A man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend, Chelsea Hyndman of Castleford,on Crete - but has been allowed to return home.
A sculpture sold at cut-price to Tower Hamlets Council by the Castleford artist Henry Moore is to be sold - despite widespread opposition.
A man accused of murdering his girlfriend from West Yorkshire in Greece has been granted bail to the UK.
There are plans for a new stadium for Castleford Tigers to be funded by a allowing a retail development to go ahead.
The developers, Lateral Property Group, have entered into discussions with Wakefield Council for plans to build a major site at Glasshoughton, adjacent to Junction 32 of the M62.
The £135 million investment into Castleford would bring a new retail park to the town, along with a Country Park and significant highways improvements. As many as 2,000 jobs could be created at the site.
Another 12 months of construction work will start on the M62 in West Yorkshire later this month. From Junctions 30 to 32, the hard shoulder will be closed, a 50 mile an hour speed limit will be in place and there will be new speed check cameras. Tina Gelder reports.
A cable thief who was jailed for 18 months in May for stealing railway cable in the West Yorkshire area has now been ordered to pay back more than £25,000 following a British Transport Police investigation.
Ben Pearson, 23, of Hillcrest Road, Castleford appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, 10 January for a Proceeds of Crime Act ( POCA) hearing, where he was ordered to pay £17,275 compensation to Network Rail and had £8,522 confiscated.
Mr Pearson will have 56 days to pay the money under POCA.
– PC Andy Jones. British Transport Police
“This case sends out a clear message that sealing cable just doesn’t pay. Not only did Pearson lose his liberty but he has also been forced to pay back his ill gotten gains.
“We’re hitting cable thieves in their own pockets by taking back money they’ve made through targeting and stealing from the rail network.
"We’ll pursue them through the courts to strip them of their criminal profits.”
The largest single sculpture created by West Yorkshire artist Henry Moore is going under the hammer in New York today. The 11-feet-long bronze Reclining Figure is expected to sell for between £2.5 million and £3.75 million. The sculpture is the largest single piece created by the artist.
West Yorkshire Police have signed up young actors from a school in Castleford to help them in their current crackdown on child exploitation
The teenagers from Airedale Academy are playing the part of young people who've been groomed and then abused by older men to try to get more victims to come forward and to highlight the warning signs people might see in victims. Calendar's James Webster went to meet them.
Performing arts students at a Castleford school have teamed up with West Yorkshire Police to produce films about child sexual exploitation.
In a bid to highlight the warning signs, pupils from Airedale Academy played victims of exploitation in a number of online videos.
Student Darion Westwood told us he was shocked when he first read the scripts.
Confectionary giant Haribo is officially unveiling its plan for a new purpose built production facility today as the Business Secretary Vince Cable visits to see the work get underway on the firm's new West Yorkshire based factory, which will create 286 jobs and marks an investment of £92m.
The new site will be based in Castleford at Junction 31 of the M62 and will complement Haribo’s existing facility in Pontefract, which employs 540 people.
The new site will span 30,700 sqm and once fully operational 48,000 tonnes of treats will be produced at the new factory each year.
Managing Director of Haribo UK, Herwig Vennekens said: “After two years of planning it’s great to finally get to the stage where we are setting the foundations that support our plans for growth within the UK.
“Whilst our new factory marks a major investment for our company we are pleased that our vision has also been supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, without which our plans would not have been realised.
“This investment will enhance Haribo’s production capabilities and help us to meet the growing demand for our products. Our existing factory is near capacity and so this new site will enable us to continue to extend our offering and to develop new and innovative products. "
Haribo’s new facility has been made possible thanks to funding from the UK Government. In 2011, in support of the new facility and the creation of jobs, Haribo was awarded £6.4m from the UK government as part of the Regional Growth Fund Round 1.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Haribo’s investment in Yorkshire, supported by £6.4 million from the Regional Growth Fund, is a boost for the region creating 286 jobs and increasing manufacturing activity.
"The Regional Growth Fund is supporting firms, small and large, across the country to expand, complementing the Government’s industrial strategy. Round 5 opens for applications tomorrow and I urge businesses to see how it can help them hire more people or expand to new markets."
The recruitment process for the new facility has already started with 15 individuals joining the Haribo team. Roles available will vary, from machine operators through to management positions.
Sweets giant Haribo has announced plans for a new £92m plant at Castleford creating 286 news jobs.
The firm which already employs over 500 people at its existing Pontefract complex says the new factory will allow it to expand production.
It is expected that work will be completed by April 2015 with the first two production lines fully operational later in the same year.
Castleford have made Salford centre Ashley Gibson their first signing for 2014.
The 26-year-old former Leeds player, whose contract with the Reds runs out this year, is joining the Tigers on a two-year deal.
– Ashley Gibson
I'm chuffed to sign for Castleford Tigers. When my manager came to me saying that Cas were interested in me I was over the moon. There were a couple of other offers but I wanted to be playing my rugby close to home so it's a great opportunity for me in Castleford."
Ashley Gibson has spent the last four years at Salford and has scored 54 tries in 111 Super League appearances.
– Daryl Powell, Castleford coach
Ashley is a player that I have rated since I coached at Leeds when he was a young player coming through the system. He is a versatile and skilful player with a great attitude and his signing further strengthens the quality and depth in our squad for next season."
Gibson is set to face his next employers when Salford visit Castleford on Sunday in the penultimate match of the season.
Castleford have beaten the Super League signing deadline to acquire the services of London Broncos outside back Michael Channing on loan to the end of the season.
The 21-year-old, who hopes to play for Wales in the World Cup, has made 12 appearances at centre for the Broncos this term.
"I have watched Michael play for a number of months now and I'm really pleased with his addition to the squad," said Castleford coach Daryl Powell.
"He's got fantastic footwork, good pace and he's a strong player who will continue to develop.
"He adds competition to the squad in the outside backs and we'll be looking to potentially tie up a longer-term deal with him."
Channing said: "I was looking at where I was going to learn the most and Cas seemed to tick all the boxes.
"I've heard a lot about Daryl Powell - hopefully I can learn a lot from him.
"I have the World Cup coming up at the end of the year so I want to learn everything that I can and become a better player.
"I'm going to give everything that I can and play my best for Castleford Tigers. I want to be a part of Cas because I know they're going somewhere."