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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
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