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Fire damaged building will have to be demolished, says business owner

Investigations continue into cause of blaze Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire which destroyed a taxi office in Castleford and also left an adjoining furniture showroom smoke damaged. The owner of Euro Cars, Shukran Riaz, said the building would now have to be demolished.

The blaze has left his business - he employs 40 drivers - in limbo although it is managing to operate out of its second office at Xscape. No one was in the building, which also houses residential apartments upstairs, when the blaze broke out yesterday afternoon. The cause is yet unknown.

Crews still at scene of Castleford fire

Building badly damaged Credit: Calendar news

Crews are still at the scene of a large blaze which had destroyed a building housing a furniture showroom and taxi firm. The blaze broke out this afternoon in Wesley Street in Castleford. The cause is as yet unknown.

Damping down Credit: Calendar news

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Retail park could fund new stadium for Castleford Tigers

What the retail centre could look like Credit: Lateral Property Group

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.

What the new stadium could look like Credit: Lateral Property Group

Cable thief ordered to pay back £25,000

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.

“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.”

– PC Andy Jones. British Transport Police

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Police bring in Castleford students to raise child exploitation awareness

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.

286 jobs boost for sweet giant

Artist's impression of new Haribo plant at Castleford
Artist's impression of new Haribo plant at Castleford Credit: Vector Design Concepts Ltd.

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.

Artist's impression of new Haribo plant at Castleford
Artist's impression of new Haribo plant at Castleford Credit: The Bionic Group

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 existing plant at Pontefract
Haribo's existing plant at Pontefract Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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
Business Secretary Vince Cable Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

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