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News

Looters have struck in parts of flood-ravaged Calderdale.


Police have warned of thieves stealing property left to dry outside flood-hit homes and businesses.


And now they have accepted an offer of help from motorcycle groups to offer extra patrols.


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/flooding-crisis-calderdale-police-issue-10660960

Weather

Check out the latest flooding information here:


Travel

We’re getting reports that Castlegate / Queensgate is busy but still moving around Chapel Hill

Travel

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Good afternoon and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Will be back with the latest news and travel shortly...

That’s all from me. Emma Davison will be with you soon.

News

A Huddersfield organ donor, who saved two people’s lives after his death, has been honoured.

When Lynda Beck knew her partner Hans Mehlis was dying she decided to save the lives of two other people.

Lynda had been told by doctors that her fiancé was brain dead following a major heart attack last year.

And while Hans, 70, had reached the end of his life, Lynda knew he could save the life of others by becoming an organ donor.
More here...

Hans Mehlis honoured by NHS and St Johns ambulance for organ donations after his death.
Hans Mehlis honoured by NHS and St Johns ambulance for organ donations after his death.

Travel

Clough Road in both directions closed due to burst water main between New Lane / Crimble Clough Road and Bolster Moor Road.
The road will remain closed for some time.

News

Part of Elland Bridge near the Barge and Barrel pub collapsed in the early hours of this morning.

Andy Marshall of Rastrick Fire Station says he and his crew were called out after midnight by the police. They spent five hours there monitoring the situation.

He said: “There were concerns that there might be an explosion. The Park Road bridge has collapsed about one to one and a half metres and fractured the gas and water main.”

More here...

Elland bridge collapse
Elland bridge collapse (Image: Calderdale Council)

News

A businessman has been left counting the cost of a flood which devastated his two companies.

Graham Ervine, 53, who runs neighbouring businesses in Mirfield fears the Boxing Day floods will have cost him up to £20,000.

Graham runs Design Contract Flooring and Mirfield Mill Carpets at Holme Bank Mills in Station Road, Mirfield.

His businesses are uninsurable because of the mill’s proximity to the River Calder.

More here...

News

Thousands of people in Kirklees are blighted by smoking-related illnesses, Public Health England (PHE) have claimed.

And the experts hope it will be a spur for smokers to make 2016 the year to make a clean break from the habit.

The health body say the number of smokers suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Yorkshire is now more than 122,700, with nearly 15% of these in Kirklees alone.
More here...

Public Health England is encouraging people to give up smoking.
Public Health England is encouraging people to give up smoking. (Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

News

Mean-spirited looters have struck in parts of flood-ravaged Calderdale.

Police have warned of thieves stealing property left to dry outside flood-hit homes and businesses.

And now they have accepted an offer of help from cycle groups to offer extra patrols.

Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.
Businesses continue the clean up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire after the weekend's flooding.

News

A West Yorkshire hospital trust has been blasted for paying a City firm £15m – to cut its costs.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which came under fire for charging disabled patients to use its car parks, is believed to have paid Ernst and Young £15m between October 2011 and November 2015.

And the trust, which runs Dewsbury District Hospital, paid Ernst and Young £2.3m in 2015 for its consultancy services, including cost-cutting advice.

More here...

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Well, that’s all from me for the moment. Heading to Brighouse and Elland for a first hand look at the flood damage and the bridge closure in Elland.

Town:

David Wagner looked back on his first draw as head coach of Huddersfield Town and said: “A point was the least we deserved.”


Nahki Wells chalked up an 86th-minute equaliser direct from a free-kick to seal a 1-1 Championship draw with QPR after Wagner’s fellow German Sebastian Polter had put the Londoners ahead six minutes before.

The Junction pub at Marsh, just across the road from Greenhead Park is to close in the new year to enable refurbishment work to be carried out.


Jay Weir, regional manager at Enterprise pub chain, said: “I have been working with Lee and Emily at the Junction at Marsh.


“With some assistance from me, they will be closing early in the New Year to refurbish the trading area and reopen with a bang.”

Travel:

A62 Castlegate/Queensgate busy but moving around A616 Chapel Hill.

Local News:

A six-figure sum is to be spent on refurbishing one of Huddersfield’s most popular pubs, The Nags Head at Ainley Top.

A glorious summers day at popular watering hole and carvery, The Nags Head at Ainley Top.
A glorious summers day at popular watering hole and carvery, The Nags Head at Ainley Top.

A Mitchells & Butlers spokeswoman said: “I can confirm the site will be closing at the start of February for six weeks and will reopen in late March.


“The refurbishment is part of Mitchells & Butler’s acquisition of 173 Orchid sites in 2014. The pub will continue to deliver high quality service and premium food, as well as having a fresh new look.”

Local News:

Calder Valley Flood Support want volunteers to help clean up in the River Street area of Brighouse this morning at 10am.


This street is at the side of the Calder and has been wiped out - all the ground floors of all the homes.


Tesco has offered to supply cleaning materials so all that is needed are people with brooms, mops etc.

Local News:

Jay Weir, Enterprise regional manager tells me The Butcher’s Arms at Hepworth won Enterprise Community Hero award for the Division, beating stiff competition from 250 pubs.

Butchers Arms, Hepworth, 1910
Butchers Arms, Hepworth, 1910 (Image: Kirklees Council archive)

He said: “ They’ve been rewarded with £3000 from us to spend on community initiatives of their choice, which they’ve chosen to spend with four different community groups.


“Great to see such a fantastic pub performing well again and now truly at the heart of the village community.”

Local News:

Elland Bridge in both directions closed due to collapse between A6025 Park Road and Northgate.


The bridge has collapsed after the heavy rainfall.

Local News:

Rock climbing enthusiasts are trying to raise £20,000 to refurbish the ground floor of ROKT Climbing Gym, Brighouse, because of the devastation caused by the Boxing Day floods.


Anyone interested in giving can access this link: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ROKTFLOODAPPEAL

Local News:

Part of Elland Bridge near the Barge and Barrel pub collapsed last night.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Andy Marshall of Rastrick Fire Station says he and his crew were called out after midnight by the police. They spent five hours there monitoring the situation.


He said: “There were concerns that there might be an explosion. The Park Road bridge has collapsed about one to one and a half metres and fractured the gas and water main.


“The electricity board tried to isolate the supplies that run across the bridge before the gas people could dig up the road.


“Park Road is the main route into Elland town centre from Brighouse and it will be a matter of months before the bridge is repaired. It is going to cause a lot of delays for people now that the road is closed.


“Someone from the canal trust came out as well to close the area to water traffic and the tow path is closed too.”


He added that it was not clear what had caused the bridge to collapse.

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