is something we will always treat very seriously and we will do everything we can to identify those responsible and will also take appropriate action to prevent any further incidents.
“Officers from the local neighbourhood team are aware and will be conducting increased patrols of the area to reassure the community and will be distributing leaflets to homes in the area to encourage people to contact us with information.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime number 13170501767, or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
West Yorkshire Police duo in High Court saga
A High Court judge is analysing a dispute between a retired police chief and a police and crime commissioner.
Mark Gilmore, former chief constable of West Yorkshire, says West Yorkshire police commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has unfairly failed to decide whether he has a “case to answer” after misconduct allegations were made.
Mr Gilmore wants Mr Justice Supperstone to order Mr Burns-Williamson to “make a case to answer decision”.
Mr Burns-Williamson says Mr Gilmore’s claim is “disingenuous”.
The judge is overseeing a trial at the High Court in London.
Lawyers say the judge will have to decide whether a legislation requires a police commissioner to make a “case to answer decision” when the officer who was under investigation has retired.
Mr Gilmore’s retirement as chief constable was announced during the summer of 2016. He had been suspended in 2014 following allegations about his relationship with a car dealership.
Jeremy Johnson QC, who is representing Mr Gilmore, told the judge in a written case outline that a police watchdog and prosecutors had found “no evidence of wrongdoing” following separate inquiries.
Mr Johnson said all Mr Gilmore was asking for was for Mr Burns-Williamson to make a decision on the investigation he initiated.
John Beggs QC, who is representing Mr Burns-Williamson, said Mr Gilmore’s claim was “disingenuous”.
“But for (his) decision to retire he would have received the decision,” said Mr Beggs in a written case outline.
“Further, he knew what the decision would be, which is precisely why he retired when he did, taking his pension and avoiding any further investigation or public misconduct hearing.
“His claim is disingenuous.”
The hearing is expected to end on Wednesday.
Rush hour travel round-up
Here’s the lastest on the roads:
1) Queueing traffic on A62 Leeds Road Westbound between Old Fieldhouse Lane and Bradley Mills Road. In the roadworks area.
Temporary traffic lights are in operation.
2) Heavy traffic on A629 Huddersfield Road in both directions between Heath Royd and Jubilee Road, congestion on A646 Skircoat Moor Road to Skircoat Green Road. In the roadworks area.
There are multiple road restrictions in place including temporary traffic lights and lane restrictions.
3) M62: Slow traffic on M62 in both directions at J27 M621 / A650 / A62 (Gildersome).
4) Slow traffic on A62 Manchester Road Westbound at B6432 St Thomas’ Road, congestion to Outcote Bank / Bankfield Road.
Family of murdered teacher challenge court ruling
The family of murdered school teacher Ann Maguire are anxious that “all lessons” should be learned from her tragic death at the hands of a pupil, leading judges have heard.
But her husband Don and children believe that a forthcoming inquest will not provide any “meaningful” public airing of the circumstances of her murder, their lawyer said at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.
An inquest into Mrs Maguire’s death is due to take place before a jury at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on November 13.
Mrs Maguire’s family are challenging a West Yorkshire coroner’s decision not to call evidence from pupils who had contact with Mrs Maguire’s schoolboy killer immediately before her murder.
The proceedings follow the family’s defeat at the High Court in August.
Nick Armstrong, representing the family, told Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lord Justice Treacy and Lord Justice Hickinbottom: “This is the only occasion on which a teacher has been killed by a pupil in a British classroom.”
They wanted Mr Justice Holroyde to order the decision taken by assistant West Yorkshire coroner Kevin McLoughlin to be reconsidered but the judge dismissed their application for judicial review earlier this year.
The 61-year-old teacher was stabbed in the back by 15-year-old Will Cornick as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April 2014. Cornick was later sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years.
Yogi Amin, a partner at law firm Irwin Mitchell, who represents the family, said in a statement: “This appeal represents the next step in the family’s long-running battle to attain a full and fair inquest into the murder of Ann.”
The hearing continues.
Police incident in Leeds
Armed police have surrounded a car in Leeds city centre as a man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder this afternoon.
Officers were seen on The Headrow, at its junction with Albion Street, from around 1.30pm.
West Yorkshire Police have now confirmed that the man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident in the Beeston area of the city on October 28.
Armed officers in Leeds city centre
Reports of armed police in Leeds city centre this afternoon.
No word from police yet as to what this may be but any updates we’ll let you know.
Today's most read stories
Here’s what people have been reading the most on our website today:
- King James’ School in ‘lockdown’ after shots fired at window - live updates. We are currently still reporting on this. You can see the updates here and the latest on it here.
- A heroic driver who ran across the M62 to save another motorist only to be hauled before magistrates accused of driving offences is now to get the national bravery award he deserves. Find out more and watch the shocking video for yourself here.
- Liverpool FC goalkeeper Danny Ward has told of his reflective mood as Huddersfield Town visited Merseyside for their Premier League encounter last weekend. See the full story here.
Bus fares lowered with immediate effect
Yorkshire Tiger have announced bus fares for the Golcar Circular will be reduced.
The return fares for the 301 service which is used by Greehead College students have been lowered to £2.70 with immediate effect.
