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New recycling plant near Todmorden 'destroyed'

A man has run amok with a digger at a recycling plant near Todmorden causing extensive damage. An office at the depot at Eastwood was set alight and yards of steel railings, fencing and lamposts were brought down. A man is now understood to be in police custody. The depot re-opened late last year after a major refit.

The site in Todmorden Credit: Calendar
An investigation is underway Credit: Calendar


Bicentenary celebrations at Stoodley Pike monument

Bird's eye view as people gather at Stoodley Pike for bicentenary celebrations Credit: Sue Taylor
Music fills the air at Stoodley Pike to mark its 200th anniversary Credit: Sue Taylor
Giant puppets at Stoodley Pike for 200th birthday celebrations Credit: Sarah Clark

Celebrations have been taking place today at the summit of Stoodley Pike to mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the original monument's foundation stone. The monument sits 121 feet high, on top of the world above Todmorden in West Yorkshire.

Brass band, samba bands and puppeteers joined walkers to celebrate the historic birthday.

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Two hundreds years anniversary of peace monument

Haunting: Stoodley pike is seen from miles around Credit: Calendar news

It's 200 years since the first stones were laid for the Stoodley Pike peace momument which stands proudly on top of the world above Todmorden in West Yorkshire. At 121 feet high, It has a magnetic appeal for walkers and cyclists alike.

And today they will be joined by brass and samba bands, pupeteers - and 200 homing pigeons which willl be released to celebrate the pike's Bicentenary.

The building of the original pike was inspired by the treaty of Paris in May 2014, symoblising the end of the Napoleonic Wars and effectively peace, at long last, between the English and the French.

Although the original was later destroyed by lightning, its present-day replacement is still listed amongst the oldest towers dedicated to peace in the world. It was completed in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo.

So it's a fitting tribute to celebrate it's 200th anniversary in the summer the Tour de France passes just a few miles away - and with visitors from Todmorden's twin town of Roncq in Northern France who will be accompanying members of Calder Civic Trust, who have organised today's event.

Anyone wanting to join in the organised walk is asked to meet in the car park of the Top Brink public house between 12.10 and 12.30, the fun starting the pike at 2pm.

Bird's eye view for paragliders Credit: Calendar news
Pike pilgrimage - the monument has a magnetic attraction for walkers Credit: Calendar news

Police name bus stop crash victim

A teenager who was killed when a car crashed into a bus stop in Todmorden at the weekend has been named as Callum Brown.

Callum Brown Credit: West Yorkshire Police

18 year-old Callum was a passenger in a silver Peugeot 106 which collided with a bus stop and a tree in the early hours of Friday morning.

A 17 year-old male occupant was also injured in the collision and remains in a stable condition in hospital.


Police: 18 year old male victim of bus stop crash

Police say a person who died after a car crashed into a bus stop in Todmorden was an 18 year-old male.

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A 17 year old is currently in the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with serious chest injuries, but is said to be in a stable condition.

Their Peugeot crashed into a bus shelter and a tree around 4am.

Person killed after car crashes into bus stop

A person has been killed after a car left a road and ploughed into a bus shelter and a tree in Todmorden.

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The crash happened early today on Burnley Road.

A male passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.The car driver - also male - has been taken to hospital.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours while police investigate the crash.

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