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Friday, 22 February 2013

Dewsbury House Gutted in Fire




Dewsbury Fire Station were called to Pinfold Hill, close to the town centre, at 04:42Hrs this morning (Friday 22/02/2013).



Dewsbury crews still at the scene this morning Image by Ash Milnes

The blaze was started by a tea light candle and has gutted a man’s home.
The owner was woken by the smell of smoke after he fell asleep on the couch in his front room. He said: “I woke up about 4.30am and the room was full of smoke. I looked round and there were flames licking up the wall.”
Mr McCullough, who lives alone at the property, said a tea candle on top of a stereo speaker set his wallpaper alight.
“I only just got out – I couldn’t see where I was going.”
The house fire was 100% involved in fire with crews using 1 Large jet, 2 hosereel jet , 4 breathing apparatus and CARP appliance. 

Two crews from Dewsbury and the Combined Aerial Rescue Pump also attended from Wakefield.

Video link here http://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/local/more-local-news/man-s-home-gutted-after-tea-light-sparks-fire-1-5435382

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

A1 Carnage as road accident takes life and injures others


The A1 motorway in West Yorkshire was closed today after collisions took place along it's stretch between junctions 44 and 46 on the Northbound carriageway.

Scene of the Fatal Collision with Wetherby and TRU Cleckheaton in attendance

The first incident, around 11:00am involving a lorry and a car, happened between junctions 45 and 46. One man was sadly confirmed dead at the scene of this incident where his vehicle appeared to have run into the rear of an Articulated Heavy Goods Vehicle. All services attended the scene Police, Fire and Ambulance crews. Casualties were trapped in vehicles at both scenes and an appliance from Tadcaster attended at one of the incidents. The Technical rescue team from Cleckheaton were also drafted in to assist.

The second was just after 11.30am near to junction 43 and is believed to have involved four vehicles. Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended the scene with a doctor to assist with the casualties during there extracation
One of the vehicles at the Junction 43 crash scene

The northbound carriageway of the motorway was shut from 11am at junction 44 at Leeds and re-opened just after 4pm.

Anyone with any information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision or either vehicle prior to the collision is asked to call the West Yorkshire police major collision investigation unit by calling 101 from any telephone. 

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Terrorist coach bombing on the M62 victims remembered


M62 Hartshead Moor bombing victims remembered


Scene of the explosion on the M26 1974

A wreath has been laid today to commemorate the 12 victims which also included two young children, killed in a terrorist coach bombing on the M62 on February 4th 1974. The 50lb bomb - planted on board the vehicle in Manchester - destroyed it, killing an entire family-of-four.

Those who died are remembered:
Cpl Terence Griffin, 24, Gnr Leonard Godden, 22, Sgmn Michael Waugh, 23, Sgmn Leslie Walsh, 17, Sgmn Paul Reid, 17, L/Cpl James McShane, 29, Fus Jack Hynes, 20, and Fus Stephen Whalley, 18, all died in the blast.
Linda Houghton, 24, the wife of Cpl Houghton and the couple's two sons Lee, five, and Robert, two, were also killed.

The coach was taking soldiers and their families from Manchester to Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire when it exploded.
The bombing was suspected to have been by the Provisional IRA.
A memorial of Yorkshire stone was unveiled in the garden in 2009 to replace a plaque inside the service station.
The original was moved to the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.




The memorial to those killed by an IRA bomb on the M62 motorway being unveiled at the Hartshead Moor services.


The motorway memorial will also pay tribute to the life of the coach driver who survived the bombing atrocity. Roland Handley was behind the wheel of a coach targeted by the suspected IRA bombers in 1974.

The coach was carrying off-duty service personnel and relatives from Manchester to an Army base at Catterick, North Yorkshire, when a 50lb bomb left in a luggage locker detonated near Bradford as they slept. More than 50 others were injured.
Mr Handley, who was injured by flying glass, was hailed as a hero for bringing the coach safely to a halt. He died, aged 76, after a short illness in January last year in North Yorkshire.
Relatives of the victims join soldiers and veterans every year at a memorial service held around a remembrance plaque at Hartshead Services, off the westbound carriageway of the motorway.
This year a memorial tree will be planted by a charity at the site in Mr Handley’s memory.
The service – to include wreath-laying and the Last Post was held today in their memory.