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Murder probe in Castleford
Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in Castleford last week.
Police were called on 14 March at around 8:38pm to an address on Ambleside Road following a report that two people had been seriously injured.
A 62-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were taken to hospital for urgent medical treatment.
Police can confirm that the 62-year-old woman, Diane Jones, has now passed away due to the extent of her injuries.
The 59-year-old man is recovering from his injuries.
A 42-year-old man was arrested at the time in connection with the incident, he remains in police custody and enquiries remain ongoing.
Warning about theft of number plates
Thieves have been busy stealing numbers plates again.
Police in Huddersfield have had several reports from across the district.
A police spokesman said: “We have thefts of number plates again throughout Kirklees.
“They are stolen for various reasons; often simply so they can fill up at petrol stations and drive off without paying.
“They are also taken to replace the plates on stolen cars to prevent them being picked up on the ANPR cameras – another reason it is so important to report number plate theft to the police.
“You can buy anti-tamper screws which put off the thieves, available at most car accessory stores, for just a few pounds. “
Congestion on M62 near Milnrow
Traffic is heavy on the M62 eastbound between Milnrow and Rishworth Moor because of a broken down vehicle.
Lane one is closed.
Greater Manchester Police and Highways England staff are dealing with the incident.
Man with 'machete' tried to rob pensioner
Police are appealing for information after a pensioner was the victim of an attempted robbery at his home in Crosland Moor.
The offence happened at around 6.10pm on Wednesday, February 14, at an address on Chapel Terrace.
A man attempted to force entry in to the property but was turned away by the victim who is in his 70s.
PC Gary Inman, of Kirklees District CID, said: “The victim believes that the man was carrying a machete or similar. Thankfully the perpetrator hasn’t managed to gain entry to the victim’s home and has left without a penny but nonetheless this was still an incredibly unnerving experience for an older member of the community.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who has seen anyone behaving suspiciously in the area or who lives in the vicinity and has had any unwelcome callers at their door. Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13180075806.”
Woman who died after collision is named
A woman who died following a road traffic collision in Leeds on Saturday has been named.
Alice Walton, 20, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, was a student at the University of Leeds.
She died in hospital on Monday after being seriously injured in a collision with a silver Volkswagen Passat private hire vehicle in Woodhouse Street, near to the junction with Headingley Lane.
The incident happened at around 4.30am on Saturday, March 17. The driver stopped at the scene and has been interviewed.
Acting Sergeant Fiona Hoodless, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We are working with our colleagues in Nottinghamshire Police to support Alice’s family at what is clearly a very difficult time for them. The family have said they are heartbroken and devastated by their loss.”
Police are seeking information about what happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101 quoting Operation Padward.
New defibrillators installed across the region
A fleet of life saving machines have been installed in Huddersfield and across West Yorkshire, police say.
West Yorkshire Police have funded defibrillators which have been fitted outside the force’s buildings, including Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Halifax and various other stations and buildings in the county. Campaigner Lizzie Jones, whose husband rugby player Danny Jones died tragically of a cardiac arrest in 2015, was there today to oversee the unveiling.
She said: “A defibrillator is a remarkable, life-saving device which can help revive a patient who has a cardiac arrest. The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund aims to provide grants to help get as many AED’s out to the public as possible. The effect the charity has in just over two years has been incredible and I couldn’t be prouder that lives are being saved every day in Danny’s memory. His legacy is very powerful one.”
Spring has sprung
Is this finally the end of winter?
Police reveal gender pay gap
West Yorkshire Police say the gender pay gap within the force is lower than the national average.
The Force have today published their report into pay disparity between men and women, revealing a difference of 13.9% - 4% lower than the national average.
West Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable, Dee Collins says that progress in this area forms a crucial part of the Force’s drive for equality.
She said: “The disparity that we see in West Yorkshire Police is not due to unequal pay for men and women doing the same role. It arises from the fact that there are fewer women in senior positions and also fewer in the highest paid roles.”
You can see the report here.
Relatives appeal over Dewsbury man
Coroners are appealing for any relatives of a Dewsbury man to get in touch after he passed away.
Simon Gilder, 50, of Spen Valley Road, Ravensthorpe died of natural causes at his home address on Thursday last week. Any relatives of Mr Gilder, who was born in Mirfield, are asked to call Coroners Officer Jayne Dawson on 01274 373754.
