2011 news review – this year’s top Halifax Courier front pages

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Another year over, a new one about to begin. Virginia Mason looks back at the big stories that made headlines in the Courier in 2012

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JANUARY

The first open meeting to discuss Calderdale Council’s £65 million spending cuts failed to attract the public. Just one person turned up.

Residents in Park Ward demanded better police protection after a series of terrifying break-ins.

Former Calderdale councillor David Chaytor faced an 18-month jail sentence after fiddling his Parliamentary expenses.

FEBRUARY

Controversial plans for Copley Valley would create more than 600 permanent new jobs, it was unveiled

Calderdale students were counting the cost of the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance.

A Halifax bound train was derailed after torrential rain sent a huge wall crashing down on to the track.

MARCH

The Shay stadium lost more than £100,000 in its first year despite spending more than £5 million of taxpayers’ money on refurbishment.

Staff stress levels at NHS Calderdale were among the worst in the country according to a survey of employees.

Hundreds of children, some as young as two, were treated for drug and alcohol overdoses, new figures revealed.

APRIL

Far-right demonstrators were marched out of Halifax by police after racist abuse was shouted at town centre traders.

A house in Victoria Avenue, Elland had a view no-one would want after a property developer began excavating for a new home.

Tour operators visited Calderdale as part of a new drive to attract tourists by the bus load.

MAY

Firefighters waged an exhausting battle against moorland blazes which left parts of Calderdale scorched black.

Calderdale allotment holders discovered that five a day was not necessarily good for them after horrifying levels of contamination were discovered in the soil.

Calderdale had the second highest rate of abortions in the region, new figures showed.

JUNE

Council bosses clamped down on their gardeners wearing shorts at work because of a health and safety ruling.

Developers bid to build a Primark on the site of Northgate House council offices and move the library and its archives.

Tight-fisted Hebden Royd Town Council refused to spend a penny on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

JULY

A teenager risked his life by clambering up the outside of an apartment block to steal a bicycle from a third-storey balcony.

A blue and white army of more than 3,000 strong headed to Blackpool to cheer on Halifax RLFC in the Northern Rail Cup.

More than 2,000 runners in Calderdale were gearing up for Halifax’s very first Race For Life to raise money for Cancer research UK.

AUGUST

Bomb experts rushed to a house in Skircoat Green, Halifax after a live mortar shell was discovered under the kitchen sink.

The axe fell at Lloyds Banking Group, when more than 100 workers lost their jobs.

A lunch at a Halifax Burger King left an unpleasant taste after a parking ticket for £309 was handed to a customer.

SEPTEMBER

Halifax traffic ground to a halt after Yorkshire Water workers left a tiny hole in the road in Godley Lane, near Shibden Park, Halifax.

Council tax payers faced stumping up £50,000 to pay for modifications to parking ticket machines to take new coins.

A £16million scheme to transform Halifax’s historic Piece Hall was unveiled

OCTOBER

Untouched hospital food sent back to the kitchens at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary cost £189,000 a year, it was revealed.

Thieves were risking their lives, stealing metal from Calderdale rooftops.

The towpath wars broke out in Calderdale between anglers and cyclists.

NOVEMBER

Scrap metals thieves turned their attentions to exhaust pipes and catalytic converters.

A terrified witness spoke of coming face to face with a black puma-like creature in her back garden.

A growing crisis in Calderdale children’s care prompted an investigation.

DECEMBER

The national strike over public-sector pensions brought a wave of disruption to Calderdale.

More than 130 people applied to become foster parents in Calderdale during 2011 but only one was actually recruited.

House buyers were snapped up bargains at rock bottom prices, including a semi-detached on the market for £32,000 because of the slump in the property market.

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