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Man jailed for 15 years for hammer attack
A Huddersfield man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison following a series of robberies last summer including one where he violently attacked an elderly woman with a hammer.
One of the incidents Colin Winteringham, aged 56, of Well Grove, Huddersfield was behind took place on 8 May on Spen Valley Greenway in Cleckheaton where a 76-year-old woman was approached from behind whilst walking on the Greenway and struck on the head with a hammer, causing a head injury.
Detectives at Kirklees CID conducted extensive enquiries to locate the suspect; including a Crimewatch appeal, which led to several new lines of enquiry.
Colin Winteringham, aged 56, of Well Grove, Huddersfield was arrested in Dewsbury town centre on 26 June and was interviewed and subsequently charged with eight offences and remanded into custody.
The charges included:
- Theft from shop and possession of bladed article
- Robbery and two counts of fraud
- Robbery and fraud
- Theft from shop
- Crown Court warrant
On Friday 9 February, Colin Winteringham appeared at Leeds Crown Court and was sentenced to 15 years and 11 months in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney, of Kirklees CID, said: “Both Detectives who were working on this case have done an outstanding job; by not only detaining Winteringham but through their perseverance and diligence throughout the interview process, led them to charge him for multiple crimes spanning over a few months.
“This case developed into a serious and complex investigation and a successful conclusion that Winteringham has been sentenced for numerous offences, many of which where he targeted the elderly and vulnerable.”
No new charges for Yorkshire Ripper
There are no plans to charge Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe with any further offences, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.
Sutcliffe, who is serving 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, was reported to have been interviewed by detectives about widespread allegations that he may have been responsible for further attacks.
But, on Monday, Detective Superintendent Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “West Yorkshire Police continues to review and where possible re-investigate all unresolved homicides and serious sexual assaults to bring offenders to justice and to bring much needed closure to the victims and their families.
“The undertaking of such work understandably creates interest within the media and wider public.
“At this moment in time, West Yorkshire Police have no intention to seek a CPS decision to charge Peter Sutcliffe with any further matters.”
Two years ago, the force confirmed it was continuing to review cases listed in the 1982 report written by Sir Lawrence Byford about the flawed Ripper investigation.
Sir Lawrence died on Saturday at the age of 92. The Byford Report revealed that Sutcliffe could have been responsible for a further 13 offences.
Last year, The Sun reported that he had been interviewed in prison about 17 unsolved cases.
But West Yorkshire Police said they could not comment on who detectives had spoken to in the course of an ongoing investigation. In 2016 the force did confirm that officers had visited a small number of people named in the Byford Report.
Kingsgate appeal update
Detectives in Huddersfield have released two more images of people they would like to speak to in connection with the violent disorder at a Huddersfield Shopping Centre on Saturday 3 February.
The incident happened at the Kingsgate Shopping Centre at around 3.30pm after police were called to reports of a group of males with weapons in the shopping centre.
No-one was injured during the incident and the group dispersed after only a few minutes.
Nine people have already been charged in connection with the incident and an additional 17-year-old male arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. He has been bailed. Officers have today released the photos of two additional people they wish to speak to in connection with the incident
Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney of Kirklees CID, said: “We now have a total of nine people charged and all have appeared at court. Now we are releasing images of two further people we would like to speak to in connection with the disorder and I would like to appeal to the members of the public to come forward with any information if they recognise any of the individuals in the CCTV images. We are continuing to seek anyone else who was involved in the incident.”
Anyone with any further information about the incident, including any witnesses who have not come forward, are asked to contact Kirklees CID via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180056910 or information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Reports of a further collision on the M62.
It’s on M62 J31 before the slips. The vehicles are in lane 1 as no hard shoulder in the area.
It comes as there’s one lane closed due to accident on M62 Eastbound between J19 A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale. Traffic is coping well.
Lane one (of four) is closed.
Water has been restored to the HD5 area of Huddersfield
One lane closed due to accident on M62 Eastbound between J19 A6046 (Heywood) and J20 A627(M) Rochdale.
Traffic is coping well.
Lane one (of four) is closed.
Appeal after spate of incidents
Police are appealing for information to help trace a man who is wanted over a series of incidents in Leeds on Saturday.
Officers want to speak to David Riley, aged 36, from Harehills, in connection with a road traffic collision in North Street, at the junction with Skinner Lane, at about 5.30pm where a cyclist was knocked off his bike and injured by a van that left the scene.
The van was then involved in a collision with number of other vehicles at the junction of Sheepscar Street North and Scott Hall Road and abandoned. A Ford Transit van was stolen from the scene after the occupants were threatened with an axe.
That vehicle was then involved in a further incident outside the Arndale Centre, in Otley Road, Headingley, where a pedal cycle was stolen.
Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said: “We have identified David Riley as being the suspect for these incidents and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries to trace and arrest him.
“We are now at a point where we need to appeal for information from the public to assist us in finding him. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen him since these incidents on Saturday or who has any information that could assist.
“While we don’t believe he presents any immediate ongoing danger to the public, we advise anyone who does see him not to approach him and to contact police immediately via 999.”
Riley is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall, and of stocky build with a black beard. Her has a scar across his left eyebrow. He was last seen wearing a light-coloured jacket, jeans and a flat cap.
Anyone who has seen him or who has any information that could assist officers is asked to contact 101 quoting log number 1420 of February 10 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
People living in the Lowerhouses area may be experiending low water pressure or no water.
Yorkshire Water is investigating.
Meeting over library future
Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin chaired a meeting about the future of library services, including four in her constituency.
She said the “ceaseless and savage” Government cuts to Kirklees Council’s budget means that the money allocated for library services across the district could soon be less than half of what it was in 2015.
