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Have you seen missing Todmorden man

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from Todmorden.

Stephen Ellis Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Stephen Ellis, who is 49-years-old, has not been seen since Tuesday morning and his family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned.

He is described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall, and of average build. He has short receding grey hair and is usually clean shaven. He has links to West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, particularly the Todmorden and Rochdale areas.

We are concerned for Mr Ellis's welfare as his actions are completely out of character. He normally speaks to his family on a daily basis and this has ceased since Tuesday which has heightened our concerns.

"We ask that anybody with any information as to his whereabouts contact us immediately via 101. At the same time if Stephen is seeing this I ask he too call and let us know he is safe and well."

– Inspector Angus Rushton, Calderdale District Police


Police appeal after WW1 medal and antique pistol is stolen

Police in Halifax are appealing for help in tracing sentimental items stolen during a burglary in Todmorden.

The burglary occurred between Thursday, 16 April and Sunday, 19 April, with a World War One Service Medal with 'H.Mitchell' engraved along the edge, that belonged to a close family friend, and an antique 1750's Flint lock pistol stolen, along with items of jewellery.

The pistol does not fire and is not thought to be of any danger to the public.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Burglaries are always difficult for victims; in this case the items stolen are of huge sentimental value and we are doing all we can to reunite the victim with their possessions.

– Detective Sergeant Simon Archer

Hundreds expected at funeral of butcher

Wayne Stansfield

A West Yorkshire town is expected to come to a standstill today for the funeral of a well-known butcher killed in a road accident.

Wayne Stansfield, who was 48, died after being hit by two cars outside his shop in Todmorden last month.

Two men have been bailed by police after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The funeral takes place at St Mary's Church this afternoon.

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