This week across West Yorkshire, there has been collision incidents, a murder charge, a stabbing and West Yorkshire Police launch the Safe Summer campaign.
Monday 7 June 2021, | Appeal: Fail to Stop Collision, Leeds
Officers are appealing for information after a woman was left injured following a collision in Leeds.
The woman was travelling on a bicycle along Armley Ridge Road when she was involved in a collision with what is believed to be a light blue or grey Audi at around 12am on 7 June, at the junction for Cockshott Lane.
The car involved failed to stop at the scene, and the woman was assisted by a witness driving a white Volkswagen Polo.
The woman was quickly taken to hospital, though her condition is believed not to be life-threatening.
Officers in Leeds are keen to locate the witness from the Volkswagen, who may assist with enquiries.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021, | Safe Summer Campaign Launched
With restrictions easing and the Euro 2020 tournament kicking off this weekend, West Yorkshire Police has launched a new campaign to safely encourage people to enjoy the summer.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of crimes such as domestic abuse, drink driving, one-punch manslaughter, and sexual assault; and give advice on how to keep yourself and others safe on a night out.
Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson said:
“After months of lockdowns and restrictions on being able to see family and friends, we know people are starting to take the opportunity to visit the many fantastic pubs and bars that West Yorkshire has to offer. While we want people to be able to go out and enjoy themselves, we also want people to get home safely.
“Unfortunately, with trips to the pub to watch the football and having friends over for barbecues in the garden, we do see increases in offences such as drink driving and domestic abuse.
“While also thankfully very rare, we have had instances in West Yorkshire of one-punch manslaughter and people need to be aware of the potentially serious consequences of a disagreement turning violent.
“This campaign is not about trying to stop anyone’s fun but about ensuring that our villages, towns and cities are a safe and enjoyable place for all. We want people to consider their own personal safety, such as how much they drink and how they are going to get home.
“We also want people to think about the effect their actions have on others and ensuring that they are not making others feel threatened or vulnerable or making sexual advances without consent.
“A good night can quickly turn bad if you find yourself in the back of a police van, hungover in a police cell or waking up in a hospital bed. We want everyone to look out for themselves and each other and ensure that summer 2021 is a summer that we can all remember for the right reasons.”
Thursday, 10 June 2021, | Man Charged with Murder in Relation to Bradford Collision
Police investigating the death of a man in Bradford have charged a man with murder.
Jordan Glover, aged 23, of Thorpe Edge in Bradford, has been remanded in custody and appeared before Bradford Magistrates on Thursday, 10 June.
The charge relates to an incident in Holmewood on Thursday, 3 June, which resulted in the death of 18-year-old Rahees Mahmood.
He has also been charged with unlawful and malicious wounding in relation to the same incident.
Monday, 14 June 2021, | Motorists Urged to Think Twice and be Alert to Oncoming Traffic When Making a Turn
West Yorkshire Police urges motorists to look twice when making a turn and be alert to any oncoming traffic.
It comes after a van driver was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for more than three years after admitting death by careless driving.
Simon Rhodes, 50, of Mottram Street, Barnsley, was the driver of a Peugeot Expert van which collided with a motorcycle on Aberford Road in Wakefield on 15 October 2019.
The motorcycle rider – Andrew Dawson, 56, from Batley, died at the scene.
Officers immediately launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident, which culminated in Rhodes being jailed on Monday 14 June at Leeds Crown Court.
Detective Constable Clare Barran, from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team, said:
“This was a tragic case in which someone has unnecessarily lost his life. Andrew Dawson was a loving husband, a dad, a granddad, and a great friend to all. Someone has also lost their liberty too.
“In this particular incident, the van was turning right when it hit the motorcycle coming in the opposite direction.
“I would urge motorists – especially those in larger vehicles such as cars and vans to take a bit of extra time and to look twice for other, smaller vehicles, including motorbikes.”
Monday, 14 June 2021 | Appeal After Man Stabbed, Hebden Green, Whinmoor, Leeds.
Detectives are appealing for information after a man was stabbed and seriously injured in an incident in Leeds.
Around 7:30pm yesterday, police were called to an alleyway off Hebden Green, Whinmoor, where a 52-year-old man had been found with multiple stab wounds, including serious injuries to his neck.
He was taken to hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition. He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted wounding in relation to the incident.
Enquiries showed the man had been chased by two other men following an altercation shortly before, near to the Old Red Lion pub, in York Road.
A scene is in place in Hebden Green to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.
Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said:
“This man has received some very serious knife wounds and it is clear the consequences could easily have been much worse.
“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of this incident.
“The area will have been busy at the time, both with people on foot and driving past, and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone with any phone or dashcam footage that could assist the investigation.
“We recognise that a violent incident of this nature will cause understandable concern in the community, and we are working closely with our colleagues on the local neighbourhood policing team who are providing reassurance to residents.”