Leeds & West Yorkshire

More arrests over West Yorkshire disorder

Eleven more people have been arrested over public disorder in West Yorkshire, bringing the total number to 23.

Five males aged between 15 and 22 were arrested in Huddersfield in connection with incidents in the Deighton and Sheepridge areas on Tuesday night.

Four teenagers aged between 14 and 17 were arrested after incidents in Chapeltown in Leeds on the same night.

Two males from Wakefield, aged 15 and 19, were arrested for inciting disorder on social networking sites.

Arson attacks

They are all currently in custody in police stations across the county, West Yorkshire Police said.

Meanwhile police have released CCTV footage of disturbances in Chapeltown on Monday night.

The footage shows a a delivery driver who was assaulted by a group of people before stealing his car.

The group are also seen to be throwing bricks and stones at cars and taxis on Chapeltown Road and attacking emergency services.

Of the 12 arrests made earlier this week, six men remain in custody and five youths have been released on police bail.

A 19-year-old woman from Wakefield who was arrested on suspicion of inciting disorder on social networking sites has been charged under the Serious Offences Act and is due to appear before magistrates on 24 August.

In the meantime, West Yorkshire Police said officers would be searching a number of properties in connection with the arrests.

Van set alight

During the disorder late on Tuesday night and early on Wednesday, Deighton and Sheepridge Working Men's Club in Huddersfield and the Asda supermarket on Bradford Road were among several properties attacked.

In Leeds, arsonists targeted the carnival centre in Sheepscar where preparations had been taking place for the annual August bank holiday event.

Elsewhere in Leeds, a van was set alight during disorder in the Roundhay Road area of Harehills.

Assistant Chief Constable John Parkinson said: "Officers are working around the clock to identify those responsible for the disorder and other criminal activity we have seen this week so they can be quickly brought to justice.

"I would once again like to thank the vast majority of people within these communities, who have been incredibly supportive of their local officers.

"I would also ask for their patience as we continue working to trace the very small minority who have been involved in these incidents."

Councillor Keith Wakefield, the leader of Leeds City Council, said: "It's pleasing to see the progress the police have made with their investigations into the incidents of disorder in the Chapeltown area and their determination to bring those responsible to justice.

"Our priority is to preserve peace in the city and we have been working closely and productively with local community leaders to actively achieve that.

"This work will go on as long as is necessary to maintain order and ensure the good community relations we have in Leeds continue."

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