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These are the Wakefield Council services affected by Christmas 2018

Libraries, museums, parks and bin collections will be among the Wakefield Council services affected this festive season. Wakefield Council said they were committed to providing essential services to those who need them most over the Christmas and New...

today, 13:38 in Yorkshire & Humber

RSPCA faces busiest winter day as it expects thousands of calls this Christmas

The RSPCA is bracing itself for the busiest day this Christmas period, today (December 11). The animal welfare charity’s 24-hour emergency hotline received 55,821 calls from members of the public in December last year and December 11 was the busiest...

today, 12:51 in Yorkshire & Humber

Share your memories of Wakefield in 'extraordinary' history project

Two artists have set up a project to preserve the history of east Wakefield where the City Fields development is being built. The City Fields Dreaming Streaming project - by artists Judi Alston and Andy Campbell from One to One Development Trust - is...

today, 12:51 in Yorkshire & Humber

Gunmen chased from Normanton takeaway during attempted robbery

Gunmen fled empty handed after being chased out of a Chinese takeaway in Normanton by staff. Two males wearing balaclavas burst into the Wonderful takeaway on Castleford Road shortly before 9.30pm last night, Monday, December 10. Carrying a handgun,...

today, 10:08 in Yorkshire & Humber

Norovirus warning as figures reveal over 9000 hospital bed days lost to bug in Yorkshire last winter

The NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber is appealing to residents to heed healthcare professionals’ advice on norovirus as figures show the extent of invaluable hospital bed space lost due to the nasty condition last winter. Health bosses have revealed...

today, 09:05 in Yorkshire & Humber

Police crow about 'indecent exposure' offender in Wakefield

Police say they had to look twice after spotting what they thought was a naked man in a Wakefield allotment. A patrol team had been heading past the site in the early hours of this morning and thought they had a naked offender in the midst. But on...

today, 09:05 in Yorkshire & Humber

Morning delays on M62 after three vehicle crash at Normanton interchange

Motorists are being warned of delays building on the M62 after a three vehicle crash. West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that emergency services are at the scene on the westbound carriageway of the M62 and one lane is closed on the entry slip road...

today, 08:03 in Yorkshire & Humber

Warning to avoid 'extremely busy' A63 Selby Road near Monk Fryston in Leeds after lorry collides with bus

Motorists face rush hour delays in Leeds today (Monday) following a collision between a lorry and a bus that has left two people in hospital. The crash happened at about 3.30pm, on the A63 at Selby Road, Monk Fryston, near Garforth. Police are now at...

yesterday, 17:09 in Yorkshire & Humber

West Yorkshire Police drink-drive campaign already catching 12 offenders a day

West Yorkshire Police say they have arrested on average 12 people a day since launching their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign, well above the average from last year. In the space of just nine days since December 1, officers had pulled...

yesterday, 16:39 in Yorkshire & Humber

'Significant delays' for some pregnant women giving birth at Pinderfields Hospital

Care in Pinderfields Hospital's maternity unit needs to improve, the health regulator has said. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that some women who'd been booked in at the Wakefield site's birth centre were experiencing "significant...

yesterday, 16:11 in Yorkshire & Humber

Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust told it 'requires improvement'

The NHS trust which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals has been told it needs to improve several aspects of patient care. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that staffing pressures at all three sites run by the Mid Yorkshire NHS...

yesterday, 15:16 in Yorkshire & Humber

'Castleford is a wonderful town with great people' - your stick up for Cas after it's voted one of the...

After Castleford was named in the top 10 worst towns and cities to live in England, it didn't take long for folk to jump to their town's defence. After the Express posted the story on Facebook, Cas folk, past and present, leapt to its defence with...

yesterday, 15:03 in Yorkshire & Humber

Dogs’ charity that takes 138 calls a day to rehome unwanted pets sends out a festive reminder that “a dog...

To a generation it is among the most enduring slogans in living memory. The world was a different place in many ways when the adage, “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ was unleashed 40 years ago. But not so far removed for it to have lost its...

yesterday, 14:39 in Yorkshire & Humber

Here’s our selection of ethical stocking fillers for Christmas

The annual scramble for Christmas presents is well and truly underway. Fiona Evans rummages around for ethical stocking fillers. Feeling frazzled? Does the Christmas spirit seem to be getting lost in the chaos that besieges the festive prelude? Then...

yesterday, 14:39 in Yorkshire & Humber

Yorkshire braced for five-day freeze as Met Office warns of 60mph winds, ice and snow

Freezing temperatures are set to hit Yorkshire this week, as cold weather from Iceland sweeps across the UK, bringing strong winds, ice and snow. The Met Office has warned that conditions could remain extremely wintry until midweek, with temperatures...

yesterday, 14:28 in Yorkshire & Humber

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