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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

Imam backs call for children to sing national anthem at school assemblies

An imam from West Yorkshire has told ITV Calendar he supports the singing of God Save the Queen at school assemblies - adding that it doesn't contravene any religious beliefs.

Professor Syed Shah Credit: ITV News

Professor Syed Shah from Al Jamia Al Zahra in Halifax believes Muslims in Britain should be proud as citizens and uphold traditional British values.

Professor Shah added that singing the national anthem would bring communities together and help remove barriers.

I am in favour of this. Our prophet said that wherever you live, always pray for your rulers. If they are just rulers then you must pray for them that God blesses them with good health and gives them divine strength to do good things.

– Professor Syed Shah, Al Jamia Al Zahra

A motion relating to anthem in schools which has been put forward by a councillor from Brighouse is to be discussed by Calderdale Council.

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Yorkshire councillor wants Britain to 'unite behind one flag'

A councillor from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, who has put forward a motion calling for every school to sing God Save The Queen in assemblies has told ITV Calendar he wants the nation to 'unite behind one flag'.

Cllr Scott Benton Credit: ITV News

Brighouse Councillor Scott Benton who represents the Conservatives also wants to encourage all of primary and secondary schools to fly the Union flag in school grounds.

The proposal will be discussed at a Calderdale Council meeting tonight.


Halifax school Assistant Head: 'Being patriotic isn't just about singing the national anthem'

The Assistant Head at Parkinson Lane Primary School in Halifax says being patriotic isn't just about singing the national anthem.

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Paramjit Khangura was speaking to ITV Calendar on the day Calderdale Council discusses a motion calling for children to sing the national anthem in school assemblies.

Parkinson Lane, which has pupils from a range of backgrounds proudly displays the Union Jack among flags of other countries.

The children believe that 'the world is full of different countries' and don't think singing God Save the Queen every morning would make them any more patriotic.

Councillor proposes schools sing national anthem in assemblies

A councillor from Calderdale has put forward a motion calling for every school to fly the Union flag and sing God Save The Queen in school assemblies.

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Brighouse Councillor Scott Benton who represents the Conservatives says he would like to encourage all of primary and secondary schools to fly the Union Flag in school grounds and include the National Anthem as part of school assemblies.

The motion will be discussed at the Halifax Town Hall tonight.

Calls for new investigation into alleged child abuse at care homes in Calderdale

There are calls for fresh investigations into alleged child sex abuse at care homes in Calderdale, dating back more than thirty years. Victims and supporters staged a protest today outside the council's offices in Halifax to demand justice over cases which they claim were not fully looked into at the time, despite some successful prosecutions. They say vulnerable children are still not being protected. Sally Simpson reports.

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