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Police make fresh appeal to find missing Antony Hill

West Yorkshire Police are making a fresh appeal for information to help trace Antony Hill.

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The 19-year-old, who also uses the names of Antony Richie and Antoine Richis, was reported missing on February 22. Police believe he may have been seen two days later in Manchester City Centre.

He is described as 5ft 10in, very slim build and short dark hair.

Police know that he has links across Greater Manchester and Lancashire, as well as in the upper valley area of Calderdale.

Vulnerable teenager missing for more than a week

Detectives in Calderdale are continuing to appeal for information help to find a vulnerable missing 19-year-old man.

Antony Hill Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Antony Hill, who also uses the names Antony Richie and Antoine Richis, who 19, is believed to have been in Manchester City Centre on Wednesday 24 February.

Antony is described as a white male, 5"10" tall of very slim build with short dark hair.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Antony's safety and welfare as it is out of character for him to go missing and to not be in contact with anyone. We believe that Antony was in the City Centre of Manchester on February 24, and know that he has links across Greater Manchester and Lancashire, as well as in the upper valley area of Calderdale. I would appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from Anthony in the last month, or who knows where he is now to come forward. I would equally appeal directly to Antony to get in touch so we know that he is OK. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Detective Inspector David Shaw of Calderdale CID

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Baby's death recorded as 'misadventure'

Baby Gino Asquith with his parents

A verdict of misadventure has been recorded by a coroner into the death of a baby at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Gino Asquith died just three days after his birth in November 2014. Bradford Coroner's court heard his mother, 28-year-old Sarah Ellis from Batley, went into labour on November 7th. She attended the Calderdale Hospital where she was told there was no bed for her and that she needed to go to Huddersfield Birthing Centre.

Because her labour was not in an advanced stage she was sent home but later that day she could no longer feel her baby moving and attended Calderdale Hospital where she was admitted to the Maternity Assessment Unit.

Six hours later she was examined by a consultant and underwent an emergency Caesarean section to deliver the baby. Her son, Gino, was born on November 9th and was resuscitated twice. Gino was placed on life support, but just days later Sarah and her partner Adam Asquith were advised to withdraw treatment and Gino died on November 12th.

Coroner Oliver Longstaff said there were several missed opportunities to get medical intervention for Gino's mother by staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital. But he said that steps had been taken at the hospital since to prevent this happening again.

He added that Gino's death was a tragedy and a catastrophe for his parents who had been very dignified throughout the two day inquest in Bradford.

School closures due to snow

Crossley Heath School in Halifax: one of many closed today

The following schools have so far announced they will close today due to the snow. The Bradford council website is down so we are unable to update Bradford Schools at the moment.

BRADFORD BBG Academy 1 in Birkenshaw later opening at 9:30 Beckfoot School Beckfoot Upper Heaton Bradford District PRU Bradford Girls' Grammar School Braken Hill Primary Carlton Bolling College Hazelbeck Special School Hollingwood Primary School Ilkley Grammar School Stanbury Village School Thornbury Primary School Thornton Grammar School

CALDERDALE Burnley Road Academy Calder High School, A Specialist Technology College Castlefields Infant School Central Street Infant and Nursery The Crossley Heath School Elland CE (VA) J, I & N School Heptonstall J, I & N School Lightcliffe Academy Midgley School The North Halifax Grammar School Old Town Primary School Park Lane Learning Trust Rastrick High School Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College Riverside Junior School Ryburn Valley High School Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School (Sowerby Bridge) Sowerby Bridge High School Stubbings Infant School Todmorden High School, Specialist Visual Arts College Trinity Academy Halifax Wainstalls School

LEEDS Crawshaw Academy school will start at later time of 10.30 Horsforth School, Later start time of 9:30am for all students Lighthouse Free School Academy - CLOSED North West Leeds SILC and SEN Specialist Communication & Interaction College - later start time of 10:00 Priesthorpe School is open from 9:30am Westbrook Lane Primary School - Delayed start of 10am

Floods envoy confirms £5.5m to rebuild Elland's bridge

The floods envoy Robert Goodwill has been on Elland bridge today as he confirmed that £5.5m will be spent on rebuilding it.

Elland bridge which was damaged during the recent floods Credit: ITV Yorkshire

He met business owners and local authority leaders who are asking for further help in the wake of the Boxing Day floods.

A footbridge should be ready by Friday but the main bridge could take up to a year.

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Council: Elland Bridge 'may have to be demolished'

A bridge in West Yorkshire may have to be demolished after damage from the recent floods.

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Calderdale Council's deputy leader Barry Collins said a decision would have to be taken quickly on the fate of Elland Bridge, which is owned by the Canal and River Trust.

He said that a temporary bridge would hopefully be built further downstream to allow people who live, work and go to school in Elland to get on with their lives .

Credit: Calderdale Council

Barges near the bridge are still aground after the canal and the river overflowed.

Councillor Collins said the local authority was still trying to find out who owns Copley Bridge which was also damaged in the floods.

Copley Bridge Credit: ITV News

Floods warnings remain in place after torrential rain

A number of flood alerts and warnings remain in place in West Yorkshire as the region was hit by torrential rain yesterday.

They sounded the flood sirens at Todmorden and Mytholmroyd amid concern over the rising River Calder.

The river at Hebden Bridge broke its bank on Saturday evening causing flooding on the roads.

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Police concerned for missing 29-year-old woman

Police in West Yorkshire are appealing for information to help trace a missing vulnerable 29-year-old woman.

Sandra Boulton Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Sandra Boulton was last seen at Calderdale Royal Hospital at 11am on Tuesday 1 December. Sandra is described as a white female, 5"7" tall of slim build with a shaved head. She was last seen wearing a grey top and grey leggings.

Sandra is known to have links to the Huddersfield area, specifically Marsh and Paddock, and has also been known to stay in hotels in Leeds. It is possible she may have travelled across the county.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Sandra's welfare and would ask for anyone who has seen or heard from her, or who knows where she is now to get in touch. I would also speak directly to Sandra, and ask her to contact the police so we know she is OK.

– Inspector Mark Wheeler, Calderdale District Police

Taxi drivers learn to spot signs of child sexual exploitation

Over 1000 taxi drivers and private hire licence holders in Calderdale are now able to spot and report signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Drivers attended Professional Standards Training which was introduced in May 2015 – new four-hour sessions covering the key areas of responsibility for licensed drivers.

Cllr Ferman Ali, Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, and trainer Nadeem Mir with taxi drivers who have completed their training.

The drivers are now clued up on protecting children from CSE; recognising and reporting domestic abuse; disability and access for all; keeping safe and reporting incidents; maintaining a safe vehicle and being an ambassador for Calderdale. The training is compulsory for all drivers who hold a licence in Calderdale. They must complete the course every three years to keep their licence. New applicants need to do the training before receiving their licence.

I learned a lot from the training. It was really helpful in raising awareness of how to protect children. If I see anything of concern I know how to report it.

– Javed Iqbal, Woods private hire
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