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Gas restored to Wakefield homes after water main burst

Gas supplies have now been restored to the majority of homes in Netherton after water leaked into the network earlier following a water main burst. Around 750 properties were affected on Wednesday, including those on Coxley Crescent, Coxley View,...

55 min. ago in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Firefighters free woman trapped after crash in Wakefield

A woman has been rescued by firefighters after being involved in a crash in Wakefield this morning. Emergency services were called to reports of a collision in Ouchthorpe Lane shortly after 6.10am. Also in news: Patients are ‘not being diverted’ from...

55 min. ago in Yorkshire & Humber
 

The importance of ‘teazle’

If you wander the riverbanks of the valley at this time of year, you won’t go far before stumbling across Dipsacus fullonum - known as teazle, writes horticulturalist and gardener Simon Zonenblick (pictured) in the first of a number of occasional...

Saturday, 13:35 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Yorkshire Regiment’s freedom march through Wakefield

Members of the Yorkshire Regiment will march in a Freedom Parade through Wakefield this Saturday. Men and women from the 4th Battalion will exercise their freedom of the city, which they were granted in 2009, with ‘bayonets fixed, flags flying and...

Saturday, 11:10 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

The search for missing banner from former pit

A search is underway to find the missing banner from a pit which closed in 1983. Later this year campaigners are planning to to erect the former pit wheel from Methley’s Newmarket Silkstone Colliery in the churchyard at Stanley. But first they want to...

Saturday, 11:10 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Roger Marsh interview: ‘North can be the solution for UK PLC, not part of the problem’

A newly-established ‘Council for the North’ will give civic and business leaders a chance to advise Ministers on how to close the economic divide. Rob Parsons spoke to the man chosen to lead the organisation. Born and raised in Stockton-on-Tees and...

Saturday, 06:46 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Wrenthorpe Surgery closure date announced

Wrenthorpe’s GP Surgery will close on September 14 this year, it has been confirmed. Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are merging the surgery, which was running on Friday mornings, with Outwood Park Medical Centre. The move, which was...

Friday, 21:52 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Call to help little Ivy-Louise in cancer battle

A fun day will be held to raise money to pay for treatment for a toddler who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Ivy-Louise Wilkinson, from Ackworth, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January at just 13-months-old and recently underwent major...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Michelin starred Gary is cooking it up at Martha’s

A town-centre pub has pulled off a culinary coup by securing a Michelin star-winning head chef. Gary Pickles, who has worked under world-famous chefs Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and starred on TV with Michelle Roux Jnr, is promising to take...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Caught on camera...can you help the police?

CCTV: Do you recognise any of these people? These CCTV images have been released by police. Some of these people could be witnesses and have not necessarily committed a crime, although Wakefield’s district police would like to speak to them. WD0796...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Sculpture planned for new city development is unveiled

This could be the sculpture sitting at the one of the gateways to the City Fields development. Wakefield Council and arts organisation Beam have this image of the sculpture planned for a grassed area just off Aberford Road, which is an entrance to the...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Plan to open new indoor market in city centre welcomed

The proposal to convert the empty BHS building in Wakefield city centre into a new indoor market has received the thumbs up by readers. FULL STORY: Indoor market proposed for old city centre BHS building It was revealed earlier this week how Coun...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

PICTURE GALLERY: Can you spot yourself on a night out in Wakefield back in 2006/07

PICTURES: Can you see anyone you know out on the town? If you enjoyed a night out clubbing in Wakefield back in 2006 and 2007 you might be able to spot yourself in one of our photos. There were celebrations for birthdays, hen and stag dos, leaving for...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

Patients are ‘not being diverted’ from Pontefract Hospital

Patients are “not being diverted away from Pontefract Hospital”, health bosses have insisted. The Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust said that claims people were being sent to other hospitals for their operations were not true. The trust’s chief...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 

What is balconing? Foreign Office warns Brits on holiday in Spain

More than 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year, and although most visits are trouble-free, the Foreign Office is now warning visitors about the risk of ‘balconing’. What is ‘balconing’? ‘Balconing’ involves the act of jumping into into...

Friday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber
 


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