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Champagne and slippers for lottery winner gran

All smiles: Jane Lewis

A 69-year-old grandmother from Halifax is celebrating after scooping £4.3 million on the Lottery. Jane Lewis, a retired seamstress who has five children and 11 grandchildren, has played the same numbers since Lotto began.

But she decided to break her normal routine when she bought a Lucky Dip from the Sowerby Bridge Tesco store because she got a 'good feeling' about it. After her win, she caught a bus to town and bought a pair of slippers she had been saving for. She now hopes to buy her own home.

Toasting the win
Champagne and slippers

Victoria Whittam has been to meet Jane:

Halifax Minster in full bloom for flower festival

Halifax Minster is in full bloom this weeked as it hosts a festival of flowers.

The magnificent setting provides the backdrop for a feast of stunning floral displays to celebrate the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

The event, which is on until Sunday, is run in partnership withThe Halifax Minster and Halifax Flower Club.

Halifax Minster in full bloom
Life-size willow sculpture of a horse
Floral displays adorn every corner of the Minster


Halifax to welcome Yorkshire Regiment

More than 130 troops from The Yorkshire Regiment will take to the streets of Halifax today to exercise their Freedom of the Borough.

The event also marks the 70th anniversary of the granting of the Freedom of Calderdale to the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, which is now part of the Yorkshire Regiment.

The parade also coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, in which 'The Dukes' were heavily involved, along with other Yorkshire regiments.

Before the soldiers from the 1st Battalion (1 YORKS) exercise their right to the march through Halifax 'with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed', the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Lisa Lambert, will unveil a plaque in a private ceremony in the Town Hall as a permanent memorial to the granting of the Freedom.

Mother writes to Prime Minister over daughter's weight problem

The mother of a 10- year-old girl who says she has not been given enough help to stop her daughter eating too much.

Elizabeth Thomson says her daughter Holly-Ann is an emotional eater who is addicted to food - and does not know when she is full.

Public Health England says parents and children can maintain a healthy weight by following a balanced diet, Adam Fowler has this report.

Caught on camera: shopper tackles thief

Jade Drinnan, 20, grappled with a thief who was threatening a Halifax shopkeeper in January. She was just passing by when she heard a commotion and decided to intervene. The CCTV footage (above) captured the dramatic event.

Jade required hospital treatment as a result of standing up to the man at Union Street News, suffering damage to her finger and a torn ear. She received a commendation at the 2015 Calderdale Police Awards.

Police used CCTV footage and Jade’s description and he was later arrested at Rastrick Common.


Police investigate sexual assault in Halifax

Police are investigating a report of a serious sexual assault on an 18-year-old female which is alleged to have taken place in the Bank Bottom area of Halifax on Thursday afternoon (4/6/15).

‘‘A 19-year-old local man was arrested last night in connection with the investigation and he remains in police custody.

‘‘The victim is being supported by specially trained officers, and while I understand that incidents like this are understandably disturbing, I would like to reassure local people that we do not believe there is any wider danger to members of the public.

‘‘A scene remains in place at the present time as officers continue to forensically examine the area. Patrols by neighbourhood officers have also been increased in the area to reassure local residents.’’

– Detective Inspector Sharon Hewitt, from Calderdale District CID

Man charged with manslaughter over pub fire death

Detectives investigating a fatal fire at a pub in Halifax have charged a man with manslaughter. Shaun McBride, who is 31 and from Rochdale Road in the town, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Andrew McGow, pictured below, who was 50 and from Halifax, died in Pinderfields hospital after being found unconscious inside the building by fire crews.

Andrew McGow

Witness appeal after suspected arson at pub

A man is critically ill in hospital following a serious fire in Halifax this morning. Fire fighters were called at around 2.30am and found the 50-year-old unconscious inside the New Welley pub on Rochdale Road. A 31-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of arson. The road initally closed has now reopened. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Arrest over Halifax pub fire which left man with life-threatening injuries

A 31-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life

A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a fire at a pub in Halifax. The 50-year-old was found unconscious inside the New Welley on Rochdale Road in the early hours of this morning. Detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are investigating the fire and a 31-year-old man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Investigators at scene of fire

Whilst this fire took place in the early hours, it is possible someone locally has heard or seen something suspicious and we would urge them to come forward.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson
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