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Rail services returning to normal after train hit by overhead line near Wakefield

A train was damaged by the overhead lines Credit: Network Rail

Normal service is resuming on the railways in West Yorkshire after a train was hit by a power line near Wakefield this morning.

Engineers have been carrying out repairs after the windscreen of a Virgin Trains East Coast service was broken by damaged overhead line equipment.

Train services will now start to return to normal. There will still be some disruption as trains and crews are in the wrong place for the timetable. Network Rail and the train operators have plans to recover this and will restore normal services as quickly as possible.

We thank passengers for their patience while we completed this repair work.

– Network Rail

Rail delays in West Yorkshire after train hit by overhead line near Wakefield

Rail services between Leeds and Wakefield are facing disruption after a train was hit by an overhead power line near Wakefield Westgate.

The damaged overhead line Credit: Network Rail

Passengers on some Cross Country, Northern and Virgin services are being warned to expect delays until 2pm and advised to find alternative routes as the carriage is recovered.

Twitter users can keep up to date with developments using the hashtag #Wakefield.

We apologise to passengers that there is significant disruption to train services between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds.

"This morning, the windscreen of a Virgin Trains East Coast service was broken by damaged overhead line equipment. Arrangements are being made to remove the damaged train very shortly. The train driver was not hurt.

"There are two tracks in the area. Our engineers are on site and will complete work this afternoon to repair the overhead line over the affected track while diesel trains continue to run on the other track at reduced speed.

"Until the repair is complete no trains will call at Outwood and from approximately 1200 Virgin Train East Coast will not run between Leeds and London. Passengers for London are advised to travel via York. Buses are running between Wakefield and Doncaster and from Wakefield Westgate to Outwood. Customers at Outwood for Leeds should get a train to Wakefield Westgate and change for Leeds-bound services. CrossCountry services are being diverted and will call at Wakefield Kirkgate rather than Wakefield Westgate.

"We expect services to be fully restored in time for this evenings rush hour but passengers are advised to check with national rail enquiries for the latest information."

– Network Rail


Cyclist threatened by driver after being knocked over by van in Wakefield

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Police have appealed for information after a cyclist was threatened by a van driver after being knocked down in Wakefield.

The 40-year-old man was on Bradford Road in Wrenthorpe when he was forced onto the pavement by a Ford van, which then mounted the pavement and knocked him off the bike.

He says he was then threatened by the driver, but was not hurt.

The incident happened shortly after the van twice pulled in front of the cyclist before pulling away when he tried to overtake.

It took place at about 8am on April 19 but police are now appealing for witnesses.

We are investigating this incident in which could easily have had some very serious consequences.

"It is only by good fortune that the cycle rider was not seriously hurt and I would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the cycle or van beforehand.

– PC 6542 Paul McMurran, Wakefield District Police

Biker seriously injured in Wakefield crash

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A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash with a car in Wakefield.

The 39-year-old man was on a black Yamaha XJR motorcycle that collided with a white Ford Fiesta that was pulling out of the Coca Cola car park on Kenmore Road, at the Wakefield 41 Business Park, shortly after 5.10pm on Tuesday.

He was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where he remains in a stable condition.

Witnesses are asked to call the Eastern Area Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support Team via 101.


Pensioner's engagement ring stolen during burglary

Detectives in Wakefield are appealing for witnesses after a 87-year-old woman's engagement ring was stolen from her home.

On Monday 30 May, at around 12:35pm at a property on Durkar Low Lane, in Wakefield, two suspects entered the home of the victim whilst she was outside.

Her engagement ring was stolen during the burglary, as well as a gold watch, a gold wedding ring and a gold necklace. The suspects left the property and drove away on a red and white moped.

"This was a distressing incident for this elderly lady and the jewellery stolen had significant sentimental and financial value.

"I would like to appeal to members of the public who were in the area on the day, saw these two suspects or have any information to help with our enquiries."

– Detective Inspector Tim Hunt, of Wakefield District CID

Sights and sounds of Wakefield's Race For Life

Around thirteen hundred women and girls have taken part in 5k and 10k events at Wakefield's Thornes Park. It's hoped the event will raise around £90,000 for cancer research.

Among those taking part were ITV Calendar's very own Christine Talbot and Julie Hawkins who finished treatment for cancer a year ago to the day.

Were you there? See if you can spot yourself in the video below!

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