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News

Police have renewed an appeal over a missing Dewsbury man.

Daniel France, 38, who also uses other family surnames of English and Prendergast, was last seen in Ravens Avenue, Dewsbury, at around 7.40pm on Saturday, March 12.


Missing man Daniel France
Missing man Daniel France


There has been a possible further sighting of him reported in Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury, at approximately 11.15am on Sunday, March 13.

He is known to be a drug and alcohol user and is generally in poor health. He has no known access to money and has left his mobile phone at home.

Daniel lives in Dewsbury but also has family links in the Leeds area.

Det Insp Mark Colman, of Kirklees CID, said: “It is now over a week since anyone has seen or heard from Daniel. He is known to have drug and alcohol dependency issues and mobility problems and we need to locate him to ensure that he is safe and well and has not come to any harm.

“Anyone who has seen Daniel or with any information about his whereabouts or movements over the last week is please urged to call Kirklees District CID via 101 as a matter of urgency.

“I would stress that he is not in any trouble and would urge Daniel himself to make contact with his family or the police to confirm that he is okay.”


News

Will she? Won’t she? Reports at the weekend said no. Reports today say yes!

What am I talking about? Happy Valley, of course.


Sarah Lancashire
Sarah Lancashire


Star of the show Sarah Lancashire had reportedly quit after the end of the second series. But now the programme makers insist she is “very keen” to do a third series.

I don’t think the second series was as gripping as the first, and I felt a bit deflated by the ending.



News

Are you planning an Easter weekend getaway?

Many are, according to a survey from the AA, and it’s predicted to be a lot busier on the roads than last year.

An AA poll of more than 24,000 drivers found that 55% intend to make a trip during the bank holiday weekend - up from 47% last Easter.


Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt


This could mean 11 million cars taking to the road at some stage this Easter, according to the motoring association.

Maundy Thursday is set to be the busiest day with 55% of drivers planning to take their car out, falling to 50% on Good Friday before creeping up to 53% on Saturday.

The busiest stretches of road are likely to include the M5 south from Almondsbury, Gloucestershire towards Exeter, the M6 north from the West Midlands towards Lancashire and all sections of the M25.

Easter Sunday is usually one of the quietest days of the year on the road. Easter Monday is also expected to be relatively traffic free, although congestion is possible from lunchtime due to home-bound travellers.


News

Sir Patrick Stewart turns baddie for his latest film.

The man who has played on-screen heroes such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and Prof Xavier (X-Men) is set to hit the screens as a vicious thug.

Mirfield-born Sir Patrick is one of the stars of Green Room, a horror-thriller due for release on April 15.


Sir Patrick Stewart's new film Green Room, due out in April
Sir Patrick Stewart's new film Green Room, due out in April


A new trailer and poster has been released for the film, which finds the actor playing very much against type - this time as a far-right neo-nazi looking to kill a group of young musicians.

Must be well worth a trip to the cinema I reckon.


Hello everybody. Martin here. I’ll be keeping an eye on what’s going on out there to keep you up-to-date.

News

People in Kirklees are less likely than average to survive a year after being diagnosed with cancer, new figures show.

In North Kirklees, 68.6% of people diagnosed in 2013 survived a year, significantly below the England rate of 70.2%.

In Greater Huddersfield, it was 68.4%, and 66.5% in Calderdale.

More here...

News

Our in-debt hospital trust has lost a £3.5m NHS contract to a private provider.

The sexual health services, currently run by Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, will be run by Locala from April 1.

The five-year contract worth £3.5m was awarded to the Batley-based business by Kirklees Council following ‘a robust and thorough procurement process’.

More here...

News

Off-Road vehicles are destroying countryside beauty spots.

Motor bikes and 4x4s have wreaked “irreparable damage” to land around Yateholme, Ramsdens and Brownhill reservoirs, in the Holme Valley, leaving it looking like a wasteland.

Tyres have worn down feeding habitats into mud and caused holes, stone walls have been broken and car parts have been littered in the areas, despite attempts by police and others to stop them.
More here...

News

Happy Valley without Sarah Lancashire is unthinkable — but the actress may not return for a third series.

A report in the Sun claims the BAFTA-winner has said it’s the ‘end of the story’ for the hit BBC drama, and she wouldn’t want to see a third series.

It quotes Lancashire, who has won critical acclaim for her role as tough cop Sgt Catherine Cawood, as saying: “We set out to tell a story and we’ve told it.”

More here...

Good afternoon.