In the last two years, Kirklees Council’s library budget has been slashed by £1.8m – with a further £1.9m planned.
She said: “Libraries are a vital part of our community and they are something we should fight for, as I have done in the past.
“But we cannot ignore the fact that Kirklees Council is being forced to make extremely difficult decisions against the backdrop of a Conservative Government insistent on stripping local councils to the bare bones.
“What we need to look at is how we can make libraries sustainable, future-proof institutions so they can continue to benefit people for generations to come.
“We have to ask where our libraries will be in ten years’ time. And it was clear at the meeting that people are thinking about their long-term futures.
“I applaud their spirit and conviction and it was very encouraging to hear how passionately people feel about their local libraries.
“But in the short-term, it is important to make sure your voice is heard and with that in mind, I urge everyone who has an interest to take part in the ongoing consultation about the future of Kirklees libraries – don’t stay silent.”
The well-attended meeting heard numerous suggestions of what can be done to help sustain libraries in the future, including housing locally-owned cafes, retail spaces such as craft and arts shops, language schools, adult education, sponsors for libraries, utilising part of the buildings for other council/NHS services and creative workspaces.
Lunchtime round-up of national headlines
WWII bomb found
Dozens of families have refused to leave their homes amid the deadly threat of a 500kg Nazi bomb. Police urged hundreds to leave their homes in the middle of the night, but many have refused to budge. The WWII ordnance was discovered during an airport expansion survey in King George V dock next to London City Airport.
On Sunday night Scotland Yard, on advice from the Royal Navy, set up a 214 metre cordon and closed the airport to protect families from a potential blast radius.
More jobs lost
More workers formerly employed by collapsed construction giant Carillion have lost their jobs, taking the total to almost 1,000. A further 59 employees working on construction projects that have been paused, will leave the business later this week, the Official Receiver announced. A total of 989 jobs have now been lost since Carillion went into liquidation last month, with 6,668 saved out of the previous directly-employed workforce of 18,000. Around 4,400 of the saved jobs are as a result of arrangements to transfer prison facilities management and defence bases catering and cleaning contracts to new providers.
Royal wedding update
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed eagerly-awaited details of their forthcoming wedding.
The pair will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19.
Fans of both football and the royals will be relieved to know that the wedding service will begin at midday - meaning that a clash with the FA Cup is very unlikely as recent finals have kicked off at 5.30pm.
Information released included the ceremony time and confirmation that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will marry the couple. The Rt Rev David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will conduct the service at the Castle’s 15th century chapel.
At 1pm, the newlyweds will embark on a carriage procession along a route including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and finally Windsor Castle.
It will be followed by two receptions.
The royal family are paying for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception. But the security costs for the high-profile event are falling to the taxpayer.
Man jailed for rape of child
The victim is from Kirklees. Reporter Stephanie Finnegan has been in court for the sentencing.
Face of Ripper inquiry dies
The author of the Byford Report, which unveiled major police failings in the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, has died aged 92.
Sir Lawrence Byford carried out an inquiry into the case after detectives made “major errors” in the five-year investigation to find Peter Sutcliffe. The report led to a rehaul in the ways police carried out investigations which were adopted across forces nationwide.
Sutcliffe was convicted of killing 13 women and the attempted murder of seven others. His crimes included the murder of Huddersfield sex worker Helen Rytka and the attack on another woman in Oakes.
Sir Lawrence died at his home near Harrogate on Saturday, his family have revealed.
Collision on M62
This is near junction 27 for Birstall.
M62 roadworks completed
Police launch knife crime awareness week
West Yorkshire Police are this week campaigning against knife crime.
The Force have launched their Stop Knife Crime initiative in order to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife and the penalties you can face if found with one in public.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Gibson is the Operational Knife Crime Lead for West Yorkshire Police: “In my role as a Senior Investigating Officer I see first-hand the terrible consequences knife crime can bring. It can have a devastating impact on the victim and their family but also the perpetrator and their loved ones. It can also cause great concern in local communities.
“Throughout this week and beyond we want to spread a simple message – #StopKnifeCrime. Carrying a knife is never the answer – knives take lives and if you carry a knife you risk being sent to prison and increase your chances of being seriously injured or killed.”
Firefighters rescue cat stuck between a wall and a hard place
Rescue services saved a cat after it got wedged between a wall and an outhouse last night.
The technical rescue team from Cleckheaton were called to Durkar Lane, near to the Denby Dale junction for the M1, after the feline found himself in a bit of a pickle.
Crews had to use drills to remove bricks from the wall before pulling the cat free as his concerned owner looker on. The services were there for an hour after being called out at 7.15pm before the cat was handed over to the RSPCA to be checked over. Luckily, it appeared to escape with its nine lives intact.
Broken down vehicle on Elland Bypass
Main stories from the weekend
In case you missed it, here were the biggest stories from over the weekend:
- Huddersfield celebrated their first Premier League win in nine matches as they beat Bournemouth 4-1 at home. Read the full match report here.
- A crash shut Westbourne Road in Marsh on Saturday after two vehicles collided at the junction by the KFC. See more here.
- A memorial was held for the 17 victims of the Colnebridge mill fire as this week marks the 200th anniversary. Read more here.
No closures to report on the motorway this morning but traffic is very slow westbound between junctions 23 and 22 between Huddersfield and Rishworth Moor.
This is due to a broken down car. All lanes are open but very slow as you can imagine.
Here is today’s front page:
We’re running separate live updates this morning as snow hits the region causing delays on the roads and to public transport.
Check out our separate live blog here for all the latest.
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.
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 .