Self-harm incident occurs "everyday" at prison
A damning report has raised concerns over violence and self-harm levels at HMP Leeds.
Armley jail, Huddersfield’s nearest prison, records a self-harm incident every day on average. Previous reports showed the jail had the highest number of suicides in the country. The latest findings come from an unannounced HM Inspectorate of Prisons visit to the jail in West Leeds on four separate dates in October and November last year, which showed that some standards had deteriorated since the last inspection in 2015.
The report also raised concerns of overcrowding, claiming that 1% of cells hold more prisoners than designed for.
Here’s what’s happening in the main headlines today...
MPS OBSERVE MINUTE’S SILENCE ON FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF WESTMINSTER ATTACK
MPs have observed a minute’s silence to mark the first anniversary of the Westminster terror attack. Speaker John Bercow asked members in the House of Commons chamber to pause “in respectful memory” of those who died on March 22 last year. With heads bowed, MPs from different parties stood side-by-side along the green benches to pay their respects ahead of digital, culture, media and sport questions. Five people died, including Pc Keith Palmer, and dozens more were injured when 52-year-old Khalid Masood launched a car and knife attack on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster before he was shot dead.
MOSCOW HITS BACK AT BORIS JOHNSON OVER NAZI GERMANY COMPARISON
The Kremlin has denounced Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s statement comparing the World Cup in Russia to the Olympics hosted by Nazi Germany as “utterly disgusting”. The tough response marks an escalating war of words between Moscow and London over the poisoning in Salisbury of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent. Britain blamed the attack on Russia, which fiercely denied the accusations.
EXPLOSION AT CHEMICAL FACTORY IN CZECH REPUBLIC KILLS SIX
Six people were killed and two were injured in an explosion in a chemical factory in the Czech Republic, officials have said. Thursday’s blast occurred inside a plant located in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital Prague. Unipetrol, a Czech oil processor and plastics producer, said the blast took place inside one of the storage tank for fuels and additives in its refinery.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blast.
HGV driver caught cooking his breakfast...on the hard shoulder
Have you ever been so hungry you’re willing to stop right there on a busy motorway junction and get the mini hob out?
Granted, the smell of sizzling bacon is pretty good. But this is just ridiculous.
Reports of hate crimes against police
There 18 reports of hate crime against officers in West Yorkshire last year, police figures have revealed.
A Freedom of Information request shows the extent of people lashing out at police officers, with 10 of the 17 instances last year being racially or religiously aggravated hate crimes. Of these, three resulted in injuries.
Crimes against officers ranged from spitting to kicking, headbutting and even biting, and 14 of the 17 crimes resulted in an arrest being made.
Debris in the road on the M62
Emily Thornberry in Huddersfield today
Prominent Labour MP Emily Thornberry is in Huddersfield today as the party launch their local election campaign.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary is at Almondbury Working Men’s Club to talk to locals and party activists on the campaign trail.
Collision on M62
Watch out for this - may cause some traffic problems:
Fears for New Look jobs
New Look say they will be closing more than a tenth of its stores in a restructure of the company.
Some 60 branches of the fashion retail chain - which has a store in Kingsgate - will shut over the next year in a bid to cut rent costs. The move means as many as 980 staff face redundancy.
Police rated "good" in effectiveness report
West Yorkshire Police have been given a “good” rating in the latest Police Effectiveness Report.
The report, published this morning, highlights the force need to improve on smaller crimes such as responding to burglaries and car crime.
Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “I am really pleased that the hard work and commitment of West Yorkshire Police Officers and Staff is reflected.
“Where we do need to improve, is in how we investigate high volume crime such as burglary and vehicle crime. The report highlights this and we have already initiated a piece of work to improve officers’ initial investigation skills, through training and better supervision.”
You can see the full report here.
A mild and dry day in store for us today...hopefully we might even see a little sunshine peer from the clouds.
Here is our front page today:
Missing the snow?
Nah, not so much... It’s still there up on the tops, though.
No major incidents to report on the roads this morning. Traffic is busy as usual at Salterhebble Hill near Calderdale Royal, on the Huddersfield ring road and on Whitehall Road at Wyke heading between Brighouse and Bradford.
Good morning - let’s have a look and see what’s happening on the roads this morning...