MP writes to Health Minister over hospital transport
Thelma Walker has written to Jeremy Hunt expressing concerns over transport for hospital patients.
The Colne Valley MP says she was moved by the latest report by Age UK on elderly patients’ journeys to hospital, and has echoed calls from the charity for the Government to ensure transport is cheap, comfortable and reliable.
Here’s a midday round up of today’s main headlines:
POLICE INVESTIGATING SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS OVER WEINSTEIN FROM SEVEN WOMEN
Police today have revealed they are following up lines of enquiry into seven separate inviduals who claim they were assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein has been hit with a series of allegations, including accusations of rape, and is the subject of police investigations in London, New York and Los Angeles. It was also revealed today that the movie mogul has been banned for life by the Producers Guild of America as allegations of sexual assault and harassment mount against the disgraced movie mogul.
PRUE LEITH EXPRESSES REGRET OVER GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF WINNER SLIP
Prue Leith has expressed regret after accidentally revealing the winner of the Great British Bake Off, saying: “I’m in too much of a state to talk about it.” The show’s new judge told the Press Association she was in Bhutan when she made the slip. An upset-sounding Leith said: “I’m in Bhutan. The time difference is massive. I thought that they got it six hours ago. I’m in too much of a state to talk about it. I f***** up.”
SIR MO FARAH LEAVES COACH ALBERTO SALAZAR AND RETURNS TO UK AHEAD OF ROAD CAREER
Sir Mo Farah is leaving American coach Alberto Salazar and will be trained for his marathon career by Paula Radcliffe’s husband Gary Lough. Farah is to relocate from Portland in the United States to London but has denied his decision has been influenced by doping allegations against Salazar. Salazar has always strenuously denied being involved in doping, and Farah has consistently stood by the coach by resisting calls to quit the coach’s Nike Oregon Project. The four-time Olympic gold medallist insists he is coming home to London because he and his family missed living in the city where his eldest daughter Rhianna was born.
Officer's Halloween joke
Good to see our PC Sally Baines is joining in on the Halloween fun!
Reports of King James' School 'in lockdown'
We’ve been receiving reports this morning of King James’ School in Almondbury in lockdown.
Pupils have reportedly been shut in classrooms as a safety precaution following an unknown incident. No more information on this right now but you can follow our separate live updates here.
We have spoken to West Yorkshire Police and are waiting to hear more.
Mandy heads to radiotherapy - in a fire engine
Last week we did the story about inspirational Mandy Taylor - the Golcar woman who has been doing carpool karaoke sessions on the way to radiotherapy treatment for her breast cancer.
Today Mandy has been heading to treatment in style - in the form of a fire engine from 1954.
Council unable to collect bulk waste
News for you if you’re planning on using the council’s bulky waste collection service:
Mum's shock after kitten stolen - then spotted being sold online
A mum is appealing for help after her four-year-old daughter was left inconsolable after a thief stole her gorgeous kitten Belle ... and then sold her on the internet.
Elisa Sheard-North, a mother-of-three, from Fartown, said Belle went out on Thursday, October 19, and has not been home since.
She said: “This was very unusual as she normally only stays in the garden. I looked on Google and an advert came up on the search engine for classified ads site, Trovit, (a search engine for classified ads), and there was the ad for my kitten!”
Police have been contacted over the incident.
Motorway closed in West Yorkshire
Oh dear. This may be the other side of West Yorkshire but looks like it may cause some big delays.
Avoid this part of the motorway if possible.
Congestion on motorway heading towards Manchester
One lane closed on the M62 westbound due to a broken down vehicle.
This is between junctions 19 and 18 so is affecting anyone heading over towards Greater Manchester.
Uninsured drivers stung by police
Police seized eight cars from around Huddersfield last night - all uninsured.
Statistics reveal number of drivers caught on the phone
More than two people a day are caught on the phone while driving in West Yorkshire, it’s been revealed.
There were 935 fines issued by WYP for the use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving in 2016/17. That corresponds to 2.6 fines issued a day, latest data from the Home Office reveals.
The figures represent all fines issued, including those still subject to court action, those cancelled or those already paid.
Compared to the previous year, our county saw one of the biggest increase in fines across England and Wales. In 2015, when 897 fines were issued, there were 2.5 drivers fined every day.
Here’s our front page this morning - leading on our story from last night how heroic driver Christopher Dye jumped out of his car to attend to a motorist involved in a crash on the M62.
Mr Dye was initially hauled before the courts for his move, but has now finally been recognised for his bravery.
Traffic round up
M62 also slow westbound at junction 19 heading over towards Manchester this morning. Here’s what’s happening on the local roads this morning:
- Slow traffic on Halifax Road heading into Huddersfield town centre from Ainley Top
- Busy but moving on the Huddersfield ring road by the old Tech college
- Heavy traffic on Wakefield Road through Mirfield
- Also very busy heading towards Cooper Bridge on Wakefield Road from Brighouse/the M62
- Slow on Ovenden Road in Halifax
- Busy on Whitehall Road, Wyke, heading towards the M62
Congestion on the M62
Heavy traffic in both directions on the M62 this morning at junction 30. No other major incidents to report for now but we’ll let you know if this changes...
Good morning Huddersfield - and happy Halloween!
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.
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 email@example.com or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .