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Police name Hebden Bridge crash victim

Jacob Chothia died following a collision near Hedben Bridge Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police investigating a fatal collision near Hebden Bridge have confirmed the identity of the man who died.

Jacob Chothia, 21 from Mytholmroyd was found following the collision on Burnley Road, near to the junction of Carr Lane.  

It is believed that his motorcycle left the road and collided with a tree sometime after 1.30am on August 10th, when he was last seen in Hebden Bridge.  


Cyclist dies in Hebden Bridge collision

A cyclist has died after being involved in a collision in Hebden Bridge.

Scene of fatal crash in Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It happened on Sunday July 17 at around 1.15pm when the cyclist was travelling towards Hebden Bridge on Keighley Road and a Vauxhall Zafira travelling in the opposite direction collided between the market town and Peckett Well.

The cyclist, a 32-year-old man, died at the scene. Two other male cyclists travelling with the victim were uninjured.

Another cyclist then collided with a van that had stopped to help. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Police are treating the incidents separately.

I would appeal to anyone who was travelling around the area on Sunday afternoon who may have seen either the cyclists, or the vehicle prior to the incident or anyone who witnessed the collision itself to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing."

– Sergeant Matt Tunney, West Yorkshire Police

5-year-old West Yorkshire girl left with serious facial injuries following dog bite

Police are appealing for information after a five-year-old girl received serious, potentially life-altering, injuries after being bitten on the face by a dog at the Handmade Parade event in Hebden Bridge.

The girl was bitten at the Handmade Parade event on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Police say the girl was waiting in line at a food stall at the event in Calder Holmes Park between 2.50pm and 3pm on Sunday when a dog, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, jumped up biting her face and leg.

The dog was on a lead at the time of the incident and is described as ginger/brown with white markings and a white belly and was wearing a light brown four point harness. Two men were with the dog who are described as both being white, aged around 50-years-old, of quite broad build, wearing glasses. One was further described as bald or with very short hair and was wearing a black or navy and white horizontal striped shirt.

The five-year-old girl involved in this incident needed reconstructive surgery to an eyelid following this attack and has suffered potentially irreparable damage to her lower tear duct.

The two men with the dog have apparently left the area without checking on the girl's welfare or leaving any details. We need to identify these two men and would urge anyone with information about who they are, or indeed the men themselves, to come forwards

– PCSO Gareth Helliwell, Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team


Handmade Parade returns to thrill the crowds

The wonderfully wacky 'Handmade Parade' returns to the streets of Hebden Bridge today, when giant puppets and all kinds of curious creations lead a parade through the town onto the Calder Holmes Park.

The parade will start at 12 noon, with spectators encouraged to join in a 'Picnic in the Park' from 1pm until 4pm.

Local schoolchildren have been taking part in a number of workshops over the last few weeks, working with a team of local professional carnival artists.

They along with adult volunteers, guest artists and a number of street bands will be among around 1000 people who will dance down the streets of the town, watched by thousands.

Visitors travelling to Hebden Bridge for the parade are encouraged to use public transport. Road users are reminded that the A646 in the centre of Hebden Bridge will be closed between 12.00-12.45.

Calder Valley celebrates 'Alternative Christmas'

Six months on from the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley, residents and business have been celebrating an 'Alternative Christmas' today.

Hebden Bridge celebrate Christmas in June Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rains which started on Christmas Day saw festivities ruined for many people in both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - with hundreds of homes and business left under up to six feet of water.

The town council organised a day of Christmas festivities, with shops encouraged to get out the tinsel and baubles and decorate their businesses - to make up for the soggy Christmas they lost.

Hebden Bridge junior band kicked off the celebrations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge Junior Band kicked off celebrations by playing carols around a Christmas tree in the town's St George's Square at 11 am. They were also playing at Mytholmroyd Gala, which started at 12.15 pm, and accompanied there by a choir from Burnley Road Primary School, whose pupils have still not been able to return to their flooded classrooms and continue to be taught elsewhere.

There will be all the fun of the gala in Mytholmroyd, and street entertainment in Hebden Bridge throughout the day.

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