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Strike action: how will weekend’s train strike affect you?

Trains through Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract and Normanton are expected to be disrupted due to strike action tomorrow. Tomorrow (Saturday) will mark the ninth consecutive Saturday of strike action by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and...

today, 16:22 in Yorkshire & Humber

Cannabis grow house catches fire

Police found a cannabis farm inside a suburban house which caught fire last week. The roof of the semi-detached property on Lime Tree Crescent in Kippax was destroyed in the blaze. Nobody was inside the house when emergency services arrived. West...

today, 16:22 in Yorkshire & Humber

NHS operations at Pinderfields could be postponed this winter

Some non-emergency surgery may be postponed at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, this winter to cope with seasonal pressures on the NHS. Health bosses and staff are bracing themselves for another tough few months, with an increase in A&E visitors...

today, 15:51 in Yorkshire & Humber

Love Your High Street: Our campaign gets support of business chiefs

Business experts have backed the Express’ Love Your High Street campaign and said ‘radical changes’ are needed in how town and city centres are presented to shoppers. Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce – which covers the Wakefield district – head of...

today, 15:08 in Yorkshire & Humber

African town in rush to snap up Ponte ‘delicacy’

Sweets made in Pontefract are causing quite a stir in an African town after selling out in double quick time, according to a newspaper columnist. Expatriate Rob Fidler lives in Uvongo on the east coast of South Africa and writes for the South Coast...

today, 15:08 in Yorkshire & Humber

Nostell bosses hit out at HS2 plans that will pass by ‘jewel in the district’s crown’

The National Trust has hit out at HS2 over plans for its route to pass within 400m of parkland at one of the jewels in the district’s crown. Noise, road access and adverse environmental effects on the water at Grade I-listed Nostell are some of the...

today, 14:55 in Yorkshire & Humber

Can you help bring missing Ronnie home?

The heartbroken owner of a missing dog is desperately appealing for help to bring him home. Little terror-cross Ronnie has been missing since Friday, October 5, after a visit from St Aidan’s RSPB reserve in Allerton Bywater. The last sighting of him...

today, 14:17 in Yorkshire & Humber

City Tastes & Tipples: Roaring fires, real ale and Morris dance

A roaring fire is the first thing to greet guests at a tranquil and atmospheric real ale pub recently reopened at the edge of the city centre. The former Bull and Fairhouse, O’Donoghue’s, and Friar Tuck’s pub on George Street has been revamped by John...

today, 13:52 in Yorkshire & Humber

Kaiser Chiefs to play Leeds homecoming gig - here’s how to get tickets

Rock band Kaiser Chiefs have announced a huge homecoming gig, playing Elland Road as part of Leeds United’s centenary celebrations. The Whites supporters will play a setlist packed with hits such as ‘Ruby’, ‘I Predict A Riot’ and ‘Oh My God’ on...

today, 13:44 in Yorkshire & Humber

Flagship arts college will put our city on the map

Plans have been unveiled for a new arts college which could see the city become the centre of arts education in the North. The plans for the building, which will be home to CAPA College, were unveiled at Wakefield One on Friday, October 12. They...

today, 13:29 in Yorkshire & Humber

Battlefield mud exhibition features war heroine Nellie

Wakefield’s War heroine, Nellie Spindler is featured as part of a poignant art exhibition at a North Yorkshire cathedral using soil from the battlefields of Europe. Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope is a sculptural piece to commemorate those who gave the...

today, 13:16 in Yorkshire & Humber

Campaigners gear up to fight plans for hundreds of homes

Campaigners are gearing up again to fight plans to build hundreds of homes on what they say is the last area of greenbelt in the WF1 postcode. The Friends of Newton Hill, who successfully fought off developers wanting to build 82 homes off Second...

today, 13:16 in Yorkshire & Humber

Disabled people lose out due to rules, say drivers

Taxi drivers say new rules introduced by Wakefield Council is stopping them from taking disabled passengers. The local authority is bringing in legislation which would stop cabbies from using cars manufactured before September 2016, a move which the...

today, 12:46 in Yorkshire & Humber

Birthday celebrations as Dunkirk veteran marks 100 years

A Dunkirk veteran from Lofthouse will celebrate his 100th birthday on October 25. Bernard Richardson is the last remaining member of the now disbanded Leeds Dunkirk Veterans Association. In 2016 the President of France awarded him the Rank of...

today, 12:14 in Yorkshire & Humber

Could this be Wakefield’s new Christmas centrepiece?

A new modern type of Christmas tree could become the centrepiece to Wakefield’s festive decorations this year if a planning application is approved. Plans are in place to erect a 6.7 metre-high 3D cone tree on Teall Street - opposite Trinity Walk,...

today, 12:14 in Yorkshire & Humber

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