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Long-serving church warden receives award from Prince Charles

A long-serving church warden who was named on the Queen's Birthday Honours list has been given his award by Prince Charles.

David Ashton, 74, of Mirfield, received the MBE for services to the Church of England and the community in Batley.

Mr Ashton has been a member of the Parish Church Council at the Parish of St Andrews Purwell since 1964 and a warden since 1968.


Several vehicles destroyed in garage fire

Scene of garage fire

A number of cars and caravans have been destroyed in a major blaze at a car dealership in Mirfield.

More than 50 firefighters fought the blaze at Elams garage in Huddersfield Road last night. It's believed the fire spread from a caravan and car to a number of other vehicles on the forecourt. No-one was hurt but damage was extensive. Crews remain at the scene, damping down.

Dead wife's jewellery stolen from widower

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Police are appealing for information after burglars stole a dead woman's jewellery and a £20 note she left to her elderly widower.

The 88-year-old man, who lives alone, returned from holiday to find that his home on Hepworth Lane, Mirfield, had been broken into.

The intruders stole between £800 and £1,000 in cash as well as three gold chains and three watches.

They also took a £20 note left by the woman to her husband with a hand-written note before her death 12 years ago.

The incident happened between March 22 and 26.

This burglary has caused the victim a huge amount of distress as not only has he had home has been invaded by the suspects, but the items taken were of significant value both sentimentally and monetary.

We would like to hear from anyone who has been approached by anyone trying to sell the jewellery or seen it in a shop, or if someone has tried to sell or exchange an old £20 note.

Anyone who has any information or saw anything suspicious in the area between these dates is urged to contact myself via 101 quoting reference 13160130950 to help us reunite these sentimental items with the gentleman.

– PC Sarah Culley, Kirklees CID

Train: Delays at Mirfield in West Yorkshire

There are delays to train services at Mirfield in West Yorkshire after a car struck the railway bridge.

The following routes are affected:

First TransPennine Express between Liverpool Lime Street / Manchester Piccadilly and Scarborough / Hull.

Grand Central between Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross.

Northern Rail between Huddersfield / Hebden Bridge and Wakefield Westgate / Leeds.

The disruption is expected to continue until 11am.


Mirfield motorcyclist hits wall

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle collision in Mirfield.

At about 8pm on Monday, 10 August, a 25-year-old man from Mirfield was riding a black Honda MTX bike along Calder Road towards the junction with Chadwick Fold Lane/Calder View when he left the road and collided with a wall.

He was taken to hospital with serious head and chest injuries.

He remains there today in a critical, but stable condition.

Anyone who saw the collision or the circumstances leading up to it, is asked to contact PC 576 Taylor at the Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support team on 101, quoting *1427 of 10/8.

Body found in search for missing 92-year-old

Police searching for missing 92-year-old John Barnes from Mirfield have this evening found a man's body.

The National Police Air Service found the body of an adult male on Black Hill in the Peak District at just before 7pm this evening.

A formal identification will take place to identify the man and enquiries remain ongoing.

Mr Barnes' family have been informed.

Serious concern for missing 92-year-old

Police are appealing for information to trace 92-year-old missing man John Barnes from Mirfield.

John Barnes

Mr Barnes last spoke to his family on Saturday evening when he said he was going hill walking in the area between Holme Moss and Glossop. He has not been seen since. Detective Sergeant Kelvin Lecomber, from Kirklees District CID, said: ‘‘Despite his age, Mr Barnes is a fit and active man and his disappearance is very much out of character. Clearly we, alongside his family, are very concerned for his welfare. ‘‘John is described as white, 5ft 6" in height, balding with grey hair and brown eyes. When Mr Barnes normally goes walking he wears black coloured waterproof trousers a shirt and he normally carries a backpack. ‘‘Despite a number of searches by specialist officers and the use of a National Police Air Service helicopter, Mr Barnes has not been located. ‘‘I would urge anyone who has seen anyone matching Mr Barnes description on Saturday evening, or in the period since, to contact police.’’

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