It was a crime that shocked Chesterfield. In the summer of 2016, Chris Henchliffe – a soldier who served in Afghanistan – died after an altercation on the streets of the town during a night out.Last year, a jury ruled the 26-year-old father was unlawfully killed by Benjamin Edwards.Edwards, 22, who was jailed for five-and-a-half years, denied manslaughter and argued he ‘threw a punch’ at Chris on Corporation Street as he feared he was going to harm his friend.Since the tragedy, things have changed for the better.According to police, violent crime has decreased in Chesterfield town centre – and work is continuing to reduce it even further.After losing her son, Yvonne Henchliffe launched a campaign to cut violence in the area – and ensure nobody else has to go through the pain she endures day in, day out.Now, with the help of town taxi firms, Yvonne’s campaign, called Stay Cute and Dilute, is gaining pace and helping more people.Central Cars, A … [Read more...] about Chris Henchliffe’s legacy: violent crime is down in Chesterfield town centre
What does the future hold for Huddersfield town centre? With several major retailers beset by financial woes, declining footfall and online competition, we ask four key figures what can be done to protect our high street. “I stopped shopping in Huddersfield after getting my third parking ticket” Kate Hardcastle, founder of business transformation specialist Insight With Passion, said short-termism and a failure to evolve had finally caught up with some high street chains. Directors who in the early 2000s dismissed the looming threat of Amazon – saying “no one is going to buy a sofa online” – were now paying the price for their complacency. “Board rooms have been making decisions for the year ahead and not planning for the long-term,” she said. “These store closures would not have been as dramatic if they had been evolving over time.” The high street remained hidebound in its thinking. “When M&S or House of Fraser … [Read more...] about Special report: What is the future for Huddersfield town centre?
A school was put on lockdown for after a robbery took place at a jewellers in Leeds this afternoon. Officers were called to Town Street in Horsforth shortly before 3.10pm today and are still in the area.St Margaret's Primary School was on lockdown from that time until around 3.40pm, when the police said it was safe to open again.Read more: Why thieves are stealing number plates in West Yorkshire - and how to protect your carHeadteacher Sarah Harridge said: "We were probably on lock down for around half an hour."At that point there were some parents in the playground wanting to collect and some outside the gates."The parents were really supportive, they had seen some of the incident."They said the priority is keeping the children safe. It's something we've never had to do before."Read more: Man with 'machete' tries to rob Huddersfield pensionerShe had heard that a vehicle had done a three-point turn and driven the wrong way up the one-way street after the offence.A West Yorkshire Police … [Read more...] about Leeds school was on lockdown after Horsforth Town Street robbery
SIGNIFICANT conservation work on a town’s historic landmark is set to begin this month. A survey of Barnard Castle Market Cross last May found that although the Grade I listed building was in reasonable condition, a number of repairs and renovations were needed to ensure it remains structurally sound. Lewis Surveying Associates has been appointed as project manager, while Barnard Castle stonemasons Glasper Tunstall will undertake the repairs, including roof works, improvements to the windows, timber and joinery works. Floor repairs and redecoration of the weather vane will also be carried out. Equipment is expected to arrive on site next Thursday, and three-way lights will be in place for three hours on Saturday, March 31. On Thursday, April 5, three-way lights will again be in place for six days and for a further five days when the scaffold comes down. The work should take eight weeks. The survey was funded by Durham County Council, Teesdale Area Action Partnership and … [Read more...] about Restoration work to begin on town’s iconic market cross
Hans and Elizabeth Liebenholtz were looking after their 20-year-old daughter Hanna's Jack Russell, Max, while she was at work on Wednesday. But just after Elizabeth let the puppy, who was born just 18 months ago, into their yard for some early morning fresh air, a wolf showed up and snatched the animal. "She just saw the wolf outside the house and then a moment later it just took the dog and ran away," Hans told The Local. "I didn't know what to do when it happened, it was total chaos," he added. "It was terrible making that phone call to my daughter to tell her about it." Hans said that his family suspected that Max had been killed and eaten by the predator. He explained that he had decided to share the family's traumatic story in order to raise the profile of wolf attacks in his town, Järbo, which is in Sandviken in central Sweden. "I asked one of the hunters I know what to do and he told me it was good to get it out so that the authorities start to understand how it is … [Read more...] about Wolf snatches puppy in ‘scared’ Swedish town