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Organisers apologise over pumpkin festival traffic chaos

Organisers of the annual Father Copleys Pumpkin Festival have apologised for the traffic chaos caused by the event at the weekend. Huge tailbacks were reported around Pontefract, Featherstone and Purston Jaglin as people attended the popular...

yesterday, 16:55 in Yorkshire & Humber

Tightening taxi rules for Wakefield cabbies 'pointless', councillor says

Wakefield Council's plans to tighten rules for taxi drivers have been branded "pointless" because of government deregulation of the industry. The local authority wants to make it harder for cabbies with a criminal conviction to get their...

yesterday, 15:36 in Yorkshire & Humber

Thousands of children regularly missing from Wakefield's schools last year

Thousands of children were regularly missing from Wakefield's schools during the first two terms last year, new figures reveal. Across the country, absence rates have increased over each of the last two years, following several years of general...

yesterday, 13:28 in Yorkshire & Humber

Pedestrian sustains serious head injury after Wakefield city centre hit-and-run

A man was left with a serious head injury after being hit by a car in Wakefield city centre. The man, in his 60s, was struck by the red Fiat Panda on Friday night at around 11.50pm on Friday, October 19. The driver of the car did not stop and made off...

yesterday, 10:50 in Yorkshire & Humber

Closed down South Hiendley school was 'fully ablaze' in fire

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a former school in South Hiendley yesterday evening. Six fire engines, including teams from Wakefield, Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, South Kirkby and Leeds, were called to the blaze at the former Highwell School...

yesterday, 09:55 in Yorkshire & Humber

Knottingley teenager Courtney Ashe is missing

Police are appealing for anyone who sees a missing Knottingley teenager to get in touch. Courtney Ashe, 15, was last seen at her school at 11am on Friday. It is believed that she then went back to her home in Northfield Road. She is described as...

yesterday, 09:36 in Yorkshire & Humber

M62 accident causes lane closure traffic between Brighouse and Huddersfield

A lane was closed on the M62 this morning after an accident. The incident took place before 8am on the eastbound carriageway at junction 25 in Brighouse, according to media reports Congestion reportedly goes back to junction 23 at Huddersfield....

yesterday, 08:50 in Yorkshire & Humber

Homeowners may have to spend 'more than cost of a mortgage' to stop flooding

Homeowners living in new builds in the Wakefield district could be forced to spend hundreds of thousands on stopping their own houses being flooded, it's been suggested. Sustainable drainage systems (SUDS), are often created on new estates to help...

Monday, 17:13 in Yorkshire & Humber

Arriva to introduce contactless payments to Wakefield buses as company defends its local service

Contactless payments, new vehicles and cheaper tickets for young people are among plans being rolled out by bus operator Arriva on services in Wakefield. The company has defended its local record following criticism from councillors and public bodies...

Monday, 16:33 in Yorkshire & Humber

The Wakefield Countryside Directory for People with Disabilities

A charity has produced a countryside directory to help people with disabilities in Wakefield get out and about more. The Wakefield district has a wonderful selection of parks and green spaces for people to enjoy. However, some people with disabilities...

Monday, 14:58 in Yorkshire & Humber

M1 closed in both directions

A stretch of the M1 was closed in both directions after a serious crash this lunchtime south of Wakefield. Police closed the northbound and southbound between J36 and J37 in Barnsley after the crash at around 1.45pm. The air ambulance has been called...

Monday, 14:41 in Yorkshire & Humber

School forced to close because of fire

A school has been forced to close after a fire broke out this morning. Middlestown Primary Academy is shut today after small electrical fire occurred in a light fitting. The fire was extinguished within school and the fire service were called. However...

Monday, 12:44 in Yorkshire & Humber

Ex-miners and charity members ‘will suffer’ after vandals damage charity minibuses in Pontefract

A charity are calling for witnesses to come forward after vandals smashed the windows of their minibuses. Two vans were damaged in the attack, which left windows and windscreens shattered and rendered the vans unusable until repairs can be made. The...

Monday, 11:49 in Yorkshire & Humber

Missing woman thought to be in Wakefield area

Police are asking for the public's help to find a missing woman in the Wakefield district. Angela Senior, who officers believe is in the Wakefield, Castleford or Normanton area, was last seen yesterday. The 49-year-old is described as white with short...

Monday, 09:35 in Yorkshire & Humber

Dramatic photos show lorry wedged into motorway barrier after crash on M62 near Leeds

An LGV has become stuck on top of a motorway crash barrier on the M62 at Ferrybridge this morning. One lane of the westbound carriageway near junction 33 had to be closed after the accident. Police name biker killed in Sherburn-in-Elmet crash Highways...

Monday, 07:23 in Yorkshire & Humber

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