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Parking charges set to return to Halifax town centre

Reprieve is over

Motorists will be charged for on street parking in Halifax town centre from February 2nd - after enjoying a four month reprieve.

A new Traffic Regulation Order will allow the Council to reinstate parking charges and enforce all parking restrictions across the 20 streets in the central area of Halifax.

On street parking charges were lifted in the town centre in October 2014, after it became clear that some of the Council’s TROs could not be legally enforced.

Details of the new order will be available to view on streets in the town centre from January 30th and on the council's website.

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Halifax sign Salford star

Kingstone Press Championship club Halifax have signed Salford Red Devils’ former St Helens forward Andrew Dixon on a one-month loan.

Andrew Dixon Credit: Press Association

The 24-year-old second-rower, who has made 102 Super League appearances, has been allocated a squad number by the Red Devils but is well down the pecking order for back-row spots at the AJ Bell Stadium.

"Andrew's a quality Super League player," said Halifax coach Richard Marshall.

"He's played a lot of games in some good set-ups at St Helens and Salford but he's found himself on the fringes of selection at Salford and is looking for some game time.

"There were a couple of Super League clubs and a couple of Championship clubs chasing him so we're happy he's chosen to come here."

Boris battles for votes in our region as election build-up gathers pace

With just months to go until the general election, political parties have hit the ground running with their campaigns for your vote.

Today it was the turn of the Conservatives who sent none other than Boris Johnson on a whistle-stop tour of Yorkshire.

He was visiting marginal seats which the Tories are hoping to hold on to or win back, as election fever gathers pace.

Adam Fowler went to meet him, and his report does contain flash photography from the start.

Owners plea for return of missing spaniel

Have you seen Bramble? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The owners of a stolen Springer Spaniel called Bramble say they are desperate to get her back.

It's thought Bramble was taken on January 3rd from a van parked by The Spring Rock public house on Rochdale Road, Greetland.

Her owners are particularly concerned for Bramble's welfare because she suffers from epilepsy and fits if not given medication. PC Matthew Howarth of the Halifax Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

"I would appeal for anyone with information about this to get in contact. Bramble is a much loved and missed family pet and her owners are desperate for her to be returned safely."

Bramble in happier days Credit: West Yorkshire Police

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Woman threatened in ASDA carpark

A 34-year-old woman was threatened by a man in an ASDA carpark in Thrum Hall Lane, Halifax.

The incident happened around 8pm on Tuesday, 22 December.

The woman got in to her black Vauxhall Corsa after finishing her shopping and was approached by a man who threatened her and told her to get out of her car. When the victim got out her phone to call the police the man walked away towards Spring Hall Lane.

The man is described as white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, around 6ft tall, of slim build, wearing a dark hooded top.

Police have asked anyone in information to make contact.

Diary of an unknown sailor

The King and Country exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax has now been open nearly 5 months and over 10,500 visitors have seen the collection of objects and artefacts on display to mark the centenary of the First World War. Of the 60 interesting and poignant stories that feature as part of the exhibition, one stands out as being particularly intriguing. An unknown sailor’s diary is on display, giving a frank and descriptive account of life in the British navy at the time of the First World War.

The diary was discovered in the attic of a house in Halifax, and despite numerous attempts to discover the owner, or anyone who has any clues about who could have written it, the author still remains a mystery.

The diary gives a day by day account of life on a naval ship during the War. Almost every day has an entry, and the content of the entries vary from the mundane “March 10th – Clean ship. Great.” to the more serious and dangerous “May 12th - At 2.37am crashed into an American Destroyer…Smashed a huge hole in our bows and holed her engine room.”. The diary also contains intricate drawings of boats he encounters and sketches of scenes in dock and on the sea.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “The King and Country exhibition at Bankfield Museum offers a fascinating insight into life during the First World War, both at home and abroad. The sailor’s diary provides one of the most thorough accounts of life serving as an officer during the War, and is particularly intriguing because of the mystery surrounding its owner.”

Police warning after thieves steal family's presents from under tree

Police are appealing for witnesses after a heartless scrooge stole Christmas presents from under a family tree.

The incident happened at some time between 230pm and 11pm on Thursday 11 December when a burglar or burglars broke into the house on Keighley Road, Halifax.

Once inside the property the thief or thieves stole Christmas presents including a bike, scooter, RC model airplane, DVDs and a Nerf Gun.

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson of Calderdale CID, said:

This is a heartless crime, just before Christmas and these presents were for young children. Their parents will find it very difficult to replace them.

The incident happened on a busy road close to the Morrison's supermarket and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in contact.

Likewise I am appealing directly to the person or persons involved in this crime to search their conscience - the presents they took are for young children for Christmas Day. Or if you are offered any of the items for sale in a deal that sounds 'too good to be true' then please get in contact.

– Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson
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