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Police discover cannabis farm at Heckmondwike properties

Police raided two houses in Heckmondwike and discovered around 200 cannabis plants yesterday (Tuesday).

The Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) obtained a warrant to enter the King Street properties after receiving intelligence regarding a cannabis farm.

Officers used a metal battering ram to knock down the front doors - one of which was protected by a 12 lock security sysetem.

Inside they discovered and seized the cannabis plants as well as growing equipment and heat lamps.

No arrests were made during the pre-planned operation.

More services to Kings Cross cancelled

Thelma Walker MP on Channel 4 proposed move to Leeds

Channel 4 is looking to move its base away from London and Leeds is one of seven cities or regions that have been included in the shortlist to become the broadcaster’s new home.

The winner will be announced on October 1.

Thelma Walker, MP for the Colne Valley, has backed Leeds’ bid.

“I am delighted that Channel 4 are considering Leeds to be their national headquarters”, she said.

“We have such a creative people in our region, and with the opportunities that Channel 4 relocating to Leeds would bring to the wider West Yorkshire “Combined Authority area, it would help drive the Northern Powerhouse Project forward and be a huge boost to our local economy and employment.

“Colne Valley and wider Kirklees is already a creative hub and would massively benefit from Leeds being successful in their bid.”

Thelma Walker has backed Leeds' bid to be the new home of Channel Four
Thelma Walker has backed Leeds' bid to be the new home of Channel Four

Crashed bike could be same one spotted carrying three people without helmets

Local residents have speculated that the motorbike involved in the Huddersfield Road smash could be the same one spotted around Dewsbury recently - being ridden by three people without helmets.

Jody Cobb, owner of Mirfield business Icarus Computers, was on his way to Ravensthorpe when he came across the aftermath of the accident.

“There were two police cars, two ambulances and lots of people milling about in the centre of the road”, he recalled.

“All I could make out of the motorbike was a red petrol tank - other than that it was totally destroyed.

“Obviously this is just speculation but I have seen two lads and a girl riding a red motorbike around the area not wearing helmets recently”, he explained.

“A lot of people around Dewsbury and Mirfield have seen them and complained about them.

“It just seems obvious it has to be the same bike.”

The same conclusions were drawn by residents of Mirfield and Dewsbury posting on various Facebook groups.

The motorbike spotted regularly around Dewsbury and closely resembling the one that crashed on Huddersfieold Road in Ravensthorpe. Photo: Barry Skilbeck
The motorbike spotted regularly around Dewsbury and closely resembling the one that crashed on Huddersfieold Road in Ravensthorpe. Photo: Barry Skilbeck

Motorbike rider fled from scene of smash

A motorbike rider fled the scene after smashing into a car in Ravensthorpe last night.

The collision happened on Huddersfield Road, just outside Blue Fish restaurant, at around 9.45pm.

West Yorkshire Police said: “We received a call at 9.48pm to reports of a road traffic collision on Huddersfield Road.

“A motorbike and a car were involved. The rider of the motorbike fled the scene before police arrived and the bike was left in the middle of the road.”

The driver of the car - a Honda Accord - was not injured.

Enquiries are ongoing.

The scene of the crash between a motorbike and a car on Huddersfield Road in Ravensthorpe. Photo: Google
The scene of the crash between a motorbike and a car on Huddersfield Road in Ravensthorpe. Photo: Google

Leeds to Kings Cross trains CANCELLED

'Miracle Man' meets ambulance crew who helped save his life

A man who suffered a cardiac arrest will tomorrow visit the ambulance crew who helped save his life.

Neil Davidson, a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, was at home in Shelf when his heart stopped in the middle of the night.

His quick-thinking son, Oliver, started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and continued chest compressions until the ambulance crew arrived to take over.

Neil, who was described as a ‘Miracle Man’ by doctors and nurses in hospital, has since made a full recovery and now wants to officially thank the crew who came to his aid.

He will be reunited with the team at Halifax Ambulance Station.

Ambulance on an emergency call
Ambulance on an emergency call

Everything we know so far

Here is a round-up of everything we know so far about the Elland bypass closure.

Elland bypass closed for emergency gas repairs
Elland bypass closed for emergency gas repairs

Hospital services running as usual

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust have assured patients that appointments will be running as normal but they have advised people to allow extra time for their journey.

How will ambulances get to Calderdale A&E from Huddersfield?

Ian Brown from Fixby has raised this issue after Elland bypass was closed.

He said: “So the key question the populace want to know is how the ambulances are going on getting to Calderdale A&E from Huddersfield.

“Whats the plan and the additional times.

“If anyone dies in transit because this road is closed, it will be a avoidable tragedy.”

Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.
Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.

Traffic caused by bypass closure

Jams have backed up from the blocked bypass in both directions. On the Halifax side the queues stretch past Calderdale Royal Hospital into Halifax town centre and on the other side Elland centre is congested as traffic is diverted through the village.

Bypass closure causing problems for commuters

Elland bypass closed after gas main damaged

The main road between Halifax and Huddersfield (A629 Elland Bypass) is closed along Calderdale Way, Halifax Road and Elland Wood Bottom for emergency repairs after a gas main was damaged on Tuesday night. The road is expected to remain closed for most of today (Wednesday).