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Tributes for Hebden Bridge man killed in Thailand crash

Tributes have to paid to a popular shop owner who has been killed abroad on holiday.

Bob Leedham was on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand with his wife Gemma when their scooter was involved in an accident. Gemma is understood to be in hospital.

Mr Leedham was well known in Hebden Bride where he ran an old fashioned sweet shop, and local business owner, Frances Young, has paid tribute to "a brilliant bloke":

West Yorks shop boss killed in Thai accident

Bob Leedham

The owner of a West Yorkshire sweet shop has died in a road accident whilst on holiday in Thailand.

Bob Leedham was on a scooter with his wife, Gemma, when the accident happened on the island of Koh Samui.

Bob Leedham and his widow Gemma on their wedding day

The couple, who run "Something Sweet" in Hebden Bridge, only married in March last year, in Borneo.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family within 18 months - Mr Leedham's son Kevin died from a brain tumour in September 2012. He was just 36.

Flowers outside Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Tributes are pouring in for Mr Leedham. A passionate Liverpool supporter and former local football referee, he has been described as a "true gent and loved by all who knew him".

Flowers on the doortsep of Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Cafe serves up dog's dinners!

The Lamppost cafe in Hebden Bridge is leading the way not just for humans but hounds too.

It is one of the first pet friendly cafes in the country, you don't have to be barking to visit - and with frothy cappucinos and homemade pup cakes on offer - there really is something for everyone. Gaynor Barnes has more.


Jail for breaking waste laws

A man from Hebden Bridge is starting a 25-month prison term for breaking rules about disposing of waste.

Mark Butterworth, from Mytholmroyd was sentenced by Bradford Crown Court earlier this year, but he was not taken in to custody because he failed to turn up to court on the day.

Yesterday, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was brought before Bradford Crown Court to be sentenced.

After two investigations were carried out by the Environment Agency, the 51-year-old's skip hire and scrap yard company, ‘Springwood Trading Ltd’, was found to be operating a waste transfer station without an environmental permit or planning permission.

The company saved over £50,000 by avoiding fees such as permit application fees.

Butterworth admitted knowingly permitting the operation of a waste facility without the right permit.

He was also found guilty of four counts of operating a regulated facility without a permit, three counts of depositing controlled waste and one count of failing to provide waste transfer notes after being told to do so.

Canine cafe leads the way

Enjoying a bite to eat with their four-legged friends in Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A cafe for dogs is leading the way in canine customer care in the market town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The Lampost prides itself on offering hospitality and refreshments to both 'humans and hounds' alike.

Alongside home-made goodies for human consumption, there is also an array of speciality cupcakes, buns and biscuits for sweet-toothed four legged visitors. Dog baskets and bowls of water are also on offer.

The owners, naturally dog lovers themselves, hope to fill a gap in the market and say they have so far had an overwhelming response from local people - with their dogs lapping it up too!

Doggy desserts at the Lampost Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Passengers escape coach fire

20 passengers have escaped unharmed after the coach they were travelling in caught fire. The coach burst into flames near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Around twenty fire officers were called to the A6033 to tackle the blaze. 80 per cent of the coach was alight. No one was injured.

Shetland ponies attacked

An owner of two shetland ponies in West Yorkshire has been left distressed after the pair had their tails cut off below the bone.

It happened overnight on August 9 at Higher Blackshaw Farm in Hebden Bridge.

We are appealing for witnesses or information about this unpleasant incident which has understandably caused distress to the animals owner.While the tail was cut off below the bone the loss of them will cause the animals distress as horses use them to swat away flys and insects.

Officers are investigating whether the tails may have been cut off to sell on and we would ask anyone who has information to contact us on at the Upper Valley NPT on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

– PC Fiona Igo of the Upper Valley NPT
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