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Demolition of 1970s Halifax car park

Many roads in Halifax were closed this morning due to the demolition of the Cow Green Multi-storey Car Park. The moment the building came down was captured by Calderdale Council (@Calderdale).

The concrete car park was built in the early 1970s and closed three years ago on safety grounds when structural inspections showed it to be in a very poor condition.

Stranded barges removed for bridge work

Preparing to move stranded barges

Work has started on installing a temporary bridge at the site of the flood damaged Elland bridge, near Halifax.

The bridge, which is addition to the pedestrian crossing point installed last month, is being moved into place using a large crane, which is also being used to lift the stranded canal boats which were displaced during the Boxing Day flooding.

This bridge will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms. The work will mean the closure of the junction of Elland Road and Park Road until about 9pm today.

This closure means there will be no access via Park Road from Brighouse on to the A629 Calderdale Way for this period. However, access to Exley and from the Calderdale Way through to Brighouse will be unaffected.

Diversion routes will be in place, and warning signs will be in position on the junctions leading to Park Road.

Elland bridge is in a very bad state, and will unfortunately have to be demolished. As well as previously being an important crossing point, the damaged bridge also carries important utility services. The installation of a separate crossing point to contain these services will ensure they are protected. While the new bridge is being installed, it will be necessary to close the road because of the size of the crane needed. The work will be done as quickly as possible, and the crane will also be used to move the beached canal boats which have become an iconic image of the flooding."

– Calderdale Council Leader, cllr Tim Swift,


Man's body found on Skegness beach

Body found on Skegness beach Credit: PA

A man's body has been found by a dog walker on the South Parade area of Skegness beach.

Police say they believe they know who the man is and are in the process of tracing relatives. They would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have seen him between about 7pm on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

He is in his 50's with receding light brown hair and blue eyes and was wearing walking boots, cream jeans and a hooded jumper and a Ferrari baseball cap.

The death is being treated as 'unexplained' but its not thought to be suspicious. Tests will be carried out next week to establish the cause of death. Anyone who believes they may have seen the man is asked to call into 101 quoting our incident number 76 of February 13

Woman found dead in grounds of care home

Police in Lincolnshire are investigating the 'unexplained' death of a 75-year-old woman who was resident in the Rectory Care Home at Stickney near Boston. She was found dead in the garden of the grounds yesterday.

A post mortem will be carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary to establish the cause of death.

New bridge to be installed at Elland

A second new river crossing will be opened today to help replace flood-damaged Elland bridge.

A new footbridge also opened at Elland last month Credit: ITV News

The new footbridge bridge will be in addition to the pedestrian crossing point, installed last month, and will carry utilities such as water, gas, electricity cables and telecoms.

The road bridge over the canal will be demolished and rebuilt after being damaged beyond repair in the Boxing Day floods.

The government has promised to fund the £5m cost of the new road bridge.


Small businesses will drive northern economy says Shadow Chancellor

The Shadow Chancellor has been in Rotherham to see the town's so-called "high street vision" for the future.

John McDonnell joined the town's MP - Sarah Champion - as well as the council leader this afternoon. Mr McDonnell says small, independent businesses will drive the northern economy - and wants to see Rotherham used as an example to town centres right across the country.

Hebden Bridge youngsters' sweet tale

A group of children have rallied round to save their favourite shop from going under - after the Boxing Day floods.

Youngster who ran makeshift shop give their takings to help flood victims Credit: ITV Yorkshire

'Something Sweet' has re-opened now after being deluged with water for the second time in four years.

Youngsters from the town ran a makeshift shop of their own when it had to close.

But they decided to give their takings - almost £200 - to a good cause.

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