Elections watchdog calls for plans to restrict postal voting and introduce ballot box identity checks to crack down on polling fraud.
Roads closed by the flash floods in the Calder Valley have reopened and are passable with care, but train services are still not running.
Teaching staff in Calderdale have walked out in a row about redundancies.
West Yorkshire Police have written to schools in Calderdale following a number of reported attempted abductions of children. In the latest, a nine-year-old girl was grabbed by a man and led to his vehicle in the Mixenden area of Halifax but she managed to struggle free.
Police say there's been a number of other reports of vehicles containing suspicious men seemingly signalling or speaking to young children across the Halifax area over the last two weeks. These reports are being investigated, not all are believed to be linked.
A spokesperson said that whilst most of these reports have been shown to be false alarms, police want to encourage parents to maintain vigilance over their children’s safety and to report any incidents that concern them directly to the police.
Calderdale police wanted to reassure the public that they are working with specialist police teams to investigate these current reports and maintain a visible presence in the local communities affected.
– Calderdale police
It is a prudent time to remind children of the ‘stranger – danger’ message, and local officers will be reinforcing this message during their normal engagement activities in their areas. Calderdale remains a safe place to live and genuine incidents of this nature are thankfully extremely rare.
The emergency services are urging people not to be tempted to cool off in reservoirs in the hot spell. The water is still extremely cold and can prove fatal.
Police are investigating reports of a rape made by a young girl against five boys aged 12 and 13-years-old in Calderdale. All five suspects were arrested and have since been released on bail as inquiries continue.
Calderdale Council's Museums Service has been given £140,000 from Arts Council England to help fund its volunteering programme. The money will be used to establish a new apprentice scheme and to recruit a volunteer co-ordinator.
Four apprentices will work within the museum team, providing opportunities and experience for young people interested in a career in museums and galleries.
Bus operator First says all services in Huddersfield and Calderdale have been suspended because of the snow.
Jeremy Hunt today announced £50 million will be made available to NHS Trusts and local authorities working in partnership with social care providers to help hospitals and care homes cater for people with dementia.
The funding will be used to develop more initiatives like the ‘butterfly scheme’ uses across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
The system involves placing a butterfly symbol on the bed of a patient with dementia. It is also highlighted in their care records, appointment records and on patient flow boards so that staff know they need extra help.
– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
“Being one of the best for dementia is a priority for this Government, and doing what we can to help people with the condition feel more safe and secure in their environment is an important part of this. “Responding with dignity and compassion to dementia is the only sensible reaction to the urgent challenges we face as our population ages.”
Calderdale’s double Paralympic Gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, is set to become a Freewoman of the Borough. Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:“This is the highest accolade that the Council can bestow and reflects the pride and admiration we all have for Hannah.”
In the meantime, Hannah is due to attend a civic homecoming on September 13 in Halifax's historic Piece Hall where people from across Calderdale will have the chance to share Hannah’s delight at winning the 100m and 200m sprint events.
Calderdale Council’s Mayor, Cllr John Hardy, says he hopes people from across the borough will take the opportunity to share in Hannah’s triumph and show their support to a remarkable athlete.
“Her triumph is one of which Calderdale can be really proud. She is an inspiration to us all, showing what can be achieved with Yorkshire grit and determination. We’re all delighted for her and it will be marvellous to see crowds of people in the Piece Hall,” said Cllr Hardy.
A brewery in Mytholmroyd is holding an evening of live Blues tonight to support victims of the recent flooding. Musicians are travelling from across the country to take part in Floodstock at Mytholmroyd Community Centre free of charge.
The Slightly Foxed Brewery is also producing a special beer called 'Slightly Flooded', the proceeds of which will be given to the Flood Victims' fund. Tickets are available from Mytholmroyd Community Centre and Flying Saucers, Hebden Bridge.
The line up includes:
- Hooson (nominated Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards 2012)
- The Paddy Maguire Band
- TJ Norton
- Tom Attah
- You can find out more about the event here.
It's thought at up to 1150 homes and businesses in Calderdale were affected by last month's record breaking floods. Engineers estimate that at least £500,000 will have to be spent on repairing a Victorian dam and culverts at Hebden Bridge.