Giants

The news that rugby league’s hottest prospect has signed took some of the sting out of a horrible loss for the Giants on Sunday. Ryan Brierley will join the Claret and Golds immediately and could be in line for either of the Easter fixtures.


That’s it from me...Dave is up next.

HTAFC

Town’s ticket office is busy after the 4-1 demolition of arch enemies Leeds. The club could have one of the biggest crowds in the Championship next season if all these cheap deals get snapped up.

HTAFC

On loan keeper is back at Town’s development squad after a loan period up north. Do you think he’ll make it into the first team?


News

If you’ve lost your dog this mutt is being held at Holmfirth police station.

Hand Over:

Well, that’s all from me for now. Handing over to my colleague Nick.

Vintage Inns says it is pleased to announce the arrival of a new pub in Huddersfield following an interior refresh, creating six new jobs for the local area.

The Nags Head at Ainley Top and, inset, Alan Brook
The Nags Head at Ainley Top and, inset, Alan Brook

Located on New Hey Road, the Nags Head pub is set to reopen its doors on Tuesday, 29 March, following a four week closure, whilst the refurbishment work and recruitment drive were undertaken.


Staff say the Nags Head will be showcasing an exciting new seasonal menu, which offers a selection of tempting ‘re-imagined classics’, including a premium wagyu burger in a brioche bun, alongside creative fish dishes and salads.


General manager, Sam Wilkinson said: “We’re very excited to be opening a new Vintage Inn in Huddersfield. Following the refurbishment the pub looks fantastic and has been given a new lease of life.


“The team are busy gearing up for the opening and we’re all looking forward to start welcoming guests through our doors.”

Local News:

ALFA - Almondbury Library Friends Association - is having a coffee morning in the library in Stocks Walk, Almondbury on Saturday 2nd April 10-12 to raise funds for the library.


Hosts will be serving coffee, there will be stalls, a raffle and also a guess the weight of a cake competition.


Everyone is welcome.

Local News:

Ever fancied being a DJ?


Lorna has just the course for you and will provide basic skills in getting started. The four week course starts at Kirkheaton Community Centre, Fields Rise, on April 4 from 6.30-8.30pm.


Further courses will be held on April 11, 18 and 25.


Anyone interested should contact Lorna on 01484 358021. Cost is £20.



Local News:

Key meeting due to be held t Huddersfield town hall later this morning on the future of troubled Kewz Bar in Queen Street.

Kewz bar, Queen Street, Huddersfield
Kewz bar, Queen Street, Huddersfield

A licence review is being held following a spate of violent incidents including a firearm being discharged into the club’s ceiling with fragments causing facial injuries to a customer’s face and requiring hospital treatment.


The meeting will decide whether the bar should be shut down or whether its closing time be reined in from 5am to 2am.

Local News:

A man has been charged following a fire at a property in Brighouse on Saturday night.

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

Nicholas Broughan, 39, of Arnold Royd, Brighouse has been charged with arson and is due to appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court today.

Local News:

This year’s Huddersfield Chess Congress will once again be held at the end of May from 27- 29.

Chess board
Chess board

The venue is back at the Huddersfield Ukrainian Club but the big change this year due to popular request is that it will be a 6 round Swiss tournament instead of the usual five rounds.


To accommodate the extra game the rate of play has been slightly shortened so there will be a game on the Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Local News:

Lavinia, landlady at Olde Hatte pub, Trinity Street, just yards from Huddersfield Bus Station tells me the pub is set to close from March 29 for a £100,000 refurbishment.

Pubs to be re-fitted - Olde Hatte, Trinity Street.
Pubs to be re-fitted - Olde Hatte, Trinity Street.

Will reopen in April.

Local News:

Spotted any bluebells?


More than 60 locations for bluebells blooming have been recorded this year on the Woodland Trust’s scheme called Nature’s Calendar, stretching from Dorchester to Doncaster.


This time last year, the trust had received 22 bluebell sightings across the UK.

Bluebells in TP Woods, Gledholt, Huddersfield.
Bluebells in TP Woods, Gledholt, Huddersfield.

Travel:

A641 Huddersfield Road outbound busy but moving at Bethel Street/Bradford Road.


By Sainsbury’s.

Travel:

A629 Calderdale Way Westbound busy but moving between A6025 Halifax Road and A6026 Wakefield Road/B6112 Stainland Road.

Local News:

Getting reports that a big pile of tyres was set alight last night at the remote former quarry at Lower Edge, Elland.

Fire Service, Fire engine, stock
Fire Service, Fire engine, stock

Two pumps are there, one of them from Rastrick. Must have been a lot of tyres as fire crews say they received the call at 11pm.


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