Calderdale floods fund tops £115,000

A fund to help victims of the recent flash floods in Calderdale has reached £115,000 and thousands of pounds have already been handed out.

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West Yorkshire community cut off by road closure

A suspected underground landslip has cut off part of a West Yorkshire community. One of the main roads that connects the farms and stables on the hills over Mytholmroyd has been shut over fears it could collapse.

It's left some people with long diversions which are causing problems for local businesses - and there are some suggestions it could take up to a year to put right.

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Celebrating Ted Hughes

An event celebrating the life and work of poet Ted Hughes is being held in his birthplace.

For the last 5 years The Elmet Trust has organised "The Ted Hughes Festival", which has bee held in Mytholmroyd with numerous famous speakers, walks, and poetry slams.

Previously, there have been appearances from Andrew Motion, Anne Fine, Freda Hughes and the Trust's patron Simon Armitage.

This year there will be a poetry reading from contemporary poet Kathleen Jamie, and a talk from Christopher Reid, Hughes' editor. Organised walks around places linked to Ted Hughes poetry are available, as well as a poetry slam at the house where Hughes was born.

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Vehicle internet fraud

Detectives in Halifax are appealing for victims of internet fraud to come forward. They would like to speak to anyone who has tried to buy a vehicle from BCAV Solutions Ltd who were based in Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge. It's believed there are victims across the country who have paid

over money to this business but failed to receive the vehicle they were buying. The company was declared bankrupt in 2011 and following a long and protracted investigation two people connected to it were arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud.

The two men - a 35 year old from Littleborough, Lancashire and a 42 year old from Rochdale will appear before Calderdale Magistrates next week. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of this company should contact DS Ross Wadsworth at Halifax CID on 101.

Flood carnivals attract record crowds

The organisers of both Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade and Mytholmroyd Gala have thanked the public for their "massive show of support''. The events went ahead just one week on from the devastating floods which hit both communities.

Almost 700 people took part in the Handmade Parade, with several thousand more lining the route to enjoy giant puppets, a riot of colour and toe-tapping music. The event was postponed from last week whilst a huge clear-up campaign got underway.

Artistic Director Andrew Kim said:" The energy down the street was amazing!"

"We are honoured and thrilled that we can bring so much joy to the streets a week after the flooding. Thank you to everyone who stuck with us, rearrangted schedules and danced the sun back to Hebden."

And it was a similar story down the road in Mytholmroyd, where the annual gala went ahead as scheduled, despite many businesses in the village remaining shut and still counting the cost of last Friday's deluge.

Gala chair Barry Greenwood said:"It was a spectacular event this year, we had more stalls than usual, more people in the procession and more people turning out to support us. "

Around £800 was raised between the two events just from collections alone.

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