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Two West Yorkshire slaughterhouse bosses facing charges over horse meat

Two slaughterhouse bosses are facing charges over claims that they broke laws governing the traceability of horse meat.

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Peter Boddy, who owned the business in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and David Moss, who was manager, are accused of breaching food regulations that say meat should be traceable from field to fork.

Sue Patten, head of fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"After an investigation by the Food Standards Agency, Dyfed Powys Police and Calderdale Council, criminal proceedings have been instituted against two individuals for failing to comply with the traceability requirements of horses slaughtered at and sold from premises in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

"It is alleged that Peter Boddy, owner of a West Yorkshire slaughterhouse and game dealer, and David Moss, the manager of the slaughterhouse, failed to comply with traceability requirements for horses slaughtered at their premises."

It is claimed that they each committed two breaches of Regulation 4 of the General Food Regulations 2004 between July 2012 and February 12 2013.

Moss is also charged with one count of forgery over claims that he faked an invoice for the sale of horse meat.

The pair are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 14.

It is not being alleged that the horse meat was being sold as another meat.

Hardy swimmers take the plunge

Hardy bunch: plucking up courage Credit: Calendar news

It's January - and it's cold - so today's the perfect day for a swim in Lee Dam, above Todmorden! That's what around 30 or so hardy souls will be doing this afternoon as they take the plunge at the The New Year swim.

Organised by Todmorden Swimming Club, it has been a tradition for more than 50 years and involves swimmers often breaking ice on the mill dam at Lumbutts, before entering the freezing waters.

Crowds normally gather to watch the fearless ones and the swim is followed by a presentation of prizes at a nearby pub. Calendar reporter Chris Kiddey even took part in it once - a never to be repeated experience, he says! Entrants are asked to gather at 1.30 so the swim can get underway at 2pm.

..... and they're off! Credit: Calendar news
"It's cold!" says Calendar's Chris Kiddey Credit: Calendar news

Money raised from the swim helps Todmorden Swimming Club to run courses and hire instructors through each year to help people learn to swim, or to improve their swimming.

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Video: Ponies tails docked

Police in Todmorden are appealing for information after an attack on two Shetland ponies. They had their tails cut off, in what animal cruelty experts are calling a barbaric attack.

It's thought the horse hair may have been stolen to make either musical instrument strings, or to use on rocking horses.

Police appeal after ponies' tails cut off

Tinkerbell recovering after having her tail cut off, possibly by thieves. Credit: ITV Calendar

Police in Todmorden are appealing for information following an attack on two Shetland ponies. Mother & Daughter, Twinkle & Tinkerbell had their tails cut off, in what animal cruelty experts are calling a barbaric attack.

It's thought the tails were taken by thieves who may sell them for musical instruments. Credit: ITV Calendar

It's thought the horse hair may have been stolen to make either musical instrument strings, or to use on rocking horses. Their owners say it could take anything up to six years for their tales to grow back properly.

Video: Clean up operation after Walsden floods

One week on from the floods in Walsden and landscape gardener Richard Mountain is moving out of his home. It was devastated in last week's downpour and he expects to be in rented accommodation for up to nine months. His big fear he says is will he be able to get insurance when he moves back in?

Richard Mountain is moving out of his home Credit: Calendar
Seven days on the floods clear up in Walsden goes on Credit: Calendar

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