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The 54th world coal carrying championships will take place in Gawthorpe near Ossett later today.
Up to a £1000 is up for grabs in prize money for the person who can carry a sack of coal nearly a mile up a steep hill in the village.
Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic due to a vehicle fire on M1 Northbound between J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield) and J41 A650 (Carrgate).
Lanes one and two (of four) is closed.
An exit slip road on the M1 Northbound has reopened after a lorry fire.
The blaze at J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield) around 11am didn't impact the main carriageway - but meant the slip road had to be closed.
The lorry has now been removed from the scene and the road reopened.
There are no delays on the main carriageway.
Nobody was injured in the fire.
The M1 Northbound exit slip road is expected to remain closed for some time after a lorry fire at J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield).
The closure is to facilitate recovery of the vehicle and carry out checks of the carriageway.
M1 Northbound exit slip road is closed due to lorry fire at J40 A638 (Ossett / Wakefield).
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A fraudster who conned more than £120,000 from vulnerable victims has been told he must face three years behind bars.
Gary Johnson, 46, formerly of Ossett, was sentenced to three years imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (1 December) after being convicted of three theft and fraud offences in which he deliberately targeted elderly and vulnerable victims.
Police are now beginning proceedings to seize Johnson's criminal gains from him following the sentencing.
Among Johnson's victims was a 61-year-old Ossett man who Johnson defrauded after stealing from his pension and bank books over a six year period.
Gary Johnson made it his business to steal large sums of money from vulnerable and elderly members of society. The people he defrauded have been left deeply upset by his actions and it is no exaggeration to say his frauds have had hugely negative effects on their lives.