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Swimmers brave the cold in Todmorden

It may not be quite the weather for an outdoor swim but that didn't deter the entrants in this year's Lee Dam Swim in the snow covered hills above Todmorden this weekend.

For more than 50 years the annual event, organised by town's swimming club, has attracted the fearless and foolhardy who plunge into the icy waters of a local reservoir in races to retrieve wooden cups.

Their reward? A free bowl of soup an a local pub and, possibly, a slight chill.


Todmorden recycling centre to re-open for Xmas

The Todmorden waste recycling centre completely razed by a disgruntled council contractor in July is to open in time for Christmas.

Trevor Lewis snapped when he suffered a painful knee injury and embarked on a wrecking spree at the tip where he worked causing damage running to £220,000. His moment of madness resulted in him being jailed for three years in September.

Jailed: Trevor Lewis

The repair cost was met by SITA UK’s insurers, meaning that there was no cost to Calderdale council or council tax payers.

The site is expected to reopen to the public on December 23rd between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

SITA UK Regional Manager, Julie Craigie said:

“I would like to thank local residents for their patience during the closure of the site and for their continued commitment to recycling during this difficult period. Now that the site is to be open once again, we look forward to welcoming people back and helping Calderdale’s residents put their waste to good use.”

Damage at the tip
July 2014

Contractor jailed for £300,000 rampage

Trevor Lewis, a council contractor, had never been in trouble with the law but he snapped when he suffered a painful knee injury.

His workmates couldn't believe their eyes as he embarked on a wrecking spree at the tip where he worked causing damage running to £300,000 pounds.

His moment of madness resulted in him being jailed for three years.

Chris Kiddey reports:

"Digger rampage" jail sentence sets example to others

The Crown Prosecution Service has said the repairs made after a council worker drove a digger through a recycling site in Todmorden caused "considerable inconvenience" to residents.

A spokesman added that the three year jail sentence handed to Trevor Lewis - who told Bradford Crown Court he had been depressed after an injury - would serve as an example to others.

“On 19 July 2014, Trevor Lewis took a JCB digger and systematically destroyed the recently refurbished Eastwood waste recycling facility, sited between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

“This act of wanton vandalism caused an estimated £300,000 damage to the site, as well as some damage to a neighbouring property.

"It has also resulted in considerable inconvenience to local residents while the site is closed for rebuilding. Today Lewis has been sentenced to three years in prison which I hope will demonstrate how seriously this type of crime is viewed by the police, by the CPS, and by the courts.”

– Jan Lamping, Senior District Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside


Three years in jail for "digger rampage" worker

A worker who wrecked a council recycling depot with a digger, causing £300,000 of damage, has been jailed for three years by a judge at Bradford Crown Court.

Trevor Lewis, 59, from Hebden Bridge, had admitted destroying the centre where he worked at Todmorden in July.

He set fire to portable buildings and used the digger to tear down metal steps, railings and wooden fencing.

The court heard he was depressed after suffering a knee injury which made it difficult for him to do his job.

Watch footage of the damage he caused at the time:

Yorkshire slaughter boss admits horsemeat charges

Peter Boddy Credit: Press Association

A West Yorkshire slaughterhouse boss has became the first person to plead guilty to criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal which rocked British supermarkets last year.

Peter Boddy, 65, admitted failing to comply with food traceability regulations which state the source of meat should be traceable from field to fork.

Boddy, who runs a slaughterhouse in Todmorden, admitted selling 50 horses for meat but failing to keep proper records to show who bought them.

There is no suggestion that buyers did not know they were purchasing horse meat.

Prosecutors said they did not know where the meat might have ended up.

Boddy's slaughterhouse in Todmorden Credit: Press Association

Wearing a beige jacket and blue shirt, Boddy stood in the dock at London's Southwark Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the single count.

David Moss, the slaughterhouse's manager, denied forging an invoice concerning the number of horses sold in a transaction.

Both men are also charged with failing to comply with food traceability requirements for more than 17 horse carcasses between July 2012 and February 2013.

But they did not enter pleas and intend to apply for the charge to be dismissed.

The pair will stand trial next year, at a date to be confirmed, at Southwark Crown Court.

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
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